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Down With Tyranny - 2019-01-20 - Original post - cached version

Mike Siegel ran in 2018 in Texas' 10th district-- and he just announced he's running again... starting now. Last time he held entrenched Republican multimillionaire Michael McCaul down to a 51.1% win in a district with an R+9 PVI and where Trump beat Hillary 52-43%. The shift towards Mike...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-01-20 - Original post - cached version

The Wall Street Journal ran an OpEd by Robert Gates Friday evening, To End the Shutdown, Try Thinking Big on Immigration. It almost doesn't matter what his "big idea" is since his presentation is so utterly flawed. "Both parties are to blame for this embarrassing impasse," he wrote. Really?...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-01-20 - Original post - cached version

by Noah

Sunday Thoughts:

Well, sort of Sunday thoughts. I haven't used a clip for the Midnight Meme Of The Day very often but tonight's meme is based on the biblical story of a wall, the wall that once surrounded Jericho to keep it safe from undesirables and other foreigners. We...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-01-20 - Original post - cached version

Late Friday, Rolling Stone ran an interview by Andy Kroll with a rare Republican congressman who is acting like he's more afraid of a 2020 Democratic challenge than he is of Trump. Will Hurd only won by the skin of his teeth in November-- 103,285 (49.2%) to 102,359 (48.7%), 926 votes...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-01-20 - Original post - cached version

Does it surprise you that Americans are overwhelmingly pessimistic about Trump's illegitimate presidency? Only 29% of Americans think Trump's "presidency" will be successful in the long term. They must all be on the pharmaceuticals his allies are manufacturing and dumping all cross...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-01-20 - Original post - cached version

Grand Rapids Congressman Justin Amash (R-MI) doesn't get a vote of William Barr, luckily for Barr and unfortunately for America. "William Barr," he tweeted soon after Trump nominated him, "is another unfortunate pick for attorney general. His record is one of empowering government,...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-01-19 - Original post - cached version

Pew released a new poll yesterday. One of the findings was that most voters say they don't believe what Trump says and that they're not confident officials in his administration are ethical. Just 39% are-- far fewer than for Reagan's (67%), George H.W. Bush's (59%), Clinton's (45%), George W....

Down With Tyranny - 2019-01-19 - Original post - cached version

Pew's new poll released yesterday, was devastating enough before yesterday's smoking gun: Trump Begins Third Year With Low Job Approval and Doubts About His Honesty. 37% approval and 59% disapproval. "A growing share of Americans say they trust what Trump says less than what previous...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-01-19 - Original post - cached version

by Noah

The incident tonight's meme refers to happened in Florida two months ago. President Trump has said nothing about these "very fine people" in the two intervening months. Can you imagine if these people had come from Mexico, Costa Rica, or Honduras? Of course you can....

Down With Tyranny - 2019-01-19 - Original post - cached version

Cohen was a bad fixer for a worse boss. Yesterday's blockbuster by Michael Rothfeld, Rob Barry and Joe Palazzolo tells the story of Michael Cohen, then Trump's personal lawyer, handing a WalMart big stuffed with cash-- between $12 and $13,000-- to John Gauger an employee of Jerry...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-01-19 - Original post - cached version

2010 saw a red tidal wave sweep Democrats out of office across America. Democrats lost 63 House seats and watched John Boehner take over the speakership from Pelosi. Democrats lost 6 Senate seats-- Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Indiana, Wisconsin (Russ Feingold) and North Dakota....

Down With Tyranny - 2019-01-19 - Original post - cached version

(Part I and Part II)

Watch the Justice Democrats video above where Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez explaining explains the difference between a real champion of the working class and a garden variety careerist Democrat who manages to ooze into Congress. "There's a lot of people in the...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-01-18 - Original post - cached version
Pelosi's not taking any crap from New Dems on raising the minimum wage

At her leadership meeting this week, Pelosi informed her leadership team the democrats would be putting forth a $15/hour minimum wage bill. Most members were delighted of course-- but not all. There was some...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-01-18 - Original post - cached version

I got that invitation above the other day and said to myself, "self, didn't Katie Hill say she wasn't going to take PAC money?" Maybe not; maybe I was thinking of almost every other freshman. Or maybe there was some Philadelphia lawyer language in the statement about not taking-- let...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-01-18 - Original post - cached version

by Noah

Just look at this baboon!

OK, I apologize to the baboon community. Might as well apologize to orangutans and sloths, as well. It's just that, well... you know, since Trump maybe some sort of hybrid... I do know that in the past (and future), we've called Trump by...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-01-18 - Original post - cached version
Kirsten Gillibrand by Nancy Ohanian

Paul Waldman welcomed Kirsten Gillibrand to the fray by citing psychologist Barry Schwartz's 2004 book, The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less, pointing out that "there's a point at which having more choices-- say for 75 different kinds of shampoo...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-01-18 - Original post - cached version

by Bob Lynch,
@lynchpinL
Democratic political strategist

Kamala Harris had another great afternoon proving to be one of the brightest stars on an otherwise fairly underwhelming Senate Judiciary Committee.

