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CBS News’s Bo Erickson is reporting that Joe Biden, one of over a dozen candidates seeking our party’s nomination, is open to the idea of picking a Republican to be his vice-presidential nominee if he were to win the Democratic presidential nomination: .@JoeBiden was asked if he would consider choosing...

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  • December 30, 2019

John Washington of The Intercept recently published this report about the use of prison labor by Mike Bloomberg’s presidential bid to make phone calls on behalf of the Bloomberg campaign: FORMER NEW YORK CITY mayor and multibillionaire Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg used prison labor to make campaign calls. Through a...

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  • December 24, 2019

The last time that a sitting President of the United States willingly chose not to seek a second term after being elected to either a first term or first full term as President was in 1968, when Lyndon Baines Johnson chose not to seek a second full term as President....

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  • December 11, 2019

In this article by multiple reporters for The Washington Post, the Post reported that Trump doesn’t have a plan to relieve millions of Americans of crushing student loan debt and fears that Warren could defeat Trump with a progressive populist campaign: President Trump is demanding aides present a plan to tackle...

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  • December 7, 2019

At the end of an interview by CNN’s Christopher Charles “Chris” Cuomo, U.S. Representative and Trump sycophant Matthew Louis “Matt” Gaetz II (R-FL-1) addressed Cuomo as “Sean”, referring to Sean Patrick Hannity, who hosts a far-right political propaganda program on Fox News at the same time Cuomo’s news program airs on...

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  • December 6, 2019

It’s no secret that Pete Buttigieg has a white privilege problem. But, to paraphrase a certain former FBI director, Lordy, there is now a tape: x So Buttigieg made the racist birther joke more than once – as flagged by @ZerlinaMaxwell – “you can tell if I fill a pothole or...

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  • December 4, 2019

At an event in Knoxville, Iowa, which is best-known for being the home of the annual Knoxville Nationals winged sprint car automobile race, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden criticized other Democratic presidential candidates and falsely insinuated that they want to abuse the executive power authority of the presidency: x .@JoeBiden in...

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  • November 24, 2019

Republished from Apollo Corner, aside from a non-scientific poll that has been added to the DailyKos version below. To be clear, Gov. Kristi Noem (R-SD) is, to the best of my knowledge, not actually a meth addict. However, the South Dakota state government recently unveiled one of the most poorly-designed...

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  • November 18, 2019

DISCLAIMER: The author of this story is not an attorney and does not claim to be an attorney. Recently, former U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary and active Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro announced his opposition to the first-in-the-nation status of the Iowa Caucuses and the New Hampshire Primaries: Julián...

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  • November 12, 2019

Original diary title was click-bait, needlessly inflammatory and did not accurately reflect the contents of the diary. Title edited by Admin. As someone who supported Bernie Sanders’s failed 2016 presidential bid, I find it disheartening to see Bernie trying to smear Elizabeth Warren via Twitter: x The cat is out...

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  • June 19, 2019

Emily Gorcenski, a data scientist who was assaulted by white supremacists while participating in the counter-protests against the infamous Unite the Right fascist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017, has called it “unconscionable” for Joe Biden to continue his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination: x I am one of...

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  • June 19, 2019

A little less than 36 hours ago, I revealed my true colors. No, I didn’t go to Finland to betray my country in the presence of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin. I came out as a polysexual man, and, for the first time in my lifetime, I actually feel at peace...

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  • June 11, 2019

AUTHOR’S NOTE: This is an update to a previous story I published here. According to the Springfield (IL) Journal-Register, at least four advertisers have pulled their funding from Sinclair Broadcast Group-owned ABC affiliate WICS-TV, which is licensed to Springfield, Illinois and serves much of central Illinois and, through its full-power...

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  • June 9, 2019

You may be familiar with Sinclair Broadcast Group as that company that owns a lot of TV stations and forces its stations to run right-wing, pro-Trump propaganda segments like the controversial Boris Epshteyn segments. However, Sinclair is getting attention for a different reason altogether. Joe Crain, a meteorologist who is...

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  • June 8, 2019

Before I begin, I should note that there are two major caveats to the polling data that I’m about to share: The pollster that conducted this poll, HarrisX/Scott Rasmussen (note that HarrisX/Scott Rasmussen is a different pollster than Rasmussen Reports), is a right-leaning pollster: for example, their polling on Donald...

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  • May 30, 2019

Missouri State Rep. Crystal Quade (D-Springfield), who is the Minority Leader of the Missouri House of Representatives, issued this brutally accurate statement in response to Gov. Mike Parson (R-MO) signing Missouri’s draconian anti-abortion bill into law: x My statement on #HB126 pic.twitter.com/aTsGnSdpIh— Crystal Quade (@crystal_quade) May 24, 2019 What Crystal...

