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During last year’s second presidential debate, Donald Trump made certain to note how horribly things were going on his watch: “We have to open our country,” the big, dumb adobe mud hut brayed. “We’re not going to have a country. You can’t do this, we can’t keep this country closed. It is a...

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  • April 15, 2021
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A majority of people polled want Trump convicted in the upcoming Senate impeachment trial, as pressure is being applied to GOP senators. A Republican group plans to run ads in the home states of nearly two dozen GOP senators during next week’s impeachment trial, pressuring them to vote to convict...

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  • February 6, 2021

I keep vigil. Last summer, record-breaking wildfires in Siberia, “in and around the Arctic circle,” continue to smolder and burn; the fuel feeding the fires is peat, decomposing organic matter that has been stored in the earth for millenniums. According to NASA estimates, at least half of wildfires burned in Siberia in the...

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  • January 29, 2021

Desperate disinformation failed miserably as so many Trumpists were obsessed with selfie declarations of their assault on the Capitol yesterday.  Because they wanted trophies and attention-seeking recognition, many familiar “alt-right” white supremacists revealed themselves, as well as some public officials and even at least one police chief. x There is no...

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  • January 8, 2021

Trump’s up late again, fantasizing things about Georgia’s Secretary of State. Trump is obviously unhappy with Brad R. x The person, Ron Raffensperger, exists. But he is not Brad's brother. James O'Keefe is not my brother, either. See how that works?— Brendan Keefe (@BrendanKeefe) December 30, 2020 x https://t.co/UQEiQ3xIIO —...

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  • December 30, 2020

We will remember 2020 as the good old days as the climate continues to overheat due to our failure to rein in heat-trapping fossil fuel emissions. Heck, this year might even be the coolest we will experience for an unknowable number of Millenium. We have entered perilous times, and physics will...

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  • December 3, 2020

The crises facing the country are severe — from a pandemic to an economic recession, climate change to racial injustice — and the transition team will continue preparing at full speed so that the Biden-Harris Administration can hit the ground running on Day One. Biden Transition Team As I write...

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  • November 8, 2020

“We are today moving into what we initially called phase 3,” DeSantis said during a news conference in St. Petersburg. “And what that’ll mean for the restaurants is there will not be limitations from the state of Florida. We’re also saying in the state of Florida everybody has a right...

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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 Westword: During recent interviews, Gardner has said positive things about the way Colorado has conducted mail-in voting, and he did so again, more or less, during a forum not meant for public consumption: an August 5 telephone fundraiser. But in a transcript from the event obtained by Westword, he also sought to...

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  • August 13, 2020

While Trump referred to himself as a “law and order president(sic)” is isn’t the first conscious use of Nixonian rhetoric or imagery. The 1968 Nixon was a beneficiary of historical events that Trump has limited options to manufacture in the time remaining. https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1267838101340196866?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Trump now appeals to more Nixonian referents: Trump’s...

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  • June 2, 2020

Despite calls from Attorney General Bill Barr to reconsider the administration’s position, Donald Trump today reiterated his belief that the Supreme Court should strike down the Affordable Care Act in its entirety in response to a lawsuit brought by a group of Republican-controlled states. CNN: “We're not doing anything. In other...

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  • May 7, 2020

2020 will again be about margins in marginal areas. x Here is Trump's approval rating in each of the 50 states converted into Electoral College format, via @Civiqs. https://t.co/I9N8fmN4KT pic.twitter.com/VvtJjC8NzT— Matt Rogers (@Politidope) April 7, 2020 One would be optimistic but we know how that optimism failed in 2016. x...

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  • April 8, 2020

So much disinformation and the data is not pointing in a direction that would justify Trump attempt to “open the economy”. His posturing seems to continue as usual with the same incompetence and it is going to get worse before it gets better. x Source: https://t.co/0MM08iFLyL— Nick Knudsen 🇺🇸 #DemCast (@DemWrite)...

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  • March 25, 2020

The daily WH brief hosted by IMPOTUS is now becoming a Real Housewives show in the absence of campaign rallies and chopper talk. More whining about the press verging into intoning his complaints about the media, including Trump flirting with the OAN reporter. The reality is that new or complementary therapies won’t...

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  • March 19, 2020

We remain ready for Trump’s “Way-to-go Brownie” moment, although that may remain the cipher for his entire presidency, having failed the tests of leadership by obfuscating every moment with disinformation and outright lies. Bush's response was to give his buddy Brownie a “way to go!” thumbs up. x 1. Had tests available so we...

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  • March 8, 2020

Guess we haven’t gone full banana republic just yet. Or else the banana is still green. But you know how little time it takes for a banana to rot. Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said on Friday at a National Press Club event that Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman would not be...

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  • February 14, 2020

Klobuchar got a bump from the ABC debate on Friday in New Hampshire. x NH @7News/ Emerson College Tracking Poll Night 7: Sanders 30% (-1)Buttigieg 20% (-4)Klobuchar 13% (+4)Warren 12% (+1)Biden 11% (0)https://t.co/Gpq821F7C6 pic.twitter.com/4SOnXF7YNB— Emerson College Polling (@EmersonPolling) February 9, 2020 Quadrennial Giant Meteor always leads the field Benjamin in...

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  • February 9, 2020

It seemed inevitable, but that small versus large donor thumb-on-the-scale will have consequences for super-Tuesday. x The DNC drastically shifts debate requirements, opening the door for Bloomberg to join the stage starting in mid-Februaryhttps://t.co/vusk0JBTQS — POLITICO (@politico) January 31, 2020 The Democratic National Committee is drastically revising its criteria to...

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  • January 31, 2020

Donald Trump faced a harsh reality Tuesday night, when Kentucky voters showed that they weren’t swayed, just the day before, by his impassioned speech to come out and vote for one of his minions, Matt Bevin, simply because it would personally help him out. “You gotta vote because if you lose, it sends...

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  • November 6, 2019

This diary is in praise of the men and women I had the privilege of working with for 5 years. I was a junior foreign service officer at the State Department until I had to retire because of age (a federal law which only applies to the foreign service, not...

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  • October 30, 2019

What a day. Trump opines: “You people with this phony Emoluments Clause” because apparently there’s a US Constitution. So much diversionary activity as Trump repeats campaign lies during his “Cabinet meeting” press opportunity. That event was meant to offset the failed Mulvaney press briefing of last week and the even more...

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  • October 21, 2019

Even with Joe Biden’s entry to the race for the Democratic presidential nomination being the subject of most of the media coverage of the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination in recent days, Elizabeth Warren has surged ahead of Bernie Sanders and into a distant second place in the...

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  • April 30, 2019
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