Kamala Harris Aims Her Truth-Seeking Missiles At Barr And Giuliani

Crooks and Liars - 9 hours 1 min ago

The DOJ's Inspector General's report came out on the origins of the Mueller report. Led by IG Michael Horowitz, the report's findings concluded that the investigation into Russia's interference in our 2016 elections WAS justified, and not predicated on political bias. This made Republicans SAD, so the Senate Judiciary Committee held hearings to try to discredit the Mueller report ANYWAY.

Republicans forgot they had people like Senator Kamala Harris on the opposing team, and she subjected them to her lethal witness-questioning, all designed to tie the GOP into knots, paint them into corners. Sen. Harris took the opportunity to go after Bill Barr's slavish and completely improper devotion to Trump, Rudy Giuliani's despicable and illegal activity as Trump's personal lawyer, and even got the Inspector General to come out in favor of legislation that would change the law to give the IG even MORE power to investigate the Attorney General.

Probably not exactly what the Senate Republicans were hoping for.

After establishing that FBI director Christopher Wray fully accepts the IG Report, including the findings that mistakes were made in the investigation and procedures need changing, Sen. Harris moved on to ask Horowitz about AG Barr's criticism and dismissal of the report.

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Mike's Blog Round Up

Crooks and Liars - 9 hours 16 min ago

The Carpentariat - how to waste a squalid afternoon;

The Commentariat - Impeachment Today!

The New York Crank - of $150K bananas, Trump's toilet, and the SSI "increase;"

The Rectification of Names - Horowitzmas!

The Rude Pundit - a few questions for enraged Republicans.

Steve in Manhattan (@blogenfreude) blogs at stinque.com and quite enjoys the Deep State Radio podcast - give it a try.

To recommend a link, send it to mbru@crooksandliars.com - we do check it!

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Morning Digest: New 2019 election data shows Mississippi's Jim Crow-era law still harms black voters

Daily Kos - 9 hours 17 min ago

The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar.

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MS-Gov: Last month, Republican Tate Reeves defeated Democrat Jim Hood by a modest 52-47 margin to become the next governor of Mississippi, but thanks to a unique relic of Jim Crow that's still very much alive today, Reeves could have lost the popular vote by double digits yet still won the election.

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How could this be possible?

The state's 1890 constitution, which was officially enacted "to secure to the State of Mississippi 'white supremacy,'" is still in effect today, and among its provisions is an "electoral college" for statewide elections that deliberately penalizes black voters and the Democrats they support.

The provision in question requires candidates for offices such as governor or attorney general to win not only a majority of the vote but also a majority of the state House's 122 districts. If no candidate surpasses both thresholds, the members of the House choose the winner, and there's nothing to stop them from picking the person who lost the popular vote.

Republicans have controlled the state legislature since 2011, and as soon as they took charge, they redrew their own districts to guarantee they'd never lose their grip on power. They did so by making sure a majority of districts would be heavily white, and therefore heavily Republican. As a result, they not only gerrymandered the state House, they gerrymandered every statewide election, too.

Just how big of a penalty does this system impose on Mississippi Democrats, who overwhelmingly rely on the support of black voters? We compiled the results of every contested statewide election in 2019 broken down by state House district to find out. Even though Reeves won the popular vote by just 5 points, that victory translated into a crushing 74-48 win at the district level, meaning he won 61% of the state's "electoral votes." But even that doesn't tell the whole story.

We can also ask ourselves what it would have taken for Hood to have carried a majority of House districts. One way we can answer that question is by ranking every district from most Republican to most Democratic, ranging from Reeves' largest margin of victory to Hood's largest margin, and finding the district in the middle. Reeves won that median district 60-39, 15 points to the right of his 5-point statewide win.

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Rep. Cicilline Delivers The Death Blow To GOP Arguments

Crooks and Liars - 9 hours 17 min ago

After over 12 hours of the impeachment markup hearing -- the interminable, unnecessarily long impeachment markup hearing -- tempers were short. Eric Swalwell tangled with Doug Collins, everyone was yelling at one point or another, and there was enough repetition to turn the Articles of Impeachment into a rhyme.

