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In nineteen seventy-four, I reached three milestones in my life. In March of that year, I turned eighteen; ten days later, I registered with selective service—conscription ended in 1973, and naively I registered as an independent voter. I remember the sense of power I felt. I could join the military...

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  • October 27, 2021

It’s safe to say that Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-Wisconsin) is not the brightest bulb on the marquee. While a member of the Wisconsin state Senate, Grothman proposed putting an end to weekends, said sex education could turn kids gay, once issued a press release titled “Why Must We Still Hear About...

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  • October 27, 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

Beetle-Juice Three Times. Thank Jeebus that cheesehead is not banned from primary and secondary schools in Wisconsin. Because nothing says “Freedom” and “Liberty” like being the language police. If you talk about “spirit murdering” and “action civics” they might even exist. Better to be “un-woke”, because you might develop an “unconscious-bias”. Darn...

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  • October 24, 2021

This is not a joke. This is what Texans must live through. A governor and his party that has Texas in a state of disarray. Texas Governor needs electricity, not a wall See full episodes here. It was just a few months ago when Texas suffered one of its worst...

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  • June 15, 2021

Aside from advocating mass killing, Lara Trump agrees with VP Harris that migrants should not undertake a journey to the US southern border even as full consular service has not been restored to all US embassies since the end of the Trump regime. (2020) Former Department of Homeland Security (DHS)...

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  • June 13, 2021

To keep their relevance after losing viewership to OAN and NewsMax, Fox News chose further radicalize their lies. Fox News caves to further deviancy See full episodes here. Brian Stelter appeared on All-In with Chris Hayes. He discussed his article “‘We turned so far right we went crazy:’ How Fox News was radicalized...

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  • June 12, 2021

Florida bans its schools from teaching critical race theory On Thursday, Florida’s State Board of Education unanimously voted in favor of an amendment banning the teaching of critical race theory in schools throughout the state. The theory, according to PolitiFact, is a collection of ideas about systemic bias and privilege...

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  • June 12, 2021

So I may be burying the lede on this one—on purpose for once. The buried bit involves a bit of classic Trumpian projection that, sadly and predictably, ventures into the offensive. (Skip ahead if you want to see it. I’ll never know.) But first, let’s take a look at the most...

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  • June 7, 2021

The addition of the 1982 amendments to the Voting Rights Act was a turning point in terms of minority representation. Redistricting is the process of drawing electoral district lines every ten years intended to bring about racially proportional representation. While its purpose was to give weight to minority votes, it...

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  • May 27, 2021

Here’s the latest news today out of Pennsylvania: Lou Barletta, the Republican Party’s Donald Trump-endorsed nominee for U.S. Senate in 2018, is running for governor of Pennsylvania. Barletta, 65, becomes the most prominent figure to enter a 2022 governor’s race that Republicans have won every time in the past half-century...

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  • May 17, 2021

Among the countless examples of inane “Washington group-think” is the notion that only Democrats have to “pay for” their legislative priorities (i.e., enact corresponding tax increases and/or spending cuts to match the costs of new programs).   Republicans do not remotely consider themselves so constrained — in part because they also are...

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  • May 13, 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

Shedding Facebook becomes more necessary as awareness of disinformation and propaganda effects forces editorial action by Facebook. The problem is that ad revenue can and has come from malign forces beyond the usual influence operations of capitalism. This comes as its Oversight Board asks more questions about Facebook’s role in...

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  • May 11, 2021

The New York Times Editorial Board officially made their endorsement today for the next Mayor of New York City and it’s a very compelling endorsement: All of the candidates in the June 22 Democratic primary are concerned with the welfare of their city and have thoughtful ideas about how to...

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  • May 11, 2021
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Not surprised by this: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is a rising star in the Republican Party. But many of his former staffers told Politico they felt used and abused by the MAGA politician. A group of former DeSantis staffers have formed a “support group” to regularly discuss their adverse experiences...

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  • May 7, 2021

Yesterday was a very busy day for me so I’m playing catch up today. Received this e-mail yesterday from former Air Force Pilot and U.S. Senate candidate, Amy McGrath (D. KY) on behalf of her new organization, Democratic Majority Action PAC: RoJo The Traitor Since I told you about my...

