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'Whoa! Whoa!': Fox News abruptly cuts off Kayleigh McEnany because of her 'explosive' remarks

November 9, 2020 in Blogs

By Cody Fenwick

Fox News host Neil Cavuto abruptly cut away from a press conference held by White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, along with Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel, on Monday. Cavuto warned that McEnany’s attacks on Democrats and accusations that they tried to rig the 2020 election were completely baseless.

She accused Democrats of opposing basic safeguards that verify voter eligibility, even though every jurisdiction in the United States verifies that voters are authorized to cast a ballot before it is accepted into the final tally. She also said the Democrats are trying to keep observers “out of the count room,” even though Democratic and Republican observers have been allowed in election offices across the country.

“You don’t take these positions because you want an honest election,” she said, gratuitously and maliciously trying to smear and discredit the party that has defeated her boss, President Donald Trump, in the race for the White House. (An open question in the outrageous performance is why McEnany, a White House staffer, was engaged in this performance on behalf of the Trump campaign.) “You take these positions because you are welcoming fraud, and you are welcoming illegal voting.”

The truth is, of course, that U.S. elections are highly robust against attempts to try to defraud the system, but Trump and his allies are refusing to accept the results in an attempt to delegitimize President-elect Joe Biden’s win.

“Whoa! Whoa! Whoa!” said Cavuto, cutting into the feed of her speech on Fox News. “I just think we need to be very clear. She’s charging that the other side is welcoming fraud and welcoming illegal voting. Unless she has more details to back that up, I can’t in good [conscience] continue showing you this. I want to make sure that, maybe they do have something to back this up. But that’s an explosive charge to make, that the other side is effectively rigging and cheating. If she does bring proof of that, of course, we’ll take you back.”

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The nightmare campaign is over — but we could have had so much more

November 9, 2020 in Blogs

By TomDispatch

As I lived through the nightmare of the election campaign just past, I often found myself dreaming of another American world entirely. Anything but this one.

In that spirit, I also found myself looking at a photo of my fourth-grade class, vintage 1972. Tacked to the wall behind our heads was a collage, a tapestry of sorts that I could make out fairly clearly. It evoked the promise and the chaos of a turbulent year so long ago. The promise lay in a segment that read “peace” and included a green ecology flag, a black baseball player (Brooklyn Dodgers second baseman Jackie Robinson, who had died that year), and a clenched fist inside the outline of the symbol for female (standing in for the new feminism of that moment and the push for equal rights for women).

Representing the chaos of that era were images of B-52s dropping bombs in Vietnam (a war that was still ongoing) and a demonstration for racist Alabama governor and presidential candidate George Wallace (probably because he had been shot and wounded in an assassination attempt that May). A rocket labeled “USA” reminded me that this country was then still launching triumphant Apollo missions to the moon.

How far we’ve come in not quite half a century! In 2020, “peace” isn’t even a word in the American political dictionary; despite Greta Thunberg, a growing climate-change movement, and Joe Biden’s two-trillion-dollar climate plan, ecology was largely a foreign concept in the election just past as both political parties embraced fracking and fossil fuels (even if Biden’s embrace was less tight); Major League Baseball has actually suffered a decline in African-American players in recent years; and the quest for women’s equality remains distinctly unfulfilled.

Bombing continues, of course, though those bombs and missiles are now aimed mostly at various Islamist insurgencies rather than communist ones, and it’s often done by drones, not B-52s, although those venerable planes are still used to threaten Moscow and Beijing with nuclear carnage. George Wallace has, of course, been replaced by Donald Trump, a racist who turned President Richard Nixon’s southern strategy of my grade school years into a national …read more


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Dear Republican lawmakers: Trump lost. Get over it

November 9, 2020 in Blogs

By Daily Kos

It’s over. Even GOP allies are admitting it’s over. But Republican lawmakers? Many are hanging on for dear life because—even with Donald Trump’s clear defeat—they are still too spineless to embrace the transition to a post-Trump era.

What’s even more crazy is that most GOP lawmakers in leadership positions have been “privately whispering” ill of Trump for four solid years. And yet, on the cusp of finally getting rid of the guy, they’re still too useless to capitalize on the moment. The New York Times reports that over the past 48 hours most GOP lawmakers have remained silent on Trump’s loss. In fact, a squishy statement on Sunday from Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt was the closest almost any congressional Republican has come to acknowledging Trump’s defeat and nudging His Pissyness in the right direction.

“It’s time for the president’s lawyers to present the facts, and it’s time for those facts to speak for themselves,” Sen. Blunt, who chairs the Senate Rules Committee, said on ABC’s This Week. “It seems unlikely that any changes could be big enough to make a difference, but this is a close election, and we need to acknowledge that.”

