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In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, Ted Cruz admits he’s a corporate shill but like Matt Gaetz’s procurer, Joel Greenberg, prior crimes don’t count if you can get a pardon, even from the press. But hey Ted, confession is good for the soul because you don’t have to rely on the...

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  • April 30, 2021

In case you missed this: Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) erupted Tuesday on the House floor, imploring his Republican colleagues to stop their obsession with stoking culture wars and shift focus to helping Democrats pass legislation to aid Americans struggling through the coronavirus pandemic. “Stop talking about Dr. Seuss and start...

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  • March 10, 2021

This really is not taking a position, but just recognition of what is going to happen tomorrow (maybe) and how this is going to impact market investments going forward. I am sure many of you have heard about the GameStop phenomenon, but it is not being that well explained in...

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  • January 28, 2021

Mitch McConnell’s mini-me does his usual reactionary foolishness as the Senators are sworn in for the second Trump trial. “In a 55 to 45 vote that strongly suggested that the Senate does not have the votes to convict Donald Trump, senators narrowly killed a Republican effort to dismiss the impeachment...

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  • January 26, 2021

As with most faculty politics, there is a subtext to the story of a professor fired for specious reasons. Garrett Felber was fired for failing to “communicate face-to-face” with his department chair at University of MIssissippi, even as he was outspoken about a variety of university actions after the selection of...

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  • December 22, 2020

Every so often, Chuck Todd surprises us all. He did not allow Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) to get away with the false equivalence between Trump & Abrams. Chuck Todd pushed back on a Republican? x x YouTube Video See full episodes here. Rarely if ever, have I seen Chuck Todd...

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  • December 14, 2020

From The Huffington Post: For weeks, the couple had done almost nothing but sell. Loeffler was one of several senators who faced public outrage for unloading millions of dollars in stock before most Americans understood the towering threat posed by the coronavirus pandemic. Then shortly before the CARES Act, a...

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  • December 8, 2020

This story supports a group reading of Karl Marx’s Capital Vol 1. #GoodMorningMarx #WeeklyMarx This covers chapters 11-14. Today’s supporting summary is at the very bottom, below the fold. Set against the backdrop of the Luddite uprisings in the Yorkshire textile industry, Charlotte Brontë’s novel Shirley caused a sensation when it...

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  • November 1, 2020

This story supports a group reading of Karl Marx’s Capital Vol 1. This covers chapters 11-14. Set against the backdrop of the Luddite uprisings in the Yorkshire textile industry, Charlotte Brontë’s novel Shirley caused a sensation when it was published in 1849 – under the pseudonym ‘Currer Bell’. Robert Moore is...

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  • October 28, 2020
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Some very encouraging news today courtesy of Morning Consult’s latest poll: x #NCsen:Cunningham (D) 47% (+6)Tillis (R-inc) 41%.#AZsen:Kelly (D) 49% (+8)McSally (R-inc) 41%.#MIsen:Peters (D-inc) 49% (+9)James (R) 40%.#COsen:Hickenlooper (D) 50% (+10)Gardner (R-inc) 40%@MorningConsult, LV, 10/2-11https://t.co/7AsGqSmIR8— Political Polls (@Politics_Polls) October 13, 2020 And in the presidential election: x COLORADOBiden 54%Trump 40%...

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  • October 13, 2020

Of course he would: In some of his most candid remarks to date about the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner told a conservative crowd that public health advice and science have been politicized in recent months, causing an erosion of public trust. Gardner, a Yuma Republican, spoke in person to the Steamboat Institute’s...

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  • September 6, 2020

When Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld, famously created the television sensation of the late 1980s Seinfeld, they hyped it as the show about nothing.  The resulting enigma of laughter about nothing resulted in some famous flashes of comedic brilliance known as, Seinfeld moments. Well, the Republican National Committee announced its’...

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  • August 26, 2020

Mary Trump audio-recorded her conversations with Maryanne Barry Trump a couple of years ago, and WaPo has a few more details beyond what’s in the new book. Maryanne Trump Barry, 83, was aghast at how her 74-year-old brother operated as president. “His goddamned tweet and lying, oh my God,” she...

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  • August 23, 2020

From Ian Silverii at The Denver Post: Sen. Gardner’s record is not in dispute when it comes to his votes to eliminate the ACA without a replacement that protects people with preexisting conditions. He voted for every single repeal bill the Trump administration put forward, none of which protected people...

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  • August 20, 2020

Remember that his visit to a Texas oil-rig makes it an “official” trip. He’s whining about Fox News coverage, among other things. His fundraising shtick will have the usual things, although there likely will be some idiocy leaking from the event. Today’s meme is that “Democrats will abolish the suburbs”. The Economist’s...

