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How to Join a Social Circle & Make Friends in a Group

~by Rod Engelsman Note: I’d been mulling over a guest post on this topic for the last several days. Given the rumors surrounding the mental state of the perpetrator of last Friday’s horror in Connecticut,...

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The Grand Bargain, Revisited

Before describing himself as “agonizing” over whether to support it or not, Paul Krugman tries to distill the pro/con of the latest potential Grand Bargain: So is what Obama gets out of this — basically unemployment...

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Thoughts on Egypt’s Constitutional Referendum

This post is in large measure a summary of yesterday’s discussion hosted by Tamara Cofman Wittes, Director at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy, with Khaled Elgindy, a fellow at the Saban Center,...

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About Today’s Fiscal Cliff Trial Balloon

Note: Such are things right now that writing about the fiscal cliff struck me as a welcome diversion. Ezra Klein is the White House’s favorite young journalist, so he’s been the guy when it comes to...

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This.

“Can you help me make fairy wings?” “My water turned pink!” “Oh no… it’s going to fall!” [crash] [giggles] “I made the play dough flat.” “Do you want to play animals with me?” “I’M...

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Where Do We Go From Here?

When tragedy strikes, there is a natural human tendency to feel that Something Must Be Done.  In the wake of the shootings in Newtown, CT, suggestions for Things To Be Done are already piling...

On the Limits and Possibilities of Acknowledging Human Tragedy

It’s one of the great mistakes of contemporary political discourse that the doctrine of original sin is almost exclusively used to justify inaction. The usual argument goes as follows: humans are profoundly, tragically sinful....

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Before the Gate of Hell

The NRA has gone mute: they’ve just cancelled their big NRA Country concert, to have been headlined by the aptly named Colt Ford. Other voices have only grown louder: Rush Limbaugh claims the Liberals...

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Working Through Tragedy (UPDATE!)

When, how, and even if to talk to children about tragedy are hard questions to answer.  A variety of things should be considered before broaching the subject.  It is particularly troublesome when the victims...

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Thoughts and Prayers

Close to 20 people lie dead after a a mass shooting at a Connecticut school.  It appears that among the dead are at least 10 children and the shooter himself.  This is a true...

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Friday Jukebox: Rock Instrumental Edition

Sometimes the singer just needs a break. Or a line. Or sometimes the players want to demonstrate their virtuoso skills — quite often the drummer. And sometimes there’s this super-fun groove that you don’t want...

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We’re Going Over the Cliff

Another example — and they’re daily at this point — of why I think the US is about to take a dive: A group of House Republican conservatives – incensed by its leadership’s purge of dissenters...

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The Majority Is Always Right

By Trub Okkil On Opposite Day, we do our best to argue in service of a position that, under normal circumstances, we argue against. Coke people might sing the praises of Pepsi, Cat people might talk...

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Opposite Day: Can’t Handle the Truth?

On Opposite Day, we do our best to argue in service of a position that, under normal circumstances, we argue against. Coke people might sing the praises of Pepsi, Cat people might talk about...

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Roe Your Own Boat

Living in a country that has already embraced single-payer, universal, socialized health care, the debate around the passage and implementation of, and the court battles in reaction to Obamacare make me wonder just how...