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Mike's Blog Round Up

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 12:00:01 +0000


The Rectification Of Names: Yastreblyansky explains David Brooks' latest, which is more than David Brooks is able to do.

Mother Jones: The accomplished woman who registered 200,000 voters in Georgia is running to be the first Black woman governor.

The Grio: Another first is the appointment of the first Black female brigadier general.

Informed Comment: Teachers in conservative states are paying the price for austerity and they are fighting back.

Lawyers, Guns, & Money: Also fighting back are immigration activists.

Bonus Track: Mariel Padilla was sitting in journalism class when she found out she won a Pulitzer.

This Round-Up is by Susan of Texas. You can follow me on Twitter. Send tips, requests and suggestions to (with "for MBRU" in the subject line).

An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Blue America's Newest ‘Green Wave’ Candidate

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 12:00:01 +0000

Kyle Frenette is the progressive Democrat running for the old Dave Obey seat in northern Wisconsin, currently occupied by Ryan ally Sean Duffy. (that 'MTV Real World' Douche). Kyle's best known as the manager of Eau Claire's Grammy-winning Justin Vernon and his band Bon Iver. The music business is fascinated by his run for Congress and Pitchfork did a piece at the end of February, right after he announced, about why he's running

Kyle's platform includes raising the minimum wage, establishing universal healthcare and making broadband internet a public utility instead of a private luxury. And legalization of marijuana. He thought this week would be an auspicious time to lay out his marijuana legalization plank... The 'Green Wave' -- a movement for federal legalization of marijuana is an Idea Whose Time Has Come!

He's pointing out that marijuana's illegal status has caused more harm to American society than its side effects.

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Open Thread - Steps Down From An Ambulance Chaser

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 03:00:01 +0000


Open Thread below...

Four Gunned Down At Tennessee Waffle House By Man Armed With An 'Assault Style Rifle'

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 19:01:00 +0000


Another day, another mass shooting in America. This time, it happened at a Waffle House in Nashville, Tennessee. The shooter has been identified as a White man named Travis Reinking, age 29. He was wearing nothing but a green jacket with an AR-15 and started shooting in the parking lot, killing two and then walked into the restaurant, killing two more and injuring several others.

Police put out an APB report shortly after he went on the run:

"Keep your doors locked, keep your eyes open. If you see this individual -- if you see a nude guy walking around this morning -- call the police department immediately."

Apparently, he "shed" his coat and was presumed to be semi nude.

Kellyanne Conway: ‘Comey Has Some Kind Of Weird Problem With Powerful African American Women’

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 18:00:01 +0000


Queen of “alternative facts” Kellyanne Conway came up with another whopper Friday night, this one designed to be a gotcha about James Comey’s supposed bigotry. Maybe her microwave wasn’t watching but the Fox camera was!

Apparently, Conway thinks that if she accuses Comey of racism, people will somehow forget that she serves as adviser to the bigot in chief, Donald Trump. Maybe she also figured we’d forget that his firing of Comey smacked so much of obstruction of justice that it led to the appointment of a special counsel in the Russia probe.

On Watters World tonight, Conway delighted host and informal Trump adviser Jesse Watters when she said, “Jim Comey has some kind of weird problem with powerful African American women. He goes after Condoleezza Rice and he goes after Loretta Lynch.”

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Brian Stelter Says Trump's Lies 'Disrespect' His Base

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 17:36:00 +0000

It's just adorable how Brian Stelter assumes Donald Trump's base uses sound judgment or critical thinking skills to evaluate Donald Trump's tweets. Geesh!

BRIAN STELTER: But first today, slippery slime-ball liars and third-rate reporter flunkies. Is there no end to the commander in chief's name-calling? President Trump is putting the bully in bully pulpit. He's on the attack this weekend, seemingly supporting calls for a Justice Department probe into his opponent, but of all the tweets, I want to hone in on just one of the many attacks.

