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‘Tom who?’: Dems brush off Steyer’s impeachment push – POLITICO

‘Tom who?’: Dems brush off Steyer’s impeachment push – POLITICO. Democrats are defending Rep. Jerry Nadler as billionaire Tom Steyer holds a town hall in Manhattan and pushes lawmakers to impeach Trump. House Democrats are rallying behind Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler as he faces growing pressure from the left flank to launch impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump. Driving […]

Elizabeth Warren’s new child-care proposal is the real deal.

Elizabeth Warren's new child-care proposal is the real deal.. Bringing down the absurd cost of child care in the United States is one of the most obvious yet under-appreciated ways that Washington could bump up the country’s economic growth. On Monday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren showed that she is one of the few politicians who seems to understand that opportunity, unveiling […]

Trump Administration Says It Will Rescind $929 Million In Funds For California High-Speed Rail | HuffPost

Trump Administration Says It Will Rescind $929 Million In Funds For California High-Speed Rail | HuffPost. The U.S. Transportation Department on Tuesday said it intends to terminate an agreement that would have granted nearly $929 million in federal funds for California’s ambitious and controversial high-speed rail project. The department said it had determined that the California High-Speed Rail Authority had […]

How Bernie can win

How Bernie can win. Bernie Sanders is officially running for president. This time he starts in both a stronger and weaker position than he did when he first ran in 2016 — with high name recognition and strong popularity ratings, but in a very crowded field with lots of candidates eager to steal some of his left-wing thunder. Sanders could […]

Stone apologizes to federal judge for posting photo of her with crosshairs – POLITICO

Stone apologizes to federal judge for posting photo of her with crosshairs – POLITICO. Days after a federal judge gagged Roger Stone from talking about the special counsel’s Russia investigation around U.S. District Court in Washington, the Republican strategist and provocateur on Monday posted a photo of the judge with crosshairs in the background. “Through legal trickery Deep State hitman […]

16 states sue the Trump administration over national emergency declaration – Vox

16 states sue the Trump administration over national emergency declaration – Vox. Sixteen states, including California, New York, and Michigan, are suing over Trump’s decision to declare a national emergency to obtain funding for a border wall. The suit against the Trump administration is the latest one the White House faces over the president’s announcement. The ACLU as well as […]

Elizabeth Warren To Unveil Sweeping Plan For Universal Child Care | HuffPost

Elizabeth Warren To Unveil Sweeping Plan For Universal Child Care | HuffPost. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) will unveil a major new initiative on Tuesday designed to make sure every family can afford high-quality child care, according to several people who have heard about the proposal or seen material describing it in the past week. The plan seeks to make access […]

Why the German economy is sputtering

Why the German economy is sputtering. The German economy ground to a halt in the fourth quarter of last year. For most economic observers, this was a startling development. Despite the never-ending economic crises wracking Europe, Germany seemed like a perpetual bright spot, steadily clocking in 2-to-2.5 percent real GDP growth since 2014. But in the last year, Germany’s growth […]

5 Most Eye-Opening Insights From McCabe’s CBS Interview – Talking Points Memo

5 Most Eye-Opening Insights From McCabe’s CBS Interview – Talking Points Memo. by Kate Riga Former acting FBI director Andrew McCabe gave a much-touted interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes” that aired Sunday, during which he elaborated on the obstruction of justice probe, the aftermath of former FBI Director James Comey’s firing and the measures he has taken to ensure that […]

Opinion | Bill de Blasio: The Path Amazon Rejected – The New York Times

Opinion | Bill de Blasio: The Path Amazon Rejected – The New York Times. The first word I had that Amazon was about to scrap an agreement to bring 25,000 new jobs to New York City came an hour before it broke in the news on Thursday. The call was brief and there was little explanation for the company’s reversal. […]

I’m really upset about losing Amazon’s HQ2.

I’m really upset about losing Amazon’s HQ2.. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio had called Amazon’s decision to move to Queens the single biggest economic development deal in New York City history. And that means he just lost the single biggest economic development deal in New York City history. Amazon was supposed to get $3 billion in subsidies. In exchange, […]

DNC: Democratic National Committee votes down a ban on corporate PAC donations – Vox

DNC: Democratic National Committee votes down a ban on corporate PAC donations – Vox. An internal fight is roiling the Democratic National Committee over whether to forgo corporate PAC money and make a big statement against money in politics as the 2020 presidential election starts to shift into high gear. A small group of committee members thinks the DNC needs […]

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Won’t ‘Settle For Scraps,’ Post-Amazon | HuffPost

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Won't 'Settle For Scraps,' Post-Amazon | HuffPost. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) urged her constituents to raise the bar on job creation following Amazon’s scrapped plans for a headquarters in New York City. “We need to create dignified jobs in New York City, jobs that pay well, jobs that contribute to community, jobs that are part of a moral […]

The burden of the female politician

The burden of the female politician. An odd dynamic is developing in this first phase of the 2020 presidential race. Even as several female Democratic candidates, including Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris, gain traction, Democratic voters and party officials alike are fretting over the wisdom of putting another woman at the top of the ticket. Needless to say, these […]

Iran To Europe: Do More To Save The Nuclear Deal! – Talking Points Memo

Iran To Europe: Do More To Save The Nuclear Deal! – Talking Points Memo. Europeans need to do more than talk if they want to preserve a deal meant to keep Tehran from obtaining a nuclear weapon after the unilateral withdrawal of the United States, Iran’s foreign minister said Sunday, slamming Washington as the “biggest source of destabilization” in the […]

California’s move to Super Tuesday hands Harris a big edge in 2020 – POLITICO

California’s move to Super Tuesday hands Harris a big edge in 2020 – POLITICO. ‘Our strategy runs straight through California,’ says a top adviser. But a subpar performance in her home state could also sink Harris’ candidacy. Kamala Harris is building a wall around California. The Democratic senator has been activating her forces on the home front since launching her […]

Nancy Pelosi bet on the courts to stop Trump’s emergency wall. Big mistake.

Nancy Pelosi bet on the courts to stop Trump’s emergency wall. Big mistake.. President Donald Trump declared a national emergency on Friday in order to build a barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border. If he ultimately gets the wall he wants, it will only be because Democrats who control the House of Representatives let him have it. Fortunately, the Constitution does […]

Bill and Melinda Gates annual letter 2019: is their fortune justifiable? – Vox

Bill and Melinda Gates annual letter 2019: is their fortune justifiable? – Vox. Finding the best ways to do good. Made possible by The Rockefeller Foundation. Bill and Melinda Gates are odd billionaires. The Gateses, who released their foundation’s annual letter this week, are not cartoonishly out-of-touch would-be aesthetes like Steven Schwarzman, the private equity billionaire who gave Yale $150 […]

Trump’s never-ending fantasy about the Wall

Trump's never-ending fantasy about the Wall. Did Mexico finally pick up the phone? I can think of no other reason why President Trump should suddenly have decided on Thursday, after weeks of pointless congressional wrangling and the longest (partial) government shutdown in history, that he is going to build his border wall by executive fiat after all. The whole thing […]

Nancy Pelosi bet on the courts to stop Trump’s emergency wall. Big mistake.

