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President Trump’s big address to Congress was utter claptrap

President Trump's big address to Congress was utter claptrap. It is always jarring to see Donald Trump vested with the full honors and pageantry of the presidency. Never has the leader of the world’s most powerful nation been more clearly unequal to the job. Still, his address before a joint session of Congress Tuesday night — the first of his […]

A Blank Check Won’t Make the U.S. More Secure – The New York Times

A Blank Check Won’t Make the U.S. More Secure – The New York Tim by THE EDITORIAL BOARD · February 28, 2017 President Trump’s plan to raise military spending for the coming fiscal year by $54 billion, or nearly 10 percent, won’t strengthen America’s security, and might, in fact, undermine it. To pay for this unjustified increase, Mr. Trump reportedly […]

Schumer: Trump’s speech ‘detached’ from reality | TheHill

Schumer: Trump's speech 'detached' from reality | TheHill. by Jordain Carney · February 28, 2017 Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) knocked President Trump’s first speech to Congress, arguing there’s a gap between the president’s rhetoric and his administration’s actions. “The speech and reality have never been more detached in a presidential speech. It really doesn’t matter what he said. […]

The two most debased moments of Donald Trump’s speech to Congress.

The two most debased moments of Donald Trump’s speech to Congress.. by Michelle Goldberg · March 1, 2017 President Donald Trump arrives to deliver an address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress on Tuesday in Washington. Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Toward the end of Donald Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night, he called […]

Just one Senate Democrat applauded Trump’s call to “Make America Great” – Vox

Just one Senate Democrat applauded Trump’s call to “Make America Great” – Vox. Democratic senators Joe Manchin (Wv.), Joe Donnelly (IN), and Heidi Heitkamp (ND) stood and applauded multiple times during President Trump’s speech to congress Tuesday night, breaking with the bulk of the Democratic Party. The majority of congressional Democrats were visibly critical of Trump’s address. Two House Democrats […]

Rosie O’Donnell Cuts Down Trump In Fiery Speech Outside White House | The Huffington Post

Rosie O'Donnell Cuts Down Trump In Fiery Speech Outside White House | The Huffington Post. WASHINGTON ― Former television talk show host Rosie O’Donnell delivered a comical indictment of President Donald Trump to hundreds of protesters who braved pouring rain outside the White House on Tuesday evening. The rally, sponsored by liberal and civil rights groups, including the American Civil […]

Bernie Sanders Tells Supporters to Keep Fighting Because Republicans are “Not So Cocky Anymore” | Mother Jones

Bernie Sanders Tells Supporters to Keep Fighting Because Republicans are "Not So Cocky Anymore" | Mother Jones. · by Inae Oh · February 28, 2017 The Vermont senator delivered a scathing response to the president’s first address to Congress. Shortly after President Donald Trump delivered his first major speech before a joint session of Congress Tuesday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) […]

Trump Gives GOP Leadership Big Assist In Selling Their O’Care Plan To Hardliners

Trump Gives GOP Leadership Big Assist In Selling Their O'Care Plan To Hardliners. President Donald Trump in his address Tuesday to a joint session of Congress gave GOP congressional leadership a vague but important assist in getting their caucus on board with their Obamacare repeal plan. Without going into much detail, Trump name-checked the major elements of a replacement package […]

The Democrats’ wavering Hamlet act

The Democrats' wavering Hamlet act. The Democratic Party remains deeply divided over what went wrong in 2016 and which way the party should turn as it heads toward 2020 and beyond. That’s why the battle between former Labor Secretary Tom Perez and liberal Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison over who would take over the leadership of the Democratic National Committee became […]

Cuomo tiptoes toward 2020 run – POLITICO

Cuomo tiptoes toward 2020 run – POLITICO. by Gabriel Debenedetti · February 27, 2017 “We need to win back the middle-class while pushing progressive values,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at the National Governors Association winter meeting. | AP Photo After studiously avoiding the event for six years, Andrew Cuomo finally made an appearance in Washington during the presidential […]

The Texas trans boy forced to wrestle girls exposes the illogic of anti-trans policy.

