Posted in Analysis Politics

McConnell caves on filibuster after Democrats Manchin and Sinema reiterate opposition to scrapping ‘Jim Crow relic’

“McConnell engaged in the most blatant, ridiculous act of obstructionism imaginable, and instead of telling him that if he kept it up, they’d take that power from him, key Dems reassured him that they’d never take…

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Posted in Columns Wade Rathke

Recruiting techniques for extremists and supremacists

by Wade Rathke January 26, 2021 New Orleans    In the wake of the January 6th days of rage at the US Capitol there’s a lot of buzz about the rise of rightwing extremists. The head…

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Posted in COVID Reboot 2021 Interview

“We’ve let the worst happen”: reflecting on 400,000 dead

A much-needed check-in with health care reporter Caroline Chen as we examine the toll COVID-19 has taken on the country and what to expect from a new president. by Logan Jaffe, ProPubica January 23, 2021 In…

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Posted in Filibuster Opinion

‘Hell, even David Brooks agrees’ Democrats should ‘absolutely kill the filibuster’

“Can’t believe David Brooks and I finally agree on a thing,” said one progressive organizer. by Jon Queally, staff writer Friday, January 22 Even New York Times columnist David Brooks—widely reviled over many years for his…

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Posted in Columns Politics Wade Rathke

Boebert’s Colorado 3rd District isn’t that Safe

by Wade Rathke January 22, 2021 Pearl River ewly-minted Congresswoman Boebert sees herself as the right’s answer to Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez and the so-called Squad of progressive women in Congress. She unseated five-term Republican representative Scott Tipton…

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Posted in Government News Politics

McConnell delaying Democratic takeover in effort to preserve filibuster

‘Basically Trying to Overturn the Senate Election’ “McConnell is already abusing the filibuster to block the constitution of the new majority. Nuking the filibuster is the appropriate response.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, January 22…

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Posted in DACA Immigration News

Biden’s path to citizenship for immigrants could face an uphill battle

  by Ryan Knappenberger, Cronkite News Thursday, January 21 WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden unveiled a sweeping immigration reform bill Wednesday that would create a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants, preserve DACA and end…

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Posted in News Politics Race for the White House 2020

Hello Joe, ByeDon. ‘He’s Gone’: Celebrations as Trump —Worst and Most Dangerous President in American History— Departs White House.

—”Goodbye and good riddance Donald Trump. See you at your trial,” said Sen. Ed Markey. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, January 20, 2021 Donald Trump is still technically president, but Americans on social media and…

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Posted in Columns Wade Rathke

Crowd chaos underlines differences in Instigators versus Organizers

by Wade Rathke January 19, 2021 Pearl River   The post-mortem on the Capitol mob scene has been bizarrely interesting from an organizing perspective. A lot of it has been more about name-calling than analysis. This…

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Posted in Government News Politics

Memo details steps Biden can take to sidestep GOP obstruction, from reconciliation to shutting down the filibuster

“Biden was elected with a mandate to break gridlock and deliver results. He should use it.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, January 19 With Senate Republicans already indicating that they will attempt to block passage…

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Posted in Guns News Politics

NRA, reviled gun lobby group, files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

‘Thoughts and Prayers to the NRA’ “The world will be a better place when the NRA is finally destroyed. Looks like that day is closer.” by Jon Queally, staff writer Friday, January 15 “Thoughts and prayers.”…

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Posted in News Right Wing Militias

Officials prep for possible inauguration protests at Arizona Capitol

By Ryan Knappenberger,  Cronkite News Friday, January 15, 2021 The Arizona Capitol is surrounded by two rows of chain-link fence and police presence has been increased, as authorities brace for possible violence in response to the…

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Posted in Columns Politics Wade Rathke

Mr. Transactional, Mitch McConnell

by Wade Rathke January 15, 2021 Little Rock    To follow politics in Washington these days, we don’t need a telescope, we need a Geiger counter. Some of the mischief is crystal clear, but way too…

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Posted in News Politics

Arizona lawmakers split as Trump impeached by House for a second time

“Donald Trump is not just incompetent. He’s not just corrupt. He’s downright dangerous and should never be allowed to hold public office again,” Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Phoenix, said in a statement after the vote. “That’s why…

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Posted in Columns On the road Wade Rathke

The confused, fragmented and leaderless red-right

by Wade Rathke January 14, 2021 Little Rock   Once you breakout of metro Atlanta and hit interstate 20, the hills start rolling towards Birmingham, and then interstate 22 moves through northern Alabama towards Tupelo until…

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Posted in Accountability Columns Democracy Robert Reich

Impeach Trump. Then arrest Trump. Then prosecute him for sedition

Unless all who participated in or abetted the attempted overthrow of the United States government are held accountable, it will happen again. Next time it may succeed. by Robert Reich Monday, January 11, 2021 Call me…

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Trump, social media and “Orwellian” bullshit

After a relentless and unbroken 40-year fight to hand informational control and power over to a small number of corporate actors, the political right is now wetting their collective pants over Trump being banned by a…

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Posted in Accountability Government News

Dodging 25th Amendment push, Betsy DeVos resigns

Bye-bye Betsy! ‘Complicity, Cowardice, and Complete Incompetence’ “Good riddance, Betsy. You were the worst Secretary of Education ever.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, January 8, 2021 Education Secretary Betsy DeVos late Thursday became the second…

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Posted in Journalism News Policing Right Wing Militias

‘Murder the media’: pro-Trump insurrectionists target journalists covering attack on US Capitol

The takeover followed an inflammatory speech in which the president, yet again, called the press “the enemy of the people.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Thursday, January 7, 2021 In the hours after President Donald Trump…

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Posted in Columns Wade Rathke

Trump riot rocks right and rest of us

by Wade Rathke Thursday, January 7, 2021   New Orleans   Insurrection, riot, mob, anarchists, terrorists, as the Senate chaplain reminded, words have meaning, and those were words hurled like rocks from Senators and Representatives. For…

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Posted in Analysis Right Wing Militias

Once you engage in political violence, it becomes easier to do it again

an expert on political violence reflects on events at the Capitol Naomi Schalit, The Conversation Protesters forcing their way into the Capitol.  Win McNamee/Getty Images News via Getty Images Editor’s note: Ore Koren is a scholar…

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Posted in Analysis Pro Publica Right Wing Militias

Capitol rioters planned for weeks in plain sight. The police weren’t ready.

Insurrectionists made no effort to hide their intentions, but law enforcement protecting Congress was caught flat-footed. by Logan Jaffe, Lydia DePillis, Isaac Arnsdorf and J. David McSwane The invasion of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday was…

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Posted in 2020 US Senate Campaign Analysis Restart 2021 Safety Net

Progressive push for $2,000 checks in Georgia shows bold, universal policies winning strategy for Democrats

“In almost every respect, the campaigns that Warnock and Ossoff ran were closer to what progressives counseled than what moderates have counseled.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Wednesday, January 6, 2021 Rev. Raphael Warnock’s electoral victory…

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Posted in Analysis News Politics

WARNOCK/OSSOFF WIN. DEMOCRATS TAKE BOTH SENATE SEATS FROM GEORGIA REPUBLICANS.

“Say it with me,” stated Congresswoman Katie Porter as votes continued to be counted: “Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.” by Common Dreams staff Wednesday, January 6, 2021 Update: this story updated at 8:05-am MST w most…

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