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Muslim, Jewish, Christian: The Problem Is That Trump ‘Tolerance’ Treats Every Belief As Equally Meaningless

Even if it were someone else, not Donald Trump, pulling the planet’s attention to the world’s three Abrahamic religions; if it were Barack Obama or George W. Bush, say, or even Eleanor Roosevelt, making an ecumenical pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia…

May 28, 2017
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Timeline Traces Coverage Of Trump And Russia Probe

March 20. CNN: Then-FBI Director James Comey confirms that the agency is investigating ties between Trump campaign and Russia. In a hearing before the House Intelligence Committee, then-FBI Director James Comey confirmed that the agency had an open investigation…

May 28, 2017
Trump, Media

Trump Administration Says It Isn’t Anti-Science As It Seeks To Slash EPA Science Office

Trump’s budget, released Tuesday, reflects the president’s wish list. The numbers likely will change by the time it goes through the congressional appropriations process, but the proposed cuts are consistent with the administration’s push against environmental regulation and scientific funding.

May 25, 2017
Manchester

French Minister: Manchester Suspect Had ISIS Links

Speaking to local TV Wednesday, in comments translated by Politico, French Interior Minister Gérard Collomb said: “Today we only know what British investigators have told us—someone of British nationality, of Libyan origin…

May 24, 2017
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Three Reasons Why Fox News Is Losing Its Ratings Dominance

The stream of negative headlines for President Donald Trump about his campaign’s alleged collusion with Russia and the firing of FBI Director James Comey is shaking up the cable news ratings race.

May 24, 2017
Trump

Yes, Trump Budget Would Cut Social Security (And Violate His Promise)

A number of usually reliable reporters were duped by White House spin that President Donald Trump’s draconian budget proposal for fiscal year 2018 to slash spending for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) was not a violation of his major campaign pledge to protect Social Security from cuts.

May 24, 2017

The Wussification Of Baseball Is A Good Thing

Losing pitcher Jon Lester was disgusted by the umpire’s ruling. “Baseball has been played for over 100 years the exact same way, and now we’re trying to change everything and make it soft,” he groused. “We’re out there playing with a bunch of pansies right now.”

May 19, 2017
Trump, Putin

Inside Putin’s Campaign To Destroy U.S. Democracy

Now Russia is again public enemy No. 1 in the United States, and Putin is on offense around the world. He is the primary backer of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, thanks to his audacious deployment of Russia’s military to combat the anti-Assad Islamic rebels.

May 18, 2017

‘Bro Culture’ Companies May Do Poorly By Being Bad

Uber does have a uniquely unpleasant CEO, in the person of Travis Kalanick. Also a co-founder, Kalanick had shown himself to be a serial breaker of social and business norms, not to mention laws. He is the face of Silicon Valley’s “bro culture.”

May 12, 2017

North Korean Envoy Says Kim Planning Next Nuclear Test

Echoing the official stance of his government, Choe asserted North Korea’s right to maintain and develop nuclear weapons as a deterrent to foreign invasion. Though he said he was unaware of a specific date for another nuclear weapons test, he stated that one would be conducted on leader Kim Jong Un’s terms regardless of U.S. pressure.

May 11, 2017

Why The GOP’s Vote To Repeal Obamacare Could Send A Democratic Majority To Washington In 2018

Moments before the House’s Thursday vote to destroy Obamacare and its protections affecting all private health insurance policies, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi warned Republicans that voting for the draconian bill would imperil their careers. “You have walked the plank from moderate to radical,” she said. “And you’re walking the plank for what—a bill that will not be accepted by the United States Senate? Why are you doing this? … You have every provision of this bill tattooed on your forehead. You will glow in the dark on this one.”

May 6, 2017
Trump, Islam

Top 5 Bad Hombres Loved By Trump

They are, to coin a phrase, “bad hombres.” They are men who order the slaughter of peaceful demonstrators and the roundup of political rivals. They arrest pesky journalists, if they don’t murder them first. They rig elections, if they hold them at all. And they use their office to enrich themselves and their friends, while promising never to retire. They are, in short, the once and future friends of President Donald Trump.

May 4, 2017
Sessions

The Department Of Justice Is Going After An Activist For Laughing During Jeff Sessions’ Confirmation Hearing

During Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearings, Senator Richard Selby claimed that the Alabama senator’s history of “treating all Americans equally under the law is clear and well-documented.” At that, activist and CodePink member Desiree Fairooz laughed, since Sessions is actually best known for being deemed too racist for a federal judgeship in the 1980s. As the Huffington Post reports, a rookie cop with no appreciation for irony arrested Fairooz, and prosecutors are charging the 61-year-old with attempting to “impede, disrupt, and disturb the orderly conduct” of the hearings.

May 3, 2017

Trump Holds A 100-Day Rally On Friendly Turf, Snubbing The White House Correspondents’ Dinner

President Donald Trump on Saturday skipped the White House Correspondents’ Dinner to mark his 100th day in office doing what got him there: taking his populist message directly to an adoring audience, this one in Pennsylvania, the state he credits with delivering his surprise electoral college win in November. Trump revived the racially charged speech that infused his election campaign, lashing out at immigrants and promising to jail or deport anyone who doesn’t belong in the United States.

