Report: Trump Wants To Oust Mitch McConnell, Republicans Not Cooperating

Former President Trump has reportedly held conversations with allies in the Senate about ousting Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Trump has had simmering tension with McConnell ever since the Kentucky Senator attacked him for challenging the 2020 presidential election results.

The Wall Street Journal first reported on the effort to remove McConnell.

Trump, they write, has “spoken recently with senators and allies about trying to depose Mr. McConnell and whether any Republicans are interested in mounting a challenge.”

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Republicans Not Interested In Joining Trump To Oust Mitch McConnell

The Journal report indicates that Republicans – even those who support the former President – have little stomach for trying to oust Mitch McConnell.

“There is little appetite among Senate Republicans for such a plan, lawmakers and aides said, but the discussions risk driving a wedge deeper between the most influential figure in the Republican Party and its highest-ranking member in elected office,” they write.

Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) said the odds weren’t in Trump’s favor regarding a move to rid the Senate of Mitch McConnell, even if it might be the best thing to do.

“I just don’t realistically see that happening,” Kennedy, a Trump supporter, said, equating the odds to that of teaching a donkey how to fly.

RELATED: Trump Calls Mitch McConnell ‘A Stupid Person’ For… Not Getting Rid Of The Filibuster?

Trump: McConnell Bad For The Republican Party

In an interview earlier this week, Trump suggested that Senate Republicans should fire Mitch McConnell themselves.

“I think Mitch McConnell has proven to be a disaster,” Trump told The Federalist. “He’s not good for the Republican Party as a leader, and I wish I wouldn’t have endorsed him.”

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“The Senate has to make a change at some point,” he added. “I don’t think it’s acceptable having him as a leader.”

This past April, McConnell was reportedly seeking a truce with the former President.

“The leader has no animosity and he’s made it very clear he wants to work with the president to get the majority back,” McConnell’s top deputy said at the time.

McConnell, following the Capitol riot, joined Democrats in calls for impeachment according to a Fox News report at the time, telling associates that the move “will help rid the Republican Party of Trump and his movement.”

Trump ravaged the GOP leader, issuing a statement saying McConnell is “a dour, sullen and unsmiling political hack.”

“The Republican Party can never again be respected or strong with political ‘leaders’ like Sen. Mitch McConnell at its helm,” he added.

poll almost immediately after the Capitol riot from Axios-Ipsos showed Republican voters overwhelmingly “siding with President Trump over Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — big time.”


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Dem Rep Says Pelosi Entitled To $200 Million Pork Spending Because She Works Harder For America Than Anybody

Representative Steve Cohen argued in favor of Nancy Pelosi’s district getting $200 million for improvements at a national park and golf course because she “does more for America” than anyone.

The $200 million allotment has been earmarked in the House Democrats’ bulky $3.5 trillion budget resolution.

The Presidio is a national historic park that sits on 1,500 acres and can be seen by drivers as they enter San Francisco via the Golden Gate Bridge.

In an interview with the Nob Hill Gazette last week, Pelosi bragged about her presence in the park.

“I’m a regular at the Presidio,” she said. “It’s just so beautiful to walk and see the bridge and then walk back and see the City. That’s probably what I do the most.”

RELATED: Trump Slams Removal Of Robert E. Lee Statue: ‘Our Culture Is Being Destroyed’

GOP Fights Against Pelosi’s $200 Million ‘Giveaway’

Republican lawmakers were not at all pleased with the $200 million in pork being added to the already jaw-dropping reconciliation bill to benefit Pelosi’s district.

Representative Tom Tiffany (R-WI) described the $200 earmark as a payoff to the House Speaker.

“This is a Pelosi payoff,” he said. “This is where somebody puts themselves before their office.”

Representative Lauren Boebert (R-CO) accused Pelosi of trying to secure a “giveaway.”

“Just because she is speaker doesn’t mean she gets to bloat this bill,” Boebert argued.

Added Boebert, “This is an obvious giveaway to Speaker Pelosi and the powerful elites in San Francisco that support her, and the U.S. taxpayer gets stuck with the bill.”

Cohen, however, bent the knee faster than Pelosi in a Kente cloth, praising the House Speaker by suggesting she deserves to get “a little bit more.”

RELATED: Biden Responds After Hundreds Of 9/11 Victim Families Tell Him Not To Attend Memorial Events

Steve Cohen: Pelosi Works More Than Anyone

Steve Cohen believes Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is deserving of the ‘giveaway’ because of how hard she works for the American people.

“Speaker Pelosi gets maybe a little bit more, and some of the leaders get a little bit more on some of these bills,” he explained.

“Well, the truth is, they should,” Cohen argued. “If it weren’t for her working 24/7, and she does, to keep this place going, we wouldn’t be going.”

“She does more for America than any other member, I would submit in this Congress, times 10,” Cohen said, slobbering more than when he housed a bucket of fried chicken in the House chamber.

“So I support the proposal.”

House Republicans tried to divert the proposed amount to other causes, among them being recreation opportunities for veterans and Gold Star families, as well as maintenance on 9/11 memorials.

