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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

While my writing ordinarily focuses on McDonaldland characters locked in a stunning array of ill-considered Kama Sutra positions, my second-favorite topic is likely Donald Trump and his infinite scams. The dude oozes dishonesty—and God knows what else. Which, of course, means he never stops grifting. It’s his default setting. The latest?...

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  • February 19, 2022

It begins…more likely prosecution of Trump corporate tax fraud coming first because it’ll always be about strong cases. Trump Organization facing possible criminal charges, sources say https://t.co/yfzrKV0jGu — Morning Joe (@Morning_Joe) June 28, 2021 The Trump Organization is expected to be hit with criminal charges as soon as next week...

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  • June 29, 2021

Why isn’t this guy in prison yet? Is it because he’s rich and white? Or because he behaves like a drug-addled mob boss? Getting to Donald Trump has always seemed a bit like nailing orange Jell-O to a wall. (Yes, I know that simile brutally defames orange Jell-O, which is...

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  • June 10, 2021

Slowly we turn, step by step, and the shoes will drop in the coming months regardless of the maneuvering in Congress. Procedure, process, and practice continue as evidence accumulates and the predicted timelines make more sense. The show goes on and even Broadway will be back in NYC. Manhattan DA...

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  • May 25, 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

A Trump indictment moves closer with McGahn agreement to testify to Congress, as with a variety of other possible witness cooperation and NY DA activity. The Manhattan DA is signaling such possible indictments, according to Preet Bharara x Palm Beach planning for possibility of Trump indictment: reporthttps://t.co/V2HdCWrf6G — MeidasTouch.com (@MeidasTouch) May 13, 2021...

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  • May 14, 2021

The New York Police Department’s (NYPD) Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating after two Asian women were attacked in Manhattan on Sunday, with one being hit in the head with a hammer. NYPD Releases Surveillance Footage of Suspect They are Looking For in Hell’s Kitchen Hammer Attack on Asian Woman...

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  • May 4, 2021

Feebs are closing in. Rudy’s electronic devices have now been seized in a NYC raid on his Manhattan apartment (and a Park Avenue office location). Darn that Deep State down by the Four Seasons Lawn Center. The buried lede is that the warrant was blocked under the former guy, but Merrick Garland unblocked...

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  • April 28, 2021

I know investigations take a long time but this man has caused so much damage with his enablers, I want to see some depositions, some results, and some accountability.   With all the damage he has caused, I think this is long overdue.   The Mueller report was squashed and now that...

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  • April 12, 2021

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 may notice that...

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  • April 10, 2021
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Like Martin Luther objecting to Pope Leo X selling indulgences to raise money for a variety of excesses, the environmental costs of carbon markets far exceed the benefits. Austerity would have denied us Renaissance art which is less at risk in an age of non-fungible tokens. Today the consequences for the planet...

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  • March 28, 2021

Remember that the Trump pardon will not protect Steve Bannon from NY prosecution on his multimillion-dollar border wall grift. Investigators employed by the state attorney general were deputized to work as prosecutors with the team led by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. (D), whose investigation of Bannon began shortly after...

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  • March 28, 2021

Like Chicago gangsters a century ago prosecuted for tax evasion, the Chicago way may catch up to Trump. As Elliot Ness is purported to have said, “no deals”. Cy Vance and Leticia James continue an untouchable investigation into only one aspect of Biglygate. Except, as Mother Jones confirmed, the loan wasn’t sold to Trump,...

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  • March 9, 2021

Don’t ask me how I stumbled onto the New York Post website. I’d like to say it was during the tail end of a turpentine-and-bath-salts bender, but no. I was sober and alert. And now my computer is chock-full of Murdochian mildew, thank you very much. These are the kinds of...

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  • March 8, 2021

An initial note — I’ve always thought that the most effective tool by far against Trump is to mock him.  That weakness has been central to this rube from Queens who spent a lifetime craving Manhattan’s (unavailable) approval. With that in mind, I need to point out one of the weirdest (although typical)...

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  • February 24, 2021

After the Supreme Court rejected Trump’s latest attempt to bar the Manhattan DA from getting his tax  returns and other financial records, the disgraced, twice-impeached, and — most important — former president issued a statement which, even by his standards, is a doozy: Trump responds to SCOTUS decision on his...

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  • February 22, 2021

A legal Bassmaster always wins the fishing expedition, even with all those witches and their lures. Tax and accounting records will go to the Manhattan DA. Trump called the action fascism, making his declaration with some measure of experience. Supreme Court rejects Trump’s effort to shield tax records from New York prosecutor. On...

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  • February 22, 2021

Trump has released this statement to CNN: “Mayor Giuliani is not currently representing President Trump in any legal matters.” Is this because of today’s lawsuit charging that in concert with the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers, they were conspiring to incite a violent riot at the U.S. Capitol on January...

