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October 22nd, 2017 01:35 am
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Liv talking to her mother and brother. JFC, we should've seen some of these in season 2. They should not have been deleted! But maybe we'll get some family closure, finally, next season, now that zombies are officially a known quantity.
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GILES: If the two of you could remain civil long enough to-
(He stops short when he sees: Buffy sitting in the chair, Spike on his knees in front of her, holding her hand)
BUFFY: It's just so sudden. I don't know what to say.
SPIKE: Just say yes, and make me the happiest man on earth.
BUFFY: Oh, Spike! Of course it's yes! Giles! You'll never believe what's happened!

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It turns out there is some good news in Washington.

Tapper also asked Tillerson to respond to Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), who said during his weeklong feud with the president that Trump had “publicly castrated” the secretary of state. ...

“I checked; I’m fully intact,” Tillerson responded.

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This highlight in American history brought to you by the Trump White House. The Trump White House, bringing you daily insanity since … can it only be nine months? Tillerson provided this anatomical reassurance during an interview in which he once again failed to refute calling Trump a moron … make that f#$&ing moron. 

And now that we know that Tillerson is “intact,” someone needs him to explain why he won’t stand up to Trump when he thinks Trump is putting the nation at risk.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday he believes staying in the Iran nuclear deal is in the best interest of the U.S.

Maybe it’s not the presence of all Tillerson’s parts that’s in question. It’s just the ownership.

“I am announcing today that we cannot and will not make this certification,” Trump said during a speech at the White House.

And Tillerson is not the only person feeling the squeeze.

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Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy teamed up with South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham to create the very worst of the still-standing "replacement" plans for Obamacare, and he's still trying to make it happen. That means Cassidy must keep popular vote loser Donald Trump on his side. That also means lying like a rug about the damage Trump is inflicting on innocent Americans with his sabotage efforts.

"If you take the totality of what the president did, I think it actually helps the family," Cassidy said on "Fox News Sunday."

The Republican said Trump created an opportunity for Congress to address an "unconstitutional" requirement, and he believes "Congress should pass that short-term extension" of the payments.

"And that's exactly what the president is asking," he said. "But we absolutely have to think about that family around the kitchen table, which is why I think Congress should pass them. Republicans have been trying to do so, but with flexibility so that premiums go down."

The "flexibility" Cassidy is referring to is the ability for states to decide that insurers might not have to provide insurance to people with pre-existing conditions, or maybe that they don't have to cover all the essential benefits one expects insurance to have. That's the demand Republicans are making of Democrats in passing a guarantee that the cost savings reduction payments Trump has ended will be paid. In other words, they expect Democrats to compromise to make the Trump administration uphold the law instead of flouting it.

Premiums will not go down. The Congressional Budget Office has debunked that one repeatedly. It's a basic thing about how health insurance works that was the whole basis of our system before Obamacare. Not covering everyone equally causes premiums to skyrocket for people who have to use insurance. That's just what happens.

But that's good for "the family," Cassidy says. He's lying.

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Donald Trump promised he’d create jobs as president. He didn’t mention they’d mostly be jobs for lawyers representing himself and his son in the investigation into Trump campaign collusion with Russia:

The $1.1 million the campaign spent on lawyers during the third quarter of the year is nearly double what the president's fundraising committee spent on legal fees during the previous three-month period, campaign reports filed Sunday show. They include more than $237,900 to Alan Futerfas, the New York lawyer representing Donald Trump Jr., the president's eldest son, in the Russia probes.

Another $30,000 went to Williams & Jensen, which also has helped the younger Trump in the investigation.

Yes, it’s legal, because Junior was representing the campaign, so it’s a campaign expense.

While the Trump campaign is spending a ton of money on lawyers, it’s raising a whole lot more money, so if he’s still in office at that point he’ll be going to go into 2020 with a major financial advantage over his opponents.

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Donald Trump has his priorities.

One Week in Donald Trump's Twitter Feed Attacking Promoting Bragging About
Free Press — 13 tweets Fox News — 4 tweets Himself — 8 tweets
Democrats — 8 tweets Other Trumps — 3 tweets Stock Market — 7 tweets
Healthcare — 6 tweets GOP candidates — 2 tweets
Puerto Rico — 4 tweets Tax cuts — 2 tweets
NFL — 4 tweets Las Vegas — 1 tweet
Iran Treaty — 4 tweets
Hillary Clinton — 1 tweet
North Korea — 1 tweet
Government — 1 tweet

While 69 tweets may seem like a lot, it clearly wasn’t enough to say anything about Puerto Rico other than how bad things were before the storms, or to say anything at all about the wildfires raging across California. 

Also missing in action on these tweets: any mention of American soldiers who were killed more than one week ago in Niger.

On Saturday October 7, the day the body of 25-year-old Army Sgt. La David Johnson was returned to Dover Air Force Base after he was killed in an ISIS ambush in Niger, President Donald Trump was golfing. It's not known if the President ever planned to attend the return of remains ceremony at Dover as he has in the past. But since the ambush on October 4 in Niger, he has not commented publicly on the deadliest combat incident involving US troops since he took office.

Trump has continued to carve out a slot between tee times for complaining about the NFL’s “disrespect” for soldiers. But he hasn’t freed up one second to discuss actual Green Berets actually dying on his watch.

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Popular vote loser Donald Trump still seems to be operating under the assumption that no one is going to blame him when he destroys Obamacare. On this, as on most things, Trump is delusional.

Seven in ten Americans (71 percent) think President Trump and his administration should do what they can to make the current health care law work while one in five (21 percent) say they should do what they can to make the law fail so they can replace it later. The vast majority of Democrats (93 percent) say the Trump administration should do what they can to make the law work, as do about three-fourths (74 percent) of independents. Republicans are more divided in their opinions of what the Trump administration should do next. About half of Republicans (48 percent) say President Trump and his administration should do what they can to make the law work while 43 percent of Republicans say the administration should do what they can to make the law fail.

Now, the Kaiser Family Foundation didn't ask people whether they thought Democrats in Congress should do what they can to make the current health care law work, because Democrats in Congress can't do that. They can do everything in their power to try and force Trump to do the job a president is supposed to do—faithfully uphold the law—but that's about it. This is all on Trump and his fellow Republicans.

By the way, Obamacare gets majority support in this survey, again, with 51 percent of respondents in favor of the law.

