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‘Strategic patience’ with North Korea is over. Here’s what should replace it. – The Washington Post

‘Strategic patience’ with North Korea is over. Here’s what should replace it. – The Washington Post. by Editorial Board · March 22, 2017 SECRETARY OF State Rex Tillerson is being faulted for undiplomatic speaking during his tour of Asia over the weekend. Among other things, he parroted official Chinese rhetoric about “mutual respect” and “win-win solutions,” which Beijing hailed as […]

Tax reform next? Maybe not. – POLITICO

Tax reform next? Maybe not. – POLITICO. Republicans’ spectacular failure to repeal and replace Obamacare threatens to sabotage another cornerstone of their agenda, tax reform — because of simple math. The GOP was counting on wiping out nearly $1 trillion in Obamacare taxes to help finance the sweeping tax cuts they’ve got planned for their next legislative act. And now […]

Trump Says He Should Let Obamacare ‘Collapse.’ That’s Cruel And Irresponsible. | The Huffington Post

Trump Says He Should Let Obamacare 'Collapse.' That's Cruel And Irresponsible. | The Huffington Post. Before even taking office, and well before the Republican bid to repeal and “replace” the Affordable Care Act, President Donald Trump started saying the best political strategy for his party would be to let the law’s health insurance exchanges “collapse” and then blame Democrats for […]

Trump just approved the Keystone XL Pipeline – Salon.com

Trump just approved the Keystone XL Pipeline – Salon.com. by Brian Kahn · March 24, 2017 This post originally appeared on Climate Central. President Trump signed an executive order on Friday greenlighting the Keystone XL pipeline after it cleared State Department review to bring tar sands oil from Canada to refineries on the Gulf Coast. The Trump administration’s approval represents […]

A “Tidal Wave” of Overdoses is Filling Up This Morgue | Mother Jones

A "Tidal Wave" of Overdoses is Filling Up This Morgue | Mother Jones. by Julia Lurie · March 24, 2017 And contrary to popular belief, it’s not just white people who are dying. jdwfoto/Getty This week I’m spending time in Northeast Ohio, a corner of the country that has been ravaged by the opioid epidemic. I’m talking to people here […]

Speaker Paul Ryan Admits Defeat: ‘Obamacare For The Foreseeable Future’

Speaker Paul Ryan Admits Defeat: 'Obamacare For The Foreseeable Future'. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Friday laid blame for the failure of a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare on Republican members of the House, and said he would move on to other issues that “people have even more agreement on.” “You have all heard me say this before, […]

Republicans just faceplanted on the biggest stage there is

Republicans just faceplanted on the biggest stage there is. Republican lawmakers have voted to repeal ObamaCare on dozens of occasions — by some counts, more than 60 times — since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law almost exactly seven years ago. It was the longest table-reading and dress rehearsal in modern political history. And yet, at the moment […]

Taibbi on Trump the Destroyer – Rolling Stone

Taibbi on Trump the Destroyer – Rolling Stone. by Matt Taibbi It’s like the campaign never ended. It’s the same all-Trump, all-the-time madness, only exponentially worse. Morning, February 24th, National Harbor, Maryland, the Conservative Political Action Conference. Chin up, eyes asquint, Donald Trump floats to the lectern on a sea of applause and adulation. The building is shaking, and as […]

As repeal vote nears, Obama pleads to preserve Affordable Care Act – POLITICO

As repeal vote nears, Obama pleads to preserve Affordable Care Act – POLITICO. by Kelsey Sutton · March 23, 2017 Former President Barack Obama pushed back against claims by Republican legislators and by the Trump administration that the bill was in a “death spiral” or was taking jobs away. | Getty Former President Barack Obama, who has remained on the […]

Why Filibustering Neil Gorsuch May Not Pay Off In The Long Run | The Huffington Post

Why Filibustering Neil Gorsuch May Not Pay Off In The Long Run | The Huffington Post. Progressive groups appear delighted that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Thursday signaled to Democrats that they should filibuster Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court. After the senator announced his plans to vote “no” on the nominee, who sat […]

The new American economy is literally putting us in mortal danger – Salon.com

The new American economy is literally putting us in mortal danger – Salon.com. by Rachel Leah · March 23, 2017 President Donald Trump has campaigned on the sentiment of “bringing back jobs” to America. He mentioned factories specifically in his inauguration speech, stating, “the jobs left and the factories closed . . . that all changes starting right here, right […]

This Climate Denying Lawmaker Has Proposed a Bill to Protect Climate Deniers | Mother Jones

This Climate Denying Lawmaker Has Proposed a Bill to Protect Climate Deniers | Mother Jones. by Nathalie Baptiste · March 23, 2017 He doesn’t want to prosecute on the basis of “climate change policy preferences.” Newscom via ZUMA Press/Jeff Malet A Maine lawmaker has introduced a bill that will safeguard political speech—with a special focus on climate change deniers. Republican […]

8 GOP Governors Sign Letter In Support Of Foundering GOP Health Care Bill

8 GOP Governors Sign Letter In Support Of Foundering GOP Health Care Bill. Eight Republican governors signed a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in support of the Republican bill to repeal and replace Obamacare as leaders scrambled to secure enough votes to pass it. “We write today to offer our support […]

Is America on the road to economic backwardness?

Is America on the road to economic backwardness?. Here’s something that may surprise you: If the United Kingdom were a U.S. state, it would be the second-poorest one. It’s all the more surprising given its economic history — the U.K. was the first nation to industrialize, and was for nearly a century the undisputed economic heavyweight of the world. It […]

House conservatives’ demand for further abortion restrictions could blow up Trumpcare in the Senate – Salon.com

House conservatives’ demand for further abortion restrictions could blow up Trumpcare in the Senate – Salon.com. by Sophia Tesfaye · March 22, 2017 Just as it nearly was for Democrats seven years ago, abortion appears ready to scuttle any tentative deal to repeal-and-replace the Affordable Care Act between Republicans in Congress. While President Donald Trump balances making direct threats on […]

Ultra conservatives might just save Medicaid

Ultra conservatives might just save Medicaid. House Republicans have taken direct aim at Medicaid with their American Health Care Act, which is up for a vote in the House on Thursday. They hate social insurance, and they especially hate any program that benefits the poor — not to mention the fact that programs that include the upper class, like Medicare […]

Dems shouldn’t trigger nuclear option on Gorsuch – The Boston Globe

Dems shouldn’t trigger nuclear option on Gorsuch – The Boston Globe. LEAVE IT to Senator Lindsey Graham, the folksy Republican from South Carolina, to get to the heart of the matter in Tuesday’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing for Judge Neil Gorsuch. He was comforted, he said, that President Trump had chosen a legitimate jurist. “Quite frankly, I was quite worried […]

Susan Rice: When the White House twists the truth, we are all less safe – The Washington Post

Susan Rice: When the White House twists the truth, we are all less safe – The Washington Post. Last week, the British intelligence agency GCHQ took the rare step of debunking as “utterly ridiculous” the Trump administration’s insinuation that Britain spied on Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign. On Monday, FBI Director James B. Comey testified plainly that “I have […]

Dems land few punches on Gorsuch | TheHill

Dems land few punches on Gorsuch | TheHill. by Alexander Bolton · March 21, 2017 Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch maintained a polite demeanor during Tuesday’s marathon questioning by the Senate Judiciary Committee, sprinkling his responses with “golly” and “goodness” but refusing to answer questions on how he might rule from the bench. Democrats repeatedly sought to get under Gorsuch’s […]

Trump Administration Is A No-Show At Hearings On Human Rights | The Huffington Post

Trump Administration Is A No-Show At Hearings On Human Rights | The Huffington Post. WASHINGTON ― The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights heard from civil rights and other advocacy groups on Tuesday about their concerns with the Trump administration’s immigration policies. Commissioners said they hoped to hear from the government, too. But they couldn’t ― the federal government skipped the […]

The Trump GOP prescription for America: Don’t get sick – Salon.com

The Trump GOP prescription for America: Don’t get sick – Salon.com. by Michael Winship · March 21, 2017 Andy Slavitt, who was President Obama’s acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services told The Washington Post, “This is a massive tax cut for unpopular industries and wealthy individuals. It is about cutting care for lower-income people, seniors, people […]

How Democrats can make Republicans pay for Justice Gorsuch

How Democrats can make Republicans pay for Justice Gorsuch. Sometime this spring or summer, Neil Gorsuch is likely to be confirmed to the United States Supreme Court, filling the vacancy created last winter by the sudden death of Antonin Scalia. Even if Democrats can sustain a filibuster against his nomination, Senate Republicans are likely to change the chamber’s rules to […]

