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August 17th, 2014
thesmithian
you…actually seem to believe…that it is plausible for a sworn and armed officer to kill a citizen and do so in anonymity.
August 4th, 2014
thesmithian

Albert Shen has been appointed by the White House as the Deputy Director of Minority Business Development Agency…

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August 3rd, 2014
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…examines the four turbulent years from 1972 to 1976, the bridge from Nixon’s very visible demise to Reagan’s increasingly visible triumph. All three have a trademark style. They are prodigiously researched; they are long; they are funny; and, in their zeal for narrative, they owe more to the high-quality journalism of a David Halberstam or a Theodore White than to the footnoting, the theorizing, and the narrowed focus of academic historical writing. In addition, Perlstein’s…books trace a single argumentthat the conservative movement divided the nation.

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July 27th, 2014
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…it turns out that this bloody road we walk…is not as cyclical as we may have once thought. This road is not a circle, it’s a downward spiral, leading to new lows, which, I’m sad to say, we’ll be unlucky enough to experience.
July 19th, 2014
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"Elected officials…it can be Democrat, Republican, from any background, from any part of the country—take their oaths and all of a sudden are surrounded by people who only tell them what they want to hear…They only hear good news and become insulated from the public. Often they don’t even believe their own polling numbers because of their profound self-assurance. This kind of thinking can easily lead to arrogance and a sense of entitlement. Some people lose their moral compass. Some never had one…[Ray] Nagin ran for office with the best of intentions. His lack of political experience was a plus as a candidate, but a deficit as mayor. His fall has been a disappointment not only to the city but also to so many who supported him and had high hopes for him."

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"Elected officials…it can be Democrat, Republican, from any background, from any part of the country—take their oaths and all of a sudden are surrounded by people who only tell them what they want to hear…They only hear good news and become insulated from the public. Often they don’t even believe their own polling numbers because of their profound self-assurance. This kind of thinking can easily lead to arrogance and a sense of entitlement. Some people lose their moral compass. Some never had one…[Ray] Nagin ran for office with the best of intentions. His lack of political experience was a plus as a candidate, but a deficit as mayor. His fall has been a disappointment not only to the city but also to so many who supported him and had high hopes for him."

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July 18th, 2014
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'…black voters in the South are poised to play a pivotal role in this year’s midterm elections. If Democrats win the South and hold the Senate, they will do so because of Southern black voters.'

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July 14th, 2014
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…the Rome dinner shows another side of Mr. Obama.

As one of an increasing number of late-night dinners in his second term, it offers a glimpse into a president who prefers intellectuals to politicians, and into the rarefied company Mr. Obama may keep after he leaves the White House.

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July 14th, 2014
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Kathryn Ma…writes with authority about racial politics in San Francisco, a city where, not long ago, “all the Asian lawyers in town fit into five or six tables.” Now Chinatown power players can block or tip a judge’s promotion, and the annual luncheon of the local Asian bar association fills the banquet floor.

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Kathryn Ma…writes with authority about racial politics in San Francisco, a city where, not long ago, “all the Asian lawyers in town fit into five or six tables.” Now Chinatown power players can block or tip a judge’s promotion, and the annual luncheon of the local Asian bar association fills the banquet floor.

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July 14th, 2014
thesmithian
…it’s just a matter of time before they start looking outward and start looking at the West and at the United States in particular…we are at a dangerous time.

Attorney General Eric Holder

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…the leading militant group that has extended its grip through large areas of the region—the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria…

July 10th, 2014
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'A powerful government workers' union will end its support for the United Negro College Fund after the group accepted $25 million from the conservative powerhouse Koch brothers and the college fund's president appeared at a Koch event. In a letter made public Thursday, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees said it will no longer partner with or raise funds for the fund, known for its iconic motto, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”'

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