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Will Anthony Kennedy Retire? What Influences a Justice’s Decision – The New York Times

Will Anthony Kennedy Retire? What Influences a Justice’s Decision – The New York Times. by Adam Liptak · February 19, 2018 Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, center, with President Trump and Judge Neil M. Gorsuch at the White House in April during Judge Gorsuch’s swearing-in as a Supreme Court justice. If the moderate Justice Kennedy retires, Mr. Trump would be likely […]

Pennsylvania top court redraws voting map in boost to Democrats

Pennsylvania top court redraws voting map in boost to Democrats. Pennsylvania’s top court on Monday unveiled a new map carving out the state’s U.S. congressional voting districts, imposing a plan it said was based on “traditional criteria” after rejecting a proposal drawn up by Republican lawmakers as unconstitutional. The state Supreme Court had ruled that the Republican plan effectively marginalized […]

‘Tell Them We Are Rising’ examines how black colleges shaped America – Vox

‘Tell Them We Are Rising’ examines how black colleges shaped America – Vox. Created to educate black students at a time when white society had yet to embrace them as equals, historically black colleges and universities, also known as HBCUs, have had an outsize impact on the success of the black community. Alumni of black colleges and universities are a […]

Top Democrat: Obama Too Slow On Russia Hacking, But Trump Is ‘Sitting On His Hands’ | HuffPost

Top Democrat: Obama Too Slow On Russia Hacking, But Trump Is ‘Sitting On His Hands’ | HuffPost. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, called out both President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama for not speaking out sooner about the investigation into hacking during the 2016 presidential election. “At the time, we could […]

Trump Is Officially the Worst President Ever – Mother Jones

Trump Is Officially the Worst President Ever – Mother Jones. by Ben Dreyfuss Alex Brandon/AP Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. Today is President’s Day, a day on which we celebrate presidents. The current occupant of the White House started this brisk and leaping morning with a tweet commemorating the occasion. Have a great, but […]

Teens Pushing For Gun Control Host ‘Lie In’ Outside White House – Talking Points Memo

Teens Pushing For Gun Control Host ‘Lie In’ Outside White House – Talking Points Memo. Dozens of teenage students spread their bodies on the pavement in front of the White House to demand presidential action on gun control and symbolize the 17 killed in a school shooting in Florida. The teenagers were also joined by parents and educators. The protesters […]

Confessions of a Russiagate Skeptic – POLITICO Magazine

Confessions of a Russiagate Skeptic – POLITICO Magazine. If, like me, you’ve been following every twist and turn of the Russia investigations, you’ve probably wrestled with the same question that has been gnawing at me for more than a year now: What if there’s nothing there? No, I’m not denying the voluminous evidence that Russia, at Kremlin strongman Vladimir Putin’s […]

Bibi’s downfall: Is the most dangerous man in the Middle East done for? – Salon.com

Bibi’s downfall: Is the most dangerous man in the Middle East done for? – Salon.com. by Patrick Lawrence · February 18, 2018 Benjamin Netanyahu has set Israel, and the entire Middle East, on a path toward doomsday. Will his fall matter? The political future of Benjamin Netanyahu is at last in doubt. With the Israeli police report recommending criminal charges […]

No, the Latest Mueller Indictment Does Not Absolve Trump, Key Democrat Says – Mother Jones

No, the Latest Mueller Indictment Does Not Absolve Trump, Key Democrat Says – Mother Jones. by Dan Friedman Evan Vucci/AP Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. The top Democrat on the House intelligence committee brushed off attacks by President Donald Trump on Sunday, and he mocked Trump for claiming that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s recent […]

Bari Weiss, Outrage Mobs, and Identity Politics – The Atlantic

Bari Weiss, Outrage Mobs, and Identity Politics – The Atlantic. by Shadi Hamid · February 17, 2018 The mob was unusually vociferous, even for Twitter. After the California-born ice skater Mirai Nagasu became the first American woman to land a triple axel at the Olympics, the New York Times writer Bari Weiss commented “Immigrants: They get the job done.” What […]

Appeasing the Trigger Gods – The New York Times

Appeasing the Trigger Gods – The New York Times. During his campaign, Donald Trump often bragged about his skill as a negotiator. In conversations, he ventured that, as president, he might be able to resolve two of the most thorny and tragic dilemmas: finding peace in the Mideast and reaching a sensible compromise on guns. He said he would hop […]

It’s going to be much harder for Trump to fire Rod Rosenstein now.

It’s going to be much harder for Trump to fire Rod Rosenstein now.. by Dahlia Lithwick · February 16, 2018 U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announces the indictment of 13 Russian nationals and three Russian organizations for meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election on Friday. Win McNamee/Getty Images On Friday, the Department of Justice detonated a legal bombshell, […]

It Won’t Be Easy For Blue States To Dodge The GOP Tax Law | HuffPost

It Won't Be Easy For Blue States To Dodge The GOP Tax Law | HuffPost. As Democratic policymakers at the state level attempt to craft legislative responses to the tax bill that Republicans rushed through Congress last year, the difficulty of the task is becoming clearer. To offset the revenue lost from corporate giveaways, Republicans limited the amount that people […]

Mueller’s Latest Indictment Shows Trump Has Helped Putin Cover Up a Crime – Mother Jones

Mueller’s Latest Indictment Shows Trump Has Helped Putin Cover Up a Crime – Mother Jones. by David Corn President Donald Trump listens during a meeting with lawmakers about trade policy in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)Evan Vucci/AP Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. People […]

The Russians indicted for election meddling will never face consequences.

The Russians indicted for election meddling will never face consequences.. by Josephine Wolff · February 16, 2018 U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announces the indictment of 13 Russian nationals and three Russian organizations for meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Win McNamee/Getty Images Future Tense is a partnership of Slate, New America, and Arizona State University that examines emerging […]

Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, and Jill Stein all appear to have been helped by Russian election interference  – Vox

Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, and Jill Stein all appear to have been helped by Russian election interference  – Vox. Friday afternoon, the Justice Department released an indictment that’s part of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election led by special counsel Robert Mueller. The indictment outlines the lengths Russia went to influence the election in favor of Donald […]

Why School Cops Won’t Fix School Shootings | HuffPost

Why School Cops Won’t Fix School Shootings | HuffPost. On Thursday, in response to a deadly school shooting in Florida that left at least 17 dead, President Donald Trump said he would work with state leaders to prioritize school safety. Trump was vague on specifics, but in the aftermath of school shootings, legislators usually call for more school cops and […]

Russians Tried to Suppress Minority Turnout, Spread Lies About Voter Fraud – Mother Jones

Russians Tried to Suppress Minority Turnout, Spread Lies About Voter Fraud – Mother Jones. Russian nationals tried to suppress minority turnout in the 2016 election and spread false claims about voter fraud in an effort to harm Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and help Donald Trump, according to an indictment announced today by the Justice Department. The indictment says that a […]

Budgets, Bad Faith and ‘Balance’ – The New York Times

Budgets, Bad Faith and ‘Balance’ – The New York Times. by Paul Krugman · February 15, 2018 Paul Ryan, speaker of the House, and Mitch McConnell, Senate majority leader, at a September press conference on tax reform at the Capitol. Jim Lo Scalzo/European Pressphoto Agency Over the past couple of months Republicans have passed or proposed three big budget initiatives. […]

Congress Should Impeach Trump If He Doesn’t Talk to Mueller | Time

Congress Should Impeach Trump If He Doesn't Talk to Mueller | Time. London is a retired partner for the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison and the author of The Client Decides; he was a principal lawyer for Vice President Spiro Agnew. The President “shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.” These words are not a […]

Devin Nunes Wins, Sorta: Spy Center Now on Hold

Devin Nunes Wins, Sorta: Spy Center Now on Hold. In a win for House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, the Pentagon says it has suspended its plans to build an intelligence facility in a small British village northwest of London. For years, Nunes has vocally opposed the village of Croughton as the site for this facility. Instead, he has pushed […]

The Senate failed on immigration. No one knows what’s next. – Vox

The Senate failed on immigration. No one knows what’s next. – Vox. The Senate has left town without a deal on immigration. After months of failed negotiations, senators voted down four immigration proposals Thursday. The bill that had President Donald Trump’s blessing received the fewest votes. The only comprehensive bipartisan proposal on the table not only failed to win enough […]

Evidence Linking Alleged Florida Shooter To White Supremacist Group Is Really Thin | HuffPost

Evidence Linking Alleged Florida Shooter To White Supremacist Group Is Really Thin | HuffPost. Law enforcement officials in Florida have reportedly not yet found ties between the Parkland school shooting suspect and the white supremacist paramilitary group Republic of Florida, despite claims from the group’s leader. Those claims were widely circulated by news outlets on Thursday. As of Thursday evening, […]

