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A conversation about Starbucks, white fear, and being black in public.

A conversation about Starbucks, white fear, and being black in public.. Last Thursday, an employee at a Philadelphia Starbucks called the police on two black men who were waiting for the arrival of a business partner without having ordered anything at the counter. When police arrived, the men were arrested for trespassing. A bystander caught the encounter on video, which […]

Impeaching Trump won’t fix this crisis. America desperately needs a political reset.

Impeaching Trump won't fix this crisis. America desperately needs a political reset.. When I say that I think President Donald Trump is unfit for office, I want to be precise. I’m keen to distinguish what I mean from stuff I’ve read earlier this year — the notion that he might be medically unfit or in cognitive decline or have early […]

Senate Votes Unanimously To Allow Newborns On Chamber Floor | HuffPost

Senate Votes Unanimously To Allow Newborns On Chamber Floor | HuffPost. The Senate unanimously agreed Wednesday to change its rules to allow senators to bring their infant children onto the chamber floor during floor votes, for which a lawmaker must be present in person. #senate passes by UC S Res 463 allowing Senators to bring babies on the Senate floor. […]

New York to Restore Voting Rights to Thousands of Ex-Felons – Mother Jones

New York to Restore Voting Rights to Thousands of Ex-Felons – Mother Jones. by Ari Berman A demonstrator holds a sign during a rally to demand voting reform in New York on March 18, 2018. Albin Lohr-Jones/Sipa USA/AP Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. Andrew Cuomo, New York’s Democratic governor, announced on Wednesday that he […]

Opinion | Trump’s Problem in Syria? It Was Obama’s Too – The New York Times

Opinion | Trump’s Problem in Syria? It Was Obama’s Too – The New York Times. The agonizing conflict in Syria, which has vexed both the Obama and Trump administrations, is growing increasingly complex and dangerous. Now, more than ever, the United States needs to clarify its strategic objectives in Syria and pursue them with ruthless discipline. Russia and Iran have […]

Comey Pushed for the Investigation That Ended McCabe’s Career

Comey Pushed for the Investigation That Ended McCabe’s Career. James Comey appears to have inadvertently played a role in his deputy Andrew McCabe’s expulsion from the FBI. According to a source familiar with the investigation that led to McCabe’s firing, Comey—then FBI director—asked the bureau’s internal Inspection Division to look into an Oct. 30, 2016, Wall Street Journal story that […]

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is not a child – Vox

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is not a child – Vox. “He’s one of the richest people on earth. He’s an adult. He’s 30-some years old. He can answer questions if he’s the CEO. … Stop juvenilizing men here in Silicon Valley.” That’s how Kara Swisher, co-founder and executive editor of the technology news website Recode, reacted to the treatment Facebook […]

One of Congress’ Most Unpopular Republicans Might Not Even Have a Democratic Opponent in November – Mother Jones

One of Congress’ Most Unpopular Republicans Might Not Even Have a Democratic Opponent in November – Mother Jones. by Bryan Schatz Rep. Dana RohrabacherMother Jones Illustration Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. Early last month, at a debate between the Democratic candidates running to unseat Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, the 15-term Orange County, California, Republican, local […]

Liberal Media Laments Never Trumpers Won’t Side With Democrats

Liberal Media Laments Never Trumpers Won't Side With Democrats. by Tom Knighton · April 16, 2018 The “Never Trump” movement is still a thing. While some on the right who didn’t like Trump have decided to let the guy do his job and hope for the best, some are still actively opposing him no matter the results of his actions. […]

Opinion | Comey Is Trump’s Ultimate Victory – The New York Times

Opinion | Comey Is Trump’s Ultimate Victory – The New York Times. James Comey’s book is titled “A Higher Loyalty,” but it surrenders the higher ground, at least partly. To watch him promote it is to see him descend. Not to President Trump’s level — that’s a long way down. But Comey is playing Trump’s game, on Trump’s terms. And […]

Joe Biden Is the Front-runner. Uh-oh. – POLITICO Magazine

Joe Biden Is the Front-runner. Uh-oh. – POLITICO Magazine. The former vice president may be beloved, but he is also out of step with the post-Trump Democratic Party. Joe Biden, who leads the Democratic 2020 presidential field in early polls, has all the markings of a front-runner. He possesses a sterling résumé, access to a donor base, name recognition and […]

Debunking the myth that “identity politics” is bad for the Democratic Party – Vox

Debunking the myth that “identity politics” is bad for the Democratic Party – Vox. As the Democratic Party struggles to regain its once-solid national majority, journalists, academics, commentators, and politicos keep reverting to an irresistible narrative: that the party’s commitment to racial equality has alienated it from the white working and middle classes — perhaps irreversibly. As a result of […]

Clinton allies seethe with rage at Comey | TheHill

Clinton allies seethe with rage at Comey | TheHill. by Amie Parnes · April 16, 2018 Allies and advisers to Hillary Clinton can finally agree with President Trump on one thing: former FBI Director James Comey is no hero. After reading excerpts from Comey’s new book, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership,” and watching his first interview since being […]

Sean Hannity was Michael Cohen’s mystery client – Vox

Sean Hannity was Michael Cohen’s mystery client – Vox. A federal judge forced President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer MIchael Cohen to reveal the identity of a secret client. It’s Fox News host and Trump ally Sean Hannity. Cohen was trying to protect Hannity’s name as part of a lawsuit he filed to prevent the FBI from searching through the documents […]

How Sean Hannity’s Unmasking Played Out In Court – Talking Points Memo

How Sean Hannity’s Unmasking Played Out In Court – Talking Points Memo. by Allegra Kirkland NEW YORK — A tantalizing detail was included in a Monday court filing made on behalf of Michael Cohen. The longtime fixer for President Donald Trump had three legal clients between 2017 and 2018: Trump, GOP fundraiser Elliott Broidy, and one mysterious individual who had […]

Opinion | The Self-Destruction of Paul Ryan and the G.O.P. – The New York Times

Opinion | The Self-Destruction of Paul Ryan and the G.O.P. – The New York Times. by Will WilkinsonContributing Opinion WriterApril 13, 2018 Opinion Spinoza said that free will is like a stone that doesn’t know why it’s falling but wants to keep going. On Wednesday, Paul Ryan announced that he would not seek re-election. A midterm defeat, should Mr. Ryan […]

Opinion | The Real Next War in Syria: Iran vs. Israel – The New York Times

Opinion | The Real Next War in Syria: Iran vs. Israel – The New York Times. by Thomas L. FriedmanOpinion ColumnistApril 15, 2018 Opinion SYRIA-ISRAEL BORDER, Golan Heights — Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Syria is going to explode. I know, you have heard that one before, but this time I mean really explode. Because the U.S., […]

Opinion | Tethered to a Raging Buffoon Called Trump – The New York Times

Opinion | Tethered to a Raging Buffoon Called Trump – The New York Times. by Roger CohenOpinion ColumnistApril 13, 2018 Opinion We are tethered to a buffoon. He rages and veers, spreading ugliness, like an oil slick smothering everything in its viscous mantle. He’s about to bomb Syria. He’s not about to bomb Syria. His attention span is nonexistent. He […]

Risks loom for Comey’s book blitz – POLITICO

Risks loom for Comey's book blitz – POLITICO. James Comey’s new memoir is already a pre-publication media hit, but the former FBI director’s tell-all assault on President Donald Trump also poses major risks — not only for Comey’s personal reputation but for the wider Russia investigation he helped launch. Trump and his allies bombarded Comey with insults Friday, targeting his […]

ABC Comey interview gives new detail on Hillary email letter.

