Dodd-Frank under fire

Dodd-Frank under fire. Republicans are doggedly chasing their dream of undoing Wall Street reforms, said Alan Rappeport at The New York Times. While the rest of the political world was glued earlier this month to former FBI Director James Comey’s Senate testimony, the House of Representatives quietly passed a sweeping bill to undo financial regulations put in place by the […]

How Jason Kander Won by Losing – POLITICO Magazine

How Jason Kander Won by Losing – POLITICO Magazine. Jason Kander was wearing a mic pack here as he wandered around the Puritan Backroom, chatting with local activists and politicians at the Manchester Democratic Club chicken dinner. A videographer, who followed him around as he moved from table to table, was being paid out of his campaign account. Kander’s Senate […]

Could Illinois be the first state to file for bankruptcy? – CBS News

Could Illinois be the first state to file for bankruptcy? – CBS News. by Aimee Picchi · June 16, 2017 Illinois residents may feel some solidarity with the likes of Puerto Rico and Detroit. A financial crunch is spiraling into a serious problem for Illinois lawmakers, prompting some observers to wonder if the state might make history by becoming the […]

Alexandria Shooting Exposes More Republican Hypocricy | HuffPost

Alexandria Shooting Exposes More Republican Hypocricy | HuffPost. Within minutes of the lone-nut rampage shooting targeting Republican politicians in Alexandria, Virginia, right-wingers took to the airwaves to smear Democrats, Bernie Sanders, and “the Left” for bearing some responsibility for the violence because of their “hatred” of Republicans. Hearing the news that the alleged shooter had worked for his campaign, Senator […]

Deputy AG Issues Strange Statement Warning Against Anonymous Sources – Talking Points Memo

Deputy AG Issues Strange Statement Warning Against Anonymous Sources – Talking Points Memo. by Caitlin MacNeal Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Thursday night issued an odd statement warning Americans against trusting news stories that cite “anonymous ‘officials.’” It was not immediately clear what stories Rosenstein was referring to in the cryptic statement, but it followed several Thursday evening reports […]

The perils of reflexively politicizing tragedy

The perils of reflexively politicizing tragedy. The frightening shooting at a congressional baseball practice on Wednesday shook up Washington and the nation — and rightly so. As many pointed out, the Congressional Baseball Game stands out as a rare example of bipartisan amity in our hyperpolarized times. It was a heartbreaking symbol to see it struck by tragedy. But as […]

One Left-Wing Gunman Doesn’t Make a Movement

One Left-Wing Gunman Doesn’t Make a Movement. by Michael Tomasky · June 15, 2017 There have been many left-wing assassins in U.S. history—and right-wing ones, and no-wing ones. What matters is that he had a military-style assault rifle. opinion Getty In olden days, a lot of political assassins, would-be and otherwise, were left wing. There’s a pretty un-mysterious reason for […]

Trump Will Add Cuba To List Of Obama Achievements He’s Taking Apart | HuffPost

Trump Will Add Cuba To List Of Obama Achievements He’s Taking Apart | HuffPost. To the list of things former President Barack Obama did that President Donald Trump is undoing, go ahead and add Cuba. Two and a half years ago, Obama, with great fanfare, announced an easing of the decades-long travel and trade restrictions on the island nation’s authoritarian […]

New York Times tries, fails to blame Virginia shooting on Bernie Sanders – Salon.com

New York Times tries, fails to blame Virginia shooting on Bernie Sanders – Salon.com. On Thursday The New York Times published a left-punching hot take in its “Politics” section — as opposed to the “Opinion” section, where it would have felt more at home alongside neocon columnists Ross Douthat and Bret Stephens. Maybe trying to play “both sides” was the […]

There’s only one person to blame for the awful congressional shooting

There's only one person to blame for the awful congressional shooting. On Wednesday morning, a lone gunman, identified as 66-year-old James Hodgkinson, attacked a Republican practice session for the upcoming congressional baseball game. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) was shot and badly wounded, as well as a staffer, a lobbyist, and two police officers, all of whom are reportedly recovering. Hodgkinson […]

America’s Lethal Politics – The New York Times

America’s Lethal Politics – The New York Times. by THE EDITORIAL BOARD · June 14, 2017 America’s elected representatives enjoying America’s pastime on a ball field just across the Potomac from the Capitol: A particularly American form of terror changed that idyll early Wednesday morning into what Senator Rand Paul, who was there, called “basically a killing field.” A gunman […]

Rhetoric and Bullets – The New York Times

Rhetoric and Bullets – The New York Times. by Charles M. Blow · June 15, 2017 A police officer guarding the Capitol after a shooting in nearby Alexandria, Va., on Wednesday. Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters In 2011, after Representative Gabby Giffords of Arizona was gravely injured and six others were killed by a shooter in Tucson, I was moved to commit […]

