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SCOTUS Drops Two Mini-Bombs

I’m calling them mini-bombs, because I suspect they will turn out to be less significant than they seem right now. First, SCOTUS agreed to review Trump’s “travel ban,” and in so doing they allowed a watered-down version of the ban to go into effect. This is from SCOTUSblog: The lower courts had considered the hardships […]

Saving Nancy Pelosi?

Part of the fallout of the John Ossoff loss is that a number of people are now calling for Nancy Pelosi to step down as Minority Leader in the House. I understand Handel used the terrifying specter of Pelosi in her ads against Ossoff, and it worked. Last year I saw a lot of Republican […]

Give ’em Hell, Dems!

Let’s start on a positive note, which is a campaign advertisement for Randy Bryce, who is running as a Democrat for Paul Ryan’s House seat: I like this ad, and I like this guy. He seems authentic. He makes me think of my dad, a machinist, and a lot of his friends who were blue-collar […]

America: Less Exceptional Than It Used to Be

The Social Progress Imperative is a U.S.-based nonprofit that produces an annual index of countries, ranked by their social and environmental standing. Well, according to this index, WaPo says, the U.S. is a second-tier nation. With an overall score of 86.4/100, the United States ranks 18th out of the 180 countries measured, a slot that makes […]

What Makes Fake News Fake: Another Example From Palmer Report

There continues to be confusion about what makes fake news fake. So I’d like to demonstrate with a new story from Palmer Report. I’ve been using Palmer Report as an example of a fake news site, even though it isn’t the only one by a long shot. But Palmer has a loyal following on the […]

Stuff to Read About Trumpcare

Word is that Republicans are going to push for a vote on the Senate version of Trumpcare by Thursday, June 29. This is the mystery bill they’ve been writing in the shadows; there is no substantive debate because the details are being kept under wraps. Will the Republicans succeed? It depends on whom you ask. […]

Fables and Falsehoods: When Lefties Fall for Fake News

I hope everyone enjoyed Father’s Day. I was kind of out of it yesterday and didn’t pull myself together to post anything. But now I’m back. “Fake news” is a vast topic, but I want to zero in on something I see going on among leftie websites and social media. An Atlantic article from February discussed […]

Dumb and Dumber

Last night a couple of right-wing loons tried to shut down the performance of Julius Caesar in Central Park. I found a photo of one of them and annotated it: You are welcome to use the image wherever. See the New York Times and Washington Post on what went down. I already wrote the New […]

Trump’s Breaking Point?

Based on news reports, it doesn’t seem Donald Trump is handling himself like a martial arts master, cooly in control. He’s more like an old punch-drunk fighter swinging at every shadow. This morning he attacked Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein: I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to […]

On Political Violence, Do Listen to Shakespeare

There have been 154 mass shootings, 6,880 gun-related deaths, and 13,504 firearm injuries in the U.S. in 2017, so far, according to Fortune. But some are shocked, shocked I tell you, that a powerful white male pro-gun Congressperson would be a victim of gun violence. And it must be liberals’ fault. I don’t want to […]

The Trumpettes Are Suspiciously Unconcerned About Russian Hacking

Philip Bump comments on what might be the most suspicious thing Sessions said yesterday: In his testimony, Sessions told Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) that he “did not recall” any meeting during which Trump expressed concern or curiosity about what Russia had been doing during the 2016 election. Sessions also testified that he himself, as the country’s […]

Jeff Sessions: Watergate or Waterloo?

So I’m back, the malware cleanup is done, and the site is safe to visit. I’ll be back tomorrow with some actual posts. I didn’t get to watch it, but I take it Jeff Sessions’s testimony today was a lot of chest thumping and bluster without substance. Josh Marshall: The big and overriding takeaway from […]

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The Trump-Russia Collusion Scandal Is Not About Hillary Clinton

I’ve been arguing for months that the Russian hacking story needs to be taken seriously apart from whatever one felt about the election. I’ve also been saying all along that there’s no clear indication that anything the Russians did made any difference, and Clinton probably would have lost anyway. I’m bringing this up now because […]

Impeachment Now? Maybe Not.

There’s lots of hollering for impeachment NOW, in both news and social media. I want Trump to go away as much as anybody, but if it’s done at all we’ll get one shot at it. Not all the ducks are in a row yet. The Slate Impeach-o-Meter has the odds for an impeachment at 41 percent, […]

Britain Might Un-Brexit

British elections today, and Theresa May is in trouble.  She may hang on to being PM, but only by the skin of her teeth. And the results today could mean that Brexit could be canceled.

The Comey Testimony

Naturally I’m having computer issues today, which means posting will be limited. From what I’ve heard of the Senate hearings so far, it strikes me that Republicans seem to be trying to blame Comey for not stopping Trump from trying to obstruct justice. Good luck with that, guys.

The Art of the Fake

A few days ago, we were told that Donald Trump had signed a $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia. Details were not made available to the press immediately, but we were assured that this was a Big Deal. “That was a tremendous day. Tremendous investments in the United States,” The so-called president said. “Hundreds […]

They Doth Not Protest Enough, Methinks

Last night after I was done writing I learned that someone had leaked documents to The Intercept showing that the NSA knew about a Russian attempt to hack election officials and an election software company before the November 2016 election. I found a discussion of this on social media, and apparently knowledgeable people in it […]

Trump’s Worst Poll Yet!

Yesterday’s Gallup daily tracking poll has Trump at 36 percent approve, 58 percent disapprove. That’s his lowest Gallup approval number yet. See also Donald Trump’s base is shrinking at FiveThirtyEight.

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