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Jim Philips
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The dysfunctional Trump administration is frustrating people around the world.

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An extended, acid trip of a jam. But it shows off what was best about Coryell. The musicians here are all perfectly attuned to each other and work like one mind and body. What a loss!

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Trump’s doom loop: incompetence breeds failure breeds illiberalism

That is the frightening equation that best sums up the real dangers of this presidency. Klein and others speculate that if Trump gets the terrorist attack he keeps warning about, he is likely to turn his full fury on the press and the institutions of government that aren't giving him his way. It's a very plausible--and scary--scenario.

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Little green men in a Trojan horse.
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Customs and Border Protection suddenly has tons of job listings on LinkedIn for almost every town in Georgia. Think they're planning something big?

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Nothing is more illustrative of the turmoil in conservative thought as the Milo Yiannopoulos episode that played out this week. If the thinking is "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" then Yiannopoulos was supposed to be their friend. His scheduled speech at Berkeley was, in effect, shut down by protests from campus PC groups. "All well and good," thought the CPAC people. "Anybody that crowd hates has got to be good for us." But Yiannopoulos has also spoken in favor of man/boy love. Indeed, he doesn't think it's pedophilia unless the younger partner is prepubescent. (Good luck in the courts with that one!) So, now that his views have come out, he has been disinvited to speak to CPAC and his scheduled book release has been cancelled. These are some of the same Christian conservatives who held their noses and voted for Trump. Would it be too much to expect to ask them to express their sense of morality by condemning the bigotry of these alt-right types? Apparently so.

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Still dropping steadily.

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When black reporter, April Ryan, asked Trump if he was going to meet with the Congressional Black Caucus, he asked if she could set up a meeting and if they were friends of hers. In doing so, he inadvertently blew the secret about the telepathic connection all black people have with each other. April Ryan could use this to set up a meeting in a jiffy if she wanted to.

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Legion is the best new TV show I've watched since Breaking Bad blew my mind. It's the story of a young man who has spent years in mental hospitals, diagnosed as schizophrenic. But when a new woman arrives at the hospital, he slowly begins to realize the special powers within him. The turnaround is breathtaking. The show is directed by Noah Hawley, who did such great work with the Fargo TV series. It has a look and feel somewhere between A Clockwork Orange and the 60's TV series, The Prisoner. It just fires on all cylinders: story line, acting, direction, cinematography and art direction. 

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Actually, Trump favors a two-state solution.
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