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Pelosi, rebels discuss limiting her time as speaker to 4 years – POLITICO

Pelosi, rebels discuss limiting her time as speaker to 4 years – POLITICO. by Heather Caygle · December 10, 2018 House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, at age 78, might not have any real worries with a term-limit requirements of 10 to 12 years, (five or six terms), which is under discussion. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and a group of House […]

Gerrymandering and minority rule, not populism, threatens democracy – Vox

Gerrymandering and minority rule, not populism, threatens democracy – Vox. There is a very real threat to liberal democracy in Trump’s America, but it has nothing to do with populism. In fact, populism — an insistence that government authority reflect the will of the people — could be a big part of the solution to the current crisis. Trump looks […]

Beto O’Rourke Reportedly Spoke With Al Sharpton As 2020 Speculation Swirls | HuffPost

Beto O'Rourke Reportedly Spoke With Al Sharpton As 2020 Speculation Swirls | HuffPost. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) spoke with Rev. Al Sharpton on Friday, BuzzFeed News reported Monday, adding to speculation that the rising star of the Democratic Party might be mounting a 2020 presidential bid. O’Rourke’s narrow loss to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in a traditionally red state came […]

Democrats shouldn’t try to impeach Trump — yet

Democrats shouldn't try to impeach Trump — yet. Donald Trump is a bad man and a bad president, a “leader” whose main redeeming quality appears to be that he’s too lazy and undisciplined to effectively implement all of his cruel and anti-democratic ideas. The sooner he leaves office, the better off Americans will be. But Democrats should hold off impeaching […]

Opinion | I Like Joe Biden. I Urge Him Not to Run. – The New York Times

Opinion | I Like Joe Biden. I Urge Him Not to Run. – The New York Times. by Frank Bruni · December 8, 2018 I Like Joe Biden. I Urge Him Not to Run. He’s impeccably qualified. Ask Hillary Clinton how that worked out. Opinion Columnist CreditBen Wiseman You’d agree, wouldn’t you, that Consideration No. 1 in choosing a Democratic […]

Opinion | Surviving a Criminal Presidency – The New York Times

Opinion | Surviving a Criminal Presidency – The New York Times. It is very possible that the president of the United States is a criminal. And it is very possible that his criminality aided and abetted his assumption of the position. Let that sink in. It is a profound revelation. Last week, prosecutors made clear in a sentencing memo for […]

Biden hits Sanders’ home turf as he tests 2020 waters – POLITICO

Biden hits Sanders' home turf as he tests 2020 waters – POLITICO. The former vice president decried ‘naked nationalism’ during a sold-out event to promote his book. BURLINGTON, Vt. — Joe Biden on Sunday waltzed into the backyard of potential future opponent Sen. Bernie Sanders sounding an awful lot like a 2020 candidate. Six days after saying he’s “the most […]

William Barr, Trump’s Attorney General Pick, Wanted Government to ‘Restrain Sexual Immorality’

William Barr, Trump’s Attorney General Pick, Wanted Government to ‘Restrain Sexual Immorality’. by Jay Michaelson · December 10, 2018 William Barr, Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general, is widely regarded as a respected, experienced moderate likely to win support from Democrats and Republicans alike. But in a 1995 essay, Barr expressed an extreme view that that American government should not […]

Rep. Schiff: Trump may “face the real prospect of jail time.”

Rep. Schiff: Trump may “face the real prospect of jail time.”. Rep. Adam Schiff, the Democrat from California who is likely to be the next chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said Sunday that President Trump could very well face jail time following the latest disclosure that laid out how prosecutors believe he orchestrated illegal payments during his presidential campaign. […]

President Trump Goes On Twitter Rampage Against James Comey: “All Lies!” – Mother Jones

President Trump Goes On Twitter Rampage Against James Comey: “All Lies!” – Mother Jones. In a short Twitter tantrum on Sunday morning, President Donald Trump accused former FBI director James Comey of lying to House Judiciary and Oversight committees during a hearing on Friday. Comey’s closed-door testimony—a transcript of which was released Saturday night—revealed that the FBI had started investigating […]

Michael Cohen: Trump directed hush money payments, prosecutors say – Vox

Michael Cohen: Trump directed hush money payments, prosecutors say – Vox. Federal prosecutors in Manhattan said Friday in a new court filing that Michael Cohen acted “in coordination with and at the direction of” President Donald Trump when making hush money payments to two women during the 2016 presidential election. The statement echoes Cohen’s own admission in August, after he […]

Donald Trump Picks Anti-Muslim Official For U.S. Ambassador To UN | HuffPost

Donald Trump Picks Anti-Muslim Official For U.S. Ambassador To UN | HuffPost. President Donald Trump announced in a tweet Friday morning that State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert will replace Nikki Haley as the newest United States ambassador to the United Nations. Haley announced her resignation in October after serving less than a year in the role. Nauert, a former Fox […]

Climate Policy That Ignores Class Doesn’t Work – Mother Jones

Climate Policy That Ignores Class Doesn’t Work – Mother Jones. French President Emmanuel Macron reversed course on his controversial gas tax on Tuesday, announcing a six-month suspension in the face of weeks of fiery protests, where nearly 300,000 motorists donned the yellow vests French law requires drivers keep in their cars and blocked highway traffic. The decision delighted the Wall […]

For God’s sake, keep Joe Manchin from overseeing climate policy

For God's sake, keep Joe Manchin from overseeing climate policy. If Democrats can win big enough in 2020, they might have a shot at passing policy to address some of the hair-raising emergencies afflicting American society — most importantly, climate change. Lefties like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have been developing ideas for a Green New Deal, meaning some kind of crash de-carbonization […]

CBC pans move that could help Pelosi in speakership battle – POLITICO

CBC pans move that could help Pelosi in speakership battle – POLITICO. The powerful Congressional Black Caucus wants to kill a proposal to enact term limits on committee chairmen. An idea being floated to help Nancy Pelosi round up the final votes to become speaker is causing an uproar in the Congressional Black Caucus. The California Democrat has personally been […]

Michael Cohen Was Paid More Than $4 Million by Promising Access to Trump, Prosecutors Say

Michael Cohen Was Paid More Than $4 Million by Promising Access to Trump, Prosecutors Say. Federal prosecutors on Friday provided new details on the extent of former Donald Trump fixer Michael Cohen’s attempts to cash in on his access to President Trump, detailing more than $4 million that Cohen extracted from major corporations in return for his supposed insight into […]

Michael Cohen: Trump directed hush money payments, prosecutors say – Vox

Michael Cohen: Trump directed hush money payments, prosecutors say – Vox. Federal prosecutors in Manhattan said Friday in a new court filing that Michael Cohen acted “in coordination with and at the direction of” President Donald Trump when making hush money payments to two women during the 2016 presidential election. The statement echoes Cohen’s own admission in August, after he […]

Documents Point to Illegal Campaign Coordination Between Trump and the NRA – Mother Jones

Documents Point to Illegal Campaign Coordination Between Trump and the NRA – Mother Jones. The National Rifle Association spent $30 million to help elect Donald Trump—more than any other independent conservative group. Most of that sum went toward television advertising, but a political message loses its power if it fails to reach the right audience at the right time. For […]

ObamaCare enrollment down 11 percent from last year | TheHill

ObamaCare enrollment down 11 percent from last year | TheHill. by Jessie Hellmann · December 6, 2018 Enrollment in ObamaCare plans is down by 11 percent compared to last year, according to new sign up numbers released by the Trump administration. In the first five weeks of this year’s sign up period, about 3.2 million people have signed up for […]

Bloomberg holds private meetings with top Iowa Democrats ahead of 2020 decision – POLITICO

Bloomberg holds private meetings with top Iowa Democrats ahead of 2020 decision – POLITICO. It’s the latest sign the billionaire is taking a hard look at running for president. Billionaire Michael Bloomberg held a series of private meetings with top Iowa Democrats this week during a multi-city swing through the first presidential state, a sign that the former New York […]

New York Uber minimum wage: city passes first minimum wage for drivers – Vox

New York Uber minimum wage: city passes first minimum wage for drivers – Vox. New York City is giving a raise to Uber and Lyft drivers. On Tuesday, city officials passed the nation’s first minimum pay rate for drivers who work for ride-hailing apps, ending a contentious two-year battle to make sure drivers can earn a decent living. Starting in […]

Kamala Harris Senior Aide Resigns After Sexual Harassment Settlement Surfaces | HuffPost