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  • July 29, 2020

There’s so much unhingery packed into this CNN story on Trump’s phone calls with foreign leaders that choosing among the outrages is kind of like picking your favorite Egyptian plague. Want a shower of frogs? Fire ‘n’ hailstones? Locusts? They’re all here, and then some. So let’s start with this...

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  • June 29, 2020

From the New York Times: When Kelly Loeffler accepted an appointment to be a United States senator from Georgia, she left behind a high-paying job as a senior executive at the parent company of the New York Stock Exchange. But on her way to Washington, her old employer gave her...

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  • May 8, 2020

Received this e-mail today from Social Security Works PAC in support Nate McMurray (D. NY-27) and Christy Smith’s (D. CA-25) campaigns for their upcoming special elections: Nate McMurray (D. NY-27) With all eyes focused on elections in November, we could easily overlook two chances to send Social Security champions to...

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  • April 29, 2020

Aside from sinophobia rather than russophobia, The NY Times has documented more of the details for the 70-days of denial/delay/dysfunction in the Trump White House.   Aside from the framing of Red Dawn (1984), it’s pretty clear that the 2012 remake was on the minds of the email writers, where references...

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  • April 12, 2020

Received this e-mail from Amy McGrath’s (D. KY) U.S. Senate campaign: As I write this, millions of Americans have lost not only their jobs, but their health insurance—in the middle of a deadly viral pandemic. And they join millions more who weren’t covered to start. The obvious step for our...

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  • April 8, 2020

She is the worst: Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) benefited from stock trades worth millions of dollars shortly before the general public was alerted to the severity of the Covid-19 crisis, selling off shares in industries that have been adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic and buying shares of companies that...

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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

“The Whites cannot destroy our house for, if they do, things will not end well for the whole world. We are looking after the forest for everyone, not just for the Yanomami and the isolated peoples. We work with our shamans who understand these things well, who possess wisdom that...

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  • March 26, 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

Joe Biden and Why America Needs a Strong Progressive Movement photo: Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont at Sunday’s debate at a CNN studios in Washington, D.C.(Evan Vucci / Associated Press) | Los Angeles Times By Alan Minsky, Executive Director – Progressive Democrats of America In...

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  • March 18, 2020

Trump’s incompetence is making the COVID19 response worse with some lack of confidence in financial demand. Recession looms. Invest in Chicken Nuggets. x The world’s output could fall during the first quarter, putting the economy at risk of recession, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said Monday https://t.co/zYBtZhoxAO pic.twitter.com/5OrbgEh7qa— Real...

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  • March 9, 2020

The first blush of commentary after the New Hampshire debates looks relatively conventional, even as small movements up and down in polling have occurred. MSM is far too obsessed with the media framing of socialism, despite a Chris Matthews rant about Fidel Castro. Four days before the New Hampshire primary,...

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  • February 8, 2020

It really kills Donald Trump that the U.S. doesn’t have labor camps to send truculent dissenters to. If he had his way, no doubt Chelsea Clinton would be hauling Chicken McNuggets up the White House Grand Staircase 24/7 like a Sherpa, as fitting punishment for being far too smart to...

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  • December 31, 2019

It’s bad enough that there are Democratic politicians who argue that large campaign contributions do not affect their policy prescriptions, but Zach Carter of Huffington Post points out an essential truth I have observed with regards to more than a few Democratic voters.  They simply do not want to face...

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  • December 21, 2019

As we discussed in our previous post, Trendency has been tracking the opinions of registered voters on the impeachment of President Donald Trump since the beginning of the year. Through most of 2019, even during the height of the Mueller Report becoming public, the public did not favor the impeachment...

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  • December 19, 2019

Ben Wittes of Lawfare outlines some questions in advance of the Monday’s release of the IG report on the Russia investigation. Advance reports indicate exoneration. href=”https://twitter.com/benjaminwittes/status/1203307823926595585? (1) It is important to remember the big questions and allegations that make Mr. Horowitz’s investigation important: The President has publicly alleged a treasonous conspiracy...

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  • December 8, 2019

Revisionist policy in new docs tell us about the OMB paper trail in Arms for Dirt. Trump still held up military aid authorized by Congress to solicit investigations By Ukraine into Bidens. It’s still Bribery. NEW: The House Intel Cmte. has just released the depositions of Deputy Associate Director for National...

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  • November 26, 2019

Murkiness and Mulvaney-ness remains as the details of the Ukrainian shakedown gains more factual reality after the release of documents via American Oversight’s FOIA. The Washington Post reports on the White House scramble to continue explaining the timeline for how Congressional funds were withheld to enforce the bribery solicitation for an...

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  • November 25, 2019

Wait, you mean Donald Trump’s decision to withhold vital aid from Ukraine wasn’t based on any sort of meticulous review? And so they had to create an ad hoc justification for … whatever the fuck he was doing? According to The Washington Post, a review of Trump’s decision to withhold aid from...

