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  1. https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/29/politics/warren-2020-presidential-run-midterms/index.html Elizabeth Warren, who up until now has constantly ruled out a 2020 campaign, has said she will look at a Presidential run after the midterms. It is quite possible that Warren has largely avoided generating hype for any candidacy because the election is still so far out, separating her from others like Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Many observers have had their eyes on Warren for a while, however, since she seems to most closely align with what Democratic activists have been pushing: economic justice combined with social justice, with record numbers of women candidates this election cycle. Given Trump has some existential grudge against her, furthermore, people think she would be a perfect opponent for him. Her age might come up as an issue, but she is 3 years younger than Trump, which weakens it as a point of criticism. She's also 8 years younger than Bernie Sanders, so she looks like a better choice of progressive candidate than him in that regard.
  2. I never thought it'd be possible to make such a dark song from Dragon Ball Super have a groovy beat but here we are.

    Sounds like background music for a visual novel or something.

  3. As nice as seeing Bergamo hugging his brothers was, that was a non-speaking role, which I excluded from my list.
  4. Let's be honest on the punnage. The best pun of all is the fact Tournament of Power abbreviates to "ToP," and the fighting stage is a giant top. I don't think anything can really top that.
  5. I was just watching the fight and there were a few exchanges between them that made me raise an eyebrow since they seemed a little suggestive. Especially when I compared how they changed from the sub.
  6. Belmod's voice is very different from what I would have expected, yes. Also some of the phrasing that episode had me raising an eyebrow. I guess Funimation decided to have a little fun with wording since it's on Adult Swim.
  7. https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/30/politics/beto-orourke-willie-nelson/index.html Willie Nelson debuted a new song, "Vote 'Em Out" at one of Beto O'Rourke's rallies last night. With between 50 and 55,000 people, the rally was the largest for a single candidate since 2016. Nelson's performance no doubt was a factor here, but there is enormous support for O'Rourke, and even if he can't quite topple Ted Cruz from the Senate, this could have serious effects on lower offices as those dissatisfied with the GOP turn out in large numbers. https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/20/politics/nancy-pelosi-house-democrats-leadership-vote-majority/index.html There is a movement among House Democrats to change the vote for the party's nominee for the Speakership to 218 votes, rather than the simple majority of Democrats that it is now. That would be half the House chamber. The message is clear: if that measure passes, a Democrat would need practically every caucus member's support in order to be nominated for the Speakership (which they would win easily in the formal Speaker election since they'd by definition have a majority of the House). With Nancy Pelosi only enjoying the support of two-thirds of House Democrats, she would be tossed out. Some proponents have said the bill is not meant to be anti-Pelosi, but to avoid the embarrassing leadership vacuum the GOP had to deal with after John Boehner stepped down as Speaker. https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/20/politics/colorado-sixth-district-mike-coffman/index.html One of the more interesting races to watch for an idea of if Democrats can take the House. Congressman Coffman is a Colorado Republican who has made a name for himself for his commitment to ethnic diversity. He has learned Spanish to show solidarity with Hispanic constituents, has argued vehemently against human rights abuses in Ethiopia to earn the favor of Ethiopian constituents, and he attends a variety of cultural celebrations. In an ethnically diverse district where independents are the largest political affiliation, he is a model Republican candidate. If Democrats can oust him, that means the GOP as a whole is in trouble.
  8. https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/29/politics/poll-of-the-week-florida-senate-bill-nelson/index.html Shifting gears, Rick Scott's campaign in Florida is starting to slip in the polls. Before this poll, he was always seen ahead or tied with incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson. Coattails being what they are, this does not bode well for the GOP's chances at Florida's Governorship or its numerous key House races. https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/28/politics/opioids-package-passes-house/index.html The House has passed a multibillion dollar package to combat the opioid epidemic by a massive bipartisan margin, with almost every House member in favor. Opioid overdoses claimed tens of thousands of lives in 2016 and Trump's stronger approach on opioids is one cited reason why he won over Clinton (conversely, his in-office weakness on opioids has led to an erosion of support). The House goes into recess on October 12th and will not be back in session until November 13th. After that, the House basically has less than 20 days to pass whatever it wants before the inauguration of the next House. Expect lots of controversy in those final November and December weeks. That's not counting the Senate, which takes far less days off. Their recess isn't until October 29th.
  9. So I was looking at someone's Cooler vs. Bardock fight annnnd... Looks like Tournament of Power characters are in the cards at some point. Besides the fact we have Tuxedo Dyspo (he is seen wearing that in one episode), we also have a reskinned Lavender. There's also two reskinned Iwnes in there, so Destroyers are on the table as well.
  10. >spots a reskinned Lavender model in the background in FighterZ

