Corrupt #democrats get primaried and immediately pressured to resign.
Corrupt #republicans win their party’s nomination for President.
Congress risks devaluing a meaningful mechanism for restraining a sitting president, weakening our constitutional system. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/commentary/2023/09/15/biden-impeachment/?utm_content=buffer545de&utm_medium=social&utm_source=mastodon&utm_campaign=bffmstdn #commentary #us #joebiden #democrats #republicans #hunterbiden #corruption
Coming soon to Fox? Tony Abbott, the Australian former PM who said climate crisis was ‘absolute crap’
Rupert Murdoch hailed him as a ‘conviction politician’ but in Australia he is well known for accusations of misogyny and climate scepticism
His nomination, which came a day after Rupert Murdoch announced his retirement, shows Lachlan is “doubling down” on the company’s “right-wing crusading”, critics say.
In #Democratic politics, #GoldBars refers to damning evidence of #corruption that has #Democrats demanding that a Senator from their own party resign. 👉 https://www.huffpost.com/entry/robert-menendez-indicted_n_650d98c2e4b04db03fdc1805
In #Republican politics, #GoldBars refers to hardware in the bathroom to prevent #DonaldTheDeplorable from slipping and damaging boxes 📦 of #TopSecret military documents that are to be sold to the highest bidding tyrant.
This has been “A toot of two sickies.”
"What are we going to find out next?": Clarence Thomas' shocking ethics scandal "sickens" experts
"Justice Clarence Thomas continues to bring shame upon himself and the United States Supreme Court," Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter. "He should resign. What are we going to find out next? A fundraiser for Trump headlined by Clarence Thomas? Ridiculous."
The straw that breaks the camel's back? SCOTUS scandal widens with new Thomas report
Growing list of serious ethical questions about perhaps undue influence and seeming impropriety at the nations highest court.
ProPublica, once again, breaking the story that Justice Thomas has attended at least two Koch donor summits, according to interviews with three former employees of that group
Jack Smith taps war crimes prosecutor to help put away Trump: report
Smith's hiring of his old war crimes associate, Cheney wrote, is a sign that he is "gearing up for a new phase of his efforts — preparing for trials that could send a former president to prison for the first time in U.S. history."
Judge hits Trump with order banning threats and intimidation in Colorado case
A judge overseeing the Colorado lawsuit seeking to block former President Donald Trump from the ballot in that state has issued an order prohibiting threats and intimidation, reported the Associated Press on Friday.
Lachlan Murdoch endorses Tony Abbott to join Fox Corporation board of directors
Former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard misogyny speech on Abbott
Abbott was supportive of Cardinal Pell, who was convicted of child sex abuse who's convictions were later overturned
Abbott called Pell ‘The greatest man I’ve ever known’
Jennifer Rubin: #Democrats need to shove Menendez off the stage
"Some choice details from the indictment: 'Over $480,000 in cash — much of it stuffed into envelopes and hidden in clothing, closets, and a safe — was found in the home,' in addition to more than $70,000 in the safe-deposit box of Menendez’s wife. And in the sort of tidbit one usually gets only on TV shows, prosecutors say some of the envelopes had the fingerprints or DNA of co-defendant and real estate developer Fred Daibes 'or his driver.'"
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy Calls On Sen. Robert Menendez To Resign https://www.huffpost.com/entry/phil-murphy-calls-for-menendez-resignation_n_650e0231e4b0fb95353ac92c
“He’s not here, we are": House #Republicans ice out #Trump, look to make a deal with #Democrats
Yeah there is a lot of different factors which contributed to the #HillaryClinton 2016 loss. I'm always wary of unitary explainations.
For me, I think Hillary never figured out how to speak to blue collar America and when you look at the battleground states of PA, WI and MI - that's where the focus needed to be.
"Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and his wife have been indicted on bribery charges, Justice Department officials announced Friday morning, detailing what officials said was a corrupt scheme involving gold bars, stacks of cash and using the senator’s powerful position to secretly benefit the Egyptian government."
Two steps forward, three steps back. Menendez indicted.
#Corruption #Menendez #USSenate #Democrats
Mayor Eric Johnson of Dallas, Texas announced today via an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal that he is now a Republican.
Johnson claims that policies that the Democrats have pursued in Dallas have resulted in increased rates of crime and homelessness, although he does acknowledge Dallas’ current economic boom.
No Labels Says It’s Not a Political Party. But It’s Setting Up State Parties.
> #Democrats and Never-Trump GOPers are worried about the group's 2024 plans.