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The presidents of George Mason University, Georgetown University, Montgomery College, and Northern Virginia Community College have penned a joint op-ed calling on Congress to pass legislation to protect undocumented immigrant youth and students, writing that “we believe, as presidents of colleges and universities, it is imperative that we protect these young people through the passage of the DREAM Act...we cannot ignore the joy they bring to our communities and the degree to which we are strengthened by their presence”:

They have grown up here in America. They’ve gone to grade school, middle school and high school with our children. They are student body presidents, medical students and doctoral candidates. Some serve in high school ROTC and volunteer in their churches. Others help single parents raising younger siblings and tutor their peers as they prepare for college. They are members of our communities.  They have done all the things we expect of our young people, and for their efforts so many have been able to earn places on our college campuses. They want — and deserve — the chance to continue learning and living in America without the constant fear of deportation.

The Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. area is home to approximately 23,000 DACA recipients, and “almost half of all DACA recipients are in school or pursuing a college degree,” according to the op-ed. Nationally, one survey estimates that 45 percent of DACA recipients are in school, with 72 percent of those pursuing a bachelor’s degree or higher. “A robust 94 percent said that, because of DACA, ‘I pursued educational opportunities that I previously could not.’”

Undocumented immigrant youth aren’t just tomorrow’s leaders, they’ve already been leading for years, and our nation should embrace them on paper, not kick them out of the only home they’ve ever known.

One Too Many Cat Videos

October 16th, 2017 07:20 pm
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resulted in this.

Soap Bubbles, 5 x 7" acrylic on archival mat board.
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The attorneys general of eighteen states and the District of Columbia are now suing the Trump administration over his decision to suspend cost-sharing reduction payments, required by the Affordable Care Act, to health insurers to make health care more affordable for low-income people.

"By refusing to make the CSR reimbursement payments mandated by the ACA and its permanent appropriation," the states argue in their filing, "the President and the Secretaries are deliberately seeking to undermine, rather than faithfully execute, the ACA." It's entirely possible that health insurers will also file suit, as they are still required by the law to provide the subsidies to customers and the government is withholding the funds they're supposed to use to do that.

But there's another suit pending that could very well thwart Trump's sabotage of the CSR payments, ironically the suit that Trump is using as the excuse for his action.

For years, Republicans have argued that Congress never properly authorized the payments when it passed the Affordable Care Act in 2010, because it did not appropriate specific funds for them. The GOP-led House filed a lawsuit to that effect in 2014, and last year, U.S. District Court Judge Rosemary Collyer ruled in agreement, declaring the payments illegal but keeping them flowing pending an Obama administration appeal. In August, with the administration out of power, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that Democratic attorneys general could instead defend the subsidies in court. New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman has indicated that he will continue to pursue that litigation, but that Friday’s filing, seeking the injunction, will take precedence. Given that Collyer's punitive ruling came as a surprise to many legal observers, it's likely that other judges will disagree with her interpretation of the law.

Sweetheart is getting bolder

October 21st, 2017 06:37 pm
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She's been trying to get in the front door. Today she tried to slip in the back - at least until she was repelled by Callie!

Jenn referred to her being "home" the other day, meaning being on our porch.

We've got to get her moved, and fast. If we keep talking like that, she'll be our cat.

Now, last week she disappeared when it was time to grab her to go to the van. Next week, won't let her do that.

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How a Single Mom Created a Plastic Food-Storage Empire

'A New Rosetta Stone for Astronomy'

The Tomato Pill Craze

American cricket gets ready for take-off

Family dog emerges alive and happy from wildfire aftermath

Beyond XX and XY: The Extraordinary Complexity of Sex Determination

How Amish produce gets to Whole Foods—without the internet, tractors, or phones

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Whales and dolphins have rich 'human-like' cultures and societies

Doctor's research could buy time for snake bite victims

The Surprising Problem With Star Trek’s Most Celebrated Episode (And really, why not take that character back to the future or something?)

Charlie Brown's Greatest Misses: Every 'Peanuts' Football Gag Comic

An Anarchist Is Teaching Patients to Make Their Own Medications (Sounds risky, especially if combined with self-diagnosis.)

Diwali Fireworks Are Limited In India Over Toxic Smog Concerns

Rohingya refugee influx inspires Bangladeshi aid - and worry

2-year-old denied kidney transplant from 100% match dad because of probation violation (UNFUCKINGBELIEVABLE.)

How can US rapist win joint custody of minor victim's child?

Jeff Sessions consulted Christian right legal group hate group on religious freedom memo

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Did Monsanto Ignore Evidence Linking Its Weed Killer to Cancer?

Iraqi forces enter Kirkuk as Kurds flee

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Are Millennials Moving Right on Guns?
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Heading into his big Monday meeting with Donald Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell got a nice shout out from his nemesis Steve Bannon. The Associated Press writes:

Steve Bannon, back at Breitbart News after helping Trump win the presidency and serving in the West Wing, is committed to dumping McConnell, R-Ky. In a speech to religious conservatives Saturday, Bannon put on notice some of those incumbents who are at risk of a challenge from his flank of the party. He said the lawmakers possibly can avoid that wrath if they disavow McConnell and meet other conditions.

“This is our war,” Bannon said. “The establishment started it. ...You all are gonna finish it.”

The White House wasn't offering much pre-meeting love either.

The senators’ weeklong recess also drew criticism from the White House: “They’re on another vacation right now. I think that we would all be a lot better off if the Senate would stop taking vacations, and start staying here until we actually get some real things accomplished,” Trump spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders had said.

Trump piled on the misery of Senate Republicans at a Monday morning cabinet meeting, saying pointedly, "They're not getting the job done." But by Monday afternoon, he gave a whiplash performance alongside McConnell in the Rose Garden, assuring reporters that he was totally lockstep with Senate Republicans.

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Donald Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency head, Scott Pruitt, has found another way to gut the agency’s mission. Deriding the EPA’s practice of settling lawsuits brought by environmental groups trying to get it to enforce its own rules as “Sue & Settle,” Pruitt said the EPA wouldn’t be doing that anymore. 

The rule change could force environmental groups to spend much more time and effort on lawsuits aimed at making the EPA enforce its own rules and abide by agreed-upon timelines—spreading them thinner and making it harder for them to expend effort on other, more complicated cases. The EPA’s decision to refuse to reimburse lawyers’ fees also could be costly to environmental groups, as well as make it harder and less likely for average citizens and localities to undertake lawsuits to get the EPA to do what it’s legally required to do. [...]

The new memorandum formalizes a position of fighting every lawsuit tooth-and-nail that Pruitt had announced early in his tenure at the EPA. Back in February, he’d promised he wouldn’t allow “regulation through litigation.” The Justice Department also has stopped negotiating settlements that end up with payments to outside groups to cover attorneys’ or other fees.

