Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.
Thursday, February 23, 2017
National News
Japanese Internment

Fear Led Us To Intern Japanese Americans. Who’s Next?

As many of us forget the story of Japanese internment, we also forget its moral: how fear can interdict reason, make you lash out with hatred at harmless people. Thus, some of us cheered recently when a new executive order was signed and our airports turned to chaos. Some of us echoed McCloy: “the Constitution is just a scrap of paper to me.”

February 23, 2017
Women's March protest signs

Trump’s Misogyny Takes Its Toll On Women

Although many activists had assumed voters would reject a nominee caught boasting on tape about grabbing female genitalia, Trump’s victory signaled a disturbing public acceptance of such retrograde behavior. His actions since then have generated growing fear that the Trump administration heralds a return to the policies—and the predations—of the past.

February 22, 2017
McConnell

Republican-Friendly Audience To McConnell: ‘Do Your Job’

At one point, a frustrated audience member implored him: “Answer the question Mitch!” after he offered a curt answer to a woman asking about lost coal jobs in eastern Kentucky. As he began leaving the event, escorted by state and local law enforcement, a few in the crowd booed. Someone shouted “Do your job!”

February 22, 2017
Carson, Trump, Colber

#EndorseThis: Ben Carson Finds The True Meaning Of HUD

In a rambling speech he spoke about “special” Ben Carson, tasked with the difficult job of finding the esoteric significance of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. “Yes, I believe Ben Carson will find the true meaning of HUD,” Colbert said gleefully on Tuesday’s Late Show, “just like in the beloved children’s story How the Grinch Stole Housing.”

February 22, 2017
Yiannopoulos

Yiannopoulos Debacle Tells Us Some Terrible Truths About The Right

At every turn, the right has lauded Yiannopoulos as a free-speech hero, while disregarding his attacks on the most vulnerable of targets. But with bad PR and profit losses on the table, the entities that were so ready to sign up with Yiannopoulos are pretending to be surprised an awful person turned out to be exactly what he seemed.

February 22, 2017
Florida Gov. Scott addresses an economic summit in Orlando

The Fight Over Enterprise Florida Is A Power Play With Millions At Stake

Florida Gov. Rick Scott says the resistance to Enterprise Florida is an attack on business, while Speaker Richard Corcoran says it’s an attack on government waste. At stake is at least $85 million of state money, which most Floridians would rather not gamble on another Digital Domain.

February 22, 2017
Michael Moore, Anti-Trump

Resisting Trump Is Easy With Michael Moore’s 10-Point Plan

Moore recently unleashed “The Michael Moore Easy-to-Follow 10-Point Plan to Stop Trump,” which contains Moore’s list of tactics for resisters all over the country to take on. Part of Moore’s plan is to take over the Democratic Party, which means to him getting Congressman Keith Ellison elected to head the DNC when it meets this Saturday, February 25.

February 22, 2017
Planned Parenthood

Judge Blocks Texas Plan To Cut Planned Parenthood Medicaid Funds

U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks said state health officials “likely acted to disenroll qualified health care providers from Medicaid without cause.” He said the preliminary injunction will preserve the court’s ability to render a meaningful decision on the case’s merits.

February 21, 2017
Planned Parenthood

Virginia Governor Vetoes Bill Defunding Planned Parenthood

The bill passed by the Republican-controlled legislature would have barred the state from providing funds to clinics that perform abortions not covered by Medicaid, the federal healthcare program for the poor. McAuliffe, a Democrat, said the measure would harm thousands of Virginians who relied on Planned Parenthood healthcare services and programs.

February 21, 2017
Anti-Semitic, Trump

Trump Issues First Public Condemnation Of Anti-Semitic Incidents

The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect in New York, which has criticized the Trump administration repeatedly over anti-Semitism, said his comments were too little too late. “The president’s sudden acknowledgement is a Band-Aid on the cancer of anti-Semitism that has infected his own administration,” Steven Goldstein, the group’s executive director, said in a statement.

February 21, 2017
Milo Yiannopoulos

Milo Yiannopoulos Silenced: Provocateur Resigns From Breitbart

Given that Breitbart is a sewer with no standards, Yiannopoulos leaving would suggest that the website, amid a major advertiser boycott, has finally found a limit to the bad press it is willing to tolerate from one of its biggest stars.

February 21, 2017
Canada, Refugees

Facing An Uncertain Future In Trump’s America, Refugees Flee U.S. For Canada

Canadian police said on Monday they had bolstered their presence at the Quebec border and that border authorities had created a temporary refugee center to process a growing number of asylum seekers crossing from the United States. Last month, 452 people made claims in Quebec compared with 137 in January 2016, the agency said.

February 21, 2017
Trump, Media

Trump Has The Media Crying All The Way To The Bank

Trump may bash the traditional media to please his base of die-hards, but the anti-Trump base is a lot bigger — and it’s growing. It’s also affluent. And one way to resist is to buy what Trump condemns. Legacy media are biting back, and that, it turns out, is good both for the news and for business.

