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Posted in: Trump says he has 'absolute right' to declare emergency See in context

So why are less than 1/3 of states suing?

I don't know. What's the right answer?

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Posted in: Trump signs 'Space Force' directive See in context

Such forward thinking and innovative direction from our President.

Almost as forward thinking and innovative as the Trump Taj Mahal.

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Posted in: Trump signs 'Space Force' directive See in context

it must be vetted and approved by Congress. Lawmakers and defense officials have reacted with skepticism, wary of the cost and added bureaucracy.

Maybe Trump will declare another national emergency if he doesn't get his way.

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Posted in: Trump calls discussions about removing him 'treasonous' See in context

You wonder what happened to Lindsey Graham. In 2016 he called Trump a “kook,” a “jackass,” “a race-baiting bigot,” and “the most flawed nominee in the history of the Republican Party.” Then in 2018 Graham stated, “He’s not, in my view, a racist by any stretch of the imagination”.

In 2017 Graham said there would be "holy hell to pay" if Jeff Sessions were fired by Trump. When Sessions was fired, no such holy hell payment was demanded by Graham.

Now Graham is threatening to investigate a so-called "bureaucratic coup" against his dear leader.

This guy has no backbone.

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Posted in: Democratic presidential candidates introducing themselves to voters See in context

--BTW, about half of Republicans want Medicare for all.

Yes and all millennials believe the capitalist system is the best. Plastic, you funny.

No, you funny. I was citing a legitimate poll. You just blowing hot air like a typical Trumpster.

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Posted in: Democratic presidential candidates introducing themselves to voters See in context

--Still don't believe it?

No, it’s Reuter’s. Again, how many Republicans or independents, which region, how many Blacks or conservative Blacks or Latinos.

Again, ALL of that information and more is provided. Political affiliation, region, state, sex, income level, ethnicity . . .

Click the link and see for yourself. Or would you prefer to be thought of as intellectually lazy?

http://polling.reuters.com/#!response/TM1477Y18_1/type/smallest/dates/20180218-20190218/collapsed/true

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Posted in: Democratic presidential candidates introducing themselves to voters See in context

The problem with this argument is that the taxes were already paid on this money by the person who earned it.

The problem with your argument is that it ignores the economic and political structures that allow a small number of powerful and privileged people to accrue far more wealth than most others, which ends up having a detrimental effect on upward mobility and overall socioeconomic health. Having progressive codes does not "punish" the wealthy, it is simply a counterbalance to a rigged game.

The so-called "socialism" that the GOP is demonizing is actually supported by most Americans. Medicare has long been the most popular health insurance in America. People love it, and was originally intended to gradually cover everybody. It didn't work out that way because of persistent lobbying by the insurance industry.

The best system would be something like what exists in Canada, where everybody has Medicare, and you can get extra private coverage if you want it. Of course, there would need to be a hammering out of what constitutes "extra", but that would be a far more constructive debate than yammering on about the "socialism" bogeyman.

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Posted in: Democratic presidential candidates introducing themselves to voters See in context

One of the most liberal polls around. They never say, which demographics, men and women, which States and the income bracket breakdown. Reuters is so well known for this.

Actually, the Reuters poll gives detailed demographic information about the respondents: sex, age, region, state, political affiliation. You'll see there's nothing liberal about it. It's entirely balanced. Check it here:

http://polling.reuters.com/#!response/TM1477Y18_1/type/smallest/dates/20180218-20190218/collapsed/true

Still don't believe it?

BTW, about half of Republicans want Medicare for all.

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Posted in: Democratic presidential candidates introducing themselves to voters See in context

trying to turn the country into another Cuba

“Why do we tax labor at twice the rate of capital?"

“Under our current [unfair tax code], an American who works for a salary pays about twice the tax rate as someone who’s living off inherited money and doesn’t work at all. We tax capital at half of what we tax labor. It’s a sweet deal if you work in finance, as many of our rich people do.”

