Minnesota’s Senate race may not be drawing much attention for being competitive—polling shows Sen. Tina Smith, appointed to replace Sen. Al Franken, is comfortably in the lead—but the Republican nominee there is yet another headline-worthy example of what a racist garbage party Republicans are. State Sen. Karin Housley compared Michelle Obama to an ape in a 2009 Facebook post, Huffington Post reports, writing of Obama’s meeting with Queen Elizabeth II that: “Michelle is soooo far from cool. Don’t we expect our First Ladies to at least stand up straight? (And my dear sister, know the proper etiquette and DO NOT TOUCH THE QUEEN!),” Housley wrote on her Facebook wall. In the comment thread on her post, Housley said the chimpanzee in the 1951 film “Bedtime for Bonzo,” starring then-actor Ronald Reagan, likely had better posture than Mrs. Obama. “I do miss Nancy Reagan. Ronald even more. Speaking of Bedtime for Bonzo, I think even that chimp stood up straighter than Michelle,” Housley wrote. “Uh-oh, someone is going to make a comment.” Yes, Housley went with the time-tested racist trope of comparing a black woman to an ape. At other points on Facebook, she also mean-girled Hillary Clinton’s figure and clothing, raved about Sarah Palin’s hotness, criticized how then-President Barack Obama pronounced “Pakistan,” and used the word “queer” in 100 percent middle-school fashion. All class, this woman. Wikipedia lists her age as 54 years, but she seems to combine the extremes of adolescent brattiness and mid-20th century tastes (posture and Bedtime for Bonzo, really?) all in one extremely unappealing, racist package. The Republican Party of 2018, ladies and gentlemen. Disgusting as always. Get out the vote: Join the MoveOn text team. Still fired up? Can you give $3 to help elect Democrats to the Senate in Nevada and Texas?
Donald Trump is ramping up his hysterical attacks on Democrats—but, as the prospect of Democrats winning the House gets closer, Trump is also hinting he would work with them. “There’s a chance that we’ll get along and get along well. We have a lot of things, like infrastructure, that they want and that I want,” the president said. Some Democrats are making receptive noises: “Clearly, the administration might be able to move to do some infrastructure work with us,” [Rep. Richard] Neal said. Trump’s infrastructure weeks have been such a resounding success that Democrats should definitely get right in the middle to soak up all the glory, said no one ever. Democrats should work with Trump to the exact extent that the most cynical person on earth believes they can get results on Democratic policy priorities—because policy priorities do matter. But that means no adopting a Trump privatization plan and calling it infrastructure investment, for example, even if it wins media praise for bipartisanship. And never ever forget that the first rule of dealing with Donald Trump is never trust him, never believe anything he says. GET OUT THE VOTE for Democrats. Just click here, enter your zip code, choose the event that works best for you, and RSVP to attend. And while you're at it, can you give $1 to each of these amazing House candidates?
