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Demonstrators carrying Star of David flags kicked out of Chicago Dyke March.

Demonstrators carrying Star of David flags kicked out of Chicago Dyke March.. by Daniel Politi · June 25, 2017 An Israeli woman draped with a rainbow gay pride flag with the Star of David walks past Israeli border policemen during the annual Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade on July 21, 2016. AFP/Getty Images Three people carrying Jewish Pride flags were asked […]

Facing FBI Bank Fraud Investigation, Bernie And Jane Sanders Hire Lawyers | HuffPost

Facing FBI Bank Fraud Investigation, Bernie And Jane Sanders Hire Lawyers | HuffPost. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and his wife, Jane Sanders, the former president of Burlington College, have hired lawyers in the face of a federal investigation into bank fraud allegations related to a multimillion-dollar loan for the now-defunct liberal arts college. On Saturday, CBS News confirmed that the […]

Meet the horsemen of our environmental apocalypse – Salon.com

Meet the horsemen of our environmental apocalypse – Salon.com. by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. · June 25, 2017 Excerpted with permission from “Horsemen of the Apocalypse” by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Copyright 2017, Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. Available for purchase on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and IndieBound. Consolidation of power by the oil and coal barons began immediately after the election; […]

The Twin Authoritarians Who Are Endangering American Democracy | New Republic

The Twin Authoritarians Who Are Endangering American Democracy | New Republic. by Jeet Heer · June 25, 2017 Ever since Donald Trump launched his presidential campaign in 2015, critics worried about his authoritarian tendencies. He’s done much to justify those fears. At his rallies, he whipped crowds into such a frenzy that protesters were beaten. As president, he’s flouted elementary […]

Donald Skunks the Democrats – The New York Times

Donald Skunks the Democrats – The New York Times. · by Maureen Dowd · June 24, 2017 Supporters of the Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff after his loss in Georgia on Tuesday night. David Goldman/Associated Press WASHINGTON — YOU know who is really sick and tired of Donald Trump winning, to the point where they beg, “Please, Mr. President, sir, it’s […]

Dems push leaders to talk less about Russia | TheHill

Dems push leaders to talk less about Russia | TheHill. by Mike Lillis · June 24, 2017 Frustrated Democrats hoping to elevate their election fortunes have a resounding message for party leaders: Stop talking so much about Russia. Democratic leaders have been beating the drum this year over the ongoing probes into the Trump administration’s potential ties to Moscow, taking […]

Obama’s response to Russian interference: He did his job.

Obama’s response to Russian interference: He did his job.. by William Saletan · June 23, 2017 President Barack Obama talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the APEC Economic Leaders Meeting in Lima, Peru, on Nov. 20, 2016. Kevin Lamarque/Reuters Did President Obama blow the 2016 election? Should he have spoken up sooner and louder about Russia’s interference? That’s what […]

Two eminent political scientists: The problem with democracy is voters – Vox

Two eminent political scientists: The problem with democracy is voters – Vox. Consider the curious case of New Jersey in 1916: That summer, there was a string of deadly shark attacks along the Jersey Shore. As a result, Woodrow Wilson lost his home state in the presidential election. Why, you ask? Because the beachfront towns (which rely on tourism) were […]

Retirement Rumors Ramp Up For Influential Supreme Court Justice | HuffPost

Retirement Rumors Ramp Up For Influential Supreme Court Justice | HuffPost. As the end of the Supreme Court term approaches, rumors of retirement have ramped up around Justice Anthony Kennedy, a pivotal judge who often bridges a gap on the bench between conservatives and liberals. The Associated Press and CNN reported Saturday on rumors swirling around the 80-year-old Kennedy’s retirement […]

Begala: ‘Dump Pelosi’ plays right into GOP’s hands – CNN.com

Begala: 'Dump Pelosi' plays right into GOP's hands – CNN.com. Democrats lost a special election for a congressional seat they have not held in decades, so some are calling for the head of House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. Huh? Dumping Pelosi, who has devoted her professional life to Democratic values, would be like throwing the captain of your ship overboard […]

Andrew Sullivan: The Perverse Presidency of Donald Trump

Andrew Sullivan: The Perverse Presidency of Donald Trump. by Andrew Sullivan · June 23, 2017 President Donald Trump speaks at Kirkwood Community College on June 21, 2017, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images I was mulling, as one does, over this presidency, and something crystallized in my head that I had not quite grasped before. Its policies are […]

Opinion: Bickering Democrats — Still Mired in the 20th Century

Opinion: Bickering Democrats — Still Mired in the 20th Century. by Walter Shapiro · June 23, 2017 Only the downtrodden and dispirited Democrats could work themselves into a bout of I’m-on-the-ledge-and-thinking-about-jumping depression over the failure of a 30-year-old first-time candidate to win a House seat in a Georgia district where he didn’t even live. Equally ludicrous are the recriminations over […]

California’s Wine Industry was Built on Slave Labor

California’s Wine Industry was Built on Slave Labor. by Frances Dinkelspiel · June 24, 2017 During the 1850’s gold rush, vineyard owners used an army of enslaved Native American workers. Getty It’s going to be a long summer for California winemakers. The labor shortage is so acute in Napa and Sonoma counties that grape growers are trucking in workers from […]

The Collective Déjà Vu Of Black America | HuffPost

The Collective Déjà Vu Of Black America | HuffPost. by Julia Craven · June 23, 2017 We’ve been here before. Right here, at this very specific moment of anguish. Each time, it’s as though the world freezes and a familiar jolt zips through our bodies. Our vision blurs. Panicked, we look around to see if anyone else feels what we […]

Michael Bloomberg says Democrats should “get behind” President Trump – Salon.com

Michael Bloomberg says Democrats should “get behind” President Trump – Salon.com. by Matthew Sheffield · June 23, 2017 Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City and owner of several media outlets, thinks it’s time that Americans “get behind” President Donald Trump and “make it work.” Democratic opponents of Trump need to get over themselves, Bloomberg argued during an […]

Where are all the missing leftist voters?

Where are all the missing leftist voters?. If there’s one thing that members of the American left believe as an article of unshakable faith, it’s that they constitute the country’s true silent majority. You can hear a profession of this faith every time a mainstream Democrat disappoints at the ballot box: “If only socialist Bernie Sanders had been the nominee […]

The Senate’s Unaffordable Care Act – The New York Times

The Senate’s Unaffordable Care Act – The New York Times. by THE EDITORIAL BOARD · June 23, 2017 Erik Carter It would be a big mistake to call the legislation Senate Republicans released on Thursday a health care bill. It is, plain and simple, a plan to cut taxes for the wealthy by destroying critical federal programs that help provide […]

Why Democrats can’t quit Nancy Pelosi – CNNPolitics.com

Why Democrats can't quit Nancy Pelosi – CNNPolitics.com. Nancy Pelosi is sending a defiant message to House Democrats who are grumbling about her leadership: Come at me. But while Pelosi’s critics are increasingly vocal, they have not yet answered critical questions about who would fill her leadership and fundraising roles if they were to mount a serious challenge for the […]

Venice’s first female gondolier announces he’s transgender – SFGate

Venice's first female gondolier announces he's transgender – SFGate. A gondolier who made headlines a decade ago for being the first woman to enter the male-dominated cadre of Venice’s canal rowers has announced he is transgender. Alex Hai made the revelation Wednesday on Facebook and in a lengthy interview on Radiolab. He wrote: “It is inaccurate to refer to me […]

Pelosi Blows Off Calls to Step Down

Pelosi Blows Off Calls to Step Down. by Rema Rahman · June 22, 2017 Describing herself as “worth the trouble,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi Thursday blew off calls from some chamber Democrats for her to step down from leadership in the wake of special election losses this year and a failure to win a House majority in four straight […]

Jane Sanders Lawyers Up – POLITICO Magazine

Jane Sanders Lawyers Up – POLITICO Magazine. The strange story behind the federal investigation that has rattled Burlington, Vermont, and put Bernie and Jane Sanders on the defensive. Bernie Sanders was in the midst of an interview with a local TV reporter early last month when the senator fielded an unexpected question about an uncomfortable matter. “There’s an implication, and […]

Bernie, Jane Sanders Hire Attorneys for Fraud Probe – The Daily Beast

Bernie, Jane Sanders Hire Attorneys for Fraud Probe – The Daily Beast. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and his wife Jane have hired attorneys as the FBI is looking into whether the couple committed bank fraud. The FBI has been investigating whether Jane Sanders committed bank fraud in order to get approved for loans for the defunct Burlington College, and whether […]

After Nabra Hassanen’s murder, Virginia Muslims resolve to carry on in spite of fear.

