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Dems secure testimony from ‘reluctant’ Mueller – POLITICO

Dems secure testimony from ‘reluctant’ Mueller – POLITICO. The former special counsel’s much-awaited public testimony before Congress is slated for July 17. Former special counsel Robert Mueller will testify in public before the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees on July 17, both panels announced late Tuesday, in what is expected to be a high-stakes public airing of President Donald Trump’s […]

Judge Can Reexamine Possible Racial Motives Behind Citizenship Question: Appeals Court | HuffPost

Judge Can Reexamine Possible Racial Motives Behind Citizenship Question: Appeals Court | HuffPost. A federal appeals court will allow a federal judge to further probe whether the Trump administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census was motivated by discriminatory animus, giving civil rights advocates another opportunity to prevent the question from getting on the 2020 survey. […]

Sanders vs. Warren: Whose student debt plan is better?

Sanders vs. Warren: Whose student debt plan is better?. This week, Sen. Bernie Sanders announced his latest big policy idea in his bid for the Democrats’ 2020 presidential nomination: He wants to wipe out all $1.6 trillion of Americans’ student debt. Every last cent. A few weeks ago, Sen. Elizabeth Warren proposed a plan that, while it didn’t go that […]

State, Local Police Were Immediately Alarmed By Border Vigilantes

State, Local Police Were Immediately Alarmed By Border Vigilantes. by Matt Shuham · June 25, 2019 Almost immediately after learning that a border militia known as the United Constitutional Patriots (UCP) was making mass armed “arrests” of migrants and asylum seekers at the southern border, state and local law enforcement in New Mexico expressed alarm. State Attorney General Hector Balderas’ […]

Clapper Hears Barr’s ‘Chilling’ Footsteps

Clapper Hears Barr's 'Chilling' Footsteps. They really counted on Hillary wining, didn’t they? Former director of National Intelligence James Clapper is in panic mode, realizing that the so-called “intelligence community” he supervised under President Obama is about to be revealed by Atty. Gen. William Barr and U.S. atty. John Durham as a weaponized arm of the Clinton campaign, with indictments […]

‘If you don’t get this right, nothing else may matter’ – POLITICO

‘If you don’t get this right, nothing else may matter’ – POLITICO. Pete Buttigieg’s response to a police shooting and race relations in South Bend is set to reshape his upstart presidential campaign. Pete Buttigieg is facing the first serious test of his underdog presidential campaign, with a crisis at home overtaking his mayorship and putting into sharp relief his […]

Bernie Sanders’ student loan debt forgiveness plan makes little sense.

Bernie Sanders’ student loan debt forgiveness plan makes little sense.. A couple of months ago, Sen. Elizabeth Warren introduced a plan to make public colleges tuition-free while canceling outstanding student debt for the vast majority of borrowers. It was a thoughtful proposal that addressed some of the common criticisms of mass loan forgiveness—namely, that it would waste a lot of […]

E. Jean Carroll’s allegation against Trump wasn’t front-page news – Vox

E. Jean Carroll’s allegation against Trump wasn’t front-page news – Vox. On Friday, a prominent advice columnist wrote in a national publication that the president of the United States had sexually assaulted her. But if you read or watched the news this weekend, you might have missed the story entirely. Most major newspapers didn’t put the allegation, made by columnist […]

Nikki Haley won’t save Trump

Nikki Haley won't save Trump. Nikki Haley will not save Donald Trump’s presidency. For her own sake — and perhaps the future of the Republican Party — she shouldn’t even try. Nonetheless, it appears that a “Draft Haley” movement is underfoot. The Wall Street Journal printed an op-ed from Andrew Stein — he started the “Democrats for Trump” group in […]

Treasury IG Will Look Into Delay Of Harriet Tubman $20 Bill

Treasury IG Will Look Into Delay Of Harriet Tubman $20 Bill. by Kate Riga · June 24, 2019 The Treasury Department’s inspector general has agreed to look into the delay of the design and printing of the new $20 bill featuring Harriet Tubman, after Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) requested the watchdog look into it. “If, in the course […]

What Would Bernie Bomb? – POLITICO Magazine

What Would Bernie Bomb? – POLITICO Magazine. In 2020, Sanders is campaigning as a peace candidate. But his congressional record, and his top foreign policy adviser, suggest that events could turn him into a war president. Bill Scher is a contributing editor to Politico Magazine, and co-host of the Bloggingheads.tv show “The DMZ.” Bernie Sanders’ top foreign policy adviser has […]

Bernie Sanders’s plan for free college and debt cancelling, explained – Vox

Bernie Sanders’s plan for free college and debt cancelling, explained – Vox. Sen. Bernie Sanders’s proposal to make college free in the United States just got bigger: He wants to erase all student debt, too. All $1.6 trillion of it. The Vermont senator will unveil the most ambitious higher education plan in the Democratic 2020 presidential primary so far on […]

Joe Biden Is Bad At Politics | HuffPost

Joe Biden Is Bad At Politics | HuffPost. The first time Joe Biden ran for president was in 1988. Sort of. Biden officially withdrew from that contest in September 1987, after just three and a half months as a declared candidate. Despite building what The New York Times called “a formidable corps of fund-raisers,” Biden spent his brief time on […]

Angry and Frustrated South Bend Residents Just Confronted Mayor Pete Over Fatal Police Shooting – Mother Jones

Angry and Frustrated South Bend Residents Just Confronted Mayor Pete Over Fatal Police Shooting – Mother Jones. In South Bend, Indiana, a nearly two-hour town hall turned tense when mayor and presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg took questions in the aftermath of recent police-involved shooting that killed a black man. Sergeant Ryan O’Neill shot Eric Logan, 53, last Sunday while responding […]

Biden’s play for the deplorable vote

Biden's play for the deplorable vote. Watching the acceptance speech at the 1964 convention, where the nominee declared that “extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice,” Theodore White exclaimed, “My God, he’s going to run as Barry Goldwater!” Observers of Democratic front-runner Joe Biden may be muttering something similar to themselves these days. If Biden’s supporters had harbored […]

Another day on Joe Biden’s damage control tour – POLITICO

Another day on Joe Biden’s damage control tour – POLITICO. Even in the early state where he enjoys solid support, the former veep is called to account for two recent missteps. COLUMBIA, S.C. — For two days in South Carolina, Joe Biden sought refuge in a state he likens to a second home. But even his large lead in early […]

LGBTQ democratic socialism: Economic justice used to be at the heart of the movement.

LGBTQ democratic socialism: Economic justice used to be at the heart of the movement.. This piece is part of the Legacies issue, a special Pride-month series from Outward, Slate’s home for coverage of LGBTQ life, thought, and culture. Read an introduction to the issue here. Mark Horn joined the Gay Liberation Front—the first queer activist group to emerge after the […]

Joe Biden Is Bad At Politics | HuffPost

Joe Biden Is Bad At Politics | HuffPost. The first time Joe Biden ran for president was in 1988. Sort of. Biden officially withdrew from that contest in September 1987, after just three and a half months as a declared candidate. Despite building what The New York Times called “a formidable corps of fund-raisers,” Biden spent his brief time on […]

Biden’s play for the deplorable vote

Biden's play for the deplorable vote. Watching the acceptance speech at the 1964 convention, where the nominee declared that “extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice,” Theodore White exclaimed, “My God, he’s going to run as Barry Goldwater!” Observers of Democratic front-runner Joe Biden may be muttering something similar to themselves these days. If Biden’s supporters had harbored […]

Biden’s stands on abortion remain a mystery after Hyde flap – POLITICO

Biden's stands on abortion remain a mystery after Hyde flap – POLITICO. Joe Biden’s recent flip on federal funding for abortions has activists on both sides wondering: What does he believe now when it comes to reproductive rights? For decades, the former vice president opposed late-term and so-called partial birth abortions, lamenting that one ban enacted in the 1990s did […]

E. Jean Carroll says Trump sexually assaulted her – Vox

E. Jean Carroll says Trump sexually assaulted her – Vox. Advice columnist E. Jean Carroll says that Donald Trump sexually assaulted her in 1995 or 1996, forcibly penetrating her in the dressing room at a Bergdorf Goodman department store. In a disturbing and detailed account published in New York magazine on Friday, Carroll writes that a chance encounter at the […]

2020 Candidates Reveal Some Embarrassing Moments And Amy Klobuchar’s Is A Doozy | HuffPost

2020 Candidates Reveal Some Embarrassing Moments And Amy Klobuchar's Is A Doozy | HuffPost. If the 2020 Democratic nomination were based on which candidate has had the most mortifying experience lately, then Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) would definitely be taking on President Donald Trump next November. The New York Times asked all the hopefuls (apart from former Vice President Joe […]