>>No Labels’ officials, including co-chair Joe Lieberman, the former senator and vice-presidential candidate who switched from Democrat to independent, insist they will not proceed with a candidate who would be a spoiler. 🙄
In theory, more choice is better right? Not in America, and right wing #oligarch types understand this, it's why they're playing with the notion, and looking for a political patsy to do their bidding
#Politico has part of the story here:
#Women #Transgender #LGBTQ #LGBTQIA #DemocraticParty #Allies #Conservatives #Extremism #Fascism #RepublicanParty #Hate #Bigotry #Violence #Genocide #Discrimination #Homophobia #Transphobia #ThePartyOfHate
'This is a Republican problem!' CNN host cuts off GOP lawmaker trying to pass blame for budget crisis
... one party member tried to pin the blame on President Joe Biden
...the CNN host abruptly cut him off. "Do you think President Biden getting involved would make it... any easier for Republicans to come together? Because this is a Republican problem at this moment," she lectured.
Unending 'chaos' is set to doom House Republicans' majority: report
Countless pundits have predicted that if a shutdown occurs, voters will blame Republicans — not Democrats.
Stoddard describes the state of "chaos" plaguing McCarthy's GOP majority.
Between that chaos, a likely shutdown, a flawed impeachment inquiry and bitter infighting among House Republicans ... GOP strategists are growing increasingly worried about 2024.
The Looming Government Shutdown Is Not the Fault of Dysfunction
There’s only one culprit for the chaos gripping Capitol Hill—the Republican Party.
If there’s anything that Democrats should emphasize about the looming government shutdown, it’s the essential Republican-ness of it all. This shutdown is the pure product of the modern GOP, packed with antisocial weirdos and redolent of their inability to govern themselves or anyone else.
Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey and his wife have been indicted by a federal grand jury, according to court filings unsealed Friday.
CBS News reports: "The bribes allegedly included cash, gold, payments toward a home mortgage, compensation for a 'low-or-no-show-job,' a luxury vehicle and 'other things of value.'"
Two House Republicans say they might work with Democrats to fund government
As the Republican stalemate over government funding continues, two freshman GOP House members opened the door Thursday to end-running their party’s leadership and working with Democrats to fund the government.
...at least five Republicans would have to break off for a discharge petition to succeed — potentially more if not all Democrats sign it.
@Leisureguy Both #Democrats and #Republicans have done countless favors for crony capitalists, and engage in the practice widely. There are literally hundreds of examples of on either side of the aisle. Republicans have absolutely enabled and engaged in regulatory capture, and other means by which to interfere with the free market to the detriment of the people, but so have Democrats.
Allegations against Rudy Giuliani and Russell Brand show sexual abuse is a selling point for MAGA
The quickest way to be a hero to Donald Trump fanboys? Face multiple, credible sexual assault allegations
...like clockwork, the MAGA masses are rallying to Brand's side, treating these allegations like they are evidence that the "deep state" is trying to take Brand out for some vague reason.
The New Republic:
Democrat Trolls Kevin McCarthy With Bill Blocking Congressional Pay During Shutdown
The bill would temporarily block the paychecks of Congress members during a government shutdown. Currently, shutdowns do not affect pay for lawmakers, but they stop pay for all other federal employees.
The bill is unlikely to pass (or even make it to a floor vote in) the Republican-controlled House, but it makes a major point...
Here is some food for thought:
The rate of unexplained infant deaths (SIDS) is 35% higher in male infants in states that have Medicaid funding for infant circumcision. In these states, circumcision rates are 50% higher. Death rates in girls do not show similar disparities.
So why are Maine Democrats trying to get circumcision added back to Medicaid? To kill more boys?
Elhaik, E. (2019) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6412606/
Andrew Yang: Americans are fed up with both Republicans and Democrats | The Bottom Line
Rudy Giuliani forced to appear in person for entire defamation damages trial
Rudy Giuliani is reportedly going to be required to appear in person for the entirety of a trial for damages after he was found liable for defaming two poll workers.
Why didn't he do this sooner!? This is my frustration with #Democrats, they imo are always playing catch up. 😠
> Senator Chuck Schumer filed a motion that would end deliberation on three of President Joe #Biden's nominations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff Wednesday.
Some #Republicans are seriously considering…a shell bill that…allows moderates to supersede #McCarthy’s control…& force a vote to keep the govt open….What exactly gets included in such a #DischargePetition remains unknown, but…could garner enough support from House #Democrats & the #Senate.
