Monday Open Thread

Does recognizing privilege influence your politics?

News host Kerri Miller spoke with Ijeoma Oluo, the author of “So You Want to Talk About Race.”

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67 Responses to Monday Open Thread

  1. Ametia says:
  2. Liza says:

    Unless I’m missing something, this is what I see…

    • Liza says:

      Answers: No, No, and No.

      Anti-immigration hawks really believe they can reverse demographic trends in this country.

    • Liza says:

      Chuck Schumer says…

      Chuck Schumer
      ‏Verified account
      3h3 hours ago

      The GOP Majority now has 17 days to prevent #Dreamers from being deported. In every possible way, urge your Senators to vote yes on our bipartisan compromise to #ProtectDreamers when it comes to the floor.

      3h3 hours ago

      I expect @SenateMajLdr to fulfill his commitment to the Senate & abide by this agreement. If he does not honor our agreement, he will have breached the trust of not only the Democratic Senators but the members of his own party as well.

      3h3 hours ago

      I am confident that there are sixty votes in the Senate for a DACA deal. And now there is a real pathway to get a bill on the floor and through the Senate. It is a good solution and I will vote for it.

      3h3 hours ago

      We will vote today to reopen the government, to continue negotiating a global agreement, with the commitment that, if an agreement is not reached by Feb 8th, the Senate will immediately proceed to consideration of legislation dealing with DACA. The process will be neutral & fair.

    • Liza says:

      Senator Ed Markey…

      Ed Markey
      ‏Verified account
      2h2 hours ago

      The futures and families of #Dreamers will not be assured by a promise from Republican leadership. We need a long-term budget proposal that includes real protections for our Dreamers, not a short-term IOU.

      2h2 hours ago

      I remain deeply skeptical of any short-term budget agreement that relies on the good faith commitment of @realDonaldTrump. A budgetary vision without funding is a hallucination.

      2h2 hours ago

      I cannot support a budget deal that falls so far short of fulfilling our moral and Constitutional obligation to the American people.

    • Ametia says:

      HELL NO!

  3. John Kelly’s racist ass need to be GONE! Please end this nightmare. Get them all out of our White House…..

    Ivanka reportedly takes charge in firing Chief of Staff John Kelly after Trump calls him ‘nut job’

    John Kelly’s time as President Donald Trump’s chief of staff may be coming to an end.

    On Monday, author Gabriel Sherman reported that Ivanka Trump had been put in charge of finding a replacement for Kelly.

    “Ivanka is the most worried about it. She’s trying to figure who replaces Kelly,” someone who has spoken with the president’s daughter told Sherman.

    According to Sherman, Kelly’s days as Trump’s chief of staff “may finally have gone past the point of no return.”

    “He wants to stay longer than Reince [Priebus],” an outside adviser explained to Sherman.

    Kelly recently came under fire by the president’s defenders after he told lawmakers that Trump had “evolved” on the issue of a border wall.

    “The more Kelly plays up that he’s being the adult in the room—that it’s basically combat duty and he’s serving the country—that kind of thing drives Trump nuts,” one Republican close to the White House explained.

    Trump recently suggested to a friend that Kelly had overstayed his welcome.

    “I’ve got another nut job here who thinks he’s running things,” Trump reportedly said.

    • Liza says:

      Hmmm. Well, Kelly is in it for the power he has because of Trump’s incompetence. There would be no other reason for him to subject himself to Trump’s abuse.

      However, it is interesting that Trump (presumably) has just enough lucidity to see that.

      Well, let the rats eat.

      2018, y’all.

    • majiir says:

      Kelly is another failure in “extreme vetting,” along with all of the rest of the toadies Trump has hired to work with him in the WH. I’m glad that Trump’s desire for “extreme vetting” for refugees and immigrants is coming back to bite him in his *ss. He’s all talk and zero substance. He gets away with it because millions of Americans are more than willing to lie to themselves and refuse to note the difference between the things he says and the things he does. If Kelly leaves the WH, Stephen Miller should be leaving with him.