But Democrats stayed focused: Trump shook down Ukraine for interference in our 2020 election, and withheld critically important military aid as leverage to get what he wanted.

Rep. David Cicilline wrapped up the 12-hour marathon first segment of the hearing with a righteous rant aimed at his Republican colleagues.

He began with a quick review of why impeachment is especially a remedy for "conduct that corrupts elections," reminding everyone that the primary check on a president's power is political, but attempts to subvert the Constitution and endanger the integrity of elections, the democratic process is corrupted and the only remedy is impeachment.

And then he dropped the hammer.

"I ask my Republican colleagues, how many of you would allow or solicit a foreign power to help in your re-elections? Please raise your hands," he challenged. " Not one of you because you know it would violate the Constitution. And you know it would corrupt the right of the American people to decide who will represent them in the Congress of the United States."

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Cartoon: Spygate

Daily Kos - 9 hours 27 min ago

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The ongoing effort to prove Republican conspiracy theories is continuing apace. Now, besides just right-wing websites, President Trump and Attorney General Barr are hard at work to convince the world that Obama and his sex-crazed FBI agents “spied” on the president in order to undo the 2016 election.

The uncomfortable fact is that Trump’s own Department of Justice says there was no politically-motivated conspiracy. Sure, some “errors and omissions” were made, but there was reason to start the investigation into the Trump crew’s dealings with Russia. (Note: my support of an investigation into a corrupt president does not mean I endorse a surveillance state.)

Now that Trump’s promised bigger-than-Watergate DOJ inspector general report did not blow the lid off the deep state conspiracy as promised, we’ve got to wait for the next report that will surely exonerate the president, right? In the meantime, Barr will act as Trump’s press agent and maybe another head of the FBI will get fired, who knows? 

In the meantime, enjoy the cartoon and be sure to visit me over on Patreon for some behind-the-scenes goodies!

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Abbreviated pundit roundup: Impeaching a corrupt president

Daily Kos - 9 hours 47 min ago

We begin today’s roundup with USA Today’s editorial in favor of impeachment:

In his thuggish effort to trade American arms for foreign dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, Trump resembles not so much Clinton as he does Richard Nixon, another corrupt president who tried to cheat his way to reelection.

This isn’t partisan politics as usual. It is precisely the type of misconduct the framers had in mind when they wrote impeachment into the Constitution. Alexander Hamilton supported a robust presidency but worried about “a man unprincipled in private life desperate in his fortune, bold in his temper” coming to power. Impeachment, Hamilton wrote, was a mechanism to protect the nation “from the abuse or violation of some public trust.”

Here is Eugene Robinson’s analysis of the evidence so far:

The president’s defenders are correct when they say “abuse of power” and “obstruction of Congress” are not statutory crimes. They are, in fact, worse. The stripped-down impeachment articles against President Trump go to the heart of his blatant misconduct, which poses a direct challenge to the Constitution. I know that sounds grandiose to describe the offenses of such a small man as Trump. But it is true.

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Daily Kos Radio is LIVE at 9 AM ET!

Daily Kos - 10 hours 17 min ago

So here it is, Friday again. And this time, there’s actually work to be done on Capitol Hill. The Judiciary committe’s “markup” of the impeachment resolution continues, after two full days of… whatever it is they think they’re doing in there. Late last night, the chairman closed up shop, saving the voting for today. Lucky us!

We certainly haven’t wrapped up our business for the week, either. So before we bow out for the weekend, we’ll take a two-hour slice out of chaos. Join us! And bring the kiddies, why don’t ya? It’s a clean show! As one reviewer recently put it, “I listened for two whole hours, and he didn’t say $h*t!”

