Democratic Party: DNC reeling financially after brutal 2016 – POLITICO

Democratic Party: DNC reeling financially after brutal 2016 – POLITICO. The Democratic National Committee is reeling, facing a turnaround that’s proving a much bigger lift than anyone expected as it struggles to raise enough money to cover its basic promises. Many donors are refusing to write checks. And on-the-ground operatives worry they won’t have the resources to build the infrastructure […]

Trump’s right: He’s ahead of schedule.

Trump’s right: He’s ahead of schedule.. by Yascha Mounk · October 17, 2017 President Donald Trump speaks to the press at the White House on Monday. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images The Trump administration is “substantially ahead of schedule” in implementing its agenda, Donald Trump claimed a few days ago. As with all of Trump’s bombastic claims, it is worth treating this […]

Making the Case for a Al Franken-Kamela Harris 2020 Presidential Ticket | HuffPost

Making the Case for a Al Franken-Kamela Harris 2020 Presidential Ticket | HuffPost. by Paul Grossinger · October 21, 2017 With American democracy firmly under assault, Democrats need to stop their infighting and start thinking about putting together a winning ticket in 2020. Current presidents have the not-insignificant power of incumbency, so Democrats closely watching every tick in the poll […]

Study: GOP likely to retain power after 2018 midterms – Salon.com

Study: GOP likely to retain power after 2018 midterms – Salon.com. FairVote, a nonpartisan think tank that analyzes elections and proposes electoral reforms, has issued its new Monopoly Politics 2018 report on U.S. House elections. Using its proven model, the organization projects that Republicans are likely to maintain a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives absent an historic partisan […]

Rigged: How Voter Suppression Threw Wisconsin to Trump – Mother Jones

Rigged: How Voter Suppression Threw Wisconsin to Trump – Mother Jones. by Ari Berman You can’t say Andrea Anthony didn’t try. A 37-year-old African American woman with an infectious smile, Anthony had voted in every major election since she was 18. On November 8, 2016, she went to the Clinton Rose Senior Center, her polling site on the predominantly black […]

Dems aim to boost black turnout in Virginia governor’s race | TheHill

Dems aim to boost black turnout in Virginia governor's race | TheHill. by Lisa Hagen · October 21, 2017 RICHMOND, Va. — Democrats are looking to mobilize black voters for Virginia’s crucial gubernatorial race, hoping to boost turnout with a core constituency that has repeatedly helped turn the state blue in the past. The governor’s race is one of the […]

The Liberal-Left Heroes Who Treat Women Like Garbage

The Liberal-Left Heroes Who Treat Women Like Garbage. by James Kirchick · October 22, 2017 From hard-lefties like Black Panthers and the ‘Dirtbag Left’ to liberals named Clinton and Kennedy and Weinstein, the long line of men who talk one way but behave another. Thankfully, Harvey Weinstein’s political allies aren’t falling for his shtick of promising to repent and to […]

Eric Holder: Harvey Weinstein Revelations Must Prompt Culture Shift On Sexual Harassment | HuffPost

Eric Holder: Harvey Weinstein Revelations Must Prompt Culture Shift On Sexual Harassment | HuffPost. In the wake of the explosive revelations about alleged sexual harassment and assault perpetrated by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein and other powerful men, former United States Attorney General Eric Holder called on men to take responsibility for creating a culture that allowed such abuse to occur […]

“He’s Going to Wake Up”: Alabama Inmate May Have Suffered Excruciating Pain During Execution – Mother Jones

“He’s Going to Wake Up”: Alabama Inmate May Have Suffered Excruciating Pain During Execution – Mother Jones. by Nathalie Baptiste Alabama Department of Corrections/AP Alabama executed Torrey McNabb Thursday night, and the effectiveness of lethal injection drugs is once again in question after McNabb appeared to be in pain before he died. McNabb’s previous execution date had been on stayed […]

Trump Admin Tells Court Only Congress Can Pay Health Insurers What They’re Owed – Talking Points Memo

Trump Admin Tells Court Only Congress Can Pay Health Insurers What They’re Owed – Talking Points Memo. by Alice Ollstein The lawsuit from nearly 20 states over the Trump administration’s recent decision to cut off subsidies to health insurance companies—a move roiling the individual market and raising premiums across the country—goes before a judge on Monday. On Friday, the Trump […]

Welcome to the post-liberal world

Welcome to the post-liberal world. The presidency of Donald J. Trump is an American phenomenon. But it’s not just an American phenomenon. It makes sense to see the rise of a right-wing cultural populist with authoritarian instincts as an outgrowth of American trends, from the long-term evolution of the Republican Party to the outsized influence of Fox News and talk […]

