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Sara Jerde: As the two shook hands on stage, the microphone picked up Pence telling Trump, “You’re amazing.” Etymonline: amazing (adj.) early 15c., “stupefactive;” 1590s, “dreadful;” present participle adjective from amaze. Sense of “wonderful” is recorded from 1704. Related: Amazingly. amaze (v.) early 13c., amasian “stupefy, make crazy,” from a-, probably used here as an […]

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those who look for a world war will find it

Adam Gopnik: What all forms of fascism have in common is the glorification of the nation, and the exaggeration of its humiliations, with violence promised to its enemies, at home and abroad; the worship of power wherever it appears and whoever holds it; contempt for the rule of law and for reason; unashamed employment of […]

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keeping the hamsters alive

this morning, google served me up the following “news” without knowing who I was: this appears to be their default offering for an English speaker in Los Angeles. we have two poltically neutral stories that will lead the user to the conservative Fox News site, a third from the conservative Daily Mail, a fourth from […]

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the stories that win

John Cassidy: To get people to turn out and vote in your favor, you also have to give them something positive to rally behind. The Leave campaign, for all its lies and disinformation, provided just such a lure. It claimed that liberating Britain from the shackles of the E.U. would enable it to reclaim its […]

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maximum efficiency, minimum effort

Josh Marshall: As Clinton and her team certainly anticipated, hitting him hard as mentally unstable and unfit for the presidency has placed Trump in a sort of Chinese finger puzzle of his own creation. The only mode of response he knows – an escalating and bellicose round of personal attacks with increasingly hyperbolic accusations – […]

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A thought experiment

Consider the following hypothetical*. It’s an election year and the GOP candidate for president is a charismatic speaker with a long history in entertainment. The GOP candidate says that only he is brave enough to tell the truth that the Liberals don’t want you to hear. The truth is that many Blacks are rapists and […]

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Young Americans, old Americans

Jamelle Bouie This election isn’t just a fight over tax plans and health care; it’s a contest—a brawl, even—over questions of national identity. Just who is the United States for? Just whom do we mean when we say “Americans?” On one side, we have immigrants, religious minorities, and the descendants of slaves, some disadvantaged, some […]

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special interests

Luke Harding on findings in the Panama Papers: There is no explanation in the files of why the banks agreed to extend such unorthodox credit lines. Some of the cash obtained from RCB was also lent back onshore in Russia at extremely high interest rates, with the resulting profits siphoned off to secret Swiss accounts. […]

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You say Rachel, I say Really?

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Curl a word

RuPaul: The first stage is anger. Then bitterness. The third stage is laughter and irreverence and understanding that, “Oh! I can have fun. Don’t take it too seriously. Have fun with it.” So twist a phrase, curl a word, paint on a mustache. [ deltasone 10mg pills $156.00 | silagra 100mg pills (brand) $161.00 | […]

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“Se Vale Soñar” by Juan Cierro

My own hasty translation of the lyrics: I wish that when it rained instead of water, cocaine fell that beer would run along with tequila through the rivers and to the sea That in the gardens instead of flowers, carnations and lilies Marijuana plants, coca and opium –  how pretty! There would be no cartels […]

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Insecurity

Mollie Bloudoff-Indelicato: Workers with less education are more likely to take jobs with more workplace stress, such as those involving shift work, experiencing frequent layoffs, or demanding long hours. Occupations requiring more years of education also experience some of the same stressors, but those stressors are unlikely to have the same impact. [ ed trial […]

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Representation

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Hollywood

From West of Eden: An American Place by Jean Stein, excerpted by Andrew O’Hagan: I was very young in 1955, when Warner Brothers did Rebel without a Cause – 18 or 19 years old. We’d started shooting in black and white, and two weeks into it Jack clearly saw that something was going on with […]

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Chronic Underemployment

Gabriel Thompson: Six years into the economic recovery, people continue to crisscross the state in search of gigs, putting in three hours of drive time for maybe nine hours of work at $10 an hour… Solving chronic underemployment could be the next campaign for organized labor. Indeed, several weeks ago, Silicon Valley Rising, a community-labor […]

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Fair and Square

As quoted by Josh Marshall, a study of 51 recent elections finds that: In general elections, states with strict photo ID laws show a Latino turnout 10.3 points lower than in states without them. The law also affected turnout in primary elections, where Latino turnout decreased by 6.3 points and Black turnout by 1.6 points. […]

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South Pasadena, USA

I drove through South Pasadena, California this afternoon. It’s a beautiful neighborhood with tree lined streets and large, stately houses. If you’re looking to buy one, the median price is about a million dollars – more than five times the national rate. At a quiet intersection, I waited for the car in front of me to […]

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robots and secrets

From an overview of consensus by John Cassidy: Why, then, are the markets so disturbed? One possible explanation has to do with trading algorithms, which encourage trend-following and herding. Once stocks or bonds or oil prices make a sharp move, everyone piles on in the same direction, and the market’s over-all shifts are exaggerated. Even […]

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looking at the dark side

George Soros: Recognizing a problem is an invitation to do something about it. That is the main lesson I learned from the formative experience of my life, in 1944, when the Nazis occupied Hungary. I might not have survived if my father hadn’t secured false identification papers for his family (and many others). He taught […]

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