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Yesterday Mitch McConnell got on the airwaves to characterize (with indignation) the Democrats’ push to pass voting rights legislation as “a unilateral power grab”, and in doing so he got wide airplay. Whether they’re the underdog or the party in power, the Republicans in Congress will always have someone in front of a microphone announcing what greedy, unpatriotic, power-hungry characters the Democrats are. The Democrats, most of whom seem to be doing all the heavy lifting of democracy, write out statements explaining their procedures, and simply don’t have anyone standing at the megaphones the way the Republicans do. It can certainly be argued that the Republicans spend most of their time at the megaphones, rather than doing the work of governing, but my point is that their loud voices capture attention and spread their talking points, regardless of how fair or accurate those points are. Knife to gunfight partly describes it, but it’s something more, I believe; it’s how disinformation starts and spreads, how lies gain acceptance as truth. Newt Gingrich did it every day in the Clinton administration, and proved how destructive a simple sound bite or two can be. I’d love it if the Democrats had some more vocal representatives to counter the disingenuous lying that has become Republican second nature. (It doesn’t help when all the media — mainstream and not — echoes the lies, and characterizes the Democrats as “struggling”, “crumbling”, etc., rather than reporting on the careful work they are doing to recovery small-d democracy.)

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Democrats bend over backwards to be reasonable. Did you ever try to reason with a child in full tantrum? The republicans have taken political tantrums to a new level - but unlike children who are caught in a storm of emotion they don’t understand, republicans know exactly what they are doing and in fact get pleasure out of their own outrageous theatrical tantrum displays. And the media eats it up! Shameless, theatrical predators!!

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The Beltway Media stand as stenographers, never questioning the historic or moral roots of Republican intransigence. Thank goodness we have Heather and Charlie Pierce and a few others I call the "insurgents in the hills" to carry on the battle for responsible journalism.

And yes, the Democrats REALLY need to get down in the mud with the Republikkkans and show them for the filth they are.

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In 2004, a Bush II staffer now believed to be Karl Rove told journalist Ron Suskind, "We make our own reality now, and you just report it." Seems it was a more accurate prediction than I originally believed.

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Jan 19, 2022·edited Jan 19, 2022

That explains how they pick QOP presidents now. “Central casting…”

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😂 👍

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I understand that Reagan’s folks met every morning to determine what actor Reagan’s script would be for the day. One day Reagan got muddled when he read the wrong cue cards in a meeting with auto executives.They seem puzzled. But hey, this was Reagan. Trump didn’t use cue cards. Probably because they would expose him to ‘false facts.’

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Excellent! Last lines: “The media are compelled to level with voters: The two parties are not equivalent, in part because one treats its crackpot leader like a messiah. Unfortunately, there are no signs the media are ready for such candor.” Truth is so far down on the list of what some voters value.

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Remember how long it took for the media to actually state that Trump was telling lies.

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I agree with almost all of what you say. I just respectfully want to suggest that there is a certain energy that happens when we name-call our opponents (e.g. filth that they are) that is not the most effective in making change happen. We can powerfully describe their actions (e.g. make clear the filthy lies that they are promoting). But if we want to call on any version of non-physical energy (God/Spirit/Universe/Atman/Buddha etc) to support our efforts we would do well to heed Dr. King's "Hate cannot overcome hate; only love can do that." He's not talking about sentimental love that depends on how lovable we find the other, but rather on joining forces with the power of agape love to support our efforts. Here's a nine-minute message from Dr. King on "Love your enemies." Not the easiest "commandment" to follow; Dr. King makes it seem not only important but essential to effect lasting change. https://youtu.be/6Fs8vSsJg-A

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Wonderful. Thank you.

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Excellent video.

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At least get in front of microphone and be as forthright as Liz Cheney about Republican lies.

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Now just what is getting down in the mud with the Republicans going to show ? That the Dems are on the same level? Doesn't sound like good strategy to me. Yes, we all need to make sure that Republicans are called out loudly, but please, let's not be what they are.

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I think the Administration would do well to put on the payroll an expert in messaging and public speaking. Regardless of expertise in whatever cabinet role he or she might have, in my view, there are only two right now who almost always seem to hit the mark: Jan Psaki (who occasionally steps in it) and Pete Buttigieg. They seem to have the right skills and the ability to speak succinctly in words that the average person can understand AND the right delivery (which sounds assured and confident and NOT whiny, disparaging, or apologetic.) Hand wringing and high-pitched anxious voices do not transmit well.

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Agree. The administration also needs a large enough budget to retain an outside firm that specializes in developing bold and broad messaging campaigns. Democratic leaders in the Senate and House need to do the same thing as well. I admire Nancy Pelosi, not so much Chuck Schumer. Both aren't exactly exciting spokespeople. There's a stable of younger more exciting and articulate members. At the party's grassroots level, the DNC appears to suffer from less-than-dynamic leadership, as it has for years now. It's a shame that Stacy Abrams wasn't enticed to run the DNC, though her desire to run for Georgia governor again is understandable.

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I would think that the DNC would be providing this service.

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Yes. And more than one voice, I think.

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Agree, but by and large the Democrats do a terrible job of explaining their goals and accomplishments. The Republicans stay on message with the same easy-to-understand talking points, which these days tend to be despicable lies but breakthrough all the noise.

