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FL Gov Debate: Gillum's Closing Remarks Hit Perfect Tone, DeSantis's Fall Flat

21 min 40 sec ago

The closing remarks from Sunday's Florida Governor's race debate showed just how different to the two candidates are. From their vision for the state to their ability to unite their constituents, it is clear that the future of Florida will be better under Andrew Gillum.

DESANTIS: Good to meet you, Andrew. It's been a fun night. I prepared as an Iraq veteran and somebody that's worked with law enforcement and stood for taxpayers his whole life. I'm the guy who can lead Florida and protect our future. We have got to keep our economy going. People are getting opportunities. We can't destroy it with stiff tax increases that are going to cost jobs and prevent more business from coming to our state. We also got to stand with the men ask women and say you're going to cut their budget and say police and prisons have no place in justice. They are the heart of justice. We can't have open borders. I want to make sure we're not trying to abolish ICE and we will finally solve the problem of our toxic algae and dirty water and restore the everglades and clean this up once and for all. I'm asking for your vote. I'll work hard and put your interests above mine. I'm not going to use my office to feather my own nest. It would be an honor to have your vote.

TAPPER: Mayor?

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Steve King Makes Explicit His White Nationalism

46 min 17 sec ago

The white race fixed with their Judeo-Christian beliefs is under threat from immigrants who have much higher birth rates. Or something.

King also endorsed Faith Goldy last week for mayor of Toronto. Goldy is a white nationalist who was fired from a far-right website after appearing on a podcast produced by The Daily Stormer, a site for neo-Nazis... Yeah.

Democrat J.D. Sholten, appearing with Chris Hayes last week, summed it up best, that Steve King is spending more time in Austria lately than he is in Iowa.

Source: The Daily Mail

Iowa Republican Representative Steve King has revealed his white nationalist views in an interview with an Austrian far-right publication.

King, an eight-term congressman up for re-election next month, has been linked to Neo-Nazism and the far-right before, but he laid out his extremely conservative views like never before in an interview with far-right propaganda website Unzensuriert, which translates to 'uncensored' in English.

He was interviewed when he stopped in Vienna in August and candidly called for stricter immigration policies, said Mollie Tibbett's killer should have never been in the U.S., and claims Democrats are teaming up with radical Islamists to attack 'Western civilization'.

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Mike's Blog Round Up

1 hour 21 min ago
Mike's Blog Round Up

BradBlog.com - Harvard law prof says pack the court or lose everything;

Dr. Jen Gunter - can't we all agree this GOOP thing is a bad idea?

emptywheel - Prigozhin's paid trolls prove indictment challenge false;

Mike the Mad Biologist - ah, the dysfunctional Metro of my youth!

Mock Paper Scissors - your kind cannot pee here, a continuing series ...

Steve in Manhattan (@blogenfreude) blogs at stinque.com and is really looking forward to Orson Welles's last movie.

Please send tips and link suggestions to MBRU [at] crooksandliars.com - we check it, we really do!

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Progressive Candidates-- Abandoned By The DCCC

1 hour 21 min ago
Progressive Candidates-- Abandoned By The DCCC

In the last few days Randy Bryce debated Paul Ryan's cutout candidate to replace himself, corporate lawyer and job outsourcer Bryan Steil. Randy kicked his ass so badly that Steil, teary-eyed, ran from the building without even consoling his small contingent of deflated supporters.

A day or two earlier, Kara Eastman shamed incumbent Donald Bacon in a debate. According to the Omaha World Herald "On climate change, Eastman described it as the 'No. 1 moral issue facing our kids right now. We are leaving this to them to clean up, and it is a disaster.'... [Bacon] questioned how much of climate change is caused by human activity but said 'regardless of where that ratio is at, let’s keep making our planet cleaner.'" 

