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The Arrogance of Blue America – The Daily Beast

The Arrogance of Blue America – The Daily Beast. by Joel Kotkin · April 30, 2017 In the wake of the Trumpocalypse, many in the deepest blue cores have turned on those parts of America that supported the president’s election, developing oikophobia—an irrational fear of their fellow citizens. The rage against red America is so strong that The New York […]

Donald Trump is taking on Michelle Obama’s healthy food legacy – Vox

Donald Trump is taking on Michelle Obama's healthy food legacy – Vox. Trump brags about eating fast food. Michelle Obama planted a vegetable garden at the White House. Now it seems the President is quietly trying to overtake the former First Lady’s vision for the future of food in America. Great afternoon in Ohio & a great evening in Pennsylvania […]

Lawmakers want to know why minorities are charged more for car insurance premiums – Salon.com

Lawmakers want to know why minorities are charged more for car insurance premiums – Salon.com. Six Democratic members of Congress are urging Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to appoint a director for the Federal Insurance Office, which monitors access of minority and low-income Americans to affordable insurance, and has been targeted for elimination by House Republicans. Their letter to Mnuchin was […]

How Democrats Got Mired In A Nasty Internal Battle Over Abortion | The Huffington Post

How Democrats Got Mired In A Nasty Internal Battle Over Abortion | The Huffington Post. WASHINGTON ― National reproductive rights groups counted it as a major victory last week when the Democratic National Committee doubled down on its commitment to abortion rights amid anger at its support for Heath Mello, an anti-abortion candidate for mayor of Omaha, Nebraska. But the […]

This Isn’t Tax Policy; It’s a Trump-Led Heist – The New York Times

This Isn’t Tax Policy; It’s a Trump-Led Heist – The New York Times. by Nicholas Kristof · April 26, 2017 President Trump speaking to the press on Wednesday. Stephen Crowley/The New York Times What do you do if you’re a historically unpopular new president, with a record low approval rating by 14 points, facing investigations into the way Russia helped […]

North Korea defies Trump – POLITICO

North Korea defies Trump – POLITICO. Hours after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called for tough new action towards North Korea on Friday, the nuclear-armed dictatorship thumbed its nose at the Trump administration with the latest in a series of missile tests that Trump officials say could provoke a military conflict. The test’s timing implied an act of calculated defiance […]

Obama had a chance to really fight climate change. He blew it. – Vox

Obama had a chance to really fight climate change. He blew it. – Vox. On Saturday, the People’s Climate March will take to the streets because “everything we have struggled to move forward in the United States is in peril,” according to the march’s organizers. But how much progress has there really been, in the United States, to reduce the […]

Texas Is About to Crack Down on Undocumented Immigrants | Mother Jones

Texas Is About to Crack Down on Undocumented Immigrants | Mother Jones. Texas is about to become the second state to outlaw sanctuary cities, jurisdictions that refuse to fully comply with federal enforcement of immigration laws. On Thursday, lawmakers in the Texas House of Representatives gave approval to legislation that would make it a misdemeanor crime for local law enforcement […]

At NRA Conference, Trump Bathes Audience In Conservative Shout-Outs – Talking Points Memo

At NRA Conference, Trump Bathes Audience In Conservative Shout-Outs – Talking Points Memo. President Donald Trump told the NRA’s annual conference Friday that “the eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end,” part of a a speech that was light on policy but heavy on conservative shout-outs and campaign rhetoric. The conference convened at the […]

The spiritual ruin of a universal basic income

The spiritual ruin of a universal basic income. Is a life without work a dream or a nightmare? Of all the factors fueling the rise of populism on the far left and right, the single biggest one is the disappearance of fulfilling, decently paying jobs for those who didn’t graduate from elite universities and don’t live in the country’s very […]

White House Death Match: Plutocrats vs. Racists – The Daily Beast

White House Death Match: Plutocrats vs. Racists – The Daily Beast. by Rick Wilson · January 30, 2017 As the inevitable 100 Days coverage builds to its crescendo, here’s the score: Trump’s populist base and advisers are getting their asses kicked by the effete Washington insiders, swamp dwellers, and Team Goldman so thoroughly it’s surprising they can even sit. But […]

Democrats must promise to investigate every Trump scandal, even if it takes decades.

Democrats must promise to investigate every Trump scandal, even if it takes decades.. by Michelle Goldberg · April 26, 2017 Adam Schiff and Donald Trump. Photo illustration by Slate. Photos by Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images and Molly Riley/Getty Images. Because I was sentient 100 days ago, I’m old enough to remember a time when American presidents were expected, as a matter […]

Dems Threaten Shutdown If GOP Moves On Obamacare Repeal | The Huffington Post

Dems Threaten Shutdown If GOP Moves On Obamacare Repeal | The Huffington Post. House Democrats will vote against a short-term spending bill to keep the government open if Republicans try to move on a bill to repeal Obamacare this week. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said that if Republicans try a second time to rush their latest bill to […]

Trolling for a race war: Neo-Nazis are trying to bait leftist “antifa” activists into violence — and radicalize white people – Salon.com

Trolling for a race war: Neo-Nazis are trying to bait leftist “antifa” activists into violence — and radicalize white people – Salon.com. by Matthew Sheffield · April 27, 2017 Despite being almost religiously devoted to Donald Trump during his presidential campaign, the legions of online racists referred to as the “alt-right” have already decided to move on to their next […]

Elizabeth Warren Says She’s ‘Troubled’ By Reports Of Obama’s $400K Speaking Fee

Elizabeth Warren Says She's 'Troubled' By Reports Of Obama's $400K Speaking Fee. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) said Thursday that she is “troubled” by reports that former President Barack Obama agreed to speak for $400,000 at a conference run by an investment bank. “I was troubled by that,” Warren said on SiriusXM show Alter Family Politics. “The influence of dollars on […]

The global elite are headed for a fall. And they don’t even know it.

The global elite are headed for a fall. And they don't even know it.. The global elite think they’re sitting pretty. How wrong they are. Democrats keep telling themselves that Hillary Clinton “really” won the 2016 election (or would have, had it not been for interference by Vladimir Putin and James Comey). Republicans keep patting themselves on the back about […]

Abortion rift puts Democratic militants in charge – The Boston Globe

Abortion rift puts Democratic militants in charge – The Boston Globe. by Eric Fehrnstrom · April 26, 2017 One hundred days in, we now know that only 2 percent of Americans who voted for Donald Trump regret their vote, according to the latest ABC/Washington Post poll. That same poll says two-thirds of all those questioned believe the Democratic Party is […]

Barack Obama is taking $400,000 for a Wall Street speech, and that’s fine.

Barack Obama is taking $400,000 for a Wall Street speech, and that’s fine.. by Daniel Gross · April 26, 2017 In his first formal public appearance since leaving office, former President Barack Obama speaks at the University of Chicago on Sunday. Scott Olson/Getty Images The news that former President Barack Obama will reportedly accept $400,000 to give a speech to […]

FCC Chairman To Propose Reversing ‘Net Neutrality’ Rules | The Huffington Post

FCC Chairman To Propose Reversing 'Net Neutrality' Rules | The Huffington Post. By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The head of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday proposed overturning the landmark 2015 Obama-era net neutrality rules that prohibit broadband providers from giving or selling access to certain internet services over others. A plan to reverse the rules approved by […]

Barack Obama’s $400,000 speech to Wall Street sparks liberal blowback – Salon.com

Barack Obama’s $400,000 speech to Wall Street sparks liberal blowback – Salon.com. by Matthew Rozsa · April 26, 2017 The former leader of the free world is suddenly facing intense criticism. Barack Obama has accepted a $400,000 speaking fee for a Wall Street conference that will be hosted by Cantor Fitzgerald LP, according to a report by Fox Business. This […]

After Canceling Speech, Ann Coulter Calls Berkeley ‘A Radical Thuggish Institution’

After Canceling Speech, Ann Coulter Calls Berkeley 'A Radical Thuggish Institution'. Conservative commentator Ann Coulter on Wednesday called the University of California at Berkeley a “radical thuggish institution” after she canceled a speech at the school originally scheduled for Thursday amid concerns about violence. “It is a dark day for free speech in America,” Coulter tweeted. “It’s sickening when a […]

Is there a place for pro-life people in the Democratic coalition?

