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, […]

Can You Kill the Islamic State? – The New York Times

Can You Kill the Islamic State? – The New York Times. by ALI H. SOUFAN · June 20, 2017 Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-appointed caliph of the self-described Islamic State, might have been killed. Again. In announcing last week the airstrike that may have felled the Islamic State’s leader, Russia wisely hedged its bets. If Mr. Baghdadi’s death is confirmed, […]

What Will It Take to Dump Trump?

What Will It Take to Dump Trump?. The general assumption in Washington has been that only one of two things could cause the Republican leadership to turn on President Trump and begin removal proceedings, either under the 25th Amendment or via articles of impeachment. One would be a smoking gun so dramatic that Republicans would be compelled to move. That […]

President Trump Looms Over Georgia Special Election—Whether GOP Wants Him or Not

President Trump Looms Over Georgia Special Election—Whether GOP Wants Him or Not. by Patricia Murphy · June 20, 2017 With President Trump in the White House, Karen Handel may have little control over her own destiny. Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily Beast When he’s up, you’re up. When he’s down, you’re down. That may be the ultimate takeaway for […]

Democrats’ misguided desire to woo the white working class.

Democrats’ misguided desire to woo the white working class.. by Yascha Mounk · June 19, 2017 The podium stands empty onstage during preparations for the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena on Sept. 3, 2012, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Just as generals are always fighting the previous war, campaign strategists always seem to be fighting […]

The health care industry doesn’t love Obamacare enough to save it – Vox

The health care industry doesn't love Obamacare enough to save it – Vox. The health care industry killed Hillarycare in the 1990s and cut deals to shape Obamacare more to its liking in 2009. But now, as Republicans push a sweeping and widely reviled health bill through Congress, the industry has often appeared declawed in the biggest health care fight […]

Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Potentially Monumental Political Gerrymandering Case | HuffPost

Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Potentially Monumental Political Gerrymandering Case | HuffPost. The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case out of Wisconsin that could lead to a landmark decision determining whether or not Republicans or Democrats have drawn their state’s electoral districts in a way that gives their candidates an unconstitutional advantage. The case, Gill v. Whitford, comes […]

Why Bill Cosby walked free

Why Bill Cosby walked free. A funny thing happens when men lie in plain sight. Especially famous ones. We bend over backwards to pretend it isn’t true. We’ll think up scenarios that make sense of the person’s behavior. We’ll develop synonyms that obfuscate the unpleasant fact that their lie is a lie and explain why it is not just tasteful […]

Zombies, Vampires and Republicans – The New York Times

Zombies, Vampires and Republicans – The New York Times. Zombies have long ruled the Republican Party. The good news is that they may finally be losing their grip — although they may still return and resume eating conservative brains. The bad news is that even if zombies are in retreat, vampires are taking their place. What are these zombies of […]

Democratic Hopes Are Sky High in Trump-Testing Georgia Special Election Runoff

Democratic Hopes Are Sky High in Trump-Testing Georgia Special Election Runoff. Take the New Hampshire presidential primary, move it next to a Waffle House, douse it in cash and the sweltering June heat of Georgia, and you’ll get the special election runoff in the state’s 6th Congressional District. In a race that was never expected to be close, the once […]

As the 1 percent washes their money through arts funding, artists respond – Salon.com

As the 1 percent washes their money through arts funding, artists respond – Salon.com. by Heather Corcoran · June 18, 2017 At the most recent edition of the Whitney Biennial, the long-running survey of American art, visitors were greeted by a quote of the sort not usually seen in museums: “The two greatest stores of wealth internationally today [are] contemporary […]

A Scientist Didn’t Disclose Important Data—and Let Everyone Believe a Popular Weedkiller Causes Cancer – Mother Jones

A Scientist Didn’t Disclose Important Data—and Let Everyone Believe a Popular Weedkiller Causes Cancer – Mother Jones. by Kiera Butler fotokostic/Getty Does a common herbicide cause cancer? Over the past several years, that question has stirred up no shortage of controversy, with international health agencies offering conflicting information. The weedkiller, a chemical called glyphosate, is commonly sold by the agribiz […]

Articles: Fox News Ratings Are Up – and Why the Numbers Matter

Articles: Fox News Ratings Are Up – and Why the Numbers Matter. by Peter Barry Chowka · June 23, 2017 Some readers may be wondering why the frequent reporting lately on cable news ratings – in an online political publication that is not well known for catering to the business side of media – is worthy of their attention. The […]

Why Otto Warmbier’s Murder Is The Biggest Challenge To Trump Yet

Why Otto Warmbier's Murder Is The Biggest Challenge To Trump Yet. by Helen Raleigh · June 23, 2017 There shouldn’t have been any debate about this. Twenty-two-year-old American Otto Warmbier was murdered by North Korea. He went to North Korea as a tourist last January. He was young, healthy and lively. The North Korean regime accused him of stealing a […]

Grassley, Feinstein want answers from Loretta Lynch – POLITICO

Grassley, Feinstein want answers from Loretta Lynch – POLITICO. by Austin Wright · June 23, 2017 The senators are seeking answers about a Russian intelligence memo — which was obtained by the FBI — that suggested former Attorney General Lynch had assured a member of the Clinton campaign that the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails would not go too far. […]

