North Korea defies Trump – POLITICO

North Korea defies Trump – POLITICO. Hours after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called for tough new action towards North Korea on Friday, the nuclear-armed dictatorship thumbed its nose at the Trump administration with the latest in a series of missile tests that Trump officials say could provoke a military conflict. The test’s timing implied an act of calculated defiance […]

Obama had a chance to really fight climate change. He blew it. – Vox

Obama had a chance to really fight climate change. He blew it. – Vox. On Saturday, the People’s Climate March will take to the streets because “everything we have struggled to move forward in the United States is in peril,” according to the march’s organizers. But how much progress has there really been, in the United States, to reduce the […]

Texas Is About to Crack Down on Undocumented Immigrants | Mother Jones

Texas Is About to Crack Down on Undocumented Immigrants | Mother Jones. Texas is about to become the second state to outlaw sanctuary cities, jurisdictions that refuse to fully comply with federal enforcement of immigration laws. On Thursday, lawmakers in the Texas House of Representatives gave approval to legislation that would make it a misdemeanor crime for local law enforcement […]

At NRA Conference, Trump Bathes Audience In Conservative Shout-Outs – Talking Points Memo

At NRA Conference, Trump Bathes Audience In Conservative Shout-Outs – Talking Points Memo. President Donald Trump told the NRA’s annual conference Friday that “the eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end,” part of a a speech that was light on policy but heavy on conservative shout-outs and campaign rhetoric. The conference convened at the […]

The spiritual ruin of a universal basic income

The spiritual ruin of a universal basic income. Is a life without work a dream or a nightmare? Of all the factors fueling the rise of populism on the far left and right, the single biggest one is the disappearance of fulfilling, decently paying jobs for those who didn’t graduate from elite universities and don’t live in the country’s very […]

White House Death Match: Plutocrats vs. Racists – The Daily Beast

White House Death Match: Plutocrats vs. Racists – The Daily Beast. by Rick Wilson · January 30, 2017 As the inevitable 100 Days coverage builds to its crescendo, here’s the score: Trump’s populist base and advisers are getting their asses kicked by the effete Washington insiders, swamp dwellers, and Team Goldman so thoroughly it’s surprising they can even sit. But […]

Democrats must promise to investigate every Trump scandal, even if it takes decades.

Democrats must promise to investigate every Trump scandal, even if it takes decades.. by Michelle Goldberg · April 26, 2017 Adam Schiff and Donald Trump. Photo illustration by Slate. Photos by Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images and Molly Riley/Getty Images. Because I was sentient 100 days ago, I’m old enough to remember a time when American presidents were expected, as a matter […]

Dems Threaten Shutdown If GOP Moves On Obamacare Repeal | The Huffington Post

Dems Threaten Shutdown If GOP Moves On Obamacare Repeal | The Huffington Post. House Democrats will vote against a short-term spending bill to keep the government open if Republicans try to move on a bill to repeal Obamacare this week. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said that if Republicans try a second time to rush their latest bill to […]

Trolling for a race war: Neo-Nazis are trying to bait leftist “antifa” activists into violence — and radicalize white people – Salon.com

Trolling for a race war: Neo-Nazis are trying to bait leftist “antifa” activists into violence — and radicalize white people – Salon.com. by Matthew Sheffield · April 27, 2017 Despite being almost religiously devoted to Donald Trump during his presidential campaign, the legions of online racists referred to as the “alt-right” have already decided to move on to their next […]

Elizabeth Warren Says She’s ‘Troubled’ By Reports Of Obama’s $400K Speaking Fee

Elizabeth Warren Says She's 'Troubled' By Reports Of Obama's $400K Speaking Fee. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) said Thursday that she is “troubled” by reports that former President Barack Obama agreed to speak for $400,000 at a conference run by an investment bank. “I was troubled by that,” Warren said on SiriusXM show Alter Family Politics. “The influence of dollars on […]

The global elite are headed for a fall. And they don’t even know it.

