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Florida counties have until Noon today to submit official results in their various recounts. The states 76 counties will have no choice but to submit official results in the races before noon. […]

Sun, Nov 18, 2018
Source: NPR Politics

NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks with retiring South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford about lessons the GOP learned in the 2018 midterm elections. His very conservative district flipped to a Democrat. […]

Sun, Nov 18, 2018
Source: NPR Politics

From the fires in California to new revelations about the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, we discuss the political responses of President Trump. […]

Sun, Nov 18, 2018
Source: NPR Politics

In Florida the election, more than a week later, is slowly drawing to a close. Mitchell Berger, Special Counsel for Florida Democrats discusses the results and their broader implications. […]

Sun, Nov 18, 2018
Source: NPR Politics

DETROIT—Gretchen Whitmer had her red water bottle with the Wonder Woman logo. Debbie Stabenow was touching up her make-up. Dana Nessel was up front, sitting with her wife, right behind the stack of boxed salads that was the food for the day.The top of the Democratic ticket in Michigan—candidates for governor, Senate and attorney general—were rolling along to the 77th and final stop of a statewide bus tour, hours before polls closed on election day. When the dust settled on 2016, no one would have been counting on any of them to be in contention, let alone win.But with the […]

Sun, Nov 18, 2018
Source: The Atlantic – Politics

Democrat Andrew Gillum, who had sought to become Florida’s first black governor, conceded on Saturday, after a recount showed he had no way of catching his Republican rival Ron DeSantis, an ally of President Donald Trump.

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Sat, Nov 17, 2018
Source: Reuters Politics

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum conceded Florida’s governor’s race on Saturday as a recount of ballots neared its end, and the Democrat congratulated Republican former Congressman Ron DeSantis on becoming the state’s next governor.

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Sat, Nov 17, 2018
Source: Reuters Politics

Stacey Abrams is not conceding.That’s what she said at a press conference in Atlanta on Friday. “This is not a speech of concession,” she told supporters and reporters, “because concession means an action is right, true, or proper. As a woman of conscience and faith, I cannot concede that.”But the former Georgia state representative and Democratic nominee for governor did essentially end her campaign and recognize that her opponent, Brian Kemp, the GOP nominee and former state secretary of state, will officially win the election. “I acknowledge that Brian Kemp will be certified as the victor in the 2018 gubernatorial […]

Sat, Nov 17, 2018
Source: The Atlantic – Politics

Freshman orientation on Capitol Hill can be a blur: There’s the class photo, the rundown of ethics rules, the caucus meetings, the dinners. But after a grueling election season, there are highlights, too—and for Chrissy Houlahan, it was spending time with her “badasses.”That’s the moniker Houlahan and some of her fellow military and intelligence veterans in the freshman class gave to their text-message group. “It’s really, really exciting. We’re having the opportunity to hang out in person and not in the virtual space,” Houlahan told me.Since the campaign, Houlahan, a former member of the Air Force Reserves, has been in […]

Sat, Nov 17, 2018
Source: The Atlantic – Politics

Out of a small pool of party dissidents trying to stop fellow Democrat Nancy Pelosi from becoming speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives in January, only one has been bold enough to hint strongly that she might toss her own hat into the ring.

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Fri, Nov 16, 2018
Source: Reuters Politics

Featured News

Blogosphere

There’s a real danger, as we go about our lives, that we think that everyone is familiar with our references and exposed to the same things we are and understands where we are coming from. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. Just as a small example of that, my kids, who are on Thanksgiving holiday this coming week, were surprised when I told them I wanted to see “Bohemian Rhapsody;” their only reference to Queen being the song “Somebody to Love” in the movie “Ella Enchanted” (not even sung by Freddie Mercury). How is it possible […]

Sun, Nov 18, 2018
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

Meet The Emoji Congress

h/t Marilyn, open thread below…

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Sat, Nov 17, 2018
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

