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JamesMAstill

James Astill

Washington bureau chief and "Lexington" columnist at The Economist. Author of The Great Tamasha, a book about India and cricket

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Joined on 13 October, 2014

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Extremely sorry to hear Dante Barksdale was shot dead in Baltimore yesterday. A reformed convict, he spent over a decade doing conflict resolution in the city, tough street by street. He was forceful, amusing and inspiring. I wrote about him here:

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Replying to @JakeSherman: Thom Tillis will not be attending Biden’s inauguration "because of my recovery from a recent foot surgery,” his says in a…

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Thom Tillis will not be attending Biden’s inauguration "because of my recovery from a recent foot surgery,” his says in a news release.

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Replying to @jdawsey1: Trump remains fixated with getting revenge on R members who voted against him on impeachment, per several advisers. Has begun…

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Trump remains fixated with getting revenge on R members who voted against him on impeachment, per several advisers. Has begun to closely watch and praise Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene. Is talking about pardons nonstop and still telling advisers that he really won the election.

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Quoted @joshtpm

Video of insurrectionists stealing documents on the senate floor. “I think Cruz would want us to do this so I think we’re good.” Great work, @tedcruz (Full video and article at @NewYorker )

Replying to @stuartpstevens: The similarities between @tedcruz & Benedict Arnold are many: both ambitious men who felt they had been unfairly rejec…

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The similarities between @tedcruz & Benedict Arnold are many: both ambitious men who felt they had been unfairly rejected for advancement. Both unliked & not trusted by their peers. Both violated their oaths to US. But Benedict Arnold was born in America & was a brave soldier.

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Replying to @jaketapper: Good Lord

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Quoted @mkraju

Graham says of Biden: “If you don’t stand up against the impeachment of Donald Trump after he leaves office, you’re an incredibly weak figure in American history. President Trump is trying to heal the nation.” (Unclear how Trump is trying to do that). It’s “insane at every level”

Good Lord

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Quoted @mkraju

Lindsey Graham doesn’t blame Trump for promoting Jan. 6 rally, his speech there, telling them to go to the Capitol and lying for weeks about a stolen election. Says of the riot: “How in the hell could that happen? Where was Nancy Pelosi? It’s her job to provide Capitol security.”

The suspicion that Trump had something on Lindsey Graham once seemed like a conspiracy theory

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Replying to @DanHillHistory: Of the thousands of war graves I have seen out on the old Western Front, this one on the Somme stands out. The epitaph…

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Quoted @NikkiHaley

Hold onto your wallets. Biden’s 1.9 trillion “stimulus” package is filled with wasteful spending & bailouts. An even larger spending blowout will follow. Even middle-of-the-road media outlets are calling Biden’s agenda “radical.”
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Replying to @JohnJHarwood: Biden’s plan is so radical the US Chamber said this:

“The Chamber welcomes the introduction of President-elect Biden’s A…

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Of the thousands of war graves I have seen out on the old Western Front, this one on the Somme stands out. The epitaph Mrs James chose to adorn her son's grave it just incredible.

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Biden’s plan is so radical the US Chamber said this:

“The Chamber welcomes the introduction of President-elect Biden’s American Rescue Plan. Specifically, we applaud the focus on vaccinations and on economic sectors and families that continue to suffer as the pandemic rages on.”

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Replying to @mangelsen: It's not everyday that you get a close encounter with a wolf, which makes it even more special when you do. Last Saturday I…

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It's not everyday that you get a close encounter with a wolf, which makes it even more special when you do. Last Saturday I was fortunate enough to spend a few minutes watching this beautiful animal. Happy Friday! Have a great weekend!

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Quoted @MujMash

Remember the two young brothers we wrote about in that story about the broken, bruised police unit in Zabul?

Zalmay Jan was killed by an IED two days ago, just like his police officer father before him.

The war in Afghanistan is fought on their backs.

Replying to @MujMash: Two of these young men on the front page of the @nytimes in a story about imagining peace have been killed since @kianahayeri

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"Foreign chaos prompts disbelief from Chinese who ask if it is true some Westerners refuse to wear face masks."

No better illustration of the decadence of the West than GOP pols mocking Dems for asking them to mask up in a saferoom during an insurrection.

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Replying to @ConnorASheets: In 2009, Kevin Greeson was a union leader who traveled from Alabama to cheer at Obama’s inauguration. On Jan. 6, Greeson…

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Replying to @DavidAFrench: This is one of the most abject, groveling admissions of guilt I’ve ever read. I suspect it won’t be the last. Could Domin…

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This is one of the most abject, groveling admissions of guilt I’ve ever read. I suspect it won’t be the last. Could Dominion trigger a necessary reckoning in right-wing media?

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In 2009, Kevin Greeson was a union leader who traveled from Alabama to cheer at Obama’s inauguration. On Jan. 6, Greeson died while supporting Trump in the Capitol unrest. My latest for @aldotcom & @propublica, on how Greeson was radicalized

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Two of these young men on the front page of the @nytimes in a story about imagining peace have been killed since @kianahayeri and I spent time with them about 11 months ago during that brief ceasefire.

Zalmay’s wasted life will haunt — he had lived with the gun since he was 12.

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Quoted @jiveDurkey

i get that this is a daily show bit but my god some of these are so incriminating in hindsight

Replying to @HC_Richardson: Wow.

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Shout out to @dziblatt's phrase for the undemocratic advantage Republicans take from the electoral system, and how it scrambles their incentives: "constitutional welfare". Brings a whole new meaning to "entitlement reform".

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My column on the nascent, long overdue GOP civil war. "To paraphrase Samuel Johnson, nothing concentrates the mind like the prospect of being hanged. And so it has proved inside the Republican leadership":

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Quoted @leedrutman

Only 13% of Americans describe themselves as "Trump supporters." In a proportional multiparty system, they would be a far-right party, with no chance of controlling government.

Replying to @IQ2US: Has our two-party system failed us?

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Has our two-party system failed us?

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Replying to @MattGarrahan: One of the great interviews with a deluded Trump supporter by @adamboultonSKY. Just wait for the ending https://t.co/e4ET…

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One of the great interviews with a deluded Trump supporter by @adamboultonSKY. Just wait for the ending

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Replying to @HallieJackson: As reported on @TODAYshow: Deutsche Bank will refrain from any future business with President Trump and his company, per…

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As reported on @TODAYshow: Deutsche Bank will refrain from any future business with President Trump and his company, per a person familiar, and Signature Bank says it's closing the president's two personal accounts, where he had $5m+, as the bank calls for his resignation.

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