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It was very notable, and damaging to J. Kavanaugh, when I heard that the only third-party, the only witness (even participant), in the “Kavanaugh Incident” was refusing to testify before the Senate.  Wow . . . no denial under oath?  But, of course, his non-appearance would not play out that way,...

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  • September 19, 2018

Photo: The Launch Of The Medicare For All Caucus By  Dr. Bill Honigman for Mike F., Mike H., Shayna, Donna, Judy, Deb, Dan, Bryan, Kim, and Janis—Your Progressive Democrats of America National Team Tell Your Representative To Join the Medicare For All Caucus! Tell Your Representative To Cosponsor Improved Medicare For...

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  • September 10, 2018

In the Age of Trump, the tidal wave of major news stories is often overwhelming, sometimes drowning even the most informed in a state of cognitive shutdown. Occasionally, though, even seemingly unrelated revelations tell a larger tale whose lessons shouldn’t go unnoticed. So it was this week. As John McCain...

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  • September 10, 2018

From Crooks and Liars, Jeet Heer of The New Republic rips into the political establishment which McCain was a party to that HELPED produce Trump.  There is a link to Heer’s Tweets on McCain’s funeral.  Now, fair warning, Obama gets criticsm too. WTF?  How can Obama be responsible for Trump...

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  • September 4, 2018

Not sure it really needed to be said, but former CIA director and defense secretary Leon Panetta told This Week’s Martha Raddatz today that Trump’s June summit with Kim Jong Un was basically an Insane Clown Posse concert without the juggalos or gravitas: “The problem is that in many ways it was...

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  • September 3, 2018

I was legitimately afraid that white supremacists would become an organized force in American politics after they put one of their own in the White House. For a time that seemed plausible, but now, going down the list of “Hey, whatever happened to”: Mathew Heimbach, the white nationalist leader who...

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  • September 2, 2018

So remember when this happened a few weeks ago? x Am no fan of Jones — among other things he has a habit of repeatedly slandering my Dad by falsely and absurdly accusing him of killing JFK — but who the hell made Facebook the arbiter of political speech?  Free...

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  • August 25, 2018

Here we are again. Let’s hop on into the not-so-wayback machine, and take a quick look at the political stories and events we were obsessing over, and parsing importance as we went about our daily lives on that day. August 19th, 2016 In the throes of a massive campaign shakeup,...

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  • August 19, 2018

So Yurtle canceled the traditional August recess for the Senate to push through Kavanaugh and drumpf’s other judicial nominees ahead of the election and Jeff Flake responds by taking off for Zimbabwe to observe the beautiful sunsets, their election and extol the virtue of paper ballots… x Counting ballots in a...

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  • July 31, 2018

Aww. Is Melania's widdle man getting cranky again? Who else but Trumplethinskin could spend the weekend in the finest suite, in a schlock golf palace that he owns, playing endless rounds, tearing up the greens with his overloaded cart, and still cop a mope? Even teething toddlers aren't this petulant,...

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  • July 23, 2018

OK gang, hop into my trusty wayback machine with me, and let's return briefly to the dark day of November 9th, 2016. I want to do a quick comparison of the GOP's feelings on the day after the election, and compare it to the reality of today for the GOP....

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  • July 11, 2018

Berkeley, where I live, is home to almost 1000 homeless residents.  People surviving in RV’s, encampments, shelters or in doorways and bushes.  Yesterday, a prominent attorney sent this letter to the City Council. AN OPEN LETTER TO THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF BERKELEY, CA   From: Osha Neumann Supervising...

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  • June 4, 2018

When it comes to the culpability for the dismal state of American politics and the accelerating erosion of our governing institutions, failure has a thousand fathers. At the top of the list of the usual suspects is Donald Trump, whose presidency of staggering incompetence, unsurpassed corruption, and lying at the...

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  • June 3, 2018

Upfront: If you think that anything is justified against a person simply because that person is wealthy, this is not an article for you. If you think it’s okay to lie, mislead, or otherwise attack a person simply because of their financial status, consequences be damned, then you should probably...

