Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America have a lively discussion of the Trump administration’s withdrawal of federal funding for California’s high-speed rail project. Democratic presidential hopeful Kirsten Gillibrand says states would no longer be able to legislate on abortion if she gets elected. And Jim offers a radical counter-proposal after learning an adversity score was added to the SAT.

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  1. FredGoodhue Coolidge

    Things have gotten bad when a conservative commentator can seriously say one billion dollars is symbolic.

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    • May 17, 2019, at 8:42 PM PST
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  2. FredGoodhue Coolidge

    What if you live in the slums of Beverly Hills?

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    • May 17, 2019, at 8:56 PM PST
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  3. Taras Coolidge

    Affirmative Action is like telling an illiterate sharecropper that, “In a just society, you would have been a doctor. So here’s your medical license.”

    The SATs measure readiness for higher education. If your score is substantially lower than the average in the college you attend, it doesn’t matter why it’s lower. You will still have a hard time keeping up.

    With the usual results: flunking out; or switching to an easy major; or rationalizing your failure by imagining that the progressives all around you are actually racists plotting against you. (In her new book, Heather MacDonald retells the heartbreaking story of a black kid who was a great success in his very bad public high school, and who was cruelly accepted into Berkeley.)

    Most likely, academia is hedging its bets in case the Trump Court strikes down overt racial preferences. There is a lot of residential segregation by race, so zip codes can be used as proxies for race. 

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    • May 18, 2019, at 9:40 AM PST
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  4. Tom Donohue Member

    This book is becoming reality:

    ‘The Workshop of the Second Self’

    The year is 2030. The place is Centerville, a typical city.Clifton Pembroke is a young professional with a promising career in the field of “disability advocacy.” He helps people raise their disability profile-a single index that encompasses every variety of injustice and disadvantage that may befall an individual.Raising one’s disability profile can bring a host of benefits, including subsidies and preferential treatment. But some people are no longer satisfied with these benefits. They assert that their very birth was an injustice, that a fundamental travesty has occurred, that in fact they should have been a different person.They even know who that other person is, and they intend to receive their just compensation-by obtaining the legal right to seize the other’s identity.

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    • May 20, 2019, at 7:54 AM PST
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