Facebook Is Still the Perfect Propaganda Platform. These Sketchy Mexican Pages Show Why. – Mother Jones

Facebook Is Still the Perfect Propaganda Platform. These Sketchy Mexican Pages Show Why. – Mother Jones. by Noah Lanard Credit: Mother Jones illustration; Jeff Roberson/AP Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. After a covert Russian operation to fuel political divisions in the United States reached 146 million Facebook users in 2016, the company vowed to […]

Opinion | The Law Is Coming, Mr. Trump – The New York Times

Opinion | The Law Is Coming, Mr. Trump – The New York Times. Why don’t we take a step back and contemplate what Americans, and the world, are witnessing? Early Monday morning, F.B.I. agents raided the New York office, home and hotel room of the personal lawyer for the president of the United States. They seized evidence of possible federal […]

Opinion | Walter Mondale: The Civil Rights Law We Ignored – The New York Times

Opinion | Walter Mondale: The Civil Rights Law We Ignored – The New York Times. Fifty years ago on April 11, Congress enacted the Fair Housing Act, the last of the three great civil rights laws of the 1960s. Along with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act, it was an attempt by Congress to translate […]

The Cohen raid isn’t just bad for Trump. It’s an outright disaster.

The Cohen raid isn't just bad for Trump. It's an outright disaster.. President Trump is either very mad, or very scared, or both. And he has good reason to be. On Monday, federal agents raided the home and business of Trump’s “personal attorney” Michael Cohen, who in fact is much more than a lawyer. In response, Trump called the raid […]

The Senate fought Mark Zuckerberg, and Mark Zuckerberg won.

The Senate fought Mark Zuckerberg, and Mark Zuckerberg won.. Senators grilled Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for five hours on Tuesday, but the big takeaway was hard to pin down. That’s because Zuckerberg was, too. Summoned to testify about his Facebook’s role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, he shrewdly gamed a flawed format to wriggle out of tough questions, while taking […]

Mark Zuckerberg has made many apologies on privacy – Vox

Mark Zuckerberg has made many apologies on privacy – Vox. Back in October 2003, then-college freshman Mark Zuckerberg exploited lax computer security at Harvard’s online dorm directories (they were called “facebooks” after physical books full of little pictures of people’s faces that used to be distributed to students in the pre-digital era) to assemble a vast collection of photos of […]

Rod Rosenstein Personally Signed Off On The Raid Of Trump’s Attorney | HuffPost

Rod Rosenstein Personally Signed Off On The Raid Of Trump's Attorney | HuffPost. President Donald Trump was clearly furious Monday about the news that the FBI had raided the office and hotel room of his longtime lawyer Michael Cohen. “I just heard that they broke into the office of one of my personal attorneys ― a good man. And it’s […]

Ted Cruz Stands Up To Facebook For Chick-fil-A, Diamond And Silk – Talking Points Memo

Ted Cruz Stands Up To Facebook For Chick-fil-A, Diamond And Silk – Talking Points Memo. by Matt Shuham Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Tuesday grilled Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg on whether or not his social media platform was suppressing the viewpoints of important conservative figures like Diamond and Silk, the popular Trump surrogates, and fast-food chain Chick-fil-A. “There are a […]

Trump Rages Over FBI Raids Targeting His Longtime Lawyer – Mother Jones

Trump Rages Over FBI Raids Targeting His Longtime Lawyer – Mother Jones. President Donald Trump continued to lash out over the FBI’s raids targeting his personal lawyer Michael Cohen, declaring on Twitter Tuesday morning that “attorney-client privilege is dead.” The FBI reportedly seized documents related to Cohen’s $130,000 payout to Stormy Daniels, the porn star who claims she had an […]

Opinion | In Syria, Trump Faces the Limits of Bluster – The New York Times

Opinion | In Syria, Trump Faces the Limits of Bluster – The New York Times. The New York Times Opinion A world grown numb to the slaughter of civilians in Syria has been roused in the last 48 hours by photographs on social media of lifeless men, women and children in the rebel-held town of Douma, many with white foam […]

Zuckerberg Gets a Crash Course in Charm. Will Congress Care? – The New York Times

