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No One Expected Thugs

There’s that letter that John Adams wrote to John Taylor in 1814 – “There never was a Democracy yet, that did not commit suicide.” What? What about what he had helped create? He didn’t see that as a democracy. Nobody … Continue reading

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Quite Basic Politics

Seven days out from the election, there was more irritating small stuff: The surprise tweet from a little-used FBI account came about 1 p.m. Tuesday, announcing that the agency had published on its website 129 pages of internal documents related … Continue reading

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Not Exactly Great Again

At the moment, stock markets around the world are crashing because Britain just voted to leave the European Union – to rid themselves of their EU overlords in Brussels and make Britain great again, or something. The pound just lost … Continue reading

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Courting Disaster

Okay, Ted Cruz trounced Donald Trump in Wisconsin, and Bernie Sanders trounced Hillary Clinton, so everything changed, or didn’t. In two weeks it’s New York and a few other states. In June, it’s California. By then Trump will have this … Continue reading

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Dead Stop

Well, they talked about it, and they finally made it official: Senate Republican leaders said Tuesday that there would be no confirmation hearings, no vote, not even a courtesy meeting with President Obama’s nominee to replace Justice Antonin Scalia, all … Continue reading

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Replacement Theory

On the day that mourners were filing past the casket of Antonin Scalia in Washington, America learned that Harper Lee had died – her one book on the common decency of one man made Americans feel good about themselves for … Continue reading

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Defining the Job

Things shifted. Justice Scalia died unexpectedly, the Supreme Court is now down to eight justices, four conservatives, essentially four liberals, and decisions on hard issues now will end in a tie – lower court rulings will stand or the eight … Continue reading

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