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Sunday, 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

Will We See A Trump Vs. Cuomo Street Fight In 2020?

Democrats scouring their ranks for a 2020 presidential candidate should put Andrew Cuomo high on their list. The New York governor is already on the case, giving speeches tailored for the Iowa caucuses. Assuming Donald Trump wins the Republican nomination for a second term, Cuomo would be an especially strong combatant.

April 21, 2018
barbara bush

Barbara Bush Was All That

I never thought Barbara Bush would remind me of my working-class mother, but there it is. When I read these two accounts, in the wake of Bush’s death this week at age 92, I thought of my mom and the way she openly marveled at how I, her college-educated firstborn, thrived in the throes of the feminist movement.

April 20, 2018
Trump, Putin

Trump’s Strange Appeasement Of Putin

In a TV interview Sunday, she said the administration would shortly impose additional sanctions on Moscow for its role in Syria’s chemical weapons program. The president was watching and “yelled at the television,” reports The New York Times. The next day, the White House said it would not add to the sanctions because the president would “like to have a good relationship” with Russia.

April 20, 2018

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
Trump voters

16 Of The Dumbest Right-Wing Lies That Americans Believe

Remember when Congressman Joe Wilson stood up during Obama’s State of the Union address and shouted “You lie”? He was chastised soundly by the pundit class. But mostly he drew heat for being impolite, and was compared to Kanye West and other famous interrupters.

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

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

Billion-Dollar Blessings: Falwell Jr’s Online Education Empire

It was the start of the 2017 Fall Family Weekend at Liberty University, the school founded by Jerry Falwell Sr. 47 years ago in Lynchburg, Virginia, and the lines were especially long to get into the basketball arena for the mandatory thrice-weekly student convocation. There was a festive feel in the air — as usual, a live band kicked things off with some Christian rock.

April 18, 2018
Trump Tweets

Kelly Admits White House Fired Shulkin From VA

In a private meeting last week with major veterans groups, Kelly repeatedly said that the decision to remove Shulkin was President Donald Trump’s, according to several people who were present or briefed on the meeting. The White House has insisted that Shulkin resigned, disputing his assertion, in media appearances, that he was fired. (Whether voluntarily or not, his tenure as VA secretary ended on March 29.)

April 17, 2018

How Millions In Campaign Donations Enrich Trump Personally

“President Donald Trump’s U.S. businesses have received at least $15.1 million in revenue from political groups and federal agencies since 2015,” McClatchy reported on Monday. “But it was Trump’s campaign itself that spent the biggest chunk by far — about 90 percent, or $13.4 million.”

April 17, 2018

Abrupt Exit Cannot Salvage Ryan’s Reputation

When Ryan made the surprising announcement that he will not seek re-election, Washington observers noted that he is probably tired of shepherding his fractious House majority. Ryan took the job reluctantly after his predecessor, John Boehner, gave up and left politics. And his contentious House colleagues have managed to accomplish little under his leadership.

April 15, 2018
Donald Trump talking

RNC Pays For Website Smearing James Comey

The official Twitter account for the Republican National Committee tweeted on Thursday night a mock cover of the former FBI director’s much-anticipated memoir, A Higher Loyalty. It accuses Comey of egotism and features blurbs from some of his detractors. “…practically wrecked our political system with [his] self-obsessed handling of the Clinton case,” one of the blurbs reads. “…self-serving, narcissistic,” reads another.

April 14, 2018
Mark Zuckerberg Facebook Privacy

Mark Zuckerberg Facebook Testimony: 5 Key Takeaways

Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg withstood his first of two days of testimony on Capitol Hill Tuesday, responding to Senatorial questions for hours. Zuckerberg held his own at the joint hearing of the Senate Commerce and Judiciary committees, responding to a series of privacy concerns stemming from a data breach by Cambridge Analytica.

April 11, 2018
DeVos appointed lobbyists at Department of Education

For Teachers, Red States Resemble Underdeveloped Countries

2018 may very well go down in history as the year in which public-school teachers in Republican-controlled states finally became fed up and rebelled. So far this year, statewide teachers strikes have taken place in Oklahoma and West Virginia. Teachers have been protesting in Kentucky as well, and a statewide walkout is being considered in Arizona.

