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“[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

The US and the world continue with efforts to contain Covid. While the rate of vaccinations in the US has been slowing, the CDC reports that 60.2% of US adults have received at least one dose as of yesterday. About 47.9% of all Americans have taken at least one shot...

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  • May 20, 2021

It may seem paradoxical that with only 41% of the US population having received even one dose of Covid-19 vaccines, some states have been freely giving vaccinations to foreign travelers. The US government does not officially condone vaccine tourism. That does not prevent tourists who “happen to be in the US” from...

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  • April 24, 2021

President Joe Biden announced today that every state has removed age eligibility for Covid-19 vaccinations so anyone 16 or over can received a Pfizer/BioNtech shot and anyone18 or over can receive a dose of Moderna’s vaccine. Biden’s goal of 200 million vaccinations in his first 100 days should be reached this Wednesday, eight days...

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  • April 19, 2021

http://www.cbsnews.com/… Dr. Anthony Fauci said he expects a decision from the FDA will come this week on whether to resume vaccinations with the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, though it may come with some limitations in use. Vaccinations with the J&J shots were paused while reports of serious but vary rare blood clots...

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  • April 18, 2021

I wanted to make sure you all saw this: Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet on Wednesday called on the Senate to act in the wake of a mass shooting at a supermarket in his state, asserting in an impassioned speech from the chamber floor that his colleagues have a moral obligation to a generation...

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  • March 25, 2021

Though my spot on the introversion spectrum lies somewhere between Kleenex box-wearing Howard Hughes and urine-collecting Howard Hughes (and as I continue to age, I’m on a bullet train to raw-fish-eating Gollum), I still usually get sick in the winter, at least once. In the past, while grocery shopping or taking...

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  • February 28, 2021

Greg Abbott searches for #TexasBlackoout blame in the state’s power utility but Texas deregulated its grid to avoid the very regulations that would have prevented this problem.  All in the name of profit. Greg Abbott now even blames the Green New Deal. 88% of Texas electricity is supplied by natural gas...

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  • February 17, 2021

Ron Johnson didn’t see an ‘armed insurrection’ because who could have foreseen that Trump would threaten violence. In August 2016, Trump called for “second amendment solutions” if Hillary Clinton was elected. Now is the time for 14th Amendment solutions. x By @cgdeaton: Block Trump from office with the 14th Amendment's...

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  • February 16, 2021

Seven Republican senators voted on Saturday to convict former President Donald J. Trump in the most bipartisan vote for a presidential impeachment conviction in United States history. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana Susan Collins of Maine Lisa Murkowski of Alaska Mitt Romney of Utah Ben Sasse of Nebraska Patrick J. Toomey of...

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  • February 13, 2021

The WaPo is reporting that the Senate will call wtinesses: The Senate voted Saturday to call witnesses in Trump’s Senate impeachment trial, in a surprise move that comes one day after a Republican congresswoman’s account of the former president’s actions on Jan. 6 received national attention. Lead impeachment manager Rep....

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  • February 13, 2021

Response to all the comments below that the Dems “caved”: The House managers really only wanted one witness: Herrera-Beutler, who could testify what Trump told McCarthy — VERY damaging testimony. Herrera-Beutler’s report on that was entered into the record and Trump’s lawyers stipulated to it. That’s what they wanted and...

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  • February 13, 2021

Republicans are intimidated by the size of Joe Biden’s bills. Maine Sen. Susan Collins and a group of likeminded milquetoasts are balking at the $1.9 trillion COVID relief package Democrats appear determined to pass through budget reconciliation. Seems they’ve either noticed the giant deficit Donald Trump amassed both pre- and...

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  • January 31, 2021

On the day when Republicans lost control of the US Senate, Mitch McConnell is being warned that he could be voted out as Republican leader if he votes to convict former President Trump during the impeachment trial. Republicans who know McConnell well believe he will take the temperature of the Senate...

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  • January 21, 2021

Happy New Year 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...

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  • January 2, 2021

Donald Trump’s favorite person, aside from himself, has worked assiduously over the years to make it appear as if she isn’t nearly as vulgar, brash, or downright gormless as the rest of the Huns in her family. But it’s a dark ruse — as evidenced by her tacit complicity in...

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  • November 17, 2020

Idiocracy declared victory at 2 am. Didn’t happen. Trump and the GOP want the courts to intervene before counting is finished. Voting is done, counting’s not finished. At this writing Wisconsin and Maine are now in the Biden column. Biden leads in Michigan, Arizona, and Nevada. Wisconsin Elections Commission Administrator says on @NBCNews: “All...

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  • November 4, 2020

More damn mischief. GOTV, dammit. Fortunately the FBI is on the case. x https://t.co/b9Ak1VMZnI— Forbes (@Forbes) November 3, 2020 Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, on Tuesday alerted voters in Dearborn about a suspicious text message making the rounds that claimed a “typographical error” on the on the ballots, which were inexplicably described...

