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Friday, March 23, 2018

Gorka Joins Outlet That Published “Ten Things I Hate About Jews”

Gorka, who previously worked at Breitbart alongside Steve Bannon and Yiannopoulos, clearly knows the terrain of the alt-right and the white nationalist editorial line promoted by Breitbart. But while Breitbart often falls back on dog-whistle smears of Jews and Muslims, The Rebel has an established history of tolerating, and possibly encouraging, explicit bigotry.

February 7, 2018
Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump attends a campaign rally at Crown Arena in Fayetteville, North Carolina August 9, 2016. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

The National Security Case For Campaign Finance Reform

With the erosion of campaign finance rules, we also have become accustomed to seeing third-party ads, too. These ads are sometimes harder to identify with a particular side or candidate, but it does not take a huge leap for the average viewer to figure out why the American Petroleum Institute would run ads against a Democrat…

November 21, 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
Trump, Enemy

What Does Dictator Putin Have On Donald Trump?

Otherwise, Americans cannot count upon this president to protect and defend the U.S. Constitution any more than they could trust him alone with their wives or daughters. To Trump, patriotism is a one-way street running from his deluded voters to his grandiose sense of entitlement.

November 15, 2017
AR-15 Is the Weapon of Choice for Mass Shooters

Why The AR-15 Is The Weapon Of Choice For Mass Shooters

Besides his penchant for domestic abuse and his military background, another interesting connection emerged between the Sutherland Springs shooter and other recent killers. His weapon of choice was the AR-15, which seems to have become a favorite of mass murderers as of late.

November 9, 2017

For Harasser Halperin, It’s Goodbye Nantucket

But Halperin quickly regained his balance, urging viewers to be skeptical of women accusing Trump of actually doing what he bragged about. He was widely regarded as Trump’s favorite non-Fox News pundit. Halperin and his longtime girlfriend recently bought a multimillion dollar summer home on fashionable Nantucket.

November 8, 2017

Why They’re Still Chasing ‘Crooked Hillary’

Every Crooked Hillary frenzy I’ve encountered since has followed the same pattern: correct the errors and fill in the blanks, and the scandal evaporates. Whether you’d want her to be your president or even your neighbor, Hillary Clinton is a cautious, intelligent politician who colors inside the lines—even if those lines are often drawn with legalistic exactitude.

November 1, 2017
Trump voters

Trump Supporters Hit Hardest By Obamacare Cuts

President Donald Trump’s decision to end a provision of the Affordable Care Act will most impact the core support that carried him to the presidency, according to new research. Nearly 70 percent of those affected by Trump’s executive order last week ending cost-sharing reduction subsidies live in states that voted for him last November, according to new research by the Associated Press.

October 16, 2017

Gun Outfit Hired Hannity And Others As Paid Shills

Right-wing radio hosts such as Sean Hannity and Mark Levin have been acting as paid pitch people for a company that promises to help train members on how to use guns to “survive a mass shooting.” Hannity has been especially vocal about the company and used the recent Las Vegas mass shooting to shill for it on his radio program.

October 9, 2017
pregnant woman us

Another Thing Disappearing From Rural America: Maternal Care

Maternity care is disappearing from America’s rural counties, and for the 28 million women of reproductive age living in those areas, pregnancy and childbirth are becoming more complicated — and more dangerous. That’s the upshot of a new report from the Rural Health Research Center at the University of Minnesota that examined obstetric services in the nation’s 1,984 rural counties over a 10-year period. In 2004, 45 percent of rural counties had no hospitals with obstetric services; by 2014, that figure had jumped to 54 percent. The decline was greatest in heavily black counties and in states with the strictest eligibility rules for Medicaid.

September 6, 2017

Donald Trump Is Leading A ‘Cult of Toxic White Masculinity’ That May Destroy Our Institutions And Endanger Our Safety

Chauncey DeVega, politics writer for Salon, is a keen observer of Trump and his supporters. DeVega argues that Trump is less a political figure than the leader of a cult of toxic masculinity, a nearly religious movement deeply infused with the racism, misogyny and nativism that has long been part of this country’s national character.

August 29, 2017
Obama, Trump

Trump Rescinded Obama’s Flood Risk Rules Before Harvey

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.

August 28, 2017

What’s Written In The Stars

Here in the nation’s capital, it was the happiest thing to happen in seven months. Looking skyward, people were moved to see the moon cover the sun almost totally. Strangers passing the time of day in Georgetown, and then passing a pair of eclipse glasses around, melted into mere fellow earthlings. It sparked a sense of oneness, just us and the cosmos.

August 26, 2017

Bernie Sanders The Most Popular Politician In The U.S.

