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Friday, March 23, 2018

Corporate Lobbyists, Koch Shills Infest Trump’s Swamp

Today we’re making available, for the first time, an authoritative searchable database of 2,475 political appointees, including Trump’s Cabinet, staffers in the White House and senior officials within the government, along with their federal lobbying and financial records. Trump Town is the result of a year spent filing hundreds of Freedom of Information Act requests…

March 8, 2018

Why NY Times Campaign Coverage May Get Even Worse

In a foreboding sign for New York Times readers, the paper has named one of the pillars of its 2016 campaign coverage to oversee its political coverage leading into the crucial 2018 and 2020 elections. The paper drew criticism during and following the 2016 presidential campaign for too often providing false equivalence between the candidates and focusing on the politics of personality rather than policy.

March 7, 2018

Neo-Nazi Atomwaffen Group Loses Platforms

The action comes after ProPublica reports detailing the organization’s terrorist ambitions and revealing that the California man charged with murdering Blaze Bernstein, a 19-year-old college student found buried in an Orange County park earlier this year, was an Atomwaffen member.

March 7, 2018

Republicans — And Some Democrats! — Push Banking Deregulation

Republicans are pushing for a bill that would start to roll back the landmark Dodd-Frank legislation that was passed in 2010 to rein in the financial sector after the misbehavior that led to the Great Recession. Now, just about 10 years after the financial crisis that destroyed millions of jobs and devastated the country, Republicans want to weaken Dodd-Frank and unleash some of the banks’ worst tendencies.

March 7, 2018

GOP Special Election Candidate Busted For Voting Against Puppies

Pennsylvania Republican state Rep. Rick Saccone is desperately trying to keep a key House seat red. But that quest took a hit when he was busted for having voted against protecting pets from cruelty. Democrat Conor Lamb initially faced a huge polling gap. But he has since taken the lead in the race for the seat vacated by disgraced Republican Rep. Tim Murphy.

March 6, 2018
Kimmel, Oscars

From Harvey Weinstein To ‘Black Panther,’ Some Of Jimmy Kimmel’s Best Zingers From His Oscars’ Monologue

About the “thing” that happened: “Last year, about a week before the show, the producers asked me if I wanted to do comedy with the accountants, and I said ‘No, I don’t want to do comedy with the accountants.’ And so the accountants went ahead and did some comedy on their own.”

March 5, 2018

Kushner Backed Qatar Blockade After Investment Refusal

Kushner Companies spokeswoman Chris Taylor denied such brokering attempts occurred. “To be clear, we did not meet with anyone from the Qatari Government to solicit sovereign funds for any of our projects,” Taylor told Newsweek in an email. “To suggest otherwise, is inaccurate and false.”

March 3, 2018

State Department Likely To Extend Cuts To U.S. Embassy In Cuba

Six months after the State Department pulled most of its diplomats from Havana because of mysterious incidents that injured 24 Americans, the Trump administration is poised to make the reductions permanent. The decision could affect U.S. intelligence, Cuban migration and support for Cuban human rights advocates.

March 3, 2018
Pence not offended by Hamilton cast member's remarks and praises show

Pence Lied To Families As Trump Caved To NRA

“School safety is now the top priority of the Trump administration,” Pence continued, to thundering applause. “And I’ll make you a promise, Michigan: Working with federal and state leaders, we’re going to take strong action to strengthen background checks.”

March 3, 2018
harley d bike

Trump’s Crazy Trade War Is About To Hurt Red States

Harley-Davidson and Trump have been enjoying something of a bromance for the last two years. But the red state motorcycle manufacturer may soon pay a big price for Trump’s latest, irrational policy plan. And they won’t be alone. During the 2016 campaign, candidate Trump tried to bask in an association with Harley riders.

March 3, 2018
A selection of handguns are seen for sale at the Pony Express Firearms shop in Parker, Colorado December 7, 2015. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

After Another Massacre, A Change In Inventory

Interesting how some conservative pundits, gun zealots and other cynics have tried to dismiss the activism of the teenage survivors of the Parkland, Florida, school shootings. It’s just a pit stop for these kids, they argue, on the way to the rest of their lives. Even more interesting is just how wrong some pundits, gun zealots and other cynics can be.

March 2, 2018

The Disgraceful Twilight Of ‘Dumbass’ Orrin Hatch

Retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) revealed his shocking contempt for the American people at a meeting of the corporate-backed American Enterprise Institute to discuss the supposedly beneficial effects of the GOP tax scam. “We also finally did away with the individual mandate tax that was established under that wonderful bill called Obamacare,”

March 2, 2018
SD meets with Missouri governor

Indicted GOP Governor Now Under Investigation For Misusing Veterans Charity

Thinks keep getting worse and worse for Missouri’s embattled Republican governor Eric Greitens, as the state attorney general opens a completely new investigation — this one into improper political use of his veterans charity, The Mission Continues.

