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‘Racism and sexism’: Women of color slam white male tilt of Dem primary – POLITICO

'Racism and sexism': Women of color slam white male tilt of Dem primary – POLITICO. The women of color who packed into a university auditorium here Wednesday for a first-of-its-kind presidential forum delighted in the rhetoric of candidates who vowed to make Donald Trump a one-term president. But their frustration was just as palpable — over the heavy media attention […]

Joe Biden joins a 2020 field full of candidates who don’t think he can win.

Joe Biden joins a 2020 field full of candidates who don’t think he can win.. by Jim Newell · April 24, 2019 Clockwise from left: Pete Buttigieg, Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, Beto O’Rourke, Kamala Harris, and Elizabeth Warren. Photo illustration by Slate. Photos by Sergio Flores/Getty Images, Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images, Drew Angerer/Getty Images, and Kamil Krzaczynski/AFP/Getty Images. Joe Biden is […]

Mueller report polling: Fox News’s role in shaping pro-Trump opinion – Vox

Mueller report polling: Fox News’s role in shaping pro-Trump opinion – Vox. If you got your initial information about special counsel Robert Mueller’s report from Fox News — a network where the report has been framed as a complete exoneration of the president — you were much more likely than not to hold the false belief that Trump was totally […]

What Andrew Yang’s Universal Basic Income Would Actually Look Like – Mother Jones

What Andrew Yang’s Universal Basic Income Would Actually Look Like – Mother Jones. April 15, the day tax returns are due to the IRS, is always an easy moment for politicians to grandstand about their plans to change how the government collects money. And on this year’s Tax Day last Monday, long-shot presidential candidate Andrew Yang hosted a rally on […]

The Mueller War rages on

The Mueller War rages on. Americans waited almost two years for Special Counsel Robert Mueller to finish his investigation into the 2016 presidential election. They could be forgiven for celebrating after the report’s release, and especially in its finding that no evidence existed showing Americans facilitated Russian efforts to interfere with and “sow discord” during the election. While Mueller’s assessment […]

Not Fast Enough – Talking Points Memo

Not Fast Enough – Talking Points Memo. by Josh Marshall I’ve said a number of times that I think impeachment under the present circumstances is a mistake. There are two reasons. The lesser of them is the near impossibility of removing President Trump from office. The greater one is that moving quickly toward impeachment rather that holding it as a […]

Joe Biden’s Toughest 2020 Opponent Is Joe Biden – POLITICO Magazine

Joe Biden’s Toughest 2020 Opponent Is Joe Biden – POLITICO Magazine. How he runs against his past—on crime, on integration, on Anita Hill—will determine whether he is a strong front-runner or a weak one. Jeff Greenfield is a five-time Emmy-winning network television analyst and author. As he prepares to enter the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, Joe Biden […]

Robert Caro’s Working: Why does the Lyndon Johnson biographer overlook LBJ’s misogyny?

Robert Caro’s Working: Why does the Lyndon Johnson biographer overlook LBJ’s misogyny?. About five years ago, I placed a call to Mary Margaret Wiley, who served as President Lyndon Johnson’s personal secretary from 1954 to 1962. I was writing a chapter on LBJ for my book First Dads: Parenting and Politics From George Washington to Barack Obama, and I figured […]

Mueller report polling: Fox News’s role in shaping pro-Trump opinion – Vox

Mueller report polling: Fox News’s role in shaping pro-Trump opinion – Vox. If you got your initial information about special counsel Robert Mueller’s report from Fox News — a network where the report has been framed as a complete exoneration of the president — you were much more likely than not to hold the false belief that Trump was totally […]

Only The Female Candidates Were Asked About Sexism At CNN’s Presidential Town Hall | HuffPost

Only The Female Candidates Were Asked About Sexism At CNN's Presidential Town Hall | HuffPost. Only the female presidential candidates were asked questions about sexism in CNN’s marathon town hall event Monday night, offering an inadvertently revealing case study in the subtle ways gender bias infects political campaigning. The network held back-to-back question-and-answer sessions with five of the 2020 Democratic […]

I’m an Environmental Journalist and I Hate Earth Day – Mother Jones

I’m an Environmental Journalist and I Hate Earth Day – Mother Jones. It’s become fashionable for environmental journalists, myself included, to roll their eyes at the mere mention of Earth Day, the annual public-relations pitch frenzy for products from electric cars to food to clothes that purportedly embody environmental consciousness. A serious environmentalist might add that Earth Day is overrated […]

Trampling separation of powers is just as bad when Democrats do it

Trampling separation of powers is just as bad when Democrats do it. “Upon being elected, I will give the United States Congress a hundred days to get their act together and have the courage to pass reasonable gun safety laws,” Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) said Monday evening on CNN. “And if they fail to do it,” the Democratic presidential candidate […]

Conservative Justices Seem Inclined To Keep Citizenship Question On Census – Talking Points Memo

Conservative Justices Seem Inclined To Keep Citizenship Question On Census – Talking Points Memo. by Tierney Sneed With so much at stake — the apportionment of political power nationwide, the adequate representation of immigrant communities, the scope of executive power —the Supreme Court arguments Tuesday over whether the Trump administration could add a citizenship question to the 2020 census wound […]

Pelosi beats back calls for Trump impeachment – POLITICO

Pelosi beats back calls for Trump impeachment – POLITICO. ‘Mueller didn’t do us any favors — he left us bread crumbs to follow,’ said Rep. Val Demings. Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday rejected calls to launch impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump despite new voices in her caucus calling for the House to take that step in the aftermath of […]

The Mueller report makes it clear: Trump is off the hook in SDNY as well.

The Mueller report makes it clear: Trump is off the hook in SDNY as well.. Since the announcement of special counsel Robert Mueller’s decision to not indict President Donald Trump for obstruction of justice or any members of Trump’s family, critics of Trump who still feel some of his actions may have amounted to crimes seem to have put all […]

Vermont Poised To Officially Replace Columbus Day With Indigenous Peoples’ Day | HuffPost

Vermont Poised To Officially Replace Columbus Day With Indigenous Peoples' Day | HuffPost. If all goes to plan in Vermont, the second Monday in October will soon officially be Indigenous Peoples’ Day instead of Columbus Day. Legislators in the state passed a bill to that effect last Wednesday, seeking to codify what’s been a tradition since 2016, thanks to a […]

Beto O’Rourke may have peaked too early

Beto O'Rourke may have peaked too early. Beto O’Rourke, a Democratic presidential candidate and former Texas congressman, has had a rough April. Two of O’Rourke’s top advisers, Becky Bond and her deputy Zack Malitz, both resigned from the campaign less than a month after O’Rourke announced his presidential bid, reports The Washington Examiner. The reasons Bond and Malitz, who were […]

Warren Unveils Sweeping Plan To Cancel Student Debt, Provide Free College – Talking Points Memo

Warren Unveils Sweeping Plan To Cancel Student Debt, Provide Free College – Talking Points Memo. by Cristina Cabrera Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) on Monday unveiled a comprehensive plan to cancel student loan debt and provide free public college. After making headlines by calling for impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, Warren laid out in a Medium post […]

Reparations debate gets new life in Dem House – POLITICO

Reparations debate gets new life in Dem House – POLITICO. For the first time in years, lawmakers are seriously discussing the issue. Democrats have sidestepped the debate over reparations for African-Americans for decades. But now the issue is bubbling up in the House, and the new majority is wrestling with how to tackle it ahead of the 2020 campaign. Sparked […]

Mueller report: the biggest mystery remaining – Vox

Mueller report: the biggest mystery remaining – Vox. Were any Trump associates involved in the dissemination of emails stolen by Russian hackers? The answer, according to special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, is … redacted. The section of the report that discusses this topic is one of the most heavily redacted in the entire 448-page document — making this one of […]

Obstruction is the new collusion

Obstruction is the new collusion. The release of the report from Robert Mueller’s ultimately pointless special counsel investigation on Thursday afternoon has shown us one thing: Obstruction of justice is the new, even lamer sequel to collusion. It is the respectable way of declaring that Donald Trump’s presidency is illegitimate, which is what we have been looking for ways of […]

Impeach Trump: After Mueller report, maybe?

