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Mueller’s Trump-Russia probe final report may never see the light of day – Vox

Mueller’s Trump-Russia probe final report may never see the light of day – Vox. President Donald Trump spent the weekend publicly bashing special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, raising new fears that the president might take the extreme step of actually firing Mueller in an attempt to end the probe. But even if the Mueller investigation survives, the public may never […]

Trump Pushes Drug-Dealer Death Penalty As Opioid Crisis Response | HuffPost

Trump Pushes Drug-Dealer Death Penalty As Opioid Crisis Response | HuffPost. by Roberta Rampton · March 19, 2018 MANCHESTER, N.H. (Reuters) – President Donald Trump, targeting the U.S. opioid epidemic, called again on Monday for the execution of drug dealers, a proposal that so far has gained little support in Congress, amid criticism from some drug abuse and criminal justice […]

Dem PAC Staffer Charged With Assault Of Zinke Spox After House Hearing – Talking Points Memo

Dem PAC Staffer Charged With Assault Of Zinke Spox After House Hearing – Talking Points Memo. An operative for a political committee that supports Democrats has been charged with assault following a confrontation with a staffer for Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke outside a congressional hearing. Capitol Police charged Wilfred M. Stark, 49, of Falls Church, Virginia, with simple assault following […]

Dump Hillary Clinton before it’s too late, Democrats

Dump Hillary Clinton before it's too late, Democrats. by Christian Schneider, Opinion columnist If Democrats want to keep winning elections, it’s time for them to file a restraining order against Clinton. Hillary Clinton (Photo: Reed Saxon, AP) If you think about it, being a losing presidential candidate is one of the best jobs in America. No matter what you say, […]

Trump’s War on the U.S. Intelligence Community | The New Republic

Trump’s War on the U.S. Intelligence Community | The New Republic. by James Bamford · March 19, 2018 Shortly after dawn on a July morning in 2007, a convoy of black FBI utility vehicles snaked down Ridge Road, a tranquil, leafy street lined with modest homes and manicured shrubs in the Maryland suburb of Severn. After a few twists and […]

Commentary: What if Trump is right and there is no collusion? – CBS News

Commentary: What if Trump is right and there is no collusion? – CBS News. by Michael Graham · March 19, 2018 On Sunday morning, President Trump wondered in a tweet, “Why does the Mueller team have 13 hardened Democrats, some big Crooked Hillary supporters, and Zero Republicans? Another Dem recently added…does anyone think this is fair? And yet, there is […]

Shocker: Vladimir Putin easily wins reelection by a huge margin.

Shocker: Vladimir Putin easily wins reelection by a huge margin.. by Daniel Politi · March 18, 2018 President Vladimir Putin meets with the media at his campaign headquarters in Moscow on March 18, 2018. SERGEI CHIRIKOV/Getty Images In a turn of events that surprised absolutely no one, President Vladimir Putin easily cruised to a huge victory in Russia’s presidential election, […]

Sex Trafficking Bills Backed By Feminist Democrats Could Cause More Harm Than Good | HuffPost

Sex Trafficking Bills Backed By Feminist Democrats Could Cause More Harm Than Good | HuffPost. by Jenavieve Hatch · March 18, 2018 Twenty-four Senate Democrats, including potential presidential candidates Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), have thrown their weight behind a soon-to-pass bill that is supposed to protect sex workers but would actually put them at greater risk by […]

Results: Putin Far Ahead In Fraud-Tainted Russian Vote – Talking Points Memo

Results: Putin Far Ahead In Fraud-Tainted Russian Vote – Talking Points Memo. The vote was tainted by widespread reports of ballot-box stuffing and forced voting, but the complaints will likely do little to undermine Putin. The Russian leader’s popularity remains high despite his suppression of dissent and reproach from the West over Russia’s increasingly aggressive stance in world affairs and […]

Pelosi, Self-Described ‘Master Legislator,’ Not Worried About Attacks

Pelosi, Self-Described ‘Master Legislator,’ Not Worried About Attacks. by Lindsey McPherson · March 15, 2018 House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is not worried about Republican campaign attacks against her stirring up enough opposition among Democratic candidates to impact her future as Democratic leader. “I feel pretty confident about my ability, first and foremost, to be a master legislator for the […]

Fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe Lawyers Up

Fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe Lawyers Up. by Betsy Woodruff · March 17, 2018 McCabe has retained the ex-inspector general of the Justice department to represent him. Alex Wong Andrew McCabe, formerly the deputy director of the FBI, has lawyered up. Michael Bromwich of the Bromwich Group confirmed to The Daily Beast that he is representing McCabe for the […]

Wisconsin lawmaker offers Andrew McCabe a job to help him qualify for his pension.

Wisconsin lawmaker offers Andrew McCabe a job to help him qualify for his pension.. by Daniel Politi · March 17, 2018 Attorney General Jeff Sessions (L) and then-acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe (R) during a news conference to announce significant law enforcement actions July 13, 2017 at the Justice Department in Washington, D.C. Alex Wong/Getty Images When Attorney General Jeff […]

Andrew McCabe Gave Memos On Trump Conversations To Robert Mueller | HuffPost

Andrew McCabe Gave Memos On Trump Conversations To Robert Mueller | HuffPost. Former FBI deputy Director Andrew McCabe wrote memos detailing his interactions with President Donald Trump, as well as on some interactions between the president and former FBI Director James Comey, a person with knowledge of the matter told HuffPost. He has also turned hard copies of the memos […]

The Immigration Debate Is Way Off the Rails – Mother Jones

The Immigration Debate Is Way Off the Rails – Mother Jones. The immigration debate seems to have gone crazy. President Obama’s widely popular Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which offered some 750,000 young immigrants brought to the United States as children a temporary reprieve from deportation, is ending—except it isn’t…except it is. President Trump claims to support DACA but […]

AP: Like Comey, Fired McCabe Kept Personal Memos Regarding Trump – Talking Points Memo

AP: Like Comey, Fired McCabe Kept Personal Memos Regarding Trump – Talking Points Memo. Andrew McCabe, the onetime FBI deputy director long scorned by President Trump and just fired by the attorney general, kept personal memos regarding Trump that are similar to the notes compiled by dismissed FBI chief James Comey detailing interactions with him, The Associated Press has learned. […]

Ex-CIA Director Unloads On ‘Demagogue’ Trump After McCabe Firing – Talking Points Memo

Ex-CIA Director Unloads On ‘Demagogue’ Trump After McCabe Firing – Talking Points Memo. by Allegra Kirkland Former CIA Director John Brennan tore into President Donald Trump on Saturday for celebrating the firing of former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe. Brennan said Trump had turned McCabe into a “scapegoat,” labeling the Preident a “demagogue” who threatened the destruction of America. When […]

Democrats’ civil war flares after Lamb’s upset win – POLITICO

Democrats’ civil war flares after Lamb’s upset win – POLITICO. by Heather Caygle · March 15, 2018 For the Blue Dogs, Conor Lamb’s successful center-left campaign is proof that the Democratic Party’s “big tent” mentality is still a winning electoral strategy, despite an aggressive push from liberals for candidates. | Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Conor Lamb’s triumph in Trump country is […]

Nikki Haley Condemns Russia Over Spy Poisoning, Urges UN Action | HuffPost

Nikki Haley Condemns Russia Over Spy Poisoning, Urges UN Action | HuffPost. After initially refusing to explicitly blame Russia for the poisoning of a former spy in Britain, the Trump administration said Wednesday that the Kremlin “is responsible for the attack” — though the president himself has remained mum on the topic. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley […]

Philadelphia’s District Attorney Just Showed America’s Prosecutors How to End Mass Incarceration – Mother Jones

Philadelphia’s District Attorney Just Showed America’s Prosecutors How to End Mass Incarceration – Mother Jones. by Brandon E. Patterson Larry Krasner heads to his polling place to cast a ballot on Nov. 7, 2017. Matt Rourke Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. Newly minted Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner was elected on a platform of […]

NYT: Mueller Subpoenas Trump Org Docs Related To Russia – Talking Points Memo

NYT: Mueller Subpoenas Trump Org Docs Related To Russia – Talking Points Memo. by Tierney Sneed Special Counsel Robert Mueller in recent weeks issued subpoenas for the Trump Organization seeking certain documents, including those related to Russia, the New York Times reported Thursday, citing two unnamed sources. The subpoenas come as there are other signs that Mueller’s investigation is examining […]

The ‘Enthusiasm Gap’ Could Turn A Democratic Wave Into A Tsunami | FiveThirtyEight