April 11, 2018

Trump Says Farmers Must Suffer In Trade War ‘For The Country’

Suggesting it’s their patriotic duty to take an economic hit for America, Trump on Monday conceded U.S. farmers will likely be hurt by the White House’s unfolding trade war with China. But he stressed that farmers shouldn’t worry if their livelihoods dwindle because he promises to make it up to them.

April 10, 2018

A Peace Movement Blooms At Google

Three-thousand Google employees have signed a letter protesting the internet giant’s contract with the Defense Department to develop artificial intelligence in order to analyze imagery collected by drones. The employees are calling on Google CEO Sundar Pichai to cancel the project immediately and to “enforce a clear policy stating that neither Google nor its contractors will ever build warfare technology.”

April 10, 2018
teachers protests

Striking Teachers Are Fighting Back Against Years Of Deep And Abiding Disrespect

When coal mine bosses said mules were more precious than men because dead miners could be replaced for free, but not dead mules, it demonstrated disrespect. That contempt from the top provoked pitched gun battles between workers and mine-owner militias in West Virginia a little over a century ago.

April 10, 2018

Congressman Pulls Gun Out During Meeting

Rep. Ralph Norman, a Republican who serves in the U.S. House of Representatives for the 5th Congressional District, brandished the pistol during a Friday morning “coffee with constituents meeting” in Rockhill that had been advertised on Facebook. According to Moms Demand Action volunteers, the pistol was left out on the table for five to 10 minutes, making them feel unsafe.

April 8, 2018
John Bolton

Republicans And Patriotism: Bolton Or McCain

That leader was summoning those within the sound of his voice to self-sacrifice. Contrast that with another leader’s explanation, some 25 years after the fact, on why he, a Yale alumnus, had chosen not to answer his country’s draft call to serve in the U.S. military and join his contemporaries then fighting and dying: “I confess I had no desire to die in a Southeast Asian rice paddy. I considered the war in Vietnam already lost.”

April 8, 2018

GOP Strategist Warns Mueller Will Find ‘Something’ To Impeach Trump

A longtime Republican strategist claimed Sunday it was “hard” to believe that the special counsel would not find “something” illicit in President Donald Trump’s long financial history that would lead to his impeachment should Democrats take back the U.S. House of Representatives in the fall.

April 3, 2018

Women Setting New Records As Midterm Approaches

As donors, women now account for 31% of all donations—another new record. The growth in donations appears driven by women’s support of Democratic candidates, and particularly, female candidates. Women accounted for 44% of the contributions to female candidates and for 34% of the donations to men, which both reflect historic high points.

April 3, 2018

Bannon Seeking To Escape Irrelevance — In Sweden

Steve Bannon revealed to a Swedish newspaper that he will be visiting the country to “learn from” the Sweden Democrats (SD), an anti-immigration, anti-Muslim party attempting to rebrand away from its neo-Nazi roots. In seeking alliances with Sweden’s most prominent right-wing party leaders, Bannon is trying to dig himself out of the political irrelevance his downfall has brought.

April 3, 2018
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses the media regarding donations to veterans foundations at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York, U.S., May 31, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

For The Department Of Veterans Affairs, A Trump Toady

Jackson came to national attention in January, when he appeared in the White House press room to give a report on the president’s physical exam. The briefing quickly turned into a festival of idolatry. Trump’s health is “excellent,” Jackson declared over and over, attesting that the president has “incredible cardiac fitness” and “incredible genes.”

April 2, 2018
Trump campaign merchandise vendor David Dickson from Florida holds Trump campaign "Make America Great Again" hats dusted with falling snow outside a Trump campaign town hall event in Londonderry, New Hampshire February 8, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Study Shows Trump Voters Are A Lot Like Trump

In addition to his megalomania, misogyny, racism, and tacky taste in home decor, a few obvious characteristics define Donald Trump: he’s selfish, seeks power over others, is preoccupied with wealth, and prefers conformity and tradition. These four are all traits commonly found in his supporters, as Ryne A. Sherman, a psychology professor at Texas Tech University, shows in a new study.

April 2, 2018