Blunt added that he looked forward “to the president dealing with this however he needs to deal with it.”

Sens. Mitt Romney of Utah and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska were among the only GOP lawmakers to actually acknowledge President-elect Joe Biden’s win by Sunday evening. What was more typical was Republicans who stoked doubt in the results and endorsed Trump’s disinformation push to invalidate Biden’s victory.

“Every legal challenge should be heard,” GOP House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California told Fox News. “Then and only then will America decide who won the race.”

Trump has continued to frame the referendum on his dismal leadership as “a stolen election,” even as he spent all day Saturday and Sunday at the links. Several top aides have reportedly tried to impart to Trump that his chances of prevailing through his legal challenges are zero-to-none at this point. But Trump has a thick and impenetrable skin when it comes to reality, particularly when it involves him officially being declared a “loser.”

In the meantime, party elders such as former President George W. Bush have publicly congratulated Biden on his successful bid.

“Though we have political differences, I know Joe Biden to be a good man, …read more


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CNN host mocks Trump’s refusal to concede: 'The ex who just won't accept that it is over’

November 9, 2020 in Blogs

By Alex Henderson

The United States has a long tradition of presidential candidates congratulating their opponents when they knew they had lost — regardless of how disappointed they felt. But President Donald Trump has yet to concede to President-Elect Joe Biden. And CNN’s Brianna Keilar was highly critical of the president and his sycophants during a commentary on Monday, slamming them for refusing to accept the election results.

“Alright, let’s talk about what’s happening now here in Washington, D.C.: a lame-duck president that won’t concede in the election he just lost,” Keilar told viewers. “This isn’t the stuff of presidential elections, it is the stuff of a bad breakup. The ex who just won’t accept that it is over, who won’t return your favorite t-shirt or maybe your dog.”

Many of Trump’s allies are making the baseless claim that the election was stolen from him and railing against the “fake news media.” But Keilar stresses that journalists are merely reporting the facts — and those facts show a decisive victory for Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris.

“President Trump insists it can’t be over,” Keilar explains. “He’s in denial, asking the question: since when does the media call who the next president will be? Well, the answer: since always when it comes to modern elections because they’re following the data. When Trump was winning in 2016, he was totally cool with that.”

Keilar added, “Now, in 2020, despite the clear outcome of the election, he is insisting there’s still a chance. Maybe his friends will be honest with him that the ship has sailed, or maybe not.”

The CNN host cited Republican National Committee Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel as an example of a Trump supporter who has echoed the talking point that the media don’t decide elections.

“The media is just reporting what the voters have said, and voters have been clear — they want to break up,” Keilar told viewers.

McDaniel has said that the election was too close for the media to call it just yet. But Keilar noted, “McDaniel says margins are razor thin, too early to call. But check it out — margins in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin are about where they were in 2016, and Michigan is a landslide for Biden compared to what it was for Trump four years ago when (Hillary Clinton) congratulated the president after the media called the race.”

Keilar added, “McDaniel’s relationship advice is very inconsistent. Last year, she lectured …read more


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Will the Biden team be warmongers or peacemakers?

November 9, 2020 in Blogs

By Medea Benjamin

Congratulations to Joe Biden on his election as America’s next president! People all over this pandemic-infested, war-torn and poverty-stricken world were shocked by the brutality and racism of the Trump administration and are anxiously wondering whether Biden’s presidency will open the door to the kind of international cooperation that we need to confront the serious problems facing humanity in this century.

For progressives everywhere, the knowledge that “another world is possible” has sustained us through decades of greed, extreme inequality and war, as U.S.-led neoliberalism has repackaged and force-fed 19th century laissez-faire capitalism to the people of the 21st century. The Trump experience has revealed, in stark relief, where these policies can lead.

Joe Biden has certainly paid his dues to and reaped rewards from the same corrupt political and economic system as Trump, as the latter delightedly trumpeted in every stump speech. But Biden must understand that the young voters who turned out in unprecedented numbers to put him in the White House have lived their whole lives under this neoliberal system, and did not vote for “more of the same.” Nor do they naively think that deeply-rooted problems of American society like racism, militarism and corrupt corporate politics began with Trump.

During his election campaign, Biden has relied on foreign policy advisors from past administrations, particularly the Obama administration, and seems to be considering some of them for top cabinet posts. For the most part, they are members of the “Washington blob” who represent a dangerous continuity with past policies rooted in militarism and other abuses of power.

These include interventions in Libya and Syria, support for the Saudi war in Yemen, drone warfare, indefinite detention without trial at Guantanamo, prosecutions of whistleblowers and whitewashing torture. Some of these people have also cashed in on their government contacts to make hefty salaries in consulting firms and other private sector ventures that feed off government contracts.

