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Dec. 13 Open Thread: James Bond, Meet Maria Butina

Filed in National, Open Thread by on December 13, 2018 4 Comments
Dec. 13 Open Thread: James Bond, Meet Maria Butina

A team of Australian public health officials at what must be Sherlock Holmes University issued a report that sounds like parody: After studying the cinematic evidence, they concluded that James Bond has a drinking problem. Not only does 007 consume 109 alcoholic beverages in about 52 hours of screen time, the authors also note, quite […]

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Dec. 12 Open Thread: Cohen Gets 3 Years, Pelosi Pwns Trump

Filed in National by on December 12, 2018 7 Comments

Donald Trump’s claim that Michael Cohen’s payoff of two paramours was a “civil” rather than a criminal offense just clanged into the iron bars of reality, as Cohen was sentenced to three years in federal prison after pleading guilty to his role in the scheme. (AMI, the corporate parent of the National Enquirer, also admitted […]

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Whatever Happened to Murdertown?

Filed in Delaware by on December 11, 2018 2 Comments

I posed a question in the panhandling thread asking if anyone could figure out why Mike Purzycki gets virtually no positive press for the receding Wilmington murder rate. I flashed back to my summer of substitute teaching when nobody raised a hand. There’s a reason I asked the question in a thread about panhandlers. I’ll […]

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Dec. 11 Open Thread: Plenty of Coal This Christmas

Filed in National, Open Thread by on December 11, 2018 4 Comments

In news that will seem much more important years down the line than it does now, a global climate confab is being held in Poland, the climate-denier capital of Europe, where the U.S. pushed for increased use of coal, to outright laughter from nations without fossil fuels to peddle. Gabriel Sherman has the scoop on […]

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Dec. 10 Open Thread: The Wheels Have Come Off, Trump’s Driving on the Rims

Filed in National, Open Thread by on December 10, 2018 5 Comments

When Richard Nixon’s presidency fell apart, he was at least enough of an old political hack to keep up the outward appearance of a functioning administration. Chalk that up as yet another thing Donald Trump can’t do. After weeks of publicly courting Nick Ayers, the Karl Rove of his generation, to be his new chief […]

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Dec. 9 Open Thread: Liberal Bias? If Only

Filed in National, Open Thread by on December 9, 2018 16 Comments

I don’t make a habit of whining about media malfeasance — it’s just too common to get worked up over. But a glut of minor sins made for annoying reading this morning. First up: Reporters had a day to read the transcript of James Comey’s closed-door testimony to a House committee, which Democrats and Comey […]

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Dec. 8 Open Thread: So What Do We Do With Him Now?

Filed in National by on December 8, 2018 1 Comment

The overnight analyses are coming in, and the consensus is that the story is going where we always knew it would: Trump likely committed all the bad acts we have suspected all along, plus possibly ones we don’t know about yet. The SDNY outright accuses him as an unindicted co-conspirator in felonies. Here’s a handy […]

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Dec. 7 Open Thread: Beto’s the One to Beat, and the Beatings Have Begun

Filed in National, Open Thread by on December 7, 2018 24 Comments
Dec. 7 Open Thread: Beto’s the One to Beat, and the Beatings Have Begun

If he isn’t, why are rhetorical knife fights already breaking out over him? Ben Mathis-Lilley surveys the skirmish that’s starting to shape up as the Battle of Bull Run in this cycle’s Democratic civil war. Political writers trying to explain why the GOP is so scared of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez aren’t going to have to try […]

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Dec. 6 Open Thread: Is Beto the One to Beat?

Filed in National, Open Thread by on December 6, 2018 20 Comments
Dec. 6 Open Thread: Is Beto the One to Beat?

Sure seems that way. I’ve seen headlines saying he met with Obama and that he hasn’t ruled out running, which has roused sharp-eyed progressives. RE Vanella beat her to it, but WaPo’s Elizabeth Breunig looks at the Texan’s record and reaches the same conclusion Rob did: O’Rourke is no progressive. IMO, this feels like Obama […]

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Dec. 5 Open Thread: Republicans Now Undermining Democracy Openly

Filed in National, Open Thread by on December 5, 2018 10 Comments

The pending collapse of Trump, and the party that tied itself to his mast, has flushed out the rats from belowdeck, carrying only what they can stuff into their cheeks. The GOP abandoned the strategy of appealing to the public in about 1982, when it became clear that Reagan’s voodoo economics would not produce its […]

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Another Old Warhorse, Uncle Joe, Is Acting Frisky

Filed in National by on December 4, 2018 12 Comments

With Bernie making campaign noises, don’t you forget about Joe. As if he’ll let you. WDEL has an article drawn from Biden’s book tour appearance in Montana, and he sure sounds like somebody champing at the bit: “I’ll be as straight with you as I can. I think I’m the most qualified person in the […]

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Dec. 4 Open Thread: Ready for Another Bernie-Brawl?

Filed in National by on December 4, 2018 58 Comments

If Donald Trump had to face a united Democratic Party in 2020, he’d have little chance of re-election. Trouble is, he won’t, at least not if Bernie Sanders runs agains — and it’s being reported that he’s laying the groundwork for a bigger campaign than in 2016. Is he too divisive? In hockey, they’d settle […]

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In Which It Is Shown That Progressives Can Be Just as Hostile to Truth as Republicans

Filed in National by on December 3, 2018 29 Comments

The first post I wrote for Delaware Liberal back in January 2017 was about my suspicion that Trump was, in addition to his many character defects and possible psychopathy, showing signs of dementia. I got pushback from angry people who thought I was trying to absolve him of all his other defects. Their point wasn’t […]

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