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ESPN: no national anthem broadcast before NFL games this year – Vox

ESPN: no national anthem broadcast before NFL games this year – Vox. At ESPN’s football media day, encompassing both college football and the NFL, ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro announced that the network does not plan to show the National Anthem during its broadcasts of either college or professional football this season. The move comes as the world’s largest sports television […]

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo: ‘Of Course America Is Great’ | HuffPost

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo: 'Of Course America Is Great' | HuffPost. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday that he was “inartful” when he said earlier in the week that America “was never that great,” a comment that was widely condemned and mocked by critics on the right and left. “I want to be very clear: Of course America […]

AP source: Omarosa has video, audio, texts

AP source: Omarosa has video, audio, texts. It’s not just audiotapes. Omarosa Manigault Newman has a stash of video, emails, text messages and other documentation supporting the claims in her tell-all book about her time in the Trump White House, a person with direct knowledge of the records told The Associated Press Friday. Manigault Newman has made clear that she […]

The Free Press Is Under Fire – The Atlantic

The Free Press Is Under Fire – The Atlantic. America’s Founding Fathers, after breaking free from monarchical subjugation, were determined to construct a government of checks and balances on absolute concentrated power. So they created a federal system that differentiated between state and national control, as well as three branches of government with distinct powers and responsibilities that had to […]

‘Abolish Prisons’ Is the New ‘Abolish ICE’ – POLITICO Magazine

‘Abolish Prisons’ Is the New ‘Abolish ICE’ – POLITICO Magazine. A growing group of leftists wants to get rid of the entire prison industrial complex in America. It’s no secret that the criminal justice system in America needs fixing—everyone from Jared Kushner to Cory Booker agrees. And while the Koch brothers might not go so far as Elizabeth Warren to […]

2018 midterms: 90 days out, things look good — not great — for Democrats – Vox

2018 midterms: 90 days out, things look good — not great — for Democrats – Vox. Less than 90 days out from Election Day on November 6, how good are things for the Democrats, really? If you’re looking at Democrats’ expanding number of battleground House districts, the future seems bright. With each passing primary day, the nonpartisan Cook Political Report […]

Trump And Cuomo Wage Twitter War Over America’s Level Of Greatness | HuffPost

Trump And Cuomo Wage Twitter War Over America's Level Of Greatness | HuffPost. President Donald Trump and the governor of his home state, New York Democrat Andrew Cuomo, sparred over Twitter on Wednesday night — neither of them holding any punches. Trump accused Cuomo of “having a total meltdown” over remarks the governor had made earlier in the day. “We’re […]

Omarosa’s Unhinged is an unconvincing mess of a book

Omarosa's Unhinged is an unconvincing mess of a book. Before sitting down to enjoy all 356 unembargoed pages of Unhinged, Omarosa Manigault Newman’s memoir of her stint in Donald Trump’s White House, I decided to do my due diligence as a reviewer and familiarize myself with her earlier literary work. I can now say with confidence that 2008′s The Bitch […]

Manafort Jury Asks Court Four Questions As Deliberations Continue – Talking Points Memo

Manafort Jury Asks Court Four Questions As Deliberations Continue – Talking Points Memo. Judge T.S. Ellis on Thursday evening answered a few questions from the jurors in the Paul Manafort trial after the jury sent out a note seeking clarification on several issues. Ellis then dismissed the jury for the day, and they will return to their deliberations Friday at […]

Midwest Democrats’ answer to Trump: White, conventional and boring – POLITICO

Midwest Democrats' answer to Trump: White, conventional and boring – POLITICO. Primaries in the heartland since May, including ones on Tuesday, offered a possible alternative for taking on Donald Trump in 2020 Democrats across the Midwest are opting for a conventional cast of technocrats and long-time public officials in the party’s first response to Donald Trump’s 2016 victories — a […]

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Risking Her Reputation Before She Gets to Congress

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Risking Her Reputation Before She Gets to Congress. Since her remarkable Democratic primary win on June 26, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has toured the country, done Sunday shows, appeared on late-night TV and raised money for like-minded candidates. It has been a stunning rise for a 28-year-old self-described Democratic Socialist who emerged from relatively anonymity to become, barring something […]

Elizabeth Warren’s Accountable Capitalism Act, explained – Vox

Elizabeth Warren’s Accountable Capitalism Act, explained – Vox. by Matthew Yglesias · August 15, 2018 Elizabeth Warren has a big idea that challenges how the Democratic Party thinks about solving the problem of inequality. Instead of advocating for expensive new social programs like free college or health care, she’s introducing a bill Wednesday, the Accountable Capitalism Act, that would redistribute […]

Trump Revokes Former CIA Director John Brennan’s Security Clearance | HuffPost

Trump Revokes Former CIA Director John Brennan's Security Clearance | HuffPost. President Donald Trump has revoked former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced Wednesday. Sanders said Trump has exercised his “unique constitutional responsibility to protect the nation’s classified information.” Historically, as a professional courtesy, former heads of intelligence and law enforcement agencies […]

Christine Hallquist Just Became the First Transgender Nominee for Governor From a Major Party – Mother Jones

Christine Hallquist Just Became the First Transgender Nominee for Governor From a Major Party – Mother Jones. Christine Hallquist, the former chief executive of a Vermont utility firm, won the state’s Democratic primary Tuesday, becoming the first ever openly transgender nominee for governor from a major party anywhere in the country. She will face incumbent Republican Gov. Phil Scott for […]

The treachery of Tom Perez

The treachery of Tom Perez. Tom Perez is chair of the Democratic National Committee because wealthy centrist liberals — above all then-President Barack Obama — needed a convenient stooge to keep the party machinery out of the left’s hands. He’s serving his big donor masters loyally, and in the process failing his party, the United States of America, and humanity […]

Manafort Attorney Takes Dig At Mueller, Attacks Gates In Closing Arguments – Talking Points Memo

Manafort Attorney Takes Dig At Mueller, Attacks Gates In Closing Arguments – Talking Points Memo. Closing arguments in Paul Manafort’s trial in Virginia featured a prosecution focused on Manafort’s “lies” and his defense’s claim that there major were holes in the government’s narrative about Manafort’s alleged bank fraud and tax fraud. Manafort attorney Richard Westling made a number of sly […]

Don’t back away from the hard truth, Senator Warren – The Boston Globe

Don’t back away from the hard truth, Senator Warren – The Boston Globe. by Renée Graham – Columnist · August 14, 2018 DURING A RECENT APPEARANCE at Dillard University in New Orleans, Senator Elizabeth Warren offered what she called “the hard truth about our criminal justice system: it’s racist. . . . I mean, all the way, front to back.” […]

Katrina Pierson Responds to Omarosa: I Humored Her About Trump N-Word Tape

Katrina Pierson Responds to Omarosa: I Humored Her About Trump N-Word Tape. by Asawin Suebsaeng · August 14, 2018 There are tapes of people talking about tapes and it’s causing all kinds of drama. Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast Omarosa week may never die and it’s causing mass hysteria in Trumpland. As The Daily Beast first reported last week, […]

Keith Ellison Wins Minnesota Attorney General Primary While Facing Abuse Accusations | HuffPost

Keith Ellison Wins Minnesota Attorney General Primary While Facing Abuse Accusations | HuffPost. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) won the Democratic primary for Minnesota attorney general on Tuesday, days after he was publicly accused of domestic abuse. The deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee bested Minnesota Rep. Deb Holstrom, former county prosecutor Tom Foley, Minneapolis attorney Matt Pelikan and former […]

Reports: Trump Campaign Files Arbitration Against Omarosa – Talking Points Memo

Reports: Trump Campaign Files Arbitration Against Omarosa – Talking Points Memo. by Matt Shuham The Trump campaign has filed an arbitration action against former campaign and White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman over her alleged breach of a nondisclosure agreement she signed in 2016, several outlets have reported. WASHINGTON (AP) — AP source: Trump campaign files arbitration action against Omarosa […]

Peter Strzok’s firing sets a dangerous precedent for the abuse of power.

