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Not very much has changed with the disinformation being generated by the usual external players. Russia Studied How to Get Americans to Make Mistakes…(how Americans take the Russia disinformation bait) – The Atlantic https://t.co/n5TIn3mf77 — Jennifer Griffin (@JenGriffinFNC) March 20, 2021 For decades now, Russian security services have studied a concept...

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  • April 23, 2021

Anand Giridharadas wrote a piece for The Atlantic asserting that Biden has been moving leftward.  This may only be a short term impression only because the GOP is trying to find its way after the previous guy is gone and before he may be indicted. The real problem lies with...

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  • April 16, 2021

Still early and a far too familiar pattern has been repeated today in Boulder, Colorado. 10 are dead including one first responding police officer. More information has yet to be revealed much like the shootings in Atlanta. If only Republicans were as concerned about checking the backgrounds of people who...

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  • March 23, 2021

Laurie Garrett makes the case for the greatest crime perpetrated by Trump for which he may never be prosecuted. In March 2020, Trump said he wanted the nation “opened up and just raring to go by Easter”, and his enablers still believe the Big Lie. A vast swath of evidence for...

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  • February 23, 2021

Laurie Garrett makes the case for the greatest crime perpetrated by Trump for which he may never be prosecuted. In March 2020, Trump said he wanted the nation “opened up and just raring to go by Easter”, and his enablers still believe the Big Lie. A vast swath of evidence...

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  • February 23, 2021

Ted Cruz tried to slither around the coverage of his holiday in Cancun, including an interview on Hannity to offset a series of lies once social media caught him at the airport.  #TedFled because he’s really not all about the accountability or even patriotism considering his role in the insurrection. Cruz's...

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  • February 19, 2021

One hopes that after the farce of a Trump impeachment acquittal, that criminal proceedings begin in all of the relevant venues. We have already seen how Trump uses lawfare delaying tactics with even less aplomb than Mitch McConnell. We can also be assured that within the year, the numerous right-wing militants will...

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  • February 15, 2021

“In all things of nature, there is something of the marvelous.” ~ Aristotle It is a fact that the biggest threat to our species is not climate change, though it will likely end much of what we experience today, but rather our war on bio-diversity. Bio-diversity is under attack from...

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  • February 6, 2021

How closely associated were elements of the insurrection remains an open question as 300 suspects have been identified so far, with members of Congress possible persons of interest. The Capitol riot was, to use an old @EliLake phrase, like scumbag Woodstock. https://t.co/kzUvXYIof0 pic.twitter.com/uNQljdvvWV — Noah Shachtman (@NoahShachtman) January 21, 2021 The...

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  • January 21, 2021

Stories do have consequences, and following Trump’s American Carnage, truth will out in the larger American narrative. This James Fallows essay is worth reading, made important by the trial balloon of making Andrew Cuomo the AG nominee. For Biden personally, as president, the best thing he can do for most of...

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  • December 13, 2020

Why bother counting the votes after Dixville Notch weighs in. Dick Nixon won both Ohio and Florida in 1960 and lost to Kennedy. But you do you Donald, it’s still 1-52 in failed legal challenges. x The President of the United States literally wants to overturn certified election results and a significant fraction of...

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  • December 9, 2020

Desperate Trumpists might be a bit late to obstruct the polls, assuming that law enforcement actually does their constitutional duty. “…the most effective modern disinformation is defined by what scholars call “censorship through noise”—drowning out the truth with a barrage of lies, distortions, and conspiracy theories designed to confuse and...

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  • November 2, 2020

“Increase in cases is accelerating with no signs of abating. Hospitalizations already increasing. Reasonable conclusion – deaths too will follow.” If Trump wins and continues his dissonant herd immunity ‘policy’, over 100,000 excess deaths will occur in addition to the Trump Death Clock. x View this post on Instagram Don't...

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  • October 30, 2020

Like a cartoon dog in a burning room or a river in Egypt, we know Trump will spend his post-presidency looking for the real reasons he lost the election. America faces no issue more pressing than the coronavirus pandemic, and so the president has found the message that he believes will carry...

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  • October 26, 2020

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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  • October 24, 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

The Trump campaign goes virtual and now may attempt a national address to get more free media even after spreading the Trump virus at a fundraiser Thursday. Contact tracing may go back to the Amy Coney Barrett SCOTUS nominee announcement as the super-spreader event, even as Hope Hicks specifically has been identified....

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  • October 2, 2020

It does seem old-fashioned but the Biden post-debate train tour seems better than Trump’s promises to never return to (insert state) if he loses, which he did tonight in Duluth. x All aboard! Tune in as @DrBiden and I kick off our train tour through Ohio and Pennsylvania. https://t.co/z2m4tpAHNJ— Joe...