Is there a place for pro-life people in the Democratic coalition?. Can you be a Democrat and also hold pro-life views? That old debate has broken out once again, as Democrats mobilize to win special elections taking place around the country. It all started with the mayoral election in Omaha, where moderately pro-life Democrat Heath Mello was endorsed by Bernie […]

Barack Obama is betting that young people can save America — and his legacy – Vox

Barack Obama is betting that young people can save America — and his legacy – Vox. Between windsurfing with Richard Branson and attending Broadway shows with his daughter, Barack Obama has been trying to decide what he wants to get done in his post–White House years. “I’m spending a lot of time thinking about: ‘What is the most important thing […]

Why Democrats Are Dropping More F-Bombs Than Ever – POLITICO Magazine

Why Democrats Are Dropping More F-Bombs Than Ever – POLITICO Magazine. by Tim Alberta · April 24, 2017 Getty The profane has become mundane. By Alex Caton The last few months have seen expletives ringing from large sections of the Democratic bench. In a New York Magazine profile this month, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) included one “fuck,” two “fucking”s, one […]

The March for Science was eerily religious.

The March for Science was eerily religious.. by Jeremy Samuel Faust · April 24, 2017 Activists and protesters march to City Hall during the March for Science in Los Angeles, California, on Saturday. Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images Hundreds of thousands of self-professed science supporters turned out to over 600 iterations of the March for Science around the world this weekend. Thanks […]

Donald Trump Has Made Socialism Cool Again | Mother Jones

Donald Trump Has Made Socialism Cool Again | Mother Jones. by Tim Murphy The Democratic Socialists of America are fighting the president—and the liberals they blame for his win. Art by Adam Maida A month after President Donald Trump took office, khalid kamau was eating lunch in the cluttered kitchen of the Mayday Space, a leftist community center in Brooklyn. […]

Judge Halts Trump Order That Pressured Sanctuary Cities With Funding Threats

Judge Halts Trump Order That Pressured Sanctuary Cities With Funding Threats. A federal judge has halted part of an executive order threatening so-called “sanctuary cities” with the loss of federal funds if they do not comply with requests from immigration enforcement agents. Judge William Orrick granted a preliminary injunction Tuesday against section 9(a) of Executive Order 13768, signed Jan. 25, […]

The road to hell is paved with means-testing

The road to hell is paved with means-testing. One of the more disturbing facets of inequality in American is that of life itself. These days, the richer you are, the longer you live. This sad fact isn’t just consequential for obvious reasons; it is eroding the progressive nature of America’s largest welfare program, Social Security. Social Security’s benefits are calculated […]

Obama’s hidden Iran deal giveaway – POLITICO

Obama’s hidden Iran deal giveaway – POLITICO. When President Barack Obama announced the “one-time gesture” of releasing Iranian-born prisoners who “were not charged with terrorism or any violent offenses” last year, his administration presented the move as a modest trade-off for the greater good of the Iran nuclear agreement and Tehran’s pledge to free five Americans. “Iran had a significantly […]

Why Colleges Have a Right to Reject Hateful Speakers Like Ann Coulter | New Republic

Why Colleges Have a Right to Reject Hateful Speakers Like Ann Coulter | New Republic. by Aaron R. Hanlon · April 24, 2017 As graduation season approaches, colleges across the country are locking down commencement speakers to address the class of 2017. Harvard got Mark Zuckerberg (a Harvard dropout). Hillary Clinton is speaking at Wellesley, Bernie Sanders at Brooklyn College. […]

Juan Williams: Trump’s 100 days wound GOP | TheHill

Juan Williams: Trump's 100 days wound GOP | TheHill. This Saturday marks President Trump’s 100th day in office. On Day One, after listening to Trump’s inaugural address, former President George W. Bush reportedly said: “That was some weird s–t.” The GOP establishment still holds that view after 100 days of President Trump. And Democrats are also offering “We Told You […]

On returning to the Supreme Court after Garland, and lunacy.

On returning to the Supreme Court after Garland, and lunacy.. by Dahlia Lithwick · April 24, 2017 James Edmund McWilliams Jr. is on death row for the 1984 rape and murder of a convenience store clerk in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Photo illustration by Slate. Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images and Alabama Dept. of Corrections It has not gone unobserved, at least […]

A new report reveals Obama misled the public about a quiet giveaway to Iran – Vox

A new report reveals Obama misled the public about a quiet giveaway to Iran – Vox. The Obama White House’s high-profile prisoner swap with Iran in 2016 was a much bigger gift to Iran than the administration ever let on. That’s the takeaway from an investigative report from Politico published Monday, which details how the Obama administration deliberately obscured and […]

State Dept. Hires Host From Trump’s Favorite Fox News Show As Spokeswoman

State Dept. Hires Host From Trump's Favorite Fox News Show As The State Department on Monday announced the hiring of former “Fox and Friends” host Heather Nauert as the department’s official spokeswoman. “Heather’s media experience and long interest in international affairs will be invaluable as she conveys the Administration’s foreign policy priorities,” the department said in a statement. The “top-rated […]

The trouble with Emmanuel Macron

The trouble with Emmanuel Macron. Emmanuel Macron, a French technocrat running an independent presidential campaign to put political distance between himself and his fellow established elites, edged out insurgent nationalist Marine Le Pen in the most closely watched French election of many Americans’ lifetime. Macron nabbed nearly one-fourth of the vote in an 11-candidate field, followed closely by Le Pen. […]

Obama From the Rearview Mirror | The Nation

Obama From the Rearview Mirror | The Nation. by Robert L. Borosage · April 20, 2017 Barack Obama in 2011. (Pete Souza / White House) Barack Obama’s stature will grow ever more impressive in the rearview mirror. We already miss his dignity, his grace, and his intelligence. His presidency was largely a competent, no-drama, scandal-free administration, and it will only […]

Carson’s God-and-bootstraps message fails to hearten housing advocates – POLITICO

Carson’s God-and-bootstraps message fails to hearten housing advocates – POLITICO. by Louis Nelson · April 23, 2017 Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson visits the Liberty Square apartment complex in Miami on April 12 as part of his national listening tour. | Getty God is Ben Carson’s favorite subject. Brain surgery is a close second. Housing is somewhere further […]

Bernie Sanders says the model of the Democratic Party is failing.

Bernie Sanders says the model of the Democratic Party is failing.. by Daniel Politi · April 23, 2017 Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) speaks to a crowd of supporters at a Democratic unity rally at the Rail Event Center on April 21, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah. George Frey/Getty Images Fresh off his “Unity Tour” alongside Democratic National Committee chair […]

The March for Science was a delightfully nerdy celebration of discontent – Vox

The March for Science was a delightfully nerdy celebration of discontent – Vox. by Brian Resnick · April 22, 2017 Thousands of scientists and science enthusiasts braved, cold rainy weather to march in Washington, DC in the name of disciplines they love, the research and discoveries they value, and the policies they oppose. And they came bearing signs — some […]

How Havana’s small business boom exposes a stark racial divide

How Havana's small business boom exposes a stark racial divide. When Pavel Donato León was growing up in an outer Havana neighborhood in the ’80s, his father pushed him to learn a trade. Plumbing and mechanics were not his thing. So, he told his father he’d learn the art of baking bread. His father’s response was prophetic: “Everyone need to […]

Harvard’s nondiscrimination hypocrisy – The Washington Post

Harvard’s nondiscrimination hypocrisy – The Washington Post. by Harry Lewis · April 21, 2017 Harry Lewis, a former dean of Harvard College, is a computer science professor at Harvard University. When should traditional liberal values be sacrificed to important but narrower ends? That is the question behind Harvard University’s effort to subordinate freedom of association and freedom of speech to […]

Bernie Sanders Condemns Threats Against Ann Coulter Speech At Berkeley | The Huffington Post

Bernie Sanders Condemns Threats Against Ann Coulter Speech At Berkeley | The Huffington Post. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) criticized the security threats to a speaking event by conservative pundit Ann Coulter at the University of California, Berkeley that prompted the school to postpone the talk. “I don’t like this. I don’t like it,” Sanders told The Huffington Post after speaking […]

