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Nov. 2 Open Thread: Signs of the Blue Wave

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If you’ve read enough election stories over the years you know that the congressional district in Pennsylvania Dutch country around Lancaster has never elected a Democrat. Ever. Before Republicans existed they elected Whigs. Before Whigs, they elected Federalists. This year, even this district is in play. The Democrat, Jess King, trails incumbent Lloyd Smucker by […]

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And Now For a Little Comic Relief

Filed in National by on November 1, 2018 4 Comments
And Now For a Little Comic Relief

The conservative dirty tricksters who tried to frame Robert Mueller went ahead with their news conference at the ultra-swanky Roslyn, Va., Holiday Inn even though — surprise! — the woman they say they represent didn’t show. Jack Burkman and Jacob Wohl claimed Wednesday night that their accuser arrived in Washington but boarded a flight out […]

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Nov. 1 Open Thread: Donnie Two Scoops Melts Down

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The dishiest Beltway reporter these days is definitely Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman, who reports that Trump’s mood is grim and has been ever since Cesar Sayoc’s arrest. Sherman also hears that Steve Mnuchin is among the cabinet officials eyeing the exits post-midterm elections. Mnuchin’s name is the latest in a lengthening list of administration officials […]

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Oct. 31 Open Thread: President Pariah

Filed in National, Open Thread by on October 31, 2018 5 Comments

Something unprecedented in American history happened yesterday — a sitting president was universally shunned when he tried to stage a photo op pay his respects at the Pittsburgh synagogue where 11 people were gunned down because they were Jewish. Trump even pulled one of his old ratfucking tricks — he called Pennsylvania politicians one at […]

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Oct. 30 Open Thread: Domestic Terrorists 13, Foreigners 0

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Trump is upset that some of his biggest fans are killing people — not because he doesn’t like them killing people, but he just doesn’t like it happening when he’s got other plans for the nation’s front pages and chyrons. That plan was to further demonize a ragtag band of about 3,000 poor Hondurans as […]

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We Have Descended to a Lower Circle of Hell, Built by Trump

Filed in National, Open Thread by on October 30, 2018 7 Comments

I get the sense we have crossed another once-inviolable barrier in the Ballad of Donald Trump. Three horrifying hate crimes in five days, like four 500-year floods in a decade, give people overwhelming evidence of big changes, and not in a good direction. Or, if you prefer, people can see shit ain’t right. I could […]

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Oct. 26 Open Thread: The GOP’s Tiny Violin Orchestra

Filed in National, Open Thread by on October 26, 2018 1 Comment
Oct. 26 Open Thread: The GOP’s Tiny Violin Orchestra

Blog patron saint Sir William of Ockham is best remembered for a simple rule to apply when choosing among possible solutions to an unknown — the simplest explanation is most likely to be the true one. He was obviously a liberal, probably hired by an ancestor of George Soros. Given a set of facts — […]

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Another Justification for Civility Bites the Dust

Filed in National by on October 25, 2018 3 Comments

We’ve all heard it countless times — Democrats must be careful about how they behave for fear of how Republicans will react. People went too far protesting Brett Kavanaugh. We shouldn’t be impolite. We shouldn’t talk about civil war because they will use any talk of violence to ratchet up their own violent response. So […]

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Oct. 25 Open Thread: You Can’t Fool Republicans. Democrats Are Sending Those Bombs to Themselves

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The campaign of sending crude homemade bombs to various Democrats and liberal icons reached Delaware today when authorities intercepted a suspicious package addressed to Joe Biden (as is typical in Delaware, Biden’s mail was a day late). But conservatives have not been fooled. They know it’s a false-flag operation by Democrats, and you know how? […]

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Oct. 24 Open Thread: Boom! Goes the Mailbox

Filed in National, Open Thread by on October 24, 2018 3 Comments

The same genius behind the Soros Mailbox Bomb seems to be a busy little beaver. Similar devices were also mailed to Bill and Hillary Clinton, Barack and Michelle Obama and the White House, though that last one is just the claim of Sarah Huckabee Sanders so it hasn’t yet been confirmed by truthful sources. CNN […]

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Oct. 23 Open Thread: When Immigrants Attack

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If you’re a conservative, you’ve probably heard by now that a Caravan of tens of thousands of MS-13 rapists and murderers is headed for the American border, planning to storm it on Election Day so George Soros can steal the midterms. Here’s how it actually started. Don’t tell Republicans, though. That would only free them […]

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Oct. 19 Open Thread: Can I Still Get a Saudi Assassin Costume for Halloween?

Filed in National, Open Thread by on October 19, 2018 23 Comments
Oct. 19 Open Thread: Can I Still Get a Saudi Assassin Costume for Halloween?

It’s well documented that more people respond to stories of one person’s misfortune than to stories about mass suffering; that’s why those late-night TV ads talk about a single starving child rather than millions. Maybe that explains why, after decades of running one of the planet’s most repressive dictatorships, Saudi Arabia is now finally feeling […]

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Oct. 18 Open Thread: The Ghost of James Bayard

Filed in National, Open Thread by on October 18, 2018 2 Comments
Oct. 18 Open Thread: The Ghost of James Bayard

Esquire’s Charles Pierce connects the dots from Jamal Khashoggi’s murder by the Saudis to the Constitution’s emoluments clause, and does so with the help of a quote from storied Delaware statesman James A. Bayard, who explained the need for the clause clearly and succinctly during the Constitutional Convention: If presents were allowed to be received […]

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