About: New Neo

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




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Dem Senator Wyden’s “breathtakingly terrible” plan to tax unrealized capital gains

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Posted by    Friday, April 12, 2019 at 8:00pm 4/12/2019 at 8:00pm
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If you were thinking it would be hard for Democrats to get any worse, along comes an idea like that of Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon, who thinks unrealized gains should be taxed. Wyden is no wide-eyed youngster, either. Not only is he 69 years old, but he’s the top-ranking member...

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The press created Russiagate and now they must deal with the consequences

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Posted by    Monday, March 25, 2019 at 6:00pm 3/25/2019 at 6:00pm
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Yesterday it was all about the Mueller report and the Barr letter.

Today the news and commentary seems to be focusing more on the press itself: will the MSM ever own up to the magnitude of their mistake/lies (I very much doubt it)? How much has their coverage of Russiagate damaged their...

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Victor Davis Hanson: Trump as tragic hero out of Greek Myth

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Posted by    Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 2:00pm 2/23/2019 at 2:00pm
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Victor Davis Hanson has given a fascinating interview to Isaac Chotiner of The New Yorker.

The interview is well worth reading for the thesis that Hanson, a classics professor and military historian, offers about Trump.

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Meet the new Red Guard: ‘Justice Democrats’

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Posted by    Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 8:00pm 2/9/2019 at 8:00pm
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I don’t really know how far to the left Nancy Pelosi is, perhaps further than she lets on. But my guess is that she’s not very happy about the radical wing of the Democratic Party, the one whose members stayed seated when President Trump said in his SOTU address that the...

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It wasn’t just left-media who joined in the Buzzfeed and Covington misreporting

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Posted by    Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 4:00pm 1/26/2019 at 4:00pm
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I believe the Buzzfeed Cohen/Trump story and the Covington story have a connection, even though their subject matters differ tremendously.

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Politicians and lies: How the media forgot the difference between opinion and fact

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Posted by    Monday, January 14, 2019 at 7:00pm 1/14/2019 at 7:00pm

The title of this article by Holman Jenkins intrigued me: “Politicians Never Lied Before Trump,” and so I clicked on it. I was almost certain that the title was sarcastic—of course, politicians lie often, and have done so since time immemorial—and sure enough, the title was indeed meant as sarcasm.

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Does the president have the legal authority to declare a crisis and build a border wall?

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Posted by    Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 5:00pm 1/10/2019 at 5:00pm
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There is little question that lawyers and law professors can argue on either side of this issue and make a convincing case. But here are some of the arguments Trump’s side will probably use if it comes down to that:
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What motivates John Roberts lately?

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Posted by    Monday, December 24, 2018 at 9:00pm 12/24/2018 at 9:00pm
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Last Friday, Professor Jacobson wrote a post entitled “Chief Justice Roberts is the new Swing Vote, or worse,” explaining that:

Roberts…saw fit to make a public pronouncement after Trump criticized a San Francisco federal judge for a decision enjoining Trump’s new policy on processing asylum claims, which held that people who illegally...

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Ocasio-Cortez for President?

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Posted by    Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 8:00pm 12/15/2018 at 8:00pm
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Vox‘s Matthew Yglesias believes that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez should run for president.

Hey, why not? What could possibly go wrong?

Oh, and if she’s not old enough—and, at 29, she’s not—then it’s time to “fix” the Constitution.

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What’s behind France’s latest round of riots?

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Posted by    Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 1:00pm 12/5/2018 at 1:00pm
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Rioting has been taking place recently in France, but trying to get a clear idea of what’s behind the demonstrations isn’t easy.

The first thing to say is that the riots certainly seem to be anti-Macron. But there are plenty of reasons to be anti-Macron, some emanating from the left and some...

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The 40th anniversary of the Jonestown tragedy

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Posted by    Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at 3:00pm 11/20/2018 at 3:00pm

Sunday was the 40th anniversary of the Jonestown massacre, an event that caused the deaths of about 900 people (about a third of them children) who were killed at the group’s compound in Guyana.

Note that I write “were killed” rather than “killed themselves.” One of the many misconceptions about the Jonestown...

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Wildfire control policy: Thinning and controlled burns

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Posted by    Monday, November 12, 2018 at 7:00pm 11/12/2018 at 7:00pm
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In light of the many destructive fires still burning in California, it might seem like a no-brainer that fires such as these could be made less severe by a more effective and frequent use of controlled burns and selective thinning of the forest and brush. But although that idea appears to...

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CNN reports . . . and what Trump actually said about the migrant caravan

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Posted by    Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 4:00pm 11/3/2018 at 4:00pm
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Late Thursday afternoon Trump gave a speech and then answered questions from the press about policy regarding the caravan of illegal immigrants headed towards the U.S. I listened to it at the time, and here’s the text of his remarks.

After hearing the speech, I wasn’t surprised by the spin given by ...

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The GOP is united – for now

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Posted by    Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 7:00pm 10/10/2018 at 7:00pm

You hear it everywhere right now: the Republican Party is united as never before.

Mitch McConnell was pretty witty about it: “I want to thank the mob because they’ve done the one thing we were having trouble doing, which was energizing the base.”
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Congressional hearings and the presumption of innocence

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Posted by    Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 10:00am 10/6/2018 at 10:00am

The presumption of innocence for the accused in a criminal trial is one of the main pillars of our criminal law. Its importance to our liberty cannot be overstated.

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Chutzpah, the double-bind and the Kavanaugh circus

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Posted by    Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 5:00pm 10/3/2018 at 5:00pm
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Yiddish is a language that has a lot of words that express personality qualities and types, particularly loser types or mean types or conniving types. These words often combine humor with rueful sarcasm and cynical realism about the vagaries of the human condition.

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What motives drive false accusers?

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Posted by    Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 6:00pm 9/29/2018 at 6:00pm
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The answer to the question in the title might seem obvious, but I think it’s more complicated than most people might think.

Let’s leave out accusers who are telling the truth. I’m interested in the ones who are not. They can have multiple motives; any of these can be combined. Th...

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