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    Raven says:

    Um, USA V France

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    plato says:

    Lock him up.

    /Karma, the B.

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    plato says:

    Buttigieg on Republicans using the term 'socialism': "Literally anything we do they're going to call socialist … so let's not worry about what they're calling it, let's worry if it's a good idea … Call it whatever you like, but let's get it done if it's a good idea."Via ABC pic.twitter.com/7s7W0l2ABo— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 28, 2019

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    Betty Cracker says:

    🎻 [actual size]

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    @Raven: 16 minutes.

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    Baud says:

    Ahhhh. I needed that.

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    plato says:

    A man who drove his car into a crowd of protesters in the US city of Charlottesville, killing a woman, has been sentenced to life in prison.

    James Alex Fields Jr, 22, was sentenced for numerous federal hate crimes committed in the August 2017 attack.

    Heather Heyer, 32, died when Fields drove his car into people protesting against a white nationalist rally.

    The self-declared neo-Nazi has also been convicted of murder at the state level in Virginia.

    He is set to be sentenced in that case next month.

    Fields pleaded guilty to 29 of 30 federal hate crimes in March under a deal with prosecutors who agreed not to seek the death penalty.

    His lawyers had asked for a more lenient sentence than life in prison, citing his age, a traumatic childhood and mental illness.

    Not a very fine day for the totus thug’s very fine people.

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    @Betty Cracker: [actual size] (There is no violin.)

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    plato says:

    maga this, magats

    The EU and South American economic bloc Mercosur have clinched a trade deal following 20 years of negotiations.

    EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said it was the EU’s biggest deal to date and, at a time of trade tensions between the US and China, showed that “we stand for rules-based trade”.

    Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro said it was “historic” and “one of the most important trade deals of all time”.

    Mercosur consists of Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay.

    The two parties began negotiating in 1999 but talks accelerated after US President Donald Trump’s election in 2016, which led to the freezing of EU-US talks over a possible deal.

    The EU has also concluded trade agreements with Canada, Mexico and Japan since Mr Trump’s election.

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    trollhattan says:

    Holy shit, global what?

    France has hit its highest recorded temperature – 45.9C (114.6F) – amid a heatwave in Europe that has claimed several lives.

    The new record was measured in the southern town of Gallargues-le-Montueux. Before this year the previous record was 44.1C during a heatwave in 2003 that killed thousands. Health Minister Agnès Buzyn has said “everyone is at risk”.

    France’s weather service has issued an unprecedented red alert for four areas.

    The kid’s been dying from heat during her Germany trip. She’s used to heat but not humidity, and Germans tend to not have A/C.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @mrmoshpotato: Banjo?

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    Mathguy says:

    What a wonderful picture. Hope to see one starring the shitgibbon in the future.

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    raven says:

    @mrmoshpotato: I’m on it like a duck on a junebug

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    Raven says:

    La Marseillaise , now lets kick their asses!

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    trollhattan says:

    Stadium is packed and it looks like there are a bunch of Americans represented. The noise will be epic, and players all love that.

    Our lineup is unchanged, which is a wee surprising with Horan on the bench.

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    Immanentize says:

    He looks better in a suit.
    But it makes me happier to see him in prisonwear

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    RAVEN says:

    “The all important kickoff” which the French kick out of bounds!

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    MattF says:

    It still, to me, passeth understanding how ‘Manafort and Stone’ was a respectable K Street lobbying group. They could have named it ‘Beezelbub and Lucifer’ and it couldn’t have been any clearer who they were and what they did.

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    rikyrah says:

    @plato:

    sigh…

    those farmers will never get these trading blocks back again…..

    But, MAGA

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: Shouts of “Fuck you, Pauly Walnuts! Die in prison!”

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    @trollhattan: Wow. That is a bit warm.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    I put up a futbol thread!

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    RAVEN says:

    YESSSSS!

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    David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch says:

    PINEO!

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    rikyrah says:

    that picture made my day :)

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    trollhattan says:

    Oh dayumn! Rapino!!!

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    David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch says:

    kind of odd: right now, it’s 9:15 PM in Paris, yet it looks like broad daylight.

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    trnc says:

    Winner, winner, chicken dinner from the tweet thread:

    “He’s not even Trump’s type.”

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch: Summer in Europe is like that.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @MattF:

    And they would have drawn the same Republican clients.

    P.S. Don’t forget that Lee Atwater became a senior partner on the political-consulting side of the business in 1984.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch:

    Sunset in Paris is at 9:58 tonight, and then you’ve got a stretch of twilight after that.

