Kaine comes out against Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal – POLITICO

Kaine comes out against Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal – POLITICO. by Doug Palmer · July 23, 2016 Sen. Tim Kaine was just one of 13 Senate Democrats who voted last year for fast track authority. | Getty Sen. Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton’s running mate, has gone on record saying he cannot support the Trans-Pacific Partnership in its current form— a […]

What Hillary Clinton Got Wrong About The World – The Daily Beast

What Hillary Clinton Got Wrong About The World – The Daily Beast. America was supposed to make big changes while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State. Clinton would spearhead a reset in U.S.-Russia relations. She’d usher in an era of new, internet-enabled democratic activism. And rather than focus on protracted wars in the Middle East, the U.S. would pivot toward […]

Hillary Clinton picks anti-abortion Tim Kaine for Vice President.

Hillary Clinton picks anti-abortion Tim Kaine for Vice President.. by Nora Caplan-Bricker · July 22, 2016 At least Tim Kaine knows how to make Hillary laugh? Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images After months of speculation that Hillary Clinton might select Sen. Elizabeth Warren as her running mate, creating the first-ever two-woman ticket, or perhaps Labor Secretary Tom Perez, a civil rights lawyer […]

The Tim Kaine gift controversy, explained – Vox

The Tim Kaine gift controversy, explained – Vox. by Andrew Prokop · July 23, 2016 SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Hillary Clinton has picked Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as her running mate, and in many ways this appears to be a strong choice. Kaine is well-liked, has executive experience, and has become a leading foreign policy voice in the Senate. Donald Trump’s campaign […]

If Anyone Is Unifying The GOP, It’s Clinton, Not Trump

If Anyone Is Unifying The GOP, It's Clinton, Not Trump. · by Jason Linkins · July 22, 2016 So, that happened. At the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, expressions of party unity toward the nominee, Donald Trump, have failed to fully flower. The beginning of the convention was marred by two consecutive days in which the restless “Stop Trump” faction […]

The new working class: Trump can talk to disaffected white men, but they don’t make up the “working class” anymore – Salon.com

The new working class: Trump can talk to disaffected white men, but they don’t make up the “working class” anymore – Salon.com. by Tamara Draut · July 23, 2016 This piece originally appeared on BillMoyers.com. Thursday night, Trump spent considerable air time speaking (more like yelling) about how America’s steel and coal workers have been ignored and sold-out for decades […]

The Virginia Supreme Court Tried To Kill A Key Voting Rights Order—And This Democratic Governor Won’t Let Them | Mother Jones

The Virginia Supreme Court Tried To Kill A Key Voting Rights Order—And This Democratic Governor Won’t Let Them | Mother Jones. Virginia’s Supreme Court on Friday blocked Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s attempt to restore voting rights to more than 200,000 felons. The 4-3 ruling, which could have a significant impact on the potential swing state in November, comes three months after […]

Wikileaks Emails Showed DNC Officials Mocked Sanders Campaign

Wikileaks Emails Showed DNC Officials Mocked Sanders Campaign. by Allegra Kirkland · July 23, 2016 AP Photo / Bill Clark A trove of emails released by WikiLeaks on Friday revealed that senior officials at the Democratic National Convention criticized and poked fun at Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) during the primary race. In the nearly 20,000 searchable emails sent and received […]

Donald Trump will lose, but his darkly dystopian vision of America might win

Donald Trump will lose, but his darkly dystopian vision of America might win. Donald Trump is going to lose the general election in November. He’s going to lose because, as viewers have seen over and over again during this week’s Republican National Convention, his political operation is incredibly poorly run, incapable of competently managing a four-day televised event, let alone […]

Trump’s Opponents Are Helping Him Win – Bloomberg View

Trump's Opponents Are Helping Him Win – Bloomberg View. Listening to Donald Trump’s speech at the Republican convention, and scanning the reaction to it, I have the sinking feeling that he might win in November. He’s extremely effective at what he does. His critics, on the other hand, are not. The speech was purest populism: nine-tenths grievances and empty promises, […]

