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Trump’s dangerous “animals” rhetoric is also bad crime-fighting policy – Vox

Trump’s dangerous “animals” rhetoric is also bad crime-fighting policy – Vox. Earlier this week, President Donald Trump said that some undocumented immigrants deported from the US “aren’t people. These are animals.” The remarks quickly drew criticism — widely interpreted as Trump once again characterizing Latinx immigrants as subhuman rapists and criminals. Trump, in clarifying his remarks, later said that he […]

Missouri Is Making It Illegal To Call This “Meat” – Mother Jones

Missouri Is Making It Illegal To Call This “Meat” – Mother Jones. The United States’ beef and pork producers churned out 48.4 billion pounds of red meat in 2015, and made $9 billion exporting it around the world. Despite that success, they appear threatened by the growing number of meat alternatives cropping up in grocery stores. Now, the livestock lobby […]

Targeting a Blue Texan: Will National Democrats Pay a Price?

Targeting a Blue Texan: Will National Democrats Pay a Price?. Two women are facing off in the Houston suburbs Tuesday to take on Republican Rep. John Culberson, in what has become an early test of intervention by national Democrats in competitive primaries. Lawyer Lizzie Pannill Fletcher and Laura Moser, a former journalist and activist, made the runoff for the Democratic […]

How Haspel beat the resistance – POLITICO

How Haspel beat the resistance – POLITICO. Liberals had a real chance to defeat President Donald Trump’s CIA director nominee Gina Haspel over her ties to torture. Instead, she skated to confirmation on Thursday — her nomination greased by a divided Senate Democratic Caucus, leaders of the minority who opted not to twist arms, and advocacy groups that couldn’t mount […]

I’m Ready for the Female Takeover of the Democratic Party

I’m Ready for the Female Takeover of the Democratic Party. The Venusification of the Democratic Party is on, and this man says it’s high time. Michael Tomasky MICHAEL TOMASKY 05.18.18 5:05 AM ET Some of you will recall that back in the Dubya era, a good chunk of the pundit class decided after the 9/11 attacks that America needed a […]

FBI’s Russia investigation was a tangle of conflicting motives and unintended consequences.

FBI’s Russia investigation was a tangle of conflicting motives and unintended consequences.. President Trump calls the Russia investigation a “witch hunt.” Democrats say just the opposite: They think the FBI tilted the 2016 election by smearing Hillary Clinton while hiding its investigation of Trump’s campaign. But partisanship seldom explains an organization as complex as the FBI. This week’s New York […]

Senate elections 2018: a slightly sarcastic guide to 10 must-win races – Vox

Senate elections 2018: a slightly sarcastic guide to 10 must-win races – Vox. In the 2018 Senate elections, Democrats will have serious advantages — an unpopular President Trump, the historic trend of voters punishing the party in power — and one huge obstacle: 10 Senate Democrats are running for reelection in states that Trump won in the 2016 presidential election. […]

Lawyer Who Ranted Against Spanish-Speakers Faces Office Eviction, Disciplinary Complaint | HuffPost

Lawyer Who Ranted Against Spanish-Speakers Faces Office Eviction, Disciplinary Complaint | HuffPost. Lawyer Aaron Schlossberg is facing serious consequences after video footage captured his bigoted diatribe about workers and customers who were speaking Spanish to each other in a Manhattan restaurant on Tuesday. Since the video of his outburst went viral, the Trump supporter has been evicted from his law […]

On Anniversary of Mueller’s Appointment, Trump Calls the Probe a “Witch Hunt” – Mother Jones

On Anniversary of Mueller’s Appointment, Trump Calls the Probe a “Witch Hunt” – Mother Jones. On Wednesday, President Donald Trump marked the one-year anniversary of the Justice Department’s appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel with a sarcastic tweet blasting the ongoing probe into ties between Trump’s campaign and Russia as the “greatest witch hunt in American history.” The president […]

Republicans Are Attacking Nancy Pelosi Even In Non-House Races | HuffPost

Republicans Are Attacking Nancy Pelosi Even In Non-House Races | HuffPost. By Amanda Terkel 120 Republicans are so obsessed with Nancy Pelosi that they’re using her in ads for Senate campaigns. Pelosi, the liberal House minority leader from San Francisco, has consistently been one of the GOP’s favorite targets. She’s been featured in roughly one-third of Republican TV ads aired […]

Donald Trump’s Business Empire Is No Longer Growing – Mother Jones

Donald Trump’s Business Empire Is No Longer Growing – Mother Jones. Donald Trump’s business empire has always relied on growth. But according to new personal financial disclosure documents filed by the president, it’s not growing much these days. Since the beginning of Trump’s term, a number of reports have provided anecdotal evidence that some of his key businesses are struggling—some […]

Moderates Go Down In Key House Primaries As National Democrats Fret – Talking Points Memo

Moderates Go Down In Key House Primaries As National Democrats Fret – Talking Points Memo. A trio of moderate Democrats went down to more liberal opponents Tuesday night in key House primaries, the latest skirmishes in the battle for the direction of the party that one national Democrat described to TPM as “non-ideal outcomes.” In the biggest race, former Rep. […]

Republicans Are Still Running Against Colin Kaepernick – POLITICO Magazine

Republicans Are Still Running Against Colin Kaepernick – POLITICO Magazine. epresentative Todd Rokita was under attack. Facing two challengers in Indiana’s GOP Senate primary, Rokita was eager to burnish his conservative bona fides by aligning himself with President Donald Trump, who had carried the state by 19 percentage points. So Rokita produced an ad that naturally featured standard Democratic punching […]

Trump and Obama both ignored Gaza — at great cost – Vox

Trump and Obama both ignored Gaza — at great cost – Vox. President Trump’s attitude and policies toward Israel differ in many respects from President Obama’s — the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem is exhibit A — but their administrations have one thing in common: Both ignored the explosive issue of Gaza. Now we are seeing the consequences […]

Game Over: Gina Haspel On Track To Be Confirmed As CIA Director | HuffPost

Game Over: Gina Haspel On Track To Be Confirmed As CIA Director | HuffPost. Gina Haspel is on track to become CIA director after two key Democratic senators announced they intend to support her confirmation. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Tuesday that he will support Haspel because she had satisfied his concerns […]

Key Democrat Will Support Haspel’s Nomination for CIA Director Despite Past Connections to Torture – Mother Jones

Key Democrat Will Support Haspel’s Nomination for CIA Director Despite Past Connections to Torture – Mother Jones. One of the Senate’s most powerful Democrats said Tuesday that he will vote to confirm acting CIA Director Gina Haspel as the agency’s permanent director, despite concerns over her connections to the agency’s practice of torturing terrorism suspects after 9/11. “There are valid […]

Moving US embassy to Jerusalem could help end the conflict – CNN

Moving US embassy to Jerusalem could help end the conflict – CNN. Daniel B. Shapiro served as U.S. Ambassador to Israel and Senior Director for the Middle East and North Africa at the National Security Council in the Obama Administration. He is Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv. The opinions in this article […]

America Gets It Wrong on Iran—Again | The New Republic

America Gets It Wrong on Iran—Again | The New Republic. Donald Trump’s decision to leave the Iranian nuclear deal continues a rich tradition of U.S. fecklessness. By ELIZABETH DREW May 11, 2018 Something in the U.S. psyche keeps getting it wrong about Iran, causing us to do a series of short-sighted and even self-damaging things. There was the cataclysmic decision […]

How to survive Trump’s presidency without losing your mind.

How to survive Trump’s presidency without losing your mind.. This past week, journalists in America were struggling to comprehend two major stories: The first was that Donald Trump announced (via tweet) on Wednesday that any news that paints him in a negative light is, by definition, “fake news.” He went on to threaten the press credentials of any journalist who […]

Betsy DeVos is easing scrutiny of predatory for-profit colleges – Vox

Betsy DeVos is easing scrutiny of predatory for-profit colleges – Vox. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos might have assigned the foxes to guard the henhouse when she hired multiple former employees of for-profit colleges to the Department of Education. During her time in office, probes into for-profit colleges have been derailed and marginalized, according to a report from the New […]

Israel Kills Dozens of Protesters as Trump’s Family Celebrates New Jerusalem Embassy – Mother Jones

Israel Kills Dozens of Protesters as Trump’s Family Celebrates New Jerusalem Embassy – Mother Jones. As Israeli forces killed dozens of Palestinians protesting the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem on Monday, President Donald Trump published a video message commemorating what he hailed as a long overdue and “historic” move to officially recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s “true” capital. “Congratulations, […]

Mueller, it’s time to wrap this investigation up

Mueller, it's time to wrap this investigation up. Martin Luther King Jr. once said there is nothing in the world more dangerous than sincere ignorance. Well, sincere ignorance had a banner day last week when President Trump unilaterally withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal. A CNN/ORC poll taken shortly before Trump’s decision found that a majority of Americans — 63 […]

