Fox News Poll Has Joe Biden Beating Trump In Pennsylvania 50-42

Latest news out Pennsylvania courtesy of Fox News’ latest poll: With most Pennsylvania voters concerned about catching coronavirus and nearly six-in-ten believing the Trump administration was too slow to act, Joe Biden leads Donald Trump in that battleground state. Biden is preferred over Trump by 8 percentage points (50-42 percent), according to a Fox News…

We have to expand mail-in voting. But . . . let's be frank about a real problem.

Expanding our voting-by-mail procedures is an absolute imperative and a moral no-brainer in the midst of a national pandemic.  I also am completely unsurprised that President Trump and federal and state Republican leaders are increasingly not just opposing such a common-sense measure, but demonizing it and falsely associating it with their untrue claims of wide-spread voter…

FFS – Obama had no ability to decrease the number of deportations

The dumbest argument that I heard in the last Democratic Debate was the notion (and attack on Joe Biden) that fmr. President Obama should have reduced the number of deportations.  As the NYT summarized: Other Democrats, siding with Mr. Castro, joined in piling on Mr. Biden, the front-runner. Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York…

Republicans and the new defense: “We were just giving orders.”

Following the fall of the Nazi regime, and at the Nuremberg trials, certain German defendants — including concentration camp guards and bureaucrats — raised a famous defense:  “I was just following orders.”   I noticed recently that Trump and Republican have invented a new variant of the defense:  “I was just giving orders.” This is most obvious in…

Don Jr. Writes The Most Idiotic, And Revealing, Guest Op-Ed

Maybe this was published in other newspapers, but I see that The Denver Post was pretty desperate for a guest op-ed, publishing “Democrats are now the party of lawlessness and anarchy” by Donald Jump Jr. It is a pretty pitch perfect case of projection to read this from the son of a President who is…

Trump's latest intelligence misconduct is far worse than reported

As reported by NBC, [“i]n an unprecedented move that stunned current and former intelligence officials, President Donald Trump on Monday ordered the public release of highly classified documents and text messages related to the FBI investigation into whether his campaign conspired with Russia.”   Davis Kris, the former head of the Justice Department’s national security division,…

A short, unfortunately instructive Labor Day story

Sometimes, even the best meaning economists completely muddle the picture.  Everything seems so, well, complicated. Well . . .  when I was in college in 1988 (!) a friend offered me the chance for a part-time job, working the night shift at a UPS site on Long Island, NY.  It paid $12/hr and was capped…

There is no precedent for reversing Roe v. Wade

Sen. Lindsey Graham said the other day that a Justice Kavanaugh could reverse Roe v. Wade, like any other precedent: “Here’s what I hope [Kavanuagh] will do: If there’s a case before him that challenges Roe v. Wade that he would listen to both sides of the story, apply a test to overturn precedent,” Graham…

The Short and Crucial Response to Rudy Giuliani's Bad Faith Argument

By now, we all likely have heard about Rudy Giuliani’s absurd “truth isn’t truth” argument on this Sunday’s Meet the Press: RUDY GIULIANI: . . . . And when you tell me that, you know, [Trump] should testify because he’s going to tell the truth and he shouldn’t worry, well that’s so silly because it’s somebody’s version…

NYT has another interesting column on the White Working Class voter debate

Sarah Smarsh has a well written opinion piece up in the NYT titled “Liberal Blind Spots Are Hiding the Truth About “Trump Country.“  To give a flavor of her piece: WICHITA, Kan. — Is the white working class an angry, backward monolith — some 90 million white Americans without college degrees, all standing around in…

Two provocative questions that Democrats should put to nominee Kavanaugh

Many people are rightly worried that the appointment of “Conservative” Brett M. Kavanaugh will lead to the reversal of Roe v. Wade and other constitutional protections.  With that in mind, I think that the Democratic Senators have to do a better job of framing this debate in the nomination hearings.  And my points below are not…

The real answer to Supreme Court power politics that no one acknowledges

I’ve been as outraged as anyone about the Republicans’ theft of J. Scalia’s former Supreme Court seat — and now President Trump’s appalling opportunity to compound the damage with a second appointment.  And I have read the numerous pleas for Dems to extract justice, including this reasonable and provocative Kos diary calling on Dems to eventually expand the number…