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Kerry Traps Newt

He gets Newt to say to “Senator Inhofe” and his colleagues that, “The evidence is such that we must take the most efficient possible steps.” That goes way beyond the sort of no-regrets strategy that he’s been sailing close to, and also ignores the whole mitigation versus adaptation debate which is so important. He’s gone down the mitigation first route, which, as I argue below, is really putting the cart before the horse.

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Bruce Rauner Deserves to Lose

I don’t know whether Jeanne Ives will pull off the upset, although there is buzz about it: Multiple GOP sources believe Gov. Rauner could lose #ILGov primary tomorrow night, or at least closer than expected for a challenge to a multi-millionaire incumbent governor. — Nathan Gonzales (@nathanlgonzales) ... Read More
Politics & Policy

‘We Will Reduce Abortion’

Conor Lamb’s success has revived interest in “I’m personally opposed, but.” It’s a rhetorical convention — a cliché, really — that many Catholic Democrats have resorted to ever since Mario Cuomo popularized it with his speech at Notre Dame in 1984, as Alexandra DeSanctis explained a few days ... Read More

The Pope Francis Challenge

An unforced error from a Vatican communications office the other day drove me a little something like crazy. The nature of the unforced error is that it is wholly unnecessary and typically distracting. And so it was. Days before, as the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis’s election as pope was approaching, a ... Read More