May 31st, 2014

Politics

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"It's a funny thing. People say they don't like President Obama's foreign policy, but it turns out they approve of the specific things he's doing. They say they don't like Obamacare, but they like the things Obamacare does. They say they don't like Obama's economic policy, but they largely approve of his actual positions. You see this over and over. It doesn't look like Obama is doing much to move the country in a more liberal direction, but in his slow, methodical, pragmatic way, he's doing just that. A lot of people might not know it, but they're attracted by his no-drama approach to incremental social change. It frustrates those of us who want to see things change faster, but in the end, it might turn out to be pretty effective."
-Kevin Drum

News

The Ukraine and ideological parties

SATURDAY NEWS:
* Good read: how ideology is poisoning the two-party system.
* "What's happening in Eastern Ukraine is very simple, rational, and straightforward."
* Fake WMATA Twitter account shut down, presumably because it was being helpful to riders.
* "Your princess is in another castle: misogyny, entitlement, and nerds."
* Lessons learned from watching Star Wars with someone who has never seen it before.