The following stories are examples of this week's Election Roundup of 65 down ticket stories covering Sunday 10/7 through Saturday 10/13. (FL-Gov) DeSantis rally: Black opponent will pick judges that will rule against people «who look like us» by SemDem Most candidates construct a basic platform to run on, or some type of vision for their state. Not Ron DeSantis. He’s based his entire campaign on riding Trump's coattails. After a long spell of nonstop racism, I guess he’s given up and decided to go all in with running on white fear. At a campaign stop in Cape Coral, Ron DeSantis had the Lee County GOP Chair, Johnathan Martin, give a pep talk. He noted, correctly, that three Florida Supreme Court Justices will be retiring soon. The theme was if you let ...(ahem)… certain people pick judges, they'll come after you: “What’s in the statute book no longer matters. That doesn’t matter. What you look like matters. We know how the Democrats play the game. If you look like one of us, you don’t get the benefit of the doubt. If you are a Republican, if you worked too hard and just make more money than they think you should have, you don’t get to play by same rules in our constitution.” (KY-06) Mention of KY-6th Congressional District as Possible Bellwether for Midterms. by Merlin1963 Sometimes he can be irritating, but Steve Kornacki mentioned on “All In with Chris Hayes” that a possible bellwether for the House in this midterm election is KY-6th Congressional District. As a reminder, this race is between Tea Party Republican Congressman Andy Barr and Democrat Amy McGrath. The KY-6th went double digits for Trump in 2016, but the race between Barr and McGath is labeled a “toss up.” It’s a district that has a more liberal city in it, Lexington, but Lexington is surrounded by rural Kentucky counties. However, McGrath defeated Lexington Mayor Gray in the Democratic primary this year with help from the those same rural counties. Because the polls close relatively early in KY, this district is literally going to be one of the first reported. (TX-Sen) Hilarious Anti-Ted Cruz Ad Uses Sonny Carl To Explain When To Kick Ass! by Seashells Sonny Carl is an actor with a Texas drawl who’s played many character parts over the years including a local Texan explaining his state in Richard Linklater's dark comedy film «Bernie». While Beto isn’t going negative, the “Fire Ted Cruz” PAC steps up to the plate. An anti-Ted Cruz group is poking fun at the senator's «Tough as Texas» slogan by pointing out how he cozied up to Donald Trump despite the abuse the president heaped on him during the 2016 campaign. The ad, released Monday by Fire Ted Cruz PAC and cut by Austin director Richard Linklater, uses the actor who explains Texas' cultural geography in Linklater's film Bernie. «I mean, come on,» says Sonny Carl Davis, in character as the same small-town Texan he plays in Bernie. «If somebody called my wife a dog, and said my daddy was in on the Kennedy assassination, I wouldn't be kissing their ass. You stick a finger in their chest and give 'em a few choice words. Or you drag their ass out by the woodshed and kick their ass, Ted. Come on. Ted.» Sunday 10/7 - Saturday 10/13 Stories: (65) Senate: (16) posts, (10) states House: (22) posts (12) states (20) districts State and more: (22) Polls: (5) Rescues since 2006 (13,200) Welcome to Election Roundup, formerly known as Election Diary Rescue. Look for this down ticket collection every Monday through the election. The Roundup team has compiled and linked down ticket stories since 2006. Archives Election Roundup gives down ticket stories a second chance for exposure and hopefully encourages people to write about contests that interest them, knowing their stories from the previous week will be listed every Monday. The ER team scans every DK post and republishes applicable stories to our Election Diary Rescues list which only contains down ticket work. We have been republishing since early this year so there is a wealth of writing there, please enjoy. Format and Tags Writers can help the ER team and readers by identifying the race in the beginning of the title like this: (NY-Sen) (FL-14) (GA-Gov) (AZ-StSen) (MN-StHs-07). Readers will be scanning a list of stories and this standard method of quick identification is really helpful. This edition of Election Roundup was made possible by the following: eeff, Jax Dem, Joieau, zentrainer, turbonerd and randallt. Click below for the collection, thank you for reading and writing! Roundup List
With Election Day three weeks away, we’re rolling out our newest tool to help keep tabs on the large playing field that will determine control of the House: a spreadsheet that sums up the independent expenditures made prior to Monday by the four largest groups involved in House races. With this data, you can see which contests the major players think are competitive, and how much money they’ve devoted to each one, so far. Before diving in, there are several important things to be aware of: This sheet only covers expenditures made by the DCCC, the House Majority PAC, the NRCC, and the Congressional Leadership Fund (HMP and CLF are both super PACs). Many other organizations have spent millions on House races. However, these other groups are largely focused on the same set of races as the Big Four, so looking at what the top four groups are doing gives us a good sense of the battleground while avoiding information overload—though there can be exceptions, since priorities don't always sync up perfectly even among entities supporting the same side. Even if a district hasn’t seen much or any third-party money come in yet, it could still get added to this list before Election Day. By the same token, seats can change hands even if there’s little or no outside spending—for all their access to polls, analytics, and other data, these groups are by no means infallible in predicting which races will be the most competitive. It also only covers past expenditures, which outside groups are required to report to the FEC. It does not account for upcoming spending, including TV ad reservations. Those are generally only available in (often fragmentary) media reports. It’s generally a safe bet, though, that most of these races will see continued spending all the way through Election Day. Some, however, will get triaged (or have already been), which we keep track of separately. Not all dollars are created equal. If you spend $1 million in Minneapolis, that will buy a lot more ads than the same amount spent in New York City, where advertising is much more expensive. The sheet does not include spending on special elections or primaries, or districts where total outside spending from the Big Four groups is less than five figures. New independent expenditure reports keep rolling in all the time (groups generally have to file them within 48 or 24 hours of actually spending their money), and the pace will only quicken as we approach Election Day. We’ll therefore update our chart each Monday and note any key developments.