The ‘Enthusiasm Gap’ Could Turn A Democratic Wave Into A Tsunami | FiveThirtyEight. It’s a busy time of year, so we’ll keep this relatively short. But I wanted to echo and underscore a point made by FiveThirtyEight contributor Nathaniel Rakich in his article on Tuesday’s special election in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District. One reason that the results are especially scary […]

Begala: Republicans are gonna need a bigger yacht – CNN

Begala: Republicans are gonna need a bigger yacht – CNN. by Paul Begala Paul Begala, a Democratic strategist and CNN political commentator, was a political consultant for Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign in 1992 and was counselor to Clinton in the White House. He was a consultant to Priorities USA Action, the pro-Hillary Clinton super PAC. The opinions expressed in this […]

More Democrats likely to disavow Pelosi after Pennsylvania stunner – POLITICO

More Democrats likely to disavow Pelosi after Pennsylvania stunner – POLITICO. Conor Lamb weathered $10 million in attack ads cartoonishly calling the Democratic candidate in Pennsylvania’s special election a member of Nancy Pelosi’s liberal “flock.” Now other Democratic hopefuls are looking to adopt Lamb’s strategy — he repeatedly and bluntly disavowed the Democratic leader — in their own competitive races. […]

Pennsylvania special election: Democrat Conor Lamb beats Rick Saccone – Vox

Pennsylvania special election: Democrat Conor Lamb beats Rick Saccone – Vox. In a stunning upset, Democrat Conor Lamb won an incredibly close special election in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District, beating out Republican candidate Rick Saccone in a deeply conservative district the nonpartisan Cook Political Report rates R+11. The race stretched into Wednesday midday, when CNN said Lamb was in the […]

Inside the Right-Wing YouTube Empire That’s Quietly Turning Millennials Into Conservatives – Mother Jones

Inside the Right-Wing YouTube Empire That’s Quietly Turning Millennials Into Conservatives – Mother Jones. In the weeks after Donald Trump was elected president, Americans flocked to the internet with pressing questions. Some inquired about immigration to Canada. Others Googled “sanctuary city.” A few wanted to know what a “manafort” was. And millions were newly curious about the Electoral College, which […]

The Last Best Chance To Trump-Proof Obamacare Is Slipping Away – Talking Points Memo

The Last Best Chance To Trump-Proof Obamacare Is Slipping Away – Talking Points Memo. by Alice Ollstein Next Friday’s omnibus budget deadline may be Congress’ last best chance for passing a bill to stabilize Obamacare’s volatile individual market and prevent premiums from shooting up just before November’s midterm elections. But the bipartisan effort that has dragged out since last summer […]

LGBT Groups Condemn Mike Pompeo’s Appointment As Secretary of State

LGBT Groups Condemn Mike Pompeo’s Appointment As Secretary of State. by Samantha Allen · March 13, 2018 Pompeo is ‘a reckless choice to lead our nation’s diplomatic efforts’ due to his ‘longstanding opposition to LGBTQ equality,’ said HRC president Chad Griffin. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images LGBT rights groups were not thrilled with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson—but they are aghast at […]

Anthony Kennedy’s possible retirement will keep Republicans faithful to Trump.

Anthony Kennedy’s possible retirement will keep Republicans faithful to Trump.. by Dahlia Lithwick · March 13, 2018 Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy is seen during a ceremony in the Rose Garden at the White House on April 10 in Washington. Eric Thayer/Getty Images “Even if people don’t like me, they have to vote for me. They have no choice,” Donald Trump […]

Why there are 7,000 pairs of shoes outside the US Capitol – Vox

Why there are 7,000 pairs of shoes outside the US Capitol – Vox. Protesters left 7,000 pairs of shoes in front of the Capitol building Tuesday to symbolize the number of children killed by gun violence in the United States since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in December 2012. From 8:30 am to 2 pm, the shoes were displayed […]

Trump Ousts Secretary Of State Rex Tillerson | HuffPost

Trump Ousts Secretary Of State Rex Tillerson | HuffPost. Rex Tillerson is out as secretary of state after just 14 months on the job. President Donald Trump on Tuesday tweeted that he is replacing Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, minutes after The Washington Post first reported that he had ousted Tillerson on Friday. Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, […]

Vote-Counting Goes Late Into the Night in Pennsylvania – Mother Jones

Vote-Counting Goes Late Into the Night in Pennsylvania – Mother Jones. The vote-counting is going late into the night in Pennsylvania, where Democrat Conor Lamb is hoping to pull off a stunning special election victory against Republican Rick Saccone in a congressional district that President Donald Trump carried by 20 points. Our own Clint Hendler spent Tuesday evening at the […]

Pretend House Investigation Over, Trump Declared Innocent

Pretend House Investigation Over, Trump Declared Innocent. by Jonathan Chait · March 12, 2018 Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, who have never met and shared no interests whatsoever in the outcome of the 2016 election. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images House Republicans have barely even pretended to investigate Russia’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 elections, and now even the bare […]

Democrats Can’t Win if They Don’t Run – The New York Times

Democrats Can’t Win if They Don’t Run – The New York Times. by THE EDITORIAL BOARD · March 12, 2018 Conor Lamb, the Democratic candidate in the special House election in Pennsylvania on Tuesday, was going door to door in a Pittsburgh neighborhood last month. Dustin Franz for The New York Times Regardless of who wins the special House election […]

Conor Lamb’s Campaign for Trump Voters in PA-18 | The New Yorker

Conor Lamb’s Campaign for Trump Voters in PA-18 | The New Yorker. by Eliza Griswold · March 12, 2018 Lamb is a thirty-three-year-old Marine and former federal prosecutor. Photograph by Keith Srakocic / AP Last Monday afternoon, in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, Conor Lamb, the Democratic candidate for Congress in a special election, was going door to door, looking for undecided voters. […]

Trump’s Quote-Unquote ‘Good Week’ Was Mostly Good For China | HuffPost

Trump's Quote-Unquote 'Good Week' Was Mostly Good For China | HuffPost. To his most ardent supporters, Donald Trump is a kind of genius whose intuition takes him into policy realms where lesser leaders fear to tread. He takes willful pleasure in not reading briefing books or checking with experts, but in trusting his ample gut. Exhibits A and B, which […]

Why Muslim women’s #MeToo stories are so hard to tell.

Why Muslim women's #MeToo stories are so hard to tell.. In 1983, Mona Eltahawy, then 15, went on hajj, the obligatory Muslim holy pilgrimage. As she approached the Kaaba, at the center of the sacred site, she felt a man grope her from behind. Unsure what to do, she broke down in tears and continued the pilgrimage—only to be groped […]

A US-North Korea summit gives diplomacy a chance

A US-North Korea summit gives diplomacy a chance. The risk of a war between North Korea and the US has been mounting steadily for the past year. So the sudden announcement that the leaders of the two countries are to meet for talks is very welcome. Of course, there are big risks attached to a summit meeting between Kim Jong […]

The Parkland Blueprint for Climate Activism | The New Republic

The Parkland Blueprint for Climate Activism | The New Republic. The National Rifle Association isn’t invincible after all. The powerful gun lobby has lost lucrative business partnerships with dozens of companies since the Valentine’s Day massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Under the heat of public scorn—fueled by the activism of teenage survivors—the NRA lost business […]

Trump To Visit Ground Zero Of The Anti-Trump Resistance: California | HuffPost

Trump To Visit Ground Zero Of The Anti-Trump Resistance: California | HuffPost. President Donald Trump, whose domestic travels have focused on deep-red areas of support and his own resorts, is gearing up for his first presidential visit to California, the front lines of the anti-Trump resistance. Trump, the first president since Dwight Eisenhower to skip a visit to America’s most […]

Putin: Maybe ‘Ukrainians, Tatars Or Jews’ Meddled In American Election – Talking Points Memo

Putin: Maybe ‘Ukrainians, Tatars Or Jews’ Meddled In American Election – Talking Points Memo. Russian President Vladimir Putin says he doesn’t care about alleged Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election because the actions weren’t connected to his government. In an interview with American broadcaster NBC News that aired Saturday, Putin also suggested that some of the 13 Russian nationals […]

Is Trump turning the U.S. into Putin’s Russia?

