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Sunday, May 27, 2018
Liz Posner
Trump campaign merchandise vendor David Dickson from Florida holds Trump campaign "Make America Great Again" hats dusted with falling snow outside a Trump campaign town hall event in Londonderry, New Hampshire February 8, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Study Shows Trump Voters Are A Lot Like Trump

In addition to his megalomania, misogyny, racism, and tacky taste in home decor, a few obvious characteristics define Donald Trump: he’s selfish, seeks power over others, is preoccupied with wealth, and prefers conformity and tradition. These four are all traits commonly found in his supporters, as Ryne A. Sherman, a psychology professor at Texas Tech University, shows in a new study.

April 2, 2018
David Shulkin

Fired VA Head Warns Against Privatization Schemes

Donald Trump did the inevitable Wednesday night and dismissed embattled Veteran Affairs Secretary David Shulkin. The former Obama official has been replaced by the president’s personal physician, Admiral Ronny Jackson, who has no qualifiable leadership experience and raised millions of eyebrows last year after publicly proclaiming that Trump was “in excellent health.”

March 30, 2018
neo-Nazi

White Supremacists Are No Longer Just Spreading Their Hate Online

The rise of far-right extremism on the shadowy corners of the internet is a legitimate concern for those who value tolerance, peace and progress. Now a new study from the ADL’s Center for Extremism reports that radical white nationalist organizations are not content simply to congregate online; increasingly, they are spewing their hatred in traditional, highly visible public banners.

March 16, 2018
equality

Four Common Myths About Women’s Pay Gap

The existence of the gender pay gap is a well-documented fact. Respected institutions from the Pew Research Center to the Senate Joint Economic Committee confirm that American women make about 77 cents to the average man’s dollar. For women of color, the disparity is even steeper.

March 14, 2018
Melania Trump, wife of Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump, speaks at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 18, 2016. REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk

Fishy Circumstances Of Melania Trump’s Immigration

At last, the White House has shared a bit of the mystery behind Melania Trump’s immigration to the U.S. The Washington Post reports that in 2001, Melania received a highly coveted EB-1 visa, generally reserved for renowned leaders in the arts, sciences and business world. Hmm….

March 2, 2018
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How We Fail The Survivors Of Gun Violence

The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week claimed 17 lives and resulted in 14 gunshot injuries. As a heightened national conversation around gun control unfolds, we should stay focused on ensuring that the injured students and faculty are adequately provided for.

February 26, 2018

Crime Is Down Drastically — But Americans Are More Fearful Than Ever

On the subject of crime, there is good news and bad. Reports by both the FBI and the Bureau of Justice Statistics show that crime has decreased in the past 25 years in the U.S. Violent crime fell between 48% and 74% since 1993, based on the agencies’ measures, respectively. Property crime has fallen sharply, too: the FBI estimates a drop of 48% between 1993 and 2016, and BJS reports 66%.

February 12, 2018
DACA

Major Newspaper Under Fire For Racist Anti-Dreamer Cartoon

As the deadline to renew the Dream Act approaches, the 800,000 mostly young Dreamers have endured abuse from the government and mainstream media alike. They’ve become political chess pieces for legislators with little regard for their fate, and have withstood racist and dishonest name-calling from the Trump administration.

February 9, 2018
White House

Poll: Americans Give Trump Failing Grades

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet. Americans aren’t happy with President Donald Trump. While this isn’t news per se, his low approval ratings may leave you wondering just why exactly most citizens are disappointed. A new poll offers something approaching an answer. According to Politico/Morning Consult’s latest findings, the country is most dissatisfied with the president’s performance in several […]

January 17, 2018
'Donald'

The Popularity Of Baby Name ‘Donald’ Is Falling Dramatically

The Social Security Administration will soon release its ranking of the most common names of 2017, but until then, there are a few predictors suggesting “Donald” won’t be a popular one. The drop in baby Donalds fits a pattern since Trump first declared his candidacy for presidency. Between 2016-2017, the popularity of the name dropped by 50%, according to BabyCenter.

January 16, 2018
Tami Sawyer

After Successfully Bringing Down Her Local Confederate Statues, This Activist Says She’s Ready For Office

2017 wasn’t an easy year for progressive activists by any stretch. Between the Muslim ban, the riot in Charlottesville and the struggling Dream Act, it was hard to find any silver linings for social justice. But in cities throughout the U.S., grassroots activism resulted in the successful removal of some of the remaining monuments of our country’s dark past…

January 15, 2018

Dutch Reporters Blast Lying US Ambassador

Trump’s ambassador to the Netherlands, Pete Hoekstra, is proving to be just as cringe-inducing as many of this administration’s other appointees. You may remember Hoekstra from his viral humiliation in December, when he was caught on camera lying about racist and unfounded statements about the threat of radical Islam.

