Open thread for night owls: Excerpts from the latest edition of the Harper's Index
From the November Harper’s Index:
Portion of Americans who wouldn’t be “at all surprised” if the genocide of a religious group occurred in the United States: 1/3
Number of species classified as threatened or endangered under Republican administrations since 1993: 77
Under Democratic administrations: 915
Factor by which a French person is more likely than an American to believe that vaccines are unsafe: 3
Average number of times per week Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is mentioned
on Fox News: 42
On CNN: 14
Number of states whose supreme court benches are all white: 24
Total number of state-level recall elections from 1908 to 2009: 25
From 2010 to the present: 20
Percentage of Democratic voters who cite a personal characteristic as the most important factor in selecting a president: 28
Who cite a policy consideration: 27
Number of Democratic congresspeople with “A” ratings from the NRA after
the 2008 elections: 67
With “A” ratings after the 2018 midterms: 3
Number of states that prohibit local governments from enacting gun regulations beyond existing state laws: 43
Rank of subscription television services among forty-six major U.S. industries in terms of customer satisfaction: 46
Of breweries: 1
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«Michelle and I are heartbroken over the passing of our friend, Elijah Cummings. As Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, he showed us all not only the importance of checks and balances within our democracy, but also the necessity of good people stewarding it. Steely yet compassionate, principled yet open to new perspectives, Chairman Cummings remained steadfast in his pursuit of truth, justice, and reconciliation. It’s a tribute to his native Baltimore that one of its own brought such character, tact, and resolve into the halls of power every day. And true to the giants of progress he followed into public service, Chairman Cummings stood tallest and most resolute when our country needed him the most.» ~~Barack Obama
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xÃ¢ÂÂI only have a minute, 60 seconds in it, forced upon me, I did not choose it,but I know that I must use it,give account if I abuse it,suffer if I lose it.Only a tiny little minute,but eternity is in it.Ã¢ÂÂÃ¢ÂÂ Rep. Elijah CummingsÃ¢ÂÂ first floor speech is all too resonant today pic.twitter.com/RkqnTanv83— NowThis (@nowthisnews) October 17, 2019
BLAST FROM THE PAST
At Daily Kos on this date in 2008—CO-Sen: Schaffer on His Own Now:
National Republicans have decided Bob Schaffer is a sinking ship, and you know what happens with the rats then.
Last week there were rumors that the NRSC was going to pull out of Schaffer's campaign for the Colorado Senate seat being vacated by Wayne Allard. That speculation is confirmed today.
Mark Udall, has been posting consistent leads in polling for the last month, probably one reason a cash-strapped NRSC has decided to retrench and defend other seats. It's not just the NRSC that have been scared off. «Independent» 527s, are also pulling out, looking to Oregon and North Carolina to try to salvage a few Republican incumbents.
On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: Greg Dworkin and Ian Reifowitz round up another crazy day of news. Impeachment drama continues, even as we lost Elijah Cummings. Someone's making a killing in the markets off of Trump chaos. Meanwhile, in Normalville, health care & taxes are still key.
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