Nancy Pelosi bet on the courts to stop Trump’s emergency wall. Big mistake.. President Donald Trump declared a national emergency on Friday in order to build a barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border. If he ultimately gets the wall he wants, it will only be because Democrats who control the House of Representatives let him have it. Fortunately, the Constitution does […]

2019 has been Trump’s most disjunctive year yet. And it’s only February. – Vox

2019 has been Trump’s most disjunctive year yet. And it’s only February. – Vox. A few weeks after the longest government shutdown in history, projected to have cost $3 billion in lost GDP, it looks as though we won’t have another one right away. Over the objections of leaders in his own party, Trump has announced that he will declare […]

Supreme Court Will Hear Case Challenging Citizenship Question In 2020 Census | HuffPost

Supreme Court Will Hear Case Challenging Citizenship Question In 2020 Census | HuffPost. The U.S. Supreme Court announced on Friday that it would hear an expedited appeal in a case seeking to block the Trump administration from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The justices’ decision to take up the case of Department of Commerce v. New York […]

This Is the Green New Deal’s Biggest Problem – Mother Jones

This Is the Green New Deal’s Biggest Problem – Mother Jones. by Alex Baca Sprawl is made possible by highways. This is expensive—in 2015, the Victoria Transport Policy Institute estimated that sprawl costs America more than $1 trillion a year in reduced business activity, environmental damage, consumer expenses, and other costs. Leaving aside the emissions from the 1.1 billion trips […]

Good riddance to Amazon’s New York swindle

Good riddance to Amazon's New York swindle. After a tremendous backlash from community leaders and activists, Amazon is reversing plans to place a new headquarters in Queens — and more importantly, giving up a giant sack of tax benefits (totaling over $3 billion) from various parts of the New York government. That outrageous handout — negotiated in secret with New […]

Trump Laments He’ll ‘Never’ Get Nobel Prize: Obama Got It After ’15 Seconds’ In Office – Talking Points Memo

Trump Laments He’ll ‘Never’ Get Nobel Prize: Obama Got It After ’15 Seconds’ In Office – Talking Points Memo. by Nicole Lafond President Trump is salty he hasn’t gotten the Nobel Peace Prize yet, unlike his predecessor who Trump said received the honor about “15 seconds” after being elected. “Prime Minister Abe of Japan gave me the most beautiful copy […]

‘I feel bad for him at this point’: Democrats starting to dismiss Schultz – POLITICO

'I feel bad for him at this point': Democrats starting to dismiss Schultz – POLITICO. Democratic National Committee members said their fears are eased by what they’ve seen so far from the billionaire coffee magnate. Here’s how poorly Howard Schultz’s presidential campaign float is going: Democrats who initially reacted with terror that his potential independent bid for president might hand […]

New York’s Anti-Amazon movement is a blueprint for critics of Big Tech.

New York’s Anti-Amazon movement is a blueprint for critics of Big Tech.. Amazon couldn’t cut it in New York City. The company announced Thursday that it no longer plans to open a 25,000-worker office in Long Island City, Queens, one of the two winners of its HQ2 search, a continental bake-off in which cities offered generous incentives for the e-commerce […]

Amazon HQ2 cancellation: Long Island City didn’t need this – Vox

Amazon HQ2 cancellation: Long Island City didn’t need this – Vox. Amazon announced Thursday morning that, in the face of backlash from local elected officials to the intended tax subsidies associated with the plans to build “HQ2” in Long Island City, it is going to drop the project entirely. That’s a good way for Amazon to send a message to […]

Polling, Grassroots Fundraising To Determine Who Qualifies For First DNC Debates | HuffPost

Polling, Grassroots Fundraising To Determine Who Qualifies For First DNC Debates | HuffPost. The Democratic National Committee announced Thursday that the first two presidential debates will be in June and July, with up to 20 candidates participating. About a dozen Democrats are already running for president or have launched exploratory committees, and more are expected to enter the race. NBC, […]

Why the Green New Deal Is So Vague About Food and Farming – Mother Jones

Why the Green New Deal Is So Vague About Food and Farming – Mother Jones. The Green New Deal resolution, released last week by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), offered broad visions for socially just and climate-ready food and farm policy. It called for a “10-year national mobilization” to “eliminate pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from […]

Good riddance to Amazon’s New York swindle

Good riddance to Amazon's New York swindle. After a tremendous backlash from community leaders and activists, Amazon is reversing plans to place a new headquarters in Queens — and more importantly, giving up a giant sack of tax benefits (totaling over $3 billion) from various parts of the New York government. That outrageous handout — negotiated in secret with New […]

The Art Of The Kneel: How Trump’s Tactics Kept Shrinking His Wall – Talking Points Memo

The Art Of The Kneel: How Trump’s Tactics Kept Shrinking His Wall – Talking Points Memo. by Cameron Joseph No big, beautiful wall after all. After forcing the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, seeing his poll numbers take a hit and stirring consternation from a broad swath of Republicans, President Trump looks poised to accept a bipartisan deal that […]

21 Savage’s Arrest Proves Trump’s Culture War Will Come for Everyone – GQ

21 Savage's Arrest Proves Trump's Culture War Will Come for Everyone – GQ. GQ · by Condé Nast On Super Bowl Sunday, news that 21 Savage was apprehended by Immigration and Customs Enforcement for allegedly being in the country illegally broke just before the game began, and proceeded to pinball across the Internet. Initial reports quickly twisted into jokes and […]

Gavin Newsom’s High-Speed Gift to Republicans – POLITICO Magazine

Gavin Newsom’s High-Speed Gift to Republicans – POLITICO Magazine. With one move, he turned California’s planned bullet train from an expensive bet on the future into an easy political attack line. Michael Grunwald is a senior staff writer for Politico Magazine. California’s $77 billion bullet-train project from San Francisco to Los Angeles was supposed to be a proof of concept at […]

Democrats push for back pay for federal contractors in border security deal – Vox

Democrats push for back pay for federal contractors in border security deal – Vox. Lawmakers are currently working furiously to hash out the details on a border security deal, and one thing that’s caught up in negotiations is a bill that would guarantee back pay for federal contractors affected by the recent government shutdown. Unlike other government employees who received […]

GOP Lawmakers Jettison Colin Kaepernick From Black History Month Resolution | HuffPost

GOP Lawmakers Jettison Colin Kaepernick From Black History Month Resolution | HuffPost. Wisconsin’s all-white GOP Assembly members on Tuesday removed former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick from a resolution honoring African-Americans during Black History Month. The state Assembly passed the resolution without Kaepernick for “obvious reasons,” said Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke. Loren Elliott / Reuters Colin Kaepernick helped launch the […]

The unaddressed sins of Kamala Harris and Amy Klobuchar

The unaddressed sins of Kamala Harris and Amy Klobuchar. Kamala Harris is in a tricky spot. Her experience as a local prosecutor who worked her way up to serve as San Francisco district attorney and California attorney general will no doubt feature prominently in her presidential campaign — but Harris is also visibly eager to demonstrate she’s hip to what […]

Northam Postpones Black History Month Event As Racist Photo Fallout Continues – Talking Points Memo

Northam Postpones Black History Month Event As Racist Photo Fallout Continues – Talking Points Memo. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration has postponed a reception to celebrate Black History Month as the governor continues to deal with the fallout from a racist yearbook photo. Northam spokeswoman Ofirah Yheskel said the reception has been moved from Wednesday to later this month. She […]

Why Kamala Harris is glad people are asking if she’s black enough – POLITICO

Why Kamala Harris is glad people are asking if she's black enough – POLITICO. Kamala Harris keeps getting asked if she’s black enough. And the California Democrat — whose presidential campaign is closely monitoring questions around her candidacy shared among African Americans and young people — has been more than happy to answer. Harris’ decision to sit for extended radio […]

CNN Howard Schultz town hall: a campaign based on 3 wrong ideas – Vox

CNN Howard Schultz town hall: a campaign based on 3 wrong ideas – Vox. by Ezra Klein · February 12, 2019 Tuesday night, CNN will host a live town hall with former Starbucks CEO, and potential presidential candidate, Howard Schultz. Why is Schultz, a political newcomer who “had the worst numbers of any potential candidate tested” in CNN’s own poll, […]

Elizabeth Warren Makes Surprise Appearance At Native American Conference | HuffPost

Elizabeth Warren Makes Surprise Appearance At Native American Conference | HuffPost. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) made a surprise appearance at a Native American conference on Tuesday. Her visit at the event, hosted by the National Conference of American Indians, comes after she apologized last week to the Cherokee Nation for releasing a DNA test in October in an attempt to […]

The One Thing All the 2020 Democratic Candidates Agree They Hate – Mother Jones

The One Thing All the 2020 Democratic Candidates Agree They Hate – Mother Jones. The field of Democratic candidates running for president in 2020 is still taking shape, but so far the contenders have agreed on one policy: Cash from corporate political action committees (PACs) is bad. That’s not an entirely new idea—in 2008 and 2012 Barack Obama rejected donations […]

How Trump wins in 2020

How Trump wins in 2020. If you want to know how President Trump can win re-election in 2020, you need only look at the headlines emanating from the Democrats over the past couple of weeks. It’s not just one headline. It’s the cumulative effect of them all. It’s also not as simple as saying that the Democrats are “moving too […]