Peter Strzok’s firing sets a dangerous precedent for the abuse of power.. If there’s one thing for which it’s impossible to fault Donald Trump, it is the clarity of his intentions. As he has emphasized in scores of tweets and public statements, he believes that the investigation into his campaign’s ties to Russia is illegitimate and that the president should […]

Most Top Democrats, Progressive Groups Reserve Judgment On Keith Ellison Allegations | HuffPost

Most Top Democrats, Progressive Groups Reserve Judgment On Keith Ellison Allegations | HuffPost. All but a few prominent Democrats and progressive groups have stayed silent on an ex-girlfriend’s allegations of domestic abuse against Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota, a progressive leader and deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee running for the state’s attorney general. Their reticence to speak reflects […]

How Engineering the Climate Could Mess With Our Food – Mother Jones

How Engineering the Climate Could Mess With Our Food – Mother Jones. On June 15, 1991, Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines blew its top in an eruption of staggering proportions. It sent an ash cloud 28 miles high, filling surrounding valleys with deposits 660 feet thick and destroying almost every bridge within 18 miles. Over 800 people lost their lives. […]

Trump’s latest immigration injustice is a malicious travesty

Trump's latest immigration injustice is a malicious travesty. The Trump administration wants you to believe it’s devoted to protecting American taxpayers from supposedly welfare-mooching foreigners. Don’t. What President Trump is really doing is shutting the door on all but a small sliver of well-heeled immigrants — while telling the “tired,” “poor,” and “huddled masses” yearning to put cheap food on […]

Juan Williams: The real danger of Trump’s media war | TheHill

Juan Williams: The real danger of Trump's media war | TheHill. As a young reporter for the Washington Post covering the corrupt administration of D.C. Mayor Marion Barry, I knew what it meant to be targeted by a powerful politician. Barry and his supporters trashed my reputation in D.C.’s black community, casting me as a sellout working for a white […]

Trump broke the presidency. We need to get rid of the job altogether.

Trump broke the presidency. We need to get rid of the job altogether.. by Tina Dupuy, Opinion contributor Donald Trump is proof that the U.S. presidency is broken and democracy is in peril. It’s time to amend the Constitution and abolish the presidency. President Donald Trump (Photo: Carolyn Kaster/AP) Abolish the POTUS! We’ve seen it: the belligerent typo-ridden tweets; the […]

The Most Blissfully Trump-Twitter-Free Place in America | The New Yorker

The Most Blissfully Trump-Twitter-Free Place in America | The New Yorker. Late on Wednesday morning, Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, stared directly at Rick Gates, his longtime deputy turned accuser, sitting on the stand a few feet away from him in the Alexandria courtroom where Manafort is on trial for an array of financial crimes. Manafort’s lawyer was […]

Why Omarosa’s attack on Kelly could backfire – POLITICO

Why Omarosa’s attack on Kelly could backfire – POLITICO. by Eliana Johnson · August 12, 2018 Recording a conversation in the Situation Room was a potential security breach in a room that’s meant to be one of the most locked-down in Washington. “You have to have your own back, because otherwise you’ll look back and see 17 knives in your […]

Surrounded by Thousands of Protesters, White Nationalists Sneak Out of Their Own D.C. Rally

Surrounded by Thousands of Protesters, White Nationalists Sneak Out of Their Own D.C. Rally. by Kelly Weill · August 12, 2018 Surrounded by Thousands of Protesters, White Nationalists Sneak Out of Their Own D.C. Rally Jason Kessler planned the Charlottesville hate march. Exactly one year later, he and a dozen supporters got run out of the nation’s capital. Chip Somodevilla/Getty […]

Rep. Keith Ellison Denies Domestic Abuse Accusations | HuffPost

Rep. Keith Ellison Denies Domestic Abuse Accusations | HuffPost. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) on Sunday denied that he assaulted an ex-girlfriend, as alleged by the woman’s son in a viral Facebook post a day earlier. “Karen and I were in a long-term relationship which ended in 2016, and I still care deeply for her well-being,” Ellison said in a statement […]

114 Wildfires Are Scorching an Area Larger Than Delaware – Mother Jones

114 Wildfires Are Scorching an Area Larger Than Delaware – Mother Jones. As of Friday, there were 114 total wildfires across the country, consuming a combined area larger than the state of Delaware. To fight the blazes, 29,000 people have been deployed with an arsenal of 200 helicopters and 1,800 engines, according to the US Forest Service. California is on […]

The future of sustainable food may be halal

The future of sustainable food may be halal. When Muslims from India and Pakistan began arriving in the U.K. in large numbers in the 1960s, they imported two anxieties common to immigrants: what to eat, and where to pray. The new foreigners, usually men, sought places of worship and a dependable supply of nutrition associated with their homelands. This included […]

Opinion | The Outrage Over Sarah Jeong – The New York Times

Opinion | The Outrage Over Sarah Jeong – The New York Times. by Bret Stephens · August 9, 2018 In March, a liberal furor erupted when The Atlantic magazine briefly hired Kevin Williamson, a conservative writer with National Review. Several years earlier, Williamson had written a short tweet in which he seemed to suggest that women who obtain abortions should […]

The Fight for Purity in Michigan and the Democratic Party | The New Yorker

The Fight for Purity in Michigan and the Democratic Party | The New Yorker. by Benjamin Wallace-Wells · August 10, 2018 Gretchen Whitmer, the leading Democratic candidate in Michigan’s gubernatorial race, found herself being attacked for shadowy corporate ties by a group that itself left no trace. Photograph by Ali Lapetina / The Washington Post / Getty Gretchen Whitmer, who, […]

Is Robert Mueller Running Out Of Time In The Russia Investigation? : NPR

Is Robert Mueller Running Out Of Time In The Russia Investigation? : NPR. by Philip Ewing · August 11, 2018 Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller may be running out of space to maneuver — or he may not. But the White House is calibrating its strategy as though a clock is ticking. Alex Wong/Associated Press This week in the […]

Rashida Tlaib Is the Left’s Way Forward – POLITICO Magazine

Rashida Tlaib Is the Left's Way Forward – POLITICO Magazine. She wasn’t the flashiest candidate in Tuesday’s primaries, but her steady, unapologetic progressivism is the movement’s future. The left—particularly the new-school, say-it-loud-and-say-it-proud democratic socialist left inspired by Bernie Sanders’ 2016 primary run—has a tendency toward maximalism. And it’s only natural: The progressive project, as both its subscribers and Fox News […]

The DCCC Goes ‘Begging’, Again and Again and Again

The DCCC Goes ‘Begging’, Again and Again and Again. by Eleanor Clift · August 11, 2018 opinion As the party’s campaign apparatus asks, and asks, and asks for more money, some Democrats have had about enough. opinion Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast A Democrat of six decades standing, you’d think Roger Williams, a retired journalist, would welcome emails […]

Democratic National Committee Backtracks On Its Ban Of Fossil Fuel Donations | HuffPost

Democratic National Committee Backtracks On Its Ban Of Fossil Fuel Donations | HuffPost. The Democratic National Committee passed a resolution Friday afternoon that activists say effectively reverses a ban on fossil fuel company donations. The resolution introduced by DNC Chair Tom Perez states that the party “support[s] fossil fuel workers” and will accept donations from “employers’ political action committees.” It […]

The left is just getting started

The left is just getting started. The great struggle between the left and the center for control of the Democratic Party went another round on Tuesday. Several prominent Bernie Sanders-style Democrats, like Abdul El-Sayed in the gubernatorial race in Michigan, and Brent Welder in the primary for Kansas’ 3rd Congressional District, went down to defeat, despite receiving a lot of […]

Opinion | Turkey’s Downward Spiral – The New York Times

Opinion | Turkey’s Downward Spiral – The New York Times. by The Editorial Board · August 10, 2018 Not long ago it would have seemed unthinkable to add Turkey to the list of countries — including North Korea, Iran and Russia — that the United States had sanctioned for unscrupulous behavior. As a NATO ally, Turkey has a mutual defense […]

Opinion | Erdogan: How Turkey Sees the Crisis With the U.S. – The New York Times

Opinion | Erdogan: How Turkey Sees the Crisis With the U.S. – The New York Times. by Recep Tayyip Erdogan · August 10, 2018 ANKARA — For the past six decades, Turkey and the United States have been strategic partners and NATO allies. Our two countries stood shoulder to shoulder against common challenges during the Cold War and in its […]

Trump Made Socialism Great Again – The Atlantic

Trump Made Socialism Great Again – The Atlantic. The election of Trump—and the populist upsurge he helped encourage—has confirmed that politics is no longer the art of the possible, but the improbable. If Trump can win the highest office in the land, then why can’t the rest of us run for something, too? Why shouldn’t a 33-year old Egyptian-American named […]

Democratic National Committee Backtracks On Its Ban Of Fossil Fuel Donations | HuffPost

Democratic National Committee Backtracks On Its Ban Of Fossil Fuel Donations | HuffPost. The Democratic National Committee plans to vote on a resolution Friday afternoon that activists say effectively reverses a ban on fossil fuel company donations, HuffPost has learned. The proposal introduced by DNC Chair Tom Perez states that the party “support[s] fossil fuel workers” and will accept donations […]

Puerto Rico Finally Admits It Wildly Underestimated Hurricane Maria Death Toll – Mother Jones

Puerto Rico Finally Admits It Wildly Underestimated Hurricane Maria Death Toll – Mother Jones. This morning, the Puerto Rican government finally admitted that its official death toll for Hurricane Maria was a wild underestimate. A new government report calculates that the island suffered 1,427 deaths from the storm and its aftermath. Shortly after the hurricane, officials put the death toll […]

The challenge of tagging Republicans as ‘corrupt’ in 2018 – POLITICO

The challenge of tagging Republicans as 'corrupt' in 2018 – POLITICO. by Heather Caygle · August 9, 2018 House Democrats want to reprise their 2006 strategy of painting the GOP as deeply unethical, but the public has been desensitized to outrage. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in a letter to House Democrats urged them to use the August recess to […]

Malcolm Jenkins, Kenny Stills, and others protest during anthem as 2018 preseason kicks off.

