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That Damon Linker article reflects the average American's view that the president is supposed to fix everything all by himself. "Hey, I voted, didn't I ? Shouldn't that be enough ?" That mindset is a big reason why people fell for a guy who said "I alone can fix it."

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I disagree with the premise of the Linker article. Yes, America has made some huge boneheaded mistakes over the past 25 years. But we have done some things well.

Our development and deployment of vaccines during COVID led the world. Our fiscal response to COVID also has been world-leading. Our response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, until recently, has been mostly right.

America is a great nation. Yes we have our very serious problems. But we don’t need to be “great again,” because we already are.

I may be in the minority, but I believe our best days are still ahead of us.

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I wish we would drop the pro choice/pro life language, principally because the pro life side is not pro life in any meaningful sense. Damon Linker's list of ills, is not solely the fault of the Federal government. Red state legislatures have contributed mightily to the decline of personal health and longevity in those national trends. You know, those pro life states.

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"Pro-life" = Pro-forced birth, anti-health care for women going thru miscarriage, essentially pro-torture.

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I kinda like "pro running your life"

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Let's not remind all the Republicans laughing in Arizona is when that anti-abortion law passed, women didn't have the right to vote.

But we do now.

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This law just like the ones being passed in many states was designed to take women as human beings out of the equation and in 1864 women had little to no autonomy. Men decide what women should do and when. This law presumes this is how it should be. Maybe now in 2024 women will vote with the vengeance we should have had in 2022. It may be the countries last chance to save our democracy. It will most certainly be women's last chance to save our rights and our claim to being humans.

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This territorial law the right wing AZ Supreme Court upheld is another example of AZ being the butt of national jokes and embarrassment. It's not easy being a Democrat in AZ. As an AZ resident, woman and regular voter by mail (take that right wingers) this will drive people to the polls. This state and GOP legislature has a history of being on the wrong side of social policies that are at odds with their constituents. Back in the 80's we had a GOP governor that refused to recognize MLK day and referred to POC as "pickaninnies". In the oughts we had a GOP governor that signed SB10, "the show me your papers bill" that had a devastating effect on hispanics. Yesterday we had a right wing court appointed by a former GOP governor eviscerate women's rights to make their own decisions regarding reproductive health care. So glad I signed the ballot initiative to get abortion rights on the ballot in November. We also have an opportunity to vote two of those justices from the supreme court off!

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You also had a whack job MAGA nut for a sheriff who managed to get a pardon from the MAGA man himself.

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Joe Arpaio. He's a real piece of work. He housed inmates from the county jail outside in his "Tent City". He made them wear prison stripe uniforms with pink underwear and served them green bologna as meals.

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I actually met him once while having lunch with some young female colleagues at work. He is a very short person! One of the women asked if she could take her picture with him. Of course! (She was cute & bubbly). I was the one who snapped the photo. When she thanked him he said, "If you blow up that photo and mail it to me, I will autograph it and mail it back to you." Prolly on the tax payers dime.

True story.

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It's really good to hear this.

But you know, for all the crazies in Arizona, the voters are really pushing back- Kari Lake losing, Abe Hamadeh, Mark Lamb- most of the nutjobs lost.

Your state confronted the crazy a little earlier than the rest of us and it's very encouraging to see it turning purple.

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You have come along way baby, just not in Arizona.(yet)

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I think the chance of a #FAFO in November is high.

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Bill details three epoch making events, the meaning of which is still very much in flux. All three, if handled deftly, should work massively in favor of the Democratic Party and Biden. Bill's framing makes clear the incredibly huge stakes of this election.

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It’s the clearest most succinct summary I’ve read.

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In my youth, the world kept a healthy distance.

Today, I live with the world getting closer,closer, closer. To push it back just alittle: I drink my coffee.

I make my bed.

I keep my house cozy and in order.

I read fiction.

I water my plants.

I feed my birds.

The news is quicksand; the news can sink me everyday.

