Confederate Flag Hags

Confederate Flag Hags

The Supreme Court’s decision to hear arguments on gay marriage was such big news you probably missed some of the other cases they decided to consider. Such as Walker v. Texas Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans. Like many states, Texas offers specialty license plates and the Texas branch of the Sons of Confederate Veterans sought to create a plate featuring their group’s logo and a Confederate flag. Texas denied the request after hundreds of complaints. The Supreme Court will decide whether specialty license plates are private speech or government speech. Thus begging the question: Again with the Confederate flag? When are these Confederate flag-hags going to give it up?

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Hey Republicans, Your Opportunism is Showing

Lindsey Graham is eyeing a presidential run. On Sunday he doubled down on his claim that President Obama's foreign policies "are getting a lot of people killed.” He said that Obama's effort to fulfill "campaign promises" (God forbid) like closing Guantanamo and ending the war in Iraq were "coming home to haunt us.” He also mentioned that some 300,000 Syrians had died, apparently something Obama should have stopped with another war. Which doesn’t get a lot of people killed.

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France Should Learn From Our Mistakes

Our French brothers, who we suddenly adore, are passing through the mourning stage and moving on to theanger stage, both of which Americans know all too well. We call them the “Never Forget” stage and the “We’ll Put a Boot in Your Ass” stage. Yes, after 9/11, we did a few days of weeping and grieving and then we went into “Let’s roll!” mode. We wanted to kick somebody’s ass. Suddenly all that money we’d given to General Dynamics over the years didn’t bother us a bit.

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Guest List: January 16, 2015

Atul Gawande is a doctor and health care researcher. He is the author of Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, a contributor to The New Yorker, and a surgeon specializing in endocrinology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Gawande appears in the PBS documentary film version of Being Mortal, which airs February 10th on FRONTLINE. 

Twitter: @atulgawande

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The Next Election Is Going to Get Ugly

The Next Election Is Going to Get Ugly

As I mentioned last week on Real Time, Mitt Romney is running for president again – back by imaginary demand – but I do wonder what the Republicans are going to run on in 2016. It could be a campaign like Bob Dole in 1996 and George Bush in 2000 – “Sure the economy is good, but what about our values?” (The results? A disaster and a virtual tie.) Or they could run on hogwash and slander, likeBush I in 1988 and Bush II in 2004. (Huge victorious blowouts.) More reason to predict that the next Republican presidential campaign – especially if it’s Jeb – is going hinge on crazy, toxic, coded, trivial nonsense. Sex education. Bilingual road signs. A picture from 1975 of Hillary scratching her ass at Mt. Rushmore.

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