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What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the words, terrorism? 9/11? ISIS? The Taliban? While these examples are certainly just, they don’t always represent terrorism in its entirety. Dan Brown said, “History is always written by the winners”. Stereotypes and generalizations often cause the public...

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  • June 13, 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

He’s got a new book, so a conservative Niall Ferguson appeared on TV this morning whitewashing the Trump administration’s competence, or lack thereof, as if the fault lies with more systemic faults, despite the deliberate Trump sabotage of Obama-era pandemic planning. Catastrophes of politics, in pricey Ted-like talks. As if there no...

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  • May 11, 2021

Who failed: “The FedEx gunman legally purchased his two semiautomatic rifles just a few months after the police seized a shotgun from him amid concerns about his mental health. Authorities apparently didn’t consider him subject to Indiana’s red flag law.” “Red flag”laws only work when they’re properly applied: Indianapolis police...

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  • April 18, 2021

The sponsors of campus speakers like Ann Coulter and Milo Yiannopoulos, Young America’s Foundation took on Pete Buttigieg, thinking that they were delivering trenchant criticism. Instead, they’ve revived the critical history of urban planning and design, now articulated by the Trump-jungend. Anyone who’s encountered urban elevated highways has experienced the social divisions...

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  • April 11, 2021
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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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  • April 10, 2021

Actually, had Spielberg reduced the running time, the film 1941 might have been a classic. The classic film history teaching exercise would be to edit it down to 2 hours. Craig Lindsey’s article argues for the Pogo conclusion that the enemy is us when we allow fear to take over. 2020 did that...

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  • April 2, 2021

Assuming Jason Miller is a real person and not a failed Soviet-era experiment to cross the human genome with the formula for Axe Body Spray, he appears to be in some trouble. According to The Guardian, the former former-guy spox, who impregnated another Trump campaign adviser while engaging in an...

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  • March 25, 2021

Trump still pimps the Big Lie, because only Mr. Bigly Orange could be hiding in a hitherto-unaccounted-for room in the White House. After all, isn’t Trump a National Treasure, and might he really be somewhere still in the White House, pursuing that Matrix-greenscreen version of Biden. Because Neo-liberalism is about...

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  • March 20, 2021

More than 110 million Covid-19 vaccinations have taken place in the United States, of which about 90 million happened after Joe Biden took office. The 100 million vaccination pledge will be reached about March 20. Alaska and Mississippi are the first two states to widen eligibility to all adult residents. But...

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  • March 16, 2021

More than 110 million Covid-19 vaccinations have taken place in the United States, of which about 90 million happened after Joe Biden took office. The 100 million vaccination pledge will be reached about March 20. Alaska and Mississippi are the first two states to widen eligibility to all adult residents. But...

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  • March 16, 2021

It seems clear that Trump will continue to be a Russian asset, with the bonus of classified information transferred even beyond his presidency. A new book by Craig Unger features a former KGB spy, Yuri Shvets as a source. …Trump first appeared on the Russians’ radar in 1977 when he...

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  • January 30, 2021

Democracy is an afterthought for Trumpists. Whether it’s the “sense of style” or “good men knowing their limitations” the movie character of Dirty Harry played by Clint Eastwood resembles the RWNJ fantasy of transcendent morality embodied in some westerns. Harry Callahan acts beyond a rule of law premised on liberal...

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  • January 28, 2021

Just because he wanted a spectacle that could have resulted in mass casualties and even death doesn’t change the event. Race has little to do with it, yet. Motive still needs further investigation, despite the mass of CTs and disinformation. It seems more likely that the bomber did not die...

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  • December 28, 2020
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The neoliberals’ “free market” is not going to sequester enough carbon to save the environment. Even Warren Buffett isn’t willing to take a bet on surviving an impending climate crisis catastrophe, because “the rents are too high”. Existential threats have a critical reality, about which ruthless criticism is entailed. Even...

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  • December 27, 2020

There will be plenty of memorials to the Trump reign, but the most significant one will be the betrayal of democracy. It raises the matter of Washington Monument sized piles of information stolen from the US government. But maybe he’ll be remembered for promising some of his advisors that “he will refuse...

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  • December 16, 2020

First things first: elect Warnock and Ossoff Much like urging Georgia Republicans to write in Trump on their ballots, there likely is an unintended consequence in Democrats’ failure to flip statehouse seats. The damage has been done at so many levels as noble efforts to fight gerrymandering in places like North...

