September 2018

x Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un prefers to remain “good friends” with Donald Trump. pic.twitter.com/RMAGtB3lHo — DPRK News Service (@DPRK_News) September 30, 2018 That’s gotta hurt. x x YouTube Video

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  • September 30, 2018

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D. NY) in support of Beto O’Rourke (D. TX), Kyrsten Sinema (D. AZ), Jacky Rosen (D. NV) and Phil Bredesen’s (D. TN) U.S. Senate campaigns: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D. NY)   If we want a Senate that respects women, we know...

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  • September 30, 2018

CNN reports that the FBI has interviewed Deborah Ramirez about Kavanaugh’s exposing himself to her.  Matt Shuham of TPM says of this report that Ramirez has supplied the FBI with names of witnesses to this incident: Deborah Ramirez spoke to the FBI and provided the bureau with the names of...

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  • September 30, 2018

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D. MA) on behalf of Democracy for America in support of Kara Eastman’s (D. NE-02) campaign: Republicans are scared to face the voters this November. So they’re calling in the cavalry – asking their biggest donors to sling the filthiest mud...

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  • September 30, 2018

By Donna Smith, Executive Director – Progressive Democrats of America Pitch In Each Month To Support Progress Progressive Democrats has been among the first national progressive organizations mobilizing on the issues you care about. Every news cycle, sensational headlines and outrageous acts of anti-democratic behavior from elected officials drown out...

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  • September 30, 2018

There was a minor dust up in the blogosphere last night after anNBC news story came out, which stated that White House Council Don McGahn, who sat directly behind Kavanaugh during much of his Senate testimony, had taken charge of the investigation for the White House and had provided to the...

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  • September 30, 2018

… because the white man in question is friends with the guy who could very well destroy Obamacare, which ensures that all insured Americans have coverage for addiction, depression, and cancer — all of which this particular white man has. (Full disclosure: I’m also a white man, but please don’t hold that...

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  • September 30, 2018

“…vote ‘em out, vote ‘em out, vote ‘em out, and when they’re gone we’ll sing and dance and shout!” Couldn’t agree more Willie! x x YouTube Video 60,000 people heard Willie sing this last night in the Texas Capital, Obama type numbers as many are saying, and the makings of...

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  • September 30, 2018

Jeff Flake (JF):  This party is getting out of hand. Lindsey Graham (LG): Oh it gets that way sometimes Jeff.  You know that. Those unethical democrats get overwrought and all this happens. JF: I want to go home. Chuck Grassley (CG): Don’t go home Jeff.  Stay and party with us....

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  • September 29, 2018

NBC News White House counsel Don McGahn, who has shepherded Kavanaugh's nomination since president Trump chose him for the high court on July 9, is taking the lead for the White House in dealing with the FBI on the investigation, those involved in the process told NBC News. “A U.S....

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  • September 29, 2018

Surprisingly, the Louisville Courier Journal reported this item today about Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul: Sen. Rand Paul reportedly plans to file an amendment on Wednesday to change several executive orders that would lift U.S. sanctions on Russian lawmakers and allow them to travel to America. Paul had met with...

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  • September 29, 2018

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D. CA) on behalf of MoveOn.org in support of U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly’s (D. IN) re-election campaign: Sen. Joe Donnelly (D. IN) Dear MoveOn member, I walked out. Republicans rushed Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation with a sham hearing yesterday morning, less than...

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  • September 29, 2018

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D. MA) in support of her colleague, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson’s (D. FL) re-election campaign: Here’s what I’ve been reminding myself this week: Don’t just get mad. Get even. Fight back. We won’t stop fighting back. At the same time, we’ve got...

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  • September 29, 2018

By Mike Fox for Alan, Mike H., Shayna, Janis, Deb, Kim, Bryan, Dan, and Dr. Bill — Your PDA National Team Contact The Senate To Stop Kavanaugh And Let’s Get To Work For Progressive Champions Of course, we’ve been eyeballs-deep in the Kavanaugh hearings this week, and will continue to...

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  • September 29, 2018

Received this e-mail yesterday from former Governor Terry McAuliffe (D. VA) in support of Tony Evers (D. WI) gubernatorial campaign: Tony Evers (D. WI)   In just 39 days, the House, Senate, and 36 governor’s races are on the line — and we all need to do our part to ensure...

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  • September 29, 2018

Amanda Litman is the co-founder of Run for Something, a political action committee that helps young progressives interested in running for office. The PAC launched on inauguration day in 2017, clearly as a response to the toxic orange gas cloud that was seeping into homes across the country. Well, something...

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  • September 29, 2018

Best Hillary cameo since she tended bar for Kate McKinnon… x x YouTube Video Vanity Fair ‘The Murphy Brown revival debuted Thursday night with a little help from a very powerful friend: Hillary Clinton. The politician popped up for a brief cameo in the episode, playing a woman named Hilary Clendon—who, yes, gets told all the...

