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Time’s edited transcript of Trump’s Person-of-the-Year interview: What’s missing?

What did Donald Trump really say during his Person-of-the-Year interview with Time magazine? We will never know, because Time has published only edited excerpts of that interview. At the end of the “transcript,” Time includes this disclaimer: “This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.” I strongly suspect that the disclaimer is an understatement.…

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The presidential primary system: Time to repeal and replace it

The Democratic party should be gearing up–right now–to completely revamp the presidential primary system. Of the many things that went horribly wrong in the 2016 Presidential election cycle, one of the fundamentals was the major parties’ system for deciding on their presidential nominees. Our current presidential primary system is a disaster for political discourse, for…

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The Scrawler strikes again: A Trumpian response to my letter to the editor

Found today in my mailbox—the snail-mail kind: A note in response to my recent letter to the editor in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The note, postmarked St. Louis, but with no return address—of course—was written in a nearly illegible scrawl—all caps, on lined notebook paper. It’s a scrawl that I recognized as soon as I…