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jcitybone

Well Republican Senators love her. I guess that’s good enough for me! 🤨🤨🤨

https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/429391-gop-senators-offer-praise-for-klobuchar-shes-the-whole-package

Newly minted 2020 presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) is winning praise from Republican senators, with several describing her as “respectful” and “responsible” and calling attention to her willingness to compromise.

“She wants to achieve a solution and I would hope that’s not a disqualifying thing for someone who would like to be president,” Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) said in a Politico article published Monday. “I like her a lot and hope that’s not harmful to her.”

Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) said, “She’s a person of character and great ability. She’s the whole package. That’s probably too nice.”

Klobuchar on Sunday officially launched her presidential bid, becoming the fifth senator to enter the race, joining Democratic Sens. Kamala Harris (Calif.), Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), Cory Booker (N.J.) and Elizabeth Warren (Mass.).

Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) said Klobuchar is “probably more responsible” than the other candidates in the race.

jcitybone

https://www.thenation.com/article/green-new-deal-radical-climate-change-fdr-ocasio-cortez-pocan-jayapal-sanders-markey-warren/

Republicans in Congress say the Green New Deal is “radical.” Excellent!

Even before a historic congressional resolution to address climate change and create jobs was introduced last week—in the House by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez with backing from Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chairs Mark Pocan and Pramila Jayapal and in the Senate by Ed Markey with backing from Democratic presidential prospects such as Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Jeff Merkley—the Republicans pounced.

The reactionaries who represent the nation’s fossil-fuel industries griped that the Green New Deal would negatively impact their paymasters.

“As Democrats take a hard left turn, this radical proposal would take our growing economy off the cliff and our nation into bankruptcy,” cried Senate Environment and Public Works Committee chair John Barrasso (R-WY). “It’s the first step down a dark path to socialism.” Illinois Republican John Shimkus, the ranking member on the Environment and Climate Change Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, decried “radical policies like the Green New Deal.”

Thank you, Senator Barasso. Thank you, Congressman Shimkus. Thanks to all the reactionary Republicans and docile Democrats who are doing their best to portray the Green New Deal as “radical.” Please, please keep it up.

jcitybone

Benny

jcitybone

Morning Consult poll has been fairly static for a month with the exception of Harris getting a big bump after she announced. Warren has gone down a bit, probably some migrating to Harris. The poll shows the second choice of the top five. Interestingly Bernie is the top second choice for Biden, Warren, and Beto supporters (for Biden and Warren supporters by a significant margin). Not surprising that for Harris supporters, Bernie is not even one of the top three second choices. She’s going to attract those identity voters plus a lot of die hard Clinton voters. Bernie supporters’ second choice is actually Biden significantly over Warren. Just shows you that voter’s choices are not only shaped by a candidate’s policy positions.

This of course will all change when people start paying more attention.

Biden 29
Bernie 22
Harris 13
Warren 8
Beto 7
Booker 5
Klobuchar 3

https://morningconsult.com/2020-democratic-primary/

jcitybone

Some more on the poll. Bernie actually does much better among black voters than Warren or Beto and does second best among Hispanic voters after Beto. Bernie has the lowest college educated and wealthy voters.

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/2/12/18221752/2020-democrats-biden-bernie-sanders-beto-poll

Among the top five candidates — Biden, Sanders, Harris, Warren, and O’Rourke — Biden’s supporters are the oldest, with an average age of 52, and Sanders’s are the youngest, averaging 41. Forty-four percent of Sanders supporters are under the age of 30, while 30 percent of Biden’s are over the age of 65.

Sanders and O’Rourke have more male voter coalitions. Harris led the others in black voters (28 percent of her supporters) and college-educated voters (50 percent). Warren led the group in women supporters.

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jcitybone

Will Trump go against his best bud?

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/hannity-border-wall-deal_us_5c62509fe4b071a3b7660b73?utm_source=reddit.com

Sean Hannity, a cable news soldier for President Donald Trump, flayed a preliminary spending deal on border security Monday night and urged Republicans to oppose it.

