An Emerging, and Very Pointed, Democratic Resistance – The New Yorker

An Emerging, and Very Pointed, Democratic Resistance – The New Yorker. by Benjamin Wallace-Wells · January 18, 2017 Confirmation hearings have given Senate Democrats, like Tim Kaine and Elizabeth Warren, a chance to hone their party’s opposition message.CreditPHOTOGRAPH BY CHIP SOMODEVILLA / GETTY “I would like your views,” Senator Al Franken said to Betsy DeVos, the Education Secretary-designate, at her […]

Media coverage muted on eve of Trump’s swearing in – POLITICO

Media coverage muted on eve of Trump's swearing in – POLITICO. by Hadas Gold · January 19, 2017 President-elect Donald Trump holds his first press conference in over five months at Trump Tower on Jan. 11 in New York City. | Getty News outlets gushed over Obama’s inaugural in 2009. Eight years later, they aren’t sensing the same vibe. The […]

America’s Trial by Fire Begins Today – The Daily Beast

America’s Trial by Fire Begins Today – The Daily Beast. by Michael Tomasky · January 20, 2017 So here we are. The day has arrived, and it seems no more believable than it did in the wee hours of Nov. 9 that Donald Trump is going to be the president, but he is. It’s fair to say that it’s a […]

Donald Trump will adopt Heritage Foundation’s “skinny budget”: Arts, violence against women funding to be cut – Salon.com

Donald Trump will adopt Heritage Foundation’s “skinny budget”: Arts, violence against women funding to be cut – Salon.com. by Sophia Tesfaye · January 19, 2017 Donald Trump is relying on a blueprint budget from the conservative Heritage Foundation and the guidance of a former Rand Paul staffer to deliver the most extremely right-wing restructuring of the federal government in decades. […]

The Press Corps We Deserve | Mother Jones

The Press Corps We Deserve | Mother Jones. by Monika Bauerlein · January 19, 2017 The Russia memos—and journalism in the age of Trump. “FAKE NEWS—A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH HUNT!” President-elect Donald Trump’s Twitter account blared last week, after CNN reported that US intelligence officials had briefed him and President Barack Obama on an alleged Russian operation to co-opt him […]

What I fear about the age of Trump

What I fear about the age of Trump. When Donald Trump is sworn in as president on Friday, the United States will embark on a new and very uncertain era. Trump campaigned as a rebuke to the era of politics that preceded him. He questioned the three pillars of the post-Cold War era: trade liberalization, mass immigration, and political integration. […]

Obama says reducing leaker Chelsea Manning’s prison term serves justice | Reuters

Obama says reducing leaker Chelsea Manning's prison term serves justice | Reuters. by Jeff Mason · January 18, 2017 WASHINGTON President Barack Obama said on Wednesday that former military intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning had served a tough prison term and his decision to commute her 35-year sentence to about seven years served would not signal leniency toward leakers of U.S. […]

Dems jockey for big money control – POLITICO

Dems jockey for big money control – POLITICO. by Kenneth P. Vogel · January 18, 2017 David Brock’s groups include the conservative media monitoring nonprofit Media Matters, the opposition research super PAC American Bridge and the legal watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. | AP Photo Liberals raise concerns about efforts by Clinton enforcer David Brock. The tug […]

Why Thomas Friedman’s Thank You For Being Late is a blockbuster.

