WaPo: Justice Department Considering Whether To Charge WikiLeaks Members

WaPo: Justice Department Considering Whether To Charge WikiLeaks Members. The Justice Department is considering whether to bring criminal charges against members of WikiLeaks and reexamining the organization’s 2010 publication of military documents and diplomatic cables, the Washington Post reported on Thursday. Federal prosecutors are also investigating whether Wikileaks bears criminal responsibility for publishing alleged CIA materials describing hacking tools in […]

There is no real evidence that Trump voters are turning on Trump

There is no real evidence that Trump voters are turning on Trump. We are nearly 100 days into Donald Trump’s presidency, and the most remarkable aspect of it thus far is that the political environment hasn’t changed much at all. The same media that largely ignored the widespread dissatisfaction with the political establishment and wrote off Trump’s electoral chances continue […]

Mr. Trump Plays by His Own Rules (or No Rules) – The New York Times

Mr. Trump Plays by His Own Rules (or No Rules) – The New York Times. by THE EDITORIAL BOARD · April 18, 2017 Jennifer Heuer Anyone who has been paying the slightest attention knows by now that this president and this White House intend to play by their own set of rules — rules that in some cases come close […]

Jon Ossoff and the Future of the Democratic Party – The New Yorker

Jon Ossoff and the Future of the Democratic Party – The New Yorker. by Benjamin Wallace-Wells · April 19, 2017 Jon Ossoff polled better than any Republican challenger in Tuesday’s special election for Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District seat. He will face Republican Karen Handel in a runoff.CreditPHOTOGRAPH BY JOE RAEDLE / GETTY In a congressional special election in suburban Atlanta […]

The progressive renaissance in Georgia’s 6th is not going away.

The progressive renaissance in Georgia’s 6th is not going away.. by Michelle Goldberg · April 19, 2017 Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff speaks to his supporters in Georgia in a special election to replace now–HHS Secretary Tom Price’s House seat on Tuesday. Joe Raedle/Getty Images FULTON COUNTY, Georgia—Bhavani Saravanan, a 52-year-old woman I met at Jon Ossoff’s election night party in […]

Democrats begin to wonder: When do we win? – POLITICO

Democrats begin to wonder: When do we win? – POLITICO. by Gabriel Debenedetti · April 19, 2017 Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff failed to avoid a runoff election in Georgia’s 6th congressional district. | Getty For all the roiling anger and energy at the grassroots, the party still fell short in Georgia and Kansas. And Democratic prospects in upcoming elections aren’t […]

Why Georgia’s special election was a Democratic win, even if Jon Ossoff ultimately loses.

Why Georgia’s special election was a Democratic win, even if Jon Ossoff ultimately loses.. by Jamelle Bouie · April 19, 2017 Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff speaks to his supporters in the special election for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, on Tuesday in Atlanta. Joe Raedle/Getty Images Last Tuesday, Democrat James Thompson came tantalizingly close to winning the special election for Kansas’ […]

Donald Trump’s Rise Laid The Groundwork For Bill O’Reilly’s Fall | The Huffington Post

Donald Trump's Rise Laid The Groundwork For Bill O'Reilly's Fall | The Huffington Post. Bill O’Reilly weathered sexual harassment charges for more than a decade, but not this time: Fox News has fired the controversial host. The media company was under extreme pressure from advertisers, protesters and its own employees ― all fed up with a company culture that enabled […]

What Democrats can learn from Jon Ossoff

What Democrats can learn from Jon Ossoff. Another special election, another near upset for Democrats. Running against a slew of Republican competitors to replace Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price in Georgia’s 6th congressional district, Democrat Jon Ossoff fell just short of the majority needed to avoid a runoff. He will now face the second-place finisher, the infamous Karen […]

Democrats begin to wonder: When do we win? – POLITICO

Democrats begin to wonder: When do we win? – POLITICO. by Gabriel Debenedetti · April 19, 2017 Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff failed to avoid a runoff election in Georgia’s 6th congressional district. | Getty For all the roiling anger and energy at the grassroots, the party still fell short in Georgia and Kansas. And Democratic prospects in upcoming elections aren’t […]

Corruption, abuse of power, and undermining the rule of law: The case for impeaching President Trump.