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  • December 16, 2020

Trump’s doing nothing about the continuing rise in Covid cases, and is spending his time at golf and continuing to sow chaos on the path to the bunker. Meanwhile the derangement spreads to Newt Gingrich. x The more data comes out on vote anomalies that clearly are not legitimate the...

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  • November 28, 2020

More of the same criminal behavior as Ivanka gets hit with a connection to Trump tax fraud. What else seems new. Darn nepotism. Then again her father did take a deduction for that Stormy Daniels payoff. The Times, which said the two investigations have subpoenaed the Trump Organization in recent weeks, follows...

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  • November 21, 2020

Some of you are too young to remember, It’s “Howdy Doody time”.  At all times Buffalo Bob had control of Howdy Doody.  Howdy Doody never went rogue, broke the strings and made Buffalo Bob look like a fool and tried to create his own puppeteer show controlling other stringed marionettes,...

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  • November 18, 2020

Regular Trump golf partner Chris Ruddy disclaims any NewsMax takeover by Trump who was only offered a weekly spot among the documentaries of “Hitler’s rise” programming. Trump seems now more interested in doing a deal with OANN, considering how often he recommends them. OANN: what is the alternative far-right media...

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  • November 16, 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

Warning….Disturbing ! Well I  hope you can keep your lunch down.  This is sheer perversion and not exactly a winning strategy.  Rudy caught with hands in pants thinking the girl was 15.  Of course we know about the China bank account Trump has.  Wow.  Is this some sort of perverted...

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  • October 21, 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

Killing one’s half-brother using a reality-TV pretext to deliver VX neurotoxin and killing one’s uncle with multiple anti-aircraft guns makes for graphic accounts worthy of stories for Trump. Magical Force indeed. “Kim describes the bond between the two leaders as out of a ‘fantasy film’, as the two leaders engage in...

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  • September 10, 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

Run away, run away… x As soon as the feds left, portland protests became peaceful again https://t.co/OJHYGAHkmI — remaster deep space 9, cowards (@catgoats) July 31, 2020 The withdrawal of federal agents from frontline policing of demonstrations in downtown Portland significantly reduced tensions in the city overnight. Protesters in support of Black...

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  • August 2, 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

Trump’s tweeting more gibberish replete with nonsense and continues to tank the economy built by the previous administration. Ever the opportunist, Trump would have signed off on the recent “Justice and Open Debate letter in Harpers if they’d have put it in front of him. He’s defaulted to the same playbook...

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  • July 12, 2020

The Trump crime spree continues and the carnage cannot be commuted because Roger Stone remains a convicted felon. Trump’s minions have all but declared victory now that Trump put on a mask, like 134,000 deaths don’t count. x Retweet if you agree trump is the most corrupt president in United...

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  • July 12, 2020

Just when you think we’re not going to go all degenerate art versus official art, Trump goes more Roman with triumphal graven images. Perhaps there’s a merchandising tie-in with replicas. If anything, Trump wants effigies out there, forgetting that there were the blimp babies. What better way to display Trump carnage than...

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  • July 8, 2020

The cover-up continues as Trump tries to disrupt what are continuing investigations into a number of crimes that might ultimately involve IMPOTUS*.  The firing of US Attorney Geoffrey Berman may have been planned to happen with a confluence of Juneteenth and possible discord, only to be exposed with the shift...

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  • June 20, 2020

Pence lies about curve flattening and Trumpists are so enamored of IMPOTUS* that they might sacrifice themselves without voting. Dick Cheney’s cardiologist calls Trump’s Tulsa rally “criminal endangerment”. “In a very real sense, (Oklahoma has) flattened the curve. … The number of cases in Oklahoma — it's declined precipitously.” — Mike...

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  • June 17, 2020

(Holding up a Bible in 2015) I meant to buy Greenland. I meant to propose nuking hurricanes. I meant to set myself up for ridicule and contempt by posing awkwardly with a Bible. The pandering will get worse, however poorly crafted by IMPOTUS*. Trump actually has held up the Bible...

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  • June 11, 2020

Darn that BLM Plaza. Trump wanted a Space Force, when unlike an army in outer space, on this planet, it’s not about force in the urban space of protest and speech rights. In the 12 days of protest since the killing of George Floyd. the decline of paramilitary force in confronting protests has actually...

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  • June 7, 2020

Robert Reich tells the truth in an op-ed at the Guardian: Trump wants you to choose between your job or your life — because work makes you free. Trump preferred “cheering an economic revival rather than managing a catastrophic health crisis” — Nothing has changed. Trump’s hope of timing a “re-opened economy” to victory is that...

