Saturday, April 30, 2016


The story of the day
Trump's strategy against Hillary Clinton: Misogyny, misogyny, and if that doesn't work, misogyny
Trump’s strategy for beating Clinton among female voters: Humiliation
Donald Trump's sexist attacks on Hillary Clinton reveals how he really feels about women  

Elizabeth Warren lashes out at Trump

The story of the future: anti-Trump protests. They're going to grow and grow
Protesters Clash With Police, Block Trump’s Motorcade Outside California GOP Convention


This is a man who thinks he can be president
"Yes, but the problem with Pakistan, where they have nuclear weapons -- which is a real problem. The single biggest problem we have is nuclear weapons, you know, countries with them. And it's not only a country, you have nine countries right now with nuclear weapons. But Pakistan is semi-unstable. We don't want to see total instability. It's not that much, relatively speaking. We have a little bit of a good relationship. I think I'd try and keep it. It is very much against my grain to say that, but a country -- and that's always the country, I think, you know, we give them money and we help them out, but if we don't, I think that would go on the other side of the ledger and that could really be a disaster. At the same time, if you look at India and some of the others, maybe they'll be helping us out, because we're going to look at it. We have many, many countries that we give a lot of money to and we get absolutely nothing in return and that's going to stop fast."  

During a two-part interview with buddy Bill O’Reilly, Donald Trump tried to show off his foreign policy mojo but wound up revealing how truly ignorant he is on the subject. . . . O'Reilly did, however challenge Trump on policy. "You did not mention Afghanistan in the address. …What exactly will you do about Afghanistan?" [read on] 

In the general election against Clinton, you'll hear a lot about how Trump opposed the Iraq war (which Clinton supported). Just one little problem with that

Trump tries to win over Sanders supporters who won't support Clinton


Indiana is a crucial battleground, and Cruz thought an endorsement from Governor Mike Pence would help him. But not THIS endorsement
"I'm not against anybody, but I will be voting for Ted Cruz in the upcoming primary … I particularly want to commend Donald Trump ... I urge everyone to make up their own minds."


Money talks
“The Clinton campaign is no longer airing advertisements in the Democratic presidential contest, according to ad-spending data from SMG Delta, reflecting how the campaign is pivoting more and more to the general election,” NBC News reports.  Meanwhile, Politico reports Bernie Sanders is scaling back his ad spending in Indiana.

Sanders Campaign Drops Lawsuit Against DNC 

There really isn't any doubt about this any more, is there?
Jim DeMint Admits Voter ID Intended To Elect Republicans 

The war against climate scientists

What millennials want

Bonus item: Late night humor
“According to a new poll that just came out, fifty percent of Republicans say they could support Donald Trump. The other fifty percent are a group calling themselves women."  ---Conan O'Brien  

“If you’re looking for somebody to come to the defense of one Republican who’s being attacked by another, you should probably ask somebody else.”  
---White House press secretary Josh Earnest, being questioned about John Boehner referring to Ted Cruz as “Lucifer in the flesh.”

"Today Carly Fiorina was announced as Ted Cruz's running mate. Fiorina said it's always been her lifelong dream to lose twice in the same election."  
---Jimmy Fallon  

“We are basically one month away from Cruz holding his own Republican National Convention at a Hooters in Texas.”
---James Corden  

"To all those lawmakers out there who are so obsessed with who is using what bathroom and what 'plumbing' they got 'downtown,' news flash: you're the weirdos."  
---Stephen Colbert

Interviewer: “Can Hillary Clinton really pick a woman as her VP?”  Former White House Communications Director Anita Dunn: “There is some precedent for having a running mate of the same gender.”  

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Friday, April 29, 2016


Hillary puts out an actual "Woman Card." Look, there was no way a campaign against Trump wasn't going to be centered around gender. He's made it that. Embrace it and prepare for battle. Trump says it is about women who support Hillary only because she's a woman -- I think it's more about men who support Trump only because she's a woman. This vote is going to show the biggest gender gap in history

Donald Trump’s Problems With Women Voters Are Worse Than You Think
“With the nation on the verge of a presidential election between the first woman to lead a major party and an opponent accused of misogyny, Hillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump are digging in for a fight in which he is likely to attack her precisely because she is a woman,” the New York Times reports.  “Mrs. Clinton’s advisers say they are confident that such comments will galvanize Democrats — and infuriate nearly any woman who has ever had to work harder than a man. But they also recognize that Mr. Trump has proved adept at reading the electorate and at dominating news coverage — and that Mrs. Clinton must parry his attacks without overplaying her hand or further eroding her standing with male voters, whom she has struggled to win over in the Democratic primary.”

Clinton's VP options

Looks like a truce between Hillary and Bernie
The signs are everywhere this morning: The Clinton and Sanders camps are now signaling how the Democratic primaries might wind down without too much noise, contentiousness, disruption, and anger. . . .