Why Thomas Friedman’s Thank You For Being Late is a blockbuster.. by Justin Peters · January 17, 2017 Thomas Friedman speaks on Sept. 29 in New York City. John Lamparski/Getty Images for Advertising Week New York Thomas Friedman is a sentient TED talk who writes credulous columns about taxi drivers and ideas conferences for the New York Times. He also […]

Bernie Sanders Lays Into Trump’s EPA Pick For Doubting Climate Science | The Huffington Post

Bernie Sanders Lays Into Trump's EPA Pick For Doubting Climate Science | The Huffington Post. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) doesn’t appear to have much faith in Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s statement that he doesn’t believe climate change is a “hoax.” In a heated exchange during Pruitt’s Wednesday confirmation hearing, Sanders grilled Pruitt, President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to lead the […]

Dem Sen. Joe Manchin To Introduce Rick Perry At Confirmation Hearing

Dem Sen. Joe Manchin To Introduce Rick Perry At Confirmation Hearing. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) is doing everything he can not to be labeled as a liberal in his upcoming re-election in 2018 and so Thursday he will introduce Trump’s Energy Secretary nominee Rick Perry at his confirmation hearing. Manchin had been up for the job himself, but announced in […]

Why Obama commuted Chelsea Manning’s sentence

Why Obama commuted Chelsea Manning's sentence. “The quality of mercy is not strained; it droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven,” Portia famously tells Shylock, who is demanding a pound of flesh from her friend Antonio in William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. “It is twice blest; It blesseth him that gives and him that takes. ‘Tis mightiest in the […]

Obama’s legacy will be inspirational rather than transformational.

Obama’s legacy will be inspirational rather than transformational.. by Jacob Weisberg · January 16, 2017 President Barack Obama waves after delivering his farewell speech in Chicago on Jan. 10. Photo by Darren Hauck/Getty Images A decade ago, Barack Obama was already contemplating his presidential legacy. I know because I talked to him about it in 2006, during a long interview […]

Hillary Clinton’s Would-Be West Wingers Have Nothing to Lose – The Daily Beast

Hillary Clinton’s Would-Be West Wingers Have Nothing to Lose – The Daily Beast. · by Eleanor Clift · January 18, 2017 Several Democrats slated for jobs in the West Wing if Hillary Clinton had won the election are in limbo now, coming to terms with their regrets and trying to figure out what to do next in Donald Trump’s strange […]

Along With Chelsea Manning, Obama Granted Hundreds Of Federal Drug Offenders Early Freedom | The Huffington Post

Along With Chelsea Manning, Obama Granted Hundreds Of Federal Drug Offenders Early Freedom | The Huffington Post. WASHINGTON ― In one of his final acts in office, President Barack Obama granted clemency to 209 federal prisoners on Tuesday, almost all of whom were convicted of drug crimes. Obama has now granted more commutations than any president in American history, according […]

New York county proposes museum dedicated to Electoral College losers who won the popular vote – Salon.com

New York county proposes museum dedicated to Electoral College losers who won the popular vote – Salon.com. by Matthew Rozsa · January 17, 2017 The proposed library would just happen to be coming to Hillary Clinton’s hometown (Credit: Getty/Eduardo Muñoz Alvarez) If you think that presidential candidates who lost despite winning the popular vote ought to be commemorated, you may […]

Obama Commutes Chelsea Manning’s Prison Sentence

Obama Commutes Chelsea Manning's Prison Sentence. In a stunning move, President Barack Obama on Tuesday commuted the bulk of the remaining prison sentence for Chelsea Manning, the former army intelligence analyst convicted in 2013 for disclosing military and diplomatic documents to radical transparency site WikiLeaks, according to The New York Times. Manning, who was sentenced to 35 years for leaking […]

How liberals can learn to stop worrying and love nationalism

How liberals can learn to stop worrying and love nationalism. The election of Donald Trump is part of an ongoing surge of right-wing nationalism across the globe, from Brexit to Hungary to the Philippines. This presents a thorny problem for the left. Belligerent nationalism has caused many of the worst atrocities in modern history, from the Black Hand in Serbia […]

The Most Successful Democrat Since F.D.R. – The New York Times

The Most Successful Democrat Since F.D.R. – The New York Times. by David Leonhardt · January 17, 2017 President Obama in 2015. Doug Mills/The New York Times When Barack Obama ran for president in 2008, he understood, without quite saying it, that there had been no highly successful Democratic president in decades. Bill Clinton made the country a better place, […]