Private Prisons Have Boomed Under Trump. Elizabeth Warren Just Vowed to Eviscerate Them. – Mother Jones

Private Prisons Have Boomed Under Trump. Elizabeth Warren Just Vowed to Eviscerate Them. – Mother Jones. Sen. Elizabeth Warren unveiled a plan Friday to end the government’s relationship with private prisons if she’s elected to the White House. Warren would phase out federal contracts with private prisons, both under the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security. She would […]

Biden’s play for the deplorable vote

Biden's play for the deplorable vote. Watching the acceptance speech at the 1964 convention, where the nominee declared that “extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice,” Theodore White exclaimed, “My God, he’s going to run as Barry Goldwater!” Observers of Democratic front-runner Joe Biden may be muttering something similar to themselves these days. If Biden’s supporters had harbored […]

The Bad Faith Fight Over ‘Concentration Camps’ | Talking Points Memo

The Bad Faith Fight Over ‘Concentration Camps’ | Talking Points Memo. It’s nothing new to argue about the use of Holocaust language and imagery to add weight to contemporary political or moral arguments. There is a great deal of very accessible public writing on this topic — most recently an incredibly poignant piece by Dara Horn about the Holocaust museum […]

The gloves come off in the Democratic primary – POLITICO

The gloves come off in the Democratic primary – POLITICO. The tenor of the Democratic presidential primary has verged on courteous from the start: To the extent that Democrats went after Joe Biden, it was usually not by name. And Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren kept their rivalry decidedly civil. This week, with the first debates of the election season […]

The controversial 1994 crime law that Joe Biden helped write, explained – Vox

The controversial 1994 crime law that Joe Biden helped write, explained – Vox. One of the most controversial criminal justice issues in the 2020 Democratic primary is a “tough on crime” law passed 25 years ago — and authored by current poll frontrunner Joe Biden. If you ask some criminal justice reform activists, the 1994 crime law passed by Congress […]

Black Delaware Democrat Slams Joe Biden Comments On Segregationist Senators | HuffPost

Black Delaware Democrat Slams Joe Biden Comments On Segregationist Senators | HuffPost. Kerri Evelyn Harris, a prominent Delaware-based black Democrat, rebuked former Vice President Joe Biden for his comments about working with segregationist senators, breaking with black elected officials in Congress and other senior figures. “That comment really took me back,” Harris said. “It shows how removed he is at […]

Trump Confronts Iran—Without Allies, a Defense Secretary, or a Coherent Policy – Mother Jones

Trump Confronts Iran—Without Allies, a Defense Secretary, or a Coherent Policy – Mother Jones. Early Thursday morning, the United States military accused Iran of an “unprovoked attack” on a Navy drone flying over international waters, spurring President Donald Trump to tweet that the Islamic Republic had “made a very big mistake.” Iran’s Revolutionary Guard acknowledged the attack but said the […]

What Joe Biden apparently needs to learn about southern segregationists

What Joe Biden apparently needs to learn about southern segregationists. Joe Biden is still leading in the polls for the Democratic nomination, and for unclear reasons he keeps bringing up dead racist guys who used to be his pals. At an event Tuesday night, he again brought up former Senator James Eastland, a Mississippi Dixiecrat and die-hard racist. “I was […]

NYT Publisher On Trump’s Treason Accusation | Talking Points Memo

NYT Publisher On Trump’s Treason Accusation | Talking Points Memo. by Summer Concepcion · June 20, 2019 New York Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger spared no words when responding to President Donald Trump’s allegations of treason against the paper of record in a Wall Street Journal op-ed published Wednesday night. Sulzberger wrote that Trump escalated his attacks against the press when […]

Time to Indict McCabe, Not Impeach Trump

Time to Indict McCabe, Not Impeach Trump. Perhaps hearing the footsteps of Attorney General Bill Barr, U.S. Atty John Durham, and DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz getting closer, former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe crawled out from the rock he had been hiding under long enough last Thursday night to appear on CNN with Chris Cuomo. Like his yet unindicted […]

Sen. Rubio wants to stop Huawei from filing U.S. patent lawsuits

Sen. Rubio wants to stop Huawei from filing U.S. patent lawsuits. by Mark Bocchetti · June 19, 2019 Sen. Marco Rubio wants to make sure that the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies can’t pursue intellectual property claims against U.S. companies if the administration finds the company poses an “undue risk” to telecommunication systems. The Florida Republican filed the amendment to […]

2020 elections: ’The biggest nightmare Perez ever possibly imagined’ – POLITICO

2020 elections: ’The biggest nightmare Perez ever possibly imagined’ – POLITICO. Democratic lawmakers sound off on the party’s presidential free-for-all — and the dilution of their own power to choose a nominee. Tom Perez isn’t facing blowback only over his management of his party’s unruly presidential primary field. He also has 280 constituents in Congress, some of whom are sounding […]

Joe Biden’s controversial comments about segregationists and wealthy donors, explained – Vox

Joe Biden’s controversial comments about segregationists and wealthy donors, explained – Vox. At a fundraiser on Tuesday, former Vice President Joe Biden pulled a Joe Biden, stirring up controversy after speaking off the cuff about his fond memories of working alongside segregationist senators, and telling wealthy donors they have nothing to fear from his presidency. While stressing the importance of “civility” […]

Joe Biden Refuses To Apologize For Comments On Segregationists | HuffPost

Joe Biden Refuses To Apologize For Comments On Segregationists | HuffPost. Former Vice President Joe Biden addressed his earlier comments on working with unapologetically segregationist colleagues by telling reporters he does not “have a racist bone” in his body. The 2020 Democratic candidate was asked Wednesday evening whether he would apologize for talking about two Southern segregationist lawmakers, the late […]

What the Democrats should have learned from Republicans’ 2016 debates

What the Democrats should have learned from Republicans' 2016 debates. Democrats learned a lesson from their presidential primaries in 2016. Too bad they didn’t learn a lesson from Republicans too. Instead, thanks to their desperation to maintain the perception of a fair playing field, the first round of presidential primary debates next week promises to be a debacle, one that […]

Intra-Democratic Sniping Surfaces In Week Before First Debate

Intra-Democratic Sniping Surfaces In Week Before First Debate. by Kate Riga · June 19, 2019 A week before the first debate, some Democratic hopefuls are taking shots at each other — especially at former Vice President Joe Biden, whose speech about his friendships with segregationists seemed to make him vulnerable to attack from the other candidates, all of whom are […]

Trump stages his greatest show yet – POLITICO

Trump stages his greatest show yet – POLITICO. The president’s elaborate reelection rally in Florida featured thousands of adoring supporters. ORLANDO, Fla. — It was everything Donald Trump wanted, and so much more. The optics-obsessed president was greeted by thousands of adoring supporters when he arrived here on Tuesday to kick off his bid for a second term. In lieu […]

Gay gene research could trace the queer family tree, but should it?

Gay gene research could trace the queer family tree, but should it?. Queer people have a complicated relationship with our genes. On the one hand, “born this way” is recognized as the argument that won same-sex relationships equal treatment under the law. On the other hand, actually thinking about what it means for same-sex orientation to have a genetic basis […]

Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders: the same or really different? – Vox

Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders: the same or really different? – Vox. Listen to Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren speak, and the two couldn’t be more stylistically different. At the Poor People’s Campaign presidential forum held Monday on poverty and racism, Warren laid out her vision to end inequality with, “we start in America with a wealth tax,” explaining, […]

It’s hard to see anything revolutionary about Facebook’s Libra

It's hard to see anything revolutionary about Facebook's Libra. Facebook has its own cryptocurrency now. But why, exactly? What’s it for? Officially unveiled on Tuesday, the new digital currency, called Libra, will go live in 2020. Facebook already has 27 partners in the venture, including corporate heavy hitters like Visa, Mastercard, PayPal, eBay, Uber, and Lyft, plus some venture capital […]

Brad Parscale Says Trump’s Going To Win In ‘Electoral Landslide’

Brad Parscale Says Trump’s Going To Win In ‘Electoral Landslide’. by Cristina Cabrera · June 18, 2019 Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale predicted on Tuesday that President Donald Trump will win reelection in an “electoral landslide.” Parscale said during an interview on CBS that Trump will win not only Florida but also the overall election “in an electoral landslide.” When […]

‘Lock him up’: Dems flirt with calls to prosecute Trump – POLITICO

‘Lock him up’: Dems flirt with calls to prosecute Trump – POLITICO. A role reversal is starting to play out, alarming law enforcement veterans across the political spectrum who see the Democrats mirroring Trump’s calls to punish his opponents. Get ready for a potential new 2020 presidential campaign chant: “Lock him up” A role reversal is starting to play out, […]

Joe Biden health care plan: He gave a peek, and we have questions.