Malcolm Jenkins, Kenny Stills, and others protest during anthem as 2018 preseason kicks off.. Outspoken safety Malcolm Jenkins restarted his protest movement on Thursday by raising a fist during the national anthem ahead of the Philadelphia Eagles’ preseason opener, answering the question of whether players would continue their social justice protests despite increased pressure from the league to stand down. […]

California is using prison labor to fight its record wildfires – Vox

California is using prison labor to fight its record wildfires – Vox. California is suffering record-breaking wildfires as the Mendocino Complex, Carr, and Ferguson fires continue. But to combat the flames, the state is turning to a controversial practice: prison labor. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) recently boasted about the use of prison labor for firefighting on […]

The Oscars’ insulting new award

The Oscars' insulting new award. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced Wednesday it will debut a new category at the 91st Oscars: the award for “outstanding achievement in popular film.” The decision was immediately laughable — the Oscars are not exactly a bastion of artistic achievement to begin with — but it’s also insulting to any blockbusters […]

Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination will backfire on conservatives if he’s confirmed.

Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination will backfire on conservatives if he’s confirmed.. Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court triggered immediate fear among most liberals and progressives. There’s the likelihood that Kavanaugh would supply the fifth vote to overturn or dismantle Roe v. Wade. There are his very strong pro-business and anti-labor rulings. And of course, there’s Kavanaugh’s extensive writings critical […]

New York City Council passes laws to limit Uber drivers and increase pay rates – Vox

New York City Council passes laws to limit Uber drivers and increase pay rates – Vox. by Alexia Fernández Campbell · August 8, 2018 For-hire drivers and their supporters rally in New York City on August 6, 2018. Drew Angerer/Getty Images New York City is cracking down on Uber and other app-based ride-hailing services that have clogged the city with […]

Former Bush Aide: Trump’s ‘Loopy Ways’ Put Him At Massive Risk In A Mueller Sit-Down | HuffPost

Former Bush Aide: Trump’s ‘Loopy Ways’ Put Him At Massive Risk In A Mueller Sit-Down | HuffPost. Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer said Wednesday that an interview between President Donald Trump and special counsel Robert Mueller would be “calamitous” due to the president’s “loopy ways” of talking. “There’s a massive amount of risk,” Fleischer, who served in the […]

Trump capital gains tax plan would help rich, hurt America: Ron Wyden

Trump capital gains tax plan would help rich, hurt America: Ron Wyden. by Ron Wyden The Trump administration is weighing bypassing Congress to give the rich more tax breaks instead of protecting Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. An IRS tax form (Photo: Jenny Kane/AP) News broke last week that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and his department are considering a massive, […]

Opinion | A Nail-Biter in Ohio Is a Democratic Triumph – The New York Times

Opinion | A Nail-Biter in Ohio Is a Democratic Triumph – The New York Times. by Frank Bruni · August 8, 2018 A special election this near to the November midterms isn’t solely or even primarily about who won and lost. It’s about which candidate — and thus which party — beat the spread. It’s a crystal ball with a […]

Trump says press is the enemy, but without it, corruption abounds

Trump says press is the enemy, but without it, corruption abounds. by Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press President Donald Trump called many media outlets ‘the enemy of the American people.’ But here’s what history might look like without the press. President Donald Trump attends a rally at Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall in Tampa, Fla. (Photo: AP) “The people … […]

Socialism’s Downfall

Socialism's Downfall. by Steve McCann · August 7, 2018 With the unexpected success of Bernie Sanders in the 2016 primaries and Democrats swooning over the newest face in the crowd, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, socialism – or its latest euphemism, “Democratic Socialism” – is the new hot-button issue of the American left and its Millennial allies, who are enamored by its egalitarian […]

The Impeachment Pushes Are Fizzling—and That’s a Good Thing

The Impeachment Pushes Are Fizzling—and That’s a Good Thing. It’s been a few weeks for fans of impeachment. Republicans and Democrats have both been talking up the idea, and—lucky for them—it has resulted in two big belly flops. The first came when Republicans in the House Freedom Caucus attempted to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, accusing him of “high […]

It’s official: women have been nominated for a record number of House seats – Vox

It’s official: women have been nominated for a record number of House seats – Vox. A groundbreaking number of women filed to run for the House this midterm cycle — and now it’s official: A record number have secured major party nominations for a seat in the lower chamber, per data from Rutgers’s Center for American Women and Politics. As […]

Congressman Holds Off Progressive Challenger In St. Louis | HuffPost

Congressman Holds Off Progressive Challenger In St. Louis | HuffPost. Democratic Rep. William Lacy Clay, a longtime incumbent and the scion of a St. Louis political dynasty, held onto his seat in Missouri’s 1st Congressional District on Tuesday, fending off a primary challenger from Cori Bush, a nurse, pastor and progressive political activist. Bush had hoped to replicate the success […]

Trump’s Hollywood Star of Fame One Step Closer to Removal – Mother Jones

Trump’s Hollywood Star of Fame One Step Closer to Removal – Mother Jones. The city council of West Hollywood voted unanimously on Monday to permanently remove the president’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, citing the president’s attacks against women and immigrants among the reasons for the resolution’s passage. “Due to his disturbing treatment of women and many other […]

Trump’s tariffs are working

Trump's tariffs are working. Can you believe that tariffs imposed on the importation of foreign steel and aluminum are forcing some American companies to purchase those metals here instead of from suppliers based abroad? I mean, good gracious. It’s almost like a policy designed to bring about X is making X happen. In other words, President Trump’s steel tariffs are […]

The press isn’t the enemy, it’s the protector (opinion) – CNN

The press isn't the enemy, it's the protector (opinion) – CNN. by Joseph Holt Joseph Holt is an ethics professor at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. The views expressed here are solely the author’s. View more opinion articles on CNN. (CNN)It is a sad day for democracy when the leader of the free world repeatedly calls […]

In Deeply Blue New Jersey, an Unexpected Battle for Senate – The New York Times

In Deeply Blue New Jersey, an Unexpected Battle for Senate – The New York Times. by Nick Corasaniti · August 5, 2018 Senator Robert Menendez’s corruption trial had barely ended at the federal courthouse in Newark, but his team was already feverishly working the phones. Within 24 hours, nearly every major Democratic public official in New Jersey — from the […]

Juan Williams: Shutdown would be loser for Trump and GOP | TheHill

Juan Williams: Shutdown would be loser for Trump and GOP | TheHill. by Juan Williams, opinion contributor · August 6, 2018 What kind of message does it send to voters just before the midterm elections if the GOP can’t keep the lights on while in control of the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives? For the past […]

Democratic Aides on Hill Sour on Pelosi, Survey Finds

Democratic Aides on Hill Sour on Pelosi, Survey Finds. In a sign of the growing unrest on the left, a plurality of Democratic congressional aides surveyed by CQ Roll Call last month said the party should replace Nancy Pelosi as leader whether Democrats win a House majority in November or not. The Capitol Insiders Survey, which CQ Roll Call emailed […]

Rick Gates, the star witness in Manafort trial, testifies his former boss knowingly broke the law.

