The Democratic Party Has a Great Opportunity In 2018. It Might Still Blow It.

The Democratic Party Has a Great Opportunity In 2018. It Might Still Blow It.. by Gideon Resnick · August 10, 2017 The grass roots of the Democratic Party has been mobilized like nothing seen before. But the party itself is still working out the kinks. Democrats have been given an enviable political landscape, with an opposition president at a historically […]

Blowback from staffer scandal burns Wasserman Schultz – POLITICO

Blowback from staffer scandal burns Wasserman Schultz – POLITICO. by MARC CAPUTO · August 10, 2017 Fellow Democrats are as confounded and disbelieving as ever by Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s penchant for making puzzling and stubborn political missteps. | Joe Raedle/Getty Images The chatter about a House leadership post is gone. So is talk of statewide office. After Hillary Clinton’s defeat, […]

“Acoustic attack”: US diplomats in Cuba suffer sudden hearing loss – Salon.com

“Acoustic attack”: US diplomats in Cuba suffer sudden hearing loss – Salon.com. by Angelo Young · August 10, 2017 The FBI is reportedly investigating who was behind an “acoustic attack” that inflicted at least two staffers of the U.S. Embassy in Havana with sudden hearing loss.vWashington expelled two Cuban diplomats earlier this year in response to the incident, the U.S. […]

Here’s How Much You Should Worry About Trump Nuking North Korea – Mother Jones

Here’s How Much You Should Worry About Trump Nuking North Korea – Mother Jones. by James West Jon Chol Jin and Evan Vucci/AP On Tuesday afternoon, President Donald Trump promised to unleash “fire and fury” on North Korea if it threatened the United States. North Korea quickly responded by saying its military was reviewing plans to attack Guam, an American […]

North Korea’s nuclear threat is real and terrifying

North Korea's nuclear threat is real and terrifying. On Tuesday, The Washington Post released a devastating report about North Korea’s growing nuclear and missile programs, confirming what many of us in the national security community have suspected for at least the last few years: Pyongyang now has the capability to miniaturize a nuclear warhead and place it on a missile. […]

It’s Not Too Late on North Korea – The New York Times

It’s Not Too Late on North Korea – The New York Times. by SUSAN E. RICE · August 10, 2017 Photographs of missile launches and military exercises on public display last month in Pyongyang, North Korea. Agence France-Presse — Getty Images North Korea’s substantial nuclear arsenal and improving intercontinental ballistic missile capacity pose a growing threat to America’s security. But […]

The Google memo and Trump’s DOJ prove that diversity is not enough.

The Google memo and Trump’s DOJ prove that diversity is not enough.. by Jamelle Bouie · August 9, 2017 The Google memo and the actions of the Justice Department prove it. Photo illustration by Slate. Image via Mike Blake/Reuters. Americans have never ceased arguing over the merits of inclusion and diversity, but two recent events have reinvigorated those debates. And […]

Barney Frank: Don’t Blame Bill Clinton For ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ | HuffPost

Barney Frank: Don't Blame Bill Clinton For 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' | HuffPost. In late February 1994, President Bill Clinton instituted a policy for the armed forces that allowed gay members to serve provided they weren’t openly gay. “Don’t ask, don’t tell” was billed as a compromise between Clinton’s campaign pledge to allow openly gay members to serve and insistence […]

Will Texas’ Immigration Crackdown Spark the Latino Uprising Democrats Have Been Waiting For? – Mother Jones

Will Texas’ Immigration Crackdown Spark the Latino Uprising Democrats Have Been Waiting For? – Mother Jones. by Tim Murphy Eric Gay/Associated Press On a Thursday night in May, around a dozen high-school and college-age Latino students were crowded into a small workshop adjoining an East Austin art space, getting a crash course on digital organizing. As they munched on pizza, […]

Suspended Fox Host Suing Reporter Who Published Sexual Harassment Claims – Talking Points Memo

Suspended Fox Host Suing Reporter Who Published Sexual Harassment Claims – Talking Points Memo. A reporter who published sexual harassment allegations about Fox News host Eric Bolling said on Wednesday that Bolling filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against him. Yashar Ali, a reporter for the Huffington Post, on Wednesday said he “received a summons” related to Bolling’s suit against him […]

America now has 3 political parties. And the Republicans and Democrats aren’t among them.