Sanders has been named the most popular politician in the U.S. in previous polls, but it is notable he continues to be the frontrunner even as some in the Democratic Party continue to blame him and his supporters for Clinton’s stunning election loss to Trump. There are many theories regarding why Clinton didn’t win, despite her experience and qualifications (and who she was up against).

August 26, 2017

Poll: Trump Finds Approval Only In His Hardcore Republican Base

Voters who are standing by Donald Trump, led by three-quarters of Republicans, are a defiant but shrinking minority of a national electorate that increasingly sees Trump as a failing political and moral leader, and an untrustworthy and unstable individual. That’s the takeaway from a national poll of 1,514 people by Quinnipiac University taken after Trump’s embrace of white supremacists and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville.

August 26, 2017

Calling Texas’ Anti-Trans Bathroom Ban A “Safety” Measure Is A Nod To A Pervasive, Debunked Lie

Houston, TX, broadcast news media’s coverage of a proposed statewide anti-transgender bathroom ban — which would prevent transgender people from using public restrooms that align with their gender identity — frequently cited supporters’ claims that a ban was necessary in order to protect the “safety” and “privacy” of women and children. This rhetoric served as a less-explicit but still insidious nod to the debunked, anti-transgender bathroom predator myth that has been touted before, which claims that transgender-inclusive restrooms would allow sexual predators to enter women’s bathrooms and assault or harass them.

August 26, 2017

Florida Preparing To Execute White Supremacist

The lethal cocktail contains etomidate, an anesthetic that’s never been used in a U.S. execution, the Associated Press reports. After that drug is administered, rocuronium bromide, a paralytic, and potassium acetate, which stops the heart, will be injected. (This also is to be Florida’s first time using potassium acetate, a drug that was mistakenly used in a 2015 execution in Oklahoma due to mislabeled syringes.)

August 25, 2017
Judge blocks Obama Administration's overtime rule

Florida Lawmakers To Review Law Targeting Injured Undocumented Workers

The second-highest ranking member of the Florida Senate pledged a legislative review of a state law that has allowed injured undocumented workers to be arrested and potentially deported rather than paid workers’ compensation benefits.

August 25, 2017
MU students protest inside Jesse Hall after report of racism

Federal Judge Thwarts Conservative Efforts To Kill Ethnic Studies

An Arizona federal judge has struck down a state law banning ethnic studies programs as being racially discriminatory. The ruling was a big victory for advocates and educators who argued that the ban, passed by Republicans in 2010, unfairly targeted Latino students in the state and kept them from learning about their history.

August 25, 2017
Protests outside Trump's new Washington DC hotel

How (Not) To Challenge Racist Violence

As white nationalism and the so-called “alt-right” have gained prominence in the Trump era, a bipartisan reaction has coalesced to challenge these ideologies. But much of this bipartisan coalition focuses on individual, extreme and hate-filled mobilizations and rhetoric, rather than the deeper, politer, and apparently more politically acceptable violence that imbues US foreign and domestic policy in the 21st century.

August 24, 2017
Trump, ethics

The Spread Of White Nationalism Is Taking Our Nation Into Uncharted Territory

America’s culture wars are back. Only this time it’s white identity politics supplanting the religious right. This is a step beyond the GOP’s formula of turning elections into a battle over faith and family, with non-Christian non-traditional values under threat, and the enemy identified as anyone embracing diversity and tolerance.

August 24, 2017

Mark Zuckerberg: The Most Dangerous Presidential Candidate Who Isn’t Yet

If I’m honest, the main reason I can hardly bear to look at Facebook isn’t its well-documented negative effect on mental health, its tedious photos of people I barely know and hardly remember, or the videos it automatically generates of the lowest and most desperate moments from my life, accompanied by ukulele.

August 24, 2017
Trump, Immigration, DACA

Trump Administration Is Racist, Says Black Lawmakers

A group of black lawmakers have launched a campaign intended to “root out racism” in Congress and “call out” President Donald Trump for his “discriminatory policies.” Led by the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, Representative Cedric Richmond, the campaign comes following the violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia earlier this month in which one counter protester was killed.

August 23, 2017
Ben Carson, HUD

Is Anybody Home At HUD?

In mid-May, Steve Preston, who served as the secretary of housing and urban development in the final two years of the George W. Bush administration, organized a dinner at the Metropolitan Club in Washington, D.C., for the new chief of that department, Ben Carson, and five other former secretaries whose joint tenure stretched all the way back to Gerald Ford.

August 23, 2017

‘Open Carry’ Laws Are Designed To Intimidate And Undermine Public Order

Just four days after the nation saw how scores of heavily armed men hindered police seeking to preserve public order in Charlottesville, the people of San Antonio got another taste of what “open carry” laws mean for the freedom of expression. When the city council opened debate on a proposal to relocate Confederate statues from San Antonio’s Travis Park, about 10 men showed up wearing kevlar vests and carrying assault rifles.

August 23, 2017