Archive : left

Buttigieg’s top fundraisers include McKinsey partner, Wall Street execs – POLITICO

Buttigieg’s top fundraisers include McKinsey partner, Wall Street execs – POLITICO. Pete Buttigieg’s campaign released a list of his biggest financial supporters Friday night, after facing pressure earlier this week from Elizabeth Warren and Democratic activists. Buttigieg, who has shot from little-known, small-town mayor to become one of the most prolific fundraisers in the Democratic presidential primary, named a list […]

Amid impeachment, Trump and Giuliani still coordinate on Ukrainian anti-Biden dirt – Vox

Amid impeachment, Trump and Giuliani still coordinate on Ukrainian anti-Biden dirt – Vox. President Donald Trump’s entire impeachment mess began over his efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden’s family and Democrats with the help of his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani. But even as an impeachment vote in the House Judiciary Committee loomed, both men continued […]

With This Impeachment, Trump Is Getting Off Easy – Mother Jones

With This Impeachment, Trump Is Getting Off Easy – Mother Jones. Donald Trump got off easy. On Friday morning, the House Judiciary Committee approved two articles of impeachment against the 45th president of the United States. In the historic move, Trump was cited for abusing his office and obstructing Congress’ investigation of that abuse. The abuse was a narrow matter: […]

Democrats made impeachment a snoozer. Big mistake.

Democrats made impeachment a snoozer. Big mistake.. The House Judiciary Committee voted along party lines Friday to approve articles of impeachment against President Trump. It’s an important step in holding him accountable for attempting to blackmail Ukraine into smearing his top political opponent. Yet it can’t be denied that the proceedings have been extremely dull. (Frankly, even I struggle to […]

Elizabeth Warren’s New Hampshire comeback speech.

Elizabeth Warren's New Hampshire comeback speech.. On Thursday, Elizabeth Warren gave the kind of speech that becomes a Big Speech by self-definition because campaign operatives tease it as one and because it includes new “jabs” at rival candidates that are guaranteed to catch the attention of draaaaaaama!!!-oriented idiots such as myself. The Warren campaign’s need for such a narrative-resetting event […]

Will Impeachment Help Trump? And Other Dumb Questions | Talking Points Memo

Will Impeachment Help Trump? And Other Dumb Questions | Talking Points Memo. by Josh Marshall · December 13, 2019 Let me preface this by saying that politics is unpredictable. I don’t know what will happen in next year’s election and I don’t know for a certainty what the political impact of President Trump’s impeachment will be. What I do know […]

Warren vs. Buttigieg feud creates an opening for Biden in Iowa – POLITICO

Warren vs. Buttigieg feud creates an opening for Biden in Iowa – POLITICO. As Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg do battle ahead of the Iowa caucus, Joe Biden’s campaign is relishing the show. It’s a familiar scenario to longtime Iowa watchers: two leading rivals going at it, creating an opening for a come-from-behind win in Iowa by the establishment candidate. […]

U.K. General Election: Boris Johnson Secures Blowout Election Win

U.K. General Election: Boris Johnson Secures Blowout Election Win. Boris Johnson has been re-elected as British prime minister in a landslide victory that wiped out Labour strongholds across the country. An exit poll commissioned by the country’s main broadcasters predicted that the Conservatives would take as many as 368 seats, giving Johnson a majority in the House of Commons of […]

The House just passed an ambitious bill to lower prescription drug prices – Vox

The House just passed an ambitious bill to lower prescription drug prices – Vox. House Democrats just passed an ambitious bill to lower prescription drug prices after resolving internal conflicts that threatened to sink the legislation as recently as this week. The Senate is expected to give the bill the same treatment it’s given hundreds of others: it won’t take […]

Elizabeth Warren Slams Moderate Rivals, Defends Progressive Vision | HuffPost

Elizabeth Warren Slams Moderate Rivals, Defends Progressive Vision | HuffPost. by Will Weissert and Hunter Woodall · December 12, 2019 MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Elizabeth Warren lashed out Thursday at her moderate Democratic rivals seeking the White House, accusing them of naively accepting Republican calls for unity rather than standing up to the rich while too quickly bending to the […]

No Escape: What Trump’s Border War Looks Like From a Guatemalan Village – Mother Jones

No Escape: What Trump’s Border War Looks Like From a Guatemalan Village – Mother Jones. by Abigail Weinberg César López remembers the exodus that began last October. His older brother and 11-year-old niece were the first to leave for Tennessee. Two younger brothers followed, along with all three brothers’ wives and five more children. The dozen of them shared one […]

What has ‘Trump the disrupter’ actually disrupted?

What has 'Trump the disrupter' actually disrupted?. For about 15 minutes a few years ago, being an “Uber Republican” was kind of a thing. Some GOPers hoped that by associating themselves with the Silicon Valley unicorn that was disrupting the taxicab industry, they could freshly rebrand themselves as a techy, millennial-oriented party. Uber Republicans claimed to love dynamic markets, embraced […]

Wallace Blasts Trump For Media Attacks | Talking Points Memo

Wallace Blasts Trump For Media Attacks | Talking Points Memo. by Summer Concepcion · December 12, 2019 Fox News host Chris Wallace didn’t mince words while blasting President Trump for his attacks against the press. According to a Guardian report Wednesday night, the Fox News host delivered a scathing critique of the President’s treatment of the press during a farewell […]

Warren unleashes on Biden and Buttigieg as campaign gets real – POLITICO

Warren unleashes on Biden and Buttigieg as campaign gets real – POLITICO. Elizabeth Warren went after Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg in some of the most pointed language of her campaign Thursday, accusing them in a speech of catering to ultra-wealthy donors and being “naive” about about what it will take to achieve real progressive change. “Unlike some candidates for […]

Pete Buttigieg’s exclusive fundraiser crashed by progressive protesters – Vox

Pete Buttigieg’s exclusive fundraiser crashed by progressive protesters – Vox. At one of Pete Buttigieg’s first high-dollar fundraisers since he agreed to open them up to the press, the South Bend, Indiana, mayor and his donors were greeted by more than just a new level of media scrutiny: A local progressive group also protested outside. New York Communities for Change […]

Greta Thunberg Fires Donald Trump’s ‘Anger Management’ Insult Right Back At Him | HuffPost

Greta Thunberg Fires Donald Trump's 'Anger Management' Insult Right Back At Him | HuffPost. Greta Thunberg has once again mocked President Donald Trump with his own insulting words about her. Trump on Thursday used Twitter to criticize the 16-year-old after Time magazine named her over him as Person of the Year. “So ridiculous,” wrote the president, who has repeatedly called […]

The USMCA will be insignificant to Trump in 2020

The USMCA will be insignificant to Trump in 2020. House Democrats reached a deal with President Trump earlier this week to pass a revised version of the North American Free Trade agreement. Centrist Democrats and House leadership under Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Cali.) were convinced they needed to “show that we can do something,” as Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) put it. […]

Democrats are right to keep the impeachment case small.

Democrats are right to keep the impeachment case small.. Following the announcement of the two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Tuesday morning, progressives raced to formalize their positions in the monthslong battle over whether it was best to go broad or narrow in laying out the case against Donald Trump. Richard Hasen makes the case for the […]

Gaetz’s Focus On Hunter Biden Drug Use Earns Warning About ‘Pot Calling Kettle Black’ | Talking Points Memo

Gaetz’s Focus On Hunter Biden Drug Use Earns Warning About ‘Pot Calling Kettle Black’ | Talking Points Memo. by Tierney Sneed · December 12, 2019 Silence befell the contentious House Judiciary Committee impeachment article mark-up Thursday when Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA ) subtly called out Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) for hypocrisy, after Gaetz went on an extended rant about Hunter […]

Dems fret trade deal helps Trump reelection – POLITICO

Dems fret trade deal helps Trump reelection – POLITICO. Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s landmark trade deal with President Donald Trump gives vulnerable House Democrats a crucial legislative victory amid GOP accusations that they’re obsessed with impeachment. Yet some Democrats are fretting the agreement comes at an unacceptable cost: Boosting Trump’s reelection, potentially in a major way. The president is already boasting […]

Arrests of migrants at the US-Mexico border dropped again in November – Vox

Arrests of migrants at the US-Mexico border dropped again in November – Vox. The Trump administration has set out to prevent migrants from setting foot on US soil, and it’s working: The number of migrants arriving at the southern border fell again in November, marking a more than 70 percent decline since the peak in May. US Customs and Border […]

Pete Buttigieg Releases Names Of His McKinsey Clients | HuffPost

Pete Buttigieg Releases Names Of His McKinsey Clients | HuffPost. Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg has released the names of the clients he worked with during his time at the controversial consulting firm McKinsey & Co. The disclosure comes a day after McKinsey said it was releasing Buttigieg from a confidentiality agreement that the South Bend, Indiana, mayor had previously […]

The GOP’s partisanship trap

The GOP's partisanship trap. Democratic voters love bipartisanship. GOP voters do not. Republicans have learned to weaponize that asymmetry over the years. And sure enough, they’re relying on it now to defend President Trump from impeachment. Of course, Republicans want to appear as though they abhor partisan bickering and value compromise. We see this on display now, as Republicans argue […]

Democrats miss an opportunity to impeach Trump for obstruction of justice.

