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Is #sargonofakkad a hypocrite?


Does this justify using this tactic against him?


Will this help us in the long run?



Let's talk about a word progressives are obsessed with

Considering how obsessed with shifting the Overton Window the right is, the people celebrating this seem to have no idea how cultural shifts work

Moving the window is about making previously unacceptable speech/actions acceptable

Otherwise known as "normalisation"
This is why they need to mass deplatform prominent right wing speakers

The culture war is ultimately democratic

Whoever can create the appearance of a majority will win, because MOST people will go along with the prevailing cultural zeitgeist

"Anything for a quiet life"
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What Trump doesn't appear to realize (as he was tweeting that the French were chanting for him today), is that before too long, this will be what the streets in the US look like if the legislature doesn't protect Mueller/get Trump out.
2-I believe that this is what we called 'rioting in the streets' back in the 60s..."This tax hike seemed to the group, which gathered followers mostly through social media, the last insult of metropolitan Paris to rural France, and they began protesting and blockading highways
3-"across the country. Last week, the protests reached Paris, where the gilets jaunes—or, by most reports, members of the largely rural group aided by extreme leftists and even more extreme rightists, both prepped for street battle—rioted on the Champs Élysées, vandalized the
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The absolute definition of Narcissistic Personality Disorder. And it's deeply embarrassing... #SundayMorning…
2/"PARIS — Once again, President Trump sounded off against France — this time, against protests that have garnered a lot of international attention. What set him off? Apparently, thousands of people taking to the streets to ask for something that did not involve American
3/"interests. In Trump’s eyes, the protests — held across France for the second Saturday in a row — had failed to take into consideration what he views as unfair trade deals between Europe and the United States.“The large and violent French protests don’t take into account how
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"[Trump] said no changes can be made to Medicare and Social Security,.." so again, his tune changes. I hope that this holds, but I'm doubtful. #SundayMorning #Deficit…
2/"President Trump is demanding top advisers craft a plan to reduce the country’s ballooning budget deficits, but the president has flummoxed his own aides by repeatedly seeking new spending while ruling out measures needed to address the country’s unbalanced budget. Trump’s
3/"deficit-reduction directive came last month, after the White House reported a large increase in the deficit for the previous 12 months. The announcement unnerved Republicans and investors, helping fuel a big sell-off in the stock market. Two days after the deficit report,
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This #SundayMorning let's take a walk through the National Climate Assessment, released on a holiday weekend by an administration eager to obscure the conclusions of the report from the public.

What was the White House so scared of?

Here are a few of the main takeaways
(2) First, climate change has a steep cost. And we're already paying it.

“The impacts & costs of climate change are being felt in the US & changes in the severity of recent extreme weather can be attributed with higher confidence to human-caused warming"

(3) How expensive is climate change? By the end of the century on our current trajectory, it would cost the US more than $500 billion EVERY YEAR in crop damage, lost labor & extreme weather damages. That's nearly 2x the economic blow of the Great Recession…
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Some fascinating stuff right here...#SundayMorning…
2/"Two of the president’s longest-serving advisers allege in a new book that scores of officials inside the White House, Congress, the Justice Department and intelligence agencies are “embedded enemies of President Trump” working to stymie his agenda and delegitimize his
3/"presidency. The authors, Corey R. Lewandowski and David N. Bossie, are both Republican operatives who do not work in the administration but are close to Trump and fashion themselves as his outside protectors. They portray the president as victim to disloyalty on his staff and
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Breaking: Papadopoulos must report for his TWO WEEK prison term tomorrow. Let the whining begin.... #SundayMorning…
2/"A federal judge on Sunday ruled that George Papadopoulos must report to prison as scheduled on Monday, rejecting a bid from the former Trump campaign adviser to delay the start of his sentence while a constitutional challenge to the special counsel investigation into Russia’s
3/"election interference remains unresolved. Papadopoulos, who was sentenced to spend 14 days in prison, had argued it was possible the constitutional challenge in a separate case would result in his own conviction being set aside, and that he should therefore be allowed to
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A #SundayMorning thread:

Today is the final Sunday in the Christian year. Liturgical churches have adopted the custom of calling this day the Feast of Christ the King.

But "Christ the King" is a recent addition to the calendar -- not an ancient tradition -- added in 1925.
It was instituted by Pope Pius XI.

Wait: Pius XI? Wasn't he the pope when the Nazis rose to power?