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  • May 29, 2018

A new day. Information will trickle out over time, but let’s begin with what we know now. Let us start with the Pentagon briefing. They focus their maps and discussion on just these three sites. We’ll get into secondary sites a bit later.  They offer the following before-and-after comparisons of...

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  • April 14, 2018

Yesterday morning I got a text from my friend Stephanie White that said, simply, “Sad news about Tony.” I hadn’t heard any news but I knew which “Tony” she meant. I know several Tonys but THE Tony is and has always been Tony Trupiano. I went to Facebook and quickly...

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  • April 10, 2018

As we all know, Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch was only confirmed to the Supreme Court after, and as a result of, an unprecedented Republican embargo against President Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland to replace the deceased Justice Scalia.  Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell defended this outcome as follows: “The next justice...

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  • February 18, 2018

As 2017 winds to a close, press, pundits and politicians alike are saying 2018 could be the year of the “blue wave.” Led by a historically unpopular first-year president and still smarting from embarrassing losses in Virginia and Alabama, many Republicans are talking out loud about “bloodbath” in next November’s...

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  • December 31, 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

In “Donald Trump is the First White President,” Ta-Nehisi Coates provides a tour de force take down of the always absurd argument that Trump’s presidential victory was attributable to economic anxiety of the White working class, as opposed to plain old, ingrained White racism: The triumph of Trump’s campaign of...

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  • September 7, 2017

Republican leaders in Congress may not be ready to abandon Donald Trump, but there’s little doubt about their growing discomfort with the president of the United States. Supposedly shocked by Trump’s coddling of white supremacists in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker questioned Trump’s ability to...

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  • August 27, 2017

During the Obama administration, I really wished that pollsters would break out policy and approval polls by regions so that I could at least factor in (and discount) the reflexive opposition throughout the South and most Red States.  Well, what is good for the goose . . . . Gallup...

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  • July 24, 2017

In December 2003, Democrats in Congress overwhelmingly opposed President Bush’s Medicare Part D prescription drug program. With good reason. The new benefit included the infamous “donut hole,” a gap in coverage which still saddled many seniors with out-of-pocket costs for their prescriptions. Making matters worse for 45 million elderly and...

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  • July 2, 2017

Jim Moore, writing at the Huffington Post, chastises the Notre Dame graduating students who turned their backs and walked out as VP Mike Pence began his commencement address: No point was served by walking out on the vice president, other than to demonstrate the students’ shallow intolerance of someone with...

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  • May 22, 2017

You’re probably by now used to maps in which the US is one of just a handful of countries colour-coded for “countries that do X”, where X is something that countries shouldn’t be doing. Let me add another: the above map is how countries determine who needs to file and...

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  • April 16, 2017

Today, Sean Spicer declared that Assad was worse than Hitler, because the latter “didn't even sink to using chemical weapons”. That’s wrong for one really big, really obvious reason: the Holocaust. But even if we give Spicer a little more benefit than he deserves, and assume that he meant only...

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  • April 11, 2017

Specifically, [the need for closure] fosters the tendency to seize on information that affords closure and to freeze on closure once it has been attained. The need for closure, whether varied situationally or measured dispositionally, has been associated with tendencies to engage in social stereotyping … to resist persuasive influence...

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  • August 25, 2016

With primary season at an end, it appears that Democratic delegates won’t come to their senses and nominate a candidate who can unite the party to defeat Trump. Bernie Sanders supporters who listened to months of condescending, belittling language of force about accepting Hillary Clinton as the inevitable nominee will now...

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  • July 27, 2016

President Obama’s nostalgic speech in Springfield has local Democrats wondering what he has planned after leaving the White House. “I miss you guys,” Obama said during his address in the Illinois statehouse on the anniversary of his Presidential campaign announcement. He returned to his frequent theme of bringing civility and...

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  • February 11, 2016

Why hasn’t Barack Obama endorsed his former Secretary of State?  There’s precedent. Bill Clinton endorsed and was giving speeches for Gore by this point in the 2000 election. There’s no doubt that Clinton would want the endorsement. She already has a former President campaigning for her. She’s already running on...

