Hearings

In the mid-1920s, the term ‘Pinko’ reared its accusatory head. Anyone deemed a sympathizer but not a full-on communist was labeled a pinko—dare I say—semi-communist. The word’s resurgence was on display during the Army-McCarthy Hearings of the 1950s. Then Senator Joe McCarthy of Minnesota brought paranoia to new levels. He...

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  • September 2, 2022

On August 8, 1974, a reflective and less defiant Richard Nixon became the first American President to resign his office. As a member of the black community who had seen friends and fathers of friends leave for Vietnam and never return, most of us were thrilled. The Watergate Hearings continued...

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  • July 27, 2022

With over 250,000 adults living in the United States who routinely use the word “yesterday,” Donald Trump, who once said, “I know words,” apparently wants to eliminate its usage because it is hard for him. x YouTube Video Watching his mind sputter over the innocuous word “yesterday’ in the outtakes...

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  • July 22, 2022

Voting for the current crop of Republicans is like brushing your teeth with the water running. It is a waste of resources, has no purpose, but all your friends do it. Nothing was more symbolic than the displays of blubbering pique by Congressmen Matt Gaetz and Jim Jordan. The House...

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  • October 22, 2021

I have rolled a question around in my head for months; why are Republicans so mean? I have concluded that it is not meanness, it is fear. The fear of betraying the religion of Trump and fear of being called stupid. Having a point and blind devotion to a point...

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  • October 1, 2021

The predictability of the Republican party is as thinly veiled as the Trump presidency, made of tissue paper, and lies. The tissue, because the former President was full of it and flush with lies. At the height of Hillary Clinton’s popularity, flip-flopping Kevin McCarthy, the now House minority leader, said...

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  • June 4, 2021

Have you ever asked yourself, why are so many GOP political theories race and gender-based? The latest is that voter ballots in Arizona were smuggled in from China. The GOP has decided the best way to expose this absurd idea is to exploit a silly stereotype and check the ballots...

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  • May 7, 2021

Just wanted to share this: Texas Senator Ted Cruz was not a fan of a Tuesday Daily Show segment and he let host Trevor Noah know it. The bit was about Congressional reapportionment due to population shifts in the U.S. Those shifts are causing New York to lose a U.S. House seat while Texas picks up...

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  • April 29, 2021

Anand Giridharadas wrote a piece for The Atlantic asserting that Biden has been moving leftward.  This may only be a short term impression only because the GOP is trying to find its way after the previous guy is gone and before he may be indicted. The real problem lies with...

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  • April 16, 2021

It really isn’t much of a surprise that the 2020 Trump Campaign organization used about every trick to defraud his supporters, especially the poorer and more naïve ones. The New York Times has a story about small time Trump contributors who thought they were making a single donation through their...

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  • April 4, 2021

Assuming Jason Miller is a real person and not a failed Soviet-era experiment to cross the human genome with the formula for Axe Body Spray, he appears to be in some trouble. According to The Guardian, the former former-guy spox, who impregnated another Trump campaign adviser while engaging in an...

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  • March 25, 2021

Even as dozens of Texans died, sustained thousands of damages to their homes, starved, & lost their savings, Abbott cronies assuring Wall Street their stolen profits are safe. Texas Governor Abbott instrumental in screwing Texans See full episodes here. Audio emerged of Texas Public Utility Commission chairman Arthur D’Andrea effectively promising Wall Street that...

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  • March 17, 2021

Marjorie Taylor Greene (I refuse to dignify her with an affectionate abbreviation) has not exactly followed Speaker Sam Rayburn’s classic advice: “to get along, go along.” (To be fair, that maxim died quite a while ago.) But she has been truly and uniquely obnoxious in her insistence on being as...

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  • March 7, 2021

The past two days of Senate committee hearings about the Capitol riot have revealed that the GOP is openly excusing racists. From the unctuous Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) to Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) adopting the smug role of victim, Republicans are all but standing on their desk and yelling, but what...

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  • March 3, 2021

Congressman Eric Swalwell was very disciplined in this interview as he intertwined keywords that kept the insurrection and its enablers in the forefront. Insurrection and its enablers kept at the forefront See full episodes here. I did a double-take while listening to Congressman/Impeachment Manager Eric Swalwell in the background. I heard him...

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  • March 2, 2021

Is Lindsey Graham for real? No, that’s a serious question. Because he looks like a Rankin-Bass Claymation character to me. Lindsey, the misfit Christmas elf who never liked to make toys and forgot to show up for elf practice because his real dream was to loofah Donald Trump’s hide so he’d stop looking...

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  • March 2, 2021

Received this e-mail from U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen’s (D. MD) re-election campaign: Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D. MD) Today the Senate begins confirmation hearings for President Biden’s nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. I worked closely with Xavier during our time serving...

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  • February 24, 2021

Returning to normal shouldn’t mean returning to gridlock. Guys, I think Joe Manchin just "cancelled" Neera Tanden, and the right-wing is fine with it. Isn't that supporting cancel culture? Someone please let me know. — Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) February 19, 2021 The West Virginia senator announced on Friday that he...