Clinton VP pick: Kaine email trove shows media-savvy micromanager – POLITICO

Clinton VP pick: Kaine email trove shows media-savvy micromanager – POLITICO. by Nolan D. McCaskill A POLITICO analysis of Tim Kaine’s emails during his time as Virginia governor shows a detail-oriented politician who carefully grooms his public image. | AP Photo There’s a big reason why Hillary Clinton picked Tim Kaine as her running mate: He’s a shrewd inside player […]

Hillary Clinton picks anti-abortion Tim Kaine for Vice President.

Hillary Clinton picks anti-abortion Tim Kaine for Vice President.. by Nora Caplan-Bricker · July 22, 2016 At least Tim Kaine knows how to make Hillary laugh? Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images After months of speculation that Hillary Clinton might select Sen. Elizabeth Warren as her running mate, creating the first-ever two-woman ticket, or perhaps Labor Secretary Tom Perez, a civil rights lawyer […]

Why the nation’s largest gathering of progressives embraced identity politics – Vox

Why the nation's largest gathering of progressives embraced identity politics – Vox. by Emily Crockett · July 22, 2016 Tia Oso, national coordinator for the Black Immigration Network, interrupting Martin O’Malley during a Black Lives Matter protest at Netroots Nation 2015 Photo by Charlie Leight/Getty Images While most pundits and political professionals were gearing up for the Republican and Democratic […]

If Anyone Is Unifying The GOP, It’s Clinton, Not Trump

If Anyone Is Unifying The GOP, It's Clinton, Not Trump. · by Jason Linkins · July 22, 2016 So, that happened. At the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, expressions of party unity toward the nominee, Donald Trump, have failed to fully flower. The beginning of the convention was marred by two consecutive days in which the restless “Stop Trump” faction […]

DNC emails: Wasserman Schultz furiously pressured MSNBC after it criticized her “unfair” treatment of Sanders – Salon.com

DNC emails: Wasserman Schultz furiously pressured MSNBC after it criticized her “unfair” treatment of Sanders – Salon.com. by Ben Norton · July 22, 2016 Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chair of the Democratic National Committee, was furious when she was criticized by MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski. Wasserman Schultz called for Brzezinski to “apologize” and told her co-worker Chuck Todd “this must […]

Hillary Clinton Opts for Experience Over Exhilaration in Tim Kaine Pick – NBC News

Hillary Clinton Opts for Experience Over Exhilaration in Tim Kaine Pick – NBC News. by Alex Seitz-Wald · July 22, 2016 In one of the biggest decisions of her long career in public life, Hillary Clinton opted for a solid, if conventional choice of a vice presidential running mate. Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, whom Democrats had for months assumed she […]

Obama: Trump’s Claims About Rising Crime Rates Don’t ‘Jive With The Facts’

Obama: Trump's Claims About Rising Crime Rates Don't 'Jive With The Facts'. by Esme Cribb · July 22, 2016 AP Photo In a Friday morning joint press conference with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, President Barack Obama refuted the “vision of violence and chaos” that Donald Trump offered in his speech at the Republican National Convention. During his speech, Trump […]

Virginia’s Supreme Court Just Struck Down a Plan to Restore Voting Rights to 200,000 Felons | Mother Jones

Virginia's Supreme Court Just Struck Down a Plan to Restore Voting Rights to 200,000 Felons | Mother Jones. Virginia’s Supreme Court on Friday blocked Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s attempt to restore voting rights to more than 200,000 felons. The 4-3 ruling, which could have a significant impact on the potential swing state in November, comes three months after the Democratic governor […]

Hillary Clinton just picked a super-boring and overly cautious VP. Perfect!

