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U is for Undecided…

So Big Bird is backing Obama? Not so fast, Mr. President.  Big Bird’s, um, handlers had this to say: “We have approved no campaign ads, and, as is our general practice, have requested that...

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Simpson-Bowles Will Not Save Us

Responding to the tidal wave of criticism his recent, much-discussed, and epic freak-out inspired, Andrew Sullivan today offered his best distillation thus far of the presidential campaign’s fundamental dynamic

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Week Five Wrapup

And we have a new leader! In what promises to be one of the last Monday night writeups I’ll be able to do, I can see that the three-way fight for first place has...

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Statistics and Narratives

Like most deeply patriotic American progressives, I love baseball above nearly all other things—mom and apple pie excepted, of course. I grew up a Detroit Tigers fan and was profoundly wounded by the experience....

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The Campaign Is a Performance

I maintain that Barack Obama was terrible during last week’s debate and that many liberals — goaded on by a political media desperate for a new storyline and thrilled with the prospect that November’s election...

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Treme, Season 3, Episode 3, “Me Donkey Want Water”

In a nutshell, the problem is this: Treme doesn’t have much time left. It’s only getting an abbreviated fourth season which means that we can be relatively certain how much more of the show...

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Is Jack Chick doing oppo research on Colleen Lachowicz?

Gaming may be mainstream, but it is evidently weird enough that Maine Republicans are attacking Colleen Lachowicz for being a World of Warcraft player. It’s entirely possible that the site itself is performance art....

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Somewhere, Stephen Maturin is smiling…

‘What is Catalan?’ ‘Why, the language of Catalonia – of the islands, of the whole of the Mediterranean coast down to Alicante and beyond. Of Barcelona. Of Lerida. All the richest part of the...

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Sketching a National Security State Saner Than Today

As my isolation from the chattering classes continues, I’m inclined to go into hypotheticals and counter-factuals. One such hypothetical I returned to over the past few days is the following: What would a saner...

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Friday Jukebox, James Bond Edition

This is the new James Bond song, “Skyfall,” by Adele, just released to the public today at 0:07, London time: Some of my favorite other James Bond theme music follows the jump:

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Proust’s Invitation to Folly

Alan Jacobs is Proustblogging, and I can’t resist.  In Search of Lost Time is about the power of anticipation at least as much as the power of memory, he writes: This is part of...