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  • May 24, 2019

Today, I announce that I endorse Elizabeth Warren for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States! America needs a strong leader with strong political morals and support for democracy, human rights, and the rule of law, and Elizabeth Warren is the strong progressive leader that America needs. Warren has...

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  • May 15, 2019

Even after state legislatures in states like Ohio, Georgia, and Alabama have passed draconian anti-abortion laws designed to criminalize women and attempt to convince a far-right U.S. Supreme Court majority to overturn the pro-choice Roe v. Wade precedent, U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL), the chairwoman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC),...

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  • May 15, 2019

Even with Joe Biden’s entry to the race for the Democratic presidential nomination being the subject of most of the media coverage of the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination in recent days, Elizabeth Warren has surged ahead of Bernie Sanders and into a distant second place in the...

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  • April 30, 2019

Earlier today, I created a Twitter list of every major candidate who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination. I’m defining “major candidate” as being eligible for being listed on Wikipedia’s table of 2020 Democratic Party presidential candidates, so, as a result, I’m not going to list every single person who...

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  • April 21, 2019

Republished from Apollo Corner Yesterday, U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, claimed that now-former Special Counsel Robert “Bob” Mueller found that no collusion took place between the 2016 campaign of now-President Donald Trump and the Russian government, and that Mueller found Trump not guilty...

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  • March 26, 2019

Earlier today, President Donald Trump said that year-round daylight savings time (DST) in the United States “is O.K. with me!”: x Making Daylight Saving Time permanent is O.K. with me!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 11, 2019 Year-round DST is NOT O.K. with me! In many parts of the country,...

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  • March 12, 2019

Twice, most recently in 1980, the tiny village of Lake Placid, New York, which has fewer people than my hometown of Westville, Illinois, hosted the Olympic Winter Games. The Winter Olympics are a massive undertaking, with multiple different sports venues needed and a necessity for a relatively large spectator capacity...

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  • February 19, 2019

This headline from The Daily Beast summarizes the pure greed and idiocy behind Howard Schultz’s planned independent presidential bid: x Howard Schultz blames Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for his decision to run as Independent and it has to do with her plan to tax the rich https://t.co/OyWnMKDZGn— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) January...

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  • January 29, 2019

President Donald Trump became notorious for concocting nicknames for political opponents of him during the 2016 presidential campaign. During the Republican primaries, he gave no quarter to the likes of “Little” Marco Rubio and “Lyin’” Ted Cruz (even though they’re Trump cronies now that they’re no longer running against him...

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  • January 24, 2019

Not only did President Donald Trump shut down the federal government by refusing to back down for his ridiculous demand for a border wall border steel slat barrier boondoggle at the expense of American taxpayers, Congress failed to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA): The Violence Against Women Act...

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  • December 22, 2018

In response to soon-to-be-former U.S. Rep. Dan Donovan (R-NY) losing re-election to U.S. Rep.-elect Max Rose (D-NY), The New York Times (the NYT) editorial board issued a pair of editorials: the first editorial recommended expanding the total number of members of the U.S. House to the cube root of the...

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  • December 4, 2018

AUTHOR’S NOTE #1: This story does not make or imply any endorsement by Bob Uecker, the Milwaukee Brewers, Major League Baseball, or the Miller Brewing Company, and is reflective of the opinions of the author of this story and no other individual or organization. Many people who are older than...

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  • November 12, 2018

According to Dave Wasserman, who is a right-leaning election analyst, Steve King, the purveyor of an international white nationalist agenda who is seeking re-election as a Republican to the U.S. House of Representatives in the 4th Congressional District of Iowa, is running this television ad, which King ran in his...

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  • November 2, 2018

CNN is at it again with another one of their ridiculous “KFile” smear campaigns against a Democratic candidate for federal office. This time, they tried to smear Beto O’Rourke, the Democratic nominee in the U.S. Senate race in Texas, by trying to smear his mother. Basically, they accused O’Rourke’s mother,...

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  • October 17, 2018

With U.S. Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) giving a speech wholeheartedly supporting Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court, it is expected that Kavanaugh will become an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, handing President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a fifth fascist vote on our...

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  • October 5, 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

TRIGGER WARNING: The following blog post contains a video featuring flashing lights. Although I am not a physician, I strongly recommend against watching the video contained in this blog post if you suffer from epilepsy or any other medical condition that causes seizures upon seeing flashing lights.

