The Senate is giving Trump judges to shield him from the law.

The Senate is giving Trump judges to shield him from the law.. by Dahlia Lithwick · May 17, 2019 President Donald Trump listens to questions from reporters next to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as he arrives for a closed Senate Republican policy lunch on Capitol Hill on March 26. Brendan McDermid/Reuters President Donald Trump seated his 40th circuit court […]

Bernie Sanders Unveils Anti-Charter School Education Plan | HuffPost

Bernie Sanders Unveils Anti-Charter School Education Plan | HuffPost. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) unveiled his plan to address educational inequity on Saturday morning, the day after the 65th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision. Most controversially, the Democratic presidential contender’s sprawling plan takes a hard stance against charter schools, a type of public school that is privately […]

This little robot is going to clean the Chicago River

This little robot is going to clean the Chicago River. Each week, we spotlight a cool innovation recommended by some of the industry’s top tech writers. This week’s pick is a river-cleaning robot. A “waterborne version of the Roomba” vacuum cleaner is going to help clean up debris in the Chicago River this summer, said Luke Dormehl at Digital Trends. […]

Biden shows early strength, but pitfalls loom in 2020 U.S. presidential race – Reuters

Biden shows early strength, but pitfalls loom in 2020 U.S. presidential race – Reuters. by James Oliphant5 Min Read · May 18, 2019 WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has shown surprising strength in the first three weeks of his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, prompting a persistent question: Can anyone stop him? Biden holds a […]

Bernie’s mystery Soviet tapes revealed – POLITICO

Bernie's mystery Soviet tapes revealed – POLITICO. by Holly Otterbein · May 17, 2019 In 1988, then-mayor of Burlington, Vermont Bernie Sanders travelled to the Soviet Union to establish a “sister city” relationship with the city of Yaroslavl. | Alex Wong/Getty Images Unseen by the public for three decades, a POLITICO reporter views hours of footage from his 1988 ‘honeymoon’ […]

The Senate is giving Trump judges to shield him from the law.

The Senate is giving Trump judges to shield him from the law.. by Dahlia Lithwick · May 17, 2019 President Donald Trump listens to questions from reporters next to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as he arrives for a closed Senate Republican policy lunch on Capitol Hill on March 26. Brendan McDermid/Reuters President Donald Trump seated his 40th circuit court […]

Connecticut passes $15 minimum wage bill – Vox

Connecticut passes $15 minimum wage bill – Vox. by Alexia Fernández Campbell · May 17, 2019 Demonstrators gather in front of a McDonald’s restaurant to call for an increase in minimum wage on April 15, 2015, in Chicago. Scott Olson/Getty Images More than 330,000 low-wage workers in Connecticut are about to get a raise. Just before sunrise Friday, state senators […]

Bernie Sanders Used His Campaign Data To Drive Turnout On Strike Picket Lines | HuffPost

Bernie Sanders Used His Campaign Data To Drive Turnout On Strike Picket Lines | HuffPost. Thousands of workers from the University of California waged a one-day strike Thursday and found some unexpected allies out on their picket lines. In an unusual move for a presidential candidate, the campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) sent out targeted text messages and emails […]

California Lawmakers Just Shelved Their Only Bill Focused on Solving the Housing Shortage Crisis – Mother Jones

California Lawmakers Just Shelved Their Only Bill Focused on Solving the Housing Shortage Crisis – Mother Jones. On the same day that a devastating new report on homelessness was released, California lawmakers shelved the only bill currently trying to tackle the state’s overwhelming housing shortage crisis. Senate Bill 50, California Sen. Scott Wiener’s aggressive and controversial bill that would’ve expanded […]

The dangerous myth of American hegemony

The dangerous myth of American hegemony. The Trump administration unveiled plans recently to send as many as 120,000 troops to Iran if American forces are attacked or if work on a nuclear weapons program is resumed. This stunning revelation, in the absence of any real provocation from Tehran, has justifiably caused great alarm for anyone who doesn’t want to see […]

Missouri Sends Eight-Week Abortion Ban To Governor

Missouri Sends Eight-Week Abortion Ban To Governor. by Kate Riga · May 17, 2019 A bill to ban abortions at the eighth week of pregnancy has officially passed out of both chambers of the Missouri statehouse and is headed to the desk of Gov. Mike Parson (R), who is expected to sign it. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the […]