After Nabra Hassanen’s murder, Virginia Muslims resolve to carry on in spite of fear.. · by Christina Cauterucci · June 22, 2017 Friends of Nabra Hassanen, who was murdered in Northern Virginia while walking with friends to her mosque, speak at her vigil on Wednesday. Christina Cauterucci RESTON, Virginia—Three days after the murder of Nabra Hassanen, a 17-year-old black Muslim […]

The Senate health bill takes what Americans hate about Obamacare and makes it worse – Vox

The Senate health bill takes what Americans hate about Obamacare and makes it worse – Vox. The Senate GOP’s health care bill is a strange document. It doesn’t fix what conservatives dislike most about Obamacare. But it takes what everyone else hates about Obamacare and makes it much, much worse. The plan keeps Obamacare’s basic structure intact. The tax credits […]

All That Stands Between Democrats And A Massive Freakout Is This Man | HuffPost

All That Stands Between Democrats And A Massive Freakout Is This Man | HuffPost. Having lost a series of tantalizingly close congressional elections, the Democratic Party has now placed the fate of its collective psyche in the hands of an unassuming, soft-spoken pediatric neurologist. Virginia Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam says he feels no enhanced pressure to win his gubernatorial race […]

Senate Democrats react with horror to health care bill – Salon.com

Senate Democrats react with horror to health care bill – Salon.com. by Matthew Rozsa · June 22, 2017 Senate Democrats are appalled by the draft of the Obamacare repeal bill unveiled earlier on Thursday by Senate Republicans. In a speech on the Senate floor shortly after the discussion draft was released to the public, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of […]

Don’t Assume Conservative Defections Will Sink Senate TrumpCare Bill – Talking Points Memo

Don’t Assume Conservative Defections Will Sink Senate TrumpCare Bill – Talking Points Memo. by Tierney Sneed Within a few hours of the release of the Senate legislation to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and overhaul Medicaid, four conservatives came out against the bill, putting Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) two votes short of what he will need to pass it. […]

Democrats don’t have a policy problem. They have a marketing problem.

Democrats don't have a policy problem. They have a marketing problem.. Democrats continued their 2017 run of being unable to win special elections in strongly Republican districts on Tuesday. These results have led people to ask what the Democratic Party must change if it is to take back Congress (and eventually the White House). I have what may be the […]

Jon Ossoff’s Loss in Georgia Is a Gut Punch for Democrats – The Atlantic

Jon Ossoff's Loss in Georgia Is a Gut Punch for Democrats – The Atlantic. by Molly Ball · June 21, 2017 ATLANTA—Around midnight, hours after their candidate conceded he had lost the Most Important Special Election in History, the last remaining supporters of Jon Ossoff took over the stage where he had recently stood. One of them waved a bottle […]

Michael Moore: Dems have ‘no message, no plan, no leaders’ | TheHill

Michael Moore: Dems have ‘no message, no plan, no leaders' | TheHill. by Jonathan Easley · June 21, 2017 Liberal activist Michael Moore lashed out at national Democrats on Wednesday after the party fell short in a special House runoff election in Georgia despite spending tens of millions of dollars on a race that was viewed as a referendum on […]

Dems point fingers after crushing loss | TheHill

Dems point fingers after crushing loss | TheHill. by Mike Lillis · June 21, 2017 The Democrats’ defeat in Georgia spurred a round of bloodletting on Wednesday as liberal activists bashed their party, frustrated lawmakers lashed out at the Democratic brass and disappointed leaders struggled to explain what went wrong. The outcome of Tuesday’s special election has only aggravated the […]

Pelosi faces growing doubts among Dems after Georgia loss – POLITICO

Pelosi faces growing doubts among Dems after Georgia loss – POLITICO. by John Bresnahan · June 21, 2017 House Minority Leader Nacy Pelosi remains the most successful non-presidential political fundraiser in U.S. history, raising more than $560 million for House Democrats since she became leader in 2003. | Getty There’s a lot of grumbling by rank-and-file members, but no leadership […]

Voter Study Group and why Obama voters defected to Trump.

Voter Study Group and why Obama voters defected to Trump.. by Jamelle Bouie · June 20, 2017 The most common Obama-to-Trump voter is a white American who wants government intervention in the economy but holds negative views toward minorities. Photo illustration by Natalie Matthews-Ramo. Photos by Menahem Kahana/Getty Images and Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images. It has been more than seven months […]

The overall message of 2017 special elections is that Republicans are in trouble – Vox

The overall message of 2017 special elections is that Republicans are in trouble – Vox. by Matthew Yglesias · June 21, 2017 Rank-and-file Democrats are, reasonably, disappointed with a loss in what seemed to be a winnable special election in Georgia. Even my colleague Andrew Prokop warns that Democrats shouldn’t “sugarcoat” the result, which is “bad news” for the party. […]

Democratic Chatter Grows About Ousting Nancy Pelosi | HuffPost

Democratic Chatter Grows About Ousting Nancy Pelosi | HuffPost. Recriminations have begun flying among Democrats in the wake of stinging special election defeats in Georgia and South Carolina on Tuesday, which may not bode well for the party’s efforts to win back the House in 2018. Democratic lawmakers and political operatives are venting at just about everything. But the latest […]

Right-wing rag Daily Caller rails against “coastal elites,” then asks its readers to buy $90 cases of “Les Déplorables”-brand wine – Salon.com

Right-wing rag Daily Caller rails against “coastal elites,” then asks its readers to buy $90 cases of “Les Déplorables”-brand wine – Salon.com. by Keith A. Spencer · June 21, 2017 The mass email from The Daily Caller has a bouquet of groupthink that opens into floral notes of irony: it begins with a jab at “liberal snowflakes” before announcing “we […]

Congressional Black Caucus Turns Down Second Trump Meeting, Citing Behavior – Talking Points Memo

Congressional Black Caucus Turns Down Second Trump Meeting, Citing Behavior – Talking Points Memo. by Matt Shuham The Congressional Black Caucus turned down a follow-up meeting with President Donald Trump Wednesday, citing a number of actions taken by his administration that the group’s members said hurt their constituents and all black Americans. The CBC also cited their own ignored attempts […]

After Georgia Election, Democrats Are Demoralized, Again – The New York Times

After Georgia Election, Democrats Are Demoralized, Again – The New York Times. by Frank Bruni · June 20, 2017 Jon Ossoff conceding defeat in Atlanta on Tuesday night. David Goldman/Associated Press Make no mistake: Democrats were swimming against the current in Georgia. The House seat that their sights were on had been safely in Republican hands for nearly four decades. […]

How Democrats Can Win Back Congress in 2018 – The Atlantic

How Democrats Can Win Back Congress in 2018 – The Atlantic. by Bruce Reed · June 20, 2017 Donald Trump is a historically unpopular president, and Republicans in Congress are pushing through a remarkably unpopular agenda. Under such auspicious circumstances, it’s only natural for ardent Democrats to feel energized and empowered. Some see 2018 as their own Tea Party moment […]

Saudi King Names Son Crown Prince, Upending Royal Succession – The Daily Beast

Saudi King Names Son Crown Prince, Upending Royal Succession – The Daily Beast. Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has named his 31-year-old son Mohammed bin Salman crown prince and ousted the country’s counter-terrorism czar, upending the line of royal succession. The changes were announced by the state-run Saudi Press Agency early Wednesday, with a slew of royal decrees unveiling a major […]

Georgia Democrat Jon Ossoff Falls Short In Bid For U.S. House Seat | HuffPost

Georgia Democrat Jon Ossoff Falls Short In Bid For U.S. House Seat | HuffPost. Republican Karen Handel was the projected winner of Tuesday’s special election for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, according to CNN, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and NBC. Handel defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff in a traditional GOP stronghold that polling suggested could be in play this time around. The outcome […]

Venezuela is proof that the rich will be insulated from economic ruin – Salon.com

Venezuela is proof that the rich will be insulated from economic ruin – Salon.com. by Charlie May · June 20, 2017 The majority of Venezuelans are struggling to survive as the country has become engulfed in “poverty and political violence” but this only applies for some. The wealthy minority still sip cocktails, enjoy nights at the bar and eat sushi […]

Handel Defeats Ossoff In Georgia House Race, Dealing Blow To Democrats – Talking Points Memo

Handel Defeats Ossoff In Georgia House Race, Dealing Blow To Democrats – Talking Points Memo. by Caitlin MacNeal Republican Karen Handel defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff Tuesday in a special election to fill a Georgia congressional seat, dashing Democrats’ hopes of flipping a House district in order to build momentum ahead of the 2018 midterms. Polling had been showing a tight […]

Can we blame California for Trump?

