Representative Ted Yoho delivers a pathetically poor apology

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US Representative Ted Yoho had a heated verbal altercation with Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) on the steps of the capital. According The Hill, he referred to her as a “fucking bitch.” Later, he apologized on the House floor. It was one of the worst apologies ever. AOC had made some controversial statements about why poor … Continued

Cognitive test

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Good morning Mr. President. Let’s go. Sure. My job this morning is to administer this cognitive test. Shouldn’t take more than about 15 minutes. Most people do fine on this. So let’s get started, shall we? Great. I’m ready. Always ready. I see you’re wearing a mask. I hope that doesn’t mean you’re biased against … Continued

Biden’s positioning

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Now that Donald Trump is presiding over a public health and economic catastrophe of historic proportions, it would seem that it should be easy for Joe Biden to win reelection. But of course, if Trump is the opponent, you can take nothing for granted. Trump’s modus operandi, as explained by former advisor Steve Bannon, is … Continued

Bad data? Fix it, don’t scrap it. Even when it’s about a pandemic.

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Trump now says hospitals should send patient information to a database in the Department of Health and Human Services, bypassing the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). This will doubtless be followed by complaints about it being bad data, after which they’ll cut off access to the data — data which at the CDC was publicly … Continued

“Hide” and “ignore” are poor COVID-19 strategies. Let’s invest instead.

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I am frustrated with our national leaders who seem more interested in blaming each other than solving the coronavirus problem. It’s time to consider actual solutions and invest in them. Start with this: the virus is not going away. It’s now expanding exponentially in Arizona, Texas, Florida, and southern California; ICU beds are filling up. … Continued

What leaders do

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I’ve had the privilege of working for some amazing leaders — and having helped elect a few, too. Here are some personal observations about what leaders do. The best leader I ever worked for was George Colony, the founder and CEO of Forrester Research, where I worked for 20 years. He wasn’t perfect and I … Continued

1912: The most bizarre election of the Twentieth Century

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In 2016, the first woman from a major party to run for president faced off against a businessman who’d never held office. That was an unusual election. But the election of 1912 was ever stranger. What happened in 1912 will never be repeated The two-party system is an entrenched part of American politics. Whenever a … Continued