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Today, Just up the road from KITM World Headquarters, history is being made. Following that, it is lovingly prepared by David Waldman and Greg Dworkin then shipped to you in fun-size two-hour packages: With the impeachment trial coming up in January, Republicans plan to try a tactic they probably wished they thought of long ago: No witnesses. They hope do just enough to say they did, with minimal Lib-triggering, so of course going against the central tenet of Trumpism. Meanwhile, Democrats want what what everybody else wants, they just differ on what that is, exactly. Congress shouldn’t stop with Donald Trump, they should impeach William Barr and everyone else that deserves it, then impeach Trump again. By that time Donald will have earned at least 3 more articles. No, the Trump administration Is not redefining Judaism as a nationality. Maybe they don’t know what they are doing. Maybe they don’t care. The White House rolled out a new reason that they withheld money for Ukraine, because it’s been a while and they needed to roll out a new reason. Can you believe that in Ukraine they study Trump's twitter feed for guidance on what to do next? (Which is like gleaning marriage advice from the neighbor’s dog, but these are desperate times) Well, Lev Parnas picked up a $1 million check from Putin, so… Trump, having nothing better to do recently, tried to score against Greta Thunberg, who “OK, Boomer”ed him into the next timezone. It’s also election day! Unfortunately not yet here, but in Britain, where they have always given us a chance to learn from their mistakes. Former Attorney General Eric Holder feels William Barr is pretty worthless, although he exceeds all criteria established by this present administration. The most Trumpy TV channel attempts the most Trumpy things but not everyone gets away with that. It’s the holiday season! Think of buying the gift of Kagro in the Morning for your loved ones… Who knows, we might get our “The Kagro” cryptocoin start-up off the ground!

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The Final Revenge of the Evil Dex

Kevin Drum - 12 hours 37 min ago

Why am I blogging at one in the morning? It’s the Evil Dex™, of course.

A few months ago I restarted the dex and this had very positive effects on my cancer load. Hooray! However, it’s always been the case that the longer I use it, the more sensitive I get to it. Years ago I started out at 20 mg and this has steadily decreased to 8 mg. By now even this is too much, so we addressed this by switching from 8 mg once a week to 4 mg twice a week.

This worked well at first. Thanks to the smaller dose I could still sleep on dex nights with the help of a big slug of Ambien. But that slowly gave way. Initially the Ambien gave me about six hours of sleep, then five, then four. A few weeks ago it dropped to two, which meant it was having no effect. Even without Ambien I usually snooze for a couple of hours after I’ve been up all night.

Now it’s gotten even worse: I’m literally not sleeping at all until the following night. The dex is just laughing off the Ambien.

So that’s that. I’m already using the highest safe dose of Ambien and it doesn’t work. What’s more, since I’m taking the dex twice a week, I have two sleepless nights per week as well. Blah.

I suppose I can try other sleeping meds, or perhaps some combination of a different med with a return to 8 mg of dex once a week. It can’t hurt, though I doubt it will do much good.

Anyway, that’s why I’m blogging at one in the morning.

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Retraction: Police Shootings Not Bad For Black Babies After All

Kevin Drum - 13 hours 35 min ago

Last week I wrote about a study showing that when police shot an unarmed black man, it affected the birthweight of black babies born nearby. The proximate cause was that shootings produced stress in the mothers, which in turn affected birthweight.

However, it turns out that there were errors in the data used by the study. The author, Joscha Legewie, describes them here. The original chart of the data is shown below on the left and the corrected chart is on the right:

As you can see, the original chart shows that nearby shootings cause birthweight to be reduced by as much as 50 grams. However, when the data is corrected the loss in birthweight is about half that and only for very nearby shootings. What’s more, the trendline for the first and second trimesters is almost identical to the trendline for the third trimester. This is suspicious since stress is known to have only a small effect on birthweight by the third trimester.

In any case, Legewie has retracted his article and so, of course, do I too.

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5 More Reasons To Hate The Phone Company

Crooks and Liars - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 23:29

The title of the article that started all the ruckus appeared in the London Guardian, and was headlined, “Language at risk of dying out — the last two speakers aren’t talking.” Technically, when the last speaker of a language dies, it’s classified as extinct. This headline came across like something in between, a kind of linguistic TKO.

The article, which ran in 2011, was based on a story circulating about a dying language that could survive only if some old men buried the hatchet. After an impressive thousand-year run that brought the word cocoa to the world, the imminent death of the language made for a gripping and heartbreaking human-interest piece.

