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Speaking to a colleague this morning who asked if I was tired of writing about racial ‘strife.’ The answer was—no—I am tired of living it. In less than two weeks a white Ohio police chief thought it was a joke to leave a KKK reference on the desk of one...

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  • July 23, 2021

Arizona still is a paradigm case in attempts to overthrow governments. Apparently elections are now auctions and any idiot with money and a legislature in their pocket can demand election audits. Lawfare will ensue as democracy and information will become more rather than less opaque. The politicized “audit” of Maricopa County, Arizona’s...

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  • May 28, 2021

Feebs are closing in. Rudy’s electronic devices have now been seized in a NYC raid on his Manhattan apartment (and a Park Avenue office location). Darn that Deep State down by the Four Seasons Lawn Center. The buried lede is that the warrant was blocked under the former guy, but Merrick Garland unblocked...

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  • April 28, 2021

The usual Cruz hypocrisy, the pot calling the kettle violent. Because the final term of Ted Cruz will feature more nonsense serving corporate energy interests among other contradictions. He’s flailing about today with the latest nominees for DoJ, among other fake outrage. It’s an old tactic, because Cruz loves stirring...

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  • April 22, 2021

Weird how it’s possible to have presidential leadership that isn’t into gaslighting douchebaggery or mindless grifting off “cancelculture” Still getting reaccustomed to having a President of the United States who is modest, kind and respectful. — Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) March 12, 2021 Cruz is also spending money to run Facebook...

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  • March 12, 2021

Statue of the “other guy” arrives at CPAC, the annual owning the libs festival and meat market. The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) is underway in Orlando, Florida, opening with a 2020 election conspiracy supercut, a video heralding cancel culture “victim” Gina Carano and a gold statue of ousted president Donald Trump raising eyebrows in the Hyatt Regency lobby...

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  • February 26, 2021

Definitely not a Sidney Powell lawsuit, but really raises some interesting questions about competency. OHMYGOD – They're asking the court to order the Secret Service (who aren't before the court) to evict Joe Biden (who isn't before the court) and Jill Biden (who isn't before the court) from the Residence....

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  • January 22, 2021

It’s not so much “when you’ve lost the National Review…”, but the attempt to ensure that there might be an autonomous, conservative GOP rather than a Trumpist party. Aside from fanciful premises about “process” repeated during the House floor debate, the National Review still supports impeachment. He urged a crowd to...

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  • January 13, 2021

The Biden-Harris pandemic team is introduced today, covered live by MSNBC and CNN, and no one is covering the Trump “vaccine summit” event at the White House. “100 million shots in the first 100 days.” x Biden: “I’m absolutely convinced that in 100 days we can change the course of the...

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  • December 8, 2020

One step above reading the phone book, apparently Trump is running out of material and plans to read obituaries, claiming that they voted this year. x Trump campaign releases four obituaries of deceased people in Georgia who had ballots cast in their name in the 2020 election pic.twitter.com/e6DAk3BIF6— Charlie Spiering...

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  • November 13, 2020

The lawfare against the ACA now being heard in SCOTUS now resembles the attempts to reverse the results of the 2020 election. Scorched earth and total lawfare, total landscaping. Schrödinger's ballots. Sources close to Trump described his unsupported accusations as a desperate way to save face x Memo to my...

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  • November 10, 2020

Maybe we can now just wait for every vote to be counted. Fortunately we’re past the fail-safe point of the Comey email fiasco of 2016 and its associated manipulation by the NY Times. We may be out of October Surprises. Even Putin seems to have officially cut Trump loose. Then...

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  • October 29, 2020

Reminding myself that during nearly two decades of my life, racial segregation dominated some states, and that in 2020 we are still battling some of the same issues preventing people from voting. As if we didn’t need more reminders of systemic racism. People are going to need to be “carefully taught”,...

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  • October 28, 2020

Ronna Romney McDaniel’s plan to combine the RNC with the Trump campaign has backfired spectacularly. The money goes where Trump wants it to go, which is why millions were spent running ads in DC because Trump was tired of seeing ads attacking him.  In the final weeks of the election, and...

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  • October 23, 2020

The second actual debate could be three too many as we expect more of the same stunts despite a mute switch for the two-minute responses to questions. The GOP has telegraphed some of the debate’s tactical options including foreign interference, even as they whined after foreign policy wasn’t included as...

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  • October 22, 2020

From The Daily Beast: x An internal poll from Ossoff’s camp, conducted by Garin Hart Yang Research Group on Oct. 11-14 and shared with The Daily Beast, found that in a head-to-head race, Ossoff met the 50 percent threshold to avoid a runoff, with Perdue at 45 percent https://t.co/mrp54kSeAh— The...

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  • October 21, 2020

Lots of Meta on Friday, brought on by Mary Trump’s “crazy uncle”. x Scoop w/ @ErinatThePost: Turned off by President Trump, Maryland’s GOP governor Larry Hogan casts write-in vote for Ronald Reagan… https://t.co/U36tp4WXEz— Robert Costa (@costareports) October 16, 2020 Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said he “voted for Ronald Reagan”...