Corruption, abuse of power, and undermining the rule of law: The case for impeaching President Trump.. by Jacob Weisberg · April 18, 2017 President Donald Trump holds a news conference on Wednesday in Washington. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Recently on Trumpcast, Jacob Weisberg discussed the three most pressing cases for impeaching President Trump with Noah Feldman, a constitutional law professor at […]

Karl Marx still matters: what the modern left can learn from the philosopher – Vox

Karl Marx still matters: what the modern left can learn from the philosopher – Vox. At Karl Marx’s funeral, his longtime friend and collaborator Friedrich Engels proclaimed to the less than dozen people gathered, “His name will endure through the ages, and so also will his work.” Engels has certainly been vindicated. While Marxism has failed, Marx’s ideas changed the […]

Democrat In Georgia Falls Just Short Of Knockout Blow | The Huffington Post

Democrat In Georgia Falls Just Short Of Knockout Blow | The Huffington Post. Democrat Jon Ossoff is on track to finish with 46 to 49 percent of the vote in the closely watched congressional primary here, according to an array of projections. Other assorted Democrats will likely pull in roughly 1 percent, leaving Ossoff just shy of the 50 percent […]

CNN: FBI Used Trump Dossier Allegations As Part Of Justification To Monitor Ex-Aide

CNN: FBI Used Trump Dossier Allegations As Part Of Justification To Monitor Ex-Aide. The FBI used a document containing allegations of ties between President Donald Trump and Russia as part of its justification for obtaining an order in 2016 to monitor the communications of Carter Page, a former adviser to Trump’s campaign, CNN reported on Tuesday. CNN cited unnamed U.S. […]

10 wild new revelations about Hillary Clinton’s doomed campaign

10 wild new revelations about Hillary Clinton's doomed campaign. It was supposed to be Hillary Clinton’s race to win — or at least it seemed that way from the outside. But in a revealing new book, Shattered, journalists Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes interviewed more than 100 sources to paint how Clinton’s run for the presidency became just “another iceberg-seeking […]

Democrats have little to show for fight to keep Gorsuch off court

Democrats have little to show for fight to keep Gorsuch off court. The Senate’s inevitable approval of Neil Gorsuch to replace the late Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court suggests that rather than failing to successfully filibuster President Trump’s nomination, Democrats might have done better to show him the respect Republicans denied to Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama’s choice for […]

How America Is Losing the Credibility War – The New York Times

How America Is Losing the Credibility War – The New York Times. by Antony J. Blinken · April 18, 2017 President Trump speaking to reporters on Air Force One. Doug Mills/The New York Times In times of crisis, credibility is an American president’s most valuable currency. It’s one thing for a foreign partner to doubt a president’s judgment; it’s entirely […]

Justin Trudeau A ‘Stunning Hypocrite’ On Climate Change, Says Top Environmentalist | The Huffington Post

Justin Trudeau A 'Stunning Hypocrite' On Climate Change, Says Top Environmentalist | The Huffington Post. Justin Trudeau’s support for more oil pipelines and tar sands drilling is at loggerheads with his image as Canada’s progressive heartthrob prime minister, according to a top environmentalist. In an op-ed published Monday in The Guardian, 350.org founder Bill McKibben called Trudeau a “stunning hypocrite” […]

Georgia special election: One local penny for every $10 in national cash – Salon.com

Georgia special election: One local penny for every $10 in national cash – Salon.com. Georgia’s 6th congressional district is filled with homey, community charm: tree-lined streets, meandering rivers and picturesque parks. Its solidly red politics are usually just as tranquil. But Tom Price, the district’s longtime Republican U.S. House member, stepped down earlier this year to join President Donald Trump’s […]

Slaughter of the Osage, Betrayal of the Sioux | Mother Jones

Slaughter of the Osage, Betrayal of the Sioux | Mother Jones. by David Grann How Standing Rock is connected to a series of brutal century-old murders. Illustration by Jason Holley One cold November day last year, Chris Turley, a 28-year-old member of the Osage Nation, set out from the tribe’s northeast Oklahoma reservation upon a quest. He had a wool […]

Trump: Clinton, Obama Outplayed By ‘This Gentleman’ In North Korea

Trump: Clinton, Obama Outplayed By ‘This Gentleman’ In North Korea. President Donald Trump wouldn’t say whether he had ruled out a military strike against North Korea on Monday, saying only “we’ll see what happens.” “I don’t want to telegraph what I’m doing or what I’m thinking,” Trump told Fox News’ Ainsley Earhardt. “I’m not like other administrations where they say, […]

