The Rationalist Papers (13): A normal debate

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The “debate” between Joe Biden’s selection for vice-president, Senator Kamala Harris, and Trump’s VP Mike Pence was normal by 21st Century televised debate standards. By that I mean that the level of shouting, screaming, interrupting, and abuse was sufficiently low that it was actually possible to hear much of what the candidates were saying, and … 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

What to look for in our next president

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This is a political post. If you don’t like politics, skip it. Briefly: I like smart presidents. Right now, 23 Democratic candidates are vying for the nomination. People are scrutinizing their specific positions, looking for disqualifying events in their past, wondering about their rhetorical skills, giving them points (or deducting them) for debate performance. I’m … Continued