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Saturday, December 3, 2016
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Flag burning protected under First Amendment

One Amendment, Five Freedoms

What a thing of beauty, our First Amendment. Think about it: In only 45 words, it lays out five constitutional rights. It’s pure poetry.

December 1, 2016
Pelosi keeps leadership post

Despite Calls For Change, Pelosi Keeps Her House Leadership Post

Pelosi, 76, a Californian who has been in Congress for 30 years and led the party in the House for 14 of them, defeated 43-year-old Tim Ryan, a seven-term representative from Ohio in a 134-63 vote.

November 30, 2016
Paul Ryan medicare

Evening News Virtually Ignores Paul Ryan’s Medicare Privatization Plan

Ryan’s specific charge that Medicare is “broke” because of the ACA is completely wrong. President Obama’s health care reform law greatly improved Medicare’s long-term finances and extended the hospital insurance trust fund’s solvency by 11 years.

November 28, 2016
Democrats struggling to stem the tide

Democrats Search For Answers To Stem A Spreading Republican Tide

During Obama’s tenure, Democrats lost over 800 state legislative seats, at least 13 governorships, and both houses of Congress.

November 22, 2016
Republican Rand Paul

Willing To Oppose Trump, Some Senate Republicans Gain Leverage

A small number of influential Republicans in the Senate are threatening to block Trump’s appointments, derail his thaw with Russia and prevent the planned border wall

November 22, 2016
How Clinton lost the 2016 election

Why Hillary Clinton Lost Her Chance To Break American History

There are two Americas. Women leaned toward Clinton. Black women were her strongest supporters. But men elected Trump — meaning mostly white men, with some help from Latinos. Sex, power and privilege. That’s the deep story of this election.

November 11, 2016
Democratic ash heap

Democratic Aspirations Are Headed For The Ash Heap

The Democratic Party is bleeding out and near death, too. It may not be terminal, but it is certainly comatose. It may recover, but even if it does, its health will be fragile for years to come.

November 11, 2016
President Obama meets with President-elect Donald Trump

Why We Will Survive President Trump

I am not freaking out about President Trump. Actually, that’s not true. I am absolutely freaking out about President Trump. But in my calmer moments, I tell myself it’s going to be OK. This is why.

November 10, 2016
Trump does not have a mandate for racism

Trump Does Not Have A Mandate For Racism

The major message from voters was, “We want change.” Trump is in the White House, but the takeaway from voters in this election is a mandate for progressive economic populism, not racism.

November 10, 2016
Obamacare faces tough challenge in Republican controlled congress

Obamacare Faces An Uncertain Future

Scrapping the law altogether without a clear plan for providing replacement coverage for so many people would be politically risky, experts said.

November 10, 2016
Georgia senators will consider Hillary Clinton's Supreme Court nominees.

Georgia Senators Will Consider Future Clinton Supreme Court Nominees

Georgia’s two Republican senators broke with members of their party, saying they would consider Supreme Court nominees put forward by Hillary Clinton if she wins the presidency, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on Sunday.

November 6, 2016
FBI clears clinton (again)

FBI Clears Hillary Clinton (Again) In Latest Email Review

FBI Director James Comey made the announcement in a letter to Congress on Sunday, saying the agency had not changed its conclusions from July that no criminal charges were warranted against Clinton for her use of a private email server for government work.

November 6, 2016
Obamacare has helped millions

Even With Its Faults, Obamacare Has Helped Millions

To be fair, Obamacare is far from perfect. Still, its implementation has provided access to medical care for many, and that’s a big deal. Before Obamacare, about 16 percent of Americans had no health insurance of any kind. Now, that’s down to less than 9 percent — a record low.

November 4, 2016
Comey

Is Reckless Comey Seeking Revenge On Critics Via FBI Twitter Account?

It seems that he’s either signed off on an election-week records dump, via Twitter, from an old investigation of the Clinton Foundation, or has lost control of the agents who staff the FBI’s Twitter account. Either way, he’s made a choice to let chaos reign in the closing days of a presidential campaign.

November 2, 2016
Trump

Trump Promises To Call Congress Into A Special Session On Obamacare

The Constitution gives the president the authority “on extraordinary occasions, to convene both houses (of Congress) or either of them.” Since the amendment was adopted in 1933, presidents have only exercised their power to convene Congress four times.

November 2, 2016
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump points at the gathered media during his walk through at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, U.S., July 21, 2016. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Is Comey’s FBI Sitting On A Scandal That Could Destroy Trump’s Candidacy?

According to Reid, the FBI director “possess[es] explosive information about close ties and coordination between Donald Trump, his top advisers, and the Russian government—a foreign interest openly hostile to the United States, which Trump praises at every opportunity.”

November 1, 2016
comey email speculation

Former Prosecutors Criticize Media’s ‘Uninformed Speculation’ On FBI Email Letter

In interviews with Media Matters, several signatories of the letter were critical of the “firestorm of misinformation” and baseless speculation that has dominated media coverage of Comey’s actions since Friday.

November 1, 2016
John podesta

No, A DOJ Official With Podesta Ties Isn’t ‘Overseeing’ The FBI’s Email Review

The official in question leads the FBI’s Office of Legislative Affairs, and in that capacity he is responsible for communications with Congress, not active investigations.

November 1, 2016
Democats hit back at FBI and Comey

Democrats Hit Back At FBI Director

Democrats have demanded that James Comey and the FBI rapidly work to make public what they know about the new ’email trove.’

October 31, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Florida Senator Marco Rubio addresses the crowd while campaigning in Toa Baja

Rubio Keeps Eyes On The Prize In 2020

When pressed, Rubio says he intends to serve the full term as a senator. Who believes that? There’s only one job he cares about, and he’s going to try again in 2020.

October 31, 2016
Protesters in Minnesota call for smaller government and the repeal of the health care law enacted in March, 2010. (Fibonacci Blue via Flickr)

Right-Wing Media Use Old Lies To Trash A Public Option For Obamacare

Right-wing media are pre-emptively attacking a “public option” health care proposal supported by Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama by linking it to supposedly “socialist” single-payer systems that have been routinely demonized through the history of health care reform.

October 26, 2016
Rust belt economic voters

Two Clashing Visions Of How America Will Power Its Cars, Homes

How the country decides on Nov. 8 will have far-reaching implications for the price of electricity and gas at the pump, as well as the future of the U.S. energy industry, which employs about 10 million people.

October 25, 2016
AT&T-Time Warner deal faces heavy scrutiny in Congress.

AT&T-Time Warner Deal Sparks Calls For Scrutiny In Washington

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are using the AT&T-Time Warner deal to highlight their views on anti-trust and regulatory enforcement.

October 23, 2016
Paul Ryan re-election

House Speaker Ryan Won’t Defend Or Campaign For Trump

Ryan told an emergency meeting of fellow Republican lawmakers that he would neither defend Trump nor campaign with him in the coming 30 days, the time remaining to the Nov. 8 presidential and congressional elections, but would focus on protecting Republican majorities in Congress.

October 10, 2016
veto override

A Day After Veto Override, Congress Has Second Thoughts And May Fix Sept. 11 Bill

Less than a day after Congress overrode President Barack Obama’s veto of a bill that would let 9/11 victims’ families sue Saudi Arabia, top GOP leaders said they might need to fix the new law to protect U.S. national security interests.

September 30, 2016