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Saturday, March 25, 2017
Elections
DAPL, Dakota Access Pipeline

Is Purple America Vanishing As Americans Take More Fervent Partisan Stands?

If purple America has all but disappeared, as FiveThirtyEight.com posits, it means there’s less of a chance that opposition to draconian policies by Trump and the GOP will result in their eventual ouster from office. But if purple America is concentrated in the more populated stretches surrounding cities and regional hubs, it suggests that swaths of more independent voters could join a growing wave of opposition to Trump and this Congress.

March 22, 2017
Wisconsin recount

Elections Matter: How To Bring Blue State Energy To Winnable Red State Elections

In the meantime, Sister District encourages groups to use non-election time to follow groups like Indivisible for advice on meeting with their members of Congress, or focus on fighting for or against specific legislation or specific issues when there is not a campaign toward which they can direct their energy. The best part, she said, is that “I haven’t seen people let up with the growth and establishment of resistance groups… it’s not coming from the Democratic Party, but it is coming from groups like mine.”

March 21, 2017
Trump

Why We Shouldn’t Let Resentment Define Us

It’s a fallacy to believe progressives can fix America’s acrimony by changing their attitudes. I am all for reaching out. But it helps to have someone else reaching back.

March 13, 2017
FBI Director James Comey testifies before a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on the "Oversight of the State Department" in Washington U.S. July 7, 2016. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

How James Comey’s ‘October Surprise’ Doomed Hillary Clinton’s Candidacy

According to an analysis by a data firm that tracks the psychological elements below patterns of consumer behavior and moods, Donald Trump won the election the moment that James Comey reopened the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails.

March 11, 2017
Retired Gen. Michael Flynn attended White House intel briefings while working for foreign clients

Michael Flynn Finally Admits He Lobbied For Turkey During Trump Campaign

The assertion that the White House was unaware of Flynn’s lobbying activities raises questions of how carefully Trump’s advisers have been investigated for possible conflicts of interest in an administration beset by allegations of such conflicts — beginning with the president’s own businesses.

March 10, 2017
Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders Unveils Plan To Turn Red States Blue

Last Saturday, Sanders and former Ohio state senator Nina Turner rallied hundreds of Nissan factory workers for a March on Mississippi. On Monday, he’ll travel to McDowell County, West Virginia, one of the poorest counties in America, to speak at Mount View High School in Welch.

March 10, 2017
Obama

House Intel Committee Will Probe Trump’s Wiretap Accusation

Rep. Devin Nunes, a California Republican, said the claim would be part of the committee’s first open hearing on Russian meddling in the U.S. election, which is now set for March 20.

March 8, 2017
Rod Rosenstein, Trump, Russia Probe

Deputy Attorney General Nominee Resists Call For Special Prosecutor In Russia Probe

Rod Rosenstein, a top federal prosecutor nominated by President Trump to be deputy attorney general, testified that he was “not aware” of any reason he couldn’t oversee such a probe of Kremlin-led election interference.

March 8, 2017
Obama, Trump

Right-Wing Media Scramble To Recast Obama As Trump-Era Villain

Desperately searching for someone to blame for the generally chaotic start of Trump’s controversy-filled administration, the conservative media are refitting the former Democratic president as an all-powerful gremlin who’s to blame for Trump’s laundry list of political woes.

March 7, 2017
Trump

Why Does Trump Think Obama Spied On Him?

The allegation by a president of such serious subterfuge against a predecessor is likely unprecedented. The claim has reportedly been denied by the current head of the FBI James Comey, by a spokesperson for Obama, and by Obama’s former intelligence chief James Clapper.

March 6, 2017
Comey

James Comey Reportedly Asked DOJ To Debunk Trump Wiretapping Claims

The New York Times reports that Comey’s request was motivated by concern over the FBI’s credibility as well as the prospect of raised expectations among Trump critics that federal law enforcement has clear evidence of Trump team ties to Russian officials.

March 6, 2017
News, Newspapers

Thanks To Trump, Newspapers Matter Again

Amazingly, a number of papers are reporting that subscriptions are up since the November election. The Washington Post has even hung out the “Help Wanted” sign. Apparently, Donald Trump is good for business. Who knew?

