Progressives hunt down one of the last conservative Democrats – POLITICO

Progressives hunt down one of the last conservative Democrats – POLITICO. by Natasha Korecki · December 16, 2017 Rep. Dan Lipinski is something of an exotic species: a Democrat who opposes abortion and cast votes against both the Affordable Care Act and the DREAM Act. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images CHICAGO — Powerful interests are lined up against him. Outside spending […]

How African Students Became Pawns In Russia’s Election Trolling Scheme

How African Students Became Pawns In Russia’s Election Trolling Scheme. by Philip Obaji Jr. · December 17, 2017 In 2016 Russian agents approached Nigerian students in Moscow hoping they’d help convince American blacks Hillary Clinton was a “racist bitch.” Clumsy? Yes. But typical. CALABAR, Nigeria—You may recall those wannabe YouTube stars Williams and Kalvin Johnson, two black bloggers who went […]

I’m A Brown Woman Who’s Breaking Up With The Democratic Party | HuffPost

I'm A Brown Woman Who's Breaking Up With The Democratic Party | HuffPost. Dear Democratic Party: You were the love of my life. I fell in love early and hard. I have been the kind of party loyalist ― the kind of sappy, soapbox-y, clichéd devotee ― that makes Fox News moonwalk with glee. The first vote I ever cast, […]

Alabama hangover: Can a party with no ideas beat a party with no soul? – Salon.com

Alabama hangover: Can a party with no ideas beat a party with no soul? – Salon.com. Riding an Alabama high, Democrats dream of a big comeback in 2018 and beyond. But is being “decent” really enough? Andrew O’Hehir2017-12-16T17:00:17Z•2017-12-16T17:00:17Z• 0 Comments It’s easy to over-interpret this week’s political earthquake in Alabama, which was an anomalous situation that can’t be replicated anywhere […]

Democrats need an agenda — and they need it now

Democrats need an agenda — and they need it now. In the wake of the stunning victory by Doug Jones in Alabama, the Democrats have a very real prospect of taking over both the House and the Senate in 2018. Taking over the House requires winning only 24 seats, which, with the generic ballot favoring Democrats by double-digits and consistent […]

Republicans are worried about the integrity of Mueller’s team. That’s overblown. – The Washington Post

Republicans are worried about the integrity of Mueller’s team. That’s overblown. – The Washington Post. SPECIAL COUNSEL Robert S. Mueller III began his investigation of Russian election interference to bipartisan praise. Both Democrats and Republicans lauded the former FBI director as the ideal candidate to conduct a politically tricky investigation with rigor and honesty. Yet as Mr. Mueller’s probe has […]

The G.O.P.’s Legislative Lemons – The New York Times

The G.O.P.’s Legislative Lemons – The New York Times. After a secretive, whirlwind negotiating session, Capitol Hill Republicans have agreed on a tax package. They’ve taken this from the Senate version and that from the House version, and it looks as if it’s going to become law. But it doesn’t add up, and the American people know it. The bill […]

Senate Democrats to force vote on FCC net neutrality repeal

Senate Democrats to force vote on FCC net neutrality repeal. by David Shepardson3 Min Read · December 15, 2017 WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top U.S. Senate Democrat said on Friday he would force a vote on the Federal Communications Commission’s decision to repeal the 2015 landmark net neutrality rules. The FCC voted Thursday along party lines to reverse the Obama […]

Justice Department watchdog details role in sharing anti-Trump texts – POLITICO

Justice Department watchdog details role in sharing anti-Trump texts – POLITICO. by Josh Gerstein · December 15, 2017 FBI agents are permitted to hold political views, Democrats argue, and there’s no evidence that either agent Peter Strzok or attorney Lisa Page took action to affect the investigation. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images IG says he agreed sending messages to Hill wouldn’t […]

Harvey Weinstein’s Insidious Sabotage of Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino’s Careers

Harvey Weinstein’s Insidious Sabotage of Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino’s Careers. by Amy Zimmerman · December 15, 2017 ‘Lord of the Rings’ director Peter Jackson says Weinstein fed him “false information” about the actresses, which dissuaded him from casting them in projects. After a decades-long reign of terror, we’re still learning the full extent of Harvey Weinstein’s damage. As sexual […]