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  • January 25, 2016

For the second time in her career, Hillary Clinton has signaled retreat on her signature issue, health care. During the Democratic debate, Clinton said she wouldn’t fight for the type of single-payer system she once supported because she’s afraid of what might happen during a contentious debate. Now, there are things we...

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  • January 19, 2016

Hillary Clinton’s opponents in the Democratic primary pledged to not take donations from the fossil fuel industry. It’s an appropriate response to the fossil fuel industry’s tremendous influence in Washington, despite their presenting a catastrophic threat to the future of civilization.  When an Iowa voter asked Clinton to take the...

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  • December 18, 2015

Christianity Redefined Eclectablogger Amy Lynn Smith has been following the story of a lawsuit filed by the ACLU of Michigan against Michigan-based Trinity Health Corporation, a Catholic Church-affiliated healthcare system. The suit challenges Trinity’s practice of denying emergency healthcare services to women — in this case life-saving abortions — based...

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  • November 21, 2015

See evil. This goes to May 14th when the U.S. military does surveillance and gets all the proper details: how many truck bombs, how many ISIS fighters came in, how many guns. How the attacks formed up. Then they did nothing about it. Same on the 15th. On the 16th...

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  • June 1, 2015

In Ramadi, Iraq, last week a force of some 200 ISIS fighters carried out a successful suicide-based attack on the Government Center building. A chain of cars drove in and blasted check points and strong-point bunkers. The main ISIS force engaged defenders in a 30 minute battle that ended with...

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  • May 19, 2015

Illinois State Senator Andy Manar is getting pushback from constituents after introducing a bill to help the heavily subsidized state coal mining industry. A coal industry lobbyist with Foresight Energy joined Manar and other legislators at a press conference for a bill to give Illinois coal an advantage over imports....

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  • May 17, 2015

Any news outlet that distributes information unflattering to Republicans or views out of step with conservative ideology will be hounded with cries of “liberal media bias.” The badgering will continue until all news outlets are as “fair and balanced” as Fox News. But the most consequential expression of bias in...

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  • December 5, 2014

Several months ago, more than two dozen United States Senators held an all-night vigil and speech-making about climate change. Their efforts focused on the urgent need for an appropriate demonstration of legislative initiative and leadership from Congress. Predictably, given the Republican-dominated House of Representative’s general aversion to facts when they...

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  • December 4, 2014

Hillary Clinton did us a favor. At a recent speech to the League of Conservation Voters, Clinton showed that she doesn't understand what it will take to confront the climate crisis and she's unwilling to stand up to fossil fuel interests who are threatening to destroy civilization. Even after climate...

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  • December 2, 2014

The state of Illinois is throwing millions of taxpayer dollars at another coal-to-gas plant just two years after a similar project ended in failure. The Coal Development Fund has so far given Homeland Fuels two grants totaling $4.25 million in taxpayer dollars. The first grant was awarded in 2013 to fund a study...

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  • October 23, 2014

In what may be the most shameless in a long line of dishonest appeals, the Illinois oil industry is now asking us to start fracking for the children. The oil industry propaganda website, Energy In Depth (or Energy in Deception as it's often called), is blaming Illinois' school funding problem...

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  • July 8, 2014

On a dark and foggy night, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources held a public hearing in Effingham to take comments on proposed fracking regulation. It was less well attended than other hearings after being quickly rescheduled to December 16 due to a snowstorm. I'm not kidding about the fog....

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  • December 30, 2013

That's what Chris Christie shouted today while his wife smiled at New Jersey public school teacher, Melissa Tomlinson, who dared approach him at the Rutgers football game rally and ask the question, “Why do you portray New Jersey Public Schools as 'failure factories?'” Dave Weigel of Slate snapped a picture...

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  • November 3, 2013

Again, I’ve been asked, “Where has Jenny been?” As always, I struggle with answering these kinds of questions. I suppose that a person who doesn’t bare her soul on the Internet might not answer the way that I intend to. They might say, “Well, I was moving.” Or, perhaps they’d...

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  • June 30, 2012

Being a history teacher means any time I have the pleasure of finding artifacts I want to learn as much as I can from them. Sometimes the lessons I receive don't have the outcome I wanted, but still give me profound insight into how much American society and our values...

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  • June 18, 2012