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The Trumpcare Bonfire – The New York Times

The Trumpcare Bonfire – The New York Times. by THE EDITORIAL BOARD · July 18, 2017 Adam Maida It will come as a huge relief to millions of Americans that Republican lawmakers have struck out in their attempts to destroy the Affordable Care Act — at least for now. But this ideological exercise in futility has already done great damage […]

Trump, Putin had previously undisclosed visit at G20 dinner

Trump, Putin had previously undisclosed visit at G20 dinner. by Patricia Zengerle and Doina Chiacu · July 18, 2017 WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A congressional panel wants to interview President Donald Trump’s eldest son, his former campaign chairman and all others who were at a June 2016 meeting with Russian nationals, part of investigations into allegations that Moscow meddled in the […]

New GOP plan to repeal Obamacare meets fatal opposition – POLITICO

New GOP plan to repeal Obamacare meets fatal opposition – POLITICO. by Seung Min Kim · July 18, 2017 At least three Republican senators announced their opposition to Mitch McConnell’s plan to repeal the health law without a replacement, effectively dooming the effort. Senate Republicans’ Plan B to gut Obamacare is poised for failure, as three GOP senators said Tuesday […]

“Neoliberalism” isn’t an empty epithet. It’s a real, powerful set of ideas. – Vox

“Neoliberalism” isn’t an empty epithet. It’s a real, powerful set of ideas. – Vox. Outside contributors’ opinions and analysis of the most important issues in politics, science, and culture. It’s hard to think of a term that causes more confusion, yet is more frequently used in political debate, than “neoliberalism.” It’s one thing to argue that the term should be […]

Why Hillary Clinton Is Really Unpopular – Again | HuffPost

Why Hillary Clinton Is Really Unpopular – Again | HuffPost. Hillary Clinton is even less popular now than when she was running for president. Just 39 percent of Americans view Clinton favorably, according to a Bloomberg national poll conducted last week and released on Monday. A year ago, when Clinton was the presumptive Democratic nominee, her favorability was at 43 […]

WATCH: Is Vladimir Putin’s big collapse coming soon? – Salon.com

WATCH: Is Vladimir Putin’s big collapse coming soon? – Salon.com. Author Richard Lourie talks about how Putin’s failure to wean Russia off oil will destroy the nation’s economy Follow Salon Talks sat down with Richard Lourie to discuss his book, “Putin: His Downfall and Russia’s Coming Crash.” Lourie argues that Vladimir Putin’s Russia will collapse, just as Imperial Russia did […]

Bernie Sanders needs a protégé

Bernie Sanders needs a protégé. For the whole of 2017, Bernie Sanders has reliably measured as the most popular politician in America, by a considerable margin. So far he has used that newfound influence to fight President Trump’s agenda, promote left-wing ideas like Medicare for all, and campaign on behalf of left-wing candidates for office. He’s also founded a political […]

Education secretary may undermine Title IX protections for campus sexual assault survivors – Baltimore Sun

Education secretary may undermine Title IX protections for campus sexual assault survivors – Baltimore Sun. by Eliza Schultz In 2011, under the Obama administration, the Department of Education issued a “Dear Colleague” letter that stated, in plain language, that students had a right to an education free of sexual violence under Title IX — the law that protects students from […]

Who’s behind GOP’s stunning defeat on health care? (opinion) – CNN.com

Who's behind GOP's stunning defeat on health care? (opinion) – CNN.com. Julian Zelizer, a history and public affairs professor at Princeton University and a CNN political analyst, is the author of “The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress, and the Battle for the Great Society.” He’s co-host of the “Politics & Polls” podcast. The opinions expressed in this commentary […]

Trumpcare Is Dead—Until Next Time

Trumpcare Is Dead—Until Next Time. by Michael Tomasky · July 17, 2017 Mitch McConnell is a tactical genius when it comes to blocking what the Democrats want to do—but not such a tactical genius when it comes to passing what his own party wants to do. The Senate Republicans’ health care bill died Monday night around 8:45 p.m., when Senator […]

The Senate Health Care Bill Is Still Not Dead | HuffPost

The Senate Health Care Bill Is Still Not Dead | HuffPost. The Senate health care bill remains in a curious state of buoyancy ― without enough support to go anywhere, but lacking enough opposition to sink. Simply put: The bill is not dead, despite Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) vowing to vote against it and a healthy […]

The Senate GOP’s Obamacare Repeal Bill Is Dead – Mother Jones

The Senate GOP’s Obamacare Repeal Bill Is Dead – Mother Jones. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released the following statement indicating that he intends to call a straight repeal bill for a vote. BREAKING: McConnell says Senate will vote on 2015 version of Obamacare repeal, gives up on repeal-and-replace pic.twitter.com/H6JYb8am5L — Seung Min Kim (@seungminkim) July 18, 2017 The Republican […]

The resistance that cried wolf

The resistance that cried wolf. It’s impossible in some quarters to discuss Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a shady Russian lawyer without being quizzed about similar bad things politicians from the opposing party have done. What about Ted Kennedy’s secret messages to the Soviets while Ronald Reagan was running for re-election? What about the Ukrainian government trying to help Hillary […]

The Fight Against the Anti-Transgender Bathroom Bill That Could Mess With Texas

The Fight Against the Anti-Transgender Bathroom Bill That Could Mess With Texas. by Tim Teeman · July 17, 2017 This week, Texas convenes a special session of the state legislature to advance a ‘bathroom bill’ condemned by trans people, activists, and business and faith leaders. Landon Richie is scared, but also determined to fight on. Motivated by concern for his […]

Six Long Months of President Trump – The New York Times

Six Long Months of President Trump – The New York Times. by Frank Bruni · July 15, 2017 Ben Wiseman From the beginning, people around me talked nonstop about the end. How long could Donald Trump’s presidency possibly last? Would impeachment or the 25th Amendment undo him? Before Trump, few of us even knew of the 25th Amendment, which allows […]

McCain’s surgery puts Obamacare repeal vote in doubt – POLITICO

McCain’s surgery puts Obamacare repeal vote in doubt – POLITICO. by Seung Min Kim · July 15, 2017 Sen. John McCain’s absence from the Senate significantly complicates the GOP’s plan to repeal Obamacare. | AP Photo Sen. John McCain underwent surgery to remove a blood clot above his left eye and will stay in Arizona to recover next week – […]

As Universities are gutted, grad student employee unions can provide a vital defense – Salon.com

As Universities are gutted, grad student employee unions can provide a vital defense – Salon.com. The exploitation of academic workers has simmered for decades. Now, buoyed by a National Labor Relations Board ruling that graduate employees at private universities have the right to unionize, a new generation is organizing unions across private universities — defying a wave of pushback from […]

My Visit With One of the Forgotten Prisoners of Guantánamo – Mother Jones

My Visit With One of the Forgotten Prisoners of Guantánamo – Mother Jones. by Noor Zafar A guard tower at the US detention camp in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, in 2016Maren Hennemuth/ZUMA Press Last month, I took my first trip to the US military detention camp at Guantánamo Bay to visit Sufyian Barhoumi. As a military handler drove me and my […]

Couldn’t We Just Trade Presidents? – The New York Times

Couldn’t We Just Trade Presidents? – The New York Times. by Gail Collins · July 14, 2017 President Trump and President Emmanuel Macron of France in Paris on Friday. Christophe Archambault/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Why can’t Emmanuel Macron be our president? American citizens watching Donald Trump’s visit to Paris must have wondered how we got the wrong guy. Macron […]

The Cruelty and Fraudulence of Mitch McConnell’s Health Bill – The New York Times

The Cruelty and Fraudulence of Mitch McConnell’s Health Bill – The New York Times. A few days ago the tweeter in chief demanded that Congress enact “a beautiful new HealthCare bill” before it goes into recess. But now we’ve seen Mitch McConnell’s latest version of health “reform,” and “beautiful” is hardly the word for it. In fact, it’s surpassingly ugly, […]

Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett Opens Up About Being a Revenge Porn Victim

Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett Opens Up About Being a Revenge Porn Victim. by Rory Laverty · July 14, 2017 Weeks before her 2016 primary, private images of the congresswoman leaked online. Former staffers are accused of stealing the images, and obstructing the investigation. Two former House staffers were indicted Thursday by the U.S. Attorney’s office on charges related to an alleged […]

Republican Game-Playing Is Responsible for Three-Quarters of 2018 Obamacare Rate Increases – Mother Jones

Republican Game-Playing Is Responsible for Three-Quarters of 2018 Obamacare Rate Increases – Mother Jones. by Kevin Drum It looks like health insurance rates will go up a lot next year, but not because medical inflation is high or because insurers aren’t making money under Obamacare. Mostly it’s because insurers are nervous about whether they’re going to lose the CSR subsidies […]

What if the Russia scandal takes down every GOP leader?

