Charles P. Pierce
Charles P. Pierce
Charles P. Pierce is a writer-at-large for Esquire and his work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the LA Times Magazine, the Nation, the Atlantic, Sports Illustrated and The Chicago Tribune, among others.Source
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Sally Yates Testifies on Michael Flynn's Contacts With Russian Ambassador

Sally Yates Testifies on Michael Flynn's Contacts With Russian Ambassador

Sally Yates, who blew the whistle on Michael Flynn back in the Before Times, for most of the working day on Wednesday, and she spent most of her time blowing to smithereens many of the Republican Preciouses with which they hope to obfuscate the president* through to a second term. This is not what you will hear from the wingnut Wurlitzer, or from Republican politicians who can’t seem to envision a future without the grift and nonsense of Camp Runamuck. But that’s what happened. They came at her strongly with the notion that the “Obama-Biden” White House conspired with Democratic Deep State...

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Trump's Iceland Ambassador Is a Kook - Taps Fox News General for Germany

Trump's Iceland Ambassador Is a Kook - Taps Fox News General for Germany

said they did not have emergency funds to cover three months of expenses.#WeAreDoneDyingIt is axiomatic by now that "nothing but the best people" will never not be funny. There’s a revival of sorts in the ambassadorial corps these days. For example, the president is currently proposing to replace his former internet troll as ambassador to Germany with a Fox News general. From :In a June 2019 appearance on [Tucker] Carlson's show, Macgregor said that Democrats were plotting to alter the demographics of the US for electoral advantage. "The more of these people that can be brought in...

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US Customs and Border Protection Raids Humanitarian Aid Station Near Southern Border

US Customs and Border Protection Raids Humanitarian Aid Station Near Southern Border

said they did not have emergency funds to cover three months of expenses.#WeAreDoneDyingThe recent attention paid to the sudden appearance of U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents on the streets of Portland, a major city in the distant foreign land of...checks atlas...Oregon, should not blind us to the fact that the organization continues its campaign of brutality on the actual border. As the sun went down on July 31, the CBP blew into a humanitarian aid station run by an organization called No More Death, which set up the facility to serve migrants in the desert. They restrained the...

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Watch Donald Trump's Interview With Axios' Jonathan Swan Go Off the Rails

Watch Donald Trump's Interview With Axios' Jonathan Swan Go Off the Rails

said they did not have emergency funds to cover three months of expenses.#WeAreDoneDyingWatch the and judge for yourself. I’ll sit here and wait.(...whistles...plays cribbage on phone...eats light breakfast...remembers half-forgotten prayers...avoids thinking of phrase “nuclear codes”...)You done?What was your favorite part—and, by “favorite,” I mean the part that put so much ice in your aorta that it likely won’t thaw for years. Was it “It is what it is,” for the massive death toll of the pandemic in this country? Was it “Why can’t I?” when Jonathan Swan calls him out for fudging...

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Watch Donald Trump's Interview With Axios' Jonathan Swan Go Off the Rails

Watch Donald Trump's Interview With Axios' Jonathan Swan Go Off the Rails

said they did not have emergency funds to cover three months of expenses.#WeAreDoneDyingWatch the and judge for yourself. I’ll sit here and wait.(...whistles...plays cribbage on phone...eats light breakfast...remembers half-forgotten prayers...avoids thinking of phrase “nuclear codes”...)You done?What was your favorite part—and, by “favorite,” I mean the part that put so much ice in your aorta that it likely won’t thaw for years. Was it “It is what it is,” for the massive death toll of the pandemic in this country? Was it “Why can’t I?” when Jonathan Swan calls him out for fudging...

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Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Seeks Trump Organization Records

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Seeks Trump Organization Records

said they did not have emergency funds to cover three months of expenses.#WeAreDoneDyingManhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. has the hounds unleashed and baying. With the encouragement of the Supreme Court, which gave Vance access to the president*’s financial records that it denied to the Congress, Vance showed up in court Monday with a shopping list. From :Manhattan District Attorney District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. is seeking eight years of the Republican president’s personal and corporate tax records, but has disclosed little about what prompted him to request the records,...

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'Congress' Hasn't Failed on Pandemic Relief Bill. Republicans Have.

