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Sarah Sanders Ignores Trump's Immorality to Celebrate His 'Unconventionality'.

 Donald Trump presented evangelicals with a superficial dilemma. He could deliver their dream of a conservative Supreme Court for decades, but the cost of this was supporting a man who was the antithesis of all they stood for. I said it was a superficial dilemma because Trump is exactly what ...

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How Intelligent is Donald Trump?

It’s hard to define exactly what intelligence is. There are many stories of people with high IQs that have made a mess of their lives. Take Ted Kaczynski — the Unabomber. His IQ was measured at 167. A mathematical prodigy — he was appointed the youngest assistant professor at UC Berkeley. Then ...

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Fooling People with Numbers. How Innumeracy Leads to Poor Decision Making.

Do you know the difference between a million and a billion? Can you envision it? Not sure? Then picture this. Imagine you were given a dollar every second. After an hour you would have $3,600. After a day $86,400. And in 11 ½ days, you would have a $1 million. But to get ...

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Republican Hypocrisy on Mollie Tibbetts' Killer.

Left-wing conspiracy theorists will view the announcement that Mollie Tibbetts’ killer was an ‘illegal alien’ with deep suspicion. Coming on the day when two of Trump’s lieutenants left court as convicted felons it gave the right-wing media a useful distraction — a headline story that shoved the conniving Manafort and Cohen below the ...

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The Increase in Minimum Wage & Hourly Pay Compared to Average CEO Pay.

The chart above tracks the growth of the average hourly wage of the American worker. It seems to show an overall steady and solid increase. But it is an optical illusion. The scale on the right starts at $22.00 and ends at $22.80. If it started at $0.00 the columns would ...

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Why Do Americans Rate Their Politicians So Abysmally?

July 30, 2018

It is widely known that today’s Congress has the same approval rating as herpes. In truth, politicians have never ranked high in anyone’s estimation. Why? To understand let’s consider how someone gets a position in politics. In most jobs you submit a resume and go to an interview where you extol your experience, education, and credentials. You offer no […]

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How to Lie with Statistics. Why Journalists and Pundits Can’t Be Trusted with Numbers.

July 30, 2018

While Donald Trump’s approval rating hovers around the low 40% for ‘all voters’ — the lowest ever for a president at this point in his first term – his approval rating among ‘self-declared Republicans’, at 88%, is the highest for any Republican President except for Bush Jr. right after 9/11. Does this mean that Trump is supported […]

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Voters Prefer Democrats to Republicans by 12%. And Seniors Are No Longer the Most Conservative Americans.

July 25, 2018

A new Quinnipiac poll reveals that Americans are currently 12 percentage points more likely to vote for a Democrat (51%) in their congressional district than a Republican (39%) —  which is good news for the Democrats. Republicans will take solace by pointing out that the polls had Hillary winning the presidency — which obviously she didn’t. However, the 2016 […]

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Is Trump Sane? Lindsey Graham Hints at the Answer.

July 23, 2018

In an interview with Margaret Brennan on ‘Face the Nation’ Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said that Trump’s mental faculties may be diminished. “I think the president gets this confused,” Graham said. “If you suggest that Russians meddled in 2016, he goes to the idea that, well, I didn’t collude with them.” Graham was good enough to keep the language gentle — […]

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Beto O’Rourke Embraces Trump’s Impeachment.

July 18, 2018

Democratic Party leadership is terrified that impeachment talk will galvanize the Republican base in the November elections. A wave of young liberals — epitomized by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — have ignored this concern. However, a solidly Democratic seat in New York City is hardly a bellwether for the country. But the US Senate election in Texas is. Texas used to be reliably conservative. Ted […]

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Conservative Commentary on Trump’s Terrible Day in Helsinki.

July 16, 2018

Predictably Liberals were not impressed with Trump’s obsequious attitude to Putin in Helsinki. But many conservatives were equally, if not more scathing, in their assessment of Trump’s war on our friends. His fawning over our enemy. And most telling his choice to believe Putin over his own — America’s — intelligence services Here’s a sampling of Fox News […]

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Indian River County Schools Ban Pajamas, Parents Horrified.

July 15, 2018

The Indian River County school district in Florida changed its dress code. Here are the new guidelines: “Almost all words and graphics on clothing and accessories, aside from ‘school-approved clubs and activities,’ now are prohibited. However, the code allows print or a logo no larger than 2-by-2 inches. Leggings, jeggings — jean leggings — and pajamas also […]

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Huckabee’s ‘Real Americans’ Don’t Live Where he Thinks They Do.

July 1, 2018

Mike Huckabee and other missionaries peddle that ‘real Americans’ only live in ‘flyover country’. In their imagining, these denizens of middle America are honest, thrifty, independent, moral, religious, industrious, patriotic and white. By extension, coastal dwellers are none of the above. Those degenerates are flag-denigrating, out-of-touch, sneering, socialist, atheist, immoral hedonists who wouldn’t know God, guns, grits, and […]

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Conservatives Go into Meltdown Over Sanders Ouster From Local Eatery.

June 25, 2018

The Republican Party of Virginia is incensed that Sarah Huckabee Sanders had been booted from the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington Virginia. They made their feelings known today on Twitter. Let’s parse this communique. Chutzpah is nativist Conservatives playing the “intolerance” card. They are, after all, the philosophical home of Jim Crow laws, the KKK, the John Birch Society, the […]

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