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

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

Deadbeat Democrats | New Republic

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

Why the left hated Trump’s U.N. speech – The Washington Post

Why the left hated Trump’s U.N. speech – The Washington Post. by Marc A. Thiessen · September 20, 2017 When Donald Trump ran for president, he criticized the interventionist policies of his Republican and Democratic predecessors, sparking fears that he would usher in a new era of American isolationism. But at the U.N. this week, Trump laid out a clear […]

Obama calls constant GOP efforts to repeal Obamacare ‘aggravating’ – POLITICO

Obama calls constant GOP efforts to repeal Obamacare 'aggravating' – POLITICO. by EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE · September 20, 2017 “Those of you who live in countries that already have universal health care are trying to figure out what’s the controversy here,” former President Barack Obama said. NEW YORK — The post-presidency by subtweet continues. As President Donald Trump attended sessions at […]

The Republican National Committee Is Weaponizing Bernie Sanders’ Single-Payer Plan

The Republican National Committee Is Weaponizing Bernie Sanders’ Single-Payer Plan. by Gideon Resnick · September 20, 2017 Talking points put together by the committee don’t pitch their party’s bill so much as warn of another. The Republican Party’s attempt to sell its latest bill to repeal and replace Obamacare relies heavily on scaring the public about what Sen. Bernie Sanders […]

Bernie Sanders Sets His Sights On The Foreign Policy Establishment | HuffPost

Bernie Sanders Sets His Sights On The Foreign Policy Establishment | HuffPost. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will use a major foreign policy address Thursday to set out his view of how politicians on the left should discuss the U.S role in the world and why voters at home should pay close attention to America’s actions abroad. Even as the popular […]

Liberals’ hysterical Russia hypocrisies

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

Will Trump’s ‘Rocket Man’ speech lead us to war? – LA Times

Will Trump's 'Rocket Man' speech lead us to war? – LA Times. by Doyle McManus The ostensible purpose of President Trump’s speech at the United Nations on Tuesday was to explain to the world why “America First” is an idea other countries should embrace. It was to be “a deeply philosophical address,” a White House official promised. Instead, the speech […]

Did Democrats jump the gun with single-payer splash? – POLITICO

Did Democrats jump the gun with single-payer splash? – POLITICO. by ELANA SCHOR · September 19, 2017 Sen. Bernie Sanders’ single-payer plan drew support from no fewer than five fellow potential challengers to President Donald Trump in 2020. | Andrew Harnik/AP Photo Last week, a group of Senate Democrats rallied behind single-payer health care at a splashy news conference. This […]

This summer has been an unending series of natural disasters.

This summer has been an unending series of natural disasters.. by Eleanor Cummins · September 19, 2017 People walk next to debris after an earthquake in Mexico City on Tuesday. Claudia Daut/Reuters The past month has been a mind-bending litany of natural disasters. First, Hurricane Harvey swamped Houston. Then Mexico experienced a massive earthquake, an 8.2 magnitude shock to the […]

Senators really could vote to repeal Obamacare in the next 11 days – Vox

Senators really could vote to repeal Obamacare in the next 11 days – Vox. Republicans are on the hunt for just a few more votes to pass an Obamacare repeal bill as soon as next week that would cost millions of Americans their health insurance. Obamacare repeal appeared doomed after a Senate bill went down in defeat during a late-night […]

Hillary Clinton Secretly Supported ‘Pizzagate’ Restaurant After Incident | HuffPost

Hillary Clinton Secretly Supported 'Pizzagate' Restaurant After Incident | HuffPost. Ten months after a gunman opened fire in a D.C. pizza parlor over a debunked conspiracy theory involving 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her campaign chairman, John Podesta, it was revealed that Clinton had quietly supported the pizzeria in the wake of the shooting. Monday evening, during the […]

Paul Krugman: Calamity awaits if Americans don’t snap out of it – Salon.com

Paul Krugman: Calamity awaits if Americans don’t snap out of it – Salon.com. While progressive activists and 2020 presidential hopefuls alike were salivating over Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All bill last week, a team of Republicans took the opportunity to craft a last-ditch effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Meet Graham-Cassidy, which its spinmasters, Lindsey Graham, Bill Cassidy and […]

3 Democratic Congressmen Arrested At Trump Tower DREAM Act Demonstration – Talking Points Memo

3 Democratic Congressmen Arrested At Trump Tower DREAM Act Demonstration – Talking Points Memo. by Matt Shuham Three Democratic congressmen were arrested Tuesday in front of Trump Tower during a rally in support of what activists have called a “clean” DREAM Act. “We’re taking the necessary steps to make it clear to President Trump, the Republicans and the Democrats that […]

Just let North Korea have nukes

Just let North Korea have nukes. President Trump is in New York for his first speech to the General Assembly of the United Nations, an event at which representatives from all the world’s nations will get the opportunity to see him in person, turn to each other, shake their heads, and say, “Can you believe this guy is the most […]

‘The first white president’ is a ‘bad dude’ – The Washington Post

‘The first white president’ is a ‘bad dude’ – The Washington Post. by Jonathan Capehart · September 18, 2017 President Trump pauses while speaking to the media aboard Air Force One on Friday while flying over Florida. (Brendan Smialowski/Agence France-Presse via Getty Images) I have a confession to make. I have not been as enamored of Ta-Nehisi Coates and his […]

Dems rush back to Obamacare battle – POLITICO

Dems rush back to Obamacare battle – POLITICO. by ELANA SCHOR · September 18, 2017 “This is a red siren moment for the entire country,” Sen. Chuck Schumer declared Monday. | Mark Wilson/Getty Images Democrats hustled Monday to beat back the GOP’s latest Obama-care repeal push, leaning on moderate Republicans and mobilizing advocacy groups off the Hill to sound the […]

How Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook Have Monetized Fraud

How Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook Have Monetized Fraud. The Facebook CEO says it’s not his role to become an ‘arbiter of truth.’ Well, his enterprise is now a peddler of lies. What’s he going to do about it? Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has become rich accommodating America’s growing poverty of civility. Plainly put, he has monetized misinformation and fraud. After […]

The resistance wants you panicking over the GOP’s latest health care bill – Vox

The resistance wants you panicking over the GOP’s latest health care bill – Vox. Health care activists are battling confusion and exhaustion as they try to mount yet another stand — the last, they hope — against Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare. As Vox’s Dylan Scott has documented, congressional Republicans look primed to take one last run at Obamacare with […]

Senators Who Had Voted Against Obamacare Repeal Are Now Wavering | HuffPost

Senators Who Had Voted Against Obamacare Repeal Are Now Wavering | HuffPost. There’s nothing like a deadline to get things moving on Capitol Hill, and with a Sept. 30 expiration date for the bill that Republicans want to use for an Affordable Care Act repeal, Senate Republicans who once seemed resolutely opposed to even the most modest Obamacare repeal suddenly […]

“I would’ve never stood for it”: Hillary Clinton “won’t rule out” contesting Trump’s election – Salon.com

“I would’ve never stood for it”: Hillary Clinton “won’t rule out” contesting Trump’s election – Salon.com. by Jemele Hill Hurricane Harvey Heather Heyer On Monday, as part of her post-election tour for her new book “What Happened,” Hillary Clinton appeared on a radio interview with host Terry Gross on WHYY’s “Fresh Air,” in which she found herself in a peculiar […]

Undocumented Activists Disrupt Pelosi Presser, Demand Law For ‘All 11 Million’ – Talking Points Memo

Undocumented Activists Disrupt Pelosi Presser, Demand Law For ‘All 11 Million’ – Talking Points Memo. by Matt Shuham Young undocumented activists disrupted a press conference held by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and other congressional Democrats Monday, in which the lawmakers had planned to advocate for passage of the DREAM Act. The legislation, first introduced in the Senate in […]

This radical money policy would easily pay for Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for all

This radical money policy would easily pay for Bernie Sanders' Medicare for all. Last week, Bernie Sanders’ Medicare-for-all dream got a lot more real. Long consigned to the fringes of politics, Sanders’ bill now has at least 15 cosponsors in the Senate. Admittedly, the bill is quite utopian, which has opened it up to criticism. But it should be understood […]

The lost Democrats

The lost Democrats. What does it mean to be a member of the Democratic Party? What do Democrats believe in 2017? I have no idea. Do you? Republicans, for good or ill, know what they stand for: on economic issues, an interminable litany of libertarian lite clichés; in foreign affairs, recklessness and posturing adventurism; on the so-called social issues, a […]

Hillary Clinton Looks Back in Anger | The New Yorker

Hillary Clinton Looks Back in Anger | The New Yorker. by David Remnick The cover of the magazine’s post-election issue, had Clinton won. “I felt that I had let everyone down,” she recalls. “Because I had.” Illustration by Malika Favre Hillary Rodham Clinton, who, as she puts it, won “more votes for President than any white man” in American history, […]

Obamacare Repeal Is Closer Than You Think

Obamacare Repeal Is Closer Than You Think. by Gideon Resnick · September 18, 2017 Another repeal-and-replace option is gaining traction among Republicans on Capitol Hill, and anti-repeal activists may be too busy celebrating ‘Medicare for All’ to notice. A renewed push among Republican lawmakers to repeal and replace Obamacare is gaining steam on Capitol Hill—and progressive activists are worried that […]

The wealth gap between whites and blacks is widening.