A GOP surprise: House midterm hopes rise in blue California – POLITICO

A GOP surprise: House midterm hopes rise in blue California – POLITICO. Democrats boasted as recently as a few months ago that GOP Rep. Mimi Walters was as good as gone. Hillary Clinton carried her educated Orange County district comfortably in 2016. Then Walters backed some of the most polarizing planks of President Donald Trump’s agenda: repealing Obamacare and a […]

Half of Russian Facebook ads were aimed at dividing Americans on race – Vox

Half of Russian Facebook ads were aimed at dividing Americans on race – Vox. Over half of the Facebook ads bought by Russian groups during the 2016 election to sow discord and division were tied to race, according to a USA Today analysis of the more than 3,500 ads published by House Intelligence Committee Democrats on Thursday. And the closer […]

Trump Changed His Burger Order To Make It A Little Healthier | HuffPost

Trump Changed His Burger Order To Make It A Little Healthier | HuffPost. President Donald Trump has made a tweak to his diet. Rudy Giuliani told the Washington Post that when the two met for lunch recently, Trump ate a burger, but with only half a bun as a means of making it healthier. Trump didn’t change what was inside […]

Pro-Trump Pastor Who Claims Islam Is a “Cult” Picked to Lead Prayer at Opening of US Embassy in Jerusalem – Mother Jones

Pro-Trump Pastor Who Claims Islam Is a “Cult” Picked to Lead Prayer at Opening of US Embassy in Jerusalem – Mother Jones. An anti-gay, pro-Trump pastor from Dallas will give the opening prayer Monday night at the introduction ceremony of the new US embassy in Jerusalem. Pastor Robert Jeffress, a Fox News contributor and supporter of President Donald Trump, will […]

Wellstone legacy ‘goes dormant’ after family ousted in Democratic feud – POLITICO

Wellstone legacy ‘goes dormant’ after family ousted in Democratic feud – POLITICO. A rift at an influential progressive group named for the late Minnesota senator offers a glimpse into a thorny party debate. By DAVID SIDERS 05/13/2018 06:51 AM EDT Share on Facebook Share on Twitter In the Democratic Party’s reckoning following the election of Donald Trump, an unlikely feud […]

North Korea news: Pyongyang says it’s dismantling its nuclear test site – Vox

North Korea news: Pyongyang says it’s dismantling its nuclear test site – Vox. North Korea says it’s hosting a nuclear dismantling party this month. On Saturday, state media reported that North Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs plans to dismantle the country’s nuclear testing site in a ceremony between May 23 and 25. The event will take place days before President […]

Want To Understand Straight Incels? Talk To This Gay One. | HuffPost

Want To Understand Straight Incels? Talk To This Gay One. | HuffPost. Erik’s radicalization shows that the incel phenomenon has nothing to do with sex — duh — and everything with entitlement. By Michael Hobbes 680 Last winter, Erik sent a message to 20 of his least favorite porn stars, YouTube celebrities and “Insta-gays.” “So are you like a real […]

We Can’t Wait Until Election Day to Find Out Who’s Manipulating the Vote – Mother Jones

We Can’t Wait Until Election Day to Find Out Who’s Manipulating the Vote – Mother Jones. On October 31, 2016—a scarier-than-usual Halloween day—two stories appeared that, in retrospect, make an interesting capsule about journalism, politics, and the challenge facing our democracy. One was a splash headline on the New York Times site: “Investigating Donald Trump, FBI Sees No Clear Link […]

These Lifelong Democrats Voted for Trump and Aren’t Sorry

These Lifelong Democrats Voted for Trump and Aren’t Sorry. A baker, a mechanic, and a former union rep, all from the Rust Belt or Midwest, all Democrats, and all fed up with the status quo, say they voted for Trump and would do it again. SALENA ZITO AND BRAD TODD 05.11.18 10:41 PM ET Jefferson, Ashtabula County, Ohio It is […]

Trump’s Plan On Prescription Drug Prices Looks Nothing Like What He Promised | HuffPost

Trump's Plan On Prescription Drug Prices Looks Nothing Like What He Promised | HuffPost. Candidate Donald Trump promised Americans a war on the pharmaceutical industry. President Donald Trump isn’t going to give them one. On Friday afternoon, the Department of Health and Human Services released a policy blueprint for helping Americans pay for prescription drugs that, with every passing year, […]

Here’s How the Special Prosecutor Will Go After Eric Schneiderman – Mother Jones

Here’s How the Special Prosecutor Will Go After Eric Schneiderman – Mother Jones. The fall of New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was swift, but it’s far from over. It took only three hours for him to resign Monday night following the publication of a New Yorker report detailing four women’s accusations that he physically abused them during romantic […]

With Trump’s Green Light, Israel Hits Back Hard at Iran’s Forces in Syria

With Trump’s Green Light, Israel Hits Back Hard at Iran’s Forces in Syria. Amid mounting pressure, Iran’s infamous Quds Force reportedly attacked Israeli outposts in the Golan. Israel’s retaliation was the most ferocious in Syria since the 1973 war. NOGA TARNOPOLSKY 05.10.18 10:51 PM ET JERUSALEM—After weeks of escalating verbal warnings and occasional skirmishes, Israel’s air force attacked Iranian military […]

75 percent of Republicans say Mueller investigation is a “witch hunt” – Vox

75 percent of Republicans say Mueller investigation is a “witch hunt” – Vox. Only 13 percent of Republicans say that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation is a “legitimate investigation.” Fully three-quarters of Republicans agree with President Donald Trump that it’s a “witch hunt.” Meanwhile, 76 percent of Democrats consider it a legitimate investigation. That’s according to a new Economist/YouGov survey […]

The Quiet Struggle Between Chuck Schumer And The Left | HuffPost

The Quiet Struggle Between Chuck Schumer And The Left | HuffPost. Second-tier bank regulatory jobs aren’t usually a major battleground within the Democratic Party, particularly when Republicans control the White House. No matter who ends up getting these posts, Democratic nominees won’t be able to write tough new rules or approve stiff penalties against corporate America. Appointees get seats at […]

Manchin Dances Around Criticizing Blankenship In Pair Of Interviews – Talking Points Memo

Manchin Dances Around Criticizing Blankenship In Pair Of Interviews – Talking Points Memo. For a guy who once said ex-con coal baron Don Blankenship had “blood on his hands,” Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) has been notably restrained while discussing the former GOP Senate candidate since Tuesday’s primary. In a pair of TV interviews following Blankenship’s primary loss to West Virginia […]

Israel Strikes Back Against Iran’s Military Holdings In Syria – Talking Points Memo

Israel Strikes Back Against Iran’s Military Holdings In Syria – Talking Points Memo. The Israeli military on Thursday said it attacked nearly all of Iran’s military installations in neighboring Syria in response to an Iranian rocket barrage on Israeli positions in the occupied Golan Heights, in the most serious military confrontation between the two bitter enemies to date. Israel said […]

AT&T and Novartis’s payments to Michael Cohen are definitely sketchy – Vox

AT&T and Novartis’s payments to Michael Cohen are definitely sketchy – Vox. It turns out Michael Cohen was using his shell company to do a lot more than pay off Stormy Daniels. He was also using it to take in hundreds of thousands of dollars from Russian oligarchs and major international corporations to — well, that’s what we don’t know. […]

Eric Schneiderman And The Particular Horror Of Strangling Women | HuffPost

Eric Schneiderman And The Particular Horror Of Strangling Women | HuffPost. In March 2010, then-state Sen. Eric Schneiderman held a press conference to announce his new bill, which would make strangulation ― a uniquely terrifying form of violence common in abusive relationships ― a serious crime in the state of New York. “This is an important moment for us and […]

North Korea Releases Three Detained Americans – Mother Jones

North Korea Releases Three Detained Americans – Mother Jones. The three Americans detained in North Korea have been released and are making their way back to the US with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, President Donald Trump announced on Twitter Wednesday morning. The move comes as Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un finalize plans to meet to discuss terms […]

Stormy Daniels and Michael Avenatti aren’t bringing down Trump – Vox

Stormy Daniels and Michael Avenatti aren’t bringing down Trump – Vox. Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer are trying to run on issues, but nobody can hear them. By Matthew Yglesias@mattyglesiasmatt@vox.com May 7, 2018, 1:00pm EDT SHARE Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images Stormy Daniels has dominated the domestic political news environment over the past week, with high-profile media appearances by Trump […]

Most Clinton Voters Now Say ‘People Like Them’ Were Better Off 50 Years Ago | HuffPost

Most Clinton Voters Now Say 'People Like Them' Were Better Off 50 Years Ago | HuffPost. A year and a half after the 2016 election, voters who backed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton increasingly feel as though people like them are losing ground in America, a new HuffPost/YouGov poll shows, while supporters of President Donald Trump continue to think they’ve regained […]

