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Now Is The Time For Jeff Flake To STFU And Go Away

He's still not sure he believes Brett Kavanaugh, OH WELL NO BIG DEAL WE GUESS!

Have you been yearning to hear Jeff Flake offer his post mortem on the confirmation of likely attempted rapist Brett Kavanaugh to the highest court in the land? Are you interested in his feelings? Are you interested in what's going on in that little lame duck head of his?

Nah?

Well fuck you, because that's what this post is about.

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White Nonsense

Beware The Return Of Zombie TrumpCare Junior, Again. Wonkagenda For Tues., Oct. 23, 2018

Turkey's drip-drip-drip, Trump strips away MORE healthcare protections, and Alex Jones yells at a pile of shit. Your morning news brief!

Morning Wonketariat! Here's some of the things we may be talking about today.

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Culture Wars

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand Will Cut Your Yarbles Off If She Must, But Only If She REALLY Has To.

Why yes, we DO like her.

As we've said before, we really like the cut of Kirsten Gillibrand's jib. The junior US senator from New York was appointed to fill Hillary Clinton's Senate seat in 2009 when Hillz became Secretary of State, and has quickly become one of the more prominent progressive members of the Senate, advocating for single-payer healthcare, calling to abolish ICE (or radically restructure it, really), and throughout her tenure, leading the fight against sexual assault abuse in the military. And while we must always temper talk of any candidate being a shoo-in for reelection with that warning from noted political pundit Our Girlfriend, "there are no sure things in politics anymore," all the political prediction people consider Gillibrand's seat "solid/safe/likely" Democratic this year. As one indicator, consider yesterday's New York Times piece noting that while Gillibrand's campaign has raised a bit under $11 million, she hasn't spent a dime on TV advertising this year -- which may just give you some hints about her plans for 2020.

Gillibrand, needless to say, says the mandatory "I want to be senator for the next six years" line as convincingly as every other potential presidential candidate does, which is also what she said in 2013 when there was speculation she was looking at a run in 2016. Then again, six years ago, she actually spent over $8 million on her Senate campaign.

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Culture

Ohio Senate Candidate Jim Renacci Tries To #MeToo Sherrod Brown

Jim Renacci is a slimeball.

Republicans have quickly developed a pattern of weaponizing the #MeToo movement for their own political ends, while simultaneously crying "witch hunt" in a crowded adult movie theater whenever one of their own is credibly accused. They defended and endorsed Roy Moore for the Senate while happily applauding Al Franken's exit. Now just weeks after Brett Kavanaugh inexplicably became the Tom Robinson of Washington DC, we have slimy Republican Senate candidate Jim Renacci hurling out accusations of sexual misconduct by his Democratic opponent, Sherrod Brown.

Renacci released a statement late Thursday from a former business partner and political donor, Laura Mills, who alleges that a woman disclosed to her that the Ohio senator made an "unexpected, uninvited, unwanted, and sudden advance" in the late 1980s when they were alone together. The statement does not provide a date, a location, supporting evidence or the name of the accuser. By the standards Jeff Flake and Susan Collins use to confirm Supreme Court nominees, we can presume this never happened or, if it did, the woman is clearly mistaken that it was Brown because he denies it.

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Russia

GOOD MORNING MONTANA. Wonkagenda For Fri., Oct. 19, 2018

Trump tries to change the story, Zinke gets caught grifting, and Nikki Haley's got jokes. Your morning news brief!

Morning Wonketariat! Here's some of the things we may be talking about today.

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Elections

Who You Gonna Call? Dr. Bonesaw! Wonkagenda For Thurs., Oct. 18, 2018

Mike Pompeo didn't discuss 'the facts,' Rod Rosenstein brushes off the haters, and Facebook fucks up (again). Your morning news brief!

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Facebook Sorry Its Hate Machine Caused Actual Genocide

They were only trying to make the world a better place ... again ...

Citing anonymous military officials, The New York Times reports the Myanmar military has been using Facebook to push anti-Muslim sentiments that encouraged the country's Buddhist majority to rape and murder the Rohingya people. Facebook admits the military used its platform to kill hundreds of thousands of people in a campaign the UN has called "a textbook example of ethnic cleansing," but Facebook says it was only trying to make the world a better place. Oops.

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2018 State and Local Elections

'Guilty Until Proven Innocent.' Wonkagenda For Wed., Oct. 17, 2018

Trump does more interviews, voter suppression is already happening, and Canada legalized weed. Your morning news brief.

Morning Wonketariat! Here's some of the things we may be talking about today.

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Right Wing Nutjobs Very Scared Of All The Witchcraft We Are Going To Do To Them

'Tis the season!

One of the most "impressive" things about conservatives is the fact that they pretty much never change. Anything they say now is something they have said before, anything they fear now is something they've feared before. There's never a lot of new material. Every complaint they have about feminists now, they had about suffragettes in the late 1800s, every complaint they have about Black Lives Matter has already been a John Birch Society pamphlet. And, much like the conservatives of old, they are super concerned about witches.

Next weekend, Catland Books in New York City is hosting a public event, open to all who wish to participate in a mass hexing of Brett Kavanaugh, rapists and the patriarchy in general. That seems like some good wholesome fun to me, but over on Gateway Pundit, Stupidest Man On The Internet Jim Hoft is for real upset about it. Because, apparently, hexing rapists just PROVES that Democrats are evil.

