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The Myth of the Alt-Left – POLITICO Magazine

The Myth of the Alt-Left – POLITICO Magazine. It began as an epithet hurled from centrist liberals. Now it’s backfiring. The words “alt-left” sounded strange coming from Donald Trump’s mouth, but then most words do. After a weekend of violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left three dead, including an anti-fascist activist murdered by the far right, Trump has refused to […]

Charlottesville: What White America Should Do About Trump | Time.com

Charlottesville: What White America Should Do About Trump | Time.com. Saturday, August 12th, will go down as a dark day for America. A coalition of white nationalists attempted to rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Young and old donned swastikas. White militia in full camouflage and many openly carrying weapons set out to “protect” the demonstrators. Angry men and women screamed vile […]

Steve Bannon Takes His Street Fight Outside – POLITICO Magazine

Steve Bannon Takes His Street Fight Outside – POLITICO Magazine. by ELIANA JOHNSON · August 18, 2017 Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP/Getty Images Trump didn’t personally fire his volatile chief strategist—but he might suffer the consequences. Steve Bannon told allies he didn’t expect to remain in the Trump White House longer than eight to 12 months—and he was right. Donald Trump’s most […]

The radicalization of white Americans – Vox

The radicalization of white Americans – Vox. There were many horrible sights and sounds at the Charlottesville, Virginia, protests over the weekend, from Nazi and Ku Klux Klan iconography to chants of “Jews will not replace us” and the Nazi slogan “blood and soil.” But perhaps the most horrifying of all came after the protests were technically over, when a […]

Al Gore’s Stupendous Wealth Complicates His Climate Message. That Can Change. | HuffPost

Al Gore’s Stupendous Wealth Complicates His Climate Message. That Can Change. | HuffPost. Al Gore has long been a knight of the movement to combat climate change. But when he returned to the national spotlight last month with his latest documentary, “An Inconvenient Sequel,” he did so in gilded armor. The former vice president ― who boasted a relatively modest […]

After backing white nationalists in Charlottesville, ACLU announces it won’t defend armed protesters – Salon.com

After backing white nationalists in Charlottesville, ACLU announces it won’t defend armed protesters – Salon.com. by Angelo Young · August 18, 2017 From defending the rights of Nazis to wave swastika in front of Jewish Holocaust survivors to standing for radio host Rush Limbaugh’s right to privacy, the American Civil Liberties Union has rarely shied away from defending some of […]

Donald Trump is About to Gut Obamacare’s Free Birth Control – Mother Jones

Donald Trump is About to Gut Obamacare’s Free Birth Control – Mother Jones. by Hannah Levintova Olivier Douliery/AP The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that federal health officials are set to finalize a new rule weakening Obamacare’s mandate that employers provide free contraception in insurance plans. The new rule will allow employers with religious or moral objections to ditch birth […]

The slippery problem of policing hate on the internet

The slippery problem of policing hate on the internet. When my septuagenarian father first started to use the internet a decade ago, he was amazed at the wealth of content, the sheer endlessness of it — until he read the comments. “Anyone can just say anything they want to?” he asked me incredulously after scrolling underneath a YouTube video. I […]

Stephen Bannon Out at the White House After Turbulent Run – NYTimes.com

Stephen Bannon Out at the White House After Turbulent Run – NYTimes.com. Stephen K. Bannon, the embattled chief strategist who helped President Trump win the 2016 election but clashed for months with other senior West Wing advisers, is leaving his post, a White House spokeswoman announced Friday. “White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Steve Bannon have mutually agreed […]

Confederate monuments must go immediately

Confederate monuments must go immediately. by Maria Svart But removing them is not enough, just as denouncing neo-Nazis is not enough: Opposing view Protesters topple a statue of a Confederate solder in Durham, N.C., on Aug. 15, 2017. (Photo: Casey Toth, AP) Our strength as a people is our diversity and shared desire to build strong communities helping us thrive […]

DNC shake-up leaves Dems behind in fundraising | TheHill

DNC shake-up leaves Dems behind in fundraising | TheHill. by Ben Kamisar · August 17, 2017 Months of post-election malaise hamstrung the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) fundraising over the first six months of 2017, creating a serious money gap with Republicans and raising questions about Democrats’ ability to take advantage of opportunities in the 2018 midterms. The DNC raised $38.2 […]

Almost half of Americans want Charlottesville’s Robert E. Lee statue to stay – Vox

Almost half of Americans want Charlottesville's Robert E. Lee statue to stay – Vox. Nearly half of Americans disapprove of the removal of the infamous statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a park in Charlottesville, Virginia, according to a new poll by YouGov. Forty-eight percent of Americans polled either strongly or somewhat disapprove of the removal of the […]

The U.S. Capitol Is Basically A Confederate Statue Bazaar | HuffPost

The U.S. Capitol Is Basically A Confederate Statue Bazaar | HuffPost. As cities around the nation pull down their monuments to the Confederacy, the legacy lives on in the heart of national politics: the U.S. Capitol. Just steps away from a statue of civil rights hero Rosa Parks stands the statue of Alexander Hamilton Stephens, who served as vice president […]

Eight People Have Been Arrested for Pulling Down Durham’s Confederate Statue—There May Be More Soon – Mother Jones

Eight People Have Been Arrested for Pulling Down Durham’s Confederate Statue—There May Be More Soon – Mother Jones. by P.R. Lockhart On August 14, protesters toppled the statue of a uniformed Confederate soldier that stood in front of the old courthouse in Durham, North Carolina. Fabian Radulescu/ZUMA In the wake of the deadly violence in Charlottesville, images of Confederate monuments […]

The troubling origins of Trump’s ‘alt-left’ smear

The troubling origins of Trump's 'alt-left' smear. President Trump is, at the very least, in sympathy with white supremacy. That much was clear during his latest press conference, when he walked back his previous condemnation of the Charlottesville white supremacist rally in which a known neo-Nazi, James Alex Fields, Jr., allegedly murdered Heather Heyer by running her down with his […]

The A.C.L.U. Needs to Rethink Free Speech – The New York Times

The A.C.L.U. Needs to Rethink Free Speech – The New York Times. by K-SUE PARK · August 17, 2017 White supremacists at a rally in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday. Joshua Roberts/Reuters The American Civil Liberties Union has a long history of defending the First Amendment rights of groups on both the far left and the far right. This commitment led […]

Liberals Try To Mainstream Violent Antifa | The Daily Caller

Liberals Try To Mainstream Violent Antifa | The Daily Caller. by Alex Pfeiffer · August 16, 2017 Journalists and major liberal news outlets have compared violent American flag-burning protesters to soldiers storming the beaches of Normandy — all while downplaying the leftists’ violence. The protesters, known as antifa (short for anti-fascist), often advocate for communism and have been deemed a […]

The Myth of the Alt-Left – POLITICO Magazine

The Myth of the Alt-Left – POLITICO Magazine. It began as an epithet hurled from centrist liberals. Now it’s backfiring. The words “alt-left” sounded strange coming from Donald Trump’s mouth, but then most words do. After a weekend of violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left three dead, including an anti-fascist activist murdered by the far right, Trump has refused to […]

Muslim comics tell dirty jokes about Islam and help complicate a stereotype.

Muslim comics tell dirty jokes about Islam and help complicate a stereotype.. by Aymann Ismail and Jeffrey Bloomer · August 16, 2017 This video is part of “Who’s Afraid of Aymann Ismail?,” a series featuring Slate’s Aymann Ismail confronting fears about Muslims. Follow along on the series Facebook page. When you think of what happens to people who mock Islam, […]

National revulsion over the Charlottesville march shows why we shouldn’t ban hate speech – Vox

National revulsion over the Charlottesville march shows why we shouldn’t ban hate speech – Vox. Outside contributors’ opinions and analysis of the most important issues in politics, science, and culture. Charlottesville seems destined to become a symbol of the vexing challenges associated with freedom of speech in America. On Friday evening, a crowd seething with hatred and bigotry conducts a […]

Baltimore Quietly Removed All 4 Of Its Confederate Statues Overnight | HuffPost

☆    Baltimore Quietly Removed All 4 Of Its Confederate Statues Overnight | HuffPost. All four of Baltimore’s Confederate statues were removed overnight, just days after a white nationalist rally erupted into chaos and violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Baltimore City Council voted unanimously Monday night to immediately take down the monuments after more than a year of indecision. City crews […]

Report: Ex-FBI Counterespionage Chief Leaves Mueller’s Russia Probe Team – Talking Points Memo

Report: Ex-FBI Counterespionage Chief Leaves Mueller’s Russia Probe Team – Talking Points Memo. by Tierney Sneed A top FBI investigator who oversaw the probe into Hillary Clinton’s email set-up has stepped down from his role on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, ABC News reported Wednesday. Peter Strzok, previously the head of the FBI’s counterespionage section, left Mueller’s team and […]

When will centrist Democrats account for their foreign policy failures?