Rick Gates, the star witness in Manafort trial, testifies his former boss knowingly broke the law.. As Paul Manafort’s trial for bank and tax fraud entered its second week in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, the intensity ratcheted up significantly Monday afternoon when the prosecution called former Manafort business partner Rick Gates to testify. Gates, like Manafort, was charged with […]

Netroots Nation: Elizabeth Warren is the left’s early favorite for 2020 – Vox

Netroots Nation: Elizabeth Warren is the left’s early favorite for 2020 – Vox. The biggest yearly event of plugged-in, progressive activists was Warrenmania. Sen. Elizabeth Warren broke out from a slate of potential 2020 contenders who delivered mainstage speeches at the 2018 Netroots Nation. The Massachusetts senator brought a packed ballroom of progressives to their feet multiple times to cheer […]

Progressive Activists Are Pretty Meh About Impeaching Donald Trump | HuffPost

Progressive Activists Are Pretty Meh About Impeaching Donald Trump | HuffPost. In a speech to Netroots Nation on Thursday evening, liberal donor Tom Steyer delivered a stinging rebuke to “establishment Democrats” for failing to back the immediate impeachment of President Donald Trump. Steyer, who noted that not one member of the Senate Democratic Caucus has embraced his impeachment crusade, indicted […]

Thanks to Trump’s Family Separations, Democrats Are in the Hot Seat for Taking Private Prison Cash – Mother Jones

Thanks to Trump’s Family Separations, Democrats Are in the Hot Seat for Taking Private Prison Cash – Mother Jones. In a theater outside Miami last month, as a debate between four Democratic candidates for Florida governor approached the two-hour mark, 18-year-old activist ErrDaisha Floyd took the mic and turned the conversation toward a topic close to her heart: private prisons. […]

How anti-liberalism went global

How anti-liberalism went global. Anti-liberalism has gone global — and that’s more than a little paradoxical. But the paradox is our reality now, so we have to face it. Whether it takes the form of Trumpian attacks on immigration to the U.S., enthusiasm for Brexit in the U.K., or the surge in support for populist parties and politicians across Europe, […]

Tax Reform 2.0 would rob even more from America’s future

Tax Reform 2.0 would rob even more from America’s future. by The Editorial Board, USA TODAY Federal deficit is on track to top $1 trillion a year, but Republicans propose more tax cuts right before midterm elections: Our view House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (Photo: Michael Reynolds/epa-EFE) The Congressional Budget Office projects that government’s borrowing is on track […]

Opinion | President Dumb and Dumber – The New York Times

Opinion | President Dumb and Dumber – The New York Times. by Charles M. Blow · August 5, 2018 Donald Trump has a penchant for labeling particular people. It might strike some as just another insult for a petulant urchin of a man who insults everyone with whom he takes issue. But I believe that the nature of his insults […]

Medicare for All makes a lot of sense (Opinion) – CNN

Medicare for All makes a lot of sense (Opinion) – CNN. Jeffrey Sachs is a professor and director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University. The opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the author; view more opinion articles on CNN. (CNN)The economics of Medicare for All championed by Sen. Bernie Sanders are actually quite straightforward. Under […]

Activists at Netroots eye minorities, not Trump voters – The Atlantic

Activists at Netroots eye minorities, not Trump voters – The Atlantic. The first Netroots Nation conference in a Trump-era election year opened with not one, not two, but five keynote speakers of color, all of whom underlined the potential of a “multiracial coalition” of voters made up of African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, and progressive whites. Their prescription for taking […]

Ocasio-Cortez and Sanders work to elect first Muslim governor – POLITICO

Ocasio-Cortez and Sanders work to elect first Muslim governor – POLITICO. by Daniel Strauss · August 4, 2018 The progressive icons are going all-in for Abdul El-Sayed, a 33-year-old physician running an underdog campaign for Michigan governor. Abdul El-Sayed, a first-time candidate who’s trailed in public polls, has emerged as a threat to the front-runner, former state Sen. Gretchen Whitmer. […]

White liberal racism: Why progressives are unable to see their own bigotry.

White liberal racism: Why progressives are unable to see their own bigotry.. There have been a lot of disturbing poll results over the past several years, but none more than this one: According to a 2016 survey conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute, 57 percent of white Americans believe that discrimination against white people is “as big a problem” […]

Sarah Jeong-New York Times controversy: conservatives have it wrong – Vox

Sarah Jeong-New York Times controversy: conservatives have it wrong – Vox. Conservatives are up in arms over the New York Times’s latest hire: a tech writer named Sarah Jeong whom they allege to be racist against white people. Jeong, who currently works at the Vox Media site The Verge, was hired by the Times editorial board to work on technology […]

Barack Obama’s Birthday Officially Celebrated As A Holiday In Illinois | HuffPost

Barack Obama’s Birthday Officially Celebrated As A Holiday In Illinois | HuffPost. Maybe Barack Obama should eat a few extra almonds tonight. The former U.S. president turned 57 on Saturday — and had a big reason to celebrate. This year marks the first “Barack Obama Day” in the state of Illinois. The Illinois General Assembly unanimously passed the commemorative holiday […]

Apple got to $1 trillion the right way

Apple got to $1 trillion the right way. Apple is the first U.S. company to reach $1 trillion in market value — arguably the first company ever — and even left-wingers like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders should think that’s pretty awesome. Yes, it’s uber-fashionable to decry corporate power, especially that of America’s technology giants whose products and services are […]

‘If You’re a Pro-life Democrat … You Know You’re Standing Alone’ – POLITICO Magazine

‘If You’re a Pro-life Democrat … You Know You’re Standing Alone’ – POLITICO Magazine. They might be a dying breed, but some anti-abortion Democrats say they’re just what the party needs to win. AURORA, Colorado—The anti-abortion movement is riding high in the age of Donald Trump. A fifth conservative justice is likely heading to the Supreme Court with the potential […]

Dems Are Better for the Economy. Why Won’t They Say So?

Dems Are Better for the Economy. Why Won’t They Say So?. by Michael Tomasky · August 3, 2018 opinion ‘We’ve been better for the economy over the last 60 years, and here are the numbers that prove it’ sure does seem like a pretty good campaign line. opinion Drew Angerer/Getty So the jobs numbers are just out, and though they’re […]

Sarah Jeong-New York Times controversy: conservatives have it wrong – Vox

Sarah Jeong-New York Times controversy: conservatives have it wrong – Vox. Conservatives are up in arms over the New York Times’s latest hire: a tech writer named Sarah Jeong whom they allege to be racist against white people. Jeong, who currently works at the Vox Media site The Verge, was hired by the Times editorial board to work on technology […]

Newseum Is Selling ‘Fake News’ T-Shirts, And Journalists Aren’t Happy About It | HuffPost

Newseum Is Selling 'Fake News' T-Shirts, And Journalists Aren't Happy About It | HuffPost. The Newseum in Washington, D.C., which celebrates a free press and free speech, is selling shirts featuring the phrase “You are very fake news” ― a catchphrase President Donald Trump frequently uses to delegitimize the press. The museum is also selling hats bearing Trump’s campaign slogan, […]

How anti-liberalism went global

How anti-liberalism went global. Anti-liberalism has gone global — and that’s more than a little paradoxical. But the paradox is our reality now, so we have to face it. Whether it takes the form of Trumpian attacks on immigration to the U.S., enthusiasm for Brexit in the U.K., or the surge in support for populist parties and politicians across Europe, […]

Senate Dems Will End Boycott, Meet With Kavanaugh To Push Doc Requests – Talking Points Memo

Senate Dems Will End Boycott, Meet With Kavanaugh To Push Doc Requests – Talking Points Memo. by Kate Riga As Democrats and Republicans brawled over obtaining possibly millions of pages of records related to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, the Democratic leadership withheld one-on-ones with most of its members as a punishment. According to a Friday Washington Post report, now, […]

Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation is not worth Democratic Senate seats

Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation is not worth Democratic Senate seats. by Ross K. Baker, Opinion columnist Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court is nearly inevitable. Vulnerable Democratic senators shouldn’t sacrifice their seats to oppose him. Judge Brett Kavanaugh outside Sen. Joe Manchin’s Capitol Hill office on July 30, 2018. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Barring some explosive last-minute scandalous revelation, Brett Kavanaugh […]

A brazen attack on America’s future: Trump’s fuel-efficiency standard rollback will hurt the economy and environment – NY Daily News

A brazen attack on America's future: Trump's fuel-efficiency standard rollback will hurt the economy and environment – NY Daily News. by Andrew Cuomo The Trump administration is proceeding with its irresponsible plan to roll back federal emission standards for vehicles. Make no mistake: As intended, this rollback will enrich the oil companies and industry lobbyists that are cozy with Environmental […]

It’s True: Trump Is Lying More, and He’s Doing It on Purpose. | The New Yorker

It’s True: Trump Is Lying More, and He’s Doing It on Purpose. | The New Yorker. On Thursday, the Washington Post published a remarkable story on its front page revealing a recent spike in the number of “false and misleading claims” made by President Trump. In his first year as President, Trump made 2,140 false claims, according to the Post. […]

White liberal racism: Why progressives are unable to see their own bigotry.

