The Battery Boom Heralds the End of Fossil Fuels

Billions of dollars are being invested worldwide in the developing battery boom, involving research into storage techniques to use the growing surpluses of cheap renewable energy now becoming available. Recent developments in batteries are set to sweep aside the old arguments about renewables being intermittent, dismissing any need to continue building nuclear power plants and… Read More

‘New IRA’ Suspected in Northern Ireland Car Bomb Blast

LONDON—Police in Northern Ireland said Sunday they suspect Irish Republican Army dissidents were behind a car bombing outside a courthouse in the city of Londonderry. Two men in their 20s have been arrested over the attack, which caused no injuries. Attackers hijacked a pizza delivery vehicle, loaded it with explosives and left it outside the… Read More

Facing Populist Assault, Global Elites Regroup in Davos

DAVOS, Switzerland—As the world’s financial and political elites convene here in the Swiss Alps for the World Economic Forum, their vision of ever-closer commercial and political ties is under attack — and the economic outlook is darkening. Britain’s political system has been thrown into chaos as the country negotiates a messy divorce from the European… Read More

Hannity’s Silence On Giuliani’s Collusion Bombshell Speaks Volumes

After Rudy Giuliani dropped his huge bombshell suggesting indictments are coming against the Trump campaign for conspiring with Russia, you’d think that Giuliani or someone of importance in Trumpworld would have run to the Hannity show to “clarify” or deny the implication – that is, unless it is what it seems. By now, you probably… Read More

Sorry GenXers, To The Media, You’re Invisible

They say that a woman over 50 is invisible. In fact, this French writer just fully admits it. I’ve experienced it myself. Literally. I’ve had people walk into me as if I wasn’t standing there. And yes, it started right around my late 40s. My female friends tell me the same thing happens to them.… Read More

Trump Cannot Be Allowed to Use Immigrants as Bargaining Chips

Update: Confirming earlier reports, President Donald Trump on Saturday announced a proposal to end his shutdown that includes $5.7 billion for his “border wall” in exchange for temporary protections for DACA and TPS recipients—a proposal one advocacy group deemed a “cynical ploy” issued by “a president who makes false claims about violence at the border… Read More

Remembering Our Nuclear Past as We Speed Towards an Apocalyptic Future

Landing at Nagasaki Airport last November, I joined a line of Japanese men, women, and children waiting to disembark from our plane. Most were likely returning home on this holiday weekend or arriving to visit family and friends. I wondered how many of them remembered or thought about the nuclear annihilation of this city 73… Read More

Martin Luther King Jr., Union Man

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the picket line at the Scripto plant in Atlanta, Ga., December, 1964. AP Peter Cole, Western Illinois University If Martin Luther King Jr. still lived, he’d probably tell people to join unions. King understood racial equality was inextricably linked to economics. He asked, “What good does it do to… Read More

Mike’s Blog Round Up

Typed while waiting for Trump to spew. Five minutes late now. Oh, there he goes. Mute button! Catholicism Today: El Jefe at Juanita Jean’s on a note of ugliness perpetrated by “a bunch of little shits wearing Trump MAGA hats” at an anti-abortion fest in the nation’s capital. Outraged? Jefe offers ways to demonstrate your… Read More

Sunday Morning Bobblehead Thread

The Liberal Redneck—The God Damn Wall Welcome to Week Five of the government shutdown. I gotta be honest, I’ve had some minor panic attacks this week just buying groceries, since I found out that the shutdown included our food inspectors. I have never been so sick as I was when I got E. coli poisoning… Read More

Portraits From the Women’s Wave

Thousands of protesters persevered through finger-numbing weather at Washington, D.C.’s Freedom Plaza for the third annual Women’s March. Adorned with pink “pussy hats” and handcrafted picket signs, an estimated 10,000 gathered to march, rally and lend their ears to select speakers. This year’s protest, deemed the #WomensWave, takes strong issue with the Trump administration while… Read More

Merkley Calls for FBI Perjury Probe into Homeland Secretary Nielsen After Child Detention Memo Leaked

Jessica Corbett, staff writerAfter releasing a damning draft memo that showed the Trump administration planned to “traumatize” migrant children with family separations and expedite deportation by denying asylum hearings, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) on Friday called for an FBI investigation into whether Homeland Security Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen lied when she testified before Congress about the… Read More

C&L’s Sat Nite Chiller Theater: The Masque Of The Red Death

In honor of the 210th birthday of one of the giants of American literature — Edgar Allan Poe — tonight we wall ourselves off from the travails of the peasants outside our castle and hold a wild revel with music, wine… and this Roger Corman/Vincent Price classic from 1964. Vincent Price is terrific as the… Read More