It's an obvious conclusion that, in the United States, having health insurance of some kind is a prerequisite for getting regular health care, but it's a point that has to keep being made over and over and over again. So there's another report that Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) forced the Trump administration to do, finding that in states that did not expand Medicaid, low-income people are much more likely to forgo getting medical care than in the states that have expanded. The Governmental Accountability Office and the National Center for Health Statistics worked together on the report, finding that nearly 20 percent of low-income people in the non-expansion states say they did not seek needed medical care in the past 12 months because they couldn't pay for it, compared to 9.4 percent in expansion states. In addition, 8 percent of people in non-expansion states said they either skipped prescription medication doses or took less than prescribed to stretch it out, compared to 5 percent in expansion states. For people with chronic conditions—asthma, diabetes, heart disease—that's potentially dangerous. More people in non-expansion states reported not being able get the dental care they needed; 11 percent compared to about 6 percent in expansion states. Wyden explains why this matters right now. «States around the country have an opportunity to expand Medicaid to more people; these findings help show why it's a winning proposition for states and the millions of Americans currently left out,» he said. It also happens to be relevant to the midterm elections this year. Medicaid expansion is directly on the ballot in Idaho, Nebraska, and Utah where voters are taking matters into their own hands since their elected officials won't do it, and in Montana where voters will decide on keeping that state’s expansion. The issue is also prominent in gubernatorial races in states that haven't expanded: Florida, Georgia, and Wisconsin. It's important particularly in those states, but in the races for Congress, as well. The administration is intent on gutting Medicaid, and has had a GOP majority that's been anxious to help. We need a Democratic Congress as an ally in the fight to keep the program running as intended throughout the country. Boiling with anger at Republicans? Get revenge by volunteering to get out the vote for Democrats. Click here, enter your zip code, choose the event that works best for you, and RSVP to attend. Help now to elect Democratic governors with your $3 donation.
It's that time again—in two weeks open enrollment in the Affordable Care Act opens. Despite eight years of Republican repeal efforts. Despite all of the unindicted co-conspirator's sabotage efforts. Obamacare lives and is still getting people covered. For those who need coverage, being ready on the November 1 opening date is recommended, because of course the administration is still doing its damnedest to limit the ability for people to access the site and secure coverage. That means scheduling hours of downtime for «maintenance» during weekends, from Saturday at midnight to Sunday at noon, when many people have the time to do the researching and shopping. The administration is touting a 1.5 percent average decrease in premiums for 2019, claiming credit that changes they made in the law account for it. In some sense that's true—the sabotage they tried last year in ending payments to insurers made those insurers raise premiums significantly for this year, and this year's decreases are an adjustment to account for that. But, Sarah Lueck, senior policy analyst for the left-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities notes that «Premiums would have dropped more on average if not for harmful Trump administration actions.» It's also not the whole story, as our friend and colleague Charles Gaba notes. The administration did some real cherry-picking to define that decrease. Premiums next year will «still be a whopping 30% higher than they were in 2017, with the vast bulk of that due specifically to sabotage actions taken by the Trump Administration and Congressional Republicans,» he writes. (As always, follow Gaba to learn the nitty-gritty of everything ACA.) There's another thing to be wary of, though, this year: Trump's new fake plans. Those needing real coverage will have to watch out for the non-ACA compliant, cheap short-term and association health plans, neither of which have to comply with all the consumer protections in the law. If it seems like too good of a deal to be true, it is. They won't show up on the ACA exchanges either run by the federal government or the states, but will show up in web searches, and it won't always be clear that they're not real ACA-approved plans that will provide real coverage. So don't forget—in addition to voting and helping get out the vote for November, you can help people get insured and keep the ACA strong. Please give $1 to our Senate and House candidates to make Republicans pay the price for sabotaging our health care.
