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This Time, Harvey Weinstein Could Go to Jail

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Is Hollywood sitting on a pedophilia scandal?

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

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

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

Close Virginia governor polls set Democratic nerves on edge – POLITICO

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

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

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

Will Virginia Stay Blue? It Depends on Black Turnout Next Month. – Mother Jones

Will Virginia Stay Blue? It Depends on Black Turnout Next Month. – Mother Jones. by P.R. Lockhart Ralph Northam on the campaign trail in September.The’ N. Pham/AP Terry McAuliffe had voters of color to thank for his narrow victory in Virginia’s 2013 gubernatorial election. Black voters, who make up one-fifth of the state’s electorate, turned out at the same rate […]

Under Mr. Trump, America Surrenders – The New York Times

Under Mr. Trump, America Surrenders – The New York Times. by THE EDITORIAL BOARD · October 16, 2017 David Doran Americans have long struggled with the question of whether this country should be more involved in world affairs, or less. The contest of ideas between internationalists and isolationists has been particularly fierce among Republicans, going all the way back to […]

Judgment Day: Harvey Weinstein Scandal Could Finally Change Hollywood’s Culture of Secrecy – Variety

Judgment Day: Harvey Weinstein Scandal Could Finally Change Hollywood’s Culture of Secrecy – Variety. by Brent Lang,Elizabeth Wagmeister · October 17, 2017 Harvey Weinstein’s implosion has been cathartic for Lauren Sivan, one of the dozens of women who have come forward in recent days alleging that the once-celebrated mogul was a serial sexual harasser and abuser. It’s a moment of […]

Is Obama’s Foreign-Policy Legacy Disappearing? – The Atlantic

Is Obama's Foreign-Policy Legacy Disappearing? – The Atlantic. · by Uri Friedman · October 18, 2017 When Donald Trump last week opted to decertify the nuclear agreement that Barack Obama forged with Iran, it appeared to fit a pattern in the president’s emerging foreign policy. In withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal and the Paris climate-change accord, in announcing […]

The Trump Doctrine – The New York Times

The Trump Doctrine – The New York Times. by Thomas L. Friedman · October 17, 2017 President Trump at the White House on Tuesday. Doug Mills/The New York Times Well, it took almost a year, but we now have the “Trump Doctrine.” It’s very simple. And, as you’d expect, it fits neatly into a tweet. On nearly every major issue, […]

How the Harvey Weinstein story turned into a Hillary Clinton story – Vox

How the Harvey Weinstein story turned into a Hillary Clinton story – Vox. Somehow, the Harvey Weinstein story became a Hillary Clinton story. Clinton, who received campaign donations from the Hollywood mogul and attended fundraisers hosted by him, was criticized for saying nothing in the days after the New York Times published an account accusing Weinstein of repeated sexual assault […]

The Most Powerful Journalist In Hollywood Protected Harvey Weinstein For Years | HuffPost

The Most Powerful Journalist In Hollywood Protected Harvey Weinstein For Years | HuffPost. by Jason Cherkis · October 17, 2017 In the mid-1990s, a young reporter at the entertainment trade magazine Variety pitched a story at the weekly meeting that would’ve made Harvey Weinstein look bad. The pitch centered around the dangers of smaller movie companies moving into the production […]

Virginia’s Governor Race Is Shaping Up To Be A Close One | HuffPost

Virginia's Governor Race Is Shaping Up To Be A Close One | HuffPost. Virginians will head to the polls to choose a new governor in less than a month, and as three new surveys show, the race is shaping up to be a close one. Two surveys released Tuesday give the Democratic candidate, Virginia Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, a modest […]

Welcome to the post-liberal world

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

Opinion: Harvey Weinstein and the GOP’s Guilt-By-Association Game

Opinion: Harvey Weinstein and the GOP’s Guilt-By-Association Game. by Walter Shapiro · October 16, 2017 The odds are high that this autumn members of Congress — maybe both Democrats and Republicans — will pocket campaign contributions from Americans who will later be engulfed in scandal. The besmirched political donors could be exposed as Ponzi scheme promoters, corrupt corporate executives, crooked […]

Harvey Weinstein’s Fall Opens the Floodgates in Hollywood – The New York Times

Harvey Weinstein’s Fall Opens the Floodgates in Hollywood – The New York Times. · by JIM RUTENBERG · October 16, 2017 Hollywood associations like the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Producers Guild of America have moved to strip Harvey Weinstein of his membership. Chad Ress for The New York Times LOS ANGELES — Harvey Weinstein is […]

Trump is bragging that his executive order caused health care stocks to drop – Vox

Trump is bragging that his executive order caused health care stocks to drop – Vox. by Alvin Chang · October 14, 2017 President Donald Trump took to Twitter Saturday morning to celebrate after taking active steps to sabotage Obamacare — and he’s using the stock market as an affirmation for his decision. On Thursday, the White House announced it would […]

Hillary Clinton Compares Donald Trump With Harvey Weinstein | HuffPost

Hillary Clinton Compares Donald Trump With Harvey Weinstein | HuffPost. Hillary Clinton drew parallels between Harvey Weinstein and President Donald Trump, calling the disgraced Hollywood mogul’s behavior “disgusting” and “heartbreaking” ― just like the person once caught on camera bragging about sexually assaulting women. In an interview Sunday with Britain’s “The Andrew Marr Show,” the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee commended […]

Is Donald Trump unraveling? – Salon.com

Is Donald Trump unraveling? – Salon.com. Last week, Senator Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, charged in an interview with the New York Times that Trump was treating his office like “a reality show,” with reckless threats toward other countries that could set the nation “on the path to World War III.” Corker said he […]

Colin Kaepernick files grievance against NFL owners, alleging collusion.

Colin Kaepernick files grievance against NFL owners, alleging collusion.. by Nick Greene · October 15, 2017 Colin Kaepernick in 2016. Scott Cunningham/Getty Images Colin Kaepernick has filed a grievance against the NFL, accusing team owners of collusion under the league’s collective-bargaining agreement. Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman broke the news, and ABC’s Stephanie Wash released a copy of the suit’s first […]

What If Trump Wins On Obamacare And Taxes? | HuffPost

What If Trump Wins On Obamacare And Taxes? | HuffPost. Until lately, Democrats have been comforting themselves over Trump’s nearly unbroken string of legislative losses. Despite a Republican majority in both houses of Congress, Trump and different factions of the GOP kept tripping over each other, denying him key legislative victories. His penchant for insulting leading Republican senators only adds […]

When “liberal” men mistreat women: It’s not just Harvey – Salon.com

When “liberal” men mistreat women: It’s not just Harvey – Salon.com. We’ve heard the words “phony liberal” tossed around a lot throughout the years. Most recently, during the 2016 presidential election, we heard Bernie Sanders supporters use that phrase against backers of Hillary Clinton (and sometimes vice versa). Yet if there is one example of a phony liberal that no […]

The Democrats’ Luck Runs Out – The Atlantic

The Democrats' Luck Runs Out – The Atlantic. by Russell Berman · October 13, 2017 After a run of unlikely victories last month, it seemed possible for Democrats to forget—at least momentarily—that they were the party shut out of power in Washington. They had watched in gleeful relief as Republicans failed yet again to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Democratic […]

Harvey Weinstein, Hollywood’s Oldest Horror Story – The New York Times

Harvey Weinstein, Hollywood’s Oldest Horror Story – The New York Times. In her autobiography, “Child Star,” Shirley Temple described going with her mother to see her new bosses at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer after leaving Fox. Louis B. Mayer spirited away Gertrude Temple. The curly-haired superstar — hailed by F.D.R. for helping America get through the Depression — was taken to the office […]

Watch Courtney Love Warn Actresses Off Meeting Harvey Weinstein in Hotels in 2005

Watch Courtney Love Warn Actresses Off Meeting Harvey Weinstein in Hotels in 2005. by Austin Gebbia · October 14, 2017 The singer-songwriter and Golden Globe-nominated actress gave some valuable advice to “young girls planning on making the move to Hollywood” during a red carpet interview. Courtney Love, the famed musician, actress, and rowdy provocateur widely recognized simply for not giving […]

Harvey Weinstein has changed how I look at movies.

