ProgressVirginia reported Tuesday afternoon that the Virginia Senate’s Privileges and Elections Committee killed Sen. Charles “Bill” Carrico Sr.’s electoral college-rigging bill, despite an offer by Carrico to amend the bill to award electors in proportion to the state’s popular vote. The vote was 11-4 against the bill, although it will not be official until the close of the committee meeting.
Democrats are planning a wall between Republicans and unlimited dark money.
It's called the Supreme Court minus Scalia plus three Democratic appointees.
We're gonna make the GOP pay for it.
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Everywhere I've been today whether walking around the neighborhood, strolling along the beach, taking a drive through the hills, stopping at the market...the smell of barbecue was on the air.
What are you listening to tonight?
W. Kamau Bell revealed over the weekend that the media is so dominated by white people that he was the "only person of color" on his own show.
During an interview on CNN about how the media had avoided the topic of race in coverage of Donald Trump, Bell explained that he had found that "racial anxiety" was still prevalent while filming United Shades of America, which attempts to open a discussion about race in the United States.
"I think the thing we do with the show is try to have conversations with people, and not just shout slogans at them the way Trump is doing," Bell said. "And I think if you have conversations with people I think you can reach a new level of understanding or at least make new space for humanity. But Trump is capitalizing on people's most base fears."
"America is always afraid of a race conversation," he continued. "Not all of America. I mean, if you read Jamelle Bouie or TheRoot.com, there's lots of media covering it. But mainstream media, which is in large part owned by white people, is always afraid of an honest and open race conversation."
Bell pointed out that his own CNN show was not immune to a lack of diversity.
"Maybe it would be great to have a race conciliation person in everybody's office," he laughed. "But you also just need more people of color and more LGBT and more different types people."
Anti-racism educator Tim Wise explained on Sunday how presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump used "racialized scapegoating" to appeal to white voters while "othering other people."
"If the only reason for Trump's support was economic anxiety then people of color should be flocking to Trump," Wise told CNN's Brian Stelter. "Because black folks, for instance, are twice as likely to be out of work as white folks, three times as likely to be poor, have 1/15 the net worth, nine years less life expectancy in large part due to economic inequality."
"There's a link between the kind of economic anxiety that white folks are feeling and this larger political or racial anxiety," he said.
Wise likened Trump's rhetoric to Southerners who say that "the Civil War wasn't about slavery, it's about states rights."
"Yeah, but the right you were fighting for was the right to own people," he noted. "So when the folks in the Trump camp say it's not about race, 'Well, I like the fact that he says what's on his mind.' Yeah, but you like that he says things about Mexicans and about the Chinese and about black activists in the streets protesting police brutality and he says things about Muslims."
"In fact, all of those things that people say Trump is about -- economics, the straight-shooting, straight-talking guy -- all of that still comes back to his perspective on othering other people and saying, 'They're your threat, they're the ones who endanger your job, they're the ones who are to blame for your lack of safety in the streets.'"
In last week', "The Door," we learned the sad past and present fate of Hodor, the gentle giant. We also learned about Euron Greyjoy's plan to bring glory back to Iron Islands - building the greatest fleet that will bring Daenerys Stormborn and her dragons back to Westeros.
All in all, it was a good, but not a great episode of Game of Thrones.
Watching Meera pull Bran on his sled through the fowl weather after fleeing the cave of the Tree, you had to wonder how they could escape the Night King's dead things. If they were caught, then Hodor's sacrifice was all for nothing.
Who would be out beyond the wall to protect them? As the walkers closed in on their freezing bodies, a masked man rides in - destroys the Walkers with fire, then scoops up Bran and Meera to safety.
As soon as the rider came into view, I knew it had to be Benjen, First Ranger of the Knight's Watch and Ned Stark's younger brother. He was believed to be dead, but his body was never found.
After making their escape, Bejen explained that after being stabbed by a White walker and being left for dead, the Children saved him by plunging a shard of dragonglass (obsidian) into his heart, counteracting their dark magic.
He tells Bran that he's the Three-Eyed Raven now and needs to be ready for the coming battle, when he faces off with the Night King.
On Fox News Sunday, Corey Lewandowski continued the "if we say the lies enough times, people will believe it's true" credo of the Trump campaign. In today's edition of things that we all know aren't true, but Trump sycophants believe, Lewandowski decided to announce that Trump is winning with women voters and Hispanic voters, two statements that are patently untrue. Chris Wallace could barely contain his incredulity. Here is the exchange:
"WALLACE: But I think you would agree that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has been very supportive of your campaign. Here’s what he had to say about Trump’s comments this week.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
NEWT GINGRICH, FORMER HOUSE SPEAKER: I think that the attack last night was very, very destructive. I think it sent all the wrong signals. You particularly don’t want to see your candidate who needs to vote, get stronger with Latinos, and stronger with women, attacked a Latina woman Republican governor.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
WALLACE: Gingrich went on to say that Trump sometimes, quote, "goes off the deep end."