Joe Biden health care plan: He gave a peek, and we have questions.. by Jordan Weissmann · June 17, 2019 Democratic U.S. presidential hopeful and former Vice President Joe Biden addresses the Moral Action Congress of the Poor People’s Campaign on Monday in Washington, D.C. Alex Wong/Getty Images While speaking at a candidate forum Monday in Washington, D.C., Joe Biden […]

BuzzFeed News walkout: journalists walk off the job for union recognition – Vox

BuzzFeed News walkout: journalists walk off the job for union recognition – Vox. BuzzFeed News journalists are getting impatient. It’s been four months since they voted to form a labor union, but the company still hasn’t officially recognized them. Dozens of frustrated employees walked off the job Monday afternoon to protest the company’s delay in recognizing BuzzFeed News Union. Journalists […]

Trump Says ICE Will Begin ‘Removing Millions Of Illegal Aliens’ Next Week | HuffPost

Trump Says ICE Will Begin ‘Removing Millions Of Illegal Aliens’ Next Week | HuffPost. President Donald Trump, in a Monday night tweet, appeared to tease a massive Immigration and Customs Enforcement operation that he said was poised to begin next week. Trump said ICE would soon “begin the process of removing … millions of illegal aliens” from U.S. soil. “They […]

Israel’s Prime Minister Just Renamed a Controversial Settlement After Donald Trump – Mother Jones

Israel’s Prime Minister Just Renamed a Controversial Settlement After Donald Trump – Mother Jones. On Sunday, Israel officially named a settlement in the disputed Golan Heights after President Donald Trump. At the ceremony to inaugurate the new settlement, standing on a carpet of AstroTurf and in front of a gold-trimmed sign that reads “Ramat Trump,” Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu […]

12 times the Democrats’ hip messaging was a complete disaster

12 times the Democrats' hip messaging was a complete disaster. In some ways, there has never been a more embarrassing time to be a Democrat. With millennials now “the largest voting-age generation in the country,” and Gen Z-ers poised to make up one in 10 eligible voters in 2020, the party is naturally hungry for young voters. As a result, […]

Israel Advocacy Is Divorced From What Most American Jews Want

Israel Advocacy Is Divorced From What Most American Jews Want. Since the founding of the State of Israel in 1948, American Jews have organized our political activism around advocating for Israel’s survival. For these past seven plus decades, Jewish institutions such as the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the American Jewish Committee, the Jewish Federations of North America and multiple […]

Boeing under the microscope at Paris Air Show – POLITICO

Boeing under the microscope at Paris Air Show – POLITICO. by Saim Saeed · June 16, 2019 At its core, the Paris Air Show is a biennial slugfest between Boeing and Airbus over which giant manufacturer can sell more airplanes. Not this year. The air show begins Monday, and while Airbus aims to continue fattening its order book thanks to […]

7 winners and 8 losers of the first 2020 DNC presidential debate lineup – Vox

7 winners and 8 losers of the first 2020 DNC presidential debate lineup – Vox. by Dylan Scott · June 14, 2019 The Democratic Party has the lineups for its first 2020 presidential debate ready — two nights, 10 candidates each night — and before anyone takes the stage, we already have a few winners and some losers. The debates […]

How the world’s monarchs are adapting to modern times

How the world's monarchs are adapting to modern times. Kings, queens, and emperors have ruled over nations for 5,000 years. How have they adapted to the 21st century? Here’s everything you need to know: How many monarchies remain? About 30, reigning over some 45 countries. The British monarchy, which dates to the 11th century’s William the Conqueror, technically rules over […]

Trump goes on Fox to clean up his foreign interference comments – POLITICO

Trump goes on Fox to clean up his foreign interference comments – POLITICO. President Donald Trump on Friday tried again to rectify the mess he made by saying he would likely accept dirt on a political opponent from a foreign entity, going on “Fox & Friends” to clean up the comments. Trump insisted during a meandering 50-minute interview that “of […]

Sarah Huckabee Sanders: the best press secretary Trump could have asked for.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders: the best press secretary Trump could have asked for.. As White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders failed the public. In the rare press conferences she held in her two-year tenure, she lied about matters ranging from the FBI’s reaction to James Comey’s firing to Donald Trump’s nonexistent conversations with Mexico to Trump’s job creation numbers to […]

7 winners and 8 losers of the first 2020 DNC presidential debate lineup – Vox

7 winners and 8 losers of the first 2020 DNC presidential debate lineup – Vox. by Dylan Scott · June 14, 2019 The Democratic Party has the lineups for its first 2020 presidential debate ready — two nights, 10 candidates each night — and before anyone takes the stage, we already have a few winners and some losers. The debates […]

The origin story of Alcoholics Anonymous

The origin story of Alcoholics Anonymous. Alcoholics Anonymous is an international mutual-aid fellowship with more than 2 million members worldwide. It strives to help members “stay sober and other alcoholics achieve sobriety.” Despite the fact that studies of its efficacy have been inconsistent, AA has had a significant and long-term effect on the culture of the United States, and one […]

The winners — and losers — of the Democratic debate draw – POLITICO

The winners — and losers — of the Democratic debate draw – POLITICO. Despite the Democratic Party’s efforts to avoid a ‘kiddie table,’ the first night lineup comes close. By splitting the Democratic presidential field’s top-tier candidates into two groups and dividing them evenly across two stages for the year’s first primary debates, the Democratic National Committee had hoped to […]

Ted Cruz, AOC, and the politics of over-the-counter birth control – Vox

Ted Cruz, AOC, and the politics of over-the-counter birth control – Vox. This week the debate around birth control policy got weird. It started when Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) tweeted that contraception should be available over the counter. Soon, she had an unexpected supporter: Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. I agree. Perhaps, in addition to the legislation we are already […]

The Democratic debates are going to be a fiasco

The Democratic debates are going to be a fiasco. Democrats will hold their first two presidential primary debates on June 26 and 27 in Miami, and so far they are shaping up to be a total fiasco. There are now 24 declared candidates seeking to cashier President Trump — almost enough for a full Major League Baseball roster—and the flimsy […]

California poll: Warren surges to second, Harris falls to fourth – POLITICO

California poll: Warren surges to second, Harris falls to fourth – POLITICO. Elizabeth Warren is threatening Joe Biden’s front-runner standing in California, and Kamala Harris is showing signs of weakness in her delegate-rich home state, according to a new poll. A new UC Berkeley-Los Angeles Times poll found Biden leading with 22% of likely Democratic primary voters; followed by Warren […]

Joe Biden can’t stop using the toxic “lock up your daughters” joke.

Joe Biden can’t stop using the toxic “lock up your daughters” joke.. When Joe Biden issued a non-apology in April nodding to changing “social norms” in response to a series of accusations from women who said he had touched them inappropriately and without their consent, one thing was clear: Biden had little intention of actually changing, much less seeking forgiveness […]

Anita Hill wants Joe Biden to prove he understands the violence women face – Vox

Anita Hill wants Joe Biden to prove he understands the violence women face – Vox. Anita Hill would consider voting for Joe Biden if he’s the Democratic nominee, despite how he handled her testimony during Clarence Thomas’s confirmation hearings nearly three decades ago, she said in an interview with NBC News’s Andrea Mitchell that aired Thursday. He — along with […]

Joe Biden Said Abortion Is Not ‘A Choice And A Right’ In 2006 | HuffPost

Joe Biden Said Abortion Is Not 'A Choice And A Right' In 2006 | HuffPost. In a 2006 interview that CNN uncovered on Thursday, Joe Biden described himself as the Democrats’ “odd man out” on reproductive rights and said he did “not view abortion as a choice and a right.” The interview with Texas Monthly, which posted the footage to […]

Behind the Lines – Mother Jones

Behind the Lines – Mother Jones. I went to Syria to understand America’s role in one of the 21st century’s greatest tragedies. Sneaking Into Syria There are four main types of Americans fighting on the ground in Syria: special forces soldiers, CIA agents, Islamic extremists, and anarchists. As I putter in a motorboat across the Tigris River one afternoon in […]

The Democratic debates are going to be a fiasco

The Democratic debates are going to be a fiasco. Democrats will hold their first two presidential primary debates on June 26 and 27 in Miami, and so far they are shaping up to be a total fiasco. There are now 24 declared candidates seeking to cashier President Trump — almost enough for a full Major League Baseball roster—and the flimsy […]

Pelosi: Trump Doesn’t Know ‘Difference Between Right And Wrong’

Pelosi: Trump Doesn’t Know ‘Difference Between Right And Wrong’. by Nicole Lafond · June 13, 2019 House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Thursday chalked up President Trump’s foreign dirt remark to the President simply not knowing the difference between right and wrong. “What the President said last night shows clearly once again, over and over again that he does not […]

Warren leapfrogs Sanders in pair of 2020 polls – POLITICO

Warren leapfrogs Sanders in pair of 2020 polls – POLITICO. Elizabeth Warren leaped ahead of Bernie Sanders into second place in a pair of Democratic presidential primary polls released Wednesday. Warren has overtaken Sanders nationally, according to a new Economist/YouGov poll, which puts the Massachusetts senator ahead of her Vermont counterpart 16 percent to 12 percent. Former Vice President Joe […]

Joe Biden can’t stop using the toxic “lock up your daughters” joke.

