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Posted in: U.S. President Joe Biden is caught between two political parties that appear to be in no mood for compromise. Do you think he can unify the country over the next few years? See in context

Our core fundamentals are under siege

As was witnessed when Trump's lies-fed mobs encouraged by Trump's fellow insurrectionist Republicans - 'young' Republicans like Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley - violently attacked the capitol building in their failed attempts to overthrow the republic.

No doubt the Trump Republicans will continue to do whatever they can using BIG LIES to continue their assaults on democracy. Republicans like Cruz and Hawley PERSIST in claiming Trump lost UNfairly. Big lies have been a key tactic used by the far right since the 1930s.

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Posted in: U.S. President Joe Biden is caught between two political parties that appear to be in no mood for compromise. Do you think he can unify the country over the next few years? See in context

 two political parties that appear to be in no mood for compromise. 

Trump is threatening to start his own political party. To keep Trump from doing so the GOP probably will again obey Trump and allow him to control the Republican Party.

The GOP can't afford to lose Trump's base: it's currently the minority party. That it recognizes its minority status is one more reason the R's want to restrict voting and undermine faith in elections.

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Posted in: U.S. President Joe Biden is caught between two political parties that appear to be in no mood for compromise. Do you think he can unify the country over the next few years? See in context

If 'compromise' would include meeting the demands of Trump's violent, extreme right wing mobs that want to destroy the democratic elements of the republic half way, then NO.

If ‘compromise’ would include giving up any civil rights and returning to some variation of separate but equal, then NO. 

Trumpism and all other radical right wing movements must be resisted. The far right have always been part of American politics. 

Trump and his fellow Republicans have undermined trust in elections and voting.

If the US - including both major parties - can restore faith in the republic's democratic features, the far right can be better checked and the majority of the country can move on. 

Until then, NO COMPROMISE WITH VIOLENT RIGHT WING THUGGERY.

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Posted in: Protest caravans in Brazil demand Bolsonaro ouster over pandemic See in context

Respect to all Brazilians protesting against Bolsonaro's far right authoritarian regime and its failures dealing with the pandemic.

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Posted in: Protests against Israeli PM Netanyahu continue nationwide See in context

Respect to all Israelis protesting against Netanyahu's corruption.

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Posted in: Democrats make federal election standards a top priority See in context

need for federal election standards and other reforms to shore up the foundations of American democracy

Indeed voting and elections are cornerstone to democracy.

The attempts by Trump and his fellow Republicans to undermine voting and elections have weakened many American's faith in them. That faith needs to be restored.

Trump, his fellow Republicans and other extreme right winger's failed, deadly coup shows what happens when voting and elections are disregarded.

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Posted in: Russian police arrest more than 3,000 at protests demanding Navalny's release See in context

Respect to all Russians willing to risk all while protesting against their nation's far right brand of authoritarianism.

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Posted in: Trump impeachment trial to begin week of Feb 8 See in context

trump will not go behind bars

I agree. He might have to pay some fines, not much more. He's too 'big' and too well connected to get much more than a wrist-slap. If he does get fined, he'll use that in another appeal to his base claiming he like them has been victimized by the system. Again they'll believe him and send him more money.

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Posted in: Trump impeachment trial to begin week of Feb 8 See in context

A handful of Senate Republicans have indicated they are open — but not committed — to conviction. But most have come to Trump's defense

As Lindsey Graham (a new leader of the Republican 'intentional misinformation spreaders' and flip-floppers) said Trump remains the face of the Republican Party.

Graham is one of the Qanon backed, global far rightists pushing the choice between maintaining the republic or replacing it with Trumpism.

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Posted in: Biden pushes to get food, cash to crisis-hit Americans See in context

With unemployment jumping by another 1.3 million applications last week

Millions of Americans who've been severely hurt by the failures of Biden's predecessor to deal effectively with the pandemic need all the help they can get.

Now.

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Posted in: Biden orders review of domestic violent extremism threat See in context

study the threat of domestic violent extremism

It's only the Republicans wanting to keep far right extremists under their umbrella that continue to deny white supremacists and other far right, heavily armed 'militias' are the greatest threat to Americans and the democratic principles of the republic. No wonder 'foreign' states have their keyboard armies supporting the 'Americans' who want to overthrow the US government.

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Posted in: Texas sues Biden administration over halt to deportations See in context

Texas needs to secede from the union. Many Texans have long wanted that, wanted their own Republic of Texas. The most worrying thing about Texas going its own way would be losing federally backed protections for birds at places like Big Bend.

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Posted in: Trump impeachment trial to begin week of Feb 8 See in context

Re-impeach Trump!

And if Trump and his fellow insurrectionist Republicans are shown by investigators to have had any role in inciting the violent mobs of ultra-right anti-democracy Trump backers who attacked the capitol, put them each on trial.

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Posted in: Kerry laments 'wasted years' in climate fight under Trump See in context

faster work to curb fossil fuel emissions.

This will upset Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Kuwait, Russia and its partner Iran, get them to pay more scientists and keyboard warriors to spread messages about the need to maintain the fossil era so the oil states and big global oil corporations can maintain their wealth and control.

No more wars for big oil!

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Posted in: McConnell seeks to push Trump impeachment trial to February See in context

Yeah, impeachment. Not like there is anything else going on that needs their undivided attention...

I'm only familiar, and vaguely so with what all elected US officials do. But in the bits I've followed over the years I've noticed the range of issues they have to deal with at pretty much the same time is extensive. In your country do politicians only handle a single issue at a time?

So yeah, impeachment, too.

