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U.S. Politics: The Biggest Trade in WNBA History

bobjr

You ask too many questions
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The thing is Biden has had massive drops in support in people under 40, and Hispanic people.

With the former it’s a lot of doing nothing or actively taking away benefits for sure. Honestly at this point you almost have to start forcing votes and make Manchin/Sinema the bad guys if they want to keep talking without any real promises.
 

RileyXY1

Young Battle Trainer
The thing is Biden has had massive drops in support in people under 40, and Hispanic people.

With the former it’s a lot of doing nothing or actively taking away benefits for sure. Honestly at this point you almost have to start forcing votes and make Manchin/Sinema the bad guys if they want to keep talking without any real promises.
And those are groups that the Dems can't lose, because if they switch over to the GOP democracy is dead.
 

masdog

What is the airspeed of an unladen Swellow?
And those are groups that the Dems can't lose, because if they switch over to the GOP democracy is dead.
I don't think the under-40 crowd will switch to the GOP. They just won't show up.

That's worse than switching over to the GOP, though.
 

RileyXY1

Young Battle Trainer
And the GOP is winning. Their culture war is a winning issue as it helped them flip the Governor's race in Virginia and completely reversed Virginia's blue shift. And the Democrats aren't doing anything to counteract this.
 

RileyXY1

Young Battle Trainer
Ron DeSantis and the Florida Legislature are planning to push a very racially gerrymandered map that gets rid of a number of majority-minority districts as well as the dissolution of the Reedy Creek Improvement District which allows Disney World to function as its own county with its own emergency and utility services in response to Disney's open opposition to the recently passed Parental Rights in Education Bill, also known as the "Don't Say Gay" Bill.
 

Litleonid

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Looks like Finland is actually considering joining NATO now. If this happens, Bosnian accession will be delayed indefinitely until Sweden also joins, which will only happen after Finland does.

There has been some bold claims about NATO accession from former NATO officials, like how Finland could join overnight, but legally speaking, it would take at least 2 years for 30 members to ratify accession, and integration into NATO system will also take about 2-3 years. So it would take about 5 years after invitation, which can only happen after a year of official application.

It will be interesting how NATO will try to speedrun this.
Let's see how Putin handles this. Putin likes to think he gets to dictate who other nations he has no control over ally themselves with. He's given pretty vocal warnings to Finland and Sweden about joining NATO. Its interesting though because Ukraine wanting to join NATO was one of his justifications for his senseless and cruel invasion. Even more interesting since I think President Zelensky has stated that Ukraine likely will not join now, yet Putin continues this sickening invasion.
 
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SoHowAreYou

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At this point for Sweden and Finland not joining NATO would mean putting faith in Russia not to screw with them, which seems highly unlikely. Also Russia can't carry out their threats with anything other than nuclear weapons, which would be counterproductive. Like the Russian Navy lost a flagship to a country without a Navy, and it says something that this may not be in the top 5 worst moments of Russian naval history. Outside of Ukraine I wouldn't believe that Russia is a credible threat at the moment. 20 years down the line I personally think they'll still be a military disaster, but I can't guarantee it, so joining an alliance would be prudent right now.
 

Ascended Dialga

Grad student
Marjorie Taylor Greene testified under oath on Friday about her involvement with the January 6 Capitol attack in a hearing challenging her re-election eligibility. When asked about things she said, she kept replying with "I don't recall". And she lied multiple times under oath by denying that she said Nancy Pelosi was a traitor to the country and by denying her familiarity with the Proud Boys.
 
Marjorie Taylor Greene testified under oath on Friday about her involvement with the January 6 Capitol attack in a hearing challenging her re-election eligibility. When asked about things she said, she kept replying with "I don't recall". And she lied multiple times under oath by denying that she said Nancy Pelosi was a traitor to the country and by denying her familiarity with the Proud Boys.
She got a Rittenhouse judge for some reason. I hope he doesn't let her go.
 

Trainer Yusuf

VolcaniNO
Meanwhile in Europe, both Le Pen and Janet Jansa (Slovenian PM, affectionately called the "Slovenian Orban") lost their respective elections.

Edit: Finland and Sweden are expected to announce application to NATO together around May 16-24. This will significantly speed up the bureaucratic process, but it will still take some time.

Bosnia still remains the next possible member, and will go back to being so after these two join, but US will likely force remaining countries like Austria in the meanwhile.
 
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bobjr

You ask too many questions
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There's a weird thing there where if that is true that means she was forcing her mother to work while she was well off herself, but there is a contingent of people with a "if I had to suffer you will to" attitude, and it's a large part of the GOP, except sometimes it's just wanting other people to suffer when they never had to.
 
There's a weird thing there where if that is true that means she was forcing her mother to work while she was well off herself, but there is a contingent of people with a "if I had to suffer you will to" attitude, and it's a large part of the GOP, except sometimes it's just wanting other people to suffer when they never had to.
There's still a chance her mother agreed to work without being forced to.

...But still, that still doesn't change the fact her mother worked past her 70s just to pay her daughter's student debt. That's insane. Laura thinks it's fine to overwork her own mother and that debt should be that hard to pay for everyone.
 
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