Today’s agenda? To find out whether or not William Barr will...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-01-18 - Original post - cached version

This morning's news would have made anyone in TrumpWorld want to stay in bed. Ben White wrote that recession warnings are piling up, exacerbated by the Trump-McConnell government shutdown which itself is starting to look like a serious crisis nudging the country towards recession....

Down With Tyranny - 2019-01-17 - Original post - cached version
World War II rationing posters. If no one questions the goal, no one will question means like these.

by Thomas Neuburger

I could make this complicated or simple. Let's make it simple. We've dithered so long in addressing climate change, that to address it effectively means not just a...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-01-17 - Original post - cached version

Too much winning? The coal industry is back? Nope: "Coal mines are closing faster than ever... A bleak outline tonight on the coal industry. A brand new report from CNN suggests more more coal plants have closed during the first two years of the Trump administration than the first four years...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-01-17 - Original post - cached version

by Noah

Nothing says congratulations better than a cold burger. It was the least he could do, so he did it. With his government shutdown in full swing, President Basket Case could have had his hotel next door cater the affair, but no. So, when it came time to recognize the NCAA...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-01-17 - Original post - cached version

This week, Erik Loomis' essay at Lawyers, Guns & Money, The Big Electoral Story of 2019 reminds us that "we don’t pay nearly enough attention to how power is actually built–through local and state races and organizing. So at the very least, we need to spend a ton of attention this...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-01-17 - Original post - cached version

Rolling Stone's politics guy, Matt Taibbi welcomed the new version of the Weekly Standard (RIP), The Bulwark by noting that "Neoconservatives, the architects of the War on Terror, are the political version of Jason in Friday the 13th: You can never bank on them being completely dead. They just...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-01-17 - Original post - cached version

The GOP has long had a habit of putting it's most extreme members on the House Judiciary Committee-- crackpots like Matt Gaetz (FL), Louie Gohmert (TX), Andy Biggs (AZ), Ken Buck (CO), Jim Jordan (OH), Darrell Issa (CA) and, as you probably know by now, Steve King. Monday evening, the...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-01-16 - Original post - cached version

Ted Lieu invited all the House Dems to a special session of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, of which he was recently elected co-chair. Tomorrow's session is to go over the art of social media, particularly twitter-- and how members can use it effectively in their...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-01-16 - Original post - cached version

Luke Savage has a very good question for Jacobin readers this week: Who Will Be the American Justin Trudeau? "With a restless Democratic base leaning left," he wrote, "party centrists are looking for their Justin Trudeau-- a candidate who will seem progressive while preserving the...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-01-16 - Original post - cached version

by Noah

Hmmm, I wonder what Putin is whispering to his fluffer. Could it be:

A) Don't worry about McConnell. I've got him covered.

B) Thanks for making those tariff moves on your farmers I wanted. I was able to make a sweet deal with the Chinese for Russian...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-01-16 - Original post - cached version

As the legal authorities close in on Trump, Kushner-in-law has been trying his best to keep away from the media and out of sight. Today Guardian reporters Ed Pilkington and Martin Pengelly reminded everyone who and what he is: Chris Christie accuses Jared Kushner of political 'hit job' in...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-01-16 - Original post - cached version
First Dem (New Dem) who wants to give in to Trump's blackmail & hostage-taking

Over the weekend, the Wall Street Journal published a piece by Natalie Andrews and Kristina Peterson, Wall Impasse Frustrates Many Newly Elected House Democrats, about how the conservaDem freshmen...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-01-16 - Original post - cached version

Early Monday morning, the Wall Street Journal warned that Trump's government shutdown "is curtailing infrastructure projects, food-processing inspections and economic data used by Wall Street. But on a more micro level, it is showing signs of disrupting commerce as hundreds of thousands of...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-01-15 - Original post - cached version

What's more important to Democratic primary voters-- candidates' visions for a post-Trump America or who is most likely to beat Trump in the election? In a NY Times piece yesterday--Democrats Want to Run on Issues in 2020. But Does Beating Trump Matter Most?-- Jonathan Martin asserts...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-01-15 - Original post - cached version

Wikipedia has a simple explanation for projection-- one of the most obvious and clearest cornerstones of Trump's psychological makeup: "a defence mechanism in which the human ego defends itself against unconscious impulses or qualities (both positive and negative) by denying their existence in...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-01-15 - Original post - cached version

by Noah

Impeachment is just a compromise position now. More drastic measures are called for. Impeachment is, in fact, now just an unsatisfactory compromise, as if it was ever really on the table anyway. What we should now be doing if we, as a society had any brains at all, (...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-01-15 - Original post - cached version

See America's Sweetheart, Part I here

Over the weekend, the Financial Times published a short essay by Edward Luce, The Clinton-Obama Era Ends As U.S. Democrats Seek A Radical New Voice. He wrote that the Democrats owe a debt of gratitude to Trump "as it sweeps away a cautious mindset...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-01-15 - Original post - cached version
Not a popular position in Congress-- but OUTSIDE the Beltway...

