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Meet Major Biden, the first White House shelter dog

Daily Kos - 33 min 30 sec ago

Hallelujah, there will be dogs in the White House again. And for the first time, a shelter dog: Major, who was a pretty damned adorable puppy, even soaking wet:


Major was surrendered to a shelter in Delaware along with his littermates in 2018. He was fostered and then adopted by Joe and Jill Biden. Patrick Carroll, the executive director of the Delaware Humane Association, remembered Major’s adoption day in an interview with The New York Times. He said Biden came in, professing he was in a hurry to get through the process, but ended up being there more than an hour hanging out with the shelter staff, telling stories and taking selfies with them. “He was very kind and engaging, as he always is,” Carroll said.

Major will join Champ, the Bidens’ senior dog, in their new home in January. Champs’s already familiar with the White House. The 12-year-old grew up there.

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When capitalism goes to war on democracy, America loses, and may be lost itself

Daily Kos - 2 hours 3 min ago

For at least a century and a half, capitalism has been so intrinsically tangled together with America’s government that it’s hard to think to think of an America that’s not ruled by the market. Democracy and capitalism are often taught as two sides of the same coin. Except, of course, they’re not.  

Capitalism has proven that it can do splendidly well under multiple forms of government. Capitalist systems flourished in Europe under monarchies. In more recent times, they’ve worked hand in black leather glove with fascist rulers, and proven themselves perfectly capable of operating with single-party dictatorships. In fact, as China has demonstrated over the last three decades, capitalism can grow at an enormous rate when enabled by a government where civil rights, worker safety, and pollution are considered issues barely worthy of notice. So what happens when capitalism decides that democracy … is holding it back?

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MORE Great Legal Mentoring For Jenna Ellis From Sarah Cooper Except No Hotels

Crooks and Liars - 2 hours 50 min ago

Another fine two minutes of outstanding legal mentoring for Jenna Ellis from Deboruh McClintauwk from The Statue of Libuhtee.

Open Thread below.
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'A stronger, more united nation': Latinos among Biden's first White House senior staff picks

Daily Kos - 3 hours 33 min ago

Among the first White House senior officials to be publicly announced by President-elect Joe Biden are three Latinos who previously served in the Obama administration and have now been asked to return to a new White House in roles including chief of staff to Jill Biden. 

NBC News reports that both Julissa Reynoso Pantaleon and Anthony Bernal will return to the Biden administration to work for the future first lady as chief of staff and senior adviser, respectively. Julie Chávez Rodríguez, who also worked on Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’ presidential campaign, will return as director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. 

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There are so many reasons to criticize Republicans, but weight doesn't have to be one of them

Daily Kos - 5 hours 3 min ago

Months away from President-elect Joe Biden taking office, in the heart of a global pandemic and mass unemployment rates, there are countless reasons to critique and call out Republicans. Not least among them, Donald Trump. Selfish leadership, hateful rhetoric, and policies that leave countless Americans in the dust are the name of Trump’s game. There’s a whole lot about him to call out. Unfortunately, a lot of people go the quickest and easiest route: his weight. 

Criticizing someone’s weight is easy. It takes almost no effort or mental gymnastics to pull it off. It’s almost certain to get you some ‘likes’ on Twitter. Why? Because fatphobia is very, very ingrained in our collective understanding of humor. But it doesn’t have to be. 

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Lavin's 'Culture Warlords' dives into the radical right cesspool and emerges with the will to fight

Daily Kos - 6 hours 33 min ago

If someone were to describe Talia Lavin’s general thesis in Culture Warlords: My Journey Into the Dark Web of White Supremacy in simple termsnamely that it’s not only okay to punch Nazis, it may actually be desirable—ordinary nonactivists or dedicated pacificists might balk.

People who take the time to sit down and read the book, on the other hand, are likely not only to agree heartily with her, but go out looking for some white supremacists to punch all on their own once they’ve finished it.

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Completed Wisconsin Recount Increases Biden Lead By 87 Votes -- Costing Trump $34,000 Each

Crooks and Liars - 6 hours 59 min ago

President Donald Trump has paid $3 million for a partial recount of Wisconsin that expanded President-elect Joe Biden's lead by 87 votes.