Both Randy and Kara have raised the money they need to stay competitive. Eastman raised $2,028,178 to Bacon's $2,363,497 but needs DCCC help to offset Speaker Ryan's shady SuperPAC, which has already poured in over a million dollars of negative ads against her. The DCCC has spent ZERO in the district. Randy Bryce has outraised Bryan Steil by a mile-- $7,390,769 to $1,664,276 but Ryan's SuperPAC has spent or reserved $4,000,000 in the cycle's ugliest smear campaign anywhere. The DCCC responded with: ZERO.

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Open Thread: 'The Bright Side Of Life' Singalong

Sun, 10/21/2018 - 23:30

Everybody sing!

Open thread below...


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C&L's Late Nite Music Club With Rocket 808

Sun, 10/21/2018 - 23:01

"What are you listening to tonight?"

It's a question we ask at the end of every music club post. Obviously, I am listening to something different six night a week.

There are also certain things I am listening to for several days, weeks or even months at a time.

This Rocket 808 7inch single has been spending a lot of time on my turntable lately. I wrote a riff about the record's vintage space age vibe over at my blog recently. I imagine it will be getting some more spins in the next few weeks too.

And, before I forget to ask, what are you listening to tonight?


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FL Gov Debate: DeSantis Dodges Question About Whether Trump Is A Good Role Model For Kids

Sun, 10/21/2018 - 21:44

Andrew Gillum and Trump wannabe, Rob DeSantis, had an interesting debate on CNN tonight. At many points, DeSantis tried (and failed) to land body blows asserting that Gillum was mayor of a city riddled by high crime and murder (kind of like when Republican trolls on tTwitter start with the "what about CHICAGO???").

Jake Tapper did a great job moderating, asking direct questions and not allowing either candidate to talk over the other. In one of the most interesting questions, he asked whether Donald Trump is a good role model. And DeSantis basically ignored the question and riffed about the embassy in Jerusalem. No idea how he moved to that, but here is the transcript:

(for the record, Andrew Gillum answered the question directly, no equivocation).

TAPPER: Congressman DeSantis, you featured your children in a campaign ad in which you were encouraging them to "build a wall" out of toy blocks and reading a children's story about the President saying you're fired. do you think President Trump is a good role model for the children of Florida?

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HBO Host To GOP Women: 'Your Whiteness Will Not Actually Save You From What Patriarchy Has For You'

Sun, 10/21/2018 - 16:18

HBO guest host Brittany Packnett warned white Republican women that they will not be protected from male oppression just because of the color of their skin.

Packnett, an activist for Teach for America, made the remarks during HBO's weekly Pod Save American program.

"Let's talk about our sister Stormy Daniels because she absolutely does not deserve the way that this president has been talking about her," Packnett said. "But here's what, frankly, worries me. This 'president' -- yeah, I used air quotes -- he has been talking horribly about women since he was a candidate."

"He admitted to being a sexual assaulter when he was a candidate and 53 percent of white women went ahead and elected him anyway," she lamented. "So let me talk to my white sisters for a second. I just want to issue a warning and I hope you are listening closely."

Packnett continued: "I want you tell your mamas and your aunties and your grandmothers -- from me -- to stop selling us out! Listen, I know it's really hard but your whiteness will actually not save you from what patriarchy has for you."

According to Packett, women should learn from the way Dr. Christine Blasey Ford was treated when she testified against then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

"Right?" Packett pointed out. "We all know what happened to her when she decided to stand up and be a patriot in this country and try to save the rest of us."

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Lindsey Graham Angrily Claims Democrats Will Use 'Mob Rule' To Govern: 'Punish Them'

Sun, 10/21/2018 - 13:31
 'Punish Them'

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) asserted on Sunday that Democrats would impose "mob rule" if they won the U.S. House of Representatives in November.

During an interview on Fox News, the senior senator from South Carolina adopted Donald Trump's talking points on so-called Democratic "mobs."

"I think people are going to be voting on the mob rule of the Democratic Party," Graham told Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo. "If you elect Democrats to run the House, you know exactly what you're going to get. They're going to try and impeach the president and impeach [Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh]."

