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Still Planning to Vote Republican?

I'm sure all rethug friends and family should see this.

Posted by babylonsister | Thu Oct 13, 2022, 09:56 AM (12 replies)

John Fetterman Raises Over $1 Million Since NBC Interview


John Fetterman Raises Over $1 Million Since NBC Interview
Ellie Quinlan Houghtaling
Breaking News Intern
Updated Oct. 12, 2022 10:06PM ET /
Published Oct. 12, 2022 10:02PM ET

Democratic Senate nominee John Fetterman has raised more than $1 million since Tuesday, his campaign announced, since NBC aired an explosive interview with the recovering candidate. Fetterman used a closed captioning device for assistance after suffering a near-fatal stroke in May. His campaign hasn’t raised money so quickly since Dr. Oz’s crudité gaffe, in which his opponent feigned relatability by price-checking ingredients for the appetizer at a misidentified grocery store. While the interview itself faced a frenzy of backlash for using ableist rhetoric against the Democratic candidate, a follow-up comment made by the NBC reporter has since become GOP fodder for right-wing supporters attempting to discredit the nominee in the contentious race. “In small talk before my interview [with Fetterman], it wasn’t clear he understood what I was saying,” NBC News correspondent Dasha Burns said of Fetterman, though other journalists have attempted to dismiss the allegation. “This is just nonsense,” tweeted Kara Swisher, a reporter who recently interviewed Fetterman for her podcast, and herself suffered a stroke in 2011. Addressing the criticism during a Facebook Live interview with PennLive, Fetterman said: “I always have been very honest about saying, ‘I need captioning.’ I know that you are speaking and sometimes I will hear it, but if I am being asked a very specific kind of question, I need to know exactly what that is. If someone wants to hold that against me, they might regret that, but the truth is that half of Americans that watch TV use captions, too.”

Posted by babylonsister | Wed Oct 12, 2022, 10:54 PM (3 replies)

Joe Biden To Create His First National Monument

Joe Biden To Create His First National Monument
The administration is creating Camp Hale-Continental Divide National Monument and moving to ban new mining across 225,000 federal acres in Colorado.
By Roque Planas and Chris D'Angelo
Oct 12, 2022, 05:00 AM EDT

President Joe Biden will travel to Colorado on Wednesday to designate Camp Hale, a World War II-era military training site, and the nearby Tenmile Range as America’s newest national monument, bringing more than 50,000 federal acres under a new set of protections that will bar new mining, drilling and other development.

Located in central Colorado, Camp Hale is where the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division trained soldiers to ski and rock climb in preparation for deployment to Italy during World War II. The Army shuttered the site in 1965, and it has become a destination for hikers and campers as part of the White River National Forest.

Tenmile Range, which runs north to south between the resort towns of Breckenridge and Copper Mountain, is home to more than a dozen high-elevation peaks that served as a training ground for the 10th Mountain Division.


The Biden administration will additionally take the first step on Wednesday toward establishing a 20-year ban on all new drilling and mining activity across an additional 225,000 acres in Thompson Divide, also located in the White River National Forest.


Posted by babylonsister | Wed Oct 12, 2022, 09:52 AM (10 replies)

Biden just made Obamacare better


Biden just made Obamacare better
Joan McCarter
Daily Kos Staff
Tuesday October 11, 2022 · 6:42 PM EDT
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He said he was going to do it, and he did it. President Joe Biden just made the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that much better, that much more affordable for more than 5.1 million people, about 2.8 million of them children who have been priced out. As of next year, the ‘family glitch’ is history, a fix more than eight years in the making.

When lawmakers were writing the law, they found what they thought might be a relatively harmless saving: people who had access to health care through their jobs that was too expensive could get subsidies to help pay for ACA coverage—but only for themselves, and not their families. That cut millions of family members out of affordable coverage. Employers are generally pretty generous when it comes to providing coverage for individuals, paying about 83% of the cost of insurance for them. But on average, they only pick up 73% of the cost for families. What could cost an individual $7,470 out of pocket annually could cost $21,342 for the average family, and the ACA couldn’t help.

That’s done now. The IRS has finalized the rule change to make sure that affordability—what percentage of the paycheck would have to go toward coverage—is based on family premiums as necessary. In 2022, the threshold for “affordability” of employer-sponsored coverage is 9.61% of household income; if insurance costs ate up more than that, then you would qualify for an individual subsidy under the ACA. It’s going to drop to 9.12% in 2023—and will apply to whole family coverage instead of individual.

This is why we have to keep electing Democrats, by the way. Because they still are working to make life better for as many people as they can. Do you what you can to help these races up and down the ballot across the country.

The White House, in announcing the intent of fix the glitch, estimated that about 200,000 currently uninsured people would gain coverage with the fix.

The IRS, in the final rule, was cautious in its estimates. It predicts anywhere from 600,000 to 2.3 million newly eligible people would enroll in new ACA coverage, and between 80,000 and 700,000 currently uninsured individuals could gain coverage, which is a pretty big variable. The White House’s decision to land in the low-middle range of that estimate was probably a good bet.

