Monthly Archives: May 2017

New poll in the SC-5th shows Democrat behind by not as much as you might think, under the circumstances

Here we go again with a special election in a very Republican district with the media suggesting there is a race when there really isn’t one. A poll by Anzalone Liszt Grove Research was completed on May 25th for the … Continue reading

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Morning Headlines

New York Times: Trump expected to pull U.S. from Paris climate accord Politico: Support for Trump impeachment rises CNN News: Comey to testify publicly about Trump confrontation The Hill: White House preps broad exemption from birth control mandate NBC News: Kathy … Continue reading

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Jerry Springer for governor of Ohio? Come on. No

Are you ready? Probably not for this. Jerry Springer, that Jerry Springer, is being touted as a candidate for governor of Ohio on the Democratic side for 2018. He was mayor of Cincinnati so it’s not as rediculous as it … Continue reading

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Politico: Mike Dubke, Trump’s communications director, has resigned New York Times: Investigation turns to Kushner’s motives in meeting with a Putin ally CNN Politics: It’s getting harder to say Russian meddling didn’t actually help lead to Trump’s victory and Clinton’s … Continue reading

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Campaign Headlines

Daily Kos: Which district has the most veterans? Florida’s 1st Chicago Tribune: Chris Kennedy to announce the next phase of his campaign Los Angeles Times: African American Caucus seeks formal apology after Rep. Maxine Waters is cut off during state convention … Continue reading

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Even if Democrats lose the GA-6th, it’ll be okay

The expectations game in politics is infuriating. Democrats have put up exceedingly respectable efforts in three very red congressional district special elections, losing in each case by margins far smaller than would have been the case if Trump’s administration had … Continue reading

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Maine Supreme Court strikes down ranked ballot system

Last week Maine’s Supreme Judicial Court struck down what would have been the nation’s  first ranked-choice voting system – a new voting system previously approved by a referendum. This  would have impacted gubernatorial, congressional and legislative elections. Such a system is … Continue reading

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New York Times: Jared Kushner’s role is tested as Russia case grows Politico: How Congress could cripple Robert Mueller CNN Politics: While campaigning, Merkel says Europeans can’t ‘completely’ rely on US, others Washington Post: As White House defends Jared Kushner, … Continue reading

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Trump’s goal was to win an election, not govern a country

Donald Trump’s finest moment was winning the presidency, and though we can argue about how legitimate the win was, no one is going to take his victory away now. The election is over but Trump seems to want nothing more … Continue reading

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Hillary Clinton is a private citizen and can do and say anything she wants. Full stop

After Hillary Clinton’s commencement address at Wellesley last week, tongues were flapping that she was considering another run at the presidency or that she was at the very least trying to position herself as leader in the opposition against Donald … Continue reading

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Politico: Trump aides facing perilous stage of Russia probe New York Times: Trump Returns to crisis over Kushner as White House tries to contain it Washington Post: Alternately charming and boorish, Trump plays the role of a lifetime overseas CNN … Continue reading

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Ted Cruz caught in campaign violation. Big yawn

In a world in which Donald Trump is president, no one is going to pay much attention to a campaign fundraising violation by another Republican candidate in last year’s political primary. The Federal Election Commission (FEC) on Thursday said that … Continue reading

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Trump administration lies about not cutting Medicaid (video)

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Morning Headlines

New York Times: Kushner is said to have discussed a secret channel to talk to Russia Politico: Lawyer: Kushner ‘has no recollection’ of reported undisclosed Russian contacts CNN Politics: The Russia investigation: Everything you need to know The Hill: CBO … Continue reading

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The Gil Evans Orchestra: “La Nevada” (1961)

Leader: Gil Evans; Album: Out of the Cool; Producer: Creed Taylor; Genre: Jazz; Label: Impulse!; Recorded Date: November 18 & 30, December 10 & 15, 1960; Release Date: February 1961. Track Listing: (1) “La Nevada” (Gil Evans); (2) “Where Flamingos Fly” (Elthea … Continue reading

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This Day in America: May 26, 1938 – The House Committee on Un-American Activities is established (the Dies Committee)

Here’s a timely bit of history: The House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) was created in 1938 to investigate alleged disloyalty and subversive activities on the part of private citizens, public employees, and those organizations suspected of having Communist ties. Reorganized … Continue reading

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Hillary Rodham Clinton addresses graduates at her alma mater, Wellesley College – full remarks (video)

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Campaign News

BuzzFeed: Key Republicans are encouraging “Hillbilly Elegy” author J.D. Vance to run For Senate in Ohio Politico: Hatch says Romney won’t run for his Senate seat Insider New Jersey: Stockton Poll: Murphy (D), Guadagno (R) lead in primary races for … Continue reading

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Violent offender wins Montana House seat

Absolutely no surprise that Republican Greg Gianforte won the House special election for Montana’s only seat yesterday. The margin of victory was a little surprising, around 7 points, given that this one should never have been that close. Trump won … Continue reading

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Obama talks walls (video)

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