Joe Biden can’t stop using the toxic “lock up your daughters” joke.. When Joe Biden issued a non-apology in April nodding to changing “social norms” in response to a series of accusations from women who said he had touched them inappropriately and without their consent, one thing was clear: Biden had little intention of actually changing, much less seeking forgiveness […]

Impeachment inquiry: some Democrats keep pushing for an inquiry — but Pelosi still isn’t on board – Vox

Impeachment inquiry: some Democrats keep pushing for an inquiry — but Pelosi still isn’t on board – Vox. A group of House Democrats on the Judiciary Committee is growing increasingly frustrated with the inability to hold the Trump administration accountable, or even question White House officials, so far. “I don’t think we’re anywhere near completing the work of holding [Trump] […]

Howard Schultz Announces Campaign Staff Cuts, Summer Hiatus | HuffPost

Howard Schultz Announces Campaign Staff Cuts, Summer Hiatus | HuffPost. Starbucks billionaire Howard Schultz told campaign staff that he is making significant cuts to his team, as he suspends his political plans for the summer. Schultz came into the office Wednesday for the first time in months and met with the staff, according to a person in the room. He […]

Trump has made it harder for the Fed to do the right thing

Trump has made it harder for the Fed to do the right thing. President Trump really wants the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates. He’s repeatedly accused the central bank of holding back economic growth and undermining his trade war with China. After the Fed paused its rate increases in January, Trump demanded rate cuts, and threatened to put at […]

Trump: It’s ‘Ridiculous’ To Not Have Census Citizenship Question

Trump: It’s ‘Ridiculous’ To Not Have Census Citizenship Question. by Nicole Lafond · June 12, 2019 President Trump was hesitant on Wednesday to offer his opinion of the ongoing legal battle over the proposed census citizenship questions because it’s a “legal matter.” Except, not really. During a pool spray with the Polish president and reporters on Wednesday, President Trump said […]

Tech elites dismiss breakup threats from Washington – POLITICO

Tech elites dismiss breakup threats from Washington – POLITICO. Top tech company executives are shrugging off the growing calls to split apart their companies gaining traction in capitals around the world. The idea that Silicon Valley’s biggest companies should be broken apart has gotten momentum in recent months in both parties in Washington, as both Trump administration regulators and Democrats […]

Elizabeth Warren needs a plan for dealing with Mitch McConnell

Elizabeth Warren needs a plan for dealing with Mitch McConnell. Elizabeth Warren is emerging as a major contender for the Democratic 2020 presidential nomination: A new poll shows the senator from Massachusetts nipping at the heels of the frontrunner, former Vice President Joe Biden, and other reports suggest she’s attracting more media attention and enthusiastic crowds than most of her […]

Leave Joe Biden ALONE!!!!!!! | Talking Points Memo

Leave Joe Biden ALONE!!!!!!! | Talking Points Memo. by Josh Marshall · June 11, 2019 TPM Reader CR is baffled at what people’s problem is about Joe Biden’s comments on Republicans. I will say I both get why people are going bonkers and also don’t think it is a big deal – unless it’s actually Biden’s political take on the […]

Pelosi-Nadler alliance strained by impeachment divide – POLITICO

Pelosi-Nadler alliance strained by impeachment divide – POLITICO. Differences between the speaker and Judiciary chairman over how to hold President Donald Trump accountable are breaking into the open. Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, two longtime allies, are clashing over whether to begin an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump — a sign of how toxic […]

Hong Kong march: hundreds of thousands protest extradition bill – Vox

Hong Kong march: hundreds of thousands protest extradition bill – Vox. Hundreds of thousands of people — perhaps even more than 1 million — took to the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday to protest a government bill that would open the door to criminal extradition to mainland China. According to organizers, a total of 1.03 million people took part […]

Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” Policy Has Turned Back More Than 10,000 Asylum Seekers – Mother Jones

Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” Policy Has Turned Back More Than 10,000 Asylum Seekers – Mother Jones. In the last four months, more than 11,000 migrants seeking asylum in the United States have been returned to Mexican border towns by American immigration officials under the Trump’s administration’s “Remain in Mexico” policy, and the number is likely to increase dramatically in coming […]

Elizabeth Warren needs a plan for dealing with Mitch McConnell

Elizabeth Warren needs a plan for dealing with Mitch McConnell. Elizabeth Warren is emerging as a major contender for the Democratic 2020 presidential nomination: A new poll shows the senator from Massachusetts nipping at the heels of the frontrunner, former Vice President Joe Biden, and other reports suggest she’s attracting more media attention and enthusiastic crowds than most of her […]

Trump slams John Dean as Watergate figure touts Mueller report – POLITICO

Trump slams John Dean as Watergate figure touts Mueller report – POLITICO. by Kyle Cheney · June 10, 2019 President Donald Trump lashed out Monday at the obstruction of justice testimony of former White House counsel and Watergate star witness John Dean, even as other Republicans accused Democrats of reaching back to a past-his-prime figure to undermine Trump. “Can’t believe […]

Elizabeth Warren Is Winning Over Left-Wing Hearts In Iowa | HuffPost

Elizabeth Warren Is Winning Over Left-Wing Hearts In Iowa | HuffPost. Teagan Roeder, a 19-year-old student at the University of Iowa, was too young to participate in the 2016 Iowa caucuses. If he could have, he would have supported Sen. Bernie Sanders, he said. But this time around, Roeder has eyes for a different candidate. “I’m definitely doing Warren,” Roeder […]

What Joe Biden’s Facebook ads reveal about his campaign strategy

What Joe Biden's Facebook ads reveal about his campaign strategy. Has Joe Biden given up on courting younger voters? Judging by the former vice president’s Facebook ad buys, that seems to be the case. From the time he joined the 2020 presidential race, Biden has “disproportionately focused” his Facebook ads on voters 45 years and older — a strategy “no […]

Trump drops tariff threat on Mexico after migration deal reached – POLITICO

Trump drops tariff threat on Mexico after migration deal reached – POLITICO. Mexico committed to stronger enforcement along its southern border but didn’t give in to all of Trump’s demands. President Donald Trump on Friday dropped his unpopular plan to impose tariffs on hundreds of billion of dollars of goods from Mexico after the two countries reach a deal to […]

Joe Biden Had A Very Bad Week | HuffPost

Joe Biden Had A Very Bad Week | HuffPost. This past week was a real test of Joe Biden’s staying power as one of the Democratic Party’s 2020 presidential front-runners. Between two votes from his Senate career coming back to haunt him and a handful of cringeworthy moments, the former vice president saw increased pressure to address his biggest weak […]

Tucker Carlson for president?

