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Monday, May 22, 2017

Rouhani: Iran Ready To Promote Relations With The World

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has pledged to open the country to the world and deliver freedom its people have yearned for after securing a decisive re-election for a second term. Rouhani sealed a second term in the office after he won with more than 57 percent of the votes in Friday’s election.

May 22, 2017
Trump, Tone

Trump’s Approval Rating Dipped Again

The latest survey from Reuters/Ipsos found only 38 percent of adults approved of the president. Fifty-six percent disapproved while 6 percent had “mixed feelings.” Perhaps more troubling for the Trump administration: the president appeared to be losing support from his own party.

May 21, 2017

Young People Are Leaving The Republican Party In Droves, New Study Finds

The Republican Party controls all three branches of government, as well as 32 state legislatures and 33 governorships. Even if Donald Trump were to be impeached for obstruction of justice—a dubious proposition as long as he has the support of the far right and the GOP holds a majority in the House…

May 19, 2017

Report: Congressional Trump/Russia Probe Looking Into Breitbart And Cambridge Analytica

Breitbart, which was formerly headed by current White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon, is reportedly under investigation by the FBI for Russian bots allegedly pushing pro-Trump stories from the website.

May 19, 2017
Trump, Founding Fathers

‘People Are In Meltdown Mode’: Inside The GOP Donor Class Panic About Trump

Pangs of fear and frustration are rippling through the Republican donor and operative classes as Donald Trump’s self-inflicted wounds threaten to fully derail the GOP legislative agenda and tarnish the party’s brand headed into the midterms.

May 19, 2017
Hawaii, Trump, Congress, Executive Orders

Trump’s Approval Rating Falls In Election Strongholds

The latest survey from Monmouth University found that Trump’s approval rating has fallen in the counties that he won over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton by 10 or more percentage points.

May 19, 2017
Fox News has sent its former boss Roger Ailes and his scandals down the memory hole

Roger Ailes’ Professional Legacy Is A Propaganda Machine That’s Hurting America

Ailes “changed television as we know it,” in the words of Bret Baier. He “founded one of the most important and successful media outlets in American history,” as Laura Ingraham put it. He “dramatically and forever changed the political and the media landscape singlehandedly for the better,” according to Sean Hannity.

May 18, 2017
Trump, Putin

Inside Putin’s Campaign To Destroy U.S. Democracy

Now Russia is again public enemy No. 1 in the United States, and Putin is on offense around the world. He is the primary backer of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, thanks to his audacious deployment of Russia’s military to combat the anti-Assad Islamic rebels.

May 18, 2017
Roger Ailes, chairman and CEO of Fox News and Fox Television Stations, answers questions during a panel discussion at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Pasadena, California July 24, 2006. Picture taken July 24, 2006. REUTERS/Fred Prouser/File Photo

Remembering Roger Ailes At Fox News During The 2000 Presidential Election

He will be remembered by journalism ethicists as the poster boy for conflict of interest. But of Ailes’ many departures from journalistic norms of impartiality, the most egregious was his hiring of a cousin of presidential candidate George W. Bush during the 2000 election.

May 18, 2017
Trump, Conservative, Press

Survey Shows Depression, Trauma Among Voters Who Chose Trump

These are some of the characteristics of white working-class voters who were three times more likely to support Donald Trump in the 2016 election, according to an expanded analysis of more than 3,000 people surveyed before and after the election by PRRI/The Atlantic of white Americans who are marked by “cultural dislocation.”

May 17, 2017
Air Force One, Trump, Boeing

Trump Prepares For First Overseas Trip, With Anti-Globalism At Bay

The dual developments make Trump’s debut abroad a big test of just what he means by “America first.” While American allies look anxiously for clarification, Trump aides see no disconnect.

May 15, 2017

How Trump’s New Federal Commission Could Be Used To Suppress Legal Voters

President Donald Trump’s new commission on “election integrity” is drawing complaints from experts who continue to point out that no evidence exists for Trump’s ongoing claims of widespread voter fraud.

May 14, 2017
Trump sued 34 times

What Voters Think Of Trump’s Latest Obamacare Repeal Plan

Just over 1 in 5 voters, 21 percent, supported the GOP bill, a slight increase over the 17 percent who backed the original measure in a March Quinnipiac poll. “The grim diagnosis from voters: Health care will cost more and deliver less,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac poll.

May 12, 2017
Trump wake up call

Exclusive: Russian Hackers Attacked 2008 Obama Campaign

Russian hackers targeted the 2008 Barack Obama campaign and U.S. government officials as far back as 2007 and have continued to attack them since they left their government jobs, according to a new report scheduled for release Friday.