When will centrist Democrats account for their foreign policy failures?. The war between left and center over the control of the Democratic Party continues apace. The latest salvo comes from one of the OG centrists who helped rout the New Dealers out of the party: Will Marshall, the president of the Progressive Policy Institute. In a sympathetic profile, Paul Kane […]

Julian Assange, a Man Without a Country | The New Yorker

Julian Assange, a Man Without a Country | The New Yorker. by Raffi Khatchadourian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. He has not left the Embassy since he sought asylum there, in June, 2012. Photograph by Nadav Kander for The New Yorker The Ecuadorian Embassy in London is situated at the end of a wide brick lane, next to […]

Alabama GOP Senate frontrunner: “there are communities under Sharia law right now” – Vox

Alabama GOP Senate frontrunner: “there are communities under Sharia law right now” – Vox. Judge Roy Moore, perhaps the leading candidate in today’s Alabama Senate race, pulled a laminated copy of Joseph Story’s 1833 Commentaries on the Constitution out of his dusty maroon briefcase. He then flipped about halfway through it and, after running a ruddy finger up and down, […]

“An Inconvenient Sequel” is good science with a fuzzy agenda – Salon.com

“An Inconvenient Sequel” is good science with a fuzzy agenda – Salon.com. by Matthew Rozsa · August 15, 2017 As I prepared to see “An Inconvenient Sequel,” my friends Jon and Chris and girlfriend Fran joked about Al Gore’s numerous appearances in pop culture, from direct cameos (“Futurama,” “30 Rock”) to satirical jabs (“South Park,” “Saturday Night Live”). After the […]

Why Trump went feral again

Why Trump went feral again. Nobody puts Donny in the corner. Or if they do, he sure won’t stay there for long. That’s a lesson we’re learning again this week, after President Trump was forced by public and private pressure to issue a second statement on the terrorist attack in Charlottesville, expanding on his widely criticized first statement that violence […]

Rich CEOs are the big winners of Trump’s race war – Vox

Rich CEOs are the big winners of Trump’s race war – Vox. by Matthew Yglesias · August 14, 2017 To watch the president of the United States prevaricate and dissemble in the face of white supremacist terror is and hopefully always will be shocking. But it’s hardly surprising. Donald Trump’s march to the Oval Office began with the charge that […]

Should liberals support an electric car company that’s anti-union?

Should liberals support an electric car company that's anti-union?. From one perspective, Elon Musk is liberals’ dream entrepreneur. He’s a science nerd and a romantic visionary in the progressive firmament of California. He’s the man who not only brought electric cars back from the dead, but made them cool. Tesla, the car company Musk founded, is gearing up for mass-production […]

Editorial: Malevolence and Mayhem in Charlottesville | OUR OPINION | richmond.com

Editorial: Malevolence and Mayhem in Charlottesville | OUR OPINION | richmond.com. It should not have been too much to hope that Charlottesville’s atmosphere of cerebral gentility could withstand the temporary invasion of a backward mob, however cretinous. But even among those who doubted that the demonstration by white supremacists could unfold peacefully, few likely anticipated the horrific scope of the […]

Democrats Move Farther Left, Ignore Obama-Era Party Losses, Trump Lesson | National Review

Democrats Move Farther Left, Ignore Obama-Era Party Losses, Trump Lesson | National Review. by John Fund · August 13, 2017 While left-wing activists were brawling with white supremacists in Charlottesville this weekend, another political battle was taking place in Atlanta. At Netroots Nation, an annual gathering of the nation’s progressive leaders, some Democratic lawmakers declared war against their own party’s […]

Juan Williams: Trump ought to thank Obama | TheHill

Juan Williams: Trump ought to thank Obama | TheHill. Thanks, Obama! That’s the public message President Trump needs to send immediately to his predecessor to thank him for low unemployment and record stock market performance during Trump’s first seven months in the White House. Instead, Trump is busy boasting about a “Trump Bump.” Trump tweeted recently: “Highest stock market EVER, […]

OPINION | Dershowitz: The partisan shoe is on the other foot | TheHill

OPINION | Dershowitz: The partisan shoe is on the other foot | TheHill. Had Hillary Clinton been elected president, Republican partisans would be doing and saying about President Clinton what Democrat partisans are now saying about President Trump. There would be shouts of “Lock her up!” as there were even before the election. There would be efforts to reopen the […]

Hurt and Angry, Charlottesville Tries to Regroup From Violence – The New York Times

Hurt and Angry, Charlottesville Tries to Regroup From Violence – The New York Times. by SHERYL GAY STOLBERG · August 13, 2017 A statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee in Emancipation Park in Charlottesville, Va., on Sunday, the day after a white nationalists’ rally devolved into violence. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Sunday strongly defended […]

Inside the Elizabeth Warren merchandising empire – POLITICO

Inside the Elizabeth Warren merchandising empire – POLITICO. by LAUREN DEZENSKI · August 13, 2017 Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s campaign store has expanded beyond traditional political fare such as buttons, bumper stickers, tote bags and T-shirts to offer a line of products that capitalize on the “Nevertheless, she persisted” meme. | Mark Wilson/Getty Images Prayer candles. Action figures. Temporary tattoos. Coloring […]

Why the ACLU defends white nationalists’ right to protest — including in Charlottesville – Vox

Why the ACLU defends white nationalists’ right to protest — including in Charlottesville – Vox. The white nationalists, neo-Nazis, and Ku Klux Klan members protesting today in Charlottesville, Virginia, have an unusual ally behind them: the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The ACLU is defending the protesters’ right to demonstrate at Emancipation Park in Charlottesville at the site of a […]

Charlottesville is Trump’s worst failure

Charlottesville is Trump's worst failure. Nazis and neo-Confederates descended on Charlottesville, Virginia, this weekend to protest the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee and publicly revel in racial hatred. As one would expect from a celebration of fascism, violence attended every moment of the demonstrations, beginning with a tiki-torch recreation of a NDSAP march through the UVA campus […]

Kathleen Rice’s NRA Comments Show How Democrats May Fail in 2018

Kathleen Rice's NRA Comments Show How Democrats May Fail in 2018. by Noah Rothman · August 11, 2017 The most recent example of this phenomenon in practice comes courtesy of New York’s 4th Congressional District. “I’m just going to say it,” Rep. Kathleen Rice wrote on Thursday. “#NRA & [NRA Spokeswoman Dana Loesch] are quickly becoming domestic security threats under […]

Will the Blowhard Blow Us Up? – The New York Times

Will the Blowhard Blow Us Up? – The New York Times. by Maureen Dowd · August 12, 2017 President Donald Trump on Thursday. Al Drago for The New York Times WASHINGTON — A couple of chubby brats with big missiles and short fuses. Is nuclear winter coming? Fire and fury, the likes of which the world has never seen, are […]

Elizabeth Warren fires back at centrist Democrats – Vox

Elizabeth Warren fires back at centrist Democrats – Vox. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) took aim at centrist Democrats on Saturday in front of the one of the largest annual gatherings of progressives in the country. Two days after a new Democratic-aligned superPAC called New Democracy formed to push back against the party’s ascendant left wing, Warren argued that Democrats would […]

Congratulations To Israeli Prime Minister Jared Kushner | HuffPost

Congratulations To Israeli Prime Minister Jared Kushner | HuffPost. If there’s one upside of the impending nuclear war, it’s the hilariously understated New York Times headlines we’ll get about it (“Radioactive Detonations Present New Challenges”). We’re 99 percent certain Senate Republicans have spent more time strategizing how to defend Mitch McConnell than they have coming up with even a moderately […]

Progressive groups fire back after Democratic Party puts out the welcome mat for anti-choice liberals – Salon.com

Progressive groups fire back after Democratic Party puts out the welcome mat for anti-choice liberals – Salon.com. Progressive groups are fighting back by forming a coalition against Democratic leaders willing to fund anti-choice candidates in the upcoming 2018 midterm elections. NARAL, Planned Parenthood and Democracy for America issued a statement of principles arguing that a woman’s right to choose is […]

New York Becomes First City to Guarantee Lawyers to Tenants Facing Eviction – Mother Jones

New York Becomes First City to Guarantee Lawyers to Tenants Facing Eviction – Mother Jones. by Ashley Dejean GCShutter/Getty Images Randy Dillard is a single parent with five children in the Bronx. In 2013, he became so sick with emphysema he had to be hospitalized for about two months. Upon returning home, Dillard’s landlord served him eviction papers. “That’s when […]

Tom Brokaw: Friends Across Barbed Wire and Politics – The New York Times

Tom Brokaw: Friends Across Barbed Wire and Politics – The New York Times. Cody, Wyo. — This year is the 75th anniversary of one of most shameful acts in American history. In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 two months after the Pearl Harbor attack, consigning more than 110,000 Japanese-Americans on the West Coast to crudely constructed […]

The ascent of Google employee James Damore to free speech martyr was inevitable.

