Sanders hints at reckoning with Warren over 2020 ambitions – POLITICO

Sanders hints at reckoning with Warren over 2020 ambitions – POLITICO. The two progressive icons are on a collision course. BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Bernie Sanders says he speaks with Elizabeth Warren nearly every day — just not about 2020. But with the two progressive behemoths on a collision course in the presidential primary — and with some progressive activists alarmed […]

Russian charged with 2018 election interference by Justice Department – Vox

Russian charged with 2018 election interference by Justice Department – Vox. Federal prosecutors have criminally charged a Russian national with trying to interfere with the 2018 midterm elections, the Justice Department announced Friday. Elena Khusyaynova of St. Petersburg was accused of working as the accountant for a Russian social media propaganda and “information warfare” operation, run by an oligarch close […]

New Justice Department Case Shows Russia Is Now Attacking the Midterm Elections – Mother Jones

New Justice Department Case Shows Russia Is Now Attacking the Midterm Elections – Mother Jones. On Friday, the US attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia unsealed a criminal complaint accusing a Russian national named Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova of conspiring to interfere in the US political system. The document maintains that as a financial officer, Khusyaynova was part of the […]

Opinion | What if the Republicans Win Everything Again? – The New York Times

Opinion | What if the Republicans Win Everything Again? – The New York Times. The end of Robert Mueller’s investigation. The loss of health insurance for several million people. New laws that make it harder to vote. More tax cuts for the rich. More damage to the environment. A Republican Party molded even more in the image of President Trump. […]

Bernie draws thousands as 2020 decision looms – POLITICO

Bernie draws thousands as 2020 decision looms – POLITICO. Bernie Sanders can still draw a crowd. Touching off a nine-state midterm election blitz here Friday, rally-goers clad in T-shirts from Sanders’ 2016 campaign cheered as the independent senator from Vermont reprised his progressive credentials on student debt, health care and the minimum wage. And they jeered along with Sanders as […]

Latino voters: Democratic outreach doesn’t look much better than it did in 2016 – Vox

Latino voters: Democratic outreach doesn’t look much better than it did in 2016 – Vox. Latino voters could make the difference in some of this year’s most competitive congressional races — particularly in places like Arizona, California, and Texas where they make up more than 20 percent of the electorate. Given high anti-Trump sentiment among Latino voters — and a […]

Massachusetts Voters Could Repeal a Ban on Discrimination Against Transgender People – Mother Jones

Massachusetts Voters Could Repeal a Ban on Discrimination Against Transgender People – Mother Jones. When Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker told reporters in May 2016 he would sign a bill protecting transgender people from discrimination in public spaces, it was a huge win for Kasey Suffredini. “We were finally successful,” says Suffredini, the co-chair of Freedom for All Massachusetts, a coalition […]

Republicans’ Saudi Arabia derangement

Republicans' Saudi Arabia derangement. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman may have miscalculated when it came to the missing (and presumed butchered) Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. New details keep coming out, most recently an alleged recording of Khashoggi being beaten, tortured, and beheaded. Many former regime apologists have turned on bin Salman, who’s looking more and more guilty of […]

Mueller Hits Snag In Russian Internet Troll Case – Talking Points Memo

Mueller Hits Snag In Russian Internet Troll Case – Talking Points Memo. by Tierney Sneed Special counsel Robert Mueller has run into some skepticism from the federal judge overseeing the case he brought against Russians allegedly behind a social media campaign to influence the 2016 election — skepticism that could lead to the dismissal of the count against a company […]

Bernie 2016 alums wary of 2020 sequel – POLITICO

Bernie 2016 alums wary of 2020 sequel – POLITICO. A large contingent of his former staffers is looking to other candidates to carry the torch. Bernie Sanders has a problem as he decides whether to run in 2020: Many of his former staffers are looking elsewhere. With the Vermont senator kicking off a nine-state tour on Friday with stops in […]

Dear God, Hillary Clinton. Please, Just Go.

