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Thursday, April 26, 2018
Oliver Willis
Paul Ryan,Mac Thornberry

Republicans Promise To Slash Medicare And Social Security — But Keep Tax Cuts

“A Framework for Unified Conservatism,” the proposal from the Republican Study Committee (RSC), a coalition of more than 100 conservative House Republicans, comes as the party faces the prospect of losing seats because of the unpopularity of the Trump administration.

April 26, 2018
Trump, Right-Wing

Smaller Than Ever: Trump Bans Democrats From First State Dinner

On Tuesday, Trump will host French President Emmanuel Macron at the White House. But unlike his two immediate predecessors, he hasn’t invited any congressional members of the Democratic Party to attend, including leaders like Rep. Nancy Pelosi or Sen. Chuck Schumer. He has also excluded members of the media.

April 22, 2018
Michael Cohen

Fearful Trump Flips Out Over Potential Cohen Flip

In a panicked Twitter tirade Saturday morning, Trump publicly admitted his fear that his personal fixer Michael Cohen is revealing his secrets to federal investigators. Trump could’ve asserted that he had done nothing wrong that would be of interest to the investigation of his presidential campaign. Instead, he attacked New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman.

April 22, 2018
Koch network

How Trump Obediently Advances The Koch Brothers’ Agenda

Billionaire conservatives Charles and David Koch were caught taking a victory lap to celebrate their own success in getting the Trump administration to deliver on their wildest dreams. The Kochs have profited handsomely from businesses that are massive polluters. Their companies produce more climate pollution than even major oil companies like Chevron and Shell.

April 21, 2018
Barbara_Comstock,_official_114th_Congress_photo_portrait

In Midterm, Republicans Abandon Obamacare Repeal

Republicans have abandoned repeal of Obamacare as part of their electoral arsenal, reflecting the utter failure of their past efforts. Since its passage, the GOP has told voters that if they took control they would “repeal and replace” the law that has helped millions to gain health insurance.

April 15, 2018
Trump, American First

Trump Hides Behind Tweets As Pence Defends Syria Strike

Trump would not go on camera to defend his decision to launch strikes against Syria. Instead, he simply tweeted about the attack. Mike Pence, on foreign soil over 3,500 miles away, was the one tasked with attempting to defend the widely criticized move.

April 15, 2018

Senate Republicans Suddenly Decide To Shield Mueller

The unusual move comes just hours after some of them belittled concerns for just such a remedy. “I haven’t seen a clear indication that we need to pass something,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said. His comment came hours after Trump claimed “many people have said [he] should fire” Mueller.

April 12, 2018

Ryan Retirement Leaves Nazi As Leading GOP Candidate In Wisconsin Race

Paul Ryan’s sudden retirement announcement means that a Nazi is currently the Republican Party’s leading candidate for Wisconsin’s First Congressional District. Paul Nehlen has been running in the Republican primary in Wisconsin and attracting attention for a litany of racist and anti-Semitic statements.

April 12, 2018
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Sarah Sanders Snaps At Reporters For Asking About Trump’s Attack On FBI

Less that 24 hours after the FBI raided the home and office of Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders complained that the extraordinary event was being covered by the press. The FBI raided seized records related to Cohen’s payments to porn star Stormy Daniels. Daniels recently revealed the details of an extramarital affair with Trump and attempts to cover it up before the 2016 election.

April 11, 2018
EPA

Pruitt Spending Millions More On Security

EPA chief Scott Pruitt is spending millions of taxpayer dollars for his security detail, an amount that outstrips even the person who held the job on 9/11. And it’s just the latest revelation exposing a massive scandal involving misuse of funds at the department.

April 8, 2018
Environmental

How Fox News Is Covering Up Pruitt’s EPA Scandal

Fox News does not want Americans to know about the rampant corruption and mismanagement in Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The right-wing propaganda network is covering up yet another Trump-era scandal in hopes of shoring up his unpopular presidency.

April 4, 2018
Donald Trump and the power of fear

Trump Wants To Punish Paper For Exposing His Failed Crony Government

Trump said the Post has been “used as a lobbyist and should so REGISTER.” The chilling attack came just a day after the paper published a report detailing the massive incompetence within the White House Presidential Personnel Office. The office is supposed to serve as a clearinghouse for people seeking government jobs. However, since Trump took office, it has come to resemble a frat house.

April 1, 2018
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump shows off the size of his hands as Fox News Channel moderators Brett Baier (L) and Megyn Kelly (R) look on at the U.S. Republican presidential candidates debate in Detroit, Michigan, March 3, 2016. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

Even Fox News Drops Trump’s Rambling ‘Infrastructure’ Rant Midway

All three cable news channels bailed on Trump’s rambling and unfocused speech. Even his allies at Fox News gave up, returning to previously scheduled programming while making excuses for his screw up. Trump spoke for over 50 minutes about nearly every topic under the sun in a speech billed by the White House as a major address on infrastructure. It was not.

