About: neo-neocon

Neo-neocon is a writer with degrees in law and family therapy, who blogs at neo-neocon.




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The Coming Fight Over Justice Scalia’s Replacement

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Posted by    Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 8:23pm 2/13/2016 at 8:23pm
Supreme Court Justices 2010

Let’s set the scene: it’s nine months to the election, about eleven till the inauguration. The GOP controls the Senate, but there’s a Democratic president (in case you hadn’t noticed). The Supreme Court has been split between four liberal and four conservative justices and one swing justice. One of the conservative...

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Sweden’s Troubles With Refugee Assimilation

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Posted by    Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 7:00am 2/13/2016 at 7:00am
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James Traub writes in Foreign Policy on the situation facing Sweden in its attempt to absorb the recent wave of Syrian/Iraqi/Afghan newcomers.

At the outset of the article, the author may seem to be leaning towards blaming Europe for not being more magnanimous, and to be making a false analogy to WWII...

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Forecasting the GOP primary results in New Hampshire

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Posted by    Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 7:00am 2/6/2016 at 7:00am
Republican Candidates 2016 New Hampshire

Iowa and New Hampshire could hardly be more different in the composition of their Republican voting population.

For example, evangelicals make up a huge percentage of the Iowa GOP voters—well over half. Although there are some evangelicals in New Hampshire, it’s a lot smaller group than in Iowa:

Four years ago, just 22%...

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Trump’s use of government power against the less powerful

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Posted by    Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 9:00pm 1/31/2016 at 9:00pm
Trump Eminent Domain House

As a large-scale real estate developer, Trump has sometimes sued in his efforts to use government to condemn houses belonging to people of modest means whose homes—which Trump considers insufficiently attractive—have stood near his big developments and have chosen to exercise their liberty by refusing to sell to him.

That’s one...

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Trump on Trump

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Posted by    Monday, January 25, 2016 at 8:30am 1/25/2016 at 8:30am
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By now, word has gotten around that Donald Trump has said quite a few things—either in the past or quite recently—indicating support for many liberal positions and politicians. As a result, the arguments have gone back and forth between his supporters and his opponents as to what Trump’s actual belief system...

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Is Trump really winning over black voters as claimed?

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Posted by    Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 7:30pm 1/23/2016 at 7:30pm
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A recent Politico article talks about how Trump might defeat Clinton. The article’s lede focuses on potential support among black voters:

If Donald Trump becomes the next president of the United States, there will be plenty of surprises along the way. One of the biggest will be the help he gets from...

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Will courts be willing to “settle” Ted Cruz’s eligibility?

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Posted by    Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 8:30am 1/19/2016 at 8:30am
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Professor Jacobson has opined on the question of whether Ted Cruz qualifies to be president as a “natural born citizen.” The short answer is: he definitely does. However, as Professor Jacobson also indicated, that hasn’t stopped Trump from attempt...

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The clash of opposing progressive causes

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Posted by    Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 7:00am 1/13/2016 at 7:00am
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The recent sexual gropings amidst the New Year’s Eve crowds in various European capitals, apparently perpetrated by gangs of Muslim men on local women, have thrown Europe’s progressives into turmoil. They are being presented with the dilemma of choosing between two favored principles: the freedom of modern women to move...

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In recent poll, all leading Republicans beat or tie Hillary

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Posted by    Sunday, January 10, 2016 at 10:30am 1/10/2016 at 10:30am
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I realize that at this point polls don’t matter too much, if at all. But they still interest me, because they’re the best evidence we’ve got about public opinion. They can also tell us something about trends, and the trend for Hillary right now appears to be down.

The newest national poll ...

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Obamacare redux: repeal and replace

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Posted by    Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at 8:00pm 1/5/2016 at 8:00pm
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[UPDATE 1/6/2016: The answer to the question is yes, the bill will get to Obama’s desk. The measure passed.]

Remember that slogan, “repeal and replace”? There have actually been quite a few bills passed in the House to repeal Obamacare during the last couple of years, whether you’ve noticed them...

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Is the media using Trump or is Trump using the media?

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Posted by    Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at 8:30am 12/29/2015 at 8:30am
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So who’s using whom?

Rush Limbaugh says that Trump has the media frustrated and wrapped around his little finger:

…[T]hey can’t take him out. They can’t stop covering him. They can’t humiliate him. They can’t embarrass him. They can’t diminish his support. They’re powerless, and this has them in a panic. The media...

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‘Twas the Blogger’s Night Before Christmas

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Posted by    Thursday, December 24, 2015 at 8:30pm 12/24/2015 at 8:30pm
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This small poetic effort of mine has become somewhat of a holiday tradition. Merry Christmas Eve to you all!

‘TWAS THE BLOGGER’S NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the ‘sphere
Bloggers were glad to see Christmas draw near.
Their laptops were turned off and all put away
The bloggers were...

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The “schlonged” brouhaha

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Posted by    Thursday, December 24, 2015 at 10:00am 12/24/2015 at 10:00am
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Trump has now scandalized people by using a Yiddish expression to describe what happened to Hillary Clinton at the hands of the Obama forces back in 2008:

She was favored to win and she got schlonged, she lost.

Now, for those of you who aren’t especially up on Yiddish, “schlong” is one of...

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Why did Paris and San Bernardino affect people so deeply?

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Posted by    Sunday, December 20, 2015 at 3:00pm 12/20/2015 at 3:00pm
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Why indeed? After all, 9/11 was far, far worse in terms of loss of life. The attacks themselves during 9/11 were far more high-tech and fiendishly clever, as well. There have been many, many terrorist attacks since, and they have all caused outrage and consternation. But something about the Friday the...

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What about the Syrian Christian refugees

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Posted by    Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at 10:00am 12/16/2015 at 10:00am
Syrian Christian Refugee

The number of Syrian Christian refugees the United States has taken in is extremely small.

And yet this is a group that ought logically to be first in line because members face the most obvious danger and persecution—not only in Syria, but in several Arab or Muslim countries to which they might...

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Obama on San Bernardino: It’s not about them, it’s about us

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Posted by    Sunday, December 6, 2015 at 10:30am 12/6/2015 at 10:30am
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President Obama used his regular weekly radio address on Saturday to discuss the San Bernardino shootings, which now have been categorized—although not by Obama—as the worst terrorist attack on US soil since 9/11. He will give a televised speech from the Oval Office Sunday night.

In the radio address, Obama offered very tepid...

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Loretta Lynch’s biggest fear as a prosecutor

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Posted by    Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 12:30pm 12/5/2015 at 12:30pm
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Violent actions against Muslims in the US are Loretta Lynch’s biggest fear as a prosecutor:

With terrorist attacks in Paris and a shooting spree in California prompting alarm on the part of many Americans, At...

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