Can we blame California for Trump?. President Trump’s stunning ascent over the last two years is partly thanks to the idiosyncrasies — or pathologies — of California Republicans. And to this day, his administration continues to be shaped by right-wingers on the left coast. So from now on, let’s not take advice on conservatism from Californians, okay? The Golden State’s […]

Single-payer health care would have an astonishingly high price tag – The Washington Post

Single-payer health care would have an astonishingly high price tag – The Washington Post. by Editorial Board · June 18, 2017 OBAMACARE LOOKS shaky, mostly because Republicans are sabotaging it. This, in turn, has rekindled calls on the left to create a European-style “single-payer” system, in which the government directly pays for every American’s health care. California lawmakers, for example, […]

Can You Kill the Islamic State? – The New York Times

Can You Kill the Islamic State? – The New York Times. by ALI H. SOUFAN · June 20, 2017 Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-appointed caliph of the self-described Islamic State, might have been killed. Again. In announcing last week the airstrike that may have felled the Islamic State’s leader, Russia wisely hedged its bets. If Mr. Baghdadi’s death is confirmed, […]

What Will It Take to Dump Trump?

What Will It Take to Dump Trump?. The general assumption in Washington has been that only one of two things could cause the Republican leadership to turn on President Trump and begin removal proceedings, either under the 25th Amendment or via articles of impeachment. One would be a smoking gun so dramatic that Republicans would be compelled to move. That […]

President Trump Looms Over Georgia Special Election—Whether GOP Wants Him or Not

President Trump Looms Over Georgia Special Election—Whether GOP Wants Him or Not. by Patricia Murphy · June 20, 2017 With President Trump in the White House, Karen Handel may have little control over her own destiny. Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily Beast When he’s up, you’re up. When he’s down, you’re down. That may be the ultimate takeaway for […]

Democrats’ misguided desire to woo the white working class.

Democrats’ misguided desire to woo the white working class.. by Yascha Mounk · June 19, 2017 The podium stands empty onstage during preparations for the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena on Sept. 3, 2012, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Just as generals are always fighting the previous war, campaign strategists always seem to be fighting […]

The health care industry doesn’t love Obamacare enough to save it – Vox

The health care industry doesn't love Obamacare enough to save it – Vox. The health care industry killed Hillarycare in the 1990s and cut deals to shape Obamacare more to its liking in 2009. But now, as Republicans push a sweeping and widely reviled health bill through Congress, the industry has often appeared declawed in the biggest health care fight […]

Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Potentially Monumental Political Gerrymandering Case | HuffPost

Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Potentially Monumental Political Gerrymandering Case | HuffPost. The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case out of Wisconsin that could lead to a landmark decision determining whether or not Republicans or Democrats have drawn their state’s electoral districts in a way that gives their candidates an unconstitutional advantage. The case, Gill v. Whitford, comes […]

Why Bill Cosby walked free

Why Bill Cosby walked free. A funny thing happens when men lie in plain sight. Especially famous ones. We bend over backwards to pretend it isn’t true. We’ll think up scenarios that make sense of the person’s behavior. We’ll develop synonyms that obfuscate the unpleasant fact that their lie is a lie and explain why it is not just tasteful […]

Zombies, Vampires and Republicans – The New York Times

Zombies, Vampires and Republicans – The New York Times. Zombies have long ruled the Republican Party. The good news is that they may finally be losing their grip — although they may still return and resume eating conservative brains. The bad news is that even if zombies are in retreat, vampires are taking their place. What are these zombies of […]

Democratic Hopes Are Sky High in Trump-Testing Georgia Special Election Runoff

Democratic Hopes Are Sky High in Trump-Testing Georgia Special Election Runoff. Take the New Hampshire presidential primary, move it next to a Waffle House, douse it in cash and the sweltering June heat of Georgia, and you’ll get the special election runoff in the state’s 6th Congressional District. In a race that was never expected to be close, the once […]

As the 1 percent washes their money through arts funding, artists respond – Salon.com

As the 1 percent washes their money through arts funding, artists respond – Salon.com. by Heather Corcoran · June 18, 2017 At the most recent edition of the Whitney Biennial, the long-running survey of American art, visitors were greeted by a quote of the sort not usually seen in museums: “The two greatest stores of wealth internationally today [are] contemporary […]

A Scientist Didn’t Disclose Important Data—and Let Everyone Believe a Popular Weedkiller Causes Cancer – Mother Jones

A Scientist Didn’t Disclose Important Data—and Let Everyone Believe a Popular Weedkiller Causes Cancer – Mother Jones. by Kiera Butler fotokostic/Getty Does a common herbicide cause cancer? Over the past several years, that question has stirred up no shortage of controversy, with international health agencies offering conflicting information. The weedkiller, a chemical called glyphosate, is commonly sold by the agribiz […]

Dodd-Frank under fire

Dodd-Frank under fire. Republicans are doggedly chasing their dream of undoing Wall Street reforms, said Alan Rappeport at The New York Times. While the rest of the political world was glued earlier this month to former FBI Director James Comey’s Senate testimony, the House of Representatives quietly passed a sweeping bill to undo financial regulations put in place by the […]

How Jason Kander Won by Losing – POLITICO Magazine

How Jason Kander Won by Losing – POLITICO Magazine. Jason Kander was wearing a mic pack here as he wandered around the Puritan Backroom, chatting with local activists and politicians at the Manchester Democratic Club chicken dinner. A videographer, who followed him around as he moved from table to table, was being paid out of his campaign account. Kander’s Senate […]

Could Illinois be the first state to file for bankruptcy? – CBS News

Could Illinois be the first state to file for bankruptcy? – CBS News. by Aimee Picchi · June 16, 2017 Illinois residents may feel some solidarity with the likes of Puerto Rico and Detroit. A financial crunch is spiraling into a serious problem for Illinois lawmakers, prompting some observers to wonder if the state might make history by becoming the […]

Alexandria Shooting Exposes More Republican Hypocricy | HuffPost

Alexandria Shooting Exposes More Republican Hypocricy | HuffPost. Within minutes of the lone-nut rampage shooting targeting Republican politicians in Alexandria, Virginia, right-wingers took to the airwaves to smear Democrats, Bernie Sanders, and “the Left” for bearing some responsibility for the violence because of their “hatred” of Republicans. Hearing the news that the alleged shooter had worked for his campaign, Senator […]

Deputy AG Issues Strange Statement Warning Against Anonymous Sources – Talking Points Memo

Deputy AG Issues Strange Statement Warning Against Anonymous Sources – Talking Points Memo. by Caitlin MacNeal Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Thursday night issued an odd statement warning Americans against trusting news stories that cite “anonymous ‘officials.’” It was not immediately clear what stories Rosenstein was referring to in the cryptic statement, but it followed several Thursday evening reports […]

The perils of reflexively politicizing tragedy

The perils of reflexively politicizing tragedy. The frightening shooting at a congressional baseball practice on Wednesday shook up Washington and the nation — and rightly so. As many pointed out, the Congressional Baseball Game stands out as a rare example of bipartisan amity in our hyperpolarized times. It was a heartbreaking symbol to see it struck by tragedy. But as […]

One Left-Wing Gunman Doesn’t Make a Movement

One Left-Wing Gunman Doesn’t Make a Movement. by Michael Tomasky · June 15, 2017 There have been many left-wing assassins in U.S. history—and right-wing ones, and no-wing ones. What matters is that he had a military-style assault rifle. opinion Getty In olden days, a lot of political assassins, would-be and otherwise, were left wing. There’s a pretty un-mysterious reason for […]

Trump Will Add Cuba To List Of Obama Achievements He’s Taking Apart | HuffPost

Trump Will Add Cuba To List Of Obama Achievements He’s Taking Apart | HuffPost. To the list of things former President Barack Obama did that President Donald Trump is undoing, go ahead and add Cuba. Two and a half years ago, Obama, with great fanfare, announced an easing of the decades-long travel and trade restrictions on the island nation’s authoritarian […]

New York Times tries, fails to blame Virginia shooting on Bernie Sanders – Salon.com

New York Times tries, fails to blame Virginia shooting on Bernie Sanders – Salon.com. On Thursday The New York Times published a left-punching hot take in its “Politics” section — as opposed to the “Opinion” section, where it would have felt more at home alongside neocon columnists Ross Douthat and Bret Stephens. Maybe trying to play “both sides” was the […]

There’s only one person to blame for the awful congressional shooting

There's only one person to blame for the awful congressional shooting. On Wednesday morning, a lone gunman, identified as 66-year-old James Hodgkinson, attacked a Republican practice session for the upcoming congressional baseball game. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) was shot and badly wounded, as well as a staffer, a lobbyist, and two police officers, all of whom are reportedly recovering. Hodgkinson […]

America’s Lethal Politics – The New York Times

America’s Lethal Politics – The New York Times. by THE EDITORIAL BOARD · June 14, 2017 America’s elected representatives enjoying America’s pastime on a ball field just across the Potomac from the Capitol: A particularly American form of terror changed that idyll early Wednesday morning into what Senator Rand Paul, who was there, called “basically a killing field.” A gunman […]