Yes. Pius XI.
Christ the King was largely a political idea. Worried about the political "isms" of the early 20th cent -- communism, socialism, nationalism -- Pius set out this holy day to counter those ideologies. CTK was "over" all worldly political systems. Jesus has dominion above them all.
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Trump is *again* trying scare you and asylum-seekers about our "dangerous" southern border this #SundayMorning.

Reality check: it's not a war zone.

In the just-released 2018 National Drug Threat Assesment the DEA says there's "little spillover violence in the United States."
.@SecNielsen told me she hadn't seen DEA data.

Me: Do you think violence is spilling over into the US?
Nielsen: Along the border? Absolutely.
Me: That's not what the DEA says.
Nielsen: I would be happy to look at the DEA materials.

“Materials” above. ⬆️
A DHS official wants me to remind you I interviewed @SecNielsen in April and we were discussing DEA's 2017 report.

It and 2018's report say same thing: spillover violence not a major threat.

I reminded DHS that Sec. Nielsen never actually followed up to say she read the report.
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1/The G20 (Summit of the World's 20 largest economies) is next week, & trade tensions between the US & China are expected to dominate it.
The Legislature is back in session on Mon. The Gov't shutdown vs. wall argument will start, & the GOP are scrambling to squeeze in
2/whatever they can before the #116thCongress is sworn in after Christmas..(hence the Comey subpoena-which he's fighting because of the closed hearings that Judiciary want to hold)
Brace yourselves, kids. This'll be one hell of a news week! #SundayMorning
3/ AND the Special Prosecutor's report on the status of the Manafort case is due on Monday. This will publicly indicate to us just what Manafort's talking to Mueller should be a bombshell, and very, very telling. #SundayMorning
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Trump says he wouldn’t stop acting attorney general from curtailing Mueller probe #SundayMorning #SundayMotivation #TrumpRussia…
2/"President Trump said he would not overrule his acting attorney general, Matthew G. Whitaker, if he decides to curtail the special counsel probe being led by Robert S. Mueller III into Russian interference in the 2016 election campaign. “Look, it’s going to be up to him . . .
3/"I would not get involved,” Trump said in an interview on “Fox News Sunday.” In the weeks since Trump forced Jeff Sessions to resign as attorney general and chose Whitaker to serve as his interim replacement, Whitaker has faced calls from Democrats to recuse himself from
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Fight for House speaker explodes into national political campaign #SundayMorning #TeamPelosi #BlueWave…
2/"Music legend Barbra Streisand retweeted a list of Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s biggest legislative achievements. Film director Rob Reiner called her “the smartest, toughest strategic thinker in our party.” And tennis champ Martina Navratilova wondered aloud why Pelosi’s job was at risk
3/"but her Senate counterpart’s position was in no such trouble. “Go figure,” Navratilova tweeted. “A man loses and keeps his place, a woman wins and gets booted?!?” While congressional leadership fights have historically revolved around insular matters such as committee
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1/With regard to the Speaker battle that we currently have going on in Dem Congress there seem to be two schools of thought. One, that Pelosi is 78 yrs old, is a very unifying figure for the GOP & therefore the perfect foil for them right now. As well, that it’s time for the
2/Dems to move in another direction. The other, that Pelosi is an experienced, tough & highly successful strategist & SOH, & that she’s well versed enough in party politics & the workings of Congress, the likes of McConnell, Graham et al, to be able to see their nonsense coming &
3/therefore will enable the Dems to put up the necessary fight that is before them in order to STOP the corruption as much as they can & move our Country forward. I don’t think that these factions are that polar. I think that all of us want to see the Dems succeed going forward
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Time to start planning for the 2020 presidential transition
2/"First, candidates should resist the urge to focus solely on campaigning or planning for a presidential transition in secret. Even though President Trump will surely accuse his opponents of arrogantly assuming victory (Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) did exactly this during the
3/"campaign in 2008), preparing for governance is too critical to ignore and transparency is too important a democratic value to sacrifice. Second, in order for candidates to do this, it is important that the news media not take the bait. A candidate who openly begins to plan for
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Trump does know Matt Whitaker, Kellyanne Conway says
#SundayMorning #MattWhitaker…
2/"President Trump knows Matthew G. Whitaker, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Sunday, two days after the president sought to distance himself from his handpicked acting attorney general. “The president does know Matt Whitaker, has gotten to know him over the course of
3/"the last year, since he has been the chief of staff to the attorney general,” Conway said on “Fox News Sunday.” Trump last week forced Jeff Sessions to resign as attorney general and chose Whitaker, who was then Sessions’s chief of staff, to serve as his interim replacement.
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Heartbreaking, unconscionable, & so very VERY difficult to wrap ones mind around. #SundayMorning #GunControlNow #EnoughIsEnough
There Are Now Americans Who Have Lived Through Two Gun Massacres
2/"This is what it’s come to — there are now Americans who have lived through two gun massacres. Many of the people who were able to flee a California bar where a man shot dozens of people late Wednesday night had also survived an attack last year in which a gunman in a Las Vegas
3/"hotel fired down on a music festival, killing 58 people. But at least one of the Las Vegas survivors was among the dead at the bar. The gunman on Wednesday opened fire in a crowded country-music bar, a popular hangout for local college students. He shot a security guard first
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Trump’s Nationalism Rebuked at World War I Commemoration
#SundayMorning #Nationalism #WWI100
2/"President Trump’s brand of “America First” nationalism was repudiated on Sunday as leaders from around the globe gathered to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I and reaffirm the international bonds that have once again come under strain.
3/"Stone-faced and unmoved, the American leader listened as President Emmanuel Macron of France used the ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe to denounce self-interested nationalism and extol the sort of globalism and international institutions that Mr. Trump has spent the last two
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The Supreme Court just agreed to hear a case that could nuke the separation of church and state —you know, that integral part of our Constitution that guarantees our religious freedom (and fact-based laws ..., etc.)‼️
| Think Progress
This 👆🏼☝🏼👆🏼is the precursor to revoking human rights and hopes for personhood/equality rights for women and #LGBTQ.

