Category: 2016

Trump isn’t worse than George W. Bush or Richard Nixon — yet

Trump isn’t worse than George W. Bush or Richard Nixon — yet

Let’s save the nostalgia Understanding conservatism is Corey Robin’s specialty. His book The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Sarah Palin — which Robin is updating for a reissue this spring — posits that the defining thread the movement that now defines the Republican Party is “the felt experience of having power, seeing it threatened, and trying to win […]

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Why liberals can’t stop spreading conservative messages and retweeting Donald Trump

Why liberals can’t stop spreading conservative messages and retweeting Donald Trump

Or, how liberals helped make America more racist by negating Trump Now that RyanCare or TrumpCare or LoserCare is out, the obvious has been revealed: Trump voters — the 90 percent of them who aren’t rich — should know that they’re about to get screwed, royally. If you’re a liberal like me, your urge is to say, “Trump promised you […]

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REMINDER: No one knows how to beat Donald Trump — yet

REMINDER: No one knows how to beat Donald Trump — yet

We know about as much about beating Trump as Ted Cruz — a Canadian who made an alliance with a birther Until the last drip of opium hits my bloodstream, I shall be eternally grateful to the organizers and participants of last Saturday’s Women’s March. In the most direct but charming way it warned our new president that he will […]

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Hillary Clinton in Michigan August 11, 2016.

The best/worst thing about 2016? We assumed a woman would be elected president.

How least qualified man beat the most qualified woman History will probably only remember it for purposes of mockery but something amazing happened in 2016 — and no one seemed to notice how remarkable it was. Actually, that turned out to be exactly what went wrong. For much of the year, experts and non-experts of all sorts spent time speculating […]

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What you can actually do to resist Trump

What you can actually do to resist Trump

How to Tea Party like it’s 2009 If you’re not a member of the electoral college, you’re probably wondering what you can do to resist the coming of the least qualified, most unpopular president of our — or likely any American’s — lifetime. Since most of us aren’t professional pundits but play them on the internet, we spend much of […]

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2016 Election recount in Michigan: A view from the inside by Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum

2016 Election recount in Michigan: A view from the inside by Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum

The following essay was written by Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum, a Democrat who was reelected to a second term. Prior to serving as County Clerk, Byrum represented the 67th District in the Michigan House of Representatives for three terms. She is renowned for being banned from speaking on the House floor for saying “vasectomy;” for performing what has been […]

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The First Amendment is under attack in Michigan

The First Amendment is under attack in Michigan

We all know President-Elect Donald Trump is not a big fan of the First Amendment. During the campaign, the Republican complained it has “too much protection” for free speech. He’s routinely targeted journalists at rallies and on Twitter as an intimidation tactic. After winning the election, Trump’s first tweet took aim at people protesting against him, which he whined was “unfair.” A […]

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Michigan’s 2016 presidential election recount is OVER. For now.

Michigan’s 2016 presidential election recount is OVER. For now.

U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith finally weighed in on Michigan’s presidential vote recount, something the country has been waiting on since around 1 p.m. This evening he ruled that the recount should now end. This is the result of a Court of Appeals ruling saying that the Board of State Canvassers ruling that Green Party presidential candidate’s petition to start […]

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UPDATED x3: Jill Stein’s Michigan presidential election recount likely to end TODAY

UPDATED x3: Jill Stein’s Michigan presidential election recount likely to end TODAY

As I mentioned in my update last night, a Michigan Court of Appeals panel ruled that the Board of State Canvassers needed to reconsider Jill Stein’s petition to force a recount and reject it. At nearly the exact same time, the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the federal order allowing the recount, rejecting the appeal by Michigan Attorney […]

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UPDATED: Michigan presidential recount update – it’s getting very, very ugly

UPDATED: Michigan presidential recount update – it’s getting very, very ugly

When Green Party candidate Jill Stein announced her intention to demand recounts in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania, I was skeptical. In fact, it looked to me like she was simply using it as a way to raise money and, more importantly, her profile along with getting Democrats to sign up for her email list. I’m still not so sure that […]

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Michigan Republicans want to crack down on voting rights, but where’s the evidence of fraud?

Michigan Republicans want to crack down on voting rights, but where’s the evidence of fraud?

Let’s just dispense with the euphemisms. Republicans are poised to ram through bills that will make it harder to vote in Michigan. Here’s where we are. Michigan already had a voter ID law, but this new legislation toughens up the process. Currently, if you don’t have your ID when you vote, you sign an affidavit and cast a provisional ballot. […]

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