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  • September 29, 2018

Dr. Christine Ford’s attorney, Michael Bromwich, who resigned from his own firm to take Ford’s case pro bono, seems to be a good humored man, as this photo from the Bromwich Group’s website indicates… He actually got off the drollest comment of the whole historic hearing, responding to Grassley’s hired...

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  • September 29, 2018

The NBC affiliate in Lexington reported this statement — issued about 18 hours ago – from McConnell on Brett Kavanaugh’s testimony before the Judiciary Committee: The Senate and the nation heard two witnesses testify under oath to completely conflicting recollections. What we did not hear was any evidence whatsoever to bolster the allegation...

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  • September 29, 2018
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FiveThirtyEight.com has a great piece that makes a strong case that Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D. TX) has a great shot at unseating the incumbent U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R. TX). Here’s how Nate Silver has a great breakdown: Some factors hurting Cruz have nothing to do with Cruz himself, but...

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  • September 29, 2018

I don’t care how many Werther’s Originals he hands Michelle Obama like a half-in-the-bag Wilford Brimley. He’s George W. Bush, and he’s terrible. How do I know? ISIS used to be a schlocky Saturday morning TV show that aired after Shazam! And before he took over, my 401(k) was worth more...

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  • September 29, 2018

Iowa’s Steve King is a despicable human being, and not just because he is an unapologetic white supremacist. When he’s not posting propaganda from neo-Nazis, he’s sharing vile memes. Like the current president, he somehow always has time for a hateful post on social media. He has been in rare form this year, picking...

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  • September 29, 2018

This is how I know the rapture isn’t real. If it were, God would have beamed Pat Robertson’s shrunken Gollum head into a Piper Cub 20 years ago. Because he says shit like this. From Right Wing Watch: “The Supreme Court of the United States is the power center of...

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  • September 29, 2018

In the darkness of this immoral political epoch we find ourselves in, two women — Ana Maria Archila and Maria Gallagher — have shown us what real courage is.  I am convinced that we now have an FBI investigation of Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations of sexual assault by Brett Kavanaugh because of...

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  • September 28, 2018

What a ride, huh? Don't worry, I'm not going to re-litigate the last 36 hours here, how can you make something this weird any weirder? But, there is one little thing I want to point out that is a so far unreported byproduct of today's whirlwind of events. So far,...

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  • September 28, 2018

Kavanaugh’s awful spectacle last night was hard to stomach and sit through. Although he violently sexually assaulted multiple women, he cried like he was the victim—and then had a meltdown where he lashed out at Democrats, the Clintons, Soros, and anyone who dared to bring these allegations up.  His tirade included...

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  • September 28, 2018

Some dare call it perjury. I went to the University of Wisconsin in the early ‘80s, around the same time the famously weak-stomached Brett Kavanaugh was painting New Haven orange with his vomit, and if there had been a popular drinking game called the Devil’s Triangle, I would have known...

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  • September 28, 2018

Sometimes, it takes The Onion to put it into words Vessel For Male Sexual Gratification Very Sad Today NEW HAVEN, CT—Noting its slumping posture, slack expression, and overall downcast appearance, sources confirmed Wednesday that a vessel for male sexual gratification was very sad today. “It definitely appears to be upset,”...

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  • September 28, 2018

This just in: x Read Joe's statement on the Kavanaugh nomination: pic.twitter.com/JvjTOKEDyF — Senator Joe Donnelly (@SenDonnelly) September 28, 2018 Here’s a close up on the full statement:   That you, Senator Donnelly. You did the right thing. Of course, the GOP will really be hitting him hard on this...

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  • September 28, 2018

Christine Blasey Ford acted as she was expected to. She was unfailingly polite and deferential to the Senate Judiciary Committee and the hired gun they trotted out to poke small holes in her testimony. She held her emotions in check, though she often struggled to, because women and minorities in...

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  • September 28, 2018

The Jesuits, a religious order in the Catholic Church, were understandably ecstatic when Donald Trump picked one of their own for nomination to the Supreme Court. (If confirmed, Brett Kavnaugh would be the fifth Catholic judge.) Kavanaugh has repeatedly and prominently highlighted his Jesuit Catholic faith, and even quoted the former Superior General of the...

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  • September 28, 2018

Yes: x YouTube Video As Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh faced senators Thursday about an alleged sexual assault, North Dakota Democrats are criticizing Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer for his comments about those allegations and other remarks relating to women. The North Dakota Democratic-Nonpartisan League Party is launching a new digital ad Thursday...

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  • September 28, 2018

Received this e-mail today from the Progressive Change Campaign Committee: Since 2008, Democrats have lost over 900 state legislative seats — but bold progressives like Andrew Gillum are leading our comeback as he runs for Florida Governor. Florida Republicans are terrified that they'll lose the Florida governor's mansion for the...

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  • September 28, 2018

From NBC News: Fox News on Thursday fired contributor Kevin Jackson after he called Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and other women “lying skanks” for accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. Jackson, who has 67,000 followers on Twitter, posted a string of highly offensive tweets over a period...