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Resigns Hours After Allegations Emerge of Physical Abuse – Mother Jones

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Resigns Hours After Allegations Emerge of Physical Abuse – Mother Jones. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman just announced his resignation mere hours after the New Yorker published explosive allegations from four women detailing his physical abuse. Two of the women, Michelle Manning Barish and Tanya Selvaratnam, said they had been choked and hit […]

GOP Bill Approves Funds For Trump’s Military Parade – Talking Points Memo

GOP Bill Approves Funds For Trump’s Military Parade – Talking Points Memo. This year’s National Defense Authorization Act, the Republicans’ proposed 2019 defense spending bill, greenlights funding for President Donald Trump’s long-coveted military parade. “In order to honor American veterans, including American veterans of past wars that the Secretary of Defense determines have not received appropriate recognition, the Secretary may […]

Judge rejects Mueller’s request for delay in Russian troll farm case – POLITICO

Judge rejects Mueller's request for delay in Russian troll farm case – POLITICO. Judge rejects Mueller’s request for delay in Russian troll farm case Russian firm linked to Putin’s chef accuses special counsel of ‘pettifoggery.’ By JOSH GERSTEIN 05/04/2018 06:56 PM EDT Updated 05/05/2018 06:37 PM EDT Share on Facebook Share on Twitter A federal judge has rejected special counsel […]

Rich Nations Aren’t Following Through on Their Paris Climate Pledges – Mother Jones

Rich Nations Aren’t Following Through on Their Paris Climate Pledges – Mother Jones. This story was originally published by The Guardian and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Finance for poor countries to help them reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and deal with climate change is lagging behind the promises of rich countries, an Oxfam report finds. […]

McCain Doesn’t Want Trump Attending His Funeral: Reports | HuffPost

McCain Doesn't Want Trump Attending His Funeral: Reports | HuffPost. Amid Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) battle with brain cancer, the 81-year-old reportedly wants President Donald Trump to stay away from his funeral. Friends of the Vietnam war veteran and 2008 presidential candidate, who has had a rocky relationship with Trump, asked the White House that they send Vice President Mike […]

California GOP looks to dislodge Democratic control – POLITICO

California GOP looks to dislodge Democratic control – POLITICO. California Republicans have been called an endangered species in this “state of resistance” to the Trump administration, but they insist that their party will beat the odds in 2018 and take back the governor’s seat. The conservative movement against California’s controversial “sanctuary state” law, a ballot measure to repeal Governor Jerry […]

Michael Avenatti, Stormy Daniels’ lawyer, could bring down Donald Trump.

Michael Avenatti, Stormy Daniels’ lawyer, could bring down Donald Trump.. Someday, when the story of Donald Trump’s decline and fall comes to be written, historians may wonder at the impact of a hiring decision that passed by unnoted at the time. When Stormy Daniels brought on Michael Avenatti, she unleashed a force of nature who has been steadily besting Trump […]

America’s Housing Crisis Is Spreading To Smaller Cities | HuffPost

America's Housing Crisis Is Spreading To Smaller Cities | HuffPost. “Have you considered the racket and the lights and the crowds and the traffic, and everything that’s going to happen to those of us who live here?” It is a familiar sight in America: the public meeting, the angry residents, the housing developer trying to explain himself over the boos. […]

Thinking the Unthinkable: What If Trump Succeeds? – POLITICO Magazine

Thinking the Unthinkable: What If Trump Succeeds? – POLITICO Magazine. et us assume for the moment that Donald Trump is an “idiot” and a “moron” who hasn’t got a clue about the substance of legislation. (These judgments, if multiple news reports are accurate, come from the president’s current chief of staff, his former secretary of state and any number of […]

Russian Troll Farm Goes After Mueller’s Files

Russian Troll Farm Goes After Mueller’s Files. Lawyers for Concord Management and Consulting are demanding a wealth of information, including the identities of informants and details of any electronic surveillance. Kevin Poulsen KEVIN POULSEN 05.04.18 7:25 PM ET Lawyers for the company accused of funding Russia’s election interference trolls are demanding that special counsel Robert Mueller turn over reams of […]

Mueller investigation: Paul Manafort hearing doesn’t go well for Mueller – Vox

Mueller investigation: Paul Manafort hearing doesn’t go well for Mueller – Vox. A federal judge expressed skepticism about special counsel Robert Mueller’s wide-reaching probe Friday morning during a hearing related to charges Paul Manafort is facing in Virginia. Judge T.S. Ellis III suggested that he suspected Mueller’s team only charged Manafort with 18 counts of bank fraud and other charges […]

Trump Tells 57,000 Honduran Immigrants To Leave Or Risk Deportation | HuffPost

Trump Tells 57,000 Honduran Immigrants To Leave Or Risk Deportation | HuffPost. An estimated 57,000 Hondurans who have lived in the U.S. for years must either leave or face deportation, the Trump administration announced on Friday in its latest move to strip immigrants of temporary legal protections. The decision ― made against the urging of Honduran officials, Democratic members of […]

North Korea may soon release 3 American hostages – Vox

North Korea may soon release 3 American hostages – Vox. Tony Kim. Kim Hak-song. Kim Dong-chul. Those are the names of three American citizens whom North Korea has been holding as hostages for years — and who may soon be on their way home. South Korean media reports say the North Korean government has transferred the Americans from brutal labor […]

NBC, ABC Say Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Was Not Wiretapped, Issue Corrections | HuffPost

NBC, ABC Say Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Was Not Wiretapped, Issue Corrections | HuffPost. NBC News and ABC News are walking back earlier reports that claimed federal investigators had wiretapped President Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen. NBC first reported on Thursday that feds in New York City had conducted surveillance on Cohen’s phone lines via wiretapping “in the […]

A Rising Democratic Star Is Embroiled in a Bizarre Gerrymandering Controversy – Mother Jones

A Rising Democratic Star Is Embroiled in a Bizarre Gerrymandering Controversy – Mother Jones. Stacey Abrams has worked hard to cultivate an image as a progressive stalwart in Georgia. That’s why it was so surprising last week when claims surfaced that the gubernatorial candidate, who is running to be the first black female governor in the country, had effectively endorsed […]

Ryan Accepts House Chaplain’s Un-Resignation After Charge Of Religious Bias – Talking Points Memo

Ryan Accepts House Chaplain’s Un-Resignation After Charge Of Religious Bias – Talking Points Memo. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) announced Thursday that he would allow House Chaplain Patrick J. Conroy to remain in that position after Conroy rescinded his earlier resignation. The House chaplain announced his resignation last month after being pressured to do so by Ryan’s office. He alleged […]

As Korean leaders make history, Trump stands ready to take credit – POLITICO

As Korean leaders make history, Trump stands ready to take credit – POLITICO. A dramatic Friday meeting between the leaders of North and South Korea is stoking optimism that President Donald Trump might strike a historic nuclear deal with the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un — leading skeptics to worry that expectations are growing dangerously high. How high? “Following […]

Rachel Maddow joins more than 60 women supporting Tom Brokaw amid harassment claims.

Rachel Maddow joins more than 60 women supporting Tom Brokaw amid harassment claims.. More than 60 women who currently or formerly worked at NBC have joined forces to sign a letter in support of NBC News veteran Tom Brokaw following sexual harassment allegations against him that were published by Variety and the Washington Post. Mika Brzezinski, Rachel Maddow, Maria Shriver, […]

Migrant Caravan Arrives At U.S. Border, Despite Trump’s Threats | HuffPost

Migrant Caravan Arrives At U.S. Border, Despite Trump’s Threats | HuffPost. The White House mobilized the National Guard, threatened prosecution and likened the asylum-seekers to a national security threat. They’re coming anyway. By Matt Ferner and Roque Planas X Content loading 570 25 SAN DIEGO ― The caravan of Central American asylum-seekers that sent the Trump administration into a frenzy […]

Support Is Mounting on the Right for Trump to Win the Nobel Peace Prize – Mother Jones

Support Is Mounting on the Right for Trump to Win the Nobel Peace Prize – Mother Jones. For the second year in a row, on Saturday night President Donald Trump opted to skip the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner and instead hold a rally. The rally in Washington Township, Michigan came on the heels of Friday’s historic meeting between […]

White House Mystery: Where Is Macron’s Gifted Oak Tree? – Talking Points Memo

White House Mystery: Where Is Macron’s Gifted Oak Tree? – Talking Points Memo. A mystery is brewing at the White House about what happened to the oak tree President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron planted there last week. The sapling was a gift from Macron on the occasion of his state visit. News photographers snapped away Monday when […]

As Korean leaders make history, Trump stands ready to take credit – POLITICO

As Korean leaders make history, Trump stands ready to take credit – POLITICO. The race-and-IQ debate is back. The latest round started a few weeks ago when Harvard geneticist David Reich wrote a New York Times op-ed in defense of race as a biological fact. The piece resurfaced Sam Harris’ year-old Waking Up podcast interview with Charles Murray, co-author of […]

Stop talking about race and IQ. Take it from someone who did.

