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The Republican Party and their mouthpieces in conservative media are licking their wounds as they come to the realization that their promised “red wave” sweeping GOP candidates to victory never rose to more than a trickle. Now they are testing out various lies and distractions to avoid accepting the fact...

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  • November 10, 2022

As the 2022 midterm election morning dawned, Donald Trump could be found up bright and early yammering about election fraud that didn’t exist. His accusations were especially bizarre since they were aimed at the Republicans who were running the Arizona election. So he thinks that Arizona’s GOP officials were committing...

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  • November 9, 2022

Among the hundreds of lies told by the former president, one has proven to be particularly dangerous to public health. “That’s all I hear about now. That’s all I hear. Turn on television—'Covid, Covid, Covid, Covid, Covid, Covid.' A plane goes down. Five hundred people dead, they don’t talk about...

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  • November 29, 2021

Here’s the latest news out of Pennsylvania: The TV ad is no-holds-barred. It bluntly attacks a decision of the Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania Supreme Court. And on Saturday, the state Bar Association said the spot went too far. The ad says the Democratic contender, Superior Court Judge Maria McLaughlin, “chose...

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  • October 25, 2021

So this happened yesterday: Glenn Youngkin, a wealthy first-time candidate who walked a line between his party’s Trump-centric base and appeals to business interests, won the Republican nomination for governor of Virginia on Monday. He heads into a general election in one of only two states choosing their governors in...

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  • May 12, 2021

Who could believe that Republicans would actually use a provable voter fraud fallacy to distract from institutional interventions that suppress votes. Why would they divert attention to voter suppression efforts and conspiracy theories as absurd as ballots shipped from abroad. And there’s no shortage of cynical extremists in the GOP. But...

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  • May 10, 2021

Normally it’s a given that the party that wins the White House will lose congressional seats in subsequent midterm elections. In 2010, Democrats got clobbered after Barack Obama’s historic 2008 victory. And a blue wave took hold in 2018, almost certainly in response to Donald Trump’s 2016 creepy-twins, blood-elevator Overlook Hotel red...

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  • May 6, 2021

We’re seeing more and more stories that Liz Cheney is about to be tossed under the bus, that the Republican “leadership” is so in thrall to Trump and his base, so dedicated to the service of Trump’s ego and his lies, that they are preparing to cast Cheney into the...

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  • May 4, 2021

Received this e-mail today from former presidential candidate, Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D. TX), on behalf of his organization, Powered by People: Did you see the news this week? Texas gained the most residents in the past decade of any state according to the 2020 census – and as a result,...

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  • May 1, 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

Dr. Anthony Fauci is on a roll. First, he went after this clown: x “You can get infected, and will get infected, if you put yourself at risk.” -Dr. Anthony Fauci responding to podcast host Joe Rogan’s suggestion that young people not get the COVID-19 vaccine pic.twitter.com/6E02GI31VV— TODAY (@TODAYshow) April...

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  • April 28, 2021

Al Sharpton did a piece on immigration that dispels the manner the Fox News-like manner mainstream media is covering “border crisis.” Al Sharpton knocks it out of the park See full episodes here. Al Sharpton did not mince his words in the piece above. Most importantly, he revealed an important chart...

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  • March 31, 2021

Ted Cruz continued his “Hey, look! I’m not in Cancun!” tour yesterday, traveling to the U.S.-Mexico border in search of a thatch of reeds that in no way made him look like a serial killer floating freshly harvested bodies down the river on jerry-rigged rafts comprised of peat bog residue and...

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  • March 27, 2021

The GOP hunt for unicorns continues as only the southern border seems to leak Middle Eastern terrorists (not). This fiction was floated during the “caravan” scare pimped during the midterm election and is a continuation of the “Muslim Ban” from the first month of the Trump regime. “Sir Lanka” (whoever...

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  • March 16, 2021

More like stupid being bigger than evil, a few trial balloons for Sarah Palin have emerged as Trump makes official his promise to campaign against Lisa Murkowski in 2022. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin threatened to run a primary challenge against GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski. Ugh. pic.twitter.com/FXmEToYOdm — PatriotTakes 🇺🇸 (@patriottakes) March...

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  • March 14, 2021

Let’s hope he does another two-hour snore-fest speech. “Trump to speak at CPAC conference in Florida next week: he plans to directly attack President Biden’s new immigration plan and will talk about the future of the Republican Party, a source familiar with his speech said.” The usual lies and perhaps...

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  • February 21, 2021

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D. OR) in support of U.S. Senators Mark Kelly (D. AZ), Raphael Warnock (D. GA), Maggie Hassan (D. NH), and Catherine Cortez Masto’s (D. NV) re-election campaigns: On this Valentine's Day, let's celebrate some of our powerhouse Democratic Senators up for...