John Kelly owes the congresswoman an apology – The Washington Post

John Kelly owes the congresswoman an apology – The Washington Post. by Editorial Board · October 20, 2017 White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly speaks to journalists Thursday during the daily briefing in the White House. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press) WHITE HOUSE Chief of Staff John F. Kelly owes Rep. Frederica S. Wilson (D-Fla.) an apology. That is […]

Trump’s Road to 2024 – The New York Times

Trump’s Road to 2024 – The New York Times. There are now two definitions of truth in the United States. The first is that a truthful statement is one that conforms to facts or reality. By this standard, President Trump is a serial liar. The second is that truth is “telling it like it is,” or speaking in a direct, […]

How Donald Trump negotiates like a hostage-taker – CNNPolitics

How Donald Trump negotiates like a hostage-taker – CNNPolitics. by Ronald Brownstein, CNN (CNN)As a candidate, Donald Trump sold himself as a deal maker. As president, he’s governing more as a hostage taker. Across an array of domestic and foreign challenges, Trump’s go-to move has become to create what amounts to a political hostage situation. He’s either terminating, or threatening […]

White House slams Rep. Wilson as ‘all hat, no cattle’ – POLITICO

White House slams Rep. Wilson as 'all hat, no cattle' – POLITICO. by LOUIS NELSON · October 20, 2017 Rep. Frederica Wilson stepped into the spotlight this week after sharing details from President Donald Trump’s phone call with Army Sgt. La David Johnson’s widow. | AP The sharp words come after chief of staff John Kelly appeared to misrepresent the […]

Long Before Donald Trump Demanded NFL Players Stop Kneeling, Patriotism for Profit Began With the Pledge of Allegiance

Long Before Donald Trump Demanded NFL Players Stop Kneeling, Patriotism for Profit Began With the Pledge of Allegiance. by Andrew Belonsky · October 21, 2017 The new pledge was commissioned by a man who’d made a fortune selling pricey flags to public-school children. Donald Trump’s ever-more rabid stance on NFL players “honoring” the national anthem provides the perfect opportunity to […]

White House officials think childhood obesity is not a problem – Vox

White House officials think childhood obesity is not a problem – Vox. Childhood obesity is arguably one of the biggest and most troubling problems in health today. Among high-income countries, America boasts the highest obesity rates for girls and boys — which was a big part of the reason the Obama White House, and the former first lady Michelle Obama […]

Hillary Clinton Unbowed | HuffPost

Hillary Clinton Unbowed | HuffPost. Hillary Clinton is not apologizing and not going away. And why should she? She got damn close to being President of the United States, closer than most aspirants for high office ever will. Twice! In What Happened? she offers a combination of autobiography, campaign history, and political analysis. I learned a few things, and you […]

This Time, Harvey Weinstein Could Go to Jail

This Time, Harvey Weinstein Could Go to Jail. by Katie Zavadski · October 19, 2017 An unnamed woman says the mega-producer sexually assaulted her four years ago—the first accusation that clearly falls within the statute of limitations. Harvey Weinstein might finally face criminal charges after an Italian model and actress accused him of raping her in February 2013 in interviews […]

Are Democrats in for a rude awakening in Virginia? – Salon.com

Are Democrats in for a rude awakening in Virginia? – Salon.com. While the Democratic Party would seem to have an edge in the Virginia governor election, lukewarm poll numbers and the presence of President Barack Obama campaigning there suggest a Republican upset may still be possible. Three polls, taken over the past week, offer wildly different results: The Quinnipiac University […]

Police Spied on New York Black Lives Matter Group, Internal Police Documents Show – Mother Jones

Police Spied on New York Black Lives Matter Group, Internal Police Documents Show – Mother Jones. by Brandon Ellington Patterson Alex Edelman/Zuma/iStock/Getty Images Many people in the Black Lives Matter movement got involved out of a belief that police routinely target black people for abuse. Now BLM activists are accusing a local police department of illegally targeting them for trying […]

NBC News: Longtime DNC Officials Ousted Under Chairman Perez – Talking Points Memo

NBC News: Longtime DNC Officials Ousted Under Chairman Perez – Talking Points Memo. by Nicole Lafond Four longtime Democratic National Committee officials have been removed from their posts under the leadership of the committee’s chairman Tom Perez. The four who were ousted either supported candidates other than Perez for campaign chairman, ran against him or supported former Democratic presidential candidate […]

Is Hollywood sitting on a pedophilia scandal?

