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Everyone Knows

The Atlantic, which published the article about how Donald Trump calls soldiers in the military “losers” and “suckers”, has published a follow-up article by David Frum titled “Everyone Knows It’s True“. Frum points out that everyone who is claiming the original article is false is deeply beholden to Trump. While everyone who has actual knowledge […]

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Could Things Get Worse?

In fact, today the Trump administration did something that even flabbergasted me. The first two paragraphs say it all: The Justice Department on Tuesday intervened in the defamation lawsuit brought by a woman who says President Trump raped her years ago, moving the matter to federal court and signaling it wants to make the U.S. […]

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Will Democracy Survive?

Here are a series of articles about how Donald Trump, Republicans, and right-wing media are trying to destroy our democracy. First is tonight’s article by Heather Cox Richardson. She goes through a list of the things that democracy depends on, and then gives examples of how they are being attacked and even destroyed: The rule […]

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Sullying Trump

Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger III took to Twitter to condemn Donald Trump for his insults against American soldiers. Sully is the famous pilot who miraculously landed a failing airliner in the Hudson River in 2009, saving all on board. Here are his nine tweets, in order: I am a veteran. I volunteered for military service […]

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Taibbi on Trump

I love the writing of Matt Taibbi, even if I don’t always agree with him. He has published a very interesting article on Substack, titled “The Trump Era Sucks and Needs to Be Over” (subtitled “The race is tightening. Is America sure it’s ready to give up its addiction to crazy?”). Note that new polls […]

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Causing Anarchy?

Do you seriously wonder, Mr. President, why this is the first time in decades that America has seen this level of violence? It’s you who have created the hate and division. — Ted Wheeler, the mayor of Portland, OR, quoted in The Atlantic. This president long ago forfeited any moral leadership in this country. He […]

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The Future is Coming

Heather Cox Richard has the best article about the RNC I’ve seen. I’m including it here because I want everyone to actually read the whole thing. Enjoy! Having moved the RNC from Charlotte, North Carolina to Jacksonville, Florida, and then having been forced to cancel his plans for a huge rally due to coronavirus, Trump […]

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Defund Your Social Security?

Donald Trump recently said that if he gets reelected, he would terminate the payroll tax. There’s just one tiny little problems. It is the payroll tax that funds both Social Security and Medicare. Today, the chief actuary of the Social Security Administration said that if the payroll tax is terminated and Trump doesn’t find another […]

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The Platform of No

The Republican Party has announced that it will have no platform. The announcement looks like something Donald Trump would write. It is one page of bullet points (but without bullets). It tries to blame everything on the media and “the failed policies of the Obama-Biden administration” (so much for being a “positive” convention). Bottom line: […]

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Biden Scores Big

Joe Biden’s convention keynote speech impressed everyone, even pundits who oppose him. Yes, that even includes Fox News hosts. Chris Wallace said “it was an enormously effective speech”). Dana Perino was even more effusive, saying “[Biden] just hit a home run in the bottom of the ninth”. Even Laura Ingraham — one of Trump’s strongest […]

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How to vote

Spread the word. Due to the crippling of the Post Office, other blatant attempts of voter suppression, and (of course) the pandemic, voting has gotten more confusing and complicated. But the vote has never been more important. Luckily, there is help. Two websites, vote.org and represent.us, provide state-by-state information on how to vote so that […]

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Barbara Jordan

Congresswoman Barbara Jordan‘s speech at the 1976 Democratic National Convention. She was the first Black and the first woman to deliver a keynote address. Coincidentally, she was my Congresswoman; I first saw her when she gave a talk at my high school. If she had not been stricken by debilitating illnesses, perhaps she would have […]

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Living in a Bad Movie

On Sunday, the Washington Post published an op-ed from retired navy admiral William McRaven titled “Trump is actively working to undermine the Postal Service — and every major U.S. institution“. It starts with a classic (and funny) bit of irony: In the 1997 film “The Postman,” set in post-apocalyptic America, Kevin Costner plays a drifter […]

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Damaging our Security

A new ad from the Republican Voters Against Trump features the former Chief of Staff for Donald Trump’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS). He published an even more damning article in the Washington Post today. He says that Trump turned DHS “into a tool used for his political benefit.” In particular there was “a near-total […]

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Swift completion of their appointed rounds?

I assume that only people who have been avoiding the news don’t know that the Republicans are trying to throw the election by screwing with the US Postal Service. Trump has literally admitted it. Ironically, there are some good arguments that this blatant use of the federal bureaucracy for political gain will backfire on the […]

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