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Trump Supporters Hit Hardest By Obamacare Cuts

President Donald Trump’s decision to end a provision of the Affordable Care Act will most impact the core support that carried him to the presidency, according to new research. Nearly 70 percent of those affected by Trump’s executive order last week ending cost-sharing reduction subsidies live in states that voted for him last November, according to new research by the Associated Press.

October 16, 2017
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump delivers a speech at the Alumisourse Building in Monessen, Pennsylvania, U.S., June 28, 2016. REUTERS/Louis Ruediger

Mental Health Professionals March Through New York To Demand Trump’s Removal From Office

A group of psychiatrists, psychologists and other mental health professionals marched through New York City on Saturday to call for President Donald Trump to be removed from office, said The New York Post.

October 16, 2017
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Bannon Demands Senators Join Trump Cult To Survive Politically

At this weekend’s Values Voter Summit, Bannon reinforced the GOP’s current state as a cult of personality and proposed using the willingness of GOP senators to publicly praise President Donald Trump and condemn his critics as a litmus test for determining whether the Breitbart boss would support Republican primary candidates.

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

Mike Pence’s Private Email Account Will Remain Secret

The former Indiana Governor used a personal AOL account during his four years in the office, but state officials are refusing to release an unknown number of emails tied to the account after giving The Associated Press heavily redacted emails requested under the Freedom of Information Act shortly after Pence was named Donald Trump’s running mate in July 2016.

October 12, 2017

Conspiracy Theorists Struggle To Explain Vegas Horror

Hardly anybody today believes that once unsettling events like solar eclipses are caused by wolves or demons eating the sun. But when it comes to all-too-frequent eruptions of what Philip Roth calls “the indigenous American berserk,” many retreat into superstition, or worse. Worse because we don’t blame mythological creatures for increasingly common mass shooting events like Stephen Paddock’s murder of 58 concertgoers in Las Vegas. Instead, we blame each other.

October 11, 2017
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Steve Bannon Is Launching An All-Out Assault On The Republican Party

President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon has vowed to remove establishment Republicans who are critical of the president’s agenda from office. Bannon called on Tennessee Senator Bob Corker—who has quarreled publicly with President Trump over the past week—to resign during an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Monday.

October 11, 2017
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event on the day several states held presidential primaries, including California, at the Trump National Golf Club Westchester in Briarcliff Manor, New York, U.S., June 7, 2016 REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Trump Interview Confirms Again His Awful Character

Donald Trump sat down with Forbes magazine this week, and as with all of his interviews, it’s a real doozy. Perhaps the only expectation Trump has ever exceeded is that he’d be the worst president in modern history, and each of these remarks reminds us why.

October 11, 2017

Right-Wing Crusader Launches Dangerous Project That Could Slash The Number Of Elected Minorities In California

The right-wing war on voting opened a new front by filing a lawsuit that, if successful, could make it more difficult to elect non-white candidates in California and possibly across the nation. The right-wing war on voting opened a new front by filing a lawsuit that, if successful, could make it more difficult to elect non-white candidates in California and possibly across the nation.

October 11, 2017

Sen. Bob Corker Is Saying What Other Republicans Will Only Whisper About Trump

But since announcing that he would not stand for re-election, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has unleashed some of his most unvarnished, inner thoughts about Trump, borrowing from the president’s own preference for direct, public confrontation over diplomacy.

October 10, 2017

Facebook’s Reform Takes A Very Odd Turn In New ‘Partnership’

As Media Matters has documented, Facebook has served as a conduit for the flow of fake news stories to spread. The platform has recently faced scrutiny for having such lax advertisement policies that a Russian company was able to buy political ads during the 2016 election.

October 10, 2017
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Donald Trump’s Popularity In Rural Areas Is Declining

A September survey of 15,000 adults living in non-metro areas found that 47 percent disapproved of Trump while the same percentage approved of the president. In the month following his inauguration, 55 percent of the same group approved of the president, while only 37 percent disapproved.

October 10, 2017

‘Partisan’ Gerrymandering Is Still About Race

The Wisconsin voting rights case before the Supreme Court has been cast as the definitive test of whether partisan gerrymandering is permitted by the Constitution. But a closer look at the case and others like it shows that race remains an integral element of redistricting disputes, even when the intent of those involved was to give one party an advantage.