Harvey Weinstein has changed how I look at movies.. For the past week I’ve been pacing my apartment in a hypomanic state, pretending to get work done while following—probably more closely than anyone who aspires to sanity should—the Harvey Weinstein scandal, with its ever-steepening crescendo of allegations that the fabled indie producer carried on a 30-year side career as a […]

18 states sue Trump administration over halted Obamacare subsidies – Salon.com

18 states sue Trump administration over halted Obamacare subsidies – Salon.com. The attorneys general for New York, California and over a dozen other states filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s administration in an effort to block their decision to cut off subsidy payments made to health insurance companies that sell coverage under the Affordable Care Act. A total of […]

Weinstein’s Brother Says Business ‘Continuing As Usual’ Amid Scandal – Talking Points Memo

Weinstein’s Brother Says Business ‘Continuing As Usual’ Amid Scandal – Talking Points Memo. The chorus of Hollywood stars denouncing film producer Harvey Weinstein echoed across the Atlantic on Friday, even as his brother said the embattled production company that bears both their names insisted business was “continuing as usual.” Bob Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Co. issued a statement saying […]

Marshall is not the film you think it is

Marshall is not the film you think it is. The most surprising thing about Reginal Hudlin’s film Marshall — which hits theaters Friday — is how emphatically it’s not a biopic. You’d be forgiven for thinking it was, based on that brooding photo of Chadwick Boseman as Thurgood Marshall on the poster. He looks solemn, respectable, challenging, earnest, just as […]

Epic legal battles shaping up over Trump’s scrapping of Obamacare subsidies – POLITICO

Epic legal battles shaping up over Trump's scrapping of Obamacare subsidies – POLITICO. by PAUL DEMKO and RACHANA PRADHAN · October 13, 2017 New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman immediately indicated Thursday night he intends to use the courts to fight the decision. | Frank Franklin II/AP President Donald Trump’s move to cut off critical Obamacare subsidies will almost surely […]

Hollywood’s Heinous ‘Casting Couch’ Culture That Enabled Harvey Weinstein

Hollywood’s Heinous ‘Casting Couch’ Culture That Enabled Harvey Weinstein. by Nick Schager · October 14, 2017 The disgraced movie mogul isn’t the only sexual predator who’s terrorized Tinseltown. It’s an age-old epidemic that goes back decades. Harvey Weinstein’s alleged assault and harassment of the countless women who’ve now spoken out against him—not to mention the many others likely still preparing […]

Harvey Weinstein has changed how I look at movies.

Harvey Weinstein has changed how I look at movies.. For the past week I’ve been pacing my apartment in a hypomanic state, pretending to get work done while following—probably more closely than anyone who aspires to sanity should—the Harvey Weinstein scandal, with its ever-steepening crescendo of allegations that the fabled indie producer carried on a 30-year side career as a […]

Hillary Clinton finally denounces Harvey Weinstein, changing nothing – Salon.com

Hillary Clinton finally denounces Harvey Weinstein, changing nothing – Salon.com. Hillary Clinton responded to the pervasive accusations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault, saying she was “shocked and appalled by the revelations.” Swell. Weinstein was a staunch Democratic supporter — financially and politically — and thus Republicans and the media have challenged Democratic politicians to react […]

Twitter Bots Distorted the 2016 Election—Including Many Likely From Russia – Mother Jones

Twitter Bots Distorted the 2016 Election—Including Many Likely From Russia – Mother Jones. by Denise Clifton Larry Marano/Rex Shutterstock/ZUMA The day Donald Trump was elected president, nearly 2,000 Twitter accounts that had pumped out pro-Trump messages in the run-up to the vote suddenly went dark. Then, in spring 2017, these bot-controlled accounts reemerged to campaign en français for Marine Le […]

It’s time for Democrats to stop being such gormless chumps

It's time for Democrats to stop being such gormless chumps. One of the most marked characteristics of 21st century political history is the one-sided application of political norms. Democrats have done things like abolish earmarks, adopt “PAYGO” budgeting (in which the long-term stability of the national debt is written into the budget process), and respect the “blue slip” rule, which […]

Who is Seth Moulton for?

Who is Seth Moulton for?. I’m squinting through the sun at the Polk County Steak Fry, trying to size up Seth Moulton. It’s a late September Saturday in Des Moines, and Moulton’s onstage, an immense American flag rippling behind him. “A lot of you must be asking,” he begins with a coy glance around, his voice echoing through the PA […]

A Stunning Blow to Obamacare – The Atlantic

A Stunning Blow to Obamacare – The Atlantic. by Olga Khazan · October 13, 2017 The Trump administration will end subsidies to insurers selling plans on the Obamacare marketplaces to help cover out-of-pocket costs for low-income customers. The payments, so-called “cost sharing reduction subsidies,” total $7 billion. Their loss could further destabilize the individual insurance market, which was already set […]

Trump will scrap critical Obamacare subsidy – POLITICO

Trump will scrap critical Obamacare subsidy – POLITICO. by JOSH DAWSEY and PAUL DEMKO · October 12, 2017 The decision to end the payments, worth an estimated $7 billion this year, marks President Donald Trump’s most aggressive move yet to dismantle Obamacare. | Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images Scrapping the payments to insurers, which could happen immediately, is likely to provide another […]

Will Republicans Return Donations From Their Harvey Weinstein, a Guy Named Trump?

Will Republicans Return Donations From Their Harvey Weinstein, a Guy Named Trump?. by Dean Obeidallah · October 12, 2017 Okay, from what we know, Weinstein was worse. But sexual assault is sexual assault, and the president has admitted it. So why is his money okay? RNC Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel recently demanded that Democrats and Democratic organizations return any donations […]

Trump’s executive order to weaken Obamacare may prove to be just bluster – Salon.com

Trump’s executive order to weaken Obamacare may prove to be just bluster – Salon.com. On Thursday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that could significantly erode the protections provided by the Affordable Care Act — if the administration can ever get it implemented. The executive order instructed the Labor Department to determine ways that could allow small businesses and […]

Report: Left-Wing Challenger Will Run Against Dianne Feinstein – Talking Points Memo

Report: Left-Wing Challenger Will Run Against Dianne Feinstein – Talking Points Memo. by Cameron Joseph Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) will get a left-wing challenge from a rising Democratic star. According to CNN, California Senate President Kevin de Leon (D) will run for the Senate, pitting him against the longtime senator in an all-party primary. De Leon has been mulling a […]

Democrats’ delusions of pragmatism

Democrats' delusions of pragmatism. Democrats like to tell themselves a comforting story. Democrats are pragmatists, if they do say so themselves, deeply rooted in the reality-based community, beholden to facts, toiling valiantly and soberly to make the country a better, fairer place. Republicans, meanwhile, are ideologues monomaniacally fixated on cutting government spending and taxes for the wealthy, regardless of the […]

Is the American Idea Doomed? – The Atlantic

Is the American Idea Doomed? – The Atlantic. by Yoni Appelbaum · October 6, 2017 On May 5, 1857, eight men sat down to dinner at Boston’s Parker House hotel. They had gathered to plan a magazine, but by the time they stood up five hours later, they had laid the intellectual groundwork for a second American revolution. These men […]

Democrats dogged by Weinstein cash – POLITICO

Democrats dogged by Weinstein cash – POLITICO. by GABRIEL DEBENEDETTI · October 11, 2017 “I was shocked and appalled by the revelations about Harvey Weinstein,” Hillary Clinton said in a statement, distancing herself from the man who brought her 2016 presidential campaign over $1.4 million. | Larry Busacca/Getty Images for TIME It took nearly a week, but leading Democrats hope […]

Joe Biden Slams Harvey Weinstein’s ‘Disgusting’ Behavior – The Daily Beast

Joe Biden Slams Harvey Weinstein’s ‘Disgusting’ Behavior – The Daily Beast. Former Vice President Joe Biden spoke out about the sexual assault allegations against disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein. At an event on Wednesday night, Biden called Weinstein’s alleged actions “the ultimate abuse of power” and “disgusting, immoral.” While he was vice president, Biden championed issues of sexual assault. Biden […]

Jodi Kantor on how she broke the Harvey Weinstein story.