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  • November 24, 2019

The Gordon Sondland and Kurt Volker transcripts from House depositions are available: Read Gordon Sondland’s testimony here: intelligence.house.gov/uploadedfiles/… Read Kurt Volker’s testimony here: intelligence.house.gov/uploadedfiles/… (CNN) House Democrats on Tuesday released excerpts of the transcripts of their closed-door depositions with former US Special Envoy for Ukraine Kurt Volker and US Ambassador...

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  • November 5, 2019

On June 12, 2016, three short years ago, 49 Americans [mostly members of the LGBTQ+ community] were slaughtered by a coward at the Pulse Night Club in Orlando, Florida. President Trump, who described himself as a champion for gay rights, “I’m much better for the gays,” marked the solemn anniversary...

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  • October 12, 2019

There was Trumpian rage-tweeting at Senator Mitt Romney on the way to the golf course today. x Somebody please wake up Mitt Romney and tell him that my conversation with the Ukrainian President was a congenial and very appropriate one, and my statement on China pertained to corruption, not politics....

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  • October 5, 2019

Finally after Pat-a-cake half the day someone says… Just answer the question, boy. x Barry Berke. This is how you question a fool like Corey Lewandowski. Don’t be nice. Don’t say “I agree with you”, like some of the Democrats did today in their exchanges. Just keep throwing out the...

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  • September 17, 2019

‘Don’t cheat on your wife. Don’t cheat on anything. Be a good person. Set a good example.’-Paul Ryan. The preceding quote was a reported candid criticism from the book, American Carnage: On the Front Lines of the Republican Civil War and the Rise of President Trump by Tim Alberta. My...

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  • July 12, 2019

I wrote in an article yesterday about his pathetic one man dog-and-pony show that I had gone on an Official Acosta Resignation (or Termination) Watch. Nothing in the resulting fallout has made me change my mind, but I’ve fine tuned it a little bit. If there’s one thing that a broken...

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  • July 11, 2019

Well, here we are again. Sorry for the time delay, but I was tied up yesterday on personal business. But nothing in the intervening 24 hours has done anything to change my initial perceptions of what we saw Thursday night, especially where the peripheral characters are concerned. Thursday night fulfilled...

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  • June 29, 2019

Not sure how useful a daily torrent of lies and distortions is anyway, but the Mouth of Sauron, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, has been doing fewer press briefings lately. Maybe that’s a relief; maybe it’s a dereliction of duty. Either way, it’s a decision that comes from the top. Politico: President...

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  • January 22, 2019

To begin with, asking Mike Pence to give a World AIDS Day speech is a joke. You might as well ask him to host the Tonys dressed as Divine from Pink Flamingos. It just doesn’t work. No one in the universe is that good at feigning compassion. Also, you just knew he was...

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  • December 3, 2018

On June 4, 2014, Donald Trump as usual was apoplectic. His fury that day was ignited by word that President Obama had authorized the exchange of five Taliban prisoners for Bowe Bergdahl, the Army sergeant held captive in Afghanistan since 2009. So Trump took to Twitter to ask, “Are you allowed to...

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  • November 25, 2018

OK Democrats, in another two months it’s going to be time to put up or shut up. We got the House over the finish line, and we did it the old fashioned way, we worked our collective ass off for it. We won like any political party does, by making...

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  • November 13, 2018

Everywhere you look in TrumpWorld you see consciousness of guilt regarding the Russia collusion scandal. If it’s not Donald Trump clumsily attempting to undermine the investigation into his campaign and finances, it’s the cavalcade of lies from his underlings, which include numerous “revisions” about contacts with Russians. The latest to get...

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  • September 22, 2018

This is from Re-Wire’s SCOTUS reporter  Jessica Mason Pieklo's Twitter thread covering the Senate Judiciary Hearings on Kavanaugh’s nomination… ****************************************************************    Now Leahy is up. Starts directly with whether or not Kavanaugh lied to him the first time around  It's already a tense exchange Kavanaugh stands by his previous statements and said...

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  • September 5, 2018

While there is still time, I hope an enterprising reporter (or, God forbid, a Democratic leader) will ask Republicans where Congress will get its health insurance if Graham-Cassidy passes, and if the Republican Congress will bear any of the brunt of their unworkable scheme? You see, under current law, there exists...

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  • September 21, 2017

Even as the U.S. Census reported that the percentage of Americans lacking health insurance dropped to a new record low of 8.8 percent, the past week was nevertheless a big one for health care reform proposals in Washington. Sen. Bernie Sanders, backed by 15 of his Democratic colleagues, unveiled his “Medicare...

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  • September 17, 2017

I watched Flimflam Man Paul Ryan’s CNN town hall last night, and realized that at this late date we still can’t honestly question, and thus confront, Republican leaders on the root problem of Charlottesville and Trump.  Instead, all we get is moronic, weak tea like Paul Ryan and other Republicans condemning...

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  • August 22, 2017