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  • Kevin McCarthy Is About to Enter Political Hell

    12/12/2022 6:02:11 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 22 replies
    msn.com ^ | 12/10/22 | David Faris
    The final count is in: Republicans will hold a slim 222–213 majority in the House of Representatives, giving whoever lands the terrible job of speaker a four-seat cushion on any floor vote. That’s the exact margin that outgoing Speaker Nancy Pelosi has worked her formidable magic with for two years. Pelosi, however, had two things that her Republican counterpart will not: a caucus full of mostly sane team players, and a policy agenda less radioactive than graphite from an exploded nuclear reactor. It’s not like this is a new problem for the GOP. But previously, when House Republicans held majorities...
  • Democrats Grapple With Strong Chance That GOP Mega-Bozos Will All Win Their Races Because of the Price of Gas

    10/18/2022 4:05:36 PM PDT · by algore · 23 replies
    It’s been a real “well, shit” few days for Democrats, for which one could either blame the New York Times or the underlying reality on which the New York Times reports. On Monday, the Times’ Upshot section released a new poll in which Republicans led Democrats by just over three points when respondents were asked which party’s candidate they supported in their district—a gain of about four points for the GOP in the last month on the measure. It was the latest such “generic ballot” question on which Republicans have made gains over that time, and the party has closed...
  • Why Shia LaBeouf’s Conversion to Catholicism Is So Scandalous

    08/29/2022 4:37:50 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 29 replies
    Slate ^ | August 26, 2022 | Molly Olmstead
    Why Shia LaBeouf’s Conversion to Catholicism Is So ScandalousBut the traditionalists who love the TLM can be deeply toxic. “Trads” embrace traditionalism that goes beyond the language spoken in services. Many of them reject the reforms of Vatican II altogether, and stick to uncompromising positions on gay marriage, divorce, and the dress of women and their role in society.
  • Ben Franklin Put an Abortion Recipe in His Math Textbook

    07/06/2022 2:25:40 AM PDT · by Callahan · 62 replies
    Slate ^ | 5/5/22 | Molly Farrell
    e year was 1748, the place was Philadelphia, and the book was The Instructor, a popular British manual for everything from arithmetic to letter-writing to caring for horses’ hooves. Benjamin Franklin had set himself to adapting it for the American colonies. Though Franklin already had a long and successful career by this point, he needed to find a way to convince colonial book-buyers—who for the most part didn’t even formally study arithmetic—that his version of George Fisher’s textbook was worth the investment. Franklin made all sorts of changes throughout the book, from place names to inserting colonial histories, but he...
  • The Constitution Has Already Established That Fetuses Are Not Legal “Persons”

    06/09/2022 9:20:12 PM PDT · by where's_the_Outrage? · 27 replies
    Slate ^ | June 9, 2022 | Michael L. Rosin
    Last month, in response to the leak of Justice Samuel Alito’s draft opinon ending Roe v. Wade, the Louisiana legislature briefly considered a bill that would define a fetus as a person for the purpose of the state’s homicide law...... on page 16 of the draft opinion, Alito cites a brief by John M. Finnis and Robert P. George that argues that fetuses are legal people. Finnis and George are clearly wrong, though. This issue has already been considered and decided by the Reconstruction-era Congress. They definitively determined that fetuses do not count as “persons” for purposes of the 14th...
  • Was a Trump Server Communicating With Russia?

    10/31/2016 7:37:54 PM PDT · by jonatron · 67 replies
    Slate Magazine ^ | 10/31/2016 | Franklin Foer
    This spring, a group of computer scientists set out to determine whether hackers were interfering with the Trump campaign. They found something they weren’t expecting. ...snip In late July, one of these scientists—who asked to be referred to as Tea Leaves, a pseudonym that would protect his relationship with the networks and banks that employ him to sift their data—found what looked like malware emanating from Russia. The destination domain had Trump in its name, which of course attracted Tea Leaves’ attention. But his discovery of the data was pure happenstance—a surprising needle in a large haystack of DNS lookups...
  • NBC: Obama Told Putin Election Hacking Could Result in 'Armed Conflict'

    12/21/2016 10:25:01 AM PST · by ColdOne · 112 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | 12/20/16 | Jason Devaney
    President Barack Obama reportedly told Russian President Vladimir Putin in October that directly interfering with the U.S. election could result in an "armed conflict." According to NBC News, Obama opted to use the red phone to contact Moscow directly, a communication system that dates back to the Cold War. It's not an actual telephone, but instead sends a secure email message between the two countries. "International law, including the law for armed conflict, applies to actions in cyberspace," part of the Oct. 31 message read, according to NBC. "We will hold Russia to those standards."
  • Elon Musk calls out old Clinton campaign tweet as ‘hoax,’ asks Twitter for answers

