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Trump Must Stop the Cruelty at the Border – Bloomberg

Trump Must Stop the Cruelty at the Border – Bloomberg. President Donald Trump’s policies at America’s southern border are cruel and unnecessary. This is widely recognized: Many Republicans are now among those objecting to the measures. For once, the president needs to heed the backlash and change course. The numbers don’t justify the exceptionally harsh policy adopted in April. Contrary […]

Trump’s war against Mueller borrows from Bill Clinton’s playbook – POLITICO

Trump’s war against Mueller borrows from Bill Clinton’s playbook – POLITICO. by Darren Samuelsohn · June 21, 2018 Trump isn’t the first president whose allies cried ‘witch hunt’ against a special prosecutor. Bill Clinton‘s lawyers blasted special counsel Kenneth Starr for leaks. They openly questioned his personal motives and cast aspersions on his team of prosecutors. They said his probe […]

Opinion | The King and Queen of Cruelty – The New York Times

Opinion | The King and Queen of Cruelty – The New York Times. by Charles M. Blow You just can’t construct prisons for babies. You can’t rip children from mothers and fathers. You can’t use the power of the American government to institute and oversee a program of state-sponsored child abuse. You can’t have a system where the process and […]

Trump’s immigration buckle tests Democrats’ resolve – POLITICO

Trump’s immigration buckle tests Democrats’ resolve – POLITICO. by Burgess Everett · June 20, 2018 Red-state Democrats might soon have to decide whether to oppose indefinite detention of migrant families. The question of how to deal with extended detentions is a difficult call for West Virginia’s Joe Manchin and other Senate Democrats from conservative states who don’t want to be […]

Donald Trump and the disturbing power of dehumanizing language – Vox

Donald Trump and the disturbing power of dehumanizing language – Vox. As a president, Donald Trump can be erratic. But there’s at least one area where he’s consistent: demeaning and dehumanizing immigrants, refugees, and particularly people from Spanish-speaking countries. “These aren’t people,” Trump said about members of the gang MS-13 in May. “These are animals.” More recently, he said that […]

Trump’s Plan To Stop Family Separations Is To Detain Families Together | HuffPost

Trump's Plan To Stop Family Separations Is To Detain Families Together | HuffPost. President Donald Trump’s plan to stop his administration’s policy of separating immigrant children from their families seems simple: Lock up immigrant parents and their children together, indefinitely. But there’s no evidence that Trump has the legal authority to make his wish reality. His plan, issued in an […]

Study: Rising Seas Could Swamp More Than 300,000 US Houses – Mother Jones

Study: Rising Seas Could Swamp More Than 300,000 US Houses – Mother Jones. by Oliver Milman Dale Gerhard/The Press of Atlantic City via AP Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. This story was originally published by The Guardian and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Sea level rise driven by climate change […]

Trump Signs Order To Keep Migrant Families Detained Together Indefinitely – Talking Points Memo

Trump Signs Order To Keep Migrant Families Detained Together Indefinitely – Talking Points Memo. by Alice Ollstein After weeks of insisting that only Congress could change the administration’s policy of separating migrant children and their parents, President Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday afternoon that would allow the government to detain families together as they await their immigration hearings. […]

Democrats dodge campaign finance law – POLITICO

Democrats dodge campaign finance law – POLITICO. On June 4, a page of Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill’s website titled “Missourians Need to Know” blasted her Republican opponent, state Attorney General Josh Hawley, as someone who “does what’s best for his donors” and turns “a blind eye to allegations of pay-to-play” against one of them. Within just four days, Senate Majority […]

Mexico puto chant at the 2018 World Cup: Will FIFA do anything to stop it?

Mexico puto chant at the 2018 World Cup: Will FIFA do anything to stop it?. Mexico’s stunning 1–0 win over Germany was one of the best moments of the World Cup so far. El Tri’s jubilation, however, has been marred by a familiar, self-inflicted wound. According to ESPN, “FIFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Mexico after alleged anti-gay chants by […]

The US has withdrawn from the UN Human Rights Council – Vox

The US has withdrawn from the UN Human Rights Council – Vox. The United States has just pulled out of the United Nations Human Rights Council. It’s a controversial move that leaves the US without a voice in one of the most visible international human rights bodies in the world, and comes amid a roiling debate in the US over […]

We Decoded the Scribbled Notes Nielsen Carried Into Her White House Briefing – Mother Jones

We Decoded the Scribbled Notes Nielsen Carried Into Her White House Briefing – Mother Jones. by Noah Lanard Chris Kleponis/CNP/ZUMA Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. Monday’s White House press briefing was delayed three times as Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen flew in from New Orleans and prepared to defend a family separation policy she […]

Stephen Miller’s family separation policy is already backfiring.

Stephen Miller’s family separation policy is already backfiring.. Stephen Miller has always liked to provoke. Before he was a White House adviser, Miller was a teenage provocateur devoting his time and talents to “trolling” his ideological foes. He brought that same ethos to the Trump administration, delighting in the outrage accompanying his travel ban and his push against the Deferred […]

Rhines v. South Dakota: Supreme Court refuses to hear case about anti-gay jury.

Rhines v. South Dakota: Supreme Court refuses to hear case about anti-gay jury.. On Monday, the Supreme Court declined to hear Rhines v. South Dakota, a disturbing case that sits at the intersection of anti-gay animus and capital punishment. The justices’ decision clears the way for South Dakota to execute a man, Charles Rhines, who may have been sentenced to […]

Trump Defends Immigration Policies As Backlash Grows | HuffPost

Trump Defends Immigration Policies As Backlash Grows | HuffPost. President Donald Trump is standing by his administration’s highly controversial decision to separate children from parents facing prosecution for illegally crossing the border into the United States. Trump has repeatedly lied about his administration’s role in family separations at the border ― and Monday was no different. In a series of […]

A Green Alternative to Cremation: Dissolving Your Corpse in Water and Lye – Mother Jones

A Green Alternative to Cremation: Dissolving Your Corpse in Water and Lye – Mother Jones. by Emily Atkin Shutterstock Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. This story was originally published by The New Republic and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Samantha Sieber’s grandfather had a traditional American burial. His body was […]

Opinion | Trump and the Baby Snatchers – The New York Times

Opinion | Trump and the Baby Snatchers – The New York Times. by Charles M. Blow This was the lead paragraph of a New York Times report last week: “The Trump administration said on Friday that it had separated 1,995 children from parents facing criminal prosecution for unlawfully crossing the border over a six-week period that ended last month, as […]

Shell-shocked Democrats regroup in Wisconsin – POLITICO

Shell-shocked Democrats regroup in Wisconsin – POLITICO. Donald Trump’s romp through white, working class America in 2016 was nowhere more traumatic for Democrats than in Wisconsin, which flipped Republican in a presidential race for the first time since 1984. Now, two years after his stunning victory in the state, shell-shocked Democrats are beginning to pick up the pieces, pouring money […]

Donald Trump hasn’t been ‘exonerated’ on Russia and Congress should say so

Donald Trump hasn't been 'exonerated' on Russia and Congress should say so. by Caroline Fredrickson, Opinion contributor Donald Trump falsely claimed the Clinton email report cleared him on Russia, even as Paul Manafort was headed for jail. Congress must set the record straight. Paul Manafort arrives for a hearing at the U.S. District Court in Washington on June 15, 2018. […]

How Donald Trump and Chuy Garcia Broke the Chicago Machine – POLITICO Magazine

How Donald Trump and Chuy Garcia Broke the Chicago Machine – POLITICO Magazine. by Edward McClelland · June 17, 2018 In this May, 4, 2011 photo, Chicago Alderman Ed Burke speaks at a City Council meeting in Chicago. | AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File The Windy City’s most powerful ward boss is in trouble for the first time thanks to […]

The DNC’s Lawsuit Against the Russians Became a Conspiracy Magnet

The DNC’s Lawsuit Against the Russians Became a Conspiracy Magnet. by Kevin Poulsen · June 16, 2018 ‘If we don’t change the narrative Mankind will cease to exist by October 12th, 2050. This is not a prophecy or prediction but a mathematical certainty.’ Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast The election interference lawsuit Democrats filed last April against Russia […]

Obamacare premiums are going to go up in 2019. Here’s what you should know. – Vox

