Assimilated

God, we are so assimilated that, instead of the Russian musical program every Russian-speaker on the planet watches on New Year’s night, we’ll be watching an American TV series.

New Year’s Fun

Folks, do you know what’s real fun? Asking Alexa to play “Russian music.” It offers the weirdest mix of hardcore Soviet propaganda songs (which were actually really good music and lyrics) and super trashy perestroika-era songs. We are pissing ourselves with laughter here.

Coy

“I don’t know her,” McCaskill told CNN earlier this week when asked if she’d consider Ocasio-Cortez a “crazy Democrat” like the ones she decried on the campaign trail. “I’m a little confused why she’s the thing.”

Oh, come on, Claire. This kind of coyness is silly. AOC is a very beautiful woman. And that’s why she is popular. We are not used to have anybody strikingly good-looking on our side.

What I don’t get is Beto. The guy looks really pathetic when he tries so hard to look cool. That stunt of his with the skateboard was sad to see. Yet I know people who seriously claim he’s sexy.

A Real Issue

Trump administration’s view on medication-assisted treatment has evolved from critical to fully supportive. Tom Price, Mr. Trump’s first Health and Human Services secretary, appalled many addiction expertsby saying, “If we’re just substituting one opioid for another, we’re not moving the dial much.” But Mr. Price’s successor, Alex Azar, a former pharmaceutical executive, has embraced the approach.

How extremely shocking that a pharma guy would want to enrich the industry.

When the administration announced $1 billion in new grants to expand access to treatment earlier this year, it emphasizedthat only programs that made these medicines available were eligible.

This is a real issue that a Democratic nominee could embrace next year. Instead of criticizing Trump’s correct instincts on Syria and the wall, criticize this clearly pig-headed policy.

Of course, talking about opioids without endorsing the wall is an exercise in hypocrisy but it’s not like we are not used to that.