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According to The New York Times, former President George W. Bush is preparing to publish a book “outlining strategies for economic growth.”

This is roughly equivalent to John Edwards publishing a book on marital fidelity, or Ron Paul publishing a book on racial tolerance. Indeed, Justin Fox — the current editorial director of the Harvard Business Review —  noted in Time three years ago that Bush “stacks up as probably the least-successful President on the economic front since Herbert Hoover.”

Think Progress’ Pat Garofalo has a good rundown of the many reasons that nobody should be taking Bush’s advice on the economy:

That Bush believes the country needs his thoughts on how to create economic growth is laughable. After all, under his watch, “growth in investment, GDP, and employment all posted their worst performance of any post-war expansion,” while “overall monthly job growth was the worst of any cycle since at least February 1945, and household income growth was negative for the first cycle since tracking began in 1967.” As the Economic Policy Institute found, “between the end of the 2001 recession (2001Q4) and the peak of that expansion (2007Q4), the U.S. economy experienced the worst economic expansion of the post-war era.”

The planned book is just the most recent step in Bush’s slow political rehabilitation; after staying out of the limelight for the first years of the Obama administration, the 43rd president publicly defended his much derided tax cuts last month, and endorsed Mitt Romney on Tuesday.

Instead of spending money on Bush’s book, anyone curious about his economic strategies could just read Mitt Romney’s economic plan; as former President Bill Clinton put it, it is essentially Bush’s plan “on steroids.”

Or you could go ahead and spend $24.95 on Bush’s book…just don’t expect that money to trickle back down to you.

Donald Trump Jr.

Screenshot from Twitter

You've probably heard about Donald Trump's claim that his Democratic rival got "a big fat se onhot in the ass" before delivering a nearly perfect performance on a recently televised town hall. Or his more recent demand that Joe Biden get a "drug test" before their debate on Tuesday night. Having spent months lowering expectations for Biden, the Trumps are now busily defaming him as a junkie.

But that particular slur backfired spectacularly over the weekend when the Trump campaign posted a bizarre video of Don Jr. -- seemingly in a condition that called for rehab services. As his father might put it, "many people are saying" that the presidential spud looked and sounded like someone abusing a controlled substance. (His slurred message was disturbed too, something about an "army of able-bodied men and women" to intimidate voters).

It's both funny and sad to watch Don Jr. decompensate on Twitter. (More funny, though.)

Click and judge his condition for yourself.