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Barbara Bush Was All That

I never thought Barbara Bush would remind me of my working-class mother, but there it is. When I read these two accounts, in the wake of Bush’s death this week at age 92, I thought of my mom and the way she openly marveled at how I, her college-educated firstborn, thrived in the throes of the feminist movement.

April 20, 2018
Trump, Putin

Trump’s Strange Appeasement Of Putin

In a TV interview Sunday, she said the administration would shortly impose additional sanctions on Moscow for its role in Syria’s chemical weapons program. The president was watching and “yelled at the television,” reports The New York Times. The next day, the White House said it would not add to the sanctions because the president would “like to have a good relationship” with Russia.

April 20, 2018
mueller-crime-family

Debunked: Hannity’s Shameless Lies About Mueller’s Record

Sean Hannity, the Fox News host and adviser to President Donald Trump who has turned his broadcast into a nightly attack on special counsel Robert Mueller, smeared the head of the Russia probe by referencing one of the darkest chapters in the FBI’s history on four consecutive broadcasts last week.

April 20, 2018
Mike Pence, Obamacare, ACA

Are Pence And Haley Plotting To Dump Trump?

Jordan Fabian, a correspondent for The Hill, wrote Wednesday night: “[Some] say anyone suggesting that Pence, Haley and their subordinates are plotting a political future together are simply trying to cause problems and divide Trump from Haley.”

April 20, 2018
Trump Tax Returns

What Trump Doesn’t Say About His Tax Plan

In a Tax Day essay under the byline of Donald Trump, the USA Today newspaper has allowed the 45th president to tell an utterly misleading story about the tax “reform” law he signed into law in December. The calculated deceptions in this piece matter a lot because the front page of that same newspaper declares “Exclusive: GOP banks on tax cuts to keep majority in Congress.”

April 19, 2018
Trump, Obamacare, Congress

After Caving On Sanctions, Trump Says He’s ‘Tough’ On Russia

Trump reiterated his claim on Wednesday that “there has been nobody tougher than me” on Russia, just days after he publicly undermined his own administration’s plan to impose additional sanctions on Russia. Trump made the remarks at the end of a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday evening.

April 19, 2018
Davos

CNN: White House Assured Russians Of No New Sanctions

A Russian embassy spokeswoman told CNN Wednesday that the White House explicitly informed the Russian officials that it would not be issuing new sanctions against the country this week, despite U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley’s announcement over the weekend.

April 19, 2018
Michael Cohen

The Company Michael Cohen Kept

If you’ve seen video or images of Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, they’ve probably been set in locations that exude power and importance: Cohen berating a CNN anchor in a TV studio, for example, or striding across the sleek marbled interior of Trump Tower, or more recently, smoking cigars in front of Cohen’s temporary residence, the Loews Regency Hotel on Manhattan’s Park Avenue.

April 19, 2018
sean-hannity

Fox News ‘Fully’ Supports Hannity In Lawyer Fiasco

As part of Hannity’s campaign against special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of President Donald Trump, the Fox host last week repeatedly denounced the FBI’s raid of the office of Trump personal lawyer Michael D. Cohen on the network’s airwaves. Only yesterday did the public learn of a secret tie between Hannity and Cohen — Hannity had been Cohen’s legal client.

April 18, 2018
White House anti-Semitism

White House Downplays Trump Ties With Cohen

While Trump attorney Michael Cohen fights to block evidence seized during an FBI raid of his office, Trump’s chief spokesperson, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, is trying, absurdly, to downplay the attorney-client relationship. During a press gaggle aboard Air Force One en route to Florida on Monday, the White House press secretary was asked if Cohen is still Trump’s personal lawyer.

April 18, 2018
donald trump's 2016 presidential campaign

Trump’s Mar-A-Lago ‘Informercial’ Mars Japanese Leader’s Visit

The estate was not built as a “southern White House,” but as a private mansion. It was bequeathed to the U.S. government by Marjorie Post 50 years after it was constructed. It became a private club after President Jimmy Carter returned the property to the Post Foundation.

April 18, 2018
Sad Trump Bad Week

New Gallup Poll Shows Disdain For Tax Cut Bill

The tax scam championed by Republicans is doing exactly what critics warned: showering the wealthy with deficit-financed tax breaks, while leaving workers and the American middle class behind. The latest Gallup poll confirms, once again, a majority of Americans disapprove of the GOP tax bill.