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    rikyrah says:

    Who’s on Top? The Root’s 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, Week 1

    Jason Johnson
    Wednesday 6:00pm

    Welcome to The Root’s Black Power Rankings, where we assess the eleventy-billion Democrats currently running for the chance to face off against Donald Trump for the presidency. Every single candidate running right now knows they need to win black voters to have a chance at the Democratic nomination. Yet how does a campaign know how they’re faring with African Americans when time after time we’ve seen these polls ain’t loyal when it comes to the black vote?

    As a service to our readers and the entire NCAA bracket sized slate of Democratic candidates, The Root is dropping our own Black Power Ranking of where the 2020 contenders stand with black voters. Think of it like those weekly power rankings for NFL or NBA teams, but without all the racism and statistics.

    We will have a rotating panel of experts and judges, including consultants, former candidates, and campaign insiders, curated by The Root’s own political editor, Dr. Jason Johnson (yours truly). This week our special guest expert is Marcus Ferrell, the former head of African-American outreach for Bernie Sanders’ 2016 campaign.

    How do you rank a campaign’s Black Power? Well, we have our “FLEX” rating, aka:

    Finances: Are you paying black staff, advertisers, consultants?
    Legislation: What legislation are you pushing or have passed for black people?
    External Polling: No matter how good you are for black people, if your poll numbers are terrible we can’t rank you that high!
    X-Factor: What’s your rhetoric like? How do you handle a crisis or the kinds of events and scandals that directly impact black lives?

    So, without further ado, here are this week’s top 10 rankings:
    #1: Sen. Kamala Harris

    All of our judges had Harris ranked first or second for our Week 1 ranking, despite serious misgivings just a few weeks ago. Harris’s initiative to organize on HBCU campuses means money, training and campaign experience for black students in 2020. Her speech at the South Carolina Democratic Convention last week was the best she’s ever given. Lastly, she marched into the convention with a drumline from Lower Richland High School and thanked all the marchers. And managed to keep on rhythm. That’s a good week.

    #2: Sen. Cory Booker

    A week ago Booker would’ve barely broken the Top 10 on our Black Power Rankings but a good week has him back in the running. His speech during the reparations hearings was passionate, sincere and showed his commitment to HB 40. He gave the best short speech at Rep. James Clyburn’s South Carolina fish fry on Friday and had a huge team on the ground. Booker was one of the first candidates to take it to former Vice President Joe Biden after his “very civil people” comment about Southern segregationists. This new spicy Cory Booker just might have a chance at this nomination.

    #3: Former Vice President Joe Biden

    Amongst our judges, ranking Biden was up there with a very contentious game of bid whist, an intense outdoor pick-up basketball game in 80-degree South Carolina heat, and a Thanksgiving all-night-long game of Black Card Revoked. Some had him as high as 2. Others, at 7. Biden’s white-splaining of his chummy relationship with segregationists dropped him several spots. However, his ability to bring out Reps. James Clyburn and John Lewis to his defense either means he’s got a lot of juice with the black community or he’s already in trouble and had to bring out the big guns early. (Shouldn’t you save John Lewis for defending your pro-segregationist busing policies or something?) Despite a sizable lead in the national polls, Joe Biden starts our rankings on thin ice.

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    Ocotillo says:

    You think Paulie would have dropped a few lbs in the big house by now. Regarding Cheetolini getting the same treatment, seeing his hair alone will be great for entertainment value.

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    Booger says:

    @MattF: Because technically their offices were located in Old Town Alexandria, across the Potomac.

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    Searcher says:

    @plato: Eh, when it’s appealed up to the SCOTUS it will be declared protected hate speech.

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    Searcher says:

    @trollhattan: For more fun, photosynthesis doesn’t really work well above 40 degrees, so all of those plants stop storing sugars and start burning them, releasing CO2 in the process.

    Science!

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    Immanentize says:

    @Booger: It’s the same people who feed college students — lots of carbs.

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    Chris Johnson says:

    @rikyrah: Happy to see Warren made #4. I think with work she ought to be able to rise above Biden, because I don’t think Biden is going to be getting any better or doing himself any favors. The reality is that Warren works at it and can learn and come up with plans and gets stuff done, whereas Biden is not a trustworthy ally. Even for just Democrats in general.

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    J R in WV says:

    So. Wednesday I took the un-trustworthy VW Tiguan into town and traded it for a Mazda CX-5, and we splurged for a model with all the electronic safety features. Nice car. We liked the VW, but with 40k miles it was costing way too much to repair!! Plus not reliable feeling any more.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @J R in WV:

    Congratulations on the new ride! Always an exciting thing.

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