Impeach Trump: After Mueller report, maybe?. On Thursday, the Department of Justice released a redacted version of the Mueller report to Congress and the public. Since then, what had been a mostly muted question as of late has only gotten louder: Should the president be impeached? What follows is a debate on the I-word between Slate’s Mark Joseph Stern, Jim […]

Mueller report: Does it mean Donald Trump must be impeached? – Vox

Mueller report: Does it mean Donald Trump must be impeached? – Vox. It only took a few hours to get from the Mueller report’s release to demands that Democrats begin impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump. At the Atlantic, Yoni Appelbaum called Mueller’s report “an impeachment referral.” So did Mehdi Hasan at the Intercept. Jon Favreau, host of Pod Save […]

Supreme Court To Decide If Trump Can Add Citizenship Question To Census | HuffPost

Supreme Court To Decide If Trump Can Add Citizenship Question To Census | HuffPost. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross was annoyed. In May 2017, just a few months after he was confirmed to his Cabinet post, Ross was thinking about the census, the massive survey that goes to every household in the United States once each decade. Ross is charged with […]

Obstruction is the new collusion

Obstruction is the new collusion. The release of the report from Robert Mueller’s ultimately pointless special counsel investigation on Thursday afternoon has shown us one thing: Obstruction of justice is the new, even lamer sequel to collusion. It is the respectable way of declaring that Donald Trump’s presidency is illegitimate, which is what we have been looking for ways of […]

North Korea Criticizes Bolton’s ‘Dim-Sighted’ Remarks About Denuclearization – Talking Points Memo

North Korea Criticizes Bolton’s ‘Dim-Sighted’ Remarks About Denuclearization – Talking Points Memo. North Korea on Saturday issued a relatively mild criticism of White House national security adviser John Bolton for calling on North Korea to show more evidence of its disarmament commitment before a possible third leaders’ summit. North Korea’s criticism appears to be a continuation of its frustration at […]

Barr v. Mueller: Friends pitted against each other – POLITICO

Barr v. Mueller: Friends pitted against each other – POLITICO. Despite close ties, the attorney general and special counsel face increasing scrutiny of their disagreements on the Trump probe. Bill Barr and Robert Mueller have been close friends for 30 years, from the Justice Department to family weddings and the Bible study attended by both of their wives. Now they’re […]

Robert Mueller gave us everything we need to know.

Robert Mueller gave us everything we need to know.. It has been said that there are two types of fiction writers, those who can show us entirely new worlds and those who tell us again what we already know. Robert Mueller is quite obviously the latter. What his report, released Thursday, does, irrefutably and in eye-scraping detail, is tell us […]

Mueller report: 2020 Democrats urge Congress to keep investigating Trump – Vox

Mueller report: 2020 Democrats urge Congress to keep investigating Trump – Vox. In the wake of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, Democratic presidential candidates think there’s room for Congress to explore the question of obstruction of justice charges — and others — a bit further. “While we have more detail from [Thursday]’s report than before, Congress must continue its investigation […]

Elizabeth Warren Calls for Impeachment Proceedings Against Trump – Mother Jones

Elizabeth Warren Calls for Impeachment Proceedings Against Trump – Mother Jones. Elizabeth Warren said Friday afternoon that the House of Representatives should “initiate impeachment proceedings” against President Trump. Warren’s comments—the strongest yet from a major Democratic presidential candidate—come one day after the release of a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on his investigation into contacts between the […]

The attorney general thinks you’re stupid

The attorney general thinks you're stupid. by Ryan Cooper · April 18, 2019 Illustrated | Allusioni/iStock, AP Photo/Patrick Semansky Before the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s redacted report, Attorney General William Barr held a press conference where he tried to frame the initial media narrative. Barr repeatedly emphasized that Mueller did not establish direct coordination between the Trump campaign […]

Why the Media Dumped Beto for Mayor Pete – POLITICO Magazine

Why the Media Dumped Beto for Mayor Pete – POLITICO Magazine. Journalists love a candidate who loves them back. Jack Shafer is Politico’s senior media writer. Burning with the velocity of a prairie fire on a gusty Indiana day, Pete Buttigieg scorched the airwaves, seared the podcasts, and charred the press this week as he ignited his presidential campaign, temporarily […]

Mueller report is bad for Trump, but no impeachment.

Mueller report is bad for Trump, but no impeachment.. by Jim Newell · April 18, 2019 House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler has a tightrope to walk. Zach Gibson/Getty Images Robert Mueller’s report, which details 10 potential instances of obstruction of justice by Donald Trump, is unsurprisingly meatier than Attorney General William Barr let on in his initial summary. As […]

Robert Mueller’s report: Congress to decide if Trump obstructed justice – Vox

Robert Mueller’s report: Congress to decide if Trump obstructed justice – Vox. Special counsel Robert Mueller’s report explicitly says Congress should be the body that determines whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice. That conclusion differs sharply from what Attorney General Bill Barr said at a Thursday morning press conference. Barr told reporters that Mueller didn’t indicate whether he would leave […]

Bill Barr’s Big Deception – Mother Jones

Bill Barr’s Big Deception – Mother Jones. At his spin-before-release press conference on Thursday morning, Attorney General Bill Barr repeatedly bolstered Donald Trump’s mantra. “No collusion,” he said multiple times. And he gave the president a big pass on obstruction of justice, noting that Trump had been sincerely “frustrated” by the Russia investigation—as if that is a legitimate excuse. It […]

Obstruction is the new collusion

Obstruction is the new collusion. The release of the report from Robert Mueller’s ultimately pointless special counsel investigation on Thursday afternoon has shown us one thing: Obstruction of justice is the new, even lamer sequel to collusion. It is the respectable way of declaring that Donald Trump’s presidency is illegitimate, which is what we have been looking for ways of […]

Top House Dem Tosses Lifeline To Trump On Mueller Report Day – Talking Points Memo

Top House Dem Tosses Lifeline To Trump On Mueller Report Day – Talking Points Memo. by Allegra Kirkland House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) said Thursday that nothing in the 400-plus page special counsel report changes his impression that Democrats should move forward with impeachment proceedings against President Trump. “Based on what we have seen to date, going forward on […]

‘Bernie or Bust’ Voters Create Predicament for Democrats in 2020 – Bloomberg

‘Bernie or Bust’ Voters Create Predicament for Democrats in 2020 – Bloomberg. by Sahil Kapur · April 17, 2019 The fierce loyalty Bernie Sanders inspires in his supporters is creating a dilemma for the Democratic Party. For a sliver of Sanders’ base, it’s Bernie or bust. They may detest President Donald Trump, but they didn’t vote for Hillary Clinton and […]

Gender data gap: Women suffer needless pain in a world designed for men – Vox

Gender data gap: Women suffer needless pain in a world designed for men – Vox. In the 1983 movie Yentl, the title character, played by Barbra Streisand, pretends to be a man to get the education she wants. She has to change the way she dresses, the timbre of her voice, and much more to get any respect. In medical […]

Sen. Amy Klobuchar Set To Appear On A Fox News Town Hall | HuffPost

Sen. Amy Klobuchar Set To Appear On A Fox News Town Hall | HuffPost. Fox News confirmed on Wednesday that Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) will be the next 2020 presidential candidate to get a town hall meeting on the network. Klobuchar follows in the footsteps of fellow candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), whose Monday town hall on the conservative-leaning network […]

Wall Street’s looming ‘earnings recession’ is a good thing

Wall Street's looming 'earnings recession' is a good thing. Wall Street is getting nervous, with stocks slipping and then rebounding as the latest data comes in. What has got everyone worried isn’t an old-fashioned recession though. It’s an “earnings recession” — the “earnings” in this case being “earnings per share,” i.e. the money that companies spit out to their shareholders. […]

Maxing It Out for Trump – Talking Points Memo

Maxing It Out for Trump – Talking Points Memo. by Josh Marshall We’ve now gotten more details about about what we’ve basically already known or should have known: the fix is in. The goal here is to max out every avenue to protect the President from the contents of the Report. Bill Barr and his friends at the White House […]

Mueller looms over Dem investigations – POLITICO

Mueller looms over Dem investigations – POLITICO. The special counsel’s report is certain to affect House oversight plans. After three months in power, House Democrats have finally hit their investigative stride. They’ve teed up invasive probes of President Donald Trump’s finances, uncorked subpoenas and set the stage for court battles that could consume Washington through the 2020 election. But everything […]

Pete Buttigieg’s court-packing alternative is unconstitutional.

Pete Buttigieg’s court-packing alternative is unconstitutional.. Pete Buttigieg suddenly seems presidential. The mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has surged in the polls, zipping ahead to third place in Iowa and New Hampshire. He’s hauling in cash—more than $7 million in the first quarter of 2019—and raised another million hours after he formally announced his candidacy for president on Sunday. Buttigieg […]

Democrats are prioritizing “electability” in 2020. That’s a coded term. – Vox

Democrats are prioritizing “electability” in 2020. That’s a coded term. – Vox. by Li Zhou · April 16, 2019 Democratic presidential hopeful former US Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) greets supporters during a campaign rally on March 30, 2019, in El Paso. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images The majority of Democratic voters and Democratic leaners don’t have a preference when it comes to […]

Muslim Voters Won’t Forget Which Democrats Had Ilhan Omar’s Back | HuffPost

Muslim Voters Won't Forget Which Democrats Had Ilhan Omar's Back | HuffPost. Christina Ali is a 25-year-old nursing student at the University of South Florida and, for the last 7 years, has been a loyal Democrat. She voted for Hiliary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election and has always voted blue for every prior election since she turned 18 years […]

Trump Doubles Down on Plan to Release Migrants in Sanctuary Cities – Mother Jones

Trump Doubles Down on Plan to Release Migrants in Sanctuary Cities – Mother Jones. Two days after President Donald Trump tweeted that the United States has the “absolute legal right” to send detained migrants to sanctuary cites, he appeared to double down Monday, tweeting that they will be “given” to sanctuary cities, “subject to Homeland Security.” Those Illegal Immigrants who […]

Bernie’s a millionaire now. It doesn’t matter.