America now has 3 political parties. And the Republicans and Democrats aren't among them.. Which of America’s three political parties do you support? I’m not talking about our major institutional parties — the Republicans and the Democrats, or lesser parties like the Libertarians or Greens. I mean the effective parties — the people, coalitions, and issues with which voters actually […]

The 2020 Democratic Purity Olympics Are Already Underway

The 2020 Democratic Purity Olympics Are Already Underway. by Michael Tomasky · August 8, 2017 The Bernie Sanders supporters attacking Kamala Harris are itching to refight 2016 and demand a level of purity that, lo and behold, only one candidate can possibly attain. Wouldn’t you know it, on the very delicious-to-watch week that Republicans start jumping off the leaky Trump […]

Sanders ‘litmus test’ alarms Democrats – POLITICO

Sanders 'litmus test' alarms Democrats – POLITICO. Sen. Bernie Sanders has decided the moment is right to launch his proposal for the single-payer health insurance system which helped formed the backbone of his presidential message. House and Senate Democrats have wondered for months whether Bernie Sanders’ supporters might choose to focus their energy on launching primary challenges to party moderates […]

The Cruel Social-Media Shaming of Malia and Sasha Obama

The Cruel Social-Media Shaming of Malia and Sasha Obama. by Ira Madison III · August 8, 2017 It’s about much more than celebrity gawking. “Leave the children out of political discourse” is a common refrain whenever the children of politicians are attacked or otherwise maligned in the media. Unsurprisingly, all bets are off when it comes to Malia and Sasha […]

North Korea threatens missile attack on U.S. military base in Guam.

North Korea threatens missile attack on U.S. military base in Guam.. by Elliot Hannon · August 8, 2017 Not normally a hugger, this is how much Kim Jong-un likes intercontinental ballistic missiles. AFP/Getty Images Tuesday so far: North Korea: Keep messing with us and the U.S. “will be catapulted into an unimaginable sea of fire” via our new miniature nuclear […]

Dang — looks like those women-only “Wonder Woman” screenings were illegal – Salon.com

Dang — looks like those women-only “Wonder Woman” screenings were illegal – Salon.com. by Alessandra Maldonado · August 8, 2017 Turns out that when men whined about being banned from the screenings, they had a legal point An Austin movie theater is being accused of violating anti-discrimination laws after promoting women-only screenings of “Wonder Woman.” In June, Alamo Drafthouse, a […]

Trump Lashes Out at Blumenthal: “He Was a Phony Vietnam Con Artist” – Mother Jones

Trump Lashes Out at Blumenthal: “He Was a Phony Vietnam Con Artist” – Mother Jones. Moments after Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) appeared on CNN’s New Day to express concern over the administration’s efforts to crack down on leaks by targeting journalists, President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Monday to blast the senator as a “phony Vietnam con artist.” Interesting […]

Inside the biggest gathering of American socialists in decades

Inside the biggest gathering of American socialists in decades. Things are looking up for the Democratic Socialists of America. With a membership of 25,000, it is now the largest socialist group in America since the Second World War. And last weekend in Chicago, it held its largest convention, by a considerable margin, in its history. The event was a fascinating […]

. by Editorial Board Mayor Rahm Emanuel took Chicago’s legitimate defense of the sanctuary city concept to court Monday, challenging the Trump administration’s effort to compel Chicago cops to cooperate with the feds on immigration investigations. This fight has been building since President Donald Trump took office, issuing intemperate warnings of “bad hombres” and drawing excitable connections that do not […]

Stop Pretending That Trump Can Be Saved From Himself | New Republic

Stop Pretending That Trump Can Be Saved From Himself | New Republic. by Jeet Heer · August 7, 2017 Late last month, the interests of President Donald Trump aligned neatly with the interests of the Washington press corps. A chaotic White House was in search of order, and restless journalists were in search of a new political narrative. Enter John […]

Google fires employee behind anti-diversity memo

Google fires employee behind anti-diversity memo. by David Ingram and Ishita Palli · August 8, 2017 (Reuters) – Internet giant Google has fired the male engineer at the center of an uproar in Silicon Valley over the past week after he authored an internal memo asserting there are biological causes behind gender inequality in the tech industry. James Damore, the […]

Sanders ‘litmus test’ alarms Democrats – POLITICO

Sanders 'litmus test' alarms Democrats – POLITICO. by GABRIEL DEBENEDETTI · August 7, 2017 Sen. Bernie Sanders has decided the moment is right to launch his proposal for the single-payer health insurance system which helped formed the backbone of his presidential message. House and Senate Democrats have wondered for months if Bernie Sanders’ supporters might choose to focus their energy […]