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  • February 20, 2021

Here’s some big news on health care: Sen. Michael Bennet is leading the drive for a public health insurance option in the U.S. The Colorado Democrat and Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine first introduced their public option bill, Medicare-X, three years ago and reintroduced it on Wednesday. Under the bill, Medicare-X...

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  • February 18, 2021

The New York Times shed some light on this on Monday: G.O.P. legislators, dozens of whom supported overturning the state’s election results to aid former President Donald J. Trump, are moving to change the entire way that judges are selected in Pennsylvania, in a gambit that could tip the scales...

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  • February 17, 2021

Received this e-mail today from the Pennsylvania Democratic Party: Pennsylvania Supreme Court candidate, Superior Court Justice Maria McLaughlin (D. PA) Pennsylvania's Vote By Mail request form is now available for the 2021 elections! With key local offices on the ballot, Democrats need to vote with the same great fervor as...

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  • February 3, 2021

Yep, he’s running scared: Republican strategists aligned with Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) on Monday launched an outside group aimed at hitting Democrat Stacey Abrams over her possible 2022 gubernatorial run. The independent group, dubbed “Stop Stacey,” says it will work to uncover what it called the former gubernatorial candidate's “shady voter groups that...

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  • February 1, 2021

More evidence is emerging that the Trump administration planned the insurrection. The DC National Guard is unique in that it is directly under the authority of the president, rather than a governor. The Pentagon normally allows the guard commander to take military action on his own in an emergency in...

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  • January 26, 2021

Mr. Naiveté is here to tell you he thought maybe, just maybe, the very people who suffered the brunt of Donald Trump’s bumblefuck putsch might stand firm in their revulsion. But of course they didn’t. The taste of spray-tan and pocky buttocks is simply too tantalizing for most Republicans to resist, and...

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  • January 23, 2021

The Malignant Mangoturd is trying to upstage President-elect Joe Biden one last time before he becomes President Biden (yea!) by staging a big farewell at Andrews Air Force base. There were already signs that wasn’t going to go well: While he's eagerly anticipating his military-style send-off from Joint Base Andrews...

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  • January 19, 2021

In all the talk about the Republican Insurrection and Trump’s impeachment, one very large story has not gotten nearly the degree of high attention that it deserves.  It appears that we now have a President (or Republican voters generally) that effectively have death squads or, as crucially, the effective threat of...

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  • January 15, 2021

Received this  e-mail yesterday from the Pennsylvania Democratic Party: There is a straight line from Pennsylvania Republicans' behavior in the halls of Harrisburg to the insurrectionist violence that shamed our nation this week. For months, Harrisburg Republicans have echoed dangerous lies about mail-in voting—a process they, themselves, voted for just...

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  • January 9, 2021

Name’s Red. Red Woodman, Major Mammal Crimes Detective.  This is supposed to be my last day on the job is I can make it through. Cough. They’ve assigned me a kid nick-named “Lucky” I’m supposed to train to take my place. I’m looking through his resume.  He’d flunked out of...

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  • December 28, 2020

Politico says Trump has told his political aides to monitor statements by Republicans that oppose his efforts to hold onto the Presidency with an eye toward supporting primary challengers in 2022 and maybe beyond. High on the list would likely be the governors and other Republican state office holders in Georgia...

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  • December 24, 2020

Even as he puts his White House cronies on the board of the Kennedy Center, Trump criticizes its funding in the latest COVID relief bill.  Pam Bondi, who took an illegal $25,000 donation from Trump to drop prosecution in the Trump University suit, gets a Board seat at the Kennedy...

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  • December 23, 2020
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A loser’s victory rally, what a message. In his Valdosta, Georgia speech on Saturday Trump will essentially repeat his 46 minute Facebook rant from Wednesday with a few local references and additional stupid ad libs. Save that hour for more productive activities that don’t involve super-spreading. They’re “not dumb in Georgia” but...

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  • December 3, 2020

“It has all gone too far,” Trump continues to raise money off a highly confused grift, and still remains unindicted. x Edison County must be where Trump has been keeping his secret healthcare plan.And his tax returns.And his dignity. https://t.co/sXbbKt7o0x— Eric Swalwell (@ericswalwell) November 30, 2020 x New: Trump has...

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  • December 2, 2020

The only stunt that saves Emily Murphy from historical ignominy is to sign something after this request and during the hearings that recognizes the Biden-Harris victory. The real question is whether Murphy responds to the request, or whether she will resist, and compel someone from some House committee to subpoena...

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  • November 22, 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

“It would only take 22 tank cars to hold the equivalent energy of the Hiroshima bomb,” Jordan Luebkemann, a lawyer for Earth Justice. Florida Bulldog is an investigative news site. In September, they wrote on how a private equity firm forgave an enormous debt of Donald Trump in exchange for federal...