Is Hollywood sitting on a pedophilia scandal?. The flurry of sexual harassment and assault allegations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein confirms an unsettling truth that deep down we already knew. There’s a reason “casting couch” has become a grotesquely ubiquitous term. We have long quietly assumed that big-time movie producers exploit their power to sexually exploit women. We should have […]

Shakeup at Democratic National Committee, Longtime Officials Ousted – NBC News

Shakeup at Democratic National Committee, Longtime Officials Ousted – NBC News. by Alex Seitz-Wald WASHINGTON — A shakeup is underway at the Democratic National Committee as several key longtime officials have lost their posts, exposing a still-raw rift in the party and igniting anger among those in its progressive wing who see retaliation for their opposition to DNC Chairman Tom […]

Close Virginia governor polls set Democratic nerves on edge – POLITICO

Close Virginia governor polls set Democratic nerves on edge – POLITICO. Democrat Ralph Northam is leading most polls of the Virginia governor’s race. He has millions more to spend in the closing weeks of the race than Ed Gillespie, the Republican nominee. And he’s aired more television ads than Gillespie over the last month. But despite all of that, Democrats […]

Donald Trump just lost his battle with NFL owners, but did he lose the war? – Salon.com

Donald Trump just lost his battle with NFL owners, but did he lose the war? – Salon.com. President Donald Trump’s efforts to coerce the NFL into penalizing players who choose not to stand during the national anthem proved unsuccessful on Tuesday following a meeting between league owners, union representatives and players. Attended by the league’s commissioner, Roger Goodell, the director […]

Byron York: Is tone of Trump-Russia probe changing?

Byron York: Is tone of Trump-Russia probe changing?. Have you noticed? In recent public comments, the lawmakers investigating the Trump-Russia affair, along with some of the commentators who dissect its every development, seem to be focusing more on the facts of Russia’s attempts to interfere with the 2016 election and less on allegations that Donald Trump or his associates colluded […]

Kevin Hassett & Economic Policymaking for the Future | National Review

Kevin Hassett & Economic Policymaking for the Future | National Review. by George Will · October 21, 2017 Kevin Hassett evidently has not received the memo that economics is “the dismal science.” The ebullient chairman of the president’s Council of Economic Advisers is relishing the intellectual feast of applying to policymaking the predictive tools of a science that was blindsided […]

Podesta ‘Green’ Company Forced To C | The Daily Caller

Podesta 'Green' Company Forced To C | The Daily Caller. by Richard Pollock · October 22, 2017 Joule Unlimited, a secretive green energy company that appears to have placed a big bet hiring Democratic insider John Podesta to its board, appears to have been doomed when former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election. When the 2016 presidential […]

Report: GOP Tax Framework Could Raise GDP By 5%, Wages By 7%

Report: GOP Tax Framework Could Raise GDP By 5%, Wages By 7%. President Donald Trump’s tax reform framework could raise GDP by as much as 5 percent and wages by as much as 7 percent, according to a new study from Boston University economists. “We find that, depending on the year considered, the new Republican tax plan raises GDP by […]

Secrets and Lies: Three Russian Stories

Secrets and Lies: Three Russian Stories. by Clarice Feldman · October 22, 2017 The major developing stories this week have been so scantily and poorly covered in the mainstream press that you may want an easy primer. To fully understand it you have to look at alternative media, because just as Harvey Weinstein counted on complicit enablers — his colleagues, […]

Go home, Tillerson tells Iranian-backed militias in Iraq

Go home, Tillerson tells Iranian-backed militias in Iraq. by Stephen Kalin, Jonathan Landay · October 23, 2017 RIYADH/DOHA (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Sunday it was time for Iranian-backed militias and their Iranian advisers who helped Iraq defeat Islamic State to “go home”, after a rare joint meeting with the leaders of Iraq and Saudi […]

US-backed forces take Syria’s largest oil field from IS

US-backed forces take Syria's largest oil field from IS. U.S.-backed fighters captured Syria’s largest oil field from the Islamic State group Sunday, marking a major advance against the extremists in an area coveted by pro-government forces. With IS in retreat, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces and the Syrian government have been in a race to secure parts of the oil-rich […]

Informant claims right to reveal secrets of true Russian collusion

Informant claims right to reveal secrets of true Russian collusion. The lawyer for a former FBI informant who gathered evidence of a massive Russian bribery scheme to influence U.S. nuclear policy during the Obama administration says it is illegal for the government to prevent her client from speaking to Congress about what he knows. She also says her client’s revelations […]