Is Trump turning the U.S. into Putin's Russia?. by Virginia Heffernan Those seeking richer context for the modern friction between the United States and the Russian Federation might leave off — for a weekend, anyway — reading profiles of superspy Christopher Steele and even indictments of Russians by special prosecutor Robert S. Mueller III. Instead, try two ferocious new documentaries […]

It’s Time to Abolish ICE | The Nation

It’s Time to Abolish ICE | The Nation. by Sean McElwee · March 9, 2018 Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers detain a suspect in Los Angeles, February 2017. (Reuters / Charles Reed) Dan Canon is running for Congress in Indiana’s ninth district this year. A career civil rights lawyer, Canon filed one of the cases against gay marriage bans that […]

The Missing Obama Millions – The New York Times

The Missing Obama Millions – The New York Times. by SEAN McELWEE · March 10, 2018 An Obama campaign event in Hollywood in 2012. Michele Eve Sandberg/Corbis via Getty Images Much of the political commentary since the presidential election has focused on two groups of party switchers: those who voted for Barack Obama in 2012 and Donald Trump in 2016 […]

Donald Trump and the Stress Test of Liberal Democracy | The New Yorker

Donald Trump and the Stress Test of Liberal Democracy | The New Yorker. by David Remnick Illustration by Tom Bachtell Minute by minute, the wheels are coming off the clown car that is the Trump Administration. The circus animals are deserting, wriggling through every available window and door. Last week, it was the chief economic adviser, Gary Cohn, who had […]

Warren: ‘I’m not running for president’ | TheHill

Warren: 'I'm not running for president' | TheHill. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D) on Saturday said she is not running for president, but refused to pledge to serve out a full six-year term in the Senate if reelected in 2018. In the interview airing Sunday on “Meet the Press”, Warren repeated herself several times when pressed by host Chuck Todd […]

Bernie Sanders Rips DCCC For Smearing Democrat Before Texas Primary

Bernie Sanders Rips DCCC For Smearing Democrat Before Texas Primary. by Griffin Connolly · March 9, 2018 As Sen. Bernie Sanders injects himself into the Texas political landscape with a swing through the state this weekend, the 2016 presidential candidate blasted the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee for smearing one of the party’s own candidates, Laura Moser, before Tuesday’s Longhorn State […]

Warren at war with fellow Dems – POLITICO

Warren at war with fellow Dems – POLITICO. Elizabeth Warren’s stiff resistance to a bipartisan banking deregulation bill is not a surprise to her colleagues. But her tactics are. She punched directly on Friday at her fellow Democratic senators who backed a bill easing up on regulations passed after the 2008 financial crisis — slamming it as a Wall Street […]

Putin: Maybe it was the Jews who meddled in U.S. presidential election.

Putin: Maybe it was the Jews who meddled in U.S. presidential election.. by Daniel Politi · March 10, 2018 A picture taken on March 8, 2018 shows Russia’s President Vladimir Putin congratulating Russian women on International Women’s Day. ALEXEY NIKOLSKY/Getty Images Russian President Vladimir Putin is not losing any sleep over accusations that some of his fellow Russian citizens interfered […]

President Donald Trump Suggests Death Penalty For Drug Dealers | HuffPost

President Donald Trump Suggests Death Penalty For Drug Dealers | HuffPost. President Donald Trump suggested drug dealers in the United States should face harsher punishments, such as the death penalty or life in prison, during a campaign rally for congressional candidate Rick Saccone in Pennsylvania on Saturday. “I think it’s a discussion we have to start thinking about,” Trump said […]

Donald Trump is Getting His Big Fat Military Parade – Mother Jones

Donald Trump is Getting His Big Fat Military Parade – Mother Jones. In January, President Donald Trump reportedly told the Pentagon’s top brass that he wanted a big, fat military parade. (“The marching orders were: I want a parade like the one in France,” a military official told the Washington Post.) Now it looks like he will get his wish—with […]

Editorial: On North Korea, Trump is right – San Francisco Chronicle

Editorial: On North Korea, Trump is right – San Francisco Chronicle. by Chronicle Editorial Board · March 9, 2018 Photo: KOREAN CENTRAL NEWS AGENCY, NYT North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspecting what was said to be a missile-ready hydrogen bomb at an undisclosed location in September. From imposing fathers to fierce devotion to unorthodox hairdos, President Trump and North […]

Oh, What a Trumpy Trade War! – The New York Times

Oh, What by Paul Krugman · March 8, 2018 Doug Mills/The New York Times There’s near-universal consensus among both economists and business leaders that Donald Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminum are a bad idea, and that the wider trade war those tariffs could trigger would be very destructive. But the chances of heading off this policy disaster are small, […]

The Madman Summit | The New Republic

The Madman Summit | The New Republic. by Ryu Spaeth · March 9, 2018 Donald Trump made his first appearance last Saturday night at the annual Gridiron Dinner, where the president customarily delivers a humorous speech to assorted journalists and Washington luminaries. Trump’s speech was characteristically logorrheic, a discursive string of bullying insults against Joe Biden (“I would kick his […]

Sanders won’t endorse Feinstein | TheHill

Sanders won't endorse Feinstein | TheHill. by Alexander Bolton · March 9, 2018 Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) says he will not endorse Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D) ahead of her primary in California. Though Sanders has put himself in the middle of other primaries in this cycle, he’s steering clear of California, where Feinstein is being challenged from the left. “It’s […]

Warren at war with fellow Dems – POLITICO

Warren at war with fellow Dems – POLITICO. Elizabeth Warren’s stiff resistance to a bipartisan banking deregulation bill is not a surprise to her colleagues. But her tactics are. She punched directly on Friday at her fellow Democratic senators who backed a bill easing up on regulations passed after the 2008 financial crisis — slamming it as a Wall Street […]

How Obama Got Schooled by a Broken System

How Obama Got Schooled by a Broken System. · by Julian E. Zelizer · March 9, 2018 After the 2012 election, conventional wisdom said the GOP had to become more centrist to survive, but that didn’t acknowledge the power of conservative lobbyists and think tanks. Matt McClain/Getty Writing about contemporary history poses a difficult challenge. This week, Princeton University Press […]

What can we learn from South Africa’s decision to give up its nukes?

What can we learn from South Africa’s decision to give up its nukes?. by Joshua Keating · March 9, 2018 Former South African President F.W. de Klerk addresses the Trinity College Law Society after being presented with the Praeses Elit Award on Jan. 18, 2017, in Dublin. Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images The story should sound familiar: A rogue regime, […]

The case for not publishing hacked emails – Vox

The case for not publishing hacked emails – Vox. Outside contributors’ opinions and analysis of the most important issues in politics, science, and culture. It may be time for patriotic citizens who want to preserve the integrity of our democracy to start thinking outside the box about how we can prevent Russia from meddling in our elections. In that vein, […]

After a Mother Jones Investigation, a Right-Wing Albanian Party Attacks – Mother Jones

After a Mother Jones Investigation, a Right-Wing Albanian Party Attacks – Mother Jones. On Tuesday, Mother Jones published a lengthy investigation about a mysterious Russian-linked firm that hired a former Trump campaign aide named Nick Muzin to work in the United States to help the right-wing Democratic Party of Albania during the country’s 2017 parliamentary elections. The story zeroed in […]

The Women’s March Has a Farrakhan Problem – The Atlantic

The Women's March Has a Farrakhan Problem – The Atlantic. by John-Paul Pagano · March 8, 2018 A year ago, the Women’s March punctuated Trump’s inauguration with what was likely the largest single-day mass demonstration in American history. Today, it finds itself embroiled in an unexpected controversy after the initial refusal of several of its leaders to distance themselves from […]

The Real Danger of Trump’s Steel and Aluminum Tariffs | The New Yorker

The Real Danger of Trump’s Steel and Aluminum Tariffs | The New Yorker. by John Cassidy · March 9, 2018 It seemed clear from the manner in which Trump spoke that, in his mind, at least, this marked a fundamental change in U.S. trade policy, not merely a targeted anti-dumping measure. Photograph by Mandel Ngan / AFP / Getty Economic […]

President Trump’s North Korea Gamble – The New York Times

President Trump’s North Korea Gamble – The New York Times. This is stunning: President Trump reportedly has accepted an invitation from Kim Jong-un for a summit in Pyongyang, North Korea’s grand capital of empty avenues. It’s also, I think, a dangerous gamble and a bad idea. I can’t believe I’m saying that. For many years, over several trips to North […]

Democrats Are Considering Dropping Superdelegates Altogether

Democrats Are Considering Dropping Superdelegates Altogether. by Ruby Cramer, Ryan C. Brooks · March 9, 2018 Democratic officials are considering a new proposal to effectively eliminate all superdelegates, a move that would go beyond recommendations put forward late last year by the commission tasked with making the party’s presidential nominating process more fair. Under the current system for choosing a […]