Obamacare premiums are going to go up in 2019. Here’s what you should know. – Vox. by Dylan Scott · June 15, 2018 Obamacare premiums will continue to rise next year, based on early rate filings from health insurers across the nation, at least before you account for the law’s financial assistance. The initial 2019 rate increases, compiled by the […]

San Francisco’s First Black Female Mayor Defies the Liberal Litmus Test – Mother Jones

San Francisco’s First Black Female Mayor Defies the Liberal Litmus Test – Mother Jones. by Jamilah King Lorin Eleni Gill/AP Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. London Breed officially became San Francisco’s first black female mayor Wednesday, surviving a bruising election and over a week of uncertainty after the polls closed, when Mark Leno conceded […]

More Evidence of the Critical Failure of the IG Report – Talking Points Memo

More Evidence of the Critical Failure of the IG Report – Talking Points Memo. by Josh Marshall Yesterday I posted this lengthy post about a critical shortcoming in the 2016 election IG Report. Despite specifically being to requested to address the issue, Inspector General Horowitz basically ignored lots of evidence about bias against Secretary Clinton. Indeed, he didn’t so much […]

Break up Google – The Boston Globe

Break up Google – The Boston Globe. By The Editorial Board June 14, 2018 Never in the history of the world has a single company had so much control over what people know and think. Yet Washington has been slow to recognize that Google’s power is a problem, much less embrace the obvious solution: breaking the company up. Google accounts […]

Opinion | G.O.P. to Americans With Health Problems: Drop Dead – The New York Times

Opinion | G.O.P. to Americans With Health Problems: Drop Dead – The New York Times. by Paul Krugman Polls suggest that the public considers health care the most important issue in the midterm elections. This immediately raises the question: Do voters understand what’s at stake? In particular, do they realize that if Republicans hold Congress, they will strip away protections […]

Trump Deserves Credit for Meeting Kim Jong Un – The Atlantic

Trump Deserves Credit for Meeting Kim Jong Un – The Atlantic. by Peter Beinart · June 15, 2018 Evan Vucci / AP For congressional Democrats, it’s payback time. Ever since 2015, when Barack Obama struck a nuclear deal with Iran, prominent Republicans—including Donald Trump and his top foreign policy advisers—have accused Obama and his Democratic supporters of, in Mike Pompeo’s […]

Trump travel-ban waiver process is a sham, two consular officers say.

Trump travel-ban waiver process is a sham, two consular officers say.. Any day now, the Supreme Court will issue its ruling in Trump v. Hawaii, weighing in on the legality of President Donald Trump’s third travel ban. That ban, which was instituted via executive order in September, prevents nearly all individuals from five majority-Muslim countries and North Korea, and a […]

2020 presidential election: potential 2020 Democrats are already facing pressure from the left – Vox

2020 presidential election: potential 2020 Democrats are already facing pressure from the left – Vox. The next presidential election may still be two years away, but progressive activists are already trying to get potential 2020 Democratic contenders on the record about key priorities on the left, from defunding US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to reforming Wall Street. Familiar names […]

Giuliani: Trump Will Win Second Term Easily, Especially If Dems Nominate ‘Moron’ Biden | HuffPost

Giuliani: Trump Will Win Second Term Easily, Especially If Dems Nominate ‘Moron’ Biden | HuffPost. With a strong economy and a new “success” in North Korea, President Donald Trump will cruise to re-election in 2020, his lawyer predicted, particularly if the Democrats nominate a “moron” like former Vice President Joe Biden. “They need someone new, who would be more threatening […]

The key takeaways from the Justice Department inspector general’s report – The Washington Post

The key takeaways from the Justice Department inspector general’s report – The Washington Post. by Editorial Board · June 14, 2018 Part of the Justice Department’s inspector general’s report. (Jon Elswick/AP) THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT released Thursday a highly anticipated report on the FBI’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe and other sensitive issues in the 2016 election. It is […]

Trump Got Little From Kim Jong Un in Singapore – The Atlantic

Trump Got Little From Kim Jong Un in Singapore – The Atlantic. by Uri Friedman · June 12, 2018 Jonathan Ernst / Reuters On Tuesday, in Singapore, Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un shook hands, strode along colonnades, dined on stuffed cucumber and beef short rib confit, and signed a joint statement. But if this was, as Trump declared afterward, […]

FBI ignored Anthony Weiner’s laptop and it may have cost Hillary Clinton the election

FBI ignored Anthony Weiner's laptop and it may have cost Hillary Clinton the election. Was the FBI biased against Donald Trump in 2016? Trump and his supporters think so, and now they have fresh evidence: a 500-page report on the Hillary Clinton email investigation, prepared by the Justice Department’s inspector general. The report includes text messages in which two then-FBI […]

House Democrats block street to protest Trump’s family separation policy – Vox

House Democrats block street to protest Trump’s family separation policy – Vox. A group of eight House Democrats had every intention of getting arrested while protesting the Trump administration’s family separation policy on Wednesday. But no matter how hard they tried, they couldn’t seem to get led away in handcuffs. “We are violating the law, clearly,” said Rep. Luis Gutierrez. […]

James Comey Used Personal Email For FBI Business, DOJ Inspector General Finds | HuffPost

James Comey Used Personal Email For FBI Business, DOJ Inspector General Finds | HuffPost. Former FBI Director James Comey, who famously criticized former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for using personal email, used his own personal email account and laptop to conduct FBI business, according to a report from the Justice Department’s internal watchdog. The DOJ inspector general’s report released […]

Comey Defends His Actions After Damning Inspector General Report – Talking Points Memo

Comey Defends His Actions After Damning Inspector General Report – Talking Points Memo. by Kate Riga Minutes after the DOJ Inspector General’s report about the FBI’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe was released Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey published an op-ed in the New York Times defending his actions during the 2016 election. “… The inspector general’s […]

Analysis: The House Blue Wave Is Alive and Well

Analysis: The House Blue Wave Is Alive and Well. by Stuart Rothenberg · June 13, 2018 For the last couple of months, I’ve heard from many quarters that the “blue wave” has dissipated. Meh. Advocates of that view usually point to the RealClearPolitics generic ballot average or Donald Trump’s job approval ratings, which suggest the president’s popularity has risen and […]

Poll: Robert Mueller’s favorability rating is just 32 percent – Vox

Poll: Robert Mueller’s favorability rating is just 32 percent – Vox. President Donald Trump’s campaign to discredit special counsel’s investigation may be working: A new Politico/Morning Consult poll puts Robert Mueller’s favorability at just 32 percent. More people — 36 percent — have an unfavorable opinion of Mueller than a favorable one. The remaining 32 percent don’t have an opinion […]

Virginia GOP Senate Nominee: Locking Up Hillary Clinton ‘Might Just Happen’ | HuffPost

Virginia GOP Senate Nominee: Locking Up Hillary Clinton 'Might Just Happen' | HuffPost. More than 19 months after the 2016 presidential campaign ended, supporters of Virginia GOP Senate nominee Corey Stewart on Tuesday night revived the anti-Hillary Clinton chant of “lock her up.” Stewart, a Donald Trump loyalist who led the president’s 2016 campaign in Virginia, won Tuesday’s U.S. Senate […]

The DNC Will Refuse Donations From Fossil Fuel Companies – Mother Jones

The DNC Will Refuse Donations From Fossil Fuel Companies – Mother Jones. by Alexander C. Kaufman Jay Mallin via ZUMA Wire Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. This story was originally published by HuffPost and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The Democratic National Committee voted over the weekend to ban donations […]

Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un summit is not a victory in itself

Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un summit is not a victory in itself. by Wendy R. Sherman, Opinion contributor Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un’s meeting was a lot of hot air rather than hard negotiations. Real diplomacy will take much more work and time. In Singapore, June 12, 2018. (Photo: Evan Vucci, AP) I supported President Trump’s decision to […]

Trump’s deal with Kim Jong-un is a con job, and you’re the mark.

