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‘Populist’ Trump Punks His Fans
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‘Populist’ Trump Punks His Fans

BY JOE CONASON There was never any reason to think that Donald Trump’s stump-speech assaults on Wall Street banks and hedge funds were even momentarily sincere – but millions of working- and middle-class voters loved his populist rhetoric. Emerging from his gold-plated jet, Trump would roar about cracking down on the financial vultures who had…

Amendments With A Purpose
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Amendments With A Purpose

BY VERN TURNER This election cycle is producing a lot of chatter about amending the U.S. Constitution, that venerable document that has endured over 200 years of examination that only yielded 27 such amendments. By comparison, the Texas state constitution has over 400 amendments and is barely readable or manageable. This would suggest that great…

Ryan’s Blurred Vision
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Ryan’s Blurred Vision

BY JOE CONASON Someone needs to tell Paul Ryan that his party – and the economic platform of austerity and plutocracy he crafted for it – lost a national election last year. Someone also needs to tell the Wisconsin Republican that he still chairs the House Budget Committee mainly thanks to gerrymandered redistricting. Someone clearly…

The Thinking Gets Better, The Second Time Around
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The Thinking Gets Better, The Second Time Around

BY FROMA HARROP The Obama Administration initially billed France about $18 million to cover U.S. military support for its mission in Mali, while Canada offered similar services at no cost. Wall Street Journal columnist Bret Stephens expressed shock at this alleged nickel-and-diming, noting that $18 million is pocket change to a Washington spending over $10…

Bush Is Not In Tampa, But His Ideas Are
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Bush Is Not In Tampa, But His Ideas Are

BY FROMA HARROP The name of George W. Bush graces no chair at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL. The 43rd president left behind monumental deficits and an economy in tatters. Republicans hold him responsible for the party’s straying from its alleged small-government ethic. They want the public to forget the man. Thing is,…

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