Why Trump succumbed to the hawks

Why Trump succumbed to the hawks. I am sure it’s just a coincidence that The New York Times announced they’d hired Bret Stephens away from The Wall Street Journal in the same week that the Trump administration’s foreign policy underwent a radical reorientation away from an “America First” sensibility and toward the neoconservatism that completely dominates the center-right foreign policy […]

The Observer view on Donald Trump’s foreign policy | Observer editorial | Opinion | The Guardian

The Observer view on Donald Trump’s foreign policy | Observer editorial | Opinion | The Guardian. In the run-up to last November’s election, American voters were repeatedly warned that the inexperienced, volatile and impulsive Donald Trump would be a dangerous choice as next US president. Less than three months into his term, that prediction is coming true. Trump’s reckless behaviour […]

France in the End of Days – The New York Times

France in the End of Days – The New York Times. by Roger Cohen · April 14, 2017 Paris — For some time France has been a country that does not like itself. Somewhere on the road from its humiliation in World War II to its disappointment with European integration to its discomfort with globalization, France slid into moroseness. High-speed […]

The case for impeaching President Donald J. Trump. (Too soon?) – The Washington Post

The case for impeaching President Donald J. Trump. (Too soon?) – The Washington Post. by Allan J. Lichtman. Dey St. Books. 290 pp. $24.99 Too soon? Any discussion of presidential impeachment that arrives before journalists have even embarked on their ritualistic “first hundred days” coverage could rightly be deemed premature, and to publish an entire book arguing the case, the […]

Why This Ruling Won’t Block DOJ Action on Sanctuary Cities

Why This Ruling Won't Block DOJ Action on Sanctuary Cities. by Hans von Spakovsky · April 26, 2017 Media sources are all breathlessly reporting that the Trump administration’s proposed termination of federal funding to sanctuary cities has been enjoined by a federal judge. But that is misleading, and the media is misinterpreting the injunction order in the same way the […]

Ann Coulter Done with Berkeley

Ann Coulter Done with Berkeley. by Debra Heine · April 26, 2017 Conservative commentator Ann Coulter’s on-again, off-again speech at the University of Berkeley is officially off again after the two student groups sponsoring her appearance pulled out due to safety concerns. BridgeCal withdrew its involvement Wednesday, citing the refusal of campus police to guarantee Coulter’s safety and her own […]

Trump’s Tax Plan: Lower Tax Rates, Fewer Tax Breaks – Hit & Run : Reason.com

Trump’s Tax Plan: Lower Tax Rates, Fewer Tax Breaks – Hit & Run : Reason.com. by Scott Shackford · April 26, 2017 Some good news, but will there be any spending cuts? |Apr. 26, 2017 3:45 pm Michael Reynolds/EPA/NewscomUnder President Donald Trump’s proposed tax reforms, individuals and corporations would see lower tax rates, and the number of tax brackets would […]

Barack Obama’s Iran Deal Was Much Worse Than We Suspected

Barack Obama's Iran Deal Was Much Worse Than We Suspected. by David Harsanyi · April 24, 2017 What if Donald Trump had unilaterally shut down every investigation into Russian espionage, released over 20 suspected Russian spies, struck a deal to get rid of sanctions against Russia—in return for honoring deals that had been signed years before—and then lied to the […]

Ace of Spades HQ

Ace of Spades HQ. Mollie Hemingway has written a new Encounter Broadside (“Broadside” being the imprint name for long essays about a subject) called Trump vs. the Media. She talks about the media bubble and daily social media freakouts with Ben Domenech. The book was released early today (like 12am or thereabouts) and should be available on Amazon now. In […]

Trump’s new approach to domestic policy: Strategic patience

Trump's new approach to domestic policy: Strategic patience. by W. James Antle III · April 26, 2017 The new White House has given up on strategic patience when it comes to foreign affairs, but on domestic issues, President Trump seems to have nothing but time. That was Trump’s argument on Tuesday when he was pressed on reports that he’s giving […]

Immigration the Common Thread Between French, American Elections – Jonah Goldberg