Thinx Ex-Employee Accuses Miki Agrawal of Sexual Harassment

Thinx Ex-Employee Accuses Miki Agrawal of Sexual Harassment. New York Magazine · by Noreen Malone · March 20, 2017 Miki Agrawal, the co-founder of Thinx — a company that makes “period underwear” — doesn’t think much of boundaries. “I just love the taboo space,” she told New York last year, of her mission to (profitably) destigmatize menstruation. And in a […]

Comey and the ‘Hillary standard’ – The Boston Globe

Comey and the ‘Hillary standard’ – The Boston Globe. by Joan Vennochi · March 20, 2017 Who did more to hurt Hillary Clinton’s quest to become president and help Donald Trump’s — Vladimir Putin or FBI director James Comey? That question looms over Comey, as he confirmed Monday an FBI investigation into possible interference in the 2016 elections by the […]

Gorsuch Is a Test for Democrats in the Trump Era – POLITICO Magazine

Gorsuch Is a Test for Democrats in the Trump Era – POLITICO Magazine. by David Brock · March 20, 2017 Getty Will they stand up tall, or let Republicans roll over them once again? Twenty-four years ago, I was at the center of the action as the organized right refused to accept the outcome of the 1992 presidential election. Nominally […]

Plug the leaks and stop blaming Russians for Clinton’s loss (opinion) – CNN.com

Plug the leaks and stop blaming Russians for Clinton's loss (opinion) – CNN.com. Alice Stewart is a CNN Political Commentator and former Communications Director for Ted Cruz for President. The views expressed in this commentary are solely her own. (CNN)There was something for everyone in Monday’s House Intelligence Committee hearing — for Democrats, some fuel for their unproven theory the […]

Why YouTube Wants to Hide These LGBT Videos From Young People – The Daily Beast

Why YouTube Wants to Hide These LGBT Videos From Young People – The Daily Beast. by Samantha Allen · March 20, 2017 It shouldn’t be controversial that all LGBT people were once LGBT kids. But it is. And if LGBT people needed yet another reminder that our very existence is seen as inherently inappropriate for children—after the ridiculous boycotting of […]

Democrats May Be Botching This Supreme Court Confirmation Fight | The Huffington Post

Democrats May Be Botching This Supreme Court Confirmation Fight | The Huffington Post. by Jennifer Bendery · March 19, 2017 WASHINGTON ― Democrats know they don’t have the votes to stop Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch from clearing his Senate confirmation hearing, which begins Monday. But they don’t appear to have a strategy, or even the energy, for a coordinated […]

How Democrats can make Republicans pay for Justice Gorsuch

How Democrats can make Republicans pay for Justice Gorsuch. Sometime this spring or summer, Neil Gorsuch is likely to be confirmed to the United States Supreme Court, filling the vacancy created last winter by the sudden death of Antonin Scalia. Even if Democrats can sustain a filibuster against his nomination, Senate Republicans are likely to change the chamber’s rules to […]

Hollywood’s self-inflicted wounds – The Orange County Register

Hollywood's self-inflicted wounds – The Orange County Register. by JOEL KOTKIN No industry is more identified with Southern California than entertainment. Yet, in the past, the industry’s appeal has lain in identifying with the always-changing values and mythos of American society. But, today, that connection is being undermined, not just by technology, but also by a seemingly self-conscious decision to […]

Neil Gorsuch does not belong on the Supreme Court – The Boston Globe

Neil Gorsuch does not belong on the Supreme Court – The Boston Globe. by Elizabeth Warren · March 20, 2017 WHEN JUSTICE Antonin Scalia died last year, giant corporations and their right-wing buddies spent millions of dollars to keep the Supreme Court seat open so that Donald Trump could fill the vacancy. It was only the latest step in their […]

Democrats May Be Botching This Supreme Court Confirmation Fight | The Huffington Post

Democrats May Be Botching This Supreme Court Confirmation Fight | The Huffington Post. by Jennifer Bendery · March 19, 2017 WASHINGTON ― Democrats know they don’t have the votes to stop Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch from clearing his Senate confirmation hearing, which begins Monday. But they don’t appear to have a strategy, or even the energy, for a coordinated […]

Robert Reich: Reflections on the worst parts of Trump’s bonkers budget – Salon.com

Robert Reich: Reflections on the worst parts of Trump’s bonkers budget – Salon.com. Donald Trump ran for president as a man of the people who was going to fight for those who were left behind — but everything we’re hearing about his forthcoming federal budget says exactly the opposite: Spending that’s a great deal for big corporations that have hired […]

Donald Trump’s failing presidency

Donald Trump's failing presidency. What would a failed Trump administration look like? It certainly doesn’t need to involve President Trump’s impeachment and removal from office. Rather, imagine this: As the 2018 midterm elections approach, Trump’s only accomplishment is starting construction on the southern border mega-wall. No ObamaCare replacement. No big tax cut. No big infrastructure plan. And millions of American […]

Trump, Working-Class Zero – The New York Times

Trump, Working-Class Zero – The New York Times. by Maureen Dowd · March 18, 2017 President Trump has created troubles by believing TV reports. The worldview of Steve Bannon, the president’s chief strategist, was shaped by his father’s trust of TV advice. Mandel Ngan/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images It’s not unknown, of course. In ancient Egypt, there was the symbol […]

Hillary Clinton: I am ready to come out of the woods.

Hillary Clinton: I am ready to come out of the woods.. by Daniel Politi · March 18, 2017 Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during the Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards at the The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on March 8, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton gave […]

DNC Adds To Transition Team After Progressive Complaints | The Huffington Post

DNC Adds To Transition Team After Progressive Complaints | The Huffington Post. The Democratic National Committee added six people to its transition advisory committee on Friday, following complaints from some progressive activists. Critics expressed frustration that the list of 29 people that DNC chair Tom Perez announced on Wednesday included only two supporters of Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, of whom […]

A brief history of Russian interventions in other people’s elections – Salon.com

A brief history of Russian interventions in other people’s elections – Salon.com. In the last nine years, Russia has invaded its neighbor Georgia, annexed the Ukrainian province of Crimea, supported rebels in Eastern Ukraine and interfered in the U.S. presidential election. The U.S. and the European Union have imposed biting sanctions on Russia for its actions in Ukraine. As a […]

Trump Tweets Germany Owes ‘Vast Sums Of Money To NATO’

Trump Tweets Germany Owes 'Vast Sums Of Money To NATO'. In tweets published on Saturday morning, President Donald Trump insisted that he had a productive meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. But then he said that Germany owes money to NATO. Despite what you have heard from the FAKE NEWS, I had a GREAT meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. […]

Brazile: Sending Clinton town hall topics ‘mistake I will forever regret’ | TheHill

Brazile: Sending Clinton town hall topics ‘mistake I will forever regret’ | TheHill. by Joe Concha · March 17, 2017 Donna Brazile says passing along a list of topics for a TV town hall event to Hillary Clinton’s campaign was “a mistake I will forever regret.” Brazile, who was the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) interim chairwoman this summer and is […]

How bad are things with North Korea?

How bad are things with North Korea?. by Joshua Keating · March 17, 2017 U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is briefed by Gen. Vincent K. Brooks as a North Korean soldier takes a photograph through a window at the U.N. Command Military Armistice Commission meeting room at the border village of Panmunjom on Friday. Lee Jin-man/AFP/Getty Images Rex Tillerson […]

Angela Merkel Gave An Impassioned Plea For Refugees. Trump Ignored Her. | The Huffington Post

Angela Merkel Gave An Impassioned Plea For Refugees. Trump Ignored Her. | The Huffington Post. by Alana Horowitz Satlin · March 17, 2017 German Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed her commitment to refugees during a press conference held after her meeting with President Donald Trump, who has actively fought to keep Syrian refugees out of the U.S. He totally dodged the […]

No, Feeding Hungry Kids and Seniors Isn’t a Waste of Money | Mother Jones

No, Feeding Hungry Kids and Seniors Isn't a Waste of Money | Mother Jones. Next up: puppy kicking? Put that apple down, you little moocher. KeremYucel/iStock Justifying steep spending cuts in the Trump administration’s proposed budget announced on Thursday, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney lashed out at federal programs that deliver after-school food aid to low-income kids. Mulvaney: No […]

Let’s talk about the weird psychosexual energy in Beauty and the Beast

Let's talk about the weird psychosexual energy in Beauty and the Beast. Never would I have expected a live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast to work. The original 1991 animated film was way too weird … especially when it comes to sexuality. For one thing, the original was built around distortions of masculinity that are tough to replicate live […]

The Lessons of Obamacare – Vox

The Lessons of Obamacare – Vox. On January 6, President Barack Obama sat down with us for one of his final interviews before leaving the White House. The subject was the Affordable Care Act — the legislation that has come to carry his name and define his legacy. It was strange circumstances Obama found himself in. He was leaving office […]

The Leader of the Free World Meets Donald Trump – POLITICO Magazine

The Leader of the Free World Meets Donald Trump – POLITICO Magazine. by James P. Rubin · March 16, 2017 Getty Angela Merkel, whether she wants the job or not, is the West’s last, best hope. This time the media hype surrounding a White House meeting is no wild exaggeration. When President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel finally […]

Van Jones on Trump, liberal resistance, and what Corey Lewandowski is really like.

