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Saturday, October 21, 2017
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Former AG Holder Warns Against Sessions’ New Drug War

Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s stance on crime, sentencing, private prisons and drugs is “disappointing, dispiriting and ultimately dangerous,” Holder told a crowd of law enforcement leaders from around the country who had gathered in Washington, D.C., according to The Hill.

October 21, 2017
Gorsuch filibuster

Gorsuch Already Broadly Disliked By Top Court Colleagues

Long after his presidency is over and Trump has finally shuffled off this mortal coil, Neil Gorsuch will likely still be sitting on the Supreme Court, much to the delight of American conservatives. Gorsuch’s fellow Supreme Court justices do not appear to share their glee.

October 21, 2017
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Fox’s Tucker Carlson Is Mad About An Undocumented Teen Paying For Her Own Abortion

Fox News host Tucker Carlson and guest Kristan Hawkins, president of the anti-abortion group Students for Life of America (SFLA), on Wednesday repeated the right-wing myth of so-called “taxpayer-funded abortion,” alleging that a recent judicial ruling requires taxpayers to pay for abortions for undocumented immigrants.

October 20, 2017
white supremacists

Racist, Violent, Unpunished: A White Hate Group’s Campaign Of Menace

About two dozen white supremacists — many equipped with helmets and wooden shields — were battling with a handful of counter-protesters, most of them African American. One white man dove into the violence with particular zeal. Using his fists and feet, the man attacked one person after another.

October 20, 2017
Guns, Second Amendment Rights, Laws, Shootings, Online Shopping, Weapons Ban

Another Way To Banish The Bump Stock

The killer in the Las Vegas massacre did something no previous mass shooter is known to have done: He equipped semiautomatic rifles with a “bump stock,” which allowed them to fire roughly as fast as a machine gun. Even some Republicans in Congress are willing to consider banning the device.

October 20, 2017
Kellyanne Conway

Trump Campaign Staff Promoted Russian Trolling

Multiple members of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, including Donald Trump Jr., campaign manager Kellyanne Conway and other staffers circulated tweets by professional trolls on the payroll of the Russian government, according to a startling new report from the Daily Beast.

October 20, 2017
Sessions

Sessions Again Refuses To Answer Questions About His Talks With Trump Before Comey Firing

Attorney General Jeff Sessions told a Senate panel Wednesday that he would not answer questions about his conversations with President Donald Trump leading up to the firing of former FBI Director James B. Comey, saying he considered them confidential.

October 19, 2017

It’s A Fact: Supreme Court Errors Aren’t Hard To Find

In 2007, a group of California Institute of Technology scientists working at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory filed suit against the venerated space agency. Many of the scientists had worked on NASA missions and research for years as outside employees.

October 18, 2017
Mar-a-Lago

The White House Says It Doesn’t Keep A List Of Mar-a-Lago Visitors. Experts And Visitors Are Skeptical.

Last month, the Trump administration said it could not comply with a court order to disclose the names of people who met with the president at Mar-a-Lago in part because they do “not maintain any system for keeping track” of them.

October 17, 2017

Former ‘Apprentice’ Star Subpoenas Trump Campaign

A former Apprentice contestant who alleges Donald Trump groped her has subpoenaed his campaign team for documents about “any woman alleging that Donald J. Trump touched her inappropriately.” Summer Zervos said Trump had attempted to kiss and touch her in 2007, making her accusation public in October 2016. Trump called the allegations a lie, which led Zervos to file a defamation lawsuit against Trump.

October 16, 2017

Trump Declares War On The Constitution

Donald Trump is to conservatism as SpaghettiOs are to Italian food: a distant, crude and almost unrecognizable cousin. But last year, many conservatives who had trouble rationalizing a vote for Donald Trump settled on one decisive reason. Justices appointed by President Hillary Clinton, they said, could not be trusted to faithfully follow the Constitution.

October 16, 2017
Harvey Weinstein expelled by Oscars Academy statement

Harvey Weinstein Expelled By Oscars Academy: Statement

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has expelled Harvey Weinstein, it said on Saturday, amid mounting sexual harassment, assault and rape accusations against the disgraced Hollywood mogul. An emergency meeting of its board “voted well in excess of the required two-thirds majority,” it said in a statement.