The wealth gap between whites and blacks is widening.. by Jamelle Bouie · September 17, 2017 The median black household makes substantially less today than it did in 2000. monkeybusinessimages/iStock Most Americans believe active discrimination is a declining concern. They believe that despite the challenges our society currently faces, we are at least past the era of outright and explicit […]

A double standard at Harvard? – The Boston Globe

A double standard at Harvard? – The Boston Globe. Harvard must have known that selecting Chelsea Manning for a fellowship would incite controversy, because there’s virtually no other reason to choose her. Unlike the people traditionally selected for the university’s prestigious Institute of Politics fellowship, Manning has no political experience to share with students. Her claim to fame — or […]

Trump Says Jump. His Supporters Ask, How High? – The New York Times

Trump Says Jump. His Supporters Ask, How High? – The New York Times. · by Thomas B. Edsall · September 14, 2017 Signs of love greet President Trump’s motorcade as it passes through Lake Charles, La. earlier this month. Tom Brenner/The New York Times In the Trump era, Republicans have been revising their views on right and wrong. In 2011, […]

Left warns Pelosi, Schumer: Don’t get too close to Trump – POLITICO

Left warns Pelosi, Schumer: Don’t get too close to Trump – POLITICO. by ELANA SCHOR · September 15, 2017 Progressives are chiding Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi for “normalizing” President Donald Trump, a man the party intends to run hard against in 2018 and 2020. | Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images The Democratic base is growing […]

Harvard’s Chelsea Manning and Michelle Jones debacles reveal the university’s poor judgment.

Harvard’s Chelsea Manning and Michelle Jones debacles reveal the university’s poor judgment.. by Fred Kaplan · September 15, 2017 Former CIA official Mike Morell resigned as a senior fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School to protest Chelsea Manning’s visiting fellowship, which was later revoked. Photo illustration by Slate. Photos by Drew Angerer/Getty Images and U.S. Army/Handout via Reuters. Harvard University, whose […]

Harvard’s Rejection Of Chelsea Manning And Michelle Jones Proves Academia’s Intolerance | HuffPost

Harvard's Rejection Of Chelsea Manning And Michelle Jones Proves Academia's Intolerance | HuffPost. A couple days ago, you could have described Harvard University as an institution that “honors a convicted felon.” That’s how Michael Morell, former deputy director of the CIA, described Chelsea Manning’s appointment as a visiting fellow. But “honors a convicted felon” also describes what Harvard did when […]

Eva Moskowitz, public education and the crisis of neoliberalism – Salon.com

Eva Moskowitz, public education and the crisis of neoliberalism – Salon.com. by Andrew O’Hehir · September 16, 2017 I have mixed feelings about Eva Moskowitz, as is no doubt obvious in the Salon Talks conversation we recently had in New York. I am definitely not alone. Even her most devoted political enemies — who include American Federation of Teachers head […]

This Hillary Clinton would’ve won

This Hillary Clinton would've won. “Bernie would’ve won” has become something of a mantra among American leftists. Partially, it’s just a pithy way to troll establishment Democrats. But it also suggests that Bernie Sanders’ 2016 campaign represented a different form of politics: one that put ambitious ideas and a sense of public solidarity ahead of expertise and qualifications. And this […]

Dispatch From the Resistance – The New York Times

Dispatch From the Resistance – The New York Times. by Charles M. Blow · September 14, 2017 Yana Paskova for The New York Times When Congress has to pass a joint resolution condemning white supremacy and plunk it on the desk of the “president” — in an effort to force him to sign it and daring him not to — […]

Yes, Bernie Sanders’s plan moves America closer to single-payer – Vox

Yes, Bernie Sanders’s plan moves America closer to single-payer – Vox. Jonathan Chait, at New York magazine, says Bernie Sanders’s Medicare-for-all bill “gets America zero percent closer to single payer.” Chait’s argument, which I largely agree with, is that “single payer has always been, and remains, a political dilemma that nobody has been able to resolve, and there is no […]

Left warns Pelosi, Schumer: Don’t get too close to Trump – POLITICO

Left warns Pelosi, Schumer: Don’t get too close to Trump – POLITICO. by ELANA SCHOR · September 15, 2017 Progressives are chiding Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi for “normalizing” President Donald Trump, a man the party intends to run hard against in 2018 and 2020. | Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images The Democratic base is growing […]

Harvard’s Chelsea Manning and Michelle Jones debacles reveal the university’s poor judgment.

Harvard’s Chelsea Manning and Michelle Jones debacles reveal the university’s poor judgment.. by Fred Kaplan · September 15, 2017 Former CIA official Mike Morell resigned as a senior fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School to protest Chelsea Manning’s visiting fellowship, which was later revoked. Photo illustration by Slate. Photos by Drew Angerer/Getty Images and U.S. Army/Handout via Reuters. Harvard University, whose […]

Thanks to Obama, Puerto Rico might never recover from Irma

Thanks to Obama, Puerto Rico might never recover from Irma. In June 2016, Congress and President Obama passed a bill supposedly to address the economic crisis in Puerto Rico, by imposing external dictatorship on the island. Called the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (or PROMESA), it placed an unelected seven-member board in total control of all important […]

America’s vitriol towards Clinton reveals a nation mired in misogyny | Hadley Freeman | Opinion | The Guardian

America’s vitriol towards Clinton reveals a nation mired in misogyny | Hadley Freeman | Opinion | The Guardian. by Hadley Freeman · September 15, 2017 ‘Hillary is an uncomfortable reminder for white liberals that the majority of white Americans would rather vote for man with a long history of racism than a woman.’ Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images There has been […]

North Korea fires another missile over Japan, deepening regional tensions

North Korea fires another missile over Japan, deepening regional tensions. by Jack Kim, Kaori Kaneko · September 15, 2017 SEOUL/TOKYO (Reuters) – North Korea fired a missile that flew over Japan’s northern Hokkaido far out into the Pacific Ocean on Friday, South Korean and Japanese officials said, deepening tensions after Pyongyang’s recent test of its most powerful nuclear bomb. The […]

Democrats on the Trump-DACA Deal: In Schulosi We Trust

Democrats on the Trump-DACA Deal: In Schulosi We Trust. by Gideon Resnick · September 14, 2017 The risk of legitimizing the president has been dramatically overwhelmed by the belief that they won out big league. As Republicans scrambled to make sense of a tentative immigration deal reached between President Donald Trump and top congressional Democrats, a decidedly different reaction played […]

Single-payer health care failed miserably in Colorado last year. Here’s why. – Vox

Single-payer health care failed miserably in Colorado last year. Here’s why. – Vox. On the day the state of Colorado voted for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump by about 5 points, voters there also rejected a ballot measure to enact a state-based single-payer system by an astounding margin of 79 percent to 21 percent. Amendment 69, the Colorado Creation of […]

Hillary Clinton: ‘Nobody Said A Word’ When It Was My Fake Severed Head | HuffPost

Hillary Clinton: 'Nobody Said A Word' When It Was My Fake Severed Head | HuffPost. Hillary Clinton called out the vulgar depictions of her during the 2016 presidential campaign and noticed they didn’t receive the same backlash that comedian Kathy Griffin faced for posing with a fake bloody severed head of President Donald Trump earlier this year. During the latest […]

Ex-CIA chief quits Harvard post in protest of Chelsea Manning’s hiring – Salon.com

Ex-CIA chief quits Harvard post in protest of Chelsea Manning’s hiring – Salon.com. by Charlie May · September 14, 2017 Michael Morell, former deputy director and acting director of the Central Intelligence Agency, announced on Thursday that he would be stepping down as a senior fellow at Harvard University after the school extended a fellowship to Chelsea Manning, the noted […]

Why Bernie Sanders’ single-payer push is great policy and even better politics

Why Bernie Sanders' single-payer push is great policy and even better politics. Bernie Sanders unveiled his latest version of a Medicare-for-all plan on Wednesday, to a highly unusual level of media attention and support within the Democratic Party. A third of the party’s Senate caucus have come out as co-sponsors — although, unsurprisingly, neither Chuck Schumer nor Nancy Pelosi are […]

Bernie Sanders’ single-payer proposal ignores the hardest thing about single payer.

