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Maxine Waters: From ‘Most Corrupt’ to Resistance Hero

Maxine Waters: From ‘Most Corrupt’ to Resistance Hero. by Lachlan Markay · May 30, 2017 The Trump era has provided a perfect environment for Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters to reinvent herself. Photo Illustration by the Daily Beast Rep. Maxine Waters has been reborn at the age of 78, emerging as a folk hero to the anti-Trump resistance for her repeated […]

French President Marconc calls out Putin during summit like American presidents used to.

French President Marconc calls out Putin during summit like American presidents used to.. by Elliot Hannon · May 29, 2017 Macron and Putin walk to deliver a joint press conference following their meeting at the Versailles Palace, near Paris, on May 29, 2017. GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT/AFP/Getty Images In April, centrist politician Emmanuel Macron overcame populist, nativist Marine La Pen […]

Donald Trump Calls Portland Hate Attack ‘Unacceptable’ | HuffPost

Donald Trump Calls Portland Hate Attack 'Unacceptable' | HuffPost. President Donald Trump said on Twitter Monday that his prayers are with the victims of an attack in Portland, Oregon, more than two days after two men were killed standing up to a man spewing hateful verbal abuse at teenage girls. The violent attacks in Portland on Friday are unacceptable. The […]

For-profit tactics might be coming to public universities, and no one is talking about it – Salon.com

For-profit tactics might be coming to public universities, and no one is talking about it – Salon.com. by Brett Robertson · May 29, 2017 This article originally appeared on Media Matters. Unless you’re a resident of Indiana, you probably haven’t heard about Purdue University’s recently announced acquisition of troubled online for-profit college Kaplan University. This acquisition is highly unusual and […]

How Trump exposes a dangerous problem at the heart of American government

How Trump exposes a dangerous problem at the heart of American government. C.S. Lewis describes friendship as that moment when “one person says to another ‘What! You too? I thought that no one but myself…’” Up until that moment, you thought no one else shared your combination of interests. No one else thought as you did. No one else saw […]

The Republicans Broke American Politics, and Media Elites Are Blind to It | New Republic

The Republicans Broke American Politics, and Media Elites Are Blind to It | New Republic. by Brian Beutler · May 26, 2017 Republican Greg Gianforte defeated Democrat Rob Quist in a special election Thursday for Montana’s lone congressional seat, a six-point victory that should horrify you because he won with the full support of the GOP after body-slamming and punching […]

Donald Trump: The Gateway Degenerate – The New York Times

Donald Trump: The Gateway Degenerate – The New York Times. by Charles M. Blow · May 29, 2017 Last week, when voters in Montana elected Greg Gianforte to fill the state’s lone seat in the House of Representatives, even after he was recorded in a physical altercation with a reporter, many Americans — like me — were left to look […]

Biden blasts Dems for ignoring working-class concerns | TheHill

Biden blasts Dems for ignoring working-class concerns | TheHill. by Jacqueline Thomsen · May 28, 2017 Former Vice President Joe Biden questioned Democrats’ strategy to win over middle-class voters at a rally Sunday, saying the negativity coming from President Trump’s campaign distracted party leaders from focusing on the issues, according to a NBC News report. “Because of the negative campaign […]

Cory Booker Pumps Brakes On Trump Impeachment Talk | HuffPost

Cory Booker Pumps Brakes On Trump Impeachment Talk | HuffPost. Sen. Corey Booker (D-N.J.) isn’t hoping to impeach President Donald Trump anytime soon, the potential 2020 presidential candidate said Sunday. “I’m not going to rush impeachment,” Booker said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “I think we need to deal with this in a very sobered way. This can’t be […]

What if we’re all complicit in Trump’s monstrous presidency? – Salon.com

What if we’re all complicit in Trump’s monstrous presidency? – Salon.com. The constitutional crisis that’s upon us began not with the derangement of Donald Trump, but with the derangement of America’s political and civic culture that made him so plausible to so many in the first place. Getting rid of Trump is imperative and urgent. But doing so won’t prove […]

Wow. The Grand Canyon Is Being Stolen By a Sea of Fog. | Mother Jones

Wow. The Grand Canyon Is Being Stolen By a Sea of Fog. | Mother Jones. by Mary Papenfuss · May 28, 2017 It may be what it looked like millennia ago. Michael Quinn, NPS/Flickr This story was originally published by HuffPost and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. A stunning time-lapse video of the Grand Canyon […]

Let’s talk about dental inequality in America

Let's talk about dental inequality in America. Two hours before sunrise, Dee Matello joined the line outside the Wicomico Civic Center in Salisbury, Maryland, where hundreds of people in hoodies, heavy coats, and wool blankets braced against the wind. Inside, reclining dental chairs were arrayed in rows across the arena’s vast floor. Days later, the venue would host Disney on […]

Trump’s Budget: The Math Is Phony but the Cruelty Isn’t – The New York Times

Trump’s Budget: The Math Is Phony but the Cruelty Isn’t – The New York Times. by Steven Rattner · May 24, 2017 Max Whittaker for The New York Times Phony math is a time-honored tradition in the Washington world of budget making, but the first full fiscal plan from the Trump administration breaks new ground. The bottom line: A budget […]

Inside Hillary Clinton’s Surreal Post-Election Life

Inside Hillary Clinton’s Surreal Post-Election Life. by Rebecca Traister · May 26, 2017 When I walk into the Chappaqua dining room in which Hillary Clinton is spending her days working on her new book, I am greeted by a vision from the past. Wearing no makeup and giant Coke-bottle glasses, dressed in a gray mock-turtleneck and black zip sweatshirt, Hillary […]

How GOP Outside Spending Turned a Loser Into a Winner in Montana

How GOP Outside Spending Turned a Loser Into a Winner in Montana. by Simone Pathé · May 26, 2017 Six months ago, Republican Greg Gianforte lost Montana’s gubernatorial election by nearly 4 points. Thursday night, he won statewide by about 6 points. Congressional special elections are, well, special. The electorate is different, and so is the spending. Last fall, Gianforte […]

Two men stabbed to death on Oregon train trying to stop anti-Muslim rant | Reuters

Two men stabbed to death on Oregon train trying to stop anti-Muslim rant | Reuters. Two men were stabbed to death in the U.S. city of Portland on Friday when they tried to stop their attacker from harassing two women because they appeared to be Muslim, police said. The incident unfolded on a commuter train hours before the start of […]

Russia scandal casts uncertainty over Kushner’s future role – POLITICO

Russia scandal casts uncertainty over Kushner’s future role – POLITICO. by Matthew Nussbaum · May 27, 2017 Jared Kushner’s allies are quick to point out that he hasn’t been accused of any wrongdoing. | Getty Once the untouchable son-in-law in a White House where top aides jockey for the president’s ear, Jared Kushner has now been cast in a new […]

G-7 Summit Ends Without US Joining Consensus On Climate Change

G-7 Summit Ends Without US Joining Consensus On Climate Change. TAORMINA, Sicily (AP) — Seven wealthy democracies ended their summit Saturday in Italy without unanimous agreement on climate change, as the Trump administration plans to take more time to say whether the U.S. is going to remain in the Paris accord on limiting greenhouse gas emissions. The other six nations […]

Exclusive: Trump son-in-law had undisclosed contacts with Russian envoy – sources | Reuters

Exclusive: Trump son-in-law had undisclosed contacts with Russian envoy – sources | Reuters. by Ned Parker · May 27, 2017 WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and close adviser, Jared Kushner, had at least three previously undisclosed contacts with the Russian ambassador to the United States during and after the 2016 presidential campaign, seven current and former U.S. officials told […]

Clinton launches new campaign against Trump  – POLITICO

Clinton launches new campaign against Trump  – POLITICO. by Edward-Isaac Dovere · May 26, 2017 Speaking before her alma mater, the former Democratic nominee warns that the president is tearing apart the nation. She didn’t beat him, and now she’s suggesting he might be impeached. Hillary Clinton is still running against Donald Trump—against what she says he represents about the […]

It may be time to disobey the commander in chief – Vox

It may be time to disobey the commander in chief – Vox. In the space of a week, Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, lied about why he did it, then admitted in a TV interview that, actually, he prematurely terminated Comey’s 10-year term because he was annoyed with the FBI’s ongoing investigation into his campaign’s ties to Russian officials. […]

REPORT: Tillerson Declines To Host Ramadan Event At State Department | HuffPost

REPORT: Tillerson Declines To Host Ramadan Event At State Department | HuffPost. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has declined a request to host an event to mark Islam’s holy month of Ramadan, two U.S. officials said, apparently breaking with a bipartisan tradition in place with few exceptions for nearly 20 years. Since 1999, Republican and Democratic secretaries of state have […]

