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Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Politics
Kirsten Gillibrand

The Republican Party Is All But Fundraising On Trump’s Sexist Smear Of Kirsten Gillibrand

On Tuesday morning, as thousands of Alabama voters cast their ballots for a Republican candidate accused of sexually abusing multiple teenage girls decades ago, Donald Trump launched a Twitter strike on one of the most prominent female politicians in the country. Now, the Republican Party is using his sexist smear to help raise money for the RNC.

December 13, 2017

Trump ‘Resented’ Ivanka’s Criticism Of Roy Moore

According to a Politico report, the president felt “resentful and angry” when Ivanka Trump condemned Moore in November and told the Associated Press there’s “a special place in hell for people who prey on children.”

December 12, 2017
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Trump Group Sends 12-Year-Old Girl To Interview Roy Moore

The America First Project published a video Sunday that showed Millie March—who rose to fame at the age of 11 during the 2016 election due to her support for Donald Trump—interviewing Moore as part of his campaign for election in Alabama.

December 12, 2017
Mnuchin, Treasury Secretary, Trump

Trump’s Treasury Admits Tax Plan Won’t Pay For Itself

After months of pressure from watchdog groups, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, led by Trump-appointee Steve Mnuchin, has released a one-page analysis of the Republican tax bill. The report shows that even when analyzed under Republican-favored methods, the tax cuts will enlarge…

December 12, 2017
Obama, Clean Energy

Whom Do We Thank For Today’s Strong Economy?

The economic gauges have been improving steadily for the eight years of the current recovery. Barack Obama was president for seven of them. As the first year of the Donald Trump presidency draws to a close, the economy’s growth has continued — but it has not accelerated in a meaningful way.

December 12, 2017
Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby

Alabama’s Senior GOP Senator Rejects Moore

While it was disturbing, it was sadly unsurprising that Donald Trump eventually endorsed Alabama Senate nominee Roy Moore, and implored his own supporters to vote for a man accused of serial sexual predation against young girls.

December 11, 2017

No Virginia — There Is No ‘War On Christmas’!

The mythical war on Christmas probably ended last year, when bizarrely, Fox News sent its staff a Season’s Greetings holiday card, effectively abandoning its decade-long battle-cry of “Merry Christmas.” After a concession like that, what’s left to debate?

December 11, 2017
Trump, Twitter

Trump Triumphs Over His Appeasers

Donald Trump knows the story of Winston Churchill, whose judgment was: “Chamberlain had the choice between war and shame. Now he has chosen shame — he’ll get war later.” A year later, he was proved right. But the lesson Trump learned from World War II is that aggression can pay off.

December 11, 2017
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Election Of Roy Moore Could Test Boundaries Of Senate Ethics Committee

Moore has been accused of molesting a 14-year-old girl and sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl in the late 1970s. Several Republicans called on Moore to drop out of the race, but the candidate has denied all allegations and has the support and endorsement of President Donald Trump.

December 10, 2017
Trump VOA

Is Donald Trump Ending American Democracy?

Disagreement between Republicans and Democrats on the Trump administration’s tax policy is a given. But President Donald Trump’s attacks on the pillars of U.S. democracy is something every American should fight, says Brian Klass, an academic who studies authoritarian regimes.

December 10, 2017

Millennials And Capitalism Just Don’t Mix

A new Fast Company article presents 2016 data from the Harvard Institute of Politics indicating “19% of Americans aged 18 to 29 identified themselves as capitalists; only 42% claimed they support the economic system.”

December 10, 2017
Moore

Who Gave Roy Moore His First Judicial Gavel?

Maybe it was masochism, or maybe I felt the need to better understand the culture warrior’s demented version of American constitutional history, but something was nagging at me – as if I had forgotten some detail that would pull everything together if only I took the time to read his self-serving screed once again.

December 9, 2017
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Time Magazine Gets It Right: We’ve Changed

I’m not one to wait with bated breath for Time magazine’s annual bequest. But this year was different, starting last month, after Donald Trump claimed he had declined the magazine’s request to photograph and interview him because editors would only say he “probably” would be this year’s selection.

