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Just brilliant! The Dems want to bring a pillow to a knife fight.

Will the Democrats ever learn to play hardball?


Should they take back the House in November, Democrats are vowing not only a shift in legislative priorities and much stronger White House oversight, but also rules changes on how the chamber is run.

House GOP leaders this year hit a dubious milestone when they broke the single-cycle record for reporting closed rules — the procedural step barring lawmakers from amending bills when they hit the floor.

In the eyes of Democrats, and a growing number of Republicans, the distinction highlights a disturbing creep towards top-down legislating that’s stifled debate, paralyzed rank-and-file members and thwarted the “more inclusive” process Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) promised when he took the gavel three years ago.

“For the sake of bringing some integrity back to the institution, we need to do things differently,” he continued. “It means we’re going to have to have a more accommodating process where we give more members a voice, including members who have some ideas that we may not like.”


The Generals are paid to make sure the Globetrotters always end up winning.


Smacks of overconfidence too.

Lucy & the football.


This is a good thing.


A federal judge in Texas has declined to order that the U.S. government stop the Obama-era program shielding young immigrants from deportation.

U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen’s ruling Friday is a blow to opponents of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. They filed a lawsuit in hopes Hanen would rule the program unconstitutional.

That would have triggered a conflict with three federal orders that have required the U.S. government to keep accepting DACA renewals even after President Trump tried to end the program last year. Legal experts say such a conflict would have drawn the attention of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Texas led a group of seven states suing the U.S. government to end DACA. With federal officials also now opposing the program, other states intervened to defend it, as did the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.


I agree. But we must remain vigilant:

Hanen was widely expected to be unfavorable to DACA, as he had previously prevented a similar, expanded program from ever going into effect under the Obama administration.

The new case challenging the DACA program, instituted in 2012, drew heavily from that decision Hanen made on the 2014 expansion of the program and creation of a similar program for undocumented parents of Americans.

Hanen said in his Friday ruling that he largely agreed, and DACA was likely to be illegal under the same reasoning as that expansion.

But one major difference prevented him from immediately halting the program — the fact that it was already in effect.

“Here, the egg has been scrambled,” Hanen wrote. “To try to put it back in the shell with only a preliminary injunction record, and perhaps at great risk to many, does not make sense nor serve the best interests of this country.”

But in his 117-page decision, Hanen was clear that he did not intend his ruling to be interpreted as good news for the future of DACA, at least long term.

He said the popularity of the program was not relevant to whether it had been legally created –

I wonder if a good lawyer could successfully argue that since those who signed up for the program have essentially already ‘bought’ the product(DACA), by co-operating with the offered terms of the ‘deal’ (outing themselves in exchange for semi-legal status), making them pay for doing so by negating the ‘deal’ would be not only a miscarriage of justice, but would show the world that the U.S. is a country that does not live up to its promises, to the deals it makes, therefore reducing its future negotiating power.

In other words, terminating the program, after so many people had already bought the product, would be bad for business and therefore be unwise, and unproductive, with regards to future success for the U.S.

And there’s this:

True conservatives would let Dreamers stay in the US—to avoid wasting billions of taxpayer dollars

The US has a big financial stake in the DACA kids. Over the years, American taxpayers have footed the bill to educate them. Ending DACA would squander that hefty investment just when it was starting to pay off, as its beneficiaries join the workforce and become taxpayers. Research on the broader immigrant population suggests that if they stay they will, over time, return more to the economy than they’ve taken.


I just peeked at cnn.com

McCain’s America ‘was always great’

Meghan McCain:

“The America of John McCain is generous and welcoming and bold. She’s resourceful, confident, secure. She meets her responsibilities. She speaks quietly because she’s strong. America does not boast because she has no need to. The America of John McCain has no need to be made great again because America was always great.”


I have completely tuned out from all this coverage of a warmonger.


