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Support for Impeachment Has Nearly Doubled Among Independents

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People here like to project their feelings onto the entire electorate.

2018 was a success because of healthcare, not Russia or Mueller:

The midterm elections cemented Obamacare’s legacy and showed Democrats can actually win on healthcare

Democrats ran hard on the preservation of key aspects of the Affordable Care Act, a choice that many in the party credit for their House victory. A handful of states also voted to expand their Medicaid programs under Obamacare.

The ACA is polling near its highest level ever. And many of the law’s provisions, including protections for people with preexisting conditions, remain significantly popular. The rising popularity and the GOP’s legislative attacks on Obamacare allowed Democrats to draw a stark contrast with their Republican opponents.

Healthcare ranked as the top issue for voters in exit polling, and Americans generally trusted Democrats more than Republicans. According to an exit poll of 75 competitive, GOP-held districts by the left-leaning Public Policy Polling, 52% of people said they trusted Democrats more on healthcare, compared to just 44% who trusted the GOP more.

The One Issue That’s Really Driving the Midterm Elections

As Midterms Loom, Half Of Democratic Ad Spending Hits GOP On Healthcare

Half of the political advertising spent by Democrats running for office in midterm elections this fall is on healthcare, a new analysis shows.

“Public polls, Google Trends, and analysis of advertising has painted a clear picture: health care is the issue of this year’s midterm elections,” Protect Our Care said in its report, which is based on an analysis by the Wesleyan Media Project. “Voters overwhelmingly trust Democrats over Republicans on the issue, and advertising shows that this trend has not gone unnoticed — 50 percent of Democratic advertising is on health care, and Republican incumbents have taken to scrubbing their websites to soften their language about the Affordable Care Act.”

The Healthcare Vote That Republicans Missed in the Midterms

Republicans had reportedly hoped to defend their majority status in Congress by reminding voters of the positive economic growth and tax cuts achieved in the prior two years. Democrats’ message seemed centered on protecting Obamacare, in particular the pre-existing medical conditions clause, as a counterweight to Republicans’ economic messaging. The immigration issue, which the GOP tried to capitalize on late in the campaign, proved too weak of a salient to alter this dynamic.

Not only was healthcare a top influencer in the recent congressional elections, but it may have been the key activator of a significant “swing vote” that went largely undetected by party professionals.

People here also forget the increase of grassroots doorknockers who used policy, not Trump, to engage voters:

The progressive base is more pragmatic than you might think

Today’s Democratic foot soldiers — the folks out knocking on doors, not the ones posting on Twitter — started out ideologically diverse and pragmatic and have just gotten more so. Canvassing on behalf of midterm candidates, they met voters like the suburban mom who is a pro-union feminist but is struggling over late-term abortion. And the center-city African-American family who does not vote at all because it’s against their religious beliefs. And the man with the pickup truck and Trump-loving neighbors who was already sold on the Democratic woman in the race by the guys in the plumbers union.

These are real stories from progressive door knockers — and lots of progressives knocked doors. Last year, the number of Democratic volunteers was higher than for any midterm cycle for which we have nationwide data. In the midterm year of 2014, volunteers and paid canvassers working with progressive groups and Democratic campaigns knocked on 96 million doors, according to data provided by NGP VAN, Democrats’ shared voter database source. In the presidential year of 2016, that rose to 111 million. In 2018, the total was 155 million.

In other words, the Democratic presidential primary electorate has not encompassed this much personal experience with recent voter outreach since at least 2008, and possibly long before that. And nothing builds pragmatic knowledge of the American electorate like trying to win votes face to face.

Canvassers have discovered that markers the pundits have taught us to identify with the opposing party are a poor guide to who is persuadable. “Young NRA guys — those were my best conversations on the doors!” recalls one progressive woman who made a valiant run for state legislator in a southwest Pennsylvania district Donald Trump won by double digits and which hadn’t had a Democratic challenger since 2010. “I’d say, ‘We gotta protect schools and make sure people can own guns safely,’ and they’d say, ‘Okay, tell me. Concretely, how are you going to do that?’ It turned out there was common ground.”

That’s quite a different perspective than assuming the nation is full of swing voters just waiting for the low-tax, low-ambition centrist of their dreams. But it’s also far distant from the claim that America is full of passionate Leftist non-voters who have waited years for the revolutionary platform that will pull them to the polls.

The actually-door-knocking Democratic base knows better. Unlike the political hobbyistsburning up the internet with hot takes, they have a hard-won and deeply pragmatic understanding of the regional electorates around them, in all their messy contradictions.

Outside of social media, Russiagate is not important:

Top Issues for Voters: Healthcare, Economy, Immigration

Mueller findings had little impact on how Americans view Trump: NBC News/WSJ poll

Americans have not been nearly as attuned to news about the Mueller investigation as the political and media worlds have been.

Just 39 percent said they had read or heard “a lot” of news coverage of the end of the probe.