Jimmy Carter Volunteers to Negotiate End to North Korea Crisis

Jimmy Carter Volunteers to Negotiate End to North Korea Crisis. by Rick Moran Former President Jimmy Carter says that he let National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster know that he is willing to go to North Korea to negotiate an end to the crisis with the regime of Kim Jong-un. No word on when McMaster was able to pick his jaw […]

Students Are Bringing Capitalism to Latin America – Reason.com

Students Are Bringing Capitalism to Latin America – Reason.com. President Trump’s move to raise “barriers to people, to goods, to services,” says Gabriel Calzada Alvarez, executive president of Guatemala’s Universidad Francisco Marroquín (UFM), “is a danger not just for Central America [but] for the U.S. and for the world.” The great irony, Calzada says, is that the U.S. has benefited […]

Trump urges feds to release identity of who paid for ‘Trump dossier’ after Fusion GPS officials plead the Fifth

Trump urges feds to release identity of who paid for 'Trump dossier' after Fusion GPS officials plead the Fifth. President Trump weighed in on the so-called “Trump dossier,” calling on the federal government to “immediately” release any information it has on who might have paid for it. “Officials behind the now discredited ‘Dossier’ plead the Fifth. Justice Department and/or FBI […]

Uranium One Deal: Obama Administration Complicit, Not Just | National Review

Uranium One Deal: Obama Administration Complicit, Not Just | National Review. by Andrew C. McCarthy · October 21, 2017 Let’s put the Uranium One scandal in perspective: The cool half-million bucks the Putin regime funneled to Bill Clinton was five times the amount it spent on those Facebook ads — the ones the media-Democrat complex ludicrously suggests swung the 2016 […]

The General Shames the Briefing Room – Debra J. Saunders

The General Shames the Briefing Room – Debra J. Saunders. by Debra J. Saunders WASHINGTON — Since retired Gen. John Kelly became White House chief of staff, news outlets have portrayed him as the disciplinarian sent to impose order over an unruly President Donald Trump. Kelly rejects that scenario — when it comes to taming, he has other fish to […]

US Supersonic Bombers Conduct Korea Flyby | The Daily Caller

US Supersonic Bombers Conduct Korea Flyby | The Daily Caller. by Ryan Pickrell · October 21, 2017 Two supersonic bombers reportedly drilled alongside allies in Northeast Asia Saturday, reaffirming U.S. commitment to its partners and sending a message to North Korea and other challengers. B-1B Lancers, powerful aircraft carrying the largest conventional payload of guided and unguided munitions of any […]

Kamala Harris Doubles Campaign Cash to Media Firm that Boosted Bernie’s Profile

Kamala Harris Doubles Campaign Cash to Media Firm that Boosted Bernie's Profile. Sen. Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) more than doubled her spending in the third quarter on an online media firm that played a major part in boosting the national profile of Sen. Bernie Sanders (D., Vt.) during his run for the Democratic presidential primary, Federal Election Commission filings show. […]

Silverglate: How Robert Mueller Tried To Entrap Me | WGBH News

Silverglate: How Robert Mueller Tried To Entrap Me | WGBH News. by Harvey Silverglate · October 17, 2017 Is special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, appointed in mid-May to lead the investigation into suspected ties between Donald Trump’s campaign and various shady (aren’t they all?) Russian officials, the choirboy that he’s being touted to be, or is he more akin […]

Excusing Rape in the Name of Art

Excusing Rape in the Name of Art. by Robin Ridless · October 21, 2017 The most striking thing about the Harvey Weinstein revelations is the complete, almost syndicated, nature of the imputed wrongdoing. Seamlessness characterizes all successful cover-ups, but this one appears particularly sinister because narcissistic illusion was the participants’ stock-in-trade. It was also their Achilles heel. According to reports, […]

What’s Wrong With The Boy Scouts Goes Deeper Than Social Issues

What's Wrong With The Boy Scouts Goes Deeper Than Social Issues. by Peter Johnson · October 20, 2017 What’s wrong with the Boy Scouts? As an Eagle Scout, the son of an Eagle Scout, and a professional with the Boy Scouts of America for about eight years, I have heard this question a lot this last week. The Boy Scouts […]

