The Myth of the Alt-Left – POLITICO Magazine

The Myth of the Alt-Left – POLITICO Magazine. It began as an epithet hurled from centrist liberals. Now it’s backfiring. The words “alt-left” sounded strange coming from Donald Trump’s mouth, but then most words do. After a weekend of violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left three dead, including an anti-fascist activist murdered by the far right, Trump has refused to […]

Charlottesville: What White America Should Do About Trump | Time.com

Charlottesville: What White America Should Do About Trump | Time.com. Saturday, August 12th, will go down as a dark day for America. A coalition of white nationalists attempted to rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Young and old donned swastikas. White militia in full camouflage and many openly carrying weapons set out to “protect” the demonstrators. Angry men and women screamed vile […]

Steve Bannon Takes His Street Fight Outside – POLITICO Magazine

Steve Bannon Takes His Street Fight Outside – POLITICO Magazine. by ELIANA JOHNSON · August 18, 2017 Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP/Getty Images Trump didn’t personally fire his volatile chief strategist—but he might suffer the consequences. Steve Bannon told allies he didn’t expect to remain in the Trump White House longer than eight to 12 months—and he was right. Donald Trump’s most […]

The radicalization of white Americans – Vox

The radicalization of white Americans – Vox. There were many horrible sights and sounds at the Charlottesville, Virginia, protests over the weekend, from Nazi and Ku Klux Klan iconography to chants of “Jews will not replace us” and the Nazi slogan “blood and soil.” But perhaps the most horrifying of all came after the protests were technically over, when a […]

Al Gore’s Stupendous Wealth Complicates His Climate Message. That Can Change. | HuffPost

Al Gore’s Stupendous Wealth Complicates His Climate Message. That Can Change. | HuffPost. Al Gore has long been a knight of the movement to combat climate change. But when he returned to the national spotlight last month with his latest documentary, “An Inconvenient Sequel,” he did so in gilded armor. The former vice president ― who boasted a relatively modest […]

After backing white nationalists in Charlottesville, ACLU announces it won’t defend armed protesters – Salon.com

After backing white nationalists in Charlottesville, ACLU announces it won’t defend armed protesters – Salon.com. by Angelo Young · August 18, 2017 From defending the rights of Nazis to wave swastika in front of Jewish Holocaust survivors to standing for radio host Rush Limbaugh’s right to privacy, the American Civil Liberties Union has rarely shied away from defending some of […]

Donald Trump is About to Gut Obamacare’s Free Birth Control – Mother Jones

Donald Trump is About to Gut Obamacare’s Free Birth Control – Mother Jones. by Hannah Levintova Olivier Douliery/AP The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that federal health officials are set to finalize a new rule weakening Obamacare’s mandate that employers provide free contraception in insurance plans. The new rule will allow employers with religious or moral objections to ditch birth […]

The slippery problem of policing hate on the internet

The slippery problem of policing hate on the internet. When my septuagenarian father first started to use the internet a decade ago, he was amazed at the wealth of content, the sheer endlessness of it — until he read the comments. “Anyone can just say anything they want to?” he asked me incredulously after scrolling underneath a YouTube video. I […]

Stephen Bannon Out at the White House After Turbulent Run – NYTimes.com

Stephen Bannon Out at the White House After Turbulent Run – NYTimes.com. Stephen K. Bannon, the embattled chief strategist who helped President Trump win the 2016 election but clashed for months with other senior West Wing advisers, is leaving his post, a White House spokeswoman announced Friday. “White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Steve Bannon have mutually agreed […]

Confederate monuments must go immediately

Confederate monuments must go immediately. by Maria Svart But removing them is not enough, just as denouncing neo-Nazis is not enough: Opposing view Protesters topple a statue of a Confederate solder in Durham, N.C., on Aug. 15, 2017. (Photo: Casey Toth, AP) Our strength as a people is our diversity and shared desire to build strong communities helping us thrive […]

DNC shake-up leaves Dems behind in fundraising | TheHill

DNC shake-up leaves Dems behind in fundraising | TheHill. by Ben Kamisar · August 17, 2017 Months of post-election malaise hamstrung the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) fundraising over the first six months of 2017, creating a serious money gap with Republicans and raising questions about Democrats’ ability to take advantage of opportunities in the 2018 midterms. The DNC raised $38.2 […]

Almost half of Americans want Charlottesville’s Robert E. Lee statue to stay – Vox