The Democratic Socialists of America Are Dreaming Big but Acting Locally

The Democratic Socialists of America Are Dreaming Big but Acting Locally. by Gideon Resnick · August 7, 2017 With the rest of America taking their cues from Trump, they see an opening in community organizing, statewide health care fights, and running candidates for local office. CHICAGO, IL—Back in February, the East Bay chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America was […]

Chicago Is Bringing Serious Ammunition to Its Fight Against Jeff Sessions – Mother Jones

Chicago Is Bringing Serious Ammunition to Its Fight Against Jeff Sessions – Mother Jones. by Pema Levy Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via ZUMA Press The city of Chicago is bringing some serious legal firepower to its lawsuit against Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his new policy of withholding Justice Department funding to places that don’t cooperate with federal immigration authorities. Last month, […]

The Russia investigation will probably not end well

The Russia investigation will probably not end well. President Trump is vexed and annoyed, irritated and infuriated, miffed and maddened by the ongoing investigation into his campaign’s potential collusion with Russia. It’s all fake news, a witch hunt, a made-up deal, or as he told a crowd of supporters in West Virginia on Thursday, it’s “a total fabrication,” this “totally […]

What’s the Deal, Mr. Trump? – The New York Times

What’s the Deal, Mr. Trump? – The New York Times. by THE EDITORIAL BOARD · August 5, 2017 President Trump meeting with the National Association of Manufacturers at the White House in March. Eric Thayer for The New York Times President Trump promised he’d make so many great deals that we’d all get “tired of winning.” He’s certainly left Americans […]

Al Gore’s Carbon Footprint Doesn’t Matter | New Republic

Al Gore’s Carbon Footprint Doesn’t Matter | New Republic. by Emily Atkin · August 7, 2017 Al Gore is back in the spotlight with his new documentary, An Inconvenient Sequel, making him a top target again of the right-wing counter-intel complex. On Thursday, the conservative National Center for Public Policy Research released a report, “Al Gore’s Inconvenient Reality,” that paints […]

The Pro-Trump Media’s Assault Against H.R. McMaster – The Atlantic

The Pro-Trump Media's Assault Against H.R. McMaster – The Atlantic. by Rosie Gray · August 4, 2017 Long-simmering tensions within the White House burst into public view this week after the firings of three National Security Council officials, with National-Security Adviser H.R. McMaster becoming Public Enemy No. 1 of the pro-Trump online brigades. McMaster has cleaned house at the NSC […]

Where Is the Corporate Disavowal of Black Lives Matter? – Michelle Malkin

Where Is the Corporate Disavowal of Black Lives Matter? – Michelle Malkin. by Michelle Malkin Liberal business executives are leaping like lemmings from President Donald Trump’s manufacturing advisory council. Good riddance. These silly string-spined CEOs have sided with social justice agitators, Beltway media enablers and Democratic resistance knuckleheads who believe Trump was wrong to condemn violence and hatred on all […]

Trump-Backed Immigration Bill Has Many Critics, But Voters Like It – Byron York

Trump-Backed Immigration Bill Has Many Critics, But Voters Like It – Byron York. by Byron York Some Democrats and their advocates in the press have been quick to denounce the RAISE Act, the new immigration reform bill proposed by Republican Sens. Tom Cotton and David Perdue and endorsed by President Trump. “The Trump, Cotton, Perdue bill is rooted in the […]

Iran’s Banks Face Trouble from Within and Without – The American Interest

Iran’s Banks Face Trouble from Within and Without – The American Interest. by Andrew Bernard · August 14, 2017 Banking is perhaps the most profound example of Iran’s economic isolation from the world. Iran remains one of the few countries where international electronic payments are impossible. Foreign tourists (flocking to Iran in ever greater numbers) have to carry cash. Iranian […]

Nets Spend 77 Percent of Evening News on Wild Trump Presser

Nets Spend 77 Percent of Evening News on Wild Trump Presser. by Nicholas C. Fondacaro In a jaw dropping spectacle in the lobby of Trump Tower on Tuesday, the President went off on the media while ranting about his response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend. Trump stepped in it when he appeared to defend the alt-right […]

It’s Time To Blow Up Mount Rushmore | The Daily Caller

It's Time To Blow Up Mount Rushmore | The Daily Caller. by Scott Greer · August 15, 2017 The violence in Charlottesville has renewed efforts by the Left to tear down all Confederate monuments. The alt-right rally that took place over the weekend was premised on opposing the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue in the Virginia town. Now, […]