Washington Post confirms: Trump right on Russian election tampering

Washington Post confirms: Trump right on Russian election tampering. The Washington Post published a new report Friday called “Obama’s secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin’s election assault,” but the story was less about punishing and more about Obama ignoring the threat because he thought Hillary Clinton would win the election. The Russian intervention became a big deal only after […]

Mitch McConnell’s Secret Health-Care Weapon: The Political Allure of Crushing Obamacare | The National Interest

Mitch McConnell's Secret Health-Care Weapon: The Political Allure of Crushing Obamacare | The National Interest. It was September 18, 2008, and the Bush administration was asking something remarkable of the House and Senate leadership: approve $700 billion in emergency bailout money for the tottering big banks or the world economy would collapse. Oh, and the funds were needed immediately, with […]

74,531,002 Enrolled in Medicaid/CHIP

74,531,002 Enrolled in Medicaid/CHIP. As of April, there were 74,531,002 people enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program as of April, according to the latest data released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. That is up 16,705,235 in the 49 states that reported their Medicaid/CHIP enrollment numbers for both the July-to-September period of 2013 (the last […]

Obama’s Last-Minute Land Grab Was Bad for Utah. Trump Is Showing He Hears the People.

Obama’s Last-Minute Land Grab Was Bad for Utah. Trump Is Showing He Hears the People.. by Sen. Mike Lee · June 23, 2017 During the Christmas season last year, the Obama administration ignored the majority of Utahans by designating a vast tract of land in southern Utah as a national monument. Last week, the Department of the Interior took a […]

Senate Judiciary now Investigating Loretta Lynch

Senate Judiciary now Investigating Loretta Lynch. by Debra Heine The Senate Judiciary Committee announced Friday that it has opened a probe into former Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s possible interference in the FBI’s investigation of Hillary Clinton’s emails during the 2016 election. In a letter to Ms. Lynch, the committee asks a number of questions pertaining to Russian intelligence documents, including […]

Reagan Redux? | City Journal

Reagan Redux? | City Journal. Ronald Reagan, who presided over the longest continuous period of peacetime economic growth in modern American history, was also, argues Henry Olsen, the most misunderstood of modern chief executives. Liberals and Democrats—categories that include most of the media—had a vested interest in depicting Reagan as the twin of Barry Goldwater. Olsen’s book is directed not […]

Morning in America Here in America | The American Spectator

Morning in America Here in America | The American Spectator. by Peter Roff · June 23, 2017 Up until Donald Trump’s election it looked like the trade wars were largely over. Policymakers in both parties seemed to have accepted full integration of the United States into the global economy was both a good and a goal. Trump turned that on […]

What If Donald Trump Doesn’t Sink the Republican Party? – Reason.com

What If Donald Trump Doesn't Sink the Republican Party? – Reason.com. by David Harsanyi · June 23, 2017 What if Republican voters who don’t particularly like President Donald Trump are also able to compartmentalize their votes? What if they dislike Democrats more than they do the president? What if, rather than being punished for Trump’s unpopularity, local candidates are rewarded […]

Mitch McConnell: Replacing failed Obamacare

Mitch McConnell: Replacing failed Obamacare. Seven years ago, Democrats imposed Obamacare on our country. By nearly any measure, it has failed and no amount of 11th hour reality-denying or buck-passing by Democrats is going to change the fact that more Americans are going to get hurt unless we do something. We’ve long called for a better way forward, and we’ve […]

The Senate’s Health-Care Advance – WSJ

The Senate’s Health-Care Advance – WSJ. Senate Republicans released their draft bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare on Thursday, and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is hoping for a vote next week. The binary choice now is between pushing past the media and Democratic flak to pass a historic achievement, or wilting under the pressure and ratifying the ObamaCare status quo. […]

Getting an Edge in the Long Afghan Struggle – WSJ

Getting an Edge in the Long Afghan Struggle – WSJ. By David Petraeus and Michael O’Hanlon June 22, 2017 6:32 p.m. ET 57 COMMENTS Can the U.S. succeed in Afghanistan? Not without a sustained, and sustainable, commitment. President Trump’s decision to give Defense Secretary Jim Mattis the authority to add several thousand more U.S. troops to the 8,400 currently deployed […]

To win, Democrats will do anything except lay off the culture war | New York Post

To win, Democrats will do anything except lay off the culture war | New York Post. by Rich Lowry · June 22, 2017 How much do Democrats really want to defeat President Trump? There’s no doubt that Democrats want to watch TV programs that excoriate the president. They want to give money to candidates opposing him. They want to fantasize […]

Disappointed Dems | The Weekly Standard

Disappointed Dems | The Weekly Standard. Trump-hatred doesn’t deliver the victory they were dreaming of. In April, Democrat Jon Ossoff got 48 percent of the vote in the special election to pick the new House member from Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District outside Atlanta. He came in first but was forced into a runoff with Republican Karen Handel, who got 20 […]

