NBA star LeBron James: Donald Trump is a “bum”

After President Donald Trump called for NFL team owners to fire “son-of-a-bitch” athletes who have peacefully protested police brutality by refusing to stand for the national anthem, he targeted professional NBA player, Stephen Curry, and rescinded his championship team’s invitation to the White House. Curry said on Friday that he personally didn’t want to go to… Read More

Refusing to 'Sit Down and Shut Up,' Trumpcare Opponents Mobilize Against GOP

Progressive groups and lawmakers continued to mobilize on Tuesday in response to Republicans’ last-ditch attempt to cut off millions of Americans from healthcare by dismantling the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Following “red alerts” issued after weekend reports revealed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is considering a vote for a new bill crafted by Sens. Lindsey… Read More

One Of Trump’s Own Nominees Is The Fraudulent Voter That Kris Kobach Is Looking For

Donald Trump’s nominee for Deputy U.S. Trade Representative, Jeffrey Gerrish, is the latest of Trump family members and associates Trump’s so-called election integrity commission is looking for. According to a report by the Washington Post, Gerrish may have voted illegally in Virginia. Gerrish, a Washington lawyer, sold his home in Fairfax County, Virginia in July… Read More

Even North Korea Is Laughing At Trump As They Compare Him To A Barking Dog

As the war of words grows between President Trump and Pyongyang, North Korea’s Foreign Minister compared President Trump to a “barking dog.” Video from Reuters: [embedded content] After Trump warned he would “totally destroy” North Korea on Tuesday, which in reality has translated to Trump saying he would add more sanctions, (though it should be… Read More

How jazz is becoming the sound of resistance once again

Vivid piano chords begin the song, sonically stomping in a display of defiance. Slow and steady drums creep in. Then, a saxophone accelerates the anthem into a bombastic fusion of orchestra, voice and rollick. This is “Change of the Guard,” saxophonist Kamasi Washington’s opening track from his 2015 acclaimed album “The Epic.” It’s the same song he opened with… Read More

'Heaven Help Those in Dominica Tonight': Category 5 Maria Makes Landfall

Hurricane Maria was ugraded to a powerful Category 5 and “potentially catastrophic” storm Monday evening, with sustained winds over 160 mph,  just before it slammed into the independent Caribbean island of Dominica as it carved a terrifying path similar (though not exact) to Hurricane Irma less than ten days ago. #Maria is about to make… Read More

Dangerous Trump Plans To Pull Out Of Iran Deal And Create Second Nuclear Crisis

Donald Trump is now planning to “decertify” the hard-fought nuclear deal with Iran, according to new reporting which cites four sources. NBC News reports that Trump will put the responsibility of saving the deal on the Republican-controlled Congress. The report from NBC News: President Trump is leaning toward decertifying the Iran nuclear deal and putting… Read More

Investigators ask White House for details on FBI director firing, Flynn ouster

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The special counsel investigating Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election has asked the White House for documents on a range of subjects including President Donald Trump’s firing of the FBI director and his son’s meeting with a Russian lawyer, the New York Times reported on Wednesday. The Times reported that special… Read More

Instead of Protecting the Earth, EPA Agents Now Forced to Serve as Pruitt Bodyguards

Thanks to a hiring freeze, budget cuts, and the exorbitant travel needs of Trump’s cabinet, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) agents are being forced to ditch climate crime investigations in order to serve as personal bodyguards for EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, resulting in what one critic called an “evaporation of criminal enforcement.” “Fewer agents generate fewer… Read More

New Research Reveals Trump Riding on Wave of Increased Hate Crimes

As rights advocates continue to denounce how President Donald Trump has emboldened intolerant ideology, newly obtained data shows that the number of hate crimes rose nationally in 2016, with figures from this year pointing to a troubling trend. The data looking at crimes motivated by racism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, Islamophobia, or other anti-otherness comes from… Read More

CNN Sells Out America By Holding A Debate To Help Republicans Kill Obamacare

CNN is setting up a debate with Sens. Cassidy, Graham, Klobuchar, and Sanders that looks designed to help Republicans kill Obamacare. The announcement of the debate: Breaking: @LindseyGrahamSC @BillCassidy will debate @SenSanders @amyklobuchar on healthcare Monday at 9pET during @CNN Special Town Hall 1/2 — Mark Preston (@PrestonCNN) September 21, 2017 (Continued Below) Democrats immediately… Read More

Paul is still dead! Fake news that shook the world, 50 years later

“The masses will catch up with us in 2020.” – John Lennon A little over 50 years ago, on Nov. 9, 1966 (9/11 in British usage), Paul McCartney was decapitated in a car crash, and was soon replaced, unbeknownst to the public, by a lookalike with equal or better musical abilities, the impostor “Faul” we… Read More

Bibi Embraces Trump at UN as Iran Warns Against Nuke Deal Sabotage

Just ahead of U.S. President Donald Trump’s announcement Monday that he will come to a decision on the fate of the Iran nuclear deal “very soon,” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned in an interview on CNN that “[e]xiting such an agreement would carry a high cost for the United States of America.” “Whatever line Netanyahu… Read More

Oxfam Has Made Refugees Welcome… at Trump's Childhood Home

When can an Airbnb rental make a commentary about the U.S. president’s anti-refugee rhetoric and actions and implore world leaders to do more to address the unprecedented crisis? When the property is President Donald Trump’s boyhood home in Queens, New York, and Oxfam is using it to spotlight the journeys four refugees from Syria, Somalia,… Read More

Hillary Clinton Refuses To Say Donald Trump Isn’t A Full-Blown White Supremacist

In another eye-opening Hillary Clinton interview, the 2016 popular vote winner told MSNBC’s Joy Reid that she can’t say that Donald Trump isn’t a white supremacist, particularly following his response to the racist violence in Charlottesville this summer. The former Secretary of State did not definitively call Trump a white supremacist, but it’s rather stunning… Read More

The best parts about autonomous vehicles are already here

In part, the National Research Council overlooked this new emerging crash science because it was stuck in an older way of thinking about safety research – seeking to avoid crashes, not make them less severe. One leader in crash safety, U.S. Air Force Colonel John Stapp, grew so frustrated with the collective inaction that he… Read More