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  • November 3, 2020

 Count every vote. #CountEveryVote x Remember that America is a democracy. Every vote deserves to be counted, no matter what Trump and Republicans say https://t.co/HcHI6D5t0N— Barbara Malmet (@B52Malmet) November 3, 2020 x #BREAK Election eve and Twitter has labeled a Trump tweet as misleading. Removed ability for tweet to be retweeted....

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  • November 3, 2020

Some very good news today out of Maine courtesy of Emerson College’s latest poll: The final Emerson College poll before the November 3rd election in Maine finds the former Vice President Joe Biden leading President Donald Trump 54% to 43%. Three percent (3%) of voters plan to vote for someone...

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  • November 2, 2020

Remember the name, Tynetta Jackson. She is a Democratic Hero that we need to all mimic from now to election day and beyond. She did her part.  She understands the importance of this election. Tynetta Jackson, Democratic Hero See full episodes here. I almost cried after listening to Tynetta Jackson. She made...

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  • October 31, 2020

A former member of U.S. Senator Susan Collins’ (R. ME) staff released a very compelling op-ed piece in the Press Herald where she talks about how she was date raped by her boyfriend and another man. She explains how getting her job working Collins helped her cope and move on...

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  • October 30, 2020
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Apparently, with four days left, time has run out for the 2016-style October Surprise. Only a major terror attack(s) could make a shift in what looks to be a trending Biden victory. There’s plenty of spookery in how Giuliani and Bannon developed the pre-impeachment attempts to sway the 2020 election. Lots...

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  • October 30, 2020

Here’s the latest news today out of Maine courtesy of the The Bangor Daily News/SurveyUSA poll on ranked choice voting: #MEsen: 1st round:Gideon (D) 46% (+1)Collins (R-inc) 45%Savage (I) 4%Linn (I) 1%.Post-RCV:Gideon (D) 51% (+2)Collins (R-inc) 49%@surveyusa/@fairvote, LV, 10/23-27https://t.co/vCxdpOMKk2 — Political Polls (@Politics_Polls) October 29, 2020 The survey of 1,007...

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  • October 29, 2020

From The Huffington Post: x YouTube Video Two Republican super PACs used the same supposed voter in newly released ads for at least three different Senate races, including those in Maine, Iowa and Kansas. In an ad produced by American Crossroads that aired in Kansas, a brown-haired woman criticizes Democratic...

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  • October 28, 2020

Here’s the latest news today out of Maine: x #MEsen:Gideon (D) 47% (+4)Collins (R-inc) 43%Savage (I) 5%Linn (I) 2%.#ME01:Pingree (D-inc) 58% (+27)Allen (R) 31%.#ME02:Golden (D-inc) 56% (+25)Crafts (R) 31% Colby College, LV, 10/21-25https://t.co/4rsSIFxFnh— Political Polls (@Politics_Polls) October 28, 2020 Sara Gideon continued to hold a narrow lead over U.S. Sen....

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  • October 28, 2020

From The Huffington Post: Though Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) has lost several key endorsements to Democratic challenger Sara Gideon this election cycle, she received the full support last week of at least one group in her state: the anti-LGBTQ, anti-abortion Christian Civic League of Maine. During an Oct. 13 interview...

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  • October 23, 2020

“The political crass” …lies, damn lies, and Trump polling with 2 weeks remaining. Actually Bibb County, Trump’s at the middle Georgia regional airport doing more airplane hangar super-spreading. x What’s striking to me about Trump’s “85%” claim is that the CDC study is being misrepresented in some conservative media…but Trump...

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  • October 17, 2020

Andy Borowtiz at The New Yorker strikes again: Calling the Supreme Court nominee’s testimony “worrisome,” Senator Susan Collins said that she is concerned that Amy Coney Barrett is too indecisive to sit on the nation’s highest court. “When she was asked a question, she often appeared hesitant, evasive, and wishy-washy,”...

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  • October 14, 2020

Received this e-mail today from Theresa Greenfield’s (D. IA) U.S. Senate campaign: President Barack Obama is hosting a virtual grassroots fundraiser this Friday to help us take back the Senate — and we want you to be there! Taking back the Senate has never been more important, and these Democratic candidates in Iowa, Texas,...

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  • October 13, 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

Now that’s what I’m talking about: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) announced endorsements for more than 150 Democrats running in local races across the country. Sanders said the 172 contenders he endorsed Friday would be strong advocates for the progressive movement and that victories at the local level will help lay the foundation...

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  • October 12, 2020

I like this: Democrats eager to link Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins with President Donald Trump in her reelection race have begun posting campaign-style “Trump/Collins” signs in Maine. They’re similar to the traditional “Trump/Pence” signs touting the Republican presidential ticket of Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. In this case,...

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  • October 11, 2020

At some point early next year they’ll squeegee the COVID-riddled puddle of Trump tresses and asshole adipose out of the people’s house, but until then, the toxic diaper barge that is his campaign and presidency will continue to swamp the hopes of Republicans up and down the ballot. At this...

