There is literally a member of the GOP caucus who has made carrying a gun in Congress her signature issue, and who tweeted out the movements of the Speaker when the Capitol was under attack.
I'm generally against profiling, but someone should be following her around with a metal detector

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Those seeking to downplay an insurrection have made it a conventional wisdom that protestors were not prosecuted this summer. That is wildly untrue. Protestors faced felonies and terrorism charges often for little more than property damage or pushing back against a police charge.
Again, and again, prosecutors and police targeted protestors with the harshest possible penalties. Here are a couple of examples.
DOJ officials made it a priority to prosecute protestors to the maximum extent of the law, including applying terrorism laws.…
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New from me @ArcDigi: calls for unity or moving forward are pointless as long as Trump supporters believe the election was a fraud.
As long as this Big Lie is not debunked by Trump, the GOP, and right-wing media, expect more political violence.…
I wrote this piece b/c of statements like this from Graham. Yes, Trump finally conceded he will not be President but he refuses to tell his followers the truth: that he lost a legitimate election. If the GOP sees this as good enough, he will repeat the Big Lie for years to come.
It is unlikely that Trump will ever reject the Big Lie. But a willingness to do so serves as a reasonable criterion in assessing if GOP politicians and conservative media stand with American democracy or not. Some encouraging signs.…
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Thread: I'd argue that its not just that defaults matter, but that they matter more in situations of choice overload where the choices are enormously complex. Medicare is just extraordinarily complex to navigate.
Nudges work when people need information or to direct attention. That is not the problem here. It is that people cannot manage the learning costs. They need help, not a nudge. Other options: fewer choices, or use AI to create better matches
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If this quote is indeed representative, an account that bothsides Trump's sustained disinformation with universities responding to social justice concerns seems like it tells us something about our current world, but maybe not the lesson we need to learn.
One reason I get cranky about tales about declining standards at universities is that it just does not fit with my lived experience of two decades teaching students. By any reasonable standard the rigor of strong social science research has improve since when I started.
Since I'm feeling cranky, two other objections to the impression created by the quote highlighted above. First, there is no necessary tradeoff between rigor in research and attention to issues of inequality. I will immodestly point to an example of my own.
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All the evidence needed for impeachment is already out there…
Read this: the head of the executive branch directed a mob to attack the legislative branch to prevent them from certifying an election. There is no way to just move past this without accountability.…
The mob the President directed to the Capitol were shouting "Hang Mike Pence" and "Where's Nancy?" In other words, they were targeting the next two officials in the presidential line of succession.
Officials were calling anyone who could help as they feared for their lives.
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