May 2020

Please rec this diary so I can collect enough data. I’m conducting an experiment here, and I need your help. Below is a poll of possible presidential election outcomes. Please select the one that you think, today, is most likely to be what happens on Nov 3rd, after all the...

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  • May 31, 2020

CNN has a new report on the history of the Biden-Trump polls: Biden's in one of the best positions for any challenger since scientific polling began There were more than 40 national public polls taken at least partially in the month of May that asked about the Biden-Trump matchup. Biden...

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  • May 31, 2020

(Originally, I had done something on a MMT podcast with some of its major luminaries, but I’ll save it for a future AC chat diary, since Historical events seem more important for MeetUps) 'Boogaloo' Is The New Far-Right Slang For Civil War  x The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA...

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  • May 31, 2020

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D. NY) on behalf of End Citizens United in support of Governor Steve Bullock’s (D. MT) U.S. Senate campaign: Can you spare $5 to elect Steve Bullock and flip the Senate blue? Please click to donate now >> Our...

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  • May 31, 2020

I teach at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville MD, a school founded in 1946 originally to educate people for  the Trinitarian Order, more properly known as The Order of the Most Holy Trinity and of the Captives (Latin: Ordo Sanctissimae Trinitatis et captivorum), abbreviated OSST. The order was founded...

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  • May 31, 2020

Remember this horrible, horrible pig-feces-lagoon of a tweet from three days ago in which the actual president of the United States suggested protesters should be shot by the police and/or the government because, unlike the protesters carrying assault weapons to state capitols to fight for their right to eat an entire...

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  • May 31, 2020

From yesterday’s New York Times: Ahead of the August primary, Democrats have largely rallied around Barbara Bollier, a retired anesthesiologist who was until recently a Republican. Republicans, meanwhile, are locked in an intraparty competition that has all of the trappings of a full-out brawl: attack ads, bitter recriminations between the candidates...

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  • May 31, 2020

Received this e-mail yesterday from U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D. MD) in support of Jaime Harrison’s (D. SC) U.S. Senate campaign: Jaime Harrison (D. SC) I’m writing to you today to ask for your help to support my friend Jaime Harrison in his campaign to defeat one of Trump’s favorite Senators: Lindsey...

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  • May 31, 2020

Fox News decided that they would caricature Velshi’s factual reporting on the George Floyd murder protests in Minneapolis. Did Ali Velshi change his coverage? Ali Velshi undeterred by Fox News attacks Watch the entire episode here. A few nights ago I was impressed with the fact-based coverage Ali Velshi, more so than other correspondents,...

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  • May 31, 2020

The goal of all this trash talk? Simple enough: to eat away at the press’s credibility. CBS reporter Lesley Stahl said Trump admitted as much to her shortly before the 2016 election: “He said, ‘You know why I do it? I do it to discredit you all and demean you all, so...

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  • May 31, 2020

Here’s some encouraging news: Joe Biden holds a 10-point lead over President Donald Trump among registered voters in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, but that’s sliced in half among those certain to vote, reflecting challenges for Biden in terms of voter commitment and enthusiasm alike. Trump has his own risks, including sharply...

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  • May 31, 2020

Here’s the latest news out of Georgia: Investigative journalist Jon Ossoff has grown his fundraising lead in the final stretch leading up to the June 9 Democratic U.S. Senate primary. Ossoff’s campaign raised $739,362 between April 1 and May 20, according to the final campaign-finance report filed with the Federal...

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  • May 31, 2020

Trump is no Nixon, but like Nixon, he could still win a second term, extending the latest national nightmare. x Going back further, the Kerner Commission reported in 1968 that frustration over racism and policing had been at the center of the riots in Newark and Detroit. President Nixon pivoted...

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  • May 31, 2020

This was the straw that broke the camel’s back.  This is bigger than Police Brutality in my opinion.   I knew at some point people would take to the street when the majority of people are mistreated and ignored.   Blacks and other minorities being mistreated, abused, insulted, killed and no leadership...

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  • May 31, 2020

This was the straw that broke the camel’s back.  This is bigger than Police Brutality in my opinion.   I knew at some point people would take to the street when the majority of people are mistreated and ignored.   Blacks and other minorities being mistreated, abused, insulted, killed and no leadership...

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  • May 31, 2020

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D. WA) in support of MJ Hegar (D. TX), John Hickenlooper (D. CO) & U.S. Senator Tina Smith’s (D. MN) re-election campaign: MJ Hegar (D. TX) There is so much on the line in the 2020 election — and during this...