That doesn’t sound like something you want in a president.
LEWANDOWSKI: Well, Chris, what you have here is there's no attack on a Latino or a woman governor. What this was, was laying out the economic perspective of what the state of New Mexico was doing and he’s saying we need to do a better job. That’s what our country needs, is we need to create jobs, we need to have more people back to work, we need to build a wall, we need to stop illegal immigration.
Former Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio defended his decision to support Donald Trump after a contentious primary campaign by insisting that the presumptive nominee was not a white nationalist, but admitted that racists had been emboldened by the White House bid.
During an interview that aired on Sunday, CNN's Jake Tapper noted that Trump was being supported by "some scary dudes" like white nationalists and other "hate groups."
"It's offensive," Rubio agreed. "And not just against me, but the fact that elements like that are still involved in American politics. And traditionally a candidate would disavow that and say, 'I want nothing to do with it, I don't want them as part of my campaign.'"
"He didn't," Tapper pointed out.
"And I didn't like that," Rubio insisted. "And I said that at the time. And you know, it is what it is. Obviously, I don't believe Donald Trump is a white nationalist. I don't believe that those are his views."
"But I do think that it's unfortunate that people like that have found the ability to express themselves in this way in a campaign," he added. "And I didn't like it... I just don't really think that there's a place for that in our party and our country."
As for Trump's suggestion that Mexicans were "rapists," Rubio admitted that it was an "offensive comment."
There are rules arbitrarily created by certain pundits when it comes to debunking the mystery that is the 'scandal' of Hillary Clinton and her emails. The latest rule: there shall be NO comparing her to her predecessors, namely, Colin Powell, who, according to Fox News Sunday's Chris Wallace, is off limits because he says so. Period.
California Congressman Adam Schiff attempts to relate Hillary's private account to the conduct of her predecessors. The comparison with Secretary Powell's private email account is relevant, but Wallace will simply not permit him to make his point. He vehemently objects and prevents Schiff from mentioning one detail about Powell with relation to Hillary. The reason is exclusively the private server, which convicts her of any and all contrived crimes they conjure.
SCHIFF: I think it’s very telling, though, Chris, that there’s no interest in anyone here but Secretary Clinton...
WALLACE: Really? Because she’s the only one running for president.
"I think it's frankly a red herring, sir. And I’d expect more from you."
Wallace adds that he won't be voting for Powell for president, because that's just adorable and patronizing, which is exactly what he's trying to be.
Bill Maher interviewed Bernie Sanders on a number of issues Friday night on HBO's Real Time, and when the matter of a Trump debate came up, Maher pounced.
Maher said, "And we were teased about something that was going to be an amazing show I thought, earlier this week which was a Bernie Sanders/Donald Trump debate."
Sanders replied with a "Hump," I would have loved - let me just say this"
Maher jumped in, “Mr. Macho chickened out”
Bernie continued, “First he said he would do it,” Sanders said. “Then he said he wouldn’t do it. Then he said he would do it. Then he said he wouldn’t do it. So, I would hope that if he changed his mind four times in two days, change it a fifth time. Trump claims to be a real tough guy, pushes people around. Hey, Donald, come on up. Let’s have a debate about the future of America.”
You can see the full interview on Youtube.
Last year, just as Scott Walker was getting his official pre-official presidential bid running at full speed, it was discovered that he wanted to do away with the Wisconsin Idea.
What is the Wisconsin Idea? Well, this:
First summed up by UW President Charles Van Hise in 1904, the Wisconsin Idea means that "the borders of the University are the borders of the state." Van Hise declared that he would “never be content until the beneficent influence of the university reaches every family in the state” and this has long been the core philosophy of the UW System, which has worked hard over the decades to generate programs that serve people and communities all over the state.
Walker wanted to take that language out of the mission statement after more than a hundred years of it being held up as a national and international standard. He wanted to remove it because he didn't believe in it. He wanted to use the entire university system as a way to deliver yet even more corporate welfare to his wealthy campaign donors.
When the people of Wisconsin learned of this unspeakable act, the outrage was instant and overwhelming and growing bigger every day.
A hot dog vendor in Times Square shut down his booth over the weekend to avoid participating in a Fox News live television broadcast.
On Saturday, Fox News host Clayton Morris hit the streets to cover Merriam-Webster's "controversial" claim that a hot dog is a sandwich.
But when one hot dog vendor saw Morris approaching his booth, he began closing shop.
"We're out here trying to check the pulse of the hot dog controversy this morning with a hot dog vendor," Morris explained.
"No, no," the vendor said, waving Morris away.
"It's been a rough morning out here on Times Square in New York City," Morris told his co-hosts back in the studio.
Minutes later, the Fox News host recruited a passerby to attempt a straw purchase from the hot dog vendor.
"This guy wouldn't talk to me," Morris complained. "Maybe if I bring him an actual customer, I can get you a hot dog."
