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Monday, January 23, 2017
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Trump, Inauguration

Will Trump Era Deliver Change Or Revolution?

As Trump takes the oath of office and enters the White House, his mythology will begin to meet reality. And the debate has already begun over which elements of Trumpism will be truly revolutionary and which will simply represent a break from his party or a hard turn from President Barack Obama.

January 20, 2017
Americans, Voter

Conservative Or Liberal? Here’s What Americans Really Believe

Data from Pew Research studies and Gallup polls conclusively demonstrate that Americans, in their deepest political/social beliefs, are thoroughly liberal in most of their views and moderately liberal in the balance. They are not the “conservatives” described by the relentless propagandists of the right.

January 18, 2017
Trump, Racism, Racial Backlash

Donald Trump Serves Up The Latest Chapter Of Racial Backlash

If there is any consolation on the King holiday of 2017, it is the assurance that the American backlash is sure to generate new forms of multiracial resistance in the spirit of America itself. The union of free Americans who ejected slavery, embraced voting rights, shook off Jim Crow, and elected a mixed-race president is nothing if not resilient.

January 17, 2017
Obama, Goodbye American President

President Obama’s Historic Presidency Comes To A Close

You have performed on the highest, most public stage there is, sir, faced headwinds unprecedented in American politics and nonstop disrespect from the GOP. But you did so with unflappable dignity, unshakable class … and urbane cool. No stench of personal scandal wafts after you as you leave office, and the country is better for your service.

January 15, 2017
Page of the Trump Dossier

The Trump Dossier: This “Fake News” Is Real Enough To Investigate

The Trump dossier is an intelligence file, not a prosecution memo; its purpose is not to prove a case but to point a direction. And as subsequent coverage in the Guardian and Financial Times indicated, its author Christopher Steele is no mere purveyor of gossip. He is a highly respected and experienced former official of MI6, the British foreign intelligence service, where he oversaw the agency’s work in Russia and Eastern Europe for decades.

January 13, 2017
Obama onstage for his farewell with wife Michelle and daughter Malia

Yes We Can: Obama Defends American Values In Emotional Farewell

Obama emphasized his positions had not changed and said his efforts to end the use of torture and close the U.S. prison at Guantanamo represented U.S. values. “That’s why I reject discrimination against Muslim Americans,” he said in a pointed reference to his successor.

January 11, 2017
First Lady Michelle Obama delivered farewell address praising diversity

In Emotional Valediction, First Lady Praises America’s ‘Glorious’ Diversity

“If you or your parents are immigrants, know that you are part of a proud American tradition: the infusion of new cultures, talents and ideas, generation after generation, that has made us the greatest country on earth,” the First Lady said in her farewell address.

January 8, 2017
Obama's anger translator Luther

#EndorseThis: Enraged By Trump? You’re Not As Angry As Luther

Keegan-Michael Key’s hilarious presidential “anger translator” Luther is back for one final appearance with Key’s partner Jordan Peele as Obama — delivering a pre-inaugural message from the Oval Office. Needless to say, Luther is cosmically pissed off by the advent of Donald Trump.

January 6, 2017
Senate Democratic leader Schumer warns against Obamacare repeal

Schumer Warns Obamacare Repeal Will ‘Make America Sick Again’

Seizing Trump’s campaign slogan, Senate Democratic leader Charles Schumer sternly signaled Republicans on their plans to repeal Obamacare and cut Medicare and Medicaid.

January 5, 2017
Americans face a wrenching U-turn from Obama to Trump

Who Are We Americans Now? And Who Will We Become Under Trump?

We are now on the verge of one of the greatest U-turns in the history of national policy and politics. It may well change the basic workings of our government and private institutions and the role of the United States in the world. The impact is likely to be profound. Since government is a national looking glass, Americans will see themselves reflected in their government in an altogether different way from the Obama years. Many will look at that reflection and insist, “That’s not who we are.” But to the world—and to many Americans—that is who Americans will be, unless we organize and resist.

January 1, 2017
Trump, Clinton, Political Journalism

How 2016 Broke Political Journalism

Even after 16 months on the campaign trail, political journalists never figured out how to accurately depict the unprecedented nature of Trump’s candidacy. Now they must find a way to reckon with and report on a president who has no regard for the freedom of the press or the norms of his office.

December 30, 2016
Trump Tower

Who Paid For All Those Job Applicants To Visit Trump Tower?

Since the election, more than 100 potential appointees to Donald Trump’s administration have traveled from all over the country to Manhattan to meet with the president-elect. The ways these transition meetings are financed have been as varied as the candidates themselves.

