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For over a year, teachers and school boards have fought the myth of Critical Race Theory (CRT) being a bludgeon to batter white kids’ delicate psyche(s). Christopher Rufo, a conservative activist and senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, has long been an advocate of school choice and privatization and glommed...

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  • September 21, 2022

To begin with, the Constitution makes no allowance for the arrest of a lawless current or former President. If that presidential exception existed, a sitting president could stand on Fifth Ave and shoot someone; Oh, wait! Despite the mountain of evidence, Donald Trump is not in jail for inciting a...

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  • July 25, 2022

Oh, Facebook. Sweet, sweet Facebook. Could you go back to the day when everyone annoyed me with their latest Bejeweled Blitz and Candy Crush scores instead of their breathless invitations to join in the thorough dismantling of Western civilization? You’d think a guy who wanted to nuke hurricanes, suggested injecting disinfectant...

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  • October 30, 2021

“Slammer Time” may be on the horizon. It won’t be about the DoJ looking backward or forward, but looking inward to do something historical to maintain democracy. Because a malign GOP is going to try it again. The blueprint was there for a while before it was committed to paper...

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  • October 26, 2021

Rolling Stone has a major new story out: EXCLUSIVE: Jan. 6 Protest Organizers Say They Participated in ‘Dozens’ of Planning Meetings With Members of Congress and White House Staff Some of the people involved in the January 6th coup attempt on the United States government are starting to talk to...

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  • October 25, 2021

Rolling Stone has a major new story out: EXCLUSIVE: Jan. 6 Protest Organizers Say They Participated in ‘Dozens’ of Planning Meetings With Members of Congress and White House Staff Some of the people involved in the January 6th coup attempt on the United States government are starting to talk to...

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  • October 25, 2021

This is the sixth set of notes for a reading group on Marx’s Capital, and includes a Volume I refresher for further reading of Volume II. There are links to earlier posts and texts that may be useful. Marx is probably too taken with a kind of scientism by proposing...

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  • October 25, 2021

CNN’s David Gergen: The Only Thing That Can Stop Donald Trump From Running in 2024 is a Prison Sentence From the Insurrection, we know that conspiring to commit felonies is also a felony. We know with greater certainty that Trump knew what was going to happen, despite Pence’s resistance and...

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  • October 24, 2021

Oh, yes. As every publicist knows, the best way to handle a PR crisis is to bring up the awful thing you desperately want people to forget about five or more years after the fact. This is the stable-iest, most genius-y thing I’ve ever heard. Donald Trump, whose numerous grievances tend...

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  • October 15, 2021

“Today's sentencing of human rights lawyer Steven Donziger should be front-page news ringing alarm bells anywhere people are concerned about democracy, abuses of corporate power, and the rule of law. The real crime here is the death and disease resulting from Chevron's poisoning of the drinking water of thousands of Indigenous...

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  • October 6, 2021

“[The debt limit suspension] ensures our federal government will not approach any kind of short-term debt crisis in the coming weeks or months. It secures our nation’s full faith and credit and ensures that Congress will not throw this kind of unnecessary wrench into the gears of our job growth...

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  • September 27, 2021

Hours and hours of television was dedicated to a sermon delivered by former Obama preacher Reverend Jeremiah Wright. The public was subjected to months and months, of the media’s fixation on Hillary Clinton’s emails. The revealing upshot of which was that she loved her grandchild and that John Podesta has...

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  • September 22, 2021

The media should set an example for public discourse. No, I do not mean shaping a monolith of Democratic or Republican philosophy, we have that now. Two questions need to be asked of a guest before any interview with a public official or passing the sweet potatoes at the Thanksgiving...

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  • August 23, 2021

Reminiscent of the unfounded fears spread around by conservatives about the Affordable Care Act and “death panels,” President Biden’s call for a door-to-door educational program about the coronavirus vaccine sent the GOP and conservatives into a paranoid tizzy. Republican members of Congress, fake news stations, and right-wing bloggers went into...

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  • July 21, 2021

Aside from advocating mass killing, Lara Trump agrees with VP Harris that migrants should not undertake a journey to the US southern border even as full consular service has not been restored to all US embassies since the end of the Trump regime. (2020) Former Department of Homeland Security (DHS)...

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  • June 13, 2021

Florida bans its schools from teaching critical race theory On Thursday, Florida’s State Board of Education unanimously voted in favor of an amendment banning the teaching of critical race theory in schools throughout the state. The theory, according to PolitiFact, is a collection of ideas about systemic bias and privilege...

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  • June 12, 2021

Jeffrey Toobin returned to CNN as the network’s chief legal analyst on Thursday, eight months after he exposed himself during a Zoom call with colleagues at The New Yorker. Toobin was interviewed by anchor Alisyn Camerota on “CNN Newsroom” about that incident, and about recent legal news. “I feel like...

