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Laying down markers for 2016

Some thoughts on what might make for a better nominating process in the next presidential election.

Cross posted from Pruning Shears. Read below the fold...

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Like the McCarthy era, except for everything

Jonathan Chait has been making parallels between the current discussion on race and the red baiting of the 50s. To say the least, it's an inapt comparison.

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Songs: Ohia - Farewell Transmission

Farewell Transmission by Songs: Ohia on Grooveshark

Jason Molina died last year of alcohol-related organ failure. He was 39.

The real truth about it is no one gets it right
The real truth about it is we're all supposed to try
There ain't no end to the sands I've been trying to cross
The real truth about it is my kind of life's no better off
If I've got the maps or if I'm lost
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Coates, Chait and the Iraq war understanding of gratitude

A debate between the two writers reveals what might be a bit of a blind spot for one of them.

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Failures and disappointments open thread

Inspired by my most recent post, which got less notice and comment than anything I've written in a long time - even though I put quite a bit of work into it.

So what have you done recently that didn't work out as well as you'd hoped? No self-flagellation please; no sense in beating yourself up any more than you might already have. Read below the fold...

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John Podesta's heroic battle against straw men and the politically marginalized

A White House adviser had some harsh words for the environmental movement last week, but seemed more interested in sidelining them than addressing their concerns.

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March 20: Journalistic Day of Atonement

The anniversary of the Iraq invasion should be an occasion for news organizations to reflect on what they've gotten wrong.

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