It was to no avail, however, as each proposal was defeated by the Democrats.

Perhaps Cohen is supporting Pelosi’s $200 million for renovations at the Presidio after she finally kowtowed to his Trump impeachment whims.

Aside from eating fried chicken in the House as a means to mock then-Attorney General William Barr, Cohen has had his share of other memorable career lowlights.

In 2018, he offended veterans everywhere by suggesting disgraced FBI agent Peter Strzok deserved to be awarded a Purple Heart for testifying before Congress.

Years ago, he bizarrely alleged NFL legends Eli and Peyton Manning sexually assault their wives.

“Eli and Peyton don’t do sexual assaults against people other than their wives,” he said for reasons known only to Cohen.

Two years ago, he suggested Bill Clinton shouldn’t have been impeached “over sex” (he wasn’t) but former President Trump should have been for “raping the country.”


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Report: Trump Ready To Endorse Liz Cheney Primary Challenger

According to multiple news outlets, former President Donald Trump is ready to endorse a primary challenger against Rep. Liz Cheney, who has been outspoken against Trump and critical of her party for embracing him. 

According to both Politico and the Associated Press, Trump will endorse attorney Harriet Hageman in her announced primary against Cheney, anonymous sources say.

Hageman has an interesting history as both an ally of Cheney and as part of anti-Trump forces that tried to stop him from getting the Republican nomination in 2016.

Trump Set To Endorse Harriet Hageman

Politico reported on Wednesday, “Donald Trump is set to back Wyoming attorney Harriet Hageman as she prepares a primary challenge against GOP Rep. Liz Cheney, according to three people with knowledge of his plans, marking the most important political endorsement yet in Trump’s post-presidency.”

“Trump’s looming involvement in the primary will test his political power in the GOP like never before, as he seeks to punish the most high-profile House Republican to vote for his impeachment in January,” Politico observed.

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The Associated Press also reported, “Trump is planning to endorse Wyoming attorney Harriet Hageman, who is preparing to launch a primary campaign against Cheney, the most prominent member of Congress to vote for Trump’s second impeachment, according to a person familiar with his decision,”

“The person spoke on condition of anonymity ahead of a formal announcement,” AP noted.

Hageman A Former Supporter Of Cheney

Though Hageman now challenges Cheney, she is a former ally of Cheney. In fact, she worked for Cheney.

The Washington Examiner reported on Thursday, “Wyoming attorney Harriet Hageman announced a challenge to Republican Rep. Liz Cheney, for whom Hageman was formerly a campaign adviser, joining a crowded field of Cheney challengers for Wyoming’s at-large congressional seat.”

“She worked as a campaign adviser to Cheney for her short-lived 2014 Wyoming Senate bid and the 2016 House campaign of former Vice President Dick Cheney’s daughter,” the news outlet added.

Further, Hageman was part of the group of ‘Never Trump’ Republicans who sought to change the rules at the Republican National Convention to deny Trump the nomination in 2016.

Politico reported in July of 2016 that Hageman was present at meetings about the effort, which was led by former Republican Attorney General in Virginia, Ken Cuccinelli: “Cuccinelli also met Friday with a cadre of delegates who intend to back his effort to force rule changes. They included Virginia’s Morton Blackwell and Anne Gentry, Louisiana’s Gwen Bowen, Wyoming’s Harriet Hageman, Minnesota’s Cindy Pugh, Oklahoma’s Megan Winburn and Oregon’s Solomon Yue, according to two sources familiar with the meeting.”

Yet Hageman claims to believe Cheney is no longer able to adequately represent her state due to the congresswoman’s personal battle with the former president.

Hageman said in a statement Thursday, “The people of Wyoming deserve leaders who reflect their views and values, but Liz Cheney betrayed us because of her personal war with President Trump, who won Wyoming by massive majorities twice.” 

Trump Flexing Political Muscle

It has long been known that Trump planned to endorse a challenger to Cheney, but also that he wanted Republicans to have only one primary challenger and not a crowded field.

This endorsement would likely increase Hageman’s chances of emerging victorious from the field of at least 8 candidates currently looking to take on Cheney for the Republican nomination for Wyoming’s at-large Congressional District.

Trump reportedly met with Hageman last month.

The former president appears keen on flexing his political muscle in the midterms by punishing those in his own party who opposed him over the January 6 Capitol attack.

AP reported, “Trump has already endorsed a number of Republicans challenging GOP incumbents including Kelly Tshibaka, who is running against Sen. Lisa Murkowski in Alaska; Michigan State Rep. Steve Carra, who is trying to unseat longtime Rep. Fred Upton; former White House aide Max Miller, who is running against Rep. Anthony Gonzalez in Ohio; and Joe Kent, who is challenging Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler in Washington.

“All voted in favor of impeaching Trump for his role in inciting the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol building,” the news outlet noted.

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Trump In July: ‘Loser RINO Liz Cheney’

In July, the Washington Examiner reported on an email sent to them by Trump.

“Paying close attention to the Wyoming House Primary against loser RINO Liz Cheney,” Trump told the Examiner.