On Sunday, Dane County became the final Wisconsin county to complete its recount. According to The Washington Post, over 800,000 ballots were recounted at the request of the Trump campaign.

"As a result of the recount, Biden’s lead over Trump in Wisconsin grew by 87 votes," the report said. "Under Wisconsin law, Trump was required to foot the bill for the partial recount — meaning his campaign paid $3 million only to see Biden’s lead expand."

Each new vote in Biden's lead cost the Trump campaign around $34,000.

Wisconsin state law requires the Wisconsin Election Commission chairwoman, a Democrat, to certify the results by Tuesday.

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'Thugs': Trump resorts to namecalling in first televised interview since losing election

Daily Kos - 7 hours 2 min ago

President Donald Trump isn’t even listening to himself these days. He tweeted on Saturday how Fox News daytime is “virtually unwatchable, especially during the weekends.” Then, in the spirit of true hypocrisy, he gave Fox News his first televised interview since he lost the election against President-elect Joe Biden 26 days ago on November 3.

In a phone interview on Sunday with host Maria Bartiromo, the soon-to-be-former president used the opportunity to tote his usual baseless allegations of voter fraud. He went from suggesting that the FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) are involved in a conspiracy against him to alleging that dead people applied for mail-in ballots and poll watchers were thrown out of counting rooms by “thugs” in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan, Arizona, Wisconsin, and Nevada.

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Wisconsin's partial recount finishes, and Joe Biden wins again

Daily Kos - 7 hours 14 min ago

Donald Trump must have really liked losing the presidential election, because he's determined to keep reliving the experience as many times as he can manage. The Trump-demanded recount of the two largest (and most heavily Democratic-voting counties) in Wisconsin has now concluded. The results? Joe Biden's victory over Trump grew by an additional 87 votes.

Under state law, the partial recount in Milwaukee and Dane counties to prove that Joe Biden's victory was a few dozen votes more victorious than we thought will cost the Trump campaign $3 million. It's highly likely Trump's team of grifters, liars and con artists will try to skip out on that bill, citing even more outlandish claims than the current ones, so Wisconsin might want to start preparing for those lawsuits next!

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Donald Trump Gives A Bananas Interview On Fox With Maria Bartiromo

Crooks and Liars - 7 hours 34 min ago

Donald Trump joined Maria Bartiromo on FOX News on Sunday morning to talk about his brilliant conspiracy theories regarding how the election was stolen from him due to fraud and hacking of election machines. The answer is, obviously, to just ignore the 6 swing states from the final electoral college calculations, AND to delete all the votes from primarily Black cities, like Detroit, Minneapolis and Philadelphia.

Twitter was all over this, and some of the comments were hilarious.

Let's cut out the states that don't like me!

Bashing the Governor of the state that still has 2 Senate seats up for grabs is not a great plan!

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As US fumbles through holiday season, Dr. Fauci warns we may see a 'surge upon a surge' of virus

Daily Kos - 7 hours 39 min ago

Appearing on ABC’s This Week on the Sunday morning after Thanksgiving, the nation’s top infectious disease expert and voice of reason amid the novel coronavirus pandemic dropped some harsh realities on viewers—but also reminded us that we can make better choices starting, well, today. In speaking to host Martha Raddatz about our rising case numbers, Dr. Anthony Fauci said “there almost certainly is going to be an uptick because of what has happened with the travel” over Thanksgiving. He also chatted with Raddatz about the COVID-19 vaccine, reopening schools, and the next stage of the holiday season: Christmas and New Year’s. 

Given that we already know people planned to travel and gather for Thanksgiving, many of us are wondering—and worried—that people are planning to repeat the pattern just one month from now. But as Fauci urged viewers, “We’re going to have to make decisions as a nation, state, city and family, that we’re in a very difficult time and we’re going to have to do the kinds of restrictions of things we would like to have done, particularly in this holiday season.” Basically, now is not the time to shrug our shoulders and admit defeat in the face of worsening numbers. 

