Has the NRA Finally Met Its Match? | The Nation

Has the NRA Finally Met Its Match? | The Nation. by Katha Pollitt · February 21, 2018 School students from Montgomery County, Maryland, rally at the Capitol in solidarity with those affected by the shooting at Parkland High School. (AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite) I was all set to write a column about the paralysis of progressives around guns: […]

Will Mueller Indict Russians Over the DNC Hacking Next? | The Nation

Will Mueller Indict Russians Over the DNC Hacking Next? | The Nation. by Bob Dreyfuss · February 21, 2018 A view of the building known as the “troll farm” in St. Petersburg, Russia, February 17, 2018. (AP Photo / Naira Davlashyan) Now that Robert Mueller, the Russiagate special counsel, has indicted 13 Russian actors—including the shadowy Internet Research Agency, the […]

Bernie blames Hillary for allowing Russian interference – POLITICO

Bernie blames Hillary for allowing Russian interference – POLITICO. by Edward-Isaac Dovere · February 21, 2018 Sen. Bernie Sanders said that he did not benefit from Russian bots urging voters to support him. | Win McNamee/Getty Bernie Sanders on Wednesday blamed Hillary Clinton for not doing more to stop the Russian attack on the last presidential election. Then his 2016 […]

Trump Tells Shooting Survivors: Solution to ‘Your Problem’ Is More Guns in School

Trump Tells Shooting Survivors: Solution to ‘Your Problem’ Is More Guns in School. by Gideon Resnick · February 21, 2018 During a listening session Wednesday with student survivors and their families, the president proposed arming teachers and making it easier to institutionalize people. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty While meeting with survivors of last week’s school shooting, President Donald Trump on Wednesday endorsed […]

The surreal Trump listening session was effective and befuddling political theater.

The surreal Trump listening session was effective and befuddling political theater.. by Jeremy Stahl · February 22, 2018 Donald Trump hosts a listening session with Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting survivors Julie Cordover and Jonathan Blank and his mother Melissa Blank and others. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images President Donald Trump hosted a number Americans who have been impacted by school […]

Trump used crib notes at White House listening session on school shootings – Vox

Trump used crib notes at White House listening session on school shootings – Vox. President Donald Trump apparently needed a reminder to tell shooting survivors, “I hear you,” during a White House listening session on school shootings he hosted on Wednesday. An Associated Press photographer snapped a photo of the president’s poorly hidden crib notes during the emotional discussion on […]

Here’s How To Stop The Next Nikolas Cruz | HuffPost

Here's How To Stop The Next Nikolas Cruz | HuffPost. Nikolas Cruz was depressed. He cut his arms and posted videos on Snapchat. He killed animals. He threatened fellow students. He hit his mother. He brought bullets to school. Someone close to him called the FBI to report his “desire to kill people, erratic behavior, and disturbing social media posts, […]

Making America Toxic Again – Mother Jones

Making America Toxic Again – Mother Jones. About a month after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, Scott Pruitt arrived at the Environmental Protection Agency for his first full day of work. The new administrator had weathered a contentious confirmation battle, with bitter debate over his long-standing ties to the industries he was now responsible for regulating—not to mention the 14 lawsuits […]

Trump’s Bump Stock Ban Seems Doomed – Talking Points Memo

Trump’s Bump Stock Ban Seems Doomed – Talking Points Memo. by Sam Thielman Four months after a gunman shot 480 concertgoers from the window of his 32nd-floor hotel room, President Trump has ordered the Department of Justice (DOJ) to do something the department has repeatedly said it can’t do on its own: Ban bump stocks. The result could well be […]

Trump’s budget doesn’t reflect nation’s values | The Seattle Times

Trump’s budget doesn’t reflect nation’s values | The Seattle Times. by Seattle Times editorial board · February 18, 2018 President Donald Trump boarding Air Force One Feb. 2 en route to West Palm Beach, Florida (Carolyn Kaster / The Associated Press) When it comes to President Donald Trump’s latest budget proposal, the message it sends is disappointingly unpresidential, adding debt […]

