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Recent articles by joshua:

Here’s the big mistake the media is destined to make in 2020 – A

Here's an easy prediction: Over the next six-to-eight weeks, dozens of columns will be published that follow the same template. They'll begin by reviewing the polls and discussing how "daunting" Trump's prospects look at present, usually with a focus on how poorly he's faring in Wisconsin, Michigan → Read More

Here’s the real reason so many on the right are terrified of antifa – A

With his tweet suggesting that Martin Gugino, the 75-year-old man who was violently shoved to the ground by Buffalo police during a protest last week, may have been an antifa super-ninja, Trump's ooga-booga about anti-fascist activists descended into farce. And he isn't alone. Locals on the Olympic → Read More

Here’s the real reason why so many right wingers are terrified of antifa

With his tweet suggesting that Martin Gugino, the 75-year-old man who was violently shoved to the ground by Buffalo police during a protest last week, may have been an antifa super-ninja, Trump’s ooga-booga about anti-fascist activists descended into farce. And he isn’t alone. Locals on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state terrorized a multiracial family […] → Read More

Trump can’t bail himself out by stoking white people’s fear of rioting ‘thugs’ – A

1968 was one of the most tumultuous years in American history. Cities across the country burned after the assassination of Martin Luther King. Robert Kennedy was gunned down a few months later. There was a lot of crime, and widespread unrest in response to the seemingly endless war in Vietnam. A blo → Read More

Overwhelmed and losing, Trump is melting down in a narcissistic rage

Reports of Trump flying into a rage behind closed doors--shouting at aides, turning on former allies and at one point threatening to sue his campaign manager for failing to deliver good polling numbers--have been ubiquitous over the last three years. But this past week feels qualitatively and quanti → Read More

Tara Reade’s rape allegation against Joe Biden must be taken seriously. New details suggest it just isn’t credible – A

Tara Reade's claim that former Vice President Joe Biden raped her in 1993 is difficult for the left in large part because her original claim--that he rubbed her shoulders, made her uncomfortable and that his staff then retaliated against her for complaining about it--is credible. She told multiple p → Read More

Red states may be facing a perfect storm of serious illness and death from COVID-19

Rural, conservative-leaning states have so far been spared widespread outbreaks of COVID-19. But experts say that they're simply behind the curve of denser, more urban states like New York and Florida. The New York Times reported this week that "many communities that watched the pandemic unfold in f → Read More

Trump keeps claiming that he quickly banned travel from Asia and Europe due to COVID-19 but that is a brazen lie

Virtually every time Donald Trump talks about the COVID-19 pandemic, he brags that the outbreak would have been much worse in the US absent his "quick action" to "ban" travel from China. "Nobody wanted [a China travel ban] to happen,” he said in late March in response to criticism of his handling → Read More

Why COVID-trutherism is so popular on the right

Thirty days ago, Donald Trump said confidently that “we have 15 cases of COVID-19 that have been detected in the United States... because of all we’ve done, the risk to the American people remains very low. … within a couple of days [the number of cases] is going to be down to close to zero." → Read More

Donald Trump is going to have a big Donald Trump problem in November

Donald Trump and his advisors believe that "his reelection hopes hinge almost entirely on his ability to manage" the coronavirus crisis, according to Politico. "While they acknowledge his initial response was lacking and that the virus poses a mortal threat to his 2020 prospects, they foresee a poss → Read More

You’re a frog in a pot and Donald Trump is turning up the heat

Welcome to another edition of What Fresh Hell?, Raw Story’s roundup of news items that might have become controversies under another regime, but got buried – or were at least under-appreciated – due to the daily firehose of political pratfalls, unhinged tweet storms and other sundry embarrassments coming out of the current White House. “Trump has […] → Read More

Democrats’ ‘worst nightmare’? Here’s the truth about the freakout over ‘Bernie or bust’ – A

On Wednesday, Chapo Trap House host and self-identified leftist dirtbag Will Menaker caused a stir when he vowed that he wouldn't vote for the Democratic nominee unless it is Bernie Sanders and suggested that his followers might do the same. I won’t vote for anyone but Bernie in the general, can’ → Read More

Trump won’t get a boost by wagging the dog–and that’s not just about partisanship – A

It's become a cliché to point out that there's an old "tweet for every occasion" by Donald Trump. But that doesn't capture the degree to which he was obsessed with the idea that Barack Obama would launch a war of choice against Iran in order to bolster his chances of being re-elected in 2012, or to → Read More

Mike Pence should be investigated for his part in Ukraine negotiations and ‘we need some answers’: Ex-prosecutor

On MSNBC’s “AM Joy” Saturday, former federal prosecutor Joyce Vance agreed with host Joy Reid that Vice President Mike Pence could be involved in the Ukraine whistleblower cover-up — and that Congress needs to act to learn the truth for the American people. “Let me go to you on this very quickly, Joyce, because here’s […] → Read More

It’s ‘Clinton Cash’ all over again as the media blow the Trump whistleblower story

Welcome to another edition of What Fresh Hell?, Raw Story’s roundup of news items that might have become controversies under another regime, but got buried – or were at least under-appreciated – due to the daily firehose of political pratfalls, unhinged tweet storms and other sundry embarrassments coming out of the current White House. We would […] → Read More

Nancy Pelosi faces serious challenges — but she’s failing miserably in two key ways – A

As I wrote earlier this week, with its muddled messaging on impeachment, the House Democratic leadership may have figured out a way of both demoralizing the Democratic base and firing up Trump's supporters. It's a mess. But fairness requires us to acknowledge an important fact: Speaker Nancy Pelo → Read More

The most pernicious form of normalizing Donald Trump is acting as if the presidency doesn’t really matter

Welcome to another edition of What Fresh Hell?, Raw Story’s roundup of news items that might have become controversies under another regime, but got buried – or were at least under-appreciated – due to the daily firehose of political pratfalls, unhinged tweet storms and other sundry embarrassments coming out of the current White House. Perhaps the […] → Read More

Castro was right: Fact-checkers whiff on a key exchange in the third Democratic debate

The most tweeted-about moment in the third Democratic primary debate on Thursday night came when Julián Castro accused Joe Biden of having forgotten a central point of his healthcare proposal. A day later, Castro's been panned by the pundits for being overly aggressive in his attack and called out b → Read More

Favor a Moderate Approach to Climate Change? Ok, How Will You Pay for It?

The costs of ignoring climate change are far greater than even the most ambitious proposals to fight it. → Read More

Democrats Need Litmus Tests on Health Care

But that doesn’t necessarily mean Medicare for All. → Read More