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Sen. Roy Blunt goes on Sunday shows to explain Republican Party's cowardly stance on Democracy

Daily Kos - 7 hours 54 min ago

Republican Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri is a coward. Sen. Blunt has a storied career of being absent from the job he reportedly has as a senator in the United States Congress. In a Senate run by arguably the least legislative senator ever, Mitch McConnell, Blunt stands out in his sheer cowardly laziness. This has made it considerably less surprising to watch Sen. Blunt, over the past couple of weeks, do the Republican anti-Democracy dance of first vaguely insinuating that there is voter fraud that rigged the national election, and then outright pushing the theory that the outcome of the election was in doubt. The best that can be said about Blunt is that he’s a good bellwether for telling you what talking points the Republican leadership has passed down to its underlings—or hasn’t. He’s a coward.

On Sunday, as the worm has turned and the almost forty cases Trump and his band of Keystone fascists have lost or had thrown out in court settles in, Blunt and friends went on the Sunday shows to tell America that they were still technically acting like democratically elected representatives. They also wanted to remind their base that our election system might need to be rigged more for the minority of Americans in the Republican Party. Especially if all of these Black and Asian and Latino people are going to come out and vote!

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'My Mind Will Not Change': Trump Promises To Spend '125% Of My Energy' On Hopeless Election Challenges

Crooks and Liars - 8 hours 2 min ago

President Donald Trump on Sunday vowed not to accept his 2020 election loss for at least six months.

The president made the remarks to Fox News host Maria Bartiromo in his first television interview since the election.

Trump said that he planned to "use 125% of my energy" to prove that he did not lose the election.

"You need a judge that's willing to hear a case," he explained. "You need a Supreme Court that's willing to make a real big decision based on everything."

"It's not like you're going to change my mind," the president continued. "In other words, my mind will not change in six months. There was tremendous cheating here. Boxes were brought in. The mail-in vote is a disaster."

Trump went on to claim that there would never be "another Republican elected in the history of this country" if he is allowed to lose.

Before ending the interview, the president bragged about Republicans winning more House seats than they were expected to.

"And we held the Senate, OK?" he added despite the fact that control of the U.S. Senate has not been decided. "And I'm the only one [who lost]. They say it's statistically impossible. I led the charge. We won state houses, we won Congress, we won the Senate. And I lost."

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Walmart, McDonald's, Amazon, Dollar Tree, FedEx, Rely On Having Workers On SNAP And Medicaid

Crooks and Liars - 8 hours 2 min ago

Government assistance is something that millions of Americans rely on. This is not simply an issue of people who have gainful employment versus those who do not. This is an issue of income inequality, stagnating wages, and employers who rely on welfare to heighten their profit margins. Tens of millions of military families rely on SNAP assistance to make ends meet. Politicians like Sen. Bernie Sanders have called for the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to study the relationship between federal assistance programs and employers.

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Gender representation has improved in kids' TV, but there's a recent archetype that needs to go

Daily Kos - 8 hours 3 min ago

We’ve watched way too much children’s television during this pandemic, and I’ve noticed something about representation of female characters that starts out looking like a form of empowerment, until the pattern becomes clear. While, with some exceptions—looking at you, Paw Patrol—there are more kids’ show female characters than in the bad old days of the Smurfs and such, and they’re not exclusively pink and weak, the progress has fallen into a new, irritating model.

I speak, of course, of the girl mechanic/tech whiz. She’s highly competent in a field that may be traditionally male (there are, of course, variations on what these characters do), but what she is not is a regular part of the field team that goes out and has adventures. She’s not at home cooking, but she is back on the highly merchandizable vehicular home base in a support role.

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Trump Goes Off The Rails On Fox News And Suggests FBI Is 'Involved' In Stealing Election

Crooks and Liars - 8 hours 35 min ago

In his first interview since losing to President-elect Joe Biden, President Donald Trump repeated false claims about voter fraud and suggested that the FBI was "involved" in stealing the election.

Trump made the claims while speaking to Fox News host Maria Bartiromo.

"They send millions and millions and millions of mail-in ballots," Trump opined. "I'm sure you know people that got two, three, four -- because I do. They got four ballots. They got one at a country home. Dead people were seeing ballots. But even worse, dead people were applying to get a ballot. They were making applications to get ballots. Many. And we're not talking about 10 people, we're talking -- there are a lot of dead people that so-called voted this election."

"This is total fraud," he continued. "And how the FBI and Department of Justice -- I don't know, maybe they're involved. But how people are allowed to get away with this stuff is unbelievable. This election was rigged. This election was a total fraud."