A possible unexpected benefit of Ted Cruz picking Carly Fiorina as his VP
What I love about this impending decision is how much it will bug Donald Trump....It is only a matter of time before Trump makes another disparaging remark about Fiorina. When he does, watch Trump's numbers crater in Indiana and Nebraska. Then California really comes into play. After all, Fiorina is a familiar face with Republicans in California for her efforts against Barbara Boxer in 2010. . . .  

You know what? Republicans REALLY HATE Cruz
Asked about Cruz during an appearance at Stanford University on Wednesday, John Boehner called him “Lucifer in the flesh,” according to the The Stanford Daily. . . . “I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life,”


The GOP, a failing brand
The Republican Party’s image, already quite negative, has slipped since last fall. Currently 33% of the public has a favorable impression of the Republican Party, while 62% have an unfavorable view. . . .


Open vs. closed primaries: the pros and cons

How much did closed primaries hurt Sanders? 

Those fired Sanders staffers are moving on
Former Sanders Staffers Launch Pac to Elect Progressive Candidates


Teen birth rates are at an all-time low

No, the media doesn't like Hillary much

Drudge World vs Fox World

Bonus item: Amy Schumer on our crazy gun laws

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Thursday, April 28, 2016


Donald Trump, who is already despised by women in record numbers, decides that the way to get on their good side is to suggest that Hillary Clinton is an incompetent candidate who is only running because she's a woman. As if that has made her path oh-so-much-easier. Yep, the ladies will LOVE that one
“If Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she would get 5 percent of the vote,” Mr. Trump said.
Donald Trump runs for president of the He-Man Women Haters Club

‘His gender gap just went up to 80 percent': Twitter reacts to Trump’s Clinton comments
In the latest installment of "Trump's minions saying stupid stuff" we bring you Tana Goertz, a senior adviser to Donald Trump. . . . She says that women vote for Hillary Clinton, because they 'they’re just going in [to the polls] and saying 'I guess I should vote for her because she’s a woman.' 

Hillary takes him on
"Deal Me In": Hillary Clinton Plays The Gender Card 

More on the theme: How hawkish is Hillary?
I understand that Ted Cruz feels that he needs to do something to shake up the dynamic of a race in which Trump seems to be pulling away. But . . . CARLY FIORINA?
Ted Cruz, who will not be president, picks Carly Fiorina to be America's next not-vice president


Trump tries to "do Presidential" by giving a "serious" foreign policy speech. All that it shows is how little he understands about foreign policy. Clinton will tear him up in debate
The Trump Doctrine

Trump’s foreign policy nonsense
Donald Trump Just Declared War on the Entire Foreign-Policy Establishment
Illogical, illegal and astounding
So how did Trump do? That depends on your expectations. For a guy who never uses a teleprompter, not bad. By normal standards, though, he sounded about like a sixth grader reciting a speech from note cards. On content, it was the same deal. Compared with normal Trump, it wasn't bad. By any real-world standard, it was ridiculous.  

Fact-checking his speech is sort of pointless, basically a category error. Trump is a zeitgeisty kind of guy, and that's the only real way to evaluate anything he says. In this case, the zeitgeist was "America First"—and everyone's first question was, does he know? Does he know that this is a phrase made famous by isolationists prior to World War II? My own guess is that he didn't know this the first time he used it, but he does now. Certainly his speechwriter does. But he doesn't care. It fits his favorite themes well, and the only people who care about its history are a bunch of overeducated pedants. His base doesn't know where it came from and couldn't care less.  

So: America First. And that's about it. Trump will do only things that are in America's interest. He will destroy ISIS, crush Iran, wipe out the trade deficit with China, eradicate North Korea's bomb program, and give Russia five minutes to cut a deal with us or face the consequences. Aside from that, Trump's main theme seemed to be contradicting himself at every turn. We will crush our enemies and protect our friends—but only if our friends display suitable gratitude for everything we do for them. We will rebuild our military and our enemies will fear us—but "war and aggression will not be my first instinct." We will be unpredictable—but also consistent so everyone knows they can trust us. He won't tell ISIS how or when he's going to wipe them out—but it will be very soon and with overwhelming force. He will support our friends—but he doesn't really think much of international agreements like NATO. . .  [read on]

Lindsey GRAHAM takes Trump's speech apart, with real humor


Donald Trump: cause AND effect 
Exit Polls Show Bitterly Divided GOP

The coming struggle over policy between Donald Trump and the GOP
Trump has NO IDEA how government actually works

Trump's candidacy could put control of the House in play -- but not if the Dems don't work at it

Bernie goes all in on California
Sen. Bernie Sanders is planning to lay off “hundreds” of campaign staffers across the country and focus much of his remaining effort on winning California . . .
The Vermont senator’s team has turned to the task of pulling the party platform to the left and reforming the nominating process. 