Trump’s deal with Kim Jong-un is a con job, and you’re the mark.. At the press conference following his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore on Tuesday, President Trump called himself “an emissary of the American people” and spoke of “my instinct, my ability or talent” for negotiation. “My whole life has been deals,” said Trump. “I’ve […]

The House is finally going to vote on immigration bills next week – Vox

The House is finally going to vote on immigration bills next week – Vox. At 9:40 pm on Tuesday, House Speaker Paul Ryan’s office announced the House will vote on two immigration bills next week, one conservative proposal and one compromise piece of legislation that has yet to be written. “The House will consider two bills next week that will […]

Illinois Republicans Urge Trump Not To Commute Rod Blagojevich’s Sentence | HuffPost

Illinois Republicans Urge Trump Not To Commute Rod Blagojevich's Sentence | HuffPost. Illinois’ Republican congressmen are speaking out against commuting former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s 14-year prison sentence, telling President Donald Trump that such clemency would be detrimental to thwarting public corruption. In a letter sent to the White House on Monday, the seven lawmakers urged Trump not to free Blagojevich, […]

Democratic Frontrunner Who Abused Ex-Wife Wins South Carolina Primary – Mother Jones

Democratic Frontrunner Who Abused Ex-Wife Wins South Carolina Primary – Mother Jones. by Becca Andrews Mother Jones illustration; Facebook Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. Archie Parnell, a former Goldman Sachs managing director who has long been viewed as the Democratic frontrunner in the primary for the House seat representing South Carolina’s 5th District, won […]

North Korea: Trump Agreed to Lift Sanctions – Talking Points Memo

North Korea: Trump Agreed to Lift Sanctions – Talking Points Memo. North Korea’s state news agency KCNA reported Wednesday (local time) that US President Donald Trump agreed to lift sanctions on North Korea, in addition to agreeing to halt military exercises and other security guarantees. According to South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency, KCNA reported: “Trump expressed his intention to halt […]

Inside Obama’s secret meetings with 2020 contenders – POLITICO

Inside Obama’s secret meetings with 2020 contenders – POLITICO. by Edward-Isaac Dovere · June 11, 2018 Still the reluctant leader of the Democratic Party, Obama has been providing counsel to Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and other presidential hopefuls. Former President Barack Obama so far has avoided direct conflict with President Donald Trump, but that doesn’t mean he’s not looking toward […]

Bill Clinton defends Al Franken over sexual misconduct allegations – Vox

Bill Clinton defends Al Franken over sexual misconduct allegations – Vox. Sen. Al Franken, who resigned from the Senate in December amid sexual misconduct allegations, has a new high-profile defender: former President Bill Clinton. “I will be honest — the Franken case, for me, was a difficult case, a hard case,” Clinton said in a PBS NewsHour interview last week, […]

Trump Administration Announces New Sanctions Over Russian Cyberattacks – Mother Jones

Trump Administration Announces New Sanctions Over Russian Cyberattacks – Mother Jones. by Inae Oh Martin H. Simon/ZUMA Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. Days after President Donald Trump called on Russia to be readmitted into the G7, the Trump administration on Monday imposed new sanctions against five Russian entities and three individuals for “engaging in […]

Donald Trump is using pardons to woo black voters, kill Democratic party

Donald Trump is using pardons to woo black voters, kill Democratic party. by Rochelle Riley, Detroit Free Press You’re delusional if you think Donald Trump’s decisions to pardon boxer Jack Johnson and commute Alice Johnson’s sentence aren’t part of a greater plan. President Donald Trump holds a signed Executive Grant of Clemency for boxer “Jack Johnson ” in the Oval […]

Opinion | Trump Tries to Destroy the West – The New York Times

Opinion | Trump Tries to Destroy the West – The New York Times. by David Leonhardt The alliance between the United States and Western Europe has accomplished great things. It won two world wars in the first half of the 20th century. Then it expanded to include its former enemies and went on to win the Cold War, help spread […]

Donald Trump Could Be Like Ronald Reagan In North Korea – The Atlantic

Donald Trump Could Be Like Ronald Reagan In North Korea – The Atlantic. Donald Trump is an ignorant, egotistical man. And in his summit on Tuesday with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, those character defects may be America—and the world’s—best hope. The conventional Washington debate about North Korea’s nuclear-weapons program goes something like this. On one side sit centrist […]

Blue states find ways to undercut GOP tax law – POLITICO

Blue states find ways to undercut GOP tax law – POLITICO. by Brian Faler · June 10, 2018 A spokesman for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo defended the state’s move to “restore balance for New York taxpayers who Washington politicians targeted as a piggy bank.” | Drew Angerer/Getty Images In states like New York, taxpayers would be better off than […]

The date is here: So long, net neutrality.

The date is here: So long, net neutrality.. by Daniel Politi · June 10, 2018 Demonstrators rally outside the Federal Communication Commission building to protest against the end of net neutralityrules December 14, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images After lots of controversy and back-and-forth, it is now almost official. Net neutrality protections are set to become a thing […]

Austria is closing 7 mosques and kicking out 60 imams – Vox

Austria is closing 7 mosques and kicking out 60 imams – Vox. On Friday, the Austrian government announced that it plans to close down seven mosques and potentially expel about 60 imams from the country. The announcement, which was made by Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, is rooted in a 2015 law that requires Muslim organizations to express a “positive fundamental view […]

California DNC Member Suggests Superdelegate Reform Is Part Of Russian Plot | HuffPost

California DNC Member Suggests Superdelegate Reform Is Part Of Russian Plot | HuffPost. Momentum is growing within the Democratic National Committee for a significant reform to the party’s presidential nominating process, but the proposed change has caused a leading California Democrat to question whether Russian meddling is behind the effort. The Californian, Bob Mulholland, could provide no proof for his […]

Fox News Calls Trump a “Dictator” Ahead of North Korea Summit – Mother Jones

Fox News Calls Trump a “Dictator” Ahead of North Korea Summit – Mother Jones. President Donald Trump has quite the record for raising eyebrows with his frequent praise of the world’s most notorious dictators and strongmen, including Russian President Vladimir Putin and Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte. It’s a curious habit coming from the leader of the free world that, unsurprisingly, […]

Kudlow Blames Canadian ‘Betrayal’ For Trump’s Rejection Of Joint G7 Statement – Talking Points Memo

Kudlow Blames Canadian ‘Betrayal’ For Trump’s Rejection Of Joint G7 Statement – Talking Points Memo. by Matt Shuham White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow on Sunday said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had “stabbed us in the back,” gone “rogue” and “pour[ed] collateral damage on this whole Korean trip” with comments during a Saturday news conference following the G7 summit […]

Opinion | Bill’s Belated #MeToo Moment – The New York Times

Opinion | Bill’s Belated #MeToo Moment – The New York Times. by Maureen Dowd Book tours can be brutal. It took 20 years for Bill Clinton to be properly publicly shamed for the ugly bargain at the heart of the Clinton operation. As a politician, the former president was gifted. James Carville liked to say: “People are confused. They don’t […]

Trump stuns allies, won’t sign G-7 joint agreement – POLITICO

Trump stuns allies, won’t sign G-7 joint agreement – POLITICO. by Andrew Restuccia · June 9, 2018 The president touted great relationships with other G-7 leaders — but then abruptly reversed on signing a joint statement and lashed out at the Canadian prime minister. Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel (center) speaks with President Donald Trump during the G7 summit in Quebec, […]

The Madness of King Trump on Full Display at the G7

The Madness of King Trump on Full Display at the G7. by Christopher Dickey · June 9, 2018 opinion The Group of Seven is a club that is supposed to represent shared values. But, um, Trump doesn’t share any of them. No wonder he wanted his buddy Putin back in. opinion Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast PARIS – […]

Austria is closing 7 mosques and kicking out 60 imams – Vox

Austria is closing 7 mosques and kicking out 60 imams – Vox. On Friday, the Austrian government announced that it plans to close down seven mosques and potentially expel about 60 imams from the country. The announcement, which was made by Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, is rooted in a 2015 law that requires Muslim organizations to express a “positive fundamental view […]

Justin Trudeau To Trump: Canada ‘Will Not Be Pushed Around’ | HuffPost

Justin Trudeau To Trump: Canada 'Will Not Be Pushed Around' | HuffPost. by Mary Papenfuss · June 9, 2018 Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau forcefully responded to Donald Trump’s trade threats at the Group of Seven summit in Quebec, vowing Saturday that Canada won’t be “pushed around” in a confrontation with the U.S. The war of words between Trudeau and […]

Trump Warns G-7 Countries On Trade: ‘If They Retaliate, They’re Making A Mistake’ – Talking Points Memo

Trump Warns G-7 Countries On Trade: ‘If They Retaliate, They’re Making A Mistake’ – Talking Points Memo. President Donald Trump delivered a stern warning on trade to foreign countries at the Group of Seven summit on Saturday, advising trading partners not to retaliate against U.S. tariffs on the imports of steel and aluminum. “If they retaliate, they’re making a mistake,” […]