The ascent of Google employee James Damore to free speech martyr was inevitable.. by Michelle Goldberg · August 8, 2017 The Googleplex in Menlo Park, California, on Nov. 4. Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images James Damore, the Google employee fired for circulating an internal memo decrying the company’s gender diversity efforts, is well on his way to becoming a right-wing martyr. Julian […]

Remove Trump From Office Before He Removes Us from Earth

Remove Trump From Office Before He Removes Us from Earth. by Joy-Ann Reid · August 12, 2017 At what point is it fair and necessary to ask if this man, who was handed power by a minority of voters, is fit to wield it? Did Donald Trump really just walk us to the brink of war with North Korea on […]

Firing Jeffrey Lord doesn’t fix CNN’s Jeffrey Lord problem.

Firing Jeffrey Lord doesn’t fix CNN’s Jeffrey Lord problem.. Jeffrey Lord is a political hack and shameless troll who spent the past two years wasting America’s time on CNN as one of the world’s dumbest and most slavishly pro-Trump pundits. He appeared regularly on CNN’s political programming as one of Donald Trump’s chief water-bearers, playing the part so well that […]

Report: the Trump administration is having secret talks with North Korea – Vox

Report: the Trump administration is having secret talks with North Korea – Vox. Publicly, President Trump has been threatening North Korea with “fire and fury” and boasting that “military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded.” Behind the scenes, though, his administration has been involved in covert communications with Pyongyang that could help resolve the crisis. According to […]

Trump’s White House Brings Chaos to Black Journalists Conference – Mother Jones

Trump’s White House Brings Chaos to Black Journalists Conference – Mother Jones. by Brandon Ellington Patterson Chris Kleponis/CNP via ZUMA Former Apprentice star turned White House staffer Omarosa Manigault spoke at the National Association of Black Journalists convention this afternoon—and chaos quickly followed. Hundreds of black journalists from around the country gathered in a ballroom at a hotel in New […]

Life after identity politics

Life after identity politics. If I could magically place a copy of Mark Lilla’s The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics into the hands of every Democratic Party politician, activist, major donor, pollster, and consultant in the country, I would. This slim (141-page) polemic is the rare book that could really make a difference in how people think and […]

The Democratic Party Has a Great Opportunity In 2018. It Might Still Blow It.

The Democratic Party Has a Great Opportunity In 2018. It Might Still Blow It.. by Gideon Resnick · August 10, 2017 The grass roots of the Democratic Party has been mobilized like nothing seen before. But the party itself is still working out the kinks. Democrats have been given an enviable political landscape, with an opposition president at a historically […]

Blowback from staffer scandal burns Wasserman Schultz – POLITICO

Blowback from staffer scandal burns Wasserman Schultz – POLITICO. by MARC CAPUTO · August 10, 2017 Fellow Democrats are as confounded and disbelieving as ever by Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s penchant for making puzzling and stubborn political missteps. | Joe Raedle/Getty Images The chatter about a House leadership post is gone. So is talk of statewide office. After Hillary Clinton’s defeat, […]

“Acoustic attack”: US diplomats in Cuba suffer sudden hearing loss – Salon.com

“Acoustic attack”: US diplomats in Cuba suffer sudden hearing loss – Salon.com. by Angelo Young · August 10, 2017 The FBI is reportedly investigating who was behind an “acoustic attack” that inflicted at least two staffers of the U.S. Embassy in Havana with sudden hearing loss.vWashington expelled two Cuban diplomats earlier this year in response to the incident, the U.S. […]

Here’s How Much You Should Worry About Trump Nuking North Korea – Mother Jones

Here’s How Much You Should Worry About Trump Nuking North Korea – Mother Jones. by James West Jon Chol Jin and Evan Vucci/AP On Tuesday afternoon, President Donald Trump promised to unleash “fire and fury” on North Korea if it threatened the United States. North Korea quickly responded by saying its military was reviewing plans to attack Guam, an American […]

North Korea’s nuclear threat is real and terrifying

North Korea's nuclear threat is real and terrifying. On Tuesday, The Washington Post released a devastating report about North Korea’s growing nuclear and missile programs, confirming what many of us in the national security community have suspected for at least the last few years: Pyongyang now has the capability to miniaturize a nuclear warhead and place it on a missile. […]

It’s Not Too Late on North Korea – The New York Times

It’s Not Too Late on North Korea – The New York Times. by SUSAN E. RICE · August 10, 2017 Photographs of missile launches and military exercises on public display last month in Pyongyang, North Korea. Agence France-Presse — Getty Images North Korea’s substantial nuclear arsenal and improving intercontinental ballistic missile capacity pose a growing threat to America’s security. But […]

The Google memo and Trump’s DOJ prove that diversity is not enough.

The Google memo and Trump’s DOJ prove that diversity is not enough.. by Jamelle Bouie · August 9, 2017 The Google memo and the actions of the Justice Department prove it. Photo illustration by Slate. Image via Mike Blake/Reuters. Americans have never ceased arguing over the merits of inclusion and diversity, but two recent events have reinvigorated those debates. And […]

Barney Frank: Don’t Blame Bill Clinton For ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ | HuffPost

Barney Frank: Don't Blame Bill Clinton For 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' | HuffPost. In late February 1994, President Bill Clinton instituted a policy for the armed forces that allowed gay members to serve provided they weren’t openly gay. “Don’t ask, don’t tell” was billed as a compromise between Clinton’s campaign pledge to allow openly gay members to serve and insistence […]

Will Texas’ Immigration Crackdown Spark the Latino Uprising Democrats Have Been Waiting For? – Mother Jones

Will Texas’ Immigration Crackdown Spark the Latino Uprising Democrats Have Been Waiting For? – Mother Jones. by Tim Murphy Eric Gay/Associated Press On a Thursday night in May, around a dozen high-school and college-age Latino students were crowded into a small workshop adjoining an East Austin art space, getting a crash course on digital organizing. As they munched on pizza, […]

Suspended Fox Host Suing Reporter Who Published Sexual Harassment Claims – Talking Points Memo

Suspended Fox Host Suing Reporter Who Published Sexual Harassment Claims – Talking Points Memo. A reporter who published sexual harassment allegations about Fox News host Eric Bolling said on Wednesday that Bolling filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against him. Yashar Ali, a reporter for the Huffington Post, on Wednesday said he “received a summons” related to Bolling’s suit against him […]

America now has 3 political parties. And the Republicans and Democrats aren’t among them.

