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Hillary Clinton Is Right: Donald Trump Threatens World War III

thedailybeast.com — Stark Choice One of the best lines in Hillary Clinton's acceptance speech came when she quoted Jackie Kennedy's relief that "little men" weren't in charge during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, when the world came, as Robert McNamara once told me, "just inches" from nuclear war.

The Carters’ Platinum Anniversary

newyorker.com — Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter were making coffee in their suite at the Westin in Annapolis while, downstairs, a few hundred donors, friends, and Carter Administration veterans (Walter Mondale, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Jerry Rafshoon) had gathered for the annual Carter Center Weekend.

Donald Trump Drags GOP Into Very Ugly Territory

thedailybeast.com — It's tough judging Donald Trump on a historical continuum. We've never before seen an unsmiling nominee hectoring and fear-mongering for more than an hour. William Jennings Bryan came close as the Democratic nominee in 1896, though at least his Cross of Gold speech was eloquent. But there are echoes across the generations.

Touring Auschwitz the Week After Elie Wiesel’s Death

thedailybeast.com — The witness has forced himself to testify. For the youth of today, for the children who will be born tomorrow. He does not want his past to become their future. -- Night, by Eli Wiesel. This week, just after the death of Eli Wiesel, I traveled with my family to Auschwitz, the largest crime scene in world history.

What’s the Matter with the Left?

washingtonmonthly.com — In 2004, Thomas Frank wrote an important book, What's the Matter with Kansas?, that tried to answer the question of why a state with a populist tradition (though he exaggerated it) was now producing toxic right-wing politics. Frank had a polemical edge, but mostly he sorted through the complexities of why so many working-class Americans routinely vote against their own economic interests.

As President, Trump’s ‘Asia Pivot’ Will Be Toward War

thedailybeast.com — Hillary Clinton came out swinging at Donald Trump Thursday, making specific reference to the scary prospect of him taking possession of the nuclear codes: "It's not hard to imagine Donald Trump leading us into a war just because somebody got under his very thin skin."

Free College Now! Why Hillary Clinton Needs to Run With Bernie Sanders’s Best Idea

thedailybeast.com — The conventional wisdom in the wake of the New York primary is that it's all over on the Democratic side and the November election is nearly a done deal, too. Barring a stroke or indictment, it's President Clinton. Again. This fails to take account of the craziness of presidential politics in general and of 2016 in particular.

Donald Trump, Ted Cruz Drag U.S. Into Third World. Meet the Banana Republicans.

thedailybeast.com — With John Kasich abandoned even by establishment figures like Jeb Bush (for Ted Cruz) and Rudy Giuliani (who says he's likely to go for Donald Trump) the GOP standard bearer this year will almost certainly be one of two loathsome wannabe strongmen-a Banana Republican, and I don't mean someone shopping for khakis.

Donald Trump Is Too Poor to Be President

thedailybeast.com — With any luck, Donald Trump's bigotry, demagoguery and all-around unsuitability for high office will eventually prevent him from becoming president. But he may face an even bigger obstacle: His money, or lack thereof. Strange as it sounds, Trump doesn't have the money necessary to run a successful general election campaign against the Democratic nominee.

Jonathan Alter: The Most Important Discussion at SXSW Edu? ‘Changemaker Education’

the74million.org — We all know that education- like most fields - is afflicted with jargon and fads and there was plenty of both at this year's South By Southwest Education Conference and Festival. But occasionally a truly important idea for remaking schools is barely visible beneath the verbiage.
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Sep 27, 2016

The colossal arrogance involved in not preparing is itself disqualifying, as Hillary suggested.  https://twitter.com/stuartpstevens/status/780759432460328961 

Sep 27, 2016

Trump now says his mic was bad. Blaming anything but himself--another classy move that shows why he would be such a disaster in office.

Sep 27, 2016

RT @JACKOHMAN: My son says the debate was like listening to an eleven year old with two minutes of book report material with eight minutes…

Sep 27, 2016

Even if polls show less of a win for Hillary than pundits expect, she stopped Trump's momentum--a big deal.

Sep 27, 2016

RT @JeffMossDSR: Cory Lewandowksi just conceded that Trump lost the debate. Corey. Lewandowski.

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