The Texas trans boy forced to wrestle girls exposes the illogic of anti-trans policy.. by Christina Cauterucci · February 27, 2017 The Texas high-school wrestling league wouldn’t let Mack Beggs compete against boys. Dallas Morning News/YouTube A transgender boy won the girls’ state wrestling championship in Texas on Saturday after the league forbade him from competing against other boys. The […]

House and Senate Democrats are facing radically different political maps – Vox

House and Senate Democrats are facing radically different political maps – Vox. by Matthew Yglesias · February 27, 2017 To win a majority in the US House of Representatives in 2018, Democrats would need to pick up 24 seats from the GOP. Nate Cohn of the New York Times forecasts that based on recent electoral performance, the most vulnerable Republican […]

Wave of anti-Semitism: Another Jewish cemetery has been vandalized – Salon.com

Wave of anti-Semitism: Another Jewish cemetery has been vandalized – Salon.com. by Matthew Rozsa · February 27, 2017 Trump recently denounced anti-Semitism, but that hasn’t stopped anti-Semitism (Credit: AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma) For the second time in less than a week, a Jewish cemetery has been vandalized. More than 100 headstones were damaged in a hate crime against a Jewish cemetery […]

McConnell: Republican Agenda ‘Is Exactly The Same As The Trump Agenda’

McConnell: Republican Agenda 'Is Exactly The Same As The Trump Agenda'. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said Monday that congressional Republicans’ agenda “is exactly the same as the Trump agenda.” McConnell, addressing reporters alongside House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) outside of the White House on Monday afternoon, made reference to Trump’s planned address to a joint session of Congress […]

The Democratic establishment would rather lose than allow the left to lead

The Democratic establishment would rather lose than allow the left to lead. The Democratic National Committee narrowly elected former Secretary of Labor Tom Perez as its chairman on Saturday. The vote capped off what had become a fairly rancorous race between him and Keith Ellison, the left-wing House representative from Minnesota. There are many lessons to take home here. But […]

Can Feminism Be Too Inclusive? | The Nation

Can Feminism Be Too Inclusive? | The Nation. by Katha Pollitt · February 24, 2017 People gather for the Women’s March on Washington. (Reuters / Shannon Stapleton) Who thinks Ivanka Trump is a feminist? Seriously, who? As far as I can tell, the only people calling her a feminist are Ivanka herself and conservatives who use her to attack real […]

Juan Williams: Can Congress curb Trump? | TheHill

Juan Williams: Can Congress curb Trump? | TheHill. Sixty-six percent of Americans are “worried” that President Trump will lead the country into a “major war” in his first term, according to an NBC News/Survey Monkey poll released last week. The high level of anxiety over the president is also evident in his low approval numbers, just a month into his […]

Perez dismisses Trump’s claim that DNC race was rigged – POLITICO

Perez dismisses Trump's claim that DNC race was rigged – POLITICO. by Madeline Conway · February 26, 2017 “You know, our unity as a party is our greatest strength and it’s his worst nightmare,” Tom Perez said. | AP Photo Tom Perez, the newly elected Democratic National Committee chairman, on Sunday dismissed President Donald Trump’s suggestion that the race to […]

Keith Ellison’s supporters say Israel attacks helped sink his DNC bid – Vox

Keith Ellison’s supporters say Israel attacks helped sink his DNC bid – Vox. by Jeff Stein · February 26, 2017 In the day before the election, Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz promised to leave the Democratic Party if Ellison became chair. Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images for Hulu ATLANTA — One day before the Democratic Party chose its new leader, […]

Democrats Must Overhaul Party, Attack Big Business, Bernie Sanders Says | The Huffington Post

Democrats Must Overhaul Party, Attack Big Business, Bernie Sanders Says | The Huffington Post. WASHINGTON, Feb 26 (Reuters) – Former U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Sunday urged a major overhaul of his party, calling for more aggressive efforts to court working-class voters and fight big businesses from Wall Street to the pharmaceutical sector. Sanders, who spoke a day […]

