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RT @pkcapitol: You're tired of all the thinly sourced, always-on-background stories about Amy Klobuchar's weird boss habits, right? Well,…
Headline from March 2023: "Biden mulls Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as out-of-the-gate running mate."
RT @kevinMKruse: This is my favorite kind of these tweets, where a completely made-up statistic is wedded to a fact everyone learned in gra…
RT @UrbanAchievr: My latest @BulwarkOnline examines the Civil War 2 fetish on the right, and its ties to white nationalist race war fantasi…
RT @TaylorLorenz: 5 videos of the Christchurch shooting were in my feed on Monday, another on Tuesday. ALL were claiming the attack was a f…
Especially because Bernie is even older and never hints at this! (At the same time, Bernie’s presence in the race is making it easier for Biden to sell the “old guy you can trust” image.) https://twitter.com/esotericcd/status/1108722757695619073?s=21
RT @BenjySarlin: One-term pledge and naming a running mate out the gate feels like someone who’s read 50+ years of pundit hypotheticals tha…
RT @BrandyLJensen: lmao c’mon https://twitter.com/twittermoments/status/1108719088845635584
Typical east coast elitism. Talk to any voter in a rust belt diner and he’ll tell you: “I know who George Conway is, have strong opinions about him, and want his tweets covered to the exclusion of other topics.” https://twitter.com/atrios/status/1108711086574972928?s=21
 
Rust Belt diner voters are today's Iraqi cab drivers. @Atrios
RT @Atrios: @elongreen get annoyed every time someone puts some 'george conway said what? no he didnt!!' shit into my timeline. i do not ca…
RT @mattGertz: No daylight between Fox "news" and "opinion" sides on this. https://twitter.com/ParkerMolloy/status/1108705119938457600
The “one term rescue mission” concept sounds gimmicky (and is!) but I wouldn’t underestimate the number of Dems whose only issue is getting Trump out of there. https://twitter.com/jmartnyt/status/1108705669832761344?s=21
RT @ashleyfeinberg: the thing that fucked me up the most in the theranos doc is how everyone is able to just go around saying "nanotainer"…
RT @mlcalderone: The Daily Beast’s @swin24 and @lachlan are writing a book on Trump’s “minions and misfits” https://politi.co/2Ydne9e https:/…
Big applause when Beto says he’s not taking PAC money. One activist I talked to yesterday was frustrated that they people seem satisfied by “no corporate PAC” pledges when they see huge loopholes for special interests and wealthy donors.
Beto addressing the overflow crowd. Nobody left after realizing they could see him if they just hung out in the (normal winter) cold
RT @MichaelRWarren: This is a Rush Limbaugh-ism. https://twitter.com/maggieNYT/status/1108456139656712192
Beto’s “let’s put on a show” style of campaigning sets him apart, but has downsides. Most of the people who showed up for his Portsmouth event (even 30 min early) are outside shivering.
Keep in mind that Bernie is competing with a Dem idea (maybe wrong) that Biden is the safest choice if you want to win. I don’t think a 51-49 poll like this helps too much.
RT @AsteadWesley: Part of why it's so important to have a diverse reporting and editing staff is to check against these biases. https://t.c…
Is it rude to point out that Hillary Clinton led Trump in the popular vote by the same margin? The “Bernie would have won” argument is a big factor in the primaries. But it’s based on 2016 polls that suggested Sanders would clobber Trump, not narrowly lead him.
I am still wrapping my head around the "skimping on a woman" line. Is the argument that health care isn't good unless the bill is really high? https://twitter.com/brianbeutler/status/1108673697987129344
Among the mysteries of this poll: Gillibrand won a landslide re-election four months ago, and her approval rating in NY is now 29/35. https://twitter.com/QuinnipiacPoll/status/1108669580325482496
RT @BadFoxGraphics: .@FoxFriendsFirst thinks this is John @Hickenlooper (D-CO) It's not. It's @JayInslee (D-WA). They actually SHOWED Hick…
RT @Slate: Floridians voted to re-enfranchise hundreds of thousands of felons. Republicans aren’t having it. https://slate.trib.al/8JPQ1AI
RT @ddale8: Trump made 42 false claims last week. They included changing the date on his 2016 Scotland trip to make himself sound better an…
Today, like every day, was stupid, so I want to conduct a poll about something stupider. Who was the best classic Onion columnist?
 