Comey rushed to close Clinton investigation for fear fake Russian intel would leak: report – Salon.com

Comey rushed to close Clinton investigation for fear fake Russian intel would leak: report – Salon.com. by Sophia Tesfaye · May 26, 2017 Comey reportedly closed Clinton case over Russian intel he knew was false Follow Hillary Clinton; James Comey (Credit: AP/Matt Rourke/David Goldman) On Wednesday, The Washington Post reported that former FBI director James Comey partially based his bizarre […]

Clinton: ‘I Would Have Won’ But For Comey, Russia, Voter Suppression – Talking Points Memo

Clinton: ‘I Would Have Won’ But For Comey, Russia, Voter Suppression – Talking Points Memo. by Matt Shuham Hillary Clinton believes she would have won the 2016 election if not for the “unprecedented attacks” by former FBI Director James Comey and Russian hackers. The former senator, secretary of state and presidential candidate was blunt in interviews for a lengthy New […]

The foolish complacency of optimistic liberals

The foolish complacency of optimistic liberals. Liberals find President Trump’s corruption, ignorance, atrocious judgment, and authoritarian instincts self-evidently appalling, just as they are instinctually disgusted by the undisguised cruelty of the administration’s proposed federal budget and the health-care bill passed by the Republican majority in the House. That’s my reaction, too. But too many liberals also assume that this reaction […]

How Obama not so subtly undercuts Trump – POLITICO

How Obama not so subtly undercuts Trump – POLITICO. by Edward-Isaac Dovere · May 25, 2017 “In this new world we live in, we can’t isolate ourselves. We can’t hide behind walls,” the former president said in Berlin. | AP Photo Obama’s calculated but opaque opposition to Trump was on full display in Berlin. When they realized former President Barack […]

It’s the First Ramadan of the Trump Era, and Muslims Are on Edge

It’s the First Ramadan of the Trump Era, and Muslims Are on Edge. by Dean Obeidallah · May 26, 2017 Ramadan begins at sundown Friday. One extremist group is planning anti-Muslim protests in 23 cities, and violence has spiked during the holy month. No wonder people are worried. opinion Stephanie Keith/Reuters Ramadan, which begins at sundown on Friday, May 26, […]

45 million Americans rely on food stamps. Trump wants to gut the program. – Vox

45 million Americans rely on food stamps. Trump wants to gut the program. – Vox. by Julia Belluz · May 23, 2017 One oft-repeated Republicans line is that benefits like SNAP discourage people from working. But according to the researchers who study SNAP, there’s no good evidence of that. Instead, its been shown to improve health outcomes, reduce poverty, and […]

Montana Republican Wins Special U.S. House Race Despite Assault Charge | HuffPost

Montana Republican Wins Special U.S. House Race Despite Assault Charge | HuffPost. by Daniel Marans · May 26, 2017 Republican Greg Gianforte overcame an election eve assault charge filed against him that sparked national attention, defeating Democrat Rob Quist in the race for Montana’s open U.S. House seat Thursday. Gianforte received 50.7 percent to Quist’s 43.5 percent with 97 percent […]

This Is Huge, Astonishing – Talking Points Memo

This Is Huge, Astonishing – Talking Points Memo. by Josh Marshall It’s so far in the weeds and doesn’t directly implicate or exonerate Trump. So I suspect it may somehow not get the attention it deserves. But the new report from the Post that James Comey’s decision to announce the Clinton “no charges” decision on his own in July 2016 […]

How Trump’s budget weaponizes the worst GOP pathologies

How Trump's budget weaponizes the worst GOP pathologies. President Trump’s budget looks like a liberal blogger’s caricature of what a Republican budget on steroids would be: yuge tax cuts skewed to the rich, a large increase in defense spending, and red ink as far as the eye can see. We’re talking deep cuts to Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, […]

Another Obamacare insurer just quit, leaving 25 Missouri counties with no options – Vox

Another Obamacare insurer just quit, leaving 25 Missouri counties with no options – Vox. by Sarah Kliff · May 24, 2017 Another health insurer will quit the Obamacare marketplace next year, leaving 19,000 Obamacare enrollees with no options in 2018. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City announced Wednesday that it will not sell coverage on the Obamacare marketplaces next […]

Sorry, but you won’t be getting a President Al Franken in 2020 – Salon.com

Sorry, but you won’t be getting a President Al Franken in 2020 – Salon.com. by Katie Serena · May 24, 2017 Despite all the buzz, it looks like the Minnesota senator and “Saturday Night Live” alum will not be running for President in the next election. Sorry about that. Al Franken, says he’s “flattered” by the amount of people pushing […]

Democrats: Stop. Listening. To. Rahm. Emanuel.

Democrats: Stop. Listening. To. Rahm. Emanuel.. Democrats are smelling blood in the 2018 midterms. President Trump is horrendously unpopular, has all but admitted to obstruction of justice, and already has a special prosecutor investigating his connections with Russia. The Republican Party is even more unpopular, and they are pushing an agenda of mass desperation and death. Democrats are looking for […]

Democrats need a simple message to speak to Trump voters

Democrats need a simple message to speak to Trump voters. · by Tim Kaine, Opinion contributor · May 24, 2017 We need to focus on growing the economy, but not the way Republicans do. Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va. (Photo: Liz Dufour, The Cincinnati Enquirer) While Democrats are quite unified and generally in step with the American public on social issues, […]

A Road Trip Through Rusting and Rising America – The New York Times

A Road Trip Through Rusting and Rising America – The New York Times. OAK RIDGE, Tenn. — In his dystopian Inaugural Address, President Trump painted a picture of America as a nation gripped by vast “carnage” — a landscape of “rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones” that cried out for a strongman to put “America first” and stop the world from […]

Trump: ISIS terrorists are “evil losers.”

Trump: ISIS terrorists are "evil losers.". by Ben Mathis-Lilley · May 23, 2017 Donald Trump in the West Bank on Tuesday. Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images Speaking in the West Bank today about the ISIS-claimed bombing in Manchester, England that killed 22 people, Donald Trump called the perpetrators of the terror attack “losers”: So many young, beautiful innocent people living and enjoying […]

45 million Americans rely on food stamps. Trump wants to gut the program. – Vox

45 million Americans rely on food stamps. Trump wants to gut the program. – Vox. One oft-repeated Republicans line is that benefits like SNAP discourage people from working. But according to the researchers who study SNAP, there’s no good evidence of that. Instead, its been shown to improve health outcomes, reduce poverty, and fight hunger. Christian Adams/Getty Images Trump’s new […]

Trump Launches Another Assault On ‘Sanctuary Cities’ In Budget | HuffPost

Trump Launches Another Assault On 'Sanctuary Cities' In Budget | HuffPost. by Elise Foley · May 23, 2017 WASHINGTON ― The Trump administration wants to change the law so it can more easily force cities and counties to detain immigrants at the federal government’s request, even if local officials believe it would be damaging to public safety efforts, costly and […]

Donald Trump is still optimistic he can make an Israel-Palestine peace deal – Salon.com

Donald Trump is still optimistic he can make an Israel-Palestine peace deal – Salon.com. by Matthew Rozsa · May 23, 2017 Trump is optimistic about being able to create Middle Eastern peace but doesn’t offer specifics (Credit: AP Photo/Nasser Nasser) President Donald Trump’s recent trip to Israel was marked not only by his oddly casual note in the Yad Vashem […]

Trump will not bring peace to the Middle East

Trump will not bring peace to the Middle East. Peace in the Middle East has been the holy grail for American presidents for decades, stretching back at least to Jimmy Carter. And every American president who has tried to bring peace to this violent and riven part of the world has failed. But don’t worry. President Trump is on the […]

President Trump’s Mideast Contradictions – The New York Times

President Trump’s Mideast Contradictions – The New York Times. Given President Trump’s appetite for spectacle, Saudi Arabia could not have been a more fitting opening for his first overseas trip. The palaces, the fancy robes of King Salman and his court, the sword dance, even the creepy glowing orb used to inaugurate Saudi Arabia’s new counterterrorism center, seemed just the […]

Monica Lewinsky: Roger Ailes’s Dream Was My Nightmare – The New York Times

Monica Lewinsky: Roger Ailes’s Dream Was My Nightmare – The New York Times. This is not another obituary for Roger Ailes, who died last week 10 months after being ousted at Fox News. It is, I hope, instead an obituary for the culture he purveyed — a culture that affected me profoundly and personally. Just two years after Rupert Murdoch […]

DNC battling class-action suit alleging Sanders was robbed in 2016 | Fox News

DNC battling class-action suit alleging Sanders was robbed in 2016 | Fox News. by Jennifer G. Hickey Published May 22, 2017 Fox News The 2016 presidential campaign is still being litigated – literally. As Trump administration controversies command media attention, a little-noticed set of lawsuits against the Democratic Party continues to play out in the courts – including one claiming […]

Bernie backers rage over Calif. Democratic Party chair race – POLITICO

Bernie backers rage over Calif. Democratic Party chair race – POLITICO. by Carla Marinucci · May 22, 2017 Eric Bauman won the chairmanship of the California Democratic Party over the weekend. | AP Photo Audit underway after accusations of ballot stuffing, floor protests. SAN FRANCISCO — Supporters of the losing candidate in a bitterly disputed election to serve as chair […]

Melania’s Swat Proves She Hates Donald Just as Much as America Does

Melania’s Swat Proves She Hates Donald Just as Much as America Does. by Erin Gloria Ryan · May 22, 2017 Carlos Barria/Reuters The first lady’s hand slap heard ’round the world is far from the first time she’s shown disdain for her husband. Welcome to the club. Maybe Melania Trump, a woman who was once photographed for Vanity Fair forking […]

In Cooper v. Harris, the Supreme Court strikes a blow against racial redistricting.