ABC Comey interview gives new detail on Hillary email letter.. ABC’s highly anticipated 20/20 episode on former FBI director James Comey, which was centered on an interview Comey gave to George Stephanopoulos, aired Sunday night. Given that Comey has already spoken in detail about many of the issues that were discussed—and given that his retelling of a surreal conversation he […]

James Comey book: the A Higher Loyalty author is not a hero – Vox

James Comey book: the A Higher Loyalty author is not a hero – Vox. Back in October 2016, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) called then-FBI Director James Comey’s decision to look into new Hillary Clinton emails just days before the election “appalling.” Her comment reflected the general sentiment among Democrats at the time. But in May 2017, President Donald Trump fired […]

Earth’s Powerful, Climate-Shaping Water Currents Are Weak and Broken and It’s Time to Freak Out – Mother Jones

Earth’s Powerful, Climate-Shaping Water Currents Are Weak and Broken and It’s Time to Freak Out – Mother Jones. by Damian Carrington piola666/iStock/Getty Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. This story was originally published by The Guardian and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The warm Atlantic current linked to severe and abrupt […]

GOP Devotes $250M To Midterm Strategy: Keep House Majority – Talking Points Memo

GOP Devotes $250M To Midterm Strategy: Keep House Majority – Talking Points Memo. The Republican National Committee has committed $250 million to a midterm election strategy that has one goal above all else: Preserve the party’s House majority for the rest of President Donald Trump’s first term. Facing the prospect of a blue wave this fall, the White House’s political […]

The odds of Trump’s impeachment go down the more that Democrats campaign for it

The odds of Trump's impeachment go down the more that Democrats campaign for it. The question for Democrats and Republicans isn’t really what qualifies as an impeachable offense for a president? (The answer to that, according to the Constitution, is treason, bribery “or other high crimes and Misdemeanors.”) It is, to paraphrase then-Rep. Gerald Ford memorably in 1970, what “a […]

James Comey’s Ego has a lot to answer for – CNN

James Comey's Ego has a lot to answer for – CNN. by Rob Crilly Rob Crilly is a British journalist living in New York. He was The Telegraph’s Afghanistan and Pakistan correspondent and was previously the East Africa correspondent for The Times of London. The opinions in this article are those of the author. (CNN)Are these the end times for […]

China’s Communists Rewrite the Rules for Foreign Businesses – The New York Times

China’s Communists Rewrite the Rules for Foreign Businesses – The New York Times. by ALEXANDRA STEVENSON · April 13, 2018 HONG KONG — One hammer and sickle at a time, the Communist Party is making its way deeper into everyday Chinese life — and that includes the foreign companies doing business there. Honda, the Japanese automaker, changed its legal documents […]

James Comey book: the A Higher Loyalty author is not a hero – Vox

James Comey book: the A Higher Loyalty author is not a hero – Vox. On her first night without a home, Kaityanna Phillips cried herself to sleep on a sidewalk in front of a Shell gas station in north Hollywood. She had arrived in Los Angeles on a one-way ticket from Texarkana, Texas, earlier that day. From the bus station […]

McClatchy: Mueller Has Evidence Cohen Traveled To Prague During Campaign – Talking Points Memo

McClatchy: Mueller Has Evidence Cohen Traveled To Prague During Campaign – Talking Points Memo. by Zachary Roth Special Counsel Robert Mueller has evidence that Michael Cohen made a trip to Prague in the summer of 2016, McClatchy reports, citing two sources with familiar with the matter. The report represents a potentially significant development in Mueller’s Russia investigation. If the meeting […]

Trump’s obnoxious, hypocritical pardon of Scooter Libby – NY Daily News

Trump's obnoxious, hypocritical pardon of Scooter Libby – NY Daily News. NY Daily News · by Editorials · April 14, 2018 If Friday’s presidential pardon of Scooter Libby were written into a screenplay, it would be rejected by script doctors for being too on-the-nose. President Trump has just wiped clean the record of Dick Cheney’s onetime top aide, who in […]

Opinion | Madeleine Albright Is Worried. We Should Be, Too. – The New York Times

Opinion | Madeleine Albright Is Worried. We Should Be, Too. – The New York Times. by Michelle GoldbergOpinion ColumnistApril 13, 2018 Opinion Madeleine Albright, the former secretary of state, was born into a totalitarian age. She was only a toddler when she and her parents, who were of Jewish descent but later converted to Catholicism, fled Czechoslovakia after Hitler’s invasion […]

James Comey book: the A Higher Loyalty author is not a hero – Vox

James Comey book: the A Higher Loyalty author is not a hero – Vox. Back in October 2016, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) called then-FBI Director James Comey’s decision to look into new Hillary Clinton emails just days before the election “appalling.” Her comment reflected the general sentiment among Democrats at the time. But in May 2017, President Donald Trump fired […]

Mass Protests Planned If Trump Fires Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein | HuffPost

Mass Protests Planned If Trump Fires Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein | HuffPost. If President Donald Trump fires Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein or any other officials involved in the Russia investigation, he faces the prospect of hundreds of thousands of activists immediately turning out to protest all over the country. A coalition of grassroots activists, unions, policy organizations and good […]

Did FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe Lie to the FBI? – Mother Jones

Did FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe Lie to the FBI? – Mother Jones. A few weeks ago, the Justice Department’s inspector general rushed out a draft copy of its report on Andrew McCabe to Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Why? So that Sessions could fire McCabe 26 hours before he qualified for his full pension and retired. Well, the final report […]

NBC: Rosenstein Ready For His Possible Firing – Talking Points Memo

NBC: Rosenstein Ready For His Possible Firing – Talking Points Memo. by Kate Riga Unnamed sources told NBC News that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is aware that he may soon be fired and is content in that knowledge, asserting in private conversations that he feels confident that he did his job with integrity. He reportedly added that he feels […]

James Comey Has a Story to Tell. It’s Very Persuasive. – The New York Times

James Comey Has a Story to Tell. It’s Very Persuasive. – The New York Times. by MICHIKO KAKUTANI · April 12, 2018 Mark Peterson/Redux A HIGHER LOYALTY Truth, Lies, and Leadership By James Comey 290 pages. Flatiron Books. $29.99. In his absorbing new book, “A Higher Loyalty,” the former F.B.I. director James B. Comey calls the Trump presidency a “forest […]

When the fight to remove statues become a struggle against history

When the fight to remove statues become a struggle against history. by The Times Editorial Board Five years after President William McKinley was assassinated at the 1901 Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, N.Y., farmer George Zehnder presented the Northern California city of Arcata with a 8.5-foot-tall statue of the 25th president. Just a few months before the assassination, Zehnder had met […]

James Comey just went to war with Donald Trump – CNNPolitics

James Comey just went to war with Donald Trump – CNNPolitics. By Chris Cillizza, CNN Editor-at-large Washington (CNN)No one — probably not even Donald Trump — expected former FBI Director James Comey’s memoir about his life and times with the President who fired him was going to be a fun read for the man who calls 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue home. […]

The Michael Cohen raid could backfire. This story shows how. – The Washington Post

The Michael Cohen raid could backfire. This story shows how. – The Washington Post. by Gary Abernathy · April 12, 2018 Gary Abernathy, a contributing columnist for The Post, is publisher and editor of the (Hillsboro, Ohio) Times-Gazette. HILLSBORO, Ohio Unlike many who often defend President Trump, I don’t always see political motivations behind special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s […]

Source: Seahawks canceled Kaepernick workout because he wouldn’t agree to stop kneeling.

Source: Seahawks canceled Kaepernick workout because he wouldn’t agree to stop kneeling.. Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was set to have a workout with the Seattle Seahawks on Monday, but the team canceled on the eve of the planned visit. The reason for the cancellation, a source with knowledge of the situation told Slate on Thursday, was that Kaepernick would […]

2018 midterms: how everything could still go wrong for Democrats – Vox

2018 midterms: how everything could still go wrong for Democrats – Vox. Democrats are going to win back the House this year. Just ask anybody. Even one of Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell’s top outside allies says so. “Our donors will often say we need to do everything we can to hold onto the Senate because there’s a chance we […]

Facebook Is Still the Perfect Propaganda Platform. These Sketchy Mexican Pages Show Why. – Mother Jones

Facebook Is Still the Perfect Propaganda Platform. These Sketchy Mexican Pages Show Why. – Mother Jones. by Noah Lanard Credit: Mother Jones illustration; Jeff Roberson/AP Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. After a covert Russian operation to fuel political divisions in the United States reached 146 million Facebook users in 2016, the company vowed to […]

Editorial: Despite Zuckerberg’s apology, Congress shouldn’t let Facebook off the hook – San Francisco Chronicle

Editorial: Despite Zuckerberg’s apology, Congress shouldn’t let Facebook off the hook – San Francisco Chronicle. by Chronicle Editorial Board · April 10, 2018 Photo: J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, April 9, 2018. Zuckerberg testified Tuesday before a joint hearing of the Commerce and Judiciary Committees about the use […]

