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Contradictions and false consciousness inhabit many Trumpists and Trump voters, demanding a crypto-fascist election outcome, a sad commentary on the times. Trump himself is left with autocratic fantasies fed by his closest sycophants. x Sources who have gotten used to Trump’s eruptions over four years sound scared by what’s transpired in...

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  • December 20, 2020

Make no mistake, Amy Coney Barrett is not ashamed to make her positions clear, if not explicitly, implicitly, and she is a danger to most. The meek-looking Amy Coney Barrett is dangerous x x YouTube Video See full episodes here. Senator Dick Durbin made the direction of his questioning clear....

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  • October 14, 2020

What?!? In a candidate forum with the South Carolina Senate race contenders, Senator Lindsey Graham has said he did not believe there was systemic racism in his state, insisting young black people would be safe, “as long as they're conservative.” Graham made the comment during what was initially going to be another...

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  • October 10, 2020

Trump as usual tried another bait and switch claiming another therapeutic emergency authorization was a “cure” for COVID. The announcement was designed to get amplified during the RNC. They’re counting that there’s enough people who will want to play the odds, free-riding off others wearing masks. x 57 percent of Republicans...

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  • August 23, 2020

This is huge: x Wow, Delaware’s Chris Coons is a moderate Democrat who has long been resistant to getting rid of the filibuster, which Dems will absolutely need to do if they hope to pass any major policies under a Biden presidency https://t.co/Qgnzyludez— Stephen Wolf (@PoliticsWolf) June 23, 2020 From...

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  • June 23, 2020

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin’s (D. IL) re-election campaign: Big news: the Supreme Court just granted 700,000 young people in America a new lease on life, ruling against the Trump Administration's cruel attempt to end DACA. I first introduced the Dream Act in 2001....

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  • June 19, 2020

Received this e-mail from U.S. Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D. IL) in support of Steve Bullock (D. MT), Cal Cunningham (D. NC) & MJ Hegar’s (D. TX) U.S. Senate campaigns: Thank you for continuing to stand with me in the fight to take back the Senate this fall. Today,...

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  • May 20, 2020

I highlighted the story last about whether or not U.S. Senator Richard Burr’s (R. NC) COVID-19 insider trading scandal would hurt his colleague, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis’ (R. NC) re-election bid: Democrats wasted little time in going after the state’s junior senator. In a statement, N.C. Democratic spokesman Robert Howard...

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  • May 19, 2020

The Daily Beast has been on a roll with terrific pieces about the upcoming U.S. Senate races and Eleanor Clifft’s latest piece highlights three Senate GOPers hypocrisy on their claims to their constituents that they are protecting and defending the Affordable Care Act: With the election looking iffy for the...

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  • May 10, 2020

Received this e-mail today from Giffords PAC: We are excited to rollout more endorsements this morning of some real Senate champions! Chris Coons, Dick Durbin, Gary Peters, Tina Smith, Jeanne Shaheen and Cory Booker are all fearless allies on the frontlines of the gun safety movement. These senators are gun...

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  • May 9, 2020

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D. IL) in support of John Hickenlooper (D. CO), Steve Bullock (D. MT) and Tina Smith’s (D. MN) U.S. Senate campaigns: John Hickenlooper (D. CO) Lately, the polls and experts are catching up to what we already know: Democrats...

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  • May 7, 2020

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin’s (D. IL) re-election campaign: Sen. Dick Durbin (D. IL) Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is bringing the Senate back in the middle of a pandemic to appoint Justin Walker, an unqualified judicial nominee described as a “McConnell protege.” There are...

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  • May 5, 2020

Moscow Mitch is willing to risk the lives of his fellow senators in order to force a vote on one of his political toadies to the Court of Appeals to D.C.   The toadie in question: Only 161 days after he took his seat on the U.S. District Court in Louisville,...

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  • May 3, 2020

Received this e-mail from U.S. Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D. IL) in support of Cal Cunningham (D. NC), Mark Kelly (D. AZ), and Rev. Raphael Warnock’s (D. GA) U.S. Senate campaigns: It is more clear than ever how important it is for Democrats to take back the Senate. And new...

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  • April 26, 2020

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D. IL) in support of U.S. Senator Gary Peters’ (D. MI) re-election campaign: My friend Gary Peters is working hard to win his re-election fight this November. But unfortunately, his GOP opponent has now outraised him for the third quarter in a...

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  • April 15, 2020

Received this e-mail from U.S. Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D. IL): We are in the midst of a global health pandemic. This is no time to play politics with America’s health care. That’s why I am urging President Trump to reverse course and immediately drop any efforts to repeal...

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  • March 30, 2020

Received this e-mail from U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D. IL) in support of her colleague, U.S. Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin’s (D. IL) re-election campaign: My friend, mentor and fellow Illinoisan Senator Dick Durbin is running for reelection, and he just won his primary last week. Senator Durbin has always...