People here also forget the online voters are a loud minority:

The Democratic Electorate on Twitter Is Not the Actual Democratic Electorate

Today’s Democratic Party is increasingly perceived as dominated by its “woke” left wing. But the views of Democrats on social media often bear little resemblance to those of the wider Democratic electorate.

The outspoken group of Democratic-leaning voters on social media is outnumbered, roughly 2 to 1, by the more moderate, more diverse and less educated group of Democrats who typically don’t post political content online, according to data from the Hidden Tribes Project. This latter group has the numbers to decide the Democratic presidential nomination in favor of a relatively moderate establishment favorite, as it has often done in the past.

Top Issues for Voters: Healthcare, Economy, Immigration

The 2018 Midterms Are All About Health Care

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Lots of Texas Democrat Voters Want Beto O’Rourke to Run for Senate Instead

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This is the thing, Beto is known for losing his race (a close finish, but still a loss). If he loses the primary race too, that isn’t a good record for running for Senate. If he cuts line now and runs for Senate, he has a MUCH better chance of being seeing as something other than a loser.

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Trump’s sons skipped out on pub tab in Ireland: report

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I have some experience with merchant processing. Responding to a chargeback shouldn’t take THAT much paperwork. Something like a write-up of the transaction, an invoice, and contact info for the customer. Rarely more than 3 pages of forms. The problem is often the merchant won’t have an invoice or the contact information.

That said, I do know some people who abuse chargebacks. A former coworker told me a story about visiting a bar after the Chip-and-Pin cards became mandatory. Under the new rules if a swiped (rather than chipped) card has a chargeback issued on it, the merchant automatically loses. So this dude ordered a $50 dollar whiskey, noticed the bartender swiped the card, and ordered a second. The next day he put a chargeback on the $100+ bill, and when he got to the office he bragged about it.

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For the first time ever, Wisconsin is flying the rainbow pride flag over its Capitol building

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US judge halts Donald Trump’s border wall plans

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The GOP suck at implementation.

They have grand ideas. Huge ideas. I don’t agree with their ideas. But they’re massive. Build an international border wall. Create the new “SPACE FORCE!!” branch of the military. Start a trade war with China. Manifest a truce and treaty with North Korea. Find and remove all illegal immigrants. Ban abortion.

Every other month, a legal ruling comes out crippling ICE and CBP operations, and every month an article comes out showcasing yet another racist ICE or CBP agent or policy. North Korea keeps launching missiles and just murdered their US Envoy. Planned Parenthood are ready to mount a strong argument to the Supreme Court. NASA said “Hey asshole you fired half of us and cut our funding, how the fuck do you think you’re gonna know what to build or how to test it?” The trade war is apparently managed via Twitter. And the guy who wants to build a wall doesn’t know the difference between a wall and a fence.

So you see. Execution. Implementation. Their big projects are lacking this.

Then progressives come out with the notion of free community/tech/vocational college. You know. Because we need to improve infrastructure. Which means we need workers to do the work once an infrastructure project gets green lit. So let’s streamline the path toward apprenticeship .. you know .. so we can do infrastructure. We can pay for this by raising taxes on banks and bankers. No see its okay because they won’t leave! They own all the real estate lol. So it’s just an empty threat, the richest 1% won’t leave if we raise their taxes, they can’t. So let’s tax em! Then use that money to train people to improve infrastructure, and also improve infrastructure.

Oh shit look there’s an implementation plan!

But its mocked for being imprecise or incomplete. “How are you gonna stop blah blah blah with college betcha didn’t even think of that stupid liberal” fuck I don’t know how are you going to retrieve bodies of wounded “SPACE FORCE!!” soldiers who get shot in outer space battles? You know, so you can bring em home and give em a proper burial? (Mr. “NO ONE CARES MORE ABOUT THE TROOPS THAN ME!” ).. Don’t come at me like Bernie’s plan wasn’t battle ready when “SPACE FORCE!!” was just a wild thought on the toilet that somehow made it’s way into R&D

The Green New Deal is similarly mocked. By people who deny global climate change.

Its been a point of frustration for me. The double standard of it all.

Anyway. That’s why these judges make these rulings. Because the GOP suck at implementation and Trump is the worst of the worst

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US judge halts Donald Trump’s border wall plans

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The GOP suck at implementation.

They have grand ideas. Huge ideas. I don’t agree with their ideas. But they’re massive. Build an international border wall. Create the new “SPACE FORCE!!” branch of the military. Start a trade war with China. Manifest a truce and treaty with North Korea. Find and remove all illegal immigrants. Ban abortion.

Every other month, a legal ruling comes out crippling ICE and CBP operations, and every month an article comes out showcasing yet another racist ICE or CBP agent or policy. North Korea keeps launching missiles and just murdered their US Envoy. Planned Parenthood are ready to mount a strong argument to the Supreme Court. NASA said “Hey asshole you fired half of us and cut our funding, how the fuck do you think you’re gonna know what to build or how to test it?” The trade war is apparently managed via Twitter. And the guy who wants to build a wall doesn’t know the difference between a wall and a fence.