    05/20/2022 7:39:58 PM PDT · by bitt · 61 replies
    nypost ^ | 5/20/2022 | Gabrielle Fonrouge
    Elon Musk called out an old Hillary Clinton tweet as a “hoax” Friday after a Twitter user flagged it for misleading disinformation and was ignored. The tweet, written Oct. 31, 2016 during Clinton’s failed presidential campaign, is a statement issued in response to a news report about an alleged secret server at Trump Tower that was being used to covertly communicate with Russia. “Computer scientists have apparently uncovered a covert server linking the Trump Organization to a Russian-based bank,” Clinton wrote in the tweet alongside the statement issued by one of her then-top aides, Jake Sullivan. A Twitter user tagged...
  • I’m a Longtime Professor. The Real Campus “Free Speech Crisis” Is Not What You Think.

    04/17/2022 1:32:44 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    MSN.com ^ | April 16, 2022 | Lucas Mann, Slate
    I’m a college professor, which is one of those jobs that people outside the profession love to ask you about. For the better part of a decade, most of those conversations have been about one thing: free speech. Are universities, once sites of pure, open intellectual discourse, no longer so pure? What is the future of this endeavor I’ve dedicated my life to, if my peers and I are afraid to speak our minds? In one way, this interest makes sense. An enormous amount of high-profile media coverage has been dedicated to what is said, or not said, on certain...
  • The Supreme Court’s Astonishing, Inexplicable Blow to the Voting Rights Act in Wisconsin

    03/24/2022 7:01:04 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 36 replies
    msn.com ^ | 3/23/22 | Mark Joseph Stern
    n Wednesday, the Supreme Court issued an astonishing decision throwing out Wisconsin’s new legislative districts as a violation of the Equal Protection Clause. The majority accused a Republican justice on the Wisconsin Supreme Court of greenlighting a “racial gerrymander” by creating one more majority-Black district in the State Assembly. Wednesday’s unsigned decision, issued through the shadow docket, hands Wisconsin Republicans an unexpected victory in their quest to reduce Black representation in the legislature. It also alters the law of redistricting in fundamental yet cryptic ways that might, to a cynic, seem designed to disadvantage Democrats in every single case.
  • No, You’re Not Imagining It: Russia’s Army Is Inept

    02/28/2022 6:52:04 PM PST · by Renfrew · 152 replies
    Slate ^ | Feb 28, 2022 | Fred Kaplan
    Troops are trained in rote set pieces, with no time devoted to improvising if things don’t go as planned. Military operations designed to take place sequentially—Step 1, then 2, then 3, etc.—fell apart, catastrophically. If Step 2 hit a big obstacle, the by-the-book soldiers moved on to Step 3 anyway. Therefore, large troop-transport planes tried to land, even though the airport hadn’t been completely secured and Ukrainian air defense systems hadn’t been destroyed. As a result, two Il-76 transport planes, each carrying 100 airborne troops, were shot down. Tanks aren’t supposed to roll through hostile territory all alone. They need...
  • The Rittenhouse-Trial Judge Isn’t a Trumpist

    11/12/2021 11:27:45 PM PST · by Jacob Kell · 24 replies
    National Review ^ | November 12, 2021 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    As the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse has progressed, Americans who hope for a successful conviction have begun to focus their attentions on the true villain of the piece: the 75-year-old presiding judge, Bruce Schroeder. Among the many accusations that have been leveled at Schroeder this week are that he is “biased,” that he is “prejudiced,” that he is a secret “conservative,” “right-winger,” or “Trumpist,” that he is a “a gun nut,” that he is a “a racist” or wannabe member of the Klan, that he is the “worst judge in town,” and that he is attempting to parlay this trial...
  • Democrats Are Turning Their Big Spending Bill Into Absolute Trash

    10/24/2021 9:00:13 PM PDT · by edwinland · 9 replies
    Slate via MSN ^ | Oct 22, 2021 | Jordan Weissmann
    As the party began trying to piece together its big social-spending and climate package, a split emerged between lawmakers who wanted to pass fewer programs (but do them well) and those who wanted to pass more programs (even if it means doing them poorly). A big part of this argument boiled down to how long policies should be funded for. The less-is-more crowd, dominated by party moderates, wanted to set policies in place permanently. The more-for-less brigade, dominated by progressives, wanted to fund programs temporarily in order to make their budget math work, essentially rolling the dice on the idea...
  • Who Killed Colin Powell? (mega barf)

