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US Will Track Visa Holders Via Social Media

The Department of Immigration & Customs Enforcement is taking new steps in its plans for monitoring the social media accounts of applicants and holders of U.S. visas. At a tech industry conference last Thursday in Arlington, Virginia, ICE officials explained to software providers what they are seeking: algorithms that would assess potential threats…

November 23, 2017
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Visitor Logs Reveal Trump’s Swamp Of Billionaires

Wall Street billionaires, corporate lobbyists and far right conservatives flooded the White House almost immediately after Donald Trump’s presidential victory, newly released White House visitor logs reveal. The White House was forced to release the list of visitors to five federal offices after the Washington transparency group Property of the People sued under the Freedom of Information Act.

November 23, 2017
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Here’s What You Have To Earn To Get A Mortgage In America’s 50 Largest Metropolitan Areas

An affordable housing crisis is growing across America, as home ownership prices keep growing at a pace unmatched by incomes and new construction. But disparities in home costs vary greatly, with progressive coastal epicenters being the priciest, while inland metropolitan areas have houses at a fraction of that cost.

November 22, 2017
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The GOP’s Tax Cut Bonanza Is A Major Attack On Medicare

Do you trust Paul Ryan to protect your Medicare benefits? How about White House budget director Mick Mulvaney, a former member of the House Freedom Caucus, and like Ryan, a longstanding foe of Medicare? If the just-passed House tax bill, its Senate counterpart or some compromise of the two is signed into law…

November 22, 2017

Investigative Report: Instagram’s Political Propaganda Spread To Multi-Millions Of Facebook Users In 2016

Maybe you saw it, too. On Thursday, I read a post from Facebook executives touting their determination to reel in the propaganda monster their platform had enabled in 2016’s election. “We are committed to protecting legitimate political discussion within our community,” Facebook said…

November 21, 2017
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Racism Is A Highly Profitable Online Business

White supremacists, alt-right members, Republicans and other garden-variety bigots used to rely on mainstream crowdfunding sources when they wanted to raise money. Vocal white nationalist Emily Youcis received donations using Patreon; violent alt-rightie Kyle Chapman had a PayPal;

November 21, 2017
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Roy Moore’s Preposterous Threat Against An Alabama News Publisher Backfires Spectacularly

Embattled Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, accused of sexually assaulting minors, sent a cease-and-desist to Alabama Media Group (AMG) over AL.com’s allegedly defamatory coverage of him. AL.com, which endorsed Moore’s Democratic opponent Doug Jones, was ready with a blistering response: “AL.com hereby rejects your demand.”

November 21, 2017
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Al Franken Shouldn’t Resign

Yes, I’ll say it, and I hope it’s not too late: Al Franken should not resign. He shouldn’t be forced to resign, either by the Democrats who (rightly) can’t abide double standards or the Republicans who would love to see a Democratic knock-down.

November 19, 2017
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These Russian Oligarchs Are Making Donald Trump Rich

During the many government investigations into whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government during the 2016 presidential elections, President Donald Trump has insisted he doesn’t have business dealings with Russia.

November 19, 2017

Trump’s ‘Great Relationship’ With A Homicidal Drug Warrior

So it goes in Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, which has claimed somewhere between 7,000 and 13,000 lives since he took office in June 2016. Although Duterte’s bloody crusade has drawn international criticism, Donald Trump evidently did not think the subject…

November 19, 2017

Saudi Prince’s Tantrum Has Global Impact

What ails the royal court of Saudi Arabia? The Crown Prince—Mohammed Bin Salman—has arrested 11 rich and powerful princes and about 200 businessmen. These men of great wealth and might are being held in the Ritz Carlton hotel in Riyadh. Their assets are being seized in stages.

November 18, 2017
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Washington Republicans Tried To Rig Alabama Election

The strange saga of Roy Moore’s senatorial bid in Alabama has made one thing clear: Nobody should doubt that the GOP is the modern political party most eager to rig election results—even when the target is a fellow Republican.