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I am going to repeat something that Heather talks about frequently: So, what are you doing about it? The action verb, not the easy words online.

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Well I'm doing my best right now by posting Prof. Heather's newsletter daily on FB and Twitter. And I'm developing a project of 30 second interviews with folks who are benefitting from Democratic policies or would if we could get them passed, to post on my youtube channel and then promote on FB and Twitter - and Tik Tok when I learn how to go where the young folks go! I'd love to hear more about what you are doing (PacNW?). Thanks!

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Fantastic, Chaplain Terry! I love your idea of the 30 second interviews. I've been living in Vermont for a couple decades, but from PacNW and keep active ties with Oregon and WA, follow politics there. Here in VT, I'm active with the Dem party, somehow got on both county and state executive committees. I ask hard questions, and people are responding!. One of our people also talked about doing interviews- I'll pass your letter on for ideas on approach. I really like yours. If my energy holds, I want to start talking to people door to door (I live in a village), get people excited about this years elections, let them know how they can help in small ways (soon as the snow lets up- we got lots).

I'll probably take over the newsletter here too, and am going to take it beyond email to other venues. Also write short articles and get away from the stiff overlong press releases. Writing and organizing are things that I can do within my energy limits, and fortunately they are things needed here.

Thanks for taking my question seriously. I'd love to see lots of people here talk about the things they are doing.

Even small simple actions, like writing our reps in support of something they are doing, can make a difference.

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I'm not sure the Democrats need to get down in the mud, but they do need to take control of the messaging, and make it loud and clear. Biden's January 6 speech was a good one; we need more of him doing this, and certainly many more other measured and thoughtful voices not just calling out lies, but asserting the direction and import of Democratic initiatives.

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charlie pierce? please send links love heather but presently only one I see with factual historical comparisons to current events

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Look at the Esquire magazine site and click on "politics." Bloggers are Charles Pierce and Jack Holmes, both excellent writers.

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I always mute Mitch as I can no longer stand the nonsense that comes out of his mouth and the mouth of every greedy, unpatriotic, power-hungry R. As for the media if I see the struggling headline, I don't read it.

Closer to home we have an issue with Nick Kristoff who wants to run for Oregon governor and the secretary of state has ruled against him on the residency issue. The Oregon Constitution says three years residency. Although he is from Oregon and has owned property here, he voted in NY, had a NY driver's license, etc. He has appealed her decision (made by her and her election team) to the Oregon Supreme Court. Instead of just appealing and leaving it at that, he has made some unfortunate statements which has made him sound entitled. So locally the threads are busy with that. I have no idea how the court will rule, but either way, it won't be a blow to democracy like the voting rights problem described here.

The news last night said that Russia could invade Ukraine at any moment. I hope that does not happen, but I fear that it will.

Finally, kudos to the January 6th committee in the their pursuit of the truth on what happened on January 6th.

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The entire idea of Kristoff running for governor strikes me as bizarre. I wonder what (or who) is behind it.

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That I don't know. The thread I was on was about whether he should be allowed to run or not. A person started it by comparing him to the tennis player who had to leave Australia. I noted that Kristoff was acting like an entitled asshat. Shame on me as I got tasked by someone later for making that "juvenile" observation. This poster happens to be the son of someone famous and has a rather prestigious resume himself. I didn't know him from Adam. I said I was worried about the precedent if the court rules in Kristoff's favor. He said the law applies to everyone no matter their party. I wanted to laugh at that one. I did tell him in the end that I thought what we are discussing on this thread is much more a threat to democracy than rather or not Kristoff is allowed to run. He ended by liking that comment. I have no idea of what the court will decide and if Kristoff is allowed to run and is the D in the general, I will vote for him Perish the idea of Betsy Johnson or some crazy down the rabbit hole R.

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The "tennis player" who was NOT vaccinated had no business traveling to another country - much less doing so intentionally unvaccinated! No matter how famous or entitled he is! That whole mess was unnecessary.

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Oh, I agree. I am very tired of the unvaccinated, famous and not famous.

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Me too Michele. The profound unabashed displays of ignorance from a people, in spite of having grown up in the relative safety of a country with a functioning government "by the people.., for the people" and with the premiss "all men are created equal".!

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You've hit that nail squarely on the head. Kristof is an entitled asshat.

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Thank you. That makes me feel better because I was told it was juvenile and not productive. I spend my career with juveniles and never heard them use that term. The favored female pejoratives and Anglo Saxon terms. Never have heard that from the middle schoolers going by either. They like biased slurs and those Anglo Saxons words.

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Kristoff is a passionate believer in Democracy and a brilliant commentator and writer. Sad that he is taking this "entitled" position regarding his qualifications to run. That said, were those who decided against him republicans trying to thwart a popular, articulate and passionate candidate?

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No. The Republicans in Oregon have a multitude of problems. Repubs likely would welcome a Dem who could ball up the governor's race. Dems don't support Kristoff, in general, so I wouldn't call him exactly popular. These are the people who've worked hard under difficult situations for years to keep Oregon functioning on an even keel. Where was Kristoff all that time? Playing farmer where Oregon is concerned- certainly not living there. The people who made the ultimate decision against him were the Justices on the Oregon Supreme Court, whose ruling is based solidly on the provisions of the Oregon Constitution. Kristoff doesn't come close to meeting its requirements to be on the ballot for governor. The only one complaining about it is Kristoff.