Stop talking about race and IQ. Take it from someone who did.. The race-and-IQ debate is back. The latest round started a few weeks ago when Harvard geneticist David Reich wrote a New York Times op-ed in defense of race as a biological fact. The piece resurfaced Sam Harris’ year-old Waking Up podcast interview with Charles Murray, co-author of The […]

Donald Trump To Paralympians: You Are ‘Tough To Watch’ | HuffPost

Donald Trump To Paralympians: You Are 'Tough To Watch' | HuffPost. President Donald Trump hosted a White House ceremony on Friday intended to celebrate and praise American athletes who competed in the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Games in South Korea. He failed. “What happened with the Paralympics was so incredible and so inspiring to me,” Trump said, referring to the […]

Democrats Recruited Two Sandy Hook Parents to Run for Congress. They Both Decided It Wasn’t Worth It. – Mother Jones

Democrats Recruited Two Sandy Hook Parents to Run for Congress. They Both Decided It Wasn’t Worth It. – Mother Jones. For weeks, western Connecticut residents and national Democrats have been watching and waiting, speculating which of the two parents who lost their sons in the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, would run for Congress. Now […]

It’s logical for Ford to stop selling cars in North America. It’s also heartless.

It's logical for Ford to stop selling cars in North America. It's also heartless.. How is the Ford Fiesta like the Apple Newton? Both of them, it seems, are deadweight products that their manufacturers would be better off without. When Steve Jobs returned to Apple in 1997, one of his first actions was to slash the company’s product line by […]

Melania Is Trapped In The White House, Says France’s First Lady | HuffPost

Melania Is Trapped In The White House, Says France's First Lady | HuffPost. She “can’t do anything,” laments Brigitte Macron. By Mary Papenfuss France’s first lady had a great time with the Trumps during her three-day visit to the U.S. with husband Emmanuel Macron, but she told a French newspaper that she felt sorry for Melania Trump because she’s a […]

“Misleading and Unsupported By the Facts”: House Intelligence Democrats Slam GOP Russia Report – Mother Jones

“Misleading and Unsupported By the Facts”: House Intelligence Democrats Slam GOP Russia Report – Mother Jones. On Friday, Democrats on the House intelligence committee released a fiery, 98-page rejoinder to the report on Russian election interference issued by their Republican colleagues that “found no evidence” of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Accusing the Republicans of “sophistry” and subverting […]

Why Kanye Loves Trump – POLITICO Magazine

Why Kanye Loves Trump – POLITICO Magazine. love the way Candace Owens thinks.” If you didn’t know who Candace Owens was, you could have been forgiven last Saturday for thinking this tweet from the 40-year-old, multiplatinum, nearly two-dozen-Grammy-winning rapper and producer Kanye West was an innocuous reference to a collaborator or fellow “creative.” In his quest for globe-spanning moguldom—he claimed […]

Kanye isn’t crazy, he’s just privileged, like Donald Trump.

Kanye isn’t crazy, he’s just privileged, like Donald Trump.. Being a fan of Kanye West has long required some level of engagement—or willing disengagement—with the question of how to square the misbehaving artist with his art. After all, as Barack Obama famously put it, Kanye can be kind of a jackass. But he’s also an extraordinarily talented and generous artist, […]

Why politicians should promise every American a job – Vox

Why politicians should promise every American a job – Vox. The policy wonk community is rather suddenly being torn apart by a phrase that lurked in incredible obscurity just a few months ago: “jobs guarantee.” The idea, which exists in different forms, is that the government ought to accept responsibility for ensuring that everyone who wants to work can get […]

Why The Teacher Walkouts Sweeping The Country Are A Feminist Issue | HuffPost

Why The Teacher Walkouts Sweeping The Country Are A Feminist Issue | HuffPost. Yes, the teacher strikes that have swept states such as Arizona, West Virginia and Kentucky in recent months are a matter of substandard labor conditions. Teachers involved in the protests are seeking higher wages, better classroom funding and improved work conditions. But underneath the outward fight for […]

Flynn And His Son Met With Russian Ambassador In December 2015 – Talking Points Memo

Flynn And His Son Met With Russian Ambassador In December 2015 – Talking Points Memo. The House Intelligence Committee’s report from its Russia investigation published on Friday revealed another meeting former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn had with the Russian ambassador before he joined the Trump campaign. Flynn and his son, Michael Flynn, Jr., met with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak at […]

The Trump administration’s arrogant crusade against ‘sanctuary’ jurisdictions – The Washington Post

The Trump administration’s arrogant crusade against ‘sanctuary’ jurisdictions – The Washington Post. by Editorial Board · April 21, 2018 Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers. (John Moore/Getty Images) THE TRUMP administration’s failing campaign to bully so-called sanctuary states and cities by denying federal grants to police departments unless they offer unconditional cooperation to U.S. deportation agents is a study in the […]

‘Blowin Up’: The Crisis Facing Sex Workers Trapped in a Broken System

‘Blowin Up’: The Crisis Facing Sex Workers Trapped in a Broken System. by Amy Zimmerman · April 21, 2018 A new documentary highlights the way sex workers are mistreated by the criminal justice system, and relegated to an uncomfortable space between two labels: criminal or victim. Director Stephanie Wang-Breal’s Blowin’ Up premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival at a time […]

The Republican hit job on the Comey memos.

The Republican hit job on the Comey memos.. Rep. Trey Gowdy, the Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee, says he’s leaving politics to escape the corruption of partisanship. “I enjoy being fair. I enjoy the pursuit of fairness as a virtue,” Gowdy told CBS News in February. In Washington, he lamented, there’s no place for a truth-teller like himself. […]

9 Democrats Sign Up To Help Wall Street Steal Cars | HuffPost

9 Democrats Sign Up To Help Wall Street Steal Cars | HuffPost. If an ordinary person committed any of the abuses listed in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s latest complaint against Wells Fargo, other ordinary people might call it “theft,” or “car theft.” Alas, Wells Fargo is only considered an ordinary person when it spends money on elections. The rest […]

Farmworkers Are Living 20 to a House in California’s Bountiful Salinas Valley – Mother Jones

Farmworkers Are Living 20 to a House in California’s Bountiful Salinas Valley – Mother Jones. by Samantha Michaels valentinrussanov/Getty Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. If you’re making a salad to go along with your dinner tonight, you should probably thank the farmworkers in California’s Salinas Valley, who produce about two-thirds of the country’s lettuce […]

Clinton Stars As Central Villain In GOP’s Midterm Strategy – Talking Points Memo

Clinton Stars As Central Villain In GOP’s Midterm Strategy – Talking Points Memo. Almost 18 months have passed since Hillary Clinton lost the presidency. She holds no position of power in government. And she is not expected to run for office again. Yet Clinton is starring in the Republican Party’s 2018 midterm strategy. With control of Congress up for grabs […]

I Was a Top Clinton Aide. Here’s What I Think About Comey’s Book. – POLITICO Magazine

I Was a Top Clinton Aide. Here’s What I Think About Comey’s Book. – POLITICO Magazine. I have never met Jim Comey. We overlapped briefly in the Obama administration—he, as FBI director; I as director of communications at the White House—have mutual friends and even the same literary agents. We’ve lived important parallel experiences.In 2016, I led the communications team […]

The Republican hit job on the Comey memos.

