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President Trump’s Chaotic And Bizarre First Month Is Unprecedented

Presidential historians and veteran Washington correspondents say President Donald Trump’s first month in office — which has been marred by numerous scandals and vicious attacks on the press — is more “chaotic” and “bizarre” than any administration’s first month in history.

February 23, 2017
McConnell

Republican-Friendly Audience To McConnell: ‘Do Your Job’

At one point, a frustrated audience member implored him: “Answer the question Mitch!” after he offered a curt answer to a woman asking about lost coal jobs in eastern Kentucky. As he began leaving the event, escorted by state and local law enforcement, a few in the crowd booed. Someone shouted “Do your job!”

February 22, 2017
Constitutional Crisis, GOP

Why We Could Be On The Verge Of A Constitutional Apocalypse

If Republicans achieve veto-proof control in 38 states, they can do something that has never been done before—hold a constitutional convention, and then ratify new amendments that are put forth. They could outlaw the New Deal and its social democratic programs. And if they get crazy enough, they could end separation of church and state and undo other portions of the Bill of Rights.

February 22, 2017
Michael Moore, Anti-Trump

Resisting Trump Is Easy With Michael Moore’s 10-Point Plan

Moore recently unleashed “The Michael Moore Easy-to-Follow 10-Point Plan to Stop Trump,” which contains Moore’s list of tactics for resisters all over the country to take on. Part of Moore’s plan is to take over the Democratic Party, which means to him getting Congressman Keith Ellison elected to head the DNC when it meets this Saturday, February 25.

February 22, 2017
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a personal send-off for members of the Russian Olympic team at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, July 27, 2016. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Russia’s Pension Money For Its Veterans Flows Freely Into U.S.

U.S. investigators are examining whether this river of pension benefits intended for Russian military veterans is somehow mixed up in efforts to undermine last fall’s U.S. election and put Donald Trump in the White House.

February 21, 2017
Gorsuch, Republicans, Senate, Democrats, Obstruction

The Supreme Court Wasn’t The Only Seat Stolen By Senate Republicans

Besides the open Supreme Court seat that Republicans refused to act on during Obama’s last year in office, there are currently 112 vacancies across the federal bench. Obama made 54 nominations to those seats that Republicans refused to confirm, including several dozen where they never held a final vote. In short, the GOP mounted a judicial coup.

February 21, 2017
GOP, Republicans, Rand Paul

5 Republican Disgraces You Missed This Week

From the preening “mavericks” to the proud white supremacists, the GOP is entirely complicit in the horrors of the Trump administration. Every unconstitutional executive order, every denigration of the country’s citizenry and press comes with the party’s seal of approval. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell may not like what the president is saying, but he likes what he’s doing.

February 19, 2017
McCain, Trump, Dictators

John McCain: Suppressing Free Press Is ‘How Dictators Get Started’

“If you want to preserve – I’m very serious now – if you want to preserve democracy as we know it, you have to have a free and many times adversarial press. And without it, I am afraid that we would lose so much of our individual liberties over time. That’s how dictators get started,” he said in a recent interview on NBC.

February 19, 2017
Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell

In Congress, Republicans Are Starting To Fret

Until recently, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tolerated Trump’s turbulent debut because they agreed with the direction the White House was heading — or were confident they could nudge it in the desired one. But the newfound partnership is showing signs of serious strain.

February 18, 2017
Pruitt

Senate Confirms Trump’s EPA Pick As White House Targets Regulation

The U.S. Senate confirmed President Donald Trump’s pick to run the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday over the objections of Democrats and environmentalists worried he will gut the agency. Democrats spoke through Thursday night and Friday morning on the Senate floor, trying to extend debate on Pruitt until later in February when 3,000 emails between him and energy companies will likely be revealed by a judge.

February 17, 2017
Working-class

Heaven Help The Little Guy In This Administration

Andrew Puzder’s replacement, Alexander Acosta, hails from an immigrant background (his parents came from Cuba), and he is a former U.S. attorney. But there is no reason to expect him to have any great compassion or concern for the little guy. Trump’s white working-class supporters are in for nothing but disappointment.

February 17, 2017
Democrats

Democrats Look To Exploit Trump’s Troubles

The president’s tumultuous first four weeks in the White House — highlighted by the resignation of national security adviser Michael Flynn and renewed questions about the Trump campaign’s connections to the Russian government — have given Democrats an unexpected lift less than a month into the new White House.

February 17, 2017
Trump

What Is Donald Trump’s Biggest Fear?

Trump doesn’t seem to fear failure — after all, he’s filed for bankruptcy four times — so much as he fears not being seen as successful. Appearances are paramount in the Trump universe, and frankly, things are not looking so good these days.