"Can we get this guy a hot dog?" he asked, approaching the vendor a second time. "Will you serve me now?"
"Closing now," the vendor stated and then walked away.
Morris, feeling entitled to a hot dog, began to serve himself out of the vendor's booth. But the seller quickly returned.
"Are we allowed to have a hot dog?" Morris wondered. "Nope."
Sen. Marco Rubio joined CNN's State of the Union, hosted by Jake Tapper and gave a lengthy interview about his presidential run, Chris Christie, Jeb Bush and Donald Trump.
He was asked about Trump's unsavory behavior and didn't defend it, but now that he's endorsing Trump, he's excusing it because Donald has been successful using it.
One of the defining moments of his campaign was when he had become frustrated by his standing in the presidential primary and Trump's attacks on him, so he decided to fight fire with fire and and he jumped in the gutter with both feet when he mocked the size of Trump's hands.
He's like 6'2'' which is why I don't understand why his hands are the size of someone who is 5'2". Have you seen his hands?"
"And you know what they say about guys with small hands, (pause) You can't trust 'em!"
I imagine, this is the first time in the modern history of presidential politics that a candidate mocked the size of his opponent's penis.
And Trump doesn't let even the slightest insult go by, so you knew he was going to broach the subject, and he did during a Fox News GOP Presidential debate.
While the Twitterverse laughs at #ChickenTrump tweets mocking Donald Trump for backing out of a debate with Bernie Sanders, a Trump cheerleader at Fox News got his back with a ridiculous excuse.
On today’s America’s News HQ, host Uma Pemmaraju discussed Trump’s flip-flops with Trump “senior advisor” (and Mike Huckabee’s daughter), Sarah Huckabee Sanders. “Lots of folks are buzzing about this original idea to have this debate between Sanders and Trump,” Pemmaraju said. “Mr. Trump originally said he would be open to the idea, Bernie Sanders jumped on board and now we’re hearing that Donald Trump is saying, ‘Thanks but no thanks.’ What’s going on right now?”
What’s going on right now is that the Twitterverse is hilariously mocking Trump with #ChickenTrump and #MakeAmericaCluckAgain. Raw Story has a good roundup of some of the funny ones. My favorite is this:
Just to let the readers of C&L know, kerfuffles regarding emails and Hillary Clinton is just repeating a pattern of right wing behavior, from the same exact people, who did this in the 90's.
There are currently two FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) requests pending in court regarding Hillary Clinton. The first seeks information "about the employment arrangements of a longtime aide to Clinton, Huma Abedin."
Yes, the right wing would love to get dirt on Huma Abedin. Not only is she the wife of former Congressman Anthony Weiner, a proud notch on their sword, but she is Muslim, and she works for Hillary and has for years. Three strikes.
The second, if you can believe it, is a request for documents...wait for it...related to the attack on Benghazi. Specifically, the FOIA seeks "records relating to talking points prepared for officials discussing the deadly attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012."
It should come as a shock to no one that Trump's been saying one thing to his supporters on the campaign trail, while telling the Zombie-Eyed Granny-Starver from Wisconsin something else in private.
It seems someone who doesn't care for Trump was leaking like a sieve following his meeting earlier this month with House Speaker Paul Ryan: Trump Supports Cutting Social Security From A ‘Moral Standpoint:’ Report:
Donald Trump supposedly told House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) he supports cutting Social Security but will not admit it publicly because it would hurt his election chances, according to a report in Bloomberg BusinessWeek.
Jason Easley: Global warming doesn't exist? Neither does the California drought.
Alessandro Machi: The California primary must not become a distraction from the fight against Trump.
Eclectablog: As Republicans rally around Trump, here's what they're embracing.
Will Hillary Win: Can Hillary re-unify the party? Probably, even if it doesn't look that way now.
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A most excellent ad from the Democrats, that will run in at least fifteen House districts with vulnerable Republicans.
And how will they distance themselves from the stupid things Donald Trump says when their party co-horts have been saying the same thing term after term?
And the issues they target in this ad say a lot about the dividing lines in this election. Republicans are
Trump and Republicans: The Same Reckless Policies.
And a vote for a Republican congressman is a vote for Trumpism.
(The Nightly Show's Larry Wilmore starts drinking early and Donald Trump brings political discourse to an even lower level after nailing down the Republican presidential nomination.)
Happy Memorial Day weekend everyone. I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm worn out this week. The husband and I have been doing some remodeling all week long and my tired bones are telling me I'm starting to get too old for this stuff... lol.
It may be a holiday weekend, but the politicians and pundits are sadly not giving us a break from their weekly spin-fest, so here's what's on the menu for this Sunday, courtesy of the Orlando Sentinel (check your local listings for times and stations in your area):
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., reflects on his run for the presidency on CNN's "State of the Union" at 9 a.m. and noon. It is a special edition of the program.
Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is a guest on several programs.
Glad to see some dogs have loyalty to their fellow pooches.
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