Trump order clears path to ban Huawei 5G equipment from United States

Trump order clears path to ban Huawei 5G equipment from United States. by Dean DeChiaro · May 16, 2019 President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order allowing the Commerce Department to stop U.S. companies from doing business with companies “subject to the jurisdiction” of a foreign adversary, clearing a path to bar transactions with Huawei, the Chinese telecom […]

Nancy Pelosi Won’t Even Take A Position On Contempt, Let Alone Impeachment | HuffPost

Nancy Pelosi Won’t Even Take A Position On Contempt, Let Alone Impeachment | HuffPost. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) declined to take a position Thursday about inherent contempt ― an obscure power that would allow Congress to fine or even jail Trump administration officials who don’t comply with subpoenas ― and once again made it clear that Democrats are extremely […]

Julián Castro Calls on Congress to Impeach Trump: “This President Is Hiding Something” – Mother Jones

Julián Castro Calls on Congress to Impeach Trump: “This President Is Hiding Something” – Mother Jones. Democratic presidential hopeful Julián Castro told Mother Jones last week that he’s still preaching patience—even though he’s recently been polling at around 1 percent in a crowded field. “There are 21 candidates in the race, and I believe that at different points people are […]

13 things New Yorkers want every American to know about our mayor, Bill de Blasio

13 things New Yorkers want every American to know about our mayor, Bill de Blasio. Thursday morning I woke up to the news that my mayor, Bill de Blasio, is running for president. If you don’t live in New York City, you probably don’t really know Bill yet. So, as a reporter who has covered some of the mayor’s notable, […]

Rage At FBI Handling Of FL Cyber Attack | Talking Points Memo

Rage At FBI Handling Of FL Cyber Attack | Talking Points Memo. by Tierney Sneed · May 16, 2019 Republican and Democratic members alike from the Florida delegation in the U.S. House expressed extreme frustration on Thursday at the FBI’s lack of transparency regarding the 2016 Russian cyber-intrusion into the voter systems of two counties in the state. After the […]

Barr Jokes About Contempt To Pelosi’s Face: ‘Did You Bring Your Handcuffs?’ | HuffPost

Barr Jokes About Contempt To Pelosi's Face: ‘Did You Bring Your Handcuffs?’ | HuffPost. Attorney General William Barr reportedly made light of his escalating dispute with Congress during an encounter with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. “Madam Speaker, did you bring your handcuffs?” he cracked as the two crossed paths at an event honoring law enforcement on Wednesday, according to multiple reports […]

Bill de Blasio squeezes into the Democratic clown car

Bill de Blasio squeezes into the Democratic clown car. by Matthew Walther · May 16, 2019 Illustrated | Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images, Spencer Platt/Getty Images Seriously in violation of NCAA basketball scholarship roster limits. One for every hour of the day. “Twenty-four and there’s so much more.” Joe Biden and the 23 Dwarfs? Is your dictionary serious enough to have “tetravigesimal” […]

New York Post Mocks Bill de Blasio 2020 Bid

New York Post Mocks Bill de Blasio 2020 Bid. Ouch. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio woke up to a mocking front page Thursday from the New York Post, as the mayor became the latest Democrat to jump in the 2020 race. Today’s cover: Bill de Blasio officially launches 2020 presidential campaign pic.twitter.com/g973kWfGJ3 — New York Post (@nypost) May 16, […]

It’s Time for a Course Correction in the Trade War – Reason.com

It’s Time for a Course Correction in the Trade War – Reason.com. President Donald Trump and his supporters often tell us that he is fundamentally a free trader. The current trade war with China, they say, is simply the small price we must pay now for a world of much freer trade tomorrow, when all governments lower their trade barriers […]

Trump loses Dem backing as China crackdown grinds on – POLITICO

Trump loses Dem backing as China crackdown grinds on – POLITICO. Democrats who have long blasted China’s trade policies aren’t supporting the president’s tariffs. Democrats have pushed President Donald Trump for months to take a tougher stance toward China on trade. But now that Trump has taken their advice, he finds himself on an island with no lifeline from Democrats. […]

Elizabeth Warren Refuses to Hold a Town Hall on Fox News – Mother Jones

Elizabeth Warren Refuses to Hold a Town Hall on Fox News – Mother Jones. Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday announced that she won’t accept an offer from Fox News to hold a televised town hall, calling the network a “hate-for-profit racket that gives a megaphone to racists and conspiracists.” Warren argued on Twitter that a town hall would […]

