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The Dead Enders

Those who have committed to Trump, and remain committed, will not yield now. Even his failures during a pandemic will not shake their resolve. On the contrary, they’ll say anything, and perhaps do anything, in support of their prior commitment. One should not be shocked by this — Hobbes was right, at least regarding the…

A Newspaper’s Boosterism During a Pandemic

A worthy person – a man or woman committed to reason, honesty, and seriousness of purpose – would have little respect for the Janesville Gazette. This critical view is not a new one, truly: the paper’s work has been inferior during the Great Recession, during an opioid crisis, during cheerleading for countless state and local…

Trump Operative Lev Parnas on the Rachel Maddow Show

Last night (1.15.20), Rachel Maddow aired an interview with Trump & Giuliani operative (and federal criminal defendant) Lev Parnas. (Parnas sat with his lawyer while speaking to Maddow.) Parnas played a key role in Trump’s pressure campaign in Ukraine, a campaign designed to compel Ukraine to help Trump smear an American political opponent. If you’ve…

Lie of the Year 2019: Donald Trump’s claim whistleblower got Ukraine call ‘almost completely wrong’

Politifact’s Lie of the Year 2019: Donald Trump’s claim whistleblower got Ukraine call ‘almost completely wrong’: ?? No matter the motivations or the political outcome, testimony from the whistleblower would not change the underlying facts of what Trump said. The whistleblower’s account is verified by the same set of facts supplied by Vindman, Williams and Morrison,…

Forget the Tender Feelings of a Pernicious Faction

Over at the Journal Sentinel, Craig Gilbert writes about the political divide in For voters in this purple part of Wisconsin [Richland Center], the impeachment fight is a symbol of broken politics. The story establishes a false equivalence between those who support impeachment and those who oppose it, as though the conflict between these views…

GOP Sen. Kennedy of Louisiana: Liar & Conspiracy Monger

On Sunday, GOP Sen. Kennedy of Louisiana falsely contended that both Russia and Ukraine might have hacked a Democratic National Committee server in 2016.  Monday, he falsely contended that he misunderstood the question that he was asked. Originally, Kennedy’s remarks from Sunday: WALLACE: Finally, the president and his supporters have said that Ukraine was behind…