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Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Steven Rosenfeld

Investigative Report: Instagram’s Political Propaganda Spread To Multi-Millions Of Facebook Users In 2016

Maybe you saw it, too. On Thursday, I read a post from Facebook executives touting their determination to reel in the propaganda monster their platform had enabled in 2016’s election. “We are committed to protecting legitimate political discussion within our community,” Facebook said…

November 21, 2017

West Underestimates The Other North Korean Threat

The war of words between the Trump White House and the North Korean dictator over nuclear weapons has led national security experts to warn that the U.S., South Korea and its allies are overlooking another dire prospect: the threat of biological weapons.

November 19, 2017

Washington Republicans Tried To Rig Alabama Election

The strange saga of Roy Moore’s senatorial bid in Alabama has made one thing clear: Nobody should doubt that the GOP is the modern political party most eager to rig election results—even when the target is a fellow Republican.

November 18, 2017

Republicans Sneak Anti-Choice Language Into Tax Bill

The GOP tax plan before Congress has billions in gimmicks and giveaways for corporate interests. But none may be as far-reaching, from a social policy perspective, as language declaring human fetuses are legal persons for federal tax purposes.

November 17, 2017

How GOP Tax Bill Would Screw Gig Economy Workforce

The Republican tax bill now in Congress would imperil many of the last century’s hardest-won labor rights for workers by building a new legal wall between businesses and so-called gig economy workers that absolves management of many obligations owed to employees, according to law school professors tracking the bill.

November 16, 2017
Trump, American First

GOP Tax Plan Will Ruin Families With Sick And Disabled Members

The House and Senate Republican tax bills continue the GOP’s war on financially vulnerable Americans, underscoring yet again that the GOP will stop at nothing to take away benefits from any person, in any state, who might vote blue.

November 14, 2017

We Are Now One State Closer To Having A Corporate-Dominated Constitutional Convention

While Democrats on Wednesday were feeling encouraged and empowered by Tuesday’s coast-to-coast rejection of Trumpism, Republican legislators who control Wisconsin did what the GOP does best in elections: voted to rig the system to favor their agenda. Only this time the target wasn’t voter suppression; it was the U.S. Constitution.

November 11, 2017
Democrats struggling to stem the tide

Post-Election, GOP Is A ‘Frothing Cauldron Of Panic’

“Ed Gillespie’s resounding loss in Tuesday’s Virginia governor’s race—coupled with a series of other losses in lower-profile races around the country—will likely take what was bubbling concern among Republicans about their prospects in the 2018 midterms and transform it into a frothing cauldron of panic,” wrote Chris Cillizza, CNN’s editor-at-large and a longtime Washington analyst.

November 10, 2017
far right

Obsessed With Violence And Awaiting ‘Revolution,’ Far Right Got Another Church Massacre

Reprinted with permission from Alternet. We are living in very sick times. But make no mistake—the group that is most obsessed with violence, that worships firearms, defends gun rights to no end and fantasizes about civil strife, is the far right. By late Sunday, everyone across America who had a TV or internet connection had […]

November 7, 2017

6 Aspects Of Mueller’s Probe That Will Shake Trump’s White House

Despite denials by the White House and dismissive right-wing media coverage, special counsel Robert Mueller’s opening salvo—the indictments and a guilty plea—has stunned Washington for its aggressiveness, legal positioning and comprehensive strategy that suggests the Trump campaign and White House’s problems will only deepen.

November 2, 2017

New Study: High School Bigots And Bullies Emboldened By Trump

Across America’s public high schools, the intolerance and bullying modeled by President Trump and the 2016 election has led to an outbreak of incivility, victimization and heightened stresses for a spectrum of minorities, according to a national report from the UCLA Institute for Democracy, Education and Access.

November 1, 2017
Robert Mueller

To Counter Indictments, Right Wing Media Promote Dangerous Delusions

Those seeing the U.S. as a nation of laws saw the first tangible signs that Mueller is making real headway proving the Trump campaign sought to engage Russia in its anti-Hillary Clinton efforts, and how top campaign officials had no hesitation to break U.S. laws to profit from advising nations with pro-Russia ties.

November 1, 2017
Ross, Trump

Could Wilbur Ross Be The Next Trump Official Targeted In The Mueller Probe?

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment against international lobbyist and Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort, and pleading by Trump campaign foreign policy aide George Papadopoulos, cast long shadows over other top Trump administration officials, starting with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, whose previous financial deals involved the European money-laundering hub of Cyprus.

