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The Stopped Clock

Today, the 60-day countdown clock expires,
meaning war hawks and Republicans have failed
to sabotage the diplomatic deal with Iran.

Last night, in a debate of backward and baseless ideas,
11 Republicans tried to turn back the clock
on women’s rights, diplomacy, gay rights and science.

And in Texas, a teenage tinkerer was arrested
at school for a science project: a home-made clock.
A proud clock — a shameful stop.

Rand Paul’s defense of not bombing Syria
and John Kasich’s claim you can’t just shred deals
proved that stopped clocks can be right twice a day.
But in Texas, that’s one clock-stop that’s 100% wrong.

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Refugees. Refuse-ees. Reuse-ees.

Instead of seizing an opportunity for diplomacy,
Republicans are finding absurd new ways
to reject, obstruct, sabotage and distract,
in a futile tantrum to stop the Iran nuclear deal.

As a refugee crisis grabs global attention,
conservatives return to their own refuge:
slashing aid budgets, shutting borders,
shuttering hospitality and shooting their mouths.

Fueled by prez hopefuls who need to make news
but realizing they have no new ideas,
the GOP use a baseless assault on Planned Parenthood
as a basis for shutting down the government...again.

They’re recycling old tactics, blocking progress
and taking solace in being the Party of No.
When they're not to busy celebrating
Kim Davis, the biggest Refuser of them all.

The world is talking about refugees.
The GOP is a bunch of Refuse-ees and Reuse-ees.

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or the eve of somber history made 14 years ago,
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Summer Crazy, Some Are Crazier

Congress returns next week to debate Iran,
met with a speech by disgraced Dick Cheney
and a rally by divisive Donald Trump --
and that's how war hawks hope to gain support!

We experience another summer of record heat,
wildfires and unnatural weather patterns,
yet the GOP refutes the facts of climate change
to defy the president, the Pope and science.

The global economy lurches and lunges,
crises of migrants in Europe, refugees in Syria,
but the right wing would rather focus
on a Kentucky clerk's "right" to nullify equality
and their obsession with Clinton's emails.

It's been a weird, wild, worrisome few months,
and the GOP presidential race ups the stakes.
Because you might say that summer's crazy,
but you can definitely say some are crazier.

A final summery toast with friends
to kick off long discussions on a long weekend
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Volatile, Vulnerable and Not So Venerable

Stocks plunge and rise turbulently,
but the rising stock of Bernie Sanders
and rising shock of Trump staying power
are the more surprising stories of the week.

The global economy’s in the headlines,
but our heads and hearts turn to Virginia,
where a senseless horror would stun us
if gun violence weren’t so unsurprising.

And while the markets maybe start to settle,
GOP candidates get unsettled
going all out against diplomacy with Iran,
while Biden may shake it all up by going all in.

It’s a world that’s volatile and vulnerable,
where very little is venerable --
and compared to this week of news,
the stock market actually looks calm.

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Congressional Recess or Congressional Regress?

Congressional Recess or Congressional Regress?

Congress is enjoying their summer break,
but many Republicans are eager to return to DC
to launch baseless, ruthless attacks against
one of America’s critical women’s health providers.

For many, summer break is peace and quiet,
but for the neocons it’s war and noise,
as they spend August sensationally saber-rattling
and seeking to sink a diplomatic deal with Iran.

And meanwhile, there’s no vacation at all
for GOP hopefuls hanging in Iowa and NH,
as they race to the right and raise their voices
to find some air Trump hasn’t sucked up already.

So much for a summer of love.
Looking at the Republican Party,
it’s less a recess, and more a regress.

As they often say about these August days,
it’s not the heat, it’s the stupidity …

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The Good-ish, The Bad, The Really Really Ugly

The first GOP debate featured a competition to see
who would treat immigrants the most cruelly,
slash Planned Parenthood the most ferociously,
and mock Hillary Clinton the most egregiously.

Jeb bragged that he didn’t go by “Bush,”
Walker boasted he fought against working people,
and Carson was the only candidate to talk race
by insisting he wouldn’t talk about race.

Chris Christie huffed, Rand Paul puffed,
and Donald Trump blew the house down
picking a fight with Fox News in the process.

In the end, John Kasich looked reasonable
for saying he’d gone to a gay wedding,
Rick Perry looked bad for not being on stage,
and everyone looked foolish trying to trump Trump.

It was the good-ish, the bad,
and the really, really ugly —
and it was only the first debate.

Meanwhile Hillary Clinton is feeling the Bern
and Joe Biden is bidin’ his time.

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The Daily Show vs The Fail-y Show

Tonight, one man will leave the stage,
beloved, admired, respected, missed.
And 10 other men will earn a different reaction
as they take the stage for the GOP debate.

Jon Stewart has challenged the powerful,
called out hypocrisy, and made us laugh.
Trump, Jeb, Huckabee, Christie, Walker
serve the powerful, embrace hypocrites
and make us laugh in a very different way.

For years, Stewart has given us relief,
while informing, engaging, inspiring.
For the next year, there will be no relief
from the right-wing rhetoric of the primary.

Where comedy elevated reality,
we have had The Daily Show.
Where reality leads to tragedy:
the GOP debates … or the Fail-y Show.

We keep laughing to keep from crying.

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Countdown to Crazytown

With Trump topping Republican polls,
GOP pols are pulling no punches
as they try to push their way to the top ten
who win a prized position in the first debate.

Cruz calls Obama a state-sponsor of terrorism,
Huckabee compares the Iran deal to the Holocaust,
while Bush and Walker make hay
over whether they’d ditch the deal on Day 1 or Day 2.

The candidates continue closed culture wars,
doubling down against marriage equality,
sending mixed messages on Confederate flags,
and flailing in the futile fight against Obamacare.

And don’t get them started on the minimum wage.

They’re crusading to out-crazy King Donald,
and with 7 days left until 10 take the stage,
it’s truly Countdown to Crazytown.

Grab your popcorn and be ready to be amazed.

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and talk politics while enjoying a pint
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Unacceptable. Unelectable?

What happened to Sandra Bland is unacceptable
— as is how unexceptional such incidents are
and how tepid our nation’s political response has been.

The opposition to the Iran deal is outrageous —
as is the fact that it’s the boosters of the Iraq War,
now spending $40 million to oppose diplomacy,
with the help of saber-rattling GOP hopefuls.

The low wages of American works are absurd
making recent wins in LA, NY and DC incredible!
Just as ridiculous is how many in Congress
and running for Prez oppose raising the minimum wage.

And then there’s Trump’s xenophobic fear mongering,
the fact that fellow Republicans let is stand,
and only call him out on attacks on McCain.
More insane: he’s topping GOP polls.

There is so much that’s just unacceptable.
And sadly, in our reality, it’s also unexceptional.
Can we make those who turn a blind eye unelectable?

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When Pluto Feels Closer Than Plutocrats

President Obama announces a historic Iran deal,
a triumph of diplomacy and breakthrough for peace,
but this chance is lost on GOP war hawks who prefer
a policy of fearmongering and endless war.

As Greece struggles to stabilize its economy,
only made worse by imposed austerity,
the plutocrats who hold Europe’s purse strings
are poised to tighten their grip even further.

Jeb says Americans should work longer hours.
The Chamber of Commerce slams overtime reforms.
Wall Street hates new rules for financial advisers.

Then our spacecraft takes pictures of Pluto:
the edge of our solar system feels closer to us
than the right wing, war hawks and 1% on Earth.

But those photos remind us anything is possible.
If we reach Pluto, someday we’ll reach the Plutocrats.

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