“Some highly respected pollsters tell me she’s toast in Wyoming after siding with Crazy Nancy Pelosi and supporting the Democrat Impeachment Hoax,” he wrote.

“And that’s just the beginning!” Trump said, meaning challenging Cheney. “This is a ‘hot’ race with some very interesting candidates running against her.”

“Remember though, in the end we just want ONE CANDIDATE running against Cheney,” Trump emphasized at the time.

It is unclear why Trump would want to endorse someone who tried to stop him from becoming President.


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Disarmed: White House To Withdraw Anti-Gun David Chipman’s Nomination For ATF Director

The White House is withdrawing the nomination of President Biden’s choice for Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), David Chipman.

Chipman, who express pro-gun control views, was having trouble securing support from several key Democrats in the Senate, will reportedly be given a different role in the administration.

“We do not have the votes,” a senior administration official said, according to CNN. “We will land him in a non-confirmed job in the administration.” 

The Political Insider reported this past July that Chipman didn’t have commitments from some moderate Democrats such as Joe Manchin (D-WV), Jon Tester (D-MT), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), and Independent Angus King (ME).

The report openly wondered if this lack of support from Democrats could ultimately lead to Chipman’s nomination being withdrawn.

RELATED: Could Senate Democrats Sink Biden’s Anti-Gun Nominee For ATF Director?

ATF Director Nomination Sunk

President Biden’s selection of David Chipman had been vociferously opposed by Republicans and pro-Second Amendment lawmakers based on past radical comments.

Chipman’s radical views were on full display during a Senate appearance in May where he struggled to define an ‘assault weapon’ and said he supports a ban on semi-automatic rifles like AR-15s.

“With respect to the AR-15, I support a ban as has been presented in a senate bill and supported by the president,” he told Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) at the time.

Chipman has also argued in favor of a “well-regulated” Second Amendment in contesting sanctuary for gun owners.

“The Second Amendment envisions firearms as being ‘well regulated,’ and individual sheriffs aren’t entitled to decide whether a particular regulation is constitutional—that’s the job of the courts,” he wrote.

Chipman even compared some gun owners to the ‘Tiger King.’

RELATED: Republicans Had Info On Racism Charges Against Biden’s ATF Nominee Two Months Ago – And Sat On It

David Chipman’s Alleged Racial Comments

David Chipman’s nomination may have been sunk based on recently surfaced racially-charged comments.

A report last month corroborated that Biden’s nominee made controversial comments about black ATF agents who were up for promotion.

“He made some comments that he was surprised by the number of African Americans who have made it onto a specific promotional list,” a current ATF official told The Reload.

“So, his insinuation was that they had to have cheated,” the official added. “Which is kind of despicable.”

Multiple complaints were lodged against Chipman according to the report.

Additionally, Chipman reportedly made an appearance on Chinese State TV in 2012 and failed to disclose the appearance.

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Fox News reported that Biden’s nominee’s appearance “may have been used as propaganda by the communist state to cover up a mass stabbing of children.”

Republican senators almost fumbled the opportunity to sink Chipman’s nomination, purportedly keeping information regarding the racism charges under wraps for months.

House Republicans pushed a resolution to impeach Biden’s ATF nominee despite his not being confirmed.

Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) previously announced legislation that would abolish the ATF altogether in part due to Chipman’s nomination.

Greene argued that Biden nominating him was “a clear indication that the ATF’s war on gun owners is about to crank up.”


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A Tale Of Two Phone Calls: One Trump, One Biden

It wasn’t very long ago, less than a year, that we were living the saga of the first Trump impeachment. Remember what that was about?

‘Completely Contrived And Fabricated Charge’

A completely contrived and fabricated charge that in a phone call to the Ukrainian president Trump had sought help in the general election by pressuring the Ukrainian leader to give up supposedly damaging info on Joe Biden. It was even alleged that Trump held up military aid to Ukraine to leverage them into handing over anti-Biden material.

Related: Republican Afghanistan Veteran: Biden’s Actions Meet ‘Constitutional Definition Of Treason’

Trump never admitted to the charge, but he was impeached over it. Of course, as everyone including the Democrats knew, it was inevitable he would be found innocent of all charges in the subsequent Senate trial.

The whole thing turned out to be horse manure and was only a way to stick it to Trump on his way out the door. But it put the country and the government through a ridiculous charade that cost time, money, and national focus.

Fall Of Afghanistan

Fast forward to the last month, the fall of Afghanistan. During that time, about three weeks ago, Joe Biden, and he has never outright denied it, called the president of Afghanistan and asked him to lie as to the military situation on the ground there so the Biden administration wouldn’t look so bad. That call happened.

The administration refuses to talk about it in any detail and Biden has never denied it. Several reliable national security sources have confirmed it to various news outlets. Those outlets have run the story. And then? Nothing.

Related: Afghanistan Shows Biden To Be A Weak And Failed President

So let’s get this straight. One phone call was proven to have never happened after a probe, an impeachment, and a Senate trial. It was a political hit job. That’s it. The other is the president of the United States asking a foreign leader to lie for him for political advantage.