Dear God, Hillary Clinton. Please, Just Go.. by Liz Mair · October 18, 2018 We’re three weeks out from the 2018 midterm election, and Hillary Clinton is popping up again like a Halloween ghoul who keeps rising from the grave to terrorize the American public; only this time accompanied by the increasingly #MeToo burdened uber-villain, Bubba. The Clintons, it seems, […]

Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard, the affirmative action case, explained – Vox

Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard, the affirmative action case, explained – Vox. Arguments began Monday in Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard, a lawsuit that claims Harvard University is discriminating against Asian-American applicants. The trial is being closely watched for signs about the future of programs intended to boost the presence of underrepresented groups on college campuses across the […]

Jimmy Carter Says Brett Kavanaugh ‘Unfit’ To Serve As Supreme Court Justice | HuffPost

Jimmy Carter Says Brett Kavanaugh 'Unfit' To Serve As Supreme Court Justice | HuffPost. Former President Jimmy Carter didn’t mince words while discussing Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during a visit to Emory University on Thursday. The 39th president called Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the highest court in the land “a very serious mistake” while speaking to a civil rights class, […]

A Record Number of Families Are Crossing the Southern Border Illegally – Mother Jones

A Record Number of Families Are Crossing the Southern Border Illegally – Mother Jones. by Noah Lanard Families from Guatemala are detained by Border Patrol agents after crossing the US-Mexico border without authorization along the Rio Grande in Texas in June. Jahi Chikwendiu/Getty Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. The number of migrant families entering […]

Democrats’ bad bet on Beto

Democrats' bad bet on Beto. At least when Democrats lost their minds for Jon Ossoff in 2017, the quixotic electoral effort in Georgia had the virtue of novelty. In 2018, their massive bet on Robert “Beto” O’Rourke in Texas might cost them any chance to take control of the Senate. Ossoff was the Young Handsome Democrat Du Jour in 2017, […]

Israel’s Supreme Court Overturns Deportation Of Detained US Student – Talking Points Memo

Israel’s Supreme Court Overturns Deportation Of Detained US Student – Talking Points Memo. Israel’s Supreme Court on Thursday overturned an appeals court ruling that agreed with the government’s decision to bar an American graduate student from entering the country over her alleged involvement in the boycott movement against the Jewish state. The court accepted Alqasem’s appeal, saying her desire to […]

Warren stumbles with ‘Native American’ rollout – POLITICO

Warren stumbles with ‘Native American’ rollout – POLITICO. The likely 2020 candidate is getting flak from the left and right after trying to defuse a Trump-driven controversy. Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s effort to defuse the Donald Trump-fueled controversy over her past claims of Native American ancestry seems to have done just the opposite. Twenty-four hours later, outrage on the left and […]

NYPD Detective Told Weinstein’s Alleged Victim to Delete Messages: ‘We Just Won’t Tell’ D.A.

NYPD Detective Told Weinstein’s Alleged Victim to Delete Messages: ‘We Just Won’t Tell’ D.A.. The former lead detective in the Harvey Weinstein sexual-assault investigation told a woman who accused the movie mogul of rape to delete messages and data from multiple cell phones before giving them to prosecutors, according to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. The alleged victim did not […]

Should I even have kids in the age of climate change?

Should I even have kids in the age of climate change?. I am a 21-year-old college student who desperately wants to be a parent within the next five to eight years of my life. I am reasonably certain I can achieve this—I have a good job lined up after graduation, I’ve been dating the same person since we were 17, […]

Republicans Will Repeal Obamacare If They Get The Chance, Mitch McConnell Says | HuffPost

Republicans Will Repeal Obamacare If They Get The Chance, Mitch McConnell Says | HuffPost. Republicans could make another run at repealing the Affordable Care Act if they retain control of Congress next year, the Senate’s GOP leader said on Wednesday. The statement, which Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) made in an interview with Reuters, came in response to a question […]

The tangled financial web between Saudi Arabia and the West

The tangled financial web between Saudi Arabia and the West. It wasn’t that long ago that Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (cozily dubbed “MBS” by his elitist pals) was the toast of neoliberal political and financial circles throughout the West. Despite prosecuting a brutal war in Yemen, the crown prince’s ostensible commitment to reforming Saudi society and opening […]

Red ink horror show: Deficits are spiking, as everyone predicted – NY Daily News

Red ink horror show: Deficits are spiking, as everyone predicted – NY Daily News. by Daily News Editorial Board Just in time for the Halloween season, a ghoulish idea fit to be buried forever rises from the grave and gets a stake through the heart, surely to rise again. As it did under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush, […]

Republicans aren’t running on taxes. They’re running on bigotry.

