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NR senior political correspondent by day, dad by day and night. Author. Three Martini Lunch podcast. Intermittent cable news talking head. #TJAMS
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8 Jan
I know we’re all supposed to be up in arms that companies are firing people for being part of the angry mob storming Capitol Hill, seeing it as corporate America suppressing dissent and freedom of speech, Brendan Eich 2.0, etcetera…
… but if you can’t be bothered to take off your COMPANY ID BADGE as you’re rampaging the halls of Congress, I just don’t think you were on the glide path for the corner office, you know?

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How does that HR meeting go?

“But boss, think of all the free publicity we got in all of those photos by that ‘Via Getty’ character!"
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7 Jan
BTW, I didn’t think Trump should be removed from office over the Ukraine call. I thought the American people should have the final judgment on Trump - and they made it in November.

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But this is different. This is President Trump encouraging an angry mob to march on Capitol Hill and prevent the legislative branch of government from performing its duties, and then dragging his feet on restoring order.

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I’m not a fan of the 25th Amendment suggestion, because it’s never been used before, it’s clearly meant for something like a stroke, and I’m not sure Trump’s mental state today is different from last week, or last month, or last year.

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7 Jan
The angry mob stormed the Capitol and smashed the window in a locked door. Armed police were behind the door, protecting elected lawmakers. (Note that the House speaker and Senate president pro tempore are in the presidential line of succession.)

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The mob chanted, “break it down,” Ashli Babbitt attempted to crawl through the broken window… and a police officer fired one shot that ultimately ended her life.

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Babbitt’s death was an avoidable tragedy, but just what did she, and the rest of that mob, think was going to happen? What do you expect will occur when you try to smash down doors that are protected by armed police officers?

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7 Jan
Wednesday afternoon, demonstrators-turned-rioters, many carrying pro-Trump signs and wearing MAGA hats and other indicators of support for Trump, broke through the doors. Some of them came to blows with U.S. Capitol Police…

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… and others clashed with law enforcement while carrying a “Thin Blue Line” flag.

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U.S. Capitol Police drew their guns as the mob broke the windows of the House chamber and pounded on the door.

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6 Jan
The short-lived but intense interest in purchasing these candles illustrates the appetite for “immanentizing the eschaton,” seeking for what only the divine can provide in some deeply flawed, flesh-and-blood politician or public figure.

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If you’re lucky, a political leader will be a good person. But they can’t deliver miracles, they can’t create heaven on earth, they’re as flawed and vulnerable to temptation as the rest of us, and they were never meant to be worshipped as idols.

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I’m not the type to wear my faith on my sleeve; your spiritual and religious mileage may vary.

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6 Jan
In Georgia, the GOP had won every Senate race since 2002, every gubernatorial race since 1998 (despite what Stacey Abrams claims), every lieutenant gubernatorial race since 2004, every secretary of state race since 2002, & every state AG race since 2006.

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In 2014, the last major midterm election before Donald Trump descended the escalator and ran for president, Republicans won the gubernatorial election by more than 200,000 votes, and the lieutenant governor’s race and the down-ticket races…

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by margins close to or exceeding 400,000 votes, while Perdue won the Senate race by more than 197,000 votes. In other words, up until very recently, Georgia was a really, really Republican-leaning state.

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4 Jan
Raphael Warnock, Democratic Senate candidate and senior pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, has had repeated problems remembering to pay the property taxes on church properties and his church’s trash collection over the past decade.

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Four times in six years, Warnock, as CEO of Ebenezer Baptist Church, had tax liens imposed against him for failing to pay for trash collection and recycling.

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Of Ebenezer Baptist Church’s eight properties, six were charged interest for late payments in the past decade, and four were charged penalties for excessively late payments.

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3 Jan
Hey, who’s got cap room to spend $34 million or so per year on a guy who can’t keep a starting job and who gets cranky when he’s benched?
A lot of snarky “the Jets” answers, but I’ve been floating an idea to fellow Jets fans that they should try an Osweiler-like trade. Take Wentz off the Eagles’ hands and accept early round draft picks from Philly as compensation.
Philly is currently $50 million over the cap for next year, and has the worst contract in the league in Wentz. They’ll be in cap hell until they unload him.
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22 Dec 20
@Dateline_DC Is Die Hard anti-Capitalist? Just because the protagonist is a cop who hasn’t been in a limo before? By that standard, almost every cop movie would be anti-capitalist.
@Dateline_DC No, making McClane working-class, rough-around-the-edges, uncomfortable at a big corporate party makes him an _underdog_, not anti-capitalist.
@Dateline_DC That said, I’ve always gotten the feeling that we’re not supposed to completely trust the Nakatomi Corporation, and not just because of Ellis.
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21 Dec 20
I know the Dalai Lama reincarnation stuff looks silly in this gargantuan pandemic relief bill, but it relates to the U.S. refusing to assent if China, which controls Tibet, tries to select the next reincarnation.
We can argue whether this language belongs in this bill, but it's not just that Congress decided to regulate reincarnation on top of everything else.
... about Tibet.
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21 Dec 20
Perhaps this weekend's reports just reveal a meaningless White House bull session, where a depressed president meets with anyone willing to float any fantasy scenario of him staying in office, and nothing will come of it.