Van Jones on Trump, liberal resistance, and what Corey Lewandowski is really like.. by Isaac Chotiner · March 16, 2017 Van Jones speaks onstage at the National Museum of African American History and Culture on Jan. 19 in Washington. Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Busboys and Poets Throughout the 2016 campaign, Van Jones became something of a progressive hero for his […]

Wendy Davis on why women need to drop the “being nice” act – Vox

Wendy Davis on why women need to drop the "being nice" act – Vox. by Marcie Bianco · March 16, 2017 Former Texas state senator Wendy Davis Getty Images Back in 2014, Wendy Davis was simply a Democratic lawmaker in a red state. But an 11-hour filibuster against a bill that aimed to restrict Texas women’s access to abortion thrust […]

Senior Trump Adviser Thinks Muslims ‘By And Large’ Want To ‘Subjugate’ Non-Muslims | The Huffington Post

Senior Trump Adviser Thinks Muslims 'By And Large' Want To 'Subjugate' Non-Muslims | The Huffington Post. A senior national security official in the White House has said he believes Muslims are dedicated to establishing Sharia law in Western countries, where he apparently thinks they want to “subjugate and humiliate” non-Muslims. Frank Wuco ― a former radio host and veteran Naval […]

California Wants to Hire EPA Staffers Who Are Sick of Trump | Mother Jones

California Wants to Hire EPA Staffers Who Are Sick of Trump | Mother Jones. Mother Jones · by Rebecca Leber · March 16, 2017 Go west, young environmental policy wonk! stellalevi/Getty Images Michael Picker stood in the freezing cold outside of the Environmental Protection Agency early Thursday morning passing out fliers that read, “Come work for California. Fight climate change.” […]

Barack Obama’s theory of politics is and always has been garbage

Barack Obama's theory of politics is and always has been garbage. Barack Obama is a masterful politician, one of the best in American history. So it’s rather strange that his most important idea about politics is complete nonsense — one which he refuses to ditch after it has repeatedly blown up in his face. I’m speaking of his belief that […]

Anti-Trump talk — even at my mother’s funeral – The Boston Globe

Anti-Trump talk — even at my mother’s funeral – The Boston Globe. by Joan Vennochi · March 15, 2017 When it comes to battling Donald Trump, no ground is sacred. I learned that at my mother’s funeral. Walking out of church, I stopped to hug a relative I seldom see and thank her for attending. As the casket was being […]

Trump Channels Old Hickory – The New York Times

Trump Channels Old Hickory – The New York Times. by Gail Collins · March 16, 2017 President Trump at the grave of President Andrew Jackson in Nashville on Wednesday. Stephen Crowley/The New York Times Donald Trump wants us to think he’s like Andrew Jackson. So there he was, at Jackson’s home in Tennessee on Wednesday, celebrating Old Hickory’s 250th birthday. […]

Hawaii judge halts Trump’s second attempt at travel ban – POLITICO

Hawaii judge halts Trump's second attempt at travel ban – POLITICO. by Josh Gerstein · March 15, 2017 President Donald Trump effectively abandoned an earlier, broader version of his travel ban order after the bulk of it was blocked by another federal judge. | Getty The ruling is a major setback for the president’s revised executive order cracking down on […]

Rachel Maddow’s Trump taxes scoop was a cynical, self-defeating spectacle.

Rachel Maddow's Trump taxes scoop was a cynical, self-defeating spectacle.. by Willa Paskin · March 15, 2017 Rachel Maddow had the goods, but she oversold them. MSNBC At 7:36 pm Tuesday night, Rachel Maddow tweeted “BREAKING: We’ve got Trump tax returns. Tonight, 9pm ET. MSNBC. (Seriously),” sending the internet into a frenzy of theorizing. Did Maddow have Donald Trump’s tax […]

Senate Democrats are threatening a government shutdown over Trump’s border wall – Vox

Senate Democrats are threatening a government shutdown over Trump’s border wall – Vox. by Tara Golshan · March 15, 2017 Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer has warned Republicans that Democrats are going to put up a fight. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Republicans have been warned: Any attempt to fund the southern border wall could lead to a government shutdown […]

Trump Has Yet To Reach Out To Any Top Democrats On Obamacare Reform | The Huffington Post

Trump Has Yet To Reach Out To Any Top Democrats On Obamacare Reform | The Huffington Post. When former President Barack Obama sought to pass the Affordable Care Act in 2009, he spent months painstakingly trying to convince moderate Republican senators to support a bill. Now that President Donald Trump is trying his own overhaul of the American health care […]

Trump Claims ‘Assault’ On US Auto Industry, Saved Under Obama, Is Over

Trump Claims 'Assault' On US Auto Industry, Saved Under Obama, Is Over. President Donald Trump on Wednesday claimed that he ended “the assault on the American auto industry,” though the actions of President Barack Obama’s administration are widely understood to have saved the industry. “The assault on the American auto industry, believe me, is over. It’s over. Not going to […]

Donald Trump’s failing presidency

Donald Trump's failing presidency. What would a failed Trump administration look like? It certainly doesn’t need to involve President Trump’s impeachment and removal from office. Rather, imagine this: As the 2018 midterm elections approach, Trump’s only accomplishment is starting construction on the southern border mega-wall. No ObamaCare replacement. No big tax cut. No big infrastructure plan. And millions of American […]

Donald, Have I Got a Deal for You – The New York Times

Donald, Have I Got a Deal for You – The New York Times. by Thomas L. Friedman · March 15, 2017 North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, speaking in Pyongyang in 2016 below portraits of two predecessors, Kim Il-sung, left, and Kim Jong-il. Wong Maye-E/Associated Press Every president has an early foreign policy test, and Donald Trump is no exception. Trump’s […]

Op-Ed: Donald Trump just got a nice victory, thanks, of all people, to Rachel Maddow

Op-Ed: Donald Trump just got a nice victory, thanks, of all people, to Rachel Maddow. by Jay Yarow · March 14, 2017 On her Tuesday show, Rachel Maddow teased a scoop: She had Donald Trump’s 2005 tax returns. It was the first time his federal returns would be released. Small digression: MSNBC’s Maddow didn’t have them. Investigative reporter David Cay […]

Inside the Democrats’ Plan to Fight Trump – Rolling Stone

Inside the Democrats' Plan to Fight Trump – Rolling Stone. by Andy Kroll Congressman Gerry Connolly, a five-term Democrat who represents northern Virginia, marched into his office on Capitol Hill and assembled his staff for an impromptu meeting. “I’m going to the airport,” he told them, “and I may be arrested.” Two days before, Friday, January 27th, President Donald Trump […]

The Original Lie About Obamacare – The New York Times

The Original Lie About Obamacare – The New York Times. by David Leonhardt · March 14, 2017 President Obama signing the health insurance reform bill at the White House in 2010. Doug Mills/The New York Times You hear it from Republicans, pundits and even some Democrats. It’s often said in a tone of regret: I wish Obama had done health […]

Democrats paralyzed as Gorsuch skates – POLITICO

Democrats paralyzed as Gorsuch skates – POLITICO. Democrats can’t seem to land a punch on Neil Gorsuch — and it’s not even clear they want to. President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee has breezed through more than 70 meetings with senators. Opponents who’ve scoured his record have found little to latch onto. And some Democrats are privately beginning to believe […]

CBO: Trumpcare would block contraception access, resulting in thousands of unplanned births.

