Your Morning Cup of Links

Elizabeth Vigée Le Brun created attractive, engaging images that were designed to tell the viewer what the sitter wanted them to know

There are no known photographs of Vincent van Gogh as an adult. Now, an Italian art historian believes he has found one, taken in 1888.

Kudos to those who signed this letter.

How risk-taking by the wealthy helps the middle class

Every word of this: “Trump supporters who believe their candidate is the anti-establishment destroyer of media are being conned, and the con is being perpetrated by the people they hate the most — the Clintonistas of network media.”

This truly has to be one of the hardest things a couple can go through. I can’t even imagine.

Agreed. Unless Trump wins an outright majority, the Republican Party needs to deny him the nomination.

“He was defensive and vulgar, evasive and condescending, rude and imperious. He moved drastically to the center on immigration, repudiating his position on H-1B visas on stage and saying ‘everything is negotiable,’ including the border wall and the fate of illegal immigrants already in the United States. He defended his calls for expansive torture and the killing of civilians related to terrorists, saying the military ‘will do what I tell them’ even if his orders contradict the law….Over two hours he provided reams and reams of material for Hillary Clinton’s ad writers. The spectacle made me ill. On screen I watched decades of work by conservative institutions, activists, and elected officials being lit aflame not only by the New York demagogue but by his enablers who waited until the last possible moment to criticize and try to stop him. And even then it may be too late.
There was no winner at the debate, but there was certainly a loser: The GOP. It started this election cycle in a strong position, and is now on the precipice of nominating a political neophyte, a caricature of everything liberals hate about Republicans, whose unfavorable ratings are sky-high and who loses to Hillary Clinton in practically every poll.”

Ace’s debate scorecard is so good. I can’t stop laughing.

John Kasich: As David French notes, pretended to be an Elder Statesman by completely staying out of necessary fights, which actually marks him as an AWOL Coward. Continued playing to his core supporters of artisinal bong craftsmen and elderly public masturbators. Debate moderators allowed him to glide out of his previous answer on coercing bakers to bake gay wedding cakes — he was an enthusiastic supporter of forcing them to doing so — by simply saying one shouldn’t force them to do so, but should seek another baker. Well that’s fine — but if the law on the books says they must, your advice that one should avoid hailing them into court is, as usual for Kasich, cowardly and liberal.

Donald Trump: Repudiated the Jeff Sessions Immigration Plan — which was the only reason to support him — by declaring he was “changing” and “softening” it because we need all these highly-skilled people to take our jobs. Then said he would be “flexible” on the wall and deporting illegals and pretty much admitted he’d said as much to the New York Times editorial board, and then, in case you were unsure if you’d heard him right, praised Marco Rubio’s Amnesty plan as “fine” and a good opening bargaining position…His answers to questions about Trump University and the budget were somewhat uncomfortable to watch, in much the same way that it is uncomfortable to watch a bus full of circus clowns crash into a school for blind children and even worse the clowns were doing their “Gasoline Comedy” act that day and now all the blind children are on fire and the clowns are trying to squirt water on them with their stupid lapel-flowers but the flowers are just squirting out more gas and the children are crying tears of fire out of their Unseeing Dead Eyes

The dumbest thing you’ll read today

“I didn’t watch CNN’s Democratic debate Sunday: if I wanted to watch old white people yell at each other for two hours, I have ‘The Expendables’ on DVD.”

“Like the saps who fell for the Trump University scam, Trump voters have convinced themselves that a man who has shown nothing but contempt for his fellow Americans, his business associates, and his family cares about poor sad-sacks like them. They are mistaken. He isn’t your son of a bitch. He’s just a son of a bitch.”

“You can no longer support Trump and say you respect the troops. You don’t, because he doesn’t.”

“Saddling the military with someone who would ask them to kill women and children illegally should be unthinkable.”

“There has never been a debate more at odds with a campaign slogan of ‘Make America Great Again.’ It was a depressing debacle. I fear the republic is lost. We are an uneducated people that praise ignorance, celebrity, and entertainment over statesmanship. We are degenerates, immoral, and lost. We the people have not acted as those concerned about preserving the gift of self-government. The fraying fabric of society is putting the republic at risk.”

Cruz is going to help Trump win Florida – and the nomination – because he just can’t help himself.

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