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There is something you can do about it

There is something you can do about it

Four more Ruth Bader Ginsburgs or four more Samuel Alitos

My wife doesn’t usually try to scare me on purpose. She knows I’m already prone to dreams in which Trump wins and we all end up with Vladimir Putin faces — like in that one Twilight Zone.

So when she sent me this piece that’s going around by Tobias Stone, I knew we had reached the point in this election when we all grab our ears and flop like fish until we exorcise the thought of any Republican — let alone Birther Trump — winning the presidency.

Here’s the scariest part of Stone’s piece, in case you missed it:

As the events that led to the First World War unfolded, there were a few brilliant minds who started to warn that something big was wrong, that the web of treaties across Europe could lead to a war, but they were dismissed as hysterical, mad, or fools, as is always the way, and as people who worry about Putin, Brexit, and Trump are dismissed now.…

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Jennifer Granholm brings down the house with her “Michigan Convention Ode”, a poem about Donald Trump

Jennifer Granholm brings down the house with her “Michigan Convention Ode”, a poem about Donald Trump

This morning at the Michigan DNC delegation breakfast, former Governor (and my personal friend and hero) Jennifer Granholm read a poem she wrote about Donald Trump. She had the entire room in stitches so I asked her if I could share it with our readers and she kindly agreed.

Enjoy!

Michigan Convention Ode — a little fun at the Michigan breakfast, with apologies to Dr. Seuss

Delegates from the South, or us northern yanks–
We may seem different as sushi and franks.
But upon closer look, for what it’s worth,
We’re all really just separated at birth.

More than geography that connects us,
Our love of country also intersects us.…

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Four things to know about the DNC email leaks

Four things to know about the DNC email leaks

The evolving story about the leaked Democratic National Committee emails got quite a bit more complicated today, with cybersecurity experts weighing in that Russian government operatives are likely behind the hack.

If you’re head is swimming, like mine has been, here’s a lowdown on what’s known, what’s hype, and what seems to be straight bunk.

First, the emails indicate some staffers preferred Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders. Obviously. And not just obviously in the sense that that’s what the scandal is about. I mean obviously in the sense that no one should be surprised in the least that the DNC preferred a candidate who has for decades worked to build relationships with DNC leaders over a candidate who became a Democrat only to run for president, and who assailed party leaders from the beginning of the campaign.

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My Stuttering Mind

My Stuttering Mind

I have not posted in about a month. The reason escaped me for the weeks since, but I think I have finally figured it out.

My mind is stuttering.

I have been deeply involved in politics for 25 years now. Most of that time on the radio, but certainly as an activist, a surrogate for many candidates, and a guest speaker at many groups and Union meetings. I have spoken to literally thousands of people over those 25 years and mostly to great success. That was until this year.

This year my prognostication skills have been not just tested or bent, but shattered into small pieces.…

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Arizona’s story: Listening to her authentic self

Arizona’s story: Listening to her authentic self

After nearly 50 years, this transgender woman finally let the world see who she’s always known herself to be.

This is part of a story series about the lives of transgender people. Read the introduction here.

Arizona Welsh was three years old when she first realized that she was much more like the women in her life than the men, even though she was assigned male gender at birth. But she didn’t have the words for it — literally.

Welsh was born deaf, along with vision loss, so it took until she was five years old for Welsh to learn the terms “boy” and “girl.”

I was nearly five when I first learned those words.…

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Trump has already made David Duke relevant again

Trump has already made David Duke relevant again

And he’s changing brains for the worse

Donald Trump says America is a hellscape. Either he’s been spending too much time at Trump rallies — or he actually has a strategy that requires us to believe that historically low crime, record-high employment and the most secure border in generations are terrible things.

If you’re masochistic like me you spend much of your time reading about why we should be very worried about the prospect of a President Trump, usually served with generous portions of “here’s how it happened in Germany.”

George Lakoff has a post up today that sums up the mess we’re in: “Even if he loses the election, Trump will have changed the brains of millions of Americans, with future consequences.”

