Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Headlines
SD meets with Missouri governor

Missouri Senate Race Turns Against GOP Over Scandals

Republicans’ political fortunes have taken a turn in Missouri. GOP officials in the state are panicking over the fiasco surrounding Gov. Eric Greitens. And polls show their commanding lead over Democrat Sen. Claire McCaskill in Missouri’s U.S. Senate race has reversed.

April 24, 2018

Sen. Hatch Encourages Trump Attacks On Justice Department

Republicans have consistently allowed Trump to threaten the officials investigating him with impunity, but one GOP senator has now gone so far as to say that Trump has the right to do so. On Monday morning, the Undercurrent published video of producer Lauren Windsor questioning Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) in the halls of Congress last week.

April 24, 2018
Laura_Ingraham_by_Gage_Skidmore_(16489846918)

Employee Sues Fox’s Ingraham For Pregnancy Discrimination

Wilson’s is the latest of multiple lawsuits alleging either discrimination or harassment at the hands of Fox News or Fox Business personalities. In 2016, the network infamously lost its founder, Roger Ailes, after former Fox host Gretchen Carlson sued him for sexual harassment, prompting many more women to come forward with their stories.

April 23, 2018
Trump, Kellyanne Conway

Asked About Trump Tweets, Kellyanne Conway Lashes Out

Kellyanne Conway threw a tantrum of her own when asked to explain Trump’s latest Twitter tirades. And she wound up making a devastating point against her boss. Trump posted a series of panicky tweets Saturday morning, fretting about the prospect of his personal attorney “flipping” on him. On CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday morning, host Dana Bash asked Conway to explain the tweets.

April 23, 2018
Trump, Press, White House

Trump’s Dangerous Ignorance About North Korea Negotiations

It was bad enough that Trump falsely claimed that North Korea had promised to “denuclearize” ahead of the upcoming summit. But when asked about it later, White House legislative affairs director Marc Short didn’t even know what the word meant.

April 23, 2018
Roger Stone

Roger Stone Says Trump Treats Cohen ‘Like Garbage’

Roger Stone said President Donald Trump treats his attorney Michael Cohen like “garbage,” according to a new report from the New York Times. The report says that Cohen and Trump have a much more unpleasant relationship than one might assume, suggesting that the attorney may have good reason to turn on the president.

April 22, 2018
Trump, Right-Wing

Smaller Than Ever: Trump Bans Democrats From First State Dinner

On Tuesday, Trump will host French President Emmanuel Macron at the White House. But unlike his two immediate predecessors, he hasn’t invited any congressional members of the Democratic Party to attend, including leaders like Rep. Nancy Pelosi or Sen. Chuck Schumer. He has also excluded members of the media.

April 22, 2018
Michael Cohen

Fearful Trump Flips Out Over Potential Cohen Flip

In a panicked Twitter tirade Saturday morning, Trump publicly admitted his fear that his personal fixer Michael Cohen is revealing his secrets to federal investigators. Trump could’ve asserted that he had done nothing wrong that would be of interest to the investigation of his presidential campaign. Instead, he attacked New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman.

April 22, 2018
Kris Kobach, Muslim Ban, Terrorism

Republican Kobach Lashes Out Childishly At Student Gun Protesters

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach lashed out at a group of students protesting against gun violence Friday, telling them to “stay in class” and study the Second Amendment. Kobach made the remarks Friday morning, as tens of thousands of students streamed out of their classrooms as part of a National School Walkout to demand action on gun violence.

April 22, 2018
Press and Donald Trump

A Short History Of Threats Against Trump’s Opponents

When Stormy Daniels spoke to “60 Minutes” last month, the porn actress described a threat she received years ago after speaking to a journalist about her alleged affair with Donald Trump. A stranger approached her in a parking lot in Las Vegas. Daniels was there with her baby daughter. “Leave Trump alone,” Daniels recalled the man warning her. “That’s a beautiful little girl. It’d be a shame if something happened to her mom.”

April 21, 2018
Russian President Putin attends forum and answers media's questions

Russia Boasts Of Dictating Boundaries On Syria Strikes

Never passing up a chance to make Trump look weak on the world stage, the Kremlin on Friday stressed that when it came to last week’s U.S.-led missile strikes on Syria, Russia dictated what bombing sights were off limits. If true, the revelation makes a mockery of Trump’s attempt at get-tough rhetoric about Russia in the days leading up to the strikes.

April 21, 2018
Trump, Voter Fraud

Trump Campaign Lashes Out Over DNC Collusion Lawsuit

After the Democratic National Committee announced a lawsuit Friday against WikiLeaks, the Russian government and President Donald Trump’s campaign alleging a conspiracy, a spokesman for the Trump campaign dismissed the legal effort as a “scam.”