The coming British bloodbath: Theresa May’s “snap election” will be an epic disaster for the left. But why? – Salon.com

The coming British bloodbath: Theresa May’s “snap election” will be an epic disaster for the left. But why? – Salon.com. by Laurie Penny · April 22, 2017 British politics has gone horribly wrong. Not as outrageously, garishly wrong as American politics — our version of the post-liberal neo-nationalist horror show involves fewer special effects and a lot more slow-grinding dread […]

What the Paris shooting could mean for the French presidential election

What the Paris shooting could mean for the French presidential election. Yesterday, on the Champs-Elysées in Paris, a man opened fire on police with an automatic weapon, killing one officer and injuring two others. ISIS claimed responsibility. Because the attack occurred in one of the most iconic tourist destinations in the world, the news reverberated quickly. And because it happened […]

John Kerry: Why I’m an optimist this Earth Day – The Washington Post

John Kerry: Why I’m an optimist this Earth Day – The Washington Post. John F. Kerry was U.S. secretary of state from 2013 to 2017. Despite all the reasons for concern and condemnation that I could dwell on, I’m an optimist this Earth Day. I’m an optimist because of the lesson I learned on the first Earth Day 47 years […]

Nixon Had His “Madman Theory.” Trump Is Just a Madman. | New Republic

Nixon Had His “Madman Theory.” Trump Is Just a Madman. | New Republic. by Jeet Heer · April 21, 2017 Jared Kushner, reportedly the new power behind the throne in the Trump administration, has tried to borrow luster from another presidential éminence grise, Henry Kissinger. Kushner introduced himself to Kissinger after a foreign policy lecture in 2015, and since then […]

Erdogan’s Counter-Revolution | The Weekly Standard

Erdogan's Counter-Revolution | The Weekly Standard. By Eric Edelman The Weekly Standard · May 1, 2017 The history of the twentieth century is littered with the carcasses of failed revolutions. Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Mussolini, and Hitler all tried to master modernity—to curb or accelerate it—and all failed. After the attacks on September 11, 2001, it appeared the most consequential revolutionary […]

A Law School Is Finally Closing

A Law School Is Finally Closing. This week, the world of legal education reached a new and dismal milestone when California’s Whittier College announced that it would finally close down its law school after years of declining enrollment. This is a first, I’m told. According to an American Bar Association spokesman, no fully accredited law school has ever—ever!—outright shut its […]

Trump just got Egypt to free an American aid worker after 3 years in prison – Vox

Trump just got Egypt to free an American aid worker after 3 years in prison – Vox. by Sarah Wildman · April 21, 2017 President Donald Trump meets with Aya Hijazi, an Egyptian-American aid worker, in the Oval office of the White House in Washington, Friday, April 21, 2017. Hijazi, an Egyptian-American charity worker was freed after nearly three years […]

Neil Gorsuch’s First Critical Vote Allowed A Man To Be Executed | The Huffington Post

Neil Gorsuch's First Critical Vote Allowed A Man To Be Executed | The Huffington Post. Justice Neil Gorsuch made a difference Thursday in his first 5-4 vote on the Supreme Court, siding with his fellow conservatives to deny a petition from eight Arkansas inmates who sought to stop back-to-back-to-back executions. Gorsuch’s vote on one of several 11th-hour petitions, in effect, […]

President Trump’s glorious first 100 days: More frightening or more pathetic? – Salon.com

President Trump’s glorious first 100 days: More frightening or more pathetic? – Salon.com. by Heather Digby Parton · April 21, 2017 There is a lot of chatter these days about the looming milestone of the “first 100 days” of the Donald Trump administration and how he measures up in presidential history. This trope goes back to Franklin Roosevelt’s first term, […]

Is Bernie Sanders helping or hurting the Democratic Party?

Is Bernie Sanders helping or hurting the Democratic Party?. Bernie Sanders is not a party man. He’s not even a Democrat. Despite having run for the Democratic nomination for president, he adamantly retains his status as an independent. Yet there’s no denying that Sanders continues to have an effect on the Democratic Party, and right now he and Tom Perez, […]

Explaining science won’t fix information illiteracy.

Explaining science won’t fix information illiteracy.. If you consider yourself to have even a passing familiarity with science, you likely find yourself in a state of disbelief as the president of the United States calls climate scientists “hoaxsters” and pushes conspiracy theories about vaccines. The Trump administration seems practically allergic to evidence. And it’s not just Trump—plenty of people across […]

WaPo: Justice Department Considering Whether To Charge WikiLeaks Members

WaPo: Justice Department Considering Whether To Charge WikiLeaks Members. The Justice Department is considering whether to bring criminal charges against members of WikiLeaks and reexamining the organization’s 2010 publication of military documents and diplomatic cables, the Washington Post reported on Thursday. Federal prosecutors are also investigating whether Wikileaks bears criminal responsibility for publishing alleged CIA materials describing hacking tools in […]

There is no real evidence that Trump voters are turning on Trump

There is no real evidence that Trump voters are turning on Trump. We are nearly 100 days into Donald Trump’s presidency, and the most remarkable aspect of it thus far is that the political environment hasn’t changed much at all. The same media that largely ignored the widespread dissatisfaction with the political establishment and wrote off Trump’s electoral chances continue […]

Mr. Trump Plays by His Own Rules (or No Rules) – The New York Times

Mr. Trump Plays by His Own Rules (or No Rules) – The New York Times. by THE EDITORIAL BOARD · April 18, 2017 Jennifer Heuer Anyone who has been paying the slightest attention knows by now that this president and this White House intend to play by their own set of rules — rules that in some cases come close […]

Jon Ossoff and the Future of the Democratic Party – The New Yorker

Jon Ossoff and the Future of the Democratic Party – The New Yorker. by Benjamin Wallace-Wells · April 19, 2017 Jon Ossoff polled better than any Republican challenger in Tuesday’s special election for Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District seat. He will face Republican Karen Handel in a runoff.CreditPHOTOGRAPH BY JOE RAEDLE / GETTY In a congressional special election in suburban Atlanta […]

The progressive renaissance in Georgia’s 6th is not going away.

The progressive renaissance in Georgia’s 6th is not going away.. by Michelle Goldberg · April 19, 2017 Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff speaks to his supporters in Georgia in a special election to replace now–HHS Secretary Tom Price’s House seat on Tuesday. Joe Raedle/Getty Images FULTON COUNTY, Georgia—Bhavani Saravanan, a 52-year-old woman I met at Jon Ossoff’s election night party in […]

Democrats begin to wonder: When do we win? – POLITICO

Democrats begin to wonder: When do we win? – POLITICO. by Gabriel Debenedetti · April 19, 2017 Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff failed to avoid a runoff election in Georgia’s 6th congressional district. | Getty For all the roiling anger and energy at the grassroots, the party still fell short in Georgia and Kansas. And Democratic prospects in upcoming elections aren’t […]

Why Georgia’s special election was a Democratic win, even if Jon Ossoff ultimately loses.

Why Georgia’s special election was a Democratic win, even if Jon Ossoff ultimately loses.. by Jamelle Bouie · April 19, 2017 Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff speaks to his supporters in the special election for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, on Tuesday in Atlanta. Joe Raedle/Getty Images Last Tuesday, Democrat James Thompson came tantalizingly close to winning the special election for Kansas’ […]

Donald Trump’s Rise Laid The Groundwork For Bill O’Reilly’s Fall | The Huffington Post

Donald Trump's Rise Laid The Groundwork For Bill O'Reilly's Fall | The Huffington Post. Bill O’Reilly weathered sexual harassment charges for more than a decade, but not this time: Fox News has fired the controversial host. The media company was under extreme pressure from advertisers, protesters and its own employees ― all fed up with a company culture that enabled […]

What Democrats can learn from Jon Ossoff

What Democrats can learn from Jon Ossoff. Another special election, another near upset for Democrats. Running against a slew of Republican competitors to replace Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price in Georgia’s 6th congressional district, Democrat Jon Ossoff fell just short of the majority needed to avoid a runoff. He will now face the second-place finisher, the infamous Karen […]

Democrats begin to wonder: When do we win? – POLITICO

Democrats begin to wonder: When do we win? – POLITICO. by Gabriel Debenedetti · April 19, 2017 Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff failed to avoid a runoff election in Georgia’s 6th congressional district. | Getty For all the roiling anger and energy at the grassroots, the party still fell short in Georgia and Kansas. And Democratic prospects in upcoming elections aren’t […]

Corruption, abuse of power, and undermining the rule of law: The case for impeaching President Trump.

