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The Most Thankless Job in the 2016 Election: Meet Hillary's Brilliant, Beleaguered Policy Team
Ultimately, Clinton settled on a scheme the campaign named the “New College Compact.” The goal, making public college debt-free, was simple. The mechanics were not. … James Kvaal, a former Obama administration adviser who consulted on the initiative, described it in an email as “a once-in-a-century change in the relationship between the federal government and colleges, on par with the Morrill Act (which created land grant colleges in the 19th Century) and the G.I. Bill.”

A few days before Clinton’s speech, O’Leary convened a final conference call to discuss media strategy. Anticipating a lot of attention, she instructed the team to be ready by the phones. Clinton delivered her address at a high school in Exeter, New Hampshire, and afterward, held a press conference in the gym. She got just one query about the plan. Earlier that week, Trump had described Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly as having “blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever” during a debate, and so Clinton was grilled on whether Trump should apologize to Kelly, whether he had a problem with women, and what Clinton thought of the fact that Trump had retweeted someone who called Kelly a bimbo.

Over the next 24 hours, the tuition plan received only perfunctory coverage. “The calls just never came,” recalls Gene Sperling, another one of Clinton’s advisers. “It was all Kelly-Trump, 24/7.” Even many professional policy types didn’t grasp the full scope of her proposal; I didn’t realize it myself until I began researching this article. As primary season wore on, her scheme was overshadowed by a bolder, shinier promise from Senator Bernie Sanders: free public college for everyone.

The episode was typical of how this election has unfolded. Clinton’s policy operation has churned out more than 60 papers outlining plans for everything from housing for people with serious mental illness to adjusting the cap on loans from the Small Business Administration…

Clinton’s plans are as unambiguously progressive as any from a Democratic nominee in modern history—and almost nobody seems to have noticed.

The peculiar political dynamics of this election are largely to blame. In Sanders, Clinton drew an opponent whose ideas were even more grandiose than hers. Pretty much anything that Clinton wanted to do, Sanders also wanted to do, but on a bigger scale. Then, after Clinton clinched the nomination, policy dropped out of the conversation almost completely. A rare exception was the childcare policy Trump released in September, which was almost comically geared to benefit the rich. He has also issued three completely different versions of his tax plan. “She’s got people that sit in cubicles writing policy all day,” Trump told a reporter. “It’s just a waste of paper.
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Is anyone else amused that Bianca Lawson is playing a character named Darla?

One detail that keeps striking me - Blue, the little boy, plays with what appears to be some kind of Barbie-like doll, and it's entirely unremarked. That's just his favorite toy, whatever.
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or to at least get a Xanax prescription to last me through November 8. Facebook is right the fuck out for the duration.
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Because I can't find any (i.e., on the actual teevee, not purely internet streaming).


Aug. 23rd, 2016 06:07 pm
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I think it would be much fairer to their personal physicians if [Clinton's and Trump's] medical data were available to a neutral panel of physicians, a bipartisan panel who could review their data and say, Hillary doesn’t really have a clotting problem, Trump is not really a manic depressive psychotic. It would be much better if we had a neutral view.
-- Dr. Robert Lahita, a professor of medicine at Rutgers University, who has studied the history of presidents' health
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I feel a teeny bit bad for Ryan Lochte. Not for the thing with the gas station - that was pure bro arrogance and he deserves what he gets.

But the false robbery report - he never intended that, he never sought attention, he never went to the cops. He just lied to his mom - which, to be fair, is something most people do at one time or another. And then suddenly it's an international incident. After that, I can't say I'd have behaved any better, under the circumstances. I mean yes, he should have come clean; but I imagine myself in that position, and I'm not sure I'd have had that strength.
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That the women seem to run in bathing suits and the men ... don't?
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Was disappointing. I think we just need to ban men from writing and directing movies.

A bit spoilery, probably not much if you know the premise )
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So, for example, when cab drivers, or hairdressers, try to strike up a conversation with me, I pretty much give one-word answers until they give up. But I understand what they're doing. If we're just sitting together for a while, it makes sense to talk. They want higher tips, and if you see a steady stream of new people every day, you probably enjoy learning a little about them.

But I do not, will never, understand the dental hygienists who keep trying to talk to me. My mouth is busy. This is not a good time
And tipping the hygienist is not, as far as I'm aware, standard. Why are you talking to me? Why are you asking me questions??? You yourself are fully aware that I cannot talk right now. Just finish the tooth polishing and let me leave.

On the bright side, I am so enchanted with the varied flavors of tooth polish available these days. Vanilla, strawberry, orange? When I was a kid, you got mint-vomit and liked it.

I volunteer

Aug. 8th, 2016 06:02 am
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U.S. Male Gymnasts Want to Be Objectified
Even when they medal, they stand in the shadow of female gymnasts. Might the answer be disrobing?

When the United States men’s gymnastics team came to the site of the Olympics earlier this year for a reconnaissance training camp, the American athletes did what anyone in Brazil with a carefully sculpted body would do. They went to the beach, stripped to their Speedos and whipped out a selfie stick. The soaring peaks of Sugarloaf Mountain in the background have never looked so meek.

What happened next was exactly the reaction the U.S. team imagined. The Internet went gaga for the ensuing Instagrams. That wasn’t an accident. It’s one of the ways they think they can get attention in a country that showers glory upon gold-medal-winning women gymnasts while ignoring America’s less-successful men’s team. So the men’s team has been brainstorming ways to market their sport better. They would like to be objectified.

“Maybe compete with our shirts off,” said U.S. star Sam Mikulak, the four-time, reigning all-around national champion. “People make fun of us for wearing tights. But if they saw how yoked we are maybe that would make a difference.”
Frankly, whenever I watch the Olympics, I am reminded that aesthetically, I find the male gymnast's bodies to match my personal ideal of the male form - more than any of the other athletes (swimmers, runners, etc).

Okay, slice of peanut butter cake for breakfast - check.
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Joe Scarborough reporting on his show that in an hour-long meeting with his foreign policy advisor, Donald Trump asked three times why we can't just use nuclear weapons. I can't wait to see where the day goes from here.
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(In case anyone missed it, he refused to endorse Paul Ryan and John McCain in their primaries, or Kelly Ayotte in New Hampshire, because they waffled on their endorsements of him).
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Bret Stephens:
Mrs. Clinton is not the apotheosis of evil. She may be a corner-cutter and a liar, and she’ll almost surely appoint liberals to the Supreme Court. But at least she’s not a sociopath.

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