I don't happen to think he is all that "insightful", nor brilliant. He is copycatting people who are. If he cared about what has been going on in Oregon, there were lots of ways he could have used his passion to help. He didn't. A friend of mine who was been considering running for gov (someone I admire both personally and politically) told me he wasn't worried about Kristoff. (This in a rather dry tone of voice.)

I, PacNW expat, still follow things there closely. I think I might have a pretty good idea who the next gov will be. And that was before Kristoff deciding he was god. He is just a disraction and trying hard to stay one. No doubt for the future. He should look back at the history of Oregon's leadership. He might change his mind.

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Jan 19, 2022·edited Jan 19, 2022

Thanks for clarifying, Annie. I have long admired Kristoff's writing and didn't understand the specifics of his run for Governor. Sad to get these important facts from you, but grateful.

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Interesting observations. I agree that the Rs here have a multitude of problems, namely that they are following death star donny and his minions. They certainly would love some kind of distraction on the D side. The Oregon Supreme Court as far as I know, unless they made the decision today, has not ruled on his appeal. The secretary of state's office told him he did not meet the requirement. The decision will be soon because ballots have to be printed. I will check the news after i write this to see if there is actually a decision. I agree that lots of people have tried to keep things running here under difficult situations. Kate Brown would have liked to work on different things, but had to make the hard decisions for the pandemic. I think she has done a good job under the circumstances. She is truly hated by many...lots of f...Kate Brown signs around. We have some progressives who do not understand the hard work many people here in Marion County, for example, have put in. They have been busy dissing Biden instead of mentioning the things he has been able to achieve. I have no idea who the next governor will be. I am not even sure who all is running on the D side at this point. Some research to do. Thanks for your perspective.

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I so agree with you, Michele. I miss Oregon so very much and would love to move back, at least to the NW. Though I'm pretty entrenched in Vermont now, I still have close friends and family in OR and WA- and then there is the sheer beauty of the place.

BTW, I just checked news and you're right: I'd misread trying to catch up after a couple weeks of insanity here: Back-to-back blizzards with ice gluing them together, digging car out every 6 inches or so, and then having to reschedule appts because sneaky over-night ice storm glued my car shut. Geez. Plus relatives having to postpone urgent surgery because UNVACCINATED people are filling all the beds in hospitals. <mild curse>

Thanks for your comment about my perspective. It's shot about now due to lack of organization in the local political party I am (trying) to work with. It is a matter of old hands used to old ways and new hands desperate to get moving to build an effective organization but not familiar with the skills we need to use. This is not age-related. It's a matter of human beings having different perspectives.

The good news is that in between blizzards I did manage to stop by the Humane Society for a dog fix. And left with a dog. That was not planned; my little dog died recently and I didn't think I was ready. But she is perfect. She picked me, but if I were to make a list of the things I would look for, she is all of them. And I am the right person for her, because she has partially expressed albinism with light-sensitive eyes, and so do I. They thought she didn't want to go out because of the snow (Texas dog). I learned that she loves the snow, but can't see because of the glare. Just like me: I have to wear enclosed sunglasses. I have doggy goggles on order for her, and in the meantime we go out early in the morning and in the evening. What a delight to offset some of the uncertainty we all are experiencing.

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He should have just said he was appealing and left it at that. And his comments since then have been entitled, no quotes. The sec of state is a D. I don't know about her election staff. I don't see this as a partisan decision, but rather adhering to the words of the Oregon Constitution in a literal manner, knowing that it would go to court. The court can then rule on what residency means. I have no problems with his views and will vote for him if he is the candidate. One person on the thread was a journalist who interviewed him for a length of time and got nothing specific. Several were attorneys who did not speak as one voice. I would say that most, if not all, of the posters were Ds leaning to the progressive side. Perhaps if the court rules against him, he can run at another time or another office at some point.

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Kristof has many qualities. I've read his work for years. But I question his planning skills. To run for governor he should have moved back to Oregon several years ago, established his residency, and built a foundation for his candidacy. I doubt he gets on the ballot. If he does, he will lose in the primary.

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Yes, he should have read the Constitutional requirement in terms of residency. I am about to check the news if the court has made a decision.

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Doubt it. He's sure been busy digging his hole deeper. That sort of thing goes over better with reactionary Repubs than progressive anythings.

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The thread I was one had people who were both for and against Kristoff and as I noted, were probably all Ds on the progressive side. We will have to see what happens and if he alienates enough people. If he happens to be the D candidate, I will have to vote for him, but not in the primary.

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His ego. The people I know are not worried about him. He is just a moment of levity.

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That's what we said about trump. And that's what was said about hitler.

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Nick Kristoff is hardly trump or hitler. He may not win, but I think he’s a serious candidate with knowledge of the issues and actual policy goals. Have you ever read one of his columns?

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He needs to be more specific in terms of what he would do as governor. Right now he is coming off as a crybaby because things have not gone his way...that may change. But we and he will have to wait for the court's decision. They will have to decide what residency entails.

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No. I haven't. But I was responding to the sentence, "He is just a moment of levity." Evidently, being a moment of levity doesn't mean the individual won't get elected.