This is his bald-faced lie about New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman. Trump lashed out after reading this story in the paper by Haberman and two other reporters.

It says that personal lawyer Michael Cohen could flip. Now, Trump took exception to some of the quotes in the story. The quotes saying that he treated Cohen like garbage. So I guess now he's treating Haberman like garbage. He's calling her a third-rate reporter and a crooked Hillary flunkie, who I don't speak to and have nothing to do with.

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Chuck Todd Clutches Pearls Over Democratic Lawsuit

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 16:40:00 +0000

The mainstream media has two common themes when discussing politics: When Republicans do something awful, it's "great news for John McCain"; and when Democrats punch back, inevitably the framing is "Democrats in disarray!" "Wasting money!" and "They can't win this.""

So now that the Democratic Party is suing the Trump campaign, Wikileaks and Russia, based on the THEFT of the Clinton campaign emails and the COLLUSION to get those emails into the hands of the Trump campaign, it's time for Chuck Todd to worry aloud that this is a fool's errand.

TRANSCRIPT via NBC h/t Heather:

CHUCK TODD: Welcome back, the 2016 presidential campaign never ends, does it? It won't. Well, in 2050 we'll be arguing about it. But on Friday, the Democratic National Committees filed a lawsuit against the Trump campaign, the Russian government and WikiLeaks alleging that they engaged in a conspiracy to sabotage Hillary Clinton and help Donald Trump become president. Joining me now to discuss this development is the Chair of the DNC, Tom Perez. Mr. Chairman, welcome back to the show.

DNC CHAIR TOM PEREZ: Always a pleasure to be back with you, Chuck.

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French President Mocks Trump Over Putin: 'When You Are Weak, [Putin] Uses It'

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 16:27:00 +0000

French president Emmanuel Macron took a veiled shot at Donald Trump for looking weak against Vladimir Putin and his refusal to criticize the Russian leader on Fox News Sunday.

Host Chris Wallace interviewed President Macron and during the lightning round, asked him what he thought of the Russian president.

Macron didn't stick his head in the sand as Trump has done over and over again about Russia's interference in the world's election processes.

Wallace asked, "During President Putin's visit here to France, you called him out on Russian interference in your election. What do you think of Vladimir Putin?"

Macron's English is pretty good but some words are hard to make out properly. He was able to strike a chord of respect for another country's leader, but also didn't mince words when it came to criticizing him. Something Trump can almost never do.

Macron said, "He wants a great Russia, his people are proud with his policy."

He continued, "But don't be naive. He's obsessed by interfering in our democracies. That's why I do believe that we should never be weak with President Putin. When you are weak, he uses it and it's fine, that's a game. He made a lot of fake news. He has a very strong propaganda and interferes everywhere around Europe and the U.S. to fragilize [sic] our democracies because he thinks it's good for his country."

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Scott Pruitt's Landlord Lobbied Scott Pruitt

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 16:00:01 +0000


Michael Bloomberg on Scott Pruitt's performance at the EPA

I'm telling you, it's difficult to rise to the top of corrupt and unethical behavior in the Trump administration, but somehow, Scott Pruitt manages to rise to the top again and again.

It's not bad enough that Scott Pruitt got a one-in-a-million deal for his DC residence, renting out a room for the bargain price of $50/night only on the nights he was there. It's not bad enough that even at those rates, Pruitt was a lousy tenant in arrears and had to be kicked out and the locks changed. It's not bad enough that the apartment belonged to a lobbyist who would conceivably be lobbying Pruitt, setting up a clear ethical conflict of interest.

No, Scott Pruitt had to make it even worse. Despite assuring everyone that there would be no direct influence by the lobbyist allowed, it turns out that Pruitt is about as honest as his boss.

The prominent lobbyist whose wife rented a condominium to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt lobbied the agency while Pruitt was leading it, contrary to his and Pruitt’s public denials that he had any business before the agency, according to a Friday filing by his firm.

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