Trump under investigation for possible obstruction of justice: Washington Post | Reuters

Trump under investigation for possible obstruction of justice: Washington Post | Reuters. President Donald Trump is being investigated by special counsel Robert Mueller for possible obstruction of justice, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday, citing unnamed officials. Mueller is investigating alleged Russia interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign. Former FBI Director James […]

Some on right blame anti-Trump rhetoric for shooting – POLITICO

Some on right blame anti-Trump rhetoric for shooting – POLITICO. by Hadas Gold · June 14, 2017 Donald Trump Jr., alt-right figures say that heated left-wing commentary planted the seeds of violence. As reports spread online that shooting suspect James Hodgkinson had expressed anti-Republican sentiments, some conservative political figures and alt-right news outlets began speculating on whether Wednesday’s attack on […]

One Left-Wing Gunman Doesn’t Make a Movement

One Left-Wing Gunman Doesn’t Make a Movement. by Michael Tomasky · June 15, 2017 There have been many left-wing assassins in U.S. history—and right-wing ones, and no-wing ones. What matters is that he had a military-style assault rifle. opinion Getty In olden days, a lot of political assassins, would-be and otherwise, were left wing. There’s a pretty un-mysterious reason for […]

Can Donald Trump be America’s consoler-in-chief? – Vox

Can Donald Trump be America’s consoler-in-chief? – Vox. Mass shootings like the Wednesday morning attack that wounded Rep. Steve Scalise are clarifying moments for most presidents, ones that test their ability to comfort a frightened nation and rise above the partisan fray. This will require a very different demeanor for President Trump, who has taken to Twitter to send out […]

Man Who Attacked GOP Politicians Was A Bernie Supporter With A Violent History | HuffPost

Man Who Attacked GOP Politicians Was A Bernie Supporter With A Violent History | HuffPost. by Ryan J. Reilly · June 14, 2017 WASHINGTON ― The man who opened fire on Republican lawmakers practicing for an upcoming baseball game on Wednesday was apparently a Bernie Sanders supporter outspoken in his distaste for the GOP, President Donald Trump and former Democratic […]

Please, don’t politicize the awful congressional shooting

Please, don't politicize the awful congressional shooting. The shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) — who as majority whip is the third ranking Republican in the House — is a crime, a tragedy, and may very well have been a politically motivated act. But it is also an opportunity for the media, citizenry, and governing class to do something that […]

Democrats: Your Russia obsession is blinding you from what really matters

Democrats: Your Russia obsession is blinding you from what really matters. For months now, many congressional Democrats have been obsessed with Russian interference in the American electoral process. That tendency was on full display this week, as they reportedly refused demands from liberals that they gum up the works of Congress in an attempt to stop the passage of TrumpCare. […]

Bernie Sanders: How Democrats Can Stop Losing Elections – The New York Times

Bernie Sanders: How Democrats Can Stop Losing Elections – The New York Times. by BERNIE SANDERS · June 13, 2017 Bernie Sanders with fellow Democrats outside the Capitol in May. Alex Wong/Getty Images In 2016, the Democratic Party lost the presidency to possibly the least popular candidate in American history. In recent years, Democrats have also lost the Senate and […]

Senate Democrats plan offensive to try to save Obamacare – POLITICO

Senate Democrats plan offensive to try to save Obamacare – POLITICO. by Jennifer Haberkorn · June 13, 2017 “We should mount a pretty epic stand if they get this bill to the floor,” said Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut, who has been a leading Democratic voice on defending the Affordable Care Act. | AP Photo Senate Democrats are preparing an […]

Chelsea Clinton’s children’s book She Persisted, reviewed.

Chelsea Clinton’s children’s book She Persisted, reviewed.. Chelsea Clinton, now a 37-year-old mother of two, has spent her adulthood weaving in and out of the family business. But even when she has dabbled in politics, her position as first kid, as Jack Shafer observed in February 2016, allowed her to hover above the fray—untouched by partisan squabbles and almost off-limits […]

America is treating Iran disgracefully

America is treating Iran disgracefully. The way the United States government is treating Iran is an absolute disgrace. At a time when Iran has been, on balance, behaving with relative moderation and decency, America has responded with vile callousness and additional sanctions. The worst, of course, comes from President Trump, who responded to a terrorist attack in Iran by blaming […]

Juan Williams: More questions than answers on Flynn | TheHill

Juan Williams: More questions than answers on Flynn | TheHill. by Juan Williams · June 12, 2017 Last week James Comey testified that while he was FBI director, he felt pressured by President Trump to drop an investigation into one man. Also last week, U.S. allies went to war to oust Islamic State terrorists from their command center in Raqqa, […]

Trump Takes a Dig at Wind Farms: ‘As the Birds Fall to the Ground’