In short, if you want the government to follow the rules, you had better have great lawyers and deep pockets, because you’re going to court. The Sierra Club fired back:

“Scott Pruitt and his polluter cronies continue to perpetrate lies about the law as an excuse for refusing enforcing it — but when it comes to the law, the truth has a way of catching up with you,” Sierra Club Environmental Law Program Director Pat Gallagher said in a statement. “If Pruitt thinks that by frivolously litigating deadline cases he will deter the Sierra Club or other citizen groups from holding him accountable in court, he should think again – we will not be deterred.”

But unless its donors step up in a big way—huge—even the Sierra Club is going to end up finding its resources strained in the fight to keep the Trump EPA from turning into the EDA (Environmental Destruction Agency).

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On the heels of signing the most sweeping anti-deportation bill in the nation, California Jerry Brown has signed legislation blocking the creation of any so-called Muslim registry should President Trump choose to act on a proposal he repeatedly suggested during his 2016 campaign.” The California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CA) hailed the bill, authored by one of the state Senate’s most leading pro-immigrant voices, as a "momentous victory”:

Senate Bill 31 by state Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) bars state and local governments from releasing personal information to the federal government for the creation of any religious list, registry or database. It also prohibits them from using resources to create their own lists.

Dubbed the California Religious Freedom Act, the bill coasted through the legislative process this year, the only proposal to gain bipartisan support from a package introduced by majority Democrats to counter Trump's policies.

In authoring the bill, Lara cited an NBC News interview in which Trump, then a presidential candidate, said there "should be a lot of systems," beyond a database, that track Muslims in the country.

As the Los Angeles Times notes, it was just a year ago “that Trump surrogates referenced Japanese internment camps from World War II as ‘precedent’ for a Muslim registry,” and since his poorly attended inauguration, Trump has stuck to his deplorable campaign promise by issuing three legally shaky bans so far on Muslims trying to enter the U.S.

In a large rally earlier this year, CAIR and more than 700 Muslim-Americans gathered in Sacramento to urge legislators to prioritize the legislation, which was also supported by Asian Americans Advancing Justice-California, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) California, and others. As the numerous Muslim bans have shown, Trump is intent on furthering his anti-Muslim attacks, but this bill is an important first step. 

"We applaud Governor Brown's commitment to preserving the civil liberties of all Californians," said CAIR-CA’s Yannina Casillas. "Today, California took a proactive stance in protecting the civil liberties and religious freedoms of all Californians. With the signing of SB 31, Californians know that our great state will stand up to any federal policy that targets vulnerable communities." 

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Unless the Children's Health Insurance Program is reauthorized in the next two weeks, Nevada is probably going to be forced to freeze enrollments in the program, meaning no more families will be able to get health care for their sick kids.

The state is preparing to be completely out of federal funding for the program in about six weeks. The state budgeted for the money, so if it doesn't come, they will have to have a special legislative session to try to figure out how to continue coverage for kids. Nevada isn't the only state facing disaster. All of them are, just maybe not as immediately as Nevada.

Meanwhile, the House is out on recess for a week. And House Republicans are continuing to hold CHIP hostage, demanding damaging and untenable cuts to public health and to Medicare in exchange.

"It's clear that House Republicans want to use reauthorization of children's health insurance and Community Health Centers as a way to further undermine the Affordable Care Act and weaken Medicare," [Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) ranking member on Energy and Commerce] said.

"Republicans remain fixated on sabotaging the ACA anyway they can. I reject the premise that we can only offer health care to children by taking it away from others, and, to date, Republicans refuse to budge in that regard."

Republicans want to cut public health funding included in Obamacare and put more means-testing on Medicare premiums. Those are obscene negotiating demands. They are made even more obscene by the fact that the highest priority Republicans now have is giving the top 1 percent more than $200,00 average in tax cuts every year. Which don't have to be paid for.

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There's no way to overstate what a show of desperation took place in the Rose Garden Monday afternoon during a joint press conference between Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

For his part, Trump touted how many tremendous successes he's had—including an "A+" rating from a former Clinton administration official on the administration's response to hurricane relief. But after bragging about his work on judicial nominations—which he boasted "will set records" then moments later said Democrats were "holding up beyond comprehension" (yes, one second, Trump was having tremendous success and, the next second, Democrats were blocking him at every turn)—Trump managed to finally say what they were really there for.

"Just so you understand, the Republican party is very very unified," he said, pointing the finger at Democrats for the GOP majority’s every failure. "When we get things approved, we have to go through hell because we have no Democrat support."

Oh, so perhaps Trump hasn't had quite as much success as he claimed, just a whole lot of “hell.” Anyway, after Trump was predictably all over the place—Puerto Rico, taxes, health care, Democrats—McConnell stepped to the mic to whittle Trump’s blunt instrument into a fine point.

"I think what the president and I would both like to say to you today, contrary to what some of you may have reported, we are together totally on this agenda to move America forward."

Okay, so Trump and McConnell are in it together today. It's only a matter of time, folks.

McConnell also conveniently made sure to tag Trump's appointment of Justice Neil Gorsuch as "the single most significant thing this president has done to change America." In other words, forget all our failures, Trump's most important accomplishment is also the ONE thing we in the Senate have managed to do. He’s not wrong, in many ways. But touting your only major accomplishment as the most important accomplishment is like declaring that mud is mud.

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The dreams of Atlanta teen Cinthya Moran, who is dually enrolled in high school and college classes, stand to get derailed if Congress does not move on a passing the bipartisan DREAM Act, Congressman Hank Johnson writes. An estimated 100 DACA recipients are enrolled in medical schools around the country—including Denisse Rojas, who recently addressed Congress—and Cinthya is striving to join them:

As an aspiring cardiovascular surgeon, Cinthya took her studies seriously – accumulating a 3.8 GPA by staying up nights and studying – pushing herself to work twice as hard.

But now her dreams of becoming a doctor could be shattered forever.

That’s because Cinthya is one of about 800,000 DREAMers nationwide – young children brought to this country by their parents.

Thanks to President Trump’s craven decision to reverse the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program or DACA, Cinthya’s contributions and those of hundreds of thousands of other DREAMers to our community and country could come to an end.

Cinthya, 100 DACA medical students, and 800,000 others are at risk of being torn from the only country they’ve ever known as home following Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III announcing the end of the program. And despite Donald Trump’s claim, he can’t extend a program he’s already rescinded. Protecting undocumented immigrant youth like Cinthya is now in the hands of Congress. Johnson says:

Cinthya isn’t alone. DREAMers are models of what we hope our citizens become. They go to school, join the armed forces and become productive members of society. In Georgia, the rescission of DACA could mean that 24,000 people would be deported.

It is cruel to banish people to a strange land where oftentimes they don’t know the language or culture. It’s for constituents like Cinthya that I’m proud to join my Democratic colleagues in fighting to pass the DREAM Act.