 
and also @marlaschnelder
RT @yashar: Think the cnn town hall thing is smart. With all the candidates. Good vetting tool.
RT @mattyglesias: Something I hope Democrats take away from the Trump years is that Fed appointment really really really matter. Your admi…
RT @kljohnso: A kind of idealistic righteousness, combined with obvious conviction about his own abilities and insights, worked like a magi…
Whom amongst us https://twitter.com/mviser/status/1108563741933817857?s=21
RT @mviser: John Hickenlooper, asked if he’d pledge to nominate a woman as vice president if he is the nominee, says, “Of course.” And then…
RT @IsaacDovere: People have been asking about the timestamp in the screenshot here. I removed a timestamp of “8h”--irrelevant as only indi…
Beto also always refers to the next president as "he or she." Can't think of the last POTUS candidate who implied from outset that he/she could lose the nomination.
The easiest Q for Beto to answer is, funny enough, how he did so well in TX and whether he could scale that nationally. (Nobody seems to mind that he lost!) Answer: He went everywhere. "We went to counties so red you could see them glowing, from space."
Missed this while on Beto duty but apparently POTUS thinks high union dues forced GM's hand on Lordstown? I... don't understand. https://www.cleveland.com/politics/2019/03/donald-trump-in-lima.html
Another Q: "Do you support a UBI similar to the one proposed by @AndrewYang?" (Yes, Yang was cited by name.) Beto does not, starts talking about paying people more for the work they do.
One of her sub-questions was about BDS... Beto appears to be avoiding an answer on that. (It was a very smart Q but there's always a risk with two- or three-part Qs that the pol won't handle them all.)
A Palestinian immigrant asks a multi-part Israel Q. Beto says he supports a two-state solution, is unsure if there are willing partners. "We know that in PM Netanyahu, we have someone who has openly sided with racists in that country."
RT @KClausing: The perils of trade wars for Ohio, from @TimothyNoah1. Wherein, I note that Trump doesn't seem to understand the intensely g…
RT @chancetherapper: City Hall tomorrow @ 10am
First Q in Durham is whether he'll pledge not to take $ from "the fossil fuel industry." Beto: "I will not take a dime from a PAC or lobbyist, no matter who or what they represent." (That leaves an escape hatch, as Beto has been hit for taking $ from energy industry employees)
ie "I have no hope of earning your vote; no hope of prevailing in this primary; no hope of defeating President Trump" without coming to hear the audience's concerns. 2/2
I'm at Beto's final NH event of the day. Every Dem has a different rhetorical style. Bernie's is "line" (applause) "line" (applause). Beto's is an argument with a series of semicolons... 1/2
RT @mattyglesias: I’ve got to say, before asking Trump yet another question about John McCain (he is not a fan) you might want to consider…
RT @mjs_DC: I wrote about Florida Republicans' attempt to sabotage Amendment 4, a ballot initiative that restored voting rights to about 1.…
RT @ericbradner: .@daveweigel asked @BetoORourke about his 2012 support for means testing for entitlements. He said he’s listened, “become…
RT @pkcapitol: McCain’s PHX services were overseen by AZ state gov’t and protected by state troopers. Then Congress hosted McCain laying in…
Getting some real time experience in how Twitter’s limited space + online anger at Beto can skew things. He didn’t make excuses for bad cops; he described a systematic, long-term political problem. https://twitter.com/amanardalan/status/1108468682299052033?s=21
This is a heck of a take on the anniversary of the 2003 Iraq invasion. (Didn’t go so great for the last Dem w national security experience who voted for the war.) https://twitter.com/politico/status/1108469539740766210?s=21
First Q gotta be: Did you stop at WaWa, Sheetz, or Giant Eagle? There is only one correct answer. https://twitter.com/HunterMw/status/1108151217442746368
Why is it so hard to recover lost items from a flight? You have a seat number, you have a plane number... and you simply can’t reach a human being to ask if it was found during the cleaning.
 
Same, but with hotel rooms.
RT @daveweigel: Probably the most popular Q of the night: Is there a way to stop spammers from using fake phone numbers so people can block…
RT @daveweigel: @jbarro Probably the biggest gulf between Twitter and RL is the preponderance of “Obama was a failure” Dems on Twitter. Got…
the weekend box office estimates are in, and folks...
RT @daveweigel: Pete Buttigieg tells supporters that he’s cracked the 65,000 donor threshold for the debates. #Buttimentum https://t.co/8x1…
 
 
 
 
 
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