We Should Be Worried About Inflation

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It’s Time to Be Worried About Inflation

DESMOND LACHMAN: Biden’s budget plan is almost guaranteed to overheat the economy.

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Peter Wehner on the Road to Political Violence

On today’s Bulwark podcast, Peter Wehner joins Charlie Sykes to discuss the GOP’s current politics and the the road to political violence. Plus, a discussion on America’s growing racial divide, and the catastrophizing mindset.

ATMA: 'Army of the Dead' Review

Plus, what does a potential MGM/Amazon deal mean for the world of movies?

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CHARLIE SYKES on Dumbing down the debate over race.

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JVL on Vaccine lotteries and dictators.

BONUS ATMA: Which Indie Director Would You Want to Helm a Big Budget Franchise Flick? 🔐

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Inconvenient Anti-Semitism Is Still Anti-Semitism

BLAKE FLAYTON: Liberals must oppose leftwing anti-Semitism as stridently as rightwing anti-Semitism.

Deadly Texas Freeze Cools Interest in Deregulating Energy

PAUL ALEXANDER: Other states were considering copying Texas’s laissez-faire attitude on electricity—but it hasn’t really saved money and now has cost lives.

🚨OVERTIME 🚨

Well, the chimichurri flank steak did not come to pass. Yesterday’s weather was awful, and lo and behold, after an HOA meeting, I had to go get a chainsaw and cut down a fallen tree. But it’s cooking right now and it smells amazing.

Speaking of food… Next time you’re in Ohio, drop by the West Side Market for their famous Pizza Bagels. A kid at my high school’s family ran the stand back then, and now, the new owner is expanding to online sales and Ohio schools and grocery stores. Hopefully they’ll come to Virginia soon. But in the mean time, I might have to order some.

How can you not love this?

Every time you think this story couldn’t get worse, it does.

The Strange Anti-Semitism of the Pro-Jewish Right… Jonathan Chait at New York has a must-read:

A good sample of this political style is supplied by Lee Smith, a close ally of Devin Nunes, the passionate Trump defender and vocal Israel hawk. Writing in Tablet (a conservative Jewish magazine), Smith posits that the anti-Semitic violence that has appeared in a handful of American cities is actually a false-flag operation, orchestrated by the the “oligarchs” who run the Democratic Party to terrorize their own voters under the pretext of anti-Semitism.

I strongly encourage you to read this deranged column to see that I am not making it up. Smith’s argument is quite clear. He begins by noting the apparent anti-Semitic violence in a few places is actually not anti-Israel animus running out of control, as one might expect an Israel hawk to say.

Lee Smith is somebody I used to work with. He was a very nice colleague, fun and generous. We sat mere feet away from each other back in the day. But this Trumpian Lee Smith does not remind me of the same guy I worked with. Just like Trumpian Josh Mandel is seemingly a different person than I knew back in my youth.

There’s more:

On the one hand, Smith is not anti-Semitic in the traditional meaning of the term. He surely sees himself as a staunch defender of the Jews, and his staunchness has turned into outright fanaticism. Smith’s pro-Jewish zeal has brought him around to the belief that apparent anti-Semitic attacks are actually being staged by paid thugs working secretly on behalf of a clique of oligarchs committed to an agenda of deliberate national destruction. Call it The Protocols of the Elders of Something.

What restaurant workers think about the labor shortage. For all the articles on business owners complaining that Biden Bucks disincentivized works (when Trump Bucks apparently did not), The Washington Post actually talked to some of these workers to hear their side.

Speaking of labor disruptions due to the pandemic… Here’s how COVID-19 impacted the Uber and Lyft markets in Boston.

So easy, even Kevin McCarthy could do it?

Apparently not!

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