January 11, 2018
Trump economy fix

The Definitive Guide To Understanding The Sinister Tactics Behind Trump’s Tweets

Over the past two years, Trump’s Twitter habits have been honed and polished into an art form. And really, he is a master at it. Maybe after Mueller takes him down, he can write “The Art of the Tweet.” Until then, Americans will continue to reel from unfiltered posts like his most recent threats to North Korea and play the absurd game of trying to tell if our lives are immediately under threat or not.

January 9, 2018
equality

6 Big Victories For Feminism In 2017, Despite Donald Trump And Other Toxic Men

Depending on how you look at it, 2017 was either a great year for feminists or a terrible one. Galvinized by the election of Donald Trump, this year sparked a new rage in millions of women who are mad as hell and aren’t going to take it anymore. There’s a reason why Merriam-Webster declared “feminism” 2017’s word of the year, after all.

January 1, 2018
Neo-Nazis

Why Is A Small Montana Town A Hotbed Of Far-Right Activity?

Something fishy is going on in Whitefish, Montana. The small town of 6,500 is in one of America’s most rural regions, but it has occupied a lot of media space this year. Since the beginning of 2017, the town’s name has popped up repeatedly in stories about the far right.

December 28, 2017

Republicans Just Made It A Lot Harder For Restaurant Workers To Fight Big Chains

On Thursday, the National Labor Relations Board, led by Trump appointee Philip A. Miscimarra, undid an Obama-era ruling that protected workers, including subcontractors, from labor law violations. In an unsurprising move, all three Republicans on the Board voted together to undo the rule, while the two Democrats opposed them.

December 16, 2017

The GOP’s 10 Biggest Social Media Blunders Of 2017

It’s hard to avoid the yearly recaps that spring up every December. From the ubiquitous lists of celebrity deaths to recaps of the top Twitter hashtags, countdowns are everywhere as the new year approaches.

December 15, 2017
Test tubes with blood samples from patients who have been tested for Zika are seen at the maternity ward of the Hospital Escuela in Tegucigalpa, Honduras April 15, 2016. REUTERS/Jorge Cabrera

For-Profit Medical Companies Are Making Tons Of Money Taking Poor People’s Blood

Here’s another example of wealthy corporations sucking poor people dry—literally. While many good samaritans donate blood or bone marrow out of good will, others sell their bodily fluids on a biweekly basis just so they can make ends meet. Multimillion-dollar medical companies know this, and eagerly take advantage.

December 13, 2017

No Virginia — There Is No ‘War On Christmas’!

The mythical war on Christmas probably ended last year, when bizarrely, Fox News sent its staff a Season’s Greetings holiday card, effectively abandoning its decade-long battle-cry of “Merry Christmas.” After a concession like that, what’s left to debate?

December 11, 2017

GOP Candor Makes Them No Less Vile

Increasingly, it seems like Donald Trump has paved the way for Republicans to get away with statements that are nearly as outrageous as his own. Take the shameless claims the Republicans have used to push for the tax bill over the past two months.

December 7, 2017
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75,000 And Counting Demand NBC Release Damaging Trump Tapes From ‘The Apprentice’

NBC has not been having a great week. From allegations of sexual assault against Matt Lauer to news that Jimmy Fallon’s ratings have dropped as viewers turn to more politically charged hosts Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert, the network will not close out 2017 on a high note.

December 2, 2017
Thanksgiving is more than one day

Surviving A Holiday With Your Trumpster Family

For some of us, the approaching holidays are a time of dread. Beyond beloved traditions like overindulging on food, alcohol and shopping, for some people, it’s inevitably a time when they will clash with loved ones over politics. Plenty of Americans have family members with opposing political views, and Trump has made these divisions even more severe.

November 23, 2017
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Report: Trump Earned Millions In Panama Deals With Mob Ties

Robert Mueller has some new material to work with as he continues his investigation of the Trump administration’s ties to Russia. A new report shows that for 10 years, a Trump property in Panama City collected millions of dollars from the Russian mafia and Colombian drug cartels.

November 18, 2017
Moore

That Time Roy Moore Refused To Convict A Child Molester Who Abused A 4-Year-Old

Roy Moore has had a month or so to forget. Last week, the Washington Post broke the news that he sexually pursued a 14-year-old girl back when he was in his 30s. Since then, a total of five women have accused the Alabama senatorial candidate of harassment and abuse.

November 15, 2017
domestic violence

Domestic Violence Threatens Everyone — Even White Men

Sutherland Springs, Las Vegas, Sandy Hook, Orlando…what do all these recent mass shootings have in common? The perpetrators of these horrific crimes showed a proclivity for violence against women. Yet despite the clear connection between violence at home and mass violence against the public…

November 13, 2017