Zuckerberg Gets a Crash Course in Charm. Will Congress Care? – The New York Times. by KEVIN ROOSE · April 8, 2018 Facebook has been preparing its chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, who is uncomfortable speaking in public, for a grilling by several congressional committees in the coming week. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press For Facebook, Tuesday is being seen as a […]

Pelosi Urges Democrats to Oppose Farm Bill, Balanced Budget Amendment, Rescissions

Pelosi Urges Democrats to Oppose Farm Bill, Balanced Budget Amendment, Rescissions. by Lindsey McPherson · April 9, 2018 House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is urging her colleagues to oppose the farm bill and a balanced budget amendment measure. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo) Lindsey McPherson @lindsemcpherson Posted Apr 9, 2018 5:57 PM Save for later House Minority Leader […]

Trump tries to convince himself everything’s fine in response to FBI raid of Cohen’s office:

Trump tries to convince himself everything’s fine in response to FBI raid of Cohen's office:. President Trump says the FBI raid of his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, is a “real disgrace, it’s an attack on our country,” and calls the investigation a “total witch hunt” https://t.co/tKhp8GSMjz pic.twitter.com/FaBP49jDTY — CNN (@CNN) April 9, 2018 The FBI raided President Trump’s longtime personal […]

The case against Facebook – Vox

The case against Facebook – Vox. Facebook is enmeshed in another controversy, this time over accusations that the firm Cambridge Analytica abused Facebook data to help Donald Trump win the 2016 US presidential election. But this is a big deal fundamentally because of a larger and more fundamental problem: Facebook is bad. Lots of companies, to be clear, are built […]

Joe Manchin Says He Doesn’t Regret Voting To Confirm Scott Pruitt | HuffPost

Joe Manchin Says He Doesn't Regret Voting To Confirm Scott Pruitt | HuffPost. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) says he has no regrets about his vote last year to confirm embattled Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt. “The decision has been made. It’s been good for West Virginia, as far as [he] helped my state,” Manchin told HuffPost on Monday. “I […]

Zuckerberg Says Russian Troll Farm Reached 126 Million Facebook Users – Talking Points Memo

Zuckerberg Says Russian Troll Farm Reached 126 Million Facebook Users – Talking Points Memo. by Caitlin MacNeal In planned testimony for his Wednesday hearing with the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Facebook CEO Zuckerberg acknowledged that Facebook did not go far enough in its efforts to curb foreign influence, eliminate fake news, and protect users’ privacy. He will testify before […]

Trump blasts Mueller probe as ‘attack on our country’

Trump blasts Mueller probe as 'attack on our country'. The special counsel’s Russia investigation is not only a political witch hunt but “an attack on our country,” President Donald Trump complained Monday, exhibiting mounting concern about the yearlong probe after federal authorities raided the offices of his personal attorney. “We’ll see,” he said, when asked if he might fire special […]

Opinion | Unicorns of the Intellectual Right – The New York Times

Opinion | Unicorns of the Intellectual Right – The New York Times. by Paul KrugmanOpinion ColumnistApril 8, 2018 Opinion The hiring-then-firing of Kevin Williamson followed a familiar script. A mainstream media organization hires a conservative in the name of intellectual diversity, then is shocked, shocked to discover that he’s dishonest and/or holds truly reprehensible views – something that the organization […]

The Party of Hubert Humphrey – The Atlantic

The Party of Hubert Humphrey – The Atlantic. by James Traub · April 7, 2018 Seventy years ago, on the night of July 14, 1948, Hubert Humphrey, speaking at the Democratic convention in the Philadelphia Convention Hall, changed the course of the Democratic Party, and of post-war American politics. Yes, that’s the same Hubert Humphrey whom those of us who […]

Scott Pruitt scandal: President Donald Trump defends embattled EPA chief – Vox

Scott Pruitt scandal: President Donald Trump defends embattled EPA chief – Vox. President Donald Trump defended embattled Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt on Twitter over the weekend, saying he is doing a fine job — in spite of mounting ethics concerns surrounding the former Oklahoma state attorney general. It makes it seem like like as long as you’re rolling […]

Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower Says He Will Cooperate with Russia Probes – Mother Jones

Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower Says He Will Cooperate with Russia Probes – Mother Jones. On Sunday morning’s “Meet the Press,” former Cambridge Analytica staffer Christopher Wylie made a number of stunning revelations about the data mining firm hired by Trump during the 2016 election. Cambridge Analytica has come under intense scrutiny in recent weeks, following media reports that the firm improperly […]

