January 2020

It’s simple. Vote. Vote. Vote. x With their votes to make the American president accountable to no one, Republican senators have put the interests of one president over the interests of all Americans. The only remedy now is for us all to vote in overwhelming numbers to replace them—and him—in...

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  • January 31, 2020

It is the greatest movie on politics ever made. Frank Capra’s Mr. Smith Goes to Washington pre-dates Trump and Murdoch and modern Washington but it also predicts it.  A Senator suddenly dies. Important decisions are already in the works. The political party decides to recruit a naive fool named Jeff...

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  • January 31, 2020

It seemed inevitable, but that small versus large donor thumb-on-the-scale will have consequences for super-Tuesday. x The DNC drastically shifts debate requirements, opening the door for Bloomberg to join the stage starting in mid-Februaryhttps://t.co/vusk0JBTQS — POLITICO (@politico) January 31, 2020 The Democratic National Committee is drastically revising its criteria to...

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  • January 31, 2020

Having now become a historical fountain of misconstrued Constitutional information, Alan Dershowitz surely borrowed a pair of tap shoes from the late dancer Gregory Hines.  In addressing the assembled Senate members for the removal of the President, following his Impeachment, Dershowitz is now seeking to moonwalk his assertion that if...

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  • January 31, 2020

Trial without witnesses is no trial at all. The impeachment as indictment can never be withdrawn. The constant attempts to reduce the impeachment to a civil, rather than a criminal trial, since a bribe of $391 million was at stake for a personal use of public monies in the pursuit...

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  • January 31, 2020

Huge Impeach Actions Today Through State Of Union Tues. Join Us! In solidarity with justice,  Mike Fox for Alan, Dan, Janis, Deb, Dr. Bill, Donna, Kimberly, and Bryan—your PDA national team. Tell The Senate A Sham TrialWill Not Exonerate Trump!   You know this impeachment trial has been a sham,...

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  • January 31, 2020

PDA’s Executive Director Alan Minsky Is In Iowa Right Now! photo: Alan Minsky With Bernie Sanders In solidarity, Mike Hersh for Alan, Mike F., Deb, Kimberly, Bryan, Dr. Bill, Dan, Donna, and Janis—your PDA national team. Support Our Work to Elect Bernie Sanders WithAutomatic Monthly Gifts Or A One-Time Donation...

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  • January 31, 2020

I used to dislike Rubin a lot when she was supporting Mitt Romney in 2012 and generally blasting Democrats and sniping at Barack Obama his entire presidency (and after). But I’ve watched her over the last few years go from being a GOP loyalist to lamenting to resisting to rejecting...

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  • January 31, 2020

I was — and continue to be — peeved at Michael Bloomberg for throwing his fancy, bejeweled billionaire hat in the ring at an absurdly late date. I’m not much for rich guys buying their way into our politics. But you have to hand it to him for this ad:...

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  • January 31, 2020

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D. OR) in support of Rev. Raphael Warnock’s (D. GA) U.S. Senate campaign: I have a name I want you to remember: Raphael Warnock. A community leader. A champion for civil rights, affordable health care, and a living wage. He's the...

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  • January 31, 2020

Even as Susan Collins and perhaps Lisa Murkowski votes for witnesses, there will be an eventual vote against conviction and then the cover-up begins. x “It's not a real trial and it's not a real exoneration,” @KirstenPowers says. “And it's a cover-up,” @CarlBernstein adds. “That's what the Senate has now...

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  • January 31, 2020

This is speculation, but it’s based on a statement John Bolton made about two hours ago: In Austin, John Bolton voices support for officials called in impeachment hearing (KXAN Austin): Speaking at a private event in Austin Thursday, Former National Security Advisor John Bolton defended government officials who testified in...

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  • January 31, 2020

After a 16 hour question and answer period, it took until the second to last question for the issue to be fully realized and the Republicans’ bad faith to be nakedly displayed in its full contempt.  What we heard was that President Trump could not be impeached and removed for attempting to interfere...