The Guy Who Repealed Net Neutrality Caught Dancing in Video with Pizzagate Conspiracy Theorist – Mother Jones

The Guy Who Repealed Net Neutrality Caught Dancing in Video with Pizzagate Conspiracy Theorist – Mother Jones. by Kanyakrit Vongkiatkajorn FCC chairman Ajit Pai during the net neutrality vote. Jacquelyn Martin/AP Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) officially voted to repeal net neutrality Thursday, handing telecom companies a massive win. […]

How Apple lost its sheen

How Apple lost its sheen. When you’ve been writing about tech for some time, you always have to be prepared to answer one inevitable question from friends and family, especially around this time of year: “So, which phone/tablet/computer should I buy?” For years, my answer has been pretty reliable: If you have the money, just get whatever Apple makes. My […]

Joe Biden on Reducing Gun Violence After Sandy Hook Shooting | Time

Joe Biden on Reducing Gun Violence After Sandy Hook Shooting | Time. Joe Biden was the 47th Vice President of the United States and currently leads the University of Delaware Biden Institute for Domestic Policy. On December 14, 2012, 20 first-graders and 6 educators were murdered by a gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. President Obama and […]

Trump’s Numbers Near a Tipping Point

Trump’s Numbers Near a Tipping Point. by Eleanor Clift · December 15, 2017 opinion Things fell apart for Nixon when he dropped below 30 percent approval in his second term. Trump is getting there in his first year. Public opinion can take off like a runaway train once it gets going. President Donald Trump, already polling lower than any of […]

In the Senate, Republicans are paying a price for their extremism – Vox

In the Senate, Republicans are paying a price for their extremism – Vox. It’s an article of faith among many Democrats that Republicans have somehow escaped the electoral consequences for the increasing extremism of their party. Doug Jones’s narrow victory over Roy Moore on Tuesday night looked, to many liberals, like a rare exception. But as political scientist Matt Glassman […]

This Tax Bill Is a Trillion-Dollar Blunder – Bloomberg

This Tax Bill Is a Trillion-Dollar Blunder – Bloomberg. by Michael R. Bloomberg @MikeBloomberg More stories by Michael R. Bloomberg Last month a Wall Street Journal editor asked a room full of CEOs to raise their hands if the corporate tax cut being considered in Congress would lead them to invest more. Very few hands went up. Attending was Gary […]

From Sulzberger to Sulzberger at The New York Times

From Sulzberger to Sulzberger at The New York Times. by Lloyd Grove · December 14, 2017 The Gray Lady’s publisher announced Thursday that he will step down in 2018, passing the torch to yet another Sulzberger in a long line of Sulzbergers who’ve run the paper. The torch has been passed to a new generation of Sulzbergers at one of […]

How Net Neutrality Repeal Could Silence Women And People Of Color | HuffPost

How Net Neutrality Repeal Could Silence Women And People Of Color | HuffPost. Billion-dollar corporations scored a victory on Thursday as the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal net neutrality protections. Back in 2015, these rules were put in place to prevent internet service providers, such as Comcast, Spectrum and Verizon, from treating some internet content differently. Now these companies […]

Elizabeth Warren Just Let Loose on Trump and Monsanto – Mother Jones

Elizabeth Warren Just Let Loose on Trump and Monsanto – Mother Jones. by Tom Philpott Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks at the Open Market Institute.Screengrab/YouTube Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. Back in September 2016, US agribusiness titan Monsanto and German chemical conglomerate Bayer agreed to a $66 billion merger, making way for a globe-spanning firm […]

Republicans Race (Again) To Avoid A Government Shutdown – Talking Points Memo

Republicans Race (Again) To Avoid A Government Shutdown – Talking Points Memo. · by Alice Ollstein Funding for the government expires at the end of next week, and Republicans are crafting a plan that would fund the military for a full year while only giving the rest of the government a short-term stop-gap until Jan. 19. As the outline of […]

An FBI agent’s anti-Trump text messages pose a growing threat to the Mueller investigation – Vox

An FBI agent’s anti-Trump text messages pose a growing threat to the Mueller investigation – Vox. A senior FBI counterintelligence official who had until recently been part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation spent months sending text messages to a colleague in the run-up to the 2016 election that derided President Donald Trump as a “douche,” an “utter idiot,” […]

