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Trump’s War on the Poor: AG Sessions Revives Debtor’s Prison


In Charles Dickens’ novel Little Dorrit – thank you, Eve Kozloski, for making your students read the book – the eponymous title character grew up in London’s Marshalsea prison, where her father was in debtor’s prison. Dickens could write so vividly about Marshalsea and the conditions there because Dickens’ own father was imprisoned there in Dickens’ youth, for…

Fire and Fury: Yep


According to CNN Money, President Trump’s personal lawyer, Charles Harder, has written to author Michael Wolff and Henry Holt Publishers, demanding Wolff’s book not be published. Mr. Trump hereby demands that you immediately cease and desist from any further publication, release or dissemination of the Book, the Article, or any excerpts or summaries of either…

Methinks he doth protest too much


Yes, it’s a misquote. Shakespeare had Lady Macbeth say something slightly different. But let’s consider this fragment of Trump’s interview with a New York Times reporter last week: “Frankly there is absolutely no collusion…Virtually every Democrat has said there is no collusion. There is no collusion…I think it’s been proven that there is no collusion…I can…

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A Trump Lexicon — Updated


Our President uses language in strange and unusual ways. Notably, he often uses the same words or phrases in numerous different Twitter messages. As a service to readers, WC offers the following Trump Lexicon, offering definition of those word and phrases as an aid to understanding what the President is really saying.   Word or…

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Can We Talk About Reasoning and Razors?


A lot of pundits are working hard to identify the method to President Trump’s apparent madness. What is the purpose of the apparent lies? Why the complete contradictions? Why the fixations on trivial issues? Is it some nefarious scheme, some clever strategy, some secret plan? Naw. You know Occam’s Razor, probably, the problem-solving principle that among competing…