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Democratic Debates Feel Like a Reality Show

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New York Times: “There are fierce rivalries, long-tangled histories, deeply personal grudges — and in the end, only one winner can hold the rose.”

“No, this isn’t The Bachelor. But the Democratic presidential candidates are taking part in the latest installment of a storied tradition of American politics: They are aiming to outwit, outplay and outlast a field of rivals in a campaign so far defined partly by its theatrics and big moments.”

“From the heavily rehearsed jabs, gimmicks and one-liners at the June debates to the elaborately staged ‘live drawing’ for the July debate lineups that aired Thursday night on CNN, it’s starting to look like Democrats have been drawn into the reality TV genre that President Trump, who first entered most homes as a character on The Apprentice, started spreading in American politics.”

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the7roy
89 days ago
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Um, this IS reality. Reality shows try to emulate this.
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Poorly Researched Men’s Fiction

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Evan Allgood, writing at McSweeney’s:

The deers, famously self-assured creatures, didn’t budge. They were awake now, munching happily on some squirrels they’d killed for food, the carnivores. But now they were the squirrels in this equation, which felt somehow ironic. I reached for that old liquid courage — a dented flask full of industrial-strength Jeff Daniels. Then I lined up those deers, took a breath, and pushed the trigger. There was no kickback.

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the7roy
187 days ago
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I usually think McSweeney’s is too clever by half, but this was just dumb enough to be enjoyable
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satadru
188 days ago
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Amazing.
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Another Government Shutdown Looms

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Playbook: “Negotiations between Republicans and Democrats have broken down, and they are on the brink of being beyond repair.”

“Democrats are pushing for a statutory cap of 16,500 detention beds for people detained in the U.S., which is what they believe is a mechanism to focus the Trump administration’s interior enforcement policies.”

“There is also disagreement on how much to spend on border barriers, and where such structures should go.”

“The is quickly becoming December all over again. Nothing has changed.”

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the7roy
247 days ago
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Yeah, because placing an arbitrary limit on spending worked so well for budget hawks, let’s try it for detentions
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What Should Democrats Not Investigate?

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The Guardian: “Fresh off a major victory in the November 2018 midterm elections – which saw the party gain 40 seats in the House – Democrats are preparing to fully utilize the investigative authorities afforded to Congress as legal troubles continue to mount for the president and his inner circle.”

“And unlike their Republican counterparts, who were reticent to levy the powers of congressional oversight against Trump, nothing appears to be off limits.”

“The question before Democrats appears to be what not to investigate – and whether there’s any room for negotiation with a president who is anathema to the party’s base.”

Washington Monthly: “When Democrats assume control of the House on January 3rd, they will have $129 million more to spend on staff than their predecessors in the 115th Congress did—money they can use to hire more personnel to, among other things, investigate the Trump administration.”

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the7roy
288 days ago
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They can investigate anything but Benghazi
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Opinion: Apple Music’s human curation falls apart when it comes to less mainstream tastes

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Apple makes much of its human curation of Apple Music. Indeed, just a couple of months ago Tim Cook suggested that this was the key difference between its own offering and competing services.

We worry about the humanity being drained out of music, about it becoming a bits-and-bytes kind of world instead of the art and craft.

Personally, it was the curated playlists that mostly won me over from Spotify. That’s moderately impressive …

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The post Opinion: Apple Music’s human curation falls apart when it comes to less mainstream tastes appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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the7roy
355 days ago
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Argh yes this
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The Minority Wins

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Philip Bump: “There have been five presidents who assumed the office after having lost the popular vote. Between them, they nominated 12 justices who ended up serving on the Supreme Court. On Saturday, with President Trump’s nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh poised to pass the Senate, the number will climb to 13.”

“Kavanaugh, though, has a distinct honor: He will be the first justice nominated by someone who lost the popular vote to earn his seat on the bench with support from senators representing less than half of the country while having his nomination opposed by a majority of the country.”

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the7roy
375 days ago
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Not to mention the other asterisk. Only 50 senators voted for him. A majority on that day, but not a majority of the senate. It could not have ever happened before, and I doubt it will happen again in a generation.
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