Bernie's a millionaire now. It doesn't matter.. After some delays, Bernie Sanders has released 10 years of tax returns. It turns out he is pretty rich. He took in $561,293 in adjusted gross income in 2018 — but over a million dollars in both 2017 and 2016, when he had a ton of book revenue coming in. That makes him […]

Opinion | Notre-Dame Is the Burning Heart of Paris – The New York Times

Opinion | Notre-Dame Is the Burning Heart of Paris – The New York Times. by Pamela Druckerman · April 15, 2019 Notre Dame Is the Burning Heart of Paris There is the sense that we have failed, as a civilization, to care for something priceless. Contributing Opinion Writer Smoke billowed from the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris after a fire […]

We don’t need the Mueller report to know Trump is unfit for office.

We don’t need the Mueller report to know Trump is unfit for office.. Last week, Donald Trump allegedly instructed Kevin McAleenan, the border enforcement official he was about to tap as the new head of the Department of Homeland Security, to close the Southwestern border to migrants. This directive came with the promise that Trump would pardon McAleenan if there […]

Biden Spanish-language ad becomes ‘hot mess’ – POLITICO

Biden Spanish-language ad becomes ‘hot mess’ – POLITICO. In the run-up to his expected presidential campaign announcement, former Vice President Joe Biden’s supporters cut a Spanish-language ad in South Florida over the weekend emphasizing healthcare, education and his biography. The Saturday film shoot was a hushed affair — paid local actors signed non-disclosure agreements promising not to discuss the job. […]

Why Nancy Pelosi spends so much time dismissing AOC and other lefties.

Why Nancy Pelosi spends so much time dismissing AOC and other lefties.. by Jim Newell · April 15, 2019 House Speaker Nancy Pelosi displays a signed ceremonial bill enrollment for legislation that would end U.S. involvement in the war in Yemen on Tuesday in Washington. Alex Edelman/Getty Images During a 60 Minutes profile that aired Sunday night, House Speaker Nancy […]

Trump’s fundraising numbers show his campaign lapping Democratic field – Vox

Trump’s fundraising numbers show his campaign lapping Democratic field – Vox. President Donald Trump’s latest fundraising numbers indicate he will be a formidable opponent for whichever Democrat emerges from a crowded primary field to face him in next year’s general election. Trump raised $30.3 million in the first quarter of this year — a number roughly equal to the amount […]

Democratic Party Chair Tom Perez Refuses To Rethink Banning Fox News From Debates | HuffPost

Democratic Party Chair Tom Perez Refuses To Rethink Banning Fox News From Debates | HuffPost. Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez doubled down on his decision to bar Fox News from hosting or televising any of the upcoming Democratic presidential primary debates during a Monday morning appearance on that network. “I don’t have faith in your leadership at Fox News […]

Elizabeth Warren is everything Hillary Clinton pretended to be

Elizabeth Warren is everything Hillary Clinton pretended to be. Imagine this: a woman, gunning to become the first female president, who has broadly lefty politics focused on social and economic justice, and who demonstrates careful attention to policy detail. While not a socialist, she accepts the need for drastic reforms to fix an ailing American society. Sounds familiar, no doubt, […]

Opinion | Demonizing Minority Women – The New York Times

Opinion | Demonizing Minority Women – The New York Times. Last month at an event hosted by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Representative Ilhan Omar, a Minnesota Democrat and one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress, delivered a speech in which she correctly derided Islamophobia, a real and persistent problem in this country and others. In that speech, […]

Watch: Viral John Kerry-Thomas Massie exchange over climate change denial – Vox

Watch: Viral John Kerry-Thomas Massie exchange over climate change denial – Vox. by Emily Stewart · April 12, 2019 “Are you serious?” former Secretary of State John Kerry asked Rep. Thomas Massie during a congressional hearing on Wednesday in which the Kentucky Republican seemingly tried to catch Kerry in a sort of “gotcha” moment about scientific credentials and climate change. […]

Bernie Sanders Accuses Liberal Think Tank Of Trying To Stymie His 2020 Campaign | HuffPost

Bernie Sanders Accuses Liberal Think Tank Of Trying To Stymie His 2020 Campaign | HuffPost. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Sunday accused the Center for American Progress, a prominent liberal think tank closely linked to leading Democrats, of trying to undermine his bid for the party’s presidential nomination and sabotage support for progressive proposals like “Medicare for All.” In a […]

Trump is sadly right about America’s immigration laws

Trump is sadly right about America's immigration laws. The worst thing about opposing President Trump is sometimes he’s right. And the troubling fact is that Trump’s instincts, if not his incompetently executed and deliberately cruel attempted solutions, are often right on immigration. That includes the instinct behind his angry remarks to reporters on Tuesday: “We have the worst laws of […]

Mnuchin Implies Dems Trying To ‘Weaponize’ IRS Against Trump With Tax Return Request – Talking Points Memo

Mnuchin Implies Dems Trying To ‘Weaponize’ IRS Against Trump With Tax Return Request – Talking Points Memo. by Matt Shuham Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin on Saturday implied House Democrats have tried to “weaponize” the IRS against President Donald Trump by requesting his and several of his business’ tax returns. “[T]he implication of this is way beyond in my mind a […]

Amazon’s D.C. Move Threatens the Founders’ Vision for America – POLITICO Magazine

Amazon’s D.C. Move Threatens the Founders’ Vision for America – POLITICO Magazine. Big government and big companies have always been separate—and the fathers of our country wanted it that way. David Fontana is professor of law at the George Washington University School of Law. He is writing a book on the constitutional foundations of placing federal officials outside of Washington. […]

Six-week abortion bans are just the beginning. The abortion abolition movement is on the rise.

Six-week abortion bans are just the beginning. The abortion abolition movement is on the rise.. by Christina Cauterucci · April 12, 2019 Anti-abortion activists participate in the March for Life outside the Supreme Court in Washington on Jan. 18. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images Tracking abortion legislation in 2019 is like timing a swim meet where all the competitors have just exchanged […]

Pete Buttigieg is polling in third in Iowa and New Hampshire – Vox

Pete Buttigieg is polling in third in Iowa and New Hampshire – Vox. Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) remain at the top of the latest early state primary polls, but lately, they’ve been accompanied by a new candidate in the third-place spot: Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana. The two most recent Iowa polls […]

Trump Declares ‘Absolute Right’ To Send Undocumented Immigrants To Sanctuary Cities | HuffPost

Trump Declares ‘Absolute Right’ To Send Undocumented Immigrants To Sanctuary Cities | HuffPost. In a late night tweet on Saturday, President Donald Trump declared he had the “absolute legal right” to release detained undocumented immigrants into so-called sanctuary cities, and demanded that his request be fulfilled. “Just out,” Trump tweeted, announcing the alleged legal right to send the immigrants into […]

Trump is sadly right about America’s immigration laws

Trump is sadly right about America's immigration laws. The worst thing about opposing President Trump is sometimes he’s right. And the troubling fact is that Trump’s instincts, if not his incompetently executed and deliberately cruel attempted solutions, are often right on immigration. That includes the instinct behind his angry remarks to reporters on Tuesday: “We have the worst laws of […]

Trump threatens to send undocumented immigrants to sanctuary cities – POLITICO

Trump threatens to send undocumented immigrants to sanctuary cities – POLITICO. President Donald Trump on Friday said that his administration is “strongly looking at” releasing detained undocumented immigrants into so-called sanctuary cities — contradicting a previous statement from the White House that the policy was no longer being considered. “Due to the fact that Democrats are unwilling to change our […]

Republicans kill Herman Cain’s Fed nomination. What about Stephen Moore’s?