December 29, 2016
in a podcast, Obama said he would have defeated Donald Trump in November election

In Podcast, Obama Says He Would Have Defeated Trump – Who Tweets “No Way!”

Barred by the U.S. Constitution from seeking a third four-year-term, Obama told former adviser David Axelrod in a podcast that Americans would have backed his vision.

“I’m confident that if I had run again and articulated it, I think I could’ve mobilized a majority of the American people to rally behind it,” Obama said, referring to his 2008 campaign message of hope and change.

December 26, 2016
Israeli PM Netanyahu furious over UN vote on settlements

Angered By UN Vote Against Settlements, Israeli PM Summons US Envoy

The resolution condemning settlements in the occupied territories passed the Security Council because the U.S. broke with its long-standing approach of diplomatically shielding Israel and abstained instead of wielding its veto power.

December 25, 2016
Obama tries to school Trump on Veep succession

#EndorseThis: Sorry, Ivanka — But The Veep Succeeds The President

In a secretly recorded call, Obama tries to school Trump on the basics of his important new job, including such matters as who will take over should anything untoward happen to him in the next four years. When Obama gently explains that the vice president is constitutionally first in the line of succession, a whiny voice breaks in from the background, revealing that Ivanka herself nurtures an overwhelming, Evita-like ambition.

December 20, 2016
Kenan Thompson and Chance The Rapper in Jingle Barack

#EndorseThis: SNL’s Proud, Poignant Rap Tribute ‘Jingle Barack’

“Been drinking eggnog like I don’t care, I’m gonna hurt myself before we lose Obamacare,” raps Chance in this takeoff on the Run-DMC classic Christmas in Hollis (Queens). And when Santa Claus appears in a #MAGA cap, paterfamilias Darryl McDaniel of the original Run-DMC sternly warns: “Never trust a white dude wearing no red hat.”

December 19, 2016
Obama says Russia responsible for election hacks

Obama: Russia Responsible For Hacks During Presidential Election

“This happened at the highest levels of the Russian government,” Obama said when asked at his year-end White House press conference whether Russia’s president was personally involved in the hacks. He added that “not much happens in Russia without Vladimir Putin.”

December 16, 2016
Planned Parenthood, Obama

Obama Administration Shores Up Protections For Planned Parenthood

The Obama administration has issued a final rule designed to block states from withholding federal Title X money for Planned Parenthood and other family planning clinics.

December 14, 2016
Obama discussed Trump's rejection of intelligence briefings in Daily Show interview

On Daily Show, Obama Warns Trump Against ‘Flying Blind’ Without Briefings

When host Trevor Noah asked the president about his successor’s assertion that he doesn’t need daily intelligence briefings, Obama said, “I think the president-elect may say one thing and do another once he’s here.” But he warned Trump, “It doesn’t matter how smart you are.” In the absence of regular intelligence updates, “you are flying blind.”

December 13, 2016
John McCain disputed Trump on Russian hacking of US presidential election

Despite Trump, McCain Vows To Probe Russian Election Hacking

“Recent reports of Russian interference in our election should alarm every American,” said Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham in a public statement. “This cannot become a partisan issue. The stakes are too high for our country.”

December 11, 2016
Seth Meyers sifts truth from Trump's lies on Carrier deal

#EndorseThis: Seth Meyers Sifts Truth From Lies In Trump’s Carrier Rescue

The Late Night host took “a closer look” at the Carrier story — from the first commitment made by Trump on the campaign trail to the deal itself — and found the president-elect “lying his ass off.”

December 9, 2016
Trump conspiracy theories

The Dark Conspiracy Theories That Consume The Mind Of Donald Trump

Trump seemingly can’t, or chooses not to, distinguish fact from fiction, and he has a long history of adopting conspiracy theories and Tweeting about them.

December 5, 2016
Conan O'Brien's exclusive tapes of Trump-Obama phone calls

#EndorseThis: Exclusive Leaked Audio Of Obama-Trump Phone Conversations

What kind of phone conversations would occur between Obama and Trump, these two very different public figures? Until this moment we could only imagine.

November 30, 2016
Trump white nationalism

As Trump Reminds Us, We’ve Had WMSVD Disease For Ages

This White Male Supremacy Violence Disease (WMSVD) insinuated itself deeply into the brains of successive generations of white humans in religious, government, educational, economic, media, and military institutions.

November 28, 2016
Americans face a wrenching U-turn from Obama to Trump

A Brain Scientist Explains How To Turn Trump Into A ‘Loser’

How to defeat a master of self-promotion like Trump? Start by pointing out that he is the biggest popular vote loser ever to win the Electoral College.

November 27, 2016