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Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Patriots Stun Falcons in superbowl

Democracy Is Not A Spectator Sport

Teach your children. Nonviolent resistance opens a way out of the dark. The legions of kneeling NFL players, whom President Trump tongue-lashed like a plantation overseer, should be congratulated, not condemned. They created a public stage of protest to be seen and witnessed. They moved the ball of progress forward.

October 1, 2017
Hillary Clinton leading among young voters

How She Lost: The Big Structural Factors Behind Clinton’s Defeat

Yet the accounts of Hillary Clinton are very incomplete, miss the reasons for her ambivalence, and miss most of the big structural forces at work that made it hard for her to commit to a different path. That is where we learn the most about the progressive debate ahead.

October 1, 2017
Gorsuch, Gun Lobby

Justice Gorsuch Under Fire For Trump Hotel Speech

Denouncing it as a conflict of interest and apparent display of political support, which is prohibited by the Constitution, activists, lawyers and academics have unsuccessfully sought the cancellation of Gorsuch’s speech at a luncheon at the Trump International Hotel.

September 30, 2017
Tom Price, Obamacare

Good Riddance To Tom Price, Trumpcare’s Snake Oil Salesman

Tom Price, the Secretary of Health and Human Services who led the four failed Republican efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, resigned because of improper use of private charter jets and even more costly military transport.

September 30, 2017

DOJ’s Role In Trump Voter Fraud Panel Questioned Again

The Department of Justice illegally packed the president’s supposedly non-partisan voter fraud commission with Republicans who are sympathetic to Trump’s much-ridiculed charge that millions of non-citizens voted in the 2016 election, seven Democratic senators charged Tuesday.

September 29, 2017

Do Better Than A Rip-Off Health Care System

For the gazillionth time, GOP lawmakers have put a shiny new ribbon on their same old ugly package of health insurance deforms. As before, this latest plan would eliminate coverage for millions of Americans, raise the price of insurance for the middle class and deliver much less care. But one guy says he loves it: “A great bill,” tweeted Donald Trump.

September 29, 2017
Trump business conflicts

Watch: America’s Mobster President—New Evidence In Dutch Documentary Of Trump’s International Money Laundering Circles

President Trump’s Manhattan properties and business partners, including former Soviet Union-connected oligarchs, were involved in a larger international money-laundering scheme involving upward of $1 billion, according to Dutch filmmakers whose third installment in an investigative series aired on public TV in Holland Wednesday.

September 29, 2017

9 Reminders The GOP Has Nominated An Absolute Maniac For Senator In Roy Moore

Meet Roy Moore. When he’s not waving a six-shooter like Yosemite Sam, he can often be founding railing against the evils of homosexuality and the impending institution of Sharia law. After defeating Luther Strange in the Alabama Republican primary, despite the campaign efforts of President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Moore is on the verge of assuming the seat Attorney General Jeff Sessions vacated in the United States Senate, with Democratic opponent Doug Jones unlikely to receive much in the way of funding from the DNC.

September 29, 2017
megyn with will and grace

Megyn Kelly Is Already Rubbing Guests The Wrong Way And Failing At Her Rebranding Charade

Megyn Kelly’s rebranding effort, a campaign to transform her image from a hardline right-wing Fox News personality to an Oprah-esque morning beacon of positivity, is in full swing. Her new NBC show “Megyn Kelly Today” debuted Monday, during which she declared herself “kinda done with politics for now.”

September 29, 2017

‘It Never Ends’

In July, here in Ohio, President Donald Trump called immigrants “animals” who “slice” and “dice” teenage girls. This should surprise no one. On the day he announced his candidacy, he described Mexican immigrants as criminals and rapists. Last week, referring to black NFL players peacefully protesting racism, Trump said, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now; he’s fired’?” He has called journalists enemies of American the people.

September 29, 2017

23 Reasons Why The NRA Is Racist

In the October edition of the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) magazine America’s 1st Freedom, NRA executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre takes on what he calls the “false notion” from the “gun-ban media” that “somehow the NRA is racist.” Outlets covering the NRA and race should consider these examples — starting with LaPierre himself — in evaluating his claims:

September 28, 2017

Single-Payer Health Care Should Not Be A Religion

The latest Republican push to essentially kill the Affordable Care Act through lawmaking is dead. Setting a time bomb to blow up current Obamacare benefits in 2027 would have been sneaky, sneaky. Where were Democrats in all this? They were mostly on the sidelines letting Graham-Cassidy head for oblivion on its own outrageous terms. That was the politically wise place to be.

September 28, 2017

Why Do Whites Oppose The NFL Protests?