This, while US troops are on the ground and thousands of loved ones are worrying about their safety. Joe Biden plotted to lie to them and the rest of the American people. The president of Afghanistan did not take the bait and we found out good and hard how bad it was in Afghanistan.

Biden Getting Off Scot Free

One president goes through hell and impeachment. The other will skate, if current circumstances continue and it sure looks like they will. Hypocrisy? Double standards? Different rules? Yes, but also much worse than that.

We have elected people to office all across the country who don’t give a whit about justice, fairness, or the Constitution. These people are called Democrats. Does every Democrat fall into this category?

No, but almost and enough to brand them with it. Donald Trump and America paid a price for an imaginary call while Joe Biden will walk away from his real phone call with no impeachment and no trial. This is a not a proper way to run a country.

This piece was written by David Kamioner on September 4, 2021. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.

Read more at LifeZette:
Biden Tries To Gaslight America On Afghanistan
Manchin Stops Biden $3.5 Trillion Spending Spree
The Taliban Feared Trump And Didn’t Dare Move On His Watch

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Monica Lewinsky: Bill Clinton Should ‘Want To Apologize’ For His Role In Affair

Monica Lewinsky, the political world’s most famous intern, said former President Bill Clinton “should want to apologize” for his role in their legendary affair, but indicated she’s moved on regardless.

Lewinsky and the scandal that rocked the political world in the 1990s will be the subject of a dramatization of those events for FX, called “American Crime Story: Impeachment.”

“Do you ever wish that you could speak to him?” asked ‘Today’ show host Savannah Guthrie. “Do you feel like he owes you an apology after all these years?”

Lewinsky, there to promote the new crime series, explained that she no longer has a need for “resolution,” something she’s “very grateful” for.

“I don’t need it,” she replied. “He should want to apologize, um, in the same way that I want to apologize any chance I get to people that I’ve hurt and my actions have hurt.”

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Lewinsky Discusses Upcoming TV Show

Monica Lewinsky, in discussing the ‘crime story’ project she is both a producer for and subject of, said the public will see some details of behavior she regrets and finds “cringeworthy.”

“I’ve really worn two hats in this project, as a producer, I’m very proud of the project. But as a subject, I’m nervous,” she explained to Guthrie.

“I’m nervous for people to see some of the worst moments of my life and a lot of behavior that I regret. If you remember your 20s, not that long ago, it’s pretty cringeworthy.”

If you’re too young to remember, Lewinsky had a politically earth-shattering affair with former President Clinton in the ’90s, a relationship which would lead to his impeachment for perjury and obstruction of justice.

The affair between Clinton and Lewinsky was widely seen as an abuse of power on the part of the then-President, due to their career positions and age difference.

Clinton was 49 at the time, Lewinsky just 22.

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Clinton: I Don’t Owe Her An Apology

Former President Bill Clinton has said he doesn’t owe Monica Lewsinky a personal apology over their affair because he has made his feelings clear through public statements.

On the same ‘Today’ show back in 2018, as the #MeToo movement was heating up, Clinton was asked if he owed her a direct apology for his actions.

“No, I do — I do not,” Clinton responded. “I’ve never talked to her. But I did say, publicly, on more than one occasion, that I was sorry. That’s very different. The apology was public.”

In an interview with CBS’s “Sunday Morning” a few months later, Clinton’s wife, Hillary, was asked if he should have stepped down amidst the scandal.

“Absolutely not,” she replied.

“It wasn’t an abuse of power?” a reporter asked, to which she replied: “No. No.”

The former President was also accused of multiple infidelities, sexual assaults, and even rape by Juanita Broaddrick, a former nursing home owner.

The series highlighting Monica Lewinsky and Clinton’s affair is set to premier Tuesday on FX.


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Republican Afghanistan Veteran: Biden’s Actions Meet ‘Constitutional Definition Of Treason’

On Sunday, Republican Congressman Brian Mast, who fought in Afghanistan and now serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said that President Joe Biden’s actions involving that country amount to “treason” and he should be removed from office.

Mast made his comments during an interview on Fox News.

RELATED: USA Today Issues Correction For ‘Fact-Check’ Of Biden Looking At His Watch During Service For Fallen Service Members

Mast: ‘Impeachment Is Absolutely Something That Should Be Considered’

Mast’s reasoning includes how quickly the Taliban retook Afghanistan, Biden being more worried about optics than national security, and also the controversial July phone call in which Biden reportedly encouraged Afghanistan’s president to change the perception of what was happening.

The president reportedly told the Afghan leader he didn’t care if the narrative he came up with was true or not.  

Reuters reported that Biden said, “I need not tell you the perception around the world and in parts of Afghanistan, I believe, is that things are not going well in terms of the fight against the Taliban. And there is a need, whether it is true or not, there is a need to project a different picture.”

Mast believes some and perhaps all of these are impeachable offenses.

“Impeachment is absolutely something that should be considered,” Mast told Fox News. “I would say no less than 10,000 counts of reckless endangerment, all of the American lives over there that’s the minimum, which is actually a real crime.”