    Ohohoho, well THIS is something.

    1. MightyRay

      MightyRay

      You mean in an official capacity or something else?

    2. Legosi (Tani Coyote)
    3. Kuzu

      Kuzu

      CLEARLY THIS MEANS HE WILL BE IN SEASON 2.

    4. MightyRay

      MightyRay

      And there's a Dyspo clone wearing a fancy suit too! 

  11. Russian cover of Fading World/Imperial Tower is legiiiiit

  12. https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/28/politics/kavanaugh-senate-judiciary-vote/index.html Trump has approved an FBI probe into Kavanaugh. The probe will last one week, and Jeff Flake, Lisa Murkowski, Susan Collins, and Joe Manchin (the Democrat from West Virginia) have all said they will not vote Yes until the probe is complete. So now we wait. Statistically, beyond the local level, the only way to run as an independent and win is to be a major party candidate first. The two-party system is extremely well-entrenched.
  13. I still think Infinite Phase 2 is Infinite having trouble deciding whether he wants to be a villain or a dancer

    1. SenEDDtor Missile
    2. Mad Convoy

      Mad Convoy

      ...I actually want Miror Infinite to make an appearance now...

      For reference: https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Miror_B.

  14. Yeah, this is definitely one of the crowning moments. A few minutes of a desperate fight, combined with some kickass music. And to top it all off, Goku and Frieza use their Super and Final forms, respectively, rather than the much more powerful forms they've acquired over the course of Super. A nice callback to Namek, though they now they are fighting alongside each other. While I'm here, may as well plug a track HalusaTwin made that was inspired by the Goku and Frieza coop:
  15. http://dragonball.wikia.com/wiki/Wolf_Person

    Apparently the predominant race within Universe 9 is just called "Wolf People."

    Wowwwww.

    1. ThePrinceOfSaiyans

      ThePrinceOfSaiyans

      Dragon Ball Wiki isn't a reliable source.

    2. Legosi (Tani Coyote)
    3. ThePrinceOfSaiyans

      ThePrinceOfSaiyans

      It's still not a reliable source. Use Kanzenshuu and or Herms or somethin'. 

  16. https://www.cnn.com/politics/live-news/kavanaugh-senate-committee-vote/index.html Jeff Flake agreed to let Kavanaugh's nomination go to the floor, but he says he will vote Yes on the actual nomination only after an FBI investigation is held. https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/28/politics/joe-donnelly-kavanaugh-nomination/index.html Red State Democrats Joe Donnelly and Jon Tester have announced they will vote no on Kavanaugh, making it look like red state Democrats will not break ranks as anticipated, and Mitch McConnell will basically be held hostage by Flake. Lisa Murkowski has asked for the investigation to be "quick" but we'll see where that goes. https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/20/politics/ralph-norman-brett-kavanaugh-supreme-court/index.html Disgusting. In one of the South Carolina Congressional races, the Republican opened a debate with the "joke" that Ruth Bader Ginsburg claimed she was groped by Abraham Lincoln. The Democrat responded he was not too surprised the Republican thought sexual assault is funny, considering he once pulled a loaded gun on his constituents.
  17. https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/27/politics/kavanaugh-hearing-after-all-that-its-still-about-a-handful-of-senators/index.html The committee vote is scheduled for tomorrow, with the Senate floor vote scheduled for Saturday. It's going to be a tense weekend. On the GOP side, Senators Flake, Murkowski, and Collins are seen as possible No votes, as they've all expressed concerns with the process, the latter two are notable moderates, and Flake is a routine critic of Trump and on his way out. On the Democratic side, several Senators are from ruby red states and might vote Yes just to shore up their credentials in this year's midterm. I would not be surprised if we end up 50-50 and Pence has to become the first Vice President to vote for a Supreme Court justice.
  18. "No no, I got it, I got it, oww!" -Maui, Prometheus, and Coyote, as they simultaneously chase after fire, not looking where they're going, and they collide with each other.

