June 2020

Received this e-mail today from former presidential candidate, Beto O’Rourke (D. TX), on behalf of his group, Powered by People: We always knew that we could win Texas, but now the rest of the country knows as well. Fox News just released a poll showing Joe Biden up one point over Donald...

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  • June 30, 2020

Russia Bounty (gate) now has some receipts as both parties in Congress have gotten their security briefings. Trump still maintains ignorance which is not hard to imagine because of his complicit cooperation with Russia, which only makes the timeline of briefings since 2019 even harder to reconcile, reminding ourselves of...

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  • June 30, 2020

First off, she needs to be called out for her bull shit: Embattled Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said in a statement Monday that she agreed with the Supreme Court decision striking down Louisiana’s draconian abortion law, adding that while conservative Justice Brett Kavanaugh sided with the minority, his opinion “gave...

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  • Avatar of Sam Sero
  • June 30, 2020

BREAKING: Amy McGrath, a former Marine fighter pilot who built a formidable campaign war chest, emerged Tuesday as the Democratic nominee to take on Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, fending off a challenge from the left that highlighted the party’s ideological divisions. One week after the primary was conducted, The Associated...

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  • Avatar of Sam Sero
  • June 30, 2020

Somewhere in a parallel universe we’re safely reopening the country because we elected a president who believes in — and understands — science. But in this universe we’re still in thrall to a moist, gormless, off-brand circus peanut who sees us all as COVID fodder in his war against Joe Biden, the...

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  • June 30, 2020

Yesterday r/The_Donald group got banned by Reddit. Not so easy for the rest of us. x In 2017, we used subreddit algebra to dissect r/The_Donald and filter out commenters’ interest in politics. The results supported the theory that at least a subset of Trump’s supporters were motivated by racism. (*On...

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  • June 30, 2020

Received this e-mail yesterday from former presidential candidate, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D. MA), in support of U.S. Senator Ed Markey’s (D. MA) re-election campaign: In a moment, I’m going to ask you to make a contribution to my friend and partner in the United States Senate Ed Markey. But...

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  • Avatar of Sam Sero
  • June 30, 2020

Received this e-mail yesterday from former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D. AZ) in support of her husband, Astronaut Mark Kelly’s (D. AZ) U.S. Senate campaign: I wanted to reach out to you personally about my husband Mark Kelly, someone I know better than anyone else. When Mark launched this campaign last...

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  • Avatar of Sam Sero
  • June 30, 2020

“We have to be aware that climate change and biodiversity loss are stress factors for ecosystems, for humans, for animals, and for the microbiome. Our research shows that if the different axes of the disease pyramid are destabilized, new infectious diseases can be expected, including for humans.” Dirk Schmeller, Université de...

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  • June 30, 2020

​Contradictions heightened this past week, as Trump/Pence continued to disinform the American public. 126,000 people have died. Troubling is a Pew poll that indicates that 40% of Americans think the “worst is behind us” for the pandemic. x President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have repeatedly attributed the...

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  • June 30, 2020

Not exactly the headline sitting Senators should see from The Atlanta-Journal Constitution: U.S. Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler have avoided criticizing President Donald Trump even after his posts on social media were called out for spreading racist messages. The most recent example came on Sunday when the president shared...

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  • Avatar of Sam Sero
  • June 30, 2020

Nebraska is a deep-red state; only 29% of the voters are registered as Democrats. Governor Ricketts is a Republican, both its senators, Fischer and Sasse, are Republicans. Sasse is up for reelection this fall, but fivethirtyeight.com gives him a 98% chance of winning. You would think Biden doesn’t stand a...

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  • June 30, 2020

Now more evidence emerges in the #RussiaBounty scandal and Trump simply looks to be even more negligent. He was briefed multiple times over the past year. Look for more distractions Tuesday, as multiple agencies engage in CYA statements. x Fact–Obama does not read his intelligence briefings nor does he get...

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  • June 30, 2020

Received this e-mail yesterday from U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D. NV) in support of Dr. Barbara Bollier (D. KS) and MJ Hegar’s (D. TX) U.S. Senate campaigns and U.S. Senator Tina Smith’s (D. MN) re-election campaign: In 2018, voters here in Nevada and in neighboring Arizona elected women to the...

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  • Avatar of Sam Sero
  • June 30, 2020

It sure looks like Arizona is going for another shutdown to deal with the coronavirus, but I suspect that Republican Governor Ducey would prefer to call it a “de-reopening” of Arizona. Conceding he made a mistake in allowing them to reopen, Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday shuttered all bars in...

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  • June 30, 2020

Hunny Bunny & Clod performed Ozark cosplay in St Louis’s Central West End neighborhood. The court of public opinion is now open and class/race affiliations now emerge to conflict. The private road vestiges from the Gilded Age are always problematic for unarmed folks walking while Black to protest a Mayor who...

