Will Anthony Kennedy Retire? What Influences a Justice’s Decision – The New York Times

Will Anthony Kennedy Retire? What Influences a Justice’s Decision – The New York Times. by Adam Liptak · February 19, 2018 Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, center, with President Trump and Judge Neil M. Gorsuch at the White House in April during Judge Gorsuch’s swearing-in as a Supreme Court justice. If the moderate Justice Kennedy retires, Mr. Trump would be likely […]

Pennsylvania top court redraws voting map in boost to Democrats

Pennsylvania top court redraws voting map in boost to Democrats. Pennsylvania’s top court on Monday unveiled a new map carving out the state’s U.S. congressional voting districts, imposing a plan it said was based on “traditional criteria” after rejecting a proposal drawn up by Republican lawmakers as unconstitutional. The state Supreme Court had ruled that the Republican plan effectively marginalized […]

‘Tell Them We Are Rising’ examines how black colleges shaped America – Vox

‘Tell Them We Are Rising’ examines how black colleges shaped America – Vox. Created to educate black students at a time when white society had yet to embrace them as equals, historically black colleges and universities, also known as HBCUs, have had an outsize impact on the success of the black community. Alumni of black colleges and universities are a […]

Top Democrat: Obama Too Slow On Russia Hacking, But Trump Is ‘Sitting On His Hands’ | HuffPost

Top Democrat: Obama Too Slow On Russia Hacking, But Trump Is ‘Sitting On His Hands’ | HuffPost. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, called out both President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama for not speaking out sooner about the investigation into hacking during the 2016 presidential election. “At the time, we could […]

Trump Is Officially the Worst President Ever – Mother Jones

Trump Is Officially the Worst President Ever – Mother Jones. by Ben Dreyfuss Alex Brandon/AP Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. Today is President’s Day, a day on which we celebrate presidents. The current occupant of the White House started this brisk and leaping morning with a tweet commemorating the occasion. Have a great, but […]

Teens Pushing For Gun Control Host ‘Lie In’ Outside White House – Talking Points Memo

Teens Pushing For Gun Control Host ‘Lie In’ Outside White House – Talking Points Memo. Dozens of teenage students spread their bodies on the pavement in front of the White House to demand presidential action on gun control and symbolize the 17 killed in a school shooting in Florida. The teenagers were also joined by parents and educators. The protesters […]

Confessions of a Russiagate Skeptic – POLITICO Magazine

Confessions of a Russiagate Skeptic – POLITICO Magazine. If, like me, you’ve been following every twist and turn of the Russia investigations, you’ve probably wrestled with the same question that has been gnawing at me for more than a year now: What if there’s nothing there? No, I’m not denying the voluminous evidence that Russia, at Kremlin strongman Vladimir Putin’s […]

Bibi’s downfall: Is the most dangerous man in the Middle East done for? – Salon.com

Bibi’s downfall: Is the most dangerous man in the Middle East done for? – Salon.com. by Patrick Lawrence · February 18, 2018 Benjamin Netanyahu has set Israel, and the entire Middle East, on a path toward doomsday. Will his fall matter? The political future of Benjamin Netanyahu is at last in doubt. With the Israeli police report recommending criminal charges […]

No, the Latest Mueller Indictment Does Not Absolve Trump, Key Democrat Says – Mother Jones

No, the Latest Mueller Indictment Does Not Absolve Trump, Key Democrat Says – Mother Jones. by Dan Friedman Evan Vucci/AP Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. The top Democrat on the House intelligence committee brushed off attacks by President Donald Trump on Sunday, and he mocked Trump for claiming that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s recent […]

Bari Weiss, Outrage Mobs, and Identity Politics – The Atlantic

Bari Weiss, Outrage Mobs, and Identity Politics – The Atlantic. by Shadi Hamid · February 17, 2018 The mob was unusually vociferous, even for Twitter. After the California-born ice skater Mirai Nagasu became the first American woman to land a triple axel at the Olympics, the New York Times writer Bari Weiss commented “Immigrants: They get the job done.” What […]

Appeasing the Trigger Gods – The New York Times

Appeasing the Trigger Gods – The New York Times. During his campaign, Donald Trump often bragged about his skill as a negotiator. In conversations, he ventured that, as president, he might be able to resolve two of the most thorny and tragic dilemmas: finding peace in the Mideast and reaching a sensible compromise on guns. He said he would hop […]

It’s going to be much harder for Trump to fire Rod Rosenstein now.