In #Washington, meanwhile, a growing faction of the #Republican Party is rebelling against further spending on military #aid for #Ukraine, following #Trump’s lead in questioning whether it should be an American priority. Although most #Democrats & a significant portion of #Republicans remain staunchly behind #Kyiv, the blowback among #HouseRepublicans may be enough to derail an effort to approve a supplemental package of aid for #Ukraine.
#Technology #OpenSource #FreeSoftware #FOSS #FLOSS #Fediverse #OnlineFreedom #Privacy #Anonymity #Anonymous #InfoSec #CyberSecurity #Manjaro #Linux #Science #Socialism #MultipolarWorld #Programming #Rust #Golang #RetroGaming #SelfHosted #TechNews #Matrix #Anime #Hentai #Futurology #AI #Singularity #Fitness #Health #Collapse #ClimateCrisis #Audiobooks #Books #Fanfiction #Conspiracy #CriticalThinking #DataHoarding #Piracy #FileSharing #Meshnet #Decentralized #Distributed #P2P #PeerToPeer #IPFS #Zeronet #Freenet #I2P #Tor
#Music #Memes #Nazis #CIA #NATO #UsEmpire #Oligarchy #Plutocracy #Kleptocracy #Imperialism #Fascism #Racism #Capitalism #Billionaires #Woke #Wokeism #Liberals #Democrats #Republicans #Conservatives #BigTech #ClosedSource #Microsoft #Discord #Copyright #Censorship #WesternMedia #OfficialPropaganda #MaintreamNews #Surveillance #PoliticalCorrectness
Best to worst: #fopnu #nicotine+ ( #soulseek ) #aMule ( #edonkey2000 #ed2k ) #EiskaltDC++ ( #dcpp ) #gnutella #Shareaza #qBittorrent ( #BitTorrent #torrent )
The Last Word With Lawrence O'Donnell:
Lawrence & legal panel react to Trump admitting election subversion was his decision
“Donald Trump testified once again in his own defense yesterday, not under oath, on TV. He gave testimony that can and will be used against him, in both, the Georgia criminal case and in the Washington D.C. Federal criminal case brought by special prosecutor jack smith...”
During #GOP whip's meeting, Rep. Mike Lawler of NY told colleagues he is willing to support a so-called #DischargePetition – a procedural mechanism to force a floor vote on a bill & circumvent leadership – to move a short-term #spending bill if their #Republican plan stalls.
+ it was mentioned during a meeting w/elected leadership in #McCarthy's office that there’s a group of members talking about moving a temporary funding bill w/ #Democrats if other members are unwilling to #act….
The idea was raised by mods in multiple leadership meetings tonight, per sources
from Melanie Zanona & Manu Raju
#Congress #HouseRepublicans #Disservice #Dysfunction
'Not conservative Republicanism': House GOP a complete 'clown show' amid budget battle
Rep. Mike Lawler (R-NY)
"This is not conservative Republicanism. This is stupidity."
“These people can't define a win," he continued. "They don’t know how to take yes for an answer. It is a clown show."
If you keep running lunatics, you will be in this position."
Rudy Giuliani sued by his lawyer for $1.36 million in unpaid legal fees
...Rudy Giuliani is being sued by his lawyer, Robert Costello, for $1.36 million in unpaid legal fees, MSNBC legal analyst Lisa Rubin reported on Monday.
The lawsuit was filed in the Supreme Court of New York for Manhattan.
Trump's media interviews, his continued lies & the need for a gag order to protect the jury pool.
"I question the wisdom of platforming Donald Trump's lies..."
"...We have enough incriminating evidence, we have enough confessions out of Donald Trump's mouth, that even a novice prosecutor would be able to walk in to a courtroom and convict Donald Trump in his or her sleep!"
More than half of Americans plan to get updated COVID shot - Enlarge / A vial of the updated 2023-2024 formula of Pfizer's COVID-19 ... - https://arstechnica.com/?p=1969186 #covid-19vaccine #updatedvaccine #vaccineuptake #republicans #democrats #covid-19 #partisan #science #booster #health #mrna #cdc #fal
'Ratings aren't worth our democracy': Legal experts trash Meet the Press' Trump interview
"Other than the occasional fatal admission, with respect to his criminal cases, there is no public interest in putting this man on television. The lies and distortions are nearly constant. Media who give him a platform are failing the public," said Herman F. Selvin Professor of Law at UC Berkeley Jonah B. Gelbach.