White liberal racism: Why progressives are unable to see their own bigotry.. There have been a lot of disturbing poll results over the past several years, but none more than this one: According to a 2016 survey conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute, 57 percent of white Americans believe that discrimination against white people is “as big a problem” […]

Banning overdraft fees: Cory Booker’s new idea to tackle big banks – Vox

Banning overdraft fees: Cory Booker’s new idea to tackle big banks – Vox. Sen. Cory Booker is taking aim at bank overdraft fees — which users incur if they spend or withdraw more than their available checking account balance. These fees have become a crucial source of revenue for financial institutions and have long targeted low-income customers who struggle the […]

The Trump Administration Just Launched a “Brazen Attack” on Clean Air Standards – Mother Jones

The Trump Administration Just Launched a “Brazen Attack” on Clean Air Standards – Mother Jones. The White House proposed dramatically weakening fuel economy standards on Thursday, reversing the only major federal policy to reduce planet-warming emissions from the nation’s top source of greenhouse gas pollution. The move would clear the way for vehicles to, by 2030, spew an addition 600 […]

The miracle of the United States Postal Service

The miracle of the United States Postal Service. When I was a boy, I lived in a tiny Utah town called Torrey (population: 171), and my parents worked as river guides in Grand Canyon. They rowed wooden dories — fragile boats that require considerable skill to navigate through the big rapids down there, but also provide a near-magical river experience. […]

Opinion | Paul Manafort’s Trial Is Donald Trump’s, Too – The New York Times

Opinion | Paul Manafort’s Trial Is Donald Trump’s, Too – The New York Times. by Frank Bruni · July 31, 2018 The word collusion probably won’t come up in the Alexandria, Va., courtroom where Paul Manafort sweats out much of this and the next few weeks. It’s possible, too, that Donald Trump won’t be mentioned, at least not often. But […]

It’s Bernie’s Party Now – POLITICO Magazine

It’s Bernie’s Party Now – POLITICO Magazine. A voice crying in the wilderness is supposed to be ignored, not rewarded with accolades and growing influence. Bernie Sanders is the prophet with honor in his own party. The former socialist gadfly is now the socialist trendsetter. At the moment, he has to be counted among the most successful ideological leaders in […]

How Democrats Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Class Struggle | HuffPost

How Democrats Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Class Struggle | HuffPost. It seems quaint today, but back in November 2014, Democrats in Washington were genuinely alarmed about their party’s electoral situation. They’d been stomped in the midterm elections, lost control of the Senate, and Republicans had secured their largest House majority since 1931. In response, the Center for […]

The Democrats’ milquetoast plan to rein in Facebook is actually pretty risky

The Democrats' milquetoast plan to rein in Facebook is actually pretty risky. Between data privacy problems and Russian bots, big tech platforms like Facebook are giving U.S. policymakers a serious headache. And that goes double for the Democratic Party. According to Axios, Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) has a new paper laying out multiple policy options for how to rein them […]

Manafort Trial Judge Wants The Lawyers’ Eye-Rolling To Stop – Talking Points Memo

Manafort Trial Judge Wants The Lawyers’ Eye-Rolling To Stop – Talking Points Memo. The federal judge in Paul Manafort’s financial fraud trial is trying to place limits on the court proceedings, warning lawyers not to roll their eyes at him or to introduce irrelevant evidence. U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III pressed prosecutors to limit their use of an extensive […]

Tom Steyer’s $110 million plan to redefine the Democrats – POLITICO

Tom Steyer’s $110 million plan to redefine the Democrats – POLITICO. by Edward-Isaac Dovere · July 31, 2018 The billionaire investor is on a collision course with party leaders. Tom Steyer is building an operation that’s bigger than anyone’s other than the Koch brothers’ — and he believes the reservoir of nontraditional voters he’s already activated could become the overriding […]

Manafort says “no chance” of a deal with prosecutors as his trial begins – Vox

Manafort says “no chance” of a deal with prosecutors as his trial begins – Vox. Right up until the trial was set to begin, there was rampant speculation over whether Paul Manafort would strike a last-minute plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller. But as the trial began Tuesday, Manafort attorney Kevin Downing told CBS News there was “no chance” […]

Andrew Cuomo Attacks Parent Company Of Reporter Who Asked Tough Question | HuffPost

Andrew Cuomo Attacks Parent Company Of Reporter Who Asked Tough Question | HuffPost. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) tried to turn the tables on a reporter at a press event Tuesday by bringing up the state’s dispute with his TV channel’s parent company after the journalist asked about straw donor allegations. Zack Fink, a reporter for the regional cable […]

Supreme Court Says Kids Can Sue Trump Over Climate Change – Mother Jones

Supreme Court Says Kids Can Sue Trump Over Climate Change – Mother Jones. The Supreme Court has rejected the Trump administration’s effort to stop a climate change lawsuit spearheaded by 21 youth plaintiffs. The plaintiffs, all between 11 and 22 years old, argue that the United States government has violated their constitutional rights by allowing fossil fuel production to continue—despite […]

Why Paul Manafort wants to go down with the ship

Why Paul Manafort wants to go down with the ship. On Tuesday the investigation into supposed collusion between President Trump and Russia will come closer than it has before to vindication when Paul Manafort, the onetime chairman of the president’s election campaign, goes to trial to defend himself against charges that he was a low-rent crook and fixer many years […]

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Beat the Democratic Machine. Now She’s Helping Other Candidates Do the Same. – Mother Jones

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Beat the Democratic Machine. Now She’s Helping Other Candidates Do the Same. – Mother Jones. On the Thursday before New York’s June congressional primary, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the 28-year-old Democratic Socialist, and Rep. Joe Crowley, the chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, gathered for their second and final debate at a Jewish community center in Queens. Ocasio-Cortez’s stunning primary […]

A Democratic Wave In The Midterms Is Looking More And More Likely | HuffPost

A Democratic Wave In The Midterms Is Looking More And More Likely | HuffPost. Can we really expect a blue-wave election in November, with Democrats taking back the House and even possibly the Senate? On the one hand, there are some encouraging portents. Since the 1840s, the president’s party has lost seats in 41 of 44 midterm elections. The pattern […]

Trump unlikely to agree to Mueller interview, sources say | Fox News

Trump unlikely to agree to Mueller interview, sources say | Fox News. President Trump and his legal team are unlikely to agree to an interview with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Fox News has learned. A final decision has not yet been made, but multiple sources told Fox News the team will almost certainly reject the request to interview the commander-in-chief […]

Bernie Sanders’s Medicare for All costs $32 trillion. That’s a bargain. – Vox

Bernie Sanders’s Medicare for All costs $32 trillion. That’s a bargain. – Vox. $32 trillion. That is how much federal spending would increase over 10 years under Bernie Sanders’s Medicare-for-all bill, according to a brand-new estimate from the libertarian-leaning Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Before you question the source (like Sanders did), you should know the left-leaning Urban Institute […]

Historians Quit UVA Think Tank After School’s Hiring Of Ex-Trump Aide Marc Short | HuffPost

Historians Quit UVA Think Tank After School's Hiring Of Ex-Trump Aide Marc Short | HuffPost. Two distinguished historians at the University of Virginia have resigned from its public policy center following the school’s recent hiring of a former aide to President Donald Trump, a decision that has also spurred protests among students and faculty. William I. Hitchcock and Melvyn P. […]

Why the Trump economy will go bust

Why the Trump economy will go bust. Sound the trumpets! Cue the balloons! President Trump finally hit his economic growth target on Friday. Trump has long boasted he can push the economy to 3 percent growth or more over the long term. Needless to say, he and the rest of the White House were thumping their chests when the government’s […]

Juan Williams: What does Putin have on Trump? | TheHill

Juan Williams: What does Putin have on Trump? | TheHill. Here’s a sentence I never thought I’d write: The majority of American voters now believe the President of Russia has compromising information on the President of the United States. In other words, they think our president is being blackmailed. That shocking political reality comes from a Quinnipiac University poll published […]

