Monday Morning Open Thread: Sisters Are Doin’ It

In Daydream Believers, Don't Agonize - Organize, Open Thread, Women's Rights Are Human Rights, World's Best Healthcare (If You Can Afford It), Yes We Did by Anne Laurie

(Mike Luckovich via GoComics.com) . Walk with your chin up and your shoulders back. Be proud of what we’ve accomplished together. And then let's get back to work. — Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) July 28, 2017 . Apart from savoring a hard-earned victory, what’s on the agenda as we start the new week? *********** Lisa Murkowski was there to vote no all week because of a write-in campaign. All political involvement is not futile. — Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) July 28, 2017 At a tiny, remote town, Collins was overwhelmed with …

So now what?

In Election 2018, Election 2020, Mayhew On Insurance, Organize, Vive La Resistance, Yes We Did by David Anderson

So now what? That is a hell of a question but I think the right way to start probing towards some of boundaries of the possibility space is to ask what happened. As I see it, the winning coalition that blocked the bill was a combination of unanimous Democratic opposition plus state level Republicans who actually have to balance a state budget and deal with real issues plus Republicans in districts that make them inherently vulnerable during a mid-term swing against the incumbent party plus the reactionaries of the House …

Late Night Open Thread: How You Like Me NOW?….

In Dolt 45, Fuck Yeah!, Open Thread, Proud to Be A Democrat, Readership Capture, Yes We Did by Anne Laurie

Democrats are smiling in D.C. that the Freedom Caucus, with the help of Club For Growth and Heritage, have saved Planned Parenthood & Ocare! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 26, 2017 "You tired of winning yet, you orange mothe—" pic.twitter.com/UAsOe4YH8G — Gabe Ortíz (@TUSK81) March 25, 2017 I like to imagine Obama reading this last line–mainstream Republicans complaining about Freedom Caucus–and laughing for a good 5 minutes pic.twitter.com/ZFQFmH8KLn — laura olin (@lauraolin) March 25, 2017 btw, collapse of Trumpcare completely undercuts argument that Dems are "distracted" by Russia controversy; …

Friday Evening Open Thread: Repubs Be LOOOOSERRRSSSS!

In All we want is life beyond the thunderdome, Fuck Yeah!, NANCY SMASH!, Open Thread, Proud to Be A Democrat, Repubs in Disarray!, Yes We Did by Anne Laurie

What if, perhaps, Obamacare is actually good and the GOP lit its hair on fire just to frighten the American people & score political points? — John Dingell (@JohnDingell) March 24, 2017 BREAKING: Stocks sharply rebound after news that House pulled GOP health plan https://t.co/TU32GDDTDF pic.twitter.com/F9bJniW536 — CNBC (@CNBC) March 24, 2017 Yes, it’s only one battle, the GOP will never give up, think of the Media Village Idiots whose cocktail-party weekend has just been ruint, yadayadayada. As a devout Cynic, I’ve always felt that one of our Democrats’ greatest …

The possibility space for all daughters

In Because of wow., Election 2016, Hillary Clinton 2016, Politics, Proud to Be A Democrat, Rare Sincerity, Yes We Did by David Anderson

As I was watching Nominee Presumptive Clinton speak tonight, I thought about my daughter asleep upstairs, and I also thought about a post I wrote last summer on the day that same sex marriage was declared constitutional.  I want to repurpose a chunk of that post tonight: I don’t know much about how my kids will turn out when they get older.  I know a few things though. I know my daughter will be a massive dork (as she cried last night that she missed school as she was not …

Good news everybody: ACA cost edition

In Election 2008, Election 2012, Election 2016, Mayhew On Insurance, Yes We Did by David Anderson

CBO: #ACA subsidies increase 11%, overall costs are 25% less than first projected https://t.co/zqCL17yHa5 — MB (@baxterdc) March 25, 2016 So under budget and on projection for the target uninsured rate even with Chief Justice Roberts enabling sociopaths and assholes to stop Medicaid Expansion in 20 states. Not bad at all…. UPDATE 1: The next time there is a massive social program passing Congress with uncertain costs, we need to put in mechanisms to take advantage of success instead of safeguards against massive cost overruns. The ACA has triggers where …

I Pity The Fools (GOP ODS edition)

In Best President Ever, Proud to Be A Democrat, The Failed Obama Administration (Only Took Two Weeks), Yes We Did by Tom Levenson

Well, not really.  But over and over again, President Obama does something that rises above — way higher than — ordinary political discourse. Just as Bill Clinton in the 90s was without doubt the best retail politician I’ve seen in my lifetime, Obama does an epic job of being president. He’s the Ted Williams of the job:  he’s got that quality of gracefulness, a stillness within himself, joined to an analogue to Williams’ sweet swing — the capacity to unwind suddenly, and produce so precisely, so effectively, that the audience doesn’t have time …

Dean 2004, Obama 2008, Sanders 2016 and white liberals

In Election 2008, Election 2016, Fools! Overton Window!, The Dirty F-ing Hippies Were Right, Yes We Did by David Anderson

Just a few quick notes on the current campaign through the eyes of a white liberal who has never felt the Bern. On fundraising through February 2016: Sen. Bernard Sanders may have lost a majority of states on Super Tuesday, but he continues to pull ahead of Democratic presidential primary rival Hillary Clinton in the money race. The Sanders campaign announced Tuesday it raised $42.7 million in February, and the Clinton campaign announced Wednesday morning it raised $30 million during the month. On the primary campaign demographics in 2016: There …

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Local Elections Matter

In Education, Vote Like Your Country Depends On It, Yes We Did by TaMara (HFG)

I have been waiting for these election results all day. And since somehow the link I have is borking the site, I’ll paraphrase here: Jefferson County, Colorado has voted to recall all three board members that were voted in when a lot of out of state money poured in for their campaigns. You may or may not be aware, but last year students began walking out of class and actively protesting for days when the board tried to turn their advanced college prep classes into jokes. Teachers and parents took …

Jobapalooza

In Balloon Jobs, Domestic Affairs, Yes We Did by Zandar

Good news, bad news, and great news on today’s jobs numbers.  First the good: U.S. job growth rebounded last month and the unemployment rate dropped to a near seven-year low of 5.4 percent, signs of a pick-up in economic momentum that could keep the Federal Reserve on track to hike interest rates this year. Nonfarm payrolls increased 223,000 as gains in services sector jobs offset weakness in mining, the Labor Department said on Friday. The one-tenth of a percentage point decline in the unemployment rate to its lowest level since …