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Wednesday, June 28, 2017
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Muslim Ban, Protests

Activists Mobilizing Against Senate Trumpcare Bill

You’d think a bill that revamps a sixth of the American economy and stands to strip 23 million Americans of their health care might warrant a debate, a public comment period, or god forbid, a public release. Unfortunately, this is Donald Trump’s America, where the most exclusive club is wherever Mitch McConnell and his gang of 13 white men are hiding the latest version of the health care bill—from fellow Republicans, Democrats, the press, and the public.

June 22, 2017

Like House Bill, Senate Trumpcare Version Would Deprive Millions Of Coverage

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released a summary of the latest Obamacare repeal legislation late Wednesday, ending a Washington waiting game after secret drafting sessions, but depicting a bill that will have dire consequences for much of America.

June 22, 2017
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Castile Killing Jury Was Stacked For Defense

Dashcam footage of the exact moment Philando Castile was murdered by Minnesota police officer Jeronimo Yanez was released late Tuesday. The video proves two things: Castile could not have been more compliant, while Yanez responded with violence and seven rounds of gunfire.

June 22, 2017

Ossoff Fell Short Despite Nationwide Support In Deep-Red District

In a long-awaited, much-watched runoff seen across the country as an early verdict on Trump’s presidency, youthful Democrat newcomer Jon Ossoff failed to beat veteran Republican officeholder Karen Handel in the race for Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District.

June 21, 2017
Public Theater defends 'Julius Caesar

Paid Protesters? Yes, Sent By The ‘Alt-Right’

You may have mocked claims about the existence of paid protesters as just another lie from the right. As it turns out, at least on this one issue, they’re actually telling the truth. The problem is, the right neglected to mention those paid protesters are part of the right wing apparatus.

June 21, 2017

These Senators Could Make Or Break The Effort To Repeal Obamacare

The most conservative senators want a quicker, more decisive end to the Affordable Care Act. Those from centrist states prefer a slower unraveling — preferring to keep Obamacare’s federal funding that allowed them to expand Medicaid to more residents.

June 21, 2017
Spicer, Press Secretary, Media

Why Is Spicer Gagging White House Press Corps?

But of course today the White House does not provide beloved access. It’s doing the exact opposite. The new paucity of on-camera briefings prove that point, as does the fact that when truncated briefings do occur the main objective appears to be to share as little helpful information as possible.

June 21, 2017
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Newspapers Buried Reports On Health Care, While TV News Missed The Senate’s Back Room Dealmaking

Television news largely missed reporting on Republican Senate leaders’ secretive drafting of its version of American Health Care Act (AHCA) that could radically alter health care for millions of Americans.

June 21, 2017
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders speaks about his attempts to influence the Democratic party's platform in Albany, New York, U.S. June 24, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Bernie Sanders All But Calls Republicans Cowards In Devastating Speech On Senate Floor

“It should tell every American, whether you are a Democrat, a Republican or an Independent, whether you’re conservative or progressive. It should tell you something that major, major legislation is being written at this moment, and most Republicans don’t have a clue as to what’s in that legislation, let alone Democrats, let alone the average American,” Sanders noted in a speech on the Senate floor late Monday.

June 21, 2017
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Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro: What Republicans Get Wrong About The Social Safety Net

Growing up in New Haven, Connecticut, I saw ample evidence all around me of just how vulnerable hardworking people are in the face of business indifference. In 1957, when I was a barely a teenager, the Franklin Street fire claimed the life of my friend’s mother. Fifteen people died in that fire because they couldn’t escape the smoke and flames. A fire escape was locked, and the ladder would not extend to the ground; there had been no fire drills, and doors opened the wrong way, blocking exits.

June 21, 2017

Study Shows How Welfare System Discriminates Against Black Poor

It has been well-documented that America’s social safety net is often too weak and full of holes to help those who most need assistance. A new report reveals even more weaknesses with the government’s cash assistance program. Conducted by the Urban Institute, a think tank focusing on economic and social policy, the study looks at Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, a welfare program that provides cash assistance to poor families with children.

June 20, 2017
Travel Ban, Trump, Immigration

6 Signs Trump’s Legislative Agenda Is Dead

President Trump has proven he can do a lot of damage—to climate science, ethics rules, Syrian airfields, and the English language—but he has yet to prove he can get much done in Congress. On everything from jobs to taxes to health care, the president’s legislative agenda is not just stalled, it’s evaporating.

June 20, 2017
Trump, Sessions, Preet Bharara

Russia Investigation Seems Stranger Than Fiction

While it’s true that Sessions rightly recused himself from any investigation into Russian hacking in March, he had already had a month to learn about Russian interference in the election. And he could still ask for a briefing without putting the investigation, now headed by special counsel Robert Mueller, in jeopardy. Isn’t he concerned?

