The System: Working As Intended






137 Responses to “The System: Working As Intended”

  1. June 24, 2020 at 10:09 am

    This is a pretty good list of examples of white privilege but people still don’t get it. And half the nation doesn’t want to get it.

  2. June 24, 2020 at 10:09 am

    This moron, every day a new notice of more idiocy.

  3. 3 Nerdy Wonka
    June 24, 2020 at 10:22 am

    When we say racism is built into every corner of America, we mean racism is built into every corner of America.

  4. 5 Nerdy Wonka
    June 24, 2020 at 10:23 am

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  6. 8 jer44
    June 24, 2020 at 10:24 am

    PELOSI ANNOUNCES OBAMACARE UPGRADE: Speaker Pelosi and House Dems lay out what some are calling ACA 2.0, a bill to strengthen and improve the landmark health reform law. Meanwhile, the Trump administration continues its lawsuit to overturn the law completely, which would strip health coverage from 23 million Americans and eliminate protections for people with preexisting conditions.

  7. June 24, 2020 at 10:28 am

  8. 10 jer44
    June 24, 2020 at 10:31 am

  9. June 24, 2020 at 10:32 am

    OMG, 5th Circuit rules in favor of Trump and Barr to drop the Flynn case. OUTRAGEOUS miscarriage of justice.

  10. 14 pkayden
    June 24, 2020 at 10:37 am

  11. June 24, 2020 at 11:04 am

    Why are they always lying about Kamal, when the KHive has boxes and boxes of receipts? A thread

  12. June 24, 2020 at 11:10 am

  13. 19 marleysperson
    June 24, 2020 at 11:12 am

    Morning everyone

  14. June 24, 2020 at 11:26 am

  15. June 24, 2020 at 11:32 am

    DO NOT play with Senator Harris.

  16. 22 Nerdy Wonka
    June 24, 2020 at 11:34 am

  17. 25 marleysperson
    June 24, 2020 at 11:41 am

    We are officially a lawless, shithole country.

  18. June 24, 2020 at 11:45 am

    Flynn should be trying to find a country without an extradition treaty with the US that’ll accept him ….

  19. June 24, 2020 at 12:02 pm

    “Dr. Murtaza Akhter, a doctor at two Phoenix emergency rooms,
    talks with Rachel Maddow about dealing with a surge in coronavirus cases at Arizona hospitals.
    Blind to borders, coronavirus lays siege to southwestern U.S.”
    –Trump’s AZ rally not permitted by the city.
    –People crammed together….very few masks…no temp checks.
    –Hospitals crammed to capacity.
    –Trump/Pence criminal negligence and reckless endangerment to human life = flesh and blood deaths.
    –When will they be held accountable for the most infection and death in the world?
    Disgust is not enough, we need action. Hold them accountable.

  20. June 24, 2020 at 12:06 pm

    It’s hard to understand why some white people are in such denial and don’t feel the pain that blacks go through

    • June 24, 2020 at 12:59 pm

      Chairman Nadler:
      “In order to understand the stakes in this stand-off, it is important to note that Mr. Berman’s office has included a number of criminal investigations aimed at individuals close to president Trump.
      Among them, the president’s attorney Michael Cohen, the president’s inaugural committee, and Rudy Giuliani the president’s current counsel campaign advisor and direct line to Kiev.
      On Saturday Mr. Barr attempted to fire Mr. Berman directly. Even then Mr. Berman resisted. Only when he was certain that his Deputy, a qualified career prosecutor, would take his place as Acting U.S. Attorney,
      did he relent and step aside. So what are we to make of these events?
      If this had been an isolated incident. If the Attorney General had simply misjudged the situation, and thought that Mr. Berman would go quietly, then we might chalk up this episode to simple miscommunication and incompetence. But make no mistake. This was not an isolated incident.
      The effort to remove Mr. Berman is part of a clear and dangerous pattern of conduct that began when Mr. Barr took office and continues to this day. Mr. Barr’s actions make clear that in his Department of Justice, the President’s allies get special treatment. The president’s enemies, real and imagined, are targeted for extra scrutiny. And the needs of the American people, and the needs of justice, are generally ignored.
      Mr. Barr’s practice of shielding the president and his allies goes back to the beginning of his tenure at the DOJ…..”

  21. June 24, 2020 at 12:31 pm

    Thread 👇🏾👇🏾👇🏾

    • 32 Don
      June 24, 2020 at 6:16 pm

      This is what not knowing your history looks like. If only she had the same passion to fight the ruthless policies of the Republican Party that decimate communities of color as she does showing her whole entire ass to the CBC, she’d be taken more seriously.

