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We haven’t yet reached that point where the losses to the Russians are sustainable. Replacements may be on their way to the front. They likely will not see the same troops who have until now resisted any new advances. There have been some Ukrainian counter-attacks. The Russians now settle for longer range...

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  • March 17, 2022

If there’s anything more pathetic than Ted Cruz being pusillanimous, it’s Ted Cruz trying to act tough. Lately he’s been supporting the D.C. trucker convoy—the shambolic caravan of dead-ender, pro-death troglodytes that suddenly seems as culturally relevant as C.W. McCall’s seminal 1975 hit “Convoy.”  Of course, being Ted Cruz, he’s been nothing...

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  • March 12, 2022

“Slammer Time” may be on the horizon. It won’t be about the DoJ looking backward or forward, but looking inward to do something historical to maintain democracy. Because a malign GOP is going to try it again. The blueprint was there for a while before it was committed to paper...

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  • October 26, 2021

Critical Race Practice. Organizers have canceled plans for an afternoon of speeches and performances commemorating the centennial on Monday of the Tulsa massacre. This reminds us that the early 1920s was a mass othering of America that includes events like the Wall Street bombing of 1920, whose death toll was exceeded in the Tulsa...

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  • May 28, 2021

All US troops will be withdrawn from Afghanistan by 9/11/2021, ignoring the 1 May deadline set by previous guy. 2,500 troops remain. *“Wars with Native tribes from 1788-1890 count as the actual longest U.S. war, the nation’s very own Hundred Years War. ” x “I’m now the fourth United States...

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  • April 14, 2021

“As in the Times Op-Ed from which the book originated, the title refers to the results of studies conducted in Germany from the mid-nineteen-eighties onward, which reported, among other intriguing findings, that eighty per cent of East German women always experienced orgasm during sex, compared to sixty-three per cent of...

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  • April 8, 2021

The not-guilty verdict ending the impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump was as expected, but it revealed something even more sinister about the Republican party. After the Senate trial ended, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, made a public display of the hypocrisy in the GOP. He prattled on about the former...

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  • February 15, 2021

The best explanation of short selling (as it applies to GameStop) that I've read pic.twitter.com/o9ZL5HqsKf — John M. Cunningham (@jmcunning) January 28, 2021 1/2Short selling means borrowing shares and immediately selling them. When the price goes down, they buy them back for cents and return them to the lender. This...

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  • January 31, 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

Nearly anyone would be better than the Dominionist nutlog, Mike Pompeo. Robert Wright (New Republic) and Connor Echols wrote an article last week grading Tony Blinken, the apparent choice by Joe Biden for Secretary of State. The combination with his former partner in a consultancy, Michelle Flournoy as Secretary of Defense,...

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  • November 23, 2020

The weird thing about Trump’s campaign people is that their manipulative media framing also makes Biden sound like Trump, if only to reinforce the base. “Biden was repeating the words the Pope said that each politician should ask themself. ” x Kind of amazing: the Trump campaign is attacking Biden by...

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  • October 27, 2020

Here’s the latest news today out of Iowa: Democratic Challenger Theresa Greenfield maintains a modest lead in her race for Senate against Republican incumbent Joni Ernst.  With less than two weeks to go until the election, the latest PoliticalIQ poll of Likely Iowa Voters shows Greenfield with 46% of the...

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  • October 23, 2020

Bull shit: Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) says she doesn’t think the Supreme Court will overturn its landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade abortion rights ruling, even though she signed a brief urging the court to do so earlier this year. “I think the likelihood of Roe v. Wade being overturned is...

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  • September 30, 2020

Apparently there is a Trump-Orban-Putin authoritarian alliance as well as coordination and support for the Trump re-election campaign. It did seem more inevitable that Mitt Romney would choose party over country if only to demonstrate a potential leadership position upon the repudiation of Trumpism. Apparently he can vote one way...

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  • September 22, 2020

Trump’s constant pimping of the stock market numbers is not the same as a sign that the economy has returned to the level of “winning” even before Trump took office. Like voting twice, Trump’s not being a good minimal-state libertarian where all debt resolves itself in a ‘free market’. Instead,...

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  • September 4, 2020

The Marist Poll shows Joe Biden has a 53% to 42% national lead over Trump, the largest lead ever for this poll. Marist is rated as an A+ poll by 538. In the Marist late June poll Biden’s lead was 52% to 44%. In February it was 50% to 44%....

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  • August 14, 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

The New York Times has a good piece out about Joe Biden’s campaign and hpw it’s giving him a great shot at winning Wisconsin: There are a range of ways Mr. Biden can build a general election coalition in a battleground state like Wisconsin. He could focus on winning back...

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  • July 19, 2020

So this happened yesterday: U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst said Friday that the Senate should hold hearings on any Supreme Court nomination President Donald Trump might make this year, even if he loses November's election. “(If) it is a lame-duck session, I would support going ahead with any hearings that we...