”Cinthya has the potential, vision and dedication to become a cardiovascular surgeon,” Johnson writes, “but she wonders how she will be able to apply the knowledge and skills she has acquired ‘if I’m hiding away in fear of being taken back to a country I have no memory of?’” Cinthya and 800,000 undocumented immigrant youth like her need our help. Make a call to your member of Congress today and urge a clean vote on the bipartisan DREAM Act.

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French, like many other vocal "conservatives," doesn't understand what consent means and doesn't understand it's moral significance. Specifically, he's deeply confused about the distinction between necessary and sufficient.
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Donald Trump showed just how much he honors America’s troops on Monday when asked about the four U.S. soldiers killed in an ISIS ambush in Niger a week ago. Trump said he had written letters to the soldiers’ families which would go out … soon. And he’d get around to calling the families “at some point during the period of time.”

But according to Trump, Trump is way ahead of the presidential curve, because “the traditional way, if you look at President Obama and other presidents, most of them didn’t make calls, a lot of them didn’t make calls. I like to call when it’s appropriate, when I’m able to do it.” That’s right, folks, Donald Trump is The Most Empathetic President Ever who has broken with tradition by calling the families of troops killed in action. Or, as a former White House deputy chief of staff put it:


that's a fucking lie. to say president obama (or past presidents) didn't call the family members of soldiers KIA - he's a deranged animal.

— Alyssa Mastromonaco (@AlyssaMastro44) October 16, 2017

When reporters followed up on Trump’s claim that Obama never made those difficult phone calls, Trump responded “President Obama, I think, probably did sometimes, and maybe sometimes he didn't, I don't know, that's what I was told.” Okay, sure, you deranged animal.

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This is a profoundly anti-LGBT administration through and through, and what should scare us even more is that Donald Trump is attempting to stack federal judgeships with hate mongers who will continue to issue decisions harmful to LGBT communities long after he’s hopefully sent packing from office:

A transgender first grade student is part of “Satan’s plan,” according to Jeff Mateer, a lawyer that Donald Trump wants to put on the federal bench. Mateer also defended “conversion therapy,” which claims to reduce same-sex attraction, and warned that same-sex marriage would lead to polygamy, bestiality, and whatever the word is for a person marrying a plant.

If a same-sex couple is allowed to marry, Mateer claimed in a 2015 speech, “why couldn’t four people wanna get married? Why not one man and three women? Or three women and one man?” Then his speech got weirder. “There are people who marry themselves. Somebody wanted to marry a tree. People marrying their pets.”

Why is it that anti-LGBT extremists always jump to the most grotesque and twisted conclusions? If you want to talk threats to the sanctity of marriage, perhaps start with a president who has five children from three women. And Mateer isn’t even the most rotten apple in the barrel, with Think Progress identifying “at least half-a-dozen Trump judicial nominees with explicitly anti-LGBTQ records.”

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Today’s comic by Tom Tomorrow is The man from the past:

What you missed on Sunday Kos … Sexual assault is political, but it's not partisan, by Susan Grigsby Why the Harvey Weinstein story makes women feel like victims all over again, by Sher Watts Spooner How to fight and win like the NRA, by David Akadjian The status of Puerto Rico: Debate, discussion and the impact of Hurricane Maria, by Denise Oliver Velez Overthrow Trump? The Establishment has started to reassert. It has begun, by Egberto Willies America may be galloping toward authoritarian neo-fascism, by Frank Vyan Walton Trump administration unveils the 'Fetal Fourteenth Amendment,' by Jon Perr Book review: 'Making Sense of the Alt-Right,' by Steven Andrew To save their party, Republicans must sacrifice the Trump presidency, by Ian Reifowitz If you have any dirt and are in need of $10 million, PLEASE respond:

Hustler founder Larry Flynt is running a full-page ad in Sunday’s Washington Post offering a $10 million reward for information leading to the impeachment of President Trump, Fox Business reports.

Well sure, why not?

For some Russian trolls, “House of Cards” was real life.

A man identified only as “Maxsim,” who said he worked for a troll factory formerly known as the Internet Research Agency in 2015, told TV station Rain that employees were taught about the American political system by Frank and Claire Underwood.

The agency was also linked to a Russian social media campaign that pretended to be associated with the Black Lives Matter movement.

Finally, some good news for Florida Man:

A man who was arrested after police mistook the glaze on his Krispy Kreme doughnut for crystal meth has received a $37,500 settlement.

Daniel Rushing, 64, sued the city of Orlando after he was arrested in December 2015 on drug charges. Law enforcement had spotted four small flakes of glaze on his floorboard and thought they were pieces of crystal methamphetamine.

Remember, this is the guy charged with bringing peace to the Middle East: x

Bloomberg reports Jared Kushner's plan to save his debt-laden office building 666 Fifth Avenue is falling apart

— Gabriel Sherman (@gabrielsherman) October 16, 2017

My money is on a CIA plot:

The federal government’s long campaign to try to choke off rampant conspiracy theories about the November 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy is threatening to end this month in massive confusion, if not chaos.

Within the next two weeks, the National Archives is legally obligated to release the last of thousands of secret documents from government files about the assassination, most of them from the CIA, the FBI and the Justice Department. [...]

The CIA has not confirmed or denied reports that it has appealed to Trump to block the release of some of the files on grounds that the documents might still somehow endanger national security if made public. 

On today’s Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin feeds our weekend Trumpster fire headline habit. Fox News = Weinstein Co. (and the Trump Org.). Sex trafficking operations that used TV/film production to pay the costs of the boss’s molestation habits. How & why Facebook ruined America.

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In the middle of a deadly opioid epidemic, Congress virtually shut down a key way the Drug Enforcement Administration can stop drug companies, pharmacies, or doctors from flooding towns with prescription painkillers. Just a few years ago, the DEA was aggressively going after drug companies and pharmacies for distributing suspiciously large numbers of pills, but an April 2016 law sponsored in Congress by the man Donald Trump has nominated as his drug czar and passed by unanimous consent made that enforcement much more difficult.

A bombshell Washington Post investigative piece by Scott Higham and Lenny Bernstein shows how key former DEA employees cashed in by going to work for the drug companies and more or less wrote a law sponsored by Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA), a law changing the standard the DEA has to meet to shut down a company’s drug shipments. The end result:

John Mulrooney, the chief DEA administrative law judge, has been documenting the falling number of immediate suspension orders against doctors, pharmacies and drug companies. That number has dropped from 65 in fiscal year 2011 to six so far this fiscal year, according to the DEA. Not a single order has targeted a distributor or manufacturer since late 2015, according to Mulrooney’s reports, which were obtained under the Freedom of Information Act. [...]