Manafort Claims Mueller Unlawfully Seized Evidence From Storage Unit – Talking Points Memo

Manafort Claims Mueller Unlawfully Seized Evidence From Storage Unit – Talking Points Memo. by Nicole Lafond President Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort is asking a judge to exclude evidence that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators obtained from one of his storage lockers in Virginia last May, claiming they obtained the evidence unlawfully. In a new motion filed late Friday, […]

Trump’s new Russia sanctions against oligarchs show his rift with Putin is widening – Vox

Trump’s new Russia sanctions against oligarchs show his rift with Putin is widening – Vox. The Trump administration just announced an aggressive package of sanctions against Russian politicians, oligarchs, and companies on Friday, citing Moscow’s “malign activity around the globe.” The sweeping language justifying the sanctions, and the fact that the penalties squarely target key members of Russian President Vladimir […]

Trump Administration Imposes Sanctions on Russian Oligarchs – Mother Jones

Trump Administration Imposes Sanctions on Russian Oligarchs – Mother Jones. by Inae Oh Metzel Mikhail/ZUMA Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. The Trump administration announced sanctions against 17 Russian government officials and seven oligarchs close to President Vladimir Putin on Friday, punishing some of the country’s richest people. The list includes Oleg Deripaska, a business […]

Opinion | Putting Trump’s Trade Bombast to the Test – The New York Times

Opinion | Putting Trump’s Trade Bombast to the Test – The New York Times. President Trump’s recent threat to escalate his trade skirmish with China into a full-scale trade war is a foolish gambit with little historical precedent. It is also hard to take seriously, given how quickly Mr. Trump changes his mind and how rarely and clumsily he tends […]

The questions Congress needs to ask Mark Zuckerberg.

The questions Congress needs to ask Mark Zuckerberg.. Mark Zuckerberg is probably wearing out his flashcards as he prepares to be the sole subject of two congressional hearings, where lawmakers will take turns grilling the Facebook CEO about the policies that let an app developer cart away and inappropriately share data on as many as 87 million Facebook users. The […]

Paul Ryan and Freedom – Bill Murchison

Paul Ryan and Freedom – Bill Murchison. Amid the political hullabaloo now engulfing us — special prosecutors, tell-all memoirs, calls for impeachment, Lord knows what else — the opportunity to salute Paul Ryan has a cleansing effect, like heavy-duty detergent following a food fight. The opportunity arises on account of Ryan’s understandable but saddening decision to quit politics cold turkey. […]

FBI Veterans Concerns Comey Interview | The Daily Caller

FBI Veterans Concerns Comey Interview | The Daily Caller. by Saagar Enjeti · April 16, 2018 Former FBI director James Comey’s nearly five-hour interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos is raising concerns among veteran members of the FBI, three veterans tell The Daily Caller. “I’m troubled by the timing of the book and some of the content that has been […]

James Comey Pilloried Left, Right, and Center | National Review

James Comey Pilloried Left, Right, and Center | National Review. by Kyle Smith · April 16, 2018 Former FBI Director James Comey testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) It’s obvious he deserved to be fired. All there is to quibble about is the precise reason why. For months, the media and President Trump’s loudest opponents convinced themselves that […]

One year later, Neil Gorsuch is still a home run for Trump

One year later, Neil Gorsuch is still a home run for Trump. by Gayle Trotter · April 17, 2018 One year ago today, Justice Neil Gorsuch heard his first oral arguments on the Supreme Court, just a week after his swearing in. He proves, at long last, that a Republican president need not nominate to the United States Supreme Court […]

Cohen case is heard by Judge Kimba Wood — aka the ‘Love Judge’ – NY Daily News

Cohen case is heard by Judge Kimba Wood — aka the 'Love Judge' – NY Daily News. by James Fanelli The judge hearing the legal fight between federal investigators and the President Trump lawyer who inked a hush agreement with a porn star knows her way around Playboy Playmates and a steamy scandal. Judge Kimba Wood, the brilliant legal mind […]