This is not sexy stuff. It’s wonky and boring and no one—no one!—likes to talk about health insurance. But it really, really matters to the millions of people who fell through that one specific crack, and it happened because Democrats really do still care about doing policy stuff that helps people.

It’s not universal coverage and not universal care, by any means, but it’s still good and still fulfilling President Joe Biden’s promise to make Obamacare better. Which is absolutely fine by Mr. Obama.

Posted by babylonsister | Wed Oct 12, 2022, 08:53 AM (37 replies)

Has he no shame?


I saw this ad yesterday and was disgusted at the lengths he went to to use her diagnosis to further his political cause. And her tears really seemed sincere.

In a new ad, Florida First Lady Casey DeSantis attempts to share a softer, rarely-seen side of Ron DeSantis, skipping any mention of Trump, a potential 2024 rival


But on Monday, Florida first lady Casey DeSantis took to the airwaves in a new campaign ad to re-introduce her husband as a different kind of fighter — a man who fought for their family when she was receiving treatment for breast cancer.

"When I was diagnosed with cancer and I was facing the battle for my life, he was the dad who took care of my children when I couldn't," she said in the ad. "He was there to pick me off of the ground when I literally could not stand. He was there to fight for me when I didn't have the strength to fight for myself."

Posted by babylonsister | Wed Oct 12, 2022, 08:25 AM (5 replies)

Trump's absolutely tanking with independents. Please send him to more places


Trump's absolutely tanking with independents. Please send him to more places
Kerry Eleveld
Daily Kos Staff
Tuesday October 11, 2022 · 2:41 PM EDT
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Over the weekend, Donald Trump held a sedition rally in Nevada in which he exalted the Jan. 6 insurrectionists as “the biggest crowd I’ve ever seen." In the wake of Trump’s appearance in the Silver State, Democratic incumbent Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto promptly notched her two best online fundraising days of the 2022 cycle, hauling in more than $1 million.

Sen. Cortez Masto is one of Senate Democrats’ most endangered incumbents up for reelection this November, and Trump’s presence in the state clearly benefitted her war chest.

But as Trump’s standing among independent voters continues to plummet, the more he inserts himself into the 2022 midterms, the more Democratic candidates stand to benefit at the voting booth.

When we checked in two weeks ago on Trump’s favorability rating in Civiqs tracking, he was 13 points underwater with independent men—a drop that was precipitated by the FBI search of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida. Since then, Trump’s fall in standing among independent men has continued, putting him at a 20-point deficit as of Oct. 10, or 35% favorable vs. 55% unfavorable.


Trump’s downward trend among independent women since the FBI search is similarly tumultuous, leaving him 30 points underwater with the voting bloc, or 31% favorable - 61% unfavorable.

All of that puts Trump at his lowest favorability rating among all registered voters since just before the 2016 election: 37%.

It’s unclear whether Trump’s increasing toxicity among independents will stick to the greater Republican Party in a midterm when he technically isn’t on the ballot. But Trump’s paw prints are all over the midterm election, and the more he reminds voters of the fact that the GOP is still his party and no one else’s, the better.

So, indeed, the more Trump, the better.
Posted by babylonsister | Tue Oct 11, 2022, 07:23 PM (16 replies)

The Good News About the Economy the Media Isn't Reporting On


The Good News About the Economy the Media Isn't Reporting On
by Dean Baker | October 11, 2022 - 5:11am

— from The World in Transition (CEPR)

The media keep telling us that the economy is a losing issue for Democrats. I know that this is the Republicans’ talking point, but that is not what the data show.

For tens of millions of people, there is a huge amount of good news about the economy over the last year and a half. That doesn’t mean that tens of millions of people are not struggling, they are. And, that is always true in the US economy.

The fact that a country as rich as ours does not have decent welfare state provisions that can ensure people adequate housing, food, and health care is an outrage. But that is a longer-term story, not something that just happened in the last year and a half. When the media suddenly choose to emphasize the struggling population, in ways that they have not done in the past, that is a political decision on their part, not one responding to a new economic reality.


Just to go back to a point made the beginning, there are tens of millions of people who are struggling in today’s economy. Almost 12.0 percent of the population is living below the poverty line, that translates into almost 40 million people. We can add in people living at less than twice the poverty line and get more than 80 million people who are facing serious hardship.

But the point is that this is always true. With the poor quality of its welfare state, and its large number of low-paying jobs, the United States will always have a huge number of people struggling to get by even in the best of times. The decision made by the media to put these struggling people at the center of the economic story during Biden’s presidency is a political decision, not one driven by economic reality.

© 2022 The World in Transition (CEPR)
Posted by babylonsister | Tue Oct 11, 2022, 06:51 PM (2 replies)

Donald Trump Brags Jan. 6 Was His Biggest Crowd Ever

Can we arrest this fucker now?


