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From that moment in November of 1969, when former President Richard Nixon asked for a “silent majority” to support his ‘Vietnamization’ effort, utilizing the peace with honor strategy; America’s shotgun wedding to the GOP marriage of silent loyalty and moral obedience was consummated. Between the Nixon and Reagan administrations, Republicans...

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  • August 13, 2021

When former President Obama introduced the Affordable Care Act, he made the recurring mistake Democrats often commit; negotiating with Republicans in good faith. Mr. Obama took it a step further and negotiated against himself. Although there were varying views within his panel of healthcare experts on how far the legislation...

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  • May 24, 2021

A few years ago, I wrote the piece titled “Boomers Must Take Some Blame And Help Fix Generation Y Unhappy Problem” without any malintent. I was raked over the coals by my boomer friends who accused me of agism and much more. Some said I was pitting generations against each...

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  • May 23, 2021

For those who aren’t policy wonks—and who somehow can’t decide whether Joe Biden is a compassionate family man or a rapacious baby’s blood aficionado—it can be difficult to suss out the real benefits of Biden’s recent economic proposals. Luckily, new analysis from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) spells out...

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  • May 4, 2021

The raison d'être of the Republican Party for much of the past 100 years has been to slam the brakes on anything that would make the poor and middle class feel more secure and prosperous.  Look at the list of popular government programs and initiatives they’ve decried as “socialism”: unemployment insurance, Social Security,...

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  • May 1, 2021

A little over a year ago, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham postured that helping out hungry Americans would make them lazy. “Very few people would choose work over unemployment benefits that provided moderately more money,” said Graham. Not only was this an attack on those in need but their work ethic...

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  • April 30, 2021

Minnesota law enforcement, at its based level exhibits some intersectional issues often represented in fictional culture products like Fargo. Their police forces haven’t learned very much since the death of George Floyd. So many examples of bad faith below:

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  • April 19, 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

Many times during his reign, Trump could have saved his presidency by taking moderate positions and co-opting the Democrats. He felt, however that he should obey his benefactors like a beta, whether it was the evangelicals and Russia, or Steve Bannon, Paul Manafort, and Mike Flynn. Even in the pandemic,...

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  • April 1, 2021
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Is it sinking in for Republicans yet just how much they’ve fucked up? In the eyes of millions of Americans, they’re now the party of COVID-19, election theft, voter suppression, sedition, and smaller checks for fewer people.  Meanwhile, Joe Biden is outsmarting them at every turn, having recently brushed back the GOP’s insincere overtures...

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  • March 18, 2021

I still remember when Donald Trump got up in front of a throng of masochistic fools and said, of his plutocrat-friendly 2017 tax cut bill, “This is going to cost me a fortune, this thing, believe me. This is not good for me. … I think my accountants are going crazy...

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  • March 8, 2021

I watched Republican Senator Bill Cassidy (Louisiana) yesterday on CNN’s State of the Union, and he made a case against Biden’s $1.9 trillion Covid Relief package.  Pressed to explain his differences, Sen. Cassidy said it entailed “too much money” and as support said only that the bill provides: “$112 million...

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  • March 1, 2021

Received this e-mail today U.S. Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I. VT): U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D. NY) & U.S. Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I. VT) Democrats promised the American people that if we won both races in Georgia and took control of the Senate,...

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  • February 11, 2021

There’s going to be a lot of swearing in this. Let me begin: What the fucking fuck? A woman accused of participating in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol asked a federal judge for permission to leave the country on vacation later this month – and got it. …...

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  • February 3, 2021

Conservatives love to mythologize wealthy people as brave, resolute, patriotic captains of industry who won’t let anything get in the way of their success. At the same time, they also frequently portray the rich as timid little whelps who will instantly grab their balls and go home if anyone tries to pluck...

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  • January 29, 2021

Received this e-mail today from Rep. Tim Ryan (D. OH-13): You’ve always had my back. That’s why I want to be the first to tell you: I’m thinking about running to represent Ohio in the U.S. Senate. This choice isn’t just about what I want. It’s about ensuring Ohio has...

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  • January 27, 2021

Big news today out of North Carolina: x Hey folks – I'm officially running to serve North Carolina in the U.S. Senate. You deserve leadership that listens and learns. So we're making this a true 100 county campaign. This is Day One. Your support now means a lot:https://t.co/RyDJdgULeR pic.twitter.com/rGKgspujZK— Sen....

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  • January 26, 2021

All his life, Donald Trump has managed to avoid responsibility for the damage he’s done to others: his racial discrimination in his housing (not to mention his neglect of that same housing), his stiffing of contractors, driving many of them into bankruptcy, his exploitation of undocumented immigrants, his misogynistic treatment...