New Research Reveals There Are More Than 40 Million Slaves Worldwide

New research reveals that more than 40 million people, primarily women and children, were victims of modern slavery in 2016. Of the 40.3 million victims of modern slavery last year, 24.9 million were in forced labor and 15.4 million were in forced marriages.”Modern slavery occured in every region of the world,” according to two reports… Read More

Democrats seek disclosure after Russia-backed political ads

By David Ingram (Reuters) – Democratic U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday urged the Federal Election Commission to require transparency for social media advertising after Russians bought U.S. political ads on Facebook Inc. in an alleged attempt to influence the 2016 elections. Pressure is mounting on regulators and Silicon Valley companies to open up the opaque world… Read More

Senate race in Alabama exposes Republican rift

By Joseph Ax (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump is due to travel to Alabama on Friday to whip up votes in a Senate race that has laid bare the rift between the Republican party’s leadership and its anti-establishment wing. In a move that surprised political analysts, Trump will appear alongside the party-approved incumbent rather… Read More

Republicans ‘close’ on healthcare’s last chance: Pence

By Susan Heavey WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday urged fellow Republicans to get behind the party’s “last best chance” to repeal and replace Obamacare as congressional leaders scrambled to secure enough support ahead of a planned vote next week. Pence, in an interview on Fox News, said Republicans were close… Read More

Afghanistan again?

By 2011, however, the State Department had dropped women’s rights from its set of designated objectives for the country and somehow human rights disappeared without notice, too.  Still, a succession of American ambassadors advised Afghan leaders to be patient. And so they were for what seems, in retrospect, like a very long time. Until, eventually,… Read More

Who in the hell is Hope Hicks?!

(In this brand new, hastily conceived premise, Salon will use the otherwise unlimited space of the site to profile a person in the news who has, until recently, lived largely under the radar. And by under the radar, we mean above gratuitous satire.) FULL NAME: Hope Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte Hicks OCCUPATION: White House Director of Communications… Read More

Trade Panel Ruling Gives Trump Authority to Cripple Nation's Solar Industry

Lawmakers and the solar energy industry spoke out Friday against a ruling by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), which voted in favor of two domestic solar power manufacturers that complained low-cost solar panel imports from China had harmed their businesses. The ITC’s ruling leaves it up to President Donald Trump to decide whether to… Read More

Gun Stocks Surge as Trump Pushes to Ease Export Regulations for Assault Weapons

The Trump administration is reportedly preparing to ease export rules to allow American arms manufacturers to sell more weapons, including assault rifles, to foreign buyers, despite concerns that weakened oversight will fuel global conflict and threaten national security. “There will be more leeway to do arms sales. You could really turn the spigot on if… Read More

If George W. Bush Can Be on Ellen, Of Course Sean Spicer Will Be at Emmys

Though some jaws dropped, many laughed, and former White House press secretary was applauded for having a “sense of humor” about the work he did for President Donald Trump, there should be nothing suprising about Sean Spicer’s on-stage appearance at Sunday night’s Emmy Awards. And so while some jeered the Emmy’s producers for trying to… Read More

Trump lashes out at McCain on health care vote

President Donald Trump lashed out at Sen. John McCain R-Ariz., on Friday night during his unhinged rally in Alabama, and again on Twitter the next morning, after the senator said he would not vote in favor of the latest Senate Republican health care bill. McCain’s decision came on Friday afternoon, and it delivered a decisive… Read More

EPA Forces Staff to Attend Anti-Leak Classes as Attack on Environment Continues

As the Trump administration continues to gut regulations meant to protect public health and the environment, the Associated Press reports Thursday that Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) staffers are being forced to attend anti-leaking classes this week as part of a wider effort by the White House to stem the flow of unauthorized information reaching the… Read More

Experts 'Running Out Of Adjectives' as Hurricane Maria Slams Puerto Rico

The Caribbean is so far seeing no relief from this year’s historically turbulent and destructive Atlantic hurricane season, as Puerto Rico was being battered by Hurricane Maria on Wednesday—its second major storm in two weeks. The hurricane made landfall with heavy rain and 155 mile-per-hour winds early in the morning, following the $1 billion of… Read More

After Failing to Prosecute Bankers, Obama Cashes In With Wall Street Speeches

Less than a year has passed since he departed from the White House, and former President Barack Obama has already joined the “well trod and well paid” Wall Street speaking circuit, a decision many argued will negatively impact the Democratic Party’s credibility as it attempts to fashion a message around taking on corporate monopolies, tackling… Read More

Relatives of undocumented children caught up in ICE dragnet

A couple living in New Mexico fled the state after ICE agents turned up in August asking about a nephew they had recently taken in. They told their attorney that they hadn’t even known the high school junior was on his way up from Guatemala. In Tennessee, two ICE agents came with pistols and flak… Read More

Clinton: Americans Should Be 'Terrified' Over Russian Interference

In her interview with Joy Reid today, Hillary Clinton responded to Reid’s question: Did she think any crimes were committed by the Trump campaign? There was “certainly an attempt by many of the Trump associates to hide the connections that they had with representatives of the Russian government and people close to Putin,” she said.… Read More

Cavuto Compares Tom Price To Al Gore To Excuse Price's Travelgate

Leave it to one of the talking heads on Fox to find away to get another cheap shot in on Al Gore — while also downplaying Tom Price wasting taxpayer dollars on extravagant private jet travel. As we discussed here already, HHS Sec. Tom Price, who once railed against government waste and who wants to… Read More

Outrage After Zinke Memo Reveals Unprecedented Assault on Public Lands

Conservationists are outraged by Interior Department Secretary Ryan Zinke’s proposal—as outlined in a memo to President Donald Trump that was leaked by media outlets late Sunday—to revoke or alter federal protections for at least 10 national monuments and expose protected lands and waters to commercial activity. “If President Trump accepts Zinke’s advice, and moves to… Read More

Homo Trumpus: Has our deformed democracy created a New Man?