Thanksgiving-themed thriller movies are rare indeed, so instead please attempt to enjoy this truly bizarre slice of cult movie cheese in which a nice, young Christian man smokes pot and turns into a homicidal mutant turkey.
Quote of the movie: “Look, we don’t always understand the purpose of why things happen.” Like, for example, why in the name of Chalchiuhtotolin, the Aztec Jade Turkey God, this thing was ever released.
I also admit I thoroughly enjoyed discovering that the production was so cheap that when the voice-over narrator nearly coughed up a lung, they just said “Aw, screw […]

Sat, Nov 17, 2018
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

BREAKING: Andrew Gillum Condedes Florida Race After Recount Results Become Clear

Tonight, Andrew Gillum conceded the governor’s race of Florida to Ron DeSantis, after acknowledging that the recount results would not be in his favor. It has been a tight race and a nasty one, in which DeSantis let his racism fly in full view. He warned Floridians against “monkeying up” the election by choosing Gillum. He referred to him during the debate as “Andrew,” all throughout, despite the fact that he is the duly elected Mayor of Tallahassee, and entitled to the honorific of “Mayor,” or at the very least, “Mr.” He refused to renounce the endorsements of white […]

Sat, Nov 17, 2018
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

The cats have been super interested in the fence this week, which they’ve been using as a launching pad for explorations of nearby rooftops. Here is Hilbert, showing off his manly frame a couple of days ago. There’s also a bit of tongue action here for you tongue enthusiasts.
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Fri, Nov 16, 2018
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

Did Hispanics turn out in greater numbers this year than they did in 2014? I didn’t even bother looking at the exit polls for this, since virtually no one seems to trust them anymore. However, before the election Yair Ghitza at Catalist promised a super-sophisticated analysis that would give us the real straight dope. I looked for it the day after the election, but I guess it took a few days to get the numbers together. Here they are:
If Ghitza’s numbers are correct, all of Donald Trump’s very public hostility to Hispanic issues had pretty much no effect on Hispanic […]

Fri, Nov 16, 2018
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

I don’t know how this slipped my mind yesterday, but Katie Porter has beaten Mimi Walters to win my home district in Irvine:
Porter is now 6,000 votes ahead and rising. CA45 has been officially called.
The sad part of this is that a couple of days ago, as it became clear which way the wind was blowing, Mimi Walters pulled a Trump and started claiming that the vote count was corrupt. “I’m currently up by 1 point, but the Democrats are already preparing for a recount to try and steal this Republican seat after the fact,” she wrote in a fundraising […]

Fri, Nov 16, 2018
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

I know I’m probably trying your patience, but the state auditor’s report of California’s LA-San Francisco bullet train was released on Thursday:
[Elaine] Howle suggested that much of the spending so far may have been an outright waste….The audit, ordered by the Legislature this year, found extensive mismanagement, including serious problems tracking contracts, reviewing invoices for payment and monitoring construction progress….The project is 13 years behind the schedule set in the bond act approved by voters in 2008 and has grown in cost by $44 billion over its original $33-billion price target.
….Shortcomings in the agency’s ability to monitor progress on its […]

Fri, Nov 16, 2018
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

A 2007 report from the CIA’s Office Of Medical Services (OMS) was released after a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). It reveals news details on the CIA’s rendition, detention, and interrogation program, which included torture techniques used against detainees.
The top secret document [PDF] was drafted by the CIA’s top medical official to combat press coverage that OMS viewed as “caricature.” Coverage was seen as a “distorted picture” that warranted a “more informed internal account of how OMS understood and experienced this program.”
In the “secret history” written to defend the reputation of doctors involved in the torture […]

Thu, Nov 15, 2018
Source: Fire Dog Lake – Blog

The phrase “thoughts and prayers” is reflexively uttered by elites, who desperately hope acknowledging tragedy will be enough to avoid doing anything to meaningfully address carnage and destruction.
And for every tragedy that demands “thoughts and prayers,” there are many more examples in the United States and throughout the world that do not receive attention from politicians.
On Canadian hip-hop artist Lee Reed’s latest album, “Before and Aftermath,” he deconstructs the common political expression, exposing how it reinforces a status quo that benefits Western capitalism and empire.
The opening mentions mass shootings while noting that shootings by cops or “public executions […]

