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In the White House Rose Garden yesterday, President Joe Biden read from a twelve-page pamphlet labeled by its author Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) as the  “12 Point Plan to Rescue America.” The Republican party’s most fervent dreams are in it, getting rid of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Just as...

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  • September 28, 2022

Progressives so far are not taking the bait. They must be sure that Build Back Better supports all. Lying Republican politicians continue to be pretzels for Trump. All hail to progressives Politics Done Right Live weekdays @ 11:00 AM Central Video Zoom: LINK — Live Calls: (346)248-7799 ID:254 0 9091...

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  • October 29, 2021

California Congresswoman Katie Porter made a case for the $3.5 Trillion human infrastructure bill as she schooled Joe Manchin on fiscal responsibility. Rep. Katie Porter has a message for Sen. Joe Manchin x x YouTube Video See full episodes here. Rep. Katie Porter did not hold back on those presenting obstacles...

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  • September 9, 2021

Most of us saw or heard the campaign ads for the gubernatorial race for Florida. Ron DeSantis, dressing his infant daughter in MAGA motif pajamas, helping her with border wall building blocks, and reading her a faux bedtime story about the fanciful mind of Donald Trump. Unfortunately, the internal xenophobic...

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  • August 4, 2021

Radio Host Tim Danahey sent me a note that gave me pause. If we could make sure all Americans understand this, we could force the hands of politicians on the wealth tax. Tim Danahey’s wealth tax calculation. See full episodes here. Here is the note I received from Tim. Dude,...

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  • June 15, 2021

We need a sane Republican Party if we are to have a real debate of ideas. Former Trump Administration Official Miles Taylor is on the mission. He, along with his cohort of sane Republicans, are making an effort to save their party. We need Miles Taylor to succeed on his...

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  • May 19, 2021
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It depresses me to acknowledge this, but the Republicans’ commitment to blatant and serial lying, and Orwellian “make believe” governing, pose a real threat by overwhelming the public debate and individual’s efforts to stay grounded.  While a bit well-worn (and of uncertain provenance), this quote is fundamentally true: “A lie can travel halfway around...

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  • May 15, 2021

Among the countless examples of inane “Washington group-think” is the notion that only Democrats have to “pay for” their legislative priorities (i.e., enact corresponding tax increases and/or spending cuts to match the costs of new programs).   Republicans do not remotely consider themselves so constrained — in part because they also are...

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  • May 13, 2021

There is a capitalist propaganda battle at work, with the Wall Street Journal claiming that “ Biden has sent a signal around the world that nobody’s intellectual property is safe in America.”. The National Review now claims that “Profit Margins Save Lives”. “The administration believes strongly in intellectual property protections, but in service...

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  • May 7, 2021

Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) did not expect the pushback he got from Chuck Todd so he died and then changed the subject. The damage was already done. Chuck Todd challenges the lying Rep. Kevin Brady See full episodes here. Chuck Todd surprised many once again as he challenged Texas Republican Congressman Kevin...

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  • May 1, 2021

Fail: REALITY BITES: That didn’t take long. Reality TV star and political neophyte Caitlyn Jenner was about 24 hours into the rollout of her California gubernatorial campaign this weekend when she posted her first major campaign gaffe on social media. Jenner, expressing outrage about a San Francisco Chronicle story involving SF DA Chesa...

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  • April 27, 2021

The land of nonsense has now been proposed, because the new America First Caucus decided they’ll advance the demand of the previous guy that all future public buildings should look like neoclassical architecture promoted by fascist movements in the last century. The RWNJ culture war is a battle of wits...

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  • April 16, 2021

The new America First Caucus advances the demand of the previous guy that all future public buildings should look like the neoclassical architecture often called Federalist. Not coincidentally it also is the official state facade style promoted by  authoritarian movements in the last century. The RWNJ culture war is a battle of wits fought by...

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  • April 16, 2021

More attention should be paid to an economy that might be in trouble this summer especially as there will be something, something military that will require US attention somewhere, somewhere. That increased military activity might distract from finally indicting the previous guy, who apparently allowed the Chinese economy to become #1...

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  • April 12, 2021

Fox News and Greg Gutfeld apparently believes he’s funny enough to go up against late night comedy programming. Because of the previous guy, the world might be safe for RW late night humor when ‘Pretentious Virtue Signaling’ can be an intelligible punch line. As if Dennis Miller on RT makes us feel better...

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  • April 6, 2021

The Senate Parliamentarian has ruled that Chuck Schumer may be able to use budget reconciliation rules to pass two additional amendments to the 2021 budget bill that was used in enacting Biden’s Covid relief law. Reconciliation, though complicated, allows bills to pass the Senate with a 51 to 50 vote. thehill.com/… The ruling...