What if the Russia scandal takes down every GOP leader?. The Republican Party holds the White House and both houses of Congress. A majority of the justices on the Supreme Court have been appointed by Republican presidents. The GOP controls a majority of state governments. Yet members of the president’s senior staff and immediate family are under investigation, and the […]

There’s no way to replace Planned Parenthood – The Washington Post

There’s no way to replace Planned Parenthood – The Washington Post. by Editorial Board · July 12, 2017 OF ALL the magical thinking that has gone into Republican proposals to replace Obamacare, none has been more fanciful than the argument accompanying efforts to defund Planned Parenthood. The yarn that has been spun is that other health-care providers would easily absorb […]

Kid Rock’s Senate Run Is a Terrifying New Normal | The New Yorker

Kid Rock’s Senate Run Is a Terrifying New Normal | The New Yorker. by Amanda Petrusich Kid Rock—the goofy sobriquet of Robert James Ritchie, the forty-seven-year-old rapping rock star from Detroit—has been an inscrutable presence on the American political scene for several years now, and on Wednesday afternoon he appeared to announce that he’s running for a U.S. Senate seat […]

Trumpcare Rises From the Dead to Kill the Living

Trumpcare Rises From the Dead to Kill the Living. by Michael Daly · July 14, 2017 Rev. Janice Hill went to D.C. to show pictures of her cancer-stricken daughter, Amy, to Sen. Shelley Moore Capito before the Senate recess. Now the bill is threatening Amy again. Zombiecare! The Senate health-care bill had no sooner poisoned itself with its own meanness […]

Will a third Republican actually appear to kill Trumpcare?

Will a third Republican actually appear to kill Trumpcare?. Maine Sen. Susan Collins did not take very long, after seeing the new version of the Republican health care bill in a meeting on Thursday morning, to announce that she would not support it. She listed the many, many problems she still had with the bill, such as the cuts to […]

Insurers don’t have to cover birth control under GOP’s revised health bill – Vox

Insurers don’t have to cover birth control under GOP’s revised health bill – Vox. The Affordable Care Act ensures that all FDA-approved birth control methods are covered without a copay if you have health insurance, with few exceptions. But the revised Senate health care bill would scrap the birth control mandate — allowing insurance companies to sell plans that don’t […]

GOP Mulls Stripping Medically Necessary Care For Transgender Troops | HuffPost

GOP Mulls Stripping Medically Necessary Care For Transgender Troops | HuffPost. The House on Thursday unexpectedly defeated a proposal to deny medically necessary health care to transgender people in the military ― a win for LGBTQ rights advocates who were bracing for a blow. Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) proposed an amendment to the 2018 national defense authorization bill that would […]

Scions and Scoundrels – The New York Times

Scions and Scoundrels – The New York Times. by Charles M. Blow · July 13, 2017 Protesters outside the White House on Tuesday. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images What befalls a country rived by a dynasty of deception and disrepute? What comes of a country being forced by its puerile “president” to retreat from its world leadership, set to […]

The Real Hillary Clinton Conspiracy Is What Stuck Us With President Donald Trump

The Real Hillary Clinton Conspiracy Is What Stuck Us With President Donald Trump. by Michael Tomasky · July 13, 2017 The most royally screwed-over person in the history of American politics should be in the White House, right now. Wednesday morning, Donald Trump went back to the well, and he tried to change the subject to Hillary: Not one of […]

Naomi Klein on the dangers of Democrats embracing centrism.

Naomi Klein on the dangers of Democrats embracing centrism.. by Isaac Chotiner · July 12, 2017 Sen. Bernie Sanders at the Democratic National Convention on July 27, 2016, in Essington, Pennsylvania. Jeff J. Mitchell/Getty Images In her new book, No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need, the author and activist Naomi Klein identifies […]

Poll: voters trust the media slightly more than the scandal-ridden Trump administration – Vox

Poll: voters trust the media slightly more than the scandal-ridden Trump administration – Vox. by Carly Sitrin · July 12, 2017 Accusations of collusion now surround Donald Trump’s administration — the latest includes his son, Donald Trump Jr. — but at least one poll shows that the president’s approval rating is going up. Meanwhile, despite the flow of lies pouring […]

Bernie Sanders Says 2020 Presidential Bid Not Off The Table | HuffPost

Bernie Sanders Says 2020 Presidential Bid Not Off The Table | HuffPost. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) says it’s “much too early” to make a decision on whether he will run for president in 2020, but he’s not ruling out the possibility. “I’m not taking it off the table,” Sanders said in an interview scheduled to air Thursday on SiriusXM Progress […]

Democratic Congressmen Introduce Article Of Impeachment Against Trump – Talking Points Memo

Democratic Congressmen Introduce Article Of Impeachment Against Trump – Talking Points Memo. by Matt Shuham Two Democratic congressmen introduced an article of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Wednesday, marking the first formal effort to oust the President for high crimes and misdemeanors. “[T]he Constitution does not provide for the removal of a President for impulsive, ignorant incompetence,” Rep. Brad […]

This isn’t Watergate. This isn’t treason. And there’s still no smoking gun.

This isn't Watergate. This isn't treason. And there's still no smoking gun.. There once was a shepherd boy who was bored as he sat on the hillside watching the village sheep. To amuse himself he took a great breath and sang out, “Wolf! Wolf! The Wolf is chasing the sheep!” The unflagging tedium of the Trump-Russia-Manafort-Guccifer 2.0-Kushner-Page-Comey-Flynn-Steele-Stone-Lavrov-Mueller-WikiLeaks-Fancy Bear-­Intercept-CIA-FBI-NSA-BBC-Don Jr. saga […]

At long last, the smoking Russian gun – LA Times

At long last, the smoking Russian gun – LA Times. by Doyle McManus The unraveling mystery of whether Donald Trump’s presidential campaign colluded with Russia just produced a smoking gun: those emails from Donald Trump Jr. welcoming an offer from Moscow to supply dirt on Hillary Clinton. This wasn’t a casual meeting between the candidate’s impetuous son and some random […]

Trump Jr. delivers ‘smoking gun’ to Mueller – POLITICO

Trump Jr. delivers ‘smoking gun’ to Mueller – POLITICO. by Darren Samuelsohn · July 11, 2017 Robert Mueller has been on the job for less than two months leading the federal probe into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. | Getty The email chain released by the president’s son shows an intent to collude with Russia, veteran […]

Did the Clinton campaign collude with Ukraine?

Did the Clinton campaign collude with Ukraine?. by Osita Nwanevu · July 11, 2017 Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. AFP/Getty Images Following the revelation of emails confirming the New York Times’ Monday story about Donald Trump Jr. being told about Russian efforts to aid the Trump campaign, conservatives, Trump backers, and Trump Jr. himself resurfaced the findings of a January Politico […]

The Senate GOP’s audacious health care Jedi mind trick – Vox

The Senate GOP’s audacious health care Jedi mind trick – Vox. Health care bill? What health care bill? A strange line has trickled out from Senate Republicans in the past few days: We don’t even have a health care plan. Those 145 pages of detailed legislative text? The ones that were rigorously analyzed by the Congressional Budget Office? What are […]

How Obama’s Failure To Prosecute Wall Street Set The Stage For Trump’s Win | HuffPost

How Obama's Failure To Prosecute Wall Street Set The Stage For Trump’s Win | HuffPost. In his eight years as president, Barack Obama oversaw a civil rights renaissance, laid the groundwork for combating climate change, and shepherded the nation through its worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. But his failure to prosecute Wall Street executives for causing the collapse […]

Donald Trump Jr. likely committed a federal offense: experts – Salon.com

Donald Trump Jr. likely committed a federal offense: experts – Salon.com. by Charlie May · July 11, 2017 After Donald Trump Jr. tweeted the chain of his own emails with British publicist Rob Goldstone, the intermediary for a meeting where top Trump campaign officials intended to receive damaging information on Hillary Clinton from the hands of the Russian government, experts […]

A Lobbyist Detective’s Strange Quest to Find Seth Rich’s Murderer – Mother Jones

A Lobbyist Detective’s Strange Quest to Find Seth Rich’s Murderer – Mother Jones. by Noah Lanard Sean Hannity, Newt Gingrich, and Julian Assange have all helped fuel conspiracy theories about the murder of Seth Rich, right.James West/Mother Jones Seth Rich was dead, and Jack Burkman was thinking of his mom. Back in the ’80s, when Burkman got to Georgetown Law […]

The health-care deal Democrats should offer Republicans

The health-care deal Democrats should offer Republicans. TrumpCare is headed for the finish line in the Senate. But it may drop dead first. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) told CBS on Sunday the bill is “probably going to be dead.” No one sounds terribly confident that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) can wrangle the 50 votes he needs from the […]

Strategy for Democratic Mayors Facing Troubles: Attack Trump – The New York Times

Strategy for Democratic Mayors Facing Troubles: Attack Trump – The New York Times. by MITCH SMITH · July 10, 2017 Mayor Betsy Hodges of Minneapolis, a Democrat, is one of several mayors making political hay of their opposition to President Trump. Jenn Ackerman for The New York Times MINNEAPOLIS — After a first term pockmarked by intense protests and searing […]

Democrats, stand for something – NY Daily News

Democrats, stand for something – NY Daily News. by Errol Louis · July 11, 2017 If you build it (Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg) Democrats hoping that their party can recapture control of the House of Representatives in 2018 should probably not get their hopes up. National party strategists seem determined to ignore the main lesson of the 2016 election, and are […]

We are not alarmed enough about climate change.