Bernie Sanders’ single-payer proposal ignores the hardest thing about single payer.. After weeks of buildup, Sen. Bernie Sanders has finally released his latest plan to create a single-payer health care system in the United States, tugging along 16 Democrats as co-sponsors of the Medicare-for-all legislation, many of whom appeared with him at a buoyant press conference Wednesday afternoon. On its […]

Hillary Clinton’s realism vs. Bernie Sanders’s idealism – Vox

Hillary Clinton’s realism vs. Bernie Sanders’s idealism – Vox. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have remarkably different approaches when it comes to proposing policy changes: If Clinton is a realist, Sanders is an idealist. No, we’re not relitigating the 2016 Democratic primary — we have two new interviews at Vox, with Clinton on her new book What Happened, and with […]

Anthony Weiner And Huma Abedin Appear In Divorce Court | HuffPost

Anthony Weiner And Huma Abedin Appear In Divorce Court | HuffPost. Former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) met his estranged wife, Huma Abedin, for their first hearing in divorce court Wednesday, months after he pleaded guilty to sending explicit text messages to a minor. The two sat side by side, chatting but showing little emotion otherwise. Through their lawyers, the duo […]

Did Trump Agree to Protect Dreamers Without Building the Wall? – Mother Jones

Did Trump Agree to Protect Dreamers Without Building the Wall? – Mother Jones. by Ben Dreyfuss Bill Clark/Congressional Quarterly/Newscom via ZUMA Democratic Minority Leaders Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and Chuck Schumer (N.Y.) had dinner at the White House tonight and later announced that they’d reached some sort of agreement with President Donald Trump that would involve extending DACA protections and strengthening […]

In Massive Party Shift, Democrats Line Up Behind Sanders’ Medicare-For-All Bill – Talking Points Memo

In Massive Party Shift, Democrats Line Up Behind Sanders’ Medicare-For-All Bill – Talking Points Memo. When Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) last introduced a single payer health care bill, in 2013, not a single senator came on board. When he introduced one on Wednesday, it had 16 Democratic co-sponsors—including many of the party’s rising stars who are weighing future presidential runs. […]

Why I welcome Hillary Clinton’s anger and bitterness

Why I welcome Hillary Clinton's anger and bitterness. As you just might have heard, a certain former government official named Hillary Rodham Clinton has a new book out. Not only that, on the day of its release, What Happened went to no. 1 on Amazon, beating out Stephen King’s It (now in theaters) and Princesses Wear Pants, an inspiring children’s […]

Bernie Sanders: Why We Need Medicare for All – The New York Times

Bernie Sanders: Why We Need Medicare for All – The New York Times. This is a pivotal moment in American history. Do we, as a nation, join the rest of the industrialized world and guarantee comprehensive health care to every person as a human right? Or do we maintain a system that is enormously expensive, wasteful and bureaucratic, and is […]

Democratic leaders keep distance from Sanders single-payer plan | TheHill

Democratic leaders keep distance from Sanders single-payer plan | TheHill. by Mike Lillis · September 12, 2017 Democratic support for a single-payer health-care system has grown by bounds this year, attracting more lawmaker endorsements than any time in the past. But one group is conspicuously not on board: party leaders. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader […]

Sputtering subways threaten Cuomo’s infrastructure image

Sputtering subways threaten Cuomo's infrastructure image. by DANA RUBINSTEIN and JIMMY VIELKIND · September 12, 2017 Gov. Andrew Cuomo was less immediately invested in the city’s subway system, despite warnings that the aging system was falling into disrepair. | AP Photo Dressed in pale dress trousers and work boots, Gov. Andrew Cuomo grasped an industrial vacuum known as a Vac-Tron […]

Bernie Sanders Is Still Not a Democrat. He’s Just the Party’s Maestro.

Bernie Sanders Is Still Not a Democrat. He’s Just the Party’s Maestro.. by Gideon Resnick · September 13, 2017 A quarter of the Democrats in the Senate are now backing the senator’s Medicare for All bill. But others don’t want to dive in headfirst yet. Senate Democrats are racing to pledge their support for a single-payer health care bill set […]

What do people lining up for Clinton’s What Happened think happened?

What do people lining up for Clinton's What Happened think happened?. by Rachel Withers · September 12, 2017 Yeah but what happened? Drew Angerer/Getty Images Opinions on what happened in the 2016 election are like assholes: everybody has one. Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 presidential election because of Russia but also because sexism; because she didn’t go to Wisconsin but […]

Hillary Clinton interview: why she lost white women in 2016 – Vox

Hillary Clinton interview: why she lost white women in 2016 – Vox. by Anna North · September 12, 2017 The fact that 53 percent of white women voters cast their votes for Donald Trump in November has been a source of consternation, shame, and anger in the months since, as many Americans wondered how so many white women could vote […]

Will The Trump Administration Ever Acknowledge Climate Change? | HuffPost

Will The Trump Administration Ever Acknowledge Climate Change? | HuffPost. These latest hurricanes really hit home for me, because I started my last tour in Houston and ended in three cities in Florida – the last being Miami. But the question is – what is causing so many violent storms? Fossil fuels like coal, oil and natural gas create heat–trapping […]

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray resigns amid new sexual abuse allegations – Salon.com

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray resigns amid new sexual abuse allegations – Salon.com. by Charlie May · September 12, 2017 The city’s Democratic mayor has previously been accused of sexual abuse, and the new allegations go back decades VIDEO On Tuesday morning, only hours after he was publicly accused of sexually abusing his younger cousin, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced he […]

Hillary Clinton’s New Memoir Is Out—and She’s Naming Names – Mother Jones

Hillary Clinton’s New Memoir Is Out—and She’s Naming Names – Mother Jones. by Inae Oh Michael Brochstein/ZUMA Hillary Clinton’s much-anticipated new memoir chronicling what went wrong during her 2016 presidential bid is out Tuesday—and as expected, the former candidate’s return to the public sphere is causing a stir. The new book, What Happened, is a personal account of Clinton’s doomed […]

Judge Blocks New Hampshire’s New ‘Severe’ Voting Penalties – Talking Points Memo

Judge Blocks New Hampshire’s New ‘Severe’ Voting Penalties – Talking Points Memo. by Alice Ollstein Early Tuesday morning, Judge Charles Temple blocked the state of New Hampshire from enforcing newly drafted criminal and civil penalties for voting errors, saying the fines and threats of jail time “act as a very serious deterrent on the right to vote.” After the state […]

The rise of Trump isn’t all about racism

The rise of Trump isn't all about racism. For a certain group of influential left-of-center analysts and pundits, it’s become increasingly self-evident that Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 presidential contest was a function of one factor above all others: racism. These liberal analysts acknowledge other factors too, of course. Yes, Vladimir Putin meddled and the Trump team probably at […]

Want to Make a Deal, Mr. Trump? – The New York Times

Want to Make a Deal, Mr. Trump? – The New York Times. by THE EDITORIAL BOARD · September 12, 2017 Tyler Comrie Was President Trump’s bipartisan hurricane relief/debt ceiling/government funding deal last week simply a “bipartisan moment,” as the House speaker, Paul Ryan, put it? Probably, given this president’s pattern of poor impulse control and of reverting to base politics. […]

Soul Survival in Trump’s Hell – The New York Times

Soul Survival in Trump’s Hell – The New York Times. by Charles M. Blow · September 11, 2017 Chitara Smith in Phoenix on Aug. 22, protesting a rally held for President Trump. Reilly Kneedler for The New York Times You could stay in hell for a little while if you knew that you were going to get out. My mother […]

Howard Dean Threatens New Hampshire Primary Over Proposed Voter ID Restrictions

Howard Dean Threatens New Hampshire Primary Over Proposed Voter ID Restrictions. by Gideon Resnick · September 12, 2017 The former DNC chair has major concerns about the Kris Kobach-led effort and about a new law in New Hampshire that could restrict the student vote. The former chair of the Democratic National Committee said on Monday that his party could level […]

Betsy DeVos is right that colleges trample on the rights of accused sexual assailants.

