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The Suffocation of Democracy | by Christopher R. Browning | The New York Review of Books

“If the US has someone whom historians will look back on as the gravedigger of American democracy, it is Mitch McConnell. He stoked the hyperpolarization of American politics to make the Obama presidency as dysfunctional and paralyzed as he possibly could. As with parliamentary gridlock in Weimar, congressional gridlock in the US has diminished respect for democratic norms, allowing McConnell to trample them even more. Nowhere is this vicious circle clearer than in the obliteration of traditional precedents concerning judicial appointments. Systematic obstruction of nominations in Obama’s first term provoked Democrats to scrap the filibuster for all but Supreme Court nominations. Then McConnell’s unprecedented blocking of the Merrick Garland nomination required him in turn to scrap the filibuster for Supreme Court nominations in order to complete the “steal” of Antonin Scalia’s seat and confirm Neil Gorsuch. The extreme politicization of the judicial nomination process is once again on display in the current Kavanaugh hearings.”
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‘The Sopranos’ Cast Reunites For 20th Anniversary: Full Interview | TODAY
Watch our exclusive 47-minute interview with the cast of “The Sopranos” including Edie Falco, Lorraine Bracco, Michael Imperioli, Steven Van Zandt, John Ventimiglia and others as they reflect on the impact the long-running show had on American television.
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How to Fix Social Media by Injecting A Chunk of the Blogosphere
Not all hour-long podcasts are worthwhile, but I found this one by The Atlantic’s Matt Thompson and Alexis Madrigal to be pretty compelling. via Pocket
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11 hours ago by lalabadie
Carrot Fertility
Carrot is a simple way to design the right fertility plan for your company while expanding coverage to all employees regardless of age, sexual orientation, gender identity or marital status.
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12 hours ago by junya
A history of backdoors – A Few Thoughts on Cryptographic Engineering
  The past several months have seen an almost eerie re-awakening of the 'exceptional access' debate -- also known as 'Crypto Wars'. For those just joining the debate, theTL;DR is that law enforcement wants software manufacturers to build wiretapping mechanisms into modern encrypted messaging systems. Software manufacturers, including Google and Apple, aren't very thrilled with that.…
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17 hours ago by Kjaleshire
The Rise of the Praetorian Class – Casey Research
The growth of a separate, militarized class of law enforcers bodes ill for the future of the United States.
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17 hours ago by Kjaleshire
Some Powerful Insights from John Rhys-Davies - Blog - Eternal Perspective Ministries
Actor John Rhys-Davies gave an interview recently and made some powerful and insightful points.
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17 hours ago by Kjaleshire
Have You Read The Federalist Papers of American Conservatism? | Intercollegiate Studies Institute: Educating for Liberty
The classic 1964 book What Is Conservatism?, featuring essays by F. A. Hayek, William F. Buckley Jr., Russell Kirk, and other giants, is as relevant today as ever. Jonah Goldberg explains why.
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18 hours ago by Kjaleshire
Strangers in the Night: Sinatra Song of the Century #77 :: SteynOnline
By 1966 it had been over a decade since Frank Sinatra had had a Number One single. It's fine to be acclaimed as a great artist, to have big-selling albums, sell out in Vegas and on world tours, and star in Hollywood movies. But, if popular singing is
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18 hours ago by Kjaleshire

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