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The Senate will likely pass the $1.9 trillion Covid Relief Bill in the next few days through budget reconciliation. Later in the year, the Dems will come back to do a second bill — an infrastructure bill — also on the reconciliation line. That’s a rare opportunity, as you normally only get one a year, but the last Congress punted on doing a budget for fiscal year 2021, so technically — this one is really THAT one, and the next one, in the fall, will be for fiscal year 2022. …


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Knucklehead Poses for Dramatic Mugshot in Full MAGA-Gear

It’s past midnight, so the insurrectionists made it into their second day, but it all has the feel of a sinking ship. Some Congressmen and Josh Hawley will ride it to the bottom.

Good riddance.

I’m actually kinda glad that Hawley joined the Pennsylvania objection, as it gives me the chance to write a bit before bed, assured that I’ll wake up tomorrow one day closer to the end of both the Trump Regime, and the whole Trumpian Era.

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What’s on my mind right now, before knocking off for the night, is my dad. I just received…


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The Loathsome Mr. Cruz

The big news today is, of course, President Trump putting the screws to Georgia election officials in an effort to overturn his massive, huge, embarrassing loss to Sleepy Joe Biden. As he may have finally committed a big-boy crime, that story assuredly deserves the headlines it’s receiving. But spare a moment for Ted Cruz, too. He deserves some attention for his most recent skullduggery.

Yesterday, the preternaturally icky Junior Senator from Texas wrote a letter for the full Sedition Caucus, suggesting that we resolve the “disputed” election of 2020, by creating a committee based on the one that drafted the…


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Kyle Smith of The National Review, and Author of “Monkey Love.”

The Amazon blub about Kyle Smith’s 2004 novel “Love Monkey” reads:

“Many men aim high; Tom Farrell dares to be average. While his friends accumulate wedding rings, mortgages, and even, alarmingly, babies, Tom still lives alone in his rented apartment with nothing but condiments and alcohol in his refrigerator. He spends Saturday mornings watching cartoons and eating Cocoa Puffs out of an Empire Strikes Back bowl, and devotes the rest of the weekend to his other favorite hobbies: sports and girls. His credo, to think and act like a thirteen-year-old boy at all times, has worked well enough to land…


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Two Dangerous Myths, Germany 1918 and The United States 2020.

Media reaction to Donald Trump challenging the recent election results seems, so far, to be one of annoyed bemusement with a touch of gathering anxiety. The recent moves by the President to replace the civilian leadership at the Pentagon with diehard partisan loyalists, and reports of some Republican state legislators considering sending an alternate slate to the Electoral College, should send a chill up every spine. Still, it is a reasonable bet that Joseph R. Biden will be sworn into office on January 20, 2021.

That, however, will not end the existential threat posed to American democracy by Republican attempts…


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Major General Smedley Darlington Butler, U.S. Marine Corps

Since we seem to be sidling up to an attempted coup d’état by the current occupant of the White House, it might behoove us to remember the last time one was attempted in the history of the United States.

In 1934, a group of fascist American industrialists who hated FDR, progressives, liberals and Democrats attempted to recruit former Marine Corps Brigadier General Smedley Butler — a soldier’s soldier if ever there was — to lead an army of 500,000 veterans of WWI in a march on Washington where they would depose the elected government and declare martial law. …


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Trump Caravan, Rather Pathetically, Blocking Traffic on the Mario Cuomo Bridge

What you see when you look at this picture likely says a lot about your mood as we round the corner into Election Week. This is an image, captured today on the Mario Cuomo Bridge, between Nyack and Tarrytown over the Hudson, about 25 miles north of the City. It’s a picture of a Trump Caravan, one of several around the country today, that decided the closing argument of the campaign should be making life unpleasant for their neighbors on a rainy afternoon.

Talk about lousy marketing.

What they WANT you to see when you look at this picture is…


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Me, Finally Enjoying the Election Cycle

I was on a Zoom call today with some old friends. All of them are rational, thoughtful, engage, and more than a bit concerned. Maybe even scared. Definitely worried. Perhaps even somewhat freaked out.

So, probably a lot like your friends.

We talked about lost sleep and the intersecting anxieties of eight months under Covid, and — though we tried to avoid it — we talked about the upcoming election and how we’re not quite sure what happens to the world if the bastard manages to once again sneak through.

The conversation got me thinking about how we’re reacting under…


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Donald Trump, Dancing to Macho Man on a Florida Stage

As we head for the back straightaway on this final lap of the election season, one question stands out for me above the others: What the hell is Donald Trump’s campaign all about?

Like, seriously, what’s the damn message?

I’m tempted to write tonight about the Scooby-Doo / Rudy Giuliani caper that exploded like a kid who ate too much applesauce all over the New York Post this morning, but there’s no reason to give that ham-fisted disinformation campaign any more oxygen. …


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President Trump yesterday made yet another remarkable public statement about his experiences with the Covid-19. Aside from all the usual fluff about “the China Virus” and claiming that his becoming infected with Covid was “a blessing from God,” he made two salient, newsworthy points:

1. He declared the Regeneron antibody therapy he received to be “a cure” for this deadly, highly infectious disease.

2. He said that he was going to make it free for all Americans, stating, “I want everybody to be given the same treatment as the President,” and “I want to get to you what I got…

Michael Tallon

Once a history teacher in Brooklyn, Mike took a sabbatical in 2004 to travel through Latin America. He never returned. He lives and works in Guatemala.

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