Let’s Do the One Thing Trump Is Incapable Of: FOCUS

We are bombarded with so much ‘news’ on a daily basis, much of it designed to raise our hackles, to speak to our worst nightmares, to instill either fear or a sense of hopelessness. Our friend TokyoSand reminds us that in order to win in November, in order to defeat the current regime and begin to restore some semblance of democratic principles, we must maintain our focus. She makes some excellent points that we all need to keep in mind. Thank you once again for your clear thinking and sound advice!

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How did you feel when you heard that Trump had suggested delaying the election last week?

Outraged? Scared? Angry?

I certainly saw all of these things in articles, opinion pieces, on social media, and in conversations. And people talked and talked and talked. I found it hard to be online, with so much fear and panic in the air.

It didn’t seem to matter when folks–including constitutional professors and scholars–pointed out that Trump can’t delay the election. That the only body that has that authority is Congress, and Pelosi and McConnell would have to agree to a new date. That just is never going to happen.

No, what I saw was people who WANTED to wallow in the fear and “what if” scenarios and dive deeper into the darkness.

Not to be mean, but I just don’t have time for that. I will respond…

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The Week’s Best Cartoons: Trump’s Goons

There are many things wrong in this nation this week, but none so WRONG as the invasion of Portland and now Seattle by Trump’s forces. This week’s round of cartoons by our friend TokyoSand covers it well. Thank you, TS!

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ByLalo Alcaraz

There was a lot of news this week, but none bigger than Trump sending in unidentified federal agents to kidnap and harass citizens exercising their constitutional right to protest. The Portland Black Lives Matter protests have been going on for 50+ days now.

The nation’s great editorial cartoonists captured the moment like no one else can. Here are the best cartoons I found this week.

Trump Responds to the Portland Protests

ByKevin Siers, Charlotte Observer

ByMarc Murphy, Louisville Courier-Journal

ByPhil Hands, Wisconsin State Journal

ByAnn Telnaes, Washington Post

ByMatt Davies, Newsday

ByScott Stantis, Chicago Tribune

ByPat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune

ByMatt Davies, Newsday

ByMatt Davies, Newsday

ByNick Anderson

ByBill Bramhall, New York Daily News

ByChristopher Weyant

ByPat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune

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The Week’s Best Cartoons 6/20

Every Saturday, TokyoSand takes the time to compile a collection of the week’s best political cartoons, and this week is no exception. Thank you, TS, for your hard work and your permission to share!

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By John Darkow

Editorial cartoonists appear to be one of the last groups of people who speak out and say exactly what’s happening. They reveal what’s really going on behind all the pomp and circumstance in front of cameras and reporters, and entertain us along the way. Although to be clear, they’re not necessarily “funny.”

Here are our great editorial cartoonists on what they saw in the news this week.

SCOTUS Decision

By Walt Handelsman,The Advocate

By Ann Telnaes, Washington Post

By Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News

By Nick Anderson

By Steve Sack, Star Tribune

And DACA

By Signe Wilkinson, Philly Daily News & Philly Inquirer (From 2017)

By Bill Bramhall, New York Daily News

By Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News

By Ed Hall

Black Lives Matter

By Kevin Necessary

By Matt Davies, Newsday

By Matt Wuerker, Politico

By Kevin…

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The Week’s Best Cartoons: Black Lives Matter

I haven’t done a cartoon post for a couple of months. The political cartoons today are darker, more brooding … but then, so is our nation. Today, though, I am ready for a break from my usual fare … the snarky & angst need to rest for just a minute. So … today I am sharing TokyoSand’s weekly cartoon roundup. The ‘toons sometimes speak louder than words. Thank you, TS!

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By Steve Breen, San Diego Union Tribune

Here’s how some of the nation’s best editorial cartoonists covered the Black Lives Matter protests. I hope you’ll let me know which ones you found to be the most powerful.

Black Lives Matter

By Scott Stantis, Chicago Tribune

By Steve Breen, San Diego Union Tribune

By Kevin Necessary

By Michael de Adder

By Matt Davies, Newsday

The Protests

By Serge Birault

By Matt Davies

By Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune

By Ann Telnaes, Washington Post

By Daryl Cagle

By Clay Jones

By Darrin Bell, King Features syndicate

By Mike Luckovich, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Trump Responds

By Lalo Alcaraz

By Mike Luckovich, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

By Clay Jones

By Monte Wolverton

By Mike Luckovich, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

By Ann Telnaes, Washington Post

By Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News

By Steve Breen, San Diego Union…

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Will Justin Amash Spoil the 2020 Presidential Race?

Yesterday, when I read that Justin Amash is contemplating a third-party run for president in November, my heart dropped, for it is my belief that if he does so, Trump will be re-elected. I had planned, of course, to write a post on the topic. However, our friend TokyoSand has written almost exactly what I would have, so … why re-invent the wheel? Thank you, TS!

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amash Rep. Justin Amash (MI-03)

Once again, we have someone who is angling to be the 3rd party spoiler for this presidential election. Enter Justin Amash.

Amash is a 5-term Tea Party Republican who became well known last year when he changed his party affiliation to become an Independent and then voted to impeach Trump. He announced that he was exploring a run for the Libertarian nomination earlier this week. 

That said, in a year when getting rid of Trump is of primary importance, any 3rd party candidate can cause problems. The last 3 elections with a 3rd party spoiler pulled away enough votes from the parties to make a significant difference. My biggest concern is that the right-leaning voters who aren’t willing to vote for Trump but were begrudgingly thinking about voting for Biden, might now vote for Amash. Especially in Michigan, a critical swing state. In 2020, we need every…

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The Post Office is in Trouble. Here’s How to Help.

