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22
Aug
One election, two candidates from hell

One election, two candidates from hell

I am of course a columnist. I have had a background in speechwriting. So it might be a natural career progression for me to become a political consultant/strategist.
How would I direct campaigns for The Donald or Hillary? Each of them would, I think, be candidates from hell: unable to take advice I might offer them or execute whatever strategy I might devise for them.

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08
Aug
Did they really say that?

Did they really say that?

The internet gives people unprecedented tools to check out factual information or quotes. Yet fake, questionable or untraceable quotes still abound on social media. Here are some recent examples.

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25
Jul
Tolls to nowhere...

Tolls to nowhere...

Political folklore is replete with stores of bridges to nowhere as acts of political patronage.

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11
Jul
History as we remember it...

History as we remember it...

1066 and All That is the famous spoof satirical history of England, written in 1930 by W.C. Sellar and R.J. Yeatman, enshrining the triumphalist, Imperialist, Whiggish, chauvinist history of Britain as remembered by Hyde Park tub thumpers, and club/pub bores in the Home Counties.

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27
Jun
Everything’s up to date in, erm, Halifax City...

Everything’s up to date in, erm, Halifax City...

Oklahoma is often regarded as the first classic Broadway musical on a more or less contemporary theme. Written in 1943, it was actually set in 1912, a few years after Oklahoma became the 46th state.
One of the main characters in the musical visits the nearest metropolis, Kansas City; and confronts the full force of early 20th century modernity and progress:

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