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The war continues with Russian troops hiding among hospital facilities in the south using staff as cover or shields. They exhibit slow progress toward Kiev even as talks continue and the PR offensive remains solid with Zelensky speaking to the Canadian Parliament and the Prime Ministers of Czechia, Poland, and Slovenia....

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  • March 16, 2022

Voting for the current crop of Republicans is like brushing your teeth with the water running. It is a waste of resources, has no purpose, but all your friends do it. Nothing was more symbolic than the displays of blubbering pique by Congressmen Matt Gaetz and Jim Jordan. The House...

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  • October 22, 2021

Ever since Gov. Brian Kemp allowed Donald Trump to go down in a haze of gory following the latter’s embarrassing loss in the once reliably red state of Georgia, he’s been persona non grata among a large faction of MAGAs. Two county GOP parties voted to censure him over his...

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  • June 5, 2021

Voter rights legislation is winding its way through Congress with the foregone conclusion that Senate Republicans will scuttle it. Equitable voting rights legislation for blacks in America has been a 400-year exercise in hypocrisy. One man, one vote has been turned on its head so often, Ringling Bros. should have...

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  • May 19, 2021

Who could believe that Republicans would actually use a provable voter fraud fallacy to distract from institutional interventions that suppress votes. Why would they divert attention to voter suppression efforts and conspiracy theories as absurd as ballots shipped from abroad. And there’s no shortage of cynical extremists in the GOP. But...

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  • May 10, 2021

Because Hawley’s whines about Big Tech while promoting sales of his book on Amazon, the epitome of …. Big Tech. “Democrats are eyeing a comeback in Missouri, believing the Capitol riot hurt Republicans in the state, not least because of Josh Hawley’s prominent role.” “Don’t try to censor, cancel, and silence...

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  • May 10, 2021

Not prosecuting Trump for what seems to be incontrovertible evidence of his Stormy Daniels payoff seems to be small potatoes only if the big enchiladas are left on the plate. Yet the GQP thinks that they still need him, likely because there are no alternatives, what with Ted Cruz having dinner with...

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  • May 7, 2021

If the Ministerium für Staatsicherheit (Ministry for State Security) had had a crystal ball 40 years ago they would have promoted capitalism, the sheer amount of information people are willing to give away for free would have made their job so easy. Now in a functioning democracy that would be...

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  • May 4, 2021

No one has ever tried to have me killed before (that I know of), but if someone did, I doubt I’d sing hosannas and paeans to him mere months after he’d sent a mob to my workplace to murder me—or after he’d ignored my plaintive cries for help when said mob...

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  • April 30, 2021

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal’s (D. CT) re-election campaign: Last week, horrid gun violence once again ripped through our communities and senselessly took more innocent lives. After each deadly shooting in this country, my Republican colleagues offer “thoughts and prayers” – then turn around and obstruct...

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  • April 22, 2021

Previous Guy has been desperate for a regular social media channel to wreak his nonsense. Likely he’ll violate the rules again because we’ve seen his poor impulse control and then there’s the Big Lie. Tech experts are skeptical about plans for a Trump social media platform, if only because justice...

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  • April 7, 2021

The Center for Disease Control reports that 115.7 million total vaccinations for Covid-19 have taken place in the US as of yesterday. Joe Biden had called for 100 million shots in his first 100 days, but about 20 million of the reported 115.7 million took place under his predecessor. Between...

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  • March 18, 2021

The Center for Disease Control reports that 115.7 million total vaccinations for Covid-19 have taken place in the US as of yesterday. Joe Biden had called for 100 million shots in his first 100 days, but about 20 million of the reported 115.7 million took place under his predecessor. Between...

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  • March 18, 2021

For much of the world’s history, we have been ruled by violence and its descendants. Kings won their thrones by having better fighters than their opponents. Transfers of power meant inheriting that throne or by violently seizing it. On those rare occasions where power changed hands non-violently from one living...

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  • February 15, 2021

Kaaaaaaaa-BOOM! Nancy Pelosi (D-Not Fucking Around) just referred to GOP House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy as “Kevin McCarthy (Q-CA).” And that’s not all. Read: x Scathing news release from @SpeakerPelosi designating @GOPLeader as (Q-CA). pic.twitter.com/qgkiMaBx6p— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) February 3, 2021 < p class=”is-empty-p”> “After several conversations and literally running...

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  • February 3, 2021

Marjorie Taylor Greene, the one-woman wrecking ball of the GOP (OK, she’s not the only one, but one of her is enough), has managed to wrangle a spot on the  Education Committee, even though she has seriously claimed that various school shootings were hoaxes. (Maybe she thinks the students were...

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  • February 1, 2021

Combined with a Capitol insurrection that would frighten more than 147 legislators to overturn the Electoral College, an acting AG replaced by a Trump crony would have fronted a successful coup d’état. There is a profoundly important issue that is being grotesquely under covered in the media, particularly the business...