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The thread I was one was rather impassioned with several people who are attorneys weighting in. The pros want someone fresh who is not part of the state Ds. Goldschmidt and Kitzhaber even made an appearance even though both are old news.

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Someone needs to sit down with Joe and Kyrsten and ask them to envision what Mitch McCannot would do if he were MajLdr. It doesn't take much imagination. When it was needed to overcome objections to court packing, Mitch simply changed the rules. of COURSE he's being a two-faced hypocrite, now. What would you expect from past behavior? Calling him out just gives him air time.

While I tend to agree that the Dems should be seeking bipartisanship, that assumes that the other party is acting in good faith and is doing their job. That assumption, IMO, is misplaced when the debate is public. The face save for the recalcitrant Senators is for them to support the old-style speaking filibuster in this case only, suspending the short-cut filibuster. The rules were changed back in the day to make legislation move more smoothly. Instead, it's been used to enforce minority (of the Senate!!) rules.

I don't want to hear, again and again, how democracy is at stake, how voters are being disenfranchised, how it's all the fault of the former President. That starts to sound like blah blah blah blah blah after only a short while, and it's been going on for months. If he can't get Joe and Kyrsten to change, then Chuck should call the Senate into a closed session (turn off CSPAN), call all Senators into the chamber, take away their cell phones, and have an open conversation about the future of the country, invoke the Chatham House rule. Every Senator should be allowed to speak for maybe 5 minutes, without fear of the soundbite but also without typical Parliamentary games. Then, take ANONYMOUS votes on the parts of the bills to see if there's support for compromise without public scrutiny or on-the-record voting. Then work to pass the things that are agreed on, and table the things that aren't. At the very least, that'd be a hard core bipartisanship play without everyone trying to score political points in the media.

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They probably have a slew of even more arcane "rules" that would prevent this, but I LIKE the way you think. Perhaps you could email this post to Schumer himself? He seems to need some fresh ideas. (Someone should tell him that "mark my words" needs to be stricken from his notes. The minute he says this, my mind shuts down.)

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Thanks. I'll see what I can do :-)

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Yaa ya, but NumNutz would rather experience the "healing effect" he gets from Ms White's bra size.

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Which Republican Senators would show up at such a closed session? Maybe Romney, Murchowski and Collins. Who else? Now if McConnell endorsed such a closed session, it might work. Otherwise, don't think so.

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There must be a way to force it--all Senators had to be planted in their seats for the impeachments. Penalty of censure, perhaps? I dunno. There are also ways to lock cell phones up and maintain privacy--they can get guidance from the Jan 6 House committee if they need help on plugging leaks :-). If the rules were released publicly, then there's a chance that McCannot would be hard pressed to object. He does back down on occasion.

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"Back down"....? I agree. But, very selectively, so as not to offend and be punished by U NO HU.

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Exactly! However, if McDik failed to inform NumNutz.., Elaine would get pulled over for DUI and jailed. McDik would be castrated, and sent to the loonie bin, and replaced by faithful Kevin...until he misbehaved. And, anyone naive enuf to think attending ANY such meeting would not have serious consequences...is.. well...(this story does not end well).

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Jan 19, 2022·edited Jan 19, 2022

I think that if McConnell majority leader, Manchin would officially change parties.

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Jonathan, the moment he found out back-door..., these guys would be history but not before being punished. And 'HE' would find out. It's a noble idea, but this bunch would cave and be used as 'tools' to suck out other potential 'mutineers'. DT would probably win again, and we sure don't want that.

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Yeah. I don't buy 45 as omnipotent or even potent. Frankly, I think we should all register as Republicans. And vote Democrat (or more appropriately for the less insane candidate). The only control we have over the process is in the primaries (sadly), and gerrymandering is computed by party affiliation, not actual votes. If the ones who draw boundaries lack data on how the group inside the lines is gonna vote, then it becomes a pointless exercise.

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great idea- oops- takes a president with some backbone and I don't think Joe has it.

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It's an Article I issue, not Article II. POTUS can bully pulpit it, but (gulp!) it's up to Chuck (and maybe Joe/Kyrsten). If McCannot really had balls, he would've blindsided 45 with a real impeachment vote, and we'd be on the other side of this. Sadly that wasn't the case. If I were Chuck, I'd point that out, and give him (MinLdr) a chance to share in the credit while being able to avoid the blame (classic political value proposition).

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Kay.., I think Biden has backbone. Only he knows what his limitations are in these unprecedented times. I refuse to join the choir calling Joe the worst president ever. 'Joe' is the best hand we've got, so we need to send the message that we are going to kick their mutherfooken azz..., nuthin less!! Bang!

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Exactly. Biden speech on January 6 was a great example of this, standing up to the lies and was a powerful soundbite for progress being made. Democrats need to be smarter and realize they need to control the narrative and not just work hard, keep their heads down, and hope we all notice.

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I will ask that they still work hard. But acquire better communication skills.

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And got called "unpresidential" by McConnell. Guess Republicans can't take the truth.

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Listened to his press conference this afternoon. I think he touched openly and honestly on these questions. Looking forward to more. And to Heather's letter tomorrow.

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I watched all of it, too. I thought he did a great job. He inherited a disastrous America.

