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The Elephant Not in the Room

We will find out soon enough if the absence of front-runner Donal Trump at last night’s Republican presidential debate has any impact on his chance of capturing the GOP nomination. Meanwhile, cartoons such as the one below are providing a boost for those already weary of the marathon 2016 presidential election cycle.

From the Dana Summers archive at the Tribune Content Agency.

Everybody Just Relax…

While cavorting with the world’s rich and powerful in Davos, Joe Stiglitz, Professor of Economics at Columbia University and Nobel Laureate in economics, talks about such things as the fragile global economy, income inequality, and the political mood in the U.S.

Somehow, the word “discontent” was omitted from the embedded video above (i.e., “Joseph Stiglitz: Political climate is reflecting a discontent”) – perhaps this was part of some sort of conspiracy to keep voters from getting even more riled up…

Bread and Circuses: Powerball Edition

1. something, as extravagant entertainment, offered as an expedient means of pacifying discontent or diverting attention from a source of grievance.

Obviously, what we’ll see next are even more rule changes to make the chances of winning go even lower and the payouts even higher. One youth outside a 7-11 the other night was heard to say, “If you don’t play, you can’t win”. Well put.

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John Oliver on New Years Resolutions

Still on hiatus (and not returning until next month?!), HBO’s John Oliver details how we should modify our New Years resolutions in order to increase the possibility of succeeding (either that, or being better able to rationalize why we’ve again failed).

Don’t know about you, but I’ve not made any New Years resolutions in years…

Seth Meyers on Donald Trump

With actual voting only a month away, Seth Meyers shares some thoughts about GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, related media coverage and national polling.

These two have a bit of history going back beyond the 2011 White House Correspondents Dinner that is likely to get a bit more attention in the months ahead.

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