Liberal secret-money network hammers House GOP – POLITICO

Liberal secret-money network hammers House GOP – POLITICO. A network of secret-money nonprofit groups has spent millions of dollars attacking swing-seat House Republicans on health care and taxes, quietly becoming one of the biggest players in the 2018 political landscape. The groups have local members and names like Floridians for a Fair Shake, Michigan Families for Economic Prosperity and North […]

Donald Trump Is Very Unpopular In the States He Barely Won

Donald Trump Is Very Unpopular In the States He Barely Won. Donald Trump’s historic unpopularity has yet to harden into conventional wisdom, even as he’s trailed previous presidents in job approval at nearly every point in his administration. Instead, mainstream pundits and reporters focus on his relatively high marks with Republican voters, convinced that this gives insight into his political […]

Trump’s GDP victory lap is full of embellishments and exaggerations – Vox

Trump’s GDP victory lap is full of embellishments and exaggerations – Vox. The United States economy posted strong growth in the second quarter of the year. Gross domestic product grew at 4.1 percent — its best pace in about four years — and consumer spending, business investments, and exports saw a boost. The numbers are good, and still, some figures […]

Documents: Trump Golf Course Damaged Sand Dunes In Scotland – Talking Points Memo

Documents: Trump Golf Course Damaged Sand Dunes In Scotland – Talking Points Memo. U.S. President Donald Trump’s family business partially destroyed legally protected sand dunes in Scotland when it built a golf course north of Aberdeen, according to government reports released in response to a freedom of information request. Scottish Natural Heritage, which monitors the country’s sensitive and scientifically important […]

Barbara Lee looks to seize her moment – POLITICO

Barbara Lee looks to seize her moment – POLITICO. · by Nolan D. McCaskill · July 28, 2018 The longtime liberal lawmaker is making a bid for House Democratic leadership amid rising enthusiasm on the left. As she hunts for votes to become Democratic Caucus chair, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) is casting herself as someone who can work with both […]

Cashless stores and restaurants are on the rise, to the delight of credit card companies.

Cashless stores and restaurants are on the rise, to the delight of credit card companies.. For years, small businesses have asked customers to pay cash, set credit card minimums, or added a surcharge onto card transactions, in an effort to defray the premiums imposed by companies like Mastercard and Visa. Now, an increasing number of businesses are doing the opposite. […]

Facebook stock drop: The $120-billion reason tech can’t police itself – Vox

Facebook stock drop: The $120-billion reason tech can’t police itself – Vox. This week, we got a glimpse of why tech giants like Facebook and Twitter appear so reticent to clean up their platforms. As they face increasing scrutiny from the media, users, and regulators in Europe and the United States over privacy, how they police their sites, and fake […]

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Will Pay Its Interns | HuffPost

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Will Pay Its Interns | HuffPost. Interns at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, who protested that its unpaid internship program made it challenging for nonwhite and working-class people to apply, appear to have won. In a Thursday morning roundtable with the current class of interns, Rep. Ben Ray Luján, the DCCC chairman, said that the committee […]

Much ado about socialism

Much ado about socialism. America is in the midst of a socialist moment. But is it even really socialist? Many on the left are exhilarated over the sudden prominence of self-proclaimed democratic socialist politicians (Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) and ideas (Medicare for all). And it’s legitimately good to see the American left break free from the constraints it imposed […]

Mueller Unveils Witness List For Manafort Trial Starting Next Week – Talking Points Memo

Mueller Unveils Witness List For Manafort Trial Starting Next Week – Talking Points Memo. by Tierney Sneed Special counsel Robert Mueller on Friday filed his list of potential witnesses for the Paul Manafort trial, which is scheduled to start next week. Among those who could be called to testify against the former Trump campaign chairman are his longtime business partner, […]

Opinion | Impeach Rosenstein? C’mon, Man – The New York Times

Opinion | Impeach Rosenstein? C’mon, Man – The New York Times. by The Editorial Board · July 26, 2018 While Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is surely disheartened to have had five articles of impeachment filed against him by a clutch of congressional Republicans on Wednesday evening, he should not take the move personally. Although Representatives Mark Meadows of North […]

Les Moonves and CBS Face Allegations of Sexual Misconduct | The New Yorker

Les Moonves and CBS Face Allegations of Sexual Misconduct | The New Yorker. by Ronan Farrow In the tumultuous field of network television, Moonves has enjoyed rare longevity as a leader. Illustration by Oliver Munday For more than twenty years, Leslie Moonves has been one of the most powerful media executives in America. As the chairman and C.E.O. of CBS […]

Divide Over Israel Widens in Democratic Party

Divide Over Israel Widens in Democratic Party. by Rachel Oswald · July 27, 2018 On the surface, it looks like the U.S.-Israel relationship is having its best year ever. In May, President Donald Trump fulfilled Israel’s dream of moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem and his administration is preparing a Middle East peace plan that will almost certainly have Prime […]

Trump camp escalates counterattack on ‘pathological liar’ Cohen – POLITICO

Trump camp escalates counterattack on 'pathological liar' Cohen – POLITICO. The president’s team is waging all-out war against a former Trump confidant who has apparently turned against him. A furious President Donald Trump and his allies are launching a campaign to undermine the credibility of Trump’s former personal lawyer and confidant, Michael Cohen, in response to Cohen’s dramatic public turn […]

Trump is bragging about the United States’ GDP growth.

Trump is bragging about the United States' GDP growth.. The economy grew pretty fast last quarter and Donald Trump is amped. How amped? Here he was at a press conference today: I am thrilled to announce that, in the second quarter of this year, the United States economy grew at the amazing rate of 4.1. We’re on track to hit […]

Russia-Claire McCaskill: hackers target 2018 election vulnerable Democrat – Vox

Russia-Claire McCaskill: hackers target 2018 election vulnerable Democrat – Vox. Russia is already trying to hack the 2018 midterm elections, going after Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), one of the most vulnerable Senate Democrats up for reelection this year. That’s the key takeaway from a piece published Thursday afternoon by the Daily Beast. Reporters Andrew Desiderio and Kevin Poulsen used a […]

Should Democrats play it safe with a job guarantee?

Should Democrats play it safe with a job guarantee?. Democrats seem to agree: A job guarantee will be part of the 2020 election debate. What they don’t yet agree on is what a “job guarantee” is. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is working on a full blown national bill to enshrine the right to a job. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) has […]

CBS Will Probe Misconduct Allegations Against CEO Les Moonves – Talking Points Memo

CBS Will Probe Misconduct Allegations Against CEO Les Moonves – Talking Points Memo. by Nicole Lafond The CBS board of directors plans to investigate its CEO Leslie Moonves as he faces allegations of misconduct, which will soon be outlined in a forthcoming New Yorker article by Pulitzer Prize winning Ronan Farrow, The New York Times reported Friday. In a statement […]

President Trump Puts the Mullahs on Notice

President Trump Puts the Mullahs on Notice. by Amil Imani · July 26, 2018 When President Trump appointed former CIA director Michael Pompeo to replace Rex W. Tillerson as secretary of state and former U.N. ambassador John Bolton as his new national security adviser, many pundits predicted that the Trump administration was serious in dealing with rogue states. B oth […]

Russian Hackers’ New Target: a Vulnerable Democratic Senator

Russian Hackers’ New Target: a Vulnerable Democratic Senator. by Andrew Desiderio · July 26, 2018 exclusive Sen. Claire McCaskill is a top target for Republicans looking to grow their slim Senate majority in 2018. Turns out, Russia’s “Fancy Bear” hackers are going after her staff, too. exclusive The Russian intelligence agency behind the 2016 election cyberattacks targeted Sen. Claire McCaskill […]

Rod Rosenstein impeachment vote shelved: conservatives back down – Vox

Rod Rosenstein impeachment vote shelved: conservatives back down – Vox. Hard-line conservatives have backed down from a threat to imminently force a House vote on impeaching Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. On Wednesday night, Freedom Caucus leaders Mark Meadows (R-NC) and Jim Jordan (R-OH) filed articles of impeachment against Rosenstein. The stated reason was mainly that Rosenstein allegedly wasn’t giving […]

Cory Booker Suggests Supporting Brett Kavanaugh Makes One ‘Complicit’ In Evil | HuffPost

Cory Booker Suggests Supporting Brett Kavanaugh Makes One 'Complicit' In Evil | HuffPost. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) drew sharp criticism from Republicans this week after he cast the fight over Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, in some stark biblical terms. Appearing alongside a deacon and other religious leaders at a Capitol Hill news conference on […]