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  • October 7, 2020

Looking more like pathological Trump is going full scorched earth, not caring whether his “Trump checks” will get to potential voters. The economy will likely tank (more), now that Trump wants to give winning Dems more grief for the Blue Tsunami. And then there’s the super-spreader candidate for SCOTUS. Trump says he told...

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  • October 7, 2020
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Since today is a heavy Lindsey Graham (R. SC) news day on Daily Kos, I figured it was important to highlight this from The Huffington Post: Democrat Matt Lieberman hosted a fundraiser for Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) in 2013, a tough look as he tries to win over Democratic voters...

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  • October 4, 2020

We don’t know how Trump’s infection by Covid-19 will affect the presidential race which has remained incredibly stable for more than a year. One would have to guess it will, to some degree, dishearten his supporters and destroy his narrative that the pandemic is pretty much going away. Most likely there...

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  • October 2, 2020
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From Emily Singer at The American Independent: Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) said Thursday that preexisting health conditions are not as big a deal as Democrats are making them seem, using one of the most popular provisions in the Affordable Care Act to attack Democrats. “The left, including Joe Biden in...

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  • October 2, 2020

Hot damn! Democrat Cal Cunningham raised more than $28 million in the third quarter of the year for his campaign to unseat Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), setting a record for the most raised in a single quarter by any North Carolina politician. Cunningham’s $28.3 million quarterly haul is nearly four...

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  • October 2, 2020

Some big news out of Mississippi: The Lincoln Project, a group of Republicans opposed to President Trump, plans to support Democratic Mississippi U.S. Senate candidate Mike Espy against incumbent Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith in the final month of a race that has otherwise seen scant national attention or outside spending....

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  • October 1, 2020

From The Bangor Daily News: A Hawaii defense contractor who has donated to U.S. Sen. Susan Collins and whose business operates in Maine faces federal charges alleging he defrauded the Paycheck Protection Program, the small business loan program championed by the senator. Martin Kao, the CEO of Martin Defense Group,...

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  • October 1, 2020

cookpolitical.com/… Consistent polling weakness in two Midwestern states that Trump won easily four years ago has convinced Cook Political Report to move Iowa and Ohio from Lean Republican to Tossup. In June they moved both states from Likely Republican to Lean Republican. Trump is polling much worse among white voters in...

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  • September 30, 2020

Former Secretary of Labor, Robert Reich, has a piece out in Salon and video up on YouTube where he focuses on flipping the U.S. Senate, Specifically on these 6 Senate races: 1. North Carolina: Thom Tillis (R. NC) vs Cal Cunningham (D. NC) 2. Maine: Susan Collins (R. ME) vs...

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  • September 28, 2020

The New York Times has a piece out about the U.S. Senate race about how Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon (D. ME) is running a strong campaign to unseat the incumbent U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R. ME): Her challenger is a smooth campaigner, fluent and assured about issues like Medicaid...

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  • September 28, 2020

projects.fivethirtyeight.com/… While the polls are showing Joe Biden maintaining his lead (Siena +8%, and ABC News +10%), Senate polls are almost all favorable for Democratic candidates. Recent Senate Polls State Pollster & Rating Democrat Republican AZ Hart (B/C)* Data Prog. (B-) Kelly                   55%...

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  • September 27, 2020

Some very good news today out of Maine: The latest poll of the U.S. Senate race in Maine, released Friday by Colby College, shows Democrat Sara Gideon maintaining a narrow lead over incumbent Republican Susan Collins. It also suggests neither candidate has a clear advantage with ranked-choice voting. In the...

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  • September 25, 2020

Former President Barack Obama teamed up with NowThis to emphasize that not only how important it is to vote in the presidential election but also to help Democrats win in down ballot races: x You don't need me to tell you what's at stake in this election. Now is the...

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  • September 24, 2020

http://www.nytimes.com/… The A+ rated NYT/Siena College Poll released this morning shows that Joe Biden is leading in Iowa 45% to 42% and is tied in Georgia with 45%. Trump has a 45% to 42% lead in Texas. Seltzer & Co., another A+ rated pollster, released a poll two days ago with ties in...

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  • September 24, 2020

More good news today out of Texas: x BREAKING: A new poll shows us just TWO POINTS DOWN! Our momentum keeps growing. Chip in now to defeat John Cornyn: https://t.co/nMcT1Aa91Y pic.twitter.com/hRvqNVAkT4 — MJ Hegar (@mjhegar) September 21, 2020 Here are the full results. From the poll: FYI: x TEXASTrump 48%...

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  • September 21, 2020

Now they’re just making things up. US Department of Justice designates #NYC as an anarchist jurisdiction. Seattle and Portland OR are also on the list because a couple of blocks in each city were involved. x Here is the current pace of what the murder rate might be in 2020 for...

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  • September 21, 2020
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