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  • February 15, 2021

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Jon Ossoff (D. GA) in support of U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto’s (D. NV) re-election campaign: Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D. NV) Democrats just took control of the Senate, and Mitch McConnell and the GOP are already scheming to restore their power in 2022....

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  • February 1, 2021

Some big news today out of Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman says he is taking “a serious look” at another run for the U.S. Senate in 2022, an ambition he plans to share with supporters on Friday. “The 2022 cycle in Pennsylvania is going to be one of the...

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  • January 8, 2021

It moves… there will still be monkey business even as one good sign has been put into place: x Good evening, one and all. Please note that the FAA has restricted the airspace around Wilmington, Delaware, also known as the location of @JoeBiden. You know, similar to how they restrict the air...

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  • November 5, 2020

“Trump's odds of victory will decrease rather quickly, absent a sharp increase in his poll numbers.” Trends will out, and then there’s this bit of unhingery, as Trump bails on a 60 Minutes interview, because reasons… Likely Lesley Stahl asked more than a few uncomfortable questions. This recalls his historic comments to...

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  • October 20, 2020

Here’s the latest news today out of Pennsylvania: Sen. Pat Toomey has decided not to run for reelection or for governor of Pennsylvania in 2022, according to two people familiar with his plans, a surprise decision by the Republican with significant implications for the state’s next elections. He will serve...

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  • October 4, 2020

Trump is rushing SCOTUS vote to contest the election results, but GOP senators up for re-election may pay for this. Then again IMPOTUS* is sending seniors $200 “Trump cards” for their votes. x And here I thought this was hyperbole or trolling https://t.co/mgO2kSIOsV pic.twitter.com/nOHjQ7AMnk— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) September 25, 2020 x...

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  • September 25, 2020

I rescind my belief that Democratic politicians shouldn’t go on Fox under any circumstances. Mayor Pete forced their brainwashed viewers to confront reality. Most rightwing outlets have decided to just completely ignore this latest Trump scandal, where he called fallen soldiers “losers” and “suckers,” and instead focus on Nancy Pelosi’s hairdresser. Faux...

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  • September 5, 2020

Received this e-mail from former presidential candidate, Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s (D. TX) organization, Powered By People: In 2018, Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16) — along with Beto's Senate campaign, the El Paso Democratic Party, and End Citizens United — organized the first Border Bus Tour. The tour was a chartered bus...

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  • August 19, 2020

When George W. Bush stood in the rubble of the World Trade Center in 2001, a plurality of Republicans and to be fair a large number of Democrats cheered him. George W. Bush rallied America in the midst of its 9/11 sorrow, in response to firefighter Rocco Chierichella yelling, “We...

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  • August 5, 2020

Received Slate Magazine’s weekly e-mail letter, The Surge, today. Every few weeks they will change up their battleground state rankings for the 2020 Election. Below are the seven states that are tipping towards Joe Biden and deserve the most attention: 1. Texas There has been some recent discourse about whether...

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  • July 17, 2020
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The New York Times has a great piece out about how Democrats are eager to not only help Joe Biden take out Trump but also want him to expand the electoral map. The goal is to get to 270 electoral votes and here are the current states Biden’s campaign is...

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  • July 12, 2020

From The New York Times: As Representative Doug Collins went booth to booth at a recent Republican jamboree in northeast Georgia’s Rabun County, he was a hero, not an insurgent. No one knocked him for splitting the party with his bid against the state’s junior senator, Kelly Loeffler, who is...

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  • July 9, 2020

x Photos of Trump today – from @tru62. pic.twitter.com/dVVHvwUG9q — Manu Raju (@mkraju) June 27, 2020 x In white polo shirt and red cap, Pres Trump returns to WH from his Virginia golf club. pic.twitter.com/8hAWAvma8z — Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 27, 2020 x The choice of messenger…. Irony and any...

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  • June 27, 2020

Shout out to Dan Desai Martin at The American Independent for bringing this to our attention: Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) is planning to hold an in-person book signing and campaign fundraiser in here state on Friday, even as coronavirus cases are reaching record levels there. “Join us on June 12th for a...

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  • June 11, 2020

While Trump referred to himself as a “law and order president(sic)” is isn’t the first conscious use of Nixonian rhetoric or imagery. The 1968 Nixon was a beneficiary of historical events that Trump has limited options to manufacture in the time remaining. https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1267838101340196866?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Trump now appeals to more Nixonian referents: Trump’s...

