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Saturday, October 20, 2018
Jacob Sugarman

Has Trumpism Made The World Less Safe For Jews?

Earlier this month, a lifetime ago in the Trump administration, an art dealer named Todd Brassner burned to death in a fire at Trump Tower. (The building did not have a sprinkler system on its residential floors because its eponymous owner refused to install one, citing its prohibitive cost). According to the New York Daily News, real estate mogul Trump was less than enamored of Brassner, reportedly referring to his tenant as “that crazy Jew.”

April 23, 2018

The Clinton ‘Reform’ That Enabled Trump’s New Propaganda Machine

If you spent any time on social media over the weekend, you’ve probably seen it by now. On Saturday, Deadspin’s Timothy Burke published a supercut of news anchors for the Sinclair Broadcasting Group reciting a distinctly Trumpian promo. “We’re concerned about the troubling trend of irresponsible, one-sided news stories plaguing our country,” each of them intoned.

April 4, 2018
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Do Trump’s Voters Even Care If The President Is A Criminal?

Earlier this month, the Democracy Fund voter Study Group released an astonishing report. While an overwhelming majority of Americans favor a constitutional democracy, 32 percent of Trump voters would prefer a “strong leader” who doesn’t have to answer to Congress or a body politic.

March 31, 2018

GOP Gerrymandering Is Even Worse Than You Know

The chatter began in earnest after Ralph Northam’s blowout win in the Virginia gubernatorial race, and has only grown louder since Doug Jones’ and Conor Lamb’s upset victories in Alabama and Pennsylvania, respectively. This November, the political media class has determined, is going to be a wave election for the Democratic Party.

March 28, 2018
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New York Times Newsroom Protests Editorial Page Decisions

Since Donald Trump was elected president, the New York Times editorial page has waged a frontal assault on its readers’ intelligence. Just this month, it has published pieces defending Woody Allen and Aziz Ansari against allegations of sexual abuse, and another scolding liberals for not being sufficiently respectful of gun owners in the wake of the latest mass shooting.

March 1, 2018
Paul Krugman

Paul Krugman: The Bad Faith Of Republicans Is Endless

Earlier this week, the Trump administration released a $4.4 trillion budget proposal that calls for a massive increase in military spending along with cuts to programs for food stamps and basic school safety, among other essential social services. The proposal would also blow up the federal deficit over the next decade, but of course Republicans have never been the fiscal hawks they claim to be.

February 17, 2018
Supporters of U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump hold their hands to their chest as the national anthem is played at a campaign rally in Concord, New Hampshire January 18, 2016. REUTERS/Gretchen Ertl/File photo

Trump Supporters Are The Single Biggest Purveyors Of ‘Fake News’: Study

Any number of factors helped tilt the 2016 presidential election to Donald Trump, from Hillary Clinton’s fatally flawed campaign to the billions of dollars in free advertising our political press awarded her Republican opponent. Still, no candidate in modern American history has benefitted more from the proliferation of “fake news” on social media than the former host of “The Apprentice.”

February 7, 2018

The Pentagon Can’t Account For Several Hundred Million Dollars It Spent

In December, Donald Trump signed a $700 billion defense bill into law, ramping up the size and strength of the U.S. military. The $80 billion spending increase alone is enough to finance tuition-free public colleges and universities.

February 6, 2018

Worse Than George W. Bush! Poll Shows Plunging World Approval Of U.S. Leadership

Earlier this week, based on a survey of nearly 2000 participants, Politico and Morning Consult found more than a third of Americans would give Donald Trump a failing grade for his first year in office. Poll respondents were especially disgusted with his handling of climate change and foreign relations, among other policy matters. Judging from the Rating World […]

January 18, 2018

Why Bannon’s Billionaire Patrons Really Dumped Him

On Thursday, Rebekah Mercer, the reclusive daughter of right-wing billionaire Robert Mercer, issued her first-ever public statement, in which she attempted to distance herself from former White House strategist, current Breitbart chair and future pariah Steve Bannon. “I support President Trump and the platform upon which he was elected,” the statement read.

January 6, 2018

5 Facts That Should Leave You Queasy About Michele Bachmann’s Possible Run For Senate

The president of the United States is threatening nuclear annihilation on Twitter, and the people of Alabama nearly elected to the U.S. Senate a man who believes homosexuality is a crime, claims Muslims should not be allowed to hold public office and stands accused of sexually abusing multiple teenage girls.

January 6, 2018

Donald Trump Is Forging An America As Greedy, Deceitful And Cruel As Its President

Eleven months into his presidency, Donald Trump remains something of an enigma for a large subsection of the political press. Is he a white nationalist, as his affiliation with Breitbart CEO Steve Bannon and his refusal to condemn the marchers in Charlottesville might suggest?