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  • January 31, 2020

Super Bowl calendars seem to rule the US Senate, much like bad faith. Susan Collins and Mitt Romney seem to be ready to ask for witnesses, but at this writing there’s no further information. Lisa Murkowski said that she will make an announcement tomorrow. Even if there’s a tie on...

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  • January 31, 2020

​The unhingery continues as Trump counterprograms impeachment with a speech in Iowa. Trump threatens that AOC and Democrats will kill Iowa cows and then kill Iowans. x Trump tells Iowans AOC and Democrats ‘want to kill our cows’ https://t.co/skIy0Dt7OW — The Independent (@Independent) January 31, 2020 x TRUMP: “They want to...

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  • January 31, 2020
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x More than a witness! pic.twitter.com/dMOSJHiHZg — Kremlin Annex (@KremlinAnnex) January 31, 2020 x Bolton Must Testify!Remove45! #KremlinAnnex’s favorite easy song: Subpoena! pic.twitter.com/k32B9KN7aq — Kremlin Annex (@KremlinAnnex) January 29, 2020 x There are many threats to democracy. Click-tivism is one of them too. Real activism suffers.people are too comfortable and...

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  • January 31, 2020

As part of the ongoing project to catalog every awful thing the Trump Administration has done as a reference for future political arguments and whatever few posterity survives to see 2020, here’s everything awful the Trump Administration has done this week. ____________________________________________________________________________ 1774. Dismissed soldiers' traumatic brain injuries as “headaches” 1775....

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  • January 31, 2020

Received this e-mail today from Multnomah County Commissioner, Susheela Jayapal (who is the first elected Indian American woman in Oregon) on behalf of the  Progressive Change Campaign Committee in support of U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren’s (D. MA) presidential campaign: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D. MA) I'm Susheela Jayapal, Multnomah County Commissioner, in...

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  • Avatar of Sam Sero
  • January 30, 2020

The next question is about bibliography, which 25 books? Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law and the architect of his Middle East peace plan, said that he has read 25 books on the decades-old conflict as he defended the plan. He ​told Sky News Arabia: “I’ve been studying this now for three years. I’ve...

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  • Avatar of annieli
  • January 30, 2020

First, a little background: 1) As Florida’s attorney general, Pam Bondi, who is now accusing Joe Biden of corruptly interfering with an investigation to benefit his son, dropped an investigation into Trump University after receiving a $25,000 campaign contribution from Trump’s sketchy charitable foundation. 2) As Bondi, Trump’s other lawyers,...

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  • January 30, 2020

Some more big news out of Georgia: x ENDORSEMENT TWEET: Reverend Raphael Warnock is a true ally in our fight for justice. That’s why I'm proud to endorse him for U.S. Senate here in GA. Take a moment to get to know him & if you can, chip in to...

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  • Avatar of Sam Sero
  • January 30, 2020

Kudos to Josh Marshall at Talking Points Memo for highlighting this: Much of the commentary about the witnesses question has assumed that there are a half dozen or so so-called Republican moderates up for reelection in November and that the outcome of the trial will be determined by whether members...

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  • Avatar of Sam Sero
  • January 30, 2020

Nixonian reasons return, amplified by an argument massaged by Alan Dershowitz to legitimate efforts like the Watergate break-in. x “They compounded the dangerous argument they made that no quid pro quo is too much, and they compounded it by saying if what you want is targeting your rival, it's even...

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  • January 30, 2020

I’m editing this so as to start with the most important information: The best prevention advice is to WASH YOUR HANDS. FREQUENTLY. See the diary and comments for more details. WaPo reports that we have the first US coronavirus case where the patient hasn’t recently been to China: Federal health...

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  • January 30, 2020

Received this e-mail today from Governor Tony Evers (D. WI) on behalf of the Wisconsin Democratic Party: 2020 is a critical election year, and Wisconsin is at the center of the action. That’s why the work the Democratic Party of Wisconsin is doing is so important. They are investing in...