March 31, 2018
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Emails Reveal Smear Plot Against State Department Official

Following the lead of smear artists at conservative propaganda sites, the Trump administration tried to oust Sahar Nowrouzzadeh, an expert working at the State Department on Iranian issues. She also may have been targeted for this harassment due to her ethnicity, which would violate federal anti-discrimination laws.

March 16, 2018
Larry Kudlow

Trump Picks ‘Reliably Wrong’ TV Pundit To Lead US Economy

Trump has chosen television host Larry Kudlow to be his new chief economic adviser. Kudlow doesn’t have an economics degree, but he does have a considerable track record of making woefully wrong economic predictions. But none of that is an obstacle for Trump, who plans to appoint him to head the National Economic Council.

March 15, 2018

Country Music Fans Force Mike Huckabee Out Of Charity Over His Bigotry

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee was forced to resign his position on the Country Music Association (CMA) Foundation’s board of directors after country music fans rose up in resistance. Citing his long history of homophobia and hate, country fans were clear in their opposition to Huckabee’s appointment.

March 5, 2018

Conservatives Block Kentucky Bill To End ‘Legalized Rape Of Children’

As part of a disturbing Republican pattern of stances against protecting children, a Kentucky bill to outlaw child marriage has stalled due to opposition from an outside conservative group. The Family Foundation of Kentucky is against the legislation based on spurious worries about “parental consent.” And that has led Republicans in the state legislature to hold up the bill’s passage.

March 4, 2018

Will Midterm Become A Nightmare For Senator Ted Cruz?

The latest voting news gives Republican Sen. Ted Cruz even more reason to panic. Democratic voters in Texas are turning up in droves to cast their ballots in the party primary. And they are crushing Republican turnout. In the 15 largest counties, Democrats are up 105 percent over the turnout during the 2014 midterm elections. By comparison, Republicans are only up 15 percent.

March 4, 2018
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) talks to the media outside of his Senate office on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. May 10, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Democrat O’Rourke Crushes Ted Cruz In Fundraising

Texas Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke is crushing his opponent, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in fundraising. In the most recent federal filings, Cruz pulled in $800,000 while O’Rourke nearly tripled that with a $2.3 million haul. But beyond the top line numbers, there is more trouble for Cruz: He has spent $1.2 million, far above the amount he raised.

February 28, 2018
Jared Kushner

White House Admits Jared Kushner Too Risky To Have Security Clearance

The White House is finally conceding that Jared Kushner was too much of security risk to have the security clearance Trump gave him. Politico reports that Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, will no longer have access to “Top Secret” material he once did. Instead, he and other aides who benefitted from the Trump administration’s lax security standards have been downgraded.

February 28, 2018

NRA Melting Down As Corporate America Cuts Ties

MetLife insurance and Symantec both said they will no longer work with the organization. Delta and United Airlines both announced the end of their NRA discount programs. And car rental companies Hertz, Enterprise, and Budget ended their affiliations, as well.

February 25, 2018
emma-gonzalez

Teen Who Survived Massacre Rips Trump To Pieces In Emotional Takedown

A Florida teenager who survived the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Florida, issued a rousing call to action at a rally against gun violence. Emma Gonzalez declared that the shooting at her school should be “the last mass shooting.” And she responded directly to Trump’s tweet, which blamed students at the school for not reporting on the shooter’s behavior before the event.

February 18, 2018
Congressional

In Open Congressional Seats, Democrats Raise Three Times As Much As Republicans

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue. Democrats are crushing Republicans on fundraising — and they’re doing it in the congressional districts that are critical to winning back the House in this year’s midterms. Bloomberg analyzed the data from 12 races for open seats and found that Democrats have collectively raised $23.3 million. That’s three times more than what […]

February 2, 2018
partisan

Top Democrats Urge GOP Speaker To End ‘Dangerous’ Partisan Attacks On Law Enforcement

 Reprinted with permission from Shareblue. The two highest-ranking Democratic officials in America are calling on Speaker Paul Ryan to rein in his party’s out-of-control smear campaign and attacks on law enforcement. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer sent letters to Ryan, asking him to remove Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) from his position […]

February 1, 2018
swamp

Biggest Lobbying Cash Flow Since 2010 Floods Trump’s Swamp

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue. Lobbyists are flocking to Washington, D.C., and flooding the city with more money seeking to buy influence than has been spent in seven years. The dynamic where businesses are spending more to pay off politicians and other public figure coincides with a parade of unethical action and behavior from Donald […]

January 27, 2018