Drowning in a sea of Democrats

Drowning in a sea of Democrats. There are 19 candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination polling at 2 percent or less in New Hampshire, according to a recent poll from Monmouth University. Sixteen of them are at or below 1 percent. Thirteen register at zero, including Kirsten Gillibrand and Michael Bennet, both sitting U.S. senators, and Tulsi Gabbard, Eric Swalwell, […]

Hoyer Defends Tlaib, Says GOP Owes Her An Apology

Hoyer Defends Tlaib, Says GOP Owes Her An Apology. by Cristina Cabrera · May 13, 2019 House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) on Monday rejected Republicans’ demand that they condemn Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) for her comment on the Holocaust. “Republicans’ desperate attempts to smear @RepRashida & misrepresent her comments are outrageous,” Pelosi tweeted. “President […]

Rosenstein: Comey has become ‘a partisan pundit’ | TheHill

Rosenstein: Comey has become 'a partisan pundit' | TheHill. by Olivia Beavers · May 13, 2019 Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein offered a vigorous defense of his decisions in the Justice Department on Monday evening, including his role in President Trump’s sudden firing of James Comey as FBI director, whom he said has become “a partisan pundit” since his […]

‘The epitome of privilege’: Booker supporters seethe over Buttigieg mania – POLITICO

‘The epitome of privilege’: Booker supporters seethe over Buttigieg mania – POLITICO. The two presidential contenders boast some of the same credentials. So why is Mayor Pete getting all the attention? One of the Democrats running for president is a youthful former Rhodes Scholar who speaks more than one language and cut his teeth as a two-term mayor. The other […]

Pete Buttigieg gets zero support from black Democrats in South Carolina.

Pete Buttigieg gets zero support from black Democrats in South Carolina.. During his tour of South Carolina last week, South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg held a town hall at North Charleston High School, where the student body is 83 percent black in a city that is 47 percent black. According to a Politico reporter who was on the scene, […]

Trump aberration: Joe Biden’s nostalgia politics – Vox

Trump aberration: Joe Biden’s nostalgia politics – Vox. Joe Biden launched his campaign with a claim that is, on some level, almost strikingly banal. “I believe history will look back on four years of this president and all he embraces as an aberrant moment in time,” the former vice president said in his announcement video. “But if we give Donald […]

After Making Bernie Sign Loyalty Pledge, DNC Hires Anti-Bernie Finance Chair

After Making Bernie Sign Loyalty Pledge, DNC Hires Anti-Bernie Finance Chair. The decision by the Democratic National Committee to bring in a man who has questioned whether presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is “dangerous to the future of the Democratic Party” has some questioning whether the party will be able to maintain neutrality in 2020. The DNC’s new finance chair Chris […]

Iran Deal Supporters Target John Bolton | National Review

Iran Deal Supporters Target John Bolton | National Review. Whatever the opposite of a rush to war is — a crawl to peace, maybe — America is in the middle of one. Since May 5, when John Bolton announced the accelerated deployment of the Abraham Lincoln carrier group to the Persian Gulf in response to intelligence of a possible Iranian […]

Joe Crowley: Ocasio-Cortez ‘most vulnerable’ to defeat in 2020

Joe Crowley: Ocasio-Cortez 'most vulnerable' to defeat in 2020. by Daniel Chaitin · May 18, 2019 Joe Crowley discussed on Saturday the best time to defeat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the socialist who pulled off one of the biggest upsets in modern Democratic Party history when she defeated him in a primary contest last year. In a conversation that focused on the […]

The Media at Their Lowest

The Media at Their Lowest. When Joe Biden claimed this week on The View (see it here) that the Obama administration “had not a whisper of scandal” during eight years in the White House, the audience cheered wildly. And why wouldn’t it? It’s a partisan crowd that overwhelmingly leans left. Those of us on quite the other side of the […]

Trump’s Plan To Reform Legal Immigration Is Long Overdue

Trump’s Plan To Reform Legal Immigration Is Long Overdue. by John Daniel Davidson · May 17, 2019 The immigration plan President Trump unveiled in a speech yesterday afternoon seems to have something in it for everyone to hate. Immigration hardliners on the right are upset it doesn’t include a reduction in overall immigration levels. Opponents on the left—who were never […]

Mueller mystery: Will he ever testify to Congress? | TheHill

Mueller mystery: Will he ever testify to Congress? | TheHill. by Scott Wong · May 18, 2019 Democrats are trying to solve a mystery in Washington: Will Robert Mueller ever testify before Congress? Weeks ago, it seemed all but certain that the special counsel would head to Capitol Hill in May to answer questions about his eponymous 448-page report on […]