  22. 33 jer44
    June 24, 2020 at 12:55 pm

  23. 34 jer44
    June 24, 2020 at 1:05 pm

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  25. June 24, 2020 at 1:11 pm

    • June 24, 2020 at 1:14 pm

  26. 39 Nerdy Wonka
    June 24, 2020 at 1:19 pm

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  32. June 24, 2020 at 2:27 pm

    • June 24, 2020 at 7:31 pm

      Not even close, not over.
      Now they just have to get it the eff:
      Off our farms, supermarket shelves, hardware stores, the proud display in our stores and superstores, the hell off of our lawns, parks, playing fields, school soccer fields, babies’ lungs, and pets’ lungs, our lungs.
      Burn down the warehouse$ holding this poison/cancer all over the world!!

  33. 48 jer44
    June 24, 2020 at 2:29 pm

  34. June 24, 2020 at 2:32 pm

    👏🏾 New 👏🏾 Cases 👏🏾 EVERY 👏🏾 DAMN 👏🏾 DAY…

    • June 24, 2020 at 3:05 pm

      Police basically just said “Oops!”

      I agree with the comments. 700K is not enough.

    • 52 Don
      June 24, 2020 at 6:08 pm

      Of all the videos I’ve seen of Black men in despair, this one hit me the hardest. I see in the face of this Black man my own brother. He reminds me of my brother, not bothering any one, just trying to get through the day as best he can. I couldn’t begin to tell you how many times I’ve sent my brother money through western union, the people on my end know me. And the people on my brother’s end know him as well. The end of the video is crushing, this man would rather walk away with a broken wrist than be anywhere near these officers. This one hurts, a lot.

      • June 24, 2020 at 7:10 pm

        They never listened or asked any questions, just rolled up and jumped him and beat him and traumatized him first. Turns my stomach.

  35. 54 jer44
    June 24, 2020 at 2:33 pm

  36. 55 jer44
    June 24, 2020 at 2:46 pm

  37. June 24, 2020 at 2:47 pm

    Celebrate good people wherever they are.

  38. June 24, 2020 at 2:48 pm

    “Fact check: Trump claimed he was left ‘no ventilators.’ His administration just confirmed he had more than 16,000”

    Donald Trump’s administration has confirmed that Trump has been wildly inaccurate when he has claimed he inherited “no ventilators” from the Obama administration.

    Ventilator figures released for the first time by the Department of Health and Human Services this week definitively debunk Trump’s narrative about how his team was left “empty cupboards” in the national stockpile.
    A spokesperson for the department said there were 16,660 ventilators available in the stockpile in March for immediate use — far more than the 10,760 ventilators the Trump administration has actually ended up distributing during the coronavirus pandemic as of Tuesday.
    And those 16,660 available ventilators “did not include any acquired by the current administration,” the spokesperson said

  39. 58 jer44
    June 24, 2020 at 2:54 pm

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  41. June 24, 2020 at 2:57 pm

    This is astonishing ….

  42. June 24, 2020 at 3:25 pm

  43. June 24, 2020 at 3:31 pm

    Nancy Smash is not here for your nonsense.

  44. June 24, 2020 at 3:50 pm


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  45. June 24, 2020 at 4:03 pm

    Mayor Bowser like my tweet! That is all!

  46. June 24, 2020 at 4:36 pm

    The question and answer session yesterday with VP Biden and President Obama was insightful, informative, inspiring. We are fortunate that both are so articulate, with such a depth of experience, who care so much.

  47. June 24, 2020 at 4:41 pm

  48. 68 Nerdy Wonka
    June 24, 2020 at 4:54 pm

    Racism can be coded into AI software. This shit is enraging.

  49. June 24, 2020 at 5:01 pm

  50. June 24, 2020 at 5:30 pm

    For the data nerds among us…

    • 73 Don
      June 24, 2020 at 6:28 pm

      What changed in four years to make this guy now want to vote against Trump? Other than Trump laying waste to American, what changed? You can’t convince me that someone that actually stood in line to vote for Trump AFTER he’s shown them what he truly is, is all of a sudden going to go against their understanding and logic to vote against Trump. It does not make sense to me, I’m a Democrat and have voted my entire life as a Democrat. Their isn’t a politician alive that can persuade me to vote Republican, a Democrat is who I am, it is what I believe in, it runs in my blood. So I’m not buying that all of a sudden a bunch of dyed in the wool Republicans have found religion. And certainly not after Trump has delivered unto their hands their version of America.

      • 74 marleysperson
        June 24, 2020 at 7:48 pm

        I think, as Democrats, we believe in certain core values that we will not sway from. We believe in human rights for all, for social justice, for criminal justice, for equality for all, and that healthcare is a right . I think that $$ and grievances only go so far. They have no core .

