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Schiff: Mueller findings 'too big to be swept under the rug'
Rep. Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee talks with Rachel Maddow about the American public's need to know the findings of the Robert...

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Manafort facing significant prison time for breaching plea deal
Barbara McQuade, former U.S. attorney, talks with Rachel Maddow about what it means that a judge has ruled against Paul Manafort, finding he lied to...

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House Judiciary passes first major gun violence bill in decades
Rachel Maddow reports on a bipartisan background check bill passing the Democratically controlled House Judiciary Committee, the first such gun violence...

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Bill Gates recently came out against Alexandria's plan for taxing the rich...he has a valid point, these are people with the financial means to move their money...
I'm so sick of this type of excuse to do the wrong thing. It's in the fallacious genre of, "if I didn't make money on {immoral activity} somebody else would." Pay-day lending is legal, right? But it certainly isn't moral. The reason I call this a fallacious argument is that it can be used to justify any behavior. "If I didn't sell high-quality crack-cocaine to 9-year-old children, somebody else would sell them bad crack."

Bill Gates comments are absolving the wealthy from their immoral actions of tax evasion by invoking the argument of, "well their gonna do it."

I'm not sure I interpret that the same way. I believe he is pointing out that as long as the law allows it people will do it. He advocates changing the law to remove the incentives to be corrupt for everyone not just the wealthy. That is what he means by saying a focus on one misses the bigger picture.

That said, he believes everyone including himself like Warren Buffet and other philanthropists should pay their fair share. He also believes in UBI funded by taxing the companies who automate that are eliminating human jobs. Of the Democrats who are philanthropists and big supporters of Democrats, Bezos is number one, Bloomberg is number two, and Gates is number three. He believes Citizens United was wrong and should be repealed.

Until money is out of politics and a progressive tax system is in place that requires all to pay their fair share, things will not change and money is needed for Dems to run against Reps... because Reps outraise Dems more than 10 times every election as it stands today. He is a pragmatic progressive.

Thanks. I probably read it with my own bias and jumped to conclusions.

Personally, I wouldn't count Bezos in as a Democrat because he donates to all politicians running for a seat he values to guarantee he has an ownership claim on the winner. Bloomberg isn't on my list of trusted servants either. I think Bloomberg is the royalty type Democrat and not the people's democrat.

Most of the very wealthy donate to both parties to have a seat of influence in each. I am talking more about deeds. It's more important to me what they do than what they say. The financial commitments to progressive causes and electing Democrats is far greater and well documented. We have to set aside our biases (we all have them) and realize wealth is not the problem.

Greed is the problem and those who are greedy are 97% of Wall Street who help Republicans while the other 3% are those who help Democrats. The people who vote Republican support greed either because they are wealthy greedy people or they are poor wannabe wealthy greedy people. Democrats are about the big tent, sharing, caring, it takes a village being each other's keepers.

Bloomberg is a centrist but also a strong supporter of progressive causes like Gates. Bezos is left of center and a strong supporter of progressive causes also. He is also an enemy of Trump as is Bloomberg and Gates. We must be Stronger Together. The Dems did not win the House by going radical left - it was won up through the middle l... Show more...
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Judge voids Paul Manafort plea deal, says he 'intentionally' lied to the FBI, special counsel and grand jury

Judge Amy Berman Jackson said that Manafort "intentionally made multiple false statements to the FBI, the (office of special counsel) and the grand jury concerning matters that were material to the investigation."

#trumpistan #manafort

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FEMA's controversial chief, Brock Long, announces his resignation
Brock Long's tenure as the head of FEMA has been surprisingly controversial. Today, it came to an end.

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Court postponements suggest curious convergence of dates
Rachel Maddow reports on developments in the cases of Roger Stone and Maria Butina and notes that a postponement in the Butina case aligns oddly closely with...
Rachel Maddow always makes me happy when I see her. I only see her when people are passing around links though. After Olbermann got fired I stopped watching all of MSNBC.

The link above is the rss feed. I put it into the add contact box to add it. So I get the feed within Friendica!

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Take a stand against Fascism!

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Records show Beto's event had almost 3 times the attendance of the PeeOTUS event. As usual I suspect PeeOTUS instigated and gave a thumbs up to the assault on a cameraman from the Guardian because he didn't want the real imagery shown of just how small he is.
I wonder why Drumpf picked 69 thousand for his fake statistic?

Likely he doesn't know the difference between 6900 and 69000

But because he's an asshole he picked the number most commonly used as an innuendo for a sex position; probably because he makes that reference all the time. Like I favor prime numbers so when I pick a value from thin air, even numbers don't get picked.

69 is a very old number... 77 is the better number.

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It looks like the people of VA still have confidence in Northam as a leader - specifically black voters. The party needs to back off calls for him to resign based on the will of the voters.

The image url is inside the bbcode but does not show in the post @Adam Clark

@Tara Tisinger I had to click network then the forum to get to it instead of posting on the wall. The other way is to type !Progressive Refuge (just type ! then a few letters prog and it will be selectable by name in the drop down) instead of @ because this is a community forum type.

Some websites seem to attach differently. I know I hate the way politico posted from pluspora embeds the entire article causing me to scroll the whole thing instead of showing part then allowing me to click show more. I need to do some testing from shareblue which is a blog.
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This is the image url that should have embedded with the article attachment is returning a 401 when Friendica's trying to pull the content, as it seems they direct other sites to go via a REST API which they require authentication on. The code on their page is <link rel="alternate" type="application/json+oembed" href="" /> and the resulting attempt at the image pull from Friendica shows in the log as: 2019-02-10T01:30:23Z@wrk:22218:5c5f7eaf7e2c6348 [Info]:CurlResult.php:143:checkSuccess error: 401 -

I don't know why they would lock out their content to other sites, but I'm always amazed with the restrictions places are putting on their content, seemingly completely unaware how spreading their content should work for them.


Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, & Supreme Court Conservatives Refuse to Allow Condemned Inmate His Last Wish. Article by Lisa Needham

I tried it for the Susan Collins' article I posted above. I clicked on the paperclip to the right of the Link icon. Another screen popped up and I pasted the link again, and then the Share button. A message popped up at the upper right of the screen that said, "Requested account is unavailable." (?)

I will do a post hang tight

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"Just days ago the Vatican's women's magazine, Women Church World, condemned the abuse, saying in some cases nuns were forced to abort priests' children - something Catholicism forbids."

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Dems Prefer Electability in 2020

Monmouth University Polling Institute: Dems Prefer Electability in 2020 | Monmouth University Polling Institute (Vicky Prodeline)