(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 27, 2020 Trump threatens to shut down Twitter after the site calls him out on 2 out of 52,000 lies
Tuesday, Donald Trump did something that Donald Trump does everyday -- lie on Twitter. But something unusual did happen in response. After 52,000 tweets, Twitter decided to actually call out one of Trump's persistent lies. Twitter added "get the facts" tags to a pair of Trump tweets about vote by mail. Those facts show that Trump's claims about vote by mail leading to fraud, are themselves fraudulent.
(5 comments) SHARE 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) SHARE 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.
(7 comments) SHARE 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
(1 comments) SHARE 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.
SHARE 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:
SHARE 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.
SHARE 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.