Mast continued, “Beyond that, as I’ve said already, I think we absolutely need to look at what is the truth about this phone call with the former Afghan president.”

“We know for a fact that the Taliban is the sworn enemy of the United States of America,” Mast added. “We are still in the midst of the war on terror, and as I said, I would absolutely consider the manipulation of intelligence, giving aid and comfort to the enemy, all three of those things are part of what meets the constitutional definition of treason.”

Mast then focused specifically on Biden and what kind of leader Mast thinks he is.

“You look at President Biden, and I would say these two things about him,” Mast said. “He is hollow. His decisions are empty. They are void of wisdom in their entirety and across the board, we see a naïveté to the aggressors he’s dealing with.”

RELATED: Afghanistan Shows Biden To Be A Weak And Failed President

Mast: Biden’s Statements Are ‘Schizophrenic’

The Republican congressman continued, “Maybe there is an element of dementia there that we might hear about in years to come. But I would say at a minimum, this man appears to be schizophrenic with the statements that he’s making in front of one camera and the way that they’re directly changing in front of a camera on a different day or the day after that or what his members of his cabinet are saying.”

“There’s definitely got to be schizophrenia there,” Mast finished.

Watch Mast’s interview on Fox News: 



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Community Spotlight: Tuning in to Daily Kos’ many metamorphoses

Rescue Rangers have read every story published by Community members every day for the past 15 years. We’ve seen Daily Kos staff come and go, while authors we’ve promoted have become Rangers, Featured Writers, and members of the Community Contributors Team. We’ve worked through six iterations of user interfaces presented by different tech teams, haggled over by Community members, and adopted.

Rescue Rangers have read your passionate, sometimes frenzied, candidate assessments—primary seasons are rough—and then your post-election exaltations and denunciations during four presidential elections. The week after the 2016 election was especially brutal.

We’ve had a consistent, persistent role in seeking out and rewarding good Community writing and being rewarded ourselves by your respect for our selections. Another reward is when a rescue with only a few recs zooms up the Trending List, as did three stories this week.

Today, let’s look back 14 years to the second front page iteration: What did Daily Kos look like in summer 2007? Who was writing, and who were we rescuing? The Wayback Machine can show us all seven iterations of Daily Kos since 2002 and reveal that, although the website has looked very different, many of the names we saw in 2007 are still familiar writers today, even if their names have changed.

Remember the U.S. in 2007?

To our dismay, George W. Bush was still president, and war profiteer Dick Cheney was VP. The U.S. was struggling with our presence in Iraq (surprise, surprise). Santa Ana winds fanned 23 wildfires in SoCal that, at that time, were considered among the worst ever—they burned for 7 weeks, killed 10 people, and scorched nearly 400,000 acres. A B-52 bomber flew from North Dakota to Louisiana loaded with six cruise missiles containing nuclear warheads (oops) that were supposed to have been unloaded. The first iPhone became available, and Tiger Woods won his 13th career championship.

Thanks to the Internet Wayback Machine’s image capture, we can see what DK looked like through all seven front page iterations. The first image shows all but the 2007 version, shown next and discussed, and the present 2020 version.

This composite shows five of the seven front-page formats from the past 19 years of DK history. The top image is where DK began in 2002 with stories written by kos, followed by the first upgrade and the appearance of other writers in 2003. In the third image, 2011, the Community Spotlight box appears front and center.

The fourth image, 2012, looks more familiar. The last image shows the hotly reviled 2016 iteration that members despised for many reasons, including “too much white space,” preferring the 2012 version. The seventh, most recent iteration, not shown, is today’s 2020 format, also protested as members prefer the 2016 version. (You might say that protest is a Community personality trait.)

The image below the composite shows Daily Kos 15 years ago this week, on August 31, 2007—a blog with the beloved flag guy first appearing across the top, three vertical columns, and lots of orange. 

On August 31, 2007, the left column contained stories from founder kos (Markos Moulitsas) and featured writers. Meteor Blades, now emeritus senior political writer, dissected post-Iraq-War criticism, and DemfromCT, who now writes Abbreviated Pundit Roundup under his real name Greg Dworkin, looked at the British pullout from Basra, Iraq. Other writers in the left column include MissLaura, now Assistant Managing Editor Laura Clawson, and mcjoan, now Senior Political Writer Joan McCarter.

In the far right column, familiar Community members appear. Magnifico posted an Overnight News Digest, as he still does each night along with a team of other members. Rimjob, now named Doctor RJ and a Community Contributor team member, continues to write about television and movies. Others in the right column still write regularly under the same names—FishOutofWater, gmoke, and AndyT.

SusanG, who wrote the Open Thread and Diary Rescue in the left column and created the Rescue Rangers, is now Susan Gardner, the former executive editor who retired last year. Her edition from August 31, 2007, presents 12 stories the Ranger team rescued that day, a number now considered high for an entire week in 2021 (we’ve averaged 10.3 per week this year).

