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Clarence Thomas Angry That SCOTUS Doesn’t Love Guns

It’s well-known that Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas often stakes out positions distinctly to the right of his fellow conservatives on the Court, and that he’s significantly wordier in dissents than in majority or concurrent opinions. Both tendencies were abundantly in evidence today when, in the middle of one of America’s occasional bouts of self-recrimination over loose gun laws, Thomas pitched the juridical equivalent of a tempter tantrum over the Court’s refusal to sufficiently revere the Second Amendment and crack down on those anti-gun hippies on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Many Trump Voters Think We Need a White History Month

One of the things that will surely get you labeled a fake-news-disseminating social-justice warrior on George Soros’s payroll is the suggestion that there just might be some racial resentments underlying the Trump movement in American politics. A new finding from Public Policy Polling helps shows why the racism suspicion persists, and why it enrages those who are suspected.

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Trump: Why Didn’t Obama Stop the Hacking That I Abetted?

In September 2016, the Obama administration gathered leaders of both parties for a secret intelligence briefing on Russia’s operation to influence the election. The theft and publication of Democratic emails was already a fait accompli, but a far more dire scenario concerned the administration. Would Russia hack into voting machines and tamper with the outcome? In the hopes of forestalling this true nightmare scenario, an attack on democracy far more serious than the information warfare that had already transpired, they “wanted congressional leaders to sign off on a bipartisan statement urging state and local officials to take federal help in protecting their voting-registration and balloting machines from Russian cyber-intrusions,” as the Washington Post reported several months later.

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July 28, 2016

The Last Night of the DNC

Clinton didn’t screw it up – but she didn’t soar either. She owned her wonkishness.