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  • February 17, 2021

Yeah, I remember feeling this way after Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan. No fucking way can they make another Friday the 13th movie. I mean, that’s ridiculous, right? Twenty years later, after three more sequels and a reboot, I looked like a damn fool. Not as foolish...

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  • February 11, 2021

It’s easy to see why the minimum wage is unacceptable The minimum wage is $7.25 an hour.2  If it had been indexed to the consumer price index since 1968, the minimum wage would now be $10.15. If it had kept pace with executive-level pay increases, it would be $23.3 So...

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  • February 6, 2021

Darn those performances in Zoolander and Home Alone 2. Trump again shrinks in media prominence to Reagan, because failing to get the POTUS* role in the Sharknado franchise is Trump’s actual star moment. Next week will feature a boffo performance in his impeachment trial deposition reminiscent of the 30 lies in his 2007 lawsuit.  Likely it will be...

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  • February 4, 2021

Justice? Did someone say there’s still some justice in the world? I was really starting to wonder. The New York Times: Rupert Murdoch’s Fox Corporation and three of its popular anchors are the targets of a $2.7 billion defamation lawsuit filed on Thursday by a company that became a prominent...

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  • February 4, 2021

There’s that old adage about evil people doing evil things and good people standing by and doing nothing. It’s a powerful reminder that we all have to remain diligent in order to preserve the wispy bonds of comity and goodwill that hold our fragile republic together.   There might also be a...

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  • January 28, 2021

The losing continues with a 35% decline in revenues for 47 entities as Ahab returns to his white whale. Banks are bailing out on Trump as loans will be coming due. “Trump’s dealings with Seven Springs are the focus of two state-level investigations, by the Manhattan district attorney and the...

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  • January 22, 2021

In other words, a monstrous, noxious, venal scheme to lightly garnish the shart soufflé that is Donald Trump’s presidency. The New York Times: As President Trump prepares to leave office in days, a lucrative market for pardons is coming to a head, with some of his allies collecting fees from...

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  • January 17, 2021

Vanity Fair’s Emily Jane Fox has a dispatch from Jared and Ivanka’s World. (It’s the same world as yours, but without all that accountability and ability to feel shame and such.) The gist? The couple have about as much chance of reentering elite Manhattan social circles as this guy has...

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  • January 8, 2021

Donald Trump didn’t really say why he blew up the meticulously negotiated $900 billion stimulus bill, throwing Washington into chaos and screwing over millions of people who are simply trying to survive the winter. But since this is Trump, you can be certain the motive was both gobsmackingly petty and monumentally self-serving. Oh,...

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  • December 27, 2020

We were all discussing on another post about declaring Mar a Lago as residence when it actually is  a resort.  Now how can one claim your legal residence to be in a place you have signed a contract that it would not be and then register that place as YOUR...

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  • December 22, 2020

There are now so many pardon requests there’s a spreadsheet for them, but Trump’s so angry at the lost loyalty, the list could be smaller. Trump just sees no evil, even in a mirror. There may be a firing spree, among other irrational acts by a Trump now confronted by...

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  • December 16, 2020

Don’t dangle Twitter threads like this in front of me when my heart is already bursting with schadenfreude. Are you trying to kill me, Twitter? It’s too much! Quick, someone show me a Chachi tweet to bring me down! Or some Jon Voight gibberish. I can’t safely hold this much joy...

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  • November 12, 2020

x Biden: “We both know tensions are high. They can be high after a tough election…But remember, we have to remain calm, patient. Let the process work out as we count all the votes…your vote will be counted. I do not care how hard people try to stop it. I...

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  • November 7, 2020

Little Lord Fauntleroy has stepped in it once again. The odious sparkly vampire born with a silver spoon in his head was at the vanguard of Donald Trump’s pandemic response — and, you guessed it, he fucked it up, big-league. Seems that Bob Woodward taped Boy Blunder as well as Trump and,...

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  • October 28, 2020

Warning….Disturbing ! Well I  hope you can keep your lunch down.  This is sheer perversion and not exactly a winning strategy.  Rudy caught with hands in pants thinking the girl was 15.  Of course we know about the China bank account Trump has.  Wow.  Is this some sort of perverted...

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  • October 21, 2020

We in big trouble. x You think the Republican war on democracy is bad now? Just imagine what it would be like if Trump won: https://t.co/ogHG88jwDa— Paul Waldman (@paulwaldman1) September 24, 2020 With the Supreme Court soon to have a 6-3 conservative majority even though Republicans have lost the popular...