The 2 words you can’t say in a Democratic ad – POLITICO

The 2 words you can’t say in a Democratic ad – POLITICO. by Jennifer Haberkorn · June 8, 2018 Candidates are being warned to avoid this divisive two-word phrase. Kara Eastman, a progressive Democrat running for Congress in Nebraska, pledged to support the idea but refuses to use the term “single payer,” calling it a “buzzword.” | Nati Harnik, File/AP […]

Charles Krauthammer’s Courageous Farewell

Charles Krauthammer’s Courageous Farewell. by Lloyd Grove · June 8, 2018 On the day that Charles Krauthammer released a poignant open letter announcing that he has terminal cancer and only a few weeks to live, many expressed their shock and admiration. Gabe Hernandez Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer, best known to the world at large as a popular […]

Austria is closing 7 mosques and kicking out 60 imams – Vox

Austria is closing 7 mosques and kicking out 60 imams – Vox. On Friday, the Austrian government announced that it plans to close down seven mosques and potentially expel about 60 imams from the country. The announcement, which was made by Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, is rooted in a 2015 law that requires Muslim organizations to express a “positive fundamental view […]

Trump-Macron Meeting At G-7 Back On After Sniping – Talking Points Memo

Trump-Macron Meeting At G-7 Back On After Sniping – Talking Points Memo. by Kate Riga The planned bilateral meeting between French President Emmanuel Macron and President Donald Trump at the G-7 Summit has been at least temporarily canceled, according to a White House pool report. Trump is reportedly running behind, causing the 11:20 AM meeting to be scrapped. The White […]

Opinion | The Cult of Trump – The New York Times

Opinion | The Cult of Trump – The New York Times. by The Editorial Board Forget policy. Forget ideology. Forget hating Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama or Nancy Pelosi. From Indiana to Arizona to Ohio, the name of the game for Republican candidates this primary cycle has been to flaunt their Trump love. And woe unto anyone deemed insufficiently smitten. […]

Troubles in San Francisco Push Some Voters to Think Republican – The New York Times

Troubles in San Francisco Push Some Voters to Think Republican – The New York Times. by Nellie Bowles SAN FRANCISCO — In this deeply liberal California city, frustration over crises around housing and homelessness are bringing some on the left a little further right. At an upscale sushi restaurant, a few dozen members of the San Francisco Republican Party gathered […]

U.S. Allies to Turn Their Backs on Trump at the G-7 Summit | Time

U.S. Allies to Turn Their Backs on Trump at the G-7 Summit | Time. by Ian Bremmer IDEAS Bremmer is a foreign affairs columnist and editor-at-large at TIME. On May 31, the same day the Trump Administration announced steel and aluminum tariffs against the European Union, French President Emmanuel Macron placed a call to President Trump. It didn’t go well. […]

The Future Of The Democratic Party Is Being Decided Right Now | HuffPost

The Future Of The Democratic Party Is Being Decided Right Now | HuffPost. As the 2018 midterm primary season began, many pundits wondered if the resistance to President Donald Trump would become a tea-party-style movement, an insurgency that would threaten not just Republicans but also incumbent Democrats. So far this cycle, we’ve seen no tea party of the left at […]

Bernie Sanders still won’t endorse his son’s congressional campaign – Vox

Bernie Sanders still won’t endorse his son’s congressional campaign – Vox. Father’s Day at the Sanders household could be awkward. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is publicly keeping a distance from his son Levi Sanders’s congressional campaign in New Hampshire. The senator declined to endorse his son when Levi announced his candidacy in February, and he’s still staying out of it; […]

Top Hill Democrat Says Mueller Should Consider Perjury Charges Against Trump-Russia Witnesses – Mother Jones

Top Hill Democrat Says Mueller Should Consider Perjury Charges Against Trump-Russia Witnesses – Mother Jones. by David Corn Robert MuellerJ. Scott Applewhite/AP Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. On Thursday afternoon, Rep. Adam Schiff (Calif.), the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, made a dramatic request: He essentially asked special counsel Robert Mueller to […]

Donald Trump is costing us one precious thing: time | Bill McKibben | Opinion | The Guardian

Donald Trump is costing us one precious thing: time | Bill McKibben | Opinion | The Guardian. ‘We’ve all but stopped paying attention to climate change, the single greatest crisis the planet has ever faced.’ Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty Images Donald Trump may be costing us many things: a sense of national decency, a stable global order, a generation of professional […]

Democrats are totally blowing it

Democrats are totally blowing it. Things are looking up for President Trump and his Republican Party. While both Trump and his congressional allies remain staggeringly unpopular, recent polling indicates that they might skate by with a narrow House majority in the fall and even pick up a seat or two in the Senate. Analysts now think the Democrats’ chances of […]

California’s primary showed why the Democratic Party is stuck in place.

California’s primary showed why the Democratic Party is stuck in place.. A little over three months ago, the delegates of the California Democratic Party declined to endorse five-term incumbent Dianne Feinstein for re-election. They instead came just shy of endorsing Kevin de León, her progressive challenger and the leader of the state Senate’s Democrats. This seemed, for some, to herald […]

Why it’s hard to keep voters scared about Obamacare repeal – Vox

Why it’s hard to keep voters scared about Obamacare repeal – Vox. by Dylan Scott · June 6, 2018 Senate Democrats want to make the month of August about their ideas on health care, Politico reported today. They are envisioning a sort of hilarious call and response, the dorkiest summer concert series of all time: Every time they say “nominations,” […]

Republicans Look Ready To Force A Vote On Democrats’ DACA Proposal | HuffPost

Republicans Look Ready To Force A Vote On Democrats' DACA Proposal | HuffPost. Unable to reach consensus on a GOP-only bill, Republican immigration proponents in the U.S. House of Representatives are getting close to forcing votes on legislation to protect immigrants brought to the United States when they were children. GOP leaders continue to express optimism that they can come […]

Democrats Appear To Avoid Disaster In Key California Primaries – Talking Points Memo

Democrats Appear To Avoid Disaster In Key California Primaries – Talking Points Memo. by Cameron Joseph After months of worry that they might blow some big chances in California due to the state’s unusual primary system — and millions of dollars spent to try to avoid that nightmare scenario — House Democrats appear to have dodged a bullet with most […]

Colorado baker Supreme Court case: Let them (gay couples) eat cake

Colorado baker Supreme Court case: Let them (gay couples) eat cake. by The Editorial Board, USA Today Ruling does not open the door to gay-marriage discrimination by all sorts of vendors who claim a First Amendment right: Our view Baker Jack Phillips at the Supreme Court in December 2017. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski, AFP/Getty Images) The Supreme Court handed a victory […]

Trump’s Saturday Night Massacre Has Already Begun | The New Republic

Trump’s Saturday Night Massacre Has Already Begun | The New Republic. by Elizabeth Drew · June 5, 2018 I was frightened during Watergate, but I wasn’t this frightened. I saw Watergate as a constitutional crisis, more serious than the widespread notion that Nixon had behaved like a common crook. This narrow view of Watergate was dispelled by the House Judiciary […]

Manchin goes full MAGA – POLITICO

Manchin goes full MAGA – POLITICO. Joe Manchin wants you to know he really likes Donald Trump. The West Virginia senator doesn’t put it quite that way. But more than any other Democrat in Congress, he’s positioned himself as a vocal Trump ally. In fact, the senator, up for reelection in a state Trump won by more than 40 points, […]

Sen. Bob Menendez’s poor primary showing creates a new headache for Democrats in New Jersey.