April 21, 2018
trump campaign finance

In Red Arizona, Disdain For Trump May Elect Democratic Senator

According to OH Predictive Insights/ABC15, Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema trounces all three major GOP competitors in the race to fill retiring Republican Jeff Flake’s Senate seat. She leads Rep. Martha McSally 48 to 42, former state Sen. Kelli Ward 50 to 40, and disgraced ex-Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio 59 to 33.

April 20, 2018

McConnell Suspected Of Partisan Abuse Of Power (Again)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is no longer confident he can keep his GOP majority this fall. It’s apparently so bad, he’s resorting a desperate Hail Mary tactic: keeping the Senate open so long that red-state Democrats will be trapped in Washington and unable to go home to campaign for re-election.

April 20, 2018
tax

Quarterly Fundraising Adds Up To GOP Catastrophe

“Thanks to a map that puts more Democratic than Republican seats at risk, our party will still cling to control of the Senate, but GOP House members lack insulation: They will crawl out from the smoking rubble of a 40- to 50-seat pounding to find they have lost their majority,” writes longtime GOP operative Alex Castellanos.

April 20, 2018
Mike Pence, Obamacare, ACA

Are Pence And Haley Plotting To Dump Trump?

Jordan Fabian, a correspondent for The Hill, wrote Wednesday night: “[Some] say anyone suggesting that Pence, Haley and their subordinates are plotting a political future together are simply trying to cause problems and divide Trump from Haley.”

April 20, 2018
Trump, Obamacare, Congress

After Caving On Sanctions, Trump Says He’s ‘Tough’ On Russia

Trump reiterated his claim on Wednesday that “there has been nobody tougher than me” on Russia, just days after he publicly undermined his own administration’s plan to impose additional sanctions on Russia. Trump made the remarks at the end of a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday evening.

April 19, 2018
Immigration, Terrorism

Trump’s Vote Suppressor Hit With Contempt, Legal Fees

Trump’s voter suppression czar Kris Kobach just got hit with a double whammy in federal court. Republican U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson found the Kansas secretary of state in contempt of court for failing to comply with her 2016 preliminary injunction against his voter ID scheme. And on top of that, she directed him to pay the ACLU’s legal fees stemming from the organization’s motion filing.

April 19, 2018
equality

Female Challengers Outpace GOP Incumbents In Money Race

More than 40 House Democratic candidates outraised Republican incumbents in the first quarter of 2018, according to the Cook Political Report. Half of those 40 Democrats are women. From deep red districts to Democratic strongholds and everywhere in between, women are outpacing Republican congressmen in fundraising, sometimes by two-to-one margins.

April 19, 2018
Davos

CNN: White House Assured Russians Of No New Sanctions

A Russian embassy spokeswoman told CNN Wednesday that the White House explicitly informed the Russian officials that it would not be issuing new sanctions against the country this week, despite U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley’s announcement over the weekend.

April 19, 2018

Ted Cruz Is In Denial As Texas Race Tightens

There’s more bad news for Ted Cruz in his effort to hang onto his Senate seat. A new shock poll released by Quinnipiac on Tuesday revealed that the Texas race is suddenly neck and neck. Cruz is up by just 47 to 44 percent over his challenger, Democratic El Paso Rep. Beto O’Rourke.

April 19, 2018
alexjones-conspiracies

Sandy Hook Parents Sue Alex Jones For Defamation

Jones has said the shooting has “inside job written all over it,” called it “synthetic, completely fake, with actors, in my view, manufactured,” claimed “the whole thing was fake,” said it was “staged,” called it a “giant hoax,” suggested that some victims’ parents lied about seeing their dead children, and pushed other toxic conspiracy theories…

April 18, 2018
White House anti-Semitism

White House Downplays Trump Ties With Cohen

While Trump attorney Michael Cohen fights to block evidence seized during an FBI raid of his office, Trump’s chief spokesperson, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, is trying, absurdly, to downplay the attorney-client relationship. During a press gaggle aboard Air Force One en route to Florida on Monday, the White House press secretary was asked if Cohen is still Trump’s personal lawyer.

April 18, 2018
donald trump's 2016 presidential campaign

Trump’s Mar-A-Lago ‘Informercial’ Mars Japanese Leader’s Visit

The estate was not built as a “southern White House,” but as a private mansion. It was bequeathed to the U.S. government by Marjorie Post 50 years after it was constructed. It became a private club after President Jimmy Carter returned the property to the Post Foundation.

April 18, 2018
Sad Trump Bad Week

New Gallup Poll Shows Disdain For Tax Cut Bill

The tax scam championed by Republicans is doing exactly what critics warned: showering the wealthy with deficit-financed tax breaks, while leaving workers and the American middle class behind. The latest Gallup poll confirms, once again, a majority of Americans disapprove of the GOP tax bill.

April 18, 2018