In Cooper v. Harris, the Supreme Court strikes a blow against racial redistricting.. by Mark Joseph Stern · May 22, 2017 Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas speaks at the memorial service for his former colleague Antonin Scalia on March 1, 2016, in Washington, D.C. Susan Walsh-Pool/Getty Images On Monday, the Supreme Court issued a landmark decision holding that two congressional […]

In Cooper v. Harris, the Supreme Court strikes a blow against racial redistricting.

In Cooper v. Harris, the Supreme Court strikes a blow against racial redistricting.. by Mark Joseph Stern · May 22, 2017 Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas speaks at the memorial service for his former colleague Antonin Scalia on March 1, 2016, in Washington, D.C. Susan Walsh-Pool/Getty Images On Monday, the Supreme Court issued a landmark decision holding that two congressional […]

While You Weren’t Looking, Trump Basically Killed Dodd-Frank | HuffPost

While You Weren't Looking, Trump Basically Killed Dodd-Frank | HuffPost. As the nation’s capital has been consumed by the frothing chaos of President Donald Trump’s administration — botched Muslim bans, sudden personnel changes and the chief executive’s erratic behavior — a steady current of traditional right-wing orthodoxy is sweeping through the federal government. Whatever happens with Russia or the FBI, […]

Lawrence O’Donnell fans are planning a march on MSNBC – Salon.com

Lawrence O’Donnell fans are planning a march on MSNBC – Salon.com. by Matthew Sheffield · May 22, 2017 Fans of MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell are planning a march against the network at its New York headquarters later this week in protest of the channel for not having renewed his contract. In an interview with Salon, Annie Salas, the protest’s organizer, […]

Trump Officially Proposes Stripping All Federal Funds From Planned Parenthood | Mother Jones

Trump Officially Proposes Stripping All Federal Funds From Planned Parenthood | Mother Jones. by Hannah Levintova · May 22, 2017 That includes Medicaid, family planning grants, STD prevention, and more. Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/AP In an unprecedented move, the White House is set to release a budget proposal that would withhold all federal funds from abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood. […]

The Trump White House is collapsing

The Trump White House is collapsing. Donald Trump certainly seems like he’s having a lovely time on his first international trip as president. He touched down in Saudi Arabia over the weekend and was given an over-the-top reception by his hosts. The Saudis presented him with a medal, projected his portrait onto the side of a hotel, and extended to […]

Donald of Arabia – POLITICO Magazine

Donald of Arabia – POLITICO Magazine. He didn’t do anything embarrassing. But he did commit the United States to a deeper alliance with the very leaders who are part of the problem. Those who expected Donald Trump to fly into Riyadh and insult his Saudi hosts with the kinds of broadsides he delivered on the campaign trail against Islam and […]

In season finale, SNL suggests Trump presidency could end over summer.

In season finale, SNL suggests Trump presidency could end over summer.. After the crazy week in Washington there was no shortage of material for Saturday Night Live’s final episode of the season to take one final dig at Donald Trump and his administration. But instead of taking the bait, the show took a different tack in what looked very much […]

Here’s Just How Much Hillary Clinton’s Emails Dominated The Campaign | HuffPost

Here's Just How Much Hillary Clinton's Emails Dominated The Campaign | HuffPost. The phrase “But her emails!” has become a sarcastic rallying cry among many liberals who bemoan the attention dedicated last year to questions over Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. Their perception ― that the focus on Clinton’s emails overshadowed the rest of her campaign ― […]

Immigrants in detention centers are often hundreds of miles from legal help – Salon.com

Immigrants in detention centers are often hundreds of miles from legal help – Salon.com. One morning in February, lawyer Marty Rosenbluth set off from his Hillsborough, North Carolina, home to represent two anxious clients in court. He drove about eight hours southwest, spent the night in a hotel and then got up around 6 a.m. to make the final 40-minute […]

What it was like to wait with one of the men executed in Arkansas.

What it was like to wait with one of the men executed in Arkansas.. by Ibby Caputo · May 19, 2017 Holladay had never seen someone die before Jones’ execution. Photo illustration by Slate. Photos by Thinkstock. Just before his execution in Arkansas on April 24, Jack Jones ate a final meal of fried chicken, potato logs with tarter sauce, […]

Roger Ailes’s legacy: the road to the White House runs through Fox News – Vox

Roger Ailes's legacy: the road to the White House runs through Fox News – Vox. Outside contributors’ opinions and analysis of the most important issues in politics, science, and culture. Roger Ailes always had an impeccable sense of timing. He linked up with the Republican Party just as it was about to veer sharply to the right. He joined up […]

Just What The Middle East Needs — $110 Billion More In Weapons | HuffPost

Just What The Middle East Needs — $110 Billion More In Weapons | HuffPost. This weekend, President Trump will unveil a proposed mammoth arms sale to Saudi Arabia. The pro-Gulf foreign policy establishment in the United States and the Middle East will cheer it as an investment in a new security arrangement for our Sunni partners in the Middle East […]

Why Trump is likely to care less about Palestinians than any other president to precede him – Salon.com

Why Trump is likely to care less about Palestinians than any other president to precede him – Salon.com. by Alexandra Rosenmann · May 20, 2017 “Since the 1970′s, every administration has taken a weaker and weaker position towards the [Israeli] settlements” (Credit: AP/Kathy Willens) This article originally appeared on AlterNet. As President Donald Trump recently held a joint press conference […]

Watch Out World, Trump’s Coming – The New York Times

Watch Out World, Trump’s Coming – The New York Times. by Gail Collins · May 19, 2017 President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump boarding Air Force One on Friday. Stephen Crowley/The New York Times Donald Trump has gone abroad. Nine days. Five stops. Strange beds. Anything could happen. Could be a win. The bar is so stupendously low these […]

Why We Should Feel No Pity for Anthony Weiner

Why We Should Feel No Pity for Anthony Weiner. by Erin Gloria Ryan · May 19, 2017 Mario Tama/Getty The former Congressman cried as he plead guilty to charges related to sexting a minor girl. But no amount of tears can change the fact that his scandals helped elect Trump. Today, Anthony Weiner pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a […]

Impeaching Trump is a political question, not a legal one.

Impeaching Trump is a political question, not a legal one.. by Jacob Weisberg · May 19, 2017 President Donald Trump sits down for a lunch with Republican House and Senate leadership, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (left) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (right) in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on March 1. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images In the […]

The end of Trump – Salon.com

The end of Trump – Salon.com. by Robert Reich · May 19, 2017 This post originally appeared on Robert Reich’s blog. The question is no longer whether there are grounds to impeach Donald Trump. It is when enough Republicans will put their loyalty to America ahead of their loyalty to their party. Trump’s statements last week about his firing of […]

The foolish fantasies of the ‘Impeach Trump’ crowd

The foolish fantasies of the 'Impeach Trump' crowd. The appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as the special counsel overseeing the Russia probe has muted, at least a bit, and at least for now, the clamorous calls from the left to impeach President Trump. Nonetheless, millions of liberals throughout the country are surely still salivating over the prospect of […]

Juan Williams: Roger Ailes and his legacy of free speech | Fox News

Juan Williams: Roger Ailes and his legacy of free speech | Fox News. Roger Ailes saw me coming through the door to his office and with his needling wit he said: “We can’t have you working here.” My jaw dropped. Roger knew how to get your attention with a cutting comment in good times and bad. I was going through […]

Roger Ailes is survived by Trump, Hannity, this awful time.

