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Nuclear winter is coming: Democrats say they have the votes to filibuster Neil Gorsuch — but will it matter? – Salon.com

Nuclear winter is coming: Democrats say they have the votes to filibuster Neil Gorsuch — but will it matter? – Salon.com. by Matthew Sheffield · April 3, 2017 On Monday, Senate Democrats announced they have enough votes to officially filibuster the nomination of federal Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. That announcement, however, didn’t stop their Republican counterparts from […]

Experts Say Susan Rice Had Every Right To Request ‘Unmasking’ In Intel Reports

Experts Say Susan Rice Had Every Right To Request ‘Unmasking’ In Intel Reports. A Monday Bloomberg report alleging that a former top Obama administration official requested the unmasking of U.S. persons tied to the Trump campaign who were swept up in foreign surveillance is not the “smoking gun” that the President’s backers are making it out to be. According to […]

Can Democrats turn red states blue?

Can Democrats turn red states blue?. Joe Manchin, the Democratic senator from West Virginia, is one of the very last genuinely conservative Democrats in Washington. It’s thus no surprise that he’s been irritating liberals for his whole Senate career, from a campaign ad in which he shot Obama’s EPA regulations with a rifle to his support for abortion restrictions to […]

Felony charges are a disturbing overreach for the duo behind the Planned Parenthood sting videos – LA Times

Felony charges are a disturbing overreach for the duo behind the Planned Parenthood sting videos – LA Times. by The Times Editorial Board There’s no question that anti-abortion activist David Daleiden surreptitiously recorded healthcare and biomedical services employees across the state of California with the intent of discrediting the healthcare provider, Planned Parenthood — something his heavily edited videos failed […]

Juan Williams: Trump’s risk of impeachment rises | TheHill

Juan Williams: Trump's risk of impeachment rises | TheHill. Liberal Democrats could yet see their dreams come true. Last week, a new poll from the liberal outfit Public Policy Polling (PPP) asked Americans if President Trump should resign if evidence emerges that his campaign worked with Russia to help defeat Hillary Clinton. A majority, 53 percent, said he should resign. […]

Opinion: After a Historic March, What’s Next for Women? – The New York Times

Opinion: After a Historic March, What’s Next for Women? – The New York Times. by TINA BROWN · March 31, 2017 Activists protested in Washington on March 8, International Women’s Day. Brendan Smialowski/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Last week, we were treated to a news photo that will live in infamy: two dozen white male Republican congressmen (and zero women) […]

Trump’s talking points on clean air and energy are stale and Orwellian – Vox

Trump’s talking points on clean air and energy are stale and Orwellian – Vox. All politicians discuss their policies in terms meant to appeal to a target audience. When it’s done well and honestly, we call it powerful rhetoric. When it’s more tendentious and inelegant, we call it spin. And when it reaches a point where the language and the […]

EPA Chief Still Doesn’t Think Humans Are The Primary Cause Of Climate Change | The Huffington Post

EPA Chief Still Doesn't Think Humans Are The Primary Cause Of Climate Change | The Huffington Post. Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt still doesn’t agree with the vast majority of climate scientists who say humans are the primary cause of climate change. While discussing President Donald Trump’s executive order on climate in an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Pruitt […]

Uber’s pile-up of disasters

Uber's pile-up of disasters. The smartest insight and analysis, from all perspectives, rounded up from around the web: “Uber was already off to a bad start in 2017, but the year is getting worse by the day for the $69 billion ride-hailing company,” said Biz Carson at Business Insider. After losing more than 200,000 users in January to the #Delete​Uber […]

Toppling Cruz Will be a Tall Order for O’Rourke

Toppling Cruz Will be a Tall Order for O’Rourke. by Eric Garcia · April 1, 2017 Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke on Friday became the first Democratic challenger to Sen. Ted Cruz in what will be an uphill fight between the possibility of a primary to toppling a conservative hero in a deep red state. In announcing his candidacy in his […]

Liberals taste victory no matter Gorsuch outcome – POLITICO

Liberals taste victory no matter Gorsuch outcome – POLITICO. by Kyle Cheney · March 31, 2017 Opponents of the confirmation for Judge Neil Gorsuch stand in front of the Supreme Court on March 29. | John Shinkle/POLITICO After weeks of publicly complaining that Senate Democrats were going easy on Neil Gorsuch, liberal activists are close to securing a successful filibuster […]

Why NPR and PBS Should Stop Taking Government Money – The Daily Beast

Why NPR and PBS Should Stop Taking Government Money – The Daily Beast. Is a small amount government funding worth the political pressure that President Trump can put on public broadcasting? That’s the question our public broadcasting entities should be asking themselves now that the president, as expected, has proposed cutting all federal funding for public broadcasting. NPR commentators should […]

Harvard Law School class day speaker will be former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates.

Harvard Law School class day speaker will be former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates.. by Leon Neyfakh · March 31, 2017 Sally Yates in June 2016. Photo by Pete Marovich/Getty Images Sally Yates, who spent 10 days running the Justice Department before Donald Trump fired her for having “betrayed” the agency, will address the graduates of Harvard Law School as […]

Claire McCaskill announces she’ll filibuster Neil Gorsuch – Vox

Claire McCaskill announces she’ll filibuster Neil Gorsuch – Vox. by Matthew Yglesias · March 31, 2017 Claire McCaskill, a Democrat representing the red state of Missouri, announced today that she intends to join the more liberal members of the Senate in filibustering Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to fill the Supreme Court seat that has been vacant since Justice Antonin Scalia’s death. […]

Liberals are losing their minds over Trump and Russia

Liberals are losing their minds over Trump and Russia. An awful lot of American liberals have become rather possessed by the possibility that President Trump is somehow in league with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The circumstantial evidence that there is some sort of connection is rather strong — Putin very probably helped Trump win in 2016, some Trump associates have […]

And Now, the Dreaded Trump Curse – The New York Times

And Now, the Dreaded Trump Curse – The New York Times. by Gail Collins · March 31, 2017 President Trump at the White House on Friday. Eric Thayer for The New York Times These days, the last thing you want is to be known as a Friend of Trump. He’s doing great — he’s president, for heaven’s sake. His kids […]

Liberals taste victory no matter Gorsuch outcome – POLITICO

Liberals taste victory no matter Gorsuch outcome – POLITICO. by Kyle Cheney · March 31, 2017 Opponents of the confirmation for Judge Neil Gorsuch stand in front of the Supreme Court on March 29. | John Shinkle/POLITICO After weeks of publicly complaining that Senate Democrats were going easy on Neil Gorsuch, liberal activists are close to securing a successful filibuster […]

The Pence “Billy Graham” rule isn’t that weird in practice.

The Pence “Billy Graham” rule isn’t that weird in practice.. by Ruth Graham · March 31, 2017 Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen Pence are introduced at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s annual leadership meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada on Feb. 24, 2017. Ethan Miller/Getty Images We frown on literal freak shows these days, but the urge to ogle […]

Judge Approves $25 Million Settlement Of Trump University Lawsuit | The Huffington Post

Judge Approves $25 Million Settlement Of Trump University Lawsuit | The Huffington Post. A U.S. judge on Friday approved a $25 million settlement to resolve a class action lawsuit that claimed fraud against President Donald Trump and his Trump University real estate seminars. The ruling from U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel in San Diego concluded a lengthy and contentious lawsuit […]

Fake news websites targeted Trump, Bernie Sanders supporters to spread conspiracy theories – Salon.com

Fake news websites targeted Trump, Bernie Sanders supporters to spread conspiracy theories – Salon.com. by Matthew Sheffield · March 31, 2017 As a certified Twitter addict who is also fond of conspiracy theories, President Donald Trump has become an easy target for foreign intelligence agencies looking to peddle falsehoods to him, a former FBI agent told the Senate intelligence committee […]

McCaskill To Vote ‘No’ On Gorsuch, Citing His ‘Lack Of Humanity’

McCaskill To Vote 'No' On Gorsuch, Citing His 'Lack Of Humanity'. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) announced Friday that she will vote “no” on confirming President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch after publicly voicing her indecision on the subject early this week. In a Medium post titled “Gorsuch: Good for Corporations, Bad for Working People,” McCaskill voiced her opposition […]