I’ve been trying to avoid it as well, so that was a bit of a blunder on my part by going to cnn. Sorry to make you share my pain like that! What are friends for? 😛

You’d think McCain had been the Emperor of the Galaxy with the over-the-top coverage!


Horsefeathers! Snort! When has Meghan McCain ever worried about paying her bills? What a load of *******! So is the McCain-is-a-war-hero nonsense!


Oy! This is how bullies act. Must be taking notes from Trump.

A Saudi official hinted Friday the kingdom was moving forward with a plan to dig a canal that would turn the neighbouring Qatari peninsula into an island, amid a diplomatic feud between the Gulf nations.
“I am impatiently waiting for details on the implementation of the Salwa island project, a great, historic project that will change the geography of the region,” Saud al-Qahtani, a senior adviser to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, said on Twitter.
The plan, which would physically separate the Qatari peninsula from the Saudi mainland, is the latest stress point in a highly fractious 14-month long dispute between the two states.

In April, the pro-government Sabq news website reported government plans to build a channel -– 60 kilometres (38 miles) long and 200 metres wide –- stretching across the kingdom’s border with Qatar.


Isn’t this nice of her? /S


Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced on Friday that she would not stand in the way of states that want to use federal grants to purchase guns for schools, emphasizing that it’s a decision for local officials to make.

“I have no intention of taking any action concerning the purchase of firearms or firearms training for school staff under the [Elementary and Secondary Education Act],” DeVos said in a letter to Rep. Bobby Scott, the top Democrat on the House education committee.

DeVos’ letter comes as Democrats and some education groups had asked the Trump administration not to allow federal education grants to be used for firearms after The New York Times first reported last week that the Education Department was considering the issue.



Why do ‘states rights’ seem to always end when the issue is legalizing marijuana?

But at least one Republican remains optimistic on this issue:

GOP senator confident Trump will support states rights on marijuana

Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) remains confident in President Trump’s support for states’ rights on marijuana policy, despite a reported committee formed by the White House to compile negative information about marijuana legalization.


Good Ole Ditzy the Betsy Dimwitted Bitch strikes again!


I imagine that a weapons and tactics will be added to the collegiate curriculum that aspiring teachers must take to get their degree if the Rs and NRA get their way.


I wonder if the same trend is happening here?



Here are 5 reasons the Millennial homeownership rate is low

1. Delayed marriage: Yes, delaying family formation is, in fact, a hindrance to homeownership. As it turns out, being married increases the probability of owning a home by a full 18 percentage points, after accounting for other factors such as age, income, race/ethnicity and education. If the marriage rate in 2015 had been the same as it was in 1990, the Millennial homeownership rate would be about five percentage points higher.

2. Greater racial diversity: White households have the highest homeownership rate by-far, therefore the increasing diversity within the Millennial population also contributes to the lower homeownership rate. If the racial composition remained the same in 2015 as it was in 1990, the Millennial homeownership rate would be 2.6 percentage points higher.

3. Increased education debt: Student debt has been a growing problem, and could even be turning into a crisis. But how much does it affect homeownership rates? The Urban Institute’s data shows a 1% increase in student debt decreases the likelihood of owning a home by 0.15 percentage points.

4. Increased rents: Nationwide, rent just jumped to a new all-time high, surpassing an average $1,400 per month. And now, data shows that a 1% increase in a household’s rent-to-income ratio decreases the likelihood of homeownership by 0.07 percentage points.

5. Delayed child bearing: Not only are Millennials taking longer to get married, but they are also spending more time before having children. For those who are married, having a child increases the probability of owning a home by 6.2 percentage points.

The article is short on explanations and remedies though.

And I take issue with #2 which almost suggests that by simply increasing the number of “white households” we would have more home ownership in the country.


Massive student loan debt effects decisions for young couples as far as marriage, home buying and having kids. My own millennial kids have talked about these issues with out me asking. They are waiting till they have that debt properly managed or their combined incomes make sense to proceed.


