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May 15 Open Thread: Future of Democratic Party at Stake Yet Again This Week

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It’s primary day in several states, including Pennsylvania, and the national punditocracy has made clear it will claim the results shall determine the future of the Democratic Party. It’s true that many districts have drawn multiple hopefuls, a byproduct of Republican vulnerability. When the opposition looks weak, lots of people are willing to take a […]

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May 14 Open Thread: He Who Commands the Media Has Command of Everything

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Despicable as he is, Trump is unquestionably great at one thing: Playing the media. That’s the answer to the perpetual question, “How did Trump win?” and it explains a lot of the daily mayhem surrounding his administration. He learned long ago that the best way to distract from controversy is with another controversy, and in […]

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May 12 Open Thread: Maryland Peckerwoods Threaten Civil War

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The ignorant will always be with us, but I’ll be satisfied when they go back to being ashamed of it. As it stands, “Ignorant and Proud of It” is the order of the day, as a bunch of stump-jumpers in Maryland’s Calvert County dmonstrated with this billboard, which basically threatens that if a political solution […]

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May 11 Open Thread: Study Finds Charters an Existential Threat to Public Education

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May 11 Open Thread: Study Finds Charters an Existential Threat to Public Education

The problem with arguing from facts is that you have to take the time to gather them. So now we have a study that reaches the same conclusion Delawareans reached a decade ago: charter schools are an existential threat to public education, and for the same reason we have witnessed: In siphoning off students from […]

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Yesterday Proved Again Why Russia and Stormy Matter

Filed in National, Open Thread by on May 9, 2018 7 Comments

A lot of otherwise right-thinking people seem to think that the Trump controversies involving Russia on the one hand and porn stars on the other are distractions from the real damage being done by Republicans. I’ll put this as simply as I can: They are wrong. This was demonstrated late yesterday by porn star Stormy […]

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May 8 Open Thread: Pervs ❤️ New York

Filed in Delaware, Open Thread by on May 8, 2018 7 Comments

Calling all pervs — there’s a government job for you in New York, at least if you’re a male Democrat. Eliot Spitzer’s call girl problem looks tame next to Anthony Weiner’s texting his junk to minors, which looks harmless compared with the allegations, revealed in the New Yorker, that state AG Eric Schneiderman slapped around […]

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May 7 Open Thread: Anything Trump Can Do, He Can Do Trumpier

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If you’re having a race to the bottom, you shouldn’t invite a guy who makes his living underground. Don Blankenship, America’s most lethal boss, went ballistic this morning when Trump tweeted his support for the other two Republicans running in tomorrow’s West Virginia Senate primary, tweeting out (of course) his claim that he is “Trumpier […]

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May 1 Open Thread: Refuse to Lose, Even After You’ve Lost

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To everyone else, “refuse to lose” is a sales-motivational cliche. To Republicans, it’s an operating system. So even if you’re Roy Moore, and you lost not just the election but a referendum on your entire ethos — the Bible-fundie practice of selecting a “pure” virgin for marriage, and test-driving her by feeling her up in […]

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April 30 Open Thread: Won’t Someone Think of the Trumpkins?

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Washington is running out of fainting couches, as dozens of media figures have joined conservative snowflakes in expressing shock, shock at Michelle Wolf’s routine Saturday night at the White House Correspondents Dinner. Even the Orange Excrescence took offense, calling her “filthy” (he’s totally skeeved by women unless he’s fucking them) and calling for an end […]

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April 29 Open Thread: NRA Convention Bans Guns for Veep

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The jokes write themselves. The NRA convention, the ultimate gathering of self-defined good guys with guns, has banned their fetish objects for a speech by VP Mike Pence because the tyrannical federal government told them to. While conservatives have spontaneous orgasms about the prospect of peace on the Korean peninsula, Max Boot throws cold water […]

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April 27 Open Thread: The More He Talks, the More He Accidentally Reveals

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Pundits are still buzzing over Trump’s disastrous phone-in interview on yesterday’s “Fox & Friends,” which triggered two court filings by the end of the day. Prosecutors are in luck; Kellyanne Conway appeared on the show today to say Trump loved it and wants to do it every month. How any Republican can listen to yesterday’s […]

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April 26 Open Thread: Deplorable Doesn’t Begin to Cover It

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The pressure’s definitely getting to Cheetohlini. This morning Trump called in to his top advisers, Fox & Friends, and got so unhinged they had to cut him off before he did any more self-damage. As it was he managed to admit that he stayed overnight in Moscow in 2013, making clear he lied to James […]

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April 24 Open Thread: Panel Finds No Savings in Merging School Districts

Filed in Delaware, National, Open Thread by on April 24, 2018 4 Comments

A General Assembly task force put together to study merging some of Delaware’s 19 school districts in search of savings couldn’t find any — the best they could do was save $1.1 million on a six-district combination that would have spanned from Middletown to Dover. They did, however, recommend that it’s way past time to […]

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