We are not alarmed enough about climate change.. by Susan Matthews · July 10, 2017 An enormous iceberg breaks off the Knox Coast in the Australian Antarctic Territory on Jan. 11, 2008. We should be scared of stuff like this. Torsten Blackwood/Pool/Getty Images New York’s David Wallace-Wells has a formidable cover story in the magazine this week, “The Uninhabitable Earth,” […]

Most Republicans now think colleges are bad for America – Vox

Most Republicans now think colleges are bad for America – Vox. Most Republicans think colleges are bad for the country, and the vast majority think the news media is too, according to new data from the Pew Research Center. The Pew study, conducted from June 8 to 18 among more than 2,000 respondents, found that Democrats and Republicans are growing […]

Trump Administration Sued For Delaying Obama-Era Greenhouse Gas Rule | HuffPost

Trump Administration Sued For Delaying Obama-Era Greenhouse Gas Rule | HuffPost. A group of environmental organizations has filed a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration for delaying an Obama-era rule that regulates the release of methane from drilling operations on federal and tribal land. Delaying compliance has harmed the public because it has allowed for excessive air pollution in addition to […]

Donald Trump, Republicans are ready to give up on Obamacare repeal – Salon.com

Donald Trump, Republicans are ready to give up on Obamacare repeal – Salon.com. by Matthew Sheffield · July 10, 2017 Inside Congress and the White House, Republicans are beginning to admit that they’re not likely to be able to pass even a pared-down repeal of the Affordable Care Act, despite months of trying. The conclusion is one that many Republicans […]

When Will Climate Change Make the Earth Too Hot For Humans?

When Will Climate Change Make the Earth Too Hot For Humans?. by David Wallace-Wells · July 9, 2017 I. ‘Doomsday’ Peering beyond scientific reticence. It is, I promise, worse than you think. If your anxiety about global warming is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible, even within the lifetime […]

The Falsehood at the Core of Trump’s Warsaw Speech – The Atlantic

The Falsehood at the Core of Trump's Warsaw Speech – The Atlantic. by David Frum · July 7, 2017 Sunday was “trivialize violence against the media” day for President Trump. Thursday was “fly to Warsaw and champion Western values day.” As presidential speeches go, Trump’s address in Warsaw was fair. Ish. If you forget who is speaking and what that […]

Donald Trump’s alarming G20 performance

Donald Trump’s alarming G20 performance. by Lawrence Summers · July 9, 2017 Confusing civility with comity is a grave mistake in human or international relations. Yes, the G20 summit did agree on a common communiqué after the leaders’ meeting. Some see this as an achievement or an indication that some normality in international relations between the US and other countries […]

The obstruction of justice case against Trump is already a slam dunk.

The obstruction of justice case against Trump is already a slam dunk.. by Samuel W. Buell · July 6, 2017 President Donald Trump on May 17 in New London, Connecticut. This is President Trump’s second commencement address since taking office and comes amid controversy after his firing of FBI Director James Comey. Getty Images Former FBI Director James Comey testifies […]

Reince Priebus: ‘The President Absolutely Did Not Believe The Denial Of President Putin’ | HuffPost

Reince Priebus: ‘The President Absolutely Did Not Believe The Denial Of President Putin’ | HuffPost. President Donald Trump said the United States might form a “cyber-security unit” with the Kremlin and highlighted Russian President Vladimir Putin’s denial of meddling in the 2016 election in a series of tweets Sunday morning that drew condemnation from Republican officials. Yet, Reince Priebus rejected […]

Donald Trump Is Clueless About the Middle East – Mother Jones

Donald Trump Is Clueless About the Middle East – Mother Jones. by Michael Mechanic Donald Trump greets Saudi King Salman in Riyadh on May 20.Sipa USA via AP This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. The Middle East. Could there be a more perilous place on Earth, including North Korea? Not likely. The planet’s two leading nuclear armed powers […]

Report: Trump Jr. Was Promised Damaging Clinton Info In Meeting – Talking Points Memo

Report: Trump Jr. Was Promised Damaging Clinton Info In Meeting – Talking Points Memo. Donald Trump’s eldest son said Sunday he met with a Kremlin-linked lawyer shortly after his father clinched the Republican nomination, hoping to get information helpful to the campaign. A New York Times report Sunday citing advisers to the White House briefed on the encounter said Trump […]

The president of the Red States of America

The president of the Red States of America. President Trump seems to believe he is president only of something called the Red States of America. Since taking office, Trump has conducted campaign-like rallies in Iowa, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Florida. He carried all four states in 2016, and while Iowa, Pennsylvania, and Florida are all legitimate swing states, not one could […]

The president of the Red States of America

The president of the Red States of America. President Trump seems to believe he is president only of something called the Red States of America. Since taking office, Trump has conducted campaign-like rallies in Iowa, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Florida. He carried all four states in 2016, and while Iowa, Pennsylvania, and Florida are all legitimate swing states, not one could […]

Vlad, the Trump Impaler – The New York Times

Vlad, the Trump Impaler – The New York Times. by Maureen Dowd · July 8, 2017 Steve Bannon is skipping the Hamptons circuit this summer. Andrew Harnik/Associated Press WASHINGTON — Hark! What light from yonder West Wing window breaks. A bright idea has somehow emerged from the dysfunctional, dystopian Trump White House. And from the Grim Reaper, no less. Steve […]

Hillary Clinton looks for her role in midterms | TheHill

Hillary Clinton looks for her role in midterms | TheHill. by Amie Parnes · July 8, 2017 Hillary Clinton wants to play a role in next year’s midterm elections. It’s just not clear yet what that role will be. Clinton has already launched a PAC aimed at helping congressional Democratic candidates in 2018, signaling the former first lady, senator and […]

Andrew Cuomo? More like Andrew Cuo-no!

Andrew Cuomo? More like Andrew Cuo-no!. by Ben Mathis-Lilley · July 7, 2017 Andrew “we are delayed due to train traffic ahead of us” Cuomo. Photo illustration by Slate. Photos by Spencer Platt/Getty Images and Reuters/Ronen Zvulun Politico has a big piece Friday suggesting that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo could defeat Donald Trump in 2020 as the Democrats’ presidential […]

From public good to personal pursuit: Historical roots of the student debt crisis – Salon.com

From public good to personal pursuit: Historical roots of the student debt crisis – Salon.com. The promise of free college education helped propel Bernie Sanders’ 2016 bid for the Democratic nomination to national prominence. It reverberated during the confirmation hearings for Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education and Sanders continues to push the issue. In conversations among politicians, college administrators, […]

New Bill Would Let Public Rent Out Chris Christie’s Beach House | HuffPost

New Bill Would Let Public Rent Out Chris Christie's Beach House | HuffPost. Going to the beach can be a rare treat, especially when your governor closes it to the public so he can enjoy it privately. But a new bill could soon allow even us mere peasants to enjoy the same luxury as New Jersey’s Republican Gov. Chris Christie. […]

Yes, the Mainstream Media Does Publish Fake News – Mother Jones

Yes, the Mainstream Media Does Publish Fake News – Mother Jones. Last year, the New York Times called climate change “the most important story in the world.” So the Trump administration raised some eyebrows at a recent White House briefing when it turned to the newspaper of record for support in its effort to defend the president’s deeply unpopular decision […]

Dem Senators Condemn Trump’s Handling Of Hacking Talk With Putin – Talking Points Memo

Dem Senators Condemn Trump’s Handling Of Hacking Talk With Putin – Talking Points Memo. by Nicole Lafond Responding to statements from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that President Donald Trump and President Vladimir Putin would like to move on from allegations that Russian interfered with the 2016 election, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) called the move “disgraceful.” He said […]

What liberals can learn about morality from Donald Trump

What liberals can learn about morality from Donald Trump. Donald Trump’s presidency is a disaster. But it’s a disaster that may teach liberals a valuable moral lesson. Most liberals tend to view morality in horizontal terms — as a matter of securing and protecting the rights of free and equal individuals. This leads liberals to emphasize procedures and processes that […]

