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June 23 Open Thread: The Cruelty Is Politically Motivated

Filed in National, Open Thread by on June 23, 2018 1 Comment

Anyone who thinks the controversy over Trump’s immigration policies will cost Republicans bigly in November had better sober up. The issue is doing exactly what Trump wants — firing up Republicans so they’ve as motivated to vote as Democrats are. And it’s working. There are some uncomfortable facts that Democrats who see the issue as […]

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June 22 Open Thread: Do U Care? Well, Do U, Punk?

Filed in National, Open Thread by on June 22, 2018 25 Comments

I have never for a moment thought that Melania Trump cared — her resting face says “bored rich model” better than words ever could — so I can only begin to guess her actual motivation for wearing the now-infamous $39 jacket printed with “I Really Don’t Care. Do U?” Obviously she knew what she was […]

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June 21 Open Thread: Trump Head-Fake Fools Nobody

Filed in National, Open Thread by on June 21, 2018 18 Comments

The family separation controversy cooled off for a few hours yesterday as Trump promised to sign an executive order ending the practice. What he did instead was declare we would now operate what Samantha Bee called “Mommy and Me prisons,” which also sets up a battle with the federal courts. The separation policy has at […]

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Breaking: Trump Says He’ll Sign Executive Order to End Separation of Families

Filed in National by on June 20, 2018 13 Comments

It’s Trump, so I’ll believe it when I see it, but he says he’s “signing something”, meaning an executive order, later today to end the practice. I’ll applaud after I see the details. The legislative solution was going to incarcerate families together, but it was pointed out that it would merely punt the problem to […]

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June 20 Open Thread: What Do Nuts Do? They Crack

Filed in National, Open Thread by on June 20, 2018 7 Comments

More Trump performances, please, like the one he put on for House Republicans Tuesday night. They gathered with him to hear how to proceed with Trump’s immigration fiasco but instead got yet another unhinged rant about everything but. He was even booed — by House Republicans! — when he launched into a nasty attack on […]

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Coons Expresses ‘Strong Opposition’ in Almost-Strongly-Worded Letter

Filed in National by on June 19, 2018 3 Comments

Chris Coons’ Bipartisanship Buddy today is Sen. John McCain, who joined Delaware’s Avatar of Aisle-Crossing to send a strongly-but-not-too-strongly worded letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urging Trump to withdraw a nominee for the State Dept.’s top refugee job, an anti-immigration zealot named Ronald Mortenson. “We encourage the administration to withdraw Mr. Mortensen’s nomination […]

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June 19 Open Thread: Stop Calling Us Nazis!

Filed in National, Open Thread by on June 19, 2018 11 Comments

How dare you call Jeff Sessions a Nazi! Some people have been doing that, and he was quick to point out the difference: Nazis kept Jews from leaving, while Sessions is keeping foreigners from entering. Big difference, ergo not Nazis. Another difference: The Nazis gave Sophie a choice. The shit show has gone on for […]

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Open Thread June 18: Child Abduction Ring Operates From White House

Filed in National by on June 18, 2018 22 Comments

I’m guessing the White House wasn’t expecting this level of outrage about its family separation policy, for the simple reason that the desperate reactions among the castle orcs — we’re not separating families/it was an easy decision for us to start separating families — make them look even more like scattering cockroaches than usual. Trump, […]

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June 16 Open Thread: Trump Is Scared of Biden

Filed in Delaware, National, Open Thread by on June 16, 2018 6 Comments

Trump sure is scared of Joe Biden. How do we know? Because spokesghoul Rudy Giuliani went on an unhinged rant about what a “moron” Joe Biden is. This comes from a man who had the brilliant idea of putting his anti-terrorism headquarters in the WTC complex and has left his pecker tracks all over New […]

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June 15 Open Thread: Hey, Media, There’s a Humanitarian Crisis on U.S. Border

Filed in National by on June 15, 2018 18 Comments

Despite Trump’s best efforts to create a distraction — Your Leader averted the nuclear disaster that he ginned up in the first place! — people, meaning the media, are starting to pay attention to the cruel practice of taking children at border stations from their families, even if those families are seeking asylum rather than […]

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Breaking: Manafort Jailed

Filed in National by on June 15, 2018 1 Comment

A federal judge has revoked Paul Manafort’s bail after Robert Mueller brought the court evidence of his attempts to tamper with witnesses while he was free. Manafort’s lawyers argued for stricter no-contact rules, but after an hour-long hearing U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson took a 30 minute recess before announcing her decision that nothing […]

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June 14 Open Thread: Lawful But Awful

Filed in National by on June 14, 2018 26 Comments

The headline comes from this story about the ways gun manufacturers already are working on products designed to circumvent bans on bump stocks and other after-market products that turn legal firearms into questionably legal ones. This is why gun nuts want to get very specific about what’s banned — it gives them a guidebook on […]

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June 13 Open Thread: What’s Fat, Saggy and Nearly Bald?

Filed in National by on June 13, 2018 4 Comments

Republican primaries around the country demonstrated that the GOP is now a fully-owned subsidiary of TrumpCo, as pro-Trump troglodytes swept aside old-school Republicans across the nation. Maybe the party should change its mascot from an elephant to Trump. The change wouldn’t be drastic — they both have very little hair and weigh a ton. Trump’s […]

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