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I step back to reflect on many things, including this strangest year of my more than 2 ½ decades as a classroom teacher.  It is also as I approach what I suppose is a milestone of sorts, my 75th birthday on May 23. And of course since my major course...

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  • May 2, 2021

Donald Trump is the grift that keeps on grifting. And he has 42 more days to embarrass our country and everyone in it. And, damn, is he ever obliging. He’s almost completely given up on governing so he can focus 100 percent on keeping the job he has no interest in...

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  • December 9, 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

Mother Jones has a great piece about the Alaska U.S. Senate race between incumbent U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R. AK) and Dr. Al Gross (I. AK). But there’s a really good part of this piece that explains why Gross is making this race competitive and how his campaign strategy might...

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  • October 23, 2020

Trump’s 18 interviews with Bob Woodward demonstrate the usual charm offensive that failed to work. To Trump, foreign policy is like selling white elephant properties, especially when he’s getting paid at inflated prices that could be bribes or money laundering. And then there’s the bragging about secret nuclear weapons which...

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  • September 10, 2020

Monmouth University released their Iowa poll today and they confirm that it is going to be a tight race between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. Right now, Trump leads Biden 48-45 with 3% undecided. They polled 401 Iowa voters in on both landline and cell phones between July 30th and...

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  • August 5, 2020

Some very encouraging news today out of Alaska courtesy of PPP’s latest poll: x Election Twitter’s crowdfunded Alaska poll results@ppppolls / Election Twitter (7/7-7/8)MoE +/- 3.0% ________ AK-SEN Sullivan  39% (+5)Gross  34% AK-AL Galvin  43% (+2)Young 41% Presidential Trump  48% (+3)Biden  45%— Jack Vaughan (@theJackVaughan) July 9, 2020 PPP’s new...

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  • July 9, 2020

With the latest CNN poll showing Trump nationally behind Biden by 14 points, Philip Bump does an interesting take on Trump’s need to believe his ultimate victory on the way to his bunker. Trump now has a personal pollster who is committed to telling his client what he wants to...

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  • June 8, 2020

I’ve always suspected Donald Trump would be far more upset if someone screwed up his McDonald’s lunch order than if, say, millions of promised (and necessary) coronavirus tests failed to materialize by a self-imposed deadline. After all, Trump can lie about the tests, but he can’t pretend he has an invisible...

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  • May 8, 2020

A trio of polls in three critical races has good news for Democrats who need to win three or four Republican held seats this November to win control of the US Senate. ohpredictive.com/… A poll by OH Predictive Insights for Arizona shows Democratic candidate Mark Kelly is leading appointed Senator...

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  • April 15, 2020

While we experience dread over the pandemic and climate change, a new threat emerges in Ukraine. Wildfires have been burning near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant exclusion zone since April 4, 2020. The fires have now closed in on the nuclear power plant and its radioactive storage facility. The 18.5...

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  • April 14, 2020

Received this e-mail today from Democracy For America: Happy Valentine's Day,  While many of us celebrate love and relationships on this holiday, for many women it is painful and scary because of the hurt and abuse they have experienced. It’s a pain I know too well. A sexual assault and...

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  • February 14, 2020

http://www.surveyusa.com/… The state of Georgia has not voted for a Democrat for President since 1992. But Hillary Clinton came within about 5% of winning the Peach State in 2016 or within 212,000 votes. A Survey USA poll released today shows several Democrats beating  Donald Trump in Georgia as the candidates...

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  • November 20, 2019

static1.squarespace.com/… Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear has a sizeable lead in the Kentucky Governor’s race against unpopular Republican incumbent Governor Matt Bevin. According to a poll released by PollSmart MR, Beshear leads Bevin 50% to 32% among registered voters and 54% to 33% among likely voters. When leaners are added...

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  • October 24, 2019

http://www.theadvocate.com/… An Independent Poll for the Governor’s race in Louisiana shows Democrat incumbent John Bel Edwards with a lead over two Republicans for the October 12 jungle primary. The poll by Market Research Insight shows Edwards with 52% against 25% for Ralph Abraham and 19% for Eddie Rispone.  A candidate...

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  • August 30, 2019

http://www.nytimes.com/… Former New York City mayor and billionaire Michael Bloomberg said today he would give half a billion dollars in effort to close all coal fired US electric plants and promote renewable energy. The effort, named Beyond Carbon, will focus on local and state governments since the federal government headed by...

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  • June 7, 2019
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