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Democrats Need To Stop Ingesting The Right’s Propaganda

Clinton left office with a higher approval rating than did Reagan. Yet the Democrat running to replace him, Vice President Al Gore, kept a distance between himself and Clinton during the campaign. Despite all the evidence that Clinton remained quite popular, Gore’s campaign chose to ingest the right’s propaganda that most Americans disliked him.

January 16, 2018
Republicans

How The Republicans Plan To Stiff Your Waitress

The federal government is pushing a change in wage and hour laws that would alter how restaurant tips are collected and distributed to servers. Essentially, the proposed change underscores the principle that tips belong to restaurants, not to servers.

January 16, 2018
drug policy

A 24 Year-Old Is Running Drug Policy Because Experts Won’t Work For Trump

The Washington Post reports that the latest troubling example is at the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), where a 24-year-old recent college graduate — whose professional experience includes little more than working on the Trump campaign — has been named deputy chief of staff.

January 15, 2018
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

GOP Experiences Resurgence Of Racism

That would be Coretta Scott King’s greatest achievement. She and other civil rights activists, including singer Stevie Wonder, had to counter the ugly opposition of explicit racists such as North Carolina Sen. Jesse Helms, and more subtle skeptics, such as the president himself.

January 15, 2018

Offshore Drilling And Trump’s War On The Environment

It’s rare to see bipartisan agreement on much of anything these days. But an array of Republican and Democratic governors of states on the East and West coasts have found common cause in telling the Trump administration: Take your offshore oil rigs and put them where the sun don’t shine.

January 15, 2018
Tami Sawyer

After Successfully Bringing Down Her Local Confederate Statues, This Activist Says She’s Ready For Office

2017 wasn’t an easy year for progressive activists by any stretch. Between the Muslim ban, the riot in Charlottesville and the struggling Dream Act, it was hard to find any silver linings for social justice. But in cities throughout the U.S., grassroots activism resulted in the successful removal of some of the remaining monuments of our country’s dark past…

January 15, 2018
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Here Are The Right-Wing Media Figures Defending Trump’s Racist “Shithole” Comment

During a meeting on immigration policy in the Oval Office, President Donald Trump reportedly questioned the United States’ policy of accepting immigrants from, what he said, were “shithole countries,” such as Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations. In the aftermath of the president’s racist remarks, many in right-wing media rallied around him to defend his comments.

January 14, 2018
judges

When Enough Is Enough: The Trumping Of The Courts

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell likes to tell the story about the time he looked President Barack Obama in the eye, after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, and told the president, by his own account, “You will not fill this Supreme Court vacancy.”

January 14, 2018

Why The 25th Amendment Route For Dumping Trump Will Probably Remain A Fantasy

Democrats and Republicans who are desperate to end Donald Trump’s presidency are looking with renewed interest at the U.S. Constitution’s 25th Amendment, which provides a path for the vice president, Cabinet and Congress to remove a president if he is deemed “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.”

January 14, 2018

Norway vs USA: How The 2 Countries Stack Up On Health Care, Income And Life Expectancy

Trump took to Twitter Friday, denying that he referred to some countries in places such as Africa as “shithole” nations. “The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough,” he tweeted, “but this was not the language used.” Still, many wondered why people would leave the Scandinavian nation for the U.S. in the first place.

January 13, 2018
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Facebook’s News Feed Changes Could Elevate Fake News While Harming Legitimate News Outlets

Over the past year, Facebook has struggled to combat the spread of fake news and misinformation on its platform. On January 11, the social media giant announced that it would change the algorithm of its news feed so that it would “prioritize what [users’] friends and family share and comment on,” according to The New York Times.

January 13, 2018
identity politics in america

What’s Killing America’s Middle Class?

Even in this country of grand egalitarian aspirations — where the common yeoman (neither rich nor poor) has been hailed from 1776 forward as America’s greatest strength — the U.S. actually had no broad middle class until one was created in the 1930s and ’40s. Before then, most Americans either lived in poverty or right next door.

January 13, 2018
Winfrey

Oprah Will Not Save Us—We Have To Save Ourselves

Despite the post-2016 surge of activism—the protests and the calls to Congress that have been the only silver lining in this cesspool of a presidency—the reaction to Oprah Winfrey’s acceptance speech at the Golden Globes suggests liberals have yet to give up on their dream of an avenging angel. It was not a campaign announcement; it was a call to arms.

