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from Brain Pickings
Personal Blog in Brooklyn, New York

Theodore Roosevelt on the Cowardice of Cynicism and the Courage to Create Rather Than Criticize
How to prevent that cultural tragedy, which poisons the heart of a just and democratic society, is what Theodore Roosevelt (October 27, 1858–January 6, 1919) examined when he took the podium at the Sorbonne in Paris on April 23 of 1910 to deliver one of the most powerful, rousing, and timelessly insightful speeches ever given, originally titled “Citizenship in a Republic” and later included under the title “Duties of the Citizen” in the 1920 volume Roosevelt’s Writings (public library).


from Conservative Intelligence Briefing

POLL: Millennial Voters Slipping from Democrats’ Grasp
“Enthusiasm for the Democratic Party is waning among millennials as its candidates head into the crucial midterm congressional elections,” per a Reuters/Ipsos online poll. “The online survey of more than 16,000 registered voters ages 18 to 34 shows their support for Democrats over Republicans for Congress slipped by about 9 percentage points over the past two years, to 46 percent overall. And they increasingly say the Republican Party is a better steward of the economy.”

President Trump Should Receive Nobel Peace Prize, South Korean President Says
President Trump should receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on North Korea, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Monday morning. North and South Korea have ended their nearly 70 year war and are about to engage in historic peace talks that will prominently feature President Trump.


from New York Times
Newspaper in New York, NY

#GorsuchStyle Garners a Gusher of Groans. But Is His Writing Really That Bad?
“In all, Ms. Varsava found, ‘Gorsuch’s style is considerably less formal and conventional than average, which likely makes his opinions seem more down-to-earth and less legalistic than other opinions — qualities that might increase his appeal and enable him to reach a wider audience.’ “Ms. Varsava also tested the swagger of Justice Gorsuch’s appeals court opinions in light of what she called ‘his reputation for self-assuredness and overconfidence’ by counting ‘terms of certainty’ like ‘clearly,’ ‘surely’ and ‘decidedly.’ It turned out that he did use those kinds of terms more than twice as often as the average judge. “But Justice Gorsuch was also about twice as likely to use ‘terms of hesitancy’ like ‘possibly’ and ‘maybe.’ Ms. Varsava concluded, with a bit of hesitancy of her own, that ‘he might have a proclivity for qualifiers in general.’”


from The Spokesman-Review
Newspaper in Spokane, Washington


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