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It's no secret that Vladimir Putin wants to establish hegemony over what was once the USSR and it's no secret that the House Select Committee will ultimately place the blame for the January 6 attack on the Capitol where it belongs, on the defeated former President. But these issues should not deter Democrats from focusing on the November elections! In view of the imminent defeat of their voting rights legislation, HCR reports points out that they will break it up into individual pieces, forcing senators to take positions against the various pieces of the law, generally popular with the people. Every word spoken by Senators Ron Johnson and Marco Rubio, who are running for re-election and who will certainly vote against voter rights legislation, should be vehemently thrown back at them repeatedly, every day, from now until Election Day. Right now, these two seats, and successfully defending Democratic seats which will be contested, are more important than the January 6 investigation and Putin’s ambitions.

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Your points are well made but I disagree that the points you make about the 2022 election are *more* important than the January 6 investigation but would agree that they are equally important. In fact, I believe that what has been and is being uncovered by the 1/6 Committee may be essential in turning some voters against radical Republican (redundant these days) candidates and helping to retain or even expand Democratic seats in both houses.

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What the House Select Committee comes up with may swing some votes, but we cannot wait for that to happen nor let it delay nor deter us from mobilizing to win in 2022. That should be the highest priority right now.

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I agree 100% that the Senate is where the action has to be. But Little Marco and Ron the Pawn will scream "witch hunt" regardless, and voters need to have someone to vote *for*. I hope that Tom Nelson and Val Demings don't just run against 45 and will consider making news by bucking the stereotype and honestly questioning some of Biden's actions--it worked for Kamala, after all. I think that midterms are about buyer's remorse when in comes to POTUS, so establishing at least a little daylight there will make it easier to vote out an incumbent.

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Yes! And not Schumer. He is just not a convincing speaker. And I love E. Warren, but last night she was on the Senate floor citing case law to support voting rights. It was brilliant and coherent but not moving/ persuasive. I would like to see Durban, Klobuchar and Warnock speaking all over the media. They all have different styles, but each convincing in its own way.

And enough with the tweets. Get on talk radio, tv and CSpan to make your case. Constantly and with strong, clear messages that are simple yet powerful.

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Watching the Senate right now, and want to add Whitehouse to my list of preferred speakers.

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Agree with your comments about Schumer. Although he can play the part. And, Liz Warren's educating us on case law, but wil we really experience a Behavioral Change? Was Mid-America even listenng? Give me Durban and Warnock. Klobuchar's attempt to say anything that Mid-America relates to suffers from her higher education skills. Give me a Gaetz or Jordan..yeah one who believes in the truth and can articulate something Mid-American's relate to. We need to quit meay-mouthing this stuff.

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I heard Steve Scalise on ABC yesterday. He was asked repeatedly about his objections to the voting rights bill and its various components, and his response was the same—we should be concentrating on the “failures “ of the Biden administration, inflation, Afghanistan etc. Irish the media would stop giving these jokers a megaphone! The stick to their script and their responses to serious questions are entirely predictable—but Biden!!!

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Seems that the Democrats are complacent in deceiving themselves into a comfortable reliance upon the "Talk-Show-Hosts" & "Late-Night-Comedians" as their megaphonic P. R. apparatus...

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Yes, the Repubs understand marketing far better than Dems. If they didn't, they wouldn't have so much success peddling nonsense.

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You can thank Murdoch for that. Fox News is not an accident, it deliberately built to be a propaganda organ.

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They only exist to be the counter party, they really don't know or have any interest in governance.

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(Just for clarity, which "they" are you referring to-Democrats or Republicans?) The entry above yours is referencing Democrats so I was unsure which party you were talking about.

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Jan 19, 2022·edited Jan 19, 2022

"announcing what greedy, unpatriotic, power-hungry characters the Democrats are" Interestingly, this is exactly how the right-wing FB or Twitter responses react. They don't present any evidence or information. They just call Democrats derogatory names and blame for things they didn't do. The newest one is that the Democrats in the 7 red states committed voter and election fraud. I pointed out it was the Republicans that filed the fake elector vote certificates, and I get a laughing emoji. I've concluded that a laughing emoji indicates they have no information for a response.

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We are too nice!

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Indeed, it would help if we had more Representatives being vocal, being concise, with specifics that take issue with the faux facts being gurgitated by "the Party of No". By the way Debbie, you going to the APBA mtg in Orlando?

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MadRussian, if you are speaking to me I think you have another Deborah Howe in mind (I have no idea what the APBA is!). I'm in MA

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Small world - yes. APBA is American Power Boat Assoc. We'reboat racers in ME., pretty close though. I like your posts.

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Well, there! I'd be more likely to go to an ASTA (American Sail Training Association) gathering, but thanks for your kind comment ~ I'm really grateful to your fellow Mainer (HCR) for her daily dispatches.

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Tucker, with his permanent, serious, knitted eyebrows, is a traitor.

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So is “journalist” Rupert Murdoch. Why is he never mentioned since he has a rat hole thru to Vlad. Ex Wendy Deng (Ivanka BFF) took up with Vlad after the divorce I read. shouldn’t some “probing journalist” look into that. A few facts might shine a little light on Rupert’s Russia love. Or it just might be a visceral hatred of Dems since he helped Reagan get elected. Only the shadow knows at this point.

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It's the bro-mance of two oligarchs who have nobody to stand in their way.

