Complicated: Karlie Kloss probably had Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner at her wedding

Whether she likes it or not, supermodel Karlie Kloss now has two highly controversial Donald Trump administration figures as in-laws: Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump. The proudly liberal 26-year-old Kloss announced Thursday, via Instagram, that she had tied the knot with her longtime boyfriend Joshua Kushner, Jared Kushner’s younger brother and an entrepreneur who similarly supports Democratic causes and candidates. People magazine confirmed that Kloss and Joshua Kushner, 33, were married Thursday in a small, Jewish ceremony that took place in upstate New York. Kloss converted to Judaism in June, Page Six reported. “The wedding was intimate and moving” a friend of the couple told People. “The couple was beaming… Read More

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Confessions of an ex-voter

The first vote I ever cast was for Bill Clinton in 1996, when I was 6 years old. I have been unable to discover a tally of the official vote from that year’s Nickelodeon “Kids Pick the President” election, but I seem to remember a landslide victory for the Man From Hope. My instincts have never been partisan. Four years later an article in that distinguished periodical Time for Kids informed me that Al Gore’s wife supported “Parental Advisory” stickers on rap CDs and had hard things to say about Dr. Dre and Eminem. Armed with this knowledge I did as my conscience dictated and canvassed heavily for George W.… Read More

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Trump is glorifying violence against journalists. This is a national disgrace.

Two things seem ever-more certain as Donald Trump’s presidency continues: First, Trump’s anti-media rhetoric is going to get a journalist killed, or at least badly injured. Second, Trump doesn’t care. We’re long past the point of debating whether to take Trump’s antagonizing rhetoric about the media seriously or literally. After a year of “enemy of the people” talk, and in a week in which the world outside the Oval Office mourned a journalist murdered by an evil, oppressive regime, Trump decided on Thursday the best way to appeal to his supporters at a Montana rally was to praise a congressman best known for assaulting a reporter. “Any guy who can… Read More

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Tribalism is not the problem

The latest meme from the Davos elite set is that America is afflicted with “tribalism.” We’re splitting up into two irreconcilable tribes, so the argument goes, and politics is becoming more and more an all-out war to the death. People like Yale Law professor Amy Chua, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), Brookings Institution fellow Shadi Hamid, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and many others have sounded the tribalism alarm. The suggestion is that tribes are groups with a zealous, irrational attachment to their own group, and thus forever fight other groups for no reason. “When politics becomes a perpetual tribal war, ends justify almost any means and individuals… Read More

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The galling error in the case against Medicare-for-all

40 percent. This number comes up over and over again in the discussion around Medicare-for-all. It supposedly represents how much larger current Medicare payments (what the government pays health-care providers) are from private insurance payments to doctors, according to a widely cited paper written by Charles Blahous of the libertarian Mercatus Center — and thus how much health-care spending would have to be cut under Medicare-for-all. This is misleading nonsense. In early August, Blahous published his paper. The text carefully says the 40 percent figure applies only to private insurance payments, but in his articles written for a popular audience, he repeatedly implied or stated outright that the cut would… Read More

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Trump’s big metaphorical wall

The midterm elections are quickly approaching, and the Trump administration is busily constructing policy levees in hopes to stave off a blue wave. With seemingly no time for nuance, they’re hitting the big selling points of why Trump voters love the president, like his promise to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. But since we’re almost two years into the Trump presidency and the wall still hasn’t been built (and probably never will be), the administration is proposing new obstacles to limit immigration and excite their base. Up first: keeping out the tired, poor, huddled masses. Although Republicans claim to favor immigration as long as it’s legal, the White… Read More

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