Trump Takes a Dig at Wind Farms: ‘As the Birds Fall to the Ground’. President Trump said Wednesday he was supportive of a range of energy sources, from coal to solar to nuclear, but took a dig at wind power. “I don’t want to just hope the wind blows to light up your homes and your factories,” he told enthusiastic […]

Sanders: Christians Are Disqualified From Public Office

Sanders: Christians Are Disqualified From Public Office. by Tyler O’Neil In an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) stood by his unconstitutional religious test for a Trump nominee who expressed mainstream Christian doctrine. Sanders said the nominee has religious freedom to believe whatever he wants privately, but should be barred from public office for speaking […]

Good riddance to the Russia myth — and blame Team Obama for promoting it | New York Post

Good riddance to the Russia myth — and blame Team Obama for promoting it | New York Post. by Post Editorial Board · June 21, 2017 Ex-Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson’s testimony Wednesday should mark the definitive end of “Russia hacked the election” hysteria. Too bad it took so long to get to this point. Johnson told the House Intelligence […]

Irresistible – WSJ

Irresistible – WSJ. By James Freeman Updated June 21, 2017 1:07 p.m. ET 1138 COMMENTS View image on Twitter View image on Twitter T. Becket Adams ✔ @BecketAdams Election Night Anchor Face™ is fast becoming one of my favorite things. 11:59 PM – 20 Jun 2017 2,141 2,141 Retweets 5,561 5,561 likes Twitter Ads info and privacy Last night viewers […]

Republicans face pressure at home to repeal Obamacare quickly

Republicans face pressure at home to repeal Obamacare quickly. by David M. Drucker · June 22, 2017 Senate Republicans are moving swiftly to partially repeal Obamacare, driven by political pressure from an impatient conservative base that is outweighing concerns about transparency and process. “We’ve been discussing this for months and months and months,” Sen. James Risch, R-Idaho, said. “We’ve got […]

Saudi Arabia’s King Names Son as Crown Prince | National Review

Saudi Arabia’s King Names Son as Crown Prince | National Review. by Elliott Abrams · June 21, 2017 On Wednesday, King Salman of Saudi Arabia pushed aside his heir-apparent, Crown Prince Mohamed bin Nayef, and moved his own son Mohamed bin Salman into that spot. He also removed Mohamed bin Nayef (known as MbN) from his powerful post as interior […]

Postal Service Wants Independence Without Responsibility Again – Brian McNicoll

Postal Service Wants Independence Without Responsibility Again – Brian McNicoll. by Brian McNicoll Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, is on his way out as chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. But the work he has begun on Postal Service reform will go on. The Postal Reform Act of 2017, which Rep. Chaffetz shepherded to approval in his […]

Are Democrats Waking Up to Russia Insanity? – The American Interest

Are Democrats Waking Up to Russia Insanity? – The American Interest. by Jason Willick & Damir Marusic · June 21, 2017 RCP highlights an MSNBC hit from Democratic Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy in which the liberal lawmaker says that the party’s D.C. elite is spending too much time focusing on “issues like Russia” rather than policy questions that concern his […]

Iran Threatens to ‘Depose’ Trump as Military Readies Missile Strikes On U.S. Forces

Iran Threatens to 'Depose' Trump as Military Readies Missile Strikes On U.S. Forces. A senior Iranian leader and confidant of the Islamic Republic’s president is threatening to “depose” President Donald Trump if he continues his policy of confronting Iran and its terror proxy groups in the Middle East, according to recent comments that come as Iranian military leaders threaten missile […]

Mattis Issues Stark Words To DPRK Over Warmbier’s Death | The Daily Caller

Mattis Issues Stark Words To DPRK Over Warmbier's Death | The Daily Caller. by Saagar Enjeti · June 21, 2017 Secretary of Defense James Mattis expressed anger at the death of recently released North Korean prisoner Otto Warmbier at a Wednesday appearance with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. “There is no way we can look at a situation like this […]

Protesters Interrupt Trump Rally, Attendees Respond ‘USA’ [VIDEO] | The Daily Caller

Protesters Interrupt Trump Rally, Attendees Respond 'USA' [VIDEO] | The Daily Caller. by Amber Athey · June 21, 2017 Protesters interrupted President Trump’s Wednesday rally in Iowa, but his crowd of supporters responded by drowning them out with a “USA” chant. Trump began his speech in Cedar Rapids by praising Republican victories in the Georgia and South Carolina special elections […]

Articles: The Progressive Tea Party that Never Was

Articles: The Progressive Tea Party that Never Was. by Frank Santarpia · June 21, 2017 Trump Derangement Syndrome is real, it’s deadly serious, and it appears to be metastasizing. And don’t expect calls for unity after the attempted assassination of a Republican lawmaker to help encapsulate it, either. The disease is far too virulent for the crazed actions of a […]

