TPM Cafe: Opinion

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John Davis remembers a meeting in 1986 when Bernie Sanders, then the mayor of Burlington, Vermont, confronted the owners of the city’s largest affordable-housing complex. The federal program that had subsidized the Northgate Apartments for 20 years had a loophole that allowed the landlords to convert the buildings into market rentals or luxury condos.

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Chris Christie is in South Carolina this week, his first trip there in the 2016 cycle. On Tuesday he spent seventy minutes answering questions from GOP activists, road testing pro-gun, anti-Common Core, and anti-teachers’ union messages as he lays groundwork to enter an ever-widening pool of contenders for the GOP nomination.

It would seem that, for now, the postponement to mid-November of the Bridgegate trials of former Port Authority deputy executive director Bill Baroni and Christie’s former deputy chief of staff Bridget Anne Kelly works in Christie’s favor. The summer could allow him to regain national footing, and it wouldn’t be all that surprising if we see something of a Christie bounce.

But there is something going on in the pre-trial maneuvering that could turn into a real headache for the governor.

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In his first inaugural address, President Barack Obama pledged a departure from divisive politics and a movement towards unity to solve the nation’s problems, which included the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, two wars and unaffordable healthcare. These solutions would be grounded in traditional American values:

Our challenges may be new, the instruments with which we meet them may be new, but those values upon which our success depends, honesty and hard work, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism—these things are old.

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“Lord, protect me from my friends, I can take care of my enemies,” Lil Wayne raps on his song “Scarface.” It’s a quote that comes to mind watching the Laura Kipnis debacle at Northwestern unfold in a big, public way. Watching it go down, it’s becoming clear that a handful of overwrought feminists may do what a million Wall Street Journal editorials could not, which is destroy all the good work that is being done using Title IX to combat rape and sexual abuse on campus

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One of the emerging big stories of the 2016 elections is that we will finally see the full, lurid effect of a series of Supreme Court opinions that have largely deregulated campaign spending. Jeb Bush, flouting what remains of the old rules, is deliberately delaying his announcement of candidacy in order to coordinate with supposedly independent Super-PACs—for which his primary campaign strategists work—as they together plan a “shock-and-awe” level of fundraising that is intended to terrify rivals into submission and offset Bush’s poor polling numbers. Billionaires are lining up to provide open-ended backing for their favorite candidates, enabling a huge Republican field and raising fears of an unnaturally extended nominating process.

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The reaction to the takeover of Ramadi by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has ranged from panicked to defensive and furious to painful, demonstrating just how sensitive the memory of the Iraq war still is for Americans. Twelve years later, politicians and pundits still use the war that would alter the fate of individuals and nations alike to prove they were right or that someone else was wrong.

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“They’re going to walk right up and shoot you in the head.” Six years after the murder of Dr. George Tiller at his church in Wichita, Kansas, this is what one abortion provider believes every day as she watches extremists stalk her at work, at home and in her community.

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Last week, the ACLU released a video of two Barstow Police Department officers wrestling Charlena Michelle Cook, stomach-down, to the ground. She was eight months pregnant. According to CBS Los Angeles, police were called following an argument between Cook and another woman on January 26, 2015. The arrest took place after Cook refused to identify herself to the officers.

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