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Partner, father and liberal Democrat. I am a native Michigander living in San Francisco who is a citizen of the world.

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Cat and christmas tree ? NOT A GOOD IDEA

Trump Had a Severe Makeup Mishap at WH Christmas Party and He's Now an Absolute Laughing Stock

Angry Creamsicle, Comrade Cheetolino, Mango Mussolini, Agent Orange – these are just a few of the nicknames that Donald Trump has picked up along his presidential road. Trump may ethnically identify as “white”, but his skin is categorically and scathingly portrayed as orange.

When Trump was elected in 2016, succeeding former president Barack Obama, I remember references such as “orange is the new black”.

Now, it is painfully obvious that Trump wears makeup to get that orange glow.
However, the White House disagrees.

The official White House position on the issue, a “senior administration official” told the New York Times on the condition of anonymity, is that Trump’s tawny tincture is the result of “good genes.”

The phrase “good genes” echoes Trump himself, who brags a lot about his own and his family’s genes. Time even made a supercut of him talking about his “good genes.” And Trump can certainly be described as a “senior administration official.” Hmm.

The official also told the Times that the only cosmetic the president uses is a translucent powder he applies himself before TV appearances.


Tweet of the Day


California adds 28,400 new jobs in November


Pink Floyd - The Final Cut

Texas House committee adopts report saying Dennis Bonnen "likely violated" law.

The House General Investigating Committee on Friday unanimously adopted a report from its legal advisers that said House Speaker Dennis Bonnen “likely violated” state law during a June meeting with a fellow member and a hardline conservative activist — though members didn't raise the idea of any possible action against Bonnen and said the investigation was closed.

“Today’s action concludes the committee’s investigation," said state Rep. Morgan Meyer, a Dallas Republican who chairs the committee, after members met behind closed doors for over an hour.

Meyer, who left the hearing room at the Texas Capitol without taking questions from reporters, said the full report from the three legal advisers retained in October by the committee would be “promptly transmitted” to House members. The committee did not immediately release the report to the public, though a copy was later obtained by The Texas Tribune.

The report concluded by saying the information produced "militates against criminal prosecution" against either Bonnen or state Rep. Dustin Burrows, a Lubbock Republican considered one of the speaker's top lieutenants who was involved in the political fallout — a line that the speaker's office reiterated in a statement after the news.

“The committee has confirmed what we have known for months and the conclusion of their report speaks for itself," Cait Meisenheimer, a spokesperson for Bonnen, said in a statement.



First came the new beard, a sartorial choice that fellow bearded Texan Ted Cruz called “nice.” Then, on Friday, came the follow-up: in an email to supporters, Beto O’Rourke announced the formation of Powered By People, a grassroots organization intended to bring together Democratic volunteers in Texas. Beto’s goals for his new initiative are ambitious. “Together, we will help [Texas State congressional candidate Eliz Markowitz] win her race, help Democrats take control of the State house, elect more Democrats to Congress and work to defeat Donald Trump in Texas,” he wrote.

Altogether, the announcement suggests a more behind-the-scenes post-campaign life for O’Rourke, who initially rose to prominence in part by streaming everything from dentist visits to free skates across Whataburger parking lots. The Beto show continued, naturally, on the campaign trail, where O’Rourke stood on various counters, criss-crossing the country to hear from a wide swath of voters. For some, his switch from frontman to stage manager is bound to be a disappointment. Just after he dropped out of the presidential race, some Democrats hoped he would make another Senate run, this time seeking to oust Trump ally John Cornyn. However, O’Rourke made clear in a Texas Tribune interview earlier this week that he had no plans to directly involve himself in the race, either as a candidate or through an endorsement. Instead, he said, he is turning his attention to the grassroots level, focusing on flipping the State house blue. “Everything flows up from that,” he said.

While such an effort might not capture national attention, as his insurgent bid to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz did in 2018, it could have a substantial impact. Long a reliable Republican stronghold, shifting demographics and a changing political landscape have made Texas a prime candidate for a Democratic takeover either in 2020 or shortly thereafter. As a secret GOP recording published in October revealed, Texas Republicans have already grown concerned that its state legislature could shift leftward, just ahead of an important redistricting process.

In working at the grassroots level, O’Rourke is bringing some political star power to key down-ballot races, not to mention “[energizing] the broad grassroots support necessary for the Democratic Presidential nominee to win Texas’ 38 electoral college votes—our best shot at defeating Trump and Trumpism forever.” Texas Democrats have already thrown their energy behind a state-wide voter registration effort—something Republicans are eyeing warily. “There’s a lot of excitement around Beto, we want to make sure we come to 2020 with as much enthusiasm as he got,” Republican Party of Texas spokesman Sam Pohl told CBS in September. “We want to make sure we can counter that. I still firmly believe there’s more Republicans in Texas than Democrats.”




Aaron Blake
"Asked Thursday ... how he could stomach pardoning a child rapist, Bevin responded, 'Which one?' ”

Tweet of the Day


McConnell Plans to 'Bulldoze' Democrats During Impeachment Trial

New York Times: “Shattering convention, he held open a Supreme Court seat for 11 months. He twice changed Senate rules to create a record-setting assembly line of conservative federal judicial confirmations. He has been ruthless in his control of the Senate floor, denying Republicans and Democrats alike much opportunity to debate legislation.”

“Now, as a showdown intensifies over President Trump’s impeachment trial, the test for Mr. McConnell is whether he can again bulldoze over Democrats while keeping his Republican colleagues together, persuading them to share both his low regard for the impeachment charges and his view of the Senate’s role.”

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