Why The Best Solution For The Mess In Syria Is Partition

Why The Best Solution For The Mess In Syria Is Partition. by Robert Nicholson · June 21, 2017 In his recent book “Islamic Exceptionalism,” Shadi Hamid argues that the United States should encourage Muslim-majority countries to pursue democracy even when their democratic choices lead to illiberal outcomes. For instance, he says, in Egypt we should have welcomed the duly elected […]

Trump’s son-in-law launches Middle East peace effort | Reuters

Trump's son-in-law launches Middle East peace effort | Reuters. by Luke Baker · June 21, 2017 JERUSALEM U.S. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, met Israeli and Palestinian leaders on Wednesday to try to revive long-fractured Middle East peacemaking that Washington acknowledged will take some time. Kushner, a 36-year-old real estate developer with little experience of international […]

Democrats completely wasted their time in Georgia

Democrats completely wasted their time in Georgia. The news that Democrat Jon Ossoff decisively lost his race for Georgia’s 6th House district is devastating for Democrats — but not for the reasons you think. That lone seat, now set to be occupied by Republican Karen Handel, is unlikely to affect voting for TrumpCare, or really for any piece of noxious […]

Why no one shouts ‘Jesus is great’ when they kill

Why no one shouts ‘Jesus is great’ when they kill. Have you noticed there are still many people in denial that Islam has a problem? Let’s name names: The Council on American-Islamic Relations, the Hamas-affiliated media darlings who claim to be a “Muslim civil rights group” but assert anyone condemning Islamic terrorism to be an “Islamophobe.” The vast wasteland we […]

Can Trump and Moon Quell North Korea’s Saber Rattling? | The National Interest

Can Trump and Moon Quell North Korea's Saber Rattling? | The National Interest. Over the last few months, we have heard the Trump administration voice the same worn out foreign policy that we have heard from previous administrations. There are the usual carrots: we remain open to negotiations as long as North Korea makes concessions; or sticks: “if China doesn’t […]

Jeh Johnson Testifies: Russians Did Not Alter Ballot Counts

Jeh Johnson Testifies: Russians Did Not Alter Ballot Counts. Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Wednesday that the Russian government did not alter ballots, ballots counts, or the reporting of votes in last November’s U.S. presidential election. In his written testimony Johnson said, “To my current knowledge, the Russian government did not […]

Foreign Soros-Backed Media Outlet Bashes Conservatives With US Taxpayer Dollars

Foreign Soros-Backed Media Outlet Bashes Conservatives With US Taxpayer Dollars. by Maiya Clark · June 21, 2017 For additional proof that the State Department has no business teaming up overseas with the vast network funded by the billionaire George Soros, look no further than the portentously named Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project. The OCCRP calls itself “an investigative reporting […]

ISIS Blows Up 12th Century Mosul Mosque in Last Stand

ISIS Blows Up 12th Century Mosul Mosque in Last Stand. by Bridget Johnson The Islamic State today blew up the Mosul landmark where they declared the formation of their caliphate nearly three years ago, prompting the Iraq government to declare victory over the terror group. The Great Mosque of al-Nuri, with its distinctive leaning minaret called the Hadba, dated back […]

Somebody, Anybody, Run Against Bill de Blasio | The American Spectator

Somebody, Anybody, Run Against Bill de Blasio | The American Spectator. by George Neumayr · June 21, 2017 Bill de Blasio is a left-wing buffoon of dizzying idiocy. The dimbulb mayor of New York City is so bad that he makes David Dinkins look Churchillian. And yet it appears that de Blasio is sailing towards re-election in November. The question […]

Anchorman III – WSJ

Anchorman III – WSJ. By James Freeman June 20, 2017 5:51 p.m. ET 858 COMMENTS There was a time, a time before cable news, when the network anchorman reigned supreme. Thank goodness those days are long gone, but like the dominant broadcasters of yore, Scott Pelley of CBS News has a voice that could make a wolverine purr. Still, it’s […]

The victory in Georgia’s 6th is a yuge win for Trump – The Washington Post

The victory in Georgia’s 6th is a yuge win for Trump – The Washington Post. by Ed Rogers · June 21, 2017 Karen Handel waves to supporters. (Branden Camp/European Pressphoto Agency) The buzz in Washington surrounding the race for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District was all bad for the last couple of weeks. People had been bad-mouthing the Republican candidate, Karen […]

Republicans turned to Nancy Pelosi to win in Georgia

Republicans turned to Nancy Pelosi to win in Georgia. by David M. Drucker · June 20, 2017 The Republican group aligned with House Speaker Paul Ryan had a strategy to keep Georgia’s 6th Congressional District from slipping away: Make the contest a referendum on Nancy Pelosi. Voters in the traditionally conservative seat had resisted President Trump and were slow to […]