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  • October 16, 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
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Some very encouraging news today courtesy of Morning Consult’s latest poll: x #NCsen:Cunningham (D) 47% (+6)Tillis (R-inc) 41%.#AZsen:Kelly (D) 49% (+8)McSally (R-inc) 41%.#MIsen:Peters (D-inc) 49% (+9)James (R) 40%.#COsen:Hickenlooper (D) 50% (+10)Gardner (R-inc) 40%@MorningConsult, LV, 10/2-11https://t.co/7AsGqSmIR8— Political Polls (@Politics_Polls) October 13, 2020 And in the presidential election: x COLORADOBiden 54%Trump 40%...

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  • October 13, 2020

At WaPo, Phillip Bump throws more cold water on our optimism, but we all need to be confronted with the probabilities. Try Bump’s interactive tools to convince yourself of the quantitative realities. There will be Senate-flipping and a Biden landslide, but there still and always remain possible bad news. James Carville...

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  • October 13, 2020

I cover a lot of U.S. Senate races and I really try to keep a focus on the ones that are the closest so I tend to overlook some races. I’m not worried about the New Hampshire U.S. Senate race but I decided to do some digging on U.S. Senator...

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  • October 8, 2020

The right-wing publication, The National Review, has been pushing this narrative against Governor Steve Bullock (D. MT) in his bid to unseat U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R. MT): ‘When you invest in Montana, you have the full support of the state,” Governor Steve Bullock says at the conclusion of a...

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  • October 5, 2020

Over the weekend, Americans were bombarded by press accounts with what we already know, Donald Trump is a liar, a tax cheat, and a possible felon. In case you think that is hyperbole—Mr. Trump, ask Al Capone. My theory is that Donald Trump released his tax information so debate moderator...

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  • September 28, 2020

Former Secretary of Labor, Robert Reich, has a piece out in Salon and video up on YouTube where he focuses on flipping the U.S. Senate, Specifically on these 6 Senate races: 1. North Carolina: Thom Tillis (R. NC) vs Cal Cunningham (D. NC) 2. Maine: Susan Collins (R. ME) vs...

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  • September 28, 2020

Trump is rushing SCOTUS vote to contest the election results, but GOP senators up for re-election may pay for this. Then again IMPOTUS* is sending seniors $200 “Trump cards” for their votes. x And here I thought this was hyperbole or trolling https://t.co/mgO2kSIOsV pic.twitter.com/nOHjQ7AMnk— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) September 25, 2020 x...

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  • September 25, 2020

Rudy Giuliani hasn’t kept his gaslight under a bushel, but may get prosecuted, not for his quasi-espionage or actions supporting Trump’s re-election, but simply for defrauding the US Treasury. x To get the amount of money Giuliani did, business owners must prove payroll expenses between $720,000 and $1.68 million in 2019....

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  • September 17, 2020

From Salon: The American Democracy Legal Fund (ADLF) sent a letter Wednesday to the U.S. Senate Ethics Committee asking to open an investigation into allegations that Sen. Susan Collins of Maine — a Republican who faces a tight re-election battle this fall — used her office to financially benefit her...

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  • September 11, 2020

From Salon: Montana Republicans Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Greg Gianforte share a tight financial and legislative history with each other and with the tech giant Oracle that goes back years. That relationship has netted each of them several million dollars and made Gianforte one of the wealthiest members of...

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  • September 8, 2020

In fear-mongering, there are plenty of fine people on both sides. the Trump 1968-styled campaign looks for a 2000 result, with one state making it go to SCOTUS, failing that a House decision based on faithless electors. You figure, all it would take would be a stack of Russian, Saudi,...

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  • September 5, 2020

After all the stupidity and incompetence, Trump really does sound like he says things with no filter. And even as he says he said no such thing, his excuses are even stranger, and his lies are getting amplified by the Russians, again. A new report details multiple instances of Donald Trump allegedly...

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  • September 4, 2020

Look, I know Nancy Pelosi is human but she is also a political genius.  What in the world possessed her to trust a RWNJ owner of a hair salon tell a stylist to go inside for a hair shampoo against all common sense this close to an election? Pelosi took...

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  • September 3, 2020

This is supposed to make you feel good.   Down on that stringy mess  on top of your head because of Covid?   I mean the roots are showing and the layers are gone.  It has been six months since that mop has been trimmed?   You look down at those nails and...

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  • September 3, 2020

From Salon: Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, who has repeatedly expressed doubt about the science behind the coronavirus pandemic, has political and lobbying ties to Gilead, the pharmaceutical giant behind COVID treatment remdesivir, which lobbied the Senate as lawmakers debated the CARES Act this March. Multiple former Cornyn aides, including a former chief of...

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  • September 2, 2020

Salon interviewed Arizona Democratic Party Chairwoman, Felicia Rotellini, and Republican strategist, Paul Bentz, about how Arizona is becoming a Blue State and how Donald Trump and U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R. AZ) have helped push the state into blue territory: “Both chambers are on the precipice of turning blue for...

