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Russian Impulses 0

Shaun Mullen thinks push is coming to shove.

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The Republican Coups 0

Mike argues that Republicans are winning their war on democracy. In his commentary, he also highlights the hypocrisy if tge self-styled “Christian” conservatives. (Warning: Language. Also, when I viewed it, the audio was fine, but the video wasn’t. It’s the audio that matters.)

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A Tune for the Times 0

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The Voter Fraud Fraud 0

Jay Bookman points out some real life voter fraud. Here’s a bit from his article:

This year, however, conservatives seem to have finally found the evidence of voting fraud that they’ve long sought, and they’ve found it in North Carolina of all places. A Republican political operative, hired by a Republican congressional candidate, has been accused of running a large-scale operation to submit fraudulent absentee ballots in favor of the GOP and to collect and destroy large numbers of absentee ballots in favor of the Democratic candidate.

Do please read the rest, in which he demonstrates that this is but one element in North Carolina Republicans’ steaming, fetid pile of duplicity.

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Batten Down the Hatch Act 0

Elie Mystal reports that the Trump administration has reinterpreted the Hatch Act, which bans Federal employees from partisan politics while on the job. A snippet:

This week, the Office of Special Counsel (not the Mueller people, the guys who say the President can torture people) issued “guidance” about the Hatch Act. They told federal employees that any talk of “impeachment” could violate the Act, as well as talk of “resistance.”

That’s right. Legal counsel to the President unironically conceded that trying to prevent the President of the United States from committing high crimes and misdemeanors, or merely discussing those crimes, was tantamount to working for the Democratic Party and should be prohibited. In TrumpWorld there is no country, only Trump, so anybody working with the interests of the country in mind must be working against Trump and should be subject to prohibitions against political activity.

Follow the link for the rest.

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Trade War Games 0

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More of the Same 0

Werner Herzog’s Bear is not optimistic.

Methinks he has a point.

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Twits on Twitter 0

Jason330 makes a valid point:

I’ve said from the beginning that the press should not call them “tweets” but “statements.” We’ve given Trump’s statements through twitter a special status.

Follow the link for his reasoning.

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“The Cheatin’ Side of Town the Aisle” 0

Leonard Pitts, Jr.

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Gut Instincts 0

Carl Hiaasen takes inventory.

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Jobbed, Reprise 0

As he slowly turns into the Grinch, Donald Trump says,

Via Job’s Anger.

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The Summit of Trumpling 0

David tries to make sense out of Donald Trump’s behavior at the G20 Summit.

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Designer Genes 0

Two scientists looking at a DNA double-helix.  with genes labeled

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Collateral Damage 0

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American Exceptionalism 0

Graphic:  Number of people who go bankrupt every year because of medical bills:  France, zero; Iceland, zero; UK, zero; Italy, zero; Spain, zero; Germany, zero; Australia, zero; Canada, zero; USA, 643,000.  (based on 2013 NerdWallet findings)

Via Job’s Anger.

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The Lyin’ King 0

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Memento Mori 0

Shaun Mullen reflects on the legacy of the last competent Republican president.

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Gut Instincts 0

Donald Trump says,

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A Picture Is Worth 0

Hannah Arendt quote:  The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the dedicated communist, but people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction, true and false, no longer exists.

Via Job’s Anger.

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Facebook Frolics 0

Vindictive frolics.

Aside:

I’m not sure I agree wholly with Farron’s comments about how telling lies on “social” media does not constituted “election interference.” Certainly, it’s not the same as interfering with the casting or counting of ballots, but I submit that the line between “election interference” and “electorate interference” is a fuzzy one.

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