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Thursday, April 27, 2017
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Trump tax plan

Trump Tax Plan: Exploding Deficits And Bonanzas For the Super-Rich

While the proposed tax cuts would please those helped by them, such as multinational corporations and wealthy taxpayers, Trump’s package fell far short of the kind of comprehensive tax reform that both parties in Washington have sought for years.

As his milestone 100th day in office on Saturday nears, Trump has been scrambling to show progress on his agenda. The Trump tax plan, though meager in detail, matched up closely with the promises he made during his victorious 2016 election campaign.

April 26, 2017
Trump impersonator

#EndorseThis: Another Trump Impersonator Crashes The Daily Show

This Trump impersonator isn’t Alec Baldwin but comic Anthony Atamanuik — and he has a lot to say about Mexico, fake news, and the president’s self-serving scheme to cut the corporate tax rate by more than half.

April 26, 2017
jared and ivanka

#EndorseThis: John Oliver Shatters Your Illusions About Ivanka And Jared

As John Oliver recites the impressive list of Jared’s assigned tasks — from bringing peace to the Middle East to remaking the federal government — the audience laughs uproariously. Unlike various cable show personalities and hired hacks, they’re in on the joke. For those who aren’t, Oliver presents the true facts about Kushner’s actual background, which render his rise to power all the more astonishing and unnverving. As for Ivanka, who poses as a “moderating influence” on her loony dad, Oliver points out how she essentially says nothing of substance yet does everything possible to bolster her father — no matter how extreme his words and actions.

April 24, 2017
Trumpism, Center

It’s Beyond Parody How Beyond Parody Trump Is

As his campaign floundered last October, Trump went to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to lay out his “100-day action plan to Make America Great Again.” Now he says that expecting him to accomplish anything within his first 100 days is a “ridiculous” standard. He’s welshing again, as he always does.

April 24, 2017
Danziger

Danziger: Lost At Sea

To Danziger, Donald Trump is someone whose naval command should be limited to the bathtub (or perhaps the hot-tub at Mar-a-Lago). The risks of losing an “armada” are much too high.

April 23, 2017
Trump, Energy Department, Climate Change

Raise A Sign If You Love Science (And Despise Trump)

On Saturday, millions of people worldwide took to the streets for the March for Science. Organizers in Washington, D.C. reported more than 600 satellite marches worldwide planned for the day. The mass demonstrations, held on Earth Day, were meant to raise awareness about the importance of funding (and trusting) science. New York City’s march drew throngs of geeks with both a personal and professional passion for evidence-based research, many with a knack for pro-science messaging.

April 22, 2017
Russia, Putin, Trump, French election

On Eve Of French Election, Trump (And Putin) Still Pushing ‘Nationalism’

In backing the leader of France’s neo-fascist party, Donald Trump also resumed his role as the Western political stalking horse for Vladimir Putin. Having received LePen in Moscow, where she denounced sanctions and sucked up to Putin, Russia’s authoritarian president has mobilized his entire propaganda apparatus to influence the French election.

April 21, 2017
Ossoff

Purple Georgia 6th: Ossoff Scores Big Win But Faces June Runoff

Democrat Jon Ossoff ended up as the top vote getter in a crowded field of 18 candidates vying to fill a vacant seat in the House of Representatives. With 185 of 210 precincts reporting, he held 48.3 percent of the vote – just shy of the 50 percent he needed to become the first Democrat to represent Atlanta’s affluent northern suburbs since the 1970s.

That would tee up a June 20 runoff with Republican Karen Handel, who was headed to a second-place finish with 19.5 percent of the vote.

April 19, 2017
Danziger on deepest kimchi

Danziger: We’re In Deepest Kimchi

When Donald Trump sends Mike Pence to deal with the North Korean nuclear threat, Danziger worries — and it’s impossible not to worry about these ill-informed weenies in control of the world’s security.

April 18, 2017
Alex Jones

#EndorseThis: Stephen Colbert Trolls (And Plays) Demented ‘Performance Artist’ Alex Jones

Far-right radio host Alex Jones “is in a custody battle right now, so he’s trying to prove that he’s stable enough to care for children,” notes Stephen Colbert. “Unfortunately he works in front of a camera.” Following a clip of the Infowars host ranting, Colbert notes that the screaming, demented Jones sounds “like a coked-out football coach in a police stand-off.” It’s not a good look for an aspiring parent, but Jones’ attorney offers a creative explanation, saying his client is “a performance artist…playing a character” on his multi-media platforms.

April 18, 2017
Trump, Sessions, nativism,

What Isn’t Donald Trump Hiding?

Yes, Donald Trump campaigned on draining a swamp full of elites. But we shouldn’t be so naive as to believe that he we speaking about all the elites. He meant just the elitists who want to help minorities.

April 17, 2017
Saturday Night Live

Happy Easter! Baldwin, McCarthy Return To Saturday Night Live [VIDEO]

In the Saturday Night Live cold open, Trump (Baldwin) complains about the dictator of North Korea. “He’s a war monger, he’s quick to anger, he’s a huge narcissist, he’s got a stupid little haircut, why would they let a man like that run an entire country?” Then he gets down to real business, the simmering feud between the spectral, demonic Bannon (Mikey Day) and Jared Kushner, played with aplomb by guest host Jimmy Fallon in a blazer and flak jacket.