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  • September 24, 2020

Trump's in Ohio today, trying distract us from knowing that the Manhattan DA has grounds to prosecute Trump and his business on these grounds: -Scheme to Defraud -Falsification of Business Records -Insurance Fraud -Criminal Tax Fraud x Q: Who do you think poisoned Alexey Navalny in Russia? TRUMP: Uhhhh … we'll...

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  • September 21, 2020

One of the reasons Trump is so desperate to stay in the White House is that he thinks it will shield him from criminal charges. That questionable DOJ opinion protects him from being indicted by the federal prosecutors while he’s in office, and another questionable move he could make would...

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  • September 21, 2020

Another day of stupidity from IMPOTUS*, but he has promised to go into exile and flee prosecution. x The President suggests his opponent will receive an injection of performance enhancing drugs “in the ass” before the debates pic.twitter.com/sXOGjrFltp — Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) September 19, 2020 x tRUmp has descended into...

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  • September 20, 2020

Rudy Giuliani hasn’t kept his gaslight under a bushel, but may get prosecuted, not for his quasi-espionage or actions supporting Trump’s re-election, but simply for defrauding the US Treasury. x To get the amount of money Giuliani did, business owners must prove payroll expenses between $720,000 and $1.68 million in 2019....

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  • September 17, 2020

in a column posted for tomorrow’s paper titled ‘I Keep My Promises,’ Trump Said. Let’s Check. It has a subtitle of Here’s a report card on whether the president met his 2016 campaign pledges. In case your wondering, this report card has a clear grade of F since Trump has...

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  • September 5, 2020

Honestly, I’d be surprised if Donald Trump didn’t want a North Korea-style military parade at the heart of his inauguration — complete with goose-stepping, FFS! — but that doesn’t mean it’s not jarring to see it in print. I mean, what’s next? Will he announce a cabinet-level Department of Eugenics?  Ugh....

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  • August 30, 2020

Crowdfunding campaign grift about a southern border wall financing scheme of $25 million has now generated an indictment of Steve Bannon and others. SDNY is in charge. Wire fraud and money laundering are among the counts. Leaders of ‘We Build The Wall’ online fundraising campaign charged with defrauding hundreds of...

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  • August 20, 2020
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GOP Senators took their three weeks off, as the COVID death toll rises, Some left to campaign for re-election, others to disinform in support of IMPOTUS*. And then there’s Trump corrupting USPS in unprecedented election meddling. All the while, even Trump cannot condemn QAnon’s tacit escalation of Trumpian themes.   x Which...

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  • August 16, 2020

Red Letter day tomorrow, especially in NY state, where the AG may indeed open the first step to ending one of the greatest political crimes. I guess Trump doesn't wish her (27 year DOJ veteran Sally Yates) well. https://t.co/foBQlBwOuF — Neal Katyal (@neal_katyal) August 5, 2020 NY AG Letitia James...

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  • August 6, 2020

Trump is running out of distractions, as he recycles hydroxycholoroquine “cures” again and criticizes Birx. Backpedaling on TikTok has also some implications for US companies as Trump still wants some retribution for the Tulsa million-ticket stunt. These are meant to draw attention from the Manhattan DA Cy Vance moving forward...

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  • August 3, 2020

Trump's cosplay paramilitary uses repression stunts to reinforce GOP's voter suppression message, pointing their tiny mushrooms. x “I can't turn my back. But I fear for my life”: photographer captures pictures of #TrumpsGestapo pointing their guns at him during #PortlandProtests https://t.co/GgFF9VOtmx— Julie Laumann (@Otpor17) July 23, 2020 Putting the sado...

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  • July 23, 2020

Ruh-roh. I’m no lawyer — partly because I enjoy writing books and blogs more than studying the law, and partly because, well, weed — but I can read and comprehend a story about Trump’s jowly buttocks landing squarely in the fondue pot. Looks like one of the unintended consequences of the...

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  • July 11, 2020

Cartoon characters without pants might have to drop drawers as SCOTUS finally rules on Trump’s financial records today. There will be an over/under and perhaps even a split difference, but regardless there will be strong, powerful, or even strongly or powerfully Trump distractions. Bigly matters will at least be referenced...

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  • July 9, 2020

How good are the cameras at Rose M. Singer Center (Rikers for Women)? The goods: laundry, baggage, etc. and the tapes, oh so many tapes. Is the GOP “so far gone that even if Ghislane Maxwell implicates the President in child sex trafficking, they will find a way to excuse...

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  • July 2, 2020

Trump has just issued an executive order to protect statues. This faux martial law applies only for objects, and specifically protects by inference, right-wing extremism. Because Trump wants to sanction only one side of those “very fine people” and protect appearance rather than substance in public spaces. The farcical Trump regime...

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  • June 27, 2020
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