Jodi Kantor on how she broke the Harvey Weinstein story.. by Isaac Chotiner · October 11, 2017 Harvey Weinstein speaks at the Lincoln Center on April 19 in New York. Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for National Geographic On this week’s episode of my podcast, I Have to Ask, I spoke with Jodi Kantor, an investigative reporter for the New York Times […]

House Democrat prepares impeachment articles against Trump — citing his tweets – Vox

House Democrat prepares impeachment articles against Trump — citing his tweets – Vox. Rep. Al Green (D-TX) became the first member of Congress to officially read articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on the floor on Wednesday — and the president’s Twitter account is at the center of Trump’s alleged “crimes and misdemeanors.” Green’s proposal is going nowhere, given […]

Hillary Clinton Announces Vague Plan To ‘Donate’ Harvey Weinstein Campaign Money | HuffPost

Hillary Clinton Announces Vague Plan To 'Donate' Harvey Weinstein Campaign Money | HuffPost. Hillary Clinton on Wednesday tore into film producer Harvey Weinstein over the plethora of sexual abuse allegations against him, vaguely suggesting she would give away the money he’s contributed to her political campaigns. The 2016 presidential candidate told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria that she would “of course” donate […]

Trump’s mental health poses danger, psychiatrists warn – Salon.com

Trump’s mental health poses danger, psychiatrists warn – Salon.com. “We believe that Mr. Trump, in the office of the presidency, poses a danger to the public, and in fact the international community,” Dr. Bandy Lee told Salon’s Andrew O’Hehir on “Salon Talks.” Lee is a professor of law and psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine, and also editor of the […]

The eternal disgrace of a Trump lackey

The eternal disgrace of a Trump lackey. I imagine more than a few people who work in the Trump administration wake up on many days and ask themselves, “How do I get out of this?” For them, the answer is a cruel one: You can’t. It’s already too late. But let’s back up. Donald Trump became the Republican nominee for […]

Trump is overwriting Obama’s unlawful green schemes | New York Post

Trump is overwriting Obama’s unlawful green schemes | New York Post. by Rich Lowry · October 9, 2017 One by one, the artifacts of President Barack Obama’s rule by administrative fiat are tumbling. The latest is his signature Clean Power Plan that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt says he’ll begin the arduous process of unwinding. The first year of Donald Trump’s […]

California’s old guard Democrats under siege – POLITICO

California’s old guard Democrats under siege – POLITICO. by CARLA MARINUCCI and DAVID SIDERS · October 10, 2017 Hours after Sen. Dianne Feinstein (pictured) announced her reelection campaign Monday, Silicon Valley-based freshman Rep. Ro Khanna said he had urged fellow California Rep. Barbara Lee and former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich to challenge Feinstein. | Justin Sullivan/Getty Images LOS ANGELES […]

NYPD Was Ready to Arrest Harvey Weinstein in 2015 After Model Said She Was Groped

NYPD Was Ready to Arrest Harvey Weinstein in 2015 After Model Said She Was Groped. by Michael Daly · October 10, 2017 How detectives laid a trap to catch the movie mogul after an Italian model accused him of groping her—and why charges were never brought. Harvey Weinstein had no sooner apologized to the 22-year-old woman who had accused him […]

Progressives Eye Primary Challenge To Sen. Dianne Feinstein | HuffPost

Progressives Eye Primary Challenge To Sen. Dianne Feinstein | HuffPost. Progressives are seeking to mount a Democratic primary challenge to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who said she will pursue re-election to a sixth term in 2018. Top California Democrats quickly endorsed Feinstein’s bid, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Kamala Harris. Harris already has begun raising money for […]

Hillary Clinton finally denounces Harvey Weinstein, changing nothing – Salon.com

Hillary Clinton finally denounces Harvey Weinstein, changing nothing – Salon.com. Hillary Clinton responded to the pervasive accusations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault, saying she was “shocked and appalled by the revelations.” Swell. Weinstein was a staunch Democratic supporter — financially and politically — and thus Republicans and the media have challenged Democratic politicians to react […]

Paltrow, Jolie Reports Add To Avalanche Of Allegations Against Weinstein – Talking Points Memo

Paltrow, Jolie Reports Add To Avalanche Of Allegations Against Weinstein – Talking Points Memo. An avalanche of allegations poured out Tuesday against Harvey Weinstein in on-the-record reports that detailed claims of sexual abuse and included testimonies from Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie, further intensifying the already explosive collapse of the disgraced movie mogul. Three women accused Weinstein of raping them […]

Meryl Streep ‘truthers’ are a distraction from America’s Harvey Weinstein problem

Meryl Streep 'truthers' are a distraction from America's Harvey Weinstein problem. When Harvey Weinstein, one of Hollywood’s biggest movers and shakers, was fired — by the board of his own company, for a predatory pattern of alleged sexual misconduct — America went into one of its periodic paroxysms of blame. How did this happen? Why did it happen? There are […]

It’s the Culture, Stupid | New Republic

It’s the Culture, Stupid | New Republic. by Lee Drutman · October 9, 2017 For a long time in American politics, you could pretty well guess how someone would vote by their income. Poor people generally supported Democrats; rich people voted Republican. This was true even among whites: In every presidential election since at least 1948, wealthy whites have been […]

Columbus: Only Immigrant Left Dislikes | The Daily Caller

Columbus: Only Immigrant Left Dislikes | The Daily Caller. by Justin Caruso · October 9, 2017 Tucker Carlson blasted the left for hypocrisy on immigrants and Christopher Columbus on Fox News Monday. WATCH: Carlson said, “So the let has finally found the only immigrant in history who had no right to come to America. The only one who didn’t improve […]

Are Democrats Headed for a McGovern Redux? – POLITICO Magazine

Are Democrats Headed for a McGovern Redux? – POLITICO Magazine. by ALAN GREENBLATT · October 9, 2017 AP As Trump continues his Nixonian campaign of white cultural-grievance politics, Democrats appear consumed by the same squabbles that destroyed them in 1972. Four decades ago, Richard Nixon lived out the fantasy many liberals harbor about Donald Trump, stepping down in the face […]

Why Chelsea Manning is so beloved by many LGBTQ people.

Why Chelsea Manning is so beloved by many LGBTQ people.. by Evan Urquhart · October 9, 2017 Chelsea Manning talks with the New Yorker’s Larissa MacFarquhar on September 8, 2017 in New York City. Thos Robinson/Getty Images for The New Yorker From the adulation that greeted her at the Pride parade this year in NYC, to her splashy profile in […]

Cowboys’ Jerry Jones to his players: Stand for the anthem or I bench you – Salon.com

Cowboys’ Jerry Jones to his players: Stand for the anthem or I bench you – Salon.com. Salon Jones became the first NFL owner to explicitly state that players would be disciplined for taking a knee Rachel Leah2017-10-09T17:04:58Z•2017-10-09T17:04:58Z•0 Comments 0 Comments Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones became the first NFL owner to pick up President Donald Trump’s assertion, that any player […]

New York Has Voting Laws That Are Just as Bad as Many Red States – Mother Jones

New York Has Voting Laws That Are Just as Bad as Many Red States – Mother Jones. by Tim Murphy JosefHanus/Getty On a Saturday morning in late September, Patrick Bush was going door to door in an apartment complex in the Queens neighborhood of Woodside, with an iPhone and a warning. Bush, a real-estate appraiser from Astoria, is a volunteer […]

Feinstein Announces She Will Run For Re-Election In 2018 – Talking Points Memo

Feinstein Announces She Will Run For Re-Election In 2018 – Talking Points Memo. by Esme Cribb Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Monday announced that she will run for re-election. Feinstein made the announcement in a tweet from her campaign’s Twitter account. Feinstein’s press secretary and communications director confirmed to TPM that Feinstein […]

Why the national anthem protests are failing

Why the national anthem protests are failing. The NFL’s players and owners find themselves trapped in a collapsing pocket of their own creation — and at risk of getting sacked by millions of fans across the country. Two weekends ago, many team owners appeased their players by participating in national anthem demonstrations after President Trump’s rather profane demand on Sept. […]

Why L.A. is right to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day – LA Times

Why L.A. is right to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day – LA Times. by Steven W. Hackel After much debate, both the Los Angeles City Council and the L.A. County Board of Supervisors recently voted to replace the Columbus Day holiday with Indigenous Peoples Day, beginning no later than 2019. Although to many this change will seem long […]

Armour: VP Mike Pence makes mockery of anthem by using it as prop

Armour: VP Mike Pence makes mockery of anthem by using it as prop. by Nancy Armour, USA TODAY Sports Vice President Mike Pence reacts to fans before an NFL game between the Indianapolis Colts and the San Francisco 49ers before he left the game Oct. 8 in Indianapolis. (Photo: Michael Conroy, AP) A mockery was made of the national anthem […]

The case for brinksmanship with North Korea – The Washington Post

The case for brinksmanship with North Korea – The Washington Post. by Michael Hirsh · October 6, 2017 Kim Jong Un makes a statement about President Trump’s speech at the United Nations. (Reuters) When President Trump publicly slapped down his beleaguered secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, last weekend, tweeting that America’s top diplomat was “wasting his time” trying to talk […]

Note found in Las Vegas gunman’s hotel room had calculations to maximize killings.