The global elite are headed for a fall. And they don't even know it.. The global elite think they’re sitting pretty. How wrong they are. Democrats keep telling themselves that Hillary Clinton “really” won the 2016 election (or would have, had it not been for interference by Vladimir Putin and James Comey). Republicans keep patting themselves on the back about […]

Abortion rift puts Democratic militants in charge – The Boston Globe

Abortion rift puts Democratic militants in charge – The Boston Globe. by Eric Fehrnstrom · April 26, 2017 One hundred days in, we now know that only 2 percent of Americans who voted for Donald Trump regret their vote, according to the latest ABC/Washington Post poll. That same poll says two-thirds of all those questioned believe the Democratic Party is […]

Barack Obama is taking $400,000 for a Wall Street speech, and that’s fine.

Barack Obama is taking $400,000 for a Wall Street speech, and that’s fine.. by Daniel Gross · April 26, 2017 In his first formal public appearance since leaving office, former President Barack Obama speaks at the University of Chicago on Sunday. Scott Olson/Getty Images The news that former President Barack Obama will reportedly accept $400,000 to give a speech to […]

FCC Chairman To Propose Reversing ‘Net Neutrality’ Rules | The Huffington Post

FCC Chairman To Propose Reversing 'Net Neutrality' Rules | The Huffington Post. By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The head of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday proposed overturning the landmark 2015 Obama-era net neutrality rules that prohibit broadband providers from giving or selling access to certain internet services over others. A plan to reverse the rules approved by […]

Barack Obama’s $400,000 speech to Wall Street sparks liberal blowback – Salon.com

Barack Obama’s $400,000 speech to Wall Street sparks liberal blowback – Salon.com. by Matthew Rozsa · April 26, 2017 The former leader of the free world is suddenly facing intense criticism. Barack Obama has accepted a $400,000 speaking fee for a Wall Street conference that will be hosted by Cantor Fitzgerald LP, according to a report by Fox Business. This […]

After Canceling Speech, Ann Coulter Calls Berkeley ‘A Radical Thuggish Institution’

After Canceling Speech, Ann Coulter Calls Berkeley 'A Radical Thuggish Institution'. Conservative commentator Ann Coulter on Wednesday called the University of California at Berkeley a “radical thuggish institution” after she canceled a speech at the school originally scheduled for Thursday amid concerns about violence. “It is a dark day for free speech in America,” Coulter tweeted. “It’s sickening when a […]

Is there a place for pro-life people in the Democratic coalition?

Is there a place for pro-life people in the Democratic coalition?. Can you be a Democrat and also hold pro-life views? That old debate has broken out once again, as Democrats mobilize to win special elections taking place around the country. It all started with the mayoral election in Omaha, where moderately pro-life Democrat Heath Mello was endorsed by Bernie […]

Barack Obama is betting that young people can save America — and his legacy – Vox

Barack Obama is betting that young people can save America — and his legacy – Vox. Between windsurfing with Richard Branson and attending Broadway shows with his daughter, Barack Obama has been trying to decide what he wants to get done in his post–White House years. “I’m spending a lot of time thinking about: ‘What is the most important thing […]

Why Democrats Are Dropping More F-Bombs Than Ever – POLITICO Magazine

Why Democrats Are Dropping More F-Bombs Than Ever – POLITICO Magazine. by Tim Alberta · April 24, 2017 Getty The profane has become mundane. By Alex Caton The last few months have seen expletives ringing from large sections of the Democratic bench. In a New York Magazine profile this month, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) included one “fuck,” two “fucking”s, one […]

The March for Science was eerily religious.

The March for Science was eerily religious.. by Jeremy Samuel Faust · April 24, 2017 Activists and protesters march to City Hall during the March for Science in Los Angeles, California, on Saturday. Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images Hundreds of thousands of self-professed science supporters turned out to over 600 iterations of the March for Science around the world this weekend. Thanks […]

Donald Trump Has Made Socialism Cool Again | Mother Jones

Donald Trump Has Made Socialism Cool Again | Mother Jones. by Tim Murphy The Democratic Socialists of America are fighting the president—and the liberals they blame for his win. Art by Adam Maida A month after President Donald Trump took office, khalid kamau was eating lunch in the cluttered kitchen of the Mayday Space, a leftist community center in Brooklyn. […]

Judge Halts Trump Order That Pressured Sanctuary Cities With Funding Threats

Judge Halts Trump Order That Pressured Sanctuary Cities With Funding Threats. A federal judge has halted part of an executive order threatening so-called “sanctuary cities” with the loss of federal funds if they do not comply with requests from immigration enforcement agents. Judge William Orrick granted a preliminary injunction Tuesday against section 9(a) of Executive Order 13768, signed Jan. 25, […]