The fragile legacy of Barack Obama

The fragile legacy of Barack Obama. by Elaine Kamarck · April 6, 2018 It becomes clearer every day that Barack Obama, a historic president, presided over a somewhat less than historic presidency. With only one major legislative achievement (Obamacare)—and a fragile one at that—the legacy of Obama’s presidency mainly rests on its tremendous symbolic importance and the fate of a […]

Opinion | Lilly Ledbetter: My #MeToo Moment – The New York Times

Opinion | Lilly Ledbetter: My #MeToo Moment – The New York Times. Equal Pay Day — the day up to which the typical woman must work in a particular year to catch up with what the average man earned the previous year — always brings back a rush of memories. Not surprisingly, many of them I’d rather forget: the pit […]

Zuckerberg hearing: Black lawmakers criticize Facebook’s lack of diversity – Vox

Zuckerberg hearing: Black lawmakers criticize Facebook’s lack of diversity – Vox. by P.R. Lockhart · April 11, 2018 Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg came under fire on Wednesday from black lawmakers for his company’s lack of diversity and its connection to the spread of misleading ads targeting black activist groups. Zuckerberg was answering questions about his company’s handling of […]

Senators Fumbled At Sending Stronger Message In Support Of Robert Mueller | HuffPost

Senators Fumbled At Sending Stronger Message In Support Of Robert Mueller | HuffPost. by Noah Lanard Credit: Mother Jones illustration; Jeff Roberson/AP Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. After a covert Russian operation to fuel political divisions in the United States reached 146 million Facebook users in 2016, the company vowed to do more to […]

Facebook Is Still the Perfect Propaganda Platform. These Sketchy Mexican Pages Show Why. – Mother Jones

Facebook Is Still the Perfect Propaganda Platform. These Sketchy Mexican Pages Show Why. – Mother Jones. by Noah Lanard Credit: Mother Jones illustration; Jeff Roberson/AP Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. After a covert Russian operation to fuel political divisions in the United States reached 146 million Facebook users in 2016, the company vowed to […]

Opinion | The Law Is Coming, Mr. Trump – The New York Times

Opinion | The Law Is Coming, Mr. Trump – The New York Times. Why don’t we take a step back and contemplate what Americans, and the world, are witnessing? Early Monday morning, F.B.I. agents raided the New York office, home and hotel room of the personal lawyer for the president of the United States. They seized evidence of possible federal […]

Opinion | Walter Mondale: The Civil Rights Law We Ignored – The New York Times

Opinion | Walter Mondale: The Civil Rights Law We Ignored – The New York Times. Fifty years ago on April 11, Congress enacted the Fair Housing Act, the last of the three great civil rights laws of the 1960s. Along with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act, it was an attempt by Congress to translate […]

The Cohen raid isn’t just bad for Trump. It’s an outright disaster.

The Cohen raid isn't just bad for Trump. It's an outright disaster.. President Trump is either very mad, or very scared, or both. And he has good reason to be. On Monday, federal agents raided the home and business of Trump’s “personal attorney” Michael Cohen, who in fact is much more than a lawyer. In response, Trump called the raid […]

The Senate fought Mark Zuckerberg, and Mark Zuckerberg won.

The Senate fought Mark Zuckerberg, and Mark Zuckerberg won.. Senators grilled Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for five hours on Tuesday, but the big takeaway was hard to pin down. That’s because Zuckerberg was, too. Summoned to testify about his Facebook’s role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, he shrewdly gamed a flawed format to wriggle out of tough questions, while taking […]

Mark Zuckerberg has made many apologies on privacy – Vox

Mark Zuckerberg has made many apologies on privacy – Vox. Back in October 2003, then-college freshman Mark Zuckerberg exploited lax computer security at Harvard’s online dorm directories (they were called “facebooks” after physical books full of little pictures of people’s faces that used to be distributed to students in the pre-digital era) to assemble a vast collection of photos of […]

Rod Rosenstein Personally Signed Off On The Raid Of Trump’s Attorney | HuffPost

Rod Rosenstein Personally Signed Off On The Raid Of Trump's Attorney | HuffPost. President Donald Trump was clearly furious Monday about the news that the FBI had raided the office and hotel room of his longtime lawyer Michael Cohen. “I just heard that they broke into the office of one of my personal attorneys ― a good man. And it’s […]

Ted Cruz Stands Up To Facebook For Chick-fil-A, Diamond And Silk – Talking Points Memo

Ted Cruz Stands Up To Facebook For Chick-fil-A, Diamond And Silk – Talking Points Memo. by Matt Shuham Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Tuesday grilled Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg on whether or not his social media platform was suppressing the viewpoints of important conservative figures like Diamond and Silk, the popular Trump surrogates, and fast-food chain Chick-fil-A. “There are a […]

Trump Rages Over FBI Raids Targeting His Longtime Lawyer – Mother Jones

Trump Rages Over FBI Raids Targeting His Longtime Lawyer – Mother Jones. President Donald Trump continued to lash out over the FBI’s raids targeting his personal lawyer Michael Cohen, declaring on Twitter Tuesday morning that “attorney-client privilege is dead.” The FBI reportedly seized documents related to Cohen’s $130,000 payout to Stormy Daniels, the porn star who claims she had an […]

Opinion | In Syria, Trump Faces the Limits of Bluster – The New York Times

Opinion | In Syria, Trump Faces the Limits of Bluster – The New York Times. The New York Times Opinion A world grown numb to the slaughter of civilians in Syria has been roused in the last 48 hours by photographs on social media of lifeless men, women and children in the rebel-held town of Douma, many with white foam […]

Zuckerberg Gets a Crash Course in Charm. Will Congress Care? – The New York Times

Zuckerberg Gets a Crash Course in Charm. Will Congress Care? – The New York Times. by KEVIN ROOSE · April 8, 2018 Facebook has been preparing its chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, who is uncomfortable speaking in public, for a grilling by several congressional committees in the coming week. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press For Facebook, Tuesday is being seen as a […]

Pelosi Urges Democrats to Oppose Farm Bill, Balanced Budget Amendment, Rescissions

Pelosi Urges Democrats to Oppose Farm Bill, Balanced Budget Amendment, Rescissions. by Lindsey McPherson · April 9, 2018 House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is urging her colleagues to oppose the farm bill and a balanced budget amendment measure. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo) Lindsey McPherson @lindsemcpherson Posted Apr 9, 2018 5:57 PM Save for later House Minority Leader […]

Trump tries to convince himself everything’s fine in response to FBI raid of Cohen’s office:

Trump tries to convince himself everything’s fine in response to FBI raid of Cohen's office:. President Trump says the FBI raid of his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, is a “real disgrace, it’s an attack on our country,” and calls the investigation a “total witch hunt” https://t.co/tKhp8GSMjz pic.twitter.com/FaBP49jDTY — CNN (@CNN) April 9, 2018 The FBI raided President Trump’s longtime personal […]

The case against Facebook – Vox

The case against Facebook – Vox. Facebook is enmeshed in another controversy, this time over accusations that the firm Cambridge Analytica abused Facebook data to help Donald Trump win the 2016 US presidential election. But this is a big deal fundamentally because of a larger and more fundamental problem: Facebook is bad. Lots of companies, to be clear, are built […]

Joe Manchin Says He Doesn’t Regret Voting To Confirm Scott Pruitt | HuffPost

Joe Manchin Says He Doesn't Regret Voting To Confirm Scott Pruitt | HuffPost. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) says he has no regrets about his vote last year to confirm embattled Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt. “The decision has been made. It’s been good for West Virginia, as far as [he] helped my state,” Manchin told HuffPost on Monday. “I […]

Zuckerberg Says Russian Troll Farm Reached 126 Million Facebook Users – Talking Points Memo

Zuckerberg Says Russian Troll Farm Reached 126 Million Facebook Users – Talking Points Memo. by Caitlin MacNeal In planned testimony for his Wednesday hearing with the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Facebook CEO Zuckerberg acknowledged that Facebook did not go far enough in its efforts to curb foreign influence, eliminate fake news, and protect users’ privacy. He will testify before […]

Trump blasts Mueller probe as ‘attack on our country’

