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Weekend open thread: Reclaiming red

I found myself lamenting the loss of words and ideas in liberal discourse. For example, we should be the ones who claim and define what freedom means. And we should never cede ground when it comes to something as basic as a color.

Two years ago, we ran a very successful campaign against GOP constitutional amendments using red yard signs. Now I've just ordered a red hat!

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Social media is a wild frontier for campaigns, but there are some basic truths: Don't post annoying things, don't whine, and don't lie. Except if you're Trump, in which case annoying, whiny lies are all there is. Looks like Dandy Forest is following the Orangeman's lead. Pretty dumb.

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Thom Tillis knows he's vulnerable. He knows he has a big "trust" problem with North Carolina voters. Just like Richard Burr.

The two of them have done nothing but watch out for their own asses for years. And now they're pretending to care?

Thanksgiving open thread: Celebrate, but also contemplate

Sometimes my mind works in strange ways. On holidays like today, I often wonder what other people are doing, if families are coming together in joy or reaffirming why they have avoided each other for so long. And then I start to think about those family members who are suffering in secrecy, who probably view holidays as a cruel reminder of the normal life they have been denied. Domestic abuse victims are sometimes completely shielded from view, but much more often, they have to put on a show of happiness to conceal their situation, or face the consequences after everybody leaves. We kid ourselves that these situations are rare, but it's likely happening only a few doors down in our neighborhood. And maybe even right in front of us. The CDC just published a new report this year, and the numbers are staggering:

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