Paul Ryan’s list of his six favorite books has one very curious omission

Paul Ryan, the Republican congressman and former vice presidential candidate from up the road in Janesville, Wis., was asked the other day to list his six favorite books on economics and government. A pertinent question for a so-called heavy thinker, right? But Ryan’s response was peculiar, not so much for what he included on his list but for what he excluded: There were no books by crackpot political philosopher Ayn Rand. (See HERE.) Speaking of lists, Jonathan Chait has put together a few examples of things Rep. Paul Ryan has SAID OR...

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Here’s the secret formula for how Fox News peddles conspiracy theories and other bunk

If you Google the terms “Fox News” and “some people are saying,” you get more than 17 million results. Indeed, hardly a day, or even an hour, goes by without one of the talking heads on Fox News Channel referring to how “some people are saying” something or other that fits the channel’s political biases. These “some people” are rarely identified, and the stuff they’re purportedly “saying” is rarely supported by solid evidence. You see, this is how Fox creates and spreads...

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Doomsday Preppers are a fascinating sub-species of American weirdos

I don’t watch it as often as I should, but I find that TV show about “Doomsday Preppers” invariably entertaining — and not merely as comedy. I’m fascinated, for example, by the great variety of paranoid notions among preppers. Some are fearful of a race war. Others foresee environmental catastrophes or a pandemic caused by some mystery virus. Still others are predicting a foreign invasion. And then there are people who foresee an impending war with their own government. People like THESE GUYS: A group of...

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Memo to Fox News: Here’s the real War on Christmas

While channel-surfing this morning, I happened upon QVC, one of the shopping channels, and noticed that the program was titled “Countdown to Christmas.” Countdown to Christmas? Whoa! Temperatures here in the Heartland are expected to reach into the 90s today. It’s August 25th, not December 25th. That’s  still four months away. Yes, we’ve come to expect — albeit regrettably — that Christmas season now starts even before Halloween. But August? Give us a break. Why isn’t Fox News on this case? The...

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Will the success of Chicago’s Little League team spur interest in baseball among black kids?

Most folks probably would be surprised to learn that only eight percent of Major League Baseball players are African-Americans. It may seem that there are more, but that’s mainly because so many ballplayers are blacks from Latin countries. In contrast, roughly three-fourths of players in the National Basketball Association and two-thirds in the National Football League are African-Americans. There are various socio-economic factors behind the decline of American blacks in big league baseball from a high of one in five players to barely...

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Study shows a political shift of sorts as more people move from blue states to red states

The political map of America never stays the same for very long. Attitudes change, and people move around, resulting in different blends of Republican red and Democratic blue in the various states. HERE‘s a look at the changes of late: Over the last few decades, residents of many traditionally liberal states have moved to states that were once more conservative. And this pattern has played an important role in helping the Democratic Party win the last two presidential elections and four of the last six. The growth of the Latino...

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