Loretta Lynch not too happy about James Comey throwing her under the bus

Loretta Lynch not too happy about James Comey throwing her under the bus. by Monica Showalter · April 16, 2018 James Comey’s bid to throw former attorney general Loretta Lynch under the bus isn’t going over well, at least with Lynch. According to a report in Axios, which includes a long, blathering statement from Lynch: Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch […]

IG Report Proves Andrew McCabe’s Firing Was Justified

IG Report Proves Andrew McCabe's Firing Was Justified. by Helen Raleigh · April 16, 2018 Ever since former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe was fired, McCabe and his Democrat supporters have maintained it was politically motivated. On Friday, Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, a holdover from the Obama administration, released a long-awaited report that proves beyond doubt McCabe was […]

Facebook must face class action over facial recognition: U.S. judge

Facebook must face class action over facial recognition: U.S. judge. A U.S. federal judge ruled on Monday that Facebook Inc must face a class action lawsuit alleging that the social network unlawfully used a facial recognition process on photos without user permission. FILE PHOTO: Silhouettes of laptop users are seen next to a screen projection of Facebook logo in this […]

Senate poised to allow Duckworth’s newborn on the floor – POLITICO

Senate poised to allow Duckworth’s newborn on the floor – POLITICO. The hidebound U.S. Senate is expected to change its rules soon for a member who just made history as a new mom. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, who this month became the first sitting senator to give a birth while in office, has submitted a resolution that would allow senators to […]

James Comey’s ABC Interview Has Furious FBI Insiders Lashing Out

James Comey’s ABC Interview Has Furious FBI Insiders Lashing Out. by Jana Winter · April 16, 2018 The ex-director’s first TV interview finally broke the loyalty of one longtime FBI colleague, others reacted with disbelief as their former boss pontificated. Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast James Comey’s first interview since President Trump fired him as director of the FBI […]

Young party official faces test as Cuba’s next president

Young party official faces test as Cuba's next president. Raul Castro travels in motorcades of gleaming imported sedans. Rings of grim-faced bodyguards protect him, pistols under crisp guayabera shirts. The 86-year-old president of Cuba arrives at official events moments before they begin, and the audience rises to applaud. A different style was on display March 11 as a crowd of […]

L.A.’s bright idea: Paint streets white to fight global warming

L.A.’s bright idea: Paint streets white to fight global warming. Never mind that incredible glare when you’re trying to navigate your vehicle down Los Angeles streets on a hot, sunny day – the city insists on painting its streets white to fight climate change. LA Street Services began the street-painting project last May after testing revealed the paint reduced road […]

How 4 Big Comey Claims Stack Up to His Senate Testimony

How 4 Big Comey Claims Stack Up to His Senate Testimony. by Fred Lucas · April 16, 2018 Portions of former FBI Director James Comey’s new book on the end of his law enforcement career conflict with the facts as presented by the Trump administration, Comey’s recently fired top deputy, and both Republican and Democrat leaders. “My experience with Comey […]

Is DOJ Obstructing Congress in the Trump Surveillance Case? | Trending

Is DOJ Obstructing Congress in the Trump Surveillance Case? | Trending. by Hans A. von Spakovsky Did Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) really have to threaten to hold FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in contempt and to start impeachment proceedings? Apparently so. Nunes chairs the House Intelligence Committee. For almost eight months, Wray and Rosenstein stalled […]

Judge in Cohen Case Has Clinton Conflict of InterestThe American Spectator

Judge in Cohen Case Has Clinton Conflict of InterestThe American Spectator. by Jeffrey Lord · April 17, 2018 Wait… just… a… minute. In all the Michael Cohen hoo-ha — the latest ID’ing Sean Hannity as a Cohen client — we learn the federal judge involved is… Kimba Wood. (And yes, full disclosure, I write columns over there at the Hannity […]

Comey’s last stand for the deep state | TheHill

Comey’s last stand for the deep state | TheHill. by Mark Penn, opinion contributor · April 14, 2018 They were among the most powerful men of the last decade. They commanded armies of armed agents, had the ability to bug and wiretap almost anyone, and had virtually unlimited budgets. They were the leadership of the FBI, the CIA and the […]