Articles: Hot Air from Al Gore Is the Only Global Warming

Articles: Hot Air from Al Gore Is the Only Global Warming. by Brian C. Joondeph · August 15, 2017 The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded “to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between the nations and the abolition or reduction of standing armies and the formation and spreading of peace congresses.” Two […]

White Supremacists Were Not The Only Thugs Tearing Up Charlottesville

White Supremacists Were Not The Only Thugs Tearing Up Charlottesville. by D.C. McAllister · August 14, 2017 The violence in Charlottesville reveals not who we are as Americans, but who we might become if we allow radicalism and totalitarianism to become normalized. In America today, that possibility is most likely to come, not from the radical Right, but from the […]

GOP stands by Trump after Charlottesville | TheHill

GOP stands by Trump after Charlottesville | TheHill. by Scott Wong · August 15, 2017 Republicans in Washington are largely standing by President Trump despite discomfort with his response to the violent and deadly clashes in Charlottesville, Va. Although they are openly questioning why it took Trump 48 hours to forcefully denounce the KKK members, neo-Nazis and white supremacists who […]

North Korea delays Guam missile firing; U.S. says dialogue up to Kim

North Korea delays Guam missile firing; U.S. says dialogue up to Kim. by Christine Kim and Yeganeh Torbati · August 16, 2017 SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has delayed a decision on firing missiles toward Guam while he waits to see what the United States does, the North’s state media reported on Tuesday as the United […]

Confederate statues in U.S. Capitol likely going nowhere – POLITICO

Confederate statues in U.S. Capitol likely going nowhere – POLITICO. by ELANA SCHOR · August 15, 2017 A statue of Alexander Hamilton Stephens is on display in Statuary Hall on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C, in June, 2015. | Susan Walsh/AP Some of the most famous Confederate statues sit smack dab in the U.S. Capitol — and there are no […]

Defiant Trump insists anew: Blame both sides for violence

Defiant Trump insists anew: Blame both sides for violence. Combative and insistent, President Donald Trump declared anew Tuesday “there is blame on both sides” for the deadly violence last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, appearing to once again equate the actions of white supremacist groups and those protesting them. He showed sympathy for the fringe groups’ efforts to preserve Confederate monuments. […]

Exposer of baby body-parts trade fights prosecution

Exposer of baby body-parts trade fights prosecution. One of the two undercover investigators who famously exposed Planned Parenthood’s trade in the body parts of unborn babies has filed a motion to permanently dismiss 14 of the 15 felony charges the state of California brought against her. Facing 11 years in prison, Sandra Merritt, defended by the non-profit Liberty Counsel, filed […]

The Path to U.S.-Russia Cooperation | The National Interest

The Path to U.S.-Russia Cooperation | The National Interest. Despite the array of twists and turns since the start of the Trump administration, there is a chance that U.S.-Russia relations could improve over time. My cautious optimism depends on three assumptions. My first assumption: President Trump continues to remain interested in engagement and cooperation with Russia. He aims to contain […]

Tillerson: ‘ISIS Is Clearly Responsible for Genocide’

Tillerson: ‘ISIS Is Clearly Responsible for Genocide’. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced the release of the 2016 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom on Tuesday and outlined some of the countries whose policies are most restrictive of religious freedom among its people. The first example he gave was ISIS, which he accused of genocide. The secretary explained what constitutes […]

Al Gore’s Carbon Footprint Hypocrisy

Al Gore's Carbon Footprint Hypocrisy. Al Gore’s carbon footprint is the size of Godzilla’s, but to hear the liberal New Republic magazine’s Emily Atkin tell it, it really “doesn’t matter.” But it doesn’t really matter only if “do as I say, not as I do” has become the credo of Gore and his fellow climate change alarmists. The size of […]

NYT Illustrates Perfectly Why Conservatives Consider Mainstream Media Hostile

NYT Illustrates Perfectly Why Conservatives Consider Mainstream Media Hostile. by Tom Knighton · August 15, 2017 The events of Charlottesville were still fresh, but we knew enough to understand that neo-Nazis and neo-Confederates were raising a stink. While Antifa was being Antifa, for once we hated the people they were fighting just as much. It was a surreal situation, and […]

The Endless Hazing of Trump by Sanctimonious Frauds | The American Spectator

The Endless Hazing of Trump by Sanctimonious Frauds | The American Spectator. by George Neumayr · August 16, 2017 The self-appointed ruling class is overflowing with egomaniacs and heartless operators who, oblivious to the irony of their own pouting, decry Trump’s “ego” and question his “heart.” Has America ever had to endure a more insufferable collection of frauds? When not […]

