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  • Jon shared from The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt (Theodore Roosevelt Series Book 1) by Edmund Morris
    “I was at the birth of the Republican party,” murmurs old George William Curtis, “and I fear I am to witness its death.”
    Note: Evergreen sentiment about the GOP.
  • Jon shared from
    Election AnalysisThird-Party Vote Didn’t Cost Clinton The Libertarian Party’s Gary Johnson and Green Party’s Jill Stein drew more than five million votes—about 4% of the national total, the highest for third parties in 16 years—leading to questions about whether they played the role of spoilers. A Wall Street Journal analysis concluded the answer is no. It showed that Hillary Clinton would have needed to win 70% of third-party voters in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin to flip those states for an Electoral College majority. And there are no guarantees that third-party supporters...
    Note: Numbers don't support your belief that independent candidates won for Trump.
  • Jon shared from
    Nineteen-year-old Jasmine Castillo, who makes tacos at the family’s food truck in Wilkes-Barre’s downtown, says her family’s life has become worse as Mr. Trump’s popularity soared. People now tell her to speak English when she speaks Spanish, and to go back across the border, though she is an American citizen. Someone left feces outside her father’s kitchen-cabinet business, she says. “People feel empowered now” to make insults and threats against Hispanics, she says. “It’s terrifying.”
    Note: Not all these stories are false.
  • Jon shared from
    Among those trying to rise in the new Republican Party are people such as Richard Spencer, the president of the National Policy Institute, an organization that advocates race-based identity politics and was among Mr. Trump’s most enthusiastic supporters. Mr. Spencer has run his organization from his homes in Virginia and Montana. Now, he is aiming to expand the “alt-right” movement he is credited with organizing by establishing a Washington headquarters to “create a movement in the real world” from his online following akin to established conservative think tanks. “A lot of conservatives...
    Note: So the alt-right is going to DC.
  • Jon shared from
    What if, on the off chance, the Cubs win it all this year? That may diminish their value as a model of faith amid hardship, according to a message Arnold Kanter delivered in his annual remarks at Yom Kippur services at Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation in Evanston, Ill. While other congregants rise during an open-mic session to bare their souls, Mr. Kanter invariably stands and talks about the Cubs. This year, he sounded depressed at the prospect of the Cubs finally winning the World Series. “We Jews are not happy when we’re happy,” he said. “We need something to kvetch about. Forty...
    Note: And if the Cubs win? What then?
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