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Song of the Day 1/18: Dr. Feelgood, “She Does It Right”

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Dr. Feelgood occupies a unique slot in rock history — the band that bridges the otherwise incomprehensible gap between England’s pub rock and punk rock scenes. Pub rock was a movement that, as the name suggests, took root in small venues across the country mostly as a reaction against the mountains of equipment (and high […]

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I (don’t) Love Kirsten Gillibrand

Filed in National by on January 17, 2019 5 Comments
I (don’t) Love Kirsten Gillibrand

I don’t love her and could say a lot of bad things about her, but why bother? She isn’t going to be the nominee. And if she does become the nominee (and provided the process was fair and transparent) I’ll have to fall in love with her, so why set up impediments to my future […]

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Carney Dedicates Term to Creating a New Top Tax Bracket in SoS Address

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Carney Dedicates Term to Creating a New Top Tax Bracket in SoS Address

Did he really do that? If so, that’s awesome. Our tax structure is ludicrously flat. Did anyone actually listen to the thing? Can you fact check my headline for me?

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Song of the Day 1/17: The Contours, “First I Look at the Purse”

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I quoted the title of this song the other day with a friend whose knowledge of ’50s and ’60s music is deeper than mine and was surprised when he said he had never heard it. So here it is. Smokey Robinson co-wrote it, but these might be the least romantic lyrics he ever had recorded. […]

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I love Bernie Sanders

Filed in National by on January 16, 2019 7 Comments
I love Bernie Sanders

Bernie would have beaten Clinton if the nominating process was fair and transparent. It wasn’t, but it is better now thanks to the work Sanders put in after the nomination was decided.

The Democratic Party is better for having Bernie Sanders in it on it.
I also love who wins the Democratic nomination provided the contest is fair and transparent.

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If You Think the News Journal Is Bad Now, Just Wait

Filed in Delaware, National by on January 16, 2019 7 Comments

Here’s a bit of national business-page news you won’t see in your local upstate daily paper: Gannett, which owns the News Journal, has become the target of a hostile takeover bid by Alden Global Capital, a notorious hedge fund that operates a journalistic chop shop. It’s the outfit that bought the Denver Post and laid […]

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Song of the Day 1/16: Randy Rainbow, “There Is Nothin’ Like a Wall”

Filed in National by on January 16, 2019 2 Comments

You probably know about Randy Rainbow, the pre-eminent political musical parodist of the Trump age. He released this one two days ago and it’s gotten 360,000 plays on YouTube already. The set-up on this one is a mock interview with “RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 3 finalist” Mike Pence. The music starts at 1:14.

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Song of the Day 1/15: “Pretty Pimpin,” Kurt Vile

Filed in National by on January 15, 2019 0 Comments

It’s hard to explain Kurt Vile to someone who’s never heard him before. There’s a lo-fi vibe that runs through most of his work that, along with his penchant for goofy lyrics, reminds me of Pavement. Most of his songs are built on a repeating riff, but few are as catchy as “Pretty Pimpin,” from […]

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National Prayer Breakfast not giving up the speakers list

Filed in National by on January 15, 2019 3 Comments

Hi Brandon, I got your name and email from Sean Coit of Senator Coons’ office.  He said that you would be the person to ask for the speaker’s list for the upcoming National Prayer Breakfast.   If that is available, or even a link to a page is available, I’d be eager to get that information.  […]

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Open Thread – Wall of Hamburgers & How the hell did Carper, Coons and Rochester write this OpEd and not Mention Mitch McConnell?

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Open Thread – Wall of Hamburgers & How the hell did Carper, Coons and Rochester write this OpEd and not Mention Mitch McConnell?

I’m seriously asking. Mitch McConnell is keeping this shut down alive, but he (somehow) doesn’t exist as far as TC, CC, & LBR are concerned. Today, our country is in the midst of the longest government shutdown in our history. Any government shutdown puts our economy at risk, jeopardizes our national security and ceases critical […]

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Dispatches From the ‘Biden 2020’ Front

Filed in National by on January 14, 2019 14 Comments

Those of us who would prefer Joe Biden support the 2020 Democratic candidate than be the 2020 candidate — show of hands — are having a nervous week, at least in the media. New York Times columnist David Leonhardt implored Joe to run, though without endorsing him: My argument is that nobody — not the […]

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Shootings Down in Wilmo, Self-Congratulations Way Up

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Shootings Down in Wilmo, Self-Congratulations Way Up

Something appears to be working. Wilmington police and government officials celebrated a steep decline in citywide gun violence Thursday, marking a 60 percent decline in shooting victims with a press event which included a brief look at one of the new strategies they said made it possible. Media was allowed into a portion of the […]

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What Your Tax Dollars Are Doing Instead of Working for You

Filed in National by on January 14, 2019 4 Comments

Joe DiStefano of the Philadelphia Inquirer does what the News Journal doesn’t have the manpower or inclination to do: Hold the feet of Delaware’s corrupt Democratic Party to the fire. Last week he attended a New Castle County Council meeting with the Philadelphia traders who set up the Delaware Board of Trade — the one […]

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