January 13, 2018
White supremacists delighted by White House appointment of Steve Bannon

A Few Divorce Tips For Steve Bannon

Barely a week has passed since the release of Michael Wolff’s book “Fire and Fury,” which depicts the president as unhinged and unstable and Bannon as hellbent on alienating anyone who ever liked him even a little. Now Bannon is finding himself to be many formers: former presidential whisperer to Donald Trump, former executive chairman of Breitbart News, former Sirius XM talk show host.

January 12, 2018

For At Least One News Cycle, Trump Talks Sense On Immigration

Notably, he used the word “comprehensive” in talking about reform, a poisonous term for many opposed to legalizing the presence of millions here without papers. Proposed comprehensive reforms would also strengthen enforcement of immigration laws to curb future flows of undocumented workers.

January 12, 2018

Jeff Sessions Gives A Boost To Legalization Of Pot

For those who favor legalizing recreational and medical use of marijuana, there is plenty of bad news in Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision to reverse the Justice Department’s previous hands-off policy toward state experimentation. He ordered federal prosecutors “to enforce the laws enacted by Congress.”

January 12, 2018
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Exposed: Chevron Has A Secretive Drilling Site In The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

It’s the middle of the frigid, long midnight at Tapkaurak Point, a spit of gravel curling out into the Beaufort Sea off the northern coast of Alaska. Up in the middle of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the largest remaining wilderness area in the U.S., the sun set weeks ago and won’t peek above the horizon until the middle of January.

January 12, 2018
bannon_marcer

Breitbart ‘News’ Wholly Owned And Operated By Mercer Empire

Breitbart.com serves as the communications arm of a web of nonprofit and for-profit entities owned or supported by hedge fund billionaire Robert Mercer and his daughter Rebekah. The conservative website shares staff with those organizations and regularly promotes their work.

January 11, 2018
Comey's testimony

Nervous Trump Hints He Might Refuse To Meet With Mueller

At a joint press conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Trump tried to cushion the blow by only calling on two reporters, both from conservative outlets, but still could not manage to avoid making devastatingly bad news for himself.

January 11, 2018
Supreme Court

How The Supreme Court Could Empower The GOP Election Hijacking Crew

On Tuesday, a U.S. District Court in New Jersey reversed a 36-year-old court order barring the Republican National Committee from using a voter-ambush technique known as “caging,” which its insiders notoriously used to purge Democrats from voter rolls.

January 11, 2018
trump-orage-spotlight

Hopeful Media Await Trump’s ‘Pivot’ Toward Normalcy

One week ago, President Donald Trump appeared to threaten a nuclear strike on North Korea and simultaneously comment on the size of his penis in a tweet seemingly responding to a cable news segment he had been watching at the time. In the days since, journalists, pundits, and even lawmakers have discussed whether the president is mentally fit to serve (according to the president, he is a “very stable genius”).

January 10, 2018
winfrey

Whoa, Oprah In 2020?

Oprah Winfrey’s rousing Golden Globes speech with its hopeful message, “a new day is on the horizon,” has lit up the internet with the #Oprah2020 hashtag and spontaneous expressions of support, as well as previews of how Republicans would go negative on her.

January 10, 2018
Trump, Tone

Is Trump Getting Royalties From ‘Fire And Fury’?

“The Apprentice” was a scripted melodrama featuring a New York tycoon famous for tabloid sex scandals pretending to hire and fire scheming contestants largely based upon… What? Beats me. A real business magnate would have better things to do. But then a genuine capitalist hero wouldn’t have gone bankrupt running casinos, would he?

January 10, 2018
dancing monkeys

Trump’s Dancing Monkeys Break Bipartisan Hearts

Sen. Lindsey Graham’s reputation as an honorable conservative lies like a ripped-up banana peel at the bottom of the baboon cage. What happened? What turned the principled voice from South Carolina, respected by Republicans and Democrats alike, into one of Donald Trump’s dancing monkeys?

January 9, 2018
trump-needs-attention

Just Ignore Trump’s Media “Awards”

A little less than a week ago, the president of the United States announced during one of his characteristic fits of Twitter pique that he would be putting on his very own awards show. “I will be announcing THE MOST DISHONEST & CORRUPT MEDIA AWARDS OF THE YEAR,” Donald Trump tweeted on January 2. He scheduled the big announcement for Monday, January 8 — today — at 5 p.m.

January 9, 2018