Betsy DeVos is right that colleges trample on the rights of accused sexual assailants.. by Mark Joseph Stern · September 11, 2017 Education Secretary Betsy DeVos makes remarks during a major policy address on Title IX enforcement at George Mason University in Virginia on Thursday. Mike Theiler/Reuters Betsy DeVos is not especially qualified to perform any aspect of her job. […]

Sorry, pundits: Trump is not an independent – Vox

Sorry, pundits: Trump is not an independent – Vox. After spending months governing as a hard-right conservative, President Donald Trump made his first real reach across the aisle last week — coming to an agreement with congressional Democrats to raise the debt limit for three months. This one example of bipartisanship has led several of America’s leading political journalists to […]

Supreme Court Grants Trump Administration Temporary Legal Victory On Refugee Ban | HuffPost

Supreme Court Grants Trump Administration Temporary Legal Victory On Refugee Ban | HuffPost. by Lawrence Hurley · September 11, 2017 WASHINGTON, Sept 11 (Reuters) – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on Monday put a temporarily hold on limits imposed by a lower court on President Donald Trump’s order barring most refugees from entering the United States. Kennedy acted in […]

Fighting won’t kill the Democrats. It will only make them stronger.

Fighting won't kill the Democrats. It will only make them stronger.. You can hear the cries of horror from within the Democratic Party about the upcoming release of Hillary Clinton’s book about the 2016 campaign, What Happened. Why open these wounds over her primary campaign with Bernie Sanders? Can’t we move on? Meanwhile, Bernie backers are out picking fights to […]

Hillary Clinton: ‘Maybe I missed a few chances’ in campaign – POLITICO

Hillary Clinton: 'Maybe I missed a few chances' in campaign – POLITICO. by CRISTIANO LIMA · September 8, 2017 Hillary Clinton’s memoir, titled “What Happened,” is set to debut Tuesday. | Charlie Neibergall/AP Hillary Clinton, in her first public interview to promote her new book, concedes that she may have “missed a few chances” to respond to Donald Trump’s actions […]

Hillary Clinton’s ‘What Happened’: A National Monument to Getting It Wrong

Hillary Clinton’s ‘What Happened’: A National Monument to Getting It Wrong. by Erin Gloria Ryan · September 10, 2017 ‘What Happened’ is a nice walk down memory lane, if one of the features of memory lane was a highlight reel of one’s recent worst memories. Hillary Clinton thinks she knows all of the reasons a person might not want her […]

NFL obscures anthem protests with enormous American flags.

NFL obscures anthem protests with enormous American flags.. by Nick Greene · September 10, 2017 Malcolm Jenkins #27 and Chris Long #56 of the Philadelphia Eagles stand during the national anthem on Sept. 10, 2017 in Landover, Maryland. Rob Carr/Getty Images When the national anthem played before today’s NFL season opener at FedEx Field, Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins raised […]

Hillary Clinton: Calling Trump Supporters ‘Deplorables’ Handed Him ‘A Political Gift’ | HuffPost

Hillary Clinton: Calling Trump Supporters ‘Deplorables’ Handed Him ‘A Political Gift’ | HuffPost. Hillary Clinton on Sunday acknowledged that referring to then-GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s supporters as a “basket of deplorables” may have further galvanized them against her and gave Trump “a political gift.” “I thought Trump was behaving in a deplorable manner. I thought a lot of his […]

Biden: Trump’s WH ‘Does Not Speak For The American People’ On Sexual Assault – Talking Points Memo

Biden: Trump’s WH ‘Does Not Speak For The American People’ On Sexual Assault – Talking Points Memo. by Esme Cribb Former vice president Joe Biden on Friday urged activists to demand college authorities “step up” to uphold protections for sexual assault survivors, a day after Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced she would change the way schools investigate and resolve complaints […]

Why NFL players’ national anthem protests aren’t working

Why NFL players' national anthem protests aren't working. Football is back — and with it the controversy over players kneeling during the pregame national anthem to protest racial injustices in America. The number of NFL players who are participating in these demonstrations is growing, even though the one who did the most to popularize them, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback […]

Trump shows GOP how it’s done: Scrap absolutism, deal with reality

Trump shows GOP how it's done: Scrap absolutism, deal with reality. by Jill Lawrence, USA TODAY Opinion The Freedom Caucus is the tail that aspires to wag a whole country though it represents just a sliver of Americans. Even within the House it’s outnumbered by moderate centrists. President Trump greets US Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer(L), D-NY. (Photo: Nicholas Kamm, […]

The Bad Science Behind Campus Response to Sexual Assault – The Atlantic

The Bad Science Behind Campus Response to Sexual Assault – The Atlantic. by Emily Yoffe · September 8, 2017 This is the second story in a three-part series examining how the rules governing sexual-assault adjudication have changed in recent years, and why some of those changes are problematic. Read the first installment here. As debate has begun over whether the […]

Janet Napolitano: Why I’m suing the Trump administration over DACA – LA Times

Janet Napolitano: Why I'm suing the Trump administration over DACA – LA Times. by Janet Napolitano As secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, a little more than five years ago I signed the directive that created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. On Tuesday, President Trump ended DACA on little more than a whim. On Friday, in my […]

Liberal Groups Push Democrats To Slow Down Judge Confirmation Process | HuffPost

Liberal Groups Push Democrats To Slow Down Judge Confirmation Process | HuffPost. A coalition of major progressive organizations has launched a campaign aimed at pressuring members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to slow down the confirmation process for federal judges, thereby limiting how many President Donald Trump can seat. “Tell the Senate Judiciary Committee: No lifetime judicial appointments for a […]

6 harshest reactions to Hillary Clinton’s new book — from Democrats – Salon.com

6 harshest reactions to Hillary Clinton’s new book — from Democrats – Salon.com. Hillary Clinton, who you might remember ran for president a second time last cycle, just wrote a new book. The memoir, titled “What Happened,” promises to be Clinton’s take on just that: exactly how things went so wrong that she lost a contest that should have been […]

How Trump launched the biggest regulatory rollback in American history

How Trump launched the biggest regulatory rollback in American history. President Trump declared war on the “regulation industry” on his first day in office, arguing it was “choking” economic growth. He immediately signed a “two-for-one” executive order requiring federal agencies to identify two regulations to eliminate for each new rule they want to impose, and with the help of the […]

Climate Denialism Is Literally Killing Us | The Nation

Climate Denialism Is Literally Killing Us | The Nation. by Mark Hertsgaard · September 6, 2017 Workers begin to repair a home that was damaged when Hurricane Harvey hit Texas. August 30, 2017. (AP Photo / Eric Gay) Want to Fight Back? Sign up for Take Action Now and get three actions in your inbox every Tuesday. Thank you for […]

The Many Layers of Stakes in the Robert Menendez Trial

The Many Layers of Stakes in the Robert Menendez Trial. by Michael Waldman · September 9, 2017 If he’s convicted, it could mean the end of Obamacare. But the Menendez case also reveals the subtle layers of what constitutes modern-day corruption. “Corruption Trial in New Jersey.” Not exactly earthshaking news. Perhaps not up there with the legendary “Worthwhile Canadian Initiative,” […]

Facebook fesses up to its Russia troll problem ahead of the 2016 election – Vox

Facebook fesses up to its Russia troll problem ahead of the 2016 election – Vox. Facebook has acknowledged publicly that fake accounts linked to Russian sources bought $100,000 in political ads, accounting for over 3,000 ads. The announcement on Wednesday was the first time Facebook has acknowledged that many of the fake accounts it shut down came from Russian sources. […]

Bernie Sanders Ruthlessly Sums Up ‘What Happened’ To Hillary Clinton | HuffPost

Bernie Sanders Ruthlessly Sums Up 'What Happened' To Hillary Clinton | HuffPost. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is firing back at former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. In her new book, What Happened, Clinton blames Sanders for doing “lasting damage” to her campaign. Sanders, speaking to Stephen Colbert on the CBS “Late Show” on Thursday night, wasn’t taking the blame. “Look, Secretary […]

Bernie Sanders Has a Message for Hillary Clinton – Mother Jones

Bernie Sanders Has a Message for Hillary Clinton – Mother Jones. Sen. Bernie Sanders fired back at Hillary Clinton on Thursday, after an excerpt from her forthcoming book revealed this week that she blames the Vermont senator with creating “lasting damage” on her campaign. “Secretary Clinton ran against the most unpopular candidate in the history of this country,” he told […]

Trump made his very first halfway smart political move. Too bad it’s too late.

