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“You know, you can go to Capitol Hill, you can go to the White House,” said one Oath Keeper on the October 29 call. “If they [DC police] are going to allow, you know, a mob to just, you know, basically storm buildings, they’re basically abrogating responsibilities.” Apparently, lazy reactionaries...

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  • February 3, 2021

Trump is once again asking the Supreme Court (PDF) to overturn the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s multiple rulings on the mail-in ballots in the election. Rick Hasen on Election Law blog said that the petition was ridiculous, that John Eastman should be ashamed of himself, and that the petition’s citing to...

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  • December 21, 2020

Georgia is our opportunity to take the majority in the Senate.  Ted Kennedy is gone.   He WAS the lion of the senate.  Byrd is gone.   Tom Harkin is no longer in the senate.  John McCain is gone.  The last Lion was Joe Biden, running second was Kamala Harris, IMO.   Joe...

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  • December 21, 2020

One of the weapons of a warming climate is changing rainfall patterns. Atmospheric changes and changes in the Jet Stream are causing more hurricanes to stall. These phenomena were seen with Hurricanes Wilma in Cozumel, Harvey in Houston, and Dorian in the Bahamas dropped feet of rain. It is the...

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  • December 19, 2020

Horrid numbers of new cases of covid infections and deaths, economic turmoil, racial injustice, foreign policy, and the climate catastrophe are bearing down on us. Trump golfs and plots ways to enact his scorched earth policies on the way out the door. Nothing else matters to him at this moment,...

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  • November 28, 2020

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D. MA) in support of Jon Ossoff (D. GA) and Raphael Warnock’s (D. GA) U.S. Senate campaigns: Raphael Warnock (D. GA) & Jon Ossoff (D. GA) This fight isn't over, We're two seats away from taking back the Senate — and...

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  • November 18, 2020

by Andi Pringle Voter suppression used to be largely structural, with efforts cloaked in fake laws and rules made up to justify the closure of polling places, the purging of voters from the rolls, and the spread of voter ID requirements. But this year, the Republican party is relying on psychological...

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  • October 6, 2020

A new analysis by Moody’s Analytics definitively demonstrates to those predisposed to conventional economic analysis that Trump is a loser, especially in terms of the economy. Biden’s economic plans aren’t even radical, simply democratic and less inequitable. Trump’s short-attention-span policies have always been wham-bam, wait for two weeks, there’ll be a new...

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  • September 24, 2020

Facebook has been waging war on climate science lately. The Guardian reported that over this weekend, hundreds of social justice, indigenous, and climate groups had their accounts suspended apparently to disrupt a virtual protest against the Coastal Gaslink Pipeline in British Columbia.  x Yesterday, GPUSA and hundreds of Wet’suwet’en frontline...

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  • September 23, 2020

x Crowd in North Carolina chants: “FILL THAT SEAT!” pic.twitter.com/RuOI6vpK9u— Team Trump (Text VOTE to 88022) (@TeamTrump) September 19, 2020 Are you angry yet?  I hope so.  We must block the republicans from stealing the election with a packed court.   I think we need to get even more voters out...

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  • September 20, 2020

Like the fantasy airline flights filled with numerous thugs, the delusional election stunts continue. The riff here is on “autonomous zones”. x This is the latest attempt to distract from the fact that COVID-19 has infected over 6 million Americans, killed 185,000 people, and destroyed the American economy. The only anarchy...

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  • September 3, 2020

Eternal vigilance ahead for 90 days. Even with the 1968 noise Trump wants 2016 back because it may be the only real victory he’ll have. Rovian math 2012 comes back sprouting turd-blossoms. Remember how Karl Rove “openly acknowledged that the function of his propaganda was to create a mythology and...

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  • August 2, 2020

in an editorial titled  Editorial: The Times editorial board recommends Joe Biden for president (warning — if you have an ad blocker you might have to unblock at least this page in order to read). Several quick comments, before getting to the editorial. First, the Seattle Times was traditionally the...

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  • July 27, 2020

in an editorial titled  Editorial: The Times editorial board recommends Joe Biden for president (warning — if you have an ad blocker you might have to unblock at least this page in order to read). Several quick comments, before getting to the editorial. First, the Seattle Times was traditionally the...

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  • July 27, 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

“We have to be aware that climate change and biodiversity loss are stress factors for ecosystems, for humans, for animals, and for the microbiome. Our research shows that if the different axes of the disease pyramid are destabilized, new infectious diseases can be expected, including for humans.” Dirk Schmeller, Université de...

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  • June 30, 2020

Received this e-mail today from former presidential candidate, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D. MA), on behalf of the Wisconsin Democratic Party: 2020 is the most important election year of our lifetimes. Everything is on the line – college affordability, health care, reproductive justice, you name it – and we need...

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  • June 11, 2020

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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  • May 23, 2020

But just a day or two after Billy Heron, the patriarch of my back yard gardens and ponds left, Cocky Robin brushed aside the murmured objections from the littler birds, and mounted the Sacred Roof Arch for his own announcement. “Listen up!  When Billy Heron’s gone, Cocky Robin is the...

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  • May 21, 2020

I know I touched upon this in a diary last week but I’m happy that Eleanor Clift at The Daily Beast brought this up today: Texas Senator John Cornyn voted 20 times to do away with Obamacare, but says that the “good news” for the millions of people who lost...

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  • May 21, 2020

The GOP’s goal is more about being reelected rather than economic recovery, and their tacit promotion of RW resistance through gun rallies is only a first step “back to normal”. This is happening even if they also tolerate attacks on science by pseudo-scientific propaganda like Vaxxed or Plandemic. Unfortunately, the...