Omarosa Manigault Newman Resigns From White House | HuffPost

Omarosa Manigault Newman Resigns From White House | HuffPost. Omarosa Manigault Newman, the controversial White House aide picked by President Donald Trump, has resigned. Newman resigned on Tuesday, White House officials told multiple outlets. She will continue her job until Jan. 20. “We wish her the best in future endeavors and are grateful for her service,” press secretary Sarah Sanders […]

American Taliban – Salon.com

American Taliban – Salon.com. I had a nightmare some years ago. I had moved from Los Angeles to a southern state that had gone from marginally purple to bright red in the last election. The Republicans held the governorship and both houses of the legislature for the first time in generations, and every day you could pick up the paper […]

One Map Shows Why Democrats Shouldn’t Feel Too Hopeful After Alabama Win – Mother Jones

One Map Shows Why Democrats Shouldn’t Feel Too Hopeful After Alabama Win – Mother Jones. Democrat Doug Jones’ upset victory in Alabama’s Senate race on Tuesday gives Democrats renewed hope of an electoral wave in the 2018 midterm elections, but it comes with a warning—a strangely shaped one. In much of the country, partisan and racial gerrymandering is so extreme […]

PBS suspends Tavis Smiley talk show over sexual misconduct allegations

PBS suspends Tavis Smiley talk show over sexual misconduct allegations. PBS announced Wednesday it has “indefinitely suspended distribution” of the late-night talk show Tavis Smiley after the host was accused of sexual misconduct. “PBS engaged an outside law firm to conduct an investigation immediately after leaning of troubling allegations regarding Mr. Smiley,” the public broadcaster said in a statement. “This […]

Doug Jones defeats Roy Moore, scrambling congressional agenda – The Washington Post

Doug Jones defeats Roy Moore, scrambling congressional agenda – The Washington Post. by Mike DeBonis · December 12, 2017 Doug Jones’s odds-defying victory in Alabama — handing Democrats a vanishingly rare Senate win in the Deep South — scrambles President Trump’s legislative agenda for the coming year, threatens to heighten Republican infighting and sounds an alarm for the GOP’s prospects […]

Democrat Jones wins U.S. Senate seat in Alabama in blow to Trump

Democrat Jones wins U.S. Senate seat in Alabama in blow to Trump. Democrat Doug Jones won a bitter fight for a U.S. Senate seat in deeply conservative Alabama on Tuesday, dealing a political blow to President Donald Trump in a race marked by sexual misconduct accusations against Republican candidate Roy Moore. The stunning upset by Jones makes him the first […]

Dems back away from brink on Dreamers – POLITICO

Dems back away from brink on Dreamers – POLITICO. Democratic leaders aren’t going to shut down the government to save Dreamers in December. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi haven’t stopped fighting to deliver something on immigration by the end of the month. But they’ve subtly shifted their rhetoric in recent days and aren’t insisting […]

Doug Jones is the first Democrat to win an Alabama Senate seat in 25 years – Vox

Doug Jones is the first Democrat to win an Alabama Senate seat in 25 years – Vox. Deep-red Alabama has elected a Democrat to the US Senate for the first time in 25 years: Civil rights attorney Doug Jones will be going to Washington after defeating Republican Roy Moore. For much of the race, Jones lived in Moore’s shadow. Even […]

Top Spook Looks Back to 2016 – Debra J. Saunders

Top Spook Looks Back to 2016 – Debra J. Saunders. Michael Morell, former acting head of the CIA, became a political animal in August 2016 when he endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. This month, he came to grips with the consequences of that decision — that it might have played into President Donald Trump’s distrust of the intelligence community. It […]

Wealthy NYC Elites To Flee Under Tax Plan | The Daily Caller

Wealthy NYC Elites To Flee Under Tax Plan | The Daily Caller. by Robert Donachie · December 16, 2017 Wealthy New York City elites are preparing to flee the state because the Republican tax bill is going to make them face the full brunt of Mayor Bill de Blasio and Democratic state leadership’s tax rates. “Everybody I speak to brings […]

Decision Time on Iran

Decision Time on Iran. Very soon, President Trump will have to decide whether America should remain a bystander to Iranian expansionism or take steps to confront this menace to international security and sponsor of global terrorism. In October, when the president failed to certify Iranian compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), aka the Iran nuclear deal, he […]

