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The reform conservative maxim on poverty

The reform conservative maxim on poverty

Or, if you prefer, “Shorter reform conservatives Paul Ryan and Reihan Salam“:

If you are the CEO of a bank, and you and/or your employees deliberately engage in risky behavior that causes the economy to crash and requires that the US government and Federal Reserve bail your bank out to the tune of trillions of dollars in free money, hey, it’s cool. I mean, shit happens, right? You win some, you…

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Paternalism for thee, poor person, but not for me or any of my pals

Paternalism for thee, poor person, but not for me or any of my pals

In his defense of Paul Ryan’s compassionate plan to help the poor by treating them like ex-cons, Reihan Salam lifts the veil around the whole “libertarian, unless” side of movement er, reform, I mean reform, conservatism:

If all of this caseworker talk sounds paternalistic to you, you’re on to something. Conservatives hate nanny-statism, and are always railing against the regulations that get in…

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Saturday night tunes: Blue Train

Saturday night tunes: Blue Train

I hardly ever post anything here on Saturdays, which I sometimes feel bad about, but it’s mostly because I’m either out doing stuff with my family, like today, or in but trying as hard as possible to approach a state of catatonia. But maybe there’s a way to be catatonic and still keep the old blog rolling, with a little music. Let’s see if I can manage to keep this going week to week. I give it…

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Representative Curt Clawson (R-FL) is a shining example of American derpitude and derpgenuity

Representative Curt Clawson (R-FL) is a shining example of American derpitude and derpgenuity

Every time I start to think we’ve hit Peak Know Nothing in this country, we manage to dig a little deeper and find a whole new vein of stupid to mine:

In an intensely awkward congressional hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Thursday, freshman Rep. Curt Clawson misidentified two senior U.S. government officials as representatives of the Indian government.

The two officials, Nisha…

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Paul Ryan wants to fight poverty by putting poor people on probation, for being poor

Paul Ryan wants to fight poverty by putting poor people on probation, for being poor

Apparently the country was due for another round of Paul Ryan’s “Message: I Care” tour

“Hey girl. I really do. Care, I mean. You can see it in my eyes as I’m blasting out these curls.”

…because yesterday he released his brand new ideafor saving the poor: The Opportunity Grant®. The plan is to merge a whole lot of individual programs…

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IS isn’t requiring female genital mutilation, but that kind of sounds like something they’d do

IS isn’t requiring female genital mutilation, but that kind of sounds like something they’d do

Before the massive protests in the West Bank crowded everything else out, one of the biggest stories out of the Middle East yesterday was a report from one of the UN’s top officials in Iraq that the Islamic State had orderedthe “circumcision” (AKA, female genital mutilation, FGM) of all women and girls in and around Mosul. In hindsight, there were reasons to be skeptical of this report. For one…

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West Bank erupts; are we on the brink of a third intifada?

West Bank erupts; are we on the brink of a third intifada?

A planned protest in Ramallah against the ongoing Israeli action in Gaza, which was supposed to march into Jerusalem via the Qalandia checkpoint, has turned into what Buzzfeed is calling “the largest West Bank protests in years.” Reuters is calling itthe largest protest in the West Bank since the 2000-2005 Second Intifada. Details are still sketchy, but the protesters seem to number at least…

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This is not the act of a civilized nation

This is not the act of a civilized nation

It’s past time for the death penalty to go on indefinite hiatus. It’s sad enough that the company we’re keeping on the “executing criminals” front is China, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen. It’s deplorable enough that we know to a certaintythat people have been put to death in this country for crimes they didn’t commit. Either of these facts alone ought to be enough to have ended the death…

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The Lindsey Graham foreign policy playbook, at LobeLog

The Lindsey Graham foreign policy playbook, @LobeLog

In case you missed it, and chances are you did, Sunday’s “Meet the Press” finally established once and for all that Senator Lindsey Graham (What? Lindsey Graham on a Sunday morning TV show? How unusual!) is perhaps the keenest foreign policy mind this country has ever produced:

However, when Senator Graham shared his critical thoughts about Obama’s foreign policy record July 20 on NBC’s “Meet the…

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