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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Trump’s Repeal Of DACA May Become GOP’s Worst Nightmare

Latinos have been mobilizing against Donald Trump since he launched his presidential campaign by smearing Mexicans with racist attacks. But his about-face on DACA, the program allowing 790,000 visa-less youths to attend school and work here, “cuts to the bone” and may push Latinos to reject the Republican Party for years to come.

September 7, 2017
Trump, Healthcare

Trump Being Warned By Advisers About Impeachment

As the 45th president deals with his stalled agenda, his sinking approval ratings and the investigations into his presidential campaign’s possible ties to Russia, White House advisers have reportedly been warning Trump about his potential political doom: the exhaustive impeachment process that could result in his removal from the Oval Office. And he isn’t doing himself many favors.

August 30, 2017
Donald Trump sues Nevada over early voting

More Than Half Of Republicans Would Support Postponing The 2020 Election: Poll

Despite the president’s record-low approval ratings, a majority of Republicans say they would be willing to postpone the 2020 election if Trump were to propose such a plan. According to the poll conducted by two academic authors and published in the Washington Post, 52 percent support the idea.

August 11, 2017
Trump Tax Returns

How Bush’s Presidency Paved The Way For Trump Trauma

As a public intellectual, playwright and longtime foundation executive, Colin Greer has a unique view on politics and grassroots-oriented change. Formerly a CUNY professor and an expert on education and immigration—he wrote The Great School Legend along with nine other books…

August 3, 2017
trump supporters

7 Pundits Who Spread The Myth Of Trump’s Working-Class Voter Base

Following Donald Trump’s ascent to the U.S. presidency, both liberal and conservative pundits and commentators have circulated a dangerous myth that the white working-class propelled Trump to the White House.

July 21, 2017
The media devoted more time to Clinton's emails

New Details Emerge Proving Trump Campaign And Russia Both Went After Online Clinton Supporters

Donald Trump’s campaign was working in parallel with Russian anti-Hillary Clinton propaganda efforts, although the specific nature of their cooperation has yet to emerge, according to new analyses connecting the dots between Russia’s theft of Democratic Party and Clinton campaign emails and Trump campaign social media messaging.

July 18, 2017
President-elect Trump

Who Is The Russian Lobbyist Who Met With Donald Trump Jr.?

When Donald Trump Jr., his brother-in-law and his father’s campaign chairman sat down with a Russian lawyer last June expecting to receive incriminating information about Hillary Clinton, the lawyer brought along a chatty Russian-born Washington lobbyist named Rinat Akhmetshin.

July 15, 2017

No, Colluding With A Hostile Foreign Power Is Not Normal “Opposition Research”

President Donald Trump and members of his administration have spent months describing as fake news reports on his ties to Russia and the allegations that the Russian government acted to aid his presidential campaign. They have remained steadfast amid a drumbeat of stories and even U.S. intelligence community findings about Russia, the election, and Trump’s staff.

July 14, 2017

Ten Experts Diagnose The Current State Of The Democratic Party

Pundits and pollsters by the dozens have weighed in on the failures of the party, which resulted in devastating losses to Republicans, affirmed the successes of the GOP’s rampant gerrymandering and continued the legislative and executive dominance across the country by conservatives in many states, some formerly blue ones.

July 13, 2017
Donald Trump sues Nevada over early voting

Why Voter Suppression Is Political Corruption

On Election Day last November, Gladys Harris, 66, of Milwaukee went to cast her vote for president of the United States. Harris had lost her driver’s license shortly before the election, but she was sure the process would go smoothly. After all, she is a U.S. citizen and brought her Social Security and Medicare cards, along with a county-issued bus pass with her photo to the polls to verify her identity. Still, Harris was denied the right to vote and turned away from the polls.

July 9, 2017
Politics, Top News, Congress, Memorial Day Recess, Highway Trust Fund, Budget, Voting, Partisanship, Infrastructure

Are Democrats Getting Serious About 2018?

The GOP saw its opportunities at the state level, and funded the Republican Governors Association and, for down-ballot, the Republican State Leadership Committee’s Future Majority Project through the first decade of this century. While national Democrats left state campaigns to fend for themselves in 2010, the RGA and RSLC invested big, and won big.

July 8, 2017
Donald Trump at final presidential debate

Trump Appoints Foxes To Guard Henhouse

In his latest attack on the ballot, Trump has appointed a so-called Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, mostly a claque of Trump cheerleaders whose job is to pretend that massive voter fraud prevented Trump from winning the popular vote. Inevitably, that lie will lead to recommendations that will lop thousands of Democratic-leaning voters off the rolls. Such tactics have been employed by Republicans for decades.

July 8, 2017

Experts See Big Flaws In Trump’s Plan To Detect Voter Fraud

Vice President Mike Pence’s office has confirmed the White House commission on voter fraud intends to run the state voter rolls it has requested against federal databases to check for potential fraudulent registration. Experts say the plan is certain to produce thousands of false positives that could distort the understanding of the potential for fraud, especially given the limited data states have agreed to turn over.

