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How Democrats Can Avoid Blowing Their Best Chance To Take The House In A Decade

Republican consultant Rick Wilson says Democrats can win in 2018, but only if they follow his advice: “Get on and stay on one message, don’t make it about all the other party-purity issues. ‘Obamacare wasn’t perfect but the GOP made it 1000x worse.’ The ads write themselves.”

May 8, 2017
impeachable

Trump’s One Great Accomplishment? Implicating The Entire GOP In Potentially Impeachable Crimes

The only absolutely necessary qualification to work for or with Donald Trump is a willingness to abet his potentially impeachable crimes. And the good news for Trump is that nearly his entire party is proving that their prime concern is covering up his potential wrongdoing — even from themselves.

May 1, 2017
Trumpism, Center

It’s Beyond Parody How Beyond Parody Trump Is

As his campaign floundered last October, Trump went to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to lay out his “100-day action plan to Make America Great Again.” Now he says that expecting him to accomplish anything within his first 100 days is a “ridiculous” standard. He’s welshing again, as he always does.

April 24, 2017
Ossoff

In Georgia, Trump Is Democrats’ Best Revenge

Democrats across the country poured their hearts and more than $8 million into this race. And it worked. They nearly pushed Ossoff over the 50% he needed to avoid a June 20 runoff against Republican Karen Handel. That’s even though the former House aide and his allies were collectively outspent 61% to 39% by the GOP side.

April 21, 2017
Trump, Sessions, nativism,

What Isn’t Donald Trump Hiding?

Yes, Donald Trump campaigned on draining a swamp full of elites. But we shouldn’t be so naive as to believe that he we speaking about all the elites. He meant just the elitists who want to help minorities.

April 17, 2017
Trump, McConnell

Mitch McConnell Didn’t Just Steal A Supreme Court Seat

When history gathers the men who made the presidency of Donald Trump possible, lingering in a corner behind the blinding glare of Julian Assange and the massive 6’8” frame of James Comey will be Mitch McConnell, his corners mouth shaped into a smile that resembles a twisted mustache. McConnell will want you to believe that history […]

April 10, 2017
Russia, Putin

Putin Is The Overlooked Billionaire In The Elections Club

But the billionaire who turns out to be the most successful at influencing our elections may also be the richest billionaire ever to billionaire — Vladimir Putin. The FBI, CIA and NSA all believe that Putin ordered an “influence campaign” aimed at the 2016 U.S. election. The FBI and CIA have “high confidence” the Russian president was trying to elect Donald Trump.

April 9, 2017
Trump tax returns

They’re Coming For Your Taxes, Donnie

It’s almost April 15 and the American people want Donald Trump’s receipts. On the second Saturday in April, organizers are planning marches in Washington, D.C. and dozens of other cities across the U.S. to call on the president to release his tax returns. Given the improving weather and polls that suggest that about 3 out of […]

April 3, 2017
Trumpcare

Why The Defeat of Trumpcare Is So Damn Important

Republicans never thought to pretend that Trumpcare would be “terrific” and fix the things voters don’t like about the Affordable Care Act — high deductibles, unchecked premiums and the insurance mandate — because they knew any replacement they offered would have higher deductibles and less help from the government to pay premiums

March 27, 2017
Trump's false accusation against Obama could lead to his impeachment

Yes, Trump Can Be Impeached Over A Tweet

Trump clearly understands that he is accusing Obama of a high crime and misdemeanor on par with the one president forced to resign from office. And if his accusation is false, that means he could be impeached.

March 19, 2017
GOP, Right-Wing, Trump 2016

Trump And GOP Have It In For Their Own Voters

Trump’s appeal is much broader. Cognitive scientist George Lakoff has spent decades studying how conservatives have won by nurturing a worldview of a powerful authority enforcing discipline through strength. Last summer, he tried to warn Democrats that Trump — despite a near total ignorance of conservative policy — was appealing to Republicans across the spectrum as well as to union workers who believe in “traditional family values” in their private lives.

March 17, 2017
Mnuchin tax plan

An Open Letter Of Thanks To Trump Voters From The Billionaires

We billionaires just wanted to say a quick thanks for voting for Donald Trump without paying nearly any attention to what his actual policies would be. It’s the least we can do, given that you’ve already done so much for us.

Whether we enjoy restoring natural coal-flavoring to river water or seeing the cabinet stocked with our fellow billionaires and buddies from Goldman Sachs, it’s the little things — like being allowed to destroy the climate so we can be a tiny bit richer — that we appreciate so very much.

March 13, 2017
affordable health care and Medicare for all

In Secret, The GOP Is Also Planning To Gut Medicaid And Medicare

But the real dirty secret that the GOP will likely refuse ever to admit is that its plan to eliminate the ACA is also a stealth plan to gut one of the most popular things the government has ever done that didn’t involve killing Osama bin Laden — Medicaid — while laying the ground work to gut another — Medicare.