Only one author rescued on August 31, 2007, is still writing here, but that person, grog, also is one of our long-serving Rescue Rangers. His story, “The Katrina Promise: Animal Rescue,” is quintessential Daily Kos Community.

The August 31, 2007 edition of Daily Kos. For a larger version click HERE.

Grog wrote about his wife’s project rescuing animals left behind in New Orleans and reconnecting them with their humans, an endeavor motivated by Steve Gilliard who was one of the earliest featured bloggers on Daily Kos. Gilliard created his own blog, the popular progressive The News Blog, and died in June 2007. 

And here we are, 14 years later as New Orleans recovers from the flooding and disruption of another direct hurricane hit, and grog’s evaluation of his wife’s project is still true. “The evacuation of animals seems trivial given the vast swath of human suffering during a disaster. But all you needed to see in New Orleans was the happiness on the face of just one owner reunited with their pet to understand that this facet of disaster preparedness goes a long way to ease the mental anguish suffered by people pushed to the edge.”

SusanG’s introduction to the rescued stories of August 31, 2007, is another truth that persists, so I copied it and her category labels to introduce our rescues for the week ending Sept. 3, 2021.

“One of the biggest disappointments, over the past six and a half years or so, has been the failure of the Traditional Media to call the Bush administration Republican Party out on its evasions, half-truths, and downright lies. The prescription for this disease is a strong dose of reality. Tonights' This week’s dkos diarists serve spoonfuls of sugar to help the nasty medicine go down …

Enjoy and please promote your own favorite diaries stories in this Open Thread.”

15 Rescued Stories from 1 PM PDT, August 27 to 1 PM PDT, Sept. 3, 2021

Community Spotlight’s mission is to ensure that the best stories from the Daily Kos Community aren’t overlooked. We encourage members who write excellent stories with original views to keep writing by promoting work that isn’t receiving enough attention. We further support a healthy Community by not rescuing topics and specific stories designed to provoke bitter comment battles, although we relish strong arguments presented fairly and backed up by credible sources.

Good news: You don’t have to search to find our rescued stories! The nightly News Roundup, an Open Thread published six days a week at 7:30 PM PDT, includes links to each day’s rescued stories.

Reminder: The numbers in parentheses after each author’s name indicate the year they joined Daily Kos, how many stories they’ve published, and how many we’ve rescued.

Bitter Pills & Emetics

You don't have to believe in God to be elected president in the U.S., but you have to say you do by The Critical Mind (2017-337-?)

Polls reported in this Rescued to Recommended story show that fewer than 50% of Americans claim to belong to any particular religion. Yet, other polls report that “voters were more likely to elect a businessman, an adulterer, or someone who had never held office, than an atheist.” The author asks, “Why is there this disconnect? Credit conservatives and their genius at branding opponents. In the U.S., atheism is indelibly linked with the ‘godless’ regimes of Stalin, Mao, and Pol Pot. It is associated with unAmericanism, much as Catholicism was until Kennedy’s election.”

Plunging into the dirty laundry by Robert Dobbs (2012-54-28)

“COVID times bring the unexpected and the unwanted. But I never expected to get a good set of deltoids out of them.” So begins Robert’s analogy that uses a broken washing machine to relate the short-thinking behind global supply chain issues and shortages.

Unpacking the Texas ruling: Things are likely to get worse by Spherical Aberration (2014/39/4)

The author analyzes the odious Supreme Court non-decision on abortion rights and asserts that Roe still is controlling precedent; this was the denial of an injunction. However, a pending case that will probably go before the court could provide another chance to poke a hole in abortion rights. The real danger is the court's two-page unsigned decision undermines the basic way that judicial review functions in the country. “It attacks the Court’s own ability to serve as the arbiters of just law.”

Antidotes & Vaccines

The Daily Bucket: KELP! SAVE US! Part 2 by RonK (2011-11-41)

RonK explains why the ocean's kelp forests, the most efficient carbon sink on the planet, are on the decline and the programs underway to protect and restore them. Some of the perpetrators are familiar; some are unexpected. “​​The magnitude of the loss of kelp forests can not be overstated and is akin to the dramatic disappearance of the Westcoast sea stars that I wrote about previously. It will come as little surprise that the decline of these two nearshore critters are related in some locations.”

Climate Brief: What they are not telling you about natural gas by PalmFrond (2019/23/3)

Discover where natural gas comes from (“Texas, Louisiana, and Pennsylvania”), is going (“30% of Natural Gas in the US goes to industrial purposes where it is burned”), and the consequences of use. “Everything that I talked about in the article on oil also applies to Natural Gas: we need to stop burning it, and quickly.  But Natural Gas is harder to get a handle on for a few reasons.”

The Daily Bucket—Recent research and news articles related to forest management and wildfire by foresterbob

Using research selected from a forestry journal and the news media, plus a conflicting report from conservation specialists, foresterbob offers his view of wildfires and forest management. “Because of the incredible diversity of situations—urban versus rural, steep ground versus flat, good access versus roadless, dry forest versus moist, plus the wide variety of species and sizes—no single prescription fits every situation.”