Republicans kill Herman Cain’s Fed nomination. What about Stephen Moore’s?. \by Jordan Weissmann · April 12, 2019 Herman Cain speaking during the final day of the 2014 Republican Leadership Conference. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images In a refreshingly sane turn of events, Herman Cain is now expected to pull himself from consideration for the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors thanks to opposition […]

Senate Republicans use rules change to push through district court judges – Vox

Senate Republicans use rules change to push through district court judges – Vox. Last week, Mitch McConnell went “nuclear” and set a new precedent in the Senate, limiting debate time on contentious nominees and making it much easier for Senate Republicans to approve nominees more quickly. This week, with the rules update freshly on the books, it appears he was […]

What Julian Assange’s Arrest Means For Freedom Of The Press | HuffPost

What Julian Assange's Arrest Means For Freedom Of The Press | HuffPost. U.S. prosecutors’ indictment of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange could trigger a protracted fight over press freedom in the United States, warn First Amendment experts. The Department of Justice is preparing to extradite Assange, whom British authorities arrested at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London on Thursday, to the U.S. […]

Trump is sadly right about America’s immigration laws

Trump is sadly right about America's immigration laws. The worst thing about opposing President Trump is sometimes he’s right. And the troubling fact is that Trump’s instincts, if not his incompetently executed and deliberately cruel attempted solutions, are often right on immigration. That includes the instinct behind his angry remarks to reporters on Tuesday: “We have the worst laws of […]

Trump Pushes Already-Rejected Idea About Dumping Immigrants In Sanctuary Cities – Talking Points Memo

Trump Pushes Already-Rejected Idea About Dumping Immigrants In Sanctuary Cities – Talking Points Memo. by Kate Riga President Donald Trump seized on a Washington Post report Friday that details his administration’s rejected idea to dump immigrants into sanctuary cities, saying that the White House is giving “strong considerations” to the proposal. Due to the fact that Democrats are unwilling to […]

Women of Color Will Hold Joe Biden Accountable | The Nation

Women of Color Will Hold Joe Biden Accountable | The Nation. Last weekend, Lucy Flores demonstrated extraordinary courage in speaking out about her uncomfortable experience with then–Vice President Joe Biden. And then, just days later, Joe Biden issued an unimpressive response. In a two-minute-long video, Biden did just what The Onion has made him famous for: trying to use charm […]

Dems rush to Omar’s aid amid conservative backlash on 9/11 comments – POLITICO

Dems rush to Omar’s aid amid conservative backlash on 9/11 comments – POLITICO. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other House Democrats are jumping to the defense of Rep. Ilhan Omar as she faces yet another wave of conservative attacks for her recent remarks on the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. “We are getting to the level where this is an incitement of […]

Greg Craig indicted: former Obama White House counsel charges stem from Mueller probe – Vox

Greg Craig indicted: former Obama White House counsel charges stem from Mueller probe – Vox. Greg Craig, who served as White House counsel early in President Barack Obama’s administration, was indicted Thursday in a case stemming from the Mueller investigation. Craig was charged with two counts of making false statements in a Justice Department inquiry into whether his law firm […]

Democrats Are Warming To The Idea Of Reparations | HuffPost

Democrats Are Warming To The Idea Of Reparations | HuffPost. Five years ago, Ta-Nehisi Coates thrust the issue of reparations back into the national spotlight. In his 15,000-word essay in The Atlantic, Coates meticulously laid out why the country’s long history of slavery and Jim Crow discrimination against black people necessitated a bill like HR 40, which would have created […]

Why conservative attacks on an out-of-context Ilhan Omar quote are dangerous

Why conservative attacks on an out-of-context Ilhan Omar quote are dangerous. On March 23, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) gave a speech about her views on Islam, religious civil rights, and the threat posed by anti-Muslim bigotry following the Christchurch massacre. More than two weeks later (following the duplicitous Andrew Breitbart script to the letter), conservatives have cherry-picked four words from […]

Avenatti Charged With Stealing Millions From Clients, Fraud, Cheating On Taxes – Talking Points Memo

Avenatti Charged With Stealing Millions From Clients, Fraud, Cheating On Taxes – Talking Points Memo. Attorney Michael Avenatti has been charged in a 36-count federal indictment alleging he stole millions of dollars from clients, did not pay his taxes, committed bank fraud and lied in bankruptcy proceedings, federal prosecutors in California said Thursday. Avenatti, 48, was indicted late Wednesday by […]

Opinion | Israel’s Lesson for the Democrats in 2020 – The New York Times

Opinion | Israel’s Lesson for the Democrats in 2020 – The New York Times. The election was a referendum on Netanyahu and he nailed it. Israel now has a structural majority of the right. Opinion Columnist Leftover campaign materials after Benjamin Netanyahu’s election night party. TEL AVIV — It was a referendum on him and he nailed it. Nobody can […]

Democrats should back Trump’s border wall, fight his plan to pay for it

Democrats should back Trump's border wall, fight his plan to pay for it. by Michael J. Stern, Opinion columnist Securing the border is not racism. Democrats need to stop pretending it is. The right battle for my party is over where to get the money for a wall. Before that headline makes you lick the tip of your poisoned pen, […]

Opinion | How Far Left Is Too Far Left for 2020 Democrats? – The New York Times

Opinion | How Far Left Is Too Far Left for 2020 Democrats? – The New York Times. In the current election cycle, bets on moderation have few takers. Leading Democratic candidates are supporting bold progressive policy initiatives that are supported by liberal primary voters but may prove to be a tough sell to the general electorate. President Trump and his […]

Israel election results: Netanyahu defeats Gantz with far-right support and Trump.

Israel election results: Netanyahu defeats Gantz with far-right support and Trump.. Never bet against Benjamin Netanyahu. The Israeli prime minister was facing a daunting set of political circumstances, with indictments on corruption charges pending and a stronger-than-expected opponent in Benny Gantz, the former Israel Defense Forces chief of staff. But as the dust settled Wednesday morning, he appears almost guaranteed […]

Bank of America pay raise: bank tellers will make at least $20 an hour – Vox

Bank of America pay raise: bank tellers will make at least $20 an hour – Vox. America’s biggest banks are trying to outbid one another to hire new workers. Bank of America announced Tuesday that it would raise starting pay for bank employees in the US to $20 an hour in the next two years, a huge jump from the […]

Bernie Sanders Introduces New Medicare For All Bill, Welcoming War With Insurance Industry | HuffPost

Bernie Sanders Introduces New Medicare For All Bill, Welcoming War With Insurance Industry | HuffPost. Bernie Sanders on Wednesday is formally introducing an updated version of his bill to enroll every U.S. resident in a single, government-run health insurance plan. This new iteration of “Medicare for All” legislation looks a lot like the previous one, which the independent Vermont senator […]

Andrew Yang is the most radical 2020 candidate

Andrew Yang is the most radical 2020 candidate. Has the Democratic Party really gone off the radical deep end? It sometimes sounds like it from their fiery rhetoric, and the broad embrace of expansive visions like the Green New Deal. But in fact, the overwhelming majority of the serious candidates — Joe Biden and Beto O’Rourke, Amy Klobuchar and Pete […]

Barr Says He Thinks ‘Spying Did Occur’ By Intel Agencies On Trump’s Campaign – Talking Points Memo

Barr Says He Thinks ‘Spying Did Occur’ By Intel Agencies On Trump’s Campaign – Talking Points Memo. by Kate Riga Attorney General William Barr said he thinks that “spying did occur” by intelligence agencies on the Trump campaign in 2016 during an appearance Wednesday before the Senate Appropriations Committee. Barr was elaborating on his intent to investigate the “genesis and […]

Judge denies request for speedy release of Mueller report – POLITICO

Judge denies request for speedy release of Mueller report – POLITICO. A federal judge on Tuesday denied a request from a First Amendment advocacy group to quickly get special counsel Robert Mueller’s report and underlying materials via the Freedom of Information Act. U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton said in his ruling from the bench that he understands the public […]

Today in Brexit: May wins Parliament vote for extension request the EU will likely reject.