Tucker Carlson for president?. It makes sense for pundits and politicians to be focused on the presidential election staring us down a mere 18 months in the future. But that’s not where the real action is, at least on the right. Whether President Trump wins or loses his bid for re-election in 2020, the moment of truth awaits us four […]

Trump Won’t Let US Embassies Fly Pride Flags On Flagpoles

Trump Won’t Let US Embassies Fly Pride Flags On Flagpoles. by Nicole Lafond · June 7, 2019 The State Department has rejected at least four U.S. embassies’ requests to fly the rainbow pride flag on their official flagpoles during the month of June, NBC News reported. Three U.S. diplomats told NBC that embassies in Israel, Germany, Brazil and Latvia were […]

Trump calls Pelosi a ‘nasty, vindictive, horrible person’ – POLITICO

Trump calls Pelosi a 'nasty, vindictive, horrible person' – POLITICO. President Donald Trump on Thursday called Nancy Pelosi a “nasty, vindictive, horrible person” in response to the House speaker telling lawmakers she wanted Trump to go to prison. “I think she’s a disgrace. I don’t think she’s a talented person,” Trump said of Pelosi. “I’ve tried to be nice to […]

Trump’s Mexico tariffs are sparking a Senate Republican backlash – Vox

Trump’s Mexico tariffs are sparking a Senate Republican backlash – Vox. Congressional Republicans have swallowed endless rounds of Donald Trump’s antics and misconduct, from low-grade corruption, obstruction of an FBI inquiry, the ripping of immigrant children from their mothers’ arms, to a constant stream of lying from the White House. But a proposed 5 percent tax on imports from Mexico, […]

Tomi Lahren Laments Oppression Of Straight, White Men After Parade Backlash

Tomi Lahren Laments Oppression Of Straight, White Men After Parade Backlash. by Cristina Cabrera · June 6, 2019 Fox Nation host Tomi Lahren claimed on Thursday that a proposed “straight pride” parade is being met with derision because it’s “open season” on straight, white men. “Super Happy Fun America,” a group led by a right-wing activist named Mark Sahady, is […]

Pelosi tells Dems she wants to see Trump ‘in prison’ – POLITICO

Pelosi tells Dems she wants to see Trump ‘in prison’ – POLITICO. Speaker Nancy Pelosi told senior Democrats that she’d like to see President Donald Trump “in prison” as she clashed with House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler in a meeting on Tuesday night over whether to launch impeachment proceedings. Pelosi met with Nadler (D-N.Y.) and several other top Democrats who […]

#StayAndFight coalition urges Hollywood to reconsider boycotting Georgia – Vox

#StayAndFight coalition urges Hollywood to reconsider boycotting Georgia – Vox. Politicians and business leaders in Georgia, led by former gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, are urging businesses not to leave the state over its new abortion law. Instead, they want them to “stay and fight.” Georgia passed a “heartbeat” bill in early May that outlaws abortions after a fetal heartbeat is […]

Sen. Warren Slams Biden’s Support Of Hyde Amendment: ‘It’s Been Wrong For A Long Time’ | HuffPost

Sen. Warren Slams Biden’s Support Of Hyde Amendment: ‘It’s Been Wrong For A Long Time’ | HuffPost. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) took aim at fellow presidential candidate Joe Biden’s support of the Hyde Amendment on Wednesday, slamming the abortion funding restriction as an attack on underprivileged women that had been “wrong for a long time.” “Here’s how I look at […]

No One Has Any Idea If Joe Biden Really Is “Electable” – Mother Jones

No One Has Any Idea If Joe Biden Really Is “Electable” – Mother Jones. The watchword of the 2020 Democratic primary so far is “electability.” As a Hill column recently put it, “Democrats have 23 candidates but just one issue: electability.” Boiled down, that means Democratic voters are likely to choose among the candidate who they believe has the best […]

Buttigieg’s busted Court plan

Buttigieg's busted Court plan. On Monday, Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg detailed his Supreme Court reform plan for NBC News, sketching out a split-the-difference effort at bipartisanship that he thinks would end the country’s divisive court wars. Unfortunately, Buttigieg’s plan is an unwieldy mess, a soggy, not-ready-for-prime time idea that manages to be profoundly infeasible while also seeming like it […]

Joe Biden Still Supports The Controversial Hyde Amendment

Joe Biden Still Supports The Controversial Hyde Amendment. by Cristina Cabrera · June 5, 2019 2020 Democratic candidate Joe Biden’s campaign has confirmed that Biden still supports the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits Medicaid from covering abortion procedures. NBC News reported Wednesday that despite his support for Roe v. Wade, Biden hasn’t shifted from his conservative stance on the amendment that […]

Dems won’t impeach Trump but can’t stop talking about it – POLITICO

Dems won’t impeach Trump but can’t stop talking about it – POLITICO. The debate over impeachment has created a rift within the caucus that’s sure to last through the summer. House Democrats can’t stop talking about impeaching Donald Trump, yet they blame everyone else for their predicament. Democrats slam Trump as “lawless” and “a threat to democracy” in one breath, […]

Paul Manafort to be transferred to New York’s notorious Rikers Island prison.

Paul Manafort to be transferred to New York’s notorious Rikers Island prison.. Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is expected to be transferred to the notorious New York City jail complex on Rikers Island ahead of a trial on state mortgage fraud charges, the New York Times reports. Manafort continues to face the legal fallout of years of living outside […]

Elizabeth Warren’s Big Break From 30 Years Of Pro-Corporate Trade Policy | HuffPost

Elizabeth Warren's Big Break From 30 Years Of Pro-Corporate Trade Policy | HuffPost. Elizabeth Warren built her brand for the 2020 presidential primary on wonkery. From childcare to housing to higher ed, Warren has leveraged decades of economic policy expertise and a network of liberal intellectuals ― many of them former students in Warren’s law school classes ― to propose […]

Joe Biden’s Climate Plan Copied Language and “Inadvertently” Forgot Citations – Mother Jones

Joe Biden’s Climate Plan Copied Language and “Inadvertently” Forgot Citations – Mother Jones. Hours after Democratic candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden released his plan to address climate change Tuesday, individuals and the media began to point out some questionable similarities between passages of the presidential frontrunner’s proposal, posted to his website, and materials from other organizations and websites. […]

Apple is breaking up iTunes, and our digital lives will be better for it

Apple is breaking up iTunes, and our digital lives will be better for it. On Monday, Apple announced the imminent demise of one of its most famous and despised products, the all-encompassing entertainment manager iTunes. The application — which in recent years has spent its existence on my computer either closed or bouncing obnoxiously and for unknown reasons in my […]

Trump Shows No Sign Of Cowing To GOP’s ‘Foolish’ Tariff Threat

Trump Shows No Sign Of Cowing To GOP’s ‘Foolish’ Tariff Threat. by Kate Riga · June 4, 2019 Tensions between congressional Republicans and President Donald Trump have been heightened in the past few days over Trump’s threat to levy tariffs on Mexico. Now, congressional Republicans are mulling holding a vote to block the tariffs, which could also prevent funds from […]

House Dems set contempt vote against Barr and McGahn – POLITICO

House Dems set contempt vote against Barr and McGahn – POLITICO. The move is a crucial step for Democrats seeking to accelerate their obstruction of justice investigation against Trump. The House will vote next week to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress for failing to comply with a subpoena for special counsel Robert Mueller’s fully unredacted report […]

Renewable energy policy: one weird trick to pass it in any state or city – Vox

Renewable energy policy: one weird trick to pass it in any state or city – Vox. Federal climate politics in the US remains as gridlocked as ever, but the past few years have seen a remarkable flourishing of climate and clean energy policy at the subnational level, in states and cities across the country. This has given rise to all […]

Impeach Trump on the day before the election

Impeach Trump on the day before the election. Since the April 18 release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s damning report detailing the Trump campaign’s collaboration with the Russian election interference operation and the president’s repeated, blatant efforts to illegally interfere with the subsequent investigation, an often bitter argument has erupted among Democrats about whether to impeach President Donald Trump. House […]

Dems hope Pelosi’s resistance to impeachment will crack in June – POLITICO

Dems hope Pelosi’s resistance to impeachment will crack in June – POLITICO. Democrats yearning to remove the president from office are also afraid the politics of the 2020 election will kill the drive for impeachment. For the House’s growing impeachment caucus, June is shaping up to be the most critical month to make their case to a reluctant Speaker Nancy […]

The crucial role the California primary could have in 2020, explained – Vox

The crucial role the California primary could have in 2020, explained – Vox. This weekend, 14 presidential hopefuls are descending on California for state Democrats’ annual convention, marking the biggest gathering of candidates thus far this cycle. There’s a reason so many are flocking to the Golden State: A longtime liberal stronghold, California is poised to play a unique role […]

Bernie Sanders Rips Joe Biden’s ‘Middle Ground’ Policies | HuffPost

Bernie Sanders Rips Joe Biden's 'Middle Ground' Policies | HuffPost. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) took a veiled shot at former Vice President Joe Biden on Sunday, arguing in a speech to the California Democratic Party convention that Biden’s “middle ground” approach would fail both to address the country’s problems and to unseat President Donald Trump. Sanders, the second-to-last presidential candidate […]

