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Espialidocious. #Nats #masnnationals

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It’s 2014! Tax Day doesn’t have to be this horrible http://t.co/cnl0voCHnL via @voxdotcom

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I already hate off days. #Nats

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.@DecodeDC “The Untold Story of the Stimulus”- The best explanation of how & why the last 5yrs happened like they did http://t.co/pWpfGD7jqE

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I don’t ask much of anybody except to concede that Michael Jordan, Walter Payton & Ryne Sandberg were the greatest of all time.

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I discovered Andy Greenwald sometime last year via his work as a cultural critic at Grantland. He is erudite on his podcasts and his essays evidence a man who knows how to put some words together. Check out the kick off to his preview of the (excellent) FX series The Americans: 

For a long while, the story we told ourselves as Americans was a simple one: This was a country of unlimited promise and potential. The keys to success weren’t wealth, power, or connections, but ability, ambition, and drive. A job, a family, a home with a yard to mow and gutters to clean: All these things were attainable to anyone, from anywhere, in exchange for a modicum of sweat and a quantity of tears. Life was a ladder, there to be climbed.

In the last few decades, a darker story has taken root. In this version, the American dream is really more of a contract, one larded with fine print and onerous clauses. The life you’re working toward, the one so much “better and richer and fuller” than what you’ve experienced, is always just out of reach — hiding, perhaps, behind that next promotion, that next child, that next wife. From the writings of John Cheever and Richard Wright to the travails of Don Draper and D’Angelo Barksdale, these stories suggest an America built on a bill of goods, not a bill of rights. It’s a cruel trick, realized too late: Someone has tipped the ladder sideways, the rungs casting shadows tall as prison bars.

That is some high-quality wordsmithing. 

Grantland has pulled together a tremendous crop of writers who have me stopping by every day, from Bill Simmons and Chuck Klosterman on down through their roster. Greenwald is my current favorite in this (or any) publication, and I strongly recommend checking him out. 

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"In today’s circumstances, four-year House terms would also increase the chances of effective governance. If the winning presidential candidate and House majority are of the same party, the president would have a better chance of enacting promised legislation, giving the people a chance to judge its consequences. If the electorate instead divides the partisan control of the Oval Office and the House, both the president and the leaders of the House majority would be on notice that neither could outlast the other, forcing them to choose between compromise and a full term of gridlock."

— William A. Galston in The Wall Street Journal, via Wonkblog

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