The CHIP debacle shows Democrats need to put the government on autopilot.

The CHIP debacle shows Democrats need to put the government on autopilot.. As I’m writing this post, the federal government appears to be hurtling toward a shutdown, largely because Democrats and Republicans have been unable to come up with a deal on immigration. Unfortunately, this means that funding for the critical Children’s Health Insurance Program is once again stuck in […]

Trump’s Decision To Keep Parks Open In A Shutdown Puts Politics Before Safety | HuffPost

Trump’s Decision To Keep Parks Open In A Shutdown Puts Politics Before Safety | HuffPost. As a government shutdown grew increasingly likely this week, the Trump administration scrambled to find a way to keep America’s national parks and monuments open — albeit without rangers, restrooms and other visitor services. While the federal government appears woefully unprepared for a shutdown generally, […]

Dreamers to Congress: Voting to Avert a Shutdown Is Voting to Deport Us – Mother Jones

Dreamers to Congress: Voting to Avert a Shutdown Is Voting to Deport Us – Mother Jones. by Noah Lanard Demonstrators with United We Dream and others rally in the Hart Senate Office Building on Tuesday to call on Congress to protect DACA recipients.Tom Williams/AP Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. As the Senate debates whether […]

McConnell Concern Trolls Dems On Shutdown: ‘I Feel Bad’ For Schumer’s Caucus – Talking Points Memo

McConnell Concern Trolls Dems On Shutdown: ‘I Feel Bad’ For Schumer’s Caucus – Talking Points Memo. by Tierney Sneed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) mocked a proposal by Democrats to pass an extremely short-term spending bill, and zeroed in on Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) for leading “his own troops into a boxed canyon.” “Apparently now he wants his […]

Everyone’s talking about Trump’s mental fitness except the experts

Everyone's talking about Trump's mental fitness except the experts. by Bandy X. Lee and Norman Eisen, Opinion contributors This is not ‘armchair psychiatry.’ It’s a call for a responsible, thorough and accurate assessment that prevents irresponsible conclusions. White House physician to President Trump, Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson (Photo: Alex Wong, Getty Images) Many Americans are asking questions about Donald Trump’s […]

The G.O.P.’s Doomsday-Machine Politics – The New York Times

The G.O.P.’s Doomsday-Machine Politics – The New York Times. by Paul Krugman · January 18, 2018 A mother took her daughter, who is covered by the Children’s Health Insurance Program, to demonstrate in Washington last month in favor of funding for the program. Gabriella Demczuk for The New York Times Back in the depths of the Cold War, people used […]

A Year of Donald Trump in the White House | The New Yorker

A Year of Donald Trump in the White House | The New Yorker. by Adam Gopnik · January 19, 2018 What has happened is worse than we want to pretend. But it happened for highly specific and contingent causes, and the means of remedying them have not yet passed. Photograph by Daniel Acker / Bloomberg / Getty Living as we […]

Government shutdown 2018: Congress’ spending showdown, explained – Vox

Government shutdown 2018: Congress’ spending showdown, explained – Vox. There are enough Senate Democrats saying they will vote against a spending bill to shut down the federal government, a senior Democratic aide told NBC News. At an impasse over the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Congress is barreling toward a January 19 midnight deadline to […]

Supreme Court Tells North Carolina To Hold Off On Redrawing Congressional Map | HuffPost

Supreme Court Tells North Carolina To Hold Off On Redrawing Congressional Map | HuffPost. The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday evening granted a request from Republican lawmakers in North Carolina to temporarily put on hold a lower court order that the state redraw its congressional map by next week. A special panel of three federal judges had found that state […]

Colin Kaepernick is making America great – Salon.com

Colin Kaepernick is making America great – Salon.com. by D. Watkins · January 18, 2018 Colin Kaepernick is back at it again. This week, the former NFL star-turned-activist, announced that he will be giving away the last $100,000 of the $1 million he pledged to donate to charitable causes in 2016. So far, Kap has donated money to a collection […]

Working people are watching, Mr. President | TheHill

Working people are watching, Mr. President | TheHill. by Richard Trumka, opinion contributor · January 17, 2018 To Washington, D.C. insiders, this month’s budget negotiations are just the latest partisan exercise in a series of manufactured crises that too often result in short-term solutions. But for those who live and work outside of the Beltway bubble, much more is at […]