Democrats miss an opportunity to impeach Trump for obstruction of justice.. House Democrats are taking an extremely narrow approach to impeaching President Donald Trump, and, as a result, the most dramatic political challenge to executive misconduct that the Constitution envisions—a confrontation that has occurred only three other times in our history—has the whiff of half-heartedness. By all measures, Trump’s presidency […]

Dems Settle On 2 Articles Of Impeachment: All Ukraine, No Mueller | Talking Points Memo

Dems Settle On 2 Articles Of Impeachment: All Ukraine, No Mueller | Talking Points Memo. by Matt Shuham · December 10, 2019 House Democrats on Tuesday announced just two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, accusing him of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress over his Ukraine pressure campaign. The articles did not appear to impeach the President […]

Buttigieg and Warren come clean in tangle over transparency – POLITICO

Buttigieg and Warren come clean in tangle over transparency – POLITICO. McKinsey and Co. will allow Pete Buttigieg to disclose the clients he served at the management consulting firm a decade ago, the latest development in a weeklong battle over transparency as Buttigieg and Elizabeth Warren scrap for position in the Democratic presidential primary. Buttigieg has faced weeks of criticism […]

Elizabeth Warren’s legal work and the controversy around it, explained – Vox

Elizabeth Warren’s legal work and the controversy around it, explained – Vox. Sen. Bernie Sanders sold a lot of books and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez got an expensive haircut and now Sen. Elizabeth Warren was compensated for her legal services. All of these matters have generated a lot of chatter and media coverage in recent months, because progressive politicians apparently are […]

House Democrats Expected To Unveil Articles Of Impeachment Against Trump | HuffPost

House Democrats Expected To Unveil Articles Of Impeachment Against Trump | HuffPost. House Democrats are expected to unveil two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump early Tuesday morning ― one focused on abuse of power and another related to obstruction of Congress ― multiple media outlets reported late Monday. “There will be some announcements tomorrow morning,” House Foreign Affairs […]

Inspector General’s Report Shows Trump’s “Spygate” Conspiracy Theory Was the Real Hoax – Mother Jones

Inspector General’s Report Shows Trump’s “Spygate” Conspiracy Theory Was the Real Hoax – Mother Jones. Sorry, Donald Trump. Sorry, Rudy Giuliani. Sorry, Devin Nunes. Sorry, Jim Jordan, Sorry, Sean Hannity. Sorry, Fox News watchers. There was no Deep State conspiracy to cook up a Russia investigation to sabotage Trump’s campaign and, then, his presidency. There was no witch hunt. There […]

The FBI report reveals something far more alarming than partisan skullduggery

The FBI report reveals something far more alarming than partisan skullduggery. The report released on Monday afternoon by the inspector general of the Department of Justice on the origin of what we have all come to think of as “the Russia thing” runs to some 200,000 words. It is a long, carefully prepared document that can’t be easily spun by […]

Oh The Places The GOP Will Go To Defend Donald Trump | Talking Points Memo

Oh The Places The GOP Will Go To Defend Donald Trump | Talking Points Memo. They have brains in their heads. They have feet in their shoes. They could steer themselves in any direction they choose. And yet … Republicans pretzeled themselves Monday into ever-more contorted defenses of President Trump’s Ukraine pressure scheme. If you missed the House Judiciary Committee […]

How the Cool Kids of the Left Turned on Elizabeth Warren – POLITICO

How the Cool Kids of the Left Turned on Elizabeth Warren – POLITICO. Millennial socialists’ favorite magazine is breaking up with Elizabeth Warren. But it’s saying: It’s not me. It’s you. That magazine is Jacobin, the nine-year-old publication that has become the de facto voice of the young socialist movement in America. Its favorite candidate all along has been Bernie […]

Mike Bloomberg interview: missteps on Cory Booker and stop-and-frisk – Vox

Mike Bloomberg interview: missteps on Cory Booker and stop-and-frisk – Vox. Former New York mayor Mike Bloomberg finally sat down for his first television interview since announcing his run for the White House — and it did not go smoothly. In an interview with CBS This Morning broadcast on Friday, Bloomberg struggled to respond to criticism that he was buying […]

Billionaires Are Not the Answer – Mother Jones

Billionaires Are Not the Answer – Mother Jones. A good news site died a few weeks ago, a site founded on the idea that journalists need not kowtow to power or fame. When you go to its web address, you’ll still find articles, but it’s zombie journalism: The entire editorial staff is gone, driven out by owners who picked up […]

Pete Buttigieg and the audacity of nope

Pete Buttigieg and the audacity of nope. The McKinsey Mayor has a plan: Copy the most successful Democratic politician of the last generation. If an inexperienced but inspiring young black man from Chicago could become president, why not an even less experienced, even younger gay man from Indiana? John McCormick reports for the Wall Street Journal reports that “it is […]

NATO Anniversary Event Cancelled After US Embassy Bans Trump Critic From Attending

NATO Anniversary Event Cancelled After US Embassy Bans Trump Critic From Attending. On Sunday, the Danish Atlantic Council cancelled its upcoming conference celebrating NATO’s 70th anniversary after the U.S. embassy in Copenhagen barred a critic of President Donald Trump from attending the event. “After serious consideration, we have decided not to proceed with the Conference,” Dr. Lars Bangert Struwe, the […]

Pete Buttigieg’s McKinsey problem, explained – Vox

Pete Buttigieg’s McKinsey problem, explained – Vox. Pete Buttigieg’s rise in the polls has been accompanied by increased scrutiny on his work at consultancy McKinsey and his campaign’s high-dollar fundraisers. And he doesn’t have many good answers on either front. Buttigieg has been a bit of a surprise breakout in the 2020 Democratic primary. He’s 37, the mayor of South […]

Pete Buttigieg Struggles To Explain His Lack Of Transparency On Fundraising | HuffPost

Pete Buttigieg Struggles To Explain His Lack Of Transparency On Fundraising | HuffPost. WATERLOO, Iowa ― Pete Buttigieg struggled to explain why he does not open up his high-dollar fundraisers to the media or why he no longer discloses the names of his campaign “bundlers” during a brief press conference Friday night. Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, clearly […]

Billionaires Are Not the Answer – Mother Jones

Billionaires Are Not the Answer – Mother Jones. A good news site died a few weeks ago, a site founded on the idea that journalists need not kowtow to power or fame. When you go to its web address, you’ll still find articles, but it’s zombie journalism: The entire editorial staff is gone, driven out by owners who picked up […]

Democrats’ impeachment desperation

Democrats' impeachment desperation. Now that the House Judiciary Committee’s first public hearing into the possible impeachment of Donald Trump has concluded and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has announced Democrats will proceed with articles of impeachment, two questions come to mind. What exactly was the purpose of Wednesday’s hearing? And who did House Democrats hope to convince by having […]

Debate: Would you rather settle for Joe Biden or Pete Buttigieg?

Debate: Would you rather settle for Joe Biden or Pete Buttigieg?. With two Democratic candidates steering their way into a wide and apparently welcoming right-of-left-of-center lane, Slate has gathered several of its writers for a discussion on the question: If you had no other choice—Joe Biden or Pete Buttigieg? Some of these writers very much hope to have another choice. […]

House Judiciary Releases Report On Constitutional Grounds For Impeachment

House Judiciary Releases Report On Constitutional Grounds For Impeachment. by Nicole Lafond · December 7, 2019 As has been precedent in previous impeachment investigations, the House Judiciary Committee released a report on the Constitutional grounds for impeachment on Saturday, outlining what offenses reach the “high crimes and misdemeanors” threshold. The 52-page report was written by the panel’s majority staff and […]

‘People have real questions about this’: Hunter-Ukraine questions cloud Biden tour – POLITICO

‘People have real questions about this’: Hunter-Ukraine questions cloud Biden tour – POLITICO. Joe Biden has two methods of responding to questions about his son’s controversial business dealings in Ukraine: denial and anger. But so far, Biden doesn’t have a clear and cogent message — and Iowa voters are starting to take notice, especially after his fiery encounter Thursday with […]

Pete Buttigieg’s McKinsey problem, explained – Vox

Pete Buttigieg’s McKinsey problem, explained – Vox. Pete Buttigieg’s rise in the polls has been accompanied by increased scrutiny on his work at consultancy McKinsey and his campaign’s high-dollar fundraisers. And he doesn’t have many good answers on either front. Buttigieg has been a bit of a surprise breakout in the 2020 Democratic primary. He’s 37, the mayor of South […]

Contrary To Rumors, The Queen Does Not Plan To Retire At 95 | HuffPost

Contrary To Rumors, The Queen Does Not Plan To Retire At 95 | HuffPost. It looks like Prince Charles will have to continue his wait to succeed his mother on the throne. Queen Elizabeth II, who is currently 93, will not be stepping down when she turns 95, Charles’ office confirmed to People this week, following a flurry of headlines […]

Democrats’ impeachment desperation

Democrats' impeachment desperation. Now that the House Judiciary Committee’s first public hearing into the possible impeachment of Donald Trump has concluded and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has announced Democrats will proceed with articles of impeachment, two questions come to mind. What exactly was the purpose of Wednesday’s hearing? And who did House Democrats hope to convince by having […]

Debate: Would you rather settle for Joe Biden or Pete Buttigieg?

