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Ross I am taking this post down for you are spreading false and misleading information, with no backup. If you want to remain an active member of this community you need to do better.

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I've run out of words to describe how angry/disappointed I am in SCOTUS. Not just Alito and Thomas but also Gorsuch and Roberts. Court reform!!!

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May 17·edited May 17

Great stuff in today’s Hopium Chronicles! I look forward to exploring the various links.

Speaking of Thom Hartmann, here is an article where he reviews some key historical shenanigans, as well as outright Republican treason! It’s a real eye-opener. I knew most but not all of this.

What I do miss in Hartmann’s article are his suggested solutions – in other words, a healthy dose of *Hopium*. Fortunately, I am confident that Simon will come with a solid supply of just that when he is interviewed by Thom Hartmann. (At my time of writing, that’s less than an hour away.)

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2024/5/15/2240856/-Which-Nobody-Knew-at-the-Time-Will-it-be-This-November

Simon’s link to his interview by Hartmann bears repeating. Looking forward to it!

https://www.thomhartmann.com/radio/listen-live

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=weWXp0-5o20

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Agree! So lucky to have them all.

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Is there any good info on Biden polling in Georgia at the present time?

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“When the histories of the MAGA period are written, two men will become understood as the most significant midwives of rising American extremism – Mitch McConnell and John Roberts.”

– Simon Rosenberg

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I would add two names to that: Newt Gingrich and Leonard Leo.

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My god. That flag is unconscionable.

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It actually shocks me. He has a lifetime appointment. Another Sedition Wife, just like Ginni Thomas? It’s his home too. This requires a full investigation.

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What is with these wives? Or is it the justices just blaming the wives?

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I don’t trust any of them!

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I guess these weird yet strong - willed women wear the pants in the house. While the Justice dudes wear skirts and do dishes. I kinda like it!

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That needs to change

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Simon,

You are the best medicine for the high blood pressure caused by NYTs political reporting and especially the fake news created with its monthly Times/Sienna poll.

Perhaps we need a monthly counter poll rating how well AG Salzberger and Joe Kahn are doing publishing "All the news that's fit to print" on President Biden.

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Perhaps Howard Stern needs to do another interview – this time with A.G. Sulzberger.

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The SCOTUS needs to be balanced (not packed). Congress changed the number of justices five times before settling on nine in 1864 when the population was 40 million. To get the same ration today would require 30 justices (Check my arithmetic!).

Think how much the case backlog would be reduced if we had even fifteen judicial districts, and how much less it would matter that John Roberts is weak and ineffective if there were fifteen justices.

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Seems like there should be 13 SC Justices to compliment the 13 US Appellant Courts.

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Love how well Simon reviews the daily happenings in politics and puts it all in a larger context. Of course, like most of y’all I’m simply terrified of Trump part 2. My parents are Irish so I hear from my Irish cousins all the time: they are just utterly boggled that Trump isn’t in jail, let alone a highly viable candidate. We all have to focus on the fight that’s before us. Still, Trump has already done immense damage to this country and the simple fact that he’s leading slightly or at least remains a viable candidate in and of itself indicates how far we as a nation have fallen. That said, no time now for navel-gazing; we have to ensure Trump be soundly defeated in November.

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Thanks Andrew. Hopium isn't really a newsletter. Not sending you news everyday. It's more an importletter. I try to send you what I think is important every day, not new.

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I'm just wondering when Comer Pyle's committee is going to hire Michael Buffer to do his "Let's Get Ready To Rumble" thing.

That's the only thing that was missing between Jasmine & AOC vs. Emptygreen last night!

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May 17·edited May 17

One thing gets lost in the reports about yesterday’s chaotic committee meeting and MTG’s low-class insults. As AOC points out, Democrats had seven amendments to the bill about holding Merrick Garland in contempt. Those amendments never got voted on!

You can read AOC’s posts on Xitter (formerly Twitter), and they’re quoted in The Guardian.

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Simon, have you connected w M Steven Fish? He offers compelling suggestions for engaging our base. Perhaps, you might consider his perspective as an approach going forward .

