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Republicans swing the word freedom over the heads of their voters like the Sword of Damocles. It has become a meaningless mantra, cutting away real freedoms like affordable housing, healthcare, pay equity, and a clean environment. Freedom for a majority of Republicans has translated into the freedom to kill their...

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  • August 11, 2021

Consistency really isn’t their thing, is it? In the last election cycle, Tom Norton, a once and future candidate for Congress, challenged “RINO” Peter Meijer in the GOP primary for Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District. He lost. By a lot. Meijer captured 50.2% of the vote while Norton came in a distant...

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  • March 4, 2021

Wading into Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Twitter account is like walking into a virology lab in a Speedo to draw blood from the Ebola monkeys. If it’s my job, I’ll do it; but I’m going to need a Silkwood shower and a booster shot of something (and I’m not ruling out...

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  • February 9, 2021

COVID-19 patients in American hospitals has surpassed 100,000 for the first time as supply networks will be attacked by gangsters hijacking supplies, and there will inevitably be the problems of guaranteed purity and authenticity. Distribution will get compromised and regulation will be stressed. CNN: The United States reported at least...

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  • December 3, 2020

So what will the new conservative boogeyman be now that Republicans are finally starting to accept that Donald Trump is a lame duck à l'orange?  Well, conservative media have always played the hits from the ‘90s till today, so they’re bound to cue up a few oldies to keep the...

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  • November 25, 2020

Ann Coulter tells Texas crowd “a second term of Trump would have killed us”: “I'm glad he lost” “It's like he didn't know he was president..” He didn’t. These remain dangerous times, but they will get better. Looking back will always bring salty tears. x Robbie Kaplan, my attorney, is the woman who's going to make...

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  • November 16, 2020
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Larry Kudlow continues the underlying theme of Trumpian nihilism and its trickle-down contagion of pixie dust and pseudoscience. Trump continues to see his numbers decline as his campaign put him on a superspreader rally schedule, attempting to repeat his 2016 victory of 155,000 votes in swing states while trailing 3 million...

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  • October 25, 2020

In May of 1996, my middle son graduated high school. I had been hospitalized the Tuesday before his ceremony, because of a hereditary bleeding disorder, I have suffered from since age 34. I was due to be released from the hospital on Thursday the day before his graduation but I...

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  • October 5, 2020

These are gobsmacking, jaw-dropping numbers, and they tend to make me think Jim Jones and David Koresh were underachievers. Wow. I mean, WOW. These people are kookaburra cray-cray devotees of Cocoa Puffs. CBS News: Republicans see an America — to borrow Ronald Reagan’s famous test — better off today than it was four...

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  • August 23, 2020

Started at 547pm ET Apparently like the Germans and Pearl Harbor, for Trump, the second World War ended in 1917. x YouTube Video Trump starts with more disinformation using a Virginia example Trump pimps stock market — usual blah-blah…. (550pm) whoa, something happened and Trump abruptly leaves after a secret service agent...

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  • August 10, 2020

Yes I am SHOUTING.  That’s because this is about the most important thing you can read today. The piece is titled How the Pandemic Defeated America and is subtitled “A virus has brought the world’s most powerful country to its knees.” Yong, a staff writer for The Atlantic, actually warned...

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  • August 3, 2020

Two names, Dr. Anthony Stephen Fauci and President Donald John Trump. Dr. Fauci has served as the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984. That spans six presidents, starting in the second term of Ronald Reagan to the current commander-in-chief Donald Trump. Anthony Fauci has...

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  • July 13, 2020

The rate of lies doubled as soon as Trump began the Ukraine shake-down and the Mueller Report was thwarted. Try to remember the lies of the Obama administration, just as a simple comparison. In a related development, Trump is now gaining on a lock for being the worst POTUS in history,...

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  • July 13, 2020

Margaret Carlson at The Daily Beast has a must read piece on U.S. Senate candidate, Theresa Greenfield (D. IA), and her upcoming race to unseat incumbent U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R. IA). It's a great piece worth reading. Here's a snippet that I really liked: With her flannel shirts, quilted...

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  • July 12, 2020

The President is pushing hard for the reopening of schools come August and September of 2020. The paranoia of the President makes him believe that anyone opposing sending their kids, possibly into a diseased Petri dish, is out to get him. “Corrupt Joe Biden and the Democrats don’t want to open...

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  • July 8, 2020

Why do I get the feeling that coronavirus is a sentient hive-mind collective that’s infecting our leaders’ brains and forcing them to make stupid, pro-coronavirus decisions? How else can one interpret U.S. policy with respect to this pandemic? In an interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson last night, full-time Christian...

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  • July 8, 2020

“We have to be aware that climate change and biodiversity loss are stress factors for ecosystems, for humans, for animals, and for the microbiome. Our research shows that if the different axes of the disease pyramid are destabilized, new infectious diseases can be expected, including for humans.” Dirk Schmeller, Université de...