Sen. Gillibrand, eyeing 2020 bid, rankles some Democrats | TheHill

Sen. Gillibrand, eyeing 2020 bid, rankles some Democrats | TheHill. by Alexander Bolton and Amie Parnes · February 15, 2018 Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and other Senate Democrats are jockeying for potential White House runs, but her unabashed style is drawing friendly fire that could hamper a 2020 bid. She scored an interview with CBS’s “60 Minutes” that aired on […]

Elizabeth Warren Gives Speech On ‘Pocahontas’ As Slur, Addresses Claims Of Native Ancestry | HuffPost

Elizabeth Warren Gives Speech On 'Pocahontas' As Slur, Addresses Claims Of Native Ancestry | HuffPost. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) surprised guests at the National Congress of American Indians on Wednesday with an impassioned speech calling out President Donald Trump’s habit of calling her “Pocahontas.” “I’ve noticed that every time my name comes up, President Trump likes to talk about Pocahontas. […]

Californians Could Vote to Give Themselves the Measles – Mother Jones

Californians Could Vote to Give Themselves the Measles – Mother Jones. by Kiera Butler Davizro/Getty/iStock Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. This fall, Californians may have the opportunity to vote on a catch-all ballot initiative that would ban genetically modified organisms and get rid of school vaccination requirements. But that’s not all. The so-called California […]

DeVos To Donate $200K Of Salary To Education, Special Needs Charities – Talking Points Memo

DeVos To Donate $200K Of Salary To Education, Special Needs Charities – Talking Points Memo. A spokeswoman says Education Secretary DeVos will donate her nearly $200,000 salary to four charities focusing on education and special needs. Department spokeswoman Liz Hill said in a statement Wednesday that DeVos’ one-year salary of $199,700 will be divided evenly among the four organizations. One […]

Proposition 57 a debacle for Jerry Brown because of potential early parole for sex offenders – The San Diego Union-Tribune

Proposition 57 a debacle for Jerry Brown because of potential early parole for sex offenders – The San Diego Union-Tribune. by The San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial Board The San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial Board has advocated for criminal justice reform more often than any other editorial board in California in recent years for good reason. The U.S. has more — to […]

Syria: You Own It, You Fix It, So Just Rent It – The New York Times

Syria: You Own It, You Fix It, So Just Rent It – The New York Times. by Thomas L. Friedman · February 13, 2018 United Nations observers monitoring the Israel-Syria border on Saturday. Jalaa Marey/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Two weeks ago, standing on the Syria-Israel border in the Golan Heights, I wrote a column positing that this frontier was […]

Dems: Bill Clinton too toxic to campaign in midterms – POLITICO

Dems: Bill Clinton too toxic to campaign in midterms – POLITICO. · by Edward-Isaac Dovere · February 14, 2018 And in this political environment, Bill Clinton campaigning anywhere would amount to him campaigning everywhere, forcing Democrats around the country to answer for what they think of colleagues appearing with him. | Patrick Semansky/AP Photo Democrats are looking to embrace the […]

Trump approval rating hits 9-month high despite White House chaos – Vox

Trump approval rating hits 9-month high despite White House chaos – Vox. As the White House scrambles to explain why it took so long to fire a staffer accused of domestic violence, as the knives come out for Chief of Staff John Kelly, as Republicans continue to war with the FBI, and as the stock market gets more volatile — […]

Bill Gates Warns Tech Giants: Tone It Down — Or Get Regulated | HuffPost

Bill Gates Warns Tech Giants: Tone It Down — Or Get Regulated | HuffPost. The Microsoft Corp. co-founder didn’t use those exact words, but that was nevertheless the message he made clear Tuesday in an interview with Axios ahead of the release of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s annual letter. Gates told the outlet he “absolutely” sees examples of […]

Donald Trump’s Nasty Budget – The New York Times

Donald Trump’s Nasty Budget – The New York Times. by THE EDITORIAL BOARD · February 12, 2018 Copies of President Trump’s budget proposal for the next fiscal year were delivered to the Capitol on Monday. Saul Loeb/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump told the “forgotten men and women of our country” that he would champion […]

Juan Williams: The GOP has been corrupted by Trump | TheHill

Juan Williams: The GOP has been corrupted by Trump | TheHill. by Juan Williams, opinion contributor · February 12, 2018 Wow, what happened to Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.)? In the last year, Ryan has squandered his stellar reputation as a smart, conservative visionary. By excusing President Trump’s bad behavior, he has made it clear his only priorities are that Trump […]

Donald Trump’s incredible hypocrisy on the Democratic memo – CNNPolitics

Donald Trump's incredible hypocrisy on the Democratic memo – CNNPolitics. by Chris Cillizza, CNN Editor-at-large (CNN)On Saturday morning, President Donald Trump tweeted this: “The Democrats sent a very political and long response memo which they knew, because of sources and methods (and more), would have to be heavily redacted, whereupon they would blame the White House for lack of transparency. […]

Kim Jong-un is having a great Olympics.

Kim Jong-un is having a great Olympics.. by Joshua Keating · February 12, 2018 Kim Jong-un, and the North Korean cheerleaders, at the 2018 Winter Olympics. Photo illustration by Slate. Photo by KCNA/Reuters Grigory Dukor/Reuters. North Korea hasn’t won a Winter Olympics medal since 1992 and is unlikely to come away with one in Pyeongchang. The joint Koreas women’s hockey […]

Activist Wants To Stop Muslims From Participating In Minnesota’s GOP | HuffPost

Activist Wants To Stop Muslims From Participating In Minnesota's GOP | HuffPost. A conservative activist in Minnesota introduced a resolution last week to “minimize and eliminate the influence of Islam” in the state’s Republican Party. Jeff Baumann, a notorious anti-Muslim activist in Minnesota’s Senate District 36, also urged in the resolution that “no Islamic leader, religious or otherwise, shall ever […]

DACA May Die In Three Weeks, And Democrats Have No Leverage Left – Talking Points Memo

DACA May Die In Three Weeks, And Democrats Have No Leverage Left – Talking Points Memo. by Alice Ollstein A sweeping $400 billion budget passed both chambers of Congress in the wee hours of Friday morning with a mix of Democratic and Republican votes, leaving those anxious to protect roughly 700,000 young immigrants without a way to force a vote […]

The Dangerous Illusion of Missile Defense – The New York Times

The Dangerous Illusion of Missile Defense – The New York Times. by THE EDITORIAL BOARD · February 11, 2018 In November, a target was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii as part of a missile defense test. U.S. Navy After more than 30 years of research and more than $200 billion, the nation’s ballistic missile defense program […]

One Honorable American’s Love of Trump – The New York Times

One Honorable American’s Love of Trump – The New York Times. by Roger Cohen · February 9, 2018 Shannon Kennedy Courtney Asztalos for The New York Times Syracuse — Shannon Kennedy, son of Jack, retired military officer, ex-stockbroker, voted twice for Barack Obama (“so poised, a really got-it-together guy”) before his conversion to Donald Trump. Now he’s a true believer, […]

Nearly Everyone Loses If Immigration Deal Fails – Bloomberg

Nearly Everyone Loses If Immigration Deal Fails – Bloomberg. by Albert R. Hunt @AlHuntDC More stories by Albert R. Hunt The immigration free-for-all that starts in Congress this week will test the character of House Speaker Paul Ryan, the courage of Republican moderates, the cunning of President Donald Trump and the sensibilities of the Democratic left. The odds are that […]

Progressives storm Democratic primaries – POLITICO

Progressives storm Democratic primaries – POLITICO. Progressive insurgents are launching challenges to Democratic members of Congress in some of the country’s bluest districts, sparked by deep frustration with the party establishment and anti-Trump anger. Most of the challengers are long shots at the moment. But some are putting a scare into entrenched incumbents, thanks to their muscular fundraising and a […]

Trump wants to privatize the International Space Station – Vox

Trump wants to privatize the International Space Station – Vox. The Trump administration is considering turning the International Space Station over to the private sector and ending its federal funding, according to an internal NASA document obtained by the Washington Post. The proposal envisions an environment where NASA is “one of many customers of a non-governmental human space flight managed […]

Trump Complains About ‘Very Political And Long’ Democratic Memo | HuffPost

Trump Complains About 'Very Political And Long' Democratic Memo | HuffPost. A classified memo by congressional Democrats related to investigations of Russian influence in the 2016 U.S. presidential election is “very political and long” and must be “heavily redacted” before it could be released, President Donald Trump said on Twitter on Saturday. The release of the memo was blocked by […]

We Already Have Planet-Cooling Technology. The Problem Is, It’s Killing Us. – Mother Jones

We Already Have Planet-Cooling Technology. The Problem Is, It’s Killing Us. – Mother Jones. by Eric Holthaus The Agung volcano erupts, spewing magma and ash thousands of feet into the air on the island of Bali in Indonesia in November 2017.Josh Edelson/ZUMA Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. This story was originally published by Grist […]

Trump Vents About Lives ‘Destroyed By A Mere Allegation’ As Two Aides Resign – Talking Points Memo

Trump Vents About Lives ‘Destroyed By A Mere Allegation’ As Two Aides Resign – Talking Points Memo. by Summer Concepcion President Donald Trump tweeted Saturday morning about how “peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation,” without mentioning which people he’s referring to. Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation. Some are true […]

The Memo Debate Is a Republican Sham | New Republic

The Memo Debate Is a Republican Sham | New Republic. by Matt Ford · February 10, 2018 President Donald Trump has refused to release a Democratic rebuttal of a discredited Republican memo that alleges surveillance abuses in the Russia investigation. “Although the President is inclined to declassify the February 5th Memorandum, because the Memorandum contains numerous properly classified and especially […]

Trump Shows Us the Way – The New York Times

Trump Shows Us the Way – The New York Times. Donald Trump slipped into the Oval Office through a wormhole of confusion about the American identity. We weren’t winning wars anymore. They just went on and on and on, with inexplicable and deceptive aims and so many lives and limbs and trillions lost. We couldn’t believe in our institutions, with […]

Israel launches massive strike against Iran in Syria after F-16 jet is shot down.