Bombshell Report: Michael Cohen Claims Trump Knew About Infamous Trump Tower Meeting – Mother Jones

Bombshell Report: Michael Cohen Claims Trump Knew About Infamous Trump Tower Meeting – Mother Jones. Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, claims that then-candidate Trump knew in advance about the June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower in which Russians were expected to offer his campaign dirt on Hillary Clinton, sources with knowledge tell CNN. Cohen is willing to […]

The Trouble With the ‘Democratic Extremism’ Narrative

The Trouble With the ‘Democratic Extremism’ Narrative. There is a convention going back into the mists of time whereby the Democratic Party is thought of as a disorganized and divided mess. The early 20th-century humorist Will Rogers, himself a Democrat, once said: The difference between a Republican and a Democrat is the Democrat is a cannibal. They have to live […]

Tariffs Could Turn Rural Voters Against Trump – The Atlantic

Tariffs Could Turn Rural Voters Against Trump – The Atlantic. “Tariffs are the greatest!” President Trump crowed on Twitter on Tuesday morning. If that represents a break from contemporary Republican orthodoxy, it’s a message other GOP presidents once embraced. Trump has previously quoted William McKinley declaring that tariffs made Americans lives “sweeter and brighter and brighter and brighter.” (For the […]

In abrupt shift, Trump makes nice with EU, gets tough on Russia – POLITICO

In abrupt shift, Trump makes nice with EU, gets tough on Russia – POLITICO. Over the course of just 11 days, President Donald Trump went from calling the European Union a “foe” and publicly questioning his own intelligence agencies to palling around with a top EU official in the Rose Garden and scheduling a meeting with his senior advisers to […]

Michael Cohen’s Tape Sounds Like He Could Bring Down Trump

Michael Cohen’s Tape Sounds Like He Could Bring Down Trump. The release of a secretly recorded conversation between Michael Cohen and Donald Trump about a proposed secret payment to one of Trump’s supposed mistresses goes a long way towards a potential criminal charge for both men. The tape captures Cohen and Trump discussing setting up a shell corporation to pay […]

Third Way’s centrism is dead: The left has already won the debate over the Democratic Party.

Third Way’s centrism is dead: The left has already won the debate over the Democratic Party.. Last week, moderate Democrats gathered for Opportunity 2020, an invite-only convention in Columbus, Ohio, hosted by the prominent centrist think tank Third Way. “Unlike a traditional conference, expect a stimulating mix of thought provoking presentations and interactive small-group sessions focused on the urgent need […]

Trump is postponing the Putin visit until after the “Russia witch hunt” – Vox

Trump is postponing the Putin visit until after the “Russia witch hunt” – Vox. Vladimir Putin’s potential trip to Washington, DC, has been postponed. National Security Adviser John Bolton said Wednesday that the prospective meeting with the Russian leader will be pushed from this fall to sometime in 2019. “The president believes that the next bilateral meeting with President Putin […]

Paul Ryan Is Holding the Farm Bill Hostage Over Food Stamps – Mother Jones

Paul Ryan Is Holding the Farm Bill Hostage Over Food Stamps – Mother Jones. The farm bill—once-every-five-years mega-legislation that shapes US agriculture and hunger policy—is back on the legislative agenda. The House and Senate are jockeying for position as they prepare to reconcile their two versions, with the hope of sending a finished bill to the president’s desk before the […]

Trump Announces Plan To Work With EU To Strengthen Trade Relationship – Talking Points Memo

Trump Announces Plan To Work With EU To Strengthen Trade Relationship – Talking Points Memo. by Caitlin MacNeal After threatening to impose tariffs on European auto imports and repeatedly bashing Europe’s trade relationship with the U.S., President Donald Trump struck a different tone on Wednesday when he announced a plan to work with Europe to reduce tariffs imposed by both […]

We’re Living a Constitutional Crisis

We're Living a Constitutional Crisis. I keep hearing that if Trump fires Mueller, we’ll face a “constitutional crisis.” Or if Mueller subpoenas Trump to testify and Trump defies the subpoena, it’s a “constitutional crisis”. Or if Mueller delivers substantial evidence that Trump is guilty of colluding with Russia or of obstructing justice, and the House does nothing to impeach him, […]

Every sign is pointing to a Democratic wave in November – CNNPolitics

Every sign is pointing to a Democratic wave in November – CNNPolitics. by Chris Cillizza, CNN Editor-at-large (CNN)The 2018 election is in 105 days. And the playing field continues to tilt toward Democrats. On Tuesday, Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia moved 17(!) House seats in Democrats’ favor — eight of which went from a “leans Republican” […]

The governor of Kansas wants this flag art destroyed – Vox

The governor of Kansas wants this flag art destroyed – Vox. A traveling art exhibit featuring an artistic depiction of the American flag has angered conservatives. A lot. They’ve called it “outrageous” and “offensive” to “red-blooded American patriots,” and they’ve even demanded that it be destroyed. A candidate for the US House of Representatives has set up a petition on […]

Why Some Democrats Are Spooked By Medicare For All And A Jobs Guarantee | HuffPost

Why Some Democrats Are Spooked By Medicare For All And A Jobs Guarantee | HuffPost. Progressives are gaining influence within the Democratic Party and it’s starting to make some other Democrats anxious. Over the weekend, at a conference sponsored by Third Way, an organization that describes itself as a champion of “center-left” thinking, several Democrats warned that progressives were dragging […]

How Brett Kavanaugh Could Cripple the Next Democratic President – Mother Jones

How Brett Kavanaugh Could Cripple the Next Democratic President – Mother Jones. In February 2017, Brett Kavanaugh traveled to the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. It was four days after President Donald Trump had selected Neil Gorsuch to fill a vacant seat on the U.S. Supreme Court—but with at least four years in office ahead of him, […]

Sessions Laughs, Repeats ‘Lock Her Up’ Chant While Addressing High Schoolers – Talking Points Memo

Sessions Laughs, Repeats ‘Lock Her Up’ Chant While Addressing High Schoolers – Talking Points Memo. by Nicole Lafond While speaking at a high school conservative student leadership summit held at George Washington University on Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions joined in as a group of students started to chant “lock her up!” while lamenting the behavior of “snowflakes.” “Lock her […]

Opinion | Patrick Leahy: Uncover the Truth About Brett Kavanaugh – The New York Times

Opinion | Patrick Leahy: Uncover the Truth About Brett Kavanaugh – The New York Times. With President Trump’s selection of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court, the obligation now falls to the Senate Judiciary Committee to carefully consider this nomination. By any measure, it is a daunting responsibility. I have served in the Senate […]

Opinion | Democrats Are Moving Left. Don’t Panic. – The New York Times

Opinion | Democrats Are Moving Left. Don’t Panic. – The New York Times. by Michelle Goldberg · July 23, 2018 In November, several outright Nazis and white supremacists will appear on Republican ballot lines. Arthur Jones, a founder of a neo-Nazi group called the America First Committee, managed to become the Republican nominee for Congress in the heavily Democratic Third […]

Elizabeth Warren Is Waging a Full-Body Fight to Defeat Trump

Elizabeth Warren Is Waging a Full-Body Fight to Defeat Trump. by Rebecca Traister · July 23, 2018 It was unremittingly hot at the farm in Natick, Massachusetts, where 1,500 people had gathered on the Sunday after the Fourth of July. Remarkably, this crowd had assembled under a blistering sun not for a free concert, or outdoor theater, or even a […]

Tronc Guts the New York Daily News, Fires 50% of Editorial Staff

Tronc Guts the New York Daily News, Fires 50% of Editorial Staff. by Maxwell Tani · July 23, 2018 The deep cuts ‘reflect the realities of our business and the need to adapt an ever-changing media environment,’ a memo said. Drew Angerer/Getty The parent company of the New York Daily News on Monday confirmed the newspaper staff’s worst fears: Tronc […]

Nancy Pelosi’s fight to remain the top House Democrat, explained – Vox

Nancy Pelosi’s fight to remain the top House Democrat, explained – Vox. by Ella Nilsen · July 23, 2018 The first candidate to test the anti-Nancy Pelosi message in 2018 was Rep. Conor Lamb, who narrowly won a March special election in a deeply red Pennsylvania district. Lamb ran on moderate, independent credentials, declaring in a campaign ad that he […]