According to the Guardian, and other reporting at the time, neighbors Manuel Segovia and Isidro Velazquez (sometimes identified as brothers) were the last two speakers of the Ayapaneco language, native to the small village of Ayapa, in the Mexican state of Tabasco. These two old men refused to speak with each other, though no one in town could remember why or when this wedge was driven between them. The grumpy old men themselves couldn’t remember. The language was going to die unless they let bygones be bygones — or unless someone convinced them to.

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C&L's Late Nite Music Club With Spray Paint

Crooks and Liars - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 23:01

Austin, Texas weirdo rockers Spray Paint recently released the first full length album in three years. Titled Into The Country, it starts off sounding like Krautrock recorded in a bouncy house...that someone died a violent death in.

And from there, things get more deviant.

If your interested, I penned a fuller take on the LP over at the thing I do called Smashin' Transistors.

What are you listening to tonight?

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Open thread for night owls: Income of top 1% has grown 100 times faster than bottom 50% since 1970

Daily Kos - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 23:00

Julia Conley at Common Dreams writes—'Staggering' New Data Show Income of Top 1% Has Grown 100 Times Faster Than Bottom 50% Since 1970:

New data released Monday explains the numbers behind Sen. Bernie Sanders’ often-cited statistic that the three richest Americans hold more wealth than the 160 million people who make up the bottom 50% of the population.

Washington Post columnist Greg Sargent published what he called “stunning” findings from UC Berkeley economist Gabriel Zucman, showing how both an explosion in annual earnings by the rich and an increasingly regressive tax structure have combined to allow the top 1% of Americans’ wealth to triple over the past five decades.

Meanwhile, working people are taking home just $8,000 more per year than they did in 1970.

In what Sargent called “the triumph of the rich, which is one of the defining stories of our time,” the richer a household is, the more its take-home wealth has grown in the past 50 years. His data:

For top 1%, average income has risen by $800,000 since 1970.
For top 0.1%, it has risen by $4 million.
For top .01%, it has risen $20 million
Bottom 50%? $8,000 [...]

The top 1% of earners make an average of more than $1 million per year after accounting for taxes they pay, a 50-year increase of more than $800,000—100 times the growth rate of the bottom 50%.

The wealth of the top .1% is five times larger than it was in 1970, while that of the top .01% is seven times larger, at over $24 million in 2018.

inequality, wealth



“Responding to climate change requires that we break every rule in the free-market playbook and that we do so with great urgency. We will need to rebuild the public sphere, reverse privatizations, relocalize large parts of economies, scale back overconsumption, bring back long-term planning, heavily regulate and tax corporations, maybe even nationalize some of them, cut military spending, and recognize our debts to the Global South. Of course, none of this has a hope in hell of happening unless it is accompanied by a massive, broad-based effort to radically reduce the influence that corporations have over the political process.”
         ~~Naomi Klein, The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal (2019) 




At Daily Kos on this date in 2017—Republicans ratcheting up class war from above with attacks on Medicaid, Medicare, food aid and more:

Republicans have spent years cutting holes in the social safety net. Now they’re ready to bring it down entirely and let vulnerable Americans hit the floor with no net to break the fall. The plan for a concerted attack includes an executive order and congressional legislation:

The president is expected to sign the welfare executive order as soon as January, according to multiple administration officials, with an eye toward making changes to health care, food stamps, housing and veterans programs, not just traditional welfare payments. [...]

The exact provisions of the pending bill are unknown, but a conservative group closely aligned with lawmakers said Republicans intend to pass broadly focused legislation.

“They’re thinking about welfare reform in a large, all-encompassing way, not a program way,” said Jason Turner, executive director of the Secretaries’ Innovation Group, a group of conservative officials who run state-level social programs and met with Ways and Means Committee Republicans on the Hill last week.

This is a lifetime dream for Republicans like House Speaker Paul Ryan, and a move Republicans will justify as being needed to reduce the debt that they’re working to increase through their tax plan:

On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: Somebody scheduled the impeachment markup opposite our show! Greg Dworkin rounds up i-word (and British election) news. Senate Gop leaning toward witness-less "trial." OMB has a new excuse for stiffing Ukraine. One new name in the Ukraine game.

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The Colbert Late Show Presents Jim Jordan's Future Tombstone

Crooks and Liars - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 23:00

Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio told reporters he doesn't care how history remembers him.