The DNC Chair Race Is Over. Now Comes the Real Battle. | Mother Jones

The DNC Chair Race Is Over. Now Comes the Real Battle. | Mother Jones. by Tim Murphy · February 25, 2017 Tom Perez’s win wasn’t the end of the fights that defined the 2016 primary. It was a pause. Joshua Roberts/Reuters via ZUMA Press And to think, that was the easy part. Former Labor Secretary Tom Perez was elected as […]

Politico: Spicer Cracks Down On Leaks, Puts Staff Through ‘Phone Check’

Politico: Spicer Cracks Down On Leaks, Puts Staff Through 'Phone Check'. White House press secretary Sean Spicer cracked down on leaks from his own office by telling staffers to hand over their phones for a “phone check” during a meeting which itself was then leaked to the media, according to a Sunday report by Politico. Spicer met last week with […]

The Oscars used to be about art. Now they’re about gratuitous luxury, and it’s gross.

The Oscars used to be about art. Now they're about gratuitous luxury, and it's gross.. The 89th Academy Awards have arrived at a supercharged political moment — the kind Hollywood likes to return to in schmaltzy retrospectives about how the Oscars contributed to social progress. As with any legend, those stories tend to be double-edged: Hattie McDaniel may have been […]

How Trump’s privilege makes him blind to bigotry (Opinion) – CNN.com

How Trump's privilege makes him blind to bigotry (Opinion) – CNN.com. Michael D’Antonio is the author of “Never Enough: Donald Trump and the Pursuit of Success” (St. Martin’s Press). The opinions expressed in this commentary are his. (CNN)By now we should all be accustomed to the way that Donald Trump twists almost everything to make it about him — personally […]

Establishment Democrats Just Won a Needless Proxy War | New Republic

Establishment Democrats Just Won a Needless Proxy War | New Republic. by Alex Shephard · February 25, 2017 On Saturday, Tom Perez was voted the chair of the Democratic National Committee. Perez, who has never held or run for elected office, served as labor secretary in the Obama administration. He was urged to run for after establishment figures—and especially former […]

Trump vs. Press: Crazy, Stupid Love – The New York Times

Trump vs. Press: Crazy, Stupid Love – The New York Times. by Maureen Dowd · February 25, 2017 President Trump speaking to reporters on Air Force One last weekend. At a rally after they landed, he attacked the press. Al Drago/The New York Times WASHINGTON — Much has been made of Melania Trump’s absence from the capital. But our new […]

While we’re watching the scandals, Trump is dismantling the federal government.

While we’re watching the scandals, Trump is dismantling the federal government.. · by Phillip Carter · February 24, 2017 President Trump congratulates his strategist Stephen Bannon during the swearing-in of senior staff in the East Room of the White House on Jan. 22 in Washington, D.C. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images This week, President Trump delighted his base with a pledge to […]

Trump can be impulsive. But his war with the press is strategic. – Vox

Trump can be impulsive. But his war with the press is strategic. – Vox. by Andrew Prokop · February 24, 2017 Alex Wong/Getty Donald Trump very deliberately picked a fight with the media to help fuel his rise to the White House, and now that he’s there — and his administration is struggling — he is strategically escalating it. On […]

Demonstrators Descend On Dianne Feinstein Event To Protest Her Absence From Town Halls | The Huffington Post

Demonstrators Descend On Dianne Feinstein Event To Protest Her Absence From Town Halls | The Huffington Post. SAN FRANCISCO ― Protesters upset with Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) for not hosting a public town hall meeting during this week’s congressional recess demonstrated at her appearance at the Public Policy Institute of California on Friday, pressing the longtime senator to face her […]

Constitutional collapse: Why we could be on the verge of a democratic apocalypse – Salon.com

Constitutional collapse: Why we could be on the verge of a democratic apocalypse – Salon.com. by Les Leopold · February 25, 2017 This article originally appeared on AlterNet. As Donald Trump vilifies the press, the courts, immigrants, Muslims, Democrats, protesters and anyone who disagrees with him, it isn’t hard to imagine a modern-day Mussolini — or worse. But an even […]