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  • May 31, 2020

I am putting this up here in case folks want to share updates and more local stories, resources and information about the first night of curfews for what has been a fluid weekend of George Floyd protests. Police violence has begun to escalate. The Twin Cities’ curfews has begun. Chicago’s...

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  • May 31, 2020

Since Donald Trump is about as soothing as a ghost pepper enema, this is no surprise. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be outraged. The Rev. Al Sharpton interviewed George Floyd’s brother Philonise on MSNBC earlier today, and guess what? Trump flubbed his condolence call, coming off as neither empathetic...

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  • May 30, 2020

“In many places, it appears the violence is planned, organized and driven by anarchic and left extremist groups — far left extremist groups — using Antifa-like tactics.” Nope, there are many opportunists taking the weekend to do some violence, for its own sake, because street violence creates other possibilities, to...

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  • May 30, 2020

Received this e-mail today from former presidential candidate U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D. MA) in support of former Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential campaign: Video on Facebook Hi there. It’s Elizabeth Warren. I’m sending you a message today because, as a grassroots donor, you are powerfully important in making sure...

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  • May 30, 2020

The Atlantic has a good piece out about the upcoming U.S. Senate race between incumbent U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R. SC) and former South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Jaime Harrison (D. SC). It’s worth the read but Adam Harris emphasizes how Harrison could pull off an upset win: When we...

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  • May 30, 2020

AG Barr is trying to blame outside agitators for violence related to George Floyd protests. Barr says “ANTIFA-like” actions and radical actors are involved. The problem especially in the Twin Cities when violence has emerged, now seems to involve RW agitation, seeking anti-government civic unrest. There are many other voices, not...

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  • May 30, 2020

AG Barr is trying to blame outside agitators for violence related to George Floyd protests. Barr says “ANTIFA-like” actions and radical actors are involved. The problem especially in the Twin Cities when violence has emerged, now seems to involve RW agitation, seeking anti-government civic unrest. There are many other voices, not...

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  • Avatar of annieli
  • May 30, 2020

So much media framing, proliferating COVID-19 at an Ozark pool party sharing breath unlike the loss of breath days later for George Floyd. On the one hand peaceful protest, on the other vandalism as tourism. Two people have already died from Floyd-related violence. Now the framing is that no different...

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  • May 30, 2020

Racist says what? x Question: With your tweet today, are you concerned that you may be stoking more racial violence?Trump: No not at all… I have no idea if they’re going to be here. By the way, they love African Americans, they love black people. MAGA loves the black people....

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  • May 30, 2020

Received this e-mail yesterday from U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D. IL) in support of U.S. Senators Tina Smith (D. MN) & Gary Peters (D. MI) re-election campaigns: Sen. Tina Smith (D. MN) I’m writing to you today to remind you that my Democratic colleagues Senators Tina Smith and Gary Peters...

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  • May 30, 2020

Received this e-mail from VoteVets in support of Cal Cunnigham’s (D. NC) U.S. Senate campaign: Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump are keeping a close eye on North Carolina’s Senate race, and they probably don’t like what they’re seeing. First, Cal Cunningham beat the odds and was polling ahead of Republican incumbent and Donald...

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  • May 30, 2020

Received this e-mail yesterday from former Secretary of State, U.S. Senator & Presidential candidate, John Kerry (D. MA), in support of former Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential campaign: I'm asking for $8 for my friend Joe Biden today. If you're able to, will you please pitch in before this next big...

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  • Avatar of Sam Sero
  • May 30, 2020

I reached for the grimy tumbler.  It was empty.  Not even any ice. I reached for the whiskey bottle.  It was empty too. This was the night the bottle let me down, and a savagely bright dawn poured through the dirty windows in my Private Investigator’s office. I stared at...

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  • May 30, 2020

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D. NV) in support of Amy McGrath (D. KY) and John Hickenlooper’s (D. CO) U.S. Senate campaigns: Amy McGrath (D. KY) This November, Democrats have a real shot at taking back the Senate from the GOP. But in order to make...

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  • May 30, 2020

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D. WA) in support of Governor Jay Inslee’s (D. WA) re-election campaign: Gov. Jay Inslee (D. WA) Washington Governor Jay Inslee is up for re-election this year and I’m asking you to join me in supporting his campaign. Here’s why: In...