Donald Trump has done a number of terrible and remarkable things to this country in a startlingly brief amount of time. Could it be he has created a new kind of American, or even a new kind of human being? Of course the question is facetious: Evolution doesn’t work like that, not even in the… Read More

Can the world’s megacities survive the digital age?

Crisis in the making At some point, all this change may end up meaning that economies of scale matter much, much less. If that happens, population size — currently the motor of the modern metropolis — will become a liability. Megacities have long struggled with the downsides of density and rapid urbanization, including communicable disease,… Read More

Viebeck gets it (almost) right!

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2017 Maddow keeps pouring it on: We thought about reviewing the Maddow Shows of the past two nights, in which a certain cable news star extended the culture of embellishment which has long since swamped her program. There’s a bag of squirrels inside this particular cable star’s head, and the squirrels inside… Read More

Bolstering Single-Payer Case, Report Shows How For-Profit Insurers Fuel Opioid Crisis

Showcasing yet another downside of the nation’s for-profit system, a new report by ProPublica and the New York Times reveals that despite the U.S. opioid crisis, many insurance companies provide easy access to highly addictive opioid medications for pain relief while restricting access to less-risky but more costly alternatives. As the nation’s opioid epidemic has… Read More

'Genocidal' Trump Blasted for Threatening to 'Totally Destroy North Korea'

For what he said—and also for what he refused to mention—President Donald Trump was lampooned by progressive critics as he delivered his first ever speech to the United Nations General Assembly in New York City on Tuesday morning. “It’s time for this charade to end: We need to stop this slow roll toward a catastrophic… Read More

Trump Health Secretary Thinks Medicaid Is Wasteful, But Not Lavish Private Flights

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price once remarked that “tough choices” must be made to reduce “waste” in government spending. Apparently, in Price’s mind, frequent and lavish private flights don’t qualify as wasteful spending, but programs that provide life-saving healthcare to millions of Americans do. “HHS won’t pay for Obamacare enrollment but they… Read More

How a Free Grocery Store Is Cutting Food Waste — and Hunger

On a windy late afternoon, dozens of people have lined up in front of a 20-foot-long repurposed shipping container situated on a church parking lot. Inside, volunteers are unloading food items from custom-built shopping carts and stacking them onto rows of shelves. There are hearty rice meals and healthy salads, thick sandwiches, pies, and other… Read More

Without Price Breaks, Rural Hospitals Struggle to Stock Costly, Lifesaving Drugs

Mountain View, Arkansas — Hospital pharmacist Mandy Langston remembers when Lulabelle Berry arrived at Stone County Medical Center’s emergency department last year. Berry couldn’t talk. Her face was drooping on one side. Her eyes couldn’t focus. “She was basically unresponsive,” Langston recalls. Berry, 78, was having a severe ischemic stroke. Each passing second made brain… Read More

Clapper: Intelligence Assessment 'Cast Doubt' On Legitimacy Of Trump's Election

On CNN last night, Erin Burnett questioned former Defense Intelligence Agency director James Clapper about Russian interference in the election. She asked him about Trump’s reaction to those intelligence briefings. “When we briefed him, if you’re speak of the briefing on the 6th of January, he was very curious, complimentary and he did listen,” Clapper… Read More

New Poll Shows Nearly Half of Americans and 2/3 of Democrats Back Single Payer

As Senate Republicans launch a last-ditch attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Democrats flock to Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All bill, new polling reveals nearly half of the country wants a national single-payer healthcare plan. While 49 percent of voters surveyed by Politico/Morning Consult said they supported “a single-payer healthcare system,… Read More

Calls to #StopBetsy After Education Secretary Takes 'Horrific Step Back' on Title IX

Sexual assault survivors and their supporters are appalled by the Trump administration’s decision on Friday to roll back federal protections for students who are assaulted on college campuses. After months of meeting with “men’s rights” groups and taking steps to overhaul enforcement rules for Title IX, the federal law barring sex-based discrimination in schools, Education… Read More

Socialists Have Last Laugh After Trump Zinger Lands With Thud at UN

A painfully awkward silence—and some scattered laughter—befell the United Nations General Assembly hall in New York Tuesday as U.S. President Donald Trump attempted to blame the “faithful” implementation of socialism for Venezuela’s political and economic crisis. “The problem in Venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented, but that socialism has been faithfully implemented,”… Read More

5 ways to actually help a community recover from disaster

Second, volunteers need much better preparation in the language and history of the country they will visit, as well as in “cultural humility.” While volunteers are usually appreciated by host community staff, they do not like the ones who think they have all the answers and do not show respect for their hosts’ experience and… Read More

It’s time to get real about working class jobs

My grandfather was the toughest man I ever met. A decorated soldier in World War II, he returned home to work in the Material Service Quarry of Thornton, Illinois. His body, more than flesh and bones, resembled an iron slab, and with his broad shoulders, thick forearms, and 6’2” frame, he cut quite a picture,… Read More

'Devastating': Massive Quake Collapses Buildings and Kills Hundreds in Mexico

Updated: Officials in Mexico put the official deathtoll at 217 on Wednesday, though that number is almost certain to rise, as rescuers continued to pull people from the rubble of collapsed buildings caused by Tuesday’s massive earthquake. As Reuters reports: Desperate rescue workers scrabbled through rubble in a floodlit search on Wednesday for dozens of… Read More

Demanding Diplomacy With North Korea, Women Leaders Condemn Trump Warmongering

As tensions between the U.S. and North Korea reached a fever pitch, hundreds of women leaders and organizations are calling for urgent de-escalation, emphasizing diplomacy over warmongering to bring greater security to the whole region. A necessary step at this point, says Women Cross DMZ, a global peace movement, is for United Nations Secretary-General António… Read More

ALEC's Corporate Board Leads in Federal Violations

Koch Industries Executive Vice President David H. Koch listens to Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney during the Defending the American Dream Summit at the Washington Convention Center November 4, 2011, in Washington, DC. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images) The federal government has slapped eight of the American Legislative Exchange Council‘s (ALEC)… Read More

In Iraqi Kurdistan, Voting on Independence and Bracing for Violence

Across Iraqi Kurdistan, a scene is starting to become familiar: young and old alike fill the public squares and parks clad in Kurdish dress, furiously waving Kurdish flags in a rallying cry for independence. “Long live Kurdistan!” they chant. The iconic red, white and green Kurdish flag, with a giant sun in the middle, was… Read More