'Congress' Hasn't Failed on Pandemic Relief Bill. Republicans Have.

said they did not have emergency funds to cover three months of expenses.#WeAreDoneDyingNo, goddammit, , Enough of this nonsense. “Congress” is not flailing. The Republican majority in the Senate is flailing, because the Republican majority is made up of Republicans, and the Republican Party is made up of hyper-ambitious lunatics. It’s not “Congress” that’s stiffing the millions of Americans who need relief in this perilous time of tangled national emergencies that are feeding off each other. It’s the Republicans. Why is that so hard to say?The crisis that forced lawmakers to act with...

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Mike Pence Goes to Bat For Disgraced Ex-Missouri Governor Eric Greitens

Mike Pence Goes to Bat For Disgraced Ex-Missouri Governor Eric Greitens

said they did not have emergency funds to cover three months of expenses.#WeAreDoneDyingWe should be accustomed by now to the administration*’s odd approach to Supporting The Troops—namely, its extremely strange record of supporting those criminal troops who embarrass the other troops. Last December, we watched the president* pardon Eddie Gallagher, whom his own colleagues despised like grim death, which is what Gallagher trafficked in while serving in Iraq. At the same time, he pardoned Lt. Clint Torrance, , as well as Matthew Golsteyn, an Army major convicted of killing an Afghan civilian...

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Federal Government Double-Crossed Navajo on Death Penalty

Federal Government Double-Crossed Navajo on Death Penalty

(Permanent Musical To The Last Post Of The Week From The Blog’s Favourite Living Canadian)One of Camp Runamuck’s more recent enthusiasms is for the revived federal death penalty. It’s already killed three inmates, but the next one on the runway . In 2003, a federal-court jury convicted Lezmond Mitchell of the brutal slaying of Alyce Slim and her granddaughter in a carjacking incident. Mitchell and both of his victims were members of the Navajo Nation, and the crimes took place on the tribe’s land. Under federal law, the government cannot seek the death penalty for major crimes on Native...

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Department of Homeland Security Compiled Reports on Journalists

Department of Homeland Security Compiled Reports on Journalists

The Department of Homeland Security was a bad idea at the time and looks even worse in retrospect. It is now a thoroughgoing disaster under the marginally legitimate control of Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, whose grasp on the Constitution seems to be around its throat. From the :The Department of Homeland Security has compiled “intelligence reports” about the work of American journalists covering protests in Portland, Ore., in what current and former officials called an alarming use of a government system meant to share information about suspected terrorists and violent actors. Over the past...

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Trump Campaign Joins Pennsylvania Mail-In Voting Lawsuit

Trump Campaign Joins Pennsylvania Mail-In Voting Lawsuit

said they did not have emergency funds to cover three months of expenses.#WeAreDoneDyingWhen you see ratfckers fcking rats, believe them. From the :“Defendants have sacrificed the sanctity of in-person voting at the altar of unmonitored mail-in voting and have exponentially enhanced the threat that fraudulent or otherwise ineligible ballots will be cast and counted in the forthcoming general election,” says the suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. Instances of voter fraud are rare, and there is virtually no evidence of successful widespread...

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Louie Gohmert Sparks Reckoning on COVID-19 in Congressional Offices

Louie Gohmert Sparks Reckoning on COVID-19 in Congressional Offices

One of the essential follows on the electric Twitter machine these days is Jake Sherman of . Over the past couple of days, ever since Rep. Louie Gohmert, , announced that he had tested positive for the coronavirus, Sherman apparently has become a sounding board for Republican congressional aides whose correspondence seems to indicate that the offices of the average Republican congresscritter do not differ from the average midwest chicken-plucking plant in anything but scale. This, of course, has set off Democratic aides as well, since the virus knows no partisan differences. Sherman’s...

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Jim Jordan Lets Amazon, Google, Facebook CEOs Off the Antitrust Hook

Jim Jordan Lets Amazon, Google, Facebook CEOs Off the Antitrust Hook

said they did not have emergency funds to cover three months of expenses.#WeAreDoneDyingThe Masters of the Online Universe—Twitter Jack excepted—beamed into a House subcommittee on Wednesday in what was ostensibly a hearing on the antitrust implications of the corporate behemoths they run. This was a noble and healthy enterprise. There are, in fact, serious antitrust implications of how Facebook, Google, Amazon et. al. do their business, and their CEOs should be held responsible for those. However, this continues to be a House of Representatives with a Republican caucus, so all the four...

