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Death and Tax Cuts – The New York Times

Death and Tax Cuts – The New York Times. by Paul Krugman · February 24, 2017 Constituents listening to Senator Bill Cassidy on Tuesday at a town hall meeting in Denham Springs, La. Emily Kask for The New York Times Across the country, Republicans have been facing crowds demanding to know how they will protect the 20 million Americans who […]

Tucker Carlson: The Bow-Tied Bard of Populism – The Atlantic

Tucker Carlson: The Bow-Tied Bard of Populism – The Atlantic. by McKay Coppins · February 23, 2017 Tucker Carlson is selling me hard on the swamp. It is an unseasonably warm afternoon in late January, and we are seated at a corner table in Monocle, an upscale Capitol Hill eatery frequented by the Fox News star. (Carlson, who typically skips […]

GOP’s risky delusion about town hall protests – CNN.com

GOP's risky delusion about town hall protests – CNN.com. Errol Louis is the host of “Inside City Hall,” a nightly political show on NY1, a New York all-news channel. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author. (CNN)White House spokesman Sean Spicer is kidding himself if he truly thinks the wave of protesters swarming Republican congressional […]

Alan Colmes was Fox News’ original liberal patsy.

Alan Colmes was Fox News' original liberal patsy.. · by Isaac Chotiner · February 23, 2017 Alan Colmes and Sean Hannity attend the Fox News Channel’s 10th anniversary celebration on Oct. 4, 2006, in New York City. Peter Kramer/Getty Images The death of Fox News contributor Alan Colmes, who passed away in New York City this week at the age […]

Is our view of romantic love too narrow? A philosopher makes the case for polyamory. – Vox

Is our view of romantic love too narrow? A philosopher makes the case for polyamory. – Vox. There is still a taboo around open relationships in our culture. People who openly practice nonmonogamy, if not quite ostracized, are certainly stereotyped. This is part of the reason Carrie Jenkins, a philosophy professor at the University of British Columbia, has become a […]

WATCH: DNC in disarray? Shareblue executive editor says the easy narrative doesn’t fit the facts – Salon.com

WATCH: DNC in disarray? Shareblue executive editor says the easy narrative doesn’t fit the facts – Salon.com. by Jeremy Binckes · February 23, 2017 Trump came out of the gate firing, but Democrats were able to counter, Jess McIntosh told Salon Talks VIDEO Follow After Hillary Clinton’s 2016 defeat, two simultaneous narratives emerged. The first was that the President Donald […]

Does Trump Herald the End of the West? – POLITICO Magazine

Does Trump Herald the End of the West? – POLITICO Magazine. In Europe, the confusion over America’s new president is turning into something else: alarm. By James P. Rubin LONDON — Since the fall of communism in 1989, a year has not gone by without some high-level meeting or international conference wrestling with the question of whether the Western alliance, […]

The True Story of the Comey Letter Debacle | Vanity Fair

The True Story of the Comey Letter Debacle | Vanity Fair. by Bethany McLean · March 21, 2017 I SOLEMNLY ERR F.B.I. director James Comey at the July 7 House oversight committee hearing on the F.B.I.’s probe into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server. By Alex Wong/Getty Image. In the early summer of 2013—what seems like a lifetime […]

A nation of immigrants enters dark chapter – CNN.com

A nation of immigrants enters dark chapter – CNN.com. Raul A. Reyes is an attorney and member of the USA Today board of contributors and writes frequently for CNN Opinion. The views expressed here are solely his. (CNN)The deportation force is here. According to new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) memos, the Trump administration plans to vastly expand the pool […]

Labor Leaders Endorse Ellison for DNC Chairman

Labor Leaders Endorse Ellison for DNC Chairman. by Aryn Braun · December 8, 2016 Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO shown here on the floor of the Democratic National Convention in July, said Rep. Keith Ellison “meets the high standard working people expect.” (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo) Aryn Braun Posted Dec 8, 2016 2:50 PM Save for later […]

“We Will Never Stop”: An EPA Employee Blasts the Trump Administration | Mother Jones

"We Will Never Stop": An EPA Employee Blasts the Trump Administration | Mother Jones. by Eric Holthaus · February 22, 2017 “What type of nation are we?” Greenpeace activists unfurl a banner protesting the Trump administration. Ken Cedeno/ZUMA As we embark on month two of Donald Trump’s presidency, it’s hard to imagine a group of federal employees facing more uncertainty […]

DNC Chair Race Remains Tight As Energized Democrats Combat Trump

DNC Chair Race Remains Tight As Energized Democrats Combat Trump. ATLANTA (AP) — Just days before Democratic activists pick a new party chair, the contest to head the Democratic National Committee remains fluid, as national leaders grapple with how to turn an outpouring of liberal protest against President Donald Trump into political gains. The tight race between former Labor Secretary […]

California has lost its mind

California has lost its mind. The 2016 election has produced a stunning and arguably increasing level of denial from President Trump’s opponents. They marked Presidents Day with protests using the slogan “Not My President.” Protesters held a sprawling march for women in Washington, D.C., and other major cities even before the new president had begun setting policy, and now want […]

Why President Trump’s new immigration plan will backfire horribly

Why President Trump's new immigration plan will backfire horribly. The president of the United States got in an argument over the weekend about an imaginary terrorist attack in Sweden because he saw something about it on Fox News. And now, President Trump is using the full force of his office to try to turn America into precisely the place he […]

Keith Ellison Supporters Warn Of Fallout If He Loses DNC Chair Race | The Huffington Post

Keith Ellison Supporters Warn Of Fallout If He Loses DNC Chair Race | The Huffington Post. Days after the November election, the progressive wing of the Democratic Party was ascendant. There was no greater sign of its rising stature than the momentum Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota was enjoying in his race to chair the Democratic National Committee. Ellison, co-chair […]

Mass deportation is coming: Trump’s Homeland Security Department lays out game plan to expel large numbers of immigrants – Salon.com

Mass deportation is coming: Trump’s Homeland Security Department lays out game plan to expel large numbers of immigrants – Salon.com. by Simon Maloy · February 21, 2017 Donald Trump’s immigration crackdown is coming. One of the first things Trump did as president was to sign a series of executive orders on immigration policy, and while the Muslim ban and the […]

Man Who Smashed Trump Walk Of Fame Star To Pay Damages, Serve Probation

Man Who Smashed Trump Walk Of Fame Star To Pay Damages, Serve Probation. LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man who destroyed Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame has been sentenced to three years of probation for vandalism. An attorney for James Otis says he pleaded no contest to the felony Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court. Attorney […]

The arrogant thinking of liberal sports writers

The arrogant thinking of liberal sports writers. “Today, sports writing is basically a liberal profession, practiced by liberals who enforce an unapologetically liberal code,” writes Bryan Curtis at The Ringer. He’s right. You can see it in the way sportswriters police a consensus against the Washington Redskins’ name, or for on-field political activism. They tweet against President Trump, and for […]

A General Strike Against Trump? Here’s a Dark History Lesson – The Daily Beast

A General Strike Against Trump? Here’s a Dark History Lesson – The Daily Beast. by Josh Nathan-Kazis · February 21, 2017 Jim Maurer stood before a meeting of 500 union bosses in November 1919 and declared it was time to bring Pennsylvania to its knees. “Get ready for the last grand struggle of all,” Maurer said. “Fight with every weapon […]

New National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster is the Army’s smartest officer.