December 29, 2017

Donald Trump Has Spent More Than A Quarter Of His Presidency At His Golf Resorts

In 2016, Americans who work full time accrued an average of 22.6 paid vacation days, though only used 16.8, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The second figure represents a half-day increase over 2015.

December 27, 2017

Is FCC Chairman Ajit Pai A Closeted Alt-Right Sympathizer?

On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 along party lines to repeal an Obama-era regulation to preserve net neutrality, defying Silicon Valley executives and consumer advocacy groups, not to mention the will of the people. A recent University of Maryland survey finds that more than 80 percent of registered voters oppose the FCC’s plans.

December 18, 2017

Is Paul Ryan Planning To Step Down As Speaker Of The House?

Since Doug Jones’ improbable victory in the Alabama special Senate Election, Democrat Randy Bryce (aka the “Iron Stache”) claims he has raised tens of thousands of dollars for his congressional campaign in Wisconsin.

December 15, 2017
Kirsten Gillibrand

The Republican Party Is All But Fundraising On Trump’s Sexist Smear Of Kirsten Gillibrand

On Tuesday morning, as thousands of Alabama voters cast their ballots for a Republican candidate accused of sexually abusing multiple teenage girls decades ago, Donald Trump launched a Twitter strike on one of the most prominent female politicians in the country. Now, the Republican Party is using his sexist smear to help raise money for the RNC.

December 13, 2017

Is The Radical Right Attempting Another Media Takeover?

Imagine, if you can, reading a glowing profile of former national security adviser Steve Bannon, or a featurette about White House communications director Hope Hicks’ favorite hobbies. Now imagine reading one of those stories in the formerly progressive alt-weekly that launched the careers of Ta-Nehisi Coates, David Carr and Katherine Boo, among countless others.

December 10, 2017

Trump’s Twitter Cesspool Gets Deeper And Darker

In the past week on Twitter, Donald Trump has taken a potshot at “Chuck and Nancy,” endorsed an alleged child sex abuser for Senate, called for a boycott of CNN, and joked about awarding a “Fake News Trophy” to the most dishonest news network.

December 1, 2017

Nearly Half Of Republicans Say An Alleged Child Sex Abuser Should Be Allowed To Serve In Senate: Poll

It was always just a matter of time. Nearly a week after Roy Moore’s first accuser alleged he assaulted her as a teenager, Donald Trump offered his endorsement of the Alabama Senate candidate Tuesday. (Privately, he has questioned the veracity of the claims against him.)

November 24, 2017
Coach Stan Van Gundy

In Powerful Essay, Pistons Coach Van Gundy Backs Kneeling Athletes

While scores of players have registered their disgust with Donald Trump, professional coaches across three of the four major sports leagues have remained largely silent. The NBA has proven a welcome exception.

November 16, 2017

The Wall Street Journal Is Echoing Trump’s Derangement, And Its Own Reporters Are Appalled

During the 2016 election, the conservative Wall Street Journal declined to endorse Donald Trump, recognizing the Republican candidate’s manifest personal deficiencies posed a clear and present danger to American democracy. While the newspaper has grown more Trump-curious since he was sworn into office…

November 5, 2017

What John Kelly Said Proves He Is An Authoritarian Like Trump

“Robert E. Lee was an honorable man who gave up his country to fight for his state,” the White House chief of staff told “The Ingraham Angle’s” Laura Ingraham. “Men and women of good faith on both sides made their stand where their conscience had them make their stand.”

November 2, 2017
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‘Alt-Right’ Figure Arrested For Murdering His Father

A prolific online troll and former intern of Milo Yiannopoulos has been charged with first-degree murder after allegedly stabbing his father to death in his Washington home. According to audio of the incident obtained by the Daily Beast, 33-year-old Lane Davis set upon his father after the latter called him a Nazi.

October 26, 2017

Laura Ingraham Is Reportedly Just As Much Of A Monster Off Air

Fox News has yet to air a single episode of “The Ingraham Angle,” and its host, Laura Ingraham, may have already worn out her welcome, if she ever had one at all. According to the Daily Beast, the conservative radio star is a “known tyrant” off the air, and staffers are “dreading the possibility of working with her.”

October 24, 2017
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Gorsuch Already Broadly Disliked By Top Court Colleagues

Long after his presidency is over and Trump has finally shuffled off this mortal coil, Neil Gorsuch will likely still be sitting on the Supreme Court, much to the delight of American conservatives. Gorsuch’s fellow Supreme Court justices do not appear to share their glee.

October 21, 2017