Blacks helped Thad Cochran win? –Not so fast.

Blacks helped Thad Cochran win? –Not so fast.

Blacks helped Thad Cochran win? –Not so fast. A seductive meme: ‘Black voters in Mississippi helped Thad Cochran win’. But it sounds too good to be true. One day after the primary, the story makes the rounds like Paul Revere, except faster and in a warmer climate–black voters held their noses, or better, and put […]


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Blacks helped Thad Cochran win? –Not so fast.

Blacks helped Thad Cochran win? –Not so fast. A seductive meme: ‘Black voters in Mississippi helped Thad Cochran win’. But it sounds too good to be true. One day after the primary, the story makes the rounds like Paul Revere, except faster and in a warmer climate–black voters held their noses, or better, and put […]

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Washington Post Gives Pesticide Industry a Clean Bill of Health

Washington Post Gives Pesticide Industry a Clean Bill of Health This is becoming a pattern for WashPost, the newspaper to which I subscribe as an inside-the-Beltway resident: one Health section article after another downplays organic food, or the impact of antibiotics, or vegetarian eating. Today the running score is boosted in an article titled “Is […]

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The Sports Line and Fortune Cookies

Fortune-cookie College Bowl Season   Now that the 2013-2014 bowl season has ended and 35 games in the NCAA football bowl schedule have been played, we have a final tally on the odds makers. On 35 games, the line was wrong at least thirteen times. On picks correctly choosing the winner, more than a dozen […]

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Free Speech and Attacking Social Security

Applying lessons from some of the history below, up top: Regardless of the individual views of ordinary Republicans as citizens, the national party apparatus of the GOP has never ceased trying to undo Social Security; The GOP-and-finance-sector daisy chain indicated below, potent as it has been in some elections, is dwarfed by current use of […]

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Free Speech and Campaign Contributions

Another in an occasional series on free speech: One person, one vote. One person, one amount. Following up previous posts, again on the recent legal argument that money, in the context of political donations, is speech; that huge political donations are a form of political participation like other ways of participating; and that corporations are […]

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Free Speech and Campaign Contributions

Update re Stephen Colbert and PAC: www.rollcall.com/news/Stephen-Colbert-PAC-FEC-video-205563-1.html?ET=rollcall:e10287:80103659a:&st=email&pos=epol Today, class, we will deal with that strange position of our time, the legal argument that money, in the context of political donations, is speech; that huge political donations are a form of political participation like other ways of participating; and that corporations are persons and can contribute […]

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