Scoffing at credulous Trump voters is not a winning political strategy

Scoffing at credulous Trump voters is not a winning political strategy. Since the election of Donald Trump to the presidency, there has been an ongoing debate on the American left about the proper posture to take toward his supporters. On one side of the debate, a rather old-fashioned brand of centrist liberals advocate a sort of operatic pity towards his […]

Trump puts the planet on a dangerous path – The Washington Post

Trump puts the planet on a dangerous path – The Washington Post. by Editorial Board · March 28, 2017 UNDER PRESIDENT Barack Obama’s leadership, the world finally began addressing one of the greatest challenges human beings have ever faced, a multi-generational struggle to keep the planet temperate and accommodating to human life. President Trump’s move to rip up Mr. Obama’s […]

After Trump praises Brexit, EU chief threatens to support states seceding from U.S. – Salon.com

After Trump praises Brexit, EU chief threatens to support states seceding from U.S. – Salon.com. In an extraordinary speech, the leader of the European Union’s top governing body warned President Donald Trump on Thursday to keep out of the continent’s internal affairs. “The newly elected U.S. president was happy that the Brexit was taking place and has asked other countries […]

Immigrants Are Going Hungry Because They’re Worried About Being Deported | Mother Jones

Immigrants Are Going Hungry Because They're Worried About Being Deported | Mother Jones. How Trump’s deportation campaign has people retreating from public life. Guatemalan immigrants, recently deported from the United States Bob Owen/San Antonio Express-News/Zuma About a dozen Central American immigrants, mostly women with infants in tow, sort through crates of onions, yams, bread, and canned corn in a downtown […]

Liberals are losing their minds over Trump and Russia

Liberals are losing their minds over Trump and Russia. An awful lot of American liberals have become rather possessed by the possibility that President Trump is somehow in league with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The circumstantial evidence that there is some sort of connection is rather strong — Putin very probably helped Trump win in 2016, some Trump associates have […]

Senate intelligence leaders pledge bipartisan Trump-Russia inquiry | Reuters

Senate intelligence leaders pledge bipartisan Trump-Russia inquiry | Reuters. by Patricia Zengerle · March 29, 2017 WASHINGTON The leaders of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee pledged on Wednesday that their investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election campaign would be bipartisan, a sharp contrast to bitter partisan disagreement surrounding a similar probe in the House of Representatives. Senators […]

Chelsea Clinton insists she is not running for office – POLITICO

Chelsea Clinton insists she is not running for office – POLITICO. by Kelsey Sutton · March 29, 2017 “I am really constantly surprised by the stories of me running for, fill-in-the-blank: Congress, Senate, City Council, the presidency,” Chelsea Clinton said in an interview with Variety. | Getty Chelsea Clinton has a one-word response to the swirl of rumors and news […]

This Is Why The Erasing of LGBT Americans On The 2020 Census Matters – The Daily Beast

This Is Why The Erasing of LGBT Americans On The 2020 Census Matters – The Daily Beast. · by Tim Teeman · March 29, 2017 Erasure is not an uncommon thing for LGBT people to experience. For millennia—with same-sex behavior and trans identity variously legally proscribed or forbidden, or punishable and stigmatized—it suited societies and religions to make LGBT people […]

Mike Pence’s tight relationship with his wife doesn’t mean he respects women.

Mike Pence's tight relationship with his wife doesn't mean he respects women.. by Heather Schwedel · March 29, 2017 Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen Pence at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s annual leadership meeting in Las Vegas on Feb. 24. Ethan Miller/Getty Images Pity the poor soul who tries to come between Vice President Mike Pence and his […]

Chuck Schumer Warns GOP Not To Change The Rules To Confirm Neil Gorsuch | The Huffington Post

Chuck Schumer Warns GOP Not To Change The Rules To Confirm Neil Gorsuch | The Huffington Post. WASHINGTON ― As Democrats cement their opposition to Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, it’s increasingly looking like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will have to go “nuclear” to get him confirmed. That is, change the Senate rules to require 51 votes, instead […]

Former Rep. Aaron Schock was brought down by an FBI informant staffer – Salon.com

Former Rep. Aaron Schock was brought down by an FBI informant staffer – Salon.com. by Taylor Link · March 29, 2017 Schock was indicted last year on 24 counts related to alleged misuse of government and campaign funds Follow Former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock (Credit: AP Photo/Seth Perlman) Indicted on a slate of corruption charges, Rep. Aaron Schock claims one […]

The futility of filibustering Neil Gorsuch

The futility of filibustering Neil Gorsuch. To filibuster or not to filibuster — that is the question facing Democrats over the next couple of weeks, as Neil Gorsuch’s nomination prepares to move out of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The answer should be obvious: Don’t filibuster. While it may be satisfying for Democrats justifiably furious about the way former President Obama’s […]

Staring Into Brexit’s Abyss – The Atlantic

Staring Into Brexit's Abyss – The Atlantic. by Linda Kinstler · March 28, 2017 At 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, Sir Tim Barrow, the U.K.’s permanent representative to the EU, will hand-deliver a letter from British Prime Minister Theresa May to the office of European Council President Donald Tusk in Brussels, officially notifying the European Union of the U.K.’s intention […]

Clinton urges women to ‘resist’ Trump agenda

Clinton urges women to 'resist' Trump agenda. by Carla Marinucci · March 28, 2017 Hillary Clinton gestures while speaking at the Moscone Center on March 28, 2017, in San Francisco. | AP Photo SAN FRANCISCO — Emerging from the political shadows months after a devastating presidential campaign loss to Donald Trump, a fiesty Hillary Clinton — while never directly mentioning […]

Trump’s environmental executive order is as stupid as it is damaging.

Trump’s environmental executive order is as stupid as it is damaging.. by Susan Matthews · March 28, 2017 Just look at the diverse group of Americans who will benefit from this rule. Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images Donald Trump will sign another executive order on Tuesday, this one focused on unraveling the Clean Power Plan, rolling back environmental regulations, and eliminating any […]

Democratic National Committee Asks Its Entire Staff To Resign | The Huffington Post

Democratic National Committee Asks Its Entire Staff To Resign | The Huffington Post. The Democratic National Committee asked for the resignation of all its staff members after former Labor Secretary Tom Perez was elected chairman of the party body at the end of February. Leah Daughtry, a veteran DNC adviser and co-chair of Perez’s transition advisory committee, asked staff members […]

Millennials will not delete Uber accounts: Survey – Salon.com

Millennials will not delete Uber accounts: Survey – Salon.com. by Rachel Leah · March 28, 2017 This year Uber has been involved in a never-ending public relations nightmare. There was the time the company undermined a taxi-driver strike after President Donald Trump’s first attempt at a Muslim ban, shelved cases of sexual assault and a notorious dashcam video of CEO […]

Chaffetz: Nunes Is Doing A ‘Great Job’ And Has ‘Full Confidence’ Of GOP Conference

Chaffetz: Nunes Is Doing A 'Great Job' And Has 'Full Confidence' Of GOP Conference. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) on Tuesday said House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) has the “full confidence of the Republican conference,” though one GOP lawmaker has already called for Nunes to recuse himself from investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election. “Devin Nunes is a […]

Why ‘Medicare for all’ is easy to say and near impossible to do

Why 'Medicare for all' is easy to say and near impossible to do. When House Republicans euthanized their unloved and unlovable American Health Care Act moments before a scheduled floor vote on Friday, they handed the Democratic Party its first real victory in ages. ObamaCare’s defenders should savor the moment and gleefully Instagram a thousand pictures of this delicious revenge […]

Trump’s morally repugnant budget must be defeated: Sen. Bernie Sanders

Trump’s morally repugnant budget must be defeated: Sen. Bernie Sanders. This spending plan would be one of the cruelest in American history. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., on March 14, 2017. (Photo: Justin Sullivan, Getty Images) Mick Mulvaney, Donald Trump’s budget director, recently made a truly remarkable and cynical statement. He claimed the draconian cuts in the president’s budget were “one […]

Democrats burned by polling blind spot – POLITICO

Democrats burned by polling blind spot – POLITICO. As they investigate the forces behind the party’s stunning losses in November, Democrats are coming to a troubling conclusion. The party didn’t just lose among rural white voters on Election Day, it may have failed to capture them in its pre-election polling as well. Many pollsters and strategists believe that rural white […]

Obamacare will only explode if Trump lights the fuse.

