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 […]

Beto O’Rourke vs. Ted Cruz debate: Only Cruz’s attacks worked.

Beto O’Rourke vs. Ted Cruz debate: Only Cruz's attacks worked.. Rep. Beto O’Rourke made it about 13 minutes into the debate before he attempted to throw the aggressive punch at Sen. Ted Cruz that he’d been expected to throw. “Sen. Cruz is not going to be honest with you,” O’Rourke said, after Cruz suggested that the El Paso congressman’s concern […]

Study: Obama voters switched to Trump because of race – Vox

Study: Obama voters switched to Trump because of race – Vox. One of the most puzzling elements of the 2016 election, at least for a lot of Americans, was the millions of voters who switched from voting for Barack Obama in 2012 to Donald Trump in 2016. Somewhere between 6.7 million and 9.2 million Americans switched this way; given that […]

Top Democratic Super PAC Comes To Bob Menendez’s Rescue In New Jersey | HuffPost

Top Democratic Super PAC Comes To Bob Menendez’s Rescue In New Jersey | HuffPost. The Senate Democrats’ leading super PAC is set to spend $3 million in bright blue New Jersey in an effort to save Sen. Bob Menendez, who has struggled to put away a Republican challenger after facing a corruption trial last year. Senate Majority PAC, which is […]

Heitkamp Apologizes for Outing, Misidentifying Sexual Violence Victims – Mother Jones

Heitkamp Apologizes for Outing, Misidentifying Sexual Violence Victims – Mother Jones. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), who is locked in a heated reelection race with Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer, ran a campaign ad in several North Dakota newspapers Sunday that listed the names of numerous women that the ad described as survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and rape. But it […]

Elizabeth Warren’s embarrassing self-own

Elizabeth Warren's embarrassing self-own. Of all the lunatic gestures with which one expected prospective Democratic 2020 hopefuls to try to distinguish themselves in a crowded field, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s mini-documentary about her Cherokee ancestry is among the most improbable. It is certainly going to be the most embarrassing. President Trump has long seized on Warren’s past claims of Cherokee […]

. President Donald Trump, the Republican National Committee (RNC) and commentators said that Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren may have less Native American DNA than the average white American. So Elizabeth Warren is *possibly* 1/1024 (0.09%) Native American. Scientists say the average European-American is 0.18% Native American. (https://t.co/XU0l1JQO1L) That’d make Warren even less Native American than the average European-American. — Michael […]

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 […]

California Becomes Exhibit A for Self-Inflicted Housing-Affordability Crisis

California Becomes Exhibit A for Self-Inflicted Housing-Affordability Crisis. The California tech boom should have been the engine for widely shared prosperity and renewal. Instead, contrary to the state’s uber-progressive reputation, California has the highest real poverty rate in the nation. One-fifth of the population of the state falls below the poverty line when the cost of living is taken into […]

Move Over Vagina Costumes: Fendi Debuts $990 Designer ‘Vulva Scarf’ | Trending

Move Over Vagina Costumes: Fendi Debuts $990 Designer 'Vulva Scarf' | Trending. by Megan Fox · October 19, 2018 Move over vagina costumes and pu**y hats! There’s a new ridiculously offensive genitalia-themed apparel on the loose thanks to designer Fendi. Just imagine…a head popping out of this thing. https://t.co/BX9HWyv5S6 — Emily (@ChicagoHawkey) October 12, 2018 Yes, just imagine! The Women’s […]

Google: Unpatriotic, Inconsistent, InsecureThe American Spectator

Google: Unpatriotic, Inconsistent, InsecureThe American Spectator. by Mytheos Holt · October 19, 2018 Imagine the following scenario: A group of technical whizzes found a new car company in the United States. After initially going through vigorous competition, the company eventually establishes complete market dominance not only in building cars, but also in building everything associated with car safety. At which […]

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 […]

Trump on Gianforte: ‘Any Guy That Can Do a Body Slam, He’s My Candidate’

