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Trump, Obama

How Trump Embodies The Right-Wing Media’s Caricature Of Obama: Lazy, Secretive, And Corrupt

Overall, the taxpayer expenses for Trump’s domestic travels, including his golf trips to Florida, have been staggering: $20 million in less than three months, a clip that would add up to $80 million a year. As CNN recently reported, Trump’s outings are “putting the president on pace in his first year of office to surpass former President Barack Obama’s spending on travel for his entire eight years.”

April 19, 2017
Fox News Napolitano picked up British wiretap tale from Russia Today

Report Confirms Fox News’ Napolitano Repeated Russian Media For His British Intelligence Conspiracy Theory

The New York Times has confirmed that Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano sourced his false allegation that former President Barack Obama asked British intelligence to spy on President Donald Trump to a discredited former CIA analyst. This analyst, Larry C. Johnson, floated the conspiracy theory on the Russian state-sponsored news network RT on March 6, the week after Trump’s original accusation that Obama was responsible for an illegal wiretap.

March 18, 2017
U.S. President Barack Obama laughs while joking about Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's personal brand of wine as he delivers remarks to supporters at a Democratic National Committee (DNC) event at Gilley's Club in Dallas, Texas March 12, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

House Intelligence Chiefs Say There’s No Evidence Obama Wiretapped Trump

“We don’t have any evidence that took place and, in fact, I don’t believe — just in the last week of time, the people we’ve talked to — I don’t think there was an actual tap of Trump Tower,” said House Intelligence Committee chair Devin Nunes (R-CA).

March 16, 2017
Gavin Grimm, Transgender Rights

Supreme Court Puts Off Ruling On Rights Of Transgender Students

The justices asked an appeals court in Virginia to reconsider the case of Gavin Grimm, a transgender boy who was denied the right to use the boys’ restroom in his high school.

March 7, 2017
Fox News Napolitano picked up British wiretap tale from Russia Today

Trump Knew For Weeks That Flynn Had Misled The White House

According to White House spokesman Sean Spicer, President Trump was informed in late January that Flynn had not told Vice President Mike Pence the whole truth about conversations he had with Russia’s ambassador to the United States before Trump took office.

February 14, 2017
K Street, Trump, Lobbyist, Ethics

Trump’s Watered-Down Ethics Rules Allow Lobbyists To Run The Swamp

As a candidate, Trump regularly railed against lobbyists and led crowds in chants of “Drain the swamp!” But as president, Trump signed an executive order that weakened significant aspects of the Obama ethics policy, including scrapping a ban on lobbyists joining agencies they had recently lobbied.

February 12, 2017
Trump, Alternative Facts, Lies

‘Alternative Facts’ And Trump’s Running War With The Truth

If we cannot trust these people to tell us the truth on minor matters that can be easily checked, what confidence can we have that they will be square with us on substantive matters where the truth is not a Google search away? What confidence can our allies and adversaries have? The answer is, none. That should scare you.

January 26, 2017
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

King’s Optimism Is Tonic For These Parlous Times

Progressives don’t have the luxury of merely singing the old hymns or citing the old speeches. There are battles to fight to preserve hard-won gains. Martin Luther King was no naive dreamer. But he always believed in an America that was better than the one in which he lived.

January 6, 2017
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump delivers a speech during a campaign event at the Trump Soho Hotel in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., June 22, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Trump Coverage Should Reflect That He Is Historically Unpopular

Donald Trump’s a wildly unpopular political figure, yet the press continues to gloss over that fact while granting him soft coverage. In terms of polling data, there’s virtually no good news for Trump. The results generally point in the same direction: He’s widely disliked and inspires little confidence in his presidential abilities.

January 3, 2017
U.N., Gaza, U.S., Israeli

U.S. Abstention Paves The Way For U.N. To Denounce Israeli Settlements

A U.S. abstention paved the way for the 15-member council to approve the resolution, with 14 votes in favor, prompting applause in the council chamber. The action by President Barack Obama’s administration follows growing U.S. frustration over the unrelenting construction of Jewish settlements on land Palestinians want for a future independent state.

December 23, 2016
Obamacare, Blue States

How Blue State Americans Can Keep Their Health Coverage

Should Obamacare go down, states could replace it with a Romneycare-like plan or something more along the lines of single-payer. And the blue states would have more money to do that with because they wouldn’t be subsidizing others as before.

