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Thursday, December 14, 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
Jared Kushner

Jared Kushner Failed To Disclose West Bank Funding

Jared Kushner failed to disclose his role as a co-director of the Charles and Seryl Kushner Foundation from 2006 to 2015, a time when the group funded an Israeli settlement considered to be illegal under international law, on financial records he filed with the Office of Government Ethics earlier this year.

December 4, 2017
Trump, Russia, Nuclear Deal

Can Left, Right, And Center Join To Fight Trump?

Who could be against the idea that liberals and conservatives should unite around the proposition that President Trump is unfit for office and should be removed from the presidency? The question takes on added urgency as the rule of law, the principle of arithmetic and the practice of congressional order…

December 3, 2017
Trump, Alternative Facts, Lies

Trump Impeachment Odds Soar After Flynn Deal

The odds of Donald Trump becoming just the third president in U.S. history to be impeached have soared following news Friday that Michael Flynn has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI and is cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

December 2, 2017

GOP ‘Reform’ Of Carried-Interest Loophole Is Fakery

Donald Trump isn’t exactly shy when it comes to denouncing things he doesn’t like. And there’s one particular part of the tax code that he denounced over and over both during the campaign and after taking office. He said that the people benefiting from this portion of the code were “getting away with murder.”

December 2, 2017

A Better, Simpler Tax Reform For Progressives

While slashing taxes for some of the country’s most privileged, including Donald Trump and his family, the GOP’s seemingly unstoppable scheme to reform the tax code fail to address America’s most pressing problems: rising inequality, the climate crisis…

December 2, 2017
Trump VOA

Trump’s Mad Delusions Endanger Us All

Delusion, and lots of it, is pretty much a prerequisite for dictators. The New Yorker’s David Remnick notes that Finnish autocrat Urho Kekkonen reportedly opened his public orations with the line, “If I die…” Ugandan dictator Idi Amin decreed his official title was…

December 2, 2017

FCC Chair’s Deceptive History Of The Internet

The world of the internet, as seen by Federal Communications Chairman Ajit Pai, is simple. Regulation is bad, deregulation is good. Conservatives are victims, and liberals reign supreme. And history doesn’t matter. That’s the impression one gets from a remarkable speech…

December 1, 2017
health care

Trump’s Madness Masks McConnell’s Dictatorial Scheming

Whether or not it is coincidental, orchestrated or a bit of both, the latest reality-denying fantasy-embracing outbursts and provocations from President Trump gave Senate Republicans more cover to continue ramming through a tax bill in a manner that defies any pretense of representative government.

December 1, 2017
Clinton Emails

Democrats Must Drop Identity Politics — Now

What follows here is remarkably similar to what I had planned to write after an expected and prayed-for Hillary Clinton victory: Obsessive appeals to racial, ethnic, sexual and gender identity groupings are bad politics. That’s because at a certain point, “inclusivity” takes on the air of exclusivity.

November 30, 2017
Trump tax returns

GOP Goes For Win On Taxes, Consequences Be Damned

Their promised Affordable Care Act repeal failed – again and again and again. Their Muslim ban was, well, banned by the courts. And now, in the waning days of November, their infrastructure bill, big beautiful border wall and brand new NAFTA are all missing.

November 30, 2017

Alec Baldwin Says Democrats Must ‘Send Trump’ To Moscow

Baldwin took the stage to call for action and unity within the Democratic party. He said that former President Bill Clinton had told him to remind the audience that Democrats should focus on building a stronger message and encouraging voters to support the party…

November 29, 2017

7 Things To Know About Ajit Pai, The Man Trump Tasked With Killing Net Neutrality

Ajit Pais is chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, the government agency that regulates radio and television airwaves, cable TV, and internet. In other words, he has immense power. President Trump appointed Pai to serve as chairman in January…

November 29, 2017
Democratic, healthy, resistance

We Are Living in Perilous Times—And Yet There Is A Promising Movement Afoot

“The system is rigged!” is now an angry, bipartisan cry, intensifying as Trump bows to big-donor interests and deepens distrust of government. But here’s the worst part. Not only has big-donor influence blocked lifesaving public actions from worker safety to climate change, but in recent decades political donors have gotten savvier.

November 29, 2017
Senate Health Bill

They Choose Party Over Neighbors, Friends, And Country

Just two of its provisions—sharply limiting the home mortgage interest deduction, and eliminating the federal deduction of state and local income and property taxes—would not only stick taxpayers in California and the urban northeast with sharply higher income taxes, but could destabilize real estate markets.

November 29, 2017

Fleecing Financial Consumers, Enabled By Trump

A circle in hell has been set aside for financiers who fleece ordinary folks. This hot place has long rung with demands of death to the agency that protects working Americans from their pillage. President Trump is on the case as he tries to kill the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau by putting its enemies in charge.

November 28, 2017

Why Franken Should Not Resign

The chorus of loud demands for Senator Al Franken’s resignation began from the moment that Leeann Tweeden accused him of sexual harassment. Those calls intensified after three more women — two of them anonymous — said the Minnesota Democrat had touched them inappropriately. They haven’t subsided yet.

November 28, 2017

Washington Post: ‘Sting’ Sought To Embarrass Newspaper In Sex Probe

The Washington Post said Monday it was the target of an apparent “sting” operation that sought to plant a false story to discredit the newspaper’s investigation of sexual misconduct allegations against Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore.

November 28, 2017
consumer bureau

One Job, 2 Chiefs As Drama Builds At Consumer Bureau

Two officials with starkly different views of the job staked claims Monday to be the acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in a dramatic showdown over the leadership of the independent watchdog that spilled into a federal courtroom.

November 28, 2017
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump walks past a teleprompter as he departs after delivering a foreign policy speech at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, United States, April 27, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Trump Makes ‘Pocahontas’ Jab About Elizabeth Warren To Elderly Native Americans In Ceremony Honoring Code Talkers

Trump noted that Native Americans had been in North America longer than other groups, then segued into a crack about Warren, the Massachusetts Democrat who has been the subject of controversy for her undocumented claims of partial Native American ancestry.

November 28, 2017

That Ethical, Sustainable Chocolate You Love? It May Be A Fraud

Ten percent of products in the food and drink category are “adulterated or mislabeled,” according to a new study by Ecovia Intelligence, an ethical product research firm. Seafood, parmesan cheese, Kobe beef, herbal tea—all of these products were investigated…

November 27, 2017

I Hate Sports, But Love Watching Trump Be Enraged By Black Millionaires Who Tell Him Where To Get Off

I do not like sports. There are lots of other things I hate more—cancer, genocide, lite jazz—but ultimately, they’re all separated by a matter of degrees. I don’t care who won last night’s game, who’s in anyone’s brackets or how great the Whatchamacallits are “looking this year.”

November 26, 2017