Sinclair insiders speak out about its plans to transform local news

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is now pushing back on Sinclair’s efforts to expand via the Tribune acquisition, asking Sinclair for more evidence to back up its claims that it would fully comply with national and local news ownership caps and that the acquisition would actually lead to improvements for local newscasts. In the meantime,… Read More

4 lessons for Donald Trump about North Korea from “The Interview”

Then in November 2014, a month before the release date, a group largely considered to be connected to North Korea hacked the computer networks of Columbia Pictures’ parent company Sony Pictures Entertainment. They leaked internal emails, employee records and several recent and unreleased Sony Pictures films. They also threatened additional attacks, perhaps on theaters themselves, if the movie… Read More

The Homewreckers: How Trump Cronies Are Sabotaging the American Dream

Marcus Butler’s childhood home in Los Angeles, California. (Photo: Stuart Palley for Reveal) Marcus Butler stands outside his childhood home. It’s a squat single-story bungalow with white aluminum siding behind a short metal gate. The stocky 62-year-old Army veteran greets old friends who drive by. When Butler was young, the front yard of 1539 W.… Read More

Tenants Push Back Against Corporate Landlords During “Renter Week of Action”

Tenants and concerned community members hold a vigil outside landlord Stephen Frenz’s residence in Minneapolis, Minnesota, September 9, 2017. (Photo: Kendra Sundvall) In her five years renting from notorious Minneapolis slumlord Stephen Frenz and his Apartment Shop LLC, Molly Hasbrook, who is the building captain for her apartment unit, has seen it all. “Lots of… Read More

US Provides Military Assistance to 73 Percent of World's Dictatorships

Demonstrators with CodePink protest weapon sales to Saudi Arabia outside the Hart Senate Office building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, September 7, 2016. (Photo: Jim Watson / AFP / Getty Images) For decades, the American people have been repeatedly told by their government and corporate-run media that acts of war ordered by their president… Read More

Turkey is on the brink of a chaotic battle for territory

A senior Turkish military officer, sitting near the Turkey-Syria border, tells me that his troops are alert and ready for action. Commando units and heavy artillery have moved to the border in Turkey’s Reyhanli district and they have been conducting military exercises in Turkey’s eastern region area near Sirnak. The target is not ISIS, which… Read More

Advice for Trump’s speechwriters: Quit

If David Litt, an Obama speechwriter and author of the new book “Thanks, Obama: My Hopey Changey White House Years,” could give one piece of advice to President Donald Trump’s speechwriters, this would be it: “quit,” he told Salon’s Andrew O’Heir on “Salon Talks.” “I’m not saying that to be glib,” he continued. “Trump’s problem… Read More

Bill Maher calls Trump and Kim Jong-un “Fat Man and Little Boy”

After another week of war with words persisted over the past week between President Donald Trump, and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, late-night comedian Bill Maher couldn’t help but joke about a news cycle that was filled with terrifying, childish and unfamiliar insults. During his monologue on Friday’s “Real Time” Maher came up with a nicknames for… Read More

Mike's Blog Round Up

Saturday … time to relax. Juanita Jean’s Friday Toons. Ant Farmer’s Almanac: Nambia Invites Trump To Be Its “President-for-Life”. Feline Friends: First Draft’s Della, tiger kittens from Mad Biologist Mike, Yastreblyansky rectifies David Brooks’s perpetual & incessant avoidance of the reality of the right, the conservative movement, the Republican Party or whatever you may want… Read More

How Trump followed a Russian map straight to Paul Manafort

It’s been the question right from the start, hasn’t it? Why Russia? And when you consider the Russians, why Trump? Well, I think I’ve got the answer: sanctions. What the Obama administration did, in effect, was put sanctions on fun, and Trump’s deal with the Russians was to bring back the fun. The plain fact… Read More

5 ways to stretch your disaster relief dollars

Consider long-term priorities Photos and video clips of streets transformed into rivers, stranding residents, can create an urge to make a difference immediately. But, as previous disasters like Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Katrina showed, the needs are sure to mount. That’s why more than one in four organizations created after 9/11 was still providing relief… Read More

Bill Maher explains why Trump doesn’t get along with Republican leadership

Bill Maher explained on “Real Time” Friday night that President Donald Trump has been able to make deals recently with top Democratic leaders because he’s not actually all that different from them. The late-night comedian argued his point using the children’s book “The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse,” (Maher called the book “The City… Read More

Kris Kobach’s “voter fraud” circus goes off the rails

In the second panel, Donald Palmer, former secretary for the Virginia State Board of Elections, discussed the work of previous commissions, the problem of inaccuracy in voter rolls and best practices for voter list maintenance, including online voter registration and interstate data sharing. These thoughtful presentations were overshadowed, however, by extravagant claims made by panelists like… Read More

This week in Donald Trump’s conflicts of interest: Jetlagged!

Do you remember that scene in “Air Force One,” where President Harrison Ford (okay, the character had a different name, but it was basically Ford) told Gary Oldman to “get off my plane”? I feel like the American people should be saying that to the president’s Cabinet after the news that came out this week.… Read More

Federal refugee and asylum officials criticize travel ban

The union’s brief sought to put the refugee and asylum program into a historic context. “USRAP, a consortium of several federal agencies responsible for identifying and admitting refugees for resettlement into the United States, is a shining example of the longstanding American tradition of offering safe haven to those fleeing persecution because of their race,… Read More

Letter to the editor: Paul Manafort and me in Ukraine

It turned out to be a lucrative gig for Manafort: We now know that his consulting firm received more than $17 million from the Party of Regions for two years of work. If handwritten ledgers kept by the Party of Regions are anything to go by, Manafort received even more in cash payments in the… Read More

Why identity politics and class politics can’t be separated

During last year’s Democratic primary race between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, the disagreements between the two candidates were most apparent when it came to the economy. While Sanders built his campaign around economic issues like income and wealth inequality, campaign finance and free trade, Clinton often downplayed the importance of economic issues and even tried to characterize Sanders’ focus… Read More

