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Women Candidates Dominated in June 5 Primary Elections: Reason Roundup

Plus: Medicare will be insolvent by 2026 and Bill Clinton regrets recent Lewinsky comments.

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Good results Tuesday for both GOP and Democrats. Yesterday marked the most crowded primary day of the 2018 election, with eight states voting on candidates for Congress, governorships, and more. Elections took place in Alabama, California, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, and South Dakota.

The bottom line, according to The Hill: "In critical races across the country, Democrats had a good night. But so too did Republicans, who avoided a disaster that could have cost them several seats in the House."

Making some of the most headlines was a judge recall vote in Santa Clara County, where Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky had angered Californians (and internet observers across the country) with the light sentence he handed to student and convicted rapist Brock Turner. And as of now, it looks like Pensky is out—making him the first California judge to be recalled since 1986*. "With 43 percent of precincts reporting, 59 percent of the county's voters favored recalling Persky while 41 percent opposed the recall," reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

California races commanded a disproportionate amount of media coverage, in part due to Democrats' fears that the state's top-two-take-all primary system could shut the party's candidates out of some key races entirely. But in the end, "Democrats appear to have secured at least a second-place finish in every race they targeted," according to The Hill:

With plenty of votes left to count, Democrats felt confident about their chances of claiming a spot in the November runoff in districts held by Reps. Ed Royce (R) and Darrell Issa (R), who are retiring, and Reps. Mimi Walters (R) and Dana Rohrabacher (R), who are seeking another term.

Other notable California results:

  • Longtime Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein will once again face California voters in November, after ousting challengers yesterday. If she wins, it would be Feinstein's fifth term in Congress.
  • Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and Trump-backed Republican businessman John Cox secured spots to run against each other for the chance to be state's next governor.

One of the biggest themes to emerge yesterday—and in the 2018 primaries so far—was the triumph of liberal women candidates over their Democratic male counterparts (with some of this dynamic on the GOP side, too). "So far this cycle, women have won 47 of 68 incumbent-less Democratic primary matchups with male candidates" for the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House, and gubernatorial seats, according to Nathaniel Rakich of Inside Elections and FiveThirtyEight.

In gubernatorial races:

  • U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham got the Democratic nod in New Mexico, where she'll face off in November against GOP Rep. Steve Pearce.
  • Rep. Kristi Noem won the Republican nomination for governor in South Dakota, beating out state Attorney General Marty Jackley.
  • Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, who stepped in last year when Robert Bentley resigned (becoming the state's first female governor), beat out Tommy Battle, state Sen. Bill Hightower, and evangelical preacher Scott Dawson to become the GOP gubernatorial candidate. "In deep-red Alabama, the Republican [gubernatorial] primary will almost certainly determine the general election winner," notes The New York Times.

In congressional races:

  • New Mexico Democrat Deb Haaland got her party's nomination for the U.S. House of Representatives, making her the first Native American woman candidate for Congress. She'll face Republican Janice Arnold-Jones in November.
  • Abby Finkenauer, a 28-year-old Iowa state senator, won the Democratic nod for the 1st District congressional seat (beating out challenger Thomas Heckroth with 47 percent of the vote). She'll face Republican Rep. Rod Blum this fall.
  • "The National Republican Congressional Committee backed Young Kim—an immigrant and the first ever Korean-American Republican woman elected to serve in the California State Assembly—who won the GOP primary for Rep. Ed Royce's seat," notes Axios.

It also looks like Iowa GOP Rep. Greg Gianforte, best known for body-slamming a journalist, will face a female challenger, former state lawmaker Kathleen Williams.

A few more highlights and lowlights from the June 6 primaries:

Alabama: "If there was any doubt that the Republican Party was now the party of Donald Trump, Tuesday's results in a deep-red Alabama congressional race should put it to rest," writes Deirdre Shesgreen in USA Today. "Incumbent Republican Rep. Martha Roby came under fierce fire in her GOP primary for withdrawing her endorsement of Trump in the 2016 presidential race," and "those attacks took their toll," with Roby "forced into a runoff on Tuesday after failing to win the GOP nod outright" against Bobby Bright, whose campaign ads accused her of turning "her back on President Trump when he needed her the most."

Also, this:

Missouri

Montana: State Auditor Matthew Rosendale got the GOP nod to run for a U.S. Senate seat against Democratic incumbent Sen. Jon Tester.