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  • October 1, 2020

More Trump attention-seeking shtick has happened. He’s threatened to refuse to transfer power. That could really happen because he’s nuts and even if he only represents an anti-democratic 25% of the US population. 26% if you include the plutocrats. It’s going to get worse until Election Day, what with Trump’s inner-child channeling...

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  • September 24, 2020

In revisionist history, perhaps the Union troops hunting down John Wilkes Booth were only interested in him because of some ‘wanton endangerment’. We do know who’s a snake in these counterfactual historical narratives. x For sure! It’d be like charging John Wilkes Booth for shooting recklessly inside a crowded theater....

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  • September 24, 2020

Biden continues to lead with no slippage nationally, and is apparently perceived by 13% as more intelligent than Trump (sic). x New Quinnipiac national poll: Biden 52%Trump 42% Second national poll of the day putting Biden +10, after MU Lawhttps://t.co/xUqrQzeaBs— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) September 23, 2020 x Brutal numbers for...

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  • September 23, 2020

There’s a diary on top of the rec list right now that’s based on a story in the Atlantic, that Trump might try to take advantage of a clause in the Constitution that says the electors shall be chosen ‘in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct.’ If Trump...

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  • September 23, 2020

Feral pigs are the crying-wolf excuse for some firearm owners, as though the average hunter needed a modern sporting rifle (semi-auto long gun with large capacity magazine) to defend their home and children against predator species. Then there’s Kenosha’s 17 year-old killer and his AR-15 pattern rifle with 30-round magazine. The...

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  • September 20, 2020

In an interview yesterday, Trump went all in on sanctioning extralegal political killing, because death squads seem right for his presidency, shooting people on the avenue, Fifth Avenue. x Trump on a purported antifa sympathizer who allegedly killed someone in Portland being killed by federal forces: “This guy was a...

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  • September 13, 2020

We’re now past the point in 2016 where PBO got derailed by McConnell on election interference from Russia. We can see why Trump has undermined trust in intel agencies We can now see why Trump spent a lot of time discrediting Peter Strozk Today featured more desperate tweets x NEW:...

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  • September 12, 2020

in a new video which you can see below I think it is fair to say that what started last evening with the piece in  The Atlantic has clear “legs” — the story has now lasted more than 24 hours, the essential features have been confirmed by multiple media outlets,...

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  • September 5, 2020

In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the three witches promised Macbeth that he could not lose until “Birnam Wood shall come to Dunsinane” (that being Macbeth’s castle). Since it was impossible for a forest to pick itself up and move, Macbeth figured he was invulnerable. But Duncan’s troops cut branches from the trees...

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  • September 4, 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

Trump never read Bob Woodward’s first book on Trump, Fear, and yet, Trump does believe that there’s no such thing as bad publicity, what? Why it matters: Trump participated extensively in Woodward's research for the book, sitting for 17 interviews at the White House, Mar-a-Lago and over the phone between December...

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  • August 14, 2020

Trump just said, and I quote: “absentee good, mail-in very very bad.” (Orange man… bad) President Donald Trump said the quiet part out loud, admitting he’s intentionally withholding money from the U.S. Postal Service to undermine its ability to handle mail-in voting in the 2020 election. “They need that money in...

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  • August 14, 2020

There’s a presser from the Trump golf club, because optics matter: “Congress needs to stay in Washington and work this out. Now watch this tee shot.” Undoubtedly pimpage of executive orders as a GOP stunt to criticize the Congressional impasse and circumvent legislation. CNN is covering it, as is MSNBC and...

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  • August 7, 2020

Yes I am SHOUTING.  That’s because this is about the most important thing you can read today. The piece is titled How the Pandemic Defeated America and is subtitled “A virus has brought the world’s most powerful country to its knees.” Yong, a staff writer for The Atlantic, actually warned...

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  • August 3, 2020

Peter Nicholas throws cold water on the gaslight that is building up, anticipating stunts galore before November’s election day. Jobless numbers, 151,000 dead, and basic incompetence could still be tolerable for a “majority”, considering the faults in the US election system. Too many stupid things can still happen. GOTV. “If Trump...

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  • July 29, 2020

Fortunately Twitter decided to rein in QAnon, one of many cults projecting both the main tenets of Trumpism but also serving as a channel for non-domestic malign actors to invest in GOP disinformation and disruption. Twitter’s crackdown comes too late to stop QAnon’s growth. While QAnon’s presence on Twitter will...