CBO: Trumpcare would block contraception access, resulting in thousands of unplanned births.. by Christina Cauterucci · March 14, 2017 Anti–Planned Parenthood activists protest outside the office of former Rep. John Boehner in 2011. Alex Wong/Getty Images The Congressional Budget Office released its highly anticipated analysis of the GOP’s proposed health-care plan on Monday, and Republicans are scrambling to avoid talking […]

They came for the American dream. Now they’re fleeing to Canada. – Vox

They came for the American dream. Now they’re fleeing to Canada. – Vox. by Tara Golshan · February 20, 2017 Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images Waist-deep in snow, in remote locations close to the border, migrants have been braving sub-zero temperatures and the danger of being stopped by border patrol agents to find the American dream — in Canada. Compared […]

Donald Trump’s 2005 tax returns leaked – Salon.com

Donald Trump’s 2005 tax returns leaked – Salon.com. by Jessica Lipsky · March 15, 2017 Trump earned more than $150 million that year, paid $38 million in taxes and took a $103 million write down (Credit: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) Two pages from President Donald Trump’s 2005 1040 federal tax returns were obtained by DCReport.org founder David Clay Johnson. The […]

The Chilling Rise of Copycat Mass Shooters | Mother Jones

The Chilling Rise of Copycat Mass Shooters | Mother Jones. by Mark Follman · July 26, 2016 From Baton Rouge to Munich, a dark phenomenon rears its head. Police officers deployed in Munich on July 22 Michael Dalder/Reuters via ZUMA Press As a string of gun rampages continues in America and beyond, more evidence is emerging that copycat mass shooters […]

SNL has never been more popular — and less fun

SNL has never been more popular — and less fun. Since the election, Alec Baldwin has regularly been on the media circuit, talking about Donald Trump. But recently, his tone seemed to change. Compare his Jimmy Kimmel interview from earlier this month to his subsequent James Corden one: In the former, he’s joking around, faux-humbly accepting praise; in the other, […]

Charles Murray, Milo Yiannopoulos Protests: Schools Respond | Time.com

Charles Murray, Milo Yiannopoulos Protests: Schools Respond | Time.com. by Katie Reilly Recent student demonstrations that escalated into violence have fueled a national debate over free speech on college campuses, forcing universities to rethink how to effectively prepare for controversial speakers — and the accompanying protests. Conservative writer Charles Murray, who has faced criticism for a 1994 book that linked […]

The Incredible Cruelty of Trumpcare | New Republic

The Incredible Cruelty of Trumpcare | New Republic. by Brian Beutler · March 14, 2017 The American Health Care Act is a misnamed, regressive tax-cut bill meant to fool you into thinking its primary purpose is improving the health care system. But the incredible cruelty of the Republican bill didn’t become clear until Monday, when the Congressional Budget Office—led by […]

Articles: The Fight for $15 and the Rise of the Machines

Articles: The Fight for $15 and the Rise of the Machines. by Daniel John Sobieski · March 13, 2017 Once upon a time in America, there was a “full service” lane where a young man on his first job might come out and wipe your windows and maybe check your oil and tire pressure. But as technology and labor costs […]

Democrats Warn of Showdown Over Trump’s Border Wall

Democrats Warn of Showdown Over Trump’s Border Wall. by Niels Lesniewski · March 13, 2017 Politics Senate Democratic leaders say there’s no plan for construction or getting Mexico to pay for it Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer is warning of a funding standoff over building President Donald Trump’s wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo) […]

Republican plan to repeal Obamacare would leave millions uninsured: report | Reuters

Republican plan to repeal Obamacare would leave millions uninsured: report | Reuters. by David Lawder · March 13, 2017 WASHINGTON Millions of Americans would lose medical insurance under a Republican plan to dismantle Obamacare, the nonpartisan U.S. Congressional Budget Office said on Monday in a report that dealt a potential setback to President Donald Trump’s first major legislative initiative. The […]

The Canonization of Preet Bharara – POLITICO Magazine

The Canonization of Preet Bharara – POLITICO Magazine. by Jack Shafer · March 13, 2017 Getty Let’s not turn the publicity-hogging New York prosecutor into a martyr just because President Trump fired him. Almost everybody errs at some point during their career by thinking that their job belongs to them and not to their boss. U.S. Attorney for the Southern […]

She May Be ‘Complicit,’ But Ivanka Trump’s Brand Stays Strong – The Daily Beast

She May Be ‘Complicit,’ But Ivanka Trump’s Brand Stays Strong – The Daily Beast. by Lizzie Crocker · March 14, 2017 It was only a matter of time before Ivanka Trump was lampooned on Saturday Night Live for being the glossy face of her father’s prejudice, for being—as per the Scarlett Johansson-led sketch had it—“complicit” in his much-criticized presidential actions. […]

Winter storm Stella isn’t necessarily an indication of climate change.

Winter storm Stella isn’t necessarily an indication of climate change.. by Molly Olmstead · March 13, 2017 A New York City Department of Sanitation garbage truck is fitted with a snow plow in the West Side depot on Monday. Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images Many on the East Coast are hunkering down for Winter Storm Stella. The National Weather Service has […]

Paul Ryan seems to have read a more optimistic CBO report than the rest of us – Vox

Paul Ryan seems to have read a more optimistic CBO report than the rest of us – Vox. The highly anticipated Congressional Budge Office analysis of the American Health Care Act, the Republican plan to replace Obamacare, has some devastating numbers — but you would never know it from House Speaker Paul Ryan’s remarks on the score. A key architect […]

How a Crazy Idea About Islam Went From the Fringe to the White House | Mother Jones

How a Crazy Idea About Islam Went From the Fringe to the White House | Mother Jones. by Bryan Schatz · March 11, 2017 “Ladies and gentlemen, we have to recognize that Islam is not a religion.” Sebastian Gorka Michael Brochstein/Zuma Earlier this month, National Public Radio’s Steve Inskeep asked Sebastian Gorka, the deputy assistant to Donald Trump, whether the […]

There Is No Deep State – The New Yorker

There Is No Deep State – The New Yorker. by David Remnick CreditIllustration by Tom Bachtell One evening in 1970, a young Navy lieutenant found himself outside the White House Situation Room with a parcel of sensitive Pentagon documents, waiting for someone to sign for them. He sat down beside a man in late middle age, who wore a dark […]

Attempts to honor Obama legacy generate fury – POLITICO

Attempts to honor Obama legacy generate fury – POLITICO. by Burgess Everett · March 12, 2017 The business of honoring former President Barack Obama’s legacy is turning out to be another reminder of the nation’s bitter divide. | Getty In the blue state of Illinois, where President Barack Obama launched his historic career, served as a senator and is widely […]

Trump Making ‘Nativist’ Group’s Wish List a Reality – The Daily Beast

Trump Making ‘Nativist’ Group’s Wish List a Reality – The Daily Beast. by Betsy Woodruff · March 13, 2017 On April 11, 2016, a tiny think tank with a bland name published a 79-point wish list. The list garnered virtually no media coverage, and in the 11 months since its publication has been largely ignored—except, apparently, by the White House. […]

Tom Price is lying about the GOP health plan – Vox

Tom Price is lying about the GOP health plan – Vox. · by Sarah Kliff · March 12, 2017 Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price made a bold promise during a Sunday morning interview with Meet the Press. “Nobody will be worse off financially” under the Republicans’ new health care plan, he boasted. Let’s be clear: This is a […]

Trump To Push Conservative View Of Government In First Budget

Trump To Push Conservative View Of Government In First Budget. WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump sends Congress a proposed budget this week that will sharply test Republicans’ ability to keep long-standing promises to bolster the military, making politically painful cuts to a lengthy list of popular domestic programs. The Republican president will ask his adopted political party, which runs […]

Democrats’ craven refusal to cut a deal with President Trump

Democrats' craven refusal to cut a deal with President Trump. If there is a Republican in Washington that Democrats would like to negotiate with on health care, it would probably be Susan Collins. The senator from Maine is comfortably moderate, hails from a heavily Democratic state, and, as it happens, supports an ObamaCare alternative that would let liberal areas of […]

An uphill climb in the Rust Belt for Democrats – The Boston Globe

An uphill climb in the Rust Belt for Democrats – The Boston Globe. by Victoria McGrane · March 12, 2017 WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — To understand the challenge facing Elizabeth Warren and other Democrats as they chart a path out of their Trump nightmare, you can’t do much better than to spend a few minutes with the amiable fellow in a […]