Israel launches massive strike against Iran in Syria after F-16 jet is shot down.. by Daniel Politi · February 10, 2018 A picture taken in the northern Israeli Kibbutz of Harduf on February 10, 2018, shows the remains of an Israeli F-16 that crashed after coming under fire by Syrian air defenses during attacks against Iranian targets in the war-torn […]

Trump Complains About ‘Very Political And Long’ Democratic Memo | HuffPost

Trump Complains About 'Very Political And Long' Democratic Memo | HuffPost. A classified memo by congressional Democrats related to investigations of Russian influence in the 2016 U.S. presidential election is “very political and long” and must be “heavily redacted” before it could be released, President Donald Trump said on Twitter on Saturday. The release of the memo was blocked by […]

Did Russian trolls infect the left? And how much did it matter? – Salon.com

Did Russian trolls infect the left? And how much did it matter? – Salon.com. by Andrew O’Hehir · February 10, 2018 Did Russians plant fake news in lefty media? Maybe — but that’s no excuse for a crackdown on unpopular opinion Back in late 2016, I remember joking to friends that I was disappointed Salon hadn’t wound up on the […]

Why We Should Honor the Military with a Parade – The Atlantic

Why We Should Honor the Military with a Parade – The Atlantic. by Charlie Dunlap · February 9, 2018 President Trump asked the Pentagon “to explore a celebration at which all Americans can show their appreciation” for America’s military, so we might be seeing the first national military parade since 1991. Will it cost millions? Probably. Will there be counter-demonstrations? […]

Trump-Russia Isn’t About the Cover-Up. It’s About the Crime.

Trump-Russia Isn’t About the Cover-Up. It’s About the Crime.. by Jonathan Alter · February 9, 2018 opinion In Watergate, it was the cover-up, not the crime. But in Russiagate, that stands to be turned on its head. We already know a lot—and we can be sure Mueller knows more. opinion Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast Recall the Watergate […]

Rachel Brand resigns: Mueller investigation could be affected – Vox

Rachel Brand resigns: Mueller investigation could be affected – Vox. Rachel Brand, the No. 3 official at the Department of Justice, is resigning after just nine months on the job — a decision with big ramifications for special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigations. Here’s why: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is currently in charge of overseeing the Mueller probe. Rosenstein has […]

“He says he’s innocent!”: Trump sticks up for Rob Porter, ex-aide accused of serial abuse – Salon.com

“He says he’s innocent!”: Trump sticks up for Rob Porter, ex-aide accused of serial abuse – Salon.com. by Rachel Leah · February 9, 2018 What does it take for Donald Trump to believe a woman’s word? President Donald Trump defended former White House staff secretary Rob Porter, who resigned Wednesday after allegations surfaced that he physically assaulted his two ex-wives. […]

Trump won’t declassify Democratic memo on Russia probe

Trump won't declassify Democratic memo on Russia probe. Citing national security concerns, the White House on Friday formally notified the House intelligence committee that President Donald Trump is “unable” to declassify a memo drafted by Democrats that counters GOP allegations about abuse of government surveillance powers in the FBI’s Russia probe. White House counsel Don McGahn said in a letter […]

Trump signs deal to end brief government shutdown, increase U.S. spending

Trump signs deal to end brief government shutdown, increase U.S. spending. The U.S. Congress ended a brief government shutdown on Friday by reaching a wide-ranging deal that is expected to push budget deficits into the $1 trillion-a-year zone. The bill passed by a wide margin in the Senate and survived a rebellion of 67 conservative Republicans in the House of […]

Putin’s Opposition Stabbed, Bludgeoned, Burned, Even Attacked With Poison Gas

Putin’s Opposition Stabbed, Bludgeoned, Burned, Even Attacked With Poison Gas. by Amy Knight · February 9, 2018 The police response to these attacks is predictable. Either assailants are never identified, or they are said to have had a personal, not a political, motive. Mikhail Metzel/Getty Why did it take a full week for Russian authorities to reveal the brutal murder, […]

The most influential job in America is open: head writer at Fox & Friends – Vox

The most influential job in America is open: head writer at Fox & Friends – Vox. Fox & Friends is now hiring for the most influential job in America: head writer for President Trump’s favorite TV show. This is, quite literally, the most powerful job opening in the world https://t.co/pSJQoPKv2i pic.twitter.com/NIYDdexyXR — Igor Bobic (@igorbobic) February 8, 2018 “Fox & […]

Jeff Sessions Says Marijuana Fuels the Opioid Epidemic. Study After Study Finds the Opposite. – Mother Jones

Jeff Sessions Says Marijuana Fuels the Opioid Epidemic. Study After Study Finds the Opposite. – Mother Jones. by Julia Lurie US Attorney General Jeff SessionsGiorgio Viera/ZUMA Press Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. At a Heritage Foundation event celebrating Ronald Reagan’s birthday this week, Jeff Sessions made a familiar argument: Easy access to marijuana is […]

Raining on Trump’s Parade | The New Yorker

Raining on Trump’s Parade | The New Yorker. by Adam Gopnik · February 7, 2018 The traditions that make the Bastille Day parade appropriate to France are completely absent here in the United States. Photograph by Mustafa Yalcin / Anadolu Agency / Getty One of the less pleasant tasks that we all have can be trying to maintain our intellectual […]

Why House Democrats should reject the Senate’s new budget deal

Why House Democrats should reject the Senate's new budget deal. Yesterday afternoon, Senate Democrats and Republicans struck a bipartisan, two-year budget agreement — one that notably excludes a solution for the immigration crisis surrounding recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and sets up yet another confrontation next month over immigration. It remains unclear whether this spending […]

Organized Labor’s Lost Generations | The Nation

Organized Labor’s Lost Generations | The Nation. Who can remember a time when labor wasn’t losing? Every seeming strategic opportunity turns out to be largely a mirage; the legal and economic environment only gets ever worse. In each of the past four decades, observers and organizers have heralded some new turning point—only for membership to keep falling and campaigns to […]

Frank Rich: GOP Has Become the Anti-Law Enforcement Party

Frank Rich: GOP Has Become the Anti-Law Enforcement Party. by Frank Rich · February 7, 2018 Devin Nunes, memo author. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call,Inc. Most weeks, New York Magazine writer-at-large Frank Rich speaks with contributor Alex Carp about the biggest stories in politics and culture. Today: the GOP’s status as the law-and-order party, the political effects of the recent stock […]

Make no mistake: This DACA crisis is Trump’s creation, and Trump’s fault

Make no mistake: This DACA crisis is Trump's creation, and Trump's fault. by Scott Martelle After all the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals drama, the brinksmanship in keeping the government funded (another deadline looms Thursday), and the hardball negotiating over immigration reform, know one thing: President Trump is singly responsible for stripping deportation protection from some 700,000 people who have […]

House Democrats Move Retreat to D.C.

