Democrats have lost an entire generation of congressional leaders – The Washington Post

Democrats have lost an entire generation of congressional leaders – The Washington Post. by Chris Cillizza · December 4, 2016 You might have missed the news this past week that Rep. Xavier Becerra will leave Congress to become California’s attorney general. Becerra wasn’t the highest-profile member of Congress. But his departure is a piece of a broader exodus of Democratic […]

Trump may have just thrown decades of US-China relations into disarray – Vox

Trump may have just thrown decades of US-China relations into disarray – Vox. by Jennifer Williams · December 2, 2016 Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Cantor Fitzgerald Donald Trump has been ruffling diplomatic feathers since he was elected by casually talking to world leaders without first getting guidance from the State Department. He’s already angered close allies like Britain and India, […]

Bowe Bergdahl Asks Obama For Pardon Before Trump Takes Office | The Huffington Post

Bowe Bergdahl Asks Obama For Pardon Before Trump Takes Office | The Huffington Post. by Doina Chiacu · December 3, 2016 WASHINGTON – U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who is charged with desertion for walking away from his combat post in Afghanistan in 2009, has asked President Barack Obama for a pardon, the White House said on Saturday. Obama will […]

Trump, Free Speech, and Why Journalists Must be Activists

Trump, Free Speech, and Why Journalists Must be Activists. ByDan GillmorPublishedDecember 4, 2016, 12:12 PM EST AP Photo / IBL/REX/Shutterstock [The following was originally presented as a speech before the Congrés de Periodistes de Catalunya in mid-November.] I was honored to keynote the Congrés de Periodistes de Catalunya in Barcelona last week, and this is an edited version of what […]

It’s time for Democrats to fight dirty

It's time for Democrats to fight dirty. The emerging Trump administration is a frightening mixture of free-market fundamentalists and C-list conspiracy theorists. This motley crew may well run headlong into political disaster. But Democrats should not assume that the Trump administration’s incompetence will automatically result in a Democratic wave in 2018. Remember, Democrats are in their weakest position in national […]

Why Blue States Are the Real ‘Tea Party’ – The New York Times

Why Blue States Are the Real ‘Tea Party’ – The New York Times. by STEVEN JOHNSON · December 3, 2016 Following a Trump campaign rally in Sacramento, Ca., in June. Damon Winter/The New York Times When the modern Tea Party movement coalesced in the early days of the Obama presidency, its allusion to the political grievances of the protesters in […]

House Democrats Change Rules to Elect Leaders

House Democrats Change Rules to Elect Leaders. By Rema Rahman and Lindsey McPherson CQ Roll Call The House Democratic Caucus decided Thursday that it will fully elect leaders to its campaign and communications arms as lawmakers eye taking back control of the chamber in 2018. Democrats adopted an amendment to their internal rules that will allow the caucus to elect […]

Dean’s drop-out reshapes DNC chair fight – POLITICO

Dean's drop-out reshapes DNC chair fight – POLITICO. Keith Ellison came to Colorado seeking to cement his position as the front-runner for Democratic National Committee chairman. But the Minnesota congressman ended the week in worse shape than when it started. Just hours after Ellison’s role as the favorite was thrown into question by a stinging condemnation of his past statements […]

Trump is wrong to blame Somali refugees for the Ohio State terror attack.

Trump is wrong to blame Somali refugees for the Ohio State terror attack.. by Will Oremus · December 3, 2016 Police keep the roads closed around Watts Hall following an attack on the campus of the Ohio State University on Nov. 28, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio. Kirk Irwin/Getty Images We still don’t know exactly what motivated the Ohio State student […]

Trump may have just thrown decades of US-China relations into disarray – Vox

Trump may have just thrown decades of US-China relations into disarray – Vox. · by Jennifer Williams · December 2, 2016 Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Cantor Fitzgerald Donald Trump has been ruffling diplomatic feathers since he was elected by casually talking to world leaders without first getting guidance from the State Department. He’s already angered close allies like Britain and […]

Why Hillary Clinton Lost | The Huffington Post

Why Hillary Clinton Lost | The Huffington Post. Hillary Clinton’s top aides would like the world to know they are morally superior to Donald Trump and his staff, who ran an ugly campaign courting white nationalists. The Clinton team is right. And it doesn’t matter. At a vicious Harvard University post-mortem seminar on the 2016 election, top staffers for Clinton […]

Here’s How to Save Obamacare | Mother Jones

Here's How to Save Obamacare | Mother Jones. Donald Trump campaigned on a promise to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care law. In fact, he vowed to ask Congress to deliver a full repeal “on day one.” Can he do that? Well, no one can stop him from asking. But can Congress make it happen? Even a Republican Congress? The […]

Hillary Clinton blew the most winnable election in modern American history. And it’s her own fault.