C&L's Late Nite Music Club With The Kinks

The end of summer and the arrival of autumn doesn’t really bum me out. The end of autumn and the arrival of winter though? Well, we’ll just put that subject off for as long as possible. When the Kinks Dave Davies was asked in a 2015 what he thought about this song from 1968 that… Read More

About That Zuckerberg 'Release' Of Russia Ad Info To Congress

>Mark Faceberg went on FB Live to unveil his plan. Faceberg threw his company’s policies in reverse and agreed to give Congress more than 3,000 ads it sold to Kremlin-linked accounts during the 2016 Goat Rodeo. Thumbs-up! Previously, Faceberg said that he couldn’t release the ads because: privacy. Thumbs-down! FB might be making a change… Read More

Open Thread: Must Love Dogs

We welcome relevant, respectful comments. Any comments that are sexist or in any other way deemed hateful by our staff will be deleted and constitute grounds for a ban from posting on the site. Please refer to our Terms of Service (revised 3/17/2016) for information on our posting policy. Full Story Here Crooks and Liars… Read More

How to motivate a middle school reader

In the early grades, parents and teachers focus on teaching kids how to read. As kids get older, we hope they’ll want to read. Reading for pleasure has lots of benefits. It builds vocabulary and improves reading comprehension, writing, spelling, grammar, and knowledge of the world. It also boosts test scores. A 2013 study found… Read More

CNN: Gorka Monitored Russian Twitter Propaganda Account During Election

This CNN report about a Twitter account going by the name “Tea Party News” which was followed by Sebastian Gorka is fascinating on a number of different levels, particularly since Gorka was a member of the Groundswell “messaging group” which included Steve Bannon and Ginni Thomas, spouse of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Gorka’s role… Read More

Why today’s teens aren’t in any hurry to grow up

A different culture, a slower path Working, driving, drinking alcohol, having sex and dating have one thing in common: They are all activities adults do. This generation of teens, then, is delaying the responsibilities and pleasures of adulthood. Adolescence — once the beginning of adulthood — now seems to be an extension of childhood. It’s… Read More

3 signs that gentrification is coming to your neighborhood

Each of the people I spoke to were raised in historically black, poor communities now experiencing continued or more recent waves of gentrification. Noni Galloway, of Oakland, defines gentrification as, “when an environment or culture is taken over or redefined by another culture.” On a surface level, the changes that come with gentrification are physical… Read More

The Trump Administration Plans to End a Refugee Program for Children

Unaccompanied minors from El Salvador await transport to a U.S. Border Patrol processing center after they crossed the Rio Grande from Mexico into the United States in Mission, Texas. The Trump administration plans to stop accepting refugee applications from children with U.S.-based parents from three violence-riddled Central American countries — El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala… Read More

Rethinking the ‘Infrastructure’ Discussion Amid a Blitz of Hurricanes

Portions of Interstate 10 in Houston, Texas, remain flooded in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. The wonky words infrastructure and resilience have circulated widely of late, particularly since Hurricanes Harvey and Irma struck paralyzing, costly blows in two of America’s fastest-growing states. Resilience is a property traditionally defined as the ability to bounce back. A… Read More

ProPublica and Texas Tribune Project on Dangers of Hurricanes to Houston a Finalist for North American Digital Media Award

The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers announced today that “Boomtown, Flood Town,” a collaboration between ProPublica and the Texas Tribune, is a finalist for the North American Digital Media Award in the Best Data Visualization category. The multimedia project — by a team of local reporters and data journalists including ProPublica’s Al Shaw,… Read More

Advertisers are dropping Sean Hannity

The Associated Press (AP) just published a report that looked at the first few weeks of Media Matters’ Stop Hannity effort and discussed the effect it’s having on Sean Hannity’s advertisers. In August, Media Matters launched a Stop Hannity advertiser education effort. Hannity isn’t just a partisan talking head with a television show. He’s a… Read More

Houston Officials Hope Harvey Convinces Congress to Fund Coastal Barrier

This story was co-published with The Texas Tribune. HOUSTON — Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner on Tuesday gave his strongest endorsement to date for constructing a physical coastal barrier to protect the region from deadly storm surge during hurricanes. Though such a barrier system would not have guarded against the unrelenting and unprecedented rain Hurricane Harvey dumped on the area, Turner — one of… Read More

What We Do and Don’t Know About Facebook’s New Political Ad Transparency Initiative

On Thursday, Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg announced several steps to make political ads on the world’s largest social network more transparent. The changes follow Facebook’s acknowledgment earlier this month that $100,000 worth of political ads were placed during the 2016 election cycle by “inauthentic accounts” linked to Russia. The changes also follow ProPublica’s launch… Read More

Jake Tapper: Trump is the only major figure in the national security apparatus claiming Russian election meddling is a “hoax”

Loading the player reg… JAKE TAPPER (HOST): Today, President Trump again labeled the investigation into Putin-directed Russian interference in the 2016 election he won a “hoax.” This morning he tweeted, quote, “The Russia hoax continues, now it’s ads on Facebook. What the totally biased and dishonest Media coverage in favor of Crooked Hillary?” This comes… Read More

No fim das contas, o “Ocupa Cabral” tinha razão

Conversamos com dois dos ativistas que participaram do movimento sobre a sensação que cada um teve ao saber da condenação e como eles encaram o valor (já) histórico da manifestação. Os estudantes Luiza Dreyer, 26, e Bruno Cintra, 34, fizeram parte do grupo que sofreu infiltrações e tentativas de tomada de voz por movimentos de… Read More

Sirius XM host Jonathan Gilliam says feminists are a “communist group”

From the September 22 edition of Premiere Radio Networks’ The Sean Hannity Show: Loading the player reg… JONATHAN GILLIAM (GUEST HOST): This is the thing. Justin Trudeau is more concerned with — listen in Canada, you can actually go to jail for saying offensive things. He’s more concerned with fairness than effectiveness. It’s obvious because if he realize,… Read More

Magnata americana antimuçulmanos promove extrema-direita na Alemanha com notícias falsas