Roger Ailes is survived by Trump, Hannity, this awful time.. by Isaac Chotiner · May 18, 2017 Roger Ailes from ‘Fox News’ speaks at the Summer Television Critics Association Press Tour on July 24, 2006 in Pasadena, California. Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images Roger Ailes, the former head of the Fox News Channel, passed away on Thursday at the […]

Democratic Leaders Try to Slow Calls to Impeach Trump – The New York Times

Democratic Leaders Try to Slow Calls to Impeach Trump – The New York Times. by JONATHAN MARTIN · May 18, 2017 House Democrats arrived for a news conference about President Trump and Russia on Wednesday. Al Drago/The New York Times WASHINGTON — When House Democratic leaders hastily called a news conference Wednesday to demonstrate their outrage at President Trump’s latest […]

Senate Democrats reject Lieberman for FBI director – POLITICO

Senate Democrats reject Lieberman for FBI director – POLITICO. by Josh Dawsey · May 18, 2017 Former Sen. Joe Lieberman departs the White House after meeting with President Donald Trump on May 17. | Getty President Donald Trump may be dramatically miscalculating how much support Sen. Joe Lieberman has among his former Democratic colleagues to become FBI director. Some Senate […]

Donald Trump Says Special Counsel Appointment ‘Hurts Our Country Terribly’ | HuffPost

Donald Trump Says Special Counsel Appointment 'Hurts Our Country Terribly' | HuffPost. President Donald Trump on Thursday denied asking former FBI Director James Comey to scuttle an investigation, and said the appointment of a special counsel to investigate Russia’s meddling in last year’s presidential election is detrimental to the U.S. state of affairs. “I believe it hurts our country terribly […]

Betsy DeVos plans to slash public education funding, eliminate college loan forgiveness: report – Salon.com

Betsy DeVos plans to slash public education funding, eliminate college loan forgiveness: report – Salon.com. by Matthew Rozsa · May 18, 2017 The president plans on significantly reducing education spending in favor of DeVos’ school choice agenda Betsy DeVos at Bethune-Cookman University(Credit: AP/John Raoux) Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos may have needed the vote of Vice President Mike Pence to […]

Senators Warn Special Counsel Is Good For Democracy, Bad For Transparency – Talking Points Memo

Senators Warn Special Counsel Is Good For Democracy, Bad For Transparency – Talking Points Memo. by Alice Ollstein When the Justice Department announced Wednesday evening that it was appointing former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign, both Republicans and Democrats cheered the news. But […]

Larry Mishel is a jolly good leftist

Larry Mishel is a jolly good leftist. Lawrence Mishel is stepping down as president of the Economic Policy Institute. You may not have heard of him — or even of EPI — but it’s a bittersweet moment for leftist economics. Wherever the left edge of mainstream economics can be found in American politics, you will find EPI pushing the envelope. […]

Impeachment proceedings need to start now – The Boston Globe

Impeachment proceedings need to start now – The Boston Globe. by Laurence H. Tribe · May 17, 2017 All Spider-Man fans will recognize the line, “With great power comes great responsibility.” We need to act now on that maxim’s converse: When great power is placed in the hands of one who cannot be trusted to act responsibly, we must take […]

The Special Counsel America Needs – The New York Times

The Special Counsel America Needs – The New York Times. by THE EDITORIAL BOARD · May 17, 2017 Robert Mueller in 2013. Brendan Smialowski/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images If President Trump thought that by sacking the F.B.I. director, James Comey, he could kill off the investigation into his associates’ ties to the Russian government and its attempt to deliver him […]

Donald Trump’s Paths All Lead Down

Donald Trump’s Paths All Lead Down. Here are four things the president capable of anything could very well do as the walls close in on him. The president is a caged and cornered animal. Forget his statement about how “I look forward to this matter concluding quickly,” and know that he has to be livid about the appointment of Robert […]

Here is a draft of Articles of Impeachment for Donald J. Trump.

Here is a draft of Articles of Impeachment for Donald J. Trump.. by Phillip Carter · May 16, 2017 Even if Republicans won’t act, Democrats, like House Intelligence Committee ranking member Adam Schiff (pictured April 6 at the Capitol), should make their intentions clear. Joshua Roberts/Reuters The framers of our Constitution likely never imagined a President like Donald J. Trump. […]

Insurers want to raise Obamacare rates as much as 53 percent – Vox

Insurers want to raise Obamacare rates as much as 53 percent – Vox. 2018 could be another year of steep Obamacare rate hikes. Early data from state insurance departments, released over the past two weeks, shows that big health plans are requesting some pretty significant premium increases. Anthem, which covers 35,000 people in the Connecticut marketplace, wants to raise premiums […]

Here’s Why Democrats Are Not Storming The Gates, Demanding Impeachment | HuffPost

Here's Why Democrats Are Not Storming The Gates, Demanding Impeachment | HuffPost. · by Michael McAuliff · May 17, 2017 WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump fired the FBI director in charge of investigating his associates’ ties to Russia. The next day he gave Russians classified information in the Oval Office. And now it’s reported that Trump asked then-FBI Director James […]

The Inside Story of Chelsea Manning’s Unlikely Release From Prison | Mother Jones

The Inside Story of Chelsea Manning's Unlikely Release From Prison | Mother Jones. by Samantha Michaels · May 11, 2017 After six-plus grueling years, the convicted leaker gains her freedom on May 17. A supporter at a gay pride parade in London in 2014 Gail Orenstein/ZUMA Wire When Chelsea Manning asked President Barack Obama to commute her prison sentence last […]

Republicans must impeach Trump — for their own good

Republicans must impeach Trump — for their own good. Does the name of this day end in the letter “y”? If so, by the time the sun sets tonight President Trump will almost certainly have freshly embarrassed himself and his ancestors or helped write one of his future articles of impeachment like someone shoveling the dirt out of his own […]

Reports: DOJ Names Ex-FBI Chief Robert Mueller Special Counsel In Russia Probe – Talking Points Memo

Reports: DOJ Names Ex-FBI Chief Robert Mueller Special Counsel In Russia Probe – Talking Points Memo. by Allegra Kirkland The Justice Department on Wednesday named former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel in the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion between Trump campaign associates and Russian operatives. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said he […]

Our Slide Toward Soft Despotism Has Begun

Our Slide Toward Soft Despotism Has Begun. by Matt Lewis · May 17, 2017 Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast We once thought we could count on the adults. But the man-child in charge turns everyone around him into a child. Many had hoped that the “adults” in the White House would check the influence of Donald Trump’s “yes […]

Democrats consider the case for impeaching Trump.

Democrats consider the case for impeaching Trump.. by Michelle Goldberg · May 16, 2017 President Donald Trump speaks in the Kennedy Garden of the White House May 1, 2017. Not pictured: Democrats in other locations getting excited about impeaching him. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images One of the hard things about reporting on politics these days—besides the insomnia and constant […]

This Is How Republicans Treated Hillary Clinton When She Was Accused Of Mishandling Sensitive Information | HuffPost

This Is How Republicans Treated Hillary Clinton When She Was Accused Of Mishandling Sensitive Information | HuffPost. During the 2016 election campaign, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton received a slew of criticism from Republicans who said she wasn’t qualified to be president because she used a private email server during her time heading the State Department. Their tough criticism of the […]

Ignored by western media, Syrians describe the nightmare the armed opposition brought them – Salon.com

Ignored by western media, Syrians describe the nightmare the armed opposition brought them – Salon.com. Supporters of the Syrian opposition have relentlessly demanded that Western observers listen to “Syrian voices.” The idea is that by absorbing the testimonies of Syrians who have experienced the violence of the conflict first hand, Westerners will know how to best help them. Yet Western […]

It’s time to start talking about Trump’s mental health

It's time to start talking about Trump's mental health. For many Americans, one of the defining features of the Trump presidency is checking the news after a couple hours offline and finding out that you’ve missed some jaw-dropping story of insane, reckless, and/or idiotic behavior from our nation’s 45th president. On Monday, it was the Washington Post scoop that President […]

Donald Trump Killed the “Indispensable Nation.” Good! | New Republic

Donald Trump Killed the “Indispensable Nation.” Good! | New Republic. by Jeet Heer · May 15, 2017 In February 1998, Madeleine Albright, President Bill Clinton’s secretary of state, went on NBC’s The Today Show to defend America’s increasingly aggressive stance toward Iraq. “Let me say that we are doing everything possible so that American men and women in uniform do […]

Democrats Collide as Tom Perriello and Ralph Northam Face Off in Virginia

Democrats Collide as Tom Perriello and Ralph Northam Face Off in Virginia. by Eleanor Clift · May 16, 2017 The first test of the party’s future since Trump bested Clinton is in a state where the Clinton brand is still strong. It’s 2016 all over again in the Virginia gubernatorial primary, as Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are backing populist […]

Print shops shouldn’t have to make gay pride T-shirts.