In his article planned for the winter issue of the Marquette Law Review, Mulrooney wrote: “If it had been the intent of Congress to completely eliminate the DEA’s ability to ever impose an immediate suspension on distributors or manufacturers, it would be difficult to conceive of a more effective vehicle for achieving that goal.”

From 65 to six. For context, that late 2015 case, which is still pending, involves a company that shipped 258,000 hydrocodone pills in a single month to a single pharmacy in a town of less than 3,000 people. Stuff like that is going on but the DEA suddenly can’t find any more companies that deserve immediate suspension orders? Sure.

In the district represented by Marino, the anti-enforcement law’s sponsor and Trump’s drug czar pick:

Since 2014, the year Marino first introduced his bill, 106 people have died of opioid overdoses in Lycoming County. Over six days this summer, 53 people in the county overdosed on opioids. Three of them died.

Doesn’t that make you confident the government will be taking strong action to end the opioid crisis?

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Donald Trump showed just how much manure a lazy out-of-shape old man can shovel in a minute and a half at a cabinet meeting on Monday, from his own relationships with Senate Republicans to health care:

Despite what the press writes, I have great relationships with actually many senators, but in particular with most Republican senators. But we're not getting the job done. And I'm not going to blame myself. I'll be honest. They are not getting the job done.

We’re not—oh, who am I kidding, it’s not me, it’s them. But I have great relationships with them, the losers who are not getting the job done.

We’ve had health care approved and then you had the surprise vote by John McCain. We’ve had other things happen and they’re not getting the job done. And I can understand where Steve Bannon’s coming from and I can understand, to be honest with you John, I can understand where a lot of people are coming from. Because I’m not happy about it and a lot of people aren’t happy about it.

“Health care” by which he means the destruction of the system was approved except that it was not approved because of that one surprise vote that came in addition to the other two Republican votes that were not surprises. And it sure sounds like even if Bannon is no longer Trump’s top adviser, he has Trump’s approval in making war on the Republican establishment.

We need tax cuts. We need health care. Now, we’re going to get the health care done. In my opinion what’s happening is as we meet, Republicans are meeting with Democrats because of what I did with the CSRs, because I cut off the gravy train. If I didn’t cut the CSRs they wouldn’t be meeting, they’d be having lunch and enjoying themselves, all right? They’re right now having emergency meetings to get a short-term fix on health care, where premiums don’t have to double and triple like they’ve been doing under Obamacare.

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On Face the Nation this weekend, GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham mused at what will happen to Republicans in the midterms if they fail as miserably at passing tax cuts as they did at repealing health care: "We're dead."

"If we don't cut taxes and we don't eventually repeal and replace Obamacare, then we're going to lose across the board in the House in 2018," Graham said. "And all of my colleagues running in primaries in 2018 will probably get beat."

"It will be the end of Mitch McConnell as we know it," he added.

At an exclusive Koch network gathering in New York last week of 100-plus major donors, the talk was no less dire. The Washington Post's Sean Sullivan writes:

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) warned that Republicans could face a “Watergate-level blowout” in the midterm elections if they don’t make major legislative strides on taxes and health care, invoking the political scandal that brought down Richard Nixon’s presidency and set back the GOP considerably in subsequent elections.

“If tax reform crashes and burns, if [on] Obamacare, nothing happens, we could face a bloodbath,” said Cruz, who spoke in a moderated discussion.

Just how important is that tax cut to rich GOP donors?

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For most administrations, White House officials serve as an extension of the president’s goals. It’s their job to bring the central vision to their respective offices and turn plans into actions. That’s most administrations. But according to the Washington Post, with Donald Trump the cabinet has found a role in being the walls of his padded cell.

... in the White House, when advisers hope to prevent Trump from making what they think is an unwise decision, they frequently try to delay his final verdict — hoping he may reconsider after having time to calm down.

When Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) described the White House as “an adult day-care center” on Twitter last week, he gave voice to a certain Trumpian truth: The president is often impulsive, impetuous and difficult to manage, leading those around him to find creative ways to channel his energies.  

Creative ways to channel his energy. Have they tried macramé? Crayons? One of those little kits for making a leather billfold? 

Some Trump aides spend a significant part of their time devising ways to rein in and control the impetuous president, angling to avoid outbursts that might work against him, according to interviews with 18 aides, confidants and outside advisers, most of whom insisted on anonymity to speak candidly.

When people think that a crisis involving the 25th Amendment is unlikely, it’s worth remembering that much of Trump’s cabinet already doesn’t think of themselves as his enablers. They’re his keepers.

Situations like this happen in the most pernicious of corporate environments. Ones where the energy goes into avoiding wrath from the executive while the actual company falls into ruin. And yet—because far too many people mistake bullying for leadership—these same executives all too often find another company to destroy.

Trump Airlines. Trump Steaks. Trump Water. Trump America.

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Nearly fourteen months after beginning his protest against police brutality during NFL games, Colin Kaepernick remains unemployed. Though he opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers at the end of last season, he has been unable to find a new home in the league. This is surprising based on talent alone—especially given how well he played in the preceding season. However, Kaepernick believes (like many others) that he is essentially being blackballed from football after his season-long peaceful protest. For that reason, he has filed a grievance against NFL owners, claiming they are participating in collusion.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported on what Kaepernick is looking to accomplish with the grievance:

"Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Kaepernick wants to trigger termination of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement.

"Article 69, Section 2 of the CBA allows for the agreement to be terminated prematurely in the event of proof of collusion. Under Article 17, Section 16(c) of the CBA, termination can arise from only one incident of collusion involving only one player if there is clear and convincing evidence of a violation."

Kaepernick and his lawyer’s argument is that the owners are working to deny him employment. It does not help also that the current president of the United States has weighed in and has been giving speeches and tweeting for weeks supporting, encouraging and practically threatening owners not to tolerate peaceful protest by athletes during the national anthem. While it may fan the flames of hatred among Trump’s base and those racists who are angry with black athletes protesting injustice, it is also now being used as evidence in Kaepernick’s grievance.

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Democrats are having no part of popular vote loser Donald Trump's efforts to shift the responsibility of his latest attempt to blow up Obamacare on to them and his efforts to force them into negotiations to help him destroy the law. Steve Bannon just gave them a hand, telling the whole world Trump isn't doing this for any reason other than destroying what President Obama built.

Senate Democrats are making their position very clear: they will fight to preserve the law, and all the damage Trump is knowingly doing to Americans' health care, he will own.