Hillary Clinton just picked a super-boring and overly cautious VP. Perfect!. After much wrangling, whispering, and surely plenty of backroom dealing, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has chosen Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as her running mate. In case you haven’t heard of Kaine, here’s pretty much all you need to know: He is the most boring, conventional, and centrist […]

It’s Official: Hillary Clinton Is Running Against Vladimir Putin – The Atlantic

It's Official: Hillary Clinton Is Running Against Vladimir Putin – The Atlantic. by Jeffrey Goldberg · July 21, 2016 The Republican nominee for president, Donald J. Trump, has chosen this week to unmask himself as a de facto agent of Russian President Vladimir Putin, a KGB-trained dictator who seeks to rebuild the Soviet empire by undermining the free nations of […]

An Unhinged Republican Convention and the Nation’s Greatest Test | TIME

An Unhinged Republican Convention and the Nation’s Greatest Test | TIME. by Joe Klein · July 21, 2016 Benjamin Lowy for TIME Attendees hold signs at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on Tuesday, July 19, 2016. The Republican Convention opened with a distraught mother, tears in her eyes, saying something palpably outrageous: “I blame Hillary Clinton. I blame Hillary […]

GOP Won’t Quit Making Abortion Cremation Laws – The Daily Beast

GOP Won’t Quit Making Abortion Cremation Laws – The Daily Beast. Striking down abortion restrictions is a game of whack-a-mole: courts can declare some of them unconstitutional but, inevitably, more laws will pop up. Now, in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in Whole Woman’s Health, which struck down significant portions of a Texas law, anti-abortion legislators may have […]

Donald Trump gave Bernie Sanders a shout-out in his RNC speech, and Sanders was not amused – Vox

Donald Trump gave Bernie Sanders a shout-out in his RNC speech, and Sanders was not amused – Vox. by Tara Golshan · July 22, 2016 When Donald Trump delivered his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, Bernie Sanders was watching. #RNCwithBernie pic.twitter.com/x5nuSI6AuN — Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) July 22, 2016 Recently coming off his endorsement of Hillary Clinton, Sanders live-tweeted […]

Black Trump supporters attack: The strange tale of the whitest candidate ever and his African-American boosters – Salon.com

Black Trump supporters attack: The strange tale of the whitest candidate ever and his African-American boosters – Salon.com. by Andrew O’Hehir · July 21, 2016 CLEVELAND — Given the extreme whiteness of this year’s Republican National Convention, where some estimates suggest that only 3 to 4 percent of the delegates are people of color, one of the week’s stranger subplots […]

Ivanka Trump Makes a Pitch to Women Voters in Introducing Her Father – NBC News

Ivanka Trump Makes a Pitch to Women Voters in Introducing Her Father – NBC News. by Leigh Ann Caldwell · July 21, 2016 CLEVELAND, Ohio — She is one of Donald Trump’s most trusted executives and political advisers. And in addressing the Republican convention here Tuesday night, Ivanka Trump made a softer appeal, especially towards women voters, saying that her […]

Why Environmentalists Aren’t Sold on One of Clinton’s VP Finalists | Mother Jones

Why Environmentalists Aren't Sold on One of Clinton's VP Finalists | Mother Jones. Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, one of Hillary Clinton’s potential picks for vice president, appears to have an uncanny ability to appease special interests across party divides. Kaine is no Elizabeth Warren on the environment, but he’s no Jim Webb either, getting good reviews from surprising quarters. As […]

How Trump Ultimately Won Over The Republican Convention

How Trump Ultimately Won Over The Republican Convention. ByLauren Fox And Tierney SneedPublishedJuly 22, 2016, 12:56 AM EDT AP Photo / Matt Rourke CLEVELAND – As the Republican convention came to a close Thursday night, the resounding feeling on the convention floor, in the halls and parties within the arena was that Donald Trump – an anti-politician, a man who […]