New Jersey: In a state where "Democratic leaders are hoping to flip as many as four of the five Republican-held districts," last night gave them promising results, according to The New York Times. Former Navy pilot Mikie Sherrill got the nod to run for a House of Representatives seat opened by Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen's retirement (she'll face GOP state Rep. Jay Webber in the general election). And U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez thwarted same-party challengers for his seat.

In November, Sen. Menendez will square off against former Celgene Corp. CEO Bob Hugin, who promises to be an "independent voice" in Washington if elected. Hugin, a Republican, describes himself as "pro-choice, pro-marriage equality, and [a strong supporter of] equal pay for equal work" who believes we "need to fix our immigration system in a comprehensive and compassionate way."

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Medicare going broke sooner than expected.

According to a new report from the Medicare and Social Security trustees, Medicare's expected insolvency date is actually 2026, not 2029 as previously estimated. The projected Social Security insolvency date is still 2034.

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CORRECTION: This post previously stated that Pensky was the first California judge to be recalled since 1932. However, California Chief Justice Rose Bird was voted out of office in 1986.

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  1. McDonalds plans to introduce self-order kiosks at every location by 2020.

    Just wait until they demand a living wage.

    1. *robotic voice*
      “We demand 512 binary digits per millisecond! Raise the wage!”

    2. Hello.

      I SAID NO SAUCE!

      /shakes kiosk.

      1. Error 404: Fries Not Found

        1. Rufus punches in order. Machine reads back: Big Mac, soy boy salad, coffee.

          Rufus: What? That’s not even close! I ordered a McChicken, fries and apple pie! Where’s the manager?

          /Kiosk shuts down. Lights go down.

          Rufus (stops licking lollipop): Er….

          1. It’s your own fault. You already can’t special order at McDonald’s or they ignore you. This is just the logical next step.

          2. Those kiosks don’t speak Canadian, Rufus.

            1. It’s his own fault for ordering fries with extra gravy.

    3. Wait until they interface the kiosks with Obamacare and determine that your BMI is such that you cannot be allowed to order a Big Mac on the government’s healthcare dime.

    4. But you’re missing the big picture. The 3% of employees remaining at MacDonalds will be making the higher minimum wage we’ve introduced over the years so those increases were worth it. The other 97%? If you can’t see them they don’t count.

      1. That’s what “forgotten people” means, I guess.

        1. So you acknowledge minimum wage increases cause disemployment? Or did you just miss the point?

  2. Bill Clinton said his #MeToo interview earlier this week “wasn’t my finest hour.”

    What was your finest #MeToo-related hour, Mr. President?

    1. Well, there was this one time I was in the Oval Office with a cigar and a big-haired plumpy intern…..

      1. That’s a bottom of the barrel joke.

        His finest #MeToo hour involved Hillary Clinton and no contraceptives. We all know how horribly that turned out.

        1. He held down the struggling vessel while She inserted her ovipositor and laid Her clutch of spawn.

          1. And when the light went out in the vessel’s eyes, that’s when he knew he wanted to be a politician.

  3. Senators will have to work through August like the rest of us this year.

    Meh, who wanted to go back home and face constituents anyway.

  4. A contractor was arrested at the White House yesterday on attempted murder charges.

    Stopped by Secret Service agent Gerard Butler, I hope.

        1. That explains it. I was thinking of Gerard Way.

  5. According to a new report from the Medicare and Social Security trustees, Medicare’s expected insolvency date is actually 2026, not 2029 as previously estimated. The projected Social Security insolvency date is still 2034.

    I expect several more soonward revisions over the next few years. For instance, in 2021 it will be announced that Medicare actually ran out of money in 2015.

      1. Trump’s Fault lies right through the middle of America.

    1. I expect several more soonward revisions over the next few years. For instance, in 2021 it will be announced that Medicare actually ran out of money in 2015.

      They will bury the news on medicare insolvency so long as the dems control things, which they likely will starting in 2020. After that, they will pretend to pay the doctors, who will pretend to treat the patients.

  6. Los Angeles County left 118,000 registered voters off its lists.

    PROBABLY BECAUSE THEY WEREN’T ILLEGAL ENOUGH FOR DEMAFORNIA.

  7. McDonalds plans to introduce self-order kiosks at every location by 2020.

    #LivingWage #FightFor15

    1. Our kiosks come with wigs!

      1. On Wednesday they wear pink!

          1. 1001100 1001111 1001100

            1. 1111

            2. “Come on sucker, lick my battery!”