Trump made his very first halfway smart political move. Too bad it's too late.. The federal debt limit, an archaic holdover from a century ago, needs to be raised again soon. Remarkably, President Trump has reached an agreement with congressional Democrats not just to raise it, but to look into abolishing it altogether — drawing the fury of the congressional […]

Dreamers, Liars and Bad Economics – The New York Times

Dreamers, Liars and Bad Economics – The New York Times. by Paul Krugman · September 8, 2017 Attorney General Jeff Sessions justified the administration’s decision for ending the DACA program in part by making economic claims. Tom Brenner/The New York Times Does it matter that Jeff Sessions, the attorney general, tried to justify Donald Trump’s immigration cruelty with junk economics? […]

Hillary’s Message To Dems: Don’t Give Bernie The Keys – POLITICO Magazine

Hillary’s Message To Dems: Don’t Give Bernie The Keys – POLITICO Magazine. by BILL SCHER · September 7, 2017 Getty Her new book relaunches the Democratic civil war of 2016. Democrats are living their own version of Groundhog Day. Every day, they wake up and realize they are still in the 2016 presidential primary. The leaked excerpts of Hillary Clinton’s […]

The stunning Democratic shift on single-payer – Vox

The stunning Democratic shift on single-payer – Vox. For a bill that does not exist yet and whose details are not public, Bernie Sanders’s new single-payer health care bill sure is popular. First, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) announced her plans to co-sponsor it; then Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) joined in. According to reporting by my Vox colleague Jeff Stein, Cory Booker […]

Obama’s original sin on DACA

Obama's original sin on DACA. Donald Trump ran for the presidency with a get-tough agenda on immigration and pledges to reverse Barack Obama’s executive orders. So really, the only surprises in the Trump administration’s Tuesday announcement to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program are that it took this long for Trump to get around to it, and […]

Ending DACA was an act of pure cruelty by Trump – LA Times

Ending DACA was an act of pure cruelty by Trump – LA Times. by The Times Editorial Board On the campaign trail, as part of his cynical campaign to exploit fear of immigrants, Donald Trump repeatedly attacked an Obama administration policy that offered protection to people who had been living illegally in the United States since they were children. “A […]

Inner Racism Revealed – The New York Times

Inner Racism Revealed – The New York Times. by Charles M. Blow · September 7, 2017 President Trump at the White House on Wednesday. Al Drago for The New York Times Allow me a moment of personal indulgence: When I began writing a column many years ago, it quickly dawned on me that although I had strong and firm views […]

No shortage of drama as Menendez trial kicks off

No shortage of drama as Menendez trial kicks off. by MATT FRIEDMAN and RYAN HUTCHINS · September 6, 2017 The trial threatens to end the career of one of New Jersey’s most powerful Democrats and could upend the delicate balance of power in the Senate. | Getty NEWARK — The corruption trial of Sen. Robert Menendez is expected to last […]

Hillary Clinton: I Should Have Gone Nuclear on James Comey

Hillary Clinton: I Should Have Gone Nuclear on James Comey. by Gideon Resnick · September 6, 2017 The Democratic nominee regrets not going on the attack more during the campaign—and wondered whether Trump really would ‘lock her up,’ she writes in her new book, ‘What Happened.’ When FBI Director James Comey said on July 5, 2016, that “no reasonable prosecutor” […]

Good news: America’s crime and murder rates are down this year – Vox

Good news: America’s crime and murder rates are down this year – Vox. After two years of unsettling increases, America’s crime and murder rates seem to be on the decline in 2017. A new report by the Brennan Center for Justice looked at the crime rates for the 30 largest US cities. For the past two years, Brennan found increases […]

Clinton’s Book Hits Back At — Of All People — Joe Biden | HuffPost

Clinton's Book Hits Back At — Of All People — Joe Biden | HuffPost. by Gabby Kaufman · September 6, 2017 In her soon-to-be-released 2016 election memoir, Hillary Clinton takes on her numerous enemies and opponents — and supporters, including then-Vice President Joe Biden, who criticized her campaign for its supposed neglect of middle-class voters. CNN was able to buy […]

Trump’s Pick to Head NASA Is a Climate Change Denier – Mother Jones

Trump’s Pick to Head NASA Is a Climate Change Denier – Mother Jones. by Dominique Mosbergen Opponents argue that Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.), who must be confirmed by the Senate, is a poor choice for the NASA administrator’s job. The three main points of contention? He’s political, lacks scientific credentials and doubts that humans contribute to climate change. Trump named […]

Trump’s heartless decision – The Washington Post

Trump’s heartless decision – The Washington Post. PRESIDENT TRUMP found a facile way to deflect blame for his decision to terminate the program that provides safe harbor for the “dreamers,” some 800,000 young immigrants brought illegally to this country as minors. Lacking any policy conviction — as a candidate, Mr. Trump vowed to end the program, then once in office […]

Why Obama refuses to blast Trump over DACA – POLITICO

Why Obama refuses to blast Trump over DACA – POLITICO. by EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE · September 5, 2017 Former President Barack Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden listen as Diana Calderon, a student who has benefited from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, speaks at a reception in the White House on Oct. 15, 2015. | Susan Walsh/AP Think […]

The Boston Red Sox finally found the Apple Watch’s killer app: stealing signs.

The Boston Red Sox finally found the Apple Watch's killer app: stealing signs.. The Boston Red Sox are under investigation by Major League Baseball for allegedly using the Apple Watch to help them steal signs from opposing catchers, the New York Times reported Tuesday. According to the story, the rival New York Yankees caught evidence of the scheme on video […]

What happens when you cut Obamacare advertising? Let’s ask Kentucky. – Vox

What happens when you cut Obamacare advertising? Let’s ask Kentucky. – Vox. by Dylan Scott · September 5, 2017 The Trump administration is planning to cut money for Obamacare advertising by 90 percent. It certainly sounds like that move is likely to hurt next year’s enrollment. The law’s supporters are worried and crying sabotage. HHS officials have countered that the […]

DACA announcement sparks widespread protests and student walkouts – Salon.com

DACA announcement sparks widespread protests and student walkouts – Salon.com. by Charlie May · September 5, 2017 Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ announcement Tuesday calling for the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy sparked protests across several major cities, including a massive student walkout in Denver. At several schools in Denver students walked out of their classes […]

Obama Calls Trump’s Decision To End DACA ‘Cruel’ And ‘Wrong’ – Talking Points Memo

Obama Calls Trump’s Decision To End DACA ‘Cruel’ And ‘Wrong’ – Talking Points Memo. by Esme Cribb Former President Barack Obama on Tuesday responded to President Donald Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and called on Congress to “step up” and help those granted legal protection under the program. Obama said in a Facebook […]

Trump’s DACA suspension proves his brand isn’t winning — it’s cruelty

Trump's DACA suspension proves his brand isn't winning — it's cruelty. Perhaps no single theme animated Donald Trump’s run for president as much as “winning.” But in reality, success is only an occasional byproduct of President Trump’s primary inspiration, which is cruelty. Trumpism is a zero-sum worldview — someone has to lose for someone else to win — and winning […]

A 2020 Democratic agenda is emerging – The Washington Post

A 2020 Democratic agenda is emerging – The Washington Post. With no clear front-runner for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, several prospective candidates are beginning to stir. The process of touching donors and activists has begun, and a Democratic Party message that is beyond simply being anti-Trump is becoming increasingly clear. The Post’s Paul Waldman recently confirmed the consensus that […]

Working Americans need $15 and a union to make it in this economy | TheHill

Working Americans need $15 and a union to make it in this economy | TheHill. by Jason Kander, opinion contributor · September 4, 2017 Economists and folks in Washington and Wall Street tell us that America’s economy is nearly fully recovered. Many point to surging corporate profits and a stock market at record highs, while the latest jobs report touts […]

Stop starting school before 8:30 a.m.