It’s going to be much harder for Trump to fire Rod Rosenstein now.. by Dahlia Lithwick · February 16, 2018 U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announces the indictment of 13 Russian nationals and three Russian organizations for meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election on Friday. Win McNamee/Getty Images On Friday, the Department of Justice detonated a legal bombshell, […]

It Won’t Be Easy For Blue States To Dodge The GOP Tax Law | HuffPost

It Won't Be Easy For Blue States To Dodge The GOP Tax Law | HuffPost. As Democratic policymakers at the state level attempt to craft legislative responses to the tax bill that Republicans rushed through Congress last year, the difficulty of the task is becoming clearer. To offset the revenue lost from corporate giveaways, Republicans limited the amount that people […]

Mueller’s Latest Indictment Shows Trump Has Helped Putin Cover Up a Crime – Mother Jones

Mueller’s Latest Indictment Shows Trump Has Helped Putin Cover Up a Crime – Mother Jones. by David Corn President Donald Trump listens during a meeting with lawmakers about trade policy in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)Evan Vucci/AP Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. People […]

The Russians indicted for election meddling will never face consequences.

The Russians indicted for election meddling will never face consequences.. by Josephine Wolff · February 16, 2018 U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announces the indictment of 13 Russian nationals and three Russian organizations for meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Win McNamee/Getty Images Future Tense is a partnership of Slate, New America, and Arizona State University that examines emerging […]

Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, and Jill Stein all appear to have been helped by Russian election interference  – Vox

Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, and Jill Stein all appear to have been helped by Russian election interference  – Vox. Friday afternoon, the Justice Department released an indictment that’s part of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election led by special counsel Robert Mueller. The indictment outlines the lengths Russia went to influence the election in favor of Donald […]

Why School Cops Won’t Fix School Shootings | HuffPost

Why School Cops Won’t Fix School Shootings | HuffPost. On Thursday, in response to a deadly school shooting in Florida that left at least 17 dead, President Donald Trump said he would work with state leaders to prioritize school safety. Trump was vague on specifics, but in the aftermath of school shootings, legislators usually call for more school cops and […]

Russians Tried to Suppress Minority Turnout, Spread Lies About Voter Fraud – Mother Jones

Russians Tried to Suppress Minority Turnout, Spread Lies About Voter Fraud – Mother Jones. Russian nationals tried to suppress minority turnout in the 2016 election and spread false claims about voter fraud in an effort to harm Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and help Donald Trump, according to an indictment announced today by the Justice Department. The indictment says that a […]

Budgets, Bad Faith and ‘Balance’ – The New York Times

Budgets, Bad Faith and ‘Balance’ – The New York Times. by Paul Krugman · February 15, 2018 Paul Ryan, speaker of the House, and Mitch McConnell, Senate majority leader, at a September press conference on tax reform at the Capitol. Jim Lo Scalzo/European Pressphoto Agency Over the past couple of months Republicans have passed or proposed three big budget initiatives. […]

Congress Should Impeach Trump If He Doesn’t Talk to Mueller | Time

Congress Should Impeach Trump If He Doesn't Talk to Mueller | Time. London is a retired partner for the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison and the author of The Client Decides; he was a principal lawyer for Vice President Spiro Agnew. The President “shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.” These words are not a […]

Devin Nunes Wins, Sorta: Spy Center Now on Hold

Devin Nunes Wins, Sorta: Spy Center Now on Hold. In a win for House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, the Pentagon says it has suspended its plans to build an intelligence facility in a small British village northwest of London. For years, Nunes has vocally opposed the village of Croughton as the site for this facility. Instead, he has pushed […]

The Senate failed on immigration. No one knows what’s next. – Vox

The Senate failed on immigration. No one knows what’s next. – Vox. The Senate has left town without a deal on immigration. After months of failed negotiations, senators voted down four immigration proposals Thursday. The bill that had President Donald Trump’s blessing received the fewest votes. The only comprehensive bipartisan proposal on the table not only failed to win enough […]

Evidence Linking Alleged Florida Shooter To White Supremacist Group Is Really Thin | HuffPost

Evidence Linking Alleged Florida Shooter To White Supremacist Group Is Really Thin | HuffPost. Law enforcement officials in Florida have reportedly not yet found ties between the Parkland school shooting suspect and the white supremacist paramilitary group Republic of Florida, despite claims from the group’s leader. Those claims were widely circulated by news outlets on Thursday. As of Thursday evening, […]

