A republic, if you can keep it

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News Headline: “Second presidential debate: Donald Trump insists sex-assault boasts were ‘locker-room talk.’ ”
1973: I am not a crook.
2016: I am not a sex offender.
It may be time for another poll of Americans about the direction this country is heading in.

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ElectMania MMXVI in the news

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+ Primatologist Jane Goodall regarding Donald Trump’s presidential campaign:
In many ways, the performances of Donald Trump remind me of male chimpanzees and their dominance rituals.”
+ Dan Shaviro, a New York University expert on tax law, regarding claims that Donald Trump’s tax deductions are a work of “genius”:
“You don’t need to be a genius. You could be a chimp.”
We may be on the verge of an explanation here.

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QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

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R.S., a Chicago reader, writes:
“You say a replica can’t be a replica unless it’s the same size of what it is supposed to replicate. My dictionary says otherwise.”
A number of dictionaries have given up on this point.
But not the QT Abridged Too Far Dictionary of the English Language.
And is it past time for QT’s biennial reminder that a horse doesn’t chomp at the bit, but champs at the bit, and that we don’t wait with baited breath, but bated breath?
Evidently.

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