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  • September 28, 2018

Received this e-mail today from Democracy for America in support of Beto O’Rourke’s (D. TX) U.S. Senate campaign: I keep thinking about the hearings today. All of it. Dr. Ford’s bravery, courage and pain. Kavanaugh's outrage, centering himself as the “victim.” Senator Grassley’s gavel. Lindsey Graham’s unhinged tantrum. Ted Cruz’s...

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  • September 28, 2018

Received this e-mail today from the Progressive Change Campaign Committee: This morning, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford described herself as “terrified” as she testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee, including an all-male set of Republicans who simultaneously hid behind and towered over a female prosecutor they appointed to do the questioning....

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  • September 28, 2018

I only got to read about Chrisinte Blasey Ford’s testimony today while I was at eating lunch, but I got to listen to parts of Kavanaugh’s testimony on the drive home after 4 P.M. on NPR.  And even the NPR reporters and commentators were stunned by Kavanuagh’s belligerence.  If I...

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  • September 28, 2018

CNN “The four key centrist votes on Judge Brett Kavanaugh — Sens. Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Jeff Flake and Joe Manchin — are huddled privately in a Capitol office. Staff left the room as they gathered minutes after the Kavanaugh hearing ended.   Murkowski angrily tried to order a reporter from the...

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  • September 27, 2018

Short diary, but I’m watching Kavanaugh, even from the first second I thought there is something wrong with him.  Then I realized.  Is he drunk?  Is anybody else seeing this?

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  • September 27, 2018

Some big news today out South Dakota: x BREAKING: Latest Poll Shows Sutton Ahead in South Dakota Governor’s Race pic.twitter.com/6WHpdk6B0l — Billie Sutton (@billiehsutton) September 27, 2018 Here’s some more info: In a polling memo released Thursday morning, polling firm ALG Research wrote: “Despite a nearly 2:1 party registration advantage...

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  • September 27, 2018

Received this e-mail today from actor and activist, Martin Sheen (NBC’s The West Wing) in support of fellow Ohioan, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown’s (D. OH) re-election campaign: I'm Martin Sheen. I may not be a real-life President, but there are three things I've learned about real-life politics. First: What's happening right...

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  • September 27, 2018

Rage level — orange. (It’s always orange, but whatever. Let’s just say it’s a Pantone number we don’t ordinarily see.) According to Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman, even the dough-brained Donald Trump can see this morning’s SCOTUS testimony isn’t going well for Republicans: x Person close to Trump says Trump is...

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  • September 27, 2018

As I type this blog post, Prof. Christine Blasey Ford is currently testifying before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee in regards to Brett Kavanaugh’s act of sexual assault against Ford. However, if you live in the same local television market that I do, the Champaign-Springfield, Illinois local TV market that...

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  • September 27, 2018

Some more great news out Pennsylvania today courtesy of Frankiln & Marshall college’s latest poll: Gov. Tom Wolf and U.S. Sen. Bob Casey continue to hold solid leads over their Republican challengers, a new Franklin & Marshall College poll of registered voters shows. Contributing to the incumbents’ strong positions is a...

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  • September 27, 2018

Some good news today out Michigan courtesy of EPIC-MRA’s latest poll: Democrat Gretchen Whitmer has an eight-point lead over Schuette, according to the poll from EPIC-MRA of Lansing. Other recently published polls have shown Whitmer, the former Senate minority leader from East Lansing, with a double-digit lead over Schuette, of...

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  • September 27, 2018

Received two e-mails today regarding the U.S. Senate race in Texas. The first one is from the Progressives Change Campaign Committee: Ted Cruz might not be the first place you'd look for a vote AGAINST Brett Kavanaugh, but Cruz is in deep trouble. Women could decide the Texas Senate race...

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  • September 27, 2018

That was … what do you call it? Kind of nuts. It wasn’t a press conference. I mean, there were reporters there, and someone claiming to be the president. But … but … Oh, far, far too much crazy to sift through. I was worried he might actually take a dump on the floor,...

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  • September 26, 2018

NBC News “WASHINGTON —The Senate Judiciary Committee is inquiring about at least one additional allegation of misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, according to a letter obtained by NBC News and multiple people familiar with the process. Republican Senate investigators asked Kavanaugh about the new complaint, NBC News has...

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  • September 26, 2018

Received this e-mail today from Democracy for America: What do Georgia, Arizona, Florida, and and Maryland have in common? They all have DFA-endorsed progressives running for governor, and they need your help in these last few weeks before Election Day to win! Will you RSVP right now to make calls...

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  • September 26, 2018

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono’s (D. HI) re-election campaign: Sen. Mazie Hirono (D. HI   I am angry, team — a third woman just stepped forward to credibly accuse Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. Yet, Republicans still want to rush forward with his confirmation. That’s not...

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  • September 26, 2018