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Thursday, April 19, 2018
congress
equality

Female Challengers Outpace GOP Incumbents In Money Race

More than 40 House Democratic candidates outraised Republican incumbents in the first quarter of 2018, according to the Cook Political Report. Half of those 40 Democrats are women. From deep red districts to Democratic strongholds and everywhere in between, women are outpacing Republican congressmen in fundraising, sometimes by two-to-one margins.

April 19, 2018

Ted Cruz Is In Denial As Texas Race Tightens

There’s more bad news for Ted Cruz in his effort to hang onto his Senate seat. A new shock poll released by Quinnipiac on Tuesday revealed that the Texas race is suddenly neck and neck. Cruz is up by just 47 to 44 percent over his challenger, Democratic El Paso Rep. Beto O’Rourke.

April 19, 2018
Sad Trump Bad Week

New Gallup Poll Shows Disdain For Tax Cut Bill

The tax scam championed by Republicans is doing exactly what critics warned: showering the wealthy with deficit-financed tax breaks, while leaving workers and the American middle class behind. The latest Gallup poll confirms, once again, a majority of Americans disapprove of the GOP tax bill.

April 18, 2018
shutdown

McConnell Says Republicans Won’t Protect Mueller From Trump

A growing number of Republican lawmakers have endorsed legislation to protect Mueller in recent days following the president’s fury over the federal raid on his attorney Michael Cohen. Neil Cavuto, the Fox News host who interviewed McConnell, pointed this fact out to the majority leader.

April 18, 2018
infrastructure

Trump’s Infrastructure Plan Is The Wrong Road

The American Society of Civilian Engineers gave U.S. infrastructure a D+ grade in 2017, proclaiming $1.5 trillion’s worth of improvements was required over the next decade. They estimated that infrastructure deficiencies cost each U.S. household, on average, $3,400 annually.

April 17, 2018

New Poll Shows Low Approval For Trump’s Tax Bill

Since President Trump was inaugurated, Republicans have had one major legislative achievement: the tax bill passed in December. But while this law was the dream of people like Paul Ryan for decades, Americans were never that enthused about the idea.

April 17, 2018
Al Franken

Will Al Franken Make A Return To Politics?

At Sunday’s TimesTalk panel for women senators — which featured Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) — Klobuchar said she expects her former colleague and friend to make a comeback.

April 16, 2018
Fake news inspired gunman to discharge weapon in a crowded D.C. restaurant

Facebook Clearly Won’t Fix Itself

Zuckerberg this week at the Senate hearing on Facebook’s failures regarding privacy, fake news and foreign interference in elections: “It was my mistake, and I’m sorry. I started Facebook. I run it. And I’m responsible for what happens here.” Well, that makes us feel a whole lot better. Zuckerberg wisely dressed up for the grilling but still issued kid-in-a-T-shirt apologies.

April 15, 2018
shutdown

Abrupt Exit Cannot Salvage Ryan’s Reputation

When Ryan made the surprising announcement that he will not seek re-election, Washington observers noted that he is probably tired of shepherding his fractious House majority. Ryan took the job reluctantly after his predecessor, John Boehner, gave up and left politics. And his contentious House colleagues have managed to accomplish little under his leadership.

April 15, 2018
Barbara_Comstock,_official_114th_Congress_photo_portrait

In Midterm, Republicans Abandon Obamacare Repeal

Republicans have abandoned repeal of Obamacare as part of their electoral arsenal, reflecting the utter failure of their past efforts. Since its passage, the GOP has told voters that if they took control they would “repeal and replace” the law that has helped millions to gain health insurance.

April 15, 2018
U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) waits to meet India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (not pictured), before Modi speaks at a joint meeting of Congress in the House Chamber in Capitol Hill, Washington, U.S., June 8, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Paul Ryan’s Family Legacy

It is just as true that putting family first can mean doing everything one can to oppose the continued harm this president is inflicting on families across the country. This requires one to define family as something bigger than the number of people living under your roof. One must also be willing to go toe-to-toe with Donald Trump in defense of other families.

April 14, 2018
Environmental

Fired EPA Staffer Reveals Fresh Pruitt Outrages

Pruitt’s trips included spending taxpayer dollars to repeatedly fly home to Oklahoma on the weekends, as well as visit other destinations, last year. Pruitt also regularly demanded that his flights be booked on Delta airlines — even when the federal government didn’t have a government carrier contract with Delta — because Pruitt wanted to bank as many frequent flyer miles as possible.