Team Biden mulls far-out options to take on Trump in 2020 – POLITICO

Team Biden mulls far-out options to take on Trump in 2020 – POLITICO. by Edward-Isaac Dovere · March 9, 2018 Joe Biden has described to advisers a shift: from people telling him to run because they thought he could be the one to beat President Trump, to them saying they think he has the credibility and experience to do the […]

After a Mother Jones Investigation, a Right-Wing Albanian Party Attacks – Mother Jones

After a Mother Jones Investigation, a Right-Wing Albanian Party Attacks – Mother Jones. On Tuesday, Mother Jones published a lengthy investigation about a mysterious Russian-linked firm that hired a former Trump campaign aide named Nick Muzin to work in the United States to help the right-wing Democratic Party of Albania during the country’s 2017 parliamentary elections. The story zeroed in […]

Liberal feminists for Farrakhan? – NY Daily News

Liberal feminists for Farrakhan? – NY Daily News. by Susan Shapiro Imagine if I, a liberal white New Yorker, posted social media pictures with my arm around the KKK-loving David Duke, calling him a great man as he proclaimed that black people were degenerates responsible for the supposedly filthy behavior that caused transsexuality. I would be fired, ridiculed and called […]

About That Blue Wave … – The New York Times

About That Blue Wave … – The New York Times. by MUSA AL-GHARBI · March 7, 2018 An early voting center in Austin, Tex. Drew Anthony Smith/Getty Images The prevailing wisdom suggests that there will be a Democratic wave election in 2018. In a manner that suggests that little was learned from the 2016 primary or general elections, pundits and […]

The DCCC should do less to try to pick Democrats’ nominees – Vox

The DCCC should do less to try to pick Democrats’ nominees – Vox. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s heavy-handed effort to prevent Laura Moser from getting the Democratic nomination in a House primary in Texas seems to have backfired — giving Moser a jolt of free publicity, earning her an endorsement from Bernie Sanders’s Our Revolution group, and instantly turning […]

Keith Ellison Becomes The Lead ‘Medicare For All’ Proponent In The House | HuffPost

Keith Ellison Becomes The Lead ‘Medicare For All’ Proponent In The House | HuffPost. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), the deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee, became, all but officially, the lead proponent of single-payer health care in the House on Wednesday. Ellison’s House colleagues gave their unanimous consent for him to replace Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) as chief sponsor […]

How a Russian-Linked Shell Company Hired An Ex-Trump Aide to Boost Albania’s Right-Wing Party in DC – Mother Jones

How a Russian-Linked Shell Company Hired An Ex-Trump Aide to Boost Albania’s Right-Wing Party in DC – Mother Jones. A former Trump campaign aide working as a lobbyist, a half-million-dollar payment, a conservative Albanian political party, four Republican congressmen, Breitbart News, a kosher restaurateur in New York City, an online dating service that promotes “beautiful” Ukrainian women, and Russian-linked shell […]

Trump’s ‘maximum pressure’ on North Korea is working. Now what? – The Washington Post

Trump’s ‘maximum pressure’ on North Korea is working. Now what? – The Washington Post. by Editorial Board · March 6, 2018 North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, shakes hands with South Korean chief delegator Chung Eui-yong. (Korean Central News Agency /AFP/Getty Images) THE SOUTH KOREAN government on Tuesday announced an apparent diplomatic breakthrough with North Korea: agreement by the […]

Chuck Schumer: Trump, you broke DACA, now fix it (Opinion) – CNN

Chuck Schumer: Trump, you broke DACA, now fix it (Opinion) – CNN. Charles E. Schumer is the US Senate minority leader. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author. (CNN)When President Donald Trump rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which has provided more than 800,000 young immigrants relief from deportation, he gave Congress […]

Gary Cohn’s breaking point

Gary Cohn's breaking point. You can only push a man so far. President Trump’s top economic adviser, Gary Cohn, on Tuesday announced his intention to resign. Add one more name to the very long list of people who have already fled from the dysfunctional Trump administration. What was the last straw for Cohn? Steel and aluminum tariffs, apparently. While not […]

What If Trump’s North Korea Bluster Actually Worked? – The Atlantic

What If Trump's North Korea Bluster Actually Worked? – The Atlantic. by Krishnadev Calamur · March 6, 2018 President Trump has threatened to “totally destroy North Korea,” respond with “fire and fury” to its nuclear weapons, and said “they’re going to be in trouble like few nations ever have been in trouble in this world.” His remarks have caused commentators, […]

The Problem Isn’t Just Trump. It’s Our Ignorant Electorate.

The Problem Isn’t Just Trump. It’s Our Ignorant Electorate.. For many of us, mornings have taken on a certain nauseating sameness. We roll out from beneath the blankets and, before the scent of coffee has reached our nostrils, we are checking the news feeds for the latest semi-literate tweet coughed up by the ranting, traitorous squatter occupying the Oval Office. […]

Democrats backing bank deregulation are bad – Vox

Democrats backing bank deregulation are bad – Vox. A fierce debate is taking place in Democratic Party financial regulation circles over whether the Senate bill to relax Obama-era bank regulations is a disastrous giveaway to industry or really more like a small and unimportant giveaway to the industry. The voices of complacency are, I think, neglecting exactly how much mischief […]

Department Of Justice To Sue California Over ‘Sanctuary’ Policies | HuffPost

Department Of Justice To Sue California Over ‘Sanctuary’ Policies | HuffPost. The Trump administration will ramp up its fight against so-called “sanctuary” policies by filing a lawsuit on Tuesday against the state of California over its laws meant to protect undocumented immigrants. The lawsuit, which Attorney General Jeff Sessions will formally announce on Wednesday, is the latest in a string […]

Inside Indivisible’s Plan to Take Over Democratic Primaries – Mother Jones

Inside Indivisible’s Plan to Take Over Democratic Primaries – Mother Jones. by Tim Murphy Indivisible OC members protest out California Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher’s district office.Matt Masin/Orange County Register via ZUMA Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. Since its inception in late 2016 as a crowd-sourced Google Doc offering tips for how activists can fight […]

Taibbi: Russiagate Trump, Putin, Mueller and Targeting Dissent – Rolling Stone

Taibbi: Russiagate Trump, Putin, Mueller and Targeting Dissent – Rolling Stone. Putin loves you; therefore, you love Putin. The enemy re-tweets you, therefore, you’re in league with the enemy. We’re at war with them, therefore we’re at war with you. One of the first rules of a shunning campaign is that it doesn’t have to make sense. It just has […]

Ex-Trump aide defies Mueller, risks jail – POLITICO

Ex-Trump aide defies Mueller, risks jail – POLITICO. Sam Nunberg insists Donald Trump didn’t collude with the Kremlin, but also suggests that special counsel Robert Mueller “has something” on the president. For months, a parade of witnesses summoned by special counsel Robert Mueller has dutifully agreed to testify as part of Mueller’s investigation into Russian election interference. Until Sam Nunberg […]

Rep. Joe Kennedy on the lessons Democrats need to learn – Vox

Rep. Joe Kennedy on the lessons Democrats need to learn – Vox. When you’re sitting in front of Rep. Joe Kennedy, it’s clear that you’re sitting in front of a Kennedy. The face, the jawline — it’s all uncannily familiar. But Kennedy, the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy, is rising in a changed Democratic Party. In the 1950s, the nonwhite […]

Bernie Sanders’ Son Is Extremely Mad Online | HuffPost

Bernie Sanders' Son Is Extremely Mad Online | HuffPost. Levi Sanders, Bernie Sanders’ 2016 campaign policy analyst and only biological child, is running for Congress in New Hampshire largely as an unknown. The senior Sanders is a notoriously private person, and for the most part, his son has stayed out of the public eye. Thanks to years of Facebook postings, […]

How Mexican Directors Conquered Hollywood – The New York Times

How Mexican Directors Conquered Hollywood – The New York Times. by Ioan Grillo · March 3, 2018 From left, Alfonso Cuarón, Guillermo del Toro and Alejandro G. Iñárritu at the Gotham Awards in 2006. Stephen Lovekin/WireImage for the Independent Filmmaker Project, via Getty Images MEXICO CITY — In 1960s America, a cleaning woman who can’t speak and lives next door […]

I Wanted to Be a Good Mom. So I Got a Gun. – The New York Times

I Wanted to Be a Good Mom. So I Got a Gun. – The New York Times. by BETHANY MANDEL · March 5, 2018 A gun show in Fort Worth in 2016. Spencer Platt/Getty Images A few months after my father left our family home for good, my mother heard me screaming in the middle of the night. It was […]

The Genocide the U.S. Didn’t See Coming – POLITICO Magazine

The Genocide the U.S. Didn’t See Coming – POLITICO Magazine. Barack Obama was determined to open up to Myanmar. Now the country’s military is slaughtering its most vulnerable ethnic group. Could the United States have prevented it? Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh—The Moynarghona refugee camp, a claustrophobic, chaotic mass of bamboo and tarpaulin shacks, slumps over hillsides stripped bare of vegetation. Scrawny […]

Dear Mr. President, Reboot Before It’s Too Late

Dear Mr. President, Reboot Before It’s Too Late. Jared Kushner, both a senior adviser to and son-in-law of the president of the United States, has received a good deal of recent attention, not much of it good. There is the appearance, and possible reality, of conflict of interest given that Mr. Kushner is meeting with people in his official capacity […]

Ohio is investing in hyperloop studies. Why?

