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Sunday, August 20, 2017

5 Escape Hatches Republicans May End Up Using To Avoid An Imploding Presidency

While the downfall of President Donald Trump is far from assured, the signs are multiplying that the Republicans are preparing for a world in which Trump is no longer commander-in-chief. This is not the dreaming of the liberal resistance or the conservative #NeverTrump crowd; we’re talking about the actions of the Republican leadership, rank and file and Vice President Mike Pence himself.

August 12, 2017

McCain Issues His Own Military Strategy For Afghanistan War Amid White House Delay

McCain, an Arizona Republican and chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has urged the Trump administration for months to submit to Congress a new Afghanistan strategy due to the worsening security situation. Nine U.S. troops have been killed in the country thus far this year — as many as were killed in all of 2016.

August 11, 2017

Gerrymandering Is Ruining Our Democracy. Will Television News Ever Care?

Broadcast and cable news’ reluctance to talk about gerrymandering, let alone address the outsized impact it has in state and federal elections, has allowed American democracy to quietly become less representative. As movements build behind redistricting reform, the question remains: Will TV news ever care about gerrymandering?

August 9, 2017
Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks during a campaign rally in Santa Cruz, California May 31, 2016. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

Despite Trump’s Unpopularity, Democrats Face Long Road Back Into Power

Nate Silver says Trump’s base has maxed out, lifting blue hopes. The Cook Report’s congressional editor David Wasserman counters that the GOP has locks on states, the House and the Senate, deflating the prognosis.

August 9, 2017
Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence holds a joint news conference with U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) (not pictured) following a House Republican party conference meeting in Washington, U.S. September 13, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Read This And Weep: Mike Pence For President

Those opposed to the Pence agenda can argue with reason that he’d probably be more adept at furthering it than Trump has been. They take solace in seeing little getting done so far. But the nation has yet to face an international crisis under its erratic, ill-informed leader.

August 8, 2017
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses the media regarding donations to veterans foundations at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York, U.S., May 31, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Even Republicans Think They’re Losing Under Trump

Donald Trump once vowed that the country would win so much under his presidency that they would be tired of winning. Yet, more than six months into his time in the White House, even his own party thinks they’re losing. More Republicans (46 percent) believe they are losing than winning (42 percent), according to a poll from the Pew Research Center.

August 7, 2017
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses the media regarding donations to veterans foundations at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York, U.S., May 31, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Republican Discontent With Trump Rising Like A River

With crisp stage timing, Senator Jeff Flake, an Arizona Republican, is making media rounds for a new book denouncing Trump, “Conscience of a Conservative.” (He took the title from a famed Arizona conservative, the late Barry Goldwater.) Flake, 54, is the first senator to speak out strongly, painting the president as an unclothed emperor.

August 5, 2017

Jeff Flake’s Cosmetic Trump “Resistance”

Right-wingers attempting to brand themselves as anti-Trump is a grift we’ve seen dozens of times before––typically from media types such as Glenn Beck, David Frum, Max Boot, and Joe Scarborough. But rarely does one see it from a sitting senator such as Jeff Flake, the Arizona lawmaker attempting to take the mantle of his mentor, John McCain.

August 3, 2017

The Gripping Story Behind The Case For Trump-Putin Collusion

While the Washington press corps and the rest of the world was distracted last week by the antics of the Mooch, Spicey, and the Donald, Bill Browder, an American-born British banker, was relegated to the side stage of C-SPAN3. For the Senate Judiciary Committee and the hard-core cable audience, Browder laid out what NPR called “a terrifying and complex picture of Putin’s Russia.”

August 3, 2017

Capitol Police Crack Down On The Media

Chants of “Kill the bill, don’t kill us” echoed through the Senate visitor galleries Tuesday afternoon while lawmakers cast votes to move forward on debate surrounding the possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Capitol police officers arrested a number of protesters, many of them members of the disability rights group ADAPT…

August 1, 2017

The CFPB Has Returned Billions To Swindled Families. Naturally, Republicans Want It Dismantled

Less than a week after the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau celebrated its sixth anniversary, the Trump administration issued a decisive blow to the Bureau’s latest progress regarding a key arbitrations rule, which it now aims to nullify.

July 30, 2017
Senate Health Bill

Republicans Who Tried To Repeal Obamacare Will Be Haunted By Their Votes For Years To Come

The healthcare votes Friday morning in the Senate and weeks before in the House were the most consequential votes affecting most American households in years. A string of Republican bills and amendments threatened to take away coverage from tens of millions.