The G.O.P.’s High-Risk Strategy for Health Law Repeal – The New York Times

The G.O.P.’s High-Risk Strategy for Health Law Repeal – The New York Times. by ROBERT PEAR · March 11, 2017 Republican House committee leaders met with President Trump about health care on Friday at the White House. Al Drago/The New York Times WASHINGTON — President Trump and House Republicans are pressing forward with a high-risk strategy to repeal and replace […]

Governors races test Democrats’ rift – POLITICO

Governors races test Democrats' rift – POLITICO. by Darren Samuelsohn · March 11, 2017 Bernie Sanders-aligned progressives are nationalizing their fight, showing less patience than ever for Democrats who don’t agree with them. | AP Photo With 27 GOP-controlled governorships up for election in 2018, national Democrats envision the midterm elections as a chance to rebalance the scales at the […]

President Trump asked 46 US Attorneys to resign. That’s normal. – Vox

President Trump asked 46 US Attorneys to resign. That’s normal. – Vox. by Andrew Prokop · March 10, 2017 SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty President Trump’s Justice Department asked for the immediate resignations of 46 US Attorneys who were held over from the Obama administration on Friday, according to multiple reports. The move came as a surprise, and there are certain odd aspects […]

Anger At Donald Trump Could Break The Democrats’ Midterm Curse | The Huffington Post

Anger At Donald Trump Could Break The Democrats' Midterm Curse | The Huffington Post. by Ryan Grim · March 11, 2017 WASHINGTON ― Running for Congress under even the best circumstances is a grind: Up early for breakfast meetings, on the trail all day and finish with an evening event. The time between your head hitting the pillow and your […]

Legal Experts: Lawsuit Over Trump’s DC Hotel Conflicts Is Uphill Climb

Legal Experts: Lawsuit Over Trump's DC Hotel Conflicts Is Uphill Climb. A lawsuit filed Wednesday by a Washington D.C. restaurant and bar alleging that the Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue has an unfair advantage given its ties to the sitting president is likely to face an uphill battle in courts, legal experts told TPM. It is the second case […]

There Really Was A Liberal Media Bubble

There Really Was A Liberal Media Bubble. This is the ninth article in a series that reviews news coverage of the 2016 general election, explores how Donald Trump won and why his chances were underrated by most of the American media. Last summer, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union in what bettors, financial markets and the London-based […]

Can a Feminist Be Pro-Life? | The Nation

Can a Feminist Be Pro-Life? | The Nation. by Katha Pollitt · March 10, 2017 Pro-life activists in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC. (AP Photo / Olivier Douliery) Is there such a thing as pro-life feminism? In January, New Wave Feminists, an anti-choice organization, was briefly listed as a sponsor on the website of the Women’s […]

Is ObamaCare unkillable?

Is ObamaCare unkillable?. With each passing day, Republican infighting over replacing ObamaCare steadily worsens. Moderates in the party fear it will screw their constituents. Hardcore conservatives deride the replacement as “ObamaCare lite.” And any changes made to placate one side will just further alienate the other. Watching it all play out, a remarkable possibility is emerging: ObamaCare just might survive. […]

Donald Trump just got his first economic report card, and it looks pretty good – Vox

Donald Trump just got his first economic report card, and it looks pretty good – Vox. The US economy posted strong gains in February — which President Donald Trump will almost certainly gloat over, and Federal Reserve officials will almost certainly take as further support for an interest rate hike this month. US companies added about 235,000 workers, higher than […]

How The Racist Backlash To Barack Obama Gave Us Donald Trump | The Huffington Post

How The Racist Backlash To Barack Obama Gave Us Donald Trump | The Huffington Post. WASHINGTON ― Remember when pundits hailed the election of Barack Obama as the beginning of a “post-racial” America? After the election of Donald Trump to the presidency, it seems like a distant memory. But in 2008, it was the prevailing wisdom among political commentators. Cornell […]

What if you could take your health insurance with you? – Salon.com

What if you could take your health insurance with you? – Salon.com. Republican leaders such as House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady of Texas have promoted the idea that consumers should have a “health care backpack,” which would make it possible to take insurance from job to job or when moving, starting a […]

The Gluten-Free Craze Is a Symptom of a Bigger Problem With Medicine | Mother Jones

The Gluten-Free Craze Is a Symptom of a Bigger Problem With Medicine | Mother Jones. by Kiera Butler · March 10, 2017 Doctors can help stop the spread of fake food news. Lo_verm/iStock When journalist and physician James Hamblin investigated the world of gluten-free products, he found a $23 billion industry of “detox courses,” custom blood tests, and specially formulated […]

Scott Pruitt is a clear and present danger to American national security

Scott Pruitt is a clear and present danger to American national security. The most important aspect of climate change is this: It is a threat to human society. That’s still not how most people think about it, because of the way it has been coded as a boutique environmental issue, akin to wetlands preservation or protecting endangered species. But unchecked […]

Democrats Tie Senate Candidates to House GOP Health Care Plan

Democrats Tie Senate Candidates to House GOP Health Care Plan. by Simone Pathé · March 9, 2017 Nevada Sen. Dean Heller is a top target for Democrats in 2018. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo) Simone Pathé @Simone Pathé Posted Mar 9, 2017 1:39 PM Save for later Democrats plan to hold Senate Republicans — and House Republicans who may […]

Growing signs of trouble for Trump’s border wall – POLITICO

Growing signs of trouble for Trump’s border wall – POLITICO. by Madeline Conway · March 9, 2017 As he begins to engage in real policymaking with a fractious GOP caucus, President Donald Trump appears driven by a belief that his bully pulpit will be enough to keep recalcitrant Republicans in line behind him. | Getty President Donald Trump’s plan for […]

Bathroom predator myth defeats transgender rights in New Hampshire.

Bathroom predator myth defeats transgender rights in New Hampshire.. by Mark Joseph Stern · March 9, 2017 Demonstrators protest in support of transgender rights. Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images On Thursday, the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted to table a bill that would’ve prohibited discrimination against transgender people across the state. The measure had passed out of committee by […]

We stayed up all night with the Republicans rushing to replace Obamacare – Vox

We stayed up all night with the Republicans rushing to replace Obamacare – Vox. by Tara Golshan · March 9, 2017 Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images At around 9 pm Wednesday, Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) greeted a group of about 25 students from Saudi Arabia, who found themselves on a late-night school tour of the US Capitol. They wondered what […]

Democrats Who Support Neil Gorsuch Will Pay A Price, Progressive Groups Warn | The Huffington Post

Democrats Who Support Neil Gorsuch Will Pay A Price, Progressive Groups Warn | The Huffington Post. The grassroots resistance to President Donald Trump has targeted many things: His apparent disregard for ethics and the rule of law. His Cabinet appointments. His campaign’s reported contacts with Russia. His pledge to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. His executive orders targeting […]

Requiem for the Hamilton Electors: By voting against Hillary Clinton, they face fines and a massive “what if?” – Salon.com

Requiem for the Hamilton Electors: By voting against Hillary Clinton, they face fines and a massive “what if?” – Salon.com. by Matthew Rozsa · March 9, 2017 The Hamilton Electors — a bipartisan coalition of Electoral College members who, in December attempted to thwart Donald Trump’s election by depriving him of some of the 270 electoral votes he needed to […]

Why health-care reform is a dead end for Republicans — or anyone

Why health-care reform is a dead end for Republicans — or anyone. Even before Republicans in the House showed their ObamaCare replacement plan to the world, I knew it would be an utter failure as policy and a nuclear winter politically. I knew this because Republicans have never talked about the two things that make American health care such a […]

An Obamacare repeal that’s both heartless and reckless – The Washington Post

An Obamacare repeal that’s both heartless and reckless – The Washington Post. by Editorial Board · March 7, 2017 THE AMERICAN Health Care Act, which House Republicans unveiled Monday night with White House support, is repeal and replace, kind of. It has some suspicious similarities to Obamacare. But it marks a sharp departure in at least one crucial respect: fiscal […]

It’s Time for a Bluexit | New Republic

It’s Time for a Bluexit | New Republic. by KEVIN BAKER · March 9, 2017 Dear Red-State Trump Voter, Let’s face it, guys: We’re done. For more than 80 years now, we—the residents of what some people like to call Blue America, but which I prefer to think of as the United States of We Pay Our Own Damn Way—have […]

Articles: Wikileaks CIA Dump Has Some Peculiar Timing

Articles: Wikileaks CIA Dump Has Some Peculiar Timing. by Monica Showalter · March 8, 2017 Wikileaks has published a huge intelligence trove showing the entire hacking capacity of the Central Intelligence Agency Tuesday. It’s a bad loss of face for the top U.S. intelligence-gathering organization and a sign of something wrong over there – bad security, technology surpassed, spy penetration, […]

Feminists Can’t Decide If Attacks On Kellyanne’s Appearance Are Sexist

Feminists Can't Decide If Attacks On Kellyanne's Appearance Are Sexist. by Mary Katharine Ham · March 8, 2017 To its credit, the New York Times printed an article this week about sexist attacks on President Trump’s adviser and former campaign manager Kellyanne Conway: “Sexist political criticism finds a new target: Kellyanne Conway.” What powerful political woman is mocked for her […]

Hillary Clinton’s message to women: Never lose your resistance – POLITICO

Hillary Clinton's message to women: Never lose your resistance – POLITICO. by Cristiano Lima · March 9, 2017 Hillary Clinton speaks during the Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards at the The John F. Kennedy Center on March 8 in Washington D.C. | Getty Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged a crowd of female leaders Wednesday to keep up the […]

Camelot schools takes its discipline too far, say current and former students who allege abuse.