The Fox News host blasted the $1.375 billion slated to pay for the southern barrier, a figure much lower than Trump’s initial demand of $5.7 billion. Furthermore, the number of Immigration and Customs Enforcement beds used for detention may be cut by about 17 percent.

“Any Republican that supports this garbage compromise, you will have to explain,” Hannity said, interrupting the network’s coverage of the president’s El Paso, Texas rally to voice his views.

orlbucfan

Orange Moran is either too stupid or too cowardly (or both) to go up against Hannity. They’re both part of Putrid POX News. T and R, LD!!

jcitybone

Dogs everywhere sigh in relief and dance for joy

https://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2019-02-11/the-latest-orourke-leads-march-ahead-of-trump-visit

President Donald Trump’s rally in El Paso, Texas, to push for his border wall took a strange twist when he began a tangent on dogs.

Trump says he’s impressed by German shepherds and their ability to sniff out illicit drugs, but doesn’t see himself getting a dog while at the White House.

Trump says he wouldn’t mind having a dog, but he doesn’t have the time.

He asked the crowd, “How would I look walking a dog on the White House lawn?” The crowd laughed loudly in response.

He then shook off the thought, saying, “It feels a little phony to me.”

He noted that some people have told him it would be good politically to have a dog. He ended up not buying that one though, saying, “That’s not the relationship I have with my people.”

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polarbear4

Revisionist history? Thought it was “I’m with her.”

Benny

Technically, it was “Stronger Together”, but it might as well should have been “I’m with her” mixed with her 2008 slogan, “I’m in it to win it.” Which she never could.

Benny

orlbucfan

+1000! 🙂

polarbear4

From Suzie Dawson.

jcitybone

Of course they would have the same answer about Bernie

https://www.vox.com/platform/amp/policy-and-politics/2019/2/12/18220482/elizabeth-warren-wall-street-trump-big-banks

The general response: Many don’t love Trump, but they would largely pick him over Warren — or would write in someone else. It’s a sign of how deeply despised Warren is among the banking industry, even Democrats.

“There are numerous people who I speak to who can’t stand Donald Trump and are eager to vote for a Democrat but who would nevertheless vote for Trump if it’s a choice between him and Warren. She is the one person who is toxic for the business community,” another fund manager and prominent Democratic donor said, though he clarified he would never vote for Trump himself.

To be sure, that Wall Street isn’t a fan of Warren isn’t a bad thing for her campaign: She has positioned herself for years as an antagonist to big banks and corporations, and her donor base is grassroots. It also gives her a way to juxtapose herself with Trump, who promised to drain the swamp and fight against corruption and, well, hasn’t.

And if Wall Street is so worried about Warren — and willing to go with Trump, despite everything, to keep her out of the White House — it could mean they think she could make some real progress in clamping down on them if elected. It could serve as another point in her favor among progressives.

jcitybone

As Benny said, she will be the “me too” candidate. Not enough for me to vote for her in the primary, but it’s not the worst thing to have a candidate highlighting gender issues running.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/12/us/politics/kirsten-gillibrand-president-feminist.html

At a moment when women are ascendant in Democratic politics and polls show a record gender gap between the parties, Ms. Gillibrand and her advisers see an opportunity to ride a wave of women’s political energy right into the White House. While multiple women are serious contenders for president for the first time in American history, Ms. Gillibrand is the only one who is making running as a woman, for women, the central theme of her candidacy.

Whether her campaign is successful or not, Ms. Gillibrand’s approach will test how much views have changed on issues like discrimination, sexual harassment and female leadership, after two years of an administration that has embroiled the country in an emotional debate over gender bias.

It’s a strategy neither Senator Elizabeth Warren nor Senator Kamala Harris have embraced in their presidential platforms. During her campaign rollout last month, Ms. Harris focused heavily on her connections with the black community and her career as a prosecutor. Ms. Warren has centered her argument around class, rather than gender, making her personal story of economic struggle the centerpiece of her pitch to voters.