In retaliation, I drive through DQ and get a large cone,

sometimes a chocolate one!

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I envy you, even chocolate doesn't help me!

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choc and sugar make me ill these days - no respite from the news for me! (not so - I lose myself in my garden and paintings and hope I can hide out there when the apoco arrives)

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Or a blizzard.

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Thanks for the reminder about Appomattox Day. My ancestors fought for the Union, new to America but believing in its promise. I am heartbroken that on this day, the courts chose to free the man who paraded the Confederate flag in the Capitol as part of an insurrection. The court didn't need to let him out of prison. They just wanted to. After all, SCOTUS might rule in his favor, and it's looking more and more likely that they will. So early release for Seefried and his friends. All the violence I watched with my own eyes that day is apparently imaginary. I should consult a psychologist about these visions of domestic violence I keep seeing, as I must be the only one seeing them.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2024/04/10/jan-6-rioters-released-supreme-court/

If you're wondering if there's any accountability left for Republicans, you'll be glad to know that Allan Weisselberg was sentenced yesterday for lying to the government repeatedly, running the Trump Corporation with cooked books, and making a mockery of justice. Five whole months - stealing a few million hardly seems worth it now, huh? /s

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2024/04/10/trump-weisselberg-sentencing-new-york/

This isn't justice. This is a fixed game.

And Mr. Linker, I've been waiting for an apology from the Iraq War / trickle down economics scammers for years now. You're not getting one either. Biden apologizing for 30 years of Republican malfeasance isn't going to cut it for me. I want an apology from the scammers.

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Amen Kate Fall

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One of my ancestors too.

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Hey AZ GOP!

How does that car bumper taste?

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Oh, that’s great🐶

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Ah yes ,the land of plus 100 degree temps for four straight months.

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Well, yeah, but it's a DRY heat (someone had to say it).

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So is an oven.

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yeah, I was happy to move away 7 years ago to escape the heat. But you know what? I really, really miss the people. And the gorgeous skies.

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I visited Sedona in December.The color of the mountains and the sky during sunset are simply incredible!

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I thought they only got the right rear tire.

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Bill Kristopher: I hope we are all “Pro-Life”! However, people who oppose abortion should be termed “Anti-Abortion”. Pro-Choice people are certainly not “anti-life.”

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"Pro-life" is a total misnomer and simply a nice label for controlling another human being.

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Exactly! The "Pro-Life" people certainly don't give a damn about said life after it's born.

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Some of us are genuinely pro-life. And we're angry at the damage that the Rs have done to those of us who actively support the mother and the child. Please don't damn all of us - we get enough of that from the MAGAs.

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I definitely respect your views, I also respect the views of PETA and moral vegetarians. But I do not believe their particular views should be the law of the land either. For me it is a matter of when another human being is involved and that is in my opinion not until a fetus can survive without being attached to an actual living breathing human. We already have enough laws to deal with that. Though many on the right scream about it there is no such thing as a "partial-birth" abortion, or one of the other favorites a "post-birth" abortion, that is an oxymoron.

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I suppose the terminology could be equally valid if it were framed as 'pro-choice vs. anti-choice', as it has been many times before over the last 50+ years the issue has been debated. I think the anti-choice people (and that includes women as well as men) feel the need to add a deeper, philosophical/religious aspect to the issue, which is why they prefer 'pro-life' terminology. I personally am completely pro-choice, and that choice should only and always be up to the pregnant woman (not sure even to this day how to define what 'underaged' teenager is before parental input enters). The fact that I, personally, would not share that woman's opinion shouldn't matter one iota. So yeah, this whole legislative denial of freedoms we're going through now is just a pure power play by those anti-choice forces out there.

To always use the term 'anti-choice' on this topic would be my preference, as it applies to any POLITICAL usage. That is, after all, the only issue that relates to an actual ballot or vote - freedom of choice vs. denial of that freedom.

