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Here is why I read Andrew. On Mark Halperin's suspension:


In the negotiations with the Republicans, Obama and the Dems have offered a couple of trillion in cuts. The Republicans have refused even to discuss increasing tax revenues in return. For the president to react with understated anger strikes me as perfectly natural and overdue. And it comes with the amnesiac, news-cycle crap that Halperin routinely peddles that this basic fact should be ignored for a faux equivalence. It's not the word, in other words. It's the empty beltwayism behind it. 

That's what Halperin should be suspended for. But it was, of course, the reason he was hired.

Initially, I was a little horrified that Halperin was suspended. But Andrew gets the salient point--a cynical centrism.
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Born in 1975, the product of two beautiful parents. Raised in West Baltimore -- not quite The Wire, but sometimes ill all the same. Studied at the Mecca for some years in the mid-'90s. Emerged with a purpose, if not a degree. Slowly migrated up the East Coast with a baby and my beloved, until I reached the shores of Harlem. Wrote some stuff along the way.

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