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Not Quite Cruz Control

Ted Cruz launched the first official presidential bid,
but his kick-off was mired in website spoofs,
an audience obligated to attend his speech
and news that his family's going on Obamacare.

Meanwhile, he and his fellow Senate Tea Partiers
have sidelined themselves from serious governance
from Iran negotiations to immigration reform,
stuck instead of slashing Social Security.

And as other GOP contenders get ready,
Jeb confronts the problem right-wingers don't like him,
Rand deals with the establishment not liking him
and Christie faces the fact that nobody likes him.

And meanwhile, on the Democratic side,
there is still "nobody" running at all. For now.

Presidential politics is rarely on cruise control —
and this week, it definitely wasn't on Cruz control.

Cruise on out for a chat and a sip,
as you share the news and your views
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 buttons and banner
in the heated upper deck of the backyard.
Tonight's host: Justin Gerald
Questions: nyc@drinkingliberally.org

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Plus: the big event - Thursday, May 7th
The Living Liberally Annual Celebration
Honoring THE NATION and KATRINA VANDEN HEUVEL
Tix and details now:
http://livingliberally.org/celebration2015

Spring in the Air and in Obama’s Step

While Republicans cast a frozen gaze
on the prospect of peace with Iran,
the President welcomes a new season
as diplomacy nears a nuclear deal.

Conservatives continue to storm
against healthcare and marriage equality,
but gay rights blossom in unlikely states
and new Obamacare enrollees keep blooming.

And despite the GOP's frigid fuming,
the President keeps taking executive action:
on immigration, financial regulations,
wages and now greenhouse gas emissions.

Republicans are in a winter of discontent,
but for many of us, spring is in the air —
and the spring is back in Obama's step.

Although if Democrats scuttle diplomacy,
or the President keeps pushing bad trade deals,
we could still expect another cold front.

But for now, enjoy warm conversation,
hot ideas, and cool company
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 buttons and banner
in the heated upper deck of the backyard.
Tonight's host: Stephanie Hunt
Questions: nyc@drinkingliberally.org
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And tomorrow night: Fri, 3/20 - 7:20pm
A free, fun, fierce, feisty night of comedy.
THE LAUGHING LIBERALLY LAB
Jimmy's No 43 - 43 East 7th St
Featuring: Dean Obeidallah, Frank Conniff,
Leighann Lord, John Marshall, Joey Novick,
Katie Goodman and Ken Schultz
Details and RSVP here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/944798112227743/

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Plus: the big event - Thursday, May 7th
The Living Liberally Annual Celebration
Honoring THE NATION and KATRINA VANDEN HEUVEL
Tix and details now:
http://livingliberally.org/celebration2015

Iran. We Ran. They’re Off And Running.

As the president runs a historic effort
to reach a nuclear deal with Iran,
the Republicans run to ruin diplomacy
and in doing so, they run off the rails.

Cruz, Rubio, Paul all want to run,
but on Iran, they all ran backwards.
And GOP voters run from Chris Christie,
as Scott Walker walks to the front of the line.

And as she's chased by email outrage,
"I ran" has different meaning for Clinton,
weighing whether to announce, "I will run."

The GOP ran and won the Senate,
but they're running in circles now —
and as they jockey to run for president,
President Obama asserts he still runs the show.

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

And join us on Thursday, May 7th for the
LIVING LIBERALLY ANNUAL CELEBRATION
honoring THE NATION and KATRINA VANDEN HEUVEL
Tix available at:
livingliberally.org/celebration2015
.

Plus the next LAUGHING LIBERALLY LAB
Friday, March 20th - 7:30pm
Jimmy's No 43 - 43 East 7th St
Funny. Fierce. FREE.

Message Mess

Netanyahu tries to mess with US diplomacy,
and delivers a misguided message to Congress,
but in the end, it mucked up the GOP's march to war
as hawkish Dems turn against Mitch McConnell mayhem.

The DOJ sends mixed messages on Ferguson:
revealing the obvious — bias among their police —
while missing the mark of what felt clear to many:
the need for consequences for killing an unarmed teen.

But the biggest mess might go to the smallest story:
how Hillary Clinton's efforts to have email privacy
just became the center of endless public scrutiny —
whether it's legal, ethical and should she have known better.

In a week of misplaced Messianic mischief,
muddled maneuvering and more muckraking,
we've had enough messy messages,
and more than enough messed up messengers.

Come out for fresh ideas, free thinking,
feisty fun and flowing liberal libations
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 heated upper deck of the backyard.
Tonight's host: Thomas Kim
Questions: nyc@drinkingliberally.org

Coming tomorrow!

THE LAUGHING LIBERALLY LAB
Friday, March 6th - 7:30pm
Jimmy's No 43 - 43 East 7th St
Featuring: Negin Farsad, Katie Halper,
Frank Conniff, Jeff Kreisler,
Dean Obeidallah, Julianna Forlano,
Kate Conner and Jena Friedman.
Details and RSVP here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/917157108316234
Smart. Liberal. FREE.

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and save the date: Thursday, May 7th
The Living Liberally Annual Celebration
honoring The Nation and Katrina vanden Heuvel
http://livingliberally.org/celebration2015

Pipelines, Pipe Dreams and Punchlines

Of all the issues they could choose to tackle,
Republicans fixate on the Keystone pipeline,
which they knew the president would veto —
likely just the first of many vetoes in this new era.

While the president calls for new rules
to protect Americans' retirement accounts,
the GOP renews efforts to repeal banking reforms,
a move Obama is sure to veto as well.

And while Republican leaders accuse Obama
of being soft on ISIS and not loving America,
the Grant Old Party plays partisan games,
with threats to defund the Department of Homeland Security.

The Republican Party: obsessed with pipelines,
drunk on pipe dreams, and fast becoming punchlines.

Laugh, listen, learn and lift a libation
as we share opinions and an evening
at our 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 heated backyard.
Tonight's host: Justin Gerald
Questions: nyc@drinkingliberally.org

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