Davos Man Confronts Trumpocalypse Over Canapés – The Daily Beast

Davos Man Confronts Trumpocalypse Over Canapés – The Daily Beast. by Christopher Dickey · January 16, 2017 PARIS—The village of Davos in the Swiss Alps has seen a lot, but it has never seen anything quite like the impact of Donald Trump. As the men and women who used to be called (or call themselves) “masters of the universe” assemble […]

After Ignoring Obama Scandals For 8 Years, Reporters Are Now Making Them Up About Trump | Stock News & Stock Market Analysis – IBD

After Ignoring Obama Scandals For 8 Years, Reporters Are Now Making Them Up About Trump | Stock News & Stock Market Analysis – IBD. Fake News: For eight years, it was virtually impossible to get reporters interested in legitimate Obama administration scandals. Now, they are so eager to run scandal stories about the incoming Trump administration that they are making […]

Why NYT Hid The Numbers For The ‘Hottest Year On Record’

Why NYT Hid The Numbers For The 'Hottest Year On Record'. by Robert Tracinski · January 18, 2017 They say that mathematics is the language of science, which is a way of saying that science is quantitative. It is moved forward by numbers and measurements, not just by qualitative observations. “It seems hot out” is not science. Giving a specific […]

The Once and Future Obamacare Death Spiral – Bloomberg View

The Once and Future Obamacare Death Spiral – Bloomberg View. by Megan McArdle · January 18, 2017 Is Obamacare in the infamous “death spiral”? Paul Ryan says it is. The Obama administration, on the other hand, is touting its splendid enrollment growth numbers, a case summed up by Danny Vinik at Politico: Last week, the Department of Health and Human […]

What Trump Doesn’t Know Can Hurt Him

What Trump Doesn’t Know Can Hurt Him. by Charlie Cook · January 19, 2017 President-elect Donald Trump and his wife, Melania Trump, arrive at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on Thursday. AP Photo/Evan Vucci On Fri­day, Don­ald J. Trump takes the oath of of­fice and be­comes pres­id­ent. A year ago, the vast ma­jor­ity of Amer­ic­ans—av­er­age voters, polit­ic­al afi­cion­ados, and […]

Barack Obama’s Exit Reveals His True Colors | National Review

Barack Obama’s Exit Reveals His True Colors | National Review. by Charles Krauthammer · January 19, 2015 Barack Obama did not go out quietly. His unquiet final acts were, in part, overshadowed by a successor who refused to come in quietly and, in part, by Obama’s own endless, sentimental farewell tour. But there was nothing nostalgic or sentimental about Obama’s […]

Perry vows to push energy ‘in all forms,’ regrets call to nix DOE | Fox News

Perry vows to push energy 'in all forms,' regrets call to nix DOE | Fox News. Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry pledged to advocate energy “in all forms” as well as protect and modernize the nation’s nuclear stockpile during his confirmation hearing Thursday for his Energy secretary nomination. Donald Trump’s pick to head the Energy Department also said, in hindsight, […]

Paul Ryan’s Infrastructure Privatization Plan – The American Interest

Paul Ryan’s Infrastructure Privatization Plan – The American Interest. The GOP is hoping to get a lot of bang for its buck on infrastructure. House Speaker Paul Ryan announced on Thursday that he will target $40 in private investment for every $1 his caucus approves in infrastructure spending. The Hill reports: “That’s not a trillion dollars coming from federal taxpayers […]

Trump’s Inauguration Is Not Without Precedent – Michael Barone

Trump's Inauguration Is Not Without Precedent – Michael Barone. by Michael Barone The United States has just had three consecutive eight-year presidencies, and it’s only the second time in history that that’s happened. The only other such moment came on March 4, 1825, 192 years ago. That’s a bit surprising, given the strong example George Washington’s two terms as president […]

The Science of Intellectual Tribalism – Jonah Goldberg

The Science of Intellectual Tribalism – Jonah Goldberg. by Jonah Goldberg “David Gelernter, fiercely anti-intellectual computer scientist, is being eyed for Trump’s science adviser.” — Washington Post, Jan. 18 Um. Well, huh. For those unfamiliar with David Gelernter, he essentially created parallel computing, which sounds like witchcraft to me, but I’m told it’s a really big deal. He was also […]

Articles: Joe Biden after Jan. 20: In Dover or in Clover?