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  • Avatar of Sam Sero
  • January 30, 2020

I have not seen a word aout this on the media.  Is this not news?   x Almost every SQUARE foot of Senate Hart Building is taken by #SwarmTheCapitol to #RemoveTrump America has SPOKEN #WeWantWitnesses pic.twitter.com/o3XussSxjp — Peter Morley (@morethanmySLE) January 29, 2020 x From yesterday's #SwarmTheCapitol action — thank you,...

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  • January 30, 2020

Received this e-mail today from the progressive group, Indivisible: Big (bad) news on impeachment: The Denver Post reported yesterday that Cory Gardner is planning to oppose subpoenaing witnesses in the impeachment trial. Our path to getting a vote for witnesses is narrowing. But he hasn’t cast his vote yet and neither have...

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  • January 30, 2020

TODAY 3PM ET; Noon PT: How To Win The Climate Struggle photo: Climate Activists Demand the Declaration of a Climate Emergency, (Takver • CC BY-SA 2.0) In solidarity,  Mike Hersh for Alan, Mike F., Dan, Deb, Janis, Kimberly, Bryan, Dr. Bill, and Donna—Your PDA National Team Join Activists On The...

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  • January 30, 2020

Some big news happened in Georgia yesterday: Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., has formally announced he's running against U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler, a fellow Republican, setting up a Republican battle over the seat left vacant by former Sen. Johnny Isakson. “We just need to have a process that lets people decide. Lets them...

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  • January 30, 2020

Rick Scott is running ads in Iowa.   I told you all that Rick Scott is going for the whole ball of wax years ago.  I begged dems to move to Florida because we were outnumbered with lunacy down here when people from other states moved from liberal states to Florida. ...

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  • January 30, 2020

Here’s some more news out of Texas: On Wednesday, Texas Lyceum released results from its 14th annual poll, identifying Texans' views on the 2020 elections and primaries. Pollsters surveyed 1,000 adults from Texas via telephone. The results show former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders are essentially tied to win the Democratic presidential nomination among...

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  • Avatar of Sam Sero
  • January 30, 2020

Trump communicated to the House — “If you are going to impeach me, impeach me fast, so we can have a fair trial in the Senate,” with the goal of getting acquitted by the time of the Super Bowl and/or the SOTU, because audience and ratings. This is all that...

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  • January 30, 2020

Dead Man Walking: Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) doesn’t want to hear from witnesses in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial. Gardner confirmed his stance in a statement to Colorado Politics on Wednesday. The electorally vulnerable senator, who is up for reelection in 2020, had been viewed as a potential “yes” vote...

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  • January 30, 2020

Received this e-mail from Democracy for America in support of Jaime Harrison’s (D. SC) U.S. Senate campaign: As the Senate impeachment trial of Trump kicked off last week, DFA-endorsed Senate candidate Jaime Harrison posed the question: what happened to Lindsey Graham? The longtime Republican Senator from South Carolina had very different feelings about impeachment...

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  • Avatar of Sam Sero
  • January 30, 2020

Pat Cipollone, the counsel for the President, cleverly introduced distracting video mocking two Congressional House Managers: Rep. Zoe Lofgren and Rep. Jerrold Nadler. The two specifically spoke against the partisan acts by Republicans in the removal trial following the Impeachment of William Jefferson Clinton in January of 1999.  Nadler said...

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  • January 29, 2020

Took him a while but glad he’s there: Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is wading into one of Texas’ most closely watched primary challenges, endorsing progressive candidate Jessica Cisneros who has mounted a bid to unseat U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, one of the most conservative Democrats in Congress. “This is the...

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  • January 29, 2020

Ready to laugh? No, really. Prepare yourself. This is good. From a New York Times article on conservatives’ sudden distaste for John Bolton, whose revelations about Donald Trump’s Ukrainian quid pro quoing have sent the GOP into a tizzy: On the Fox Business channel, Lou Dobbs assailed Mr. Bolton as...