- As former Deputy Secretary of State and Deputy National Security Advisor to Obama, Tony Blinken played a leading role in all Obama’s aggressive policies. Then he co-founded WestExec Advisors to profit from negotiating contracts between corporations and the Pentagon, including one for Google to develop Artificial Intelligence technology for drone targeting, which was only stopped by a rebellion among outraged Google employees.

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How Prince Charles and Lady Diana's Wedding Became a Global Phenomenon

November 9, 2020 in History

By Jessica Pearce Rotondi

The marriage of Prince Charles and Lady Diana unfolded like a fairytale—and the world was riveted.

The royal wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer at St. Paul’s Cathedral on July 29, 1981 was watched by 750 million people around the world. Nicknamed “the wedding of the century” for its extravagance, it broke new records and set global fashion trends—while also breaking with tradition in refreshing ways.

After the Privy Council sanctioned their wedding, Lady Diana Spencer and Prince Charles pose with Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace, in March 1981.

The Bride

was a fruitcake from David Avery that had five tiers and weighed over 200 pounds.

The famous kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the wedding ceremony of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer.

The Royal Wedding Ceremony

Princess Diana was famously the first royal to omit the line “obey” from her traditional wedding vows, a purposeful choice that sparked controversy. There were several unplanned moments in the ceremony that also raised eyebrows. Diana accidentally referred to her husband by the wrong name, calling him “Philip Charles Arthur George” instead of “Charles Philip Arthur George.”

Prince Charles slipped up by forgetting to kiss his bride at the altar after their vows were exchanged, a mistake he made up for by kissing Diana on the balcony in front of exultant crowds, a tradition repeated by their eldest son, Prince William, at his 2011 wedding to Kate Middleton.

Royal commemorative plate to mark wedding of Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer.

Cultural Impact of ‘The Wedding of the Century’

In his address to the assembled wedding guests, the Archbishop of Canterbury said, “All couples are royal couples on their wedding day,” and the wedding industry took this to heart. “The wedding was the beginning of Diana-mania and people copying and copying what she did, what she wore,” says Dymond. “If you look back to the ‘new look’ after World War II in Europe and years of austerity, you saw women suddenly looking luxurious again. The same thing happened with the over-the-top creations Diana wore during and after the wedding when Britain was coming out of an era of industrial conflict. There was a romantic explosion in style.”

Those who couldn’t afford gowns with 25-foot trains settled for commemorative tea towels, posters, Coca-Cola bottles and even a commemorative coin from the Royal Mint …read more


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The Native American Government That Inspired the US Constitution

November 9, 2020 in History

By Becky Little

The constitutional framers may have viewed indigenous people of the Iroquois Confederacy as inferior, but that didn’t stop them from admiring their federalist principles.

When the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met in 1787 to debate what form of government the United States should have, there were no contemporary democracies in Europe from which they could draw inspiration. The most democratic forms of government that any of the convention members had personally encountered were those of Native American nations. Of particular interest was the Iroquois Confederacy, which historians have argued wielded a significant influence on the U.S. Constitution.

What evidence exists that the delegates studied Native governments? Descriptions of them appear in the three-volume handbook John Adams wrote for the convention surveying different types of governments and ideas about government. It included European philosophers like John Locke and Montesquieu, whom U.S. history textbooks have long identified as constitutional influences; but it also included the Iroquois Confederacy and other Indigenous governments, which many of the delegates knew through personal experience.

“You had the Cherokee chiefs having dinner with [Thomas] Jefferson’s father in Williamsburg, and then in the northern area of course you had this Philadelphia interaction with the Delaware and the Iroquois,” says Kirke Kickingbird, a lawyer, member of the Kiowa Tribe and coauthor with Lynn Kickingbird of Indians and the United States Constitution: A Forgotten Legacy.

Since the U.S. had trade and diplomatic relationships with Native governments, Kickingbird says, thinking the constitutional framers weren’t familiar with them is like saying, “Gosh, I didn’t know the Germans and the French knew each other.”

READ MORE: How the US Constitution Has Changed and Expanded Since 1787

Similarities and Differences Between the Iroquois Confederacy and the US Constitution

The Iroquois Confederacy was in no way an exact model for the U.S. Constitution. However, it provided something that Locke and Montesquieu couldn’t: a real-life example of some of the political concepts the framers were interested in adopting in the U.S.

The Iroquois Confederacy dates back several centuries, to when the Great Peacemaker founded it by uniting five nations: the Mohawks, the Onondaga, the Cayuga, the Oneida and the Seneca. In around 1722, the Tuscarora nation joined the Iroquois, also known as the Haudenosaunee. Together, these six nations formed a multi-state government while maintaining their own individual governance.

This stacked-government model influenced constitutional framers’ thinking, says Donald A. Grinde, Jr., a professor of transnational studies …read more