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Texas Democrats just scored a significant victory at the ballot box

If you need a clear sign that a blue wave is coming, look no further than Texas. The state just set a record for early voting, with Democrats outvoting Republicans by 25,000 ballots since early voting began on Feb. 20. This is the first time in a decade – since Barack Obama faced off with Hillary Clinton in 2008 – that Democrats have cast more ballots than Republicans. In the last two election cycles, Republicans cast 100,000 more votes than Democrats in Texas. So far, Democrats are ahead by 25,000 votes. That doesn’t include votes cast on Thursday or Friday. Experts attribute the Democratic surge to opposition to Donald Trump. “If…
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Early Voting Among Texas Democrats Is Off the Charts

Some superstitious Democrats might see reports of really good early-voting numbers from Texas and immediately avert their gazes. It hasn’t been that long, after all, that reports of a Democratic advantage in early voting in places like Florida and North Carolina contributed materially to Democratic overconfidence in a Hillary Clinton victory. No one is likely to predict that Texas is on the brink of turning blue based on the early-voting numbers we are seeing right now. They are for a primary (to be held next Tuesday), not a general election. And they are only from the state’s largest counties, not the rural areas where Republicans are traditionally very strong. But…
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Kansas man hurls racist insult and spits on black preschooler at Hooters—police make no arrest

A fireman in Kansas spat on a black child and called him racial slurs at a restaurant on Monday night, local media reported. The incident took place when a preschool-aged boy had wandered off from a family birthday party at a Hooters restaurant in Overland Park, KS, just outside Kansas City. After a relative came to get the child, witnesses said the man used “the N-word” and spat on the boy. “He basically said get that little ‘blank’ up off the floor,” one witness, who said he was five feet away from the incident, said. “The n-word started to get thrown around.” When Overland Park police responded to the scene, the witness was…
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Trump just attacked Alec Baldwin on Twitter. Baldwin’s response is gold

President Donald Trump spent Friday morning on a Fox and Friends’ inspired Twitter tirade, defending his steel tariff, promoting his trade war and attacking actor Alec Baldwin. Yes. After Fox and Friends ran a segment this morning on Baldwin saying it was “agony” to keep doing Trump impressions on Saturday Night Live, and that if Trump won in 2020, perhaps he could host a game show in Spain instead of doing more impressions. Around an hour after the segment — and before 6 a.m., Trump felt the need to lash out at Baldwin for being tired of playing him on the satirical variety show. But Trump appeared to have some trouble with…
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A girl just watched her teacher shoot up her school. Then, she shredded NRA & Trump

Early this morning, a teacher at a Dalton, Georgia high school made it very clear why the right-wing’s plan to arm teachers is absolute insanity. While the details of the incident are still sketchy, it appears that shots were fired by a teacher, who barricaded themselves in their classroom before being taken into custody by police. The rest of the school was evacuated, another day of learning wasted as children are needlessly forced to experience the terror that instinctively emerges at the prospect of an imminent and excruciating death. One brave student took to Twitter in order to call out the National Rifle Association and offer us a little glimpse…
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