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Oh C'mon

Some of the GOP presidential candidates are demanding equal time after Donald Trump got to host Saturday Night Live. In Sara Jerde's piece there's a letter from Sen. Lindsey Graham asking for equal time. But isn't 180 appearances on Meet the Press at least an even trade?

Live Chat: Writer & Historian Rich Yeselson, Wednesday at 2 PM Eastern

We’re excited to announce that writer and historian Richard Yeselson will be visiting the Hive for a live chat with Prime members (sub req). Richard wrote the first installment of TPM's "March to Inequality" series, tracing the connection between the decline of the American labor movement and the increase of income inequality.

A contributing editor at Dissent, Richard has been writing about labor issues and the economy for years, and has bylines at The New Republic, The Nation, and The American Prospect.

He’ll be stopping by at 2 PM tomorrow November 18th to answer your questions about the US labor movement, how to address income inequality, the 2016 election, and his TPM feature story. Please drop them here at or before 2 PM on Wednesday, and check out some of Richard's articles below.

The Decline of Labor, The Increase of Inequality (Talking Points Memo)

Labor At A Crossroads: Will Diversity Foster A New Solidarity And Save The Movement? (The American Prospect)

Happy Labor Day. Are Unions Dead? (The New Republic)

Why Do We Need to Stay?

TPM Reader BF wonders why we frame all our potential military actions around the need to stay ...

A major problem with ISIS strategy is the "exit strategy" issue. Basically, we've become self-deterred about any serious military response to ISIS because we're worried about how to get out if we get in. If we put "boots on the ground" (somehow SOF doesn't count), there is a sense that we'll get stuck.

This is a purely self-inflicted limitation. It is based on the notion that all uses of force must result in outcomes that are both durably stable and improve the condition of the people on the ground. In short, the notion is that we should only use ground forces when they can assure that the threat "never again" recurs and that by using force we are obligated to fix things (the Pottery Barn rule -- you broke it, you bought it).

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What To Do About ISIS

I wanted to share a few thoughts on Friday's terrorist attacks in Paris and where this leaves the United States in terms of Syria, Iraq and the entirety of the Middle East where, with all our withdrawals, we still remain involved and at war in various ways. I do not believe we can properly assess what happened in Paris without noting that it is less the product of an organization or statelet on the march than one under threat. ISIS has managed to hold on in the face of significant Western military intervention over the last year. But the physical footprint of ISIS has been reduced by roughly 25%.

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