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Might even outperform living Trump.

Fake news. Trump merged his consciousness with Elon Musk at the last minute bigly.

fangblackbone wrote:

Fake news. Trump merged his consciousness with Elon Musk at the last minute bigly.

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Never ceases to amaze me that Turley is a law professor. He should be disbarred for this BS (among many other things).

JC wrote:

Never ceases to amaze me that Turley is a law professor. He should be disbarred for this BS (among many other things).

He really diminishes the brand equity of a GWU law degree.

Working Families Party (WFP) is hiring a Fandom Organizing Coordinator to help [them] better navigate and set up systems for utilizing the power of fandoms to expand WFP’s base and profile.

Fandoms are an untapped resource for organizing large communities. Working with the WFP Arts and Culture team, the Fandom Organizing Coordinator will be at the forefront of developing how we can engage at scale within these fandoms and help explore this new organizing frontier.

I've seen worse ideas, but not many.

Holy sh*t!

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitch McConnell, the longest-serving Senate leader in history who maintained his power in the face of dramatic convulsions in the Republican Party for almost two decades, will step down from that position in November.

And of course Mitch misses the whole point...

McConnell said he plans to serve out his Senate term, which ends in January 2027, “albeit from a different seat in the chamber.” Aides said McConnell’s announcement about the leadership post was unrelated to his health. The Kentucky senator had a concussion from a fall last year and two public episodes where his face briefly froze while he was speaking.

One of life’s most underappreciated talents is to know when it’s time to move on to life’s next chapter,” he said in prepared remarks obtained by The Associated Press. “So I stand before you today ... to say that this will be my last term as Republican leader of the Senate.”

JC wrote:

maintained his power in the face of dramatic convulsions

Interesting phrasing, AP.

I loathe the man with every fiber of my being, but I’m confident the next one will somehow be dramatically worse.

gewy wrote:

I loathe the man with every fiber of my being, but I’m confident the next one will somehow be dramatically worse.

Yup...

The three Senate Republicans who are most closely-watched as potential successors are known on Capitol Hill as the “three Johns” — South Dakota Sen. John Thune, Texas Sen. John Cornyn and Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso.

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'Uncommitted' protest vote in Michigan primary is warning Biden cannot ignore

Michigan voters have sent a clear warning to the White House that Joe Biden's support for Israel's war in Gaza could cost him dearly in the presidential election in November.

Activists encouraged people voting in Tuesday's Democratic primary to withhold their votes from President Biden and instead mark the box marked "uncommitted" as a protest. More than 100,000 voters did just that.

The protest vote - while a sharp rebuke - poses no immediate danger to Mr Biden, who still won the contest with 81% of the vote. He's the incumbent president and has no serious challenger from within his party, so he can't lose the race to choose the Democratic candidate.

But what if all the people who withheld their support from him this time don't come out to vote for him in the general election? That could be decisive.

Every vote counts in a key swing state that the US president almost certainly needs to win to have a shot at a second term. In 2016, for example, Hillary Clinton lost Michigan to Donald Trump by fewer than 11,000 ballots.

Mr Trump, following his own victory in the Republican primary, declared: "We win Michigan, we win the whole thing."

This Midwestern state is home to America's largest Arab-American population, most of whom are deeply upset by the devastation they see in Gaza.

President Biden can't afford to ignore their demands that he call for a permanent ceasefire in Gaza - rather than the temporary one that the White House has been pushing for. He did not mention the war or the protest vote in his statement following his victory, but his campaign team will have surely heard the message loud and clear.

I asked Leyla Elabed, manager of the "Listen to Michigan" campaign, if she was worried she might be inadvertently helping Donald Trump back into the White House by damaging Joe Biden's electability.

"If Biden doesn't act now, and listen to the 80% of Democrats and the 66% of Americans that want a permanent ceasefire right now," she told me before Tuesday's primary, "it is going to be Biden, his administration and the Democratic Party that are going to be accountable for handing the White House to Trump in November."

President Biden has offered some recent criticism of Israel's conduct of the war, describing it as "over the top". He appears to be becoming increasingly frustrated with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and has warned that Israel is at risk of losing international support.

His administration is strongly advocating for a temporary ceasefire over the Muslim holiday of Ramadan that would include an exchange of Israeli hostages for Palestinian prisoners. But Mr Biden says it's not the right time to call for the permanent ceasefire his detractors in Michigan are demanding.