Why This GOP Convention Is the Most Dangerous One Ever | Mother Jones

Why This GOP Convention Is the Most Dangerous One Ever | Mother Jones. “Lock her up! Lock her up!” This is when the Republican National Convention turned dangerous. Hundreds of Republican delegates on the floor of the convention during the official proceedings were shouting that the opposing candidate, Hillary Clinton, should be thrown in jail. The GOPers weren’t merely urging […]

In ‘Lock Her Up’ Chant Republican Leaders Find Easier Path To Unity

In 'Lock Her Up' Chant Republican Leaders Find Easier Path To Unity. ByLauren Fox and Tierney Sneed PublishedJuly 21, 2016, 12:15 AM EDT AP Photo / Patrick Semansky CLEVELAND – If it were a typical Republican convention, the convention speaker might attack Hillary Clinton’s position on immigration, her record on health care, her plan to grow the economy. In 2016, […]

Donald Trump’s Mike Pence Pick: Republican Party Surrenders to Trumpism | National Review

Donald Trump’s Mike Pence Pick: Republican Party Surrenders to Trumpism | National Review. by George Will · July 23, 2016 Crucial political decisions often concern which bridges to cross and which to burn. Donald Trump’s dilemma is that he burns some bridges by the way he crosses others. His campaign depends on a low-probability event, and on his ability to […]

The Real Reason for Obama’s Cuba Breakthrough – The American Interest

The Real Reason for Obama’s Cuba Breakthrough – The American Interest. Failure of socialism in Venezuela is imperiling regime survival in Cuba. The Economist: For the past 15 years Venezuela has been shipping oil to Cuba, which in turn sends thousands of doctors and other professionals to Venezuela. The swap is lucrative for the communist-controlled island, which pays doctors a […]

DNC strips Wasserman Schultz of convention speaking slot | Washington Examiner

DNC strips Wasserman Schultz of convention speaking slot | Washington Examiner. The move is in response to emails leaked late last week by WikiLeaks. Approximately 20,000 DNC emails were shared with the public. A number of them paint staffers, including Wasserman Schultz, in a negative light by suggesting they were biased against Sen. Bernie Sanders. Wasserman Schultz had not responded […]

Articles: The Brave Muslim Supporters of Israel

Articles: The Brave Muslim Supporters of Israel. by Steve Postal · July 23, 2016 Israel is entering a period of détente with several Muslim nations. On July 7, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu disclosed that he had a phone conversation with the leader of a Muslim African nation with which Israel currently does not have ties, and that the two promised […]

Is Donald Trump for Real? – Debra J. Saunders

Is Donald Trump for Real? – Debra J. Saunders. by Debra J. Saunders I keep waiting for the Donald Trump who shows me that he is more than a highly successful reality TV showman, that he is a man who can bring America together, and yes, make this country feel great again. I saw a glimpse of that man when […]

News from The Associated Press

News from The Associated Press. by CATHERINE LUCEY PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The streets are freshly swept, the hotel rooms are pristine, the party invitations have gone out and extra police patrols are assigned. Philadelphia is ready for the Democratic National Convention. Tougher to clean up and shine, however, is the state’s political image, tarnished by recent political corruption cases that […]

What Hillary and the Dems Should Do, But Won’t Do, in Philly | The Weekly Standard

What Hillary and the Dems Should Do, But Won't Do, in Philly | The Weekly Standard. If you’re curious how Donald Trump could win the election, just game out what the Democrats should do in Philadelphia next week versus what they probably will do. Here’s how Hillary Clinton should run the Democratic convention: She is the status quo candidate in […]

Rolling Stone Reporter in Fake UVA Rape Story Case Terminated

Rolling Stone Reporter in Fake UVA Rape Story Case Terminated. The reporter who wrote the debunked Rolling Stone article on the gang rape of a University of Virginia student has been “terminated” by the magazine, according to court papers filed this week. The Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house seen on campus at the University of Virginia. (Getty Images)’s status was […]