Sen. Gillibrand, eyeing 2020 bid, rankles some Democrats | TheHill

Sen. Gillibrand, eyeing 2020 bid, rankles some Democrats | TheHill. by Alexander Bolton and Amie Parnes · February 15, 2018 Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and other Senate Democrats are jockeying for potential White House runs, but her unabashed style is drawing friendly fire that could hamper a 2020 bid. She scored an interview with CBS’s “60 Minutes” that aired on […]

Elizabeth Warren Gives Speech On ‘Pocahontas’ As Slur, Addresses Claims Of Native Ancestry | HuffPost

Elizabeth Warren Gives Speech On 'Pocahontas' As Slur, Addresses Claims Of Native Ancestry | HuffPost. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) surprised guests at the National Congress of American Indians on Wednesday with an impassioned speech calling out President Donald Trump’s habit of calling her “Pocahontas.” “I’ve noticed that every time my name comes up, President Trump likes to talk about Pocahontas. […]

Californians Could Vote to Give Themselves the Measles – Mother Jones

Californians Could Vote to Give Themselves the Measles – Mother Jones. by Kiera Butler Davizro/Getty/iStock Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. This fall, Californians may have the opportunity to vote on a catch-all ballot initiative that would ban genetically modified organisms and get rid of school vaccination requirements. But that’s not all. The so-called California […]

DeVos To Donate $200K Of Salary To Education, Special Needs Charities – Talking Points Memo

DeVos To Donate $200K Of Salary To Education, Special Needs Charities – Talking Points Memo. A spokeswoman says Education Secretary DeVos will donate her nearly $200,000 salary to four charities focusing on education and special needs. Department spokeswoman Liz Hill said in a statement Wednesday that DeVos’ one-year salary of $199,700 will be divided evenly among the four organizations. One […]

From Disruption to Dystopia: Silicon Valley Envisions the City of the Future

From Disruption to Dystopia: Silicon Valley Envisions the City of the Future. by Joel Kotkin · February 18, 2018 The unaffordable Bay Area, Google’s new neighborhood ‘built from the internet up,’ and China’s police state each offer glimpses of what the tech giants plan to sell the rest of us. The tech oligarchs who already dominate our culture and commerce, […]

Everybody’s playing the new game in town – Washington Times

Everybody's playing the new game in town – Washington Times. by Wesley Pruden Vladimir Putin. (Associated Press) ** FILE ** more > ANALYSIS/OPINION: Washington measures everything and everyone by politics, and dysfunction is the new game in town. Rant and rage has become the lingua franca of the nation’s capital. Taking the measure of Robert Mueller’s indictment of 13 Russian […]

Impeachment or Bust – WSJ

Impeachment or Bust – WSJ. By William McGurn Feb. 19, 2018 2:54 p.m. ET 651 COMMENTS Democrats have a single goal when it comes to Donald Trump : impeachment. Their strategy is likewise clear: Resist! What no one seems to ask is whether resistance is really the best path to the House majority Democrats would need to pass articles of […]

Obama’s Real Debt and Deficit Legacy – Stephen Moore

Obama's Real Debt and Deficit Legacy – Stephen Moore. by Stephen Moore Congressional Republicans have been raked over the coals in the last two weeks for slamming through budget caps and inflating government spending and debt by another $300 billion. The criticisms are well-deserved. It’s a historical truism that Republicans are much more fiscally conscientious when they are in the […]

Johnson Waited On Talking About Russians | The Daily Caller

Johnson Waited On Talking About Russians | The Daily Caller. by Julia Nista · February 19, 2018 Former Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said on MSNBC Monday morning that although the Obama administration knew of Russian hacking as early as summer of 2016, the administration did nothing initially out of concern for being labeled as “taking sides.” WATCH: “Well, […]

Russian Ads Persuaded Those Who Wanted to Be Persuaded | National Review

Russian Ads Persuaded Those Who Wanted to Be Persuaded | National Review. by Jim Geraghty · February 19, 2018 Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a ceremony at the Piskaryovskoye Memorial Cemetery in St. Petersburg, January 18, 2018. (Anatoly Maltsev/Pool/Reuters) Making the click-through worthwhile: Russia’s ham-fisted propaganda efforts, and what makes people gullible; the limits of the Assault Weapons Ban, then […]