Opinion | Democrats, Stop Groveling – The New York Times

Opinion | Democrats, Stop Groveling – The New York Times. Kirsten Gillibrand confronted a piece of fried chicken in South Carolina over the weekend. She began to eat it with a fork, realized that others around her were using their hands, asked if she should do likewise and ditched the utensils. Reading the reports of this, you got the sense […]

Opinion | Ilhan Omar’s Very Bad Tweets – The New York Times

Opinion | Ilhan Omar’s Very Bad Tweets – The New York Times. Last October, after a crude mail bomb was found in George Soros’s mailbox, Representative Kevin McCarthy, the California Republican who is now the House minority leader, tweeted, “We cannot allow Soros, Steyer and Bloomberg to buy this election!” The tweet, since deleted, was referring to Tom Steyer and […]

Virginia blackface scandal: Judge politicians by records and intent

Virginia blackface scandal: Judge politicians by records and intent. USA Today · by Michael J. Stern, Opinion contributor Every decades-old instance of blackface does not deserve the gong and the hook. Especially when civil rights are at stake, as they could be in Virginia. During my years as a federal prosecutor, my life was knee-deep in murder, international drug trafficking, […]

Negotiators reach deal ‘in principle’ to avert shutdown – POLITICO

Negotiators reach deal ‘in principle’ to avert shutdown – POLITICO. Democratic and Republican negotiators have reached “an agreement in principle” on a spending bill that would avert a government shutdown. “We reached an agreement in principle between us on all the homeland security and the other six bills,” said Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.). PREVIOUS Democratic and Republican negotiators said they […]

Ilhan Omar Israel Twitter controversy is a sign of clashes to come.

Ilhan Omar Israel Twitter controversy is a sign of clashes to come.. Rep. Ilhan Omar set off a fierce controversy Sunday by injecting a classic Puff Daddy aphorism into a debate over Israel’s influence in Washington. This particular outrage cycle may be short-lived, but the underlying intra-Democratic divide it exposed is likely to persist through presidential primary and beyond. Here’s […]

Justin Fairfax’s Law Firm Places Him On Leave Pending Investigation | HuffPost

Justin Fairfax's Law Firm Places Him On Leave Pending Investigation | HuffPost. The law firm that employs Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D) has placed him on leave pending an external investigation into sexual assault allegations leveled against him. The firm, Morrison & Foerster, announced the decision Friday in a statement first published by the National Law Journal. “The firm […]

This Is the Green New Deal’s Biggest Problem – Mother Jones

This Is the Green New Deal’s Biggest Problem – Mother Jones. by Alex Baca Sprawl is made possible by highways. This is expensive—in 2015, the Victoria Transport Policy Institute estimated that sprawl costs America more than $1 trillion a year in reduced business activity, environmental damage, consumer expenses, and other costs. Leaving aside the emissions from the 1.1 billion trips […]

Will Amy Klobuchar’s tough-on-crime history come back to haunt her?

Will Amy Klobuchar's tough-on-crime history come back to haunt her?. Amy Klobuchar, the Democratic Senator from Minnesota, announced her run for president on Sunday. Outdoors. In Minneapolis. In February. Naturally, she and the crowd were pelted with snow and ice throughout the event, and one could be forgiven for suspecting the setting was entirely intentional. What better way to introduce […]

Mueller Team Believes Potential Trump Pardon Tainted Manafort’s Cooperation – Talking Points Memo

Mueller Team Believes Potential Trump Pardon Tainted Manafort’s Cooperation – Talking Points Memo. by Josh Kovensky Last week’s release of the court transcript of a pre-sentencing hearing offered a rare view inside special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. But like jazz, what the document doesn’t say is arguably more important than what’s spelled out. The transcript shows that Mueller’s team […]

Juan Williams: Obama casts long shadow over 2020 | TheHill

Juan Williams: Obama casts long shadow over 2020 | TheHill. This president towers over the 2020 Democratic presidential primary. No, not President Trump. I’m talking about President Obama. Obama left office with a 59 percent approval rating and a 37 percent disapproval rating, according to Gallup. In late January, the Gallup poll ratings for President Trump were the exact inverse […]

How Amy Klobuchar Could Win The 2020 Democratic Nomination | FiveThirtyEight

How Amy Klobuchar Could Win The 2020 Democratic Nomination | FiveThirtyEight. Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar announced her candidacy for president at a rally in Minneapolis on Sunday, becoming the fifth Democratic senator1 to launch a campaign. In contrast to some of the big names — Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren — who had been expected to run for president […]

‘Progressive Prosecutor’: Can Kamala Harris Square the Circle? – The New York Times

‘Progressive Prosecutor’: Can Kamala Harris Square the Circle? – The New York Times. Ms. Harris seemed to try to be all things to all people as a district attorney and state attorney general. Now, as she runs for president, her record faces a chorus of critics, especially on the left. Senator Kamala Harris says her critics are imposing false choices […]

Michelle Obama Stuns and Surprises at the Grammys – Vogue

Michelle Obama Stuns and Surprises at the Grammys – Vogue. Alicia Keys may have been hosting the Grammy awards on Sunday night, but it was Michelle Obama who brought the house down: entering from offstage arm in arm with Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett-Smith, and Jennifer Lopez, the former first lady joined her compatriots in recounting exactly why music was so […]

Klobuchar jumps into presidential race – POLITICO

Klobuchar jumps into presidential race – POLITICO. “I don’t have a political machine. I don’t come from money. But what I do have is this: I have grit,” Sen. Amy Klobuchar said Sunday. The Minnesota senator becomes the first statewide elected Democrat from the Midwest to join the field. MINNEAPOLIS — Sen. Amy Klobuchar leapt into the 2020 presidential race […]

Justin Fairfax pressured to resign after Meredith Watson comes forward – Vox

Justin Fairfax pressured to resign after Meredith Watson comes forward – Vox. After treading carefully for a week after Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax was accused of sexual assault, top leaders in his party finally had enough on Friday — once a second accuser came forward. Over the last week, two women have gone public with detailed allegations of rape […]

Elizabeth Warren Suggests Trump May Be In Prison By 2020 | HuffPost

Elizabeth Warren Suggests Trump May Be In Prison By 2020 | HuffPost. President Donald Trump could soon be trading the White House for the big house if you ask Elizabeth Warren. The Massachusetts senator and Democratic presidential candidate suggested at a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Sunday that Trump, who is facing an ongoing federal investigation by special counsel […]

Jeff Bezos and the end of the sensational sext

Jeff Bezos and the end of the sensational sext. Would the person who cares about Jeff Bezos’ nude photos please stand up? On Thursday evening, the Amazon founder published an explosive Medium post accusing National Enquirer owner American Media Inc. of threatening to publish his sexually explicit photos to and from married TV anchor Lauren Sanchez unless Bezos stopped an […]

WaPo Reporter: Bezos Investigators Think ‘Government Entity’ Leaked Sexts – Talking Points Memo

WaPo Reporter: Bezos Investigators Think ‘Government Entity’ Leaked Sexts – Talking Points Memo. by Kate Riga Washington Post reporter Manuel Roig-Franzia said Thursday that Jeff Bezos’ investigators believe that a “government entity” may be behind the leak of Bezos’ sexts to the National Enquirer. “…They have begun to believe, the Bezos camp, that this publication by the National Enquirer might […]

Trump’s Attack on Socialism Is a Colossal Blunder | The New Republic

Trump’s Attack on Socialism Is a Colossal Blunder | The New Republic. by Alex Shephard · February 7, 2019 Donald Trump is perhaps the most unpopular president in recorded history, and he will soon face the most daunting re-election campaign in recent memory. Dogged by investigations and hamstrung by a lack of achievements, he has thus far failed to settle […]

Opinion | Daddy Warbucks Goes to War – The New York Times

Opinion | Daddy Warbucks Goes to War – The New York Times. Jeff Bezos understands survival instincts. As a hedge fund refugee, he conjured Amazon, the world’s biggest store, by tapping into our hunter-gatherer instincts, the compulsion to collect more stuff with less effort. Amazon became “the Prince of Darkness for retail,” Scott Galloway writes in “The Four: The Hidden […]

Is America Ready for a Single President? – POLITICO Magazine

Is America Ready for a Single President? – POLITICO Magazine. A bachelor in the White House? It’s such a compelling scenario that Aaron Sorkin once wrote a movie about it. “The American President” came out in 1995, years before “The West Wing” and decades before never-married Senator Cory Booker announced own run for president. Michael Douglas stars as a widowed […]

The Green New Deal: It’s a great idea, but even experts say it’s unrealistic.

