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Don’t Expect Political Compromise Any Time S...

As long as districts remain gerrymandered, the best bet for any House Democrat currently in office is to follow the GOP roadmap (obstruction). After all, they will face increasing pressure from the left. For statewide races (Senate) red states will remain red, blue states will remain blue. Only a handful will be up for grabs, so only those handful of politicians in those purple states face any real pressure to look like they...

Why I don’t trust us to run nuclear reactors...

The social problem with nuclear power is this. If some fool blows up the economy (or if a perverse structure of incentives drive a whole herd of bankers to blow up the economy) we all suffer for a few years, or even decades. But our grandchildren will be ok. If the same dynamic leads to a full reactor meltdown somewhere, then you could have 1% of the US uninhabitable for the next ten millennium (to say nothing of premature...

What we don’t know about Flynn

So some people are still asking what’s the big deal about Flynn talking to the Russians after the election but before the inauguration. There are essentially three reasons why this matters. The first is the “one President at a time” norm that has been broadly observed up until now. The second is that it was not cleared. And the third is that it could indicated the Flynn – and possibly others – have been compromised. We need a full investigation.

On Republican talking points about Flynn

So House Republicans are pushing the talking point, “Why were Michael Flynn’s calls being monitored? Recording American citizens’ telephone calls is deeply disturbing.” This from the group that recently reauthorized the Patriot Act (which authorized the NSA to listen in all all sorts of American’s phone calls). But mass surveillance aside, Flynn was talking to the Russian Ambassador. On the...

Defund the agencies and fire them all

Genius comment of the day: “Defund the agencies and fire them all.” From a Trump supporter upset about the leaks on Flynn. So, that’s the FBI, the CIA, the NSA, and the DIA. And possibly the Justice Department as well. Yea, we’ll be in great shape without the entire national security apparatus. Putin applauds you. Motto for Trump supporters: “It is much easier to suggest solutions when you know...

Voters want bi-partisanship?

According to a recent poll, most voters want Democrats to work with Trump. At least that is what the headline said; I’m not sure about the methodology or sample size, but it seems plausibly representative. Sure, most voters favor a bi-partisan approach in theory. They elected Obama on that very premise (“…not Red America and Blue America, but the United States of America”). But voters also elect...