Republicans aren’t running on taxes. They’re running on bigotry.. “The tax bill is part of a bigger theme that we’re going to call The Great American comeback,” said Ohio Rep. Steve Stivers, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, at the committee’s planning retreat in February. “If we stay focused on selling the tax reform package, I think we’re going […]

Warren stumbles with ‘Native American’ rollout – POLITICO

Warren stumbles with ‘Native American’ rollout – POLITICO. The likely 2020 candidate is getting flak from the left and right after trying to defuse a Trump-driven controversy. Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s effort to defuse the Donald Trump-fueled controversy over her past claims of Native American ancestry seems to have done just the opposite. Twenty-four hours later, outrage on the left and […]

Michael Avenatti Is Making Concrete Moves to Run for President in 2020 Against Trump

Michael Avenatti Is Making Concrete Moves to Run for President in 2020 Against Trump. Michael Avenatti, the firebrand attorney who has risen to fame representing adult film star Stormy Daniels, is taking concrete steps behind the scenes to prep for a possible 2020 presidential run. A new filing with the Federal Election Commission, shows that Avenatti’s political action committee, “Fight […]

Trump Is Cutting Regulations Between The West And Its Water Supply | The Daily Caller

Trump Is Cutting Regulations Between The West And Its Water Supply | The Daily Caller. President Donald Trump signed a memorandum Friday ordering Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to cut regulations slowing water supply and hydroelectric projects. The Trump administration’s memo is aimed at speeding up environmental reviews and simplifying the approval process for […]

GOP Confident in Closely Contested Iowa Congressional District

GOP Confident in Closely Contested Iowa Congressional District. The House election in Iowa’s First Congressional District pits Republican congressman Rod Blum against Democrat Abby Finkenauer, a member of the Iowa House of Representatives. The closely contested race will prove crucial for determining which party will control the lower chamber of Congress next year. Covering much of northeastern Iowa, the district […]

Republican Immigration Reform: Embrace E-Verify | National Review

Republican Immigration Reform: Embrace E-Verify | National Review. As we wrote early this summer, an electronic system called E-Verify is the key to solving the illegal-immigration problem. By participating in this voluntary program, employers can ensure that their workers are in the country legally; were its use made mandatory, the attraction of illegal immigration would decline precipitously. Because so many […]

15 Days Till Trump Crushes Them Again

15 Days Till Trump Crushes Them Again. In barely 15 days the most important midterm election of our lifetime will be underway. It’s bearing a remarkable similarity to the 2016 presidential election, only we know the president’s not on the ballot. Right? Don’t tell him! He’s working every bit as hard in 2018 for a bunch of incumbents, some of […]

3 things we learned from the Kavanaugh drama that have nothing to do with politics

3 things we learned from the Kavanaugh drama that have nothing to do with politics. by Nicole Russell · October 21, 2018 Nobody liked the way Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation was handled. But if we can get past the partisan toxicity, there were salient observations and lessons to be learned that matter far outside politics. Alcohol can disrupt memory, behavior, […]

James Madison’s Solution to Tribalism

James Madison's Solution to Tribalism. by Ryan Walters · October 20, 2018 Political tribalism has been a very popular topic in 2018. A great divide has been created in our society as a result of identity politics. Many have retreated into groups with only like-minded individuals creating mini echo-chambers all over the country. These groups push their agenda without any […]

The U.S. Can’t Ditch Saudi Arabia, But It Shouldn’t Let Khashoggi Slide

The U.S. Can't Ditch Saudi Arabia, But It Shouldn't Let Khashoggi Slide. by Sumantra Maitra · October 19, 2018 America’s gaffe-prone granddad Joe Biden had a rare moment of intellectual clarity and honesty in 2014, when he said something about Saudi Arabia that would be blindingly obvious to anyone except perhaps Thomas Friedman and the New York Times editorial board. […]

Rosenstein Agrees to Sit for Transcribed Interview With Judiciary, Oversight Leaders

Rosenstein Agrees to Sit for Transcribed Interview With Judiciary, Oversight Leaders. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has agreed to sit for a transcribed interview with leaders of the House Judiciary and Oversight committees Oct. 24, the panels’ chairmen announced Thursday evening. The announcement comes just hours after House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, an Oversight subcommittee chairman, called on Rosenstein […]

Trump: U.S. to exit nuclear treaty, citing Russian violations | Reuters

Trump: U.S. to exit nuclear treaty, citing Russian violations | Reuters. President Donald Trump said on Saturday the United States will exit the Cold-War era Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty that eliminated a class of nuclear weapons, in a move that is likely to upset Russia. The INF treaty, negotiated by then-President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and ratified […]

Why is President Trump letting the Saudis push him around?