The United States Postal Service is one of those things we use every single day, but we rarely give it much thought, taking for granted that we will receive our daily mail and be able to send letters, cards and packages for a (mostly) reasonable price. Many of us receive life-saving medications by mail, we order necessities or even food, we receive our bills by mail. But today, the fool on the hill is threatening to allow the USPS to go broke, in part because he fears what will happen in November if we can all cast our vote by mail. Our friend TokyoSand has written an excellent post summarizing the situation and with a few suggestions for what we can do to help … please read!

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Is the U.S. Post Office, enshrined in the Constitution, really about to go bust?

The Post Office is in financial dire straits, yes. It is also true that they’ve been under tremendous financial strain before and received help from Congress. So what’s happening now? Let’s go through a quick rundown.

Why is the Post Office in trouble?

The Post Office is in trouble because the coronavirus has sharply curtailed how much mail is being sent by businesses. Late last week Postmaster General Megan Brennan informed Congress of the dire situation. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA), the chairman of the subcommittee that oversees the Post Office said this after their briefing, “[T]he pandemic has completely changed the environment here. The mail volume drop is catastrophic.” Just last week, the drop in mail volume was around 30%, and it is expected to get as high as 50% as the pandemic wears on.

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Voting By Mail is Not New or Uncommon. Not By a Long Shot.

The coronavirus and economic recession that will certainly follow are two big crises facing this nation today, but there is an even bigger potential crisis looming ahead … the November 3rd election. We simply MUST have no-excuse absentee voting for ALL in EVERY state … it is the only way to ensure a fair and honest election, one where every eligible voter will be able to vote without risking their life and without being turned away at the polls. Our friend TokyoSand has written a post on this subject that is well worth reading, so please do! Thank you, TokyoSand!

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Oh, the GOP can be so predictable.

They’ve made it very clear that they suppress the vote because lower turnout helps ensure that Republicans win. They have enacted thousands of voter suppression tactics all over the country and then turn right around and say that it is all about keeping elections “safe.” Please.

Now that we’re in the middle of a pandemic, when being very strict about social distancing is helping to flatten the curve, it makes perfect sense that all voters should be given the opportunity to vote by mail. And suddenly, right on cue, the Republicans are starting to talk about what a “disaster” voting by mail would be. The president went so far as to say voting by mail is “corrupt” with lots of “fraud,” even though–and this will come as no surprise to anyone who has been paying attention–the president himself just voted by…

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The Week’s Best Cartoons ⚡ 2/29

Since I skipped Saturday Surprise this morning and didn’t provide you with a bit of fun & humour, how ’bout I make it up to you with some ‘toons? As always, our friend TokyoSand over at PoliticalCharge has searched the ‘Net for the best of the best. Thank you, TS, for giving us all a chuckle this afternoon!

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By Lalo Alcaraz

In this week’s roundup, the nation’s best editorial cartoonists tackled news about the coronavirus, the stock market plunge, Harvey Weinstein getting convicted, the 2020 election, and other stories.

Trump Admin Responds to the Coronavirus

By Mike Luckovich, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

By Walt Handelsman,The Advocate

By Mike Luckovich, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

By Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune

By Tom Toles, The Washington Post

This week’s The New Yorker cover, “Under Control,” by Brian Stauffer

Stocks Tumble

By Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune

By Kevin Siers, Charlotte Observer

By Matt Wuerker, Politico

By Michael de Adder

Weinstein Goes to Jail

By Mike Luckovich, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

By Matt Davies, Newsday

By Bill Bramhall, New York Daily News

Election 2020

By Christopher Weyant

By Matt Davies, Newsday

And Other News

By Steve Breen, San Diego Union Tribune

By Ann…

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How to Win the Democratic Nomination if There is a Contested Convention

Our friend TokyoSand, who last year brought us summaries of all the leading candidates, and every week brings us a compilation of great cartoons, has written a very informative post explaining how a contested convention would work, in the event that no one democratic candidate has a clear majority at the end of the primary/caucus season. Please take a look at it, for this may well be the year that we do have a contested convention! Thank you, TokyoSand!

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Here we are again. It’s like Groundhog Day but on a four-year cycle.

Every time another presidential election rolls around, talk about the potential of a contested convention bubbles up. It appears to be some sort of political pundit parlor game — going over multiple scenarios about what might happen in the case of a contested (or brokered) convention.

Except this year, a contested convention seems far more likely due to a large number of candidates who are doing well in the polls. The reality of contested convention was being talked about as early as last summer. So, how does this all work? How do you get the nomination in a scenario like the one we have in 2020?

The Normal Scenario

First, let’s do a quick review of how it normally works.

As every state and territory holds its presidential primary or caucus, a certain number of delegates…

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The Week’s Best Cartoons ⚡ 1/18

Once again, our friend TokyoSand has found some great political cartoons! They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, and these pictures surely fit that bill. Thank you, TokyoSand, for digging these up!

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Maddening. Insightful. So, so very spot on.

The best editorial cartoons express a strong opinion, and in so doing, make us feel something emotionally. This week, these were the cartoons that made me stand up and take notice. Which ones grab you the most?

McConnell Readies for the Trial

By Phil Hands, Wisconsin State Journal

By Matt Davies, Newsday

By Kevin Kal Kallaugher,Kaltoons

By Steve Sack, Star Tribune

By Lalo Alcaraz

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By Nick Anderson

Impeachment & the GOP

By Mike Luckovich, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

By Bill Bramhall, New York Daily News

By Ann Telnaes, Washington Post

By Matt Davies, Newsday

By Repeat1968

By Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune

And Other News

By Steve Sack, Star Tribune

By Matt Davies, Newsday

By Matt Davies, Newsday

By Matt Wuerker, Politico

By Mike Thompson, Detroit Free…

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