(6 comments) Wednesday, March 27, 2019 If you already like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, you'll love her after seeing this
We hear things that are stunning, urgent, challenging and sometimes humorous from this new congresswoman almost every day. And almost every day, more Americans wonder why we can't just lower the age for presidential candidates to 29.
Here's AOC's latest GOP ass-whoopin', courtesy of a C-SPAN clip
(5 comments) Monday, February 18, 2019 Hidden History: The Mexican-American War
In 1844, the central issue in American politics was Texas.
For several decades, the area of Texas (then a part of Mexico) had been steadily settled by immigrants from America some of them legally, some not. By 1836, most of the population was American, and in an armed rebellion, the "Republic of Texas" declared its independence from Mexico and asked the United States to annex it as a state.
(4 comments) Sunday, March 25, 2018 Fox News Turns Against Donald Trump for the Worst Imaginable Reason
Trump whined about having to sign a bill that was so chock-full of crap he didn't like. He said that he would never sign another bill like this one, and most Americans probably hope that's true. The spectacle of Trump lambasting a bill as he was signing it is actually a rather good depiction of his pitiful proclivity for failure.
(2 comments) Sunday, July 23, 2017 UPDATE: Senate health repeal FAILS the Byrd Rule; Freedom Caucus throws in the towel!
The GOP Senate version of Obamacare repeal, known as BCRA, does not meet the requirements of the Byrd Rule in many important areas, according to a ruling from the Senate Parliamentarian. Those provisions would have to be removed from the bill in order for the bill to pass under "reconciliation" rules, i.e., the "Byrd Rule".
(7 comments) Sunday, May 14, 2017 Krugman: Yes, Republicans Are Perfectly Willing To Betray This Country.
It is difficult to say which is more appalling--the thoroughly bizarre, flailing behavior of the current Occupant of the White House in attempting to justify this week's shocking actions, or the stone-cold silence of the political Party that is backing him.
Paul Krugman in today's New York Times has some choice words about the Republican members of the Congress and Senate who have chosen to stand mute
(3 comments) Wednesday, April 12, 2017 Eric Trump explains that his father fired missiles because Ivanka was upset
after railing that Obama should stay out of Syria, stay out of Syria, and stay out of Syria despite the fact that more than 1,400 people had died in that earlier chemical weapons attack, Trump's tiny heart finally thawed after an attack an order of magnitude smaller. Why?
(1 comments) Thursday, April 21, 2016 A Future to Believe In
I want to talk about why I will be going to my county convention in Washington as a proud delegate for Sanders. I want to talk about why I look him up at least twenty times today. I want to talk about why any of you who are Sanders supporters should continue to stand by him as well, instead of losing hope, getting depressed, and walking away. I want to talk about why the established forces should listen too.
Sunday, April 17, 2016 Hillary Victory Fund: $2 million for downballot Dems, $22 million for Hillary
Politico has an interesting report, especially in light of the constant refrain that Hillary has raised 10s of millions for downballot Dems while Bernie is all about himself.
First of all, this "Victory Fund" is usefully structured as a cozy "joint fundraising committee", letting it skirt like a ballerina around otherwise onerous campaign finance laws:
Saturday, December 26, 2015 DNC Data Breach Reveals a Lot More Than Hillary's (and Maybe Bernie's) Campaign Data
The fact that the DNC data breach happened, and that the Sanders lawsuit is apparently continuing, may end up being good for Democrats as a whole and for all Democratic campaigns going forward.
The data breach is shining a light not just on the technology vendor at the heart of the issue, but also on the extreme level of control over candidates it has put into the hands of the head of the DNC.
Monday, November 30, 2015 The horrifying behavior of Anita Alvarez, Chicago's head prosecutor
Over the next year I'll be writing about the prosecutors up for election in 2016. Some of them have been tyrants in office--breaking laws, over prosecuting, and doing whatever they can to secure a conviction. I'm starting with one of the very worst ones: Anita Alvarez.
(5 comments) Sunday, October 18, 2015 Rolling Stone: Hillary Clinton's take on banks won't hold up
Hillary Clinton is pushing an idea that the banks weren't responsible for the 2008 crash. Haha
Matt Taibbi at Rolling Stone writes that Hillary is "counting on America's ignorance about the 2008 crash".