America now has 3 political parties. And the Republicans and Democrats aren't among them.. Which of America’s three political parties do you support? I’m not talking about our major institutional parties — the Republicans and the Democrats, or lesser parties like the Libertarians or Greens. I mean the effective parties — the people, coalitions, and issues with which voters actually […]

The 2020 Democratic Purity Olympics Are Already Underway

The 2020 Democratic Purity Olympics Are Already Underway. by Michael Tomasky · August 8, 2017 The Bernie Sanders supporters attacking Kamala Harris are itching to refight 2016 and demand a level of purity that, lo and behold, only one candidate can possibly attain. Wouldn’t you know it, on the very delicious-to-watch week that Republicans start jumping off the leaky Trump […]

Sanders ‘litmus test’ alarms Democrats – POLITICO

Sanders 'litmus test' alarms Democrats – POLITICO. Sen. Bernie Sanders has decided the moment is right to launch his proposal for the single-payer health insurance system which helped formed the backbone of his presidential message. House and Senate Democrats have wondered for months whether Bernie Sanders’ supporters might choose to focus their energy on launching primary challenges to party moderates […]

The Cruel Social-Media Shaming of Malia and Sasha Obama

The Cruel Social-Media Shaming of Malia and Sasha Obama. by Ira Madison III · August 8, 2017 It’s about much more than celebrity gawking. “Leave the children out of political discourse” is a common refrain whenever the children of politicians are attacked or otherwise maligned in the media. Unsurprisingly, all bets are off when it comes to Malia and Sasha […]

North Korea threatens missile attack on U.S. military base in Guam.

North Korea threatens missile attack on U.S. military base in Guam.. by Elliot Hannon · August 8, 2017 Not normally a hugger, this is how much Kim Jong-un likes intercontinental ballistic missiles. AFP/Getty Images Tuesday so far: North Korea: Keep messing with us and the U.S. “will be catapulted into an unimaginable sea of fire” via our new miniature nuclear […]

Dang — looks like those women-only “Wonder Woman” screenings were illegal – Salon.com

Dang — looks like those women-only “Wonder Woman” screenings were illegal – Salon.com. by Alessandra Maldonado · August 8, 2017 Turns out that when men whined about being banned from the screenings, they had a legal point An Austin movie theater is being accused of violating anti-discrimination laws after promoting women-only screenings of “Wonder Woman.” In June, Alamo Drafthouse, a […]

Trump Lashes Out at Blumenthal: “He Was a Phony Vietnam Con Artist” – Mother Jones

Trump Lashes Out at Blumenthal: “He Was a Phony Vietnam Con Artist” – Mother Jones. Moments after Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) appeared on CNN’s New Day to express concern over the administration’s efforts to crack down on leaks by targeting journalists, President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Monday to blast the senator as a “phony Vietnam con artist.” Interesting […]

Inside the biggest gathering of American socialists in decades

Inside the biggest gathering of American socialists in decades. Things are looking up for the Democratic Socialists of America. With a membership of 25,000, it is now the largest socialist group in America since the Second World War. And last weekend in Chicago, it held its largest convention, by a considerable margin, in its history. The event was a fascinating […]

. by Editorial Board Mayor Rahm Emanuel took Chicago’s legitimate defense of the sanctuary city concept to court Monday, challenging the Trump administration’s effort to compel Chicago cops to cooperate with the feds on immigration investigations. This fight has been building since President Donald Trump took office, issuing intemperate warnings of “bad hombres” and drawing excitable connections that do not […]

Stop Pretending That Trump Can Be Saved From Himself | New Republic

Stop Pretending That Trump Can Be Saved From Himself | New Republic. by Jeet Heer · August 7, 2017 Late last month, the interests of President Donald Trump aligned neatly with the interests of the Washington press corps. A chaotic White House was in search of order, and restless journalists were in search of a new political narrative. Enter John […]

Google fires employee behind anti-diversity memo

Google fires employee behind anti-diversity memo. by David Ingram and Ishita Palli · August 8, 2017 (Reuters) – Internet giant Google has fired the male engineer at the center of an uproar in Silicon Valley over the past week after he authored an internal memo asserting there are biological causes behind gender inequality in the tech industry. James Damore, the […]

Sanders ‘litmus test’ alarms Democrats – POLITICO

Sanders 'litmus test' alarms Democrats – POLITICO. by GABRIEL DEBENEDETTI · August 7, 2017 Sen. Bernie Sanders has decided the moment is right to launch his proposal for the single-payer health insurance system which helped formed the backbone of his presidential message. House and Senate Democrats have wondered for months if Bernie Sanders’ supporters might choose to focus their energy […]

The Democratic Socialists of America Are Dreaming Big but Acting Locally

The Democratic Socialists of America Are Dreaming Big but Acting Locally. by Gideon Resnick · August 7, 2017 With the rest of America taking their cues from Trump, they see an opening in community organizing, statewide health care fights, and running candidates for local office. CHICAGO, IL—Back in February, the East Bay chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America was […]

Chicago Is Bringing Serious Ammunition to Its Fight Against Jeff Sessions – Mother Jones

Chicago Is Bringing Serious Ammunition to Its Fight Against Jeff Sessions – Mother Jones. by Pema Levy Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via ZUMA Press The city of Chicago is bringing some serious legal firepower to its lawsuit against Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his new policy of withholding Justice Department funding to places that don’t cooperate with federal immigration authorities. Last month, […]

The Russia investigation will probably not end well

The Russia investigation will probably not end well. President Trump is vexed and annoyed, irritated and infuriated, miffed and maddened by the ongoing investigation into his campaign’s potential collusion with Russia. It’s all fake news, a witch hunt, a made-up deal, or as he told a crowd of supporters in West Virginia on Thursday, it’s “a total fabrication,” this “totally […]

What’s the Deal, Mr. Trump? – The New York Times

What’s the Deal, Mr. Trump? – The New York Times. by THE EDITORIAL BOARD · August 5, 2017 President Trump meeting with the National Association of Manufacturers at the White House in March. Eric Thayer for The New York Times President Trump promised he’d make so many great deals that we’d all get “tired of winning.” He’s certainly left Americans […]

Al Gore’s Carbon Footprint Doesn’t Matter | New Republic

Al Gore’s Carbon Footprint Doesn’t Matter | New Republic. by Emily Atkin · August 7, 2017 Al Gore is back in the spotlight with his new documentary, An Inconvenient Sequel, making him a top target again of the right-wing counter-intel complex. On Thursday, the conservative National Center for Public Policy Research released a report, “Al Gore’s Inconvenient Reality,” that paints […]

The Pro-Trump Media’s Assault Against H.R. McMaster – The Atlantic

The Pro-Trump Media's Assault Against H.R. McMaster – The Atlantic. by Rosie Gray · August 4, 2017 Long-simmering tensions within the White House burst into public view this week after the firings of three National Security Council officials, with National-Security Adviser H.R. McMaster becoming Public Enemy No. 1 of the pro-Trump online brigades. McMaster has cleaned house at the NSC […]

Third-term curse haunts Cuomo – POLITICO

Third-term curse haunts Cuomo – POLITICO. by JIMMY VIELKIND · August 6, 2017 If Gov. Andrew Cuomo is serious about running for president in 2020, would he be better off not running for a third term of his own next year? | Mary Altaffer/AP Photo ALBANY, N.Y. — Andrew Cuomo watched as a third term dragged down his father Mario, […]

Chicago To Sue Trump Administration Over Sanctuary City Funding Threat | HuffPost

Chicago To Sue Trump Administration Over Sanctuary City Funding Threat | HuffPost. by Chris Kenning and Joseph Ax · August 6, 2017 CHICAGO/NEW YORK, Aug 6 (Reuters) – Chicago will sue the Trump administration on Monday over threats to withhold public safety grant money from so-called sanctuary cities, escalating a pushback against a federal immigration crackdown, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced […]

Foxconn’s big jobs promises

Foxconn's big jobs promises. President Trump just claimed a big win in his quest “to revive America’s flagging industrial sector,” said Steven Overly at Politico​. The White House announced last week that it helped broker a deal with Taiwanese manufacturing giant Foxconn to invest $10 billion in a massive new plant in Wisconsin for manufacturing LCD screens. The plant — […]

Reconciling the three Democratic parties – Orange County Register

Reconciling the three Democratic parties – Orange County Register. by Joel Kotkin · August 6, 2017 With President Donald Trump’s Dr. Demento impersonation undermining his own party, the road should be open for Democrats to sweep the next election cycle. And, for the first time since their horrific defeat of 2016, not only nationally but also in the states, the […]

Democrats fear Russia probe blowback – POLITICO

Democrats fear Russia probe blowback – POLITICO. by DAVID SIDERS · August 5, 2017 The Russia investigation “doesn’t do anything for Democrats at all,” said California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who’s running for governor, in a recent appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “It’s a loser.” | Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP ALISO VIEJO, Calif. — Democrats are increasingly conflicted about how forcefully to […]

Why Is Caitlyn Jenner Refusing to Quit Donald Trump?