Stop starting school before 8:30 a.m.. by Lisa L. Lewis · September 4, 2017 The last students around the country are making their way back to school this week. But regardless of the virtues of starting a new school year in August or in September, one thing is still almost uniformly true: Most of the nation’s public middle schools and […]

How bosses are (literally) like dictators – Vox

How bosses are (literally) like dictators – Vox. Consider some facts about how American employers control their workers. Amazon prohibits employees from exchanging casual remarks while on duty, calling this “time theft.” Apple inspects the personal belongings of its retail workers, some of whom lose up to a half-hour of unpaid time every day as they wait in line to […]

Labor Day: A Reminder To Fight Even Harder Against Trump’s War on Workers | HuffPost

Labor Day: A Reminder To Fight Even Harder Against Trump’s War on Workers | HuffPost. American workers deserve honor and respect, on Labor Day and every other day of the year. Unfortunately, despite the populist rhetoric, that’s not what we’ve been getting from Donald Trump and the Republican Party. Instead of promoting policies that help America’s working families, the GOP […]

Democrats say “Citizens United” should die. Here’s why that won’t happen – Salon.com

Democrats say “Citizens United” should die. Here’s why that won’t happen – Salon.com. “In a certain real way, the republic is at stake,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. “We’re really stress-testing our democracy in a way we never have before,” said attorney Lawrence M. Noble. The menace under the microscope? “Dark money” in politics. But the doomsday scenarios played out […]

Trump Reportedly Expected To End DACA With Six Month Delay – Talking Points Memo

Trump Reportedly Expected To End DACA With Six Month Delay – Talking Points Memo. President Donald Trump is expected to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which grants legal status to undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children, with a six month delay in implementation, according to several reports out Sunday night. Politico was first to […]

The next Kennedy weighs his next move – POLITICO

The next Kennedy weighs his next move – POLITICO. by HEATHER CAYGLE · September 3, 2017 Despite his famous last name and wavy red mane, Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-Mass.) has kept a low profile on the national scene since being elected in 2012. | Michael Dwyer/AP Democrats are in search of new leaders to take on Donald Trump, and Rep. […]

Don’t give money to the Red Cross. We need a new way.

Don’t give money to the Red Cross. We need a new way.. by Jonathan M. Katz · August 28, 2017 People evacuate their home after the area was inundated with flooding from Hurricane Harvey on Sunday in Houston. Joe Raedle/Getty Images In 2004, I was just starting my first full-time job in a Washington newsroom when disaster struck. It was […]

Tough Sell On The Obstruction Of Justice Case Against Trump | HuffPost

Tough Sell On The Obstruction Of Justice Case Against Trump | HuffPost. Special counsel Robert Mueller is looking hard at documents on Trump’s firing of former FBI Director James Comey. This touched off endless chatter that Mueller is zeroing in on trying to make a case against Trump for obstruction of justice. That’s a potentially impeachable offense. But it’s a […]

Former Islamist radical Maajid Nawaz on “regressive leftism” — and why the SPLC has labeled him an “anti-Muslim extremist” – Salon.com

Former Islamist radical Maajid Nawaz on “regressive leftism” — and why the SPLC has labeled him an “anti-Muslim extremist” – Salon.com. by Phil Torres · September 3, 2017 The problem of religious extremism isn’t going away. In fact, religious adherence is growing worldwide, according to a Pew study, and “conflict multipliers” like climate change will, if anything, exacerbate the threat […]

The New York Times Op-Ed Page Is Not Your Safe Space – POLITICO Magazine

The New York Times Op-Ed Page Is Not Your Safe Space – POLITICO Magazine. Who wants the opinion pages to turn into the agreement pages? In recent months, New York Times readers brave enough to open the paper’s op-ed pages have been staggered to find opinions there. Yes, opinions! The initial shock came in April, when Bret Stephens, a refugee […]

AP: North Korea Claims To Have Loaded An H-Bomb Onto An ICBM – Talking Points Memo

AP: North Korea Claims To Have Loaded An H-Bomb Onto An ICBM – Talking Points Memo. North Korea’s state media claims that its leader has inspected the loading of a hydrogen bomb into a new intercontinental ballistic missile. There will be some skepticism about the claim from experts about Pyongyang’s assertion that it has mastered hydrogen technology. But Sunday’s statement […]

Trump is toxically unpopular. He still might win in 2020.

Trump is toxically unpopular. He still might win in 2020.. President Trump is historically unpopular. His overall approval ratings languish at around 37 percent, and his specific actions often poll even lower. (On the eve of the Joe Arpaio pardon, just 21 percent of Arizonans favored such a move.) As Trump moves ever-further into the toxic swamps of the far-right, […]

Push for D.C. Statehood Continues, Despite Odds

Push for D.C. Statehood Continues, Despite Odds. by Katanga Johnson · September 1, 2017 Since Election Day 2016, when 86 percent of D.C. voters said they wanted the District of Columbia to become a state, the city’s statehood movement advocates have been strategizing on a path forward. Mayor Muriel Bowser, who affirmed her support for statehood since assuming office in […]

Bernie Sanders Has No Time For Chris Cuomo Asking About The 2020 Election | HuffPost

Bernie Sanders Has No Time For Chris Cuomo Asking About The 2020 Election | HuffPost. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) railed against Chris Cuomo on CNN Thursday night, telling the CNN journalist he was wrong to ask about the 2020 election. “We don’t need to have never-ending elections,” the Vermont senator said during a discussion on his new book for progressive […]

The museum of “Enslavement and Mass Incarceration” will open in 2018 – and not a moment too soon – Salon.com

The museum of “Enslavement and Mass Incarceration” will open in 2018 – and not a moment too soon – Salon.com. by Rachel Leah · September 1, 2017 With the intense debate happening about the removal of the Confederate statues across America, pro-Confederate memorialists, including our president, have been obsessed with invoking the argument that ‘we are tearing down our history.’ […]

Why the GOP flip-flops on federal disaster relief.

Why the GOP flip-flops on federal disaster relief.. by Jamelle Bouie · August 30, 2017 Jesus Rodriguez rescues Gloria Garcia after rain from Hurricane Harvey flooded Pearland, in the outskirts of Houston, on Sunday. Adrees Latif/Reuters The scenes from Hurricane Harvey, of flooded Houston streets and freeways turned to rivers, are a level of calamity that’s hard to imagine. We […]

Los Angeles Replaces Columbus Day With Holiday Celebrating Indigenous People | HuffPost

Los Angeles Replaces Columbus Day With Holiday Celebrating Indigenous People | HuffPost. The city of Los Angeles will no longer mark Columbus Day on the second Monday of October. Following a near-unanimous vote by the City Council on Wednesday, Angelenos will instead celebrate Indigenous People’s Day on Oct. 9. The council voted 14-1 to replace the controversial holiday at a […]

After Trump’s heartless Harvey response, Pence plays consoler in Texas – Salon.com

After Trump’s heartless Harvey response, Pence plays consoler in Texas – Salon.com. by Charlie May · August 31, 2017 Vice President Mike Pence made a trip to Texas on Thursday to do what President Donald Trump didn’t do — meet with and console survivors of the storm that ravaged the state’s coast. Pence and his wife, Karen Pence, landed in […]

Pruitt: ‘Opportunistic’ And ‘Misplaced’ To Tie Harvey To Climate Change – Talking Points Memo

Pruitt: ‘Opportunistic’ And ‘Misplaced’ To Tie Harvey To Climate Change – Talking Points Memo. by Matt Shuham Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said earlier this week that it is “opportunistic” and “misplaced” for reporters to tie Hurricane Harvey to climate change. Harvey is the worst rain event in U.S. history, the Washington Post reported Tuesday, while the rain was […]

Trump’s narcissism is poisoning America

Trump's narcissism is poisoning America. Seven full months into his presidency, President Trump has been historically, possibly uniquely dreadful at stewarding legislation through a friendly Congress. Having failed to sign a single significant bill since his inauguration, having alienated his own congressional allies to the point that they aren’t speaking to him, and having blown through his honeymoon-period political capital […]