“Ultimately, that’s why I decided to run,’’ Ms. Gillibrand said. “Because I was concerned maybe the rest of the team doesn’t focus on these issues. Maybe the rest of the team doesn’t get where they need to go.’’

And while Ms. Gillibrand denounced questions of “likability” as sexist, Ms. Warren explicitly demurred from such labels in an interview last month.

orlbucfan

Gillibrand is too RW for me. No vote here.

jcitybone

Suozzi got the seat on Way and Means that AOC supposedly wanted. A big get for the GND.

https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5c61967ce4b0eec79b265a24

On Monday the moderate Long Island Democrat told HuffPost he plans to add his name to the nearly 70 House Democrats co-sponsoring the sweeping resolution that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) released last Thursday.

“Rep. Suozzi supports the Green New Deal,” said Jay Bhargava, Suozzi’s press secretary.

Suozzi’s support is notable because he occupies a seat on the influential House Committee on Ways and Means, the oldest congressional decision-making panel, with jurisdiction over taxation, international trade agreements and social insurance programs like Social Security, Medicare and unemployment benefits.

Suozzi is also the vice chair of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, meaning he could help woo Republican support for a Green New Deal.

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https://www.politico.com/story/2019/02/12/sherrod-brown-medicare-green-new-deal-1165560

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) is declining to say whether he supports “Medicare for all” and “Green New Deal” ideas proposals pushed by other members of his party as he considers a run for president, saying he doesn’t need to weigh in to underscore that he’s progressive.

Brown has been pressed on the health care and climate change ideas as he’s toured early primary states and fielded questions from voters and reporters. He has said that he broadly supports the philosophies of expanding Medicare and fighting climate change. Senate colleagues running for president, including Sens. Kamala Harris and Kirsten Gillibrand, have gotten behind the proposals.

polarbear4

And yerrrrr out!

Benny

https://twitter.com/JonWiener1/status/1095375211497541633

Your Minnesota Moment: new governor comes out against tar sands pipeline,

polarbear4

“Sorry that page….”

Benny

orlbucfan

🙂

jcitybone

polarbear4

Look, I imagined I could be in prison in Russia. I could never imagine I could go to jail in the United States. Because of politics?” Butina told me over the phone a few weeks after she was taken into federal custody. It was one of a series of exclusive interviews I conducted with Butina, Erickson, and other prominent figures involved in the case, none of whom have spoken previously to the media. “I didn’t know it became a crime to have good relations with Russia—now it’s a crime,” she told me earlier. “They hate me in Russia, because they think I’m an American spy. And here they think I’m a Russian spy.

“If I’m a spy,” she added, “I’m the worst spy you could imagine.

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It’s value we give it.

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Benny

One knows that Pelosi and her ilk weren’t right when Chris Hayes, center left establishment media guy tweets the following:

Benny

polarbear4

Chris is so right.

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jcitybone

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/02/12/not-so-veiled-threat-war-john-bolton-says-iran-may-not-have-many-more-anniversaries

As Iranians this week mark the 40th anniversary of their country’s 1979 revolution, President Donald Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton declared in a message to Iranian leaders on Monday that he doesn’t think they will “have many more anniversaries to enjoy”—a comment that was immediately perceived as a direct threat of war.

In video posted to the White House’s official Twitter page on Monday, Bolton echoed false assertions and repeatedly debunked claims by the Trump administration that Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons and described the Iranian government as the “central banker of international terrorism.”

Responding to Bolton’s video, Sen. Chris Murphy warned in a tweet on Tuesday that Trump’s hawkish national security adviser is knowingly lying to build momentum for a U.S. military attack on Iran.