          2. There are 10 kinds of people; those who get this joke and those who don’t.

            1. What about the remaining e people?

            2. Are you saying non-binary types are hexed?

    2. They’ll demand $15/hr to stand next to the machine that does their job.

      1. You are describing TSA employees, right? Only I think they make $25/ hour

  8. Obsess over identity politics much, Lizzie?

    1. Double Dummy knows all about obsession.

    2. You’re a bad woketarian

      1. There are liberals in the media who don’t spending their every waking minute thinking about identity politics as much as this professional fake libertarian does.

  9. Bill Clinton said his #MeToo interview earlier this week “wasn’t my finest hour.”

    Let’s be honest, Bill, it was pretty far from your worst hour, too.

    1. Stephen Colbert is so brave.

      1. That dude just radiates hate.

      2. He’s such a partisan clown.

        Going after Melania. Soooo, edgy. Oooo.

  10. http://apnews.com/27e8179cf101…..ap-dollars

    The report by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations revealed that under President Barack Obama, the Treasury Department issued a license in February 2016, never previously disclosed, that would have allowed Iran to convert $5.7 billion it held at a bank in Oman from Omani rials into euros by exchanging them first into U.S. dollars. If the Omani bank had allowed the exchange without such a license, it would have violated sanctions that bar Iran from transactions that touch the U.S. financial system.

    The effort was unsuccessful because American banks ? themselves afraid of running afoul of U.S. sanctions ? declined to participate. The Obama administration approached two U.S. banks to facilitate the conversion, the report said, but both refused, citing the reputational risk of doing business with or for Iran.

    “The Obama administration misled the American people and Congress because they were desperate to get a deal with Iran,” said Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, the subcommittee’s chairman.

    1. Obama was a miscreant.

      It’s amazing how the insufferable Obamas and Clintons keep themselves in the news.

      They’re fucken annoying.

      1. Its congenital. Attention must be paid.

      2. Hey, I am a miscreant.

    2. Hey, what happened to the lie that we “gave” Iran billions?

      Has it degenerated into an end-run around sanctions to get rid of their nukes?

      1. https://wapo.st/2Jj3IQN

        “…As for why the transfer was made in cash, given that the previous claims reached through The Hague tribunal were paid via wire, U.S. officials have cited the impact of increasingly tough sanctions imposed on Iran. If time was of the essence, cash was the best way to go.”

        1. The US owed Iran that money, you moronic Canuck.

          “The VTVPA does not say that the USG could never release the FMS funds to Iran; it says the funds could not be released to Iran ‘until such subrogated claims have been dealt with to the satisfaction of the United States,'” he said. “I assume that when the Obama administration paid the FMS funds plus interest to Iran, they concluded that this VTVPA provision was satisfied.”

          The Treasury inspector general (IG) examined the payments and reported on Nov. 10, 2016 that it had received verbal assurance from the Justice Department “that the settlement comports with the VTVPA.” In its semiannual report to Congress in March 2017, the IG said the payment was made “after receiving necessary information and authorizations from the Departments of Justice and State.”

          from you link

          1. That money was stolen from the old regime. It didn’t owe them that. Stop lying. And even if it was owed, it could have been given to them electronically rather than in untraceable cash. Even if you buy your bullshit, Obama was apparently too stupid to understand why they wanted it in cash or more likely didn’t care and was happy to help them more easily fund their terror operations.

            1. What if that cash was purposely given to Iran to trace who ends up with the cash?

              No…no… sometimes I talk crazy.

          2. That’s in dispute.

            But the point is he did give it. You intimated he didn’t.

            1. No one “gave” a goddamn dime, you vapid shit-for-brains.

              1. They just put about a billion dollars in cash on pallets and flew it to Iran. But no one was “given anything”. You really will say or do anything to defend Obama. It is comical at this point to watch you and Tony try and defend that clown.

                1. It was a stimulus package. We expected Iran to invest in shovel ready jobs in the US or to buy our clunkers.

              2. lol.

              3. Somewhere in the world someone is criticizing Obama, the most libertarian person ever! But have no fear Shriek will be there at the speed of light his honor!

          3. And Iran owes Americans a bunch of money.

            Pick a fight with the USA when we have your money and you get nothing.

            Same thing with China getting nothing from the US debt they hold if they pick a fight with the USA.

      2. It is not a lie. That happened as well. How many times do you have to lie and pretend otherwise. Dumb ass.

    3. Banks are much more comfortable handling those super clean wahabi petrodollars. Not to mention the usual OC money laundering. Keep it real boys!