Trump’s dangerous thirst for a clash of civilizations – The Washington Post

Trump’s dangerous thirst for a clash of civilizations – The Washington Post. by Eugene Robinson · July 6, 2017 “A little learning is a dangerous thing,” wrote the poet Alexander Pope. Three centuries later, Pope’s aphorism perfectly — and dangerously — describes President Trump’s understanding of history as a zero-sum clash of civilizations in which “the West” can triumph by […]

The Racial and Religious Paranoia of Trump’s Poland Speech – The Atlantic

The Racial and Religious Paranoia of Trump's Poland Speech – The Atlantic. by Peter Beinart · July 6, 2017 In his speech in Poland on Thursday, Donald Trump referred 10 times to “the West” and five times to “our civilization.” His white nationalist supporters will understand exactly what he means. It’s important that other Americans do, too. The West is […]

High Anxiety at CNN Amid Attacks From Trump and His Trolls

High Anxiety at CNN Amid Attacks From Trump and His Trolls. by Lloyd Grove · July 6, 2017 CNN staff fear for their safety as President Trump’s supporters threaten them and their families. In Poland, Trump continued to ratchet up his rhetoric against the network. It’s a sign of the anxious, fractious times that CNN’s Chris Cuomo, who’d just finished […]

Trump is not going to be impeached.

Trump is not going to be impeached.. by Jamelle Bouie · July 6, 2017 Donald Trump will likely be president for at least four years. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images We are just six months into Donald Trump’s term as president. But the rapid pace of news—and the extent to which those events are quickly metabolized by the public—has made it feel […]

A missile defense expert explains what North Korea’s latest test really means – Vox

A missile defense expert explains what North Korea’s latest test really means – Vox. North Korea successfully tested a missile on Tuesday that can carry a nuclear warhead and travel at least 5,000 miles in distance. The intercontinental ballistic missile test is the latest in a series of provocative acts by North Korea and the most significant development in the […]

Media allows bogus civil rights group ADL to smear Israel critics and Black Lives Matter activists – Salon.com

Media allows bogus civil rights group ADL to smear Israel critics and Black Lives Matter activists – Salon.com. In the wake of the Virginia congressional baseball practice shooting by James T. Hodgkinson, a former Sanders volunteer who targeted Republican Congressman Steve Scalise in early June, trend piece-giddy journalists rushed to publish horseshoe theory takes on the rise of the “extreme […]

Clapper: ‘No Evidence Whatsoever’ Anyone But Russia Meddled In Election – Talking Points Memo

Clapper: ‘No Evidence Whatsoever’ Anyone But Russia Meddled In Election – Talking Points Memo. by Esme Cribb Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper on Thursday said he saw no evidence that any entity except Russia interfered in the 2016 election, despite President Donald Trump’s equivocation on the matter. “As far as others doing this, well, that’s news to me,” […]

Silicon Valley can’t save the Democrats

Silicon Valley can't save the Democrats. Here’s the thing about politics: Everybody thinks they can do it better than the professionals. In that sense, it isn’t surprising that a couple of super-rich Silicon Valley entrepreneurs would come along thinking they can “disrupt” an entire political party. As this story in Recode tells us, Mark Pincus and Reid Hoffman are ready […]

Back to the Center, Democrats – The New York Times

Back to the Center, Democrats – The New York Times. by MARK PENN · July 6, 2017 Alex Nabaum The path back to power for the Democratic Party today, as it was in the 1990s, is unquestionably to move to the center and reject the siren calls of the left, whose policies and ideas have weakened the party. In the […]

Trump’s Pentagon may create don’t ask, don’t tell for trans troops.

Trump’s Pentagon may create don’t ask, don’t tell for trans troops.. by Nathaniel Frank · July 5, 2017 Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis (right). Getty Images In 1992, Bill Clinton won the White House having assured an LGBTQ audience, “I have a vision, and you’re a part of it.” Included in Clinton’s pledge was a promise to lift the ban […]

Bernie Sanders is the Democrats’ real 2020 frontrunner – Vox

Bernie Sanders is the Democrats’ real 2020 frontrunner – Vox. Amid a swirl of speculation about Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand, Cory Booker, and practically everyone else under the sun as potential Democratic presidential contenders, most of the political class is ignoring the elephant in the room. Bernie Sanders is, by some measures the most popular politician in America, […]

A Misguided War On The United Nations | HuffPost

A Misguided War On The United Nations | HuffPost. In the wake of World War II, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt took noble action to ensure that the unrelenting conflicts that had defined the early 20th century wouldn’t doom future generations. His vision was clear: “to defend life, liberty, independence and religious freedom, and to preserve human rights and justice” in […]

NPR Tweets Declaration Of Independence, Triggers Outrage – Talking Points Memo

NPR Tweets Declaration Of Independence, Triggers Outrage – Talking Points Memo. Continuing its 29-year tradition of broadcasting an annual reading of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, National Public Radio accompanied that broadcast with line-by-line tweets of the founding fathers’ statement Tuesday. But some Twitter users interpreted the tweets as an attack on President Donald Trump, calling NPR “propaganda” […]

How America should handle the frightening North Korea problem

How America should handle the frightening North Korea problem. It’s time for the United States to stop separating two clear and present dangers in the Asia-Pacific region and lump them together as one problem that must be confronted immediately. The evidence is overwhelming that a rising and defiant China, and a rogue North Korea — now armed with what appears […]

Lanny Davis Recalls What It’s Like to Defend a President Under Siege

Lanny Davis Recalls What It’s Like to Defend a President Under Siege. by Eleanor Clift · July 5, 2017 I reached out for his insights on fighting back against a special counsel, and what the Trump team might learn from the scandals of the ’90s. In what became famous last words, lawyer Lanny Davis told President Clinton he would be […]

Arizona Republicans Banned Mexican American Studies. The Fight Is Now Back in Court. – Mother Jones

Arizona Republicans Banned Mexican American Studies. The Fight Is Now Back in Court. – Mother Jones. by Edwin Rios Protesters rally in support of Tuscon Unified School District in 2011 after Arizona state superintendent announces Mexican-American Studies program violates state law.Ross D. Franklin/AP Seven years ago, Arizona Republicans passed a measure, HB 2281, that sought to limit ethnic studies programs […]

Happy Fourth of July! Show Us Your Papers – The New York Times

Happy Fourth of July! Show Us Your Papers – The New York Times. by THE EDITORIAL BOARD · July 3, 2017 Chet Strange for The New York Times The reviews of President Trump’s new commission on election integrity are rolling in, and they’re not good. State officials across the country responded to the commission’s slapdash request last week for detailed […]

America’s Future Is Texas | The New Yorker

America’s Future Is Texas | The New Yorker. by Lawrence Wright When Frederick Law Olmsted passed through Texas, in 1853, he became besotted with the majesty of the Texas legislature. “I have seen several similar bodies at the North; the Federal Congress; and the Parliament of Great Britain, in both its branches, on occasions of great moment; but none of […]

The Hijacked American Presidency – The New York Times

The Hijacked American Presidency – The New York Times. by Charles M. Blow · July 3, 2017 The presidential limousine at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on Saturday. Al Drago for The New York Times Every now and then we are going to have to do this: Step back from the daily onslaughts of insanity emanating from Donald Trump’s parasitic […]

Christie doubles down — again — with no apologies

Christie doubles down — again — with no apologies. by Ryan Hutchins · July 3, 2017 In Trenton, some opponents of the governor said his use of the shuttered park channeled the budget debate itself — and everything else Christie does. | Andrew Mills/NJ Advance Media via AP This is Chris Christie with nothing left to lose: Lounging on a deserted beach […]

Theater Goes Nuts As Hillary Clinton Appears In The Audience | HuffPost

Theater Goes Nuts As Hillary Clinton Appears In The Audience | HuffPost. If she was looking for a quiet night on the town, she must have been wildly disappointed. Hillary Clinton received a standing ovation as she and former President Bill Clinton made their way to their seats for a performance of the Tony Award-winning play “Oslo” in New York […]

Trump and His Aides Might Have Broken the Law With “Morning Joe” Threats – Mother Jones

Trump and His Aides Might Have Broken the Law With “Morning Joe” Threats – Mother Jones. by Dan Friedman Patsy Lynch/ZUMA In response to Donald Trump’s bizarre tweet-attack on them, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski on Friday claimed on their Morning Joe show and in a Washington Post column that senior White House officials had repeatedly warned them that […]

Rahm Emanuel: In Chicago, the Trains Actually Run on Time – The New York Times

Rahm Emanuel: In Chicago, the Trains Actually Run on Time – The New York Times. On Thursday, in the wake of a subway derailment and an epidemic of train delays, Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York declared a state of emergency for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the busiest mass transit system in America. That same day, the nation’s third-busiest system […]