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  • April 6, 2021

Actually, had Spielberg reduced the running time, the film 1941 might have been a classic. The classic film history teaching exercise would be to edit it down to 2 hours. Craig Lindsey’s article argues for the Pogo conclusion that the enemy is us when we allow fear to take over. 2020 did that...

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  • April 2, 2021

Rachel Maddow exposes anti-democratic Missouri Republicans as they refuse to abide by citizens’ vote for Medicaid Expansion. Rachel Maddow exposes Missouri Republicans on Medicaid Expansion See full episodes here. In August of 2020, Missouri citizens passed a constitutional amendment to force the adoption of the Medicaid Expansion of the Affordable Care Act....

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  • April 1, 2021

Friendly reminder: retiring U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R. PA) is still an asshole and will not be missed: Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania on Thursday blocked a bill meant to bar private debt collectors from seizing checks issued as part of the recent stimulus bill. The law that Toomey...

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  • March 19, 2021

Believe me, if it were possible to fatally overdose on marijuana, I’d be a heapin’ midden of THC-infused mulch right now. But it’s just not. In fact, the number of recorded cases of fatal cannabis overdose in the history of cannabis and overdoses is—oh, would you look at that?—still zero.  I’m...

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  • March 17, 2021

Last night, I happily threw out any notion of nutrition and ordered dinner from a fast-food restaurant. I am far from being a foodie or a snob. I enjoy a good cheeseburger and fries just like the next plumber named Joe. Watching what I eat, as I get older, is...

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  • March 5, 2021

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen’s (D. MD) re-election campaign: Wealth and income inequality in America have been increasing dramatically for decades and Trump’s 2017 billionaire tax-cut made this situation even worse. We are now experiencing the extreme inequality levels that existed just prior to the...

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  • March 4, 2021

Some big news today: x 🚨I'm leading Senate Democrats in pressing the Biden administration to include an automatic extension of unemployment benefits tied to economic conditions in the next round of COVID relief. We need to get workers off the financial roller coaster, and this is the way to do...

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  • March 2, 2021

These kinds of stories drive me up the wall. There’s nothing heartwarming or cute about this, but it’s the kind of thing people in this country slurp up like syrup. Nothing against the journalist who brought this grotesquerie to light, but my takeaway from this tragic tale is that we...

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  • March 1, 2021

Indiana Republican Senator Rob Portman in a short clip illustrates the selfish and unempathetic pathology endemic to GOP politicians. Senator further exposes Republican pathology See full episodes here. This short clip, while for many, is just GOP noise, is the perfect encapsulation of the current Republican orthodoxy. Rob Portman is...

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  • March 1, 2021

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen’s (D. MD) re-election campaign: Americans should not be robbed of a living wage by archaic Senate rules and procedures—including the filibuster. We must increase the minimum wage, and I’ll keep pushing until we get it done. pic.twitter.com/ymfS056bux — Senator Chris...

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  • February 26, 2021

Received this e-mail today from actor and  activist, Bradley Whitford, in support of Governor Tony Evers’ (D. WI) re-election campaign: Gov. Tony Evers (D. WI) & Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes (D. WI) Hey there, While some might know me from shows like The West Wing (a fantasy series about American politics that...

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  • February 26, 2021
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From The Hill: Spoiler: Passing laws would indeed make my flags go away. Just not that one. Let’s do the right things for Pennsylvania. 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧️🇺🇸 — John Fetterman (@JohnFetterman) February 24, 2021 Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, a Democratic Senate candidate, has replaced the pro-weed and LGBTQ rights flags hanging from...

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  • February 25, 2021

A Swiss Navy Knife. A new article in Forbes about the failure of the F-35 aircraft system in terms of building a Ferrari points us toward the problem of seeking nails for hammers. Another failed weapons system signifies how national security could remain intact without waste and still save the economy...

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  • February 24, 2021

Received this e-mail from MoveOn.org: Dear MoveOn member, This is a make-it-or-break-it week for Democrats, who are poised to start voting on President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill, including an increase in the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour.1 All 50 senators in the Democratic caucus are needed to...

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  • February 24, 2021

Laurie Garrett makes the case for the greatest crime perpetrated by Trump for which he may never be prosecuted. In March 2020, Trump said he wanted the nation “opened up and just raring to go by Easter”, and his enablers still believe the Big Lie. A vast swath of evidence...

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  • February 23, 2021

Laurie Garrett makes the case for the greatest crime perpetrated by Trump for which he may never be prosecuted. In March 2020, Trump said he wanted the nation “opened up and just raring to go by Easter”, and his enablers still believe the Big Lie. A vast swath of evidence for...

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  • February 23, 2021

Returning to normal shouldn’t mean returning to gridlock. Guys, I think Joe Manchin just "cancelled" Neera Tanden, and the right-wing is fine with it. Isn't that supporting cancel culture? Someone please let me know. — Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) February 19, 2021 The West Virginia senator announced on Friday that he...