365 Days of Climate Awareness 23 - Tectonics 2: crustal processes by agramante (2009/37/4)

This edition in agramante’s year-long project on the science of climate builds on the Part 1 discussion of tectonics. Agramante briefly explains oceanic and continental plate formation, movements, and interactions. “The coasts surrounding the Pacific Ocean are commonly called the "Ring of Fire" because an ocean plate is spreading in both directions and passing underneath the surrounding plates, leading to a roughly circular chain of volcanoes several thousand miles long.”

Prairie Snow, a dystopian fairy tale from Texas by Texas amaranth (2016/21/3)

Like many fairy tales, this one is an allegory, and the “dystopian” aspect mirrors the real-life Texan anti-abortion atrocity. “The King of the Prairie was a vain and cruel man. He spent his time inventing rules that would curb the free will of his subjects. He hoped to become Emperor one day, and thought that bluster, rather than kindness, would help him achieve his goals.” The ending of this tale, however, qualifies it to be in the “antidote” blurb category.

Vitamins & Tonic

Sabotage in the White House: How Trump successfully orchestrated Biden’s ‘incompetence’  by lafosner (2020/30/?)

In our second Rescued to Recommended story that now has 351 recs, lafosner steps back from the blame-filled self-righteous media headlines to examine Biden's ending the Afghanistan war within the context of history and the electioneering red meat of Republican calls for impeachment. “Let’s also not forget that no country has ever managed a successful and trouble-free evacuation from any war. Not only has Biden done something with almost miraculous efficiency (once the situation left by Trump was fully examined, understood, and corrected) he did it without a template or a map to guide him.”

Second test of the Georgia Voter ID Law: Results of attempt to obtain ID cards from a GA Registrar by snowbored (2005-78-?)

In our third “Rescued To Recommended” story this week, the number of recs more than tripled within a couple hours after the rescue and now totals 281. The Hope Springs PAC tests out the Georgia Republican assertion that voter IDs are “not an issue … because anyone can get the required ID at their local county registrar's office.” But even with significant prior organization, not everyone received theirs because of problems like one county registrar’s office ran out of card stock. “​​I want to reiterate that this action is a result of the thinking about the consequences of the new Georgia elections law by students at the Historically Black College and University Albany State. They thought of this test and put the troops on the ground in these counties.”

An old woman remembers some more by LadyJeand (2014/143/ 15)

LadyJeand takes readers back to her early teen years and the Nixon era. “I had read about the New Deal, and was beginning to think I was going to be a Democrat when I grew up. I knew it wouldn’t be easy. My family were Republicans. They had been Republicans, as far as I know, for as long as the party had existed. But their party was changing.”

Canada is having a federal election Monday Sept.20th! by GoinFawr (2020/3/1)

Canada’s election system is tripartisan “with a litany of progressive and regressive parties to keep Canuks on their toes. I like to think of it as a sort of Political Neopolitan, with sprinkles of Bertie Botts Every Flavoured JellyBeans; which, as I am equally certain many of you know, can deliver a delicious surprise at times and a real nasty one at others.” GoinFawr goes on to explain the parties, players, and potential outcomes.

Tranquilizers & Muscle Relaxants

Dawn Chorus: Birdbath season by OceanDiver (2012/721/?)

OceanDiver shares her yard—an exquisite refuge for the birds, for her, and for readers. “Birdbaths are a joy in my life and help out the birds. I figure given how human activity has made life difficult for birds, we should do whatever we can to mitigate it. This is a way to act locally!”

The Language of the Night'The Noldorization of the Edain: Part II'  by Jeffersonian Democrat (2005/85/10)

This lovingly researched deep dive into the tribal confederations Tolkien calls “kindreds” and their relationship to the Germanic tribes and the Roman Army is taken from the author's dissertation on Lord of the Rings. “Tolkien, the philologist, seems to stress the importance of language as a cornerstone to Elvendom and acculturation. In the Roman world, it was likewise especially important in the Romanization process to adopt Latin as the official language.” 

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Former Navy SEAL Eli Crane Running Hard In AZ-1

This analyst recently had a chance to talk to Eli Crane, an impressive Republican candidate for the Arizona 1st Congressional District. Our impression? This is exactly the kind of citizen legislator we need in Congress.

Crane Is An Incredible Person

Crane is a husband, dad, and believing Christian. He’s a brand ambassador for Sig Sauer and hails from Arizona. No carpetbagger he. He has an interesting story when it comes to his military service.

Like this analyst and my father, Crane quit college to join the military. He went to BUDS, SEAL school, and didn’t make it the first time out. He regrouped and was stationed aboard the USS Gettysburg for over two years. In 2004, matured now, he went back to BUDS and passed with Class 256.

Related: Marjorie Taylor Greene Readying Articles Of Impeachment For Biden Over Afghanistan Fiasco

He was assigned to SEAL Team 3, Bravo platoon, in 2006. He served with courage and was then assigned to Delta platoon. This was the same platoon as “American Sniper” Chris Kyle. Crane was there 2006-2008.