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  • June 11, 2021

Stephen Miller runs a new RWNJ lobbying group for the voter suppression agenda at the state level. It features some of the usual grifting suspects from the Trump administration. Lots of expertise with the customized large-member-toilet patent guy and Trump’s major domo who knows a lot about overthrowing an election. Sadly,...

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  • June 11, 2021

As if Trump would be appointed Speaker of the House once the GQP takes control of the House of Representatives in 2022. Then a GOP House would impeach Biden on the way to Trump returning as POTUS* in 2024, because cartoon presidency and magical GQP thinking, like 31 days in...

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  • June 6, 2021

Senator Elizabeth Warren was not kind to Chase CEO Jamie Dimon for fleecing Americans with overdrafts during the pandemic. Elizabeth Warren took no prisoners See full episodes here. JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon cannot be happy. He is used to commanding power unchallenged. Unfortunately, he came up against a senator who...

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  • May 27, 2021

Oklahoma’s right-wing politicians would like to erase history because that’s what they do, whether it’s the omission of facts or rewriting them to favor those in power. Historical guilt and its associated media effects cooties can’t be part of public school curricula. H.B. 1775  implies that the past prior to 1776...

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  • May 24, 2021

Throughout the one-term presidency of Donald Trump, he has been implicated in numerous criminal activities. They include making hush money payments to porn porn stars, collusion with Russians seeking to interfere with an election, obstruction of justice, financial and tax fraud connected to his real estate business, swindling his charitable...

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  • May 20, 2021

Rep. Katie Porter confronted a CEO about the industry’s lies about why drug prices need to be high with visuals. It’s stunning. Congresswoman Katie Porter grills a lying Big Pharma Executive See full episodes here. Big Pharma says they need to charge astronomical prices to pay for research and development....

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  • May 19, 2021

Some historical terms should not be used lightly. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez used the term Apartheid to describe the Israel/Palestine reality, this shocked some people. I hate the word Apartheid as it brings back to too many  precise historical racial connotations with respect to South Africa. The term segregation holds similar memories...

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  • May 17, 2021

Here’s the latest news today out of Pennsylvania: Lou Barletta, the Republican Party’s Donald Trump-endorsed nominee for U.S. Senate in 2018, is running for governor of Pennsylvania. Barletta, 65, becomes the most prominent figure to enter a 2022 governor’s race that Republicans have won every time in the past half-century...

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  • May 17, 2021

Marcy Wheeler is showing how lawfare is not helping Rudy Giuliani as the Daily Beast now indicates that Trump may be cutting Rudy loose, perhaps explaining why there may be no “pocket pardon”. Trump has blown off Rudy Giuliani's pleas for help as the feds circle: According to three people familiar...

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  • May 17, 2021

It does seem clear that in the name of “bipartisanship, there may be pro-Trumpists chosen who will attempt to sabotage such a commission, because some will accept the same false premises manufactured in both Trump impeachments. Perhaps the most important thing is that it focuses the scope of the commission on “the...

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  • May 16, 2021

Bernie Sanders opinion piece in the NYT is an important read. It is also important to recognize who sparked this latest round of murder. Palestinian families in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah have been living under the threat of eviction for many years, navigating a legal system designed to...

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  • May 15, 2021

Bernie Sanders opinion piece in the NYT is an important read. It is also important to recognize who sparked this latest round of murder. Palestinian families in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah have been living under the threat of eviction for many years, navigating a legal system designed to...

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  • May 15, 2021

In testimony before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, former acting defense secretary Christopher Miller and former acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen, sought to defend their response to the deadly insurrection. This did not address the obvious positioning of them and others by previous guy to overturn election results....

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  • May 12, 2021

I’m always gobsmacked whenever anyone gets in bed with Donald Trump—either literally or figuratively—because, for one, he never shows love or loyalty to anyone and, for another … ew, gross. Last week, we discovered that glitching espresso machine cum coffee boy Rudy Giuliani wants Trump to pay him for his legal...

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  • May 9, 2021

Trump's DOJ secretly obtained Washington Post reporters’ phone records “The Trump Justice Department secretly obtained Washington Post journalists' phone records and tried to obtain their email records over reporting they did in the early months of the Trump administration on Russia's role in the 2016 election, according to government letters...

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  • May 8, 2021
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Not surprised by this: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is a rising star in the Republican Party. But many of his former staffers told Politico they felt used and abused by the MAGA politician. A group of former DeSantis staffers have formed a “support group” to regularly discuss their adverse experiences...

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  • May 7, 2021

So Rudy “Up From His Head Come a Bubblin’ Crude” Giuliani, who represented Donald Trump in his effort to overturn the 2020 election, is now learning where Trump’s loyalties really lie—i.e., with the Adderall fairies whispering in his ear 24/7 about the impudent hobgoblins trying steal his pouch of magic beans. Uh, Donald...

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  • May 5, 2021
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I’m not a vindictive person. I’m really not. Certain things I’ve endured in my life I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy, such as depression, debilitating flu, and the Carrot Top Spa Day Experience in Vegas. Which is exactly what it sounds like. Not sure what I was thinking there. That...

