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Trump Wins NH; Millions of Catholics Cover Their Heads in Ashes

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I am reasonably certain that when the Secretary of State of New Hampshire chose yesterday as the date for that state’s presidential primary, the fact that it was Fat Tuesday did not factor into the equation. But, when the coincidence of Donald Trump’s first victory coming the night before Ash Wednesday, who can now say that God doesn’t have a sense of humor?

Links for 02/08/16

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At RealClearPolitics, Peter Berkowitz makes a conservative case against Sen. Ted Cruz and Donald Trump, but he overstates the degree to which less incendiary conservatives are honestly compassionate when it comes to helping the poor. There is an ideological aversion against the state and in favor of markets that severely limits the degree to which any genuine compassionate conservatism can make headway.

Congress Wrestles with Puerto Rican Debt

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Last week, Congress held a hearing on the crisis in Puerto Rico. As readers will recall, I have written about the sovereign debt crisis before, and the humanitarian crisis within which the economic difficult is happening. It is important to frame it this way, because the free-marketers, both the economic “experts” and their fellow travelers in the political community, are determined to obfuscate the human aspect of this situation and to clarify only the “economic” laws and property or contractual rights that pertain to it.

Last Night's Dem Debate in NH

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Last night’s Democratic presidential debate was the first to feature only former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders, and the absence of Gov. Martin O’Malley meant that we knew the two contenders would need to go right at each other. They did not disappoint and the principal winners of the evening were Chuck Todd and Rachel Maddow who let them go at it. For the first half hour of the evening, you barely knew the moderators were there and, throughout the evening, they spent far fewer words than previous moderators. Kudos to them.

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