Articles: Joe Biden after Jan. 20: In Dover or in Clover?. by Doris O’Brien · January 19, 2017 A lot of tears have been glistening in Joe Biden’s eyes lately, some of them unabashedly coursing down his worn cheeks. No, it’s not allergy season in the D.C. basin. It’s just that Uncle Joe is waxing even more emotional than usual […]

Bin Laden Credits WikiLeaks for Exposing ‘Corruption’

Bin Laden Credits WikiLeaks for Exposing 'Corruption'. Osama bin Laden credited WikiLeaks with exposing corruption that sparked the Tunisian revolution, new documents from the May 2011 raid of the al Qaeda leader’s compound show. In a letter addressed to “the Muslim nation,” bin Laden outlined lessons learned from the late 2010 revolution in Tunisia that inspired a number of protests […]

Kansas, Missouri Donald Trump fans travel to DC for inauguration | McClatchy DC

Kansas, Missouri Donald Trump fans travel to DC for inauguration | McClatchy DC. by Lindsay Wise and Oliver MorrisonMcClatchy Washington Bureau Tim Lambing never doubted this moment would come. Even as pundits and polls dismissed the idea that Donald Trump had much of a chance of winning the presidential election, Lambing held on to unshakable confidence that the billionaire businessman […]

The Trump Era Begins | The Weekly Standard

The Trump Era Begins | The Weekly Standard. What we’ve seen is what we’ll get. Ronald Reagan loved Wash­ington but disliked the government. George W. Bush hated Washington but liked the government. Donald Trump loathes both Washington and the government. This is why Trump won’t make many accommodations in style or attitude as president. He dislikes Washington and nearly everything […]

Parents Say Middle Schoolers Learn Sharia Law Is AWESOME | The Daily Caller

Parents Say Middle Schoolers Learn Sharia Law Is AWESOME | The Daily Caller. A group of parents in Southern Indiana has expressed alarm because their children in the local taxpayer-funded middle school are learning that Sharia law is a delightful concept beloved by women forced to live under its yoke. Reuters/Gonzalo Fuentes, Getty Images/Christopher Furlong The Sharia-related assignment at issue […]

Top 10 Ways Obama Violated The Constitution During His Presidency

Top 10 Ways Obama Violated The Constitution During His Presidency. by Ilya Shapiro · January 19, 2017 The Obama administration has been the most lawless in U.S. history. I don’t mean that in the Nixonian sense of personal corruption, whereby the president is personally above the law, although the idea that Barack Obama’s tenure has been ethically pure is laughable. […]

Agencies rush to publish rules before Trump takes office | TheHill

Agencies rush to publish rules before Trump takes office | TheHill. by Tim Devaney · January 19, 2017 On the eve of Donald Trump’s inauguration, federal agencies are racing to publish rules before the president-elect institutes a regulatory moratorium. The Federal Register was overwhelmed Thursday with nearly 1,500 pages worth of rules from federal agencies. Miriam Kleiman, a spokeswoman for […]

Executive actions ready to go as Trump prepares to take office | Reuters

Executive actions ready to go as Trump prepares to take office | Reuters. by Steve Holland · January 19, 2017 WASHINGTON Donald Trump is preparing to begin taking executive actions on his first day in the White House on Friday to roll back policies of outgoing President Barack Obama and implement parts of his plans to crack down on immigration […]