Rhetoric and Bullets – The New York Times

Rhetoric and Bullets – The New York Times. by Charles M. Blow · June 15, 2017 A police officer guarding the Capitol after a shooting in nearby Alexandria, Va., on Wednesday. Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters In 2011, after Representative Gabby Giffords of Arizona was gravely injured and six others were killed by a shooter in Tucson, I was moved to commit […]

Trump under investigation for possible obstruction of justice: Washington Post | Reuters

Trump under investigation for possible obstruction of justice: Washington Post | Reuters. President Donald Trump is being investigated by special counsel Robert Mueller for possible obstruction of justice, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday, citing unnamed officials. Mueller is investigating alleged Russia interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign. Former FBI Director James […]

Some on right blame anti-Trump rhetoric for shooting – POLITICO

Some on right blame anti-Trump rhetoric for shooting – POLITICO. by Hadas Gold · June 14, 2017 Donald Trump Jr., alt-right figures say that heated left-wing commentary planted the seeds of violence. As reports spread online that shooting suspect James Hodgkinson had expressed anti-Republican sentiments, some conservative political figures and alt-right news outlets began speculating on whether Wednesday’s attack on […]

One Left-Wing Gunman Doesn’t Make a Movement

One Left-Wing Gunman Doesn’t Make a Movement. by Michael Tomasky · June 15, 2017 There have been many left-wing assassins in U.S. history—and right-wing ones, and no-wing ones. What matters is that he had a military-style assault rifle. opinion Getty In olden days, a lot of political assassins, would-be and otherwise, were left wing. There’s a pretty un-mysterious reason for […]

Can Donald Trump be America’s consoler-in-chief? – Vox

Can Donald Trump be America’s consoler-in-chief? – Vox. Mass shootings like the Wednesday morning attack that wounded Rep. Steve Scalise are clarifying moments for most presidents, ones that test their ability to comfort a frightened nation and rise above the partisan fray. This will require a very different demeanor for President Trump, who has taken to Twitter to send out […]

Man Who Attacked GOP Politicians Was A Bernie Supporter With A Violent History | HuffPost

Man Who Attacked GOP Politicians Was A Bernie Supporter With A Violent History | HuffPost. by Ryan J. Reilly · June 14, 2017 WASHINGTON ― The man who opened fire on Republican lawmakers practicing for an upcoming baseball game on Wednesday was apparently a Bernie Sanders supporter outspoken in his distaste for the GOP, President Donald Trump and former Democratic […]

Please, don’t politicize the awful congressional shooting

Please, don't politicize the awful congressional shooting. The shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) — who as majority whip is the third ranking Republican in the House — is a crime, a tragedy, and may very well have been a politically motivated act. But it is also an opportunity for the media, citizenry, and governing class to do something that […]

Democrats: Your Russia obsession is blinding you from what really matters

Democrats: Your Russia obsession is blinding you from what really matters. For months now, many congressional Democrats have been obsessed with Russian interference in the American electoral process. That tendency was on full display this week, as they reportedly refused demands from liberals that they gum up the works of Congress in an attempt to stop the passage of TrumpCare. […]

Bernie Sanders: How Democrats Can Stop Losing Elections – The New York Times

Bernie Sanders: How Democrats Can Stop Losing Elections – The New York Times. by BERNIE SANDERS · June 13, 2017 Bernie Sanders with fellow Democrats outside the Capitol in May. Alex Wong/Getty Images In 2016, the Democratic Party lost the presidency to possibly the least popular candidate in American history. In recent years, Democrats have also lost the Senate and […]

Senate Democrats plan offensive to try to save Obamacare – POLITICO

Senate Democrats plan offensive to try to save Obamacare – POLITICO. by Jennifer Haberkorn · June 13, 2017 “We should mount a pretty epic stand if they get this bill to the floor,” said Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut, who has been a leading Democratic voice on defending the Affordable Care Act. | AP Photo Senate Democrats are preparing an […]

Chelsea Clinton’s children’s book She Persisted, reviewed.

Chelsea Clinton’s children’s book She Persisted, reviewed.. Chelsea Clinton, now a 37-year-old mother of two, has spent her adulthood weaving in and out of the family business. But even when she has dabbled in politics, her position as first kid, as Jack Shafer observed in February 2016, allowed her to hover above the fray—untouched by partisan squabbles and almost off-limits […]

America is treating Iran disgracefully

America is treating Iran disgracefully. The way the United States government is treating Iran is an absolute disgrace. At a time when Iran has been, on balance, behaving with relative moderation and decency, America has responded with vile callousness and additional sanctions. The worst, of course, comes from President Trump, who responded to a terrorist attack in Iran by blaming […]

Juan Williams: More questions than answers on Flynn | TheHill

Juan Williams: More questions than answers on Flynn | TheHill. by Juan Williams · June 12, 2017 Last week James Comey testified that while he was FBI director, he felt pressured by President Trump to drop an investigation into one man. Also last week, U.S. allies went to war to oust Islamic State terrorists from their command center in Raqqa, […]

What it will take for women to win

What it will take for women to win. by Amanda Ripley · June 12, 2017 Women are more politically mobilized than ever before — but that’s not enough to get them into office. A POLITICO investigation reveals what’s really stopping women from breaking through. By Photography and Video by Reena Flores Illustrations by Ellen Weinstein | One morning this spring, […]

Mike Quigley introduced the COVFEFE Act to include social media in the Presidential Record Act.

Mike Quigley introduced the COVFEFE Act to include social media in the Presidential Record Act.. by Jacob Brogan · June 12, 2017 Donald Trump. Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley, a Democrat from Illinois, loves a good acronym. Back in March, he introduced the Make Access Records Available to Lead American Government Openness Act—better known as the MAR-A-LAGO Act—which […]

Congressman Unveils Draft Article Of Impeachment Against Trump | HuffPost

Congressman Unveils Draft Article Of Impeachment Against Trump | HuffPost. A Democratic congressman has drafted an article of impeachment against President Donald Trump and plans to file his legislation in the coming days. In a Monday letter to all House members, Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) lays out why he thinks there’s enough evidence to begin impeachment proceedings against Trump and […]

This Is Why Bernie Sanders Thinks His Political Revolution Is Winning – Mother Jones

This Is Why Bernie Sanders Thinks His Political Revolution Is Winning – Mother Jones. by Tim MurphyJun. 12, 2017 12:24 PM Michael Bowles/Rex Shutterstock via ZUMA Press When supporters of Bernie Sanders convened the first People’s Summit last year in Chicago, an air of anxious optimism suffused the event. The gathering came days before the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, […]

Blow up the deficit!

Blow up the deficit!. As most working Americans could tell you, the economy is still not doing well. Right now, political pressure to fix this tends to focus on the Federal Reserve. When the Fed hikes interest rates to curb inflation, it also risks squashing job growth. So activists like the Fed Up campaign are pushing Fed officials to lay […]

Everybody Needs to Stop Telling Hillary Clinton to Shut Up

Everybody Needs to Stop Telling Hillary Clinton to Shut Up. by Paul Waldman · June 12, 2017 AP Photo/Patrick Semansky Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at a fundraiser for the Elijah Cummings Youth Program in Israel in Baltimore, Monday, June 5, 2017. You’ve seen the headlines, begging Joe Biden to just give it up and get out of […]

Feinstein: Congress should probe whether Lynch provided cover for Clinton – POLITICO

Feinstein: Congress should probe whether Lynch provided cover for Clinton – POLITICO. Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Sunday said Congress should look into former FBI Director James Comey’s revelation that former Attorney General Loretta Lynch asked him to downplay the nature of his investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails. Testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, Comey said Lynch had asked […]

The Bernie Sanders Movement Sees Light At The End Of The Tunnel | HuffPost

The Bernie Sanders Movement Sees Light At The End Of The Tunnel | HuffPost. by Kim Bellware · June 10, 2017 CHICAGO ― Last June, with the presidential primary season all but officially over, around 3,000 supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) gathered for the first-ever People’s Summit in Chicago to co-mingle feelings of elation and defeat. Former Secretary of […]

Bernie Sanders says current Democratic Party strategy is “an absolute failure” and slams Trump’s “incredible hypocrisy” – Salon.com

Bernie Sanders says current Democratic Party strategy is “an absolute failure” and slams Trump’s “incredible hypocrisy” – Salon.com. by Charlie May · June 11, 2017 Standing before a crowd of progressive activists and some of his strongest supporters Sen. Bernie Sanders I-Vt., urged the Democratic Party to seek reform arguing that their “current model and the current strategy” is “an […]

Can Democrats Save Themselves? – The New York Times

Can Democrats Save Themselves? – The New York Times. by Frank Bruni · June 10, 2017 HALCOTTSVILLE, N.Y. — On a recent weekend at the farmers market here, Fred Margulies sat under a “Vote Where It Counts” sign and beckoned second-home owners to re-register in this area upstate instead of wherever their main residences were — New York City, most […]

How Illinois became America’s failed state – POLITICO

How Illinois became America's failed state – POLITICO. by Maggie Severns · June 10, 2017 Democrats have flooded the primary to challenge GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner. | Getty Illinois has compiled $14.6 billion in unpaid bills. It’s running a deficit of $6 billion and its pension liability has soared to $130 billion. That’s not the worst of it. The state’s […]

Trumpcare is on the march.

