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  #2850662 14-Jan-2022 12:10
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No doubt his parents are proud of him 🙄 


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  #2850956 14-Jan-2022 17:56
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This is quite amusing.

 

 

U-turn much, Lindsey? 🙄


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  #2850957 14-Jan-2022 17:58
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The movie Freddy vs Jason is similar to Lindsey vs McConnell but the latter has scarier characters.

The Guardian: Make up with Trump or be a failure, Republican colleague warns McConnell

Mitch McConnell has been attacked by a key Trump ally and told to repair his relationship with the former president or face failure as Senate Republican leader.

The move by Lindsey Graham comes amid a rumbling dispute between McConnell and Donald Trump, whose grip on the party remains near-total despite his impeachment for inciting the deadly Capitol attack in service of his lie that his defeat by Joe Biden was caused by electoral fraud.

In the most recent round of the contest, McConnell sided with Mike Rounds, a South Dakota senator who said Biden won the election.

“If you want to be a Republican leader in the House or the Senate, you have to have a working relationship with Donald Trump,” Graham, of South Carolina, told Fox News on Wednesday night.
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  #2851160 15-Jan-2022 15:45
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The "Christian Science Monitor", despite its name, is considered "center biased."

My guess is it's considered center-right in New Zealand.

Christian Science Monitor: Trump 2024? Some supporters quietly hope he won’t run.

...“I want Trump’s policies without Trump,” says one man. “If he didn’t run,” offers another, “that would take a big argument away from the Democrats.”

“I really don’t think it’s Trump’s time any longer,” says Peggy Brown, a Republican who’s currently serving in the nonpartisan role of Weston mayor. She would prefer to see Mr. Trump transition into more of “an elder statesman. He could be a mentor to whoever comes in.”

Make no mistake: These Republican activists all still love the former president. And if he wins the nomination in 2024, they say they’d move mountains to return him to the White House. “Without question,” says Mayor Brown. “I’m unapologetic.”

But on the question of whether he should jump in, many have reservations. Some worry Mr. Trump is too controversial, too polarizing. That perhaps his time has come and gone. At least one attendee expresses unhappiness with the former president’s full-throated endorsement of COVID-19 vaccines. Some note that the party has a wealth of potentially strong alternatives waiting in the wings – including their own governor, Florida’s Ron DeSantis, who leads polls of potential 2024 GOP candidates if Mr. Trump doesn’t run.
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  #2851162 15-Jan-2022 15:49
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The Hill: The fates of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump

The 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach former President Trump after the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol have increasingly become pariahs as their party moves in the opposite direction.

When the 10 GOP House members, along with seven of the party’s senators, joined Democrats on Trump’s impeachment, they said that the former president bore responsibility for inciting the mob of his supporters and was no longer fit for public office.

But a year later, those Republicans are finding themselves ostracized — and even facing death threats — for being out of step with a party that continues to embrace Trump.

Three of the 10 have decided not to run for reelection this year. The others are all facing Trump-allied primary challengers who accuse them of lacking fealty to the most influential figure in the GOP.

And Representative Liz Cheney (Wyoming), who was serving as the third-ranking House Republican, was unceremoniously booted from her leadership post last year for repeatedly pushing back against Trump's false claims that the 2020 election was stolen from him.

Unlike in the House, only one of the seven GOP senators who voted to convict Trump in his impeachment trial faces voters later this year: Senator. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska). She, too, will face a Trump-backed primary challenger.
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  #2851169 15-Jan-2022 16:26
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Trump's thing is you're either with him or against him. I pity those poor people who voted against him for being a prize a-hole. They don't deserve this.


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  #2851819 17-Jan-2022 01:37
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marmel: The reason no one is getting what they want is because the two sides of the political spectrum are now much further apart in views than they were previously and more entrenched in their views. It isn’t a case of the political system no longer working, it’s a case of the voters perspective becoming more of an issue and a barrier to the democracy working as it had previously.

 

 

For a recent technical analysis of this, a group of academics used congressional voting data from the last sixty years to model changes in polarisation. Using that model another group identified a tipping point for polarisation beyond which there's no return. They carefully avoid saying whether the US has passed this tipping point, but it seems that it may have:

 

 

Below the critical point in the level of polarization, the researchers found that the upward trend in polarization would reverse when the researchers dialed down the control parameters. But once the level of polarization reached a critical point, the control parameters no longer had any effect and the dynamics could not be reversed, even in response to a common threat.

