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Plutocrats, Please Stop Running These Selfish, Stupid, Quixotic Presidential Campaigns

At least on paper, Democrats talk tough about the importance of protecting the democratic process from a flood of billionaire bucks. Big money is drowning out the voices of everyday Americans, the released their own campaign finance reform proposals. Bernie Sanders put forward a bold plan that would claiming the title of single largest donor in American politics on several occasions. Whether you think that honorific is worthy of praise depends largely on whether or not your name is Tom Steyer. I was watching how this campaign was going, and…

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The Secret Reason Republicans Wont Impeach Trump

Broadly speaking, there are two Republican defenses of Donald Trump. The first is the hard-shell, the lovely Lisa Page. This defense is what drives these too few people understand the truth about the modern GOP. It is an un-American party. It is not interested in democracy. It is interested in power. It doesnt care how it gets it. Twice in the last five elections, its winning presidential candidates have lost the popular vote. Suppose that had gone the other way around. Do you think the Electoral College would still exist?…

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Democrats Big Night Is Bad News for Trump

Donald Trump has deprived us of so much: newscasts the children can watch, Vladimir Putin as our enemy, Angela Merkel as our ally, forgoing Latin phrases like quid pro quo in everyday conversation. And now hes taken away the truism that All politics is local. Trump made the Kentucky governors race all about him, traveling to the state Monday night to throw his full weightfor an hour and 20 minutesEven Mitch McConnell might need an extra lump of sugar. Already at an 18 percent approval rating, and with his likely…

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Gaffe Parade or Not, Rank-and-File Democrats Will Keep Ridin With Biden

If Wednesday nights climate change town hall is any indication, Joe Biden could use some Windex for his glass jaw. But his supporters are perfectly willing to sweep up the pieces and write off his not-so-infrequent missteps. The former vice president has been a candidate for the highest office in the landofficially or unofficiallyfor all of my adult life. His affable, self-deprecating style is an attractive lure for voters who see him as the kind of candidate theyd most like to have over for Sunday dinner. Biden is equally at…

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Joe Bidens Less-Is-More Plan to Win the Primary

As he maintains his lead atop the Democratic primary, Joe Biden has leaned on a fairly simple strategy: sometimes less is more. The former vice presidents presidential campaign has, since its onset, done its own thing. As Bidens rivals crafted their launch strategies, the former vice president still hadnt publicly made up his mind about running. When the most press-averse contenders put themselves in front of reporters, Biden stayed largely under the fray. And as staffers fielded all sorts of candidate survey requests, the current Democratic frontrunners replies were often…

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Hamas Apologist Pushes Congress to Crack Down on UAE

A prominent British apologist for the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas is spearheading a new U.S. lobbying effort to rally Congress in opposition to two Gulf powers, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. London-based political activist Thomas Charles is leading a new group, the New York Center for Foreign Policy Affairs, that recently held a briefing on Capitol Hill to bring congressional attention to money laundering in particular the UAE, according to worked closely with the government of Qatar, a chief regional rival to the UAE and Saudi Arabia. Perrys…

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The Democrats Are Coming for Joe Biden. Can He Take the Hits?

Could Joe Biden lose it at Thursdays debate in Houston in a way that confirms hes too old, too old-fashioned, too tired, too get off my lawn for a party thats skewing young and moving left? Spoiler: Yes, and thats the anticipated plot of Thursdays debate. It will ostensibly be about health care, climate change, guns, gender issues, and education. But in reality all eyes will be on Biden to see if he can take a punch, or a dozen of them. Its not just Sen. Elizabeth Warren whos aiming…

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Why Are So Many 2020 Dems Ignoring Muslims?

This Labor Day weekend, the largest gathering of Muslim Americans in the country will take place in Houston, Texas, at the annual Islamic Center of North America (ISNA) convention. Past conventions have attracted several thousand to north of 10,000 attendees. But this years may be the biggest turnout yetwith well-known special guests like Daily Show host Emgage, an organization that seeks to increase Muslim American activism in U.S. politics. Read more: https://www.thedailybeast.com/why-are-so-many-2020-democrats-ignoring-muslims

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Inside Trumps Psychological War on Immigrants

What if you launched a massive immigration sweepand almost no one got swept up? Gotcha! President Trump is a master showman, the PT Barnum, sucker-born-every-minute, carnival barker of American politics. Hes also someone who likes to create chaos and scare people, not only to be mean but also to flex his muscles and get attention. Read more: https://www.thedailybeast.com/inside-trumps-psychological-war-on-immigrants

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Trump Prays His Judges Will Keep Tax Returns Secret

Donald Trump switched to full panic mode on Monday, afraid that the whole truth about his finances and conduct will come out. He is openly declaring he is above the law, in a way that should make us laugh if not for fear that the judges hes peppered the federal bench with could find a way to hold their noses and swallow his noxious argument. Trump is that the committee has subpoenaed, to block them from complying with the subpoena. The Democrat Party, with its newfound control of the U.S.…

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