Leaked Emails Show DNC Officials Planned Trump Protests | The Daily Caller

Leaked Emails Show DNC Officials Planned Trump Protests | The Daily Caller. The release of Democratic National Committee emails by WikiLeaks Friday reveals that DNC officials planned anti-Donald Trump protests. In multiple emails DNC officials sign off and acknowledge the existence of two anti-Donald Trump protests in South Bend, IN. and Billings, MT. The release of nearly 20,000 emails is […]

Turkey’s Erdogan shuts schools, charities in first state of emergency decree | Reuters

Turkey's Erdogan shuts schools, charities in first state of emergency decree | Reuters. by Gareth Jones and Ercan Gurses · July 23, 2016 ISTANBUL/ANKARA President Tayyip Erdogan tightened his grip on Turkey on Saturday, ordering the closure of thousands of private schools, charities and other institutions in his first decree since imposing a state of emergency after the failed military […]

ASEAN split on how to deal with China in South China Sea row

ASEAN split on how to deal with China in South China Sea row. by VIJAY JOSHI VIENTIANE, Laos (AP) — Southeast Asia’s main grouping opened a meeting of their foreign ministers Sunday, deeply divided on how to deal with China’s territorial expansion in the South China Sea that has impacted some of its members and whipped up an increasing diplomatic […]

IS attacks protest in Afghan capital, kills 80 people

IS attacks protest in Afghan capital, kills 80 people. Thousands of demonstrators march towards the center of Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, July 23, 2016. Afghan authorities have closed off streets across the capital Kabul as they prepare for a demonstration by ethnic Hazaras demanding a planned power line be rerouted through their poverty-stricken province. (AP Photos/Massoud Hossaini) KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — […]

Team of Grifters: Tim Kaine Reinforces ‘Crooked’ Hillary’s Weaknesses on Cronyism, Corruption – Breitbart

Team of Grifters: Tim Kaine Reinforces ‘Crooked’ Hillary’s Weaknesses on Cronyism, Corruption – Breitbart. Hillary Clinton may have selected Sen. Tim Kaine (R-VA) as her running mate to help her appeal to blue-collar men, but her selection only reinforces her biggest weaknesses with voters. In an election cycle in which voters are revolting against career politicians like Clinton who play […]

Is Donald Trump for Real? | The American Spectator

Is Donald Trump for Real? | The American Spectator. by Debra J. Saunders I keep waiting for the Donald Trump who shows me that he is more than a highly successful reality TV showman, that he is a man who can bring America together, and yes, make this country feel great again. I saw a glimpse of that man when […]

Christian baker takes ‘compulsion of speech’ case to Supremes

Christian baker takes ‘compulsion of speech’ case to Supremes. Jack Phillips, the baker whose Masterpiece Cakeshop in Colorado was targeted by homosexual activists over his religious beliefs, an attack then joined by the state of Colorado’s Civil Rights Commission, is appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court to veto the state’s “outright compulsion of speech.” At issue is his decision not […]

Dallas PD Sees Surge in Applications After Shootings | PJ Media

Dallas PD Sees Surge in Applications After Shootings | PJ Media. by Stephen Kruiser · July 23, 2016 Via Yahoo! News: The Dallas Police Department, which was struggling to recruit officers, has seen a surge in job applications after the ambush shooting this month that killed five officers and brought global attention to the Texas city, officials said on Friday. […]

Hacked Emails Expose DNC Plan to Undermine Bernie Sanders | The Fiscal Times

Hacked Emails Expose DNC Plan to Undermine Bernie Sanders | The Fiscal Times. As Hillary Clinton prepares to accept her party’s nomination for president, the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks has released nearly 20,000 hacked emails that offer an embarrassing look inside the workings of the Democratic Party as it prepares for its convention in Philadelphia. Some of the emails from the […]

Hershey Trust to Reach Settlement With Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office – WSJ