Ohio is investing in hyperloop studies. Why?. For American lawmakers, funding public transit often feels like small ball. Politicians prefer to dream bigger. Earlier this month, transportation agencies in the Cleveland region and in Illinois announced they would co-sponsor a $1.2 million study of a “hyperloop” connecting Cleveland to Chicago, cutting a 350-mile journey to just half an hour. It’s […]

America’s Newest Weather Satellite Is a Game-Changer for Forecasting Catastrophic Natural Events – Mother Jones

America’s Newest Weather Satellite Is a Game-Changer for Forecasting Catastrophic Natural Events – Mother Jones. 2017 was a grievously good year for cataclysms. Infernos engulfed not just California, which suffered its most destructive wildfire season on record, but the greater American West. A hyperactive hurricane season delivered the Gulf Coast its costliest thrashing in history. And those hurricanes also triggered […]

House Intel Republicans: Hicks ‘White Lies’ Admission Was A ‘Setup’ By Dems – Talking Points Memo

House Intel Republicans: Hicks ‘White Lies’ Admission Was A ‘Setup’ By Dems – Talking Points Memo. by Nicole Lafond Reps. Chris Stewart (R-UT) and Tom Rooney (R-FL) say Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee questioned White House Communications Director Hope Hicks in a manner that forced her to acknowledge she sometimes tells “white lies” for President Donald Trump. “It truly […]

It’s one thing to oppose Trump’s policies. It’s another to undercut the law

It's one thing to oppose Trump's policies. It's another to undercut the law. by The Times Editorial Board The Trump presidency has, to put it mildly, challenged conventional norms of American society and governance. The president’s intemperate tweets, irresponsible actions and extreme policy pronouncements have raised the hackles of pretty much everybody left of center, and a fair share of […]

Can Venezuela Be Saved? – The New York Times

Can Venezuela Be Saved? – The New York Times. by WIL S. HYLTON · March 1, 2018 There’s a page in a book in a stack on the floor at the house of Leopoldo López that I think about sometimes. It’s a page that López revisits often; one to which he has returned so many times these past few years, […]

Our Newest Culture Warriors: Activist C.E.O.s – The New York Times

Our Newest Culture Warriors: Activist C.E.O.s – The New York Times. by AARON K. CHATTERJI · March 2, 2018 Niv Bavarsky In the wake of the school shootings in Parkland, Fla., companies like Delta, Hertz and Symantec distanced themselves from the National Rifle Association by eliminating benefits to their members. Dick’s Sporting Goods, which owns 35 Field and Stream stores […]

Proposals to arm teachers fail students of color – Vox

Proposals to arm teachers fail students of color – Vox. The recent school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has renewed the debate about high national rates of gun violence and what to do about it. But as the debate has settled along the typical partisan divisions, one idea has emerged: Arming teachers could make schools safer. “If you […]

Pennsylvania Redistricting Leads To Bad Blood Among Some Democrats Forced To Shuffle Electoral Plans | HuffPost

Pennsylvania Redistricting Leads To Bad Blood Among Some Democrats Forced To Shuffle Electoral Plans | HuffPost. Democrats rejoiced last month when the Pennsylvania Supreme Court redrew the state’s congressional districts, ruling that the GOP had gerrymandered the map unconstitutionally. The court’s move made Democrats competitive in several more districts than they would have been under the Republican plan. But it […]

California’s “Jungle Primary” Could Turn Democrats’ Enthusiasm Into a Fiasco – Mother Jones

California’s “Jungle Primary” Could Turn Democrats’ Enthusiasm Into a Fiasco – Mother Jones. Since Donald Trump’s election, liberal activism has exploded across Southern and Central California, including in traditionally Republican bastions such as Orange County. In response, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has drawn up an aggressive battleground map that targets 10 districts as part of its effort to flip […]

Donald Trump Gets a Lesson From That ‘Very Bad Judge’ – The New York Times

Donald Trump Gets a Lesson From That ‘Very Bad Judge’ – The New York Times. by THE EDITORIAL BOARD · February 28, 2018 Laura Breiling As 280-character brain-squirts from America’s thumbiest commander in chief go, the one President Trump emitted late Tuesday night appeared harmless enough. Earlier in the day, a Federal District Court judge in San Diego handed Mr. […]

Hope Hicks’ totally ridiculous explanation for why she quit – CNNPolitics

Hope Hicks' totally ridiculous explanation for why she quit – CNNPolitics. Here’s how Hope Hicks explained her decision to resign as White House communications director, according to The New York Times’ Maggie Haberman, who broke the story: “She told colleagues that she had accomplished what she felt she could with a job that made her one of the most powerful […]

A Dozen Democrats Want To Help Banks Hide Racial Discrimination In Mortgages | HuffPost

A Dozen Democrats Want To Help Banks Hide Racial Discrimination In Mortgages | HuffPost. Tim Kaine isn’t shy about his work as a fair housing lawyer. When he ran as the Democratic Party’s vice presidential nominee in 2016, the Virginia senator routinely touted his past pro bono efforts to help low-income families deal with shady landlords and racist lenders. Combined […]

Georgia Legislature Punishes Delta for Cutting Ties With the NRA – Mother Jones

Georgia Legislature Punishes Delta for Cutting Ties With the NRA – Mother Jones. The House and Senate of Georgia just passed a tax bill that strips Delta Airlines—the state’s largest private employer—of a multi-million dollar tax break. The move comes just days after Delta publicly announced it would no longer be offering discounts to members of the National Rifle Association. […]

Russia Is a Rogue State. Time to Say So. – POLITICO Magazine

Russia Is a Rogue State. Time to Say So. – POLITICO Magazine. The Kremlin’s online activities go far beyond election meddling. The U.S. needs to fight back. It’s not just Robert Mueller: In four different instances in the past four weeks, the U.S. government, often with allies throughout the world, has publicly called out Russia’s bad online behavior and made […]

Hope Hicks’ totally ridiculous explanation for why she quit – CNNPolitics

Hope Hicks' totally ridiculous explanation for why she quit – CNNPolitics. Analysis by Chris Cillizza, CNN Editor-at-large (CNN)Here’s how Hope Hicks explained her decision to resign as White House communications director, according to The New York Times’ Maggie Haberman, who broke the story: “She told colleagues that she had accomplished what she felt she could with a job that made […]

The Loneliest Man in Washington Just Got Lonelier – POLITICO Magazine

The Loneliest Man in Washington Just Got Lonelier – POLITICO Magazine. by Edward-Isaac Dovere · February 28, 2018 Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images With the departure of Hope Hicks, President Trump loses one of his closest aides. Even Richard Nixon had Bebe Rebozo. And by the end, he was still pacing the halls, talking to the paintings. Donald Trump is close to […]

Mueller is reportedly investigating Trump’s threats to fire Jeff Sessions – Vox

Mueller is reportedly investigating Trump’s threats to fire Jeff Sessions – Vox. Add another item to the list of things that special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating: President Donald Trump’s public humiliation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the summer of 2017. The Washington Post’s Devlin Barrett, Josh Dawsey, and Rosalind S. Helderman report that Mueller is specifically interested in […]

Florida Moves To Arm Teachers After School Massacre | HuffPost

Florida Moves To Arm Teachers After School Massacre | HuffPost. Florida’s Republican-controlled state House and Senate approved bills this week that would train teachers to carry guns in classrooms, advancing GOP calls for more weapons in schools following the Feb. 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The legislature’s package would devote $67 million to establish school “marshals” ― […]

