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GOP donors, fearful of Trump-fueled electoral rout, direct big money down-ballot

GOP donors, fearful of Trump-fueled electoral rout, direct big money down-ballot | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Super PAC fundraising hits a new record: nearly $1 billion collected by the end of June.
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So the GOP is trying to buy its continued control of Congress. Somehow that seems like a bad idea for two reasons. First, the GOP really has not got much a track record; just consider how badly we all view congress now, and they've been in control. Second, if they can't keep their own house in order and can offer us a court jester at the helm, why should we think they can run the country? While I do have a few local GOP candidates I will vote for and a few I would if they were up for re-election, for the most part. I think it is time to force the GOP out so they will actually do some rethinking. I truly hope we can produce a new party in America, one that rejects the creed of money and replace it with a few of the future based on human justice and social values. 
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What some Republicans are saying about race and criminal justice reform

What some Republicans are saying about race and criminal justice reform | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Some prominent Republicans are engaged in a conversation about race and policing that may signal a strengthening bridge between how Democrats and Republicans approach reforming the criminal justice system.
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Possibly in the midst of the madness that is overtaking America's race relations and policing there is a ray of light as some Republicans see a need for criminal justice reform. Now, if we can get them to also publicly recognize what the vast majority of us know, that justice has not been color blind but needs to be. 
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The Secret Origins of the Tea Party

The Secret Origins of the Tea Party | Upsetment | Scoop.it
How Big Oil and Big Tobacco partnered with the Koch brothers to take over the GOP
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In case you haven't figured it out yet, the corruption of American life and values by the wealthy is not something new. Rather it is a recurring theme in our nation's history. There are always dupes to be played and "villains" like foreigners and government to be blamed. KKK, Know Nothings, TEA Party: they're all the same, filled with anger and ready to be pushed into blaming somebody else. By the way, if you are fascinated by the connection between wealth and corruption, you really should read "Times To Try The Soul of Man." 
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Fox says Trump wanted $5 million donation; other candidates spar at debate

Fox says Trump wanted $5 million donation; other candidates spar at debate | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Fox News Channel accused Donald Trump of asking the network for a $5 million donation as a "quid pro quo" in return for Trump's promise to appear in Thursday night's Republican debate.
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So he wanted payment to take part in a debate for Republican voters to learn about their potential candidates. The money was labeled as going for veterans but was in fact going to his own foundation to be spent as he saw fit. The man is pure huckster. P.T. Barnum was surely right, nobody ever went broke from underestimating the intelligence of the American public. 

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Pentagon Officers: We Quit if Trump Wins

Pentagon Officers: We Quit if Trump Wins | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The plans of the next president are personal to the officers of the Pentagon, who are threatening to retire if The Donald becomes commander-in-chief.
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The Republicans are always saying we should listen to the generals; so let's give some thought to what military leaders think of the GOP contenders. In effect, this article says our military leadership thinks this crop of GOP contenders are clowns. I can go along with that. 

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How Jeff Flake became the Senate’s most unorthodox Republican

How Jeff Flake became the Senate’s most unorthodox Republican | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Once known as a right-wing firebrand, Jeff Flake tries to be a different kind of modern Republican.
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I voted for Flake, whom I saw as an honest and decent conservative voice for the senate. Although I was piqued by his failure to follow through on what I saw as a commitment to Gabby Gifford to work towards some rational gun control, he has for the most part surprised me by being fare more than I expected; he has become a voice for reason and even amity in the upper house. I don't think the Democrats will find anyone to beat him in 2018, but of course the Arizona GOP may not want him because he is reasonable. Don't get me wrong, it isn't that I agree with him on social issues, it's that I agree with his approach to the process of government and I trust his character.

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House Republicans rebuff D.C. on budget; reproductive law under threat

House Republicans rebuff D.C. on budget; reproductive law under threat | Upsetment | Scoop.it
House GOP on Wednesday could upend many policies prized by D.C. Democrats.
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In Republican-Land corporations have religious freedom, but individual humans don't have freedom of conscience. And people ask me why I stopped voting for Republicans. I'll make it simple, because—as you know if you read my books—I believe in the importance of human choice and personal freedom.

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Arizona Wants Doctors to Tell Patients that Abortions Can Be “Reversed”

Arizona Wants Doctors to Tell Patients that Abortions Can Be “Reversed” | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Doctors in Arizona might soon be required to tell women that abortions can be "reversed." As the Washington Post reports, the Arizona legislature just passed a bill that is the latest in state-based attempts to ban women from using their own health insurance to pay for abortion. What makes this bill...
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In Arizona, we are living in an asylum where the madness is called the Republican party. If this isn't enough for the women of this state (and all the rational men) to vote these bums out, I don't know what will be. The worst part is that when some woman falls prey to this deception and hasn't taken the second medication and it leads to severe complications for her health and this douche bag and his cohort will have not a scintilla of responsibility.

