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Paul Blest Paul Blest Aug 17, 2019 at 02:49. 21 comments

House Republican Playbook on Mass Shootings: Blame the Left

House Republican Playbook on Mass Shootings: Blame the Left

Remember this one the next time the GOP whines about politicizing tragedies.

The Tampa Bay Times reported today that it obtained a secret memo circulated among House Republicans with strategy on how to respond to the shootings in El Paso and Dayton. While the Times describes much of the memo and the suggested talking points as “boilerplate Republican arguments against tougher gun...

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Paul Blest Paul Blest Aug 16, 2019 at 22:21. 15 comments

The Democrats Still Don't Understand the South

The Democrats Still Don't Understand the South

The Intercept put out a piece on Thursday detailing Sen. Chuck Schumer’s so-far lackluster recruiting efforts for the Senate elections in 2020. Tucked into it is an anecdote about North Carolina which goes a long way towards explaining why the Democrats have lost so much ground in this state and the South writ large.

Sen. Thom Tillis is up for re-election next year in North Carolina. He is,...

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Paul Blest Paul Blest Aug 16, 2019 at 04:39. 11 comments

Larry Krasner Isn't Sweating Attacks From Trump's Goons Following Police Shooting

Larry Krasner Isn't Sweating Attacks From Trump's Goons Following Police Shooting

Not even 24 hours after 34-year-old Maurice Hill allegedly shot six Philadelphia cops , U.S. Attorney William McSwain took a cue from his boss and his boss’s boss and let out a long screed against a local official who’s supposedly to blame. His target was Philly’s reformist district attorney, Larry Krasner .

“There is a new culture of disrespect for law enforcement in this City that is...

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Paul Blest Paul Blest Aug 16, 2019 at 01:19. 22 comments

Maybe Steny Hoyer Should Keep Ilhan Omar's Name Out of His Mouth

Maybe Steny Hoyer Should Keep Ilhan Omar's Name Out of His Mouth

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer is one of Israel’s most fervid allies in the Democratic Party , if not all of D.C. Despite being the second-most-powerful Democrat in the House, for example, Hoyer gleefully threw progressive freshman members—including Ilhan Omar—under the bus earlier this year at AIPAC in exchange for some raucous applause.

In a statement on Thursday following the decision of...

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Paul Blest Paul Blest Aug 16, 2019 at 00:17. 19 comments

World in Opposite of Mourning as John Hickenlooper Ends 2020 Run

World in Opposite of Mourning as John Hickenlooper Ends 2020 Run

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper’s weird , sad , and embarrassing campaign for the Democratic nomination for president is finally, thankfully, kaput. Hickenlooper announced in a video on Thursday that he’s dropping out of the election and is considering running for a U.S. Senate seat in Colorado next year instead.

“I did imagine a very different conclusion,” he said in the video,...

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Paul Blest Paul Blest Aug 15, 2019. 4 comments

Top NC Republican on Mass Shootings: 'Cain Killed Abel With a Rock'

Top NC Republican on Mass Shootings: 'Cain Killed Abel With a Rock'

Dan Forest is the lieutenant governor of North Carolina, the top Republican elected official in the state, and the frontrunner for the party’s nomination for governor in 2020. He is also insane.

Just days after the deadly shootings in El Paso and Dayton , Forest went on the Wilmington, NC-based The Tyler Cralle Show and was asked about guns. (The clip was sent to us by the Democratic super...

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Paul Blest Paul Blest Aug 15, 2019. 19 comments

Shocker: The White House Is Not Totally on Board With Gun Control

Shocker: The White House Is Not Totally on Board With Gun Control

Right after the shootings in El Paso and Dayton earlier this month, President Donald Trump took some time between complaining about movies and livetweeting Joe Biden’s speeches to call on Congress to pass “strong background checks.” A few days later, he endorsed “serious discussions” on “meaningful” background checks that were supposedly taking place between congressional leaders.

Anyone...

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Paul Blest Paul Blest Aug 14, 2019. 9 comments

The Prison Holding Jeffrey Epstein Wasn't Even Trying, Huh

The Prison Holding Jeffrey Epstein Wasn't Even Trying, Huh

With every piece of new information that seeps out about Jeffrey Epstein’s death at a federal New York City prison  this past weekend, the prison’s operations more closely resemble something straight out of Mr. Bean.

Following Tuesday’s revelation that the warden of the Metropolitan Correctional Center had been temporarily reassigned and the two guards in charge of watching Epstein had been...

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Paul Blest Paul Blest Aug 14, 2019. 7 comments

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Paul Blest Paul Blest Aug 14, 2019.

Turns Out Socialism Polls Badly When You Tell People It'll Be Horrible

Turns Out Socialism Polls Badly When You Tell People It'll Be Horrible

Is socialism popular? Let’s turn to a fair, neutral observer to find out: the American Action Network, which is affiliated with the Congressional Leadership Fund, whose job it is to elect House Republicans.