June 20, 2017

Supreme Court To Decide On Partisan Gerrymandering: Can It Be Used To Create Favorable Voting Districts?

The Supreme Court said Monday it will hear a closely watched challenge to partisan gerrymandering in Wisconsin and decide whether it is unconstitutional for party leaders to entrench themselves in power with carefully drawn electoral maps. The case of Gill vs. Whitford is to be heard in the fall, and it could yield one of the most important rulings on political power in decades.

June 20, 2017
CNN

Reporters Fall Into The “Alt-Right” Trap With Julius Caesar Stunt

While many journalists have done yeoman’s work catching up on the assortment of white nationalists, misogynists, and conspiracy theorists behind this new wave of fringe media outlets, they’ve been less effective in learning about the tactics those figures use to manipulate the press. That failing was evident over the weekend, as major news outlets reported on Friday night’s “alt-right” interruption of a performance of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.

June 20, 2017
Nabra Hassanen

Virginia Police Arrest Suspect In Abduction, Beating And Murder Of 17-Year-Old Muslim Girl

According to witness, 17-year-old Nabra Hussein was with a group of teens from their mosque when they were accosted by a man in a red car who shouted insults at them. The man stopped his car and got out wielding a baseball bat and attacked Hussein, then disappeared with her.

June 20, 2017
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Trump As Caesar: Irresponsible, Nasty, Fun

Lend me your ears. You’ll be glad. Today’s subject is the controversial production of “Julius Caesar” in which a Donald Trump-like figure gets assassinated. Given today’s angry political climate, the costuming showed poor taste at the very least. Delta Air Lines and Bank of America withdrew their sponsorship, and who could blame them?

June 20, 2017
Pence not offended by Hamilton cast member's remarks and praises show

Mike Pence’s Private Emails Cost Indiana $100,000

Vice President Mike Pence’s home state of Indiana is paying $100,000 for extra lawyers to tackle a large backlog of records requests targeting government emails Pence sent through his private AOL account as governor. Pence was governor of Indiana for four years before becoming Vice President of the United States in January.

June 19, 2017

How Public Pressure Forced Megyn Kelly To Expose Alex Jones

A well-deserved firestorm of denunciations from the families of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting and other critics forced Megyn Kelly to turn a report that was originally billed as a self-promotional head-to-head showdown with Alex Jones into a well-edited investigation of the dangers posed by an unstable megalomaniac with millions of loyal fans, including one in the Oval Office.

June 19, 2017
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No Joy In Mudville — And Washington

At the end of the day, we heard The Washington Post’s earthshaking scoop: Trump is under investigation for obstruction of justice. But there was no joy in Mudville, or Washington, even for those who saw big trouble coming. Universally, we were grief-stricken and gobsmacked at the turn of events for Congress and the rocky Trump White House — not even five-months-old.

June 19, 2017

A Presidency Consumed By Pettiness

Trump’s comical obsession with his own electoral accomplishment is at the root of his current political troubles, including investigations that will hobble him for months, even if they ultimately find no criminal wrongdoing. By constantly revisiting his unexpected defeat of Hillary Clinton and insisting that everyone acknowledge how amazing it was, he may ensure that nothing he does in the White House will be nearly as impressive.

June 19, 2017
Flag burning protected under First Amendment

Political Violence: ‘As American As Cherry Pie’

Wednesday’s attack on Republican members of Congress by a gun-wielding Bernie Sanders supporter was an occasion to wonder what we have come to when political differences are seen as grounds for killing. What we have come to, in fact, is the place we have always been. Our history is spattered with the blood of people targeted for political reasons.

June 19, 2017
Trump

Trump’s Base Voters Grow Weary

It has been a rough Friday morning for President Donald Trump. He fired off a pair of tweetstorms aiming his anger at investigators looking into his potential ties to Russia, the “fake news media” and, in general, the “phony Witch Hunt going on in America.”

June 18, 2017
Trump in Ames

Trump Backer Charged After Storming Julius Caesar Play

A pro-Trump protester has been charged with trespassing and disorderly conduct after interrupting a staging of Julius Caesar in New York’s Central Park to protest against the “normalization of political violence against the right.” Laura Loomer, who identifies herself as a journalist, stormed the stage on Friday during the scene in which the title character, who bears a striking resemblance to President Donald Trump, is assassinated.

June 18, 2017
Pence, Evangelicals

‘President Pence’ If Trump Fires Mueller: Bush Lawyer

Vice President Mike Pence will soon lead the U.S. if President Donald Trump fires Russia investigation special counsel Robert Mueller, a Bush administration ethics lawyer said Saturday. Trump’s legal team and surrogates are “building a case for firing Mueller,” wrote Richard Painter in a tweet after he appeared on Fox News Saturday.

June 18, 2017