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  • May 30, 2020

A little over a week ago, Trump announced he wanted to have the G7 leaders meet in person in July. (The United States is this year’s host.) First it was going to be at Camp David, which is bad enough as a pandemic breeding ground, but then he changed to...

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  • May 30, 2020

A little over a week ago, Trump announced he wanted to have the G7 leaders meet in person in July. (The United States is this year’s host.) First it was going to be at Camp David, which is bad enough as a pandemic breeding ground, but then he changed to...

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  • May 30, 2020

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Tina Smith’s (D. MN) re-election campaign: Friend — After the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis on Monday, I have heard the pain and grief, the anger and exhaustion of people in our community, crying out in response to this devastating loss of...

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  • Avatar of Sam Sero
  • May 30, 2020

Seems the Media attention is all on Brian Kemp of Georgia and his reopening experiment with with the lives of his fellow Georgians during a viral pandemic.  And DeSantis gets the same level of scrunity because…well….It’s Florida.  Meanwhile, AL, MS, and SC have increasing numbers of coronavirus infections since their own grand...

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  • May 30, 2020

After Donald Trump peeled back another layer of decaying orange face rind last night to reveal still more maggots underneath, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot apparently decided enough was enough. In case you missed it, Trump tweeted this about the riots that have erupted in response to the killing of George...

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  • May 29, 2020

Received this e-mail today from former U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D. CA) on behalf of group, PAC For A Change: Lindsey Graham used to have a soul, and now he’s sold it. That’s what I told you a couple of months ago, when we announced our ad campaign attacking Sen....

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  • May 29, 2020

Political Wire has a new story just posted on how Amy Klobuchar this morning explained her actions while she was the county DA (I’m quoting Political Wire because the link is to a tweet that doesn’t give as much information): Said Klobuchar: “When I was county attorney, cases we had...

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  • May 29, 2020

Donald Trump has said he is terminating the nation’s relationship with the World Health Organization. Trump, who has threatened to withhold funding from the organisation, says the US will redirect funds to other bodies. This announcement is within the tactical measures Trump has adopted for his reelection campaign, hoping to blame...

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  • May 29, 2020

I have a great deal of anger this morning. I have a great deal of fear for my sons, and I have been here before. What seems like ages ago but in reality was just a few short years, former NFL player Colin Kaepernick ironically knelt to save lives. I...

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  • May 29, 2020

Yup. Exactly the same. A Black man getting his throat crushed by a cop is exactly the same thing as the FBI investigating a presidential candidate’s numerous sketchy ties to — and lies about — Russia during and after an election in which Vladimir Putin clearly worked to help elect that candidate....

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  • May 29, 2020

MSNBC correspondent Trymaine Lee did not hold back when Chuck Todd asked him about the situation in Minneapolis after the George Floyd murderer  Trymaine Lee tells America an inconvenient truth x x YouTube Video Please join our YouTube channel so we can get the numbers up to open up some more features and...

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  • May 29, 2020

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D. CT) in support of Theresa Greenfield’s (D. IA) U.S. Senate campaign: Theresa Greenfield (D. IA) I know it feels like things are falling apart. 100,000 dead. A President rooting for the death of Democrats and protesters. But we can do...

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  • Avatar of Sam Sero
  • May 29, 2020

First, some context: Several Democratic state representatives are calling for the resignation of Republican leaders, including House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Marshall), who did not inform their Democratic colleagues that Rep. Andrew Lewis (R-Dauphin) tested positive for COVID-19. Though Lewis has been quarantining at home since May 18, he was last...

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  • Avatar of Sam Sero
  • May 29, 2020

Allow me a moment of personal reflection as we watch the country once again get torn apart over race. I’m not Black; I’m Jewish. (There are very very few Black Jews.) I grew up on the history of 2000 years of persecution. I study the history of religion and I’ve...

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  • May 29, 2020

Received this e-mail today from former presidential candidate, U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D. CA), in support of former Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential campaign: Joe Biden is a lifelong public servant, a dedicated and compassionate leader, and a dear friend — and I could not be more proud to have...

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  • Avatar of Sam Sero
  • May 29, 2020

Received this e-mail yesterday from former presidential candidate, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D. IN), in support of Cal Cunningham’s (D. NC) U.S. Senate campaign: Cal Cunningham (D. NC) Friend — November will be a turning point for our country. After all of the chaos we’ve seen in Washington, it’s...

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  • Avatar of Sam Sero
  • May 29, 2020