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  • May 3, 2020

At 50,000 dead, Trump may have reached the season finale of the daily COVID Taskforce briefing show and dinner theater. There will be clip shows and re-runs until November, and treachery, even more treachery. Apparently Trump’s bleach-touting referents did have an origin and it was yet another grift no different than...

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  • April 25, 2020

LIVE BLOG below  5:30* PM EDT *(rarely starts on time) Members of the Coronavirus Task Force Hold a Press Briefing The White House Trump may try to double down today, perhaps with some attempt at “sarcasm” in a specific attack on reporters. He may simply cut his losses and even let...

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  • April 24, 2020

273 days left in the cluster of incompetence that is the Trump regime. Was Trump and Fox News hyping hydroxychloroquine really a pump and dump scheme? HHS Secretary Alex Azar tapped Brian Harrison, a trusted aide who joined the government after running a dog-breeding business for six years . For a few critical weeks, the...

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  • April 23, 2020

The contradictions of procurement and logistics without using the Defense Production Act and yet claiming to be anti-globalist. This resembles trying to “restart the economy” while endangering lives and building a kleptocracy. While the Italian mafia is making profit on COVID-19 and the Colombian mafiosi government is decreeing the privatization...

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  • April 21, 2020

Trump’s Al Haig moment came yesterday. Wound-up tight, he was. Sometimes we don’t know WTF he’s saying, like “the Democrats were ‘artificially stopped’ by COVID-19”, but yesterday the unhingery got real. Hard for networks to stop broadcasting his lies when he’s so damned self-destructive. Here's video of @PaulaReidCBS grilling Trump on what...

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  • April 14, 2020

The NY Times tells us of the Trumpian dark towers of debt and its many crimes ranging from money laundering to tax fraud. SCOTUS will be weighing in on Trump’s finances in time to make a difference in the 2020 election. David Enrich’s writing finally emerges to show the dirty details...

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  • February 18, 2020

Thomas Piketty’s new book, emphasizes the role of ideology in preserving and challenging capitalism even as “multigenerational wealth transfers, combined with high rates of return on capital, will inexorably create an uberrich capital class.” George Eaton’s article in New Statesman has some useful and current observations. “The key point is that...

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  • February 13, 2020

Some final polls and trends before the caucuses. x FWIW, we're going to remove YouGov's poll today from our averages. What they published is really a MRP model, not a poll, and not comparable to previous YouGov polls of IA. Revised figures for top 5 are as follows:Sanders 22.2Biden 21.4Buttigieg...

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  • February 3, 2020
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x More than a witness! pic.twitter.com/dMOSJHiHZg — Kremlin Annex (@KremlinAnnex) January 31, 2020 x Bolton Must Testify!Remove45! #KremlinAnnex’s favorite easy song: Subpoena! pic.twitter.com/k32B9KN7aq — Kremlin Annex (@KremlinAnnex) January 29, 2020 x There are many threats to democracy. Click-tivism is one of them too. Real activism suffers.people are too comfortable and...

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  • January 31, 2020

Martin Luther King was a great leader and peace activist.   Martin Luther King was killed in Memphis as he stood for civil rights and unions. He was killed by a racist with a gun.   Martin Luther King will be honored by many this coming Monday but it seems that many more...

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  • January 18, 2020

Six of nine earlier flights were in the same flight path prior to the decision to shoot at least one Tor missile at Ukraine International Air flight 752. x “FlightRadar24 showed the flight following its normal route and travelling at just over 500 kmh–far slower than a cruise missile. Nine...

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  • January 11, 2020

The year has not ended well, even as there is some hope that 2020 will bring a reversal of the perfect storm of 2016 that elected a buffoon to the WH. A recent article outlined the cascading possibility of connected tipping points in the Climate Crisis. This emergency cannot be unmet. With...

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  • December 29, 2019

Trump has just tweeted that he’d like SCOTUS to stop the impeachment, and aside from the signal he’s trying to send them, Trump has finally realized that there will be consequences from the actual impeachment process. The details of the articles of impeachment are being drafted and there will be...

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  • December 3, 2019

The BBC identified 12 key issues for the Labour party’s manifesto in preparation for the December General Election. Not wishing to take anything away from NY Brit Expat’s cogent analyses, I wanted to reflect on one item, the potential for re-nationalizing of key sectors in the US 2020 election context,...

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  • November 24, 2019
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