New National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster is the Army’s smartest officer.. by Fred Kaplan · February 20, 2017 Donald Trump shakes hands with Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, the new national security adviser, at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort on Monday. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images In choosing Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his national security adviser, President Trump has made his […]

The “Trump rally” is real. It might not last. – Vox

The “Trump rally” is real. It might not last. – Vox. Economic events don’t usually sneak up on Jim O’Sullivan. He has won a prestigious forecasting competition — predicting jobs reports, inflation rates, and growth trends — for six consecutive years. MarketWatch, which runs the contest, says the odds of pulling off that streak by sheer guessing would be about […]

More Bomb Threats Close Jewish Community Centers Across The Nation | The Huffington Post

More Bomb Threats Close Jewish Community Centers Across The Nation | The Huffington Post. Jewish Community Centers were shaken by another wave of bomb threats, forcing evacuations in 10 states Monday. Eleven Jewish Community Centers received threatening calls Monday, said Marla Cohen, communications manager for JCCA, the Jewish Community Center Association. Incidents were reported at Jewish Community Centers in St. […]

Robert Reich: Why Trumponomics fails – Salon.com

Robert Reich: Why Trumponomics fails – Salon.com. This originally appeared on Robert Reich’s blog. When Donald Trump gave a speech last Friday at Boeing’s factory in North Charleston, South Carolina – unveiling Boeing’s new 787 “Dreamliner” – he congratulated Boeing for building the plane “right here” in South Carolina. It’s pure fantasy. I’ll let you know why in a moment. […]

Dem Rep. To Sue Over Removal Of Painting Depicting Cops As Animals

Dem Rep. To Sue Over Removal Of Painting Depicting Cops As Animals. Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-MO) said Monday that he will file a federal lawsuit on Tuesday against the architect of the Capitol for removing a painting by former St. Louis student David Pulphus that depicts police officers as animals. “Seven months after being displayed as part of a […]

Breaking the Anti-Immigrant Fever – The New York Times

Breaking the Anti-Immigrant Fever – The New York Times. by THE EDITORIAL BOARD · February 18, 2017 João Fazenda Americans have been watching the Trump administration unfold for almost a month now, in all its malevolent incompetence. From morning tweets to daytime news to late-night comedy, many watch and fret and mock, and then sleep, sometimes fitfully. Others, a large […]

Why Presidents Day is the worst American holiday

Why Presidents Day is the worst American holiday. The American presidency as currently conceived is nothing if not a study in excess. So when Donald Trump stepped into the Oval Office last month, he took on a position of remarkable and, in the modern world, unparalleled power. That is not something to celebrate. President Trump can subpoena journalists’ phone records […]

Democrats seek to quell Trump impeachment talk – POLITICO

Democrats seek to quell Trump impeachment talk – POLITICO. by Darren Samuelsohn · February 19, 2017 Democratic Party leaders are trying to rein in the talk of impeachment for President Donald Trump that’s animating the grassroots. | Getty They call it the ‘I’ word. Just a month into Donald Trump’s presidency, Democratic Party leaders are trying to rein in the […]

The false promise of sanctuary cities.

The false promise of sanctuary cities.. by Daniel Denvir · February 17, 2017 Immigration activists participate in a prayer and rally against President Donald Trump’s immigration policies on Jan. 27 in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images In the wake of President Trump’s nativist crackdown, mayors in left-leaning cities have defiantly proclaimed that their cities will remain “sanctuaries” where immigrants […]

Republicans Are Using An Arcane Tool To Handcuff Federal Agencies | The Huffington Post

Republicans Are Using An Arcane Tool To Handcuff Federal Agencies | The Huffington Post. by Laura Barron-Lopez · February 19, 2017 WASHINGTON ― While President Donald Trump distracts the public with his angry tweets, Republicans in Congress have been busy undoing federal regulations that agencies have been working on for years. GOP lawmakers are dismantling regulations they deem overreaching and […]

The new patriotism: Loving America and resisting President Trump, a one-man 9/11 – Salon.com

The new patriotism: Loving America and resisting President Trump, a one-man 9/11 – Salon.com. by Frida Berrigan · February 19, 2017 This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch. So reality has inexorably, inescapably penetrated my life. It didn’t take long. Yes, Donald Trump is actually the president of the United States. In that guise, in just his first weeks in office, […]

London Mayor: Trump Should Be Denied Visit Over ‘Cruel’ Immigration Policy

London Mayor: Trump Should Be Denied Visit Over 'Cruel' Immigration Policy. LONDON (AP) — London’s mayor says that President Donald Trump shouldn’t receive a state visit in Britain because of his “cruel” policies on immigration. Sadiq Khan said Sunday the U.S. president should not get VIP treatment when he comes to Britain later this year because of his “ban on […]

Why the Trump administration leaks will inevitably turn into a flood

Why the Trump administration leaks will inevitably turn into a flood. During the 2016 election, Donald Trump didn’t just like leaks, he loved leaks. Or it might be more accurate to say that he loved it when confidential information became public, at least if it could be used to his advantage. In the last month of the campaign, he publicly […]

Trump infrastructure plan can’t afford California bullet train – The San Diego Union-Tribune

Trump infrastructure plan can’t afford California bullet train – The San Diego Union-Tribune. by The San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial Board There appears to be growing bipartisan momentum in both Washington and Sacramento to approve major infrastructure improvements and repairs. It may be the only thing that President Donald Trump and Gov. Jerry Brown agree on. During his campaign, Trump said […]

Mark Zuckerberg’s theory of human history – Vox

Mark Zuckerberg’s theory of human history – Vox. Where technology and economics collide Mark Zuckerberg’s 6,000-word manifesto on the future of Facebook begins with a capsule narration of human achievement. “History is the story of how we’ve learned to come together in ever greater numbers,” Zuckerberg writes, “from tribes to cities to nations. At each step, we built social infrastructure […]

Are Liberals Helping Trump? – The New York Times

Are Liberals Helping Trump? – The New York Times. by SABRINA TAVERNISE · February 18, 2017 A Trump supporter on Inauguration Day. Patrick Smith/Getty Images Jeffrey Medford, a small-business owner in South Carolina, voted reluctantly for Donald Trump. As a conservative, he felt the need to choose the Republican. But some things are making him feel uncomfortable — parts of […]

The Screwed Generation Turns Socialist – The Daily Beast

The Screwed Generation Turns Socialist – The Daily Beast. by Joel Kotkin · February 19, 2017 Increasingly American politics are driven by generational change. The election of Donald Trump was not just a triumph of whiter, heartland America. It also confirmed the still considerable voting power of the older generation. Yet over time, as those of us who have lived […]

The false promise of sanctuary cities.

The false promise of sanctuary cities.. by Daniel Denvir · February 17, 2017 Immigration activists participate in a prayer and rally against President Donald Trump’s immigration policies on Jan. 27 in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images In the wake of President Trump’s nativist crackdown, mayors in left-leaning cities have defiantly proclaimed that their cities will remain “sanctuaries” where immigrants […]

A Mild-Mannered Woman From Washington Is The Democrats’ Deadliest Weapon | The Huffington Post

A Mild-Mannered Woman From Washington Is The Democrats' Deadliest Weapon | The Huffington Post. WASHINGTON ― A few weeks after the 2013 government shutdown, Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) compared the Republicans in the House to the preschoolers she once taught. To deal with a bunch of fractious, obstreperous 4-year-olds, she said, you need a plan. When Murray made her comparison, […]

Lavrov: Russia Seeks ‘Post-West’ World Order, Pragmatic U.S. Ties

Lavrov: Russia Seeks 'Post-West' World Order, Pragmatic U.S. Ties. MUNICH (AP) — Russia wants pragmatic relations with the United States but also is hoping for the creation of a “post-West world order,” the country’s foreign minister said Saturday, dismissing the NATO military alliance as a relic of the Cold War. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s comments at the Munich Security […]

Are news anchors playing into Trump’s hands? – POLITICO

Are news anchors playing into Trump’s hands? – POLITICO. by Nolan D. McCaskill · February 17, 2017 Jake Tapper and other network veterans have rocketed to social-media stardom for talking back to President Donald Trump or his best-known surrogate, Kellyanne Conway. | Getty Hours after NBC’s Peter Alexander fact-checked President Donald Trump during Thursday’s press conference — twice correcting Trump’s […]

The problem with Mark Zuckerberg’s new Facebook manifesto: It isn’t political enough.

