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Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Steven Rosenfeld
Steve Bannon, head of the news website Breitbart News, was named to the new position of campaign chief executive officer. Bannon, a conservative flamethrower was referred to by ousted Corey Lewandowski as "a street fighter" like himself. The campaign statement announcing the changes touted a Bloomberg Politics article that branded Bannon "the most dangerous political operative in America." REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

How Breitbart Media Created The Paranoid, Fact-Averse Nation That Elected Trump

Right-wing media evolved into a hall of mirrors in 2016, when Breitbart displaced Fox News as the key agenda-setting and attack-leading epicenter of a disinformation-filled, paranoid ecosystem promoting Donald Trump and his pro-white America agenda.

July 22, 2017

Trump’s Election Integrity Commission Is Who’s Who Of GOP Voter Suppressors

“It is hard to imagine a list of people less credible on the issue of the extent of voter fraud in the United States, and who have done more to raise the scourge of voter fraud as a means to advocate for laws to make it harder for people to register and to vote,” wrote Rick Hasen on on July 10.

July 20, 2017
swing state

Poll: Swing-State Voters Sour On Trump

If these polls are anywhere near correct, it shows Trump is still ahead in reliably red counties—reliably red in that a majority voted for a Republican presidential candidate in 2012. However, a majority of voters in crossover counties, who previously supported Obama, have abandoned Trump.

July 18, 2017
The media devoted more time to Clinton's emails

New Details Emerge Proving Trump Campaign And Russia Both Went After Online Clinton Supporters

Donald Trump’s campaign was working in parallel with Russian anti-Hillary Clinton propaganda efforts, although the specific nature of their cooperation has yet to emerge, according to new analyses connecting the dots between Russia’s theft of Democratic Party and Clinton campaign emails and Trump campaign social media messaging.

July 18, 2017

What The Democrats Need To Do To Retake The House In 2018

For most of this decade, Democrats have not understood why they keep losing the U.S. House and state legislatures to Republican super-majorities. It’s not because American voters have moved to the right. The biggest single reason the GOP has that outsized grip on power is because they outsmarted Democrats when drawing political maps in 2011 for U.S. House races and state legislatures.

July 15, 2017
health care

McConnell’s Obamacare Replacement Guts Coverage, Raises Costs For Tens Of Millions

The latest Trumpcare bill released by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is a political dealmaker’s version of putting lipstick on a pig—taking a colossally destructive bill hurting tens of millions and dressing it up so it can win enough votes to pass.

July 14, 2017
Immigration, Terrorism

Why Trump’s ‘Voter Fraud’ Panel Demanded State Data

Many people who believe in expanding voting rights are marveling at the clumsy bid by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach for doing the one thing that was guaranteed to deeply offend almost every top state election official—demanding they fork over their detailed statewide voter files to create a national voter database

July 6, 2017
china trade war

Why Trump’s Attraction To Russia Is So Dark And Dangerous

The links between President Trump and Russia will prove to be deeper and darker than many Americans now believe. This is according to Timothy Snyder, a noted historian of the 20th century’s tyrannical regimes in Eastern Europe, who said the U.S. is now moving down a cultural and political path that has much in common with Russia under Vladimir Putin’s authoritarian and oligarchic rule.

July 5, 2017
Mitch McConnell

Why Our Healthcare System Makes Us Weaker – And GOP Is Making It Worse

As Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sweats to cut deals over his bill to dismantle federal healthcare safety nets, the latest polls are finding that the more people know about its details, the more they’re fearful of its impacts and will blame Republicans. But when it comes to the nation’s overall health and our insurance-based system’s ability to address those needs, Americans should remember that the U.S. now lags far behind most wealthy nations.

July 3, 2017
Kris Kobach, Muslim Ban, Terrorism

Kansas SOS Kris Kobach Faces Pushback After Seeking To Grab Every State Voter File For Trump ‘Election Integrity’ Commission

On Wednesday, the GOP’s leading vote suppressor, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, used his appointment by President Trump to a federal commission on “election integrity” to send a letter to top state election officials requesting they turn over their statewide voter files—including public information like names, addresses and political party and private information like Social Security numbers and voters’ status as active or inactive.

July 1, 2017

Sanders’ Our Revolution To Be Run By Nina Turner

“We are continuing to feel the Bern,” Turner said in a video released with Thursday’s announcement. “And we are doing this, not just for ourselves, but for generations yet unborn. It was President Nelson Mandela who once said, ‘It always seems impossible until it is done.’ I want you to take those words as the foundation point for all the great things we will do together.”

June 30, 2017
Health care

GOP Health Care Plan Crushes Working Families, Not Affluent Trump Voters

As the drama crests this week surrounding possible Senate passage of an extraordinarily punitive health care bill, we should ask, why is the GOP so heartless? Why are Republicans bent on cutting access to care for the most vulnerable people, especially the poor—including the white working-class voters who were said to be a pillar of Trump’s base?