Obamacare will only explode if Trump lights the fuse.. Slate Articles · by Jordan Weissmann · March 27, 2017 The man with his finger on the button. Olivier Douliery–Pool/Getty Images After the Republican health care bill crashed and burned without so much as a vote on Friday, President Trump told reporters that he saw a silver lining in the defeat. […]

Pence: Trump is going to move the U.S. embassy in Israel – Salon.com

Pence: Trump is going to move the U.S. embassy in Israel – Salon.com. Salon · by Matthew Rozsa · March 27, 2017 President Donald Trump said that he wanted to move America’s embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on his first day in office, he did not do so. Now it appears that that may soon change. It […]

Trump Just Released His Plan to Gut Obama’s Climate Policies. It’s Worse Than You Thought. | Mother Jones

Trump Just Released His Plan to Gut Obama’s Climate Policies. It’s Worse Than You Thought. | Mother Jones. by Rebecca Leber · March 27, 2017 “A declaration of war.” Andrew Harrer/CNP via ZUMA Wire President Donald Trump will issue his long-promised executive order rolling back federal government efforts to fight climate change Tuesday. The wide-ranging order, which will be accompanied […]

Why Democrats shouldn’t be too giddy about the GOP’s health-care disaster

Why Democrats shouldn't be too giddy about the GOP's health-care disaster. Make no mistake: The GOP yanking its plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act to preempt its inevitable defeat in the House of Representatives is a yoooge win for the Democratic Party and the American people, and a humiliating defeat for the Republican Party. But it’s still […]

Bill Maher makes us dumber: How ignorance, fear and stupid pop-culture clichés shape Americans’ view of the Middle East – Salon.com

Bill Maher makes us dumber: How ignorance, fear and stupid pop-culture clichés shape Americans’ view of the Middle East – Salon.com. by Steven A. Cook and Michael Brooks · March 26, 2017 Last Sunday was the 14th anniversary of the American invasion of Iraq. Given the outcome of Operation Iraqi Freedom, the milestone passed almost completely without comment among the […]

Donald, This I Will Tell You – The New York Times

Donald, This I Will Tell You – The New York Times. by Maureen Dowd · March 25, 2017 Donald, you said you could shake up Washington and make it work again. Instead, you’re the one who got worked over. Al Drago/The New York Times WASHINGTON — Dear Donald, We’ve known each other a long time, so I think I can […]

Eight is enough for now: Unpacking the Supreme Court – Salon.com

Eight is enough for now: Unpacking the Supreme Court – Salon.com. By some accounts, a faction of Senate Democrats is considering confirming President Donald Trump’s first Supreme Court nominee without a fight in exchange for some promise of being permitted to keep their filibuster power for the next one — avoiding the so-called “nuclear option.” Such a deal would be […]

Leader Of GOP’s House Hardliners: Still A ‘Good Chance’ Of Obamacare Repeal

Leader Of GOP's House Hardliners: Still A 'Good Chance' Of Obamacare Repeal. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), chair of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, said on Sunday that he believes there is still “a good chance” Republicans can unite along the ideological spectrum to repeal and replace Obamacare. “I still believe that there is a good chance, if moderates and conservatives […]

Will Trump put the brakes on fuel standards?

Will Trump put the brakes on fuel standards?. President Trump is granting automakers “their top wish,” said Bill Vlasic at The New York Times. While visiting Detroit last week, Trump pledged to reopen a government review of the strict fuel efficiency standards set by the Obama administration in 2012. The rules, “a pillar of President Obama’s climate change legacy,” require […]

Mexicans On That Other Border: Canada! – The Daily Beast

Mexicans On That Other Border: Canada! – The Daily Beast. by Andrea Noel · March 26, 2017 TIJUANA, Mexico—”This move will make it easier for our Mexican friends to visit Canada, while growing our local economies and strengthening our communities,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said last June when the Canadian government announced it would be lifting visa requirements that […]

Trump Is Dragging Us Into Another War… And No One Is Talking About It | The Huffington Post

Trump Is Dragging Us Into Another War… And No One Is Talking About It | The Huffington Post. Quietly, while Americans have been focused on the ongoing drama over repealing the Affordable Care Act and the new revelations about the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, President Trump has been busy dramatically expanding the American troop presence inside Syria. And virtually […]

“Elections have consequences”: What we can expect from a Justice Neil Gorsuch – Salon.com

“Elections have consequences”: What we can expect from a Justice Neil Gorsuch – Salon.com. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch emerged Wednesday from his third day of confirmation hearings by the Senate Judiciary Committee relatively unbloodied by relentless grilling from Democrats attempting to probe what they consider his extremist judicial philosophy. The nominee came to the hearings with an ideological judicial […]

Only a Few More Hurdles Before Trump’s Keystone XL Dream Comes True | Mother Jones

Only a Few More Hurdles Before Trump's Keystone XL Dream Comes True | Mother Jones. by Amber Jamieson · March 24, 2017 “It’s going to be an incredible pipeline.” Carolyn Kaster/AP Photo This story was originally published by the Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Donald Trump announced a “new era of American energy […]

Biden: I Regret Not Being President Right Now

Biden: I Regret Not Being President Right Now. Former Vice President Joe Biden admitted during a talk at a university Friday night that he regrets not “being president” and said he believes that he may be president right now if he would have run. Biden said in the talk, first reported by The Hill, that he feels he was best […]

Why are Republicans so blindly backing Trump over Russia?

Why are Republicans so blindly backing Trump over Russia?. I truly cannot understand what most of America’s Republican lawmakers are thinking. I don’t mean their manic drive to cut the number of Americans with health insurance by 24 million — or even the House Freedom Caucus’ insistence on gutting regulations that require insurance to cover specific services and procedures (like […]

‘Strategic patience’ with North Korea is over. Here’s what should replace it. – The Washington Post

‘Strategic patience’ with North Korea is over. Here’s what should replace it. – The Washington Post. by Editorial Board · March 22, 2017 SECRETARY OF State Rex Tillerson is being faulted for undiplomatic speaking during his tour of Asia over the weekend. Among other things, he parroted official Chinese rhetoric about “mutual respect” and “win-win solutions,” which Beijing hailed as […]

Tax reform next? Maybe not. – POLITICO

Tax reform next? Maybe not. – POLITICO. Republicans’ spectacular failure to repeal and replace Obamacare threatens to sabotage another cornerstone of their agenda, tax reform — because of simple math. The GOP was counting on wiping out nearly $1 trillion in Obamacare taxes to help finance the sweeping tax cuts they’ve got planned for their next legislative act. And now […]

Trump Says He Should Let Obamacare ‘Collapse.’ That’s Cruel And Irresponsible. | The Huffington Post

Trump Says He Should Let Obamacare 'Collapse.' That's Cruel And Irresponsible. | The Huffington Post. Before even taking office, and well before the Republican bid to repeal and “replace” the Affordable Care Act, President Donald Trump started saying the best political strategy for his party would be to let the law’s health insurance exchanges “collapse” and then blame Democrats for […]

Trump just approved the Keystone XL Pipeline – Salon.com

Trump just approved the Keystone XL Pipeline – Salon.com. by Brian Kahn · March 24, 2017 This post originally appeared on Climate Central. President Trump signed an executive order on Friday greenlighting the Keystone XL pipeline after it cleared State Department review to bring tar sands oil from Canada to refineries on the Gulf Coast. The Trump administration’s approval represents […]

A “Tidal Wave” of Overdoses is Filling Up This Morgue | Mother Jones

A "Tidal Wave" of Overdoses is Filling Up This Morgue | Mother Jones. by Julia Lurie · March 24, 2017 And contrary to popular belief, it’s not just white people who are dying. jdwfoto/Getty This week I’m spending time in Northeast Ohio, a corner of the country that has been ravaged by the opioid epidemic. I’m talking to people here […]

Speaker Paul Ryan Admits Defeat: ‘Obamacare For The Foreseeable Future’

Speaker Paul Ryan Admits Defeat: 'Obamacare For The Foreseeable Future'. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Friday laid blame for the failure of a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare on Republican members of the House, and said he would move on to other issues that “people have even more agreement on.” “You have all heard me say this before, […]