Corruption, abuse of power, and undermining the rule of law: The case for impeaching President Trump.. by Jacob Weisberg · April 18, 2017 President Donald Trump holds a news conference on Wednesday in Washington. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Recently on Trumpcast, Jacob Weisberg discussed the three most pressing cases for impeaching President Trump with Noah Feldman, a constitutional law professor at […]

Karl Marx still matters: what the modern left can learn from the philosopher – Vox

Karl Marx still matters: what the modern left can learn from the philosopher – Vox. At Karl Marx’s funeral, his longtime friend and collaborator Friedrich Engels proclaimed to the less than dozen people gathered, “His name will endure through the ages, and so also will his work.” Engels has certainly been vindicated. While Marxism has failed, Marx’s ideas changed the […]

Democrat In Georgia Falls Just Short Of Knockout Blow | The Huffington Post

Democrat In Georgia Falls Just Short Of Knockout Blow | The Huffington Post. Democrat Jon Ossoff is on track to finish with 46 to 49 percent of the vote in the closely watched congressional primary here, according to an array of projections. Other assorted Democrats will likely pull in roughly 1 percent, leaving Ossoff just shy of the 50 percent […]

CNN: FBI Used Trump Dossier Allegations As Part Of Justification To Monitor Ex-Aide

CNN: FBI Used Trump Dossier Allegations As Part Of Justification To Monitor Ex-Aide. The FBI used a document containing allegations of ties between President Donald Trump and Russia as part of its justification for obtaining an order in 2016 to monitor the communications of Carter Page, a former adviser to Trump’s campaign, CNN reported on Tuesday. CNN cited unnamed U.S. […]

10 wild new revelations about Hillary Clinton’s doomed campaign

10 wild new revelations about Hillary Clinton's doomed campaign. It was supposed to be Hillary Clinton’s race to win — or at least it seemed that way from the outside. But in a revealing new book, Shattered, journalists Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes interviewed more than 100 sources to paint how Clinton’s run for the presidency became just “another iceberg-seeking […]

Democrats have little to show for fight to keep Gorsuch off court

Democrats have little to show for fight to keep Gorsuch off court. The Senate’s inevitable approval of Neil Gorsuch to replace the late Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court suggests that rather than failing to successfully filibuster President Trump’s nomination, Democrats might have done better to show him the respect Republicans denied to Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama’s choice for […]

How America Is Losing the Credibility War – The New York Times

How America Is Losing the Credibility War – The New York Times. by Antony J. Blinken · April 18, 2017 President Trump speaking to reporters on Air Force One. Doug Mills/The New York Times In times of crisis, credibility is an American president’s most valuable currency. It’s one thing for a foreign partner to doubt a president’s judgment; it’s entirely […]

Justin Trudeau A ‘Stunning Hypocrite’ On Climate Change, Says Top Environmentalist | The Huffington Post

Justin Trudeau A 'Stunning Hypocrite' On Climate Change, Says Top Environmentalist | The Huffington Post. Justin Trudeau’s support for more oil pipelines and tar sands drilling is at loggerheads with his image as Canada’s progressive heartthrob prime minister, according to a top environmentalist. In an op-ed published Monday in The Guardian, 350.org founder Bill McKibben called Trudeau a “stunning hypocrite” […]

Georgia special election: One local penny for every $10 in national cash – Salon.com

Georgia special election: One local penny for every $10 in national cash – Salon.com. Georgia’s 6th congressional district is filled with homey, community charm: tree-lined streets, meandering rivers and picturesque parks. Its solidly red politics are usually just as tranquil. But Tom Price, the district’s longtime Republican U.S. House member, stepped down earlier this year to join President Donald Trump’s […]

Slaughter of the Osage, Betrayal of the Sioux | Mother Jones

Slaughter of the Osage, Betrayal of the Sioux | Mother Jones. by David Grann How Standing Rock is connected to a series of brutal century-old murders. Illustration by Jason Holley One cold November day last year, Chris Turley, a 28-year-old member of the Osage Nation, set out from the tribe’s northeast Oklahoma reservation upon a quest. He had a wool […]

Trump: Clinton, Obama Outplayed By ‘This Gentleman’ In North Korea

Trump: Clinton, Obama Outplayed By ‘This Gentleman’ In North Korea. President Donald Trump wouldn’t say whether he had ruled out a military strike against North Korea on Monday, saying only “we’ll see what happens.” “I don’t want to telegraph what I’m doing or what I’m thinking,” Trump told Fox News’ Ainsley Earhardt. “I’m not like other administrations where they say, […]

Why Trump succumbed to the hawks

Why Trump succumbed to the hawks. I am sure it’s just a coincidence that The New York Times announced they’d hired Bret Stephens away from The Wall Street Journal in the same week that the Trump administration’s foreign policy underwent a radical reorientation away from an “America First” sensibility and toward the neoconservatism that completely dominates the center-right foreign policy […]

The Observer view on Donald Trump’s foreign policy | Observer editorial | Opinion | The Guardian

The Observer view on Donald Trump’s foreign policy | Observer editorial | Opinion | The Guardian. In the run-up to last November’s election, American voters were repeatedly warned that the inexperienced, volatile and impulsive Donald Trump would be a dangerous choice as next US president. Less than three months into his term, that prediction is coming true. Trump’s reckless behaviour […]

France in the End of Days – The New York Times

France in the End of Days – The New York Times. by Roger Cohen · April 14, 2017 Paris — For some time France has been a country that does not like itself. Somewhere on the road from its humiliation in World War II to its disappointment with European integration to its discomfort with globalization, France slid into moroseness. High-speed […]

The case for impeaching President Donald J. Trump. (Too soon?) – The Washington Post

The case for impeaching President Donald J. Trump. (Too soon?) – The Washington Post. by Allan J. Lichtman. Dey St. Books. 290 pp. $24.99 Too soon? Any discussion of presidential impeachment that arrives before journalists have even embarked on their ritualistic “first hundred days” coverage could rightly be deemed premature, and to publish an entire book arguing the case, the […]

Brace yourselves, its President Trump 2.0 – Chicago Tribune

Brace yourselves, its President Trump 2.0 – Chicago Tribune. by Clarence Page As President Donald Trump’s 100th day in office draws near, here’s the good news: Fears of a rising Trump autocracy under the president who boasted “I alone can fix it” now look way overblown. Team Trump looks far too incompetent to pull that off. Instead, the president’s inner […]

Has Trump found religion in the Oval Office? – POLITICO

Has Trump found religion in the Oval Office? – POLITICO. by Ben Schreckinger · April 16, 2017 Then-President-elect Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, greet the Rev. Luis Leon as they arrive for a service at St. John’s Episcopal Church across from the White House on Inauguration Day, Jan. 20. | AP Photo President Donald Trump has increasingly infused references […]

It’s time for black America to stop spanking its kids, says author Stacey Patton.