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Trump Did Not Ask Vladimir Putin About Russian Bounties on American Soldiers in Afghanistan

Trump Did Not Ask Vladimir Putin About Russian Bounties on American Soldiers in Afghanistan

said they did not have emergency funds to cover three months of expenses.#WeAreDoneDyingYou have to hand it to El Caudillo del Mar-a-Lago for the way he’s managed to keep a lid on the report that Russia was financing hits on American soldiers in Afghanistan. He’s been so confident in his ability to bury the story in other outrages that he even feels confident enough in the story’s having cooled that he can mention that he had a nice chat with Vladimir Putin the other day, and it was so pleasant that the subject never came up. From :Trump spoke with Putin on Thursday, and subsequently...

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Tom Cotton Shares False History of American Slavery in Attack on '1619 Project'

Tom Cotton Shares False History of American Slavery in Attack on '1619 Project'

said they did not have emergency funds to cover three months of expenses.#WeAreDoneDyingNicholas Lemann, the author, historian, and majordomo of the Columbia University School of Journalism, has an interesting piece in this week in which Lemann re-examines John F. Kennedy’s Pulitzer-winning Profiles In Courage in light of the current moment, in which the study of the role of race in American history is undergoing something of an earthquake. (Lemann also points out that there is considerably more than a non-zero chance that JFK didn’t write much of the book himself.) As someone whose...

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Joe Kennedy's Case Against Ed Markey in Massachusetts Senate Primary Is Incoherent

Joe Kennedy's Case Against Ed Markey in Massachusetts Senate Primary Is Incoherent

said they did not have emergency funds to cover three months of expenses.#WeAreDoneDyingI am on record as hating the current Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate here in the Commonwealth (God save it!). I still have not heard a coherent reason for Congressman Joe Kennedy’s challenge to Senator Edward Markey beyond the former’s personal ambition and (perhaps) his desire to move up before Rep. Ayanna Pressley wins every elected office in the state. Other people are noticing this, too. On Tuesday, endorsed Markey, which, as near as I can tell, is the first time the Globe has declined to...

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Ron Johnson Investigation Alleged to Be Russian Misinformation Laundering Vehicle

Ron Johnson Investigation Alleged to Be Russian Misinformation Laundering Vehicle

said they did not have emergency funds to cover three months of expenses.#WeAreDoneDying(Permanent Musical Accompaniment To The Last Post Of The Week From The Blog’s Favourite Living Canadian)This was a story that got swamped over the past week, but Politico landed a strange one concerning Senator Ron (Shreds of Freedom) Johnson, Republican of Wisconsin, and into a laundromat for overseas ratfcking.Among the Democrats’ concerns is that a Senate investigation being led by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) has become a vehicle for “laundering” a foreign influence campaign to damage Democratic...

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Trump Wants Chaos and Violence in Streets - Protesters Will Have to Deescalate

Trump Wants Chaos and Violence in Streets - Protesters Will Have to Deescalate

said they did not have emergency funds to cover three months of expenses.#WeAreDoneDyingIt’s a good day in the shebeen when we can link to the , which has been serving the heart of Northeast Texas since 1877. (Gilmer is the hometown of Don Henley, Johnny Mathis, Michelle Shocked, and Freddie King, which is a substantial musical legacy for a town of less than 5,000 people.) Of course, the story itself has absolutely nothing to recommend it.Armed supporters of Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-Tyler) brutally beat and assaulted Ryan Miller, the campaign manager for Gohmert's opponent, Hank Gilbert...

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Trump Administration Ignores Alaska's Pebble Mine Risks

Trump Administration Ignores Alaska's Pebble Mine Risks

said they did not have emergency funds to cover three months of expenses.#WeAreDoneDyingWe should stipulate at the outset here that the president* couldn’t find Alaska on a map and that he wouldn’t recognize a salmon if it swam up and jumped into his lap. Up in Alaska, there has been a 20-year fight over the Pebble Mine, a massive gold and copper mine that would be the biggest one on the North American continent. The mine is hard by Bristol Bay, which is the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery, which is a $1.4 billion industry on its own and the cornerstone of local economies, large and...