Note found in Las Vegas gunman’s hotel room had calculations to maximize killings.. by Daniel Politi · October 8, 2017 The damaged windows on the 32nd floor room that was used by the shooter in the Mandalay Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 2, 2017. MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images There may finally be an answer to one of the biggest […]

Missing In Action: Barack Obama | HuffPost

Missing In Action: Barack Obama | HuffPost. Not much ties together the incoherent ideology of Donald Trump, but one signal is all too clear through the noise: If Barack Obama did it, Trump is obsessively determined to expunge it―never mind whether the policy is good or bad, and never mind how the policy comports with Trump’s other goals. Expunging Obama […]

The last 48 hours has shown just how triggered white Americans are by peaceful black protest – Salon.com

The last 48 hours has shown just how triggered white Americans are by peaceful black protest – Salon.com. Black self-determination and activism always lead to white tears in America Rachel Leah2017-09-27T17:44:30Z•2017-09-27T17:44:30Z•0 Comments 0 Comments The backlash to the NFL protests continue, and not just on President Donald Trump’s Twitter account. An array of people, companies and sponsors (read: white people) […]

The disintegration of the liberal dream

The disintegration of the liberal dream. It’s time for liberals to wake up from their utopian dreams. Because the ferocious politics that they’d hoped were relegated to the dustbins of history are back. I don’t mean politics understood as administrative problem-solving by barely distinguishable center-left and center-right parties. That technocratic style of politics has been the norm throughout the West […]

The problem of sexual harassment is much bigger than Hollywood’s vile ‘casting couch’ culture – LA Times

The problem of sexual harassment is much bigger than Hollywood's vile 'casting couch' culture – LA Times. Assuming the allegations are true, powerful movie producer Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment of numerous women over a period of several decades is repugnant. Almost as outrageous, though is his whining, self-excusing rationalization that he came of age “in the ’60s and ’70s, when […]

Shifting attitudes among Democrats have big implications for 2020 – The Washington Post

Shifting attitudes among Democrats have big implications for 2020 – The Washington Post. Partisan divisions are not new news in American politics, nor is the assertion that one cause of the deepening polarization has been a demonstrable rightward shift among Republicans. But a more recent leftward movement in attitudes among Democrats also is notable and has obvious implications as the […]

Draft: Trump’s EPA set to repeal Obama’s big climate rule – POLITICO

Draft: Trump's EPA set to repeal Obama's big climate rule – POLITICO. The Trump administration is set to rescind former President Barack Obama’s most important climate regulation, arguing that the greenhouse gas standards for power plants violated federal law and could cost consumers as much as $33 billion, according to a draft proposal obtained by POLITICO. The 43-page document — […]

Trump Ominously Tweets ‘Only One Thing Will Work’ With North Korea | HuffPost

Trump Ominously Tweets 'Only One Thing Will Work' With North Korea | HuffPost. U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday said “only one thing will work” in dealing with North Korea after previous administrations had talked to Pyongyang without results. “Presidents and their administrations have been talking to North Korea for 25 years, agreements made and massive amounts of money paid,” […]

ICE Issues Harsh Threats In Response to California’s Sanctuary Law – Mother Jones

ICE Issues Harsh Threats In Response to California’s Sanctuary Law – Mother Jones. In response to the bill California Governor Jerry Brown signed Thursday that officially made California a “sanctuary state,” Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has issued a chilling statement threatening massive arrest operations and the possibility of moving those arrested to detention facilities outside of the state. The […]

Swing-District House Democrat Announces Retirement in New Hampshire – Talking Points Memo

Swing-District House Democrat Announces Retirement in New Hampshire – Talking Points Memo. by Cameron Joseph Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH) announced her surprise retirement on Friday, opening up one of the nation’s most hotly contested swing districts and creating a possible headache for national Democrats. “The time has come in my life to pause and decide on a different path,” she […]

The Democrats’ Gerrymandering Obsession – POLITICO Magazine

The Democrats’ Gerrymandering Obsession – POLITICO Magazine. by JEFF GREENFIELD · October 6, 2017 Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images) Turning to the courts won’t solve the party’s fundamental problem: connecting with voters. Judging by the press coverage of what happened in the Supreme Court Tuesday, Justice Anthony Kennedy may be ready to cast the decisive fifth vote to put constitutional limits on […]

Will Trump Trumpify the Fed? – The New York Times

Will Trump Trumpify the Fed? – The New York Times. by Paul Krugman · October 6, 2017 By all accounts, Rex Tillerson has demoralized and degraded the State Department to the point of uselessness. Tom Price did much the same to Health and Human Services before jetting off. Scott Pruitt has moved rapidly to eliminate the “protection” aspect of the […]

Yes, Hillary—and the Democrats—Do Have a Harvey Weinstein Problem

Yes, Hillary—and the Democrats—Do Have a Harvey Weinstein Problem. by Keli Goff · October 6, 2017 The RNC was quick to call on Democrats to return Harvey Weinstein’s donations after the sex scandal broke. And you know what? The Republicans are right on this one. Hours after The New York Times released a report alleging numerous instances of sexual harassment […]

Trump rolls back Obamacare birth control mandate – POLITICO

Trump rolls back Obamacare birth control mandate – POLITICO. by BRIANNA EHLEY · October 6, 2017 The Trump administration is scaling back the fiercely contested requirement that employer health plans must provide contraception at no out-of-pocket cost. | Evan Vucci/AP The new policy reignites the battle over one of the health care law’s most controversial provisions. The Trump administration will […]

What the white mass-shooter myth gets right and wrong about killers’ demographics.

What the white mass-shooter myth gets right and wrong about killers’ demographics.. by Daniel Engber · October 6, 2017 Stephen Paddock, 64, the gunman who attacked the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas on Sunday. Handout via Reuters Stephen Paddock shot more than 500 people from the windows of his Las Vegas hotel room Sunday night, killing 58 […]

At NBC News, The Harvey Weinstein Scandal Barely Exists | HuffPost

At NBC News, The Harvey Weinstein Scandal Barely Exists | HuffPost. After a bombshell New York Times report revealed on Thursday that Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein repeatedly had been accused of sexual harassment over almost three decades and had settled at least eight related lawsuits, the story quickly started trending on Twitter. Hundreds of thousands of tweets popped up about […]

ICE Issues Harsh Threats In Response to California’s Sanctuary Law – Mother Jones

ICE Issues Harsh Threats In Response to California’s Sanctuary Law – Mother Jones. In response to the bill California Governor Jerry Brown signed Thursday that officially made California a “sanctuary state,” Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has issued a chilling statement threatening massive arrest operations and the possibility of moving those arrested to detention facilities outside of the state. The […]

ACLU Files Lawsuit Against Trump HHS Change To Birth Control Mandate – Talking Points Memo

ACLU Files Lawsuit Against Trump HHS Change To Birth Control Mandate – Talking Points Memo. by Tierney Sneed Less than two hours after the Trump administration unveiled its widely expected move to gut Obamacare’s birth control mandate, the American Civil Liberties Union announced Friday that it was filing a lawsuit challenging the regulation change. The lawsuit is being filed on […]

How activism is warping American democracy

How activism is warping American democracy. America needs less political activism. That will sound absurd to many, but it’s true. There are other and better ways to engage in democratic politics than pushing a narrow agenda, hyping its urgency and importance, and exaggerating the problems it would supposedly solve. Dispassionately analyzing the political scene is one alternative. Supporting candidates with […]

Senate Democrats Pledge to Give Tainted Harvey Weinstein Donations to Charity

Senate Democrats Pledge to Give Tainted Harvey Weinstein Donations to Charity. by Scott Bixby · October 5, 2017 The filmmaker stands accused of serial sexual harassment. Now his political beneficiaries are scrambling. Representatives for multiple Democratic senators said on Thursday that they intend to donate thousands of dollars given to their campaigns by scandal-ridden film producer Harvey Weinstein to charity. […]

Harvey Weinstein’s success amid harassment allegations in the New York Times is Hollywood business as usual.