    10/22/2021 3:46:43 AM PDT · by where's_the_Outrage? · 31 replies
    Slate ^ | Oct 21, 2021 | William Saletan
    In the past two weeks, COVID-19 has struck three well-known people. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who had been fully vaccinated, died on Monday due to complications from the virus. Meanwhile, two men who had refused vaccination—conservative radio talk show host Dennis Prager and Texas gubernatorial candidate Allen West—caught the virus but survived. On Fox News, these stories are being exploited to cast doubt on COVID vaccines and to suggest that people should rely instead on “natural immunity” or therapeutic drugs. But in fact, the three stories illustrate how vaccine refusers endanger everyone else. People like Prager and West...
  • How a Former Gun Executive Changed His Mind and Turned on the NRA (barf alert)

    10/15/2021 8:34:24 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 35 replies
    Slate via MSN ^ | 15 oct 2021 | Ann Givens
    From his desk, Ryan Busse could hear his boss ranting that the country’s largest gun manufacturer, Smith and Wesson, had betrayed its peers in the industry. Just a year after the 1999 mass shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado, Smith and Wesson had reached a settlement with the White House agreeing to a slew of safety measures, including trigger locks on all its new guns. Now other gun makers — including Kimber America, which employed Busse — would surely be pressured to do the same. The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action accused Smith and Wesson of “craven...
  • CONFIRMED: Bogus Trump-Russia Alfa Bank Connections Were Created By Hillary Supporter, Working ..

    04/01/2019 8:17:38 PM PDT · by bitt · 34 replies
    GATEWAY PUNDIT ^ | 4/1/2019 | Jim Hoft
    A review of the data pertaining to the accusations in the phony Steele dossier about a Trump-Russia Bank connection discovered the sources used is most likely the same source the FBI used to obtain a FISA warrant to investigate the Trump-Alfa Bank connection. This person also just happens to be a radical Hillary Clinton supporter! It’s been more than two years since the 2016 election and Americans still don’t really know the sources for the phony Steele dossier used by the FBI and DOJ to obtain FISA warrants to spy on candidate and then President Trump. This nightmare for President...
  • Clinton Attorney [Elias] Briefed Jake Sullivan on Trump-Russia Conspiracy

    10/02/2021 7:29:42 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 9 replies
    freebeacon ^ | September 30, 2021 | Chuck Ross
    Biden national security adviser pushed collusion claims after they were debunked. An attorney for the Clinton campaign exchanged emails with Biden national security adviser Jake Sullivan regarding a discredited theory of Trump-Russia collusion at the center of an ongoing special counsel investigation, the New York Times reports. Attorney Marc Elias exchanged emails with Sullivan and other Clinton campaign officials on Sept. 15, 2016, regarding a purported link between the computer servers of Donald Trump’s real estate company and the Russian oligarch-owned Alfa Bank, the Times reported. Elias and Michael Sussmann, partners at the firm Perkins Coie, shared the data with...
  • Washington State Shows How a Truly Progressive Court Changes Everything (barf alert)

    03/15/2021 11:00:09 PM PDT · by KingofZion · 10 replies
    Slate ^ | March 15, 2021 | Mark Joseph Stern
    The Washington Supreme Court is on a roll. On March 11, it took the unprecedented step of outlawing mandatory sentences of life without parole for people under the age of 21—making Washington the first state in the nation to extend such protections to defendants who, while technically adults at the time of their crime, have greater potential for rehabilitation because of their youth. The previous month, a majority of the court struck down Washington’s drug possession law, effectively legalizing possession of controlled substances while overturning thousands of convictions going back decades. And, in January, the court made it easier for...
  • Whitmer expected to sign ‘Clean Slate’ bill

    10/13/2020 6:51:26 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 14 replies
    wilx ^ | 10/11/2020 | Jake Vigna
    LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - Tomorrow is a day many convicted of small criminal charges have been waiting for. Tomorrow, Governor Gretchen Whitmer is expected to sign the “Clean Slate” bill. The so-called “Clean Slate” bill passed in a 29-to-8 vote. The bill, once signed, will erase a person’s record seven to ten years after being convicted of certain charges like marijuana misdemeanors. It doesn’t apply to offenses that carry a prison sentence of ten years or more, including assault and human trafficking.
  • The Top Contender for RBG’s Seat Has a Fundamentally Cruel Vision of the Law(Barfely funny)

    09/22/2020 2:34:54 PM PDT · by rktman · 61 replies
    slate.com ^ | 9/19/2020 | Mark Joseph Stern
    There is no question that, if confirmed, Barrett would cast the fifth vote to either hollow out Roe v. Wade or overturn it altogether. Similarly, there is no doubt that Barrett would dramatically expand the Second Amendment, invalidating gun control measures around the country. It’s quite possible, perhaps even likely, that within a year of her confirmation, Americans will be forbidden from terminating a pregnancy in 21 states—but permitted to purchase assault weapons and carry firearms in public in every state.