Cotton-Perdue Bill Would Reduce High-Skilled Immigration – The Atlantic

Cotton-Perdue Bill Would Reduce High-Skilled Immigration – The Atlantic. by Ronald Brownstein · January 18, 2018 President Trump and his Senate allies are now presenting their goal for immigration reform as increasing the number of high-skilled immigrants allowed into the United States. But the immigration legislation from Senators Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia that Trump has […]

Oprah Winfrey helped create our irrational pseudoscientific American fantasyland.

Oprah Winfrey helped create our irrational pseudoscientific American fantasyland.. by Kurt Andersen · January 10, 2018 Oprah Winfrey gave national platforms and legitimacy to all sorts of magical thinking. Photo illustration by Slate. Photos by OWN Network, Cindy Ord/Getty Images for iHeart, Jemal Countess/Getty Images, and Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images. Adapted from Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History copyright […]

Senate Democrats Failed Dreamers In December. They Might Do It Again. | HuffPost

Senate Democrats Failed Dreamers In December. They Might Do It Again. | HuffPost. Senate Democrats disappointed young undocumented immigrants in December when many of them voted for a government spending bill that left out deportation protections. Whether Democrats do the same again this week will depend on two things: their level of commitment to helping so-called Dreamers and their disgust […]

Cory Booker lashes into DHS’s Kirstjen Nielsen: “Your silence and your amnesia is complicity” – Salon.com

Cory Booker lashes into DHS’s Kirstjen Nielsen: “Your silence and your amnesia is complicity” – Salon.com. by Shira Tarlo · January 16, 2018 Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) gained attention Tuesday after delivering an impassioned speech on President Donald Trump’s history of racist comments, the hate crimes they may have helped inspire and the complicity of his administration during a Senate […]

Democrats’ bewildering decision to hand President Trump more surveillance powers

Democrats' bewildering decision to hand President Trump more surveillance powers. Back in 2005, The New York Times reported that President Bush had been lying through his teeth about a warrantless wiretapping program his administration had set up under the NSA. The baldly illegal program required participation from telecom companies, who were thus exposed to millions of lawsuits from their spied-on […]

Trump Is a Manifestation of the Backlash Against MLK – The Atlantic

Trump Is a Manifestation of the Backlash Against MLK – The Atlantic. by Vann R. Newkirk II · January 15, 2018 On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated. In response, a week later President Lyndon B. Johnson scrambled to sign into law the Fair Housing Act, a final major civil-rights bill that had languished for years under […]

Democrats Won’t Support CR Without DACA Deal, Hoyer Says

Democrats Won’t Support CR Without DACA Deal, Hoyer Says. by Lindsey McPherson · January 16, 2018 Democrats are unlikely to support a stopgap spending bill this week without protections for young undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer said Tuesday. “I think it needs to be in the CR,” Hoyer said of protections for Dreamers. The Maryland […]

Shutdowns Are For Losers – POLITICO Magazine

Shutdowns Are For Losers – POLITICO Magazine. Just ask Newt Gingrich and Ted Cruz. When congressional Republicans provoked two government shutdowns in 1995, the public held them responsible. When they shut down the government in 2013, Republican approval hit its lowest point in 20 years. In neither case did Republicans achieve their policy objectives. Why are Democrats taking a page […]

Trump hints he’s given up on a DACA deal – Vox

Trump hints he’s given up on a DACA deal – Vox. If the president is still looking for a deal on DACA — the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which has protected hundreds of thousands of young adult unauthorized immigrants from deportation and allowed them to work legally in America since 2012 — his Twitter feed isn’t showing it. […]

Democrats’ bewildering decision to hand President Trump more surveillance powers

Democrats' bewildering decision to hand President Trump more surveillance powers. Back in 2005, The New York Times reported that President Bush had been lying through his teeth about a warrantless wiretapping program his administration had set up under the NSA. The baldly illegal program required participation from telecom companies, who were thus exposed to millions of lawsuits from their spied-on […]