The Green New Deal: It’s a great idea, but even experts say it’s unrealistic.. The goals of the Green New Deal are impossible. Which is exactly what makes it a great idea. Huh? Don’t you get it? By asking the impossible, the Green New Deal asks us to consider the possibilities! You see, a plan’s actual workability as a plan […]

Justin Fairfax pressured to resign after Meredith Watson comes forward – Vox

Justin Fairfax pressured to resign after Meredith Watson comes forward – Vox. After treading carefully for a week after Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax was accused of sexual assault, top leaders in his party finally had enough on Friday — once a second accuser came forward. Over the last week, two women have gone public with detailed allegations of rape […]

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam Will Focus On Racial Issues Instead Of Resigning | HuffPost

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam Will Focus On Racial Issues Instead Of Resigning | HuffPost. Amid calls for his resignation over a racist yearbook photo, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) revealed his intention to finish out the rest of his term by focusing on racial equality, he told The Washington Post in an interview published Saturday. Northam said he believes the […]

The Democrats’ dilemma

The Democrats' dilemma. A year from now, the 2020 primaries will be underway, with perhaps two dozen Democrats jockeying to take on President Trump. Democrats will face a critical calculation: Go big, or go safe? The young, progressive activists who are driving the party’s policy discussions see 2020 as a chance to run on a leftist wish list that includes […]

Trump Re-Election Campaign Piles On The Warren Heritage Mockery – Talking Points Memo

Trump Re-Election Campaign Piles On The Warren Heritage Mockery – Talking Points Memo. by Summer Concepcion President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign followed suit on POTUS’ notorious mockery of Native American ancestry claims by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) before her official 2020 presidential candidacy announcement Saturday. Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale said in a statement Saturday that Warren has been “exposed […]

Jeff Bezos’ blackmail allegation against AMI: What are the legal ramifications?

Jeff Bezos’ blackmail allegation against AMI: What are the legal ramifications?. Last year, we learned that American Media Inc., the company that publishes the National Enquirer, and its CEO, David Pecker, acted as a shield protecting Donald Trump against disclosure of his extramarital activities. In a nonprosecution agreement with the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, AMI […]

Nancy Pelosi Keeps Testing The Left — And The Left Keeps Taking It | HuffPost

Nancy Pelosi Keeps Testing The Left — And The Left Keeps Taking It | HuffPost. In just over a month as speaker, Nancy Pelosi has deftly navigated Democrats through the shutdown and solidified her position atop the House Democratic Caucus. But at what point does the reluctance of progressives to hit back at Pelosi’s mounting slights start looking less like […]

The Democrats’ dilemma

The Democrats' dilemma. A year from now, the 2020 primaries will be underway, with perhaps two dozen Democrats jockeying to take on President Trump. Democrats will face a critical calculation: Go big, or go safe? The young, progressive activists who are driving the party’s policy discussions see 2020 as a chance to run on a leftist wish list that includes […]

In his June Medical Services dissent, Brett Kavanaugh declared war on Roe v. Wade.

In his June Medical Services dissent, Brett Kavanaugh declared war on Roe v. Wade.. On Thursday night, the Supreme Court blocked a stringent Louisiana abortion law by a 5–4 vote, with Chief Justice John Roberts joining the liberals to keep the measure on hold. Roberts’ vote is surprising, but not a total shock: The Louisiana statute is a direct violation […]

Louisiana abortion law blocked by Supreme Court — for now – Vox

Louisiana abortion law blocked by Supreme Court — for now – Vox. The Supreme Court issued a stay on Thursday blocking enforcement of a Louisiana abortion law. The case could have implications for abortion rights nationwide. June Medical Services v. Gee concerns a 2014 Louisiana law requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a local hospital. Abortion rights advocates have […]

Here’s How the Green New Deal Resolution Could Shake Up Democrats’ Foreign Policy Debate – Mother Jones

Here’s How the Green New Deal Resolution Could Shake Up Democrats’ Foreign Policy Debate – Mother Jones. The Green New Deal resolution that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) are expected to release this week includes language about spurring similar efforts abroad, setting the stage for a debate on how climate change fits into Democrats‘ foreign policy […]

‘A Lot To Digest’: Weight Of Virginia Scandals Comes Down On Black Caucus – Talking Points Memo

‘A Lot To Digest’: Weight Of Virginia Scandals Comes Down On Black Caucus – Talking Points Memo. With Virginia’s top three elected officials engulfed in scandal, fellow Democrats were rendered practically speechless, uncertain of how to thread their way through the racial and sexual allegations and the tangled political implications. Gov. Ralph Northam’s career was already teetering over a racist […]

The Green New Deal means uncomfortable choices

The Green New Deal means uncomfortable choices. There is finally a legislative movement afoot to deal with climate change which has ambitions commensurate with the scale of the problem. It comes in the form of a draft Green New Deal resolution introduced by Democrats in both the House and the Senate, calling on the government “to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas […]

Virginia Democratic Scandal: Mark Herring Blackface Photo – The Atlantic

Virginia Democratic Scandal: Mark Herring Blackface Photo – The Atlantic. by David A. Graham · February 6, 2019 Mark Herring, Ralph Northam, and Justin Fairfax prepare for their inauguration in January 2018.Steve Helber / AP As the day broke on Wednesday, it seemed hard to believe that the Virginia Democratic Party’s spree of scandal could get any weirder and bleaker. […]

Kimmel, Fallon avoid Ralph Northam controversy in late-night monologues; both have histories using blackface in skits | Fox News

Kimmel, Fallon avoid Ralph Northam controversy in late-night monologues; both have histories using blackface in skits | Fox News. Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon, who had previously worn blackface, avoided the controversy surrounding Gov. Ralph Northam Late-night hosts who had previously worn blackface, Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon, avoided the controversy surrounding Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam in their monologues. […]

How Howard Schultz Created a Personality Cult at Starbucks – POLITICO Magazine

How Howard Schultz Created a Personality Cult at Starbucks – POLITICO Magazine. As a CEO, he projected an image of a charismatic leader with a personal touch and a mission to bring people together. But not all of his employees got on board. Derek Robertson is a news assistant for POLITICO Magazine. Follow him on Twitter @afternoondelete. Ever since former […]

Justin Fairfax sexual assault allegation: Vanessa Tyson statement – Vox

Justin Fairfax sexual assault allegation: Vanessa Tyson statement – Vox. Vanessa Tyson, a professor at Scripps College in California, has issued a detailed statement saying that Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of Virginia sexually assaulted her in 2004. Fairfax is in line to replace the state’s governor, Ralph Northam, should he resign. Northam is embroiled in a scandal around racist imagery […]

The State of the Union was Trump’s best speech in two years

The State of the Union was Trump's best speech in two years. President Trump gave his second State of the Union address Tuesday night, and only the most blinkered partisan could deny that the speech was a success. It was, in fact, the best speech this president has given in two years. Not since his inaugural address in January 2017 […]

Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address is a democratic con job

Donald Trump's State of the Union Address is a democratic con job. by Sally Kohn, Opinion contributor President Trump sprinkles enough bipartisan, democratic rhetoric to convince the country he’s trying to fix things and everyone else is the problem. In his State of the Union Address, President Donald J. Trump supposedly delivered a message of political unity and common, bipartisan […]

Trump calls for unity — on his terms – POLITICO

Trump calls for unity — on his terms – POLITICO. The State of the Union speech previewed by the White House appears to have almost nothing in common with Trump’s actual governing style. In the past few days, President Donald Trump has accused Speaker Nancy Pelosi of “hurting the country very badly” and claimed Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is […]

Trump’s 2019 SOTU demonstrated how he’s failing the art of the deal – Vox

Trump’s 2019 SOTU demonstrated how he’s failing the art of the deal – Vox. President Donald Trump’s most famous book, The Art of the Deal, says “you can’t con people, at least not for long. You can create excitement, you can do wonderful promotion and get all kinds of press, and you can throw in a little hyperbole. But if […]

Trump Blasts “Ridiculous Partisan Investigations” During State of the Union – Mother Jones

Trump Blasts “Ridiculous Partisan Investigations” During State of the Union – Mother Jones. President Donald Trump’s calls for a united government came to a halting stop during his State of the Union address on Tuesday when he appeared to fire a warning shot at congressional Democrats preparing to launch investigations into him and his administration, claiming that any probes could […]

2020 moderates have a credibility problem

2020 moderates have a credibility problem. Moderate Democrats, both at the presidential level and below, are facing a quandary. All the activist energy and ideas are on the left, with policies like Medicare-for-all, a Green New Deal, a child allowance, and so on. In the main, most moderates or former moderates — like Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, Joe Biden, and […]

What do Democratic voters want?

