Death and Tax Cuts – The New York Times

Death and Tax Cuts – The New York Times. by Paul Krugman · February 24, 2017 Constituents listening to Senator Bill Cassidy on Tuesday at a town hall meeting in Denham Springs, La. Emily Kask for The New York Times Across the country, Republicans have been facing crowds demanding to know how they will protect the 20 million Americans who […]

Tucker Carlson: The Bow-Tied Bard of Populism – The Atlantic

Tucker Carlson: The Bow-Tied Bard of Populism – The Atlantic. by McKay Coppins · February 23, 2017 Tucker Carlson is selling me hard on the swamp. It is an unseasonably warm afternoon in late January, and we are seated at a corner table in Monocle, an upscale Capitol Hill eatery frequented by the Fox News star. (Carlson, who typically skips […]

GOP’s risky delusion about town hall protests – CNN.com

GOP's risky delusion about town hall protests – CNN.com. Errol Louis is the host of “Inside City Hall,” a nightly political show on NY1, a New York all-news channel. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author. (CNN)White House spokesman Sean Spicer is kidding himself if he truly thinks the wave of protesters swarming Republican congressional […]

Alan Colmes was Fox News’ original liberal patsy.

Alan Colmes was Fox News' original liberal patsy.. · by Isaac Chotiner · February 23, 2017 Alan Colmes and Sean Hannity attend the Fox News Channel’s 10th anniversary celebration on Oct. 4, 2006, in New York City. Peter Kramer/Getty Images The death of Fox News contributor Alan Colmes, who passed away in New York City this week at the age […]

Is our view of romantic love too narrow? A philosopher makes the case for polyamory. – Vox

Is our view of romantic love too narrow? A philosopher makes the case for polyamory. – Vox. There is still a taboo around open relationships in our culture. People who openly practice nonmonogamy, if not quite ostracized, are certainly stereotyped. This is part of the reason Carrie Jenkins, a philosophy professor at the University of British Columbia, has become a […]

WATCH: DNC in disarray? Shareblue executive editor says the easy narrative doesn’t fit the facts – Salon.com

WATCH: DNC in disarray? Shareblue executive editor says the easy narrative doesn’t fit the facts – Salon.com. by Jeremy Binckes · February 23, 2017 Trump came out of the gate firing, but Democrats were able to counter, Jess McIntosh told Salon Talks VIDEO Follow After Hillary Clinton’s 2016 defeat, two simultaneous narratives emerged. The first was that the President Donald […]

Does Trump Herald the End of the West? – POLITICO Magazine

Does Trump Herald the End of the West? – POLITICO Magazine. In Europe, the confusion over America’s new president is turning into something else: alarm. By James P. Rubin LONDON — Since the fall of communism in 1989, a year has not gone by without some high-level meeting or international conference wrestling with the question of whether the Western alliance, […]

The True Story of the Comey Letter Debacle | Vanity Fair

The True Story of the Comey Letter Debacle | Vanity Fair. by Bethany McLean · March 21, 2017 I SOLEMNLY ERR F.B.I. director James Comey at the July 7 House oversight committee hearing on the F.B.I.’s probe into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server. By Alex Wong/Getty Image. In the early summer of 2013—what seems like a lifetime […]

A nation of immigrants enters dark chapter – CNN.com

A nation of immigrants enters dark chapter – CNN.com. Raul A. Reyes is an attorney and member of the USA Today board of contributors and writes frequently for CNN Opinion. The views expressed here are solely his. (CNN)The deportation force is here. According to new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) memos, the Trump administration plans to vastly expand the pool […]

Labor Leaders Endorse Ellison for DNC Chairman

Labor Leaders Endorse Ellison for DNC Chairman. by Aryn Braun · December 8, 2016 Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO shown here on the floor of the Democratic National Convention in July, said Rep. Keith Ellison “meets the high standard working people expect.” (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo) Aryn Braun Posted Dec 8, 2016 2:50 PM Save for later […]