July 30, 2017
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Trump Rages As McCain Shoots Down Obamacare Repeal

McCain, who has an ongoing war of words with Trump and revealed last week that he was suffering from brain cancer, cast the decisive vote against the bill. In total, 51 senators—the three rogue Republicans, plus all 48 Democratic senators—voted against the repeal, while 49 Republicans voted in favor.

July 29, 2017

Watch John McCain Cast ‘No’ Vote In A Big Blow To Trump’s Presidency

Sen. John McCain’s decisive “no” vote early Friday marked a major turning point in the GOP’s seven-year war to destroy Obamacare. McCain, who had returned to Capitol Hill Tuesday just days after his brain cancer diagnosis and surgery, did so with a “refreshed appreciation for the protocols and customs” of the Senate.

July 29, 2017

Republicans Kill Medical Marijuana Provision For Veterans

The “Veterans Equal Access” amendment will not move to debate on the House floor. GOP lawmakers wouldn’t allow it to be included in the House’s proposed VA funding bill for next year, effectively killing it.

July 29, 2017
McConnell, GOP, Obamacare Repeal

The GOP Is Willing To Destroy Our Democracy If That’s What It Takes To Repeal Obamacare

At stake is not just the American health care system but the architecture of democratic self-governance. The nation will either be ushered into unprecedented lawlessness on political, policy and personal fronts led by Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell…

July 28, 2017

McCain’s Brain Cancer Draws Renewed Attention To Possible Agent Orange Connection

Then, last week, when Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., also a Vietnam veteran, was diagnosed with the same aggressive brain cancer, Jones searched online for glioblastoma and Vietnam vets. She soon learned the disease is one of a growing list of ailments…

July 28, 2017

When It Comes To John McCain, Some Journalists Will Never, Ever Learn

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) voted yesterday to proceed to debate on an unknown Republican health care bill (or bills) written in unprecedented partisan fashion outside of the normal legislative process. Then he stood in the well of the Senate and decried partisanship and legislative hijinks.

July 27, 2017

Jared Kushner Is Giving Himself Ample Room To Lie To Congress

“I did not collude,” says Jared Kushner, President Trump’s embattled son-in-law. Facing questions about a June 9, 2016, meeting with a Russian government attorney, Kushner has released an 11-page statement notable for its slippery claims and veiled admissions.

July 26, 2017

Krugman: Don’t Let Russia Distract Us When Health Care For Millions Is At Risk

In 2017, many Americans start their day by calling their senators and begging them not to take away their health care. Others show up at government offices or to protests on the street. It’s stressful and occasionally demeaning, but as Paul Krugman reminds us in his Monday column, we can’t stop now.

July 25, 2017

ALEC’s Scary Plan For Electing Your Senators

The New York Times and Washington Post reported that President Trump has had conversations with top officials about whether he could pardon himself and his family, and also suggested that the White House could be mounting an attack on the credibility of Robert Mueller, the special prosecutor leading the investigation into Russian influence on the 2016 campaign.

July 24, 2017

House Democrats Bet On The ‘Blue Dogs’

To the scorn of progressives, Democrats trying to win back the U.S. House next year are relying on the conservative wing of the party. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), the House’s primary campaign group, is coordinating with the Blue Dog Coalition, a group of 18 moderate Democrats that has shriveled in numbers and power in recent years, Bloomberg reported Monday.

July 21, 2017
israel BDS

Will The Federal Government Make It Illegal To Protest Israel?

Named the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, the bill so far has garnered support from 29 Republicans and 14 Democrats in the Senate. A similar piece of legislation introduced in the House of Representatives has 237 co-sponsors—63 Democrats and 174 Republicans.

July 21, 2017

Advocacy Groups Protest Trump’s Immigration Pick

As President Trump’s pick to lead the agency that approves immigration petitions heads towards likely confirmation, more than 300 advocacy organizations are urging the Senate to oppose it, citing ProPublica’s examination of the nominee’s record.

July 19, 2017

The Senate Bill On Health Care Imploded, And Pro-Trump Media Is A Mess. Sad!

The Senate health care bill is dead again after two conservative Republican senators said last night they would not vote to advance the legislation because it does not repeal enough of former President Barack Obama’s signature health law.

July 19, 2017