    4. Opening:

      “The Obama administration secretly sought to give Iran access ? albeit briefly ? to the U.S. financial system by sidestepping sanctions kept in place after the 2015 nuclear deal, despite repeatedly telling Congress and the public it had no plans to do so.”

      Wow. And they worry about Trump and Russia? lol.

  11. The bottom line, according to The Hill: “In critical races across the country, Democrats had a good night. But so too did Republicans, who avoided a disaster that could have cost them several seats in the House.”

    Oh, Republicans will lose more than “several” seats in the House this November. The #BlueWave is guaranteed to happen.

    According to a new report from the Medicare and Social Security trustees, Medicare’s expected insolvency date is actually 2026, not 2029 as previously estimated. The projected Social Security insolvency date is still 2034.

    Open borders would fix this. #NoBanNoWall

    1. I just want Republicans to keep the House so I can drink your tears. And the tears of others at a certain publication that has fully embraced progressivism, but with Uber and food trucks.

      1. Dude, you do know this guy is doing satire, right?

          1. You have to give him credit for slipping that last phrase in. That was pretty well done.

  12. “With 43 percent of precincts reporting, 59 percent of the county’s voters favored recalling Persky while 41 percent opposed the recall,” reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

    In fairness, Turner did his crime and the judge sentenced him before the #MeToo movement taught everyone what’s not okay.

  13. “Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and Trump-backed Republican businessman John Cox secured spots to run against each other for the chance to be state’s next governor.”

    Folks, this is CA, a one-party state. There were four or five D candidates and a Trump-backed R takes a strong second?
    Not gonna ride that ‘blue wave’ on a surf-board.

    1. The fact that a Republican managed to get in the top two is pretty surprising. Newsom must not hate guns and corporations enough.

      1. His ads focused at least half the time on his demands for ‘common sense gun laws’: 33% – 26%; looks like a lot of people weren’t buying it.
        No chance he wins the general, and I’m sure Newsom is lacking enough insight to change his views, but the primary says Trump’s support is higher than the polls are showing.

        1. The D primary ads in Maryland are comical. They are like Shreek, OBL, and Tony all trying to outdo each other in Prog sanctimony. Every ad is some version of “My opponents don’t hate guns, corporations, and Trump as much as I do.”

          1. What, no Kirkland? You’d think his brand of rapey elitism would play well near D.C.

            1. Definitely Kirkland. I forgot him. Good catch.

              1. We all wish we could forget Kirkland.

        2. “Trump’s support is higher than the polls are showing.”
          Seems like this happened once before………

    2. Yeah, I remember a lot of pearl clutching 6 or fewer months back that CA’s top-two primaries were going to freeze out the Republicans.
      Interesting that it didn’t really play out that way, isn’t it?

      1. The last thing I read was that it might freeze out Democrats in a couple of Republican districts. I have not heard if that really happened but the speculation was it would.

        1. The Ds did get a spot on all 0r nearly all tickets. They are wiping the sweat off their collective brows.

        2. Yeah the radio said the Ds are in top 2 on all targeted races.

        3. Republicans were frozen out of ten races. Something tells me we won’t see a lot of teeth gnashing about that from the totally not progressive commentators who suddenly have a problem with redistricting, because Republicans are winning.

        4. I’m still kind of ambivalent about the top-two primary thing. On the one hand, it’s bad not to have more diversity of political views on the general election ballot. But, in areas where one party dominates heavily the real election often ends up being the party primary, and I don’t think that’s a good thing either. I think maybe it would be better if top 3 got on the ballot.
          Perhaps this system would work better if parties were not so dominant in politics. But I don’t know if that is something you can avoid. From a politically naive point of view, it seems like a good idea, but practically, maybe it’s not so good.

          1. Just stop voting for the same people. Or the same families.

            1. I already did. It hasn’t done any good.

        5. In Cali democrats ran for several positions with no republican opposition. Many have just surrendered California to the left

      2. That really only matters in state-wide races where Democrats will likely dominate easily. California’s so heavily gerrymandered that Republicans won’t have trouble getting candidates up for election in districts where they’re the majority.

        1. The Central Valley and Sierra Nevada Mountain regions of California are majority Republican. Only reason that there are a handful of Republican Congressmen from that state.
          NYT article CA congressional districts

        2. You shut-up. Only Republicans gerrymander!

          1. Yea, Arnold fixed it to remove gerrymandering since now we have committee of democrats who determine districts

    3. Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom

      Has that guy ever held a real job? I swear he was a supe when I lived in SF twenty years ago.