The Republican hit job on the Comey memos.. Rep. Trey Gowdy, the Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee, says he’s leaving politics to escape the corruption of partisanship. “I enjoy being fair. I enjoy the pursuit of fairness as a virtue,” Gowdy told CBS News in February. In Washington, he lamented, there’s no place for a truth-teller like himself. […]

Debunking the myth that “identity politics” is bad for the Democratic Party – Vox

Debunking the myth that “identity politics” is bad for the Democratic Party – Vox. As the Democratic Party struggles to regain its once-solid national majority, journalists, academics, commentators, and politicos keep reverting to an irresistible narrative: that the party’s commitment to racial equality has alienated it from the white working and middle classes — perhaps irreversibly. As a result of […]

Democrats Look To Their Successful 2006 Messaging In Bid To Retake The House | HuffPost

Democrats Look To Their Successful 2006 Messaging In Bid To Retake The House | HuffPost. Democrats are looking back to the last time they took control of the House for lessons on what may work this year, and they’re starting to narrow in on a major theme: the Republican “culture of corruption, cronyism and incompetence.” In 2006, Democrats won majorities […]

Could America’s Racial Starbucks Scandal Happen Elsewhere? – The Atlantic

Could America's Racial Starbucks Scandal Happen Elsewhere? – The Atlantic. by Yasmeen Serhan · April 20, 2018 Starbucks is embroiled in one of its largest scandals to date after two black men were arrested for trespassing in a Philadelphia coffeeshop when they were waiting for a business associate without immediately making a purchase. Video of the incident, which shows police […]

Opinion | A New Cuba After the Castros? Not Quite – The New York Times

Opinion | A New Cuba After the Castros? Not Quite – The New York Times. It’s been 60 years since anyone other than a Castro was at the head of the Cuban state, so the installation of Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez as president in Havana this week does rank as a symbolic moment. But not much more, at least for the […]

Opinion | The Great Snake Oil Slump – The New York Times

Opinion | The Great Snake Oil Slump – The New York Times. by Paul KrugmanOpinion ColumnistApril 19, 2018 Opinion Stop me if you’ve heard this before. A G.O.P. presidential candidate loses the popular vote, but somehow ends up in the White House anyway. Despite his dubious legitimacy, his allies in Congress take advantage of his election to ram through a […]

Trump’s bumbling, brutal, bargain-basement mob

Trump's bumbling, brutal, bargain-basement mob. by Virginia Heffernan David Chase, the creator of “The Sopranos,” the long-running HBO series about the New Jersey mob, once explained to me the uncanny brilliance of the show. “Everything that everybody says is untrue. Complete falsehoods, self-justifications, rationalizations, outright lies, fantasies and miscommunication,” he said. “There’s always sort of a joke going on, which […]

The Comey Memos Won’t Derail the Mueller Probe – The Atlantic

The Comey Memos Won't Derail the Mueller Probe – The Atlantic. by Adam Serwer · April 20, 2018 The release of former FBI Director James Comey’s memos detailing his early interactions with Donald Trump are unlikely to harm Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, legal experts say. “Ordinarily, prosecutors conducting grand-jury investigations need to keep their cards close to the vest. […]

Cory Booker: I Get Angry That Privileged People Are Opening Up Pot Shops

Cory Booker: I Get Angry That Privileged People Are Opening Up Pot Shops. The senator is at the forefront of a movement. But he’s not sure the movement has the right philosophical foundation. At least not yet. exclusive Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/ The Daily Beast Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) was jubilant on 4/20. Not because he was high (he […]

Farmworkers Are Living 20 to a House in California’s Bountiful Salinas Valley – Mother Jones

Farmworkers Are Living 20 to a House in California’s Bountiful Salinas Valley – Mother Jones. by Samantha Michaels valentinrussanov/Getty Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. If you’re making a salad to go along with your dinner tonight, you should probably thank the farmworkers in California’s Salinas Valley, who produce about two-thirds of the country’s lettuce […]

Dems Sue Trump Allies, Russians, Over 2016 Election Meddling – Talking Points Memo

Dems Sue Trump Allies, Russians, Over 2016 Election Meddling – Talking Points Memo. by Tierney Sneed The Democratic National Committee filed a lawsuit in federal court in Manhattan Friday against President Trump’s campaign, some of his allies and associates, as well as Russians and Wikileaks. The suit alleges that the Russian effort to meddle in the 2016 election was a […]

Trump’s Actions Make Many Military Leaders Uncomfortable | Time

Trump's Actions Make Many Military Leaders Uncomfortable | Time. Admiral Stavridis (Ret.) was the 16th Supreme Allied Commander at NATO and is Dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. On April 9, President Donald Trump sat in the Cabinet Room with his national security team, including the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the nation’s four-star […]

Pompeo as Secretary of State Could Try to Fix Iran Deal – Bloomberg

Pompeo as Secretary of State Could Try to Fix Iran Deal – Bloomberg. by Eli Lake @elilake More stories by Eli Lake How convenient. The Washington Post broke the news last night that the CIA director, Mike Pompeo, met two weeks ago with North Korea’s dictator. This revelation came just as Senate Democrats’ opposition to his nomination to be secretary […]

Opinion | The Democrats’ Gentrification Problem – The New York Times

Opinion | The Democrats’ Gentrification Problem – The New York Times. The nation’s largest cities and metropolitan areas — home to a majority of Democratic voters — are at the forefront of the party’s most vexing racial, ethnic and class conflicts. Last week, in an essay for CityLab, Richard Florida, a professor of urban planning at the University of Toronto, […]

Trump checkmates Democrats in sending Pompeo to North Korea | TheHill

Trump checkmates Democrats in sending Pompeo to North Korea | TheHill. by Jenny Beth Martin, opinion contributor · April 19, 2018 Are Democrats willing to take the blame for North Korea deploying nuclear weapons that could hit the United States? That’s the question smart Democrats should be asking this week, after the stunning revelation that the White House sent CIA […]

Suspicious groups bought half of divisive 2016 election ads on Facebook – Vox

Suspicious groups bought half of divisive 2016 election ads on Facebook – Vox. Evidence continues to trickle out about how Russians and potentially other bad actors used Facebook to spread disinformation during the 2016 campaign. The latest piece of information: a new study that found that more than half of the sponsors of Facebook ads that featured divisive political messages […]

Immigrant Detainees Claim They Were Forced to Clean Bathrooms to Pay for Their Own Toilet Paper – Mother Jones

Immigrant Detainees Claim They Were Forced to Clean Bathrooms to Pay for Their Own Toilet Paper – Mother Jones. The Stewart Detention Center in rural Georgia has been called “the black hole of America’s immigration system” for overusing solitary confinement, cutting corners on mental health care, and deporting asylum seekers at extraordinary rates. Now it can add one more alleged […]

A conversation about Starbucks, white fear, and being black in public.

A conversation about Starbucks, white fear, and being black in public.. Last Thursday, an employee at a Philadelphia Starbucks called the police on two black men who were waiting for the arrival of a business partner without having ordered anything at the counter. When police arrived, the men were arrested for trespassing. A bystander caught the encounter on video, which […]

Impeaching Trump won’t fix this crisis. America desperately needs a political reset.

Impeaching Trump won't fix this crisis. America desperately needs a political reset.. When I say that I think President Donald Trump is unfit for office, I want to be precise. I’m keen to distinguish what I mean from stuff I’ve read earlier this year — the notion that he might be medically unfit or in cognitive decline or have early […]

Senate Votes Unanimously To Allow Newborns On Chamber Floor | HuffPost

Senate Votes Unanimously To Allow Newborns On Chamber Floor | HuffPost. The Senate unanimously agreed Wednesday to change its rules to allow senators to bring their infant children onto the chamber floor during floor votes, for which a lawmaker must be present in person. #senate passes by UC S Res 463 allowing Senators to bring babies on the Senate floor. […]

New York to Restore Voting Rights to Thousands of Ex-Felons – Mother Jones

New York to Restore Voting Rights to Thousands of Ex-Felons – Mother Jones. by Ari Berman A demonstrator holds a sign during a rally to demand voting reform in New York on March 18, 2018. Albin Lohr-Jones/Sipa USA/AP Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. Andrew Cuomo, New York’s Democratic governor, announced on Wednesday that he […]

Opinion | Trump’s Problem in Syria? It Was Obama’s Too – The New York Times

Opinion | Trump’s Problem in Syria? It Was Obama’s Too – The New York Times. The agonizing conflict in Syria, which has vexed both the Obama and Trump administrations, is growing increasingly complex and dangerous. Now, more than ever, the United States needs to clarify its strategic objectives in Syria and pursue them with ruthless discipline. Russia and Iran have […]

Comey Pushed for the Investigation That Ended McCabe’s Career

Comey Pushed for the Investigation That Ended McCabe’s Career. James Comey appears to have inadvertently played a role in his deputy Andrew McCabe’s expulsion from the FBI. According to a source familiar with the investigation that led to McCabe’s firing, Comey—then FBI director—asked the bureau’s internal Inspection Division to look into an Oct. 30, 2016, Wall Street Journal story that […]

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is not a child – Vox

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is not a child – Vox. “He’s one of the richest people on earth. He’s an adult. He’s 30-some years old. He can answer questions if he’s the CEO. … Stop juvenilizing men here in Silicon Valley.” That’s how Kara Swisher, co-founder and executive editor of the technology news website Recode, reacted to the treatment Facebook […]

One of Congress’ Most Unpopular Republicans Might Not Even Have a Democratic Opponent in November – Mother Jones

One of Congress’ Most Unpopular Republicans Might Not Even Have a Democratic Opponent in November – Mother Jones. by Bryan Schatz Rep. Dana RohrabacherMother Jones Illustration Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. Early last month, at a debate between the Democratic candidates running to unseat Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, the 15-term Orange County, California, Republican, local […]

Liberal Media Laments Never Trumpers Won’t Side With Democrats

Liberal Media Laments Never Trumpers Won't Side With Democrats. by Tom Knighton · April 16, 2018 The “Never Trump” movement is still a thing. While some on the right who didn’t like Trump have decided to let the guy do his job and hope for the best, some are still actively opposing him no matter the results of his actions. […]