Donald Trump Brags Jan. 6 Was His Biggest Crowd Ever
Zachary Petrizzo
Politics Reporter
Updated Oct. 09, 2022 1:58AM ET /

Former President Donald Trump couldn’t resist boasting about the crowd size he attracted to Washington, D.C., on Jan 6 during his Saturday evening rally in Minden, Nevada. “These corrupt people,” Trump said, referring to the media, “will never take a camera and turn it around and show them how many people are here. They never do it. They’re corrupt.” Shortly thereafter, Trump proudly reminisced about Jan 6. “You know the biggest crowd I have ever seen? January 6. And you never hear that. It was the biggest. And they were there largely to protest a corrupt and rigged and stolen election.” “It was the biggest crowd, I believe, I have ever spoken to,” he concluded. On Friday afternoon, a pro-Trump rally in Washington, D.C., attracted a measly 27 attendees. So far, over 300 individuals have pleaded guilty in connection to the Capitol riot. But Trump has floated pardoning them all if he wins back the White House come 2024.

Posted by babylonsister | Sun Oct 9, 2022, 07:10 AM (17 replies)

The Rude Pundit: Herschel Walker Proves That All That GOP Abortion Shit Was a Lie

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Herschel Walker Proves That All That GOP Abortion Shit Was a Lie

I've never seen a grift given away quite as blatantly as it was by right-wing talk thing Dana Loesch (motto: "I was too fucking crazy for the NRA" ). In talking about the revelation that ultra-anti-abortion Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker, running against incumbent Democrat Raphael Warnock, paid for a girlfriend's abortion, Loesch started with "What I’m about to say is in no means a contradiction or a compromise of a principle," which automatically means "I'm throwing my principles out the window faster than a priest at Disney World." Then she just fucking said it, the thing we all knew was true but that none of them had the guts to just let everyone know: "I am concerned about one thing, and one thing only at this point. So, I don’t care if Herschel Walker paid to abort endangered baby eagles. I want control of the Senate."

And there you go. Loesch has previously and repeatedly called abortion "infanticide." Or, you know, "baby murder." So, by that logic, within the rhetoric of the anti-abortion right, Herschel Walker is like someone who has paid a hitman to off someone, which is, you know, a crime. But Loesch is way cool with Walker conspiring to murder a baby as long as he might get elected and vote to stop more abortions. Or, as Loesch put it, "If the Daily Beast story is true, you’re telling me Walker used his money to reportedly pay some skank for an abortion and Warnock wants to use all of our monies to pay a whole bunch of skanks for abortions." In other words, abortion isn't the serious crime they keep saying it is. I mean, you're pretty much saying, "Hey, I'd elect Son of Sam if he promised to stop more serial killers. He only murdered 6 people."

If she had an ethical bone in her body (spoiler alert: she does not), if anyone in the GOP had an ethical bone in their body (spoiler alert: they do not), they would say that it's time for Walker to step aside and regroup, awaiting someone who isn't a goddamn brain-damaged, violent, misogynistic lunatic who paid for at least one abortion (because there really might be more than one). Of course, that's not what they're doing. They got their concussed Black candidate to run against the genuinely decent and genuinely progressive Raphael Warnock.

Frankly, the exploitation of obviously mentally-unwell ex-football player Walker is downright disgusting. I'd pity Walker if I thought he was capable of change, if I thought he might have a moment of self-reflection and wonder, "What the fuck am I doing?" Instead, every bug in Walker's brain becomes a feature or another bunch of dust to be swept under the very lumpy carpet. Walker has threatened to kill his ex-wife and his grown son. He lied about the number of children he had, leaving off the ones he had abandoned, all while condemning the Black community because of the number of "fatherless" kids. And he's said bizarre, moronic, and downright incomprehensible things on the campaign trail, all with the same placid smile that says, "I don't fully grasp the meaning of what I'm doing, but I sure like the attention." Running him as a candidate is one of the most cynical things the GOP has done this election cycle. As Elie Mystal has put it, "Republicans have rallied around him because they think Black Georgians are just addled enough to vote for touchdowns over basic public competence." Spoiler: They're not.

I get the notion of tolerating the sins of your candidates. No one is perfect. But when a politician does literally the opposite of what they claim they believe and what they claim you believe, it's beyond hypocrisy, a word that has no meaning anymore for Republicans, and into flat out lying. But, as we know with Trump, lying doesn't matter. Living in an alternate reality doesn't matter. Nothing matters. Hell, it doesn't matter that Walker can go on lipless fuck Hugh Hewitt's show and say about paying for the abortion, which he denies doing, "Had that happened, I would have said it, because it’s nothing to be ashamed of there." What the fuck does that mean? The very party he's part of wants to criminalize his behavior. In Texas, Walker would have a bounty on his head for doing it. Not feeling shame would seem to make the whole thing worse.


Posted by babylonsister | Fri Oct 7, 2022, 08:41 AM (12 replies)

Barnard College Will Offer Students Abortion Pills


Barnard College Will Offer Students Abortion Pills
October 6, 2022 at 11:46 am EDT By Taegan Goddard 2 Comments

“Barnard, the private women’s college in New York City, will begin offering abortion pills on campus next year,” the New York Times reports.

“The decision, to take effect in September, signals how the nation’s colleges and universities are becoming another front in the nation’s pitched battle over abortion after the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.”
Posted by babylonsister | Thu Oct 6, 2022, 11:54 AM (7 replies)
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