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In our November issue, John Powers compiled a glossary of terms conservatives use in ways that don’t match standard dictionary definitions (“The Right Word”). Reader Riley Simpson wrote, “I think this glossary should become a website (perhaps Wackipedia) that could be added to and edited by whoever has a new observation of ConSpeak to offer up.” He may be onto something, because an appeal to readers to help expand the list garnered a huge response. Here are some of the suggested additions. You can contribute yours at . AMERICAN DREAM : A fantasyland in which the unprivileged are entitled to a home, education, and health care. —Beverly Weiss ASSOCIATE : An aide or friend of a Republican president or high official. — Leonard Boasberg COMMON SENSE : What I think (but don’t want to describe right now because if you knew what it was, you might actually not agree with me) regardless of any basis in rational thought or facts. The amazing thing about calling out for “...

Romney the Populist?

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The 10 Dumbest Arguments Against Health-Care Reform , Paul Waldman Blowing a Hole in Dodd-Frank , Robert Kuttner Ten Reasons Why American Health Care Is So Bad , Ezra Klein Why Obama Will Win in 2012 , Jamelle Bouie When It All Went Wrong , Mark Schmitt Is Education the Cure to Poverty? , Jared Bernstein The Myth of the Fairer Sex , Courtney Martin The Ruse of the Creative Class , Alec MacGillis Why Massachusetts Doesn't Matter , Paul Waldman Moral Combat , Monica Potts