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  • March 29, 2020

Received this e-mail from U.S. Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D. IL) in support of U.S. Senators Doug Jones (D. AL), Gary Peters (D. MI) and Tina Smith’s (D. MN) re-election campaigns: Recently, we’ve told you about some exciting candidates who are running to turn red Senate seats blue and...

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  • March 28, 2020

I continue to receive e-mails from Senate Democrats in support of Governor Steve Bullock’s (D. MT) U.S. Senate campaign. U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D. DE): Sen. Chris Coons (D. DE) On Monday, Governor Steve Bullock announced his candidacy to become Montana's next Senator. Now, Democrats have another great candidate who...

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  • March 12, 2020

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D. IL): Taking back control of the Senate from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the Republicans is one of our top priorities this November — and I am excited that Democrats are building a team of strong, pro-choice, Midwestern...

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  • March 5, 2020

Hi everyone, So my last diary that made the Rec list was from the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, an organization that I respect greatly and still do, was an e-mail about how Elizabeth Warren was gaining votes from Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg. It presented Tweets from the people who...

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  • March 4, 2020

The question is whether the Senate can be flipped, and it depends on the POTUS candidate while holding the House. Turn-out must be by proportion more than in 2016 since the Electoral College requires certain swing states to be won by much larger margins in 2020. Basically, the tipping point for...

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  • February 27, 2020

I know I’ve written about it a lot but it’s still my top issue and while tonight’s debate was horribly moderated, but Pod Save America said it best about tonight’s debate: x Warren is right on the filibuster. #DemDebate pic.twitter.com/scUy3EwdIc— Pod Save America (@PodSaveAmerica) February 26, 2020 I’m very happy...

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  • February 26, 2020

Received this e-mail from U.S. Senator Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D. IL) in support of State Senator Barbara Bollier’s (D. KS) U.S. Senate campaign: Sen. Dick Durbin (D. IL) We just got some great news about the Kansas Senate race. Democrat Barbara Bollier is tied in the polls with her...

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  • February 21, 2020

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D. IL) in support of Rev. Raphael Warnock’s (D. GA) U.S. Senate campaign: This is big: Rev. Raphael Warnock just announced that he’s running for U.S. Senate in Georgia. Rev. Warnock is a pastor, community leader, and social justice...

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  • February 11, 2020
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If you’re like me, you probably have received several e-mails from congressional Democrats and progressive groups united in support of U.S. Senator Doug Jones’ (D. AL) re-election campaign and for his courageous vote to convict Donald Trump. To me, it’s a huge sign of First off, VoteVets: Yesterday was a...

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  • February 7, 2020

The Media may be fooled by Moscow Mitch, but someone put something into Senator Dick Durbin’s Wheaties because he called out Moscow Mitch’s bad faith when setting the rules for Trump’s trial in the Senate.  Note:  Democratic Senators don’t like to point fingers at other Senators because of some insipid...

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  • January 19, 2020

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D. IL) in support of MJ Hegar (D. TX), Theresa Greenfield (D. IA) and Amy McGrath’s (D. KY) U.S. Senate campaigns: Iowa. Kentucky. Texas. Dick Durbin is supporting exceptional Democratic Senate candidates in each of these states — and...

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  • January 18, 2020

Chuck “I’m no freakin’ TV referee” Todd stated that Senate Democrats and Republican each have a list of impeachment witnesses that are based upon the old MAD (mutually assured destruction) rule with nuclear weapons.  Democrats want Bolton and Mulvaney and who knows else that has dirt on Trump to testify, and...

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  • January 16, 2020

Excellent point below about staying focused on the most important issue – Trump must go. https://t.co/3hQyZiXShH — David Cay Johnston (@DavidCayJ) December 30, 2019 As difficult as pre-primary rhetoric has been, the alternative in 2021 is worse. We need to get past the media framing and disinformation that privileges the moderate(sic) “middle” or...

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  • December 30, 2019

Like the Kavanaugh hearings, we now see what counts as independent thinking on the GOP side. Unlike the Kavanaugh stunt show we know more about how Susan Collins tends in terms of GOP discipline. The safest bet for those 2020 vulnerable GOP senators is to appeal to home state constituents and...

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  • December 25, 2019
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This is why I fully support U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D. MA) in this primary: Sen. Elizabeth Warren wrapped up a three-day swing through southeast Iowa Monday, focusing on rural parts of the state fewer than two months shy of the caucuses. Warren traversed the southeast corner of Iowa, holding...

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  • December 17, 2019

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senate Minority Whip, Dick Durbin (D. IL), in support of Cal Cunningham (D. NC), Theresa Greenfield (D. IA) and John Hickenlooper’s (D. CO) U.S. Senate campaigns: We know how important keeping Illinois blue is in the fight to take back the Senate. But if we’re...

