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Four stories that mattered this week, explained

Mike Pompeo’s excellent adventure, Tammy Duckworth’s baby, and more.

On the surface, this was a kind of silly week in politics. The biggest news arc involved former FBI Director James Comey promoting his book about being fired by President Donald Trump, which didn’t reveal anything especially new. 952 more words

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There’s no good alternative to building more homes in expensive cities

People can live elsewhere instead, but we’ll all be poorer if they do.

The sweeping land use reform bill introduced recently by California state Sen. Scott Weiner, a San Francisco Democrat, … 1,696 more words

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Trump tweets: “The crime rate in California is high enough.” California is a safer-than-average state.

Immigrants commit crimes at a lower rate than native-born Americans.

Continuing his ongoing immigration policy feud with California, President Donald Trump tweeted today that Gov. Jerry Brown isn’t participating wholeheartedly enough in his decision to… 213 more words

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11 House Republicans call for prosecutions of Clinton, Comey, Lynch, and others

The authoritarianism is coming from inside the House.

Eleven House Republicans — Ron DeSantis, Andy Biggs, Dave Brat, Jeff Duncan, Matt Gaetz, Paul Gosar, Andy Harris, Jody Hice, Todd Rokita, Claudia Tenney, and Ted Yoho — have signed a joint letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions… 522 more words

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James Comey isn’t the hero we deserve. But he’s the hero we need

Bureaucrats who are willing to say “no” count for a lot these days

Former FBI Director James Comey, having reemerged from his post-firing silence to promote a book, is increasingly now cast as a villain. 2,350 more words

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Richard Cohen’s privilege, explained

Washington Post columnist and alleged sexual harasser is bitter about having lost a job to a woman over 40 years ago.

Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen wants you to know that he believes in better treatment for women, African Americans, and Latinos in the workplace, but he’s also tired of… 1,009 more words

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Richard Clarida and Michelle Bowman, Trump’s new Fed appointees, explained

Two boring, competent, well-qualified, industry-friendly picks.

President Trump is poised to make two nominations to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, according to Nick Timiraos at the Wall Street Journal… 874 more words

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