"They don't care about your wallet -- they just want to get in your wallet," he continued. "[Kavanaugh's confirmation], to me, was a despicable episode in the history of the Senate. These [migrant] caravans will never be stopped by Nancy Pelosi. And when it comes to standing up to the world, you need a strong leader like President Trump."

Graham revealed that he had been handpicked by Trump to campaign for Republicans in 13 states.

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Newt Gingrich Continues To Feed Trump His Hate-Filled Talking Points On Immigration

Sun, 10/21/2018 - 13:19
Newt Gingrich Continues To Feed Trump His Hate-Filled Talking Points On Immigration

We all know Trump gets his talking points from Fox "news" and grifter extraordinaire Newt Gingrich, (who has been teaching his colleagues on the right how to disparage and dehumanize their political opponents for decades) was back this week with host Laura Ingraham, dialing the fearmongering over this caravan of refugees from Honduras up to eleven.

Now, not only is this band of refugees going to come here to take every red blooded 'Murkin's job, rape their women, while stealing and pillaging along the way (with the help of George Soros, of course), they're now also going to be responsible for the destruction of civilization itself.

Run fer your lives!

GINGRICH: And what we have to confront is exactly what that Mexican official said. If we're not prepared to stop this caravan, how big will the next one be? How many will there be? And I think this puts Democrats, frankly in a very difficult box. They don't like to control the border. They don't like to stop immigration. In fact, Stacey Abrams, the Democrat candidate for governor from the state of Georgia said she regarded the documented and the undocumented as equal, so she's basically saying, if you get here illegally, you're part of her majority coalition.

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Chris Wallace Presses Rand Paul To Explain Why Trump Finds Saudi Explanation Credible

Sun, 10/21/2018 - 13:17

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) tried to cover for Trump as much as he could during an interview with Fox News Sunday's Chris Wallace and finally told the host he had no idea why.

After telling the FNS host that Saudi Arabia's new explanation was not believable, Chris Wallace asked why Trump is so gullible. (That's my interpretation)

Wallace said, "Trump was asked about the arrest of 18 people involved in the case and the firing of five officials, some of them with close ties to the Crown Prince. Here's what he had to say."

Trump, "I think it's a good first step, it's a big step, it's a lot of people. a lot of people involved and i think it's a great first step.

Reporter: Do you consider it's credible, their explanation?

Trump, "I do, I do."

I pronounce them man and wife.

Wallace then asked, "Does President Trump know something that you don’t, Senator, or frankly do you think he’s covering for the Saudis?”

Instead of answering the question or imitating Ralph Kramden ---

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--- Sen. Paul went on a Kellyanne Conway-like tirade.

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Another Republican Wants To Balance The Budget On The Backs Of Seniors

Sun, 10/21/2018 - 12:27
Another Republican Wants To Balance The Budget On The Backs Of Seniors

Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) told Meet the Press host Chuck Todd they're going to have to make some "tough choices so that we can balance our books" as he fearmongered about the "powder keg of dynamite" and debt he and his party just made worse with a gigantic tax cut for the rich.

During an interview with Bloomberg, Mitch McConnell said his biggest regret was not slashing our social safety nets, (at least not yet) but as Karoli noted, he wants some bipartisan cover before they go after Medicare and Social Security, and this move is par for the course with what they've been doing for decades -- cut taxes for the wealthy and then use it as an excuse to "starve the beast" and go after programs they hate and want to gut anyway.

Now we're hearing other Republicans parroting that same line. Todd asked Tillis about their prospects for the midterm elections, their lies about wanting to cover preexisting conditions and failure to pass an alternative to the Affordable Care Act, and Tillis responded by blaming Democrats for failing to help them deal with what he called a "crisis."

CHUCK TODD: But in fairness, you've had four years in the majority in the Senate to come up with an alternative and two years with full Republican control of Washington.

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Trump Administration Looks To Define Transgenderism Out Of Existence

Sun, 10/21/2018 - 12:13

Oh look! Just in time for an election where it's expected that the party in power will lose seats, here comes the Pavlovian bell ringing on culture issues playing into the small-mindedness and bigotry of the average Trump voter.