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  • July 24, 2020

Trump's cosplay paramilitary uses repression stunts to reinforce GOP's voter suppression message, pointing their tiny mushrooms. x “I can't turn my back. But I fear for my life”: photographer captures pictures of #TrumpsGestapo pointing their guns at him during #PortlandProtests https://t.co/GgFF9VOtmx— Julie Laumann (@Otpor17) July 23, 2020 Putting the sado...

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  • July 23, 2020

Trump’s incompetence is not simply inaction, it has a theory for his brand of failure, namely “’executive underreach’ as a species of leadership failure that’s as destructive as executive overreach”. Much like sandbagging and the repeated absence of actual policy formulations, Mango Mussolini’s fascism is fiat(s) in a failed state. Underreach is...

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  • July 17, 2020

“He's not just delusional. He is not just narcissistic. Trump's behavior with the coronavirus pandemic is intentional. He is malevolent. He is a first-degree mass murderer.” — Dr. John Gartner, Professor of Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins University Medical School His Evil is reinforced by his media consumption, malevolent Trump is (still) Evil, there's...

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  • July 14, 2020

Trump wants Confederate spectacles, why else try to attack NASCAR because of its flag ban. The ultimate Confederate spectacle is the resilience of the lost cause narrative perhaps reinforced by the Jim Crow erection of monuments. It was amusing that the press tried to goad the WH Press Secretary into an admission...

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  • July 7, 2020

In this new post at The Atlantic, the former 4-Star General and Director of Central Intelligence forcefully gives his support to renaming those US military bases named for traitors to the United State.  Posted at 6:15 this morning EDT, the sub-title of the piece puts it bluntly: It is time...

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  • June 9, 2020

It’s worth reading Anne Applebaum’s Atlantic article “History Will Judge the Complicit”, or does the GOP wish to reveal the truth of conservative principles as oxymoron. “The question now is whether the old American mantras, the appeals to traditions of democracy and the rule of law, still work—or whether they have...

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  • June 4, 2020

Trump tweeting at 11pm last night probably got around to reading Tom Nichols’s article in The Atlantic and will probably wake up trying to figure out how to take tenure away from him. More importantly Nichols reminds the reader that the attraction of white, non-college educated men for Trump is complex and...

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  • May 27, 2020

That is how Tom Nichols describes him in this powerful piece in The Atlantic.  I might note the phrase “the Most Unmanly President”  has been trending on Twitter today. The piece, which is well worth your reading (and the publication allows several free reads/month) is subtitled Why don’t the president’s...

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  • May 25, 2020

“As the death toll in the coronavirus pandemic neared 100,000 Americans this Memorial Day weekend, President Trump derided & insulted perceived enemies & promoted a baseless conspiracy theory, in between rounds of golf.” https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1264717545787006976?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Perhaps Howard Stern, of all people, said it best: “The oddity in all of this is...

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  • May 25, 2020

Ed Yong of The Atlantic hs a strong track record as a writer on medical issues. He has a new piece up, titled America’s Patchwork Pandemic Is Fraying Even Further and subtitled The coronavirus is coursing through different parts of the U.S. in different ways, making the crisis harder to...

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  • May 20, 2020

Pew pew pew and the operation warp speed…. x President Trump compared the accelerated effort to develop a coronavirus vaccine by January 2021 to the Manhattan Project. Experts have noted that a timeline of even 12 to 18 months is optimistic.https://t.co/Bb1ibQwfcs — All Things Considered (@npratc) May 15, 2020 x...

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  • May 15, 2020

They also serve who only stand in shadows cast by gaslight. https://twitter.com/pppatrickford/status/1254437713467580416?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Donald Trump loves attention, and people can’t help but give it to him. It’s been this way for a generation. Television cameras and tabloids were trained on him long before he was president, and even more so now....

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  • April 26, 2020

Trump persists in claiming that the “shutdown” will kill more people. It won’t, despite the logical fallacy of associating the current death rate with curtailing economic activity.  Q    Mr. President, when you talk about — back to the numbers for a second.  When you talk about the numbers —...

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  • April 16, 2020

Live Blog below (Trump rarely starts on time, today it has been announced to begin at 6pm EDT) Members of the Coronavirus Task Force Hold a Press Briefing at The White House Trump didn’t ask Ukraine to announce a bogus investigation into Bernie or Harris or Warren or Booker. Trump was afraid...

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  • April 9, 2020

Today’s COVID presser approached a high point in propaganda content: x “That's one million eight hundred and seventy thousand million tests.” pic.twitter.com/AKxe9h3vVI— Matt Rogers (@Politidope) April 7, 2020 Example of the anecdotal rather than the scientific evidence and the “Trump = miracle worker” meme x Michigan Democrat politician says Hydroxychloriquine...

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  • April 8, 2020
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  • March 26, 2020
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