Almost half of Americans want Charlottesville's Robert E. Lee statue to stay – Vox. Nearly half of Americans disapprove of the removal of the infamous statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a park in Charlottesville, Virginia, according to a new poll by YouGov. Forty-eight percent of Americans polled either strongly or somewhat disapprove of the removal of the […]

The U.S. Capitol Is Basically A Confederate Statue Bazaar | HuffPost

The U.S. Capitol Is Basically A Confederate Statue Bazaar | HuffPost. As cities around the nation pull down their monuments to the Confederacy, the legacy lives on in the heart of national politics: the U.S. Capitol. Just steps away from a statue of civil rights hero Rosa Parks stands the statue of Alexander Hamilton Stephens, who served as vice president […]

Eight People Have Been Arrested for Pulling Down Durham’s Confederate Statue—There May Be More Soon – Mother Jones

Eight People Have Been Arrested for Pulling Down Durham’s Confederate Statue—There May Be More Soon – Mother Jones. by P.R. Lockhart On August 14, protesters toppled the statue of a uniformed Confederate soldier that stood in front of the old courthouse in Durham, North Carolina. Fabian Radulescu/ZUMA In the wake of the deadly violence in Charlottesville, images of Confederate monuments […]

The troubling origins of Trump’s ‘alt-left’ smear

The troubling origins of Trump's 'alt-left' smear. President Trump is, at the very least, in sympathy with white supremacy. That much was clear during his latest press conference, when he walked back his previous condemnation of the Charlottesville white supremacist rally in which a known neo-Nazi, James Alex Fields, Jr., allegedly murdered Heather Heyer by running her down with his […]

The A.C.L.U. Needs to Rethink Free Speech – The New York Times

The A.C.L.U. Needs to Rethink Free Speech – The New York Times. by K-SUE PARK · August 17, 2017 White supremacists at a rally in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday. Joshua Roberts/Reuters The American Civil Liberties Union has a long history of defending the First Amendment rights of groups on both the far left and the far right. This commitment led […]

Liberals Try To Mainstream Violent Antifa | The Daily Caller

Liberals Try To Mainstream Violent Antifa | The Daily Caller. by Alex Pfeiffer · August 16, 2017 Journalists and major liberal news outlets have compared violent American flag-burning protesters to soldiers storming the beaches of Normandy — all while downplaying the leftists’ violence. The protesters, known as antifa (short for anti-fascist), often advocate for communism and have been deemed a […]

The Myth of the Alt-Left – POLITICO Magazine

The Myth of the Alt-Left – POLITICO Magazine. It began as an epithet hurled from centrist liberals. Now it’s backfiring. The words “alt-left” sounded strange coming from Donald Trump’s mouth, but then most words do. After a weekend of violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left three dead, including an anti-fascist activist murdered by the far right, Trump has refused to […]

Muslim comics tell dirty jokes about Islam and help complicate a stereotype.

Muslim comics tell dirty jokes about Islam and help complicate a stereotype.. by Aymann Ismail and Jeffrey Bloomer · August 16, 2017 This video is part of “Who’s Afraid of Aymann Ismail?,” a series featuring Slate’s Aymann Ismail confronting fears about Muslims. Follow along on the series Facebook page. When you think of what happens to people who mock Islam, […]

National revulsion over the Charlottesville march shows why we shouldn’t ban hate speech – Vox

National revulsion over the Charlottesville march shows why we shouldn’t ban hate speech – Vox. Outside contributors’ opinions and analysis of the most important issues in politics, science, and culture. Charlottesville seems destined to become a symbol of the vexing challenges associated with freedom of speech in America. On Friday evening, a crowd seething with hatred and bigotry conducts a […]

Baltimore Quietly Removed All 4 Of Its Confederate Statues Overnight | HuffPost

☆    Baltimore Quietly Removed All 4 Of Its Confederate Statues Overnight | HuffPost. All four of Baltimore’s Confederate statues were removed overnight, just days after a white nationalist rally erupted into chaos and violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Baltimore City Council voted unanimously Monday night to immediately take down the monuments after more than a year of indecision. City crews […]

Report: Ex-FBI Counterespionage Chief Leaves Mueller’s Russia Probe Team – Talking Points Memo

Report: Ex-FBI Counterespionage Chief Leaves Mueller’s Russia Probe Team – Talking Points Memo. by Tierney Sneed A top FBI investigator who oversaw the probe into Hillary Clinton’s email set-up has stepped down from his role on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, ABC News reported Wednesday. Peter Strzok, previously the head of the FBI’s counterespionage section, left Mueller’s team and […]

When will centrist Democrats account for their foreign policy failures?