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  • October 30, 2020

Erica Grieder at The Houston Chronicle has good piece out about U.S. Senator John Cornyn’s (R. TX) re-election bid against MJ Hegar (D. TX) is tied to Trump’s fate in Texas: And in states where Trump is struggling, including Texas, a new question has come to the fore: Can Republican...

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  • October 29, 2020

Some very encouraging news today out of Texas: x 🚨New Poll – TEXAS🚨Biden 49 / Trump 48Hegar 46 / Cornyn 48https://t.co/OCRMOhwGdJ— Data for Progress (@DataProgress) October 26, 2020 Click here for the full results. Yesterday’s UT Tyler poll showed a tightening race: In his bid for a fourth term in...

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  • October 26, 2020

Here’s the latest news out of Georgia: x GEORGIABiden 49% (+4)Trump 45%.#GAsen:Ossoff (D) 44%Perdue (R-inc) 44% Opinion Insight/@AAF (R), LV, 10/12-15https://t.co/aYPXpogmS8— Political Polls (@Politics_Polls) October 23, 2020 x #GAsenWarnock (D) 31%Loeffler (R-inc) 19%Collins (R) 18%Lieberman (D) 3%Johnson (R) 2%Johnson-Shealey (D) 2%Bartell (I) 2%Winfield (D) 1%Tarver (D) 1% Opinion Insight/@AAF (R),...

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  • October 23, 2020

Some good news today out for South Carolina courtesy of Data For Progress: x #SCsen:Harrison (D) 47% (+1)Graham (R-inc) 46%@DataProgress/@IndivisibleTeam (D) LV, 10/8-11https://t.co/TEi0L5YL4G— Political Polls (@Politics_Polls) October 14, 2020 In South Carolina, Democrat Jaime Harrison, the former chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party, is going up against incumbent Republican...

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  • October 14, 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

Will Trumpian domestic terror’s “strategy of tension” for the next decade ultimately be predicated upon the little tiny fishes, or the strawberries, or the tow target. “California is gonna have to ration water. You wanna know why? Because they send millions of gallons of water out to sea, out to...

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  • October 12, 2020

The Republican Party is in a tizzy over the prospect of Joe Biden being in favor of expanding the Supreme Court while they have packed courts across America. Of course, the GOP, masters that they are of incendiary language, scream court-packing at Biden and Harris at every opportunity. This is...

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  • October 12, 2020

Donna Provencher at The American Independent has a great piece about how U.S. Senate candidate, John James (R. MI), has been cozening up right-wing extremists like Ted Nugent (pictured above) and some other awful groups: He has been photographed with and is alleged to have received campaign contributions from Ryan...

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  • October 12, 2020

Senator Amy Klobuchar had an impressive closing to her opening statement that should empower Americans and scare every Republican. Amy Klobuchar speaks truth to Trump & Judge x x YouTube Video See full episodes here. The Supreme Court Justice nominee Amy Coney Barrett is clear on her beliefs on the Affordable Care...

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  • October 12, 2020

Here’s the latest news out of Iowa today courtesy of CBS News/YouGov’s latest poll: x IOWABiden 49%Trump 49%.#IAsen:Greenfield (D) 47% (+4)Ernst (R-inc) 43%@YouGovAmerica/@CBSNewsPoll, LV, 10/6-9https://t.co/kcXxQoy7Y2— Political Polls (@Politics_Polls) October 12, 2020 In Iowa, Republican Senator Joni Ernst is down four points to her challenger, Democrat Theresa Greenfield. In each of...

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  • October 12, 2020

From theGrio: Just days after President Donald Trump appeared to support the white nationalist group, Proud Boys, during Tuesday night’s presidential debate — only to later disavow them after mounting pressure — a photograph has recently surfaced showing Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) with a member and organizer of the organization. The photo, which has made its...

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  • October 4, 2020

Saturday as I watched 10 white coats appear in front of a mic looking professional  I began thinking about equal justice as  I thought this.   How can anyone vote for a 10 to 0 medical care in America and feel any moral pride or anything but selfish and ashamed?  As those doctors...

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  • October 4, 2020

U.S. Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D. AZ) is featured in Mark Kelly’s (D. AZ) newest campaign ad to remind Arizona voters how awful Martha McSally (R. AZ) truly is: x YouTube Video It references the attacks McSally made on Sinema two years ago, which culminated in McSally in a 2018 televised...

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  • October 4, 2020

morningconsult.com/… A Morning Consult Poll of voter’s opinions of the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare, shows that support for the health insurance program is continuing to grow. Some 55% of Americans supported it in March 2020 and 62% support it today. The survey shows that 85% of Democrats, 59% of Independents...

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  • September 29, 2020

Over the weekend, Americans were bombarded by press accounts with what we already know, Donald Trump is a liar, a tax cheat, and a possible felon. In case you think that is hyperbole—Mr. Trump, ask Al Capone. My theory is that Donald Trump released his tax information so debate moderator...

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  • September 28, 2020
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