And really, there's no better way to get your people to the polls than to come up with a way to just be a total a-hole to people already struggling with so much bigotry and ignorance leveled out them. Punching down has always been a part of the GOP's electoral strategy.

The Trump administration is considering narrowly defining gender as a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth, the most drastic move yet in a governmentwide effort to roll back recognition and protections of transgender people under federal civil rights law.
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The department argued in its memo that key government agencies needed to adopt an explicit and uniform definition of gender as determined “on a biological basis that is clear, grounded in science, objective and administrable.” The agency’s proposed definition would define sex as either male or female, unchangeable, and determined by the genitals that a person is born with, according to a draft reviewed by The Times. Any dispute about one’s sex would have to be clarified using genetic testing.
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'I Was Wrong': Matt Gaetz Defends 'Caravan' Conspiracy Even Though It Is Based On A Lie

Sun, 10/21/2018 - 12:06
 Matt Gaetz Defends 'Caravan' Conspiracy Even Though It Is Based On A Lie

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) admitted on Sunday that he had provided false information when he tweeted a video of a "caravan" of Latinos who he suggested had been paid by liberal billionaire George Soros.

In a tweet last week, Gaetz sent a video of a group of people, who he said were from Honduras and asked if they were being paid by Soros to illegally come to the U.S. The video was later re-tweeted by President Donald Trump.

During a panel discussion on CNN, Gaetz conceded that he had been wrong about the video.

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Tucker Carlson: Outrage Over Jamal Kashoggi's Murder Is A Political Stunt

Sun, 10/21/2018 - 11:00

Smarty-smart Tucker isn't surprised Jamal Khashoggi was murdered by the Saudis. He wants you to know he could have told you that with his eyes closed. (pssst...Tuckie...we're not surprised, either.) He says he is confused by false outrage on the part of our rulers, though, and that this is just a stunt.

Of course they did it. We know they did it. Their only concern was getting caught Now they have been caught and they probably regret the whole thing. All of that makes sense, none of it is surprising. What is confusing is the wave of false posturing on display from our own mindless ruling class.

See, there I have to say he is right. I mean, when he talks about our mindless ruling class, he means the Republicans, right? Who is in charge of all three branches of government now? Who blocked our previous Democratic president from appointing any judges whatsoever? Who is doing everything they can to insert religion into schools, healthcare, and our bedrooms? I'm not seeing any posturing that feigns outrage over Khashoggi's brutal murder from the Republicans at all. So, yeah, I am sitting here confused. Where is the Republican outrage? Are any of them upset? What posturing is Tucker talking about?

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GOP Senate Nominee Calls Fox Host A Liar After He Correctly Says She Wants To Strip Pre-existing Conditions

Sun, 10/21/2018 - 10:43
GOP Senate Nominee Calls Fox Host A Liar After He Correctly Says She Wants To Strip Pre-existing Conditions

Republican Arizona Senate nominee Martha McSally on Sunday accused Fox News host Chris Wallace of lying because he correctly pointed out that she wanted to strip the protections for people with pre-existing conditions from President Barack Obama's health care reform law.

During an interview on Sunday, Wallace noted that the latest Fox News poll shows that health care is the top issue.

"You voted for repeal and replace [of Obamacare] last year, which under its terms would have permitted states to allow insurance to be sold for people with pre-existing conditions with higher premiums," Wallace explained. "Do you acknowledge that protection for people with pre-existing conditions was significantly weaker under repeal and replace than it was under Obamacare?"

Dodging the question, McSally insisted that she is "passionate about protecting people with pre-existing conditions."

"I voted to make sure they had that coverage," she opined. "This is the left all over the country, the lies that they're perpetuating in order to play upon fear."

"The reality is that Obamacare, right now, is not covering people with pre-existing conditions," McSally insisted. "We can't go back to where we were in the past."

