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Elizabeth Warren dominates Daily Kos Straw Poll, Sanders and rest of field far behind

The Elizabeth Warren consolidation of the Daily Kos Left continues. Yesterday’s straw poll results: 9/17 8/27 8/14 8/2 7/17 7/2 6/11 5/29 5/14 5/1 4/15 4/2 3/18 2/18 2/5 1/22 1/8 WA

Trump names his 4th national security adviser in 3 years, a man who didn't want the job or Trump

The only things you can count on in the Trump administration are high turnover and public humiliation on the way out the door. We’ve seen it time and time again, from Omarosa Manigault-Newman to Rex Tillerson to John Bolton. People come into the Trump admi

It wasn't Corey Lewandowski who impaired the impeachment inquiry on Tuesday. It was Jerry Nadler

Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski spent six hours in front of the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, being questioned both by the members and by a staff attorney. It was an extraordinarily frustrating experience, one in which Lewandowski both adm

Recent Republican-pushed federal shutdowns gained nothing, but cost taxpayers at least $4 billion

A new Senate report pegs the cost of the last three government shutdowns, from the bizarre 2013 Republican shutdown demanding the end of «Obamacare» to the two 2018-2019 Trump-led shutdowns over whether or not he would be granted taxpayer funds t

CNN shamelessly booked admitted liar Corey Lewandowski and it predictably went off the rails

Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, appeared before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday and after hours of questioning, in which Lewandowski stalled, deflected, and at times outright mocked members of Congress and their oversigh

Watch as House Judiciary counsel Barry Berke knocks the smug off Corey Lewandowski's mug

Anyone watching the appearance of Corey Lewandowski before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday was very likely to come away thinking it was a complete waste of time. Or, at least, a waste of time for those who were trying to learn something about Donal

Post-debate poll: Biden, Warren on the rise; enthusiasm surging for Warren

The first major national poll following last week's Democratic debate showed the basic trajectory of the race virtually uninterrupted. The NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found former Vice President Joe Biden and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren asserti

Morning Digest: North Carolina GOP passes new legislative gerrymanders—and some Democrats join them

The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Lead

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Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: Israeli elections and movement in Democratic primaries

Haaretz: Israel Election 2019: Netanyahu Fails to Secure Majority, Gantz Leads, Arabs Surge, Exit Polls Show Two exit polls show Kahol Lavan overtaking Likud, one poll has them tied ■ Labor Party, Democratic Union make it in ■ Kahanist party wiped off

Elizabeth Warren just held her largest rally so far, and there are 20,000 selfies to prove it

Once upon a time I worked with a down-and-out college football team with a historically bad record. The university hired an assistant coach from a more successful program, and this newly minted head coach set about to turn the ship around. Each day he talke

'It’s a weapon of war’: Democratic veteran dismantles bogus assault weapons argument in eight tweets

When former Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander announced he was stepping away from political life last October—in order to deal with untreated symptoms of PTSD from his military service—he promised that while he was going to focus on getting bett

ACLU of Michigan lawsuit seeks to help ‘overwhelmed’ special education programs in Flint, Michigan

At just five years old, Jaylon Wakes of Flint was suspended 50 times in a single school year in 2015, the year that the Flint water crisis hit the headlines. When he was in school, his mother, Nakiya, told Daily Kos, at one point three adults restrained him r

16th Republican quits the House so he can seek redder pastures back at home

On Tuesday, Rep. Paul Cook's chief of staff said the congressman would not seek re-election next year to California’s 8th District, making Cook the 16th Republican to retire from the House so far this cycle. Instead, Cook will seek an open seat on the San B

McConnell trolls us all with his power to wreck the Senate, the judiciary, the nation

Moscow Mitch McConnell is here to remind us why we keep fighting.  xSome Democrats are also threatening to “pack” the Supreme Court if they don’t get the rulings they want. These attacks on judicial independence are not norm

Border agents don't like how they're being treated over their treatment of migrant kids, apparently

Thank goodness we’re finally hearing from the victims of Border Patrol’s inhumanity, and it’s not the migrant kids who have been separated from their families and are languishing in U.S. custody. “To have gone from where people didn’t know much abo

Daughter of a Ford autoworker, Rep. Tlaib is true to her roots in standing with striking autoworkers

About 50,000 autoworkers are striking against General Motors across the country, including in Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s Michigan district. Striking workers have set up picket lines at warehouses and plants as they rally for livable wages and health ca

Pelosi pushes for 'clean' short-term funding bill now, delaying border wall fight for ... later

House Democratic leadership is kicking the can down the road on a big funding fight over Donald Trump’s border wall that could lead to another government shutdown. Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders plan to pass a short-term funding bill th

Conservative groups rallying to protect their investment in Kavanaugh and Collins dutifully helps

Conservative groups spent a great deal of money on Republican senators in order to get their boy Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court. That includes an investment in one «moderate» Republican senator from Maine, Susan Collins. She's been well-rewa

UAW workers stay on strike in 'battle for the middle class'

More than 45,000 workers remain on strike against General Motors after contract negotiations broke down between the company and the UAW. GM has cut off health insurance coverage for striking workers, while details of the two sides’ proposals remain scan

Asylum-seekers at 'tent court' beg judge appearing via video to not send them back to Mexico

