September 23, 2019

United States

"‘Boooooo!” That’s how California Democrats, gathered for their state party convention in San Francisco this weekend, received two of their 2020 presidential aspirants."

"In vintage Donald Trump fashion, the attempt by the man in the White House to take down former vice president Joe Biden ended up with Don the Ripper ripping his own britches."

"First up, Robert Mueller. I think it’s worth reiterating how impeccably he has behaved in what has become an extremely tense constitutional moment."

"The seat of American executive power went quiet for the duration of Robert Mueller’s statement—with officials trying to assess what his remarks would mean for the president."

"Americans are having fewer children, and the latest news is that the U.S. birth rate has dipped to a 32-year low. A cross-party coalition in Washington thinks political intervention can mitigate the decline..."

"O’Rourke’s Senate campaign created huge enthusiasm, but he has faltered as a Presidential candidate. He’s trying to revive his campaign by meeting every voter he can."

"Since 9/11, roughly 7,000 U.S. soldiers have lost their lives while serving in the Middle East. These fallen heroes did not serve alone. They are survived by spouses and children, who are commonly referred to as Gold Star families."

"...journalism—unlike, say, medicine, law, or architecture—is a profession that any person can practice. There are no licensing or education requirements, and we journalists generally think that this is a good thing"

"Anger seldom works against Trump; he owns the currency and can always issue more of it. In addressing the rogue President directly, or speaking about him in the third person, Pelosi usually adopts a tone that is more sorrowful than angry..."

"Trump's cursing is one of the most straightforward parts of his appeal... Trump is not the only politician whose profanity has stood him in good stead."

"I often disagree with Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., but I've been disturbed by the idea that he should be run out of the Republican Party just because he believes President Trump committed impeachable offenses."

"One of the particular characteristics of the Trump presidency is the way Trump consistently creates drama – some by design, some not – that makes it hard to see the broader outline of events."

"It’s increasingly clear that Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision protecting a woman’s right to choose abortion, is in jeopardy. But what is Roe all about? Privacy? Liberty? Women’s equality?"

"In a matter of weeks, moderate Joe Biden has gone from dead-on-arrival gaffe machine to undisputed front-runner. But progressive activists think they can still bring him down."

"John Bolton, President Trump's national security adviser, seemingly hasn't met a war he doesn't love... By contrast, last year President Trump said the Iraq War was "the single worst decision ever made.""

"Instead of aiming to divide and conquer, the Trumpian right seeks to divide and then divide some more... The culture war hasn't ended under Trump. It has swallowed up everything else."

"Warren has earned her wonk reputation. No other top 2020 contender can come close to the depth or breadth of her policy portfolio."

""It's important that we stop seeing religion used as a kind of cudgel as if God belonged to a political party," Buttigieg told NBC's Craig Melvin. "If it did, I can't imagine it would be the one that sent the current President into the White House."

"To be an off-season caretaker of Bodie, California (winter population: 5), you need a high tolerance for cold, solitude, and two-hour grocery runs."

"It’s hard not to get the sense we are really supposed to be both shocked and appalled by the fact that Bernie Sanders is the only living American who never quite got over the '60s counterculture..."

"With the Russia investigation over, and an obsequious attorney general in his corner, the president may be truly unleashed."

"We don’t spend much time thinking about the suburbs. That’s sort of the point — they’re purposely and pleasantly boring, a cul-de-sac monolith of culture."

"More troubling for Democrats is the shift among independents. In August 49% of them supported starting impeachment proceedings. Today only 36% do, while 59% oppose it."

"...though Trump's rules may be intended as a deterrent to illegitimate claims, they are an imprecise tool that will make an already difficult process substantially more arduous for people fleeing true persecution."

"The story goes like this: Trump is a malign interloper who swept in and “hijacked” the Republican Party, leading it astray from its true, noble ideals."

"The False Promise of the Yoga Voter: Democratic candidates are embracing New Age ideas to appeal to white suburban moms, but it might turn off everyone else."

"The Washington Post reported on Thursday that Trump had charged an American envoy with agreeing to pay a ransom of some $2 million in order to secure Warmbier’s release."

"What do we mean when we say that the “soul of the city” is under threat? Often, it’s really about politics, nostalgia, and the fear of community change."

"In little more than a decade, the American way of life will be swept away like so much historical debris... There is nothing we can do to stop this; our only recourse is to prepare for the inevitable."

"For the past three months, Americans have observed the process of drawing a target on a politician’s back. The politician is Representative Ilhan Omar, of Minnesota."

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