Harvey Weinstein’s success amid harassment allegations in the New York Times is Hollywood business as usual.. by Christina Cauterucci · October 5, 2017 Harvey Weinstein attends the Sun Valley Conference on July 12 in Sun Valley, Idaho. Drew Angerer/Getty Images On Thursday afternoon, the New York Times published a damning piece about A-list film and television producer Harvey Weinstein, who […]

What the Hurricane Maria migration will do to Puerto Rico — and the US – Vox

What the Hurricane Maria migration will do to Puerto Rico — and the US – Vox. Hurricane Maria has absolutely devastated Puerto Rico. Two weeks after the storm made landfall, the vast majority of the territory lacks power, and most households don’t have running water. The death toll is officially at 34 but could potentially reach into the hundreds. So […]

The Case For Impeaching Donald J. Trump | HuffPost

The Case For Impeaching Donald J. Trump | HuffPost. On January 3, 2017, I once again swore to protect and defend the constitution. Our constitution calls for the impeachment of a president who has committed high crimes and misdemeanors. Obstruction of justice is a felony under the United States criminal code. See § 1512 (b)(3) of the U.S. criminal code. […]

Defying Trump, California becomes a “sanctuary state” – Salon.com

Defying Trump, California becomes a “sanctuary state” – Salon.com. California’s sanctuary state bill limits who can be held by state and local law enforcement at the request of feds Charlie May2017-10-05T21:37:24Z•2017-10-05T21:37:24Z•0 Comments 0 Comments In a move widely viewed as a rebuke to President Donald Trump’s crackdowns on undocumented immigrants, California’s Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown signed a major piece of […]

Trump’s Justice Department Says Transgender Troop Ban Is Perfectly Legal – Mother Jones

Trump’s Justice Department Says Transgender Troop Ban Is Perfectly Legal – Mother Jones. by Ashley Dejean Army Capt. Jennifer Peace enlisted in 2005 and has been vocal in opposing the administration’s ban on transgender service members. Drew Perine/AP The Department of Justice on Wednesday asked a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump’s ban on transgender troops […]

The GOP is on its deathbed – The Globe and Mail

The GOP is on its deathbed – The Globe and Mail. You can get a lot of takers in this town for the proposition that the Republican Party is in its death throes, that the radical outliers have taken over, that it will go the way of Canada’s old Progressive Conservatives. This will be Donald Trump’s big legacy piece; crushing […]

The Republican Party Isn’t Cracking Up. It’s Getting Even Stronger. | New Republic

The Republican Party Isn’t Cracking Up. It’s Getting Even Stronger. | New Republic. by Jeet Heer · October 4, 2017 Roy Moore’s victory in Alabama’s Republican primary last week puts him in position to become the state’s next junior senator and also a major embarrassment to the GOP. Moore, after all, is considered too far right even by Donald Trump […]

Are Tillerson’s days numbered? (Opinion) – CNN

Are Tillerson's days numbered? (Opinion) – CNN. Aaron David Miller is a vice president and distinguished scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and author of “The End of Greatness: Why America Can’t Have (and Doesn’t Want) Another Great President.” Miller was a Middle East negotiator in Democratic and Republican administrations. Follow him @aarondmiller2. Richard Sokolsky is a […]

Muslim relief when a mass shooting doesn’t involve Islam.

Muslim relief when a mass shooting doesn’t involve Islam.. by Aymann Ismail · October 4, 2017 A makeshift memorial to victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas on Tuesday. Icon Sportswire/Getty Images The first thing I felt Monday morning was grief. The slow trickle of news about another mass shooting can feel like just the next chapter in a […]

Hey, Democrats: It’s okay to like tax cuts

Hey, Democrats: It's okay to like tax cuts. Just because President Trump supports an idea doesn’t necessarily mean it’s terrible. This is a problem for Democrats. They hate the tax framework devised by the Trump White House and GOP congressional leaders. They have slammed the blueprint for giving massive tax breaks to rich Americans and highly profitable corporations. House Minority […]

Jimmy Kimmel & Trevor Noah pointing fingers doesn’t stop gun violence

Jimmy Kimmel & Trevor Noah pointing fingers doesn't stop gun violence. by Karol Markowicz, Opinion contributor The divisive message from Hollywood is loud and clear: If you’re a conservative, if you’re a gun owner, you are the monsters who have caused this. Jimmy Kimmel (Photo: Chris Pizzello, AP) In an emotional opening to his show Monday night, Jimmy Kimmel cried […]

Las Vegas Killer Stephen Paddock’s Father Led Double Life as FBI Most-Wanted Bank Robber

Las Vegas Killer Stephen Paddock’s Father Led Double Life as FBI Most-Wanted Bank Robber. by Michael Daly · October 3, 2017 Decades before Stephen Paddock arrived in Las Vegas with 18 firearms, his father drove into town with a little snub-nosed revolver tucked into the front seat of his car. Fifty-seven years before Stephen Paddock arrived in Las Vegas with […]

How Harlem residents found a unique way to fight gentrification – Salon.com

How Harlem residents found a unique way to fight gentrification – Salon.com. Ten years ago, East Harlem, also known as Spanish Harlem, was a vibrant, predominantly Latin American neighborhood. People from Puerto Rico and Mexico lived there, as well as people hailing from Cuba, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, and the Dominican Republic. African Americans lived there too, and there was a […]

Cheryl Strayed: Someday, a Woman Like Hillary Clinton Will Win | Time.com

Cheryl Strayed: Someday, a Woman Like Hillary Clinton Will Win | Time.com. by Cheryl Strayed My kids didn’t have school the day after Donald Trump won the presidential election and eventually, near noon, they came into my room to see what was wrong with me. Perhaps they’d come to me at their father’s prompting. Perhaps they’d heard me weeping. They’d […]

A Very Taxing President – The New York Times

A Very Taxing President – The New York Times. by Gail Collins · September 29, 2017 President Trump is taking on hedge fund managers in his tax plan. Oh, sorry. Candidate Trump, in 2015, is who promised to do that. Tom Brenner/The New York Times Donald Trump is willing to suffer, just for you. Unrolling his tax plan, Trump wanted […]

How Betsy DeVos is quietly erasing Obama’s education legacy – Vox

How Betsy DeVos is quietly erasing Obama's education legacy – Vox. by Ella Nilsen · October 2, 2017 US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos came into the Education Department with a bold vision: that parents should be able to send their kids to school wherever they wanted, by way of government-funded vouchers. Nine months later, she’s made little progress on […]

America’s white man problem: After Las Vegas, a familiar script unfolds – Salon.com

America’s white man problem: After Las Vegas, a familiar script unfolds – Salon.com. As I watched the news unfold about the horrible mass shooting in Las Vegas during the late-night hours of Sunday and Monday, I said to myself, “Please God, don’t let these killers be black.” I doubt I was alone in such sentiments. In a country stuck in […]

CBS Fires Lawyer Over Post On Lacking Sympathy For Vegas Shooting Victims – Talking Points Memo

CBS Fires Lawyer Over Post On Lacking Sympathy For Vegas Shooting Victims – Talking Points Memo. CBS has fired a corporate lawyer who said on social media about the Las Vegas mass shooting that she wasn’t sympathetic because “country music fans often are Republican gun-toters.” The network said Monday that Hayley Geftman-Gold had violated the company’s standards by expressing deeply […]

American barbarism

American barbarism. The truly astonishing thing isn’t that America’s mass shootings are quickly becoming ever more deadly. It’s that there aren’t far more, and far bloodier, massacres in the United States. Think of all the crowds: On city streets. At sporting events and concerts and move theaters. On campuses. At the mall. Dozens, hundreds, even thousands of people gathered together […]

Trump Takes On All Comers, Believing Himself the Victor – The New York Times

Trump Takes On All Comers, Believing Himself the Victor – The New York Times. by PETER BAKER · October 1, 2017 President Trump presented the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City on Sunday. Al Drago for The New York Times WASHINGTON — President Trump flew by helicopter Sunday afternoon to Jersey City to watch the Presidents […]

Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump returns to Saturday Night Live.

Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump returns to Saturday Night Live.. Saturday Night Live returned this week, and even in its 43rd season, the venerable late night show has an unparalleled ability to speak truth to powerful people and institutions, however painful or uncomfortable it makes things. Specifically, Alec Baldwin’s return as President Trump was as a blistering condemnation of the powerful […]

Former CIA Director John Brennan Stands By Athletes Taking The Knee | HuffPost

Former CIA Director John Brennan Stands By Athletes Taking The Knee | HuffPost. Former CIA Director John Brennan released a statement on Saturday through his former deputy chief of staff, Nick Shapiro, defending National Football League players who kneel during the national anthem. Shapiro tweeted the statement from Brennan that addressed both anthem protests and President Donald Trump’s response to […]

The Fed’s great shrinking act

The Fed's great shrinking act. The Federal Reserve is “going on the financial equivalent of a diet,” said Heather Long at The Washington Post. Nearly a decade after the central bank began a bond-buying spree to stabilize the economy after the 2008 financial crisis, it’s ready to slim down — announcing last week that it will begin reducing its $4.5 […]

Editorial: Tax overhaul a repeat of ‘repeal and replace’? – San Francisco Chronicle

Editorial: Tax overhaul a repeat of ‘repeal and replace’? – San Francisco Chronicle. Politically polarized, practically vague and fraught with peril for ordinary Americans — if you liked the unnerving campaign to deconstruct health care just waged by President Trump and congressional Republicans, you’ll love the coming attempt to rewrite the tax code. No sooner had the latest assault on […]

The Iran deal is working. Here’s how we know. – The Washington Post

The Iran deal is working. Here’s how we know. – The Washington Post. John F. Kerry, a visiting distinguished statesman at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, was U.S. secretary of state from 2013 to 2017. If the United States breaks with the International Atomic Energy Agency, the six other signatories and the conclusions of our own State Department by […]

Democrats, Please Get Ready to Lose – The New York Times

Democrats, Please Get Ready to Lose – The New York Times. by Frank Bruni · September 30, 2017 Ben Wiseman There’s a saying that what matters isn’t winning or losing. It’s whether you beat the spread. But what’s the spread for Democrats in 2018? Is the spread — which means the predicted margin of victory or defeat — gaining the […]

‘Trump’s Katrina?’ No, it’s much worse (opinion) – CNN

'Trump's Katrina?' No, it's much worse (opinion) – CNN. It is a difficult task to turn the memory of Hurricane Katrina into a quaint story of well-meaning government actors unable to save a city from destruction. President Donald Trump managed to do that on Saturday morning when he essentially blamed Puerto Rico and its mayor, in a series of tweets, […]

Thanks, Obama by David Litt, reviewed.

Thanks, Obama by David Litt, reviewed.. by Katy Waldman · September 29, 2017 President Barack Obama speaks at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in Washington on April 30, 2016. Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images Thanks, Obama is the “hopey, changey” memoir of senior White House speechwriter David Litt, who at 24 was catapulted into the inner sanctum of American democracy to […]

Survey: Trump supporters have turned against the NFL – Vox

Survey: Trump supporters have turned against the NFL – Vox. by German Lopez · September 29, 2017 Americans don’t seem to like the NFL’s feud with President Donald Trump, according to new survey numbers by Morning Consult. Based on the polling agency’s daily brand survey of 5,000 US adults, “The NFL’s net favorability has dropped from 30% on September 21 […]

Former CIA Director John Brennan Stands By Athletes Taking The Knee | HuffPost

Former CIA Director John Brennan Stands By Athletes Taking The Knee | HuffPost. Former CIA Director John Brennan released a statement on Saturday through his former deputy chief of staff, Nick Shapiro, defending National Football League players who kneel during the national anthem. Shapiro tweeted the statement from Brennan that addressed both anthem protests and President Donald Trump’s response to […]

Silicon Valley’s $300M donation to STEM education is not what it seems – Salon.com

Silicon Valley’s $300M donation to STEM education is not what it seems – Salon.com. Many educators cheered the news, announced earlier this week, that a consortium of tech firms had pledged a collective $300 million towards bettering STEM education in the United States. A New York Times article on their donation spoke of it in glowing terms — a trade […]

Make Puerto Rico a state

Make Puerto Rico a state. Puerto Rico remains completely wrecked in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Power, cell phone, and water service remain out for most of the island. Its farms have been flattened. And it’s also suffering an unseasonable heat wave. Initial rescue efforts are ongoing, but much, much more will be needed. As my colleague Jeff Spross notes, […]

How Badly Is Neil Gorsuch Annoying the Other Supreme Court Justices? | The New Yorker

How Badly Is Neil Gorsuch Annoying the Other Supreme Court Justices? | The New Yorker. by Jeffrey Toobin · September 29, 2017 There is a strong internal culture based on the idea that no Justice should embarrass the Court; Gorsuch might earn some advice from the Chief Justice to mind the unwritten rules. Photograph by Fred Schilling / Supreme Court […]

Survey: Trump supporters have turned against the NFL – Vox

Survey: Trump supporters have turned against the NFL – Vox. by German Lopez · September 29, 2017 Americans don’t seem to like the NFL’s feud with President Donald Trump, according to new survey numbers by Morning Consult. Based on the polling agency’s daily brand survey of 5,000 US adults, “The NFL’s net favorability has dropped from 30% on September 21 […]

Tom Price Resigns As Health And Human Services Secretary | HuffPost

Tom Price Resigns As Health And Human Services Secretary | HuffPost. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price has resigned his post just a week into a growing scandal over his frequent use of chartered and military flights that cost American taxpayers more than $1 million. The White House announced the news in a statement Friday afternoon: Secretary of Health […]

Hugh Hefner damaged countless women’s lives. Let’s not pretend otherwise – Salon.com

Hugh Hefner damaged countless women’s lives. Let’s not pretend otherwise – Salon.com. Hugh Hefner has died, and already a slew of rosy obituaries are surfacing from those who knew him, those who idealized his Playboy Mansion life, and those who want to pay tribute to his impact on the American sexual revolution. These obituaries laud Hefner for his outspoken support […]

Will Dems Risk What It Takes To Stop Roy Moore In Alabama? – Talking Points Memo

Will Dems Risk What It Takes To Stop Roy Moore In Alabama? – Talking Points Memo. by Cameron Joseph National Democrats are seriously weighing whether to go big to try to keep controversial former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore (R) out of the Senate. Following Moore’s solid primary victory over appointed Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL), Democrats are doing […]

How Democrats can get a clue on foreign policy

How Democrats can get a clue on foreign policy. How should America behave in the world? That question continues to confound the Democratic Party. Months into the Trump administration’s increasingly unhinged confrontations with North Korea, party grandees have little to offer but tepid criticism — while voting overwhelmingly for large increases in military appropriations. But there are signs that some […]

Donald Trump Is Destroying Obamacare From Within

Donald Trump Is Destroying Obamacare From Within. by Gideon Resnick · September 28, 2017 Unable to repeal the law, the administration is trying to kill it with budget cuts. Officials in states like Michigan are now resorting to interns to sign people up for insurance. If you want to understand President Donald Trump’s attempt to sabotage Obamacare, look no further […]

The Next Republican Uprising Is Underway – NBC News

The Next Republican Uprising Is Underway – NBC News. by Steve Kornacki Roy Moore’s easy victory in Alabama’s Republican Senate runoff says something about President Donald Trump, who tried and failed to sell Moore’s opponent to the party base. But it says a lot more about the toxic disconnect between the GOP’s Washington establishment and its grass-roots voters. That’s a […]

U.S. Army Takes Over Massive Mission to Save Puerto Rico

U.S. Army Takes Over Massive Mission to Save Puerto Rico. by Ingrid Arnesen · September 28, 2017 More than a week after Hurricane Maria, the response is finally being federalized as the island struggles to distribute supplies and restore power. SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico—The U.S. Army will take over recovery operations in Puerto Rico, Col. Jorge Santini of Puerto Rico’s […]

Neil Gorsuch is giving conservatives the chance to virtually destroy American unions.