    1. Legosi (Tani Coyote)

      Legosi (Tani Coyote)

      From my understanding, Prometheus was the only being who stole fire for altruistic reasons, though. Seems like Maui wanted the praise, while Coyote just wanted to piss God off?

    2. Nina Cortex Jovahexeon

      Nina Cortex Jovahexeon

      Why's Wile E involved in this?

    3. Legosi (Tani Coyote)

      Legosi (Tani Coyote)

      @Jovahexeon Dapper Ridley More like Wile E.'s distant ancestor. :P

  19. >wakes up

    >sees Senate hearing and how quickly it goes to Hell

    >debates going back to bed

  20. Looks like these hearings are not going too well. Ford seems to have been given the tougher questions by the counsel, but Kavanaugh is repeatedly breaking decorum interrupting Senators and channeling a lot of anger in his voice. Clarence Thomas, the last nominee to deal with sexual allegations, was cleared 52-48, in a very different time. Kavanaugh's future looks really uncertain. The allegations aside, he is exposing an emotional side. https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/09/brett-kavanaugh-opening-statement-christine-blasey-ford.html He's also named Democrats and the left specifically as opponents. Judges are supposed to look nonpartisan. The best thing the GOP can do at this moment is can him and put someone else on the bench. There is just way too much going wrong here. https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/27/politics/orrin-hatch-kavanaugh-accuser-attractive/index.html Jesus Christ. Orrin Hatch referred to Ford as an "attractive, good witness." Like... can you not? Saying someone is beautiful would normally be a compliment, but... considering the context, it is seriously inappropriate. The last thing a hearing on something like this needs is the witness being made out like eye candy.
  21. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/26/magazine/ex-felons-voting-rights-florida.html News report on Florida's Voter Restoration Amendment, which would restore voting rights to 1.5 million people. It is being backed by several conservative evangelical groups as much as many liberal groups. There are many conservatives backing it on the basis that the right to vote should not be so massively restricted. Many conservatives and liberals alike back it because they see it as possibly giving their side an advantage going forward. There's only one way to find out. http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2018/09/koch-funded-freedom-partners-backs-voting-rights-for-felons.html The Koch Brothers' main PAC in Florida has put its support behind the Amendment as well. There is a bipartisan push here. Florida may give us the largest expansion of suffrage since the Civil Rights Act. Part of it is concern for the Court's legitimacy. There's a concern that if the judges are not indirectly chosen by the people, it will lessen the public willingness to listen to them. I would argue the process is not that different. You have an executive official (the Attorney General instead of the President) consulting with prominent officials from each state (the state AGs instead of Senators). Now, there is an aura of professionalism here since these are appointed lawyers rather than elected officials, but I would question how real that is: how subject are they to the whims of their respective PMs? In America's system, having our Attorney General handle things would just be a proxy for the President to possibly control the process, because the President can always sack an uncooperative AG (although the Attorney General is one of the more revered posts and a lot of Senators dislike the idea of a President freely dismissing one). Based on what I'm gathering from Australia's own Parliament website, the Australian PM has the means to get rid of an uncooperative Attorney General just like the US President does. This means the process is not as apolitical as it appears, even though custom might protect the Australian AG the same way it protects the American AG; this being considered, it might be a good idea to move appointment power to the AG. All the same, I would not be surprised if Australia's system is theoretically as vulnerable to partisanship as ours, there's just one very big difference. The political divide. While I can see plenty of difference between the Australian parties, I also see a lot more common ground between them than I do with ours. Our parties can't agree on whether citizens have a right to health insurance or not. We can't agree on whether we should execute people. There's an absurdly long list of differences, with the parties basically disagreeing on every issue besides "respect the troops" and "fuck Ted Cruz." This is to say nothing of the immense institutional effects from having a separated executive and lower House; while a Prime Minister can reasonably expect to squeeze bills through Australia's House due to party discipline, the American President can expect bills to fall apart in the face of midterm elections and rabid partisanship, and the resultant hostility between the President and Speaker of the House will cause a lot of anger