April 13, 2018

GOP Tax Cut Fraud: ‘It’ll Pay For Itself’

Well, that’s what the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said this week, anyway. Without blatantly labeling the GOP tax cut as a con, the CBO did say that it would in no way, not ever pay for itself. It would, the CBO warned, dramatically raise the national budget deficit, year after year, for at least a decade.

April 13, 2018

Senate Republicans Suddenly Decide To Shield Mueller

The unusual move comes just hours after some of them belittled concerns for just such a remedy. “I haven’t seen a clear indication that we need to pass something,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said. His comment came hours after Trump claimed “many people have said [he] should fire” Mueller.

April 12, 2018
Mulvaney

Mulvaney Crippling Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Mick Mulvaney, who is supposed to be enforcing federal regulations to protect the most vulnerable among us, is instead asking Congress to weaken the bureau by giving Congress control of its funding and mandating that the bureau’s major rules need Congressional approval. Mulvaney is scheduled to appear Wednesday before the House Financial Services Committee…

April 12, 2018
Nunes memo

Devin Nunes Threatens To Impeach Rod Rosenstein

“I can tell you that we’re not just going to hold in contempt, we will have a plan to hold in contempt and to impeach,” Nunes told Ingraham, who asked what his committee would do to FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein if they don’t bow to his demand.

April 12, 2018
Trump, Executive Orders

Trump’s Tax Cuts Didn’t Benefit American Workers

Trump and Republican leadership have long touted their tax cuts as a massive boon to America’s working class, if not through direct tax reductions or refunds, then through the trickle-down effect of bonuses and wage increases from their employers who receive massive corporate cuts.

April 12, 2018

Republicans Threaten Facebook For Content ‘Censorship’

“There’s an issue of content discrimination,” said Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Washington. “It is not a problem unique to Facebook. There’s a number of high-profile examples of edge providers engaging in blocking and censoring religious and conservative political content… What is Facebook doing to ensure that its users are treated fairly and objectively by content reviewers?”

April 12, 2018

Ryan Retirement Leaves Nazi As Leading GOP Candidate In Wisconsin Race

Paul Ryan’s sudden retirement announcement means that a Nazi is currently the Republican Party’s leading candidate for Wisconsin’s First Congressional District. Paul Nehlen has been running in the Republican primary in Wisconsin and attracting attention for a litany of racist and anti-Semitic statements.

April 12, 2018

Fake Deficit Hawk Paul Ryan Will Leave US With $1 Trillion Deficit

Retiring Speaker of the House Paul Ryan will leave two distinct legacies: a weak Trump enabler, and a policy fraud. Ryan simply lacked the moral and political courage to stand up to Trump and his reckless, dangerous, hateful ways. Scared of offending Trump supporters, Ryan submitted and let Trump run wild, completely unchecked by the Republican Party or by the Congress Ryan runs.

April 12, 2018
Mark Zuckerberg Facebook Privacy

Mark Zuckerberg Facebook Testimony: 5 Key Takeaways

Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg withstood his first of two days of testimony on Capitol Hill Tuesday, responding to Senatorial questions for hours. Zuckerberg held his own at the joint hearing of the Senate Commerce and Judiciary committees, responding to a series of privacy concerns stemming from a data breach by Cambridge Analytica.

April 11, 2018
arizona gop

Arizona GOP Candidate Mocks Opponent’s Military Service — And Ailing McCain

At a campaign event with former Trump crony Sebastian Gorka, Ward first made fun of one of her primary opponents, Rep. Martha McSally. McSally often touts her time in the military, but Ward dismissed that as mere “fluff.” “We can’t be fooled by those fluff ads that come in your mailbox, and the 30 seconds you see, because someone’s a pilot, they’d make a good senator,” Ward said. “We’ve seen that, we’ve seen that ad before.”

April 11, 2018
Senate Health Bill

Older Trump Voters Abandoning GOP

Republican prospects this November are so bad that some are already writing off the House and worrying about trying to hold on to the Senate. And now there’s more evidence of trouble ahead: Their base of older, educated white voters is abandoning them.

April 10, 2018

Travels With Beto: A Progressive Live-Streaming His Campaign Is Closing In On Ted Cruz

One of 2018’s most remarkable campaign stories is unfolding on the back roads and small-town squares of rural Texas, where Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke, a three-term congressman from El Paso, is within striking distance of unseating arguably the nation’s most despised senator, Texas Republican Ted Cruz.

April 9, 2018
EPA

Democratic Congressman Urges Trump To Keep Pruitt

As EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt faces mounting scrutiny for ethics violations, including the misuse of taxpayer funds and cozy relationships with the industries his agency is meant to regulate, at least one Democrat actually wants Trump to keep Pruitt right where he is.

April 9, 2018