Trump blasts Mueller probe as 'attack on our country'. The special counsel’s Russia investigation is not only a political witch hunt but “an attack on our country,” President Donald Trump complained Monday, exhibiting mounting concern about the yearlong probe after federal authorities raided the offices of his personal attorney. “We’ll see,” he said, when asked if he might fire special […]

Opinion | Unicorns of the Intellectual Right – The New York Times

Opinion | Unicorns of the Intellectual Right – The New York Times. by Paul KrugmanOpinion ColumnistApril 8, 2018 Opinion The hiring-then-firing of Kevin Williamson followed a familiar script. A mainstream media organization hires a conservative in the name of intellectual diversity, then is shocked, shocked to discover that he’s dishonest and/or holds truly reprehensible views – something that the organization […]

The Party of Hubert Humphrey – The Atlantic

The Party of Hubert Humphrey – The Atlantic. by James Traub · April 7, 2018 Seventy years ago, on the night of July 14, 1948, Hubert Humphrey, speaking at the Democratic convention in the Philadelphia Convention Hall, changed the course of the Democratic Party, and of post-war American politics. Yes, that’s the same Hubert Humphrey whom those of us who […]

Scott Pruitt scandal: President Donald Trump defends embattled EPA chief – Vox

Scott Pruitt scandal: President Donald Trump defends embattled EPA chief – Vox. President Donald Trump defended embattled Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt on Twitter over the weekend, saying he is doing a fine job — in spite of mounting ethics concerns surrounding the former Oklahoma state attorney general. It makes it seem like like as long as you’re rolling […]

Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower Says He Will Cooperate with Russia Probes – Mother Jones

Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower Says He Will Cooperate with Russia Probes – Mother Jones. On Sunday morning’s “Meet the Press,” former Cambridge Analytica staffer Christopher Wylie made a number of stunning revelations about the data mining firm hired by Trump during the 2016 election. Cambridge Analytica has come under intense scrutiny in recent weeks, following media reports that the firm improperly […]

Manafort Claims Mueller Unlawfully Seized Evidence From Storage Unit – Talking Points Memo

Manafort Claims Mueller Unlawfully Seized Evidence From Storage Unit – Talking Points Memo. by Nicole Lafond President Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort is asking a judge to exclude evidence that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators obtained from one of his storage lockers in Virginia last May, claiming they obtained the evidence unlawfully. In a new motion filed late Friday, […]

Trump’s new Russia sanctions against oligarchs show his rift with Putin is widening – Vox

Trump’s new Russia sanctions against oligarchs show his rift with Putin is widening – Vox. The Trump administration just announced an aggressive package of sanctions against Russian politicians, oligarchs, and companies on Friday, citing Moscow’s “malign activity around the globe.” The sweeping language justifying the sanctions, and the fact that the penalties squarely target key members of Russian President Vladimir […]

Trump Administration Imposes Sanctions on Russian Oligarchs – Mother Jones

Trump Administration Imposes Sanctions on Russian Oligarchs – Mother Jones. by Inae Oh Metzel Mikhail/ZUMA Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. The Trump administration announced sanctions against 17 Russian government officials and seven oligarchs close to President Vladimir Putin on Friday, punishing some of the country’s richest people. The list includes Oleg Deripaska, a business […]

Opinion | Putting Trump’s Trade Bombast to the Test – The New York Times

Opinion | Putting Trump’s Trade Bombast to the Test – The New York Times. President Trump’s recent threat to escalate his trade skirmish with China into a full-scale trade war is a foolish gambit with little historical precedent. It is also hard to take seriously, given how quickly Mr. Trump changes his mind and how rarely and clumsily he tends […]

The questions Congress needs to ask Mark Zuckerberg.

The questions Congress needs to ask Mark Zuckerberg.. Mark Zuckerberg is probably wearing out his flashcards as he prepares to be the sole subject of two congressional hearings, where lawmakers will take turns grilling the Facebook CEO about the policies that let an app developer cart away and inappropriately share data on as many as 87 million Facebook users. The […]

Why Obamacare can fail and succeed at the same time – Vox

Why Obamacare can fail and succeed at the same time – Vox. What even is Obamacare anyway? Even after eight years, that was the question I found myself pondering yesterday as I read the responses to my piece arguing that, in spite of all the warnings about President Donald Trump’s sabotage, the health care law had actually come out mostly […]

The Pentagon Is Imagining an Army of Autonomous Robot Swarms – Mother Jones

The Pentagon Is Imagining an Army of Autonomous Robot Swarms – Mother Jones. Last week, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Defense Department’s R&D arm, announced the next phase of its OFFSET (OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics program, which seeks to “improve force protection, firepower, precision effects, and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities.” In a techspeak-laden video, program manager […]

Opinion | How ‘Chappaquiddick’ Distorts a Tragedy – The New York Times

Opinion | How ‘Chappaquiddick’ Distorts a Tragedy – The New York Times. by Neal GablerMr. Gabler is writing a biography of Edward Kennedy.April 6, 2018 Opinion Senator Edward Kennedy, one of the most famous members of America’s most famous family, understood that he belonged as much to popular culture as to political culture. Now, nine years after his death, comes […]

Will We Stop Trump Before It’s Too Late? – The New York Times

Will We Stop Trump Before It’s Too Late? – The New York Times. by MADELEINE ALBRIGHT · April 6, 2018 On April 28, 1945 — 73 years ago — Italians hung the corpse of their former dictator Benito Mussolini upside down next to a gas station in Milan. Two days later, Adolf Hitler committed suicide in his bunker beneath the […]

Trump just put himself in a political red zone (Opinion) – CNN

Trump just put himself in a political red zone (Opinion) – CNN. by Julian Zelizer, CNN Political Analyst Julian Zelizer is a history and public affairs professor at Princeton University and the editor of “The Presidency of Barack Obama: A First Historical Assessment.” He’s also the co-host of the “Politics & Polls” podcast. Follow him on Twitter: @julianzelizer. The opinions […]

People are molding their responses to Nasim Aghdam to fit the shape of their bigotry.

People are molding their responses to Nasim Aghdam to fit the shape of their bigotry.. Nasim Aghdam, the 38-year-old San Diego woman who used a gun to wound three people and kill herself at YouTube’s headquarters yesterday, does not fit the profile of the average person who opens fire in a public space. According to an FBI study of 160 […]

Trump wants to hit China with an additional $100 billion in tariffs – Vox

Trump wants to hit China with an additional $100 billion in tariffs – Vox. On Wednesday, Donald Trump tweeted, “When you’re already $500 Billion DOWN, you can’t lose!” That claim about trade is about to be severely tested, as the White House looks to impose $100 billion more in tariffs on China, on top of the $50 billion in tariffs […]

Border Patrol Union VP Says ‘Obama Holdovers’ Are ‘Undermining’ Trump – Talking Points Memo

Border Patrol Union VP Says ‘Obama Holdovers’ Are ‘Undermining’ Trump – Talking Points Memo. by Matt Shuham The vice president of a border patrol union that endorsed Donald Trump during the 2016 Republican presidential primary said Thursday that “Obama holdovers” within U.S. Border Patrol are undermining the President’s agenda. “There’s several things that need to be taken care of,” Art […]

Toward the mountaintop: How King endures 50 years after his death – NY Daily News

Toward the mountaintop: How King endures 50 years after his death – NY Daily News. Fifty years ago today, a sniper’s bullet ended a defining American life at the age of 39. Gun violence snuffed out a voice that had proved the power of nonviolence to attack entrenched injustice. As we reflect on all that Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., […]

The Left’s Year of Magical Thinking – POLITICO Magazine

The Left’s Year of Magical Thinking – POLITICO Magazine. by Jeff Greenfield · April 5, 2018 It’s Wednesday, November 7, 2018, and the Democrats have awakened to the taste of ashes in their mouths. Despite the poll numbers and the pattern of history, Republicans have somehow managed to keep their losses small enough to retain control of the House. They’ve […]

Opinion | The Contract With Authoritarianism – The New York Times

Opinion | The Contract With Authoritarianism – The New York Times. In 1994, Newt Gingrich, brandishing his Contract with America, led a Republican revolution that swept aside Democratic majorities in the House and the Senate, initiating an epoch of conservative ascendancy that lingers on. Don Sipple, a Republican campaign consultant, declared at the time that the 1994 midterms pitted a […]

Forget About Impeaching Trump – POLITICO Magazine

Forget About Impeaching Trump – POLITICO Magazine. Democrats should be building the legal case for an indictment instead. Special counsel Robert Mueller’s cryptic message to Donald Trump’s attorneys—that the president is being investigated but is not currently a criminal target—is certain to intensify talk of impeachment. As Princeton University professor Keith Whittington told the Washington Post in response to the […]

People are molding their responses to Nasim Aghdam to fit the shape of their bigotry.