Opinion | Comey Is Trump’s Ultimate Victory – The New York Times

Opinion | Comey Is Trump’s Ultimate Victory – The New York Times. James Comey’s book is titled “A Higher Loyalty,” but it surrenders the higher ground, at least partly. To watch him promote it is to see him descend. Not to President Trump’s level — that’s a long way down. But Comey is playing Trump’s game, on Trump’s terms. And […]

Joe Biden Is the Front-runner. Uh-oh. – POLITICO Magazine

Joe Biden Is the Front-runner. Uh-oh. – POLITICO Magazine. The former vice president may be beloved, but he is also out of step with the post-Trump Democratic Party. Joe Biden, who leads the Democratic 2020 presidential field in early polls, has all the markings of a front-runner. He possesses a sterling résumé, access to a donor base, name recognition and […]

Debunking the myth that “identity politics” is bad for the Democratic Party – Vox

Debunking the myth that “identity politics” is bad for the Democratic Party – Vox. As the Democratic Party struggles to regain its once-solid national majority, journalists, academics, commentators, and politicos keep reverting to an irresistible narrative: that the party’s commitment to racial equality has alienated it from the white working and middle classes — perhaps irreversibly. As a result of […]

Clinton allies seethe with rage at Comey | TheHill

Clinton allies seethe with rage at Comey | TheHill. by Amie Parnes · April 16, 2018 Allies and advisers to Hillary Clinton can finally agree with President Trump on one thing: former FBI Director James Comey is no hero. After reading excerpts from Comey’s new book, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership,” and watching his first interview since being […]

Sean Hannity was Michael Cohen’s mystery client – Vox

Sean Hannity was Michael Cohen’s mystery client – Vox. A federal judge forced President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer MIchael Cohen to reveal the identity of a secret client. It’s Fox News host and Trump ally Sean Hannity. Cohen was trying to protect Hannity’s name as part of a lawsuit he filed to prevent the FBI from searching through the documents […]

How Sean Hannity’s Unmasking Played Out In Court – Talking Points Memo

How Sean Hannity’s Unmasking Played Out In Court – Talking Points Memo. by Allegra Kirkland NEW YORK — A tantalizing detail was included in a Monday court filing made on behalf of Michael Cohen. The longtime fixer for President Donald Trump had three legal clients between 2017 and 2018: Trump, GOP fundraiser Elliott Broidy, and one mysterious individual who had […]

Opinion | The Self-Destruction of Paul Ryan and the G.O.P. – The New York Times

Opinion | The Self-Destruction of Paul Ryan and the G.O.P. – The New York Times. by Will WilkinsonContributing Opinion WriterApril 13, 2018 Opinion Spinoza said that free will is like a stone that doesn’t know why it’s falling but wants to keep going. On Wednesday, Paul Ryan announced that he would not seek re-election. A midterm defeat, should Mr. Ryan […]

Opinion | The Real Next War in Syria: Iran vs. Israel – The New York Times

Opinion | The Real Next War in Syria: Iran vs. Israel – The New York Times. by Thomas L. FriedmanOpinion ColumnistApril 15, 2018 Opinion SYRIA-ISRAEL BORDER, Golan Heights — Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Syria is going to explode. I know, you have heard that one before, but this time I mean really explode. Because the U.S., […]

Opinion | Tethered to a Raging Buffoon Called Trump – The New York Times

Opinion | Tethered to a Raging Buffoon Called Trump – The New York Times. by Roger CohenOpinion ColumnistApril 13, 2018 Opinion We are tethered to a buffoon. He rages and veers, spreading ugliness, like an oil slick smothering everything in its viscous mantle. He’s about to bomb Syria. He’s not about to bomb Syria. His attention span is nonexistent. He […]

Risks loom for Comey’s book blitz – POLITICO

Risks loom for Comey's book blitz – POLITICO. James Comey’s new memoir is already a pre-publication media hit, but the former FBI director’s tell-all assault on President Donald Trump also poses major risks — not only for Comey’s personal reputation but for the wider Russia investigation he helped launch. Trump and his allies bombarded Comey with insults Friday, targeting his […]

ABC Comey interview gives new detail on Hillary email letter.

ABC Comey interview gives new detail on Hillary email letter.. ABC’s highly anticipated 20/20 episode on former FBI director James Comey, which was centered on an interview Comey gave to George Stephanopoulos, aired Sunday night. Given that Comey has already spoken in detail about many of the issues that were discussed—and given that his retelling of a surreal conversation he […]

James Comey book: the A Higher Loyalty author is not a hero – Vox

James Comey book: the A Higher Loyalty author is not a hero – Vox. Back in October 2016, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) called then-FBI Director James Comey’s decision to look into new Hillary Clinton emails just days before the election “appalling.” Her comment reflected the general sentiment among Democrats at the time. But in May 2017, President Donald Trump fired […]

Earth’s Powerful, Climate-Shaping Water Currents Are Weak and Broken and It’s Time to Freak Out – Mother Jones

Earth’s Powerful, Climate-Shaping Water Currents Are Weak and Broken and It’s Time to Freak Out – Mother Jones. by Damian Carrington piola666/iStock/Getty Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. This story was originally published by The Guardian and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The warm Atlantic current linked to severe and abrupt […]

GOP Devotes $250M To Midterm Strategy: Keep House Majority – Talking Points Memo

GOP Devotes $250M To Midterm Strategy: Keep House Majority – Talking Points Memo. The Republican National Committee has committed $250 million to a midterm election strategy that has one goal above all else: Preserve the party’s House majority for the rest of President Donald Trump’s first term. Facing the prospect of a blue wave this fall, the White House’s political […]

The odds of Trump’s impeachment go down the more that Democrats campaign for it

The odds of Trump's impeachment go down the more that Democrats campaign for it. The question for Democrats and Republicans isn’t really what qualifies as an impeachable offense for a president? (The answer to that, according to the Constitution, is treason, bribery “or other high crimes and Misdemeanors.”) It is, to paraphrase then-Rep. Gerald Ford memorably in 1970, what “a […]

James Comey’s Ego has a lot to answer for – CNN

James Comey's Ego has a lot to answer for – CNN. by Rob Crilly Rob Crilly is a British journalist living in New York. He was The Telegraph’s Afghanistan and Pakistan correspondent and was previously the East Africa correspondent for The Times of London. The opinions in this article are those of the author. (CNN)Are these the end times for […]

China’s Communists Rewrite the Rules for Foreign Businesses – The New York Times

China’s Communists Rewrite the Rules for Foreign Businesses – The New York Times. by ALEXANDRA STEVENSON · April 13, 2018 HONG KONG — One hammer and sickle at a time, the Communist Party is making its way deeper into everyday Chinese life — and that includes the foreign companies doing business there. Honda, the Japanese automaker, changed its legal documents […]

James Comey book: the A Higher Loyalty author is not a hero – Vox

James Comey book: the A Higher Loyalty author is not a hero – Vox. On her first night without a home, Kaityanna Phillips cried herself to sleep on a sidewalk in front of a Shell gas station in north Hollywood. She had arrived in Los Angeles on a one-way ticket from Texarkana, Texas, earlier that day. From the bus station […]

McClatchy: Mueller Has Evidence Cohen Traveled To Prague During Campaign – Talking Points Memo

McClatchy: Mueller Has Evidence Cohen Traveled To Prague During Campaign – Talking Points Memo. by Zachary Roth Special Counsel Robert Mueller has evidence that Michael Cohen made a trip to Prague in the summer of 2016, McClatchy reports, citing two sources with familiar with the matter. The report represents a potentially significant development in Mueller’s Russia investigation. If the meeting […]

Trump’s obnoxious, hypocritical pardon of Scooter Libby – NY Daily News

Trump's obnoxious, hypocritical pardon of Scooter Libby – NY Daily News. NY Daily News · by Editorials · April 14, 2018 If Friday’s presidential pardon of Scooter Libby were written into a screenplay, it would be rejected by script doctors for being too on-the-nose. President Trump has just wiped clean the record of Dick Cheney’s onetime top aide, who in […]

Opinion | Madeleine Albright Is Worried. We Should Be, Too. – The New York Times

Opinion | Madeleine Albright Is Worried. We Should Be, Too. – The New York Times. by Michelle GoldbergOpinion ColumnistApril 13, 2018 Opinion Madeleine Albright, the former secretary of state, was born into a totalitarian age. She was only a toddler when she and her parents, who were of Jewish descent but later converted to Catholicism, fled Czechoslovakia after Hitler’s invasion […]

James Comey book: the A Higher Loyalty author is not a hero – Vox

James Comey book: the A Higher Loyalty author is not a hero – Vox. Back in October 2016, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) called then-FBI Director James Comey’s decision to look into new Hillary Clinton emails just days before the election “appalling.” Her comment reflected the general sentiment among Democrats at the time. But in May 2017, President Donald Trump fired […]