Kamala Harris Senior Aide Resigns After Sexual Harassment Settlement Surfaces | HuffPost. A senior aide to Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) resigned on Wednesday amid reports that the state paid $400,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against him while Harris was the California attorney general. Harris has denied knowledge of the lawsuit against Larry Wallace, who directed the state […]

The Democrats’ 2020 field is overrun by Washington insiders

The Democrats' 2020 field is overrun by Washington insiders. The Democratic Party would do well to heed the advice of The Boss. In two different interviews, rocker Bruce Springsteen highlighted a big challenge for Democrats looking to unseat Donald Trump in 2020: a lack of connection to a broad swath of the American electorate. The man who once opened for […]

The US gave Russia 60 days to comply with INF treaty — or else – Vox

The US gave Russia 60 days to comply with INF treaty — or else – Vox. The Trump administration just announced that it will give Russia 60 days to comply with a decades-old missile treaty or the US will withdraw from it — potentially kickstarting an arms race. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced at a NATO meeting Tuesday that […]

Trump Is Trying to Deport Haitian Immigrants. They’re Fighting Back. – Mother Jones

Trump Is Trying to Deport Haitian Immigrants. They’re Fighting Back. – Mother Jones. by Nathalie Baptiste Children march with the Haitian and American flags.Joe Raedle/Getty Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. Wilna Destin’s eyes fill with tears when she talks about her 10-year-old son. She describes how frightened he is she will leave him. He […]

He’s running. She’s running. Everyone’s running.

He's running. She's running. Everyone's running.. Remember when 17 Republicans running for their party’s 2016 presidential nomination seemed like a lot? The field was so overly crowded that early primary debates had to be divided into two, with the 10 candidates with the highest poll numbers in one televised event and the rest shunted off to a “secondary debate” given […]

CNN v Trump Might Be Over. But the Dangers Are Just Beginning. – POLITICO Magazine

CNN v Trump Might Be Over. But the Dangers Are Just Beginning. – POLITICO Magazine. New White House rules governing the press corps threaten the First Amendment. The uproar over the revocation of CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s “hard pass,” which grants physical access to White House grounds and is an essential tool for any reporter on that beat, passed quickly […]

The Weekly Standard will likely be shutting down – Vox

The Weekly Standard will likely be shutting down – Vox. The future of the conservative magazine the Weekly Standard is at risk as the magazine’s ownership, MediaDC, is reportedly refocusing its attention on its other main publication, the Washington Examiner. And the Daily Caller is reporting that the magazine could be shut down as soon as December 14, though the […]

Robert Mueller Recommends No Prison for Michael Flynn – Mother Jones

Robert Mueller Recommends No Prison for Michael Flynn – Mother Jones. by Dan Friedman Michael Flynn arrives at the E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse on July 10, 2018.Scott Wilson/Getty Images Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, has provided valuable cooperation to prosecutors investigating possible coordination between […]

Who will rise in the post-liberal world order?

Who will rise in the post-liberal world order?. From the voting booths of Brazil, where the far-right Jair Bolsonaro was recently elected, to the boulevards of Paris, where throngs of protesters smashed windows, overturned cars, and set fires this past weekend, fury against the parties, politicians, and ideas that have reigned supreme for the past generation is spreading across the […]

Make a wall-for-dreamers deal, Congress. The clock is ticking. – The Washington Post

Make a wall-for-dreamers deal, Congress. The clock is ticking. – The Washington Post. THE HUNDREDS of thousands of young undocumented immigrants who have grown up in this country, having been brought here by their parents as children, are known as “dreamers.” But the real dreamer is President Trump if he thinks Congress will appropriate the billions of dollars he wants […]

Trump was compromised by the Russians. What else do they have on him?

Trump was compromised by the Russians. What else do they have on him?. by Adam Schiff, Opinion contributor What else does Trump have to hide and who else knows about it? Was the Moscow deal the Russians’ only financial leverage over him, or is there more? Michael Cohen on Nov. 29, 2018, in New York City. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) […]

Dems snipe at each other in border wall fight – POLITICO

Dems snipe at each other in border wall fight – POLITICO. House Democrats fear Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer will sell them out on Trump’s wall. Not 30 minutes after a group of border-state House Democrats accused Chuck Schumer of betraying them on President Donald Trump’s wall, the Senate minority leader picked up the phone to protest. Retract your statement, […]

Brenda Snipes: Broward County, Florida, election supervisor withdraws her resignation – Vox

Brenda Snipes: Broward County, Florida, election supervisor withdraws her resignation – Vox. Brenda Snipes — the controversial Broward County, Florida, elections supervisor who oversaw recent recounts for governor and Senate — resigned from her position on November 19, saying that she was “ready to pass the torch” and would leave her job on January 4, 2019. But on December 1, […]

Kamala Harris To Decide On 2020 White House Run ‘Over The Holiday’ | HuffPost

Kamala Harris To Decide On 2020 White House Run 'Over The Holiday' | HuffPost. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) said Saturday she’ll decide whether to launch a 2020 presidential bid as 2019 prepares to dawn. “It will ultimately be a family decision,” Harris told MSNBC “Morning Joe” host Mika Brzezinski at the “Know Your Value” conference in San Francisco. “And over […]

Sanders Seems To Be Gearing Up For Second Shot At The Presidency – Talking Points Memo

Sanders Seems To Be Gearing Up For Second Shot At The Presidency – Talking Points Memo. An insurgent underdog no more, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is laying the groundwork to launch a bigger presidential campaign than his first, as advisers predict he would open the 2020 Democratic presidential primary season as a political powerhouse. A final decision has not been […]

Opinion | What Happens If … – The New York Times

Opinion | What Happens If … – The New York Times. I no longer think that anyone in America, including Donald Trump’s most loyal supporters, can afford to put off the consideration of the central question of this administration: What if Donald Trump or those closest to him were compromised by the Russians or colluded with them? There have always […]

The crisis Mueller is sowing

The crisis Mueller is sowing. Do you remember when the United States was about to have her constitutional order upended? If you printed out all the concern-trolling articles from the fall of 2016 about whether Donald Trump would “accept” the results of the presidential election and laid them end to end, they would stretch from China to Peru. As far […]

Countering Trump at the Border | The New Yorker

Countering Trump at the Border | The New Yorker. President Trump has always had an odd idea of what constitutes strength. This was evident again last week, when, a day after U.S. Border Patrol agents fired tear gas at a crowd of Central American migrants, as some tried to rush across the border from Tijuana, he boasted about the incident […]

Dems snipe at each other in border wall fight – POLITICO

Dems snipe at each other in border wall fight – POLITICO. House Democrats fear Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer will sell them out on Trump’s wall. Not 30 minutes after a group of border-state House Democrats accused Chuck Schumer of betraying them on President Donald Trump’s wall, the Senate minority leader picked up the phone to protest. Retract your statement, […]

Melania Trump’s 2018 White House Christmas decorations include red trees of death.

Melania Trump’s 2018 White House Christmas decorations include red trees of death.. Melania Trump unveiled this year’s White House Christmas decorations on Monday morning, offering Americans their annual glimpse inside the psyche of the reticent, reluctant first lady. Those who worried she couldn’t top 2017’s icy wonderland of lifeless foliage can breathe easily now that we’ve been graced with the […]

Comey Drops Legal Challenge To House Panel Subpoena | HuffPost

Comey Drops Legal Challenge To House Panel Subpoena | HuffPost. Former FBI Director James Comey on Sunday withdrew his bid to quash a congressional subpoena compelling him to testify in secret about the bureau’s decisions on investigations ahead of the 2016 presidential election, his lawyer said. Comey agreed to sit down for a closed-door deposition on Friday. Republicans on the […]

The lasting legacy of George H.W. Bush

The lasting legacy of George H.W. Bush. If there’s a contest for the most consequential president of the last 40 years, most people would say the winner is Ronald Reagan. He was the hero of at least two generations of Republican politicians, and even Democrats, like former Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, tried to define themselves in the shadow […]

The lasting legacy of George H.W. Bush

The lasting legacy of George H.W. Bush. If there’s a contest for the most consequential president of the last 40 years, most people would say the winner is Ronald Reagan. He was the hero of at least two generations of Republican politicians, and even Democrats, like former Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, tried to define themselves in the shadow […]

Texas Sues San Antonio In First Test Of Sanctuary City Immigration Crackdown | HuffPost

Texas Sues San Antonio In First Test Of Sanctuary City Immigration Crackdown | HuffPost. State Attorney General Ken Paxton sued the city of San Antonio on Friday, marking the first official enforcement act under SB 4, a sweeping state immigration law passed last year by the Republican-dominated state legislature. Paxton’s lawsuit, filed in Travis County District Court, provides the first […]

Fake Putin Twitter Account Fooled More Than a Dozen Major News Outlets – Mother Jones

Fake Putin Twitter Account Fooled More Than a Dozen Major News Outlets – Mother Jones. A fake Twitter account posing as Russian President Vladimir Putin fooled more than a dozen major news sites, which used the imposter’s tweets in their stories going as far back as 2013, Mother Jones has found. Before Twitter revealed it to be fake on Wednesday, […]

Clinton does little to dampen 2020 speculation | TheHill

Clinton does little to dampen 2020 speculation | TheHill. by Amie Parnes · November 30, 2018 Hillary Clinton is increasingly weighing in on critical political events, keeping her name in the news and doing little to dampen speculation that she might once again run for president. While Clinton associates insist the 2016 Democratic nominee is not running again, she has […]

The caravan in Tijuana: Hope is fading for the Central American migrants.

