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Really? Donald Trump Is One Of Us?
by Dave Mindeman

There is one aspect of the media coverage of the GOP Presidential race that I cannot get out of my head.

During a "focus group" that talked about Donald Trump and had Trump appear in front of them....one of the women was asked why she supported Trump. And her response amazed me. She said:

"Because he is one of us."

I am flabbergasted that anyone, no matter how delusional, would say that. Donald Trump is not "one" of anybody. How could you possibly relate to him? He is . . .
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The Koch Brothers Believe Their Cause As Just As Civil Rights
by Dave Mindeman

You can forget all the holocaust references....the Hitler comparisons... the internment camps. Put all of that in the back seat. Here is the most offensive statement of the year...if not all time:

"Look at the American revolution, the anti-slavery movement, the women's suffrage movement, the civil rights movement," (Charles) Koch said Sunday. "All of these struck a moral chord with the American people. They all sought to overcome an injustice. And we, too, are seeking to right injustices that are holding our country back."

This statement came from a kick off . . .
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Millennials Will Need To Engage On Transportation Policy
by Dave Mindeman

My son is 18 years old and about to enter college. He does not have a driver's license and he doesn't want a car.

It is not because his parents don't want him driving out on his own. In fact, we are scratching our heads as to why he isn't obsessed about cars like the previous generation seemed to be.

He claims that he can get what he needs on the internet and there is always public transportation. (at least he assumes so)

It would seem he is not alone....
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About Those Education Test Scores
by Dave Mindeman

The student test scores were released a few days ago and the data had some disappointments. Everyone is hoping and expecting for dramatic improvements, both in general scores and especially in the achievement gap. It looks like both are treading water right now.

First some observations:

1. The achievement gap is not improving and has gotten slightly worse in each of the last two cycles. We need even more focus on why this continues. And I am not convinced that testing is telling us what we need to know.
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The Fox News Great Debate Drinking Game
by Dave Mindeman

Next week we will have the prime spectacle of American politics - the Fox News Presidential Free For All....uh, I mean Debate.

To help you enhance your viewing, I suggest several items that can top off any drinking games you may have already worked out.

Top ten suggestions for mandatory shots when these items are said during the debate....

#10. Anytime moderator says...Mr. Trump, your time has expired.

#9. Anytime Trump says..."Huuuuge" or "the worst ever".

#8. A special penalty anytime a person says Mr. Carson instead of Dr. Carson.

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