Megyn Kelly relitigates Vietnam War in petty, petty spat with Jane Fonda

Jane Fonda; Megyn Kelly (Credit: AP/Richard Shotwell/Evan Agostini) In a rare display of major-network pettiness, Megyn Kelly used a few precious moments on Monday’s edition of the “Today” show to blast actor and activist Jane Fonda for her actions during the Vietnam War, a conflict that ended almost 42 years ago. Looking directly into the… Read More

Ted Cruz reinvents his stance on the 2013 government shutdown he championed

(Credit: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) As Democrats backed down from their effort to partially close the federal government over a dispute about immigration, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz encountered some severe resistance from reporters after he tried to claim that he had never favored using shut downs as a negotiating tactic even though he was… Read More

22 States File Suit to ‘Stop the FFC’s Illegal Rollback of Net Neutrality’

Jessica Corbett, staff writerA coalition of 22 state attorneys general have come together to file a lawsuit challenging the Federal Communications Commission’s recent move to roll back net neutrality consumer protections, which New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman warns will “turn internet service providers into gatekeepers—allowing them to put profits over consumers while controlling what we see,… Read More

Trump’s attacks on Chuck Schumer were amplified by Russian bots

(Credit: (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)) Donald Trump may claim that he has no connections to Russia, but Russian bots have been doing a lot of the president’s dirty work when it comes to blaming Democrats for the government shutdown and deflecting from the ongoing Trump-Russia scandal. The hashtag “#schumershutdown,” which Trump has been promoting on… Read More

Best at Winning Disapproval: Trump’s First Year Breaks Record for Lowest Approval Rating Ever

Jessica Corbett, staff writerAt 39 percent, President Donald Trump’s average approval rating for his first year in office is lower than any other president in recorded history, according to Gallup polling. The results align with an earlier poll that showed the majority of Americans hold “a broadly pessimistic view of Trump’s presidency, the nation’s politics, and the overall direction… Read More

Moving to Scrap Rule Aimed at ‘Bottom-Feeding’ Payday Lenders, Trump’s CFPB Accused of Betraying Core Mission

Julia Conley, staff writerThe government agency tasked with shielding Americans from unfair practices by banks, creditors, and corporations, announced Tuesday that it was taking steps to revise regulations for payday lenders—regarded by consumer protection advocates as predatory corporations that take advantage of people in dire financial straits. Full Story Here Common Dreams.org January 22, 2018… Read More

Trump’s #FakeNewsAwards Underscore His Hostility Toward Free Speech and Press

Jessica Corbett, staff writerHighlighting President Donald Trump’s general lack of support for the constitutionally guaranteed freedoms of speech and the press, the president’s ever-evolving animosity toward the news media culminated in his #FakeNewsAwards, which he doled out on Wednesday night via the internet—as soon as the Republican National Committee’s website issue was resolved. Full Story… Read More

Senate Votes 81-18 To Reopen Government Through February 8th

The hard details are as-yet still hearsay, but the Senate just voted to end the filibuster on the continuing resolution sent over by the House last week and reopen the government for another 17 days. If Trump signs it, of course. We don’t really know whether he will or not. This bill would extend CHIP… Read More

Whiney Trump Spent Weekend Watching Videos Of Himself

After President Donald Trump was forced to miss a swanky fundraiser at his Florida estate on Saturday night because of the government shutdown, he instead spent his day watching clips of himself criticizing former President Barack Obama for his role in 2013 shutdown. Full Story Here Crooks and Liars January 22, 2018 12:03 pm Support… Read More

Progressive Groups Rally Ahead of Possible #TrumpShutdown to Condemn ‘Racist, Anti-Immigrant Agenda’

Jessica Corbett, staff writerA coalition of progressive groups has organized a last-minute protest on Capitol Hill to call on the Republican-controlled Congress and President Donald Trump to avert a looming government shutdown by passing a bipartisan deal—and  if the Republicans do allow the shutdown, to send the message: “#DoYourJob, pass the #DreamAct, and end the #TrumpShutdown now!”… Read More

‘Keep Your Dogma Off My Healthcare!’: Trump Empowers Nation’s Doctors to Discriminate

Jessica Corbett, staff writerAdvocates for reproductive healthcare and LGBTQ rights came together on Thursday to condemn the creation of a new division in the Trump administration’s Department of Health and Human Services to assist healthcare providers who refuse to treat patients based on religious or moral convictions—a move that legal advocates say “grants an illegal license to discriminate” and… Read More

‘Even Worse Negotiator Than Trump’: Progressives Slam Schumer for Caving to GOP on #TrumpShutdown

Jessica Corbett, staff writerImmigrant rights advocates expressed skepticism about federal lawmakers’ commitment to passing a bipartisan deal on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program after Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced on Monday that the necessary number of Democrats would support a three-week spending bill to end the #TrumpShutdown without first reaching an… Read More

Democrats vote to reopen government, and activists say they’ve caved

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., leaves the chamber after the confirmation vote for President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, April 7, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) (Credit: AP) After an intense weekend when the federal government went into a partial shutdown, Democrats in the U.S. Senate… Read More

For Zuck’s sake

Mark Zuckerberg has been sharing a lot this month. First, he posted that his “personal challenge” for 2018 is to fix the glaring and obvious problems for which he’s taken so much heat. Last week, he announced that he had directed Facebook’s product teams to change their focus from “helping you find relevant content to helping you have more… Read More

