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Gorsuch, Gun Lobby

How Neil Gorsuch Snowed One Side Of The Senate Aisle

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) noted that millions of “dark” dollars had been raised to buttress the nomination of Gorsuch, without names attached. “They obviously think you will be worth their money,” Whitehouse said bluntly.

March 26, 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
Trump must apologize

#EndorseThis: House Deputy Whip Says Trump Must Apologize To Obama

Talking with CNN reporter Manu Raju, Deputy Majority Whip Tom Cole said that unless the White House can back up the president’s wiretapping accusation with proof, which doesn’t exist, then “President Obama is owed an apology.” Which is a slightly roundabout way of saying, “Trump must apologize!”

March 17, 2017
Trump

Why We Shouldn’t Let Resentment Define Us

It’s a fallacy to believe progressives can fix America’s acrimony by changing their attitudes. I am all for reaching out. But it helps to have someone else reaching back.

March 13, 2017
Paul Ryan re-election, Trumpcare

Trumpcare: The Numbers Don’t Add Up For The Poor

At a press conference, Speaker Paul Ryan called the GOP health care bill “an act of mercy.” For the most vulnerable, that characterization is ironic at best.

March 13, 2017
Obama, Trump, Economy

How Trump Is Claiming Credit For Obama’s Successes

Since almost immediately after his inauguration as 45th president of the United States, Donald Trump has been claiming credit for what he sees as a miraculous recovery in the nation’s economy. But how much credit is actually due to his administration?

March 13, 2017
Trump, Foreign Policy

Donald Trump And The New Global System

The Trump foreign policy chaos is likely to accelerate centrifugal forces in the global system that will be the death-knell of American exceptionalism and leadership, hastening a rebalancing of global power with the United States as just another player.

March 13, 2017
McCain demands Trump justify wiretapping charge

McCain: Trump Must Retract or Justify Wiretapping Claim Now

“I think the president has one of two choices, either to retract [the wiretapping charge against Obama] or to provide the information that the American people deserve,” said the Arizona Republican on CNN.

March 13, 2017
Working class, Trump, Con

Will Wage Growth Be Trump’s Great White Whale?

You’ll see plenty of headlines about how earnings have “accelerated,” but that’s only if you’re a hawk, a nitpicker-in-extremis, or you earn so much money that money is an abstraction.

March 11, 2017
Sessions speaks with reporters ahead of the weekly Senate Republican caucus luncheon at the U.S. Capitol in Washington

Jeff Sessions Asks 46 Obama-Appointed U.S. Attorneys To Resign

Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ action comes the same day White House press secretary Sean Spicer addressed the specter of a “deep state” of bureaucrats trying to harm President Donald Trump’s agenda.

March 11, 2017
Obamacare, House Bill

A Devious Plot To Poison Obamacare

The proposed Republican House health care plan would act like a slow-working toxin. In this case, many of the millions enrolled in Obamacare would not realize what’s happening to their health care until it’s too late.

March 9, 2017
Trump, Obama

Why Can’t Trump Stop Obsessing About Obama?

From the “birther” movement to President Trump’s opinions on Obama’s tense relationship with Russia, Trump has never been shy about sharing his opinion of former President Barack Obama.

March 8, 2017
Obama

House Intel Committee Will Probe Trump’s Wiretap Accusation

Rep. Devin Nunes, a California Republican, said the claim would be part of the committee’s first open hearing on Russian meddling in the U.S. election, which is now set for March 20.

March 8, 2017
Emperor Trump, Conspiracy theorist in chief

Who Will Save Us From The Conspiracy Theorist In Chief?

Barring some unpredictable (if quite likely) disaster, it’s basically up to the Republicans to keep the presidency while saving the nation from Trump. But don’t hold your breath.

March 8, 2017
Trump Tin Foil Hat

#EndorseThis: Trump Dons His Tinfoil Hat

Last week, the media couldn’t stop gushing about how “presidential” Trump sounded during his address to Congress. But within a few days, Trump’s pivot towards sanity veered sharply back, with his most conspiracy laden tweets since he was the nation’s chief “birther.”

March 7, 2017
Obamacare

Poll: Most Americans Want To Fix Obamacare — Not End It

Fully 68 percent of Americans want to keep what works and fix the rest, while just 32 percent prefer the GOP’s repeal and replace approach, according to polling from Hart Research.

March 7, 2017
Paul Ryan, ACA, Obamacare

GOP’s Obamacare Repeal Would Steer More Financial Assistance To The Wealthy

This week, the House Ways and Means Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee are expected to vote on GOP repeal measures that would provide flat tax credits to all who purchase individual health insurance, regardless of their income.

March 7, 2017
Obama, Trump

Right-Wing Media Scramble To Recast Obama As Trump-Era Villain

Desperately searching for someone to blame for the generally chaotic start of Trump’s controversy-filled administration, the conservative media are refitting the former Democratic president as an all-powerful gremlin who’s to blame for Trump’s laundry list of political woes.

March 7, 2017
Trump lies

President Trump Has Turned His Last Corner

Patriots must unite and start winding down this bizarre presidency. This is no longer about Republicans and Democrats; it’s about forestalling a national emergency.

March 7, 2017
Chomsky, Media

You’ll Never Think About Media The Same Way Again After Watching This Documentary

In the age of fake news and alt facts, Democracy Now! co-founder Amy Goodman and animator Pierangelo Pirak have teamed up to give new life to Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman book “Manufacturing Consent.”

March 6, 2017
John Oliver, Watergate

#EndorseThis: John Oliver Dubs Trump’s Wiretapping Claims ‘Stupid Watergate’

Donald Trump took to Twitter this weekend to dive deeper into his alternate reality where down is up, the Bowling Green Massacre actually happened — and President Obama tapped his phone last year.

March 6, 2017
Trump

Why Does Trump Think Obama Spied On Him?

The allegation by a president of such serious subterfuge against a predecessor is likely unprecedented. The claim has reportedly been denied by the current head of the FBI James Comey, by a spokesperson for Obama, and by Obama’s former intelligence chief James Clapper.

March 6, 2017
Comey

James Comey Reportedly Asked DOJ To Debunk Trump Wiretapping Claims

The New York Times reports that Comey’s request was motivated by concern over the FBI’s credibility as well as the prospect of raised expectations among Trump critics that federal law enforcement has clear evidence of Trump team ties to Russian officials.

March 6, 2017
Danziger on Obama wiretap

Danziger: A High Wire Act

Nobody creates fake news as effortlessly as Donald Trump, whose “wiretap” canard against Barack Obama swept the news with a few tweets. But sustaining fakery without evidence is harder — so Danziger offers a new method: the cartoon as documentary proof.

March 5, 2017
Trump, Obama, Wiretapping

Trump Deflects With Wild Obama Wiretapping Accusations

It’s unclear where Trump got the idea to accuse Obama of wiretapping, although the accusations follow a Friday Breitbart article detailing conservative radio host Mark Levin’s attempts to prove Obama’s “police state” tactics and “silent coup,” ostensibly to hurt Trump’s campaign and boost Hillary Clinton’s.

March 5, 2017