Via TPM: PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -The leaders of an armed group that took over a national wildlife refuge in rural Oregon have been found not guilty of conspiracy and possession of firearms at a federal facility. A jury on Thursday exonerated brothers Ammon and Ryan Bundy and five others of conspiring to impede federal workers […]
You can leave the earplugs at home for this show as you will want to hear every tasty musical morsel. I’m very proud of this bill, which features headliner Ben Sollee, cellist/singer/songwriter/storyteller/political activist and musical collaborator. I’ve been wanting to bring Ben back to the Hall for six years now, and I’m thrilled we finally […]
His congressional campaign was quirky, and so he seemed harmless. Which, from a political perspective, he is. But here’s the Scott Walker I know, and he’s finally being sued for it:
The lengthy complaint filed in Delaware’s Court of Chancery says Scott Walker has racked up 371 housing code violations in the city of Wilmington and New Castle County in the last decade.
The full extent of the conditions, however, are unknown since Walker’s “golden rule” for his tenants is that law and code enforcement employees are not allowed access to the properties at any time, the complaint said.
Businessweek on how Trump will dominate GOP politics after the election: “Almost every public and private metric suggests Trump is headed for a loss, possibly an epic one. His frustrated demeanor on the campaign trail suggests he knows it. Yet even as he nears the end of his presidential run, his team is sowing the seeds of a new enterprise with a direct marketing effort that they insist could still shock the world on Election Day.”
“Beginning last November, then ramping up in earnest when Trump became the Republican nominee, Kushner quietly built a sprawling digital fundraising database and social media campaign that’s become the locus of his father-in-law’s presidential bid. Trump’s top advisers won’t concede the possibility of defeat, but they’re candid about the value of what they’ve built even after the returns come in—and about Trump’s desire for influence regardless of outcome.”
The New York Times says Trump’s biggest fear is losing status: “The intense ambitions and undisciplined behaviors of Mr. Trump have confounded even those close to him, especially as his presidential campaign comes to a tumultuous end, and he confronts the possibility of the most stinging defeat of his life. But in the more than five hours of conversations — the last extensive biographical interviews Mr. Trump granted before running for president — a powerful driving force emerges: his deep-seated fear of public embarrassment.”
“The recordings reveal a man who is fixated on his own celebrity, anxious about losing his status and contemptuous of those who fall from grace. They capture the visceral pleasure he derives from fighting, his willful lack of interest in history, his reluctance to reflect on his life and his belief that most people do not deserve his respect.”
“In the interviews, Mr. Trump makes clear just how difficult it is for him to imagine — let alone accept — defeat.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders, a loyal soldier for Hillary Clinton since he conceded the Democratic nomination, told the Washington Post he “plans to push liberal legislation with like-minded senators with or without Clinton’s support if she is elected— and to aggressively oppose appointments that do not pass muster with the party’s left wing.”
“Sanders said he and other senators have started plotting legislation that would achieve many of the proposals that fueled his insurgent run for president, including a $15 federal minimum wage, tuition-free public college, ending “mass incarceration” and aggressive steps to fight climate change.”
As well he should. That was the deal. It will help that he will be the Senate Budget Chairman when we win back control of the Senate.
Taegan Goddard says a Democratic Wave may be forming:
[T]he biggest factor may be a demoralized Republican party. With no hope of defeating Hillary Clinton and growing disgust over their own nominee, many Republicans may not even bother to vote.
The early evidence is striking. Last week’s ABC/Washington Post poll found a sharp 12-point decline in enthusiasm for Trump among his supporters. The latest poll shows intended participation of these voters has followed: The share of registered Republicans who are likely to vote is down 7 points since mid-October.
Trump’s own defeatist rhetoric over a “rigged” election may also be backfiring. Why participate in an election if you believe the outcome is predetermined?
At the same time, Clinton is shifting her attention to downballot races.
Yeah, you either love it or hate it. I love it – a show I started watching three years ago when I was looking for something to do with my 19 year old son in the dead of winter. Anyway… I’m hooked. Season 7 starts tonight. It airs at the same time as Westworld (HBO’s […]
Washington Post: “Emboldened by polls predicting an electoral-college landslide in the presidential race, Clinton is shifting her strategy to lift up other Democrats coast to coast. She and her party are rushing to capitalize on a turbulent turn in Trump’s candidacy, which has ruptured the Republican Party, to make down-ballot gains that seemed unlikely just a month ago.”
“For Clinton, the move is opportunistic and has governing implications. If elected, a mandate may not be enough for her to muscle a progressive agenda on immigration and other issues through a Republican-controlled Congress. She would almost certainly govern more efficiently with Democratic majorities.”
Jason has always complained about the Democratic Party lacking a simple overarching narrative or direction. Or something like that. He says it most when confronted by our milquetoast Delaware Democrats like Tom Carper and John Carney. He says their bipartisan yearning and middle of the road preening obfuscates what the Democratic Party stands for. More times than not, he is right.
This video puts into words exactly what I have always believed to be the theme and purpose of the Democratic Party in my lifetime. Elizabeth Warren, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John Lewis and Tim Kaine narrate it.
Vice President Joe Biden took Donald Trump to task over comments he made bragging about his ability to grope women, saying he wished he were in high school so “I could take him behind the gym,” ABC News reports.
Said Biden: “What he said and did and does is the text book definition of sexual assault. He said because I am famous, because I am a star, because I am a billionaire I can do things other people cant. What a disgusting assertion for anyone to make.”
Rachel Maddow says Biden should probably apologize. Conservative commenters on Twitter are saying if Trump had said that, the media would go nuts. Maybe. But when Donald threatens violence, he does it to bully or intimidate. Joe’s reason: to stand up for women. To stand up to a bully. When a man hits a woman, that man can expect a beating, and there is nothing at all to apologize for.
Don’t you apologize, Joe. Don’t you dare.