Print shops shouldn’t have to make gay pride T-shirts.. by John Corvino · May 15, 2017 A woman celebrates at an LGBTQ pride parade. Borja Sanchez-Trillo/Getty Images Suppose you operate a T-shirt printing shop and a customer requests a shirt with a Bible verse. When you ask which verse, the customer answers: “Leviticus 18:22: Homosexuality is a detestable sin.” If […]

Senate Dems have a doomed strategy on Comey. Activists want them to go nuclear. – Vox

Senate Dems have a doomed strategy on Comey. Activists want them to go nuclear. – Vox. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is drawing a line in the sand: Democrats won’t vote for any replacement for FBI Director James Comey until a special prosecutor is chosen to investigate President Trump’s ties to Russia. “We will have to discuss it as a […]

Hillary Clinton Announces New Political Group Onward Together | HuffPost

Hillary Clinton Announces New Political Group Onward Together | HuffPost. Six months after losing the presidential election to Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton has launched Onward Together, a nonprofit to fund groups that encourage political involvement. Onward Together’s website says the organization “is dedicated to advancing the vision that earned nearly 66 million votes in the last election.” “From the Women’s […]

Despite Donald Trump’s deep unpopularity, MSNBC is moving to the right – Salon.com

Despite Donald Trump’s deep unpopularity, MSNBC is moving to the right – Salon.com. by Matthew Sheffield · May 15, 2017 During its first years of production, MSNBC underwent a series of identity crises as the fledgling network struggled to compete with both CNN and Fox News. Once FNC became the ratings champ thanks to its conservative sensibility and hiring of […]

Miss USA Draws Backlash For Saying Health Care Is A ‘Privilege’ – Talking Points Memo

Miss USA Draws Backlash For Saying Health Care Is A ‘Privilege’ – Talking Points Memo. by Cristina Cabrera Freshly crowned Miss USA, Kara McCullough of Washington, D.C., sparked controversy on Sunday with her response to a question on whether affordable health care was a privilege or a right. “I’m definitely going to say it’s a privilege,” she said. McCullough, who […]

America needs to stop treating Putin like a supervillain

America needs to stop treating Putin like a supervillain. In this increasingly click-addled world, we don’t just suffer from Trump Derangement Syndrome, we also suffer from Putin Derangement Syndrome. Russia is seen not just as a world power vying for influence, or as an adversary of the West, but as a villain. And there’s a crucial difference. Turning international politics […]

Abortion politics hound senators from both parties – POLITICO

Abortion politics hound senators from both parties – POLITICO. by Burgess Everett · May 14, 2017 Joe Manchin said he would continue to support federal funding for Planned Parenthood as long as the ban on the use of federal money for abortions remains in place. | AP Photo The politics of abortion are already vexing vulnerable senators from both parties […]

This Doctor Saved a Thousand ISIS Slaves

This Doctor Saved a Thousand ISIS Slaves. by Emily Feldman05.15.17 1:03 AM ET · January 30, 2017 The Iraqi women who escaped from ISIS had their sights set on a new life in Germany. Where that was, they weren’t sure, but it was far away, they heard, and Dr. Mirza would take them there. His name was invoked all around […]

The End Of Trump | HuffPost

The End Of Trump | HuffPost. The question is no longer whether there are grounds to impeach Donald Trump. It is when enough Republicans will put their loyalty to America ahead of their loyalty to their party. Trump’s statements last week about his firing of former FBI director James Comey provide ample evidence that Trump engaged in an obstruction of […]

Reviving manufacturing would help all of us—not just white men – Salon.com

Reviving manufacturing would help all of us—not just white men – Salon.com. by Liza Featherstone · May 14, 2017 This article originally appeared in In These Times. Manufacturing, once nearly a third of U.S. gross domestic product, has dwindled to around 12 percent, a punch to the gut for the American working class. Indeed, the sufferings of that sector’s former […]

Trump thinks he can get away with anything – CNN.com

Trump thinks he can get away with anything – CNN.com. (CNN)President Trump thinks he can get away with anything. This week’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey has greatly intensified the fears that our commander in chief sees absolutely no boundaries to his power. By axing the director of an agency investigating whether there was collusion between members of […]

Harvard Constitutional Scholar Calls For Trump Impeachment Probe | HuffPost

Harvard Constitutional Scholar Calls For Trump Impeachment Probe | HuffPost. by Mary Papenfuss · May 13, 2017 A top Harvard constitutional law professor is calling for an impeachment investigation into Donald Trump for obstruction of justice, branding the president’s firing of FBI Director James Comey as an “obvious effort to interfere with a probe involving national security.” To “wait for […]

Black Lives Matter is Bailing Out Women for Mother’s Day | Mother Jones

Black Lives Matter is Bailing Out Women for Mother's Day | Mother Jones. by Brandon E. Patterson · May 12, 2017 It’s raised more than $500,000 to get moms out of jail. National Black Mamas Bail Out Day Black Lives Matter has a big gift for some moms this Mother’s Day—their freedom. Groups affiliated with the police and criminal justice […]

How Democrats can roar back

How Democrats can roar back. The 2018 election is still 543 days away. But already, it seems clear that Democrats are poised to sweep Republicans out of power in the House. And if President Trump keeps up his tripartite trainwreck of monstrous policy, abuse of power, and addle-brained babbling, any sentient being with a D after their name should be […]

Thanks to Caitlyn Jenner, all Caitlyn-adjacent names are getting way less popular.

Thanks to Caitlyn Jenner, all Caitlyn-adjacent names are getting way less popular.. by Christina Cauterucci · May 12, 2017 “Sorry not sorry.” Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for SiriusXM Caitlyn Jenner isn’t good for much, but it looks like she’s managed to officially end the reign of one of the most popular names in girl history. The Social Security Administration announced Friday […]

Republican voters don’t seem to care about Comey’s firing – Vox

Republican voters don’t seem to care about Comey’s firing – Vox. President Donald Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey has been discussed in the press as the modern-day Watergate scandal, heightening pressure for an independent investigation into Russia’s alleged ties with the Trump campaign. The first polls to ask about Comey’s dismissal shows public opinion isn’t great for […]

Mika Brzezinski begs CNN to stop seeking “ratings crack,” says Kellyanne Conway is “politics porn” – Salon.com

Mika Brzezinski begs CNN to stop seeking “ratings crack,” says Kellyanne Conway is “politics porn” – Salon.com. by Matthew Sheffield · May 12, 2017 On Friday’s “Morning Joe,” co-host Mika Brzezinski accused rival cable news network CNN of creating what she called “politics porn” with its recent interviews of high-ranking White House adviser Kellyanne Conway. According to Brzezinski, Conway and […]

President Trump torched his legislative agenda by firing Comey

President Trump torched his legislative agenda by firing Comey. Despite the fact that Republicans control all three branches of government, President Trump has managed to score no major legislative victories in his first 100 days in office. And the firing of FBI Director James Comey may well ensure that he won’t do so in the rest of his term either. […]

Donald Trump Doesn’t Need to Be a Russian Agent to Be Dangerous

Donald Trump Doesn’t Need to Be a Russian Agent to Be Dangerous. by Joy-Ann Reid05.12.17 1:00 AM ET · January 30, 2017 The Russians took a victory lap inside the White House Wednesday, providing the definitive proof that Donald Trump is no foreign agent. He’s a fool, and a dangerous one. It’s not enough that Trump and his team of […]

Merrick Garland would have to be a fool to serve as Trump’s FBI director – Vox

Merrick Garland would have to be a fool to serve as Trump's FBI director – Vox. by Dylan Matthews · May 11, 2017 On Thursday, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) offered a bipartisan-sounding suggestion for a new FBI director to replace James Comey after his firing: Merrick Garland, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals judge whose nomination for the Supreme Court […]

Trump Will Likely Win Re-election In 2020 | HuffPost

Trump Will Likely Win Re-election In 2020 | HuffPost. Trump will most likely be reelected in 2020. How can both of these statements be true? Here’s how: Even when people are unhappy with a state of affairs, they are usually disinclined to change it. In my area of research, the cognitive and behavioral sciences, this is known as the “default […]

The tragedy of James Comey

The tragedy of James Comey. For those who first learned the name of James Comey in 2016, the progress of this past year may have seemed like a cruel farce. Unable to come up with a sufficient basis for an indictment of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, the former FBI director nonetheless closed the bureau’s investigation of her private email server […]

Trump Is Making It Too Easy to Compare Him to Nixon

Trump Is Making It Too Easy to Compare Him to Nixon. by Olivia Nuzzi · May 10, 2017 A few similarities. Photo: Don Carl Steffen/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images; Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images Sprawled across one of the chairs next to the lectern in the White House briefing room, a reporter briefly napped on Wednesday morning. It had been a long night […]

Republicans Don’t Feel Your Pain – The New York Times

Republicans Don’t Feel Your Pain – The New York Times. by Thomas B. Edsall · May 11, 2017 A couple waiting for an appointment at the Community Health Center of North Eastern Wetzel County in Burton, W.Va. Brendan Smialowski/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Well before the House voted last week to replace Obamacare with President Trump’s American Health Care Act, […]

Partisan brawl shaping up on Comey replacement – POLITICO

Partisan brawl shaping up on Comey replacement – POLITICO. by Burgess Everett · May 10, 2017 Senate Democrats wield little leverage to block James Comey’s replacement from being confirmed, considering any nominee can be approved by the chamber on a simple majority vote. | AP Photo The Senate is barreling toward one of the most highly-charged confirmation battles yet over […]

James Comey sends farewell letter to FBI colleagues.