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  • August 27, 2020

From Salon: A leading Democratic group accused Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., of hypocrisy for campaign ads touting Daines as tough on China after he repeatedly met with Chinese Communist Party officials on trips paid for by taxpayers — while avoiding town halls with his constituents back home. Daines, who holds...

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  • August 27, 2020

From Salon: Maine farmers have blamed recent changes at the U.S. Postal Service after receiving thousands of dead baby chicks due to shipping delays. The state's postal workers blamed the slowdown on a bill championed by Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, that “weakened the Postal Service” — and faces a tough...

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  • August 23, 2020

So we all know he’s an idiot: In an interview with KVUE on Tuesday, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) said he supports the reopening of schools amid the coronavirus pandemic, but it's important to make sure students feel safe in classrooms. “I think starting slowly with online learning, but then maybe transitioning...

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  • August 20, 2020

From Salon: x YouTube Video Sen. David Perdue of Georgia, a Republican up for re-election this fall, recently introduced a bill called the ''Safely Creating Healthy Opening Options Locally Act'' (the SCHOOL Act), which would give Education Secretary Betsy DeVos control over $50 billion in federal relief grants to local...

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  • August 12, 2020

Kansas demonstrated unintentionally that mask use “flattens the curve” by comparing counties that had mask mandates with those that didn’t.  x US records more than 2,000 #coronavirus deaths in 24 hours, the highest number of daily fatalities in 3 months: Johns Hopkins University #COVID19 trackerhttps://t.co/5v8lF3itDm— Julie Laumann (@Otpor17) August 7,...

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  • August 7, 2020

Trump’s in New Jersey for a golf weekend as the US continues to falter. There could be a Hail Mary. If Biden chooses @KamalaHarris, watch Trump dump Pence for Nikki Haley. Watch. — Matt Rogers 🎃 (@Politidope) August 6, 2020 If the United States isn’t a failed state in 2020,...

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  • August 7, 2020

Salon has a great piece out about how U.S. Senate candidate, John James (R. MI), has been trying to distance himself from the abysmal Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, as he tries to unseat U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D. MI). Except that James can’t stop taking her family’s money and...

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  • August 6, 2020

One score years ago, and this time TPUSA could be the Drumpfjugend to lead the Brooks Brothers Riot 2.0. The limited imagination of conservatives can only imagine as reactionaries. Trump vs Biden: can America conduct a fair election? Amid fears the president will not accept the result, the pandemic is...

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  • August 6, 2020

From Salon: Republican Sen. Steve Daines of Montana, who faces a tough re-election fight this year, received thousands of dollars from pharmaceutical companies while pushing Congress to fund a fast-tracked coronavirus treatment and vaccine development program that eventually awarded contracts to those companies, Federal Election Commission records show. The $10...

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  • August 3, 2020

x Since Dr Fauci's analysis of our chart in the US Congress is so widely reported https://t.co/wNrGv58ufA It is wrong to believe that the US finds many more cases than Europe because of 'better testing' The positive rate in the US is higher than in *every single European country* pic.twitter.com/bQ3xly2lpG...

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  • August 1, 2020

​Aside from being charged hourly for the fence around the Portland federal building because it blocks the street ($192,000 at last count), federal forces will be withdrawn beginning Thursday. Trump apparently hasn’t gotten the memo. “We're not leaving until they secure their city … if they don't secure their city soon,...

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  • July 29, 2020

They’ve left Seattle, now it’s time for Portland. “Why can't we all just get along”, as the ACLU charges that law enforcement has targeted journalists at the Portland protests. Trump continues to hope for more atrocities to distract from his other failures. x Protesters walk and sit in silence in Chapman...

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  • July 29, 2020

From Salon: Embattled Republican Sen. Martha McSally of Arizona promised voters that her campaign would “suspend all campaign fundraising” for the first two weeks of April in favor of “15 Days of Giving,” but finance records released last week show that the campaign seems to have raised $300,000 in that time, and apparently kept all...

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  • July 28, 2020

From Dean M. Harris at NC Policy Watch: In 2015, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis of North Carolina argued that we don’t need government rules for public health in the food service industry, because the free market would protect public health and safety. As an example, he said that the government...

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  • July 22, 2020

So much disinformation, so little disambiguation time. Enough gaslight to save the fossil-fuel industry. x Fox News peddled misinformation about the coronavirus 253 times in five days: study https://t.co/UZU4MbpdHt— Salon (@Salon) July 18, 2020 x I’m an ER doc treating #COVID19 and I want you to know that every second...

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  • July 19, 2020

Billions and billions of odds and dollars are being wasted or stolen because Trump thinks he can BS his way to re-election and set up federal paramilitary forces as ‘protection squads’. x He really believes he can bullshit his way through this. https://t.co/joAVB4g1r3— digby (@digby56) July 18, 2020 x Trump doesn’t...

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  • July 18, 2020
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