It’s time for black America to stop spanking its kids, says author Stacey Patton.. by Aisha Harris · April 6, 2017 Stacey Patton. Beacon Press In her new book, Spare the Kids: Why Whupping Children Won’t Save Black America, Stacey Patton explores the deeply embedded practice of corporal punishment for black children, both within and outside of the home. Patton, […]

Donald Trump and the rise of tribal epistemology – Vox

Donald Trump and the rise of tribal epistemology – Vox. by David Roberts · March 22, 2017 (Javier Zarracina) Back in November 2009, as the Obama backlash was just gathering steam, Rush Limbaugh devoted a segment of his radio program to “Climategate.” That was the episode in which a climate research institute was hacked and the private emails of scientists […]

Elizabeth Warren Won’t Say Whether Mitch McConnell Silencing Her Was Sexist | The Huffington Post

Elizabeth Warren Won't Say Whether Mitch McConnell Silencing Her Was Sexist | The Huffington Post. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) would not say outright whether sexism played a role in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) silencing her on the Senate floor in February, but noted that she was treated differently from her male colleagues. During the confirmation process of then-Sen. […]

DeVos Pick to Head Civil Rights Office Once Said She Faced Discrimination for Being White | Mother Jones

DeVos Pick to Head Civil Rights Office Once Said She Faced Discrimination for Being White | Mother Jones. by Annie Waldman · April 16, 2017 Candice Jackson’s intellectual journey raises questions about how actively she will investigate allegations of unfair treatment of minorities and women. Kathleen Willey, left, Candice Jackson, author of “Their Lives: The Women Targeted by the Clinton […]

Trump Claims Without Evidence That Tax Day Rally Attendees Were Paid Protesters

Trump Claims Without Evidence That Tax Day Rally Attendees Were Paid Protesters. President Donald Trump says “someone should look into who paid” for the rallies around the country Saturday that urged him to release his tax returns. Trump tweeted Sunday: “I did what was an almost an impossible thing to do for a Republican-easily won the Electoral College! Now Tax […]

Steve Bannon Was Doomed – The New York Times

Steve Bannon Was Doomed – The New York Times. by Frank Bruni · April 15, 2017 Ben Wiseman If you’re any student of politics, you saw Steve Bannon on the cover of Time magazine in early February — “The Great Manipulator,” it called him — and knew to start the countdown then. Dead strategist walking. He’d crossed the line that […]

Are Anti-Trump Protests Losing Steam? – The Atlantic

Are Anti-Trump Protests Losing Steam? – The Atlantic. by Clare Foran · April 15, 2017 On Saturday, protesters plan to gather in cities across the United States, and around the world, to demand that President Trump release his tax returns, in an early test of the strength and staying power of the grassroots movement that has mobilized in opposition to […]

Few Democratic voters back Syria bombings. So why do so many Democrats in Congress? – Vox

Few Democratic voters back Syria bombings. So why do so many Democrats in Congress? – Vox. A majority of Democratic voters don’t see eye to eye with their party’s leaders on Capitol Hill over President Donald Trump’s strikes in Syria. A new poll released by Gallup on Wednesday found that 61 percent of Democrats nationally opposed the strikes, with just […]

Jon Ossoff’s Race Is the First Real Battle Between Millennials and Trump | Mother Jones

Jon Ossoff's Race Is the First Real Battle Between Millennials and Trump | Mother Jones. by Doug Bock Clark · April 15, 2017 Can the 30-year-old wunderkind beat out a crowded field in a conservative Georgia district? Jon Ossoff doesn’t like to talk about his age. His reticence is understandable. Since the media and liberal voters foisted the 30-year-old political […]

The sudden reversal of economic confidence

The sudden reversal of economic confidence. The latest jobs numbers are in and they’re “surprisingly lackluster,” said Jim Puzzanghera at the Los Angeles Times. The economy added just 98,000 new jobs in March, “a little more than half of what economists had expected.” Analysts blamed severe winter weather in the Northeast for pushing job growth down to the lowest level […]

Why Do Democrats Feel Sorry for Hillary Clinton?

Why Do Democrats Feel Sorry for Hillary Clinton?. by Andrew Sullivan · April 14, 2017 Hillary Clinton pauses during an interview with Nicholas Kristof at the Women in the World Summit on April 6 in New York. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images Every day, the incoherence deepens: He’s going to cover “everyone,” but he’s going to push 24 million people off […]

Democrats Turning to Grassroots Movement for Party’s Future | Time.com

Democrats Turning to Grassroots Movement for Party’s Future | Time.com. by Alex Altman / Atlanta Jon Ossoff doesn’t want to talk about Donald Trump, the Democratic Party or The National Turmoil that has lifted the 30-year-old candidate to the top of the polls in the upcoming special election in Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District. But as he crisscrossed the affluent north […]

Seventy years after Jackie Robinson, MLB is still a white man’s sport.

Seventy years after Jackie Robinson, MLB is still a white man’s sport.. by Lawrence Ware · April 14, 2017 Jackie Robinson in 1954, left, and Adam Jones of the U.S. team at the 2017 World Baseball Classic game against the Dominican Republic in Miami on March 11. Photo illustration by Slate. Photos by Bob Sandberg/Library of Congress, Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images […]

Pro-Immigrant ‘Sanctuary Cities’ Clash With Trump’s Lawyers In Federal Court | The Huffington Post

Pro-Immigrant 'Sanctuary Cities' Clash With Trump’s Lawyers In Federal Court | The Huffington Post. by Mollie Reilly · April 14, 2017 SAN FRANCISCO ― A Trump administration lawyer said in federal court Friday that the president’s executive order targeting so-called “sanctuary jurisdictions” wouldn’t actually affect San Francisco, one of the cities he has been most intent on punishing for its […]

Trump’s CIA Director Just Called WikiLeaks a “Hostile Intelligence Service” | Mother Jones

Trump's CIA Director Just Called WikiLeaks a "Hostile Intelligence Service" | Mother Jones. by Inae Oh · April 13, 2017 During the campaign, Trump said, “I love WikiLeaks.” Central Intelligence Agency chief Mike Pompeo on Thursday denounced WikiLeaks as a “non-state hostile intelligence service,” and he singled out Russia as one of the anti-secrecy organization’s top collaborators. Pompeo is the […]

Russia, Iran And Syria Warn US Of ‘Grave Consequences’ For Additional Strikes

Russia, Iran And Syria Warn US Of 'Grave Consequences' For Additional Strikes. Russia, Syria and Iran strongly warned the United States Friday against launching new strikes on Syria and called for an international investigation of the chemical weapons attack there that killed nearly 90 people. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who hosted his Iranian and Syrian counterparts in Moscow, denounced […]

How the Rich Seized Control of New York | New Republic

How the Rich Seized Control of New York | New Republic. by Kim Phillips-Fein · April 13, 2017 Early in 1982, President Ronald Reagan arrived in New York City to speak with an audience of business leaders gathered at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. A year into Reagan’s first term, the country had fallen into a deep recession. In his speech to […]

Can Trump Take Health Care Hostage? – The New York Times

Can Trump Take Health Care Hostage? – The New York Times. by Paul Krugman · April 14, 2017 President Trump at the White House on Wednesday. Al Drago/The New York Times Three weeks have passed since the Trumpcare debacle. After eight years spent denouncing the Affordable Care Act, the G.O.P. finally found itself in a position to do what it […]

U.S. unleashes ‘mother of all bombs’ for first time in Afghanistan | Reuters

U.S. unleashes 'mother of all bombs' for first time in Afghanistan | Reuters. by Idrees Ali · April 13, 2017 WASHINGTON The United States dropped a massive GBU-43 bomb, the largest non-nuclear bomb it has ever used in combat, in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday against a series of caves used by Islamic State militants, the military said. It was the […]

Donald Rodham Clinton – POLITICO Magazine

Donald Rodham Clinton – POLITICO Magazine. The Trump presidency is taking on a decidedly Clintonian flavor. Observers have been waiting for more than a year for Donald Trump to stop acting like a beer hall bouncer and start acting more presidential. On Wednesday, that wish came true, as Baby Donald completed his transformation into a standard chief executive of the […]

The Charging Bull sculptor is right. Fearless Girl should go.