James Comey sends farewell letter to FBI colleagues.. by Elliot Hannon · May 10, 2017 James Comey prepares to testify before the Senate Judicary Committee on Capitol Hill Dec. 9, 2015. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images A day after he learned of his dismissal on television, former FBI Director James Comey penned a farewell letter to his FBI colleagues. The magnanimous note […]

By firing James Comey, Trump has put impeachment on the table – Vox

By firing James Comey, Trump has put impeachment on the table – Vox. by Matthew Yglesias · May 10, 2017 The old saw that the cover-up is worse than the crime often obscures more than it reveals. But in the case of Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, it carries an important element of truth. It escalates the […]

James Comey Reportedly Asked For More Money For Russia Probe Before He Was Fired | HuffPost

James Comey Reportedly Asked For More Money For Russia Probe Before He Was Fired | HuffPost. Before President Donald Trump abruptly fired him on Tuesday, former FBI Director James Comey had requested additional funding and staffing for the agency’s investigation into Russia’s influence on the 2016 election, multiple sources reported Wednesday. This news provides a possible explanation for the timing […]

Donald Trump fired James Comey because of the Russia investigations – Salon.com

Donald Trump fired James Comey because of the Russia investigations – Salon.com. by Matthew Rozsa · May 10, 2017 The political world was rocked by President Donald Trump’s surprise firing of FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday. As more information leaks about what went on behind the scenes prior to, during, and after Comey’s termination, one fact becomes clear — […]

This is how the Trump administration ends

This is how the Trump administration ends. President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday. The president claims he did so because of how Comey mishandled the probe into Hillary Clinton’s emails last fall — which is simply laughable. But Politico’s Josh Dawsey already seems to have the real reason from history’s leakiest White House: sheer anger. Trump was […]

Absolutely nothing about James Comey’s firing passes the smell test – LA Times

Absolutely nothing about James Comey's firing passes the smell test – LA Times. by The Times Editorial Board In some other universe, Americans might be able to take at face value the Trump administration’s explanation for the abrupt firing of James B. Comey less than four years into his 10-year term as director of the FBI — that Comey had […]

Comey Firing Spurs Calls for Special Prosecutor in Russia Probe

Comey Firing Spurs Calls for Special Prosecutor in Russia Probe. By JOE WILLIAMS and NIELS LESNIEWSKI, CQ Roll Call The firing of FBI Director James B. Comey brought renewed calls from both House and Senate Democrats for a special prosecutor to investigate alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election. The announcement on Tuesday night came as a surprise to many […]

Is This Trump’s Saturday Night Massacre? Don’t Count On It. – POLITICO Magazine

Is This Trump’s Saturday Night Massacre? Don’t Count On It. – POLITICO Magazine. by Tim Alberta · May 9, 2017 AP Photo This president isn’t Nixon—and Washington isn’t lined up against him. By Jeff Greenfield It took about a nanosecond for the news of James Comey’s firing to trigger millions of neurons in the brains of the older members of […]

Spirit airlines passengers scuffle with police at Fort Lauderdale airport.

Spirit airlines passengers scuffle with police at Fort Lauderdale airport.. by Ian Prasad Philbrick · May 9, 2017 A Spirit Airlines plane enjoying more peaceful times in St. Paul, Minnesota Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images A noisy brawl broke out between airline passengers and police at the Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport after Spirit Airlines abruptly canceled nine flights on Monday night, stranding […]

James Comey literally thought his firing was a joke – Vox

James Comey literally thought his firing was a joke – Vox. The news that President Trump had fired FBI Director James Comey came so suddenly and so unexpectedly that Comey himself didn’t believe it at first. Comey was in Los Angeles for a speaking engagement when the news broke. According to the New York Times, he thought it was a […]

Feelin’ the Bern: Jimmy Carter reveals that he voted for Bernie Sanders – Salon.com

Feelin’ the Bern: Jimmy Carter reveals that he voted for Bernie Sanders – Salon.com. by Charlie May · May 9, 2017 Jimmy Carter is a fan of Bernie Sanders. Hillary Clinton? Not so much. During the Carter Center’s annual Human Rights Defenders Forum in downtown Atlanta, Carter — joined onstage by the Vermont senator — told the audience that he […]

More Than 100 Lawmakers Respond to Comey Firing by Calling for Independent Russia Probe | Mother Jones

More Than 100 Lawmakers Respond to Comey Firing by Calling for Independent Russia Probe | Mother Jones. by Andy Kroll · May 9, 2017 Even some Republicans want an independent investigation. Former FBI Director James Comey. Brookings Institution/Flickr More than 100 members of Congress—including a few Republicans—have responded to President Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey by calling […]

Top House Oversight Dem Calls For Emergency Hearings On Comey Firing – Talking Points Memo

Top House Oversight Dem Calls For Emergency Hearings On Comey Firing – Talking Points Memo. by Tierney Sneed Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), who serves as the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, called for emergency hearings on President Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey and said that it was “mindboggling” that Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who vowed […]

Don’t cry for Jamey Comey. Be nauseous for America.

Don't cry for Jamey Comey. Be nauseous for America.. President Trump’s sudden decision to fire FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday was a genuine bombshell from an administration that seems to produce one on a daily basis. Nobody should shed any tears for Comey, who deserved his fate. But the real reason he was fired should make Americans more than […]

Trump has just begun massively reshaping American appeals courts – Vox

Trump has just begun massively reshaping American appeals courts – Vox. President Trump is reportedly naming 10 nominees to federal courts on Monday — and, intriguingly, at least two of the people he’s appointing are likely contenders for the Supreme Court in the future. Per the New York Times’s Adam Liptak, the list of nominees includes Joan Larsen, a justice […]

Sally Yates Is the Early Hero of the Trump Era

Sally Yates Is the Early Hero of the Trump Era. by Margaret Carlson05.08.17 10:10 PM ET · January 30, 2017 What WERE they thinking? How could President Donald Trump, knowing what he knew about Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, give him the top national security job in the White House to begin with? He was warned against it by the national […]

The Federal Reserve is still wrecking America

The Federal Reserve is still wrecking America. Another month, another entry in the long record of the Federal Reserve failing the American people. It was the winter of 2015 and genuine full employment was obviously still a long way off. But out of a fear of inflation, the Fed began tightening monetary policy anyway, thus preventing people from getting jobs. […]

California Lawmakers Vote to Move Primary to March

California Lawmakers Vote to Move Primary to March. 2016 primary came after Trump and Clinton secured nominations Sen. Bernie Sanders campaigns in Santa Monica, Calif., in June 2016, after Hillary Clinton had already won enough delegates for the Democratic presidential nomination. (David McNew/Getty Images file photo) Eric Garcia @Eric Garcia Posted May 5, 2017 10:30 AM Save for later California’s […]

Activist left goes all out to save Obamacare – POLITICO

Activist left goes all out to save Obamacare – POLITICO. by Rachael Bade · May 7, 2017 Protesters hold signs and shout at lawmakers walking out of the Capitol on May 4 following the passage of the Obamacare repeal bill. | AP Photo The House vote to repeal Obamacare is the biggest policy win yet for Donald Trump’s young presidency […]

San Diego police shoot, kill 15-year-old who pulled BB gun.