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  • July 19, 2020

This is so fucking infuriating: U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst said Friday that the Senate should hold hearings on any Supreme Court nomination President Donald Trump might make this year, even if he loses November's election. “(If) it is a lame-duck session, I would support going ahead with any hearings that...

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  • July 17, 2020

Trump is losing the sprawl vote as he doubles down on empty threats, demanding schools reopen even as he has little actual authority. There is slippage even as Trump ads threaten the loss of police, since most people understand that police do need to change how they operate, even in...

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  • July 8, 2020

“President Truman said the buck stops here, Trump has never seen the buck” x Donald Trump can take all his empty words about respecting our service and shove them. #TRE45ON #TraitorTrump pic.twitter.com/7vxGxLBYh0— VoteVets (@votevets) June 28, 2020 Trump’s bliss is also his ignorance. x Opinion: This is what happens when we...

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  • July 1, 2020

Updates as we move forward with a live blog below. The crowd looks to be about half the size expected. The outdoor event was canceled because of minimal attendance.  A statement on the city’s website says the U.S. Secret Service had asked for the curfew near the BOK Center where...

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  • June 20, 2020

You know Lloyd, just when I thought you couldn’t get any dumber: A conversation between a Republican lawmaker and the leader of a civil rights group at Tuesday’s Senate Judiciary Hearing on policing reform showcased a common and persistent misunderstanding about implicit bias and how it impacts American society. It also provided...

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  • June 18, 2020

Former Vice President and Democratic Presidential nominee, Joe Biden, has a great op-ed in the Los Angeles Times that’s worth a full read but here’s a little taste: The truth of our nation is that too often, the color of your skin alone can endanger your life and, for far...

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  • June 7, 2020

Wow: After voting more than a dozen times to repeal the Affordable Care Act and leading Senate Republican efforts to dismantle it, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said Monday that the “good news” is that people can sign up for President Barack Obama’s signature health care law if they’ve lost their...

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  • May 13, 2020

Some more good news today courtesy of NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist University’s latest poll: Turning to this fall’s presidential election, 34% of Americans report the coronavirus will be either a major (14%) or minor factor (20%) in deciding their vote. 64% of Americans report they have already made up their mind about...

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  • April 29, 2020

LIVE BLOG below Event lasted about one hour Every circus has its clowns and yet only one ringmaster. I wanted the CBS reporter to play into the microphone the tape of Trump lying about testing to governors. Not much news except some new questions about national stay-at-home policy, mask-wearing, and the usual corporate...

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  • March 30, 2020

Today, during Donald Trump’s coronavirus press conference/Walmart plug, PBS’ Yamiche Alcindor asked the pr*sident about his administration’s decision to disband the National Security Council’s office on pandemics x My Q: You said you don’t take responsibility for slow response to coronavirus but your administration disbanded the White House office on...

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  • March 14, 2020

Lowest Common Denominator Disinformation continues at Fox News, as they report on official attempts by Mike Pompeo and others calling COVID-19 a “Chinese Covid” or “Wuhan Virus”  The media framing at Fox News seems to have been now directed as sinophobic tropes, with an accompanying CT that COVID-19 is a...

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  • March 10, 2020
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x More than a witness! pic.twitter.com/dMOSJHiHZg — Kremlin Annex (@KremlinAnnex) January 31, 2020 x Bolton Must Testify!Remove45! #KremlinAnnex’s favorite easy song: Subpoena! pic.twitter.com/k32B9KN7aq — Kremlin Annex (@KremlinAnnex) January 29, 2020 x There are many threats to democracy. Click-tivism is one of them too. Real activism suffers.people are too comfortable and...

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  • January 31, 2020

When there is a national or international crisis, when serious events are upon us, Americans turn to the one person who can unite the nation, the President of the United States, for explanations, for reassurance, for leadership. The White House was preparing the IMPOTUS to take that role tonight: The...

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  • January 8, 2020

538 declared Biden the winner of the last debate, and Morning Consult’s poll of 5000 shows Biden ahead. x Biden received the highest marks from the debate, but his high pre-debate favorability rating means we expected a lot of voters to be predisposed to viewing his debate performance in a...

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  • December 23, 2019

Unlikely that folding chairs will be thrown at tonight’s Democratic debate in west LA. Included in discussion will be the latest strike at Obamacare and the impeachment of Trump. Darned Democrats are generally more liberal. x The stage is set: 7 presidential contenders will take your questions in the last...

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  • December 19, 2019

Salvation is a post-apocalyptic film set in the year 2018. It focuses on the war between Skynet’s machine network and humanity, as the remnants of the world’s military have united to form the Resistance to fight against Skynet’s killing machines. Christian Bale portrays John Connor, a Resistance fighter and central...