The road to hell is paved with means-testing

The road to hell is paved with means-testing. One of the more disturbing facets of inequality in American is that of life itself. These days, the richer you are, the longer you live. This sad fact isn’t just consequential for obvious reasons; it is eroding the progressive nature of America’s largest welfare program, Social Security. Social Security’s benefits are calculated […]

Obama’s hidden Iran deal giveaway – POLITICO

Obama’s hidden Iran deal giveaway – POLITICO. When President Barack Obama announced the “one-time gesture” of releasing Iranian-born prisoners who “were not charged with terrorism or any violent offenses” last year, his administration presented the move as a modest trade-off for the greater good of the Iran nuclear agreement and Tehran’s pledge to free five Americans. “Iran had a significantly […]

Why Colleges Have a Right to Reject Hateful Speakers Like Ann Coulter | New Republic

Why Colleges Have a Right to Reject Hateful Speakers Like Ann Coulter | New Republic. by Aaron R. Hanlon · April 24, 2017 As graduation season approaches, colleges across the country are locking down commencement speakers to address the class of 2017. Harvard got Mark Zuckerberg (a Harvard dropout). Hillary Clinton is speaking at Wellesley, Bernie Sanders at Brooklyn College. […]

Hill Republicans: Trump ‘is doing just fine’ in first 100 days

Hill Republicans: Trump 'is doing just fine' in first 100 days. by Susan Ferrechio · April 29, 2017 Weekend tweets aside, congressional Republicans praised the first 100 days of President Trump, pointing to his accomplishments rolling back Obama-era regulations and seating a conservative pick on the Supreme Court. “I’ve been really encouraged to see the kind of commitment that President […]

Bill Nye – Repulsive Views | National Review

Bill Nye – Repulsive Views | National Review. by David Harsanyi · April 28, 2017 Bill Nye has some detestable ideas about humanity. This shouldn’t surprise anyone. Many environmental doomsdayers share his totalitarian impulses (he has toyed with the idea of criminalizing speech he dislikes) and soft spot for eugenics. In his Netflix series, Bill Nye Saves the World, the […]

‘First 100 Days’: Trump declares ‘ObamaCare is dead,’ predicts replacement deal soon | Fox News

'First 100 Days': Trump declares 'ObamaCare is dead,' predicts replacement deal soon | Fox News. President Trump voiced confidence Friday about a new health care overhaul coming together as early as next week, declaring in an interview with Fox News’ Martha MacCallum that despite Republicans’ failure to pass a replacement in his first 100 days, “ObamaCare is dead.” The president […]

Elizabeth Warren: A Factory of Bad Ideas – Ken Blackwell

Elizabeth Warren: A Factory of Bad Ideas – Ken Blackwell. · by Ken Blackwell In the fallout of President Donald J. Trump’s historic victory, the Democratic Party is in a state of panic. They suffered record-breaking defeats across the country, and are still trying to clean up the mess caused by Hillary Clinton, a candidate who explored uncharted depths of […]

Poland Finds a Friend in US Shale – The American Interest

Poland Finds a Friend in US Shale – The American Interest. by Henry Foy American shale gas is, at long last, penetrating into Eastern Europe. Poland just purchased its first cargoes of U.S. liquified natural gas (LNG), an important milestone in Europe’s quest to reduce its dependence on Russian energy imports. Bloomberg reports: Poland’s state-owned PGNiG SA bought a spot […]

America Is Losing the Cyber Information War

America Is Losing the Cyber Information War. The United States faces a growing threat of information warfare attacks and needs new strategies and organizations to counter it, national security experts told Congress this week. John C. Inglis, former deputy director of the National Security Agency, said cyber attacks are only one form of influence, propaganda, and disinformation attacks being waged […]

Trump Goes Bigly on Tax Reform | The Weekly Standard

Trump Goes Bigly on Tax Reform | The Weekly Standard. No taxation without reconciliation President Trump and the boys from Goldman Sachs have put together a dazzling tax reform plan. It has enough pro-growth incentives to energize the economy even after Congress eliminates some of them. But there’s a problem: paying for it. Democrats aren’t worried about this. They’re against […]