The Warning with Steve Schmidt:
Steve Schmidt reacts to Donald Trump's "disastrous" interview on Meet the Press
“What was most disappointing about his appearance on Meet the Press, is how badly the American people were served today. They were not informed, they were misled, they were not enlightened, they were gaslit, they were lied to and they were propagandized to by a former president who steamrolled the host…”
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'A colossal mistake to showcase this sociopath': NBC facing backlash after 'shameful' Trump interview airs
"Unchallenged by Welker. Every word out of his mouth is a lie"
media critic Dan Froomkin ... "This is, actually, worse than the CNN town hall in terms of normalizing a maniac."
Shameful," Trump critic and attorney Victor Shi wrote... "What we just saw is honestly an insult to viewers... Embarrassing."
A #RuralNewDeal for the 21st Century
#Progressive #Democrats of #America (PDA) in partnership with the Rural Urban Bridge Initiative (#RUBI) introduce the #Rural #NewDeal, a ten pillar #policy platform designed to reverse decades of #economic decline, and cultivate long-term rural and #smalltown prosperity and #resilience through federal investment in bottom-up solutions.
Montana Judge Ruled State Constitution Bans New Fossil Fuel Plants
Young residents won a lawsuit charging that construction of new gas power plant barred by state constitution
But “pro-climate” President Joe Biden arguing fiercely against letting SCOTUS hear similar case
"the central conflict is the one between a vision of traditional white Christian patriarchal authority and one of egalitarian, multiracial, pluralism. That is the fundamental reality of American politics right now: The conflict over whether or not the country should actually be an egalitarian pluralistic democracy maps onto the conflict between the two parties – democracy itself has become a partisan issue."
"Democracy is not just one issue among many – it is THE issue. It defines the political conflict, it’s an overarching concern that permeates nearly all areas of public policy, setting the conditions for how the polity decides. The social, political, and cultural divides are inextricably linked to the struggle over democracy –"
~ Thomas Zimmer
'Mental decline': Trump mocked by Republicans over 'World War II' slip
The account for Republicans Against Trump... "You can’t make this sh-t up."
Right-wing online personality Bill Mitchell... said on Saturday, "Did Donald Trump really just say he beat Obama and that Biden will lead us into World War TWO? I'm sorry Trump supporters, but your guy is experiencing significant mental decline..."
When President #Biden took office, he swiftly canceled an #ExecutiveOrder his predecessor had issued that could have enabled #Trump to #fire tens of thousands of #FederalWorkers & replace them w/ #loyalists. But #Democrats never succeeded in enacting #legislation to strengthen #protections for the #CivilService system as a matter of #law.
Expert: 'If Hunter's last name wasn't Biden it's very unlikely these charges would've been brought'
"Just look at how outraged the NRA and all the other second amendment gun loving Republicans are about these charges. Roll the tapes. Wait, we don't - sorry? oh, what's that? oh, right. okay. there aren't any tapes; they don't exist. Well, I'm sure they'll come rushing to his defense any moment now."
"child #poverty more than doubled between 2021 & 2022...
And the thing is, this didn’t have to happen... It was instead a #political choice. The story is in fact quite simple: #Republicans & a handful of conservative #Democrats blocked the extension of federal programs that had drastically reduced #ChildPoverty over the previous two years, and as a result just about all of the gains were lost.
The cruelty of this choice should be obvious."
Romney is not going to switch parties to help the #Democrats, all y'all.
He does not care about the plebs.
He discovered he could make a little more money peddling his book. That's it. Controversy sells books - so he's spinning up controversy.
Don't buy his book unless you'd like to contribute to his retirement fund - which is already nicely padded by #NRA and gun lobby money.
Cop-beating MAGA rioter seen frothing at the mouth gets 6.5 years in prison
A federal judge has sentenced high-level January 6 defendant Joseph Padilla to six and a half years in prison, CBS News' Scott MacFarlane reported on Wednesday.
Federal Judge John Bates handed down the sentence after calling Padilla "one of the most aggressive rioters"
"Republicans politicized the courts because the courts stood in the way of their racist, anti-gay, forced-birth agenda. If Democrats refuse to fight back, that agenda will be the law of the land, and elections will become the political force that doesn’t really matter."
~ Elie Mystal
Now, #LibertyConsulting is a focus of interest from congressional committees probing #SCOTUS’s #ethics disclosures. #Senate #Democrats have demanded that #LeonardLeo & #HarlanCrow provide a list of “gifts, payments, or other items of value” they’ve given #GinniThomas & her husband.
Meanwhile, Leo’s network of *nonprofits* — whose annual donations have skyrocketed into the hundreds of millions of dollars — is the subject of an investigation by the DC AG….
