Watch NANCY SMASH! And Chuck Schumer OWN Donald Trump

This will warm the cockles of your heart. Start at about 6 minutes to avoid Trump’s bloviating.

It looks like Pelosi and Schumer did some serious preparation for this meeting. They handled it brilliantly and walked Trump right into owning any government shutdown that may occur.

Also note Pence, who looks like he would like to sink into the ground.

Friday Morning Open Thread: We’re Right, The GOP Is Wrong

(hat tip Mr. Pierce)

Meanwhile, across the aisle…

For the sake of my extremely modest 401(k), I take comfort in WaPo economist Jared Bernstein’s advice:

So: tune out the market volatility, keep on eye not just on recession probabilities but on slowing growth, watch oil and its impact on real wages (+) and investment (-), and for Keynes’s sake, don’t listen to Trump!

Tuesday Morning Open Thread: Stay Frosty!

Possibly the most important Democratic political message of the moment:

Positive news:

Maybe not-positive, but very cheering:

And (once again) a glimmer at the end of the tunnel…

And It Begins

The legislation, called H.R. 1, sets the tone for Democrats as they take the majority in January.

The bill would create national voter registration and expand access to early, online voting. It would increase federal support for state voter systems, including paper ballots to prevent fraud.

Bring it on…

Monday Morning Open Thread: Proceeding As Planned…

Elections have consequences, per an op-ed in today’s Washington Post“The Democratic majority’s first order of business: Restore democracy”, by Nancy Pelosi & John Sarbanes:

Earlier this month, Americans went to the polls and sent a powerful message: The election not only was a resounding verdict against Republicans’ assault on Americans’ health care and wages, but it also was a vote to rescue our broken democracy.

In the face of a torrent of special-interest dark money, partisan gerrymandering and devious vote-suppression schemes, voters elected a House Democratic majority determined to bring real change to restore our democracy.

During the campaign, Democrats declared unequivocally that we would clean up corruption to make Washington work for the people. We pledged to reduce the role of money in politics, to restore ethics and integrity to government, and to strengthen voting laws.

We now have our marching orders. The new Democratic House is ready to deliver with H.R. 1: a bold reform package to restore the promise of our democracy — a government of, by and for the people.

First, let’s end the dominance of money in politics…

Next, let’s make sure that when public servants get to Washington, they serve the public. Restoring the public’s trust means closing the revolving door between government and private industries, and imposing strong new ethics laws to stop officials from using their public office for personal gain…

Finally, let’s make it easier, not harder, to vote… We must renew the Voting Rights Act to protect every citizen’s access to the ballot box and restore the vital safeguard of pre-clearance requirements for areas with a history of voter suppression. We will promote national automatic voter registration, bolster our critical election infrastructure against foreign attackers, and put an end to partisan gerrymandering once and for all by establishing federal guidelines to outlaw the practice…

Read (& savor) the whole thing!

Saturday Morning Open Thread — Pelosi: Watch and Learn, Younglings!

… And by gosh, the kids *are* learning…

She keeps taking notes like this, and she’ll do just fine, that Ocasio-Cortez person.

Open Thread: Unbought & Unbossed

“If They Don’t Give You A Seat At the Table, Bring A Folding Chair”

Chisholm was the first Black woman to run for President, and — along with Bella Abzug — my first introduction to women owning their political power.

Glad to see that she’s still inspiring the new generation of leaders!