Know-Nothings for the 21st Century – The New York Times

Know-Nothings for the 21st Century – The New York Times. by Paul Krugman · January 15, 2018 These days calling someone a “know-nothing” could mean one of two things. If you’re a student of history, you might be comparing that person to a member of the Know Nothing party of the 1850s, a bigoted, xenophobic, anti-immigrant group that at its […]

Dems search for winning playbook | TheHill

Dems search for winning playbook | TheHill. by Amie Parnes · January 16, 2018 Democrats are feeling increasingly confident about their chances of winning back the House and Senate in the 2018 midterms. After a surprising victory in Alabama’s Senate election last month, the party felt like it had momentum. Decisions by a pair of high-profile House GOP incumbents, Reps. […]

How Donald Trump Degrades Us All | The New Yorker

How Donald Trump Degrades Us All | The New Yorker. by Masha Gessen · January 14, 2018 The news to take away from Donald Trump’s “shithole” comment is not that he’s a racist; it’s that he’s dragging us all down with him. Photograph by Mark Peterson / Redux Five and a half years ago, I filed a story for the […]

Juan Williams: The case for Oprah | TheHill

Juan Williams: The case for Oprah | TheHill. I know Oprah Winfrey. So I can say it: President Trump, sir, you are no Oprah. Trump said last week he’d beat Winfrey in the 2020 presidential race. And he dismissed the burst of talk about her possible 2020 candidacy with a belittling comment: “Oprah will be a lot of fun.” Of […]

Trump: ‘Senator Dicky Durbin’ lying about DACA meeting – POLITICO

Trump: 'Senator Dicky Durbin' lying about DACA meeting – POLITICO. by Emily Goldberg · January 15, 2018 President Donald Trump has vehemently denied the “shithole” comment, and told reporters in Florida on Sunday that he is the “least racist person you have ever interviewed.” | Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images President Donald Trump on Monday tweeted that Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), referring […]

Democratic House Candidate’s Campaign Materials Full Of Plagiarized Work | HuffPost

Democratic House Candidate's Campaign Materials Full Of Plagiarized Work | HuffPost. The campaign of Democrat Joseph Kopser, an Iraq War veteran and entrepreneur running to represent Texas’ 21st Congressional District, repeatedly used sentences from news sites and other sources without attribution, in several cases lifting them word for word. As part of a response to a question about climate change […]

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Already Paying Dividends – Congressman Scott DesJarlais

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Already Paying Dividends – Congressman Scott DesJarlais. by Congressman Scott DesJarlais The American Dream: The idea that every citizen has a chance to succeed, if he or she works hard; that each generation will do better than the last; that freedom creates economic opportunity and progress. Throughout the history of the United States, we as […]

Google’s Secret Speech Police | The Daily Caller

Google's Secret Speech Police | The Daily Caller. More than 100 nongovernment organizations (NGOs) and government agencies around the world help police YouTube for extremist content, ranging from so-called hate speech to terrorist recruiting videos. All of them have confidentiality agreements barring Google, YouTube’s parent company, from revealing their participation to the public, a Google representative told The Daily Caller […]

Clinton Had Detailed Knowledge of Email Server Security Risks, Emails Show

Clinton Had Detailed Knowledge of Email Server Security Risks, Emails Show. Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had detailed knowledge about the security vulnerabilities involved in continuing to use her personal email despite claims that she didn’t really “stop and think” about the email system she was planning to use, newly released State Department emails show. The new batch of emails […]

Government Shutdown: Republicans Must Hang Tough | National Review

Government Shutdown: Republicans Must Hang Tough | National Review. by The Editors · January 19, 2018 Senate Democrats have blocked a bill to keep the federal government running and fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program for the next six years. They have, that is, partially shut the government down. They have taken this step not because of any strong objection […]

California Dems propose surcharge on businesses to fund social programs | Fox News

California Dems propose surcharge on businesses to fund social programs | Fox News. Lawmakers from California have proposed a bill that would compel companies making more than $1 million to turn over half their tax-cut savings to the state in order to fund programs that support low-income and middle-class families. Assembly members Kevin McCarthy, D-Sacramento, and Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, […]