“Jared, you’re such an inspiration,” the president gushes. “You showed everybody that if you were born rich and marry my daughter, you can do whatever you want.”

April 16, 2017
Danziger on Bannon and Manafort

Danziger: Swamp Things

With Paul Manafort long ousted from Trump’s inner circle, and Steve Bannon apparently headed toward the White House exit, Danziger foresees an ominous partnership between these practitioners of dark politics.

April 15, 2017
Danziger on trump's military

Danziger: He Bombed Again (By Opening His Mouth)

Having served in the U.S. Army, Danziger stiffened — like so many other veterans — when he heard Donald Trump refer to the nation’s armed services as “my military.” Barack Obama once used the same phrase, but somehow it sounds different when uttered by a megalomaniac.

April 14, 2017
Mar-a-Lago

#EndorseThis: How Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Trips Fleece Taxpayers

Trump’s constant weekend golfing visits to Mar-a-Lago, his Palm Beach estate and private club, have cost us tens of millions of dollars already — and are projected to cost far more, depending how long he remains president. In the meantime, the grifting Trumps are actually profiting from his use of the “Southern White House” for high-profile meetings with heads of state.

April 14, 2017
Danziger on NATO obsolete

Danziger: The Art Of The Deal Redux

Danziger can’t help but notice that in his latest flip-flopping pronouncement about NATO — it’s “no longer obsolete” — he sounds like a used-car salesman touting a rusted-out vehicle. The western military alliance may not deserve that comparison, but he does.

April 14, 2017
Russians, Trump,

Reports: Western Agencies Picked Up ‘Suspicious’ Contacts Between Russians And Trump Associates In 2016

The CIA first learned of “suspicious” contacts between Trump associates and the Russians from iBritain’s GCHQ spy agency no later than the end of 2015. During the months that followed, several other allied intelligence services reported similar contacts

April 13, 2017
special election

In Special Election, GOP Barely Holds Kansas’ Fourth Congressional District

Republican Ron Estes defeated Democrat James Thompson by six points, in a district the GOP won last November by 31 points.

April 11, 2017
Spicer, Press Secretary, Media

Under Fire, Sean Spicer Apologizes For Holocaust Remark

Comparing Assad to Hitler, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said even the Nazi dictator “didn’t sink to using chemical weapons…on his own people” prompting accusations of Holocaust denial and demands for his firing. He made the remarks only hours before the second night of Passover, a Jewish holiday celebrating liberation from oppressors.

April 11, 2017
voter ID

Trump Administration Loses Again in Court — This Time on Voter ID

Last February, the Trump administration abruptly abandoned the crux of the Justice Department’s opposition to Texas’ voter ID law. Government lawyers also asked the judge to delay her decision on whether the law intentionally discriminated against blacks and Latinos.
Judge Nelva Ramos Gonzales rejected their request for a delay. And Monday, she ruled that the law “was passed, at least in part, with a discriminatory intent in violation of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.”

April 11, 2017
clean energy

Mired In The Present, They Won’t Seize The Clean Energy Future

While Donald Trump is hectoring China over subsidies to steel and other smokestack industries, China is shoving government money into production of solar panels. China is also hot to dominate the manufacture of electric cars and the batteries that go in them. Our conservatives, meanwhile, are sniping at Tesla.

April 11, 2017
presidential trump

The American Media’s Endless Search For A “Presidential” Trump

Eager to bestow a mantle of seriousness and normalcy upon him, some commentators rushed to proclaim the U.S. military strike on an airfield to be a defining presidential moment; to stress how the bombardment meant that Trump had elevated himself in stature and was now conducting himself in a somber, statesmanlike manner.

April 10, 2017
Trump's brand products

New Poll Suggests Donald Trump’s Brand Is Going Right Down The Tubes

Public opinion researchers are finding that a majority of Americans are losing their appetite for Donald Trump’s brand.
According to a new consumer survey, nearly half the population is less likely to use a product endorsed by Trump, and nearly a third would boycott it entirely.

April 10, 2017
LGBTQ

Official Involved In Bush-Era Purge of Gay Employees Now Working For Trump

A little-noticed inspector general report, released in 2013, depicts Trump appointee James Renne as a central player in an anti-gay purge at the Office of Special Counsel during the Bush administration. The report found that employees were targeted for no legitimate reason, pointing to “facts which reflect that…Mr. Renne may have been motivated…by a negative personal attitude toward homosexuality and individuals whose orientation is homosexual.”

April 10, 2017
Trump O'Reilly

#EndorseThis: Trump Backs O’Reilly In Sex Harassment Crisis (And Both Are Baldwin)

The absurdity of this political era — when Donald Trump leaped to defend Bill O’Reilly over renewed scrutiny of the Fox News host’s mistreatment of women — brought them together in a moment made for Alec Baldwin and Saturday Night Live’s writers.

April 10, 2017