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An Affirmative Action Policy Even I Can Support

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April 28, 2016
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Apparently, just having more than one atypical applicant in the job applicant pool can dramatically increase the acceptance of atypical applications:

“The odds of hiring a woman were 79.14 times greater if there were at least two women in the finalist pool,” they write. “The odds of hiring a minority were 193.72 times greater if there were at least two minority candidates in the finalist pool.”

Quote of the Day

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April 28, 2016
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Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA), commenting on a House committee vote to make women register for the military draft:

“If we want equality in this country, if we want women to be treated precisely like men are treated and that they should not be discriminated against, then we should support a universal conscription.”

I agree.

Meanwhile, in Europe…

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April 24, 2016
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Austrian borders-first party shuts out “mainstream” parties in presidential race for the first time since WWII ended.

Indiana and Pennsylvania

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April 20, 2016
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Those are the next two important states. In Indiana:

Cruz allies are supremely confident they will win statewide, and hope to carry at least seven of the nine congressional districts. Two of the southern districts bordering Kentucky — the eighth and ninth — are thought to be Trump territory, and the sixth should be highly competitive as well. (Notably, none of those three districts are home to any of the state’s six most populous counties.) All told, with 30 delegates going to the statewide winner, and three to the winner of each congressional district, Cruz advisers are confident that Indiana’s split will look very similar to Wisconsin’s: Cruz 51, Trump six, or potentially Cruz 48, Trump nine.

And in Pennsylvania:

Even if they come in a distant third, a top campaign aide tells me, they will still, they believe, pick up more than half the delegates there.”

“They’re looking at more than 30,” Jackson said.

The Problem with Trump

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April 19, 2016
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Slate’s Reihan Salam makes the same argument I made:

Leaving aside Trump’s incendiary rhetoric, his approach to immigration policy is confused, contradictory, and often quite stupid. His campaign has issued policy papers outlining one position on, say, skilled immigrant workers only to have Trump take an entirely different stance in his public utterances. Trump has called for establishing a new “deportation force” that captures and removes all unauthorized immigrants from the country, a process that would prove quite expensive and contentious. But he has also said he’d like to allow “the good ones” back into the country. Why go through all that trouble if you intend to put in place what immigration hawks have dubbed a “touchback amnesty”? What separates the good ones from the bad ones?

Trump has failed to clarify these matters, most likely because he’s just making things up as he goes along. Critics of touchback amnesty tend to favor Cruz’s position, which is that governments at all levels should more rigorously enforce immigration laws, which in turn will encourage unauthorized immigrants to return to their native countries. In recent years, slightly more Mexican nationals have been returning to Mexico from the U.S. than moving in the other direction, a return migration that Cruz’s “attrition through enforcement” policy could accelerate. Though I don’t agree with every aspect of Cruz’s position on immigration, it has the virtue of being coherent and defensible, something that can’t be said of Trump’s.

Quote of the Day

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April 19, 2016
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Rush Limbaugh:

Trump got 47% of the vote in Florida, right? He gets 100% of the delegates.

Does anybody want to say that’s unfair to Cruz? Does anybody want to say that’s unfair to Kasich? Anybody want to say it’s unfair to Rubio? “Why should Trump get all the delegates? He only got 47% of the vote!” I mean, it works both ways here. South Carolina, ditto. In these winner-take-all states, all you have to do is a plurality. Well, you might have to get 50 to get winner-take-all. But even at that, you don’t have to win every vote to get every delegate. So this stuff works both ways here. I realize some don’t want to look at it that way, but you must.

(Via Hot Air)

The Most Powerful Republican Voters Are in…

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April 19, 2016
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The Bronx??

No district in the nation has fewer Republicans than Ms. Davila’s, which is home to Yankee Stadium. Ms. Davila’s vote on Tuesday will have as much influence over the Republican presidential nomination as the combined votes of 46 Republicans in parts of Illinois:

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The disparities reflect Republican Party rules. Every congressional district in New York is awarded three delegates, which means the Republicans who live in the most liberal areas end up with the most influence per person.

What the Hell is Wrong with the Philippines?

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April 18, 2016
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Leading presidential candidate jokes about raping Australian hostage:

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte was speaking about the killings of 36-year-old Australian Jacqueline Hamill and four other missionaries during a hostage situation at a prison in his city. Soldiers stormed the prison after learning that a male hostage had been killed and female hostages were raped. All 16 convicts and five of the 15 hostages died.

“What came to my mind was they raped her, they took turns raping her,” Duterte said at the rally last Tuesday. “Why did I get angry — because she was raped? Yes, that’s part of the reason, but also because she was so beautiful and the mayor should have been first.”

Another Saturday…

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April 17, 2016
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… Another delegate bloodbath for Donald “the good people are going to be expedited to come back” Trump.

In addition to fielding only five candidates for Wyoming’s 14 delegates (and losing all the slots), Trump lost 32 out of 42 in Georgia, and all 15 delegates elected today in Florida.

I voted for former Georgia Congressman Bob Barr in 2008, because I couldn’t vote for John “Amnesty” McCain. Nice to see Barr backing a Republican this time.

Video: The ONLY Reason I Can NEVER Vote for Donald Trump for ANY Office

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April 17, 2016
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It’s the same reason I can’t vote for Marco Rubio or John Kasich:

“And, you know, the good people are going to be expedited to come back.”

No Wonder Trump Lost Wyoming

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April 17, 2016
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Cruz Now Within 200 Delegates of Trump

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April 17, 2016
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Video: Donald Trump’s Healthcare Plan

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April 16, 2016
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New York Post Endorses…

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April 16, 2016
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Cruz Campaign Winning Over Rubio Delegates

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April 15, 2016
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Many of whom are unbound on the first ballot:

Marco Rubio won Minnesota decisively on March 1, but the 17 delegates he was awarded are now up for grabs, free to vote for any candidate they like on a first ballot at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

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Minnesota hasn’t elected its delegates yet, but the state’s Republican-party chairman, Keith Downey, is already steeling himself for blowback from Trump supporters if and when Cruz emerges from his state with the lion’s share of the delegates.

“If somebody didn’t educate themselves on that process, or they weren’t very good at working through that process, so be it,” he says. “That’s life, and that’s politics.”

Of the 171 delegates Rubio won before dropping out of the race, the 17 he took home in Minnesota, the twelve in Oklahoma, and the two he picked up in New Hampshire are now free agents. In Minnesota and Oklahoma, Rubio’s delegates are obligated only to cast a ballot for him if he is formally nominated, while in New Hampshire they’re entirely unbound.

If Trump can’t outmaneuver Ted Cruz, how can he outmaneuver Vladimir Putin or Bashar al-Assad?