Why Is Caitlyn Jenner Refusing to Quit Donald Trump?. by Ira Madison III · August 6, 2017 After criticizing Trump’s trans military ban—and his stance on trans bathroom rights—the former Olympian turned reality star was seen cruising around Malibu in a MAGA hat. Are we done with Caitlyn Jenner’s hypocrisy yet? Not only is she part of the Kardashian Klan, […]

9 questions about the Democratic Socialists of America you were too embarrassed to ask – Vox

9 questions about the Democratic Socialists of America you were too embarrassed to ask – Vox. by Jeff Stein · August 5, 2017 This weekend, 697 delegates from 49 states are congregating in Chicago for the largest-ever convention of the Democratic Socialists of America. Socialism is having a moment. Bernie Sanders, a self-described “democratic socialist,” nearly snagged the Democratic Party […]

United Auto Workers Lose Crucial Union Battle At Mississippi Nissan Plant | HuffPost

United Auto Workers Lose Crucial Union Battle At Mississippi Nissan Plant | HuffPost. The U.S. labor movement suffered a painful loss late Friday when workers at a Nissan factory in Mississippi overwhelmingly voted against joining the United Auto Workers union. The election involving about 3,700 workers at the Canton manufacturing facility was the most closely watched of its kind in […]

Will Texas’ Immigration Crackdown Spark the Latino Uprising Democrats Have Been Waiting For? – Mother Jones

Will Texas’ Immigration Crackdown Spark the Latino Uprising Democrats Have Been Waiting For? – Mother Jones. by Tim Murphy Eric Gay/Associated Press On a Thursday night in May, around a dozen high-school and college-age Latino students were crowded into a small workshop adjoining an East Austin art space, getting a crash course on digital organizing. As they munched on pizza, […]

The debt ceiling is madness

The debt ceiling is madness. Here we go again. If Congress — which is leaving town for its August recess — doesn’t pass an increase in the debt ceiling by the end of September, the United States government will begin defaulting on its obligations, which could well cause a global financial meltdown. As if we didn’t have enough problems already. […]

Trump’s Immigration Dead End – Bloomberg

Trump's Immigration Dead End – Bloomberg. by The Editors More stories by The Editors Leave aside the other features of the immigration-reform proposal President Donald Trump endorsed on Wednesday and focus on its main idea: Reducing immigration by half over a decade. It’s the wrong goal, and it subverts the rest of the plan. There’s no doubt the U.S. immigration […]

In Trump’s World, Whites Are the Only Disadvantaged Class | The New Yorker

In Trump’s World, Whites Are the Only Disadvantaged Class | The New Yorker. by Jelani Cobb In a recent suit brought by Abigail Fisher, the Supreme Court narrowly upheld universities’ right to use race as a factor in admissions. Now the Trump Administration is taking aim at such policies. Photograph by Luke Sharrett / NYT / Redux In 2011, the […]

Debbie Wasserman Schultz defends not firing controversial IT worker – Salon.com

Debbie Wasserman Schultz defends not firing controversial IT worker – Salon.com. by Matthew Rozsa · August 4, 2017 Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., defended herself amidst controversy over her decision to continue using the services of an IT worker who was accused of stealing computers and data systems. Last month the IT worker, Imran Awan, was arrested by the FBI […]

Democrats are starting to see Nancy Pelosi as a liability: report – Salon.com

Democrats are starting to see Nancy Pelosi as a liability: report – Salon.com. by Charlie May · August 4, 2017 Democrats are beginning to notice a problem in leadership under House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi D-Calif., according to a recent survey. As of late Democratic leadership has attempted to re-shape the party in an effort to galvanize voters against President […]

Will Texas’ Immigration Crackdown Spark the Latino Uprising Democrats Have Been Waiting For? – Mother Jones

Will Texas’ Immigration Crackdown Spark the Latino Uprising Democrats Have Been Waiting For? – Mother Jones. by Tim Murphy Eric Gay/Associated Press On a Thursday night in May, around a dozen high-school and college-age Latino students were crowded into a small workshop adjoining an East Austin art space, getting a crash course on digital organizing. As they munched on pizza, […]

Senate Blocks Trump’s Ability To Make Recess Appointments This Month – Talking Points Memo

Senate Blocks Trump’s Ability To Make Recess Appointments This Month – Talking Points Memo. by Caitlin MacNeal Before the Senate left for its August recess on Thursday, lawmakers agreed to a series of pro forma sessions that ensures the Senate never officially goes on recess. The move effectively blocks President Donald Trump from making recess appointments while senators are away. […]

The left’s immigration problem

The left's immigration problem. The center-left has a serious immigration problem — one that could prove to be a serious political handicap. That it’s also intellectually incoherent only makes it worse. The occasion for the latest demonstration of politically self-destructive thoughtlessness from the left was the Trump administration’s Wednesday announcement of new immigration restrictions and the unflinching defense of it […]

Obamacare Rage in Retrospect – The New York Times

Obamacare Rage in Retrospect – The New York Times. by Paul Krugman · August 4, 2017 A protest outside the Denver office of Senator Cory Gardner in June. Ross Taylor for The New York Times I guess it ain’t over until the portly golfer sings, but it does look as if Obamacare will survive. In the end, Mitch McConnell couldn’t […]

It’s white nationalism week in the Trump administration

It's white nationalism week in the Trump administration. President Trump has not assembled a stellar record when it comes to keeping the promises he made as a candidate. A wall on the southern border, and Mexico’s going to pay for it? No. Repealing the Affordable Care Act and replacing it with “something terrific”? Sorry. Drain the Washington swamp? Surely you […]

Michael Moore Pushes Oprah, Tom Hanks for 2020

Michael Moore Pushes Oprah, Tom Hanks for 2020. by Matt Wilstein · August 3, 2017 “We need to run a beloved American in 2020,” the liberal filmmaker argued on ‘The View.’ During the 2016 election, Michael Moore urged the Hillary Clinton campaign to spend more time in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. They didn’t listen to him. Now, he has a […]

Outside of Elite Colleges, Affirmative Action Is Already Disappearing

Outside of Elite Colleges, Affirmative Action Is Already Disappearing. by Jordan Weissmann · August 3, 2017 The University of California system has been affirmative action free since the 1990s. Getty Images The Trump administration may or may not be preparing a legal assault against college affirmative action policies. But in case lawsuits do start flying, here’s a piece of context […]

The Trump-Russia investigation is headed to a grand jury – Vox

The Trump-Russia investigation is headed to a grand jury – Vox. by Alex Ward · August 3, 2017 Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Robert Mueller testifies during a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee June 13, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Mueller testified on the oversight of the FBI. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images Special counsel Robert Mueller […]

How To Begin The End Of The War On Drugs | HuffPost

How To Begin The End Of The War On Drugs | HuffPost. I have had countless conversations with colleagues in elected positions about their use of marijuana. I can say with confidence that many of my colleagues in Congress have tried marijuana. In my time in other privileged institutions like Stanford and Yale, marijuana and other drugs were used with […]

Trump Pushes Plan to Slash Legal Immigration to the US – Mother Jones

Trump Pushes Plan to Slash Legal Immigration to the US – Mother Jones. by P.R. Lockhart Sen. Tom Cotton, President Donald Trump, and Sen. David Perdue announce their legislation at the White House on Wednesday.Evan Vucci/AP President Donald Trump threw his support on Wednesday behind legislation that would drastically limit legal immigration to the United States. The president appeared with […]

Why leftists don’t trust Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, and Deval Patrick

Why leftists don't trust Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, and Deval Patrick. The contest for control of the Democratic Party between left and center is continuing apace. The latest battleground is over a handful of minority Democrats being groomed by the centrist establishment to run for office: Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick. […]

Zuckerberg hires former Clinton pollster Joel Benenson – POLITICO

Zuckerberg hires former Clinton pollster Joel Benenson – POLITICO. by ANNIE KARNI · August 2, 2017 Mark Zuckerberg and his wife have vowed to give away 99 percent of their Facebook shares, worth an estimated $45 billion, to charity. | Paul Marotta/Getty Images Benenson will advise the Facebook founder’s philanthropy, but the move comes amid speculation about Zuckerberg’s political ambitions. […]

Donald Trump’s Big, Ambitious New Immigration Push Is Doomed to Failure

Donald Trump’s Big, Ambitious New Immigration Push Is Doomed to Failure. by Jackie Kucinich · August 2, 2017 President Trump is amassing an impressive record of picking proposals that are sure-fire misses inside the U.S. Senate. For someone who likes to brag about his ability to seal the deal and pick winners, President Donald Trump has been on an impressive […]

Clarence Thomas’ legal vision is becoming a Trump-era reality.