"In this, politically, he's in much worse shape than we are," Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said on a conference call with reporters Friday. "The American people, even a large number of Republicans, are on our side in terms improving the system, not destroying it. So I don't think he has much leverage to threaten or bully." […]

Democrats argue that if Trump was so concerned about the constitutional arguments against the payments, he would have stopped them as soon as he took office, rather than after watching congressional repeal efforts collapse multiple times.

"This is just creating uncertainty and instability in the markets and it's going to raise premiums and I think that everyone knows that Republicans are going to own this," a Democratic staffer of the Senate HELP committee told TPM.

There are more than a few congressional Republicans who understand the damage Trump is doing not just to the law, but to their 2018 prospects. It doesn't help when you've got Steve Bannon publicly declaring at the Values Voters Summit that the only thing Trump had in mind here is blowing the law up.

"Then you had Obamacare," Bannon said. Trump is "not gonna make the [cost-sharing reduction] payments. Gonna blow that thing up. Gonna blow those exchanges up, right?"

So much for that whole "the government cannot lawfully make the cost-sharing reduction payments" legal charade from the Trump team.

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If you’ve been on social media over the last day or two, you’ve seen it: “Me too.” Women—and a few men—are flooding Facebook and Twitter with that message to raise awareness about sexual harassment and assault. 


If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet.

— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) October 15, 2017

Women are not just telling their stories of assault, but of their silence about it:

“#MeToo When I served in the military,” tweeted one woman. “More than a few times. I stayed silent for self preservation. I regret it daily.”

“I imagine there are teen girls who haven’t told their parents they’ve been threatened, groped, even WORSE just like I didn’t,” wrote another.

Tens of thousands of people have participated, trying to convey just how common sexual harassment and assault is. Others have argued that anyone who’s managed to stay oblivious for this long isn’t going to see the light over social media, or have abstained for other reasons. And, as many have observed, plenty of women have this kind of story about the current occupant of the White House, but that didn't seem to make a difference last November.

Cartoon: The man from the past

October 16th, 2017 07:01 am
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I was speaking at some arts festivals in Italy for a couple of weeks during September, and when I got back I felt like I’d missed about a year’s worth of news, which inspired this cartoon (though obviously this rundown of the past month is meant to be more impressionistic than comprehensive). Readers with long memories may remember this character from a 2002 cartoon, except then he was the Man From Five Years in the Past, because things move a lot more quickly now.

If you enjoy my desperate, flailing attempts to keep up with the relentless deluge of terrible news, please consider joining Sparky’s List! And remember, if you missed out on my sold-out Kickstarter career compilation, the second edition is now available from IDW Publishing.

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Republicans are getting nervous that they could lose control of the House in 2018, giving Democrats subpoena power to use in really truly investigating Donald Trump and his administration. That in turn, Republicans fear, could lead to impeachment. And because we’re talking about Donald Trump here, many members of his party are concerned he doesn’t understand how much danger he could be in or how much worse he’s making things for himself by focusing on fights with members of his own party over passing legislation.

Alex Conant, a partner at GOP public affairs firm Firehouse Strategies, said Trump should focus on protecting his own party.

"The number one thing Trump should be doing to save his presidency is helping congressional Republicans maintain their majorities," Conant said. "Instead he's allowing his allies like Steve Bannon to really undermine Republican reelection campaigns. It's just reckless and politically naive considering how devastating it would be to his presidency." [...]

"If we lose the House, he could get impeached. Do you think he understands that?" one top GOP donor recalled an exasperated Republican senator saying privately.

Trump, reckless? Trump, not understanding the potential fallout from his actions? Surely not! According to the White House director of legislative affairs, Trump is “keenly aware” that Democrats taking control of the House would be a problem for him, but Republican observers aren’t so sure:

"Nobody over there is interested in delivering really bad news to the President on a consistent basis," the GOP operative said, particularly when it comes to the potential for impeachment proceedings. "Like, 'hey, this could be a real thing. You shouldn't be so dismissive about it, because Chuck (Schumer) and Nancy (Pelosi) aren't your friends.'"

The thing is, there’s good reason to believe that a Trump who knew he risked impeachment would behave in exactly the same ways as a Trump who believed he was invulnerable. The man does not seem to have a whole lot of impulse control when it comes to lashing out at people. And, having defied the advice of so many political professionals in getting his popular-vote-losing ass into the White House, Trump may well continue to believe that he knows best and that one of the things he knows best is that fighting with his Republican allies makes him stronger. So would it make a big difference if top aides were sitting Trump down every day and lecturing him about the dangers of continuing on his current path? Not necessarily. And he’s got a year to keep making things worse for his party’s House chances.

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CA-Sen: California state Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León announced on Sunday that he would challenge California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a fellow Democrat, in next year’s top-two primary.

De León, who also considered running for governor, did not mention Feinstein in his announcement, but argued that the Golden State "deserves a senator that will not just fully resist the Trump presidency, but also understands the issues that most Californians face every day: That’s fighting for Medicare for All. That’s fighting for our Dreamers. That’s fighting against climate change." That's a not-so-subtle jab at Feinstein, who has always had an uneasy relationship with state progressive activists, and made things worse in August when she called for "patience" for Trump, adding that, "The question is whether he can learn and change. If so, I believe he can be a good president." However, it remains to be seen how many California Democrats actually want to replace their longtime senator.​

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​De León, who represents part of the city of Los Angeles in the state Senate, is well-connected, and he could be able to raise the type of cash necessary to compete in this ultra-expensive state. But as we've written before, California's top-two primary system adds some hurdles to his already tough task. In the Golden State, all candidates run on one primary ballot, and the top two vote-getters, regardless of party, advance to the general election. It's extremely unlikely that Feinstein, who has the support of some influential California Democrats like Sen. Kamala Harris and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, will take third place or worse. This means that anyone hoping to meet her in the general election will need to brush past all her other rivals. That's where things start to get complicated.

California is a very blue state, but if Republicans consolidate behind one candidate, that person could take enough support to lock a non-Feinstein Democrat out of the general election. Team Red is already wary about not having a candidate in the general election for governor, so they have extra incentive to try to get someone through the top-two Senate primary. If Republicans don't have any candidates in the general election for governor or Senate, it could keep conservatives from showing up in November in key House races that actually are winnable for Republicans.

Cheers and Jeers: Monday

October 16th, 2017 05:16 am
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Monday Morning Myths

The Affordable Care Act was rammed through Congress in a frantic rush without any input from Republicans. (Except it wasn’t.)

Americans pay more in taxes than any country in the world, the rich won’t benefit most from the Republican tax plan, and those tax cuts will pay for themselves. (No, No, and No.)

Trump is coming to the rescue of Puerto Rico with the same compassion and commitment as he did Texas and Florida. (Disastrously wrong.)