House Democrats Move Retreat to D.C.. With a Thursday government funding deadline looming and negotiations ongoing, House Democrats decided late Tuesday to move their retreat scheduled for Wednesday through Friday from Cambridge, Maryland, to the Capitol complex. “Given the pressing issues Congress will likely vote on over the next three days, House Democrats will hold their United for A Better […]

‘It will be an intraparty war’ – POLITICO

'It will be an intraparty war' – POLITICO. Nancy Pelosi is betting everything on taking back the House in November, and most Democrats are confident they’ll pull it off. But what happens if they fail? A stealthy discussion is already underway within the Democratic caucus, particularly among members whose only experience in Congress is in the minority. Assuming Pelosi either […]

Most Republicans believe the FBI is “working to delegitimize Trump” – Vox

Most Republicans believe the FBI is “working to delegitimize Trump” – Vox. One of the most important questions in the Trump administration’s war on the FBI and the recent Nunes memo controversy is how Republican voters would respond to all of it. New data is shedding a light on the answer to this question — and it’s not very promising. […]

Don’t Worry About Trump The Fascist. Trump The Inept Will Save Us. | HuffPost

Don't Worry About Trump The Fascist. Trump The Inept Will Save Us. | HuffPost. First, the dark clouds for those worried about fascism in America: President Donald Trump has adopted a phrase used in Stalinist Russia and Nazi Germany to attack the free press. He has reportedly demanded loyalty to himself, rather than to the Constitution, from top law enforcement […]

Lawmakers should push forward on carbon-tax plan | The Seattle Times

Lawmakers should push forward on carbon-tax plan | The Seattle Times. by Seattle Times editorial board · February 5, 2018 William Brown / Op-Art The past year has made it clear that states cannot rely on the federal government to spearhead our nation’s fight against greenhouse-gas emissions. It is time for Washington state politicians to step up. When it comes […]

How the GOP Pulled Me Into Its War on the FBI – Mother Jones

How the GOP Pulled Me Into Its War on the FBI – Mother Jones. It was a Google Alert that notified me I was part of what was then the latest Republican conspiracy theory. The message, in mid-January, pointed me to a column by Rep. Jim Jordan, a very conservative Republican from a very Republican district in Ohio, posted on […]

What if the Iran deal was a mistake?

What if the Iran deal was a mistake?. by Joshua Keating · February 6, 2018 On May 15, 2015, just a few months before the U.S. and other world powers signed a nuclear deal with Iran, President Barack Obama convened what was to be a high-profile meeting of Middle East leaders at Camp David. King Salman of Saudi Arabia, however, […]

Trump Goes Quiet as the Stock Market Slumps | The New Yorker

Trump Goes Quiet as the Stock Market Slumps | The New Yorker. by John Cassidy · February 6, 2018 Having boasted as the Dow Jones Industrial Average was rising, the President can hardly complain if people now associate him with it as it falls. Photograph by Brendan Smialowski / AFP / Getty That was quick! In the course of two […]

The Dow just fell by more than 1,100 points – Vox

The Dow just fell by more than 1,100 points – Vox. President Donald Trump might come to regret tethering his success to the stock market sooner rather than later. The market entered meltdown mode on Monday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average seeing its biggest one-day point drop in history and the S&P 500 turning negative for 2018. It was […]

President Trump Has Convinced His Voters He’s Being Persecuted By The FBI | HuffPost

President Trump Has Convinced His Voters He's Being Persecuted By The FBI | HuffPost. President Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans’ sweeping attacks on the nation’s premier law enforcement agency appear to be working: Nearly three-quarters of Trump voters ― 74 percent ― say the FBI is biased against the president, a new HuffPost/YouGov survey finds. Just under one-third of […]

Inside the Top-Secret Abortion Underground – Mother Jones

Inside the Top-Secret Abortion Underground – Mother Jones. On a summer day in 2015, Renata and more than a dozen women, all strangers from different parts of the country, sat in a semicircle on the living-room floor of a house, deep in the rural South. A lean twentysomething with a wide smile and olive skin, Renata was the only nonwhite […]

House Intel Votes To Release Dem FBI Memo, Pending White House Approval – Talking Points Memo

House Intel Votes To Release Dem FBI Memo, Pending White House Approval – Talking Points Memo. by Tierney Sneed Days after a widely debunked GOP intelligence memo attacking the FBI became public, the House Intelligence Committee voted unanimously Monday to release a Democratic rebuttal to the Republican memo, sending it over to the White House for President Trump to approve […]

House committee votes to release Democrats’ classified memo

House committee votes to release Democrats' classified memo. The House intelligence committee’s probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election spun further into charges and counter-charges among angry U.S. lawmakers and President Donald Trump as the panel voted to release a second classified memo about whether the FBI and Justice Department conspired against him. This memo was written by Democrats […]

[Essay] | The Other Whisper Network, by Katie Roiphe | Harper’s Magazine

[Essay] | The Other Whisper Network, by Katie Roiphe | Harper's Magazine. by Katie Roiphe No one would talk to me for this piece. Or rather, more than twenty women talked to me, sometimes for hours at a time, but only after I promised to leave out their names, and give them what I began to call deep anonymity. This […]

Constitutional Crisis in Slow Motion – The New York Times

Constitutional Crisis in Slow Motion – The New York Times. by Charles M. Blow · February 4, 2018 President Trump at the White House on Friday. Eric Thayer for The New York Times Donald Trump will destroy this entire country — its institutions and its safeguards, the rule of law and the customs of civility, the concept of truth and […]

The Nunes memo Is a big win for Donald Trump.

The Nunes memo Is a big win for Donald Trump.. The Devin Nunes memo is, as was widely expected, a dud. It reveals nothing new, and answers none of the crucial questions raised by former law enforcement officials who have said there is nothing in this report that warrants its release. Indeed, in an opening missive that truly puts the […]

Republican confidence in the FBI has declined in the age of Trump – Vox

Republican confidence in the FBI has declined in the age of Trump – Vox. Republicans used to think highly of the FBI. That’s not so true anymore — thanks in large part to President Donald Trump’s continued efforts to undermine the agency. A SurveyMonkey poll for Axios released on Saturday found that just 38 percent of Republicans have a favorable […]

The Race Gap in US Prisons Is Glaring, and Poverty Is Making it Worse – Mother Jones

The Race Gap in US Prisons Is Glaring, and Poverty Is Making it Worse – Mother Jones. by Eli Day Prisoners line up to vote at the D.C. Jail in Washington, DC.Jacquelyn Martin/AP Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. The American criminal justice system’s glaring racial disparities are well known: Black people make up nearly […]

Yellen Disappointed Not To Get A Second Term As Fed Chair – Talking Points Memo

Yellen Disappointed Not To Get A Second Term As Fed Chair – Talking Points Memo. Janet Yellen said she was disappointed that President Donald Trump didn’t offer her a second term as Federal Reserve chair, but supports her central bank successor, Jerome Powell, who takes over on Monday. Powell, a Fed board member since 2012, is “thoughtful, balanced, dedicated to […]

Trump’s Saturday Night Massacre Is Already Happening – The Atlantic

Trump’s Saturday Night Massacre Is Already Happening – The Atlantic. by David A. Graham · February 3, 2018 The much-anticipated but much-delayed release of the House intelligence committee memo produced by Representative Devin Nunes produced any number of Beckettian diversions over the last week, and for a good portion of the day on Thursday, attention focused on FBI Director Chris […]

The Nunes memo Is a big win for Donald Trump.

The Nunes memo Is a big win for Donald Trump.. The Devin Nunes memo is, as was widely expected, a dud. It reveals nothing new, and answers none of the crucial questions raised by former law enforcement officials who have said there is nothing in this report that warrants its release. Indeed, in an opening missive that truly puts the […]

Republican confidence in the FBI has declined in the age of Trump – Vox

Republican confidence in the FBI has declined in the age of Trump – Vox. Republicans used to think highly of the FBI. That’s not so true anymore — thanks in large part to President Donald Trump’s continued efforts to undermine the agency. A SurveyMonkey poll for Axios released on Saturday found that just 38 percent of Americans have a favorable […]

Trump’s SOTU Gets Positive Reviews, Doesn’t Convince Anyone He’s Pivoting | HuffPost

Trump's SOTU Gets Positive Reviews, Doesn't Convince Anyone He's Pivoting | HuffPost. Most State of the Union speeches get good marks, but fail to change many minds about the presidents who deliver them. President Donald Trump, for once, is right in line with historical precedent. Trump delivered his first State of the Union address to mildly positive reviews, a new […]

Trump’s mental health affects us all: “Pathology attracts pathology” – Salon.com

Trump’s mental health affects us all: “Pathology attracts pathology” – Salon.com. by Chauncey DeVega · February 3, 2018 Listen to the interview with Dr. Bandy Lee, who explains why an “impaired leader is attractive and compelling” During his vile State of the Union speech on Tuesday, Donald Trump made a very sinister and dangerous comment which has so far received […]

We’ve Got the Memo. Now What About Trump’s Tax Returns? – The New York Times

We’ve Got the Memo. Now What About Trump’s Tax Returns? – The New York Times. by THE EDITORIAL BOARD · February 2, 2018 Anthony Russo Seriously? That’s all they’ve got? The four-page memo that promised to reveal the biggest political scandal in a generation has finally been released. For all the pregame hype, the memo looks less like the next […]

In Trump vs. the F.B.I., Trump Will Lose – The New York Times

In Trump vs. the F.B.I., Trump Will Lose – The New York Times. by TIM WEINER · February 1, 2018 Rod Rosenstein, deputy attorney general, testifying before a House Judiciary committee in December. Pete Marovich for The New York Times President Trump entered office last year as a singular figure. But he has come to resemble two of his predecessors […]