Catalonia’s leaders fight off direct rule from Madrid

Catalonia's leaders fight off direct rule from Madrid. by Julien Toyer, Sam Edwards · October 21, 2017 MADRID/BARCELONA (Reuters) – Catalonia’s leaders said on Saturday they would not accept direct rule imposed on the region by the Spanish government, as a political crisis that has rattled the economy and raised fears of prolonged unrest showed no signs of easing. Spanish […]

Marines experiment with instant repairs on equipment

Marines experiment with instant repairs on equipment. The U.S. Marines are experimenting with the idea of instant repairs, in the field, of their equipment They’re using a technology already incorporated in the business world – 3-D printing. “We’re at the tip of the iceberg as to what capabilities this can bring,” Capt. Justin Carrasco said in a report from the […]

A Blueprint for Minimizing Iran’s Influence in the Middle East | The National Interest

A Blueprint for Minimizing Iran's Influence in the Middle East | The National Interest. President Donald Trump would be making a serious mistake were he to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action—the 2015 nuclear deal between various world powers and Iran—in coming months. This action, which Trump has threatened if Congress does not act soon to toughen our […]

Senate Budget a Major Step Toward Tax Reform, but Falls Short on Spending Reforms

Senate Budget a Major Step Toward Tax Reform, but Falls Short on Spending Reforms. The Senate passed its fiscal year 2018 budget resolution late Thursday night, paving the way for potentially the most comprehensive tax reform package in decades. The proposal is a significant step toward implementing the president and Congress’ tax reform agenda. However, it fails to make significant […]

Harvey Silverglate: Beware of Robert Mueller | Trending

Harvey Silverglate: Beware of Robert Mueller | Trending. by Michael Walsh The fabricated “Russian collusion” meme, cooked up by a bitter and vindictive Hillary Clinton after her stunning and thoroughly deserved loss in last fall’s presidential election, is likely to have no end other than soiling many, many reputations: Is special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, appointed in mid-May to […]

The General Shames the Briefing Room | The American Spectator

The General Shames the Briefing Room | The American Spectator. by Debra J. Saunders · October 22, 2017 Washington Since retired Gen. John Kelly became White House chief of staff, news outlets have portrayed him as the disciplinarian sent to impose order over an unruly President Donald Trump. Kelly rejects that scenario — when it comes to taming, he has […]

Rep. Frederica Wilson misplays the race card | New York Post

Rep. Frederica Wilson misplays the race card | New York Post. by Post Editorial Board · October 20, 2017 We’re trying to figure out what’s racist about the term “empty barrel.” Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) says it is, but Google isn’t showing us how. Nor can we see why she had to go there. see also Kelly ‘absolutely’ stands by […]

Two Big Cracks In The Climate Hysteria Edifice In One Day — Manhattan Contrarian

Two Big Cracks In The Climate Hysteria Edifice In One Day — Manhattan Contrarian. by Francis Menton Predicting the impending collapse of climate hysteria is a lot like predicting the impending collapse of Venezuela or North Korea. Yes, it is so transparently crazy that it can’t possibly go on for too much longer. On the other hand, it is backed […]

Donald Trump is restoring respect for constitutional limits

Donald Trump is restoring respect for constitutional limits. by Robert Robb, The Arizona Republic Opinion Many worried that Trump would create a crisis. Instead he’s showing restraint and reversing Obama’s disrespect and overreach. President Trump (Photo: Timothy A. Clary, AFP/Getty Images) During the campaign, the left, and many on the right, expressed the fear that, if elected, Donald Trump wouldn’t […]

Russia-Obsessed Media Shocked To Discover Facts About Russia Stories

Russia-Obsessed Media Shocked To Discover Facts About Russia Stories. Fusion GPS is the firm that paid for and disseminated the discredited dossier that former FBI director James Comey briefed President Obama and President-elect Trump about in January. The almost immediate and well-sourced leak of that briefing to CNN is what got the Russia scare really going in January. BuzzFeed published […]

John Kelly shames the shameless media

John Kelly shames the shameless media. As badly as White House chief of staff John Kelly roasted Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., his statements about her unseemly politicization of the president’s call to a Gold Star widow were at the same time a rebuke to how the media reflexively aided Wilson’s narrative. Kelly said at the press briefing Thursday that he […]

Clinton Foundation Russian Uranium Scandal: Media Silence Is Damning | National Review

Clinton Foundation Russian Uranium Scandal: Media Silence Is Damning | National Review. by Deroy Murdock · October 20, 2017 The charges are explosive — let’s hope not literally. ‘The FBI had gathered substantial evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion, and money laundering designed to grow Vladimir Putin’s atomic energy business inside the United States,” […]