How Bob Mueller Bought Himself More Time – POLITICO Magazine

How Bob Mueller Bought Himself More Time – POLITICO Magazine. by Renato Mariotti · February 19, 2018 Gerald Herbert/AP Photo The special counsel just made it harder for the president to fire him. Maybe that helps explain this weekend’s fusillade of angry tweets from Mar-a-Lago. On Friday, the Justice Department announced the first-ever indictment of an organized operation by foreign […]

Can the Trump Administration Rig the Census? | New Republic

Can the Trump Administration Rig the Census? | New Republic. by Eric H. Holder Jr. · February 20, 2018 In his first year in office, Donald Trump and his administration have launched a daunting number of direct and open attacks on long-respected American rights and freedoms—threatening immigrants, the media, health care, transgender rights in the military, and much else. But […]

What’s Inside Trump’s Secret War Powers Memo?

What’s Inside Trump’s Secret War Powers Memo?. by Spencer Ackerman · February 20, 2018 The answer appears to be a strikingly broad legal argument to strike virtually anywhere—without Congressional say-so. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson informed a senator in a recently-revealed letter that President Trump considers himself to possess inherent constitutional authority to launch military action without any act of […]

Donald Trump Directs Justice Department To Take Steps To Ban Bump Stocks | HuffPost

Donald Trump Directs Justice Department To Take Steps To Ban Bump Stocks | HuffPost. President Donald Trump announced he has ordered Attorney General Jeff Sessions to take steps to ban bump stocks, the type of gun modification that Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock used to kill 58 people in October. “Just a few moments ago, I signed a memorandum directing […]

Mueller Tacks On Another Guilty Plea In Russia Probe – Talking Points Memo

Mueller Tacks On Another Guilty Plea In Russia Probe – Talking Points Memo. by Tierney Sneed A former lawyer for a major U.S. law firm pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in Washington D.C., to lying to federal authorities in a case that is part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s wide-ranging Russia probe. The guilty plea by Alex van der […]

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, […]

The Paradoxes of the Mueller Investigation – Victor Davis Hanson

The Paradoxes of the Mueller Investigation – Victor Davis Hanson. by Victor Davis Hanson Special counsel Robert Mueller has indicted 13 Russian nationals for allegedly conspiring to sow confusion in the 2016 presidential election. The chance of extraditing any of the accused from Vladimir Putin’s Russia is zero. Some of the Russians’ Keystone Cops efforts to disrupt the election favored […]

John Kerry’s Daughter Could Investigatio | The Daily Caller

John Kerry's Daughter Could Investigatio | The Daily Caller. by Ethan Barton · February 21, 2018 A former senior Peace Corps official agreed to cooperate with any law enforcement investigations surrounding a scheme that funneled millions of Department of State dollars to a nonprofit founded and run by former Secretary of State John Kerry’s daughter, recently published court documents show. […]

Secret Obama-Era Deal With Iran Derails Key Sanctions on Iran’s Propaganda Network

Secret Obama-Era Deal With Iran Derails Key Sanctions on Iran's Propaganda Network. The Trump administration waived key sanctions on Iran’s main propaganda network last month, causing outrage among Iranian dissidents and administration insiders who tracked the effort to a little known Obama-era side deal with Iran that bars these sanctions from being implemented, according to multiple sources who spoke to […]

Bump Stock Legislation: Congress, not DOJ, Should Regulate | National Review

Bump Stock Legislation: Congress, not DOJ, Should Regulate | National Review. President Trump has issued a memo directing the Justice Department “to propose for notice and comment a rule banning all devices that turn legal weapons into machineguns.” He is referring primarily to “bump stocks,” contraptions that make ordinary semiautomatic rifles fire nearly as quickly as the fully automatic weapons […]

Secret new charges filed against Manafort, Gates in Mueller probe | Fox News

Secret new charges filed against Manafort, Gates in Mueller probe | Fox News. by Samuel Chamberlain | Fox News Video At least one new charge filed in Manafort case Court records indicate at least one new charge has been filed under seal in the case against President Trump’s former campaign chairman. Prosecutors have filed at least one new charge under […]

