Where do all these May flowers come from? Ballots, Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Oklahoma cops shot a black man who raised his hands in the air. He just didn’t care. (The daily beast)

Vijaya Gadde, the so-called “architect of Donald Trump’s Twitter ban,” who denounces the right as censorship, is also a black woman. This is a fact we shouldn’t ignore, especially since her days on her Twitter are likely numbered. (Washington Post)

Democrat-led states aren’t exactly post-Roe utopias for abortion rights. We must protect reproductive freedom everywhere. (The nation)

No matter how many battles the Conservatives win, they still seem to live in constant fear. (chirping)

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito is coming after queer people. It is a question of whether he has enough votes to go back in time. The answer is probably depressing. (vox)

Amy Coney Barrett’s profile a few months ago reminds me that she too is terrible and will live forever. (The New Yorker)

How the Democrats could remedy partisan manipulations. (slate)

In May, Seattle was colder and wetter than usual. On the upside, the city has terrible traffic and hateful tech brothers. (Seattle Timetable)

Brian Beutler shares my thoughts on the current plight of the Democrats. He even dares to suggest that everything is not all sunshine and roses. (The big tent)

It is common when taking stock of Democrats’ political performance over the past year for party advocates to delete the word “Democrats” and replace “Manchin and Sinema” instead. And to a large extent, I agree. There are really a lot of things Democrats are this close to being able to do so if not for their zero voting margin and the existence of those two. The leftist critique that the party really wants to lose big public struggles over Build Back Better, protection of democracy, abortion rights and so on is useful as a filler logic for holding wider left criticism of the Democratic Party, but it is also simply wrong, he died of conspiratorial madness. Yet … Manchin and Sinema (and here I refer mainly to Sinema) did not fall from heaven in office. The fact that marginal members of the Democrats perpetually stumble upon the rest of the party, often with the passive consent of the party leadership, is a consequence of the party’s decision-making process and its entire theory of politics.

Jon Yanz takes a tough stance on the politics of sentimentality. (looks)

Florida Republicans don’t like Disney, but they’ll keep their Disney dollars. (politic)

My first European trip with my wife included some time in Copenhagen. The food is great. (Enjoy your meal)

Yes, you should read this article about the wonderful Elizabeth Olsen. (New York Times)

These women are great.


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