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Posted in: Trump hires South Carolina lawyer Bowers for impeachment defense See in context

 unlikely to defend Trump, citing his participation in the same rally.

Hopefully Eastman and all others involved in the Trump rally will be investigated by Gen. Honore's group. If evidence shows they had roles in the rally and the deadly attack on the capital that followed, they should be tried.

All involved in the insurrection should be named and shamed - at minimum. Especially the powerful right wing Republicans backing it with words - and money.

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Posted in: McConnell seeks to push Trump impeachment trial to February See in context

arguing a full reckoning is necessary before the country — and the Congress — can move on.

The Republicans in the insurrectionist caucus need to go on record for all to see whether they support the country or Trump. It's a binary situation, after all.

If the Trump Republicans continue their approach to further divide the nation, it will be even more difficult for the country to move on.

Though the Trump backers remain a minority, as was seen on the deadly attack on the capitol they are viciously violent.

Vote out the Trump Republicans. Vote in pols willing to support the democratic principles the republic's built on, not those who want to undermine them.

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Posted in: Attorneys call for Giuliani to lose law license over false claims, mob incitement See in context

The letter to the disciplinary body cited Giuliani's false statements in court and in public about widespread voter fraud, as well as his call for “trial by combat."

Like in a gangster movie, Rudy Giuliani has acted as lawyer for the Trump syndicate. Hopefully he'll face a trial for his roles in instigating the deadly 'combat'.

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Posted in: Republicans grapple with post-Trump future See in context

Cruz acknowledged Biden's victory on Wednesday, but he refused to describe it as legitimate when pressed.

Cruz and others in the Republican insurrectionist caucus will continue their faction's efforts to further weaken the republic. They will continue Trump's attacks on elections and voting.

Hopefully Lt. Gen. (ret) Honore's task force investigating Trump's failed - and deadly - assault on the capitol will look into the roles played by Cruz, Hawley, Jordan, Gaetz and other anti-democracy Republican politicians in inciting Trump's mobs.

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Posted in: Biden lays out plans for COVID-19 testing, vaccinations and masks See in context

His predecessor Donald Trump left much of the planning to individual states, resulting in a patchwork of policies across the country.

Trump never had clue one how to manage. His highest priorities while in office were playing golf and padding his bank accounts. His failures have left more than 400,000 Americans dead, millions sickened, and an economy in shambles. Trump and his Republicans have handed Biden huge problems, some of which may never be solved.

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Posted in: China imposes sanctions on 28 Trump-era officials including Pompeo See in context

It will be interesting to see what the CCP rulers who have business ties with Trump, Ivanka and Jared do going forward, and whether the Trump brand is so badly tarnished that it becomes even weaker.

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Posted in: With passion and fashion, Lady Gaga delivers powerful anthem See in context

The anthem is much too martial for me. She also over-tarted it for my taste, but still, what a voice!

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Posted in: 'We must end this uncivil war,' Biden says, taking over a U.S. in crisis See in context

Still waiting for someone to tell me how Biden will be good for Japan.

On that off topic note, I'm still waiting for a Trump supporter to say Trump's deadly and fortunately failed coup was flat out, 100% wrong. Without following it with some form of whatabout.

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Posted in: 'We must end this uncivil war,' Biden says, taking over a U.S. in crisis See in context

You wouldn’t have given Biden the time of day a year ago. Now you have to pretend you like him and celebrate him.

Count me in on that. Biden is far too centrist for me.

But when the choice was between a centrist and an ultra right authoritarian wannabe who was damaging the US and undermining democratic principles around the globe, I voted against Trump. Still, I wish Biden and team best of luck. Undoing the damage Trump has done requires a Herculean effort.

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Posted in: Democrats gain Senate control as new members take oath See in context

McConnell made a break with Trump, blaming the defeated president for having “provoked” the mob.

McConnell's a shape shifter. He needs to look at the roles his fellow Republican Senators Cruz and Hawley played in provoking Trump's mob.

He also needs to look at the roles his fellow Republican senators like L. Graham have played in enabling Trump and his followers.

McConnell needs to show he cares more about the country than he does about maintaining the wealth and power of the Republican Party. And his own bank account.

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Posted in: Biden's inauguration goes off with no security issues See in context

Biden's inauguration goes off with no security issues

Hats off to the security forces. But what a sad way to move away from the Trump era. Trump and his followers have been the worst enemies the republic has seen in decades.

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Posted in: 'We will be back in some form,' Trump vows at end of tumultuous presidency See in context

"He is going to be an asterisk president, a one-termer who did more damage than good,"

Nutshell. And it could be some of that damage cannot be repaired. The divisions along all sorts of social and economic lines have been there since Europeans first stepped on what became the US, but Trump has widened them further. That some Trump followers LOL and har har at the problems Trump's leaving behind says they'll continue supporting his divisive tactics.

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Posted in: 'We must end this uncivil war,' Biden says, taking over a U.S. in crisis See in context

housands of good paying jobs in Canada

Long passed time to move away from the fossil era. That pipeline is already a relic.

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Posted in: 'We must end this uncivil war,' Biden says, taking over a U.S. in crisis See in context

 Capitol siege when Trump backers breached the building, 

Trump's extreme right wing ultra nationalists and other white supremacists remain the greatest obstacle to unity and the greatest threat to American security.

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Posted in: Trump pardons former top strategist Bannon See in context

It will be interesting to see whether Lt. Gen. (ret.) Honore finds Bannon played a role in the Jan 6 Trump rally and its following deadly attack. Trump has reportedly pardoned a couple African American rappers, including Lil Wayne, who endorsed him during the election, and Kodiak Black.

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