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Spin Cycle, Tariffs Dept. 0

David explains how tariffs work. It’s not how Donald Trump claims they work, despite the Trumpettes’ spin.

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Steal from the Poor, Give to the Rich 0

Gene Nichol offers a primer on Trumponomics.

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“The Rich Are Different from You and Me” 0

Paul Krugman describes how.

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Back to the Future 0

Werner Herzog’s Bear imagines George Bailey’s Bedford Falls three quarters of a century later.

It ain’t purty, folks.

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Just Don’t Call It What It Is . . . . 0

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Putting the Public Good Up for Sale 0

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports on a controversy in a school district that led to an ouster of a majority of the school board.

Follow the link for details.

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What Is “Too Far Left”? 0

Thom wants to know.

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“Oligarchy on Parade” 0

Thom muses on the rise of the oligarchs.

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The Entitlement Society, Redux 0

Monopoly Man as vampire labeled

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Taxation Fixation 0

Thom counters the glibertarian argument that “taxation is theft.”

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The Evidence of Things Seen 0

Man and GOP Elephant talking.  Elephant:   The President did nothing wrong.  Man:  He basically admitted it.  Elephant:  Fake news.  Man:  He released a transcript.  Elephant:  A perfect call.  Man:  He did it again with China.  Elephant:  Clearly a joke.  Man:  I saw it with my own eyes.  Elephant:  That's what the deep state would have you believe.

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Zero-Sum? 0

Sam uses a clip of Anand Giridharadas on The Daily Show to offer a technique for separating progressives from pseudo-progressives.

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Robin Hoodlum 0

Donald Trump aiming a bow at a target labeled

Via Job’s Anger.

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Down at the Farm 0

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The Prophet from Mt. Side-Eye 0

Title:  The Chosen One.  Image:  Donald Trump in a robe before a burning bush bearing tablet that says,

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Obsession 0

At Psychology Today Blogs, Noam Sphancer tries to figure out why Donald Trump is obsessed with President Obama. A snippet:

The answer is not that Obama is black, or a democrat. Rather, it is that in Obama, Trump sees his antithesis–everything he is not and cannot be. Politics aside, a fair look at what is already publicly known about the two men will suffice to conclude quite readily that Obama has basic decency, which is a core quality of character that garners intuitive respect across cultures and times, independent of one’s status, wealth or fame.

Follow the link for his reasons for reaching that conclusion.

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Collateral Damage 0

Catherine Rampell tries to make sense of Donald Trump’s claims of success in his trade wars.

Follow the link to see how well that works out.

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Economic Instigators 0

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Hoodoo Economics 0

Paul Krugman marvels at the zombie-like staying power of the Laughable Curve.

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The Vice of Experience 0

Catherine Rampell points out that Donald Trump’s economic strategy, when something doesn’t work the way he predicted, is to do the same thing harder.

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