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Lo, And The Demon Came From The Fiery Pits

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imageThe day after an incredibly corporate-friendly health care bill with few, if any protections for women’s reproductive rights barely passed the House, Nancy Pelosi is Satan, according to the Republican Party.

Part of me wishes that we could pass this bill on a weekly basis, though, because the right has gone straight stupid over this. John McCain has promised that the GOP will obstruct for the rest of the year. Megan McArdle is theorizing that Republicans will end Medicare and Social Security just to get back at Democrats. The nation’s first black teabagger (complete with 1995’s sweetest Marvin the Martian hoodie), rather than exploding as matter meets antimatter, decided to threaten Barack Obama’s life. PowerLine is legitimately afraid of death panels. Representative Steve King is proposing secession (although, to be fair, it seems like Republicans increasingly propose secession as a solution for everything).

What does this all mean? Mainly that the continued futility of the Democratic Party in doing anything renders any accomplishment, no matter how ad hoc, no matter how iterative, the absolute worst fucking thing that’s ever happened in the world. Republicans have spent so long warning about the evil terrors of a Democratic agenda that’s largely been stymied since the Clinton years that this baby step forces them to go face-lickingly insane over it.

It’s the irony of having a Republican Party that’s been largely politically ascendant since the 1980s struggle – Republicans have been incredibly successful at stopping the Democratic agenda, largely by ever-increasing doomsday rhetoric. When Democrats do win, even as flawed a victory as this, 30-plus years of rhetoric rears its ugly head. Everything Democrats have wanted to do will lead to the end of days – from a minor rise in the minimum wage to health care reform to changing the food in the House cafeteria. When Democrats do win at anything, the Kool-Aid drinkers have to keep drinking lest anyone realize how full of shit they are.

This is why so many people outside of the conservative movement worry about conservative violence as the Obama presidency continues. They fancy themselves heroes against tyranny, where tyranny is defined as the slightest inconvenience or discomfort. And all tyranny should be answered with the utmost resistance – especially when the tyranny compounds and compounds into a new liberal fascist republic where your taxes are slightly lower and you can’t get kicked off of your insurance because of a preexisting condition. Oppression has been defined so far downward for them that they are justified in threatening armed rebellion for the equivalent of being told that they aren’t going to the park today because it’s raining.

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Trump’s deportation threat is ‘literally not possible’ — he’s just trying to ‘terrorize families’: MSNBC reporter

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MSNBC's Jacob Soboroff condemned President Donald Trump's threat to arrest and deport millions of migrants living in the U.S. as impractical, implausible and immoral.

The reporter has been covering the Trump administration's family separation policy since last year, and he's toured the overcrowded detention facilities where children have died after they were taken from their parents at the border, and Soboroff said the president was only making things worse.

"Donald Trump is a human billboard for illegal migration, the way he's talking about this," Soboroff said. "When he came into the office, and the numbers dipped, they called it the Trump effect and people were scared. People aren't scared of Donald Trump anymore, and they are rushing to the country."

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‘Disillusioned’ Trump megadonors have completely bailed on his 2020 campaign: report

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The billionaire Mercer family was one of President Donald Trump's biggest financial benefactors in 2016 -- but they appear to have completely withdrawn from political spending for the president's reelection bid.

Vanity Fair's Gabriel Sherman reports that hedge-fund tycoon Robert Mercer and his daughter Rebekah Mercer are "disillusioned" and have all but disappeared from the political scene as the president is gearing up his 2020 campaign.

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What we don’t know about Mexico’s efforts to stop migrants

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OK, it’s been only little more than 10 days since Donald Trump told us that Mexico had agreed to move aggressively to stop immigrants from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras that aim to pass through Mexico for the U.S. border.

How is the plan going?

More importantly, how will the Trump administration and White House measure the change and adjudge it as adequate progress in 45 days. Without such a declaration, the president had warned, he might renew the threat of progressively increased tariffs on Mexican imports.

It’s a little hard to tell—in part because it is too soon, and in part because no one is really compiling the information on a weekly basis to show progress or lack of it. In addition, there are questions of what exactly to measure or what that measure should be. Unlike the announced solutions, the problems themselves are complicated. And the new Mexican National Guard is still being formed.

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