Writer/speaker/journalist/professor. UX. Elections geek. MSF instructor. Book lover. Fights disinfo. Deep south ex-pat #breastCancer #uga she/her
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Jun 29 • 7 tweets • 3 min read
To anyone criticizing Cassidy Hutchinson for working in the Trump WH: just Stop.
She’s 25 now (per AP and NYT).
In 1973, John Dean was 34.
She probably applied “around” and took the first offer to work on the Hill. Most people start with home state reps.
She has only known a conservative America (at federal level) for most of life. (Obama was in the WH but McConnell blocked everything.)
Jun 28 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
Cassidy Hutchinson is a hero.
She is going to get the full threat/hate treatment visited upon Christine Blasey Ford in 2018 when she testified against Brett Kavanaugh. One big difference: THIS committee cares about her safety unlike Mitch McConnell.
There could very well be an element of self-protection in Hutchinson's testimony, given the email and text message record. I want to believe that she is cooperating because she chose a career in public service not self-aggrandizement.
Jun 27 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
I’m tapping my toes, @seattletimes, waiting for investigative reporters to tell us who funded Kennedy’s media tour, who recruited this part-time coach for his role in the movement determined to turn the US into a “Christian nation.”
US media: please STOP amplifying, normalizing serial liars (Inspector General reports++).
“Russian state media…are lauding Russian President Vladimir Putin and his order to send troops to…Ukraine, and [are] using commentary from…former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to further support his actions.”
There is no national US state of emergency on #COVID19, @DrLeanaWen, except the one that loosens purse strings and makes it easier for public health to, you know, do public health. Not one imposing behaviors.
Margin of Error, enormous: +/- 4.9%
The small sample size meant that ABC/Ipsos could not break out results for Black people. But “only 28%” of nonwhite Americans want Biden to “consider only Black women” for the SCOTUS. The MoA for that stat is even larger.
Jan 3 • 6 tweets • 3 min read
I remain amazed at (1) thin-skinned TV news people and (2) journalists who refuse to provide sources for photos, videos etc in their tweets.
Three years ago I politely asked @BeschlossDC for the source of a photo.
I discovered tonight that he had blocked me. 😂
Jan 2 • 5 tweets • 4 min read
“No self-governing society can survive [‘an existential threat from a movement that is openly contemptuous of democracy’]
by denying that it exists.”
“most economists … have been too influenced by ‘methodological individualism’”
Economics was once a field of philosophy. Lots of math attempted to recreate it as a “hard” science. It is not a hard science. Neither is poliSci.
Dec 7, 2021 • 21 tweets • 11 min read
MARCH: 4% of American adults didn’t trust 2020 election results and were prepared to join a protest that might turn violent. That’s 10 Million Americans. @ProfessorPape@TheAtlantic@bartongellman
JUNE: 8% of American adults agreed “the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump and Joe Biden is an illegitimate president” & “use of force is justified to restore Donald Trump to the presidency.”
More extreme; 2x support.
21 million American “committed insurrectionists”
Dec 4, 2021 • 6 tweets • 3 min read
What's causing inflation? Might it be record profits?
A jaundiced view on Wednesday's SCOTUS news; a question for the NRA; US reported the most daily COVID cases since September 15th and about 1,800 deaths
The past few weeks, TV news and newspapers have run lots of stories on inflation. On the political pundit side, those stories have a common theme: inflation up, Biden approval down. What seems totally missing from mainstream news > @business
Because the NW probably isn't as familiar to most folks as the Gulf coast, I've annotated this satellite image. That dot in the pink county is approximately where we live (Snohomish County, Lynnwood WA). Seattle is south of us in King County.
This is the strongest storm system to ever hit the Pacific NW (942.5 MB). The third most powerful was Thursday. We have rain and wind gusts; the coast has lots more of both; mountains will be getting snow. Heaviest rain/snow in CA.
@washingtonpost quotes his asinine legal opinion about Pence having “constitutional power” to refuse to certify the election. They provided minimal bona fides for the Russian-born ultra-conservative with financial ties to Russia. washingtonpost.com/investigations…
Epshteyn was managing director of *business & legal* affairs at West America Securities Corp until the firm was expelled from the Financial Industry Regulatory Agency in 2013 for holding $24B in unverified Brazilian & Japanese bonds implicated in *fraud*.
Oct 24, 2021 • 4 tweets • 3 min read
Reported wife of Robert Westbury (MN), who is charged with storming the Capitol, falsely claims: “A million people attended January 6th for one purpose…to pray.”
Republican state senator Mark Koran has encouraged $ donations for legal fees.
Only eight Minnesotans have been charged for alleged involvement in the insurrection, including Robert Westbury, 62, and his sons Jonah, 26, and Isaac, 19. Aaron James is part of Rosemary Westbury’s fundraiser.