“Here Bolton says Iran is seeking nuclear weapons. This simply isn’t true. The intelligence says the opposite and he knows it,” Murphy wrote. “He is laying the groundwork for war and we all must be vigilant.”

orlbucfan

There will be blowback against this stupid neocon looneytune. A lot of FRightwingnuts don’t like him. More people are alert to the Iran hysteria. Iraq and 9/11, it ain’t.

jcitybone

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/bernie-sanders-already-has-the-democratic-party-rattled/

A vast range of grassroots organizing—outside and inside of electoral arenas—has created the current leftward momentum. “As a progressive, it is heartening to see so many other candidates voice support for Senator Sanders’ policies,” said Alan Minsky, executive director at Progressive Democrats of America. “However, I’ve been around the block enough times to know that politicians who adopt positions in tune with the fashion of the moment are not as trustworthy as those rare few, like Bernie Sanders, who have held firm to a powerful social justice vision through his entire long career.”

I also asked for a comment from Pia Gallegos, former chair of the Adelante Progressive Caucus of the New Mexico Democratic Party. “Bernie’s competitors lack his track record on economic security for all American workers, Medicare for All, free public college education, taxing the rich and opposing bloated military budgets,” she said. “Those are long-standing positions that—more than ever—resonate with grassroots activists and voters. Other Democratic presidential candidates will try to imitate this populist agenda, but only Bernie can speak with the vision, clarity and moral authority that the Democratic Party’s presidential candidate needs to defeat the incumbent.”

The overarching fear that defenders of oligarchy have about Bernie Sanders is not that he’s out of step with most Americans—it’s that he’s in step with them. For corporate elites determined to retain undemocratic power, a successful Bernie 2020 campaign would be the worst possible outcome of the election.

jcitybone

You go first racist

https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/429609-trump-calls-on-omar-to-resign-over-remarks-condemned-as-anti-semitic

President Trump on Tuesday called on Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) to resign for comments on Israel that were criticized as anti-Semitic.

“I think she should either resign from Congress or she should certainly resign from the House Foreign Affairs Committee,” Trump said of the freshman lawmaker.

Omar apologized on Monday for suggesting that U.S. support for a Jewish state is the result of money flowing from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), an influential pro-Israel lobbying group.

The comments were quickly condemned by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other Democratic leaders. But House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) told Roll Call that Omar would not be stripped of her committee assignments.

The president said Omar’s comments are “deep seated in her heart” and called her apology “lame.”

wi61

Trumpcorp has numerous controversial things that he’s said and not one apology from him. Not that i’m expecting one from him as he thinks he can say anything no matter whom it offends. Trumpcorp is an hypocrite to the max anyway.

jcitybone

orlbucfan

The moran strikes again.

humphrey

Although she has no chance of winning the primary this video offers an interesting take.

Bernie Needs Tulsi: The DNC Loophole That Will Keep Him Out Of Office!

It is worth a view!

phatkhat

If anyone is sort of liking Booker, or knows someone who is, this article is a must read. It is from 6 years ago when Booker was first running for Senate. It’s scary. I don’t think he has totally abandoned this segment of supporters: the extreme religious right. Dominionists.

http://www.talk2action.org/story/2013/8/13/101739/702/Front_Page/Pastor_at_Cory_Booker_s_Church_Calls_for_Return_to_Time_When_Only_Christians_Could_Vote_in_Newark

orlbucfan

UGH! Not getting my vote anyway. I’m down in FL and I hear you, phatkhat.

polarbear4

They are awful. remember Hillary and Gilman I don’t know who else have been learning how to sound progressive, govern centrist. All they want to do is get in and then they can kick progressives as hard as they want to. Not saying that Gillam would do that. Just saying that the playbook is out there.

jcitybone

Wow she really does seem like the boss from hell. But George Will says she laughs easily and has a twinkle in her eyes.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/amy-klobuchar-tried-to-have-former-staffers-job-offers-rescinded-report?via=twitter_page

Since Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) announced her 2020 presidential on Sunday, she has faced a litany of accusations that she has long mistreated staffers in her Washington, D.C., office, including verbally abusing employees in front of their colleagues for minor mistakes. A new report from Yahoo News also accuses Klobuchar of retaliating against staffers who found work elsewhere by calling their new employers to have their offers rescinded. The practice, which three former staffers reportedly described to Yahoo as “vindictive, mystifying and counterproductive,” is an example of the lengths that Klobuchar would allegedly go to in order to punish those who she thought betrayed her.