    • 75 todjey
      June 24, 2020 at 6:56 pm

      I’ll believe it when I see it.

      The 200 appointments of judges etc … should cause the ppl on the far left who chose NOT to vote in the last election sleepless nights
      Everytime I see Eddie Glaude on tv … I can’t help but think what an idiot. I wonder if Susan Sarandon and ppl like her are still thinking that Trump is better than HRC. Idiots.
      I think Flynn (and maybe Stone, who knows) might be feeling thankful for those useful idiots who chose to sit out or voted 3rd party in 2016. I know its in the past, but whats happening now ought to be a reminder.

      End of rant.

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  54. 86 pkayden
    June 24, 2020 at 6:44 pm

  55. June 24, 2020 at 6:58 pm

    It Ain’t OVER til it’s OVER

  56. 88 marleysperson
    June 24, 2020 at 7:19 pm

    Exactly!! So make it happen, Democrats!!

  57. 89 jer44
    June 24, 2020 at 7:44 pm

  58. June 24, 2020 at 7:44 pm

    LOVE this idea. YAY.

  59. 91 vcprezofan2
    June 24, 2020 at 7:48 pm

    Well, what do you know? Shutterfly? Was this some kind of spying organization? 😉 😉

    • June 24, 2020 at 8:16 pm

      It probably just means that someone in your DC tour group posted all your trip photos to Shutterfly 4 years ago to share with the group and you joined to be able to view the photos.

      • 93 vcprezofan2
        June 24, 2020 at 9:19 pm

        {{Meta}} 🙂 🙂 🙂 Ah, Meta, I knew as soon as I saw it. (Tweet was just me trying to be a smart-aleck.) ‘Twas a pleasant surprise to be reminded of Shutterfly, though.

    • 94 Betsy
      June 25, 2020 at 2:59 am

      Love these people.

    • 96 mtmarilyn
      June 25, 2020 at 10:34 am

      Can’t wait till our Chicago meet up at the Obama Foundation opening. We are such a fantastic group of ladies!

  60. June 24, 2020 at 8:31 pm

    • June 24, 2020 at 8:43 pm

      Two hours of zen. Re-airing until 10pm on ABC, the 2016 Kennedy Center concert celebrating the opening of the National Af-Am museum. Of course, PBO & FLOTUS are jamming in the Presidential Box

  61. June 24, 2020 at 8:36 pm


  62. June 24, 2020 at 8:47 pm

  63. June 24, 2020 at 9:08 pm

    • June 24, 2020 at 9:31 pm

      An animated illustration of the content of the report …

      … is an effective, brief summary that should be widely distributed.

      If every American, by age 8, viewed the video they’d have access to crucial American history not mentioned in any textbook.

  64. June 24, 2020 at 9:29 pm

    • June 25, 2020 at 9:36 am

      It is criminal that tRump, only by the fact that he has the title of POTUS, is bullying his way into the cities and holding rallies against the wishes of local governments. Above that, not adhering to the requirements local leaderships are mandating to keep its citizens safe.

      Whenever I go into that rant, I am reminded that it is the spineless governors of these states — who won’t mandate requirements like face masks and social distancing; just “suggest” or “strongly urge” — who are allowing tRump to have his way. Even as cases are spiking and more people are being hospitalized and dying, they won’t step up and do the right thing. They won’t acknowledge that until the health crisis is resolved, the business/economic crisis won’t be resolved.

    • June 25, 2020 at 8:37 pm

      How can Trump NOT be infected

  65. 112 vcprezofan2
    June 24, 2020 at 9:57 pm

    An article about the very recent Kentucky Democratic primary (AND a tweet by Ari Berman) that is recommended reading IMO.

    It was retweeted by such luminaries as Ava Duvernay, Lebron James, Jennifer Lawrence, Ron Perlman, Hillary Clinton, Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams, Pete Buttigieg, and Robert Reich.

    The tweet thread is misleading to the point of irresponsibility. Almost everything about the claim was wrong. Mitch McConnell has no direct and very little indirect effect on how the Kentucky state government and the Jefferson County government decided to handle the election. The election structure was developed in a bipartisan manner, with a Democratic governor taking the lead. Vastly expanded mail-in voting was at the absolute core of the effort.

    And so developed the unusual theory that a Democratic governor had conspired with a Democratic county government to suppress the votes of Democrats in a Democratic primary election. The attention that the election received outside Kentucky immediately stood at odds with the lived experience of folks in Kentucky, who had been subjected to a barrage of media about early voting and mail-in ballots. But plenty of outsiders were ready to conclude that Mitch McConnell was stealing an election from somebody for some reason, and no one was going to tell them any different.