The New Senate Republican Bill Will Transform American Health Care

The New Senate Republican Bill Will Transform American Health Care. The hotly-anticipated Senate Republican health care bill came out on Thursday morning. The airwaves quickly filled up with predictable talking points from both sides. But once the dust settles, it will emerge that the Senate bill will have far-reaching effects on American health care: for the better. Substantial improvements to […]

Congress ignores White House pressure to tweak Russia sanctions bill

Congress ignores White House pressure to tweak Russia sanctions bill. by Pete Kasperowicz · June 23, 2017 The House and Senate are on a path to quickly tweaking and passing a bill imposing new sanctions against Russia and Iran, possibly before they leave for the July 4 break, without any consideration of the Trump administration’s call for more flexibility in […]

Syrian Civil War — U.S. Interests Lie with Sunnis | National Review

Syrian Civil War — U.S. Interests Lie with Sunnis | National Review. by Charles Krauthammer · June 22, 2017 The U.S. shoots down a Syrian fighter-bomber. Iran launches missiles into eastern Syria. Russia threatens to attack coalition aircraft west of the Euphrates. What is going on? It might appear a mindless mess, but the outlines are clear. The great Muslim […]

The Outlook After the Special Elections – Michael Barone

The Outlook After the Special Elections – Michael Barone. by Michael Barone The victory of Republican Karen Handel in the special election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District on Tuesday has discouraged Democrats and encouraged Republicans. Democrat Jon Ossoff won 48.1 percent in the special election’s first round April 18, and Democrats had high hopes that they could take this House […]

Integration Policy Flopping in Germany – The American Interest

Integration Policy Flopping in Germany – The American Interest. by Sean Keeley · June 22, 2017 Berlin has admitted that it is barely making headway in integrating its refugee population, the Financial Times reports: Up to three quarters of Germany’s refugees will still be unemployed in five years’ time, according to a government minister, in a stark admission of the […]

Trump Admin, Congress Offer New Hope for Families of U.S. Hostages in Iran

Trump Admin, Congress Offer New Hope for Families of U.S. Hostages in Iran. Families and advocates of U.S. prisoners held in Iran are encouraged by a new focus from the Trump administration and Congress to secure the safe return of their loved ones after experiencing several disappointments during the final year of President Obama’s tenure. The House Foreign Affairs Committee […]

‘Have You Read the Bill?’ | The Weekly Standard

'Have You Read the Bill?' | The Weekly Standard. In the first two years of the Obama administration, “Read the bill!” was an effective anti-Obama­care rallying cry. Republican congressmen, as well as conservative and Tea Party activists, demanded that legislation weighing in at more than 2,000 pages and affecting one-sixth of the economy be carefully considered by Congress and openly […]

Senate Health Care Bill Defunds Planned Paren | The Daily Caller

Senate Health Care Bill Defunds Planned Paren | The Daily Caller. by Jack Crowe · June 22, 2017 The Senate health care bill released Thursday includes a provision to defund Planned Parenthood for one year. Planned Parenthood defunding language in the Senate’s AHCA draft pic.twitter.com/9RRLgyAzYI — Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) June 22, 2017 The bill, which has drawn criticism from lawmakers […]

Articles: Fox News Ratings Are Up – and Why the Numbers Matter

Articles: Fox News Ratings Are Up – and Why the Numbers Matter. by Peter Barry Chowka · June 23, 2017 Some readers may be wondering why the frequent reporting lately on cable news ratings – in an online political publication that is not well known for catering to the business side of media – is worthy of their attention. The […]

The FBI’s Briefing On GOP Baseball Shooting Couldn’t Be More Bizarre

The FBI's Briefing On GOP Baseball Shooting Couldn't Be More Bizarre. by Mollie Hemingway · June 22, 2017 The FBI gave an utterly bizarre update on its investigation into an attempt to assassinate Republican members of Congress. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) remains in the hospital from the attempt on his life in which two police officers and a congressional staffer […]

No tapes after all: Trump says he didn’t record Comey talks

No tapes after all: Trump says he didn't record Comey talks. President Donald Trump declared Thursday he never made and doesn’t have recordings of his private conversations with ousted former FBI Director James Comey, ending a month-long guessing game that he started with a cryptic tweet and that ensnared his administration in yet more controversy. “With all of the recently […]

Dems fear Pelosi’s ‘San Francisco values’ sinking party

Dems fear Pelosi’s ‘San Francisco values’ sinking party. In the Georgia special House election won by the Republican candidate in what many regard as an affirmation of the Trump agenda, GOP ads tied Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff to Nancy Pelosi’s “San Francisco values.” That “Republican playbook” obviously is working, declared Democratic Rep. Kathleen Rice of New York, who concluded in […]

An Interview with Dana Rohrabacher about Russia, Turkey and Trump | The National Interest

An Interview with Dana Rohrabacher about Russia, Turkey and Trump | The National Interest. The National Interest reporter-intern Dimitri A. Simes spoke with Rep. Dana Rohrabacher in his office. The following is a lightly edited transcript of their conversation: NI: Let’s start off with yesterday’s special elections. Obviously, the GOP won some major victories in Georgia and South Carolina. The […]