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Monday, May 21, 2018

Why Higher Techie Incomes May Bring Lower Quality Of Life

With the prosperity came a crisis of homelessness and crushing housing prices for those with moderate incomes.

May 20, 2018
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Trump Voters? In A Focus Group, They’re Mean

Reflecting our national inclination both to romanticize what is past and to criticize what is current, Marines will regularly gripe that there is no duty station better than the one they just left and none worse than the one they’re presently at.

May 19, 2018
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Racist Rhetoric Is Trump’s Favorite Trope

A year and a half into Donald J. Trump’s mean-spirited, vulgar and callous presidency, no one should feign surprise that he referred to some illegal immigrants as “animals.”

May 19, 2018

A Typical Leak Turns into Three-Way Washington Warfare

Two former allies, James Comey and Andrew McCabe, have offered contradictory accounts of the orchestrated FBI leak that spawned a critical investigation. That means one of them has to be lying — as President Trump is happy to tweet to the world.

May 19, 2018

Cambridge Analytica Executive Delivers Stunning Testimony In Senate Hearing

Mr. Wylie goes to Washington to help America better understand what we’re facing from social media.

May 18, 2018
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Sports Betting Will Complete The Gambling Revolution

Over the past generation, the United States has undergone a gambling revolution. A pastime once seen as the sordid province of mobsters, grifters and wastrels has become an all-American form of fun.

May 18, 2018

Down The Memory Hole: Dismantling Democracy, Word By Word

While we were barely looking, significant parts of an American language long familiar to us quite literally, and in a remarkably coherent way, went down the equivalent of George Orwell’s infamous Memory Hole.

May 18, 2018

Trump’s Rescue Of Chinese Telecom Fails Smell Test

I was just getting used to America First, even if it may have a little Russian dressing and a lot to answer for. How did that become Make China Great?

May 17, 2018
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Trumpist Media Ignores Struggle Over Net Neutrality

Today, senators voted on a resolution to undo a 2017 move by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to end net neutrality regulations, but major television and print media outlets have devoted little more than a few mentions to the issue.

May 17, 2018
Donald Trump, Jr.

5 Biggest Bombshells In Don Jr. Transcript

The massive document dump creates more questions than it answers.

May 17, 2018

Why Baseball Still Matters To America

There’s no finer refuge from this age’s obsessions than a well-played baseball game: three blessed hours in which one can be confident that he-who-need-not-be-mentioned, won’t be. 

May 16, 2018

After Anti-Abortion Group Promotes His Hotel, Trump To Keynote Gala

In anticipation of its annual gala, the anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) has been promoting official room blocks for the event at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.

May 16, 2018
Mitch McConnell

Trump Nominates Unqualified McConnell Brother-In-Law To Oversee Pensions

Trump’s embrace of cronyism has led him to nominate Gordon Hartogensis, brother-in-law of Mitch McConnell and Elaine Chao, to run a government agency for which he has no prior experience.

May 16, 2018

Can Government Protect Our Elections From Cyber-Hacking?

That conclusion is one takeaway from the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence just-released details on Russian-led cyber attacks on voting in 2016. Prior to this latest report, federal officials said 21 states had been targeted, but only one statewide voter registration database had been breached.

May 15, 2018
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Meet The Wildly Bigoted Pastor Trump Sent To Jerusalem To Open The New Embassy

His views are extremely Islamophobic, anti-Semitic, anti-LGBT and anti-Mormon.

May 15, 2018

California Keeps The Faith On Climate, Replacing Washington

Evidence to the contrary emerged last week in news that California has just zoomed past Britain to become the world’s fifth-biggest economy. California must be doing something right.

May 15, 2018
Rohit Chopra

New Commissioner Urges FTC To Get Tough On Rogue Corporations

Citing lax treatment of corporate malefactors, Rohit Chopra calls for the FTC to impose more significant penalties when companies violate its orders.

May 15, 2018
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California’s Boneheaded Solar Remedy For Climate Change

“We don’t want to do nothing and just sit there and let the climate get worse,” Gov. Jerry Brown said last year. California is at particular risk from global warming, which will inundate low-lying areas of its 840-mile coastline with rising salt water while fostering more droughts and wildfires inland.

May 14, 2018

Gingrich’s Latest Grift Is A Bogus ‘History’ Course

A scammy online adventure with baklava, Ben Franklin, and lots of grifting.

May 13, 2018

Fox News Promotes Torture With Lies About Bin Laden

The 2014 Senate torture report revealed that the US collected key intelligence on bin Laden’s location without torture.

May 13, 2018

Trump’s Brazen New Assault On Children’s Health Coverage

In the administration of President Donald J. Trump, truth is scarce, discipline is weak, and old-fashioned virtues such as modesty have gone into hiding. Cynicism, however, flourishes.

May 13, 2018

The Lethal Success Of Pain Pill Restrictions

In a speech on Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the Justice Department is striving to “bring down” both “opioid prescriptions” and “overdose deaths.”

May 13, 2018

You, Too, Would Do This To Save The Life Of Your Child

Three decades later, Donald Trump nominated Sessions as U.S. attorney general, and the Republican Senate majority ushered him in.

May 12, 2018

Dick Cheney: Liar And Proud Torture Advocate

All the howling falsehoods the former VP told in his defense of torture.

May 12, 2018

Trump’s New War

Get ready, America — here we go… to war! This kind of war is an affront to the values that most of us hold dear, and this war is truly nasty and evil: A war on the poor.

May 12, 2018