Monthly Archives: September 2019

CHATTER AWAY: Overnight Open Thread

Billboard Magazine reports: It’s been 30 years this week since Janet Jackson’s iconic Rhythm Nation 1814 LP lit-up the charts with No. 1 hits, including “Miss You Much,” “Black Cat” and “Escapade.” The pop-dance legend was honored this year with an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and she’s giving the love back to the fans with …

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Pentagon Jokes About Bombing Millennials At Area 51

The military blog Task & Purpose reports: On Friday DVIDSHUB tweeted a picture of a B-2 bomber on the flight line with a formation of airmen in front of it along with the caption: “The last thing #Millenials will see if they attempt the #area51raid today.” If death is easy and comedy is hard, jokes about wiping out millennials with …

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Trump: It’s A Ukraine Witch Hunt To Protect Sleepy Joe

The Hill reports: President Trump argued Saturday that Democrats in Congress have launched another “Witch Hunt” against him amid backlash over reports that he urged Ukraine’s president to launch an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden. In a tweet Saturday afternoon, the president asserted that Democrats were attempting to shield Biden from an investigation by going after him on …

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Tony Perkins Rages: House Democrats Want To Strip Tax-Exempt Status From Over 60 Christian Hate Groups

Via email from hate group leader Tony Perkins: Thursday’s hearing in the House Ways and Means Committee wasn’t the first time liberals have tried to use the IRS to do their dirty work — but it might be the most revealing. At a Thursday event that was either unnoticed by the press (or intentionally sidestepped by it), Democrats spent almost …

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George Conway: If Trump Threatened To Withhold Aid From Ukraine, It Would Be “Ultimate Impeachable Act”

From a Washington Post op-ed jointly authored by George Conway and former Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal: So it appears that the president might have used his official powers — in particular, perhaps the threat of withholding a quarter-billion dollars in military aid — to leverage a foreign government into helping him defeat a potential political opponent in the United …

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Bernie Calls For Eliminating $81 Billion In Medical Debt

The New York Times reports: Bernie Sanders has long wanted to remake the health care system so no one will have to pay directly for medical care again. Now, he also wants to go back and cancel all the medical debts of people who have been billed under the current system. In a plan released Saturday, Mr. Sanders, the Vermont …

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Twitter Boots Another 10,000 Fake News Bot Accounts

Reuters reports: Twitter has continued a crackdown on what it considers improper content by removing more than 10,000 accounts for spreading political misinformation and unrest. According to a company blog post, most of the accounts were engaged in fomenting political dissent through the spread of false information. It said many of the accounts in the UAE, for example, “were often …

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Dem Rep. Joe Kennedy Challenges Dem Sen. Ed Markey

The Associated Press reports: U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III formally declared his candidacy for the U.S. Senate on Saturday, becoming the first member of the Kennedy political dynasty to bid for the upper chamber of Congress since Edward M. Kennedy in 1962. The Massachusetts Democrat formally announced his campaign in an email before a kickoff event in East Boston, where …

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MAINE: Anti-Vax Nutbags Qualify For Ballot Measure

The Bangor Daily News reports: Members of Mainers for Health and Parental Rights, the group opposing the vaccine law passed this year by the Democratic-led Legislature, were in Augusta on Wednesday to turn in 78,000 valid signatures — more than the 63,000 signatures required to suspend the law and put the people’s veto challenge on the ballot — to Secretary …

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Giuliani Told Ukraine: Your Country Owes This To Us

The Washington Post reports: Days after the two presidents spoke, Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, met with an aide to the Ukrainian president in Madrid and spelled out two specific cases he believed Ukraine should pursue. One was a probe of a Ukrainian gas tycoon who had Biden’s son Hunter on his board. Another was an allegation that Democrats …

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Booker Campaign Warns That End Might Be Near

NBC News reports: Sen. Cory Booker must raise nearly $2 million in the next 10 days or the presidential candidate has no “legitimate long-term path forward,” according to a memo to staff from the campaign manager obtained by NBC News. The struggling candidate’s campaign manager, Addisu Demissie, warned that after weaker-than-expected fundraising in the early part of September, the campaign …

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GOP Arizona Gov: No Need For LGBT Protections

Tucson.com reports: Gov. Doug Ducey won’t support extending state laws to prohibit discrimination against individuals based on their sexual orientation. “I’m against discrimination in all its forms,” the governor said Thursday. But Ducey said he does not think it’s necessary to provide people who are gay the same legal protections that exist for already established protected classes. The governor also …

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Biden Defends Track Record At LGBTQ Forum [VIDEO]

The New York Times reports: Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. found himself fending off new questions about his decades-long record on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues, in a testy exchange with a female moderator who described his treatment of her as “condescending.” During a Friday night forum focused on L.G.B.T.Q. issues, Mr. Biden seemed to recoil from …

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CHATTER AWAY: Overnight Open Thread

Billboard Magazine reports: Meet the Trump era Dream Machines. The once happy-go-lucky queer-fronted L.A. band have re-emerged a little angrier in 2019, infusing their still-euphoric dance-soul-pop with an anti-nationalist message. “We wanted to write a political song,” says frontman Harry May-Kline of “Sarajevo,” the first single off Dream Machines’ upcoming EP Trust/Desire, due later this fall. The track may express …

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LIVE VIDEO: Presidential Candidates Hold LGBTQ Forum

The Cedar Rapids Gazette reports: Candidates scheduled to appear are Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Julian Castro, Amy Klobuchar, Tulsi Gabbard, Joe Sestak and Marianne Williamson. This is the first public event of the 2020 election cycle to focus exclusively on LGBTQ issues. The forum will be hosted by “Pose” star and activist Angelica Ross …

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BREAKING: Pentagon To Send Troops To Saudi Arabia

Reuters reports: In a press conference Friday evening, US Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Chief of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford announced the US would be sending “hundreds” of US troops, as well as additional air defense capabilities, to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. “The president has approved the deployment of US forces which will …

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Biden Blasts Trump’s “Not Credible” Ukraine Claims

The Hill reports: Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden dismissed President Trump’s call for an investigation into the former vice president’s ties to Ukraine amid conservatives’ accusations of misconduct. “Not one single, credible outlet has given any credibility to his assertion. Not one single one,” Biden told reporters Friday. “So I have no comment except the president should start to be …

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Pelosi: Pass New Laws So Presidents Can Be Indicted

NPR reports: In an exclusive interview with NPR, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she has not changed her mind on pursuing impeachment but is ready to change the law to restrain presidential power and make it clear that a sitting president can, in fact, be indicted. “I do think that we will have to pass some laws that will have …

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Wall Street Journal: Trump Pressured Ukraine President To Investigate Biden’s Son Eight Times On Phone Call

The Wall Street Journal reports: President Trump in a July phone call repeatedly pressured the president of Ukraine to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son, urging Volodymyr Zelensky about eight times to work with Rudy Giuliani, his personal lawyer, on a probe, according to people familiar with the matter. “He told him he should work with him [Giuliani] on …

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Hate Group Lawyer: LGBT Rights Are Bad For Business

“The Arizona decision is one of the strongest and most well-written decisions on free speech that I’ve seen in my career. In fact, the decision itself opens by saying that free speech and free exercise rights are not limited to the soft murmurings that go on in churches or private homes, but that all Americans have the right to be …

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