Trump on Gianforte: 'Any Guy That Can Do a Body Slam, He's My Candidate'. President Donald Trump on Thursday night praised Rep. Greg Gianforte’s (R., Mont.) intellect and then said that anybody that can do a body slam is his guy. “Let me just say on behalf of all of Montana, Mr. President, thank you for giving us hope again,” […]

Trump’s Black Support — African American Vote Might Turn 2020 Towards Trump | National Review

Trump’s Black Support — African American Vote Might Turn 2020 Towards Trump | National Review. The strength of the economy and Trump’s message are resonating among African Americans. The provocative Donald Trump certainly seems to be disliked by a majority of African-American professional athletes, cable-news hosts, academics, and the Congressional Black Caucus. Yet there are subtle but increasing indications that […]

Never mind the kneeling — it’s the new soft-touch rules that are killing the NFL

Never mind the kneeling — it's the new soft-touch rules that are killing the NFL. by Richard Hoffman · October 19, 2018 With the start of the 2018-19 NBA regular season upon us, the Patriots-Chiefs game on Sunday reminded me of Michael Jordan’s friendly pregame chalk toss at the scorer’s table. But it was Breeland Speaks who was doing the […]

Ocasio-Cortez refuses to endorse Bernie Sanders 2020 run | Fox News

Ocasio-Cortez refuses to endorse Bernie Sanders 2020 run | Fox News. Democrat candidate calls the system a ‘shadow of slavery’s power’ after the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic socialist congressional candidate who has spent weeks campaigning with fellow socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders, on Thursday refused to endorse his prospective candidacy in the 2020 presidential race. Ocasio-Cortez, […]

Texas Democrats ask noncitizens to register to vote – Washington Times

Texas Democrats ask noncitizens to register to vote – Washington Times. The Texas Democratic Party asked noncitizens to register to vote, sending out applications to immigrants with the box citizenship already checked “Yes,” according to complaints filed Thursday asking prosecutors to see what laws may have been broken. The Public Interest Legal Foundation alerted district attorneys and the Justice Department […]

Take a Look at America’s Amazing Little Known Monument to Our Forefathers

Take a Look at America's Amazing Little Known Monument to Our Forefathers. by Paul S. Gardiner · October 18, 2018 During a recent visit to Plymouth, Massachusetts, I viewed the National Monument to the Forefathers, completed in 1889 and sitting on a relatively remote site in the town due to ensuing housing developments and other factors. It is a safe […]

No, The World Wouldn’t Be Better Off With Fewer African Children

No, The World Wouldn't Be Better Off With Fewer African Children. by Joy Pullmann · October 18, 2018 The poorest people tend to have the highest birth rates, which threatens to reverse historic progress in reducing world poverty, says the world’s largest philanthropy in a recent report. “[D]ecades of stunning progress in the fight against poverty and disease may be […]

Mnuchin pulls out of Saudi conference | TheHill

Mnuchin pulls out of Saudi conference | TheHill. by Alexander Bolton · October 18, 2018 Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced Thursday that he will pull out of a major economic conference being hosted by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman next week in Riyadh, amid tension over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. “Just met with @realDonaldTrumpand @SecPompeo and we […]

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 […]

China economic growth weakest since 2009, government moves to lift confidence | Reuters

China economic growth weakest since 2009, government moves to lift confidence | Reuters. by Kevin Yao, Elias Glenn6 Min Read · October 19, 2018 BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s economic growth cooled to its weakest pace since the global financial crisis in the third quarter, with regulators pledging further policy support as a years-long campaign to tackle debt risks and the […]

Judge: State Department lied to cover for Hillary

Judge: State Department lied to cover for Hillary. Judge Royce Lamberth A federal judge scolded the State Department for providing false statements in an effort to prevent documents related to Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified information through a private email server from being released. U.S. District Court Judge Royce C. Lamberth had ordered the hearing Friday regarding a request from […]