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Scott Walker gets a crash course in foreign policy

Scott Walker gets a crash course in foreign policy | Upsetment | Scoop.it
After drawing mockery on the subject last month, the Wisconsin governor sat down with Republican leaders in world affairs for a two-hour tutorial.
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I don't care for Gov. Walker and would not vote for him because of domestic issue, I am impressed that he is at least trying to learn. Considering the farce of the Palin candidacy, you have to be impressed by a Republican candidate who is actually asking for reading suggestions. Now, the big question is, as with all candidates for POTUS, can he listen to and read materials from differing points of view.

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House Republicans Vote To Deport 550,000 Kids Who Have Spent Much of Their Lives In The US

House Republicans Vote To Deport 550,000 Kids Who Have Spent Much of Their Lives In The US | Upsetment | Scoop.it
In an act of absurd cruelty House Republicans, along with four Democrats, voted to deport 550,000 children who have nothing to do with the crisis on the border.
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This is so against the values of an humanitarian (or Christian) nation as to be mind-boggling. This is the antithesis of the Dream Act, which the vast majority of Americans support. Remember, these people were children when they were brought here. Had no say or (in many cases) knowledge of the laws. They have grown up here, many thinking they were Americans, obeying the law and striving to be part of our society. The ones I know have continued to be good and responsible "Americans" even if that was not their legally accurate status. Are we not a better nation than this?

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McCain: 'Republicans Have To Understand We Have Lost This Battle'

McCain: 'Republicans Have To Understand We Have Lost This Battle' | Upsetment | Scoop.it
With the government shutdown in its third week and the United States dangerously close to the debt limit, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) urged members of his party on Tuesday to stop digging.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

I wish I could take some schadenfreude from this story, but I am too worried for our economy. I wonder how many people will now stop saying, "Oh, it's both parties' fault." I wonder how many people will now realize that the Republicans are not better at handling that economy.

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New Mexico Legislation Would Criminalize Abortions in Cases of Rape

New Mexico Legislation Would Criminalize Abortions in Cases of Rape | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The most popular, lazy theory for Republican renewal is some version of this: "We've got to stop nominating Republicans who make rape gaffes! Don't talk about rape!" But the Todd Akins of the world don't "talk about rape" because they're venal.
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Once again, we see the GOP at its grassroots level being totally ignorant of and unfeeling towards rape victims. What is the matter with the Republican party?

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GOP Rep: Whites Better Than ‘Sub-Groups’

GOP Rep: Whites Better Than ‘Sub-Groups’ | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Says they made more contributions to society.
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I do wish somebody would give this guy my essay, Checkers Anyone, to read. Not that anybody this dumb would understand it or anything else about racism. I can only hope that the people of Iowa will be as sickened by him as I am. Meanwhile, if you want to send him a copy of my essay or perhaps read it yourself, here's the URL http://www.kennethweene.com/#!checkers-and-race/cbls  
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Have you had an abortion? Missouri Republicans want to know. Planned Parenthood official could be arrested for not turning over names

Have you had an abortion? Missouri Republicans want to know. Planned Parenthood official could be arrested for not turning over names | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The Missouri GOP wants a list of women who've had abortions in the state and is using the threat of jail to get it
Kenneth Weene's insight:
One clear reason that the GOP, and especially its religious right wing, has to be removed from any office and authority. They have no respect for privacy or for women. In what possible way is a list of patients the proper concern of government. 
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Sylvia Zhao's curator insight, September 25, 5:28 PM
This article describes the fact that anti-choice activists are trying to turn the CEO of Planned Parenthood in court. Women who had abortions are being turned out. Pro-life is the Republican opinion of abortion, even I agree with it partly, I do not like the way they are acting against it. People in America has the right to chose. Specially under some accident, women do not want to keep the kid. Rather than not treating the infant well after birth, abortion is a better choice. 
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South Carolina Republican Mudslinging Reaches New Heights in 2016

South Carolina Republican Mudslinging Reaches New Heights in 2016 | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The state known for sharp elbows is out-doing itself this year, as the campaigns are pitched in nasty brawls ahead of Saturday's GOP vote.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Of course a part of me is amused; how can I not find this circus amusing? And another part, that wants to see a major Democratic victory, rejoices in the GOP's disarray.  But, the part of me that loves America and the part that grew up a New England Republican are in despair over the deterioration of the GOP. Shame n them and shame on the state of South Carolina that has become the piss-hole of American politics. 

