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    i'm just curious where all the folks outraged by...

    i'm just curious where all the folks outraged by the Obama red-line stuff went.
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    a lot of this oh-so-sanguine Brexit talk is...

    a lot of this oh-so-sanguine Brexit talk is because the UK hasn't, well, Brexit'd.

    i actually have no problem with that clown BoJo taking the helm at this point in time, because then he will get...
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    eisenhower and carter was less concerning because...

    eisenhower and carter was less concerning because in the context of the Cold War, it's not as if our allies were gonna sign up with the Soviets.

    plus the deal that we were offering the Europeans...
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    a pretty low bar, but that's essentially because...

    a pretty low bar, but that's essentially because Trump doesn't believe in anything other than himself. to be truly dangerous, you gotta believe.
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    BF, I just don't see the political price...

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    I just don't see the political price for obstruction changing...far too many factors have changed. Party discipline, especially in the GOP, is in shambles-- rise of internet funding and...
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    joe, there's actually a significant subset...

    joe,



    there's actually a significant subset of Obama-Trump voters whom voted for each guy as the "outsider" (however false that descriptor was in both cases).

    Obama certainly wasn't what...
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    the whole "electability" argument took a major...

    the whole "electability" argument took a major punch in 2008 and then went completely out the window in 2016.

    it also speaks to the state of US presidential-level politics today. take Joe Biden,...
  8. the Chinese Army wasn't a manuever force, and as...

    the Chinese Army wasn't a manuever force, and as for the rest, they were fighting against largely colonial police armies consisting of light infantry.

    the island battles you mention weren't...
  9. i'm sure the Americans would have been surprised...

    i'm sure the Americans would have been surprised by some of the things that Japanese had in store for them...but all this fanatical banzai kamikaze stuff is nothing the Americans by 1945 weren't...
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    this is a common line of thinking but it really...

    this is a common line of thinking but it really should come with a lot of caveats.

    IE, without access to global capital markets-- access that came because Deng decided to make common cause with...
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    Elizabeth Warren's new interview on Vox. i wrote...

    Elizabeth Warren's new interview on Vox. i wrote back in April that I didn't think she could knife-fight with Trump, but on the other hand she's been a lot more tenacious than i originally gave her...
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    speaking of which, Mueller himself will be...

    speaking of which, Mueller himself will be speaking shortly. in the meantime, Comey has the following to say on WaPo:

    James Comey: No treason. No coup. Just lies and dumb lies at that.

    By...
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    regardless, the Steele stuff rightly doesn't...

    regardless, the Steele stuff rightly doesn't figure into the Mueller reporting.
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    to the point above: ...

    to the point above:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trumps-not-claiming-executive-power-hes-going-for-divine-right/2019/05/14/c439cff8-7687-11e9-b3f5-5673edf2d127_story.html
  15. the irony about all of this is, as deeply stupid...

    the irony about all of this is, as deeply stupid as the tariffs/trade war is, i still support it...because at least -something- is being done with respect to China.

    Trump's conflation of standard...
  16. yes, by all means, hit the Chinese economy. ...

    yes, by all means, hit the Chinese economy.

    but tariffs aren't an efficient method of hitting the economy. for instance, highest priority US concern is PRC theft of high-tech. US can effectively...
  17. doesn't necessarily invalidate Lian's assertion,...

    doesn't necessarily invalidate Lian's assertion, though.

    substitution of broad East Asian imports for a somewhat smaller but now China-dominated share of imports represents a less-diversified...
  18. doesn't necessarily invalidate Lian's assertion,...

    doesn't necessarily invalidate Lian's assertion, though.

    substitution of broad East Asian imports for a somewhat smaller but now China-dominated share of imports represents a less-diversified...
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    haha, i think the term GIGO is operative here...

    haha, i think the term GIGO is operative here...
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    snapper, that doesn't make sense with...

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    that doesn't make sense with an economy that actually has inflation BELOW the 2% Fed target, even with current high levels of growth. pre-emptively reducing money supply and...
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