December 22, 2016
Putin, Trump, Russian Disinformation

How Russia’s Winning The Disinformation War

Most major Russian disinformation campaigns in the United States and Europe have started at Russian-government funded media outlets, such as RT television or Sputnik News, before being amplified on Twitter by others.

December 21, 2016
Immigration, Trump

Immigration Movement Prepares For Bold Offensive Against Trump

Strikes, protests and trainings are part of some immigrants’ ambitious, bold offensive in the coming struggles for justice in the Trump era.

December 19, 2016
NBC, Trump, Celebrity Apprentice

NBC In Bed With Trump — The Media’s Latest Grand Failure

Lots of Beltway pundits, the type who obsessed over the appearance of conflicts for Hillary Clinton during the campaign, now shrug their shoulders and suggest Trump maintaining a lucrative business association with a news and entertainment giant is no big deal.

December 16, 2016
Flynn

On Twitter, Flynn Follows Racists, Conspiracists, And Islamophobes

Flynn, the former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, follows Twitter accounts with profiles promoting white supremacy, anti-Muslim conspiracies, unsubstantiated claims about President Obama’s birthplace, and conspiracies involving Comet Ping Pong, a fake news story about a child sex ring operating from a Washington, D.C. pizzeria.

December 12, 2016
Obama

Obama Is Rushing To ‘Trump-Proof’ The White House

President Obama has churned out rules, regulations and policies several times a week. Obama is trying to put the people and policies in place that he wants to outlast his presidency in the final weeks before Donald Trump takes over. And his supporters want more, way more.

December 9, 2016
Trumplandia, PA

Welcome To Trumplandia, Pennsylvania

Luzerne County in Pennsylvania flipped from supporting Obama by five points in 2012 to a 20-point victory for Trump. The people of true-blue Luzerne County are still pissed off, and dying to tell you why.

December 5, 2016
Rust belt economic voters

Two Clashing Visions Of How America Will Power Its Cars, Homes

How the country decides on Nov. 8 will have far-reaching implications for the price of electricity and gas at the pump, as well as the future of the U.S. energy industry, which employs about 10 million people.

October 25, 2016
Donald Trump listens as Hillary Clinton speaks.

American Democracy Meant To Be Messy, Not Ugly

Donald Trump is the most unconventional candidate to come along in 200 years. We must know by now that Trump means what he says. It’s not over until he says so. So get ready for an Election Day that breaks all the records. It’s bound to be ugly, not messy.

October 21, 2016
Dakota Access Pipeline protestors

Dakota Access Pipeline: A Tale Of Two Pipes

A dramatic new chapter is unfolding this year in a volatile confrontation in rural North Dakota. It’s a “Battle of Two Pipes,” pitting the cultural power symbolized by the Native American pipe against the bruising financial power of a giant pipeline.

October 20, 2016
White House announces plan to combat violent ideologies

White House Plans Community-Based Prevention Of Violent Ideologies

A White House plan aims to convene teachers and mental health professionals to intervene and help prevent Americans from turning to violent ideologies. The 18-page plan marks the first time in five years that the Obama administration has updated its policy for preventing the spread of violent groups.

October 19, 2016
Cuban cigars, rum

Obama Eases Restrictions On Cuba, Lifts Limits On Rum And Cigars

The steps are part of President Barack Obama’s effort to make his historic opening to Cuba “irreversible” by the time he leaves office in January.

October 14, 2016
Obama Administration bans Arctic drilling

Louisiana Flood: Obama To Tour Area To Assess Damage

President Barack Obama will visit Louisiana on Tuesday to assess flood damage there, days after he was criticized for not cutting short his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard to view the devastation in the Gulf Coast state.

August 23, 2016
Obama

As Obama Takes On Trump, The President’s Popularity Rises

President Barack Obama’s favorability rating continues to gain as he steps up criticism of his would-be successor, Donald Trump. The percentage of voters who think the country is on the right track has increased in the latest McClatchy-Marist poll, and 53 percent of registered voters say they approve of the job Obama is doing as president, compared with 40 percent who disapprove.

August 6, 2016
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump delivers a campaign speech about national security in Manchester

Trump Invokes Israel To Imply Obama Knew About Orlando Shooting

In a statement to Bloomberg, Trump said he was “referring to the fact that at times President Obama seems more in support of Muslims than Israel.”

June 14, 2016