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Iran Rouhani

Iran Vows ‘Firm Response’ Unless Obama Stops Sanctions Renewal

“America’s president is obliged to exercise his authority by preventing its approval and particularly its implementation … and if this gross violation is carried out we will firmly respond,” Iranian President Rouhani said

December 4, 2016
Donald Trump, Democracy, and Indecency

From Nixon To Trump: Democracy and Indecency

Trump made scores of promises he could not possibly fulfill. The biggest was the same one fascist strongmen always offer: transcendent national renewal, built upon the cleansing of dangerous untermenschen from the body politic.

December 2, 2016
Obama saved 1.5 million auto jobs

Remember When Obama Saved 1.5 Million Auto Industry Jobs?

In the end, the bailout that Obama championed saved more than one million jobs, and Fox News still hated it. If only Obama had saved 1,000 Carrier jobs instead.

December 1, 2016
Minorities trump

How Will ‘We’ Survive A President Trump?

If our calamitous past has taught us anything it should be that mere survival is not enough. And assurances that “we will survive” refer to a privileged and limited “we.”

December 1, 2016
Oil industry reeling from Obama's biofuel regulations

Trump Faces Dilemma As U.S. Oil Reels From Record Biofuels Targets

The Obama administration signed its final plan for renewable fuel use, leaving an oil industry reeling from the most aggressive biofuel targets yet as Trump takes over. This policy has pitted two of Trump’s support bases against each other: Big Oil and Big Corn.

November 28, 2016
Fake news has real consequences

Fake News Will Have Real Consequences

The right wing has led us so far down the rabbit hole of its alt-right alt-reality that we now face the very real prospect of military and policy choices hinged on things “people are saying” or tweets from those who are “too busy” to check facts.

November 26, 2016
Judge blocks Obama Administration's overtime rule

Judge Blocks Obama Administration Rule Extending Overtime Pay

The rule was to take effect Dec. 1 and would have doubled to $47,500 the maximum salary a worker can earn and still be eligible for mandatory overtime pay. The new threshold would have been the first significant change in four decades.

November 23, 2016
Kris Kobach Muslim Ban

Caught On Camera: Donald Trump’s Anti-Muslim Agenda Revealed

The plan was revealed when an AP photographer captured an image of Kris Kobach entering a private meeting with Trump on Sunday, carrying a binder and papers.

November 22, 2016
eric-bolling

Fox News’ Eric Bolling Is Trying — And Failing — To Cover His Bigoted Tracks

Bolling deleted a five-year-old racist tweet about President Obama immediately after Media Matters unearthed it. He’s obviously trying to hide his racism, and he’s doing a terrible job of it.

November 22, 2016
Republicans ask for bipartisanship after 8 years of obstructing Obama's policies

GOP Obstructionists Now Insist We All Must Back Our New President

Never mind that Republicans obstruction and disrespect for President Obama endured eight long years. Now that Reince Priebus has landed the position of White House chief of staff, he’s just in love with bipartisanship and finding common ground.

November 21, 2016
Donald Trump

White Grievance And The Coming Storm

For more than a year Trump’s “truthful hyperboles” and barbaric campaign persona have played to the fantasists on the right and on the left. Either we have elected an opportunistic, conservative businessman who is only just beginning to understand the constraints on his office, or we are standing on the doorstep of the apocalypse.

November 21, 2016
Obama Administration bans Arctic drilling

Obama Administration Bars New Oil Exploration In Arctic Waters

President Barack Obama has made fighting climate change and protecting the Arctic priorities in his administration. Donald Trump has vowed to open resources to petroleum development and could take steps to reverse the decision.

November 21, 2016
Obamacare sign up explodes after Trump elected

More Than 300,000 Signed Up For Obamacare After Trump Was Elected

The flood of people signing up for Obamacare since enrollment began Nov. 1 surpassed 1 million on Saturday, outpacing enrollment from last year.

November 17, 2016
Protests outside Trump's new Washington DC hotel

At The End Of The Day, Trump’s Still A Bigot

I have no idea how to “heal” woman hating and no desire to “come together” with the Klan. So what now? Well, now those of us who feel the same way must make it a priority to get off our assets and vote in 2018. And in the meantime, resist.

November 16, 2016
Steyer to take on Trump

Billionaire Green Activist Steyer Vows To Battle Trump, Says Money Not An Issue

Billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer, who has spent more than $140 million on fighting climate change, said he will spend whatever it takes to fight Trump’s pro-drilling and anti-regulation agenda.

November 15, 2016
Obama to tutor trump

Obama To Tutor Trump Because He’s Clueless About The Scope Of His New Job

After observing Trump’s frightening lack of preparedness, President Obama is now said to be in the unenviable position of having to go above and beyond what’s generally expected in advising his successor.

November 15, 2016
Trump wake up call

President Obama: ‘Trump In For A Wake-Up Call When He Takes Office’

“This office has a way of waking you up,” Obama said. “Those aspects of his positions or predispositions that don’t match up with reality, he will find shaken up pretty quick because reality has a way of asserting itself.”

November 14, 2016
Media normalizing Trump

Right On Cue, Media Begins To Normalize Trump

Overall there’s a creeping sense that we’re stuck with Trump and we should make it “work” in some type of do-goody liberal appeal to patriotism. But this is wrong, both tactically and ethically.

November 14, 2016
John Kerry climate change

U.S. To Push Ahead On Climate Pact Before Trump Takes Over

Secretary of State John Kerry said the Obama administration would do everything it could to implement a global agreement to combat climate change before Trump takes office.

November 13, 2016
Trump dreamers

Will Trump Feed ‘Dreamers’ To The Wolves?

Trump will need to throw a tasty morsel to supporters, something to prove that he’s still their man. The easiest group to cast into that den will be the young people flourishing under Obama’s executive action on immigration.

November 13, 2016
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

U.S. Consumer Financial Agency Could Be Defanged Under Trump

Many Republicans opposed the agency’s creation. They now say they dislike its structure and believe it oversteps its authority in enforcement.

November 11, 2016
America should have seen Trump coming

America Should Have Seen Trump Coming

There were early signs of the rural American discontent that helped propel Donald Trump to election victory, even if it was underestimated by the Washington establishment, pollsters, and Hillary Clinton’s campaign

November 11, 2016
Democratic ash heap

Democratic Aspirations Are Headed For The Ash Heap

The Democratic Party is bleeding out and near death, too. It may not be terminal, but it is certainly comatose. It may recover, but even if it does, its health will be fragile for years to come.

November 11, 2016
This election decides who and what we are

An Election That Defines Who And What We Are

This country finds itself facing an electoral decision starker and more portentous than any in modern memory. We don’t just choose new policies on Tuesday, or even a new vision. No, we choose identity. We decide who and what we are.

November 7, 2016
Georgia senators will consider Hillary Clinton's Supreme Court nominees.

Georgia Senators Will Consider Future Clinton Supreme Court Nominees

Georgia’s two Republican senators broke with members of their party, saying they would consider Supreme Court nominees put forward by Hillary Clinton if she wins the presidency, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on Sunday.

November 6, 2016