Political talk from outside of the UK
:sunglasses: 27.3 % :thumbsup: 22.7 % 😯 4.5 % :grinning: 13.6 % 🧥 9.1 % :cry: 22.7 %
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By Andy McDandy
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As some satirical sites have pointed out, he's setting a really interesting precedent.

Gun control. National emergency. Universal healthcare. National emergency. Anything, really. National emergency.

And this is why we don't let the wankers get power.
By Andy McDandy
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The Stand, Stephen King's best attempt at the great American novel. The central question being, "What does it mean to be American?" Written in the aftermath of Watergate and Vietnam.

Frighteningly relevant.

See also GBH.
 
By Cyclist
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Note the newspaper's title. Where can I get a new irony meter?

Alabama newspaper editor calls on KKK to lynch Democrats

The editor and publisher of a local paper in Alabama is under fire for penning an editorial calling for mass lynchings by the Ku Klux Klan (KKK).

The opinion piece ran in his print-only newspaper, the Democrat-Reporter, last Thursday, Goodloe Sutton told another newspaper.

He said Democrats were going to raise taxes and that the KKK should hang them and raid Washington DC.

Alabama lawmakers have called for Sutton to resign.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-47295551

I'm so glad the our esteemed government will forge a closer relationship with these people post-Brexit
 
By Daley Mayle
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Trump to me is more like Greg Stillson in The Dead Zone
"The man is a clown. He goes charging around the speaking platform, like that at every rally [...] He's a clown, so what? [...] So people want a giggle or two. Even more, they want to thumb their noses at a political establishment that doesn't seem able to solve anything."

It would be easy to mistake that as an old quote about Donald Trump. Maybe a comment from a political analyst in the early stages of his campaign. Maybe a line from an interview with a member of the public discussing the ever-increasing popularity of his 2015 rallies.

It's not, though.

Despite the similarities, that's actually a line spoken by a character in the 1979 Stephen King novel The Dead Zone.

The man being referred to is the fictitious Greg Stillson: a ruthless salesman-turned-politician whose eccentric stunts and anti-establishment rhetoric helps him amass a huge public following.

Basically, a man who goes from businessman (and real-estate broker) to politician and takes Washington completely by surprise.
 
By The Weeping Angel
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Suburban fascists rounding up migrants.

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics ... book-video
A New Mexico militia group posted a video to its Facebook page that shows members detaining dozens of people at the US-Mexico border this week. The live video was shot at night; the person behind the camera can be heard saying, “Holy hell, there are a lot of people here” and “I don’t know if we got them all.” Dozens of people can be seen on the ground, sitting quietly, sometimes breaking the silence by chatting in Spanish.

The group’s page features other videos and photos in which its members detain immigrants while armed. According to CNN, authorities are currently investigating the militia’s videos.

New Mexico’s attorney general, Hector Balderas, released a short statement condemning the group, which calls itself United Constitutional Patriots - New Mexico Border Ops, on Thursday. “These individuals should not attempt to exercise authority reserved for law enforcement.”

The state’s governor, Michelle Lujan Grisham, echoed this sentiment in a statement to the New York Times, saying, “It should go without saying that regular citizens have no authority to arrest or detain anyone.”

Grisham went on to call the militia’s detention of the immigrants “completely unacceptable.”

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB) also put out a statement condemning citizen-led detentions: “#CBP does not endorse or condone private groups or organizations that take enforcement matters into their own hands. Interference by civilians in law enforcement matters could have public safety and legal consequences for all parties involved.”
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By Philip Marlow
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Of the available candidates (so far) she'd be my second choice, were I remotely eligible to be voting. So this is a bit depressing really.
I Can’t Believe Elizabeth Warren Is Losing to These Guys

She can’t get out of the mid-single digits in the polls, and PredictIt, the political betting site, puts her chances of winning the nomination at 7 percent. She’s having trouble raising money; she lagged Mayor Pete in the first quarter funding haul even though he was a nobody who’d just entered the race.

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2019/04/eliz ... 0-campaign
 
By Tubby Isaacs
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He hammered Kirsten Gillibrand to such an extent that they get the same score after rounding. And as ever with this sort of candidate, there's the implication that his votes count for more than others. Isn't it a problem if he's losing to Kamala Harris very badly with demographics that vote most?
By visage
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Philip Marlow wrote:
Mon Apr 22, 2019 1:22 pm
Of the available candidates (so far) she'd be my second choice, were I remotely eligible to be voting. So this is a bit depressing really.
I Can’t Believe Elizabeth Warren Is Losing to These Guys

She can’t get out of the mid-single digits in the polls, and PredictIt, the political betting site, puts her chances of winning the nomination at 7 percent. She’s having trouble raising money; she lagged Mayor Pete in the first quarter funding haul even though he was a nobody who’d just entered the race.

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2019/04/eliz ... 0-campaign
The question isnt really where a given candidate is in a fragmented field. Its about which candidates are in a good position to last in the race and who is best placed to pick up support/money from people who drop out.

Sanders, for example tends to be either someones first choice, or nowhere. I cant see him retaining his lead as the field thins. Biden is there on name recognition. Mayor Pete is one to watch if he can last the pace. All the others are a bit meh.
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