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Matt O'Brien
Columnist for the Washington Post. Formerly the Atlantic & TNR.
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Matt O'Brien 13h
Replying to @ObsoleteDogma
Matthew Whitaker's grifting is not an outlier, either. Remember when Mike Huckabee sold ads touting a "biblical cure" for cancer? As Rick Perlstein points out, snake oil salesmen have been intertwined with the conservative movement from the beginning.
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Matt O'Brien 13h
Trump's pick for Acting Attorney General was on the advisory board of a company that not only bilked people, but also touted the invention of a urinal for well-endowed men and a "theoretical time travel commodity tied to the price of Bitcoin"
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Andrew Lebovich Nov 10
Holy cow. This is...startling, to say the least. Also the detail about chastising the Baltic States for Nord Stream 2 (which they aren’t a party to) while also urging them to be more conciliatory toward Russia.
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Matt O'Brien Nov 10
Jeff Sessions' ouster is a reminder that it's only a matter of time until President Trump tries to fire Fed Chair Jerome Powell
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Matt O'Brien Nov 10
The impressive thing about this Bret Stephens column is that as dumb as it was when he wrote it, it's gotten even dumber every day since
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Seth Masket Nov 10
Current conditions: light rain, 53F. The President is sitting in his Paris hotel room tweeting and watching Fox.
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Matt O'Brien Nov 9
Doesn't seem good that the guy who's supposed to enforce the rule of law only believes in the rule of the laws you like
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Matt O'Brien Nov 9
Replying to @ObsoleteDogma
Even if you believe France suffers from some eurosclerosis, saying a 9.3% unemployment rate is consistent with a *positive* output gap is really something — especially when it only has 2.2% inflation.
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Matt O'Brien Nov 9
And France has 9.3% unemployment besides...
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Matt O'Brien Nov 8
Even without subsidies, wind & solar energy energy are now often cheaper than coal-powered plants
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Matt O'Brien Nov 8
Important piece on the rise of the far-right in eastern Germany
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Chris Hayes Nov 7
Attorney General for the United States is a goldbug, apparently.
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Matt O'Brien Nov 8
"Communities that vowed to rapidly build transit from scratch missed that point. But of course the Amazon request didn’t say, 'We’re looking for knowledge spillovers and agglomeration effects.'”
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Matt O'Brien Nov 7
Really good question: why is French president Emmanuel Macron honoring the leader of France’s Nazi collaborator Vichy regime?
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Matt O'Brien Nov 7
Tired: Saturday Night Massacre Wired: Wednesday Afternoon Defunding
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Daniel Dale Nov 7
VERY important: Sessions's temporary replacement, Matthew Whitaker, is a GOP partisan who wrote a CNN op-ed last year saying the Mueller investigation was going too far and that Rosenstein should order Mueller to limit it:
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Philip Bump Nov 7
Because Sessions technically resigned, Trump can move any Senate-confirmed government official over to serve as attorney general.
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Matt O'Brien Nov 6
Lots of Republican voters don’t like conservative economic policy
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Matt O'Brien Nov 6
Beto’s coattails
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Sam Wang Nov 6
The NYT currently projects a national popular-vote margin of D+9.2%. For comparison, the last five largest margins, considered wave elections: 1994: R+7.1% 2006: D+8.0% 2008: D+10.6% 2010: R+7.2% 2014: R+5.7% By historical standards, it's a popular wave.
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