Neil Gorsuch is giving conservatives the chance to virtually destroy American unions.. by Mark Joseph Stern · September 28, 2017 Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch on the steps of the Supreme Court on June 15. Win McNamee/Getty Images On Thursday morning, the Supreme Court agreed to hear Janus v. American Federation, a case that could permanently hobble public-sector unions in […]

The NFL has officially whitewashed Colin Kaepernick’s protest – Vox

The NFL has officially whitewashed Colin Kaepernick’s protest – Vox. On August 28, 1963, basketball superstar and activist Bill Russell sat in the second row at the March on Washington, where Dr. Martin Luther King gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. It became one of the most famous civil rights rallies in the country’s history. But Russell called […]

Hawaii Greenlights Permit For Massive Telescope, Setting Stage For More Protests | HuffPost

Hawaii Greenlights Permit For Massive Telescope, Setting Stage For More Protests | HuffPost. by Antonia Blumberg · September 28, 2017 HONOLULU, Hawaii — The Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources voted 5-2 on Thursday to grant a construction permit for a massive telescope on a mountain many Native Hawaiians believe to be sacred. The $1.4 billion Thirty-Meter Telescope has […]

Are Puerto Ricans really American citizens? – Salon.com

Are Puerto Ricans really American citizens? – Salon.com. In a recent poll, 41 percent of respondents said they did not believe that Puerto Ricans were U.S. citizens, and 15 percent were not sure. Only 43 percent answered that Puerto Ricans were U.S. citizens. Today, being born in Puerto Rico is tantamount to being born in the United States. But it […]

Big patriotism is poisoning America

Big patriotism is poisoning America. President Trump has draped himself in patriotism while leveling his nearly week-long attack on pro athletes who kneel on the field during the national anthem to protest police brutality and its disproportionate effect on minorities in America. “Courageous Patriots have fought and died for our great American Flag,” Trump tweeted in a representative comment on […]

‘The Flag Is Drenched With Our Blood’ – The New York Times

‘The Flag Is Drenched With Our Blood’ – The New York Times. by Charles M. Blow · September 28, 2017 Damon Winter/The New York Times Yes, Donald Trump has once again used racial hostility to rouse his base and is reveling in the achievement. According to The New York Times, when Trump’s advisers appeared lukewarm about the uproar he created […]

Taking a knee is about black lives, not Donald Trump.

Taking a knee is about black lives, not Donald Trump.. by Chanda Prescod-Weinstein · September 27, 2017 #ScientistsTakeAKnee has become too comfortable. Photo illustration by Slate. Image by Thinkstock. Becoming an academic, like becoming a professional football player, is a high-stakes path. Most people won’t actually make it. For better or for worse, they are careers where timing is everything, […]

Why Democrats Need To Go Big Or Go Home | HuffPost

Why Democrats Need To Go Big Or Go Home | HuffPost. By Maria Behan I’d originally thought about entitling this column “Hillary, Bernie and the Future of the Democratic Party.” But given a choice, I wouldn’t read an opinion piece with that headline. I don’t entirely relish writing one, either. So fair warning: We’re going “there.” But maybe, just maybe, […]

Not in our name – Salon.com

Not in our name – Salon.com. Few people grow up with more exposure to and respect for the American flag than military brats — the children of people serving in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. Growing up in the Army, I remember hearing the distinctive BOOM of the cannon as the flag was raised at reveille […]

Trump Boldly Predicts Congress Will Repeal Obamacare Early Next Year – Talking Points Memo

Trump Boldly Predicts Congress Will Repeal Obamacare Early Next Year – Talking Points Memo. by Caitlin MacNeal President Donald Trump on Wednesday insisted that Republicans are close to passing a bill to repeal Obamacare and dubiously predicted that Congress would manage to pull off the feat early next year. “We have the votes for health care. We have one senator […]

American hysterics

American hysterics. As I write this, the most pressing issue in the republic is the president’s crudely expressed opinion about the pregame posture of a few dozen men paid millions of dollars to play a (delightful) boys’ game on a weekly basis. Whether certain professionals in the National Football League choose to stand or genuflect or perform an extreme jumping […]

A Trump Travel Ban We’ve Seen Before – The New York Times

A Trump Travel Ban We’ve Seen Before – The New York Times. The central question to ask about President Trump’s latest travel ban, which he issued on Sunday, is: Will it make Americans safer? The answer, as best as anyone can tell based on publicly available information, is no. Starting Oct. 18, the United States will permanently bar entry to […]

How Democrats Can Use Trump’s NFL Fumble to Throw the Bums Out

How Democrats Can Use Trump’s NFL Fumble to Throw the Bums Out. by Jonathan Alter · September 27, 2017 If the Democrats are smart (a big ‘if’), they will seize this opportunity to partner with America’s sports stars and tip the 2018 elections. President Trump might be more properly called President Troll. He’s the kind of smirking adolescent whose inane […]

Conservative firebrand defeats Trump pick in Alabama primary for Senate

Conservative firebrand defeats Trump pick in Alabama primary for Senate. by Andy Sullivan · September 27, 2017 (Reuters) – Alabama voters elected conservative firebrand Roy Moore as the Republican nominee for a U.S. Senate seat on Tuesday, dealing a blow to President Donald Trump and other party leaders who had argued that rival Luther Strange was a better bet to […]

Russian-funded Facebook ads backed Stein, Sanders and Trump – POLITICO

Russian-funded Facebook ads backed Stein, Sanders and Trump – POLITICO. At least one touted Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate, who Clinton says “may well have thrown the election to Trump.” Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein was the beneficiary of at least one of the Russian-bought political ads on Facebook that federal government officials suspect were intended to influence […]

The ugliest line in Trump’s NFL attack.

The ugliest line in Trump’s NFL attack.. Donald Trump’s frothing critique of Colin Kaepernick and the players, coaches, and teammates who have come to his side has garnered many revelatory reactions. Some of these responses tell us more about ourselves as Americans than do Trump’s initial description of any athlete who chooses to protest systemic racism and police brutality as […]

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Says Sexism Was A ‘Major, Major Factor’ In 2016 Election | HuffPost

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Says Sexism Was A 'Major, Major Factor' In 2016 Election | HuffPost. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Tuesday that there was “no doubt” sexism played a role in the 2016 presidential election between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump. Ginsburg, in conversation with journalist Charlie Rose, spoke on a wide range of issues during […]

Congress Is Broken. Bring Back Pork. – Mother Jones

Congress Is Broken. Bring Back Pork. – Mother Jones. Earlier this year, California Gov. Jerry Brown faced a problem. He wanted to raise the state gasoline tax by 12 cents a gallon to fund new spending on roads, bridges, and mass transit, but in California tax increases require a two-thirds vote of the Legislature. Republicans, naturally, were all opposed. Democrats […]

How liberals are playing right into Trump’s hands

How liberals are playing right into Trump's hands. To judge from liberals’ furious response to President Trump’s race-baiting invective over the past few days, the American left has yet to adjust to a changed political landscape in which the presidency is occupied by a populist demagogue. I’m talking, of course, about the reaction to the president’s profane attack on professional […]

Trump, divider in chief, tackles NFL

Trump, divider in chief, tackles NFL. The outpouring of defiance toward President Trump that spread across the National Football League on Sunday harkens to a single phrase directed at fear-mongering Sen. Joe McCarthy during a congressional hearing in 1954. “Have you no sense of decency, sir?” said an Army lawyer, crystallizing in a moment the politics of division behind McCarthyism […]

A Rebel, a Warrior and a Race Fiend – The New York Times

A Rebel, a Warrior and a Race Fiend – The New York Times. by Charles M. Blow · September 25, 2017 Donald Trump is operating the White House as a terror cell of racial grievance in America’s broader culture wars. He has made his allegiances clear: He’s on the side of white supremacists, white nationalists, ethno-racists, Islamophobes and anti-Semites. He […]

Anthony Weiner Gets Prison Time For Sexting A Minor | HuffPost

Anthony Weiner Gets Prison Time For Sexting A Minor | HuffPost. Former U.S. Congressman Anthony Weiner was sentenced to 21 months in prison on Monday for sending sexually explicit messages to a 15-year-old girl, setting off a scandal that played a role in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Weiner, 53, started to cry as soon as the sentence was announced […]

St. Louis cops steal Black Lives Matter chant “Whose street, our street” – Salon.com

St. Louis cops steal Black Lives Matter chant “Whose street, our street” – Salon.com. Sunday night in St. Louis, Police officers dressed in riot gear, chanted “Whose streets, our streets” after dispersing demonstrators who gathered to protest the acquittal of a white police officer in the killing of black motorist Anthony Lamar Smith. The chant has become a mainstay of […]

America Has Never Truly Atoned For Slavery. John Conyers Has Pressed the Issue for Nearly 30 Years. – Mother Jones