March 6, 2017
Obama, Trump

Citing No Evidence, Trump Accuses Obama Of ‘Wire Tapping’ Trump Tower

President Donald Trump has accused his predecessor of “wire tapping” Trump Tower just before the presidential election. The allegations were made in a series of tweets on Saturday, but the president failed to provide any evidence supporting his claims.

March 4, 2017
Equal Rights

Why It’s Time To Revive The Equal Rights Amendment

If women were considered full equals, if they had the Constitution firmly behind them, the nation would not have seen fit to elect a man with heinously backward views of women.

March 4, 2017
Russia, Watergate

Russia-gate Began Like Watergate — With A Break-In That Few Noticed

If there were a starting point for the political turmoil around members of Donald Trump’s inner circle and their ties to Russia, it likely would be last June 15. On that day, news broke of a computer penetration. It seemed like a minor event, not unlike the famous political break-in 44 years earlier at the Watergate complex that became synonymous with political scandal.

March 4, 2017
Democrats struggling to stem the tide

From Protests To The Polls, Democrats Rebuild The Party Through Local Elections

The anti-Trump resistance faced the first of many post-Trump electoral tests this past week, with Democrats fighting for four state senate seats, one in Delaware and three in Connecticut.

March 3, 2017
Trump, Putin

#EndorseThis: Trump And Putin Celebrate Their ‘Friendversary’

Imagine if Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin were Facebook friends. What would their “friendversary” video look like? The Nix Bros, who are known for their political comedy videos, take this very question and turn it into reality with a downright hilarious, yet utterly terrifying, viral video.

March 3, 2017
Sergey Kislyak

How Did Sergey Kislyak Become The Hottest Meeting Ticket In Washington?

His diplomatic career has encompassed the Cold War, the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the inexorable-seeming rise of one Vladimir Putin. Now Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the United States, finds himself in a harsh and unwanted spotlight over contacts with Donald Trump’s campaign team.

March 3, 2017
Trump, Sessions, Russia, Special Prosecutor

Russian Election Interference Demands A Special Prosecutor

Certainly, we are in a hyper-partisan age. But does that mean partisans set aside every principle they ever held dear and watch democratic norms be destroyed just to protect a president from their party? Are institutional checks and balances meaningless?

March 3, 2017
Putin, Obama, Russia, Sanctions

How Obama Officials Fought To Preserve Evidence Of Russian Election Influence

Obama White House officials reportedly pursued a deliberate strategy aimed at preserving evidence of Russian election meddling for investigators to ensure this type of interference was not repeated.

March 2, 2017
micromanager Trump, Russian

Is Trump’s Russian Honeymoon Finally Over?

Some Russia-watchers question whether Moscow’s arm’s-length stance reflects a genuine change of heart over Trump, or is simply a bid to reduce growing attention being paid in Washington to the U.S. president’s eye-catching affinity with the autocratic Russian president, Vladimir Putin.

March 2, 2017
Voter ID laws, Texas

Justice Department Changes Position On Texas’ Discriminatory Voter ID Law

After arguing for nearly six years that Texas’ voter ID law intentionally discriminated against minorities, the Department of Justice — now overseen by Jeff Sessions — has informed the other plaintiffs in the case it has abandoned that position.

February 28, 2017
Russia, Putin, Trump, GOP

GOP Resists Calls For Independent Russia-Trump Probe

Most Republicans have either downplayed a need for an independent probe into Russia’s activities or rejected the idea entirely. Meanwhile, Democrats continue to call for greater urgency amid FBI investigations and in light of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ support for Donald Trump during the primary campaign.

February 27, 2017
Hansen, Delaware, Democrats

The Big Democratic Win Against Trumpism In Delaware

Democrats won back the majority in the Delaware state Senate by convincingly winning a suburban district in New Castle County. Democrat Stephanie Hansen beat Trump fanatic John Marino by a much wider margin than anyone expected.

February 27, 2017
DNC, Perez, Grassroots

New DNC Chair Perez Promises Renewed Focus On Grassroots

His goal as party chair, Perez said in his opening remarks, is “organize, organize, organize.” Like his fellow candidates, Perez emphasized the need for Democrats to contest races up and down the ballot and all around the country, from school board to Congress.

February 26, 2017