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Trump has been goading Biden into debating but Trump never thought that Biden would lay out conditions like this and his narcissism prevented him from saying no to those conditions. We'll see if Trump debates Biden under those conditions set forth by Biden. Trump is into performative politics where he needs a crowd to prop him up to debate Biden. Just like Trump needed republican crowd to hold his hand at the trial to prop him up there. I call him snowflake. He is weak unless he has support. He loves the yelling, hooting and hollering his supporters provide. Otherwise I don't think he is capable of debating Biden. Also he interrupted Biden 145 times in 2020 but with the mikes turned off he will have trouble yelling what he has to say. He will likely eventually say he didn't agree to the debates with those conditions and cancel.

Also Chuck Todd didn't want to work with Rhonda exhead of the RNC at MSNBC but why did MSNBC put Donald Trump on Meet the Press. Its hypocritical. They legitimized him putting him on Meet the Press. Of Course CNN is worse by allowing Republicans to lie thru their teeth on the air about Trump.

George Stephanopolis said before he interviews someone on TV he will ask them who won the 2020 election and if Biden is not mentioned, he will cut off the interview

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George has become an expert at outing them and cutting off the lies they spout. I practically clap at home when I see him putting them back in the gutter and cutting off the interview. Bravo 👏🏼

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Simon every time I visit your site my blood pressure goes down at least 30 points.

Deeply appreciated!

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Agreed! I think all of us that see a BP drop from “Hopium” need to send Simon our recorded BP’s before we read his posts and then after we read. The data tells the story!

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Once again, excellent work, Simon. Thank you.

Signed up to write 500 postcards 'where most needed'.

-And, in the largest city here in Alaska, the Anchorage mayoral race is still counting votes with the progressive candidate leading by 8 points. If the lead is maintained (looks likely) she will be the first woman mayor in Anchorage history and will defeat a fully MAGA first-time politician who has decimated city services over the past four years. https://alaskapublic.org/2024/05/15/suzanne-lafrance-maintains-lead-in-anchorage-mayors-race-with-8700-more-ballots-counted/

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Thank you for taking on 500 postcards!! So important to get the personally written word out.

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While we’re doing all we can to GOTV, let’s also take back our flag with honor and respect and, unlike Alito,display it appropriately! 🇺🇸

👍 Interaction of the day when gentleman approached me (wearing Biden/Harris t) this morn iin the parking lot. He told me “women are never going to go for the abortion bans.They may be quiet now but they will all come out and vote to keep Biden in office.”

🛒👕

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Yes!

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May 17·edited May 17

I hope he is right. Their lives could depend on it.

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Yes to everything, Kathy💙

🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

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I would love to take our flag back from these traitors. I want to display the American Flag at my home and not have people be afraid that ‘I’m one of those nuts’… They co opted out flag, let’s take it back!

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Oh Donna, fly your flag! We do! We are patriots!

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I have 2 flags - one at the end of my driveway, the other at the gate to my house. I will add Biden Harris signs later in the summer so it's clear what the flags mean.

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I’m putting mine up on Memorial Day and leaving it up. You’re right, I’m taking the American flag back for my family 💙

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🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸!!!

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Theres another reason clinton lost the election in 2016 that not many are talking about. Bernie Saunders and his supporters broke for Trump to get elected. Otherwise we would have a liberal leaning supreme court not the unholy mess we have now.

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I thought the vast majority of Bernie supporters voted for Hillary, as encouraged by Bernie?

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I too thought they didn't vote and greatly regretted it!

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I live in Portland. I'm a centrist Democrat. Many of my neighbors who supported Bernie did not vote in 2016. They told me that in their view Hillary was the same as Trump. Now that I have read the Mueller Report and other books about Russian propaganda, I would know better how to engage them. In my view, we're all wiser about how bad actors are trying to divide us. I believe this is why Bernie conceded much earlier in the 2020 election. More than Bernie, I feel it was Putin-stooge Jill Stein who upended the blue wall. She sees it differently, but I don't believe her.

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Sanders did not “break” for Trump. That’s factually incorrect.

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The recent news about Justice Alito is concerning. I wondered whether this came to light now because 2 major cases relating to Jan. 6 are soon to be decided by SCOTUS. It’s upsetting but at least we can see what’s happening.

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Someone (like Alito’s neighbors) who obviously hates him (like the rest of us) decided to post the picture before the election when it would make the most impact. I actually gasped at that picture, it screams Alito and Thomas must go.

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