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KY-Sen: Rand Paul (R) Singles Out Mitch McConnell (R) For Holding Up Criminal Justice Reform Bill

Well, this is awkward: Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul on Monday singled out Sen. Mitch McConnell as the one person who can make a vote on the criminal justice reform bill happen and called for public pressure on the majority leader. Paul, speaking at the Louisville Urban League, said McConnell, the state’s senior senator, is […]

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NC-09: Elizabeth Warren (D. MA) Helps Dan McCready (D) Win His Do-Over Election

Received this e-mail from U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D. MA) in support of Dan McCready’s (D. NC-09) campaign: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D. MA) Republicans love to pretend that “voter fraud” is a national crisis. They use it as an excuse to pass racist voter ID laws, purge voting rolls, and make it harder for people […]

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The Washington Post had to create a new Pinocchio rating just for Trump

I’ve noticed this before, and I’m sure you have too. Certainly, Glenn Kessler, the indefatigable Washington Post fact-checker, is all too familiar with the phenomenon. Donald Trump doesn’t just lie — often. He repeats the same lies over and over and over again, long after being caught tiny-orange-handed. Way back in the long-ago before-times, when I […]

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Hey Former Congressman Mark Sanford! I Think You Can Be a Little More Critical of Trump Now.

Soon to be former Congressman Mark Sanford of SC-1st was on that bothsiderist TV show Kasie DC on MSNBC, and he was asked about Trump and the SDNY’s sentencing memo on Cohen.  If you want to see a profile in political courage, this was not it. A shocker I know. Now, I would have thought […]

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Process crimes, perjury traps, and the criminalization of politics: The legacy of George H.W. Bush

The passing of President George H.W. Bush this week presented Americans with an opportunity to reflect on a life lived in service to the United States. A child of privilege, at age 18 Bush nevertheless volunteered for the military after Pearl Harbor. A bomber pilot who survived after his plane was shot down, Bush would […]

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Adam Schiff: Trump faces real prospect of jail time

Rep. Adam Schiff, the likely future chair of the House Intelligence Committee, appeared on Face the Nation this morning. And while he’s clearly a partisan observer, he thinks Donald Trump might actually — gasp! — spend some time in prison. Asked about the filings federal prosecutors made on Friday that appear to link Trump to campaign […]

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Cadet Bone Spurs taunts Sen. Blumenthal over Vietnam service, calls him 'the Dick'

Yes, you read that right. On Friday, Sen. Richard Blumenthal called Donald Trump an “unindicted co-conspirator” (which he is) during an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews: “Prosecutors in the Southern District of New York, independent of the special counsel investigation, believe that Donald Trump committed a felony that enabled him or at least helped him […]