Hillary Clinton blew the most winnable election in modern American history. And it's her own fault.. It’s been nearly a month since Hillary Clinton lost the presidential election to an opponent that every knowledgeable political operative, strategist, and analyst considered the weakest major party candidate in modern American history. The time has come for Democrats to start taking responsibility for […]

Welcome to the post-truth presidency – The Washington Post

Welcome to the post-truth presidency – The Washington Post. by Ruth Marcus · December 2, 2016 Welcome to — brace yourself for — the post-truth presidency. “Facts are stubborn things,” said John Adams in 1770, defending British soldiers accused in the Boston Massacre, “and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter […]

This election will boomerang on Trump voters – The Boston Globe

This election will boomerang on Trump voters – The Boston Globe. by Michael A. Cohen · December 2, 2016 Throughout his business career, from the casino business to Trump University, Donald Trump has been a con man and grifter. But his life’s work in ripping people off pales next to the long con that he pulled on the American people […]

House Dems to perform election autopsy | TheHill

House Dems to perform election autopsy | TheHill. by Mike Lillis · December 2, 2016 House Democrats are poised to launch an internal examination into their poor performance at the polls this year, a move reminiscent of the GOP’s “autopsy” in 2012. Headed by Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.) at the request of Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), who leads […]

Dean’s drop-out reshapes DNC chair fight – POLITICO

Dean's drop-out reshapes DNC chair fight – POLITICO. by Heather Caygle · December 2, 2016 Rep. Keith Ellison was harshly rebuked by the Anti-Defamation League for his past statements about Israel. | AP Photo DENVER — Keith Ellison came to Colorado seeking to cement his position as the front-runner for Democratic National Committee chairman. But the Minnesota congressman ended the […]

Hollywood, Havana and me – The Daily Beast

Hollywood, Havana and me – The Daily Beast. by Sean Penn · December 3, 2016 Deep breath. Exhale. Out with the bad… I was an American abroad, working overseas on this recent election night 2016. By midnight Dublin-time, having watched tidbits of news coverage, I was able to put myself to sleep, confidently, arrogantly, supremely certain that the election would […]

Hillary Clinton didn’t lose because of Jill Stein and James Comey.

Hillary Clinton didn’t lose because of Jill Stein and James Comey.. by Jim Newell · December 2, 2016 Jill Stein smiles before announcing that she will seek the Green Party’s presidential nomination on June 23, 2015, in Washington. Drew Angerer/Getty Images Three and a half weeks later, Democrats are still in the business of blaming people who are not Democrats […]

Trump may have just thrown decades of US-China relations into disarray – Vox

Trump may have just thrown decades of US-China relations into disarray – Vox. Donald Trump has been ruffling diplomatic feathers since he was elected by casually talking to world leaders without first getting guidance from the State Department. He’s already angered close allies like Britain and India, but his latest phone call threatens to do far more damage. That’s because […]

Bernie Sanders slams House Republicans for tweeting Breitbart article denying climate change from official government account – Salon.com

Bernie Sanders slams House Republicans for tweeting Breitbart article denying climate change from official government account – Salon.com. by Sophia Tesfaye · December 2, 2016 Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders mocked the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space & Technology for tweeting a Breitbart article suggesting that global temperatures were in a “plunge” — despite scientific consensus saying the opposite. On […]

Here Are the Sanctuary Cities Ready to Resist Trump’s Deportation Threats | Mother Jones

Here Are the Sanctuary Cities Ready to Resist Trump's Deportation Threats | Mother Jones. by Sara Rathod · December 2, 2016 And how much of their budgets could be at stake. Bryan Smith/Zuma President-elect Donald Trump still has about two months to go before he is inaugurated, but pockets of resistance to his mass immigrant deportation plan are already emerging […]

White House: No, Obama Isn’t Planning A Post-Presidency Media Career

White House: No, Obama Isn't Planning A Post-Presidency Media Career. The White House denied a report Friday afternoon that claimed President Barack Obama was mulling whether to take a stab at working in digital media when he leaves office. Shortly after an anonymously-sourced Mic News report made waves on social media, White House Communications Director Jen Psaki tweeted that Obama […]