Juan Williams: The land of free speech | TheHill

Juan Williams: The land of free speech | TheHill. Conservatives are right to skewer liberals as “snowflakes” who need to go back to their “safe spaces” when the left starts promoting codes that limit free speech. That critique is largely aimed at college students who don’t want to listen to controversial speakers. But on this July 4, as the nation […]

These Cities Might Just Save the Country | The Nation

These Cities Might Just Save the Country | The Nation. by Jimmy Tobias · June 30, 2017 Organizers at the Fearless Cities summit in Barcelona. (bcnencomu, CC BY-NC 2.0) Ever since the early hours of November 9, 2016, an old English word with Greek roots has been seeping back into circulation. The word, kakistocracy, means “a government by the worst […]

Ellison Says Twitter Should Ban Trump

Ellison Says Twitter Should Ban Trump. Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison said Twitter should ban President Donald Trump after the President tweeted insults about “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski. The Minnesota Democrat compared Trump to a “social media bully” in an interview with TMZ. “The problem is he’s been doing it and he’s never had to pay a price for it,” […]

Trump tweets fake video of him attacking CNN – POLITICO

Trump tweets fake video of him attacking CNN – POLITICO. by Rebecca Morin · July 2, 2017 The wrestling video seems to turn the mainstream press into cartoon villains. President Donald Trump escalated his self-proclaimed war with the media Sunday, tweeting an edited video that portrays him physically attacking CNN. The 28-second professional-wrestling clip shows Trump tackling and repeatedly striking […]

Chris Christie and his family get beach to themselves as New Jersey government shuts down.

Chris Christie and his family get beach to themselves as New Jersey government shuts down.. Families across the East Coast had their Fourth of July weekend plans ruined by a New Jersey government shutdown that closed state parks, beaches, and historical sites just as residents from the region were planning to head out on vacations. The state government shut down […]

What’s the point of an anti-immigrant left? – Vox

What’s the point of an anti-immigrant left? – Vox. It’s normal in the wake of a crushing political defeat for the losing party to rethink things, and The Atlantic’s Peter Beinart’s latest piece is an important entry in Democrats’ attempt to understand what happened in 2016 and try to shape a left-of-center coalition that can win given American political realities. […]

There is no reason Uber should be a for-profit corporation – Salon.com

There is no reason Uber should be a for-profit corporation – Salon.com. by Keith A. Spencer · July 2, 2017 Imagine a factory that produces widgets. In this particular factory, the workers bring the raw material needed to make widgets from their home every day; moreover, the brick and mortar that comprise the factory are also owned by the people […]

Obama Warns Against ‘Aggressive’ Nationalism, ‘Increased Resentment’ – Talking Points Memo

Obama Warns Against ‘Aggressive’ Nationalism, ‘Increased Resentment’ – Talking Points Memo. by Esme Cribb Former President Barack Obama on Saturday warned against “aggressive” nationalism and the loss of tolerance and respect for others, pushing back against President Donald Trump’s policies without mentioning his successor by name. “The world is at a crossroads,” Obama said at a speech opening the Fourth […]

Justice Gorsuch Delivers – The New York Times

Justice Gorsuch Delivers – The New York Times. Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, has had a rough couple of weeks. Yet, however many setbacks he might suffer over health care reform or other parts of the Republican agenda, he knows he has already won the biggest fight of all: the theft of a Supreme Court seat from President Obama, […]

Joe and Mika tweet furor: Trump goes low and I miss Michelle Obama

Joe and Mika tweet furor: Trump goes low and I miss Michelle Obama. by Alfred Doblin, The Record Opinion Trump is the 45th president of the United States. He cannot stoop to the level of the pig trough. This stomping in the manure must end. Michelle Obama delivers a speech on Nov. 4, 2015 (Photo: Faisal Al-Tamimi, USA TODAY) Nearly […]

How the Left Lost Its Mind – The Atlantic

How the Left Lost Its Mind – The Atlantic. by McKay Coppins · July 2, 2017 Last month, Democratic Senator Ed Markey delivered what seemed like an explosive bit of news during an interview with CNN: A grand jury had been impaneled in New York, he said, to investigate the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with Russia. The only problem: It […]

Barack Obama: Former President Warns Against Nationalism | Time.com

Barack Obama: Former President Warns Against Nationalism | Time.com. by Lisa Marie Segarra Former President Barack Obama has spoken on the dangers of nationalism and President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement, without actually mentioning him by name. Obama spoke to the Fourth Congress of the Indonesian Diaspora while visiting Jakarta Saturday, according to the Hill. […]

Is this it for Trump? – The Washington Post

Is this it for Trump? – The Washington Post. by Kathleen Parker · June 30, 2017 For months, Trump watchers have wondered: What will it take? Meaning: What would finally force Republicans to face the fact, so obvious to so many, that President Trump isn’t quite right? Not in the correct sense but in the head sense. The answer, apparently, […]

Why Do Women Become Terrorists?

Why Do Women Become Terrorists?. by Candida Moss · July 2, 2017 When women are found to be complicit in acts of terror, torture, and even rape, society asks, “how could this happen?” The answer is, as to be expected, complicated. Of the many things that horrify and appall us about terrorism and ISIS in particular, the involvement of women […]

Ramadan in America may be more profound for Muslims than anywhere else.

Ramadan in America may be more profound for Muslims than anywhere else.. by Aymann Ismail and Jeffrey Bloomer · June 29, 2017 Aymann Ismail This video is part of “Who’s Afraid of Aymann Ismail?,” a series featuring Slate’s Aymann Ismail confronting fears about Muslims all around the country. Follow along on the series Facebook page. When I watch Fox News […]

Trump Voters Are Having A Much Better Year Than Everyone Else | HuffPost

Trump Voters Are Having A Much Better Year Than Everyone Else | HuffPost. Americans’ feelings about how their year is going are closely tied with who they supported in last year’s election, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll. Overall, just a third of the public says 2017 has been an excellent or good year for the U.S. as a whole, […]

If there’s a war between California and Kentucky, forget it: We all lose – Salon.com

If there’s a war between California and Kentucky, forget it: We all lose – Salon.com. by Erin Keane · July 1, 2017 Earlier this week, the mayors of Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky, wrote letters to California’s attorney general to ask that their cities be exempt from the California law that bans state-funded travel to states that allow discrimination on the […]

Why can’t self-satisfied liberals admit that conservatives care about people, too?

Why can't self-satisfied liberals admit that conservatives care about people, too?. As someone who voted for Barack Obama twice, supported the Affordable Care Act, and could be persuaded to vote for the right kind of single-payer system, I’ve found the entire health-care debate over the past several months deeply depressing. That’s no doubt why my first instinct was to cheer […]

President Trump, Melting Under Criticism – The New York Times

President Trump, Melting Under Criticism – The New York Times. by THE EDITORIAL BOARD · June 30, 2017 President Trump on Friday in the Oval Office. Pete Marovich for The New York Times Maybe we should all take a moment to feel a little sorry for Donald Trump, who reacted to criticism on Thursday by tweeting a stream of coarse […]

The Republican Plot to Kill Obamacare Isn’t as Dead as It Seems | Vanity Fair

The Republican Plot to Kill Obamacare Isn't as Dead as It Seems | Vanity Fair. With the July Fourth recess looming, Mitch McConnell and Republican leadership spent Thursday scrambling to cobble together a revised version of their bill to repeal and replace Obamacare before leaving Capitol Hill on Friday for 10 days. But with every concession made to one faction […]

Trump’s Grudges Against People Like Scarborough and Brzezinski Are His Agenda – The Atlantic

Trump's Grudges Against People Like Scarborough and Brzezinski Are His Agenda – The Atlantic. by Peter Beinart · June 30, 2017 The least convincing Republican defense of Donald Trump’s attack on Mika Brzezinski surely belongs to White House principal deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who declared that Americans “knew what they were getting” when they elected him. The implication […]

24 states refusing to provide voter data to Trump election panel | TheHill

24 states refusing to provide voter data to Trump election panel | TheHill. by Will Costello and Sumner Park · June 30, 2017 At least 19 states are pushing back or outright refusing to comply with the Trump administration’s request for voter registration data. The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, formed by President Trump to investigate his widely debunked […]

5 things Trump did while you weren’t looking: Week 4

5 things Trump did while you weren't looking: Week 4. It was “Energy Week” in Washington—but you’d be forgiven for not noticing. The Supreme Court announced a series of major decisions on Monday, slightly easing the injunction on President Donald Trump’s travel ban and taking up a big gerrymandering case. Eyes then quickly turned to healthcare where Senate Republicans searched […]