People are molding their responses to Nasim Aghdam to fit the shape of their bigotry.. Nasim Aghdam, the 38-year-old San Diego woman who used a gun to wound three people and kill herself at YouTube’s headquarters yesterday, does not fit the profile of the average person who opens fire in a public space. According to an FBI study of 160 […]

Mueller: Trump’s not a target. 4 theories on what that means. – Vox

Mueller: Trump’s not a target. 4 theories on what that means. – Vox. The new report that special counsel Robert Mueller has told Trump’s team that the president is not a “target” in his investigation — but is, instead, a “subject” — has set off a frenzy of speculation in the political world. Is it good news for Trump on […]

Hillary Clinton Recalls Hairy Story About ‘Misogynist’ Vladimir Putin | HuffPost

Hillary Clinton Recalls Hairy Story About 'Misogynist' Vladimir Putin | HuffPost. Hillary Clinton has a pet peeve with Russian President Vladimir Putin: He’s a “world-class misogynist” who had no qualms about using his dog to intimidate a powerful woman. Clinton, during a panel at The Wing workspace in New York City on Tuesday, accused Putin of using fear tactics against […]

The radicalization of the Democratic Party is astoundingly popular

The radicalization of the Democratic Party is astoundingly popular. A few years ago, political scientists and some popular commentators began examining a phenomenon known as “asymmetric polarization,” a fancy way of saying that while the two parties were moving apart ideologically, they weren’t doing so at the same rate. For a variety of reasons, Republicans were heading faster to the […]

Trump Has a Point About Amazon That Resonates With His Base

Trump Has a Point About Amazon That Resonates With His Base. The post brick-and-mortar retail empire is destroying the hourly wage job downtown at the local store; as such it’s part of the America Trump’s voters tend to distrust. opinion Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast President Trump has an ulterior motive for his attacks on Amazon.com, whose owner […]

Trump, McCarthy look to cut billions from budget deal they just passed – POLITICO

Trump, McCarthy look to cut billions from budget deal they just passed – POLITICO. Facing pressure from conservatives for their budget-busting moves, President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans are considering forcing votes that would cut billions of dollars in spending from the bipartisan funding deal they just passed last month, according to sources familiar with the plan. White House officials […]

YouTube Finally Says Employees Can Talk Publicly About Shooting

YouTube Finally Says Employees Can Talk Publicly About Shooting. by Taylor Lorenz · April 3, 2018 After declining to answer questions, the company said after this article was first posted that it would allow employees to talk to the press about it. Jeff Chiu/AP Editor’s Note: This story has been updated throughout. Hours after the Tuesday’s shooting at the company’s […]

Mueller reportedly tells Trump lawyers president still not a criminal target of Russia probe.

Mueller reportedly tells Trump lawyers president still not a criminal target of Russia probe.. As recently as a month ago, President Trump was still not a criminal target of the Russia investigation, the Washington Post reported Wednesday. Special counsel Robert Mueller told Trump’s lawyers as much in early March as part of the negotiation over the possibility of doing an […]

State Of Emergency Declared At New York City’s Housing Authority | HuffPost

State Of Emergency Declared At New York City's Housing Authority | HuffPost. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has declared a state of emergency at New York City’s Housing Authority following widespread complaints that include issues of lead paint, mold, and a lack of heat and hot water. At a news conference Monday, where he signed his executive order, Cuomo […]

California’s Housing Crisis Is So Bad, Families Are Squatting Abandoned Homes Just to Survive – Mother Jones

California’s Housing Crisis Is So Bad, Families Are Squatting Abandoned Homes Just to Survive – Mother Jones. When I ask Christine Hernandez, a mother of four, slender in stature and bold in manner, how best to scout for abandoned homes—the bleak dwellings with the boarded-up windows and ripped-out drywall, their innards packed with leftover syringes, rotting debris, and the peculiar […]

Sum-Up: When it Comes to the ACA, Is No Mandate No Problem? – Talking Points Memo

Sum-Up: When it Comes to the ACA, Is No Mandate No Problem? – Talking Points Memo. by Alice Ollstein As President Trump continues to insist that the Affordable Care Act is “essentially repealed” due to the 2019 demise of the individual mandate penalty, new polling from the experts at the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 9 in 10 individual market […]

Why Dems Could See a Polling Boost Right Before the Midterms

Why Dems Could See a Polling Boost Right Before the Midterms. On October 24, 2016, Hillary Clinton led Donald Trump in national polls by an average of 5.5 percent. A little over a week later, that figure was just 2.2. Two major events happened in the interim: James Comey released his infamous letter, revealing the discovery of new emails related […]

Trump administration to impose quotas on immigration judges to speed up deportations.

Trump administration to impose quotas on immigration judges to speed up deportations.. The Trump administration will impose a new quota system on immigration judges in an effort to speed up deportations and clear the backlog of hundreds of thousands of cases currently waiting to go before a judge, according to a Justice Department directive sent to judges Friday. Under the […]

Trump Ramps Up Attack On Amazon, Demands Washington Post Register As Lobbyist | HuffPost

Trump Ramps Up Attack On Amazon, Demands Washington Post Register As Lobbyist | HuffPost. Donald Trump tore into Amazon again Saturday on Twitter, accusing the company of running a “post office scam” and insisting that The Washington Post is actually a lobbyist organization. Trump claimed “it is reported” that the U.S. Postal Service loses $1.50 for each package it delivers […]

Trump and Trolls Target Caravan of Migrant Families – Mother Jones

Trump and Trolls Target Caravan of Migrant Families – Mother Jones. by AJ Vicens Gary Coronado/Palm Beach Post/Zuma Press Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. Hundreds of Central American migrants have organized and banded together on a journey to the US border, and right-wing media and President Donald Trump are reacting with outrage, even describing […]

Democrats Can’t Call Trump Voters ‘Deplorables’ – Bloomberg

Democrats Can't Call Trump Voters 'Deplorables' – Bloomberg. by Albert R. Hunt @AlHuntDC More stories by Albert R. Hunt Two top Democrats made dangerous blunders over the past few weeks that should serve as a warning for politicians opposing Donald Trump. Former Vice President Joe Biden told college students that Trump’s comments and actions about women were so offensive that […]

The media should stop making school shooters, like the Parkland perpetrator, famous – Vox

The media should stop making school shooters, like the Parkland perpetrator, famous – Vox. Outside contributors’ opinions and analysis of the most important issues in politics, science, and culture. The perpetrator in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, is already a household name, although I will not name him here. He was arrested a couple […]

Union Behind The ‘Fight For $15′ Cuts Funding For Local Fast-Food Campaigns | HuffPost

Union Behind The 'Fight For $15' Cuts Funding For Local Fast-Food Campaigns | HuffPost. The labor union that has orchestrated and funded the Fight for $15 campaign in fast food and other low-wage industries appears to have significantly cut its funding for the groundbreaking campaign. The Service Employees International Union poured around $10.8 million into Fight for $15 in 2017, […]

California’s Housing Crisis Is So Bad, Families Are Squatting Abandoned Homes Just to Survive – Mother Jones

California’s Housing Crisis Is So Bad, Families Are Squatting Abandoned Homes Just to Survive – Mother Jones. When I ask Christine Hernandez, a mother of four, slender in stature and bold in manner, how best to scout for abandoned homes—the bleak dwellings with the boarded-up windows and ripped-out drywall, their innards packed with leftover syringes, rotting debris, and the peculiar […]