Watch: Devastating New ‘Land of the Free’ Music Video Decries Violence and Cruelty of Trump’s America

Jessica Corbett, staff writerIn a powerful indictment of cruelty across the United States, The Killers’ new song “Land of the Free”—released Monday with a devastating music video directed by Spike Lee—decries President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall, the dehumanization and abuse of asylum-seekers, mass incarceration, institutional racism, and the nation’s refusal to address the epidemic… Read More

A Scaled-Down, but Still Angry, Women’s March Returns

WASHINGTON—Amid internal controversies and a capital city deeply distracted by the partial government shutdown, the third Women’s March returned to Washington on Saturday with an enduring message of anger and defiance aimed directly at President Donald Trump’s White House. The original march in 2017, the day after Trump’s inauguration, flooded the city with pink-hatted protesters.… Read More

Students in ‘MAGA’ Hats Mock Native American After Rally

FRANKFORT, Ky. — A diocese in Kentucky has apologized after videos emerged showing students from an all-male Catholic high school mocking Native Americans outside the Lincoln Memorial after a rally in Washington. The Indigenous Peoples March in Washington on Friday coincided with the March for Life, which drew thousands of anti-abortion protesters, including a group… Read More

Trump Offers a ‘Dreamers’ Deal for Border-Money Proposal

WASHINGTON — In a bid to break the shutdown impasse and fund his long-promised border wall, President Donald Trump on Saturday offered to extend temporary protection for young people brought to the U.S. illegally as children. But while Trump cast the move as a “common-sense compromise,” Democrats were quick to dismiss it as a “non-starter.”… Read More

Applause as AOC, Porter, Pressley, and Tlaib Head to House Financial Services Committee

Jessica Corbett, staff writerFollowing outrage last week after Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) shut out progressives from some of the chamber’s most powerful committees, news that freshman Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Katie Porter (D-Calif.), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) are headed to the Financial Services Committee was met with applause. Full Story… Read More

In Rebuke of Trump’s Effort to ‘Weaponize’ 2020 Census Against Immigrant Communities, Federal Judge Strikes Down Citizenship Question

Julia Conley, staff writerUnequivocally rejecting the Trump administration’s claims that it must use the 2020 Census to count U.S. residents who are not citizens, a federal judge in New York on Tuesday ruled against the Commerce Department’s attempt to include a citizenship question on next year’s nationwide survey. Full Story Here Common January 19,… Read More

‘Change Is Coming!’ Congressional Dems Join Sanders in Proposing Bill to End ‘Starvation Wages,’ Ensuring $15 Per Hour for All Workers

Julia Conley, staff writerDenouncing the current federal minimum wage as a “starvation wage” which never should have been permitted to be stagnant for the past decade, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was joined Wednesday by several congressional Democrats in introducing legislation to raise the wage over the next five years. Full Story Here Common January… Read More

In Hoax Letter Calling Out Climate Inaction, Pranksters Urge Asset Manager Behemoth to Ditch ‘Zombie Funds of the Apocalypse’

Andrea Germanos, staff writerBecause “generating sustainable returns into the future requires that we have a future,” the head of the world’s biggest money manager, BlackRock, sent a letter Wednesday to investors saying it would start to consider as “sin stock” companies that fail to align their business models with the goals of the Paris climate… Read More

At Least 66 Killed as Pipeline Explosion Rocks Central Mexico

Andrea Germanos, staff writerLocal residents were advised to take precautions from a lingering toxic cloud on Saturday as authorities in the central Mexican state of Hildalgo said the death toll from a gasoline pipeline explosion had risen to 66. Full Story Here Common January 19, 2019 2:41 pm Support Us

Pathological Liar Matt Schlapp Defends Pathological Liar Trump — Peas In A Pod

Fox News left-wing commentator Jessica Tarlov bashed conservative Matt Schlapp for using euphemisms like Rudy Giuliani does, instead of responding to real facts over the many negative reports on Trump. His only defense was to say Trump hadn’t committed a felony. Schlapp wife works for Trump, though he is never properly identified on all television… Read More

At Least 66 Killed as Pipeline Explosion Rocks Central Mexico

Local residents were advised to take precautions from a lingering toxic cloud on Saturday as authorities in the central Mexican state of Hildalgo said the death toll from a gasoline pipeline explosion had risen to 66. The deadly fireball on Friday night in the town of Tlahuelilpan left another 76 wounded, seven of whom were less than 18 years… Read More

The Washington Post Lets Scott Walker’s Misleading Tax Tweet Slide

The Washington Post (1/16/19) had an article about how Republicans and right-wingers have become obsessed with trying to attack Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the newly elected representative from New York. At one point, it refers to former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s attack on Ocasio-Cortez’s position advocating a high marginal tax rate on high-income individuals: Former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker,… Read More