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  • December 7, 2019

As many of you know, the filibuster has been the top issue for me in the 2020 Democratic Primary. I support Elizabeth Warren because she has called for eliminating the archaic 60 vote rule that has constantly killed progress time and time again. Her, Pete Buttigieg, Kamala Harris, Julian Castro,...

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  • November 11, 2019

Some bug news today: x NEW: @SenatorDurbin, the number 2 Senate dem, says he now supports an impeachment inquiry in the House, says, “I think now we need to move forward.” — Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) September 24, 2019 Here’s some more info: “What I believe we should do is...

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  • September 24, 2019
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Here’s the latest news out of Massachusetts: Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III, the last member of the Democratic dynasty serving in Washington, plans to formally announce Saturday that he is launching a primary challenge to Senator Edward J. Markey, an audacious political move that could open fissures within the Democratic...

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  • September 18, 2019

As you all know, the big issue for me in the 2020 Democratic Primary is which of the nominees support abolishing the filibuster if we are to get progressive legislation passed. I am very happy to see this issue gain momentum and kudos to John Oliver for shedding a light...

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  • September 10, 2019

Good: The vaping epidemic has now reached the point where multiple people have died and over 450 have been hospitalized, but @FDACommissioner is sitting on his hands. If Dr. Sharpless doesn’t take action in the next 10 days, I plan to call for his resignation. Enough is enough. pic.twitter.com/6yXbu3TxSn —...

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  • September 7, 2019

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D. IL): Taking back the White House isn’t our only mission in 2020. We are in the fight of our lives to stop Mitch McConnell’s era of obstruction and reclaim a Democratic majority in the Senate. The only way...

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  • August 28, 2019

I’ve made it clear in my past diaries that the next Democratic President and Democratic Controlled U.S. Senate must do away with the 60 vote filibuster rule. Today, former U.S. Senate Majority and Minority Leader, Harry Reid (D. NV), continues to make that case in an op-ed he wrote for...

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  • August 13, 2019

Not only has the Republican Party allowed Donald John Trump to operate above the law, but they have also sanctioned his acts beyond humanity.  In 2013 eight Senators, 4 Democrats and 4 Republicans [The Gang of Eight] made a serious foray into ending America’s much-disputed entry policy for foreign emigres...

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  • July 19, 2019

Back in April, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D. NY) indicated that he is willing to do this in order to make the Senate work: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer won't commit to retaining the filibuster if Democrats win control of the chamber in 2020, the latest sign of...

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  • July 18, 2019

Playing some more catch up here. Received two e-mails in support of Theresa Greenfield’s (D. IA) U.S. Senate campaign. The first one from U.S. Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D. IL): Sen. Dick Durbin (D. IL) Taking back the Senate in 2020 is one of the most important things we...

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  • June 11, 2019

Received this e-mail from U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D. IL) in support of Betsy Dirksen Londrigan’s (D. IL-13) re-match against Rep. Rodney Davis (R. IL-13): Last year, Betsy Dirksen Londrigan ran an incredible race for the U.S. House, challenging a three-term Republican incumbent in Central Illinois and coming within 1% of...

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  • April 26, 2019

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Dick Durbin’s (D. IL) re-election campaign: According to recent news reports, we can expect Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election to wrap up at any time now. Former CIA Director John Brennan even suggested indictments could come...

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  • March 8, 2019

Because Donald Trump loves the vets so, so much. The AP: The Pentagon is planning to tap $1 billion in leftover funds from military pay and pension accounts to help President Donald Trump pay for his long-sought border wall, a top Senate Democrat said Thursday. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., told...

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  • March 7, 2019

Received this e-mail from U.S. Senator Dick Durbin’s (D. IL) re-election campaign: For too long, quality, affordable health care could only be accessed by the healthiest and wealthiest Americans. The Affordable Care Act helped level the playing field, but our work isn’t done until health care is seen as a...

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  • February 23, 2019

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D. IL): Sen. Dick Durbin (D. IL)   The Senate has a chance in the lame duck session to push through much-needed criminal justice reform. But we’ll need your help to do it. The First Step Act has deep...

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  • November 29, 2018

I only got to read about Chrisinte Blasey Ford’s testimony today while I was at eating lunch, but I got to listen to parts of Kavanaugh’s testimony on the drive home after 4 P.M. on NPR.  And even the NPR reporters and commentators were stunned by Kavanuagh’s belligerence.  If I...

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  • September 28, 2018

Photos: The United States Supreme Court Building, by Joe Ravi • CC BY-SA 3.0 and Kavanaugh at his confirmation hearing in 2004, CSPAN • Public domain By  Debra Schrishuhn for Alan, Mike F., Mike H., Dr. Bill, Janis, Dan, Kimberly, Bryan, Donna, Judy, and Shayna—Your PDA National Team Contact Both Of...

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  • September 22, 2018
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