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The scary thing to me continues to be the percentage of the population that is willing to vote for a narcissistic, sociopathic, authoritarian, con man. This says a lot about our country sadly.

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This is a cult, and yes it says a lot that people are not only willing to vote against their own well being, but actively hurt themselves and their families(refusing vaccines) because they think that "owns the libs".

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Yeah but there seem to be A LOT of people who don't seem to be "in the cult" and yet are still willing to cast a vote for him? I feel like I'm crushing and snorting a whole bottle of crazy pills..

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That is because even "sane" Republicans like the lie that Biden is just as bad as Trump. I believe that technological advances have led America to be a very narcissistic country and have also made it easier to saturate the country with lies. That combo has a lot of people convincing themselves that Trump won't be any worse than Biden, because that is what they wanted to believe, whether it is true or not.

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"Finally, as a Democrat who came of age during the heyday of mid-20th-century liberalism, Mr. Biden is wedded to the idea of using a functional, competent and capable federal government to improve people’s lives—whether or not more recent history validates that faith."

And it is working. Look at the infrastructure law, it is working, wages are up, unemployment is down and economic growth is phenomenal. The government can provide the construct within which the economy can function for the good of all Americans. They can and should protect us through the EPA, the FDA providing nationwide inspections and enforcement of food safety and environmental safety in example. It was one of the New Deals constructs most hated by republicans (the REA) that brought electricity to rural areas across the country. Republicans made up their minds in 2010 that they would do everything they could to keep the country in the hands of the super rich even though they knew there would be an eventual economic reckoning. The pandemic effectively delayed this and Biden's return to government liberalism has at least for now kept it at bey. But we need not just President Biden but a democratic congress to truly get back on track.

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"We speculated yesterday about whether the Dobbs decision might influence the presidential election. It appears we have an answer."

Perhaps I'm not as smart as I think I am. I've read the column three times now. I've seen speculation and a connect-the-dots analysis. But I've not found any actual answer. (If it is so, and the takeaway is as clear-cut as we like to think, why then is the presidential race even remotely close?) If it is lurking somewhere in the weeds, or otherwise I've failed to deduce it, please set me straight and save me the next six months of putting up with arduous campaigning and the assault on my senses by all means of advertising. My mental health could use the break.

On another note, it's great the the Bulwark team is doing live events. Now, is there any chance that y'all will remember that the Upper Midwest exists when you put them together? You always seem to lock in on places that make it impossible for us to attend, time-wise and cost-wise. Maybe there aren't enough of us here in Flyover Country to matter. But to the extent that we live in some important swing states, and your message needs to be heard, why not bring it to us in person and make it a little easier for us all to help to determine the eventual outcome? Asking for myself, and for those up here into democracy but who aren't yet tuned in to the message that you seek to share.

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I don’t live there, but I agree. Don’t make the Hillary mistake.

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I'm not at all sure it is close. The undecided factor is something in which I don't believe Trump will gain last minute converts. He's at max. Nolabels is gone and RFK is involved in some self destruction. Meanwhile, in so many of the elections seen locally, look at how it went, in Alabama, in Florida. Look at the shifts starting now. November is a light year away. Trump should concentrate on prison reform now. He may well be there soon.

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Trump may be at max, as you say, but I'm increasingly worried about left-leaning and independent voters staying home or leaving the presidential part of their ballot blank, not willing to vote for DJT but also unwilling to commit to Biden. It is a net subtraction from Biden that helps DJT indirectly, which in some key states may be what he needs in order to get to the finish line first. On the left it remains an all-hands-on-deck situation.

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Whenever I need a mental break from from the world,I go to DQ or Culvers.Works wonders.

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Agree all live events should be in swing states. So far, they've got PA booked.