Only 15 percent of whites surveyed thought those peaceful protests would advance the cause of integration and equality. Martin Luther King Jr. and his nonviolent methods are honored even by conservatives today, but in 1967, half of whites said he was harming blacks, with only 36 percent disagreeing.

September 28, 2017

Senate Republicans Pull Plug On Latest Obamacare Repeal Bid

Grim-faced lawmakers, who hoped to hold the vote this week, made the announcement shortly after a Republican luncheon in which senators discussed the impasse, and possible future paths forward for their efforts to repeal and replace Barack Obama’s landmark 2010 health care reforms.

September 27, 2017

6 Times National Anthem Protests Rocked America

President Trump’s rage about how certain unnamed “sons of bitches” (i.e., Colin Kaepernick) are disrespecting the national anthem is an old story in American life. The national anthem, intended to be a song of unity, has also long divided us. For Trump and millions of Americans, the singing of the “Star-Spangled Banner” is a ritual intended to affirm a version of patriotism that is historically ethnocentric and jingoistic.

September 27, 2017

Megyn Kelly Today Needs You To Forget How She Built Her Career

Megyn Kelly — the former Fox News host who NBC hoped would become the latest star in the network’s firmament — opened the premiere episode of her new morning talk show, Megyn Kelly Today, by laughing at the idea that she might devote time to her sometimes foe President Donald Trump’s latest remarks. “The truth is, I am kind of done with politics for now,” she told a live studio audience with a smile.

September 26, 2017

Beyond Menendez’s Guilt Or Innocence: Was It Ethical?

This week, as Senator Robert Menendez’s corruption trial heads into its second week, the question of whether the Senator is guilty or innocent has eclipsed the question as to whether his advocacy for his close friend, Dr. Salomon Melgen, was ethical. Indeed, they are not the same thing. Increasingly these days that important nuance, between what’s illegal versus what’s unethical, is often lost or trivialized.

September 26, 2017
Lindesy Graham

Senate Republicans Sweeten Obamacare Repeal Bill To Win Over GOP Holdouts As Opposition Mounts

“This bill is an even harsher version of the previous failed proposals that were overwhelmingly rejected by Americans,” said Betsy Imholz, special projects director for Consumers Union. “It is not only a repeal of the Affordable Care Act — threatening key consumer protections and coverage requirements that ensure those with pre-existing conditions have access to meaningful care — but also a historic undercutting of the Medicaid program.”

September 26, 2017

Important Lessons From George Orwell And Winston Churchill For Resisting Authoritarian Rule In Trump’s America

Donald Trump’s reactionary presidency and Silicon Valley’s spying on online users is pushing the nation and world in dangerous directions comparable to past eras, where authoritarian rule and totalitarian belief held sway. A handful of writers have urged Americans to heed history’s lessons on resisting tyranny in all of its forms.

September 26, 2017

Jared Kushner Uses Private Email Account At White House

The president’s adviser, who is married to his daughter Ivanka Trump, uses both his official and private email accounts in his White House role, something Politico reported was part of the systemic use of private email accounts by Trump aides.

September 25, 2017
Puerto Rico

Sunday Talk Shows Ignore Catastrophe In Puerto Rico

On September 20, Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory, and knocked out power to the entire island of 3.5 million people. Puerto Rican officials have described “apocalyptic” destruction, and a dam is in danger of bursting, threatening to flood already devastated areas.

September 25, 2017

What We Do And Don’t Know About Facebook’s New Political Ad Transparency Initiative

On Thursday, Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg announced several steps to make political ads on the world’s largest social network more transparent. The changes follow Facebook’s acknowledgment earlier this month that $100,000 worth of political ads were placed during the 2016 election cycle by “inauthentic accounts” linked to Russia.

September 25, 2017

A Marijuana Drive-Through Could Be Coming To A Corner Near You

Voters in Maine narrowly approved marijuana legalization last November, and since then, the state legislature has been busily trying to come up with rules and regulations for the legal weed market. Now, they are envisioning something of a rarity: allowing customers to buy their weed at drive-up windows.

September 25, 2017

America Takes A Knee, As Pro Sports Pushes Back Hard Against Trump Slander

After Donald Trump insulted black athletes from both the NBA and NFL this week, big names in pro sports are pushing back hard against the president’s insults. This story began long before President Trump took office, but as is his fashion, Trump has put himself squarely at the center of the controversy.

September 25, 2017
Susan Collins, Obamacare

Senator Susan Collins: Difficult To Envision Yes Vote On Cassidy-Graham Bill

Collins went on to suggest she is “very concerned about the erosion of protections for people with pre-existing conditions.” Senator Collins will wait for the CBO results on Monday, but can’t imagine how the CBO can score the bill, since Cassidy-Graham has continued to morph over the past few days.

September 25, 2017