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Ted Strickland Lost-But He Proved That Populism Could Have Saved the Democrats — Guest post by Noam Scheiber:] For months now, a variety of left-leaning pundits have warned Democrats to strike a more populist tone if they want to survive politically. Unless your definition of "survive" is pretty liberal, it's hard to argue that Democrats accomplished that last night (though losing control of the Senate would obviously have been much worse).

De Blasio, Obama and a Flawed Vision of Liberalism — MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO recently got some good news in his standoff with the Police Department. In the first major poll conducted after the high-profile murder of two patrolmen, 69 percent of New Yorkers said they objected to police officers' turning their backs on the mayor at their colleagues' funerals, while 77 percent rejected a union boss's accusation that the mayor shared blame for the deaths.

Obama Inauguration 2013 Speech: He Was Always a Liberal, But Now He's Defending Liberalism — Much of the reaction to the president's speech so far has taken the form: He used to be obsessed with processwith driving the rancor and cynicism out of politics-whereas today he set aside the procedural mumbo-jumbo and tipped his ideological hand. As James Fallows put it: "[I]t's almost as if he ...

Meet Tommy Goldstein — Over the last three decades, the legal system has undergone a dramatic democratization process. Every jealous ex-wife, aggrieved former burger-flipper, and small-town whiplash victim now has access to legal talent, and four of the most common words on television are "have you been injured?" But only recently has democracy finally come to the Supreme Court.

Uber's Travis Kalanick Supports Obamacare. Next: Taxing the Rich? — Last month Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, an outspoken libertarian prone to fits of government-bashing, paid Obamacare a somewhat surprising compliment. "It's huge," Kalanick said of the program. "The democratization of those types of benefits allow people to have more flexible ways to make a living, they don't have to be working for The Man."

Rams Hands-Up Controversy Shows Problem With Ferguson Prosecutor — On Sunday, several St. Louis Rams football players took the field with their arms raised in the iconic gesture of protest against Michael Brown's killing. The display soon prompted an indignant response from the St. Louis Police Officers Association, which released a statement condemning the behavior and calling on the Rams and the NFL to punish the players and issue an apology.

Bob McCulloch abused the grand jury process in Ferguson — On the left, there were basically two reactions to Monday's announcement that Darren Wilson would not be indicted for killing Michael Brown. There were those who believed Wilson should have been indicted because it's hard to see how the killing of an unarmed man by a cop doesn't establish probable cause.

McCulloch Implicitly Conceded Need for Wilson Trial on Michael Brown — Here is the irony of St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch's announcement Monday night that a grand jury had declined to indict officer Darren Wilson for the shooting of Michael Brown: The entire presentation implicitly conceded the need for a trial.

Wonolo, Temp Worker App, Shows Scary Future of Sharing Economy — The last few years have brought an explosion of startups, like Uber and TaskRabbit, that effectively act as middlemen. These companies don't actually employ the workers who ferry passengers around town or assemble strangers' Ikea furniture. Their online platforms merely connect people who want to provide these services with people who want to pay for them.

GOP Reaction to Obama Immigration Order is Deadly — There are several reasons why Obama's executive action on immigration has put Republicans in a terrible bind. There's the fact that conservatives are likely to respond by demanding a hardline position from the party's 2016 nominee, torpedoing his or her electability.
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Feb 01, 2015

RT @motokorich: Katy Perry is riding that creature that Rick Moranis became in Ghostbusters. #SuperBowl halftime

Feb 01, 2015

Wait, there's a Middlebury alum starting in the Super Bowl?

Jan 31, 2015

Seems like an appropriate time to reup @juliaioffe's thank you to Jenny McCarthy:…

Jan 30, 2015

RT @jonathanchait: This "Barack Obama" guy who blogs for Huffpo is really bad at it and should be fired…

Jan 30, 2015

RT @ariannahuff: .@jonathanchait We can't fire him -- not an employee. But would consider hiring him when out of office as a @HuffPostHawaii associate ed.

Jan 29, 2015

"currency fluctuations reduced Apple rev by 5%--a cool $3.73bn...that's more than Google made in profit ($2.83 bin)"…

Jan 29, 2015

Some angst from Sherrod Brown. On why Warren has more buzz: “I don't play games...I don’t say, ‘I’m not running now.’…

Jan 29, 2015

I think Mitt is going through the motions of running again just to torment @jmartNYT.

Jan 28, 2015

Crazy fact from Robert Frank's Winner-Take-All Society: "in 1966, only 138 simultaneous converstns cld take place bw Europe & North America"

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