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Sen. Ben Sasse Lies About Hannity And Maddow Having The 'Same Business Model'

Sun, 10/21/2018 - 10:19
Sen. Ben Sasse Lies About Hannity And Maddow Having The 'Same Business Model'

Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse knows what Fox "news" host and flame thrower Sean Hannity is doing is bad for America, but he's incapable of saying that without trying to lump him in with Rachel Maddow and play the "both sides do it" game.

He did just that on this Sunday's State of the Union on CNN, when host Jake Tapper asked Sasse about the criticism on Hannity in his new book:

TAPPER: Let's turn back to your book. You have harsh words in the book for partisans on both sides, including Fox News host Sean Hannity. You write his goal is not to promote a conservative agenda or to offer coherent arguments against liberal principles, but instead, “his core cause is to rage.”

Hannity responded on twitter saying “After your book fails, I will gladly debate you about how the success of the last two years would never have happened with your never Trumper positions.” and “Also we could talk about” “why I know you are a con artist and phony.” “You owe the great people of Nebraska an apology.” I wanted to give you an opportunity to respond to Sean Hannity.

SASSE: Yeah, so I've told Sean I'd be happy to debate him in a neutral environment about whether or not his business model is good for America, because it's bad for America and I think we need to back up.

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Saudi Employee At Twitter Suspected Of Spying

Sun, 10/21/2018 - 10:00
Saudi Employee At Twitter Suspected Of Spying

What happens when the public square is actually privately owned by libertarians bros?

What happens when our technological advances to democratize discourse outstrip our ability to anticipate its use to undermine democracy?

This happens:

Saudi Arabia is suspected of having groomed a Saudi employee at Twitter to help the country's leadership by spying on the accounts of dissidents, according to a new report.

The New York Times reported Saturday that Western officials told Twitter in 2015 that one of their employees, Ali Alzabarah, was being groomed to spy on the accounts.

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The Times reported that the alleged efforts appeared to be part of a larger push by the Saudi royal family to use hundreds of people to flood social media with pro-Saudi messaging and smother the voices of dissenters.

Murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi had been actively looking at these social media accounts harassing dissidents and flooding the Twitterverse with pro-Saudi messages at the time of his death.

And to be clear, it's far from only the Saudis. We know that the Russians do the same as did Iran during the Green Revolution.

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Why Is An MSNBC Host Promoting The Notion That It Ought To Be Harder, Not Easier, To Vote?

Sun, 10/21/2018 - 09:01
Why Is An MSNBC Host Promoting The Notion That It Ought To Be Harder, Not Easier, To Vote?

MSNBC has been running quite a few of these "man on the street" segments, interviewing college students and millennials across the country ahead of the midterm elections, the purpose of which I'm not exactly sure of, since most people already know that young people are unreliable voters.

Following one of these segments this Saturday, where NBC reporter Simone Boyce spoke to a handful of more apathetic millenials, the discussion between Boyce and host Alex Witt turned to whether or not people ought to be able to vote on their mobile devices, which might encourage younger people who are used to being able to do just about everything else from their phones, to do just that.

Here's what Witt said in response:

WITT: I get that. As we were saying during the commercial break, I think there's something about citizens coming together, civil disobedience, and we all go, and you make your voice heard. And there's a tradition to it. I get you have to change and modernize some things, but I love that whole prospect of getting out the vote, or, look, my kids, if they're not necessarily in the districts where they live. They have to bother to apply for the absentee ballot, get that thing mailed to them, get it back to them.

I mean, it's not necessarily easy, but I sometimes don't think it should be that easy, because it is such a privilege, right?

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Mike's Blog Round Up

Sun, 10/21/2018 - 09:00
Mike's Blog Round Up

Alicublog: About those "Never Trumpers."

Crooked Timber: The conservative legal movement (plus graphs).

TomDispatch: Kavanaugh and Guantanamo.

Booman Tribune: Hurricane Michael could change results in Florida.

Wired: I learned about climate change by watching Fortnite on Twitch.

This installment by Batocchio. E-mail tips to mbru AT crooksandliars DOT com.


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