Trump shuts down immigration talks with Democrats until government reopens

Trump shuts down immigration talks with Democrats until government reopens. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Saturday morning that the White House wouldn’t negotiate with Democrats on immigration at all until they agree to keep the government open, a statement she delivered just after most Democrats voted against a last-minute continuing spending resolution. “We will not negotiate the status […]

The Dow’s 31% gain during Trump’s first year is the best since FDR

The Dow's 31% gain during Trump's first year is the best since FDR. Donald Trump lifted the Dow Jones industrial average in his first year in office more than any other president since Franklin Roosevelt. The Dow has surged more than 31 percent since Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 20, 2017. That marks the index’s best performance during a president’s first […]

Did Christopher Steele Write His Dossier, or Did a Russian Associate?

Did Christopher Steele Write His Dossier, or Did a Russian Associate?. by Joel Gilbert and Jack Cashill · January 19, 2018 Among the few givens in the unfolding drama of alleged Russia-Trump collusion is that former MI6 intelligence officer Christopher Steele wrote the Donald Trump-Russia dossier, alternately known as the “Steele Dossier.” This is the notorious document that purports to […]

McConnell takes hard line after failed shutdown vote | TheHill

McConnell takes hard line after failed shutdown vote | TheHill. by Jordain Carney · January 20, 2018 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) ripped Democrats for forcing a “completely avoidable” shutdown seconds after the gavel fell on a 50-49 vote failing to advance legislation to avoid a shutdown. McConnell spoke after the Senate missed a deadline for passing legislation to […]

Rand Paul’s Neighbor to Plead Guilty in Assault Case

Rand Paul’s Neighbor to Plead Guilty in Assault Case. The neighbor of Sen. Rand Paul who allegedly assaulted the Kentucky Republican while he was mowing his lawn has now signed a federal plea agreement. The U.S. Attorney in Indianapolis made the announcement Friday. His office was assigned the case following the recusal by the U.S. Attorney in the western part […]

In fight over Russia memo, Republicans have unusual ally

In fight over Russia memo, Republicans have unusual ally. Republican lawmakers criticizing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into U.S. President Donald Trump’s ties with Russia found themselves on Friday with an unusual – and perhaps unwelcome – ally. As Republicans called for the release of a classified memorandum that they say shows anti-Trump bias at the Justice Department, a network […]

McConnell and Schumer hit rock bottom – POLITICO

McConnell and Schumer hit rock bottom – POLITICO. Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer were supposed to bring a new, more productive relationship to the Senate after years of bitterness and dysfunction at the helm of the chamber. Instead, it’s been a year of slights and one-upmanship between the two men. While there may not be the level of vitriol that […]

US government shuts down; Dems, GOP blame each other

US government shuts down; Dems, GOP blame each other. The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, halting all but the most essential operations and marring the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration in a striking display of Washington dysfunction. Last-minute negotiations crumbled as Senate Democrats blocked a four-week stopgap extension in a late-night vote, causing […]

Congress seeks release of secret doc revealing Obama as ‘vengeful narcissist’

Congress seeks release of secret doc revealing Obama as ‘vengeful narcissist’. A top-secret memo that has been released to members of Congress, but still is being withheld from the American public, characterizes Barack Obama as “the vengeful narcissist” and alleges surveillance abuses by his administration that one representative likened to the work of Russia’s KGB. The document, released to members […]

How Donald Trump will Reverse Obama’s Failed Foreign Policy Strategy | The National Interest

How Donald Trump will Reverse Obama's Failed Foreign Policy Strategy | The National Interest. by Mike Gonzalez · January 19, 2018 President Obama’s foreign policy was notable for headline-grabbing deals with enemies such as Iran and Cuba, and the abandonment of dissidents there and elsewhere. But under the radar, his administration’s trademark was promoting progressive pet projects as new national-security […]

Trump WH: We’re Not Going to Politicize a Shutdown the Way Obama Did

Trump WH: We're Not Going to Politicize a Shutdown the Way Obama Did. A pause in government funding — or a shutdown as some call it — will not prevent White House employees from continuing to negotiate a pathway to a continuing resolution, Marc Short, the White House director of legislative affairs, told Fox News Friday morning. But Short indicated […]