February 17, 2017
Bee, Trump, Ryan

#EndorseThis: Samantha Bee Skewers Trump’s Loyal Lap Dog

Once described by conservatives as the intellectual leader and conscience of the Republican Party, the Samantha Bee skewers Paul Ryan for his contradicting views on Trump’s policies and wonders how a “once principled social and fiscal conservative winds up in bed with a bigoted, adulterous grope machine?”

February 16, 2017
Chaffetz, Republican, Flynn

The 10 Most Galling Republican Responses To The Flynn Scandal

With a few notable exceptions, the calls to investigate Trump’s ties to the Kremlin have largely fallen on deaf ears with a Republican Party that has proven time and again it is willing to accommodate scandal and disgrace so long as it doesn’t impede its exercise of power.

February 15, 2017
Obamacare

Thanks To Obamacare, U.S. Uninsured Rate Hit Record Low In 2016

The nation’s uninsured rate tumbled further last year, hitting the lowest rate on record, according to new government data that underscored what is at stake in the Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. In the first nine months of 2016, just 8.8 percent of Americans lacked health coverage, survey data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show.

February 15, 2017
Senators

Senators Register Alarm About White House Security

As an avalanche of security issues distracts the Trump administration in its third week, two ranking Democratic senators have sent letters of inquiry to the White House regarding the staff’s possession of private Republican National Committee email accounts; the president’s use of a personal, unsecured smartphone; and reports of mishandling sensitive documents during a dinner at Mar-a-Lago in Florida over the weekend.

February 15, 2017
Andrew Puzder

Labor Nominee Puzder Faces Uncertainty As Confirmation Hearing Looms

Four Republican senators have not yet said whether they will support labor secretary nominee Andrew Puzder, raising suspense about whether he will survive an initial confirmation hearing this week. Puzder has faced staunch opposition from Democrats and protests from union-backed groups about policies at CKE’s food chains.

February 14, 2017
Goldman Sachs, Mnuchin

Ex-Goldman Banker Mnuchin Installed As Treasury Secretary

President Donald Trump swore in former Goldman Sachs banker and Hollywood financier, Steven Mnuchin, as Treasury secretary on Monday, putting him to work on tax reform, financial de-regulation, and economic diplomacy efforts. At a White House swearing-in ceremony, Trump said Mnuchin would be a “great champion” for U.S. citizens.

February 14, 2017
Carbon Tax

Why A Carbon Tax Is A Truly Good Idea

A carbon tax plan would curb emission of greenhouse gases by taxing them at the refinery, at the mine, or wherever they enter the economy. The proceeds would be sent to Americans in the form of dividends. A family of four could expect to receive about $2,000 in the first year.

February 14, 2017
Trump Tax Returns

House Tax Committee Will Not Seek Trump Tax Returns

A congressional tax oversight committee will not seek U.S. President Donald Trump’s tax returns, despite calls from Democrats for a review to determine possible business ties to foreign countries including Russia, the panel’s Republican chairman said on Monday.

February 13, 2017
Ellison, DNC

It’s Time To Change The Democratic Party

The race for Democratic National Committee chair is not just about who has the glamour and skills to turn around a party that spent more than $1 billion last year, lost more than 1,000 statewide and congressional seats during Obama’s presidency, and has the least power in 75 years. It’s about how that turnaround will be done.

February 13, 2017
Senate Majority Leader McConnell adjusts glasses while taking questions on the upcoming budget battleon Capitol Hill in Washington

Mitch McConnell’s Crime Of Passion Against Elizabeth Warren

There’s no question that the decision to silence Warren backfired — badly. The furor gained the Massachusetts senator far more attention than her otherwise routine speech would have if it hadn’t been interrupted. The result: The majority leader turned the confirmation vote on Sessions, a loss for the Democrats, into a vehicle they could use to rally their partisan base.

February 13, 2017
Trump

The Biggest Loser: Trump Has Gotten Even Less Popular While In Office

President Trump, who won the presidency with a minority of the votes cast, has retained a strong hold on his core supporters. After a brief increase in popularity early in his transition, almost all public polls show a steep decline in Trump’s support, and he has quickly fallen into territory plumbed by Harry Truman, Richard Nixon, and Jimmy Carter.

February 13, 2017
Obamacare, Healthcare

How Democrats Can Hold GOP Accountable For Healthcare Fix

In the Senate, Democrats could propose amendments to a replacement bill that would set specific goals of access, cost, and quality—essentially requiring Trump to take responsibility for his promises that the healthcare replacement will be, in his words, “insurance for everybody.”

February 12, 2017