Trump’s Brazen War on the FBI Defies History | New Republic

Trump’s Brazen War on the FBI Defies History | New Republic. by Jeet Heer · February 2, 2018 In announcing the release of a declassified four-page memo prepared by the House Intelligence Committee, which he chairs, Representative Devin Nunes said, “The committee has discovered serious violations of the public trust, and the American people have a right to know when […]

GOP defies FBI, releases secret Russia memo to partisan fury – POLITICO

GOP defies FBI, releases secret Russia memo to partisan fury – POLITICO. by Kyle Cheney · February 2, 2018 The emergence of the memo, crafted by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (above), marks a dramatic new stage in the GOP’s effort to delegitimize the federal probe into whether the Kremlin infiltrated and even influenced Donald Trump’s campaign. | Chip […]

Nunes Memo Does Russia’s Work of Eroding Trust in American Justice

Nunes Memo Does Russia’s Work of Eroding Trust in American Justice. by Michael Daly · February 2, 2018 To cast suspicion on the FBI, the memo notes Papadopoulos triggered the bureau’s probe—but omits that he later pleading guilty to lying about his dealings with the Russians. Joshua Roberts However FBI Agent Peter Strzok felt about FBI lawyer Lisa Page, his […]

Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, and how democracies die – Vox

Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, and how democracies die – Vox. There are images that come to mind when we imagine a democracy’s end. Democracies fall in coups and revolutions, burn in fires and riots, collapse amid war and plague. When they die, they die screaming. Not anymore, argue Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt in their new book, How Democracies Die. […]

The GOP Memo Trump Hoped Would Stop Mueller’s Russia Probe Is A Misleading Dud | HuffPost

The GOP Memo Trump Hoped Would Stop Mueller's Russia Probe Is A Misleading Dud | HuffPost. by Jessica Schulberg · February 2, 2018 WASHINGTON ― In a move intended to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 election, President Donald Trump on Friday approved the declassification of a Republican-authored memo that alleges the Justice Department […]

Republicans Release Nunes Memo Over Strong Objections From the FBI and Justice Department – Mother Jones

Republicans Release Nunes Memo Over Strong Objections From the FBI and Justice Department – Mother Jones. by Inae Oh Bill Clark/ZUMA Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. On Friday, House Republicans released a highly controversial four-page memo alleging the FBI abused the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to obtain a warrant targeting a Trump campaign adviser—a […]

The Republican Plot Against the F.B.I. – The New York Times

The Republican Plot Against the F.B.I. – The New York Times. by THE EDITORIAL BOARD · February 1, 2018 Last March, Mr. Nunes claimed that he had been given intelligence reports that President Trump and his associates were incidentally swept up in foreign surveillance by American spy agencies during the campaign. Doug Mills/The New York Times So this is what […]

Huma’s Cousin, Who Partnered With ‘Russian Donald Trump,’ Convicted of Fraud, Tampered With Case By Deleting Emails

Huma’s Cousin, Who Partnered With ‘Russian Donald Trump,’ Convicted of Fraud, Tampered With Case By Deleting Emails. by Luke Rosiak · December 28, 2017 A cousin of Huma Abedin who did a half-billion dollar deal with a man known as the “Russian Donald Trump” was convicted of fraud Tuesday, and the judge ordered him jailed immediately, saying he had demonstrated […]

Cuba’s sonic attacks show us just how susceptible our brains are to mass hysteria.

Cuba’s sonic attacks show us just how susceptible our brains are to mass hysteria.. A few weeks after the 2016 presidential election of Donald Trump, several people working for the U.S. Embassy in Cuba fell mysteriously ill. Some lost their hearing. Some had headaches and a pain in one ear. Others reported feeling dizzy or nauseous, having trouble focusing, or […]

There’s something fishy about Hillary Clinton’s apology for protecting an accused sexual harasser – Salon.com

There’s something fishy about Hillary Clinton’s apology for protecting an accused sexual harasser – Salon.com. by Charlie May · January 31, 2018 Clinton published her apology in a lengthy Facebook post mere minutes before Donald Trump’s State of the Union On Tuesday night, 15 minutes ahead of President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address, Hillary Clinton said she should […]

Ryan: Nunes Memo Is Just Good Ol’ Fashioned Congressional Oversight – Talking Points Memo

Ryan: Nunes Memo Is Just Good Ol’ Fashioned Congressional Oversight – Talking Points Memo. by Caitlin MacNeal House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Thursday defended the vote by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee to release a memo that purports to prove surveillance abuses by top Justice Department officials. “Congress doing its job in conducting legitimate oversight over a very […]

Slamming the golden door – NY Daily News

Slamming the golden door – NY Daily News. by Editorials · February 1, 2018 After zig-zagging for a year over the fate of 800,000 young people brought to the U.S. as children, President Trump last week zagged to call for creating a path to citizenship for the Dreamers. Very good. But Trump yoked that relief to a radical proposed overhaul […]

Hillary Clinton’s sexual assault response shows a fatal flaw – The Washington Post

Hillary Clinton's sexual assault response shows a fatal flaw – The Washington Post. by Christine Emba · January 31, 2018 Hillary Clinton. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images) Hillary Clinton may have lost the 2016 election, but the postmortem continues. Last week, the New York Times revealed that in 2008, Clinton chose not to fire her faith advisor, Burns Strider, after he was […]

Adam Schiff: Nunes’s FBI memo crosses a dangerous line – The Washington Post

Adam Schiff: Nunes’s FBI memo crosses a dangerous line – The Washington Post. by Adam B. Schiff · January 31, 2018 Adam B. Schiff, ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, represents California’s 28th District. Even during the most difficult of times, when Congress had seemingly lost the capacity to govern and partisan storms raged across Capitol Hill, the intelligence […]

Why Democrats had 5 responses to Trump’s State of the Union – Vox

Why Democrats had 5 responses to Trump’s State of the Union – Vox. After President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night, there wasn’t just one Democratic response. There were five. The party’s official response came from 37-year-old Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-MA), who delivered a rousing speech at an auto-body shop in a Massachusetts technical school, […]

Rep. Adam Schiff: GOP’s FBI Memo Could Lead To ‘Constitutional Crisis’ | HuffPost

Rep. Adam Schiff: GOP's FBI Memo Could Lead To 'Constitutional Crisis' | HuffPost. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) warned of a looming “constitutional crisis” if Republicans in Congress succeed in having a controversial classified memo released that reportedly attacks the FBI and the Justice Department’s Russia investigation. Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, railed against the release of […]

Here’s Why McCabe Might Have Slow-Rolled The Clinton Email Probe – Talking Points Memo

Here’s Why McCabe Might Have Slow-Rolled The Clinton Email Probe – Talking Points Memo. by Allegra Kirkland The Justice Department’s Inspector General (IG) is examining whether former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe put off a request to dig through a batch of Hillary Clinton-related emails discovered in the run-up to the 2016 election, the Washington Post reported Tuesday. The Post’s […]

State of the Union 2018 response speech: Joe Kennedy was good – Vox

State of the Union 2018 response speech: Joe Kennedy was good – Vox. by Matthew Yglesias · January 30, 2018 No State of the Union response speech has ever been a truly great speech, but Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) delivered what’s probably the best entry in the genre that I’ve ever heard Tuesday night. I couldn’t put my finger […]

The Fictitious State of Trump’s Fantastical Union – The New York Times

The Fictitious State of Trump’s Fantastical Union – The New York Times. by Frank Bruni · January 30, 2018 President Trump during his first State of the Union address. Doug Mills/The New York Times The word that came to mind most often as I watched Donald Trump deliver his first State of the Union address was “pretend.” He pretends to […]

Dems boo, hiss at Trump immigration remarks | TheHill

Dems boo, hiss at Trump immigration remarks | TheHill. Democrats reacted with boos and hisses to a statement by President Trump on “chain migration” at his State of the Union address. Presenting his immigration plan, Trump asked for a reform of the family reunification visa program, which he and some Republicans call chain migration. “Under the current broken system, a […]

Senate Dems Plot Moonshot Attempts to Save Robert Mueller From Trump

Senate Dems Plot Moonshot Attempts to Save Robert Mueller From Trump. by Andrew Desiderio · January 30, 2018 Senate Dems Plot Moonshot Attempts to Save Robert Mueller From Trump The party is seriously weighing whether to tie a bill protecting the special counsel to a government funding fight that’s coming just weeks from now. Alex Wong/Getty Senate Democrats are plotting […]

Hillary Clinton explains why she didn’t fire a staffer accused of sexual harassment – Vox

Hillary Clinton explains why she didn’t fire a staffer accused of sexual harassment – Vox. On the night of President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address, Hillary Clinton published a statement on her decision not to fire a campaign adviser who was accused of sexual harassment. During the 2008 presidential campaign, a female staffer reported that Clinton’s faith […]