Debate: Would you rather settle for Joe Biden or Pete Buttigieg?. With two Democratic candidates steering their way into a wide and apparently welcoming right-of-left-of-center lane, Slate has gathered several of its writers for a discussion on the question: If you had no other choice—Joe Biden or Pete Buttigieg? Some of these writers very much hope to have another choice. […]

Trump Rants About Lightbulbs, Plumbing | Talking Points Memo

Trump Rants About Lightbulbs, Plumbing | Talking Points Memo. by Summer Concepcion · December 6, 2019 President Trump had a number of thoughts swirling around his head during a small business roundtable Friday afternoon at the White House. After addressing the deadly shooting at a Naval base in Pensacola, Florida, Trump abruptly pivoted to complaining about the environmentally friendly lightbulbs […]

Pelosi goes it alone on impeachment – POLITICO

Pelosi goes it alone on impeachment – POLITICO. Speaker Nancy Pelosi never wanted to impeach President Donald Trump. But now that it’s happening, she’s doing it her own way — in four inch heels and with an iron grip. Pelosi has tightly scripted every step of the House’s march toward impeachment. All the key decisions — whether to move forward […]

Joe Biden’s answers on Hunter and Ukraine are weak – Vox

Joe Biden’s answers on Hunter and Ukraine are weak – Vox. by Matthew Yglesias · December 5, 2019 This morning in Iowa, former Vice President Joe Biden faced off with a voter who accused him of sending his son, Hunter Biden, to Ukraine to “sell access.” Biden’s response seemed to be to challenge the questioner to a push-up contest or […]

Pete Buttigieg Won’t Talk About His Secret Work At McKinsey | HuffPost

Pete Buttigieg Won’t Talk About His Secret Work At McKinsey | HuffPost. Pete Buttigieg worked at McKinsey & Company, an elite consulting firm with global reach, for three years. But as the South Bend, Indiana, mayor builds his case for why he should be president, he has pointedly kept the details of that line on his resume a secret. Now […]

Who’s Really Behind a $1 Million Donation to Trump’s Inauguration? – Mother Jones

Who’s Really Behind a $1 Million Donation to Trump’s Inauguration? – Mother Jones. The Justice Department on Tuesday announced it had indicted eight men for conspiring to illegally funnel $3.5 million to political committees supporting Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential bid. Prosecutors say the money came from George Nader—a businessman who was was recently charged with trafficking a child for sexual […]

Democrats’ impeachment desperation

Democrats' impeachment desperation. Now that the House Judiciary Committee’s first public hearing into the possible impeachment of Donald Trump has concluded and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has announced Democrats will proceed with articles of impeachment, two questions come to mind. What exactly was the purpose of Wednesday’s hearing? And who did House Democrats hope to convince by having […]

Kamala Harris’ campaign had a strong start and a weak finish.

Kamala Harris’ campaign had a strong start and a weak finish.. It was a cold January night, and George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium was packed. Attendees sat on the floor around the room’s perimeter, and a loud, dull chatter filled the room. When Sen. Kamala Harris, D-C.A., walked onto the stage, as “California Love” by Tupac played in the background, […]

Pelosi Directs Nadler, Schiff To Proceed With Articles Of Impeachment

Pelosi Directs Nadler, Schiff To Proceed With Articles Of Impeachment. by Nicole Lafond · December 5, 2019 House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) officially directed the chairmen of the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees to proceed with articles of impeachment. Standing in front of a cluster of American flags in the Speaker’s Balcony Hallway, Pelosi delivered the directive, and suggested that […]

Trump abruptly cancels NATO news conference after tense exchanges with world leaders – POLITICO

Trump abruptly cancels NATO news conference after tense exchanges with world leaders – POLITICO. President Donald Trump abruptly canceled a planned news conference on the sidelines of the NATO meeting on Wednesday, after tense exchanges with other world leaders. “When today’s meetings are over, I will be heading back to Washington,” Trump tweeted. “We won’t be doing a press conference […]

Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, and the 2020 Democrats’ Medicare mess – Vox

Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, and the 2020 Democrats’ Medicare mess – Vox. One lesson of the past few weeks is that the Medicare-for-all debate has become a minefield for Democrats — and it’s not clear that any candidate has a safe path through it. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has dropped 14 points since October 8, when she briefly led the Democratic […]

The Latest Biden Campaign Ad Is A Supercut Of World Leaders Laughing At Trump | HuffPost

The Latest Biden Campaign Ad Is A Supercut Of World Leaders Laughing At Trump | HuffPost. Former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign pounced Wednesday evening after a viral video featuring frustrated world leaders mocking President Donald Trump circulated online. The Democratic candidate released a new attack ad saying the country needed a leader the “world respects.” The minute-long clip begins […]

Impassioned Law Experts Testify: If the Ukraine Scandal Isn’t Impeachable, “Nothing Is” – Mother Jones

Impassioned Law Experts Testify: If the Ukraine Scandal Isn’t Impeachable, “Nothing Is” – Mother Jones. Constitutional law expert Michael Gerhardt warned Congress Wednesday that failure to impeach President Donald Trump could set a dangerous precedent for future commanders in chief. “If what we’re talking about is not impeachable, nothing is impeachable,” the professor at University of North Carolina School of […]

The most important day of the impeachment inquiry

The most important day of the impeachment inquiry. You wouldn’t know it from the commentary, but Wednesday could be the most important day of the impeachment inquiry for Democrats. The action will move to the House Judiciary Committee, which will call four constitutional experts to testify beginning at 10 a.m. EST. It might be the Democrats’ only chance to directly […]

House Dems Held Secret Meeting | Talking Points Memo

House Dems Held Secret Meeting | Talking Points Memo. by Summer Concepcion · December 4, 2019 House Democrats reportedly held a closed-door meeting in the moments before the House Judiciary Committee began its first impeachment hearing Wednesday morning. According to a CNN report, Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) said that after the meeting, Democratic lawmakers took up House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s […]

Biden struts as his rivals bite the dust – POLITICO

Biden struts as his rivals bite the dust – POLITICO. Joe Biden’s feeling awfully confident these days. The former vice president thinks he doesn’t need Barack Obama to win the primary. He seemed to mock the idea that there’s enthusiasm for Elizabeth Warren or that Pete Buttigieg came up with his own plans. And he professed to be untroubled by […]

When is the next Democratic debate? Here’s what to expect in December. – Vox

When is the next Democratic debate? Here’s what to expect in December. – Vox. Only six candidates have qualified so far for the December Democratic debate, the sixth of the 2020 presidential contest, and the rest of the field is running out of time to make the stage. Hosted by PBS NewsHour and Politico, the debate will take place on […]

U.S. Diplomat Claims Trump Appointee Fired Him For Mentioning Obama | HuffPost

U.S. Diplomat Claims Trump Appointee Fired Him For Mentioning Obama | HuffPost. A former U.S. diplomat says he was fired from his job as the deputy chief of mission at the U.S. embassy in London just for mentioning Barack Obama in a speech. Lewis Lukens spent three decades in the U.S. foreign service, including stints as the U.S. ambassador to […]

Kamala Harris Made History. Then Her History Caught Up With Her. – Mother Jones

Kamala Harris Made History. Then Her History Caught Up With Her. – Mother Jones. Kamala Harris is out. The junior senator from California suspended her bid for the Democratic nomination for president Tuesday afternoon. The announcement capped off a historic campaign that started with a bang and quickly devolved into a sputtering operation torn between two coasts and warring staffers, […]

Why Kamala Harris failed

Why Kamala Harris failed. Kamala Harris was the perfect presidential candidate for the institutional Democratic Party in 2019. By which I mean that she talked, looked, and acted like she was grown in a top-secret high-tech lab deep in the bowls of the Democratic National Committee. She was the total package. Smart, articulate, sassy, attractive, and as the child of […]

The Judiciary Committee is not ready for a televised impeachment hearing.