Today in Brexit: May wins Parliament vote for extension request the EU will likely reject.. by Joshua Keating · April 9, 2019 French President Emmanuel Macron welcomes British Prime Minister Theresa May at Élysée Palace on Tuesday. Animation by Lisa Larson-Walker. Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images. It’s a vote she never wanted held in the first place. It’s for a […]

Worker layoffs: American layoffs and firings are at a 20-year low – Vox

Worker layoffs: American layoffs and firings are at a 20-year low – Vox. About 30,000 Toys R Us employees got pink slips last year. Media companies fired more than 2,400 workers in the past three months. And Elon Musk is planning to let go of 3,000 employees at Tesla. Though mass layoffs always make headlines, they actually say very little […]

Republicans Attack Puerto Rico’s Plan To Go 100 Percent Renewable: ‘It’s Just Unrealistic’ | HuffPost

Republicans Attack Puerto Rico’s Plan To Go 100 Percent Renewable: ‘It’s Just Unrealistic’ | HuffPost. Republicans on Tuesday pilloried Puerto Rico’s plan to stop burning imported fossil fuels to generate electricity, calling the proposal senseless and opening a new front in an increasingly bitter partisan battle over the storm-ravaged island’s struggle to recover. At a House Natural Resources Committee hearing, […]

3 reasons why socialism is gaining popularity in America

3 reasons why socialism is gaining popularity in America. Did you know there are socialists in the Midwest? Americans are used to the country’s vast rural hinterlands being depicted as Trump Territory — and variants on socialism attributed to East Coast intellectuals and pointy-headed Vermonters. But the socialist movement has deep historical roots in “flyover country”: In the early 20th […]

Opinion | Why Does Trump Want to Debase the Fed? – The New York Times

Opinion | Why Does Trump Want to Debase the Fed? – The New York Times. As far as I know, the Federal Reserve — the world’s most important economic policy institution — doesn’t have an anthem. But if it were to adopt one now, the choice would be obvious: “Send In the Clowns.” You see, the Fed’s governing board currently […]

Israel Votes as American Jews and Netanyahu Grow Apart – The Atlantic

Israel Votes as American Jews and Netanyahu Grow Apart – The Atlantic. Benjamin Netanyahu’s main opponents have tried to use an unusual weapon against the longtime prime minister ahead of a defining Israeli election set for Tuesday: They’ve argued that he has damaged the relationship between Israel and diaspora Jews. For some American Jews, the strong alliance between Netanyahu and Donald […]

Trump’s Homeland Security Purge Is Destined to Fail – Bloomberg

Trump’s Homeland Security Purge Is Destined to Fail – Bloomberg. After ousting Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, President Donald Trump has continued what everyone is calling a “purge” of the department this week. The gist seems to be that Trump is frustrated because he can’t get his way on border and immigration policy and seems to be empowering White House […]

New Dem rift emerges over spending – POLITICO

New Dem rift emerges over spending – POLITICO. House Democratic leaders are scrambling to head off another intraparty clash this week, as a group of defiant progressives threatens to tank a budget measure on the floor. The House plans to vote by Wednesday on legislation to set spending levels that will serve as the party’s opening salvo with the Senate […]

Bernie Sanders 2020: No longer the underdog he was in 2016.

Bernie Sanders 2020: No longer the underdog he was in 2016.. by Jim Newell · April 7, 2019 “Let me do something that I have been criticized for not doing as a politician,” Sen. Bernie Sanders told a packed audience at an Islamic center in Los Angeles early on a Saturday morning in March, “and be a little bit personal.” […]

Trump tax returns: In Norway, everyone’s tax returns are public – Vox

Trump tax returns: In Norway, everyone’s tax returns are public – Vox. President Donald Trump really, really, really doesn’t want to give up his tax returns. That’s despite top House Democrats asking that the IRS turn those returns over, and despite some eighteen different states considering laws requiring that presidential and vice presidential candidates turn over their tax returns in […]

Beto O’Rourke Calls Benjamin Netanyahu A ‘Racist,’ Says U.S.-Israel Relationship Must ‘Transcend’ Him | HuffPost

Beto O’Rourke Calls Benjamin Netanyahu A ‘Racist,’ Says U.S.-Israel Relationship Must 'Transcend' Him | HuffPost. Former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke lambasted Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday, labeling the Israeli prime minister a “racist” who neither represents the “true will of the Israeli people” nor the “best interests” of the relationship between the United States and Israel. The Democrat was in Iowa […]

America’s time of reckoning over Israel has arrived

America's time of reckoning over Israel has arrived. Whether or not Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing coalition prevails in Tuesday’s election in Israel, Americans face a wrenching decision about how to respond to the country’s drift away from liberal democracy and toward the permanent imposition of apartheid on the Palestinians of the West Bank. Thirteen years ago, when Jimmy Carter used the […]

Felicity Huffman, 12 Other Parents Will Plead Guilty In College Bribery Scheme – Talking Points Memo

Felicity Huffman, 12 Other Parents Will Plead Guilty In College Bribery Scheme – Talking Points Memo. Actress Felicity Huffman has agreed to plead guilty in the sweeping college admissions cheating scam that has ensnared wealthy parents and athletic coaches at some of the nation’s most selective universities, federal authorities said Monday. The “Desperate Housewives” star and 12 other prominent parents […]

Biden struggles to move past the controversy over his physical contact – POLITICO

Biden struggles to move past the controversy over his physical contact – POLITICO. The former vice president on Friday cracked jokes about the accusations of unwelcome touching. If Joe Biden was hoping on Friday to move past the controversy over his unwelcome physical contact with women, he did not succeed. The former vice president, even as he inched closer to […]

Recycling isn’t about the planet. It’s about profit.

Recycling isn’t about the planet. It’s about profit.. If you wanted to recycle a Coke bottle, the spring of 2011 was a great time to do it. That spring, every soda bottle you dropped into the translucent blue bag in your kitchen was worth about eight times what it had been just 2½ years earlier, and four times what it […]

Obama Fears Progressives Are Too Obsessed With ‘Purity’ | HuffPost

Obama Fears Progressives Are Too Obsessed With 'Purity' | HuffPost. As progressives continue to challenge the Democratic Party’s moderate members, former President Barack Obama says he fears that some may be going a step too far. During an Obama Foundation town hall in Berlin on Saturday, he warned that without compromise, the conflicting ideologies could spur infighting among the left. […]

Trump Meets with Megadonor Sheldon Adelson and the Republican Jewish Coalition – Mother Jones

Trump Meets with Megadonor Sheldon Adelson and the Republican Jewish Coalition – Mother Jones. President Donald Trump appeared in Nevada on Saturday afternoon, addressing the conservative Republican Jewish Coalition, where he mocked Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, one of the first two female Muslim Americans to be elected to Congress. Trump’s trip began on Friday, when he flew to […]

Biden’s real reckoning will be about Obama

Biden's real reckoning will be about Obama. As Vice President Joe Biden inches his way agonizingly toward a decision of whether or not to run for president, he has provoked a great deal of hand-wringing about his possible entry into the race. He’s being attacked vigorously from the left for his moderate-to-conservative record as a senator, particularly on racial issues […]

Palestinians Denounce Netanyahu’s Pledge To Annex West Bank Settlements – Talking Points Memo

Palestinians Denounce Netanyahu’s Pledge To Annex West Bank Settlements – Talking Points Memo. Israel’s leader will face a “real problem” if he follows through with his election campaign promise to annex Jewish settlements in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, the Palestinian foreign minister said Sunday. Riad Malki told The Associated Press on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Jordan […]

US anti-abortion film a surprise box office success

US anti-abortion film a surprise box office success. A movie produced by a Christian studio about a former employee of an organization that provides abortions who became a “pro-life” activist is proving to be a surprising box office hit. “Unplanned,” which was released in theaters on March 29, has pulled in more than 8.6 million dollars in North America, according […]

Biden struggles to move past the controversy over his physical contact – POLITICO

Biden struggles to move past the controversy over his physical contact – POLITICO. by Nolan D. McCaskill · April 5, 2019 The former vice president on Friday cracked jokes about the accusations of unwelcome touching. If Joe Biden was hoping on Friday to move past the controversy over his unwelcome physical contact with women, he did not succeed. The former […]

All the Republican spin about the Mueller report, in one checkable list.

All the Republican spin about the Mueller report, in one checkable list.. Two weeks ago, Attorney General William Barr issued a letter that characterized, in terms favorable to President Donald Trump, special counsel Robert Mueller’s findings in the Russia investigation. Based on that letter and the ensuing Republican spin, the media reported that the investigation had largely cleared Trump. But […]

Trump administration sued by states over unhealthy school lunches – Vox

Trump administration sued by states over unhealthy school lunches – Vox. Six states and Washington, DC, led by New York Attorney General Letitia James, are fighting President Trump’s mission to make school lunches unhealthy again. During the Obama administration, first lady Michelle Obama pushed for healthier school meals as part of her agenda to tackle obesity. In 2010, Congress passed […]

Obama Fears Progressives Are Too Obsessed With ‘Purity’ | HuffPost

Obama Fears Progressives Are Too Obsessed With 'Purity' | HuffPost. As progressives continue to challenge the Democratic Party’s moderate members, former President Barack Obama says he fears that some may be going a step too far. During an Obama Foundation town hall in Berlin on Saturday, he warned that without compromise, the conflicting ideologies could spur infighting among the left. […]

What might be lurking in Trump’s tax returns

What might be lurking in Trump's tax returns. House Democrats have officially demanded six years of President Trump’s tax returns. While it isn’t legally obligatory, it’s a long-established norm that presidential nominees release their tax returns for public perusal. Trump is the first to adamantly refuse since the days of President Nixon. And now Democrats have legally-enforceable investigative and subpoena […]

Biden struggles to move past the controversy over his physical contact – POLITICO

Biden struggles to move past the controversy over his physical contact – POLITICO. by Nolan D. McCaskill · April 5, 2019 The former vice president on Friday cracked jokes about the accusations of unwelcome touching. If Joe Biden was hoping on Friday to move past the controversy over his unwelcome physical contact with women, he did not succeed. The former […]