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  • June 30, 2020

The 74-year-old current President of the United States, Donald Trump, has been telling us for days and affirmed by his Vice President, and COVID-19 task force leader Mike Pence, that testing is “generating” more coronavirus cases. I used a thesaurus to find words that can be substituted for generating. The...

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  • June 26, 2020
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More Trump lies and spin, and again he took no questions because it’s a pageant. It had the usual earmarks of such speeches, including a “sir” remark and the confabulation of facts. Michael Steele called this a “stopgap”. x 2 died of Ebola: They said Obama should resign. 4 died...

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  • June 16, 2020

After he leaves office, Trump will try to stonewall a prosecution of him but eventually he will lie to prosecutors —  he won’t be able to help himself. Adam Schiff says Trump faces “real prospect of jail time” after leaving office” (CNN) Poll of the week: A new Marquette Law School poll finds...

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  • May 18, 2020

Kitchen Table Kibitzing is a community series for those who wish to share a virtual kitchen table with other readers of Daily Kos who aren’t throwing pies at one another. Drop by to talk about music, your weather, your garden, or what you cooked for supper…. Newcomers may notice that...

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  • April 25, 2020

MSNBC's Katy Tur interviewed Las Vegas mayor Carolyn Goodman, who wants the city and the strip to open with no real plan other than survival of the fittest. Katy Tur scolds Las Vegas mayor x x YouTube Video Watch the entire episode here. Katy Tur has been doing some great journalistic work....

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  • April 23, 2020

Again, this is from the conservative National Review: Some terrible ideas never go away, especially ideas that help politicians to disguise weakness as strength. One such scheme in the Beltway bag of tricks is the proposal to “punish” a hostile foreign power by allowing it to be sued in court. Senators...

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  • April 23, 2020

This past Friday on HBO’s television program Real Time with Bill Maher, I was reminded why I am a proud Democrat.  Maher makes me laugh, cringe, grind my teeth and belly laugh all in the span of one hour. I watched Maher last week, as is my wont on Friday...

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  • April 13, 2020

Live Blog below. (Why yes, doing this is getting tiring, and I may give it up soon if only because the lies and campaign talking points are increasing. My interest in them is mainly for sound bites that often get edited out in transcripts) IMPOTUS* is expected to attend, expect...

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  • April 6, 2020

Even if Donald Trump had done everything else perfectly, his loosey-goosey attitude toward government messaging on coronavirus mitigation would be one of the biggest scandals in the history of the country. But it turns out he’s actually done virtually nothing well during the crisis. An Ebola-infected rhesus monkey with a pair...

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  • April 3, 2020

Arsonist as firefighter. x Now T's winding up to do the main thing he's here for, his focus for 3 days: to re-define 100K deaths as an amazing accomplishment he shd be praised for. And in the process, to paper over him calling it a hoax, the flu etc—& brand...

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  • April 3, 2020

Just going to leave this here: President Trump, having stopped dismissing the threat of the coronavirus and calling criticism of his laggard response “their new hoax,” has begun insisting everybody was shocked. “It’s something that nobody expected,” he has said. Conservative pundits have picked up this revisionist history. “Armchair Quarterbacks...

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  • April 2, 2020

The plutocracy understands that their failure is precipitating their demise. The Trump admin is using his press conference to both pander and attempt to build-up the image of an exploitative private sector. Press Conference for who? x x YouTube Video I have been watching all of Donald Trump's COVID-19 pressers....

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  • March 31, 2020

Heads up: x Not a joke, folks, we just launched our new podcast. It’s called “Here's the Deal.” For our first episode, I sat down with Ron Klain, former White House Ebola Response Coordinator, for a discussion on COVID-19. Listen at https://t.co/t11Fa0TZjc or wherever you get your podcasts.— Joe Biden...

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  • March 30, 2020

Matthew Yglesias from Vox has a great piece out covering Joe Biden’s recent interview on Meet The Press with Chuck Todd. It was a sobering reminder of what a real leader looks like in a time of crisis. This particular part really sticks out: x As president, I will always...

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  • March 30, 2020

Received this e-mail today from former Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential campaign: It’s Jen O’Malley Dillon, Joe Biden’s Campaign Manager. It was important to me that we were able to share with you a little bit more about our campaign’s overall strategy moving forward. A lot has changed, our world...

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  • March 26, 2020
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This is a robbery in progress,” wrote David Dayen, executive editor at The American Prospect. “And it's not a bailout for the coronavirus. It's a bailout for 12 years of corp. irresponsibility that made these companies so fragile that a few weeks of disruption would destroy them” McConnell declaring a...

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  • March 26, 2020

Pence (and Mother) will be tested now that one of his staff has contracted COVID-19. Trump continues his inaction on using the Defense Production Act (DPA) during a national emergency. More troubling are charges that his dissembling ‘happy talk’ is part of a re-election strategy favoring states with GOP governors....

