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West Collapses in Spasm of Verbalist Derp

We spend every day listening to cable news all day long. Literally. So our prism is something of a distorted one. But through every channel and medium through which I absorb the national political debate, it was impossible to miss the tsunami of silly that overcame the nation yesterday as we focused on what is apparently the most critical aspect of evaluating the danger of and fighting ISIL: namely, the vocabulary we use. Who cannot take note of the fact that armchair warriors and toughs who generally have no patience with words and think only force counts seem to believe that the great national question before us comes down to what words we use? Let's call this faction the verbalists.

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Jeb: I'm My Own Man, Just Ask My Family

Jeb Bush's new line appears to be I'm my own man, except when it comes to the guys I hire to tell me what to think. As Steve Holland and Philip Klein note, Jeb's list of advisors are chock full of cronies, hangers on and appointees of his father and his brother. There's James Baker, Paul Wolfowitz!, Tom Ridge, Mike Chertoff, Steve Hadley, Mike Hayden and more.

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Do You Realize How Much Jeopardy Obamacare Is In?

I'm not sure it's completely penetrated the public consciousness that when the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in King v. Burwell next month and votes on the case in private conference two weeks from tomorrow that Obamacare really is on the line, and the ultimate outcome is very, very uncertain. As a sign of how dire things are for Obamacare, defenders of the law are crafting their arguments for Chief Justice John Roberts and making what is essentially a political argument: that the integrity and viability of the Supreme Court as an institution is on the line in this case.

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Dark Rudy

After the 9/11 greatness, Rudy Giuliani decided to spend the remainder of his days dedicated to stamping out whatever admiration or good will he'd gained from those two or three months with years of hate speech, nonsense and aggravated derp.

Derp after the jump.

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Josh's Assignment Desk

As we ramp up our Prime longform offerings, one of the biggest challenges is finding just the right people to commission to report and write the pieces we're most interested in publishing. So I'm starting this Josh's Assignment Desk feature. Basically here are articles we're looking to publish. Who are the best reporters out there who could tackle them? Here are two I want to publish.

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Our New Series

Over recent months I've become increasingly interested in the stark and fairly recent, even sudden, changes in the global energy economy. We're all seeing lower gas prices, which affects all of us as consumers - either directly or indirectly. These sustained low oil prices, though, may well bankrupt a series of countries around the world which cannot survive with oil stuck around 50 dollars a barrel - something that may persist for two or three years. The growing role of the US as an energy producer is also driving changes in global currency flows in ways that deepen global US financial dominance. Meanwhile the role of oil is declining in the global energy economy with rising use of gas (not so bad) and coal (really, really bad). But happening amidst all of this over the last couple years is a surprising (at least to me) run-up in the use of wind and solar power. We've commissioned a five part series of Prime longform pieces (sub req), looking at all these changes with a particular focus on growth in the wind and solar space. We'll be running this series over the course of the spring.

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