March jobs report: economy added 190,000 new jobs – Vox

March jobs report: economy added 190,000 new jobs – Vox. Employers added a solid 196,000 new jobs to the US economy in March — slightly more than economists expected, according to the latest jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But wage growth slowed back to a crawl. Despite the tightening labor market, workers only got a 4-cent average […]

Joe Biden Proves He Just Doesn’t Get Women | HuffPost

Joe Biden Proves He Just Doesn't Get Women | HuffPost. It’s been just a week since former Nevada state lawmaker Lucy Flores wrote an article in The Cut explaining that former Vice President Joe Biden made her feel disrespected, demeaned and disempowered when he inhaled the smell of her hair and kissed her on the head in the moments before […]

Here’s How Badly the Mainstream Media Has Been Covering Climate Change – Mother Jones

Here’s How Badly the Mainstream Media Has Been Covering Climate Change – Mother Jones. Climate change coverage in much of the mainstream media was abysmally low in 2018. It’s been tilting upward in the first quarter of 2019, thanks in large part to the Green New Deal. The ascending trend is a positive development overall—it’s about time media started paying […]

Biden’s real reckoning will be about Obama

Biden's real reckoning will be about Obama. As Vice President Joe Biden inches his way agonizingly toward a decision of whether or not to run for president, he has provoked a great deal of hand-wringing about his possible entry into the race. He’s being attacked vigorously from the left for his moderate-to-conservative record as a senator, particularly on racial issues […]

Can Pete Buttigieg Turn His Boomlet Into Staying Power? – The Atlantic

Can Pete Buttigieg Turn His Boomlet Into Staying Power? – The Atlantic. The Mayor Pete boomlet is real. The question is whether he’s on the edge of a breakthrough in the Democratic race—or likely to just be the butt of future jokes. Not long ago, Pete Buttigieg was, if anything, that guy whose name no one seemed sure how to […]

Opinion | The Biden Sort-Of Lovefest – The New York Times

Opinion | The Biden Sort-Of Lovefest – The New York Times. One of the great political themes of the Democratic presidential campaign is how much everybody loves Joe Biden. Really. Just Google “I love Joe Biden.” Go past the T-shirts and memorial coffee cups and you’ll see a ton of stuff. “I love Joe Biden. He’s a great guy and […]

Opinion | Even After a Trade Deal, Be Wary of China – The New York Times

Opinion | Even After a Trade Deal, Be Wary of China – The New York Times. President Trump and President Xi Jinping of China will probably soon reach a trade agreement, but that won’t solve the biggest problems. The Chinese regime is interning people based on religion in a more systematic way than any other regime since perhaps the Nazis. […]

Trump hit with ‘accidental’ 1-day investigative assault – POLITICO

Trump hit with ‘accidental’ 1-day investigative assault – POLITICO. Lawmakers and aides say the three-prong attack was an accident, not some secret plan. In a single day, House Democrats demanded President Donald Trump’s tax returns for six years, moved to get a decade’s worth of his financial records and prepared to issue a subpoena for the full Mueller report from […]

Joe Biden’s “social norms” video condescends to the #MeToo movement.

Joe Biden’s “social norms” video condescends to the #MeToo movement.. On Wednesday afternoon, former Vice President Joe Biden released a video on Twitter after at least four women came forward to say he touched them in ways that made them uncomfortable. Biden is weighing a run for president, and though the reports don’t seem severe enough to kill his likely […]

Pete Buttigieg is pro-Israel when Democrats are increasingly critical – Vox

Pete Buttigieg is pro-Israel when Democrats are increasingly critical – Vox. Pete Buttigieg may be a rising star in the 2020 Democratic field, but his strong pro-Israel views may put him at odds with the increasingly pro-Palestinian left flank in his own party. The 37-year-old openly gay mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has in the past described Israel as a […]

There’s A Name For Joe Biden’s Behavior Toward Women | HuffPost

There's A Name For Joe Biden's Behavior Toward Women | HuffPost. In the days since former Nevada state Assemblywoman Lucy Flores wrote about an uncomfortable run-in with Joe Biden, at least three more women have come forward with similar accounts. Flores says that the vice president touched her shoulders, leaned in to smell her hair and kissed the back of […]

Warren and Sanders are Talking Tough About Corporate Control of Food – Mother Jones

Warren and Sanders are Talking Tough About Corporate Control of Food – Mother Jones. Food and farm policy rarely plays a major role in US presidential elections. But Democratic hopefuls Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders may be about to change that. In a Medium post published Wednesday, Warren laid out a populist plan to shake up the American system of […]

Pack the Supreme Court

Pack the Supreme Court. President Trump reportedly has big plans for the Supreme Court seat of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. A report from Axios suggests Trump is “saving” appellate court justice Amy Coney Barrett, an anti-choice hardliner, for the 86-year-old Ginsburg’s seat, should it soon be vacated. The mere possibility of Ginsburg, an almost mythical celebrity on the left, being […]

READ: House Dems Demand Six Years Of Trump’s Tax Returns – Talking Points Memo

READ: House Dems Demand Six Years Of Trump’s Tax Returns – Talking Points Memo. by Josh Kovensky House Ways and Means Committee chair Richard Neal (D-MA) formally requested six years of Donald Trump’s tax returns from the Internal Revenue Service Wednesday, setting up a likely legal fight with the administration over the request. Trump is the first president in decades […]

When Socialism Was Tried in America—and Was a Smashing Success | The Nation

When Socialism Was Tried in America—and Was a Smashing Success | The Nation. “If I owned all the real estate in the world, I wouldn’t feel so powerful as I do on the streets of this socialist city,” declared former New York City councilman Baruch Vladeck when he arrived in Milwaukee in 1932 for the Socialist Party’s national convention in […]

Putting people first – Julián Castro – Medium

Putting people first – Julián Castro – Medium. Secretary Julián Castro, presidential candidate, former Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development under President Obama and Mayor of San Antonio, Texas unveils his ‘People First’ Immigration policy. “Que dios te bendiga,” my grandmother would bless my brother and me every morning as we left for school, making the sign […]

Opinion | The United Kingdom Has Gone Mad – The New York Times

Opinion | The United Kingdom Has Gone Mad – The New York Times. Politico reported the other day that the French European affairs minister, Nathalie Loiseau, had named her cat “Brexit.” Loiseau told the Journal du Dimanche that she chose the name because “he wakes me up every morning meowing to death because he wants to go out, and then […]

New accusations strain Biden defense – POLITICO

New accusations strain Biden defense – POLITICO. ‘They are putting out the bat signal and trying to solicit as many personal testimonials as possible,’ said one Democrat. The controversy surrounding Joe Biden’s past physical behavior with women seemed to have stopped metastasizing after a team of Democratic defenders fanned out in his defense, seeking to knock down the notion that […]

Joe Biden’s defense doesn’t work in 2019.

Joe Biden’s defense doesn’t work in 2019.. by Christina Cauterucci · April 3, 2019 In recent days, two women have told two stories about Joe Biden with strikingly similar details. Former Nevada Assemblywoman Lucy Flores wrote in the Cut that the then­­–vice president had grasped her shoulders, nuzzled her hair, and planted a “big slow kiss” on the back of […]

2 More Women Accuse Joe Biden Of ‘Uncomfortable’ Touching | HuffPost

2 More Women Accuse Joe Biden Of 'Uncomfortable' Touching | HuffPost. Two more women have come forward with stories of former Vice President Joe Biden touching them in ways that made them uncomfortable, making it four total allegations against the potential 2020 presidential candidate in the last week. Caitlyn Caruso, a 22-year-old sexual assault survivor, told The New York Times […]

Presidential Candidates Are Trying to Prevent Sexual Misconduct—in Their Own Campaigns – Mother Jones

Presidential Candidates Are Trying to Prevent Sexual Misconduct—in Their Own Campaigns – Mother Jones. Veteran campaign staffers are likely to notice some big changes around the office when they report for work in the 2020 Democratic primary. The campaign of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, for example, will be conducting anonymous surveys of employees to gauge how they feel about their work […]

What an honest presidential candidate would say about America

What an honest presidential candidate would say about America. Presidential campaigns are invariably expressions of hope for the future. This is true whether the candidate is proposing continuity (“Morning in America”) or change (“The Audacity of Hope”). It’s even true when the candidate constantly denounces the “disaster” of the present, as Donald Trump did in 2016. Trump’s message was that, […]

‘Friendly grandpa’ or creepy uncle? Generations split over Biden behavior – POLITICO

