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Oct 9, 2018
“The tradition going back to the 1880s has been if a vacancy occurs in a presidential election year, and there is a different party in control of the Senate than the presidency, it is not filled."

This line from @senatemajldr is utter garbage.…
Normally, when we talk about a "tradition going back to [year]," that means that we started doing something in [year] and -- now, @senatemajldr, this is the *really* important part if we call it a "tradition" -- it also means we have been doing it regularly ever since [year].
First of all, yes, there actually was a SCOTUS nominee in the 1880s who was nominated by a Republican president and denied a hearing by a Democratic Congress.

But it happened *after* a presidential election, during the true lame-duck period of January 1881.
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Oct 7, 2018
McConnell claims that instance of an election-year SCOTUS appointment doesn't count because-- while a Democratic Congress *did* confirm the GOP nominee -- it was originally a recess appointment and the formal confirmation didn't happen until early 1957.
This has all been part of a series of steadily shifting goalposts.

The original claim was that there hadn't ever been an election-year confirmation of a Supreme Court nominee, which was just flatly untrue.
Then the claim that there hadn't been an election-year nominee confirmed *by an opposition party* which was, of course, refuted by William Brennan and Anthony Kennedy.

Brennan was waved away on the grounds above.
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Sep 11, 2018
Nothing dramatic, but still an interesting story I didn't get into in the book.
By the late 1940s, Fifield had become a little burned out with all the national political work.

He originally tried to hand Spiritual Mobilization off to his friend Norman Vincent Peale, but Peale ultimately decided he could make more money staying in NYC and writing books.
Instead of Peale, Fifield wound up turning Spiritual Mobilization over to James C. Ingebretsen, the former US Chamber of Commerce official and lawyer who had served as his aide.

(I talk about him briefly in the book, but his papers and Pew's were the key to my research on SM.)
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Sep 7, 2018
The role of white southern businessmen as a factor in the civil rights movement has been addressed by a number of people, largely following the lead of this edited collection:…
I wrote about it a bit in White Flight, too.

As I showed there, businessmen were divided on the issue. Smaller businessmen tended to defend segregation statutes, while corporate figures were more concerned with keeping up Atlanta's PR image of "the city too busy to hate."
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Sep 1, 2018
If you've had a rough week, check out "Won't You Be My Neighbor?"

It's a beautiful documentary. Out now on demand.
Among others, the documentary features thoughts from @TomJunod, talking about what he learned about, and learned from, Mister Rogers while interviewing him for one of my all-time favorite profiles:…
"Won't You Be My Neighbor?" is directed by the brilliant Morgan Neville, who previous work includes the phenomenal documentary about backup singers, "20 Feet From Stardom."
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Aug 22, 2018
No, Mr. Schlapp, I don't know that.

There's no single "charge" here, There's an array of criminal acts that has now -- through the guilty plea and sworn statement of Trump's own lawyer -- implicated Trump directly in a federal crime. And that's serious.
Nixon's critics wanted to impeach him over the illegal war in Cambodia, but articles on that issue went nowhere.

The House Judiciary Committee still advanced articles of impeachment for obstruction of justice, abuse of power, and contempt of Congress. (Not treason!)
The investigation into Bill Clinton started as an inquiry into the failed Whitewater land deal and while Ken Starr found that to be a dead-end, he still produced enough evidence for House Republicans to impeach him on articles of obstruction of justice and perjury. (Not treason!)
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