Clarence Thomas’ legal vision is becoming a Trump-era reality.. by Dahlia Lithwick, Mark Joseph Stern · August 2, 2017 Aug. 02, 2017 Cover Story There’s a reason Clarence Thomas writes so many solo dissents and concurrences. The second-longest-tenured justice on the Supreme Court has spent more than 25 years staking out a right-wing worldview that can generously be described as […]

China is perfecting a new method for suppressing dissent on the internet – Vox

China is perfecting a new method for suppressing dissent on the internet – Vox. The art of suppressing dissent has been perfected over the years by authoritarian governments. For most of human history, the solution was simple: force. Punish people severely enough when they step out of line and you deter potential protesters. But in the age of the internet […]

The myth about Trump’s generals – Salon.com

The myth about Trump’s generals – Salon.com. by Lucian K. Truscott IV · August 2, 2017 I know it’s asking a lot, but can you remember all the way back to January, not long after Trump was inaugurated, when Republican and Democrat establishment types were still reaching for reasons not to get too alarmed by the man sitting in the […]

Comey To Publish Book Covering Alleged Trump-Russia Ties, Clinton Investigation – Talking Points Memo

Comey To Publish Book Covering Alleged Trump-Russia Ties, Clinton Investigation – Talking Points Memo. Former FBI Director James Comey has a book deal.Flatiron Books told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Comey will write about everything from allegations of ties between Russia and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign to the bureau’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. […]

Tesla’s Model 3 is blindingly overhyped

Tesla's Model 3 is blindingly overhyped. When Tesla officially launched the Model 3 last week to much fanfare, there was one detail about the ostensibly affordable electric car that transcended all others: the dashboard. The Model 3, which Tesla fans have waited over 10 years for and is aimed at widening the company’s appeal, is conspicuously missing the traditional set […]

The Past Week Proves That Trump Is Destroying Our Democracy – The New York Times

The Past Week Proves That Trump Is Destroying Our Democracy – The New York Times. by YASCHA MOUNK · August 1, 2017 Mark Pernice America is on its way to a full-blown constitutional crisis. Over just a few days last week, President Trump and his allies stepped up attacks on Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating the campaign’s connections to […]

Fox News Suit Turns Seth Rich Conspiracists on Each Other

Fox News Suit Turns Seth Rich Conspiracists on Each Other. by Ben Collins · August 1, 2017 A lawsuit claiming Fox News—and even President Trump—pressured a detective to concoct a story that the DNC staffer was murdered for political reasons is splitting the alt-right. Pro-Trump media outlets that promoted for months the baseless conspiracy that former DNC staffer Seth Rich […]

Reclaiming my time: Maxine Waters’s beleaguered congressional hearing led to a mighty meme – Vox

Reclaiming my time: Maxine Waters’s beleaguered congressional hearing led to a mighty meme – Vox. by Aja Romano · July 31, 2017 Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) wasn’t messing around during a House Financial Services Committee hearing Thursday when she confronted Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin with a procedural interruption that has now gone viral. When Waters asked Mnuchin why his office […]

Russia and America’s new era of lunatic brinksmanship

Russia and America's new era of lunatic brinksmanship. The nearest great power rival of the Russian Empire in the early 20th century was the rickety Austro-Hungarian Empire. As part of this competition, Russia eagerly encouraged Slavic nationalist movements, especially in Serbia, which wanted to carve off a chunk of the Austrian flank with a large Serbian population. So when Serbian […]

Drop the Bluster on North Korea – The New York Times

Drop the Bluster on North Korea – The New York Times. by THE EDITORIAL BOARD · August 1, 2017 Linda Huang As President Trump has implicitly conceded, his approach to the North Korean nuclear threat is failing. It was all about putting the responsibility on China to force the North to abandon its program, which has grown increasingly and alarmingly […]

The Russia Mess Sucks in Democrats, Too

The Russia Mess Sucks in Democrats, Too. by John Batchelor · August 1, 2017 One known unknown: the person who commissioned Fusion GPS to create the infamous ‘Trump Dossier.’ Two modest Russiagate puzzles that do not fit easily into any case for or against President Trump, took new turns in recent days. First, the Senate Judiciary Committee’s intention to subpoena […]

Trump ousts Scaramucci as communications director – POLITICO

Trump ousts Scaramucci as communications director – POLITICO. by TARA PALMERI and JOSH DAWSEY · July 31, 2017 President Donald Trump has removed Anthony Scaramucci as communications director, a little more than a week after the former financier was named to the post, the White House said on Monday. The change came at the request of new chief of staff […]

Trump’s transgender ban will weaken the military.

Trump’s transgender ban will weaken the military.. by Phillip Carter and Amy Schafer · July 26, 2017 Retired Army Col. Sheri A. Swokowski stands at attention during a U.S. Navy LGBTQ pride event in San Diego on June 30, 2015. Swokowski was a guest speaker at the event and is considered the highest-ranking openly transgender person in the country. Earnie […]

Reclaiming my time: Maxine Waters’s beleaguered congressional hearing led to a mighty meme – Vox

Reclaiming my time: Maxine Waters’s beleaguered congressional hearing led to a mighty meme – Vox. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) wasn’t messing around during a House Financial Services Committee hearing Thursday when she confronted Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin with a procedural interruption that has now gone viral. When Waters asked Mnuchin why his office had not responded to a letter from […]

“Things that have lasted longer than Mooch”: Twitter laughs at firing of Anthony Scaramucci – Salon.com

“Things that have lasted longer than Mooch”: Twitter laughs at firing of Anthony Scaramucci – Salon.com. by Sophia Tesfaye · July 31, 2017 “The Mooch” is out — and Donald Trump’s White House resembles the “Hunger Games” more and more every day. Ten days after being announced as the new White House communications director, Anthony Scaramucci was unceremoniously dismissed. According […]

There’s only 1 way to solve the North Korea crisis

There's only 1 way to solve the North Korea crisis. North Korea has once again tested an intercontinental ballistic missile — and this time there is no doubt Pyongyang has a missile with the range to hit a large swath of the U.S. homeland. This means it’s time for some hard truths. We all know how to solve the Rubik’s […]

Who Ate Republicans’ Brains? – The New York Times

Who Ate Republicans’ Brains? – The New York Times. by Paul Krugman · July 31, 2017 When the tweeter-in-chief castigated Senate Republicans as “total quitters” for failing to repeal the Affordable Care Act, he couldn’t have been more wrong. In fact, they showed zombie-like relentlessness in their determination to take health care away from millions of Americans, shambling forward despite […]

It’s Never Been Harder to Be a Climate Scientist | New Republic

It’s Never Been Harder to Be a Climate Scientist | New Republic. by Emily Atkin · July 27, 2017 One month before President Donald Trump was sworn into office, the climate scientist Michael Mann wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post about the time someone sent a letter filled with fake anthrax to his office. The August 2010 scare, he […]

Why capitalism can’t survive without socialism – Vox

Why capitalism can’t survive without socialism – Vox. “We think of capitalism as being locked in an ideological battle with socialism, but we never really saw that capitalism might be defeated by its own child — technology.” This is how Eric Weinstein, a mathematician and the managing director of Peter Thiel’s investment firm, Thiel Capital, began a recent video for […]

Joe Biden Reportedly Called John McCain Ahead Of Crucial Obamacare Repeal Vote | HuffPost

Joe Biden Reportedly Called John McCain Ahead Of Crucial Obamacare Repeal Vote | HuffPost. by Taylor Link · July 30, 2017 The Democratic socialist says all Americans should have the same health care that members of Congress have Follow Bernie Sanders (Credit: AP/Jae C. Hong) Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders turned the table on President Donald Trump in an interview with […]

Bernie Sanders brilliantly responds to President Trump’s threat of stripping Congress’ health insurance – Salon.com