The caravan in Tijuana: Hope is fading for the Central American migrants.. TIJUANA, Mexico—The young woman reclined in the middle of the street didn’t want to give me her name. Her son, a sleepy 4-year-old, rested next to her, his head leaning on a backpack covered with a blanket. He wore a red tank top and Crocs, both at least […]

George H.W. Bush has died – Vox

George H.W. Bush has died – Vox. George H.W. Bush was a genuinely excellent president responsible for historic achievements that are often overlooked because of the arbitrary way we value presidential legacies. His passing, at the age of 94 on Friday, is a perfect time to take stock of his policy accomplishments and take a broader view of his career […]

Texas Sues San Antonio In First Test Of Sanctuary City Immigration Crackdown | HuffPost

Texas Sues San Antonio In First Test Of Sanctuary City Immigration Crackdown | HuffPost. State Attorney General Ken Paxton sued the city of San Antonio on Friday, marking the first official enforcement act under SB 4, a sweeping state immigration law passed last year by the Republican-dominated state legislature. Paxton’s lawsuit, filed in Travis County District Court, provides the first […]

How Nancy Pelosi is harnessing the new women’s movement to take the House speakership

How Nancy Pelosi is harnessing the new women's movement to take the House speakership. We don’t know for sure who the next Democratic nominee for president will be, but after Nancy Pelosi’s victory in the first round of voting for speaker of the House, it’s already pretty easy to guess who it won’t be: Another white guy. Most likely, it […]

The Making of Elizabeth Warren – POLITICO Magazine

The Making of Elizabeth Warren – POLITICO Magazine. In 2004, she was a well-respected but little-known academic with an obscure specialty. Then Dr. Phil called. The Harvard Law professor had just turned in what she thought was a mostly finished manuscript of her first mass-market book. But her editor had one major criticism. Elizabeth Warren, Jo Ann Miller worried, had […]

Opinion | Trump Is Compromised by Russia – The New York Times

Opinion | Trump Is Compromised by Russia – The New York Times. One of the chief questions in the Trump-Russia scandal has been whether Vladimir Putin has leverage over the president of the United States, and, if so, what that leverage looks like. The significance of the fabled “pee tape,” after all, is not that it would reveal Donald Trump […]

Mueller’s Targets Are Blowing Up Their Deals. He’ll Make Them Pay. – POLITICO Magazine

Mueller’s Targets Are Blowing Up Their Deals. He’ll Make Them Pay. – POLITICO Magazine. The evidence is on the special counsel’s side. Although special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation appears to be drawing closer to proving that Trump associates “colluded” with foreigners to influence the 2016 election, extraordinary steps by allies of President Donald Trump to undermine Mueller’s investigation appear to […]

Michael Cohen-Mueller plea deal: what it might mean for Trump – Vox

Michael Cohen-Mueller plea deal: what it might mean for Trump – Vox. The news that Michael Cohen is cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe is significant, but not exactly surprising. He’s been signaling he planned to do so for months, and he already pleaded guilty to separate charges in New York in August. The big surprise is that Mueller’s […]

Here’s Evidence of Collusion: Trump’s Lawyer Discussed Business Deal With Putin’s Office – Mother Jones

Here’s Evidence of Collusion: Trump’s Lawyer Discussed Business Deal With Putin’s Office – Mother Jones. More lying and more evidence of a significant Trump-Russia connection—that’s the story behind Michael Cohen’s latest guilty plea. And it shows that Trump’s company in 2016 was trying to collude with Russian President Vladmir Putin in order to develop a Trump business project in Moscow. […]

Beto 2020′s Obama problem

Beto 2020's Obama problem. Beto O’Rourke is a rising political star, despite losing his Texas Senate race to Ted Cruz. Given how conservative Texas is, it’s logical enough to think O’Rourke did significantly better than the average Democrat would have done, and at the least he should run again against the state’s senior Sen. John Cornyn (R) in 2020. But […]

Kirsten Gillibrand led the charge against Al Franken. That doesn’t mean she’s an opportunist.

Kirsten Gillibrand led the charge against Al Franken. That doesn’t mean she’s an opportunist.. When seven women accused then–Minnesota Sen. Al Franken of sexual harassment or abuse last winter, Democrats were put in a tight spot. If they demanded Franken’s resignation for alleged acts far less severe than those the sitting president has been accused of perpetrating, they’d lose a […]

Mississippi Senate race: Cindy Hyde-Smith and white women in America – Vox

Mississippi Senate race: Cindy Hyde-Smith and white women in America – Vox. “What is wrong with white women?” Moira Donegan asked at the Guardian after last week’s midterm elections. “Why do half of them so consistently vote for Republicans, even as the Republican party morphs into a monstrously ugly organization that is increasingly indistinguishable from a hate group?” Questions about […]

Nancy Pelosi Just Quashed a Rebellion. But the Plotters Aren’t Done Yet. – Mother Jones

Nancy Pelosi Just Quashed a Rebellion. But the Plotters Aren’t Done Yet. – Mother Jones. There were few surprises when House Democrats chose their next slate of leaders in a closed-door session on Wednesday afternoon. Both Steny Hoyer (Md.), who has long held the No. 2 spot, and Jim Clyburn (S.C.), who’s been in third place since 2011, received overwhelming […]

Fox Nation is Fox News unleashed

Fox Nation is Fox News unleashed. In the waning days of the 2016 presidential election, as confidence mounted that Hillary Clinton would win, Vanity Fair reported that Donald Trump’s endgame wasn’t actually the presidency — it was the launch of his own cable empire. Those plans, if they ever existed, never came to fruition; after Nov. 8, most talk of […]

Robert Reich: Trump is Violating the Three Basic Principles of the Rule of Law | Opinion

Robert Reich: Trump is Violating the Three Basic Principles of the Rule of Law | Opinion. by Robert Reich · November 27, 2018 The “rule of law” distinguishes democracies from dictatorships. It’s based on three fundamental principles. Trump is violating every one of them. The first is that no person is above the law, not even a president. Which means […]

Mueller news: Leaked draft provides glimpse into investigation’s future – Vox

Mueller news: Leaked draft provides glimpse into investigation’s future – Vox. It’s quite rare that we get to see an internal document from special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe before Mueller wants us to. But on Tuesday, conservative commentator Jerome Corsi decided to give us a glimpse — of a draft document outlining a potential criminal charge against Corsi himself. The […]

What Bernie needs to win the presidency

What Bernie needs to win the presidency. It’s time to talk about the very real possibility of President Bernie Sanders. I know, I know: The midterm elections are just barely over. And the 2020 presidential election is more than 700 days away. But the sad reality of the U.S. electoral system is that positioning over the 2020 election has already […]

Hyde-Smith Hangs On For Senate Win In Spite Of Controversies – Talking Points Memo

Hyde-Smith Hangs On For Senate Win In Spite Of Controversies – Talking Points Memo. by Cameron Joseph Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) hung on for a win in her special runoff election Tuesday, giving her two more years in the Senate in spite of a gaffe-filled campaign that made her race closer than it should have been. Hyde-Smith led former U.S. […]

Democrats must start impeachment process to check Trump corruption

Democrats must start impeachment process to check Trump corruption. The law won’t stop Donald Trump. And a historic rejection at the polls just served to embolden him. He must be checked by the only option left to the American people — impeachment. The day after Americans showed up to vote in numbers not seen for a midterm election in over […]

GM’s shift away from cars is not good news for pedestrians or the planet.