America Needs Federal ‘Baby Bonds’ – WSJ

America Needs Federal ‘Baby Bonds’ – WSJ. by David M. Smick · April 15, 2018 Speaker Paul Ryan has announced his retirement, but he still has time to pass legacy-defining legislation. He should focus his final months in office on alleviating the poverty trap, wherein people who try to leave welfare become cornered as they face a loss of benefits […]

The Libby Pardon Shows Once Again that Trump Is a Stand-Up Guy | Spengler

The Libby Pardon Shows Once Again that Trump Is a Stand-Up Guy | Spengler. by David P. Goldman · April 12, 2018 Scooter Libby, VP Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff, was thrown to the jaws of the Washington Swamp by the George W. Bush administration for allegedly lying to federal investigators about the unmasking of Valerie Plame. As Arthur […]

Commentary: Don’t expect Comey’s book to end Trump’s presidency – CBS News

Commentary: Don't expect Comey's book to end Trump's presidency – CBS News. · by Michael Graham · April 16, 2018 It’s the morning after the “Comey Interview” and, believe it or not, Donald Trump is still president. If you watched the buildup to the release of the former FBI director’s new book and his prime-time ABC interview, this fact might […]

Showdown in November: Fearsome Blue Wave or Flaccid Democrat Failure? – Kurt Schlichter

Showdown in November: Fearsome Blue Wave or Flaccid Democrat Failure? – Kurt Schlichter. There is a huge opinion schism between conservatives inside the Beltway who think a midterm Democrat tsunami is coming, and many conservatives outside the swamp, in America, who are not so sure. One thing is certain – the gimp box media and the left’s Fredcon enablers are […]

DOJ Tried To End Clinton Investigation | The Daily Caller

DOJ Tried To End Clinton Investigation | The Daily Caller. The Department of Justice Inspector General report on the “lack of candor” by FBI deputy Director Andrew McCabe also documents for the first time the Obama administration’s effort to shut down the bureau’s investigation of the Clinton Foundation, according to a review of the report by The Daily Caller News […]

Comey: Trump ‘Possibly’ Obstructed Justice During Flynn Conversation

Comey: Trump 'Possibly' Obstructed Justice During Flynn Conversation. Former FBI Director James Comey said President Donald Trump “possibly” obstructed justice last year when Trump told him he hoped he could let the investigation into Michael Flynn go. In an interview on ABC News airing Sunday, Comey recounted the Feb. 14, 2017, Oval Office meeting where he said Trump asked him […]

James Comey Book: He Gets Petty & Trump Takes the Bait | National Review

James Comey Book: He Gets Petty & Trump Takes the Bait | National Review. The president would have been better off to say nothing at all. Excerpts from James Comey’s new book were released Thursday night — and from the looks of it, the former FBI director made the decision get petty in his descriptions of Donald Trump. For example, […]

Puerto Rico a growing hub for cocaine, heroin shipments to the US

Puerto Rico a growing hub for cocaine, heroin shipments to the US. by Anna Giaritelli · April 16, 2018 Puerto Rico has become a hotbed for drug traffickers attempting to smuggle cocaine and heroin from South America to the East Coast of the U.S. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized 65,890 pounds of narcotics in and around Puerto Rico […]

Trump, allies praise Syria strikes as Moscow seethes

Trump, allies praise Syria strikes as Moscow seethes. US President Donald Trump and his allies in Britain and France on Saturday hailed their joint surgical strikes in Syria over the regime’s alleged use of chemical weapons, and warned Damascus that another such attack would be met with renewed firepower. Hours later, the allies signaled their resolve to return to diplomacy, […]

Aren’t Democrats Lucky? (For the Time Being, Anyway)

Aren't Democrats Lucky? (For the Time Being, Anyway). by Jim Yardley · April 15, 2018 Why are Democrats lucky? Well, first of all, they have their faithful minion, Robert Mueller, trying desperately to do what they were unable to do themselves, which would be to reverse the results of the last election. Granted, the ostensible excuse they have for loosing […]

Trump asks judge to block feds from reviewing documents seized in Cohen raid | TheHill

Trump asks judge to block feds from reviewing documents seized in Cohen raid | TheHill. by Brett Samuels · April 15, 2018 Lawyers for President Trump wrote a federal judge on Sunday asking her to halt federal prosecutors from reviewing documents seized in Michael Cohen’s office and home, arguing that the Department of Justice cannot fairly evaluate the materials. A […]