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  • November 8, 2019

Apparently another primitive, yet violent video was reshown at a recent meeting of American Priorities at Trump’s Doral Resort. Sadly, Trump won’t be attending the WHCA dinner to show it, and some of us ignored it when it first was reported. Surprising is how it hasn’t really gone viral. In the...

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  • October 14, 2019

Polls are trending toward supporting the impeachment inquiry. Since House Democrats launched a formal impeachment inquiry last Tuesday, support for impeachment has grown, according to polls from Politico/Morning Consult, HuffPost/YouGov, NPR/PBS Newshour/Marist, CBS News/YouGov, and Quinnipiac. These shifts suggest that public sentiment could continue to change as the inquiry proceeds. Such increases in support could...

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  • October 12, 2019

x A federal judge just ruled that Harvard's admissions policy doesn't discriminate against Asian American students https://t.co/3EcdGOKybz — Mother Jones (@MotherJones) October 1, 2019 Today’s ruling represents a cynical use of white-privilege for a “model minority” to recuperate the mission that failed in the case of Abigail Fisher. The charges that de facto...

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  • October 12, 2019

The Beltway press has spent years normalizing many things about Donald Trump's radical presidency. Now it seems to be normalizing Trump's disastrous polling numbers on the eve of his re-election run. Any other incumbent in his lowly polling position would likely be getting hammered by the pundit class as it dubbed his presidency a...

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  • September 1, 2019

The Beltway press has spent years normalizing many things about Donald Trump's radical presidency. Now it seems to be normalizing Trump's disastrous polling numbers on the eve of his re-election run. Any other incumbent in his lowly polling position would likely be getting hammered by the pundit class as it dubbed his presidency a...

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  • September 1, 2019

Okay, she was kinda-sorta diplomatic about it, but still. After Donald Trump blathered some nonsense about never, ever doing things for political reasons (really?), and claimed that he ran in one election (false) and won, and that he’s ahead of the 2020 field based on polls (wrong again), he said...

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  • August 26, 2019

Joshua Johnson, of PBS 1A fame, appeared on Meet The Press with Chuck Todd. He is the kind of guy that should be running a show like MTP. Todd's reaction to a story he told about a man in Michigan illustrates the nature of our media. Chuck Todd is at it...

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  • August 18, 2019

So you’d think after stirring up a hornet’s nest of anti-immigrant hate and resentment that likely led to a brutal massacre in the city you’re visiting, you might hold off on insulting the town’s mayor. Oh, but not if you’re Donald Trump … which you aren’t. And don’t you thank God...

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  • August 15, 2019

Talk about the bigotry of low expectations. As news outlets gather ‘round and marvel at Donald Trump's slowly improving popularity, he's basically being rewarded for having posted truly middling polling numbers for the past two years. Virtually ignored in all the coverage is the fact that Trump is the only...

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  • July 26, 2019

I published a diary in October of 2018 that I titled, Trumpism views climate change as a free, endless driver of genocide via natural catastrophe. This diary is partly a republish of a section of that diary. The article below focuses on an extensive interview with Ivana Trump that she...

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  • July 18, 2019

photo: Rally / Press Conference / Bill Launch For Medicare For All In solidarity,  Mike Hersh for Alan, Dr. Bill, Mike F., Janis, Deb, Dan, Kim, Bryan, and Shayna—your PDA National Team Contact MikeFox@PDAmerica.org to deliver aMedicare For All Letter to Your Congressperson This week Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) helped...

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  • March 2, 2019

Back in 1992, Pat Buchanan primaried incumbent President George H.W. Bush because, apparently, Bush wasn’t nearly racist enough. You may remember Buchanan. He was a nativist, xenophobic tub of nut butters who campaigned on a platform of fear and scapegoating. Thank God the GOP had too much sense to ever allow a...

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  • January 1, 2019

The only thing Donald Trump likes more than claiming he’s not a racist is being a horrible fucking racist.  If Stormfront.org took over the Children’s Television Workshop (or vice versa), the Muppet they’d shit out in a seedy Sesame Street back alley would be Donald J. Trump. Somewhat overlooked in...

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  • November 8, 2018

Voters Were Inspired By Diverse Slate of Candidates Who Embraced Bold Progressive Ideas, Many Running for First Time CHICAGO — Ilya Sheyman, executive director of MoveOn Political Action, had the following statement in response to tonight’s election results: “A historic wave of grassroots activism made its force felt across the...

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  • November 7, 2018

By  Alan Minsky for Mike F., Mike H., Deb, Janis, Dan, Kimberly, Bryan, Dr. Bill, and Shayna—Your PDA National Team Support Leslie Cockburn For Congress! Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) endorsed Leslie Cockburn for Congress. If you’ve heard rumors about this true progressive champion poised to burst on the national scene...

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  • October 18, 2018