Corey Robin's outstanding big picture analysis in the NY Times (print on Sunday) on the GOP's existe
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Corey Robin's outstanding big picture analysis in the NY Times (print on Sunday) on the GOP's existential crisis is perfectly timed with the House failure today on health care (Trump's "closing the deal" has led to the bill losing more votes all day). I would simply note that judicial appointments held the GOP coalition together in November, as evangelicals voted for Trump mainly to keep Scalia's seat conservative, and today it continues to hold the party together ideologically. But if they ram through the Gorsuch nomination, the party will have less urgency and less glue holding the...
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Health Care vote and poll update from politicalwire
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Health Care vote and poll update from politicalwire.com:A new Quinnipiac poll finds that American voters disapprove of the Republican healthcare plan by 56% to 17%, with 26% undecided. Even among Republicans, support is a lackluster 41% to 24%But it still too close! GOP leaders can have no more than 22 defections from Republicans.A few whip counts:CBS News reports that 31 GOP House members “cannot support the bill in its current form.”NBC News says there are 30 who are “against the bill or leaning against it.”Huffington Post says 29 are “extremely likely to be against” the...
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Paraphrasing the always insightful expert Benjamin Wittes on NPR: "Comey has two kinds of appearance
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Paraphrasing the always insightful expert Benjamin Wittes on NPR: "Comey has two kinds of appearances before Congress: 1. "Communicative," when he wants to convey some conclusions when his investigation is over and there are no criminal consequences, just ethical problems; and 2. "Uncommunicative," when he evades questions and avoids details, when an investigation is ongoing and there are likely criminal charges. Comey was communicative about just one thing: that there is most definitely an ongoing investigation into the Trump campaign's contacts with Russia. He was uncommunicative about...
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Must-read on Gorsuch: Corey Brettschneider read his 2004 dissertation, and writes: "Gorsuch’s statem
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Must-read on Gorsuch: Corey Brettschneider read his 2004 dissertation, and writes: "Gorsuch’s statements on the issue in his 2004 Oxford University dissertation for his Doctorate in Philosophy reveal that he thought it obvious that the United States Constitution did not protect a right to same-sex marriage." Even more problematic, Brettschneider finds a passage that approvingly quotes Scalia putting gay marriage in the same category of unprotected claims as bestiality and incest. Gorsuch needs to be asked about this passage and disclaim it. If he dodges and obstructs this question, we...
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My Annamite professor
26/06/2017 Reviews (0)
Last July, the family, friends and students of Duong Quang Ham commenmorated at a simple and moving ceremony the 100th anniversary of his birth. He remains for all of us an exemplary teacher, a meritorious scholar of the Vietnamese language, a man of integrity, an intellectual of infallible probity and a great patriot.   In the 1930’s Duong Quang Ham was for three consecutive years my Anamite professor at the Lycée du Protectorat (high school). In the days of French colonialism, there were only two main high schools in Ha Noi: the Lycée Albert Sarrault for young French children and...
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Cambodia has widely disseminated the demarcation map to Vietnam
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During the Government meeting in October 9, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed the authorities to promote the widespread dissemination of demarcation work, set up landmarks with Vietnam, so that the Cambodian people can understand the correctness and legal maps that the government is using today.   Prime Minister Hun Sen affirmed that documents related to the demarcation map  with Vietnam were approved by the King and the Cambodian Parliament and this is also a historical evidence in national scientific research. Prime Minister Hun Sen stressed that these documents...
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Someone figured out why Trump or a supporter leaked only his 2005 tax return: because Melania's citi
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Someone figured out why Trump or a supporter leaked only his 2005 tax return: because Melania's citizenship application that year depended upon one clean, law-abiding, non-scandalous tax return. It's probably Trump's only clean return in the last 20 years!See his link:
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Good polling news today: A dramatic shift in favor of transgender rights
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Good polling news today: A dramatic shift in favor of transgender rights. 53% oppose "bathroom" laws restricting use to birth gender, and only 39% support them. 57% of independents opposed bathroom laws. This is just like how gay marriage flipped from 30% support to 55% support in just a decade, and how Americans turned against Jim Crow from 1954-64. But this issue is moving even faster. Don't assume we are on the losing side of the old culture-war wedge issues.http://www.reuters.com/artic…/us-usa-lgbt-poll-idUSKBN16H1A4?
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If Levar Ball was a soft-spoken, mature Black man, we would not know him and never see him on televi
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If Levar Ball was a soft-spoken, mature Black man, we would not know him and never see him on television...Period. Black men like that are not on television. So the anguish some of us are experiencing over him is ridiculous. It's as if we don't know any loud, boisterous dudes who say ridiculous things from time to time.We have to learn to stop being so gullible for a media that is always searching for angles to get ratings and sell products. Levar Ball certainly understands that and is simply trying to get his cut...his son is paid because he will be a high first round pick regardless of what...
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DO NOT MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SIT WITH IMAM FODE DRAME! Get more info about this program here: htt
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DO NOT MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SIT WITH IMAM FODE DRAME! Get more info about this program here: http://www.lamppostproductions.com/imam-fode/By the age of 5, Imam Drame had begun his formal studies, which included not only putting to memory the entirety of The Qur’an but also detailed study of Arabic grammar and poetry, Quranic exegesis, the traditions of the Prophet Muhammad, and most notably, the knowledge and practice of spiritual excellence, otherwise known as Sufism. In addition, Imam Drame is gifted in languages; before leaving his native Gambia for Quebec to pursue a BA in...
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