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We are supposed to hear more about the Comey "tapes" this week unless the president is a liar.  Oh wait, he is a liar, there are no tapes.  It was just witness intimidation. 

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People who've hired lawyers:

 

1. The Attorney General

 

2. The VP

 

3. The President

 

4. The President's Son-In-Law

 

5. The President's Lawyer


"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond." -- Coach Lou Holtz

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Also saw this on Twitter. Priceless....

 

You can't call politically-active celebrities the "liberal elite" when you voted for a TV star who lives in a gilded tower.


"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond." -- Coach Lou Holtz

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This one is tough for the anti-Trump movement. Liberal elites from all over the country poured a record amount of money into this election, in support of a candidate who didn't even reside in the district he ran to represent (could there be a better symbol for modern Democrats?) Tens of millions of dollars resulted in a trivial and ultimately worthless result. This shows, yet again, that even when all hands are on deck and the big donors are writing checks, it's not enough to flip a single seat. There can't be much hope left for 2018.

 

Georgia Election Results: Handel Defeats Ossoff in U.S. House Race

 

https://www.nytimes.com/elections/results/georgia-congressional-runoff-ossoff-handel

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This is one tough GOP movement.  A seat the GOP won by 24 points just 8 months ago was barely won even after Republicans spent record amounts through PACS and other traditional funding.  Even more embarrassing is that a seat which has been overwhelmingly GOP for 3 decades moved 20 pts to dems while running a political unknown against a well known establishment candidate. 

 

I am so sad if Ds only improve ny 20pts in all districts.  They might only win 50 seats including Paul Ryan's R+5.  But hang your hat on the fact that Republicans have had to fight and spend tons of money to hold onto safe seats against unknown candidates.

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This one is tough for the anti-Trump movement. Liberal elites from all over the country poured a record amount of money into this election, in support of a candidate who didn't even reside in the district he ran to represent (could there be a better symbol for modern Democrats?) Tens of millions of dollars resulted in a trivial and ultimately worthless result. This shows, yet again, that even when all hands are on deck and the big donors are writing checks, it's not enough to flip a single seat. There can't be much hope left for 2018.

 

Georgia Election Results: Handel Defeats Ossoff in U.S. House Race

 

https://www.nytimes.com/elections/results/georgia-congressional-runoff-ossoff-handel

 

You do realize that more than a half dozen sitting GOP Representatives do not live in the district they "represent," right? Part of this is because of gerrymandering and the sad reality that the Republican message is highly unpopular so they have to constantly change boundaries to ensure they can hold on to power.

 

You also cannot be so dense as to not realize that outside money poured in a significant rate for the GOP candidate as well, right?

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This one is tough for the anti-Trump movement. Liberal elites from all over the country poured a record amount of money into this election, in support of a candidate who didn't even reside in the district he ran to represent (could there be a better symbol for modern Democrats?) Tens of millions of dollars resulted in a trivial and ultimately worthless result. This shows, yet again, that even when all hands are on deck and the big donors are writing checks, it's not enough to flip a single seat. There can't be much hope left for 2018.

 

Georgia Election Results: Handel Defeats Ossoff in U.S. House Race

 

https://www.nytimes.com/elections/results/georgia-congressional-runoff-ossoff-handel

Borrowing from Kellyanne Conway, #laughingmyossoff

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Do you know what's really funny?  The following members of the administration all have lawyers now:

 

President

Vice President

President's lawyer

Attorney General

Senior Adviser to President aka President's son in law

former National Security Adviser aka Misha Flynn

Former Campaign Chairman

former campaign adviser

former foreign policy adviser

Roger Stone of watergate fame

 

Mueller has a team of 14 prosecutors too.

 

 

I am laughing my ossoff too. 

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You do realize that more than a half dozen sitting GOP Representatives do not live in the district they "represent," right? Part of this is because of gerrymandering and the sad reality that the Republican message is highly unpopular so they have to constantly change boundaries to ensure they can hold on to power.

 

Gerrymandering? At most, a couple seats out of the 435 are actually impacted by this phenomenon. I think it's been said before - but Republicans don't control the presidency, both houses of Congress, and the vast majority of state executive and legislative branches because their message is unpopular, let alone highly so.

 


 

Here's some good news for a few Ohio cities:

 

U.S. attorney general unveils 12-city partnership to fight crime

 

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-crime-sessions-idUSKBN19B38L

 

The U.S. Justice Department has launched a 12-city partnership to combat spikes in violent crime as part of President Donald Trump's vow to support law enforcement, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Tuesday.

 

The program features a three-year initiative to help coordinate crime-fighting efforts among federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement and prosecutors, Sessions said in unveiling the new National Public Safety Partnership.

 

Trump, a Republican, made tough-on-crime rhetoric a focus of his 2016 campaign. The new program stems from an executive order he signed in February mandating that the Justice Department provide support for local law enforcement...

 

..The dozen cities chosen for the program are Birmingham, Alabama; Indianapolis; Memphis, Tennessee; Toledo, Ohio; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Buffalo, New York; Cincinnati; Houston; Jackson, Tennessee; Kansas City, Missouri; Lansing, Michigan; and Springfield, Illinois.

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You do realize that more than a half dozen sitting GOP Representatives do not live in the district they "represent," right? Part of this is because of gerrymandering and the sad reality that the Republican message is highly unpopular so they have to constantly change boundaries to ensure they can hold on to power.

 

Gerrymandering? At most, a couple seats out of the 435 are actually impacted by this phenomenon. I think it's been said before - but Republicans don't control the presidency, both houses of Congress, and the vast majority of state executive and legislative branches because their message is unpopular, let alone highly so.

 


 

Here's some good news for a few Ohio cities:

 

U.S. attorney general unveils 12-city partnership to fight crime

 

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-crime-sessions-idUSKBN19B38L

 

The U.S. Justice Department has launched a 12-city partnership to combat spikes in violent crime as part of President Donald Trump's vow to support law enforcement, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Tuesday.

 

The program features a three-year initiative to help coordinate crime-fighting efforts among federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement and prosecutors, Sessions said in unveiling the new National Public Safety Partnership.

 

Trump, a Republican, made tough-on-crime rhetoric a focus of his 2016 campaign. The new program stems from an executive order he signed in February mandating that the Justice Department provide support for local law enforcement...

 

..The dozen cities chosen for the program are Birmingham, Alabama; Indianapolis; Memphis, Tennessee; Toledo, Ohio; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Buffalo, New York; Cincinnati; Houston; Jackson, Tennessee; Kansas City, Missouri; Lansing, Michigan; and Springfield, Illinois.

It's good to always remind everyone that Republicans control all branches of government at the federal level and still cry about obstructionist dems.  SAD

 

Also fail to mention that more people voted for a dem for President and GOP has a slim majority in Senate.  This is even with voter suppression efforts in many states.  SAD

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^^ HAHAHAHA  Tough on crime but no FBI director and only 2 US Attorneys.  Tough on crime - but please let Flynn go.  Tough on crime - AG general has committed perjury at 2 times. 

 

This is what passes for tough on crime these days

 

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Out of curiosity, is there any consensus if the Holodomor is considered Russian-initiated genocide? It doesn't seem to rise to the level of discourse/controversy/ambiguity as the Armenian genocide. 

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This is one tough GOP movement.  A seat the GOP won by 24 points just 8 months ago was barely won even after Republicans spent record amounts through PACS and other traditional funding.  Even more embarrassing is that a seat which has been overwhelmingly GOP for 3 decades moved 20 pts to dems while running a political unknown against a well known establishment candidate. 

 

I am so sad if Ds only improve ny 20pts in all districts.  They might only win 50 seats including Paul Ryan's R+5.  But hang your hat on the fact that Republicans have had to fight and spend tons of money to hold onto safe seats against unknown candidates.

 

Also the GOP and Trumpcans have quickly forgotten that Karen Handel did NOT run on the Trump platform in the primary.  That was Bob Gray who threw his eggs in that basket and lost to her.  So we have a not-overtly-Trump supporting Congressperson who barely won against a Democrat newcomer in a heavily leaning GOP district.  They better do some more gerrymandering before 2018!

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here is a hearing currently going on in which the discussion is the Russian interference in the election.  It's not a hearing on the POTENTIAL or UNKNOWN interference.  It is a hearing discussing the KNOWN RUSSIAN hacking.

 

Russians are attacking the US electoral system and the President has yet to show any interest. I wonder why?

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Keep some perspective, guys. The bloodbath was 2010, when so many districts were gerrymandered to make them almost Democrat-proof. That was on full display in GA 6. Democrats cannot win these districts. Republicans have to actively lose them. Fivethirtyeight.com pointed out that the real news from yesterday was the close race in South Carolina, which the Dem only lost by a couple points. This district was gerrymandered in 2010 to heavily favor Reps.

 

If the Republicans cannot deliver jobs and optimism to the rust belt by 2018, it's over for them there. The Reps know this, which is why one of the main conflicts within the Senate right now is over opiate treatment relief in their health care bill.

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You do realize that more than a half dozen sitting GOP Representatives do not live in the district they "represent," right? Part of this is because of gerrymandering and the sad reality that the Republican message is highly unpopular so they have to constantly change boundaries to ensure they can hold on to power.

 

Gerrymandering? At most, a couple seats out of the 435 are actually impacted by this phenomenon. I think it's been said before - but Republicans don't control the presidency, both houses of Congress, and the vast majority of state executive and legislative branches because their message is unpopular, let alone highly so.

 

Statistically-speaking, this point of view is vastly overstating the popularity of the GOP message.

 

1. Gerrymandering (which Democrats benefit from in some places as well) almost certainly results in a net gain of dozens of seats for the GOP. Let's not kid ourselves or pretend that organizations like REDMAP fight tooth and nail (and spend tens of millions of dollars) to control the redistricting process in states for only a minimal gain in seats.

 

2. Gerrymandering of course exists in state legislative districts, as well, distorting the relative power and perceived popularity of the GOP message.

 

3. Nationwide, in senate and governor's races, states that are more urban generally vote in Democrats and states that are more rural vote in Republicans. There are more of the latter, again, betraying the idea that the GOP message is widely popular.

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This one is tough for the anti-Trump movement. Liberal elites from all over the country poured a record amount of money into this election, in support of a candidate who didn't even reside in the district he ran to represent (could there be a better symbol for modern Democrats?) Tens of millions of dollars resulted in a trivial and ultimately worthless result. This shows, yet again, that even when all hands are on deck and the big donors are writing checks, it's not enough to flip a single seat. There can't be much hope left for 2018.

 

Georgia Election Results: Handel Defeats Ossoff in U.S. House Race

 

https://www.nytimes.com/elections/results/georgia-congressional-runoff-ossoff-handel

 

I thought this election was supposed to be the definitive referendum on Trump's presidency. Watching the media over the past couple of months was like seeing a bunch of giddy 4-year olds running around on a sugar rush over the (virtually "certain") prospect that Osoff would win. Maybe they should just sit out 2018 and come up with a winning strategy for 2020. Here's a headline I thought I would never see in the NY Times! (hey, maybe this is trend toward honest reporting)

Democrats Seethe After Georgia Loss: ‘Our Brand Is Worse Than Trump’

By ALEXANDER BURNS and JONATHAN MARTIN JUNE 21, 2017

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/21/us/pelosi-georgia-ossoff-democrats.html

 

 

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^ nobody thought one special election in a dark red district is referendum on Trump.  Democrats won all of their special elections in 2009.  That worked out well for them Huh?

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OHHHHHkay.  some talking heads felt that this election was a referendum on Trump.  I guess an 18 point swing shows that Trump is doing a bang up job.  I sure hope Dems don't ONLY get 18 point swings across the whole country.  They might only win 80 more seats in the house. 

 

So if it is a referendum, ask yourself if that 18 point swing towards dems. is an indication that Trump is doing a bigly tremendous job.

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“Our leadership owes us an explanation,” said Mr. Moulton, who voted against Ms. Pelosi in the last leadership election. “Personally, I think it’s time for new leadership in the party.”

 

Because a near 20-point increase in a dark red district wasn't good enough?  LOL what a goof.


Very Stable Genius

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There was a deep division amongst the Dems in the selection of a party leader.  Within the relatively large party tent, you don't find much a wider gap than between Ellison and Pelosi.  Ellison had a lot of support.  Those who staunchly opposed Pelosi will continue to oppose Pelosi. 

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You do realize that more than a half dozen sitting GOP Representatives do not live in the district they "represent," right? Part of this is because of gerrymandering and the sad reality that the Republican message is highly unpopular so they have to constantly change boundaries to ensure they can hold on to power.

 

Gerrymandering? At most, a couple seats out of the 435 are actually impacted by this phenomenon. I think it's been said before - but Republicans don't control the presidency, both houses of Congress, and the vast majority of state executive and legislative branches because their message is unpopular, let alone highly so.

 

 

Yeah, you have to look pretty far for evidence of gerrymandering making a difference.  Like, oh, I don't know, the Ohio 1st.  Chabot held the district from '95-'09.  The district's demographics changed in the last part of the 2000s and Driehaus, a Democrat, was elected.  Then in 2010 Republicans got to re-draw the map to include all of Warren County, and guess what?  Chabot won again.  And you now have this weird map that includes the west side of Cincinnati, Indian Hill and Terrace Park, and all of Warren County.  The new district has fewer voters overall than before but somehow Chabot got twice as many votes as he did with the old map.

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The GOP is not shy about gerrymandering for purely partisan purposes.  They admit they do it.  And it is technically legal... for the time being.  The Supreme Court will review a challenge to that tactic this year.  I think we can all predict what the outcome of that will be.  The issue the GOP has run into and been rebuffed by the courts is when their partisan gerrymandering is accomplished through racial gerrymandering. 

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From twitter

 

FUN FACT:  The only folks in D.C. that claim Russia didn't hack our election are the ones under investigation for colludin' with 'em

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To any Republicans gloating about Handel's win in Georgia, the rock-solid GOP district moved 18 POINTS toward Democrats in 7 MONTHS.

 

A blue wave is coming.


"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond." -- Coach Lou Holtz

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If you polled the smartest people in the world, Trump's approval rating would probably be 2%.  If you polled the dumbest it would be 70%.


"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond." -- Coach Lou Holtz

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