Everyone is wrong about socialism

Everyone is wrong about socialism. If I start screaming “Wolverines!” at strangers it’s not because I am getting impatient waiting for the start of the college football season (only 84 more days!) but because I have just seen the latest issue of National Review — the June 3 edition of the conservative magazine is given over to a symposium entitled […]

Matt Gaetz Got A Milkshake Thrown At Him After A Town Hall

Matt Gaetz Got A Milkshake Thrown At Him After A Town Hall. by Cristina Cabrera · June 2, 2019 Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) on Saturday officially became the first American victim of a British trend of dumping milkshakes on far-right figures. Gaetz was leaving a town hall he had just hosted in Pensacola, Florida, when a milkshake came flying from […]

Labor anger over Green New Deal greets 2020 contenders in California

Labor anger over Green New Deal greets 2020 contenders in California. Blue-collar union workers in solidly Democratic California are rejecting “Green New Deal” politics, a possible preview of troubles for 2020 presidential hopefuls in Rust Belt states like Pennsylvania and Ohio. When Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti launched his “Green New Deal LA” plan last month amid cheers from environmentalists, […]

Joe Biden’s Facebook strategy is to talk to older voters about himself – Vox

Joe Biden’s Facebook strategy is to talk to older voters about himself – Vox. Joe Biden is spending a lot of money on Facebook — so much that he’s even surpassing prolific social media ad spender President Donald Trump. And while other Democratic candidates are invoking specific issues and policy proposals to reach supporters in their online ads, the former […]

Joe Biden’s Absence Looms Over California Campaign Events | HuffPost

Joe Biden’s Absence Looms Over California Campaign Events | HuffPost. No fewer than 14 Democratic presidential candidates were slated to speak at the California Democratic Party’s convention over the weekend. Eight of them did double duty at MoveOn.org’s Big Ideas forum a few blocks away. And a fifteenth contender, spiritual guru Marianne Williamson, attended the convention without a speaking slot. […]

Who Was Naive About Bernie Sanders Meeting the Sandinistas? – Mother Jones

Who Was Naive About Bernie Sanders Meeting the Sandinistas? – Mother Jones. On December 4, 1984, a dump truck carrying volunteer government coffee pickers was ambushed in northern Nicaragua. The attackers, rebel soldiers known as Contras, ripped through the truck with machine-gun fire and grenades, and they fired a rocket launcher into its tires. When the truck rattled to a […]

The truth is out there. Are any 2020 candidates going to address it?

The truth is out there. Are any 2020 candidates going to address it?. For nearly a year between 2014 and 2015, Navy pilots training over the Atlantic Ocean encountered unidentified flying objects that appeared to have capabilities beyond the means of earthly technology. Video from the fighter jet cameras “showed objects accelerating to hypersonic speed, making sudden stops and instantaneous […]

As Turkish leader courts Russia, U.S. prepares to cut ties

As Turkish leader courts Russia, U.S. prepares to cut ties. by Patrick Kelley · May 31, 2019 Jilted by the United States, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s president, has found a new friend, and possibly a new defense patron, in Washington’s longtime nemesis, Vladimir Putin. For the United States, a NATO ally cozying up to Russia is more than an inconvenience. […]

DOJ takes step toward a bruising antitrust battle with Google – POLITICO

DOJ takes step toward a bruising antitrust battle with Google – POLITICO. A potential investigation of the search and advertising giant comes after years of rising political heat on Silicon Valley. But an antitrust case would pose huge hurdles for the government. The Justice Department has taken the initial steps toward an antitrust investigation of Google, a clear signal that […]

Thomas Hofeller’s secret gerrymandering files are a nightmare for the GOP.

Thomas Hofeller’s secret gerrymandering files are a nightmare for the GOP.. In February, attorneys challenging North Carolina’s legislative gerrymander notified the defendants, a group of Republican leaders in the legislature, that they’d issued a subpoena. The lawyers had asked Stephanie Hofeller Lizon to provide “any storage device” containing redistricting-related documents left by her estranged father, Thomas Hofeller, a Republican consultant […]

Campaign 2020: the also-rans – Vox

Campaign 2020: the also-rans – Vox. A staggering nine candidates are running at the tail end of the field of 24 Democrats for the party’s nomination, consistently garnering less than 2 percent of public support in every poll. The Laggard Nine are: Washington Gov. Jay Inslee Montana Gov. Steve Bullock Former Maryland Rep. John Delaney California Rep. Eric Swalwell New […]

Heineken Cuts Ties With Fresno Grizzlies Over Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Video | HuffPost

Heineken Cuts Ties With Fresno Grizzlies Over Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Video | HuffPost. Heineken International is the latest company to pull its sponsorship from the Fresno Grizzlies after the California minor-league baseball team showed an inflammatory video likening Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) to North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and other “enemies of freedom” during a Memorial Day game. Heineken brands Tecate […]

Why Democrats are philosophically inclined to go slow on impeachment

Why Democrats are philosophically inclined to go slow on impeachment. At some point, the question needs to be asked: How can congressional Democrats, handed a 400-page narrative filled with impeachable offenses by the president of the United States and then not-so-subtly nudged in a confrontational direction by its author, not open an impeachment inquiry in the House of Representatives? House […]

North Korea Reportedly Executes Officials For Failed Trump-Kim Summit | HuffPost

North Korea Reportedly Executes Officials For Failed Trump-Kim Summit | HuffPost. North Korea has reportedly executed the country’s special envoy to the United States over February’s failed summit between Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump, South Korea’s Chosun Ilbo newspaper reported Friday. Kim Hyok Chol, the chief negotiator who led the working-level negotiations with the U.S., was executed in […]

Who Was Naive About Bernie Sanders Meeting the Sandinistas? – Mother Jones

Who Was Naive About Bernie Sanders Meeting the Sandinistas? – Mother Jones. This was adapted from Jonathan M. Katz’s newsletter, The Long Version. To get the backstory behind big international stories delivered to your inbox, subscribe at katz.substack.com. On December 4, 1984, a dump truck carrying volunteer government coffee pickers was ambushed in northern Nicaragua. The attackers, rebel soldiers known […]

Is reparations now just a re-branding exercise?

Is reparations now just a re-branding exercise?. When someone says the word, “reparations,” what do you think they mean? The question is not merely a matter of Humpty Dumpty-style semantic debate. Notwithstanding their persistent unpopularity, reparations for slavery are a rising item on the national agenda. Several Democratic contenders for the presidency, including Senators Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris, have […]

Jill Biden Applauds Women’s ‘Courage’ For Speaking Up

Jill Biden Applauds Women’s ‘Courage’ For Speaking Up. by Kate Riga · May 30, 2019 Former second lady Jill Biden said Wednesday night that she applauds the “courage” of the women who spoke up about her husband making them uncomfortable with his invasion of their personal space. “It took a lot of courage for women to step forward and say, […]

Dems chafe at high bar to make DNC presidential debates – POLITICO

Dems chafe at high bar to make DNC presidential debates – POLITICO. The new polling and donation requirements to make the third and fourth Democratic primary debates could winnow the field dramatically. The Democratic National Committee’s stricter new requirements for presidential contenders to appear in party debates this fall triggered swift backlash Wednesday from Democratic candidates, many of whom are […]

The most politically engaged black voters feel ignored by Democrats  – Vox

The most politically engaged black voters feel ignored by Democrats  – Vox. Black voters are expected to play a crucial role in the upcoming 2020 election cycle. But a new survey of more than 30,000 black Americans finds that a large number don’t believe politicians care about them or their needs — and that while political candidates certainly spend time […]

Joe Biden Criticizes Charter Schools For Taking Money From Other Public Schools | HuffPost

Joe Biden Criticizes Charter Schools For Taking Money From Other Public Schools | HuffPost. Speaking before a crowd of educators Tuesday evening, former Vice President Joe Biden said that some charter schools funnel money from public schools, and that he does not believe federal funds should go to for-profit charter schools. “Any charter school system that does not allow for […]

Why Is the Military Gunning for Wind Farms? – Mother Jones

Why Is the Military Gunning for Wind Farms? – Mother Jones. When Lt. Colonel Joseph Goana takes off in his T-38 Talon training jet, he flies a loop north toward the Red River, which forms a meandering border between north Texas and southern Oklahoma. For decades, the remote farming area has been an ideal training ground for Air Force pilots […]

Are luxury cruise ships the new retirement homes?