The problem with Mark Zuckerberg’s new Facebook manifesto: It isn’t political enough.. by Will Oremus · February 17, 2017 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote a 6,000-word open letter to his “community.” Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images What is Facebook? It’s a question that seems like it ought to become easier to answer over time. Instead, it has become more difficult. […]

Democrats Want An Investigation Into Donald Trump’s Whistleblower Threats | The Huffington Post

Democrats Want An Investigation Into Donald Trump's Whistleblower Threats | The Huffington Post. WASHINGTON ― With President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans threatening to go after the people who leaked classified material about Trump’s ties to Russia, Democrats are asking the Justice Department to investigate the potential intimidation of whistleblowers ― and they want Attorney General Jeff Sessions to recuse […]

Divided, the unions are falling, as right-to-work laws are gaining ground – Salon.com

Divided, the unions are falling, as right-to-work laws are gaining ground – Salon.com. by Matthew Rozsa · February 17, 2017 Unions have been weakening for years, but right-to-work laws could put a really big nail in their coffin Right-to-work laws may soon make American union membership — which, at 10.7 percent, is already at a record low — fall to […]

Trump Calls Media The ‘Enemy Of The American People’

Trump Calls Media The 'Enemy Of The American People'. President Donald Trump continued his crusade against the “fake news media” in a tweet Friday afternoon, calling the press the “enemy of the American People.” The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People! — Donald J. Trump […]

America’s spies are playing a dangerous game against President Trump

America's spies are playing a dangerous game against President Trump. After President Trump’s truly off-the-rails, utterly mind-boggling press conference on Thursday afternoon, liberals can surely smell blood in the water. Here we have a Republican president far more sinister than Richard Nixon absorbing blow after blow from the press thanks to leaks by public-spirited whistleblowers in the federal bureaucracy. It’s […]

What a Failed Trump Administration Looks Like – The New York Times

What a Failed Trump Administration Looks Like – The New York Times. by David Brooks · February 17, 2017 President Trump in the Oval Office. Doug Mills/The New York Times I still have trouble seeing how the Trump administration survives a full term. Judging by his Thursday press conference, President Trump’s mental state is like a train that long ago […]

Leaked Emails: Dem State Leaders Think Obama’s New Organizing Army is ‘Grade A Bullshit’ – The Daily Beast

Leaked Emails: Dem State Leaders Think Obama’s New Organizing Army is ‘Grade A BS’ – The Daily Beast. by Asawin Suebsaeng · February 17, 2017 It is difficult to overstate just how enraged state Democratic activists and leaders are with Organizing for Action (OFA), the political and community-organizing army that grew out of Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns. The nonprofit, which […]

Read Trump’s feedback for individual reporters at his press conference.

Read Trump's feedback for individual reporters at his press conference.. by Molly Olmstead · February 16, 2017 US President Donald Trump at a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the White House on February 15, 2017. Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images President Trump’s view of the media is well-documented. Advancing his administration’s explicit strategy of treating […]

Donald Trump and the press are co-dependent — and Trump knows it – Vox

Donald Trump and the press are co-dependent — and Trump knows it – Vox. by Tara Golshan · February 16, 2017 Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images President Donald Trump has a prediction: He is going to look at the news headlines on Friday, and they will read that his Thursday press conference was a “ranting and raving” censuring of the […]

The war isn’t over: Labor can still win in the south – Salon.com

The war isn’t over: Labor can still win in the south – Salon.com. by Chris Brooks · February 16, 2017 This article originally appeared in In These Times. The future looks bleak. The Republican Party is now the dominant force in more than two-thirds of state legislatures, a majority of governorships, both houses of Congress and the White House. Upon […]

Clinton Campaign Sent Fake Phishing Emails to Its Own Staff | Mother Jones

Clinton Campaign Sent Fake Phishing Emails to Its Own Staff | Mother Jones. by AJ Vicens · February 16, 2017 These security training efforts help explain why the campaign itself wasn’t hacked as associates were. Hillary Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook. Brian Snyder/Zuma Hillary Clinton’s run for the White House will be remembered for many things, but information security isn’t […]

Donald Trump, special snowflake

Donald Trump, special snowflake. In the days after the 2016 election, some conservatives began mocking liberals expressing their distress as “special snowflakes,” so delicate and tender that they needed to retreat to their “safe spaces” where the world’s cruel realities wouldn’t intrude on them. But now we know who the most special snowflake of all is, the one whose feelings […]

A bleak week for Obamacare – POLITICO

A bleak week for Obamacare – POLITICO. Obamacare’s health insurance markets are flirting with financial disaster — and that’s before Republicans have had a chance to lay their hands on the law they’ve vowed for seven years to repeal. The insurance markets, which have been bleeding money, have taken one hit after another this week, beginning with news that Humana […]

The Democrats Scalp Andrew Puzder, and Change Nothing – The Daily Beast

The Democrats Scalp Andrew Puzder, and Change Nothing – The Daily Beast. by Michael Tomasky · February 15, 2017 This Trump era is going to be a learning experience about what kinds of things do and do not constitute red lines for Republicans. And as Andy Puzder withdraws his name from nomination for Labor secretary, we learn that it’s perfectly […]

Sinking Andrew Puzder isn’t that great a victory for Democrats.

Sinking Andrew Puzder isn't that great a victory for Democrats.. by Jordan Weissmann · February 15, 2017 Protesters rally against Andrew Puzder, who withdrew his name from consideration as secretary of labor today. Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images Andrew Puzder, Donald Trump’s embattled pick for secretary of labor, has tapped out. As it became increasingly obvious Wednesday that his nomination […]

Trump Calls On Only Conservative Outlets For Three Straight Press Conferences

Trump Calls On Only Conservative Outlets For Three Straight Press Conferences. President Donald Trump called on exclusively conservative news outlets for his third press conference in a row on Wednesday, leading CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta to comment afterward: “The fix is in.” Over three press conferences with world leaders – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Canadian Prime Minister […]

America’s spies anonymously took down Michael Flynn. That is deeply worrying.

America's spies anonymously took down Michael Flynn. That is deeply worrying.. The United States is much better off without Michael Flynn serving as national security adviser. But no one should be cheering the way he was brought down. The whole episode is evidence of the precipitous and ongoing collapse of America’s democratic institutions — not a sign of their resiliency. […]

A New DNC Chair: This Time It Really Counts

A New DNC Chair: This Time It Really Counts. by Walter Shapiro · February 14, 2017 BALTIMORE — Watching the Democratic Party’s regional forum here last week, my mind kept flashing back to that nearly century-old Will Rogers crack, “I am not a member of any organized party — I am a Democrat.” In normal times, the selection of a […]

Why The Resistance Is The Best Thing That’s Happened To Donald Trump

Why The Resistance Is The Best Thing That's Happened To Donald Trump. by David Harsanyi · February 14, 2017 Sure, it matters that Donald Trump owns a historically low favorability rating. Then again, disliking the president isn’t exactly a courageous act. Plenty of Americans — many of whom supported the president during the general election — don’t like Donald Trump. […]

U.S. believes Russia deployed new missile in treaty violation | Reuters

U.S. believes Russia deployed new missile in treaty violation | Reuters. WASHINGTON Russia has deployed a new cruise missile despite complaints by U.S. officials that it violates an arms control treaty banning ground-based U.S. and Russian intermediate-range missiles, a senior Trump administration official said on Tuesday. Russia had secretly deployed the ground-launched SSC-8 cruise missile that Moscow has been developing […]

A big insurer just quit Obamacare. Here’s what that means. – Vox

A big insurer just quit Obamacare. Here's what that means. – Vox. Humana announced Tuesday that it would no longer participate in the Obamacare marketplaces, making it the first major insurer to withdraw from the exchanges since Trump’s election. In a statement to investors, Humana didn’t talk about the current uncertainty surrounding the health law’s future. Instead, it cited problems […]

America’s spies anonymously took down Michael Flynn. That is deeply worrying.

America's spies anonymously took down Michael Flynn. That is deeply worrying.. The United States is much better off without Michael Flynn serving as national security adviser. But no one should be cheering the way he was brought down. The whole episode is evidence of the precipitous and ongoing collapse of America’s democratic institutions — not a sign of their resiliency. […]

The Democrats’ demographic dilemma – The Boston Globe

The Democrats’ demographic dilemma – The Boston Globe. by Richard North Patterson · February 14, 2017 If no man is an island, no political party should be an archipelago. Such are the Democrats — blue islands in a sea of red. True, an America becoming younger, better educated, and less white trends Democratic. Thus Democrats have carried the popular vote […]

Riot-Prone Mobs Are A Product Of America’s Cult-Like Education System

Riot-Prone Mobs Are A Product Of America’s Cult-Like Education System. by Stella Morabito · February 13, 2017 There will be more street theater in the days to come. Every week after President Trump’s inauguration, the headlines have been full of protests: at local townhalls for GOP members of Congress, campus events, counter-protesting pro-life demonstrations. If you are of sound mind […]

Juan Williams: Trump and GOP collide with reality | TheHill

Juan Williams: Trump and GOP collide with reality | TheHill. The big news for the GOP majority on Capitol Hill last week came as a tweet — and it was not from President Trump. Matt Drudge, the proprietor of The Drudge Report, the conservative website which played a leading role in the rise of the new president, raised eyebrows with […]

The 2017 Grammys weren’t fair to Beyoncé or Adele.

