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How Political Pessimism Helps Doom Tougher Gun Laws

It’s predictable after every new mass-shooting horror: The political right’s reflexive call for “thoughts and prayers,” which is then mocked by people who favor more gun restrictions for lacking any accompanying ideas for preventing future killings.

February 20, 2018

The Social Media Psy-Op That Took Down Al Franken

While everyone has been focused on Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election to support Donald Trump, the Franken take-down originated in—and was propelled by—a strategic online campaign with digital tentacles reaching to, of all places, Japan.

February 20, 2018

Are Dead Children The Price Of Freedom?

When the news broke on Valentine’s Day that 17 people—mostly young students—had lost their lives in Parkland, Florida, one could be forgiven for being numb. Of the 10 deadliest mass shootings in US history, six have come after 2012. Of those six, three have occurred in the last 5 months, including the October 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas that claimed 58 lives, the deadliest in US history.

February 20, 2018

Students To Boycott Schools Until Congress Acts On Guns

On Twitter, students used the hashtags #NationalSchoolWalkout, #April20 and #April20Walkout to plan mass boycotts on the anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting on April 20, 1999, as well as a separate walkout on March 14. Thousands have signed a petition from the Twitter account “National School Walkout.”

February 18, 2018
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Trump Stooge Who Defended Accused Child Molester Running For Gowdy’s Seat

Burns announced late Thursday that he had thrown his name into the race for Gowdy’s seat as the representative for South Carolina’s 4th Congressional District. He followed up that announcement Friday with a tweet touting his work for Trump and asking people to visit his campaign website.

February 18, 2018
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Paul Krugman: The Bad Faith Of Republicans Is Endless

Earlier this week, the Trump administration released a $4.4 trillion budget proposal that calls for a massive increase in military spending along with cuts to programs for food stamps and basic school safety, among other essential social services. The proposal would also blow up the federal deficit over the next decade, but of course Republicans have never been the fiscal hawks they claim to be.

February 17, 2018

House Republicans Gut Americans With Disabilities Act

Proponents argue that the bill, The ADA Education and Reform Act, or H.R. 620, is necessary to stem the flow of “drive-by lawsuits” brought by lawyers who only wish to line their pockets. The bill would require those filing suit in federal court against businesses for not complying with the ADA to first give that business 60 days to devise a plan to fix the issue, and another 120 days to implement the changes.

February 16, 2018
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Jeff Sessions Just Kicked Off A Brand-New Civil War In The Republican Party

The measure is actually a mixed bag, a product of lengthy discussions among senators seeking a compromise that could actually pass the Senate. While it has a number of progressive sentencing reform provisions, mainly aimed at non-violent drug offenders, it also includes new mandatory minimum sentences for some crimes, including some drug offenses.

February 16, 2018
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Trump’s Military Parade Could Cost Up To $30 Million

President Donald Trump’s proposal to hold a large-scale military parade in Washington, with marching soldiers and rows of tanks and armored vehicles, could cost as much as $30 million, according to Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney.

February 15, 2018
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Skewed Priorities, Massive Deficits In Trump Budget

The $7.1 trillion added to the deficit over the next decade by this budget proposal assumes an ambitious rate of growth of at least 3 percent each year. If the economy is less strong before 2029, that number could get a lot higher. One estimate shows that the national debt could grow to $30 trillion in a decade if the plan is enacted as is.

February 13, 2018
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Rep. Nadler Asks Emergency Hearings On Election Security

U.S. Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, pushed for emergency hearings to look into the vulnerabilities of the U.S. election infrastructure, calling the threat of Russia’s meddling into voter polls “very real.”

February 13, 2018
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Trump’s Choice To Run Census Bureau Forced To Withdraw

According to a report by Mother Jones’ Ari Berman, Thomas Brunell — a Texas-based Republican who advocated for GOP gerrymandering in multiple states and wrote a book arguing against the merits of competitive elections — has removed his name from consideration to become the next deputy director of the U.S. Census Bureau.

February 13, 2018
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Darkness At Nunes: Inside The House Intelligence Disaster

An assistant district attorney vying to oust Nunes from his California congressional seat, Janz said last week that his campaign war chest had more than tripled since Nunes announced he was releasing highly edited, Top Secret information to discredit the FBI and Justice Department investigations into “Russiagate.”