Are luxury cruise ships the new retirement homes?. Lee Wachtstetter has been living on a cruise ship full-time since she turned 77. Better known as Mama Lee, the 89-year-old Wachtstetter has written a book about her experiences as a permanent cruise ship resident. In I May Be Homeless, But You Should See My Yacht, she explains that she was stuck […]

McConnell Says He’d ‘Fill’ SCOTUS Vacancy If One Opens In 2020

McConnell Says He’d ‘Fill’ SCOTUS Vacancy If One Opens In 2020. by Nicole Lafond · May 29, 2019 After infamously infuriating Democrats in 2016 by blocking then-President Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) acknowledged Tuesday he’d do the opposite if a vacancy occurred in 2020. Speaking at an event in […]

Why is Kamala Harris running for president? – POLITICO

Why is Kamala Harris running for president? – POLITICO. In a POLITICO interview, the Democratic hopeful says she wants quick action to put more money in people’s pocketbooks and suggests she’s not interested in big, systemic overhauls. Joe Biden is offering a return to normalcy. Elizabeth Warren aims to bring big corporations to heel and prop up the working class. […]

Donald Trump’s Wikipedia page: inside the brutal, petty battles over the president’s entry.

Donald Trump’s Wikipedia page: inside the brutal, petty battles over the president’s entry.. by Aaron Mak · May 28, 2019 On July 16, 2018, Democrats, Republicans, and the media were reeling from the U.S.-Russia summit in Helsinki. President Donald Trump had announced before the entire world that he didn’t “see any reason why” Russia would have interfered in the 2016 […]

Climate change policy: is “budget reconciliation” Democrats’ best hope? – Vox

Climate change policy: is “budget reconciliation” Democrats’ best hope? – Vox. The US federal government is rapidly falling behind on climate change and clean energy policy. If Republicans keep the presidency or either house of Congress in 2020 — if they retain veto power over federal legislation — it will continue falling behind. They’ve made that very clear. But what […]

Supreme Court Upholds Indiana Law Requiring Fetal Remains Be Buried Or Cremated | HuffPost

Supreme Court Upholds Indiana Law Requiring Fetal Remains Be Buried Or Cremated | HuffPost. The Supreme Court on Tuesday voted 7-2 to uphold a 2016 Indiana abortion law requiring fetal remains be buried or cremated. The court also refused to hear a question regarding the state’s attempt to ban abortions based on a fetus’s race, disability or gender. A lower […]

The Supreme Court Passes Up a Chance to Reconsider Roe – Mother Jones

The Supreme Court Passes Up a Chance to Reconsider Roe – Mother Jones. Republican legislators passing extreme abortion restrictions in red states around the country are hoping they can get the Supreme Court to reconsider Roe v. Wade and chip away at the right to an abortion. But on Tuesday, the court passed up on one of its best chances […]

Robert Mueller’s silence has become a problem

Robert Mueller's silence has become a problem. Turns out, Robert Mueller is camera-shy. Since being named special counsel in the Russia investigation two years ago, Mueller has out-Garboed Garbo in his ability to maintain a public silence. Mostly, this has been a good thing — it is easier to take a prosecutor seriously when he or she avoids grandstanding on […]

Poll: Joe Biden would beat every other Democratic candidate in a one-on-one race – Vox

Poll: Joe Biden would beat every other Democratic candidate in a one-on-one race – Vox. Former vice president Joe Biden’s status as the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020 is highlighted in a new poll, which suggests he is not only the current favorite in the crowded field of candidates, but that he would remain the favorite even […]

Meghan McCain Slams Amy Klobuchar For Talking About John McCain | HuffPost

Meghan McCain Slams Amy Klobuchar For Talking About John McCain | HuffPost. Days after Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) told voters in Des Moines, Iowa, that Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) repeatedly compared President Donald Trump to a dictator during Trump’s 2017 inaugural address, Meghan McCain on Monday asked her to “leave my fathers [sic] legacy and memory out of presidential politics.” […]

De Blasio On Low Polls: ‘Folks Had To Have Liked Me’ To Elect Me

De Blasio On Low Polls: ‘Folks Had To Have Liked Me’ To Elect Me. by Cristina Cabrera · May 26, 2019 New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio shrugged off the poor reception to his 2020 presidential campaign on Sunday morning, arguing that people “had to have liked me to have made me mayor of New York City twice.” De […]

‘Medicare for All’ backers find biggest foe in their own backyard – POLITICO

'Medicare for All' backers find biggest foe in their own backyard – POLITICO. Hospitals threaten to derail big and small Democratic plans for coverage expansion. Democrats who’ve made “Medicare for All” a top health care priority are running up against their toughest opponent yet: their own neighborhood hospitals. The multibillion-dollar industry has emerged as the most formidable foe of single-payer […]

A federal judge temporarily blocks Mississippi’s “heartbeat” abortion law – Vox

A federal judge temporarily blocks Mississippi’s “heartbeat” abortion law – Vox. A federal judge has temporarily blocked Mississippi’s law banning abortions at as early as six weeks — after the detection of a heartbeat — marking the beginning of what will almost certainly be a drawn-out battle in the courts. “Allowing the law to take effect would force the clinic […]

Facebook Disables Artist’s Page After Post Of Reconstructed MAGA Hat With Swastika | HuffPost

Facebook Disables Artist's Page After Post Of Reconstructed MAGA Hat With Swastika | HuffPost. The Facebook account of an artist who turns MAGA hats into hate symbols has been disabled for violating Facebook’s “community guidelines.” In her “MAGA Hat Collection” Maryland-based artist Kate Kretz refashions the red “Make America Great Again” hats promoted by President Donald Trump and worn by […]

Stamping Out Andrew Jackson on the $20 Bill Won’t Be So Easy – Mother Jones

Stamping Out Andrew Jackson on the $20 Bill Won’t Be So Easy – Mother Jones. Since 1980, the US government has circulated more than 64 billion pocket-size portraits of a slaveowner, ethnic cleanser, and “Indian killer”. And that’s only a fraction of all the $20 bills printed since President Andrew Jackson’s portrait was first put on them in 1929. The […]

Censoring gay marriage on TV could be an ominous sign of things to come

Censoring gay marriage on TV could be an ominous sign of things to come. Even with all eyes on Alabama these days, some alarming events there may not be getting the attention they deserve. Earlier this month, Alabama Public Television decided not to run an episode featuring a same-sex marriage on the PBS animated television series, Arthur. In the episode, […]

The Secret of Bernie’s Millions – POLITICO Magazine

The Secret of Bernie’s Millions – POLITICO Magazine. How did he amass three houses and a net worth approaching at least $2 million? The surprisingly conventional middle-class climbing of a radical-sounding socialist. Michael Kruse is a senior staff writer for Politico. BURLINGTON, Vt.—Early on in his eight years as the mayor of this city, when he typically dressed in a […]

Facebook won’t take down a doctored video of Nancy Pelosi going viral – Vox

Facebook won’t take down a doctored video of Nancy Pelosi going viral – Vox. Uncovering and explaining how our digital world is changing — and changing us. A doctored video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that makes it seem as though she’s drunkenly slurring her words at a public event has spread across the internet in recent days, but Facebook […]

Assange’s Espionage Act Charge Sets Up A Fight Over The First Amendment | HuffPost

Assange's Espionage Act Charge Sets Up A Fight Over The First Amendment | HuffPost. Espionage charges filed by U.S. prosecutors Thursday against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange put his case on a direct path for a First Amendment fight ― one that should have journalists and supporters of a free press concerned. The 17 charges released this week follow Assange’s highly […]

Pelosi Urges Trump’s Family to Stage “Intervention” Into the President – Mother Jones

Pelosi Urges Trump’s Family to Stage “Intervention” Into the President – Mother Jones. Following an especially tumultuous day in the Trump White House, the president has twice attempted to refute the narrative that he blew up at top Democrats after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) earlier on Wednesday publicly accused him of engaging in a “cover-up.” “I was extremely calm,” […]

If Warren and Sanders want to beat Biden, one of them will need to drop out

If Warren and Sanders want to beat Biden, one of them will need to drop out. Since declaring his candidacy for president on April 25, former Vice President Joe Biden has taken a commanding lead in the race for the Democratic nomination. Indeed, despite much carping from critics about how he was a paper tiger whose polling would crumple the […]

Trump Hints At Pardons For Troops Accused Of War Crimes

Trump Hints At Pardons For Troops Accused Of War Crimes. by Nicole Lafond · May 24, 2019 While President Trump said he hadn’t made any decisions yet on future pardons for military personnel on trial for war crimes, he hinted on Friday which way he might be leaning. Speaking to reporters before leaving for Japan, Trump was at first non-committal […]

‘We’re getting back on track’: Dems ready Mueller strategy shift – POLITICO

‘We’re getting back on track’: Dems ready Mueller strategy shift – POLITICO. Democrats are aiming to highlight the substance of Mueller’s 448-page report. Democrats admit it: They need to shift their post-Mueller strategy. They’ve been so busy fighting technical battles over access to special counsel Robert Mueller’s report that they’ve barely had time to speak directly to Americans about its […]

AUMF: It’s time for Congress to take responsibility for America’s wars.