There’s no credible evidence of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign to influence the 2016 election in his favor. (Nyet.)

The NFL players taking a knee are un-patriotically protesting the flag and the national anthem. (Oh say can you see by the dawn’s early bullshit?)

Network news operations have FCC broadcasting licenses that can be revoked. (This just in: NO!)

Some Nazis are “very fine people.” (Do I really need a link to refute this?)

The Affordable Care Act is a "job killer." (Wrong again.)

Free birth control has no effect on lowering the abortion rate. (Except it does---bigly.)

Donald Trump is fit to be president. (Not according to nearly 60% of Americans.)

Trump is "the most faith-centric president in our lifetime." (God, no!!!)

But nice try, gaslighters.

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At Kagro in the Morning World Headquarters, we got off pretty easy on Friday the 13th, all told.

But we did find ourselves in one good news/bad news situation. The good news is, the long-awaited repair work for the flooring is finally scheduled! The bad news is, it’s happening today and tomorrow, right in the middle of show time!

We’re going to forge ahead with a live show today, anyway, and hope that putting a closed door between us and the repair work gets us through the day. We might have to pre-record our Tuesday show, though.

But we’ll “do it live” today!

Mostly because I didn’t have the heart to tell Greg Dworkin we’d have to skip another call!

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I’m the ultimate optimist. I’ve written countless articles about how the world is getting safer, freer, wealthier, and healthier — and it is. But the collective effect of Trump’s presidency has caused me — and many I’ve spoken with — to question our belief in and hopefulness about America. Reactionary forces that we all know existed, but many of us believed were on the decline, have been unleashed on the country. Racism, anti-Semitism, and misogyny, which of course have always existed, have become normalized and part of the political discourse in ways that are completely alien to our experience of American politics. Public corruption, the shredding of political norms, and a deficit of public compassion now seems to define our body politic. The presidency, which so many of us were raised to revere or at least respect, has become a punch line as we watch, in horror, a president who is unhinged, clearly unfit, and utterly incapable of doing his job.


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Watched Discovery

October 16th, 2017 03:06 am
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Don't remember who asked me about the tardigrade, but here's what happens )

Other thoughts: 1. Tilly needs a role other than being Michael's teddy bear.

2. We have got to learn the names of some of these people on the bridge, ffs.

3. Klingons torturing people are the worst Klingons, with or without implied rape.

4. Yay, gays!

5. Creepy scenes would be just as creepy without the dramatic "don't touch that dial!" music cluing us in.

[personal profile] rivendellrose has an interestingly plausible theory about our new character. Spoilers, naturally.

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With 85 percent of Puerto Rico still without power and current projections showing only 30 percent up and running by November 1, the plan put forward by Governor Ricardo Rosselló seems ambitious.

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said he hopes that power will be restored to 95% of the island's energy grid by December 15.

"This is an aggressive agenda, but we cannot be sort of passive in the face of Puerto Rico's challenges," Rosselló said. "We are going to need all hands on deck."

It’s an aggressive agenda, and also a necessary one. Even those areas where the water system is up and running are under a boil order — something that’s difficult to comply with when there’s no electricity and tens of thousands of homes have been destroyed. Resources are still so scarce that last week it was reported that people in part of the island were even lining up to drink water pumped from a Superfund site polluted with chemicals that damage the liver and can cause cancer.

Friday afternoon, CNN watched workers from the Puerto Rican water utility, Autoridad de Acueductos y Alcantarillados, or AAA, distribute water from a well at the Dorado Groundwater Contamination Site, which was listed in 2016 as part of the federal Superfund program for hazardous waste cleanup.

Governor Rosselló’s aggressive timetable reflects a race to provide vital services to Americans still at grave risk. Meanwhile Trump’s statements on Puerto Rico over the last week included declaring that that island was already dysfunctional before the hurricanes and blaming the island’s fiscal disaster on the people who are living with it — or dying with it — rather than the hedge fund managers who made millions off of misery.

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State Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León announced on Sunday that he would challenge California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a fellow Democrat, in next year’s top-two primary.

De León, who also considered running for governor, did not mention Feinstein in his announcement, but argued that the Golden State "deserves a senator that will not just fully resist the Trump presidency, but also understands the issues that most Californians face every day: That’s fighting for Medicare for All. That’s fighting for our Dreamers. That’s fighting against climate change." That's a not-so-subtle jab at Feinstein, who has always had an uneasy relationship with state progressive activists, and made things worse in August when she called for "patience" for Trump, adding that, "The question is whether he can learn and change. If so, I believe he can be a good president." However, it remains to be seen how many California Democrats actually want to replace their longtime senator.

De León, who represents part of the city of Los Angeles in the state Senate, is well-connected, and he could be able to raise the type of cash necessary to compete in this ultra-expensive state. But as we've written before, California's top-two primary system adds some hurdles to his already tough task. In the Golden State, all candidates run on one primary ballot, and the top two vote-getters, regardless of party, advance to the general election. It's extremely unlikely that Feinstein, who has the support of some influential California Democrats like Sen. Kamala Harris and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, will take third place or worse. This means that anyone hoping to meet her in the general election will need to brush past all her other rivals. That's where things start to get complicated.

California is a very blue state, but if Republicans consolidate behind one candidate, that person could take enough support to lock a non-Feinstein Democrat out of the general election. Team Red is already wary about not having a candidate in the general election for governor, so they have extra incentive to try and get someone through the top-two Senate primary. If Republicans don't have any candidates in the general election for governor or Senate, it could keep conservatives from showing up in November in key House races that actually are winnable for Republicans.

If too many Democrats run for the Senate, that could split the anti-Feinstein vote too much to allow any Democrat but the incumbent to advance. Billionaire activist Tom Steyer and wealthy tech entrepreneur Joseph Sanberg have both expressed interest, though it's unclear what they'll do now that de León has made the first move. However, one notable Democrat won't be running after all. While Rep. Eric Swalwell didn't rule out a bid last week, he announced on Friday that he was supporting Feinstein.

If de León or another Democrat actually makes it to a general election with Feinstein, they'll also need a lot to go right to beat her. The incumbent may be able to court Republicans and independents that view her as the more conservative option. However, it's possible that GOP voters who have long disliked Feinstein will back a less-familiar Democratic challenger, even one running to her left. As we've noted before, California hosted an all-Democratic Senate race in 2016, where Rep. Loretta Sanchez tried to appeal to Republicans. Sanchez ended up losing to now-Sen. Harris 62-38, and Harris even carried most of California's more conservative counties despite being the more liberal choice. Feinstein would be able to count on far more money and name recognition than Sanchez had, but 2016 is a good reminder that Republican voters may not just flock to the more centrist contender.