What do Democratic voters want?. Everybody knows that the Democratic Party has shifted to the left since losing the presidency to Donald Trump in 2016. Presidential candidates and charismatic House members are proposing big new government programs, including Medicare-for-all and a Green New Deal, along with creative and aggressive tax proposals. New York state has passed, and Virginia has considered, […]

Nancy Pelosi keeps quoting her favorite Bible verse, which is not actually in the Bible.

Nancy Pelosi keeps quoting her favorite Bible verse, which is not actually in the Bible.. Nancy Pelosi addressed a gathering of presidents of Christian colleges this week in Washington, where she thanked the evangelical community for its leadership on immigration and refugee policy reform. To this end, the speaker of the House quoted a favorite bit of biblical wisdom in […]

Trump State of the Union speech 2019: how to watch online and what to expect – Vox

Trump State of the Union speech 2019: how to watch online and what to expect – Vox. After a week’s delay resulting from the government shutdown and a standoff between President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the State of the Union is finally here. The president’s annual address will take place on Tuesday, February 5, starting at 9 […]

Democrats Want An Electable Nominee In 2020. They Just Don’t Know What That Means. | HuffPost

Democrats Want An Electable Nominee In 2020. They Just Don’t Know What That Means. | HuffPost. Democratic voters’ singular goal in picking a presidential nominee in 2020 is the defeat of President Donald Trump, overriding ideological concerns and policy disagreements, according to a new poll released Monday. The survey, conducted by New Jersey’s Monmouth University, asked Democratic voters and Democratic-leaning […]

House Dems Are Set to Take a Step to Help Robert Mueller Prosecute Perjury – Mother Jones

House Dems Are Set to Take a Step to Help Robert Mueller Prosecute Perjury – Mother Jones. The House intelligence committee is set to vote Wednesday to formally send the Justice Department transcripts of interviews from the panel’s investigation into Russian election interference, a step that could help special counsel Robert Mueller charge some witnesses with lying to Congress. Democrats […]

How Trump is changing the Democrats

How Trump is changing the Democrats. Media outlets have focused on how the Republican Party has changed its views in the Trump era. But the Democratic Party has also gone through an evolution. With President Trump in the White House, the Democrats have become devoted to blind resistance, flipping on issues they once advocated for simply because he shares their […]

Northam’s Med School Banned Yearbooks In 2013 Due To Racist Photos – Talking Points Memo

Northam’s Med School Banned Yearbooks In 2013 Due To Racist Photos – Talking Points Memo. by Kate Riga Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s (D) medical school, Eastern Virginia Medical School, banned yearbooks in 2013 after the inclusion of photos showing students dressed like Confederate soldiers, according to a Monday Washington Post report. The administration made that move nearly 30 years after […]

America, don’t abandon Afghanistan again (Opinion) – CNN

America, don't abandon Afghanistan again (Opinion) – CNN. CNN · by Abdul Rahman Rahmani and Jason Criss Howk Abdul Rahman Rahmani is an Afghan Special Mission Wing Pilot and the author of Afghanistan: A Collection of Stories. Rahmani is an Expeditionary Warfare School graduate from Marine Corps University. Jason Criss Howk is a retired US Army FAO (foreign area officer) […]

2020 Democratic holdouts wait for Harris, Warren to trip – POLITICO

2020 Democratic holdouts wait for Harris, Warren to trip – POLITICO. Several potential candidates are adopting a ‘white knight’ strategy, betting that the lost time doesn’t matter as much in this political environment. Beto O’Rourke has no timetable for deciding if he’ll run for president. Terry McAuliffe could stay on the sidelines until March, and Steve Bullock just opened a […]

Cory Booker controversy: Booker has a confusing answer on health care – Vox

Cory Booker controversy: Booker has a confusing answer on health care – Vox. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) was ready to take a victory lap during a press conference with reporters outside of his home in Newark, New Jersey, on Friday, hours after announcing his bid for the White House, but he accidentally created a firestorm on health care. Booker, who […]

Terry McAuliffe: ‘I’d Like To’ Run For President In 2020 | HuffPost

Terry McAuliffe: 'I'd Like To' Run For President In 2020 | HuffPost. Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) on Sunday inched closer to a possible presidential run in 2020, telling CNN’s Jake Tapper that he’s still deciding but would “like to do it.” McAuliffe has long been expected to toss his name in the 2020 race. Last month, he said […]

Amazon vs. the left

Amazon vs. the left. Almost three months after its dramatic HQ2 announcement, Amazon is trying hard to woo wary New Yorkers, said Elizabeth Kim and Jim O’Grady at Gothamist. Amazon and New York City officials have gone on “full-court press” to quell the public backlash to the plan. Presented with fanfare as the culmination of a contest between 238 candidates, […]

Opinion | The ‘Ethics’ of Trump’s Border Wall – The New York Times

Opinion | The ‘Ethics’ of Trump’s Border Wall – The New York Times. Is the border wall ethical? President Trump has suggested the wall is moral and those who oppose it immoral. His critics claim the opposite. To answer this, we have to consider its effect on humans. What harm could a border wall cause to immigrants and refugees, all […]

Climate Alarmists Reduced to Recycling Discredited Attacks on Skeptics

Climate Alarmists Reduced to Recycling Discredited Attacks on Skeptics. by Marc Sheppard · February 2, 2019 In their tireless effort to silence rational opposing opinion and force premature action to a climate crisis of their own making, Alarmists are ratchetting the doomsday scenarios up and the “time to act” window down. But high on their list of reasons to doubt […]

Warren flexes muscles with campaign kickoff tour – POLITICO

Warren flexes muscles with campaign kickoff tour – POLITICO. ‘There’s no question Warren is out front of the rest in terms of organization,’ says former Barack Obama strategist David Axelrod. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is preparing a robust, official launch to her presidential campaign in her home state of Massachusetts next week, followed by a six-state, cross country tour that will […]

How to root for the Patriots in the age of Trump.

How to root for the Patriots in the age of Trump.. Back in 2017, just days after Donald Trump’s inauguration, I wrote a piece for Slate, which you can read in full below, making a tortured case for how a left-leaning Masshole like myself could justify rooting for the New England Patriots, particularly given that owner Bob Kraft, coach Bill […]

Cory Booker controversy: Booker has a confusing answer on health care – Vox

Cory Booker controversy: Booker has a confusing answer on health care – Vox. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) was ready to take a victory lap during a press conference with reporters outside of his home in Newark, New Jersey, on Friday, hours after announcing his bid for the White House, but he accidentally created a firestorm on health care. Booker, who […]

Europe’s coming anti-liberal empire

Europe's coming anti-liberal empire. For those who support the European Union, the good news of recent months has been that Brexit is unfolding so disastrously in the U.K. that the temptation of some to bolt from the bloc has faded across the continent. But the bad news is that those who despise the bureaucrats in Brussels may have found a […]

Dick Durbin: Juan Guaidó brings hope, democracy to Maduro’s Venezuela

Dick Durbin: Juan Guaidó brings hope, democracy to Maduro's Venezuela. When I met Juan Guaidó, it was in secret in Caracas. Now, his love of the Venezuelan people finally puts his country on the path to democratic rule. It is impossible to overstate the gravity of the situation now facing the people of Venezuela: children fainting at school from malnutrition; […]

A Jewish Republican accused a Muslim Democrat of anti-Semitism, she accused him of Islamophobia

