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Monday Morning Open Thread: Vote (D) If You Want to Live

Screw the Judean People’s Front. Splitters.Gastritis Broke My CalculatorHot Air and Ill Informed BanterSaul Alinsky is my co-pilotShallow, uninformed, and lacking identity.Our job is not to persuade Republicans but to defeat them.I thought we were promised Infrastructure WeekYes we did.‘Forty-two’ said Deep Thought, with infinite majesty and calm.We can agree…
bubmag
June 22, 2020
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Trump troop cut in Germany fits a pattern of hitting allies

WASHINGTON — (AP) — In vowing to pull thousands of American troops from Germany, President Donald Trump is following a pattern of disruptive, sometimes punitive, moves against allies that have dismayed his fellow Republicans and cast doubt across the globe about the future of partnering with the United States. Trump…
bubmag
June 19, 2020
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Walking the Wall: A lockdown tour of Berlin boundaries

BERLIN — As authorities in the German capital put the brakes on public life in March, I decided to try and aggregate my daily walks into the entire 160-kilometer route of the former Berlin Wall. Social isolation and Cold War history rolled into a monthlong mix of stroll and slog…
bubmag
May 25, 2020
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Howie Carr: Welcome to the commonwealth of micro-managing

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts will now be micro-managing everything in your life, including your health and your job, and what could possibly go wrong, comrade? After all, this is the same state government that has done such an incredible job regulating the state’s nursing homes that only 3,574 of MA’s…
bubmag
May 19, 2020
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This One Document Set the Stage For Fifty Years of Cold War

Almost from the beginning, the fractious alliance that defeated Nazi Germany was in peril. The United States and Great Britain had long distrusted the communist regime of the Soviet Union, and the feeling was strongly mutual. As early as 1943, the Big Three—President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Prime Minister Winston Churchill,…
bubmag
May 13, 2020
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Episodic espionage

Dead drops, code names, double agents, daring escapes: the stuff of great spy novels. Somehow, the eight-chapter docuseries Spy Wars (Amazon Prime, TV-PG) manages to pull off all the intrigue and complexities of a riveting espionage tale in each 45-minute episode. With British actor Damian Lewis narrating, each true story…
bubmag
May 7, 2020
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‘Sadness’ and disbelief from a world missing US leadership

As images of America’s overwhelmed hospital wards and snaking jobless lines have flickered across the world, people on the European side of the Atlantic are looking at the richest and most powerful nation in the world with disbelief. “When people see these pictures of New York City they say, ‘How…
bubmag
April 24, 2020