Pelosi: To woo Trump, border aid will likely be attached to disaster bill

Pelosi: To woo Trump, border aid will likely be attached to disaster bill. by Jennifer Shutt · May 16, 2019 An emerging multibillion-dollar disaster aid package will likely include humanitarian assistance to address the surge of migrants across the southern border, an element that could garner the Trump administration’s support. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Thursday that lawmakers are […]

Mall sued for demanding $250 to hand out Gospel tract – WND

Mall sued for demanding $250 to hand out Gospel tract – WND. A California woman is suing a shopping mall for requiring her to pay a $250 fee each time she hands out a Gospel tract. While malls are privately owned, in California, however, courts have ruled they are areas of public accommodation where free speech is protected. The Pacific […]

The Justice Department Goes All-In on Origins of Russia Probe | The National Interest

The Justice Department Goes All-In on Origins of Russia Probe | The National Interest. by Hunter DeRensis · May 16, 2019 Add one more investigation to the list. Monday evening it was announced that Attorney General William Barr had selected John Durham, district attorney for Connecticut, to head an investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe. The nearly seventy-year-old […]

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez: Pro-Life Republicans Want to Create ‘Hell on Earth’

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez: Pro-Life Republicans Want to Create ‘Hell on Earth’. Pro-life Republicans actually want to create “hell on Earth,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) claimed Friday on Twitter: “To the GOP extremists trying to invoke “the unborn” to jail people for abortion: Where are you on climate change? OH right, you want to burn fossil fuels til there’s hell on Earth. […]

The Absurdity of Modern Monetary Theory

The Absurdity of Modern Monetary Theory. by Joel Griffith · May 17, 2019 As the campaign in the 2020 presidential race heats up, so do the promises, with each new candidate vying for who can offer voters the most goodies. But goodies don’t come cheap. Many of the promises being thrown around could prove quite expensive to implement. The implications […]

Crippling Costs for Zero Benefits From the Paris-Minded Climate Crowd | The American Spectator

Crippling Costs for Zero Benefits From the Paris-Minded Climate Crowd | The American Spectator. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf is touting a new Climate Action Plan, and recently joined the U.S. Climate Alliance, a coalition of 24 states committed to implementing policies that support the Paris Agreement — which the Trump administration rejected. According to the governor, “states like Pennsylvania must […]

Peace Fever

Peace Fever. Whatever the opposite of a rush to war is—a crawl to peace, maybe—America is in the middle of one. Since May 5, when John Bolton announced the accelerated deployment of the Abraham Lincoln carrier group to the Persian Gulf in response to intelligence of a possible Iranian attack, the press has been aflame with calls for America to […]

Iran Deal Supporters Target John Bolton | National Review

Iran Deal Supporters Target John Bolton | National Review. by Matthew Continetti · May 18, 2019 White House national security adviser John (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) The Iran echo chamber tries to save its nuclear deal. Whatever the opposite of a rush to war is — a crawl to peace, maybe — America is in the middle of one. Since May 5, […]

If Only John Brennan Trusted Trump Like He Trusts Stalinist Dictator Raul Castro

If Only John Brennan Trusted Trump Like He Trusts Stalinist Dictator Raul Castro. “Make no mistake about it, John Brennan is the mastermind of this conspiracy to frame Donald Trump and to steal his presidency from him after he was elected.” (Former U.S. Attorney Joe diGenova.) “Trump’s claim of no collusion is hogwash.” (Former CIA director John Brennan) “Cuba is […]

China luring US intel veterans to leak government secrets with cash

China luring US intel veterans to leak government secrets with cash. by Caitlin Yilek · May 18, 2019 China has been increasingly successful in recruiting former U.S. intelligence officers to pass along government secrets, a trend that is getting more attention as the Trump administration attempts to limit Beijing’s spy abilities. At least four Americans have pleaded guilty or were […]

The Poor Motives Behind the Iran Deal

The Poor Motives Behind the Iran Deal. Writing for the Center For Security Policy earlier this month, Fred Fleitz pointedly detailed five “myths” regarding the P5+1 JCPOA (“Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action”) deal the U.S. made with Iran in 2015. His analysis of these myths is intended to legitimize President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from that deal. The myths include (1) […]

Trump’s Plan To Reform Legal Immigration Is Long Overdue

Trump’s Plan To Reform Legal Immigration Is Long Overdue. by John Daniel Davidson · May 17, 2019 The immigration plan President Trump unveiled in a speech yesterday afternoon seems to have something in it for everyone to hate. Immigration hardliners on the right are upset it doesn’t include a reduction in overall immigration levels. Opponents on the left—who were never […]