Blue America reaches out to the world, ignoring Trump – Vox

Blue America reaches out to the world, ignoring Trump – Vox. Even before President Trump announced that the US would withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, it was clear that he intended to lead the US on a fossil fuel bender. He has made it crystal clear that the federal government has no interest in addressing climate change. But every […]

How Andrew Cuomo broke the New York subway

How Andrew Cuomo broke the New York subway. The New York City subway system, by far the largest and best public transit system in the United States, has reached a crisis level of dysfunction over the past few months, with serious congestion, delays, and a recent derailment in Harlem that injured 34 passengers. In a delayed response, New York Gov. […]

Understanding Republican Cruelty – The New York Times

Understanding Republican Cruelty – The New York Times. by Paul Krugman · June 30, 2017 The Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, is having a hard time selling his health insurance plan. Eric Thayer for The New York Times The basics of Republican health legislation, which haven’t changed much in different iterations of Trumpcare, are easy to describe: Take health insurance […]

Why Nancy Pelosi isn’t going anywhere – POLITICO

Why Nancy Pelosi isn't going anywhere – POLITICO. by Kyle Cheney · June 28, 2017 House Democrats are acknowledging there’s virtually no chance House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is going anywhere before the 2018 congressional elections. | AP Photo Five hundred days of Nancy Pelosi. That’s how long disgruntled House Democrats have begun to accept that the California Democrat will […]

The political ghost of Chris Christie should haunt Andrew Cuomo’s pledge to fix MTA.

The political ghost of Chris Christie should haunt Andrew Cuomo's pledge to fix MTA.. by Henry Grabar · June 29, 2017 Trains… can he make them run on time? Getty Images New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was in Manhattan on Thursday to declare a “state of emergency” at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the beleaguered agency that moves millions, some of […]

New York’s infrastructure is crumbling, and its politicians are blaming each other – Salon.com

☆    New York’s infrastructure is crumbling, and its politicians are blaming each other – Salon.com. by Alessandra Maldonado · June 29, 2017 Amid a series of relentless mass transit delays, finger-pointing has become the latest solution New York City’s transportation infrastructure seems to be collapsing. As train derailments and two-hour delays become more and more common, accountability from those in […]

Trump Lobs Vicious Tweet Attack At Mika Brzezinski, Claiming She Had ‘Face-Lift’ – Talking Points Memo

Trump Lobs Vicious Tweet Attack At Mika Brzezinski, Claiming She Had ‘Face-Lift’ – Talking Points Memo. by Caitlin MacNeal President Donald Trump was particularly upset with the hosts of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Thursday morning, publishing particularly nasty tweets attacking Mika Brzezinski for going to his Mar-a-Lago resort after what he said was a “face lift.” I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe […]

A warning sign for Democrats attempting the Full Bernie

A warning sign for Democrats attempting the Full Bernie. How goes the Trump-GOP agenda? Well, pick your meme. “This is fine” certainly works. And you probably can’t go wrong with “dumpster fire.” Hardly too harsh an assessment. The two biggest Republican policy priorities, repealing ObamaCare and cutting taxes, seem moribund. And it’s not just Democrats and “fake news” media saying […]

Trump’s Obama Obsession – The New York Times

Trump’s Obama Obsession – The New York Times. by Charles M. Blow · June 29, 2017 Donald Trump has a thing about Barack Obama. Trump is obsessed with Obama. Obama haunts Trump’s dreams. One of Trump’s primary motivators is the absolute erasure of Obama — were it possible — not only from the political landscape but also from the history […]

YIMBYs and the DSA can’t get along despite their common enemy: high rent.

YIMBYs and the DSA can’t get along despite their common enemy: high rent.. by Henry Grabar · June 28, 2017 A view of homes in San Francisco. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Local politics is always, in one way or another, about housing. In San Francisco, a deep blue city whose fault lines long ago ceased to resemble America’s, that politics is […]

Kentucky Public Schools Can Now Offer Bible Classes In Social Studies Curriculum | HuffPost

Kentucky Public Schools Can Now Offer Bible Classes In Social Studies Curriculum | HuffPost. Public schools in Kentucky can soon begin teaching Bible literacy courses thanks to a new bill that goes into effect Friday. Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin held a ceremonial public signing of House Bill 128, which officially passed in April, at the state’s Capitol on Tuesday. The […]

I moved my kids out of America. You can too.

I moved my kids out of America. You can too.. So you want to move overseas, but you’re not in possession of a winning lottery ticket. You don’t have a career that will allow you to move just anywhere. And you don’t know anyone in Costa Rica, Spain, or Malaysia. It’s a nice thought, but moving abroad just isn’t in […]

Cheer Up, Democrats | HuffPost

Cheer Up, Democrats | HuffPost. How discouraged should Democrats be after failing to win any of the four recent House special elections to fill vacancies? The losses, most recently of Jon Ossoff, in Georgia’s 6th district, triggered a blame game, directed against House leader Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic National Committee, the tacticians of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and candidate […]

Can the Democrats win again?

Can the Democrats win again?. Jon Ossoff’s failure to win the special election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District last week set off panic and alarm about the future of the Democratic Party. Despite Donald Trump’s unpopularity, Republicans were able to emerge victorious from an expensive race that only served to underline division among Democrats, who wield very little power in […]

Democrats’ Nancy Pelosi dilemma, explained – Vox

Democrats’ Nancy Pelosi dilemma, explained – Vox. by Matthew Yglesias · June 27, 2017 Restive Democrats are complaining again: Nancy Pelosi is making it hard for them to win elections. Her time is up. The charge is led this time by a small band of mostly younger members who see Jon Ossoff’s defeat in a Georgia special election as an […]

Donald Trump Tears Into CNN Over Retracted Russia Story | HuffPost

Donald Trump Tears Into CNN Over Retracted Russia Story | HuffPost. President Donald Trump blasted CNN as “FAKE NEWS” Tuesday after three of the network’s most seasoned journalists resigned over their involvement in a recently retracted story. Trump attacked CNN and other media outlets in a torrent of tweets following the network’s acceptance of the journalists’ resignations Monday over the […]

Trump Running For Re-Election While Governing Raises Ethical Concerns – Talking Points Memo

Trump Running For Re-Election While Governing Raises Ethical Concerns – Talking Points Memo. Barely five months into office, President Donald Trump keeps taking time out from governing to run for re-election. On Wednesday night, he’ll attend his first 2020 campaign fundraiser, rubbing elbows with some of the Republican Party’s top donors on familiar turf: his own hotel down the street […]

The Travel Ban at the Supreme Court – The New York Times

The Travel Ban at the Supreme Court – The New York Times. by THE EDITORIAL BOARD · June 26, 2017 Ariel Davis President Trump cares a lot about winning, or at least the appearance of it. So he was predictably quick to sound off in triumph after the Supreme Court announced on Monday morning that in October it would consider […]

A Vote of Conscience and Courage – The New York Times

A Vote of Conscience and Courage – The New York Times. by David Leonhardt · June 27, 2017 Forget for a minute about partisan labels and listen to members of the United States Senate talk about why they work in politics. Rob Portman talks about a 16-year-old constituent who died of a drug overdose — and about honoring his life […]

The Senate health care bill is stuck after its awful CBO score.

The Senate health care bill is stuck after its awful CBO score.. by Jim Newell · June 26, 2017 Sen. Susan Collins. Mark Wilson/Getty Images The Better Care Reconciliation Act is theoretically one or two days away from its first, crucial procedural vote. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell needs 50 votes to proceed. So who, especially after the Congressional Budget […]

Supreme Court Revives Major Parts of Trump’s Travel Ban – Mother Jones

Supreme Court Revives Major Parts of Trump’s Travel Ban – Mother Jones. by Inae OhJun. 26, 2017 10:33 AM Andrew Harrer/ZUMA The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to review President Donald Trump’s executive order barring travelers from six Muslim-majority countries, as well as all new refugees, from entering the United States. The court also allowed the ban to go into […]

How the Democrats blew the health-care fight

How the Democrats blew the health-care fight. There are many remarkable things about the Senate’s version of TrumpCare, which finally went public last Thursday. Chief among them is how the bill was written up: in almost total secrecy, amidst an almost total lack of news coverage. “It was omitted from all the places most Americans get their news — television, […]

Demonstrators carrying Star of David flags kicked out of Chicago Dyke March.