The Colbert writing staff are aware of that. They designed a tombstone for how history will remember Jim Jordan.


Reminds me of my Mitch McConnell Funeral Hat.

Open thread below...

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Dem Reps. Lay Out Facts: Trump Being Anti-Corruption Like Kim Jong-Un Being For Human Rights

Crooks and Liars - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 19:08

Over the course of nearly 9 hours (so far), the Democrats have made exceptional points regarding the illegality of Donald Trump's actions. As expected, the Republicans continue to plug their ears and squeeze their eyes shut and silently sing "la la la la can't hear you la la la la" while ignoring all facts being laid out in front of them. Oh, and they have a few poster boards with memes. That is what they brought to the hearing to defend Donald Trump.

Rep. Eric Swalwell and Rep. Cicillini always give absolutely stellar monologues when given the microphone, but they had a truly powerful 2 for 1 back and forth that needs more attention. Here is what was said:

CICILLINI: The idea that Donald Trump was leading an anti-corruption effort is like Kim Jong-Un leading a human rights effort. It's just not credible. It's just not credible. And we have facts that will demonstrate that. For example, at the very time you claim he's interested in ferreting out corruption in Ukraine, he proposed cutting by more than 50% anti-corruption efforts in Ukraine. Here is an article "Trump administration sought billions of dollars of cuts in aid fighting corruption and elsewhere."

He proposed deep cuts. That's not evidence of a serious effort to fight corruption. In addition to that, in a letter to the Chairman of Foreign Affairs, on behalf of the Secretary of Defense, dated May 23rd, 2019, long before the July call.

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Too Bad About the Brits, But What Does It Mean For Us?

Kevin Drum - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 18:00

British exit polls are virtually never wrong by more than a dozen seats or so, which means it’s almost certain that Labor suffered an enormous defeat today. Naturally, since everything is about us us us, the question is: what does this mean about us?

In particular, what does it mean that Jeremy Corbyn led Labor to its biggest defeat in decades? For those of you who haven’t been following closely, Corbyn is no neoliberal shill. He is an unabashed lefty socialist who campaigned on an unabashed lefty socialist platform. No triangulating or “Tory lite” for him. He was out to prove that Labor could win by promising the voters a soaring lefty agenda filled with taxing the rich, taking back control of privatized industries, free college, huge infrastructure spending, more money for health care, and so forth.

The result was a mind-boggling defeat. So what does this tell us about American presidential candidates like Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders? You’ll probably be hearing a lot of things like this over the next few days:

From people who like Bernie and Liz: Britain is different. In particular, this election was mainly a referendum on Brexit, which overwhelmed every other topic. Corbyn was hurt more than anything else by being wishy washy on Brexit, and there’s just no American counterpart to this. What’s more, Corbyn was also hurt by Labor centrists slagging him and by smears that he was anti-Semitic. You just can’t draw any lessons for American Democrats from a British election that was so different from ours in so many ways.

From people who prefer centrist candidates: Brexit was roughly a 50-50 proposition among the British electorate, but Corbyn got less than a third of the vote. It’s pretty obvious that the vote against him was about far more than Brexit. And don’t kid yourself by listening to special pleading about smears and chaos on the left. That’s the normal stuff of elections, and American candidates will have to deal with the same thing. Corbyn lost because he was a hard left candidate, and the same thing will happen if Democrats nominate one of their own.

There’s some truth to both of these, but I suspect there’s more truth to the second one. The American and British electorates have voted quite similarly for the past several decades, putting in office Reagan-Clinton-Bush-Obama-Trump as against Thatcher-Blair-Cameron-Johnson. Given the similarities between BoJo and Trump, as well as the obvious salience of immigration politics in both countries, I’d be reluctant to blow off the British results as nothing much to worry about.

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Balloon Juice - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 17:28

The UK exit polls show a major win for the Tories – up 51 seats, while Labour is down 71 seats. The history of the poll is that it can be wrong, but not wrong by that much.

Here’s a thread to discuss those results. Since this whole Brexit thing began, I’ve been following UK politics a bit, and it is a puzzle how Labour kept the almost universally hated Corbyn as leader. I guess that will change, if the country still exists once Johnson and the Brexiteers are done with it.