A Jewish Republican accused a Muslim Democrat of anti-Semitism, she accused him of Islamophobia. by Griffin Connolly · February 1, 2019 A Twitter spat between New York Rep. Lee Zeldin and Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar appeared to conclude at about midnight Friday, after a work week of back-and-forth accusations between the two lawmakers of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. Omar, who is […]

Is Cory Booker for Real? – POLITICO Magazine

Is Cory Booker for Real? – POLITICO Magazine. How an ambitious future presidential contender who grew up in a white suburb moved to the projects—and won over critics who thought he was a phony. Can he do it again? Michael Grunwald is a senior staff writer for Politico Magazine. NEWARK, N.J. — Senator Cory Booker was educated at Stanford, Oxford […]

Cory Booker controversy: Booker has a confusing answer on health care – Vox

Cory Booker controversy: Booker has a confusing answer on health care – Vox. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) was ready to take a victory lap during a press conference with reporters outside of his home in Newark, New Jersey, on Friday, hours after announcing his bid for the White House, but he accidentally created a firestorm on health care. Booker, who […]

Top Schumer Aide Was Pushed Out After Inappropriate Sexual Encounters With Staff | HuffPost

Top Schumer Aide Was Pushed Out After Inappropriate Sexual Encounters With Staff | HuffPost. When Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s longtime communications director Matt House announced he was leaving just after November’s midterm elections, the news was met with widespread bipartisan praise for House and his reputation for fairness. But some of House’s Senate colleagues were surprised to learn of […]

Europe’s coming anti-liberal empire

Europe's coming anti-liberal empire. For those who support the European Union, the good news of recent months has been that Brexit is unfolding so disastrously in the U.K. that the temptation of some to bolt from the bloc has faded across the continent. But the bad news is that those who despise the bureaucrats in Brussels may have found a […]

Warren Privately Apologizes To Cherokee Nation For DNA Test Stunt – Talking Points Memo

Warren Privately Apologizes To Cherokee Nation For DNA Test Stunt – Talking Points Memo. by Nicole Lafond Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) privately spoke with the principal chief of the Cherokee Nation and apologized for taking and publicizing a DNA test that showed she had a Native American in her family ancestry, the New York Times reported Friday. A spokesperson for […]

How Kamala Harris Won the Rollout Primary – POLITICO Magazine

How Kamala Harris Won the Rollout Primary – POLITICO Magazine. You might have missed it, but the Democratic presidential primary has already suffered its first casualty. The presidential candidacy of Richard Ojeda, the obstreperous West Virginia populist who lost his 2018 House race, ended on January 25. He had launched his campaign on November 11. Ojeda’s fast fizzle is proof […]

Howard Schultz might be headed to Iowa on pre-presidential bid tour – Vox

Howard Schultz might be headed to Iowa on pre-presidential bid tour – Vox. Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is reportedly planning to travel to early caucus and primary states as he figures out whether he wants to run for president. This would make sense if Schultz were competing for the Democratic or Republican nomination. But since he says he’ll run […]

Howard Schultz And Starbucks’ Long History Of Fending Off Unions | HuffPost

Howard Schultz And Starbucks' Long History Of Fending Off Unions | HuffPost. Howard Schultz wanted to broker a compromise. In 2009, progressive Democrats were working on the most significant labor law reform in decades. The Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) would allow workers to form unions by rounding up a majority of signatures in their workplace ― a process known […]

Apple Is Doing More to Police Facebook Than the US Government – Mother Jones

Apple Is Doing More to Police Facebook Than the US Government – Mother Jones. When Apple said on Wednesday that, in response to a revelation that Facebook was monitoring minors’ cellphone usage, it would curtail the platform’s ability to distribute apps, it overshadowed the U.S. government as a regulator of the company’s privacy practices. Apple’s action comes after TechCrunch revealed […]

How Howard Schultz could reveal the Democrats’ inconvenient truth

How Howard Schultz could reveal the Democrats' inconvenient truth. Democrats are right to dread a Howard Schultz independent White House run. Unlike President Trump, the former Starbucks boss could credibly criticize their nominee for offering sketchy economic policy plans that ignore obvious potential costs and trade-offs. Of course, it would be even better if potential nominees such as Kamala Harris […]

Starbucks Coaches Employees On What To Say About Howard Schultz – Talking Points Memo

Starbucks Coaches Employees On What To Say About Howard Schultz – Talking Points Memo. Innocent and overworked Starbucks employees may pay the ultimate price for former CEO Howard Schultz’s announcement that he’s considering launching an independent bid for President. According to a Wednesday Huffington Post report, Starbucks’ current management sent employees directives on how to deal with customers who might […]

Trump Is Right About Venezuela – POLITICO Magazine

Trump Is Right About Venezuela – POLITICO Magazine. The president’s critics on the left are replaying the Cold War. But that’s not what’s happening in Caracas. Frida Ghitis writes about world affairs. She is a contributing columnist for the Washington Post and a weekly columnist at World Politics Review. Last Wednesday, when hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans took the streets […]

Harris and Booker jostle for backing of black lawmakers – POLITICO

Harris and Booker jostle for backing of black lawmakers – POLITICO. The Congressional Black Caucus has emerged as an early battleground in the 2020 Democratic primary. A behind-the-scenes scramble has broken out among Democratic White House hopefuls for support from members of the influential Congressional Black Caucus — a sign of the brewing battle for African-American voters. Two African-American senators, […]

Michigan 2020 poll: Trump in trouble.

Michigan 2020 poll: Trump in trouble.. This post needs to start with a list of strong caveats. • Polls underestimated Donald Trump’s chances in 2016 in a way that, while not egregiously inaccurate overall, crucially failed to foresee the way he’d win the Electoral College. • There are like a million days (actually 643 days) until the 2020 election. • […]

Here’s What Starbucks Is Telling Employees To Say About Howard Schultz | HuffPost

Here’s What Starbucks Is Telling Employees To Say About Howard Schultz | HuffPost. Starbucks is doing what it can to prepare employees for potentially uncomfortable customer encounters as anger grows at former CEO and chairman Howard Schultz, who is considering running for president as an independent centrist candidate. The coffee chain’s “Barista Need-To-Know” update for the week of Jan. 21-27 […]

No One Likes the State of the Union Address. So Why Bother? – Mother Jones

No One Likes the State of the Union Address. So Why Bother? – Mother Jones. The annual State of the Union address: What exactly is the point? On the one hand, Nancy Pelosi’s Shutdown Smackdown put President Donald Trump in a corner by threatening to deny all that attention and adulation during a prime-time slot. On the other hand, maybe […]

How Democrats’ tax obsession could backfire

How Democrats' tax obsession could backfire. When Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) announced her candidacy for president, she promised a laundry list of new federal programs — Medicare-for-all, universal pre-kindergarten education, debt-free college — plus the “largest working-class tax cut in decades.” How did she propose paying for that tax cut? By getting rid of President Trump’s tax cut for “corporations” […]

Has Howard Schultz Really Thought This Through? – Talking Points Memo

Has Howard Schultz Really Thought This Through? – Talking Points Memo. Howard Schultz is no longer CEO of Starbucks. But as de facto founder (he took it over as a small coffee roaster and developed it into what we know as Starbucks) I imagine he is still a major shareholder. Really he and Starbucks are inseparable. But I don’t think […]

Opinion | Howard Schultz, Please Don’t Run for President – The New York Times

Opinion | Howard Schultz, Please Don’t Run for President – The New York Times. A bid by an ex-chief of Starbucks would be reckless idiocy. Opinion Columnist Howard Schultz, the former chief executive of Starbucks, says he is considering running for president as a “centrist independent.” Unlike Donald Trump, the former Starbucks chief executive Howard Schultz is a genuinely successful […]

Opinion | The Trump Doctrine – The New York Times

Opinion | The Trump Doctrine – The New York Times. Two years into his presidency Donald Trump has no clear legislative strategy, no policy agenda, no plan for remedying his persistent unpopularity and a path to re-election sufficiently bleak that he’s trying to bait a political naïf, the Starbucks billionaire Howard Schultz, into running as a third-party spoiler. Also, he […]

Border security that is smart, just and merciful | TheHill

Border security that is smart, just and merciful | TheHill. by Rep. James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.), Opinion Contributor · January 29, 2019 Earlier this month we experienced some unprecedented events in the Hall of the House. On Jan. 15 we celebrated what would have been Martin Luther King, Jr’s 90th birthday, had he been allowed to live. On that date, […]

Big border deal fades before talks even begin – POLITICO

Big border deal fades before talks even begin – POLITICO. Democrats and Republicans are unlikely to trade wall funding for Dreamer relief in their dash to avert another shutdown. Congressional negotiators haven’t even held their first meeting to avert another shutdown, but the prospect of a big deal on border security and immigration is essentially dead. When President Donald Trump […]

The Supreme Court’s ruling in June Medical Services v. Gee could be the end of Roe.