Mueller mystery: Will he ever testify to Congress? | TheHill

Mueller mystery: Will he ever testify to Congress? | TheHill. by Scott Wong · May 18, 2019 Democrats are trying to solve a mystery in Washington: Will Robert Mueller ever testify before Congress? Weeks ago, it seemed all but certain that the special counsel would head to Capitol Hill in May to answer questions about his eponymous 448-page report on […]

Pentagon knew peace-talks fund would ‘likely’ benefit Taliban

Pentagon knew peace-talks fund would ‘likely’ benefit Taliban. by John M. Donnelly · May 17, 2019 Pentagon leaders formally asked Congress in writing earlier this year for a $30 million fund to support peace talks with Afghanistan’s Taliban, even though, the Defense Department officials wrote, it was “likely” some of the money would materially support terrorists. The legislative proposal, obtained […]

Bernie’s mystery Soviet tapes revealed – POLITICO

Bernie's mystery Soviet tapes revealed – POLITICO. by Holly Otterbein · May 17, 2019 In 1988, then-mayor of Burlington, Vermont Bernie Sanders travelled to the Soviet Union to establish a “sister city” relationship with the city of Yaroslavl. | Alex Wong/Getty Images Unseen by the public for three decades, a POLITICO reporter views hours of footage from his 1988 ‘honeymoon’ […]

No Longer a Trade Tiff: China Screams ‘People’s War’ | The National Interest

No Longer a Trade Tiff: China Screams ‘People’s War’ | The National Interest. by Gordon G. Chang · May 17, 2019 “People’s war.” That’s the Communist Party’s new term for the trade dispute with the United States. The Global Times, the party’s nationalist tabloid, used that phrase on the May 13, but China’s leaders obviously approved of the rhetorical escalation. […]

Rugby Australia Fires Star Player for Expressing his Christian Beliefs

Rugby Australia Fires Star Player for Expressing his Christian Beliefs. Because of the Christian views and Bible verses he posted on his social media accounts that were critical of homosexuality and so-called gay marriage, Australian rugby star Israel Folau was fired today by Rugby Australia, which claimed Folau had committed a “high-level breach” of the association’s code of conduct. Folau’s […]

Satisfaction High in DC School Voucher Program, Study Finds

Satisfaction High in DC School Voucher Program, Study Finds. by Joshua Nelson · May 17, 2019 Students who participated in a school choice program for low-income families in the nation’s capital were less likely to miss classes than peers who applied but did not get scholarships, a government evaluation has found. Students in the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program also were […]

The Death of the Democratic Party | The American Spectator

The Death of the Democratic Party | The American Spectator. In a recent speech in Las Vegas, Pete Buttigieg, the Democratic presidential candidate from South Bend, Indiana, spoke about the dangers posed by “so-called identity politics.” As you are aware, dear reader, identity politics involves people of a particular religion, race, social background, etc. forming exclusive political alliances, which ultimately […]

Federal Funding for California Bullet Train Boondoggle Formally Canceled – Reason.com

Federal Funding for California Bullet Train Boondoggle Formally Canceled – Reason.com. Good news for every American who doesn’t live in California: If that state insists on pushing forward with its overbudget, behind-schedule boondoggle of a bullet train, it won’t be with your money. The Federal Railroad Administration yesterday formally terminated a $929 million grant to help pay for the construction […]

Peace Fever

Peace Fever. Whatever the opposite of a rush to war is—a crawl to peace, maybe—America is in the middle of one. Since May 5, when John Bolton announced the accelerated deployment of the Abraham Lincoln carrier group to the Persian Gulf in response to intelligence of a possible Iranian attack, the press has been aflame with calls for America to […]

Huawei & ZTE China Companies — Combating the Chinese-Telecom Threat | National Review

Huawei & ZTE China Companies — Combating the Chinese-Telecom Threat | National Review. The Trump administration took two major actions this week against Chinese telecom companies. First, the president signed an executive order declaring a national emergency over threats to American information technology and giving himself the power to block transactions with telecom companies that are “subject to the jurisdiction […]

Will ‘Whiteshift’ Save America From Ethnic Strife?

Will 'Whiteshift' Save America From Ethnic Strife?. If you’ve been paying any attention at all to journalism in recent years — maybe not a good idea, but if you have — you surely have noticed those stories predicting, often with a certain relish, that the United States is about to become a majority-minority country. Such predictions, as the Obama administration […]