Transparency

The predictability of the Republican party is as thinly veiled as the Trump presidency, made of tissue paper, and lies. The tissue, because the former President was full of it and flush with lies. At the height of Hillary Clinton’s popularity, flip-flopping Kevin McCarthy, the now House minority leader, said...

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  • June 4, 2021

We need a sane Republican Party if we are to have a real debate of ideas. Former Trump Administration Official Miles Taylor is on the mission. He, along with his cohort of sane Republicans, are making an effort to save their party. We need Miles Taylor to succeed on his...

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  • May 19, 2021

Even in Arizona, the Fraudit continues, now interrupted by high school graduations. “We can’t indulge these insane lies any longer. As a party. As a state. As a country” This is as readily falsifiable as 2+2=5. If we don’t call this out… Wow. The Republican who took over Maricopa County...

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  • May 16, 2021

Fear and loathing rises in the land of previous guy. The raid on Giuliani’s apartment and office netted the Feds 10 devices, laptops and phones. According to the Trump adviser, the (Giuliani) raid ignited a sense of fear inside the former President's orbit that Justice Department officials may be more willing...

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  • May 2, 2021

Received this e-mail today from the Pennsylvania Democratic Party: The fight for fair electoral maps kicked off in earnest today, when the US Census Bureau revealed each state’s updated number of US House seats. And the bad news is that Pennsylvania will soon have one less representative in Congress. Republicans will...

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  • April 27, 2021

Received this e-mail today from the Pennsylvania Democratic Party: This Saturday and next, we're teaming up with our friends from Turn PA Blue to call thousands of likely new Democrats and help them register to vote! Sign up to call potential Democrats as part of our push to register 125,000...

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  • April 22, 2021

While they were reading the verdict of Derek Chauvin, 16 year old Ma’Khia Bryant was being shot 4 times by Columbus, Ohio police. She died at the scene. The police had been called because an adult woman tried to fight Bryant.  (Updated) Warning: graphic videos: The Columbus Dispatch reported that police officers were sent...

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  • April 21, 2021
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Yesterday the state of Georgia defined election integrity as—black people not voting. Republicans love to throw around the image of liberal politicians in hemp-filled rooms manipulating the lives of “real Americans.” Well last night, in a guarded room, Georgia governor Brian Kemp, flanked by a clique of hoodless, conveniently masked...

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  • March 26, 2021

The New York Times shed some light on this on Monday: G.O.P. legislators, dozens of whom supported overturning the state’s election results to aid former President Donald J. Trump, are moving to change the entire way that judges are selected in Pennsylvania, in a gambit that could tip the scales...

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  • February 17, 2021

This is something I have been considering for a long time [10 years or so] and the events of January 6th 2021 are slowly coalescing my thoughts on the subject. Or maybe I’m just slow. An article in the FT written in 2008 The new Russo-Chinese model is authoritarian and...

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  • February 3, 2021

More will be revealed now that Trump is out of power and Congress is moving quickly to the second impeachment as the trial begins 8 February. Lawfare ahead, getting medieval again. They won't! Nor will the Kremlin (same thing.) Unless he and his sycophants are prosecuted they will continue to...

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  • January 23, 2021

Taggan Goddard of Political Wire has an interesting theory about why Trump decided to veto the National Defense Appropriation Act (NDAA): Buried in its 4500+ pages is something called the Corporate Transparency Act (link is to the original stand-alone House version). According to Goddard (behind a paywall) this puts Trump...

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  • December 28, 2020

Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo thinks Donald Trump is a great president. She also seems to think he was robbed of reelection through fraud. In other words, it’s really easy to pull the wool — or pigskin, as the case may be — over Bartiromo’s eyes.  And here’s the latest proof of...

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  • December 23, 2020

Blessings to all the activists, particularly Tó Nizhóní Án, whose 40-year grassroots efforts help heal our damaged planet and potentially protect us from a cataclysmic future for all life at risk of extinction. From the Press release of the Hopi and Navajo people: The demolition of the three 775-foot-tall smokestacks at Navajo Generating Station...

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  • December 21, 2020

#PoliceThePolice Civil asset forfeiture is manifestly unfair, loaded with perverse incentives, based on a legal fallacy and opposed by an overwhelming majority of the public (once they know what it actually is). It’s also typically carried out with little transparency or oversight, and it’s a policy that, when we do have data,...

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  • December 6, 2020
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A loser’s victory rally, what a message. In his Valdosta, Georgia speech on Saturday Trump will essentially repeat his 46 minute Facebook rant from Wednesday with a few local references and additional stupid ad libs. Save that hour for more productive activities that don’t involve super-spreading. They’re “not dumb in Georgia” but...

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  • December 3, 2020

Discovery and disinformation are ahead as RWNJs are looking for reasons to overturn the election, but are perhaps more about grifting. The reality remains that Trump tried to manipulate processing of ballots by installing a crony in USPS, among other things yet to be determined. Attempts to manipulate the system...

