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Leslie P
Redheaded, lefthanded, native Texan.
Redheaded, lefthanded, native Texan.

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Katy Tur Claims Journalists Aren’t Biased
"Journalists aren't biased and if they do have biases, our job is to put those aside and report fairly," Tur said. "If we have any bias, it's a bias toward the facts."

Tur claimed that any bias journalists have is towards democracy and truth.

It's statements like these, which most self-proclaimed journalists make, that render them untrustworthy.

There's no world in which what she says is true, so she's either delusional or dishonest, neither of which renders her a trustworthy reporter of fact.

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Racehorse Hanes has died
That's the name that always comes to mind when I think of a rich person needing a defense attorney. 

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It's a Start!
The State Department is planning to reduce staffing by thousands as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson moves forward with efforts to streamline the agency that conservative critics say has outgrown its core functions.

As many as 2,300 foreign and civil service positions—about 9 percent of the Americans in State’s workforce worldwide—will be cut over the next two years 

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Binary choice: Who do you trust more, National Political Media or Trump's White House?

Hey media - enjoy your dinner tomorrow, just realize, we don't trust you.


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Things really are getting better
Statistics tell a story, and they consistently tell such a lovely story about how things are getting better for humanity, all around the world.

Go to this site and press play. Watch child mortality decline, everywhere. You can start all the way back in 1751, but for a long time there wasn't information from anywhere other than the UK. Starting 50 years ago, the data from the whole world begins to exist - and the trend is unmistakeable.

Babies are surviving!

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Trump’s Tax Plan Is Brilliant Politics and Even Better Economics
Under Trump’s plan, taxes on corporate profits go from 35% to 15%...Taxes on capital gains go from 23.8% to 20%...Rates for all individuals are lowered to three: 10%, 25%, and 35%. The standard deduction for individuals is doubled.. The estate tax and the alternative minimum tax is gone

the shining light of this plan is the dramatic reduction in taxes on corporate profits. The economics of this are based on a simple but profoundly true insight. Economic growth is the key to a good society. This is where good jobs come from. This is how technology improves. This is what gives everyone a brighter outlook on life. If you can imagine that your tomorrow will be more prosperous and flourishing than today, your life seems to be on track

Where does economic growth come from? For decades dating back perhaps a hundred-plus years, people imagined that it could come from government programs and policy manipulation.

The Trump tax plan is rooted in a much better idea. Economic growth must come from the private sector. It must come from investment in private capital.

If this tax plan goes through, the entire class of entrepreneurs, investors, and merchants will receiving a loud signal: this country is safe for you to realize your dreams and make the dreams of others come true.

The beauty of unleashing the power of private capital is that the brilliant results will always be surprising. We don't know what kind of experimentation in investment and business expansion this will create.

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Byron York: Why can't House repeal Obamacare? Because a lot of Republicans don't want to
By this time, it's becoming increasingly clear that Republicans have not repealed Obamacare because a lot of Republicans do not want to repeal Obamacare.

They don't even want to sorta repeal Obamacare. The bill currently on the table, like the bill pulled in March, falls far short of a full repeal of Obamacare. And yet Republicans still cannot agree on it.

_ "The fact that some members are balking at even allowing states to waive out of some of Obamacare regulations is proof positive. We've gone from 'repeal it root-and-branch' to 'Mother-may-I opt out of some of Obamacare' — and we still are having trouble getting the votes."_

"A pure repeal would get less than 200 votes," said the second member quoted above. "It really is one of the biggest political shams in history — many of these members would not have been elected without promising repeal, and now they are wilting.

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Can we talk about Joss Whedon? We need to talk about Joss Whedon.

Well, really, there's not much to say other than that the hideousness of his persona, which he insists on broadcasting to the public, so greatly overshadows his work that I find I can no longer enjoy anything associated with the man.

These young ladies are minors, and cancer survivors. But Joss thought up a cool sick burn on Paul Ryan, so that's what he put out there as public representation of himself.

It is as much "artistic output" from him as Firefly. HE chooses to share this ugly ugly side of himself with the public, this is how he wants to be known.

OK. Bye Joss.

Yes, I had a pretty good idea you were a horrible person when you had a tv show where sex slavery was cool (Dollhouse, yes, that's basically what it was). But you've not done anything to make me think that my interpretation was off.

You are a horrible, small, hateful person, incapable of genuine respect for others. Begone.

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I don't have to like any of these people to see the hypocrisy. Nobody thinks of Cosmo as a news organization, true; but these are how cultural impressions are made. If you don't get to see them side by side, you won't notice what they're doing as easily, nor be able to point it out to others who are unaware of the bias.…/status/857686299670695937
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The Handmaid’s Tale Is Hate Speech
I've never read the book or seen the movie, have no intention of seeing the TV show, don't subscribe to Hulu, and have no interest in any of the above.

But the articles ABOUT this show are pretty amusing and interesting. It's fun to see the ways people tear this Atwood person apart for writing a stupid book, and how they slam Hollywood for applauding it. Clever insult prose is fun, certainly more fun than the book or tv show would be.

In an effort to show its relevance and compete with Netflix, Hulu has made a bold move: It took The Handmaid's Tale, a crackpot feminist meltdown by Canadian typist Margaret Atwood, and made it into a series. Yes, it had already been made into a boring, implausible movie.

No, it's not "suddenly relevant" thanks to the election of Donald Trump. In fact, it wasn't relevant when Atwood banged it out either. It was simply her shrill, nasty and paranoid reaction to us stupid Yanks electing Ronald Reagan. Now that we've gone and elected Donald Trump, it was clearly time to reboot it.

The book really is that foolish. It's the kind of nightmarish scenario that an unbalanced college girl would tell her therapist, just before he wrote her a prescription for Xanax. So of course it's on college readings lists around the world.

It's so cheap and easy for academic feminists to fling this wretched book at their students. It doesn't challenge any group that's privileged or powerful. In fact, it feeds hateful stereotypes that the wealthy and influential like to spread about a weaker group

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