So you see. Execution. Implementation. Their big projects are lacking this.

Then progressives come out with the notion of free community/tech/vocational college. You know. Because we need to improve infrastructure. Which means we need workers to do the work once an infrastructure project gets green lit. So let’s streamline the path toward apprenticeship .. you know .. so we can do infrastructure. We can pay for this by raising taxes on banks and bankers. No see its okay because they won’t leave! They own all the real estate lol. So it’s just an empty threat, the richest 1% won’t leave if we raise their taxes, they can’t. So let’s tax em! Then use that money to train people to improve infrastructure, and also improve infrastructure.

Oh shit look there’s an implementation plan!

But its mocked for being imprecise or incomplete. “How are you gonna stop blah blah blah with college betcha didn’t even think of that stupid liberal” fuck I don’t know how are you going to retrieve bodies of wounded “SPACE FORCE!!” soldiers who get shot in outer space battles? You know, so you can bring em home and give em a proper burial? (Mr. “NO ONE CARES MORE ABOUT THE TROOPS THAN ME!” ).. Don’t come at me like Bernie’s plan wasn’t battle ready when “SPACE FORCE!!” was just a wild thought on the toilet that somehow made it’s way into R&D

The Green New Deal is similarly mocked. By people who deny global climate change.

Its been a point of frustration for me. The double standard of it all.

Anyway. That’s why these judges make these rulings. Because the GOP suck at implementation and Trump is the worst of the worst

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Chris Pine on ‘MAGA’ slogan: ‘What period of history are we talking about? Jim Crow?’

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African American vets were deliberately excluded from these programs.

This isn’t fully incorrect, but it’s not fully correct either. The GI Bill was not designed to exclude African-Americans, and some did benefit, although far too few.

The problem was that the federal government did far too little about Jim Crow in the South, which is where most black Americans lived; Jim Crow allowed private institutions (e.g., banks, real estate offices, colleges and universities, employers) to continue the disgusting, racist policies of discrimination and redlining they always had.

It’s more accurate to say that the liberals didn’t fight hard enough than to say they deliberately excluded black Americans from what they were building. Still a major moral failure, but arguably better for everyone than not fighting at all. In the 1950s–70s, black Americans did make a lot of economic progress– in spite of the lack of adequate help.

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Judge Rules George Nader Is a Danger to the Community, Orders Him Jailed Ahead of Child Pornography Trial

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#ImpeachTrump Day of Action Announced Because “It Is Clear That Congress Won’t Act Unless We Demand It”

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This… is sending up a lot of red flags, for me. Remember that Russia played everyone against one another in 2016, and actually organized several in-person protests. I’m going to do some digging and see what I find.

WhoIs shows “By the People” to have a D.C. address and a Portland phone number.

By The People’s own website says:

By the People is a project of Americans for All of Us Action, a social welfare organization established under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code

“Americans for All of Us Action” has a page on OpenSecrets: https://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/lookup2.php?cycle=2018&strID=C00632687

One of the founders, a woman named Alexandra Flores-Quilty, has a robust presence online, and even has a few videos on C-SPAN: https://www.c-span.org/person/?alexandrafloresquilty

I don’t want to post any more information about her, for fear of accusations of doxxing, but a quick Google search of her or Sophie Lasoff, another founder, will return their Twitter feeds. Both women have been active in politics for several years, going back at least to 2015.

Believe me, I want Trump impeached, and I feel Pelosi needs to be pressured in order to begin impeachment. I just want to make sure we’re not getting suckered by another Russian psy-op. In as much as I can determine, this protest and the organizations behind it appear to be legit. I wanted to share my thoughts, and the steps I took to learn about this organization, so others can be informed. I don’t think By the People, or this protest, are fake or created by Russians.

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Trump criticizes NASA promotion of returning to the moon. He directed it 18 months ago.

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FTA, reporting by John Wagner:

In a tweet three weeks ago, Trump touted his administration’s commitment to space exploration, writing: “Under my Administration, we are restoring @NASA to greatness and we are going back to the Moon, then Mars.”

President Trump on Friday sharply criticized NASA for promoting its plan to return to the moon before exploring Mars, a strategy that Trump endorsed in a directive early in his tenure and championed as recently as last month.

“For all of the money we are spending, NASA should NOT be talking about going to the Moon — We did that 50 years ago,” Trump said on Twitter. “They should be focused on the much bigger things we are doing, including Mars (of which the Moon is a part), Defense and Science!”

Trump’s tweet was sent shortly after Fox Business host Neil Cavuto questioned on air why NASA is “refocusing on the moon, the next sort of quest, if you will” and asked: “But didn’t we do this moon thing quite a few decades ago?”

JFC.

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