Mass Protests Planned If Trump Fires Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein | HuffPost

Mass Protests Planned If Trump Fires Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein | HuffPost. If President Donald Trump fires Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein or any other officials involved in the Russia investigation, he faces the prospect of hundreds of thousands of activists immediately turning out to protest all over the country. A coalition of grassroots activists, unions, policy organizations and good […]

Did FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe Lie to the FBI? – Mother Jones

Did FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe Lie to the FBI? – Mother Jones. A few weeks ago, the Justice Department’s inspector general rushed out a draft copy of its report on Andrew McCabe to Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Why? So that Sessions could fire McCabe 26 hours before he qualified for his full pension and retired. Well, the final report […]

NBC: Rosenstein Ready For His Possible Firing – Talking Points Memo

NBC: Rosenstein Ready For His Possible Firing – Talking Points Memo. by Kate Riga Unnamed sources told NBC News that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is aware that he may soon be fired and is content in that knowledge, asserting in private conversations that he feels confident that he did his job with integrity. He reportedly added that he feels […]

James Comey Has a Story to Tell. It’s Very Persuasive. – The New York Times

James Comey Has a Story to Tell. It’s Very Persuasive. – The New York Times. by MICHIKO KAKUTANI · April 12, 2018 Mark Peterson/Redux A HIGHER LOYALTY Truth, Lies, and Leadership By James Comey 290 pages. Flatiron Books. $29.99. In his absorbing new book, “A Higher Loyalty,” the former F.B.I. director James B. Comey calls the Trump presidency a “forest […]

When the fight to remove statues become a struggle against history

When the fight to remove statues become a struggle against history. by The Times Editorial Board Five years after President William McKinley was assassinated at the 1901 Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, N.Y., farmer George Zehnder presented the Northern California city of Arcata with a 8.5-foot-tall statue of the 25th president. Just a few months before the assassination, Zehnder had met […]

James Comey just went to war with Donald Trump – CNNPolitics

James Comey just went to war with Donald Trump – CNNPolitics. By Chris Cillizza, CNN Editor-at-large Washington (CNN)No one — probably not even Donald Trump — expected former FBI Director James Comey’s memoir about his life and times with the President who fired him was going to be a fun read for the man who calls 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue home. […]

The Michael Cohen raid could backfire. This story shows how. – The Washington Post

The Michael Cohen raid could backfire. This story shows how. – The Washington Post. by Gary Abernathy · April 12, 2018 Gary Abernathy, a contributing columnist for The Post, is publisher and editor of the (Hillsboro, Ohio) Times-Gazette. HILLSBORO, Ohio Unlike many who often defend President Trump, I don’t always see political motivations behind special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s […]

Source: Seahawks canceled Kaepernick workout because he wouldn’t agree to stop kneeling.

Source: Seahawks canceled Kaepernick workout because he wouldn’t agree to stop kneeling.. Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was set to have a workout with the Seattle Seahawks on Monday, but the team canceled on the eve of the planned visit. The reason for the cancellation, a source with knowledge of the situation told Slate on Thursday, was that Kaepernick would […]

2018 midterms: how everything could still go wrong for Democrats – Vox

2018 midterms: how everything could still go wrong for Democrats – Vox. Democrats are going to win back the House this year. Just ask anybody. Even one of Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell’s top outside allies says so. “Our donors will often say we need to do everything we can to hold onto the Senate because there’s a chance we […]

Facebook Is Still the Perfect Propaganda Platform. These Sketchy Mexican Pages Show Why. – Mother Jones

Facebook Is Still the Perfect Propaganda Platform. These Sketchy Mexican Pages Show Why. – Mother Jones. by Noah Lanard Credit: Mother Jones illustration; Jeff Roberson/AP Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. After a covert Russian operation to fuel political divisions in the United States reached 146 million Facebook users in 2016, the company vowed to […]

Editorial: Despite Zuckerberg’s apology, Congress shouldn’t let Facebook off the hook – San Francisco Chronicle

Editorial: Despite Zuckerberg’s apology, Congress shouldn’t let Facebook off the hook – San Francisco Chronicle. by Chronicle Editorial Board · April 10, 2018 Photo: J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, April 9, 2018. Zuckerberg testified Tuesday before a joint hearing of the Commerce and Judiciary Committees about the use […]

The fragile legacy of Barack Obama

The fragile legacy of Barack Obama. by Elaine Kamarck · April 6, 2018 It becomes clearer every day that Barack Obama, a historic president, presided over a somewhat less than historic presidency. With only one major legislative achievement (Obamacare)—and a fragile one at that—the legacy of Obama’s presidency mainly rests on its tremendous symbolic importance and the fate of a […]

Opinion | Lilly Ledbetter: My #MeToo Moment – The New York Times

Opinion | Lilly Ledbetter: My #MeToo Moment – The New York Times. Equal Pay Day — the day up to which the typical woman must work in a particular year to catch up with what the average man earned the previous year — always brings back a rush of memories. Not surprisingly, many of them I’d rather forget: the pit […]

Zuckerberg hearing: Black lawmakers criticize Facebook’s lack of diversity – Vox

Zuckerberg hearing: Black lawmakers criticize Facebook’s lack of diversity – Vox. by P.R. Lockhart · April 11, 2018 Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg came under fire on Wednesday from black lawmakers for his company’s lack of diversity and its connection to the spread of misleading ads targeting black activist groups. Zuckerberg was answering questions about his company’s handling of […]

Senators Fumbled At Sending Stronger Message In Support Of Robert Mueller | HuffPost

Senators Fumbled At Sending Stronger Message In Support Of Robert Mueller | HuffPost. by Noah Lanard Credit: Mother Jones illustration; Jeff Roberson/AP Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. After a covert Russian operation to fuel political divisions in the United States reached 146 million Facebook users in 2016, the company vowed to do more to […]

Facebook Is Still the Perfect Propaganda Platform. These Sketchy Mexican Pages Show Why. – Mother Jones

Facebook Is Still the Perfect Propaganda Platform. These Sketchy Mexican Pages Show Why. – Mother Jones. by Noah Lanard Credit: Mother Jones illustration; Jeff Roberson/AP Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. After a covert Russian operation to fuel political divisions in the United States reached 146 million Facebook users in 2016, the company vowed to […]

Opinion | The Law Is Coming, Mr. Trump – The New York Times

Opinion | The Law Is Coming, Mr. Trump – The New York Times. Why don’t we take a step back and contemplate what Americans, and the world, are witnessing? Early Monday morning, F.B.I. agents raided the New York office, home and hotel room of the personal lawyer for the president of the United States. They seized evidence of possible federal […]

Opinion | Walter Mondale: The Civil Rights Law We Ignored – The New York Times

Opinion | Walter Mondale: The Civil Rights Law We Ignored – The New York Times. Fifty years ago on April 11, Congress enacted the Fair Housing Act, the last of the three great civil rights laws of the 1960s. Along with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act, it was an attempt by Congress to translate […]

The Cohen raid isn’t just bad for Trump. It’s an outright disaster.

The Cohen raid isn't just bad for Trump. It's an outright disaster.. President Trump is either very mad, or very scared, or both. And he has good reason to be. On Monday, federal agents raided the home and business of Trump’s “personal attorney” Michael Cohen, who in fact is much more than a lawyer. In response, Trump called the raid […]

The Senate fought Mark Zuckerberg, and Mark Zuckerberg won.