What Trump’s Syrian Withdrawal Really Reveals

<iframe width=”100%” height=”300″ style=”background-color:transparent; display:block; padding: 0; max-width:700px;” frameborder=”0″ allowtransparency=”allowtransparency” scrolling=”no” src=”//” title=”Audioboom player”></iframe> <iframe width=”100%” height=”300″ style=”background-color:transparent; display:block; padding: 0; max-width:700px;” frameborder=”0″ allowtransparency=”allowtransparency” scrolling=”no” src=”//” title=”Audioboom player”></iframe> President Trump was wrong in asserting that the United States destroyed the Islamic State’s territorial statehood in a large part of Syria—Russia and its allies accomplished that—but… Read More

Trump Plans NOKO Summit, While They Plan Biological Warfare

In a new PR move to draw attention away from his govt shutdown and being investigated as a possible Russian agent, Trump announced a second Summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un. However, no mention has been made from the White House about a very troubling report from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies which details… Read More

Feds Confirm Jailed Iranian TV Anchor Not Charged With Crime

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal officials confirmed Friday that a prominent American-born anchorwoman on Iranian state television was jailed in the U.S. as a material witness and has not been charged with any crime, according to court papers. Marzieh Hashemi has appeared twice before a U.S. district judge in Washington and has been appointed an attorney.… Read More

Outrage As MAGA-Wearing HS Kids Taunt Native Elder At Indigenous Peoples March

So yesterday this happened at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. MAGA-wearing prep school boys taunting Native Elders is pretty much symbolic of the entire Trump era. Shameful. Details are unclear, but it appears that an entire class from a private, all male boys school (Covington Catholic High School in Covington, Kentucky) were the culprits.… Read More

Newsflash: Democrats Are Real Americans

Axios tries to bothsides the shutdown: A new poll by the Pew Research Center shows a big part of the reason why the standoff over funding President Trump’s border wall has been so impossible to solve: Republican support for the wall is higher than at any time since Trump’s election, while Democratic support has dwindled… Read More

Former Trump Org Exec Thinks Trump Is ‘Shell Shocked’ By Pelosi

Former Trump Organization Vice President, Barbara Res, joined CNN today to talk about Donald Trump’s and his inability to deal with Nancy Pelosi. Nancy, for those that don’t know, is a mother of 5 and a grandmother of 9. She knows how to handle temper tantrums and is adept at saying the word “no.” Donald… Read More

Trump – Putin Translator Notes May Not Say Much

Laura Burian, Middlebury President Donald Trump met several times with Russian President Vladimir Putin while no other American was privy to the communication except for a State Department interpreter. In July 2018, Democratic members of the House Intelligence Committee had proposed to subpoena the interpreter and her notes to find out what was said in… Read More

Watch Out For Those Brazen Hussies

It’s on Twitter so it’s gotta be true. James Lee Peterson, he’s never heard of you either, has written a column about the floozies in congress. You can read his whole column here, but you will hurt yourself badly before you finish. I want to start my own list … “has ordered their steak rare.”… Read More

Mike’s Blog Round Up

Waiting for the Friday Night News Dump While Flying to Florida on a Military Aircraft Edition. Meanwhile: Big Pharma, doctors, dope & overdoses, from the burned over district. Chris Christie’s book & Giuliani’s defense-lawyer performance art are critiqued by The Rude Pundit. Humanizing the Vacuum summarizes recent Republican racism. The Irritant takes on classicist Victor… Read More

Colombia Blames ELN for Bomb, Presses Cuba to Arrest Leaders

BOGOTA, Colombia—Colombia called on Cuba to arrest 10 National Liberation Army commanders currently in Havana for stalled peace talks after a car bombing blamed on the leftist rebels killed 21 people and injured dozens at a police academy in Bogota. President Ivan Duque said late Friday that he had revoked a decree suspending arrest orders… Read More

Guy Travels World, Dances With Strangers, Celebrates People

Project One Life writes: Wow, can’t believe this video is finally done. Thank you to every single stranger I meet along the way who danced, helped film, let me crash at their place. Thank you to every single person who helped fund my GoFundMe a year or so ago. Huge thanks to VHS Collection for… Read More

C&L’s Late Nite Music Club With The Meters

It’s the weekend! Don’t forget to groove. A great way to do it is to follow some directions the Meters put down in 1977 and funkify your life. What are you listening to tonight? Full Story Here Crooks and Liars January 18, 2019 9:11 pm Support Us