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  • May 7, 2021

Delusional previous guy thinks he’s still POTUS. And in Arizona the cyber-ninjas are looking for traces of bamboo in the ballots. Also, Trump got caught trying to sneak back into Twitter. “Free Speech has been taken away from the President of the United States because the Radical Left Lunatics are afraid...

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  • May 6, 2021

From The Daily Beast: Josh Mandel—the far-right, former Ohio state representative now running for Senate—has recently joined the chorus of conservatives railing against Big Tech. But before he turned against Silicon Valley, Mandel was a Facebook stock investor who made tens of thousands of dollars. And even after he turned...

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  • May 5, 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

Like any good con artist Trump now tries to call his losing a “big lie”, because he’s all about the disinformation as he does his lounge act in Florida and now New Jersey. Trump or his media image is the kind of synthetic construction that combines the GQP lie affirmed by...

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  • May 3, 2021

I used to occasionally argue with MAGAs before I realized I’d have better luck trying to convince Wile E. Coyote not to jump off the cliff in his Acme Batman Suit. He always jumps, and it always ends in disaster. I’ve never understood how you can spend more than a minute...

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  • May 2, 2021

Fear and loathing rises in the land of previous guy. The raid on Giuliani’s apartment and office netted the Feds 10 devices, laptops and phones. According to the Trump adviser, the (Giuliani) raid ignited a sense of fear inside the former President's orbit that Justice Department officials may be more willing...

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  • May 2, 2021

It’s a sign of the times that Liz Cheney had to explain herself: I disagree strongly w/@JoeBiden policies, but when the President reaches out to greet me in the chamber of the US House of Representatives, I will always respond in a civil, respectful & dignified way. We’re different political...

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  • April 30, 2021
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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

Received this e-mail today from the Pennsylvania Democratic Party: The fight for fair electoral maps kicked off in earnest today, when the US Census Bureau revealed each state’s updated number of US House seats. And the bad news is that Pennsylvania will soon have one less representative in Congress. Republicans will...

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  • April 27, 2021

The Washington Post Editorial Board made their endorsement today: IF VIRGINIA governors were allowed consecutive terms in office, Terry McAuliffe could have run for reelection in 2017 and almost certainly would have won easily. But the commonwealth is an outlier — the only state whose constitution mandates eviction for governors every four...

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  • April 27, 2021

A new book suggests now the necessity of reexamining the historical materialist project of Walter Benjamin recognizing those moments of historical contact as acts of recognizing the constructed historical object. “Historicism tends to be hermeneutic because it values cautious, rigorous, and contextualized interpretation of information; or relativist, because it rejects notions of universal, fundamental...

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  • April 24, 2021

According to new findings from the University of California San Diego and Scripps Institution of Oceanography, primarily in summer, unprecedented quantities of heat from the Pacific are pouring into the Arctic Ocean through the Bering Strait. This likely explains the rapid decimation of sea ice in the region. The decline has...

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  • April 23, 2021

Friendly reminder, there’s a big Governor’s race in Virginia this year: Virginia Republican state Sen. Amanda Chase is no stranger to making provocative statements, and comments she made this week related to the Derek Chauvin murder trial have once again stirred up controversy. After a jury found Chauvin guilty of killing...

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  • April 22, 2021

With over half of American adults now vaccinated with at least one Covid shot, President Joe Biden is acting to keep the momentum rolling by offering employers tax credits if they will give their employees incentives to receive the injections. http://www.cnn.com/… “As we move into the vaccination campaign focused on working age...

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  • April 21, 2021

If the previous guy doesn’t run, the 2024 POTUS field seems “wide-open” with dark horses, stalking horses, mudders, and nags. With a seven figure advance, the Pence memoir is going to need a lot of bulk purchasers. And we know how reliable John Bolton’s thinking has been. John Bolton, Donald...

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  • April 21, 2021

Some big news today out of North Carolina: Former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory’s career in politics is not over. McCrory, a Republican who served one term as the state’s chief executive and 14 years as Charlotte’s mayor, has launched a campaign website announcing his run for North Carolina’s open U.S. Senate...

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  • April 14, 2021

Two stories posted on Political Wire near each other (probably deliberately) caught my attention. First: Republicans pray for truce after Trump attacks on McConnell (Politico) Though the Senate GOP is tantalizingly close to retaking the majority next year and largely united in opposition to President Joe Biden’s agenda, the ongoing...