But how many votes did Trump have? After SC I saw he was performing worse in the primary than Bush elder in 92 when he lost...

And isn't this just that same group that was stirring things up in Michigan a couple months ago?

I mean I get it, Israel sucks. But do they think Trump will do any better? Plus everyone here will suffer. And he'll try to hand Ukraine to Russia. So we can have at least 3 countries in hell if you help him get elected. Probably more with his NATO nonsense

Beau released a couple videos about the Michigan results that went into Biden's performance vs. Trump's. They boil down to a few things:

"Uncommitted" got enough votes to warrant Biden's attention. That's pretty significant, but not a campaign-wrecking catastrophe. The movement definitely over-performed everyone's expectations, including their own.

A vote for Haley is just as much of a protest vote on the Republican side as Uncommitted is on the Democratic. And Haley got ~twice as big a share of the votes as Uncommitted did in their respective elections.

No mainstream media outlet is going to frame it as "Trump's protest vote was twice as big as Biden's" because they need to prop up the Trump campaign. They have a strong financial incentive to sell the general election as an actual contest.

The main question in my mind is whether or not they'll overdo it with the bias like they did in 2016.

On the other hand, it's not uncommon to see a decent number of Michigan primary voters select uncommited in years a president is running unopposed. Most recently, in 2012, ~11% of the democtratic vote went to Uncommitted, but when it came to the presidential election fewer than 1% of the votes didn't go one of the major parties.

farley3k wrote:

Talk about a two tiered justice system.

Trump Offers Court a $100 Million Bond to Pause a $454 Million Judgment

He was shot down. Payment in full. Do not pass Go

BUT...

Associate Justice Anil Singh, however, lifted a ban on Trump’s ability to obtain loans from a New York bank, which could allow him to access the equity in his assets to back the full bond amount.

Singh denied Trump’s request to delay his obligation to post $454 million until a full appellate panel hears his motion to stay enforcement of that judgment until his appeals of the civil fraud ruling are over.

lol so he’s gonna inflate the value of his properties to secure the loan to pay the bond to file the appeal.

The Supreme Court. Moving us closer to a constitutional crisis and/or civil war on a daily basis. At least we'll all have the use of bump stocks to turn all the guns into machine guns!

Supreme Court to decide Trump immunity claim, further delaying election subversion trial

The court agreed to expedite the case and hear arguments the week of April 22.

SCOTUS granted Trump immunity without having to grant him immunity.

Chairman_Mao wrote:

Working Families Party (WFP) is hiring a Fandom Organizing Coordinator to help [them] better navigate and set up systems for utilizing the power of fandoms to expand WFP’s base and profile.

Fandoms are an untapped resource for organizing large communities. Working with the WFP Arts and Culture team, the Fandom Organizing Coordinator will be at the forefront of developing how we can engage at scale within these fandoms and help explore this new organizing frontier.

I've seen worse ideas, but not many.

Are you kidding? Socialist furries might be the only thing that can save America.

H.P. Lovesauce wrote:
Chairman_Mao wrote:

Working Families Party (WFP) is hiring a Fandom Organizing Coordinator to help [them] better navigate and set up systems for utilizing the power of fandoms to expand WFP’s base and profile.

Fandoms are an untapped resource for organizing large communities. Working with the WFP Arts and Culture team, the Fandom Organizing Coordinator will be at the forefront of developing how we can engage at scale within these fandoms and help explore this new organizing frontier.

I've seen worse ideas, but not many.

Are you kidding? Socialist furries might be the only thing that can save America.

Excuse me, sir, but furries are not a "fandom". They are a way of life.

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You haven't been exposed to many fandoms, have you?

Vargen wrote:

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You haven't been exposed to many fandoms, have you?

Exactly. Google image search "[any NFL team] man cave"

Rashida Tlaib, Who Backed ‘Uncommitted’ Primary Vote, Is ‘Incredibly Scared’ Of A Second Trump Term

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) — among the biggest public boosters of the movement to vote “uncommitted” in Tuesday’s Michigan Democratic primary to show support for a ceasefire in Gaza — said she worries about Donald Trump winning back the White House in November.

“It’s really important for folks to understand: I am incredibly, incredibly scared of a second term for Trump. And I think it’s really important to emphasize this,” Tlaib told reporters at a press conference Thursday.