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  • November 27, 2020

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

Some very encouraging news today out of Ohio courtesy of Quinnipiac University’s latest poll: OHIO: PRESIDENTIAL RACE The race for the White House in Ohio remains essentially tied, as likely voters support Biden 48 percent and Trump 47 percent. Four percent are undecided. This is identical to the last Ohio...

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  • October 14, 2020

Okay, this is some bullshit. And the bullshitter’s older brother, Curtis, agrees. x My sister is full of #$@%# ! Trump’s first order of business was to rush a tax credit through for the top 1%…which includes her! She, along with Trump,have no use for the working class. She only uses...

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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

Big news today: x I’m proud to endorse these outstanding Democratic candidates who will work to get the virus under control, rebuild the economy and the middle class, and protect Americans’ health care and preexisting conditions protections. Support these candidates––and vote early if you can. pic.twitter.com/KETni3uwBt— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) September...

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  • September 26, 2020

Some good news today out of Texas: x Texas Poll Presidential:Trump 46% (+1)Biden 45%#TXSen: Cornyn (R-inc) 40% (+2)Hegar (D) 38%@DataProgress (LV, 9/15-22)— Political Polls (@PpollingNumbers) September 25, 2020 For this November’s election, Biden trails Trump by 1 point in Texas. Senator John Cornyn maintains a 2-point lead over his Democratic...

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  • September 25, 2020

Trump went to Ohio today to draw attention away from what will continue to be news as his crimes catch up to him. Remember that what Trump really wants among many other things is to kill off Social Security, so aside from actually killing off the elderly with incompetent health...

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  • September 22, 2020

Imagine, for a moment, if in 2008 Obama campaign manager David Plouffe had coordinated with Wiki Leaks and the Russians to infiltrate and influence the readers of America's social media apparatus. Imagine then, if Mr. Obama was caught on tape regaling his exploits of how he molested women; only to...

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  • August 19, 2020

Received this e-mail just now from former President James Earl Carter, Jr. in support of former Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential campaign: It was my honor to speak tonight at the Democratic National Convention to tell the American people why I’m proud to support Joe Biden to be the next...

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  • August 19, 2020

Trump is trying to scare suburbanites perhaps on the basis of race (low-income housing signifying more diversity) but today he suggested that middle class PoC would agree because Trump probably believes, “who doesn’t hate the poor?” The problem comes from simultaneously insulting women he deems “nasty”. x Watched @billmaher last week...

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  • August 13, 2020

Here’s some good news today out of Kansas: x Election Twitter’s crowdfunded KANSAS poll results SurveyUSA/Election Twitter (8/5-8/9)MoE +/- 3.3% ________ KS-SEN Marshall  46 (+2)Bollier  44 Presidential race Trump  48 (+7)Biden  41 Trump approval Approve  50 (+2)Disapprove  48— Jack Vaughan (@theJackVaughan) August 12, 2020 Here are some interesting factors: *...

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  • August 12, 2020

Received this e-mail from former presidential candidate, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D. CA-15), in support of Jaime Harrison’s (D. SC) U.S. Senate campaign: Jaime Harrison (D. SC) This is BIG. The latest polling shows Democrat Jaime Harrison TIED with Lindsey Graham in South Carolina!!! (yes!!!). Can you rush a contribution right now to help Jaime take the lead?!...

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  • August 10, 2020

Scott Bixby at The Daily Beast has a great piece out that calls out U.S. Senate candidate, John James (R. MI), for following the GOP playbook to talk tough on China as a way to rile up their base. But of course, like pretty much every GOPer trying to make...

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  • July 30, 2020
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Here’s the latest news courtesy of Qunnipiac University’s latest poll: If the election for president were being held today, former Vice President Joe Biden would receive 49percent of the vote and President Donald Trump would receive 41 percent, according to a Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pea-ack) University national poll of registered voters released...

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  • June 18, 2020

Received this e-mail yesterday from former Presidential candidate, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D. MA), in support of Joe Biden’s presidential candidate: This is a time of tremendous crisis for our nation.   Across the country, Americans are flooding the streets protesting the injustice of police brutality and affirming the unshakable...

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  • June 18, 2020

Received this e-mail from Fight For Progress PAC in support of Theresa Greenfield’s (D. IA) U.S. Senate campaign: It’s more important than ever to elect thoughtful and compassionate leaders to all levels of government. Tuesday night was an excellent night for Iowa and our battle to take back the U.S....