James Comey Pleads With Democrats: ‘Don’t Rush To The Socialist Left’ | HuffPost

James Comey Pleads With Democrats: 'Don't Rush To The Socialist Left' | HuffPost. by Mary Papenfuss · July 22, 2018 Former FBI director James Comey pleaded with Democrats Sunday not to veer toward the “socialist left.” The tweet was a follow-up to an earlier message from the longtime Republican that urged Americans to vote for the Democratic Party in the […]

Safer, Cleaner Nuclear Energy—If We Want It – Mother Jones

Safer, Cleaner Nuclear Energy—If We Want It – Mother Jones. Back in 2009, Simon Irish, an investment manager in New York, found the kind of opportunity that he thought could transform the world while—in the process— transforming dollars into riches. Irish saw that countries around the globe needed to build a boggling amount of clean-power projects to replace its fossil […]

Why Russian Spies Really Like American Universities – Talking Points Memo

Why Russian Spies Really Like American Universities – Talking Points Memo. Under the alias Cynthia Murphy, Russian spy Lydia Guryeva attended Columbia Business School, and ingratiated herself with a key fundraiser for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign. Guryeva’s instructions from Moscow, according to a 2010 FBI complaint, were to “strengthen…ties w. classmates on daily basis incl. professors who can help […]

Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Went to War With Partisanship in Kansas

Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Went to War With Partisanship in Kansas. by Briahna Gray · July 21, 2018 Bernie Sanders — the most popular senator in America — and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — the 28-year-old from the Bronx who made headlines by stunning longtime incumbent Rep. Joe Cowley in a New York congressional primary last month — traveled to the […]

Opinion | The Essay That Helped Bring Down the Soviet Union – The New York Times

Opinion | The Essay That Helped Bring Down the Soviet Union – The New York Times. by Natan Sharansky · July 20, 2018 Fifty years ago this Sunday, this paper devoted three broadsheet pages to an essay that had been circulating secretly in the Soviet Union for weeks. The manifesto, written by Andrei Sakharov, championed an essential idea at grave […]

Bean pie history shows why it’s the only real Muslim-American food.

Bean pie history shows why it’s the only real Muslim-American food.. If you’ve never had a bean pie, you’re missing out on a lot more than a dessert. Made from navy beans, it was developed by black Muslims in the Nation of Islam in the 1930s. The history of why they created it, and what it represents, tells one of […]

James Comey Pleads With Democrats: ‘Don’t Rush To The Socialist Left’ | HuffPost

James Comey Pleads With Democrats: 'Don't Rush To The Socialist Left' | HuffPost. by Mary Papenfuss · July 22, 2018 Former FBI director James Comey pleaded with Democrats Sunday not to veer toward the “socialist left.” The tweet was a follow-up to an earlier message from the longtime Republican that urged Americans to vote for the Democratic Party in the […]

Democratic Socialists Gain Momentum, and Lose Their Way

Democratic Socialists Gain Momentum, and Lose Their Way. DSA Founder Michael Harrington Might Not Recognize the Socialism of Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez opinion Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast “Toto, We’re Not in the Bronx anymore,” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez may have well said, as she and Bernie Sanders just finished their first rally in Kansas, where they spoke in support […]

Mitch McConnell issues Brett Kavanaugh ultimatum to Democrats.

Mitch McConnell issues Brett Kavanaugh ultimatum to Democrats.. Senate Democrats are in the midst of negotiating with Republicans over the amount of paper records that should be made available ahead of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing. The two sides are not particularly close. Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley says that Democrats “ought to have any records that are […]

NFL pauses anthem protest rule after Miami Dolphins’ policy prompts criticism – Vox

NFL pauses anthem protest rule after Miami Dolphins’ policy prompts criticism – Vox. When the NFL announced in May that it would require all players on the field to stand during the national anthem or potentially face team fines, the league sought to finally end backlash to the kneeling protests against racial injustice that dominated coverage for the past two […]

Trump Baby Blimp Effort In New Jersey Draws Trouble | HuffPost

Trump Baby Blimp Effort In New Jersey Draws Trouble | HuffPost. A New Jersey effort to launch Trump Baby blimps modeled after one that was a central feature of London protests during President Donald Trump’s recent visit has hit some turbulence, according to news reports. Activists Didier Jimenez-Castro of Hillsborough and Jim Girvan of Branchburg said they were captivated by […]

We defeated Scott Pruitt. Now we need to defeat Brett Kavanaugh.

We defeated Scott Pruitt. Now we need to defeat Brett Kavanaugh.. by Sen. Tom Carper Kavanaugh holds extreme environmental views that were deal breakers for other Donald Trump nominees. That means we have a chance to defeat him. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh (Photo: Cliff Owen/AP Photo) Scott Pruitt is out as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, but if […]

Former DCCC chair: Nancy Pelosi is always thinking about the future

Former DCCC chair: Nancy Pelosi is always thinking about the future. In an office near the floor of the House of Representatives that used to be occupied by Speaker Tip O’Neil, now painted soft yellow and displaying autographed baseball bats as well as photographs of Eleanor Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy and other Democratic titans, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi contemplated […]

Rod Rosenstein on Russian cyberattacks: “It’s what they do every day” – Vox

Rod Rosenstein on Russian cyberattacks: “It’s what they do every day” – Vox. President Donald Trump doubted Russian meddling in the 2016 election when he stood alongside Russian leader Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, on Monday. The president has since walked back his comments, but his own administration continues to be clear: The Kremlin interfered in US politics, and it’s […]

Trump Baby Blimp Effort In New Jersey Draws Trouble | HuffPost

Trump Baby Blimp Effort In New Jersey Draws Trouble | HuffPost. A New Jersey effort to launch Trump Baby blimps modeled after one that was a central feature of London protests during President Donald Trump’s recent visit has hit some turbulence, according to news reports. Activists Didier Jimenez-Castro of Hillsborough and Jim Girvan of Branchburg said they were captivated by […]

Elizabeth Warren Tore Into Trump’s Consumer Watchdog Nominee Over Family Separations – Mother Jones

Elizabeth Warren Tore Into Trump’s Consumer Watchdog Nominee Over Family Separations – Mother Jones. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) had harsh words on Thursday for Kathy Kraninger, Trump’s nominee to lead the primary federal agency tasked to be a watchdog for consumers against Wall Street excess. Ever since Warren proposed the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and helped create that agency following […]

Diplomacy Groups: Putin Request To Interview Ambassadors Is ‘Absurd’ – Talking Points Memo

Diplomacy Groups: Putin Request To Interview Ambassadors Is ‘Absurd’ – Talking Points Memo. by Nicole Lafond The American Academy of Diplomacy and the Council of American Ambassadors concurred with the State Department on Friday that the Russian interest in interviewing an American citizen over alleged crimes is “absurd” and “raises serious problems for American diplomacy.” Arguing that diplomatic immunity is […]

Las Vegas shooting victims don’t deserve MGM lawsuits

Las Vegas shooting victims don't deserve MGM lawsuits. by The Editorial Board, USA TODAY If MGM’s gambit succeeds, it will dodge any potential responsibility for the rampage in which Stephen Paddock killed 58 people: Our view A makeshift memorial for victims of a mass shooting in Las Vegas on Oct. 8, 2017. (Photo: John Locher/AP) As if survivors of the […]

A blue wave is the only thing that can save the republic

A blue wave is the only thing that can save the republic. by Elizabeth Shackelford As the saying goes, when people show you who they are, believe them. But the Republican political leadership has repeatedly refused to accept the evidence that President Trump is wildly unfit for office. The swift bipartisan condemnation after his shocking Helsinki press conference with Russian […]

Rod Rosenstein on Russian cyberattacks: “It’s what they do every day” – Vox

Rod Rosenstein on Russian cyberattacks: “It’s what they do every day” – Vox. President Donald Trump doubted Russian meddling in the 2016 election when he stood alongside Russian leader Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, on Monday. The president has since walked back his comments, but his own administration continues to be clear: The Kremlin interfered in US politics, and it’s […]

Kirstjen Nielsen: Russian Interference In Election Infrastructure Meant To ‘Cause Chaos’ For Both Parties | HuffPost

Kirstjen Nielsen: Russian Interference In Election Infrastructure Meant To 'Cause Chaos' For Both Parties | HuffPost. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Thursday denied having “seen evidence” that Russia intended to swing the 2016 election in President Donald Trump’s favor, as U.S. intelligence agencies have determined. “I haven’t seen any evidence that the attempt to interfere in our election infrastructure […]