The 2017 Grammys weren’t fair to Beyoncé or Adele.. by Carl Wilson · February 13, 2017 Adele accepts the award for Song of the Year for “Hello” during the 59th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on Sunday in Los Angeles. Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS The morning after, here is my public entreaty to the voters of the Grammys: Please, […]

The Secret Slack Group Plotting to Turn Your State Government Blue | Mother Jones

The Secret Slack Group Plotting to Turn Your State Government Blue | Mother Jones. by Tim Murphy · February 13, 2017 Meet the Rebuilds, who have taken the Democratic Party’s future into their own hands. Protestors pass at the Capitol at the Women’s March on Washington in January. Organizers have used Trump protests to recruit members for new groups such […]

Reports: Flynn Apologized To Pence Amid Reports He Talked Sanctions With Russia

Reports: Flynn Apologized To Pence Amid Reports He Talked Sanctions With Russia. National Security Adviser Michael Flynn reportedly apologized to Vice President Mike Pence, after news outlets revealed he may have discussed sanctions with the Russian ambassador before President Donald Trump Was inaugurated. Since the Washington Post reported Thursday that Flynn discussed sanctions with the Russian ambassador to the United […]

Teachers unions in a panic over school choice – The Orange County Register

Teachers unions in a panic over school choice – The Orange County Register. California Teachers Association president Erric Heins speaks as California educators voice their opposition to President Donald Trump’s nomination of Besty DeVos as Secretary of Education, at a CTA meeting in Los Angeles Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017. AP Photo/Reed Saxon By ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER EDITORIAL BOARD California Teachers […]

Why Saying ‘Radical Islamic Terrorism’ Isn’t Enough – The New York Times

Why Saying ‘Radical Islamic Terrorism’ Isn’t Enough – The New York Times. y RICHARD STENGEL · February 13, 2017 Linda Huang Radical Islamic extremism. There, I’ve said it. For three years, as under secretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs, I would not and could not utter that phrase. No one in the Obama administration could or did. […]

Hillary Clinton Is Running Again – POLITICO Magazine

Hillary Clinton Is Running Again – POLITICO Magazine. by Karl Sharro · February 12, 2017 AP Photo Here’s the proof. By Matt Latimer Hillary Clinton will run for president. Again. No inside information informs this prediction. No argument is advanced as to whether her run is a good or a bad idea—there are many ways to make a case either […]

Why the White House keeps crying “fake news.”

Why the White House keeps crying “fake news.”. by Will Oremus · February 7, 2017 President Donald Trump during a meeting with county sheriffs at the White House in Washington on Tuesday. Kevin Lamarque/Reuters CNN, according to President Donald Trump, is “fake news.” Any polls that reflect poorly on his executive orders on immigration and refugees are also “fake news,” […]

An independent California isn’t that wacky of an Idea – Salon.com

An independent California isn’t that wacky of an Idea – Salon.com. by Maegan Carberry · February 12, 2017 With recent public opinion surveys indicating that a third of Californians support peacefully seceding from the United States, it’s time for the media to stop dismissing the idea as a zany left coast response to the newly elected Republican federal government. The […]

Trump, Japanese PM Abe Express Close Bonds After North Korea Missile Launch

Trump, Japanese PM Abe Express Close Bonds After North Korea Missile Launch. PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — For most of the day President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe used golf under the Florida sun to show the world the U.S.-Japan alliance remained strong. Then events half-a-world away provided a more significant example of cooperation. After North Korea […]

Trump’s Gold Lining – The New York Times

Trump’s Gold Lining – The New York Times. by Maureen Dowd · February 11, 2017 President Trump and Melania Trump having dinner with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, his wife Akie Abe, and Robert Kraft, C.E.O. of the New England Patriots, at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., on Friday. Al Drago/The New York Times Listen up, haters. […]

Are Democrats Falling Into Trump’s Trap? – The New York Times

Are Democrats Falling Into Trump’s Trap? – The New York Times. by Frank Bruni · February 11, 2017 Ben Wiseman In one of many recent forums for the politicians vying to lead the Democratic National Committee — and, ideally, the party — out of the wilderness and into better times, the candidates were asked to distill the importance of fighting […]

No, Trump is Not Like Orwell’s ‘1984’ – The Daily Beast

No, Trump is Not Like Orwell’s ‘1984’ – The Daily Beast. · by Michael Weiss · February 12, 2017 “The word Fascism has now no meaning except in so far as it signifies ‘something not desirable.’” “Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.” The man who wrote these two […]

Why Donald Trump keeps calling Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas” – Vox

Why Donald Trump keeps calling Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas” – Vox. by Emily Crockett · May 16, 2016 That “general election” pivot is coming any day now, right? Photo by Matt Mills McKnight/Getty Images President Trump repeatedly called Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) “Pocahontas” as an insult on the campaign trail, and he apparently hasn’t stopped. In a meeting with senators Thursday, […]

DNC Chair Candidates Want Party Divisions To Go Away, But It’s Not Happening | The Huffington Post

DNC Chair Candidates Want Party Divisions To Go Away, But It’s Not Happening | The Huffington Post. BALTIMORE ― Despite the candidates’ best efforts, the race to chair the Democratic National Committee remains dogged by divisions between backers of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Hillary Clinton supporters ― progressive outsiders and more mainstream Democrats. The moment at the DNC regional […]

US withdraws stay request in transgender bathroom case – Salon.com

US withdraws stay request in transgender bathroom case – Salon.com. by Jamie Stengle · February 12, 2017 DALLAS — President Donald Trump’s administration is stepping back from a request made by the Obama administration in an ongoing lawsuit over bathroom rights for transgender students in public schools. In a filing Friday with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the […]

Lawyer: ‘Pro-Trump’ Attitudes Played Into Woman’s Voter Fraud Sentence

Lawyer: 'Pro-Trump' Attitudes Played Into Woman's Voter Fraud Sentence. AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A lawyer for a Mexican national sentenced to eight years in prison for voter fraud in Texas said Friday that President Donald Trump’s widely debunked claims of election rigging was “the 800-pound gorilla” in the jury box. Rosa Maria Ortega, 37, was convicted in Fort Worth this […]

America’s showdown over sanctuary cities

America's showdown over sanctuary cities. The nation’s biggest cities are preparing to lock horns with the Trump administration over undocumented immigrants. Here’s everything you need to know: What is a sanctuary city? The term loosely applies to about 400 cities, counties, and states across the U.S. that limit local law enforcement cooperation with federal immigration officials. These jurisdictions range from […]

When the Fire Comes – The New York Times

When the Fire Comes – The New York Times. by Paul Krugman · February 10, 2017 What will you do when terrorists attack, or U.S. friction with some foreign power turns into a military confrontation? I don’t mean in your personal life, where you should keep calm and carry on. I mean politically. Think about it carefully: The fate of […]

The Republicans Are Off to a Pitiful Start | New Republic

The Republicans Are Off to a Pitiful Start | New Republic. by Brian Beutler · February 9, 2017 Because most Republicans didn’t expect Donald Trump to win the presidency, they had to cobble together a governing strategy on very short notice, but it was obvious many months before the election that if Trump were to win, party leaders would ignore […]

Charles Schumer: Judge Gorsuch, We Won’t Be Fooled Again – The New York Times

Charles Schumer: Judge Gorsuch, We Won’t Be Fooled Again – The New York Times. by CHARLES E. SCHUMER · February 10, 2017 Neil Gorsuch with President Trump in the White House in January. Alex Wong/Getty Images Just three weeks in, the Trump administration has tested the limits of executive power, violated the separation of powers and shaken the very roots […]

The 9th Circuit ruling is the most hopeful sign yet – The Washington Post

The 9th Circuit ruling is the most hopeful sign yet – The Washington Post. by Ruth Marcus · February 10, 2017 The minutes seem like hours in the Trump administration. Every day brings a fresh deluge of alarming developments. Has it only been three weeks? Can the country survive four years of this? The most hopeful sign so far arrived […]

U.S. blocks Palestinian from leading U.N. mission in Libya – POLITICO

U.S. blocks Palestinian from leading U.N. mission in Libya – POLITICO. “For too long the U.N. has been unfairly biased in favor of the Palestinian Authority to the detriment of our allies in Israel,” Nikki Haley said. UNITED NATIONS — The United States on Friday blocked the appointment of the former Palestinian prime minister to lead the U.N. political mission […]

Historian Richard Evans says Trump’s America isn’t exactly like the Third Reich—but it’s too close for comfort.