Under Trump, HHS Acts to Protect Religious Freedom

Under Trump, HHS Acts to Protect Religious Freedom. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said there has “not really been anything” from President George W. Bush’s No Child Left Behind initiative and President Obama’s changes to the law that the federal government should “embrace” going forward, calling for a “new approach” to public education policy. “The bottom line is simple: Federal education […]

DeVos: ‘At the U.S. Department of Education, Common Core is Dead’

DeVos: 'At the U.S. Department of Education, Common Core is Dead'. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said there has “not really been anything” from President George W. Bush’s No Child Left Behind initiative and President Obama’s changes to the law that the federal government should “embrace” going forward, calling for a “new approach” to public education policy. “The bottom line is […]

Dickie Durbin Does DACA | The American Spectator

Dickie Durbin Does DACA | The American Spectator. by Scott McKay · January 19, 2018 The last column in this space addressed the fact that, in the event that Amazon Post story, citing anonymous second-hand sources to allege that President Trump referred to a few Third World nations from which a sizable proportion of our illegal immigrants come as “s***hole […]

Tennessee’s Haircut Cops Bust Barbers Who Lack High School Diplomas – Reason.com

Tennessee's Haircut Cops Bust Barbers Who Lack High School Diplomas – Reason.com. Zarate was working upstairs at The Revolution Studio, a small barbershop on trendy Front Street in downtown Memphis. The job, which he had held for only a few weeks before getting busted, was like a dream come true for Zarate. He’d learned to cut hair while helping out […]

March for Life – Strong Message | National Review

March for Life – Strong Message | National Review. by Michael R. Pence · January 19, 2018 Today, tens of thousands of Americans have traveled to Washington, D.C., for the 45th annual March for Life. They come from all across our nation, and from every walk of life – students of every age, blue-collar workers, people of many backgrounds, mothers […]

Media Chickens of the Frankfurt School Have Come Home to Roost – American Greatness

Media Chickens of the Frankfurt School Have Come Home to Roost – American Greatness. by Michael Walsh · January 18, 2018 This week’s press conference featuring the White House physician, Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson, ostensibly was about President Trump’s health. In reality, it was a physical and mental check-up on the White House press corps, whose jejunity, mental impairment, and […]

Trumping the Administrative State | The Weekly Standard

Trumping the Administrative State | The Weekly Standard. By Adam J. White The Weekly Standard · January 29, 2018 During the 2016 presidential election, the New York Times alleged that the Trump campaign had offered to make John Kasich “the most powerful vice president in history,” through a novel division of duties: The vice president “would be in charge of […]

Tough Road Ahead for Trump in Year 2 – Michael Barone

Tough Road Ahead for Trump in Year 2 – Michael Barone. by Michael Barone As we reach, gingerly, the anniversary of Donald Trump’s inauguration as president, none of the disasters feared by critics has come to pass. The economy has turned at least mildly upward rather than plummet to depression. The executive branch has obeyed court orders. No military disaster […]

Paul Ryan Shuts Down Reporter’s Question | The Daily Caller

Paul Ryan Shuts Down Reporter's Question | The Daily Caller. “I guess this would be the fourth time in as many months that you all have had to pass a CR — why is that?” Nash Jenkins, a reporter for TIME, asked Ryan. Ryan had already addressed the issue in his opening statement, and chided Jenkins for apparently not paying […]

Paul Ryan Slams Senate Dems for Holding Military ‘Hostage’ in Immigration Debate

Paul Ryan Slams Senate Dems for Holding Military 'Hostage' in Immigration Debate. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) on Thursday accused Senate Democrats of using the military as a “bargaining chip” in negotiations on an Obama-era program that protects young undocumented immigrants raised in the United States from deportation. Ryan said Congress is nearing a deal to lift budget caps […]

GOP lawmakers demand that ‘alarming’ memo on FISA abuses be made public | Fox News

GOP lawmakers demand that 'alarming' memo on FISA abuses be made public | Fox News. by Catherine Herridge | Fox News Video Lawmakers review memo alleging gov’t surveillance abuse The House Intelligence committee made the memo available to all lawmakers, but some called for its release; Catherine Herridge goes in-depth for ‘Special Report.’ A four-page memo circulating in Congress that […]