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Trump’s tweet attacking Christine Blasey Ford may have just backfired

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The Senator who holds a critical and pivotal vote for Republicans on Brett Kavanaugh may just have moved closer to opposing him after President Donald Trump’s Friday morning tweet attacking Dr. Christine Blasey Ford by name.

“I was appalled by the president’s tweet,” Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) said while speaking at an event in Portland, the Portland Press Herald reports.

“First of all, we know that allegations of sexual assault — I’m not saying that’s what happened in this case — but we know allegations of sexual assault are one of the most unreported crimes that exist,” the most senior Republican woman in the Senate told supporters Friday afternoon. “So I thought that the president’s tweet was completely inappropriate and wrong.”

The Press Herald reports that not only did Sen. Collins make a rare move to chastise the president, she “appeared to offer support for Ford, who has said Kavanaugh tried to sexually assault her 36 years ago when they were both in high school. The senator stopped short, though, of saying whether she believed Ford.”

Collins, who is pro-choice, is seen as a key vote for Kavanaugh to be confirmed. So is Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), who is under pressure to oppose his nomination by Native Americans in the state, and by Alaska’s independent governor and lt. governor, both of whom have officially opposed Kavanaugh’s nomination.

Meanwhile, some are not so sure they can trust Collins to vote against Kavanaugh, despite her latest remarks.

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Rep. Ted Lieu: Impeachment is coming — and so is a Democratic president

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Donald Trump recently called “impeachment” a “dirty, filthy, disgusting word,” but his continued stonewalling of legitimate congressional oversight requests are moving more and more House Democrats to embrace that “filthy” concept. That was the very point made by Rep. Ted Lieu of California, a progressive Democrat who sits on the House Judiciary Committee during our recent conversation on “Salon Talks.” That committee would be the starting point for an actual impeachment inquiry of the president.

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New report targets 15 House Democrats who ‘deserve’ progressive primary challengers

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As progressive candidates continue to announce their intentions to oust corporate Democrats, a new report names 15 House Democrats to unseat in primary challenges.

Published Monday by the left-leaning group RootsAction, the new report is entitled Bad Blues: Some of the House Democrats Who Deserve to Be 'Primaried.'

The list, the report notes, "is by no means exhaustive—only illustrative."

"There may well be a Democratic member of Congress near you not included here who serves corporate interests more than majority interests, or has simply grown tired or complacent in the never-ending struggles for social, racial, and economic justice as well as environmental sanity and peace," the report notes. "Perhaps you live in a district where voters are ready to be inspired by a progressive primary candidate because the Democrat in Congress is not up to the job."

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People are calling Denver’s newest city council member a communist — but she’d rather be called an anarchist

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On April 10, Candi CdeBaca’s 33rd birthday, Denver’s second “bomb cyclone” of the year brought snow and heavy wind, and knocked out power in some areas, including at CdeBaca’s house in Elyria-Swansea. When CdeBaca, then a Denver City Council candidate, finally got power back and turned on her phone, she saw she had an unusually high number of missed calls and messages. Birthday wishes, she assumed.

“There was a death threat,” she said. “There were two of them within an hour. One of them said, ‘I was trained to kill commie shit like you.’”

The context: At a candidate forum on April 7, CdeBaca offered some remarks that, to many, sounded like she was advocating a Communist form of government.

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