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But Kaine He Do It?*

prospect.org — The decision to have Tim Kaine deliver the SOTU response just looks weirder and weirder. Setting aside the ideological objections raised by Shakes and Arianna, the guy just lacks the technical talen

“Clinton-Kaine: the safe choice” isn’t a bad message in a race with Donald Trump

vox.com — A few hours before Hillary Clinton announced Tim Kaine would be her running mate, I had an interesting conversation with Stuart Stevens, Mitt Romney's 2012 campaign manager. The topic was Donald Trump. These days, the topic is always Donald Trump. But Stevens' analysis of the election offered a useful window into why Clinton chose Kaine.

Donald Trump doesn’t want to make America great. He wants to make it afraid.

vox.com — Donald Trump is not a candidate the American people would turn to in normal times. He's too inexperienced, too eccentric, too volatile, too risky. Voting Trump is burning down the house to collect the insurance money - you don't do it unless things are really, really bad.

Donald Trump’s nomination is the first time American politics has left me truly afraid

vox.com — Tonight, Donald J. Trump will accept the Republican Party's nomination for president of the United States. And I am, for the first time since I began covering American politics, genuinely afraid. Donald Trump is not a man who should be president. This is not an ideological judgment.

Conservative intellectual Yuval Levin on how the Republican Party lost its way

vox.com — Yuval Levin has been called "the most influential conservative intellectual of the Obama era," and the moniker fits. As editor of National Affairs - in my opinion, the best policy journal going on the right - he's been at the head of the "reformicon" movement, and his work has had a heavy influence on top Republicans like Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio.

No, Donald Trump Jr. didn’t plagiarize part of his speech

vox.com — As the second night of the Republican National Convention ended, Twitter erupted at the news that Donald Trump Jr.'s speech might also have been plagiarized. In this case, the original source was FH Buckley, a law professor at George Mason University who writes for the American Conservative: But it was a false alarm.

Primary Concerns Episode 21: Paying Down the Hate Debt

newrepublic.com — The Republican National Convention is upon us, and that means Republicans are agreeing to make peace with everything about Donald Trump that they know to be unacceptable. It's clear by now that Trump has awakened and sanctioned a kind of latent social disorder among his supporters: private racism becomes public.

Primary Concerns Episode 21: Back to Mike Pence

newrepublic.com — The Republican National Convention is upon us, and that means Republicans are agreeing to make peace with everything about Donald Trump that they know to be unacceptable. It's clear by now that Trump has awakened and sanctioned a kind of latent social disorder among his supporters: private racism becomes public.

Issa Mocked Families of Four Americans Killed by Terrorists

perrspectives.com — Issa Mocked Families of Four Americans Killed by Terrorists On Wednesday, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) will hold new hearings into the Benghazi consulate attack which claimed the lives of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

Donald Trump’s 60 Minutes interview left me wondering if he even wants to be president

vox.com — On Sunday night, Donald Trump and Mike Pence sat down with 60 Minutes' Lesley Stahl for their first joint interview. It got weird quickly. " You said you would declare war against ISIS," Stahl asked Trump. "What exactly do you have-" I assume Stahl would have finished the question with "in mind."
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Jul 26, 2016

Democrats believe America is great for the same reasons Trump believes it isn't:  http://www.vox.com/2016/7/26/12282960/democratic-convention-dnc 

Jul 25, 2016

You can read Bernie Sanders's full speech here. The Clinton endorsement is unequivocal:  http://www.vox.com/2016/7/25/12282878/bernie-sanders-dnc-speech-transcript 

Jul 25, 2016

This is a really effective emotional register for this part of the speech. It's hot language, and the cool delivery really works.

Jul 25, 2016

I said this in 2012, and I'll say it again: Michelle Obama is a better speaker than her husband, and her husband is a damn good speaker.

Jul 25, 2016

Strong production values on this Michelle Obama video

Jul 25, 2016

I wonder how many vegans have had primetime convention speaking slots? Is Booker the first, or did a celeb beat him to it?

Jul 25, 2016

You might enjoy my podcast with @CoryBooker, which goes deep into his spirituality, history, and hatred of penguins  http://www.vox.com/2016/3/28/11320198/cory-booker-ezra-klein 

Jul 25, 2016

Cory Booker is the rare speaker who really looks like he's having a good time

Jul 25, 2016

RT @chrislhayes: So far this night has all the showbiz and roller coaster unpredictability Trump promised!


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