Sen. Bob Menendez’s poor primary showing creates a new headache for Democrats in New Jersey.. National Democrats got their preferred candidates in each of New Jersey’s House primaries on Tuesday night, but the very same voters sent a strong rebuke to Sen. Bob Menendez, who barely mustered 60 percent of the vote running against an unknown challenger. The lackluster showing […]

Miss America is getting rid of the swimsuit competition. It’s a start. – Vox

Miss America is getting rid of the swimsuit competition. It’s a start. – Vox. Miss America is ditching the swimsuit competition and shifting away from judging contestants on their physical appearance, trying to revamp its image after vulgar emails surfaced of its leadership disparaging contestants and to step into the #MeToo era under Gretchen Carlson’s guide. Carlson, the former Fox […]

Former Bernie Sanders Staffer Gets Crushed In Iowa House Primary – Talking Points Memo

Former Bernie Sanders Staffer Gets Crushed In Iowa House Primary – Talking Points Memo. by Cameron Joseph A top staffer for Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign has finished a distant third in his bid for a key swing House seat. Pete D’Alessandro, who ran Sanders’ Iowa operation and a number of other states for the candidate, pulled just 16 percent of […]

Trump’s trade policy violates almost every strategic rule – The Washington Post

Trump’s trade policy violates almost every strategic rule – The Washington Post. by Lawrence H. Summers · June 4, 2018 President Trump. (Jacquelyn Martin/Associated Press) President Trump has put aggressive trade policy at the center of his approach to the economy. No other economic subject has received such sustained presidential attention or generated so much controversy. This is problematic, however, […]

Colorado baker on Supreme Court decision: They respect my faith

Colorado baker on Supreme Court decision: They respect my faith. by Jack Phillips As a cake artist, the Supreme Court affirmed that the government has to respect my beliefs about how to conduct my business. Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips in 2014. (Photo: Brennan Linsley, AP) Storms, whether the actual or figurative kind, are a common but difficult part of […]

Bernie vs. Hillary war fizzles in Iowa – POLITICO

Bernie vs. Hillary war fizzles in Iowa – POLITICO. No one’s talking about the rivalry ahead of Tuesday’s Democratic primary for governor — a sign of how much the political landscape will have changed by 2020. Democratic presidential wannabes, take note: Iowa politics looks nothing like it did just two years ago during the Hillary Clinton-Bernie Sanders smackdown. Ahead of […]

Trump disinvites the Philadelphia Eagles from the Philadelphia Eagles’ White House Super Bowl celebration.

Trump disinvites the Philadelphia Eagles from the Philadelphia Eagles’ White House Super Bowl celebration.. by Elliot Hannon · June 5, 2018 Philadelphia Eagles players kiss the Lombardi Trophy after defeating the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII on Feb. 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Patrick Smith/Getty Images President Trump disinvited the Philadelphia Eagles from their scheduled White House visit […]

Bill Clinton On Monica Lewinsky Scandal: ‘I Did The Right Thing’ | HuffPost

Bill Clinton On Monica Lewinsky Scandal: 'I Did The Right Thing' | HuffPost. Former President Bill Clinton stood by his handling of the Monica Lewinsky scandal on Sunday, defending his decision to fight impeachment and claiming he doesn’t owe the former White House intern a personal apology. The 42nd president became visibly flustered when asked to address his past sexual […]

Globe editorial: Trump steel tariffs are the work of a reckless bully – The Globe and Mail

Globe editorial: Trump steel tariffs are the work of a reckless bully – The Globe and Mail. The slightly comic array of American products targeted by Canada for retaliatory tariffs on Thursday (gherkins, playing cards, inflatable boats) belies the seriousness of the moment we find ourselves in. The Trump administration has slapped a 25-per-cent tariff on Canadian steel products and […]

Surreal Trump-Kim summit defies diplomatic playbook – POLITICO

Surreal Trump-Kim summit defies diplomatic playbook – POLITICO. How do you plan a high-stakes meeting between a freewheeling American president and a paranoid Asian dictator? The world is about to find out. As President Donald Trump prepares to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, officials from both countries are working overtime to prepare for a June 12 nuclear […]

Sen. Gillibrand said Bill Clinton should’ve resigned over Monica Lewinsky. Clinton disagrees. – Vox

Sen. Gillibrand said Bill Clinton should’ve resigned over Monica Lewinsky. Clinton disagrees. – Vox. Former President Bill Clinton is breaking his silence regarding a much-buzzed-about statement from Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), who said last fall that he should have resigned from the presidency following revelations about his affair with intern Monica Lewinsky. Clinton, in an interview with CBS Sunday Morning […]

Bill Clinton Suggests Trump Would Already Face Impeachment If He Were A Democrat | HuffPost

Bill Clinton Suggests Trump Would Already Face Impeachment If He Were A Democrat | HuffPost. Former President Bill Clinton suggested an impeachment process for President Donald Trump would have been set in motion by now if he were a Democrat. In an interview with “CBS Sunday Morning,” Clinton discussed special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 […]

GOP Reps Warn Trump Against Pardoning Himself: ‘Terrible Move’ – Talking Points Memo

GOP Reps Warn Trump Against Pardoning Himself: ‘Terrible Move’ – Talking Points Memo. by Matt Shuham Republican Reps. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Will Hurd (R-TX) on Sunday warned President Donald Trump against pardoning himself. The warnings came after Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani argued Sunday that Trump “probably” had the authority to pardon himself, but that he didn’t plan to do […]

Opinion | Obama – Just Too Good for Us – The New York Times

Opinion | Obama – Just Too Good for Us – The New York Times. It was a moment of peak Spock. Hours after the globe-rattling election of a man whom Barack Obama has total disdain for, a toon who would take a chain saw to the former president’s legacy on policy and decency, Obama sent a message to his adviser […]

How Cuba Helped Make Venezuela A Mafia State

How Cuba Helped Make Venezuela A Mafia State. The Castros claimed Cuba was never into drug smuggling, then they said it quit. But their own operations were nothing compared to the ones they helped facilitate in Venezuela. Christopher Dickey CHRISTOPHER DICKEY 06.02.18 9:02 PM ET The medals, the honors, the general’s uniform—all had been stripped away. Arnaldo Ochoa, once considered […]

Renowned Economist Jeffrey Sachs Rips Trump As A Gibbering, ‘Delusional’ Threat | HuffPost

Renowned Economist Jeffrey Sachs Rips Trump As A Gibbering, 'Delusional' Threat | HuffPost. American economist Jeffrey Sachs has written a scathing takedown of President Donald Trump, calling him a delusional, psychopathic “threat to the nation and the world.” He might be a “Manchurian Candidate” who is working as a “stooge” for some foreign power to destroy the U.S., Sachs wrote […]

California Bans State-Funded Travel to Oklahoma in Response to LGBT Adoption Law – Mother Jones

California Bans State-Funded Travel to Oklahoma in Response to LGBT Adoption Law – Mother Jones. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced on Friday that California will ban state-funded travel to Oklahoma because of a new law that allows private agencies to refuse to place children with same-sex couples. Starting June 22, Oklahoma will become the ninth state where California bars […]

What The Long-Awaited DOJ IG Report On 2016 Will Cover – Talking Points Memo

What The Long-Awaited DOJ IG Report On 2016 Will Cover – Talking Points Memo. The Justice Department’s Inspector General is expected, any day now, to release his much anticipated report on the department’s activities in the lead-up to the 2016 election. The review is mostly focused on DOJ’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation. It is separate from the […]

Andrew Sullivan: Is the World Done With Liberal Democracy?

Andrew Sullivan: Is the World Done With Liberal Democracy?. “The real winners here are Italy’s voters. Thanks to their coolheaded president, they have a chance to rethink their answers to a very important question.” If you want a quick summary of clueless elite liberalism, it would be hard to best these sentences from Beppe Severgnini, the New York Times’ op-ed […]

Teens prefer YouTube, Snapchat, Instagram to Facebook, 2018 Pew survey finds.

Teens prefer YouTube, Snapchat, Instagram to Facebook, 2018 Pew survey finds.. Five years ago, a 13-year-old named Ruby Karp sent a shockwave through the social media world when she wrote a blog post for Mashable headlined, “I’m 13 and None of My Friends Use Facebook.” Curmudgeon that I was even then, I pushed back on the notion that Facebook was […]

California primary 2018: the drama in Orange County’s 48th district, explained – Vox

California primary 2018: the drama in Orange County’s 48th district, explained – Vox. When Hillary Clinton eked out a victory in a deep-red Republican district in Orange County, California, Democrats saw an opening to flip it to blue in the 2018 midterms. All they’d need to do, after all, is unseat Vladimir Putin’s favorite Congress member, But then things started […]

Opinion | Whatever It Was, We Didn’t Do It – The New York Times

Opinion | Whatever It Was, We Didn’t Do It – The New York Times. After news came from Kiev on Tuesday that a Russian journalist critical of Vladimir Putin had been shot dead, it did not take long for the Kremlin’s denial machinery to shift into high gear. Another case of Russophobia, cried government officials and their media acolytes, anticipating […]

We’re still working on climate change despite Trump’s retreat: Governors

We're still working on climate change despite Trump's retreat: Governors. Jerry Brown, Andrew Cuomo and Jay Inslee Published 6:00 a.m. ET June 1, 2018 A year after Donald Trump’s retreat from Paris, we’re fighting the climate change threat and our states are booming. But we need the feds back in the game. 636633870473776426-trump-paris.JPG (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais, AP WITHDRAWAL A […]

Opinion | Trump Against the Liberal Tide – The New York Times

Opinion | Trump Against the Liberal Tide – The New York Times. Democratic voters, especially young, white liberals, have been moving sharply in a progressive direction, not only on issues of race, but across the board — on the economy, on immigration and on the environment. Zach Goldberg, a doctoral candidate in political science at Georgia State University, has been […]

Federal investigators reportedly interview Comey to determine Whether to charge his deputy Andrew McCabe.

