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Posted in: Early divisions as Congress weighs next help for economy See in context

additional funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps, as well as emissions restrictions on airlines and pension protections,

I agree with you that this is not the best time to be putting emissions restrictions on airlines. And you would probably agree with me that now is not the best time to include a provision fast-tracking FDA approval of innovative sunscreens produced in Mitch McConnell's home state of Kentucky.

As for SNAP and pension protections, they are necessary. People have to eat, and some people can't afford to.

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Posted in: Early divisions as Congress weighs next help for economy See in context

ballot by mail elections

Republicans don't like this because the GOP can only stay in power through disenfranchisement.

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Posted in: U.S. agency includes gun sellers as critical infrastructure during coronavirus emergency See in context

People are starving, hungry, have children a lot can change with a blink of an eye, then you might be rethinking and revisiting the gun idea.

Almost no other countries in the developed world get this ‘gun idea’. They get through disasters without shooting each other. This gun idea is just plain stupid.

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Posted in: Toshiaki Karasawa to play Jack Bauer in Japanese '24' reboot See in context

usual bad acting

There are plenty of good actors in Japan. What sinks these things is more often a culture among producers, production companies, and network executives that encourages tired old formulas, tropes, cliches, etc.

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Posted in: Trump nixes quarantine idea for NY, NJ and Connecticut See in context

its not a liberal/conservative thing, its a problem with Trump personally being unfit for the job he now has.

Hear, hear!

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Posted in: Trump nixes quarantine idea for NY, NJ and Connecticut See in context

Trump made clear he wanted governors to be grateful when asking for federal support 

Trump also wants his signature on all the stimulus checks going out to households across the country. Such checks are usually signed by a civil servant, and the money has been allocated by Congress, not the president. Egotistical jerk.

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Posted in: Meghan to narrate Disney nature film in first post-royal job See in context

Quits the royal family and then makes big money off her fame as a former princess. A new postmodern twist on the Cinderella story.

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Posted in: Youth commits suicide in Tokyo Juvenile Classification Home See in context

Very sad.

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Posted in: Senate passes $2.2 trillion virus rescue package See in context

$35 million to the Kennedy Center

Do you know who supports this funding? Donald J. Trump.

radical liberal pork

So your man Trump is a radical liberal. (And BTW, Melania is on the board of trustees for the Kennedy Center.)

Same-day voter registration

Online voter registration

When people can't go out or congregate, people can't go to vote or go register to vote. Voting is an essential component of a functioning democracy. It's one of the things that separates the United States from countries like North Korea. But I forgot: one of the main goals of the current GOP is voter suppression. It's the only way it can stay in power.

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Posted in: LDP lawmaker faces possible ouster from Diet as aides indicted See in context

It is regrettable that my actions may have caused misunderstanding. From now on I will do my utmost to regain the public's trust in politics.

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Posted in: Kiyoshi Hikawa records a winning rendition of 'Bohemian Rhapsody' See in context

I thought he was of Indian descent, although born in Zanzibar.

His ancestry was Parsi, Zoroastrians who were originally from Persia but ended up in India.

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Posted in: Daughter of former SMAP star Takuya Kimura becomes a model in Japan See in context

Wow. Offspring of rich and famous people becoming rich and famous because of their parents.

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Posted in: Trump says he intends to reopen country in weeks, not months See in context

undermining Trump's reelection message

Trump haters will have to understand that the CoronaVirus serves at the pleasure of this president.

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Posted in: House passes aid bill after Trump declares virus national emergency See in context

to make that front and center and the front page when this virus should be once again shows their true political agenda.

Trump’s words are not front and center. All of the news outlets I’ve seen have focused on the medical facts.

I think you’ve been watching too much Hannity.

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Posted in: House passes aid bill after Trump declares virus national emergency See in context

@bass

The relevant part of your link:

Multiple Democrats, including Bloomberg and Biden, have criticized Trump for getting rid of a pandemic response position on the National Security Council. The position was eliminated, although John Bolton, then-national security adviser, was the person directly responsible.

I said the Trump administration cut the position. Bolton was part of that administration. Trump is in charge of that administration. Am I correct?

You’d think a president would know what’s going on in his NSC.

Trump is unqualified for the job.

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Posted in: House passes aid bill after Trump declares virus national emergency See in context

listen to the experts.