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  • June 2, 2020

Received this e-mail today from former presidential candidate & Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D. TX): More than a million people have moved to Texas in the last three years, and I’m trying to get in touch with them. The good news about this group is that it’s comprised of folks who have...

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  • May 19, 2020

Reminding us that Obamagate was invented in January of 2017 to blunt an oncoming investigation of Mike Flynn, CNN’s Daniel Dale looks at Trump lies yet again, because they will not ever let up. In my second weekly video, I took a look at three of Trump's signature dishonesty patterns:...

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  • May 16, 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 big news: x I’m deeply honored to receive the endorsement of President @BarackObama. In these trying times, our district and nation need us to show real leadership. We have one week to go for the #CA25 special election. Let’s show the country we are united by hope and ready...

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  • May 6, 2020

Elie Mystal from The Nation has a new piece out about how U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R. KY) wants to block businesses from being sued for putting their workers are risk during the COVID-19 pandemic: McConnell has “insisted” that the next stimulus package will include legal immunity for...

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  • May 3, 2020

Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball just released their Senate predictions section. They are identifying Senate races in Arizona, Colorado, Maine and North Carolina as the top four toss up races moving in the Democrats direction. Sabato’s Crystal Ball also identifies both Georgia Senate races along with Montana and Iowa as races...

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  • May 1, 2020

Again, this is from the conservative National Review: Some terrible ideas never go away, especially ideas that help politicians to disguise weakness as strength. One such scheme in the Beltway bag of tricks is the proposal to “punish” a hostile foreign power by allowing it to be sued in court. Senators...

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  • April 23, 2020

As an Elizabeth Warren supporter, my new candidate is Vote Blue No Matter Who, meaning that I am staying neutral in the two man race between Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders. Whoever emerges as the nominee, I will enthusiastically support. But as many of you know, my passion has been...

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  • March 9, 2020

Recently I highlighted this: A mysterious outside group that sprang into existence only last week will spend more than $1 million in television advertisements backing North Carolina state Sen. Erica Smith (D), one of the candidates running to challenge Sen. Thom Tillis (R) in November. The group has made heavy buys in...

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  • February 21, 2020

Last year, the state of Virginia culminated its transformation from one of the most Republican states to electing a Democratic controlled legislature for the first time in a generation. What will be the next state to transform from a dependable Republican to swing state or better, maybe the Grand Canyon State? Reviewing the...

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  • February 17, 2020

Millions of MoveOn members will mobilize as part of group’s ‘America for All’ campaign; more than 30,000 members in battleground states are expected to volunteer in person More than 7 million ‘high-potential’ voters in key battlegrounds are group’s turnout targets Grassroots are energized to hold elected officials accountable after complicit...

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  • February 7, 2020

Received this e-mail from the progressive group, Indivisible: Indivisibles, Hey everybody, this is Ezra, the co-founder of Indivisible, here with a really exciting (and short!) message. 36 frontline Democrats who flipped GOP seats last year just voted to impeach Trump. The only reason Trump is being held accountable is because we...

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  • December 29, 2019

Donald Trump is declaring victory in his trade war with China. Of course he is. He always claims victory, even — in fact, especially — when he loses. Remember the 2018 midterm elections? You’d have thought Republicans had won every seat and exacted punitive damages from Democrats who’d had the temerity...

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  • December 18, 2019

“People’s beliefs and perceptions are shaped more by whatever the leaders of their own political tribe say than by ideology, history, or even their own self-interest,” Paul Pillar, former senior CIA analyst. Putin can take over the world and Donald Trump will help him spread his propaganda wow ! I...

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  • December 8, 2019

Without panicking, the potential chaos of the 2016 election, regardless of result could repeat itself, noting Moscow Mitch’s complicity then and now in 2020 election security. This training event could be amusing except that William Barr’s recent speech to the Federalist society warned of impending “left” violence. The greater reality...

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  • November 16, 2019

So remember those two Rudy Giuliani associates who were arrested on campaign finance charges 11 days ago? Donald Trump, of course, had no idea who there were, but acknowledged he might show up in some photos with them: Asked about two men with ties to Rudy Giuliani arrested earlier today,...

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  • October 21, 2019

Last week I wrote a diary about the manufacturing slump in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania — two of the three traditionally blue states Trump flipped red in 2016, and which he desperately needs for another victory in 2020. As I’m sure you’ll remember, his margin of victory in those states was...

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  • September 23, 2019
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Here’s the latest news out of Massachusetts: Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III, the last member of the Democratic dynasty serving in Washington, plans to formally announce Saturday that he is launching a primary challenge to Senator Edward J. Markey, an audacious political move that could open fissures within the Democratic...

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  • September 18, 2019