Israel, Iran head toward military clash over Syria – Washington Times

Israel, Iran head toward military clash over Syria – Washington Times. by Guy Taylor In this photo released by Lennart Preiss/MSC 2018, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, holds a part of a downed drone during his speech at the Munich Security Conference, MSC, in Munich , Germany, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018. (Lennart Preiss/MSC 2018/dpa … more > Iran and Israel […]

Stop Mistaking Evil for Mental Illness

Stop Mistaking Evil for Mental Illness. by Trevor Thomas · February 21, 2018 I know almost nothing of the mental condition of confessed mass murderer Nikolas Cruz, and almost certainly, neither do you. There are few, if any, who can give a reliable opinion of the young man’s psychiatric state as he walked into Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in […]

On Russia, Democrats Try To Rewrite History

On Russia, Democrats Try To Rewrite History. by David Harsanyi · February 21, 2018 This week, CNN, leading proselytizers of Russia collusion hysteria, spent some time fact checking Donald Trump’s claims that he was tougher on Russia than Barack Obama — “(No he wasn’t)” maintained the cheeky chyron. CNN fancies itself the arbiter of truth — apples and bananas and […]

The man who preached Jesus to billions

The man who preached Jesus to billions. Billy Graham, America’s best-known evangelist and a spiritual adviser to 11 presidents who preached to more than 2.2 billion souls in more than seven decades of ministry, died Wednesday at the age of 99. The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, which has set up a memorial website in his honor, said he died at […]

America Needs to Think About the Next War—Before It’s Too Late | The National Interest Blog

America Needs to Think About the Next War—Before It's Too Late | The National Interest Blog. by Douglas Macgregor · February 21, 2018 Inside democratic societies, shrewd and far-sighted defense strategies focused on modernizing armed forces for future wars are always difficult to achieve. Thus, when a modernization strategy succeeds as it did in 1991 with the Battle of 73 […]

Obama’s Campaign Promise to Russia

Obama's Campaign Promise to Russia. It happened in the midst of America’s 2012 election year. Then-Prime Minister Vladimir Putin was elected president of Russia for the third time that March. When he was inaugurated that May, he would replace his protege, then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, who, in turn, would succeed Putin as prime minister. President Barack Obama, up for re-election […]

San Francisco Man Has Spent 4 Years and $1 Million Trying to Get Approval to Turn His Own Laundromat Into an Apartment Building – Hit & Run : Reason.com

San Francisco Man Has Spent 4 Years and $1 Million Trying to Get Approval to Turn His Own Laundromat Into an Apartment Building – Hit & Run : Reason.com. To understand how difficult and expensive it is to build housing in San Francisco, observe the case of Robert Tillman. Tillman owns a single-story laundromat in the city’s Mission District. Since […]

How will Democrats handle their blue-collar blues? | New York Post

How will Democrats handle their blue-collar blues? | New York Post. by Post Editorial Board · February 19, 2018 Politico reports that Democrats aren’t keen on having Bill Clinton help out in this year’s campaigns, what with #MeToo consciousness so high. Too bad that leaves them without any major figure to appeal to working-class voters. Party figures tried to be […]

Understanding the California Mind – American Greatness

Understanding the California Mind – American Greatness. by Victor Davis Hanson · February 19, 2018 Nancy Pelosi gave a marathon speech on illegal immigration the other day. But how would she know much about the realities of open borders, given her palatial retreat in Northern California and multi-millionaire lifestyle that allows wealthy progressives like herself to be exempt from the […]

To Stop Mass School Shootings, Fight Fire With Fire By Arming Teachers

To Stop Mass School Shootings, Fight Fire With Fire By Arming Teachers. by Kyle Lamb · February 16, 2018 In the wake of the recent Parkland Florida school shooting in which an evil and disturbed young man opened fire on innocent, unarmed students and teachers, it shocks me to see people suggest that the best way to prevent these attacks […]

Congress Struggles To Find Dossier Source | The Daily Caller

Congress Struggles To Find Dossier Source | The Daily Caller. by Chuck Ross · February 20, 2018 Congressional committees have tried to track down Belarus-born translator Sergei Millian News outlets identified Millian as a source for some of the Steele dossier’s allegations He had at least some contact with one Trump campaign adviser Congressional investigators are struggling to track down […]

