Knowing Just Enough To Be Dangerous: How Overconfidence Subverts Rational Politics

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By Joel Lehman   “The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.” -Shakespeare It happens every year. It’s the beginning round tryouts on the talent show American Idol, and a man confidently takes the stage, sparks in his eyes. He thinks he’s destined for greatness, this is his moment. The music starts, and with anticipation quaking, he smiles full of composure, and boldly unleashes — a cracked and cringe-worthy voice! Clearly, he can’t carry a tune if his life depended on…

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It’s Not Your Party and You Should Leave if You’re a Conservative: Continue the GOP Exodus

By Janice Barlow Last year, when many of us were knocked off our feet as Donald Trump steamrolled over the other Republican candidates one by one, eventually gaining the nomination, we went into a holding pattern. Many of us were in denial. Some of us decided to just go with the flow and accept the outlier as our new commander in chief, barring a win by Hillary Clinton. Others, like myself, stood against the whole fiasco and stayed off the train, knowing that the GOP platform would never be Republican….

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Alabama Senate Primary: Moore-Strange In GOP Runoff; Doug Jones Wins Dem Nomination

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by Tyla MacAllister Roy Moore and Luther Strange will face off in the September 26 Republican runoff for Alabama Senate. The GOP runoff winner will face former Federal prosecutor Doug Jones in the December 12 General Election. Jones won the Democratic primary outright with over 60 percent of the vote. At 12:00 a.m. Central Time Wednesday, with over 90 percent of the vote counted former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore had received approximately 40 percent to Strange’s 30 percent. Congressman Mo Brooks was a distant third with only 20 percent…

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What Is Donald Trump’s Base Of Support Looking Like In July 2017? The Latest Polling & What It Means

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by Richard Cameron Trump’s Base of support in July 2017 Here at National Compass, we are frequently tracking how Donald Trump’s presidency is trending, looking for signifiers that may indicate a shift in the national outlook towards him.  So far the baseline numbers are holding steady although not favorably for the President. The latest Washington Post / ABC News poll shows President Donald Trump’s approval ratings remaining at 36 percent as they have been for several months at this point.  As a point of comparison, George W. Bush and Barack…

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Supreme Court’s Review Of Wisconsin Gerrymandering Case Could Lead To More Balanced Governance

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by Tony Wyman The U.S. Supreme Court is about to take up a gerrymandering case from Wisconsin that could have an enormous impact on American political elections for decades to come. The case, Gill vs Whitford, is under appeal after a lower court decided Wisconsin’s 2016 redistricting plan constituted an “unconstitutional partisan gerrymander” and gave the GOP an unfair advantage in future political races. What is gerrymandering? Wiki defines gerrymandering as, “in the process of setting electoral districts, gerrymandering is a practice intended to establish a political advantage for a…

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Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District Election Last Night Told Us Nothing

by Tony Wyman After last night’s squeaker of a vote in Georgia’s 6th district, Republican pundits like the Washington Post’s Ed Rogers are calling in a “Yuge win for the president” while Democrats like candidate Jon Ossoff claim the election was “…the start of something much bigger.” It was, of course, neither. To make this result out to something indicative about the direction of the country, you’d have to ignore a whole lot of facts. Of course, we don’t put much stock in facts anymore in this country, so maybe…

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The Most Important Part of James Comey’s Testimony That no one is Talking About

Dani Graham Most of the discussion surrounding the highly anticipated testimony of former FBI director, James Comey, seems to be centered around who’s lying, obstruction of justice, collusion, or the legality of leaks, while the most vital issue is being largely ignored. This issue, which has grave national security implications, which affects each one of us and threatens our very democracy, is the one matter that has been unequivocally proven: Russia did indeed interfere with our elections. We may not yet know to what extent or the full impact, however,…

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Is Former FBI Director James Comey’s Senate Testimony An Exoneration Of Donald Trump? Not Even Close.

By Richard Cameron Directly following former FBI Director James Comey’s question and answer sessions Thursday in the Senate chamber, political narratives emerged, falling generally along partisan lines.  For Democrats, Comey’s testimony was notable in that he asserted that Donald Trump lied about the condition of the FBI and the reasons Trump disclosed for Comey’s firing. For Republicans who are still tethering their destiny to that of the President’s, Comey’s answers were a full absolution of any wrongdoing on the part of the President. To listen to them, you would have to conclude…

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Single-Payer Health Care Is The Goal For Both Democrats And Republicans

by Oletta Branstiter Both California and New York are moving rapidly toward legislating a state-run single-payer health care system. The plans would be costly – about $400 billion to cover every Californian, legal or not, and between $91 billion and $225 billion for New Yorkers. The plans would necessarily raise taxes substantially. Economists estimate a 15% rise in payroll taxes for the Golden State. Reason.com reports that “Vermont experimented with single-payer health care, but ultimately abandoned the project in 2014 because it was too costly.”  State-run single-payer health care is…

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Ted Cruz, The RINO’s and Trump – 3 Ways to Oppose Obamacare: Is it a Lose-Lose?

By Janice Barlow Obamacare has been a thorn in the side of Republicans since its passage. Many of the candidates campaigned on repealing it, including Donald Trump. Most of us remember back in 2013 when Ted Cruz (R-TX), fought against its original passage with a lone 21-hour filibuster on the Senate floor. Yet, here we are, almost five months into a solidly GOP dominated government, and we still have Obamacare. Not only is that the case, but the “repeal” passed by the House nearly three weeks ago has not been…

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