February 12, 2018
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No Republicans, Wife-Beating Isn’t ‘Complicated’

Trump has gone out of his way to defend Rob Porter — despite photographic evidence of the violent abuse Porter inflicted on one of his ex-wives and testimony from another, as well as an ex-girlfriend — as well as former speechwriter David Sorensen.

February 12, 2018
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‘An Innocent Person Wouldn’t Block The Democrats’ Memo’

The move raises a host of questions about Donald Trump’s motives for declassifying the intelligence in the Republican memo but refusing to do so for the Democratic version of the memo, despite a unanimous vote by the bipartisan House Intelligence Committee in favor of publishing the second memo.

February 10, 2018
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Democrats Trump White House Infrastructure Plan With Their Own

Trump’s plan— set to be released Monday— is expected to call for just $200 billion in federal funds over the next ten years, with a majority of the $1.5 trillion plan to be funded through state, local, and private investments. During a Thursday press conference, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and the House Democratic Policy & Communications Committee revealed an infrastructure package separate from that of the Trump administration.

February 9, 2018
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GOP Faces Challengers In 226 House Seats While Struggling To Raise Cash For Midterms

Passing a Republican tax bill late last year has done nothing to improve the GOP’s chances in the upcoming midterm elections. Meanwhile, Democrats continue to raise way more money than their opponents, as the party expands the map of competitive races in the House to 101 contests.

February 9, 2018

Nancy Pelosi Just Showed She’s Dead Serious About Protecting Dreamers

With time running out, with her own team wavering and media attention wandering, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi did something no other Democrat would. She went to the mat for the Dreamers, the 2 million undocumented immigrant youth in danger of deportation.

February 9, 2018
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The Tax Cuts Are Truly A Crummy Deal For Most Of Us

Would someone kindly replace Nancy Pelosi as a spokesperson for Democrats? The House minority leader’s riff on the tax bill as “crumbs” for average Americans bombed on two fronts. One was her snide and preachy tone. The other was linking “crumbs” to $1,000-or-better bonuses that a few companies said they will distribute out of their tax savings.

February 8, 2018

Senate Leaders Announce 2-Year Budget Deal To Fund Government, Disaster Aid

A sweeping two-year budget deal announced by Senate leaders Wednesday promises to end the shutdown threats that have plagued Congress, but fails to address the nagging issue of immigration and will add to a deficit already ballooning because of the GOP tax cut plan.

February 8, 2018
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To Preserve Gerrymanders, GOP Mounts Judicial Coups

Hyper-partisan Republican legislators in Pennsylvania are now seeking to impeach five state Supreme Court justices who last month overturned the state’s congressional maps drawn in 2011 in an extreme gerrymander that gave the GOP twice as many U.S. House seats as Democrats.

February 8, 2018
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Clean Energy And Dollars Are Both Green

Some of the nation’s fiercest winds tear across the 100-odd miles separating Casper and Rawlins, making Wyoming a potential colossus of wind power. So why is Wyoming the only state to tax wind power? Ask the politicians representing America’s biggest producer of coal. Or simpler, check their donor list.

February 6, 2018

The Pentagon Can’t Account For Several Hundred Million Dollars It Spent

In December, Donald Trump signed a $700 billion defense bill into law, ramping up the size and strength of the U.S. military. The $80 billion spending increase alone is enough to finance tuition-free public colleges and universities.

February 6, 2018
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Nunes Preparing More Memos On State And Justice Departments

According to a new Axios report, the propagandistic memo from Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) is just the beginning of Republicans’ war on government agencies that don’t fall into line behind President Donald Trump’s authoritarian administration.

February 6, 2018
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Supreme Court Rejects GOP Gerrymandering, Boosting Democrats’ Midterm Chances

Democrats in Pennsylvania got more good news ahead of the midterm elections on Monday, when the U.S. Supreme Court let stand the state Supreme Court’s recent ruling that Pennsylvania’s congressional districts must be immediately redrawn in a fairer manner.

February 6, 2018