Bernie Sanders brilliantly responds to President Trump’s threat of stripping Congress’ health insurance – Salon.com. by Taylor Link · July 30, 2017 The Democratic socialist says all Americans should have the same health care that members of Congress have Follow Bernie Sanders (Credit: AP/Jae C. Hong) Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders turned the table on President Donald Trump in an interview […]

The Generals Can’t Save Us From Trump – The New York Times

The Generals Can’t Save Us From Trump – The New York Times. by JONATHAN STEVENSON · July 28, 2017 The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images During a recent conference in Singapore, someone asked Secretary of Defense James Mattis whether, given President Trump’s withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Paris climate […]

Democrats’ new data shows path to winning whites | McClatchy Washington Bureau

Democrats' new data shows path to winning whites | McClatchy Washington Bureau. by Alex Roartyaroarty@mcclatchydc.com New internal Democratic data shows the party’s House candidates can win back the white working-class voters who strongly supported President Donald Trump last year. But they have a lot of work ahead of them. House Majority PAC, a super PAC allied with House Democrats, this […]

Apple removes VPN services from the App Store in China: Report – Salon.com

Apple removes VPN services from the App Store in China: Report – Salon.com. by Charlie May · July 29, 2017 Apple is removing Virtual Private Network (VPN) apps in China, which allows users to circumvent the country’s attempts to censor certain portions of the internet, according to multiple news reports. People who use VPN services in the country have the […]

Once Upon A Time Climate Activists Cheered Al Gore. Times Have Changed. – Mother Jones

Once Upon A Time Climate Activists Cheered Al Gore. Times Have Changed. – Mother Jones. It’s the year 2015, in Paris, and negotiations over an international climate accord are falling apart. India‚ the world’s fourth-largest polluter, is wary about signing onto the deal, fearing the commitments are too strict for a developing country with high energy needs. So Al Gore […]

Gorka Touts Transgender Soldier Ban, Slams ‘Obama-Era Social Engineering’ – Talking Points Memo

Gorka Touts Transgender Soldier Ban, Slams ‘Obama-Era Social Engineering’ – Talking Points Memo. by Matt Shuham White House aide Sebastian Gorka said Thursday that President Donald Trump had announced his intention to ban all transgender individuals from the U.S. military because the military is “not there to reflect America” or “be socially engineered.” And, despite the fact that the U.S. […]

Irresistible forces

Irresistible forces. Every time I hit the “add to cart” button, I feel a twinge of guilt. Just a twinge, mind you, and it doesn’t stop me from ordering another item from Amazon that I could have bought at a retail store. Why drive? With a push of the finger, boxes arrive at my door: books, razor blades, gasoline stabilizer, […]

John McCain’s Surprising Vote: How Cancer Can Change A Person’s Worldview | HuffPost

John McCain's Surprising Vote: How Cancer Can Change A Person's Worldview | HuffPost. Having a life-threatening or terminal illness changes a person. I should know. I am a stage III rectal cancer survivor. While I have always been a progressive, battling my cancer made me even more sympathetic to the plight of my fellow humans. It made me realize that […]

Once Upon A Time Climate Activists Cheered Al Gore. Times Have Changed. – Mother Jones

Once Upon A Time Climate Activists Cheered Al Gore. Times Have Changed. – Mother Jones. by Emily Atkin This story was originally published by the New Republic and appears here as a part of the Climate Desk collaboration. It’s the year 2015, in Paris, and negotiations over an international climate accord are falling apart. India‚ the world’s fourth-largest polluter, is […]

How John McCain saved ObamaCare and proved the haters wrong

How John McCain saved ObamaCare and proved the haters wrong. Early Friday morning, Sen. John McCain walked into the Senate chamber and, to a burst of applause from Senate Democrats, cast the decisive vote to defeat Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Health Care Freedom Act. It was a historic moment. And I have never been happier to have been dead wrong. […]

The Senate’s Health Care Travesty – The New York Times

The Senate’s Health Care Travesty – The New York Times. by THE EDITORIAL BOARD · July 25, 2017 Protesters in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., this week. Joe Raedle/Getty Images Ignoring overwhelming public opposition to legislation that would destroy the Affordable Care Act, Senate Republicans voted on Tuesday to begin repealing that law without having any workable plan to replace it. The […]

How the Democrats Can Pull Us Back From the Brink

How the Democrats Can Pull Us Back From the Brink. by Joy-Ann Reid · July 28, 2017 Start now, Democrats. Protect and register voters. Get some fresh blood in front of the cameras. And keep your promises simple and concrete. It’s never mattered this much. OK, Democrats. It’s time to stop mucking around. Cancel the focus groups. Junk the lame […]

Democrats want to stop Trump’s trans ban before it starts – Vox

Democrats want to stop Trump's trans ban before it starts – Vox. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is working on legislation to block President Trump’s proposed ban on transgender people serving in the military, part of an effort to move fellow lawmakers from bashing the controversial White House announcement to actually trying to find concrete ways of reversing it. “Our office […]

Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s aide arrested after being accused of bank fraud – Salon.com

Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s aide arrested after being accused of bank fraud – Salon.com. by Matthew Rozsa · July 27, 2017 A former aide to the former DNC chair was arrested trying to flee the country An information technology staffer who used to work for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, the former head of the Democratic National Committee, has reportedly […]

The Real Civil War in the Democratic Party – The New York Times

The Real Civil War in the Democratic Party – The New York Times. by LEE DRUTMAN · July 26, 2017 Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, flanked by fellow Democrats, including Nancy Pelosi, second from left. and Elizabeth Warren, far left, introduced the party’s new economic message on Monday in Berryville, Va. Justin T. Gellerson for The New York Times […]

Dems at odds over direction of ‘Better Deal’ | TheHill

Dems at odds over direction of ‘Better Deal’ | TheHill. by Mike Lillis · July 26, 2017 Democrats say they’re united behind their newly launched “A Better Deal” agenda, but they appear to be at odds over where the platform is headed. Party leaders want to keep the focus exclusively on economic issues in hopes of engaging the working-class voters […]

Trump’s transgender ban will weaken the military.

Trump’s transgender ban will weaken the military.. by Phillip Carter and Amy Schafer · July 26, 2017 Retired Army Col. Sheri A. Swokowski stands at attention during a U.S. Navy LGBTQ pride event in San Diego on June 30, 2015. Swokowski was a guest speaker at the event and is considered the highest-ranking openly transgender person in the country. Earnie […]

Chelsea Manning Responds To Donald Trump’s Tweets About Banning Transgender Service Members | HuffPost

Chelsea Manning Responds To Donald Trump's Tweets About Banning Transgender Service Members | HuffPost. Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning, transgender activist and U.S. military whistleblower, fired back Wednesday at President Donald Trump’s statement that transgender people would not be allowed to serve in the country’s armed forces. so, biggest baddest most $$ military on earth cries about a few trans people

Trump’s Ban on Transgender Service Members May Not Be Legal – Mother Jones

Trump’s Ban on Transgender Service Members May Not Be Legal – Mother Jones. by Ashley Dejean Niyazz/iStock With three tweets Wednesday morning, President Donald Trump put in peril the careers of an estimated 15,000 service members, saying the federal government would “not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.” The move is an […]

Trump Donates Quarterly Salary To Department Of Education – Talking Points Memo

Trump Donates Quarterly Salary To Department Of Education – Talking Points Memo. by Nicole Lafond Keeping with his campaign promise to donate his presidential salary to various organizations, President Donald Trump will donate this quarter’s $100,000 salary to the Department of Education, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced Wednesday. Last quarter, Trump’s salary went toward the restoration of […]

Front-Rrunner For U.S. Senate Seat In Alabama Calls Islam A ‘False Religion’ | HuffPost

Front-Rrunner For U.S. Senate Seat In Alabama Calls Islam A 'False Religion' | HuffPost. A U.S. Senate candidate and former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice told voters this week that Islam is a “false religion.” Republican Roy Moore — the front-runner in Alabama’s Aug. 15 special election to fill the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions’ appointment as U.S. attorney […]

Trumpcare Is Voted Down – Mother Jones

Trumpcare Is Voted Down – Mother Jones. by Kevin Drum With debate over health care now proceeding, it’s time to vote on actual health care bills. A few moments ago the Senate voted against BCRA, their primary repeal-and-replace bill. This is the one they’ve been working busily on for the past couple of months. It wasn’t close: the bill went […]