Demonstrators carrying Star of David flags kicked out of Chicago Dyke March.. by Daniel Politi · June 25, 2017 An Israeli woman draped with a rainbow gay pride flag with the Star of David walks past Israeli border policemen during the annual Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade on July 21, 2016. AFP/Getty Images Three people carrying Jewish Pride flags were asked […]

Facing FBI Bank Fraud Investigation, Bernie And Jane Sanders Hire Lawyers | HuffPost

Facing FBI Bank Fraud Investigation, Bernie And Jane Sanders Hire Lawyers | HuffPost. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and his wife, Jane Sanders, the former president of Burlington College, have hired lawyers in the face of a federal investigation into bank fraud allegations related to a multimillion-dollar loan for the now-defunct liberal arts college. On Saturday, CBS News confirmed that the […]

Meet the horsemen of our environmental apocalypse – Salon.com

Meet the horsemen of our environmental apocalypse – Salon.com. by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. · June 25, 2017 Excerpted with permission from “Horsemen of the Apocalypse” by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Copyright 2017, Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. Available for purchase on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and IndieBound. Consolidation of power by the oil and coal barons began immediately after the election; […]

The Twin Authoritarians Who Are Endangering American Democracy | New Republic

The Twin Authoritarians Who Are Endangering American Democracy | New Republic. by Jeet Heer · June 25, 2017 Ever since Donald Trump launched his presidential campaign in 2015, critics worried about his authoritarian tendencies. He’s done much to justify those fears. At his rallies, he whipped crowds into such a frenzy that protesters were beaten. As president, he’s flouted elementary […]

Donald Skunks the Democrats – The New York Times

Donald Skunks the Democrats – The New York Times. · by Maureen Dowd · June 24, 2017 Supporters of the Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff after his loss in Georgia on Tuesday night. David Goldman/Associated Press WASHINGTON — YOU know who is really sick and tired of Donald Trump winning, to the point where they beg, “Please, Mr. President, sir, it’s […]

Dems push leaders to talk less about Russia | TheHill

Dems push leaders to talk less about Russia | TheHill. by Mike Lillis · June 24, 2017 Frustrated Democrats hoping to elevate their election fortunes have a resounding message for party leaders: Stop talking so much about Russia. Democratic leaders have been beating the drum this year over the ongoing probes into the Trump administration’s potential ties to Moscow, taking […]

Obama’s response to Russian interference: He did his job.

Obama’s response to Russian interference: He did his job.. by William Saletan · June 23, 2017 President Barack Obama talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the APEC Economic Leaders Meeting in Lima, Peru, on Nov. 20, 2016. Kevin Lamarque/Reuters Did President Obama blow the 2016 election? Should he have spoken up sooner and louder about Russia’s interference? That’s what […]

Two eminent political scientists: The problem with democracy is voters – Vox

Two eminent political scientists: The problem with democracy is voters – Vox. Consider the curious case of New Jersey in 1916: That summer, there was a string of deadly shark attacks along the Jersey Shore. As a result, Woodrow Wilson lost his home state in the presidential election. Why, you ask? Because the beachfront towns (which rely on tourism) were […]

Retirement Rumors Ramp Up For Influential Supreme Court Justice | HuffPost

Retirement Rumors Ramp Up For Influential Supreme Court Justice | HuffPost. As the end of the Supreme Court term approaches, rumors of retirement have ramped up around Justice Anthony Kennedy, a pivotal judge who often bridges a gap on the bench between conservatives and liberals. The Associated Press and CNN reported Saturday on rumors swirling around the 80-year-old Kennedy’s retirement […]

Begala: ‘Dump Pelosi’ plays right into GOP’s hands – CNN.com

Begala: 'Dump Pelosi' plays right into GOP's hands – CNN.com. Democrats lost a special election for a congressional seat they have not held in decades, so some are calling for the head of House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. Huh? Dumping Pelosi, who has devoted her professional life to Democratic values, would be like throwing the captain of your ship overboard […]

Andrew Sullivan: The Perverse Presidency of Donald Trump

Andrew Sullivan: The Perverse Presidency of Donald Trump. by Andrew Sullivan · June 23, 2017 President Donald Trump speaks at Kirkwood Community College on June 21, 2017, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images I was mulling, as one does, over this presidency, and something crystallized in my head that I had not quite grasped before. Its policies are […]

Opinion: Bickering Democrats — Still Mired in the 20th Century

Opinion: Bickering Democrats — Still Mired in the 20th Century. by Walter Shapiro · June 23, 2017 Only the downtrodden and dispirited Democrats could work themselves into a bout of I’m-on-the-ledge-and-thinking-about-jumping depression over the failure of a 30-year-old first-time candidate to win a House seat in a Georgia district where he didn’t even live. Equally ludicrous are the recriminations over […]

California’s Wine Industry was Built on Slave Labor

California’s Wine Industry was Built on Slave Labor. by Frances Dinkelspiel · June 24, 2017 During the 1850’s gold rush, vineyard owners used an army of enslaved Native American workers. Getty It’s going to be a long summer for California winemakers. The labor shortage is so acute in Napa and Sonoma counties that grape growers are trucking in workers from […]

The Collective Déjà Vu Of Black America | HuffPost

The Collective Déjà Vu Of Black America | HuffPost. by Julia Craven · June 23, 2017 We’ve been here before. Right here, at this very specific moment of anguish. Each time, it’s as though the world freezes and a familiar jolt zips through our bodies. Our vision blurs. Panicked, we look around to see if anyone else feels what we […]

Michael Bloomberg says Democrats should “get behind” President Trump – Salon.com

Michael Bloomberg says Democrats should “get behind” President Trump – Salon.com. by Matthew Sheffield · June 23, 2017 Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City and owner of several media outlets, thinks it’s time that Americans “get behind” President Donald Trump and “make it work.” Democratic opponents of Trump need to get over themselves, Bloomberg argued during an […]

Where are all the missing leftist voters?

Where are all the missing leftist voters?. If there’s one thing that members of the American left believe as an article of unshakable faith, it’s that they constitute the country’s true silent majority. You can hear a profession of this faith every time a mainstream Democrat disappoints at the ballot box: “If only socialist Bernie Sanders had been the nominee […]

The Senate’s Unaffordable Care Act – The New York Times

The Senate’s Unaffordable Care Act – The New York Times. by THE EDITORIAL BOARD · June 23, 2017 Erik Carter It would be a big mistake to call the legislation Senate Republicans released on Thursday a health care bill. It is, plain and simple, a plan to cut taxes for the wealthy by destroying critical federal programs that help provide […]

Why Democrats can’t quit Nancy Pelosi – CNNPolitics.com

Why Democrats can't quit Nancy Pelosi – CNNPolitics.com. Nancy Pelosi is sending a defiant message to House Democrats who are grumbling about her leadership: Come at me. But while Pelosi’s critics are increasingly vocal, they have not yet answered critical questions about who would fill her leadership and fundraising roles if they were to mount a serious challenge for the […]

Venice’s first female gondolier announces he’s transgender – SFGate

Venice's first female gondolier announces he's transgender – SFGate. A gondolier who made headlines a decade ago for being the first woman to enter the male-dominated cadre of Venice’s canal rowers has announced he is transgender. Alex Hai made the revelation Wednesday on Facebook and in a lengthy interview on Radiolab. He wrote: “It is inaccurate to refer to me […]

Pelosi Blows Off Calls to Step Down

Pelosi Blows Off Calls to Step Down. by Rema Rahman · June 22, 2017 Describing herself as “worth the trouble,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi Thursday blew off calls from some chamber Democrats for her to step down from leadership in the wake of special election losses this year and a failure to win a House majority in four straight […]

Jane Sanders Lawyers Up – POLITICO Magazine

Jane Sanders Lawyers Up – POLITICO Magazine. The strange story behind the federal investigation that has rattled Burlington, Vermont, and put Bernie and Jane Sanders on the defensive. Bernie Sanders was in the midst of an interview with a local TV reporter early last month when the senator fielded an unexpected question about an uncomfortable matter. “There’s an implication, and […]

Bernie, Jane Sanders Hire Attorneys for Fraud Probe – The Daily Beast

Bernie, Jane Sanders Hire Attorneys for Fraud Probe – The Daily Beast. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and his wife Jane have hired attorneys as the FBI is looking into whether the couple committed bank fraud. The FBI has been investigating whether Jane Sanders committed bank fraud in order to get approved for loans for the defunct Burlington College, and whether […]

After Nabra Hassanen’s murder, Virginia Muslims resolve to carry on in spite of fear.