I can see her idea of using the primary to push Biden more left but I still don't like it and I wonder if it will work as she hopes. (At least I hope it was a strategy to withhold support for Biden during the primary)

The problem is it creates narratives that can linger and will likely cause more harm than good.

The right is pro Israel but that doesn't mean they can't tweak it to paint Biden as weak on the middle east

Its a stunt to make headlines and absolutely worked to turn a pointless primary election process into a message. I'm here for it.

polypusher wrote:

Its a stunt to make headlines and absolutely worked to turn a pointless primary election process into a message. I'm here for it.

This is my take as well. Tlaib is nobody’s fool, and with the exception of the anti lgbt faux progressives in Dearborn and hamtramk, neither are Michigan leftists. They know this was ultimately a hollow threat, but it was also the loudest, strongest symbolic gesture the Michigan left had to urge Biden to do more to rein in Israel.

Oregon undoes groundbreaking drug decriminalization law

Oregon lawmakers have moved to reintroduce criminal penalties for the possession of hard drugs, in effect ending the state’s groundbreaking three-year decriminalization experiment.

In 2020, nearly 60% of voters moved to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of illicit drugs with the passage of Measure 110, but the new law had grown increasingly controversial as the state grappled with the fentanyl crisis and growing public drug use.

Lawmakers had recently reached a bipartisan deal to undo a key aspect of the law and make minor possession a misdemeanor, while also allocating millions of dollars toward specialty court programs as well as mental health and addiction treatment.

The Oregon house approved the $211m bill earlier this week, followed by the state senate, which voted to approve the measure on Friday. The bill now heads to the desk of Governor Tina Kotek, who said in January that she is open to signing a bill that would roll back decriminalization, Oregon Public Broadcasting reported.

More:

How Oregon turned on its own trailblazing drug law: ‘Not the utopia we were promised’

Holding his five-month-old daughter, Danny Schlabach sways gently on his feet in their small room at a youth shelter in Eugene, Oregon. Their room is scattered with the detritus of a new baby: A+D ointment, formula, baby shampoo, bottle brushes, six pairs of miniature shoes lined up in the closet.

Schlabach, 23, is wildly in love with this child – his first. Her tiny fuchsia sweatsuit, her shock of dark hair. He’s raising her mostly alone. “I wasn’t really on the right track, until I got her,” he says. “When that happened I realized – I have to shape up.”

Housing has been a constant challenge in his life, given his history with drugs, addiction and arrest, and his troubled relationship with his daughter’s mom, and he marvels at his luck in finding a place to live that’s safe, free and comfortable. “I never want to live in a car with my kid,” he says. “But I’ve seen how it happens.”

The shelter where Schlabach and his daughter live is run by an organization called Looking Glass, and is funded primarily through Oregon’s Measure 110.

When voters approved Measure 110 in 2020, they made Oregon the scene of a novel social experiment in the US by decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of hard drugs and funneling hundreds of millions of dollars into substance abuse treatment.

The vote was celebrated as a groundbreaking step toward a compassionate approach to substance use disorders, one that prioritized treatment over punishment. But nearly three years after its passage, the law has become the subject of fierce debate as Oregon, like many US states, grapples with a spiraling opioid crisis.

In recent months, residents, business owners and law enforcement agents in Oregon have all pointed to spiraling drug use – in downtowns, where people openly smoke fentanyl while others lie unconscious in doorways; in small towns, where mayors unaccustomed to homelessness are suddenly grappling with encampments; in terrifying newspaper stories about middle-class families grieving teenagers who lost their lives due to one bad pill.

Lawmakers are now considering a number of bills that would reinstate criminal penalties such as fines and jail time for drug possession – a decision that could come any day. A coalition led by prominent business owners has threatened to mobilize an effort to hobble the law even more by putting it back to the public in a ballot measure in the fall. Recent polling has shown more than half of voters support a total repeal.

What happens next is seen as a national litmus test for public tolerance to a harm-reduction approach to addiction and drug use, particularly in cities like San Francisco, where lawmakers are grappling with similar complaints from residents over open-air drug use. While advocates acknowledge the measure hasn’t been perfect, many fear the backlash has been driven by emotion rather than data, and argue the state’s new system for dealing with addiction and substance use needs time to mature.

At the heart of all this is a question: what does society owe people like Schlabach, and to what extent should they be considered criminal?