President Obama’s massive failure on the Dakota Access pipeline

President Obama's massive failure on the Dakota Access pipeline. Nothing better demonstrates President Obama’s fundamental failure on climate change than his mealy-mouthed approach to the Dakota Access pipeline. Donald Trump has been elected president promising to throw all Obama’s climate half measures — inadequate but still far better than nothing — in the trash, and so far Obama has done […]

Trump’s Carrier deal is right out of Putin’s playbook – The Washington Post

Trump’s Carrier deal is right out of Putin’s playbook – The Washington Post. by Fred Hiatt · December 1, 2016 it’s good that about 1,000 Carrier Corp. workers will not be losing their jobs. But there is a whiff of Putinism in the combination of bribery and menace that may have affected Carrier’s decision — the bribery of tax breaks, […]

A World of Trouble for Donald Trump – The New York Times

A World of Trouble for Donald Trump – The New York Times. by THE EDITORIAL BOARD · December 1, 2016 Yoonsun Song That Donald Trump is having trouble choosing a secretary of state underscores concerns about his ability to manage the international challenges he will face in office — from the aggression of leaders like Russia’s Vladimir Putin to the […]

Trump’s 7 Techniques To Control The Media | The Huffington Post

Trump’s 7 Techniques To Control The Media | The Huffington Post. Democracy depends on a free and independent press, which is why all tyrants try to squelch it. They use seven techniques that, worryingly, President-elect Donald Trump already employs. 1. Berate the media. Last week, Trump summoned two-dozen TV news anchors and executives to the twenty-fifth floor of Trump Tower […]

Trump Transition Cheers Conservatives, Right-Wing Think Tanks | National Review

Trump Transition Cheers Conservatives, Right-Wing Think Tanks | National Review. by John Fund · December 4, 2016 NBC’s Saturday Night Live ran a skit over the weekend lampooning Donald Trump as the clueless center of his transition team, portraying his aides as sycophants and his chief strategist Steve Bannon as a black-robed creature in a skeleton mask. The reality is […]

Conway: Trump’s talk with Taiwan leader ‘just a call,’ not a sign of policy shift | Fox News

Conway: Trump's talk with Taiwan leader 'just a call,' not a sign of policy shift | Fox News by Joseph Weber Donald Trump senior adviser KellyAnne Conway on Sunday defended the president-elect’s decision to take a congratulatory phone call from Taiwan’s president, saying Trump is routinely briefed on international intelligence reports and is not signaling plans to change U.S. foreign […]

What the Taiwan Call Means – The American Interest

What the Taiwan Call Means – The American Interest. by Walter Russell Mead · December 4, 2016 The most important lesson, for both foreign leaders and domestic foreign policy analysts, is that the Obama era in American foreign policy has come to an end. The ten minute telephone call from Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen to Donald Trump will not, by […]

Record-High Health Care Spending Hits $3.2 Trillion in 2015

Record-High Health Care Spending Hits $3.2 Trillion in 2015. by Ali Meyer · December 4, 2016 Health care spending in the United States grew 5.8 percent in 2015, hitting a record high of $3.2 trillion, according to the latest estimates from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Last year, health care spending in the United States totaled $3 trillion—or […]

Report: Trump’s call with Taiwan was planned for months | Washington Examiner

Report: Trump's call with Taiwan was planned for months | Washington Examiner. Caitlin Yilek The Washington Examiner · December 4, 2016 President-elect Donald Trump’s historic phone call with the leader of Taiwan was meant to be provocative. The phone call on Friday between Trump and Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen had been planned for months, people involved with the planning told […]

Articles: The DNC Has a Political Death Wish

Articles: The DNC Has a Political Death Wish. by G. Murphy Donovan · December 5, 2016 Experience is the best teacher – or so says the conventional wisdom. In practice, the most common lesson is that too many folks never learn – especially those encumbered by ideology. Or as a philosopher might put it, “what we learn from history is […]

The Hysterical Overreaction to Trump’s Taiwan Call | The Weekly Standard

The Hysterical Overreaction to Trump's Taiwan Call | The Weekly Standard. Did Donald Trump just set the stage for World War III? It’s probably too early to know for sure, but judging from the hysteria currently sweeping political journalism and the foreign policy establishment, we might all be wise to begin buying canned goods, ammo, and tillable land. Donald Trump, […]

