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No One Should Write A Column Twice Per Week

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This is correct! A nice thing about blogging is it allows you to recognize that sometimes you have a good point (or a point you think is good) which requires a just few sentences. Or even one! This is not to say that shorter is always better. I am not trying to write in favor of my usual style. It's just that if you have a two column per week gig then you have to turn those two possibly good sentences into 740 words. Also sometimes your point might take 1500 words! Maybe you have two timely wordy good takes two days in a row! And that won't be an option either! Gotta have one column for Tuesday, one for Saturday, or whatever.

The general point is that even people who have a lot to say and are good at finding interesting things to say those things are going to find it hard to come up with two good 740 word columns on schedule twice per week every week. Year after year after year.

It isn't that writing two columns per week for an absurd about of money is hard work, it's just that a lot of it is inevitably going to be bad work. Though, yes, a lot of the people with those jobs are also horribly bad at them for other reasons.
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jefron
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Still looking for a columnist WAR analysis
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Capitol Reporters Face New Restrictions For On-Camera Interviews With Senators

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Reporters on Capitol Hill on Tuesday faced significant new restrictions for on-camera interviews conducted with senators.

NBC News’ Kasie Hunt said that “contrary to years of precedent,” reporters are no longer allowed to film interviews with senators in the hallways of office buildings, where lawmakers often make off-the-cuff remarks.

Reporters must also request permission from the Senate Rules Committee and the senator in question before conducting any interview, Hunt reported.

The Senate Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper’s Office referred TPM’s request for comment to the Senate Rules Committee, which did not immediately respond. The office of Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL), chair of the rules committee, also did not immediately respond to TPM’s request for comment.

Other journalists were quick to confirm the rules change and weigh in on what the new restrictions meant for congressional coverage.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), the ranking member of the Senate Rules Committee, called for the restrictions to be removed.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) pointed out that the restrictions come as Republican senators have reportedly declined to publicly release their bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, instead sending it straight to the Congressional Budget Office for scoring.

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) questioned the timing of the change.

“Maybe not the right moment to lower the secrecy veil,” he tweeted. “To whoever is trying to protect Senators – we can fend for ourselves.”

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) tweeted in solidarity with the media: “Reporters, I’m on your side.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was the first Republican to offer a typically candid comment on the restrictions.

A spokesman for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said they were unaware of the rules change until it had already been implemented.

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) joked that Republicans are “worried” reporters will catch them drafting the health care bill in a “back room somewhere.”

The Democratic National Committee also released a statement condemning the restrictions.

“Republican senators want so badly to hide their healthcare repeal that they’re barring the filming of interviews in their hallways,” DNC deputy communications director Adrienne Watson said. “This is a pathetic and disturbing attempt to silence the press.”

The Washington Post reported last week that the increasing press presence on Capitol Hill rivals the number of reporters present during the Watergate scandal or former President Bill Clinton’s impeachment.

One unnamed reporter warned the Washington Post: “We are one tripped senator away from losing our access.”

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jefron
11 days ago
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Brave brave knight of the GOP bravely running away
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White House Aide Says Russia Probe Makes It Hard To Focus On Policy

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Marc Short, the White House’s director of legislative affairs, acknowledged on Monday evening that the Russia probe has distracted the administration from its legislative agenda.

“There’s no doubt that keeping members focused on investigations detracts from our legislative agenda, detracts from what we’re trying to deliver for the American people, he told reporters, according to Politico.

But he said that the investigation has not completely derailed the administration’s policy plans, according to the New York Times.

Short also indicated that Trump will push hard for some of his budget priorities, like including funding for a border wall and increasing military spending, per Politico.

“Look, I don’t think that anybody is in favor of a government shutdown. I think that what the president is expressing is the frustration that a lot of Americans felt, and there are certain priorities that he campaigned on, the American people want,” Short told reporters, according to Politico. “And so you will see him very engaged this fall and continuing to push for funding for our border security as well as rebuilding the military.”

“And I think that he views it as all options for leverage are available, but that doesn’t mean that’s something he wishes for or that it’s great. We all believe that a government shutdown is not ideal,” Short added, per Politico.

 

 

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jefron
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Adventures in Capitalism: Angry About EpiPen Prices? Executives Don’t Care Much

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Mylan has an effective monopoly on a lifesaving product, which has allowed its leaders to see public outrage as a tax they must pay.

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jefron
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. Coury replied that he was untroubled. He raised both his middle fingers and explained, using colorful language, that anyone criticizing Mylan, including its employees, ought to go copulate with themselves. Critics in Congress and on Wall Street, he said, should do the same. And regulators at the Food and Drug Administration? They, too, deserved a round of anatomically challenging self-fulfillment.
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Trump's inspirational 'ask not what you can do for your country' budget

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Forget about the calls of great presidents like FDR and JFK for young Americans to give back to their country—that aspirational ethic is so last century. Instead, Donald Trump's new budget proposal is a lesson in scarcity, inspiring more of a “every man for himself" mentality among the populace. The New York Times writes:

Mr. Trump’s budget proposal would eliminate the Corporation for National and Community Service, and with it, AmeriCorps, Senior Corps and Vista, one of Kennedy’s first national service programs.

He would zero out a popular loan forgiveness program for graduates who choose public service jobs, and he would cut the Peace Corps by 15 percent. The cuts would extend to other programs that encourage young Americans to teach in at-risk schools, become police officers or take careers in social work.

Mr. Trump’s budget proposal “ends eight decades of presidential leadership on national service,” said AnnMaura Connolly, president of Voices for National Service. “It’s disappointing to see that strong string of bipartisan leadership broken.”

Yep, Trump's really broken the mold—working in every way to bring out the best in America over and over again. This is what you get from a man who defines "diplomacy" as pushing another world leader out of the way so he can get ahead.

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jefron
29 days ago
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This administration is starting to embarrass the hell out of me

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I’ve always voted straight line Democratic. I’ve protested against Republican administrations including Napoleorange’s. I give money to liberal causes. I think I can say that tRump and his goons have nothing to do with me. So why does the fact that the White House is stocked – no – CRAMMED with total fucking morons make me cringe with vicarious embarrassment?

I know it doesn’t make any sense. No, this isn’t the dumbest thing he’s done today. Yes, being embarrassed by it is a weakness on my part. But goddammit, can the current leader of this nation and his lackeys not find one teeny little thing to leave unfucked? This is about Israel, a country the Republicans keep trying to leg hump to death. Yet Tromp’s first Big Statement on U.S.-Israeli relations appears to have been thrown together at the last minute and possibly under the influence by someone afflicted with a variation of the Grocer’s Apostrophe.

SAD!

In happier and unrelated news, it is Morrissey’s birthday. If I were capable of picking a favorite Smiths song, this might be it.

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satadru
32 days ago
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A certain song by the Presidents of the United States of America seems prescient...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvAnQqVJ3XQ
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jefron
33 days ago
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Lasting peaches would be awesome though
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fwaltman
33 days ago
Would go well with the taco trucks on every corner...
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