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  • May 3, 2021

Remember when Trump said: “I know people that like the Confederate flag and they're not thinking about slavery”. Maybe we can finally get to that obstruction of justice because the former United States President tried to blackmail Ukraine into helping him cheat in our 2020 election. We’ll have more chances...

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  • April 29, 2021

Only Republicans would encourage running over demonstrators by indemnifying and pitting RWNJs and their vehicles against peaceful crowds. Because who knew that the “unintentional” weaponizing of personal vehicles was possible when pretending you’re driving a Tesla into a crowd of demonstrators.  “Five states besides Florida introduced similar bills this year, granting some...

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  • April 25, 2021

What is it with Missouri? Extortionist governors, seditious Senators, child abusing state legislators, and now gun-toting, bee-killing ex-yuppies Mark McCloskey, gun-toting St. Louis lawyer, considering Senate bid https://t.co/xYyZpVCfrd — #TuckFrump (@realTuckFrumper) April 21, 2021 Mark McCloskey — the gun-toting St. Louis attorney who drew headlines last year for brandishing an...

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  • April 21, 2021

“Today, a jury did the right thing. But true justice requires much more.“ x Opinion | Caught on camera Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is found guilty of all three counts of murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd.https://t.co/Wi66rRx6iO pic.twitter.com/alUPrS7W4u— Ann Telnaes (@AnnTelnaes) April 20, 2021 The...

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  • April 20, 2021

Received this e-mail today from Marine officer, Lucas Kunce’s (D. MO) U.S. Senate campaign: Happy 4/20! I’ve got a simple message for you today: Let’s legalize it. By now, it’s clear to most Americans that it’s time to make marijuana legal nationwide. But for years, the massive corporations behind private prisons,...

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  • April 20, 2021

420 should be an official national holiday. Also, here’s the latest news out of Pennsylvania: The suit means business. Revenue. Jobs. Justice. Freedom. Legal Weed ✅ for PA. pic.twitter.com/0qEHxolMNh — John Fetterman (@JohnFetterman) April 20, 2021 People who want lawmakers to legalize recreational marijuana in Pennsylvania rallied Tuesday at the...

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  • April 20, 2021

“A man responsible for Republican vaccine hesitancy wonders why he's being asked to promote getting vaccinated….. It is April 19, 2021, and Trump is still talking about Hillary Clinton and Christopher Steele on Fox News….  says he’s ‘beyond seriously’ considering a 2024 presidential bid” Fox News personality Sean Hannity asked Trump what...

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  • April 20, 2021

I thought it was brilliant how panelist @LZGranderson used his last 38-seconds to tell a white supremacist truth we continue to dance around. Panelist gets real by changing the subject x x YouTube Video See full episodes here. Our mainstream media infrastructure does not cater to critical thinking. In fact,...

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  • April 18, 2021

Is Matt Gaetz a stalking horse for the even more extensive crimes of the previous guy, whose silence so far is staggering. A plea deal of an associate is going to make life even more difficult. House Republican Adam Kinzinger — who voted to impeach Trump a second time —...

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  • April 9, 2021

I read “Biden Can Go Bigger and Not ‘Pay for It’ the Old Way” by Economics Professor and MMT advocate Stephanie Kelton. It is an important read that we need to understand. Stephanie Kelton hits the nail on the head. See full episodes here. Ironically Professor Kelton shared some concerns with former...

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  • April 7, 2021

I’m not sure what Matt Gaetz expected. After all, the only exercise Donald Trump ever gets involves golf, languorous coitusTM, and throwing former “friends” under the bus. (Again, Trump has no actual “friends.” He has acquaintances he’s yet to shiv in the liver.) For years, people have filled Gaetz’s head...

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  • April 6, 2021

A physical Trump library may never come to pass except as some money-laundering real estate scheme. The tweets don’t take up space, and planning for a library would suggest “Trump’s done being president” and that’s not something he’s ready to concede, Anthony Clark went on to predict that Trump’s presidential...

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  • April 5, 2021

I tossed this thought out at the end of my previous diary, New Reports on How Trump Fleeced – and is Still Fleecing – His Base, but the more I think about it, the more I think this is something the DNC or some similar group should look into, so I’m...

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  • April 4, 2021

Hank Aaron was a giant of a man, not just a legendary baseball player. Not only did he break Babe Ruth’s “unbreakable” home run record, he was also a civil rights hero who never missed a chance to fight for equality. Eventually his efforts led to a Presidential Medal of Freedom...

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  • April 3, 2021

Diverting information foregrounds the developing investigations of Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL). The pattern is familiar, defenses that try to construct logical fallacies in preparation for lawfare. Schadenfreude builds as everyone waits for actual indictments. Yet the periphery is littered with a barrage of “facts” including a story reminiscent of Iran-Contra....

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  • March 31, 2021
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