Republicans just faceplanted on the biggest stage there is

Republicans just faceplanted on the biggest stage there is. Republican lawmakers have voted to repeal ObamaCare on dozens of occasions — by some counts, more than 60 times — since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law almost exactly seven years ago. It was the longest table-reading and dress rehearsal in modern political history. And yet, at the moment […]

Taibbi on Trump the Destroyer – Rolling Stone

Taibbi on Trump the Destroyer – Rolling Stone. by Matt Taibbi It’s like the campaign never ended. It’s the same all-Trump, all-the-time madness, only exponentially worse. Morning, February 24th, National Harbor, Maryland, the Conservative Political Action Conference. Chin up, eyes asquint, Donald Trump floats to the lectern on a sea of applause and adulation. The building is shaking, and as […]

As repeal vote nears, Obama pleads to preserve Affordable Care Act – POLITICO

As repeal vote nears, Obama pleads to preserve Affordable Care Act – POLITICO. by Kelsey Sutton · March 23, 2017 Former President Barack Obama pushed back against claims by Republican legislators and by the Trump administration that the bill was in a “death spiral” or was taking jobs away. | Getty Former President Barack Obama, who has remained on the […]

Why Filibustering Neil Gorsuch May Not Pay Off In The Long Run | The Huffington Post

Why Filibustering Neil Gorsuch May Not Pay Off In The Long Run | The Huffington Post. Progressive groups appear delighted that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Thursday signaled to Democrats that they should filibuster Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court. After the senator announced his plans to vote “no” on the nominee, who sat […]

The new American economy is literally putting us in mortal danger – Salon.com

The new American economy is literally putting us in mortal danger – Salon.com. by Rachel Leah · March 23, 2017 President Donald Trump has campaigned on the sentiment of “bringing back jobs” to America. He mentioned factories specifically in his inauguration speech, stating, “the jobs left and the factories closed . . . that all changes starting right here, right […]

This Climate Denying Lawmaker Has Proposed a Bill to Protect Climate Deniers | Mother Jones

This Climate Denying Lawmaker Has Proposed a Bill to Protect Climate Deniers | Mother Jones. by Nathalie Baptiste · March 23, 2017 He doesn’t want to prosecute on the basis of “climate change policy preferences.” Newscom via ZUMA Press/Jeff Malet A Maine lawmaker has introduced a bill that will safeguard political speech—with a special focus on climate change deniers. Republican […]

8 GOP Governors Sign Letter In Support Of Foundering GOP Health Care Bill

8 GOP Governors Sign Letter In Support Of Foundering GOP Health Care Bill. Eight Republican governors signed a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in support of the Republican bill to repeal and replace Obamacare as leaders scrambled to secure enough votes to pass it. “We write today to offer our support […]

Is America on the road to economic backwardness?

Is America on the road to economic backwardness?. Here’s something that may surprise you: If the United Kingdom were a U.S. state, it would be the second-poorest one. It’s all the more surprising given its economic history — the U.K. was the first nation to industrialize, and was for nearly a century the undisputed economic heavyweight of the world. It […]

House conservatives’ demand for further abortion restrictions could blow up Trumpcare in the Senate – Salon.com

House conservatives’ demand for further abortion restrictions could blow up Trumpcare in the Senate – Salon.com. by Sophia Tesfaye · March 22, 2017 Just as it nearly was for Democrats seven years ago, abortion appears ready to scuttle any tentative deal to repeal-and-replace the Affordable Care Act between Republicans in Congress. While President Donald Trump balances making direct threats on […]

Ultra conservatives might just save Medicaid

Ultra conservatives might just save Medicaid. House Republicans have taken direct aim at Medicaid with their American Health Care Act, which is up for a vote in the House on Thursday. They hate social insurance, and they especially hate any program that benefits the poor — not to mention the fact that programs that include the upper class, like Medicare […]

Dems shouldn’t trigger nuclear option on Gorsuch – The Boston Globe

Dems shouldn’t trigger nuclear option on Gorsuch – The Boston Globe. LEAVE IT to Senator Lindsey Graham, the folksy Republican from South Carolina, to get to the heart of the matter in Tuesday’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing for Judge Neil Gorsuch. He was comforted, he said, that President Trump had chosen a legitimate jurist. “Quite frankly, I was quite worried […]

Susan Rice: When the White House twists the truth, we are all less safe – The Washington Post

Susan Rice: When the White House twists the truth, we are all less safe – The Washington Post. Last week, the British intelligence agency GCHQ took the rare step of debunking as “utterly ridiculous” the Trump administration’s insinuation that Britain spied on Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign. On Monday, FBI Director James B. Comey testified plainly that “I have […]

Dems land few punches on Gorsuch | TheHill

Dems land few punches on Gorsuch | TheHill. by Alexander Bolton · March 21, 2017 Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch maintained a polite demeanor during Tuesday’s marathon questioning by the Senate Judiciary Committee, sprinkling his responses with “golly” and “goodness” but refusing to answer questions on how he might rule from the bench. Democrats repeatedly sought to get under Gorsuch’s […]

Trump Administration Is A No-Show At Hearings On Human Rights | The Huffington Post

Trump Administration Is A No-Show At Hearings On Human Rights | The Huffington Post. WASHINGTON ― The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights heard from civil rights and other advocacy groups on Tuesday about their concerns with the Trump administration’s immigration policies. Commissioners said they hoped to hear from the government, too. But they couldn’t ― the federal government skipped the […]

The Trump GOP prescription for America: Don’t get sick – Salon.com

The Trump GOP prescription for America: Don’t get sick – Salon.com. by Michael Winship · March 21, 2017 Andy Slavitt, who was President Obama’s acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services told The Washington Post, “This is a massive tax cut for unpopular industries and wealthy individuals. It is about cutting care for lower-income people, seniors, people […]

How Democrats can make Republicans pay for Justice Gorsuch

How Democrats can make Republicans pay for Justice Gorsuch. Sometime this spring or summer, Neil Gorsuch is likely to be confirmed to the United States Supreme Court, filling the vacancy created last winter by the sudden death of Antonin Scalia. Even if Democrats can sustain a filibuster against his nomination, Senate Republicans are likely to change the chamber’s rules to […]

Thinx Ex-Employee Accuses Miki Agrawal of Sexual Harassment

Thinx Ex-Employee Accuses Miki Agrawal of Sexual Harassment. New York Magazine · by Noreen Malone · March 20, 2017 Miki Agrawal, the co-founder of Thinx — a company that makes “period underwear” — doesn’t think much of boundaries. “I just love the taboo space,” she told New York last year, of her mission to (profitably) destigmatize menstruation. And in a […]

Comey and the ‘Hillary standard’ – The Boston Globe

Comey and the ‘Hillary standard’ – The Boston Globe. by Joan Vennochi · March 20, 2017 Who did more to hurt Hillary Clinton’s quest to become president and help Donald Trump’s — Vladimir Putin or FBI director James Comey? That question looms over Comey, as he confirmed Monday an FBI investigation into possible interference in the 2016 elections by the […]

Gorsuch Is a Test for Democrats in the Trump Era – POLITICO Magazine

Gorsuch Is a Test for Democrats in the Trump Era – POLITICO Magazine. by David Brock · March 20, 2017 Getty Will they stand up tall, or let Republicans roll over them once again? Twenty-four years ago, I was at the center of the action as the organized right refused to accept the outcome of the 1992 presidential election. Nominally […]

Plug the leaks and stop blaming Russians for Clinton’s loss (opinion) – CNN.com

Plug the leaks and stop blaming Russians for Clinton's loss (opinion) – CNN.com. Alice Stewart is a CNN Political Commentator and former Communications Director for Ted Cruz for President. The views expressed in this commentary are solely her own. (CNN)There was something for everyone in Monday’s House Intelligence Committee hearing — for Democrats, some fuel for their unproven theory the […]

Why YouTube Wants to Hide These LGBT Videos From Young People – The Daily Beast

Why YouTube Wants to Hide These LGBT Videos From Young People – The Daily Beast. by Samantha Allen · March 20, 2017 It shouldn’t be controversial that all LGBT people were once LGBT kids. But it is. And if LGBT people needed yet another reminder that our very existence is seen as inherently inappropriate for children—after the ridiculous boycotting of […]

Democrats May Be Botching This Supreme Court Confirmation Fight | The Huffington Post