    • Ametia says:

      Takes a NUTJOB to know a nut job. Good riddance to Kelly.

      That cold-hearted, SOULESS Stephen ,Miller needs to be GONE, LIKE YESTEDAY, ALSO, TOO!

      and for the love of GOD, get thee #45 POS out of our White House, along with Ivanka & Jared, ALSO TOO

  4. rikyrah says:

    Malia Obama is spotted smiling and chatting with her posh British boyfriend who enjoys a cigarette in New York

    Former First Daughter spotted enjoying company of beau Rory Farquharson
    The pair were caught kissing at a Harvard-Yale football game in November
    Couple are both 19 and met at Ivy League school in Cambridge, Massachusetts

    By Shari Miller For Mailonline

    PUBLISHED: 04:14 EST, 21 January 2018 |

    There was plenty of love – and laughter – as former First Daughter Malia Obama was spotted enjoying the company of her British beau, Rory Farquharson, in New York city at the weekend.

  5. rikyrah says:

    Princess Eugenie is getting married to her London socialite boyfriend in the 2nd royal wedding of 2018

    Kieran Corcoran

    Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank, a London socialite, are getting married.

    Buckingham Palace announced the engagement on Monday morning, adding that they got engaged in Nicaragua earlier this month. The palace also published official engagement photos of the couple.

    Eugenie, 27, is the youngest daughter of Prince Andrew, the queen’s second-born son. She is eighth in Britain’s line of royal succession, though she will drop to ninth when Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge have their third child.

    Brooksbank, 31, has been described by the UK society magazine Tatler as the king of the London club scene. He is the manager of the Kensington branch of the Mahiki nightclub, a venue popular with the younger generation of the royal family.

    He’s also a brand ambassador for Casamigos, the tequila company set up by George Clooney.

    Brooksbank and Eugenie have been together for more than seven years. They started dating in 2010, while Eugenie was still a student at Newcastle University, where she studied English literature, art history, and politics.

  6. rikyrah says:

    Lips pursed

    ‘Today’ feud brewing as hosts trade jabs on air

    The atmosphere is so bad around Megyn Kelly at “Today” that producers of the 7-to-9 a.m. slot, hosted by Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb, are openly sniping at her.

    Kelly, who takes over “Today” at 9 a.m., had “congratulated” Kotb, “Mean Girls”-style, when the latter landed Matt Lauer’s job. On Jan. 2, Kelly said to Kotb, live on air, “We talked recently about how, 10 years ago, your life was very different. You were going through a dark period.”

  7. rikyrah says:

    Chuck Schumer has been huddled with all Senate Democrats for an HOUR to talk about how they’ll vote on plan to reopen the government but without strong assurances about how immigration and DACA will go. Vote will be called at noon

    — Laura Litvan (@LauraLitvan) January 22, 2018

  8. Ametia says:

    Good Morning Everyone1

  9. rikyrah says:

    Stephen Miller’s Plan Has Always Been to Hold the Dreamers Hostage
    by Nancy LeTourneau
    January 22, 2018

    Republican Senator Lindsey Graham finally said out loud what many legislators are saying behind closed doors.

    Senator Graham: “As long as Steven Miller is in charge of negotiating immigration we are going no where. He’s been an outlier for years.”

    — Alan He (@alanhe) January 21, 2018

    The reason there will be no agreement as long as Miller is in charge of negotiations is because he is holding Dreamers hostage in order to force changes to legal immigration. He made that clear during a meeting last fall that he arranged with people from Breitbart.

    Miller’s goal on this occasion was to sell the group on a compromise: a possible deal offering protections to the young undocumented immigrants known as “dreamers” in exchange for tougher immigration provisions, such as an end to family-sponsored migration…

    “Be a possible ‘yes,’ be open to doing something that makes you very uncomfortable on DACA in exchange for substantive structural reforms that may have been out of reach,” a senior White House official said, summarizing Miller’s pitch on the condition of anonymity to share details of a private moment. “That’s the whole game.”

