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    i used to think that trading Tillerson for Pompeo...

    i used to think that trading Tillerson for Pompeo was a good trade -- Pompeo is a significantly better manager and, with certain exceptions like the above, better at dealing with the press.

    but...
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    not at all. the US forces on Peninsula are now...

    not at all. the US forces on Peninsula are now operationally better than it was in 2018 at the start of fire and fury. to be more accurate, those forces are now significantly better resourced to...
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    a year of...what? did the North Koreans stop...

    a year of...what? did the North Koreans stop developing nukes in that timeframe? is the strategic situation for the US or South Korea any better now?

    i'll give credit to the pressure campaign in...
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    i think if one was charitable, one could say that...

    i think if one was charitable, one could say that Trump has kept a good economy going-- via a very inefficient but massive stimulus, big enough to overcome his other moderately down-dragging economic...
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    yeah, that link is literally from the White...

    yeah, that link is literally from the White House.

    re: NAFTA II, or USMCA: minor tinkering to NAFTA. how minor? here's the Congressional Research Service analysis:
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    i don't even want to know how bad the recoil for...

    i don't even want to know how bad the recoil for that has to be...what a monster.
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    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/01/22...

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/01/22/sizable-chunk-trumps-base-thinks-he-has-broken-law-many-those-people-remain-his-corner/

    A new Pew Research Center poll shows the barrier...
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    political incentives have changed. sorting...

    political incentives have changed.

    sorting within districts as well as gerrymandering have produced political incentives that highly, highly discourage political independence...at least for...
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    BTW, just for context: we've spent more on the...

    BTW, just for context: we've spent more on the bailouts for farmers than we do for the entire US State Department, or for the US Navy shipbuilding program.

    or, to put it in conservative speak,...
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    one of the silver linings of this whole sordid...

    one of the silver linings of this whole sordid business is that it's a good demonstration of who has principles, and who doesn't.

    so far the only one whom has really impressed me is Amash.
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    must be more deep state...lol. ==== ...

    must be more deep state...lol.

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    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/01/16/gao-severely-rebukes-trumps-ukraine-ploy-undermines-his-no-crime-defense/

    The GOP said Trump committed...
  12. what all of this is, is -signaling-. yeah,...

    what all of this is, is -signaling-.

    yeah, the UK or ROK isn't going to "tear up the relationship" or "reconsider its alliance with the US."

    what they are saying is that they're pissed off and...
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    uh... ...

    uh...

    https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-11-20/californias-state-budget-excess-cash

    yes, yes, what you've "heard". Trump uses this rhetorical tic too; it allows him to get away with...
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    the main source of California's problems is that...

    the main source of California's problems is that everyone and their mother wants to move there and NIMBYism is preventing organized, planned growth.

    fortunately SB 50 is in the pipeline now, which...
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    Poll: Trump had to be persuaded by his national...

    Trump had to be persuaded by his national security staff to stay in ROK in the first place.

    so as far as he's concerned, if the ROKs boot us out of the Pen over SMA, then that's heads I win,...
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    https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/477641...

    https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/477641-doj-inquiry-tied-to-clinton-and-touted-by-trump-winds-down-with-no

    must be the deep state again...

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    Department of Justice inquiry into...
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    kato, yes, yes, I'm aware he's not a...

    kato,



    yes, yes, I'm aware he's not a Leninist-Marxist (although Corbyn did say Marx was a "great economist").

    by American or even British standards, he certainly -is- hard left, so it's a...
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    yes, this was meant to be a warning shot for...

    yes, this was meant to be a warning shot for externals while making for internal propaganda.

    if the Iranians wanted to pull off another Abqaiq–Khurais attack they could, but then they're risking...
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    monash, i think it's better to say that...

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    i think it's better to say that the Clinton impeachment was a symptom of the underlying issue of politicization rather than the cause. Gingrich thought he could make political hay out...
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    DE, Pelosi is thinking ahead to 2020 and...

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    Pelosi is thinking ahead to 2020 and beyond. she knows impeachment will energize the GOP base, and her recent House majority was built because Dems took seats in GOP-leaning districts.

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