AUMF: It’s time for Congress to take responsibility for America’s wars.. by Fred Kaplan · May 23, 2019 A U.S. Army soldier stands guard at an Afghan National Army base in the Khogyani district in the eastern province of Nangarhar on Aug. 12, 2015. Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images More than any other time since its passage in 2001, a serious movement […]

McDonald’s strike: Thousands of fast-food workers are on strike – Vox

McDonald’s strike: Thousands of fast-food workers are on strike – Vox. Three Democrats running for president marched with striking McDonald’s workers on Thursday — their latest effort to win over working-class voters on the picket lines. Julián Castro, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio rallied with workers in three of the 13 cities where […]

High School Spends $53,000 To Reprint Yearbooks After Students Flash Racist Symbol | HuffPost

High School Spends $53,000 To Reprint Yearbooks After Students Flash Racist Symbol | HuffPost. A high school in a Chicago suburb is spending more than $53,000 to reprint its 2018-2019 yearbook after staff discovered photos inside in which students were flashing the white supremacist “OK” hand sign. Administrators at Oak Park and River Forest High School released a statement last […]

The dumbest idea in liberal policymaking that refuses to die

The dumbest idea in liberal policymaking that refuses to die. One of the worst neurotic tics in liberal policymaking has an extremely boring name: the phase-in schedule. It refers to how programs like the Child Tax Credit pay nothing to people who have no labor income, but phases in as people make more money working. For instance, a new proposal […]

Democrats’ Strategy On Impeachment of Trump

Democrats’ Strategy On Impeachment of Trump. by Kate Riga · May 23, 2019 House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) tipped her hand to show the new Democratic strategy on dealing with impeachment Thursday, when she told reporters that the White House was “crying out” for Democrats to start the process. She added that President Donald Trump stormed out of the infrastructure […]

Trump blows up White House meeting over nasty feud with Pelosi – POLITICO

Trump blows up White House meeting over nasty feud with Pelosi – POLITICO. by Quint Forgey · May 22, 2019 The president called off bipartisan negotiations on infrastructure after the speaker accused him of a ‘cover-up.’ President Donald Trump and Speaker Nancy Pelosi engaged in a public and bitter feud on Wednesday, with the president detonating bipartisan negotiations over the […]

Why North Korea called Joe Biden an “imbecile” and “a fool of low IQ” – Vox

Why North Korea called Joe Biden an “imbecile” and “a fool of low IQ” – Vox. North Korea just signaled its immense disdain for a top American leader. And no, it’s not President Donald Trump. In a Tuesday statement, the state-run Korean Central News Agency published a scathing article targeting top Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden. While it contains bombastic […]

Feds Say Hamas Supporter Conducted Instagram Poll On Bombing Trump Tower | HuffPost

Feds Say Hamas Supporter Conducted Instagram Poll On Bombing Trump Tower | HuffPost. FBI agents arrested a 20-year-old from New Jersey on Wednesday who they say posted a poll on Instagram stories asking whether he should bomb Trump Tower in New York City. Federal authorities charged Jonathan Xie with two counts of attempting to provide material support to a foreign […]

Joe Biden and the end of neoliberalism

Joe Biden and the end of neoliberalism. Until Joe Biden announced his 2020 candidacy, it was possible to believe that the Democratic Party was poised to shift leftward heading into the upcoming presidential race, readying itself to challenge President Trump’s right-wing cultural populism with a progressive populism of its own. The only question was whether it would take a primarily […]

Mnuchin Cancels Plans For $20 Bill Redesign With Harriet Tubman

Mnuchin Cancels Plans For $20 Bill Redesign With Harriet Tubman. by Cristina Cabrera · May 22, 2019 Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said on Wednesday that he won’t be meeting the 2020 deadline to release new designs of the $20 bill that was supposed to feature antislavery activist Harriet Tubman. During a House Financial Services Committee hearing, Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) […]

Obama-Era State Dept. Official Provides More Evidence Of FISA Abuse

Obama-Era State Dept. Official Provides More Evidence Of FISA Abuse. by Margot Cleveland · May 21, 2019 In October 2016, the Obama administration’s Department of Justice (DOJ) obtained the first of four Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court surveillance orders on former Trump campaign advisor Carter Page. More than a year later, and following an intensive investigation into the FISA process […]

Nancy Pelosi’s reluctance to even utter “impeachment” is becoming untenable.

Nancy Pelosi’s reluctance to even utter “impeachment” is becoming untenable.. There is perhaps no better encapsulation of the difference between the two modern American political parties than this one: Republicans start from the presumption that “treason” and “spying” will be prosecuted without actual evidence, while Democrats start from the presumption that only once they have seen all the evidence of […]

Baltimore’s ransomware attack, explained – Vox

Baltimore’s ransomware attack, explained – Vox. Thirteen bitcoins are standing between the city of Baltimore and many of the services and processes its citizens rely on after hackers seized thousands of government computers at the start of the month. The ordeal has been going on for two weeks, and there’s no clear end in sight. Here’s what’s happening: On May […]

House Democrats Push Pelosi On Trump Impeachment In Contentious Meeting: Reports | HuffPost

House Democrats Push Pelosi On Trump Impeachment In Contentious Meeting: Reports | HuffPost. House Democrats clashed with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other members in several closed-door meetings Monday night over whether to begin impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, according to Politico and as later confirmed by several other outlets. Pelosi has long been resistant to the idea of […]

Democracy isn’t dying. Liberalism is.

Democracy isn't dying. Liberalism is.. by Damon Linker · May 21, 2019 Illustrated | Olga Kurbatova/iStock, javarman3/iStock, Tanarch/iStock Three years after the twin shocks of President Trump’s triumph in the Republican primaries and the narrow win for “Leave” in the Brexit referendum, the evidence has never been stronger that the world has entered an era of anti-liberalism. Later this week, […]

Mueller And House Dems Tussle Over Terms Of His Testimony

Mueller And House Dems Tussle Over Terms Of His Testimony. by Cristina Cabrera · May 21, 2019 Special counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony is delayed because Mueller and the House Judiciary Committee are at loggerheads over making his hearing public. According to CNN and the Washington Post, Mueller is reluctant to publicly testify on his sweeping Russia probe and its findings. […]

Pelosi clashes with fellow Dems in closed-door debate on impeachment – POLITICO

Pelosi clashes with fellow Dems in closed-door debate on impeachment – POLITICO. House Democratic leaders sparred internally on Monday over whether to begin an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, with Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her allies rejecting the call to move forward for now, according to multiple sources. Reps. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), and Joe Neguse (D-Colo.) […]

Huawei ban: Trump, China, and the US government’s concerns, explained – Vox

Huawei ban: Trump, China, and the US government’s concerns, explained – Vox. Uncovering and explaining how our digital world is changing — and changing us. The Trump administration this week took some major shots at Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei. But US officials have expressed concerns about the company for years. On Wednesday, President Donald Trump issued an executive order banning […]

Morehouse College’s Graduation Speaker Just Promised to Pay Off All of the Class’s Student Loans – Mother Jones

Morehouse College’s Graduation Speaker Just Promised to Pay Off All of the Class’s Student Loans – Mother Jones. The graduating seniors of Morehouse College, an all-male historically black college in Atlanta, Georgia, received a huge surprise at their commencement ceremony Sunday morning when speaker Robert F. Smith announced he would pay off all of their student loans. Smith, a billionaire […]

The Democrats need a pre-primary primary

The Democrats need a pre-primary primary. Maybe the Democratic presidential field has gotten too overcrowded. When former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke announced his candidacy back in March, I suggested there was still plenty of room in the field, even though the list of announced and likely candidates had grown to nearly a dozen individuals. “Bring ‘em all on,” I wrote. […]

Bernie’s mystery Soviet tapes revealed – POLITICO

Bernie's mystery Soviet tapes revealed – POLITICO. Unseen by the public for three decades, a POLITICO reporter views hours of footage from his 1988 ‘honeymoon’ to the USSR. It’s 1988 and newlywed Bernie Sanders is in the Soviet Union with his wife, Jane, handing out gifts to the mayor of a mid-sized city they’ve befriended. The mood is festive as […]