GM’s shift away from cars is not good news for pedestrians or the planet.. General Motors announced on Monday that it would lay off more than 14,000 management and factory workers and close seven plants, including four in the United States, as the company all but stops producing cars for American drivers. Partly, this reflects a new institutional conservatism in […]

Lindsey Graham Accuses Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Of Comparing Refugee Caravan To Holocaust | HuffPost

Lindsey Graham Accuses Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Of Comparing Refugee Caravan To Holocaust | HuffPost. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) wasn’t impressed when Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said applying for asylum is not a crime. In fact, Graham accused the newly elected congresswoman of comparing the caravan of refugees currently in Tijuana with the Holocaust. On Sunday, Ocasio-Cortez posted a tweet that attempted […]

What the Cult of Ruth Bader Ginsburg Got Wrong – Mother Jones

What the Cult of Ruth Bader Ginsburg Got Wrong – Mother Jones. by Stephanie Mencimer Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg places some items in her bag before speaking at Georgetown Law School, Friday, April 6, 2018, in Washington. Alex Brandon/AP Photo Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. On the Basis of Sex, a feature […]

What Bernie needs to win the presidency

What Bernie needs to win the presidency. It’s time to talk about the very real possibility of President Bernie Sanders. I know, I know: The midterm elections are just barely over. And the 2020 presidential election is more than 700 days away. But the sad reality of the U.S. electoral system is that positioning over the 2020 election has already […]

Pelosi, Sarbanes: The Democratic majority will restore democracy – HoustonChronicle.com

Pelosi, Sarbanes: The Democratic majority will restore democracy – HoustonChronicle.com. by Nancy Pelosi and John Sarbanes, The Washington Post · November 25, 2018 Earlier this month, Americans went to the polls and sent a powerful message: The election not only was a resounding verdict against Republicans’ assault on Americans’ health care and wages, but also it was a vote to […]

Supreme Court could prove Trump wrong about Obama and Trump judges

Supreme Court could prove Trump wrong about Obama and Trump judges. by Harry Litman, Opinion contributor Roberts has too much integrity to let Trump’s words affect his legal judgment. But that integrity also means the court could bring Trump to heel. President Donald Trump and Chief Justice John Roberts on Capitol Hill on Feb. 28, 2017. (Photo: Pool photo by […]

Another rebel Dem softens on opposing Pelosi for speaker – POLITICO

Another rebel Dem softens on opposing Pelosi for speaker – POLITICO. Rep. Stephen Lynch had signed a letter pledging to vote against the leader on the floor but says he will back her over a Republican. Another Democrat who has threatened to vote on the House floor against Nancy Pelosi for speaker seemed to soften that stance on Sunday, giving […]

After years of taking up too much space, Donald Trump is finally small.

After years of taking up too much space, Donald Trump is finally small.. The holidays can be tricky when one has begun to reflexively assume the posture of being pinned under the breakfront as the crazy racist grandpa shrieks year-round. For many of us, the echo of Donald Trump’s voice, his tweets, his boasts and threats, are what wake us […]

Alan Dershowitz Predicts Mueller Report Will Be ‘Politically Very Devastating’ For Trump | HuffPost

Alan Dershowitz Predicts Mueller Report Will Be 'Politically Very Devastating' For Trump | HuffPost. Alan Dershowitz, a Harvard law professor and frequent defender of President Donald Trump, has a grim prediction for the president regarding the outcome of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. “I think the report is going to be devastating to the president,” Dershowitz told ABC’s “This […]

Trump Administration and Mexico May Have Just Reached a New Asylum Deal – Mother Jones

Trump Administration and Mexico May Have Just Reached a New Asylum Deal – Mother Jones. Update, 11/25/18 12pm: Following the Washington Post story on Saturday reporting the Trump administration’s deal with Mexico, additional reports have surfaced in which Mexican government officials deny an agreement has been reached. The New York Times reports officials of Mexico’s incoming administration are still considering […]

Border: Trump working on deal to force asylum seekers to wait in Mexico – Vox

Border: Trump working on deal to force asylum seekers to wait in Mexico – Vox. The Trump administration has reportedly found a way to force asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico during the months — or longer — it takes to apply for protection in the US, making the tens of thousands of Central Americans and others who flee northward to […]

Hillary Clinton: Europe Needs Tougher Immigration Laws To Stave Off Nationalism | HuffPost

Hillary Clinton: Europe Needs Tougher Immigration Laws To Stave Off Nationalism | HuffPost. Hillary Clinton said she thinks Europe needs to “get a handle” on reforming immigration laws in order to fend off another Brexit. Migration “is what lit the flame” of such nationalist movements, the former U.S. secretary of state told The Guardian for an upcoming series examining the […]

What the Cult of Ruth Bader Ginsburg Got Wrong – Mother Jones

What the Cult of Ruth Bader Ginsburg Got Wrong – Mother Jones. On the Basis of Sex, a feature film on the pioneering legal work of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, is due to roll out in theaters nationwide on Christmas Day. With Felicity Jones’ portrayal of Ginsburg as a hot, young ACLU lawyer, the canonization of “Notorious RGB” […]

How Facebook became trapped in its own bubble

How Facebook became trapped in its own bubble. Bent on rapid growth, Facebook ignored and later hid evidence that it was being used to spread misinformation, said Sheera Frenkel at The New York Times. The company has been on the defensive for two years over revelations of massive data theft and its key role in Russia’s interference in the 2016 […]

House Judiciary Cmte. Subpoenas Lynch, Along With Comey, Over Hillary’s Emails – Talking Points Memo

House Judiciary Cmte. Subpoenas Lynch, Along With Comey, Over Hillary’s Emails – Talking Points Memo. by Kate Riga The House Judiciary Committee has issued a subpoena for former Attorney General Loretta Lynch along with former FBI Director James Comey over Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, according to a Thursday New York Times report. Committee chairman Robert Goodlatte […]

Opinion | How Democrats Can Deliver on Health Care – The New York Times

Opinion | How Democrats Can Deliver on Health Care – The New York Times. “Democrats need to have a positive agenda, not just be against Donald Trump.” How many times did you hear pundits say something like that during the midterm campaigns? In fact, you’re still hearing it from people like Seth Moulton, who’s leading the (apparently failing) effort to […]

Hillary Clinton urges Europe to curb migration to stop populists – POLITICO

Hillary Clinton urges Europe to curb migration to stop populists – POLITICO. Former US presidential candidate says leaders must show they can no longer ‘provide refuge and support.’ Europe needs a tougher approach on immigration in order to curb the growing threat of right-wing populists, Hillary Clinton said, calling on EU leaders to show their electorates that they can no […]

Hillary Clinton Blasts Fox News As ‘Fully Owned Subsidiary’ Of Trump Administration | HuffPost

Hillary Clinton Blasts Fox News As ‘Fully Owned Subsidiary’ Of Trump Administration | HuffPost. Hillary Clinton issued a stinging critique of the U.S. news media in an interview with The Guardian published Friday ― but she saved her harshest words for President Donald Trump’s favorite cabler, Fox News. “You watch Fox News, it’s always, ‘Something terrible is about to happen,’ […]

The Difference Between Russiagate and Watergate: Nixon Didn’t Have Fox – Mother Jones

The Difference Between Russiagate and Watergate: Nixon Didn’t Have Fox – Mother Jones. Who said it, Trump or Nixon? “They got the hell kicked out of them in the election… They are trying to use this to smear the whole thing.” Answer: Richard M. Nixon, the 37th president, in a taped Oval Office conversation with his legal adviser, John Dean, […]

The great Black Friday swindle

The great Black Friday swindle. The Black Friday retail sales blitz has become an omnipresent fixture of American popular culture, its intensity and scale seemingly ratcheted up with every annual cycle. And tens of millions of us have been caught up in the madness. Around 38 percent of Americans plan to participate this year, per a Reuters poll. Unfortunately for […]

Comey Puts His Foot Down On Closed-Door Congress Interview – Talking Points Memo

Comey Puts His Foot Down On Closed-Door Congress Interview – Talking Points Memo. by Summer Concepcion Former FBI Director James Comey began his Thanksgiving by refusing a subpoena by House Republicans to appear before a congressional committee Dec. 3 unless the hearing is made public. “I will resist a ‘closed door’ thing because I’ve seen enough of their selective leaking […]