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  • Avatar of annieli
  • June 30, 2020

Trump’s phone calls with world leaders has probably been a source of much entertainment for the SIGINT community, considering how leaky his channels of communication have been. The current revelations about the frequency and timing of calls with Putin probably has been interesting as probably have been the ability of...

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  • June 29, 2020

New reporting from CNN: From pandering to Putin to abusing allies and ignoring his own advisers, Trump's phone calls alarm US officials In hundreds of highly classified phone calls with foreign heads of state, President Donald Trump was so consistently unprepared for discussion of serious issues, so often outplayed in...

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  • June 29, 2020

Received this e-mail today from former presidential candidate, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D. MA), in support of Mike Espy's (D. MS) U.S. Senate campaign: It’s not news to Mississippians, especially to Black Mississippians, that our government has left the state behind. For decades, Mississippi’s Republican leaders in Washington have sided...

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  • Avatar of Sam Sero
  • June 29, 2020

There’s so much unhingery packed into this CNN story on Trump’s phone calls with foreign leaders that choosing among the outrages is kind of like picking your favorite Egyptian plague. Want a shower of frogs? Fire ‘n’ hailstones? Locusts? They’re all here, and then some. So let’s start with this...

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  • Avatar of Aldous Pennyfarthing
  • June 29, 2020

In a recent story about Donald Trump’s desperate attempts to smother his dumpster fire of a campaign with the same old clown shoes, The Washington Post notes that Trump isn’t 100 percent satisfied with his chosen nickname for Joe Biden. You may have noticed Trump trying out “Corrupt Joe” lately in place of the...

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  • Avatar of Aldous Pennyfarthing
  • June 29, 2020

As part of actor Jodie Foster’s online Masterclass article on film writing, she offers instructive information about how to write a movie screenplay. She starts out talking about how to write a “film treatment.”  The piece states, “A treatment is a document that presents the story idea of your film...

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  • June 29, 2020

Received this e-mail today from former presidential candidate, Andrew Yang, in support of former Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential campaign: I centered my campaign for president on one simple principle: We need a fairer, more human-centered America. This idea could not be more important today as our country grapples with...

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  • Avatar of Sam Sero
  • June 29, 2020

From Huffington Post: Leading Democratic Senate candidates from around the country are open to at least reforming the filibuster, according to a HuffPost survey, with at least two supporting wholesale elimination of the Senate’s 60-vote hurdle. The candidates uniformly argue that the filibuster has empowered obstructionists and prevented the country...

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  • Avatar of Sam Sero
  • June 29, 2020

Trump in 2013: x Ignorance is inexcusable; it’s the surest way to fail. No acceptable reason exists for not being well informed. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 26, 2013 Trump now: x Nobody briefed or told me, @VP Pence, or Chief of Staff @MarkMeadows about the so-called attacks on...

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  • Avatar of Aldous Pennyfarthing
  • June 29, 2020

Here’s the latest news out of Georgia courtesy of PPP: x GEORGIABiden 49% (+4)Trump 45%@ppppolls/@StopBigMoney (D) 6/25-26https://t.co/v9khAcf5Zq— Political Polls (@Politics_Polls) June 29, 2020 A Public Policy Polling poll commissioned by End Citizens United (Jun. 25-26; 734 RVs; +/-3.6%) and shared exclusively with Hotline found Joe Biden ahead of President Trump...

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  • Avatar of Sam Sero
  • June 29, 2020

Received this e-mail yesterday from U.S. Senator Bob Casey, Jr. (D. PA) in support of Mark Kelly’s (D. AZ) U.S. Senate campaign: Former astronaut and naval officer Mark Kelly is surging in the polls against Republican U.S. Senator Martha McSally — and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is terrified and pulling out all...

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  • Avatar of Sam Sero
  • June 29, 2020

Ed Kilgore at New York Magazine nails it: Savvy Democrats generally understand that if Joe Biden wants to get anything done as president, Democrats need to take the Senate. If Republicans maintain control, Mitch McConnell stands waiting like a bridge troll to obstruct anything a new administration or its House...

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  • Avatar of Sam Sero
  • June 29, 2020

These Karens should have stayed in the armoire. Then again, can you trust the St Louis cops to protect your van Dyck or act like one. It’s only eight miles from Ferguson to reenact the Sack of Rome at your faux-palazzo. Money, guns, and lawyers Mark says it’s remarkable that they’ve mostly...

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  • June 29, 2020

Received this e-mail yesterday from former presidential candidate, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D. MA), in support of U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s (D. NH) re-election campaign: Now more than ever, our nation needs big, structural change that will lift up our families and working people. That's why Democrats' fight for Senate...