Camelot schools takes its discipline too far, say current and former students who allege abuse.. by Sarah Carr, Francesca Berardi, Zoë Kirsch, and Stephen Smiley · March 8, 2017 Brian Stauffer This article was reported by the Teacher Project at Columbia University School of Journalism with support from ProPublica. Teenagers at Paramount Academy sometimes came home with mysterious injuries. An […]

The US is ranked 104th in women’s representation in government – Vox

The US is ranked 104th in women's representation in government – Vox. by Soo Oh · March 8, 2017 On International Women’s Day, other nations have more to celebrate when it comes to women in government. In the past two decades, the US has sunk from 52nd in the world for women’s representation to 104th today, according to data compiled […]

Democrats’ Health Care Strategy: Annoy the Hell Out of Republicans | Mother Jones

Democrats' Health Care Strategy: Annoy the Hell Out of Republicans | Mother Jones. by Patrick Caldwell · March 8, 2017 Hearings on the GOP bill kicked off with a slew of procedural objections and inquiries. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), right, and Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas), at a news conference on the American Health Care Act, the House Republican’s plan to […]

Jewish Community Center Association Urges Sessions To Act Against Threats

Jewish Community Center Association Urges Sessions To Act Against Threats. The Jewish Community Center Association on Wednesday urged Attorney General Jeff Sessions to take further action against bomb threats to Jewish community centers across the United States. 141 Jewish Community Center Movement leaders signed a letter urging the Justice Department to “to speak out – and speak out forcefully – […]

America is turning Puerto Rico into Greece

America is turning Puerto Rico into Greece. Greece is an economic disaster zone. Austerity imposed at economic knifepoint by eurozone authorities — the European Central Bank, the European Commission, and the IMF — cut spending and raised taxes, which naturally deepened the country’s recession and increased its debt burden by throwing more people out of work and undermining its economic […]

The GOP embraces its Scrooge image – The Boston Globe

The GOP embraces its Scrooge image – The Boston Globe. by Michael A. Cohen · March 7, 2017 Since the 1930s, the Republican Party has been largely seen as a party focused on the interests of big business and the wealthy at the expense of working-class Americans. While Republicans have occasionally been able to neutralize that image by playing on […]

A Violent Attack on Free Speech at Middlebury – The Atlantic

A Violent Attack on Free Speech at Middlebury – The Atlantic. by Peter Beinart · March 6, 2017 My fellow liberals, please watch the following video. It suggests that something has gone badly wrong on the campus left. The events leading up to the video are as follows. One of the student groups at Middlebury College is called The American […]

The White House’s beliefs about Muslim assimilation are completely bogus.

The White House’s beliefs about Muslim assimilation are completely bogus.. by Aymann Ismail · March 7, 2017 A boy wearing an Egyptian flag waves an American flag at a New York City rally against Donald Trump’€™s immigration ban on Jan. 28. Lisa Larson-Walker After Donald Trump signed his first executive order to ban refugees and immigrants from a number of […]

Is Liberal Internationalism Dead? by Tony Smith – Project Syndicate

Is Liberal Internationalism Dead? by Tony Smith – Project Syndicate. by Tony Smith · March 6, 2017 MEDFORD – One hundred years ago this month, US President Woodrow Wilson was agonizing over whether to enter World War I. Just a few months earlier, Wilson had won re-election partly by campaigning on a policy of neutrality, which he was now preparing […]

The “Day Without a Woman” strike, explained – Vox

The "Day Without a Woman" strike, explained – Vox. March 8 is International Women’s Day, which is usually celebrated in the US with a feel-good awareness campaign about the importance of women’s rights. But this year, grassroots activists around the world are planning something more radical — a women’s general strike, both to oppose President Donald Trump and to make […]

As Conservatives Fume Over GOP Health Care Plan, Pence Says ‘This Is The Bill’

As Conservatives Fume Over GOP Health Care Plan, Pence Says 'This Is The Bill'. Flanked by the GOP Senate leadership team, Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday delivered an implicit message to those conservatives who are resisting House Republicans’ newly-unveiled Obamacare repeal bill. “The President and I believe that the American Health Care Act is the framework for reform,” Pence […]

The illiberal injustice against Charles Murray

The illiberal injustice against Charles Murray. Charles Murray deserved better. The violent protests that greeted the conservative political scientist when he tried to speak at Middlebury College last week could be easily dismissed as the latest episode in the by-now tiresome campus speech wars. They shouldn’t be. Murray isn’t just another right-wing gadfly who enjoys provoking left-wing outrage. In a […]

Students Say Howard U. a ‘Trump Plantation’

Students Say Howard U. a 'Trump Plantation'. by Tom Knighton · March 7, 2017 Howard University President Wayne A.L. Fredrick recently met with Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. That’s pretty much it. As a result of that meeting, Fredrick has been under fire at the college, with some calling the school a “Trump plantation” and others targeting Fredrick with racial […]

Why We Strike | New Republic

Why We Strike | New Republic. by Bryce Covert · March 7, 2017 On March 8, International Women’s Day, America is going to have a day without women. A loose coalition of groups has called on women to go on strike from their paid jobs and the unpaid work of being a woman, and to boycott the entire system by […]

The coming Democratic majority might be coming a lot slower than you think.

The coming Democratic majority might be coming a lot slower than you think.. by Yascha Mounk · March 6, 2017 Young supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders react as he takes the stage during a rally in San Jose, California, on May 18. Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images Last summer, an anonymous writer by the pseudonym of Publius Decius Mus wrote […]

‘Sanctuary cities’ have the law on their side – The Boston Globe

‘Sanctuary cities’ have the law on their side – The Boston Globe. by Renée Loth · March 6, 2017 IN 1793, Congress adopted the Fugitive Slave Act, which allowed slaveholders to track down and capture escaped slaves and punished anyone who abetted their escape. Federal marshals and private bounty hunters stormed into free states, arresting runaway slaves, and even children […]

Inside the Khizr Khan ‘Travel Privilege’ Mystery – The Daily Beast

Inside the Khizr Khan ‘Travel Privilege’ Mystery – The Daily Beast. by Katie Zavadski · March 6, 2017 The Gold Star dad who forcefully criticized President Donald Trump’s rhetoric on Muslims announced Monday that he was cancelling a trip to Toronto because his “travel privileges” are under review. Khizr Khan, a Muslim-American whose son, U.S. Army Cpt. Humayun Khan, was […]

White U.S. men should be banned by Trump administration logic.