It doesn’t appear that Jimmy is very impressed. LOL


Trump hails unions, touts trade moves in Labor Day message

Any chance that Democrats will take up the challenge here? Put forth an even stronger pro-union message and agenda?

In a rare message of praise for labor unions from a GOP president, Trump lauded organized labor for “advocating for the interests of the American worker and wage-earner.”

“We have kept our promise to always keep the White House door open to members and leaders of our country’s labor organizations,” he added.

Trump’s protectionist trade policies have been roundly criticized by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, who have panned his move to impose steep tariffs on steel and other products from around the globe.

What’s your next move Dems?

Something along the lines of, “Trump says he supports unions, yet he supports efforts to weaken them!”?

President Donald Trump is hailing a Supreme Court ruling on union fees, asserting that it amounts to a “Big loss for the coffers of the Democrats!”

Trump tweeted shortly after the Supreme Court ruled that government workers can’t be compelled to contribute to labor unions that represent them in collective bargaining. The ruling is considered a significant financial blow to organized labor.





I’ll bet that she is a Trump supporter.


She needs to go on a diet. Too much fat especially in the grey area between her ears!


Probably not more that a couple of BBs rattling around in that area between her ears. I fear she reproduced and passed her BS on to her kids


A brief interlude from all this depressing news.



Once again another supposedly liberal group endorses a establishment candidate Tom Carper.


No surprise to us but Bernie was 100% correct.


And with this in mind, there was an interesting exchange on the show last night when Rachel asked Bernie Sanders about Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and the Human Rights Campaign officially endorsing Hillary Clinton’s campaign over his own. “Are you competing for those groups’ endorsements and not getting them, or are you not trying to get them?” Rachel asked. The senator responded:
“I would love to have the endorsement of every progressive organization in America. We’re very proud to have received recently the endorsement of MoveOn.org. We’ve received the endorsement Democracy for America. These are grassroots organizations representing millions of workers.

“What we are doing in this campaign, it just blows my mind every day because I see it clearly, we’re taking on not only Wall Street and economic establishment, we’re taking on the political establishment.

“So, I have friends and supporters in the Human Rights Fund and Planned Parenthood. But, you know what? Hillary Clinton has been around there for a very, very long time. Some of these groups are, in fact, part of the establishment.”

In context, Sanders misspoke when he referenced the Human Rights Fund instead of the Human Rights Campaign.


Why Is Planned Parenthood Endorsing a White Man with a Shaky Record Over a Pro-Choice Black Woman?

Carper has a record of anti-choice and anti-women votes. In 2003, he voted for the so-called Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act, which banned late-term abortions even when a woman’s health was in jeopardy. Planned Parenthood unsuccessfully sued to overturn the law. In 2006, Carper voted with Republicans for the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act, which would have forced clinics to notify parents of teenagers if they had crossed state lines for an abortion. (Carper later voted against a more extreme version of the bill.)

Carper was also one of just four Democrats who supported the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the D.C. Circuit Court in 2006, paving the way for Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, which reproductive-rights activists believe imperils Roe v. Wade.

In January, Carper was again one of just six Democrats to vote to confirm former Eli Lilly executive Alex Azar as Secretary of Health and Human Services. Azar has since issued the most sweeping attacks on Planned Parenthood from the federal government in a generation by promulgating rules that would prevent the organization from performing abortions at clinics that receive federal funding for family planning services.

Planned Parenthood’s endorsement of Carper, a white man, over Kerri Evelyn Harris, a progressive LGBT Black woman, also stands in apparent contradiction to its “Stand With Black Women” messaging and merchandise.

(Planned Parenthood Action Fund Political Outreach Director Wendi Wallace) said, “Identity is important, but working across the aisle and advancing our agenda is important. We have to evaluate all of those aspects. That’s not to say that we wouldn’t love to have more Black women and more women of color and more young people—we would love to have a Congress that is truly representative of the American people.”