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  • January 29, 2020

I couldn’t agree more! On Wednesday, presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) unveiled a new plan to fight disinformation, aiming to stem the effect of the Russian troll campaigns that plagued the 2016 election. In particular, Warren proposes harsher laws against spreading misinformation for the purpose of voter suppression, as...

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  • January 29, 2020

Why would anyone need to do this when Donald Trump has already promised he’d get 95 percent of the black vote the second time around? Are they trying to ratchet that number up to 99 percent? Politico: Allies of Donald Trump have begun holding events in black communities where organizers...

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  • January 29, 2020

The Mike Pompeo/Mary Louise Kelly/NPR saga continues: x Pompeo just spoke on his plane about his NPR meltdown, said “there’s a lot of history with NPR” and that he hopes ⁦@NPRKelly⁩ “finds peace.” Comments via ⁦@TracyKWilkinson⁩: pic.twitter.com/QAG3CDWYTw — Eli Stokols (@EliStokols) January 29, 2020 “Look, go back and take a...

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  • January 29, 2020

My Article Today in Truth Dig About Bernie Sanders photo: Yours Truly With Bernie Sanders In solidarity for victory!  Alan Minsky for Mike F., Donna, Deb, Dr. Bill, Dan, Janis, Bryan, Kimberly, and Mike H.—your PDA National Staff Volunteer For Bernie and/or Pitch In Today   As he did in...

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  • January 29, 2020

Every GOP senator is getting a delivery and demonstrations are scheduled. But will Lev Parnas and his ankle monitor get past the security checkpoint at the Capitol. Trump was tweeting at 1am this morning. x These sheet cakes are being delivered today to ALL Republican Senators. 🍰 #ImpeachmentCakes #JohnBoltonMustTestify pic.twitter.com/KQ2FQaVIe6 —...

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  • January 29, 2020

From Antarctica to agricultural fields, plastic waste is everywhere across the globe. We should be very concerned as this is yet another threat to our ability to feed ourselves. We consume these plastics from our food and water. We don’t know what effect it is having on our bodies though...

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  • January 29, 2020

As President Trump’s legal team wrapped up its impeachment defense on Tuesday, all eyes turned to the issue of witnesses. But whether or not the mounting revelations surrounding former National Security Adviser John Bolton’s upcoming book are sufficient to spur Republican defections in the Senate, there is little doubt Donald...

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  • January 29, 2020

Doesn’t everyone in Trump-land know that John Bolton is an agent of the Deep State (sic), ready to bring on the Sixth International (sic). We just never see him at the membership meetings (or the BBQs). x ….many more mistakes of judgement, gets fired because frankly, if I listened to him, we would be...

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  • January 29, 2020

John Kelly had an up-close-and-personal look at Donald Trump’s stupidity and dishonesty for nearly two years — first as the secretary of homeland security and then for 18 months as Trump’s chief of staff — and now he’s backing ambulant mustache John Bolton in his reignited feud with the alleged president. Sarasota...

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  • Avatar of Aldous Pennyfarthing
  • January 29, 2020

What they do! They smilin' in your face All the time, they want to take your place The back stabbers Rudy Giuliani now calls John Bolton a “backstabber”. But McConnell thinks he’ll be able to “peel off” rebels by Friday to keep the Superbowl ball-spike acquittal on schedule. x Some Republican senators...

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  • January 29, 2020

x Bolton Must Testify!Remove45! #KremlinAnnex’s favorite easy song: Subpoena! pic.twitter.com/k32B9KN7aq — Kremlin Annex (@KremlinAnnex) January 29, 2020 x You can chip in to support our ongoing efforts outside the United Senates Senate here: https://t.co/aMuvNduDWs — Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) January 28, 2020 x If you want to support our trolling of...

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  • January 29, 2020

I don’t agree with former Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill on a lot of things, but she was absolutely 100% correct on this score:  Republicans have all the power when it comes to calling witnesses in the sham impeachment trial of Trump.  McCaskill said the Media and even Democrats are falling...

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  • January 28, 2020