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GottaLaff, to random
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Senate again fails to advance border security bill in election-year showdown vote
The vote came as both parties try to paint themselves as tough on the border.

https://trib.al/DSEBRNb

fortboise,
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@GottaLaff They're tough as all get-out on border legislation, anyway.

GottaLaff, to random
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Via Kyle Griffin:

AG rejects the claim that Biden tried to assassinate him during the Mar-a-Lago raid:

"That allegation is false and it is extremely dangerous. The document that is being referred to in the allegation is a Justice Department standard policy limiting the use of force. As the FBI advises, it is part of a standard operations plan for searches and in fact it was even used in the consensual search of President Biden's home."

fortboise,
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@GottaLaff Just keep in mind that every accusation by the FG is a confession. It's what he wants to do

GottaLaff, to random
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Via Emptywheel:

Aw
@DonaldJTrumpJr
, are you saying Daddy lied when he promised all his rubes he WAS going to testify?

Hugo Lowell:

New: Outside the courthouse, Don Jr attacked a question about why Trump didn’t testify in his own defense: “Why would you justify this insanity? You don’t subject yourself to that. You’re going in a kangaroo court, nothing more nothing less.“

fortboise,
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@GottaLaff The family is racing to the bottom. No class. No integrity. They demean us all.

GottaLaff, to Arizona
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🙄 Former Donald Trump lawyer John pleaded not guilty in Phoenix on Friday on charges related to allegedly participating in a conspiracy to overturn the 2020 election results in .

https://www.cnn.com/2024/05/17/politics/john-eastman-arizona-not-guilty-plea?cid=ios_app

fortboise,
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@GottaLaff Eastman, at least, appears to display a possible modicum of deserved shame in this. The other 4 look like clowns escaped from the GOP circus. (Which, of course, they are. It's possible accountability won't turn out to be funny for them.)

emptywheel, to random
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fortboise,
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@emptywheel It's not a temptation I imagine I could resist. For all the esoteric insider knowledge Risch loves to claim he has, you'd think he could do something useful once in a while. But no

Skepticat, to random
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I really don't care to approach the neighbors with issues, so I renamed our wifi: Maybe Calm Down With The Goddam Leaf Blowing, Joe.

fortboise,
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@Skepticat oh yeah, beats the heck out of FBI Surveillance van

GottaLaff, to legal
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#TrumpTrial 🧵starts HERE. #Trump #legal

Remember: I cannot reply while live-posting, so plz use NFL (Not For Laffy.. no hashtag) so I can skip your replies. THANK YOU.

1/…More color from Pagliery:

Eric Trump just swapped seats with Rep. Donalds just in time for the congressman to appear in photos behind Trump's defense table.

That's what this trial is now for Trump, a political photo opp.

More...

fortboise,
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@GottaLaff NFL Johnson is as vile any sycophant in the swamp, more dangerous for the oleaginous religiosity he wears on his sleeves.

As ever, the projection is straight to the bulls-eye. Johnson is a man who is clearly on a mission for personal revenge (and aggrandizement), widely seen as a factotum who has trouble with the truth.

Trouble, as in, is totally fine with deception and lies that serve his purpose.

And totally cool with destroying the justice system along the way.

mattsheffield, to random
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This may be an unpopular opinion, but I think college graduations are a total waste of money and time. The real world doesn't GAF about if you took a long time to finish a project. The speeches are almost always forgettable pablum.

Save the students' money and cancel them all.

fortboise,
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@mattsheffield well, that's a curmudgeonly view. I dismissed my first two, in part because they were inconvenient (in Decembers), and then wanted to be part of the third. And then attended several of next-gen family members' graduations. They were all worth my time, but most especially the nursing ones. They're a big deal. Congrats to your fortunate circumstances if they seem inconsequential to you.

GottaLaff, to random
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Via Roger Parloff:

jurors' news sources. (More watch BBC than Fox. Not one reads NY Daily News--ouch.) From
nytimes:
https://bit.ly/3xKEg4L

fortboise,
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@GottaLaff J-4 and A-2 = "No news is good news!"

Also, it's weird to see what the open-ended question produced for the meta "I call this news"

fortboise, to random
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Google email about changes to the TOS includes an item about "Generative AI," with a "For example – we won’t claim ownership over original content generated by our AI-powered services."

That's, uh, cool. What are you doing about the "AI-powered services" theft of others' original content?

GottaLaff, to TeslaMotors
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“Elon Didn’t Want His Latest Deposition Released. Here It Is.

Musk is being sued for falsely suggesting a 22-year-old Jewish man was part of a neo-Nazi brawl.”
https://apple.news/ARduOjaZARZO67NtdderVAA

fortboise,
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@GottaLaff That is... astounding. Reckless disregard for truth (let alone integrity) shared with a million people is NBD because... hey, there are 8 billion people in the world, right?

fortboise, to random
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"[T]here can’t be any “fair” representation of pro-Trump Republican viewpoints as long as those viewpoints are centered on the big lie that the 2020 election was stolen from Trump.