A ascensão do Alternativa para a Alemanha, o novo partido político de extrema-direita que concorre às próximas eleições federais no país, desestabilizou a política moderada e de consenso que caracterizou a Alemanha pós-guerra, usando retórica anti-imigração e antimuçulmana, nacionalismo ostensivo e gestual que remete ao passado nazista. Observadores internacionais das eleições esperavam que viesse da… Read More

Gavin McInnes On Moving To CRTV: ‘I Want To Make My Message Mainstream’

Gavin McInnes, former Rebel Media personality and founder of the bizarre right-wing fraternity Proud Boys, revealed last night that he left Rebel Media for the online conservative network CRTV because he hopes to take his so-called “Western chauvinist” anti-feminism message mainstream. During the debut episode of his new CRTV program, “Get Off My Lawn,” McInnes explained his… Read More

In Rare Agreement, Medicaid Directors Reject Latest Trumpcare Bill

At the end of her show last night, Rachel Maddow had some actually breaking news: …all Medicaid directors from every state in the country, all 50 states, have now just come out against the Republican bill to repeal Obamacare. This is the National Association of Medicare Directors, the directors from every state. Talking Points Memo… Read More

BREAKING: Sen. John McCain Will NOT Support Graham-Cassidy

Senator John McCain just released a lengthy statement about the horrendous Graham-Cassidy attempt to kill more of us, telling the country he intends to vote against it, should it ever be brought to the floor for a vote. As he has repeatedly stressed, he’s not interested in ramming through a repeal of a health care… Read More

Scaramucci On The View: Bannon Has White Supremacist 'Tendencies'

I told the editors here at C&L that if I had to write about 1. Anthony Scaramucci talking about 2. Steve Bannon and his 3. White supremacist “tendencies” I was gonna need a Karen Silkwood shower afterwards. Basically Mooch said that Steve Bannon has a “messianic complex” and that all you have to do is… Read More

Our team is an embarrassment, faux!

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2017 Coates-of-one-color edition: We’ve been trying to read the latest piece in The Atlantic by Ta-Nehisi Coates. The assignment isn’t easy. The essay begins as shown below. Do you have any idea this means? COATES (10/17): It is insufficient to state the obvious of Donald Trump: that he is a white man… Read More

Scott Walker's Foxconn Jobs Con Job – Now With More Con!

Earlier this week, Scott Walker signed into law the Foxconn jobs con job bill, which he is pinning his entire reelection bid on. As the gentle reader would recall, the Foxconn jobs con job including busting the state budget by giving away $3 billion to Foxconn for a plant to be built, if it does… Read More

A tribal reading assignment!

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2017 Why won’t he say their names: In this piece at The Daily Beast, Michael Tomasky goes on, at some length, about the way the mainstream press corps mistreated Candidate Clinton. Your assignment, should you choose to accept it: Try to find even one place where Tomasky names the name of an… Read More

POSTCARDS FROM THE LEDGE: Follow me, star pundit says!

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2017 Part 2—Disordered upper-end thinking: What makes Sammy run? It was once a major question. In 1941, it formed the title of a Budd Schulberg novel about Hollywood and the ambitions within it. In 1964, the novel became a long-running Broadway musical. Today, we have a different question: What made Sally kill?… Read More

WHERE THE DEPLORABLES ARE: The Man From Hope!

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2017 Interlude—The journey away from bountiful: Long ago and far away, the first Candidate Clinton won the White House. Two times! He did so when it had started to seem like Democrats would never get there again. In a letter in today’s New York Times, Linda Bloodworth-Thomason recalls the documentary she shot… Read More

Seth Meyers Flames Republicans On Healthcare And Trump On 'Nambia'

Last night Seth Meyers took Republicans to task for their “outrageous” health “care” bill, stripping Medicaid funds and leaving those with pre-existing conditions at risk, all the while using government airplanes and private jets to conduct “business” like viewing the eclipse at Fort Knox. He also noted that Donald Trump always, always over-promises without any… Read More

Documents Show First Government Payments to Trump's Business

The Trump helicopter is seen at the Mar-a-Lago Resort on April 8, 2017, in Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo: Joe Raedle / Getty Images) From the start, President Trump’s real estate empire — and his refusal to divest himself of his far-flung properties — made him a lightning-rod for conflict of interest concerns. Ethics experts and… Read More

Islamophobic U.S. Mega-Donor Fuels German Far-Right Party With Viral Fake News

The rise of Alternative for Germany, the new far-right political party competing in the upcoming federal election, has unsettled the consensus-driven, moderate politics of postwar Germany with its rabid anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim rhetoric, unabashed nationalism, and winking gestures embracing the country’s Nazi past. Election-watchers expected a flood of fake news and inflammatory social media aiding Alternative for… Read More

MoveOn members endorse Northam, legislative candidates in Virginia

Virginia MoveOn Members Endorse Ralph Northam for Governor, Justin Fairfax for Lt. GovernorProgressive Group’s Members Also Endorse Diverse Slate of 11 Candidates for the Virginia House of Delegates VIRGINIA — Virginia members of MoveOn.org Political Action have voted overwhelmingly to endorse Ralph Northam for Governor, Justin Fairfax for Lt. Governor, and 11 candidates for the House of Delegates… Read More

MoveOn members endorse Northam, legislative candidates in Virginia

Virginia MoveOn Members Endorse Ralph Northam for Governor, Justin Fairfax for Lt. GovernorProgressive Group’s Members Also Endorse Diverse Slate of 11 Candidates for the Virginia House of Delegates VIRGINIA — Virginia members of MoveOn.org Political Action have voted overwhelmingly to endorse Ralph Northam for Governor, Justin Fairfax for Lt. Governor, and 11 candidates for the House of Delegates… Read More

Rick Joyner: Natural Disasters Are The Result Of Kicking God Out Of America

In a video posted on his Facebook page yesterday, right-wing pastor Rick Joyner said it should be no surprise to see America battered by natural disasters considering that God had been kicked out of this nation decades ago. Joyner said that America has “actually fallen to the ultimate depravity of nations” as countless citizens embrace… Read More