Democrats May Be Botching This Supreme Court Confirmation Fight | The Huffington Post. by Jennifer Bendery · March 19, 2017 WASHINGTON ― Democrats know they don’t have the votes to stop Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch from clearing his Senate confirmation hearing, which begins Monday. But they don’t appear to have a strategy, or even the energy, for a coordinated […]

How Democrats can make Republicans pay for Justice Gorsuch

How Democrats can make Republicans pay for Justice Gorsuch. Sometime this spring or summer, Neil Gorsuch is likely to be confirmed to the United States Supreme Court, filling the vacancy created last winter by the sudden death of Antonin Scalia. Even if Democrats can sustain a filibuster against his nomination, Senate Republicans are likely to change the chamber’s rules to […]

Hollywood’s self-inflicted wounds – The Orange County Register

Hollywood's self-inflicted wounds – The Orange County Register. by JOEL KOTKIN No industry is more identified with Southern California than entertainment. Yet, in the past, the industry’s appeal has lain in identifying with the always-changing values and mythos of American society. But, today, that connection is being undermined, not just by technology, but also by a seemingly self-conscious decision to […]

Neil Gorsuch does not belong on the Supreme Court – The Boston Globe

Neil Gorsuch does not belong on the Supreme Court – The Boston Globe. by Elizabeth Warren · March 20, 2017 WHEN JUSTICE Antonin Scalia died last year, giant corporations and their right-wing buddies spent millions of dollars to keep the Supreme Court seat open so that Donald Trump could fill the vacancy. It was only the latest step in their […]

Democrats May Be Botching This Supreme Court Confirmation Fight | The Huffington Post

Democrats May Be Botching This Supreme Court Confirmation Fight | The Huffington Post. by Jennifer Bendery · March 19, 2017 WASHINGTON ― Democrats know they don’t have the votes to stop Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch from clearing his Senate confirmation hearing, which begins Monday. But they don’t appear to have a strategy, or even the energy, for a coordinated […]

Robert Reich: Reflections on the worst parts of Trump’s bonkers budget – Salon.com

Robert Reich: Reflections on the worst parts of Trump’s bonkers budget – Salon.com. Donald Trump ran for president as a man of the people who was going to fight for those who were left behind — but everything we’re hearing about his forthcoming federal budget says exactly the opposite: Spending that’s a great deal for big corporations that have hired […]

Donald Trump’s failing presidency

Donald Trump's failing presidency. What would a failed Trump administration look like? It certainly doesn’t need to involve President Trump’s impeachment and removal from office. Rather, imagine this: As the 2018 midterm elections approach, Trump’s only accomplishment is starting construction on the southern border mega-wall. No ObamaCare replacement. No big tax cut. No big infrastructure plan. And millions of American […]

Trump, Working-Class Zero – The New York Times

Trump, Working-Class Zero – The New York Times. by Maureen Dowd · March 18, 2017 President Trump has created troubles by believing TV reports. The worldview of Steve Bannon, the president’s chief strategist, was shaped by his father’s trust of TV advice. Mandel Ngan/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images It’s not unknown, of course. In ancient Egypt, there was the symbol […]

Hillary Clinton: I am ready to come out of the woods.

Hillary Clinton: I am ready to come out of the woods.. by Daniel Politi · March 18, 2017 Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during the Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards at the The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on March 8, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton gave […]

DNC Adds To Transition Team After Progressive Complaints | The Huffington Post

DNC Adds To Transition Team After Progressive Complaints | The Huffington Post. The Democratic National Committee added six people to its transition advisory committee on Friday, following complaints from some progressive activists. Critics expressed frustration that the list of 29 people that DNC chair Tom Perez announced on Wednesday included only two supporters of Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, of whom […]

A brief history of Russian interventions in other people’s elections – Salon.com

A brief history of Russian interventions in other people’s elections – Salon.com. In the last nine years, Russia has invaded its neighbor Georgia, annexed the Ukrainian province of Crimea, supported rebels in Eastern Ukraine and interfered in the U.S. presidential election. The U.S. and the European Union have imposed biting sanctions on Russia for its actions in Ukraine. As a […]

Trump Tweets Germany Owes ‘Vast Sums Of Money To NATO’

Trump Tweets Germany Owes 'Vast Sums Of Money To NATO'. In tweets published on Saturday morning, President Donald Trump insisted that he had a productive meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. But then he said that Germany owes money to NATO. Despite what you have heard from the FAKE NEWS, I had a GREAT meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. […]

Brazile: Sending Clinton town hall topics ‘mistake I will forever regret’ | TheHill

Brazile: Sending Clinton town hall topics ‘mistake I will forever regret’ | TheHill. by Joe Concha · March 17, 2017 Donna Brazile says passing along a list of topics for a TV town hall event to Hillary Clinton’s campaign was “a mistake I will forever regret.” Brazile, who was the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) interim chairwoman this summer and is […]

How bad are things with North Korea?

How bad are things with North Korea?. by Joshua Keating · March 17, 2017 U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is briefed by Gen. Vincent K. Brooks as a North Korean soldier takes a photograph through a window at the U.N. Command Military Armistice Commission meeting room at the border village of Panmunjom on Friday. Lee Jin-man/AFP/Getty Images Rex Tillerson […]

Angela Merkel Gave An Impassioned Plea For Refugees. Trump Ignored Her. | The Huffington Post

Angela Merkel Gave An Impassioned Plea For Refugees. Trump Ignored Her. | The Huffington Post. by Alana Horowitz Satlin · March 17, 2017 German Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed her commitment to refugees during a press conference held after her meeting with President Donald Trump, who has actively fought to keep Syrian refugees out of the U.S. He totally dodged the […]

No, Feeding Hungry Kids and Seniors Isn’t a Waste of Money | Mother Jones

No, Feeding Hungry Kids and Seniors Isn't a Waste of Money | Mother Jones. Next up: puppy kicking? Put that apple down, you little moocher. KeremYucel/iStock Justifying steep spending cuts in the Trump administration’s proposed budget announced on Thursday, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney lashed out at federal programs that deliver after-school food aid to low-income kids. Mulvaney: No […]

Let’s talk about the weird psychosexual energy in Beauty and the Beast

Let's talk about the weird psychosexual energy in Beauty and the Beast. Never would I have expected a live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast to work. The original 1991 animated film was way too weird … especially when it comes to sexuality. For one thing, the original was built around distortions of masculinity that are tough to replicate live […]

The Lessons of Obamacare – Vox

The Lessons of Obamacare – Vox. On January 6, President Barack Obama sat down with us for one of his final interviews before leaving the White House. The subject was the Affordable Care Act — the legislation that has come to carry his name and define his legacy. It was strange circumstances Obama found himself in. He was leaving office […]

The Leader of the Free World Meets Donald Trump – POLITICO Magazine

The Leader of the Free World Meets Donald Trump – POLITICO Magazine. by James P. Rubin · March 16, 2017 Getty Angela Merkel, whether she wants the job or not, is the West’s last, best hope. This time the media hype surrounding a White House meeting is no wild exaggeration. When President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel finally […]

Van Jones on Trump, liberal resistance, and what Corey Lewandowski is really like.

Van Jones on Trump, liberal resistance, and what Corey Lewandowski is really like.. by Isaac Chotiner · March 16, 2017 Van Jones speaks onstage at the National Museum of African American History and Culture on Jan. 19 in Washington. Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Busboys and Poets Throughout the 2016 campaign, Van Jones became something of a progressive hero for his […]

Wendy Davis on why women need to drop the “being nice” act – Vox

Wendy Davis on why women need to drop the "being nice" act – Vox. by Marcie Bianco · March 16, 2017 Former Texas state senator Wendy Davis Getty Images Back in 2014, Wendy Davis was simply a Democratic lawmaker in a red state. But an 11-hour filibuster against a bill that aimed to restrict Texas women’s access to abortion thrust […]

Senior Trump Adviser Thinks Muslims ‘By And Large’ Want To ‘Subjugate’ Non-Muslims | The Huffington Post

Senior Trump Adviser Thinks Muslims 'By And Large' Want To 'Subjugate' Non-Muslims | The Huffington Post. A senior national security official in the White House has said he believes Muslims are dedicated to establishing Sharia law in Western countries, where he apparently thinks they want to “subjugate and humiliate” non-Muslims. Frank Wuco ― a former radio host and veteran Naval […]