EPA To Loosen Rules For Automobile Gas Mileage, Pollution – Talking Points Memo

EPA To Loosen Rules For Automobile Gas Mileage, Pollution – Talking Points Memo. The Trump administration is expected to announce that it will roll back automobile gas mileage and pollution standards. Automakers wanted the government to relax the current standards, which were imposed by the Obama administration to combat climate change. They say the rules will cost the industry billions […]

The Easter Effect and How It Changed the World – WSJ

The Easter Effect and How It Changed the World – WSJ. The first Christians were baffled by what they called ‘the Resurrection.’ Their struggle to understand it brought about astonishing success for their faith ‘Resurrection of Christ’ by Sodoma (Giovanni Antonio Bazzi). ‘Resurrection of Christ’ by Sodoma (Giovanni Antonio Bazzi). PHOTO: BRIDGEMAN IMAGES By George Weigel March 30, 2018 10:05 […]

Trump thinks Amazon’s destroying the post office. Here’s what’s really happening. – Vox

Trump thinks Amazon’s destroying the post office. Here’s what’s really happening. – Vox. President Donald Trump is reportedly obsessed with Amazon, and he insisted on Twitter Thursday that his antipathy toward the company “began long before the Election” — not, say, when he became a presidential candidate and fell under the scrutiny of the Washington Post, the newspaper that Jeff […]

Trump Ramps Up Attack On Amazon, Demands Washington Post Register As Lobbyist | HuffPost

Trump Ramps Up Attack On Amazon, Demands Washington Post Register As Lobbyist | HuffPost. by Mary Papenfuss · March 31, 2018 Donald Trump tore into Amazon again Saturday on Twitter, accusing the company of running a “post office scam” and insisting that The Washington Post is actually a lobbyist organization. Trump claimed “it is reported” that the U.S. Postal Service […]

Opinion | Jews Are Being Murdered in Paris. Again. – The New York Times

Opinion | Jews Are Being Murdered in Paris. Again. – The New York Times. by Bari WeissMarch 30, 2018 Opinion It’s no rare thing for the Israeli prime minister to enrage the Jews of the diaspora. But three years ago, Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a speech that won him near-universal condemnation. In the aftermath of several deadly attacks in European cities […]

Trump’s fire alarm presidency (Opinion) – CNN

Trump's fire alarm presidency (Opinion) – CNN. by Julian Zelizer, CNN Political Analyst Julian Zelizer is a history and public affairs professor at Princeton University and the editor of “The Presidency of Barack Obama: A First Historical Assessment.” He’s also the co-host of the “Politics & Polls” podcast. Follow him on Twitter: @julianzelizer. The opinions expressed in this commentary are […]

New York closes in on workaround to Trump’s new tax law

New York closes in on workaround to Trump’s new tax law. by Jimmy Vielkind · March 30, 2018 In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office estimates the new federal tax law will cost 1.7 million taxpayers an estimated $14.3 billion. | Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo A fifth of New Yorkers are set to pay more under the president’s tax […]

The Supreme Court appears no closer to solving gerrymandering after Benisek v. Lamone.

The Supreme Court appears no closer to solving gerrymandering after Benisek v. Lamone.. by Mark Joseph Stern · March 28, 2018 Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and Anthony Kennedy. Photo illustration by Slate. Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo – Pool/Getty Images. On Wednesday, the court took on partisan gerrymandering for the second time this term in oral arguments […]

Trump-era politics is a surreal nightmare and we can’t wake up – Vox

Trump-era politics is a surreal nightmare and we can’t wake up – Vox. I spent last week in Madison as “writer-in-residence” at the University of Wisconsin. While it was hardly an off-the-grid experience, it did take me out of the daily news cycle for the first time in a while. Diving back in kind of reminds me of Charlton Heston […]

Republicans in Congress Are So Eager to Slash Food Stamps, They’re About to Make a Big Mistake – Mother Jones

Republicans in Congress Are So Eager to Slash Food Stamps, They’re About to Make a Big Mistake – Mother Jones. by Tom Philpott FatCamera/iStock Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. The ultraconservative wing of the US House Republicans regards federal anti-hunger initiatives like a typical first-grader reacts to spinach: with loathing and disgust. But their […]

North Korea: Why Kim Jong Un came in from the cold

North Korea: Why Kim Jong Un came in from the cold. by Bryan Harris · March 30, 2018 He controls a million-strong army and runs a nuclear weapons programme but for years Kim Jong Un has ruled with a nagging sense of fear. The young North Korean dictator, some argue, was afraid to leave his isolated, impoverished nation in case […]

Move fast and fix things: Facebook’s plan to fight fake news and Russian interference before the midterm elections.

Move fast and fix things: Facebook’s plan to fight fake news and Russian interference before the midterm elections.. by Will Oremus · March 30, 2018 Facebook’s chief security officer, Alex Stamos—shown here testifying before the Senate in 2014 in his previous role at Yahoo—is spearheading the company’s effort to crack down on fake news, propaganda, and Russian election interference. Win […]

NRA Is Pulling In Big Bucks After The Parkland Mass Shooting | HuffPost

NRA Is Pulling In Big Bucks After The Parkland Mass Shooting | HuffPost. The National Rifle Association has launched a heated offensive in the weeks since the Feb. 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Warning of the “freedom-hating left” impinging on Americans’ “fundamental rights” and spreading conspiracy theories about teenagers who survived the mass shooting, […]

Sessions Rejects GOP Call For 2nd Special Counsel, But Taps Top DOJer To Probe Anti-FBI Claims – Talking Points Memo

Sessions Rejects GOP Call For 2nd Special Counsel, But Taps Top DOJer To Probe Anti-FBI Claims – Talking Points Memo. by Tierney Sneed Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday that he was for now declining congressional Republicans’ requests for a second special counsel to investigate alleged FBI misconduct in the Trump-Russia probe. But Sessions said he had instead named a […]

Ecuador shuts off Julian Assange’s internet access in apparent response to recent Russia tweets.

Ecuador shuts off Julian Assange’s internet access in apparent response to recent Russia tweets.. Ecuador’s government announced Wednesday it had pulled the plug on Julian Assange’s internet access at its embassy in London, where the WikiLeaks founder has been living since 2012. Ecuador seemed to have had enough of Assange’s provocations online and appears concerned the 46-year-old’s social media conduct […]

How the NRA resurrected the Second Amendment – Vox

How the NRA resurrected the Second Amendment – Vox. It was said in 1989 after a gunman killed five children at Cleveland Elementary School in Stockton, California. It was said in 1999 after two teenagers killed 13 of their peers at the high school in Columbine, Colorado. It was said in 2012 after a shooter killed 20 children and six […]

GOP Food Stamp Plan Would Shift Some Funds From Benefits To Training | HuffPost

GOP Food Stamp Plan Would Shift Some Funds From Benefits To Training | HuffPost. A long-awaited Republican food stamp plan would partially shift spending from benefits to training programs, according to Democratic House staff who’ve seen a draft of the legislation. The proposal to reauthorize the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program would subject more enrollees to “work requirements,” and would require […]

Donald Trump Might Be Making Climate Denial More Popular – Mother Jones

Donald Trump Might Be Making Climate Denial More Popular – Mother Jones. by Rebecca Leber evgovorov/iStock / Getty Images Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. Are Republicans going in a more extreme, inflexible direction on climate change under Donald Trump? The new results from Gallup’s 2018 March survey on American attitudes on global warming suggest […]

All the President’s Thugs – The New York Times

All the President’s Thugs – The New York Times. by THE EDITORIAL BOARD · March 26, 2018 Rachel Levit Among the most disturbing accusations the pornographic film star Stephanie Clifford made in her “60 Minutes” interview about President Trump was that after she sold her story about Mr. Trump to a magazine in 2011, a man approached her in a […]

Facebook Data Scandal: Did Facebook Break The Law To Help Obama Win Reelection In 2012?