After Nabra Hassanen’s murder, Virginia Muslims resolve to carry on in spite of fear.. · by Christina Cauterucci · June 22, 2017 Friends of Nabra Hassanen, who was murdered in Northern Virginia while walking with friends to her mosque, speak at her vigil on Wednesday. Christina Cauterucci RESTON, Virginia—Three days after the murder of Nabra Hassanen, a 17-year-old black Muslim […]

The Senate health bill takes what Americans hate about Obamacare and makes it worse – Vox

The Senate health bill takes what Americans hate about Obamacare and makes it worse – Vox. The Senate GOP’s health care bill is a strange document. It doesn’t fix what conservatives dislike most about Obamacare. But it takes what everyone else hates about Obamacare and makes it much, much worse. The plan keeps Obamacare’s basic structure intact. The tax credits […]

All That Stands Between Democrats And A Massive Freakout Is This Man | HuffPost

All That Stands Between Democrats And A Massive Freakout Is This Man | HuffPost. Having lost a series of tantalizingly close congressional elections, the Democratic Party has now placed the fate of its collective psyche in the hands of an unassuming, soft-spoken pediatric neurologist. Virginia Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam says he feels no enhanced pressure to win his gubernatorial race […]

Senate Democrats react with horror to health care bill – Salon.com

Senate Democrats react with horror to health care bill – Salon.com. by Matthew Rozsa · June 22, 2017 Senate Democrats are appalled by the draft of the Obamacare repeal bill unveiled earlier on Thursday by Senate Republicans. In a speech on the Senate floor shortly after the discussion draft was released to the public, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of […]

Don’t Assume Conservative Defections Will Sink Senate TrumpCare Bill – Talking Points Memo

Don’t Assume Conservative Defections Will Sink Senate TrumpCare Bill – Talking Points Memo. by Tierney Sneed Within a few hours of the release of the Senate legislation to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and overhaul Medicaid, four conservatives came out against the bill, putting Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) two votes short of what he will need to pass it. […]

Democrats don’t have a policy problem. They have a marketing problem.

Democrats don't have a policy problem. They have a marketing problem.. Democrats continued their 2017 run of being unable to win special elections in strongly Republican districts on Tuesday. These results have led people to ask what the Democratic Party must change if it is to take back Congress (and eventually the White House). I have what may be the […]

Jon Ossoff’s Loss in Georgia Is a Gut Punch for Democrats – The Atlantic

Jon Ossoff's Loss in Georgia Is a Gut Punch for Democrats – The Atlantic. by Molly Ball · June 21, 2017 ATLANTA—Around midnight, hours after their candidate conceded he had lost the Most Important Special Election in History, the last remaining supporters of Jon Ossoff took over the stage where he had recently stood. One of them waved a bottle […]

Michael Moore: Dems have ‘no message, no plan, no leaders’ | TheHill

Michael Moore: Dems have ‘no message, no plan, no leaders' | TheHill. by Jonathan Easley · June 21, 2017 Liberal activist Michael Moore lashed out at national Democrats on Wednesday after the party fell short in a special House runoff election in Georgia despite spending tens of millions of dollars on a race that was viewed as a referendum on […]

Dems point fingers after crushing loss | TheHill

Dems point fingers after crushing loss | TheHill. by Mike Lillis · June 21, 2017 The Democrats’ defeat in Georgia spurred a round of bloodletting on Wednesday as liberal activists bashed their party, frustrated lawmakers lashed out at the Democratic brass and disappointed leaders struggled to explain what went wrong. The outcome of Tuesday’s special election has only aggravated the […]

Pelosi faces growing doubts among Dems after Georgia loss – POLITICO

Pelosi faces growing doubts among Dems after Georgia loss – POLITICO. by John Bresnahan · June 21, 2017 House Minority Leader Nacy Pelosi remains the most successful non-presidential political fundraiser in U.S. history, raising more than $560 million for House Democrats since she became leader in 2003. | Getty There’s a lot of grumbling by rank-and-file members, but no leadership […]

Voter Study Group and why Obama voters defected to Trump.

Voter Study Group and why Obama voters defected to Trump.. by Jamelle Bouie · June 20, 2017 The most common Obama-to-Trump voter is a white American who wants government intervention in the economy but holds negative views toward minorities. Photo illustration by Natalie Matthews-Ramo. Photos by Menahem Kahana/Getty Images and Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images. It has been more than seven months […]

The overall message of 2017 special elections is that Republicans are in trouble – Vox

The overall message of 2017 special elections is that Republicans are in trouble – Vox. by Matthew Yglesias · June 21, 2017 Rank-and-file Democrats are, reasonably, disappointed with a loss in what seemed to be a winnable special election in Georgia. Even my colleague Andrew Prokop warns that Democrats shouldn’t “sugarcoat” the result, which is “bad news” for the party. […]

Democratic Chatter Grows About Ousting Nancy Pelosi | HuffPost

Democratic Chatter Grows About Ousting Nancy Pelosi | HuffPost. Recriminations have begun flying among Democrats in the wake of stinging special election defeats in Georgia and South Carolina on Tuesday, which may not bode well for the party’s efforts to win back the House in 2018. Democratic lawmakers and political operatives are venting at just about everything. But the latest […]

Right-wing rag Daily Caller rails against “coastal elites,” then asks its readers to buy $90 cases of “Les Déplorables”-brand wine – Salon.com

Right-wing rag Daily Caller rails against “coastal elites,” then asks its readers to buy $90 cases of “Les Déplorables”-brand wine – Salon.com. by Keith A. Spencer · June 21, 2017 The mass email from The Daily Caller has a bouquet of groupthink that opens into floral notes of irony: it begins with a jab at “liberal snowflakes” before announcing “we […]

Congressional Black Caucus Turns Down Second Trump Meeting, Citing Behavior – Talking Points Memo

Congressional Black Caucus Turns Down Second Trump Meeting, Citing Behavior – Talking Points Memo. by Matt Shuham The Congressional Black Caucus turned down a follow-up meeting with President Donald Trump Wednesday, citing a number of actions taken by his administration that the group’s members said hurt their constituents and all black Americans. The CBC also cited their own ignored attempts […]

After Georgia Election, Democrats Are Demoralized, Again – The New York Times

After Georgia Election, Democrats Are Demoralized, Again – The New York Times. by Frank Bruni · June 20, 2017 Jon Ossoff conceding defeat in Atlanta on Tuesday night. David Goldman/Associated Press Make no mistake: Democrats were swimming against the current in Georgia. The House seat that their sights were on had been safely in Republican hands for nearly four decades. […]

How Democrats Can Win Back Congress in 2018 – The Atlantic

How Democrats Can Win Back Congress in 2018 – The Atlantic. by Bruce Reed · June 20, 2017 Donald Trump is a historically unpopular president, and Republicans in Congress are pushing through a remarkably unpopular agenda. Under such auspicious circumstances, it’s only natural for ardent Democrats to feel energized and empowered. Some see 2018 as their own Tea Party moment […]

Saudi King Names Son Crown Prince, Upending Royal Succession – The Daily Beast

Saudi King Names Son Crown Prince, Upending Royal Succession – The Daily Beast. Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has named his 31-year-old son Mohammed bin Salman crown prince and ousted the country’s counter-terrorism czar, upending the line of royal succession. The changes were announced by the state-run Saudi Press Agency early Wednesday, with a slew of royal decrees unveiling a major […]

Georgia Democrat Jon Ossoff Falls Short In Bid For U.S. House Seat | HuffPost

Georgia Democrat Jon Ossoff Falls Short In Bid For U.S. House Seat | HuffPost. Republican Karen Handel was the projected winner of Tuesday’s special election for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, according to CNN, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and NBC. Handel defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff in a traditional GOP stronghold that polling suggested could be in play this time around. The outcome […]

Venezuela is proof that the rich will be insulated from economic ruin – Salon.com

Venezuela is proof that the rich will be insulated from economic ruin – Salon.com. by Charlie May · June 20, 2017 The majority of Venezuelans are struggling to survive as the country has become engulfed in “poverty and political violence” but this only applies for some. The wealthy minority still sip cocktails, enjoy nights at the bar and eat sushi […]

Handel Defeats Ossoff In Georgia House Race, Dealing Blow To Democrats – Talking Points Memo

Handel Defeats Ossoff In Georgia House Race, Dealing Blow To Democrats – Talking Points Memo. by Caitlin MacNeal Republican Karen Handel defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff Tuesday in a special election to fill a Georgia congressional seat, dashing Democrats’ hopes of flipping a House district in order to build momentum ahead of the 2018 midterms. Polling had been showing a tight […]

Can we blame California for Trump?

Can we blame California for Trump?. President Trump’s stunning ascent over the last two years is partly thanks to the idiosyncrasies — or pathologies — of California Republicans. And to this day, his administration continues to be shaped by right-wingers on the left coast. So from now on, let’s not take advice on conservatism from Californians, okay? The Golden State’s […]

Single-payer health care would have an astonishingly high price tag – The Washington Post

Single-payer health care would have an astonishingly high price tag – The Washington Post. by Editorial Board · June 18, 2017 OBAMACARE LOOKS shaky, mostly because Republicans are sabotaging it. This, in turn, has rekindled calls on the left to create a European-style “single-payer” system, in which the government directly pays for every American’s health care. California lawmakers, for example, […]