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A Groundswell For Sanity

First, the entire White House is seized by vicious infighting over its inability to tell the truth about what it knew when concerning allegations of domestic violence against a top aide. It’s remarkable how sealed off from reality this self-involved snake pit has become. President Trump has ratified the maxim that a leader gets the staff he deserves.

February 16, 2018
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The Terrifying Danger Of Trump’s Deteriorating Mental Health

“We are not in a static situation,” Dr. John Gartner said, at a presentation on presidential mental health and nuclear weapons in Washington on Monday. “We are in a deteriorating situation. And every day that goes by we are at greater risk of total nuclear annihilation.”

February 16, 2018
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Fox News Refuses To Show Viewers Shooter’s Pro-Gun Photos

The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School claimed 17 lives and is the 18th school shooting this year alone, but Republicans are already signaling their intent to ignore the proliferation of guns, and blame everything else they can think of.

February 16, 2018

Trump Turns Farmers Into A Sacrifice

President Trump’s budget blueprint would only make things worse for U.S. agriculture. Trump’s hostility to trade deals has already inflicted damage on an economic sector highly dependent on exports. And that’s on top of his deficit-exploding tax bill and cranked-up federal spending, sure to make borrowing still more expensive.

February 15, 2018
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How James Mattis Struggles To Prevent War With North Korea

James Mattis has spent the past few months traveling the globe with Grant, Ron Chernow’s biography of Ulysses S. Grant. His heavily dog-eared copy details the mutual respect and affection shared between Grant, the top U.S. military leader during the Civil War, and his boss, President Abraham Lincoln.

February 15, 2018
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Trump’s Wacky Right-Wing ‘Blue Apron’ Scheme

The Trump White House’s newly proposed budget is (like all White House budget proposals) more of a political document than anything else. It has no actual bearing on how the government will spend its money, and Congress will almost certainly ignore it.

February 14, 2018
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The Unveiling Of The Obama Portraits Depicts What We Have Lost

The unveiling of portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama in the National Portrait Gallery Monday contrasted painfully with the images flowing out of the White House over the past week: a woman with a black eye inflicted by her former husband, a Trump staffer in good standing.

February 14, 2018
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Trump’s Budget Doubles Down On The Drug War

The Trump administration released its proposed Fiscal Year 2019 budget Monday, and it looks like a return to last century’s failed law-and-order drug war policies. While paying lip service to the nation’s opioid crisis, the administration shows its priorities by asking for more money for Trump’s quixotic border wall than to actually address opioids.

February 14, 2018
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Prosecutors Join Fight Against Trump By Running For Congress

Tired of the wild, reckless and partisan attacks that Trump and Republicans have been hurling against the FBI, a string of former prosecutors have come forward to run for Congress in hopes of unseating members of the GOP this year. One such candidate is Chris Hunter, a former FBI agent and federal prosecutor, running in Florida’s 12th District.

February 14, 2018
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FBI Director Destroys White House Lie About Domestic Abuse Scandal

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) asked Wray for a timeline of the FBI’s revelations to the White House about the domestic abuse allegations. While Wray said he was unable to reveal the content of those investigations, he confirmed that the FBI submitted a partial report to the White House in March and then a completed report in July.

February 14, 2018
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Trump’s Choice To Run Census Bureau Forced To Withdraw

According to a report by Mother Jones’ Ari Berman, Thomas Brunell — a Texas-based Republican who advocated for GOP gerrymandering in multiple states and wrote a book arguing against the merits of competitive elections — has removed his name from consideration to become the next deputy director of the U.S. Census Bureau.

February 13, 2018

Americans Are Dying Because They Can’t Afford Medicine

A 38-year-old second-grade teacher and mom in Texas died of the flu this week after she’d delayed picking up her prescription medication because couldn’t afford the $116 copay. By Friday night, Heather Holland’s condition had worsened and she was taken to the hospital. She died Sunday morning.

February 13, 2018
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Darkness At Nunes: Inside The House Intelligence Disaster

An assistant district attorney vying to oust Nunes from his California congressional seat, Janz said last week that his campaign war chest had more than tripled since Nunes announced he was releasing highly edited, Top Secret information to discredit the FBI and Justice Department investigations into “Russiagate.”

