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Trumka sells out

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TPP: 13 Democratic Senators Invite Republicans to Make Them Laughing Stocks and More Serious Matters

The cloture vote in the Senate is now done, making the TPA vote itself a mere formality. The vote was 60 – 37 in favor of cloture with 13 of the 14 original Democratic defectors (Ben Cardin was the exception) sticking with the multinational corporations, the President, and all but five of the Republicans in supporting cloture. Supporters of cloture celebrated the bipartisan nature of the vote, as if Americans who lose their jobs and their sovereignty as a consequence of it, and the things it enables, will look more favorably on what they did because both major parties did it. Read more about TPP: 13 Democratic Senators Invite Republicans to Make Them Laughing Stocks and More Serious Matters

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Kristin Beck for Congress

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Alan Grayson and Florida pollitics

Why liberals, conservatives find common ground on an Alan Grayson Senate run

Here’s one for the Strange Bedfellows file: The Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida and the conservative Club For Growth are both encouraging liberal firebrand Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Orlando, to run for Senate in 2016.

In the garden: Pollinators at last!

At least pollinators that are slow-moving enough for me to capture them.

Sadly, the bumble bee is in shadow. I'll have to work on that! But at least they exist! Here's another:

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The kleptocracy is getting nervous

Poll: Most Americans unwilling to vote for a socialist

Just 47 percent of Americans would vote for a socialist if their party nominated one, while 50 percent said they would not, while 58 percent said they would have no problem voting for an atheist in their party

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How America became radicalized

I think we first became aware that something was horribly wrong with our country during the great penis hunt. People were appalled by the Kenneth Starr's abuse of power. After the Monica Lewinsky story broke Clinton's numbers went up to 71% percent approval rating. Trent Lott joked that just a few more scandals and it would be 100% approval. Somehow the significance of that was lost on the Read more about How America became radicalized

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TPP: Will Voters Re-elect Laughing Stocks to the Senate?

Let's review the devious process for passing the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill devised by the Republicans I outlined in my last post. It has the following steps:

– Step one: the House passes a TPA bill without passing Trade Adjustments Assistance (TAA); then

– Step two: the Republicans in the Senate give assurances to Senate Democrats that TAA will be passed by the Senate and later the House;

– Step three: the Senate then passes the House's TPA bill, and then sends it to the President; then Read more about TPP: Will Voters Re-elect Laughing Stocks to the Senate?

#BlackLivesMatter sprayed on Confederate statue in Charleston

Post and Courier:

A statue near The Battery memorializing Confederate defenders was found vandalized Sunday with the message “Black lives matter.”

Charleston County Consolidated Dispatch received a call just after 12:30 p.m. informing them of the spray-painted damage to the allegorical monument, “To the Confederate Defenders of Charleston — Fort Sumter,” placed by The United Daughters of the Confederacy.

Fun with the Sunlight Foundation API

Here's a chart of who uses the word "socialism" in Congress:

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Sam Seder explains why Donald Trump actually matters

Don't Be Fooled: Republicans Fear Donald Trump
Brilliant analysis of what Donald Trump is likely to say in the first debate. Read more about Sam Seder explains why Donald Trump actually matters

Skepticism on Dylann Roof's "manifesto" and website

I saw the story of Dylann Roof's website break on my Twitter feed this morning, and in a just a few hours it's in the New York Times. The site contains images of Roof, as well as a manifesto in text. Here's the text (icky). Here's an image (icky): Read more about Skepticism on Dylann Roof's "manifesto" and website


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