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Exit Poll Shows Conservatives and Brexit Winning By Large Margin

Kevin Drum - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 17:05

The exit poll for the British election has just been released. Here’s the projection:

  • Conservatives: 368
  • Labor: 191
  • SNP: 55
  • Lib Dems: 13
  • Other: 26

If the exit poll is accurate, the Conservatives won 56 percent of the seats in Parliament, a considerable increase over their current position. This means Boris Johnson will remain prime minister and Brexit will go forward.

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House, Senate negotiators reach spending agreement, 'in principle,' to avert government shutdown

Daily Kos - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 16:37

If it can keep Donald Trump out of the way, Congress can avoid a government shutdown on Dec. 21, and possibly even avoid having to do another stopgap spending bill. The chairs of the House and Senate appropriations committees have reached an agreement "in principle" on $1.37 trillion in government funding bills.

The agreement came after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Appropriations Chair Nita Lowey, and Senate Appropriations Chair Richard Shelby met with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, so whatever they agreed on has his approval, apparently. Both chambers are expected to hold floor votes next week on at least two "minibus" packages, rather than the usual omnibus that includes all 12 necessary spending bills.

Thursday afternoon, the keeper of the House floor schedule, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, said, "It is my hope that we will consider those appropriations bills on the floor on Tuesday; perhaps a series of minibus packages to fund all of government for the remainder of the fiscal year." But that might be getting slightly ahead of things. As of Wednesday, there were still at least 100 open items, and no agreement on border wall spending.

One bill, the National Defense Authorization Act, will definitely be done, with its funding for parental leave for federal workers. It's on the Senate schedule for early next week, and Trump has said he will sign it.

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Shit Talk On Steroids

Balloon Juice - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 15:52

One of the lasting legacies of the Republicans turning into Trump’s party is that formerly mild-mannered middle-of-the-road Republicans feel they can just let loose with whatever bullshit and lies they feel like excreting. Here’s an example from Rochester, where Republican State Senator Joe Robach, who kept getting elected in a Democrat-majority district, has decided to retire:

“There’s a fight going on even inside the Democratic Party, between the radical far left and mainstream Democrats, that’s not news to anybody, that’s being played out in Washington and New York and California are leading that movement,” Robach said. “That’s also permeated the New York Senate, we have people openly espousing for Communism, something I don’t favor.”

This is from a guy who was part of a legislative body that couldn’t even get marijuana legalization done. But I’m guessing a diet of Fox News and white resentment (is that redundant?), plus the prospect of losing his seat, has soured Robach, so he just lashes out.

There’s a huge dose of IOKIYAR involved here, too. Since the tone and tenor of Trump and Fox News has been adopted wholesale by the Republican Party, and Trump in particular is flooding the zone with just horrible, hateful rhetoric, the media tends to give these kinds of outbursts a pass. They are, after all, dog bites man. If we call a particular Republican initiative “fascist” or “racist”, then the perfumed hankies come out in the press, so none of them will have to inhale the putrid stench of partisanship.

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Supreme Court's latest abortion move shows need for state level advocacy and legislative champions

Daily Kos - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 15:50

 Earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to consider an appeal challenging a 2017 Kentucky law that requires medical providers to perform a narrated “transvaginal ultrasound” on all patients seeking abortion care, and which makes no provision for either patients or providers to opt out. The ACLU filed the lawsuit on behalf of Kentucky’s only abortion care provider, and the Supreme Court’s decision means the law will remain in place. Currently, Kentucky’s forced narrated ultrasound law is the only one of its kind in effect. Similar laws passed in North Carolina and Oklahoma were previously struck down by the courts.

While progressives have often viewed the federal courts, particularly the Supreme Court, as the last best safeguard for the protection of people’s rights, the Court’s newly-cemented conservative majority has sent a message that they will look away as states’ anti-choice legislators continue to chip away at the availability of abortion care. As a result, the work of state-level pro-choice legislators and organizers has taken on increased urgency.

“Now, with the courts stacked against us at even the highest level, we must elect representation that will stand up to these ideological agendas and protect our rights and freedoms,” said Nicole Erwin, communications manager for Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky.

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