Why is President Trump letting the Saudis push him around?. President Trump famously hates to look weak. So why is he letting Saudi Arabia push him around? The alleged murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi intelligence agents would seem to provide ample justification for a harsh rebuke, if not something stronger. Khashoggi was an American resident, and he appears […]

The Calls for Violence Must Be Denounced

The Calls for Violence Must Be Denounced. by Ed Feulner · October 19, 2018 Of all the voices being raised against the specter of mob rule in this country, few carry more weight than that of Steve Scalise. That’s because Scalise, a Republican congressman from Louisiana, knows first-hand what happens when violent words turn into violent action. In June 2017, […]

The Arizona Republic’s Disgusting Political Cartoon Shows Kyrsten Sinema Shooting Down Martha McSally, the First Woman Combat Pilot Who Fought the Taliban

The Arizona Republic’s Disgusting Political Cartoon Shows Kyrsten Sinema Shooting Down Martha McSally, the First Woman Combat Pilot Who Fought the Taliban. by Tyler O’Neil · October 19, 2018 On Friday, The Arizona Republic, Arizona’s most widely circulated newspaper, ran a political cartoon mocking Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), the first female pilot to fly in combat. The cartoon showed McSally […]

Election 2018: Is the ‘Wave’ Turning Red?The American Spectator

Election 2018: Is the ‘Wave’ Turning Red?The American Spectator. by Robert Stacy McCain · October 21, 2018 As a mob of thousands of migrants made their way north from Honduras toward the U.S. border last week, events in a closely-watched congressional race took an important turn. Politico reported that Democrats had pulled resources out of their campaign against Republican Rep. […]

Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and Why Civility Can’t Return To Politics – Reason.com

Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and Why Civility Can't Return To Politics – Reason.com. You can’t “be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about,” Hillary Clinton told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour a week ago, defending the win-at-all-costs mentality that many Democrats are pushing before the midterm elections. That was before the Republican […]

EDITORIAL: Return Dean Heller to the US Senate – Las Vegas Review-Journal

EDITORIAL: Return Dean Heller to the US Senate – Las Vegas Review-Journal. · by Las Vegas Review-Journal · October 19, 2018 Nevada in recent elections has been a competitive battleground state for the two major parties and 2018 is no different. This cycle, the state’s U.S. Senate race, featuring incumbent Republican Dean Heller and Democratic challenger Rep. Jacky Rosen, is […]

A Shift in GOP Fortunes | The Cook Political Report

A Shift in GOP Fortunes | The Cook Political Report. by Charles E. Cook, Jr. The most dramatic change over the last six weeks in the midterm election picture is clearly in the Senate, but the House situation has subtly changed as well. Not long ago, the most likely outcome for the Senate was either no net change at all, […]

Todd: Democrats Around Country Said ‘Those Washington Democrats Really Messed Up’ Kavanaugh Confirmation

Todd: Democrats Around Country Said 'Those Washington Democrats Really Messed Up' Kavanaugh Confirmation. MSNBC’s “Meet the Press Daily” host Chuck Todd said on Friday that Democrats told him earlier this week that Senate Democrats messed up the confirmation process of Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh. Todd was discussing Kavanaugh being a factor in the midterms when he mentioned his personal […]

Republican Trump Voters Are Feeling Less Reluctant These Days | National Review

Republican Trump Voters Are Feeling Less Reluctant These Days | National Review. The Democrats’ outreach to this demographic has been peculiar indeed. Politically speaking, I am a party of one. I know that political ads are not designed for me, and that most political rhetoric is not addressed to me. Still, I find it all mysterious. During the 2016 presidential […]

