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Tracking Russian Tweets

An interesting new web site tracks 600 Twitter accounts “linked to Russian influence activities online”. This is very interesting because while Russian efforts to spread disinformation has been well documented, until now there was no way to see what “fake news” they were trying to promote. The site, called “Hamilton 68” after the 68th edition […]

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Night of Irony

Late last night, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced a bill that nobody had read (or even seen before). Then he brought the bill up for a vote this morning at 1am. Seriously. I’ll probably be using that word a few times in this rant. But it gets even crazier. Nobody liked this law. It […]

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Pardon Me?

© Joel Pett This is all over the news, so I won’t go into much detail, but Donald Trump has launched an all out war against special counsel Robert Mueller. He started one of the biggest Twitter storms ever yesterday and it just keeps going. Trump is threatening to fire Mueller, which even pretty much […]

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Chief Inspector Trump?

© Ruben Bolling Have you seen the movie (or the play) “The Producers”? Actually, there were two versions of the movie, either will do. In The Producers a Broadway producer realizes that he should be able to get away with stealing tons of money from investors as long as he can guarantee that the play […]

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D.A.R.E.

As I’ve said many times, I’m a pragmatist. If there is hard evidence that something works, then I’m for it, ideology be damned. I like single-payer health insurance because it works in so many countries around the world, giving better health results for far less money spent. Conversely, if something doesn’t work, like trickle down […]

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Market Fundamentalism

© Jen Sorensen Don’t get me wrong — I love free markets. But free markets require careful regulation to keep them free. Democracy and freedom still requires the rule of law. Otherwise we end up with monopolies, corporations as people, robber barons, corporate welfare, and economic stagnation. In fact, the point of this comic is […]

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The Founding Tweets

For 29 years, NPR has read aloud the Declaration of Independence on Independence Day, but this year they did something new, and apropos. They tweeted the entire text of the DoI, 140 characters at a time. That took 113 posts. It went about as well as might be expected. Many people who tuned in late […]

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Is There a Solution?

© Tom Tomorrow The Republican health care bill is wildly unpopular with Americans. There have been two recent polls: in one 16% approve to 58% disapprove. The other shows only 12% approve, while 53% of Americans want the Republicans to either leave Obamacare alone or fix any problems it might have. So if Trump repeals […]

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Obama on Health Care Repeal

[This was posted to Facebook yesterday by Barack Obama.] Our politics are divided. They have been for a long time. And while I know that division makes it difficult to listen to Americans with whom we disagree, that’s what we need to do today. I recognize that repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act has […]

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Trump Embarrassed?

Yesterday, Donald Trump finally admitted that he didn’t make any recordings of his conversations with James Comey. This was an issue because Trump tried to threaten Comey by implicating that there might be such recordings. So there are two questions. First, why did Trump wait until yesterday? When Congress asked whether such recordings exist, why […]

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Promising the Moon

© Tom Toles The Republicans are still trying to repeal Obamacare. It is ironic that back when Obama was president, the Republicans didn’t have any problem passing bills to repeal the ACA, because they knew that Obama would veto them. But now, even though they control both houses of Congress and the presidency, they can’t […]

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The Trump Kleptocracy

Donald Trump wants to slash funding for government programs that provide housing for the poor and combat homelessness. Well, with a bigly exception. The government is proposing to leave intact a housing subsidy that is paid directly to private landlords. Including Trump and his siblings. When Fred Trump died, he left an interest in the […]

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The Privatized State of America

© Brian Mcfadden With all the scandals swirling around Donald Trump, did anyone notice that the Senate is again attempting to repeal Obamacare? And speaking of Trump and Republican efforts to erase everything that Obama accomplished, Trump also rolled back Obama’s changes to the relationship between the US and Cuba, making it harder for US […]

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A Closer Look at Kansas

Business Insider has a detailed analysis of Kansas’s Grand Conservative Experiment of reducing the size of their government by cutting taxes and cutting government. They did something interesting in that they analyzed the results based on the results predicted by Governor Sam Brownback’s administration: Nick Jordan, the state’s revenue secretary, said the administration ultimately imagines […]

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Keep Calm!

If you ever wonder what it might be like to find yourself in the middle of a terrorist incident, there is a good essay from an American who was right in the middle of the terrorist attack in London. But the most interesting part are his conclusions. I’ll just quote one of them: Keep calm […]

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