  10. OMG @PressSec is such a buffoon trying to pretend @SenSchumer doesn’t understand big policy negotiations. Like the WH has someone competent to send over and educate him? Girl stop! #GoSitDown

  11. Liza says:

    Dangerous to have an incompetent, addled fool of man in the Oval Office.

  12. Fuckery…………..

    Trump: I alone can fix it. Deals are my art form.

  13. rikyrah says:

    Let’s see:

    Bots are going apeshit ✔
    Hitpieces are sprouting like weeds ✔
    Said hitpieces all have RU ties ✔
    Writers of hitpieces have RU ties ✔
    Manning, Posopiec, & Fairbanks all become bosom buddies ✔
    Trump is in hyperpanic mode ✔

    We are close my friends 😊

    — Pinche-Rolled Up Forbes (@Pinche_Pi) January 22, 2018

  14. rikyrah says:

    After Four Months Without Power, A Puerto Rican Town Strings Its Own Lines With Volunteers …The “police chief – a retired employee of the utility – and a bunch of other men from this municipality, all volunteering to restore power to their town”

    — David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) January 21, 2018

  15. rikyrah says:

    As millions participated in Women’s Marches, Trump sought credit
    01/22/18 08:40 AM—UPDATED 01/22/18 08:50 AM
    By Steve Benen

    Donald Trump was probably feeling a little antsy on Saturday. On the first anniversary of his presidential inaugural, the Republican expected to be at his private club in Florida, but was instead stuck at the White House, detached from the process surrounding the government shutdown, pretending to be busy.

    Assuming Trump turned on the television – as is his wont – the president likely saw coverage of a shutdown he helped create, but was powerless to end, coupled with coverage of massive national protests, featuring legions of activists who are resisting his agenda.

    So, naturally, Trump thought it’d be a good idea to take credit for the progressive activism. “Get out there now to celebrate the historic milestones and unprecedented economic success and wealth creation that has taken place over the last 12 months,” the president declared.


    Indeed, I continue to wonder if activism of this scope, and on this scale, is an underappreciated national story. In 2010, if a few dozen guys with tea bags and tricorn hats got together in a park, it was seen as an important development. Nearly eight years later, news consumers are treated to “Trump voters still like Trump” stories with unsettling frequency – as if supporters of a historically unpopular president are the constituency that deserves the most attention right now.

    But whether those who marched over the weekend are able to keep the spotlight or not, the fact remains that the Women’s Marches represent some of the most impressive political activism in a generation.

    After last year’s events, I said, “The political world may be frequently jaded and cynical about the electorate’s whims, but Saturday’s marches and rallies demanded attention. To look past them is to ignore a brewing backlash of national significance.” A year later, that backlash is bigger, louder, and hopefully more intimidating for those who stand in their way.

  16. rikyrah says:

    Terrifying reality for children’s health is a game in Congress
    Rachel Maddow points out that while Republicans are trying to use funding of the Children’s Health Insurance Program as a bargaining tool, millions of American children are losing vital health insurance.

  17. rikyrah says:

    We’re talking about AT LEAST FIFTY MILLION DOLLARS!!

    Trump admin ducking accountability on inaugural slush fund
    Fredreka Schouten, campaign finance reporter for USA Today, talks with Rachel Maddow about the Trump administration’s evasiveness on what it did with the extra millions of dollars raised for the Trump inauguration that were not spent.

  18. rikyrah says:

    Democrats hold ground on key issues ahead of government shutdown
    Senator Mazie Hirono talks with Rachel Maddow about the issues that Republicans have refused to address, like security for DACA recipients, that have Senate Democrats standing against the House-passed CR with just hours before a government shutdown.

