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After 73 5-4 wins for #Republican interests, Roberts and Kavanaugh step back from #74, despite other Republican appointees rarin’ to deliver. A new sort of “#Kavanaugheffect” in action after his toxic hearing display of partisanship. nytimes.com/2018/12/10/us/…
They're getting grumpy! #Republican Justices are jabbing Republican colleagues when denied the opportunity to deliver a win for the big right-wing donors. bloomberg.com/opinion/articl…
Never forget: under Roberts, they have given big #Republican interests 73 wins in 5-4 partisan cases. That’s why they’re there.
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Let me explain the former #Republican Congressman Curt Weldon whom I explained to @MuellerSheWrote that Special Counsel Mueller is now investigating as part of the #TrumpRussia probe as the author of the "back channel peace plan."

#Listen: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/mue…
FYI: The New York Times broke the story about a secret, back-channel peace plan from Ukrainian lawmaker Andrii Artemenko to Felix Sater to Michael Cohen and thereon being delivered to Gen. Flynn the NSA at the White House early in the Trump Administration

nytimes.com/2017/02/19/us/…
Curt Weldon wrote that Ukrainian-Russian "peace plan" with a Manafort-connected Ukrainian oligarch Alexander Rovt, for the war in which Putin is an aggressor in Feb. 2016 and @patrickLSimpson published it as a byproduct of our #GrandOldPutinParty series. thesternfacts.com/curt-weldon-ae…
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On Monday, in a memo published to the FCC website, chair Ajit Pai admitted “half-million comments” on net neutrality were “submitted from Russian e-mail addresses.” Pai had earlier denied Russian involvement. @theweeklylist.org
The memo also indicated thatover half of the almost 22 million comments came from phony, temporary, or duplicate email addresses, and reportedly only 17.4% of the comments were unique.
Pai also rejected two Freedom of Information Act requests filed byNYT and BuzzFeed, seeking “IP addresses” and “server logs,” respectively, associated with public comments submitted on net neutrality. @theweeklylist.org
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In the early 1970s, a new idea began to spread like wildfire through the US Protestant evangelical right - that the social and political upheavals which beset America during the 1960s had been caused by a literal geographic invasion of demons. amazon.com/Invasion-Demon…
I own this book. In it John Hagee - whose political endorsement was heavily courted by John McCain in the 2008 presidential election primaries - describes personally casting out demons, in the style of the movie "The Exorcist".
Hagee has fallen under the influence of the 1948 Latter Rain revival which proposed the Gnostic paradigm that when Adam & Eve had been cast out of the Garden, God also withdrew his protective force field from the Earth and that allowed a literal invasion of demons which...
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What are the key takeaways from the #Flynn sentencing memo and “addendum”?

One, thank goodness for a free press. @IgnatiusPost’s investigative work is cited, and a “Face the Nation” episode.

Read the "addendum" here: int.nyt.com/data/documenth… or below⬇
Two, Flynn assisted a criminal investigation that is completely redacted, so presumably not a known criminal investigation. There may be something else going on...
Three, “investigations in which he provided assistance are ongoing.”
Maybe the end is not so in sight as some suggest.
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George H.W. Bush on Climate change:
Also Bush:

"We know that the future of the Earth must not be compromised. We bear a sacred trust in our tenancy here and a covenant with those most precious to us—our children and theirs."
President Bush, like #RhodeIsland’s John Chafee, understood the #Republican Party’s legacy of conservation as a core conservative value.
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🔥THREAD: Michael Cohen's plea deal with Mueller is utterly damning for @realDonaldTrump and his spawn, Don Jr, Kremlin🇷🇺Barbie, and Eric.

