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SNL's Trump/Clinton debate sketch makes Saturday Night great again

We laughed so hard, we woke up the neighbors — if you need any further enticement, look no farther than this endorsement from the pencil-neck Hitler wannabe with a face from Wal-Mart himself: report this ad Sequoia Capital Chairman Michael Moritz and angel investor Ron Conway have donated to San Francisco’s Proposition Q: if passed, “the city would give residents of tent encampments …

What it's like to register to vote in states with voter suppression law

Leroy Switlick, a 67-year-old visually impaired man who has voted in every election for the last 40 years may not get to vote this year, because he lives in Wisconsin, where Republican governor Scott Walker passed a voter-suppression law that requires people like Switkick, who’ve never traveled and never held a driver’s license, to show photo ID (like a passport or driver’s license) to …

It's really easy for fired, dirty cops to walk into a new police job in a new town

Sean Sullivan was fired from his police job in Oregon in 2004 for sexual contact with a 10 year old girl; in 2005, Cedar Vale, KS hired him to be their police chief, where he was accused of having sexual contact with another young girl, and eventually convicted of burglary and criminal conspiracy — he’s currently doing time in a Washington state prison for …

A socialist wrote the Pledge of Allegiance, which used to be accompanied by Nazi salutes

Socialist minister Francis J. Bellamy wrote the Pledge of Allegiance in the 1890s in an effort to paper over the post-Civil War divisions; to accompany it, he devised the “Bellamy Salute”: “raise your right hand, flip your palm down, point it toward the flag in a salute and recite the words.” Fifty years later, Americans switched to holding their hands over their hearts, …

Isis joins Donald Trump in denouncing Khizr Khan

Foundational to Trumpism is the idea that Islam and democracy are incompatible, so Muslims can never be true members of western, industrial states — which is precisely what Isis believes about Muslims. When Trump denounced the Gold Star mother and father of Army captain Humayun Khan, he doubled down on this idea that Muslims can never be integrated into western societies.  …

Lessons from the DNC: Ronald Reagan, the Southern Strategy, and "abnormal politics"

John Scalzi makes a very good case that the DNC’s major message is that “this year is not about Democrat versus Republican, or conservative versus liberal, it’s about normal versus highly fucking abnormal” — but Corey Robin persuasively argues that abnormality has been normal for a long time in the GOP: “the rational, prudential conservatives think they know are in fact ultra-revanchist …

North Carolina's voter suppression law struck down as "racist"

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals has invalidated parts of North Carolina’s voter suppression laws, ruling that the requirement to show photo ID was enacted “with racially discriminatory intent.” The requirement to spend money on state ID cards was a form of poll tax created by GOP operatives across many Tea Party states, the legislation all modeled on draft texts circulated by operators …

Laurie Penny at the DNC: "Dissent will not be tolerated. Protest will not be permitted."

After penning the best article on the RNC, Laurie Penny has taken her Red Pen of Justice to the DNC, where she reports on the state of American progressivism in the balance, where the best we can hope for is “a future slightly less terrifying than Trump nation.” More than anything, Penny’s piece nails the ambivalence of hating Trump and all he stands …

Russia and other states could hack the US election by attacking voting machines

It’s been more than 16 years since faulty voting machine technology called into question a US presidential election, and in the ensuing 1.6 decades, the voting machine industry has used bafflegab, intimidation and salesmanship to continue selling faulty goods, whose flaws surface with despressing regularity. Bruce Schneier makes the point that if the Russian state is behind the DNC hacks, there’s no …