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The split in America is less about politics than—it is—politics becoming our lives. It is more about party alliances and tribal wars. It has reached such a crescendo that in January of 2021, it morphed into an armed insurrection at the nation’s citadel. Many seem incapable of allowing common sense...

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  • September 26, 2022

Okay, you won’t believe this one. Or, rather, you will, but the barf bags you label “M, Tu, W, Th, F” in anticipation of the coming week in conservatism will fill up faster than a pair of Trump family pantaloons at a New York deposition. J.D. Vance, the guy who less...

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  • February 25, 2022

Governor Chris Christie attempted to rehabilitate his past Trump support. The panel skewered him for lack of leadership and morals. Gov. Christie has his a$$ handed to him x x YouTube Video See full episodes here. George Stephanopoulos opened the door for the panel to slaughter Chris Christie for his Trump...

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  • September 12, 2021

Democrats, since the time of Franklin Roosevelt, have fought the accusation of wanting a Nanny State; equal access to housing, healthcare, fair wages, and education have been guiding tenets of the Democrats since the New Deal, the War on Poverty through the Covid Recovery Act—not always successful—but good principles, nonetheless....

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  • July 30, 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

These are days fraught with political battles over cultural histories abjuring complexity. Today it’s The Wall Street Journal and the reactionary path to critical race theory, the latest bit of Trumpist ignorance now projected into personnel policies and the larger revisionist history project that would deny the historical relevance of slavery...

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  • May 27, 2021

The devolution of the Republican Party has been a sight to behold—but it’s been a particularly fraught experience for ex-Republicans. I know if the Democrats had nominated Charlie Sheen for president in 2016 and then proceeded to abandon all their previously held goals and principles in exchange for a chance...

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  • May 27, 2021

Fear of a Red Hat: as much as Liz Cheney is toast, more troubling is Elise Stefanik’s Führereid, because Trump is too stupid to see that he’s blazing an even tighter path to obscurity. As Greg Sargent observes, there is an increased likelihood of another attempt at stealing an election, further...

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  • May 8, 2021

In a perfect deconstruction of their bad acts, Chuck Todd decimated the Republican Party and then made a prescient statement. Chuck Todd surprisingly gets it here See full episodes here. Many give Chuck Todd a hard time because he gives too much deference to Republicans more often than not. He...

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  • May 7, 2021

GQP, the “radical cult that used to be a political party” now attacks “wokeness” to divert attention from their retribution against Liz Cheney’s vote against previous guy during the insurrection. x Rep. Kevin McCarthy: “The movement in this country about wokeness has got to stop.” pic.twitter.com/Vnrkm0N1bx — The Hill (@thehill) May...

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  • May 4, 2021

Jen Psaki did not hesitate as she defended UN Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield for claiming the truth about America’s beginning Jen Psaki schools NewsMax reporter See full episodes here. Psaki defended UN Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, an African American woman. The NewsMax reporter asked if President Biden would fire her for claiming the...

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  • April 16, 2021

Just as the COVID-19 pandemic transformed the country and Donald Trump transformed his body into a Carl’s Jr. grease trap, Trump himself has all but Brundlefly’d the Republican Party—to the point where I don’t know what the fuck it is anymore. What are the GOP’s principles? Well, four years of Trump...

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  • April 14, 2021
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By way of a baffling and contradictory threat in explaining his position, Senator Mitch McConnell, in his best southern drawl, warned “Co-cola” to not be “stupid.” Addressing a gaggle of reporters in Kentucky,  McConnell said, “It’s quite stupid to jump in the middle of a highly controversial issue,” he went...

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  • April 7, 2021

I read “Biden Can Go Bigger and Not ‘Pay for It’ the Old Way” by Economics Professor and MMT advocate Stephanie Kelton. It is an important read that we need to understand. Stephanie Kelton hits the nail on the head. See full episodes here. Ironically Professor Kelton shared some concerns with former...

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  • April 7, 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

Steve Bannon’s path to a pardon included appeals to a range of RWNJ groups including some dangerous proto-fascist cults. “The Fourth Turning” by Strauss & Howe returns to our attention, because of Bannon. But are we shifting to a more liberal era or are we on the brink of a greater series of disasters....

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  • March 15, 2021

Well, actually, he’s a Badger, not a duck. I was born in Wisconsin and currently live in Oregon. Believe me, I know the difference. And I can assure you, this guy is one enormous Johnson. I’m really not sure what Republicans’ strategy is vis-à-vis the $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill that’s...