The Hidden Extremism Of Trump’s State Of The Union | HuffPost

The Hidden Extremism Of Trump's State Of The Union | HuffPost. by Nick Baumann · January 30, 2018 WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address was competently delivered and — for him — relatively inoffensive. The mainstream media and the television pundits will surely deem it to be a presidential moment, representative of yet another pivot […]

Trevor Noah: Hillary Clinton is on “the wrong side” of #MeToo – Salon.com

Trevor Noah: Hillary Clinton is on “the wrong side” of #MeToo – Salon.com. by Rachel Leah · January 30, 2018 Trevor Noah called out Hillary Clinton Monday night for being on “the wrong side” of Time’s Up and the #MeToo movement. He referenced a New York Times exposé that claims Clinton protected a top adviser of hers who was accused […]

Dem Response To Trump’s SOTU: Dreamers ‘Are A Part Of Our Story’ – Talking Points Memo

Dem Response To Trump’s SOTU: Dreamers ‘Are A Part Of Our Story’ – Talking Points Memo. by Summer Concepcion The Democratic response to President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union speech, delivered by Massachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy III, was a direct appeal to the immigrants the President made inaccurate statements about in his speech. “This administration isn’t just targeting […]

Rising stars collide in shadow 2020 primary – POLITICO

Rising stars collide in shadow 2020 primary – POLITICO. Two rising stars in California are about to collide: Sen. Kamala Harris of San Francisco and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. As potential Democratic presidential candidates in 2020, the pair might soon be asking the activists and donors who have known them their entire political careers to finally choose sides. It’s […]

Democratic National Committee CEO Quits Less Than a Year Into Job – The Daily Beast

Democratic National Committee CEO Quits Less Than a Year Into Job – The Daily Beast. The Democratic National Committee’s CEO is leaving after spending less than a year in the role, NBC News reports. Jess O’Connell took over the top spot in May, shortly after DNC Chair Tom Perez took office. She plans to leave next month, calling the decision […]

State of the Union address 2018: why Democratic women are wearing black – Vox

State of the Union address 2018: why Democratic women are wearing black – Vox. Last February, Democratic women wore white to President Donald Trump’s first speech to a joint session of Congress. “There was so much — and still is — agitation about the president and our fears of what he was going to do to the women of our […]

An Article of Impeachment Against Donald J. Trump – The New York Times

An Article of Impeachment Against Donald J. Trump – The New York Times. by David Leonhardt · January 28, 2018 President Trump arriving at the White House on Friday . Eric Thayer for The New York Times There are good reasons to be wary of impeachment talk. Congressional Republicans show zero interest, and they’re the ones in charge. Democrats, for […]

Republicans shrug off reports Trump wanted to fire Mueller – POLITICO

Republicans shrug off reports Trump wanted to fire Mueller – POLITICO. by Elana Schor · January 26, 2018 Sen. Thom Tillis (right) continues to support his Robert Mueller-protection bill as “a commonsense solution to ensure the independence of present and future special counsel investigations,” Tillis’ spokesman said. | Andrew Harnik/AP Photo Legislation to shield the special counsel isn’t likely to […]

Hillary Clinton Roasts Trump at the Grammys by Narrating ‘Fire and Fury’

Hillary Clinton Roasts Trump at the Grammys by Narrating ‘Fire and Fury’. by Marlow Stern · January 28, 2018 The president’s rival candidate made a surprise cameo appearance during ‘Music’s Biggest Night.’ CBS Save the white roses artists wore in support of the Time’s Up movement, a vague Kesha-introducing speech by Janelle Monae about the scourge of inequality women face […]

Trump May Have Wanted Him Gone, But Top Republicans Back Mueller | HuffPost

Trump May Have Wanted Him Gone, But Top Republicans Back Mueller | HuffPost. Several top Republicans in Congress expressed their support on Sunday for special counsel Robert Mueller following reports that President Donald Trump wanted to fire him, though the party seems to have little appetite for passing legislation that would protect Mueller from such a dismissal. The New York […]

Oprah confirms she won’t run for president: “That’s not for me” – Salon.com

Oprah confirms she won’t run for president: “That’s not for me” – Salon.com. by Gabriel Bell · January 25, 2018 In an interview published in InStyle magazine, media mogul Oprah Winfrey denied that she has any intention of running for president in the 2020 elections. Speculation about a potential Winfrey bid for office peaked immediately after her stirring acceptance speech […]

CNN: Trump Now Focusing Anger On Deputy AG Rosenstein – Talking Points Memo

CNN: Trump Now Focusing Anger On Deputy AG Rosenstein – Talking Points Memo. by Caitlin MacNeal President Donald Trump has turned his frustration with the Russia probe toward Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in recent weeks, even suggesting he fire the Justice Department official, CNN reported Friday night. Trump’s advisers have so far managed to convince Trump not to fire […]

Joe Kennedy III to Give State of the Union Response

Joe Kennedy III to Give State of the Union Response. by Eric Garcia · January 26, 2018 Rep. Joe Kennedy, D-Mass., will deliver the response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo) Eric Garcia @EricMGarcia Posted Jan 26, 2018 7:14 AM Save for later Massachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy III will deliver the […]

Local Democrats warn DNC: Cash crunch threatens November gains – POLITICO

Local Democrats warn DNC: Cash crunch threatens November gains – POLITICO. by Gabriel Debenedetti · January 27, 2018 New Hampshire Democratic Party Ray Buckley (far right) has been vocal about the need for state parties to receive more money. Democratic National Committee deputy chair Keith Ellison (middle) met with local officials about their concerns this week. | AP Photo LONG […]

Clinton ‘Dismayed’ by Misconduct Complaint Against Ex-Aide – The Daily Beast

Clinton ‘Dismayed’ by Misconduct Complaint Against Ex-Aide – The Daily Beast. Hillary Clinton has responded to reports she kept a senior adviser to her 2008 presidential campaign on staff despite sexual harassment allegations, saying Friday she was “dismayed” by the accusations. “A story appeared today about something that happened in 2008. I was dismayed when it occurred, but was heartened […]

Activists got Democrats to shut down the government. Can they do it again? – Vox

Activists got Democrats to shut down the government. Can they do it again? – Vox. “They caved.” “#SchumerSellout.” As soon as Democrats struck a deal on Monday to reopen the federal government, the statements and tweets began pouring in from progressive and immigration groups. The target of their anger was Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who initially got enough Democrats […]

Maxine Waters To Respond To Donald Trump’s State Of The Union Speech | HuffPost

Maxine Waters To Respond To Donald Trump's State Of The Union Speech | HuffPost. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) is slated to provide her own nationally televised response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday. Waters will deliver her remarks on the BET program “Angela Rye’s State of the Union,” according to a report by BuzzFeed News. […]

Even white people can see it now: Donald Trump’s a racist – Salon.com

Even white people can see it now: Donald Trump’s a racist – Salon.com. by Chauncey DeVega · January 27, 2018 Donald Trump is no friend of black people. This fact is so obvious that a large number of white Americans are finally starting to acknowledge it. A new poll from the Washington Post and ABC News finds that 52 percent […]

Editorial: Stop the California bullet train in its tracks

Editorial: Stop the California bullet train in its tracks. by Mercury News & East Bay Times Editorial Boards · January 25, 2018 This Feb. 26, 2015, photo shows a full-scale mock-up of a high-speed train, displayed at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. Officials are raising the projected cost of the first phase of California’s bullet train by 35 percent, to […]

Why Did Hillary Clinton Let This Happen? – The New York Times

Why Did Hillary Clinton Let This Happen? – The New York Times. by SUSAN CHIRA · January 26, 2018 Hillary Clinton at a 2016 campaign rally. Doug Mills/The New York Times Sexual harassment has come back once more to haunt Hillary Clinton, that fervent, flawed champion of women. A new report that she refused to fire an adviser accused of […]

The economy is not Trump’s ticket to 2020 victory (opinion) – CNN

The economy is not Trump's ticket to 2020 victory (opinion) – CNN. by Issac Bailey Issac Bailey is an interim member of The Charlotte Observer editorial board and the 2016 James K. Batten Professor of Public Policy at Davidson College. He was a 2014 Harvard University Nieman fellow. Follow him on Twitter: @ijbailey. The views expressed are his own. (CNN)Donald […]

A Sober Trump Reassures the Davos Elite – The New York Times

A Sober Trump Reassures the Davos Elite – The New York Times. by PETER BAKER · January 26, 2018 President Trump on Friday with the founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, Klaus Schwab. Tom Brenner/The New York Times DAVOS, Switzerland — On the campaign trail, Donald J. Trump the candidate denounced what he called “the false song […]

Maxine Waters to Give National Address on BET After State of the Union

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), a constant and harsh critic of President Trump and his agenda, will give a national address after the president’s State of the Union on Tuesday, BuzzFeed News reported on Friday night. She will speak at the beginning of a BET News special called "Angela Rye’s State of the Union," hosted by the Democratic political commentator. via […]