When will centrist Democrats account for their foreign policy failures?. The war between left and center over the control of the Democratic Party continues apace. The latest salvo comes from one of the OG centrists who helped rout the New Dealers out of the party: Will Marshall, the president of the Progressive Policy Institute. In a sympathetic profile, Paul Kane […]

Julian Assange, a Man Without a Country | The New Yorker

Julian Assange, a Man Without a Country | The New Yorker. by Raffi Khatchadourian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. He has not left the Embassy since he sought asylum there, in June, 2012. Photograph by Nadav Kander for The New Yorker The Ecuadorian Embassy in London is situated at the end of a wide brick lane, next to […]

Alabama GOP Senate frontrunner: “there are communities under Sharia law right now” – Vox

Alabama GOP Senate frontrunner: “there are communities under Sharia law right now” – Vox. Judge Roy Moore, perhaps the leading candidate in today’s Alabama Senate race, pulled a laminated copy of Joseph Story’s 1833 Commentaries on the Constitution out of his dusty maroon briefcase. He then flipped about halfway through it and, after running a ruddy finger up and down, […]

“An Inconvenient Sequel” is good science with a fuzzy agenda – Salon.com

“An Inconvenient Sequel” is good science with a fuzzy agenda – Salon.com. by Matthew Rozsa · August 15, 2017 As I prepared to see “An Inconvenient Sequel,” my friends Jon and Chris and girlfriend Fran joked about Al Gore’s numerous appearances in pop culture, from direct cameos (“Futurama,” “30 Rock”) to satirical jabs (“South Park,” “Saturday Night Live”). After the […]

Why Trump went feral again

Why Trump went feral again. Nobody puts Donny in the corner. Or if they do, he sure won’t stay there for long. That’s a lesson we’re learning again this week, after President Trump was forced by public and private pressure to issue a second statement on the terrorist attack in Charlottesville, expanding on his widely criticized first statement that violence […]

Rich CEOs are the big winners of Trump’s race war – Vox

Rich CEOs are the big winners of Trump’s race war – Vox. by Matthew Yglesias · August 14, 2017 To watch the president of the United States prevaricate and dissemble in the face of white supremacist terror is and hopefully always will be shocking. But it’s hardly surprising. Donald Trump’s march to the Oval Office began with the charge that […]

When Liberals Club People, It’s With Love In Their Hearts – Ann Coulter

When Liberals Club People, It’s With Love In Their Hearts – Ann Coulter. by Ann Coulter Apparently, as long as violent leftists label their victims “fascists,” they are free to set fires, smash windows and beat civilians bloody. No police officer will stop them. They have carte blanche to physically assault anyone they disapprove of, including Charles Murray, Heather Mac […]

How To Know You’re In a Mass Hysteria Bubble | Scott Adams’ Blog

How To Know You’re In a Mass Hysteria Bubble | Scott Adams' Blog. History is full of examples of Mass Hysterias. They happen fairly often. The cool thing about mass hysterias is that you don’t know when you are in one. But sometimes the people who are not experiencing the mass hysteria can recognize when others are experiencing one, if […]

Deroy Murdock: Both sides were to blame for Charlottesville violence | New Hampshire

Deroy Murdock: Both sides were to blame for Charlottesville violence | New Hampshire. HOW DARE HE? President Donald J. Trump stood before journalists on Tuesday and said the unsayable: “I think there is blame on both sides.” Rather than denounce only the execrable white supremacists and swastika-wielding neo-Nazis who organized Saturday’s hate-o-rama in Charlottesville, Virginia, Trump observed that there was […]

‘There’s a new sheriff in town’: Inside Steve Bannon’s ouster

'There's a new sheriff in town': Inside Steve Bannon's ouster. by Sarah Westwood · August 19, 2017 President Trump’s decision to remove Steve Bannon, his chief strategist, came after a period of internal and external pressure to part ways with the controversial figure, and it was no coincidence that the move happened just a few weeks into the tenure of […]

ACLU’s Second Amendment Troubles After Charlottesville | National Review

ACLU's Second Amendment Troubles After Charlottesville | National Review. by David French · August 18, 2017 A very strange thing has happened since last weekend’s dreadful violence in Charlottesville. White supremacists used virtually every form of weapon except guns, yet somehow the Second Amendment is now under fire. Even worse, those who lawfully exercise the right to keep and bear […]

Case against Wasserman Schultz’ ex-IT aide expands with 4-count indictment | Fox News