February 12, 2018
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Trump’s Pick To Head IRS Is An Expert At Tax Avoidance

You might think that a former IRS executive or a prosecutor with experience in tax cases or a state tax administrator or another person whose job is to look out for the interests of the taxpayers generally, not individual taxpayers, would be a logical choice. Not in Trumpland.

February 12, 2018

Trump’s Drug War Rhetoric Masks Inaction On Opioid Crisis

The omens are not good. In a pair of speeches this week, the president and his attorney general made some very menacing comments about drug policy. While their last-century drug warrior rhetoric has not, for the most part, translated into regressive, repressive drug policy prescriptions—yet—it’s probably not safe to assume that will continue to be the case.

February 12, 2018

Crime Is Down Drastically — But Americans Are More Fearful Than Ever

On the subject of crime, there is good news and bad. Reports by both the FBI and the Bureau of Justice Statistics show that crime has decreased in the past 25 years in the U.S. Violent crime fell between 48% and 74% since 1993, based on the agencies’ measures, respectively. Property crime has fallen sharply, too: the FBI estimates a drop of 48% between 1993 and 2016, and BJS reports 66%.

February 12, 2018

Why Russian Hacking Isn’t Biggest Threat To US Elections

Americans who care about democracy and voting should stop jumping to conclusions about Russians hunkered down in Moscow cyber-bunkers, and instead look at what’s happening on these shores as shoddy journalists and Silicon Valley’s content curators are doing Vladimir Putin’s work for him.

February 11, 2018

California Cops Found Aiding Neo-Nazis

After violence erupted in 2016 between neo-Nazi groups and anti-racist activists in Sacramento, the head of the white supremacist Traditionalist Worker Party went on a well-known racist radio program to gloat about the number of attacks his group had carried out.

February 11, 2018
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‘An Innocent Person Wouldn’t Block The Democrats’ Memo’

The move raises a host of questions about Donald Trump’s motives for declassifying the intelligence in the Republican memo but refusing to do so for the Democratic version of the memo, despite a unanimous vote by the bipartisan House Intelligence Committee in favor of publishing the second memo.

February 10, 2018
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Democrats Trump White House Infrastructure Plan With Their Own

Trump’s plan— set to be released Monday— is expected to call for just $200 billion in federal funds over the next ten years, with a majority of the $1.5 trillion plan to be funded through state, local, and private investments. During a Thursday press conference, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and the House Democratic Policy & Communications Committee revealed an infrastructure package separate from that of the Trump administration.

February 9, 2018

Tip Thievery, Codified — By Donald Trump

Fourteen years later, I could still write that column about tip jars in too many restaurants and party centers across the country. I know this because when I see a tip jar, I almost always ask an employee who gets to keep the money in it. I am long accustomed to that soft and often nervous response: Management either skims the tips or steals all of them.

February 9, 2018
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Exposing Our ‘Populist’ President As A Naked Plutocrat

Because even he knows that as a lifelong con-man, his voice takes on the tone of a snake-oil salesman when he starts exaggerating and prevaricating, so he reflexively tries to puff up his credibility with an extra dose of bluster: “No really, trust me, I never lie…” In fact, just in the past year, Trump’s documented whoppers rank him as the lyingest president in U.S. history. And that included Nixon!

February 9, 2018
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Trump’s Favorite General Is Imploding

Once, he was considered broadly by the press to be a nonpartisan steady hand who would clean up the White House and bring order to an administration that had none. But Kelly’s avid defense of Rob Porter following the story that he violently assaulted two ex-wives, and the subsequent controversy over what Kelly knew and when, has put his credibility and career on the line. The White House is in worse disarray than ever before.

February 9, 2018

Nancy Pelosi Just Showed She’s Dead Serious About Protecting Dreamers

With time running out, with her own team wavering and media attention wandering, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi did something no other Democrat would. She went to the mat for the Dreamers, the 2 million undocumented immigrant youth in danger of deportation.

February 9, 2018
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Trump Justice Department Debunks Uranium One ‘Scandal’

Days after the GOP’s now-infamous gotcha memo attacking the FBI became a punchline, and a week after the implosion of the GOP’s claim that a rogue “secret society” operating inside the FBI was trying to take down Trump, the party’s other major planned distraction — a Hillary Clinton gotcha story revived from 2015 — has now also been debunked.

February 8, 2018