Mueller Disputes Report That Trump Directed Lawyer to Lie

WASHINGTON — Special counsel Robert Mueller’s office on Friday issued a rare public statement disputing the accuracy of BuzzFeed News’ report that said President Donald Trump’s attorney told Mueller that the president directed him to lie to Congress. BuzzFeed, citing two unidentified law enforcement officials, reported that Trump directed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress… Read More

Born Disposable: Trump’s War on Youth

Editor’s note: This article was originally published on Truthout.  We live in an age in which the welfare of children is no longer a measure of the degree to which a society lives up to its democratic ideals. In an age of growing fascism, those in power no longer view children as the promise of… Read More

Indigenous Peoples Show Solidarity at D.C. March

Activists from around the world gathered for the first-ever Indigenous Peoples March in Washington, D.C., on Friday. Issues including voter suppression, environmental protections and violence toward women and girls were at the forefront of the event. “Our people are under constant threat, from pipelines, from police, from a system that wants to forget the valuable… Read More

Trump Plans Big Announcement on Saturday on Shutdown, Border

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says he’ll make a “major announcement” on the government shutdown and the southern border on Saturday afternoon as the standstill over his border wall continues. The White House did not immediately provide details on Friday about what the president would be announcing, but a person familiar with the planning said… Read More

Carey McWilliams: The Most Important American Author Many Don’t Know

“Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong”Purchase in the Truthdig Bazaar Truthdig contributor Peter Richardson is the author of “American Prophet: The Life and Work of Carey McWilliams,” now out in paperback from the University of California Press with a foreword by Mike Davis. We asked him about Carey McWilliams… Read More

Laura Ingraham: “The Hollywood deal” is why “transgenderism” is no longer “called a mental condition”

MICHELLE MALKIN: You know, interestingly, and I don’t know if this is coincidental, but the American Psychological Association, just this week as the Gillette brouhaha was erupting, released guidelines to therapists and again, hammering this idea of toxic masculinity home, and advising therapists that socialization into traditional masculine virtues, such as stoicism, might have a… Read More

Right Wing Round-Up: Suborning Perjury

Jason Leopold & Anthony Cormier @ BuzzFeed: President Trump Directed His Attorney Michael Cohen To Lie To Congress About The Moscow Tower Project. Cristina Cabrera @ Talking Points Memo: BuzzFeed Reporter Defends Bombshell Cohen Report: ‘This 100 Percent Happened’. Michael Edison Hayden @ Hatewatch: Spectre Unmasked: Racist ‘Alt-Right’ Podcaster Used To Be Local Reporter. Ruth… Read More

Right Wing Bonus Tracks: ‘We’re All a Little Racist’

Alveda King defends Rep. Steve King: “I’m being asked if Congressman King a racist? Actually, from my point of view, until we all accept the scientific, philosophical and spiritual truth that we are all one human race, one Blood, we’re all a little racist.” Sheila Zilinsky appears to have soured on the QAnon conspiracy theory.… Read More

Trump, North Korean Leader to Hold Second Summit

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump will hold a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to try to broker a deal to coax the North to give up its nuclear program, the White House announced Friday. News of a second meeting with the reclusive North Korean leader came after Trump met at the… Read More

Trump Has ‘Brilliant Idea’ He Stole From One of his Own Supporters

Right Wing Watch’s Jared Holt wrote on Wednesday about a gimmick being promoted by a website called “I Love My Freedom” that is raising money to mail House Speaker Nancy Pelosi thousands of foam bricks as a way to express support for President Trump’s border wall. The site is linked to a Facebook page called… Read More

Liberal Think Tank Faces Fresh Scrutiny for Ties to United Arab Emirates

Two staff members from The Center for American Progress (CAP), a leading Washington think tank, were fired amid concerns that they were involved in leaking internal emails to the media, The Intercept reported Wednesday. Other CAP staff, who spoke to The Intercept anonymously, believed these emails “reflected improper influence by the United Arab Emirates within… Read More

Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA) Resigns Seat After Two Scaramuccis

At least Paul Ryan had the decency to just not run for re-election. But Tom Marino of Pennsylvania ran in 2018 and was re-elected easily in a blue wave election despite redistricting. Less than two weeks in as a minority party and he can’t take it? Pulling a Jason Chaffetz isn’t a good look. Pulling… Read More

Speaker Pelosi Accuses Trump Of Endangering Congressional Delegation

I do not think the press understands just how incredibly wrong it is that Donald Trump, in a fit of pique over dwindling support for his government shutdown, not only took Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s military transport to Afghanistan away, but also leaked the delegation’s plans to travel on commercial flights. It’s hard to see how… Read More

The European Union May Not Survive the Euro

The euro is “celebrating” its 20th anniversary this month, but they aren’t popping corks across the continent. Except, perhaps, with the notable exception of delusional Eurocrats such Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, who argued: “The euro has become a symbol of unity, sovereignty and stability. It has delivered prosperity and protection to our… Read More

‘Glorious!’: Matt Schlapp Celebrates Cancellation Of Pelosi’s Afghanistan Trip

Matt Schlapp, whose wife Mercedes works for the White House communications department, told Fox News’ Outnumbered panel that when Trump acted out of pettiness to cancel Speaker Pelosi’s use of a milliary aircraft to get current intelligence and visit the troops in Afghanistan, it was “glorious.” Now that’s solid punditry. Co-host Harris Faulkner asked Matt’s… Read More

A book which conveys a powerful point!

