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Today is the 2nd of 11 days of our spring break. A part of me would like to totally ignore anything related to my teaching until I have to again start to plan, which I would like to delay at least for the next full week.  But even though I...

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  • March 28, 2021

That is one line that jumped out at me from this Washington Post opinion piece by Jennifer Rubin that describe Joe Biden as “Distinguished ol of the week” while pointing out that “No progress was possible without Biden”. I  am taking time from planning, writing tests, and grading papers for...

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  • March 14, 2021

Offered without comment: # Country, Other Total Cases New Cases Total Deaths New Deaths Total Recovered Active Cases Serious, Critical Tot Cases/ 1M pop Deaths/ 1M pop Total Tests Tests/ 1M pop Population World 110,137,899 +112,356 2,432,192 +3,736 84,963,082 22,742,625 96,866 14,130 312.0 1 USA 28,384,461 +3,241 500,038 +47 18,481,341...

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  • February 17, 2021

since 1995 I have been a secondary social studies teacher, most of the time teaching US Government in some form or another, especially since I first began teaching in a high school in August of 1998.  I have been a “classroom” teacher of government for 3 of the 4 Presidential...

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  • February 14, 2021

While I totally agree that a certain new Representative from Georgia should at least be stripped of her committees — and realistically should be expelled from the House, although we know that will not that happen —  that does not go far enough. Everyone in the House and the Senate...

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  • February 4, 2021

That is the title of this superb Washington Post column, which to put it mildly, is absolutely on fire, superbly written, with prose  at which you cannot help but go”Wow!” I will not go through the entire column, because you really should read it.  Trust me. It begins simply enough,...

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  • January 30, 2021

It really has little to do with most legislation.  Hell, he might not even whip his caucus on a lot of what Biden wants to do.  Although he might want to filibuster on raising taxes. What Mitch really cares about, what he views as his legacy, is his packing of...

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  • January 25, 2021

I live in Virginia, where we have now entered phase 1b for vaccination. On Sunday  notices were sent out as to who was eligible. As a teacher in the Pre-K through 12 range, I was included. Our medical care is through Virginia Hospital Center, where my wife’s cancer was largely...

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  • January 15, 2021

as you can read in this powerful and troubling Washington Post story. Consider: The McConnell adviser, who described his role on the condition of anonymity because of security concerns after the attack, reached out to former top officials at the Justice Department. Speaking in a whisper, he told one the...

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  • January 10, 2021

A day of both quiet gratitude but combined with sadness. Today is our 35th  wedding anniversary, which sadly because of the pandemic we will not celebrate with a dinner out. Still we are grateful for one another. The sadness is because yesterday we had to say goodbye to Elsa, our...

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  • December 29, 2020

I have not gotten much work done this week. I have at least for now suspended work on my dissertation, and it was only yesterday that I again began correcting student papers (although I have stayed current on email correspondence with students and parents). I have two more classes (out...

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  • November 8, 2020

a local pollster, Stpetepolls,  has one final poll of the county up. Here’s the summary: x We polled bellwether #Pinellas County, Florida one last time. Trump won Pinellas +1% (5,419 votes) in 2016.@StPetePolls final numbers: @JoeBiden 54%@realDonaldTrump 45%https://t.co/2jZch9L8Ig pic.twitter.com/TXcdxDkFu4— Peter Schorsch (@PeterSchorschFL) November 3, 2020 < p class=”is-empty-p”> If you...

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  • November 3, 2020

When the DesMoines Register poll for Iowa done by Ann Seltzer, considered the Gold Standard not just for that state but among state pollsters, was released last night, Twitter went on fire.  In 2016 Seltzer had released a late Iowa poll that showed Trump up by 9, a margin that...

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  • November 1, 2020

because I am seeing more and more evidence that political professionals who have access to internal polls are seeing it. There is chatter that Trump is worried about suffering a loss worse than Carter. You look at where key people are being deployed  — compare Mike Pence going to SC...

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  • October 29, 2020

and he tweeted it as well: x When you fill out your ballot, ask yourself: Who will best restore decency and civility to the White House. Who can I be proud to tell my children and grandchildren I voted for. pic.twitter.com/dwZ1YH25QL— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) October 28, 2020 < p class=”is-empty-p”>

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  • October 28, 2020

and I hope to hell that someone comes up with the money to run this on both broadcast and cable in the Great Lakes State: x **BREAKING** AMERICA NEEDS MICHIGANNarrated by Jeff Daniels We need everyone in Michigan to see this video! 🔥 From @donwinslow & @Jeff_Daniels pic.twitter.com/nYJOAaSaHO— Eleven Films...

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  • October 27, 2020

as you can see in this tweet: x We started as a 17-point underdog. Today, I'm honored to accept the endorsement of the oldest newspaper in South Carolina, @thestate. Change is coming, folks.https://t.co/CstZvGzhkH— Jaime Harrison (@harrisonjaime) October 26, 2020 Unfortunately, the link is to an article behind a pay wall,...

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  • October 26, 2020

written by someone who not an expert in polling, has not been personally active in a political campaign since 2006, and has had far less time and energy to devote to political matters this election cycle. Thus, this is a general sense of what I think is happening. It builds...

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  • October 25, 2020

this is just a thinking exercise We are currently getting 5million votes per day.  That will drop on weekends a bit PERHAPS if some states don’t allow voting on either Saturday or Sunday. We have AT LEAST 42 Million votes in already. In 2016 there were approximately 135 million votes...

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  • October 22, 2020

well worth your time. And if you don’t know about Ella Baker, it is about time you learned. x HBCUs, like Shaw University, have nurtured and challenged students for generations. I stand here today on their shoulders. pic.twitter.com/fJ80Jo9zC0— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) October 18, 2020 < p class=”is-empty-p”>

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  • October 18, 2020

Yesterday I put up a quick post addressing Judge Barrett and “originalists” that got a lot of traffic.  Unlike my normal pattern,  I have neither read nor responded to the multitude of comments (I promise as time allows I will at least read them all). Because that is so much...

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  • October 14, 2020

One has to remember that an Amendment to the Constitution is  PART of the Constitution, and since it is LATER than the original text of the Constitution actually becomes more relevant. And so I remind you that the Bill of Rights was ratified by a Congress including a number of...

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  • October 13, 2020

with strong images and powerful take-away lines like a choice between ballots and bullets between America and Trump x Donald Trump won't accept the results of the election if he loses. And he'll do anything to stay in power. pic.twitter.com/Ja0xQJtqCS— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) October 7, 2020 < p class=”is-empty-p”>

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  • October 7, 2020
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