Former staffers of the senator say she was “habitually demeaning and prone to bursts of cruelty,” HuffPost reports. Klobuchar allegedly would send e-mails criticizing employees with large groups of other staffers cc’ed on them, adding to the humiliation. A campaign spokesperson told HuffPost that Klobuchar “loves her staff” and was “proud of them and the work they have done for Minnesota.”

jcitybone

https://www.newsweek.com/robert-reich-trump-does-want-socialism-only-rich-opinion-1327749

“America will never be a socialist country,” Donald Trump declared in his State of the Union address. Someone should alert Trump that America is now a hotbed of socialism. But it is socialism for the rich. Everyone else is treated to harsh capitalism.

America is on the cusp of the largest inter-generational wealth transfer in history. As rich boomers expire over the next three decades, an estimated $30 trillion will go to their children.

Those children will be able to live off of the income these assets generate, and then leave the bulk of them to their own heirs, tax-free. (Capital gains taxes don’t apply to the soaring values of stocks, bonds, mansions and other assets of wealthy people who die before they’re sold.)

After a few generations of this, almost all of the nation’s wealth will be in the hands of a few thousand non-working families.

To the conservative mind, the specter of socialism conjures up a society in which no one is held accountable, and no one has to work for what they receive. Yet that’s exactly the society Trump and the Republicans are promoting for the rich.

Meanwhile, most Americans are subject to an increasingly harsh and arbitrary capitalism in which they’re working harder but getting nowhere, and have less security than ever.

They need thicker safety nets and deserve a bigger piece of the economic pie. If you want to call this socialism, fine. I call it fair.

jcitybone

https://www.washingtonpost.com/us-policy/2019/02/11/if-it-werent-estate-tax-majority-super-wealthys-money-would-never-be-taxed/?utm_term=.68e4de097dad&utm_source=reddit.com

This goes a long way toward explaining why the estate tax has become an object of such intense political conflict even though only 0.2 percent of households pay it. Indeed, despite what you may have heard about how it doesn’t really matter since the super-rich can just hire an army of lawyers and accountants to avoid it, the estate tax is actually the only one that a lot of these dynastically wealthy families do pay on the bulk of their fortunes — and so getting rid of it is their top priority. One Republican donor actually went so far as to call this “the linchpin of the conservative movement,” which is as depressing a commentary you’ll find on the influence of money in politics. All of which is to say that it should be no surprise that Republicans are once again proposing to eliminate the tax entirely. Of course, letting billionaires pass on most of their money without ever paying any taxes on it isn’t exactly the most popular of ideas, so Republicans tend to couch this as a matter of defending family farms from being broken up by the alleged depredations of Uncle Sam. Never mind that there were only 80 small farms or small businesses that owed any estate tax in 2017 — 1.4 percent of the total of everyone who did — for an average of just 6 percent of their respective values.

Now, it’s equally easy to see why Democrats want to go in the opposite direction and raise the estate tax quite a bit. Somewhere between 40 and 60 percent of private wealth is now inherited in this country, so taxing it some more seems like a good first place to start raising the revenue we need to pay for the government that voters want. Besides, it’s not like that’s going to change the incentive to be born into a billionaire’s family. Which is why Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), for one, has proposed raising the top estate tax rate for the Davos class from the 40 percent it is to the 77 percent it used to be. (Oligarchs of more modest means would pay a lower rate).