"A political party that baselessly denies the outcome of an election has no legitimate claim to be “represented” in the media."
https://open.substack.com/pub/robertreich/p/the-trump-integrity-trap?r=64ceo&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=email

dangillmor, to random
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Asshole actor is aggrieved because -- he claims -- an airline said "Find another way to get where you're going" after he objected to sitting next to someone who was wearing a mask.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/rcna144887

fortboise,
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@dangillmor Not what you'd call a sympathetic figure.

jeffjarvis, to random
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Oh, my, I'm in the WSJ complaining about MSNBC hiring Ronna McDaniel. Guess I won't be on their air for a while. Truth is, all I watch is MSNBC. I just want it to be better than this. (Gift link)
https://www.wsj.com/business/media/msnbc-has-no-plans-to-have-ex-rnc-chief-on-network-0d88e70c?st=ko02e16cvk9563t&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink

fortboise,
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@jeffjarvis So, it's a catch and kill operation?!

futurebird, to random
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Has anyone drawn a political cartoon with the MAGA caucus in a play pen and various speakers being thrown out of the crib?

fortboise,
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@futurebird My wife took on childcare for her previous husband's 2 boys when they were wee, and he commanded her to keep them in the playpen so they wouldn't harm the stereo.

She put the stereo in the playpen and let the boys out. As one does.

Your question ending with "various speakers being thrown out of the crib" confused me for a moment, wondering if it was a similar story. 😃

jeffjarvis, to random
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fortboise,
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@jeffjarvis Well said. Needs to be said a lot, given the competing narrative, which is stupidly easy to keep thumping.

GottaLaff, to TeslaMotors
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💸, Seeking Donors, Meets With Elon

It’s not clear whether Musk will spend any of his billions on the former president’s behalf. If he does, he could erase Trump’s financial disadvantage in the 2024 race.

https://www.nytimes.com/2024/03/05/us/politics/trump-elon-musk.html?unlocked_article_code=1.ak0.Qr_y.m4W9_Ld3xhK4&smid=nytcore-ios-share&referringSource=articleShare

fortboise,
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@GottaLaff Good thing we have campaign finance laws that protect us from graft and corruption, right?

GottaLaff, to Idaho
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“Officials in on Wednesday halted the execution of death row inmate Thomas Creech after they were unable to set an intravenous line to carry out a lethal injection, according to a news release from the state Department of Corrections.”

https://www.cnn.com/2024/02/28/us/thomas-creech-idaho-execution-fails?cid=ios_app

fortboise, (edited )
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@GottaLaff Good god. Exploring new forms of cruel and unusual punishment. Barbaric.

mattsheffield, to random
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This is a good exploration of the split partisan reactions to suboptimal candidates: Republicans seem to fall in line readily, while Democrats seem to enjoy being diffident https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/columnist/2024/02/18/trump-biden-gop-democrat-loyalty-reelection-2024/72602255007/

fortboise,
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@mattsheffield "suboptimal" is doing a lot of work for the mango menace.

jeffjarvis, to random
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Guardian credulous coverage of AI doomers without reporting from @timnitGebru or @xriskology no mention of TESCREAL. Incomplete.
‘Humanity’s remaining timeline? It looks more like five years than 50’: meet the neo-luddites warning of an AI apocalypse https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2024/feb/17/humanitys-remaining-timeline-it-looks-more-like-five-years-than-50-meet-the-neo-luddites-warning-of-an-ai-apocalypse?CMP=share_btn_tw

fortboise,
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@jeffjarvis @timnitGebru @xriskology ( maybe) Can't see deprecation of "luddites" the same way after reading Brian Merchant's "Blood in the Machine." Recommended.

GossiTheDog, to random
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When somebody says ‘I’ll have Copilot summarise this meeting’ at the end of a Teams call and you realise everything you said is being written down.

fortboise,
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@GossiTheDog You remind me of my corporate days, when meetings were a regular thing. I took a lot of notes. I don't think it intimidated anyone, but I would definitely write down anything particularly smart, absurd, funny, and so on.

mattsheffield, (edited ) to random
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This interview of Rep. María Elvira Salazar (R-FL) demonstrating that she takes credit for laws she voted against is absolutely fantastic.

But it's also incredibly rare in American media. That's because the "both sides" framework is not a mistake. They deliberately choose to coddle Republicans and allow them to get away with blatant lying.

We need more journalism like what Miami CBS reporter Jim DeFede engaged in here.

It's time to end the "right privilege" that reactionary Republicans enjoy.

fortboise,
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@mattsheffield "I'm not tryin' to be a politician"

Wow. Sounds like she's voting just the way someone tells her to, the
very model of a modern major Republican, so why should she keep track of that? Talk to the staff

fortboise, to random
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“Having ever regarded Government as their deadliest bane,” Lincoln said, “they make a jubilee of the suspension of its operations; and pray for nothing so much as its total annihilation.”

In 1838. Déjà vu. He was 28 years old.

Lincoln's call for "general intelligence, sound morality, and in particular, a reverence for the constitution and laws" echoes to our antipodes.

Inimitable
https://open.substack.com/pub/heathercoxrichardson/p/january-27-2024?r=64ceo&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=email

jeffjarvis, to random
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fortboise,
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@jeffjarvis Thx for highlighting; it was on my reading heap yesterday. The headline is awful (but effective click-bait, I suspect).

In my experience, Edsall is always worth reading. He surveys what other thoughtful people have said, with useful breadth.

There is no question that Trump's abnormalities (and crimes) have been normalized by his supporters, and by his many GOP detractors who turned tail and pledged fealty after he won in 2016. I.e., the "we" is people discussed, not anyone quoted.

mattsheffield, to random
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Example ,395,811 of how the right wing invented "cancel culture" and loves canceling dissent.

Trump is promising to ban anyone from the Republican party who gives money to Nikki Haley.

All rhetoric from elite Republicans about "free speech" is either insincere or deceptive.

fortboise, (edited )
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@mattsheffield I am amused by the claim that +rump would refuse donations from anyone

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