Colin Kaepernick Takes More Sacks Than Passing Yards | The Daily Caller

Colin Kaepernick Takes More Sacks Than Passing Yards | The Daily Caller. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick took more sacks Saturday afternoon than he had passing yards against the Chicago Bears. Kaepernick, who has supported dictator Fidel Castro, finished with a total of four passing yards before being benched in favor of the backup after taking five sacks for […]

Netanyahu to discuss ‘bad’ Iran deal with Trump, Kerry stresses settlements | Reuters

Netanyahu to discuss 'bad' Iran deal with Trump, Kerry stresses settlements | Reuters. by Jeffrey Heller · December 4, 2016 JERUSALEM Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday he will discuss with Donald Trump the West’s “bad” nuclear deal with Iran after the U.S. president-elect enters the White House. During the U.S. election campaign, Trump, a Republican, called last […]

Trump’s education pick says reform can ‘advance God’s Kingdom’ – POLITICO

Trump's education pick says reform can 'advance God's Kingdom' – POLITICO. by Benjamin Wermund · December 2, 2016 The billionaire philanthropist whom Donald Trump has tapped to lead the Education Department once compared her work in education reform to a biblical battleground where she wants to “advance God’s Kingdom.” Trump’s pick, Betsy DeVos, a national leader of the school choice […]

Federal government blocks Dakota Access oil pipeline route

Federal government blocks Dakota Access oil pipeline route. CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Sunday that it won’t grant an easement for the Dakota Access oil pipeline in southern North Dakota, handing a victory to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and its supporters, who argued the project would threaten the tribe’s water source and […]

Secret’s out! Why Trump really met with Romney

Secret’s out! Why Trump really met with Romney. Many of Donald Trump’s most ardent supporters thought it was crazy that the president-elect met with Mitt Romney twice. Maybe it was, instead, crazy like a fox. Just like so many times during the campaign, some of us are playing checkers while Trump is playing chess. Here’s why I think there is […]

America Needs to Stop Losing to China | The National Interest

America Needs to Stop Losing to China | The National Interest. “America doesn’t win anymore” was a constant Donald Trump campaign theme and a situation he pledged to reverse. But before we start winning again we need to stop losing — especially with China, which candidate Trump named as the prime exploiter of America’s diplomatic naiveté. While he focused on […]

Iran demands that Obama allow US sanctions to expire

Iran demands that Obama allow US sanctions to expire. TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani demanded Sunday that U.S. President Barack Obama not sign an extension of U.S. sanctions, saying the bill is a violation of a landmark nuclear deal between Iran and world powers. On Thursday the U.S. Senate voted to extend the Iran Sanctions Act by […]

Democrats Prepare to Bork Tom Price | The American Spectator

Democrats Prepare to Bork Tom Price | The American Spectator. by David Catron Until a week ago, the adjectives most frequently applied to Georgia Rep. Tom Price were “mild-mannered” and “low-key.” This isn’t surprising. Like his father and his grandfather, he is a physician and thus trained to approach problems in a calm, analytical fashion. However, now that President-elect Trump […]

Trump Phone Call Could Help Reform US-Taiwan Relations

Trump Phone Call Could Help Reform US-Taiwan Relations. by Walter Lohman · December 3, 2016 The transition team has announced that President-elect Donald Trump spoke by phone with the president of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen Friday. Not only is there nothing wrong with this, it could be a sign of good things to come in America’s Taiwan policy. U.S.-Taiwan relations operate […]

The Chilling Reason Why Black Lives Matter Memorializes Fidel Castro | PJ Media

The Chilling Reason Why Black Lives Matter Memorializes Fidel Castro | PJ Media. by Tyler O’Neil · December 4, 2016 Two days after Cuban dictator Fidel Castro bit the dust, Black Lives Matter memorialized him, and the reasons for it are not pretty. Castro killed thousands of his own people, imprisoned many more, caused 1 million refugees to flee to […]

Can Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Save The World From Zika? – Reason.com

Can Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Save The World From Zika? – Reason.com. by Zach Weissmueller · December 2, 2016 A look at several mosquito-modification projects and the political and cultural pushback they’re facing. | December 2, 2016 Every Wednesday and Friday, members of the Clovis Mosquito Abatement team pick up a box from the post office, shipped to them from a […]