The Judiciary Committee is not ready for a televised impeachment hearing.. On Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee will hold its first hearing in the latest phase of the impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump. Based on everything we know about the committee’s past oversight efforts, statements by Republican committee members and the president’s defense team, and the details of the panel […]

Biden says he doesn’t need Obama’s endorsement – POLITICO

Biden says he doesn’t need Obama’s endorsement – POLITICO. Former Vice President Joe Biden on Monday said he didn’t need Barack Obama’s endorsement in the Democratic primary, even if the field were down to three people. He also scoffed at the notion that Sen. Elizabeth Warren is building enthusiasm and accused Mayor Pete Buttigieg of stealing his plans. In a […]

Trump’s policy record: environment, Wall Street regulation, and more – Vox

Trump’s policy record: environment, Wall Street regulation, and more – Vox. by Matthew Yglesias · December 2, 2019 The scandals, the leaks, the outrages, and the bizarre tweets of the last three years can distract from an important fact about President Donald Trump: He has changed policy in important ways that affect the lives of millions of Americans. Some of […]

Should Journalists Be Part of the Resistance? – Mother Jones

Should Journalists Be Part of the Resistance? – Mother Jones. by Monika Bauerlein Over the past month or so, the New York Times’ executive editor, Dean Baquet, has been giving a handful of interviews about the role of journalism in general, and the New York Times in particular. One of these, with the BBC, briefly had our ears burning. “I […]

Do House Democrats want Trump to win a 2nd term?

Do House Democrats want Trump to win a 2nd term?. President Trump is in a tight spot. The House Intelligence Committee is voting on impeachment on Tuesday this week, and the Judiciary Committee is starting its own hearings soon afterwards. We know for a fact — indeed, from Trump’s own mouth — that he attempted to blackmail Ukraine into ginning […]

Bloomberg’s ads are flooding the internet.

Bloomberg's ads are flooding the internet.. Billionaire and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg seems to be hoping that his riches can help make up for his late entrance into the 2020 Democratic primaries. He made a splash with an initial television ad buy of more than $30 million, the largest expenditure that a presidential campaign has ever made […]

Newsweek Editor Demoted | Talking Points Memo

Newsweek Editor Demoted | Talking Points Memo. by Summer Concepcion · December 2, 2019 A Newsweek editor was reportedly demoted after a reporter for the magazine was fired for an inaccurate report on President Trump’s Thanksgiving plans. On Saturday, the Washington Examiner reported that Newsweek reporter Jessica Kwong was fired for her Thursday article with the headline “How is Trump […]

Rudy Giuliani threatens to sue Fox News host – WND

Rudy Giuliani threatens to sue Fox News host – WND. Rudy Giuliani threatened to sue Fox News host Steve Hilton on Monday for accusing President Trump’s personal lawyer of enriching himself in Ukraine. Hilton, on his “Next Revolution” show Sunday night, called the former New York City mayor “toxic” and an “unethical disaster.” “I have not taken a penny for […]

White House won’t take part in first House Judiciary impeachment hearing – POLITICO

White House won’t take part in first House Judiciary impeachment hearing – POLITICO. “It is too late to cure the profound procedural deficiencies that have tainted this entire inquiry,” his counsel said. New York Rep. Jerrold Nadler will chair a House Judiciary Committee impeachment hearing Wednesday. | Patrick Semansky/AP Photo 12/01/2019 07:23 PM EST Updated: 12/01/2019 07:47 PM EST The […]

Top House Judiciary Republican Says He Will Call Adam Schiff To Testify First | HuffPost

Top House Judiciary Republican Says He Will Call Adam Schiff To Testify First | HuffPost. Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, said the Democratic chairman of the House Intelligence Committee will be the first person he calls to testify before his panel as impeachment hearings proceed. “My first and foremost witness is Adam […]

The Democratic primary’s generational divide

The Democratic primary’s generational divide. Pete Buttigieg is the youngest candidate in the Democratic presidential primaries, and if elected, he would be the youngest president in history. On the campaign trail he often talks about America’s need for “a new generation of leadership” to replace the “failures of the old normal.” Yet none of this seems to be very appealing […]

Prince Andrew’s disastrous, fascinating interview.

Prince Andrew's disastrous, fascinating interview.. Prince Andrew is awful and self-righteous and dim. That much seems clear, and the story of his association with Jeffrey Epstein seems likely to get worse: There are rumors that Prince Andrew will be asked to talk to U.S. law enforcement agencies about Epstein. Johanna Sjoberg has accused Andrew of groping her at Epstein’s home. […]

Collins Declares Schiff Will Be His ‘First And Foremost’ Witness In Judiciary Impeachment Hearing

Collins Declares Schiff Will Be His ‘First And Foremost’ Witness In Judiciary Impeachment Hearing. by Cristina Cabrera · December 1, 2019 On Sunday, House Judiciary Committee ranking member Doug Collins (R-GA) vowed to make House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA) testify in the Judiciary committee’s impeachment hearings. Collins made the announcement when Fox News host Chris Wallace asked him […]

Behind Trump’s secret war-zone trip: A Mar-a-Lago escape, a twin Air Force One and a Twitter plan – POLITICO

Behind Trump’s secret war-zone trip: A Mar-a-Lago escape, a twin Air Force One and a Twitter plan – POLITICO. The president delivered his thanks to the troops on Thanksgiving in a visit to Afghanistan shrouded in secrecy and packed with the displays of military strength Trump loves. President Donald Trump with Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani (left) while addressing members of […]

Tom Steyer’s impeach Trump movement stopped short for presidential run – Vox

Tom Steyer’s impeach Trump movement stopped short for presidential run – Vox. Billionaire Tom Steyer put nearly two years and millions of dollars into gathering support for President Donald Trump’s impeachment. And now that impeachment is here, he’s running for president — and the group he founded to spearhead the movement is a skeleton of what it once was. In […]

America’s troubled alliance with Ukraine

America's troubled alliance with Ukraine. How did the U.S. become so involved with this former Soviet republic? Here’s everything you need to know: How did modern Ukraine emerge? Ukraine’s history is intertwined with Russia’s. Both cultures descend from the medieval Slavic empire Kievan Rus, founded by Vikings in the 9th century with a capital where Kyiv stands today. After the […]

Celebrity Feuds: Ellen skipped Dakota Johnson’s birthday party to watch football with torture enthusiast George W. Bush.

Celebrity Feuds: Ellen skipped Dakota Johnson’s birthday party to watch football with torture enthusiast George W. Bush.. by Matthew Dessem · December 1, 2019 “You were where?” Warner Bros. Television The celebs are at it again! Talk show host ELLEN DEGENERES invited actress DAKOTA JOHNSON to appear on Ellen, but the interview had barely begun when the two Hollywood mega-stars […]

Trump Stages Photo-Ops | Talking Points Memo

Trump Stages Photo-Ops | Talking Points Memo. by Summer Concepcion · November 30, 2019 In the midst of impeachment proceedings that he dubs as a “hoax,” President Trump has come up with a new distraction strategy: photo-ops. According to the Washington Post Saturday, Trump and his aides have staged photo opportunities and public events with the purpose of showcasing the […]

Why Are There So Few Women at West Point? Ask Congress. – POLITICO

Why Are There So Few Women at West Point? Ask Congress. – POLITICO. Dr. Ellen Haring is a retired Army colonel and the CEO of the Service Women’s Action Network. Three decades ago, when I graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, just 10 percent of the students in my class were women. Since then, women have […]

Tom Steyer’s impeach Trump movement stopped short for presidential run – Vox

Tom Steyer’s impeach Trump movement stopped short for presidential run – Vox. Billionaire Tom Steyer put nearly two years and millions of dollars into gathering support for President Donald Trump’s impeachment. And now that impeachment is here, he’s running for president — and the group he founded to spearhead the movement is a skeleton of what it once was. In […]

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Slams Buttigieg’s ‘GOP Talking Point’ On Free Public College | HuffPost

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Slams Buttigieg's 'GOP Talking Point' On Free Public College | HuffPost. South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg is taking aim at tuition-free public college plans proposed by two of his rival Democratic presidential candidates, Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). “I believe we should move to make college affordable for everybody,” he said a campaign ad […]

There’s Just One Problem With Dems Fast-Tracking Impeachment – Mother Jones

There’s Just One Problem With Dems Fast-Tracking Impeachment – Mother Jones. At the start of this week, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), chair of the House Intelligence Committee, sent a letter to his colleagues in the House that provided a status report on the impeachment inquiry he has been overseeing. He noted that after weeks of investigation and public hearings, “We […]

Democrats are running into Trump’s economic buzzsaw

Democrats are running into Trump's economic buzzsaw. Call it the Back-up Plan. For the past couple of years, the potential for an economic downturn has kept jittery Democrats from getting too nervous about the 2020 presidential election. Even if Robert Mueller and his Russia investigation didn’t get President Trump — and now the Ukraine impeachment investigation — then the American […]

Week in review: The week has been terrible.

