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Open Thread - LBJ On Liberals

Last night in the middle of blogging the Democratic Sit-in, Driftglass came across this interview with Bryan Cranston back when he was on Broadway in "All The Way," a dramatization of the life of LBJ in 1963-4. The Youtube was at this...Show More Summary

Trump Confirms He's A Hamiltonian; Invokes Lincoln's Protectionist Fallacies

Is Donald Trump reading this blog? If so, he's not grasping that Trump Isn't Hitler; He's Hamilton and Reality Check: Trump's Platform is Identical to Lincoln's weren't meant to be supportive of his mercantilist economic ideas. Maybe...Show More Summary

Led Zeppelin Cleared of Stealing 'Stairway to Heaven'

Led Zeppelin has beaten a lawsuit claiming that the iconic guitar riff in "Stairway to Heaven" was copied from Spirit's 1968 instrumental "Taurus." At trial, Led Zeppelin members Jimmy Page and Robert Plant testified as well as Michael Skidmore, the Trustee of Spirit songwriter Randy Wolfe's estate. Show More Summary

ALMOST FAMOUS, ALMOST BROKE: HOW DOES A JAZZ MUSICIAN MAKE IT IN NEW YORK NOW? “One of my pet peeve…

ALMOST FAMOUS, ALMOST BROKE: HOW DOES A JAZZ MUSICIAN MAKE IT IN NEW YORK NOW? “One of my pet peeves,” says Rio Sakairi, the artistic director of the Jazz Gallery, the forward-thinking not-for-profit space, “is when organizations say, ‘Jazz: America’s greatest art form.’ My reaction is always like, ‘Are you saying this because you don’t […]

THE NEW KNOW-NOTHINGS: “The gullible young radicals covering the White House, and how they got tha…

THE NEW KNOW-NOTHINGS: “The gullible young radicals covering the White House, and how they got that way,” as charted by Benjamin Weingarten at City Journal: Supposedly liberal and tolerant campuses create “safe spaces” limited to certain identity groups and those of a certain ideological inclination. In reality, safe spaces are safe only from the diversity […]

OH, THAT DEATH OF THE GROWNUP: Burger King’s Mac n’ Cheetos Are Your Wildest Willy Wonka Fast Food F…

OH, THAT DEATH OF THE GROWNUP: Burger King’s Mac n’ Cheetos Are Your Wildest Willy Wonka Fast Food Fantasy Come True. (Classical reference in headline.)

Which Is Best For Public Health: More Guns Or Fewer Guns?

In the wake of the Orlando shootings, the usual battle lines are drawn in the usual, predictable way. Urban liberals and many Democrats call for more regulations and enforcement to limit access to firearms (especially assault weapons);...Show More Summary

Leave My Pediatrician? I'm Only 26!

As adult Americans are staying on their parent's insurance to age 26, some are also keeping their pediatrician for years after childhood. For the first time in more than a century, young adults are more likely to live with their parents than with a partner or a spouse. Show More Summary

Terrosim And Freedom Of Speech In The Internet Age

There are rabid extremists everywhere these days, with raging rhetoric and venomous rallying cries. When their appeals to fear and violence provoke predictably, murderous actions, why shouldn't they also be charged with complicity for...Show More Summary

Supreme Court vacancy watch Day 131: The fallout from a deadlocked court

It's Thursday, June 23 and Day 131 since Justice Antonin Scalia died and Mitch McConnell laid down his Supreme Court blockade: No meetings, no hearings, no votes on his replacement. It's also Day 98 since President Obama named Merrick Garland to be Scalia's replacement. Show More Summary

Electric Car Goes 0 to 60 in 1.5 Seconds

Road and Track: With the Model S, Tesla proved that electric cars could be quick. The P90D equipped with Ludicrous Mode, for example, is capable of hitting 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds. But in order to be the fastest-accelerating electric car in the world, it would have to cut that time nearly in half. Show More Summary

8th Grader's Speech Impersonates the Candidates

Eighth-grader Jack Aiello used his eight-minute graduation speech to impersonate Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, President Obama, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Aiello graduated from Thomas Middle School outside Chicago. His principal told NBC that he was the "hands-down No. 1 pick" for speaker among teachers and staff.

Affirmative action forever

(Scott Johnson) In an opinion issued this morning, Justice Kennedy joined the Supreme Court’s four liberals to uphold the University of Texas’s “affirmative action” program in the Fisher case. This is the case’s second trip to the Court. Show More Summary

'If Trump Wants to Get the Number at $100 Million, He’ll Write a Check.' But He Hasn't.

A few days ago, RNC chief strategist Sean Spicer dismissed the abysmal fundraising figures for Donald Trump’s campaign, declaring that said could write a check to his own campaign for $100 million. Earlier this week, Trump said, “IfShow More Summary

Will Corbyn's Unreserved Opposition to Brexit Doom the Labour Party?

I remain an agnostic on whether it would be better for the United Kingdom to be inside or outside the European Union. I find some of the economic arguments for “Remain” Chicken-Little-ish, but who am I to say whether a major decision...Show More Summary

DEAR REPRESENTATIVES: When you do this, what I see is this.  If the Republicans knew your soft spot…

DEAR REPRESENTATIVES: When you do this, what I see is this.  If the Republicans knew your soft spots, they’d send the nation into gales of laughter by running to the nearest walmart and surrounding you with stuffed toys and juice boxes.  Then take pictures.

Fight over Obama administration Medicare drug spending program bleeds into election

The big fight over a modest Medicare pilot program to rein in the soaring cost of some prescription drugs is dragging on, and becoming a campaign issue. The program is a test to see how much could be saved by encouraging doctors to use...Show More Summary

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