October 15, 2017

Our Free Press Endured Worse Than Trump — And Triumphed

Now we live in a time when the 45th president insults and threatens the press as his daily bread. The press has taken his verbal abuse on the chin. On Donald Trump’s first full day in office, he called the press his “enemy” at the CIA. In a Nixonian move, Trump just tweeted that NBC’s license might be revoked for a report on enlarging the nuclear arsenal. Yet Nixon hated the press privately. Trump is poisoning the public well of ink and airwaves.

October 15, 2017
Deranged Trump, Right-Wing

Is The 25th Amendment A Solution To Trump Madness?

The 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides for the succession of power when the president is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.” It empowers the vice president and a majority of the Cabinet to remove an incapable president, over his objections, with the approval of two-thirds of both houses of Congress.

October 15, 2017

Where Is Disney’s Outrage About Pat Robertson?

In the wake of the Las Vegas shooting earlier this month, which killed 59 people and left more than 500 injured, televangelist Pat Robertson blamed the massacre on Americans’ disrespect for Donald Trump.

October 14, 2017

Bayou Sheriff: ‘Good’ Prisoners Make Great Slaves

Steve Prator, a Louisiana sheriff, unintentionally admitted that prison is the new slavery during a press conference earlier this week. The Caddo Parish official lamented that nonviolent offenders are being released from jails because the prison “can work” those inmates for free or next to nothing, saving money and profiting off their labor.

October 13, 2017

Mass Murderers Should Be Deprived Of Fame

On Oct. 1, a 64-year-old Nevada man opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers from a high-rise hotel in Las Vegas, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds. If you don’t know his name, you can easily find it online, in print or on TV. But you won’t learn it from this column. Notoriety may have been what he was after in methodically plotting the slaughter.

October 12, 2017

House Democrats Push For Tougher Oversight Of Regulators’ Conflicts Of Interest

A bill was introduced following reports by ProPublica and The New York Times that disclosed the industry ties of Trump officials tasked with loosening rules covering the workplace, consumer protection and the environment.

October 12, 2017
AR-15 rifles line a shelf in the gun library at the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms National Tracing Center in Martinsburg, West Virginia December 15, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Why America Is Desperately Trying to Understand The Vegas Shooter’s Motives

In Las Vegas, the forensic postmortem on the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history stands at two out of three. Means? Check. Opportunity? Check. But unless new evidence turns up, the killer’s motive is a black box.

October 12, 2017
Donald Trump, Jr.

Don Jr. Is Giving Speeches For $100,000 A Pop

Donald Trump Jr. reportedly raked in $100,000 for a speech he gave at Faulkner University in Alabama on Thursday, according to Newsweek. The outlet also reports that the president’s son will receive a six-digit honorarium, along with $5,000 in food and travel, for an upcoming appearance at the University of North Texas.

October 9, 2017

America Creates Industry To Clean Up Massacres

But something made this story stand out. It was the professionalism of those hired to deal with such calamities. The police who went after the gunman while managing the chaos below. The emergency medical workers removing the wounded from the carnage, not knowing whether the shooting had stopped. The hospital workers putting in multiple shifts while deftly handling the crush of causalities.

October 5, 2017

Gun Lobby’s Favorite Expert Sees Las Vegas Massacre Claims Fall Apart

Following a mass shooting sniper attack on a Las Vegas country music concert that left 59 dead and more than 500 people wounded, Lott — a go-to source for conservative misinformation about gun violence following high-profile shootings — published an opinion piece at FoxNews.com comparing machine gun attacks in Europe versus the United States.

October 5, 2017
Trump, Enemy

Senate Panel Has Not Concluded Whether Trump Campaign Colluded With Russia

The Senate Intelligence Committee has not reached a conclusion whether the Trump campaign cooperated with Moscow during the 2016 election, the panel’s leaders said Wednesday, distancing themselves from President Donald Trump’s claim that the issue is a “hoax.”

October 5, 2017
Ivanka Trump JR

Ivanka And Donald Trump Jr. Were Close To Being Charged With Felony Fraud

In the spring of 2012, Donald Trump’s two eldest children, Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr., found themselves in a precarious legal position. For two years, prosecutors in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office had been building a criminal case against them for misleading prospective buyers of units in the Trump SoHo, a hotel and condo development that was failing to sell.

October 4, 2017
Robert Mueller

Four Keys To Mueller’s Investigation Of Trump

Special prosecutor Robert Mueller and his team have a big advantage in the Washington debate about the story of the Trump campaign and the Russian government: a wellspring of new evidence gathered by the FBI and the NSA, with warrants approved by the federal courts.

October 3, 2017