I have to admit I stopped watching 60 Minutes quite a few decades ago. But I don't remember it being a place where they spotlighted too many members of the House, let alone a freshman who was on her first week in the...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-01-15 - Original post - cached version

Steve King's Iowa district is very, very rural and very, very red. The PVI is R+11 and Trump beat Hillary there 60.9% to 33.5%, significantly outpolling both McCain (50.2%) and Romney (53.4%). Usually King wins in a walk and doesn't even campaign much. This past November, though, he nearly...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-01-14 - Original post - cached version
The Praetorian Guard declares a cowering Claudius emperor after murdering Caligula (from a painting by Lawrence Alma-Tadema)

by Thomas Neuburger

I’d argue that under Trump, the national security establishment not only hasn’t missed a beat but indeed has gained dangerous strength. Now it is...
Down With Tyranny - 2019-01-14 - Original post - cached version

-by Audrey Denney,
Candidate for Congress, CA-01

I spent the last year traveling around beautiful California District 1. I had the privilege to sit in coffee shops, on farms and in community centers with the good people who live here. One of the most common concerns I heard from...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-01-14 - Original post - cached version

by Noah

With the Friday night news that the FBI, shortly after President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, had opened an investigation into whether or not President Trump was working on behalf of Russia, I was torn between ruefully laughing or shaking my fist at the TV as...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-01-14 - Original post - cached version

This morning, ABC News and the Washington Post released a new national poll that should serve as a warning for congressional Republicans: voters blame them (and Trump of course) for the shutdown and are very much not buying the national emergency bullshit. And by a wide enough margin to signal...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-01-14 - Original post - cached version

By this weekend, even Fox viewers were finding out about Trump-- or at least his campaign-- conspiring to collude with the Russians. This Shep Smith segment on the video above could literally be on MSNBC or any other legitimate news outlet.

By last night everyone was going crazy over...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-01-14 - Original post - cached version

Short answer: absolutely. If you've visited the DWT ActBlue page this year, you've probably noticed that we're still raising money for Bernie-- as well as for a small handful of other non-presidential 2020 candidates. I know a lot of people in Bernie-world. When I talk with them I ask...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-01-13 - Original post - cached version

Would you call this a safe blue district? Obama beat McCain here 58-41% and then eviscerated Romney 60.3-38.7%. In 2016 even Hillary scored big-- 58.3% to 38.5%. TX-28 is just 15.9% white and just around 25% rural. The PVI is D+9 and most of the voters are in Webb County (Laredo) and...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-01-13 - Original post - cached version

These days, the Senate doesn't pass anything remotely controversial, let alone pass it unanimously. But last month they did-- a bill by Tim Scott (R-SC), Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Kamala Harris (D-CA) to make lynching a federal hate crime. Their bill, the Justice for Victims of Lynching...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-01-13 - Original post - cached version

by Noah

Sunday Thoughts:

Damn, I love Republican Jesus! Hell, his mutant form of Christianity, aka-- his message of hate-- sure makes Republicans feel all nice, warm, and superior. You might even say holier than thou! Let's just take a look at the Republican mantra of...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-01-13 - Original post - cached version

White House President Stephen Miller has no problem with a long, long government shutdown. Neither does Trump's base. Jennifer Epstein at Bloomberg News reported that "Negotiations are at a standstill and no more talks are scheduled for the weekend or early next week. The White House...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-01-13 - Original post - cached version

The DCCC’s favorite Republican millionaire is hitting the beach with other members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in Puerto Rico this weekend. Just imagine what corporate PACs are paying to see Cisneros in a swim suit. Well, we actually know how much-- $5,000 for a corporate PAC...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-01-13 - Original post - cached version
He got to the church on time

As you probably know-- or should know-- since his election, Conor Lamb, who now represents a purple swing district northwest of Pittsburgh (PA-17), has been one of the worst Democrats in Congress. His Trump adhesion score is a shocking 54.8%, even more in...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-01-12 - Original post - cached version

David Cicilline (D-RI) is now the chair of the Judiciary Committee's subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law. There's not doubt we can count on him doing a much better-- and very different-- job than the one former chair Tom Marino was doing. In fact, with...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-01-12 - Original post - cached version

For politics junkies, yesterday started with a pre-dawn Rachael Bade/Heather Caygle click magnetic piece at Politico, Exasperated Democrats try to rein in Ocasio-Cortez. One of my former jobs was editor of Alternative Rock, one of America's first punk zines. I was also the west coast...

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