February 21, 2017
Social Media, Trump

How Social Media Stars Are Fighting For The Left

Since the election, social media stars have joined the Women’s March and protested Trump’s policies and executive orders. But their activism is also perilous. These entrepreneurial content creators not only risk offending their fans, but may also lose advertising revenue and brand sponsors as a result of their activism.

February 21, 2017
JCC, Jewish Community Centers

Jewish Centers Report Bomb Threats Across U.S.

Some 11 centers including those in the Houston, Chicago, and Milwaukee areas received phoned-in bomb threats that were later determined to be hoaxes. Monday’s incidents come after three waves of bomb threats in 2017. In all, 69 incidents at 54 JCCs in 27 states and one Canadian province have been reported, according to the JCC Association of North America.

February 21, 2017
Yiannopoulos

CPAC Rescinds Yiannopoulos’ Invite Following Pedophilia Comments

“We continue to believe that CPAC is a constructive forum for controversies and disagreements among conservatives, however there is no disagreement among our attendees on the evils of sexual abuse of children,” Matt Schlapp, president of the American Conservative Union, the event’s organizer, said in a statement, as reported by CNN.

February 20, 2017
Trump, White House, Bannon

White House Denies Any Collusion Between The Trump Campaign And Russia

White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus flatly denied Sunday that the two camps colluded during the 2016 presidential campaign. Priebus also insisted that ousted national security advisor Mike Flynn had done nothing illegal in discussing sanctions against Russia with the country’s ambassador to Washington prior to Trump’s inauguration, and batted aside questions about disorder and disarray in the White House.

February 20, 2017
Yiannopoulos

Alt-Right Troll Milo Yiannopoulos Slammed For Defending Pedophilia

Milo Yiannopoulos was seen normalizing pedophilia in a video that includes an interview with comedian Joe Rogan in 2015 where he had discussed his sexual relationship with “Father Michael,” which he allegedly had when he was 14. In the interview Milo is seen asking Rogan “So you’re saying you’ve never seen a 15-year-old girl, at any point in your life, that you thought was hot?”

February 20, 2017
Trump

Can Liberals Learn To Love The Trump Voter?

It is possible—and necessary—to loudly condemn the racism essential to Trump’s rise, the racism his voters articulated and countenanced, while simultaneously building a broad political movement that targets if not those very voters, then ones very much like them who stayed home on election day. However, doing so requires abandoning the most comforting liberal narratives about the right and its supporters.

February 20, 2017
Immigrants, United States

If You Love The United States, Thank An Immigrant

It’s a commonplace to say immigrants built this nation. They settled the prairies and dug the canals and laid the rails and mined the coal and worked in the steel mills and factories and slaughterhouses that made America rich. They continue to contribute a great deal at all levels of the economy. We can continue to enjoy this benefit, while clearing up the murk that is American immigration policy.

February 20, 2017
Trump, Vacations

Trump’s Travel Will Cost Hundreds Of Millions More Than Obama’s

Already Trump, who was vocally critical of Obama’s frequent vacations, is set to outspend the former president on his travel by a long shot. His three Mar-a-Lago trips since Inauguration Day have cost the federal treasury an estimated $10 million. By that estimate, Trump’s travel will likely cost hundreds of millions more than Obama’s did. The former president’s travel expenses over eight years totaled an estimated $90 million.

February 19, 2017
GOP, Republicans, Rand Paul

5 Republican Disgraces You Missed This Week

From the preening “mavericks” to the proud white supremacists, the GOP is entirely complicit in the horrors of the Trump administration. Every unconstitutional executive order, every denigration of the country’s citizenry and press comes with the party’s seal of approval. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell may not like what the president is saying, but he likes what he’s doing.

February 19, 2017
Abortion, Texas

Texas Legislators Double Down On Next Abortion Fight

Eight months after the Supreme Court struck down abortion restrictions in Texas, state legislators appear to be doubling down in a renewed effort to make the procedure difficult, and ultimately impossible, to obtain. On Wednesday, the Texas Senate Committee on Health and Human Services held a public hearing in Austin on three bills—SB 8, SB 258, and SB 415—all of which were filed by male representatives.

February 19, 2017
Trump Tweets

Trump’s Tweets Trade On Supporters’ Anger

Trump’s tweets show his supporters what he is thinking, directly and unvarnished. Less well appreciated, but apparent in our research based on new polling, is how Trump’s anger and its targets are quickly adopted and internalized by large numbers of his followers. What he says, they say. What he believes, they believe.

February 19, 2017
Abortion

Norma McCorvey, Plaintiff In Roe v. Wade Abortion Ruling, Dies At 69

Norma McCorvey, the anonymous plaintiff known as “Jane Roe” in the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing abortion, died on Saturday at the age of 69, a journalist close to McCorvey said. McCorvey lent her real name to supporters of the abortion-rights movement in the 1980s. However, she did an about-face and later spoke out on behalf of anti-abortion campaigners.

February 19, 2017