Trumpcare is on the march.. by Jim Newell · June 9, 2017 Just working out the details: Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, Rob Portman, and Dean Heller. Photo illustration by Slate. Photos by Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images, David Calvert/Getty Images, and Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty Images. OK, everyone: James Comey gave his testimony. He did it. It’s over now. Time to move on. Good? […]

Anti-Muslim Hate Marches Across U.S. Draw Violence, Arrests | HuffPost

Anti-Muslim Hate Marches Across U.S. Draw Violence, Arrests | HuffPost. Hate marches that took place across the U.S. drew violence between white supremacists and counterprotesters on Saturday, leading to several arrests. The “March Against Sharia” took place in cities including St. Paul, Minnesota, Seattle, Washington, and New York City. The marches attracted Islamophobic hate group members, neo-Nazis and white supremacists […]

The Comey-Corbyn axis: Old-school politics makes a dramatic comeback in a history-shaping week – Salon.com

The Comey-Corbyn axis: Old-school politics makes a dramatic comeback in a history-shaping week – Salon.com. by Andrew O’Hehir · June 10, 2017 Old-school institutional politics made a dramatic comeback this week, in two disparate and seemingly disconnected events on opposite sides of the Atlantic. In Washington, former FBI Director James Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee, holding the nation […]

Ex-Congresswoman Seeks New Trial After Fraud Conviction – Talking Points Memo

Ex-Congresswoman Seeks New Trial After Fraud Conviction – Talking Points Memo. Former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown is seeking a new trial after a federal jury found her guilty of using a purported charity for poor children as a personal slush fund. The Florida Times-Union reports attorneys for Brown filed a motion Thursday requesting a new trial. They argued the former […]

ObamaCare is bleeding out

ObamaCare is bleeding out. The beleaguered ObamaCare exchange system took another serious blow recently, as the large insurer Anthem announced it would be pulling out of Ohio next year, leaving about 20 counties with zero options on the exchange. They are mulling whether to stay in Missouri and Colorado — where for huge swathes of each state, they are the […]

On impeaching Trump – LA Times

On impeaching Trump – LA Times. by The Times Editorial Board Former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony Thursday before the Senate Intelligence Committee exacerbated concerns that President Donald Trump may have tried to kill an investigation into his national security advisor, and in so doing committed a criminal offense — obstruction of justice. On the same day but across the […]

Donald Trump’s secret isn’t that he lies. It’s that he crowds out the truth. – Vox

Donald Trump’s secret isn’t that he lies. It’s that he crowds out the truth. – Vox. Donald Trump understands, better than any politician I’ve ever seen, that the question isn’t whether you’re winning the argument — it’s whether you’re dominating and driving the coverage of the argument. And that is his strategy in responding to former FBI Director James Comey’s […]

Wrecking the Ship of State – The New York Times

Wrecking the Ship of State – The New York Times. by Paul Krugman · June 9, 2017 President Trump boarding Air Force One on Wednesday. Stephen Crowley/The New York Times After Donald Trump’s surprise election victory, many people on the right and even in the center tried to make the case that he wouldn’t really be that bad. Every time […]

James Comey is not a leaker. He is a whistleblower.

James Comey is not a leaker. He is a whistleblower.. One of the newest pieces of information from Thursday’s Senate Intelligence Committee hearing was actually more about former FBI Director James Comey than it was about Donald Trump. Comey testified that he encouraged a friend to disclose to the New York Times portions of his confidential memos documenting President Trump’s […]

Senate Republicans are closer to repealing Obamacare than you think – Vox

Senate Republicans are closer to repealing Obamacare than you think – Vox. Behind closed doors, the Senate is drawing closer to passing a health care bill that looks a lot like the widely disliked version that cleared the House. Any agreement currently on the table would almost certainly result in millions fewer Americans having health coverage, including low-income workers on […]

Senate Republicans Are Trying To Keep You In The Dark About Obamacare Repeal | HuffPost

Senate Republicans Are Trying To Keep You In The Dark About Obamacare Repeal | HuffPost. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) lit into some her Republican colleagues on Thursday for writing legislation that would repeal the Affordable Care Act behind closed doors and without formal hearings in order to rush a floor vote and pass legislation along party lines. “We have no […]

Dem Senator: ‘I Would Expect’ Mueller To Depose Trump At Some Point (VIDEO) – Talking Points Memo

Dem Senator: ‘I Would Expect’ Mueller To Depose Trump At Some Point (VIDEO) – Talking Points Memo. Following former FBI Director James Comey’s blockbuster Senate testimony, Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) said Friday that he believes Robert Mueller, the special counsel overseeing the federal investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, may depose President Donald Trump. Comey testified that Trump […]

James Comey, American hero

James Comey, American hero. James Comey’s written and oral testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee demonstrated that the former FBI director is a bona fide American hero. This doesn’t mean that he didn’t make a series of errors in handling the investigation of Hillary Clinton. I believe he did. But I also believe people are fallible, and that when they […]

Mr. Comey and All the President’s Lies – The New York Times

Mr. Comey and All the President’s Lies – The New York Times. by THE EDITORIAL BOARD · June 8, 2017 Illustration by Nicolas Ortega; Photograph by Al Drago/The New York Times Weeks after being described by Donald Trump as a “nut job,” James Comey on Thursday deftly recast his confrontation with the president as a clash between the legal principles […]

Comey’s devastating indictment of President Donald Trump – POLITICO

Comey’s devastating indictment of President Donald Trump – POLITICO. He presented himself as anything but a fearsome G-man. He wondered what he might have done differently “if I were stronger.” He confessed that he had hustled his adversary off the phone in “kind of a slightly cowardly way” to avoid refusing his demands. He was “worried very much” about being […]

Republicans yawn after Comey hearing – POLITICO

Republicans yawn after Comey hearing – POLITICO. James Comey brought the biggest circus Washington has seen in years to the Capitol on Thursday, confirming word-for-word the reports that President Donald Trump urged him to drop an investigation into Michael Flynn and swear loyalty to the president. Comey even said he kept memos because he feared the president would lie about […]

To Republicans, the winner of the Comey hearing was Donald Trump – Vox

To Republicans, the winner of the Comey hearing was Donald Trump – Vox. It was almost the end of James Comey’s nearly three-hour public testimony, when Sen. John Cornyn trapped him into saying a Republican talking point. “If you’re trying to make an investigation go away, is firing an FBI director a good way to make that happen?” Cornyn asked […]

Comey Says Bill Clinton-Loretta Lynch Meeting Prompted Hillary Clinton Reveal | HuffPost

Comey Says Bill Clinton-Loretta Lynch Meeting Prompted Hillary Clinton Reveal | HuffPost. by Jenna Amatulli · June 8, 2017 Former FBI Director James Comey, testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday morning, revealed a surprising tidbit about why he went public on the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails. During the 2016 election cycle, Bill Clinton met with then-Attorney General […]

What’s hidden behind the walls of America’s prisons – Salon.com

What’s hidden behind the walls of America’s prisons – Salon.com. by Heather Ann Thompson · June 8, 2017 This piece originally appeared on The Conversation. Few Americans fully appreciate just how many of their fellow citizens are ensnared in the criminal justice system. Some may have heard that there are about 2.3 million people behind bars, but that figure tells […]

James Comey, American hero

James Comey, American hero. James Comey’s written and oral testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee demonstrated that the former FBI director is a bona fide American hero. This doesn’t mean that he didn’t make a series of errors in handling the investigation of Hillary Clinton. I believe he did. But I also believe people are fallible, and that when they […]

Comey’s compelling case of Trump nearing obstruction of justice – NY Daily News

Comey’s compelling case of Trump nearing obstruction of justice – NY Daily News. Huffington Post · by Editorials · June 7, 2017 In the picture vividly and credibly painted by Former FBI Director Jim Comey in sworn testimony to Congress, the President of the United States engaged in a pattern of deeply disturbing behavior that could well amount to obstruction […]

James Comey and Our Own Tin-Pot Despot, Donald Trump – The New York Times

James Comey and Our Own Tin-Pot Despot, Donald Trump – The New York Times. by Nicholas Kristof · June 7, 2017 Paul J. Richards/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images In his prepared testimony before Congress, James Comey says he spoke alone with President Barack Obama on just two occasions — once simply for Obama to say a brief goodbye. In contrast, […]