“It’s disgusting”: Nikki Haley denounces rumor she’s sleeping with Trump – Salon.com

“It’s disgusting”: Nikki Haley denounces rumor she’s sleeping with Trump – Salon.com. by Matthew Sheffield · January 26, 2018 United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley denounced a rumor that she is having an affair with her boss, President Donald Trump. “It is absolutely not true,” Haley said during an interview for the Politico podcast “Women Rule” which […]

NYT: In 2008, Clinton Declined To Fire Faith Adviser Accused Of Harassment – Talking Points Memo

NYT: In 2008, Clinton Declined To Fire Faith Adviser Accused Of Harassment – Talking Points Memo. by Matt Shuham Hillary Clinton declined to fire a senior adviser accused of repeatedly sexually harassing a subordinate during Clinton’s 2008 bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, the New York Times reported Friday. The Times, citing four unnamed people familiar with what took place, […]

The U.S. Can No Longer Hide From Its Deep Poverty Problem – The New York Times

The U.S. Can No Longer Hide From Its Deep Poverty Problem – The New York Times. by ANGUS DEATON · January 24, 2018 Matt Rota You might think that the kind of extreme poverty that would concern a global organization like the United Nations has long vanished in this country. Yet the special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, […]

Bernie Sanders has begun talking to top advisers about a possible 2020 run – Vox

Bernie Sanders has begun talking to top advisers about a possible 2020 run – Vox. Those hoping for another chance to “Feel the Bern” in 2020 could have good reason to be optimistic about Bernie Sanders’s odds of running for the presidency. While speculation has been rampant — and the Vermont senator has never ruled out the possibility of another […]

Trump Reportedly Tried To Fire Robert Mueller In June | HuffPost

Trump Reportedly Tried To Fire Robert Mueller In June | HuffPost. by Mollie Reilly · January 25, 2018 President Donald Trump attempted to fire Robert Mueller, the special counsel overseeing the FBI’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, in June, The New York Times reported Thursday. The Washington Post later confirmed the report. According to the report, the […]

Johnson Walks It Back: ‘Real Possibility’ That ‘Secret Society’ Text Was A Joke – Talking Points Memo

Johnson Walks It Back: ‘Real Possibility’ That ‘Secret Society’ Text Was A Joke – Talking Points Memo. by Nicole Lafond Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) has spent the past two days peddling his theory that there’s a “secret society” within the FBI holding “secret meetings off-site,” perpetuating the Republicans’ campaign to discredit the agency amid its Russia probe. Now, he’s open […]

Trump plan offers citizenship path to 1.8 million immigrants

Trump plan offers citizenship path to 1.8 million immigrants. The White House unveiled a proposal Thursday that provides a pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million young immigrants living in the country illegally, in exchange for new restrictions on legal immigration and $25 billion in border security. The plan was applauded by some in Congress, but blasted by conservative activists as […]

“This Is Serious”: Facebook Begins Its Downward Spiral | Vanity Fair

“This Is Serious”: Facebook Begins Its Downward Spiral | Vanity Fair. Years ago, long before Mark Zuckerberg became Mark Zuckerberg, the young founder reached out to a friend of mine who had also started a company, albeit a considerably smaller one, in the social-media space, and suggested they get together. As Facebook has grown into a global colossus that connects […]

Kerry to Abbas confidante: ‘Stay strong and do not give in to Trump’ – Arab-Israeli Conflict – Jerusalem Post

Kerry to Abbas confidante: 'Stay strong and do not give in to Trump' – Arab-Israeli Conflict – Jerusalem Post. While the White House confirms that since the “Jerusalem Declaration” there has been a complete disconnect between the Palestinian Authority and the Trump administration, it turns out that the previous administration actually maintains contact with PA officials. Ma’ariv reported that former […]

Budget talks progress, as Senate Dems drop Dreamer demand – POLITICO

Budget talks progress, as Senate Dems drop Dreamer demand – POLITICO. Senate Democrats are willing to drop their demand that relief for Dreamers be tied to any long-term budget agreement — a potential boost for spending talks, but one that could face opposition from their House counterparts. The shift comes in response to the deal struck between Senate leaders Monday […]

Democrats caved on the government shutdown.

Democrats caved on the government shutdown.. Shortly after voting to end a government shutdown on Monday afternoon, a group of a 10 or so centrist Senate Democrats, along with a handful of Republicans, gave a press conference outside the chamber to congratulate themselves on the extraordinary bipartisan achievement of funding the government at current spending levels for another 17 days. […]

Senior White House Adviser Once Said ‘True’ Muslims Can’t ‘Coexist’ With ‘Other Faiths’ | HuffPost

Senior White House Adviser Once Said 'True' Muslims Can't 'Coexist' With 'Other Faiths' | HuffPost. A White House senior adviser at the Department of Homeland Security once said that “true” Muslims can’t peacefully “coexist” or “mingle with other faiths,” it was revealed in a report this week. The strikingly Islamophobic remarks were made by Frank Wuco, a former radio host […]

There’s good news for Trump after the government shutdown – Salon.com

There’s good news for Trump after the government shutdown – Salon.com. by Matthew Rozsa · January 24, 2018 A new poll reveals that there were no winners in the recent debacle over a government shutdown — only losers. And there was no disincentive to prevent another one from coming in a few weeks. Thirty-nine percent of Americans blame Democrats in […]

Democratic backbiting persists after shutdown defeat – POLITICO

Democratic backbiting persists after shutdown defeat – POLITICO. Senate Democrats are struggling to hit the reboot button a day after their shutdown defeat, with their base infuriated and their House counterparts alienated. Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), a close ally of Dreamer advocates, urged disappointed liberals to stay focused on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s vow to open debate on […]

Republicans and Democrats have never been more divided over Israel – Vox

Republicans and Democrats have never been more divided over Israel – Vox. A new Pew Research Center survey shows that the divide between Democrats and Republicans regarding their support for Israel over the Palestinians is at its largest in the past four decades. The report shows that while 79 percent of Republicans sympathize more with Israel, only 27 percent of […]

Liberal Activists Are Furious That Democrats “Caved” on the Shutdown – Mother Jones

Liberal Activists Are Furious That Democrats “Caved” on the Shutdown – Mother Jones. by Tim Murphy Alex Edelman/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. Senate Democrats have traded one looming problem for another. Lawmakers averted a prolonged shutdown fight on Monday when most Democrats reversed course and approved a short-term spending resolution that will also […]

Schumer Takes Back Offer To Fund Trump’s Wall In New Immigration Push – Talking Points Memo

Schumer Takes Back Offer To Fund Trump’s Wall In New Immigration Push – Talking Points Memo. Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer on Tuesday pulled back an offer of $25 billion for President Donald Trump’s long-promised southern border wall, as lawmakers scrambled to figure out how to push a deal to protect 700,000 or more so-called Dreamer immigrants from deportation. Schumer […]

The Jell-O President and the Shutdown – The New York Times

The Jell-O President and the Shutdown – The New York Times. by THE EDITORIAL BOARD · January 22, 2018 A protest in Lower Manhattan on Monday. Spencer Platt/Getty Images Thank goodness that’s over. On Monday the Senate voted 81 to 18 and the House 266 to 150 to reopen the federal government and fund it through Feb. 8, as well […]

Democrats just got rolled. They can blame Barack Obama. – The Washington Post

Democrats just got rolled. They can blame Barack Obama. – The Washington Post. · by Marc A. Thiessen · January 22, 2018 Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). (Evan Vucci/AP) The government shutdown is over. Democrats finally realized that closing the government over illegal immigration was a losing political battle. They created […]

Senator Elizabeth Warren on Roe v. Wade’s 45th Anniversary | Time

Senator Elizabeth Warren on Roe v. Wade's 45th Anniversary | Time. Elizabeth Warren is a U.S. Senator from Massachusetts. When I was a girl growing up in Oklahoma, women got abortions. But because those procedures were illegal, many of them ended up with back alley butchers. And we all heard the stories: women who bled to death or died from […]

The Democrats are losers.