Historian Richard Evans says Trump’s America isn’t exactly like the Third Reich—but it’s too close for comfort.. by Isaac Chotiner · February 10, 2017 Richard Evans poses at the International Book Fair in Frankfurt, Germany, in 2009. Torsten Silz/Getty Images Richard Evans established himself as arguably the pre-eminent historian of 20th-century Germany with his astonishing trilogy on the rise and […]

Why Donald Trump keeps calling Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas” – Vox

Why Donald Trump keeps calling Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas” – Vox. by Emily Crockett · May 16, 2016 That “general election” pivot is coming any day now, right? Photo by Matt Mills McKnight/Getty Images President Trump repeatedly called Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) “Pocahontas” as an insult on the campaign trail, and he apparently hasn’t stopped. In a meeting with senators Thursday, […]

Betsy DeVos Orders Immediate Flattening Of All School Globes | The Huffington Post

Betsy DeVos Orders Immediate Flattening Of All School Globes | The Huffington Post. WASHINGTON, D.C. — Upon hearing of her extremely narrow Senate confirmation, newly confirmed Education Secretary Betsy DeVos issued an order that all globes being used in any American school are to be “flattened like God made it just 6,000 years ago.” DeVos was confirmed in the Senate […]

The Simple, Soulful Dish These Somali Refugees Brought to America | Mother Jones

The Simple, Soulful Dish These Somali Refugees Brought to America | Mother Jones. by Maddie Oatman · February 10, 2017 A recipe sustained one family through civil war, 20 years of refugee camp living, and immigration to Oakland, California. Malawah, a slightly sweet Somali flatbread, and spiced milk tea. Victoria Wall Harris/Refugee Transitions When Halimo Isaac arrived in Oakland, California, […]

‘Leftist Fight Club’ teaches Florida college students how to fight Trump supporters

'Leftist Fight Club' teaches Florida college students how to fight Trump supporters. A group of students at the University of Central Florida hosted a “Leftist Fight Club” event to train liberal students to defend themselves against Trump supporters and “other Alt-Right Neo-Nazis,” Fox News reports. An amateur boxer was on hand to demonstrate hand-to-hand combat techniques, and the clinic was […]

Obama’s party-building legacy splits Democrats – POLITICO

Obama's party-building legacy splits Democrats – POLITICO. by Heather Caygle · February 9, 2017 Former President Barack Obama and the political operation that succeeded his campaign have expressed interest in playing a role in the task of rebuilding the Democratic Party. | Getty A painful Democratic rift over Barack Obama’s political legacy is finally bursting into the open. For years, […]

Wall Street cheers Donald Trump as he promises to gut Dodd-Frank

Wall Street cheers Donald Trump as he promises to gut Dodd-Frank. by Dana Vachon · February 7, 2017 President Trump shows an executive order directing the Treasury Secretary to review Dodd-Frank in the Oval Office of the White House on Feb. 3, in Washington. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images The Trump era is, above all, a time of revelation. This is true […]

How “Blue Lives Matter” went from a reactive slogan to White House policy – Vox

How “Blue Lives Matter” went from a reactive slogan to White House policy – Vox. The three executive orders President Trump signed Thursday aren’t really policy documents. They’re basically a reassuring gesture to law enforcement officers. Dear Police, BLUE LIVES MATTER! Sincerely, Donald J. Trump. They’re symbolic, but that doesn’t make them pointless. Trump is picking a side in a […]

“Dark Forces” Are Coming for Your Organic Food | Mother Jones

"Dark Forces" Are Coming for Your Organic Food | Mother Jones. by Tom Philpott · February 9, 2017 So says the former Obama USDA appointee who helped create national organic standards. johnnorth/iStock The Freedom Caucus is a rowdy band of GOP US House members most famous for triggering government shutdowns, pushing to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and driving former […]

Schumer Says Trump Should See ‘Handwriting On The Wall’ In Ruling

Schumer Says Trump Should See 'Handwriting On The Wall' In Ruling. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said Thursday that President Donald Trump should “see the handwriting on the wall” in a federal appeals court’s refusal to reinstate his executive order temporarily barring visitors from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States. “President Trump ought to see the […]

Donald Trump: Chuck Schumer Interview on Dealing With Him | Time.com

Donald Trump: Chuck Schumer Interview on Dealing With Him | Time.com. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a voluble, energetic New Yorker, has expressed a willingness to work with President Trump on issues ranging from infrastructure to tax reform and trade. But facing rising pressure from the Democratic base, the leader of the Democratic opposition in the Senate said in an […]

Neil Gorsuch called Trump judge comments disheartening and demoralizing.

Neil Gorsuch called Trump judge comments disheartening and demoralizing.. President Donald Trump (!) was not happy when Seattle federal judge James Robart issued a nationwide stay on Trump’s executive order concerning travel from seven majority-Muslim nations. The president has attacked Robart in more than one tweet (!), calling the George W. Bush appointee a “so-called judge” who will have blood […]

San Francisco just offered free college tuition to all its residents – Vox

San Francisco just offered free college tuition to all its residents – Vox. ne day before Betsy DeVos’s controversial appointment as the nation’s secretary of education, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee made a historic announcement: Starting next fall, community college will be free to all California residents who’ve lived in the city for at least one year. “At a time […]

House Democrats Kick Off Retreat By Insisting They Matter | The Huffington Post

House Democrats Kick Off Retreat By Insisting They Matter | The Huffington Post. House Democrats opened their annual retreat on Wednesday by fighting the narrative that they don’t matter or can’t provide a check on President Donald Trump. One by one, party leaders told reporters that they can be just as loud as their colleagues in the Senate. “There’s somewhat […]

The GOP’s new war on women: McConnell’s attempt to silence Elizabeth Warren epitomizes the newly empowered sexism of the right – Salon.com

The GOP’s new war on women: McConnell’s attempt to silence Elizabeth Warren epitomizes the newly empowered sexism of the right – Salon.com. Perhaps Sen. Mitch McConnell should have skipped his quadrennial all-day post-inauguration nap. Being awake for the Women’s March and witnessing all the rage and energy of millions of feminists might have woken him up to what kind of […]

Could Nordstrom Sue Trump for His Angry Ivanka Tweet? | Mother Jones

Could Nordstrom Sue Trump for His Angry Ivanka Tweet? | Mother Jones. On Wednesday morning, President Donald Trump fired off a tweet attacking Nordstrom, saying that the department store has treated his eldest daughter, Ivanka, “so unfairly.” The tweet came just days after Nordstrom announced it would no longer sell Ivanka Trump’s clothing and accessories line; the company said the […]

Democrats are learning the wrong lessons from Republican obstructionism

Democrats are learning the wrong lessons from Republican obstructionism. s confrontational politics become the path to success on the national stage? Democrats think so, arguing that it paid off for Republicans, and swearing to double down on their obstructionist “resistance” to President Trump. This is a big mistake — as well as a critical misreading of a fed-up electorate. On […]

How a Fractious Women’s Movement Came to Lead the Left – The New York Times

How a Fractious Women’s Movement Came to Lead the Left – The New York Times. by AMANDA HESS · February 7, 2017 Hours before the start of the Women’s March on Washington on Jan. 21, every Metro car leading to the National Mall was packed so tight that it could take on no more riders. At station after station, the […]

Can Trump Break the Democrats’ Grip on the Union Movement? – POLITICO Magazine

Can Trump Break the Democrats’ Grip on the Union Movement? – POLITICO Magazine. by Karl Sharro · February 8, 2017 President Donald Trump meets with labor leaders in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on Jan. 23, 2017. | AP Photos For generations, Republican presidents have tried to woo organized labor, with mixed and halting results. Donald Trump might […]

American Universities Must Take a Stand – The New York Times

American Universities Must Take a Stand – The New York Times. by Leon Botstein · February 8, 2017 Richie Pope Not since the era of witch hunts and “red baiting” has the American university faced so great a threat from government. How is the university to function when a president’s administration blurs the distinction between fact and fiction by asserting […]

UC Berkeley’s descent from place of learning to victimology hothouse – LA Times

UC Berkeley’s descent from place of learning to victimology hothouse – LA Times. by Heather Mac Donald Even before its students rioted in the streets, distressed that right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos would dare to open his mouth in their presence, UC Berkeley presented a visual illustration of the academy’s decline from a place of learning to a victimology hothouse. Within […]

Rahm Emanuel: Too many Dems care more about being right than winning – Chicago Tribune

Rahm Emanuel: Too many Dems care more about being right than winning – Chicago Tribune. by Kim Janssen Mayor Rahm Emanuel has warned Democrats they need to “take a chill pill” and realize that they are not going to take back national power anytime soon. “It ain’t gonna happen in 2018,” Emanuel said Monday at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business […]

DeVos defeat just the start for reeling Democrats – POLITICO

DeVos defeat just the start for reeling Democrats – POLITICO. by Kimberly Hefling · February 7, 2017 Sen. Tim Scott arrives with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and former Sen. Joe Lieberman before DeVos testified on Capitol Hill on Jan. 17. | Getty Democrats say their path to winning again starts with this: a string of agonizing losses on the Senate […]

The Left’s Lame Tea Party Play – The Daily Beast

The Left’s Lame Tea Party Play – The Daily Beast. by Matt Lewis · February 8, 2017 On Tuesday, Democrats voted lockstep against Betsy DeVoss for secretary of education. It was a sign that the party had moved toward a strategy of obstruction. It is an ironic tip of the cap to Donald Trump and the Tea Party. And it […]

Are we not Dems? We bar DeVos!