San Diego police shoot, kill 15-year-old who pulled BB gun.. by Daniel Politi · May 7, 2017 A San Diego police car is seen in this 2013 photo. Wikimedia Commons/Adbar When two San Diego police officers were asked to go check on the welfare of a teenager outside of a high school just before 3:30 a.m. Saturday, they arrived quickly. […]

Hillary Clinton Rips Hackers, Blasts Media In A Single Tweet | HuffPost

Hillary Clinton Rips Hackers, Blasts Media In A Single Tweet | HuffPost. Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton came out swinging against the media on Sunday. In a tweet congratulating Emmanuel Macron on winning the election in France ― despite a last-minute hacking attack against his campaign ― Clinton wrote: Victory for Macron, for France, the EU, & the world. […]

How Trump’s monuments review could impact climate – Salon.com

How Trump’s monuments review could impact climate – Salon.com. by Bobby Magill · May 8, 2017 This article originally appeared on Climate Central. President Trump has directed the Interior Department to “review” all large national monuments created since 1996 to recommend ways for Congress to shrink or abolish them. The directive came in the form of an executive order signed […]

Trump Just Signed Another Executive Order. It’s an Attack on Women. | Mother Jones

Trump Just Signed Another Executive Order. It’s an Attack on Women. | Mother Jones. by Ashley Dejean · May 4, 2017 Whether to target LGBT people is now up to Sessions. Uncredited/Sipa USA via AP Update, 5:57 pm: The ACLU will not be bringing a lawsuit over the executive order, which it describes as “an elaborate photo-op with no discernible […]

The GOP just doomed itself by passing the American Health Care Act

The GOP just doomed itself by passing the American Health Care Act. After a series of deaths and resurrections, the American Health Care Act managed to survive a full vote on the House floor on Thursday. Paul Ryan and the House leadership finally discovered the right mix of policy changes to satisfy recalcitrant hardliners and more moderate Republicans, and the […]

Democrats tackle the ‘big rebuild’ – POLITICO

Democrats tackle the 'big rebuild' – POLITICO. The Democratic National Committee headquarters remains mostly empty, devoid of almost any senior staff. It has a new chairman, Tom Perez, but there’s still no executive director. There’s a completely new organizational chart, but the gutted political, finance, and tech offices remain in search of new leaders. In other words, the DNC is […]

Defeating Marine Le Pen won’t be enough to save France – Vox

Defeating Marine Le Pen won't be enough to save France – Vox. Outside contributors’ opinions and analysis of the most important issues in politics, science, and culture. Most polls and pundits predict that Emmanuel Macron will easily win the French presidential election on May 7 with about 60 percent of the vote. Macron is a young cosmopolitan former banker and […]

Hillary Did Not Lose Because She Was A Lousy Candidate | HuffPost

Hillary Did Not Lose Because She Was A Lousy Candidate | HuffPost. In testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, FBI Director James Comey defended going public with his letter on the FBI’s probe into Hillary Clinton’s email server flap at the 11th hour of the presidential election. The question, the answer, and the implication that hung heavy was that Comey’s […]

The Shame of the House Health-Care Vote – Bloomberg

The Shame of the House Health-Care Vote – Bloomberg. by The Editors The dereliction of duty is breathtaking. In pushing the American Health Care Act through the House of Representatives, Speaker Paul Ryan and his Republican conference have voted to remake almost one-fifth of the U.S. economy. They did so without public hearings, without input from outside experts, without analysis […]

The Health Care Bill Could Be A Job-Killer For GOP Incumbents | FiveThirtyEight

The Health Care Bill Could Be A Job-Killer For GOP Incumbents | FiveThirtyEight. Republicans in the House of Representatives voted today to approve a version of the American Health Care Act, their bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. The biggest effects of the bill will be on the millions of additional Americans who would go without health insurance if a […]

Atheists Sue President Trump Over His ‘Religious Liberty’ Executive Order

Atheists Sue President Trump Over His ‘Religious Liberty’ Executive Order. by Gaby Del Valle05.05.17 11:46 AM ET · January 30, 2017 An atheist group is suing President Donald Trump over his religious liberty executive order, which loosens restrictions on political activity by religious groups. The Freedom From Religion Foundation filed suit Thursday in federal court against Trump and the Internal […]

“Make the colored people feel better”: Here’s how Obama voters who went for Trump explain themselves – Salon.com

“Make the colored people feel better”: Here’s how Obama voters who went for Trump explain themselves – Salon.com. by Matthew Sheffield · May 5, 2017 Last November, millions of people cast a presidential ballot for Republican Donald Trump after having voted for his Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama. According to one poll, nearly 20 percent of people who voted for Trump […]

Why the left is losing

Why the left is losing. Can the liberal left rise to the challenge of right-wing populism? That is the great political question of the moment in the West. And while the odds are they will meet the immediate challenge in the French election this weekend, the larger picture does not inspire optimism. Indeed a victory for Emmanuel Macron over Marine […]

What’s the Matter With Europe? – The New York Times

What’s the Matter With Europe? – The New York Times. On Sunday France will hold its presidential runoff. Most observers expect Emmanuel Macron, a centrist, to defeat Marine Le Pen, the white nationalist — please, let’s stop dignifying this stuff by calling it “populism.” And I’m pretty sure that Times rules allow me to state directly that I very much […]

The House G.O.P. Passes Its Shameful Health-Care Bill – The New Yorker

The House G.O.P. Passes Its Shameful Health-Care Bill – The New Yorker. hen the House Republican Conference gathered in Washington, D.C., on Thursday morning, it was greeted by a couple of motivational songs: “Eye of the Tiger” and “Taking Care of Business.” On Twitter, the A.P.’s Erica Werner also relayed the message that the Party’s leadership sent to the rank […]

Report: Hillary Clinton to Launch Political Group – The Daily Beast

Report: Hillary Clinton to Launch Political Group – The Daily Beast. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is set to launch a new political organization as early as next week, Politico reported on Thursday. The news comes six months after Clinton shockingly lost the presidential election to Donald Trump and has since remained relatively quiet on the political front. Per […]

The GOP’s passage of Trumpcare is one of the cruelest things the party has ever done.

The GOP’s passage of Trumpcare is one of the cruelest things the party has ever done.. by Jamelle Bouie · May 4, 2017 President Donald Trump speaks from the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, on March 24. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images The Republican Party won control of government promising help. Help for the unemployed, help for the uninsured; […]

This Website Will Mail Your Ashes To The GOP If Trumpcare Kills You. Really. | HuffPost

This Website Will Mail Your Ashes To The GOP If Trumpcare Kills You. Really. | HuffPost. Washington, D.C., college student Zoey Salsbury has insurance today, thanks to a provision in the Affordable Care Act that allows children to stay on their parents’ health care plan up to age 26. She said she watched in horror Thursday as House Republicans passed […]

Climate scientists unite against New York Times columnist Bret Stephens – Salon.com

Climate scientists unite against New York Times columnist Bret Stephens – Salon.com. When The New York Times decided to throw a sop to Trump-ite conservatives by hiring erstwhile “Wall Street Journal” scribe Bret Stephens, many liberals and moderates reacted to that decision with dismay. There was particular concern that Stephens would import his penchant for climate science denialism into the […]

Science Nerd Hopes to Unseat Congress’ Most Detested Science Denier | Mother Jones

Science Nerd Hopes to Unseat Congress' Most Detested Science Denier | Mother Jones. When Derrick Crowe moved back to Texas after working on Capitol Hill for six years, he thought that he was done with national politics. “Having worked on the Hill extensively, you get a pretty good idea what life is like if you’re a member of Congress,” says […]

The Republicans’ health-care disaster will invoke a populist revolt that will destroy them

The Republicans' health-care disaster will invoke a populist revolt that will destroy them. With their astonishing vote to pass the American Health Care Act, Republican members of the House of Representatives have brought the GOP, and perhaps the United States itself, one step closer to vindicating Karl Marx. It was Marx who suggested that history moves dialectically, especially at moments […]

Barack Obama, buck raker: Our view

Barack Obama, buck raker: Our view. by The Editorial Board , USA TODAY For an elder statesman America might need to call on in the Trump era, $400,000 speeches are a bad idea. President Obama in 2016. (Photo: Susan Walsh, AP) Former president Barack Obama’s decision to accept $400,000 for an upcoming Wall Street speech certainly has been noticed by […]

UC Berkeley Op-Ed: Safety Of Marginalized Outweighs Speech | The Daily Caller

UC Berkeley Op-Ed: Safety Of Marginalized Outweighs Speech | The Daily Caller. The campus newspaper at the taxpayer-funded University of California, Berkeley has published an op-ed by a student senator declaring that First Amendment rights are “a tactic used by the state” to preserve a “white supremacist, capitalistic and patriarchal” society which has elected “an openly racist, queerphobic, Islamophobic/xenophobic and […]

Why Democrats secretly want an Obamacare repeal vote – POLITICO

Why Democrats secretly want an Obamacare repeal vote – POLITICO. by Matthew Nussbaum · May 3, 2017 “There’s no question in competitive districts where you’ve got a potentially vulnerable Republican incumbent, this could make or break you,” Rep. Gerry Connolly said. | AP Photo House Democrats think they’ve finally found their path back to power: Republicans voting to repeal Obamacare. […]

Trump is planning an unconstitutional assault on LGBTQ rights.

