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  1. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28yo political newcomer, upsets Joe Crowley, out of touch corporate establishment Democrat. Jeff Stein @JStein_WaPo This photo is from Nov. 14, 2017. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 28, was then working as a bartender. Less than a year later, she defeated the likely next Speaker of the House, and will almost certainly be the youngest woman ever elected to Congress
  2. The 50-Year Lessons America Still Hasn't Learned The internecine war for the soul of A Chicago '68: The 50-Year Lessons America Still Hasn't Learned The internecine war for the soul of American democracy continues in our own time, as the rage and fear tapped almost 50 years apart by Richard Nixon and Donald Trump have continued to mesmerize successive generations of Americans ?itok=xcqVzK6N Jeers greet Chicago law enforcement and security officers as they attempt to disperse demonstrators outside the Conrad Hilton, location of Democratic Convention headquarters on Wednesday, August 29, 1968. (Photo: AP/RHS) Fifty years ago, anti-war protesters swarmed the streets of Chicago during the Democratic National Convention to reject the Vietnam War, state violence, and injustice. In the process they turned the city into a veritable battleground over the fate of American democracy. "The whole world is watching!" protesters chanted in response to police violence in August 1968. That one phrase encapsulated much of the radical social justice insurgency of not only that year but also the entire decade of the 1960s. As the nation mourned the April assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and June killing of New York senator and presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, thousands of radical activists came to Chicago to try and shame the Democratic Party into publicly adopting a peace plank that some hoped would lead to an end to war. The college students, hippies, anti-war activists, and ordinary Americans who traveled to Chicago in the summer of 1968 were, however imperfect, patriots who spoke truth to power and paid the price in blood, arrests, and controversy. While journalists and historians at times point to Chicago as the site of the Democratic Party's defeat and Richard Nixon's subsequent victory in the November presidential election, something more important happened that the nation has yet to recover from. In Chicago the American Dream collided with brutal truths about war, violence, and corruption. How could the same nation that regarded itself as the freest nation on earth bomb one of the poorest in the name of democracy? Who were the elected officials who rationalized war as the only road toward peace? What role did citizens have in shaping a democracy that seemed to have lost its moral compass? These remain some of the most enduring questions for our own age, where perpetual war, police brutality, and political malfeasance at the highest levels of government have evolved from the spectacular to the mundane. In 1968 Chicago Mayor Richard Daley's deployment of tens of thousands of law enforcement officials to maintain security and order in the city was derided as "Gestapo tactics" inside the Democratic Convention -- even as a majority of Americans voiced approval of violence as a substitute for justice. By 2014, the sight of police officers in military fatigues and tanks patrolling the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, became the cost of maintaining a hard peace in the absence of justice. . . . . Ironically, these issues all converged on Wednesday, August 28, the fifth anniversary of the 1963 March On Washington. That evening over 10,000 demonstrators gathered in Grant Park (later the site of Barack Obama's victory speech in November 2008) clashed with police officers who brutalized men, women and innocents as well as those engaged in violent acts. In response, protesters descended upon the Hilton Hotel, where DNC delegates were staying and television cameras and journalists were headquartered. Vice President Hubert Humphrey watched in despair as police assaulted protesters in clashes that spilled out onto the streets and drew innocent bystanders into a web of violence. Chicago reminds us of the deep historical roots behind contemporary political divisions. The partisan rancor that marks contemporary American political culture remains rooted in the violently brutal conflicts on display there a half century ago. The internecine war for the soul of American democracy continues in our own time, as the rage and fear tapped almost 50 years apart by Richard Nixon and Donald Trump have continued to mesmerize successive generations of Americans. Social justice movements, from 1968 to our own time, remind us that the whole world is watching. https://www.commondreams.org/views/2018/08/28/chicago-68-50-year-lessons-america-still-hasnt-learned
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    Huge Upset!

    Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum beat establishment candidate Gwen Graham in the Dem Primary for Florida Governor by about 2.5%. As of last poll about 2 weeks ago, he was in a distant 3rd place. He did well in north Florida, he won the traditional battleground I-4 corridor, and he crushed Graham in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. Reported turnout in Miami-Dade exceeded the 2016 Presidential primary election...statewide, twice as many Democrats voted as Republicans. Note: closed primaries, Indies couldn't vote. In November, the Sanders-endorsed Gillum goes up against the Trump-endorsed Ron DeSantis, who handily won the Republican primary.
  4. She's not even trying to be very subtle, she knows she's on camera. Time to throw these neo-Nazis out...this is the Republican Party today.
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    Will the Republican Party Reject Nazis?

    They got their 2 SCOTUS picks. And their tax cuts. Once they slash Medicare and SS they'll no longer have much use for Trump.
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    Drip Drip Drip

    Yea, Corsi is a lying shitstain. He's one of the Swiftboat guys who was claiming John Kerry's war record was fake, with about the same level of proof as his claim Obama's Kenyan born. IOW, zero. He just pulls that shit out of his ass, and Gullible saps believe him.
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    Fear: Trump in the White House

    I don't think her English is that refined, and who's gonna write it for her?
  8. LOL! That deserves a thread. Duncan Hunter Says His Indictment Is Part of a Deep-State Witch Hunt Duncan Hunter Says His Indictment Is Part of a Deep-State Witch Hunt https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2018/08/duncan-hunter-indictment-campaign-finance-chris-collins/ Duncan Hunter, the Republican congressman who was indicted Tuesday for illegally spending more than $250,000 in campaign funds on personal expenses—including family vacations and tickets to Irish dance show Riverdance—told an ABC affiliate station in San Diego on Wednesday that he is a victim of the “new Department of Justice” and “the Democrats’ arm of law enforcement.” “It’s happening with [President Donald] Trump and it’s happening with me,” he told 10News before embarking on a fishing trip with a veterans group. “We’re going to fight through it and win and the people get to vote in November…I think they’ve used every dirty trick in the book, so it’ll go to court when they want it to.” “It’s politically motivated,” he said. “It’s the last chance they could do this before the election. This is how they want to win the election. It’s easier doing this than actually running for office.” Here are some of the wildest purchases the Hunters made with campaign funds, according to the indictment: A plane ticket to fly a family member’s rabbit to Washington, DC, for vacation, first reported in early 2017 A $14,000 family trip to Italy for Thanksgiving in 2015. Hunter tried to arrange a tour of a naval base during the trip in an attempt to justify using campaign money. When he learned that a tour wouldn’t be possible, Hunter allegedly told his chief of staff, “Tell the Navy to go f— themselves.” More than $26,600 in family vacation expenses between 2011 and 2015 More than $3,300 worth of fast food Tobacco A nearly $2,000 ticket for a Pittsburgh Steelers game Video games, a purchase which the Hunters later reported as fraudulent to the Federal Election Commission Tickets to the show Riverdance School lunches for their children Makeup
  9. RKoch

    Fear: Trump in the White House

    I'm telling ya, its #VeepThroat. Trump can't fire him, or do a damn thing about it.
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    Kavanaugh confirmation hearings 5 Sep 18

    Only takes 2 Republican 'no' votes to not confirm him. A few Republican Senators up for reelection are in races called 'toss-up' by 538. IIRC , recent polling also showed Kavanaugh having a 37% favorability rating...lowest ever for a SCOTUS nominee. So IMO, it's not a dog and pony show.
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    Fear: Trump in the White House

    Apparently Article 25 had been discussed. "Given the instability many witnessed, there were early whispers within the cabinet of invoking the 25th Amendment, which would start a complex process for removing the president. But no one wanted to precipitate a constitutional crisis. So we will do what we can to steer the administration in the right direction until — one way or another — it’s over."
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    Fear: Trump in the White House