on both sides. In a hostile climate like that, I don't think any system is going to make these judge appointments less partisan. All we could really hope for is a system that staggers the appointments so the partisanship is not overly destructive. As it stands, we're barreling towards a court packing situation that is basically going to destroy the Court. I think the different political climate also plays a part in Australian court appointments not being as controversial: you are probably not arguing as much about whether a poor woman should be able to abort her pregnancy or whether assault rifles are protected by the Constitution. We are arguing about just about every single topic, and that makes both parties hungrily eye the Court. Our country is basically being torn apart by some Frankenstein Party that simultaneously wants anarchism and fascism, and a Party that wants to make us more like other Western states.
  22. https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/25/politics/senate-judiciary-committee-sets-kavanaugh-vote/index.html The Judiciary Committee has already scheduled its Kavanaugh vote for Friday, a day after Ford is questioned by a special counsel rather than the individual Senators. Senator Feinstein felt scheduling the vote already showed bad faith because they're already planning it without hearing from Ford first, although Chuck Grassley has said they do not need to vote on Friday if they do not feel they are ready. Jeff Flake might be a wildcard for the process. https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/25/politics/phil-bredesen-chuck-schumer-senate/index.html Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi just might be thrown out of power if a blue wave happens. Tennessee Senate hopeful Phil Bredesen has said he will not vote for Schumer for leader, echoing statements by Kyrsten Sinema in Arizona. This is parallel to scores of House candidates who say they will not vote for Pelosi as Speaker. It is quite possible the Democrats will come into power with a sizable red/purple state caucus, which increases the odds Pelosi and Schumer, both lightning rods for conservatives, will lose their positions within the Party. Given Schumer's support for partial birth abortions and Pelosi's tendency to double down on social justice over economic justice (although she did make a surprise announcement a while back that abortion rights would not be a litmus test for candidates), they're both looking a bit dated in a Party that's shifting more towards left wing economic populism that includes social moderates and conservatives. And honestly? Given how a lot of the issues with guns and abortion would dry up with an expanded welfare state, I think it's an acceptable tradeoff. Take a look at Louisiana under John Bel Edwards; while he is infamous for a strong pro-life stance, without him, the state GOP would have gutted Planned Parenthood (Edwards, while pro-life, also emphasizes all the services Planned Parenthood provides and feels there isn't enough evidence that PP sells fetus parts to defund it) and prevented the expansion of Medicaid. Countless people have received needed medical care because the Louisiana Democrats were pragmatic. Plus, the US' political structure is probably always going to favor these socially conservative areas. Doubling down on leftism on every dimension will not work as a long-term strategy.
  23. https://thehill.com/opinion/judiciary/405853-partisans-dilemma-fix-the-court-dont-pack-the-court Something different in the midst of all this chaos. While lots of conservative partisans are frothing at the mouth to control the Court, they probably won't be smiling when Democrats get the chance to pack it. That's where this proposal comes in: a Constitutional Amendment that would limit Justices to one 18-year term, fix the number of justices at 9, and have a new Justice appointed every 2 years (so basically, every election would involve picking a new Justice, so there'd be a new sense of fairness and political involvement for both sides). Yes, this means the parties need to give up their short-term gains whenever they are in power. But it also means the Court's prestige and independence is preserved. Otherwise, we are looking at a Court that just adds seats every few years and just turns into a partisan, increasingly powerless and ineffective mess. It is in both parties' long-term interest to pass a reform like this. It would also be easy to frame: Senator McCain enjoys reverence for his repeated desires to try and restore some of the consensus politics, and proponents of this type of Amendment say it would be a great way to honor him. Under the Federalist Papers, Justices have a life term for two reasons: first, it preserves their independence since they don't need to be appointed again, and two, it was a cushy job with lots of benefits that would ensure talented lawyers would try to get on the Court rather than opt for private practice. A single 18-year term would still keep the independence goal, would still provide excellent job security (plus a lot of high-ranking judges serve out of a sense of duty even though they could make more money going on book tours), and let's be honest, the Framers probably did not expect your typical Justice to live much longer than 18 years anyway. This is not a new idea for federal positions, either. The Federal Reserve chairs have staggered 14-year terms, to limit the capacity of a President to pack the chairs to his liking (as he will undoubtedly lose power in Congress as his term goes on). The FCC's board likewise is made of staggered 5-year terms, and has additional rules prescribing the partisan makeup of the FCC. Without a reform like this, we may as well just abolish the Supreme Court. Otherwise it's just an arm of whoever happened to last have a unified Congress and Presidency.