Bloomberg’s ‘stop-and-frisk’ legacy would complicate presidential bid

Bloomberg’s 'stop-and-frisk' legacy would complicate presidential bid. Mike Bloomberg’s tortured history with “stop-and-frisk” policing is shaping up to be a hurdle as he flirts with a potential presidential run as a Democrat. While often touted as contributing to a precipitous drop in crime in New York City, the controversial policy that Bloomberg presided over during his time as mayor disproportionately […]

Hillary Clinton: Europe Needs Tougher Immigration Laws To Stave Off Nationalism | HuffPost

Hillary Clinton: Europe Needs Tougher Immigration Laws To Stave Off Nationalism | HuffPost. Hillary Clinton thinks Europe needs to “get a handle” on reforming immigration laws in order to fend off another Brexit. Migration “is what lit the flame” of such nationalist movements, the former U.S. secretary of state told The Guardian for an upcoming series examining the rise of […]

Black Friday is the real war on Christmas

Black Friday is the real war on Christmas. There is no “war on Christmas” — at least, not the way you’ve heard. Christmas is not and cannot be ruined by store clerks saying “Happy Holidays” or Starbucks using plain red cups. Christmas is not canceled because there’s no nativity scene on city property or public schools let kids out for […]

Trump’s Utter Denial About Saudi Arabia and Its Crown Prince | The New Yorker

Trump’s Utter Denial About Saudi Arabia and Its Crown Prince | The New Yorker. by Robin Wright · November 21, 2018 In a statement riddled with falsehoods and contradictions, the President gave Mohammed bin Salman a pass on the grisly murder of the dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Photograph by Mandel Ngan / AFP / Getty So much for American justice. […]

Trump defiantly refuses to condemn Saudi crown prince for Khashoggi’s death – POLITICO

Trump defiantly refuses to condemn Saudi crown prince for Khashoggi's death – POLITICO. A defiant President Donald Trump on Tuesday stood up for Saudi Arabia, refusing to implicate the country’s powerful crown prince in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, calling the country “a great ally” and delivering an apparent final verdict on the situation. Trump also contradicted reports that […]

California wildfire 2018: Ryan Zinke blames environmentalists – Vox

California wildfire 2018: Ryan Zinke blames environmentalists – Vox. The deadly Camp Fire that destroyed the town of Paradise, California, has killed at least 81 people, left almost 700 missing, and burned more than 152,000 acres since igniting on November 8. This is the deadliest and most destructive fire in California history, and it’s still burning. The Trump administration’s response […]

Nancy Pelosi Critic Reverses Course, Will Back Democratic Leader For Speaker | HuffPost

Nancy Pelosi Critic Reverses Course, Will Back Democratic Leader For Speaker | HuffPost. Rep. Brian Higgins (D-N.Y.), a critic of Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), reversed course on Wednesday and announced his support for the Democratic leader to be speaker of the House. Higgins was one of 16 Democrats who signed a letter earlier this month pledging not to support Pelosi […]

How Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Strikes Back at Her Critics – Mother Jones

How Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Strikes Back at Her Critics – Mother Jones. On Monday, CNBC published an investigation into the personal finances of New York congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, which revealed that the 29-year-old has less than $7,000 in savings. The story, which was roundly criticized as condescending, ultimately determined that while normal for her age and background, Ocasio-Cortez’s finances were far […]

Liberals’ infantile Beto fantasy

Liberals' infantile Beto fantasy. I have offended some liberals in the past by referring to Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke as a “failson.” I understand now why this might have come across as dismissive of his totally awesome campaign to skateboard his way into a Senate seat. So in the future I will be more measured in my language. Beto is […]

Zuckerberg Regrets Soros Attacks: Not Something FB Should Be ‘Engaging With’ – Talking Points Memo

Zuckerberg Regrets Soros Attacks: Not Something FB Should Be ‘Engaging With’ – Talking Points Memo. by Nicole Lafond Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg expressed regret over the attacks a conservative public relations firm — hired by Facebook — lobbed against billionaire liberal philanthropist George Soros. During an interview with CNN, Zuckerberg uncomfortably addressed a variety of allegations against his social media […]

Marcia Fudge Forgoes Speaker Bid, Will Support Pelosi

Marcia Fudge Forgoes Speaker Bid, Will Support Pelosi. Rep. Marcia Fudge has decided not to run for speaker and agreed to back Nancy Pelosi for the gavel after securing some concessions from the longtime Democratic leader. “My consideration was due in large part to the lack of sustained efforts that ensure diversity, equity and inclusion at all levels of the […]

The Democrats are already running scared

The Democrats are already running scared. Nancy Pelosi is a sharp legislative tactician. But her strategic vision is somewhere between cramped and nonexistent. Now, there are minor rumblings of an uprising against Pelosi, mostly from centrist New Democrats, as she mounts a bid to become House speaker again in the 116th Congress, which will convene in January. But with no […]

Pelosi’s bid for speaker imperiled as public opposition grows – POLITICO

Pelosi’s bid for speaker imperiled as public opposition grows – POLITICO. Sixteen Democrats vowed Monday to oppose Nancy Pelosi for speaker on the House floor, placing the California Democrat’s bid to reclaim the gavel in serious jeopardy. In a highly-anticipated letter that went public Monday, the Democrats called Pelosi “a historic figure.“ But, they added, “Our majority came on the […]

A Record Number of Women Were Just Elected, but the Women’s March Is Imploding

A Record Number of Women Were Just Elected, but the Women’s March Is Imploding. Nearly two years ago, women stood on stages in Washington, D.C., and around the country surrounded by a sea of others. It was the beginning of a movement that would help pave the way for a new crop of female lawmakers to be elected into office. […]

Leadership races: 16 House Democrats sign letter opposing Pelosi’s bid for speaker – Vox

Leadership races: 16 House Democrats sign letter opposing Pelosi’s bid for speaker – Vox. Sixteen House Democrats have signed their names to a letter released Monday opposing House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in her bid to become the next speaker of the House. The letter from Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY) and 15 other Democratic members was released on Monday, after […]

Ohio GOP Leader Blasted For Calling Wildfires ‘God’s Punishment To Liberal California’ | HuffPost

Ohio GOP Leader Blasted For Calling Wildfires 'God's Punishment To Liberal California' | HuffPost. by Mary Papenfuss · November 19, 2018 An Ohio county chairman for the Republican Party provoked outrage after posting a Facebook message declaring that the fires devastating parts of California are “God’s punishment” for the “liberal” state. David Johnson, chairman of the Columbiana County GOP, posted […]

Sixteen Dems Sign Letter Promising To Oppose Pelosi – Talking Points Memo

Sixteen Dems Sign Letter Promising To Oppose Pelosi – Talking Points Memo. by Cameron Joseph Sixteen Democrats have officially sent a letter to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) informing her they’ll vote against her bid to be Speaker on the House floor, a coalition that could be large enough to deny her the leadership and throw House Democrats’ newly […]

Nelson concedes to put end to bitter Florida Senate race

Nelson concedes to put end to bitter Florida Senate race. Gov. Rick Scott will be the next senator from Florida after two rounds of recounts finalized his razor-thin victory over Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson, who called the governor to concede Sunday. Nelson’s political career now comes to a likely end after four decades in various elected posts. Scott’s lead after […]

Mexicans Storm Migrant Shelter in Tijuana, Shouting for ‘Pigs’ to Leave

Mexicans Storm Migrant Shelter in Tijuana, Shouting for ‘Pigs’ to Leave. A crowd of demonstrators clashed with anti-riot police near an emergency shelter where thousands of migrants from Central America have taken refuge in recent days. Waving Mexican flags and singing Mexico’s national anthem, a bristling crowd of a hundred or more descended on a municipal sports complex the city […]

Reid Machine Keeps Humming In Nevada, Even In His Retirement | HuffPost

Reid Machine Keeps Humming In Nevada, Even In His Retirement | HuffPost. by Michelle L. Price and Nicholas Riccardi · November 18, 2018 LAS VEGAS (AP) — Harry Reid may no longer lead Senate Democrats in Washington, but the political machine he built in Nevada has Republicans on the run. Democrats romped up and down the state in the Nov. […]

