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  1. Here is today's column. This was an interesting one to research in the census records. The reason I say in the column that Meta Scarlett was probably a cousin of Scarlett Akers is because records show that she originally came from the same area of southern Georgia (Glynn County and other nearby areas) that Scarlett Fudge Akers' grandparents lived in before they moved to Orange County, Florida. https://omaha.com/entertainment/evans-marvels-black-widow-helped-scarlett-reach-its-greatest-popularity-yet/article_6f7ef3aa-0f9b-5184-ac22-9a18f4dfe79b.html
  2. Nunes is in the House, not the Senate. Kristi Noem has been mentioned as a possibility. There are also some Fox TV personalities like Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham, though I have no idea if they would be at all interested in running for any political office. I do think this is unpredictable, though -- especially after Trump dies, there could be someone who has no fame at all now who comes out of the woodwork to take over his mantle. You never really know if someone has "charisma" or not until they get enough media attention to see how average people will react to them.
  3. I have certainly heard the phrase "Irish diaspora" many times before myself. The word "diaspora" does not exclusively refer to Jews and according to the Online Etymology Dictionary its first use in English, around 1825, referred to Moravian Protestants. https://www.etymonline.com/search?q=diaspora P.S. And it is now extremely common to refer to what happened because of African slavery as the "African diaspora". There are over 8 million hits for "African diaspora" on Google.
  4. Well, if the people voted on issues every single day, they wouldn't need representatives because they would function as the legislature. They could still recall executive positions like governor, I guess.
  5. Can't resist telling my own story about this-- I spent the years between ages 6 and 16 living in North Tonawanda, New York, which is inbetween Buffalo and Niagara Falls. My parents were from Virginia originally. They had another couple from Virginia living in Buffalo they were friends with. That couple had relatives in Virginia who wanted to know if their daughter could come live with them while she was attending dance school in New York City.
  6. Deep breath, but it doesn't seem likely that particular tweet would be referring to the above because I don't think Barr making such an announcement would be described by Trump as "lawyers" for the RNC. Surely it would be the Justice Dept., not the RNC, where Barr would make an announcement.
  7. I would assume that this is something his estate/heirs could still sue over, though, so him "passing away" would not necessarily get them off the hook.
  8. I actually thought any occupation where one was salaried instead of paid hourly was considered "professional."
  9. What do you think is "snowballing"? Right after the election Reuters reported that 30% of Republicans said Trump had "won." They did not ask the question with the phrase "rightfully won" then. There is no telling what the % of "rightfully won" would have been then since they did not ask the question, but just as in the latest poll it would certainly have been less than the % who would say he "won". Exact wording on polling questions is very important in the answers you get. There are many questions where the exact wording will seem to shift public opinion drastically even though logically the two questions mean the same thing. I don't see much evidence from this that the % of Republicans who think Biden stole the election is "snowballing".
  10. This thread moves way too fast for me to keep up with, but thought I should point out you really confused me here. I couldn't figure out why Raffensperger would be calling Susan Collins a liar and a charlatan. Of course when I Googled I realized you were talking about Doug Collins: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doug_Collins_(politician)
  11. It's no mystery why minimum wage increases can win with blue collar people who otherwise vote Republican. One of the most important reasons why blue collar people are susceptible to Trump and the Republicans is because of their false belief that there are millions of people out there (mostly non-White and/or immigrants) that are living off welfare and getting benefits they don't deserve. Resentment against the "underserving" getting good things is one of their chief motivating principles. The minimum wage by definition only goes to people who ARE working. That makes them "deserving" in the eyes of Trump voters. The would never vote to increase "welfare" but are quite happy to increase wages for "workers." And marijuana legalization may seem more "liberal" at the moment in our political culture, but to my mind it is really much more "libertarian" than "liberal" and seems to lead to a triumph for capitalists where it's been implemented. It appeals to a different part of the Republican base than minimum wage increases do, but I think it's a part of their base that's even less likely to support "socialist" or social democratic ideals.
  12. If China was that restrictive, how did people get food?
  13. I can imagine there would be some of them who would quite relish doing that precisely because they'd be angry at his behavior causing 10% of their colleagues to catch this disease.
  14. I think she is probably correct because of her first reason, that Trump won't really put himself in a position where he might lose again. Though his calculations on that may partly depend on how popular Biden's administration is come 2023. I don't know what she means though that he "would have to play a secondary role". If he is able to take over the machinery of the Republican party, he wouldn't be secondary within the party or within his followers.
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