White U.S. men should be banned by Trump administration logic.. The following is a brief description, intended for insertion into Section 1(e) of the Presidential Executive Order on Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States, of some of the conditions in the United States that demonstrate why its white, male residents present an urgent security risk […]

At least 2 school districts are canceling classes because of the women’s strike – Vox

At least 2 school districts are canceling classes because of the women’s strike – Vox. At least two US public school districts have announced that they are canceling classes on International Women’s Day — because too many of their teachers will be taking the day off in protest to support women’s rights. The “Day Without a Woman” protest and general […]

A good bet: Donald Trump may not last the year, betting website says – Salon.com

A good bet: Donald Trump may not last the year, betting website says – Salon.com. by Jeremy Binckes · March 6, 2017 Just before President Donald Trump took office, there was speculation over whether he would finish his first term in office. But that was before this chaotic weekend (and the weekend before that, and the weekend before that, and […]

Trumpocracy: Tracking the Creeping Authoritarianism of the 45th President | Mother Jones

Trumpocracy: Tracking the Creeping Authoritarianism of the 45th President | Mother Jones. by Mother Jones · March 6, 2017 Week 7: Trump pushes an explosive conspiracy theory without any evidence. Timothy L. Hale/ZUMA Is Donald Trump a threat to democracy? From his executive orders targeting immigrants to his personal attacks on federal judges and his demonization of the media as […]

Dem Sen.: On Russia, Shutting Down The Government Is ‘The Only Card We’ve Got’

Dem Sen.: On Russia, Shutting Down The Government Is ‘The Only Card We’ve Got’. Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) said Monday that shutting down the government was Democrats’ “ultimate card” to compel Republicans to work with them in investigating possible ties between Russia and the Trump campaign. In a radio interview, Coons was asked specifically about Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats’ request […]

How Trump exploited Obama’s dragnet

How Trump exploited Obama's dragnet. President Trump made one of his characteristically hysterical accusations over the weekend, tweeting that he “just learned” that former President Barack Obama had personally ordered his phones at Trump Tower to be tapped just before the election. This is, so far as can be discerned, 100 percent nonsense. Stephen F. Hayes at the conservative Weekly […]

When One President Smears Another – The New York Times

When One President Smears Another – The New York Times. by THE EDITORIAL BOARD · March 5, 2017 President Obama and President-elect Trump in the Oval Office in November. Stephen Crowley/The New York Times Let’s begin with what the public can know for certain. President Trump had no evidence on Saturday morning when he smeared his predecessor, President Barack Obama, […]

Trump’s Many Shades of Contempt – The New York Times

Trump’s Many Shades of Contempt – The New York Times. by Roger Cohen · March 3, 2017 President Trump speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Feb. 24. Doug Mills/The New York Times This is a column about contempt. Let’s start with the utter contempt that President Trump has shown for the State Department since taking office six weeks […]

In Trump’s Terrifying New Normal, Obama Is Nixon and Up Is Down – The Daily Beast

In Trump’s Terrifying New Normal, Obama Is Nixon and Up Is Down – The Daily Beast. by Margaret Carlson · March 5, 2017 First, let’s relegate President Donald Trump’s first address to the joint houses of Congress to the dustbin of what might have been. To those still wondering if the president’s highly praised speech marked a turning point in […]

Comey Asks Justice Dept. to Reject Trump’s Wiretapping Claim – The New York Times

Comey Asks Justice Dept. to Reject Trump’s Wiretapping Claim – The New York Times. by MICHAEL D. SHEAR · March 5, 2017 WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Trump, a day after leveling a widely disputed allegation that President Barack Obama had ordered the tapping of his phones, demanded a congressional inquiry into whether Mr. Obama abused the power of […]

Barack Obama’s Politically Active Post-Presidency Isn’t Normal, or Good – The Daily Beast

Barack Obama’s Politically Active Post-Presidency Isn’t Normal, or Good – The Daily Beast. · by Matt Lewis · March 6, 2017 In a break from modern tradition, former President Barack Obama appears to be wading back into political waters. “It’s coming. [President Obama is] coming,” former Attorney General Eric Holder told a gaggle of reporters last month. “And he’s ready […]

FBI director James Comey called on Justice Department to refute Trump’s wiretapping claims.

FBI director James Comey called on Justice Department to refute Trump’s wiretapping claims.. by Daniel Politi · March 5, 2017 President Donald Trump shakes hands with James Comey, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in the Blue Room of the White House on Jan. 22 in Washington. Andrew Harrer—Pool/Getty Images FBI Director James Comey has reportedly asked the Justice […]

Trump Aims To Destroy Obama Politically And Personally | The Huffington Post

Trump Aims To Destroy Obama Politically And Personally | The Huffington Post. At a candidate’s forum in early 2015, then presidential candidate Trump without a blink said, “I don’t know if he loves America.” The “he” Trump referred to was, of course, former President Obama. The slap at Obama was simply the latest in Trump’s by then three-year campaign to […]

Thanks, Obama! Trump follows up bizarre wiretap allegations by demanding investigation — but of what? – Salon.com

Thanks, Obama! Trump follows up bizarre wiretap allegations by demanding investigation — but of what? – Salon.com. President Donald Trump came under heavy fire from the entire media and political establishment over the weekend, after making unsupported allegations in a series of Saturday morning tweets that former President Barack Obama had ordered a wiretapping operation at Trump Tower prior to […]

White House Calls For Congress To Investigate Trump’s Wiretap Claims

White House Calls For Congress To Investigate Trump's Wiretap Claims. White House press secretary Sean Spicer called Sunday for Congress to investigate President Donald Trump’s claims that President Barack Obama’s administration “abused” its executive power before the 2016 election. “President Donald J. Trump is requesting that as part of their investigation into Russian activity, the congressional intelligence committees exercise their […]

Why the Alt-Left Is a Problem, Too | Vanity Fair

Why the Alt-Left Is a Problem, Too | Vanity Fair. by James Wolcott · March 3, 2017 Illustration by Vanity Fair. Internet clickbait promotes mental tooth decay, squirting synthetic controversy out of a can of Reddi-wip, but an article by Eileen Jones on January 9 went out of its way to swirl it on extra thick. Headlined AGAINST MERYL STREEP, […]

Millennials’ Influence Is Growing—Can They Save the Democratic Party? – The Atlantic

Millennials' Influence Is Growing—Can They Save the Democratic Party? – The Atlantic. by Ronald Brownstein · March 4, 2017 Facing a bleak electoral landscape after 2016, the brightest spot for Democrats may be President Trump’s continued weakness with members of the Millennial generation—who are poised to surpass the more Republican-leaning baby boomers in 2020 as the largest generation of eligible […]

I Remember When Appalachia Wasn’t Trump Country – The New York Times

I Remember When Appalachia Wasn’t Trump Country – The New York Times. by CHARLES PETERS · March 4, 2017 John F. Kennedy in West Virginia in 1960. Hank Walker/The LIFE Picture Collection, via Getty Images I am a liberal from West Virginia. That didn’t used to be unusual. I remember when the people of the state were liberal, and what […]

My Open Letter To A Jailed Muslim Brotherhood Leader – The Daily Beast

My Open Letter To A Jailed Muslim Brotherhood Leader – The Daily Beast. by Maajid Nawaz · March 5, 2017 The New York Times recently published a column by Gehad el-Haddad — the spokesman for the global Islamist group The Muslim Brotherhood — penned from the confines of his Egyptian jail cell, in Tora. What follows is my reply. Dear […]

Trump accuses Obama of wiretapping his phones, compares him to Nixon.

Trump accuses Obama of wiretapping his phones, compares him to Nixon.. by Daniel Politi · March 4, 2017 President Donald J. Trump delivers his first address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress on Feb. 28, 2017 in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Jim Lo Scalzo – Pool/Getty Images President Donald Trump got up […]

Pro-Trump Rally In Berkeley, California, Turns Violent | The Huffington Post

Pro-Trump Rally In Berkeley, California, Turns Violent | The Huffington Post. Supporters at a Saturday rally in favor of President Donald Trump clashed with counter-protesters in the famously left-leaning city of Berkeley, California, in what appeared to be the only episode of violence around several pro-Trump events across the country. At a park in Berkeley, across the bay from San […]

The resistance is all in your head: 6 ways to fight Trump brain rot – Salon.com

The resistance is all in your head: 6 ways to fight Trump brain rot – Salon.com. by Sophia A. McClennen · March 4, 2017 In an appendix to George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984,” he described “The Principles of Newspeak,” the official language of the authoritarian regime in his novel: “Newspeak was designed not to extend but to diminish the range […]

WH Spox: On Russia, Trump ‘Knows What His Involvement Was And That’s Zero’

WH Spox: On Russia, Trump 'Knows What His Involvement Was And That’s Zero'. A White House spokesperson said the the President had “zero” involvement when asked whether Trump knew about his staff’s reported interactions with Russian nationals. “The big point here is the President himself knows what his involvement was and that’s zero,” White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders told reporters […]

Time for a Special Counsel in the Russiagate Scandal – POLITICO Magazine

Time for a Special Counsel in the Russiagate Scandal – POLITICO Magazine. by Norman Eisen · March 3, 2017 Getty Jeff Sessions didn’t go far enough. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Thursday that he is recusing himself from “any existing or future investigations of any matters related in any way to the campaigns for president of the United States.” […]

Tony Blair: Against Populism, the Center Must Hold – The New York Times

Tony Blair: Against Populism, the Center Must Hold – The New York Times. by TONY BLAIR · March 3, 2017 Sébastien Thibault LONDON — Outrage is easy; strategy is hard. Outrage provides necessary motivation. But only strategy can deliver victory. The emotional response to the rightist populism sweeping the West is one of protest and dismay. But if there is […]

Sessions to respond in writing to questions over Russia contacts: DOJ | Reuters

Sessions to respond in writing to questions over Russia contacts: DOJ | Reuters. by Susan Heavey · March 4, 2017 WASHINGTON U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will reply in writing to Senate Democrats’ questions about his meetings with Russia’s ambassador last year, the Justice Department said on Friday after a top Republican denied Democrats’ request for a public hearing. Nine […]

Liberal protesters’ next target: Thwarting Gorsuch – POLITICO

Liberal protesters' next target: Thwarting Gorsuch – POLITICO. · by Rachael Bade · March 3, 2017 Anti-Trump strategists say the Democratic base is prepared to step up the resistance to Neil Gorsuch. | Getty After rattling Republicans at a host of town halls protesting plans to kill Obamacare, liberal activists are zeroing in on their next target: Neil Gorsuch. The […]

Did Jeff Sessions commit perjury? Probably not.

