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  • Jul 18, 2020 09:23 AM
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    What a profound tribute by President Obama.

    Congressman Lewis devoted his entire life fighting for civil and human rights. He was born the son of sharecroppers, stood alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. countless times, and carried on the torch after King's assassination. He was beaten, bloodied, harassed, tormented, and arrested countless times, but never, ever stopped fighting for what was right.

    He was a towering figure in the House of Representatives and that body now has a gaping hole in it. It's a sad, sad day.

  • Feb 26, 2019 10:55 AM
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    Dutch Wrote: But yeah, the Dem's are sound asleep or in hibernation through the whole summer.

    What exactly do you wish "the Dem's" would do?

    We have one President at a time and, as we are now painfully aware, the President of the United States has a LOT of power with very little other than norms to check them.

    Past Presidents (outside of Nixon) respected these norms, but there's nothing other than shame (which Donald obviously does not have) from stopping them from doing pretty much whatever they want. Remember how Congressional Republicans handled an impeachment where they gave their Dear Leader the green light to solicit the help of a foreign government to investigate his political rivals in order to help him win an election? The Dem's certainly weren't "sound asleep" then, but what good did impeachment do other than teach Donald that he is above the law?

    When it comes to William Barr, he is a proponent of "the unitary executive," which is a legal theory that basically claims that the President is the Executive Branch, so whatever he wants to do is perfectly legal unless there's a law that explicitly says otherwise. So no one should be surprised that Barr is basically doing everything in his power (which are VAST) to enable Donald. For him it has nothing to do with Donald and everything to do with his far-right view of the Executive Branch's powers.

    That's why elections matter. Hopefully the Bernie or busters from 2016 understand that this time around.

  • Jun 14, 2020 07:14 PM
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    I think she's eminently qualified to be Vice President and have zero doubt about her ability to lead our country if, heaven forbid, something happened to Biden.

    My only concern about her is that Republicans will inevitably resurrect the long national nightmare of Benghazigate and her "involvement" in that godforsaken Republican conspiracy.

    Republicans have this uncanny ability to change the conversation and turn liberals against each other. Donald has spent the past four years shitting all over our Constitutional norms, but...you know...Benghazi!

  • Jun 09, 2020 12:00 PM
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    We've certainly had peaks and valleys throughout the past number of years on this site.

    Moderators have been working on a number of other projects that have consumed most of our time, which has undoubtedly led to us having less time to manage and update other sites. We really hope to ramp up our work on Democratic Hub in the months leading up to the November election, so hang tight.

  • Jun 01, 2020 01:55 PM
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    Donald finally got the wall he has always wanted. Too bad it's around the Peoples House.
  • Jan 26, 2020 12:43 AM
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    Dutch Wrote: Jared, In Vegas they want to reopen the "strip" as soon as possible since lots of people there depend on it. Vegas has very few people who died from the virus. However is "gambling" an"essential" service? I think a lot of "gamblers" are ready to kill themselves anyway, if they loose lots of money. Is it an crazy world out there or not?

    Mayor Goodman can talk about opening Vegas back up all she wants, but the reality is she can't do much if Governor Steve Sisolak doesn't agree to lift his stay-at-home order.

  • Apr 22, 2020 10:28 AM
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    The NAVY has already said it's interpreting Donald's childish bullying as Donald just being Donald and not as a direct order for them to destroy Iranian military targets.

    Trump Says He Told Navy to ‘Shoot Down’ Iranian Boats, as Tehran Launches Military Satellite

    “The president issued an important warning to the Iranians, what he was emphasizing is that all of our ships retain the right of self-defense. The president is describing and responding to poor behavior of the Iranians.”

    - Deputy Defense Secretary David L. Norquist

  • Jan 26, 2020 12:43 AM
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    Schmidt Wrote:

    Certainly it must be on the minds of some...those lacking empathy. The fact is that the more the weak and elderly die off sooner, the less burden on society they are. Their long term health care needs consume tax dollars.

    It's all about the money...for many Republicans. That's what they won't talk about. No one will talk about it. Survival of the fittest.

    The sad irony of their idiotic drive to reopen the economy no matter the human cost is that the people who stand to be affected the worst are Republican voters. If I were a Republican governor I'd be doing everything in my power to keep old people from leaving their homes right now because every trip out may be one less vote for them come November.

    I am in no way rooting for anyone to die, but it just seems ironic that Republicans, who tend to be older and, by extension, sicker than Democrats and Independents, stand the most to lose by "reopening America" right now.

  • Apr 20, 2020 08:30 AM
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    Dockadams Wrote: The price of oil has slipped to this low rate, which probably has not been visited since the 1960's, why isn't gasoline 25 cents a gallon?
    A decent chunk of the cost of gasoline comes in the form of a gas tax levied on the consumer. There's a Federal gas tax of 18.4¢ per gallon and then each state has an additional state tax ranging from 14.66¢ to 61.20¢ per gallon on top of that. So even if we started giving away gas "for free" it would still cost 33.06¢ per gallon in Alaska and 79.6¢ per gallon in California.
  • Apr 14, 2020 01:15 PM
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    A UBI would certainly be more beneficial than "prosperity through employment" measures during a pandemic that has shut the entire country down. It's kinda hard to have economic prosperity when everyone is hunkering down at home. But why can't we have both in the long run?

    I think we have two monumental issues that we are dealing with at the same time here.

    One is "the machines are coming" whether we want to admit it or not. Actually, "the machines are already here" is probably a better way to look at it. Machines can do the work of 1,000 people in a fraction of the time. Machines don't take lunch breaks, weekends off, or vacation time. They don't get hurt on the job, can't sue for wrongful termination, or quit and move on to bigger and better things. Manufacturing is thriving in the United States. It's just being done by robots and not humans.

    The other is this pandemic has taught us that people already have jobs. Unfortunately those jobs are in the countless small businesses selling niche items, the restaurant and greater service industry selling us our favorite food and booze, and other "service" jobs that cater to peoples everyday whims. They are already employed and getting by in life in the best way they can.

    A UBI would certainly help those people a hell of a lot right now. As would a living wage, but that's an entirely different subject for when the pandemic is over and people can actually work again.