  19. rikyrah says:

    Shutdown is obviously huge story. But still striking the major Sunday shows booked more than dozen lawmakers/officials the morning after massive women’s march and none were women:

    — Michael Calderone (@mlcalderone) January 21, 2018

  20. rikyrah says:

    Reminder: Claire McCaskill tried to pass a bill guaranteeing military pay and death benefits during the government shutdown and Mitch McConnell blocked it.

    — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 22, 2018

  21. rikyrah says:

    No One Elected Stephen Miller or Tom Cotton President
    Trump is allowing even worse nutcases to run the circus.

    by David Atkins
    January 20, 2018

    Government services are shutting down today because the president has outsourced all of his decision-making functions to the farthest extremes of the conservative white nationalist movement.

    It would be simple to respond that this is because the president himself is also a far-right white nationalist-—which is to a large extent true. But there’s more to it. Donald Trump’s racism is born of ignorance: his views on racial issues are stuck in the 1970s-era pages of the New York Post, and his views on international relations more resemble clash-of-civilizations ethno-nationalist war games than anything resembling reality. But the president’s understanding of any issue–even his signature ones–is paper thin. He’s also susceptible to being persuaded by the very last person he talked to, and liable to change his mind with maddening frequency.


    The president cannot make a deal on his own terms when he doesn’t even know what those terms are. The extremist march of the Republican Congress and the inability of its leadership to stand up to its worst elements means that without the president’s leadership, the radical Freedom Caucus controls the House. Ultra-conservative zealot Tom Cotton functionally runs the Senate. Within the White House, blood-and-soil racists like Stephen Miller dominate the conversation, and Chief of Staff John Kelly appears to be much in agreement. So much so, that Kelly was passing out a hardline memo of White House demand that Trump had apparently never seen and did not agree with.

    Needless to say, this is not what the American people voted for. It’s not even what most of Trump’s supporters voted for. Yes, racial hostility was a key component of Trump’s appeal. But even Trump’s ugly campaign of white supremacy was more nuanced than today’s Republican embrace of pure ethnic cleansing. Trump promised to build a border wall, yes, but he also committed to protecting Dreamers, and his rhetoric around deportations was centered around “getting rid of the bad hombres.” Even many of Trump’s supporters would not have gone along with mass deportations of children and immigrants with no criminal record. And we know that Trump himself even very recently was supportive of making a deal on DACA.

    Which means that White House policy is now far to the right of even the nasty virulence of Trump’s presidential campaign, simply because the president is not the president. A small band of unelected ultra-racist extremists is presiding in his absence.

  22. rikyrah says:

    The Government Shutdown Began November 8, 2016
    by D.R. Tucker January 22, 2018

    Let’s face it: it’s not the Trump Shutdown, it’s the People’s Shutdown.

    The 62 million people who decided to turn the United States into a shithole country by electing Donald Trump fourteen months ago deserve the blame for the disorder and chaos in the District of Columbia. There is no logic or basis to the nonsense that officially began at midnight on January 20, 2018…but there was no logic or basis to the nonsense that was the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

    Think about the argument that those who voted for Trump wanted to “shake things up in Washington.” The problems affecting Washington could not be solved by “shaking things up”; those problems were caused mainly by right-wing hyperpartisanship and big money in politics, and voting for Trump would not have done a damn thing to remedy either problem. Those who claimed to have voted for Trump because he would “shake things up” actually did so because they wanted him to prevent the government from providing any assistance or fair treatment whatsoever to people they consider “undesirables.”

    They’re loving this shutdown, because they figure that a profoundly dysfunctional federal government is preferable to a federal government that’s providing “handouts,” “welfare,” “food stamps,” “Obamaphones,” etc.

    Their hatred–their fear and loathing for anyone not like them–is responsible for this government shutdown. If they had their way, armed Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents would smash into the homes of every DACA beneficiary and force those beneficiaries to get on the first plane back to their countries of origin. If they had their way, every woman who marched this weekend would be denied equal pay for equal work, the right to control their own bodies and possibly even the right to vote. If they had their way, the bill that made Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday a federal holiday would have been repealed long ago–even though their previous hero, Ronald Reagan, signed that bill into law.