  14. Watch Congress “fix” Medicare by stiffing providers so they don’t have to raise taxes. Our ambulance company charges $650 a transport, but Medicare only gives us about $300, take it or leave it, and no balance billing the customer for the rest. (Medicaid is even worse –$120.)

    All hail the glory of Government Single Payer!

    1. Our ambulance company charges $650 a transport

      What a bargain.

      1. That gets you a paramedic and an EMT on call 24/7 at the station for quick response plus all the meds you need. It sure is.

    2. Limo ride is cheaper.

      1. Longest ride ever if you need medical attention between point A and B (hospital).

  15. BREAKING: Government: Medicare will become insolvent in 2026, three years earlier than expected, Social Security to follow in 2034.
    ? The Associated Press (@AP) June 5, 2018

    Trump will have thinned the herd with an all-out nuclear war with North Korea long before that.

    1. Plus, chemotherapy will be pretty much free due to an abundance of radioactivity, which will help with all the cancers that arise. Win-win!

  16. “Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, who stepped in last year when Robert Bentley resigned (becoming the state’s first female governor)…”

    Lurleen B. Wallace would like a word.

  17. http://dailycaller.com/2018/06…..testimony/

    Andrew McCabe is totally innocent of any wrongdoing. He just wants immunity for all of the things he didn’t do when he talks to Congress about them.

    The former deputy director of the FBI wants immunity from prosecution before he talks about the FBI’s and his actions regarding the two Presidential candidates in 2016. Let that sink in for a moment.

    1. You know who else wanted immunity before talking to the cops?

      1. Mobsters?

    2. This was shocking news this morning. McCabe is seeking immunity ahead of any charges.

      I am sure most news outlets will not cover this story with the vigor they put toward TDS.

      Nothing to see there. /S

    3. Why would anybody need immunity from prosecution for Congressional testimony? You can lie to Congress all you like and nothing’s going to happen.

      1. The immunity doesn’t give you the ability to lie. It means whatever you say can’t be used against you in court. If you lie, the immunity deal doesn’t prevent you from being prosecuted for perjury. An immunity deal means they can’t use your admissions of wrong doing to prosecute you.

      2. Eric Holder is so brave

    4. Maybe it just means he knows how the FBI works, and it’s never safe to talk where they can hear?

  18. Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin, who was found to have “personally pocketed more than $750,000 worth of funds allocated to feed inmates in the county jail he oversees,” lost his re-election bid in the GOP primary tonight in Alabama. https://t.co/otN6O26heY
    ? Taniel (@Taniel) June 6, 2018

    Hopefully the next sheriff as he or she pockets food provision funds knows enough to wait until out of office before purchasing multiple upscale homes.

  19. “If there was any doubt that the Republican Party was now the party of Donald Trump, Tuesday’s results in a deep-red Alabama congressional race should put it to rest,” writes Deirdre Shesgreen in USA Today.

    As Alabama goes, so goes the country?

    1. It became the party of Trump when he won the nomination and remained so when he won the election. These people live in a fantasy world.

    2. You meant the 4 term Congresswoman who is being forced into a runoff in Alabama because she would not support Trump?

  20. New Mexico Democrat Deb Haaland got her party’s nomination for the U.S. House of Representatives, making her the first Native American woman candidate for Congress.

    Senator Warren object to paleface characterization.

  21. I really hate these ‘two-day travel rests’ in hockey.

    Just play already.

    1. I agree. They all fly charter now. They do not need an extra day off.

    2. It would be nice if you could confine your faggoty figure skating with sticks to the Great White North.

      1. lol.

        But what about Michigan and Minnesota?

        1. My dad is from northern MN, up there they practically learn to skate before they can walk

        2. Canada can have them.

  22. http://www.nationalreview.com/…..substance/

    Call the Trump paradox “crass lawfulness.” What drives Trump’s critics nearly crazy is not any evidence that Trump has broken federal laws per se. Instead, their rub is that there are somehow no criminal statutes against a president boorishly acting “unpresidential” in his loud quest to supercharge the economy, while undoing the entire agenda of his predecessor, who was so dearly beloved by the media, universities, Hollywood, and identity-politics groups.

    Style and words are all that matter to the media and political class. Results are immaterial.

    1. For all the bluster about MUH RUSSIA, Trump’s ultimate crime is that he’s a Republican who won, operating with the knowledge of how much the mass media class on the whole hates Republicans. They expect them to be classy losers like McCain or Romney rather than being in a position of real power, and chimp out when things don’t go according to plan.

