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New York Times Columnist Line of the Day

If you frequent this here premier “web log,” there’s a good chance you may once or twice have read the New York Times op-ed page. You might even recognize the names of the columnists, who every day spout the most conventionally wise of the conventional wisdom. This is a feature that is dedicated to these folks, highlighting one line that is either funny, ridiculous, strange, or actually intelligent or well-written.

Today’s is from David Brooks, who in his column today, “The Unifying Leader,” writes:

I’m not here to apportion blame, but it would be nice if, in the future, we evaluated presidential candidates on the basis of whether they are skilled at the art of collaboration.

Glad to see you’re finally behind the president, who has spent over six years bending over backwards to collaborate with Congress.

Till the End of the Day

Since we neglected to offer any morning links, it only seems fair we drop some things for you to read this afternoon. Here you go:

Today in Fuck You: Uber pretty much threatened to go after journalists who dare question them, and that’s not even the shadiest part of the thing.

Oh, you get two, though: An Uber driver told a cancer patient she deserved cancer and is an animal.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi reelected as leader of House Democrats.

Republicans have finally found a lawyer to represent them in their lawsuit against President Obama.

Sen. Mitch McConnell apparently believes in the same “science” as David Brooks, in a conveniently timed statement.

The Keystone XL pipeline is Republicans’ only jobs program, so there’s probably no way they’re going to try and get it passed.

Hillary Clinton’s appeal to white people is because she’s white.

What happens if the Supreme Court does what the Republicans want and take away Affordable Care Act subsidies for people living in states without their own exchanges?

That’s all for today.

 

 

 

New York Times Columnist Line of the Day

If you frequent this here premier “web log,” there’s a good chance you may once or twice have read the New York Times op-ed page. You might even recognize the names of the columnists, who every day spout the most conventionally wise of the conventional wisdom. This is a feature that is dedicated to these folks, highlighting one line that is either funny, ridiculous, strange, or actually intelligent or well-written.

Today’s is, of course, from David Brooks, who in his stupid fucking column today, “Obama in Winter,” writes:

But with his implied veto threat of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, President Obama seems intent on showing that Democrats, too, can put partisanship above science. Keystone XL has been studied to the point of exhaustion, and the evidence overwhelmingly suggests that it’s a modest-but-good idea.

Sure, unless you count the whole climate science thing.

New York Times Columnist Line of the Day

If you frequent this here premier “web log,” there’s a good chance you may once or twice have read the New York Times op-ed page. You might even recognize the names of the columnists, who every day spout the most conventionally wise of the conventional wisdom. This is a feature that is dedicated to these folks, highlighting one line that is either funny, ridiculous, strange, or actually intelligent or well-written.

Today’s is from Paul Krugman, just because his column today, “When Government Succeeds,” is the kind of column that depressingly gets written so infrequently, yet needs to be written:

It’s true that government-hating politicians can sometimes turn their predictions of failure into self-fulfilling prophecies, but when leaders want to make government work, they can.

Morning Constitutional – Monday, 17 November 2014

Good morning, everybody. Solange Knowles got married. Now, your morning constitutional:

As the U.S. enters a last round of negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program this week in Vienna, a large and increasing number of variables could sink a potential deal. President Obama’s national security advisers say they think there’s a 40-50% chance for a deal.

Japan’s economy shrank in the third quarter after sales tax increases squashed consumer spending.

President Obama may announce executive actions on immigration as early as this week.

CNN reported that Republicans and outside groups shared date using anonymous Twitter accounts, a coordination practice that may have been illegal.

Australia and China on Monday signed a free-trade agreement.

Four workers were killed in a dangerous gas leak at a Texas chemical plant on Saturday.

Halliburton announced that they are going to pursue acquiring its smaller rival Baker Hughes in a $34.6 billion deal.

Agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency on Sunday conducted surprise drug inspections of NFL team medical staffs under suspicion that teams dispense prescription drugs illegally.

Republican likely incoming congressman Garrett Graves is very aware that rising seas are swallowing his district, but may not be able to say that in his district.

Pay for young, low-wage workers is growing more rapidly than those who are older and higher-paid.

Homelessness is at an all-time high for U.S. children.

The U.S. unemployment rate is 5.8%. Americans think the unemployment rate is 32%.

Mandate elections: They’re not just for presidents anymore.

How the federal government is incidentally taxing marijuana businesses to death.

The DOE loan program that funded Solyndra looking to net about $5-6 billion in profits.

Finally, one of California’s largest newspapers has asked its reporters to help deliver papers on Sundays.