California Wants to Hire EPA Staffers Who Are Sick of Trump | Mother Jones

California Wants to Hire EPA Staffers Who Are Sick of Trump | Mother Jones. Mother Jones · by Rebecca Leber · March 16, 2017 Go west, young environmental policy wonk! stellalevi/Getty Images Michael Picker stood in the freezing cold outside of the Environmental Protection Agency early Thursday morning passing out fliers that read, “Come work for California. Fight climate change.” […]

Barack Obama’s theory of politics is and always has been garbage

Barack Obama's theory of politics is and always has been garbage. Barack Obama is a masterful politician, one of the best in American history. So it’s rather strange that his most important idea about politics is complete nonsense — one which he refuses to ditch after it has repeatedly blown up in his face. I’m speaking of his belief that […]

Anti-Trump talk — even at my mother’s funeral – The Boston Globe

Anti-Trump talk — even at my mother’s funeral – The Boston Globe. by Joan Vennochi · March 15, 2017 When it comes to battling Donald Trump, no ground is sacred. I learned that at my mother’s funeral. Walking out of church, I stopped to hug a relative I seldom see and thank her for attending. As the casket was being […]

Trump Channels Old Hickory – The New York Times

Trump Channels Old Hickory – The New York Times. by Gail Collins · March 16, 2017 President Trump at the grave of President Andrew Jackson in Nashville on Wednesday. Stephen Crowley/The New York Times Donald Trump wants us to think he’s like Andrew Jackson. So there he was, at Jackson’s home in Tennessee on Wednesday, celebrating Old Hickory’s 250th birthday. […]

Hawaii judge halts Trump’s second attempt at travel ban – POLITICO

Hawaii judge halts Trump's second attempt at travel ban – POLITICO. by Josh Gerstein · March 15, 2017 President Donald Trump effectively abandoned an earlier, broader version of his travel ban order after the bulk of it was blocked by another federal judge. | Getty The ruling is a major setback for the president’s revised executive order cracking down on […]

Rachel Maddow’s Trump taxes scoop was a cynical, self-defeating spectacle.

Rachel Maddow's Trump taxes scoop was a cynical, self-defeating spectacle.. by Willa Paskin · March 15, 2017 Rachel Maddow had the goods, but she oversold them. MSNBC At 7:36 pm Tuesday night, Rachel Maddow tweeted “BREAKING: We’ve got Trump tax returns. Tonight, 9pm ET. MSNBC. (Seriously),” sending the internet into a frenzy of theorizing. Did Maddow have Donald Trump’s tax […]

Senate Democrats are threatening a government shutdown over Trump’s border wall – Vox

Senate Democrats are threatening a government shutdown over Trump’s border wall – Vox. by Tara Golshan · March 15, 2017 Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer has warned Republicans that Democrats are going to put up a fight. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Republicans have been warned: Any attempt to fund the southern border wall could lead to a government shutdown […]

Trump Has Yet To Reach Out To Any Top Democrats On Obamacare Reform | The Huffington Post

Trump Has Yet To Reach Out To Any Top Democrats On Obamacare Reform | The Huffington Post. When former President Barack Obama sought to pass the Affordable Care Act in 2009, he spent months painstakingly trying to convince moderate Republican senators to support a bill. Now that President Donald Trump is trying his own overhaul of the American health care […]

Trump Claims ‘Assault’ On US Auto Industry, Saved Under Obama, Is Over

Trump Claims 'Assault' On US Auto Industry, Saved Under Obama, Is Over. President Donald Trump on Wednesday claimed that he ended “the assault on the American auto industry,” though the actions of President Barack Obama’s administration are widely understood to have saved the industry. “The assault on the American auto industry, believe me, is over. It’s over. Not going to […]

Donald Trump’s failing presidency

Donald Trump's failing presidency. What would a failed Trump administration look like? It certainly doesn’t need to involve President Trump’s impeachment and removal from office. Rather, imagine this: As the 2018 midterm elections approach, Trump’s only accomplishment is starting construction on the southern border mega-wall. No ObamaCare replacement. No big tax cut. No big infrastructure plan. And millions of American […]

Donald, Have I Got a Deal for You – The New York Times

Donald, Have I Got a Deal for You – The New York Times. by Thomas L. Friedman · March 15, 2017 North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, speaking in Pyongyang in 2016 below portraits of two predecessors, Kim Il-sung, left, and Kim Jong-il. Wong Maye-E/Associated Press Every president has an early foreign policy test, and Donald Trump is no exception. Trump’s […]

Op-Ed: Donald Trump just got a nice victory, thanks, of all people, to Rachel Maddow

Op-Ed: Donald Trump just got a nice victory, thanks, of all people, to Rachel Maddow. by Jay Yarow · March 14, 2017 On her Tuesday show, Rachel Maddow teased a scoop: She had Donald Trump’s 2005 tax returns. It was the first time his federal returns would be released. Small digression: MSNBC’s Maddow didn’t have them. Investigative reporter David Cay […]

Inside the Democrats’ Plan to Fight Trump – Rolling Stone

Inside the Democrats' Plan to Fight Trump – Rolling Stone. by Andy Kroll Congressman Gerry Connolly, a five-term Democrat who represents northern Virginia, marched into his office on Capitol Hill and assembled his staff for an impromptu meeting. “I’m going to the airport,” he told them, “and I may be arrested.” Two days before, Friday, January 27th, President Donald Trump […]

The Original Lie About Obamacare – The New York Times

The Original Lie About Obamacare – The New York Times. by David Leonhardt · March 14, 2017 President Obama signing the health insurance reform bill at the White House in 2010. Doug Mills/The New York Times You hear it from Republicans, pundits and even some Democrats. It’s often said in a tone of regret: I wish Obama had done health […]

Democrats paralyzed as Gorsuch skates – POLITICO

Democrats paralyzed as Gorsuch skates – POLITICO. Democrats can’t seem to land a punch on Neil Gorsuch — and it’s not even clear they want to. President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee has breezed through more than 70 meetings with senators. Opponents who’ve scoured his record have found little to latch onto. And some Democrats are privately beginning to believe […]

CBO: Trumpcare would block contraception access, resulting in thousands of unplanned births.

CBO: Trumpcare would block contraception access, resulting in thousands of unplanned births.. by Christina Cauterucci · March 14, 2017 Anti–Planned Parenthood activists protest outside the office of former Rep. John Boehner in 2011. Alex Wong/Getty Images The Congressional Budget Office released its highly anticipated analysis of the GOP’s proposed health-care plan on Monday, and Republicans are scrambling to avoid talking […]

They came for the American dream. Now they’re fleeing to Canada. – Vox

They came for the American dream. Now they’re fleeing to Canada. – Vox. by Tara Golshan · February 20, 2017 Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images Waist-deep in snow, in remote locations close to the border, migrants have been braving sub-zero temperatures and the danger of being stopped by border patrol agents to find the American dream — in Canada. Compared […]

Donald Trump’s 2005 tax returns leaked – Salon.com

Donald Trump’s 2005 tax returns leaked – Salon.com. by Jessica Lipsky · March 15, 2017 Trump earned more than $150 million that year, paid $38 million in taxes and took a $103 million write down (Credit: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) Two pages from President Donald Trump’s 2005 1040 federal tax returns were obtained by DCReport.org founder David Clay Johnson. The […]

The Chilling Rise of Copycat Mass Shooters | Mother Jones

The Chilling Rise of Copycat Mass Shooters | Mother Jones. by Mark Follman · July 26, 2016 From Baton Rouge to Munich, a dark phenomenon rears its head. Police officers deployed in Munich on July 22 Michael Dalder/Reuters via ZUMA Press As a string of gun rampages continues in America and beyond, more evidence is emerging that copycat mass shooters […]

SNL has never been more popular — and less fun

SNL has never been more popular — and less fun. Since the election, Alec Baldwin has regularly been on the media circuit, talking about Donald Trump. But recently, his tone seemed to change. Compare his Jimmy Kimmel interview from earlier this month to his subsequent James Corden one: In the former, he’s joking around, faux-humbly accepting praise; in the other, […]

Charles Murray, Milo Yiannopoulos Protests: Schools Respond | Time.com

Charles Murray, Milo Yiannopoulos Protests: Schools Respond | Time.com. by Katie Reilly Recent student demonstrations that escalated into violence have fueled a national debate over free speech on college campuses, forcing universities to rethink how to effectively prepare for controversial speakers — and the accompanying protests. Conservative writer Charles Murray, who has faced criticism for a 1994 book that linked […]