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  • November 9, 2020

If the expected Bluewave rushes over the levee of American politics and washes away the dirt of tyranny; are we looking at a red-secession? If you listen to the massing voices of Republican discontent, war is coming. Story after story is highlighted daily of some Army-surplus-store-toy-soldiers threatening to take to the...

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  • October 30, 2020

Rampant GOP dickishness. Kushner also said his father-in-law “basically did a full hostile takeover of the Republican Party.” The next week is going to be very stressful, be patient, regardless of the outcome. "Three weeks in, Joe is shot, let's go Kamala, are you ready?" pic.twitter.com/qgMVQ3ekI1 — Andrew Feinberg (@AndrewFeinberg) October...

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  • October 29, 2020

Here’s the latest news today out of Montana courtesy of PPP: A new Public Policy Polling survey finds Steve Bullock leading Republican opponent Steve Daines in the Montana Senate race by 1 point (48-47). Health care is a key issue fora majority of Montanans, with 64% considering it either the...

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  • October 27, 2020

Trump and his supporters are such dupes that rather than taking a village, it may take a dominatrix to de-program Trumpists: But up until recently, there’s one group of potential Biden voters who have not been the subject of voter outreach: kinky, submissive male Trump supporters with humiliation fetishes. Now,...

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  • October 24, 2020

There was that perceptible ‘splaining tone which is much like Mike Pence calling his wife “Mother”. Pence did himself no favors trying to bully the moderator, Susan Page. And Trump claims he received from COVID, “a blessing from God”. The real blessing is that KO is back on the politics...

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  • October 8, 2020

First, from The Washington Post: Mining executive Tom Collier, who boasted in secretly taped conversations that he had leveraged his ties to Republican officials to advance a controversial project in Alaska, resigned Wednesday. Collier, CEO of the Pebble Limited Partnership, offered his resignation a day after the group Environmental Investigation...

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  • September 25, 2020

Received this e-mail today from the Wisconsin Democratic Party: In the wake of the horrifying police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man in Kenosha, who was shot in the back while his three children watched, Governor Evers called the State Legislature into a special session on police accountability and transparency....

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  • August 26, 2020

From Ian Silverii at The Denver Post: Sen. Gardner’s record is not in dispute when it comes to his votes to eliminate the ACA without a replacement that protects people with preexisting conditions. He voted for every single repeal bill the Trump administration put forward, none of which protected people...

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  • August 20, 2020

Received this e-mail today from former presidential candidate, U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D. CA), in support of State Auditor Eugene DePasquale’s (D. PA-10) congressional campaign: Hi friend, I am proud to endorse Eugene in his race to represent Pennsylvania’s 10th District in Congress. Eugene is a fighter with a proven...

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  • August 7, 2020

It’s all about disclosing. And Trump showed us how unhinged he is on Monday in his HBO/Axios interview with Jonathan Swan. Because don’t you need another hat… or undercoating. x Trump interviewing himself may be the best thing to ever happen to the internet… pic.twitter.com/2xMDfg7PGF— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) August 5, 2020...

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  • August 5, 2020

Pay no attention to another Trump attempt to violate the Constitution like a sex slave. The #TrumpVirus begat a #TrumpSlump. x It worked. Trump’s nonsense talk about delaying the election dominated the very few reporter questions Trump allowed at his briefing. That was exactly what Trump wanted. Nothing about the...

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  • July 31, 2020

More Trump shtick, recycling old material, but he still loves trucks. The president is ranting about shower heads, dishwashers, and light bulbs. Now Fox News is fact-checking IMPOTUS*. x Cool. Now do one for the weight of 135,000 dead Americans. And 30 million unemployed workers. https://t.co/kKPThOG7za— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) July...

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  • July 16, 2020

The placing of 90 op-eds in a range of 40+ media outlets signals some real disinformation problems at work. One guess is that one of many (Saudi/UAE/Russia?) intelligence services have been doing this. This Daily Beast article shows how deep the information battle operates. http://www.thedailybeast.com/… Badani is part of a...

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  • July 8, 2020

Received this e-mail from former presidential candidate, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D. IN), in support of Pennsylvania Auditor General, Eugene DePasquale’s (D. PA-10) congressional campaign: Friend, I ran for President because I believe that change is something worth fighting for, but that goes far beyond the White House. We...

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  • June 29, 2020
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More Trump lies and spin, and again he took no questions because it’s a pageant. It had the usual earmarks of such speeches, including a “sir” remark and the confabulation of facts. Michael Steele called this a “stopgap”. x 2 died of Ebola: They said Obama should resign. 4 died...

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  • June 16, 2020

Received this e-mail yesterday from U.S. Senator Cory Booker’s (D. NJ) re-election campaign: Since the tragic murder of George Floyd at the hands of police, the calls for justice have been loud and clear. Now is the time for policy change and legislative action. That's why I'm a partner in...