MoveOn members endorse Jones for Senate in Alabama

MoveOn.org Members Vote to Endorse Democrat Doug Jones for Alabama Special Senate Election  Progressive Organization Calls on Democrats to Follow Jones’ Lead and Vigorously Contest House and Senate Seats in All Parts of the Country ALABAMA —Alabama members of MoveOn.org Political Action voted overwhelmingly in support of Democratic candidate Doug Jones for the state’s special election for… Read More

Failing Charter Schools Have a Reincarnation Plan

(Photo: Wokandapix; Edited: LW / TO) This story was co-published with Slate. This past June, Florida’s top education agency delivered a failing grade to the Orange Park Performing Arts Academy in suburban Jacksonville for the second year in a row. It designated the charter school for kindergarten through fifth grade as the worst public school… Read More

Economic Update: Capitalism, Revolution and Socialism

This week’s episode discusses major capitalist failures, buying senators on health care, the opioid crisis’ effects on insurance and on labor force participation, price gouging in emergencies, and income inequality in the US. This episode also includes a discussion on the 100th anniversary of Russian Revolution in 1917 and how to apply the lessons of… Read More

Politico: Sec.Tom Price Spent $300K So Far On Private Jet Charters

Politico estimates that the smarmy HHS Sec. Tom Price has spent an estimated $300,000 on private charters this year. POLITICO identified at least 17 charter flights that took place before the first storm — Hurricane Harvey — hit in late August, and included flights that did not appear to be for urgent HHS public health… Read More

Guess How Many Unborn Babies Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder Helped Kill

A new paper came to a horrifying conclusion about the effect of lead-poisoned water on the fertility of Flint residents. Via the Washington Post: The fertility rate in Flint, Mich., dropped precipitously after the city decided to switch to lead-poisoned Flint River water in 2014, according to a new working paper. That decline was primarily… Read More

The Right Is Storming Women's Clinics

Anti-abortion demonstrators invaded three clinics around the country on September 15, physically forcing their way in and refusing to leave in a coordinated escalation of the right-wing attack on women’s right to choose. The national anti-choice group Created Equal called on members to participate in identical actions in Sterling Heights, Michigan; Alexandria, Virginia; and Albuquerque,… Read More

Furacão Maria desencadeia as forças da privatização em Porto Rico

Os abutres que sobrevoam os destroços de Porto Rico depois da passagem dos furacões Irma e Maria estão cada vez mais próximos de realizar um velho anseio: a privatização do setor elétrico da ilha. Porto Rico, um território dos Estados Unidos, foi poupado do pior quando o Irma passou rente ao seu litoral norte. Mas a ilha… Read More

Even Chris Cillizza Knows Trump Is Wrong About Facebook

This morning, Trump tweeted this: The Russia hoax continues, now it’s ads on Facebook. What about the totally biased and dishonest Media coverage in favor of Crooked Hillary? — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 22, 2017 Even Chris Cillizza knows that’s nuts. He told CNN New Day’s Alisyn Camerota, “Look, forgetFacebook. “Every intelligence agency we… Read More

Joe Lieberman Is STILL Looking For His Magic Third Party

Here Comes Mr. Wolf. Again. [embedded content] As readers of this little blog are already aware, the Beltway media’s most indispensable function in our fatally polluted political ecosystem is to make sure that the Republican Party is never, ever held responsible for the havoc they wreak on this country. Everything else is yadda, yadda, yadda.… Read More

Mike's Blog Round Up

Autumn begins & summer ends at 1302 PDT (1602 EDT) today! No matter what happens on this rocky globe of misery & suffering, we continue spinning around the sun. I guess that’s encouraging. Rude Pundit on Republican Senators bribing Sen. Murkowski. (Plus he’s money-grubbin’. Help him out.) Not-so-funny funny pages, from Mike Dawson. Bark Bark… Read More

How Exxon Mobil May Soon Have Greater Sway Over Science Used in EPA Policies

Exxon Mobil may soon have a greater hand in shaping the science used to develop major environmental regulations. The published list of potential names for the Science Advisory Board and the EPA Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee includes many industry representatives and consultants. The panels are typically composed primarily of independent academics and researchers charged with… Read More

Fox & Friends dismisses HHS Secretary Tom Price's repeated use of private jets because he “needs to be protected”

Loading the player reg… STEVE DOOCY (CO-HOST): A number of people on the political left are upset that Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price has been traveling around the country on chartered jets, government jets, suggesting we really can’t afford that carbon footprint and all that other stuff.  ERICK ERICKSON: Well, have they forgotten James Hodgkinson? I mean it wasn’t that long… Read More

Paul Manafort Is Now Working For Kurds In Iraq, Against U.S. Interests

Paul Manafort, Trump’s campaign manager and the subject of FISA wiretaps and “no knock” home raids is now working directly against U.S. interests in Iraq. The New York Times is reporting that Manafort is “working for allies of the leader of Iraq’s Kurdish region to help administer and promote a referendum on Kurdish independence from… Read More

C&L's Late Nite Music Club With Chad VanGaalen

In the simplest of pigeonholes, one could call Calgary Alberta’s Chad VanGaalen a singer-songwriter and then call it a day. His songs can be introspective. He often wears his heart on his sleeve and other times he spills his guts so, yeah, the title fits. Unlike many who have had the title bestowed on him… Read More

Hannity Moves To 9PM, Setting Up An Epic Showdown With Rachel Maddow

Perhaps just as significant as Laura Ingraham getting a prime time show on Fox News is Sean Hannity’s move back to his old 9 PM ET slot. That, of course, puts him directly opposite MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show which has been killing Fox in the ratings. As The Observer nicely summed up, Hannity “generally… Read More

The kind of professor the New York Times loves!

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2017 From Harvard, and barely coherent: Just for the record, Professor Miles graduated from Harvard, in 1992. She got her doctorate, in American Studies, at Minnesota. According to leading authority on her career, she’s currently “a professor at the University of Michigan in the Program in American Culture, Center for Afro-American and… Read More

Anderson Cooper Mocks Trump For Citing Non-Existent African Country Nambia

During a United Nations lunch on Wednesday, while delivering a speech to nation leaders, President Trump twice cited an African country that doesn’t exist. The president opened up his remarks by naming the countries attending, “I’m honored to host this lunch with the leaders of Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Nambia, Nigeria, Senegal, Uganda, and… Read More

POSTCARDS FROM THE LEDGE: Sally Quinn doth murder sleep!