The Democrats’ Agenda, and the Art of the Possible – The New York Times

The Democrats’ Agenda, and the Art of the Possible – The New York Times. by THE EDITORIAL BOARD · July 24, 2017 Laurie Rollitt Remember that little booklet Paul Ryan used to wave around with the Republicans’ insipidly branded economic agenda, “A Better Way”? Now Democrats have an agenda called “A Better Deal.” This semantic similarity neatly encapsulates how scarce […]

The Agony and the Anxiety of The New York Times | Vanity Fair

The Agony and the Anxiety of The New York Times | Vanity Fair. The first six months of the Trump administration have been one of the most glorious eras in the history of The New York Times. The paper, in addition to its rival The Washington Post, has been at the absolute center of the culture, a bastion of sanity, […]

Progressives Actually Like Democrats’ New Message | HuffPost

Progressives Actually Like Democrats' New Message | HuffPost. Leading progressives praised the new message unveiled by top congressional Democrats Monday that stresses economic policy, suggesting the party is moving on from the internecine finger-pointing that has dogged it since November’s election. Under the slogan “A Better Deal: Better Jobs, Better Wages, Better Future,” House and Senate Democratic leaders laid out […]

That Sound You Hear Is Elizabeth Warren Tightening Her Grip on the Democratic Party – Mother Jones

That Sound You Hear Is Elizabeth Warren Tightening Her Grip on the Democratic Party – Mother Jones. by Tim Murphy Thomas Galvez/Flickr When Vox‘s Jeff Stein reported late last week that Democrats had, at long last, unified around a message for 2018—”A Better Deal: Better Skills, Better Jobs, Better Wages”—the immediate reaction was almost universal mockery. “The Democrats’ new message […]

Medicaid Delivers as Obamacare Survives

Medicaid Delivers as Obamacare Survives. by Eleanor Clift · July 24, 2017 With its expansion under the ACA, Medicaid now pays for half of all births in America. Medicaid got a reprieve from the budget axe with the GOP’s failure so far to repeal, let alone replace, Obamacare. Suddenly, the program for the poor that began in 1965 seems less […]

Schumer takes aim at Clinton: Don’t blame Russia or Comey, “blame yourself.”

Schumer takes aim at Clinton: Don’t blame Russia or Comey, “blame yourself.”. by Daniel Politi · July 23, 2017 Hillary Rodham Clinton is hugged by Sen. Charles Schumer after he testified for her during her confirmation hearing for Secretary of State before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill, January 13, 2009 in Washington, D.C. Getty Images Senate Minority […]

Has Trump Finally Entered the Death Spiral? | Vanity Fair

Has Trump Finally Entered the Death Spiral? | Vanity Fair. For those who believed that the White House’s main problem was too many adults in the room, the appointment of Anthony Scaramucci is welcome news. Sean Spicer has resigned in protest, with little to show for his time other than sartorial upgrades. In brief, a role that normally goes to […]

The Mooch and the Mogul – The New York Times

The Mooch and the Mogul – The New York Times. President Trump has finally found a courtier who can give him the buttery, boundless respect he craves. A wealthy mini-me Manhattan bro with wolfy smile and slick coif who will say anything and flip any position. A self-promoter extraordinaire and master salesman who doesn’t mind pushing a bad product — […]

House Bill Proposes To Triple Penalty For Female Genital Mutilation | HuffPost

House Bill Proposes To Triple Penalty For Female Genital Mutilation | HuffPost. Reps. Dave Trott (R-Mich.) and Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) are aiming to triple the federal penalty for female genital mutilation amid an investigation into the practice in Detroit. On Thursday, Trott and Maloney proposed the Stopping Abusive Female Exploitation (SAFE) Act to increase the federal penalty for female genital […]

Democrats are still chasing rural white voters, and it’s a strategy doomed to fail – Salon.com

Democrats are still chasing rural white voters, and it’s a strategy doomed to fail – Salon.com. Left-leaning political Twitter erupted in mockery on Thursday when the Democratic Party unveiled its cringeworthy new slogan: “A Better Deal: Better Skills, Better Jobs, Better Wages”, which was not only bad on its own but painfully reminiscent of the Papa John’s slogan. Despite the […]

Trump is trying to trigger a health-care death spiral. Yes, intentionally.

Trump is trying to trigger a health-care death spiral. Yes, intentionally.. Remember 2013? When many of the key provisions of the Affordable Care Act took effect that year, Republicans became apoplectic about the horrific injustices that Americans who got their insurance on the individual market were being subjected to. With insurance plans now required to cover “essential health benefits” — […]

Why the Greens Lost, and Trump Won

Why the Greens Lost, and Trump Won. The White House is seeking to discredit Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his investigative team. Could it work? President Trump and his legal team are reportedly preparing an extensive pushback campaign against Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his investigative team. The White House claims that Mueller, a longtime Republican and former director of […]

Does Trump Have a Case Against Mueller? – POLITICO Magazine

Does Trump Have a Case Against Mueller? – POLITICO Magazine. The White House is seeking to discredit Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his investigative team. Could it work? President Trump and his legal team are reportedly preparing an extensive pushback campaign against Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his investigative team. The White House claims that Mueller, a longtime Republican and […]

How The Muslim Ban Legalized Islamophobia | HuffPost

How The Muslim Ban Legalized Islamophobia | HuffPost. I met an American six-grader who wanted to leave the United States. I was speaking about fighting Islamophobia in a Columbus, Ohio mosque earlier this year, when a father pulled me aside, asking me to speak to his son in private. The boy told me he wanted to leave the U.S., but […]

Why Blue Dogs would destroy the Democratic Party. Again.

Why Blue Dogs would destroy the Democratic Party. Again.. With a seriously unpopular Republican president and congressional Republicans desperately attempting to pass an even more unpopular health-care bill only to fall flat on their faces, Democrats are anticipating big pickups in the 2018 midterms. And to increase their odds, they’re trying to revive a group once left for dead: The […]

Tennessee County Offers Inmates Shorter Sentences If They Get A Vasectomy | HuffPost

Tennessee County Offers Inmates Shorter Sentences If They Get A Vasectomy | HuffPost. A jail in White County, Tennessee, is offering reduced sentences to inmates who agree to a vasectomy or birth control implant, ABC 15 reported Wednesday. Inmates who volunteer are rewarded with 30 days less jail time under an order signed in May by Judge Sam Benningfield. The […]

Democrats file 88-point resolution that states why Trump is unfit for office – Salon.com

Democrats file 88-point resolution that states why Trump is unfit for office – Salon.com. by Charlie May · July 20, 2017 Democrats say that a lot of Trump’s behaviors prove he shouldn’t be leading the nation Democrats have filed a “no-confidence” resolution “objecting to the conduct of the President of the United States” made up of 88 points that state […]

Climate Change Is Killing Us Right Now | New Republic

Climate Change Is Killing Us Right Now | New Republic. by Emily Atkin · July 20, 2017 A young, fit U.S. soldier is marching in a Middle Eastern desert, under a blazing summer sun. He’s wearing insulated clothing and lugging more than 100 pounds of gear, and thus sweating profusely as his body attempts to regulate the heat. But it’s […]

The Democratic Party’s Billion-Dollar Mistake – The New York Times

The Democratic Party’s Billion-Dollar Mistake – The New York Times. by STEVE PHILLIPS · July 20, 2017 Doug Chayka The Democratic Party is at risk of repeating the billion-dollar blunder that helped create its devastating losses of 2016. With its obsessive focus on wooing voters who supported Donald Trump, it is neglecting the cornerstone of its coalition and failing to […]

A Baltimore police officer accidentally recorded himself planting drugs at a crime scene – Vox

A Baltimore police officer accidentally recorded himself planting drugs at a crime scene – Vox. by German Lopez · July 19, 2017 Footage shows officer placing drugs in trash; goes out to street, turns on camera, returns. Cams save 30 sec prior to activation, w/o sound pic.twitter.com/5ZW128lWFM — Justin Fenton (@justin_fenton) July 19, 2017 It’s not especially rare to hear […]

Somebody primary Andrew Cuomo

Somebody primary Andrew Cuomo. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) undoubtedly wants to run for president in 2020 — but first, he has to be re-elected as governor in 2018. A year or so ago, he was considered a shoe-in, with his ultra-cynical deception-and-triangulation strategy making him appear above the fray and successfully keeping the left in check. Zephyr Teachout […]