    Jill Stein funding (no mention of funding by Republicans) " In an e-mail to supporters on June 10, 2015, Stein wrote "I'm preparing to make a big announcement next week." She also challenged her supporters to raise $10,000 in that time period. Two days later on June 12, Stein's campaign sent another e-mail indicating that she had surpassed that goal and raised her fundraising goal to $30,000. Stein noted that she would seek to qualify for matching funds from the federal government by raising at least $5,000 from residents of 20 states before receiving the nomination in 2016. The e-mail indicated that she had already raised more than the requisite amount from residents of California and that Washington State, New York, and others were very close behind.[22] In September, Stein's campaign said they had met the $5,000 mark in five states (California, Florida, Massachusetts, New York, and Washington) and had received at least half of that amount in eight others.[23] As of November 22, 2015, Stein's campaign had surpassed the requisite fundraising totals in at least 9 states. On November 28, Richard Winger of Ballot Access News reported that Stein would likely qualify for the initial public funding before January 1, 2016.[24] However, on January 3, Ballot Access Newsreported that Stein's campaign had only qualified in 13 states. It said that the campaign was trying to qualify in 8 others.[25] On January 8, Stein's campaign announced it had enough contributions to qualify for FEC funds.[26] Nevertheless, the campaign did not submit its request for matching funds and accompanying documentation until March 28, after which the FEC declared Stein eligible for matching funds on April 14, 2016.[27] In January 2017, Stein and her campaign received the final amount of matching funds from the FEC. The final check equaled $134,900. Overall, the campaign received $590,935.39 in matching funds.[28]" Stein got 1.07% of the popular vote, Gary Johnson got 3.28%....over 3X as much. Obviously Trump lost far more votes to the Libertarian Party than Clinton lost to the Green Party.. Clinton got a total of 65,853, 510 votes, which was less than Obama (2008) 69,498,516 and (2012) 65,915,795. Seems pretty clear her problem was not being able to hold the Obama coalition together. Lets look at other elections. 1992, when Bill Clinton won with 43% of the popular vote. George Bush got 37.4%. Ross Perot got 18.9% of the popular vot...it's safe to assume the VAST majority were peeled off the Republican Party. 2000, when Nader got 2,882, 955 popular votes and is widely blamed by Democrats for costing them the election. Pat Buchanan (448,895), Harry Brown (Libertarian - 384,431), and Howard Phillips (Constitution - 98,020) cost GWB 931,346 popular votes, greater than what Gore won the popular vote total by. The Democratic Party has gone to the right of center the past 30 years, directed by the corporatist DLC (Clintons and Gore among founding members). They deliberately abandoned the Left. So whose fucking fault is that? It was a calculated decision that blew up in their face...repeatedly.
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    Fear: Trump in the White House

    Or it could mean that you much more closely agree with the platform of a Third Psrty candidate. Neither Rs or Ds own our votes. They can try to earn them. If neither does an adequate job of earning your vote, and a Third Party does, then that's the way it is. It's the only way to hold the two major parties accountable.
  14. Yea, Miller texted her and told her to flash the white power signal.... Nazis everywhere came in their pants.
  15. https://theoutline.com/post/1428/the-ok-sign-is-becoming-an-alt-right-symbol?zd=2&zi=4kjcwna4
  16. Once out of the WH, I'm sure there's job opportunities galore for avowed white supremacists. <purple>
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    Meanwhile Americas is flourishing under Trump.

    In some open primary states, the voter can request either a Dem ballot or a Rep ballot when they sign in. Also, some states allow Independant or No Party Affiliation voters to vote in the primary of one of the two major parties. The laws and rules are set by individual states, not the Federal Govt.
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    The loony left can't even bridle their TDS ...

    If the eulogists wanted to mention Trump without saying his name, they simply could have used his legal name, Unindicted Co-Conspirator.
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    Drip Drip Drip

    ^ just coming here to post that, Jib beat me to it. Pretty scary, and Woodward is a reliable journalist.
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    Drip Drip Drip

    Not a chance Trump would pardon Sessions.
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    Meanwhile Americas is flourishing under Trump.

    Many homophobes are closeted homosexuals...warbird fits that demographic to a T.