Study: the wave of hostility under Trump is going to make us sick – Vox

Study: the wave of hostility under Trump is going to make us sick – Vox. As Robert Lewis Jr. predicted, America is becoming a more hostile and racist place under President Donald Trump. The week after the election, I met Lewis, an African-American retiree and a longtime civil rights activist, on a reporting trip to Concordia, Louisiana. Lewis told me […]

Let’s Be Honest, Donald Trump Will Survive James Comey’s Testimony | HuffPost

Let's Be Honest, Donald Trump Will Survive James Comey's Testimony | HuffPost. When former FBI Director James Comey appears before Congress on Thursday, he will reveal painful truths about the pressures President Donald Trump put on him. He will add explosive chapters to the ongoing saga of Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. He may very well end up raising […]

ABC News May Have to Pay Billions of Dollars Because of “Pink Slime” – Mother Jones

ABC News May Have to Pay Billions of Dollars Because of “Pink Slime” – Mother Jones. by Jenny Luna sergeyryzhov/Getty Images Remember pink slime? The gross term was all over the news five years ago when ABC News reported on processed meat trimmings that end up in ground beef consumed by Americans. In 2012, Beef Products, Inc., the manufacturer of […]

James Comey’s credibility problem

James Comey's credibility problem. On Thursday morning, James Comey returns to a very familiar forum, and a very familiar conundrum. The former FBI director will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee about his observations of the FBI’s investigation into possible Russian influence on the 2016 presidential election, and especially whether any attempt to influence him by President Trump played a […]

James Comey’s credibility problem

James Comey's credibility problem. On Thursday morning, James Comey returns to a very familiar forum, and a very familiar conundrum. The former FBI director will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee about his observations of the FBI’s investigation into possible Russian influence on the 2016 presidential election, and especially whether any attempt to influence him by President Trump played a […]

The GOP wants to distract you with Reality Winner (opinion) – CNN.com

The GOP wants to distract you with Reality Winner (opinion) – CNN.com. It’s a tough time to work in national security and have opinions, or even a conscience. On Monday, a 25-year-old federal contractor named Reality Leigh Winner was arrested for allegedly leaking a top-secret NSA document to The Intercept. The apparent document, dated a month ago, contains shocking details […]

Comey Told Sessions: Don’t Leave Me Alone With Trump – The New York Times

Comey Told Sessions: Don’t Leave Me Alone With Trump – The New York Times. by MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT · June 6, 2017 James B. Comey, then the F.B.I. director, with Attorney General Jeff Sessions during a meeting at the Justice Department in February. Yuri Gripas/Reuters WASHINGTON — The day after President Trump asked James B. Comey, the F.B.I. director, to […]

A former Goldman executive just won New Jersey’s Democratic primary for governor – Vox

A former Goldman executive just won New Jersey's Democratic primary for governor – Vox. Demands for a new kind of Democratic candidate swept much of the party’s base after it suffered big losses at the ballot box last fall. Campaign autopsies urged the party to embrace progressive candidates. Even Democrats in the Senate called for a bold new economic populism. […]

Senate Republicans Are Closer Than Ever To Repealing Obamacare | HuffPost

Senate Republicans Are Closer Than Ever To Repealing Obamacare | HuffPost. by Matt Fuller · June 6, 2017 WASHINGTON ― Republican senators appear closer to ultimately passing a bill that would repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with legislation that would dramatically reduce health insurance coverage for low-income people, only in a less severe fashion than the House […]

Actually, most ESPN viewers don’t think it has a “liberal bias” – Salon.com

Actually, most ESPN viewers don’t think it has a “liberal bias” – Salon.com. by Taylor Link · June 6, 2017 ESPN commissioned a firm to survey its audience about its perceived liberal bias; some are drawing wrong conclusion Follow (Credit: AP/Jessica Hill) Conscious of all the hot takes about its alleged liberal bias, ESPN contracted a research firm last month […]

Why are analysts crowing about our crummy job market?

Why are analysts crowing about our crummy job market?. Friday’s jobs report landed with a splat. The economy created 138,000 jobs in May, which is pretty meager. And if you compare job creation over the past year to the last six months and then three months, you see a clear deceleration. But a bunch of mainstream economic analysts think this […]

The Lawless Presidency – The New York Times

The Lawless Presidency – The New York Times. by David Leonhardt · June 6, 2017 Brian Stauffer Democracy isn’t possible without the rule of law — the idea that consistent principles, rather than a ruler’s whims, govern society. You can read Aristotle, Montesquieu, John Locke or the Declaration of Independence on this point. You can also look at decades of […]

The mystery of the 2016 election was its normalcy – Vox

The mystery of the 2016 election was its normalcy – Vox. A few months ago, I stopped by Larry Bartels’s office at Vanderbilt University. Bartels, alongside Christopher Achen, is the author of Democracy for Realists, which I’d become a bit obsessed with. The book argues that decades of social science evidence has shattered the idealistic case made for how voters […]

Comfortable suburbanites will not save the Democratic Party

Comfortable suburbanites will not save the Democratic Party. The Democratic Party just can’t quit the upper middle class. As Thomas Frank writes, it has become in large part a party by and for comfortable white-collar professionals, seasoned with just a little bit of heavily means-tested welfare programs so as to assuage liberal guilt. Thus, former Hillary Clinton adviser Jesse Ferguson […]

Trump’s Pick For Deputy Budget Director: Islam Is ‘A Deficient Theology’ | HuffPost

Trump's Pick For Deputy Budget Director: Islam Is 'A Deficient Theology' | HuffPost. President Donald Trump’s nominee for deputy director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, Russell Vought, thinks that Islam is “a deficient theology” and that Muslims “stand condemned” for not believing in Jesus Christ. At least, that’s what Vought wrote in a January 2016 post […]

Europe’s alt-right launches campaign to “chase down” refugee boats at sea, quickly raises $100,000 – Salon.com

Europe’s alt-right launches campaign to “chase down” refugee boats at sea, quickly raises $100,000 – Salon.com. by Sophia Tesfaye · June 5, 2017 After surviving a treacherous journey by land, including reported “public slave markets,” to endure an even more harrowing trek across the Mediterranean Sea, refugees seeking asylum in Europe by boat are now being targeted by far-right activists […]

Republican Congressman on Suspected Islamic Radicals: “Kill Them All” | Mother Jones

Republican Congressman on Suspected Islamic Radicals: "Kill Them All" | Mother Jones. by David Corn and Hannah Levintova · June 5, 2017 Rep. Clay Higgins declares, “All of Christendom… is at war with Islamic horror.” Kevin McGill/AP In response to the London terror attack, Rep. Clay Higgins (R-La.) had an extreme proposal: kill anyone suspected of being an Islamic radical. […]

Is There an Emerging Democratic Agenda? – The New York Times

Is There an Emerging Democratic Agenda? – The New York Times. by JARED BERNSTEIN · June 5, 2017 Harry Campbell While Donald Trump and his Congressional majority continue to push a harsh, hard-right ideology, so far they’ve been a legislative failure. And for good reason: For years, all they did was oppose Barack Obama and the Democrats, without bothering to […]

Trump’s Incredible Shrinking America – The New York Times

Trump’s Incredible Shrinking America – The New York Times. by Charles M. Blow · June 5, 2017 President Trump at the White House on Friday. Jonathan Ernst/Reuters My whole life I have taken for granted America’s leadership in the world. America’s might and majesty were cornerstones of international relations, cooperation and diplomacy. We were a beacon and balance to the […]

The Center for American Progress’ Moscow Project Is Gunning for Trump

The Center for American Progress’ Moscow Project Is Gunning for Trump. by Eleanor Clift · June 5, 2017 The liberal think tank works to connect the dots at a rare moment when U.S. spooks have ‘their hair on fire way more than the political pundit class.’ opinion YouTube The ad caught my eye. Research analyst wanted for Moscow Project, proficiency […]

Vladimir Putin may look like a genius for aligning himself with Donald Trump. He’s not.