December 9, 2017

Sanders Supporters Urge DNC To Abolish Superdelegates

More than a dozen progressive groups are urging the Democratic National Committee’s post-2016 Unity Reform Commission to recommend the party end its superdelegate system, where one-sixth of those nominating the presidential candidate are chosen before primaries and caucuses.

December 9, 2017

Trump’s Support Among Women Plummets To Historic Low

After decades of exploiting and objectifying women, Trump was caught on tape last year bragging about sexual assault. Around the same time, no fewer than 16 women came forward with allegations of harassment and sexual misconduct spanning more than 20 years.

December 8, 2017
kochbrothers

Really? A Tax Break For Dark Money Outfits?

With Republican megadonors like Charles Koch, 82, and his brother David, 77, advancing in age, a top GOP senator from the Kochs’ home state has proposed a special tax break for moguls who bequeath their riches to so-called “dark money” groups that advocate for policies and bankroll lawmakers’ election ads.

December 8, 2017

Sen. Al Franken To Resign Following Harassment Claims

Sen. Al Franken said he would resign from the U.S. Senate on Thursday following mounting allegations of sexual harassment and loss of support by fellow Democrats, a stunning and rapid fall for a Minnesota politician who followed decades as a successful TV comic with a rise to the highest echelons of U.S. political power.

December 8, 2017

Oligarchs And Oligopoly Killing Net Neutrality

We’re told by politicos, pundits and internet providers themselves that access to the net is crucial to our educational achievement, future prosperity and ability to be self-governing. Yet, while this digital highway is deemed vital to our nation’s well-being, access to it is not offered as a public service — i.e., an investment in the common good.

December 8, 2017
Border Wall

The Fraudulent Case For The Border Wall

One night last month, a Border Patrol officer in southwest Texas was killed and his partner seriously hurt while on patrol near the Mexican border. What quickly emerged was a gruesome tale. The officers were “ambushed by a group of illegal aliens” who smashed their heads with rocks, according to the head of the union representing Border Patrol agents.

December 8, 2017
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NRA Quietly Moves To Help Roy Moore Win The Alabama Senate Election

The National Rifle Association has discreetly spent almost $55,000 against Democratic candidate Doug Jones in the Alabama Senate special election effectively supporting reported child molester and Republican candidate Roy Moore. Public Integrity’s Ashley Balcerzak reported that the NRA spent a total of $54,772.03…

December 8, 2017
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John Conyers Retires After 53 Years In Office Amid Sexual Harassment Claims

Facing a rising chorus of voices demanding he step down because of sexual harassment claims, U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr., D-Mich., on Tuesday retired from the seat he has held for more than five decades, a swift and crushing fall from grace for a civil rights icon and the longest-serving active member of Congress.

December 6, 2017

Facebook Allowed Political Ads That Were Actually Scams And Malware

Russian disinformation isn’t the only deceptive political advertising on Facebook. The pitch designed to lure President Donald Trump’s critics is one of more than a dozen politically themed advertisements masking consumer rip-offs that ProPublica has identified since launching an effort in September to monitor paid political messages on the world’s largest social network.

December 6, 2017
Mitch McConnell

Why Republicans Were Hypocrites In Rushing Tax Bill

Republicans have spent years complaining about how Congress spent less than a year reviewing Obamacare before voting to overhaul one-sixth of the American economy. But that’s a lifetime compared to how long the GOP waited over the weekend before passing a tax bill that could overhaul the entire economy: About eight hours.

December 6, 2017
Trump, Putin

Trump Fully Endorses Roy Moore After Urging From Bannon, Amid Tight Polls In Alabama Race

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Monday fully endorsed Roy Moore, acting to back the Alabama Senate candidate after conversations with his former strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, who has advocated Moore’s candidacy.

December 6, 2017
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves as he walks offstage after delivering a campaign speech about national security in Manchester, New Hampshire, U.S. June 13, 2016 in response to the mass shooting at Orlando's Pulse nightclub. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

“I’m Not Going To Stand Back And Just Let Evil Win.” CEO To Sue Trump Over Land Grab

Trump’s unprecedented move to shrink a U.S. monument is certain to spark a protracted court case. Trump’s effort “could alter the course of American land conservation, possibly opening millions of protected public acres to oil and gas extraction, mining, logging and other commercial activities,” The New York Times reports.

December 6, 2017