Immigration the Common Thread Between French, American Elections – Jonah Goldberg. by Jonah Goldberg In case you’ve been confused by the last few days of punditry, let me say outright that France is not America. For example, we recently concluded a presidential election in the United States in which many argued that it was imperative to smash the “final glass […]

The Nuclear Deal That Keeps Getting Worse – The American Interest

The Nuclear Deal That Keeps Getting Worse – The American Interest. by Richard Aldous By now we know all about the pallets of cash that suspiciously coincided with the release of American prisoners, and the secret side deals between Iran and the IAEA—not that we know what they entail, that part is still secret— but it seems that even the […]

Report: Ivy League Schools Did Not Disclose $246 Million in Taxpayer Funding, Violating Law – Washington Free Beacon

Report: Ivy League Schools Did Not Disclose $246 Million in Taxpayer Funding, Violating Law – Washington Free Beacon. An analysis of over $200 million in research projects conducted by Ivy League institutions found that none disclosed how they spent taxpayer dollars, in violation of federal law. Senators are now asking the Government Accountability Office to investigate how many federally funded […]

Trump Unbound | The Weekly Standard

Trump Unbound | The Weekly Standard. The upside of having few principles. President Trump has changed his policies in his first 100 days in office more than any president in the post-World War II era—or perhaps any president ever. And for the most part the changes have been for the better. Trump is no longer a raw populist. He hasn’t […]

Articles: Racist Obama Caused Dems’ Downfall, Not Hillary

Articles: Racist Obama Caused Dems' Downfall, Not Hillary. by Karin McQuillan · April 25, 2017 The press is starting to pile on Hillary Clinton for losing to President Trump, but the real cause of the Democrats’ defeat is never discussed. It is Obama himself. According to Gallup, averaging his two terms, Obama was the most unpopular President since President Truman, […]

New Orleans Is Wrong To Remove Its Confederate Monuments

New Orleans Is Wrong To Remove Its Confederate Monuments. by John Daniel Davidson · April 25, 2017 In the early morning hours of Monday, masked men in black bulletproof vests gathered at the Battle of Liberty Place in downtown New Orleans. They arrived in flatbed trucks, the name of the company on the trucks’ sides concealed by tape and cardboard. […]

Trump orders review of national monument sites | TheHill

Trump orders review of national monument sites | TheHill. by Devin Henry · April 25, 2017 President Trump on Wednesday will order the Interior Department to review 20 years’ worth of monument designations on federal land across the country. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke told reporters he will consider whether monument designations at up to 40 sites should be “rescinded, resized […]

U.S. moves THAAD anti-missile to South Korean site, sparking protests | Reuters

U.S. moves THAAD anti-missile to South Korean site, sparking protests | Reuters. The U.S. military has started moving parts of the controversial THAAD anti-missile defense system into a planned deployment site in South Korea, Yonhap news agency reported on Wednesday, amid high tensions over North Korea’s missile and nuclear programs. The United States and South Korea have agreed to deploy […]

Republicans finalize new Obamacare repeal proposal – POLITICO

Republicans finalize new Obamacare repeal proposal – POLITICO. by Rachael Bade · April 25, 2017 The proposal calls for allowing states to opt out of key Obamacare regulations under certain conditions. | Getty The plan is expected to win more support from the conservative Freedom Caucus, but it’s still unclear whether the bill can pass the House. The White House, […]

Fighting Back Against Putin’s Hackers – The Daily Beast

Fighting Back Against Putin’s Hackers – The Daily Beast. by Christopher Dickey · April 25, 2017 PARIS—Looking back on the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton last year, one sees an appalling passivity and helplessness as online attackers stole her campaign secrets and now-President Donald Trump exploited that information without shame or discretion. But, having learned many lessons from the Clinton […]

Internet firms winding up for a fight on ‘net neutrality’

Internet firms winding up for a fight on 'net neutrality'. by TALI ARBEL NEW YORK (AP) — Internet companies are readying for a showdown with telecoms and a Republican-controlled government over a policy near and dear to their hearts: net neutrality. Net neutrality basically prevents broadband providers from playing favorites or steering users toward (or away from) particular internet sites. […]

‘Trump’s think tank’ to protesters: ‘We won’t be bullied’

