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"Dogma demand authority, rather than intelligent thought, as the source of opinion." —Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

Political Editors · Jan. 11, 2018

Insight: “Dogma demand authority, rather than intelligent thought, as the source of opinion; it requires persecution of heretics and hostility to unbelievers; it asks of its disciples that they should inhibit natural kindness in favor of systematic hatred.” —Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

Broken clock… “Oprah is beyond doubt a magnificent orator. But the idea of a reality show star running against a talk show host is troublingly dystopian. We don’t want to create a world where dedicated public service careers become undesirable and impractical in the face of raw celebrity.” —Seth MacFarlane

Braying Jackass: “I’m Proud We Published the Trump-Russia Dossier.” —BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith in The New York Times

Facepalm: “Russian meddling in our elections is a clear and present danger. Fact. Unbelievably no one taking action to prevent harm. Whatever you think of possible Trump involvement all must demand that White House and Congress act to strengthen our electoral systems against the threat — NOW.” —Eric Holder (“Whoever was president in 2016 sure blew it.” —Ben Shapiro)

D'oh! “The Empire State Building is shining green tonight because it’s time to put our planet first. #DivestNY” —Mayor Bill de Blasio (“Shouldn’t they have just…um…turned the lights off instead?” —Eric Holthaus)

Alpha Jackass: “It was fascinating to watch ‘The Post.’ That story took place nearly 50 years ago, but there are many parallels with today obviously. … Today the world is suffering from the real Donald Trump. … This f—ing idiot is the president. It’s The Emperor’s New Clothes — the guy is a f—ing fool. … Our government today, with the propping [up] of our baby-in-chief — the jerkoff-in-chief, I call him — has put the press under siege, trying to discredit it through outrageous attacks and lies.” —Robert De Niro

And last… “2008: VOTE FOR THE NOVICE BECAUSE HE GAVE A GOOD SPEECH! 2016: I just don’t understand how this could have happened, putting our nation in the hands of someone so inexperienced is an existential threat. 2020: VOTE FOR THE NOVICE BECAUSE SHE GAVE A GOOD SPEECH!” —Twitter satirist @hale_razor

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