The Incredible Cruelty of Trumpcare | New Republic

The Incredible Cruelty of Trumpcare | New Republic. by Brian Beutler · March 14, 2017 The American Health Care Act is a misnamed, regressive tax-cut bill meant to fool you into thinking its primary purpose is improving the health care system. But the incredible cruelty of the Republican bill didn’t become clear until Monday, when the Congressional Budget Office—led by […]

Articles: The Fight for $15 and the Rise of the Machines

Articles: The Fight for $15 and the Rise of the Machines. by Daniel John Sobieski · March 13, 2017 Once upon a time in America, there was a “full service” lane where a young man on his first job might come out and wipe your windows and maybe check your oil and tire pressure. But as technology and labor costs […]

Democrats Warn of Showdown Over Trump’s Border Wall

Democrats Warn of Showdown Over Trump’s Border Wall. by Niels Lesniewski · March 13, 2017 Politics Senate Democratic leaders say there’s no plan for construction or getting Mexico to pay for it Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer is warning of a funding standoff over building President Donald Trump’s wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo) […]

Republican plan to repeal Obamacare would leave millions uninsured: report | Reuters

Republican plan to repeal Obamacare would leave millions uninsured: report | Reuters. by David Lawder · March 13, 2017 WASHINGTON Millions of Americans would lose medical insurance under a Republican plan to dismantle Obamacare, the nonpartisan U.S. Congressional Budget Office said on Monday in a report that dealt a potential setback to President Donald Trump’s first major legislative initiative. The […]

The Canonization of Preet Bharara – POLITICO Magazine

The Canonization of Preet Bharara – POLITICO Magazine. by Jack Shafer · March 13, 2017 Getty Let’s not turn the publicity-hogging New York prosecutor into a martyr just because President Trump fired him. Almost everybody errs at some point during their career by thinking that their job belongs to them and not to their boss. U.S. Attorney for the Southern […]

She May Be ‘Complicit,’ But Ivanka Trump’s Brand Stays Strong – The Daily Beast

She May Be ‘Complicit,’ But Ivanka Trump’s Brand Stays Strong – The Daily Beast. by Lizzie Crocker · March 14, 2017 It was only a matter of time before Ivanka Trump was lampooned on Saturday Night Live for being the glossy face of her father’s prejudice, for being—as per the Scarlett Johansson-led sketch had it—“complicit” in his much-criticized presidential actions. […]

Winter storm Stella isn’t necessarily an indication of climate change.

Winter storm Stella isn’t necessarily an indication of climate change.. by Molly Olmstead · March 13, 2017 A New York City Department of Sanitation garbage truck is fitted with a snow plow in the West Side depot on Monday. Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images Many on the East Coast are hunkering down for Winter Storm Stella. The National Weather Service has […]

Paul Ryan seems to have read a more optimistic CBO report than the rest of us – Vox

Paul Ryan seems to have read a more optimistic CBO report than the rest of us – Vox. The highly anticipated Congressional Budge Office analysis of the American Health Care Act, the Republican plan to replace Obamacare, has some devastating numbers — but you would never know it from House Speaker Paul Ryan’s remarks on the score. A key architect […]

How a Crazy Idea About Islam Went From the Fringe to the White House | Mother Jones

How a Crazy Idea About Islam Went From the Fringe to the White House | Mother Jones. by Bryan Schatz · March 11, 2017 “Ladies and gentlemen, we have to recognize that Islam is not a religion.” Sebastian Gorka Michael Brochstein/Zuma Earlier this month, National Public Radio’s Steve Inskeep asked Sebastian Gorka, the deputy assistant to Donald Trump, whether the […]

There Is No Deep State – The New Yorker

There Is No Deep State – The New Yorker. by David Remnick CreditIllustration by Tom Bachtell One evening in 1970, a young Navy lieutenant found himself outside the White House Situation Room with a parcel of sensitive Pentagon documents, waiting for someone to sign for them. He sat down beside a man in late middle age, who wore a dark […]

Attempts to honor Obama legacy generate fury – POLITICO

Attempts to honor Obama legacy generate fury – POLITICO. by Burgess Everett · March 12, 2017 The business of honoring former President Barack Obama’s legacy is turning out to be another reminder of the nation’s bitter divide. | Getty In the blue state of Illinois, where President Barack Obama launched his historic career, served as a senator and is widely […]

Trump Making ‘Nativist’ Group’s Wish List a Reality – The Daily Beast

Trump Making ‘Nativist’ Group’s Wish List a Reality – The Daily Beast. by Betsy Woodruff · March 13, 2017 On April 11, 2016, a tiny think tank with a bland name published a 79-point wish list. The list garnered virtually no media coverage, and in the 11 months since its publication has been largely ignored—except, apparently, by the White House. […]

Tom Price is lying about the GOP health plan – Vox

Tom Price is lying about the GOP health plan – Vox. · by Sarah Kliff · March 12, 2017 Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price made a bold promise during a Sunday morning interview with Meet the Press. “Nobody will be worse off financially” under the Republicans’ new health care plan, he boasted. Let’s be clear: This is a […]

Trump To Push Conservative View Of Government In First Budget

Trump To Push Conservative View Of Government In First Budget. WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump sends Congress a proposed budget this week that will sharply test Republicans’ ability to keep long-standing promises to bolster the military, making politically painful cuts to a lengthy list of popular domestic programs. The Republican president will ask his adopted political party, which runs […]

Democrats’ craven refusal to cut a deal with President Trump

Democrats' craven refusal to cut a deal with President Trump. If there is a Republican in Washington that Democrats would like to negotiate with on health care, it would probably be Susan Collins. The senator from Maine is comfortably moderate, hails from a heavily Democratic state, and, as it happens, supports an ObamaCare alternative that would let liberal areas of […]

An uphill climb in the Rust Belt for Democrats – The Boston Globe

An uphill climb in the Rust Belt for Democrats – The Boston Globe. by Victoria McGrane · March 12, 2017 WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — To understand the challenge facing Elizabeth Warren and other Democrats as they chart a path out of their Trump nightmare, you can’t do much better than to spend a few minutes with the amiable fellow in a […]

The G.O.P.’s High-Risk Strategy for Health Law Repeal – The New York Times

The G.O.P.’s High-Risk Strategy for Health Law Repeal – The New York Times. by ROBERT PEAR · March 11, 2017 Republican House committee leaders met with President Trump about health care on Friday at the White House. Al Drago/The New York Times WASHINGTON — President Trump and House Republicans are pressing forward with a high-risk strategy to repeal and replace […]

Governors races test Democrats’ rift – POLITICO

Governors races test Democrats' rift – POLITICO. by Darren Samuelsohn · March 11, 2017 Bernie Sanders-aligned progressives are nationalizing their fight, showing less patience than ever for Democrats who don’t agree with them. | AP Photo With 27 GOP-controlled governorships up for election in 2018, national Democrats envision the midterm elections as a chance to rebalance the scales at the […]

President Trump asked 46 US Attorneys to resign. That’s normal. – Vox

President Trump asked 46 US Attorneys to resign. That’s normal. – Vox. by Andrew Prokop · March 10, 2017 SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty President Trump’s Justice Department asked for the immediate resignations of 46 US Attorneys who were held over from the Obama administration on Friday, according to multiple reports. The move came as a surprise, and there are certain odd aspects […]

Anger At Donald Trump Could Break The Democrats’ Midterm Curse | The Huffington Post

Anger At Donald Trump Could Break The Democrats' Midterm Curse | The Huffington Post. by Ryan Grim · March 11, 2017 WASHINGTON ― Running for Congress under even the best circumstances is a grind: Up early for breakfast meetings, on the trail all day and finish with an evening event. The time between your head hitting the pillow and your […]

Legal Experts: Lawsuit Over Trump’s DC Hotel Conflicts Is Uphill Climb

Legal Experts: Lawsuit Over Trump's DC Hotel Conflicts Is Uphill Climb. A lawsuit filed Wednesday by a Washington D.C. restaurant and bar alleging that the Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue has an unfair advantage given its ties to the sitting president is likely to face an uphill battle in courts, legal experts told TPM. It is the second case […]

There Really Was A Liberal Media Bubble

There Really Was A Liberal Media Bubble. This is the ninth article in a series that reviews news coverage of the 2016 general election, explores how Donald Trump won and why his chances were underrated by most of the American media. Last summer, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union in what bettors, financial markets and the London-based […]

Can a Feminist Be Pro-Life? | The Nation

Can a Feminist Be Pro-Life? | The Nation. by Katha Pollitt · March 10, 2017 Pro-life activists in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC. (AP Photo / Olivier Douliery) Is there such a thing as pro-life feminism? In January, New Wave Feminists, an anti-choice organization, was briefly listed as a sponsor on the website of the Women’s […]

Is ObamaCare unkillable?