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  • March 3, 2021
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The sparse number of actual carbon capture and sequestration projects plus weak carbon markets amplify the problems of the climate crisis yet to be revisited, post-Trump. Two heartland examples in North Dakota and Texas show how there are several interlocking problems addressing the climate crisis that must be included in future environmental policy. More specifically...

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  • February 28, 2021

Rahm Emanuel did not allow Chris Christie to avoid sugarcoating Republican racism, anti-Semitism, and lack of principles. Rahm Emanuel calls out current Republican orthodoxy See full episodes here. Rahm Emanuel really got upset with Chris Christie on This Week. Christie continued to appease his party’s racism and anti-Semitism with calculated...

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  • February 28, 2021

It’s fitting that this year’s CPAC conference is being held in Orlando, a land of make-believe where thousands of folks travel each year to gawk at a surly, splotchy whale flailing around with no real purpose other than to wow a small cross-section of Americans who’ve grown bored with taunting the three-legged goat at their local petting...

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  • February 27, 2021
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From The Hill: Spoiler: Passing laws would indeed make my flags go away. Just not that one. Let’s do the right things for Pennsylvania. 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧️🇺🇸 — John Fetterman (@JohnFetterman) February 24, 2021 Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, a Democratic Senate candidate, has replaced the pro-weed and LGBTQ rights flags hanging from...

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  • February 25, 2021

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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  • February 13, 2021

Of all the depredations Donald Trump has exposed my tender, guileless soul to, making me feel warm fuzzies for a Cheney — however fleeting those feelings may have been — is perhaps the least forgivable. But hey, when the opposition party is overrun by rampaging orcs, I’ll take the steady, resolute...

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  • February 7, 2021

Meghan McCain just about lost it on The View as she described the degeneracy of the Republican Party. She described them as heretics. Meghan McCain laments the state of the GOP x x YouTube Video See full episodes here. One had to feel somewhat sorry for Meghan McCain. The life-long Republican...

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  • January 27, 2021

“Pena que a cavalaria brasileira não tenha sido tão eficiente quanto a americana, que exterminou os índios” “It’s a shame that the Brazilian cavalry hasn’t been as efficient as the Americans, who exterminated the Indians.”  Jair Bolsanaro  via Correio Braziliense newspaper Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsanaro, may face charges for crimes against...

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  • January 25, 2021

The entire ThisWeek panel slammed former Governor Chris Christie for creating a false equivalence between insurrection and protests. Is Christie so devoid of morals? See full episodes here. Republican leadership has been trying to use President Biden’s “unity” message to stop Donald Trump’s prosecution for inciting the insurrection. Matthew Dowd had the relevant...

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  • January 24, 2021

No doubt there are Trump pardons, but the cluster falls close to the _____. Apparently Trump has been advised that the optics of guilt are greater exposure to his soon to be mounting legal woes. This includes even the Trumpian small insults, a hastily assembled 1776 position paper to prescribe...

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  • January 19, 2021

Received this e-mail today from the organization Common Cause Pennsylvania: I’m going to be honest with you — I’m deeply concerned. The Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee just voted House Bill 38 (HB 38) out of committee by a slim margin, attempting to clear the way for the legislature to engage...

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  • January 13, 2021

You know what? NO. You don't get to do this. Not this time, Fox News. During the violent insurrection at the Capitol building, everyone was on the same page. Our Capitol hadn’t been invaded since 1814. People couldn’t believe what they were seeing. No one dared empathize with the malevolent traitors...

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  • January 9, 2021

Progressives, and I am one, tend to talk in a manner that over the heads of many, not out of malice but comfort. It must stop. Progressives need to message better x x YouTube Video See full episodes here. What is food insecurity? It does not sound like something that needs...

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  • January 2, 2021

Republicans have been walking back their deeply held principles for years in the wake of Donald Trump’s massive … boat parades. All the same folks who once called me a traitor and an appeaser because of my strong opposition to the Iraq war are now suddenly against our “forever wars” and...

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  • December 29, 2020

In 1984, George Orwell used the line “two plus two equals 5 . . . or sometimes 3. . . .” as one of his ways to show the effectiveness of Nazi propaganda and at the same time its disconnect from reality. We are seeing the equivalent of that disconnect...

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  • December 13, 2020

We are in the world of Dr. Doom, Doc Octopus, and Doctor Strange, as Trumpian ignorance has yet to recede from not recognizing the differences among honorific, honorary, and honor. The WSJ publishes an opinion piece suggesting Dr. Jill Biden stop using the ‘Dr.’ title The Wall Street Journal published an opinion...

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  • December 12, 2020

Lack of standing is the reason for SCOTUS dismissing the Ken Paxton suit to overturn the votes of four states. Meritless frivolity remains. x #BREAKING: #SCOTUS throws out Texas's suit attempting to challenge presidential election results in four battleground states, granting Texas leave to file its complaint but summarily dismissing its...

