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Religious tolerance

First Amendment:  Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition...
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Read, weep

Why now, Maxine?  Why did you not have this conversation with elderly relatives pre-Obamacare? ...[T]he spectre of "socialized medicine" prevents us moving to single payer, where the incentives for prudent life cycle management of risk across all age and income...
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Marginal Revolution: *The Tenth Parallel* Economics: No, there is a shortage of safe assets | The Economist TheMoneyIllusion » Deconstructing Bernanke's speech An Autopsy of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac - NYTimes.com A Nice Sentence, Arnold Kling | EconLog |...
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IPCC Clusterfrak

Those of us who actually read the late, great Michael Crichton's State of Fear understood that its main point was that there are people and groups who will go to great lengths to manufacture causes and crises for personal profit even...
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Glass half-full chronicle worth the read

Bearded old men running scared will lose, though it may take a while  Willem Buiter Whenever the cumulative effect of the daily observation, looking out of my window or into the mirror, of human inequity and wretchedness brings me...
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This picture irritates me

Whoever in the State Department that is advising Hillary and Nancy on how to cover their heads on visits to Muslim countries should be fired. It is not like we do not have hats in our own style that...
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Taking predatory lending to a whole new level

Excerpted from report by Gillian Tett of The Financial Times: As the financial crisis virus has swept around the globe in recent months, Kazakhstan's banking sector has been engulfed in turmoil. This is not just creating a headache for the...
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$7,400,000,000,000

Bloomberg is not happy.  They've added up the numbers, really big numbers, and want to know what the US is getting in return.  The Treasury and the Fed have not been forthcoming, Bernanke thinks it would be 'counterproductive' so Bloomberg has filed a...
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Please index the archives of the TPMCafe Book Club & Table for One

There have been some very interesting book club recommendations and discussions that have been hosted here at TPMCafe.  Unfortunately I have not been able to follow all of them in real time and find it extremely difficult, really practically impossible, to go...
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The Palin Monologue

The Palin monologue was a pretty good routine. . . lots of snarky one liners competently delivered to a friendly crowd.  Did McCain borrow The Tonight Show writers?  Gov Palin has a promising future -- in standup comedy (da-da-drum).But wait,...

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