YouTube, the second largest search engine in the world, once again deciding that certain political speech is out of bounds for its users. Without warning or explanation.
YouTube has now banned political ads, speeches of sitting US senators, and sworn congressional testimony in front of a Senate committee.
Just massive information portals with no near term competitors deciding what political speech most of the world should have access to. Totally fine, I’m sure there are absolutely no consequences to our political discourse or the opinion formation that contributes to how we vote.

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3 Oct
I get it, everyone’s mad at Sinema, but I somehow doubt that filming the lady while she pees is a helpful exercise in persuasion.
A few years ago I lived a floor above an elected member when a group showed up to protest the (small) building. It persuaded none of us to the justness of their cause. It merely irritated and scared everyone who was trying to leave for work.
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1 Oct
You know things have taken a turn when they start blaming the minority party of the House, which has less than zero power in this situation.
Sometimes in these cases the majority can appeal to the goodwill and bipartisan interest of the minority to help the majority out of a jam, but there is ZERO goodwill in the House right now. House Dems are literally demanding the confidential phone records of their colleagues.
Dems have demanded Capitol Police investigations into Republicans who took their constituents on tours, fined them for not going thru security to get to the floor, and are now demanding confidential phone/email records of House Republicans which is unprecedented.
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29 Sep
And nobody will be, because the rot goes back years and indicts multiple admins and generations of military leaders, not to mention 20 years of congressional apathy.
The Afghanistan withdrawal was completely mishandled. It was far from the only thing mishandled over the course of 20 years. But the right seems to want to believe that failure in Afghanistan started and ended with the Biden withdrawal. This is just absurd.
The military and diplomatic leadership were given a mandate to leave under Trump. They had no intention of leaving, so did nothing while waiting him out. Then they were shocked when Biden, through stubbornness or senility, forced their hand. And they were totally unprepared.
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1 Sep
Congress's subpoena power is limited to a legislative purpose, which is clearly absent here. Moreover, under this Dem subpoena theory, Congress would be able to demand individual medical records possessed by Google, location data, search histories, etc. Yes, it's authoritarian.
The phone records and location data of Members of Congress and potentially thousands of individual citizens could be caught up in this partisan dragnet and turned over to Congress without a warrant to do so. This is blatant abuse. The companies should not comply.
Congress cannot subpoena for law enforcement purposes. That's the purview of the DOJ/FBI, which has already found Jan 6th to be a non-organized event.reuters.com/world/us/exclu…
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31 Aug
There are layers upon layers, years upon years, of failures in Afghanistan. Government lies, military lies, diplomatic coverups. But we live in a clown world, so there will be no investigations, no accountability, no attempt to set a new baseline of policy humility. Shameful.
If leaving 250 Americans in Afghanistan outrages you, if the slaughter of Afghan babies in US drone strikes curdles your blood, look backward. This is bad. But, and I hate to put it this way, it's hardly as bad as it's been. And it's been a uniparty effort to keep it this way.
And it's not just Iraq and Afghanistan. Look what happened when @RepThomasMassie tried to conduct even a measure of oversight regarding US actions in Yemen. amgreatness.com/2018/11/26/rep…
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