Case against Wasserman Schultz’ ex-IT aide expands with 4-count indictment | Fox News. The federal case against Imran Awan, a former IT aide for Democratic Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, expanded Thursday with an indictment on four counts including conspiracy and making false statements. He originally was charged with a single bank fraud count; his wife Hina Alvi also was […]

The Left and Anti-Americanism – Jack Kerwick

The Left and Anti-Americanism – Jack Kerwick. by Jack Kerwick It is always maddening for me to hear left-wingers criticize those toward their right of being “unAmerican” and “unpatriotic.” It is maddening because the left, by its very nature anti-American, is by definition unpatriotic. This is not meant to be a criticism, even though there are doubtless individual leftists who […]

Can Trump Destroy Obamacare in Two Simple Moves? – The American Interest

Can Trump Destroy Obamacare in Two Simple Moves? – The American Interest. by Rachel Hostyk · August 18, 2017 With prospects dim for a complete repeal, the future of the ACA may be tied to the Trump Administration’s ability to undermine it. Indeed, the Administration may soon try to throw the program into enough turmoil that Republican voters will pressure […]

Ignore the Hype: Bannon Was Already Working From the Outside | The Weekly Standard

Ignore the Hype: Bannon Was Already Working From the Outside | The Weekly Standard. He vows to continue his populist fight, but it’s hard to do that from an even greater distance The departure of Steve Bannon from the White House won’t have a big impact on the day-to-day operations of the West Wing. An economic nationalist who served as […]

Erdogan Urges German Turks To Oppose Merkel | The Daily Caller

Erdogan Urges German Turks To Oppose Merkel | The Daily Caller. Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday called on Turks living in Germany to vote next month against Ankara’s “enemies,” including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and pro-democracy political parties. The remarks, which Erdogan made at a prayer service in Istanbul, are an escalation of a brewing standoff between the […]

Articles: This Is Really Rich

Articles: This Is Really Rich. by Richard F. Miniter · August 18, 2017 I was born and raised in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn in the 1940s and 50s. Still a wonderful neighborhood defined by parks and lovely prewar buildings despite being blighted in the 60s by the towers of the gigantic Verrazano Narrows Bridge looming over it (some people like them.) […]

Why We Should Keep The Confederate Monuments Where They Are

Why We Should Keep The Confederate Monuments Where They Are. by John Daniel Davidson · August 18, 2017 In the wake of Charlottesville, a chorus of media outlets, political activists, and random people on the Internet have called for the removal or destruction of Confederate statues in cities across the country. They say we shouldn’t honor a bunch of racists […]

Rohrabacher: Assange Info Will Have ‘Earth-Shattering Political Impact’

Rohrabacher: Assange Info Will Have ‘Earth-Shattering Political Impact’. by Eric Garcia · August 17, 2017 Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher met with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who the congressman said denied that Russia was involved in sending him emails from the Democratic National Committee. WikiLeaks published emails from the Democratic National Committee, which led to the resignation of DNC Chairwoman Rep. […]

Lebanon starts offensive to clear border of IS militants

Lebanon starts offensive to clear border of IS militants. Lebanon’s U.S.-backed army has announced the start of a military offensive to clear Islamic State group militants from the frontier with Syria. Saturday’s announcement came at the same time as the Lebanese Hezbollah group and the Syrian army announced a similar offensive to clear IS militants from the Syrian side of […]

Why the left loves white supremacists

Why the left loves white supremacists. How often do you give white supremacists a second thought? The answer is likely, until very recently, none at all. The reason for that is because they are politically, culturally and socially irrelevant. They represent an aberration from reality. They are social misfits. I don’t think they represent even 0.1 percent of Americans. But […]

The Real Lesson of the Barcelona Attacks | The National Interest

The Real Lesson of the Barcelona Attacks | The National Interest. Spain is no stranger to terrorism. Between 1968 and 2011, the Basque separatist group Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA) killed more than 820 people. In 2004, Al Qaeda claimed credit for coordinating bombings in the Madrid rail system that killed 192 and injured over two thousand people. Thursday’s attacks in […]

Under Speaker Pelosi: 709,885 Blacks Killed by Abortion, 35.4% of All Abortions

Under Speaker Pelosi: 709,885 Blacks Killed by Abortion, 35.4% of All Abortions. When Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was Speaker of the House for four years (2007-2010), at least 709,885 black babies were killed by abortion, which is 35.4% of all the abortions during those years, according to the Abortion Surveillance reports of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). […]

Hollywood Wants to Force This Profanity-Filtering Service Out of Business, and May Succeed

Hollywood Wants to Force This Profanity-Filtering Service Out of Business, and May Succeed. by Peter Parisi · August 18, 2017 The ideological and philosophical divide between Republicans and Democrats has seldom, if ever, been broader and deeper, and the divide between partisans in the degree of their aversion to swearing in feature films is just the latest manifestation of that. […]

Mo. State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal: ‘I Hope Trump Is Assassinated!’

