Donald Trump is hiding his tax returns: Day 589

So what is Trump hiding? What is it that is so big and so bad that he’s had to work so hard to hide it for the past 589 days? We don’t know. We can only guess, based on his sheer determination to keep it hidden. Whatever it is, it has to be yuge. [Read more…]

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Media bias should be Good News

This is how news works. It is inescapably “biased” in that it is presented and received as either Good News or Bad News. And most of the time, no one complains about the bias implicit in all such judgments because everyone agrees. What kind of sicko wouldn’t agree that a family losing their home is Bad News? And who could be so demented as to not understand that the family surviving the fire is Good News? [Read more…]

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Smart people saying smart things (12.26)

Charles Dickens on the poor of London; Kelly J. Baker on “nice, decent folks;” Katherine Franke on the default assumptions of default identity politics; Ijeoma Oluo on the least we can do; and President Barack Obama being as Niebuhrian as the Serenity Prayer. [Read more…]

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Will we have overtime four years from now?

It will happen this way, slowly and quietly at first, then faster and louder, and then it will be done. [Read more…]

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Life is not a game of musical chairs

“”OK, kids, here’s a fun little game where we train you to be monstrous contenders in a Hobbesian war of all against all. With music! Life is zero-sum, kiddies. Remember that your happiness derives from others’ loss, and others’ happiness means less for you! You are ultimately, and always, utterly alone.” [Read more…]

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Deny them the use of ‘we’

And so, after the uncertain trumpet of election day, it is more important than ever to deny them that “we” — that vast and inclusive plural — everywhere else. All the time. In person. At work. At the store. Online. Everywhere. Deny them the illusion of unanimity. Deny them your consent. Do not allow them to mistake silence for agreement. [Read more…]

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White evangelicalism is white nationalism.

White evangelicalism yesterday performed the purpose for which it was designed: It elected a white nationalist as president. This was not the end of white evangelicalism, but the culmination of its purpose, its origin, its intent. White evangelicalism IS white nationalism. This is what it is, and always has been, for. [Read more…]

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The day after

“Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is on the point of death, for I have not found your works perfect in the sight of my God. Remember then what you received and heard; obey it, and repent.” [Read more…]

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