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Pentagon UFO Program Will Begin to Make Findings Public

Pentagon UFO Program Will Begin to Make Findings Public

OK, 2020, Pentagon officials will not discuss the program, which is not classified but deals with classified matters. Yet it appeared last month in a outlining spending on the nation’s intelligence agencies for the coming year. The report said the program, the Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon Task Force, was “to standardize collection and reporting” on sightings of unexplained aerial vehicles, and was to report at least some of its findings to the public every six months...Eric W. Davis, an astrophysicist who worked as a subcontractor and then a consultant for the Pentagon U.F.O. program...

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A Canadian Court Ruled That the 'Safe Third Country' Agreement Is Invalid Because Trump's America Is a Risk

A Canadian Court Ruled That the 'Safe Third Country' Agreement Is Invalid Because Trump's America Is a Risk

said they did not have emergency funds to cover three months of expenses.#WeAreDoneDyingI’m going to need some lessons in how to be the citizen of a pariah country, and I’m going to need them now. It’s not something I expected to have to learn in my advancing years but, when it became clear from jump that this administration* had no use for any foreigners except the ones that have loaned our deadbeat president* money, I began to acclimate myself to our new status in the world. Of course, once the pandemic hit, and the president* responded by not responding, other countries closed themselves...

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Reports Show Texas Underreported COVID-19 Cases Among Babies Less Than 1 Year Old

Reports Show Texas Underreported COVID-19 Cases Among Babies Less Than 1 Year Old

said they did not have emergency funds to cover three months of expenses.#WeAreDoneDyingTuesday’s Hot Spot Spotlight in north Texas, where TV5 in Dallas reports not only a damn tragic statistic, but also finds the state of Texas lying its jingle-angle off about it.NBC 5 found more than 430 babies have tested positive for the virus in the four largest counties in North Texas even though the Texas Department of State Health Services is currently only reporting 125 cases in children ages 1 and younger. NBC 5 asked area county health departments for a breakdown of cases for children 1 and...

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New Mexico DA Raul Torrez Sues NMCG Over Monument Defense Tactics

New Mexico DA Raul Torrez Sues NMCG Over Monument Defense Tactics

said they did not have emergency funds to cover three months of expenses.#WeAreDoneDyingThe events in Portland understandably have raised serious concerns that the various white-nationalist militias, having infiltrated various police departments, might decide en masse to “help” the Feds “maintain order” in such a way as they are doing presently in Oregon. It is not a long step, after all, from badgeless Feds in unmarked rental vans to badgeless civilians in unmarked rental vans. As regards to this possibility, it’s important to keep an eye on one courthouse in New Mexico.Back in June, when...

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Trump's Portland, COVID-19 Actions Are the Culmination of Decades of Republican Poison

Trump's Portland, COVID-19 Actions Are the Culmination of Decades of Republican Poison

said they did not have emergency funds to cover three months of expenses.#WeAreDoneDyingBack at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, a week after El Caudillo del Mar-a-Lago had Riefenstahl-ed his way to the nomination of a Republican Party that had been setting the table for someone like him since at least 1976, journalist Margaret Doris brought the country . The warning came from Jesse Jackson and John Lewis, who knew from sad and bloody experience what damage an empowered reactionary government can do. As Shakespeare’s Beatrice says, they could see a church by...

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The Police Detentions in Portland Are Only a Dress Rehearsal

The Police Detentions in Portland Are Only a Dress Rehearsal

said they did not have emergency funds to cover three months of expenses.#WeAreDoneDyingPardon me for being this uncivil this early in the morning but, seriously, ? From Oregon Public Broadcasting:Federal law enforcement officers have been using unmarked vehicles to drive around downtown Portland and detain protesters since at least July 14. Personal accounts and multiple videos posted online show the officers driving up to people, detaining individuals with no explanation of why they are being arrested, and driving off. The tactic appears to be another escalation in federal force deployed...

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