Trump also suggested that the judicial system had been rigged against him.

"We go to judges and people don't want to get involved," Trump remarked to Bartiromo. "The media doesn't even want to cover it. I mean, you're doing something. You're actually very brave."

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'We Need To Get Together': Fox News Doc Urges Christmas Parties Because COVID Is 'Like A Biblical Plague'

Crooks and Liars - 9 hours 30 min ago

Fox News doctor Marc Siegel on Sunday encouraged people to have gatherings for Christmas and Hanukkah because COVID-19 is "almost like a biblical plague."

Siegel made the remarks during a Fox News segment on National Football League (NFL) players who he claimed are being "punished" by COVID-19 restrictions.

"Do we want no Christmas? Do we want no Hanukkah?" Siegel complained. "We're praying for miracles right now to get us out of this COVID-19 pandemic. It's almost a biblical plague it seems like."

"The worst thing in the world is to try to cancel holidays," he continued. "Should we try to navigate Christmas so there is less risk of spread? Smaller gatherings, wearing masks? Yes. Should people be punished the way that the Denver Broncos are being punished for lack of a mask? No!"

Siegel went on to gripe that "everything secular" is the "wrong idea" in a pandemic.

"We need to get together carefully, with social distancing, with masks and pray for the future here," he said. "But a really, really bad idea to cancel Christmas."

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All Of The Denver Broncos Quarterbacks Go Down With COVID

Crooks and Liars - 9 hours 30 min ago

Apparently, the Broncos are going to play Kendall Hinton who's a wide receiver now but did play Quarterback at Wake Forest. Good luck.

Source: CNN

The Denver Broncos have lost all of their quarterbacks for Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints, after they were declared ineligible for play due to NFL Covid-19 protocols.

In a statement on Saturday, the Broncos said Drew Lock, Brett Rypien and Blake Bortles were identified as "high-risk Covid-19 close contacts" and must complete a five-day quarantine.

"The three quarterbacks, who are not experiencing any symptoms, immediately left the practice field and departed UCHealth Training Center. All three have consistently tested negative for Covid-19 via both daily PCR testing and additional POC testing administered as a precaution," the team statement said.

Quarterback Jeff Driskel and wide receiver Diontae Spencer were placed on the Reserve/Covid-19 list earlier this week.

Twitter, as one might expect, had a field day when the news broke last night.

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PA Supreme Court Dismisses With Prejudice Mail-In Ballots Lawsuit

Crooks and Liars - 9 hours 41 min ago

Another loss for Team Trump and his enablers in the Pennsylvania legislature. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court dismissed with prejudice their lawsuit that was attempting to invalidate the mail-in ballots that the Republicans had just all voted for.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court dismissed with prejudice a Republican lawsuit seeking to invalidate more than 2.5 million votes cast by mail in the general election, the latest in a string of legal defeats for the GOP as President Trump fails to undo his losses in key battleground states.

Justices on the state high court ruled unanimously late Saturday that Republican petitioners waited too long to file their suit challenging Act 77, the 2019 law that established universal mail voting in Pennsylvania. Trump allies had asked the court to invalidate all votes cast by mail in the most recent election or direct the majority-Republican legislature to choose a slate of presidential electors. The ruling with prejudice means that the plaintiffs are barred from bringing another action on the same claim.

The court’s written order called the latter option “extraordinary,” noting that it would disenfranchise 6.9 million voters.

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Mike's Blog Round Up

Crooks and Liars - 10 hours 22 min ago

What a week! President-elect Joe Biden must be getting tired of all the winning by now as every day another one/two/three... of Prznint Stupid's attempts to steal the election lawsuits fail. Thanks to our merry band of world-class bloggers we've covered the highs and lows of this week and had a few laughs along the way.

Lawyers, Guns & Money tell us how we can help others with food insecurity.

Juanita Jean's reminds us that everything with Prznint Stupid is always about the cruelty. And don't forget grift.

eVille Times runs down the Trump-Virus statistics.

The Propaganda Professor recaps the loony lies of the 2020 election.

Bonus Track: By Hook or By Book gets us in the mood for Christmas in our year of Covid.

Thank you for letting me be part of your week - and I can hardly wait to return.

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