A Supreme Court Ruling Against Unions Would Hit Black Women Hardest – Mother Jones

A Supreme Court Ruling Against Unions Would Hit Black Women Hardest – Mother Jones. by Eli Day AFSCME members protest at the Minnesota State Capitol against a “right to work” amendment in 2012.Richard Sennott/Minneapolis Star Tribune Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. On Monday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Janus v. AFSCME, a […]

The NRA’s worst nightmare is here (Opinion) – CNN

The NRA's worst nightmare is here (Opinion) – CNN. by Dean Obeidallah Dean Obeidallah, a former attorney, is the host of SiriusXM radio’s daily program “The Dean Obeidallah Show” and a columnist for The Daily Beast. Follow him @DeanObeidallah. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his. (CNN)It feels like the early days of the #MeToo movement, which caused a […]

Opinion: Time’s Up for DiFi? Not If Democrats Are Smart

Opinion: Time’s Up for DiFi? Not If Democrats Are Smart. by Patricia Murphy · February 27, 2018 When Democrats chanted, “Time’s up! Time’s up!” at the California state convention this weekend, they weren’t protesting serial sexual harassers, as the Hollywood-based #TimesUp movement was founded to do. And they definitely weren’t calling for equal opportunities for women in leadership, the other […]

Jared Kushner has reportedly lost his top-secret security clearance – Vox

Jared Kushner has reportedly lost his top-secret security clearance – Vox. Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and a senior adviser, will be barred from looking at sensitive documents that he previously had access to, according to multiple media reports. Kushner and several other White House aides were informed in a memo on Friday that their interim security clearances would […]

Russians Reportedly ‘Compromised’ Systems In 7 States Before 2016 Election | HuffPost

Russians Reportedly 'Compromised' Systems In 7 States Before 2016 Election | HuffPost. Intelligence officials have “substantial evidence” that Russian hackers successfully compromised state websites or voter registration systems in seven states ahead of the 2016 elections, NBC News reported Tuesday. While it had been publicly reported that systems in Illinois and Arizona had been compromised before the 2016 election, the […]

Feinstein’s Team Isn’t Worried About State Party Snub

Feinstein’s Team Isn’t Worried About State Party Snub. by Bridget Bowman · February 26, 2018 For the first time in nearly 30 years, Sen. Dianne Feinstein did not secure the California Democratic Party’s endorsement. But her campaign team isn’t worried. “I think we’re in good shape,” said longtime Feinstein adviser Bill Carrick. “Nothing’s changed in the fundamentals.” Feinstein’s primary challenger, […]

Why Scapegoating the Parkland Sheriff Is the Wrong Play

Why Scapegoating the Parkland Sheriff Is the Wrong Play. by Matt Lewis · February 26, 2018 opinion One conservative writes that the Broward sheriff has replaced Nancy Pelosi as the most toxic Democrat. But we must not use his shortcomings to do nothing on guns. opinion Michael Laughlin/Reuters It was one of the worst TV appearances of this short year. […]

Trump’s plan to arm teachers shows how the Supreme Court got the Second Amendment so wrong.

Trump’s plan to arm teachers shows how the Supreme Court got the Second Amendment so wrong.. by Dahlia Lithwick, Sonja West · February 27, 2018 Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens departs the funeral of U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia in Washington on Feb. 20, 2016. Carlos Barria/Reuters Nearly two weeks after the horrific shooting spree […]

Winter Olympics closing ceremony: Russia hacked the 2018 Olympics – Vox

Winter Olympics closing ceremony: Russia hacked the 2018 Olympics – Vox. Russian military spies hacked hundreds of computers at the 2018 Olympic Games in South Korea — and tried to make it look like North Korea was the culprit, according to a new report. It is likely retaliation against the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for banning the Russian team from […]

‘Swing Vote’ Gorsuch Silent During Case That Could Crush Public-Sector Unions | HuffPost

'Swing Vote' Gorsuch Silent During Case That Could Crush Public-Sector Unions | HuffPost. The U.S. Supreme Court appeared divided along ideological lines on Monday in a high-stakes case that could deprive unions representing police, firefighters and certain other public employees of a key source of funds ― millions of dollars in fees they can collect annually from non-members. During about […]

The Supreme Court Just Rejected the Trump Administration’s Request to Quickly Kill DACA – Mother Jones

The Supreme Court Just Rejected the Trump Administration’s Request to Quickly Kill DACA – Mother Jones. The Supreme Court has denied the Trump administration’s request for it to quickly review a lower-court decision that temporarily blocks ending protections from deportation for Dreamers—young undocumented immigrants who came to the country as children. The decision means that Dreamers will likely be able […]

Azar: Short-term health insurance plans are a much needed, affordable option (Opinion) – CNN

Azar: Short-term health insurance plans are a much needed, affordable option (Opinion) – CNN. by Alex Azar Alex Azar is the US Secretary of Health and Human Services. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his. (CNN)The 21st century is a golden age of personalization. Whether it’s customizing our smart phones with our favorite apps or ordering exactly what we […]

The Democratic Rebuttal to the Nunes Memo – The Atlantic

The Democratic Rebuttal to the Nunes Memo – The Atlantic. · by Natasha Bertrand · February 25, 2018 The Republican charge that the FBI misled a secret surveillance court in order to spy on a former Trump campaign operative seemed to unravel on Saturday, when Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee revealed the exact wording that the bureau used when […]

Supreme Court could cripple public unions in run-up to 2018 midterms – POLITICO

Supreme Court could cripple public unions in run-up to 2018 midterms – POLITICO. by Andrew Hanna · February 25, 2018 The case challenges the money that public unions representing teachers, firefighters, nurses and other government employees collect from non-members to cover their share of collective bargaining costs | Alex Wong/Getty Images The Supreme Court will hear arguments Monday in a […]

Justice Neil Gorsuch is about to deliver Republicans a big return on their investment.

Justice Neil Gorsuch is about to deliver Republicans a big return on their investment.. by Sean McElwee, Mark Joseph Stern · February 25, 2018 Supreme Court Justices Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch. Photo illustration by Slate. Photos by Alex Wong/Getty Images. On Monday, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Janus v. AFSCME, a challenge to the idea that […]

Florida shooting: Multiple armed officers waited outside during massacre – Vox

Florida shooting: Multiple armed officers waited outside during massacre – Vox. Several local sheriff’s deputies waited outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School while a shooter gunned down multiple people, killing 17, according to new reports. Coral Springs police officers say that not one but several Broward County sheriff’s deputies waited outside the school building in Parkland, Florida, while the February […]

California Democrats Decline To Endorse Dianne Feinstein For Re-Election | HuffPost

California Democrats Decline To Endorse Dianne Feinstein For Re-Election | HuffPost. The California Democratic Party rebuked its senior senator early Sunday by declining to make an endorsement in the state’s U.S. Senate race. State Senate leader Kevin de León, a fellow Democrat mounting a progressive challenge to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, won the support of 54 percent of the delegates at […]

Bernie Sanders promoted false story on reporting Russian trolls – POLITICO

Bernie Sanders promoted false story on reporting Russian trolls – POLITICO. by Edward-Isaac Dovere · February 24, 2018 Sen. Bernie Sanders and his top aide were at turns defiant and defensive during and after his interview with a Vermont radio station, even initially disputing special counsel Robert Mueller’s finding in his indictment last week that the Russians backed his campaign. […]

Florida shooting: Multiple armed officers waited outside during massacre – Vox

Florida shooting: Multiple armed officers waited outside during massacre – Vox. Several local sheriff’s deputies waited outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School while a shooter gunned down multiple people, killing 17, according to new reports. Coral Springs police officers say that not one but several Broward County sheriff’s deputies waited outside the school building in Parkland, Florida, while the February […]

Yes, Russia Likely Did Swing Votes For Donald Trump | HuffPost

Yes, Russia Likely Did Swing Votes For Donald Trump | HuffPost. As John Bentley waited in line to see President Barack Obama campaign for Hillary Clinton just days before the 2016 election, he worried that he’d been unable to persuade his son to cast a ballot for Clinton, too. The 24-year-old believed Clinton was untrustworthy, with new emails released by […]

Bernie Sanders Wants to Be a Kingmaker in the Race for Congress – Mother Jones

Bernie Sanders Wants to Be a Kingmaker in the Race for Congress – Mother Jones. The 2016 election may never end but the 2018 election has already begun in earnest. Although Democrats in Wisconsin won’t hold their primary until August, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders traveled to southeast Wisconsin Saturday to stump for Randy Bryce, the Racine ironworker who is running […]