Mo. State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal: 'I Hope Trump Is Assassinated!'. by Tyler O’Neil · August 17, 2017 On Thursday, a Democratic Missouri state senator posted, and then quickly deleted, a Facebook comment saying she hoped President Donald Trump would be assassinated. Democrats have called for her to resign, but she refused. “I hope Trump is assassinated!” Maria Chappelle-Nadal, the state […]

Politics | Breaking Political News, Headlines & Opinion | Fox News

President Trump’s controversial chief strategist Steve Bannon is leaving the White House, in another major staff shakeup announced at the close of another tumultuous week in Washington. via Politics | Breaking Political News, Headlines & Opinion | Fox News. President Trump’s controversial chief strategist Steve Bannon is leaving the White House, in another major staff shakeup announced at the close […]

Silicon Valley Liberals Ignore their Anti-Business History | National Review

Silicon Valley Liberals Ignore their Anti-Business History | National Review. by Victor Davis Hanson · August 17, 2017 Progressives used to pressure U.S. corporations to cut back on outsourcing and on the tactic of building their products abroad to take advantage of inexpensive foreign workers. During the 2012 election, President Obama attacked Mitt Romney as a potential illiberal “outsourcer-in-chief” for […]

Hillary Clinton’s book release has Dems worried, irritated | Fox News

Hillary Clinton’s book release has Dems worried, irritated | Fox News. Democrats are on edge over Hillary Clinton’s forthcoming book that is likely to dredge up the controversies surrounding her 2016 defeat to President Trump, just as the out-of-power party is trying to “move on” and chart a course back to the majority. The former secretary of state, U.S. senator […]

What Identity Politics Hath Wrought – Michael Barone

What Identity Politics Hath Wrought – Michael Barone. by Michael Barone There’s a whiff of Weimar in the air. During the years of the Weimar Republic (1919-33), Germany was threatened by Communist revolutionaries and Nazi uprisings. Foreign Minister Walter Rathenau was assassinated, and violent street fighting was commonplace. Then Adolf Hitler took power in 1933. America is nowhere near that […]

U.S. Hiding Key Details of Mystery Attacks on American Diplomats in Cuba

U.S. Hiding Key Details of Mystery Attacks on American Diplomats in Cuba. The number of U.S. government personnel targeted by a mysterious illness in Cuba last year is greater than the Trump administration has publicly acknowledged, according to multiple U.S. officials who told the Washington Free Beacon the Obama administration may have misled Congress about the full scope and nature […]

Peta pays family $50,000 after taking and euthanising their pet chihuahua 

Peta pays family $50,000 after taking and euthanising their pet chihuahua . by Helena Horton · August 17, 2017 The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) has apologised and paid a family almost $49,000 after taking and euthanising a little girl’s pet chihuahua. Two people affiliated with the group travelled to the mobile home park because they said they […]

Sessions Hits Stride In War On Gangs | The Daily Caller

Sessions Hits Stride In War On Gangs | The Daily Caller. by Kevin Daley · August 17, 2017 Attorney General Jeff Sessions will continue his attack on organized crime syndicates during a Thursday speech in North Carolina, keeping with a theme that increasingly defines his administration of the Department of Justice. Sessions will give remarks at a symposium on gang […]

Articles: Take Down the Statues of Robert Byrd

Articles: Take Down the Statues of Robert Byrd. by Daniel John Sobieski · August 17, 2017 President Trump had it right when, during his press conference on infrastructure he addressed the nonstop questions on Charlottesville, he asked if those obsessed with fears of white nationalism if they would also remove statues and monuments to George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, both […]

Trump Spoke Truth About ‘Both Sides’ In Charlottesville, And Media Lost It

Trump Spoke Truth About ‘Both Sides’ In Charlottesville, And Media Lost It. by Daniel Payne · August 17, 2017 Our media have a problem: they are essentially incapable of covering Donald Trump with anything less than full-on deranged hysteria. I do not say this as an excess of rhetoric or op-ed theatrics. It is a very real, very pressing problem, […]