Let us collectively make a list of words that can grammatically appear next to one another in a sentence. I will start:
Had—as in “He had had a good time that evening but was tired.”

Is—as in “It depends what the meaning of ‘is’ is.”
Buffalo—as in “Buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo.”
Very—as in “I was very very bored and so began this list.”

And—as in (imagining two guys looking at a billboard advertising “Ham and Eggs”), “There’s too much space between ‘Ham’ and ‘and’ and ‘and and ‘Eggs.’”
So—as in “I am so so so tired.”

Like—as in “Do you like him? Or do you like like him?”

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The terms of the McCabe settlement seem, in first glance, highly favorable to McCabe. He got everything—even the cuff links—except the apology. Will have more to say on this after I’ve had a chance to study the settlement. nytimes.com/2021/10/14/us/…
One very clear take-away is that the department did not want David Bowdich or Rod Rosenstein or Candace Will or Jeff Sessions deposed.
Also note that DOJ is paying McCabe’s legal fees….
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He also doesn't like my relationship with my dog:
Also, dude, it's the Brookings Institution,
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.@Liz_Wheeler is accusing me lying about her position on smallpox vaccination mandates in our recent @Newsweek debate. All I can do is lay out the record clearly, and let readers decide whether I am mischaracterizing what she said—or whether she is.
At timestamp 20:44 of the podcast, I posed Ms. Wheeler the question of a vaccine mandate for smallpox. Smallpox killed about 30 percent of people it infected. It was wiped out through a worldwide program of vaccine mandates. I asked her: Was that wrong?
And if it wasn't wrong, then aren't we really arguing not about whether mandates are ever appropriate, just about when they are—ie, whether COVID is more like flu (where we don't require vaccination) or more like smallpox (where we did)?
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The decision to abandon Afghanistan will be a forever stain on the Biden Presidency. I was horrified by it the day it was announced, as I expressed in this podcast. I remain horrified by it today. Don’t @ me with your defenses and excuses. There are none.
When Biden says phrases like “foreign policy for the middle class,” understand that he means slavery for millions of Afghan women and girls so that the United States can avoid continuing a modest troop presence in a country where that troop presence was keeping barbarism at bay.
If your response to this thread begins with “But Trump…” just stop. Yes, Trump would have done it too. Yes, he wanted to host the Taliban at Camp David. Yes, he signed an agreement that helped make this happen. But if you’re keen to point that out, you’re hiding your shame.
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The opening paragraph of the ⁦@nytimes⁩ obituary of John Rizzo.
The opening paragraph of my review of Rizzo’s book in 2013:
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