Facebook Data Scandal: Did Facebook Break The Law To Help Obama Win Reelection In 2012?. by Investor’s Business Daily · March 27, 2018 Elections: Facebook now faces myriad legal actions for its apparent misuse of private data on its members. But one possible legal problem that isn’t getting any attention involves whether Facebook () made, and the Obama campaign accepted, […]

Nancy Pelosi Is An Asset, Not A Liability, For Democrats In Midterms | HuffPost

Nancy Pelosi Is An Asset, Not A Liability, For Democrats In Midterms | HuffPost. “Conor Lamb’s success could provide a blueprint for other Democrats in tough races.” “There’s little doubt it puts the leader in an awkward spot.” “She is part of why [Democrats] have this incredible brand obstacle to overcome in state after state.” This was the chorus among […]

Citizenship question makes census a GOP power grab (Opinion) – CNN

Citizenship question makes census a GOP power grab (Opinion) – CNN. by Jill Filipovic Jill Filipovic is a journalist based in New York and Nairobi, Kenya, and the author of the book “The H-Spot: The Feminist Pursuit of Happiness.” Follow her on Twitter. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author. (CNN)It shouldn’t be a controversial […]

How Mark Zuckerberg Can Save Facebook — and Us – The New York Times

How Mark Zuckerberg Can Save Facebook — and Us – The New York Times. by Thomas L. Friedman · March 27, 2018 Mark Zuckerberg is facing growing pressure over data and privacy inquiries. David Ramos/Getty Images There is so much news these days that it’s hard to distinguish one big story from another. But for me the most consequential story […]

Is China’s Version of Capitalism Winning? – The New York Times

Is China’s Version of Capitalism Winning? – The New York Times. by STEVEN RATTNER · March 27, 2018 President Trump’s attacks on Chinese trade practices may be garnering the headlines, but underpinning that dispute lies a more consequential struggle, between liberal democracy and state-directed capitalism. Of late, it’s a competition in which the Chinese approach has been delivering the more […]

Schumer: Courts should block Trump’s census citizenship question | TheHill

Schumer: Courts should block Trump's census citizenship question | TheHill. by Jordain Carney · March 27, 2018 Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) ripped the Trump administration’s decision to add a question on citizenship to the 2020 census and urged the courts to overturn the move. “The census, written about and hallowed in the Constitution, is being distorted by this […]

2020 Census Citizenship Question Is All About Voter Suppression

2020 Census Citizenship Question Is All About Voter Suppression. The Commerce Department confirmed Monday night that the 2020 census will ask respondents if they are U.S. citizens or not. On the face of it, that’s an innocuous question, and it was asked regularly until 1950. But beneath the surface, it’s yet another spoke in the wheel of Republican voter suppression. […]

Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens Calls For Second Amendment Repeal | HuffPost

Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens Calls For Second Amendment Repeal | HuffPost. Calling it “a relic of the 18th century,” retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens called Tuesday for the outright repeal of the Second Amendment, saying it would achieve “more effective and more lasting reform” than other efforts to curb the country’s scourge of gun violence. […]

California Sues Trump Administration Over Census Citizenship Question – Mother Jones

California Sues Trump Administration Over Census Citizenship Question – Mother Jones. by Ari Berman California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Secretary of State Alex Padilla at a news conference Tuesday in Sacramento.Rich Pedroncelli/AP Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. The state of California has filed suit against the Trump administration for its controversial decision to […]

DNC Staffer’s Brother Sues Activists, Media Groups Over Conspiracy Theories – Talking Points Memo

DNC Staffer’s Brother Sues Activists, Media Groups Over Conspiracy Theories – Talking Points Memo. by Caitlin MacNeal Aaron Rich, the brother of murdered Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich, on Tuesday filed a defamation lawsuit against several individuals who pushed a conspiracy theory about the brothers. “This lawsuit is about accountability,” the law firm representing Rich, Michael Gottlieb, Partner, Boies […]

Tough Action on Russia, at Last, but More Is Needed – The New York Times

Tough Action on Russia, at Last, but More Is Needed – The New York Times. by THE EDITORIAL BOARD · March 26, 2018 Rachel Levit By expelling scores of Russians from the United States and 21 other countries, President Trump and allied leaders have imposed the most significant punishment yet on Russia and its leader, Vladimir Putin. It’s a move […]

What Congress Can Do to Check a Warmongering Lunatic | The Nation

What Congress Can Do to Check a Warmongering Lunatic | The Nation. by John Nichols · March 26, 2018 John Bolton arrives for a meeting with Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York City on December 2, 2016. (AP Photo / Justin Lane) John Bolton is not a savvy analyst of global affairs with a record of smart thinking […]

Can Teenagers Save America? They’ve Done It Before – The New York Times

Can Teenagers Save America? They’ve Done It Before – The New York Times. by JON GRINSPAN · March 26, 2018 Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, including Emma Gonzalez and Tyra Hemans (C), stand together on stage with other young victims of gun violence at the conclusion of the March for Our Lives rally on March 24, 2018 in […]

Jeff Sessions Pushes the Death Penalty for Drug Dealers – Mother Jones

Jeff Sessions Pushes the Death Penalty for Drug Dealers – Mother Jones. by Pema Levy Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks at an International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Nashville, Tennessee earlier this month. Mark Zaleski/AP Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo to federal prosecutors on Wednesday, […]

America Takes the Next Step Toward Tyranny

America Takes the Next Step Toward Tyranny. by Andrew Sullivan · March 23, 2018 Phase two has begun. Photo: AFP Contributor/AFP/Getty Images Every now and again, when I find myself buried in the latest blizzard of invariably disturbing news emanating from the Trump White House, I go back and remind myself of the core narrative. I read Plato’s Republic again, […]

Lawyers decline Trump legal team invite

Lawyers decline Trump legal team invite. US President Donald Trump insisted Sunday there was no shortage of lawyers willing to help him fight a collusion investigation as two more attorneys decided against joining his defense team. Days after the resignation of John Dowd as Trump’s lead attorney in the handling of allegations of collusion with Russia, US media reported that […]

Democrats in disarray in must-win House race – POLITICO

Democrats in disarray in must-win House race – POLITICO. by David Siders · March 25, 2018 Rep. Rick Nolan’s decision not to seek reelection in his Minnesota district has set the stage for a messy Democratic primary. | Jim Mone/AP Photo Democratic infighting is jeopardizing the party’s hold on one of the nation’s most competitive congressional districts, providing the GOP […]

Donald Trump and David Duke Are Sinister Soul Brothers

Donald Trump and David Duke Are Sinister Soul Brothers. by Mitch Landrieu · March 24, 2018 As a state legislator in Louisiana, Mitch Landrieu got a chance to observe telegenic Klansman David Duke up close. Now he’s watching Trump work the same act. Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast Mitch Landrieu comes from a remarkable family of Louisiana politicians […]

Maureen Dowd’s interview with Barry Diller is weak on sexual harassment – Vox

Maureen Dowd’s interview with Barry Diller is weak on sexual harassment – Vox. Maureen Dowd interviewed Hollywood mogul Barry Diller for a story that ran in the New York Times Style section this weekend under the provocative headline “All Men Are Guilty.” But despite the headline (a Diller quote), this is not a conversation about a man coming to grips […]

Sen. Mark Warner: Facebook Not Being Fully Forthcoming About Data Leak | HuffPost

Sen. Mark Warner: Facebook Not Being Fully Forthcoming About Data Leak | HuffPost. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), the senior Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, says that social media giant Facebook hasn’t been fully transparent about its previously unreported data leak. “I don’t think Facebook has been fully forthcoming,” Warner said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet The Press.” “I called out […]

Washington expecting 500,000 today on the mall, Trump is in Florida and Biden says the jury is still out on whether he’ll run in 2020 – POLITICO

Washington expecting 500,000 today on the mall, Trump is in Florida and Biden says the jury is still out on whether he’ll run in 2020 – POLITICO. “Organizers hope to draw half a million to gun control rally,” by AP’s Ashraf Khalil: “Organizers of the March for Our Lives rally are hoping to draw 500,000 protesters; that would match last […]

Wall Street thinks the worst of the Cambridge Analytica scandal may be over for Facebook.