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I wish they would have one in Wisconsin - I've never been and I'd like to go. Maybe Charlie will invite me to stay at his house? =)

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I am in OH, so not as important electorally, but, I need somewhere closer to where I am to afford to go, Wisconsin or Michigan would work

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Lee's greatest contribution was his surrender. He didn't tell his soldiers who were still remarkably loyal especially considering his botched withdrawal from Richmond and Petersburg without supplies had left them starving to continue a guerilla war, which could have continued for many years. He told them to return home and to try to resume normal lives as much as possible. And he would hold that position for the remainder of his life.

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I may be mistaken. It was a looong time ago. (I'll be 80 in a couple months.) But I recall being taught Lee was widely regarded as something of a "traitor" to the Southern cause because of his favoring reconciliation, rejecting continued resistance to the Yanke Imperialists. (This was in Texas, 1950s.)

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I must agree with David Axelrod (good grief; what's become of me?) Biden must focus more on inflation. Today, we saw the CPI come in higher than expected. People still feel the sting of higher prices. "It's the economy, stupid!" -- the Ragin' Cajun' (Oh, no! There I go again.)

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Perhaps counterintuitively, given today's report, Biden should start politely nudging the Fed to reduce rates. Maybe not so counterintuitive, since shelter has been and remains a stubborn item in that report, and reducing interest rates will help to open up the market. More importantly, once they do reduce rates, he will be able to take some credit for it.

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I emphatically agree with Axelrod. The majority of voters only see policies that immediately affect their lives. Many of Biden’s “wins” need a few years to see. I also agree that The Fed could seriously consider lowering interest rates. The high cost of Money is negatively affecting building & renovation, hospitals & health care, as well as food. Every business that needs to borrow in order to provide is paying a premium that is immediately passed to the consumer voter.

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The "high" cost of money is high to those who came of borrowing age after 2009. To those of us who are older it is not that high. The thing that has changed is the price of a house or car. If the interest rates returned to zero, the prices of those things remain the same. That's where the real issue lies for the average person.

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I believe several other things come into play. In the 80’s and 90’s rates were high, but families didn’t need cell phones, computers and high price electrical power. Also the minimum wage that was raised nationwide back then has not kept pace with inflation.

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True that.

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One of the reasons why interest rates are so high now(among other reasons) is they were kept so so for a decade(about zero) resulting in a decade of easy money.

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Absolutely. The government gave away money longer than necessary.

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I love the Ragin' Cajun'.That is when I can understand him.

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No, Gaza is not like Iraq. Gaza would be like Tijuana if it were run by terrorists dug in beneath.

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Well, the tactical/strategic pitfalls could be the same even if the threat/proximity to the other side's civilian population isn't. Good image though.

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No rockets to San Diego?

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Here is the text of the agreement:

Attorney General James Secures Up to $1.25 Million from Conspiracy Theorists Who Intimidated Black Voters with Threatening Robocalls

https://ag.ny.gov/press-release/2024/attorney-general-james-secures-125-million-conspiracy-theorists-who-intimidated

Typical robocall:

“Hi, this is Tamika Taylor from Project 1599, the civil rights organization founded by Jack Burkman and Jacob Wohl. Mail-in voting sounds great, but did you know that if you vote by mail, your personal information will be part of a public database that will be used by police departments to track down old warrants and be used by credit card companies to collect outstanding debts? The CDC is even pushing to use records for mail-in voting to track people for mandatory vaccines. Don’t be finessed into giving your private information to the man, stay safe and beware of vote by mail.”

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Wow, just wow!

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Yeah those two got caught. I wonder how many people in other states heard or read a similar message on their social media feeds. There are lots of ways to suppress the vote and we're going to see them all tried in the next seven months.

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As I read it,Judge Lopez from Arizona sounds a lot like an originalist or textualist regarding a territorial document well before it became a state. While Trump was thinking he was putting the issue of abortion to bed, it was rising in Arizona to become one of the issues to decide the election. Happy Wednesday.

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These judges are something, and "dishonest" is the nicest word I can print here. Why not refer to Dred Scott, or the Mayflower Compact, or the incorporation articles of the East India Company?

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Or maybe the code of Hammurabi?

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