Joe Arpaio: James Baldwin and the Problem in America’s Heart | Time.com

Joe Arpaio: James Baldwin and the Problem in America's Heart | Time.com. by Eddie S. Glaude, Jr. In August 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Over 250,000 people were in attendance and even more watched it on their television sets. Television had transformed the country since its invention in 1946. It quickly […]

Why The Solution To School Trans Indoctrination Is Withdrawing Your Kids

Why The Solution To School Trans Indoctrination Is Withdrawing Your Kids. by Margot Cleveland · August 30, 2017 Last week brought news of three troubling incidents entangling children as young as five in the ever-sprawling transgender agenda. First, as The Federalist’s Joy Pullmann detailed, a California charter school, Rocklin Academy, began the school year with the kindergarten teacher reading students […]

Paul Ryan’s postcard tax return is really dumb – Vox

Paul Ryan’s postcard tax return is really dumb – Vox. by Matthew Yglesias · August 30, 2017 As Republicans rally behind a big push for tax cuts, expect to hear one idea over and over: that a major goal of reform is to make the tax code so simple you could file your taxes on a postcard. Paul Ryan floated […]

The military is already denying trans members healthcare, advocates claim – Salon.com

The military is already denying trans members healthcare, advocates claim – Salon.com. by Charlie May · August 30, 2017 On Tuesday night, defense secretary James Mattis announced that transgender people will be able to continue serving in the military until a panel of experts reaches a recommendation for implementing President Donald Trump’s order to remove all such servicemembers from duty […]

The perverse incentives of the National Flood Insurance Program

The perverse incentives of the National Flood Insurance Program. Much of Houston should not exist. I say that not out of any malice for the Magnolia City, but as a simple statement of geographic fact. The east Texas boomtown — the fourth-largest city in the U.S., now in the midst of a horrific pummeling by Hurricane Harvey — is the […]

U.S. responds with heroism to help Houston recover after Harvey – NY Daily News

U.S. responds with heroism to help Houston recover after Harvey – NY Daily News. The waters brought by Hurricane Harvey swallow the great city of Houston and with it the southeast swath of the great state of Texas with no pity and what feels like no end. Neighborhoods sunk, and downtown, too; homes hurled off their foundations. Areas on higher […]

It’s a Myth That Corporate Tax Cuts Mean More Jobs – The New York Times

It’s a Myth That Corporate Tax Cuts Mean More Jobs – The New York Times. by SARAH ANDERSON · August 30, 2017 Wesley Bedrosian “The arithmetic for us is simple,” AT&T’s chief executive, Randall Stephenson, said on CNBC in May. If Congress were to cut the 35 percent tax on corporate profits to 20 percent, he declared, “I know exactly […]

We need a better antitrust standard to deal with mergers like Whole Foods and Amazon.

We need a better antitrust standard to deal with mergers like Whole Foods and Amazon.. by Bryce Covert · August 28, 2017 AmazonFresh Pickup location in Seattle and the Whole Foods Market in New York City as seen on June 16. Photos by David Ryder/Getty Images and Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images. When Whole Foods shoppers walked into a store Monday, […]

The case against antifa – Vox

The case against antifa – Vox. by German Lopez · August 29, 2017 Over the weekend, activists descended on Berkeley, California, and attacked peaceful protesters. But it wasn’t far-right white supremacists leading the violence this time, as was the case in Charlottesville, Virginia, a few weeks ago. It was left-wing “antifa” (short for “anti-fascist”) counterprotesters who assaulted people. Mother Jones […]

Congressional Democrats Urge Trump To Reconsider Military Transgender Ban | HuffPost

Congressional Democrats Urge Trump To Reconsider Military Transgender Ban | HuffPost. A letter from 143 House Democrats asks President Donald Trump to think twice about his ban on transgender individuals serving in the military, saying it’s discriminatory, unconstitutional and detrimental to national security. “There is no place for discrimination in our Armed Forces or indeed anywhere else in American society,” […]

Paul Krugman: America has begun its slide into fascism – Salon.com

Paul Krugman: America has begun its slide into fascism – Salon.com. by Ilana Novick · August 29, 2017 The New York Times columnist sounds off on Trump’s Arpaio pardon FILE – In this Feb. 4, 2009, file photo, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, left, orders approximately 200 convicted illegal immigrants handcuffed together and moved into a separate area of Tent […]

What the NFL Could Learn from Colin Kaepernick’s Reading List – Mother Jones

What the NFL Could Learn from Colin Kaepernick’s Reading List – Mother Jones. by Jamilah King Erik Pendzich/ZUMA Football season is rapidly approaching and former San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick is still out of a job. Kaepernick, who made headlines last year with his refusal to stand for the National Anthem in protest of police brutality, has inspired a host […]

Why less is sometimes more when it comes to immigration

Why less is sometimes more when it comes to immigration. Supporting modest immigration restrictions is a perfectly mainstream position. And yet, it has gotten zero support from presidents of either party for 36 years, save for President Bill Clinton briefly entertaining the recommendations of his immigration-reform commission in the 1990s. Until now, that is. Among the many fights President Trump […]

‘The President Speaks For Himself’ – The New York Times

‘The President Speaks For Himself’ – The New York Times. by THE EDITORIAL BOARD · August 29, 2017 Marta Monteiro It should be among the easier tasks of a cabinet member to affirm, without hesitation, that the president he or she serves represents the values of the American people. But that was more than Secretary of State Rex Tillerson could […]

Why Barack Obama Is Right to Play It Quiet for Now

Why Barack Obama Is Right to Play It Quiet for Now. by Jamil Smith · August 29, 2017 It’s understandable that his partisans want him to throw down. But that will just make it about him. And it isn’t. It way isn’t. Barack Obama has not disappeared. But if he had, I wouldn’t have blamed him. On Inauguration Day, he […]

Don’t give money to the Red Cross. We need a new way.

Don’t give money to the Red Cross. We need a new way.. by Jonathan M. Katz · August 28, 2017 People evacuate their home after the area was inundated with flooding from Hurricane Harvey on Sunday in Houston. Joe Raedle/Getty Images In 2004, I was just starting my first full-time job in a Washington newsroom when disaster struck. It was […]

Illinois Becomes 10th State To Enact Automatic Voter Registration Law – Talking Points Memo

Illinois Becomes 10th State To Enact Automatic Voter Registration Law – Talking Points Memo. by Nicole Lafond Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) signed a bipartisan automatic voter registration bill into law Monday, after initially vetoing the bill over concerns that it would increase voter fraud. The new law makes Illinois the 10th state to pass laws that automatically register residents […]

Juan Williams: Trump’s shutdown gamble | TheHill

Juan Williams: Trump's shutdown gamble | TheHill. President Trump’s base among Republican voters is showing its first signs of erosion, according to opinion polls. His overall numbers are also at an historic low for a new president. But what happens if Trump goes into total disruption mode and invites a government shutdown? Recent shutdowns have upset voters and damaged the […]

Jared Kushner’s Mideast Peace Push Is Going Nowhere. That’s Why Israelis Love It.