Week in review: The week has been terrible.. It’s been a fun few days in the world of U.S. politics! • On Sunday, Trump’s secretary of defense fired the secretary of the Navy for trying to enforce internal disciplinary measures against SEAL Eddie Gallagher, who was convicted at trial earlier this year for bringing “discredit upon the armed forces” by […]

Recession fears recede in boost to Trump | TheHill

Recession fears recede in boost to Trump | TheHill. by Niv Elis · November 28, 2019 After a summer dip, consumer spending has roared back to life heading into the holiday shopping season, giving the stock market a boost and fending off recession fears with less than a year until the 2020 elections. The improving economic picture could be a […]

How Buttigieg got knocked off the Obama track – POLITICO

How Buttigieg got knocked off the Obama track – POLITICO. In fundraising pitches, campaign messaging and his own speeches, Pete Buttigieg likes to point out the parallels between his own upstart campaign and that of another Democrat whose presidential bid was once seen as a longshot — Barack Obama. But that framing is coming under serious question — and might […]

Alabama Supreme Court Upholds Protections For Confederate Monuments | HuffPost

Alabama Supreme Court Upholds Protections For Confederate Monuments | HuffPost. The Alabama Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling Wednesday in favor of protecting Confederate monuments, ending a years-long battle between Birmingham and the state over the city’s right to cover up the problematic Civil War tributes. The decision reverses a lower court ruling from January that found a 2017 Alabama […]

Democrats Announce Next Round of Impeachment Hearings – Mother Jones

Democrats Announce Next Round of Impeachment Hearings – Mother Jones. The House Judiciary Committee has set the date for its first impeachment hearing, scheduled to take place on December 4. The chair of the committee, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), sent Donald Trump a letter on Tuesday informing the president of his rights in the impeachment process and inviting him to […]

Why Trump identifies with war criminals

Why Trump identifies with war criminals. Army 1st Lt. Clint Lorance was convicted of two counts of second-degree murder and several other charges pertaining “to a pattern of threatening and intimidating actions toward Afghans” as a platoon leader in Afghanistan. The ruling relied on the testimony of nearly a dozen of the men who served under him, accounts describing an […]

Dear Prudence: My atheist husband takes over Thanksgiving grace.

Dear Prudence: My atheist husband takes over Thanksgiving grace.. Q. Thanksgiving Prayer … Dread!: Thanksgiving will soon be here. Each year we gather for a festive and warm time at my parents’ home with my siblings and all our spouses and children. My family are Christians who are active in the Episcopal Church. Faith is a very positive experience to […]

Why Media Executives Keep Failing | Talking Points Memo

Why Media Executives Keep Failing | Talking Points Memo. by Joe Ragazzo · November 27, 2019 This article is part of TPM Cafe, TPM’s home for opinion and news analysis. I forget the exact date, but sometime during my time as a student at Ohio University, I stumbled across this 2008 blog post listing gross profit margins of Gannett-owned newspapers […]

How Buttigieg got knocked off the Obama track – POLITICO

How Buttigieg got knocked off the Obama track – POLITICO. In fundraising pitches, campaign messaging and his own speeches, Pete Buttigieg likes to point out the parallels between his own upstart campaign and that of another Democrat whose presidential bid was once seen as a longshot — Barack Obama. But that framing is coming under serious question — and might […]

Rudy Giuliani tried to score big bucks in Ukraine as scandal unfolded – Vox

Rudy Giuliani tried to score big bucks in Ukraine as scandal unfolded – Vox. When Rudy Giuliani talked with top Ukrainian officials about getting dirt on Joe Biden earlier this year, he also wanted something else: lots of money. That’s the upshot of two new reports from the New York Times and the Washington Post, both of which are based […]

A Fight Over Abortion Is Tearing Apart the Democratic Party of a Deep-Blue State – Mother Jones

A Fight Over Abortion Is Tearing Apart the Democratic Party of a Deep-Blue State – Mother Jones. by Jessica Washington Abortion-rights supporters protest a fundraiser for the Rhode Island Senate Democrats political action committee on May, 23rd. Jennifer McDermott/AP Photo As red states across the country have moved to limit access to reproductive health care, the Democratic Party in one […]

Barack Obama speaks from the dead

Barack Obama speaks from the dead. When John Henry Newman’s Apologia pro vita sua was published in 1863, Cardinal Manning was asked what he thought of the justly celebrated autobiography of his erstwhile friend. “It is singularly interesting; it is like listening to the voice of one from the dead.” I think of these words whenever I read anything about […]

The history of Thanksgiving, Abraham Lincoln, and the Gettysburg Address.

The history of Thanksgiving, Abraham Lincoln, and the Gettysburg Address.. by Lee Cooper · November 25, 2019 President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address on Nov. 19, 1863. Painting by Fletcher C. Ransom. Photo by Library of Congress/Getty Images. As he looked out over the Potomac in the autumn of 1863, President Abraham Lincoln must have been thinking about the […]

Buttigieg has a serious Latino problem, too – POLITICO

Buttigieg has a serious Latino problem, too – POLITICO. As Iowa and New Hampshire voters boost Pete Buttigieg’s presidential hopes, Latinos in Nevada and California are asking: Pete who? Buttigieg’s struggles to connect with voters of color, even as he’s vaulted into the top-tier of the Democratic presidential race, doesn’t end with black voters. The South Bend mayor polls in […]

Google, Facebook, and the freakout over their political ads policies – Vox

Google, Facebook, and the freakout over their political ads policies – Vox. Microtargeting is a powerful advertising tool that allows politicians such as President Donald Trump to aim ads at specific groups of people, or even individuals, online. The advertising tech has become increasingly controversial, with critics saying it permits politicians to target very narrow groups of voters with tailored […]

Buttigieg Campaign To Return Donations From Lawyers Who Represented Brett Kavanaugh | HuffPost

Buttigieg Campaign To Return Donations From Lawyers Who Represented Brett Kavanaugh | HuffPost. Pete Buttigieg’s campaign said it would return contributions it received from two top Washington lawyers who represented Brett Kavanaugh during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing last year. As first reported by The Guardian, attorney Alexandra Walsh has donated thousands of dollars to the South Bend, Indiana, mayor’s […]

There’s Just One Problem With Dems Fast-Tracking Impeachment – Mother Jones

There’s Just One Problem With Dems Fast-Tracking Impeachment – Mother Jones. At the start of this week, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), chair of the House Intelligence Committee, sent a letter to his colleagues in the House that provided a status report on the impeachment inquiry he has been overseeing. He noted that after weeks of investigation and public hearings, “We […]

Barack Obama speaks from the dead

Barack Obama speaks from the dead. When John Henry Newman’s Apologia pro vita sua was published in 1863, Cardinal Manning was asked what he thought of the justly celebrated autobiography of his erstwhile friend. “It is singularly interesting; it is like listening to the voice of one from the dead.” I think of these words whenever I read anything about […]

Week in review: The week has been terrible.

Week in review: The week has been terrible.. It’s been a fun few days in the world of U.S. politics! • On Sunday, Trump’s secretary of defense fired the secretary of the Navy for trying to enforce internal disciplinary measures against SEAL Eddie Gallagher, who was convicted at trial earlier this year for bringing “discredit upon the armed forces” by […]

Vulnerable Democrats spooked by GOP impeachment ad onslaught – POLITICO

Vulnerable Democrats spooked by GOP impeachment ad onslaught – POLITICO. Vulnerable Democrats are watching in horror as GOP impeachment attacks deluge their districts back home. And they want a much stronger counteroffensive from their own party and its allies. Some of those Democrats raised their concerns with party leaders this week as they prepared to leave for Thanksgiving recess, fearing […]

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. Finding the best ways to do good. Made possible by The Rockefeller Foundation. 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 […]

Joe Biden Is ‘Disappointed And Angered’ By Lindsey Graham’s Investigation | HuffPost

Joe Biden Is 'Disappointed And Angered' By Lindsey Graham's Investigation | HuffPost. Two words described Joe Biden’s reaction to the news that old friend Lindsey Graham had launched an investigation of him and of his son Hunter’s work in Ukraine: “disappointed” and “angered.” Graham’s investigation indulges an unsubstantiated right-wing theory that Biden pushed Ukraine to fire a prosecutor in order […]

The George Soros Conspiracy Theory at the Heart of the Ukraine Scandal – Mother Jones

The George Soros Conspiracy Theory at the Heart of the Ukraine Scandal – Mother Jones. For some of Donald Trump’s most enthusiastic backers, the chief villain of the Ukraine scandal is not Adam Schiff or Hunter Biden. It’s George Soros. The liberal billionaire has long been a favorite bogeyman on the right due to his support for progressive causes at […]

Why Fox News was created

Why Fox News was created. This is the editor’s letter in the current issue of The Week magazine. If Fox News had a DNA test, it would trace its origins to the Nixon administration. In 1970, political consultant Roger Ailes and other Nixon aides came up with a plan to create a new TV network that would circumvent existing media […]

Trump’s Senate impeachment defense will be to put Joe Biden on trial.