The Supreme Court’s ruling in June Medical Services v. Gee could be the end of Roe.. Within one week, the Supreme Court will decide whether to block a Louisiana law designed to shutter the state’s abortion clinics through draconian regulations. If the court refuses to halt the law’s implementation, it will effectively overrule its 2016 decision in Whole Woman’s Health […]

Kamala Harris 2020: what we learned from her Medicare-for-all support – Vox

Kamala Harris 2020: what we learned from her Medicare-for-all support – Vox. On Monday, CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), the big question about Medicare-for-all point blank: Are people going to lose the insurance they have right now? To her credit, Harris, a leading 2020 presidential contender, did not duck the issue: “Let’s eliminate all of that. Let’s […]

Republicans Claim Democrats’ Voting Rights Bill Is Just A Play To Steal Elections | HuffPost

Republicans Claim Democrats' Voting Rights Bill Is Just A Play To Steal Elections | HuffPost. With the end of President Donald Trump’s partial government shutdown, Democrats were finally able to get started on their legislative agenda on Tuesday. That meant Democrats and Republicans could get back to disagreeing about basically everything — beginning with the litany of voting rights, campaign […]

Ocasio-Cortez Takes Facebook, Microsoft, and Google to Task for Conference Promoting Climate Denial – Mother Jones

Ocasio-Cortez Takes Facebook, Microsoft, and Google to Task for Conference Promoting Climate Denial – Mother Jones. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) sent a letter to three of the nation’s biggest tech companies on Monday decrying their sponsorship of a conference this month that promoted climate change denial. As Mother Jones reported last week, Google, Facebook, and […]

Why 2020 Democrats need a better retort to ‘America First’

Why 2020 Democrats need a better retort to 'America First'. Will foreign policy matter at all in the 2020 election? From the way the various Democratic hopefuls have been positioning themselves, one might conclude that they think it won’t. On the surface, there is unified opposition to President Trump’s impulsive and feckless approach to foreign affairs, his insulting treatment of […]

Elizabeth Warren Mocks ‘Billionaire’ Howard Schultz – Talking Points Memo

Elizabeth Warren Mocks ‘Billionaire’ Howard Schultz – Talking Points Memo. by Cameron Joseph Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) took a shot Tuesday at former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz’s chances of mounting a serious presidential campaign, the latest salvo in a budding feud between the progressive senator and her potential 2020 rival. “We have a billionaire who says he wants to jump […]

Kamala Harris’s controversial criminal justice record, explained – Vox

Kamala Harris’s controversial criminal justice record, explained – Vox. by German Lopez · January 23, 2019 Is Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) a progressive hero — or a relic of a “tough on crime” era going back to the 1990s and 2000s? The answer to that question could determine the fate of her presidential campaign, which she announced on Monday. A […]

Michael Bloomberg Says A Third-Party Candidate Would Help Re-elect Trump | HuffPost

Michael Bloomberg Says A Third-Party Candidate Would Help Re-elect Trump | HuffPost. Should former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz run for president as an independent ― as he has suggested he might ― it would split the Democratic vote in favor of President Donald Trump’s re-election, billionaire Michael Bloomberg said. In a tweet Monday afternoon, Bloomberg ― who himself is flirting […]

Are Trump’s Attacks on Mueller Working? – Mother Jones

Are Trump’s Attacks on Mueller Working? – Mother Jones. As House Democrats ramp up their investigations into ties between President Donald Trump and Russia, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll has found that a clear majority of Americans support their efforts. About 6 in 10 adults want Democrats to dig into the 2016 Trump campaign’s potential collusion with Russia, financial […]

The nothing shutdown

The nothing shutdown. After 35 days, two missed paychecks for federal employees, billions of dollars in purported losses to thousands of contractors and other private entities, and a few hours of possible inconvenience for travelers at the international airport where President Trump houses his private aircraft, the longest government shutdown in history is finally coming to an end. It accomplished […]

Opinion | The Loneliness of the Moderate Democrat – The New York Times

Opinion | The Loneliness of the Moderate Democrat – The New York Times. I did it. I found a significantly accomplished, defensibly qualified Democratic officeholder who isn’t flirting with — and hasn’t fantasized about — a presidential run in 2020. I had to take the train to Rhode Island, where we talked over pizza and eggplant parmigiana. We drank wine, […]

The Foolish Quest to Be the Next Barack Obama – POLITICO Magazine

The Foolish Quest to Be the Next Barack Obama – POLITICO Magazine. Reassembling his coalition probably isn’t the path to the presidency this time. Bill Scher is a contributing editor to Politico Magazine, and co-host of the Bloggingheads.tv show “The DMZ.” Kamala Harris was dubbed the “Female Obama” even before she announced she was going to “pull off an Obama-sized […]

Government shutdown 2.0: Trump is willing to do it, Mick Mulvaney says – Vox

Government shutdown 2.0: Trump is willing to do it, Mick Mulvaney says – Vox. The latest government shutdown was the longest in history, costing the US billions of dollars and placing extreme hardship on hundreds of thousands of Americans, and yet, President Donald Trump is apparently willing to do it all over again if he has to. In an interview […]

Democrats Worry A Howard Schultz Presidential Bid Would Only Help Trump | HuffPost

Democrats Worry A Howard Schultz Presidential Bid Would Only Help Trump | HuffPost. Top Democrats say they fear that an independent presidential run in 2020 by billionaire former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz would serve mainly to siphon off enough voters from the Democratic nominee to help hand President Donald Trump a second term. “I do share that concern, if he […]

Researchers Find that E-Scooters Are a Fun, Easy Way to Go to the ER – Mother Jones

Researchers Find that E-Scooters Are a Fun, Easy Way to Go to the ER – Mother Jones. In September 2017, Tarak Trivedi, an emergency room doctor, and Catherine Lerer, a personal injury attorney, started seeing electric scooters everywhere. Santa Monica, California, where they live, was the first city where the scooter company Bird rolled out its rechargeable two-wheelers, which could […]

The Mueller investigation is closing in on Trump

The Mueller investigation is closing in on Trump. Roger Stone, longtime friend and aide of President Trump, was arrested today in Florida as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. He was charged with witness tampering, making false statements, and obstruction of proceeding. This is the clearest connection yet between the Trump campaign and the Russian effort to help him […]

Democrats Balk At Prospect Of Howard Schultz Running As An Independent – Talking Points Memo

Democrats Balk At Prospect Of Howard Schultz Running As An Independent – Talking Points Memo. by Kate Riga Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said in a “60 Minutes” interview—to be aired Sunday—that he is seriously considering a presidential bid as an independent, according to a Saturday Atlantic report. Democrats and never-Trumpers alike fear that all an independent candidate would do […]

Democrats optimistic they can reach broader border deal with Trump

Democrats optimistic they can reach broader border deal with Trump. by Lindsey McPherson · January 25, 2019 As Congress began considering the deal to end the partial government shutdown, Democratic leaders said they were optimistic not just about the current deal but also about avoiding another showdown as they look at a new Feb. 15 deadline. “The longest shutdown in […]

Beto O’Rourke says 2020 decision could be months away – POLITICO

Beto O’Rourke says 2020 decision could be months away – POLITICO. The former Texas congressman pointed to the ‘exhaustion’ that follows a Senate campaign. EL PASO, Texas — Beto O’Rourke said Friday that it could take him months to decide whether to run for president, adding that he does not want to “raise expectations” about a 2020 bid. O’Rourke told […]

From Nixon to Trump, the Long, Shady Career of Roger Stone – Mother Jones

From Nixon to Trump, the Long, Shady Career of Roger Stone – Mother Jones. He’s a trailblazer of political mudslinging, a Nixon fanatic, and gleeful spewer of alternative facts. For nearly half a century, Roger Stone has been deploying unconventional political warfare, most recently as an adviser to Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign. Stone’s motto, “admit nothing, deny everything, launch counterattack,” […]

