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Dec. 29 Open Thread: All’s Fair When All’s Foul

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Dec. 29 Open Thread: All’s Fair When All’s Foul

Lots of people don’t get this, but all the lying and cheating Republicans do to gain office isn’t unique to them, and many of the techniques the Russians used on social media are perfectly legal if done by domestic actors. The only problem many Democrats had with the tactic is that Republicans beat them to […]

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Dec. 28 Open Thread: Revenge of the Moderate

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Did you think the progressive takeover of the Democratic Party was going to be easy? No chance, pal. Just take a look at the vitriol being spread by defeated Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill on her way out of Washington. She took her strongest shot at, of all people, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. “She’s now talked about a […]

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Dec. 22 Open Thread: The Building Beto-mentum

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I’m sure this will upset a number of readers, but facts are facts: Beto-mentum continues to build. A straw poll from the progressive group MoveOn.org released last week revealed Beto O’Rourke is the leading Democratic contender for the 2020 presidential race, with 15.6 percent of responders supporting his candidacy. He was followed by former Biden […]

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Dec. 21 Open Thread: Trump Collapse Approaches Exit Velocity

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Look, I didn’t say Trump’s collapse would be pleasant. I just said it was coming, and now it’s here. Remember that story a year or two ago about the broken sewer main out in Christiana, a 7-foot-diameter pipe completely full of shit? That’s roughly how much of Trump’s output hit the fan yesterday — and […]

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Dec. 14 Open Thread: And the One-Man Band Plays On

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Here’s a hint that Trump’s flailing mania is not an act: Even without an audience who believes a word of it, his tweets keep on rolling, asserting statements with no basis in fact, airing dubious legal theories, and proving no match for the reality. He’s the second little piggy, the one who built his house […]

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

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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. 11 Open Thread: Plenty of Coal This Christmas

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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

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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

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

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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?

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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

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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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Dec. 2 Open Thread: All Over But the Whining

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It wasn’t hard to see that winning the presidency would be Trump’s ultimate undoing. His sleazy, corrupt business model can only exist in darkness, and Trump won an office that affords its occupants almost no privacy. That barely worked while the entire GOP colluded to keep an illegitimately elected president safe. Now that most of […]

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