Bonus item: Pictures say a thousand words. Make that two thousand

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016


Big night for Hillary. Bernie will (and should) stay in, but he has to know that it's over

Delegate count: Clinton, 2141; Sanders 1321 (2383 needed for the nomination)
Another handful of Clinton wins in big states, and the margins grow. . . . Depending on what happens in California and New Jersey, this could end up being close to 60-40.  So forgive me for being a little confused about why these margins give Bernie Sanders such “leverage” in what we presume to be his looming negotiations with Hillary Clinton over the future of the party of which he’s not a member. It is “incumbent” upon Clinton, he told Chris Hayes Monday on MSNBC, “to tell millions of people who right now do not believe in establishment politics or establishment economics, who have serious misgivings about a candidate who has received millions of dollars from Wall Street and other special interests.”  Is there precedent for the losing candidate demanding that the winning candidate prove her bona fides to his voters? I sure can’t think of any. The most recent precedent we have for this kind of thing is 2008, a contest that of course involved Hillary Clinton. Let’s have a look at how that one wound down. . .  [read on]

Hillary has a suggestion for Bernie
“Let’s look at what happened in 2008, because that’s the closest example. Then-Senator Obama and I ran a really hard race. It was so much closer than the race right now between me and Senator Sanders. We had pretty much the same amount of popular votes. By some measures I had slightly more popular votes, he had slightly more pledged delegates.

“We got to the end in June and I did not put down conditions. I didn’t say, ‘You know what, if Senator Obama does x, y and z, maybe I’ll support him.’ I said, ‘I am supporting Senator Obama, because no matter what our differences might be, they pale in comparison to the differences between us and the Republicans.’ That’s what I did.

“At that time 40 percent of my supporters said they would not support him. So from the time I withdrew, until the time I nominated him – I nominated him at the [Democratic National Convention] in Denver – I spent an enormous amount of time convincing my supporters to support him. And I’m happy to say the vast majority did. That is what I think one does. That is certainly what I did and I hope that we will see the same this year.”

[A]fter conceding the race, Clinton attended 27 rallies in support of the Obama campaign, attended 11 fundraisers in support of her former rival, and delivered speeches on Obama’s behalf to a variety of groups, including the American Nurses Association and NALEO (National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials). . . [read on]

How Eager Should Hillary Clinton Be to Placate Bernie Sanders?
Hillary Clinton thanks Bernie Sanders for “challenging” her

Hillary will do better with young voters than . . . Obama did 

Hillary says half her Cabinet will be women
“I am going to have a Cabinet that looks like America”
Clinton’s vow to bring gender equity to the president’s Cabinet is radical

An interesting VP candidate: 

A new Hillary SuperPAC
The Correct the Record PAC supports Hillary Clinton, but they don’t run political advertisements at all, and they have no interest in doing negative campaigning. They seem to be an entirely focused on combatting online negativity about Clinton and her campaign.  I thought it was interesting to see a Super PAC used this way, and I’m not sure any other candidates are doing this or that there is any precedent for it. . . . 

Sanders responds to a devastating night
“I congratulate Secretary Clinton on her victories tonight, and I look forward to issue-oriented campaigns in the 14 contests to come.  

“I am proud that we were able to win a resounding victory tonight in Rhode Island, the one state with an open primary where independents had a say in the outcome. Democrats should recognize that the ticket with the best chance of winning this November must attract support from independents as well as Democrats. I am proud of my campaign’s record in that regard.  

“The people in every state in this country should have the right to determine who they want as president and what the agenda of the Democratic Party should be. That’s why we are in this race until the last vote is cast. That is why this campaign is going to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia with as many delegates as possible to fight for a progressive party platform that calls for a $15 an hour minimum wage, an end to our disastrous trade policies, a Medicare-for-all health care system, breaking up Wall Street financial institutions, ending fracking in our country, making public colleges and universities tuition free and passing a carbon tax so we can effectively address the planetary crisis of climate change.”

Bernie Sanders' campaign just dropped a major hint that the race is over
Why Bernie Sanders should stay in the race

Sanders Facebook site gets attacked. But by whom?


Trump looks unstoppable for the GOP nomination

Trump said it himself: "It's over." And he's right. It is. He's the nominee. But his victory speech and Q&A was deeply revealing - both in its power and its self-destructiveness. . . .

Trump says Hillary is playing "the woman card." I keep trying to think of a bad joke that uses "playing the Trump card," but I can't

Trump thinks Bernie should run as a third party candidate. Well of course he does 

If Trump says he's going to make America great "again," when do people think America WAS great? The answers are interesting 

Dr. Magoo has an opinion about putting Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill (hint: it's an insult) 

Not OK 
Oklahoma state lawmakers are well on their way to passing a bill that would make it a felony for doctors to provide abortions, unless a woman's life is in danger or she has had a miscarriage that needs to be removed. There are no exceptions for rape, incest, or the woman's health. . .  

What the media isn't telling people about anti-LGBTQ laws 

The Long History of the Conservative Fixation With Bathrooms 

Almost all of our tax debate is over higher taxes or lower taxes. Here's an argument for more fundamental reform

The on-demand ("gig") economy raises issues that traditional union thinking hasn't adapted to

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