“I do not favor cutting tax rates for corporations”

”The biggest problem this country faces is income inequality”

—Tucker Carlson, socialist income redistributor and author of Ship of Fools

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Posted in: Democratic presidential candidates introducing themselves to voters See in context

No mention of Tulsi Gabbard? They must be afraid of something. Hmmmm....what could it be? It’s long ways till the election and the MSM has already discredited itself for anyone who can think for themselves

No mention in this particular article, but I have read about her. She is not totally ignored.

You do have a point, though. Unfortunately, news media focus on shiny objects. That's a side effect of the technological marketplace that makes people more and more stupid, like you said. It's what gave us Donald Trump.

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Posted in: Democratic presidential candidates introducing themselves to voters See in context

If I want unabashed non-stop humor about policy, I’ll watch AOC, Spliff, Warren and O’Rourke talk for 5 min. Lol

Well, OK. You first posted that you prefer entertainment over wonky policy talk. Now you post that your enemies "the left" are better at entertainment. What's your point?

Just remember, authoritarian regimes prey on people like you who jettison thoughtful discourse for entertainment and easy punch lines, who think a rally is preferable to a debate, and who think calling members of congress names like "Spliff" is clever amusement.

Read some Adorno, or Arendt. Or any book at all.

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Posted in: Democratic presidential candidates introducing themselves to voters See in context

Trump will destroy her in the first debate, she won't even show up for a second one.

I'll hold you to those words.

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Posted in: Democratic presidential candidates introducing themselves to voters See in context

get the rallies, get the people going, get the people out to vote and let the boring politicians talk and talk and talk....

So for you, entertainment (if you can call Trump entertaining) is more important than facts, policy, or debate.

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Posted in: Trump's choice for U.N. ambassador withdraws See in context

Richard Grenell is a better choice anyway.

Der Spiegel wrote a profile of Grenell based on numerous interviews with German and American diplomats, politicians, officials, etc.

Almost all of these sources paint an unflattering portrait of the ambassador, one remarkably similar to Donald Trump, the man who sent him to Berlin. A majority of them describe Grenell as a vain, narcissistic person who dishes out aggressively, but can barely handle criticism.

Also, Grenell . . .

. . . knows little about Germany and Europe, that he ignores most of the dossiers his colleagues at the embassy write for him, and that his knowledge of the subject matter is superficial.

Sounds like an ideal choice for Trump and his MAGA Cultists.

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Posted in: College intern on first day among Illinois factory shooting victims See in context

*A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.*

I take it that the shooter was a member of a well regulated Militia and killed five people for the security of a free State.

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Posted in: Democratic presidential candidates introducing themselves to voters See in context

Harris/O'Rourke 2020!

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Posted in: Democratic presidential candidates introducing themselves to voters See in context

It'll be Harris. And it'll be fun to watch her shred Trump in a debate.

(However, it's possible that Trump will skip debates this time and focus solely on rallies. He's a coward. He needs a cheering crowd to affirm him.)

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Posted in: Trump declares emergency for border wall; House panel launches probe See in context

The bigger question is, do Democrats and liberals think that their socialists gods are fallible?

Cop out city.

Have fun trying to sort out your conflicting loyalties to psycho POTUS and psycho Ann Coulter, as well as the existential angst of being a Trump supporter. Let us know next week where you stand. I'm sure it'll be somewhere other than today.

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Posted in: Don’t forget to eat your special sports fish sausage if you’re exercising in Japan See in context

it’s a solid food that requires digestion

Warning: Supochikuwa is not a metaphor. It must be chewed and properly digested before any vigorous activity.

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Posted in: Trump declares emergency for border wall; House panel launches probe See in context

the President also called her essentially a whack job.

I agree with the president. Ann Coulter is essentially a whack job. That's why I've never been inclined to buy her books, unlike some people I know.

no one elected them to office, so it doesn’t matter. When they sit in the halls of Congress and have some legislative power, then their opinions matter to a certain degreee, 

You're right. That's why I never express my opinion in public, just like Ann Coulter and other 'journalists'.