‘Trump’s think tank’ to protesters: ‘We won’t be bullied’. The Heritage Foundation vowed not to be “bullied or silenced” after an estimated 200 left-wing activists stormed the think tank’s Capitol Hill headquarters Tuesday morning, vowing to shut it down. The activists, who screamed and chanted, were protesting Heritage’s budget recommendations to the Trump administration, summarized in a document called “Blueprint […]

Why the Washington DC Metro System Is a Complete Disaster | The National Interest

Why the Washington DC Metro System Is a Complete Disaster | The National Interest. The capital of the world’s only superpower has a third world problem: You can’t get there from here using public transportation. The forty-year-old Metro mass-transit system, designed to be a model for the rest of the world, is falling apart. And though there’s widespread agreement that […]

Here’s How Wrong Past Environmental Predictions Have Been

Here's How Wrong Past Environmental Predictions Have Been. by Walter E. Williams · April 26, 2017 Each year, Earth Day is accompanied by predictions of doom. Let’s take a look at past predictions to determine just how much confidence we can have in today’s environmentalists’ predictions. In 1970, when Earth Day was conceived, the late George Wald, a Nobel laureate […]

North Korea Could Already Be Ready To Use an EMP

North Korea Could Already Be Ready To Use an EMP. by John R. Moore 2017-04-25T16:36:22 chat comments Fifty-five years ago, the U.S. tested a nuclear weapon high above the atmosphere over the Pacific. At the time, my father — a nuclear weapons engineer — was listening on our ham radio. When the device exploded, we heard nothing in Albuquerque. But, […]

Multiple ISIS fighters mauled and killed by unlikely wild animal – TheBlaze

Multiple ISIS fighters mauled and killed by unlikely wild animal – TheBlaze. by Sara Gonzales · April 25, 2017 An Iraqi news website reported on Sunday that three Islamic militants in northern Iraq were attacked and killed by wild boars known to inhabit the region, sources in the region have confirmed. According to Iraqi News, the ISIS fighters were near […]

Federal Judge Blocks Trump Administration from Enforcing Executive Order on Sanctuary Cities – Hit & Run : Reason.com

Federal Judge Blocks Trump Administration from Enforcing Executive Order on Sanctuary Cities – Hit & Run : Reason.com. by Damon Root · April 25, 2017 The order’s “facially unconstitutional directives and its coercive effects weigh heavily against leaving it in place.” |Apr. 25, 2017 5:20 pm Gage SkidmoreToday Judge William Orrick of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District […]

Obama’s hidden Iran deal giveaway – POLITICO

Obama’s hidden Iran deal giveaway – POLITICO. When President Barack Obama announced the “one-time gesture” of releasing Iranian-born prisoners who “were not charged with terrorism or any violent offenses” last year, his administration presented the move as a modest trade-off for the greater good of the Iran nuclear agreement and Tehran’s pledge to free five Americans. “Iran had a significantly […]

Hate speech is free speech, Gov. Dean: Glenn Reynolds

Hate speech is free speech, Gov. Dean: Glenn Reynolds. I tell my constitutional law students that there are a couple of statements that indicate that a speaker is a constitutional illiterate who can safely be ignored. One is the claim that the Constitution views black people as ⅗ the worth of white people (actually, it was all about power in […]

Venezuela civil war may be imminent – Washington Times

Venezuela civil war may be imminent – Washington Times. As American public attention has been focusing on terror attacks in Paris, the crisis in Syria and the nuclear-armed lunatic running North Korea, Venezuela to our south is about to explode into violence and civil war with incalculable consequences in our own hemisphere. The “Bolivarian Revolution” that began with the coming […]

Conservatives hope Pence can break Obamacare, spending deadlocks

Conservatives hope Pence can break Obamacare, spending deadlocks. by W. James Antle III · April 25, 2017 When Vice President Pence cut short his Asia trip to return to Washington to help hammer out deals on Obamacare and funding the government, many conservative activists cheered. “Pence taking a more proactive role in domestic policy is extremely comforting to anyone who […]

Entire Senate being called to White House for North Korea briefing | Fox News

Entire Senate being called to White House for North Korea briefing | Fox News. The entire U.S. Senate has been invited to the White House for a briefing Wednesday on the North Korea situation, amid escalating tensions over the country’s missile tests and bellicose rhetoric. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer confirmed the upcoming briefing, for all 100 senators, on […]