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‘The Claims Are False’: Joe Biden Denies He Sexually Assaulted Former Senate Aide Tara...

In both a written statement and an appearance on MSNBC Friday morning, former Vice President Joe Biden denied that he sexually assaulted former Senate aide Tara Reade in 1993, the first time the presumptive...
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Sen. Bernie Sanders got some good news Monday as his campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination approached 5 million donations and, at an average of $18, looked set to end 2019 head and...
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Elizabeth Warren offers up plan to kill tax loopholes for the biggest corporations

Loopholes in tax laws let giant corporations off the hook for hundreds of billions of dollars in taxes, with some massively profitable companies paying zero corporate income tax. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has a plan to...
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House takes up $3 trillion COVID-19 bill, rule change to keep the House at...

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Bernie Defends Ilhan Omar, Says “Legitimate Criticism” of Israel Is Not Anti-Semitism

Bernie, who is Jewish, defended Ilhan Omar, one of the first two Muslim women in Congress, from bogus charges of anti-Semitism. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) defended Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) Wednesday amid an avalanche of criticism she’s received over comments about...
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Vote.org: Taylor Swift activates unprecedented flood of new voter registrations nationwide

Thank you, Taylor Swift! This is what a healthy and vibrant democracy looks like. Swift’s call to action has activated many of her young fans. This is awesome news! After the pop artist announced on Instagram that she would be supporting Democrats...
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One last reminder about those voter enthusiasm polls..

What? Am I worried? Nope, not at all. Actually, I’m fucking terrified. I can sum up my paranoia in three simple words. lifelong Cubs fan. November 2016 will never be number one for me, September 1969 scarred me for life, znd taught me that optimism is a pipe dream. But since I’m a glass-half-full kind of guy, we’ll leave it that I’m optimistically terrified. There has been a ton of chatter out there, and with good reason, about the incredible intensity of early voting, and voter enthusiasm in general. But there is also a lot of hand wringing and gnashing of teeth, due to the fact that the once double digit lead that the Democrats enjoyed in voter enthusiasm, has narrowed to a low single digit lead in the final days. Normally, this would not be good, but there is a dynamic in this particular election that has me feeling better about the numbers. Just a quick tutorial. If a voter claims a party affiliation when they register to vote, it is marked next to their name. If a voter goes to vote in a primary, they can only get a ballot for the party they’ve pledged to. But in a general election, while when they sign in for a ballot, it shows that a Democrat, or a Republican checked in to vote, the ballot they get is identical to that of any other voter. And that’s what has me feeling better about the closing enthusiasm gap. When it comes to 2018, what has been the dominant overall story leading up to election day? White, college educated, suburban, soccer moms. Mainly registered Republican voters, They are fleeing Trump and the GOP the way that a sleeping teen runs from Freddie Krueger. But, when they sign in to vote early or their returned mail in ballot is input, it shows a Republican ballot was issued and received. Never forget the fact that just because a voter has an “R” next to their name on the voter rolls, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re actually voting for the GOP candidate. Two quick examples will suffice. In December of 2017, Doug Jones shocked the world by beating Republican Roy Moore in blood red Alabama. Does anyone really believe that there are more registered Democrats than Republicans in Alabama? Of course not. Jones pulled it off with an insane over performance by black female voters, and also by those aforementioned white, suburban female voters, bailing on a credibly accused pedophile. But a statistical look would show that more Republicans voted than Democrats, or a roughly equal number. The second example is of course PA-18 and Conor Lamb. PA-18 was literally gerrymandered to be Democrat proof. Every single Democratic voter could show up to vote, and with decent GOP turnout, the final outcome was GOP assured. And it can’t all be laid at the feet of Rick Saccone being a terrible candidate. Republicans crossed over and voted for Lamb, even though their ballots showed up as Republican affiliated ballots when they signed in. I’m not trying to plant any subliminal messages here, any of y’all who read me know if there’s one thing I’m not, it’s subtle. The basic reality has always been that we could flip the House purely by flipping every GOP held seat in a district where Hillary […]

Two similar primaries. Polar opposite results. (Part I)

Trust me on this one, I know of which I speak. On that sunny June day in 2015, when The Grate Pumpkin clanked and wheezed his way down that schlock gilt elevator in Trump Tower,to the tepid applause of paid minions, and thrilled the racists and bed wetters of the far right, I donned my most wrinkled earnest journalist shirt, grabbed my laptop, hopped into Bennie The Cab, and careened down to Toontown to cover the GOP primaries.Those daily dispatches from the insanity front formed the genesis of my President Evil book trilogy. On the surface there are several striking similarities between the GOP primary field of 2016, and the current Democratic crop in 2020, especially at this early stage. In 2016, the GOP fielded 17 candidates right out o the chute to challenge for the Presidency, in 2020, the Democrats will at least match, if not surpass that number. In 2016, Barack Obama was finishing up his second term, and was loathed by the GOP base the way a 5 year old hates Brussels sprouts. In 2020, The Democrats are licking their chops over a first term President with historic lows in popularity, and a polarizing figure with terrible policies, but a cult like following. And in both 2014 and 2018, the President’s party had a midterm that spelled trouble for the future. But there the similarities end, and the exact, total, polar opposites begin. In 2016. GOP strategists gushed over their field with phrases like “The Dream Team (Moronic, since every candidate was a team of one), and “The deepest bench in history (True, if you’re coaching a tee ball team in the first game of the preseason). But lets look t the Opening Day lineup, shall we? Fourteen lily white, tried and true, political male hacks, a novelty wing nut African American, and an obligatory 2016 white woman who ran Hewlett Packard into the ground. Oh yeah, and a baggy pants comic that was a repulsive mix between Groucho Marx and Andrew Dice Clay. I haven’t seen a bench that deep since the softball scene in Ernest Goes To Camp. Already, at this early stage, the Democrats have 4 women candidates (I don’t count the phantom candidacy of Tulsi Gabbard), two African Americans, including a female, a Hispanic former Obama cabinet head, and an openly gay man. We have two septuagenarian, white haired, male candidates for those who prefer the grandfatherly Presidential figure. In baseball, you can’t stock your bench with sluggers, you need utility infielders, singles hitters, and pinch runners too. The Democratic 2020 bench is stocked like the New York Yankees of the glory days. In 2016, not only was diversity in the candidates lacking, diversity in messaging was almost non existent. For several years, the base of the Republican party had been growing steadily older, whiter, more evangelical, more racist, and more fearful of change. A modern, diverse message was not only unwelcome, it was shunned. Here I can speak from personal experience. Us creaky old farts don’t much like newfangled ideas shouted out to us over a microphone, it sounds too much like that rap music crap. And so the candidates in 2016 on the GOP side were reduced to earnestly promoting the same tired, old message, desperately trying to find the magic […]
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Booker releases ‘committee confidential’ Kavanaugh email at risk of suspension from the Senate

The Democrats of the Senate Judiciary Committee are on a roll. And they’re taking some risks to get their points across.  That’s a nasty blow from Cornyn—and proof he’s running scared.  Sheldon Whitehouse came in hot behind Booker. Let’s...

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