Slash and Burn – Talking Points Memo

Slash and Burn – Talking Points Memo. by Josh Marshall I wanted to point your attention to an interview Rep. Marcia Fudge (D) did yesterday with Huffpo. Fudge is seen by many – I think accurately – as basically a stalking horse for a handful of anti-Pelosi members on the right of the Democratic caucus. Reps. Moulton, Ryan, Lynch, et […]

HQ2 transportation impact: fix it with MARC/VRE through-running – Vox

HQ2 transportation impact: fix it with MARC/VRE through-running – Vox. Amazon HQ2’s arrival in Crystal City, Virginia, in the inner suburbs of Washington, DC, is going to be paired with some useful investments in transportation infrastructure in the immediate vicinity of the new office complex. But while the ideas currently on the table are sound (adding an exit to a […]

Chuck Schumer, feckless hack

Chuck Schumer, feckless hack. Senate Democrats have once again selected Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) as their minority leader without so much as a whisper of a debate or contest. This is galling. The man is incompetent, has abysmal politics, and as we were reminded in a huge New York Times investigation into Facebook, is extremely corrupt. In his first two […]

As Florida Recount Wraps Up, Nelson Appears To Have Lost Senate Race – Talking Points Memo

As Florida Recount Wraps Up, Nelson Appears To Have Lost Senate Race – Talking Points Memo. by Allegra Kirkland After a bitterly fought, high-stakes week of lawsuits and recounts, Florida Sen. Bill Nelson (D) appears to have officially lost his reelection race to Republican Gov. Rick Scott. Reporters on the scene Friday at recount headquarters in Broward County—the Democratic stronghold […]

‘Nelson has no path’: Democrats admit Scott beats Florida icon

'Nelson has no path': Democrats admit Scott beats Florida icon. by Marc Caputo · November 16, 2018 Without favorable court rulings to expand the available ballot pool, Sen. Bill Nelson has no way to make up his 12,603-vote deficit with Gov. Rick Scott. | J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo Sen. Bill Nelson has run out of time, run out of favorable […]

Trump appointee Timothy Kelly’s ruling in the Jim Acosta case shouldn’t be surprising.

Trump appointee Timothy Kelly’s ruling in the Jim Acosta case shouldn’t be surprising.. U.S. District Court Judge Timothy J. Kelly restored CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s White House press pass on Friday, finding that the government had likely revoked his credentials without due process. The decision was straightforward and legally sound—but it was received with some surprise, because the president who […]

Paradise, California, wildfire: victims face a severe housing shortage – Vox

Paradise, California, wildfire: victims face a severe housing shortage – Vox. by Umair Irfan · November 16, 2018 The death toll from the Camp Fire in Northern California keeps climbing, with 63 deaths, and some 631 people missing as of Friday morning. But this isn’t merely the deadliest wildfire in California history — it’s also the most destructive. Last week, […]

Chuck Schumer, feckless hack

Chuck Schumer, feckless hack. Senate Democrats have once again selected Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) as their minority leader without so much as a whisper of a debate or contest. This is galling. The man is incompetent, has abysmal politics, and as we were reminded in a huge New York Times investigation into Facebook, is extremely corrupt. In his first two […]

Slash and Burn – Talking Points Memo

Slash and Burn – Talking Points Memo. by Josh Marshall I wanted to point your attention to an interview Rep. Marcia Fudge (D) did yesterday with Huffpo. Fudge is seen by many – I think accurately – as basically a stalking horse for a handful of anti-Pelosi members on the right of the Democratic caucus. Reps. Moulton, Ryan, Lynch, et […]

Ocasio-Cortez’s ‘Green New Deal’ becomes flash point for Pelosi – POLITICO

Ocasio-Cortez’s ‘Green New Deal’ becomes flash point for Pelosi – POLITICO. by Zack Colman · November 15, 2018 Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is gathering support for a resolution that would establish a select House committee to develop legislation on the Green New Deal. | Win McNamee/Getty Images Nancy Pelosi is facing an unexpected flare-up on climate change that is complicating relationships among […]

New York Times report shows why Facebook won’t fix itself – Vox

New York Times report shows why Facebook won’t fix itself – Vox. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg has been apologizing since before the company’s inception — and yet problems continue to mount. The latest development is a New York Times story detailing Facebook’s behind-the-scenes efforts to downplay and deny a string of recent controversies, including the Cambridge Analytica data breach and Russia’s […]

The Strange Case of American Diplomats in Cuba: As the Mystery Deepens, So Do Divisions in Washington – Mother Jones

The Strange Case of American Diplomats in Cuba: As the Mystery Deepens, So Do Divisions in Washington – Mother Jones. by Tim Golden A hot pink convertible transporting tourists drives past the United States Embassy, in Havana, Cuba.Desmond Boylan/AP Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. This story was originally co-published by ProPublica and Univision On […]

Is the prairie dress anti-feminist?

Is the prairie dress anti-feminist?. Fashion trends are notoriously cyclical — if it’s happened once, for better or worse, it will happen again. Case in point: In recent months, trend reporters from The New York Times and The Washington Post have foretold the return of the homely prairie dress — that patterned, cotton, mid-to-ankle-length garment with embellishments such as ruffles, […]

Maybe It’s Time for America to Split Up

Maybe It’s Time for America to Split Up. The year is 2019. California’s new governor, Gavin Newsom, recently elected on a platform that included support for the creation of a single-payer health-care system, now must figure out how to enact it. A prior nonpartisan analysis priced it at $400 billion per year — twice the state’s current budget. There appears […]

House Democrats challenging Nancy Pelosi for speaker are suddenly serious.

House Democrats challenging Nancy Pelosi for speaker are suddenly serious.. Following House Democrats’ first full meeting with both their departing members and incoming members-elect, reporters asked Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan—who’s organizing a suddenly serious opposition to Nancy Pelosi’s bid for speaker—whether he and his allies would really follow through with the effort that’s driving such a rift within the caucus, […]

Trump 2020: Hillary Clinton’s press secretary on why he’s hard to beat – Vox

Trump 2020: Hillary Clinton’s press secretary on why he’s hard to beat – Vox. With the 2018 midterms in the rearview mirror (mostly), the Washington conversation has moved on to analyzing what the results mean for President Trump’s reelection chances in 2020. There’s no doubt that Republicans were drubbed in the House elections, and that the blue wave was powered […]

Bob Woodward: The Media Has Become ‘Emotionally Unhinged’ About Trump | HuffPost

Bob Woodward: The Media Has Become 'Emotionally Unhinged' About Trump | HuffPost. Bob Woodward is no fan of Donald Trump, but he’s not exactly supporting CNN’s lawsuit against the president, either. The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist spoke out against the lawsuit Tuesday at the Global Financial Leadership Conference in Naples, Florida. Suing to restore CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s press credentials is […]

A Gunman Opened Fire. This Man Acted Quickly—And Saved Dozens of Lives. – Mother Jones

A Gunman Opened Fire. This Man Acted Quickly—And Saved Dozens of Lives. – Mother Jones. by David Beard Holden Harrah, left, hugs Matt Wennerstom, right, after the mass shooting at Borderline bar in Thousand Oaks, California.Al Seib/Los Angeles Times/Getty Images Matt Wennerstrom was at a bar with his friends when a gunman started firing. First, the 20-year-old ushered people behind […]

Amazon and Crystal City deserve each other

Amazon and Crystal City deserve each other. Congratulations are in order for the proud, self-reliant peoples of Arkansas, Hawaii, Iowa, Montana, North and South Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming. These are the only states in the country that did not submit a formal proposal to Amazon explaining why one or more of their cities should play host to whatever they’re calling […]

Kyrsten Sinema’s Election Win in Arizona Is a Big, Bisexual Leap Forward

Kyrsten Sinema’s Election Win in Arizona Is a Big, Bisexual Leap Forward. First, there was Kate Brown. Now, Kyrsten Sinema. After the midterm elections, LGBT leaders believe that we are finally in the midst of a turning point for bisexual people in public life. On Monday night, the result was official: centrist Democratic candidate—and bisexual woman—Sinema will become the first […]

Amazon’s HQ2 pick: Next time, cities should say no to public-subsidy bake-offs.