April 30, 2017

Economist Shows Why Escaping Poverty Is So Difficult In America

In order to get out of poverty, you have to basically be extremely lucky for almost 20 years, according to a new book The Vanishing Middle Class: Prejudice and Power in a Dual Economy, by economist Peter Temin. So many deep-seeded factors have lead to the economic and wealth inequality in the U.S. today (from slavery through to the new Jim Crow prisons crisis of today, to technological shifts, to globalization, corporatization and so much else) that few Americans stand a realistic chance of ever changing their economic status.

April 30, 2017
Gorsuch, Gun Lobby

Gorsuch Channeling Scalia’s Worst Instincts

We can say with confidence that Gorsuch will side with the religious right against reproductive rights and with corporations against workers. There is a very real danger he will defer to executive power that tramples on civil liberties and readily puts people to death. Let us hope that Trump does not have the opportunity to make another Supreme Court appointment.

April 30, 2017
Charter School

How Charter School Operators Enrich Themselves In Real Estate

Nationwide, 43 states and the District of Columbia have 6,800 charters serving 2.9 million students. They comprise 6 percent of K-12 public school enrollment, which has increased six-fold in the last 15 years. When states approved the first charters in the 1990s, the idea was to nurture locally accountable experimental schools. However, since then a K-12 privatization industry has emerged that is dominated by companies seeking to create regional or national brands, akin to any other corporate franchise.

April 30, 2017
Trump, Allies

Will This Be The Biggest May Day Ever In The U.S.?

The alliance between labor, immigrants, and communities of color in California and elsewhere has resulted in powerful progressive political victories that have rejected Trumpism and the right-wing Republican machine over the last 10 years. This is a movement that must spread throughout the country to embrace a progressive vision for the future.

April 30, 2017
Alex Jones, Pizzagate

Raving Conspiracy Nut Alex Jones Loses Custody Of His Children

After deliberating for more than nine hours at the end of a ten-day trial, an Austin, Texas jury decided that hatemongering podcaster Alex Jones should no longer have primary custody of his three children. Kelly Jones was awarded joint custody with the right to decide where her children will live. “I’m so blessed to have such a wonderful support system, such a wonderful family, and friends who stood beside me through all this,” she said following the verdict.

April 29, 2017
Neil Gorsuch, Supreme Court, Trump

After 100 Days, Trump Has Yet To Figure Out Congress

Congressman Kevin Brady of Texas emerged from his office in the U.S. Capitol earlier this week to a larger-than-normal horde of reporters for his regular press briefing. They all wanted to ask the chairman of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee the same thing: How could he square the tax-overhaul blueprint President Donald Trump was preparing to lay out on Wednesday with the proposal his committee has been piecing together for months?

April 29, 2017

America’s Other Drug Problem

Every week in Des Moines, Iowa, the employees of a small nonprofit collect bins of unexpired prescription drugs tossed out by nursing homes after residents died, moved out or no longer needed them. The drugs are given to patients who couldn’t otherwise afford them. But travel 1,000 miles east to Long Island, New York, and you’ll find nursing homes flushing similar leftover drugs down the toilet, alarming state environmental regulators worried they’ll further contaminate the water supply.

April 29, 2017
Immigrant

Former Director Of Anti-Immigration Group Set To Be Named Ombudsman At U.S. Immigration Agency

A former director of an anti-immigration group, Julie Kirchner, is expected to be named as ombudsman to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on Monday, according to a person with knowledge of the pending appointment. Kirchner was from 2005 to 2015 director of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, a group that has advocated for extreme restrictions on immigration.

April 29, 2017
Trump TV Ratings

The Great Job Exodus Is Upon Us: Trump’s Promise To Save American Labor Is Already A Bust

One of the many impossible promises Donald Trump made on the campaign trail was that he, and he alone, would be able to stem the tide of American jobs moving overseas. Though it was on its face a lie as unbelievable and untenable as all the other lies, it only further solidified Trump’s “America First” bonafides with his base.

April 29, 2017
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3 Ways Obama Should Spend His Wall Street Money

The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake offered four good reasons why the optics of a $400K Wall Street payday may not play well in Breitbart and Peoria. The Huffington Post reminds us that taking a fat speaking fee is “completely in character” for Obama. Zach Carter notes that the ex-president is the pure product of the Wall Street meritocracy. Too true!

April 29, 2017

Gutting Net Neutrality Is A Win For Conservative Media

During an April 26 speech, Republican FCC Chairman Ajit Pai proposed rolling back a key provision of the 2015 net neutrality rules enacted by his agency, citing research from an industry-funded front-group to support his claim that open internet protections are a burden on internet service providers. Pai claimed the common carrier rules that enshrined net neutrality were “regulations from the Great Depression meant to micromanage Ma Bell” that should not be applied to the internet.

April 29, 2017