Trump’s Senate impeachment defense will be to put Joe Biden on trial.. With the latest phase of the House impeachment inquiry having concluded on Thursday, the country appears headed for a full impeachment vote in the House of Representatives followed by immediate proceedings in the Senate. Be prepared, though, for a trial not just of President Donald Trump, but of […]

Read This | Talking Points Memo

Read This | Talking Points Memo. by Josh Marshall · November 22, 2019 I read through this a number of times before deciding to publish it. But I strongly, strongly recommend it to you. The author of the email is a former federal prosecutor. When I first read it I confess I found it all a bit loopy or improbable. […]

Impeachment surprises boost Dems, but Republican resistance holds – POLITICO

Impeachment surprises boost Dems, but Republican resistance holds – POLITICO. Throughout their rapidly unfolding impeachment inquiry, Democrats feared they would lose control of the moment. So they carefully choreographed two weeks of public hearings to avoid a derailment. And as the lights went out in the cavernous hearing room Thursday, it was clear that the few unplanned events — new […]

Thursday’s impeachment hearing makes the Burisma-Biden connection undeniable – Vox

Thursday’s impeachment hearing makes the Burisma-Biden connection undeniable – Vox. Two witnesses in Thursday’s impeachment hearing said President Donald Trump’s allies clearly saw investigating Ukrainian gas company Burisma as a way to investigate Joe Biden’s family — providing more evidence the administration’s Ukraine policy was built around harming a potential 2020 political opponent. Fiona Hill, formerly the senior director on […]

California Supreme Court Strikes Down Tax Return Law Aimed At Trump | HuffPost

California Supreme Court Strikes Down Tax Return Law Aimed At Trump | HuffPost. The California state Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Thursday against recent legislation that would have required all presidential candidates ― including President Donald Trump ― to release their tax returns before appearing on the state’s primary election ballot. The judges wrote in their opinion that one of […]

The unbearable persistence of Joe Biden

The unbearable persistence of Joe Biden. The most noteworthy event at Wednesday night’s Democratic debate in Atlanta was something that didn’t happen: Nobody did anything to change the fact that former Vice President Joe Biden is the seemingly unshakable front-runner for the nomination of his party. It’s easy to lose sight of how consistent the race has been since Biden […]

Elizabeth Warren and the likability trap for women in politics.

Elizabeth Warren and the likability trap for women in politics.. At Wednesday night’s Democratic presidential debate, Sen. Amy Klobuchar was pressed to defend a comment she’d made about Mayor Pete Buttigieg and sexism. If she or the other female candidates had as little political experience as the college-town mayor, Klobuchar had said earlier in the week, they would not have […]

WH Backs Senate Impeachment Trial | Talking Points Memo

WH Backs Senate Impeachment Trial | Talking Points Memo. Top White House officials and Senate Republicans have reportedly reached an agreement to hold a full trial if the House votes to impeach President Trump. According to a Politico report Thursday, multiple people familiar with the matter said that White House officials and Republican senators agreed to not dismiss articles of […]

Why Pete Buttigieg got a pass in the debate – POLITICO

Why Pete Buttigieg got a pass in the debate – POLITICO. Pete Buttigieg came into Wednesday night’s debate bracing for an onslaught that never came. Yes, Amy Klobuchar and Tulsi Gabbard questioned his experience. Cory Booker dinged the young mayor’s resume, pointing out that he’s the “other Rhodes Scholar mayor on the stage” and warning voters against picking a Democratic […]

Twitter Users Can’t Help But Notice Devin Nunes Doesn’t Look Happy | HuffPost

Twitter Users Can't Help But Notice Devin Nunes Doesn't Look Happy | HuffPost. Wondering just how devastating Ambassador Gordon Sondland’s testimony on Wednesday was to Donald Trump’s defenders in Congress? Just look at the reaction of Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, as pointed out on Twitter by filmmaker Arlen Parsa. Spoiler alert: It […]

The unbearable persistence of Joe Biden

The unbearable persistence of Joe Biden. The most noteworthy event at Wednesday night’s Democratic debate in Atlanta was something that didn’t happen: Nobody did anything to change the fact that former Vice President Joe Biden is the seemingly unshakable front-runner for the nomination of his party. It’s easy to lose sight of how consistent the race has been since Biden […]

Atlanta Democratic debate shows the primary is anyone’s to win.

Atlanta Democratic debate shows the primary is anyone's to win.. About two-thirds of the way through Thursday night’s Democratic presidential debate in Atlanta, Sen. Kamala Harris was asked about her recent criticism of Pete Buttigieg’s superficial outreach to black voters. By the fifth debate, just a couple of months before the first voting contests, this sort of question would usually […]

LIVEBLOG: Sondland Testifies Publicly After Being Labeled Key To The Ukraine Gambit | Talking Points Memo

LIVEBLOG: Sondland Testifies Publicly After Being Labeled Key To The Ukraine Gambit | Talking Points Memo. by Tierney Sneed · November 20, 2019 Another marathon day of impeachment proceeding begins Wednesday with the public testimony of Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union. Sondland, who donated $1 million to President Trump’s inaugural, was a key figure in the […]

‘Everyone’s going to come for Pete’: Buttigieg faces debate spotlight – POLITICO

‘Everyone’s going to come for Pete’: Buttigieg faces debate spotlight – POLITICO. Pete Buttigieg will take the stage at Wednesday’s debate as a serious threat to the top Democratic presidential candidates for the first time. And that makes the debate a serious threat for him. The South Bend, Ind., mayor, is riding his best poll numbers yet in Iowa and […]

Impeachment hearings: Kurt Volker, Republican witness, contradicts Republican arguments – Vox

Impeachment hearings: Kurt Volker, Republican witness, contradicts Republican arguments – Vox. When House Intelligence Committee Democrats offered Republicans the opportunity to suggest impeachment inquiry witnesses, Kurt Volker — the former US special representative to Ukraine — made the list. And yet in his opening statement Tuesday, Volker made a number of points that seemed quite bad for the case President […]

Kurt Volker Says He Was Clueless That Trump’s Desire For Burisma Probe Was About Joe Biden | HuffPost

Kurt Volker Says He Was Clueless That Trump’s Desire For Burisma Probe Was About Joe Biden | HuffPost. Kurt Volker, President Donald Trump’s former special envoy to Ukraine, testified that he was oblivious to the connection between President Donald Trump’s desire for an investigation into the Ukrainian gas company Burisma and targeting former Vice President Joe Biden. Volker was trying […]

Impeachment Day 3: Republicans Continue Their Attack on Reason and Reality – Mother Jones

Impeachment Day 3: Republicans Continue Their Attack on Reason and Reality – Mother Jones. “Are you aware that Democrats were accused in 1968 of voting irregularities? Do you know that Democratic officials were involved in private opposition research efforts targeting the president? Do you know that Bob Woodward was part of a secret society at Yale University?” Those are the […]

The Republicans’ Ukraine conspiracy theory is going mainstream

The Republicans' Ukraine conspiracy theory is going mainstream. Republicans are getting to the rock-bottom of it. They have defended President Trump throughout the public impeachment hearings by arguing his gangster efforts to force a Ukrainian investigation into its (imagined) interference in the 2016 election were actually completely legitimate. Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) has made this point repeatedly, assailing Democrats for […]

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood review: Tom Hanks’ Mr. Rogers movie isn’t really about Mr. Rogers.

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood review: Tom Hanks’ Mr. Rogers movie isn’t really about Mr. Rogers.. The opening scene of A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Marielle Heller’s not-quite-biopic of the beloved children’s television titan Fred Rogers, establishes a relationship between screen and audience that’s at first comforting, then unsettling. A door opens on a living-room set that will […]

Oy! The Biggest Shifts In Kurt Volker’s Ukraine Testimony | Talking Points Memo

Oy! The Biggest Shifts In Kurt Volker’s Ukraine Testimony | Talking Points Memo. by Josh Kovensky · November 19, 2019 Former Special Envoy for the Ukraine Crisis Kurt Volker updated his testimony for public consumption on Tuesday, making key changes to his recollection of his involvement at the center of President Trump’s and Rudy Giuliani’s pressure campaign on Ukraine. The […]

Iran’s leadership faces its biggest test of survival – POLITICO

Iran’s leadership faces its biggest test of survival – POLITICO. The Islamic Republic of Iran is facing the greatest threat to its survival since the war with Iraq in the 1980s. The Revolutionary Guards, who answer directly to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on Monday issued an ominous threat of “decisive” action against the (at least) tens of thousands of […]

Trump Israel settlements: Mike Pompeo’s big move, briefly explained – Vox

Trump Israel settlements: Mike Pompeo’s big move, briefly explained – Vox. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Monday that he is reversing a longstanding State Department legal opinion labeling Israel’s settlements in the West Bank at odds with international law. This new position sharply contradicts mainstream interpretations of the law, the historic US approach to the conflict, and […]

‘Fox & Friends’ Hosts Gush Over Convicted War Criminal Pardoned By Trump | HuffPost

'Fox & Friends' Hosts Gush Over Convicted War Criminal Pardoned By Trump | HuffPost. A convicted war criminal pardoned by President Donald Trump stopped by “Fox & Friends” on Monday for his first interview since being released from military prison, and the show’s hosts were apparently over the moon about it. Army 1st Lt. Clint Lorance told hosts Steve Doocy, […]

Colin Kaepernick’s Workout Day Was a Total Shitshow, Even by NFL Standards – Mother Jones

Colin Kaepernick’s Workout Day Was a Total Shitshow, Even by NFL Standards – Mother Jones. Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who became the object of intense conservative criticism for kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and discrimination against African Americans, was set to hit the field this weekend, with a highly anticipated showcase to pave the way […]

Elizabeth Warren should have stuck to her guns

Elizabeth Warren should have stuck to her guns. What is Elizabeth Warren playing at? The Democratic presidential candidate seemingly backed off her commitment to unconditional Medicare-for-all last week when she released a new plan which would break the effort into two parts. Among a slew of executive actions, Warren would lower the Medicare eligibility age to 50, and enroll anyone […]

If the Republican Party doesn’t figure out what suburban voters want, it’s gonna be avocado toast!

