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TPM Readers on Sanders #7

Interesting mix of history, irony and the politics of purity in TPM Reader FH's take ...

After many years of listening in on the lively exchange between fellow (passionate) TPM readers, this is my first time writing in. I was a strong Obama supporter in ’08 and decided early on that I would vote for Hillary this time around.

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TPM Readers on Sanders #6

TPM Reader SB is pretty down on both of them ...

The thing that stings me most about the primary is that Hillary Clinton is not a very good candidate. She plays well in the controlled atmosphere of a debate, yes, but so did Martha Coakley. I feel very strongly that she's going to lose the general and, despite all evidence being that sanders supporters will fall in line, the left will be blamed for her total inability to run a competent campaign.

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TPM Readers on Sanders #5

TPM Reader KL seems to be jumping off the train ...

I contributed to Bernie’s campaign and voted for him in the New York primary, yet I am baffled by his current argument, which seems to be:

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More Evidence for Lead Poisoning as Key Crime Driver

Over the years I've written a number of posts about the Crime Wave of the Late 20th Century, its causes, political repercussions and the long shadow it still casts over our society. What drove the rise of crime starting in the mid-1960s and its precipitous fall from the early-mid-1990s is no mere matter of historical interest. Today we talk a lot about mass incarceration, the militarization of policing and various other excesses of policing and corrections. But our ability to do so, to have any political shot at change is heavily, heavily tied to the drop of crime over the last 25 years. If crime shoots back up again, we're back to the political environment of the 70s and 80s that created mass incarceration and all the rest. But we can't have any confidence that it won't shoot up again if we don't have a clear idea why it dropped in the first place or, for that matter, why it started spiking thirty years earlier.

In the last few years I've been increasingly convinced that environmental lead poisoning played at least a significant role in the story. Now there's new evidence strengthening the 'lead as driver of crime' thesis.

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How Trump Plays Abroad

Argentine TV promo for coverage of the US-hosted Copa América soccer tourney features nothing but Trump, with this tagline: "The truth is the best they can do is not let us in." Check it out.

TPM Readers on Sanders #4

TPM Reader EB is losing patience with the Sanders' campaign's resistance to accepting the numbers ....

Bernie’s insistence that the process is “rigged” and that he expects a contested convention are exasperating. I don’t say that as a Hillary supporter—I say it as an Obama supporter who wants a Democrat to succeed him.

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TPM Readers on Sanders #3

TPM Reader AD gives us her take on Clinton and Sanders supporters. And it reminds me that a great deal of the caricatures of supporters on each side are based on the most voluble and acerbic readers on both sides ...

I have been a longtime reader and finally joined Prime because I thought I should put a little money where my eyeballs are. It was a tough decision, namely because from time to time I have been taken aback by the reaction to certain news stories by the site (by which I mean by you and/or the vast majority of commenters.) I was appalled by the overwhelming condemnation of Edward Snowden in 2013, and I was not sure if I would continue reading. But I did, because I appreciated and continue to appreciate your political analysis.

I’m now having a similar through-the-looking-glass feeling reading the coverage of Sanders here. The intense hatred for him by your readers, the mockery and scorn of so many of the comments…well, it makes me wonder how it is that Sanders supporters have gotten a reputation for nastiness.

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Traditional Values Group Sending Men into Women's Bathrooms

I'm surprised at how frequently this seems to happen. A self-styled 'traditional values' group, following their own twisted logic, is now sending men into women's bathroom's at Target, to 'test' their inclusive LGBT bathroom policy. I have no doubt the men volunteering for this duty are level-headed and have no anger-management issues whatsoever. So basically in the interests of protecting women from transexuals, these jokers are traumatizing random women and young girls by sending what probably amount to men's rights activists into women's bathrooms.

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