July 7, 2017
broken bicycle

A Polarized Public? No. A Polarizing System

Congress is so bogged down in conflict it can barely function. Presidents have found it’s easier to issue executive orders than win over legislators. Polarization has grown to the point that people in each party increasingly see the opposition as dangerous extremists.

July 6, 2017
Immigration, Terrorism

Why Trump’s ‘Voter Fraud’ Panel Demanded State Data

Many people who believe in expanding voting rights are marveling at the clumsy bid by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach for doing the one thing that was guaranteed to deeply offend almost every top state election official—demanding they fork over their detailed statewide voter files to create a national voter database

July 6, 2017

A Wisconsin Republican Looks Back With Regret At Voter ID And Redistricting Fights

Dale Schultz, a Republican, served in the Wisconsin Legislature for more than 30 years, from 1983 to 2015. His Senate district is located in south Wisconsin, much of it rural farmland. Schultz was considered a moderate, and so much of what happened in state politics near the end of his tenure dismayed him: partisan fights over the rights of unions, a gubernatorial recall election, and claims of partisan Republican gerrymandering that will now be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.

July 5, 2017

Attorney Group Says Kobach Violated Federal Law By Promoting Voter Commission

A national group of civil rights attorneys says that Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach may have violated a federal law by promoting his work on President Donald Trump’s voter commission on his campaign website. The Lawyers’ Committee Civil Rights Under Law, a nonprofit group founded in 1963 at the request of President John Kennedy as a way to safeguard civil rights, filed a Hatch Act complaint against Kobach on Monday with the Office of Special Counsel, an independent watchdog within the federal government.

July 4, 2017

Some In Georgia Question The 6th District Election Results

Jon Ossoff, the Democratic newcomer who ran against Republican former Secretary of State Karen Handel, won the absentee vote 64% to 36%. That vote was conducted on paper ballots that were mailed in and scanned on optical scanners. Ossoff also won the early voting 51% to 49%. Those results closely mirror recent polls that had him ahead by 1-3 points. In the highest of those polls, he was ahead by 7% with 5% undecided and a 4% margin of error.

July 3, 2017
Kris Kobach, Muslim Ban, Terrorism

Kansas SOS Kris Kobach Faces Pushback After Seeking To Grab Every State Voter File For Trump ‘Election Integrity’ Commission

On Wednesday, the GOP’s leading vote suppressor, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, used his appointment by President Trump to a federal commission on “election integrity” to send a letter to top state election officials requesting they turn over their statewide voter files—including public information like names, addresses and political party and private information like Social Security numbers and voters’ status as active or inactive.

July 1, 2017
Trump, Voter Fraud

Presidential Commission Demands Massive Amounts Of State Voter Data

A commission created by President Donald Trump to enhance confidence in America’s elections has asked all 50 states for copies of their voter records which often include names, addresses and ages. The commission has said it intends to make the information widely available.

June 30, 2017

Sanders’ Our Revolution To Be Run By Nina Turner

“We are continuing to feel the Bern,” Turner said in a video released with Thursday’s announcement. “And we are doing this, not just for ourselves, but for generations yet unborn. It was President Nelson Mandela who once said, ‘It always seems impossible until it is done.’ I want you to take those words as the foundation point for all the great things we will do together.”

June 30, 2017
Politics, Top News, Congress, Memorial Day Recess, Highway Trust Fund, Budget, Voting, Partisanship, Infrastructure

Democrats Need To Shake Their Depression

Democrats badly need a little cognitive therapy to challenge negative patterns of thought. So they lost special elections in South Carolina, Kansas, Georgia and Montana. These were all conservative strongholds. Suppose Republicans had just failed to win in California, Massachusetts, New York and Washington. Would anyone have deemed such outcomes an omen of doom?

June 27, 2017

Al Franken Chides The Democratic Party: ‘We Gotta Stop Riding In Limousines’

“We’re talking about completely going backward,” the Minnesota Democrat said in a “Morning Joe” interview Monday. “We’re talking about an $880 billion cut [to] Medicaid and matching that with a $900 billion tax cut for the wealthiest Americans.” As a member of the Senate Health Committee and co-chair of the bipartisan Senate Rural Health Caucus, Franken regularly participates in town halls devoted to health care access for Minnesotans.

June 27, 2017

Could This Iron Worker And Union Organizer Unseat Paul Ryan In 2018?

“This is repealing and replacing Obamacare, everybody doesn’t get what they want,” Ryan opines in the ad before he’s interrupted by Randy Bryce, a Wisconsin ironworker, military veteran and union organizer placing health care at the center of his platform.

June 24, 2017

Neo-Nazis Join With Pro-Russian Forces In Germany

So it’s no surprise that pro-Kremlin propaganda outlets and activists are trying to disrupt the German election in September; so-called “fake news” is considered such a threat there that the government is cracking down on it in law. But what is surprising, according to an analysis by the Atlantic Council, are the alarming new alliances being formed to distribute propaganda to German internet users.

June 24, 2017