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Partner, father and liberal Democrat. I am a native Michigander living in San Francisco who is a citizen of the world.

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Former Special Forces Officer: Gen. 'Mad Dog' Mattis Left 'My Men to Die'

A former Army Special Forces officer is accusing retired Marine General James Mattis, President-elect Donald Trump's pick to be defense secretary, of "leaving my men to die" after they were hit by friendly fire in Afghanistan in 2001.

Mattis has not commented publicly on the incident, which was chronicled in a 2011 New York Times bestselling book, "The Only Thing Worthy Dying For," by Eric Blehm, which portrays Mattis as stubbornly unwilling to help the Green Berets.

His actions, which were not formally investigated at the time, are now likely to get far more scrutiny during the retired general's Senate confirmation process.


Kamala Harris on Election Night: "Do Not Despair" (VIDEO)

I'm tired, drunk and afraid after watching. So I have to ask the questions I'll get flamed for

When do they start breaking windows? When do they start arresting journalists? Who's going to the camps? What political views will I be arrested for? Will my mixed race child be deemed unfit for public college?

I sound crazy, but last year, Trump was a joke. After that, Trump will quit after Wisconsin. After that, Trump will moderate himself after the convention. After that, no way he was going to win..Nothing's off the table anymore.

So what reforms do we want at the DNC?

We talk about refining the party but I've seen few concrete suggestions. So what exactly do we want? I'll start with broader participation in selecting DNC members and ra requirement that Chair must be a full time effort. Your turn.

Newt is is actually right about Romney.

“You have never, ever in your career seen a serious adult who’s wealthy, independent, has been a presidential nominee, suck up at the rate that Mitt Romney is sucking up.”

— Newt Gingrich, quoted by the Daily Beast


Petraeus would have to notify probation officer if named secretary of State

Former Gen. David Petraeus is reportedly one of President-elect Donald Trump's finalists to be secretary of State.

If he's chosen, he'll have three days to notify his probation officer.
Petraeus was sentenced to two years of probation on April 23, 2015, for giving his mistress classified information.

"The defendant shall not leave the Western District of North Carolina without the permission of the Court or probation officer. Travel allowed for work as approved by U.S. probation office," says a court judgdment, reported first by Brad Heath of USA Today.


The first 30 minutes of FXs Legion are better than any other superhero show on TV

It’s very rare to find yourself wanting more of anything on the last day of New York Comic Con. The four-day pop culture bonanza is a sensory overload. Casting announcements are made. Trailers, teasers, sizzle reels, and sneak peeks are shown. Panel discussions are held to examine every detail of every comic book topic imaginable. By the end of the convention, it all bleeds together, and nothing feels fresh.

FX’s upcoming TV show Legion beat the odds and changed that, by offering an early look at what stands to become the most visually evocative and inventive — and perhaps even the best — superhero show on television.

The series is an adaptation of Marvel’s Legion comic book character, a powerful mutant whose powers are intertwined with his dissociative identity/multiple personality disorder and mental illness. The show has been in the works since last October, and I’ve had my reservations about it since its announcement — even with Noah Hawley, the talented writer and producer behind FX’s acclaimed series Fargo, at the helm. My reasoning: It’s too ambitious, because the character of Legion and his origin story are too sprawling to capture on screen.

But after seeing a 30-minute slice of the show’s pilot — in which we meet Legion, a.k.a. David Haller (played by Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens) a man living (perhaps trapped) in a mental institute (or his own mind) — I’ve never been more thrilled to be wrong. So far, what Marvel, FX, and Hawley have accomplished looks awesome.


'Supergirl' kicks off the big DC/CW four-part crossover with solid ratings

The CW’s four-night superhero crossover event got a solid lead-off with “Supergirl.”

Monday’s episode of “Supergirl” pulled in a 1.1 rating in adults ages 18 to 49 and 3.51 million viewers. The numbers are up compared to last week and rival the successful numbers earned by the show’s season premiere in October.

CW’s superhero crossovers have been a staple ever since “The Flash” expanded the network’s DC universe established in “Arrow.” This year’s crossover will span all four of the CW’s DC TV shows — “Supergirl,” “The Flash,” “Arrow” and “DC Legends of Tomorrow” — over four nights, pitting the superheroes against alien invaders to save the Earth.

Of course, fans who tuned in hoping to dive right into the “Heroes v. Aliens” event were probably disappointed considering the episode did not get to the crossover part until the its final minutes. “Supergirl” diehards who have spent all season rooting for a specific romantic coupling to progress, on the other hand, were likely pleased with how the episode played out. The crossover event continues tonight with “The Flash.”


Can the Democratic Party rise again? Yes and heres the first big thing to watch.

If you care about whether the Democratic Party can rebuild itself anytime soon out of the smoking wreckage left behind by the disastrous 2016 elections, something very important is happening a lot sooner than you think.

There are more than three dozen gubernatorial races taking place in the next two years. And they could do a tremendous amount to set the party on the path out of the wilderness in the Age of Donald Trump — with potentially significant national ramifications that could stretch well into the next decade, for instance by having a substantial influence over the redistricting of House seats, which could help determine control of the Lower Chamber in the 2020s.

Of course, the current state of affairs is dire indeed. Not only has the Democratic Party been shut out of Washington, where the GOP controls both the White House and Congress, but the carnage is widespread on the state level, too: Next year, Republicans will control more than 30 governors’ mansions nationwide, and have total control (meaning GOP governors and GOP control of both state legislative chambers) in some 25 states. By contrast, Democrats will have total control in all of five states. The 2018 Senate map looks grim for any prospects of a Dem takeover, and the House is all but certain to remain out of reach in 2018 as well.

But the other part of the story is that, in 2017 and 2018, there will be a total of 38 gubernatorial contests. Here, courtesy of the Democratic Governors Association, is the 2017-2018 gubernatorial map:



NC Elections Board Effectively Tosses Most Of McCrory's Ballot Protests

The North Carolina state elections board on Monday directed county election boards to dismiss any ballot protests that questioned a voter's eligibility, effectively tossing most protests filed by Republicans.

The ruling is a blow to Gov. Pat McCrory, who has seized on a flurry of ballot protests filed by Republicans to decry widespread voter fraud as he refuses to concede to his Democratic challenger, state Attorney General Roy Cooper. McCrory is currently trailing Cooper by about 9,800 votes, according to the board of elections website, although ten counties still have not certified their vote totals.

In its Monday order, the state elections board distinguished between a protest and a challenge: A protest "must prove the occurrence of an outcome-determinative violation of election law, irregularity, or misconduct" and a challenge contests the eligibility of a voter. Republicans submitted dozens of protests alleging that ballots were cast by people who were dead, who were felons or who had voted elsewhere, but the order states those "protests" should be considered challenges. The deadline to submit such challenges was 25 days before Election Day.

The election board's order directed counties to dismiss any challenges filed after the deadline unless they would change the outcome of a local election. Pat Gannon, a spokesman for the state elections board, told TPM that if the "protests" would not change the outcome of a local election, the county board should count those votes and then notify the state board of the number of "protests." The state board would then aggregate the "protests" from county boards and determine whether there are enough to potentially change the outcome of the governor's race, according to Gannon.

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