Trump, supporters complain Charlottesville critics ‘will never be satisfied’

Trump, supporters complain Charlottesville critics 'will never be satisfied'. by W. James Antle III · August 15, 2017 While many Republicans and Democrats alike think President Trump’s Monday rebuke of the racists who rallied in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend was too little, too late, he and some of his most loyal followers have learned a different lesson from the […]

Fire Steve Bannon: White House No Place for Alt-Right Apologists | National Review

Fire Steve Bannon: White House No Place for Alt-Right Apologists | National Review. by David French · August 14, 2017 For those who’ve forgotten one of the worst elements of the 2016 election, a short refresher is in order. Almost from the moment that Donald Trump descended on the lobby of Trump Tower to make his campaign announcement, an army […]

Trump condemns ‘white supremacists,’ vows ‘justice will be delivered’ in Charlottesville attack | Fox News

Trump condemns ‘white supremacists,’ vows ‘justice will be delivered’ in Charlottesville attack | Fox News. President Trump on Monday specifically condemned “white supremacists” and “neo-Nazis” in the wake of deadly weekend clashes in Charlottesville, vowing “justice will be delivered” to the perpetrators of that “racist violence.” The president, after meeting with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Christopher Wray […]

Beware the Obamacare-Industrial Complex – Stephen Moore

Beware the Obamacare-Industrial Complex – Stephen Moore. by Stephen Moore The danger of a Republican bailout of Obamacare is mounting with every passing day. Moderate Republicans calling themselves the Problem Solvers Caucus are quietly negotiating with Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer to throw a multibillion-dollar lifeline to the Obamacare insurance exchanges. This bailout, of course, would be an […]

Iran’s Banks Face Trouble from Within and Without – The American Interest

Iran’s Banks Face Trouble from Within and Without – The American Interest. by Andrew Bernard · August 14, 2017 Banking is perhaps the most profound example of Iran’s economic isolation from the world. Iran remains one of the few countries where international electronic payments are impossible. Foreign tourists (flocking to Iran in ever greater numbers) have to carry cash. Iranian […]

Iran Sending Warships to Atlantic Ocean Amid Massive New Military Buildup

Iran Sending Warships to Atlantic Ocean Amid Massive New Military Buildup. Iran is preparing to send a flotilla of warships to the Atlantic Ocean following the announcement of a massive $500 million investment in war spending, according to Iranian leaders, who say the military moves are in response to recent efforts by the United States to impose a package of […]

Left-Wing Agitators Escalate After Charlottes | The Daily Caller

Left-Wing Agitators Escalate After Charlottes | The Daily Caller. by Peter Hasson · August 14, 2017 Far-left agitators are calling for an escalation in tactics following this weekend’s violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville. Many of the same groups that have organized violent demonstrations in Berkeley, California and elsewhere are now calling for an aggressive response to the […]

Articles: James Damore Confronts the Nagging Harridans of High Tech (and Loses)

Articles: James Damore Confronts the Nagging Harridans of High Tech (and Loses). by Ilana Mercer · August 14, 2017 Of the many men who toil in high tech, few are as heroic as James Damore, the young man who penned the manifesto “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber.” In it, Damore calmly and logically exposed the tyrannical ideological edifice erected to perpetuate […]

White Supremacists Were Not The Only Thugs Tearing Up Charlottesville

White Supremacists Were Not The Only Thugs Tearing Up Charlottesville. by D.C. McAllister · August 14, 2017 The violence in Charlottesville reveals not who we are as Americans, but who we might become if we allow radicalism and totalitarianism to become normalized. In America today, that possibility is most likely to come, not from the radical Right, but from the […]

Tight Race for Chaffetz’s Utah Seat Due to Outside Spending

Tight Race for Chaffetz’s Utah Seat Due to Outside Spending. by Bridget Bowman · August 14, 2017 The Republican primary to fill former Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s seat has tightened in the final days before the Tuesday election, thanks to buckets of outside money being poured into the race. The primary is “certainly not a race [where] I would want […]

Sessions embraces federal role in probing Charlottesville violence – POLITICO

Sessions embraces federal role in probing Charlottesville violence – POLITICO. by JOSH GERSTEIN · August 14, 2017 Attorney General Jeff Sessions told reporters In February, it was “almost disrespectful” for the federal government to prosecute excessive force by local law enforcement agencies. | Zach Gibson/Getty Images Attorney General Jeff Sessions is vowing an aggressive federal investigation into the deadly violence […]