FRIDAY, JANUARY 4, 2019 In search of a bed just so: We don’t expect to have any fish today. That said, we expect to start our long-awaited, award-winning new year at the start of next week. As we wait for Mister Trump’s War, our framework for the year will be “Aristotle’s error.” Eventually, we’ll be… Read More

Ralph Nader: Democrats May Be Surrendering the Rule of Law

Many Senate Democrats are throwing in the towel on the nomination of William Barr for Trump’s Attorney General (a prospect assured by Senate minority leader, Chuck Schumer, declaring his personal vote against Barr). Let’s ask why? One would think that Senate Democrats would be appalled at Barr’s long-time unyielding conduct and writings asserting that the… Read More

Completing our Golden State public schools file!

FRIDAY, JANUARY 18, 2019 We have several topics to hit: Did California have “great public schools” in the decades before 1978? So said Miriam Pawel, while offering zero evidence, in Tuesday’s New York Times. How about it? Did California have “great public schools” during that alleged golden age? More specifically, did the state’s schools do… Read More

Is Donald Trump Trying To Get Nancy Pelosi Killed?

At any other time in history, this would immediately launch impeachment hearings. Because the president of the United States–currently under investigation to determine if he’s an asset of a hostile foreign power–just recklessly and with malice released the classified travel information to a war zone of the person second in line to his office. The… Read More

Trump Tweets Old Lie: ‘Prayer Rugs’ At The Border

Trump tries to reignite the debunked claims that terrorists are pouring into our country from the southern border. Having nothing else to do on a Friday when the government is shut down, Donald retweeted a Washington Examiner report from a single anonymous person saying they’ve found ‘prayer rugs’ by the U.S.-Mexico border. Border rancher: “We’ve… Read More

Rep. Debbie Lesko Says God Has Put Her on Anti-Choice ‘Mission’

Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-AZ) participated in Family Research Council’s “Pro-Life Con” on Friday morning, which FRC streamed online. Lesko talked about activists who had convinced her to become an anti-abortion activist and a “pro-life champion” in the state legislature. “I believe God has put me on a mission,” said Lesko, who said that she will… Read More

White House Spox Refuses To Deny Trump Cover Up

The White House Deputy Press Secretary looked foolish on Fox News. Instead of issuing a strong denial of the Buzzfeed report of Trump telling Michael Cohen to lie to Congress, Hogan Gidley whined that Buzzfeed has no corroboration to back up their claims. It’s pretty obvious from the reporting that Robert Mueller has corroboration. Yesterday,… Read More

Leaked Memo Reveals Government Plan to ‘Traumatize’ Migrant Children

Following reports on Thursday that federal officials forcibly separated thousands more migrant children from their families than previously reported, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D.-Ore.) released a document to NBC News revealing the Trump administration intended to “traumatize children and intentionally create a humanitarian crisis at the border.” I just released a NEW DOCUMENT showing that the @realDonaldTrump administration PLANNED to… Read More

Ann Vandersteel: QAnon Is Part of the Trump Campaign’s ‘Comprehensive Media Strategy’ to Spread Conspiracy Theories

Ann Vandersteel, a right-wing conspiracy theorist who serves as president of the YourVoice America network, appeared yesterday on a livestream known as “The Patriots’ Soapbox,” where she spent two hours promoting QAnon/sex trafficking/pedophilia conspiracy theories before casually mentioning that she is a spokesperson for President Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign: Ann Vandersteel spent two hours today… Read More

<em>Fox & Friends</em> downplays bombshell report that Donald Trump instructed his lawyer to lie to Congress about business dealings in Moscow

A January 17 BuzzFeed News report revealed bombshell allegations that “President Donald Trump directed his former longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.” Trump’s favorite morning show, Fox & Friends, downplayed the report despite the serious and potentially impeachable nature of these allegations. Two… Read More

<meta charset=”utf-8″ /><b id=”docs-internal-guid-db67c4a7-7fff-03c4-6420-cc96e13f5e25″>Chris Christie and the new Trump mythology</b>

