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Trump Has Good Chance Of Winning Again: Democracy Guru Larry Diamond

featuring Larry Diamondvia The Straits Times
Friday, August 9, 2019

[Subscription Required] President Donald Trump may well lose the popular vote again in 2020, and yet win the presidency, contends Stanford professor Larry Diamond, whose latest book is ominously titled Ill Winds.

Analysis and Commentary

The Democrats Have An Aaron Sorkin Candidate, So Why Isn’t He Soaring Higher In the Polls?

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Thursday, August 8, 2019

Go down the long list of Democratic presidential candidates – past the senators, congressmen and even the self-help author – and two names are missing: Presidents Josiah Bartlet and Andrew Shepherd.

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In The Limbo Dance That Is Trump-Newsom Animosity, A New California Law Shows How Low You Can Go

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, August 8, 2019

Donald Trump received only 31.6% of California’s vote in the 2016 presidential election.

That Trump failed to carry the Golden State barely qualifies as news.

Analysis and Commentary

Will 2020 Be A Repeat Of 2004 For Democrats?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, August 8, 2019

Fifteen years ago, the Democrats backed off from the hard left, taking the safe route in nominating a boring and sedate party man — and came close to winning against a controversial incumbent president.

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Why Winning Isn’t Enough—You Need Guts

mentioning Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Ben Shapiro is right. Facts don’t care about your emotions. But voters do. We are living in a very strange time in America. By all objective measures, most Americans are safer and more prosperous than at any time since the Revolutionary War. And I write this fully aware of the double tragedy last weekend.

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Trade And The Fed

by John H. Cochranevia Grumpy Economist
Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Nina Karnaukh of Ohio State sent along this lovely graph of the 6 month Fed Funds futures around the beginning of August. Read this as the market's guess about what is happening to the Federal Funds rate over the next 6 months.

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Fulcrums Of Manipulation

quoting Williamson M. Eversvia Murray Ledger & Times
Wednesday, August 7, 2019

If I ignored my mother’s call for dinner a few times while playing with friends outside, she could get my attention by suggesting emphatically, “Gregory, I’m going to tell your father when he gets home if you don’t get in here and eat.” As I recall the suggestion worked; although I huffed a bit as I told my friends I had to go. There was no question about what the “tell dad” phrase meant. Absolutely nothing confusing about that!

Frank Dikötter, chair professor of humanities at the University of Hong Kong and the author of Mao's Great Famine: The History of China's Most Devastating Catastrophe
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An Evening With Frank Dikötter In Conversation With Sam Leith

quoting Frank Diköttervia Eventbrite
Tuesday, September 3, 2019

How does a cult of personality begin – and how does it sustain itself? How do tyrants create the illusion of popular support – and what do they fear most?

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New Scramble For Africa: Africa Will Be Next Major Battlefield In ‘Cold War’ Between The US And China, Experts Say

quoting Niall Fergusonvia The Sun
Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Africa looks set to be the next major battlefield in an emerging "Cold War" between the US and China, experts have claimed.

 

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