Sundar Pichai, in his first public acknowledgement of Project Dragonfly, says the effort was an internal project to find out what was possible for Google in China.
It's not the algorithmic timeline that Dorsey thinks is to blame.
Benioff says you can't separate business from society.
The pro heavyweight champion plays a mean game of Street Fighter V.
The Singapore-based convention returns with big name stars such as wrestler Kenny Omega and Overwatch voice actress Elise Zhang.
Hurricane Michael's 155 mile per hour winds knocked out fiber networks needed for wireless service.
Some tech companies might have a problem taking money from the Department of Defense, but Amazon isn’t one of them, as CEO Jeff Bezos made clear today at the Wired25 conference. Just last week, Google pulled out of the running for the Pentagon’s $10 billion, 10-year JEDI cloud contract, but Bezos suggested that he was happy […]
Things have been pretty quiet on the Canary front. In January at CES, the New York-based smart security startup released a stripped-down version of it its flagship camera. Beyond the odd software updates here and there, however, we haven’t heard much. This morning, however, the company announced some pretty big changes coming from the top, […]
Astronaut Harrison Schmitt saw Earth from space, but doesn't see that human activity is shaping climate change.
At our one-day TC Sessions: AR/VR event in LA on October 18, we’ll be joined by Walt Disney Imagineering’s R&D Studio Executive Jon Snoddy. We’re going to talk about how Disney is using augmented and virtual reality in their parks and other projects and how they’re coupling those technologies with physical spaces and robotics in ways that no other […]
A new dating app for Trump supporters that wants to “make America date again” has leaked its entire database of users — on the day of its launch. The app, called “Donald Daters,” is aimed at “American-based singles community connecting lovers, friends, and Trump supporters alike” and has already received rave reviews and coverage in […]
One of the top-funded VR content startups, with backers including Disney and GV (Google Ventures), is laying off a “significant portion” of its employees as it pivots away from virtual reality. In a blog post titled “The Future of Jaunt is AR,” the formerly VR-focused company announced it was leaving much of its VR business behind […]
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The situation between Oakland and their Raiders has now gotten to the point that the city is about to sue the soon-to-be relocated franchise. Said lawsuit will likely be filed later in the week and could prompt the Raiders to leave following this season. Among other things, the city will be requesting that the Raiders’ name remains in Oakland once the silver and black does indeed move to Las Vegas. We previously focused on this threat of a lawsuit. At that point, the Raiders themselves countered with a threat of their own. If the city did indeed file suit, Mark Davis’ franchise would bolt Oakland following this season. It’s a good threat from the Raiders. Though, the looming question is where the team might end up for one season. Stanford and California have both pushed back against the idea of the Raiders playing at their on-campus venues. The San Francisco 49ers don’t have a great relationship with the Raiders, making Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara a remote possibility. There’s certainly a chance this team
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According to renowned Aussie Touring Car dealer V8 Sleuth, Triple Eight is selling the one-off Supercar-based wagon, which has been used for promotional and development work since it was unveiled on the Gold Coast back in 2014. Based on Whincup’s 2013 Supercars title-winning VF Commodore, the car was built with minor modifications including a paddle shift-version of the Albins ... Keep reading
The Texas Rangers have now interviewed a half-dozen candidates in their search for a new manager
UCF has been picked by coaches to win the AAC, and Knights point guard B.J. Taylor has been named the conference's preseason player of the year.
Chargers not complaining about their temporary stay in Cleveland