Trump is planning an unconstitutional assault on LGBTQ rights.. by Mark Joseph Stern · May 3, 2017 President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Karen Pence attend the National Prayer Service at the National Cathedral on January 21, 2017, in Washington, DC. Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images On Tuesday, Politico reported that President Donald Trump […]

Don’t lose sight of how strange and dangerous the Trump administration’s anti-Islam worldview is – Vox

Don’t lose sight of how strange and dangerous the Trump administration’s anti-Islam worldview is – Vox. by Will Wilkinson · May 3, 2017 Dangerous, yes — but hardly an “existential” threat to the US Outside contributors’ opinions and analysis of the most important issues in politics, science, and culture. The first months of the Trump administration were accompanied by scores […]

Comey: Huma Abedin Sent Classified Emails To Anthony Weiner | HuffPost

Comey: Huma Abedin Sent Classified Emails To Anthony Weiner | HuffPost. FBI Director James Comey on Wednesday revealed that former Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin regularly emailed classified documents to her husband Anthony Weiner so he could print them out for her, though Comey emphasized the FBI does not believe any crimes were committed in the process. “His then-spouse, Huma […]

Why Barack Obama’s legacy is proving so difficult for the GOP to undo – Salon.com

Why Barack Obama’s legacy is proving so difficult for the GOP to undo – Salon.com. by Matthew Sheffield · May 3, 2017 While President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office were filled with numerous executive orders approving or banning various things, he has yet to have any major legislative achievements. Despite Trump’s promises on the campaign trail about overhauling […]

House GOP Pulls The Trigger On Thursday Vote To Repeal Obamacare – Talking Points Memo

House GOP Pulls The Trigger On Thursday Vote To Repeal Obamacare – Talking Points Memo. by Alice Ollstein After eight years of railing against the Affordable Care Act, dozens of symbolic repeal votes, and weeks of struggling to put together a viable alternative despite controlling every lever of government, Republican House leaders said late Wednesday afternoon that they have finally […]

The taming of the Trump

The taming of the Trump. You can practically hear the sighs of relief in Washington — and all across the country and world. Donald Trump has been president for several months, and Western civilization hasn’t been reduced to ashes yet. The left largely believes that Trump has so far proved to be a paper tiger, a wannabe tyrant with no […]

Campus mobs muzzle free speech: Our view

Campus mobs muzzle free speech: Our view. by The Editorial Board , USA TODAY Administrators and student groups play a role in the growing intolerance. A protest at Berkeley on February 1, 2017. (Photo: Elijah Nouvelage, Getty Images) Respect for free speech is withering on campus. At Claremont McKenna College in California, protesters blocked the doors to a lecture hall […]

Bret Stephens’s Opinions Aren’t the Problem | New Republic

Bret Stephens’s Opinions Aren’t the Problem | New Republic. by Brian Beutler · May 2, 2017 To many liberals, The New York Times’ decision to hire neoconservative opinion writer Bret Stephens was an obvious error, and one the former Wall Street Journal columnist drove home by using his very first column to posit that environmentalists overstate the likelihood of catastrophic […]

Trump: Crazy Like a Fox, or Just Crazy? – The New York Times

Trump: Crazy Like a Fox, or Just Crazy? – The New York Times. by Thomas L. Friedman · May 3, 2017 President Trump on his way to a rally in Pennsylvania on Friday. Al Drago/The New York Times Has the first 100 days of the presidency made Donald Trump nuts? I don’t ask that question as a doctor. I don’t […]

Did Too Much Caitlyn Jenner Doom ESPN? – POLITICO Magazine

Did Too Much Caitlyn Jenner Doom ESPN? – POLITICO Magazine. by Tim Alberta · May 2, 2017 Getty The sports network is hemorrhaging viewers and some critics say its liberal politics are to blame. By Ben Strauss Last week, ESPN, often referred to as the Worldwide Leader in Sports, laid off around 100 employees. The cuts were painfully public and […]

Bret Stephens Promises More Controversial New York Times Columns

Bret Stephens Promises More Controversial New York Times Columns. by Lloyd Grove05.02.17 4:31 PM ET · January 30, 2017 Bret Stephens sounds both shaken and stirred—although hardly in need of smelling salts. “You know what surprised me? To see journalists at news organizations use appalling language,” the brand new, 43-year-old New York Times columnist told The Daily Beast about the […]

Hillary Clinton: I Am ‘Part Of The Resistance’ | HuffPost

Hillary Clinton: I Am 'Part Of The Resistance' | HuffPost. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she’s not standing down after her loss to Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election. “I’m back to being an activist citizen ― and part of the resistance,” Clinton said during an interview at a Women for Women event in New York Tuesday. […]

Liberalism’s self-defeating howl

Liberalism's self-defeating howl. “Conservatives think liberals are stupid. Liberals think conservatives are evil.” Like many generalizations, this “fundamental law” of American politics, as outlined by conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer some 15 years ago, is overly broad. But it nonetheless captures something important and true about our world. Let’s focus on the latter half of this maxim. It’s true that liberal […]

Sullivan: Why the Reactionary Right Must Be Taken Seriously

Sullivan: Why the Reactionary Right Must Be Taken Seriously. Look around you. Donald Trump is now president of the United States, having won on a campaign that trashed liberal democracy itself, and is now presiding over an administration staffed, in part, with adherents of a political philosophy largely alien to mainstream American politics. In Russia, Vladimir Putin has driven his […]

Liberals’ free-speech amnesia

Liberals' free-speech amnesia. This is a moment of extreme hyperbole in America, with words like “fascism” and “Russian coup” mixing in seamlessly in our superlative-heavy political discourse with “creeping sharia” and “Mexican invasion.” But perhaps no phrase is deployed as recklessly as “hate speech,” a nebulous non-legal term of which there is no agreed-upon definition. While neither red nor blue […]

For Journalists, Annual Dinner Serves Up Catharsis and Resolve – The New York Times

For Journalists, Annual Dinner Serves Up Catharsis and Resolve – The New York Times. by MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM · April 30, 2017 Journalists standing at the presentation of the colors during the White House Correspondents’ dinner on Saturday at the Washington Hilton. Astrid Riecken/European Pressphoto Agency WASHINGTON — Toward the end of his comic opus on the press, politics and […]

On the Power of Being Awful – The New York Times

On the Power of Being Awful – The New York Times. · by Paul Krugman · May 1, 2017 A rally in Harrisburg, Pa., where President Trump spoke on Saturday. Al Drago/The New York Times The 100-day reviews are in, and they’re terrible. The health care faceplants just keep coming; the administration’s tax “plan” offers less detail than most supermarket […]

Biden to Democrats: Rediscover what you are – POLITICO

Biden to Democrats: Rediscover what you are – POLITICO. by Edward-Isaac Dovere · April 30, 2017 Joe Biden didn’t mention the conversations he and his staff are having about building a strategy so that he’ll be best positioned to run if he decides to at the end of next year. | AP Photo MANCHESTER, N.H. — Yes, Joe Biden said, […]

How Corporate Citizens Can Stop Fake News and Hate News—and Help Save Quality Journalism in the Process – The Daily Beast

How Corporate Citizens Can Stop Fake News and Hate News—and Help Save Quality Journalism in the Process – The Daily Beast. by John Avlon · May 1, 2017 We vote for president every four years, but we vote with our wallets and eyeballs every day. Bill O’Reilly’s sudden fall from cable news supremacy happened because over 60 advertisers—under digital grassroots […]

Bret Stephens’ first New York Times column is classic climate change denialism.

Bret Stephens’ first New York Times column is classic climate change denialism.. by Susan Matthews · April 30, 2017 Bret Stephens, then still at the Wall Street Journal, during a Christians United for Israel summit, July 13, 2015, in Washington, D.C. Alex Wong/Getty Images The weekend after the New York Times announced it was hiring Bret Stephens—a conservative formally of […]

Susan Rice: I Didn’t Do Anything ‘Untoward’ With Intelligence | The Huffington Post

Susan Rice: I Didn't Do Anything 'Untoward' With Intelligence | The Huffington Post. Susan Rice said on Sunday that she didn’t do anything “untoward” with the intelligence she received about Russian interference in the 2016 election during her tenure as President Barack Obama’s national security adviser. In an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, Rice reiterated a point she has made […]

This Year’s May Day Protests Aren’t Just About Labor | Mother Jones

This Year's May Day Protests Aren't Just About Labor | Mother Jones. by Brandon E. Patterson · April 30, 2017 Activists of all stripes are teaming up to resist Trump’s policies. Associated Press Following the election of Donald Trump, groups affiliated with the Black Lives Matter movement set out to expand their focus beyond criminal justice issues and build partnerships […]