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I may be a little late to the party, but I have just gotten through the first two episodes of Inventing Anna on Netflix. Anna is a self-absorbed faux socialite bent on using her friends, the press, and anyone with a Centurion Amex card for power. Early in their interview...

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  • October 17, 2022

I was recently asked; what do you think about the Dave Chappelle controversy? Without explanation, I knew the questioner was referring to his recent Netflix comedy special “The Closer.” I must first confess that I am a big fan of Mr. Chappelle. His now-defunct late-night sketch comedy show, his stand-up,...

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  • October 25, 2021

If you haven’t seen Netflix’s Squid Game yet—well, what are you waiting for? If anything is a parable for our time, this is it. Too often meteoric cultural phenomena that purport to capture the zeitgeist fail to capture my interest, but this one is different. If you believe, as I...

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  • October 14, 2021

Received this e-mail from Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley’s (D. OH) gubernatorial campaign: x We don't need some hedge fund millionaire like @JDVance1 claiming to speak for working families who are struggling to get by. In Dayton, we passed universal pre-k and the results have been incredible both for kids and...

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  • April 29, 2021

The week has started badly and tragically. Even the Suez Canal got blocked. but we should at least think about Spring Cleaning, even if we never get it completed. It’s enough to make you nuke a space hurricane, eat a pie under the covers, or buy a QAnon Sudoku decoder...

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  • March 24, 2021

Ann Coulter tells Texas crowd “a second term of Trump would have killed us”: “I'm glad he lost” “It's like he didn't know he was president..” He didn’t. These remain dangerous times, but they will get better. Looking back will always bring salty tears. x Robbie Kaplan, my attorney, is the woman who's going to make...

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  • November 16, 2020

Trump’s self-fulfilling idiocy still needs to drive his numbers further down. Like punking his gun-toting followers, a desperate Trump thinks that having his GOP RNC acceptance speech at Gettysburg will do for his neo-confederate followers something, something Charlottesville. The Stephen Miller logic probably has more historical revisionist malarkey in the...

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  • August 10, 2020
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This week I attended (remotely) the Rethinking Economics Festival and encountered challenging pluralist discourses like a platform economy (noting that most of such work is populated by women), decolonizing the Eurocentric position in disciplines, or “fully-automated luxury communism”. I thought I’d share some resource items and make a few observations....

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  • July 26, 2020

Yesterday’s Trump presser only needed a whiteboard and a Sharpietm to draw the path to a quarter-million US deaths. x The U.S. has now confirmed 4 million coronavirus cases — just 15 days after hitting 3 million. Federal health officials have said the actual number of cases is likely 10 times higher...

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  • July 24, 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

UPDATE: They’ve reversed course, thank God. USA Today: AMC Theatres on Friday reversed its optional mask policy and will require employees and guests to wear masks when the movie theater chain reopens.   “At AMC Theatres, we think it is absolutely crucial that we listen to our guests. Accordingly, and with...

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  • June 19, 2020

Below is a collection of things that I’ve been saving up — including the problems of CV-19, MMT, neoliberalism, and other things relating pandemics to the economy. If there’s a point to this selection it is to remind ourselves what will happen in 2021 with Larry Summers now advising the Biden...

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  • April 26, 2020

Oh, Wisconsin. Just when I start to feel a little pride in my home state, you snatch it away from me. I grew out of the rich loam and manure of the Badger State, and I encountered many a beer-spattered, fromage-festooned troglodyte along the way, so this doesn’t really surprise me...

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  • April 17, 2020

Former U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, who is running for Georgia’s open 9th District House seat, has apparently confused the COVID-19 pandemic with the zombie apocalypse. Thankfully, this crisis has little actual resemblance to the zombie apocalypse unless you squint hard and only look at Kushner. Broun has released a campaign ad so absurd it...

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  • April 8, 2020

2020 will again be about margins in marginal areas. x Here is Trump's approval rating in each of the 50 states converted into Electoral College format, via @Civiqs. https://t.co/I9N8fmN4KT pic.twitter.com/VvtJjC8NzT— Matt Rogers (@Politidope) April 7, 2020 One would be optimistic but we know how that optimism failed in 2016. x...

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  • April 8, 2020

David Brooks did not hold back as he excoriated the president's narcissistic behavior and his failure to lead in the coronavirus pandemic. David Brooks clearly thinks the president is a failure. x x YouTube Video Yesterday’s Politics Done Right episode here. “You know, David Brooks, I want to — this was...

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  • March 18, 2020

Inspector Clouseau is back from his farce-finding trip to Ukraine, and he tells Donald Trump that he found more than Trump “can imagine.” I don’t think he fully comprehends the depth and breadth of Trump’s imagination, but whatever. Donald Trump will believe anything, so long as he wants to believe it....

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  • December 14, 2019

I think one of the most exciting primaries for the U.S. Senate is the Democratic primary in Georgia to unseat U.S. Senator David Perdue (R. GA). Democrats are proving to be competitive in this changing deep red to purple state. With U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson (R. GA) retiring early due...

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  • December 12, 2019

Trump had a Cabinet meeting today and said more nonsense, repeating his campaign rally talking points, as well as using the Cabinet meeting to make other announcements. This is the Pool report (#4-10). “You people with this phony Emoluments Clause,” Date: October 21, 2019 at 11:52:51 AM EDT Subject: Pool Report #4...

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  • October 21, 2019

You’re not the only one surprised that Donald Trump is corruptly using his office to boost his own company’s profits. (Okay, you’re not surprised. Who are we kidding?) Apparently, Juan Carlos Bermudez, the mayor of Doral, Florida, where Donald Trump’s very posh and expensive bedbug hatchery is currently located, was taken...