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  • September 18, 2018

Ryan Grim of The Intercept recently wrote this report on the fact U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) is refusing to release a letter, for whatever reason, that may implicate Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump’s appointee to the U.S. Supreme Court seat that was vacated by Anthony Kennedy, in a sexual misconduct...

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  • September 13, 2018

I do not like using the word “unqualified” to describe an appointee to a U.S. Supreme Court seat or other federal judgeship, in large part due to the fact that I am not an attorney, and I don’t feel that the word “unqualified” would correctly describe Brett Kavanaugh, who is...

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  • September 7, 2018

You have to read this entire joint report by the Kansas City Star and ProPublica to fully understand the story. I will attempt to summarize the report in less than 50 words: Kansas Secretary of State and Donald Trump crony Kris Kobach convinced multiple U.S. municipalities to adopt anti-immigrant policies,...

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  • August 1, 2018

CNN obtained the Trump-Cohen tape, and it clearly indicates a discussion between Donald Trump and Michael Cohen regarding arrangements for a payoff so that a story about Karen McDougal’s extramarital affair would not become public knowledge prior to the November 2016 presidential election, in which Trump won an electoral college...

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  • July 25, 2018

AUTHOR’S NOTE: North Dakota is one of two states, the other being Minnesota, in which the state chapter of the Democratic Party operates under a different name. While most of the attention on North Dakota’s 2018 elections has focused on the U.S. Senate race in North Dakota, where U.S. Senator...

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  • July 13, 2018

President Trump has appointed Brett Michael Kavanaugh, a far-right federal appeals court judge, to the soon-to-be vacant seat on the U.S. Supreme Court currently occupied by right-leaning Associate Justice Anthony McLeod Kennedy. Kavanaugh, if confirmed, would represent the fifth man of a five-justice bloc of hardline fascist activist judges, the...

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  • July 10, 2018

I should note that I am NOT endorsing a gubernatorial/lieutenant-gubernatorial ticket in the Minnesota gubernatorial/lieutenant-gubernatorial Democratic primary, although I certainly hope that the ticket that wins the Democratic nomination is successful in the November general election in Minnesota. However, I will acknowledge on here that Peggy Flanagan, who is the...

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  • July 4, 2018

The Eight Amendment to the Irish Constitution, which is one of the strictest bans on abortion anywhere in the world, is projected to be repealed, as polls have closed in the Republic of Ireland, and, while no actual votes have been counted yet, an exit poll conducted for The Irish...

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  • May 25, 2018

Now that President Trump is pulling the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear deal that is designed to prevent Iran from threatening the United States with a nuclear weapon, it has become increasingly clear that Trump’s claim that he puts “America first” was a total lie. Besides, Trump stole “America...

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  • May 8, 2018

I’m not exactly a fan of political pundit Chris Cillizza by anyone’s imagination, although his piece for CNN’s website about a recent interview Trump did for the Fox “News” Channel program gives you a general idea of Trump’s speaking style. This is one instance where I wish Cillizza had included...

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  • April 27, 2018

At this point, it is becoming almost impossible to tell the difference between the political messaging of the neoliberal Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), which is an organization that is responsible for helping Democrats get elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, and the political messaging of Donald Trump’s fascist...

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  • February 28, 2018

There are only four Olympic sports (not counting sports that are scheduled to debut or re-debut at the Olympics after 2018 or sports that have been discontinued from the Olympics) where the United States has never won a medal of any color. Three of them are Summer Olympic sports: badminton,...

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  • February 23, 2018

This morning, the morning after President Donald John Trump gave the constitutionally-mandated State of the Union address, not since the Civil War has the state of our Union been in so much peril. Trump has repeatedly ignored the fact that America is a nation of immigrants and has repeatedly supported...

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  • January 31, 2018

With media mogul Oprah Winfrey reportedly considering a run for the Democratic presidential nomination and a large section of the Democratic establishment being at least interested in supporting her candidacy for the Democratic nomination, it’s time for me to talk about reasons why I wouldn’t support Oprah unless she wins...

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  • January 9, 2018

AUTHOR’S NOTE: The author of this story is not an attorney and is not a religious scholar. In the latest battle in the Republican Party’s War on the Constitution, Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) is using the Wisconsin National Guard and Wisconsin Emergency Management to promote the religious fiction that Santa...

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  • December 22, 2017

This is a major development on Capitol Hill, to put it mildly: Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine says she may change her vote on the GOP tax overhaul if her amendments are not included in the final measure. She tells (Bangor, Maine-based) WABI-TV she won’t make a final decision...

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  • December 8, 2017