Federal investigators reportedly interview Comey to determine Whether to charge his deputy Andrew McCabe.. Federal investigators are still determining whether to charge former deputy FBI director with a crime for misleading investigators and interviewed James Comey as part of the probe, the Washington Post reported Thursday. The interview is an indication that the Justice Department is taking seriously the findings […]

Lions, Rhinos, and Elephants Are Coming Back in Droves to This Part of Africa – Mother Jones

Lions, Rhinos, and Elephants Are Coming Back in Droves to This Part of Africa – Mother Jones. The rhinos were gone from Chad. The elephants were poached from part of Malawi. The lions, too. But now, these animals are starting to return—thanks to a group of philanthropists and environmentalists working to repopulate Africa’s parks and wildlands. African Parks transports animals […]

Who’s going to apologize to the FBI for false ‘spy’ claim? – CNN

Who's going to apologize to the FBI for false 'spy' claim? – CNN. Following last week’s unfounded claim from the White House that the FBI illegally spied on the Trump campaign for political purposes, the Department of Justice took the unprecedented step of meeting with lawmakers in two classified sessions to discuss the details of the bureau’s original counterintelligence investigation. […]

Sanders’ 2016 Campaign Manager Says He’s ‘Considering’ Another Run

Sanders’ 2016 Campaign Manager Says He’s ‘Considering’ Another Run. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ former presidential campaign manager said the Vermont independent is considering another presidential run. “Nationally, he is considering another run for the presidency. When the time comes, I think we’ll have an answer to that. But right now he’s still considering it,” said Jeff Weaver, who managed Sanders’ 2016 […]

Fox News Viewers Overwhelmingly Skeptical of Mueller Probe: Poll

Fox News Viewers Overwhelmingly Skeptical of Mueller Probe: Poll. According to progressive polling data provided to The Daily Beast, Fox’s efforts to undermine the Mueller probe have seemingly paid off—at least in shaping its viewers’ opinions. Sam Stein SAM STEIN 05.30.18 9:12 PM ET For months, the early morning and evening programming at Fox News has been a steady stream […]

Michigan’s Medicaid Bill Is A Case Study In How America Makes Racist Policy | HuffPost

Michigan's Medicaid Bill Is A Case Study In How America Makes Racist Policy | HuffPost. The original version of the proposal would have exempted rural white areas from work requirements. headshot By Arthur Delaney BETTMANN VIA GETTY IMAGES 560 Don’t call Mike Shirkey racist. He was just trying to help. The Republican state Senator in Michigan wanted people on Medicaid […]

Opinion | Sounding Code Red: Electing the Trump Resistance – The New York Times

Opinion | Sounding Code Red: Electing the Trump Resistance – The New York Times. With the primary season winding down and the midterms soon upon us, it’s time to point out that this election is not about what you may think it’s about. It is not a choice between the particular basket of policies offered by the candidates for House […]

Bob Mueller’s White Hot Summer – POLITICO Magazine

Bob Mueller’s White Hot Summer – POLITICO Magazine. The special counsel’s investigation is likely hurtling toward a conclusion. Buckle up. By NELSON W. CUNNINGHAM May 29, 2018 Facebook Twitter Google + Email Comment Print THE FRIDAY COVER George Conway is pictured. | Getty Images Read more Special Counsel Robert Mueller may well be in the final stages of wrapping up […]

Why white people keep calling the cops on black Americans – Vox

Why white people keep calling the cops on black Americans – Vox. Tina, a black woman from Milwaukee, was on a road trip with her eldest son when she had an unpleasant encounter with the police of a sort that’s all too common. After stopping to fuel up the car, she realized that she hadn’t gotten the correct change from […]

What If We Held a Constitutional Convention and the Right-Wingers Prevailed? – Mother Jones

What If We Held a Constitutional Convention and the Right-Wingers Prevailed? – Mother Jones. Nature’s rights, universal basic income, keeping money out of politics: These are some of the principles guiding a coalition of left-wing Californians who want to serve as the “progressive voice” at a convention—which they believe is inevitable—to amend the United States Constitution. Just to refresh your […]

Trump Is Fumbling the China Relationship – The Atlantic

Trump Is Fumbling the China Relationship – The Atlantic. China is an increasing problem for the United States. But the latest reactions and assumptions about China among America’s political-media leadership class hold every prospect of making China-related problems much worse. How can this be? It involves the familiar tension between short-term political shrewdness and longer-term strategic wisdom. Here’s the pattern […]

Historical trends favor Democrats, but success only comes with unity | TheHill

Historical trends favor Democrats, but success only comes with unity | TheHill. Within the past month, there has been a dramatic change in which of the two major parties is positioned for success in the 2018 midterm elections. As President Trump has worked to negotiate denuclearization with Iran and North Korea, with varying degrees of success, and unemployment has dropped […]

Is the Mueller investigation winding down or just getting started?

Is the Mueller investigation winding down or just getting started?. There were stories last week that seemed to suggest Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign and Russian interference in the election may be winding down. But there were a handful of other reports that suggest the opposite—that the investigation is alive and well, with potentially serious implications […]

The Right-Wing Millennial Machine | HuffPost

The Right-Wing Millennial Machine | HuffPost. After he graduated from college, it took Nathan two years, three unpaid internships and six bartending and retail jobs before he got his first paid gig in progressive politics. His employer was a small, millennial-focused outreach nonprofit, and his job was to supervise four interns — young kids, fresh out of school, working the […]

The Arc of History Bends a Knee Toward Kaepernick – POLITICO Magazine

The Arc of History Bends a Knee Toward Kaepernick – POLITICO Magazine. ithin minutes of each other Wednesday afternoon, Mike Pence and Donald Trump Jr. spiked the proverbial football. NFL owners had just announced a new policy for the national anthem that called for players to either stay in the locker room or stand for the song. Kneeling would now […]

Chelsea Clinton: Trump is degrading “what it means to be an American.”

Chelsea Clinton: Trump is degrading “what it means to be an American.”. Chelsea Clinton didn’t hold back on her feelings for the current U.S. president in a wide-ranging interview with the Guardian to promote her new book, She Persisted Around the World. The former first daughter said that our “president and many people around him have not only mainstreamed hate, […]

Saudi Arabia Told The World Its Problem Was Islam. It’s Actually Tyranny. | HuffPost

Saudi Arabia Told The World Its Problem Was Islam. It's Actually Tyranny. | HuffPost. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman doesn’t apologize for much. In the past year, his government has massacred civilians in Yemen, kidnapped the prime minister of Lebanon and spent $450 million of unknown provenance on a painting while rounding up hundreds of people for alleged corruption. […]

Giuliani Demands Docs On Confidential FBI Informant As Condition Of Trump Testimony – Talking Points Memo

Giuliani Demands Docs On Confidential FBI Informant As Condition Of Trump Testimony – Talking Points Memo. Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani on Sunday demanded access to FBI documents on a confidential informant as a condition of the President speaking to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators. “I want to know, did they get any evidence in that counterintelligence probe?” Giuliani told Fox […]

Opinion | Grifters Gone Wild – The New York Times

Opinion | Grifters Gone Wild – The New York Times. Con artists have always been slithering around. Huckleberry Finn tangled with flimflam men on Mississippi riverboats. There was a flirty snake oil salesman in “Oklahoma!” And Marian the Librarian fell in love with a charming charlatan, Professor Harold Hill, in “The Music Man.” It was all part of an amusing […]

Kim Jong Un Still Committed To Meeting With Trump, South Korea Says | HuffPost

Kim Jong Un Still Committed To Meeting With Trump, South Korea Says | HuffPost. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his commitment to “complete” denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and to a planned meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Sunday. In Washington, Trump signaled that preparations for the summit with Kim were […]