Are we not Dems? We bar DeVos!. by Jim Newell · February 7, 2017 Betsy DeVos testifies during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on Jan. 17 in Washington. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr was one of many Senate Republicans whose offices were flooded with callers and emailers urging him to […]

No, Canadians do not flee en masse for US health care – Vox

No, Canadians do not flee en masse for US health care – Vox. by Julia Belluz · October 9, 2016 Canada made a rare appearance in a CNN health care debate between Senators Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz. Cruz, claiming he knows a lot about Canada because he was born there, said Canadians leave their country in droves to seek […]

Schumer Says SCOTUS Nominee Gorsuch Dodged Tough Questions In Meeting

Schumer Says SCOTUS Nominee Gorsuch Dodged Tough Questions In Meeting. After meeting Tuesday with Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said he had “serious concerns” about President Donald Trump’s pick and that he refused to answer some questions. “I thought there was a deliberate strategy to duck the hard questions,” Schumer told reporters on Capitol […]

Beware Trump’s Reichstag fire

Beware Trump's Reichstag fire. I like to think I’m a little less prone to panic than some of my liberal brethren. I haven’t called President Trump a fascist, mostly because the idea of him having a coherent ideology is absurd. Much as I fear how he’d act in a crisis — a fear that has only grown since he became […]

Tom Price has his finger on the Obamacare destruct button – POLITICO

Tom Price has his finger on the Obamacare destruct button – POLITICO. by Victoria Colliver · February 6, 2017 Rep. Tom Price, flanked by Rep. Mike Kelly (left) and Rep. Mark Meadows, speaks on Capitol Hill on Aug. 2, 2013, about an anti-Obamacare bill that was being introduced. | AP Photo Tom Price spent years railing against Obamacare. Now he’ll […]

Wisconsin Pulls Plug on Trans Health Care – The Daily Beast

Wisconsin Pulls Plug on Trans Health Care – The Daily Beast. by Samantha Allen · February 7, 2017 Wisconsin officially ended its exclusion of transgender-inclusive health benefits for state employees on Jan. 1, 2017. Alina Boyden, a transgender graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, put in her request for sex reassignment surgery the next business day. But less than […]

Government by white nationalism is upon us.

Government by white nationalism is upon us.. by Jamelle Bouie · February 6, 2017 Photo illustration by Slate. Photos by Thinkstock, Library of Congress. Before the election, when Donald Trump was still just an unlikely presidential nominee, a conservative under the pseudonym “Publius Decius Mus,” wrote a remarkable essay in support of Trump. The pseudonym alone gave a glimpse into […]

Nancy Pelosi Slaps Down Trump Impeachment Talk | The Huffington Post

Nancy Pelosi Slaps Down Trump Impeachment Talk | The Huffington Post. WASHINGTON ― House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) does not think President Donald Trump has committed any impeachable offenses ― yet. Pelosi held a press conference on Monday with the top Democrats on the Financial Services Committee, Rep. Maxine Waters of California and other Democrats to discuss Trump’s recent […]

Trump is wrong on immigration. That doesn’t mean his liberal protesters are right.

Trump is wrong on immigration. That doesn't mean his liberal protesters are right.. On the night U.C. Berkeley burned, protesters chanted, “No borders, no nations, f–k deportations!” That is not an immigration policy. Lost in the outrage against President Trump (not to mention the alt-right provocateurs cashing in on his election) and the furor over his hastily executed travel ban […]

The Massacre That Wasn’t, and a Turning Point for ‘Fake News’ – The New York Times

The Massacre That Wasn’t, and a Turning Point for ‘Fake News’ – The New York Times. by JIM RUTENBERG · February 5, 2017 Protesters at a “massacre remembrance” in Bowling Green, Ky., on Friday. The attack, cited by the Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway, never happened. Austin Anthony/Daily News, via Associated Press There were so many instant internet spoofs making fun […]

Juan Williams: Supreme Court battle could ruin the Senate | TheHill

Juan Williams: Supreme Court battle could ruin the Senate | TheHill. Here’s the dangerous state of play on the political chessboard as the battle over President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court intensifies. Republicans hold the clear advantage. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), the Senate’s minority leader with 48 votes, is facing a political trap. If he moves to employ a […]

The Democrats face up to their Trump problem – POLITICO

The Democrats face up to their Trump problem – POLITICO. by David Freedlander · February 5, 2017 Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer speaks alongside House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and other members of Congress in protest of President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration outside the Supreme Court on Jan. 30. | Getty Democrats don’t know how long they’ll be […]

Liberals are the new Tea Party – Vox

Liberals are the new Tea Party – Vox. Over the past two weeks, liberal activists have quietly and widely circulated a long Google spreadsheet. It contains the exact time, date, and location of more than 100 events that members of Congress will host in their districts this month. It’s titled Town Hall Project 2018, and it is a battle plan, […]

Battle over “sanctuary cities” in Texas suggests a larger national conflict lies ahead – Salon.com

Battle over “sanctuary cities” in Texas suggests a larger national conflict lies ahead – Salon.com. by Amanda Marcotte · February 5, 2017 In his first week in office, Donald Trump signed an executive order threatening the funding of any municipality deemed a “sanctuary city,” an umbrella term for any local government that prioritizes enforcing local criminal law over using its […]

How do you ‘win’ at being president?

How do you 'win' at being president?. Several months before the New England Patriots won Super Bowl XLIX in a nail-biter against the Seattle Seahawks, reality TV host Donald Trump quoted his friend Tom Brady in a tweet. “The true competitors are the ones who always play to win.” – Tom Brady @Patriots — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 18, […]

Free Melania – From Our Expectations – The New York Times

Free Melania – From Our Expectations – The New York Times. by Maureen Dowd · February 4, 2017 Melania Trump on Friday at West Palm Beach International Airport, awaiting President Trump, who was flying in on Air Force One. Carlos Barria/Reuters WASHINGTON — Now, stacked on the Trump tower of petrifying things we have to worry about — war with […]

Democrats are now the party of ‘no.’ Is that enough to win back the country? – LA Times

Democrats are now the party of ‘no.’ Is that enough to win back the country? – LA Times. by Doyle McManus After three months wandering in a post-election wilderness, Democrats in Washington are coalescing around a new mission, courtesy of President Trump: “Resist.” That’s the one-word slogan progressives began using after Trump’s election, but even establishment Democrats have begun to […]

Democrats have no quick fixes in their bid to regain ground lost – The Washington Post

Democrats have no quick fixes in their bid to regain ground lost – The Washington Post. by Dan Balz · February 4, 2017 The Gallup organization regularly publishes reports on the partisan leanings of the states, snapshots of the ebb and flow of political self-identifications across the country. The most recent compilation provides one more piece of evidence of the […]

Donald Trump might be more popular than you think – POLITICO

Donald Trump might be more popular than you think – POLITICO. by Nolan D. McCaskill · February 3, 2017 Recent findings are reigniting the campaign debate over whether pollsters are accurately measuring President Donald Trump’s popularity. | Getty Just how popular is Donald Trump? Two weeks into the new president’s term, it’s a matter of some dispute. Traditional phone polls […]

When Tyrants Banned Religious Minorities – The Daily Beast

When Tyrants Banned Religious Minorities – The Daily Beast. · by Candida Moss · February 5, 2017 In the wake of the Trump administration’s changes to immigration regulations, many people are wondering if this is the beginning of religious censorship in the United States. Certainly it wouldn’t be the first time a government implemented a ban on members of a […]