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I'm wondering if Homeland Security isn't looking in to Rupert's shit. He's naturalized, so they can strip his citizenship if he screws up. Personally, I think his media empire has collectively done more to contribute to our current situation than any one individual, even the late loser Limbaugh.

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Indeed he has, he is no American, real or imagined

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Jan 19, 2022·edited Jan 19, 2022

If he had a wagon he would be a snake oil salesman traveling from village to village selling elixirs that caused blindness. As long as he gets his money and brief moment in the sun, he will say anything, sell anything. He has no soul. He sold it. As I find his advertisers I add them to the bann. As he ages and can no longer do a days work he will become a full time politician.

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Where does he think he’s going to take all of his wealth when he passes, which from the looks of him will be soon, not a penny will cross over with him, but his karma most certainly will, just like the imbecilic clown that we had for president I wouldn’t trade all of his wealth which will be useless on the other side, for the karma he will get to keep. I would call that a deal with the devil.

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Those vacant souls first became distracted by fame & fortune.

Then a cancerous greed metastasized into total enslavement by the great deceiver permanently transfiguring them into the walking dead.

There will come a day they will catch a brief glimmer of themselves through a darkened mirror.

It is then they will see what they have become.

That shock will scare them to death!

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Perpetually constipated. That’s the face he makes.

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The Indignant Hubris of the Super Rich when some little kid rides his bike on their lawn

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Traitor, yes, but I have other names for him.....not proper to use here.

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I hope that the FBI has Carlson on their watch list.

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Tucker’s career goal: become the lead anchor on RT.

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Still getting the Russian paycheck.

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Putin needs to send for him, so we no longer have to hear people quote his traitorous spewage even.

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Perhaps if he wore the proper sized underware his eyebrows wouldn't be so 'knitted'.

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I actually LOL at this comment. Thanks!

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Jan 19, 2022·edited Jan 19, 2022

His expression reminds me of infants trying to do a bowel movement.

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Sociopath in my observation.

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Truth. Succinct!

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Should be rewarded as traitors are.

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Isn't it sad that even here, tabloid "journalists" and their networks get name recognition for spewing out frank lies and outrageous theories under the guise of constitutionally guaranteed freedom of speech. Since when was the constitution interpreted to include blatant falsehoods under freedom of speech? Rupert Murdoch condones this behavior and the best way to throttle the garbage that Fox spews out on a daily basis is to go after Murdoch with every tool within the law. Hit him where it hurts most; in the pocket book. Libel, slander, defamation of character, incitement of violence, things within both the civil and criminal realm of the law could tie him up in every jurisdiction in the country until he finally decides to broadcast verified news rather than the shlock that gets Fox such attention by its gullible followers.

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I do not understand that Fox, in particular Carlson, is not named as a coconspirator in the attempt to destroy democracy in the US. Clearly he is in the pocket of Russian aggression against the democratic world at large.

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Well, in spirit true, but in terms of libel, I'm guessing not so much. I mean, if he's SPECIFICALLY involved in 1/6/21, my guess is he'll come up soon in the Comission--much the way Sean Hannity did. But in terms of his general leanings, speech, etc? Nah. And think about the cast of characters ranging from Father Coughlin to Lyndon LaRouche to G. Gordon Liddy who've come before--all of them probably worse (although two of them DID go to jail. Hmmm...). My guess is that Carlson has been EXTREMELY careful with what he's said/not said and knows exactly what the boundaries are of what he can get away with.

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Rupert knows how to walk that line, but he has overstepped ad nauseam in my view, for what that’s worth. I was subjected to Fox at friends house early on. They had it on 24/7, literally. I would comment about something being not true. Then I started to ask people “where did you hear that” as they repeated lies. Always from Fox. That was back when they didn’t rule the world. One could see the train a’coming.

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His daddy and his boss as well

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Murdoch should have never been allowed citizenship here, nor allowed to buy into media markets here. I believe this happened on Reagan’s watch. All part of a multi decades effort to destroy efforts to create a representative democracy. It appears that the trump years have brought all these efforts into clearer view, having turned the rock over, allowing the light of day to shine on it all, and daring the rest of the country to try and thwart their efforts. Battle royale it is. We have a front row seat. Put your seatbelt on!

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Unless Dems still think it’s a game. Quote from Jack Kemp at dinner to honor Rupert for work on behalf of Reagan, Jan 1981 “Rupert Murdoch used the editorial page, the front page, and every other page necessary to elect Ronald Reagan President.” And Reagan gave him carte Blanche. Bill Moyers told us, over and over. He was our Paul Revere, but too many had tuned in to the shinny bauble…

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I believe that many Dems truly get the severity of the current situation. Will their clarion call be loud or convincing enough? Only time will be the judge of that. I wish that historians had more quickly sounded the alarm. For many, they remained at some distance from the fray, observing this train wreck. I remember when Jon Meacham, almost overnight, went from observer to alarmist. Our wonderful and insightful historians hold great ability to help us connect the dots in this movement to keep our fragile vision on track. I liken the idea, the vision of representative democracy, to a baby. You don’t just place it a crib with a bottle and expect it to raise itself. I suppose a garden would be another good analogy. That idea reminds me of the Parable of the Sower, Matthew 13…oh well…

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The Good Soil now being destroyed by the "Climate" Change Catastrophe

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Truth!

