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"An Anomalous Event"

This post got a lot of people up in arms last year. But it's truly a must read and I want to re-up it on this 14th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. As TPM Reader JB put it a year ago today ...

To me the most notable thing looking back on 9/11 13 years later is how crystal clear it is now that it was an anomalous event and not, contrary to all the rhetoric of the time, the dawn of a new era of domestic terrorism. The fact that basically nothing analogous – meaning a domestic terror attack planned and executed by foreigners or local cells funded by Al Queda or like groups -- has happened in the 13 years since is pretty incredible and unexpected. Perhaps more surprising still is that the only viable explanation for the dearth of attacks is that terrorists motivated to carry out attacks inside the United States do not exist.

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Remember Kyrsten Sinema? Democratic Rep from Arizona's 9th congressional district who first came to public prominence as an Iraq War opponent and generally a darling of left-liberal Democrats. After the jump, her pretty tortured explanation for why she's voting against the Iran Deal. Pretty amazing ...

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Walker Vows to Become Relevant Again

I'm not sure I've seen any better example of the Trump Effect. Scott Walker is reacting to the collapse of his campaign with a desperate and somewhat ridiculous new slogan aimed at out-Trumping Donald Trump. His campaign has been test-driving in the phrase for the last few days but in a speech this morning Walker officially vowed to "wreak havoc" on Washington on his first day in office. In other words, he's just going to start breaking things, anything. Because he's more hardcore than Donald Trump. "It's time to wreak havoc on the status quo in Washington," says Walker. Here's the story.

The Trump Effect

I've been wondering for some time whether the bipartisan movement towards major criminal justice reform would survive first contact with the GOP presidential primary. Or to put it another way, could we get through the 2016 election without politicizing crime (and the associated issues of race and class) the way we have for the last nearly 50 years?

As recently as early this summer, reform advocates remained confident that the GOP field was generally on board with criminal justice reform. They saw that as a huge step forward, and it fostered hope for real reform at the federal level, perhaps even before the election. Then Donald Trump cannonballed into the race and suddenly we're talking about crime like it's 1988 all over again.

Tierney Sneed has some new reporting on the effect Trump is having and what reform advocates from the right and left are grappling with.