Jared Kushner’s Mideast Peace Push Is Going Nowhere. That’s Why Israelis Love It.. by Benny Avni · August 28, 2017 ‘Past administrations jumped into the peace process pool,’ says an Israeli official, praising Team Trump’s go-slow approach. ‘There’s no water in this pool, no reason to jump in.’ Jared Kushner’s second visit to the Mideast is widely perceived as a […]

Berkeley Protesters Engulf Far-Right Rally, Just As Folks In San Francisco Did A Day Prior | HuffPost

Berkeley Protesters Engulf Far-Right Rally, Just As Folks In San Francisco Did A Day Prior | HuffPost. Scuffles broke out in Berkeley, California, as a previously canceled far-right demonstration drew hundreds of counterprotesters on Sunday, less than 24 hours after a similar rally attracted a large throng opposing it in nearby San Francisco. Police said several thousand people gathered in […]

Things are going to get much, much worse

Things are going to get much, much worse. For several months following the extraordinary outcome of last year’s presidential election, much of the country found itself stumbling through a severe case of politically inspired post-traumatic stress disorder. Many anti-Trump conservatives, liberals, progressives, and those further to the left were at first stunned and then consumed by a mixture of outrage […]

Trump Damaged Democracy, Silicon Valley Will Finish It Off

Trump Damaged Democracy, Silicon Valley Will Finish It Off. by Joel Kotkin · August 27, 2017 Donald Trump’s rise is, in a sense, just one symptom of the damage the tech oligarchs are doing to America. When Democrats made their post-election populist “Better Deal” pitch, they took a strong stance against pharmaceutical and financial monopolies. But they conspicuously left out […]

Joe Biden Addresses Charlottesville and Its Aftermath – The Atlantic

Joe Biden Addresses Charlottesville and Its Aftermath – The Atlantic. by Joe Biden · August 27, 2017 In January of 2009, I stood waiting in Wilmington, Delaware, for a train carrying the first African American elected president of the United States. I was there to join him as vice president on the way to a historic Inauguration. It was a […]

There’s No Other Way to Say It: Trump’s Arpaio Pardon Is Fascist

There’s No Other Way to Say It: Trump’s Arpaio Pardon Is Fascist. by Jay Michaelson · August 26, 2017 To the cheers of a mob, the president pardoned and praised a man who defied the rule of law in order to target a racial minority. The Trump presidency has been the most shocking and awful in modern American history, with […]

Trump’s pardon of Joe Arpaio is an impeachable offense.

Trump’s pardon of Joe Arpaio is an impeachable offense.. by Frank Bowman · August 26, 2017 Arpaio at the site of the Republican National Convention in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, on July 19, 2016. Spencer Platt/Getty Images During the 2016 campaign and in the first eight months of his presidency, Donald Trump has done many things that, once fully investigated, may […]

Trump Pardoning Arpaio Should Raise Serious Alarms For The Russia Investigation | HuffPost

Trump Pardoning Arpaio Should Raise Serious Alarms For The Russia Investigation | HuffPost. by Bradley P. Moss, Contributor National security attorney · August 26, 2017 The announcement that President Trump on Friday night had pardoned former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio for criminal contempt of court sent shockwaves across the legal and political spectrum. Many immediately chalked up the controversial […]

The Post-Charlottesville Nervous Breakdown Was Deliberately Induced

The Post-Charlottesville Nervous Breakdown Was Deliberately Induced. by Stella Morabito · August 25, 2017 Wars are won or lost based mostly on perceptions of events, not on what actually happens. This is true for any given battlefield, whether it’s the 1968 Tet Offensive in Vietnam or the ideological battlefield over the future of the First Amendment as played out in […]

Dems slam Trump for pardoning Arpaio during hurricane | TheHill

Dems slam Trump for pardoning Arpaio during hurricane | TheHill. by Taylor Lorenz · August 25, 2017 Democrats lashed out at President Trump on Friday evening over his decision to pardon Joe Arpaio, the controversial former sheriff of Maricopa County, Ariz., as a huge storm barreled toward Texas. Trump faced intense criticism for issuing the pardon hours before Hurricane Harvey […]

Is America Doomed to Repeat Its Racist Past?

Is America Doomed to Repeat Its Racist Past?. by Michael Tomasky · August 26, 2017 The minority that wants to hate has a passion however twisted, that most of the majority does not. And now they have the president of the country in their corner. Each week of the Trump era brings some new, specific thing to be depressed about. […]

Hillary Need Not Apologize For What Happened | HuffPost

Hillary Need Not Apologize For What Happened | HuffPost. The reaction in many quarters to Hillary Clinton’s reflective, candid assessment in her book, What Happened, of her devastating loss to Trump tells a lot about why she lost. She’s still being raked over the coals. She’s still called too guarded, not honest enough, too stiff, and even “robotic.” This fits […]

Trump issues Friday night pardon for Sheriff Joe Arpaio – Salon.com

Trump issues Friday night pardon for Sheriff Joe Arpaio – Salon.com. by Keith A. Spencer · August 25, 2017 Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff of Arizona’s Maricopa County who infamously forced inmates to live in sweltering, uninsulated outdoor tent cities and wear pink underwear to humiliate them, was pardoned Friday evening by President Donald Trump, multiple outlets reported. The former […]

White House Shrugs Off Fallout From Trump’s Charlottesville Response – Talking Points Memo

White House Shrugs Off Fallout From Trump’s Charlottesville Response – Talking Points Memo. by Caitlin MacNeal The White House on Friday brushed aside a question about the the fallout both President Donald Trump’s administration and personal business empire have seen in the wake of his failure to swiftly condemn white nationalists after the deadly rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. During a […]

Things are going to get much, much worse

Things are going to get much, much worse. For several months following the extraordinary outcome of last year’s presidential election, much of the country found itself stumbling through a severe case of politically inspired post-traumatic stress disorder. Many anti-Trump conservatives, liberals, progressives, and those further to the left were at first stunned and then consumed by a mixture of outrage […]

The Socialism America Needs Now | New Republic

The Socialism America Needs Now | New Republic. by John B. Judis · August 24, 2017 In the early 1970s, I was a founder of the New American Movement, a socialist group that later merged with another (the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee) to create what is still the Democratic Socialists of America. Earlier, I had been a member of SDS […]

How Steve Bannon Lost the Battle for the Soul of Trumpism | The New Yorker

How Steve Bannon Lost the Battle for the Soul of Trumpism | The New Yorker. by Ryan Lizza · August 23, 2017 Steve Bannon believed that the Trump nationalist agenda had been hijacked by the so-called globalists, such as the economic adviser Gary Cohn and the other members of the “Big Six.” Photograph by Andrew Harnik / AP Throughout the […]

Emmanuel Macron spent 26,000 euros on makeup in three months, enraging the French.

Emmanuel Macron spent 26,000 euros on makeup in three months, enraging the French.. by Christina Cauterucci · August 24, 2017 He did not wake up like this. Daniel Mihailescu/AFP/Getty Images French president and noted hunk Emmanuel Macron came under fire on Thursday after Le Point magazine reported that he’d spent 26,000 euros, or nearly $31,000, on makeup in his first […]

The Bernie voters who defected to Trump, explained by a political scientist – Vox

The Bernie voters who defected to Trump, explained by a political scientist – Vox. About 12 percent of Bernie Sanders supporters from the Democratic primary crossed party lines and voted for Donald Trump in the general election, a new analysis says. In several key states — Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan — the number of Sanders to Trump defectors were greater […]

Senator Chris Christie? Democrats face a major problem as Bob Menendez’s trial approaches – Salon.com

Senator Chris Christie? Democrats face a major problem as Bob Menendez’s trial approaches – Salon.com. If Menendez leaves the Senate through resignation or expulsion, Gov. Chris Christie could appoint himself VIDEO With the upcoming corruption trial of Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., set to begin on September 6, Democrats may be faced with a precarious situation that could not only cost […]

Why A Menendez Conviction Would Be A Nightmare For Senate Democrats – Talking Points Memo

Why A Menendez Conviction Would Be A Nightmare For Senate Democrats – Talking Points Memo. by Cameron Joseph Senate Democrats are living on a prayer that things don’t go wrong for them in New Jersey. Jury selection concluded Wednesday in the corruption trial of Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), only the 12th sitting senator in U.S. history to face indictment. If […]

The GOP went all in on Trump. How’s that going for them?

The GOP went all in on Trump. How's that going for them?. When the Donald Trump presidency comes to an end — in 2021, 2025, or who knows when (maybe next month?) — every Republican will confront some hard questions about their own complicity. Perhaps by then the disasters many predicted won’t have come true, and the incidents that today […]

The President Turns on His Own – The New York Times

The President Turns on His Own – The New York Times. by THE EDITORIAL BOARD · August 23, 2017 Eiko Ojala On a baking-hot evening in Phoenix on Tuesday, in another of the campaign-style rallies in red states that seem to give him strength when he runs into trouble in Washington, President Trump trotted out the usual enemies, the malefactors […]

Why ESPN and Robert Lee are right (opinion) – CNN

Why ESPN and Robert Lee are right (opinion) – CNN. In the testosterone-laced world of sports, sometimes your name means everything. Think not? I’ve seen men beaten by mobs just for having the gall to scream out “let’s go Cowboys” at an Eagles game. Think of all the racial epithets we’ve heard, of how one football player, Colin Kaepernick, silently […]