  23. rikyrah says:

    Paul Ryan and the GOP Take Legal Bribes from the Kochs
    by David Atkins January 21, 2018

    The corruption is right out in the open:

    Just days after the House passed its version of the federal tax law slashing corporate tax rates, House Speaker Paul Ryan collected nearly $500,000 in campaign contributions from billionaire energy mogul Charles Koch and his wife, according to a recent campaign donor report.

    Koch and his brother David spent millions of dollars to get the tax law passed and are spending millions more in a public relations campaign in an attempt to boost support for the law, The Wall Street Journal reported.

    Koch Industries, one of the largest private corporations in the nation, operates refineries and manufactures a variety of products. The new tax law — which slices corporate tax rates from 35 percent to 21 percent, slashes estate taxes and includes a special deduction for oil and gas investors — is expected to save the Koch brothers and their businesses billions of dollars in taxes.

    The GOP’s commitment to the defense of Donald Trump was in large part about this: helping their billionaire donors. The donors made it clear that they wouldn’t keep funding their bought-and-paid-for congressmembers without a tax cut payoff. And they needed a president with five working digits to sign the legislation.

  24. rikyrah says:

    Debunking the Lie that Dreamers Can Wait
    By Tom Jawetz Posted on January 19, 2018, 5:10 pm

    As the Trump administration and Congress continue to drive the country toward an unnecessary and chaotic government shutdown, there appears to be substantial confusion about whether Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients are already losing their protections or if Congress has until March 5, or later, to address the issue. The answer to this question is important, as well as simple: Dreamers are losing protections now, and many more are losing their DACA status each day that Congress refuses to act. That’s why bipartisan groups in both the House and the Senate are pushing right now for legislation to provide permanent protections to Dreamers and address various other aspects of the U.S. immigration system, including border security.

    On September 5, 2017, the Trump administration ended DACA. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) rescinded the memorandum that created DACA, stopped granting DACA to new applicants, and gave certain current DACA recipients a small window of time to apply for a final two-year extension. According to DHS statistics, 22,000 DACA recipients whose status was set to expire between September 5 and March 5 failed to meet the 30-day deadline set by the administration—a deadline that the administration refused to extend even for DACA recipients living in areas devastated by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.

    As a result, nearly 17,000 young people are estimated to have already lost DACA protections. Every day that passes, an average of 122 additional DACA recipients lose protection. Moreover, the Migration Policy Institute estimates that by March 5, 2018, approximately 23,000 children who are turning 15 and would have become eligible to apply for DACA will instead remain vulnerable to detention and deportation. Finally, hundreds of thousands of Dreamers and their family members—including hundreds of thousands of U.S.-citizen children—continue to live with fear and uncertainty about their future in this country.

  25. rikyrah says:

    Uh huh
    Uh huh

    Graham: “Every time we have a proposal, it is only yanked back by staff members. As long as Stephen Miller is in charge of negotiating on immigration, we are going nowhere.”
    — Igor Bobic (@igorbobic) January 21, 2018

    It’s telling Kelly culled so much dead weight but Miller holds steady.— Schooley (@Rschooley) January 21, 2018

  26. rikyrah says:

    “The company Trump has kept includes the American mafia, the Russian mafia, arms traders, pedophiles, money launderers, other white collar criminals…”— Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) January 20, 2018

  27. rikyrah says:

    It was going to be the CRIMINALS remember?
    That’s who they were going to round up and deport. Those that were a drag on Society.

    This man is a goddamned DOCTOR!

    ICE is phucking out of control 😠😠😠

  28. rikyrah says:

    Arrested for ‘ over-obeying’.
    Yep, this is real.

  29. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning Everyone 😄😄😄

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