The difference between the parties really couldn’t be more stark. At a time when the costs of college, housing and health care are skyrocketing, middle-class incomes are stagnating, and average life spans are declining, Republicans are focused on . . . trying to make most inherited money be tax-free? Actually, yes. Democrats, meanwhile, want to tax the winners of our birth lottery like FDR did, both to help pay for the programs that people need and to try to prevent our society from turning into a rigid caste system. It’s the difference between a new Gilded Age and a new New Deal.

But that’s not the argument that Republicans, or President Trump in particular, want to have.

humphrey

Fat chance of that happening.

Democrats to the rescue.
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humphrey

He really loves brown people.😏🙄😏
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I think that this one was intended to be a dig. However it looks pretty good to me.
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Benny

Bernie Sanders Is as Radical as Teddy Roosevelt

eddy Roosevelt, it should be noted, was a Republican who possessed considerable wealth of his own. He proposed taxing inherited wealth not merely to collect revenues but to preserve and extend democracy.

“The absence of effective state, and, especially, national, restraint upon unfair money-getting has tended to create a small class of enormously wealthy and economically powerful men, whose chief object is to hold and increase their power,” he explained. “The prime need to is to change the conditions which enable these men to accumulate power which it is not for the general welfare that they should hold or exercise.”

To the extent that Roosevelt was a radical, and many called him that, his was the radicalism of an American experiment that at its best erred toward equality and the pursuit of the common good as opposed to privilege and exercise of self-interest.

The same can be said of Bernie Sanders, as he proposes a progressive estate tax on the fortunes of the top 0.2 percent of Americans. The senator from Vermont’s newly-introduced “For the 99.8% Act” would collect $2.2 trillion from 588 billionaires.

“At a time of massive wealth and income inequality, when the three richest Americans own more wealth than 160 million Americans, it is literally beyond belief that the Republican leadership wants to provide hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks to the top 0.2 percent,” argues Sanders. “Our bill does what the American people want by substantially increasing the estate tax on the wealthiest families in this country and dramatically reducing wealth inequality. From a moral, economic, and political perspective our nation will not thrive when so few have so much and so many have so little.”

Sanders is widely expected to bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020. If he does so, Sanders will not be the only contender with a bold plan to tax the rich. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, for instance, has a plan to levy a two percent tax on the assets of wealthy Americans with more than $50 million. From those with over $1 billion, she’d demand an additional one percent.

Benny

Another snip from that piece:

Sanders is proposing an approach that renews American values, as notes University of California—Berkeley economics professor Emmanuel Saez. “The estate tax was a key pillar of the progressive tax revolution that the United States ushered one century ago. It prevented self-made wealth from turning into inherited wealth and helped make America more equal,” explains Saez. “However, the estate tax is dying of neglect, as tax avoidance schemes are multiplying and left unchallenged. As wealth concentration is surging in the United States, it is high time to revive the estate tax, plug the loopholes, and make it more progressive. Senator Sanders’ bill is a bold and welcome leap forward in this direction.”

Teddy Roosevelt understood this economic calculus, and this democratic imperative.

“In every wise struggle for human betterment one of the main objects, and often the only object, has been to achieve in large measure equality of opportunity. In the struggle for this great end, nations rise from barbarism to civilization, and through it people press forward from one stage of enlightenment to the next,” the former Republican president explained in 1910. “One of the chief factors in progress is the destruction of special privilege. The essence of any struggle for healthy liberty has always been, and must always be, to take from some one man or class of men the right to enjoy power, or wealth, or position, or immunity, which has not been earned by service to his or their fellows. That is what you fought for in the Civil War, and that is what we strive for now.”

Benny

polarbear4

Only reason I am still in this decrepit party is for Bernie 2020 only reason I am still in this decrepit party is for Bernie 2020

Benny

polarbear4

They already did their job. Everywhere you look there’s a dissident that’s tied to Russia. In God knows how many minds.

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humphrey

There is an evening open thread pb4.

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To break a parent’s heart.

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polarbear4

$$$$ out of politics. 2 years is nothing.

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