Please follow along and RT some of the highlights of Cohen's plea deal (link to Cohen's plea deal: docs.google.com/viewerng/viewe…)

#TrumpRussia
🔥Cohen pleaded GUILTY for LYING to @HouseIntelComm and Senate Intel to "minimize the links between the Moscow Project (Trump Tower Moscow) and Individual 1 (@realDonaldTrump)" and give the FALSE impression that the project ended before the "Iowa caucus and...the first primary."
Cohen now admits that the #MoscowProject was discussed MULTIPLE times w/in @Trump Org – including with Trump and "family members" (Don Jr, Kremlin🇷🇺Barbie, Eric) – **as late as June 2016** when Trump was the presumptive @GOP nominee for president.

#TrumpRussia
#Conspiracy
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For years, our bipartisan group in @senjudiciary has been working on legislation to improve our criminal justice system. #FirstStepAct
We've agreed on ways to reform our counterproductive & costly sentencing practices & to adopt proven strategies for rehabilitating inmates to help them become productive members of society.
Our bill incorporates valuable lessons from states like #RhodeIsland, which are seeing real benefits of reform in lower numbers of repeat offenders, less criminal justice spending, and safer communities.
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2. Naive #Voters don't #Balance ANYTHING,
They create STAGNATION!
How do you get along with a #DemocratParty
With a PLAN to KILL America
That's labeled #DemsWillDestroyTheEconomy &
#DemocratsHateAmerica & #LiberalHypocrisy
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#VoteTuesday #ElectionEve #MondayMotivation #NRA
3. Who'd create an INTRICATE Plan to #BLOWUP 💥
#America that aren't ALSO labeled #DemocratsHateAmerica ?
How the HELL do you vote for a #DemocratParty that USED
🇦🇺+🇬🇧+ 🇺🇸 INTEL SERVICES to OVERTHROW #POTUS45 ?

#VoteTuesday #ElectionEve #MondayMorning #MondayMood #MondayThoughts
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The Democrats whittled away at more of the GOP gains vs 2016 as a number of states (AZ, CO, OR) counted a weekend’s worth of mail-in ballots. What we see now is nearly final as most states have ended #earlyvoting and few mail-in ballots remain.
#Earlyvoting #MAGA #Election2018
The #Republican share of votes cast so far is +0.80% vs 2016. In contrast, the #Democrat share is -0.07%. In total, the Rep-Dem margin vs 2016 is R+0.87%. So the GOP is doing ~153K early votes better in these 13 states than they did in 2016.
#MAGA #Election2018
#Republicans have lifted their share of the vote from 2016 in 9 of the 13 states. #Democrats have done so in just 7 of the 13. Net, the distribution of votes have moved in the #GOP’s favor in 7 states; to the #Dems in 6.
#Earlyvoting #MAGA #Election2018
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#Earlyvoting update:
The #Republican share of votes cast so far is +0.96% vs 2016. In contrast, the #Democrat share is -0.05%. In total, the Rep-Dem margin vs 2016 is R+1.01%. So the GOP is ~170k early votes better in these 13 states than they did in 2016.
#MAGA #Election2018
#Republicans have lifted their share of the vote from 2016 in 9 of the 13 states. #Democrats have done so in just 7 of the 13. Net, the distribution of votes have moved in the #GOP’s favor in 8 states; to the #Dems in 5.
#Earlyvoting #MAGA #Election2018
The final large batch of votes came in from Florida (a few more will trickle in today & tomorrow) and again favored the Democrats, as expected. As a result, the GOP-Dem margin decreased 0.09% since yesterday and 0.29% over the last 24 hours.
#Earlyvoting #MAGA #Election2018
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#Earlyvoting update:
The #Republican share of votes cast so far is +1.0% vs 2016. In contrast, the #Democrat share is -0.1%. In total, the Rep-Dem margin vs 2016 is R+1.10%. So the GOP is doing ~184k early votes better in these 13 states than they did in 2016.
#MAGA #Election2018
#Republicans have lifted their share of the vote from 2016 in 9 of the 13 states. #Democrats have done so in just 7 of the 13. Net, the distribution of votes have moved in the #GOP’s favor in 8 states; to the #Dems in 5.
#Earlyvoting #MAGA #Election2018
The votes continue to roll in from Florida and they continue to favor the Democrats, as expected. As a result, the GOP-Dem margin decreased 0.10% since this afternoon and 0.42% over the last 24 hours.
#Earlyvoting #MAGA #Election2018
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#Earlyvoting update:
The #Republican share of the votes cast so far is +1.3% against the “final” 2016 results and +0.7% against the corresponding date in 2016. In contrast, the #Democrat share is -0.2% in the “final” data and +0.2% in the “daily.”
#MAGA #Election2018
In total, the Rep-Dem margin in #earlyvoting vs 2016 is R+1.5% in the “final” data set and R+0.5% from 2016 in the “daily” data set. In other words, the GOP is doing about 243k early votes better in these 13 states than they did in 2016.
#MAGA #Election2018
#Republicans have lifted their share of the vote from 2016 in 9 or the 13 states. #Democrats have done so in just 7 of the 13. Net, the distribution of votes have moved in the #GOP’s favor in 8 states; to the #Dems in 5.
#Earlyvoting #MAGA #Election2018
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1. #Midterms2018 - The Facts:
- To win the #House the #Democrats need 23 more seats: Not easy
- To win the #Senate they need 2 more and successfully defend existing seats (100 seats in total, 2 for each #state): Not easy
- I detect that the #TrumpTrain (#RedWave) runs full speed!
2. #Midterms2018 - #Trump does a lot right:
- "The Base" was well prepared: You see it at all Trump-rallies
- Trump pushes a few emotive topics (illegal #migration): He knows - "Keep it simple, stupid!" #KISS
- The numbers are on his side: #Economy & #JobNumbers great
3. #Midterms2018 - What the #Democrats do wrong:
- Too many damaged goods: #ElizabethWarren (#Fakecahontas), #HillaryClinton despite all the support, over a billion war-chest & #media on her side LOST! But they keep pushing her!
- No single winning face, to win the votes!
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#DYK The post office issues safe driving awards to mail carriers? This is a neighbor of mine growing up in #Maine. She’s a great lady and deserves the recognition! Although they included an odd and abrupt USPS funding disclaimer at the end.

