(CNN’s Chris Cillizza) Campaign politics tends to be a lowest-common-denominator business. If something works — no matter how loathsome or even untrue — then it gets used. The end always justifies the means — and the end is always and only winning. And yet, even by that incredibly low bar, what some right-wing pundits have done in the wake of 10 mail pipe bombs being sent … Continue reading The disgusting lie of the “false flag” pushed by some prominent conservatives
(via NY Magazine) A pernicious force was hollowing out American democracy. It had neutered Congress, and lobotomized the electorate. Lawmakers had become incapable of taking action on many of the day’s most pressing issues — and voters incapable of holding their representatives accountable for their incapacity. The connection between an American’s substantive beliefs, and her decisions in the ballot booth, was razor-thin and ever-fraying. If … Continue reading Tribalism Isn’t Our Democracy’s Main Problem. The Conservative Movement Is.
By Christopher Mathias and Nick Robins-Early – Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) visited Austria in August and gave an extensive interview to a far-right publication there in which he spelled out, in clearer and more shocking terms than he ever has before, his white nationalist worldview. The eight-term congressman, up for re-election next month, talked to Caroline Sommerfeld of the Austrian far-right propaganda site Unzensuriert … Continue reading Embracing White Power; the New GOP Identity.
(WaPo) RICHMOND — Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.) compared the struggles of jailed drug addicts to the heat he’s taking in his tight race with Democrat Abigail Spanberger. “You think you’re having a hard time — I got $5 million worth of negative ads going at me,” Brat told inmates at the Chesterfield County jail on Wednesday. “How do you think I’m feeling? Nothing’s easy. For anybody. You think I’m … Continue reading Republican lawmaker to inmates: “You think you’re having a hard time?”
via Pew By: Matt Vasilogambros (Montana) – In the months leading up to this week’s registration deadline, Renee LaPlant has registered voters in the Blackfeet Nation in northwest Montana wherever she can: at grocery stores, public events or even at people’s homes on the Native American reservation. Each time she registers new voters, she asks whether they will want her to collect their completed ballot … Continue reading How to Remove Native Americans Right to Vote – Step by Step Process. Step 2:
via Pew By: Matt Vasilogambros – SAN JUAN COUNTY, Utah — Tara Benally and her 16-year-old son Delaney After Buffalo set up a plastic table alongside the last dusty highway intersection before the Arizona state line. Here in Monument Valley, in the shadows of the towering red rock monoliths sacred among the Navajo, the two are doing something that’s rarely been done in this part … Continue reading How to Remove Native Americans Right to Vote – Step by Step Process. Step 1:
WASHINGTON — Rep. Beto O’Rourke raised an astonishing $38.1 million in three months, as Democrats in Texas and nationwide showered him with donations for his bid to oust Sen. Ted Cruz. The haul smashed previous records for a U.S. Senate contest, and assures that the hard-fought race, already the nation’s costliest, remains on top of the 2018 list. O’Rourke’s tally is more than triple the … Continue reading Beto O’Rourke raised $38.1 million in last three months, smashing all records in bid to oust Ted Cruz
via Politico Senate Democrats accepted an offer Thursday from Senate Republicans to confirm 15 lifetime federal judges in exchange for the ability to go into recess through the midterms, allowing endangered Democrats to campaign. The calculation by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and his caucus was simple: That Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) would be able to confirm roughly 15 judges if he kept … Continue reading Democrats agree to confirmations of 15 Trump judges — in hopes of taking back the Senate
via Politico The Republican House majority continues to show signs of collapsing, with Democrats steadily gaining ground toward erasing the 23-seat margin and ending eight years of GOP control. A total of 68 seats currently held by Republicans are firmly in play — rated as “Lean Republican” or worse for the GOP — presenting a stark contrast to the Democratic side, where only a half-dozen … Continue reading The GOP House is crumbling
By Clare Cannon Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation got off to a bit of a rocky start Tuesday. Dozens were arrested & hauled out of the Senate Judiciary Cmte. room & the Democrats did their best to delay the inevitable, Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Democrats have been staking their case against Kavanaugh on document production, largely arguing that there must be something to hide in Kavanaugh’s past & that’s … Continue reading The case against Kavanaugh.