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  • January 23, 2021

Probably the last official deal crafted by Trump will be his pardon, whether of himself or by Mike Pence after Trump’s resignation with hours or minutes to spare. One wonders if Trump will leave the customary letter to his successor in the Oval Office desk, or perhaps just leave a...

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  • January 15, 2021

Now those are some tough fighting words: Pennsylvania Lt. Governor John Fetterman is a verified Shakespeare when it comes to crafting articulate, downright eloquent takedowns of the worst GOP members. Take his recent Josh Hawley takedown for example. Fetterman, who just announced a prospective Senate bid, guested on a Daily Beast podcast recently and unloaded...

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  • Avatar of Sam Sero
  • January 14, 2021

Yes, this dude was from Florida, because 2020 just does not want to let go. It’s okay, 2020. Shhhh. It will be all right. Go to the light. 2021 is clearly up to the task. The Hill: A man who was photographed carrying Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) lectern during the Capitol...

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  • January 9, 2021

Yes, this dude was from Florida, because 2020 just does not want to let go. It’s okay, 2020. Shhhh. It will be all right. Go to the light. 2021 is clearly up to the task. The Hill: A man who was photographed carrying Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) lectern during the Capitol...

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  • Avatar of Aldous Pennyfarthing
  • January 9, 2021

Suddenly, we’re all talking about the felony murder doctrine. Broadly, that’s a legal principle stating that if someone is involved in the commission of a felony, and the circumstances of that crime result in a death, then they are guilty of the offense of murder even if they weren’t directly...

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  • January 8, 2021

The outgoing president and vice president normally attend the inauguration of their successors. This is so automatic that, according to the inauguration committee, no invitation is sent because none is needed. Any arrangements are made at the staff level. But now CNN is reporting that Pence wants to attend the...

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  • January 7, 2021

Trump is at the end of the path to the bunker. The argument for the resignation of Trump and Pence’s pardon of Trump like Gerald Ford’s of Nixon remains still viable. Invoking the 25th Amendment seems more difficult if only because the GOP still wants to avoid the Watergate comparisons,...

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  • January 7, 2021

“Trump at this point should welcome someone using the 25h amendment, an insanity defense is about all he has left.” Trump’s best defense could be insanity or ignorance. x 4 criminal laws that Trump may have violated in his Georgia election call | By Ian Millhiser https://t.co/G5E3thhlzx— SafetyPin-Daily (@SafetyPinDaily) January...

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  • January 6, 2021

A prepared Stacey Abrams did not allow This Week host to create a false equivalence between her Georgia election and Trump's. Stacey Abrams sets the record straight x x YouTube Video See full episodes here. There is absolutely no similarity between Donald Trump's refusal to concede his loss to Stacey...

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  • January 4, 2021

Apparently Trump leaked the Raffensperger audio to WaPo — how clueless is that, even if the NY Times is reporting that it was taped and released by the GA SOS. Most of the call repeats his contrived logic and numbers ad nauseam, as if to flood the transcript with his disinformation stream. Trump is so delusional...

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  • January 4, 2021

Hope can see that there is light despite all of the darkness. -Desmond Tutu Trump can hold a grudge for a few months before exploding in a tearful rage and firing anyone who had dared to tell the truth about Trump’s reckless disregard of the Covid disaster. This time around, Dr....

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  • January 3, 2021

Congressional Republicans have savagely beclowned themselves throughout the Trump era. I thought the worst degradation would be their refusal to hold Trump accountable during the impeachment trials, but the lickspittles were far from done licking and spittling. According to CNN’s Jake Tapper, at least 140 reality-challenged cowards are planning to...

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  • Avatar of Aldous Pennyfarthing
  • December 31, 2020

IANAPs, so I can’t say if or how sadism is associated with narcissism, even the malignant kind. But Trump sure presents as embodying both conditions. President-elect Joe Biden on Saturday slammed Trump for refusing to sign the agreement into law. “It is the day after Christmas, and millions of families...

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  • December 27, 2020

David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler thought they had a fig leaf all ready to go—one that would help them pretend they desperately want to deliver COVID relief to their fellow Georgians. Yeah, thanks to time-honored Republican tightwaddery, it was a mere $600. But, hey, that was more than enough for Perdue...

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  • Avatar of Aldous Pennyfarthing
  • December 27, 2020

It’s always been obvious to people with more than a cursory understanding of politics that Republicans only pretend to care about working people and small business owners. They accomplish this by endlessly flogging cultural wedge issues like abortion, gun rights, LGBTQ rights, and perceived Christian “persecution” — while at the same...

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  • December 24, 2020

This continues the diary of two days ago. Nostalgia is a coping mechanism at the place known for its association with William Faulkner. Oxford Mississippi is a place where the nostalgia for a lost cause remains a kind of delusion. When injuries are imagined and retribution seems easy, this happens where...

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  • December 24, 2020
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Contradictions and false consciousness inhabit many Trumpists and Trump voters, demanding a crypto-fascist election outcome, a sad commentary on the times. Trump himself is left with autocratic fantasies fed by his closest sycophants. x Sources who have gotten used to Trump’s eruptions over four years sound scared by what’s transpired in...

