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When did this nation elect two presidents to run the country, and world, affairs? Have u missed a special election? Do we now have a Democrat president and a Republican president? Especially if they can’t agree on anything or get anything done in Congress.

It’s a crying shame we have the elected Senators and Representatives in Congress who are listening to, and taking instruction from, the former President of the United States. They are serving a man no longer officially in office.

If we don’t vote BLUE in all elections between now and 2030, we are asking to lose our freedoms, democracy, and our Constitution. This will be our fault, as this situation right the now is our fault. We allowed this to happen. We allowed the Republicans to fan control of the House of Representatives. We have no one to blame but ourselves. And we are the only ones that can fix this mess.

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Biden has no good options, but I see two that would at least put Abbott on notice that this shit has to stop. 1) He could federalize the Texas National Guard. Put the newly federalized troops to work dismantling the barriers and helping the asylum seekers. Any member of said Guard that refuses to obey orders after federalization is subject to court martial. 2) Use the Border Patrol to block any access to the Park by anyone. No one in, no one out. No supplies in, no Texas troopers out. In other words, a good old fashioned siege. Either way, Abbott is forced to choose, escalation or compromise. And if he escalates, arrest him for the murder of the three people who drowned because of his inhuman policies.

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Great article. The situation is even more dire given that a border deal was/is being worked on. However, Trump is now pressuring R’s not to make the deal, so Biden won’t have a ‘win’ and Trump can run on and fundraise on the issue. The situation is being ratcheted up for political benefit. Of interest is whether Biden will federalize the National Guard which could address this situation. Is this situation a modern-day Fort Sumpter? Time will tell. A serious situation. Another reason why 14th Amendment needs to be applied.

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Another thing that’s disturbing is how many GOP members of Congress truly believe it’s their job to serve a member of the executive branch (in this case, a former president) rather than act as a check and balance on that branch. They are all so completely ignorant of the Constitution and of the fact that they are the legislative branch. Then again, to embrace their own power instead of be such a bunch of sheep, maybe they’d have to have an interest in governing and not just in being political power-grabbers and hacks.

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Jan 29·edited Jan 29

Thank you, Judd, for explaining exactly how the far Right Wing is defying Federal Law, and who the major characters are who are shaping this faux war. A woman and two young children have perished because of Greg Abbott's and Ken Paxton's sadistic implementation of cruelty. Here we are on the verge of a powerful and effective law to solve much of our border crisis, and Republican Governors (save VT's Scott), all coming to the aid of Trump, the racist and anti-Hispanic Republican candidate. Our underbelly of White Nationalist hatred of and disdain toward those born in other skin colors prevails in our history.

Most people in our country regardless of race or ethnicity are appalled by the mass killing of women and children in Gaza--the victims dying in the waters of the Rio Grande evoke the same kind of deep sympathy as well.

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Texas the only place in America that's worse than Florida

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25 Republican AG's = An ongoing criminal conspiracy!

Brought to you courtesy of the Party of Constant Criminals aka the QQP

I hope president Biden unleashes a can of whoop-ass on that Texas state "governor" name of Abbott.

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This appears to be another operation of political theater orchestrated by the Russians and their white supremacist allies here designed to further divide, destabilize, and weaken the US.

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Ah, yes, beloved Texas governor Greg Abbott. Never one to throw fuel on a fire for political capital. 🙄

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And so it begins...Trump's "patriots" have been whining and preparing for civil war for years and it seems they may be willing to do what is necessary to get it started. Biden is in a very tough place of course, but maybe the suggestions to take on TX are the way to go. Stop all federal funds and services to TX, and advise other governors supporting them that they are cautioned for the same sanctions. Send in the NG to set a new border around TX and they can run their own country with Mexico to the south and the US to the north, and citizens to want to emigrate back to the US can apply at the border. I am so sick and tired of all this GOP grandstanding with their lust for power regardless of consequences for the rest of us. Maybe this is the time to make a stand.

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Biden DOES HAVE SOME OPTIONS--Starting with withdrawing all those redundant, military bases that subsidize Texas and allow them to spend millions on Abbott’s “operation.” Then, PROSECUTE Abbott for overreaching his state authority. For that matter--Prosecute Trump for advocating obstruction on federal foreign affairs--yet another coup attempt. For that matter, prosecute the whole, damned bunch of right wing traitors. Take names and kick ass. Allowing these mother-fuckers years of leeway only ends in worse conflict as we see today. If Texas wants to secede, LET THEM.

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If governor Abbott wants Texas to do their own thing, I suggest we cut off all funding to Texas and leave them be. They take more from the federal government than they pay in so it would be better for the rest of us. And it would get people like Cruz and Roy out of the senate and house. Give them what they want.

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Just to connect the dots. For several years I have been reminding your readers that 43 state legislatures are controlled by GOP as well as 27 Republican Governors and 27 Republican Attorney Generals. SCOTUS has been handing states back power since Trump loaded the court. Now they have issued an edict to stop some of the madness they helped cause by giving states more power. Our population isn't aware enough of voter choice in states. They put in a Democratic Governor and elect a state legislature of Republicans. They knee jerk Congress after 2 years of Biden and elect a Republican House.

So here we sit in a quagmire of chaos with Donald Trump as the stir stick in the GOP sewer and Greg Abbott taking full advantage. The voter is much to blame. In Texas you can't gerrmander a statewide election. I will never get over Uvalde Co. TX voting overwhelming for Abbott after the school shooting. Says a lot about my point on voter choices. In the 40 years since I lived there and voted for Ann Richards, Democrat as Governor the state has gone to heck. It's almost Biblical in number, the GOP has taken the state from promise to chaos.

We need more blue voters. We need better media and less billionaire owners

We need more Judd and team and less complicit MSM

Thanks for this information and so well done, Judd and team.

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Welcome to the Fascist States of America... brought to you by pasty, old, rich, obnoxious white men who are still fighting the Civil War.

"In my book The Hidden History of American Oligarchy, I chronicle how the invention of the Cotton Gin — which could do the work of 50 enslaved people — led to a widespread and massive consolidation of wealth and power in the deep South. The plantation families, made fabulously wealthy by the Gin, then took over both the economics and the politics of the South, turning it into what today we’d call an oligarchic fascist state.

They also took over the Democratic Party in the process (it was founded by Thomas Jefferson and had always had its base largely in the South) and turned it from a national player in American politics into a corrupt regional power-broker focused almost entirely on immunizing the morbidly rich while keeping down Black people, working class whites, and women."

https://www.commondreams.org/opinion/the-gop-is-building-mini-fascist-laboratories-in-red-states-nationwide

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Using a public park to exercise federal constitutional authority seems like a good idea, but if that park isn’t available, then the feds should use immigration funds to seize (and compensate owners for) public property to use as a staging area. Maybe when Texas voters start losing their land they’ll realize that Abbott is bad for Texas.

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Jan 29·edited Jan 29

Does this mean we can tell the Supreme Court to go to hell regarding a different ruling? I agree this is another effort to divide the country and force Biden into a confrontation. No easy options.

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