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  • February 20, 2021

Received this e-mail today from Governor Tony Evers’ (D. WI) re-election campaign: Today is Primary Election Day, and I want to make sure you have all the information you need to vote. As a state schools superintendent, I understand more than most how that is one of the most important...

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  • February 16, 2021

Received this e-mail today U.S. Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I. VT): U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D. NY) & U.S. Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I. VT) Democrats promised the American people that if we won both races in Georgia and took control of the Senate,...

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  • February 11, 2021

Wow: Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R) was caught on tape making cracks about physical violence against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D), who last year was the target of a kidnapping plot by right-wing militia extremists. He was also recorded spreading lies about the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S....

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  • February 10, 2021

Received this e-mail today from the Pennsylvania Democratic Party: Even after all the success of our first Vote By Mail campaign, Pennsylvanians have a bit more to learn! For instance, our voters have a lot of questions about the Annual Mail-In Voter List, so we're planning an impromptu campaign to...

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  • February 9, 2021

Lat week was my birthday and I took most of the week and weekend off so I am playing catch up here with my e-mails. Received this e-mail on Friday from U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I. VT) group, Our Revolution: Yesterday, because of the incredible grassroots pressure that you helped...

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  • February 9, 2021

The GOP members of the House are livid with McCarthy for not removing Greene—not because they have a problem with her anti-Semitism or lunacy, but because they are now facing a vote they don’t want to take. They either stand with Greene, and own QAnon, or stand against her, and...

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  • February 3, 2021

Kaaaaaaaa-BOOM! Nancy Pelosi (D-Not Fucking Around) just referred to GOP House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy as “Kevin McCarthy (Q-CA).” And that’s not all. Read: x Scathing news release from @SpeakerPelosi designating @GOPLeader as (Q-CA). pic.twitter.com/qgkiMaBx6p— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) February 3, 2021 < p class=”is-empty-p”> “After several conversations and literally running...

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  • February 3, 2021

I’m liking this: U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ) said Native Americans played a significant role in the recent election, including his win in Arizona. Now that he is elected, Kelly said he will continue to work with tribes to address problems with the pandemic, which remains, by far, a top...

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  • February 3, 2021

Marjorie Taylor Greene, the one-woman wrecking ball of the GOP (OK, she’s not the only one, but one of her is enough), has managed to wrangle a spot on the  Education Committee, even though she has seriously claimed that various school shootings were hoaxes. (Maybe she thinks the students were...

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  • February 1, 2021

Republicans are intimidated by the size of Joe Biden’s bills. Maine Sen. Susan Collins and a group of likeminded milquetoasts are balking at the $1.9 trillion COVID relief package Democrats appear determined to pass through budget reconciliation. Seems they’ve either noticed the giant deficit Donald Trump amassed both pre- and...

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  • January 31, 2021

Received two e-mails from U.S. Senator Jon Ossoff (D. GA). The first one is support of his colleague, Rev. Raphael Warnock’s (D. GA) re-election campaign: U.S. Senators Raphael Warnock (D. GA) & Jon Ossoff (D. GA) Rev. Warnock and I didn't win just because of the work we did during...

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  • January 30, 2021

Republicans (not just Trump) have embraced and largely succeeded with a “flood the zone” strategy of misconduct and corruption that, regrettably, can make it hard to keep track of their bad faith, much less hold them accountable.  In that vein, I simply wanted to note three instances before they slip away...

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  • January 27, 2021

I used to watch The Simpsons religiously — in the sense that I’d tune in every Sunday regardless of whatever else was happening, not so much in the sense that I’d fall asleep dreaming about pancakes. I haven’t been a regular viewer in years. Not because the show is bad now, but because...

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  • January 24, 2021

When we say to defund the police, many people struggle to understand what that means. Here’s an example of how redistributing Police budget to organizations who spealizes in specific crisis moments could save lives. Unfortunately this young man won’t have that opportunity. (CNN) The parents of a 16-year-old with severe...

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  • January 15, 2021

As reported by Politico, the incoming Biden administration will find itself with an existing, untapped $40 billion “stash” for the Department of Energy to use creatively in funding plans for green energy and the like: And Biden, who oversaw the Obama administration’s stimulus work as vice president, unknowingly left himself...

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  • January 2, 2021

“Are you still a believer in Santa? Because at seven it's marginal, right?” Trump’s pardon spree is a series of corrupt gifts, administrative vandalism on the way out of the bunker, expecting others to clear up afterwards. x Donald Trump, answering phone call from 7-year-old on Christmas Eve: “Are you...

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  • December 24, 2020

Whoever stuck the Tin Man funnel in my head and power-blasted a veritable Niagara of DMT into my brain, please just stop. I get it. Nothing makes sense. And if I see the White Rabbit I’m gonna bite his head off. And I’m a fucking vegan, for fuck’s sake. So, yeah,...

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  • December 20, 2020