Melissa Joskow / Media Matters Chris Christie, the scandal-plagued former governor of New Jersey who left office with historic disapproval ratings, has a new book coming out later this month detailing his life in politics. The book’s title, Let Me Finish, is a nod to the disgraced governor’s self-styled reputation as a combative brute who… Read More

Congress to Probe Report That Trump Directed Cohen to Lie

WASHINGTON — The Democratic chairmen of two House committees pledged Friday to investigate a report that President Donald Trump directed his personal attorney to lie to Congress about negotiations over a real estate project in Moscow during the 2016 election. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said “we will do what’s necessary to find… Read More

The West Has Islam Dangerously Wrong

In January of 2017, one week after he was sworn into office, President Donald Trump signed an executive order prohibiting foreign nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the country. Approximately eighteen months later, the United States Supreme Court voted 5-4 to uphold a revised version of Trump’s Muslim ban—a decision that Omar Jadwat of… Read More

Judge Acquits 3 Chicago Officers of Laquan McDonald Cover-Up

CHICAGO — A judge on Thursday acquitted three Chicago officers of trying to cover up the 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald, dismissing as just one perspective the shocking dashcam video of the black teenager’s death that led to protests, a federal investigation of the police department and the rare murder conviction of an officer. In… Read More

The L.A. Teachers’ Strike Is About So Much More Than Wages

Los Angeles public school teachers began a historic strike on Monday, for the first time in 30 years. Members of the United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA) walked out of contract negotiations with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) that had dragged on for nearly two years. The specific battle is being fought over… Read More

Center for American Progress, a Liberal Think Tank, Fires Two After Media Leaks

Two staff members from The Center for American Progress (CAP), a leading Washington, D.C., think tank, were fired amid concerns that they were involved in leaking internal emails to the media, The Intercept reported Wednesday. Other CAP staff, who spoke to The Intercept anonymously, believed these emails “reflected improper influence by the United Arab Emirates… Read More

Right Wing Bonus Tracks: The Zionist/Communist/AI Beast System

Intercessors for America’s Dave Kubal is asking activists to “fast and pray with expectation that breakthrough is about to happen and that every purpose God has for President Trump would come to pass.” Cheryl Chumley comes to the defense of Rep. Steve King: “There’s a whole host of Americans who agree with King. And guess… Read More

Right Wing Round-Up: No Collusion!

David Taintor @ Talking Points Memo: Trump Responds To Pelosi: I’m Canceling Your Overseas Trip! Steve Benen @ The Maddow Blog: Giuliani stuns with new claim: ‘I never said there was no collusion’. Zoe Tillman @ BuzzFeed: The GSA’s Watchdog Said Officials “Ignored” Constitutional Questions Around The Trump Hotel Project. Andrew Egger @ The Bulwark:… Read More

Right-wing media attack Rep. Ilhan Omar for something she never said

Melissa Joskow / Media Matters On January 15, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) shared a video of a 2015 CNN interview in which Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) called then-candidate Donald Trump “a race-baiting, xenophobic, religious bigot,” commenting that Graham had since been “compromised.” (Her tweet was a retweet of another that linked to the video, noting,… Read More

Newsmax TV Drops Jesse Lee Peterson’s Show, But Keeps Him As Contributor

Jesse Lee Peterson was dropped from Newsmax TV following what his team said was a network restructuring of their 2019 programming schedule, but he will continue to produce his morning radio show independently. A caller appeared on Peterson’s radio show yesterday and complained to Peterson that she could no longer view his show on Newsmax… Read More

ADF’s Kristen Waggoner ‘Optimistic’ that ‘Originalist’ Justices Will Overturn Roe v. Wade

Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Vice President Kristen Waggoner declared on Thursday that she is “encouraged” and “optimistic” that a Supreme Court with new “originalist” justices is heading toward a reversal of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision upholding a woman’s right to abortion. Waggoner made her comments at the Evangelicals for Life conference, organized in… Read More

Social Security Administration removes official from staffing charts following <em>Media Matters</em> reports about his toxic commentaries

Melissa Joskow / Media Matters Robert W. Patterson, a right-wing commentator who argued that married working mothers have hurt society and that condoms rob women of “remarkable chemicals” in semen, has been removed from staffing charts posted on the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) website. The SSA previously listed Patterson on its website as its acting associate… Read More

Mike Cernovich Claims ‘AOC Is the Next Generation of Me’

From the moment Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the freshman congresswoman from New York, set foot on the national stage, right-wing keyboard warriors have been in a dither. Whether on account of the fact that she’s a woman, or that she’s a Latina, or that she dares to dance, or dresses in a stylish manner, AOC faces… Read More

Lawrence O’Donnell on Donald J. Trump!