Amazon’s HQ2 pick: Next time, cities should say no to public-subsidy bake-offs.. Earlier this year, when Amazon was still maintaining that 20 North American cities had a shot at becoming the home of its second headquarters, it received a bid from the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation. The Denver pitch came with incentives “in excess of $100 million,” according to […]

Michelle Obama’s Becoming: her thoughts on Barack and marriage – Vox

Michelle Obama’s Becoming: her thoughts on Barack and marriage – Vox. Real talk: By far the most endearing thing in Michelle Obama’s new memoir Becoming is that she seizes absolutely every opportunity she has to brutally drag her husband. Barack Obama may be America’s first black president and a Nobel Peace Prize winner, but Michelle Obama is never going to […]

Nancy Pelosi’s Democratic Foes Think They Have The Votes To Block Her | HuffPost

Nancy Pelosi's Democratic Foes Think They Have The Votes To Block Her | HuffPost. Nancy Pelosi’s bid to become House speaker again is running up against dueling realities: One reality is that she is the most capable Democrat in the House, confident the party’s gains were significant enough to propel her to the speakership, and another reality is that about […]

In the West, Climate Action Falters On the Ballot – Mother Jones

In the West, Climate Action Falters On the Ballot – Mother Jones. In an upstairs ballroom of downtown Seattle’s Arctic Club, where polar bears and maps of the Arctic decorate the walls, volunteers and activists who campaigned for Washington’s first carbon fee waited cheerfully for election results on Tuesday night. Just after 8 p.m., a first wash of returns that […]

The Democrats are about to get their own Benghazi

The Democrats are about to get their own Benghazi. Wowee zowee. It’s going to be a busy year for Democrats. According to Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the incoming chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, the more financially successful of our two major political parties will hold a series of hearings to investigate not only President Trump’s treatment of the media […]

Poll: Biden, Bernie, Beto lead 2020 Dem field – POLITICO

Poll: Biden, Bernie, Beto lead 2020 Dem field – POLITICO. Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) enter the 2020 election cycle as the leaders for the Democratic presidential nomination to take on President Donald Trump, according to a POLITICO/Morning Consult poll conducted in the immediate aftermath of last week’s midterms. More than a quarter of Democratic […]

Why New York and D.C. should tell Amazon to take a hike

Why New York and D.C. should tell Amazon to take a hike. The quest for “HQ2″ has left America’s cities looking like a bunch of suckers. When Amazon first announced that it was looking to open a second headquarters, it set off a massive, absurd competition between states and cities. The company promised 50,000 new jobs to the winner, and […]

The Post-Midterms Dangers of Donald Trump | The New Yorker

The Post-Midterms Dangers of Donald Trump | The New Yorker. by Amy Davidson Sorkin Illustration by João Fazenda Shortly before President Trump, at a press conference last Wednesday, derided a CNN reporter as a “terrible person,” he claimed, briefly, to be out of touch with his emotions. How, the President wondered, was he supposed to feel about the midterm electoral […]

Donald Trump wants the Russia investigation to end. He should stop committing crimes.

Donald Trump wants the Russia investigation to end. He should stop committing crimes.. President Donald Trump says it’s time to end the Russia investigation. “It’s been a long time” and “many millions of dollars have been spent,” Trump told reporters on Wednesday. On Thursday, Trump’s counselor, Kellyanne Conway, said Americans were sick of the investigation. After “millions of dollars and […]

Good News! The Ozone Layer Is On the Road to Recovery! – Mother Jones

Good News! The Ozone Layer Is On the Road to Recovery! – Mother Jones. In a rare piece of good news about the environment—and proof of what concerted global action can achieve—the United Nations announced in a Monday report that the ozone layer, which was significantly damaged over the course of decades by humans, is on the road to recovery. […]

A moral crisis at Google

A moral crisis at Google. Google is facing a worldwide staff rebellion over its handling of sexual harassment cases, said Daisuke Wakabayashi at The New York Times. Holding signs such as “Don’t be evil, protect victims,” 20,000 of the tech giant’s 85,000 employees around the globe protested the company’s mishandling of charges against senior executives. In one instance, Google paid […]

Schumer’s Dems see silver lining in midterm losses – POLITICO

Schumer’s Dems see silver lining in midterm losses – POLITICO. by Elana Schor · November 10, 2018 Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) predicted that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer will shine as he navigates the shadow presidential primary among as many as a half-dozen of his Democrats. | Susan Walsh/AP Photo Senate Democrats lost seats in the midterms and face a […]

Landmark Children’s Climate Lawsuit Hits New Roadblock – Mother Jones

Landmark Children’s Climate Lawsuit Hits New Roadblock – Mother Jones. by Dan Spinelli Young plaintiffs in Juliana v. United States, a climate change lawsuit, rally outside of a federal courthouse in Oregon. Robin Loznak/ZUMA Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. A high-profile lawsuit aiming to hold the federal government accountable for not curbing climate change […]

A moral crisis at Google

A moral crisis at Google. Google is facing a worldwide staff rebellion over its handling of sexual harassment cases, said Daisuke Wakabayashi at The New York Times. Holding signs such as “Don’t be evil, protect victims,” 20,000 of the tech giant’s 85,000 employees around the globe protested the company’s mishandling of charges against senior executives. In one instance, Google paid […]

With Megyn Kelly Gone, NBC’s ‘Today’ Show Viewers Return

With Megyn Kelly Gone, NBC’s ‘Today’ Show Viewers Return. In what must be considered an unwelcome twist for Megyn Kelly and the team haggling over her severance package from NBC News, ratings for the Today show’s third hour have measurably improved since she was summarily dropped from the program amid the “blackface” debacle. This latest development is unlikely to enhance […]

Thousand Oaks shooting: Even in California, courts value guns over human lives.

Thousand Oaks shooting: Even in California, courts value guns over human lives.. The people of California wanted to protect residents of their state from precisely the kind of mass shooting that killed 12 people in Thousand Oaks on Wednesday. A federal judge wouldn’t let them. In 2016, California voters approved Proposition 63 by 63 percent of the vote. The law’s […]

Citing a Fake Caravan Crisis, Trump Upends Asylum Law – Mother Jones

Citing a Fake Caravan Crisis, Trump Upends Asylum Law – Mother Jones. by Noah Lanard Diana Zumiga, who was eight months pregnant, slept on bridge with her three-year-old daughter Daylin in July. US border officials made them wait on a bridge between Matamoros, Mexico, and Brownsville, Texas.Carol Guzy/ZUMA Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. President […]

Democrats should quit whining about the Senate and start trying to win it back

Democrats should quit whining about the Senate and start trying to win it back. In a political season rife with internet-fueled indignation, the prize for the most absurd cry of injustice should go to every ostensibly informed person who has denounced the Senate for being undemocratic because Republicans will gain seats in the upper chamber of Congress despite Democrats winning […]

Abrams Volunteers Scramble To Find Votes That May Close Gap Against Kemp – Talking Points Memo

Abrams Volunteers Scramble To Find Votes That May Close Gap Against Kemp – Talking Points Memo. Volunteers spread out Friday trying to find any ballots that could help Democrat Stacey Abrams close the gap against Republican Brian Kemp in their unsettled, too-close-to-call race for Georgia governor. Unofficial returns show Kemp with an advantage, and he’s already resigned as secretary of […]

How the GOP stole the ‘Kavanaugh effect’ from the Democrats

How the GOP stole the ‘Kavanaugh effect’ from the Democrats. On Election Day, the name of new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was not on any ballot, and the drama surrounding his confirmation hearings seems long ago. But President Trump and his fellow Republicans are crowing about the “Kavanaugh effect” — a powerful political undercurrent that helped turn what could […]

Opinion | Why Democrats Must Impeach the President – The New York Times

Opinion | Why Democrats Must Impeach the President – The New York Times. On Tuesday, voters across the country demanded accountability in government, insisting their elected representatives not just talk a good game but act in the interests of the American people. Nationwide, Democrats received 7 percent more votes than Republicans — about three million — in an election that […]

It’s a trap: Reporters struggle to respond in White House press pass fight – POLITICO

It's a trap: Reporters struggle to respond in White House press pass fight – POLITICO. by Jason Schwartz · November 8, 2018 ‘We don’t want to give him ammunition,’ one White House reporter said of the president. ‘At the same time, we don’t want to be a doormat and just lie down.’ White House correspondents and media outlets widely view […]

Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s hospitalization yields memes and cultural anxiety – Vox

Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s hospitalization yields memes and cultural anxiety – Vox. With a Supreme Court poised to swing toward the extreme right in the age of Trumpism, news of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s hospitalization after she broke three ribs in a fall has created a stir on social media. “Notorious RBG,” as Ginsburg is widely known in pop culture, has […]