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  • October 18, 2019

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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  • October 12, 2019

The little man just can’t stand the idea of another president making money. In this case, a former president. Ever since the black man had the temerity to get himself elected president in Fred Trump’s America, Donald Trump has had it in for him. You might say he’s been single...

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  • September 16, 2019

“We found that melt rates are significantly higher than expected across the whole underwater face of the glacier – in some places 100 times higher than theory would predict.” – Rebecca Jackson  Trouble with tidewater glaciers. The American Association for the Advancement of Science writes: The newly observed melt rates...

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  • July 30, 2019

Now that’s swift action. More than 20,000 television viewers have petitioned Netflix to cancel Good Omens, a comic miniseries based on Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s novel of the same name. I suspect at least 19,999 of them haven’t seen the show — because it’s not on Netflix. It’s on...

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  • June 20, 2019

It’s one thing to be stubborn. It’s another to be an asshole.  Suffice to say, Donald Trump is a full-bore stubborn asshole. The Central Park Five, who were convicted in 1990 of raping and assaulting a jogger, were later cleared through DNA evidence, but that hasn’t stopped Trump from continuing...

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  • June 18, 2019

If you spent as much time at imdb.com looking up old Facts of Life episodes as I do, you might know that Georgia has become a popular location for numerous TV and film productions, thanks to generous tax breaks signed into law more than 10 years ago. In fact, Gov....

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  • May 11, 2019

In solidarity,  Alan Minsky for Deb, Mike F., Mike H., Janis, Dan, Dr. Bill, Kimberly, Bryan, and Shayna—your PDA National Team Like Netflix for Democracy: Monthly Sustainers Help PDA SpreadProgressive Politics to Every Congressional District in the Country Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) is unique among all progressive organizations in...

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  • March 18, 2019

photo: PDA Activists Marching For Healthcare Not Warfare In solidarity, Dr. Bill for Alan, Mike F., Janis, Deb, Dan, Dr. Bill, Kim, Bryan, Mike H. and Shayna—your PDA National Team Mobilize For Medicare For All on MLK Day/MFA MondayTell Your Reps to Join The Medicare For All Caucus! Dr. Martin...

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  • January 22, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  | CONTACT: info@pdamerica.org “It starts with a conversation” Sanders 2020 Supporters plan for National Weekend of Action January 26 and 27 DENVER, Colo. January 20, 2019– Organizing for Bernie, a grassroots movement asking Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) to run for president in 2020, continues the momentum from...

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  • January 21, 2019

In solidarity, Alan Minsky for Mike H., Mike F., Deb, Janis, Dan, Dr. Bill, Kimberly, Bryan, and Shayna—your PDA National Team Help PDA Spread Your Progressive Politics toEvery Congressional District in the Country Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) is unique among all progressive organizations in the country because we are...

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  • January 20, 2019

photo: PDA Activists In Solidarity With The Women’s March Say:Healthcare is a Human Right / We Need Medicare For All In solidarity, Mike Hersh for Alan, Mike F., Janis, Deb, Dan, Dr. Bill, Kim, Bryan, and Shayna—your PDA National Team Congress: Open Government With No Wall This is a long email,...

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  • January 19, 2019

In solidarity towards a more progressive world for all, Mike Fox for Alan, Mike H., Janis, Deb, Dan, Dr. Bill, Kim, Bryan, and Shayna—your PDA National Team We’ve Worked A Great Deal Out. In case you didn’t see this the first time…. Here at PDA we’re always working to stretch...

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  • January 18, 2019

photo: Women’s March Activists in D.C. 2017 In solidarity,  Mike Hersh for Alan, Mike F., Janis, Deb, Dan, Dr. Bill, Kim, Bryan, Dr. Bill, and Shayna—your PDA National Team Hit The Streets Saturday! In January 2017, record-breaking numbers of Americans—led by women—protested the newly-inaugurated Trump Administration. Progressive Democrats of America...

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  • January 17, 2019

photo: Mike Fox in a HNW shirt—10 years on it’s still going strong!See the store for other photos and full descriptions of items Cheers,  Debra Schrishuhn for Alan, Mike F., Mike H. Dr. Bill, Janis, Dan, Kimberly, Bryan, and Shayna—your PDA National Team Help Us Keep Organizing For Peace and...

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  • January 16, 2019

By, Alan Minsky, Executive Director – Progressive Democrats of America The Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) stand in full solidarity with the United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA), who have gone out on strike against the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). We feel that this strike is a landmark...

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  • January 16, 2019

photo: St. Petersburg, FL January 12th Bernie Event By Mike Fox for Alan, Janis, Deb, Dan, Dr. Bill, Kim, Bryan, Mike H. and Shayna—your PDA National Team Run Bernie Run Events A Huge Success Last Saturday, at over 350 locations across the country — from living rooms to restaurants to meeting...

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  • January 15, 2019

By Donna Smith, Advisory Board Chair – Progressive Democrats of America It’s been just four short days since Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, HI-2, announced she will make a run for the presidency in 2020.  The attacks against her began growing rapidly — many surrounding her early adult, early career, and very...

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  • January 15, 2019

Fox Nation, a new streaming service that launched yesterday, is billed as “1,000s of hours of content – from new daily live shows to specials and documentaries.” Needless to say, I have “1,000s” of questions and “1,000s” of reasons not to subscribe. But The Daily Beast’s Noah Shachtman did a solid for...

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  • November 29, 2018
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