Vladimir Putin may look like a genius for aligning himself with Donald Trump. He’s not.. by Reihan Salam · May 31, 2017 President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Photo illustration by Natalie Matthews-Ramo. Photos by Drew Angerer/Getty Images and Sputnik/Alexei Nikolsky/Kremlin via Reuters. Vladimir Putin may well have played himself. By blatantly intervening in a U.S. presidential election, […]

A New Wave of Left-Wing Militants Is Ready to Rumble in Portland—and Beyond | Mother Jones

A New Wave of Left-Wing Militants Is Ready to Rumble in Portland—and Beyond | Mother Jones. by Madison Pauly Redneck Revolt and other groups have pledged to resist right-wing extremists by any means necessary. Some members of the Bastards Motorcyle Club with other activist bikers Courtesy of Steven “Chavez” Parker One week after two men were stabbed to death while […]

Pruitt Says Decision To Withdraw From Paris Climate Accord Was Not ‘Political’ – Talking Points Memo

Pruitt Says Decision To Withdraw From Paris Climate Accord Was Not ‘Political’ – Talking Points Memo. by Esme Cribb Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, said Sunday that the decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord was not “political.” “It was not a political decision,” Pruitt told Chuck Todd on NBC News’ “Meet the […]

Twitter is destroying America

Twitter is destroying America. When historians of the future try to make sense of the precipitous collapse in American’s liberal democratic norms and institutions during our era, they are bound to highlight the rise of Twitter. I don’t just mean because it’s hard to imagine the demagogue-charlatan Donald Trump catching on in the way he did without him having access […]

America in Retreat – The New York Times

America in Retreat – The New York Times. The swiftness of President Trump’s transformation of America’s global image from a proud and valued leader to something more nearly resembling a whiny bully has heads spinning at home and abroad. Mr. Trump was elected on a slogan of “America First” and a promise that the country would never again be bound […]

Trump Stomps Planet Earth – The New York Times

Trump Stomps Planet Earth – The New York Times. by Maureen Dowd · June 3, 2017 President Trump approaching a lectern on Thursday to discuss how he would protect the country from a disaster: the Paris climate accord. Doug Mills/The New York Times WASHINGTON — We’ve been conditioned by Hollywood to see the president of the United States step up […]

Dems signal hardball in debt fight – POLITICO

Dems signal hardball in debt fight – POLITICO. by Ben White · June 2, 2017 “I don’t have any intention of lifting the debt ceiling to enable the Republicans to give another tax break to wealthy,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Friday. | John Shinkle/POLITICO Democratic leaders may take a hard line against raising the debt ceiling if Republicans […]

Donald Trump is turning us all into boring pundits.

Donald Trump is turning us all into boring pundits.. by Leon Neyfakh · June 2, 2017 President Donald Trump speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House on Thursday. Kevin Lamarque/Reuters This essay has been adapted from a “Spiel” delivered by Leon Neyfakh on Slate’s daily podcast The Gist. An edited transcript of the audio recording is below, and […]

Author explains why Democrats will struggle to win the House until 2030 – Vox

Author explains why Democrats will struggle to win the House until 2030 – Vox. There’s a long history of gerrymandering in this country, one that stretches back to the nation’s founding. As early as 1788, there are reports of Patrick Henry (of “Give me liberty or give me death” fame) carving up Virginia districts in an attempt to sabotage James […]

Mattis Turns Up The Heat On North Korea And China – Talking Points Memo

Mattis Turns Up The Heat On North Korea And China – Talking Points Memo. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis turned up the heat on North Korea and its main benefactor, China, on Saturday, calling the North Koreans a “clear and present danger” and chastising the Chinese for coercive behavior in the South China Sea. His sharp words for both countries […]

Don’t cry for the Paris Agreement

Don't cry for the Paris Agreement. President Trump is nuts on climate change. For years he has called global warming a hoax and a conspiracy that the Chinese invented to “make American manufacturing non-competitive.” And on Thursday, in his Rose Garden announcement of America’s withdrawal from the 2015 Paris climate change agreement, he made the case against the Paris Agreement […]

To Be Great, America Must Be Good – The New York Times

To Be Great, America Must Be Good – The New York Times. by SUSAN E. RICE · June 2, 2017 President Trump taking his place among NATO member leaders in Brussels on May 25. Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters WASHINGTON — Four and a half months is not long, but President Trump has accomplished an extraordinary amount in a short time. With shocking […]

The Great Betrayal of Middle America

The Great Betrayal of Middle America. by Joel Kotkin · June 3, 2017 The people who wanted Donald Trump to halt the rule of their “betters” are having a rude awakening. opinion Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast America’s vast midsection, a region that has been hammered by globalists of both parties, has been abandoned by the great corporations that […]

Something is wrong with Connecticut.

Something is wrong with Connecticut.. by Henry Grabar · June 2, 2017 Aetna will be the latest company to leave Hartford, Connecticut, where it has been based since 1853. Grendelkhan/Flickr Something has gone wrong with Connecticut, the golden boy of New England. On Wednesday, health insurance giant Aetna announced it will move its headquarters out of the state capital, Hartford, […]

Even Hillary Clinton’s supporters are telling her to “move on” – Salon.com

Even Hillary Clinton’s supporters are telling her to “move on” – Salon.com. by Sophia Tesfaye · June 2, 2017 It’s been seven months since Hillary Clinton lost the race for the White House to Donald Trump. And as the former Democratic Party presidential nominee has slowly grown comfortable publicly rolling out a line like, “I take responsibility for every decision […]

Blue States Form Climate Alliance After Trump Withdraws From Paris Pact – Talking Points Memo

Blue States Form Climate Alliance After Trump Withdraws From Paris Pact – Talking Points Memo. by Caitlin MacNeal After President Donald Trump announced his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement on Thursday, the Democratic governors in California, New York and Washington state announced a state climate coalition called the United States Climate Alliance. “The President […]

How the world can contain Trump’s climate lunacy

How the world can contain Trump's climate lunacy. Imagine if on Dec. 8, 1941, President Roosevelt had insisted in a speech before Congress that the Japanese navy had not attacked Pearl Harbor, and in fact anyone reporting such was part of a TORPEDO BOMBER HOAX. That would have harmed the national interest roughly on a scale with what President Trump […]

When the Left Turns on Its Own – The New York Times

When the Left Turns on Its Own – The New York Times. by Bari Weiss · June 1, 2017 Hundreds of students at Evergreen State College protested against the administration and demanded change. Lisa Pemberton/The Olympian Bret Weinstein is a biology professor at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash., who supported Bernie Sanders, admiringly retweets Glenn Greenwald and was an […]

In (partial) defense of Hillary Clinton – Vox

In (partial) defense of Hillary Clinton – Vox. I’m going to do something unpopular now. I’m going to defend Hillary Clinton. The Democrats’ 2016 nominee has reemerged recently, sitting for a lengthy profile with New York magazine’s Rebecca Traister and giving a series of interviews, including one at Recode’s Code Media conference. (Disclosure: Recode, like Vox, is owned by Vox […]

Trump just drew the battle lines for 2018 and 2020 – The Washington Post

Trump just drew the battle lines for 2018 and 2020 – The Washington Post. by John Podesta · June 1, 2017 John Podesta, the chair of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, served as counselor to President Barack Obama and chief of staff to President Bill Clinton. A majority of Americans have come to expect the worst of President Trump, and […]

Elon Musk Quits Trump Advisory Council over Paris Withdrawal – The Daily Beast

Elon Musk Quits Trump Advisory Council over Paris Withdrawal – The Daily Beast. Elon Musk on Thursday announced he is leaving President Trump’s business advisory council in response to withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris climate accord. “Am departing presidential councils. Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world,” the Tesla and SpaceX CEO […]

This year’s string of brutal hate crimes is intrinsically connected to the rise of Trump.

This year’s string of brutal hate crimes is intrinsically connected to the rise of Trump.. by Jamelle Bouie · June 1, 2017 Jeremy Christian, accused of stabbing three men, shouts during an appearance in Multnomah County Circuit Court in Portland, Oregon, on May 30. Beth Nakamura/pool/Reuters Last week, in Portland, Oregon, a man with a history of white supremacist rhetoric […]

Buy your flight to Cuba fast — Trump might be reimposing travel restrictions – Vox

Buy your flight to Cuba fast — Trump might be reimposing travel restrictions – Vox. One of Barack Obama’s most remarkable foreign policy accomplishments as president was warming ties with Cuba, in a break from decades of icy relations dating back to the early days of the Cold War. But the Trump administration is currently contemplating ways to cool the […]

Obama: Trump Administration Showing ‘An Absence Of American Leadership’ On Paris Accord | HuffPost

Obama: Trump Administration Showing 'An Absence Of American Leadership' On Paris Accord | HuffPost. Former President Barack Obama says President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement on combatting climate change means the U.S. will join “a small handful of nations that reject the future.” The announcement, which is a setback to international efforts to curb global […]

Trump Has No Idea What He Just Did or the Backlash That Awaits | Mother Jones

Trump Has No Idea What He Just Did or the Backlash That Awaits | Mother Jones. by Rebecca Leber · June 1, 2017 If he’s capable of regret, he’ll regret leaving the Paris deal. Nicola Marfisi Rex, Shutterstock via Zuma Press The negotiations leading up to the Paris climate accord involved years of delicate diplomacy and thousands of voices offering […]

Joe Biden Launching Fundraising PAC Amid 2020 Speculation – Talking Points Memo

Joe Biden Launching Fundraising PAC Amid 2020 Speculation – Talking Points Memo. Former Vice President Joe Biden is launching a political action committee amid speculation that he may run for president in 2020. Biden plans to announce Thursday that he’s forming the “American Possibilities” PAC. The committee will allow him to raise money for candidates and maintain relationships with longtime […]

The entire Trump presidency, in 1 mind-blowingly stupid announcement

The entire Trump presidency, in 1 mind-blowingly stupid announcement. If you’ve watched any reality competition TV programs like The Bachelor, Survivor, or Top Chef — or a certain show starring an over-inflated real estate developer — you’re familiar with the climax of nearly every episode. The contestants gather, facing the judges (or whoever is rendering a decision on who will […]

Trump’s anti-German stance is stupid and dangerous.