Dem Memo Knocks Down Nunes’ Claims About Carter Page Surveillance Warrant – Talking Points Memo

Dem Memo Knocks Down Nunes’ Claims About Carter Page Surveillance Warrant – Talking Points Memo. by Alice Ollstein Late Saturday afternoon, Democratic members of the House Intelligence Committee released a partially redacted version of their memo countering claims from the committee’s Republicans that the intelligence community under the Obama administration abused its powers in surveilling members of President Trump’s campaign. […]

New Short-Term Health Plan Rules Are an Attack on Obamacare – Bloomberg

New Short-Term Health Plan Rules Are an Attack on Obamacare – Bloomberg. by The Editors More stories by The Editors The Trump administration’s latest strike on the Affordable Care Act is to expand the availability of so-called short-term health insurance. Don’t be misled by the seeming modesty of this idea. It’s an impressive combination of bad policy and bad faith. […]

What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About #MeToo | The Nation

What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About #MeToo | The Nation. Amid the chorus of stories that define the #MeToo phenomenon, there remain other, unattended stories. These others do not displace the chorus. They do not say, “You are wrong, shut up.” They do not exist in the world of “Keep quiet” or “Be good.” They do not […]

The Never Again Movement Gains Momentum | The New Yorker

The Never Again Movement Gains Momentum | The New Yorker. · by Emily Witt · February 23, 2018 Six days after the Parkland school shooting, the activists travelled to the state capitol to meet with one of the most pro-gun state legislatures in the country. Photograph by Audra Melton / NYT / Redux On Tuesday morning, the body of the […]

Doctor In Menendez Corruption Case Gets 17 Years in Prison

Doctor In Menendez Corruption Case Gets 17 Years in Prison. by Griffin Connolly · February 23, 2018 New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez said in December he still communicates closely with eye doctor Salomon Melgen. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo) Griffin Connolly Posted Feb 23, 2018 10:56 AM Save for later A federal judge on Thursday sentenced the Florida eye […]

Rick Gates Flips From Paul Manafort’s Old Pal to Robert Mueller’s New Weapon

Rick Gates Flips From Paul Manafort’s Old Pal to Robert Mueller’s New Weapon. by Justin Miller · February 23, 2018 He admitted helping Manafort run a scheme to influence American politics and get filthy rich in the process. What does he know about the Trump campaign? Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast Rick Gates has gone from Team Trump […]

Paranoia about George Soros thrives in Hungary, Russia, and Israel, too.

Paranoia about George Soros thrives in Hungary, Russia, and Israel, too.. by Joshua Keating · February 22, 2018 Financier and philanthropist George Soros on June 8. Photo illustration by Slate. Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images Conspiracy theorists this week have suggested that the Florida teens rallying for gun control measures after surviving last week’s school shooting are being manipulated by […]

What police missed before the Florida shooting – Vox

What police missed before the Florida shooting – Vox. The day after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, President Donald Trump tweeted that people “[m]ust always report” signs that may suggest a person is planning a mass killing. But more than a week later, it’s become clear that many people did report such signs about the shooter, 19-year-old Nikolas […]

Let the Teachers Teach – The New York Times

Let the Teachers Teach – The New York Times. by THE EDITORIAL BOARD · February 22, 2018 Rose Wong President Trump on Thursday repeated his call for “highly trained” schoolteachers to pack heat in their classrooms. If they were armed, the president said, they could fire back immediately at school shooters like the young man with an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle […]

The Trolling of the American Mind – The New York Times

The Trolling of the American Mind – The New York Times. by Ross Douthat · February 21, 2018 Trump supporters standing for the national anthem at a rally in Ohio in 2016. Doug Mills/The New York Times There are two Russian scandals connected to the 2016 campaign. One deserves the attention that it’s getting. The other is closer to — […]

Russia’s Man In The White House | HuffPost

Russia's Man In The White House | HuffPost. America now ponders two remarkable questions. First, did a presidential candidate compromise our interests in exchange for electoral help from a foreign adversary? Second, once elected, did he obstruct justice in order to conceal his disloyalty? We must have answers. But, for the moment, let’s consider what we already know: how assiduously […]

Paranoia about George Soros thrives in Hungary, Russia, and Israel, too.

Paranoia about George Soros thrives in Hungary, Russia, and Israel, too.. by Joshua Keating · February 22, 2018 Financier and philanthropist George Soros on June 8. Photo illustration by Slate. Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images Conspiracy theorists this week have suggested that the Florida teens rallying for gun control measures after surviving last week’s school shooting are being manipulated by […]

The Trump Administration Wants Your Help Getting People Off Food Stamps | HuffPost

The Trump Administration Wants Your Help Getting People Off Food Stamps | HuffPost. A week after President Donald Trump proposed replacing food stamp benefits with boxes of canned goods, the Trump administration is now crowdsourcing ideas on how to shrink enrollment in the program. Roughly 43 million Americans received monthly benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in 2016, of […]

Trump Doubles Down on Plan to Arm 20 Percent of Teachers – Mother Jones

Trump Doubles Down on Plan to Arm 20 Percent of Teachers – Mother Jones. President Donald Trump on Thursday lashed out at media coverage of his statement that school shootings could be prevented if large numbers of teachers and coaches were armed. “I never said ‘give teachers guns’ like was stated on Fake News @CNN & @NBC,” Trump tweeted. Nevertheless, […]

‘Lock Her Up’ Chants Return To CPAC 15 Months After 2016 Election – Talking Points Memo

‘Lock Her Up’ Chants Return To CPAC 15 Months After 2016 Election – Talking Points Memo. by Caitlin MacNeal NATIONAL HARBOR, MD — More than a year after President Donald Trump won the 2016 election, attendees at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) were still celebrating Hillary Clinton’s loss and hoping for her arrest. During the final speech on […]

Has the NRA Finally Met Its Match? | The Nation

Has the NRA Finally Met Its Match? | The Nation. by Katha Pollitt · February 21, 2018 School students from Montgomery County, Maryland, rally at the Capitol in solidarity with those affected by the shooting at Parkland High School. (AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite) I was all set to write a column about the paralysis of progressives around guns: […]

Will Mueller Indict Russians Over the DNC Hacking Next? | The Nation

Will Mueller Indict Russians Over the DNC Hacking Next? | The Nation. by Bob Dreyfuss · February 21, 2018 A view of the building known as the “troll farm” in St. Petersburg, Russia, February 17, 2018. (AP Photo / Naira Davlashyan) Now that Robert Mueller, the Russiagate special counsel, has indicted 13 Russian actors—including the shadowy Internet Research Agency, the […]

Bernie blames Hillary for allowing Russian interference – POLITICO

Bernie blames Hillary for allowing Russian interference – POLITICO. by Edward-Isaac Dovere · February 21, 2018 Sen. Bernie Sanders said that he did not benefit from Russian bots urging voters to support him. | Win McNamee/Getty Bernie Sanders on Wednesday blamed Hillary Clinton for not doing more to stop the Russian attack on the last presidential election. Then his 2016 […]

Trump Tells Shooting Survivors: Solution to ‘Your Problem’ Is More Guns in School

Trump Tells Shooting Survivors: Solution to ‘Your Problem’ Is More Guns in School. by Gideon Resnick · February 21, 2018 During a listening session Wednesday with student survivors and their families, the president proposed arming teachers and making it easier to institutionalize people. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty While meeting with survivors of last week’s school shooting, President Donald Trump on Wednesday endorsed […]

The surreal Trump listening session was effective and befuddling political theater.