      1. Exactly. VDH gives the Democrats and Republican establishment too much credit. They couldn’t care less about crassness. They are crass all of the time to outsiders. And they say much worse things about Trump than Trump has ever said about anyone else.

    2. In calm, ministerial tones, the progressive Obama sometimes slapped a puerile America’s wrists, with frequent admonitions to behave and to not act so illiberally. Or he frequently reminded us, with a frown, “that is not who we are.”

      Who doesn’t miss that?

      1. Obama gave America a standard to live up to. We just were not worthy of him.

        1. We weren’t worthy of Alice Cooper, either. He wanted to be elected, too!

          1. [He] used to be such a sweet, sweet thing ’til they got a hold of [him]

            No more Mr. Nice Guy says Alice!

      2. Schoolmarm in Chief

  23. #DontBlameMe – I ordered my mother, my sisters, my wife, my daughters, all my female employees, friends, neighbors and acquaintances to vote for white male Republican candidates so I did all I could do to keep the wimmenz oppressed. Maybe I should have asked Vlad for advice on election-rigging.

    1. My constant scuzzing of Hillary convinced my Democrat-voting wife to cast her vote for Gary Johnson. As much as I had issues with his campaign overall, at least it wasn’t Hillary.

      1. Every time some dumb thing he said made me feel bad about my Gary Johnson yard signs, i looked at who he was running against and immediately felt better about my choices.

  24. So only three Eagles were going to show up for The Dotard’s propaganda photo-op?

    What an asshole he is. Then he lied about them kneeling for the anthem.

    1. It’s strange* that you think Trump is the only asshole here.

      *it’s not strange

    2. Palin’s Buttplug|6.6.18 @ 9:51AM|#
      “What an asshole he is.”

      He’s no competition to you, turd.

    3. Why would Trump want to waste his time with spoiled sports people when he has an upcoming summit with Rocketman.

      1. I don’t know. Ask him why he scheduled it in the first place.

    4. I think the Eagles are more in the wrong here.

      Everyone always talks about how there needs to be a ‘conversation’ and ‘civil discourse’ and when an opportunity comes up to do so, they balk.

      As an Eagles fan since 1980, disappointed.

      Remember when Tim Thomas didn’t want to go on the grounds he disagreed with Obama’s policies? Remember how the left and average person reacted? Now they shift and think it’s all ‘troot to power’.

      1. They had a chance to go to the White House and make their case. The fact that they refused means they are not interested in a conversation. They just want everyone to shut up and give them their way, whatever that is.

        1. Make their case for what? I thought they hadn’t been doing any on field protesting. Wasn’t it just a chance to go to the white house to celebrate their victory? Which kind of makes not going even dumber. It’s not a political event. It’s just another chance for famous people to hang out with each other. Which isn’t something the president should be doing at the official residence anyway.

    5. I would probably agree with your point if you didn’t happily recite “dotard”, echoing the sentiments of one of the most murderous men on the planet. I’m not talking about make believe “literally killing us”. I mean Kim literally kills people.

      Democrats giddily applaud MS 13, Kim Jun Un, and Iran and then they wonder why they’re just a regional party.

  25. THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
    Judge says Trump must be deposed in defamation suit by ‘Apprentice’ contestant

    Cosby, Weinstein, Trump – get them all -with due process of course.

    1. Trump can just not show up and never pay the summary judgment against him.

      1. And then tell everybody he won the case.

        1. As long as he tweets it on Public Twitter Corporation.

    2. So now allegations of defamation equals rape?

  26. Abby Finkenauer, a 28-year-old Iowa state senator

    It’s sad to see someone go so wrong at such a young age.

  27. McDonalds plans to introduce self-order kiosks at every location by 2020.

    I bet they make it so you have to opt out on getting fries wit dat.

    1. All the kiosks will be black in color?

      1. Diverse colors.

      2. That’s pretty racist.

        1. You said “wit dat” which is ebonics.

          I didn’t say white kiosks are better than black kiosks.

          1. You said “wit dat” which is ebonics.

            No it isn’t, it’s teenager speak.

          2. “Ebonics”? What is it 1990?

  28. WASHINGTON (AP) ? The Obama administration secretly sought to give Iran access ? albeit briefly ? to the U.S. financial system by sidestepping sanctions kept in place after the 2015 nuclear deal, despite repeatedly telling Congress and the public it had no plans to do so.

    Looks like Obama knowingly violated US law with this one.

    1. Unitary executives do whatever the fuck they want.

  29. http://www.americanthinker.com…..dates.html

    In the Orange County race to challenge Rep. Dana Rohrabacher for his seat, they’ve got too many candidates running, and with too much money, so the likely result will be a split of leftists’ votes, leaving Democrats with the prospect of two Republicans on the ballot for the November midterms. That’s panic time, all right, at least for them.

    Democrats are famous for muscling their own candidates into a single party line. But who would have guessed they have actually sought to pare down that crowded plate by telling one of their candidates he’s too brown to win?

    Seriously, that happened. It’s what Democrats reportedly told one of their own candidates, a moderate Reaganite Democrat named Omar Siddiqui, to get him out of there.

    The CA Democratic Party gets in touch with the Parties racist roots.

    1. Identity politics giveth and identity politics taketh away.

    2. Democratic Party: The Party of KKK, Jim Crowe, and segregation.

      1. I guess the Republicans are the party of Sherman’s march to the sea.

    3. In the age of post-Trump, how is there still an “Orange” County, California!?!? These people are so racist!

    4. They have one instance of their open primary idea screwing them, so the Dems attempt to game the system.

  30. I think the presidency of Bill Clinton is the ultimate indictment of feminism. The most prominent feminists in the country were his strongest backers and the most vicious critics of the women who accused him, of among other things, sexual harassment and rape.

    There is no such thing as feminism. There is just a large lobby of pro-abortion activists who call themselves “feminists”, but they could care less about women who don’t share their extremism on abortion. That’s just the truth and I think it goes a long way to explaining why a large chunk of the country (women and men, alike) just roll their eyes when someone mentions “feminism”.

    1. CNN “lead” feminist Peggy Drexler on Samantha Bee.

      Samantha Bee’s message was right even if her word wasn’t

      But Bee is not Barr ? she is not spewing random and racist, anti-Semitic, conspiracy-theory views over years on Twitter, as Barr has, and often in the service of supporting the President’s policies. Nor, let’s be honest, are we living in a time of particularly polite discourse.

      It’s important, too, to remember that Bee is a comedian known for delivering a standup monologue which, like that of other comedians, often uses outrageous, boundary-pushing and, to some, offensive comedy to make strong points about politics. In Bee’s case, though, and unlike in Barr’s, these points are usually made on behalf of those harmed by this President’s policies.

      1. No, her message was stupid. (As if Ivanka could do anything about immigration) That’s why she had to resort to name calling.

        1. I laughed when I saw the article because it so spectacularly proved the point I made last week that Bee would suffer zero consequences for her outburst.

      2. That’s a lot of words just to say that Bee has the “right” politics.

      3. Because Barr is not a comedian?

        “Barr has, and often in the service of supporting the President’s policies”

        What about when she was a Democrat?

        FoxNews is scrambling to find someone to say the exact opposite of what CNN aired. That’s how you become #FairAndBalanced. But no, this conversation isn’t about tribal politics.

        1. Looking at Barr’s history, people act like her politics change willy-nilly over the years because she used to be a Democrat, then a Marxist, then a Trumper. I think what people don’t want to see, is that she’s actually been pretty consistent.

          Her whole view is that poor people get a bad go at things. Particularly the working class. Her whole career is based around this kind of thing. Her jumping parties is just her pushing this idea, with the different politics of the time saying who she aligns with. I doubt she’s perfectly consistent or anything, but that seems to be more her trajectory from what I’ve seen.

          1. As I and others have pointed out, Trump is basically a Democrat from the 80s, minus the overt support for unions over everyone else.
            And I think you are right. She’s for Trump because he is now the one speaking to the troubled working classes.

    2. That’s a totally unfair characterization of feminism. Yes, feminists support legal abortion access in all three trimesters, just like all serious libertarians do. But feminism is about more than that.

      You should try watching some Feminist Frequency videos on Youtube. You’ll learn that the War on Women is not just about trying to defund Planned Parenthood. It’s also about video games incorporating the “damsel in distress” trope, the “women as reward” trope, and drawing female characters who are unrealistically attractive.

      1. Yeah, no. It’s just a bunch of radical pro-abortion advocates. That’s about it. And that completely explains why they shrug when a Republican woman or a conservative woman is being unfairly smeared, but will not stand for the slightest admonishment of progressive women.

      2. That is some quality trolling there. You usually are pretty boring, but that is pretty good.

    3. Oh, I think it’s a lot more (and a lot worse) than abortion activism. It’s the neo-Marxist victim/oppressor lens that they have to look at everything through that concerns me more.