More than 50 asylum-seekers who have been forced to wait out their cases in Mexico were supposed to be at the so-called “tent court” in Laredo, Texas, for their hearing on Monday, but only 26 were able to appear. The rest, Gus Bova of Texas Observer re

Rehashing the FBI’s sham Kavanaugh 'investigation' is a net plus for Democrats in 2020 and beyond

Campaign Action House Judiciary Chair Jerry Nadler has already thrown cold water on impeaching Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, but he also said Democrats would grill FBI Director Chris Wray about the FBI’s supposed «investigation» into

Warren draws 20,000 in NYC, the undisputed biggest draw of the field

I was in New York City’s Bryant Park in 2003, in awe as around 10,000 cheered Howard Dean. In that electrifying moment, everything seemed possible. The Dean campaign was an unassailable juggernaut!  We know how that story ended. The moral? Crowd sizes a

Report finds major newspapers keep quoting anti-immigrant hate groups on immigration stories

The Center for Immigration Studies is an innocuous-sounding name for an anti-immigrant hate group that should never be quoted on immigration stories, yet a new report has found that major newspapers, including The New York Times and The Washington Post, re

Corey Lewandoski hearing shows that any impeachment inquiry is going to require much tougher rules

On Tuesday afternoon, former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski sat down to answer questions before the House Judiciary Committee. In theory. This is the same hearing that former staffers Rick Dearborn and Rob Porter refused to attend after getting a n

Midday open thread: Apologies, cancer, and bomb-sniffing dogs

Today’s comic by Jen Sorensen is Cartoon: Honest Democratic debate questions: About freaking time: Nearly 50 years ago, in 1969, 14 black football players at the University of Wyoming wanted to protest a racist policy. The team was set t

Kavanaugh's confirmation was built on lies. The entire GOP traffics in lies. Why the press silence?

We're witnessing a political revolution in this country, and the press is missing this monumental shift. It’s not that journalists can’t spot the game-changing story; it’s that they’re too afraid to document it. They’re too bullied to address it f

I’m Aimee Allison, founder of She the People. Ask me anything!

I’m the founder of She the People, a national network that elevates the political power and voices of women of color. I founded She the People to uphold four fundamental values: to love our own and others, to seek justice for all, to ensure that everyone be

If the Saudi attack was launched from Iran, America has a lot more to worry about than oil

When intelligence sources indicate that last week’s attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities “originated” in Iran, there’s a good reason to believe they’re correct—from a certain point of view. The Houthi militia in Yemen, which has claimed responsi

Daily Kos Democratic presidential primary straw poll: Post-Labor Day edition

Political conventional wisdom is that people tune into campaigns after Labor Day, marking that as the unofficial actual start of election season. Everything before that? Prep work.  Presidential primaries aren't as imminent as a November general election; I

Eco-fascists' rise adds a hateful twist to the realities of climate change

Fascists and their enablers never miss a trick. They have displayed a remarkable knack for worming their way into virtually every corner of modern life, from our video games to our scientific pursuits. They seek out fresh recruits in every potential corner—

Trump skips 'invasion' rhetoric to make embarrassing pitch to Latino voters during New Mexico rally

Let’s just be clear from the start: Donald Trump is not going to win the Latino vote. He didn’t in 2016, and he won’t in 2020. Sure, he’ll get some—Latinos are not a monolith, and there are civilian versions of Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio scattered e

Democrats tell McConnell to keep putting liars on Supreme Court, dismiss Kavanaugh impeachment talk

Just one year ago, in the midst of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court, Sen. Dick Durbin was livid over the multitude and severity of the lies from Kavanaugh and the cover-up by the Trump administratio

Trump's Turnberry scandal keeps getting worse with lengthy visits and government-purchased souvenirs

First came the word that an Air Force crew had apparently gone out of their way to refuel at a higher cost, and spend more on a room so they could stay at Trump’s Turnberry golf resort 40 miles outside of Glasgow, Scotland. Then, after a few days of investi

AOC backs primary challenge to notorious conservative Democrat Dan Lipinski

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has made her first endorsement for a 2020 House primary, and it’s for Marie Newman, the challenger to conservative Democratic Rep. Dan Lipinski. Lipinski is a prime target for a progressive challenge, as an anti-abortion, anti-

House Judiciary Chair Jerry Nadler: Trump 'ought to be impeached'

House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler appears to have been unleashed after months of downplaying his personal views on impeachment. In a radio interview Monday with New York station WNYC, Nadler made some of his bluntest comments to date on whether

U.S. intelligence reportedly points to Iran as source of Saudi attack, but can reports be trusted?

On Monday evening, NBC News reported that sources inside U.S. intelligence agencies believe that the attack on Saudi oil processing facilities “originated in” Iran. This does not necessarily mean that the drones or missiles involved literally flew to the

White House blocks two former aides' House testimony, but Lewandowski plans self-promoting fireworks

The Trump White House really, really doesn’t want any of its former staffers telling what they know about whether and how Donald Trump obstructed justice. The House Judiciary Committee had subpoenaed two more former Trump aides for a hearing Tuesday, bu

Morning Digest: Kentucky's GOP governor, trailing in polls, resorts to desperate racism in new ad

The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Lead
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