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  • June 5, 2020
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I just received this e-mail from former Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential campaign. It’s the full transcript of his speech today in Philadelphia, PA: x YouTube Video “I can’t breathe.” “I can’t breathe.” George Floyd’s last words. But they didn’t die with him. They’re still being heard. They’re echoing across...

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  • June 2, 2020

Trump’s Inaugural Speech: REMARKS OF PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP – AS PREPARED FOR DELIVERY INAUGURAL ADDRESS FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 2017 WASHINGTON, D.C. As Prepared for Delivery – Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: thank you. We, the citizens...

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  • June 1, 2020

Much of this narrative still has to play out, but birding, animal cruelty, privilege, Central Park, class, culture, all are part of this bit of meme. COVID-19 has wound everyone up in the hotspots. Which Fox News pundit will take the lead on this. Imagine the counternarrative (he was trying...

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  • May 26, 2020

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D. NY) in support of U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D. MI) re-election: That’s what Donald Trump tweeted, officially endorsing GOP Senate candidate John James, who is trying unseat my colleague Gary Peters. Big-money Republicans are funneling millions into Michigan,...

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  • May 25, 2020

New York Magazine has a must-read piece out right now: When fourth-term senator Joe Biden built his Wilmington, Delaware, home in 1996, he had no plans to turn it into a backup office, let alone a presidential-campaign isolation bunker from which to plan a crisis presidency an order of magnitude more expansive than anything...

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  • May 11, 2020

Some more polling news: Presidential Polling (AZ, FL, MI, NC, PA, WI): Biden (D): 47% (-1)Trump (R): 44% (-) Change Research / May 3, 2020 / n=1,489 / Online (% chg w April 18)https://t.co/T9pnhEJw4E — Polling USA 🎃 (@USA_Polling) May 6, 2020 Here’s some more info: Key Takeaways 68% of...

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  • May 6, 2020

UPDATE: Due to the confusing numbers in the Tweet, the poll does show Biden winning nationally but gives Trump a two point lead in the swing states. I have changed the title to better suit it. Apologies again. Some more polling news: x Presidential Polling (AZ, FL, MI, NC, PA,...

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  • May 6, 2020

Received this e-mail today from presidential candidate, Joe Biden, on behalf of the Wisconsin Democratic Party: We’re fighting for the soul of America. If we give Donald Trump another four years in the White House, he will fundamentally alter who we are as a nation. The road to the White...

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  • May 4, 2020

Received this e-mail today from former presidential candidate, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D. IN), in support of U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D. MI) re-election campaign: Sen. Gary Peters (D. MI) This past year, running for president was an extraordinary experience. I met people from all walks of life across...

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  • April 24, 2020

Received this e-mail from U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D. MI) in support of Joe Biden’s presidential campaign: I wanted you to be the first to hear it from me: I’m proud to endorse Joe Biden for President. We need a President that’s ready to create real, effective change for everyday Americans...

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  • April 16, 2020

Love it: x YouTube Video The Middle Class Fighting to Restore Arizona’s Unity and Decency super PAC’s ad will launch Saturday and run for one week. “Martha McSally has consistently let the working people of Arizona down,” said Frank Hawk, vice president of the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters, one...

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  • April 5, 2020

Received this e-mail today from former Vice President and current Presidential candidate, Joe Biden, in support of Rep. Steven Horsford’s (D. NV-04) re-election campaign: Rep. Steven Horsford (D. NV-04) We are locked in battle for the soul of this nation. If we give Donald Trump eight years in the White...

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  • March 6, 2020

FiveThirtyEight went there and attacked “party elites” today as the reason for the “inevitable” loss of Warren. It doesn’t make anyone feel better, except that whoever those “party elites” are, they have made the Democratic party do some very stupid things in its history. As we’ve seen, becoming the party elite...

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  • March 6, 2020
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I’ve always loved Elizabeth Warren’s “I Have A Plan For That Motto” because it rings so true. Today, she unveils three new plans that cover three big issues. First, the Coronavirus: Warren’s plan has several provisions, starting with attempts to help people who need or will need medical attention. She wants...

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  • March 2, 2020

A short-sighted framing of Elizabeth Warren as the “first” intersectional presidential candidate speaks to some problematic fervor, particularly for a tenured feminist professor. Intersectional critique is, after all, “the development of integrated analysis and practice based upon the fact that the major systems of oppression are interlocking.”. Emphasis on the...

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  • February 24, 2020

Nina Turner, spokesperson and national co-chair of the Bernie Sanders did not hold back as she dispelled and explained the Bernie Bro trope. Why the Bernie Bro trope? x x YouTube Video I visited the Bernie Sanders headquarters in Las Vegas, Nevada. The day before they told me Nina Turner...

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  • February 21, 2020
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