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  • May 13, 2020

Gov. Gavin Newsom of California was on TRMS last night. Rachel highlighted some news he made: California has signed its own contracts with Asian manufacturers to provide 200 million N95 masks a month. California is also lending lots of ventilators to New York and a few other states, because we...

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  • April 10, 2020

The young Colorado Springs girl who suffered from a rare form of epilepsy called Dravet syndrome has died at the age of 13.  She was initally believed to have had COVID-19 in early April and was treated as such. However, her death was a result of a seizure The family...

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  • April 8, 2020

Arizona still has golf courses open because they are “essential businesses” as Trump yesterday stated that he’d like Easter services to take place, albeit outside. Trump does seem under the sway of folk theories as he insists on promoting COVID-19 treatments using hydroxychloroquine without scientific evidence. Such appeals to faith...

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  • April 5, 2020

The protest goes online in the interest of social distance. I will post updates as they occur, probably once week because we still persist in pursuing the final goal. Heck if you haven’t caught up on your reading, try the Mueller Report to win nearly every argument with Trumpists. x...

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  • March 17, 2020

The Ides of March will feature the debate among “safe” candidates (and Tulsi?). Knives will be sharpened. The rest of us will grieve and persist. CNN and Univision will host a Democratic presidential debate in Phoenix on March 15, two days before the Arizona primary as well as votes in Florida, Illinois and Ohio....

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  • March 5, 2020

The pundits and establishment democrats are insisting this is now a two person race and everybody not named Biden and Sanders MUST drop out. I believe Klobacher (because she sees herself as a good soldier), Buttigieg (because he is looking to the future) and Bloomberg (because his ego can’t handle...

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  • March 1, 2020

The House Judiciary Committee has just released a letter it sent to AG Barr confirming his agreement to testify before them on March 31st. The letter lists several specific topics the committee wants to ask him about: The removal USDA Jessie Liu Rudy Giuliani’s “process” by which he can “feed...

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  • February 12, 2020

The smoke from Australia’s raging bushfires will make the full circuit around the globe and return to Australia to blanket the country with the same smoke generated by incinerated plant matter in parts of New South Wales and Victoria. This extraordinary event, though not unprecedented, was captured by satellite animated...

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  • January 15, 2020

Historical context is even more important in the age of Trumpism, since the media frames for numerous ideological categories persist for some voters, as if the Trumpist sobriquets of “commies” or “socialists” actually cohered as historically accurate categories when applied to Democrats. I came across the above online test diagram...

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  • January 13, 2020

x #KremlinAnnex 334, week 76! https://t.co/Wmb3lhA7FK — Kremlin Annex (@KremlinAnnex) December 27, 2019 x Help make Trump’s life miserable for just $20.20 https://t.co/BKmPtgImA0 — Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) December 27, 2019 x Have you read about our team yet? ✌️🇺🇸 Kremlin Annex: Five women have been protesting outside the White House...

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  • December 29, 2019
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With yesterday’s big news about impeachment, I wanted to highlight another big thing that happened yesterday: Hundreds of veterans of Barack Obama’s campaigns and administration have signed on to endorse Sen. Elizabeth Warren for president, as multiple Democratic presidential candidates compete to claim the popular former president’s political coalition and legacy. With the Iowa...

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  • December 19, 2019

Yesterday not a single drop of rain fell on continental Australia. The Bureau of Meteorology was unable to identify any other day where this had happened before. It is a pattern of unrelenting dry conditions and wildfire that have been plaguing the country for months, and the bone-dry conditions are...

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  • November 12, 2019

“All the diseases I’ve studied in the past could be considered like the flu. They come every year, seasonally, and sometimes there are worse outbreaks. This thing is more like Ebola. It’s a killer, and we don’t know how to stop it.”  Marilyn Brandt, Research Associate Professor, University of the...

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  • October 9, 2019

photo: Donna Smith and Senator Elizabeth Warren By Donna Smith – former Executive Director of Progressive Democrats of America and currently a Medicare for All campaign surrogate for U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders. It was July 17, 2007, and I was set to testify to the House Judiciary Committee about medical...

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  • May 29, 2019

Crickets?  Do I hear crickets?   Or is that just chatter?   Leadership needs a little backing, like about half of the country, every single day.   I am as bad as anyone else on here griping about Pelosi and Shumer and all those elected to represent, We the People.  We are the...

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  • May 7, 2019

photo: Andrea Miller with Rep. Jackie Speier, House ERA Resolution Lead Sponsor In solidarity with our sisters and brothers around the world,  Debra Schrishuhn and Dan O’Neal for Alan, Mike F, Mike H, Janis, Dr Bill, Kimberly, Bryan, and Shayna—your PDA National Team Tell Congress Women Deserve EqualityDemand They Lift...

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  • March 8, 2019

Here’s the latest news today out of Arizona courtesy of OH Predictive Insights latest poll: Senator Martha McSally is defending her seat in the upcoming 2020 cycle early polling shows that she currently holds an edge over her two likeliest contenders, though she is under the 50% threshold in each...

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  • February 14, 2019

The Florida governor’s office has released—apparently quite reluctantly, given their earlier denial—a map showing a new region of probable local Zika transmission in Florida. The last such map outlined a small, primarily residential neighborhood, far from areas of concern to most tourists or even most local residents. And, clearly, even...

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  • August 19, 2016

[A]uthoritarians are known to be high on the need for closure, yet another trait that’s linked to defensiveness and biased reasoning. The need for closure, notes Arie Kruglanski, means being more likely to look for belief affirmation (confirmation bias). It also means being more likely to defend one’s existing beliefs,...

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  • August 18, 2016

The history of the world is simply the chronicle of what has happened because of the deeds of a small number of ordinary people who had extraordinary levels of commitment to making a difference. These individuals did little things extraordinarily well. They decided that something must change, that they must...

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  • June 9, 2016
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