    It’s obviously good that so many folks are interested in supporting voting activism, and that they’re sensitive to efforts to suppress the vote. But the success of activism depends, at least to some extent, on the ability to distinguish between voter suppression and the exact opposite of voter suppression. What Kentucky did was the latter; an effort to maximize turnout while minimizing spread.

    Of course, most of the people who tweeted about it didn’t get that far. ……. //


    • 113 vcprezofan2
      June 24, 2020 at 10:03 pm

      They didn’t know that the governor of Kentucky was a Democrat, hadn’t followed the (very open and transparent) process in which the decisions on how to hold the election were made, and in many cases weren’t even aware that the election was a primary. At one point I found myself arguing with a gentleman from New Zealand about whether Louisville was the capital of Kentucky.

      It’s not just that the architects of an election conducted fairly under horrible conditions should be treated as heroes rather than villains, although that does matter; it’s that claiming the election was fraudulent makes it more difficult to use it as a model for future elections, and to make a clear accounting of what worked well and what didn’t. Ari Berman should have known better; he’s supposed to be an expert in electoral fraud, and yet he couldn’t see what was plain in front of him. Every Democratic official on the list above should have known better; any one of them could have called Andy Beshear on the phone and asked “What’s up?”



      IMO it’s an informative read for those interested in being informed about voter suppression and ways some states may try to make voting simpler/easier, and I suspect we here all are.

  66. 117 jer44
    June 24, 2020 at 10:08 pm

  67. 118 pkayden
    June 24, 2020 at 10:13 pm

  68. June 24, 2020 at 10:25 pm

    Thread 👇🏾👇🏾👇🏾

    • June 25, 2020 at 9:11 am

      We know that when tRump/McConnell push and confirm people who are not qualified by ABA standards (and even by the standards of reasonable people), it has nothing to do with application of the law and more to do with political agenda and protecting their corrupt activity.

  69. June 24, 2020 at 10:36 pm

  70. 122 pkayden
    June 24, 2020 at 10:50 pm

  71. June 24, 2020 at 10:59 pm

    A must read thread about our Joey. Long, but so worth it…

  72. 124 marleysperson
    June 24, 2020 at 11:02 pm

    And this is why he appears to have beaten Elliot Engel.

  73. June 24, 2020 at 11:21 pm

  74. June 25, 2020 at 2:21 am

    Nothing like asking the obvious ….

    Goodnight TOD.

  75. 128 marleysperson
    June 25, 2020 at 2:36 am

    I’m pretty sure this is why I haven’t slept for 2 days

  76. 129 marleysperson
    June 25, 2020 at 3:06 am

    Reminder. Please let us be pleasantly surprised

  77. 130 nena20409
    June 25, 2020 at 4:38 am

  78. 131 nena20409
    June 25, 2020 at 5:02 am

  79. 132 nena20409
    June 25, 2020 at 5:09 am

  80. 133 nena20409
    June 25, 2020 at 5:18 am

    • 134 nena20409
      June 25, 2020 at 5:29 am

      • June 25, 2020 at 10:02 am

        I am cautiously optimistic about these poll numbers (remembering 2016). Obviously, those who still support the Orange Oval Office Occupant will do so no matter what he does (or doesn’t do). But recent events — especially the corona virus pandemic, and the BLM/Police Brutality protests — have made most people — even some of his supporters — less willing to ignore his lack of qualifications, his incompetence, his arrogance, and his corruptness. I hope this new awareness and unwillingness to ignore the daily con game will carry into November and will result in a landslide victory for Biden.

        BUT…I also think about one of tRump’s MO’s — PROJECTING. One thing we’ve learned since the 2016 campaign and throughout this occupancy is that when he makes an accusation, more times than not, he is revealing something that he himself (or his campaign and now his administration) is doing. So when he talks about rigged elections and fraud through mail-in ballots and foreign governments printing ballots, etc., I have to wonder if that is something that he has in the works. We already know that he has no qualms about wheeling and dealing with foreign governments to benefit himself. And as long as he has McConnell and the republicans in Congress, the AG, and some justices under his thumb, he sees no reason why he can’t get away with it.

  81. June 25, 2020 at 9:08 am

    “Progressive Challenger Bowman leads Incumbent Rep. Engel In NY Dem Primary”
    “Democratic candidate and former middle school principal, Jamaal Bowman, joins Lawrence O’Donnell to discuss what motivated him to challenge longtime incumbent Rep. Eliot Engel in New York’s 16th Congressional District and how he plans to put racial and economic inequality at the top of his political agenda if he wins:
    “We need to reckon with the impact of slavery and racism on every American institution.”

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