We’ll see legalized discrimination and #talibangelical fascists will play an integral role government, laws, education, etc.

This 👆🏼☝🏼👆🏼should scare the holy 🔥hell out of all Americans ... and the world, with authoritarian governments on the rise.

Say goodbye👋🏼 to freedom and facts.

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We've been focused on a singular goal- taking back Congress in the midterms. But this #SundayMorning we're discussing what happens when the election is over. On November 7th how will politics change?

That depends on the results of course.
Let's explore the scenarios.
(2) Let's talk worst case scenario. Let's say the Dems don't win control of the House in the midterms.

I think in the immediate aftermath, there will be challenges to the results and protests in states where voter suppression played a role.…
(3) In fact, there could be mass chaos on a wide scale simply because Americans no longer have faith in the electoral process. And that, combined with human rights abuses and rampant income inequality, is a dangerous cocktail that can lead to revolution.…
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1. This has got to be one of the worst pieces that @TIME has ever printed.

Replacing “white nationalism” with a return to Protestant nationalism is going to solve our polarization problem? Uh...

I’ve already found today’s “Holy shit!” moment. It demands a thread.

2. There’s so much wrong with @yhazony’s argument that it’s difficult to know where to start. But let’s take this notion that nationalism gets a bad rap. It’s true that historians, sociologists, et al. distinguish nationalism from jingoism. But does that mean nationalism is good?
3. Scholars of modern nationalism have often noted it as an empirical phenomenon that becomes a predominant source of identity in modern Europe, particularly in the wake of the French Revolution. More recently some have identified an English nation as early as the 16th century.
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Trump is holding a campaign rally in IL tonight.

He went to great lengths to explain how the NYSE was opened the day after 9/11 to justify holding a campaign rally after the Pittsburgh #synagogueshooting.

NYSE was closed from 9/11-9/17.
By contrast: President Obama was scheduled to hold a campaign event the morning after the shooting in Aurora, CO.

Instead, he held a moment of silence.

"There'll be other days for politics. This is a day for prayer and reflection."

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More untrue, and VERY scary words from an increasingly desperate Trump to GOP voters. #SundayMorning #VoteBlue…
2/"President Trump said Saturday that Republicans are planning to implement a “very major tax cut” for middle-income earners before next month, even though Congress is out of session until after November’s midterm elections. After his campaign rally in this northeastern Nevada
3/"town, Trump talked up the new round of tax cuts, but did not go into specifics. He said the cuts would be done “sometime just prior, I would say, to November.” “We are going to be putting in and are studying very deeply right now, around the clock a major tax cut for
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We CANNOT let cuts in Medicare and Social Security happen! If you #VoteBlue for no other reason, let it be this one! #SundayMorning
2/"When the Trump tax cut was on the verge of being enacted, I called it “the biggest tax scam in history,” and made a prediction: deficits would soar, and when they did, Republicans would once again pretend to care about debt and demand cuts in Medicare, Medicaid and
3/"Social Security. Sure enough, the deficit is soaring. And this week Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, after declaring the surge in red ink “very disturbing,” called for, you guessed it, cuts in “Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid.” He also suggested that
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