The Democrats are losers.. by Osita Nwanevu · January 23, 2018 U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer speaks during a news conference on Saturday in Washington. Photo illustration by Slate. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images. About one year ago, an estimated 4.2 million people participated in the Women’s March, which is thought to have been the largest demonstration in American […]

Dreamers Feel Betrayed After Senate Democrats Break Their Promises | HuffPost

Dreamers Feel Betrayed After Senate Democrats Break Their Promises | HuffPost. Young undocumented immigrants watched on Monday as Senate Democrats did something many of them had promised not to: cast votes for government spending without securing protections for so-called Dreamers at risk of deportation. Dreamer activists felt betrayed. Sitting in the gallery above the Senate floor, 33-year-old Karina Ruiz started […]

Democrats vote to reopen government, and activists say they’ve caved – Salon.com

Democrats vote to reopen government, and activists say they’ve caved – Salon.com. by Matthew Sheffield · January 22, 2018 After an intense weekend when the federal government went into a partial shutdown, Democrats in the U.S. Senate have agreed to join Republicans in voting to approve a temporary spending authorization which will keep the government funded until Feb. 8. Mitch […]

Liberal Activists Are Furious That Democrats “Caved” on the Shutdown – Mother Jones

Liberal Activists Are Furious That Democrats “Caved” on the Shutdown – Mother Jones. by Tim Murphy Alex Edelman/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. Senate Democrats have traded one looming problem for another. Lawmakers averted a prolonged shutdown fight on Monday when most Democrats reversed course and approved a short-term spending resolution that will also […]

House Dems ‘Extremely Disappointed’ With Senate Vote To End Shutdown – Talking Points Memo

House Dems ‘Extremely Disappointed’ With Senate Vote To End Shutdown – Talking Points Memo. by Alice Ollstein The Senate voted overwhelmingly Monday afternoon on a procedural step toward reopening the government for just three weeks—based on a promise from Senate Majority Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to hold a vote on an immigration bill. Once the Senate holds an all-but-certain vote on […]

Why Do Republicans Hate America? | HuffPost

Why Do Republicans Hate America? | HuffPost. Why do Republicans hate America? No, really. It’s not a rhetorical question. Since consolidating its power in January 2017, the GOP has systematically set out to dismantle the economic strength of this nation, coddle predators, shield traitors, attack those who are working, and strip protections from the most vulnerable. Are these the actions […]

Shutdown, Showdown, Sure Thing – The New York Times

Shutdown, Showdown, Sure Thing – The New York Times. by Charles M. Blow · January 21, 2018 President Trump on the South Lawn of the White House last week. Al Drago for The New York Times It’s already tiring to watch the jockeying among the partisans over who is to be blamed for the government shutdown and who will likely […]

On shutdown, Democrats have a lot of explaining to do (Opinion) – CNN

On shutdown, Democrats have a lot of explaining to do (Opinion) – CNN. by Alice Stewart Alice Stewart is a CNN political commentator and former communications director for Ted Cruz’s 2016 presidential campaign. The views expressed in this commentary are hers. (CNN)When is a spending deal not a spending deal? When it’s a DACA deal. It’s pretty simple: funding bills […]

Shutdown messaging war: ‘Illegal immigrants’ vs. Trump mayhem – POLITICO

Shutdown messaging war: 'Illegal immigrants' vs. Trump mayhem – POLITICO. by John Bresnahan · January 20, 2018 House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi speaks as Minority Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer and other House Democrats listen during a news conference Jan. 20 on Capitol Hill. Pelosi and other senior Democrats are the target of a new attack ad from President Donald […]

Defending DACA during the government shutdown fight is Democrats’ moral obligation.

Defending DACA during the government shutdown fight is Democrats’ moral obligation.. by Mark Joseph Stern · January 22, 2018 Dreamers protest in front of the Senate side of the U.S. Capitol to urge Congress in passing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, on Dec. 6, 2017, in Washington. Mark Wilson/Getty Images On the second day of the first […]

Trump campaign ad says Democrats are “complicit” in murders committed by undocumented immigrants – Vox

Trump campaign ad says Democrats are “complicit” in murders committed by undocumented immigrants – Vox. by Emily Stewart · January 21, 2018 On Saturday, President Trump’s official reelection campaign released a provocative new ad that claimed Democrats are somehow “complicit” in murders committed by undocumented immigrants. The ad advances the some in the Republican party’s false narrative that immigrants pose […]

Senate Republicans Reject Trump’s Call To End The Filibuster Rule | HuffPost

Senate Republicans Reject Trump's Call To End The Filibuster Rule | HuffPost. Senate Republicans, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, rejected President Donald Trump’s call to get rid of the filibuster to let the GOP pass legislation without any help from Democrats. As the government heads into day two of its first shutdown since 2013, Trump tweeted Sunday morning that an […]

Schumer: White House Hasn’t Called Me To Negotiate Gov’t Shutdown – Talking Points Memo

Schumer: White House Hasn’t Called Me To Negotiate Gov’t Shutdown – Talking Points Memo. by Tierney Sneed If congressional leaders and the White House were moving any closer to reopening the government, there weren’t many signs of it on Capitol Hill Saturday evening. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) told CNN that he had not talked to President Trump Saturday, after […]

Republicans are going to get blamed for a government shutdown. Bigly. – CNNPolitics

Republicans are going to get blamed for a government shutdown. Bigly. – CNNPolitics. Analysis by Chris Cillizza, CNN Editor-at-large (CNN)If House Republicans can’t find a way to wrangle their always-fractious conference to support legislation that would avoid a government shutdown by Friday night, they are likely to bear the brunt of the blame for the closure and pay a serious […]

In shutdown showdown, Democrats should blink – The Washington Post

In shutdown showdown, Democrats should blink – The Washington Post. by Carter Eskew · January 19, 2018 The Lincoln Memorial during the 2013 government shutdown. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images) The limited data set on who gets the blame for government shutdowns should give Democrats pause when considering their strategy as the deadline ticks down. They believe they are on solid moral […]

Shutdown messaging war: ‘Illegal immigrants’ vs. Trump mayhem – POLITICO

Shutdown messaging war: 'Illegal immigrants' vs. Trump mayhem – POLITICO. by John Bresnahan · January 20, 2018 House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi speaks as House Minority Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer and other House Democrats listen during a news conference Jan. 20 on Capitol Hill. Pelosi and other senior Democrats are the target of a new attack ad from President […]

How the shutdown ends

How the shutdown ends. by Jim Newell · January 21, 2018 WASHINGTON, DC – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer talk at the U.S. Capitol on January 17. Al Drago-Pool/Getty Images After it became clear on Friday that Democrats and Republicans were not going to reach an agreement to keep the government open, there was […]

Trump blames Democrats for government shutdown – Vox

Trump blames Democrats for government shutdown – Vox. The federal government officially shut down at 12:01 am on Saturday as Republicans and Democrats remain in a standoff over a spending bill; President Donald Trump is attempting to place the blame on Democrats after lawmakers failed to get enough votes for a short-term bill to fund the government. In light of […]

Getting past Bernie vs. Hillary: Signs of real hope for Democrats – Salon.com

Getting past Bernie vs. Hillary: Signs of real hope for Democrats – Salon.com. by Andrew O’Hehir · January 20, 2018 I have encountered an unexpected and perhaps unwarranted sensation lately, with respect to the Democratic Party. I think there are signs of hope. That hope comes with a countless array of qualifications and asterisks: The political landscape is still treacherous, […]

Schumer: White House Hasn’t Called Me To Negotiate Gov’t Shutdown – Talking Points Memo

Schumer: White House Hasn’t Called Me To Negotiate Gov’t Shutdown – Talking Points Memo. by Tierney Sneed If congressional leaders and the White House were moving any closer to reopening the government, there weren’t many signs of it on Capitol Hill Saturday evening. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) told CNN that he had not talked to President Trump Saturday, after […]

The CHIP debacle shows Democrats need to put the government on autopilot.

The CHIP debacle shows Democrats need to put the government on autopilot.. As I’m writing this post, the federal government appears to be hurtling toward a shutdown, largely because Democrats and Republicans have been unable to come up with a deal on immigration. Unfortunately, this means that funding for the critical Children’s Health Insurance Program is once again stuck in […]

Trump’s Decision To Keep Parks Open In A Shutdown Puts Politics Before Safety | HuffPost

Trump’s Decision To Keep Parks Open In A Shutdown Puts Politics Before Safety | HuffPost. As a government shutdown grew increasingly likely this week, the Trump administration scrambled to find a way to keep America’s national parks and monuments open — albeit without rangers, restrooms and other visitor services. While the federal government appears woefully unprepared for a shutdown generally, […]

Dreamers to Congress: Voting to Avert a Shutdown Is Voting to Deport Us – Mother Jones

Dreamers to Congress: Voting to Avert a Shutdown Is Voting to Deport Us – Mother Jones. by Noah Lanard Demonstrators with United We Dream and others rally in the Hart Senate Office Building on Tuesday to call on Congress to protect DACA recipients.Tom Williams/AP Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. As the Senate debates whether […]

McConnell Concern Trolls Dems On Shutdown: ‘I Feel Bad’ For Schumer’s Caucus – Talking Points Memo

McConnell Concern Trolls Dems On Shutdown: ‘I Feel Bad’ For Schumer’s Caucus – Talking Points Memo. by Tierney Sneed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) mocked a proposal by Democrats to pass an extremely short-term spending bill, and zeroed in on Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) for leading “his own troops into a boxed canyon.” “Apparently now he wants his […]