Won't someone think of the ... rapists?

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Elections

What Could It Cost, Michael? Wonkagenda For Fri., Oct. 12, 2018

Turkey says it recorded Khashoggi's murder, the markets are tumbling, and we're still ignoring Kanye. Your morning news brief!

Morning Wonketariat! Here's some of the things we may be talking about today.

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Russia

Nobody Likes Trump Rallies :( Wonkagenda For Thurs., Oct. 11, 2018

Trump says #MeToo women 'got away,' global markets nosedive, and the crown prince ordered 'detention' of Jamal Khashoggi. Your morning news brief!

Morning Wonketariat! Here's some of the things we may be talking about today.

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Melania Trump: Sexual Assault Only Counts If Dude Wore A GoPro On His Dingle

At least that's what we guess she's getting at here.

Let's just say it out loud: We have a really sucky first lady. We have had first ladies who were super fucking cool (the most recent one, for example) and we have had first ladies who were less cool, and we have never had a first gentleman because America is really bizarrely retrograde and literally "elected" the world's stupidest man in order avoid being led by a woman. But right now, we have Melania Trump, and as much as people try to be charitable or make excuses for how she never wanted this in the first place, it doesn't change the fact that she is bad and she is complicit and we frankly don't care anymore what kind of secret divorce settlement she's got lined up the second President PussGrab is out of the White House.

And we do specifically mean to say "President PussGrab," because the president of the United States, Melania Trump's husband, has been credibly accused of sexual harassment and/or assault by multiple women, and moreover has been credibly accused of being a gross sleaze-dick by pretty much every sentient human being in the entire world with access to a television.

Which brings us to today!

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SCOTUS

Conservatives Want Us To Burn Books SO BADLY, And Honestly It's A Little Weird.

No offense dudes, but that's kind of your thing?

One of the nicer things about being a liberal, I have found, is that I never really have to resort to "slippery slope" arguments -- because the things that conservatives actually do and say and want in the present are all terrible enough. I am never at a loss for material. I never have to fret if they will soon go "too far," because they usually already have. That ship sailed long ago!

Of course, those on the Right do not have that luxury, and so they must hem and haw about what the Left might hypothetically do in the future. Thus, we end up with patently ridiculous rants like today's column by John Kass in the Chicago Tribune, ominously titled "Burning books like 'To Kill a Mockingbird' is the honest next step for the anti-Kavanaugh left."

As demonstrated last week, the Right thinks they are really onto something with these "To Kill A Mockingbird" allusions. What a win! Because liberals love books, and they love "To Kill A Mockingbird" and it just makes sense that if a fictional man can be falsely accused of rape by a stupid woman, then obviously Brett Kavanaugh is innocent and we are being big ol' hypocrites. It is also known that we dislike the idea of burning books -- and so surely, one way to scare some "sense" into us, is to suggest that this is something we are headed towards doing.

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Elections

Looks Like GOP Blew Brett Kavanaugh's Wad A Few Weeks Early

What a problem that is entirely of their own creation!

First of all, right here at the outset, and 27 days before the midterm elections, we should say that polls are starting to go a bit haywire, and we're hearing all different things about all different things. (Beto's up! Beto's down! Beto has an adorable ass, according to the poll we just took of ourself! See? There's variance.) But we are definitely starting to learn what America has been thinking in the wake of Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court, and also during the maniac few days just before that happened, when Susan Collins was going back and forth on how long she wanted to wait to fail America yet again.

A new CNN poll was taken from October 4 (Thursday) to October 7 (Sunday) and, well ... how do we say ... OK let's just say the GOP jizzed all over itself about three weeks too early, and if there's going to be a Brett Kavanaugh "bump," it's probably just the new Supreme Court justice "boofing" again. (Which means putting drugs into your butt! Drugs like cocaine! And people do a "bump" of cocaine! GET IT? WE MEAN BRETT KAVANAUGH IS DOING A "BUMP" IN HIS HIND QUARTERS! ALLEGEDLY!)

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North Dakota, We Have Had It Up To Here With You!

Thank you, Heidi Heitkamp!

WHAT THE HELL, NORTH DAKOTA?!?!? How is Nice Lady Heidi Heitkamp down in the polls to that ignorant sumbitch Kevin Cramer? How has this disgusting misogynist not Akin'ed himself right out of this US Senate race?

Two weeks ago Cramer told a North Dakota television station that Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's assault accusations against Brett Kavanaugh were "even more absurd" than Anita Hill's claims about Clarence Thomas. CNN reports,

"My point was that there was no type of intercourse or anything like that," Cramer said. "That was my point, that nothing happened in terms of a sexual event beyond, obviously, the attack." He also again cast doubt on the memory of Kavanaugh's accuser, California professor Christine Blasey Ford.

"Well she admits she was a 15-year-old that had been drinking at a party that -- I mean, how many 15-year-olds handle a lot of alcohol, you know, 36 years ago? When it wasn't that common, by the way. ... Thirty-six years ago it wasn't that common for 15-year-olds to be at booze parties," Cramer said.

Because it would be okay if Kavanaugh did try to rape Blasey Ford, as long as he never achieved penetration and he was so drunk he didn't remember it afterwards? Is that the standard now?

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