What is fascism? A Yale philosopher explains how it works - Vox
I think that’s right. Part of what fascist politics does is get people to disassociate from reality. You get them to sign on to this fantasy version of reality, usually a nationalist narrative about the decline of the country and the need for a strong leader to return it to greatness, and from then on their anchor isn’t the world around them — it’s the leader.
Mueller and his superposse just keep on coming - The Washington Post
As Mueller’s investigation advances, methodically and relentlessly, Trump is acting as rattled as Butch and Sundance — minus, of course, the charm, wit and good looks of Redford and Newman. Trump’s Twitter feed is a primal scream against the “Rigged Witch Hunt” and the “17 Angry Democrats.” On Tuesday, he even called the FBI a “cancer in our country.” He must be wondering “Who are those guys?” because none of his ploys are working.

As with Butch and Sundance, Trump’s end will be dramatic — but it is also looking increasingly likely.
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2 days ago
Some People Think Ted Cruz is a Jerk. Are There Enough to Make Him Lose to Beto O'Rourke?
The simple truth is now out there. Ted Cruz’s reelection as a Republican U.S. Senator is in trouble because a lot of people think he’s a jerk.
cruz  beto 
10 days ago
Trump economic boom? Give him credit for stimulus. - Vox
Rather than quibble about credit, what Democrats need to do is remember the lessons of the past the next time they get to govern. Republicans who complain about the deficit when the Democrats are in the White House aren’t yearning for a grand bargain, they just disagree with Democrats’ priorities.
trumpworld  wk86 
12 days ago
'Plaid shirt guy' dared to question Trump (opinion) - CNN
The idea that a United States citizen was thrown out of a rally that was headlined by the President, simply for not cheering fanatically enough, and was then held in custody by the Secret Service, should alarm anyone who cherishes freedom of expression. It conjures up rogue nations like North Korea, where political dissent is met with swift government action to silence it.
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13 days ago
Trevor Noah Nails Most Terrifying Thing About New York Times' Anti-Trump Op-Ed | HuffPost
“There’s a secret group of people within the White House actively working to curb President Trump, which is wild, because this means this whole time we’ve been dealing with the watered-down version of Trump,” Noah quipped.

“You’re telling me that this is the better version?” he added. “Like I thought this was the peak of crazy, this is Diet Trump? This is what you’re saying?”
trumpworld  wk85 
17 days ago
A New York Times Op-Ed Sparks a Crisis - The Atlantic
If the president’s closest advisers believe that he is morally and intellectually unfit for his high office, they have a duty to do their utmost to remove him from it, by the lawful means at hand. That duty may be risky to their careers in government or afterward. But on their first day at work, they swore an oath to defend the Constitution—and there were no “riskiness” exemptions in the text of that oath.
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17 days ago
The dilemma Woodward’s book raises about Trump - The Washington Post
Woodward’s book raises unavoidable, legitimate issues as to the president’s fitness to serve. (A responsible Congress would begin contacting people such as former national security adviser H.R. McMaster and former economic adviser Gary Cohn to determine the president’s capacity to function.) The president’s insistence all of this is made up simply doesn’t fly except with the most devoted cultists.

This is not a story of what Trump’s critics or neutral observers think of him. This is an account by those who know him best. It is they who believe he cannot be trusted to do his job. From the Post’s report: “The combination of [anecdotes] in one book is something we simply haven’t seen. It suggests a White House full of top aides who have almost no confidence in the man they’re serving and feel as if they are constantly averting calamity.”
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17 days ago
Why Trump is so frantic right now - The Washington Post
Trump has been able to get away with the political equivalent of murder largely because the Republican-led Congress protects him, refusing to do its constitutional duty. It won’t call him on his many lies; it won’t investigate his financial conflicts of interest; it won’t hold his Cabinet members accountable; and with the exception thus far of the Senate Intelligence Committee, it won’t even seriously investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election.
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18 days ago
Voters want a check on this lawless, raging president. This new poll confirms it. - The Washington Post
In so doing, Trump inadvertently crystallized the argument for a Democratic-led House: He flatly and openly stated that the rule of law should not apply to Republican members of Congress, particularly his own supporters, because applying the law to them makes a Democratic takeover of the House (which means real accountability for Trump as well) more likely.
trumpworld  wk85  post 
18 days ago
Trump’s fuming at Sessions is fuming at lower-case-J justice - The Washington Post
Trump doesn’t want blind justice, meted out objectively. As his tweets suggest, he wants to wield the power of the Justice Department in ways that serve himself, something the system is largely built to prevent.
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18 days ago
The GOP’s contempt for democracy is on full display at Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing - The Washington Post
But they’ll carry it out anyway, for a simple reason: because they can. As I have explained before, we are living in an age of minority rule, in which the system allows the Republican Party to control the presidency, the House and Senate even at times when it has won fewer votes for all three. Despite the fact that Democrats have won the popular vote in six of the past seven presidential elections, five of the nine seats on the Supreme Court will have been filled by Republican presidents. And in Kavanaugh’s case, a justice appointed by a president who got fewer votes than his opponent will be confirmed by a group of Republicans who hold a slim majority despite the fact that in elections for the current Senate, 15 million more votes were cast for Democrats than for Republicans.
There is one final reason Democrats have every right to be outraged that Republicans are trying to sail Kavanaugh’s nomination through with the smallest amount of scrutiny possible. The only reason he will be able to move the court so dramatically to the right if he is confirmed is that Senate Republicans stole a Supreme Court seat, refusing to allow Judge Merrick Garland to even get a hearing, let alone a vote, when he was nominated by President Barack Obama to fill a vacancy in 2016.
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18 days ago
Jim Carrey's (Reluctant) Return to Hollywood | Hollywood Reporter
His social media output now is almost exclusively made up of his political art, though 
he doesn't have access to his own account and he has at least three people ("just pals," he says) sign off on every post. "When you're in my position, I think it's a really smart thing to have a buffer," he tells me. 
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19 days ago
Owner agrees to speed up construction on house that's taken 11 years so far - Palo Alto Daily Post
Randy Feriante, the owner of the house at 1693 Mariposa Ave., signed an agreement on Thursday (Aug. 30) promising to finish construction by July 31, 2019 to avoid $79,600 in fines.
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