And we know this is true because former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke has been inspired to seek a U.S.

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Federal judge strikes down ban on straight-ticket voting option in Michigan

Federal judge strikes down ban on straight-ticket voting option in Michigan

Hallelujha!

In a surprising move, a federal judge in Detroit struck down a Republican law that bans having the option of voting a straight partisan ballot in Michigan. It’s a move sure to give Republicans a very powerful case of indigestion since the move was largely aimed at taking control of the last areas where they do not have control: the State Board of Education and University Boards of Regents and Trustees.

From reporting by The Detroit News:

A federal judge in Detroit has issued four preliminary injunctions against state election officials, prohibiting Michigan from enforcing a new law that bans straight-ticket voting.…

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Trump has been calling himself “President of the United States of America” for a year now on election filings

Trump has been calling himself “President of the United States of America” for a year now on election filings

A new piece out in Vanity Fair contains a buried lede that should easily have been the headline. In filings over the past year with the Federal Elections Commission, Donald Trump refers to himself as “President of the United States of America”. The first of the filings was in July of last year:

In his 92-page financial disclosure to the Federal Election Commission (F.E.C.) in July 2015 and in a second, 104-page disclosure last May, in both of which he calls himself “President of the United States of America” (Hillary humbly calls herself “Candidate for President”), he lists at least $1.5 billion in hard assets.…

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How the media almost missed the hostile takeover of Michigan

How the media almost missed the hostile takeover of Michigan

Flint’s water, Detroit’s schools and the assault on democracy

Elected officials can:

a) call a meeting to order;
b) approve the minutes;
c) and adjourn the meeting.

That’s democracy under Michigan’s Emergency Manager Law.

Watch out. It could be coming to your state.

At this year’s Netroots Nation, Eclectablog’s Chris Savage hosted a panel on “Flint and Detroit Public Schools: Disasters for Democracy and Public Health,” which explored the consequences of Michigan’s draconian Emergency Manager laws — Public Act 4 and Public Act 436.

The poisoned water of Flint and the disgraceful conditions of Detroit’s public schools have become the two most galling examples of the costs of conservative indifference to rights and needs of poor Michiganders.…

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What Melania Trump’s plagiarism of Michelle Obama tells us about Trump’s hypocrisy

What Melania Trump’s plagiarism of Michelle Obama tells us about Trump’s hypocrisy

By now you’ve probably read about Donald Trump’s wife Melania and the speech she gave at the National Republican Convention last night. Her plagiarism of Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech was first noticed by journalist Jarrett Hill whose tweet blew up the internet:

CORRECTION: Melania stole a whole graph from Michelle's speech. #GOPConvention
WATCH: https://t.co/8BCOwXAHSy pic.twitter.com/zudpDznGng

— Jarrett Hill (@JarrettHill) July 19, 2016

The Trump campaign is denying it’s plagiarism but nobody with two brain cells to knock together can deny that it was, in fact, just that. Here, watch for yourself:

Any rational campaign would have quickly blamed it on a “low level staffer”, fired them, and moved on.…

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Charles Kettles, heroic Vietnam veteran from Ypsilanti, Michigan, awarded the Medal of Honor

Charles Kettles, heroic Vietnam veteran from Ypsilanti, Michigan, awarded the Medal of Honor

The dashing young man in the photo above is Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Charles S. Kettles. LTC Kettles, who lives in Ypsilanti, Michigan, was awarded the Medal of Honor yesterday at a White House ceremony. His story is extraordinary. Here’s an excerpt from President Obama’s remarks:

May 15, 1967, started as a hot Monday morning. Soldiers from the 101st Airborne were battling hundreds of heavily armed North Vietnamese in a rural riverbed. Our men were outnumbered. They needed support fast –- helicopters to get the wounded out and bring more soldiers into the fight. Chuck Kettles was a helo pilot. And just as he’d volunteered for active duty, on this morning he volunteered his Hueys –- even though he knew the danger.…

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