Judicial Watch Sues DHS Over Jeh Johnson’s Private Emails | The Daily Caller

Judicial Watch Sues DHS Over Jeh Johnson's Private Emails | The Daily Caller. Judicial Watch is suing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for emails former Secretary Jeh Johnson and three other top agency officials sent or received from personal email accounts, the nonprofit government watchdog group announced Friday. The lawsuit was filed after DHS produced no records in response […]

Articles: Turkey’s NATO Membership Should Be Revoked

Articles: Turkey's NATO Membership Should Be Revoked. by E. Jeffrey Ludwig · April 28, 2017 Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on April 16 won a referendum by a narrow margin of 51.4%, extending the powers of his office and curtailing the powers of the parliament and judiciary in Turkey. This vote took place at a time when approximately 40,000 individuals […]

Trump signs one-week funding bill to avoid shutdown | TheHill

Trump signs one-week funding bill to avoid shutdown | TheHill. by Jordan Fabian · April 28, 2017 President Trump has signed a stopgap spending bill to avert a government shutdown, the White House announced Friday evening. The measure funds the government through May 5, giving lawmakers more time to reach an agreement on an omnibus spending bill that would carry […]

North Korea test-fires ballistic missile in defiance of world pressure | Reuters

North Korea test-fires ballistic missile in defiance of world pressure | Reuters. by Jack Kim · April 29, 2017 SEOUL North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile on Saturday, the South Korean and U.S. militaries said, defying warnings from the United States and the reclusive state’s main ally, China, which have tried for years to rein in its arms programs. The […]

Was Russia Behind ‘CIA Killed JFK‘? – The Daily Beast

Was Russia Behind ‘CIA Killed JFK‘? – The Daily Beast. by Max Holland · April 29, 2017 Helping defeat Hillary Clinton is not the most successful influence operation Moscow has ever mounted against the United States. The most momentous, yes. But any covert activity that is exposed so rapidly and incites a backlash cannot be deemed an unalloyed accomplishment. Moscow’s […]

Trump tells NRA: ‘You have a true friend’ in White House

Trump tells NRA: 'You have a true friend' in White House. by JONATHAN LEMIRE ATLANTA (AP) — President Donald Trump reaffirmed his support for gun rights Friday, telling attendees of a National Rifle Association convention that “the eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end.” Trump, the first sitting president to address the group’s annual […]

All 100 senators to U.N.: Quit targeting Israel

All 100 senators to U.N.: Quit targeting Israel. There’s been a growing movement urging the United States to leave the United Nations – including a petition drive – ever since the global body passed a resolution condemning Israel for building housing in areas it reclaimed in a defensive war. The resolution asserted Jerusalem is not Israel’s capital, and Israel must […]

The North Korea Nightmare Continues | The National Interest

The North Korea Nightmare Continues | The National Interest. If North Korea truly desires state of the art nuclear weapons and missiles—something that can deliver an atomic payload to say Los Angeles—than we are indeed in for some tense time ahead. The only way Kim Jong-un—the portly pariah of Pyongyang—can truly develop a medium-range missile that can hit even Hawaii […]

Mexico Assembles Team for All-Out Legal Assault on Border Wall

Mexico Assembles Team for All-Out Legal Assault on Border Wall. Mexico City (CNSNews.com) – Mexico’s foreign secretary is planning an all-out legal assault on any future construction of a border wall by the U.S., to include filing suits in U.S. and international courts over possible environmental, human rights and international treaty violations. Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray told congressional leaders here […]

GOP Leaders Move Forward With Obamacare Repeal

GOP Leaders Move Forward With Obamacare Repeal. by Melissa Quinn · April 28, 2017 For Republicans in Congress, the path to repealing and replacing Obamacare could be made more difficult by less conservative members who say a revised proposal would cause health insurance premiums to swell for sick patients. GOP leaders were prepared to put a bill dismantling the health […]

Annals of Academic Fatuousness, Yale Edition, Part 9876

Annals of Academic Fatuousness, Yale Edition, Part 9876. by Roger Kimball · April 28, 2017 Just how fatuous are Ivy-League graduate students? Nobody really knows. But this is nice: Yale graduate students, members of the Local 33 student union (yes, really), have begun “an indefinite, collective fast in front of University President Peter Salovey’s home.” “What are they complaining about?”, […]