  24. https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/24/politics/republican-party-favorability/index.html In spite of everything, the GOP has hit its highest favorability rating in years, at 45%. It was 47% after the 2010 elections. https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/24/politics/believe-ford-kavanaugh-poll/index.html However, there's this. Fox News finds the plurality of Americans believe Ford over Kavanaugh, and while a slim majority of Republicans say the nomination should not be delayed, the overwhelming majority of independents and Democrats say the nomination should be slowed down. This nomination is just so nakedly partisan at this point I honestly hope the next Democratic President creates a tenth seat. https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/24/politics/noel-francisco-succession-rod-rosenstein/index.html If Rosenstein is fired, the next person in line to oversee Mueller is Noel Francisco, who has been notoriously supportive of executive power during his tenure as Solicitor General. https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/24/politics/rod-rosenstein-trump-congress-russia-investigation/index.html Any attempt to protect Mueller will likely not go anywhere. Republicans have claimed the legislation is unneeded, or unconstitutional, or otherwise have basically given the non-gun variant of thoughts and prayers by saying it would be "concerning." There's no concrete plan here, just a "oh dear" at the idea of Mueller being reined in. This would most likely be struck down; the President retains the right to nominate as much as they want under the current situation, but the Senate is apparently changing its stance on whether or not it needs to hear the nomination. Based on the "advice and consent" wording, simply refusing to hear a nomination would presumably qualify as not granting consent. This is one of those things that will most likely need an amendment. But then that raises another issue: the Senate, if forced to give hearings to nominees, can still just reject the nomination on the floor. It's ultimately a symbolic victory. The same goes for using amendments to reinstate the filibuster in its entirety or to protect the Senatorial courtesy that the GOP is considering getting rid of. They are both instruments of a time when the Senate was far less partisan and polarized and where it was relatively easy to reach agreements regardless of Party. No amount of laws or constitutional provisions can really make the Senate better at this point, only the Senators can. And the Senators have decided partisan hackery is the way to do business, even as they decry the fact they're becoming more like the House. Honestly, if I had to come up with a reform to improve the Senate? Make it so people can vote in both major parties' primaries. As it stands, liberals vote predominantly in the Democratic primary, and conservatives in the GOP primary. This pushes both parties' final candidates towards the extremes, and also discourages having an amicable demeanor friendly to compromise. The two party system also worsens the problem, but that's probably going to take a lot more work to fix. As it stands, each party sets its internal rules for the most part, so the party establishments can easily pass reforms that would let a voter pick their choice for both parties. Research indicates people don't "raid" the other Party as hacks like Rush Limbaugh would like, but actually will vote for whichever candidate they like the most from that Party. What primary voter is going to say no to a system that makes it so they get their favorite from each party, regardless of which party wins? It is the next best thing to having runoff ballots or proportional representation in how it expands our sense of choice and satisfaction with the results.
  25. I mean, he did handwring on how the situation is "different" when Chuck Schumer said that since this is an election year, they should decline to appoint any nominees to the Court. Are the midterms different? Not really. If the balance of the Senate can shift, that can change whether or not a nominee gets through or not. Chief Justice Roberts better be ready to play the part of liberal for a while, otherwise I fully support the Democrats packing the Court. They want a political court, let's give 'em a political court.
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