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It might be interesting to examine the Emily’s List 2018 endorsements as well?

Black women candidates feel slighted by Democrats

There are at least 43 Democratic black women running as challengers for U.S. House seats, but only one — Lauren Underwood of Illinois — has the backing of the national campaign organization.

Black women running say their enthusiasm isn’t matched by groups like the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Even the Congressional Black Caucus is backing Michael Capuano, the Democratic incumbent in Massachusetts’ 7th district, over his challenger Ayanna Pressley, who’s a black woman.



So yesterday we were told that an anti-Putin Russian journalist was murdered.

Russia rejects claim it was behind dissident journalist’s killing

Ukraine accuses Moscow of shooting dead Putin critic Arkady Babchenko

The Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, has rejected a Ukrainian allegation that Moscow was behind the murder of a dissident Russian journalist in Kiev, calling it part of an anti-Russian campaign, according to Moscow media reports.


Russian journalist who was reported killed is still alive

Arkady Babchenko has appeared at a news conference in Ukraine


Arkady Babchenko, the Russian journalist who was reported to have been shot dead in Kiev, has turned up alive at a news conference in Ukraine.

Babchenko, a Kremlin critic, emerged at a police press conference on Wednesday afternoon in front of journalists who had been expecting updates on the investigation into his murder.

Babchenko staged his death in coordination with Ukrainian police as part of an investigation into threats made against his life, officials explained. The plan had been in place for more than a month.

What next..seriously. Turns out Lavrov was right. Ukraine just did a massive self-own.


Bernie Sanders is the most important 2020 candidate

What Sanders’ status as the prime mover in the race means is that he will set the terms on which the race is likely to be fought. He will set the margins — in terms of policy — for what Democrats are willing to say and do. He will be the person who the race revolves around — either in agreement with or reaction to.

It’s already been happening. Earlier this month in a speech at the Brookings Institute, Biden used Sanders as a foil — promising an alternate vision for both the problem and the solution to what ails the country. Here’s the key bit from Biden: “I love Bernie, but I’m not Bernie Sanders. I don’t think 500 billionaires are the reason we’re in trouble. The folks at the top aren’t bad guys. But this gap is yawning, and it’s having the effect of pulling us apart. You see the politics of it.”

I’m hearing a lot of Biden these days. Unfortunately.

That’s not to say Sanders is the current frontrunner for the nomination. He’s not. Former Vice President Joe Biden is — as CNN’s Harry Enten argues convincingly here.



Biden is the front runner due to name recognition and not much competition from the centrist side. Once the more progressive candidates go after his record and positions, he’ll slip.


Biden is about as liberal as a toenail fungus. Talk about bought-and-paid-for!!


From Bill McKibben:

Say hello to Justin Trudeau, the world’s newest oil executive

The Canadian prime minister presents himself as a climate hero. By promising to nationalise the Kinder Morgan pipeline, he reveals his true self

In case anyone wondered, this is how the world ends: with the cutest, progressivest, boybandiest leader in the world going fully in the tank for the oil industry.

Justin Trudeau’s government announced on Tuesday that it would nationalize the Kinder Morgan pipeline running from the tar sands of Alberta to the tidewater of British Columbia. It will fork over at least $4.5bn in Canadian taxpayers’ money for the right to own a 60-year-old pipe that springs leaks regularly, and for the right to push through a second pipeline on the same route – a proposal that has provoked strong opposition.

That opposition has come from three main sources. First are many of Canada’s First Nations groups, who don’t want their land used for this purpose without their permission, and who fear the effects of oil spills on the oceans and forests they depend on. Second are the residents of Canada’s west coast, who don’t want hundreds of additional tankers plying the narrow inlets around Vancouver on the theory that eventually there’s going to be an oil spill. And third are climate scientists, who point out that even if Trudeau’s pipeline doesn’t spill oil into the ocean, it will spill carbon into the atmosphere.

So disheartening! And scary.

Is this a clever financial decision that will somehow make Canada rich? Certainly not in the long run. Cleaning up the tar sands complex in Alberta – the biggest, ugliest scar on the surface of the earth – is already estimated to cost more than the total revenues generated by all the oil that’s come out of the ground. Meanwhile, when something goes wrong, Canada is now on the hook: when BP tarred the Gulf of Mexico, the US was at least able to exact billions of dollars in fines to help with the cleanup. Canada will get to sue itself.


Captain Crudeau!!


My heart breaks for the people of Flint, Michigan.

Jordan’s back and he’s doing good work.

