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Friday, December 14, 2018

A Woman’s Life, Illustrated

Reprinted with permission from Creators.

 

“Trump wants her to be speaker. It’s perfect for him.” — Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., of #FiveWhiteGuys fame, disparaging Nancy Pelosi in early November

She looks so poised, so harmless, this 78-year-old grandmother with the soft voice, the easy smile. Such a smart strategy for the most powerful woman in America. So many have underestimated her — at their peril, pretty much always.

She sits perched on the edge of the upholstered sofa, her back ramrod straight. She is the sole woman in a meeting with three men. One of them, her Democratic counterpart in the Senate, sits across from her.…

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Bipartisan Senators Support Criminal Justice Reform Despite Scare Tactics

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet. 

 

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) is one of the most extreme authoritarians in Congress. He led the crusade to go behind President Barack Obama’s back and try to derail talks with Iran. He tanked immigration reform twice, once when he was in the House and once in the Senate. And he once claimed the only problem with the Guantanamo Bay detention facility — which has broadly been condemned as a violation of human rights and international law — is that there are too many empty beds.

And, notes POLITICO, he vehemently opposes the FIRST STEP Act, a bipartisan attempt to enact criminal justice reform and lessen mass incarceration:

Cotton is trying to use the same hard-edged tactics he deployed in the past to beat back the bill, arguing that Republican supporters will be held accountable if someone let out of prison under the bill’s terms commits a serious crime.



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New Yorkers Yelling At New Yorkers

Reprinted with permission from Creators.

Respected news sources have described those 16 televised minutes of shouting between Donald Trump and “Chuck and Nancy” as an “altercation” and a “lurid” exchange. To New York ears, it was just a discussion.

As Johnny Carson (the late “Tonight Show” host) once said, “anytime four New Yorkers get into a cab together without arguing, a bank robbery has just taken place.”

Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi, a Californian, jabbed Trump with some facts, but in a conciliatory tone. It was Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, of Brooklyn, who dragged the son of Queens out of the study and into the street.…

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