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  1. Paladin of Ice

    U.S. Politics- SCOTUS 2: The Election Strikes Back

    Generic Democrat is now up about 9.5 points against Generic Republican on 538’s polling aggregate. And only 2 years too late.
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    U.S. Politics- SCOTUS 2: The Election Strikes Back

    Remember when Mnuchin (iirc) had that meeting with all the corporate bigwigs and asked for a show of hands to see which executives would hire more employees or pay more if the tax cuts were passed? And then looked around in total incomprehension and bewilderedly asked “Why isn’t anyone raising their hand” when only a tiny portion of the room did? Good times. Too bad there was no way to know that companies wouldn’t hire more people or raise wages after getting a corporate tax break. Obviously the solution is to give them another tax break, as Donny boy has suggested. Just think about how long and hard Putin has worked to put himself in that position and bring it to fruition. Let the man have his moment.
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    U.S. Politics- SCOTUS 2: The Election Strikes Back

    Six months after the Trump/Republican tax cuts, and companies have dropped worker pay by an average of 1% while spending billions to buy stocks and pay dividends. It sure is too bad that nobody could have possibly predicted this.
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    U.S. Politics- SCOTUS 2: The Election Strikes Back

    Was I too obvious about it? I thought I was doing a good job of being subtle and discreet.
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    U.S. Politics- SCOTUS 2: The Election Strikes Back

    I’m incredibly furious reading the news right now. Not only should Trump be cast out of office and into jail, (and hanging might be too good for him) by all rights there should be a de-Trumpification process afterwards. Every judge and official he put in place should be removed, his executive actions overturned, laws he signed struck down, and every cent and property he has forfeit. Fuck this Cheeto colored shit smear.
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    U.S. Politics- SCOTUS 2: The Election Strikes Back

    Trump calls the EU "a foe" in a television interview right before Putin summit. Other ramblings included accusing FBI Agent Strzok of plotting actions against him before he was even a candidate for president, continuing to call the Mueller probe a witch hunt and saying the existence of the probe at all hurts the US relationship with Russia, saying that asking Putin to extradite the 12 hackers indicted "hadn't occurred to him", and blaming hacking of the DNC not on Russia, but on the DNC's "bad defenses". Meanwhile his commentary on Putin is strangely different. "Maybe he'll be a friend someday." Things that make you say "Hmmmmm..."
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    U.S. Politics: Kraving for Kavanaugh

    Not to mention that they also go to their marches with homemade riot police style shields and batons, (and have been convicted of severely beating people with said batons) so I guess it’s just wearing masks or bandannas or big sunglasses that makes it so scary and “terrorism”. Who knew such mundane objects could provoke such fear?
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    U.S. Politics: Kraving for Kavanaugh

    Except for the masks that all applies much more to the right wing Nazis than Antifa. Glad to see you finally side against fascists,hopefully you’ll continue to do so.
  9. Whenever you look at any institution in the U.S. you should forget the idea that anything is thought out in detail or planned to be efficient or sensible. Most things are just left to grow organically out of legal gaps, short-term ad hoc solutions that become long-term institutions, or, at best, falls under the adage of "It seemed like a good idea at the time..." Trying to figure it out while looking at it through any other lens is a recipe for slowly losing your mind.
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    U.S. Politics: The Flood Shall Wash Away The Cobbs

    Ohio, one of the states most heavily gerrymandered in favor of Republicans, is putting forth a bipartisan plan to reform gerrymandering in the state. The politicians mostly seem to be intent on sidestepping other, more ambitious reforms by putting this one out there, (and sidestepping continually having to fight and fund such initiatives one way or the other) but despite the imperfections it has and the lack of an independent panel, it's still at least a step up from the state's current system.
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    U.S. Politics: Who's Cohen Down?

    So there's about an 80/20 chance it's simply Trump being petty and vindictive, ala his "Reverse everything Obama ever did" policy.
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    US Politics: What Price Loyalty?

    From what I understand, it was never intended as a growth thing, more as a counterweight to China, a way to steal a bunch of its closer trading partners and pull them into our sphere, and get everybody playing by the same rules so China couldn't pull the shenanigans they've been using against individual companies and countries for decades. Apparently when the US dropped out earlier this year, a lot of the more onerous copyright copyright and stuff got dropped, as did a few other small things.
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    US Politics: What Price Loyalty?

    Kelly is already said to be on the outs with Trump. Agent Orange got tired of being told no and someone else being credited as "The adult in the room", so from all indications Trump is sidelining Kelly and acting on his own worst instincts again, except when someone manages to restrain him or convince him otherwise. No biggie though, because Trump knows better than the generals.
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    US Politics: What Price Loyalty?

    "We're back": Hawkish Neo-Cons see Pompeo and Bolton as a chance to get back into government work, direct the country again, and get a new generation of similar thinkers onto Washington's inside track.Some are unwilling to work for Trump, however, and many more are on a blacklist due to sign on with Never Trump movements or writing anti-Trump op-eds and such during the 2016 campaign. Some Republicans are pushing a Balanced Budget Amendment again. Considering this is coming on the heels of them hobbling government revenue with their tax scam and right after the CBO projected trillion dollar a year plus budget deficits because of said tax legislation, it's a nice reminder that everything Republicans do on fiscal policy is aimed solely at returning us to the glory days before the New Deal, and everything they say otherwise is a bullshit smokescreen to try to cover that. Yesterday there was a Senate hearing for Judicial Nominee Wendy Vitter. Vitter is a anti-abortion activist who pushed lies including that getting an abortion makes a woman more likely to get cancer or die a violent death. She also wanted to put brochures saying this (which she called facts at the time) in doctors offices. Oh, and she refuses to say if she thinks school desegregation is a good thing. But she's the wife of a former Senator, she was greeted warmly by the Republicans at her hearing, and non of them have indicated they would vote against her. In fact, only 1 Republican has voted against any Trump judicial nominee thus far. So, say hi to your newest Federal Judge, and good luck trying to get her or any Trump nominee not to strike down progressive laws and causes for the next 20 years after Trump is gone. This country fucked itself so hard in 2016, and will be feeling it for so long afterwards.
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    Who are you to Facebook? And did you get a letter from FB?

    Facebook has me pegged as "Very Liberal" but aside from that their information about me is extremely general and not ver useful. It seems my refusal to click their links and ads or login to various places with Facebook has made me something of an enigma to them. Good.