  31. http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=10986

    Marquette University professor says she keeps a diary of “everyday microaggressions” to help her overcome her own “whiteness” in order to “recognize racism.”

    “Some years ago I began recording everyday microaggressions toward learning to recognize racism, which is so often coded and which whiteness has taught me not to see,” Professor Beth Godbee, an assistant professor of English at Marquette University, writes in a May 3 post on her personal blog, “Heart-Head-Hands.”

    She sounds like a barrel of laughs, doesn’t she? I really think the best way to deal with SJWs is just to tell them to fuck off and step back and let people see them for who they are. They are always broken, sad people living miserable lives. There is nothing glamorous or interesting about them. It is just mundane misery and nastiness. Who would want to be like this?

    1. My God, the Catholic Church really needs to suppress the Jesuits again. Post haste. Their universities are about as Catholic as Nancy Pelosi at this point.

      1. Sadly, the question “Is the Pope Catholic?” really isn’t rhetorical anymore. It is a legitimate issue.

        1. I wouldn’t go that far.

          1. That commie bastard is about as Catholic as the Dalai Lama.

            1. Does the Dalai Lama shit in the woods?

              1. You mix a helluva caucasian there Jackie…

          2. Did you read that new Ross Douthat book? If so, what did you think of it?

        2. Isn’t is sort of a “by defninition” thing?

    2. Marquette University professor says she keeps a diary of “everyday microaggressions” …

      Sounds like somebody has too much time on her hands. Maybe there don’t need to be as many professors there as there currently are?

    3. Godbee concludes with an appeal to others, writing, “May we?especially those of [us] who are white, who hold power and privilege within this ‘white supremacist world’?do more to name and speak out against injustice. May we do more to find humanity in the midst of dehumanization. May we do more to recognize and counter ongoing, everyday microaggressions.”

      Somebody needs to admonish her for following the savior script.

  32. Nausea increasing. I give you the Hogg Effect. Or affect. Anyway, BARF!

    1. Columnist Fabiola Santiago was born in Cuba. She was exiled to the U.S. in 1969 on one of the historic Freedom Flights.

      And she’s been pining to go back ever since, where silly and unnecessary concepts like “the right to defend oneself” are unheard of and everyone lives in blissful peace.

  33. Nicaragua is a mess.

    “A surge of violence has snuffed out economic activity and dimmed prospects to peacefully resolve a political crisis here that began as a protest against tax increases and turned into a revolt against Nicaragua’s longtime leader Daniel Ortega.”

    http://www.wsj.com/articles/ni…..1528235963

    It isn’t that the Ortega regime has implemented Sandinista socialism–even the former Sandinistas in the military seem to oppose him.

    It’s not that the Ortega regime has implemented a Chavez program either–although they use that rhetoric, the nationalization of industry in Nicaragua by the Ortega regime has meant that the Ortegas own the means of production privately.

    Students, the middle class, women, farmers, the military, they all oppose him–except for the last bunch, the Ortega regime is more like the kleptocracy in Libya under Qaddafi as much as anything. I don’t think anybody expected Ortega to be a total sellout to his ideology (everybody seems to think the country is being run by his overbearing, new age, weirdo of a wife).

    There used to be intellectual arguments about the Sandanistas and their ideology, but in the end, it was all about stealing the nation blind. There’s a lesson in there.

    Rigid ideologues like Chavez deserve a rational response, but true believers are rare. Just accuse them of wanting to stuff their pockets with your hard earned money and history says you’re probably right.

    1. Chavez stuffed his pockets, too. “Bolivarian” socialist ideology was maybe third on his list of priorities – amassing those sweet, sweet American dollars and doing coca-fueled marathon folk music performances on state tv were far more important to him.

  34. Gianforte is from Montana, not Iowa. Unless Iowa gets Montana now, and I’m OK with that.

    1. You can’t expect ENB to know anything about the rest of the country or get her facts right or anything like that

      1. Reason has a tough time when it’s “too local”.

  35. It also looks like Iowa GOP Rep. Greg Gianforte, best known for body-slamming a journalist, will face a female challenger, former state lawmaker Kathleen Williams.

    Montana, you mean?

  36. “The programs remain secure,” Mnuchin said. Medicare “is on track to meet its obligations to beneficiaries well into the next decade.”

    So, “remain secure” means “we are able to kick the can down the road four more years”.

  37. “”In deep-red Alabama, the Republican [gubernatorial] primary will almost certainly determine the general election winner,” notes The New York Times.”

    Just ask Senator Roy Moore.

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