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  • December 11, 2020

As each day passes, Trump adds to an already impressive body of evidence arguing that he should be considered the worst president in U.S. history.  But, taking a dispassionate, long view, there are a small number of surprisingly strong contenders for this title.  This history call is depressingly closer than it...

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  • December 6, 2020

http://www.usnews.com/… Pfizer and its European partner BioNTech will ask the FDA for emergency use of its vaccine for Covid-19 this Friday. The companies now claim the vaccine is 95% effective and has had few side effects, mostly fatigue and headaches. ABC reports they will have millions of doses ready to...

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  • November 18, 2020

It is the best system we have got at the moment and needs strengthening, This election has gone around the world and the subsequent words and actions matter. Many democracies are under threat from those seeking to undermine its principles and how this plays out in the USA will resonate...

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  • November 6, 2020
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Larry Kudlow continues the underlying theme of Trumpian nihilism and its trickle-down contagion of pixie dust and pseudoscience. Trump continues to see his numbers decline as his campaign put him on a superspreader rally schedule, attempting to repeat his 2016 victory of 155,000 votes in swing states while trailing 3 million...

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  • October 25, 2020

Donald Trump is melting down faster than a brick of Velveeta nestled snugly between the twin industrial steam pans that are his moobs.  The latest? He’s been trashing Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s preeminent expert on infectious diseases, because Trump is missing Friday night Skee-Ball at Chuck E. Cheese or whatever. First, Trump,...

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  • October 20, 2020

Andy Borowtiz at The New Yorker strikes again: Calling the Supreme Court nominee’s testimony “worrisome,” Senator Susan Collins said that she is concerned that Amy Coney Barrett is too indecisive to sit on the nation’s highest court. “When she was asked a question, she often appeared hesitant, evasive, and wishy-washy,”...

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  • October 14, 2020

You’ve probably heard that the Regeneron antibody treatment Donald Trump received and subsequently touted as a “cure” for COVID was tested on cells that originally came from an abortion. I’m sure this isn’t the first time an abortion has saved Donald Trump’s ass (just guessing here), but in this case, he’s the...

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  • October 10, 2020

Other than delusions of victory, Trump is trailing and needs to win the debates. Yet Trump, as with his original 2016 plan, remains focused on surviving past inauguration day short of an indictment.  Trump is desperate for a post-election deal that will cover his massive billion-dollar debts which he may cover...

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  • September 29, 2020

This professor is the prototypical Liberal elitist that continuously fails the Progressive movement. His support for Trump's SCOTUS nominee was summarily ridiculed by Journalist Emily Bazelon, if even in a disguised manner. SCOTUS Delusion x x YouTube Video See full episodes here. The lack of empathy does not exist solely...

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  • September 27, 2020

The toast is not yet burnt. Trump will need to win all three events. Won’t happen because all Trump has are bizarre lies and falsehoods. x One week from today, President Trump and former VP Biden will meet on the debate stage for the first time. Rachel @Maddow, @NicolleDWallace, @JoyAnnReid...

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  • September 22, 2020

What are these assholes even talking about? Now, I knew they’d be pricks about this regardless, but isn’t a little convenient that they’re both on Donald Trump’s SCOTUS nominee short list? First, Wolfman Jack’s colicky vestigial twin: x “We can play that game all day long” — Ted Cruz dismisses...

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  • September 20, 2020

President Obama has weighed in on the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the confirmation battle that’s sure to ensue. Here’s his statement in its entirety: Sixty years ago, Ruth Bader Ginsburg applied to be a Supreme Court clerk. She’d studied at two of our finest law schools and had ringing...

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  • September 19, 2020

This is remarkable, because we almost certainly will rewrite the Constitution of the United States. I mean, we’ve already done it 27 times — including to recognize women’s right to vote for the candidates of their choice, even if those candidates are idiots who tweet things like this: x We...

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  • September 17, 2020

I’m swimming in so much schadenfreude today I may have to hire Jerry Falwell’s pool boy to clean up after me. There’s the Falwell news, the Eric Trump news, the RNC shitshow to come and now … holy shit, what fresh hell is this? Yahoo! News: Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, Melania Trump's...

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  • August 24, 2020

In 2015, writer, Ramesh Ponnuru wrote a scathing rebuke in the National Review of President Trump’s sister, then federal judge Maryanne Trump Barry. Like most who oppose partial-birth abortion, he seized upon gory detail, describing the procedure in its most medieval incarnation, all the while ignoring its medical necessity or rarity....

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  • August 24, 2020
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