Hershey Trust to Reach Settlement With Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office – WSJ. by Annie Gasparro The Pennsylvania attorney general’s office has been investigating the board of Hershey Co.’s largest shareholder over allegations of excessive compensation and conflicts of interest. Photo: Koh Gui Qing/Reuters Hershey Co.’s largest shareholder—a trust that oversees billions of dollars for a local, nonprofit school—has agreed to […]

Democrats for Secret Donors – WSJ

Democrats for Secret Donors – WSJ. Don’t look now, but Democrats may be having second thoughts about donor disclosure. At least when it applies to them. On Thursday the Democratic National Convention host committee asked a Pennsylvania judge to let it withhold donor names until after the convention, on grounds that releasing them early could damage fundraising. The disclosure request […]

Who Was Behind the Coup Attempt in Turkey? – The New York Times

Who Was Behind the Coup Attempt in Turkey? – The New York Times. · by Mustafa Akyol · July 22, 2016 SARAJEVO, Bosnia and Herzegovina — The bloody coup attempt in Turkey last week, which cost more than 200 lives, brought the world’s attention to the group that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared responsible: the Islamic community led by Fethullah […]

Welcome Freshman—Your Degree Is Obsolete – The Daily Beast

Welcome Freshman—Your Degree Is Obsolete – The Daily Beast. Across from Washington, D.C.,’s Georgetown University is a red clapboard house where this 226-year-old Jesuit university is trying to reinvent itself. Georgetown has long enjoyed a top twenty-five spot in the U.S. News & World Report rankings and a stellar reputation among prospective students, who often choose between it and the […]

The Left in Fever Pitch After RNC  | LifeZette

The Left in Fever Pitch After RNC  | LifeZette. by Laura Ingraham · July 22, 2016 “I honestly have never heard a speech that is … as full of fear — the most negative convention speech I have ever heard,” griped former Clinton Treasury Secretary Robert Reich. “You can’t cover the country in a blanket of fear,” complained columnist Mike […]

Donald Trump Convention Speech Restores Order to Divided Affair | National Review

Donald Trump Convention Speech Restores Order to Divided Affair | National Review. by Eliana Johnson · July 22, 2016 Cleveland — For the better part of four days, the Republican National Convention had been less about Donald Trump than about the flotsam of the Republican party left in his wake — and the attempts of its members to cobble together […]

Senator stiff-armed over concerns of FBI ‘double standard’ for Hillary Clinton | Fox News

Senator stiff-armed over concerns of FBI 'double standard' for Hillary Clinton | Fox News. · by Pamela K. Browne, Catherine Herridge The FBI has refused for a second time in six months to answer key lawmakers’ formal questions about the bureau’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email scandal, including pointed queries about whether the former secretary of state received preferential […]

Can Washington Make the Trains Run on Time? – The American Interest

Can Washington Make the Trains Run on Time? – The American Interest. In Washington D.C., the trains don’t run on time. There are frequent fires in stations and tunnels, urgent maintenance forces single-tracking, and no one seems to have any idea when it will all get better—in fact, it may well get worse. Why are things so bad? The conventional […]

Articles: Psychodynamics of Obama’s and Hillary’s ‘White Guilt Forever’ Conversation

Articles: Psychodynamics of Obama's and Hillary's 'White Guilt Forever' Conversation. by Deborah C. Tyler · July 23, 2016 Three principal mental states restrain people from doing evil: fear, shame, and guilt. Fear and shame are universal, objective, healthy, protective emotional reactions. They are temporary, and they usually dissipate when the threat of immediate danger or punishment stops. Guilt is different. […]

How The Trump Family Became The New Camelot In Four Days – Liz Crokin

How The Trump Family Became The New Camelot In Four Days – Liz Crokin. by Liz Crokin The political conventions seem to birth new political stars every four years and this year’s Republican National Convention was no different. In 2004, a virtually unknown senator from Chicago gave an electric speech at the Democratic National Convention that thrust him into the […]