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9 Jun
Nobody ever does a piece on how slashing executive pay would lower prices.
$38 million for just the CEO in 2020, by the way.
Here's 2019. We always talk about the CEO pay in these cases, but every company that makes a big deal about have to pass worker wages on to the consumer usually has a C suite that's pretty sweet.
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9 Jun
You, big time lawyer: "Do we really want the precedent that the president can be sued for libel of a private citizen?"
Me, Twitter crank: "Does the presidency of Trump challenge institutional norms based on presumptions of sane adult behavior?"
I'm so old I remember when the assumption was a new administration would respond to how Trump stress tested executive power to make sure it can't happen again.
Wasn't the problem with Trump that his DOJ kept him in endless supply of Get Out of Jail free cards no matter how recklessly he used them?
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8 Jun
Their side: Pedo Dems are living on the blood of babies.
Our side: Actually there's a perfectly sound legal explanation why we must protect Trump.
Love people answering this with the perfectly sound legal explanation. The decision on E. Jean Carroll wouldn't feel so demoralizing if there was a sense that the DOJ was otherwise determined to expose how Trump and Barr misused it. But instead we're hearing "moving on" talk.
Just as a base motivation strategy, when every bit of news coming out of the DOJ regarding the previous administration is about protecting it, loyal Democrats are going to feel some heavy Bill Barr deja vu. People need to feel like Dems in power means justice along with normalcy.
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28 May
As a Democrat, seeing a party that wishes you dead flourish by flouting all rules and norms, it’s a little tough to take when your party clings to those rules and norms. “We don’t want to be like them,” only can hold the line so long.
I think the only thing that prevents the next justice department from going off the rails is consequences to the last one for it. But this DOJ seems to believe setting a good example will do it.
Covid year should have been a painfully vivid lesson that when politics is treated like an entertaining game on one side and an ossified institution on the other, the rich get richer and the poor die. And yet.
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28 May
Past police Covid deaths/Future police Covid deaths
Just thinking about how this isn't the last of these completely unnecessary deaths.

denverpost.com/2021/05/27/den…
It just boggles the mind given this that anyone would have passed when they were among the first to be offered the shot.

webmd.com/lung/news/2020…
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28 May
Our worst politicians feeding this with talk of 2nd amendment solutions seems like a 🚨 situation.
Of course they mean whiteful order.
Of course there's an obvious problem with how you police this movement.
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27 May
Sounds like one of those speeches designed to get praise from the mainstream pundits that doesn’t actually frame anything clearly enough to upset the guilty too much.
“Although Ryan doesn't mention Trump by name in his criticism…” But you can be damned sure he calls Biden out as a wild eyed leftist intent on destroying America.
Writing fan fic for a Republican Party that doesn’t actually exist anymore as a way to get coverage for calling Joe Biden a socialist is a neat trick.
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27 May
If we're not there yet, we will be soon, where the majority of Covid deaths each day are people who made a conscious decision to, "Take my chances because this guy on Fox said it has a 99% survival rate."
I mean, I know there's a subset of people who can't get the vaccination for good reasons, but when half the Republicans say they're not getting it, I suspect these deaths will not all be unavoidable tragedies.
I read two different stories today of people who refused to get the vaccine for non fact based reasons and are now dead.
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26 May
Can anyone explain if it turns out it actually was a lab leak what that changes on a practical level, other than WHO offering up impotent warnings to get it together?
Honestly don’t get Republicans who act as though that conclusion would absolve the Trump administration of anything.
And why don’t we ever hear anything anymore about this? Seems like pretty key backstory. vox.com/science-and-he…
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21 May
Standing up for the Constitution and liberty, unless we think we can get someone fired.
Of course Ben Shapiro.
The giddiness in their feed at going after Wilder, followed by the joy at getting her fired is really something to see.
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21 May
Imagine if the dumb ass energy Fox News and GOP politicians were putting into mask hysteria was put into talking their followers into getting the vaccine. But that would be admitting Covid is real, which could damage Trump's 2024 run, I guess.
I think the GOP and Fox aren’t exactly clear on what it means when a writer says you have to, “kill your darlings.”
I'd like someone to explain to me how what Fox is doing is any different than if at the height of the AIDS crisis CBS news did stories night after night glorifying unprotected sex.
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20 May
Guess the party.
This always turns out well.
Kind of amazing that she didn't end up White House reporter for OANN.

ajc.com/blog/news-to-m…
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20 May
Now if you ask Ron to trust the Russian government, different story.
Has anyone ever checked the company Johnson brother-in-lawed his way into running for any, shall we say, suppliers from the world of transnational crime ? Maybe there's a Trumpy explanation for his odd loyalties.
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19 May
It's going to be delightful to see Trump and his children all deny they had any idea how the business with their name on it was being run.
And we creep one step closer to disheveled Trump showing up to a court date gripping tightly to a walker.
Gee, I wonder if the MAGA base will swallow it when Trump claims he’s an innocent victim of that greedy Weisselberg?
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14 May
Imagine seeing this through your office door.
A lot of people responding to the harassment video don’t seem to realize this was before she was elected. This was her pitch to voters to put a lunatic in the house.
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13 May
Time to re-examine that “Newsom killed his economy and DeSantis saved his with the same Covid results” thing.
Florida 167 deaths per 100k. California 158 as of today. Which when you multiply out by these big state populations is a lot of people alive in CA that wouldn’t be if Newsom followed the DeSantis example.
And I know there’s so many rumors of Florida cooking numbers that have been vehemently denied, but I would like to know if it’s true that visitors from out of state who were infected thanks to a wide open tourist industry weren’t counted.
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13 May
All you have to do is compare the follow count for politicians who lunatic post to those that just, you know, do the job, and you see the social media incentive structure to be be a full time troll.
Which leads to insane fundraising. Politics is basically in the place comedy was when Andrew Dice Clay was filling hockey arenas.
To that point, look at the follower counts here in January.
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12 May
House Republican Demands Proof That Capitol Rioters Were Trump Supporters Image
I guess everyone is just going to forget when Trump said he loved them. cnn.com/2021/01/07/pol…
But how do we KNOW he’s an Eagles fan? Image
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12 May
I get the eye rolls at “blame Russia for everything.” But I don’t get the posture that they’re never up to anything. Or that they’re not clever enough to use the weakness that is systemic racism against us. That level of denial just seems disingenuous to the point of suspicious.
Do these people tour the Spy Museum like an atheist in a Creationist museum?
I don’t get the out of hand dismissing that Pres. KGB would absolutely be open to engage in low cost, low risk, high reward efforts to destabilize his rivals. He’s willing to dispatch assassination squads, but he’d draw the line at screwing around with propaganda on Facebook?
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10 May
“Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right? But we put together a Benghazi special committee, a select committee. What are her numbers today? Her numbers are dropping." - Kevin McCarthy, relitigating the past
The party of Benghazi really wants to move on.
The whole thing is extra special in light of the frantic history rewriting they're doing right now. washingtonpost.com/opinions/kevin…
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9 May
Good thing DeSantis got all of his "doing great on Covid" stories written before this.

abcnews.go.com/Health/florida…
These stories from a few months ago have not aged well at all.
I guess I shouldn't be surprised that he's going to run for president on bad Covid policy, they last Republican candidate did too.
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