If the Republican Party doesn’t figure out what suburban voters want, it’s gonna be avocado toast!. Last Thursday, Donald Trump held a rally in Louisiana to support Republican gubernatorial candidate Eddie Rispone. At the rally, Republican Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy asserted that he, Trump, and Rispone stood with ordinary everyday folks against the purported condescension of the Democratic Party and […]

Trump Made A Mysterious Unscheduled Hospital Visit. Here’s What We Know.

Trump Made A Mysterious Unscheduled Hospital Visit. Here’s What We Know.. by Cristina Cabrera · November 18, 2019 President Donald Trump made an unscheduled visit to a hospital near Washington this weekend, and the White House’s bizarre explanation has spurred questions over the true nature of the visit. At around 2:45 p.m. ET on Saturday, Trump went to Walter Reed […]

California Dems question whether it’s time for Harris to drop out – POLITICO

California Dems question whether it’s time for Harris to drop out – POLITICO. Confronted by an army of reporters after speaking before 5,000 cheering Democrats in her home state, Sen. Kamala Harris delivered a defiant response to recent media reports that her flagging campaign is crippled by internal disputes and on the ropes. “I am very supportive of my campaign, […]

2020 Iowa poll: Buttigieg becomes Iowa’s Democratic presidential frontrunner – Vox

2020 Iowa poll: Buttigieg becomes Iowa’s Democratic presidential frontrunner – Vox. The latest poll in Iowa shows South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg with a resounding lead in the Democratic presidential primary for the first time. A November telephone poll conducted by noted Iowa pollster J. Ann Selzer for CNN and the Des Moines Register saw Buttigieg soar to 25 […]

Trump Calls Fox News’ Chris Wallace ‘Nasty & Obnoxious’ Over Steve Scalise Interview | HuffPost

Trump Calls Fox News' Chris Wallace 'Nasty & Obnoxious' Over Steve Scalise Interview | HuffPost. President Donald Trump lambasted Fox News’ Chris Wallace on Sunday hours after the veteran journalist subjected Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) to a thorny line of questioning about the House’s ongoing impeachment inquiry. The president tweeted that Scalise, one of his loudest cheerleaders in Congress, “blew […]

Trump’s secret sauce

Trump's secret sauce. Even as the country is poised to debate whether President Trump deserves a second term — or should be allowed to complete his first one — Republicans still haven’t settled on why he won in 2016. Is it because he staked out a set of positions on immigration, trade, and foreign policy that set him apart from […]

Report: Trump went to hospital for unscheduled medical exam.

Report: Trump went to hospital for unscheduled medical exam.. President Donald Trump was examined by doctors at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Saturday, in a hospital visit that CNN described as unscheduled and unannounced. In public statements and interviews, White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said the president had made an off-the-cuff decision to use his free time […]

Chris Wallace Tells Scalise He Mischaracterized Impeachment Testimonies ‘Very Badly’ | Talking Points Memo

Chris Wallace Tells Scalise He Mischaracterized Impeachment Testimonies ‘Very Badly’ | Talking Points Memo. by Cristina Cabrera · November 17, 2019 Fox News host Chris Wallace shut down House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) on Sunday when the Republican leader tried to downplay the public testimonies held last week that detailed President Donald Trump’s Ukraine scheme. Scalise argued on “Fox […]

Trump pardons soldiers implicated in war crimes – POLITICO

Trump pardons soldiers implicated in war crimes – POLITICO. President Donald Trump, carrying through on a previous pledge, granted full pardons on Friday to a pair of Army officers convicted of or charged with war crimes — and also promoted a Navy SEAL who was tried and acquitted for similar violations of the laws of armed conflict. The grants of […]

Louisiana restored voting rights for ex-prisoners. Now it’s under attack. – Vox

Louisiana restored voting rights for ex-prisoners. Now it’s under attack. – Vox. Shauntelle Mitchell waited in her local polling station in Slidell, Louisiana, and contemplated leaving. The October primary election would be her first time voting in years — her criminal record had prevented her from casting a ballot since 2011. This year, re-registered and finally free to vote, she […]

Barr Rips ‘War Of Resistance Against’ Trump In Partisan Rant | HuffPost

Barr Rips 'War Of Resistance Against' Trump In Partisan Rant | HuffPost. Hours after a new witness testified in the House’s latest impeachment hearing on Friday, Attorney General William Barr railed against Democrats for declaring a “war of resistance against this administration.” In a speech before the conservative Federalist Society, Barr rebuked lawmakers for probing President Donald Trump’s potential power […]

Colin Kaepernick’s Workout Day Was a Total Shitshow, Even by NFL Standards – Mother Jones

Colin Kaepernick’s Workout Day Was a Total Shitshow, Even by NFL Standards – Mother Jones. Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who became the object of intense conservative criticism for kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and discrimination against African Americans, was set to hit the field this weekend, with a highly anticipated showcase to pave the way […]

Group therapy on Capitol Hill

Group therapy on Capitol Hill. “How did that make you feel?” I lost count of how many times Marie Yovanovitch, the former ambassador to Ukraine dismissed by President Trump, was asked this question during Friday’s impeachment hearing. The implication seemed to be that the most significant information this career diplomat could impart to the American people was whether the erstwhile […]

Obama warns Democratic presidential candidates not to move too far left.

Obama warns Democratic presidential candidates not to move too far left.. by Daniel Politi · November 16, 2019 Former President Barack Obama speaks to guests at the Obama Foundation Summit on the campus of the Illinois Institute of Technology on October 29, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Scott Olson/Getty Images Former President Barack Obama has taken pains to avoid commenting on […]

Why Did The Rudy Syndicate Want Yovanovitch Fired? | Talking Points Memo

Why Did The Rudy Syndicate Want Yovanovitch Fired? | Talking Points Memo. by Josh Marshall · November 16, 2019 As details emerge out of the Ukraine impeachment drama, we still have no clear explanation for why members of the Giuliani criminal syndicate were so intent on getting Ambassador Maria Yovanovitch removed from her post in Kyiv. In her testimony, even […]

‘No discipline. No plan. No strategy.’: Kamala Harris campaign in meltdown – POLITICO

‘No discipline. No plan. No strategy.’: Kamala Harris campaign in meltdown – POLITICO. Kamala Harris’ campaign is careening toward a crackup. As the California senator crisscrosses the country trying to revive her sputtering presidential bid, aides at her fast-shrinking headquarters are deep into the finger-pointing stages. And much of the blame is being placed on campaign manager Juan Rodriguez. After […]

Impeachment hearings: As Trump trashes Marie Yovanovitch on Twitter, she responds in real time – Vox

Impeachment hearings: As Trump trashes Marie Yovanovitch on Twitter, she responds in real time – Vox. by Aaron Rupar · November 15, 2019 Former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch delivered a powerful opening statement during her testimony before House impeachment investigators on Friday. She detailed her decades of service as a diplomat, and expressed concern that her sudden ouster […]

Deval Patrick Ousted Officials Who Wanted His Brother-In-Law To Register As A Sex Offender | HuffPost

Deval Patrick Ousted Officials Who Wanted His Brother-In-Law To Register As A Sex Offender | HuffPost. As governor of Massachusetts, Deval Patrick dismissed two top officials at the state’s sex offender registry board after they questioned a hearing officer’s decision that Patrick’s brother-in-law didn’t have to register as a sex offender despite a conviction for spousal rape. Three years after […]

Bernie Sanders and AOC Want to Commit $180 Billion to Turn Public Housing Green – Mother Jones

Bernie Sanders and AOC Want to Commit $180 Billion to Turn Public Housing Green – Mother Jones. Socialist Democrats are pushing the progressive envelope with a new iteration of Green New Deal legislation this week, this time with a focus on public housing. On Thursday, New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders introduced a new bill that […]

Elizabeth Warren’s wealth tax is bad politics and worse policy

Elizabeth Warren's wealth tax is bad politics and worse policy. Most Americans have never heard of Lloyd Blankfein or know he ran Goldman Sachs during the financial crisis. But Blankfein continues to be a popular villain for populists on the left and right. For instance, he appeared in Donald Trump’s closing 2016 commercial attacking the “global political establishment.” And he […]

Impeachment hearings, Day 2: Nunes, Stefanik pretend to be “gagged.”