Leading off today’s Politico Playbook is polling from the AAN about socialism and leading policy proposals of the Democratic left, including Medicare for All and the Green New Deal. Here’s...

Paul Blest Paul Blest Aug 13, 2019.

Scandals of the Recent Past: the John Edwards Affair Affair

Scandals of the Recent Past: the John Edwards Affair Affair

When he began his second campaign for president in 2008, John Edwards was considered a rising star in the Democratic Party. His relatively populist rhetoric would also foreshadow America’s political turn years later. Within four years, however, Edwards had become one of the most hated politicians in America while facing federal charges for misusing campaign funds. In his home state, no...

Paul Blest Paul Blest Aug 13, 2019.

Nothing Today Will Top Neera Tanden's Nuclear Take on Chris Cuomo

Nothing Today Will Top Neera Tanden's Nuclear Take on Chris Cuomo

The brilliance of the video of Chris Cuomo going full spicy meatball at being called “Fredo” is twofold. One, it’s hilarious. Two, rich Italian guys doing this number in 2019 is the ideal condition for some Category 5 takes. So with that, here’s our most criminally online think tank president , Center for American Progress head Neera Tanden.

Here, Tanden effortlessly ties this whole thing to...

Paul Blest Paul Blest Aug 13, 2019. 6 comments

Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says, in a New York Times op-ed, that it’s time to kill the

Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says, in a New York Times op-ed, that it’s time to kill the

Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says, in a New York Times op-ed, that it’s time to kill the filibuster, and is calling on Democratic candidates for president to commit to that. We agree . Will anyone listen???

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Paul Blest Paul Blest Aug 13, 2019. 17 comments

Bill Barr Has Always Been Terrible

Bill Barr Has Always Been Terrible

Attorney General William Barr gave a speech to the Fraternal Order of Police conference in New Orleans today, during which he lambasted criminal justice reform efforts as “dangerous to public safety.” It’s worth a reminder that these reforms aren’t just a rebuke to Barr’s worldview, but his entire career as well.

At the conference, Barr singled out “progressive prosecutors ,” such as

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Paul Blest Paul Blest Aug 12, 2019. 22 comments

Texas Republicans Are Terrified of a 2020 Wipeout

Texas Republicans Are Terrified of a 2020 Wipeout

The midterm elections produced the first sign of life in the Texas Democratic Party in a long time, with Beto O’Rourke nearly pulling off an upset in the U.S. Senate race and the party picking up a few House seats in the Houston and Dallas suburbs, not to mention a slew of downballot seats. Republicans are worried there’s more where that came from.

Several House Republicans from Texas sounded...

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Paul Blest Paul Blest Aug 10, 2019.

According to court documents unsealed on Friday, a woman has alleged that Jeffrey Epstein “sent” her

According to court documents unsealed on Friday, a woman has alleged that Jeffrey Epstein “sent” her

According to court documents unsealed on Friday, a woman has alleged that Jeffrey Epstein “sent” her to have sex with former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, former Sen. George Mitchell, and billionaire investor Glenn Dubin, while she was still a minor. All three deny the allegations.

Paul Blest Paul Blest Aug 09, 2019. 11 comments

Joe Biden Is Just Not Good at This

Joe Biden Is Just Not Good at This

Joe Biden did not have a great day yesterday.

After losing his mind at a reporter for asking him whether or not Donald Trump is a white supremacist (he is , but it’s not like Biden is exactly the best person to say this), Biden spoke in front of the Iowa Asian and Latino Coalition on Thursday night. While talking about his K-12 education plan—which isn’t half-bad, all things considered—he...

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Paul Blest Paul Blest Aug 09, 2019. 14 comments

DSA Is Doomed

DSA Is Doomed

I am working class and a Marxist-Leninist-Bowserist. I believe in a revolution of the proletariat, and the usurpation of the ruling class. As I looked around the political landscape after Donald Trump’s election win, I noticed the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). Curious, and hoping for a radical and viable alternative to the two establishment parties, I took myself along to a meeting....

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Paul Blest Paul Blest Aug 09, 2019. 9 comments

Jonathan (Not Very) Weisman

Jonathan (Not Very) Weisman

New York Times deputy Washington editor Jonathan Weisman simply cannot stop stepping in digital dogshit.

After his weird, racist Twitter thread last week , and then another weird and bad comment toward a black progressive candidate for Congress yesterday, Weisman has apparently taken a much-needed break from Twitter. That does not mean, however, that Weisman is successfully suppressing the...

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Paul Blest Paul Blest Aug 08, 2019.

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue visited a fair in rural Minnesota today, probably expecting a warm recepti

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue visited a fair in rural Minnesota today, probably expecting a warm recepti

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue visited a fair in rural Minnesota today, probably expecting a warm reception. Instead, as Bloomberg reported, the farmers let him have it. “We are not starting to do great again,” the Minnesota Corn Growers’ Association president said. “We are starting to go down very quickly.”

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