They use identity politics, as Kyle said, as a weapon. A weapon that they only use when it’s convenient for them, when it advances their “agenda”. And it would appear that their “agenda” is more than just women’s issues. Hmmmmm, what could it be…..oh, I know! $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$?????? Could it be that PP’s big donors prefer the corporate candidate?

(And they love to say vague things like they would “love to have more black women and more women of color and more young people” in Congress. That statement is completely void of actually committing to work towards that end.)


I was very impressed with her performance in the debate the other night. I can’t believe that parts of the Establishment won’t break for her. I hope she pulls an upset like Gillum did. That would also expose the sham the squirrels have been touting about supporting diversity candidates.


I think she’s very well-spoken. I like listening to her voice, unlike the experience I get listening to Carper who sounds like a used-car salesman. Kerri sounds genuine.

I would LOVE it if she won!


Wow, Paul Krugman said something that made a lot of sense!


From the NYT article by Krugman. Is there supposed to be a blue moon tonight or something??

By now everyone knows that conservatives routinely yell “socialist!” whenever anyone proposes doing something to help less fortunate members of our society — which is a key reason so many Americans now think favorably of socialism: If guaranteed health care is socialism, bring it on.


Just an example of the old broken clock is right twice a day.


He was MfA and not happy Obama didn’t push at least for a public option. Then when Bernie started running and Krugman was already in the baroness’ camp, he suddenly stopped talking about it and defended ACA. Now that its gaining some mojo in the polls, he’s talking about it again.


An opportunist then? And/or related to the heart attack Brock had last year?

Nothing like a near-death experience to appreciate the ability to get health care?

Brock had the heart attack while working in the Washington office of his non-profit groups Media Matters and American Bridge, and was quickly transported to a nearby hospital, where he “received prompt medical treatment,” according to the statement from Bradley Beychok.

Kind of blows me away that his outfits are considered “non-profit”.


What’s your solution to fighting sexism and racism? Mine is: unions

If liberals want to fight oppression they need to start talking about how to revive our unions

It was always an uneasy alliance, however. Democrats relied on working-class votes to win elections, but the Democratic coalition also included powerful corporate interests – even big oil and General Electric – who really called the shots. And when economic growth slowed in the 1970s and business wanted to restore profitability off the backs of workers, the party quickly abandoned its promises of shared prosperity and equality and did capital’s bidding.

The Democratic party is still led by the currents that led this charge. Hillary Clinton was on the Walmart board from 1986 to 1992, while the corporation launched anti-labor union campaigns. In her future Senate campaigns, she got upwards of $25,000 in contributors from the company’s executives, lobbyists, and political action committee. Under Bill Clinton’s tenure as governor, Arkansas had the worst record in the country for worker safety. It wasn’t just a family affair: Democrats across the country took the lead forcing unions to make painful concessions and clearing the way for corporate dominance.

The rollback has had millions of victims – not least of all minority workers. Deunionization has cost black men around $50 a week – often the difference between food and housing security and deprivation. In the meantime, Democrats had to find a new pitch to keep voters turning out. They promised to better “represent” and “include” minorities and women, all the while undermining the social programs and unionized employment that actually gave oppressed people a shot at a better life. It’s no surprise that millions of black and brown voters have simply stopped turning out to vote.

And this is where establishment liberal politics finds itself today. It knows it can’t deal with class inequality because that means taking on capital, so instead it issues platitudes about racism and sexism. But dealing seriously with oppression means distributing wealth and power (currently held by economic elites and not less oppressed workers) to the working-class victims of racism and sexism. That means confronting corporate interests. (note: TOP bloggers should know this, but they continue to deny it)


Without the will and desire to pursue that course, we get a professional middle-class anti-racism that is just about speaking out about racist “micro-aggressions”, watching movies with female-led casts and trying to poke holes in the popular universalist politics that could actually change lives.


Interesting bankster facts about Tom Carper, put together by the Intercept:


Good endorsement for Ben Jealous:


This is disgusting. Likely tied to Koch or Rove, et al.