Impeachment hearings, Day 2: Nunes, Stefanik pretend to be "gagged.". by Jim Newell · November 15, 2019 Rep. Elise Stefanik questions former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch as she testifies before the House Intelligence Committee in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill on November 15, 2019 in Washington, DC. Pool/Getty Images When the House Intelligence committee returned […]

Roger Stone Found Guilty On All Counts | Talking Points Memo

Roger Stone Found Guilty On All Counts | Talking Points Memo. Roger Stone has been found guilty on all of the counts against him, including obstruction, five counts of false statements, and witness tampering. The trial lasted a little over a week and the jury spent less than two days deliberating. Stone was indicted in January by the Washington, D.C. […]

How Deval Patrick could torpedo Joe Biden – POLITICO

How Deval Patrick could torpedo Joe Biden – POLITICO. Deval Patrick looks like the ideal candidate to break Joe Biden’s grip on African-American voters. He‘s just the second elected black governor since Reconstruction and has close ties with former President Barack Obama. But even as the former Massachusetts governor’s entry into the race is embraced by many black lawmakers and […]

“Pizzazz”: Impeachment hearing coverage illustrated media’s shortcomings – Vox

“Pizzazz”: Impeachment hearing coverage illustrated media’s shortcomings – Vox. The first public impeachment hearing on Wednesday featured testimony from two State Department officials, Bill Taylor and George Kent, who detailed why they concluded that President Donald Trump’s Ukraine policy was not about the national interest, but about digging up dirt on his political opponents. It also included a new revelation […]

Bloomberg Acknowledges ‘Disrespectful’ Comments He’s Made About Women | HuffPost

Bloomberg Acknowledges 'Disrespectful' Comments He's Made About Women | HuffPost. Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire businessman who is expected to join the Democratic presidential race, acknowledged that he’s made “disrespectful” comments about women after The New York Times resurfaced a batch of sexist jokes he allegedly made nearly 30 years ago. “Mike has come to see that some of what he […]

The Democrats’ Impeachment Strategy Is Simple—and Risky – Mother Jones

The Democrats’ Impeachment Strategy Is Simple—and Risky – Mother Jones. Less is more. That’s the mantra for the House Democrats, as they take their impeachment inquiry into a new phase: public hearings. For weeks, the House committees leading this effort—the intelligence, foreign affairs, and oversight committees—have narrowly focused on one matter: the Trump-Ukraine scandal and the tale of Donald Trump […]

Dazed and confused at the Democrats’ impeachment hearing

Dazed and confused at the Democrats' impeachment hearing. The best thing that can be said about Wednesday’s impeachment hearing is that at least some people got to drink because of it. The bars in Washington were open early, and members of my profession were able to conduct themselves much as they had in happier times. I do wonder what George […]

Senate confirms Steven Menashi, flipping 2nd U.S. Circuit for Trump.

Senate confirms Steven Menashi, flipping 2nd U.S. Circuit for Trump.. The Senate confirmed Steven Menashi to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday by a vote of 51–41. Every Republican present except Sen. Susan Collins supported Menashi; every Democrat present opposed him. With this confirmation, Donald Trump has flipped the 2nd Circuit to a majority of Republican appointees—a […]

Trump exposed: A brutal day for the president – POLITICO

Trump exposed: A brutal day for the president – POLITICO. Perhaps it was George Kent’s bow tie, which looked like it was paying homage to Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox, but a dramatic day of testimony on Capitol Hill sent the mind back to one of the more compelling vignettes to emerge from that earlier scandal. Richard Nixon was relaxing, in […]

Deval Patrick Is Running For President: Reports | HuffPost

Deval Patrick Is Running For President: Reports | HuffPost. First he definitely wasn’t, then he was rumored to be considering it, and now it’s official: Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick told senior Democrats Wednesday he’s running for president, according to The New York Times and CNN. Rumors of Patrick’s potential entrance in the race first surfaced Monday when anonymous sources […]

The Democrats’ Impeachment Strategy Is Simple—and Risky – Mother Jones

The Democrats’ Impeachment Strategy Is Simple—and Risky – Mother Jones. Less is more. That’s the mantra for the House Democrats, as they take their impeachment inquiry into a new phase: public hearings. For weeks, the House committees leading this effort—the intelligence, foreign affairs, and oversight committees—have narrowly focused on one matter: the Trump-Ukraine scandal and the tale of Donald Trump […]

Dazed and confused at the Democrats’ impeachment hearing

Dazed and confused at the Democrats' impeachment hearing. The best thing that can be said about Wednesday’s impeachment hearing is that at least some people got to drink because of it. The bars in Washington were open early, and members of my profession were able to conduct themselves much as they had in happier times. I do wonder what George […]

Why is it so cold.

Why is it so cold.. As I type this, my hands are still thawing out from my morning walk with my dog, who is still wearing her coat. Both of us are huddled under a fuzzy blanket in front of a space heater. In Chicago, where thousands of flights are messed up, one unsuspecting visitor told USA Today, “I woke […]

In Impeachment Surprise, Taylor Unveils New Evidence Directly Implicating Trump | Talking Points Memo

In Impeachment Surprise, Taylor Unveils New Evidence Directly Implicating Trump | Talking Points Memo. The acting ambassador to Ukraine dropped a bombshell Wednesday, testifying to a previously unknown conversation that President Trump had that directly implicated him in the pressure campaign against Ukraine. The explosive new claim did not come up in Taylor’s closed-door testimony — the ambassador said he’d […]

Michael Bloomberg, Deval Patrick blindside Dem primary field – POLITICO

Michael Bloomberg, Deval Patrick blindside Dem primary field – POLITICO. The center of the Democratic Party is throwing a fit. The party’s moderate wing has suddenly produced back-to-back threats of Michael Bloomberg and Deval Patrick entering the presidential primary, revealing its determination to have an imposing presence in a race shaped by unrestrained liberal policy prescriptions and candidates. The two […]

Fracking ban: the best case for and against one – Vox

Fracking ban: the best case for and against one – Vox. The question of what to do about hydraulic fracturing, aka fracking, of oil and natural gas has emerged as a rich vein of debate in the 2020 race for the White House. Several Democratic presidential contenders including Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Kamala Harris, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren have proposed […]

Hillary Clinton Says ‘Many, Many People’ Urging Her To Run In 2020 | HuffPost

Hillary Clinton Says ‘Many, Many People’ Urging Her To Run In 2020 | HuffPost. Hillary Clinton said Tuesday she had no plans to become the latest Democrat to throw her hat into an already crowded ring vying for the presidency, but said Tuesday “many, many, many people” had urged her to enter the race before 2020 filing deadlines. “I, as […]

The Most Loyal Trump Official Is Actually a Black Woman – Mother Jones

The Most Loyal Trump Official Is Actually a Black Woman – Mother Jones. “You have not been the kindest journalist to me,” Lynne Patton told me over the phone. I could not argue with that: In reporting on her rise from Trump family aide to a key offic­ial at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, I’ve covered her one-month […]

The Democratic coalition is too big

The Democratic coalition is too big. Is the Democratic coalition too big to win the presidency in 2020? It sounds like a joke — a political version of the old Yogi Berra one-liner about a local restaurant: “Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.” Yet however paradoxical, the statement about the Democrats may nonetheless be true. The party could well […]

John Roberts and the Supreme Court seem ready to let Trump kill DACA.

John Roberts and the Supreme Court seem ready to let Trump kill DACA.. Hard-line conservatives in the Trump administration decide they want to alter an executive policy from the Obama era. They gather together to discuss their plan and realize that it is politically unpalatable: The real reasons for their decision are deeply infected with xenophobia and racism. So, instead, […]

What Was Up With Bob Mueller? | Talking Points Memo

What Was Up With Bob Mueller? | Talking Points Memo. by Josh Marshall · November 12, 2019 Today’s revelations out of the Roger Stone case put just one more weight on the branch of the Mueller probe’s credibility and probably far more weight than it can bear. Credibility in this context is a very fraught and weighty word. I don’t […]

Why Biden is crushing it nationally — but slipping in Iowa and N.H. – POLITICO

Why Biden is crushing it nationally — but slipping in Iowa and N.H. – POLITICO. The disparity between his national and early state poll numbers is a source of frustration for his campaign — and hope for his rivals. Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a rally in Concord, New Hampshire, on Friday. | Scott Eisen/Getty Images 11/11/2019 05:04 […]

The number of migrants apprehended at the southern border has plummeted 75% since May – Vox

The number of migrants apprehended at the southern border has plummeted 75% since May – Vox. The number of migrants apprehended at the southern border dropped again in October to 36,300, marking the fifth month straight they have declined, according to the Wall Street Journal. The decline in border apprehensions, which have decreased by about 75 percent since their height of […]

Jane Fonda Swears Off Shopping By Announcing Her Last Clothing Purchase | HuffPost

Jane Fonda Swears Off Shopping By Announcing Her Last Clothing Purchase | HuffPost. Prepare to see Jane Fonda recycling some of her looks. The “Grace and Frankie” actor announced Friday in Washington, D.C., that she is going to try to stop purchasing clothing in the near future, for environmental reasons. She spoke about her decision during her now-famous “Fire Drill […]