Tue, Nov 13, 2018
Source: Fire Dog Lake – Blog

Elections News

Leading Off

● Georgia: On Friday, Democrat Stacey Abrams ended her campaign for governor against Republican Brian Kemp, yet she refused to concede and argued his voter suppression efforts had created insurmountable obstacles for her campaign. As ThinkProgress legal expert Ian Millhiser succinctly noted, “There’s no way to know if the result would have been different if [Kemp] didn’t do everything in his power to steal this election, but he did everything in his power to steal this election.” Consequently, his victory should rightly be viewed as lacking the legitimacy of a free and fair election.​

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​Kemp ran a reactionary campaign […]

Fri, Nov 16, 2018
Source: Daily Kos – Elections

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Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band — “Out in the Street” […]

Fri, Nov 16, 2018
Source: Daily Kos – Elections

Today, Daily Kos congratulated newly elected Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs. Daily Kos was pleased to endorse her and other Democrats for these key posts in August, and the Daily Kos community contributed over $360,000 to Democrats in these races. Hobbs joins Jena Griswold in Colorado and Jocelyn Benson in Michigan in flipping these previously GOP-held offices.

“Hobbs, along with Griswold and Benson, will improve voting in myriad ways, from fighting to stem the tide of dark money, implementing automatic voter registration, improving election security, and increasing turnout among voters of color and other communities often underrepresented at the ballot […]

Fri, Nov 16, 2018
Source: Daily Kos – Elections

On Friday, a little more than a week after she launched the briefest of campaigns to head the NRCC, California GOP Rep. Mimi Walters conceded defeat to Democrat Katie Porter. Walters’ abortive bid to lead the GOP’s House campaign arm was the last, but far from the only, example of how little she understood how much electoral danger she was in—a danger that crescendoed after Election Day.

Walters may have been lured into a false sense of security because, until this year, she was accustomed to easily beating Democrats in Orange County, which since time immemorial had been the citadel of […]

Fri, Nov 16, 2018
Source: Daily Kos – Elections

International News

Gernot Rohr can stamp ‘mission accomplished’ on the second chapter of his managerial reign after Nigeria qualify for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. […]

Sun, Nov 18, 2018
Source: BBC – Africa

Finland’s president says that he briefed U.S. President Donald Trump on how the Nordic country effectively monitors its substantial forest resources with a well-working surveillance system […]

Sun, Nov 18, 2018
Source: Washington Post – World

The head of Azeri opposition party Popular Front faces legal action after authorities arrested him in Baku for attempting to lead an unsanctioned demonstration […]

Sun, Nov 18, 2018
Source: Washington Post – World

The Dutch investigator says he is proud to be able to return the sixth-Century mosaic to Cyprus. […]

Sun, Nov 18, 2018
Source: BBC – Europe

Pakistani officials say five soldiers have been killed in two separate attacks by suspected militants […]

Sun, Nov 18, 2018
Source: Washington Post – World

Ireland’s historic win over New Zealand has earned praise from former stars. […]

Sun, Nov 18, 2018
Source: BBC – Europe

Pope Francis has prayed for the dead and injured in California’s wildfires and also for victims of U.S. East Coast’s freeze […]

Sun, Nov 18, 2018
Source: Washington Post – World

Formula 3 driver Sophia Florsch suffers a fractured spine in a crash at the Macau Grand Prix in China. […]

Sun, Nov 18, 2018
Source: BBC – Europe

Former Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab criticises the “lack of will and resolve” in dealing with the EU. […]

Sat, Nov 17, 2018
Source: BBC – Europe

Male dominance in Ethiopia is being challenged with the appointment of women to powerful government posts, writes Hana Zeratsyon. […]

Sat, Nov 17, 2018
Source: BBC – Africa

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