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How Did Medicare for All Candidates Fare in the Midterms? How Did Medicare for All Candidates Fare in the Midterms?

This year, a majority of House Democratic candidates endorsed Medicare for All, according to the union National Nurses United. If you had told me in 2014, or even 2016, that this would happen, I would have frowned at you, walked away, and possibly tried to contact someone who cares about you out of concern for your…

Republicans Are Freaking Out About the Democrats' Small-Dollar Fundraising Machine Republicans Are Freaking Out About the Democrats' Small-Dollar Fundraising Machine

Sometimes on a Monday morning, you need a big ol’ cup of schadenfreude to wake up. Let me pour you one. As Politico reported, Republicans are fretting about their “online donor deficit” compared to the Democrats’ monster of an online fundraising machine in ActBlue.

Bernie... No... Bernie... No...

In an interview with the Daily Beast published today, Sen. Bernie Sanders said something very fucking stupid (emphasis added):

On Not Beating the Odds On Not Beating the Odds

Virginia’s Fifth Congressional District makes no damn sense. Shaped like a wizard’s hat, it stretches from its wide base at the state’s southern border and winds up nestling against the DC metro area in the north. It occupies a huge slice of the middle of the state, is more than 200 miles long, and contains more than…

NBC Realizes That Trump Immigration Ad Is Super Racist Only After Airing It During Primetime NBC Realizes That Trump Immigration Ad Is Super Racist Only After Airing It During Primetime

If you are at all familiar with the racist immigration-themed ad that President Trump’s campaign released last week, you are probably aware that it is extremely racist. The video, which Trump himself tweeted out last week, was covered by CNN and other sites, including Splinter. CNN also refused to run the ad on its…

Democrats Who Swore Off Corporate Campaign Donations Are Still Getting a Boost From Big Money Democrats Who Swore Off Corporate Campaign Donations Are Still Getting a Boost From Big Money

The 2018 midterms have seen a huge number of Democrats pledge not to take money from corporate PACs. It’s a sign of the times: The Bernie Sanders-style rejection of money in politics is taking root among Democrats in a year when insurgent candidates from all walks of life are running, including a record number of women

You Can't Fact-Check MAGA-Heads Out of Loving Trump You Can't Fact-Check MAGA-Heads Out of Loving Trump

One of the persistent unanswered questions about the Donald Trump era is how to cover his bullshit lies without just spreading his bullshit lies even further. This is particularly salient as the midterms rush to a nightmarish close, with the Republicans doing everything they can to frighten their base of old white…

The Worst Industries Are Using Front Groups to Buy Influence on Facebook, and It’s All Legal The Worst Industries Are Using Front Groups to Buy Influence on Facebook, and It’s All Legal

A ProPublica story out today details how a dozen ad campaigns on Facebook appear to have concealed their true sponsors, with several being sponsored by front groups for oil interests. A front group tied to American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, itself a trade association for companies like ExxonMobil and BP, ran…

Florida Woman Absolutely Goes for It With Nazi Halloween Decorations Florida Woman Absolutely Goes for It With Nazi Halloween Decorations

“Oh, I thought you said to put up some NASTY decorations!” is the only thing that could explain how this story happened.

Jonathan Swan Is a Bootlicker Jonathan Swan Is a Bootlicker

You might have woken up this morning, as I did, to the Axios headline: “Exclusive: Trump to terminate birthright citizenship.” In your bleary-eyed, pre-java state, you would struggle toward the thought: What... the fuck? Can he do that? He told Axios he can, but this is also a guy who thinks exercise is bad for you…

Healthcare Companies Saved Billions From the GOP's Class Warfare Tax Bill Healthcare Companies Saved Billions From the GOP's Class Warfare Tax Bill

Chances are that someone reading this post just paid a large medical bill, either through having to meet the deductible their insurance company imposes on them, or because of a large hospital bill, or because their drugs are expensive. Is that you?

Facebook Lets You Buy Political Ads as Basically Anyone, Including ISIS and Mike Pence Facebook Lets You Buy Political Ads as Basically Anyone, Including ISIS and Mike Pence

Among the measures Facebook brought in to respond to Russian attempts to influence the 2016 election on the platform was increased transparency around political ads bought on the platform, including making all political ads available in an online archive. Earlier this year, the company began requiring all political…

Michael Avenatti Fucked It Up Big Time Michael Avenatti Fucked It Up Big Time

I do not take any pleasure in thinking or writing about the actions or statements of Michael Avenatti. I am sorry. But it’s worth highlighting this part of a Time magazine profile of the bombastic grifter out today (emphasis mine):

Can Los Angeles Quit Wall Street? Can Los Angeles Quit Wall Street?

On November 6, Los Angeles voters will decide on a ballot measure that would allow the city to create a public bank to hold the city’s funds. Cities around the country are looking at this alternative to parking their money with predatory Wall Street banks. It’s not a totally radical concept: North Dakota has had a…

People Die Without Medicaid, Plain and Simple People Die Without Medicaid, Plain and Simple

A new study by the Center for American Progress published today found that expanding Medicaid in the states that haven’t yet done so “would save more than 14,000 lives per year.” This means that, without expanding Medicaid, 14,000 people may die unnecessarily, because of political choices made by Republicans.

Young people continue to think single payer is...very nice. A new poll from the AP shows that support for a national single payer health plan among 15-34 year olds is steady and unwavering at 69 percent, matching what a Morning Consult poll found this June. Nice.

Barack Obama Still Doesn't Get It Barack Obama Still Doesn't Get It

At a rally last night in Las Vegas, former President Barack Obama urged the crowd to overcome their “cynicism” and vote this November. He told the audience that “the threat to our democracy does not come from one person in the White House or Republicans in Congress or big money lobbyists. The biggest threat to our…

Shocker: When You Make It Easier For People To Vote, They Do Shocker: When You Make It Easier For People To Vote, They Do

As early voting lines in states like Georgia and Texas stretch for blocks and blocks, a recent study indicates something shocking: Making it easier for people to vote increases the likelihood that they will vote. U wot???

CNN's Jim Acosta Was Almost Cool Last Night CNN's Jim Acosta Was Almost Cool Last Night

Ugh, you hate to see it: Someone snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, getting so close to getting it right and then dropping the ball at the last second. Almost being cool, and then being a damn fool.

Please Enjoy This Tale of Bill de Blasio Fucking Everything Up Please Enjoy This Tale of Bill de Blasio Fucking Everything Up

Angela Carter wrote in the novel Wise Children that comedy is tragedy that happens to other people, and I’d like to add that it’s especially funny when those people are politicians, particularly mealy-mouthed Democrats who insist on branding themselves as progressive leaders anyway. On that note, Politico today reports

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