Mexican drug lord El Chapo lands in New York to face charges

Mexican drug lord El Chapo lands in New York to face charges. by PETER ORSI NEW YORK (AP) — Infamous Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who twice escaped from maximum-security prisons in his country, was extradited at the request of the United States to face drug trafficking and other charges and arrived in New York late Thursday. A […]

Major U.S. university creates ‘safe space’ for Muslims in burqas

Major U.S. university creates ‘safe space’ for Muslims in burqas. The University of Kansas has created a women’s-only lunchroom especially for Muslim students who wear the hijab, or the more extreme face-covering garb such as the burqa and the nijab. It was the brainchild of Muslim Student Association leaders who said Muslim women needed a “safe space” on campus to […]

Mexico gives African migrants 20-day pass to get to U.S. border

Mexico gives African migrants 20-day pass to get to U.S. border. Migrants from Africa, Haiti and the Middle East are swarming across the border in a mad dash that is being facilitated by Mexican officials, according to new reports. The flow has been increasing ever since the election of Donald Trump on Nov. 8, border agents tell WND. The U.S. […]

If I Were Secretary of the U.S. Navy for Just One Day | The National Interest

If I Were Secretary of the U.S. Navy for Just One Day | The National Interest. Riddle me this: what one thing would you change about the U.S. Navy if you were appointed Secretary of the Navy for a Day? And not just any garden-variety secretary of the navy, but an omnipotent secretary empowered to alter the thing of his […]

As the Briefing Room Turns | The American Spectator

As the Briefing Room Turns | The American Spectator. by Debra J. Saunders · January 20, 2017 President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team had been flirting with moving the daily White House press briefing from the West Wing to nearby quarters that could accommodate more journalists. The White House Correspondents Association registered its concern — while not present in public sentiment, […]

Betsy DeVos’ Support for School Choice Will Help US Children

Betsy DeVos' Support for School Choice Will Help US Children. by Jim Daly · January 19, 2017 According to her opponents during Wednesday’s Senate confirmation hearing, Betsy DeVos, President-elect’s Donald Trump’s choice for secretary of education, is guilty of wanting to privatize the public schools. To be sure, the nominee’s critics are entitled to their own opinion, but not their […]

Trump Taking an Ax to Government Spending

Trump Taking an Ax to Government Spending. by Debra Heine · January 19, 2017 It’s almost too good to be true. According to a new report in The Hill, Trump “is ready to take an ax to government spending” — and the changes proposed by his transition team are said to be “dramatic.” How dramatic? How about getting rid of […]

Trump Inauguration Protesters Work Hard For His Re-Election

Trump Inauguration Protesters Work Hard For His Re-Election. by Robert Tracinski · January 18, 2017 Protesters against Donald Trump’s inauguration are flooding to DC and putting forth their best effort to ensure that there will be a second Trump inauguration to protest four years from now. I’m not boasting or gloating about this outcome. I didn’t want there to be […]

Why liberals just love to set terrorists free | New York Post

Why liberals just love to set terrorists free | New York Post. by Bob McManus · January 19, 2017 What is it about progressives like President Obama — and even pretend progressives like Gov. Cuomo — that makes them so forgiving of terrorists? Obama, on his way out the door, Tuesday commuted the effective life sentence of Puerto Rican nationalist-terrorist […]

Trump is our president: Jonathan Turley

Trump is our president: Jonathan Turley. In the end, the protests are not about legitimacy. Protesters in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 15, 2017. (Photo: Jose Luis Magana, AP) It is inaugural week and Washington is again the rallying point for hundreds of thousands of people. Indeed, my house in McLean, Virginia is hosting roughly a dozen people from Illinois and […]

Democrats in the Wilderness – POLITICO Magazine

Democrats in the Wilderness – POLITICO Magazine. Inside a decimated party’s not-so-certain revival strategy. Standing with some 30,000 people in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia the night before the election watching Hillary Clinton speak, exhausted aides were already worrying about what would come next. They expected her to win, of course, but they knew President Clinton was going to […]