The Left’s Doomed Effort to Coerce the Right – Bloomberg View

The Left's Doomed Effort to Coerce the Right – Bloomberg View. by Megan McArdle · December 2, 2016 That faux controversy over at Buzzfeed has been put to rest. An article this week asked whether Chip and Joanna Gaines — co-hosts of one of those HGTV renovation shows where you start with a falling down wreck and end up with […]

Trump couldn’t have made a better pick than Gen. Mattis | New York Post

Trump couldn’t have made a better pick than Gen. Mattis | New York Post. by Ralph Peters · December 3, 2016 I’m lucky enough to know Gen. James Mattis slightly. Just well enough to trust him unreservedly with our military and our nation’s security. The president-elect could not choose a better man to be our next secretary of defense. Not […]

Hillary’s Hair, Part Two – Commentary Magazine

Hillary's Hair, Part Two – Commentary Magazine. by Adam J. White · December 3, 2016 Team Clinton’s blame-shifting reached new heights this week at Harvard’s post-election forum. Hillary’s top advisors—Robby Mook, Mandy Grunwald, and Jen Palmieri— steadfastly refused to admit any specific fault, as Clinton media strategist Mandy Grunwald noted multiple times that any one person’s diagnosis of the ultimate […]

“Dear Future Mom” Down Syndrome Anti-Abortion Video Ban in France | National Review

“Dear Future Mom” Down Syndrome Anti-Abortion Video Ban in France | National Review. by George Will · December 3, 2016 The word “inappropriate” is increasingly used inappropriately. It is useful to describe departures from good manners or other social norms, such as wearing white after Labor Day or using the salad fork with the entree. But the adjective has become […]

Former US ambassador, Cotton back Trump on Taiwan call, after immediate backlash, criticism | Fox News

Former US ambassador, Cotton back Trump on Taiwan call, after immediate backlash, criticism | Fox News. After criticism about Donald Trump talking with Taiwan’s leader jeopardizing U.S.-China relations, Beijing and a former American ambassador suggested Saturday that Americans have perhaps overacted and the president-elect willingness to talk with isolated world leaders doesn’t signal a dangerous foreign policy shift. Chinese Foreign […]

US Already Ready to Take Advantage of OPEC Cut – The American Interest

US Already Ready to Take Advantage of OPEC Cut – The American Interest. by Yehudah Mirsky · December 3, 2016 Don’t look now, but an American shale rebound is already underway. Operators have been steadily putting more oil rigs into operation for months now, and we’ve been seeing signs that the industry has been ready to stop a slide in […]

Donald Trump’s Team of Outsiders

Donald Trump's Team of Outsiders. Democrats and the media are confused about the meaning of Donald Trump’s pledge to “drain the swamp” in Washington, D.C. The president-elect’s critics say his appointment of wealthy Republicans to cabinet positions is hypocritical and reveals him to be a phony populist. “Hypocrisy at its worst,” cry Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. “Trump’s Economic Cabinet […]

It’s a bird, it’s a campaign manager | Washington Examiner

It's a bird, it's a campaign manager | Washington Examiner. After telling the press she would be going to a New York “heroes and villains” costume party as incoming White House strategist Steve Bannon, Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway instead showed up as Supergirl. Honoring the ultimate hero at the Mercer “Heroes and Villians” party on Long Island. Crowd thrilled […]

Articles: Winning the Jihad War

Articles: Winning the Jihad War. by James Lewis · December 4, 2016 With Trump’s excellent team, such as USMC (Ret) General James Mattis in charge, the U.S. government has all the battlefield expertise it needs to win the Jihad War. We can start by keeping in mind that the U.S. military won every engagement it wanted to win in Iraq […]

He Made the Right Call | The Weekly Standard

He Made the Right Call | The Weekly Standard. 2016 had been a tough year for Taiwan, the jewel of an island nation that China views as an illegitimate breakaway province. In January, it elected a new president–a progressive female law professor who takes a decidedly dim view of the Communist tyranny a few hundred miles from Taiwan’s shores. Mainland […]

The Washington Post Is STILL Melting Down Over Trump’s Win | The Daily Caller

The Washington Post Is STILL Melting Down Over Trump's Win | The Daily Caller. The Washington Post is still in meltdown mode, more than three weeks after Donald Trump won the presidency. The paper began churning out dramatic headlines about President-elect Trump immediately following the election. “Markets plunge worldwide as Trump surges to the White House,” a headline in the […]