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Agree Nathan. I cringe even seeing Tuckems name mentioned. How dare he defy the President of the United States to curry favor with the likes of Putin. I imagine a dunce cap on his head anytime I hear his name or his blathering rhetoric.

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For the life of me, I do not understand my contemporaries (and those a few years older) who served in the armed forces during the Cold War that are now lapping up the drivel that Faux Noise spews out like it is mother's milk. Do they not see what they are lapping up is what they fought for their careers?

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A November NPR article on how the Murdochs are endorsing Carlson’s incendiary “journalism” and prime-timing other of the network's Trumpian “news” programs, leading true newscasters to resign in protest, made me cringe:

https://www.npr.org/2021/11/21/1052837157/fox-resignations-tucker-carlson-patriot-purge-documentary

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I believe Fox is bundled in with cable packages and needs high viewer ratings, so this kind of crap draws viewers. Thank you for this link. I will watch.🌹

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I won’t watch, has made me heave for decades. Other countries have banned Fox. We are too “awed” by his journalistic credentials. Hahahahahaha

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How do we submit the same ban of Fox propaganda in our country?

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Aggressively, boisterously, continuously boycott their advertisers en masse

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And let the advertisers know. Like Mike S and Ron Boyd state below, it’s the money what matters to them…

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Will never as long as the family owns the airwaves, and thus the magats

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Unfettered capitalism. The US doesn’t care if it’s Hitlerian levels of propaganda as long as it’s free market profit and donations.

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Cris was never a journalist, he spewed Rupert’s crap as much as anybody.

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The linked piece actually focuses on two other newscasters that NPR appears to consider conservative journalists. I agree with your reluctance regarding Wallace, but at least he did set a few records (and some of his Fox peers) straight, if only occasionally. Now even that is missing from that network.

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I hope Mike was as disgusted as I was. However, since he had to bury one son, he may have forgiven the other one.

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Jan 19, 2022·edited Jan 19, 2022

Have you ever listened the Randy Newman's song: "It's Money That Matters". ??

for Murdoch, that is ALL that matters.

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Of all of the people that I used to know

Most never adjusted to the great big world

I see them lurking in book stores

Working for the Public Radio

Carrying their babies around in a sack on their back

Moving careful and slow

It's money that matters

Hear what I say

It's money that matters

In the USA

All of these people are much brighter than I

In any fair system they would flourish and thrive

But they barely survive

They eke out a living and they barely survive

When I was a young boy, maybe thirteen

I took a hard look around me and asked what does it mean?

So I talked to my father, and he didn't know

And I talked to my friend and he didn't know

And I talked to my brother and he didn't know

And I talked to everybody that I knew

It's money that matters

Now you know that it's true

It's money that matters

Whatever you do

Then I talked to a man lived up on the county line

I was washing his car with a friend of mine

He was a little fat guy in a red jumpsuit

I said "You look kind of funny"

He said "I know that I do"

"But I got a great big house on the hill here

And a great big blonde wife inside it

And a great big pool in my backyard and another great big pool beside it

Sonny it's money that matters, hear what I say

It's money that matters in the USA

It's money that matters

Now you know that it's true

It's money that matters whatever you do"

Songwriter: Randy Newman

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0eaiZ6sdYnE

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Golden rule be damned. And prosperity gospel sealed the deal

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Even GOD likes people with money better. Yep. :-)

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Yes, indeed. Randy Newman saw it clearly.

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Not “ALL”. Money is part of it no doubt, but there is an ideology mixed in, an elitism that is centuries old. He knew that he could bring his brand of journalism here, having bribed his way in, and be protected by the 1st Amendment. He was a known and fairly disliked entity in Australia and the UK.

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And he’s a foreigner who’s permitted to spew this s**t all he wants with no repercussions.

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Hey, jumping on that xenophobic thought: What kind of name is RUPERT anyway?

:-)

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His name used to be Mephistopheles, until he changed it to become an American citizen!

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I have a friend who named her cat Rupert.

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I can see it for a cat! :-)

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No, no cat of mine

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He is a US citizen.

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Oh indeed he is, he found fertile ground and is destroying it. But he’s got compounds all around everybody’s land.

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Since 1985 so he could then own a TV network.

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He has been a U.S. citizen since 1985. I imagine it's dual citizenship with Australia. Reportedly, it is so he can own a tv network.

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He did have a burning love for Reagan

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Absolutely! He is ultimately responsible for what comes out of the mouths of his employees.

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Attica maybe

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Parents of one of the children who died at Sandy Hook School did that to Alex Jones. He’s still blowing out Crap in his Megaphone. Hope he’s on the list of the 1/6 Committee.

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Plenty of rich donor's no doubt, probably includes Rupert

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I want to know why Rupert Murdoch and kids want to destroy the US. They certainly can’t miss that’s what they’re doing. Zuckerberg is pure power, so at least his motivation is clear.

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Greed and Power, I'd say. Rupert did say that when he called the PM of UK, he wanted him to answer the phone. Tony Blair at the time. Behind the scenes POWER

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I suspect it’s the same ideology in which most Republicans are engaged. That the rich(powerful) are the ones who should rule(lord)over the rest of us. In the modern context, that sentiment is squarely at odds with Democracy, and often finds itself at odds with our Constitution, and subsequent amendments. I get the idea that anything short of a rewrite of the Constitution and many of our laws will not ultimately suffice for them.

