A resolution offering forceful condemnation of white supremacists, neo-Nazis and other hate groups was passed unanimously by both chambers of Congress and sent to President Donald Trump’s desk on Tuesday. The language leaves no room for equivocation, explicitly condemning the vehicular killing of Heather Heyer as a “domestic terrorist attack.”
Shortly after Attorney General Jeff Sessions broke the news that Trump would be ending the “Dreamers” program, also known as Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Alfonso Aguilar appeared on CNN to voice his disgust. “It’s insulting and sad,” said the president of Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles. “If the goal of the President of the United States is to deal with ‘heart,’ as he said, with DACA recipients, then the president failed miserably.”
The billboard is up on Southern Boulevard, which is one street that links directly to Trump’s estate. He’s often been criticized for not only spending too much time at Mar-a-Lago but for golfing and vacationing too often. Just recently, Trump wrapped up a 17-day “working vacation” at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. In a press release, the impeachment campaigners note that the billboard’s purpose is to “remind” the Republican that “no one is above the law.”
McCain has rarely been timid, and in many ways, he is continuing the course set in July when he stunned Washington with his vote against the health care bill. At the time, he urged senators in a piercing floor speech to quit listening to the “bombastic loudmouths” on partisan talk radio and online, and get to work by returning to the regular congressional order of committee hearings and votes to address the nation’s concerns, regardless of party.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Monday that President Trump would make defensive gear available to police again by undoing a policy from the Obama administration. Trump then signed an executive order whose title emphasized that branding: “Restoring State, Tribal, and Local Law Enforcement’s Access to Life-Saving Equipment and Resources.”
Donald Trump signed away Obama-era flood standards just weeks before Hurricane Harvey hit Texas in a bid to get infrastructure projects approved more quickly. The rule signed by former president Barack Obama in 2015 had not yet come into effect but aimed to make infrastructure more resilient to the effects of climate change, such as rising sea levels and flooding.
Will this time be different? Has Trump finally crossed a line that’s the beginning of the unraveling of his presidency? Last week he threatened nuclear war with North Korea. This week he doubled down on defending white supremacists even as his allies, corporate executives and military and intelligence chiefs, backed away.
Ted Lieu is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing California’s 33rd congressional district since 2015. Rep. Lieu served in the JAG corps from 1995-1999 and as a colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve from 2000-2016. Lieu has been an outspoken critic of the war on Yemen, and more recently, of President Trump’s authority to unilaterally authorize a nuclear first strike.
While the Washington press corps and the rest of the world was distracted last week by the antics of the Mooch, Spicey, and the Donald, Bill Browder, an American-born British banker, was relegated to the side stage of C-SPAN3. For the Senate Judiciary Committee and the hard-core cable audience, Browder laid out what NPR called “a terrifying and complex picture of Putin’s Russia.”
One faint sound you can hear emanating from the imploding Trump White House is the whispering of senior adviser Steve Bannon in the ear of his embattled boss: Go left, old man, go left. This advice, first reported by the leftist scribes of the Intercept and the venture capital mavens at Axios, is to raise taxes on the rich.
Once upon a time, President Trump was capable of sublimating his rage and bluster into actions that seemed presidential, at least occasionally. His address to Congress in late February, while oversold as the “moment he became president,” was at least a competent execution of an ancient Washington ritual.
President Donald Trump compared America to a nation under wartime occupation that needs to be liberated from illegal immigrants during a “Make America Great Again” rally in Ohio Tuesday night.
In two tweets Wednesday morning, Trump criticized Sessions for not replacing Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, whose wife ran for office in Virginia as a Democrat in 2015 and received contributions from the state Democratic Party.
According to a 2016 study by the Rand Corporation commissioned by the Department of Defense, there are about 11,000 transgender people in active duty and the reserves. Despite Trump’s claim that transgender people are a “burden” to the military, the Rand study found that allowing transgender people to serve openly “would have a minimal impact on readiness and health care costs.”
The possible removal of the nation’s top law enforcement officer because he has not prosecuted the president’s former political rival is deeply troubling and points to Trump’s authoritarian tendencies. But it also shows that the president is trapped in a right-wing media feedback loop.
Shortly after arriving at his Sterling, Virginia golf club on Sunday, President Trump lashed out at his own party via Twitter. “It’s very sad that Republicans, even some that were carried over the line on my back, do very little to protect their President,” Trump tweeted.
President Donald Trump loves to brag about his Twitter following. As more revelations brewed around the Trump campaign’s possible involvement with Russia, Trump tweeted on June 17 about his overall social media following: 100 million strong, or so he claims, and Twitter of course being his favorite method of communication.
Donald Trump and those around him have made a long series of mistakes stemming from his campaign’s contacts with Russians and subsequent inquiries into the matter, which raise the real possibility of his impeachment. But none of those compares to his biggest blunder: choosing Mike Pence as his running mate.
Where are Charlie and Dave, Mrs. Koch’s two mischievous boys?While the Koch brothers have stayed out of the national limelight since the White House was acquired by Trump and Company, that doesn’t mean the two right-wing billionaire brats are any less active…
Since he took office in January, Donald Trump has predicted the imminent demise of Obamacare. Six months later, the Affordable Care Act remains the law of the land, and the GOP is no closer to repeal and replacement. In fact, the states where the legislation is failing to meet its stated goals are almost exclusively those controlled by the Republican Party.
Right-wing media evolved into a hall of mirrors in 2016, when Breitbart displaced Fox News as the key agenda-setting and attack-leading epicenter of a disinformation-filled, paranoid ecosystem promoting Donald Trump and his pro-white America agenda.
No reasonable person (which automatically rules out his base) sees Donald Trump as a paragon of good health. The oldest person to enter the presidency, Trump maintains a lifestyle conspicuously absent of practices that might be labeled “health minded.”
The local TV news giant has been pushing a right-wing slant on local television stations across the country for years. Owned by the Smiths, a family of longtime Republican donors who have all the ambition of News Corp.’s Rupert Murdoch but a much lower profile, Sinclair has mostly flown under the radar.
Fox News remains President Trump’s favorite news channel, and Sean Hannity his single greatest champion. But mounting criticism from the latter’s Fox co-anchors this week suggests the network’s support for the president may be eroding.
Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian government attorney, a Russian government lobbyist and others to obtain damaging information about Hillary Clinton does not qualify as treason, the Washington Post explained, because of the language of the Constitution.