America Has Never Truly Atoned For Slavery. John Conyers Has Pressed the Issue for Nearly 30 Years. – Mother Jones. by Brandon Ellington Patterson Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., speaks during a hearing of the House Judiciary subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations, on Capitol Hill in Washington on April 4, 2017.Alex Brandon/AP Last month’s torch-lit white supremacist rally […]

Protests, Arrests Immediately Derail Only Senate Hearing On O’Care Repeal Bill – Talking Points Memo

Protests, Arrests Immediately Derail Only Senate Hearing On O’Care Repeal Bill – Talking Points Memo. Just after the gavel struck to open the Senate’s only hearing on the Graham-Cassidy Obamacare repeal bill, a group of activists in wheelchairs with the disability rights group ADAPT, broke out into loud chants of “No cuts to Medicaid, save our liberty,” bringing the proceedings […]

Pittsburgh Steelers Stay Off Field During Anthem, Crowd Boos Them When They Return | HuffPost

Pittsburgh Steelers Stay Off Field During Anthem, Crowd Boos Them When They Return | HuffPost. The Pittsburgh Steelers chose not to enter the field during the playing of the national anthem on Sunday, eliciting boos from the crowd at Chicago’s Soldier Field football stadium. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin announced ahead of the game with the Chicago Bears that the team […]

Addressing white supremacy can’t be a losing fight for progressives – Salon.com

Addressing white supremacy can’t be a losing fight for progressives – Salon.com. The alt-right and President Trump would have you believe that attention to America’s festering legacy of white supremacy and racial hatred is a losing fight for progressives. They are confident that talking about and dealing with issues of race helps their divisive agenda and mobilizes their base while […]

President Trump Drops Revised, Indefinite Travel Ban – Mother Jones

President Trump Drops Revised, Indefinite Travel Ban – Mother Jones. President Donald Trump announced a revised version of his travel ban on Sunday, a policy that can be traced back to his campaign pledge to ban all Muslims from entering the United States. The new entry restrictions come as a 90-day ban on entry by nationals of six Muslim-majority nations […]

Fox News is framing the health care debate as Graham-Cassidy vs. single-payer – Vox

Fox News is framing the health care debate as Graham-Cassidy vs. single-payer – Vox. by Alvin Chang · September 22, 2017 Senate Republicans have scheduled a vote this coming week for their latest Obamacare repeal bill, but all Fox News can talk about is single-payer health care. We started to see this a few days after Sen. Bernie Sanders released […]

‘Free Speech Week’ At Berkeley Is A Mess | HuffPost

'Free Speech Week' At Berkeley Is A Mess | HuffPost. What a mess. A spokesman for disgraced right-wing troll Milo Yiannopoulos says the “Free Speech Week” rally he organized this week at University of California, Berkeley, is going ahead as scheduled, even though multiple sources involved in the planning say otherwise. “No, it’s not cancelled,” Alexander Macris told HuffPost in […]

Betsy DeVos Just Undid One of Obama’s Most Significant Efforts to Stop Campus Rape – Mother Jones

Betsy DeVos Just Undid One of Obama’s Most Significant Efforts to Stop Campus Rape – Mother Jones. by Edwin Rios Jacquelyn Martin/AP The Department of Education on Friday rescinded a set of requirements from the Obama administration and replaced them with new directives for how K-12 schools, colleges and universities should investigate sexual assault cases on campuses, arguing the old […]

Marriott Faces Pressure To Cancel Event Hosted By Anti-Islam Group | HuffPost

Marriott Faces Pressure To Cancel Event Hosted By Anti-Islam Group | HuffPost. A Muslim advocacy group called on Marriott International to cancel an upcoming event at one of its hotel locations hosted by a group that promotes anti-Islam rhetoric. Muslim Advocates, a civil rights organization, sent a letter to Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson on Sept. 11, urging his company not […]

America Has Never Truly Atoned For Slavery. John Conyers Has Pressed the Issue for Nearly 30 Years. – Mother Jones

America Has Never Truly Atoned For Slavery. John Conyers Has Pressed the Issue for Nearly 30 Years. – Mother Jones. by Brandon Ellington Patterson Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., speaks during a hearing of the House Judiciary subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations, on Capitol Hill in Washington on April 4, 2017.Alex Brandon/AP Last month’s torch-lit white supremacist rally […]

Axelrod: I cried when they passed Obamacare – CNN

Axelrod: I cried when they passed Obamacare – CNN. I wept the night the Affordable Care Act passed. Through my closed office door in the White House, I could hear President Obama and my colleagues cheer as the final tally came in from the House of Representatives that, at long last, would send the ACA to his desk. But I […]

Democrats Pin Their Hopes on War Heroes

Democrats Pin Their Hopes on War Heroes. by Eleanor Clift · September 22, 2017 ‘They didn’t recruit me—I raised my hand to do this.’ Seth Moulton is a former Marine Corps officer, and he’s taken the lead in recruiting veterans to run for Congress as Democrats, formally endorsing a dozen so far of the estimated thirty such candidates party officials […]

Divided Democratic Party Debates Its Future as 2020 Looms | Time.com

Divided Democratic Party Debates Its Future as 2020 Looms | Time.com. by Philip Elliott / Youngstown, Ohio Like virtually all Democrats, Tim Ryan is no fan of Donald Trump. But as he speeds through his northeastern Ohio district in a silver Chevy Suburban, the eight-term Congressman sounds almost as frustrated with his own party. Popping fistfuls of almonds in the […]

Warren Trying To Prove Not One Percent | The Daily Caller

Warren Trying To Prove Not One Percent | The Daily Caller. Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts was accused of hypocrisy Wednesday by WRKO radio host Jeff Kuhner for reliably railing against the one percent despite being worth millions of dollars. Warren, who was at the WRKO studio in Boston for an interview, met Kuhner in the hallway and the […]

Facebook’s cooperation on Russian ads doesn’t stop Democrats’ demands – POLITICO

Facebook's cooperation on Russian ads doesn't stop Democrats' demands – POLITICO. by NANCY SCOLA, JOSH DAWSEY and ALI WATKINS · September 21, 2017 ‘We are in a new world,’ CEO Mark Zuckerberg said. Facebook has struck a deal with Capitol Hill investigators to release ads purchased by Russians to influence the 2016 presidential campaign, while CEO Mark Zuckerberg vowed Thursday […]

Hundreds of Islamic State Supporters Could Be Giving Away Their Location on Instagram

Hundreds of Islamic State Supporters Could Be Giving Away Their Location on Instagram. by Joseph Cox · September 21, 2017 Supporters of the so-called Islamic State make extensive use of social media to spread propaganda and connect, but that is also working against them. Members of the Islamic State may have some social media mastery, but hundreds of supporters could […]

Facebook To Turn Over Data After Begrudgingly Admitting Russians Used Platform To Influence Election | HuffPost

Facebook To Turn Over Data After Begrudgingly Admitting Russians Used Platform To Influence Election | HuffPost. On Thursday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the company will make available to congressional investigators the 3,000 ads it has so far linked to a Russian campaign intended to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election. In a followup blog, Facebook general counsel Colin Stretch […]

Liberals’ hysterical Russia hypocrisies

Liberals' hysterical Russia hypocrisies. My first thought upon reading that American investigators reportedly wiretapped Paul Manafort before and after the 2016 election was “Trump was right!” Many liberals had an altogether different reaction. “Robert Mueller brings down the hammer on Paul Manafort,” ran a headline on Vanity Fair’s website. “ALL HELL’S ABOUT TO BREAK LOOSE!!” said Jon Cooper, chairman of […]

The Political Genius of Bernie’s ‘Medicare for All’ Bill | The Nation

The Political Genius of Bernie’s ‘Medicare for All’ Bill | The Nation. by The Nation · September 20, 2017 Senator Bernie Sanders holds a press conference on a “Medicare for All” healthcare bill on September 13, 2017. (Oliver Douliery / Sipa USA via AP) Want to Fight Back? Sign up for Take Action Now and get three actions in your […]

Deadbeat Democrats | New Republic

Deadbeat Democrats | New Republic. by Bryce Covert · September 21, 2017 In June, at a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, President Trump brought 6,000 supporters to their feet, roaring their approval. “I believe the time has come for new immigration rules,” Trump bellowed. “Those seeking admission into our country must be able to support themselves financially and should not […]