The Charging Bull sculptor is right. Fearless Girl should go.. by Christina Cauterucci · April 12, 2017 Fearless Girl isn’t fearless without Charging Bull. Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images Wall Street’s Fearless Girl statue has weathered more than her fair share of mischief since she was erected the night before International Women’s Day. Just two days after her arrival in the Big […]

Trump Signs Bill Targeting Planned Parenthood | Mother Jones

Trump Signs Bill Targeting Planned Parenthood | Mother Jones. by Hannah Levintova · March 30, 2017 The move reverses an Obama rule aimed at protecting family planning funds. Ron Sachs/CNP/ZUMA Update, 4/13: On Thursday, President Trump signed this bill into law, officially allowing states to withhold public funds that pay for contraception and other non-abortion services from providers who also […]

The Republican Party is dissolving before our eyes

The Republican Party is dissolving before our eyes. There are only so many hours in the day or neurons in our minds to devote to politics, but it’s nonetheless important that we raise our sights above the daily displays of the Trump administration’s bumper-car incompetence to take in the bigger picture. When we do, it becomes clear that Trump’s highly […]

The Broken Supreme Court – The New York Times

The Broken Supreme Court – The New York Times. by Linda Greenhouse · April 13, 2017 Al Drago/The New York Times When he was discussing military strategy or diplomacy, Gen. Colin Powell, the former secretary of state, liked to invoke what he called the Pottery Barn rule: “If you break it, you own it.” Well, the Republicans broke the Supreme […]

How to Stand Up to Trump and Win – The New York Times

How to Stand Up to Trump and Win – The New York Times. by Nicholas Kristof · April 13, 2017 BOSTON — After President Trump’s election, a wave of furious opposition erupted. It was an emotional mix of denial and anger, the first two stages of grief, and it wasn’t very effective. Yet increasingly that has matured into thoughtful efforts […]

The Brilliant Incoherence of Trump’s Foreign Policy – The Atlantic

The Brilliant Incoherence of Trump’s Foreign Policy – The Atlantic. by Stephen Sestanovich · April 11, 2017 Every 20 years or so—the regularity is a little astonishing—Americans hold a serious debate about their place in the world. What, they ask, is going wrong? And how can it be fixed? The discussion, moreover, almost always starts the same way. Having extricated […]

Dems to unveil populist agenda showing Sanders’ sway – POLITICO

Dems to unveil populist agenda showing Sanders' sway – POLITICO. · by Steven Shepard · April 12, 2017 Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi have met twice to flesh out a broader economic agenda that’s expected to emerge as soon as early summer. | Getty Democrats are beginning to craft an economic message for 2018 […]

Judge’s Body Found Along Hudson River – The Daily Beast

Judge’s Body Found Along Hudson River – The Daily Beast. According to a report in the New York Post, the body of Sheila Abdus-Salaam, a 65-year-old associate judge of the Court of Appeals, was discovered floating in the Hudson River on Wednesday. She was the first Muslim woman in U.S. history to serve on the bench. Police are still investigating […]

No, centrist Democrats did not tank the Kansas special election for liberals.

No, centrist Democrats did not tank the Kansas special election for liberals.. by Jim Newell · April 12, 2017 James Thompson lost to Republican Ron Estes in the special election to replace CIA Director Mike Pompeo’s old congressional seat. James Thompson for Kansas Democrats on Tuesday achieved something extraordinary in Kansas’ 4th District special election, though you wouldn’t know it […]

Democrats Say They Sometimes Need To Ignore Elections In Order To Win | The Huffington Post

Democrats Say They Sometimes Need To Ignore Elections In Order To Win | The Huffington Post. Toward the end of the 2016 presidential election, as polls showed a tighter-than-expected contest in Michigan, the Hillary Clinton campaign faced a dilemma over just how aggressively it needed to act. While aides worried about the possibility of losing the industrial Midwest stronghold, they […]

Airlines Treat People Like Dirt Because the Republicans in Congress Let Them | Mother Jones

Airlines Treat People Like Dirt Because the Republicans in Congress Let Them | Mother Jones. by Josh Harkinson · April 12, 2017 “It’s an ongoing frustration,” says one consumer advocate. “I’m disappointed.” AnyaBerkut/Getty Policymakers reacted swiftly this week to the outrageous viral video of police officers forcibly removing an innocent passenger from an overbooked United Airlines flight. A new passenger […]

Pruitt Requests Around-The-Clock Security Detail As Deep Cuts Loom At EPA

Pruitt Requests Around-The-Clock Security Detail As Deep Cuts Loom At EPA. Though the Trump administration has requested deep cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget, the department is looking for an increase in security for EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, the New York Times reported this week. The EPA has asked to add 10 security agents to provide a 24/7 security […]

Why President Trump really should be the world’s policeman

Why President Trump really should be the world's policeman. Last week, President Trump decided to fire missiles at Syria over its use of chemical weapons in rebel-held areas. This was almost inarguably the right decision. And yet, many people are arguing the contrary, like my colleagues Michael Brendan Dougherty and Damon Linker. While we are told, not wrongly, that there […]

Rosneft Could Soon Control Citgo, Senator Warns – The American Interest

Rosneft Could Soon Control Citgo, Senator Warns – The American Interest. by Scott Alexander The Russian state-owned oil firm Rosneft could soon possess a majority stake in the Houston-based oil company Citgo, Senator Bob Menendez warned this week. Menendez penned a letter to Secretary of Treasury Steve Mnuchin in which he expressed concern that Venezuela’s economic death spiral could cause […]

Obama fingerprints at DNC? | TheHill

Obama fingerprints at DNC? | TheHill. by Amie Parnes · April 11, 2017 Former President Obama’s White House political director is informally providing strategic advice to leaders at the Democratic National Committee (DNC). David Simas, who is now CEO of the Obama Foundation, is close with DNC Chairman Tom Perez and has been in regular contact with Sam Cornale, a […]

Janelle Monae proposes a sex strike, which would be an administrative nightmare.

Janelle Monae proposes a sex strike, which would be an administrative nightmare.. by Heather Schwedel · April 11, 2017 Musician Janelle Monáe arrives on the red carpet for the Oscars on Feb. 26 in Hollywood, California. Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images In the May issue of Marie Claire, Janelle Monáe floats the idea of a sex strike. “People have to start respecting […]

Pelosi: ‘Sean Spicer Must Be Fired’

Pelosi: 'Sean Spicer Must Be Fired'. Following White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s comparison of Syrian President Bashar Assad and German Chancellor Adolf Hitler, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) called for Spicer to be fired. “While Jewish families across America celebrate Passover, the chief spokesman of this White House is downplaying the horror of the Holocaust,” Pelosi said in […]

Why chemical weapons shouldn’t be America’s red line in Syria

Why chemical weapons shouldn't be America's red line in Syria. Last week, President Trump ordered the Navy to lob 59 Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian airbase. Apparently $100 million of the very best in remote-guided American munitions was enough to keep the airbase closed for one entire day, after which it resumed its role as a launching point for regime […]

Why Democrats have no regrets after McConnell’s ‘nuclear’ blast – POLITICO

Why Democrats have no regrets after McConnell's ‘nuclear’ blast – POLITICO. by Michael Crowley · April 9, 2017 Most Democrats, including Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, thought President Donald Trump’s decision to choose a nominee blessed by conservatives already ensured that his second high court selection would be as objectionable to them as his first. | AP […]

The Millennial Left’s Rude Awakening on Syria – The Daily Beast

The Millennial Left’s Rude Awakening on Syria – The Daily Beast. by Erin Gloria Ryan · April 11, 2017 When the same idea espoused by different parties leads to opposite reactions, is that reaction driven by principles or by fandom? The millennial left has had to deal with some uncomfortable truths since Donald Trump’s election. That they don’t live in […]

New York state makes college tuition free for middle class students

New York state makes college tuition free for middle class students. by Jordan Weissmann · April 10, 2017 Good job, good effort, Andrew. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images This weekend, New York lawmakers agreed to a first-in-the-nation deal that would make public colleges tuition-free for students whose families earn less than $125,000 a year. It was a quick and tidy […]

Martin O’Malley: Bernie Sanders Wouldn’t Have Beaten Donald Trump | The Huffington Post

Martin O'Malley: Bernie Sanders Wouldn't Have Beaten Donald Trump | The Huffington Post. WASHINGTON ― Even if Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) had won last year’s Democratic presidential primary, he wouldn’t have defeated Donald Trump in the general election, says former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D). “I don’t believe so,” O’Malley speculated Friday on DC/BS, a political podcast hosted by Jon […]

Nothing about stealing a Supreme Court seat was “easy”: President Trump owes his first victory to Mitch McConnell – Salon.com

Nothing about stealing a Supreme Court seat was “easy”: President Trump owes his first victory to Mitch McConnell – Salon.com. by Simon Maloy · April 10, 2017 Neil Gorsuch was sworn in as an associate justice of the Supreme Court this morning, which gave President Trump something he’s lacked for much of his still-young presidency: a chance to gloat. “I’ve […]

Markey: Dems Will Reinstate SCOTUS Filibuster If We Control Senate And WH (VIDEO)