“We Will Never Stop”: An EPA Employee Blasts the Trump Administration | Mother Jones

"We Will Never Stop": An EPA Employee Blasts the Trump Administration | Mother Jones. by Eric Holthaus · February 22, 2017 “What type of nation are we?” Greenpeace activists unfurl a banner protesting the Trump administration. Ken Cedeno/ZUMA As we embark on month two of Donald Trump’s presidency, it’s hard to imagine a group of federal employees facing more uncertainty […]

DNC Chair Race Remains Tight As Energized Democrats Combat Trump

DNC Chair Race Remains Tight As Energized Democrats Combat Trump. ATLANTA (AP) — Just days before Democratic activists pick a new party chair, the contest to head the Democratic National Committee remains fluid, as national leaders grapple with how to turn an outpouring of liberal protest against President Donald Trump into political gains. The tight race between former Labor Secretary […]

California has lost its mind

California has lost its mind. The 2016 election has produced a stunning and arguably increasing level of denial from President Trump’s opponents. They marked Presidents Day with protests using the slogan “Not My President.” Protesters held a sprawling march for women in Washington, D.C., and other major cities even before the new president had begun setting policy, and now want […]

Why President Trump’s new immigration plan will backfire horribly

Why President Trump's new immigration plan will backfire horribly. The president of the United States got in an argument over the weekend about an imaginary terrorist attack in Sweden because he saw something about it on Fox News. And now, President Trump is using the full force of his office to try to turn America into precisely the place he […]

Keith Ellison Supporters Warn Of Fallout If He Loses DNC Chair Race | The Huffington Post

Keith Ellison Supporters Warn Of Fallout If He Loses DNC Chair Race | The Huffington Post. Days after the November election, the progressive wing of the Democratic Party was ascendant. There was no greater sign of its rising stature than the momentum Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota was enjoying in his race to chair the Democratic National Committee. Ellison, co-chair […]

Mass deportation is coming: Trump’s Homeland Security Department lays out game plan to expel large numbers of immigrants – Salon.com

Mass deportation is coming: Trump’s Homeland Security Department lays out game plan to expel large numbers of immigrants – Salon.com. by Simon Maloy · February 21, 2017 Donald Trump’s immigration crackdown is coming. One of the first things Trump did as president was to sign a series of executive orders on immigration policy, and while the Muslim ban and the […]

Man Who Smashed Trump Walk Of Fame Star To Pay Damages, Serve Probation

Man Who Smashed Trump Walk Of Fame Star To Pay Damages, Serve Probation. LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man who destroyed Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame has been sentenced to three years of probation for vandalism. An attorney for James Otis says he pleaded no contest to the felony Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court. Attorney […]

The arrogant thinking of liberal sports writers

The arrogant thinking of liberal sports writers. “Today, sports writing is basically a liberal profession, practiced by liberals who enforce an unapologetically liberal code,” writes Bryan Curtis at The Ringer. He’s right. You can see it in the way sportswriters police a consensus against the Washington Redskins’ name, or for on-field political activism. They tweet against President Trump, and for […]

A General Strike Against Trump? Here’s a Dark History Lesson – The Daily Beast

A General Strike Against Trump? Here’s a Dark History Lesson – The Daily Beast. by Josh Nathan-Kazis · February 21, 2017 Jim Maurer stood before a meeting of 500 union bosses in November 1919 and declared it was time to bring Pennsylvania to its knees. “Get ready for the last grand struggle of all,” Maurer said. “Fight with every weapon […]

New National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster is the Army’s smartest officer.

New National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster is the Army’s smartest officer.. by Fred Kaplan · February 20, 2017 Donald Trump shakes hands with Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, the new national security adviser, at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort on Monday. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images In choosing Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his national security adviser, President Trump has made his […]

The “Trump rally” is real. It might not last. – Vox

The “Trump rally” is real. It might not last. – Vox. Economic events don’t usually sneak up on Jim O’Sullivan. He has won a prestigious forecasting competition — predicting jobs reports, inflation rates, and growth trends — for six consecutive years. MarketWatch, which runs the contest, says the odds of pulling off that streak by sheer guessing would be about […]

More Bomb Threats Close Jewish Community Centers Across The Nation | The Huffington Post

More Bomb Threats Close Jewish Community Centers Across The Nation | The Huffington Post. Jewish Community Centers were shaken by another wave of bomb threats, forcing evacuations in 10 states Monday. Eleven Jewish Community Centers received threatening calls Monday, said Marla Cohen, communications manager for JCCA, the Jewish Community Center Association. Incidents were reported at Jewish Community Centers in St. […]

Robert Reich: Why Trumponomics fails – Salon.com

Robert Reich: Why Trumponomics fails – Salon.com. This originally appeared on Robert Reich’s blog. When Donald Trump gave a speech last Friday at Boeing’s factory in North Charleston, South Carolina – unveiling Boeing’s new 787 “Dreamliner” – he congratulated Boeing for building the plane “right here” in South Carolina. It’s pure fantasy. I’ll let you know why in a moment. […]

Dumping DC’s bladder bossiness: Christian Schneider

Dumping DC's bladder bossiness: Christian Schneider. Let school boards appoint the hall monitors and regulate their own restrooms. In Durham, N.C. in 2016. (Photo: Sara D. Davis, Getty Images) In 1937, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt created the Brownlow Commission, a panel which recommended that the president be granted a full menu of new powers. The commission, acting with Roosevelt’s close […]

The Five Worst Things about Obamacare | The Weekly Standard

The Five Worst Things about Obamacare | The Weekly Standard. By Jeffrey H. Anderson The Weekly Standard · February 27, 2017 In passing Obamacare, its supporters promised the moon. Obamacare was allegedly going to cost $938 billion over ten years, result in 23 million people getting insurance through its exchanges as of 2017, reduce the typical family’s premiums by $2,500 […]

Donald Trump’s Foreign Policy: ‘Madman Theory’ Revived | National Review

Donald Trump's Foreign Policy: ‘Madman Theory’ Revived | National Review. by Charles Krauthammer · February 23, 2017 At the heart of Donald Trump’s foreign-policy team lies a glaring contradiction. On the one hand, it is composed of men of experience, judgment, and traditionalism. Meaning, they are all very much within the parameters of mainstream American internationalism as practiced since 1945. […]

Trump facing GOP pressure to counter Russia’s Arctic fleet | Fox News

Trump facing GOP pressure to counter Russia's Arctic fleet | Fox News. by Barnini Chakraborty As Donald Trump becomes the latest U.S. president to attempt a ‘reset’ with Russia, a key Republican ally is pressing the White House not to lose sight of an emerging battle for influence that Moscow is currently winning – in the Arctic. Russia has aggressively […]

Tensions rise as China defends missile sites in South China Sea | Washington Examiner

Tensions rise as China defends missile sites in South China Sea | Washington Examiner. China is defending the construction of surface-to-air missile sites in the South China Sea, a move opposed by the U.S. but one that could help consolidate its hold over one of the most important shipping lanes in the world. “China has the right to deploy necessary […]

Press is Not the Enemy, But Nor is it Objective – Jonah Goldberg

Press is Not the Enemy, But Nor is it Objective – Jonah Goldberg. by Jonah Goldberg Mika Brzezinski, co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” had an unfortunate turn of phrase the other day. She said it’s the mission of the press to “control exactly what people think.” My suspicion is that this was less a Freudian slip than a simple slip-up. […]

Trump Has a Grating Style but Significant Substance – Michael Barone

Trump Has a Grating Style but Significant Substance – Michael Barone. by Michael Barone Substance and style — it’s easy to get them confused or mistake one for the other. And they’re never entirely unconnected, though exactly how much so is a matter of debate. That’s especially true when it comes to evaluating Donald Trump’s performance — a word particularly […]

How Does This End? – The American Interest

How Does This End? – The American Interest. The New York Times reports that Democratic elites, caught off guard by the outpouring of fury from their base in the wake of Trump’s inauguration, are losing the ability to set their party’s agenda: Reduced to their weakest state in a generation, Democratic Party leaders will gather in two cities this weekend […]

Articles: What’s Left for the Left to Do?

Articles: What’s Left for the Left to Do?. by John Horvat II · February 23, 2017 If the 2016 elections proved anything, it was that the classic American order still prevails. Americans still have a strong attachment to the Founders’ vision of life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. Translating this conservative vision into Red State terms, this means that many […]

Russia Reveals Information Warfare Troops

Russia Reveals Information Warfare Troops. Russia disclosed this week that it has strengthened its information warfare forces amid U.S. charges of influence operations aimed at swaying the outcome of the 2016 election. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu revealed information capabilities in an assessment of Russia’s military power provided to Russian officials on Wednesday in Moscow. “Over this time, information operations forces […]

Looking Ahead to Trump’s ‘Very Busy’ Spring | The Weekly Standard

Looking Ahead to Trump's 'Very Busy' Spring | The Weekly Standard. Vice President Mike Pence talks to the assembled crowd at the Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in University City, Mo., on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, about the damage done over the weekend when more than 150 headstones were overturned by vandals. Photo credit: J.B. Forbes /St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP […]

Keith Ellison: Black People Don’t Have To Obey Government | The Daily Caller

Keith Ellison: Black People Don't Have To Obey Government | The Daily Caller. Democratic congressman and DNC chair front-runner Keith Ellison once said that “black people don’t live in a democracy” and “don’t have an obligation” to obey the government. Ellison made the comments at a 1992 protest after white police officers were acquitted in the beating of Rodney King. […]

It’s Time To Stop Talking About A Border Wall And Start Stabilizing Mexico

It's Time To Stop Talking About A Border Wall And Start Stabilizing Mexico. by John Daniel Davidson · February 23, 2017 On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Hernández v. Mesa, a case involving a U.S. Border Patrol agent who fatally shot a Mexican teenager on the El Paso-Juárez border in 2010. The case presents some complex […]

Bannon, Priebus Deny Talk of Tension Inside White House

Bannon, Priebus Deny Talk of Tension Inside White House. by John T. Bennett · February 23, 2017 Bannon, left and Priebus deny there is friction between the two. (Alex Wong/Getty Images) John T. Bennett @John T. Bennett Posted Feb 23, 2017 3:35 PM Save for later President Donald Trump’s two top aides are dismissing whispers they are engaged in a […]

Tesla’s ‘close to the edge’ cash foretells capital raise | Reuters

Tesla's 'close to the edge' cash foretells capital raise | Reuters. by Alexandria Sage · February 23, 2017 SAN FRANCISCO Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) Chief Elon Musk has taken big risks repeatedly since going public in 2010, but investors were spooked on Thursday after he said the electric car company could get “close to the edge” as it burns cash ahead […]

White nationalist leader kicked out of CPAC – POLITICO

White nationalist leader kicked out of CPAC – POLITICO. On his way out, Richard Spencer rebuked Milo Yiannopoulos, who was disinvited from the event earlier this week. Richard Spencer, a leader of the white nationalist movement, said he was “glad” that disgraced Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos was disinvited from the Conservative Political Action Conference after he made controversial statements on […]

Trump Moves to Make Private Prisons Great Again – The Daily Beast

Trump Moves to Make Private Prisons Great Again – The Daily Beast. by Betsy Woodruff · February 24, 2017 It’s barely a month in, but the Trump administration has already brought great news for America’s private prison companies. On Feb. 21, Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded a memo that former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates issued last summer which moved […]

Iraq retakes Mosul airport amid cautious advances against IS

Iraq retakes Mosul airport amid cautious advances against IS. by QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — Closely supported by the U.S.-led international coalition, Iraqi forces secured a series of cautious advances on Thursday, pushing into a sprawling military base outside of Mosul and onto the grounds of the city’s airport, where they took control of the runway. The […]

Cruz toasts Harry Reid for whopping gift to GOP

Cruz toasts Harry Reid for whopping gift to GOP. NATIONAL HARBOR, MD – It may be the last thing one might to expect to hear from Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. “More than once in the past month, I have raised a glass to toast Harry Reid,” he told a small group of reporters with quizzical expressions at the annual the […]

Dow Chemical CEO: ‘This Is Probably the Most Pro-Business Administration Since the Founding Fathers’

Dow Chemical CEO: 'This Is Probably the Most Pro-Business Administration Since the Founding Fathers'. (CNSNews.com) – Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris, one of 24 CEOs of the nation’s largest manufacturing companies who met with President Donald Trump at the White House on Thursday, said they were “encouraged by the pro-business policies” of the administration, adding that “this is probably the […]

Paul Ryan’s Housecleaning | The American Spectator

Paul Ryan’s Housecleaning | The American Spectator. by Scott McKay · February 23, 2017 Last week, in case our readers missed it, House Speaker Paul Ryan did an interesting interview with Sean Hannity on the question of Congress’ role in moving the agenda of the new president. Video of the interview can be found in two parts here and here, […]

Steve Bannon, Reince Priebus Tout Trump Promises

Steve Bannon, Reince Priebus Tout Trump Promises. by Fred Lucas · February 23, 2017 Two men forming something of a White House odd couple—Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus—touted President Donald Trump’s commitment to keeping his campaign promises in a joint appearance Thursday before conservative activists. “They are a corporatist, globalist media that are violently opposed to the economic nationalist agenda […]

Walker Compares Today’s ‘Angry Mobs’ to His 2011 Protesters

Walker Compares Today's 'Angry Mobs' to His 2011 Protesters. by Bridget Johnson · February 23, 2017 NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker compared the 2011 protests against his government to the protesters at town hall meetings and “angry mobs” blocking campus speakers, calling them “defenders of the status quo” trying to stop elected leaders from implementing their agenda. […]

Revenge of the Deep State – Reason.com

Revenge of the Deep State – Reason.com. Last week, The Wall Street Journal revealed that members of the intelligence community — part of the deep state, the unseen government within the government that does not change with elections — now have acquired so much data on everyone in America that they can selectively reveal it to reward their friends and […]

The Logic of Trump’s Foreign Policy – WSJ

The Logic of Trump’s Foreign Policy – WSJ. By MICHAEL AUSLIN Feb. 20, 2017 7:06 p.m. ET 91 COMMENTS Amid the seeming disarray of President Trump’s foreign policy, critics seem unable to make up their minds: Either Mr. Trump is upending America’s traditional postwar priorities, such as by denigrating NATO, or he is easily accommodating conventional wisdom, such as by […]

Bathroom politics: Ending Obama’s overreach | New Hampshire

Bathroom politics: Ending Obama's overreach | New Hampshire. EDITORIAL The Trump administration is ending the Obama administration’s creepy overreach into public school bathrooms. The Justice Department and Education Department will soon issue new guidance to local school districts rescinding the nonsensical Obama position. Several New Hampshire school districts have adopted transgender bathroom and locker room policies, citing the letter from […]

Donald Trump & Sweden — Fake News or Real Problem? | National Review

Donald Trump & Sweden — Fake News or Real Problem? | National Review. by Rich Lowry · February 22, 2017 As if on cue, riots broke out in a heavily immigrant suburb of Stockholm as soon as the media mocked President Donald Trump for a vague warning about immigration-related problems in Sweden. At a campaign rally over the weekend, Trump […]