October 31, 2017
Air National Guard hangar prepared for Haitian refugees

Hurricane Refugees In Florida Could Tip Electoral Balance

The exodus of tens of thousands of voting-age Puerto Ricans to the U.S. mainland following Hurricane Maria is likely to change the political complexion of several states, but nowhere more than Florida, where the refugees expected are equal to more than half of Donald Trump’s margin over Hillary Clinton last November.

October 29, 2017

Bannon Foreign Policy Replete With Contradictions

Speaking at the Hudson Institute for a forum on countering Islamic terrorism, Bannon outlined what he said was the philosophy behind Trump’s increased use of the military and spy agencies in Syria and Iraq, his alliances with the region’s dynasties and military leaders—as long as they oppose ISIS and Iran—and Trump’s unbridled threats to other foes.

October 26, 2017
paul ryan

Only A Wave Election Will Win House For Democrats

FairVote, the national democracy reform group, has dismal news for Democrats seeking to regain a House majority in 2018. Unless there is a turnout wave of voters disgusted with Republicans unlike anything seen in decades, they can forget it.

October 21, 2017
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump delivers a speech during a campaign event at the Trump Soho Hotel in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., June 22, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Trump Trolls America, Letting Others Clean Up The Mess

By Wednesday morning, less than a day after the Senate committee overseeing health policy announced a bipartisan bill to fix near-term fiscal issues without undermining consumer protections, Trump was backtracking on his Tuesday comment that it was a “short-term solution.”

October 20, 2017
Fake news is on the rise on Facebook

Is Facebook Blocking Access To Data For Reporters Seeking To Probe Russian Infiltration In 2016 Election?

The mystery is deepening over how much Facebook knows about Russian use of the social media platform to inject content and messaging intended to influence voters during the 2016 presidential election.

October 16, 2017
Executive Orders, Trump, Immigrant

Why Trump’s Obamacare Gambit May Be An Impeachable Offense

President Trump’s executive orders Thursday to sabotage the Affordable Care Act—aka Obamacare—is crossing a new legal threshold that could become part of a growing list of ultimately impeachable actions, much like Richard Nixon faced a deepening list of offenses before he resigned from office in 1974.

October 14, 2017

Biggest Fake News Sources: Breitbart, Fox, Limbaugh

Fox News was confirmed as the favorite news source for people who believe that “Hillary Clinton was involved in a DNC staffer’s death” (48%); “Barack Obama faked his birth certificate” (63%); and “the Sandy Hook school shooting was a hoax” (47%). In contrast, people whose favorite outlets were the New York Times, Washington Post and NPR were least likely to believe those thoroughly debunked claims.

October 13, 2017

Bannon Is Trying To Take Over The GOP Within 1 Election: Can He Pull It Off?

The Republican Party’s white nationalist, anti-Washington wing led by Steve Bannon is hoping to turn 2018’s Senate elections into a GOP civil war in which right-wingers oust Republican incumbents deemed insufficiently loyal and unseat Mitch McConnell as Senate majority leader.

October 12, 2017

Right-Wing Crusader Launches Dangerous Project That Could Slash The Number Of Elected Minorities In California

The right-wing war on voting opened a new front by filing a lawsuit that, if successful, could make it more difficult to elect non-white candidates in California and possibly across the nation. The right-wing war on voting opened a new front by filing a lawsuit that, if successful, could make it more difficult to elect non-white candidates in California and possibly across the nation.

October 11, 2017

Republicans Are Intent On Destroying Health Care, Putting Tens Of Millions Of American Lives At Risk

That is the takeaway after another chaotic week in the nation’s capital, where, as the Pew Center on the States summarized in its Stateline Daily report, “So Far, All GOP Health Proposals Would Mean More Decisions, Less Money for States.”

October 8, 2017

What’s At Stake In Supreme Court Gerrymander Decision

On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard one of the most politically consequential cases in years, to decide whether partisan gerrymandering, or having elected politicians choose which voters do and don’t cast ballots in specific U.S. House and state legislative elections, is constitutional. If you want to know why the GOP has not only controlled […]

October 4, 2017

The GOP Embraces Trump’s Corrupt Business Model In Tax Plan: Take People’s Money And Screw The Public

President Trump and congressional Republicans are on course to do to America’s finances what Donald Trump did to Atlantic City—use other peoples’ money to pad their own pockets, while bleeding the surrounding economy dry.

October 2, 2017