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Khan vs. Con

Donald Trump mauled his GOP rivals,
has manhandled most of the media,
but has finally met his match
in Khizr and Ghazala Khan.

He didn't slow after insulting McCain,
attacking Megyn Kelly, inciting violence,
or getting David Duke's endorsement,
but finally there's a wrench in his spokes.

And while he's conned everyone
from Trump U through the GOP primary
to his lack of any vision or details,
for once, for a moment, he's off his game.

Because sincere parents of a man
who died in uniform for his country
-- and happened to be Muslim --
held up a Constitution to the Con Man.

It is Khan vs Con.
And it's not hard to know whose side we're on.

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Time to Give 'Em Hill

Michelle Obama brought us to new heights,
Biden brought us to the brink of tears,
And President Obama brought down the house.
But there's still one more night of the DNC.

RNC speakers spent more time on a caricature
of who they're running against
than on the merits of who they endorsed.
And the DNC sought to erase that cartoon.

Bill told us of the woman he's known for decades.
Kaine told us of the woman he's admired.
And Chelsea will tell us about her mom.

But in the end, there's one more person to hear from.
And tonight, she's ready to Give 'em Hill.

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The Sadly Conventional Donald Trump

It’s been nights of predictable political speeches,
a few D-list celebrities and many children named Trump,
far from the promise of a reality show spectacle
unlike any convention we’d seen before.

When caught in a plagiarism mini-scandal,
the Trump team pointed fingers, denied, lied.
When faced with a Cruz non-endorsement,
the Trump team huffed, puffed and called names.
All pretty standard fare for the Trump campaign.

And we’re told that immigrants are criminals,
political correctness is the cause of our problems
and Hillary Clinton should be locked up —
also that she’s connected to Lucifer.

Despite the unconventional candidate,
this has been a pretty conventional convention.

And the saddest part is Trump’s politics
of divisive, inflammatory, violent bigotry
has echoed across the stage —
meaning his dangerous, extreme rhetoric
is becoming the norm for the GOP
and a predictable part of political discourse.

That’s one new convention we could do without.

If you want to watch, don’t do it alone!
And definitely no need to do it sober.

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The SusPence is Almost Over

Will Newt make news,
Christie be christened
or Pence end the suspense?

Will Clinton call on Kaine
or coordinate with Castro
or wow us with Warren?

Will the #NeverTrump caucus quit?
Will the DNC end superdelegates?
Will Bernie boosters come to Clinton?
And will there be anything unconventional
in the conventions about to begin?

Many questions at a new phase of elections.
Whether you're excited or exhausted by it all,
some of the the sus-Pence is almost over.

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Under Fire and Over It

Clinton might be out of the furnace
but she's still under fire
for the conclusions of the FBI investigation.

Trump is still in a GOP circular firing squad
while also under fire for anti-Semitic imagery
which he decided not to apologize for.

Even as Sanders and Clinton unite
over a bold college affordability plan
and a likely endorsement next week,
the DNC is under fire for a platform
that failed to address TPP and fracking.

But the real Americans under fire
are Black men and women killed by police,
as happened in Louisiana and Minnesota this week.

When citizens are being gunned down by police,
it makes everyone else's "fire" tame by comparison.
And if you're over Americans being under fire,
time to get fired up or we'll all get burned..

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A Clattering, Battering Political Shattering

Turkey reels from explosions in Istanbul
that terrorized the city, claimed over 40 lives,
and struck at an airport that's a symbol
of the globalized world, where East meets West.

Britain -- and Europe -- reel from a vote
that shatters the long post-war order
and strikes against a symbol of globalization,
with right-wing populism fueling the Brexit.

The GOP continues to reel from its primary
and from its explosive candidate, Donald Trump,
a figure of corporate globalized wealth
running on resentment against globalized wealth.

And he'll either fail so spectacularly,
that he'll threaten the party --
or, like Brexit, he'll succeed so defiantly, ,
that he'll threaten the country.

Clattering politics, battering economic hardships,
unflattering resentments, smatterings of vitriol
are shattering convention and order.

But conventional establishment might not know how
to respond to right-wing. nativist populism.
So it might just be the time for the left-wing variety.

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Standing Up and Sitting In vs Shutting Down and Shutting Off

House Democrats stage a sit-in in Congress
to demand action to reduce gun violence.
GOP shuts down C-SPAN cameras, shuts off lights,
and sits on its hands in response to the crisis.

Senate Dems stood up to filibuster the status quo,
speaking up for commonsense background checks,
while Republicans stood down to the NRA
and voted to shut down any chance for progress.

While Dems focus on wrong and limited measures,
fixating on the problematic “watch list,”
Americans step up for an assault weapons ban,
which we had until the right wing squashed it down.

Following Orlando, folks are choosing sides:
stand up, sit in, speak up, step up —
or slow down, shut off, stand in the way, shut down.

And it’s time various Republicans and some Dems
to sit down, shut up, or step out of the way.

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Orlando, Outraged and Overwhelmed

The largest mass shooting in modern history
murders 50 and injures many more,
and while we do send thoughts and prayers to Orlando
it’s also clear thoughts and prayers just aren’t enough.

We could end vitriol against the LGBTQ community
which was the target of the attack.
We could tackle the fast-killing assault weapons
which have no place in our homes, towns and cities.

We can tighten background checks,
invest more in mental health screening and support,
— or we could do all of the above and more.

Yet, the NRA calls for more guns,
the GOP nominee calls to ban Muslims,
and even the Dems who mount a vigorous filibuster
focus a poor strategy on the flawed “watch list”
—not believing they can take on assault weapons.

People in Orlando and around the country grieve
donate, volunteer, demand & stand in solidarity.
We are overwhelmed and we are outraged.

But Politicians on the right give outrageous responses
and on the left are outrageously unable to find
an opportunity for progress in this overwhelming moment.

We’re all overwhelmed. We’re all outraged.
We all stand with Orlando.
But solidarity, like thoughts and prayers, still isn’t enough.

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