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Quote de jour #458

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Family is the tie that binds, but while one end under girds human civilization, the other is a noose choking away our individuation
Sherlock to Joan - from Elementary

Vine comment #21,870

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In regard to the recent Orlando massacre:

Filibuster Ends After GOP Agrees to Allow Gun Control Votes: Senator

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Misscreant19 hours ago #1

Well, I was going to write,"So, this is how liberty dies, with thunderous applause," but I'm thinking that liberty actually died some time ago.
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culheath #1.1

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Liberty died for 49 people in Orlando just a few days ago to a thunderous sound, but it wasn't applause.

That will arrive from a vast majority of the American people when these common sense bills are passed, signalling the end of the NRA choke hold we've so deeply despised.

Thank you Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy for your lengthy filibuster and courageous stand against the insanity.


John Oliver Forgiving Debt

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Dirtbag Politics

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Clinton and Obama Team Up Against Trump

Speaking 250 miles apart Tuesday, but as if reading from the same hymnal, President Barack Obama and presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton delivered simultaneous withering critiques of Donald Trump's response to the Orlando terror attack.

The seemingly coordinated salvo from the Democratic Party's two biggest heavyweights is a preview of the months to come, when Clinton will have at her disposal at least two popular presidents, the vice president, her Democratic primary opponent, and a slew of other high-profile Democrats.

Clinton's campaign would not comment specifically on whether the two speeches were coordinated, but spokesperson Nick Merrill said, "Obviously we speak regularly with the White House."

As the Clinton campaign musters a coordinated communications strategy, Trump has been left more or less to defend himself, with few high-profile surrogates to back him up.

"At this point, Trump is like an army column advancing with no armor on either side of him," said Robert Shrum, a former top strategist to two Democratic presidential campaigns. "He put himself in a very vulnerable position."

Related: Angry President Tears into Trump Like Never Before

In its response to Obama's evisceration Tuesday, the Republican National Committee, which Trump has leaned on to supplement his under-developed campaign, made no effort to defend its presumptive nominee. The committee's press release criticized Obama's terror strategy and linked it to Clinton without even mentioning Trump.

The disparity between the two sides has been especially noteworthy since the Orlando mass shooting upended the campaign script.

During Trump's speech in New Hampshire on Monday, when he expanded his call for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the U.S., the state's top Republican officials did not attend -- the audience was filled instead with people invited by Republican operatives.

None of the North Carolina GOP congressional delegation was expected to attend Trump's campaign event Tuesday night in Greensboro, NC, either, citing congressional business, according to an NBC News survey.

The tandem rebuke of the Republican on Tuesday by former rivals Obama and Clinton, regardless of whether the White House and the campaign coordinated directly, worked together to reinforce the party line.

Obama in Washington, mocked Trump's fixation with Democrats' refusal to say the words "radical Islam," which has become a key argument against Obama and Clinton in their approach to terrorism.

"There's no magic to the phrase 'radical Islam.' It's a political talking point," Obama said. "Not once has an advisor said, 'Man, if we only used that phrase, we'd really turn this thing around.' "

Related: Republicans Run From Donald Trump's Orlando Response

Clinton, at a union hall in Pittsburgh, echoed the sentiment. "Is Donald Trump saying that somehow there are magic words that once uttered will stop terrorists from coming after us?" she asked.

Obama also knocked "yapping" from "politicians who tweet" -- Twitter being one of Trump's primary means of communication -- adding that "loose talk and sloppiness" is dangerous.

Clinton, for her part, slammed Trump's response to the Orlando shooting as reckless and lacking substance. "He went on TV and suggested that President Obama is on the side of the terrorists. Now just think about that for a second," she said. "Even in a time of divided politics, this is way beyond anything that should be said by someone running for President of the United States."

Fallon Obama Slow Jam news

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What other prez could pull this off?

a day to feel alive

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Finally found the original tune and performer to a tune that instantly grabbed me

Great tune

Well done Mrs C

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