Trump asks why Obama didn’t ‘do something about Russian meddling’ | Fox News

Trump asks why Obama didn't 'do something about Russian meddling' | Fox News. 13 Russians indicted on charges of meddling in the 2016 U.S. election. Insight on where Mueller’s investigation goes next. President Trump on Monday followed other Republican leaders in questioning why the Obama administration “failed to act” on the intelligence that Russia’s meddling in U.S. politics began in […]

Why the Secret Service fought to protect John Kelly and Trump’s nuclear football in Beijing

Why the Secret Service fought to protect John Kelly and Trump's nuclear football in Beijing. On Sunday, Axios’ Johnathan Swan reported that the U.S. Secret Service had to step in to protect White House chief of staff, John Kelly at a function in Beijing, China, last November. The incident occurred during President Trump’s state visit to the communist nation. According […]

Time to Rebrand the Democratic Party as Socialists

Time to Rebrand the Democratic Party as Socialists. by Alex Markovsky · February 19, 2018 Where do we drive the line between Liberalism and Socialism? Liberalism is an idealistic political philosophy born after the defeat of Napoleon, a philosophy of freedom, which epitomized individual liberty, freedom of the press, freedom of religion, and free elections. Socialism, on the other hand, […]

Congress punts fight over Dreamers to March | TheHill

Congress punts fight over Dreamers to March | TheHill. Congress is poised to kick a heated immigration fight into overtime, with no clear path forward. With the Senate rejecting four proposals — including President Trump’s preferred plan and a key bipartisan deal — and no viable backup plan in sight, lawmakers are poised to hit pause on the issue until […]

How Bob Mueller Bought Himself More Time – POLITICO Magazine

How Bob Mueller Bought Himself More Time – POLITICO Magazine. On Friday, the Justice Department announced the first-ever indictment of an organized operation by foreign nationals to influence the outcome of a U.S. election. Over the weekend, the indictment spurred intense reactions from President Donald Trump, who complained that the FBI is “spending too much time trying to prove Russian […]

President Trump Endorses Mitt Romney for Utah Senate – The Daily Beast

President Trump Endorses Mitt Romney for Utah Senate – The Daily Beast. President Donald Trump issued an enthusiastic endorsement of Mitt Romney’s 2018 Senate bid. “He will make a great Senator and worthy successor to @OrrinHatch, and has my full support and endorsement!” the president tweeted Monday evening, following the 2012 Republican presidential nominee’s official announcement last week that he […]

Ex-workers at Russian ‘troll factory’ trust US indictment

Ex-workers at Russian 'troll factory' trust US indictment. While Russian officials scoff at a U.S. indictment charging 13 Russians with meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, several people who worked at the same St. Petersburg “troll factory” say they think the criminal charges are well-founded. Marat Mindiyarov, a former commenter at the innocuously named Internet Research Agency, says the […]

Hacker doubles down: It WAS Seth Rich who took DNC files

Hacker doubles down: It WAS Seth Rich who took DNC files. A prominent computer hacker who believes it was a Democratic National Committee insider who stole the DNC emails that were made public by WikiLeaks during the 2016 presidential campaign is doubling down on his claim. The hacker, Kim Dotcom, said in a tweet Monday that “the DNC hack wasn’t […]

The Chinese Century? | The National Interest

The Chinese Century? | The National Interest. by Hal Brands · February 19, 2018 NO ONE can say we didn’t see it coming. Since the end of the Cold War, and even before, it has been obvious that a rapidly rising China could eventually menace America’s position and influence in East Asia—and, perhaps, globally as well. Since the Taiwan Strait […]

Rush: ‘Reason Hillary Isn’t Charged Is Because…Obama Would Have to Be Exposed’

Rush: 'Reason Hillary Isn’t Charged Is Because…Obama Would Have to Be Exposed'. Speaking with host Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday, radio pundit Rush Limbaugh said the real reason the liberal politicians and media won’t stop accusing President Donald Trump of colluding with Russia is that they want to protect Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Now that the dubious methods […]

FBI Failed to Investigate Florida Shooter Despite Long History of Concerning Behavior

FBI Failed to Investigate Florida Shooter Despite Long History of Concerning Behavior. by Amy Swearer · February 16, 2018 In the wake of the horrific shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County, Florida, news and social media once again lit up with calls to “do something” about gun violence. Despite a general lack of basic details surrounding […]