Trump's anti-German stance is stupid and dangerous.. by Fred Kaplan · May 30, 2017 Trump and Merkel, not really getting along, last Friday in Sicily. Sean Gallup/Getty Images The fallout from President Trump’s disastrous trip to Europe continues to poison the trans-Atlantic climate. His comments about Germany have been particularly toxic—and, beyond that, stupid, reflecting no understanding of the country’s […]

Commentary: The left is winning – CBS News

Commentary: The left is winning – CBS News. Here’s an argument that seems unavoidable yet endlessly debatable: In American politics, progressives are winning, and have been for some time. When it comes to economic policy in particular, every day it seems the Overton Window skews a few more millimeters leftward, and there’s virtually no sign this trend will reverse itself […]

The Complexities of James Comey – The New York Times

The Complexities of James Comey – The New York Times. by Charles M. Blow · June 1, 2017 James Comey testifying on Capitol Hill in May. Gabriella Demczuk for The New York Times There is no other way to put it: Former F.B.I. Director James Comey tragically botched the investigation into Hillary Clinton, no doubt playing a part in her […]

Clinton: I was the ‘victim’ of an assumption that I would win – POLITICO

Clinton: I was the ‘victim’ of an assumption that I would win – POLITICO. by Nick Juliano · May 31, 2017 “I was the victim of a very broad assumption that I was going to win,” Hillary Clinton said Wednesday. | Getty Hillary Clinton on Wednesday broadly spread around the blame for her loss in last year’s presidential election, pointing […]

Clinton Suggests Trump Helped ‘Guide’ Russian Propaganda Efforts – The Daily Beast

Clinton Suggests Trump Helped ‘Guide’ Russian Propaganda Efforts – The Daily Beast. Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Wednesday suggested President Donald Trump colluded with Russia to spread disinformation during the presidential campaign. Speaking at a tech conference near Los Angeles, Clinton said propaganda spread on social media sites like Facebook may have contributed to her losing the election. […]

What exactly does Vladimir Putin want?

What exactly does Vladimir Putin want?. by Isaac Chotiner · May 31, 2017 Russian President Vladimir Putin looks on as he visits an exhibition about Russian emperor Peter the Great at the Grand Trianon near Paris on Monday. Etienne Laurent/AFP/Getty Images The near-daily revelations about Russia’s reported role in the 2016 election, as well as contacts between the Trump transition […]

Hillary Clinton blames everyone but herself for her 2016 loss – Vox

Hillary Clinton blames everyone but herself for her 2016 loss – Vox. Hillary Clinton doesn’t believe she or her campaign made any significant mistakes in the 2016 election. But speaking at the Code Conference on Wednesday, she had a long list of others she blames for her defeat. She points the finger at Russia, fake news, the sorry state of […]

Obamas Buy Their D.C. Rental Home | HuffPost

Obamas Buy Their D.C. Rental Home | HuffPost. Barack and Michelle Obama are now Washington homeowners. The former president and first lady bought the nine bedroom, eight-and-a-half bathroom home in D.C.’s historic Kalorama neighborhood that they had been renting since leaving the White House in January. They closed on the $8.1 million purchase on Wednesday, according to property records. MANDEL […]

CNN fires Kathy Griffin in response to bloody Trump head image – Salon.com

CNN fires Kathy Griffin in response to bloody Trump head image – Salon.com. by Gabriel Bell · May 31, 2017 Following the public outcry against an image showing the comedian holding what could be seen as the bloody, severed head of President Donald Trump, CNN has announced that it will not be working with Kathy Griffin any longer. The statement […]

Why are people still losing their minds over Hillary?

Why are people still losing their minds over Hillary?. Hillary Clinton is back. And surprise, surprise: Many Americans, both liberal and conservative, still despise her. Liberals carped at her for taking some time to herself and skipping the Women’s March (see, she never cared what happened to us!), and now they loathe her for coming back (you’re standing in the […]

Trump’s United American Emirate – The New York Times

Trump’s United American Emirate – The New York Times. President Trump’s trip to Europe was truly historic. He left our most important allies there so uncertain about America’s commitment to their security from Russia and to shared values on trade and climate change that German leader Angela Merkel was prompted to tell her countrymen that Europe’s days of relying on […]

How the Self-Esteem Craze Took Over America — Science of Us

How the Self-Esteem Craze Took Over America — Science of Us. by Jesse Singal · May 30, 2017 In 1991, a children’s book called The Lovables in the Kingdom of Self-Esteem was published. Written by Diane Loomans and illustrated by Kim Howard, The Lovables imparts a simple, nurturing message: You, the tiny child reading this book or having this book […]

Franken distances himself from Griffin after Trump photos provoke outcry – POLITICO

Franken distances himself from Griffin after Trump photos provoke outcry – POLITICO. by Burgess Everett · May 30, 2017 Sen. Al Franken and Kathy Griffin are scheduled to appear at an event promoting his new book, “Giant of the Senate,” in July that starts at $50 a ticket. | Getty Sen. Al Franken is distancing himself from fellow comedian Kathy […]

Kathy Griffin poses with Trump’s severed head, which is a bad idea.

Kathy Griffin poses with Trump’s severed head, which is a bad idea.. Kathy Griffin has posed for a photo with a replica of the bloody, severed head of Donald Trump. Kathy Griffin Beheads Donald Trump in Shocking Photo Shoot (PHOTO) https://t.co/UM9GHRrFf5 — TMZ (@TMZ) May 30, 2017 So far, people do not seem to appreciate the photo’s artistic qualities. Violent […]

Why you can’t blame mass incarceration on the war on drugs – Vox

Why you can’t blame mass incarceration on the war on drugs – Vox. There’s a “Standard Story” that many Americans, particularly on the left, believe about mass incarceration: During the 1970s and ’80s, the federal government dramatically escalated its war on drugs. This alone led to millions of people getting locked up for fairly low-level drug offenses, causing the US […]

Trump Administration Moves To Roll Back Birth Control Coverage | HuffPost

Trump Administration Moves To Roll Back Birth Control Coverage | HuffPost. The Trump administration is on the verge of rolling back a federal rule that requires most employers to cover birth control in their health insurance plans at no cost to women. The White House Office of Management and Budget posted on its website that it is reviewing an interim […]

Bernie Sanders: I have a big message for corporate America – Salon.com

Bernie Sanders: I have a big message for corporate America – Salon.com. Donald Trump made a commitment to protect workers. Don’t let corporate America get away with crimes against them Bernie Sanders (Credit: AP/Jae C. Hong) It is outrageous that Carrier is planning on laying off hundreds of workers right before Christmas, after receiving a $7 million tax break courtesy […]

A Federal Judge Slams Trump: “Even the ‘Good Hombres’ Are Not Safe” | Mother Jones

A Federal Judge Slams Trump: "Even the 'Good Hombres' Are Not Safe" | Mother Jones. by Pema Levy · May 30, 2017 A fiery opinion denounces a deportation for “ripping apart a family.” Orit Ben-Ezzer via ZUMA Wire Today, a federal appeals court judge in California rebuked the Trump administration for its zealous deportation policy and for “ripping apart a […]

How Trump shocked Europe into an overdue realignment

How Trump shocked Europe into an overdue realignment. Future historians of the Trump presidency will no doubt marvel at the number of crises he caused or exacerbated through his simple incapacity to perform, take seriously, or even understand the immense responsibilities placed upon him. The most recent casualty of the bungler-in-chief may be the entire Western international political order, constructed […]

Let’s take stock of all the horrible stuff Trump and the GOP have done this month

Let's take stock of all the horrible stuff Trump and the GOP have done this month. Are you tired of all the winning yet? No? You’re not? Oh. Maybe it’s because the last month of Republican rule has brought a parade of scandal, incompetence, cruelty, and violence coming so fast and thick that it has been almost impossible to simply […]

Sanders revolution hits a rough patch – POLITICO

Sanders revolution hits a rough patch – POLITICO. by Edward-Isaac Dovere · May 29, 2017 Even when Bernie Sanders supporters have organized aggressively, the effect on elections has been marginal. | Getty SACRAMENTO — By many measures, the Bernie Sanders revolution proved a smashing success. Young people registered to vote, and small donors opened their wallets. Economic issues like the […]