The decline of Davos

The decline of Davos. The World Economic Forum at Davos used to be a welcoming retreat for “fat cats in the snow,” said Lionel Laurent at Bloomberg. But even against the backdrop of lavish parties and 1,500 private jets, this year’s attendees could sense that “hostility against the international corporate elite is finally hitting the political mainstream.” Several of the […]

Golden State Warriors Visit Obama After Once Snubbing Trump – Talking Points Memo

Golden State Warriors Visit Obama After Once Snubbing Trump – Talking Points Memo. The Golden State Warriors spent about an hour with former President Barack Obama. The meeting took place Thursday at Obama’s office in Washington before the defending NBA champs beat the Wizards 126-118. Players and coach Steve Kerr were reluctant to talk about it. A photo was posted […]

Beto O’Rourke says 2020 decision could be months away – POLITICO

Beto O’Rourke says 2020 decision could be months away – POLITICO. Beto O’Rourke said Friday that it could take him months to decide whether to run for president, adding that he does not want to “raise expectations” about a 2020 bid. O’Rourke told POLITICO after a speaking engagement here that he has no timetable for making a decision, which he […]

How Nancy Pelosi won the shutdown fight against Trump.

How Nancy Pelosi won the shutdown fight against Trump.. Around noon on Friday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was expecting some sort of action to end the shutdown to come within the hour. She wasn’t sure exactly what. “I guess he’s going to be saying something about how he’s gonna build a wall,” she told a roundtable of journalists in the […]

Bernie Sanders Set To Announce 2020 Presidential Run | HuffPost

Bernie Sanders Set To Announce 2020 Presidential Run | HuffPost. by Hunter Walker · January 25, 2019 WASHINGTON—Three years after fighting a surprisingly competitive Democratic primary race against Hillary Clinton, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is making another run for the White House. Two sources with direct knowledge of his plans told Yahoo News that Sanders, an independent and self-described “democratic […]

5 staggering details from the Roger Stone indictment

5 staggering details from the Roger Stone indictment. Roger Stone, longtime adviser to President Trump, has been indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller on seven counts. A 24-page indictment released Friday outlines how Stone allegedly misled Congress about his contact with an intermediary to WikiLeaks and ultimately tried to intimidate a witness from cooperating with investigators. Here are some of […]

Opinion | Venezuela: Between Maduro and a Hard Place – The New York Times

Opinion | Venezuela: Between Maduro and a Hard Place – The New York Times. The Trump administration is pushing for the ouster of Venezuelan strongman Nicolás Maduro. It should proceed carefully. The editorial board represents the opinions of the board, its editor and the publisher. It is separate from the newsroom and the Op-Ed section. CreditAndrea D’Aquino Venezuela’s political and […]

Bernie Sanders Profile: The Vermont Senator Has Some Unfinished Business | GQ

Bernie Sanders Profile: The Vermont Senator Has Some Unfinished Business | GQ. by Jason Zengerle · January 24, 2019 “Forget it,” Bernie Sanders grumbled. “I don’t want to get into process questions!” It was an afternoon earlier this winter, and I had come to the Vermont senator’s office in Washington to ask him a version of the question that has […]

‘Florida is Trump’s state to lose’ – POLITICO

‘Florida is Trump’s state to lose’ – POLITICO. New numbers out of the nation’s biggest swing state raise Democratic alarms. The nation’s biggest swing state looks even more like Trump Country heading into 2020. Newly released Florida voter data suggest President Donald Trump will begin his reelection campaign as the favorite in a state that offers a windfall of 29 […]

Opinion | Why Trump Will Lose in 2020 – The New York Times

Opinion | Why Trump Will Lose in 2020 – The New York Times. The president is running hard on a strategy of riling up his base. But by doing that, he riles up the Democratic base, too, and that one is bigger. Dr. Bitecofer is a professor of political science at Christopher Newport University. Voters in Madison, Wis., in August.CreditLauren […]

Government shutdown: The Senate’s two bills failed, but that’s progress.

Government shutdown: The Senate’s two bills failed, but that’s progress.. The Senate voted Thursday on its first two bills to end the government shutdown. They both “failed,” in the sense that neither earned the 60 votes they needed to advance. These failures don’t, however, mean that progress wasn’t made. It took a month, but Congress has finally reached the offer-and-counteroffer […]

Senate Intelligence Committee Subpoenas Michael Cohen For Trump Testimony | HuffPost

Senate Intelligence Committee Subpoenas Michael Cohen For Trump Testimony | HuffPost. The Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday subpoenaed President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen to testify, a day after Cohen said he planned to postpone an appearance next week in the U.S. House of Representatives, Cohen’s adviser Lanny Davis said. “This morning the Senate Intelligence Committee served Michael Cohen […]

The State Department Could Gut Obama’s Last Remaining Executive Action on Climate Change – Mother Jones

The State Department Could Gut Obama’s Last Remaining Executive Action on Climate Change – Mother Jones. An independent review of the federal government’s actions on climate change might have inadvertently endangered President Obama’s last remaining executive action on global warming. In 2017, five Democratic senators—including Sheldon Whitehouse, Dianne Feinstein, and Elizabeth Warren—asked the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) to conduct […]

Why Trump’s immigration compromise is a shrewd move

Why Trump's immigration compromise is a shrewd move. For the past month, Democrats have insisted they will not negotiate with President Trump while the government remains in partial shutdown. The president has spent most of that time insisting he will not negotiate on his demand for $5.7 billion in funding for the border wall. As a result, the shutdown broke […]

The Media Must Learn From the Covington Catholic Story – The Atlantic

The Media Must Learn From the Covington Catholic Story – The Atlantic. On Friday, January 18, a group of white teenage boys wearing MAGA hats mobbed an elderly American Indian man on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, chanting “Make America great again,” menacing him, and taunting him in racially motivated ways. It is the kind of thing that happens […]

This Is Nancy Pelosi’s Finest Hour | The New Republic

This Is Nancy Pelosi’s Finest Hour | The New Republic. by Alex Shephard · January 23, 2019 Just a few months ago, it seemed like Nancy Pelosi’s bid to become speaker of the House of Representatives was in trouble. While attacks from the right had been commonplace for years, she came under fire from members of her own party, many […]

Why Trump’s immigration compromise is a shrewd move

Why Trump's immigration compromise is a shrewd move. For the past month, Democrats have insisted they will not negotiate with President Trump while the government remains in partial shutdown. The president has spent most of that time insisting he will not negotiate on his demand for $5.7 billion in funding for the border wall. As a result, the shutdown broke […]

The Bigotry At The Heart Of The Covington Affair Belongs To The Left

The Bigotry At The Heart Of The Covington Affair Belongs To The Left. by John Daniel Davidson · January 23, 2019 At a few days’ remove from the Covington Catholic High School incident at the Lincoln Memorial, we can be reasonably sure there will be no apologies or corrections forthcoming from the major media outlets that rushed to vilify the […]

‘This is her prerogative’: Trump gives in to Pelosi on State of the Union – POLITICO

'This is her prerogative': Trump gives in to Pelosi on State of the Union – POLITICO. President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he will be “honoring” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s prior invitation to deliver a State of the Union address on Jan. 29, rebuffing her request earlier this month to delay the speech until after the government shutdown ends. “It […]

Joe Biden’s $200,000 Fred Upton speech: 2020 primary voters may not like it.

Joe Biden’s $200,000 Fred Upton speech: 2020 primary voters may not like it.. Say it ain’t so, Joe. The New York Times reports that, just three weeks before the 2018 midterms, Joe Biden gave a paid speech to a Republican-friendly crowd in Michigan, where the former vice president praised the work of a GOP congressman who was locked in a […]

Government shutdown: moderate House Democrats are sticking with Pelosi – Vox

Government shutdown: moderate House Democrats are sticking with Pelosi – Vox. Feeling paralyzed by a 33-day partial government shutdown, a group of moderate House Democrats are growing restless — but they still aren’t going to give in to President Trump. “There is broad and growing concern about the impact of the shutdown and the human cost it’s imposing, so there’s […]