June 27, 2017

New York Times Publishes Astonishing Timeline Of Trump Lies

The New York Times has published a compendium of Trump’s lies since taking office. Reporters David Leonhardt and Stuart A. Thompson have professionally focused their analytical minds on the most unprofessional and unfocused man now atop the American political system. Their June 23 report gives credit where credit is due.

June 24, 2017
health care

GOP’s Cruel ‘Health Care’ Bill Goes After Children, The Poor And Veterans

“The ACA is not repealed,” tweeted Andy Slavitt, who ran Medicaid and Medicare for the Obama administration. “Health care for poor people, kids, the disability community and seniors is. The ACA income based tax credits stay—due to Senate rules. They just get bulldozed. More accurately, the people receiving the help do.”

June 23, 2017

Like House Bill, Senate Trumpcare Version Would Deprive Millions Of Coverage

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released a summary of the latest Obamacare repeal legislation late Wednesday, ending a Washington waiting game after secret drafting sessions, but depicting a bill that will have dire consequences for much of America.

June 22, 2017

Ossoff Fell Short Despite Nationwide Support In Deep-Red District

In a long-awaited, much-watched runoff seen across the country as an early verdict on Trump’s presidency, youthful Democrat newcomer Jon Ossoff failed to beat veteran Republican officeholder Karen Handel in the race for Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District.

June 21, 2017
Trump, Ethics, Terrorism

GOP’s Planned Attack On Our Health Care System Overwhelmingly Targets Blue States

If Americans think their country is divided now, they better hope the runaway train that is the Senate’s secret bill to destroy government-assisted healthcare has a crash landing. That’s because the little that’s known about the Senate bill—with its revisions to a House-passed package to repeal Obamacare, eviscerate Medicaid funding and force it to ration care, and give the rich a tax cut—will further divide the country along red and blue lines.

June 17, 2017

Will Russian Hacking Affect Georgia’s Runoff Election?

The past 10 days saw dizzying details about possible election saboteurs. It started with the Intercept’s report of a May 2017 National Security Agency document confirming and detailing Russian intelligence efforts to hack local election offices as a stepping-stone to voting technology. In his Senate Intelligence Committee testimony last week, ex-FBI director James Comey said there could have been “more than 1,000” government and near-government targets.

June 16, 2017

10 Ways The Senate GOP’s Secret Obamacare Repeal Will Make Life Hell For Americans

As details emerge from Senate Republicans’ backroom deliberations to write a single bill repealing Obamacare, defunding Medicaid and deregulating health insurance, it’s clear that virtually no American household—apart from the very rich—would be immune from fiscally painful and medically harsh consequences if the GOP gets a bill to the president’s desk.

June 14, 2017

10 Clues From Comey That Trump-Russia Investigations Are Growing

There’s no lack of comments by ex-FBI Director James Comey that President Trump sought to end the FBI’s investigation into Michael Flynn, his former national security adviser, over unreported contacts with Russia. But what may be most revealing about Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee were the subjects he refused to discuss in a public setting.

June 11, 2017
Trump campaign promises

NSA Leak Indicates Real Dangers Of Vote Hacking

That is one of the top takeaways from leaked National Security Agency documents that describe how Russian intelligence services targeted and infiltrated e-mails and computers of a private contractor servicing state voter registration databases in eight states and also sent phishing e-mails to 100-plus local election officials before Election Day.

June 7, 2017
Billionaire Betsy DeVos tapped for education secretary

Will Trump Push Through More Private School Tax Shelters?

The Trump administration’s push to privatize public education not only seeks to deprive traditional K-12 schools of billions in federal aid, but may greatly expand existing tax loopholes that already allow wealthy people and firms to make money on donating to private schools.

June 6, 2017

In California Single Payer Would Cover All And Save Billions Annually

Almost all Californians and California businesses will see lower health care costs under a single-payer system, according to a fiscal analysis presented Wednesday by the bill’s sponsor and the California Nurses Association.

June 1, 2017
planned parenthood

GOP Obamacare Repeal Would Kick 23 Million Off Health Insurance And Give Trillion-Dollar Tax Cut To People Who Don’t Need It

The American Health Care Act is even worse than Democrats warned from the floor of the House last month when they fell one vote short of blocking Paul Ryan’s bill that was marketed as Obamacare-repeal legislation but was mostly a tax cut for the rich.

May 26, 2017
Trump confronts press

Trump Would Sell Off America’s Energy Resources For A Pittance, Like Russia Did To Create Its Oligarchs

When looking at his budget for the Department of Energy and Department of the Interior—which oversee leases for oil, gas and mining, and own interstate electric transmission lines—Trump would set the stage for a return of the robber barons.

May 25, 2017