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2017 Part 1—These deaths-by-hex today: When did The Daily Howler go meta? You’re asking a very good question, one we can’t actually answer. But yes, we think it’s time for a change in “paradigms” as we liberals try to discover the way the world actually works. More specifically, it’s time for a… Read More

Aguirre, The Wrath of God and us!

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2017 A deep meta-story, twice told: When did the incomparable, award-winning Daily Howler go meta? You’re asking a very good question! To answer your question, we’ll refer to a classic film we watched again last night. The film to which we refer is Werner Herzog’s Aguirre, The Wrath of God, the 1972… Read More

How much contempt does the New York Times have!

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2017 For you, and for kids who are black: How much contempt does the New York Times have for you, and for kids who are black and Hispanic? Consider this piece in Sunday’s New York Times Magazine. It was written by Alice Yin. Who is Alice Yin, you ask? You’re asking a… Read More

Relentless bad faith from the “liberal” elite!

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2017 Trump Junior’s now-famous meeting: What actually happened at Donald Trump Junior’s now-famous Trump Tower meeting? Like you, we have no way of knowing. Sometimes, an allegedly pointless meeting is just a pointless meeting. Other times, it may be much, much more. In this case, we have no way of knowing what… Read More

ProPublica’s Alec MacGillis to Receive Lovejoy Award

ProPublica reporter Alec MacGillis will be the recipient of the 2017 Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award. Sponsored by Colby College, the honor recognizes a member of the news profession who has produced courageous journalism. MacGillis was selected for his deep reporting on a wide range of policy issues, including how one small biotech company has shaped… Read More

SNAPSHOTS FROM THE FAIL: Philosopher visits NPR!

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2017 Part 3—Masterful incoherence: For years, we’ve wandered in the world’s deserts, searching for the “philosophers,” hoping to hear their voices. We’ve wondered if any such people exist, even if there is any such subject. (For Professor Horwich’s ruminations on the latter question, see his 2013 post at the New York Times… Read More

Health Insurance Is Big and Complicated. Help Us Understand It.

Florida Lawmakers to Review Law Targeting Injured Undocumented Workers By Howard Berkes, NPR, and Michael Grabell, ProPublica, Aug. 24, 2017, 8 a.m. Thank you for your interest in republishing the story. You are are free republish it so long as you do the following: You can’t edit our material, except to reflect relative changes in… Read More

Alt-Right Figure ‘Baked Alaska’ Begs For His Old Friends To Take Him Back

Tim “Treadstone” Gionet, known online as the neo-Nazi Alt-Right personality and wannabe rapper “Baked Alaska,” posted a video this week in which he claims that he is no longer Alt-Right and begs for his former allies among the Alt-Lite and Alt-Right movements to reaccept him and sympathize with his humiliating run-ins with counter-protesters. Earlier this week,… Read More

Another advice column hits the Times!

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2017 They at the Times want to serve us: Somehow, we’d managed to miss the debut of the New York Times’ latest advice column. The Times has two such columns in the Sunday magazine—an ethics advice column by Professor Appiah, the Dear Abby of ethics advice, and a spoof advice column by… Read More

Relatives of Undocumented Children Caught Up in ICE Dragnet

An ICE fugitive operations team member in Montebello, California, on April 18, 2017 This summer, a Kansas City man named Edwin got a call from immigration officials. They had picked up his nephew at the southern border and wanted to release the teen into his care. So Edwin went online and bought a bed. Later… Read More

After Charlottesville, The American Far Right Is Tearing Itself Apart

When white nationalist Richard Spencer coined the term “alt-right” nearly a decade ago, his movement was marginal, impotent, and striving for respectability. The phrase was a useful euphemism for his genocidal ideology, a palatable alternative to “the Ku Klux Klan” or “the American Nazi Party” to go with his suit, tie, and military undercut. In the… Read More

Introducing Our Data Journalism Advisers

It’s no secret that we like math at ProPublica. Our data team creates its own statistical models, drawing insights that support — and help guide — reporting done in more traditional ways. We feel strongly that investing in quantitative methods can help a newsroom find stories that would otherwise go unreported. We have four full-time… Read More

Wayne Allyn Root Claims He Predicted The Mexico City Earthquake

On his radio program on Tuesday, right-wing commentator, conspiracy theorist and Donald Trump–obsessed sycophant Wayne Allyn Root claimed that he predicted the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that hit Mexico City earlier that day. “No, I’m not crazy, but I swear I have abilities in my gut to feel things that are going to happen, to envision… Read More

Spicer’s GMA interview shows why news networks would be nuts to hire him

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters Since he exited the White House, President Donald Trump’s former press secretary Sean Spicer has been feted by Hollywood at the Emmy Awards, nabbed a coveted slot as a fellow at Harvard University, and started lining up high-dollar speaking gigs for business groups. But his effort to monetize the political… Read More

More Republicans Now Support Free College Than Oppose It, Poll Finds

Bernie Sanders’s plan to make tuition free at all public colleges and universities is becoming a mainstream position in the Democratic Party. But the plan has appeal far beyond the Democratic faithful. A Morning Consult poll conducted in mid-September finds that a plurality of self-identified Republicans now agree with a “proposal to make four-year public colleges… Read More

Trump’s Failure to Tackle Opioid Crisis is Costing Lives, House Democrats Say

It’s been nearly six months since President Donald Trump issued an executive order forming a commission to combat the nation’s opioid crisis, which he on August 10 described as “a national emergency,” and almost two months since the White House panel issued interim recommendations for dealing with the epidemic. But Trump has made a habit… Read More

Taser Wants to Build an Army of Smartphone Informants

Axon, the world’s largest vendor of police-worn body cameras, is moving into the business of capturing video taken by the public. In a survey emailed to law enforcement officials last month, the company formerly known as Taser International solicited naming ideas for its provisionally titled Public Evidence Product. According to the survey, the product will… Read More