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I’m listening to Dolly Parton’s America, a podcast by Jad Abumrad, the creator of Radiolab. Jad’s father, a physician, became friends with Dolly Parton after treating her, and this afforded Jad unusual access to the star. I had no intention of listening to the podcast when it was introduced, but loving the work of Abumrad,…

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As Elysha so rightly pointed out, Donald Trump find a way to ruin a lot of things, including some unintentionally. This placemat of the President of the United States is an excellent example. We spotted it in a gift shop in Vermont at the ancestral home of Robert Todd Lincoln. We though it would be…

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My friend’s daughter – not a fan on Donald Trump – created his image in this clever bit of food sculpture. Remarkable. Right? It really does look like him. It’s not, of course, a bigoted, grifting liar who brags about sexual assault, separates families and cages small children on the border, defends Nazis, enriches itself…

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In case you missed it, this is the letter that Donald Trump sent to Turkey President Erdogan urging him not to attack our Kurdish allies after announcing that he was pulling our troops out of Syria. He made this announcement without consulting or even warning the US military, the US Congress, or our NATO allies.…

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Harvard University is facing an affirmative action lawsuit based upon their admission processes, and things are not looking goof. A study, published earlier this month in the National Bureau of Economic Research, found that 43 percent of white students admitted to Harvard were recruited athletes, legacy students, children of faculty and staff, or on the dean’s interest…

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I realize that pointing out the stupidity or amorality or narcissism of Donald Trump is like reminding people that the sun rises and sets every day, but occasionally he says or does something that rises to the level of incomprehensibility. Yesterday, Trump tweeted this: Did you see what he did? Trump quoted himself complimenting himself,…

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Last week, a listener to our podcast and a reader of my books wrote to inform me that he would no longer be listening, reading, or otherwise engaging in my work as a result of the way I write about Donald Trump and respond to him online, specifically via Twitter. The man was polite and…

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In case you missed it, The Baltimore Sun responded to Trump’s tweets from yesterday that attacked African American Congressman Elijah Cummings for conducting Constitutionally-required oversight of the executive branch and described Baltimore as “a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess.” A “very dangerous & filthy place.” A place where no human being would ever want…

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In case you missed Trump’s speech at the Lincoln Memorial yesterday (and congratulations if you did), here are a couple highlights: Trump said: “The Continental Army suffered a bitter winner at Valley Forge, found glory across the waters of the Delaware and seized victory from Cornwallis of Yorktown. Our Army manned the air, it ran…

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I’ll never understand the fascination of some people to light their own fireworks, which are always subpar in comparison to the real thing and occasionally result in serious injuries, permanent maiming, and house fires. When I was growing up in Massachusetts, the purchase or ownership of fireworks was illegal. This, in my mind, made a…

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