Washing Machine Regulations May Circumvent American Consumers | National Review

Washing Machine Regulations May Circumvent American Consumers | National Review. by George Will · December 16, 2017 A household appliance will be the next stepping stone on America’s path to restored greatness. The government is poised to punish many Americans, in the name of protecting a few of them, because, in the government’s opinion, too many of them are choosing […]

NBC paid off staffer accusing Chris Matthews of sexual harassment: Report

NBC paid off staffer accusing Chris Matthews of sexual harassment: Report. NBC made a separation-related payment years ago to an employee who worked for Chris Matthews after she accused him of sexual harassment, according to a report Saturday. The unidentified woman, a former assistant producer on his MSNBC show, “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” told company executives that Matthews made inappropriate […]

At 86, Murdoch returns to his roots in news

At 86, Murdoch returns to his roots in news. Rupert Murdoch has always been a newspaperman at heart. And in the twilight of his life, in what The New York Times called his “King Lear moment,” the ageing patriarch is carving up his empire and returning to what he knows best. By selling 21st Century Fox to Disney for $52.4 […]

Comey Should Be Indicted

Comey Should Be Indicted. by Daniel John Sobieski · December 16, 2017 Now we know that not only did Hillary Clinton show intent in her handling of classified materials routed through her private server, but that former FBI Director James Comey and his team showed intent in letting her get away with it, to the detriment of American national security. […]

Pentagon acknowledges program to investigate UFO encounters: report | TheHill

Pentagon acknowledges program to investigate UFO encounters: report | TheHill. by Max Greenwood · December 16, 2017 The Pentagon has acknowledged for the first time the existence of a program charged with investigating unidentified flying objects. According to a New York Times report, the $22 million Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program began in 2007 and was funded primarily at the […]

Landmark GOP Tax Bill Poised for Final Passage

Landmark GOP Tax Bill Poised for Final Passage. by Ryan McCrimmon · December 16, 2017 Republicans late Friday unveiled their final plan to overhaul the tax code, a sweeping measure that aims to lower taxes on businesses and individuals, open up parts of Alaska to oil drilling and roll back a key piece of the 2010 health care law. The […]

Trump allies say Mueller unlawfully obtained thousands of emails

Trump allies say Mueller unlawfully obtained thousands of emails. by Steve Holland4 Min Read · December 16, 2017 WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An organization established for U.S. President Donald Trump’s transition to the White House a year ago said on Saturday that the special counsel investigating allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 election had obtained tens of thousands of emails […]

For GOP, tax bill’s most visible win may be averting failure

For GOP, tax bill's most visible win may be averting failure. Despite the sheer size and society-spanning impact of the $1.5 trillion tax overhaul, the quickest and most potent political victory that Republicans would savor by pushing the bill through Congress next week may be what it averts: another big GOP legislative crash in the age of Trump. Even if […]

Russia fines pastor for holding Bible study

Russia fines pastor for holding Bible study. Russia, which earlier this year was recommended to the U.S. State Department as a “country of particular concern” regarding religious rights, now is being taken to an international human rights court over its treatment of a Baptist missionary, reports Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin. Russia is before the European Court of Human Rights over […]

Change Is Coming to Cuba | The National Interest

Change Is Coming to Cuba | The National Interest. Cuba is adrift—it has been more than a year since Fidel Castro, the socialist caudillo, passed from the scene. Despite long-standing predictions that Fidel’s death would spark great changes in the Caribbean island’s political life, the Castroite state, headed by the 86 year old Raul Castro, remains very much in power. […]

What Trump Is Doing to Slash the Number of Regulations

What Trump Is Doing to Slash the Number of Regulations. by Diane Katz · December 15, 2017 The Trump administration on Thursday released an ambitious regulatory agenda that commits federal agencies to more than 400 deregulatory actions in fiscal 2018, and to cutting future regulatory costs to the private sector by $9.8 billion. The need for reform has never been […]

Trump Has Made Our Government More Moral | Klavan On The Culture

Trump Has Made Our Government More Moral | Klavan On The Culture. by Andrew Klavan · December 15, 2017 Here is a funny thing about the human mind: when we didn’t see something coming, we often can’t see it came. There’s a good reason for this. Wrong predictions are an indication that there is something off or unrealistic about your […]