Wall Street thinks the worst of the Cambridge Analytica scandal may be over for Facebook.. If the past week of news cycles has convinced you that Facebook is barely surviving the onslaught of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, cry not for the social network. It’s true that all the bad news has sent the company’s stock spiraling downward all week. On […]

Seth Rich’s parents are taking their fight against Fox News to court – Vox

Seth Rich’s parents are taking their fight against Fox News to court – Vox. Seth Rich’s family suffered an incredible tragedy when their son died two years ago. What came next only added to their heartache. Seth was shot to death about a block from where he lived in the Bloomingdale neighborhood of Washington, DC, on July 10, 2016. Police […]

John Bolton’s Anti-Muslim Hate | HuffPost

John Bolton's Anti-Muslim Hate | HuffPost. John Bolton is a raging Islamophobe, and on April 9, he’s set to become President Donald Trump’s national security adviser. Trump announced Thursday, to the alarm of foreign policy experts around the world, that Bolton would replace H.R. McMaster in the position. Bolton, who served under President George W. Bush in the State Department […]

Exploiting America’s Tribal Warfare Is Donald Trump’s Survival Strategy | HuffPost

Exploiting America's Tribal Warfare Is Donald Trump's Survival Strategy | HuffPost. There is no good time for Donald Trump to be president of the United States. But 2018 is among the worst. True, we are not at this moment engaged in all-consuming war. But what is so dangerous today is our civil war of the soul: By virtually every measure, […]

How Close Is Donald Trump to a Psychiatric Breakdown?

How Close Is Donald Trump to a Psychiatric Breakdown?. by Rosemary Sword · March 23, 2018 Last fall, prominent psychiatrists broke with the American Psychological Association and diagnosed the president. Can we say they were wrong? And will the APA change its rule? Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast With reports that a giddy Commander in Chief is running around […]

John Bolton named national security adviser. It’s time to panic now.

John Bolton named national security adviser. It's time to panic now.. It’s time to push the panic button. John Bolton’s appointment as national security adviser—a post that requires no Senate confirmation—puts the United States on a path to war. And it’s fair to say President Trump wants us on that path. After all, Trump gave him the job after the […]

Trump administration moves to ban bump stocks – Vox

Trump administration moves to ban bump stocks – Vox. President Donald Trump’s administration has moved to ban bump stocks, devices that effectively let semiautomatic weapons mimic machine guns. On Friday, the US Department of Justice filed a regulation that will prohibit the devices, fulfilling Trump’s request to do so. The regulation would classify these devices as banned “machineguns” under current […]

Too Old For 2020? Trump, Biden, Bernie And The Politics Of Age | HuffPost

Too Old For 2020? Trump, Biden, Bernie And The Politics Of Age | HuffPost. by David Knowles · March 23, 2018 While the field of candidates for the next presidential election is still taking shape, it is likely to include the oldest person ever to seek the office. President Trump, already the oldest first-term president in U.S. history, has begun […]

Trump Says He’ll ‘Never Sign Another Bill Like This Again’ – Talking Points Memo

Trump Says He’ll ‘Never Sign Another Bill Like This Again’ – Talking Points Memo. by Caitlin MacNeal President Donald Trump begrudgingly signed the spending bill Congress passed this week, but he swore that he would never sign something like it again. “I will never sign another bill like this again,” he said at press availability scheduled at the last minute […]

Cambridge Analytica and a Moral Reckoning in Silicon Valley | The New Yorker

Cambridge Analytica and a Moral Reckoning in Silicon Valley | The New Yorker. by David Remnick Illustration by Tom Bachtell When it comes to the phenomenon of Donald Trump, you have to give him this: sanctimony is not foremost among his sins. He provokes no moral disappointment, because he creates no moral expectations. Just as his business career was characterized […]

Bumbling Into a Trade War – The New York Times

Bumbling Into a Trade War – The New York Times. by Paul Krugman · March 22, 2018 President Trump on Thursday at the White House. Doug Mills/The New York Times “Trade wars are good, and easy to win.” So declared Donald Trump a few weeks ago, after announcing tariffs on steel and aluminum. Actually, trade wars are rarely good, and […]

John Bolton named national security adviser. It’s time to panic now.

John Bolton named national security adviser. It's time to panic now.. It’s time to push the panic button. John Bolton’s appointment as national security adviser—a post that requires no Senate confirmation—puts the United States on a path to war. And it’s fair to say President Trump wants us on that path. After all, Trump gave him the job after the […]

DNC hacker Guccifer 2.0 is reportedly a member of Russian military intelligence – Vox

DNC hacker Guccifer 2.0 is reportedly a member of Russian military intelligence – Vox. Guccifer 2.0, the alleged lone hacker of the Democratic National Convention, just so happens to be an agent of Russian intelligence, the Daily Beast reports. The Daily Beast’s Spencer Ackerman and Kevin Poulsen reconfirmed what U.S. intelligence had conjectured: that Guccifer 2.0 was not the lone […]

The Fed just took away the punch bowl – Vox

The Fed just took away the punch bowl – Vox. The Federal Reserve raised interest rates on Wednesday by a quarter of a percentage point to a 1.5 to 1.75 percent range — the highest level in a decade and a signal of continuing economic strength. Fed officials said in a statement that the “economic outlook has strengthened in recent […]

Mark Zuckerberg Tried To Censor Me When I Published His Harvard Application. Here It Is Again. | HuffPost

Mark Zuckerberg Tried To Censor Me When I Published His Harvard Application. Here It Is Again. | HuffPost. by Luke O’Brien · March 21, 2018 Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook have gutted privacy around the world. This weekend brought another stunning example. A bombshell report revealed that political research firm Cambridge Analytica, which worked for President Donald Trump’s campaign, secretly exploited […]

Adam Schiff: Russia probe impossible thanks to GOP in Intel Committee

Adam Schiff: Russia probe impossible thanks to GOP in Intel Committee. USA Today · by Adam Schiff The House GOP ignored best practices in its investigation of Russian interference. As a former prosecutor of complex crimes, let me count the ways. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif. (Photo: Susan Walsh, AP) Almost 30 years ago, as a young assistant U.S. attorney, I […]

Facebook’s data practices were letting down users years before Cambridge Analytica.

Facebook’s data practices were letting down users years before Cambridge Analytica.. Future Tense is a partnership of Slate, New America, and Arizona State University that examines emerging technologies, public policy, and society. It sounds like the stuff of spy novels. A secretive company backed by an eccentric billionaire taps into sensitive data gathered by a University of Cambridge researcher. The […]

Congress is coming down to the wire on keeping the government open – Vox

Congress is coming down to the wire on keeping the government open – Vox. Congress has to strike a deal on federal spending by midnight on March 23 or the government will run out of money and shut down — again. But with only a week to pull together a massive spending bill, negotiations appear to have stalled, and lawmakers […]

Lawmakers Want Mark Zuckerberg To Explain Misuse Of Facebook Data | HuffPost

Lawmakers Want Mark Zuckerberg To Explain Misuse Of Facebook Data | HuffPost. Lawmakers in the U.S. and U.K. are demanding that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg explain reports that 50 million users’ data was secretly used by political research firm Cambridge Analytica, which worked for President Donald Trump’s campaign. “I think he should explain to the American people how this happened, […]

Trump’s maximal tribalism

Trump's maximal tribalism. American politics have become little more than extreme and reflexive tribalism. We all sense it: the rise of hyper-partisanship; the denial that those who seek to position themselves above the political fray actually mean it; the claim or insinuation that the very act of such positioning expresses a concealed form of partisanship; the implication that there might […]

Nancy Pelosi Doesn’t Deserve to Go Out Like This | Vanity Fair

Nancy Pelosi Doesn’t Deserve to Go Out Like This | Vanity Fair. When Democrats achieved an improbable victory last week, with a special-election upset in a Trumpy part of Pennsylvania, the moment called for some bashing of Nancy Pelosi. Such outbreaks happen every so often, like political chicken pox, and this time it was because Democrat Conor Lamb, winner of […]

Angry Democrats pose rising risk for Facebook – POLITICO

Angry Democrats pose rising risk for Facebook – POLITICO. The latest revelations about Facebook’s conduct during the 2016 presidential campaign are angering a crucial group of the social media giant’s onetime allies — the Democrats who hope to regain control of Capitol Hill in November. Democratic ire at the company has grown in the wake of President Donald Trump’s victory, […]

Trump pushing the firing of Andrew McCabe was a direct challenge to our democracy.

Trump pushing the firing of Andrew McCabe was a direct challenge to our democracy.. Even the most temperate advocates of law and order should be up in arms over the vindictive firing of the former FBI deputy director, Andrew McCabe, on Friday. The president’s grotesque touchdown dance tweets over the weekend and his lawyer’s similarly grotesque calls to fire special […]