Is ObamaCare unkillable?. With each passing day, Republican infighting over replacing ObamaCare steadily worsens. Moderates in the party fear it will screw their constituents. Hardcore conservatives deride the replacement as “ObamaCare lite.” And any changes made to placate one side will just further alienate the other. Watching it all play out, a remarkable possibility is emerging: ObamaCare just might survive. […]

Donald Trump just got his first economic report card, and it looks pretty good – Vox

Donald Trump just got his first economic report card, and it looks pretty good – Vox. The US economy posted strong gains in February — which President Donald Trump will almost certainly gloat over, and Federal Reserve officials will almost certainly take as further support for an interest rate hike this month. US companies added about 235,000 workers, higher than […]

How The Racist Backlash To Barack Obama Gave Us Donald Trump | The Huffington Post

How The Racist Backlash To Barack Obama Gave Us Donald Trump | The Huffington Post. WASHINGTON ― Remember when pundits hailed the election of Barack Obama as the beginning of a “post-racial” America? After the election of Donald Trump to the presidency, it seems like a distant memory. But in 2008, it was the prevailing wisdom among political commentators. Cornell […]

What if you could take your health insurance with you? – Salon.com

What if you could take your health insurance with you? – Salon.com. Republican leaders such as House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady of Texas have promoted the idea that consumers should have a “health care backpack,” which would make it possible to take insurance from job to job or when moving, starting a […]

The Gluten-Free Craze Is a Symptom of a Bigger Problem With Medicine | Mother Jones

The Gluten-Free Craze Is a Symptom of a Bigger Problem With Medicine | Mother Jones. by Kiera Butler · March 10, 2017 Doctors can help stop the spread of fake food news. Lo_verm/iStock When journalist and physician James Hamblin investigated the world of gluten-free products, he found a $23 billion industry of “detox courses,” custom blood tests, and specially formulated […]

Scott Pruitt is a clear and present danger to American national security

Scott Pruitt is a clear and present danger to American national security. The most important aspect of climate change is this: It is a threat to human society. That’s still not how most people think about it, because of the way it has been coded as a boutique environmental issue, akin to wetlands preservation or protecting endangered species. But unchecked […]

Democrats Tie Senate Candidates to House GOP Health Care Plan

Democrats Tie Senate Candidates to House GOP Health Care Plan. by Simone Pathé · March 9, 2017 Nevada Sen. Dean Heller is a top target for Democrats in 2018. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo) Simone Pathé @Simone Pathé Posted Mar 9, 2017 1:39 PM Save for later Democrats plan to hold Senate Republicans — and House Republicans who may […]

Growing signs of trouble for Trump’s border wall – POLITICO

Growing signs of trouble for Trump’s border wall – POLITICO. by Madeline Conway · March 9, 2017 As he begins to engage in real policymaking with a fractious GOP caucus, President Donald Trump appears driven by a belief that his bully pulpit will be enough to keep recalcitrant Republicans in line behind him. | Getty President Donald Trump’s plan for […]

Bathroom predator myth defeats transgender rights in New Hampshire.

Bathroom predator myth defeats transgender rights in New Hampshire.. by Mark Joseph Stern · March 9, 2017 Demonstrators protest in support of transgender rights. Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images On Thursday, the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted to table a bill that would’ve prohibited discrimination against transgender people across the state. The measure had passed out of committee by […]

We stayed up all night with the Republicans rushing to replace Obamacare – Vox

We stayed up all night with the Republicans rushing to replace Obamacare – Vox. by Tara Golshan · March 9, 2017 Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images At around 9 pm Wednesday, Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) greeted a group of about 25 students from Saudi Arabia, who found themselves on a late-night school tour of the US Capitol. They wondered what […]

Democrats Who Support Neil Gorsuch Will Pay A Price, Progressive Groups Warn | The Huffington Post

Democrats Who Support Neil Gorsuch Will Pay A Price, Progressive Groups Warn | The Huffington Post. The grassroots resistance to President Donald Trump has targeted many things: His apparent disregard for ethics and the rule of law. His Cabinet appointments. His campaign’s reported contacts with Russia. His pledge to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. His executive orders targeting […]

Requiem for the Hamilton Electors: By voting against Hillary Clinton, they face fines and a massive “what if?” – Salon.com

Requiem for the Hamilton Electors: By voting against Hillary Clinton, they face fines and a massive “what if?” – Salon.com. by Matthew Rozsa · March 9, 2017 The Hamilton Electors — a bipartisan coalition of Electoral College members who, in December attempted to thwart Donald Trump’s election by depriving him of some of the 270 electoral votes he needed to […]

Why health-care reform is a dead end for Republicans — or anyone

Why health-care reform is a dead end for Republicans — or anyone. Even before Republicans in the House showed their ObamaCare replacement plan to the world, I knew it would be an utter failure as policy and a nuclear winter politically. I knew this because Republicans have never talked about the two things that make American health care such a […]

An Obamacare repeal that’s both heartless and reckless – The Washington Post

An Obamacare repeal that’s both heartless and reckless – The Washington Post. by Editorial Board · March 7, 2017 THE AMERICAN Health Care Act, which House Republicans unveiled Monday night with White House support, is repeal and replace, kind of. It has some suspicious similarities to Obamacare. But it marks a sharp departure in at least one crucial respect: fiscal […]

It’s Time for a Bluexit | New Republic

It’s Time for a Bluexit | New Republic. by KEVIN BAKER · March 9, 2017 Dear Red-State Trump Voter, Let’s face it, guys: We’re done. For more than 80 years now, we—the residents of what some people like to call Blue America, but which I prefer to think of as the United States of We Pay Our Own Damn Way—have […]

Articles: Wikileaks CIA Dump Has Some Peculiar Timing

Articles: Wikileaks CIA Dump Has Some Peculiar Timing. by Monica Showalter · March 8, 2017 Wikileaks has published a huge intelligence trove showing the entire hacking capacity of the Central Intelligence Agency Tuesday. It’s a bad loss of face for the top U.S. intelligence-gathering organization and a sign of something wrong over there – bad security, technology surpassed, spy penetration, […]

Feminists Can’t Decide If Attacks On Kellyanne’s Appearance Are Sexist

Feminists Can't Decide If Attacks On Kellyanne's Appearance Are Sexist. by Mary Katharine Ham · March 8, 2017 To its credit, the New York Times printed an article this week about sexist attacks on President Trump’s adviser and former campaign manager Kellyanne Conway: “Sexist political criticism finds a new target: Kellyanne Conway.” What powerful political woman is mocked for her […]

Hillary Clinton’s message to women: Never lose your resistance – POLITICO

Hillary Clinton's message to women: Never lose your resistance – POLITICO. by Cristiano Lima · March 9, 2017 Hillary Clinton speaks during the Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards at the The John F. Kennedy Center on March 8 in Washington D.C. | Getty Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged a crowd of female leaders Wednesday to keep up the […]

Camelot schools takes its discipline too far, say current and former students who allege abuse.

Camelot schools takes its discipline too far, say current and former students who allege abuse.. by Sarah Carr, Francesca Berardi, Zoë Kirsch, and Stephen Smiley · March 8, 2017 Brian Stauffer This article was reported by the Teacher Project at Columbia University School of Journalism with support from ProPublica. Teenagers at Paramount Academy sometimes came home with mysterious injuries. An […]

The US is ranked 104th in women’s representation in government – Vox

The US is ranked 104th in women's representation in government – Vox. by Soo Oh · March 8, 2017 On International Women’s Day, other nations have more to celebrate when it comes to women in government. In the past two decades, the US has sunk from 52nd in the world for women’s representation to 104th today, according to data compiled […]