Did Jeff Sessions commit perjury? Probably not.. by Leon Neyfakh · March 3, 2017 Attorney General Jeff Sessions holds a meeting at the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., Feb. 9. Susan Walsh/Getty Images The American Civil Liberties Union wants Attorney General Jeff Sessions investigated for perjury. Rep. Keith Ellison, the deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee, suggested Thursday […]

NYC Tells Teachers To Call Students By Their Preferred Pronouns | The Huffington Post

NYC Tells Teachers To Call Students By Their Preferred Pronouns | The Huffington Post. A week after the Trump administration withdrew guidelines telling schools across the nation to provide specific protections for transgender kids, New York City is making progress in promoting their rights. On Wednesday, the New York City Department of Education released guidance saying educators must take further […]

Trump Cites Photo Of Schumer, Putin Eating Donuts In Calling For Probe

Trump Cites Photo Of Schumer, Putin Eating Donuts In Calling For Probe. President Donald Trump on Friday tweeted an old photo of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N) with Russian President Vladimir Putin, writing there should be an investigation into Schumer “and his ties to Russia and Putin.” We should start an immediate investigation into @SenSchumer and his ties to […]

Russia doves should demand an investigation

Russia doves should demand an investigation. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is the second senior Trump official to have obscured the extent and nature of his contacts with Russia. In the wake of revelations that he failed to disclose meetings with the Russian ambassador, he recused himself Thursday from overseeing any investigation of Russian involvement in the 2016 election. His announcement […]

Jeff Sessions Had No Choice – The New York Times

Jeff Sessions Had No Choice – The New York Times. by THE EDITORIAL BOARD · March 2, 2017 Attorney General Jeff Sessions at a press conference Thursday. Doug Mills/The New York Times It’s no great credit to Attorney General Jeff Sessions that he finally recused himself from all Justice Department investigations relating to the 2016 presidential campaign — and specifically […]

Trump’s Many Shades of Contempt – The New York Times

Trump’s Many Shades of Contempt – The New York Times. · by Roger Cohen · March 3, 2017 President Trump speaking last week at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Doug Mills/The New York Times This is a column about contempt. Let’s start with the utter contempt that President Trump has shown for the State Department since taking office six weeks […]

Sergey Kislyak Visited Obama White House At Least 15 Times | The Daily Caller

Sergey Kislyak Visited Obama White House At Least 15 Times | The Daily Caller. The visitor logs, which Obama made public in 2009 in a push for transparency, show that the long-time Russian ambassador to the United States visited the White House at least 22 times between 2009 and 2016. Kislyak appeared in the logs as recently as September 2016 […]

Trump’s White House honing its damage control – POLITICO

Trump's White House honing its damage control – POLITICO. by Michael Crowley · March 2, 2017 On Thursday night, President Donald Trump tried to deflect attention by claiming the controversy was a “witch hunt” and that not enough attention was being paid to the leaks. | Getty As Donald Trump’s White House was engulfed Thursday morning by the latest twist […]

Democratic Congressman Makes Vile Sexual Joke About Kellyanne Conway | The Huffington Post

Democratic Congressman Makes Vile Sexual Joke About Kellyanne Conway | The Huffington Post. WASHINGTON― Proving that vile sexism plagues both political parties, Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.) made the worst kind of joke about Kellyanne Conway Wednesday night, quipping that the top adviser to President Donald Trump “really looked kind of familiar there in that position” when she was kneeling on […]

Donald Trump and Andrew Jackson: More in common than just populism – Salon.com

Donald Trump and Andrew Jackson: More in common than just populism – Salon.com. by Billy J. Stratton · March 2, 2017 This article was originally published on The Conversation. At President Donald Trump’s request, a portrait of former President Andrew Jackson now hangs in the Oval Office. Commentators have cast Trump’s populist appeal and inaugural address as “Jacksonian,” while others […]

Trump’s Shame

Trump's Shame. Donald Trump, 2/28/17: “We are blessed to be joined tonight by Carryn Owens, the widow of a U.S. Navy Special Operator, Senior Chief William “Ryan” Owens. Ryan died as he lived: a warrior, and a hero — battling against terrorism and securing our Nation. I just spoke to General Mattis, who reconfirmed that, and I quote, ‘Ryan was […]

Trump’s address to Congress shows he’s finally figuring out how to be the president

Trump's address to Congress shows he's finally figuring out how to be the president. Donald Trump gave his best-ever political speech before Congress last night. Let’s stipulate that this was a low threshold to clear, lowered even more by the impression given over the last several weeks that his presidency was failing upon launch. Trump is a natural bar booth […]

Obama Administration Rushed to Preserve Intelligence of Russian Election Hacking – The New York Times

Obama Administration Rushed to Preserve Intelligence of Russian Election Hacking – The New York Times. by MATTHEW ROSENBERG · March 1, 2017 President Obama in December. Some in his administration feared that intelligence about Russian interference in the 2016 election could be covered up or destroyed. Al Drago/The New York Times WASHINGTON — In the Obama administration’s last days, some […]

How long will the new Trump stick around? – POLITICO

How long will the new Trump stick around? – POLITICO. by Karey Van Hall · March 1, 2017 The president trotted out an uncharacteristically polished persona during his congressional speech. President Donald Trump got rave reviews for his disciplined, restrained first address before Congress, but a pressing question looms — can this Trump last? There are signs Trump and his […]

Why A Seattle-Area Mosque Barred Anti-Trans Activists – The Daily Beast

Why A Seattle-Area Mosque Barred Anti-Trans Activists – The Daily Beast. by Samantha Allen · March 2, 2017 In 2016, the Just Want Privacy campaign fell about 65 thousand signatures short of getting an initiative on the Washington state ballot calling for the effective repeal of protections for transgender people. But they’re back at it again this year—and this time […]

Trump’s speech to Congress was as amoral as the man himself.

Trump’s speech to Congress was as amoral as the man himself.. by William Saletan · March 1, 2017 President George W. Bush in 2007 and President Donald J. Trump in 2017 addressing Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images and Jim LoScalzoAFP/Getty Images President Trump won praise for his speech to Congress on Tuesday night. “Trump Offers […]

The Obamas just inked a book deal for more than $65 million – Vox

The Obamas just inked a book deal for more than $65 million – Vox. Former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama announced Tuesday that they have each inked book deals with Penguin Random House — after a bidding war that topped $65 million. Barack Obama’s book will be a “straightforward memoir about his presidency,” according to the […]

WATCH: President Trump’s worst nightmare? Oprah plots 2020 presidential run – Salon.com

WATCH: President Trump’s worst nightmare? Oprah plots 2020 presidential run – Salon.com. by Taylor Link · March 1, 2017 Oprah Winfrey isn’t ruling out a presidential run in 2020. During a conversation with billionaire philanthropist and Bloomberg TV show host David Rubenstein, she suggested that President Donald Trump’s shocking electoral victory has forced her to rethink the possibility of a […]

Media Goes Wild Over Trump’s First Address to Congress | Mother Jones

Media Goes Wild Over Trump's First Address to Congress | Mother Jones. by Inae Oh · March 1, 2017 Despite the many falsehoods in the speech, pundits are praising his “presidential” pivot. During his first major address before Congress Tuesday evening, President Donald Trump managed to stick to his prepared remarks without veering off into one of his signature, often […]