The DNC Chair Race Is Over. Now Comes the Real Battle. | Mother Jones

The DNC Chair Race Is Over. Now Comes the Real Battle. | Mother Jones. Tom Perez’s win wasn’t the end of the fights that defined the 2016 primary. It was a pause. Joshua Roberts/Reuters via ZUMA Press And to think, that was the easy part. Former Labor Secretary Tom Perez was elected as chair of the Democratic National Committee on […]

Democrats Elect Tom Perez As National Party Chairman

Democrats Elect Tom Perez As National Party Chairman. ATLANTA (AP) — Democrats elected former Labor Secretary Tom Perez as their new national chairman on Saturday over a liberal Minnesota congressman after a divisive campaign that reflected the depths of the party’s electoral failures as well as the energy from resistance to President Donald Trump. Perez, the first Latino to hold […]

Big Labor’s diminishing clout

Big Labor's diminishing clout. Organized labor has come up short in “the most important trial of unions’ influence since President Trump’s win last year,” said Max Ehrenfreund at The Washington Post. After years of dogged campaigning, the International Association of Machinists last week failed to sway the workers at a major Boeing factory in South Carolina to organize. Nearly three-quarters […]

Why Undoing Obamacare Will Be So Hard – The New York Times

Why Undoing Obamacare Will Be So Hard – The New York Times. by Steven Rattner · February 24, 2017 House Republicans will be unveiling their replacement for the Affordable Care Act (a/k/a Obamacare) next week and the White House has been signaling that it may reveal its thoughts not long after. But what is becoming increasingly clear is the extent […]

Sweden, Nation of Open Arms, Debates Implications of Immigration – The New York Times

Sweden, Nation of Open Arms, Debates Implications of Immigration – The New York Times. by MARTIN SELSOE SORENSEN · February 24, 2017 The Rosengard district of Malmo, which has a large number of people with foreign backgrounds. Gordon Welters for The New York Times MALMO, Sweden — It has been only three years since she came to Sweden from Syria, […]

Dems fear divisions will persist after DNC chair election | TheHill

Dems fear divisions will persist after DNC chair election | TheHill. by Jonathan Easley · February 24, 2017 ATLANTA — Democrats in Georgia to elect the next chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) are grappling with lingering divisions from the presidential primaries that they fear will persist no matter who becomes the party’s next leader. The contentious race that […]

Grass-roots fury masks intense Democratic anxiety – POLITICO

Grass-roots fury masks intense Democratic anxiety – POLITICO. by Matthew Nussbaum · February 24, 2017 “We have a tremendous amount of energy out there … but … don’t have the infrastructure … to accommodate that,” says Oregon Democratic Party chairman Frank Dixon. | Getty ATLANTA — They’re energized by the marches and excited about the crowds showing up at town […]

The Deadly Cost of Turning Back the Immigration Tide – The Daily Beast

The Deadly Cost of Turning Back the Immigration Tide – The Daily Beast. by Andrea Noel · February 25, 2017 TIJUANA, Mexico—Guadalupe Olivas Valencia was deported to Mexico on Tuesday morning. He was handed the last of his possessions in a clear U.S. government-issued plastic bag, and dropped off in Tijuana, at the international border dividing the United States from […]

Supreme Court reprimands groups for misgendering Gavin Grimm.

Supreme Court reprimands groups for misgendering Gavin Grimm.. by Mark Joseph Stern · February 24, 2017 Gavin Grimm andKatie Couric. Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for National Geographic In March, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board, a case about transgender bathroom access. Gavin Grimm, the plaintiff—who has legally and medically transitioned from […]

The key question of the DNC race: how broken is the Democratic Party? – Vox

The key question of the DNC race: how broken is the Democratic Party? – Vox. The Democratic National Committee will elect a new chair on Saturday, in a vote that has pitted the party’s grassroots base and dozens of Democrats in Congress against veterans of President Barack Obama’s White House and Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), one […]

Caitlyn Jenner blasts Donald Trump over transgender executive order: “This is a disaster” – Salon.com

Caitlyn Jenner blasts Donald Trump over transgender executive order: “This is a disaster” – Salon.com. by Katie Serena · February 24, 2017 Transgender activist Caitlyn Jenner took to Twitter Thursday evening to express her concerns over President Donald Trump’s executive order rescinding protections for transgender students in schools around the country that had been set in place by former President […]

Can the Democrats mount an enduring Challenge to Trump and the GOP?

