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2. Another reminder of how Utah conservatism is very, very different from Deep South conservatism: they started giving free housing to the homeless, and ended up cutting homelessness by 74 percent and saving money to boot.
3. Insane chart from Matt O’Brien detailing the sharp cutbacks in the number of federal employees. We’ve fired more government employees during a depression than in any previous recession. As Matt says, “The greatest trick austerians ever pulled was convincing people that it was stimulus that had failed.”
4. Chait has a very cynical take on Sam Youngman’s DC-is-the-worst piece: “I am certain he will return, having absorbed the authenticity Kentucky can bestow upon him. And he will flourish.”
Yesterday was John Oliver’s last day on the Daily Show. He’ll be missed: