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Jan 21

Open thread for night owls: ‘There is madness abroad in the land.’

Charlie Pierce: Watching this unfold revealed an aspect of the prion disease that has afflicted the Republican Party ever since Ronald Reagan first fed it the monkeybrains in the 1980s. Right now, the Republicans in Congress are staking their case on particularly unpopular positions. Both the DACA beneficiaries and the CHIP program are enormously popular …

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Jan 20

Open thread for night owls: The blue wave activists are working for in November could be pink

John Nichols at The Nation writes—Women Aren’t Just Marching Against Trump—They’re Running Against Trumpism: If Trump is ever on the ballot again, it will not be until 2020. What matters now is who else is on the ballot. The 2018 mid-term elections will be a critical test for the president’s Republican Party and, if patterns hold, …

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Jan 18

Open thread for night owls: Dealing with ‘truth decay’ as U.S. lurches toward autocracy

At The Inquirer, Will Bunch writes—America’s ‘2+2=5 moment’ is a scary lurch toward autocracy: To the brilliant 20th-century political thinker, and author of the always-too-relevant 1984, George Orwell, blowing up the fundamental meaning of truth was a bigger threat to humankind than the atom bomb. Here’s what he wrote in an essay in 1943, at the …

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Jan 18

Funding bill to keep US government open narrowly passes House

Lawmakers pass bill to fund government through 16 February Bill now heads to Senate, where it needs 60 votes to avoid filibuster The House of Representatives narrowly passed a bill to fund the government Thursday night in an attempt to avoid a government shutdown Saturday. By a vote of 230-197, the House passed a bill …

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Jan 18

Midday open thread: 2017 2nd hottest year ever recorded; not worth it say recent law school grads

Today’s comic by Ruben Bolling is Donald Trump sweeps the Fake News Awards nominations: • 2017 second hottest year ever recorded: It’s official: 2017 was one of the hottest years ever recorded on Earth. On Thursday, NASA reported that only 2016 was warmer.   Every year, NASA collects data on the planet’s temperature record and releases a …

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Jan 17

Open thread for night owls. Ellison: To beat racist Trump agenda: Organize, organize, organize

Andrea Germanos at CommonDreams writes—Ellison’s Advice to Confront Racist Trump Agenda in 2018: ‘Organize, Organize, Organize’: As fallout continues over the president’s offensive language during a closed-door meeting in the Oval Office, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) argued that Donald Trump’s specific word choice is irrelevant—”he has a long history of racism”—and that in the year ahead the public must “organize, organize, organize” …

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Jan 16

Open thread for night owls: Terrifying Hawaii false alarm underscores need for nuclear disarmament

For many residents of Hawaii and their family members living elsewhere, it was 38 minutes of terror this weekend when an employee at the Emergency Alert System sent a mistaken message to the islanders’ cell phones saying a ballistic missile was headed their way and that this was “NOT A DRILL.” Since then, there have been dozens of poignant and …

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Jan 15

Open thread for night owls: Excerpts from the February Harper’s Index

Here are some excerpts from the latest edition of the Harper’s Index: • Number of helicopters the United States announced that it would give to Afghanistan’s air force: 159 • Number of trained flight crews in the Afghan military: 4 • Minimum number of U.S. civilian universities that received funding from the Charles Koch Foundation …

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Jan 15

Midday open thread: Chocolate may be extinct in 40 years. Why are we talking about anything else?

Today’s comic by Tom Tomorrow is Have you heard … What you missed on Sunday Kos … Republicans’ lessons for Democrats: Next president must ‘look backwards’ at GOP crimes, by Jon Perr Oprah, the Alabama Crimson Tide, and how to adjust to change, by David Akadjian Let’s keep our eyes on the ball, Oprah is just another distraction, by Egberto Willies DNC take up …

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Jan 14

Open thread for night owls: ‘I cannot and will not sit there’ for Trump’s State of the Union address

During an ABC appearance, Georgia Rep. John Lewis confirmed that in the wake of Trump’s racist outburst in a bipartisan meeting of lawmakers, he would not be attending Donald Trump’s State of the Union address. “I think he is a racist,” Lewis, a Georgia Democrat and icon of the civil rights movement, said on ABC’s “This …

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