'Friendly grandpa' or creepy uncle? Generations split over Biden behavior – POLITICO. ‘I come from a different generation,’ said one female septuagenarian donor, ‘when people were really friendly and were not afraid to show it.’ Longtime Democratic donor Susie Tompkins Buell, 76, has met Joe Biden several times over the years and says he’s a hand-holder and a hugger; physically, […]

Baltimore Mayor To Take Leave Of Absence Over Questionable Children’s Book Sales | HuffPost

Baltimore Mayor To Take Leave Of Absence Over Questionable Children's Book Sales | HuffPost. Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh announced Monday she plans to take a leave of absence amid a children’s book-selling scandal that’s prompted calls for an investigation and threatens to derail her career. At the center of the scandal is a series of “Healthy Holly” children’s books that […]

Elizabeth Warren Responds to Biden Allegations: “I Believe Lucy Flores” – Mother Jones

Elizabeth Warren Responds to Biden Allegations: “I Believe Lucy Flores” – Mother Jones. Former Nevada State Rep. Lucy Flores (D) accused former Vice President Joe Biden of touching her inappropriately when he campaigned for her in 2014. Before a campaign event for Flores’ lieutenant governor bid, Biden allegedly came up to her from behind, put his hands on her shoulders, […]

The best thing that could happen to the American economy just happened

The best thing that could happen to the American economy just happened. “No recession” may prove a lot more important in the 2020 presidential election than “no collusion.” So what’s next for the Trump economy? It’s the biggest economic debate happening right now, especially given the huge potential political implications. Team Trump is optimistic. White House economists predict the 2018 […]

What Trump owes Puerto Rico: Senate Republicans and the president have an obligation to an American island devastated by hurricanes – New York Daily News

What Trump owes Puerto Rico: Senate Republicans and the president have an obligation to an American island devastated by hurricanes – New York Daily News. by Chuck Schumer American children and families reeling from natural disasters deserve a Congress and a president who will ensure they have every resource needed to fully recover and rebuild their lives and communities. That […]

Corporations are endangering Americans. Trump doesn’t care | Robert Reich | Opinion | The Guardian

Corporations are endangering Americans. Trump doesn't care | Robert Reich | Opinion | The Guardian. Why didn’t Boeing do it right? Why isn’t Facebook protecting user passwords? Why is Phillip Morris allowed to promote vaping? Why hasn’t Wells Fargo reformed itself? Why hasn’t Monsanto (now owned by Bayer) recalled its Roundup weedkiller? Answer: corporate greed coupled with inept and corrupt […]

Opinion | The House Must See the Whole Mueller Report – The New York Times

Opinion | The House Must See the Whole Mueller Report – The New York Times. by Jerrold L. Nadler · April 1, 2019 The House Must See the Whole Mueller Report Someday, Trump will not be in office. Congress needs a full accounting of his misdeeds to ensure they don’t happen again. Mr. Nadler is the chairman of the House […]

‘It’s so easy to Google “Creepy Biden”‘ – POLITICO

'It’s so easy to Google "Creepy Biden"' – POLITICO. In an interview, Lucy Flores says she came forward now because she fears Joe Biden would make it harder for Democrats to contrast with Trump on the treatment of women. The former Nevada lawmaker who accused Joe Biden of giving her an “awkward kiss” in 2014 said Sunday she decided to […]

Rachel Maddow’s post-Mueller investigation wall of crazy.

Rachel Maddow’s post-Mueller investigation wall of crazy.. On Monday night, the first night that MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show aired after Attorney General William Barr released his four-page memo on the Mueller report, Rachel Maddow was skeptical. Like, extremely, extremely skeptical. In fact, she had 15 questions worth of skepticism about the “the Barr Report,” which she displayed in remarkably tiny […]

Where 2020 Democratic presidential candidates stand on trade policy – Vox

Where 2020 Democratic presidential candidates stand on trade policy – Vox. by Tara Golshan · February 18, 2019 It’s a pretty safe bet that no candidate is going to campaign as a free trader in the 2020 Democratic primary, setting up the potential for a large-scale realignment on a major policy issue for the party. The Democratic Party faces a […]

The Feds Are Worried About Long-Term Effect Of Trump’s FBI Attacks | HuffPost

The Feds Are Worried About Long-Term Effect Of Trump's FBI Attacks | HuffPost. For nearly two years, Republicans stuck with their mantras: Robert Mueller was on a witch hunt. The FBI was some sort of liberal resistance haven. The Russia investigation shouldn’t have even begun. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions were part of the […]

Biden blindsided by dose of 2020 reality – POLITICO

Biden blindsided by dose of 2020 reality – POLITICO. The former vice president slogs through a rough stretch as he considers a third bid for the White House. Joe Biden is enduring the roughest stretch of any candidate in the Democratic presidential primary, and he’s not even a candidate yet. In a two-week period where his attempts to smooth a […]

Rachel Maddow’s post-Mueller investigation wall of crazy.

Rachel Maddow’s post-Mueller investigation wall of crazy.. On Monday night, the first night that MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show aired after Attorney General William Barr released his four-page memo on the Mueller report, Rachel Maddow was skeptical. Like, extremely, extremely skeptical. In fact, she had 15 questions worth of skepticism about the “the Barr Report,” which she displayed in remarkably tiny […]

Lucy Flores isn’t the only woman Joe Biden has touched inappropriately – Vox

Lucy Flores isn’t the only woman Joe Biden has touched inappropriately – Vox. Democrat Lucy Flores was preparing to give one of her final stump speeches in a race for lieutenant governor in Nevada when she felt two hands on her shoulders. She froze. “Why is the vice-president of the United States touching me?” Flores wondered. Flores recounts her experience […]

7 Reasons Progressives May Want To Avoid A Joe Biden Candidacy | HuffPost

7 Reasons Progressives May Want To Avoid A Joe Biden Candidacy | HuffPost. Former Vice President Joe Biden is “very close” close to making a decision about joining the 2020 presidential race, he said at the University of Delaware earlier this month. Biden has said that his 40 years in the U.S. Senate make him the “most qualified” candidate for […]

Elizabeth Warren Responds to Biden Allegations: “I Believe Lucy Flores” – Mother Jones

Elizabeth Warren Responds to Biden Allegations: “I Believe Lucy Flores” – Mother Jones. Former Nevada State Rep. Lucy Flores (D) accused former Vice President Joe Biden of touching her inappropriately when he campaigned for her in 2014. Before a campaign event for Flores’ lieutenant governor bid, Biden allegedly came up to her from behind, put his hands on her shoulders, […]

The recycling crisis

The recycling crisis. Much of the stuff Americans think they are ‘recycling’ now ends up in landfills and incinerators. Why? Here’s everything you need to know: Where do recyclables go? Until recently, the U.S. and other developed countries sold much of their recyclables to China, which accepted more than 40 percent of American wastepaper, plastic, glass, metal, and other reusable […]

Dems Face Uphill Slog To Win Senate In 2020 – Talking Points Memo

Dems Face Uphill Slog To Win Senate In 2020 – Talking Points Memo. Teresa Tomlinson is a former mayor of a mid-sized city with no national profile. Yet she hopes she’ll be national Democrats’ top recruit to run for the Senate from Georgia next year — if one of the party’s rising stars, Stacey Abrams, takes a pass. “I feel […]

John Hickenlooper Is Running for President As Himself. Uh-oh. – POLITICO Magazine

John Hickenlooper Is Running for President As Himself. Uh-oh. – POLITICO Magazine. Authenticity isn’t always a winner, the former Colorado governor is learning. Tim Alberta is chief political correspondent for Politico Magazine. DES MOINES—The man knows how to make an entrance. During his opening swing through Iowa after declaring his candidacy for president, at his very first campaign stop inside […]

Rachel Maddow’s post-Mueller investigation wall of crazy.