May 12, 2017


Chances are that no matter when you are reading this column, more has already been discovered about Comey’s firing. Just as surely, it’s bound to make us feel even worse about this Den of Disaster, formerly known as the White House — where, by the way, less than 24 hours after Comey was fired, Trump (presumably still president of the United States) met with #Russia Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russia Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

May 11, 2017

Trumpty Dumpty: He’s Off The Wall

As President Trump is finding out in his ill-fated war with Mexico, the problem that world powers have when they pick fights with seemingly powerless countries is that even small dogs have sharp teeth.

May 11, 2017
Trump, White House

Trump’s Approval Rating Falls Among White Voters

It’s no secret President Donald Trump isn’t popular with the majority of Americans, but a new poll this week shows he is beginning to lose some of the demographics that thrust him into the White House. The Quinnipiac University survey found that just 36 percent of voters approve of the job Trump is doing, while 58 percent disapprove.

May 11, 2017
David and Charles Koch fight to kill Trumpcare

Documents Reveal A Powerful, Secretive Foundation’s Blueprint For Spreading Right-Wing Ideology, State By State

The billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch get a lot of press coverage about their vast, conservative political spending network that helps elect right-wing officials at the federal, state and local levels and advocates for policies that increase the profits of their fossil fuel and manufacturing conglomerate,

May 10, 2017
Executive Orders, Trump, Immigrant

On Churches In Politics, Trump Does … Nothing

In the executive order he signed Thursday titled “Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty,” Donald Trump had a rare opportunity to pursue a small yet significant change that would have accomplished both of his stated purposes. Instead, he ceremoniously unveiled a heaping platter of nothingburgers.

May 8, 2017
Trump, Right-Wing

Trump FCC Promotes Pro-Trump Rightist Broadcasting Group

Thanks to the deregulatory efforts of President Donald Trump’s Federal Communications Committee, the right-wing Sinclair Broadcast Group announced today that it will purchase dozens of televisions stations across the country, allowing the company to spread its conservative programming to new markets and consolidate the ownership of broadcast stations in fewer hands.

May 8, 2017
Trump lies

Has The Old Trump Magic Lost Its Spell?

There was a time when a phrase typed by the mighty fingers of Donald Trump would shock world leaders, swing markets and send public opinion into convulsions. But those awesome powers have shrunk considerably since Election Day. Responses that once quaked with “What does this mean for the planet?” have relaxed into “Oh, it’s him again.”

May 8, 2017

Did Trump Campaign Collude With Russia? Follow The Cash

That same summer, a Kremlin-linked hacking operation gained unauthorized access to Democratic Party email accounts, and distributed them to WikiLeaks. It’s quite possibly the most effective foreign “active measures” operation ever conducted against the United States. What remains to be determined is whether, and how deeply, members of the Trump campaign were involved in the scheme. Perhaps counterintuitively, the best way to investigate that question may not lie in counterintelligence or criminal conspiracy law.

May 6, 2017
Trump's supreme court pick

Trump’s Re-Election Campaign Is Already Spending Big

Even while some critics call for President Donald Trump’s impeachment and others debate whether he will just get bored and resign, the commander-in-chief and his supporters are brushing the haters aside and preparing to secure another four years in the White House. Super PACs backing the president have already spent $1 million on getting Trump re-elected in 2020, according to an analysis of federal campaign spending records published Friday by the Center for Public Integrity.

May 6, 2017

Fake News And The “Alt-Right” Are Pushing Forged Documents To Aid Marine Le Pen In France’s Election

Forged documents originating on 4chan alleging that French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron was evading taxes spread online thanks to an ecosystem that includes social media, “alt-right” outlets, and fake news purveyors. The campaign was seemingly aided by Russian-linked entities, and it subsequently reached Macron’s opponent, who aired the claim in a public debate. Macron is competing in a May 7 runoff against far-right candidate Marine Le Pen.

May 6, 2017

I May Go To Prison For A Year Because I Mocked Jeff Sessions

On May 1st, I stood on trial for having “greeted” Jeff Sessions in Congress before the start of his confirmation hearing in January. I was convicted along with my fellow activists, Lenny Bianchi and Desiree Fairooz. We each face up to $2,000 in fines,12 months in prison, or both. The sentencing will take place on June 21st. On the day of the confirmation hearing, my colleague, Lenny, and I were dressed up as Ku Klux Klan members, with our white hoods and robes designed to highlight Sessions’ racist history. My performance at the hearing was a parody, but the real joke has become the U.S. Justice Department.

May 6, 2017