thecounty.me/2018/10/29/new…
#DYK The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

This is why packing tape from #USPS costs as much as my #studentloan payments. 😂
Speaking of #DYK That #maine has an opportunity tax credit that can help you repay your student loans? It won’t help you purchase packing tape but it might help Maine attract younger workers.
liveandworkinmaine.com/opportunity-ma…
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Two reflections from my research on this recent wave of #WhiteSupremacist #terrorism.

1) We have no cultural framework for non-state violence with which to make sense of what's happening right now.
To be sure, there's a recent wave of important work critiquing state-sponsored violence & its relationship to white supremacy. But, these have yet to penetrate the public imagination.
All I've read on the recent attacks frame them as "racial," "gun violence," or at best, "political." These frameworks are totally inaccurate.

We are witnessing a campaign of white supremacist violence grounded in the president's own campaign rhetoric.
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Time has come for the lesson, "Who killed Anne Frank".

The lesson was originally taught by Doris Bergen, author of "Twisted Cross: The German Christian Movement in the Third Reich".

Do you think Hitler was the most responsible for the death of Anne Frank ?...
Who killed Anne Frank ?

It was an exercise Bergen designed for teachers in a course she was leading, for schoolteachers, that was called "Teaching The Diary Of Anne Frank", to raise their awareness of the "chain of complicity" that led to the Holocaust...
Bergen wrote out, on cards she passed out one by one to the teachers, "identities" of different people who each played a part in the death of Anne Frank - Hitler, Himmler, the person who snatched a scrap of bread from Anne Frank's hand in the concentration camp...
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There are already some great threads (see this one & @KevinMKruse's) re: @staceyabrams & the #Confederateflag but I want to emphasize:

That flag is THE reason #Democrats LOST the governorship (& legislative control) of #Georgia in 2002. The state's been #Republican since..
Was literally talking to one of Gov. Roy Barnes's former campaign managers about this very thing last week - there's simply no denying it:

#Georgia's #Confederateflag - & the racist propaganda associated with it - unequivocally lost the state for Dems sixteen years ago.
Given the timing of the @staceyabrams story, it's clear that #Republicans are using the #Confederateflag to again whip white voters into a racist fury.

