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 on: Today at 10:26:21 am 
Started by bedstuy - Last post by AggregateDemand
That's really an impossible distinction. A purely academic idea, as you are prone to do.

I'd like to think the difference between civil law and common law; positive rights and negative rights is more than purely academic distinction. Governments can mix the concepts until the governing principle is so convoluted that virtually no one can identify the dominant characteristic, but the distinctions are still more practical than academic.

The EPA seems to fit the convoluted description. It is a gutless wonder, in some ways, removed just enough from the checks and balances of electoral populism to make it a nuisance. From another perspective, it is an organization that does whatever it pleases within the legislative jurisdiction created for it by Congress. Periodically, Congress and the Office of the Executive beat it into submission using their diminished powers.

I understand that the EPA has legitimate functions, but that's all anyone has ever argued. It's role as an independent agency is not rooted in any governing principle. It's benefits of its independence are nearly impossible to ascertain. No one questions whether the red-blue political wrangling between Congress and the White House led to a compromise that diminished voter sovereignty.

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 on: Today at 10:25:59 am 
Started by RogueBeaver - Last post by R2D2
Ugh Cutler is really f--king Michaud over here. If LePage wins, I'm gonna be so pissed.

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 on: Today at 10:25:06 am 
Started by homelycooking - Last post by Thomas from NJ
President/Vice President:

[1] LuminevonReuental/sjoycefla
[2] Poirot/shua

Northeast Senate:

[1] None of the Above

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 on: Today at 10:24:40 am 
Started by hangfan91 - Last post by CrabCake
Whatever you think about either politician, I can't come up with a justifiable reason not to pick Churchill.

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 on: Today at 10:24:32 am 
Started by JRP1994 - Last post by R2D2
Good.

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 on: Today at 10:22:45 am 
Started by Tender Branson - Last post by NE Caretaker Griffin
Quote
“The Georgia electorate appears to be the most pro-Obama group of likely voters in the 11 states CNN has surveyed this fall,” [CNN Director Keating]Holland said. “That’s not saying much — Obama’s approval rating among Georgia likely voters is only 44%. But that’s still better than the high-30s he gets in states like Iowa and new Hampshire, not to mention the low 30s in Kansas and Alaska.”

http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/24/politics/cnn-poll-georgia/index.html

Despite it falling dramatically in almost all battleground states and most others as well, Obama's approval rating remains virtually untouched in Georgia, of all places. Thanks, growing black electorate! If Georgia weren't so inelastic, I bet Obama would be down here campaigning for Nunn and Carter. He's literally been phoning it in though, by calling into black radio stations in ATL to support them.

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 on: Today at 10:22:33 am 
Started by Thomas from NJ - Last post by Thomas from NJ
Is this based on ethnicity or language? If it's the latter you probably should have included Kazakhstan.

I based it on ethnicity.

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 on: Today at 10:21:04 am 
Started by windjammer - Last post by Miles
Ernst declined a candidate interview with the Des Moines Register, but had no problem going on Fox and Friends.

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 on: Today at 10:20:43 am 
Started by Frodo - Last post by CrabCake
The EU is genuinely good at reaching its targets, so I wish they were more ambitious with this proposal (like 80% for instance). Still, I suppose they had to get Poland on board.

I do hope some form of progress is made in Paris, but I'm hardly hopeful. Sad

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 on: Today at 10:20:07 am 
Started by black and white band photos - Last post by R2D2
Apparently Cranberry is my sock.

What?! Who would say that?

You tell us, Cranberry. If that is your real name.

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