Top Spook Looks Back to 2016 | The American Spectator

Top Spook Looks Back to 2016 | The American Spectator. by Debra J. Saunders · December 17, 2017 Washington Michael Morell, former acting head of the CIA, became a political animal in August 2016 when he endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. This month, he came to grips with the consequences of that decision — that it might have played into […]

States Partner to Sue Massachusetts, California Over Costly Livestock Bans – Reason.com

States Partner to Sue Massachusetts, California Over Costly Livestock Bans – Reason.com. Earlier this week, thirteen states, led by Indiana, sued Massachusetts in federal court, seeking to overturn a Bay State law that makes it illegal for a business operating in the state to sell veal, eggs in the shell, or pork which it “knows or should know” comes from […]

New Evidence Taints Clinton Investigation | The Daily Caller

New Evidence Taints Clinton Investigation | The Daily Caller. by Peter Hasson · December 14, 2017 A series of new revelations about the FBI under James Comey has provided more evidence that partisan agents may have abused their agency positions for political purposes during the Hillary Clinton email investigation and 2016 presidential campaign. Top FBI agent Peter Strzok, the public […]

Steele Dossier: Source of Fisa Warrant Against Trump Campaign? | National Review

Steele Dossier: Source of Fisa Warrant Against Trump Campaign? | National Review. by Andrew C. McCarthy · December 16, 2017 President Trump ought to direct his Justice Department and FBI to provide the House Intelligence Committee with the FISA warrant application — any FISA warrant application — in which they relied on information from the Steele dossier in seeking court […]

The Tipping Point – Congressman Marsha Blackburn

The Tipping Point – Congressman Marsha Blackburn. by Congressman Marsha Blackburn The time is now to make a change. Regardless of their career, women have had it with being diminished, condescended to, passed over, and belittled. They have had it with inappropriate touching, leering words, innuendos, and emotional or verbal abuse. Regardless if it’s the entertainment world, a school, a […]

Zinke Fires Four From DOI For Harassment | The Daily Caller

Zinke Fires Four From DOI For Harassment | The Daily Caller. by Tim Pearce · December 15, 2017 Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has fired four senior officials at the Department of the Interior (DOI) for “inappropriate behavior” related to harassment and intimidation, the secretary announced in a Thursday video. WATCH: The video was released just hours after the DOI published […]

Trump Spearheads New Effort to Combat Chinese Trade Exploitation

Trump Spearheads New Effort to Combat Chinese Trade Exploitation. President Donald Trump is placing new focus on targeting China’s exploitation of the international trade system, putting the issue front-and-center in his newly released National Security Strategy, according to new information obtained by the Washington Free Beacon and multiple sources briefed on previously unreported details of the administration’s new policy. As […]

Bryan Caplan’s Case against Education Is Persuasive | National Review

Bryan Caplan’s Case against Education Is Persuasive | National Review. by Kyle Smith · December 15, 2017 Suppose you always wanted to date tall and good-looking people, and believe yourself to be tall and good-looking too. There’s a club in your city called Lucky’s where all the tall and good-looking people go, so you show up there. But you can’t […]

GOP isn’t spooked by Democrats’ dire warnings on tax reform

GOP isn't spooked by Democrats' dire warnings on tax reform. Democrats spent the week warning that the Republican tax reform bill will be seen by voters as a giant tax cut for corporations, and will doom the GOP in the 2018 elections. But Republicans weren’t having any of that. Instead, House and Senate leaders were on schedule to pass the […]

Illegal immigration on border surges back to Obama levels – Washington Times

Illegal immigration on border surges back to Obama levels – Washington Times. by Stephen Dinan In this June 22, 2016, file photo, Border Patrol agent Eduardo Olmos walks near the secondary fence separating Tijuana, Mexico, background, and San Diego in San Diego. U.S. President Donald Trump will direct the Homeland Security Department to start building … more > Illegal immigration […]

Middle East Optimists, Be Wary

Middle East Optimists, Be Wary. by Stephen Kruger · December 15, 2017 Arabs who live in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza (who are not to be called “Palestinians” — a misnomer when applied to them) remain unappreciative of giveaways and potential giveaways — beneficial to Arabs and self-destructive to Jews — offered by the State of Israel. Oslo I Accord (1993). […]