Trump Inches The U.S. Closer To Constitutional Crisis | The Huffington Post

Trump Inches The U.S. Closer To Constitutional Crisis | The Huffington Post. WASHINGTON ― The morning after a federal judge temporarily blocked enforcement of a travel ban targeting seven Muslim-majority countries, President Donald Trump did what he often does when faced with a challenge: He launched a personal attack on Twitter at someone he saw as an opponent. The opinion […]

WATCH: Green Party candidate Jill Stein says she’s not to blame for Trump’s fluke victory, Democrats still doomed – Salon.com

WATCH: Green Party candidate Jill Stein says she’s not to blame for Trump’s fluke victory, Democrats still doomed – Salon.com. by Andrew O’Hehir · February 4, 2017 Jill Stein really, really wants you to know that she’s not responsible for President Donald Trump. I had a chance to put that case to the Green Party’s 2016 presidential nominee when she […]

Why We Support Keith Ellison for DNC Chair | The Nation

Why We Support Keith Ellison for DNC Chair | The Nation. by The Nation · February 2, 2017 Representative Keith Ellison speaks at a rally on Capitol Hill held by low-wage contract workers in Washington, DC, on November 13, 2014. (AP Photo / Molly Riley) The Democratic Party hasn’t faced this serious a crisis of confidence and direction since the […]

Everyone Has a Right to Free Speech, Even Milo – The Atlantic

Everyone Has a Right to Free Speech, Even Milo – The Atlantic. by Peter Beinart · February 3, 2017 Among the many terrifying questions that Donald Trump’s presidency poses is this: How do you oppose an indecent leader while still behaving decently yourself? When it comes to the habits of deference extended to previous presidents, I’m fine with breaking the […]

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner worked to sink LGBT order – POLITICO

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner worked to sink LGBT order – POLITICO. by Annie Karni · February 3, 2017 Two sources close to Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, who have in the past been supporters of gay rights, said the young couple were both in favor of putting out a clear statement from the president. | Getty Members of the […]

The 25th amendment will not get Trump out of office.

The 25th amendment will not get Trump out of office.. by Osita Nwanevu · February 3, 2017 U.S. President Donald Trump sits during a meeting to sign executive orders in the Hall of Heroes at the Department of Defense on January 27, 2017 in Arlington, Virginia. Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images There has been quite a bit of talk and Facebook-sharing since […]

Why Republican efforts to “repair” Obamacare are doomed to fail – Vox

Why Republican efforts to "repair" Obamacare are doomed to fail – Vox. by Matthew Yglesias · February 3, 2017 Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images Republicans have a new idea on the path forward for the Affordable Care Act. Or, rather, in lieu of a new idea they have a new buzzword: repair. It was suggested to them not by a […]

A nomination battle over Neil Gorsuch could slow down Trump’s agenda – Salon.com

A nomination battle over Neil Gorsuch could slow down Trump’s agenda – Salon.com. by Richard Vining, Anthony J. Madonna and Jamie Monogan · February 3, 2017 This article was originally published on The Conversation. When he took the oath of office, President Donald Trump became the first chief executive to inherit the opportunity to nominate a Supreme Court justice since […]

A Judge in Seattle Just Blocked Trump’s “Muslim Ban” Nationwide | Mother Jones

A Judge in Seattle Just Blocked Trump’s “Muslim Ban” Nationwide | Mother Jones. by Reuters · February 3, 2017 The order represents a major challenge to the Trump administration. Shannon Stapleton/Reuters SEATTLE/BOSTON – A federal judge in Seattle on Friday granted a nationwide temporary restraining order blocking U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent action barring nationals from seven countries from entering […]

Military Convoy Sporting ‘Trump’ Flag Was Naval Special Warfare Unit

Military Convoy Sporting 'Trump' Flag Was Naval Special Warfare Unit. A convoy of military vehicles flying a Trump flag last weekend in Kentucky belonged to a Naval Special Warfare unit, according to multiple reports. On Sunday, the group IndivisibleKY posted video online of a string of heavily armored military vehicles — one sporting a “Trump” flag — on the I-65 […]

How to save red-state Democrats

How to save red-state Democrats. The time for compromise, civility, and moderation is over. This is political war. Earlier this week, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) made the simple and seemingly non-controversial statement that she supports hearings for President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch. “We should have a full confirmation hearing process and a vote on ANY nominee for the […]

Trump’s Enemies Within – POLITICO Magazine

Trump’s Enemies Within – POLITICO Magazine. by Karl Sharro · February 2, 2017 Getty The president has awakened the slumbering beast that felled presidents before him: the federal bureaucracy. How on earth is all this stuff getting in the newspapers? Bob Haldeman told Richard Nixon that he had uncovered the culprit: Mark Felt, a top official at the FBI. “Now […]

Democrats need to be careful with Neil Gorsuch.

Democrats need to be careful with Neil Gorsuch.. · by Jim Newell · February 2, 2017 Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch looks on as Sen. Chuck Grassley speaks to reporters before their Wednesday meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington. Drew Angerer/Getty Images Beware anyone who tells you that there is an obvious play for Senate Democrats in handling Judge Neil […]

Trump wants to “totally destroy” a ban on churches endorsing political candidates – Vox

Trump wants to "totally destroy" a ban on churches endorsing political candidates – Vox. by Alissa Wilkinson · February 2, 2017 U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast February 2, 2017 in Washington, DC. Every U.S. president since Dwight Eisenhower has addressed the annual event. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images At his first National Prayer Breakfast […]

Nancy Pelosi Suggests Donald Trump Get His Mental Health Checked | The Huffington Post

Nancy Pelosi Suggests Donald Trump Get His Mental Health Checked | The Huffington Post. WASHINGTON ― House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that she would eagerly back legislation requiring President Donald Trump to take a mental exam. A version of the idea was first put forward by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), the chairman of the House Oversight and […]

Red, blue states split over Trump’s “sanctuary city” order – Salon.com

Red, blue states split over Trump’s “sanctuary city” order – Salon.com. by Andrew Selsky · February 2, 2017 SALEM, Ore. — President Donald Trump’s promised crackdown on “sanctuary cities” has triggered divergent actions from blue and red states, revealing the deep national divide on immigration as some move to follow his order and others break with the U.S. government to […]

Trump to Focus Counter-Extremism Program Solely on Islam | Mother Jones

Trump to Focus Counter-Extremism Program Solely on Islam | Mother Jones. Government sources say that the president plans to prioritize combating “radical Islam” over other threats Police officers watch as protesters speak out against a ”Muslim Ban” that prevents travel into the U.S. from seven majority Muslim nations. Mariel Calloway/ZUMA Wire The Trump administration wants to revamp and rename a […]

The Democrats’ Gorsuch dilemma

The Democrats' Gorsuch dilemma. It’s almost like he knows what he’s doing. A few days ago President Trump threw the country wantonly into crisis by ordering an unnecessary and needlessly cruel ban on travel to the U.S. from seven majority-Muslim countries. Massive protests and furious condemnation from the Democratic opposition followed, along with resistance from within the federal bureaucracy. A […]

How to fight Trump: Pick smart battles, Democrats – NY Daily News

How to fight Trump: Pick smart battles, Democrats – NY Daily News. by Editorials Two significant things happened in the U.S. Senate Wednesday. Together, they hint at a way forward for Senate Democrats to be a principled and effective opposition in the Age of Trump. In the morning, Democrats boycotted the scheduled committee confirmation votes for Treasury Secretary nominee Steve […]

California Prepares to Resist the President in Uncertain Times | Time.com

California Prepares to Resist the President in Uncertain Times | Time.com. by Katy Steinmetz / San Francisco Like many of the other nearly 9 million people in California who voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016, artist Eric Rewitzer reacted to Donald Trump’s victory as if a tornado had swept his house away. “I just didn’t believe he was serious,” says […]

An Apology to Muslims for President Trump – The New York Times

An Apology to Muslims for President Trump – The New York Times. by Nicholas Kristof · February 2, 2017 Outside a home in Avondale Estates, Ga., on Monday. Erik S. Lesser/European Pressphoto Agency Whenever an extremist in the Muslim world does something crazy, people demand that moderate Muslims step forward to condemn the extremism. So let’s take our own advice: […]

Democrats Prepare for Political War – Bloomberg View

Democrats Prepare for Political War – Bloomberg View. Democrats will probably overwhelmingly oppose President Donald Trump’s nomination of conservative jurist Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. That’s a reflection of the party’s growing conviction that all-out opposition to the Republican agenda is a winning political strategy. Their role model is Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell, who for eight years had […]

A reminder that good things still exist: Beyoncé is pregnant with twins.