This *is* the sound of the last gasps of a dying white-supremacist govt. Yet we must remember that these last gasps often work.
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So @realDonaldTrump says #Republicans are providing #JobsNotMobs. So I did some checking:

-Ten states with the highest unemployment rates: 80% of their governors are Republican.

-Ten states with highest violent crime: 80% of their governors are Republican.

<womp womp>
Just for funsies, also checked out the 10 states with highest rates of food stamp recipients: 70% have #Republican governors. <womp womp> #JobsNotMobs indeed.
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Federal prosecutors indict a #Russian🇷🇺woman alleged to be the chief accountant of an *ONGOING* Kremlin campaign to influence 2018 ELECTIONS in the US & EU (including troll farm Internet Research Agency) financed by "Putin's Chef," Yevgeniy Prigozhin.🤬

cnn.com/2018/10/19/pol…
One major #Russian🇷🇺social-media theme was to exploit white supremacy👉🏼trolling NFL protests against #racist policing, #immigration, the Confederate flag & “the #Charlottesville ‘Unite The Right’ rally” that killed Heather Heyer in Aug'17.

Goal: INFLAME and DIVIDE US.🤬
Pivoting off a piece by "right-wing blowhard" Michael Savage, the #Russians🇷🇺 sought to “forcefully support” Savage’s message that “any attempt to remove Trump is a direct path to **civil war** in the US."😳
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#Kavanaugh talked about joining a “team of nine.” In fact, he joins a team of five that reliably delivers big wins for the #Republican interests that had such a big role in his selection and confirmation.
slate.com/news-and-polit…
Perhaps Roberts can then explain the 73 decisions in which he led the #Republican appointees to deliver 5-4 partisan victories serving powerful R interests. 73 is a lot. The pattern is damning. Talking about independence doesn’t cut it, not w that record. politico.com/story/2018/10/…
Happy talk is one thing.

The test will be what he does about the 73-decision partisan romp his “Roberts 5” took the Court on, in service to big #Republican interests. That’s a little hard to explain as “balls and strikes.”
washingtonpost.com/politics/court…
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Let’s set the record straight:

Democrats believe that health care is a right for all Americans, not a privilege for the few.

That is why they spearheaded the passage of the historic Affordable Care Act in 2010.

#ProtectOurCare
FACT:

Under Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats, more than 5 million seniors have saved over $3 billion on the crippling cost of prescription drugs.

#ProtectOurCare
FACT:

Thanks to Speaker Pelosi and Democrats, over 100 million Americans are no longer slapped with a lifetime limit on their coverage;

130 million more, including 17 million children, are no longer denied coverage for having a pre-existing condition.

#ProtectOurCare
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The Suffocation of Democracy

By: Christopher R. Browning

THREAD✔
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As a historian specializing in the #Holocaust, #Nazi Germany, and #Europe in the era of the world wars, I have been repeatedly asked about the degree to which the current situation in the United States resembles the interwar period and the rise of #fascism in Europe.
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I would note several troubling similarities and one important but equally troubling difference.

In the 1920s, the US pursued #isolationism in foreign #policy and rejected participation in international organizations like the League of Nations.
3/
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1. Today @WSJ reports that #PeterSmith, solicited and raised at least $100,000 from donors as part of an effort to obtain #emails stolen from #HillaryClinton, #Mueller is investigating.

#ClintonEmails #PeterSmith #Wikileaks #Putin #Trump

,wsj.com/articles/gop-o…
2. On @Maddow May 11th it was revealed that #Mueller is investigating a murder thats connected to #SteeleDossier and to @HillaryClinton #emails

#ClintonEmails #PeterSmith #Wikileaks #Putin #Trump

msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/…
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