The Senate fought Mark Zuckerberg, and Mark Zuckerberg won.. Senators grilled Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for five hours on Tuesday, but the big takeaway was hard to pin down. That’s because Zuckerberg was, too. Summoned to testify about his Facebook’s role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, he shrewdly gamed a flawed format to wriggle out of tough questions, while taking […]

Mark Zuckerberg has made many apologies on privacy – Vox

Mark Zuckerberg has made many apologies on privacy – Vox. Back in October 2003, then-college freshman Mark Zuckerberg exploited lax computer security at Harvard’s online dorm directories (they were called “facebooks” after physical books full of little pictures of people’s faces that used to be distributed to students in the pre-digital era) to assemble a vast collection of photos of […]

Rod Rosenstein Personally Signed Off On The Raid Of Trump’s Attorney | HuffPost

Rod Rosenstein Personally Signed Off On The Raid Of Trump's Attorney | HuffPost. President Donald Trump was clearly furious Monday about the news that the FBI had raided the office and hotel room of his longtime lawyer Michael Cohen. “I just heard that they broke into the office of one of my personal attorneys ― a good man. And it’s […]

Ted Cruz Stands Up To Facebook For Chick-fil-A, Diamond And Silk – Talking Points Memo

Ted Cruz Stands Up To Facebook For Chick-fil-A, Diamond And Silk – Talking Points Memo. by Matt Shuham Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Tuesday grilled Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg on whether or not his social media platform was suppressing the viewpoints of important conservative figures like Diamond and Silk, the popular Trump surrogates, and fast-food chain Chick-fil-A. “There are a […]

Trump Rages Over FBI Raids Targeting His Longtime Lawyer – Mother Jones

Trump Rages Over FBI Raids Targeting His Longtime Lawyer – Mother Jones. President Donald Trump continued to lash out over the FBI’s raids targeting his personal lawyer Michael Cohen, declaring on Twitter Tuesday morning that “attorney-client privilege is dead.” The FBI reportedly seized documents related to Cohen’s $130,000 payout to Stormy Daniels, the porn star who claims she had an […]

Opinion | In Syria, Trump Faces the Limits of Bluster – The New York Times

Opinion | In Syria, Trump Faces the Limits of Bluster – The New York Times. The New York Times Opinion A world grown numb to the slaughter of civilians in Syria has been roused in the last 48 hours by photographs on social media of lifeless men, women and children in the rebel-held town of Douma, many with white foam […]

Zuckerberg Gets a Crash Course in Charm. Will Congress Care? – The New York Times

Zuckerberg Gets a Crash Course in Charm. Will Congress Care? – The New York Times. by KEVIN ROOSE · April 8, 2018 Facebook has been preparing its chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, who is uncomfortable speaking in public, for a grilling by several congressional committees in the coming week. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press For Facebook, Tuesday is being seen as a […]

Pelosi Urges Democrats to Oppose Farm Bill, Balanced Budget Amendment, Rescissions

Pelosi Urges Democrats to Oppose Farm Bill, Balanced Budget Amendment, Rescissions. by Lindsey McPherson · April 9, 2018 House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is urging her colleagues to oppose the farm bill and a balanced budget amendment measure. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo) Lindsey McPherson @lindsemcpherson Posted Apr 9, 2018 5:57 PM Save for later House Minority Leader […]

Trump tries to convince himself everything’s fine in response to FBI raid of Cohen’s office:

Trump tries to convince himself everything’s fine in response to FBI raid of Cohen's office:. President Trump says the FBI raid of his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, is a “real disgrace, it’s an attack on our country,” and calls the investigation a “total witch hunt” https://t.co/tKhp8GSMjz pic.twitter.com/FaBP49jDTY — CNN (@CNN) April 9, 2018 The FBI raided President Trump’s longtime personal […]

The case against Facebook – Vox

The case against Facebook – Vox. Facebook is enmeshed in another controversy, this time over accusations that the firm Cambridge Analytica abused Facebook data to help Donald Trump win the 2016 US presidential election. But this is a big deal fundamentally because of a larger and more fundamental problem: Facebook is bad. Lots of companies, to be clear, are built […]

Joe Manchin Says He Doesn’t Regret Voting To Confirm Scott Pruitt | HuffPost

Joe Manchin Says He Doesn't Regret Voting To Confirm Scott Pruitt | HuffPost. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) says he has no regrets about his vote last year to confirm embattled Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt. “The decision has been made. It’s been good for West Virginia, as far as [he] helped my state,” Manchin told HuffPost on Monday. “I […]

Zuckerberg Says Russian Troll Farm Reached 126 Million Facebook Users – Talking Points Memo

Zuckerberg Says Russian Troll Farm Reached 126 Million Facebook Users – Talking Points Memo. by Caitlin MacNeal In planned testimony for his Wednesday hearing with the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Facebook CEO Zuckerberg acknowledged that Facebook did not go far enough in its efforts to curb foreign influence, eliminate fake news, and protect users’ privacy. He will testify before […]

Trump blasts Mueller probe as ‘attack on our country’

Trump blasts Mueller probe as 'attack on our country'. The special counsel’s Russia investigation is not only a political witch hunt but “an attack on our country,” President Donald Trump complained Monday, exhibiting mounting concern about the yearlong probe after federal authorities raided the offices of his personal attorney. “We’ll see,” he said, when asked if he might fire special […]

Opinion | Unicorns of the Intellectual Right – The New York Times

Opinion | Unicorns of the Intellectual Right – The New York Times. by Paul KrugmanOpinion ColumnistApril 8, 2018 Opinion The hiring-then-firing of Kevin Williamson followed a familiar script. A mainstream media organization hires a conservative in the name of intellectual diversity, then is shocked, shocked to discover that he’s dishonest and/or holds truly reprehensible views – something that the organization […]

The Party of Hubert Humphrey – The Atlantic

The Party of Hubert Humphrey – The Atlantic. by James Traub · April 7, 2018 Seventy years ago, on the night of July 14, 1948, Hubert Humphrey, speaking at the Democratic convention in the Philadelphia Convention Hall, changed the course of the Democratic Party, and of post-war American politics. Yes, that’s the same Hubert Humphrey whom those of us who […]

Scott Pruitt scandal: President Donald Trump defends embattled EPA chief – Vox

Scott Pruitt scandal: President Donald Trump defends embattled EPA chief – Vox. President Donald Trump defended embattled Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt on Twitter over the weekend, saying he is doing a fine job — in spite of mounting ethics concerns surrounding the former Oklahoma state attorney general. It makes it seem like like as long as you’re rolling […]

Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower Says He Will Cooperate with Russia Probes – Mother Jones

Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower Says He Will Cooperate with Russia Probes – Mother Jones. On Sunday morning’s “Meet the Press,” former Cambridge Analytica staffer Christopher Wylie made a number of stunning revelations about the data mining firm hired by Trump during the 2016 election. Cambridge Analytica has come under intense scrutiny in recent weeks, following media reports that the firm improperly […]

Manafort Claims Mueller Unlawfully Seized Evidence From Storage Unit – Talking Points Memo

Manafort Claims Mueller Unlawfully Seized Evidence From Storage Unit – Talking Points Memo. by Nicole Lafond President Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort is asking a judge to exclude evidence that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators obtained from one of his storage lockers in Virginia last May, claiming they obtained the evidence unlawfully. In a new motion filed late Friday, […]

Trump’s new Russia sanctions against oligarchs show his rift with Putin is widening – Vox

Trump’s new Russia sanctions against oligarchs show his rift with Putin is widening – Vox. The Trump administration just announced an aggressive package of sanctions against Russian politicians, oligarchs, and companies on Friday, citing Moscow’s “malign activity around the globe.” The sweeping language justifying the sanctions, and the fact that the penalties squarely target key members of Russian President Vladimir […]

Trump Administration Imposes Sanctions on Russian Oligarchs – Mother Jones

Trump Administration Imposes Sanctions on Russian Oligarchs – Mother Jones. by Inae Oh Metzel Mikhail/ZUMA Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. The Trump administration announced sanctions against 17 Russian government officials and seven oligarchs close to President Vladimir Putin on Friday, punishing some of the country’s richest people. The list includes Oleg Deripaska, a business […]

Opinion | Putting Trump’s Trade Bombast to the Test – The New York Times

Opinion | Putting Trump’s Trade Bombast to the Test – The New York Times. President Trump’s recent threat to escalate his trade skirmish with China into a full-scale trade war is a foolish gambit with little historical precedent. It is also hard to take seriously, given how quickly Mr. Trump changes his mind and how rarely and clumsily he tends […]

The questions Congress needs to ask Mark Zuckerberg.

The questions Congress needs to ask Mark Zuckerberg.. Mark Zuckerberg is probably wearing out his flashcards as he prepares to be the sole subject of two congressional hearings, where lawmakers will take turns grilling the Facebook CEO about the policies that let an app developer cart away and inappropriately share data on as many as 87 million Facebook users. The […]

Why Obamacare can fail and succeed at the same time – Vox

Why Obamacare can fail and succeed at the same time – Vox. What even is Obamacare anyway? Even after eight years, that was the question I found myself pondering yesterday as I read the responses to my piece arguing that, in spite of all the warnings about President Donald Trump’s sabotage, the health care law had actually come out mostly […]

The Pentagon Is Imagining an Army of Autonomous Robot Swarms – Mother Jones

The Pentagon Is Imagining an Army of Autonomous Robot Swarms – Mother Jones. Last week, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Defense Department’s R&D arm, announced the next phase of its OFFSET (OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics program, which seeks to “improve force protection, firepower, precision effects, and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities.” In a techspeak-laden video, program manager […]

Opinion | How ‘Chappaquiddick’ Distorts a Tragedy – The New York Times

Opinion | How ‘Chappaquiddick’ Distorts a Tragedy – The New York Times. by Neal GablerMr. Gabler is writing a biography of Edward Kennedy.April 6, 2018 Opinion Senator Edward Kennedy, one of the most famous members of America’s most famous family, understood that he belonged as much to popular culture as to political culture. Now, nine years after his death, comes […]