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The fact that Trump is insisting he never discussed martial law is an indicator he recognizes the risks and consequences and will not take that step.

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But American presidents aren’t supposed to even _discuss_ invoking martial law and re-doing a presidential election because they’re upset that they lost, after losing dozens of court cases challenging the election results.

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11 Dec 20
To review, Joe Biden picked a Health and Human Services Secretary nominee with no background in health care or HC policy… during a pandemic.

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Former national-security adviser Susan Rice, who has spent her whole career in foreign policy, will be in charge of Biden’s domestic policy.

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Pete Buttigieg, who has no particular connection or experience with China, may be named U.S. ambassador to China.

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20 Nov 20
If you still have more faith in Giuliani & Powell than everyone who says they’re serving up nonsense, don’t take my word for it. Every court document that is filed in relation to the election gets posted online. DemocracyDocket does it pretty quick.

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You can read through all of the suits, motions, affidavits, appeals, and in some cases, oral arguments; everything is right there in black and white.

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You can see that the Trump campaign’s lawyers are not making the same claims of massive widespread fraud and voter alteration in court that Giuliani and Powell made yesterday.

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20 Nov 20
If you put your faith in Trump’s claim of a presidential election stolen through massive alteration of votes through the use of voting software, and the legal skills of Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell, I am sorry to tell you that you have been conned.

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Dominion Voting Systems works in 28 states and ran elections in Ohio, Florida, and other states that Trump won. In Florida, which Trump won by a wider margin than expected, the division of elections certified their systems as safe, secure, and effective.

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That division answers to the Florida Secretary of State, Laurel Lee, who is a former assistant U.S. attorney and former judge appointed by Governor Ron DeSantis in 2019.

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20 Nov 20
Obama writes of Israel & the Palestinians, "I thought it was reasonable to ask the stronger party to take a bigger first step in the direction of peace.” This explains a lot about how Obama sees the world, and why his negotiations hit walls so frequently.

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Powerful people and institutions did not become powerful by giving away something for nothing.

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What’s more, the uniquely vulnerable position Israel occupies — the threats it has faced on all sides for its entire existence — meant the Israelis didn’t necessarily feel like the stronger party.

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19 Nov 20
I’m not going to tell anyone what to do with their Thanksgiving plans. For many people it’s been a miserable and lonely year, and they’re not going to want to hear that they shouldn’t see their friends and family on the biggest travel week of the year.

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Lord knows, no one is going to listen to the likes of Gavin Newsom on decisions like this.

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But considering the skyrocketing rate of new cases, if you have the chance to get tested for the virus, you might want to take that opportunity before you see your elderly aunts and uncles or grandparents.

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19 Nov 20
In the last week, the United States has had 1.1 million new COVID-19 cases and 8,244 new deaths, according to the CDC. Measuring the hospitalization rate nationwide is difficult because not all states collect similar data…

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...but if you look at local coverage, you can see where hospitals and health-care workers feel squeezed: Abilene, Texas; Akron, Ohio; Wausau, Wis; One-third of hospitals in Colorado.

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Cases are increasing dramatically in pretty much every state and territory, so you can toss out any narrative of wise blue-state governors and foolish red-state governors, or vice versa.

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19 Nov 20
Today’s Morning Jolt leads off with a dramatic turn of events with the Wayne County, Michigan Board of Canvassers… again.

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As noted yesterday, even if the county board had stalemated or been unable to certify the results, the whole matter would automatically be transferred to the State Board of Canvassers to evaluate for themselves.

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That said, at least one member of the state board is not shrugging off allegations of improprieties: Norm Shinkle, who also serves as chairman of Michigan’s eighth congressional district Republican Committee.

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18 Nov 20
Over in City Journal, Guy Sorman writes that, “the South Korean people may like or dislike their government, but they trust that it makes rational choices,” and I just feel this pang of envy.

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Over here we have localities instituting curfews (apparently the virus is like a vampire and more active at night), governors banning sales of paint, police cite people for sitting in their cars at the beach…

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… and the New York City Health Department issues the guidance, “Be creative with sexual positions and physical barriers, like walls, that allow sexual contact while preventing close face to face contact.”

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12 Nov 20
Voter fraud exists. In 2019 in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, a man confessed to police he " routinely picks-up ‘girls’ in the Port Richmond [area], and brings them back to his residence for the purpose of obtaining absentee ballot signatures from them.”

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(BTW, you’re… bringing girls home and… having them sign signatures for absentee ballots? That’s how you spend your free time?)

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Earlier this year, Randy Allen Jumper pled guilty to one count of attempted illegal voting after being charged with voting twice in the 2016 general election — once in Pima County, Ariz., and once in Washoe County, Nev.

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12 Nov 20
To cast a fraudulent ballot, a lawbreaker needs more than just a blank absentee ballot and to fill it out with a made-up name and to stuff the ballot box. The ballot has to match the name of a registered voter.

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In Michigan, the signature on the absentee ballot has to match the signature on the voter’s registration file, so the fraudster has to be able to create a reasonable facsimile of the person’s signature.

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The election clerk checks the absentee ballot against the in-person voter rolls, to ensure the person didn’t cast a ballot twice.

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