Can the Democrats mount an enduring Challenge to Trump and the GOP?. We are publishing today my interview with master organizer Marshall Ganz. It’s on the eve of the meeting of the Democratic National Committee in Atlanta at which a new chair will be chosen. In the interview, Marshall is skeptical about focusing the initial efforts of liberals and left […]

Democrats are in denial on immigration

Democrats are in denial on immigration. There are plenty of good reasons to oppose President Trump’s proposed crackdown on immigrants and refugees. For one thing, there’s little evidence that migrants from the Middle Eastern countries the administration would like to ban pose an elevated risk to the United States. For another, “illegal immigration to the U.S. ended a decade ago,” […]

Death and Tax Cuts – The New York Times

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

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

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

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

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

Alan Colmes was Fox News’ original liberal patsy.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The True Story of the Comey Letter Debacle | Vanity Fair

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

A nation of immigrants enters dark chapter – CNN.com

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

Labor Leaders Endorse Ellison for DNC Chairman

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

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

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

DNC Chair Race Remains Tight As Energized Democrats Combat Trump

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

California has lost its mind

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

Why President Trump’s new immigration plan will backfire horribly

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The arrogant thinking of liberal sports writers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Robert Reich: Why Trumponomics fails – Salon.com

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

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

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

Breaking the Anti-Immigrant Fever – The New York Times

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

Why Presidents Day is the worst American holiday

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

Democrats seek to quell Trump impeachment talk – POLITICO

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

The false promise of sanctuary cities.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why the Trump administration leaks will inevitably turn into a flood

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

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

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

Mark Zuckerberg’s theory of human history – Vox

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

Are Liberals Helping Trump? – The New York Times

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

The Screwed Generation Turns Socialist – The Daily Beast

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

The false promise of sanctuary cities.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Trump Calls Media The ‘Enemy Of The American People’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Donald Trump, special snowflake

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

A bleak week for Obamacare – POLITICO

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

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

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

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

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

Trump Calls On Only Conservative Outlets For Three Straight Press Conferences

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

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

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

A New DNC Chair: This Time It Really Counts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Democrats’ demographic dilemma – The Boston Globe

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

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

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

Juan Williams: Trump and GOP collide with reality | TheHill

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hillary Clinton Is Running Again – POLITICO Magazine

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

Why the White House keeps crying “fake news.”

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

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

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

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

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

Trump’s Gold Lining – The New York Times

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

America’s showdown over sanctuary cities

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

When the Fire Comes – The New York Times

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

The Republicans Are Off to a Pitiful Start | New Republic

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Obama’s party-building legacy splits Democrats – POLITICO

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Neil Gorsuch called Trump judge comments disheartening and demoralizing.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Democrats are learning the wrong lessons from Republican obstructionism

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

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

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

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

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

American Universities Must Take a Stand – The New York Times

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

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

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

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

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

DeVos defeat just the start for reeling Democrats – POLITICO

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

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

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

Are we not Dems? We bar DeVos!

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

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

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

Schumer Says SCOTUS Nominee Gorsuch Dodged Tough Questions In Meeting

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

Beware Trump’s Reichstag fire

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

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

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

Wisconsin Pulls Plug on Trans Health Care – The Daily Beast

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

Government by white nationalism is upon us.

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

Nancy Pelosi Slaps Down Trump Impeachment Talk | The Huffington Post

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Democrats face up to their Trump problem – POLITICO

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

Liberals are the new Tea Party – Vox

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

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

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

How do you ‘win’ at being president?

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

Free Melania – From Our Expectations – The New York Times

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

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

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

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

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

Donald Trump might be more popular than you think – POLITICO

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

When Tyrants Banned Religious Minorities – The Daily Beast

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

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

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

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

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