The Rationalist Papers (2): three ways to look at the election

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How do you decide who to vote for? I see three ways people are deciding: policy, team loyalty, and trust. Just a reminder: these posts are for the group I call the deciders: conservatives, moderates, undecided, and third-party voters considering their choices in the 2020 US Presidential election. Choosing based on policy In a traditional … Continued

Was Bob Woodward wrong to keep his book interviews quiet until now?

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The author and former Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward interviewed Trump 18 times for his new book Rage. In a February interview, Trump revealed that he knew how serious a threat there was from COVID-19. Many commentators say Woodward should he have said something as soon as he learned this. I disagree. What Woodward knew … Continued

On “losers” — and whether John McCain was one

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Of course John McCain was a loser. He ran for president and he lost. Ergo, he was a loser. But that’s not what Trump means when he talks about McCain being a loser. He’s talking about military service in which you were captured or otherwise failed. And that’s another story. Trump is lying about calling … Continued

President Trump attempts to define anarchy

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Did you know there is anarchy taking place in American cities? President Trump issued a memo in which he instructs the federal government to identify which cities are “anarchist jurisdictions” and to withhold federal funds from such cities. Candidates include Seattle, Portland, New York, and Washington, D.C. Let’s take a close look at the presidential … Continued

How Goodyear should have responded to Trump’s attack

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A Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company slide that circulated on social media stated that political attire (like “Make America Great Again” gear) was unacceptable in the workplace. President Trump responded by calling for a boycott of Goodyear. Let’s take a close look at Goodyear’s response, and how it could have been better. The visual that … Continued

Trump supporters thrilled to death with President’s new 2020 running mate

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President Donald Trump announced he was dropping Mike Pence from the ticket and adding a new running mate for the 2020 election. We go live now to the presidential press conference. Press Secretary McEnany: Ladies and gentlemen, the President of the United States. President Donald Trump: Thank you. Effective right now, I will have a … Continued

New revenue flows into government agencies, thanks to Donald Trump

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Here’s the news regarding Microsoft’s potential purchase of part of TikTok: Trump said Monday that part of the amount paid to buy TikTok would have to come to the U.S. Treasury Department because it would be making the deal possible. “It’s a little bit like the landlord/tenant; without a lease the tenant has nothing, so they … Continued