Judge: Mueller Must Provide Flynn’s Attorneys With ‘Exculpatory Evidence’

Judge: Mueller Must Provide Flynn’s Attorneys With 'Exculpatory Evidence'. by Debra Heine · February 16, 2018 A federal judge has issued an updated standing order in the case of U.S. v. Flynn, suggesting that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team may have withheld exculpatory evidence in prosecuting former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Judge Emmet G. Sullivan, United States district judge […]

Millions Flee Socialist Paradise of Venezuela | The American Spectator

Millions Flee Socialist Paradise of Venezuela | The American Spectator. by Evan Maguire · February 19, 2018 According to the United Nations Refugee Agency, there are over sixty-five million displaced people worldwide. One crisis of mass migration that hasn’t gotten much attention, but certainly should, is from the Marxist paradise of Venezuela to anywhere else, but mostly their neighbors. Since […]

What George Washington means for us today | New York Post

What George Washington means for us today | New York Post. by Post Editorial Board · February 19, 2018 One of the most compelling moments in the musical “Hamilton” is the entry of Gen. George Washington as the American rebels suddenly face 32,000 British troops in New York Harbor. It’s not just his dramatic, staccato lines (“We’re outgunned. Outmanned. Outnumbered. […]

EDITORIAL: Ignored FBI tipster could have prevented tragedy in Florida – Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Ignored FBI tipster could have prevented tragedy in Florida – Washington Times. A policeman’s lot is not a happy one, and these are miserable days for the FBI, stung by accusations that it bungled high-profile political investigations, and just when the legacy media was ready for an all-out assault on Donald Trump and guns for conducting the massacre of […]

Does Mueller Indictment Mean Clinton Campaign Can Be Indicted for Chris Steele? | Law & Crime

Does Mueller Indictment Mean Clinton Campaign Can Be Indicted for Chris Steele? | Law & Crime. by Robert Barnes Special Counsel Robert Mueller indicted foreign citizens for trying to influence the American public about an election because those citizens did not register as a foreign agent nor record their financial expenditures to the Federal Elections Commission. By that theory, when […]

Democrats struggle with rising popularity of GOP tax law

Democrats struggle with rising popularity of GOP tax law. \Democrats are struggling to cope with the rising popularity of the Republican tax law, less than nine months until the midterm elections. Democrats received a wake-up call of sorts earlier this week when Priorities USA, a top Democratic super PAC, released a memo calling on Democrats to message more consistently against […]

The Media’s Walk-of-Shame Won’t End – American Greatness

The Media’s Walk-of-Shame Won’t End – American Greatness. by Julie Kelly · February 18, 2018 The media have been on a walk-of-shame bender since 2016. They were whored out by Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, swallowed the Christopher Steele dossier, and still get drunk-dialed by the Left. The cheap-date journos show up every time. Each morning, the media floozies trudge through […]

John Podesta Questions On Russian Meddling | The Daily Caller

John Podesta Questions On Russian Meddling | The Daily Caller. by Chuck Ross · February 18, 2018 Former Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta had a brutal exchange on CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday when asked about the campaign’s failure to focus on so-called “purple states” in 2016. Host Nancy Cordes noted that an indictment handed down by special counsel […]

The GOP Tax Cut Gamble

The GOP Tax Cut Gamble. Republican Vern Buchanan has represented Sarasota, Florida, in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2007. He won reelection in 2016 by 20 points. He’s a wealthy former car dealer who hasn’t lacked campaign funds. Nor did his son James, who ran in Tuesday’s special election to replace a retiring GOP state legislator from the same […]

FBI Lacks Accountability, 9/11 Syndrome Must End | National Review

FBI Lacks Accountability, 9/11 Syndrome Must End | National Review. by John Fund · February 18, 2018 Banner outside FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C. (Jim Bourg/Reuters) In the wake of the Florida school shooting, can we now have a real conversation about what is wrong with the FBI? Howard Finkelstein, the Broward County public defender whose office is representing Nikolas […]

Byron York: A non-alarmist reading of the Mueller Russia indictment

Byron York: A non-alarmist reading of the Mueller Russia indictment. There’s been no shortage of breathless reaction to Trump-Russia special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s indictment of 13 Russians and three Russian organizations for their efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election. “An attack that — but for the loss of life — is as bad as Pearl Harbor,” tweeted veteran journalist […]