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Republicans Criticize Deal to Free Iranian Prisoners

Republicans Criticize Deal to Free Iranian Prisoners | Upsetment | Scoop.it
"The fact is that we shouldn’t have to trade anything to get our citizens back home," Chris Christie said
Kenneth Weene's insight:

The simple fact is that diplomacy worked and I hate to think what would have happened if one of these blustering idiots had been at the helm instead of Obama and his Secretary of State, Kerry. Iran and the U.S. should be friends; we had a long history of friendship before we overthrew their government and supported a dictator. So, please let's keep rational and caring people in the White House. My question for the election is who is most capable of negotiating with others. So far, my answer is Sanders. I honestly think he's the only one whose ego won't get in the way. 

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Pentagon suspends troubled missile defense system at center of 'runaway blimp'

Pentagon suspends troubled missile defense system at center of 'runaway blimp' | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The Pentagon has suspended indefinitely a trial run of the troubled missile defense system called JLENS , whose giant, radar-carrying blimps were intended to help safeguard the skies over Washington.
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Meanwhile, Texas Republican Congressman Mac "Thornberry made clear that Republicans still back the system, according to Democratic aides who attended. A spokesman for Thornberry confirmed the exchange." So we have a program that doesn't work, creates hazards, and costs millions, but the GOP don't want to cut it. Fiscal responsibility is obviously not what they are about. Perhaps it's because a blimp is involved and we all know the US military has fewer blimps and hot-air balloons today than it had in 1862. God save us from the GOP.

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Hot Take on the GOP Debate: National Security

Hot Take on the GOP Debate: National Security | Upsetment | Scoop.it

And from the ideas expressed in this first debate, Republicans clearly don’t think that national security is going to be a determiner of who garners the Republican nomination.  There was a chorus of criticism of President Obama’s policies, but little in the way of practical plans to improve upon them.

Kenneth Weene's insight:

I thought this a pretty good summary of much that went on in last night's circus.

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Leading Republicans differ over armed 'insurrection'

Leading Republicans differ over armed 'insurrection' | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Let this sink in: a debate over the right to an armed insurrection against the United States is an apparent GOP primary issue this year.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

And there are still Americans, even patriotic Americans, who will vote for a member of the Good-Old Poops party. Isn't it time for us to find a better group to oppose the Democrats. Seriously, you could find better thinking in the monkey-house of any zoo.

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Khamenei condemns Republican letter on Iran, bemoans U.S. 'tricks'

Khamenei condemns Republican letter on Iran, bemoans U.S. 'tricks' | Upsetment | Scoop.it
By Sam Wilkin DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran's Supreme Leader hit out on Thursday at a letter by U.S. Republican senators threatening to undo any nuclear deal between Washington and Tehran, saying he was worried because the United States was known for "backstabbing", Mehr news agency reported. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the ultimate authority on all Iranian matters of state, added at a meeting with President Hassan Rouhani and senior clerics that whenever negotiators made progress, the Americans became "ha
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"The clerical Supreme Leader said the letter was "a sign of the decay of political ethics in the American system", and he described as risible long-standing U.S. accusations of Iranian involvement in terrorism." The GOP once again proving that they are not fit to govern. Thanks a lot, especially to the two idiots from my state of AZ, McCain and Flake.

 

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Energy Firms in Secretive Alliance With Attorneys General

Energy Firms in Secretive Alliance With Attorneys General | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Republican attorneys general have formed an unprecedented, secretive alliance with some of the nation’s top energy producers to push back against the Obama regulatory agenda, an investigation by The New York Times has found.
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Hey voters, this is what corruption is really about. Sadly, it will be our grandkids who reap the consequences. But that's okay because the grandchildren of those energy maggots will have just as hard time breathing as will the folks who say they don't care about politics or that the parties are all the same and don't bother to vote. Shame on us all.

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Politics Stalls House Resolution to Honor Pope Francis

Politics Stalls House Resolution to Honor Pope Francis | Upsetment | Scoop.it
An apparently innocuous resolution intended to honor Pope Francis is having trouble making its way through the House of Representatives – reportedly mired in politics because some lawmakers view the pontiff as "too liberal."
Kenneth Weene's insight:

I wonder if Catholics who have voted for Republican candidates in the past will recognize that the GOP has now pretty much said God is wrong. I really do want to know how my friends who are Catholics feel about this one.

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Biotech Firms,
Billions at Risk,
Lobby States to
Limit Generics

Biotech Firms,<br/>Billions at Risk,<br/>Lobby States to<br/>Limit Generics | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The industry’s lobbying effort could blunt new competition to its products and reduce the savings anticipated in the federal health care overhaul.
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These new laws will add company profits and cost patients and federal government billions. Want to bet that the states which pass them will be GOP dominated? Once again we see that the GOP is the party of business.

 

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