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The central axiom of partisan politics: what conservatives and liberals believe

Liberals think conservatives are evil. I'm not a robot reCAPTCHA Privacy - Terms Liberals believe that human nature is fundamentally good. How about this wild theory: If you lock up the criminals, crime declines. They think conservatives are mean. Liberals, who have no head (see above), believe that conservatives have no heart. The "angry white male" was thus a legend, but a necessary one. Both apparently represent the "angry right." A classic of the genre - liberal amazement when it finds conservatism coexisting with human decency in whatever form - is the New York Times news story speaking with unintended candor about bioethicist Leon Kass: "Critics of Dr. Kass' views call him a neoconservative thinker. Neoconservative but thoughtful and dignified. "Because Bush seemed personally pleasant," explained Slate, "(they) assumed his politics lay near the political center."

Slate’s daily newsletter on the politics of tariffs, talks with North Korea, and The...

Could be bad: The Republicans could very well suffer in future elections if (or when!) Trump’s recent decision on tariffs turns out to hurt economies in several key states, Will Saletan writes. No chaos: Liberals love to read stories about the Trump White House’s total confusion, and this past week they had many of them to enjoy. But Ben Mathis-Lilley has seen all this before. Chance to waste: North Korea’s apparent willingness to talk about its nuclear weapons is a good sign, Fred Kaplan writes. But now we have to trust the Trump administration to handle the talks just right. New level: The Bachelor’s finale, which aired on Monday night, was fiendishly cruel and compelling, Willa Paskin hates to admit. The show figured out whole new ways to milk the sadness and embarrassment of the competition’s losers. For fun: A very joyful person named Ibba experienced one very fun A Wrinkle in Time screening. Sounds great, Rebecca