Two years ago the Trump administration got rid of the global health security expert on the NSC and cut the pandemic response team that person was leading. When asked about it the other day, Trump said he didn’t know anything about it. The reporter asking about this was insulted by Trump before having her mic cut off.

Leadership!

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Posted in: Virus testing lag in U.S. is a 'failing,' health official says See in context

@bass

I don’t see a single loser Democrat proposing a better idea,

--House Democrats have proposed the following plan:

--Emergency paid sick days

--Emergency paid leave

--Expanding food security

--Free coronavirus testing

--Increasing the capacity of the US medical system and ensuring affordable treatment

All of these proposals are sensible and workable. Mitch McConnell however is dismissing these proposals as a liberal "ideological wish list".

Meanwhile, Trump's plan is:

--Closing down travel from the EU, but not the UK or Ireland because he likes their leaders

--A payroll tax cut (which even Republicans think is a dumb idea)

--More golf outings for himself

--Diss the media and praise himself

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Posted in: Sanders says he will remain in White House race despite more losses to Biden See in context

the Democrat Party 

the Democrat Party

the usual Democrat Party politics

a Democrat candidate

The Democrat Party

The Democratic Party, as if that needs pointing out.

Republicans have found their amusing little epithet endlessly gratifying since the 1940s.

A sign that one lacks substantive arguments.

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Posted in: Trump, GOP allies move quickly to discredit, attack Biden See in context

I wager that Trump will not dare to debate Biden. Trump is all hot air.

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Posted in: Trump, GOP allies move quickly to discredit, attack Biden See in context

fragile mental decline state

mental fallouts

Who are you to comment on Biden’s mental faculties?

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Posted in: Biden wins big Michigan in crushing blow to Sanders' White House bid See in context

as far as Trump addressing a voter to their face, he’s never done that.

Because he's a coward. He only attacks people on Twitter or if he's in front of an adoring MAGA mob at a rally.

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Posted in: Putin approves changes allowing him to stay in power until 2036 See in context

making sure his rival and supporter Oligarchs are happy

One of those people is Donald J. Trump.

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Posted in: Biden wins big Michigan in crushing blow to Sanders' White House bid See in context

-- this election is going to be a referendum on Trump

What?

Sorry, I forgot that you might not understand what 'referendum' means.

Biden is more of menace to the Democrats and to himself

OK, then. You agree that Trump is a menace to the planet but that Biden is a menace to himself and his party. I'll take the latter. How about you?

I hope JT isn't spending too much money on its one-trick pony.

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Posted in: Biden wins big Michigan in crushing blow to Sanders' White House bid See in context

Although Biden hasn't been my first choice among Democratic candidates, I'm glad he's beating Bernie. Biden has a much better chance at beating Trump than Bernie does.

Hate to say it, but this election is going to be a referendum on Trump, and I'll support anybody who will get Trump out of office. He's a menace to the country and to the world.

So, go Biden!

couldn’t believe he cursed out a supporter. 

Can't believe a Trump supporter is squeamish about foul language.

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Posted in: Led Zeppelin wins 'Stairway to Heaven' copyright case See in context

Funky Town is a ripoff of Sunshine of Your Love.

Owner of a Lonely Heart is a ripoff of Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies.

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Posted in: Twitter labels edited clip of Biden retweeted by Trump as manipulated media See in context

Trump has never been able to win without lying and cheating.

Time to hold this creep accountable for a lifetime of dirty deeds.

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Posted in: Tokyo 2020 'G-SATELLITE' carried to International Space Station See in context

payload comprises two of Japan’s most popular animated characters

I pray to God that my tax money is not being used to fund this crap.

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Posted in: Trump defiant as White House is rebuked for coronavirus 'mess' See in context

"People are surprised that I understand it. Every one of these doctors said: 'How do you know so much about this?' Maybe I have a natural ability. Maybe I should have done that instead of running for president."

--Donald J. Trump, President and Very Stable Genius

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Posted in: Trump to skip St Patrick's Day Hill luncheon, blames Pelosi See in context

Infantile behavior.

Do Trump cultists believe this man is a positive role model for young people?

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Posted in: Trump defiant as White House is rebuked for coronavirus 'mess' See in context

Bass says that we should listen to the experts and not listen to Trump because what he says about the virus is untrue. Bass also says that the media is unfairly beating on Trump because it reports the falsehoods he spews.

If Americans should tune out their national leader in times of crisis, why is this man president anyway?

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