Rachel Maddow’s post-Mueller investigation wall of crazy.. On Monday night, the first night that MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show aired after Attorney General William Barr released his four-page memo on the Mueller report, Rachel Maddow was skeptical. Like, extremely, extremely skeptical. In fact, she had 15 questions worth of skepticism about the “the Barr Report,” which she displayed in remarkably tiny […]

Lucy Flores isn’t the only woman Joe Biden has touched inappropriately – Vox

Lucy Flores isn’t the only woman Joe Biden has touched inappropriately – Vox. Democrat Lucy Flores was preparing to give one of her final stump speeches in a race for lieutenant governor in Nevada when she felt two hands on her shoulders. She froze. “Why is the vice-president of the United States touching me?” Flores wondered. Flores recounts her experience […]

7 Reasons Progressives May Want To Avoid A Joe Biden Candidacy | HuffPost

7 Reasons Progressives May Want To Avoid A Joe Biden Candidacy | HuffPost. Former Vice President Joe Biden is “very close” close to making a decision about joining the 2020 presidential race, he said at the University of Delaware earlier this month. Biden has said that his 40 years in the U.S. Senate make him the “most qualified” candidate for […]

Buttigieg Says Trump Can Only Be Beaten With Ideas—Not Investigations – Mother Jones

Buttigieg Says Trump Can Only Be Beaten With Ideas—Not Investigations – Mother Jones. In a wide-ranging conversation in front of a sold-out San Francisco audience Thursday night, presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg said President Donald Trump can only be beaten by fresh ideas and policies—not by investigations. “A message is something that makes sense no matter who you’re running against.” “No […]

Joe Biden’s endless gaffe-riddled apology tour

Joe Biden's endless gaffe-riddled apology tour. I don’t hate Joe Biden. He seems like an amiable guy, a decent man. He’s been around Washington for a long time — first as a senator for 36 years and then as Barack Obama’s vice president for two terms. Along the way, he’s managed to make relatively few enemies. He’s also been through […]

Mueller Report’s 300 Pages Could Reveal If Barr Is Playing Politics

Mueller Report’s 300 Pages Could Reveal If Barr Is Playing Politics. Attorney General William Barr’s letter to Congress regarding the Mueller report raises more questions than it answers. On Sunday, Barr sent a four-page letter to Congress reporting the conclusion of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into any links between Russia and Donald Trump’s campaign to interfere with the 2016 […]

The Real Costs of Russiagate | The Nation

The Real Costs of Russiagate | The Nation. The John Batchelor Show, March 27 The very few of us who publicly challenged and deplored Russiagate allegations against candidate and then President Donald Trump from the time they first began to appear in mid-2016 should not gloat or rejoice over the US Attorney General’s summary of Robert S. Mueller’s key finding: […]

Trump moves to turn Virginia red amid Democratic meltdown – POLITICO

Trump moves to turn Virginia red amid Democratic meltdown – POLITICO. The president’s political team is using the state’s elections this year as a test of whether Trump has a shot at flipping the state in 2020. President Donald Trump is muscling into a blue state where Democrats are reeling: Virginia. With a tenuous grip on states like Michigan, Wisconsin […]

Trump’s treachery goes way beyond Russia.

Trump’s treachery goes way beyond Russia.. Special counsel Robert Mueller has ended his Russia investigation, and Republicans are gloating. “Complete and Total EXONERATION,” says President Donald Trump. “There was nothing there,” adds Trump’s counselor, Kellyanne Conway. “We know that now. We know it from Director Mueller.” Trump and his surrogates are lying. Mueller has indicted dozens of people. He has […]

GDP: Democrats want to know who’s benefiting from the economy’s growth – Vox

GDP: Democrats want to know who’s benefiting from the economy’s growth – Vox. The United States economy grew by 2.2 percent in the fourth quarter last year, according to updated numbers released by the government on Thursday. Congressional Democrats are renewing their push to figure out if that growth is touching ordinary Americans. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Sen. Martin […]

Mueller’s Team Likely Compiled Massive Amount Of Documents And Evidence | HuffPost

Mueller's Team Likely Compiled Massive Amount Of Documents And Evidence | HuffPost. Democrats say they want “all of the underlying evidence” in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation . But what is all of that evidence? Mueller’s team issued more than 2,800 subpoenas, executed nearly 500 search warrants and interviewed more than 500 witnesses. That means the special counsel likely compiled […]

Joe Biden’s endless gaffe-riddled apology tour

Joe Biden's endless gaffe-riddled apology tour. by Damon Linker · March 29, 2019 Illustrated | Scott Olson/Getty Images, AP Photo, File, AP Photo/Greg Gibson, File, apvaper/iStock I don’t hate Joe Biden. He seems like an amiable guy, a decent man. He’s been around Washington for a long time — first as a senator for 36 years and then as Barack […]

Trump is repeating Bush’s ‘Mission Accomplished’ boondoggle (opinion) – CNN

Trump is repeating Bush's 'Mission Accomplished' boondoggle (opinion) – CNN. (CNN)On May 1, 2003, aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln, President George W. Bush stood before a banner declaring “Mission Accomplished.” But he had declared victory prematurely and subsequently lost the political battle over the war in Iraq. From that day on, every time Americans troops suffered a setback, critics would […]

Opinion | Be Thankful for Mueller’s Timing – The New York Times

Opinion | Be Thankful for Mueller’s Timing – The New York Times. by Charles M. Blow · March 27, 2019 Be Thankful for Mueller’s Timing Trump has no idea how to ride a win. Opinion Columnist Robert Mueller, the special counsel, with his wife, Ann Standish, in Washington on Sunday. Last week special counsel Robert Mueller delivered his findings in […]

Mueller grand jury ‘continuing robustly,’ prosecutor says – POLITICO

Mueller grand jury 'continuing robustly,' prosecutor says – POLITICO. The special counsel’s office officially concluded its investigation on Friday, but several loose ends remain. The special counsel’s grand jury investigating Russian collusion into the 2016 presidential election is “continuing robustly” despite the end of Robert Mueller’s probe, a federal prosecutor said in court Wednesday. David Goodhand, an assistant U.S. attorney, […]

Rod Rosenstein’s failure to recuse himself from the Mueller probe is a tragedy.

Rod Rosenstein’s failure to recuse himself from the Mueller probe is a tragedy.. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will soon leave the Justice Department that he joined as a newly minted lawyer nearly 30 years ago. He is, by all accounts, a skillful attorney who spearheaded a number of successful public corruption prosecutions and won widespread respect from members of […]

Mueller grand jury still active, and other loose ends from investigation – Vox

Mueller grand jury still active, and other loose ends from investigation – Vox. Special counsel Robert Mueller’s sprawling, 22-month investigation has ended with a terse four-page letter from the attorney general — and a whole lot of loose ends. Foremost among these is the question of when we will get to see more of Mueller’s report itself, rather than just […]

The Human Costs Of Kamala Harris’ War On Truancy | HuffPost

The Human Costs Of Kamala Harris’ War On Truancy | HuffPost. On the morning of April 18, 2013, in the Los Angeles suburb of Buena Park, a throng of photographers positioned themselves on a street curb and watched as two police officers entered a squat townhouse. Minutes later, their cameras began clicking. The officers had re-emerged with a weary-looking woman […]

Donald Trump Should Probably Stop Dancing in the Street – Mother Jones

Donald Trump Should Probably Stop Dancing in the Street – Mother Jones. We all craved at least some resolution of the president’s role during his 2016 campaign and his various connections to Russia after special counsel Robert Mueller submitted his report to Attorney General William Barr over the weekend. No such luck: We are left untangling what the combination of […]

The best thing that could happen to the American economy just happened

The best thing that could happen to the American economy just happened. “No recession” may prove a lot more important in the 2020 presidential election than “no collusion.” So what’s next for the Trump economy? It’s the biggest economic debate happening right now, especially given the huge potential political implications. Team Trump is optimistic. White House economists predict the 2018 […]

Graham: Barr Hopes To Release Mueller Report To Congress In April – Talking Points Memo

Graham: Barr Hopes To Release Mueller Report To Congress In April – Talking Points Memo. Attorney General William Barr has told the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee that he’s combing through special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, removing classified and other information in hopes of releasing it to Congress in April. South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham told The Associated Press […]

‘Let’s just get the goods’: Pelosi rallies dejected Dems post-Mueller – POLITICO

‘Let’s just get the goods’: Pelosi rallies dejected Dems post-Mueller – POLITICO. Speaker Nancy Pelosi sought to rally House Democrats behind closed doors Tuesday morning in the aftermath of special counsel Robert Mueller’s 22-month investigation. “Be calm. Take a deep breath. Don’t become like them. We have to handle this professionally, officially, patriotically, strategically,” Pelosi said, referring to Republicans, during […]

Mueller’s investigation was for a world that doesn’t exist.

Mueller’s investigation was for a world that doesn’t exist.. Someday, when we’re sitting around the electronic campfires we’ve lit to pretend-warm the huts in our Mars colonies, we will tell our grandchildren about whatever vestigial memories we have of facts. Perhaps we will be able to date their demise to the 46-ish hours between the announcement on Friday, March 22, […]

Top Republicans Call On Adam Schiff To Resign As Chair Of House Intelligence Committee | HuffPost

Top Republicans Call On Adam Schiff To Resign As Chair Of House Intelligence Committee | HuffPost. Top Republican lawmakers are calling on Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) to resign as chair of the House Intelligence Committee after special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation did not determine President Donald Trump’s campaign conspired with Russia during the 2016 election. Schiff, an outspoken critic of […]

Why the collusion myth might destroy the Democrats in 2020

Why the collusion myth might destroy the Democrats in 2020. The end of the Robert Mueller investigation has demolished Democrats’ mythology about the 2016 election. That should force them to confront some unpleasant truths about what has happened to their party since President Trump’s election — and, more to the point for 2020, it should force enough introspection to prevent […]