Rising inequality is a cultural and economic cancer on a lot of different levels.

— Kevin Drum

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Donald Trump lied about criticizing Mark Zuckerberg.

Ben Carson lied about Mannatech.Carli Fiorina lied about the size of the tax code.Marco Rubio flatly refused to answer a question ("discredited attacks from Democrats") that I guess he didn't think he could just lie about. This is quite a debate.

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Carli Fiorina says companies are consolidating because it's the only way to compete with big, corrupt government. "This is how socialism starts." Is that also why she bought Compaq when she was CEO of Hewlett-Packard?

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In other words, in the same way that mass incarceration surged because of a real thing, it's finally starting to ebb because of a real thing: the actual, concrete decline in violent crime that started in the early 90s and which appears to be permanent. America is simply a safer place than it used to be, and looks set to stay that way.

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We had Hillary Clinton try and do a reset.

We had Hillary Clinton give Russia 20 percent of the uranium in our country. You know what uranium is, right? This thing called nuclear weapons, like lots of things, are done with uranium, including some bad things.

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The media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for a while.

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Of course the system can be changed. Why would I bother spending 14 years of my life blogging if I didn't believe that?

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If Trump really opposed the war in Iraq, all he has to do is show us the evidence. It would take five minutes. He hasn’t done it. He’s lying.

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You have to buy off interest groups, compromise your ideals, and settle for half loaves...

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[Donald] Trump had the opportunity to go after [Hillary] Clinton's emails at length if he wanted to, but he didn't.

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The WHO took care to explicitly say that processed meat didn’t rank alongside smoking when it comes to cancer risk.

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Open office plans, cell phones, constant notifications: these are all things that fight against sustained attention on a task. For some people and some tasks, that doesn’t matter. But for a lot of important work, it matters a lot.

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Ben Carson says his flat tax will be around 15 percent.

And by God, if he ever shows you the details, you'll see how awesome and deficit-killing it is.

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Carli Fiorina is really annoying. Hell, they're all annoying. But Fiorina doesn't even pretend to offer up policy answers. She just gives mini stump speeches about how bad everything is.

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Black crime rates fell more steeply than white crime rates, and now black incarceration is falling more steeply than white incarceration.

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If Democrats vote against everyone sight unseen, then Republicans will vote for everyone sight unseen. However, if Democrats demonstrate that they’re considering each candidate on the merits, they have at least a fighting chance of defeating one or two of Trump’s nominees.

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[Ronald]Reagan and[George W.] Bush were far more radical than other presidents.

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They [Republicans] assume that military action always shows strength, while avoiding military action always shows weakness. That's just crazy.

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So many theories. But all of them have one thing in common: They demonstrate that although Trump isn’t much of a businessman, he is rich enough to hire good tax attorneys who will hand over huge stacks of forms for him to sign blindly. That’s a helluva qualification for president, isn’t it?

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If I could snap my fingers and import France's health care system today, I'd do it.

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Betsy DeVos, for example, has shown that she’s flatly ignorant of an astounding amount of basic education policy. It might be possible to persuade two or three Republicans to oppose her on these grounds - but only if the entire confirmation process isn’t a pure partisan battle.

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Apparently the Republican base got radicalized first, and Democrats picked up the ball later. Or something.

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Democrats are awfully sensitive to losing power for a few years. I report, you decide.

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Why aren't Democrats voting against President [Donald] Trump's cabinet nominees en masse? Is it because they're just a bunch soft-headed Beltway lifers who don't understand that the base is pissed and wants them to fight fight fight?

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We didn't create ISIS. ISIS created ISIS.

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Promising a revolution that’s simply not feasible really does have the potential to create cynicism when a couple of years go by and it hasn’t happened.

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I can't fault [Donald] Trump for firing [Craig] Deare.

Then again, I also can't fault Deare for going berserk. Sometimes a marriage just doesn't work.

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I don't support everything Bernie Sanders supports, but I support most of it: universal health care, reining in Wall Street, fighting climate change, reversing the growth of income inequality, and so forth. If we could accomplish all this in a couple of years, I'd be delighted. But we can't.

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The reporting is fake. Look, look...You know what it is? Here's the thing. The public isn't - you know, they read newspapers, they see television, they watch. They don't know if it's true or false because they're not involved.But I'm involved. So I know when you're telling the truth or when you're not. I just see many, many untruthful things.

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[David] Muir tried four or five times to get a straight answer about [Donald] Trump's idiotic claim that 3-5 million noncitizens voted, and Trump just flatly wouldn't engage.

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The younger you are, the more likely you are to have grown up in a (mostly) lead-free environment, and that means you're less likely to have committed a felony or gotten sent to prison.

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Apple has never allowed ad-blocking software on the iPhone or iPad.

This is one among many reasons that I ditched both. Not because I hate ads all that passionately, but because it's an example of the obsessive corporate control Apple maintains over its environment.

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You're more likely to vote Democratic if you hate Republicans than if you love Democrats, and vice versa.

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The folks who want to be left alone are the ones who actually get most of the work done, but they’re still mocked as drones or beavers or trolls. That’s bad enough, but now technology is helping the extroverts in their long twilight campaign against actually concentrating on anything.

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Our system is a mess, but 90 percent of America has insurance coverage.

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I read quite a few complaints last night about Lester Holt’s choice of debate topics. Liberals wanted to know why climate change didn’t come up. Conservatives thought there should have been a question about abortion.

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I think [Hillary] Clinton owes the press some thanks for going so far overboard on the emails and the Clinton Foundation over the past year.

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Like it or not, war is not always the answer. The better part of wisdom is to stay out.

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In America, the economy is simply nowhere near bad enough to serve as the base of any kind of serious political revolution.

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Republican voters already hated Democrats so much that [Bill] Clinton and [Barack] Obama didn't really have much impact.

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If you want to make a difference in America, you need to be prepared for a very long, very frustrating slog.

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Because prison sentences in America tend to be long, de-incarceration lags falling crime rates by a fair amount, but eventually it does catch up.

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I'd like to see college debt levels drop by a lot, but I'm not quite sure what the best way to do that is.

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In any case, to the extent that the media is dedicated to exposing lies and reporting the truth, it is indeed the opposition party to people like Bannon.

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The fallout from the Supreme Court halfway killing Obamacare would likely be more serious than conservatives believe...Even their own base, which has been told relentlessly that Obamacare represents the end of the America they love, might start to demand a fix once it becomes clear just what they’re missing - and what all those blue states with their own exchanges are getting.

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Smart hiring managers in the modern world should be asking, “How long can you concentrate on a task before you have to take a break?” I wonder how many of them do?

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Marco Rubio turns a question about missing Senate votes into an attack on the mainstream media.

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When Donald Trump disingenuously demands to know why [Hillary] Clinton never tried to close the loopholes he used, the answer is: She did. And if there had been any way to make it retroactive, she probably would have voted for that too.

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[Donald trump] was steamed about [Hillary] Clinton's suggestion that he might not be as rich as he says. So he ditched the email stuff and instead spend a couple of minutes defending the greatness of his income, his company, his debts, his bankers, his buildings - and then sort of forgot what he was talking about and wandered off into a riff about how terrible our infrastructure is.

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The plain fact is that recent college grads aren’t in massive pain.

They suffered during the Great Recession like everyone else, but all told, they probably suffered a little less than most other groups.

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