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Chris Jones
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Fracture
There were always three possible scenarios in a Trump presidency. The first was that Trump and his Republican majorities in Congress and the Supreme Court would swiftly pass a slate of regressive laws dismantling Obama era programs and undermining the Great...
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January 21, 2017
Day 1 of the Trump presidency. 1460 to go. For an update on how the nation has responded , please see the title of this blog.
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A Read on Trump
William Saletan at Slate  has, I think, the best analysis of the sort of man Trump is . He's not a cold-blooded fascist, he's an emotionally stunted narcissist. That presents great dangers, but as Saletan argues there are ways to deal with him.
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Snyder's Twenty Lessons
MM  sent this link along: Professor Timothy Snyder at Yale University offers " Twenty Lessons from the 20th Century ," to fight back against growing authoritarianism. It is a good reminder that history itself is one of our greatest resources in defending a ...
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Herronvolk Rising
As the certainty of Union victory hit home in the Confederacy in the spring of 1865, a small but sizable number of Confederates contemplated emigration to other nations in the Western Hemisphere where slavery as a legal institution still existed. Mexico and...
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"Reviving the Heart of Our Democracy"
This doesn't get old...
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Convention Watch
As the GOP Convention gets underway, it will be interesting to see how any Trump bounce in the polls manifests. First, a positive bounce would require a convention that actually functions without catastrophe, crisis, or embarrassment for the Republicans or ...
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Nobody Panic
Here's a quick dose of blog-tonic in case you read about polling numbers that came out today showing a tightening race for the Presidency and proceeded to freak out. The most alarming was a Quinnipiac swing state poll showing a tie between Clinton and Trump...
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The 2016 Stakes
As we all know the circus comes to Cleveland in just one week and Donald Trump will officially be named, despite wishful thinking to the contrary, Republican nominee for President. It is hard to comment on the state of the Republican Party at this moment. T...
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Mapping the Ocean
The Okeanos Exporer, an NOAA ship, is currently near the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument mapping the ocean floor with remote underwater vehicles and livestreaming the whole thing .
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