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Hardback cover of Making Sense Of The Alt-Right Making Sense of the Alt-Right by George Hawley Columbia University Press, 174 pages, available in hardback and on Kindle

If knowing your enemy is an important tactic for mainstream political parties to follow, then George Hawley’s Making Sense of the Alt-Right is an important book for anyone hoping to defeat them at the ballot box. The author by no means endorses the alt-right. But as a professor of political science deep in the Bible Belt, he was in an ideal position to observe their influence over the last several years. Hawley correctly predicted Donald Trump’s 2016 upset victory and even called the electoral college results in 48 out of 50 states.

In the book, Hawley reviews that long-shot prediction, writing that it was not widely shared by his fellow professors in the political science department at the University of Alabama, and then deftly turns to the origins, groups, goals, and tactics used by the alt-right to push old-school white supremacy under a shiny, new, media-savvy banner aimed at disaffected whites of all ages and particularly tailored to millennials in the U.S. and Europe.

Right off the bat some of the methods used and observations made quickly dispel many stereotypes found in other articles on the subject. Note that in the review below, the names and websites of these racist groups have been intentionally withheld, but those important details are readily available in the book.

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The infuriating news about the years of sexual harassment women suffered at the hands of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein hits home for women everywhere.

A show of hands of how many women have ever been on the receiving end of unwanted sexual attention from men would likely yield unanimous results. 

That’s not saying all men—not by a long shot. And the harassment many women have experienced might not be as abusive or as creepy as the behavior Weinstein inflicted on his victims. The end result might not have been as unfair as the outcomes suffered by the women whose careers were cut short when they turned down Weinstein's propositions. But some degree of such harassment and assault is likely true for most, if not all, women.

It’s a pattern propagated by too many men in positions of power, no matter their profession: Weinstein, Casey Affleck, Bill Cosby, Roger Ailes, Bill O’Reilly, Donald Trump. And those are just a few of the most recent examples.

The oppressor need not be someone famous. It could be a boss, a coach, or a teacher. It might be a health worker taking advantage of a female patient or a police officer with the power to write or withhold a traffic ticket. It may be a cashier who makes a suggestive remark when ringing up a sale or a car salesman who stares a little too long, eyeing a potential female customer up and down with a smirk on his face. It could be strangers on the street making lewd catcalls or men at a bar giving unwanted physical sexual attention under the guise of “being friendly." Women have been kissed, groped, and worse by total strangers as well as by men they know and fear retaliation from.

The Harvey Weinstein tale is a story about the victimization of women. The sordid details are titillating enough (masturbating into a plant? Ewww) that they’ve been reported on widely. Plus, there’s an audiotape of Weinstein pressuring a model to watch him shower and more.

So, of course, Republicans and some in the media have turned all of this into a story about Democrats, Hillary Clinton, and wondering why those women victims didn’t speak up sooner.

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It is intensely adorable.

(Also, happy Diwali, guys!)


Video: The women breaking taboos in Mali to become puppet makers (I haven't watched this yet, I'm just trying to adjust my good news : bad news ratio)

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The shocker continues to fly. What does it say when the architect of your win believes you only stand a 30% chance of fulfilling your first term as President? Here is why I think that barring a sudden change, the countdown to an overthrow, a post-Trump, is on.

A few months ago, Robert Parry, the AP reporter that broke the Iran-Contra stories wrote about a soft coup in progress against Donald Trump. I wrote then,

Robert Parry believes the United States intelligence mechanism is attempting a soft coup, on Trump, that should be concerning for other presidents. Yes, Progressives know that Donald Trump is an undemocratically illegitimate president. Worse he is a liar that is in over his head. But does Robert Parry make a few concerning points?

Parry's article titled  "‘Soft Coup’ on Trump, Hiding in Plain Sight" is long but a solid read. 

Parry tends to be a Trump apologist, but after reading the article I concluded with the following paragraph.

It is not necessary to be in full agreement with the article to see the dangers that our intelligence agencies could inflict, let's say, on a very Progressive president intent on moving the country to a more socially and economically equitable system.

Signal boost

October 15th, 2017 04:59 pm
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Both House and Senate have bills to prevent the President from launching a pre-emptive nuclear strike without a congressional declaration of war. They're both called the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017. (S. 200 - Senate, HR 669 - House.) Passing those bills may literally save the world.

How to save the world:

1. Contact your representatives in Congress. Ask them to co-sponsor the bill NOW, before it's too late.

2. Contact EVERYONE in Congress who might want to prevent a nuclear war. Usually people only speak to their own representatives. But with the fate of the entire world is at stake, it's worth contacting everyone who might listen.

3. Promote the Pull The Football campaign on social media. Trump isn't the only one who can use Twitter. Get on it and start tweeting #PullTheFootball.

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The Republican Party is Dr. Frankenstein, and Donald Trump is its monster. Yes, there were some exceptions, but the fact remains that—in particular by opposing in a knee-jerk fashion everything Barack Obama proposed and by nurturing white grievance and white identity politics—the GOP created Trump, they chose him as their nominee, they rallied around him, and they made him their champion. Frankenstein’s monster, however, could only terrorize one village at a time. Trumpenstein threatens us all.

They know what they’ve done. Bob Corker made that perfectly clear. I’ve been following politics for a long time, and I’ve never seen any national political figure talk openly and publicly about a president the way Corker did, let alone someone from the president’s own party. I know that we’ve all gotten sort of used to people talking about Trump this way, but it is, truly, unprecedented. It’s the equivalent of calling 911 for our country.

Then Trump this week threatened to tear up the Constitution by junking the First Amendment, the one that guarantees freedom of the press and without which the government could control what gets published. What could prompt him to threaten the core of our democratic freedoms in this way? Because NBC reported a story—backed by multiple sources—that made him look both crazy and stupid. This story detailed a meeting with numerous high-ranking national security officials in which Trump made statements that provoked his own Secretary of State to characterize him as a “moron.”

In Vanity Fair, we read of “a half dozen prominent Republicans and Trump advisers” who “describe a White House in crisis as advisers struggle to contain a president who seems to be increasingly unfocused and consumed by dark moods.” These prominent Republicans described Trump with words like: “unstable,” “losing a step,” and “unraveling.” This is, I’ll say again, unprecedented.

[checking out on the prison bus]

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• Asking for help is not, as it turns out, fatal.
• Laughing is easier than pulling your hair out, and doesn't have the unfortunate side effect of making you look like a plague victim.
• Even the biggest tasks can be defeated if taken a bit at a time.
• I can write a paper the night before it's due, but the results are not all they could be.
• Be thorough, but focused.
• Trust yourself.
• Honesty, always.

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