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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Betsy DeVos Flunks Her First Test

Washington confirmation hearings are both theater and ritual. Behind the ostentatious displays of deference that senators and would-be cabinet secretaries must display toward each other is a useful democratic exercise. During Betsy DeVos’ confirmation hearing, senators learned that Trump’s nominee for Education Secretary is clueless, rich, and deceptive.

January 19, 2017
Trump, FBI, Twitter

Intelligence Agencies Probe Possible Covert Kremlin Aid To Trump

The FBI and five other law enforcement and intelligence agencies have collaborated for months in an investigation into Russian attempts to influence the November election, including whether money from the Kremlin covertly aided President-elect Donald Trump, two people familiar with the matter said.

January 18, 2017
Trump, Hillary Emails

Trump Scorns Probe Into FBI Pre-Election Handling Of Clinton Emails

“What are Hillary Clinton’s people complaining about with respect to the F.B.I. Based on the information they had, she should never have been allowed to run – guilty as hell,” Trump wrote on Twitter on Friday.

January 13, 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 Coverage Should Reflect That He Is Historically Unpopular

Donald Trump’s a wildly unpopular political figure, yet the press continues to gloss over that fact while granting him soft coverage. In terms of polling data, there’s virtually no good news for Trump. The results generally point in the same direction: He’s widely disliked and inspires little confidence in his presidential abilities.

January 3, 2017

U.S. Judge Rejects Bid For Pennsylvania Election Recount

A U.S. judge in Pennsylvania on Monday rejected Green Party candidate Jill Stein’s request for a recount of the state’s ballots in last month’s presidential election and an examination of voting machines for evidence of hacking.

December 12, 2016
voter fraud

Recount Effort To Explore Whether Russia Hacked The Vote For Trump

The recount in Wisconsin is primarily focused on Russian hacking, not on the more easily understood line of inquiry of different voting technologies reporting different margins of victory for Trump despite their location.

November 27, 2016
Fake news has real consequences

Fake News Will Have Real Consequences

The right wing has led us so far down the rabbit hole of its alt-right alt-reality that we now face the very real prospect of military and policy choices hinged on things “people are saying” or tweets from those who are “too busy” to check facts.

November 26, 2016
Thanksgiving is more than one day

Thanksgiving Is More Than Just One Day

You may expect better in America only because here, you have the freedom to demand better — and to work toward better. That’s all ‘America’ means.

November 24, 2016

Pressure Builds For Recount In Key Swing States

Election night’s unofficial returns found Trump ahead of Clinton by 27,000 votes in Wisconsin. In Michigan, she is behind by 11,000 votes, and in Pennsylvania by 68,000 votes.

November 24, 2016
Should Hillary ask for a recount?

Should Hillary Clinton Challenge The Election Results?

A group of computer scientists believes it found evidence that vote totals in the three states —Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — might have been affected by a cyberattack.

November 23, 2016

#EndorseThis: Colbert Schools Gingrich On Sexual Assault And “Whoopy Making”

Stephen Colbert realized that Newt Gingrich may not understand the difference between “whoopy-making” and felonious assault.

October 27, 2016
Donald Trump Sexual Assault Allegations

Trump Campaign Reels Over New Groping Allegations

Trump said accusations of sexual misconduct against him were part of a plot to discredit him after two more women came forward with groping allegations.

October 14, 2016
taco trucks

‘That Mexican Thing’ Coming To A Voting Booth Near You

Gov. Mike Pence, warn your buddy Donald Trump. You know “That Mexican Thing” you mentioned in the vice presidential debate — it’s coming for you.

October 13, 2016
Russian President Putin attends forum and answers media's questions

Trump Takes A Page From The Kremlin’s Media Playbook

The parallels between the Kremlin’s strategy for spreading disinformation and Trump’s use of conservative media to spread lies are striking.

October 13, 2016
Donald Trump During the Debate

Rating Trump’s Mental Capacity

A major party nominee up at 3 a.m. tweeting about a beauty queen a few days after the first “presidential” debate is obviously missing a few dots on his dice.

October 12, 2016
Donald Trump Speaks at Rally in Ohio

Citing Phony Online Polls, Trump Claims Debate ‘Victory’

Nobody will convince Trump’s followers of anything they don’t want to believe. But the rest of America should know why online polling is not reliable—especially when it is done by the same web sites that are owned or run by the people at the top of Trump’s campaign.

October 12, 2016
Donald Trump, Democracy, and Indecency

Trump Conceals Use Of Chinese Steel Through Shell Companies

Trump says a lot of things, and he declares them to be the best things, the greatest things, like how he’s going to bring steel back to American cities like Pittsburgh. He’s had countless chances to do this and put his money where his mouth is. Yet he hasn’t.

October 12, 2016
Florida Gov. Rick Scott addresses an economic summit in Orlando

Hurricane: Florida Governor Rejects Request To Extend Voter Registration Period

“I’m not going to extend [the voter registration period]” despite the hurricane’s impact, said Gov. Rick Scott in Tallahassee.”Everybody has had a lot of time to register.”

October 7, 2016
Paul Ryan re-election, Trumpcare

Former GOP Congress Members Call Trump’s Candidacy ‘Disgraceful’

Blasting Trump, nearly three dozen former GOP members of Congress urged “our fellow Republicans not to vote for this man whose disgraceful candidacy is indefensible.”

October 6, 2016
special counsel

Attorney General Orders Trump Foundation To Stop Raising Funds In New York

The “notice of violation,” issued by the office of New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, followed a series of reports in The Washington Post that suggested improprieties by the Trump Foundation, including using the foundation to settle legal disputes.

October 3, 2016
clinton won first debate

Hillary Clinton Proposes 65 Percent Tax On Billionaire Estates

Hillary Clinton proposed raising taxes on inherited property to 65 percent for the estates of billionaires as she bolstered plans for tax hikes on the wealthiest Americans.

September 23, 2016
Protesters confront a woman, center, leaving a rally for Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump in Fresno, California, U.S. May 27, 2016. REUTERS/Noah Berger

Our Poisonous Partisan Politics

A recent study from the Pew Research Center shows that contempt across the partisan divide is bitter and widespread. Respondents displayed a nasty animosity for the opposing side and showed little sign of tolerance for conflicting views.

July 2, 2016
Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton addresses the Planned Parenthood Action Fund in Washington, U.S. June 10, 2016. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

Guide To Democratic Unity Written In 2008

“Nothing unites the people of Earth like a threat from Mars,” said Paul Begala, a longtime adviser to Bill and Hillary Clinton, now the strategist for the main super PAC seeking to elect her. “To Democrats, Donald Trump is not just in a parade of conservative Republicans they disagree with. They view him, rightly, as a bigot.”

June 11, 2016
bernie iraq war

Vetting Bernie: He Never Voted For Intervention In Iraq — Except Twice

The socialist Vermont senator is under fresh scrutiny today on the (further) left, where his support for intervention in Bosnia and Afghanistan has raised sharp questions. In the online magazine Counter-Punch, Jeffrey St. Clair complains that even on Iraq, Sanders is a “hypocrite.”

February 17, 2016

How George W. Bush Made It Possible for Donald Trump To Wreck the GOP

Donald Trump mentioned the one indisputable fact you’re never, ever supposed to point out as a Republican: George W. Bush was president on 9/11. The only way he could go any further would be to actually throw a shoe at a Bush.

February 15, 2016