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  • April 13, 2021
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Can’t wait to see this asshole go: 📹On @FOX43, Sen. Toomey says he wants PA to adopt Georgia's new election laws. I ask what he says to BPOC who say those policies make it harder to vote? He said it's a "ridiculous argument." "Are we really supposed to believe African...

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  • April 8, 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

This is a bad place in history. Apparently half of the GQP thinks the 1/6 insurrection was left-wing activists trying to make Trump “look bad”, accordingly, MSM thinks Biden has “tamed” the left. The administration’s warm relationship with the left is one of the most surprising aspects of the Biden presidency, particularly...

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  • April 6, 2021
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Here’s some big news today out of Pennsylvania: .@JohnFetterman announces he raised $3.9 million in the first quarter for his Pennsylvania U.S. Senate run, through 140,000 contributions. A big haul of 💰 at an early stage. — Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) April 1, 2021 Lt. Gov. John Fetterman said he raised...

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  • April 1, 2021
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Like Martin Luther objecting to Pope Leo X selling indulgences to raise money for a variety of excesses, the environmental costs of carbon markets far exceed the benefits. Austerity would have denied us Renaissance art which is less at risk in an age of non-fungible tokens. Today the consequences for the planet...

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  • March 28, 2021

Because armed struggle in the actual 1776 to cancel a monarchy wasn’t enough for one right-wing think tank, the Heritage Foundation’s usual reactionary silliness now extends to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, apparently because of Biblical miscegeny. x Heritage Foundation mocked for defending British monarchy from American 'radical left”...

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  • March 20, 2021

Friendly reminder: retiring U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R. PA) is still an asshole and will not be missed: Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania on Thursday blocked a bill meant to bar private debt collectors from seizing checks issued as part of the recent stimulus bill. The law that Toomey...

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  • March 19, 2021

Russia targeted people close to Trump in bid to influence 2020 election, U.S. intelligence says, in an apparent reference to Rudy Giuliani. The Office of the Director for National Intelligence released an unclassified version of a classified analysis of foreign influence in the 2020 election. More obvious is the continuity from...

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  • March 17, 2021

WaPo’s Greg Miller’s “main takeaway from ODNI report is that America’s enemies learned more from Russia-2016 about how to muck around in U.S. elections than the U.S. learned/did about how to stop it.” It didn’t stop Russia from trying to interfere again, although this time the Russians relied more on...

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  • March 17, 2021

Without the strange speculation about how Trump is in decline, it is reasonable to think that Trump is consistently inconsistent in not being able to assemble a successful policy or even a political apparatus to execute policy. For example his insistence on claiming credit for COVID vaccine development also comes with...

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  • March 15, 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

Have some weekend reading for you. The Atlantic has a great piece out about U.S. Senate candidate, Lt. Governor John Fetterman (D. PA), that’s worth a ready. Here’s a taste: Fetterman has already raised lots of money—$500,000 in just the first 72 hours he was in the race—in part as...

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  • March 12, 2021

Some big news this week out of Missouri: A Missouri Democrat who works at an organization that fights corporate monopolies on Tuesday became the latest candidate to announce a bid for U.S. Senate. Lucas Kunce, 38, is the national security policy director at the American Economic Liberties Project, an organization...

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  • March 11, 2021

Like Chicago gangsters a century ago prosecuted for tax evasion, the Chicago way may catch up to Trump. As Elliot Ness is purported to have said, “no deals”. Cy Vance and Leticia James continue an untouchable investigation into only one aspect of Biglygate. Except, as Mother Jones confirmed, the loan wasn’t sold to Trump,...

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  • March 9, 2021

Big news today out of Missouri: Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO): "After 14 general election victories, three to county office, 7 to the US House of Representatives, and four statewide elections, I won't be a candidate for reelection to the United States Senate next year."https://t.co/6HOm3KamIL — Dylan Wells (@dylanewells) March 8,...

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  • March 8, 2021

Consistency really isn’t their thing, is it? In the last election cycle, Tom Norton, a once and future candidate for Congress, challenged “RINO” Peter Meijer in the GOP primary for Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District. He lost. By a lot. Meijer captured 50.2% of the vote while Norton came in a distant...

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  • March 4, 2021
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