100 Days of Trump: Three Best and Worst Moments of Presidency So Far – Reason.com

100 Days of Trump: Three Best and Worst Moments of Presidency So Far – Reason.com. Third Worst Moment: Replace and Repeal FAIL. Along with his pledge to build a wall on the southern border and deport illegal immigrants en masse, Trump’s campaign was all about ramming through the “Repeal and Replace Obamacare Act,” which would have cut red tape, gotten […]

Trump’s tax plan aims to deliver the jobs America needs | New York Post

Trump’s tax plan aims to deliver the jobs America needs | New York Post. by Post Editorial Board · April 26, 2017 President Trump moved Wednesday to fulfill one of his key campaign promises, outlining a dramatic plan to slash taxes for nearly all individuals and businesses and give the tax code its biggest overhaul in three decades. The proposal […]

Barack Obama seemed different, but he’s just another money-grubbing politician

Barack Obama seemed different, but he's just another money-grubbing politician. by Anne Summers · April 28, 2017 Et tu, Barack? That was my reaction when I heard the news that former US President Barack Obama has agreed to a speaking gig on Wall Street for which he will be paid $US400,000 ($535,000). Not bad coin in anyone’s language. It’s twice […]

Trump’s Finest Moment (So Far) – WSJ

Trump’s Finest Moment (So Far) – WSJ. By Kimberley A. Strassel April 27, 2017 6:17 p.m. ET 338 COMMENTS Here’s how to know a Republican president has scored big on a proposed tax reform: Read the New York Times —and chuckle. The newspaper’s headline Wednesday lectured: “White House Proposes Slashing Tax Rates, Significantly Aiding Wealthy.” The story said that Donald […]

Populism: USA, Britain, France Follow Different Paths | National Review

Populism: USA, Britain, France Follow Different Paths | National Review. by Charles Krauthammer · April 27, 2017 Yesterday’s conventional wisdom: A wave of insurgent populism is sweeping the West, threatening its foundational institutions — the European Union, the Western alliance, even liberal democracy itself. Today’s conventional wisdom (post-first-round French presidential election): The populist wave has crested, soon to abate. Chances […]

Congress eyes stopgap to avert shutdown, as health care bill gains steam | Fox News

Congress eyes stopgap to avert shutdown, as health care bill gains steam | Fox News. House lawmakers have filed a stopgap spending bill to avert a government shutdown this weekend, as lawmakers juggle talks on a longer-term budget deal and a potential revival of ObamaCare replacement legislation. The short-term “continuing resolution” would fund the government through May 5, under current […]

The New/Old Politics of Capital vs. Countryside – Michael Barone

The New/Old Politics of Capital vs. Countryside – Michael Barone. by Michael Barone Capital vs. countryside — that’s the new political divide, visible in multiple surprise election results over the past 11 months. It cuts across old partisan lines and replaces traditional divisions — labor vs. management, north vs. south, Catholic vs. Protestant — among voters. This was apparent last […]

100 Days in and the Reichstag Hasn’t Burned Yet – The American Interest

100 Days in and the Reichstag Hasn’t Burned Yet – The American Interest. With President Trump’s 100 day mark approaching, those prophesying apocalyptic doom under have not come out looking so good. There have been no mass arrests of peaceful protestors. Federal judges rule against presidential orders, the President sputters in indignation—and the rulings stand. Putin hasn’t been offered the […]

Acosta Is New Secretary of Labor – Washington Free Beacon

Acosta Is New Secretary of Labor – Washington Free Beacon. Florida International University law school dean Alexander Acosta will succeed Democratic Party boss Tom Perez as secretary of labor. The Senate voted 60-38 to confirm Acosta on Thursday evening, making him the last nominee to assume his post in the cabinet. Acosta received the support of 51 out of 52 […]

Breaking: Missile fired at drone entering Israeli airspace – Breaking News – Jerusalem Post

Breaking: Missile fired at drone entering Israeli airspace – Breaking News – Jerusalem Post. he IDF confirmed on Thursday that Israel fired a Patriot anti-ballistic missile at a target in the Golan Heights, Israel’s northern region bordering Syria. Israeli media said residents in the northern Israeli town of Safed reported seeing two missiles being launched and of explosions occurring afterwards. […]