 

 

(examples they give of common threats that should unite people are pandemics and climate change).

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  #2851839 17-Jan-2022 08:14
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The man who bought casinos, and made them bankrupt, continues his work in Scotland.

Why would any American consider him a protector of the common man?

The Scotsman: Donald Trump to pursue Turnberry expansion despite Scottish Government planning setback

...In a development aimed at wealthy golf enthusiasts and retirees, architects enlisted by the former US president’s drew up a masterplan detailing hundreds of “high end” private houses which, they said, would provide “permanent tranquillity and respite,” while also helping meet what it described as “an ever increasing demand for investment opportunities”.

But in what represents a significant setback to the Trump Organisation’s attempts of turning Turnberry into a profitable enterprise, its ambitious expansion plans have been set back by government planning officials.
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Since the 75-year-old took over the resort in 2014, its losses have totalled nearly £50m [NZD $100 million]

The latest accounts filed with Companies House show that it remains reliant on more than £113m [NZD $227 million] in loans from its parent firm, a Florida state grantor trust in Mr Trump’s name.

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  #2851863 17-Jan-2022 09:39
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kingdragonfly: The man who bought casinos, and made them bankrupt, continues his work in Scotland. ...

 

 

 

Trump is really popular with the locals:

 

 

 

and ...

 





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  #2851981 17-Jan-2022 10:08
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JPR: Trump officials interfered with the 2020 census beyond cutting it short, email shows

The email details the scope of the former administration's attempts to tamper with the count, including pressuring the Census Bureau to alter plans for protecting privacy and producing accurate data.

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  #2852069 17-Jan-2022 11:40
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Trump still has a lot of fans (read: suckers) out there, if rally attendance is anything to go by:

 

https://www.politico.com/news/2022/01/16/trump-first-rally-2022-maga-527206

 

Ali Alexander? Throw that waste of oxygen into jail. Best place for him.

 

 


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  #2852073 17-Jan-2022 11:49
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quickymart:Ali Alexander? Throw that waste of oxygen into jail. Best place for him.

 

But he will still be wasting oxygen!


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  #2852074 17-Jan-2022 11:50
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For a group of people who are so against desecrating / disrespecting the American Flag, they sure do a lot of it

They frequently want to punish, even jail, "flag burners", but don't seem to have a problem with this:


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  #2852352 17-Jan-2022 17:09
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The Washington Post - Opinion - Merrick Garland’s boldest move yet

 

today (severely abridged)

 


Attorney General Merrick Garland has faced tough criticism over his perceived timidity. Those concerns were wrong as he made clear this past week.

 

The Justice Department [on 14 January*] revealed massive indictments of members of the Oath Keepers, a far-right extremist group, for their participation in the Jan. 6 insurrection.  ...

 

The seriousness of the crimes alleged and the substantial criminal penalties involved would be news enough. 

 

But there are four other reasons why these [indictments] matter, especially for Trump, his cronies and any members of Congress who may have been implicated in the plot to prevent Joe Biden from assuming the presidency. ...

 

  • First, and most important, this is the first time the Justice Department has identified the assault on the Capitol as sedition.  ...

  • Second, Section 3 of the 14th Amendment disqualifies elected officials from holding federal office if they “have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.” ...

  • Third, the indictment plainly lays out a legal avenue for indicting Trump and his cronies should the facts warrant. ...

  • Fourth, even more threatening to Trump is the indictment’s charge of conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, which does not require prosecutors to prove use of force or violence. ...

 


* see: The New York Times, 14 Jan 2022 - Oath Keepers Leader Charged With Seditious Conspiracy in Jan. 6 Investigation

 

 

 

 





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  #2852443 17-Jan-2022 19:50
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False electoral college declarations signed by prominent republicans:

USA Today: new questions emerged this week about whether efforts in various states, including Arizona, to create slates of fraudulent electors were similarly coordinated.

On Dec. 14, 2020, a group of prominent Republicans, including the party's chair, Kelli Ward, former lawmaker Anthony Kern and incoming legislator Jake Hoffman signed a document declaring themselves the state's electors, in favor of Trump.

There's no way to describe all the strings except as a clear attempt to subvert the United States of America's election. Is that the same as an attempted coup? I think it's close enough. Add all the strings together and this was a coup attempt that failed.


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