He spent 2008-2010 in Fallujah, Iraq. Not exactly easy duty. He transferred to recruiting duty after that and went on to finish his Navy career with a maritime operations detachment for two years.

That service alone qualifies him for Congress. Like Derrick Van Orden, Joe Kent, and Dan Crenshaw, these men have earned their place in American leadership. If only most of our elected leaders shared their bravery and commitment to duty.

Related: Dan Crenshaw Slams Biden For Being ‘Utterly Incompetent’ On Afghanistan – ‘Owes The American People A Lot Of Explanations’

Crane Is Also An Entrepreneur

Crane not only brings his military service to the table, he’s an entrepreneur too. He runs a vet-owned company called Bottle Breacher. It takes military equipment and refashions it into gifts for guys. Pretty cool.

He went on “Shark Tank” with the concept and got a big thumbs up from Mark Cuban. Bottle Breacher has done over $20 million in sales. That kind of perspective, that of an entrepreneur, is sorely lacking in Congress.

Why Is Crane Running For Congress? 

Why is Crane running for Congress? Like so many of us, he’s frustrated about the state of government. As such, he and his wife Jen are worried about the future of their two daughters. Crane thinks there are not enough men and women of conviction, character, and courage in Congress.

He can see the ongoing invasion of our southern border. In Arizona he must get an eyeful of it. Eli Crane understands the geopolitical and domestic consequences of the Biden Bugout from Afghanistan and wonders if the consequences include new attacks on US soil.

Election integrity means a great deal to him, as does stopping the radical left and their programs of mandatory masks and vaccines. As a SEAL and a businessman, his experience gives him the outlook that needs to be brought to bear on these issues.

Crane Is Exactly Who We Need In Congress

2022 is probably going to be a good year for Republicans. But it won’t come easy. Only by working hard to elect people like Eli Crane can we stop Joe Biden and the socialist Democrats. This analyst and this publication wish him godspeed and good hunting.

Here’s how you can help him:

This piece was written by David Kamioner on September 3, 2021. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.

Read more at LifeZette:
Biden Tries To Gaslight America On Afghanistan
Biden And Blinken Turn Their Backs On America
Joe Biden Is A Beaten Man, A Failed President

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Poll: 52 Percent Think Biden Should Resign Over Afghanistan, Majority Say Kamala Harris Not Qualified

A new poll delivers shockingly bad numbers for President Biden as a clear majority of voters believe the Commander-in-Chief should resign over his disastrous handling of the Afghanistan withdrawal.

Rasmussen Reports conducted a survey published on Wednesday that indicates 52 percent of voters believe he must step down.

The polling outfit asked if Biden should resign because of the way the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan was handled.

Just 39 percent disagreed with the idea.

“The U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan was so badly handled that President Joe Biden should resign because of it, according to a majority of voters,” Rasmussen writes.

RELATED: McConnell Says Biden ‘Is Not Going To Be Removed From Office’

Biden Should Resign – But It Gets Worse

While a clear majority of Americans believe President Biden needs to resign over the debacle in Afghanistan, an even greater number think he should be impeached.

Rasmussen presented respondents with a quote from Senator Lindsey Graham and asked if they agree with the notion.

Graham (R-SC), in an interview with Newsmax last week, said he believes Biden “deserves” to be impeached.

“I think Joe Biden deserves to be impeached because he’s abandoned thousands of Afghans who fought with us and he’s going to abandon some American citizens because he capitulated to the Taliban to a 31 August deadline,” said Graham.

A significant number of people – 60 percent – agree with that statement, according to the new poll. Only 37 percent disagree with the notion that Biden should be impeached.

Another question presented to voters demonstrates the absolute dire straits America finds itself currently in when it comes to leadership.

RELATED: Marjorie Taylor Greene And Lindsey Graham Call For Biden To Be Impeached Over Afghanistan

Kamala Harris Not Qualified

The Rasmussen poll, knowing what comes next should President Biden be impeached or decides to resign, asked voters what they thought of Vice President Kamala Harris’ qualifications.

The response doesn’t paint a pretty picture.

A good chunk – 58 percent – don’t believe Harris is qualified to be President, with a good 47 percent of that group saying she is “not at all qualified.”

Just 38 percent believe she is qualified to lead the nation.

President Biden’s botched Afghanistan withdrawal culminated in a terrorist attack that claimed the lives of 13 U.S. service members and roughly 200 Afghans, and left an untold number of Americans behind enemy lines.

Despite the bad polling numbers and the express wishes of the American people, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell dismissed the sentiment that President Biden would resign or be impeached.

“Well, look, the president is not going to be removed from office,” McConnell predicted. “There’s a Democratic House, a narrowly Democratic Senate. That’s not going to happen.”

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Pro-Trump Representative Lauren Boebert has called for the impeachment of Biden as well as Harris over the chaotic withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.

“The blame starts at the top with Biden and his hand-picked Vice President who bragged that she was right there making the same bad decisions,” Boebert said.

“It is time for action. Impeach Biden. Impeach Kamala Harris.”

Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) introduced three impeachment resolutions against Biden, one focusing on his dereliction of duty in Afghanistan.


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