Trump’s Immigration Crackdown Is a Boom Time for Private Prisons – Mother Jones

Trump’s Immigration Crackdown Is a Boom Time for Private Prisons – Mother Jones. Hardline immigration policies put in place by President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions have inspired more than just fear and panic in immigrant communities—they’ve also inspired investors in private prisons. In the week following the 2016 election, stock prices for the country’s two biggest prison […]

Trump issues orders making it easier to fire federal employees – POLITICO

Trump issues orders making it easier to fire federal employees – POLITICO. By LORRAINE WOELLERT 05/25/2018 05:10 PM EDT Updated 05/25/2018 05:26 PM EDT Share on Facebook Share on Twitter President Donald Trump on Friday issued a series of executive orders to weaken the influence of government unions and make it easier for agencies to fire civil servants. The orders […]

NFL kneeling protests: The NFL’s “take a knee” ban is flatly illegal – Vox

NFL kneeling protests: The NFL’s “take a knee” ban is flatly illegal – Vox. NFL team owners this week decided that players will no longer be allowed to take a knee during the playing of the national anthem. And if they do, they will be subject to punishment and their team will be subject to fines. The owners did provide […]

Twitter Bots May Have Delivered Donald Trump’s Victory, Research Paper Says | HuffPost

Twitter Bots May Have Delivered Donald Trump's Victory, Research Paper Says | HuffPost. “Our results suggest that, given narrow margins of victories in each vote, bots’ effect was likely marginal but possibly large enough to affect the outcomes.” By Mary Papenfuss Twitter bots could have swayed the presidential election enough to account for Donald Trump’s margin of victory, according to […]

Trump Tells Naval Academy Graduates: ‘We’re Respected Again’ – Talking Points Memo

Trump Tells Naval Academy Graduates: ‘We’re Respected Again’ – Talking Points Memo. President Donald Trump on Friday told the graduating class of Naval Academy students that the U.S. military is “respected again” under his leadership. “You are now leaders of the most power and righteous forces on the face of the planet, the United States Military,” he said. “We are […]

President Trump Is a Better Dealbreaker Than Dealmaker | The New Yorker

President Trump Is a Better Dealbreaker Than Dealmaker | The New Yorker. t 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, I was speaking with a senior Administration official involved in the preparations for President Trump’s summit with the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un. The chances, the official told me, were still “seventy-thirty” that the summit would happen, in Singapore, on June 12th, […]

Opinion: Is the Democrats’ Pivot to a ‘Scandal Strategy’ a Wrong Turn?

Opinion: Is the Democrats’ Pivot to a ‘Scandal Strategy’ a Wrong Turn?. In 2006, Nancy Pelosi told The Associated Press that after 10-plus years of Republican control of the House, she would begin to “drain the swamp” in her first 100 hours as speaker and also “break the link between lobbyists and legislation.” Yes. She really said “drain the swamp.” […]

Trump says James Clapper admitted to spying on his campaign. He didn’t. – Vox

Trump says James Clapper admitted to spying on his campaign. He didn’t. – Vox. President Donald Trump in a tweet on Thursday morning lied and said that former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper admitted there was a spy in his 2016 presidential campaign. That’s not true. “Clapper has now admitted that there was Spying in my campaign,” Trump wrote. […]

Alabama Sues To Exclude Undocumented Immigrants From Census Count | HuffPost

Alabama Sues To Exclude Undocumented Immigrants From Census Count | HuffPost. Alabama is suing the Trump administration to force the Census Bureau not to count undocumented people as part of the decennial tally used to determine how many seats in Congress each state gets. The suit signals a continued conservative interest in changing the way the census counts immigrants. In […]

An Amazon Echo Recorded a Family’s Private Conversation and Sent It to Some Random Person – Mother Jones

An Amazon Echo Recorded a Family’s Private Conversation and Sent It to Some Random Person – Mother Jones. In case you needed another reminder that Amazon’s Echo, an internet-connected recording device designed to listen and respond to verbal commands, can pose security and privacy risks for you and your loved ones, here you go. “Unplug your Alexa devices right now…you’re […]

Nancy Pelosi’s 2018 strategy: ignore Trump, focus on the economy – Vox

Nancy Pelosi’s 2018 strategy: ignore Trump, focus on the economy – Vox. Nancy Pelosi just wants to talk about the economy, but she can’t escape the drama surrounding President Donald Trump. At a CNN town hall on Wednesday night, the House minority leader clearly wanted to talk about the Democrats’ agenda for the future, but the first three questions she […]

Trump Blocking People On Twitter Is Unconstitutional, Judge Rules | HuffPost

Trump Blocking People On Twitter Is Unconstitutional, Judge Rules | HuffPost. A federal judge ruled Wednesday that President Donald Trump may not block people on Twitter over the political views they share on social media ― a tactic his administration has employed against at least dozens of people. Siding with the Knight First Amendment Institute in a lawsuit against Trump […]

The Blue Dogs Are Barking Again

The Blue Dogs Are Barking Again. Brendan Kelly is running in a district in southern Illinois that went for Donald Trump by nearly 15 points in 2016, so his message shouldn’t come as a surprise. “We see a system that is rigged for a powerful few,” he said in a voice full of gravel. He rails against “elites on the […]

Federal Court Sides With Transgender Teen Gavin Grimm In Bathroom Fight | HuffPost

Federal Court Sides With Transgender Teen Gavin Grimm In Bathroom Fight | HuffPost. A Virginia federal court on Tuesday denied a motion to dismiss the case of transgender teen Gavin Grimm, whose fight to use the school bathroom that aligned with his gender identity became a focal point in the trans rights movement. The U.S. District Court for the Eastern […]

The Trump Administration Just Took a Big Step Toward Defunding Planned Parenthood – Mother Jones

The Trump Administration Just Took a Big Step Toward Defunding Planned Parenthood – Mother Jones. On Tuesday, the Trump administration announced a change in the way Title X family-planning funds are distributed, stripping federal funding from women’s health clinics that either provide abortions or refer patients to abortion providers. The $260 million proposal would require “a bright line of physical […]

Chuck Schumer & Nancy Pelosi: Democrats have a better deal for teachers

Chuck Schumer & Nancy Pelosi: Democrats have a better deal for teachers. Democrats would invest in teacher pay, modern classrooms, special ed and low-income schools, and pay for it all. We’d also protect collective bargaining. AP CONGRESS TRUMP A USA DC (Photo: Alex Brandon, AP) CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN COMMENT EMAIL MORE For the better part of the 20th century, being […]

Forget the Deep State — This Is the Trump State

Forget the Deep State — This Is the Trump State. Trump has created a government that reflects himself, in which the most important question is what he and his accomplices can take for themselves. PinItShare45InstapaperEmail (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) Donald Trump is seen through the window of his motorcade vehicle on May 15, 2018. Periodically over the last year and a […]

Dems grit their teeth and cheer for Trump on North Korea – POLITICO

Dems grit their teeth and cheer for Trump on North Korea – POLITICO. Democrats face a political minefield ahead of President Donald Trump’s historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un: how to root for success for a president they usually want to see flounder. Trump is reportedly reevaluating the prospects for a significant denuclearization commitment from Kim, but […]

Hillary Clinton Talks About Trump, Facts, and Fascism in Yale Speech – Mother Jones

Hillary Clinton Talks About Trump, Facts, and Fascism in Yale Speech – Mother Jones. Today, Hillary Clinton delivered Yale University’s annual Class Day speech, urging the Class of ’18 to keep organizing to roll back the “full-fledged crisis in our democracy.” But before she got serious, she kicked things off with a dig at a scandal-embroiled political adversary who remained […]

Reports: Cohen And Trump Donor Seeking Investment Met With Qatari Official In April – Talking Points Memo

Reports: Cohen And Trump Donor Seeking Investment Met With Qatari Official In April – Talking Points Memo. Trump fixer Michael Cohen, acting as a consultant for a major Trump inauguration donor, met with the donor and a representative of Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund in early April seeking an investment for the donor’s nuclear plant project, two reports Monday indicated. Mother […]

Bernie’s army in disarray – POLITICO

Bernie’s army in disarray – POLITICO. Bernie Sanders’ top operatives formed “Our Revolution” after he lost the 2016 primaries to keep his army organized and motivated — and potentially prepare for another presidential run in 2020. But an extensive review of the Sanders-inspired group depicts an organization in disarray — operating primarily as a promotional vehicle for its leader and […]