Not sure if this will actually happen, but if it does it would be a massive game changer. So far it has 23 sponsors in the Michigan House, which is more than I would have expected.
Rep. Carrie Rheingans introduces bill that would establish universal healthcare in Michigan
Rep. Carrie Rheingans (D-Ann Arbor) has introduced a bill that would create a publicly funded health system that would provide comprehensive services in Michigan.
House Bill 4893 would establish a universal healthcare system and reform the current payment system for healthcare coverage in Michigan. It would utilize both private and public providers to offer physical, dental, and mental healthcare without deductibles, copays, or premiums.
Rheingans told State of Reform she is still considering options to fund her proposal for Michigan, but plans to utilize MICare, which all residents would be eligible for. It would include coverage provided under Medicaid, Medicare, MIChild (the state’s child health plan under Title XXI of the Social Security Act), employers that choose to participate, and state and government employees.
George Takei’s substack The Big Picture, is documenting how #Republicans are attacking #Biden for things tht happened while #Trump was president. “Joe Biden & party shuttered schools, forced masks, & put #vaccines in their arms, all to hold our children bk w/ long-lasting impacts on their educational future. The #Democrats put power over our kids.” Only problem is all of those things happened in 2020 by Trump. The RNC has gone so far as to use pictures & video from 2020 to attack Biden.
Mark Meadows loses bid to have Georgia case removed to federal court
... a federal judge has denied his request to have his trial in the Georgia election racketeering case removed to federal court
The ruling ensures that Meadows will have his trial held in the same venue as former President Donald Trump and the rest of his co-defendants in the case, brought by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis.
Georgia special grand jury recommended charges against Graham, Perdue and Loeffler
The special grand jury in Fulton County recommended charges against Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and former GOP Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, according to the special counsel grand jury report released
Fani Willis did not charge Graham or Perdue when she returned an indictment last month...
The #Senate #confirmed #AnnaGomez, Pres #Biden’s pick for the #FCC, ending a lengthy #partisan split at the #regulatory agency & giving #Democrats the power to (finally) carry out major agenda items.
Senators voted 55-43 to confirm Gomez, an FCC veteran who is currently a #communications #policy adviser for the State Dept. Gomez will take the third Democratic seat on the 5-member commission, which oversees #broadband & #communications #regulation.
The absolute key to the next election is women.
I received this poster in the mail today from the League of Women Voters.
All swing states had high percentages of women voters in 2022.
Also, hey #TX , where are your women?
Ladies, it's your election. Time to get out and VOTE!
Let's go girls!
But whenever real leftist transformation was possible, liberals threw in with conservatives: think of the smearing and defenestration of #Corbyn by #Labour's right, or of the #LibDems coalition with #DavidCameron's #Tories, or of the #Democrats' dirty tricks to keep #Bernie from appearing on the national ballot.
George Conway reveals why 'nihilist' Republicans have turned 'anti-American'
George Conway diagnosed the underlying problem that's causing Republicans to undermine military readiness...
"They hate the United States military because it's a part of the United States government," Conway said. "This is basically, the Republicans have become anti-American, anti-government, anti-the United States. That's their shtick now.
Why should progressives accommodate conservatives' need to be socially accepted, when conservatives refuse to allow "others" to be socially accepted.
If the conservatives want people to be friendly with them, then they need to stop being so actively hostile to people.
@JuliusGoat does a much better job explaining this idea in this essay:
Political Voices Network:
“Mark My Words… Trump Will be the Nominee in 2024. What He Wants to Do is Shocking!” Malcolm Nance
“...If Trump wins this election it will be the last American election. Now I don't say that... as a joke...”
"The Republicans will vote for a convicted felon who could possibly be in jail, for him to come in and sledgehammer smash all of American democracy, to install a dictator."
How much damage has the Trump-Putin collusion inflicted on the US?
If Trump shared American secrets with Putin, our intelligence agencies are not going to call a press conference ...
In 2019 The Washington Post revealed that, throughout his presidency...Trump was having secret phone conversations with Russia’s President Putin (over 20 have been identified so far, including one just days before the 2020 election).
@MarcAbrahams historically, few things galvanize Americans like loss of freedoms.
The #Democrats MUST focus on this. Other things are important to be sure. The economy is a great point of what Democrats are doing well.
But we're at the precipice of oblivion here and we need to rally the voters.
History says nothing gets them to rally like defending their rights.
Whelp., I'm here on IE now. Signed up for Mastodon last year and....moved around a little.
Hi everyone, I'm from 'Murrikah, and my COVID aware account is also here (SARS2PA).
I have lots of different interests, so here's some hashtags for you: