This is who Democrats need in 2020 (opinion) – CNN

This is who Democrats need in 2020 (opinion) – CNN. Jen Psaki, a CNN political commentator, was the White House communications director and State Department spokeswoman during the Obama administration. She is vice president of communications and strategy at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Follow her at @jrpsaki. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the […]

Biden Leads Sanders, O’Rourke in Iowa Democratic Caucus Poll – Bloomberg

Biden Leads Sanders, O'Rourke in Iowa Democratic Caucus Poll – Bloomberg. Former Vice President Joe Biden leads the pack among likely Democratic caucusgoers in Iowa, according to a CNN/Des Moines Register poll released Saturday. The poll shows Biden leading among a field of 20 potential candidates, followed by Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and Texas Representative Beto O’Rourke. The poll asked […]

The left blindsides Beto – POLITICO

The left blindsides Beto – POLITICO. The Texas congressman is taking flak for several votes and for not joining the Congressional Progressive Caucus. EL PASO, Texas — Running against a Republican universally loathed by Democrats was one thing. Now that Beto O’Rourke is looking at a presidential campaign, he is coming in for a flurry of hits from the left. […]

Obamacare Will ‘Likely’ Survive Judge’s Ruling, Obama Tweets | HuffPost

Obamacare Will 'Likely' Survive Judge's Ruling, Obama Tweets | HuffPost. Barack Obama reminded people that Saturday was the last day to sign up for Obamacare, and declared that a Texas federal judge’s ruling striking down the law making the insurance possible will “likely” not prevail. Saturday is “the deadline to make sure you and the people you love have health […]

How George Soros became a bogeyman

How George Soros became a bogeyman. How did a wealthy Holocaust survivor become one of the most hated men in the U.S., Russia, and his native Hungary? Here’s everything you need to know: Who is George Soros? He’s one of America’s leading philanthropists and political donors. At age 88, the Hungarian-born investor has given away at least $32 billion to […]

Mueller: FBI agents didn’t dupe Flynn – POLITICO

Mueller: FBI agents didn't dupe Flynn – POLITICO. Michael Flynn’s allies have claimed that Flynn was essentially set up by FBI agents wanting to take down the president. Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team said Friday that the FBI acted appropriately when agents questioned former national security adviser Michael Flynn in January 2017, batting down theories that Flynn was the victim […]

Mueller news: tensions with Michael Flynn as his sentencing approaches – Vox

Mueller news: tensions with Michael Flynn as his sentencing approaches – Vox. Days before National Security Adviser Michael Flynn is due to be sentenced for making false statements to the FBI, new filings in the case reveal some tension between special counsel Robert Mueller and his cooperating witness. Flynn’s filing, submitted Tuesday, contained details that seemed intended to imply some […]

A Republican Federal Judge Just Sided With Trump and Ruled That Obamacare Is Unconstitutional – Mother Jones

A Republican Federal Judge Just Sided With Trump and Ruled That Obamacare Is Unconstitutional – Mother Jones. by Stephanie Mencimer House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, (D-CA) gestures during a news conference held by House Democrats condemning the Trump Administration’s targeting of the Affordable Care Act’s pre-existing conditions. Toya Sarno Jordan/Getty Images Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our […]

The real reason Republicans should be concerned Google skews liberal

The real reason Republicans should be concerned Google skews liberal. Republicans took advantage of Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s appearance Tuesday before the House Judiciary Committee to again kvetch about the company’s alleged bias against conservatives. This was not unexpected. Such concerns are now a staple grievance on the right. Recall President Trump’s tweets last summer accusing Google of suppressing right-wing […]

How Pelosi beat the rebels and got her gavel back – POLITICO

How Pelosi beat the rebels and got her gavel back – POLITICO. The longtime Democratic leader outmaneuvered her critics and showed exactly why she will be speaker once again. While the late President George H.W. Bush was lying in state in the Capitol Rotunda on Dec. 4, Nancy Pelosi was several hundred feet away cobbling together a deal that would […]

Nancy Pelosi will be speaker again, but she didn’t exactly win.

Nancy Pelosi will be speaker again, but she didn’t exactly win.. Nancy Pelosi has at last put down the rebellion against her and will now have the votes she needs to return to the speakership after eight years in the House minority. She did it, though, by negotiating on the one issue that she had refused to even consider when […]

Maria Butina Pleads Guilty to Participating in a Russian Conspiracy Against the United States – Mother Jones

Maria Butina Pleads Guilty to Participating in a Russian Conspiracy Against the United States – Mother Jones. The 30-year-old has been jailed since July, when she was charged with acting as Kremlin agent in connection with her efforts to cultivate connections with influential conservative figures and groups, most notably the National Rifle Association. Prosecutors contend that her efforts were guided […]

Beto is the new Bernie

Beto is the new Bernie. More than anyone in the still-developing Democratic primary field, the potential candidacy of Beto O’Rourke, the Texas Senate candidate and viral video machine who nearly took down Ted Cruz in last month’s election, is already roiling the left. Last week, a handful of progressive writers came out against him, including Jacobin’s Branko Marcetic and The […]

Trump, Duterte, and the Authoritarian War on Women – The Atlantic

Trump, Duterte, and the Authoritarian War on Women – The Atlantic. When Americans look abroad these days, they see Donald Trumps everywhere: In Brazil, whose new president, Jair Bolsonaro, endorses torture, threatens to pull out of the Paris climate-change agreement, and suggests that his country was better off under military rule. In the Philippines, where President Rodrigo Duterte has overseen […]

Michael Cohen sentence: Three years in prison.

Michael Cohen sentence: Three years in prison.. A federal judge in Manhattan has sentenced Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, to three years in federal prison for crimes that include a felony in which the president is said to have participated. The sentence covers Cohen’s guilty pleas to a number of charges, including two related to a 2016 scheme […]

Pelosi has the votes to be speaker — if she steps down in 2022 – Vox

Pelosi has the votes to be speaker — if she steps down in 2022 – Vox. Nancy Pelosi just announced her support for term limits for members of Democratic leadership — including herself, saying she will step down by 2022 even if House Democrats don’t vote for term limits. It’s a move that likely ensures that she will become the […]

Donald Trump Jr. Reveals Shocking Secret: The President Is A Regifter | HuffPost

Donald Trump Jr. Reveals Shocking Secret: The President Is A Regifter | HuffPost. Ever wonder how President Donald Trump became a billionaire? Well, it may have been because he doesn’t spend money on Christmas gifts. Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son, told “Extra” on Wednesday that his father is a notorious regifter, and most of the presents he hands […]

Everybody’s Wrong: Donald Trump Won the Chuck-n-Nancy Meeting, and Here’s Why

Everybody’s Wrong: Donald Trump Won the Chuck-n-Nancy Meeting, and Here’s Why. by Matt Lewis · December 12, 2018 If Tuesday’s instantly famous Oval Office meeting is a harbinger of things to come, it’s going to be a long two years for “Chuck and Nancy.” Presidents can be intimidating, and Trump had home court advantage during Tuesday’s meeting. However, Chuck Schumer […]

California Democratic Party roiled by firing of top officials – POLITICO

California Democratic Party roiled by firing of top officials – POLITICO. Less than a month after its chairman resigned in the wake of sexual harassment allegations, the California Democratic Party has again been roiled by internal strife — this time, the abrupt firing of seven of the party’s top officials and the shuttering of its Los Angeles office by the […]

The electric chair is back and the death penalty is on life support.

The electric chair is back and the death penalty is on life support.. On Thursday, David Earl Miller became the second person in the last five weeks to choose death in Tennessee’s electric chair over lethal injection. Miller was executed for the 1981 murder of 23-year-old Lee Standifier. After losing a lawsuit claiming he had a right to be executed […]

Amazon polling: Jeff Bezos’s company is incredibly popular – Vox

Amazon polling: Jeff Bezos’s company is incredibly popular – Vox. If you spend a lot of time reading takes on the internet, it seems that no one likes Amazon. It’s become the prime example of a new argument from the progressive antitrust movement: that current American legal practice is too soft on giant companies. The Wall Street Journal editorial page […]

California’s Battle Against Climate Change Is Going Up in Smoke – Mother Jones

California’s Battle Against Climate Change Is Going Up in Smoke – Mother Jones. by Rosa Furneaux Smoke rises from a burned out grove of trees at the Blue Cut wildfire in Wrightwood, California on August 17, 2016.Jonathan Alcorn/AFP/Getty Images Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. Just a few months ago, climate activists in California were […]

Pelosi, rebels discuss limiting her time as speaker to 4 years – POLITICO

Pelosi, rebels discuss limiting her time as speaker to 4 years – POLITICO. by Heather Caygle · December 10, 2018 House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, at age 78, might not have any real worries with a term-limit requirements of 10 to 12 years, (five or six terms), which is under discussion. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and a group of House […]

Gerrymandering and minority rule, not populism, threatens democracy – Vox

Gerrymandering and minority rule, not populism, threatens democracy – Vox. There is a very real threat to liberal democracy in Trump’s America, but it has nothing to do with populism. In fact, populism — an insistence that government authority reflect the will of the people — could be a big part of the solution to the current crisis. Trump looks […]

Beto O’Rourke Reportedly Spoke With Al Sharpton As 2020 Speculation Swirls | HuffPost

Beto O'Rourke Reportedly Spoke With Al Sharpton As 2020 Speculation Swirls | HuffPost. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) spoke with Rev. Al Sharpton on Friday, BuzzFeed News reported Monday, adding to speculation that the rising star of the Democratic Party might be mounting a 2020 presidential bid. O’Rourke’s narrow loss to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in a traditionally red state came […]

Democrats shouldn’t try to impeach Trump — yet

Democrats shouldn't try to impeach Trump — yet. Donald Trump is a bad man and a bad president, a “leader” whose main redeeming quality appears to be that he’s too lazy and undisciplined to effectively implement all of his cruel and anti-democratic ideas. The sooner he leaves office, the better off Americans will be. But Democrats should hold off impeaching […]

Marco Rubio: America Needs to Restore Dignity of Work – The Atlantic

Marco Rubio: America Needs to Restore Dignity of Work – The Atlantic. There was once a path to a stable and prosperous life in America that has since closed off. It was a well-traveled path for many Americans: Graduate high school and get a job, typically with a local manufacturer or one of the service industries associated with it, and […]

Zinke Says Cost Of Fending Off ‘False Allegations’ Prompted Resignation | The Daily Caller

Zinke Says Cost Of Fending Off ‘False Allegations’ Prompted Resignation | The Daily Caller. Outgoing Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke claims that costs associated with defending himself and his family from “false allegations” prompted his decision Saturday morning to resign. “I love working for the President and am incredibly proud of all the good work we’ve accomplished together. […]

Michael Flynn Investigation: Lying Seems Likely | National Review

Michael Flynn Investigation: Lying Seems Likely | National Review. The investigation was unfair from the start, but yes, it appears that he did lie. At the outset, let’s get two things straight: First, there is something deeply disturbing about the Obama administration’s decision to open a counterintelligence investigation on retired lieutenant general Michael Flynn while he was working on the […]

From Your Table to Their Farm

From Your Table to Their Farm. Forget all the tongue clucking about Washington being so divided and nasty that Democrats and Republicans cannot work together. As the Senate and House proved this week in passing the $867 billion farm bill, when it comes to spending money they don’t have, party leaders really can reach across the aisle. With the national […]

Byron York: Why Republicans ‘shrug off’ the Michael Cohen case

Byron York: Why Republicans 'shrug off' the Michael Cohen case. Democrats and media commentators are noting that many Republicans are “shrugging off” the fact that Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to felony campaign finance violations which prosecutors say President Trump directed him to commit. The president, they say, is “implicated in two felonies.” How could GOP lawmakers shrug that off? One […]

North Carolina GOP vows to override Dem governor’s veto of voter ID bill | Fox News

North Carolina GOP vows to override Dem governor’s veto of voter ID bill | Fox News. Republican leaders in North Carolina’s GOP-dominated General Assembly vowed late Friday to override Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of a state voter identification bill. Earlier Friday, Cooper said no to the legislation, which more than 55 percent of the state’s voters had approved in […]

The Flynn Investigation: McCabe’s Personal Retaliation?

The Flynn Investigation: McCabe's Personal Retaliation?. by Daniel John Sobieski · December 15, 2018 As I noted here on June 30, 2017 Michael Flynn and Andrew McCabe have a past that predates the Trump presidency, one that provides ample motivation for the perjury trap that McCabe and James Comey set up after Flynn’s illegal unmasking. McCabe had a personal grudge […]

Why Puberty Blockers Are A Clear Danger To Children’s Health

Why Puberty Blockers Are A Clear Danger To Children's Health. by Jane Robbins · December 14, 2018 I have written (see here and here) about physicians who push the boundaries of ethical practice by administering untested medical treatments to children and adolescents suffering from gender dysphoria (or transgender patients). Such treatments include puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and so-called sex-reassignment surgery. […]

Disputed North Carolina race exposes mail ballot flaws | TheHill

Disputed North Carolina race exposes mail ballot flaws | TheHill. by Max Greenwood · December 15, 2018 An investigation into suspected fraud in a closely contested House race in North Carolina has shined a spotlight on an increasingly powerful tool in U.S. elections: mail-in ballots. The case in North Carolina’s 9th District, which centers on claims of an aggressive — […]

Donald Trump Names Mick Mulvaney Acting Chief of Staff

Donald Trump Names Mick Mulvaney Acting Chief of Staff. President Donald Trump announced Friday that Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney will be the acting White House chief of staff, starting in the new year. “Mick has done an outstanding job while in the Administration,” Trump tweeted. “I look forward to working with him in this new capacity […]

U.S.-led coalition destroys Syrian mosque used as ISIS command center | Reuters

U.S.-led coalition destroys Syrian mosque used as ISIS command center | Reuters. The U.S.-led coalition in Syria destroyed on Saturday a mosque in the town of Hajin which had been used as an Islamic State command and control center, the U.S. military said. Hajin is the last big town that the Islamic State holds in its remaining enclave east of […]

READ: Mueller Files Sentencing Memo Rebuttal To Michael Flynn – Talking Points Memo

READ: Mueller Files Sentencing Memo Rebuttal To Michael Flynn – Talking Points Memo. by Allegra Kirkland Special counsel Robert Mueller on Friday filed his response to former national security adviser and cooperating witness Michael Flynn’s sentencing memo. Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI last year about his contacts with Russian officials and is set to be sentenced on […]

Court rules company’s sand ‘not property’ – WND

Court rules company's sand 'not property' – WND. A legal team known for defending property rights contends the Minnesota Court of Appeals failed to uphold a mining company’s Fifth Amendment rights when it determined a lease to mine silica sand did not constitute “property” and therefore required no compensation when such mining later was banned. Winona County banned the mining […]

Two Ways America Can Prepare for—and Prevent—the Next War | The National Interest

Two Ways America Can Prepare for—and Prevent—the Next War | The National Interest. by John Dale Grover · December 15, 2018 America could lose the next war. That is the conclusion of a report by the non-partisan National Defense Strategy Commission, which was tasked by Congress to assess the U.S. military the Trump Administration’s 2018 National Defense Strategy. The report’s […]

The Establishment’s Full Fury Against Trump Is Now Unleashed

The Establishment's Full Fury Against Trump Is Now Unleashed. by Cal Thomas · December 14, 2018 Hell may have no fury like a woman scorned, but scorning the Washington establishment produces even greater anger. The establishment’s full fury has been unleashed against Donald Trump and is not about to subside until its goal is reached: the removal of the president […]

Weekly Standard Co-Founder John Podhoretz Said Trump Had Nothing to do With the ‘Murder’ of the Magazine. Philip Anschutz and Ryan McKibben Are to Blame

Weekly Standard Co-Founder John Podhoretz Said Trump Had Nothing to do With the ‘Murder’ of the Magazine. Philip Anschutz and Ryan McKibben Are to Blame. by Tyler O’Neil · December 14, 2018 R.I.P. Weekly Standard. On Friday, staff at the conservative magazine were told to clear out their desks by 5 p.m. Many fans of President Donald Trump hailed the […]

Liberalism Bankrupts the Boy ScoutsThe American Spectator

Liberalism Bankrupts the Boy ScoutsThe American Spectator. by George Neumayr · December 14, 2018 The other day President Trump called Rex Tillerson “dumb as a rock.” That was payback for an interview in which his former Secretary of State called Trump undisciplined and a poor study. Trump had selected Tillerson for the job based in part on the recommendation of […]

Are Dollar Stores Really Driving Grocers Out of Business? – Reason.com

Are Dollar Stores Really Driving Grocers Out of Business? – Reason.com. Earlier this month, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR), a nonprofit advocacy group with offices in Minneapolis, Maine, and Washington, D.C., that “challenges concentrated economic and political power, and instead champions an approach in which ownership is broadly distributed, institutions are humanly scaled, and decision-making is accountable to communities,” […]

The Great Wall of Democracy

The Great Wall of Democracy. OKINAWA—I’ve had to wait on the tarmac for planes ahead of mine to take off before, but never F-15s. Naha airport here shares a runway with Japan’s Air Self Defense Forces, leading to delays whenever Japanese fighters scramble to counter Chinese incursions into the airspace above the Senkaku Island Chain in the East China Sea. […]

President Trump & Michael Cohen — Trump Faces Legal Jeopardy with Campaign Finance Allegations | National Review

President Trump & Michael Cohen — Trump Faces Legal Jeopardy with Campaign Finance Allegations | National Review. In response to the emerging evidence that Donald Trump directed and participated in the commission of federal crimes, all too many Republicans are wrongly comforting themselves with political deflection and strained legal argument. The political deflection is clear, though a bit bizarre. The […]

Don’t Believe Media Misdirection. Here Are the Real Reasons Obamacare Enrollment Is Down

Don’t Believe Media Misdirection. Here Are the Real Reasons Obamacare Enrollment Is Down. Thanks to President Donald Trump’s slashes to the federal government’s Obamacare advertising budget and his administration’s “sabotage” of Obamacare, hundreds of thousands of clueless people have been left in the dark and aren’t enrolling in Obamacare—at least, that’s what countless reporters and pundits would have you believe. […]

Former FEC commissioners: Trump-Cohen ‘hush’ payments not necessarily a violation | Fox News

Former FEC commissioners: Trump-Cohen 'hush' payments not necessarily a violation | Fox News. Michael Cohen’s guilty plea and subsequent sentencing for campaign-finance violations and other crimes revived speculation about President Trump’s potential legal exposure — but some former Federal Election Commission members say neither of them necessarily committed a violation with hush-money payments to purported Trump paramours. The salacious details […]

What Shall We Do with Lizzy Warren?

What Shall We Do with Lizzy Warren?. by Geoffrey P. Hunt · December 14, 2018 One of the best sea shanties is “What Shall We Do with a Drunken Sailor?” traced to whalers out of Connecticut and Massachusetts in the 1830s, according to folklorist Stan Hugill “Shanties From the Seven Seas” Mystic Seaport Museum. “Drunken Sailor” is a fine ditty, […]

Judge Overseeing Michael Flynn’s Sentencing Just Dropped A Bombshell

Judge Overseeing Michael Flynn’s Sentencing Just Dropped A Bombshell. by Margot Cleveland · December 13, 2018 On Tuesday, attorneys for Michael Flynn filed a sentencing memorandum and letters of support for the former Army lieutenant general in federal court. The sentencing memorandum reveals for the first time concrete evidence that the FBI created multiple 302 interview summaries of Flynn’s questioning […]

Walker signs bills to weaken Dem successor in Wisconsin | TheHill

Walker signs bills to weaken Dem successor in Wisconsin | TheHill. by Reid Wilson · December 14, 2018 Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) on Friday signed a package of legislation that will take powers away from his Democratic successor and the state’s incoming Democratic attorney general. Walker signed legislation that would limit the next governor’s authority to withdraw the state […]

Donald Trump Names Mick Mulvaney Acting Chief of Staff

Donald Trump Names Mick Mulvaney Acting Chief of Staff. President Donald Trump announced Friday that Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney will be the acting White House chief of staff, starting in the new year. “Mick has done an outstanding job while in the Administration,” Trump tweeted. “I look forward to working with him in this new capacity […]

Muslim Democrat mocks Pence’s Christianity – WND

Muslim Democrat mocks Pence's Christianity – WND. A Muslim Democrat just elected to Congress from Minnesota has gone to social media to mock the Christian faith of Vice President Mike Pence. Rep.-elect Ihlan Omar posted an image of Pence, with his eyes closed, during a meeting with President Trump, Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer. While the other three […]

China and Russia: A Strategic Alliance in the Making | The National Interest

China and Russia: A Strategic Alliance in the Making | The National Interest. by Graham Allison · December 14, 2018 THE YEAR before he died in 2017, one of America’s leading twentieth-century strategic thinkers, Zbigniew Brzezinski, sounded an alarm. In analyzing threats to American security, “the most dangerous scenario,” he warned, would be “a grand coalition of China and Russia…united […]