Markey: Dems Will Reinstate SCOTUS Filibuster If We Control Senate And WH (VIDEO). Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) said Monday that, if Democrats regain control of the Senate and the White House, they will reverse Republicans’ change to the filibuster rules for Supreme Court nominees. On Thursday, the Senate voted on party lines to change those rules so that votes to […]

Trump’s Syria ‘success’ is fool’s gold

Trump's Syria 'success' is fool's gold. After he decided to launch missiles at a Syrian military base, President Trump had a serious concern. “He asked about reaction from the world community as well as congressional leaders,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told the press the next day, “and was informed that there was fairly unanimous praise for the decision […]

‘That’s the Job. We Are Adversarial.’ – POLITICO Magazine

‘That’s the Job. We Are Adversarial.’ – POLITICO Magazine. by Susan B. Glasser · April 10, 2017 Getty Veteran reporter Andrea Mitchell has long been at the center of the biggest stories—and she’s never faced off against a White House like this before. President Trump called her “Hillary Clinton’s P.R .person” when she got a scoop he didn’t like last […]

Juan Williams: The complicated story of black conservatism | TheHill

Juan Williams: The complicated story of black conservatism | TheHill. At a campaign stop last year, Donald Trump saw one black man in a sea of white supporters. Without a drop of embarrassment he announced, “Oh, look at my African American over there. Look at him. Are you the greatest?” Yes, it has got to be tough to be a […]

Trump’s Secret Weapon Against Obama’s Legacy – POLITICO Magazine

Trump’s Secret Weapon Against Obama’s Legacy – POLITICO Magazine. by Andrés Miguel Rondón · April 10, 2017 Getty Using an obscure law called the Congressional Review Act, the president and his allies in Congress are quietly wiping out parts of his predecessor’s regulatory regime. On February 28, President Donald Trump signed three bills into law. He held an Oval Office […]

Dems to Trump: Now Let’s Talk About Refugees

Dems to Trump: Now Let’s Talk About Refugees. by Stephanie Akin · April 7, 2017 Democrats who were quick to express support for the American air strikes in Syria followed up Friday with a warning that the Trump administration cannot hope to fully address the humanitarian disaster without reassessing its intolerance toward refugees. “The President said that images of slaughtered […]

Why Democrats have no regrets after McConnell’s ‘nuclear’ blast – POLITICO

Why Democrats have no regrets after McConnell's ‘nuclear’ blast – POLITICO. by Michael Crowley · April 9, 2017 Most Democrats, including Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, thought President Donald Trump’s decision to choose a nominee blessed by conservatives already ensured that his second high court selection would be as objectionable to them as his first. | AP […]

Assad Used Nerve Gas Because He’s Desperate. Expect Worse to Come. – The Daily Beast

Assad Used Nerve Gas Because He’s Desperate. Expect Worse to Come. – The Daily Beast. by Roy Gutman · April 10, 2017 ISTANBUL—Not long after U.S. cruise missiles tore into the Syrian air base that apparently served as the launch point for a chemical weapons attack, the Syrian army’s chief of staff arrived to inspect the damage and commend the […]

New York Set To Offer Free Tuition At 4-Year Colleges | The Huffington Post

New York Set To Offer Free Tuition At 4-Year Colleges | The Huffington Post. In a major victory for the movement to improve access to higher education, New York is set to become the only state that offers free tuition at four-year colleges. Deemed the Excelsior Scholarship, the free tuition plan is included in the $163 billion state budget approved […]

The enormous economic costs of America’s obesity epidemic

The enormous economic costs of America's obesity epidemic. In an operating room at Baptist Memphis Hospital, surgeon George Woodman stood over a sedated patient, preparing to insert a 5-inch needle into her huge abdomen, draped with yards of blue surgical cloth. The 30-year-old patient weighed 330 pounds, with a body mass index of 46 — so heavy she’s considered “morbidly” […]

Hillary Clinton is not going away.

Hillary Clinton is not going away.. by Michelle Goldberg · April 7, 2017 Hillary Clinton speaks at the Eighth Annual Women in the World Summit on Thursday in New York City. Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images Since the election, thinking about Hillary Clinton has been painful. Every photograph of Donald Trump standing before a grinning phalanx of white men as he signs […]

“Democrats are acting like a bunch of cowards”: Trump’s Syria strike opens a rift on the left – Vox

“Democrats are acting like a bunch of cowards”: Trump’s Syria strike opens a rift on the left – Vox. Progressive activists say they’re dismayed that senior congressional Democrats aren’t more strongly condemning President Donald Trump’s strikes against Syria on Thursday night. Some Democrats in Congress dinged Trump on the process — not seeking congressional approval — but largely supported the […]

Immigrant Scapegoating Didn’t Start Under Trump—It Was ‘Greatly Accelerated’ Under Clinton | The Huffington Post

Immigrant Scapegoating Didn’t Start Under Trump—It Was ‘Greatly Accelerated’ Under Clinton | The Huffington Post. In this week’s episode of Scheer Intelligence, Robert Scheer interviews attorney Bill Blum, a Truthdig columnist and a lecturer at the University of Southern California and the University of California, Los Angeles. The two examine Blum’s recent column, “Bill Clinton Laid the Groundwork for Trump’s […]

Joining High Court, The Real Neil Gorsuch Set To Stand Up

Joining High Court, The Real Neil Gorsuch Set To Stand Up. WASHINGTON (AP) — Somewhere between the Republican caricature of the next justice of the Supreme Court as a folksy family guy and the Democrats’ demonization of him as a cold-hearted automaton, stands Neil Gorsuch. Largely unknown six months ago, Gorsuch has seen his life story, personality and professional career […]

The Obama Doctrine, R.I.P. – The Atlantic

The Obama Doctrine, R.I.P. – The Atlantic. by Jeffrey Goldberg · April 7, 2017 President Obama’s foreign policy doctrine, like many foreign policy doctrines, was contradictory at times, and it sometimes lacked coherence. Obama himself resisted the desire of others (including yours truly) to corral his various foreign policy and national security impulses into a comprehensive, globe-spanning, capital-D doctrine. But […]

Democratic Syria hawks love Trump’s airstrikes – POLITICO

Democratic Syria hawks love Trump's airstrikes – POLITICO. by Josh Gerstein · April 7, 2017 Former Secretary of State John Kerry was “absolutely supportive” of President Donald Trump’s strike in Syria according to a person close to the former diplomat. | Getty The question tormented Obama administration officials for years: Should we strike at Syrian dictator Bashar Assad or not? […]

Elites are giddy over Trump’s airstrike in Syria, and that’s terrifying.

Elites are giddy over Trump's airstrike in Syria, and that's terrifying.. by Isaac Chotiner · April 7, 2017 Trump is getting a thumbs-up back. Photo by Olivier Douliery – Pool/Getty Images Finally, after months of fear and anguish and deep depression, liberals have been feeling good again. Trump’s approval ratings are historically low, his adviser Steve Bannon is struggling to […]

“Democrats are acting like a bunch of cowards”: Trump’s Syria strike opens a rift on the left – Vox

“Democrats are acting like a bunch of cowards”: Trump’s Syria strike opens a rift on the left – Vox. Progressive activists say they’re dismayed that senior congressional Democrats aren’t more strongly condemning President Donald Trump’s strikes against Syria on Thursday night. Some Democrats in Congress dinged Trump on the process — not seeking congressional approval — but largely supported the […]

Donald Trump’s War Crimes | The Huffington Post

Donald Trump’s War Crimes | The Huffington Post. Just two and a half months into his presidency, Donald Trump has already distinguished himself as a war criminal. His administration is killing unusually large numbers of civilians, in violation of U.S. and international law. Killing Civilians in Record Numbers The Trump administration began to kill civilians over inaugural weekend, with two […]

Did Russia try to cover up Syria’s chemical attack? Pentagon now investigating Kremlin’s involvement in Assad’s deadly strike – Salon.com

Did Russia try to cover up Syria’s chemical attack? Pentagon now investigating Kremlin’s involvement in Assad’s deadly strike – Salon.com. by Taylor Link · April 7, 2017 The U.S. military is investigating whether Russia bombed a hospital in Syria in order to destroy evidence of this week’s chemical attack attributed to President Bashar al-Assad’s forces, senior military officials told the […]