November 18, 2017
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How Social Change Comes In Twos, And History Rhymes

Go down, Harvey Weinstein, down to Alabama and campaign for cowboy Roy Moore, the Republican rocking Washington the way you roiled Hollywood. The dirty river of sexual harassment finally rose to claim and name each of you — and more. Comedian Louis C.K., you can go, too.

November 18, 2017

Donald Trump’s Strange Bro-mances With Duterte And Putin

Duterte, a self-styled “toughie” who boasts of personally killing many people and who likes to compare himself to Satan, has been on a murderous rampage since his election last year. In the name of eliminating drugs, he has unleashed a massive military assault across the country, not merely targeting dealers, but also anyone using drugs.

November 17, 2017

Republicans Sneak Anti-Choice Language Into Tax Bill

The GOP tax plan before Congress has billions in gimmicks and giveaways for corporate interests. But none may be as far-reaching, from a social policy perspective, as language declaring human fetuses are legal persons for federal tax purposes.

November 17, 2017
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Roy Moore Proves The Moral Bankruptcy Of The Religious Right

He is a judge who was suspended from his position as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court for failing to uphold the Constitution of the United States. But that wasn’t enough to keep Roy Moore from winning the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

November 17, 2017

Trump Fans Want Hillary Impeached. From What?

It has been a year since the 2016 presidential election and it seems some Americans are still a little confused about the result. Newsflash: Hillary Clinton is not president, therefore she cannot be impeached. But don’t let that stop you from trying, folks.

November 16, 2017
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Defaulted Federal Loan Official Resigns After Pro Publica Report

A senior official in charge of a federal loan guarantee program resigned after ProPublica reported his prior role in obtaining a guarantee under the same program as part of a deal that failed. The official, Gavin Clarkson, stepped down Monday as deputy assistant secretary…

November 16, 2017
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A Wide-Open Door For Pesticide Lobbyists At The Agriculture Department

Teams like Adcock’s, created under an executive order by President Trump, had been taking heat from Democratic lawmakers over their secrecy. What little was publicly known suggested that some of the groups’ members had deep ties to the industries being regulated.

November 15, 2017
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Democratic Socialism Rising Among Millennials

The 31-year-old former Marine is part of a growing cadre of Americans, particularly millennials, pledging their allegiance to the Democratic Socialists of America, the nation’s fastest growing leftist group that was originally founded in 1982 as a foothold for Marxists.

November 13, 2017
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Why Sebastian Gorka WIll Make Fox News Even Worse

On Wednesday, Sean Hannity announced that former White House national security aide Sebastian Gorka would be joining Fox News as a national security strategist. Experts have repeatedly questioned Gorka’s supposed national security expertise.

November 13, 2017
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Domestic Violence Threatens Everyone — Even White Men

Sutherland Springs, Las Vegas, Sandy Hook, Orlando…what do all these recent mass shootings have in common? The perpetrators of these horrific crimes showed a proclivity for violence against women. Yet despite the clear connection between violence at home and mass violence against the public…

November 13, 2017
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Which Voting Bloc Saves Democrats Again And Again?

It’s curious, though fairly predictable, that most postmortems of the Virginia and New Jersey gubernatorial races seem to gloss over the fact that Democrats lost the white vote. More specifically, Democrats lost white women, the same demographic of so-called values voters whose majority support for Donald Trump…

November 13, 2017
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Virginia, A Ray Of Light On A Rainy Day

Forgive my blue gloom. Clinton was for all seasons — first lady, senator, secretary of state. She deserved better: a fair chance, not to be run down in the mud of her opponent’s misogyny. Her defeat was a defeat for every woman and girl who avidly supported her. My sister and her girl campaigned door to door in Las Vegas.

November 11, 2017
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Post-Election, GOP Is A ‘Frothing Cauldron Of Panic’

“Ed Gillespie’s resounding loss in Tuesday’s Virginia governor’s race—coupled with a series of other losses in lower-profile races around the country—will likely take what was bubbling concern among Republicans about their prospects in the 2018 midterms and transform it into a frothing cauldron of panic,” wrote Chris Cillizza, CNN’s editor-at-large and a longtime Washington analyst.

November 10, 2017