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Here, here. So much could be uncovered sniffing around his evil life. Could help Succession with plot lines for eternity.

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Nathan, works for me....thank you!

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Oh, from your mouth...!

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Absolutely!!!

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Good news is that Emily’s List, the largest donor to Sinema, has said she will lose their support if she votes against the Voting Rights Bill. Would that Manchin had donors with a moral compass and not just keeping a failing industry alive.

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Sinema is a Republican in Democrat's robes. She is a grandstander and an impediment to what her party is trying to achieve.

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2015 her net worth = $35,000.00

Today it is $1,000,000.00

Hmmm...she must have "Earned" a raise, Eh!?

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Exactly-gotta "earn" those donations, right?

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The fact that he has a penis means he feels inviolate. Also he is a Wholly Owned Subsidiary of Koch Industries and the Coal and Petroleum lobby.

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I also think being from a backwater like West Virginia, he loves all the attention and being the decider. The fact that he and the Miss Lala Land from Arizona are standing in the way of the voting rights act and doing what needs to be done with the filibuster, just fries me. Yes, I know that the Rs are guilty too, but they have become the party of death.

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KKKoch Sucker!

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(What a good moniker for those type of folks w/o breaking any posting rules!)

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No Dem, just blackmailer

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Yes, a failing industry that has sickened or killed most of those West Virginians who work in the mines. He is getting his money at the cost of black-lung among his constituents.

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Sinema WONT vote against the bill — she heartily, publicly “supports” it.

She will NOT, however, support the ONLY way to get it passed.

A technicality — she’ll still get her Emily money. So sleazy.

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Does she have any other corporate donors that need some pressure?

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Yes. A list. Check out Open Secrets.

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That info should b public info

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It is.

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I strongly urge Emily's List to dump her whether or not she votes for the voting rights bill.

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Damn, what the hell. Should have happened eons ago.

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Sinema is going to vote for the Voting Rights Bill. She knows it won't pass because of the fillibuster. She won't vote to make a carve out. So Emily's List (if that's what they said) will continue to support her.

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I certainly hope not. Last night's NY Times article indicate Emily's list will withdraw their support if she doesn't support amending the filibuster so the bill can pass:

"One of the largest contributors to Senator Kyrsten Sinema’s political rise announced on Tuesday that it would cut off its financial support if the senator continues to refuse to change the Senate’s filibuster rules to allow for passage of far-reaching voting rights legislation."

We'll see. . . .

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Well, if Emily's List continues to support her, I'm one who will cut off MY support for Emily's List!

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me too and anyone else who supports Trojan Horses

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Thanks for this quote. I just emailed Emily's List to support this cut-off.

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Hope true, money is ALL that talks

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The Republicans will lead her to a new donor to replace Emily’s List-lots of money floating around..Rupert can help her out..

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Excellent. Good to know.

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We know what you are Emily’s list. Sinema and pretending you’re not

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As if there isn’t enough stomach-turning news, in Florida today:

From AP-“A Florida bill that would prohibit public schools and private businesses from making white people feel “discomfort” when they teach students or train employees about discrimination in the nation’s past received its first approval Tuesday.”🧐🤬

https://apnews.com/article/business-florida-lawsuits-ron-desantis-racial-injustice-3ec10492b7421543315acf4491813c1b?utm_medium=AP&utm_source=Twitter&utm_campaign=SocialFlow

“Discomfort" is the code word Republicans are using in schools and workplaces in order to suppress decency and conscience. They want to mold a population that looks the other way and stays silent about violence and racism.

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This on top of DeSantis' proposed an Office of Election Crimes and Security that would empower police to investigate elections and arrest people who are accused of violating election laws makes Florida look more and more like a fascist state.

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It would seem that perhaps the 650,000 Jewish people living primarily in the southern areas of Florida might be especially sensitive to Repugnican's fascist bastardization of election laws, Eh!? This might be the great untapped astute equalizing voting power to force DeSantis and his ilk to their knees for reasons atypical from 'De Rigueur'

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They know what speaking out can get you, with fascists in charge

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Anyone would certainly think so, right?!

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That’s the plan man

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Are Blacks also to be shielded from “discomfort”?

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No, Carol. “Blacks” are used to not feeling comfortable apparently according to Gov DeSantis. “Whites” need a law to govern how they feel. I was not aware that people do not own their feelings.

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I thought it was Democrats who were so "feeling" based?

Turns out it is Republicans that melt when confronted with truth.

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Always has been! He who cries “Snowflake” is the first to melt.

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Very, very, very true.

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Jan 19, 2022·edited Jan 19, 2022

(In Death Santis's opinion, Blacks' feelings aren't real, right? S/)

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Answer: Florida will put a law in place that is LEGAL for whites to make blacks uncomfortable in any setting.

Wait, that law is already there. I forgot.

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Wow.

Florida white folks are so fragile, so easily traumatized, so used to someone telling them they are special, so used to "easy" that we cannot even read a story to them from HCR's "To Make Men Free: A History of the Republican Party".

Like how John Wilkes Booth heard Lincoln's speech describing a slave free America with Black folks being treated as human, even (GASP) voting, and then killed him for that perspective.

Florida white folks are so weak, so fragile, that the truth might just shatter them.

How did we get to THIS point??

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40 years of preparation.

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