April 18, 2018

Haley: I Wasn’t ‘Confused’ On Russia Sanctions

White House officials began telling news outlets that Haley had been “confused” after the administration faced criticism for its shifting position. Haley had said on Sunday that the administration would levy new sanctions against Russia at the beginning of this week for supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his chemical warfare.

April 18, 2018
shutdown

McConnell Says Republicans Won’t Protect Mueller From Trump

A growing number of Republican lawmakers have endorsed legislation to protect Mueller in recent days following the president’s fury over the federal raid on his attorney Michael Cohen. Neil Cavuto, the Fox News host who interviewed McConnell, pointed this fact out to the majority leader.

April 18, 2018
infrastructure

Trump’s Infrastructure Plan Is The Wrong Road

The American Society of Civilian Engineers gave U.S. infrastructure a D+ grade in 2017, proclaiming $1.5 trillion’s worth of improvements was required over the next decade. They estimated that infrastructure deficiencies cost each U.S. household, on average, $3,400 annually.

April 17, 2018
Trump Tweets

Kelly Admits White House Fired Shulkin From VA

In a private meeting last week with major veterans groups, Kelly repeatedly said that the decision to remove Shulkin was President Donald Trump’s, according to several people who were present or briefed on the meeting. The White House has insisted that Shulkin resigned, disputing his assertion, in media appearances, that he was fired. (Whether voluntarily or not, his tenure as VA secretary ended on March 29.)

April 17, 2018
Scott Pruitt, EPA

Pruitt’s $43,000 ‘Phone Booth’ Broke Federal Law

“According to the Government Accountability Office, the EPA did not comply with the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act by spending more than $5,000 on the phone booth without notifying Congress,” ABC News reports. “By failing to provide such advance notice, EPA violated section 710 of the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act.”

April 17, 2018
trump

How Millions In Campaign Donations Enrich Trump Personally

“President Donald Trump’s U.S. businesses have received at least $15.1 million in revenue from political groups and federal agencies since 2015,” McClatchy reported on Monday. “But it was Trump’s campaign itself that spent the biggest chunk by far — about 90 percent, or $13.4 million.”

April 17, 2018
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump departs after he was deposed for a lawsuit involving partners in a restaurant venture at offices in Washington, U.S. June 16, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

A Dozen Lawyers And Counting Have Refused To Represent Trump

If anyone needed a stellar defense team right now, it’s Trump. But his legal search continues in vain as elite, white-collar attorneys in Washington, D.C., and around the country continue to turn down White House offers to lead Trump’s defense.

April 17, 2018
Mueller

Trump Abruptly Cancels Sessions’ War On Weed

President Trump last week signaled a dramatic turnaround in administration marijuana policy, telling Colorado Republican Sen. Cory Gardner that the Justice Department would not go after state-legal marijuana in Colorado and that he would support moves to address the contradiction between legal marijuana states and federal pot prohibition.

April 17, 2018

New Poll Shows Low Approval For Trump’s Tax Bill

Since President Trump was inaugurated, Republicans have had one major legislative achievement: the tax bill passed in December. But while this law was the dream of people like Paul Ryan for decades, Americans were never that enthused about the idea.

April 17, 2018
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump leaves the podium after a speech in Virginia Beach, Virginia U.S. July 11, 2016. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

Warning Trump, Stormy’s Lawyer Calls Cohen ‘Radioactive’

In court, Cohen’s lawyers pushed to prevent federal investigators from reviewing materials obtained under a search warrant last week. Agents entered Cohen’s home and office and collected documents, some of which include communications between him and the president, according to multiple reports.

April 17, 2018
Aleppo

Why Trump Shouldn’t Attack Syria

Donald Trump shares those preferences, but he finds them colliding with each other in Syria, where the United States has 2,000 troops fighting the Islamic State. On March 29, he promised that our men and women will “be coming out of Syria, like, very soon. Let the other people take care of it now.”

April 16, 2018
Trump, Putin, Russia

Cornered Trump Unravels Before Breakfast: Attacks Comey, Hillary, Mueller

Starting at 7:42 a.m., Trump fired off tweets every 10-15 minutes for nearly an hour and a half, lashing out at everyone from former FBI Director James Comey and special counsel Robert Mueller to Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, the “Fake News” media, and the DNC.

April 16, 2018
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during a round table with the Republican Leadership Initiative at Trump Tower in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., August 25, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Trump Allies Are Helping Russia Spread Lies About Brutality In Syria

As a supporter of the Syrian regime, Russia has a vested interest in coming to the aid of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, whether that means providing military support or launching an information war to undermine critics of the regime. But Russia isn’t acting alone.

April 16, 2018