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  • December 20, 2020

How is it possible that my respect for Donald Trump can still be diminished on December 19, 2020? As COVID-19 kills more than 3,000 Americans a day and Russia basically declares war on our country, Trump is monomaniacally focused on embarrassing himself further. He’s lost to Joe Biden, other casino operators,...

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  • December 19, 2020

I’ve been of two minds about whether it’s better for the country to put Trump on trial for his crimes, or to leave it to history to call him to account. I’m not going to rehash all the arguments for and against, but after watching today’s events and listening to...

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  • December 8, 2020

Barr Is Said to Be Weighing Whether to Leave Before Trump’s Term Ends Attorney General William P. Barr is considering stepping down before President Trump’s term ends next month, according to three people familiar with this thinking. One said Mr. Barr could announce his departure before the end of the...

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  • December 7, 2020

“America is advanced citizenship” –The American President The Age of Citizens United continues. x Even Barrett asksQ: So could you sue on torture?A: YesQ: But not if it was a corporation?A: Yes — Oren Nimni (@orennimni) December 1, 2020 x Neal Katyal is currently defending multinational corporations' right to own...

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  • December 1, 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

Did Trump actually call the two Wayne County canvassers to try to reverse their reversal.  Autogolpe Trump's widespread effort to delay or undermine certification includes no-take-backsies.  Now Rudy saying lots of people from Camden came to Philly to vote. “It happens all the time. It's about as common as people getting...

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  • November 19, 2020

I’ve seen a lot of epic rants, but this one was particularly potent. Ned Staebler viciously and correctly called out the blatant racism of two Republican who were refusing to certify the presidential election results in Michigan’s Wayne County.  Staebler pointed out the two Republican racists—Board of Canvassers members Monica Palmer and William...

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  • November 18, 2020

Trump tweets a victory that gets reversed on air. Wayne County just reversed its decision and votes 4-0 to certify. As seen live on CNN with Michigan’s Secretary of State, Trump tweets. CNN went to commercial break, and the ruling is reversed. BAM! x The popular outcry against the absurd 2-2 vote...

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  • November 18, 2020

Will he claim that those five million votes were Californians illegally voting. x “I concede NOTHING!” is not a normal thing for a president to write. But his refusal to concede is meaningless. What matters is that the Presidential Transition Act directs Emily Murphy to ascertain the “apparent” winner and...

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  • November 15, 2020

Over the past several months the Trump family has consistently behaved as if COVID-19 has them all on retainer. They’ve exercised and popularized worst practices for mitigating the virus — attending superspreader rallies in COVID hot spots and unmasking at the debates, etc. — and have seemingly done so without a...

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  • November 14, 2020

From The Intercept: IF SEN. DAVID PERDUE wins reelection in Georgia’s runoff in January, the Republican Party will almost certainly maintain its Senate majority. Perdue, an outspoken climate denier, urged President Donald Trump to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accords; voted against a Senate resolution that affirmed that climate change is real and that...

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  • November 14, 2020

The newest shield for racism, sexism, and just poor behavior is a new set of buzz words. Instead of facing the truth about systemic racism, the words ‘Race Card’ become a shield. Instead of answering for blatant sexism, we say ‘PC culture’ is overtaking us. And for pure bad behavior,...

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  • October 28, 2020

The name of the anonymous author of op-eds criticizing the operation of the White House, is Former DHS chief of staff @MilesTaylorUSA ), but in the scheme of October Surprises this is a footnote. More important matters are whether one of five swing states can be won by Biden/Harris. x Thread....

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  • October 28, 2020

Here’s the latest news out of Georgia: x GEORGIABiden 49% (+4)Trump 45%.#GAsen:Ossoff (D) 44%Perdue (R-inc) 44% Opinion Insight/@AAF (R), LV, 10/12-15https://t.co/aYPXpogmS8— Political Polls (@Politics_Polls) October 23, 2020 x #GAsenWarnock (D) 31%Loeffler (R-inc) 19%Collins (R) 18%Lieberman (D) 3%Johnson (R) 2%Johnson-Shealey (D) 2%Bartell (I) 2%Winfield (D) 1%Tarver (D) 1% Opinion Insight/@AAF (R),...

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  • October 23, 2020

SCOTUS nominee Amy Coney Barrett is a danger to most Americans that do not fit a certain profile or religion. Tamara Shealey update. Sad Ted Cruz. SCOTUS Nominee, a clear and present danger. x x YouTube Video Politics Done Right Live weekdays @ 3:00 PM Central Video Zoom: LINK —...

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  • October 14, 2020
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There aren’t a lot of Governor races for me to cover this year. Governors Roy Cooper (D. NC) and Jay Inslee (D. WA) are looking good heading into re-election and Montana’s Governor race is the only real toss-up. But if there’s one race that could possibly break late, it’s the...

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  • October 11, 2020