October 10, 2017
Trump rabbit hole

Mike Pence Leaves NFL Game After Players Kneel

Vice President Mike Pence walked out of a Colts game after NFL players chose to kneel during the national anthem to protest police brutality against African Americans. The Republican had posted a picture of himself ahead of Sunday’s game, stating he was there to honor the career of former quarterback Peyton Manning, who’s No. 18 jersey is being retired by the Indianapolis Colts.

October 9, 2017

The Senate: A Country For Old Men

The reason the Senate moves glacially is because its arteries are clogged — literally. Under the shiny white Capitol dome is a country for old men. The body politic needs an infusion of fresh blood. The old nickname, “the Plantation,” still fits.

October 8, 2017
Steve Bannon, head of the news website Breitbart News, was named to the new position of campaign chief executive officer. Bannon, a conservative flamethrower was referred to by ousted Corey Lewandowski as "a street fighter" like himself. The campaign statement announcing the changes touted a Bloomberg Politics article that branded Bannon "the most dangerous political operative in America." REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Here’s What You Need To Know About BuzzFeed’s Breitbart Bombshell

Buzzfeed News has obtained and published “an explosive cache of documents” confirming Breitbart as the mouthpiece for neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and the racist right-wing movement known as the alt-right. Buzzfeed’s entire report on Breitbart management’s courting of neo-Nazis and white supremacists can be found here.

October 8, 2017
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Charter Schools Backer Is Puerto Rico Vulture, Too

Billionaire hedge funder Seth Klarman is having a rough quarter. The media averse Klarman, often likened to Warren Buffet for his safe bets and low profile, has been dragged into the spotlight twice in less than a month.

October 8, 2017

How To Help Puerto Rico, Even When The President Won’t

Donald Trump’s idea of humanitarian aid to Puerto Rico is throwing paper towel rolls to a crowd. His callous and grandstanding attitude following Hurricane Maria’s devastation is breathtaking, even for a man who uses a golden toilet. His cheap imitation of a T-shirt cannon was enough to make America collectively throw the phones we watched it on into the sea.

October 7, 2017
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Steve Bannon Can’t Drain The Swamp Because He Is The Swamp

There was a moment in Steve Bannon’s recent 60 Minutes interview when the former presidential advisor was asked what he’s done to drain “the swamp,” the Trumpists’ favorite metaphor for everything they hate about Washington DC.

October 7, 2017
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Rex Tillerson’s Days In The Trump Administration Are Numbered: Report

The Washington Post released a lengthy report on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Wednesday night, based upon “the accounts of 19 current and former senior administration officials and Capitol Hill aides.” The piece makes it clear that Tillerson is expected to step down.

October 6, 2017
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GOP Braces For Politics Of Gun Debate

But when the National Rifle Association wasn’t present at a congressional hearing on the issue — which has been at the top of its legislative agenda for years — it signaled the GOP might be growing aware of the new optics surrounding the gun debate.

October 3, 2017
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Trump Blasted Obama After Hurricane Sandy For Power Cut

As Donald Trump is facing criticism for his response to the disaster in Puerto Rico caused by Hurricane Maria, it has emerged he slammed former president Barack Obama’s administration for its response to Hurricane Sandy.

October 2, 2017
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It Is Truly Hard To Imagine That Our President Is Such A Disgusting Person, And 63 Million People Voted For Him

Donald Trump’s bigotry and cruelty were on display again this week in his response to the devastation in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, where he alternately chose to ignore and insult the survivors of hurricane Maria. As the crisis mounted, Trump took a brief respite from berating NFL players to tweet about Puerto Rico—not in support of the island’s suffering residents, but to callously focus on the commonwealth’s “broken infrastructure & massive debt.”

October 2, 2017
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Hillary Clinton Awarded For Work In Human Rights

The former secretary of state and 2016 Democratic candidate is being celebrated by the Welsh university, which says “her cause is shared” by its Observatory on the Human Rights of Children and Young People. Clinton will receive an honorary doctorate, and is expected to deliver a speech on humanitarian issues during the event.

October 1, 2017
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Lin-Manuel Miranda And Other Celebrities Slam Trump For Twitter Rant About San Juan Mayor

“Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and other celebrities slammed President Donald Trump on Saturday morning following Trump’s Twitter tirade targeting San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, who had criticized what she called the federal government’s unhurried response to the destruction caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

October 1, 2017