THURSDAY, JANUARY 3, 2019 Again, the road not taken: In his first segment on last night’s Last Word, Lawrence O’Donnell ambled down 2018’s most important road not taken. He was discussing Donald J. Trump. This is what he said:O’DONNELL (1/2/19): Well, in his first public speaking of the new year, today the president of the… Read More

Ellis also worked from script!

THURSDAY, JANUARY 17, 2019 “Tiny, desperate, unwell:” Did California have “great public schools” back in the good old days? That’s what Miriam Pawel recently said. She said it in an op-ed column in Tuesday’s New York Times. (For details, see yesterday’s post.) Pawel said California’s schools were “great” way back when, in the golden age… Read More

<em>Fox & Friends</em> ignored Rudy Giuliani’s collusion bombshell

On January 17, Fox News’ Fox & Friends failed to report on  President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani refusing to deny that there was “collusion” between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.  The night before, Giuliani told CNN’s Chris Cuomo that he didn’t know if members of the Trump campaign up to and including… Read More

The FBI Says Its Photo Analysis Is Scientific Evidence. Scientists Disagree.

by Ryan Gabrielson At the FBI Laboratory in Quantico, Virginia, a team of about a half-dozen technicians analyzes pictures down to their pixels, trying to determine if the faces, hands, clothes or cars of suspects match images collected by investigators from cameras at crime scenes. The unit specializes in visual evidence and facial identification, and… Read More

Tucker Carlson portrays white people as the real victims of racism 

TUCKER CARLSON (HOST): So the consensus is the racism is on the right, only conservatives can be racist. So that raises a few questions. What exactly is racism? What does it look like? How do you know if you are racist? And so we have a handy checklist for you. Get a pen and follow along, see if you can answer the questions. … Read More

Right Wing Bonus Tracks: Eliminate the Courts

Don Boys insists that Martin Luther King Jr. “was a man without character, and informed, honest, decent Americans should not be honoring him with a special day each year.” The American Family Association’s Anne Reed says that “today’s feminists are misogynists” who have a “hatred for God’s design” for the family. Rick Wiles declares that… Read More

Right Wing Round-Up: Manufacturing a Crisis

Will Sommer @ The Daily Beast: Roku Drops InfoWars and Alex Jones After Social Media Pressure. Matt Naham @ Law & Crime: Southern Poverty Law Center Slapped with Racketeering Suit Over ‘False Hate Group Designation’. Rebecca Klein @ Huff Post: Karen Pence Is Working At A School That Bans LGBTQ Employees And Kids. Caleb Ecarma… Read More

This Group Plans to Mail Nancy Pelosi Thousands of Foam Bricks

A pro-Trump news commentary site and its corresponding Facebook page are raising money to mail House Speaker Nancy Pelosi thousands of foam bricks. Organizers of the campaign say they shipped the first box of foam bricks yesterday with a message that read: “BUILD THE WALL AND PROTECT OUR COUNTRY!” The “bricks” pictured in a post… Read More

Segregated schools in New York City!

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2, 2019 Our new year begins next week: With apologies, we’ll be extending our holiday break through the start of next week. We’re attending to some personal matters. And when have you seen us do that? For today, you might want to peruse this recent report from New York Magazine concerning the desire… Read More

How good were California’s schools?

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16, 2019 Back in the good old days: How good were California’s schools back in the good old days? According to Miriam Pawel, they were very good. Her op-ed column in yesterday’s New York Times started off like this:PAWEL (1/15/19): For decades, public schools were part of California’s lure, key to the promise… Read More

Steve King Slams GOP Leaders, Says Conservatives Privately Express Support for Him

Right-wing activist Ed Martin called it “an outrage” that congressional Republicans failed to stand up for Rep. Steve King, who has been under fire since a New York Times story quoted him asking when terms like white nationalist, white supremacist, and Western civilization became offensive. The longtime Iowa congressman appeared on Martin’s radio show on… Read More

How We Analyzed Video Gambling in Illinois

by Sandhya Kambhampati and Jason Grotto For our series, “The Bad Bet: How Illinois Bet on Video Gambling and Lost,” ProPublica Illinois examined video gambling across the state, the impact slot and poker machines have had on the state’s finances and the social costs associated with video gambling. The first story in the series, published… Read More

How Illinois Bet on Video Gambling and Lost

by Jason Grotto and Sandhya Kambhampati, ProPublica, and Dan Mihalopoulos, WBEZ With the last streaks of daylight fading on a mild October evening, the cars pulled up in waves at Piero’s Italian Cuisine, an old-school Las Vegas hotspot known for its osso buco. Cadillacs with tinted windows. Taxis and rideshares. A black Bentley limousine and… Read More