Nobody — at least nobody in the Republican Party — seems to understand that Americans love their public health insurance much better than they like Donald Trump.

March 6, 2017
Trump border tax

Trump’s $5 Trillion Attack On America’s Values And Reputation

Even if Donald Trump doesn’t go through with the trade wars that Steve Bannon — his Rasputin with a splash of Goebbels — seemed to promise again last week, the damage inflicted by their war on American values will be immediate and then possibly permanent.

February 27, 2017
Trump is ripping us off

We Need A Simple Way To Remind Everyone That Trump Is Ripping Us Off

We should take a lesson from Trump’s GOP, which won bigly by appealing directly to its base with full-throated partisan rhetoric. America needs an uprising from the left that is large enough to wipe away the damage conservative selfishness has done to our nation and planet. And it can’t start soon enough.

February 20, 2017
John Dingell, Twitter King

Jonn Dingell Is The Trump-Twitter Destroyer America Needs

While still serving in Congress as a spry 88-year-old in 2014, John Dingell was recognized by BuzzFeed as “probably the best person on Twitter” after an errant tweet from an Environmental Protection Agency account led him to tweeting about the shock of learning what a “Kardashian” is.

February 17, 2017
Tom Price, Obamacare

It’s Time To Grab The GOP By Tom Price’s Seat

If the outrage in the streets and town halls is matched by a stunning electoral defeat in Tom Price’s Georgia district, it could put the fear of getting gnawed at the polls in the mind of the Republicans who represent swing states.

February 13, 2017
Can the Democratic Party mobilize energy that drove Women's March?

How To Save The Democratic Party So It Can Save The World

Author and Harvard government professor Theda Skocpol argues that the Democratic Party is our best — and possibly only — hope to combat the “strong possibility of a long-term authoritarian right turn in US politics.”

February 5, 2017
Gorsuch, Republicans, Senate, Democrats, Obstruction

It’s Time For Outrageous Obstruction Against Gorsuch

Republicans have spent decades weaponizing the Supreme Court as a political tool and are on the brink of a payoff that Trump’s creditors never could have imagined. But they also did something dangerous: They proved there is no price for creative obstruction. Democrats need to understand they have the people on their side. And to keep them there, they have to be willing to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous obstruction. Our democracy depends on it.

February 3, 2017
Price, HHS, Obamacare, Affordable Care Act

5 Things The GOP Won’t Tell You About Obamacare

“We’re going to have insurance for everybody,” Donald Trump told The Washington Post a few days before he was sworn in.
You can bet no one has any idea what that actually means. That includes Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), Trump’s nominee for secretary of health and human services, who dodged details at a confirmation hearing on Tuesday. It also includes Trump, who has yet to demonstrate that he actually knows what’s in the Affordable Care Act, let alone how he would replace it.

February 1, 2017
Kushner

5 Reasons It’s So Hard Not To Help Donald Trump

Given his cartoonish faults, his relentless scapegoating and his petty vindictiveness, it’s easy to not take him seriously. And now we have to take him for at least four years and face the realization that he actually is engaging in a strategy that may offend you, but was convincing to the 75,000 Americans in three key states he needed to secure his minority presidency. And in 2018, Democrats face a Senate map with 10 swing states, nine of which Trump won.

January 30, 2017
Can the Democratic Party mobilize energy that drove Women's March?

The Tyranny of A Minority President Has Begun — And So Has The Resistance

As he was about to take the oath of office, Trump’s team announced plans for $10.5 trillion in cuts based on a plan devised by the Heritage Foundation — a plan that includes huge cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and the Defense Department.

January 23, 2017
Scott Adams on How Trump won

To Defeat ‘Disgusting Donald,’ We Must Understand How He Won

Republicans have long known that repetition and other basic marketing tactics were effective in politics. But cartoonist Scott Adams argues Trump took this a step further with something he calls “the linguistic kill shot,” which is a fancy way to explain why he called Hillary Clinton “Crooked Hillary” and mocked Jeb Bush as “low energy.”

These “kill shots” had to be visual concepts that hadn’t been heard in politics before. It’s also known as “name calling,” which is why Democrats discounted and avoided such pettiness. But it’s also effective because “every time you looked at the candidate being described you would look for confirmation bias.”

January 15, 2017
Left needs to organize like Tea Party

Democrats Need Something Better Than A Tea Party

Yes, the left needs a movement that rivals the Tea Party movement’s passion, reach and influence. But rather than happening with the encouragement and funding of the party’s rich donors, it might have to happen in spite of them.

January 12, 2017
Trump, Ryan health care

Why The GOP Expects To Get Away With Uninsuring Millions (And How To Stop Them)

Obamacare is a modern miracle that has expanded coverage to record levels, cut the federal deficit and expanded the life of Medicare, while adding benefits and protections for every insured American. Yet the GOP has managed to make it an entirely polarized issue, with voters who rely on the law voting against Democrats out of spite.

January 8, 2017