From what I’m reading, the guy who this is being traced to is Scott D. Rhodes (also known by surname Platek).

Racist phone calls mocking Florida’s black Democratic gubernatorial nominee appear to be from a white supremacist podcast that has also taken credit for inflammatory robocalls in Iowa and California.

In the recorded calls, someone falsely identifying himself as Andrew Gillum speaks in a racist, old-time minstrel dialect while asking voters for their support. The calls, which according to the Gillum campaign started Friday, are said to be paid for by The Road to Power — an Idaho-based video podcast.

The Iowa robocalls were anti-immigrant and the California ones were anti-Semitic. I don’t know about the funding. Nasty.


Seems like a lot of nerve to me. An illegal occupier calling the shots for Syria.


I hope that she beats Michael Capuano.


I like them both. But you do know she’s former Kerrycrat, right?


I didn’t know that. Thx.


Looks like a good team to me.


Unbelievably this is not from THE ONION. It think that it is legit.


With reality like this i dont know how The Onion can stay in business, Palin and Brazile debate, wtf???



Brock makes a $2 million ask to counter Bannon’s new group

On Wednesday, Hillary Clinton’s former hatchet man hit up his vast donor network to raise an additional $2 million

In the email blasted out to Democratic donors on Wednesday, Brock writes that his organization American Bridge, which has already raised $20 million this cycle, is launching a rapid response and polling operation specifically to counter Bannon

the biggest plank of the anti-Bannon program is a new online news service, which will be called the American Ledger. The site will seek to counter conservative news outlets like the Free Beacon and Breitbart by providing a platform for pro-Democratic talking points that will be dressed up as news articles. The goal of the Ledger will be to generate articles that can then be cited in political ads.


I shall keep an eye out if Peter Daou will be doing the content. Peter Douche’s Liaison and I follow each other on twitter, so it will be easier to spot.


Benny’s on it.



2020 sure is shaping up to be dramatically different looking than 2016! Like maybe a total free-for-all on the Dem side.

This article debates the importance of the eventual 2020 nominee winning South Carolina.

The floodgates are poised to open within weeks. In early jockeying ahead of the 2020 primary, Joe Biden, Deval Patrick and Eric Holder are all expected to travel to South Carolina before November’s midterm elections. Kamala Harris is likely to visit. Eric Garcetti is scheduled to return to the state in late September, and Terry McAuliffe is hosting a fundraiser in Washington for James Smith, South Carolina’s Democratic gubernatorial nominee.

California Rep. Adam Schiff, Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan and former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu have appeared in the state, as has Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon. Maryland Rep. John Delaney, who has already announced his presidential campaign, traveled to South Carolina in April, before going on to visit all 99 counties in Iowa.


This article discusses the rule change on superdelegates and what effect the change might have.

(senior elections analyst at RealClearPolitics Sean Trende) believes that the reduced power of superdelegates has one potential result that will gladden the heart of every journalist and junkie who watches films of old, riotously combative conventions with envy. “The real danger Democrats face today with eliminating superdelegates is that, with so many Democrats running and with strict proportional representation throughout the race, no one gets a majority,” Trende says. “Without superdelegates to break the tie, a brokered convention is a very, very real possibility.”

Apologies to orlbucfan who is right to say that this kind of talk prob best to wait until after midterms.

But I couldn’t resist the confluence of the rule change on superdelegates and what appears will be a wide open 2020 field of candidates.


mags: no apologies needed. Appreciate the compliment. It’s just gotten absurd. We have major nationwide elections in 2 months. Why all the damned hysteria about 2020??? Happy and a healthy Labor Day Weekend y’all. 🙂


Does this craporate kept media realize we have federal elections in 2 months? It’s beyond ridiculous!


The more that are in the race the better it will be for Bernie because very few who would vote for him would be drawn to someone else, where everyone else will be splitting the rest of the voters.


How come Hillary is not on the list? I makes me SAD!

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