No good will come of Trump’s Syria strike

No good will come of Trump's Syria strike. On Thursday night, the Trump administration abruptly announced that it had launched more than 50 cruise missiles at a Syrian airfield, in retaliation for the apparent use of chemical weapons against Syrian civilians by Bashar al-Assad. This is a wildly dangerous and probably illegal action from President Trump, one which will almost […]

The ‘unmasking’ of Susan Rice – Baltimore Sun

The 'unmasking' of Susan Rice – Baltimore Sun. by Baltimore Sun Is the latest kerfuffle involving Susan Rice a smoking gun or a smokescreen? The evidence strongly suggests the latter as it’s become apparent that President Donald Trump’s desire to change the subject from Russian meddling in the last election — and more recently from his own claim that Trump […]

Striking at Assad Carries Opportunities, and Risks, for Trump – The New York Times

Striking at Assad Carries Opportunities, and Risks, for Trump – The New York Times. by DAVID E. SANGER · April 7, 2017 WASHINGTON — In launching a military strike just 77 days into his administration, President Trump has the opportunity, but hardly a guarantee, to change the perception of disarray in his administration. The attack will also shape the meeting […]

Trump Launches Tomahawk Missile Strikes After Syria Chemical Attack – The Daily Beast

Trump Launches Tomahawk Missile Strikes After Syria Chemical Attack – The Daily Beast. by Tim Mak · April 7, 2017 President Donald Trump ordered missile strikes in Syria on Thursday evening, just days after a deadly chemical weapons strike that the United States attributed to the Assad regime. More than 50 Tomahawk cruise missiles were launched toward an airbase near […]

Let the filibuster burn! In truth, Democrats are better off without it.

Let the filibuster burn! In truth, Democrats are better off without it.. by Jamelle Bouie · April 6, 2017 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell after a vote in the Senate chamber at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday in Washington. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images Well before Mitch McConnell deployed the nuclear option to stop a Democratic filibuster of Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s […]

The best way the US could help Syrians: open the borders – Vox

The best way the US could help Syrians: open the borders – Vox. by Dylan Matthews · September 4, 2015 Two Kurdish brothers from Kobane, Syria in a Turkish refugee camp. Kutluhan Cucel/Getty Images On Thursday night, President Donald Trump announced that the US had launched airstrikes against the regime of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad in retaliation for Assad’s use […]

Climate change would swamp Trump’s border wall – ThinkProgress

Climate change would swamp Trump’s border wall – ThinkProgress. by Joe Romm · April 5, 2017 Candidate Donald Trump vowed time and again to build a massive border wall between Mexico and the United States. He has reiterated this pledge as president, despite unanswered questions regarding who would pay the billions of dollars estimated for construction. Fulfilling that already challenging […]

Trump orders military strike against Syria: At least 50 missiles launched in response to recent chemical attack – Salon.com

Trump orders military strike against Syria: At least 50 missiles launched in response to recent chemical attack – Salon.com. by Tatiana Baez · April 7, 2017 The United States launched a military strike against the Syrian government on Thursday night, AP reports. President Donald Trump ordered at least 50 Tomahawk cruise missiles to attack a Syrian government airbase as retribution […]

This Is What Democrats Have to Gain From Filibustering Gorsuch | Mother Jones

This Is What Democrats Have to Gain From Filibustering Gorsuch | Mother Jones. by Pema Levy · April 6, 2017 “For Democrats not to do this would have been a potentially catastrophic mistake.” J. Scott Applewhite/AP Speaking to a gathering of Democratic donors in late March, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) gamed out the perils of filibustering Neil Gorsuch, President Donald […]

How Democrats sold out the transgender community in North Carolina

How Democrats sold out the transgender community in North Carolina. Until a few years ago, when Hillary Clinton finally came out in favor of gay marriage, ideas like intersectionality, social constructivism, and microaggressions were largely the province of leftist college professors and radicals, while Clintonian centrist Democrats scoffed at such social justice notions. But virtually overnight, this vocabulary became the […]

The Supreme Court as Partisan Tool – The New York Times

The Supreme Court as Partisan Tool – The New York Times. by THE EDITORIAL BOARD · April 4, 2017 Rose Wong Even though the Supreme Court has been an active player in American politics — Bush v. Gore leaps quickly to mind — the process of choosing its members has been seen as mattering more than the partisan combat in […]

Why Black Lives Matter Still Matters | New Republic

Why Black Lives Matter Still Matters | New Republic. by Peniel E. Joseph · April 6, 2017 Even in the splintered and often fractious world of social justice movements, Black Lives Matter doesn’t fit easily into existing categories. Few grassroots uprisings have done as much, in such a short period of time, to focus attention on long-neglected issues of racial […]

Trump’s ‘red line’ reversal hints at Syria shift – POLITICO

Trump’s 'red line' reversal hints at Syria shift – POLITICO. · by Bryan Bender · April 5, 2017 US. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley shows pictures of Syrian victims of chemical attacks as she addresses a meeting of the Security Council at U.N. headquarters on April 5. | Getty When President Barack Obama geared up for airstrikes to […]

No, Elizabeth Warren Doesn’t Pay Women Less Than Men | The Huffington Post

No, Elizabeth Warren Doesn't Pay Women Less Than Men | The Huffington Post. On Equal Pay Day on Tuesday, the Washington Free Beacon misleadingly accused Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) of paying women 30 percent less than men in her own office in 2016. That certainly would be hypocritical of her, as she regularly decries the gender pay gap in America. […]

Donald Trump can’t stop complaining about inheriting “a mess” in Syria – Salon.com

Donald Trump can’t stop complaining about inheriting “a mess” in Syria – Salon.com. by Matthew Rozsa · April 5, 2017 President Donald Trump has been criticized for his inadequate response to the Syrian chemical attack, but as he made it clear during a press conference after meeting with King Abdullah II of Jordan, he thinks the problem isn’t himself — […]

Jeff Sessions Does Not Think Your Local Police Department Is His Problem | Mother Jones

Jeff Sessions Does Not Think Your Local Police Department Is His Problem | Mother Jones. by Brandon E. Patterson · April 4, 2017 With the attorney general’s latest order, the feds retreat from police oversight. Jeff Sessions speaks to law enforcement leaders in St. Louis on March 31, 2017. Jeff Roberson/AP Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday ordered a review […]

That Rice Interview

That Rice Interview. Former National Security Advisor Susan Rice’s interview with Andrea Mitchell is still on-going. But the gist of the interview confirms what national security experts are saying, which is that what Rice is alleged to have done is entirely normal. But I would say the buried lede in this interview is that during the transition period the Intelligence […]

How Democrats sold out the transgender community in North Carolina

How Democrats sold out the transgender community in North Carolina. Until a few years ago, when Hillary Clinton finally came out in favor of gay marriage, ideas like intersectionality, social constructivism, and microaggressions were largely the province of leftist college professors and radicals, while Clintonian centrist Democrats scoffed at such social justice notions. But virtually overnight, this vocabulary became the […]

Democrats can save the Senate or ruin it: Ross Baker

Democrats can save the Senate or ruin it: Ross Baker. by Ross Baker · April 5, 2017 They have a right to be furious about Trump and Garland, but filibustering Gorsuch isn’t the answer. From left, Democratic Sens. Richard Blumenthal, Chuck Schumer and Sheldon Whitehouse. (Photo: Michael Reynolds, epa) I have studied the U.S. Senate my entire professional life. All […]

Why Democrats have to go through with a doomed filibuster of Neil Gorsuch.

Why Democrats have to go through with a doomed filibuster of Neil Gorsuch.. by Jim Newell · April 4, 2017 Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch during the third day of his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, on March 22. Jim Bourg/Reuters Sen. John McCain was in a manic state on Monday. Usually when the specter […]

Legislator Calls Out Her ‘White Male’ Colleagues For Skipping Speeches By Women Of Color | The Huffington Post

Legislator Calls Out Her 'White Male' Colleagues For Skipping Speeches By Women Of Color | The Huffington Post. On Monday, Minnesota state Rep. Ilhan Omar (D) spoke out against a public safety bill, arguing that its increase in penalties for protesters who block major roads would weaken civil rights and could have blocked historic demonstrations throughout history. Melissa Hortman (D), […]