Fraudulence in Flint: How Suspect Science Helped Declare the Water Crisis Over

“I don’t think anybody would say identifying 34 homes is a large enough sample size when you have what’s going on in Flint,” Harrington said. “I don’t think that’s a good enough sample size for anywhere in the country, but when you got a crisis like this going on in Flint, I would say that’s nowhere near enough sample size.”


For those who might like such a thing, I learned a lot from this thread:


From the CPJ (Committee to Protect Journalists):

By suing WikiLeaks, DNC could endanger principles of press freedom

The case raises a number of important press freedom questions: Where should courts draw the line between source-building and “conspiring”? What activities could implicate a journalist in a source’s illegal behavior? Would putting a SecureDrop link soliciting leaks count as illegal conspiracy? And if a reporter asked for documents on an individual while indicating that they think the person deserves to be exposed, would that count as shared motive, or is the only truly protected activity passively receiving leaks, like radio host Vopper?

“There is a spectrum that run on one side from someone dropping a plain manila envelope, to the other extreme where you actually steal the documents yourself,” said David McCraw, deputy general counsel for The New York Times. “The line in the middle is still being determined by the courts.”

David Bralow, an attorney with The Intercept, added, “It’s hard to see many of WikiLeaks’ activities as being different than other news organizations’ actions when it receives important information, talks to sources and decides what to publish. The First Amendment protects all speakers, not simply a special class of speaker.”


More trouble for our friend Joy


MSNBC host Joy Reid encouraged readers of her now-defunct blog to watch an infamous 9/11 conspiracy documentary, according to recently discovered posts shared with BuzzFeed News.

A March 22, 2006 post to her weblog, Reidblog, archived by the Wayback Machine and titled “The official story” links to “Loose Change 9/11,” a viral 80-minute web video originally released in 2005. “Loose Change,” which was produced in part by Infowars’ Alex Jones, alleged that the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center were in fact planned by the American government. The central claims in “Loose Change” have been widely debunked.

“The fundamental question is: do you believe the official story of 9/11?,” the post reads. “If you do, great. If you don’t, then everything that happened after that is called into serious question. Even if you’re agnostic, or you tend to believe that al-Qaida attacked the World Trade Center and Pentagon and that the government had no warning such a thing could happen, it’s worth taking a second look.”

Neither Reid nor MSNBC responded to requests for comment.

The “Loose Change” post isn’t the only skepticism on her blog about the attacks that killed 3,000 people. In a March, 2006 post titled “Flashback: September 30, 2001,” Reid’s blog notes that the US government identified the plotters suspiciously soon. It then repeats common truther questions about the collapse of building WTC 7, which was not hit by an airplane.

“For that matter, why did any of the WTV [sic] buildings fall…?” Reidblog states. “Somehow I think it will be a generation before we get the full story on what happened on 9/11?”


Probably somewhere in the middle between their last poll at 3% and this one at 11%. Hard to believe that the Hispanic vote is tied. If so, god help Texas.


Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) leads his Democratic challenger, Rep. Beto O’Rourke, by 11 points in a new Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday.

Fifty percent of Texas voters that responded to the poll back Cruz, while only 39 percent say they support O’Rourke in the Texas Senate race.

O’Rourke’s edge among Hispanic voters has disappeared, with Cruz now leading 46 to 44 among that demographic, which is within the poll’s margin of error. In April, O’Rourke led Cruz 51 to 33 among Hispanic voters.


I take The Hill with a grain of salt. Beto is closing the gap with Creepy Cruz. A heavy voter turnout is the (usual) key. TX has a real choice, and the voters will come out.


I caught this on twitter, but will try to look for the video from C-SPAN. Jeff Weaver was a guest on the show recently.


Last night, I was flipping channels, and on CNN at 10 CT last night, the big headline was “Melania Trump hasn’t been seen in public for 19 days”. Meantime, the smaller runtag was about the Missouri Governor resigning. The panel for Don Lemon’s show discussed Rosanne Barr’s tweet, but nothing about the MO governor.



The Onion way more edgy nowadays:


Someone posted this recently, I’d never heard it before.

Whitey on the Moon was released in 1970, but it sure does feel current, especially in this time of billionaires vying for who gets to go Mars first, in Musk’s case or, in Bezos’ case, modestly settling for the moon (first?).

Gil Scott-Heron’s Poem, ‘Whitey on the Moon’

“You know,
I just about had my fill
of Whitey on the Moon,
I think I’ll send these doctor bills


Hello friends! Just checking in from the road to say hello and to read the bits of news I’ve missed (literally everything!). We will be stopping at a hotel in CO for a couple days so I’ll get some posts and some pics up while resting my driving-foot 😊

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