What We Learned From the First Year of the Local Reporting Network

by Charles Ornstein The crisis in local news has become one of the most pressing issues in modern journalism, with academics and other observers questioning whether democracy itself can survive the increasingly commonplace phenomenon of news deserts. As the first editor overseeing ProPublica’s Local Reporting Network, a program that funded a year’s worth of investigative… Read More

Right Wing Bonus Tracks: Bill Mitchell’s Burden

Rick Joyner reports that he was on a conference call with the White House today designed to rally evangelical support for President Trump’s fight over the border wall. David Lane declares that “Christians have now reached the point where it is a waste of time to reason with the ‘religious secularists’ doing this to our… Read More

Right Wing Round-Up: Loomered

Josh Feldman @ Mediaite: Steve King Loses All House Committee Seats. Hemant Mehta @ Friendly Atheist: TN Gov-Elect Bill Lee Is Selling Special Seats for His Inaugural Worship Service. Matt Shuham @ Talking Points Memo: ‘Senior Trump Official’ On Shutdown: ‘We Do Not Want Most Employees To Return’. Jack Jenkins @ Religion News Service: From… Read More

Did the Wall Street Journal Fall for a Prank Directed at Laura Loomer?

Laura Loomer, who operated as an anti-Muslim online activist before she was suspended permanently from Twitter, was duped by internet pranksters into believing that her suspension occurred due to alleged lobbying by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Muslim civil rights group in America. Loomer then apparently took that claim to The Wall Street Journal, which… Read More

Richard Spencer on Stephen Miller: ‘Clearly I Was Influencing Him’ in College

White nationalist Richard Spencer said this week that he felt he “clearly” had an influence on White House adviser Stephen Miller and that they were “friends” while they attended Duke University, rebutting Miller’s prior remarks that Spencer’s “claims are 100 percent false.” In 2007, Spencer and Miller organized a debate together on Duke’s campus together, emails… Read More

What Engagement Reporting Does — and Doesn’t — Mean at ProPublica

by Ariana Tobin, Adriana Gallardo, Logan Jaffe and Beena Raghavendran When you’re directly affected by an issue, you often know a lot about it. You can have information, leads and stories. Sometimes, you’ve been trying to tell people and you’ve been ignored or overlooked in the process. Engagement reporting at ProPublica is about giving you… Read More

Krugman savages Mister Trump’s team!

TUESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2019 Discussing California’s schools, the Times is just as bad: In this morning’s New York Times, Paul Krugman savages the economic team assembled by President Trump. He uses one word we ourselves would have skipped. That said, here’s his basic assessment:KRUGMAN (1/15/19): [N]o man is an island, although Trump comes closer than… Read More

Josh Bernstein: Democrats ‘Should Be Sterilized’

Right-wing commentator Josh Bernstein appeared on Bill Deagle’s “NutriMedical Report Show” radio program yesterday, where he declared that Democrats are “a bunch of degenerates” who should be sterilized. Bernstein was so outraged by false reports that Democratic members of Congress have been vacationing in Puerto Rico instead of working with President Trump to end the… Read More

Right Wing Bonus Tracks: ‘Ain’t No Homo in a Football Locker Room’

Peter LaBarbera is not happy about a new AT&T ad that features two gay dads “going out on a date like normal parents.” Gordon Klingenschmitt lays out the ways in which the Democrats are just like the Nazis. Dave Daubenmire says that “there ain’t no homo in a football locker room.” Larry Tomczak reveals the… Read More

Right Wing Round-Up: Russia’s Man in the White House

Adam Peck @ Think Progress: The FBI investigated the possibility that Donald Trump is a Russian agent. Steve Benen @ The Maddow Blog: Asked whether he’s worked for Russia, Trump doesn’t answer directly. Ed Mazza @ Huff Post: Trump Quotes ‘Hitler Lover’ In Latest Attempt To Push His Border Wall Plan. Savas Abadsidis @ Towleroad:… Read More

Did Pence Credit Christian Nationalist Group with Trump’s 2016 Victory?

Pastor-politician Rob McCoy appeared on the Truth and Liberty livestream with pastor Andrew Wommack last Monday for a nearly hour-long conversation about the need for pastors to lead Christians into greater political involvement. (Earlier this year Wommack declared that opposition to President Trump is “demonic” and a sign of the End Times; during the interview he said the difference between conservatism… Read More

No fish today!

MONDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2018 It’s New Year’s Eve: We’ve recently learned that it’s New Year’s Eve. For that reason, there will be no fish today. No fish today, or tomorrow! But astounding new product awaits. Full Story Here Daily Howler January 14, 2019 12:57 pm Support Us