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  • June 13, 2020

(The headline is my own paraphrase, in case that wasn’t clear.) The House managers in Donald Trump’s impeachment trial — Adam Schiff, Jerrold Nadler, Zoe Lofgren, Hakeem Jeffries, Val Demings, Sylvia Garcia, and Jason Crow — just wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post in which they point out that Trump is...

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  • June 11, 2020

Jared Kushner’s Air Bridge may have worked to not only expedite delivery of PPE, but also failed to deliver by perhaps hoarding an as yet unaccounted amount of PPE materiel. Slender Man made Air Bridge more like DoorDash. There is a 100 percent chance Kushner watched every episode of Silicon Valley without...

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  • May 25, 2020

This is what Republican governance looks like. Vote them all out! “I think it’s been a team effort here in Florida,  we’ve got great public health people here at the county level, we've worked very good with the local governments as well, and we still have more work to do....

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  • May 19, 2020

This is what Republican governance looks like. Vote them all out! “I think it’s been a team effort here in Florida,  we’ve got great public health people here at the county level, we’ve worked very good with the local governments as well, and we still have more work to do....

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  • May 19, 2020

Received this e-mail from Sarah Riggs Amico’s (D. GA) U.S. Senate campaign: Hey all, There’s no denying it: Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, we’re seeing the beginning of a difficult economic downturn here in Georgia and across the country. Small businesses, the kind of companies that employ nearly 50% of...

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  • May 16, 2020

Received this e-mail from the Progressive Change Campaign Committee: Donald Trump seems to think he can direct funding based on which politicians are nice to him, which states he’s trying to win in November, and which businesses he wants to enrich — all without any accountability. @EWarren and I think...

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  • May 5, 2020

Believe survivors has always meant that people who come forward with allegations of sexual violence deserve the presumption of truth, and that their allegations should be heard and respected, not ignored or dismissed. Sexual violence is an epidemic in our country. We owe survivors a process where they are treated...

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  • May 1, 2020

Kudos to Lachlan Markay at The Daily Beast for capturing this: Iowa Republican Sen. Joni Ernst is running for reelection in what will likely be one of the nation’s most closely watched Senate contests this year. But her campaign has shielded a key bit of financial information from voters and the public:...

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  • May 1, 2020

Donald Trump screwed up our country’s coronavirus response so badly, it could very well prompt his own party to launch several more probes into Hillary Clinton’s email server. Of course, Republicans have been casting about for scapegoats for some time now, and they think they’ve found a pretty good one: China This strategy...

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  • April 26, 2020

Here’s something. I missed last week courtesy of The Montana Post: Yesterday, the campaign for Montana Attorney General Tim Fox accused Greg Gianforte, our current US House Representative and his rival for the GOP nomination for governor, of financing his campaign by insider trading capitalizing on COVID-19. In an e-mail...

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  • April 19, 2020

Received this e-mail from U.S. Senator Mark Warner’s (D. VA) re-election campaign: The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provided desperately needed funds for struggling Americans and for small and mid-sized businesses. In the Senate, Mark’s priorities for this law have been to get aid quickly to the...

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  • April 16, 2020

Live Blog below (still doing it only because Trump says stupid stuff) 5:00* PM EDT ( expect delays — yesterday’s presser started at 6:15pm) Members of the Coronavirus Task Force Hold a Press Briefing The White House So many possible press questions, so little time. Unfortunately there will be WHO follow-up...

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  • April 15, 2020

Will Trump fire Dr. Fauci this week. More importantly will Trump even acknowledge the death toll other than saying “it’s a bad week” and babble some happy talk. He will promote the debut of a economic reopening council only to divert attention to the now 22,000 deaths. President Trump’s trade...

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  • April 13, 2020

COVID-19 is not like the seasonal flu, among other things. The above chart should end all comments about it being “just like the flu”. Remember that 0.6% of the US population has been tested for COVID-19.  And Howard Dean is the first to announce that he’ll not go on MSNBC as...

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  • April 8, 2020

For full transparency I was a Julián Castro supporter and then an Elizabeth Warren supporter. Now I’m ready for the 2020 contest to really begin with Vice President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump. But there’s one issue in the way and that’s Bernie Sanders.  If this was a normal...

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  • April 6, 2020

This is really bad: Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) and her husband, Jeffrey Sprecher, purchased and sold about $1.4 million in stock during the market panic set off by the coronavirus pandemic, the Wall Street Journal reports. Why it matters: Though the couple still lost money, they were able to limit...

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  • April 1, 2020

x REPORTER asks about “OVERSIGHT” of the $500 BILLION slush fund in the senate GOP bill Trump wants to dish out with no transparency. TRUMP: “I’LL BE THE OVERSIGHT.” OH-KAYYYY 🤔🤔💰💰💰💰💰 pic.twitter.com/NPW4hmYxON — The Tennessee Holler (@TheTNHoller) March 24, 2020 Trump is jonesing for a substitute for his campaign rallies and...

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  • March 23, 2020
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