Here's how you do it:

1️⃣ Ask Steve Scalise if Joe Biden is the legitimate president. If Scalise won't say unambiguously "yes"—using the word "legitimate"—you end the interview.
2️⃣ Ask him if the 2020 election was stolen. If he won't say unambiguously "no," you end the interview.
(PS) No one has a *right* to spread an insurrectionist message on a television network. The network can decide that it isn't going to give air-time to insurrectionist messaging. And indeed I can't even contemplate, frankly, why a network would make *any other* determination.
(PS2) Keep in mind, networks can do *pre-interviews*. Scalise can be told in advance that he's going to be asked if Joe Biden is the legitimate president and if the 2020 presidential election was stolen. If he won't commit to non-insurrectionist messaging, you don't bring him on.

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22 Feb
The Steele dossier remains one of the most lied-about items of the whole Trump presidency. Republicans lie about Steele's background, motivations, knowledge, funders and claims. They lie about the dossier timeline and they lie about its provenance and they lie about its accuracy.
We must also understand that it's no surprise that Republicans lie about the dossier. When the author of a dossier tells you in advance that 30% of it is likely inaccurate, as long as you lie about him telling you that and claim he didn't you can spend years pointing out the 30%.
Steele is an honorable man who had been a valuable FBI partner for years when *Republicans* approached him to try to keep Donald Trump from the presidency. When the GOP folded and accepted Trump as its Lord and Savior, a law firm hired Steele to continue his overseas work.
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21 Feb
Anyone else feel like each time we see a new video from Donald Trump Jr. he's desended one sub-basement deeper into a subterranean cavern stocked to the ceiling on each floor with whatever it is that makes him sweaty, puffy, bloodshot-eyed, and prone to affecting a strange drawl?
If I were someone who cared about Donald Trump Jr.'s health—which candidly I'm ambivalent about—I'd tell him to get some fresh air and maybe record a video from a meadow or something talking about the Great Outdoors rather than how his family can continue to degrade our democracy
I mean... yikes?
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18 Feb
This article puts me in a category with {rechecks article} President John Adams and President Joe Biden. No one else is in the category. I'm pretty sure this will never happen again.

I have thoughts on this topic, but am working on other things right now.…
What I'll say briefly is we really need *former* public defenders tweeting, as they're not bound in the ways current ones are; we need more tweeting on first principles, alongside tweeting about types of cases; we need tweeting from PDs who've worked with every type of community.
Also, it should go without saying—though incredibly, it *doesn't* in this article—that those of us who believe in equality under law should be cheering *every PD* getting the word out on this topic, without cynically tallying retweets or likes like it's a zero-sum game. It's not.
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17 Feb
(ESSAY) Charles Euchner has published a dozen books, has taught writing at Columbia and Yale, and has directed a think tank at Harvard. He now runs THE ELEMENTS OF WRITING. His just-published essay about my work is illuminating, and I hope you'll share it.
(PS) I agree with the few critiques Euchner offers of my work. I get myself in trouble by bringing jargon into popular media, though I do it because I think certain words—if they crystallize and become ubiquitous—can help us have conversations we presently don't know how to have.
(PS2) Euchner also notes, rightly, that independent journalists end up being their own PR reps; and the more they get attacked, the more they have to do it. I hate (more than I think any reader would guess) self-promotion and defensiveness. But attacks seem to come in near-daily.
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(THREAD) The main problem with that @DanDrezner piece in the Post is that it's an international politics prof writing about the field in which I'm a professor—communications. No one in communications would *ever* compare the blogosphere to either Twitter or Substack. Here's why.
1/ Back in the mid-aughts, I was a Koufax Award-nominated political blogger (I don't know what Drezner was doing then; I first heard of him about a year ago). So I was into the blogosphere pretty deep, as I also ran a second high-traffic blog that was focused on the art world.
2/ The "blogosphere" was an outgrowth of MySpace and LiveJournal, inasmuch as in the heady early days of the internet people suddenly realized that they could engage in private diaristic writing—a very specific subgenre of writing—in the public square, and it was suddenly "okay."
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(PROOF) ICYMI: "Some Say the Criminal Justice System Will Save Us From Trump—But Can It?"…
(PS) Apropos of this essay from a few days ago, Maddow now reports that Georgia Republicans are trying to change Georgia's Constitution to make it impossible to indict him for election interference. They appear not to have the votes—but it underscores my point in the essay above.
(PS2) Maddow also reports that the DOJ under Joe Biden hasn't yet taken certain evenhanded actions that could help advance a civil lawsuit in Manhattan that could eventually transform into criminal charges. So here too we see the wheels of justice grinding to a halt to aid Trump.
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