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Marathon Men

Rand Paul launches a filibuster-ish fight
as the principled voice protesting the Patriot Act,
and speaks for a marathon 11 hours
becoming, for a moment, an unlikely hero to the Left.

In Boston, the jury chooses the death penalty
to end the story of the Marathon bomber,
yet even such a verdict won't quickly bring survivors
to the finish line in their own journey of mourning.

As Bobby Jindal, Lindsey Graham and George Pataki
toy with their own presidential ambitions,
and the GOP wrestles with how to conduct debates,
that marathon promises to be one heck of a spectacle.

Fast Track for the TPP has turned into a slow track,
Iran negotiations continue moving slow-and-steady,
and meanwhile, Letterman finishes a 33-year run of his own.

It's not a season for sprinting, but a summer for long hauls,
as politics promises to produce a series of Marathon Men.

And given that Hillary Clinton has been running for years,
there's one pretty powerful Marathon Woman as well.

Kick off a long weekend and the symbolic start of summer
as your share cool drinks and hot topics
at your local progressive social club.

DRINKING LIBERALLY
Tonight - and every Thursday
7:30-9:30pm and beyond
Rudy's - 9th Ave btw 44th & 45th
Look for DL banner and buttons
in the upper deck of the backyard.
Tonight's hosts: Keith Stewart,
Stephanie Hunt and Thomas Kim
Questions: nyc@drinkingliberally.org

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And tomorrow, join us for a
FREE night of feisty liberal comedy
THE LAUGHING LIBERALLY LAB
Friday, May 22 - 7:30pm
Jimmy's No 43 - 43 East 7th
Featuring: Dean Obeidallah, Scott Blakeman,
Leighann Lord, Julianna Forlano,
Frank Conniff and John Marshall
RSVP and details:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1516479141924459/

Fast Track, Amtrak and Off-Track

After the Senate temporarily derailed
efforts to rush approval of a corporate trade deal,
looks like Democrats are now taking the wrong track
and getting back on board with Fast Track.

After the tragic and deadly Amtrak crash,
we're reminded that our first-rate nation
is saddled with second-rate infrastructure
and its time to get investment back on track.

After a weak week on the campaign trail,
Jeb's gone off-track when it comes to Iraq,
but with other GOP hopefuls just as hopeless,
he's still a leader of this pack.

Americans are ready to invest in America —
yet from Fast Track to Amtrack, we've gone off-track.

Share what's on your mind and in your pitcher
as you join like-minded, left-leaners
at your local progressive social club.

DRINKING LIBERALLY
Tonight - and every Thursday
7:30-9:30pm and beyond
Rudy's - 9th Ave btw 44th & 45th
Look for DL banner and buttons
in the upper deck of the backyard.
Questions: nyc@drinkingliberally.org

Deflated Balls

[Note, Drinking Liberally won't be at Rudy's tonight,
due to the Living Liberally Annual Celebration
but will return to its weekly venue next Thursday --
now back to our regularly scheduled DL message.]

Charges brought in Baltimore offer a modicum of hope
to a deflated city that seems defined by despair.

Dems and the prez battle over a massive trade deal
that has deflated the spirits of those who cheered
Obama's post-midterm progressive resurgence.

As Carly Fiorinia jumps in to outsource America,
Huckabee runs to be Scold-in-Chief,
and Christie suffers from an unfolding court case,
the GOP must have deflated expectations of winning.

Yet, with all this, the story the news will really cover
is whether grown men cheated like little kids at football.

The media's going to be talking about deflated balls —
Tom Brady's, that is, not Chris Christie's.

If you want to inflate the debate, elevate ideas,
and celebrate in solidarity, come for a night out
at your local, progressive social club.

DRINKING LIBERALLY
Tonight - at a special location:

THE LIVING LIBERALLY ANNUAL CELEBRATION
Tonight - Thursday, May 7th. 6:30-9:30pm
The DCTV Firehouse - 87 Lafayette
between Walker and White, Lower Manhattan
Honoring THE NATION and KATRINA VANDEN HEUVEL
Tix: http://livingliberally.org/celebration2015
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And tomorrow night, Friday May 8th - 7:30pm
THE LAUGHING LIBERALLY LAB
A night of fierce, festive, free,
punchy, pithy, proud political comedy.
Jimmy's No 43 - 43 East 7th St
Featuring: KATIE HALPER, SCOTT BLAKEMAN,
DEAN OBEIDALLAH, KEN SCHULTZ,
MYQ KAPLAN & JOE KARG
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1636410119915415/

Local beer, pasture-raised beef and celebrity bartenders

Hi Local Liberals -

This is a quick reminder that there will not be our regular Thursday gathering at Rudy's tomorrow.

It's the very rare occasion that we change our routine -- but tomorrow is an event so special that it was worth breaking tradition.

It's THE LIVING LIBERALLY ANNUAL CELEBRATION: our fundraiser, cocktail party, schmoozefest and gathering of the tribe. It gives us a chance to hang with a couple hundred activists and fellow liberals, to enjoy good food and drinks, and to raise money that funds all of the Living Liberally / Drinking Liberally work throughout the year.

And you can get tix here:
http://livingliberally.org/celebration2015

A few highlights:
- Honoring The Nation and Katrina vanden Heuvel
- Drinking local beer from Bronx Brewery (there will be wine and liquor as well)
- A chance to order from guest bartenders including State Senator Gustavo Rivera and City Council Members Brad Lander and Ben Kallos
- Sustainable sliders, made from Fleisher's pasture-raised beef, lovingly prepared by Eating Liberally
- Free books! Really!
- A photo booth?!
- A chance to support this volunteer run organization that supports a network of 200 chapters, many of them in conservative corners of the country.

But you need to be there to be there:
Tix: http://livingliberally.org/celebration2015

Can't afford a ticket? Email us about volunteering options.

And can't make it tomorrow? We'll be back at Rudy's next Thursday -- and every Thursday -- as we have been for 12 years.

But if you can make it, we'll see you at:

THE LIVING LIBERALLY ANNUAL CELEBRATION
Thursday, May 7th - 6:30-9:30pm
DCTV - 87 Lafayette, Lower Manhattan
http://livingliberally.org/celebration2015

Cheers.

Two hours left for discounted tickets

Dear Liberals -

The Living Liberally Annual Celebration is next Thursday, May 7th.

The early bird rate was supposed to expire yesterday. But here's the catch: We haven't turned it off yet.

The special $50 rate will be discontinued at 1:30pm today. So if you're looking to be a Liberal-for-Less, hustle over to:

https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/ll2015

(That's the direct ticket link. If you want more details on the event, go to: http://livingliberally.org/celebration2015)

What does this get you:
- Food provided by Eating Liberally
- Open bar, including beer from our sponsor the Bronx Brewery
- A chance to honor THE NATION and KATRINA VANDEN HEUVEL
- A chance to be served by guest bartenders STATE SENATOR GUSTAVO RIVERA and CITY COUNCIL MEMBER BRAD LANDER and more
- A night of festive company
- The sense of satisfaction that you supported a national network of progressive social clubs.

So come: Thursday, May 7th - 6:30-9:30.
Can't make it? Pitch it anyway. It's good for the heart.

Tix here -- ticket discount expires in 120 minutes:
https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/ll2015

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