The Republican Party’s Motivated Reasoning

Chris Deaton on persuasion when people don't want to listen.

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The Republican Party’s Motivated Reasoning

CHRIS DEATON: How do you persuade people who won’t believe anything except for what they want to hear?

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Inflation, cars, and chips. An interesting read at the NY Times. We rented a minivan a few weeks back for our family trip to Columbus and St. Louis, and the cost to rent for 10 days was literally 1/10th of its MSRP. We were lucky to get a family discount because a relative works for a rental car company, but that is just a glimpse into how insane things are. People are renting U-Hauls in Hawaii instead of cars. It’s nuts.

Instant Classic…

Shot / Chaser / Chaser

It’s like they’re good at staying consistent on messaging or something. Is this competency?

Inside the White House Press Corps.

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