Fmr. Clinton Press Sec: Trump Has Been ‘More Accessible’ to the Press Than Obama and Clinton

Fmr. Clinton Press Sec: Trump Has Been 'More Accessible' to the Press Than Obama and Clinton. Former White House press secretary Michael McCurry said on Tuesday night that he believes President Donald Trump has been “more accessible” to the press than former Democratic presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. McCurry, who served under Clinton, and current White House press secretary […]

Kill Chic: In Art, Progressives Murder Republican Presidents & Other Enemies | National Review

Kill Chic: In Art, Progressives Murder Republican Presidents & Other Enemies | National Review. In movies, novels, music, and art, progressives murder their enemies, including presidents, in myriad ways. We live in a society in which gratuitous violence is the trademark of video games, movies, and popular music. Kill this, shoot that in repugnant detail becomes a race to the […]

What are bump stocks? How they work and why Trump wants them banned | Fox News

What are bump stocks? How they work and why Trump wants them banned | Fox News. by Jennifer Earl | Fox News Video What are ‘bump stocks?’ Twelve bump stocks were found in the hotel room of the Las Vegas massacre shooter. Lawmakers, including some Republicans are concerned about their capabilities but what are they? Days after yet another mass […]

CFPB leadership fight exposes Democrats’ hypocrisy

CFPB leadership fight exposes Democrats' hypocrisy. Washington, D.C. is a town of tall-tales, and there is no tale taller than the Democratic Party’s insistence that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has lost its “independence” now that Acting Director Mick Mulvaney is in charge, returning a once lawless agency back to the core mission of protecting consumers. In a letter to […]

Chasing Windmills with Deadly Consequences

Chasing Windmills with Deadly Consequences. by Brian Joondeph · February 20, 2018 The FBI’s mission is, “To protect the American people and uphold the Constitution of the United States.” How is that working out lately? Seems they are doing the opposite. Protecting its own corrupt players and undermining the Constitution by illegally disrupting the peaceful transition of power between presidential […]

Who Are the Rich, White Men Institutionalizing Transgender Ideology?

Who Are the Rich, White Men Institutionalizing Transgender Ideology?. by Jennifer Bilek · February 20, 2018 As an environmental activist who was deplatformed from a speaking venue by transactivists, in 2013 I developed curiosity about the power of this group to force this development. A year later, when Time magazine announced a transgender tipping point on its cover, I had […]

Trump calls for strengthening background checks in wake of Fla. shooting | TheHill

Trump calls for strengthening background checks in wake of Fla. shooting | TheHill. by Brandon Carter · February 20, 2018 President Trump on Tuesday appeared to suggest lawmakers should turn their focus to strengthening background checks for gun purchases in the wake of the deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school last week. “Whether we are Republican or Democrat, […]

Exclusive: Japan to buy at least 20 more F-35A stealth fighters – sources

Exclusive: Japan to buy at least 20 more F-35A stealth fighters – sources. by Tim Kelly, Nobuhiro Kubo4 Min Read · February 21, 2018 TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan plans to buy at least 20 additional F-35A stealth fighters over the next six years, some or all of which it may purchase directly from Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) in the United […]

Feds face new demands to probe Hillary Clinton

Feds face new demands to probe Hillary Clinton. Hillary Clinton’s emails, those Russian donations to the Clinton Foundation, the details on how a Russian company gained access to U.S. uranium assets – all old news? Not necessarily. Two new lawsuits have just been filed demanding answers from the “deep state bureaucracy” to a lot of questions about what went on […]

Israel’s Syria Strikes Revealed Its Red Lines | The National Interest Blog

Israel's Syria Strikes Revealed Its Red Lines | The National Interest Blog. by Daniel R. DePetris · February 20, 2018 During a trip to the Israel-Syria border in the Golan Heights on February 6—after commiserating with the Israeli military officers defending the frontier and inspecting the equipment—Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a warning through the press to the Iranians, […]