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Posted in: Trump declares emergency for border wall; House panel launches probe See in context

It’s just hilarious when people like her spout off. But I get it, no one will book her, so....

So that's why you bought all her books.

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Posted in: Trump declares emergency for border wall; House panel launches probe See in context

so the woman you have hated all this time you now love because she's dissing Trump, lol

I still hate Coulter. She's despicable.

And I still hate Trump. He's despicable, and far more so.

The disintegration of Coulter and Trump's symbiotic media relationship highlights the fundamental hollow center of stupidity that defines the Trump presidency. A weird congregation of inflated and vacuous egos who happened to make it 'big' in the media because of America's appetite for the least nutritious fare as its cultural diet.

It's amazing that we've arrived at a point in history where we have to actually debate the virtue of a person like Donald Trump being POTUS.

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Posted in: Trump declares emergency for border wall; House panel launches probe See in context

Ann Coulter says:

"the goal of a national emergency is for Trump to scam the stupidest people in his base for 2 more years,"

Oh my . . . She must be a socialist, lol HAR

Trumpworld is starting to unravel, just like Animal Farm.

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Posted in: Trump declares emergency for border wall; House panel launches probe See in context

their socialists masters

Like who?

Take your pick. Pretty much all of them...

Getting yourself off the hook again. I can understand how Trump supporters have no qualms about their dear leader's lack of respect for logical or honest discourse. They have very little themselves.

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Posted in: Employee being fired fatally shoots 5 co-workers, wounds 5 police at Illinois plant See in context

I don’t care about other countries, I care about the US, most countries don’t have a 2nd amendment either like we do, thank God!

Yeah, thank God the United States has a massive rate of gun deaths. Imagine how miserable it must be for those countries living without that.

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Posted in: Trump declares emergency for border wall; House panel launches probe See in context

their socialists masters

Like who?

Trump haters

Trump is a despicable person. I don't blame anyone for hating him. He deserves it.

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Posted in: Trump declares emergency for border wall; House panel launches probe See in context

These justices will rule according to the Constitution.

We'll see about that.

Remember that the constitution allows the president to declare a national emergency, but he/she must provide reasonable cause and then give justification for renewing the emergency declaration every year thereafter. There are two problems already. First, the fact that illegal border crossings are at a historic low (despite Trump's baseless assertion to the contrary) does not serve as sufficient rationale to declare a national emergency. Second, Trump's public comment that "I didn't need to do this, but I'd rather do it much faster." blows a pretty big hole in his argument.

It's such a no-brainer. I'd say that if any of the conservatives on the SC ignore these points, they are obviously not ruling according to the constitution, that they are partisan hacks for the GOP, and that America is permanently screwed.

I'm pretty sure how Alito, Thomas, Gorsuch, and Kavanaugh will rule. Roberts may still have a shred of integrity.

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Posted in: Trump declares emergency for border wall; House panel launches probe See in context

Dems would try to block funding because they want the border open.

You still running with that falsehood? Since when did conservatives love wasting money on vanity projects?

dems couldn’t even wait until Monday to open an investigation.

Trump has declared an emergency for a non-emergency situation. The Democratic Party has responded appropriately as a legislative body with oversight on the president's abuse of power. That's the true emergency here.

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Posted in: Employee being fired fatally shoots 5 co-workers, wounds 5 police at Illinois plant See in context

Trump tweeted his thanks to law enforcement officers in Aurora and offered his condolences to the victims and their families. "America is with you," he said.

Thoughts and prayers. Gun deaths are clearly not a national emergency. Let's move on and get working on Trump's vanity wall project instead. Then we can rest easy again.

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Posted in: Trump declares emergency for border wall; House panel launches probe See in context

 take the battle to the Supreme Court where he wins

You're admitting that Thomas, Alito, Roberts, Gorsuch, and Kavanaugh are not mere conservatives, but they are partisan hacks who will rule according to Trump's wishes.

So much for justice, and so much for an independent judiciary.

Trump is a wannabe dictator and his followers have no problem with that.

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