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hospitalized With Fractured Ribs After Fall | HuffPost

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hospitalized With Fractured Ribs After Fall | HuffPost. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fractured three ribs after she fell in her office on Wednesday night. Ginsburg, 85, was admitted to George Washington University Hospital on Thursday morning, according to a Supreme Court press release. She initially went home after her fall, but experienced complications overnight. “Tests […]

Subpoenas Are Coming. Trump Is Lashing Out. Will the Media Do Its Job? – Mother Jones

Subpoenas Are Coming. Trump Is Lashing Out. Will the Media Do Its Job? – Mother Jones. One of the unseen rituals of journalism each election night is the Hail Mary prewrite—the story you prepare for an election outcome that you don’t expect but must prepare for anyway. In November 2016, it was the “Trump wins” story, and no journalist will […]

House Democrats must prepare for brutal trench war

House Democrats must prepare for brutal trench war. Republicans will lose unified control of the federal government in 2019, as Democrats will take control of the House of Representatives after their midterm victory on Tuesday. It’s a highly welcome repudiation of President Trump’s bigotry and 1-percenter policy. But House Democrats better be ready for bitter trench war. America is in […]

Protesters Surround Carlson’s Home, Chant ‘We Know Where You Sleep At Night!’ – Talking Points Memo

Protesters Surround Carlson’s Home, Chant ‘We Know Where You Sleep At Night!’ – Talking Points Memo. by Nicole Lafond A group of protesters reportedly affiliated with the anti-fascist group Smash Racism D.C. surrounded the home of Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Wednesday night and shouted threatening messages, according to The Washington Post, which reviewed since-deleted videos and social media […]

Pelosi looks to grind out bid for speaker – POLITICO

Pelosi looks to grind out bid for speaker – POLITICO. The California Democrat is confident she will prevail, but her critics are organizing to stop her. Nancy Pelosi led her party to a historic victory on Election Day. And yet she still faces real hurdles to reclaiming the speaker’s chair after an eight-year absence. The minority leader formally began her […]

Trump Pulls White House Access for CNN’s Jim Acosta

Trump Pulls White House Access for CNN’s Jim Acosta. The White House restricted the press access of a CNN White House correspondent who has aggressively challenged the administration during press conferences. In a statement Wednesday evening, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said CNN reporter Jim Acosta would no longer be permitted a hard pass, the press credential that […]

The Democrats are heading for a clash over Israel.

The Democrats are heading for a clash over Israel.. Before winning a historic election Tuesday night that catapulted her to national attention, Minnesota Democrat Ilhan Omar had to fend off an allegation of anti-Semitism based on a 2012 tweet in which she accused Israel of having “hypnotized the world” and accused it of “evil doings.” Omar defended the tweet this […]

Muslim Congresswoman-Elect Ilhan Omar Began Victory Speech With Islamic Blessing | HuffPost

Muslim Congresswoman-Elect Ilhan Omar Began Victory Speech With Islamic Blessing | HuffPost. Ilhan Omar, one of the first two Muslim women elected to U.S. Congress, began her acceptance speech Tuesday night in Minnesota with a universal Islamic greeting. “As-salaam aleikum,” the Democrat said to a crowded room of supporters during a victory party in Minneapolis, using an Islamic phrase that […]

Top Democrats Promise to Investigate Trump’s Ouster of Sessions – Mother Jones

Top Democrats Promise to Investigate Trump’s Ouster of Sessions – Mother Jones. The Democrat set to take control of the House Judiciary Committee pledged Wednesday to scrutinize President Donald Trump’s ouster of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and promotion of Sessions’ chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker, to acting attorney general. “Americans must have answers immediately as to the reasoning behind @realDonaldTrump […]

America repudiates Trump

America repudiates Trump. Democrats convincingly won the 2018 midterm elections, though it was not as big of a wave election as some liberals had hoped. Just as in 2016, the polls were badly wrong in a number of states, particularly Indiana and Florida, where Democrats lost tough races they were predicted to win. Nevertheless, it was a solid victory — […]

How the Most Endangered Democrat in America Survived – POLITICO Magazine

How the Most Endangered Democrat in America Survived – POLITICO Magazine. Two years ago, Joe Manchin was predicted to lose in a state gone crazy for Trump. Turns out in West Virginia he might be more popular than the president. PEACH CREEK, W.Va.—The silver Yukon XL barely had come to a crunching halt in the gravel lot in front of […]

Ron DeSantis Defeats Andrew Gillum in Florida Governor’s Race

Ron DeSantis Defeats Andrew Gillum in Florida Governor’s Race. Former Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) defeated Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum (D) in Florida’s gubernatorial election on Tuesday, a major victory for President Donald Trump and a devastating blow for national Democrats who saw in Gillum a future leader in their party. Just before 11 p.m., Gillum conceded to DeSantis, telling supporters […]

Missouri Senate election: Claire McCaskill loses seat to Josh Hawley.

Missouri Senate election: Claire McCaskill loses seat to Josh Hawley.. And down goes another Senate Democrat. Sen. Claire McCaskill has conceded to Republican challenger Josh Hawley in Missouri. With roughly 80 percent of precincts reporting, the state attorney general led the incumbent by 13 percentage points, 55 percent to 42 percent. (Update, Nov. 7, 1:50 a.m.: With 99 percent in, […]

Rick Scott Narrowly Defeats Democrat Bill Nelson To Win Florida Senate Seat | HuffPost

Rick Scott Narrowly Defeats Democrat Bill Nelson To Win Florida Senate Seat | HuffPost. Florida Gov. Rick Scott has ousted Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson, a big step toward Republicans’ hopes of hanging onto and even building on their majority in the U.S. Senate. Scott, 65, will join Marco Rubio in Washington in January, giving the state two Republican senators for […]

What happened to the Democrats’ blue wave?

What happened to the Democrats' blue wave?. Blue wave? What blue wave? Yes, the Democrats seized control of the House of Representatives in Tuesday’s midterm elections. That’s a victory. Especially when it comes to Democratic oversight of the executive branch and the White House — including, most troublingly for the president, subpoena power. This is big. It’s important. But look […]

Even if Democrats win, Trump has them beat on the courts – POLITICO

Even if Democrats win, Trump has them beat on the courts – POLITICO. ‘This was a pivotal moment for the conservative legal movement. They have new life.’ Democrats could win the House on Tuesday. They may recapture the Senate and White House in 2020. But they’re losing the federal courts for the long term, as President Donald Trump is rapidly […]

Democrats Ponder the Unthinkable: What If They Lose?

Democrats Ponder the Unthinkable: What If They Lose?. Nearly two years of organizing, marching, candidate recruitment and unprecedented fundraising has led the Democratic party to a critical moment. On Tuesday, it can either reassert itself politically or fall short, prompting an utter and complete psychological meltdown. Most in the party believe that the path they will go down will be […]

Brett Kavanaugh has refused to run interference for Trump in three key early rulings. Why?

Brett Kavanaugh has refused to run interference for Trump in three key early rulings. Why?. On Friday afternoon, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to halt a trial over the Trump administration’s attempt to sabotage the 2020 census by adding a citizenship question. This decision did not sit well with the court’s far-right flank. Justices Neil Gorsuch and Clarence Thomas, who […]

Nancy Pelosi Isn’t Going Anywhere: ‘I’m Really Good At What I Do’ | HuffPost

Nancy Pelosi Isn't Going Anywhere: 'I'm Really Good At What I Do' | HuffPost. What is there to say about Nancy Pelosi that hasn’t been said? The woman knows how to count votes and pass bills. She fundraises like a beast. She knows how to cut a winning deal with Republicans, even when she’s in the minority. She’s demonized by […]

The worst-case scenario for the midterms

The worst-case scenario for the midterms. Unless you’re a die-hard Trumpist Republican who wants to see America’s supremely polarizing president govern with close to a free hand, the best possible outcome for Tuesday’s midterm elections is obvious: Democrats win. Ideally Democrats would win both houses of Congress. But that’s unlikely. The best polling data shows the Dems likely to win […]

Juan Williams: Healthcare is a big winner for Dems | TheHill

Juan Williams: Healthcare is a big winner for Dems | TheHill. The results are in! No, not the outcome of tomorrow’s midterm elections. I’m talking about the winner of 2018 when it comes to political advertising, stump speeches and social media campaigns. On every platform for political messaging, the number one issue driving voters is healthcare. Talk about a comeback. […]