The surreal Trump listening session was effective and befuddling political theater.. by Jeremy Stahl · February 22, 2018 Donald Trump hosts a listening session with Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting survivors Julie Cordover and Jonathan Blank and his mother Melissa Blank and others. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images President Donald Trump hosted a number Americans who have been impacted by school […]

Trump used crib notes at White House listening session on school shootings – Vox

Trump used crib notes at White House listening session on school shootings – Vox. President Donald Trump apparently needed a reminder to tell shooting survivors, “I hear you,” during a White House listening session on school shootings he hosted on Wednesday. An Associated Press photographer snapped a photo of the president’s poorly hidden crib notes during the emotional discussion on […]

Here’s How To Stop The Next Nikolas Cruz | HuffPost

Here's How To Stop The Next Nikolas Cruz | HuffPost. Nikolas Cruz was depressed. He cut his arms and posted videos on Snapchat. He killed animals. He threatened fellow students. He hit his mother. He brought bullets to school. Someone close to him called the FBI to report his “desire to kill people, erratic behavior, and disturbing social media posts, […]

Making America Toxic Again – Mother Jones

Making America Toxic Again – Mother Jones. About a month after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, Scott Pruitt arrived at the Environmental Protection Agency for his first full day of work. The new administrator had weathered a contentious confirmation battle, with bitter debate over his long-standing ties to the industries he was now responsible for regulating—not to mention the 14 lawsuits […]

Trump’s Bump Stock Ban Seems Doomed – Talking Points Memo

Trump’s Bump Stock Ban Seems Doomed – Talking Points Memo. by Sam Thielman Four months after a gunman shot 480 concertgoers from the window of his 32nd-floor hotel room, President Trump has ordered the Department of Justice (DOJ) to do something the department has repeatedly said it can’t do on its own: Ban bump stocks. The result could well be […]

Trump’s budget doesn’t reflect nation’s values | The Seattle Times

Trump’s budget doesn’t reflect nation’s values | The Seattle Times. by Seattle Times editorial board · February 18, 2018 President Donald Trump boarding Air Force One Feb. 2 en route to West Palm Beach, Florida (Carolyn Kaster / The Associated Press) When it comes to President Donald Trump’s latest budget proposal, the message it sends is disappointingly unpresidential, adding debt […]

How Bob Mueller Bought Himself More Time – POLITICO Magazine

How Bob Mueller Bought Himself More Time – POLITICO Magazine. by Renato Mariotti · February 19, 2018 Gerald Herbert/AP Photo The special counsel just made it harder for the president to fire him. Maybe that helps explain this weekend’s fusillade of angry tweets from Mar-a-Lago. On Friday, the Justice Department announced the first-ever indictment of an organized operation by foreign […]

Can the Trump Administration Rig the Census? | New Republic

Can the Trump Administration Rig the Census? | New Republic. by Eric H. Holder Jr. · February 20, 2018 In his first year in office, Donald Trump and his administration have launched a daunting number of direct and open attacks on long-respected American rights and freedoms—threatening immigrants, the media, health care, transgender rights in the military, and much else. But […]

What’s Inside Trump’s Secret War Powers Memo?

What’s Inside Trump’s Secret War Powers Memo?. by Spencer Ackerman · February 20, 2018 The answer appears to be a strikingly broad legal argument to strike virtually anywhere—without Congressional say-so. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson informed a senator in a recently-revealed letter that President Trump considers himself to possess inherent constitutional authority to launch military action without any act of […]

Donald Trump Directs Justice Department To Take Steps To Ban Bump Stocks | HuffPost

Donald Trump Directs Justice Department To Take Steps To Ban Bump Stocks | HuffPost. President Donald Trump announced he has ordered Attorney General Jeff Sessions to take steps to ban bump stocks, the type of gun modification that Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock used to kill 58 people in October. “Just a few moments ago, I signed a memorandum directing […]

Mueller Tacks On Another Guilty Plea In Russia Probe – Talking Points Memo

Mueller Tacks On Another Guilty Plea In Russia Probe – Talking Points Memo. by Tierney Sneed A former lawyer for a major U.S. law firm pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in Washington D.C., to lying to federal authorities in a case that is part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s wide-ranging Russia probe. The guilty plea by Alex van der […]

Will Anthony Kennedy Retire? What Influences a Justice’s Decision – The New York Times

Will Anthony Kennedy Retire? What Influences a Justice’s Decision – The New York Times. by Adam Liptak · February 19, 2018 Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, center, with President Trump and Judge Neil M. Gorsuch at the White House in April during Judge Gorsuch’s swearing-in as a Supreme Court justice. If the moderate Justice Kennedy retires, Mr. Trump would be likely […]

Pennsylvania top court redraws voting map in boost to Democrats

Pennsylvania top court redraws voting map in boost to Democrats. Pennsylvania’s top court on Monday unveiled a new map carving out the state’s U.S. congressional voting districts, imposing a plan it said was based on “traditional criteria” after rejecting a proposal drawn up by Republican lawmakers as unconstitutional. The state Supreme Court had ruled that the Republican plan effectively marginalized […]

‘Tell Them We Are Rising’ examines how black colleges shaped America – Vox

‘Tell Them We Are Rising’ examines how black colleges shaped America – Vox. Created to educate black students at a time when white society had yet to embrace them as equals, historically black colleges and universities, also known as HBCUs, have had an outsize impact on the success of the black community. Alumni of black colleges and universities are a […]

Top Democrat: Obama Too Slow On Russia Hacking, But Trump Is ‘Sitting On His Hands’ | HuffPost

Top Democrat: Obama Too Slow On Russia Hacking, But Trump Is ‘Sitting On His Hands’ | HuffPost. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, called out both President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama for not speaking out sooner about the investigation into hacking during the 2016 presidential election. “At the time, we could […]

Trump Is Officially the Worst President Ever – Mother Jones

Trump Is Officially the Worst President Ever – Mother Jones. by Ben Dreyfuss Alex Brandon/AP Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. Today is President’s Day, a day on which we celebrate presidents. The current occupant of the White House started this brisk and leaping morning with a tweet commemorating the occasion. Have a great, but […]

Teens Pushing For Gun Control Host ‘Lie In’ Outside White House – Talking Points Memo

Teens Pushing For Gun Control Host ‘Lie In’ Outside White House – Talking Points Memo. Dozens of teenage students spread their bodies on the pavement in front of the White House to demand presidential action on gun control and symbolize the 17 killed in a school shooting in Florida. The teenagers were also joined by parents and educators. The protesters […]

Confessions of a Russiagate Skeptic – POLITICO Magazine

Confessions of a Russiagate Skeptic – POLITICO Magazine. If, like me, you’ve been following every twist and turn of the Russia investigations, you’ve probably wrestled with the same question that has been gnawing at me for more than a year now: What if there’s nothing there? No, I’m not denying the voluminous evidence that Russia, at Kremlin strongman Vladimir Putin’s […]

Bibi’s downfall: Is the most dangerous man in the Middle East done for? – Salon.com

Bibi’s downfall: Is the most dangerous man in the Middle East done for? – Salon.com. by Patrick Lawrence · February 18, 2018 Benjamin Netanyahu has set Israel, and the entire Middle East, on a path toward doomsday. Will his fall matter? The political future of Benjamin Netanyahu is at last in doubt. With the Israeli police report recommending criminal charges […]

No, the Latest Mueller Indictment Does Not Absolve Trump, Key Democrat Says – Mother Jones

No, the Latest Mueller Indictment Does Not Absolve Trump, Key Democrat Says – Mother Jones. by Dan Friedman Evan Vucci/AP Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. The top Democrat on the House intelligence committee brushed off attacks by President Donald Trump on Sunday, and he mocked Trump for claiming that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s recent […]

Bari Weiss, Outrage Mobs, and Identity Politics – The Atlantic

Bari Weiss, Outrage Mobs, and Identity Politics – The Atlantic. by Shadi Hamid · February 17, 2018 The mob was unusually vociferous, even for Twitter. After the California-born ice skater Mirai Nagasu became the first American woman to land a triple axel at the Olympics, the New York Times writer Bari Weiss commented “Immigrants: They get the job done.” What […]

Appeasing the Trigger Gods – The New York Times

Appeasing the Trigger Gods – The New York Times. During his campaign, Donald Trump often bragged about his skill as a negotiator. In conversations, he ventured that, as president, he might be able to resolve two of the most thorny and tragic dilemmas: finding peace in the Mideast and reaching a sensible compromise on guns. He said he would hop […]

It’s going to be much harder for Trump to fire Rod Rosenstein now.

It’s going to be much harder for Trump to fire Rod Rosenstein now.. by Dahlia Lithwick · February 16, 2018 U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announces the indictment of 13 Russian nationals and three Russian organizations for meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election on Friday. Win McNamee/Getty Images On Friday, the Department of Justice detonated a legal bombshell, […]

It Won’t Be Easy For Blue States To Dodge The GOP Tax Law | HuffPost

It Won't Be Easy For Blue States To Dodge The GOP Tax Law | HuffPost. As Democratic policymakers at the state level attempt to craft legislative responses to the tax bill that Republicans rushed through Congress last year, the difficulty of the task is becoming clearer. To offset the revenue lost from corporate giveaways, Republicans limited the amount that people […]