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  • March 21, 2020

As snarky as I like to get vis-à-vis the ocher abomination, I really can’t say I know the answer to this. But now that The New York Times appears to have temporarily removed its paywall, everyone should read this story, which the paper published in October 2019, long before the...

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  • March 21, 2020

Not since the plague, also known as the Black Death, arrived in Europe in the early 1300s has the human population been more vulnerable to exotic disease. Black Death is estimated to have killed 30 to 60% of the population of Europe.  With international transport of people and goods, dense...

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  • March 20, 2020

MSNBC Science Contributor Joseph Fair, Ph.D., MPH refuted the Trump administration characterization of the WHO coronavirus test. It is the CDC test that failed. Coronavirus misinformation dispelled x x YouTube Video The country is in a panic right now. As I go to all the major grocers in my area...

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  • March 18, 2020

Great piece out from The Daily Beast today: Incumbent Republican Thom Tillis has been taking some heat over the discrepancy between his coronavirus response and his response to an earlier outbreak when Barack Obama was president. Tillis is all in when it comes to Donald Trump.  He says the president is “taking every...

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  • March 17, 2020

The usual “anti-government” dismantling of the state preached by Trumpists rationalized their inability to contingency plan for testing failure. It started even before they took office. x There were 3 role-playing scenarios: hurricane, pandemic and cyber incident. Obama team discussed need to anticipate requirements, stay ahead of challenges and provide...

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  • March 17, 2020

Trump tried to brand COVID-19 as a “Chinese virus” to distract from his incompetence. TRUMP REFUSED 1.4 MILLION TEST KITS AT THE END OF FEBRUARY BECAUSE… REASONS. x Anyone who didn't vote to impeach Trump owns this – and every death that comes because of it. https://t.co/mpO8R82wMt — Eric Garland (@ericgarland)...

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  • March 17, 2020

Betting pool: which member of the Coronavirus Task Force will contract COVID-19 from Typhoid Trump. x Question: Do you take any responsibility for the lag in testing? Trump: No I don’t take responsibility at all pic.twitter.com/YgTRBAx1ZU— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) March 13, 2020 x My Q: You said you don’t take responsibility...

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  • March 13, 2020

More Trump bafflegab this morning as Individual-1 spins another false narrative of disinformation to distract from his incompetence. Trump is never to blame, don't cha know! x …. Their response to H1N1 Swine Flu was a full scale disaster, with thousands dying, and nothing meaningful done to fix the testing...

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  • March 13, 2020

This is why I early voted for Joe Biden.  I have said he could step into the office from day 1.   The speech today with real solutions of what needs and should have been done has proven the point. I think Sen. Sanders who I voted for in 2016 in...

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  • March 12, 2020

Looking like a POTUS, Biden urges “leading with science” in a short speech from Delaware. Plans rather than Bans. There will be a surge in intensive care and hospital bed demand. x The difference between this Biden speech and Trump’s speech is the difference between an infielder who wants the...

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  • March 12, 2020

I stumbled to my bed in the early morning hours of December 24th last year, short of breath, heart pounding, and fearing I was having a heart attack. As incredulous as it might sound one of the first things that crossed my mind was the 75 dollar fee for calling...

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  • March 9, 2020

More GOP stunts rather than action. Trump continues to emit a cloud of disinformation about the lag in testing which because of a lag in data is causing public anxiety. Example: CDC says there are 80 cases (there are 158). (CNN) President Donald Trump sought to lay blame on the Obama administration for slowing down...

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  • March 5, 2020

Don’t worry, folks! The coronavirus outbreak may be looking worse and worse — and the markets are sagging like Donald Trump’s jowls at that weird-as-F presser yesterday — but it’s going to be just fine. I’m 100 percent confident Trump is diligently working on a way to blame this whole...

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  • February 27, 2020

Trump’s Katrina is coming. The global economy will be making a downturn with the coronavirus COVID-19. Trump just had another lie-filled presser claiming it will all get better and that there will soon be a vaccine (experts say 1-2 years away). Daniel Dale does another tweet thread. x Trump says he's...

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  • February 27, 2020

Trump really hates it when reality gets in the way of his fantasies. When Hurricane Dorian was threatening the southeast coast, Trump mistakenly included Alabama in a tweet, and Alabama residents, who had thought they were not in its path, started to panic. NOAA Birmingham, reacting to the panic (they...

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  • February 26, 2020

So glad to see our government is on top of the coronavirus outbreak! Well, Rush Limbaugh thinks COVID-19 is just the common cold, and he has a Presidential Medal of Freedom, so I’m sure we have nothing to worry about. x I just tried again, and it looks like Johns Hopkins...

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  • February 25, 2020
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