March 2, 2018

The Zeitgeist, It Is A-Changing

One thing these victors have in common is that each of them is openly transgender. Even two years ago, political pros assumed that transgender people were unelectable nearly everywhere. So these eight barrier busters show how rapidly attitudes are changing, even in this bigoted time of Trump.

March 1, 2018

Middle America Must Lead On Guns

America desperately needed a new kind of citizen leader to force political change. She found it in the students, parents and teachers scarred by the massacre at a Parkland, Florida, high school. Watch how effective they’ve been at making the case for tighter gun laws. Watch how they’ve alarmed politicians under NRA control.

February 28, 2018

Trump 2020 Campaign Manager Called Journalists ‘The Enemy’

Journalists should expect no respite from President Donald Trump’s war on the press from his new campaign manager, Brad Parscale, whose role as head of Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign was announced Tuesday. Parscale, who served as the digital media director of Trump’s 2016 presidential run, regularly uses his Twitter feed to go after the “fake news” media, and has written that “the media is the enemy of this country.”

February 28, 2018
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) talks to the media outside of his Senate office on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. May 10, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Democrat O’Rourke Crushes Ted Cruz In Fundraising

Texas Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke is crushing his opponent, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in fundraising. In the most recent federal filings, Cruz pulled in $800,000 while O’Rourke nearly tripled that with a $2.3 million haul. But beyond the top line numbers, there is more trouble for Cruz: He has spent $1.2 million, far above the amount he raised.

February 28, 2018

Georgia Republican Bullies Delta Over Dumping Of NRA

Conservatives are growing increasingly furious over companies like Delta Airlines distancing themselves from the National Rifle Association. On Monday, one Republican official vowed to “kill” any legislation that would benefit Delta as far as tax breaks are concerned.

February 28, 2018

Upstate NY Lawmaker Claims ‘Liberals’ Do Mass Shootings

New York Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney was caught blaming Democrats for mass shootings, and when she was asked for proof, she claimed the media and liberals were out to get her and fellow NRA supporters. During a talk radio show on WGDJ discussing gun rights and the Parkland shooting, Tenney…

February 27, 2018
A selection of AK and AR rifles are seen for sale at the Pony Express Firearms shop in Parker, Colorado December 7, 2015. Many Americans are stocking up on weapons after the country's worst mass shooting in three years. Gun retailers are reporting surging sales, with customers saying they want to keep handguns and rifles at hand for self-defense in the event of another attack. REUTERS/Rick Wilking - RTX1XMR4

NRA Flack Pushing Gun Lobby Myth On Background Checks

Discussing the Parkland, FL, shooting with ABC host George Stephanopolous, Loesch recycled the NRA lie that the organization “created” the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). In reality, the NRA fiercely opposed the 1993 Brady background check bill, which created NICS, and continued to lobby against it after its passage.

February 26, 2018
Trump, ethics

As Trump Ratings Crater, Demand For Gun Control Rockets

Trump’s approval ratings were already dismal, and have sunk to a record low after his disastrous response to the Parkland school shooting. His initial reaction to the killing of 17 people at a Florida high school was to go into hiding. He then blamed the students and tried to exploit the tragedy for his own benefit.

February 26, 2018

And the Children Shall Lead Us

These and dozens more letters like them are part of the university’s “Kent State Shootings” digital archive. Reading them this week, in the wake of the shootings that killed 14 students and three staff members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, is a potent reminder of what too often happens in this country when generations collide.

February 25, 2018

Former RNC Chairman Blasts CPAC Boss For Defending Racism

Former RNC Chairman Michael Steele had a fiery exchange on Saturday with Matt Schlapp, the head of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), after another CPAC official made a very public — and very racist — remark about Steele at the annual gathering of far-right ideologues.

February 25, 2018
Wayne LaPierre's letter to NRA

Businesses Are Fleeing The NRA In Wake Of Parkland School Shooting

Seen as inexcusably rigid in the wake of the Parkland shooting, the NRA is losing numerous business partners over their fear of incurring the public’s wrath. The First National Bank of Omaha, the largest private bank in the country, was the first to announce a split with the organization Thursday, saying it will end its NRA Visa Card contract.

February 24, 2018
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures during his victory speech as his wife Melania, looks on at his 2016 New Hampshire presidential primary night rally in Manchester

Melania Trump’s Parents Gain Permanent Residency Via ‘Chain Migration’

First lady Melania Trump’s parents have become permanent US residents, their lawyer said Wednesday, apparently taking advantage of a family unification program pilloried by the president. “I can confirm that Mrs. Trump’s parents are both lawfully admitted to the United States as permanent residents,” lawyer Michael Wildes said in a statement.

February 22, 2018