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"He started a political tradition, dormant in our own day, in which energetic government doesn’t oppose market dynamism but is organized to enhance it."

Creating Capitalism - The New York Times

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"More fundamental is this: budget deficits are now a second-order problem relative to more pressing issues facing the US economy."

The battle over the US budget is the wrong fight | Lawrence H. Summers

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"7. No one will respond to this by voting out their representatives or Senators during the next election because, despite the temporary outcry, Americans (including the Congressmen and Senators who tried to add amendments) don’t care about this very much."

Nine Dashed-Off Points on the NSA “Scandal” ← Joshua Foust

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"Mill you see was born in 1806, thus making him six at the time of writing."

John Stuart Mill’s Letter to Bentham

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"3. The film’s writers referred to the film in private as ‘Bamblet,’ noting the similarity between their movie’s plot and those of ‘Bambi’ and ‘Hamlet.’"

17 Things You Might Not Have Known About ‘The Lion King’ - The Moviefone Blog

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"(Too much verisimilitude could get Mr. Weisberg in trouble. Every script he writes must be submitted to the Publications Review Board at the C.I.A. before filming begins.)"

Joseph Weisberg Uses His C.I.A. Time in ‘The Americans’ - NYTimes.com

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"The most meaningful part of Nick Kasa’s story is not that he was asked the questions, but that he found them weird."

Do NFL teams question the sexuality of recruits? | SportsonEarth.com : Gwen Knapp Article

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"Robert Bork, who died Wednesday, was an unrepentant reactionary who was on the wrong side of every major legal controversy of the twentieth century. The fifty-eight senators who voted against Bork for confirmation to the Supreme Court in 1987 honored themselves, and the Constitution. In the subsequent quarter-century, Bork devoted himself to proving that his critics were right about him all along."

Postscript: Robert Bork, 1927-2012 : The New Yorker

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2. 15 of the 25 worst mass shootings in the last 50 years took place in the United States.

In second place is Finland, with two entries.

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Twelve facts about guns and mass shootings in the United States

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"Conservatives often embrace “originalism,” the idea that the meaning of the Constitution was fixed when it was ratified, in 1787. They mock the so-called liberal idea of a “living” constitution, whose meaning changes with the values of the country at large. But there is no better example of the living Constitution than the conservative re-casting of the Second Amendment in the last few decades of the twentieth century."

So You Think You Know the Second Amendment? : The New Yorker

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"As the economy slows, Xi may face more pressure to seek refuge in the flag, and that may come to shape his image more than his facility on the rope line."

Top Ten Myths About China in 2012 : The New Yorker

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"Who are your heroes in real life?
I really love Barack Obama. Sorry if that’s like “Ew. The president. That’s lame.” I love Barack Obama. What a great man. I’m so lucky to have voted for that guy."

Louis C.K.: The Proust Questionnaire | Vanity Fair

Funny interview. This question makes me wonder: did Republicans love and admire GWB, beyond appreciating the tax cuts, etc.? I know some liberals don’t necessarily feel the same way, but I really, really am proud that President Obama is our President. There’s a lot that could have gone better, and maybe things that should have been done differently, but I’m still very happy and proud. Did Republicans feel the same way in 2000-2008?