An Unstable Turkey Would Not Benefit NATO Allies

An Unstable Turkey Would Not Benefit NATO Allies. Turkish-American relations can be traced back to the end of the 18th century, between the Ottoman Empire and the U.S., shipping and trade were conducted in Turkish harbors in the Mediterranean. Diplomatic relations between the United States and Turkey were established on February 11, 1927, via an exchange of notes. The relations […]

On Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudis have a new story with a glaring hole

On Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudis have a new story with a glaring hole. by Erin Dunne · October 20, 2018 On Friday, Saudi Arabia acknowledged that Jamal Khashoggi was, in fact, dead. The cover story devised by the kingdom would be laughable if the matter weren’t so serious. According to Saudi media, Khashoggi died in a physical altercation at the […]

Clinton aide won’t rule out ‘Hillary 2020,’ sparking glee from White House | Fox News

Clinton aide won't rule out ‘Hillary 2020,’ sparking glee from White House | Fox News. A longtime Hillary Clinton adviser is hinting that the former secretary of state may have one more presidential run brewing — a statement greeted with glee from the White House. “It’s somewhere between highly unlikely and zero,” Philippe Reines told Politico about the possibility that […]

Caravan migrants break Guatemala border fence, rush Mexico

Caravan migrants break Guatemala border fence, rush Mexico. Members of a 3,000-strong migrant caravan have massed in this Guatemalan border town across the muddy Suchiate River from Mexico, as U.S. President Donald Trump threatens retaliation if they continue toward the United States. The first members of the group began arriving in Tecun Uman on buses and trucks early Thursday, but […]

The U.S. Can’t Ditch Saudi Arabia, But It Shouldn’t Let Khashoggi Slide

The U.S. Can't Ditch Saudi Arabia, But It Shouldn't Let Khashoggi Slide. by Sumantra Maitra · October 19, 2018 America’s gaffe-prone granddad Joe Biden had a rare moment of intellectual clarity and honesty in 2014, when he said something about Saudi Arabia that would be blindingly obvious to anyone except perhaps Thomas Friedman and the New York Times editorial board. […]

Bolton heads to Moscow for high-stakes meeting with Russians | TheHill

Bolton heads to Moscow for high-stakes meeting with Russians | TheHill. by Morgan Chalfant · October 19, 2018 National security adviser John Bolton is traveling to Russia for talks early next week with top Russian officials that are likely to cover a variety of high-priority issues for the administration. The trip is Bolton’s first to Moscow since he went to […]

New York Man Arrested for Kavanaugh Confirmation Death Threats

New York Man Arrested for Kavanaugh Confirmation Death Threats. A 74-year-old Long Island man has been arrested on charges of threatening to injure or kill two senators over their support of confirming Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. The allegations against Ronald DeRisi are made in a filing in federal court in New York’s Eastern District. According to the […]

Russian charged with conspiring to interfere in U.S. congressional elections | Reuters

Russian charged with conspiring to interfere in U.S. congressional elections | Reuters. The U.S. government on Friday charged a Russian national with playing a key financial role in a Kremlin-backed plan to conduct “information warfare” against the United States, including to influence next month’s congressional elections. The criminal complaint unsealed on Friday makes Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova, 44, the first individual […]

Confessions of an Ex-Kremlin Propagandist: ‘Dictator’ Putin Will Rule Forever

Confessions of an Ex-Kremlin Propagandist: ‘Dictator’ Putin Will Rule Forever. by Nico Hines · October 20, 2018 LONDON—Vladimir Putin will fight to preserve his authoritarian grip on Russia for decades, according to a former Kremlin insider who has a unique insight into some of the president’s most closely-held beliefs. Vitaly Mansky was granted unparalleled access to the Kremlin and Putin’s […]

Protests demanding diversity preceded Warren hiring

Protests demanding diversity preceded Warren hiring. The cultural climate at Harvard Law School when Elizabeth Warren was hired is crucial to understanding why the Massachusetts senator’s attempt to back her claim of Native American identity matters, according to a former student who was at the fabled institution at the time. Jennifer Braceras, now a senior fellow with the Independent Women’s […]

Another Long Peace? | The National Interest

Another Long Peace? | The National Interest. by Øystein Tunsjø · October 17, 2018 XI JINPING is determined to take China into a new era that sets his country and the United States apart from other powers and avoids conflict between the two. The widespread view found in the works of, among others, Henry Kissinger, Graham Allison at Harvard University […]