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  • Avatar of Sam Sero
  • June 29, 2020

Article III of the US Constitution defines treason: Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort. No person shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt...

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  • June 29, 2020

Received this e-mail from former presidential candidate, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D. IN), in support of Pennsylvania Auditor General, Eugene DePasquale’s (D. PA-10) congressional campaign: Friend, I ran for President because I believe that change is something worth fighting for, but that goes far beyond the White House. We...

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  • Avatar of Sam Sero
  • June 29, 2020

GOP hack Hugh Hewitt appeared on Meet the press to provide a positive Trump spin. He lied & misrepresented in an alternate reality. Kasie Hunt called him out. MSNBC Kasie Hunt slaps GOP hack Hugh Hewitt? x x YouTube Video Check out full episodes here. Chuck Todd pointed out that the...

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  • June 29, 2020
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She can’t stop getting caught lying: Sen. Martha McSally released a TV ad for her campaign in which she says, “Of course I will always protect those with preexisting conditions. Always.” Well … It boils down to this: McSally has been a proponent of abolishing the Affordable Care Act, which...

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  • June 29, 2020

This is going to be a mess.  Worse than it is.   I noticed Teacherken  http://www.dailykos.com/… had an informative post up.  We are becoming the hot spot, literally for the Covid-19 Pandemic and it can only get worse.  The above quote under the pic  can be found here.   www.quotes.net/…It is his quote...

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  • June 29, 2020

I watched Mike Pence’s joint appearance today with TX Gov. Greg Abbott, and wanted to point out the latest, harmful and obfuscating dodge when it comes to wearing face masks.  There are many other examples of this with Pence, but I will use this latest appearance as the example.  Multiple...

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  • June 28, 2020

The Right gets upset when we call out systemic racism. This week black football player Darius Leonard was thrown out of a Chipotle restaurant. Last week Marcia Grant and her family were denied entrance into Ouzo Bay restaurant under the pretext of her son's attire even as another white family similarly attired...

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  • June 28, 2020
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Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) can (but not will) save the US economy. What with the White House Council of Economic Advisors now reduced to one economist, it’s worth noting that one of their econometric models (Hassett) influenced the prediction that COVID-19 infections in the US would go to zero by...

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  • June 28, 2020

Received this e-mail today from Governor Tom Wolf (D. PA) in support of Christina Finello’s (D. PA-01) congressional campaign: Christina Finello (D. PA-01) Christina Finello has done important work in our communities for decades, working at all levels of the criminal justice system to better train police and judges, while...

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  • Avatar of Sam Sero
  • June 28, 2020

Made to order for whenever the national guard(s) and whatever federal riot squads are ready in DC to trash BLM demonstrators. Heck, the RWNJs could recruit anti-freemasonists to take this sculpture down, once the NPS puts it back up. Even the RCP has led a street demo against this sculpture....

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  • Avatar of annieli
  • June 28, 2020

Received this e-mail today 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) November will be a turning point for our country. After all of the chaos we’ve seen in Washington, it’s finally our...

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  • Avatar of Sam Sero
  • June 28, 2020

from Worldometers, figures posted today: Florida 143,227   +10,682 3,425 +33 117,468 That’s over 10K new infections for one day, reported for a Saturday, where number of cases reported normally drops.  In this case that is an increase from 9,585 reported for Friday. That is truly exponential growth of infections....

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  • June 28, 2020

Chuck Todd scolded Trump's Secretary of Health and Human Services for spinning Trump's administration's irresponsible face mask example. Chuck Todd scolds Alex Azar x x YouTube Video Check out full episodes here. Chuck Todd did fairly well today as he interrogated Secretary of Health and Human Resources Alex Azar. Even as...

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  • Avatar of Egberto Willies
  • June 28, 2020

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee appeared on Face the Nation this morning, and he made some good points. The first being that an American president should probably be more concerned about the lives of our citizens than the memories of traitors who rose up against the legitimate government of the United...

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  • Avatar of Aldous Pennyfarthing
  • June 28, 2020

Two stories picked up from Political Wire this morning: Trump predicts 'big' win in November, pointing to 'silent majority' Trump admits it: He's losing This is not quite the contradiction it seems (close, though). Trump has never in his life had to confront reality in a way that he couldn’t...

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  • Avatar of dankoh
  • June 28, 2020

So two DNI directors are lying, because it looks like Trump continues to do Russia’s bidding, however badly. And Trump lies because that’s the default position, because like Sargent Schultz, “he knows nothing”. x The Fake News @ nytimes must reveal its “anonymous” source. Bet they can’t do it, this...

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  • June 28, 2020