Meghan Markle’s Nephew Tyler Dooley Caught with Knife in London, Blames Trump

Meghan Markle’s Nephew Tyler Dooley Caught with Knife in London, Blames Trump. Cops turned up to collar Tyler Dooley after he brought a knife to a London club, but he fled the scene. Tom Sykes TOM SYKES 05.21.18 5:12 AM ET At least he didn’t bring it to the royal wedding. Meghan Markle’s nephew, a legal cannabis farmer in Oregon, […]

Hillary Clinton Tips A Russian Hat At Trump During Yale Commencement Speech | HuffPost

Hillary Clinton Tips A Russian Hat At Trump During Yale Commencement Speech | HuffPost. Honoring the Yale University tradition of wearing funky hats on graduation day, this year’s commencement speaker Hillary Clinton took the stage with a hat of her own ― a Russian fur hat, undoubtedly a swipe at President Donald Trump and the accusations that his campaign colluded […]

How Trial by Skype Became the Norm in Immigration Court – Mother Jones

How Trial by Skype Became the Norm in Immigration Court – Mother Jones. Tess Feldman stood in an empty San Francisco courtroom, facing a three-foot-wide television screen. “Good morning!” she shouted toward a camera connected to the TV. “Can you hear me?” A stunned-looking man in an orange prison jumpsuit appeared on screen. An inmate at the Mesa Verde Detention […]

Mueller probes Ukrainian who pitched peace plan to White House – POLITICO

Mueller probes Ukrainian who pitched peace plan to White House – POLITICO. Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team has been meeting over the last year with a Ukrainian lawmaker at the center of a controversial plan to end his country’s conflict with Russia, pressing him for details about interactions with Trump administration officials. Andrii Artemenko told POLITICO that FBI agents had […]

Why conservatives think “taqiyya” means all Muslims are lying.

Why conservatives think "taqiyya" means all Muslims are lying.. I’d never heard of “taqiyya” until someone accused me of it. I discovered it’s a conspiracy theory with disturbing power. By AYMANN ISMAIL and JEFFREY BLOOMER MAY 18, 20188:58 AM TWEET SHARE COMMENT This is part of Season 2 of “Who’s Afraid of Aymann Ismail?,” a series featuring Slate’s Aymann Ismail […]

Trump Misspells Melania’s Name In Welcome Home Tweet, Twitter Roars | HuffPost

Trump Misspells Melania's Name In Welcome Home Tweet, Twitter Roars | HuffPost. Donald Trump was so excited to welcome the first lady home from the hospital that he misspelled his own wife’s name in a tweet Saturday. And Twitter couldn’t be happier. Trump referred to his wife as “Melanie” instead of Melania, as in “Melanie is doing and feeling really […]

Trump’s dangerous “animals” rhetoric is also bad crime-fighting policy – Vox

Trump’s dangerous “animals” rhetoric is also bad crime-fighting policy – Vox. Earlier this week, President Donald Trump said that some undocumented immigrants deported from the US “aren’t people. These are animals.” The remarks quickly drew criticism — widely interpreted as Trump once again characterizing Latinx immigrants as subhuman rapists and criminals. Trump, in clarifying his remarks, later said that he […]

Missouri Is Making It Illegal To Call This “Meat” – Mother Jones

Missouri Is Making It Illegal To Call This “Meat” – Mother Jones. The United States’ beef and pork producers churned out 48.4 billion pounds of red meat in 2015, and made $9 billion exporting it around the world. Despite that success, they appear threatened by the growing number of meat alternatives cropping up in grocery stores. Now, the livestock lobby […]

Targeting a Blue Texan: Will National Democrats Pay a Price?

Targeting a Blue Texan: Will National Democrats Pay a Price?. Two women are facing off in the Houston suburbs Tuesday to take on Republican Rep. John Culberson, in what has become an early test of intervention by national Democrats in competitive primaries. Lawyer Lizzie Pannill Fletcher and Laura Moser, a former journalist and activist, made the runoff for the Democratic […]

How Haspel beat the resistance – POLITICO

How Haspel beat the resistance – POLITICO. Liberals had a real chance to defeat President Donald Trump’s CIA director nominee Gina Haspel over her ties to torture. Instead, she skated to confirmation on Thursday — her nomination greased by a divided Senate Democratic Caucus, leaders of the minority who opted not to twist arms, and advocacy groups that couldn’t mount […]

I’m Ready for the Female Takeover of the Democratic Party

I’m Ready for the Female Takeover of the Democratic Party. The Venusification of the Democratic Party is on, and this man says it’s high time. Michael Tomasky MICHAEL TOMASKY 05.18.18 5:05 AM ET Some of you will recall that back in the Dubya era, a good chunk of the pundit class decided after the 9/11 attacks that America needed a […]

FBI’s Russia investigation was a tangle of conflicting motives and unintended consequences.

FBI’s Russia investigation was a tangle of conflicting motives and unintended consequences.. President Trump calls the Russia investigation a “witch hunt.” Democrats say just the opposite: They think the FBI tilted the 2016 election by smearing Hillary Clinton while hiding its investigation of Trump’s campaign. But partisanship seldom explains an organization as complex as the FBI. This week’s New York […]

Senate elections 2018: a slightly sarcastic guide to 10 must-win races – Vox

Senate elections 2018: a slightly sarcastic guide to 10 must-win races – Vox. In the 2018 Senate elections, Democrats will have serious advantages — an unpopular President Trump, the historic trend of voters punishing the party in power — and one huge obstacle: 10 Senate Democrats are running for reelection in states that Trump won in the 2016 presidential election. […]

Lawyer Who Ranted Against Spanish-Speakers Faces Office Eviction, Disciplinary Complaint | HuffPost

Lawyer Who Ranted Against Spanish-Speakers Faces Office Eviction, Disciplinary Complaint | HuffPost. Lawyer Aaron Schlossberg is facing serious consequences after video footage captured his bigoted diatribe about workers and customers who were speaking Spanish to each other in a Manhattan restaurant on Tuesday. Since the video of his outburst went viral, the Trump supporter has been evicted from his law […]

On Anniversary of Mueller’s Appointment, Trump Calls the Probe a “Witch Hunt” – Mother Jones

On Anniversary of Mueller’s Appointment, Trump Calls the Probe a “Witch Hunt” – Mother Jones. On Wednesday, President Donald Trump marked the one-year anniversary of the Justice Department’s appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel with a sarcastic tweet blasting the ongoing probe into ties between Trump’s campaign and Russia as the “greatest witch hunt in American history.” The president […]

Republicans Are Attacking Nancy Pelosi Even In Non-House Races | HuffPost

Republicans Are Attacking Nancy Pelosi Even In Non-House Races | HuffPost. By Amanda Terkel 120 Republicans are so obsessed with Nancy Pelosi that they’re using her in ads for Senate campaigns. Pelosi, the liberal House minority leader from San Francisco, has consistently been one of the GOP’s favorite targets. She’s been featured in roughly one-third of Republican TV ads aired […]

Donald Trump’s Business Empire Is No Longer Growing – Mother Jones

Donald Trump’s Business Empire Is No Longer Growing – Mother Jones. Donald Trump’s business empire has always relied on growth. But according to new personal financial disclosure documents filed by the president, it’s not growing much these days. Since the beginning of Trump’s term, a number of reports have provided anecdotal evidence that some of his key businesses are struggling—some […]

Moderates Go Down In Key House Primaries As National Democrats Fret – Talking Points Memo

Moderates Go Down In Key House Primaries As National Democrats Fret – Talking Points Memo. A trio of moderate Democrats went down to more liberal opponents Tuesday night in key House primaries, the latest skirmishes in the battle for the direction of the party that one national Democrat described to TPM as “non-ideal outcomes.” In the biggest race, former Rep. […]

Republicans Are Still Running Against Colin Kaepernick – POLITICO Magazine

Republicans Are Still Running Against Colin Kaepernick – POLITICO Magazine. epresentative Todd Rokita was under attack. Facing two challengers in Indiana’s GOP Senate primary, Rokita was eager to burnish his conservative bona fides by aligning himself with President Donald Trump, who had carried the state by 19 percentage points. So Rokita produced an ad that naturally featured standard Democratic punching […]