Friday Evening Open Thread: Repubs Be LOOOOSERRRSSSS!

Yes, it’s only one battle, the GOP will never give up, think of the Media Village Idiots whose cocktail-party weekend has just been ruint, yadayadayada. As a devout Cynic, I’ve always felt that one of our Democrats’ greatest weaknesses is that we can never stop looking for the defeat lurking behind every victory. Tomorrow, we gird for the next fight — tonight, we celebrate!

Apart from cheering our warriors, what’s on the agenda as we start our well-earned weekend?

(And I am “open” to being handed a large bag of money, no strings attached. LOSER!)



Friday Morning Open Thread: Some Well-Earned Schadenfreude

Anything is possible in this fallen world, so there’s still a chance that Ryan and Trump between them can bribe, charm, or bully enough Repub holdouts into voting for their “health care” “plan” (Trump air quotes). But the betting odds are against it, at least for today… and it’s always sweet to see such a bunch of grifters and cravens suffer.

Apart from cheering for more GOP defectors, what’s on the agenda as we wrap up another long week?
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Late Night Open Thread: “Class Tells When There Is No Class”

The Notorious RBG had the best idea — she didn’t bother to show up.

What’s going on that does not involve the Dolt-in-Chieftests?



Tuesday Evening Open Thread: “What Are the Republicans Afraid Of?”

Excellent question, Madame Pelosi!

She says the Democrats will be “per our traditional standards, courteous” tonight… but she’s wearing suffragette white and purple, and so will many of the other female Democratic legislators.

Out of curiosity, how many of you are gonna hate-watch the President-Asterisk’s speech this evening?



Monday Morning Open Thread: Remember the Ladies!

What’s on the agenda as we start another week in the Resistance?
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… “I want to know what the Russians have on Donald Trump,” the California Democrat told Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “I think we have to have an investigation by the FBI into his financial, personal and political connections to Russia, and we want to see his tax returns, so we can have truth in the relationship between Putin, whom he admires, and Donald Trump.”…

Trump on Saturday diminished Russian President Vladimir Putin’s human rights violations in an interview with Bill O’Reilly on Fox News, saying, “You think our country’s so innocent?”

Earlier Sunday on “Meet the Press,” Todd asked Vice President Mike Pence, “Why can’t [Trump] say a negative thing about Vladimir Putin?”

“The president has said many times if we got along with Russia better, that would be a good thing for the world,” Pence answered. “Maybe it’s not going to work out. But I think he’s absolutely determined. He had a productive conversation with President Putin.”

It’s not just Trump: All the Republicans are happy to enable Vladmir Putin!



Nancy Smash Drops a Truth Bomb

BOOM!

Republicans will call Pelosi the REAL racist, but it wouldn’t surprise me if some Democrats freak out about her comment too. Do we really want to bring “identity politics” back into the conversation?

Fuck that noise, I say. I’m grateful to Pelosi for telling it like it is. If anything good comes of the Trump debacle, let it be that we finally decided to stop lying to ourselves and sugar-coating unpleasant truths.








Monday Morning Open Thread: Scenes from the Resistance

Bahstin Strong!

Some immigration lawyers are advising green card holders from seven majority-Muslim countries affected by President Trump’s order and who are traveling overseas to fly back to the United States through Boston because a Massachusetts judge’s order blocking the enforcement of President Trump’s executive order offers them more protection than similar judicial orders elsewhere.

The order signed by Judge Allison Burroughs and Magistrate Judge Judith Dein, issued early Sunday morning, requires the government to release approved refugees and individuals with valid visas from the seven majority-Muslim countries listed in President Trump’s executive order — Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, Iran, and Yemen.

A similar order from a New York judge blocks immigration officials from deporting those individuals upon their arrival, but it allows the government to detain them pending further legal review…

White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday morning that the order will not affect any green card holders going forward, but he also said that border agents would have “discretionary authority” over whether to question travelers from the seven countries listed in Trump’s order.

The New York order preventing the deportation of approved refugees and other immigrants with valid visas should apply nationally because it was filed on behalf of a national class of petitioners, but Marielena Hincapie, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center, said federal agents have not universally complied with it.

“We continue to face Border Patrol noncompliance and chaos at every airport across the country and the world, despite the fact we had a great victory last night,” the told reporters on the same conference call on Sunday…

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Apart from continuing to fight, what’s on the agenda as we start another week?
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