A reminder that good things still exist: Beyoncé is pregnant with twins.. by Christina Cauterucci · February 1, 2017 Beyoncé performs at a rally for Hillary Clinton on Nov. 4 in Cleveland. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images A miracle of hope. Instagram In one oft-told parable about Jesus, a man looks over the course of his own life, represented by sets of […]

Milo Yiannopoulos Speech At Berkeley Canceled Amid Violent Protests | The Huffington Post

Milo Yiannopoulos Speech At Berkeley Canceled Amid Violent Protests | The Huffington Post. BERKELEY, Calif. ― Violent protests on the University of California, Berkeley’s campus forced school officials to cancel a Wednesday night appearance by right-wing agitator Milo Yiannopoulos. The Berkeley College Republicans had invited the 32-year-old Breitbart editor and conservative provocateur, who’s been permanently banned from Twitter for harassment, […]

Is It Time for the Democrats to Wage All-Out War Against Trump? | Mother Jones

Is It Time for the Democrats to Wage All-Out War Against Trump? | Mother Jones. by David Corn · January 30, 2017 With their base angry and fired up, they may not have a choice. Ron Sachs/CNP via ZUMA Wire This weekend, some prominent Democrats took to the barricades to protest President Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily banning immigrants from […]

Senate GOP Warns It May Go Nuclear If Dems Stand In Gorsuch’s Way

Senate GOP Warns It May Go Nuclear If Dems Stand In Gorsuch's Way. Even before Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch began to make the rounds to Capitol Offices on Wednesday afternoon in an attempt to win confirmation from the U.S. Senate, Democratic efforts to hold the line against him were underway. Just after Gorsuch’s nomination was announced Tuesday night, […]

How Donald Trump broke the White House

How Donald Trump broke the White House. Well that didn’t take long. Days before President Trump was inaugurated, I wrote that the incoming White House senior leadership structure was “muddled, top-heavy, and ripe for manipulation.” A White House with no clear lines of authority, a flat hierarchy, and multiple points of entry poses a myriad of problems. It may confuse […]

Neil Gorsuch is not a villain.

Neil Gorsuch is not a villain.. Slate Articles · by Mark Joseph Stern · January 31, 2017 It’s going to be difficult for Democrats to shoot down Gorsuch. Above, the judge after Donald Trump announced his nomination on Tuesday. Alex Wong/Getty Images Neil Gorsuch, Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, is a brilliant, witty, handsome, eloquent, perfectly pedigreed judge. He is, […]

Democrats Will Insist On 60 Votes For Trump’s High Court Nominee | The Huffington Post

Democrats Will Insist On 60 Votes For Trump's High Court Nominee | The Huffington Post. WASHINGTON ― Few Democrats came out Tuesday night promising to block President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, but Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) declared in a skeptical statement that his members would insist Neil Gorsuch secure 60 votes to be confirmed ― the number […]

Trump’s “Muslim ban” could provoke a constitutional crisis: Will the executive branch ignore the courts? – Salon.com

Trump’s “Muslim ban” could provoke a constitutional crisis: Will the executive branch ignore the courts? – Salon.com. by Paul Rosenberg · January 31, 2017 “Unprecedented.” It’s a word that gets tossed around a lot lately, with regard to Donald Trump. This time, however, it’s justified. Behind all the chaos, confusion, and international consternation of Trump’s thinly-veiled Muslim immigration and travel […]

Trump Nominates Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court | Mother Jones

Trump Nominates Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court | Mother Jones. by Stephanie Mencimer · January 31, 2017 During the campaign, Trump promised to undo Roe v. Wade. David Zalubowski/AP The silver fox wins. Supreme Court watchers had been speculating for days that President Donald Trump would nominate a justice who most looks like he could play one on TV. […]

Trump has done what he said he would. So, what’s next? – POLITICO

Trump has done what he said he would. So, what's next? – POLITICO. by Edward-Isaac Dovere · January 30, 2017 President Donald Trump’s campaign promises were laughed off and dismissed by many. | Getty The best guide to what Donald Trump would do as president appears to be what he said he would do as president. Republicans hoped he would […]

Constituent power is real. Just ask Chuck Schumer.

Constituent power is real. Just ask Chuck Schumer.. by Michelle Goldberg · January 30, 2017 Sen. Chuck Schumer addresses the crowd during a protest against President Donald Trump’s travel ban, in New York City on Sunday. Stephanie Keith/Reuters On Monday afternoon, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced, via Facebook, that he would oppose most of Trump’s cabinet appointees. First, he […]

Senate phone lines are flooded with callers opposing Betsy DeVos. Only Democrats are listening. – Vox

Senate phone lines are flooded with callers opposing Betsy DeVos. Only Democrats are listening. – Vox. One of Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominee has galvanized more opposition than any other: Betsy DeVos, the conservative billionaire philanthropist whom Trump has nominated to head the Department of Education. She’s inspired hashtags, a “wear red day” revolt among teachers, and an aggressive critique from […]

Donald Trump Fires The Acting Attorney General Of The United States | The Huffington Post

Donald Trump Fires The Acting Attorney General Of The United States | The Huffington Post. WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates on Monday night, hours after she said the Justice Department would not defend Trump’s executive order on immigration. White House spokesman Sean Spicer said that Yates had been relieved of her duties. Dana Boente, […]

Is It Time for the Democrats to Wage All-Out War Against Trump? | Mother Jones

Is It Time for the Democrats to Wage All-Out War Against Trump? | Mother Jones. by David Corn · January 30, 2017 With their base angry and fired up, they may not have a choice. Ron Sachs/CNP via ZUMA Wire This weekend, some prominent Democrats took to the barricades to protest President Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily banning immigrants from […]

Courts Unlikely To Strike Down Trump Order For Religious Bias, Experts Say

Courts Unlikely To Strike Down Trump Order For Religious Bias, Experts Say. President Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily suspending the U.S. refugee program and barring immigrants from seven majority-Muslim nations is unlikely to be defeated on religious discrimination grounds, constitutional law experts told TPM Monday. While they said Trump’s order will have a disproportionately negative impact on Muslim refugees and […]

How Trump and Obama’s executive orders on Muslim refugees and immigrants are similar and different

How Trump and Obama's executive orders on Muslim refugees and immigrants are similar and different. Reacting to criticism about his broad, chaotically rolled-out executive order indefinitely banning refugees and immigrants from Syria, suspending entry of all refugees for 120 days, and putting a 90-day stop to all travelers from six other majority-Muslim countries, President Trump protested that former President Barack […]

Trump’s executive order is an unconstitutional attack on Muslims.

Trump’s executive order is an unconstitutional attack on Muslims.. by Mark Joseph Stern · January 29, 2017 Demonstrators gather near the White House to protest President Donald Trump’s travel ban on seven Muslim countries on Sunday in Washington. Zach Gibson/Getty Images On Saturday night, several federal judges ruled that part of Donald Trump’s immigration ban, which targeted refugees from Muslim-majority […]

Trump’s immigration ban is already having a chilling effect on science – Vox

Trump's immigration ban is already having a chilling effect on science – Vox. by Julia Belluz · January 29, 2017 Scientists say Trump’s executive suspending the visas of nationals of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Yemen, Libya and Somalia will hurt “American leadership in higher education and research.” Jonathan Lenz/Shutterstock Maryam Saeedi, an assistant professor of economics at Carnegie Mellon, is […]

How close is 1.5°C? Depends when you measure from – Salon.com

How close is 1.5°C? Depends when you measure from – Salon.com. by Andrea Thompson · January 29, 2017 This article originally appeared on Climate Central. Most scientists studying global warming compare today’s temperatures to those of the late 19th century because that is as far back as quality temperature observations go. But a new study makes the case for a […]

DNC race: Low on energy, ideas, imagination – POLITICO

DNC race: Low on energy, ideas, imagination – POLITICO. by Rachana Pradhan · January 28, 2017 South Carolina Democratic Party Chair Jamie Harrison and Rep. Keith Ellison speak at a forum on the future of the Democratic Party on Dec. 2 in Denver. | AP Photo The Democratic Party is in crisis, hollowed out at the state level, and desperate […]