Facing Subpoena, Bannon Will “Fully Cooperate” With Mueller Probe: Reports

Jon Queally, staff writerDrawing from unnamed sources said to be familiar with the situation, reports on Wednesday suggested that former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon will “fully cooperate” when questioned by special counsel Robert Mueller and his team. “He can say whatever the hell he wants to say to him about whatever topic that… Read More

Shortly After Trump’s ‘Shithole’ Remarks, DHS Cuts Off Haitians From Seasonal Work Visas

Jessica Corbett, staff writerLess than a week after President Donald Trump provoked international outrage by reportedly referring to Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations as” shithole” countries, the Department of Homeland Security is under fire for pushing the president’s “racist anti-Haitian immigrant agenda” by specifically barring Haitians from applying for certain temporary work visas. Full Story Here Common Dreams.org January… Read More

We may all be talking like Trump for years to come, linguist says

Donald Trump speaks at the 72nd United Nations General Assembly (Credit: Getty/Spencer Platt) Bigly. Fake news. No puppet. Those are some phrases that have entered the English language thanks to President Donald Trump. But the president’s constant butchering of the mother tongue may hurt us for a long time. Trump is effective, cognitive linguist George Lakoff… Read More

Pay Mo’Nique, Netflix

Mo’Nique (Credit: AP/Willy Sanjuan) As both the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements are heating up in Hollywood, we are seeing more and more celebrities speaking out against what appears to be the systematic sexism and racism they encounter within the entertainment industry. Last week, the fact that “Black-ish” star Tracee Ellis Ross makes significantly less than her male co-star, Anthony… Read More

Republicans Start To Notice Trump ‘Is Not A Fair Broker’

Last Friday, A.B. Stoddard of Real Clear Politics told MSNBC hours before the govt shutdown that on Capitol Hill, Trump can’t be trusted to negotiate a deal in good faith. After the news broke that Trump was meeting with Chuck Schumer alone to try and avert a shutdown, MSNBC host Hugh Hewitt said that Schumer… Read More

Republicans Start To Notice Trump ‘Is Not A Fair Broker’

Last Friday, A.B. Stoddard of Real Clear Politics told MSNBC hours before the govt shutdown that on Capitol Hill, Trump can’t be trusted to negotiate a deal in good faith. After the news broke that Trump was meeting with Chuck Schumer alone to try and avert a shutdown, MSNBC host Hugh Hewitt said that Schumer… Read More

Trump Mad At Wilbur Ross For Sleeping, Drooling During Meetings

Video above is from May, when Ross blamed his snoozing, quite believably, on jet lag. A source I had contacted about something more important responded that not only has Wilbur Ross fallen asleep at every meeting he’s been in with source, but that he drools – and uses his tie to clean it up. —… Read More

Trump Mad At Wilbur Ross For Sleeping, Drooling During Meetings

Video above is from May, when Ross blamed his snoozing, quite believably, on jet lag. A source I had contacted about something more important responded that not only has Wilbur Ross fallen asleep at every meeting he’s been in with source, but that he drools – and uses his tie to clean it up. —… Read More

The attacks on Jane Fonda show who Megyn Kelly really is

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters Megyn Kelly may be an NBC host now, but her January 22 monologue about actress Jane Fonda reveals how little Kelly has deviated from her signature Fox News diatribes. This morning, Kelly devoted a three-minute monologue to attacking Fonda, a former guest on her show, and largely focused on the… Read More

Report Details Huge Cost of Childbirth in United States, Unheard of In Most Industrialized Countries

Julia Conley, staff writerA report published on Tuesday in the Guardian highlights the exorbitant costs associated with childbirth in the United States—often catching families by surprise and leaving them thousands of dollars in debt to hospitals—and underscores the world of difference between maternal care in the U.S. and other industrialized nations with universal healthcare. Full… Read More

Pitting ‘Kids Against Dreamers,’ GOP Exploiting CHIP Funds to Trap Dems on Spending Bill

Jake Johnson, staff writerWith a bipartisan immigration deal looking increasingly unlikely after President Donald Trump’s “shithole countries” remark last week, Republicans aiming to avert a government shutdown are desperately pitting “kids against Dreamers” by using a crucial health insurance program for children to “lure” Democrats into backing a short-term spending bill that doesn’t include a… Read More

‘We Are Sorry’: American Expats in Switzerland Plan Anti-Trump Protest Ahead of Davos

Jessica Corbett, staff writerAhead of the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting next week, American expats  in Switzerland are planning a protest for Saturday, the one-year anniversary of U.S. President Donald Trump’s inaguration, to say “we are sorry” for his administration’s “efforts to undermine peace, human rights, and environmental justice around the world.” Full Story Here Common Dreams.org January 22, 2018… Read More

Jared Kushner is a weak link in the White House’s foreign policy

Jared Kushner (Credit: AP/Alex Brandon) During the roughly 30 years that Donald Trump talked about running for president before actually doing it, one of his most frequent refrains was that other countries were taking advantage of America, primarily thanks to our naive diplomats. In a Washington Post review of hundreds of such remarks from Trump… Read More

Amazon opens first cashier-less store — and the future is now

(Credit: AP/Elaine Thompson) Amazon opens its first cashier-less convenience store in Seattle Monday, in a move potentially revolutionary for tech, automation and business, though possibly devastating for workers. At the new Amazon Go store, customers can bypass checkout lines, thanks to hundreds of tiny cameras and a computer algorithm that keeps track of every item shoppers grab. The only requirement is… Read More

Trump made a racist impersonation of another world leader: report

(Credit: Getty/Ron Sachs) President Donald Trump has once again been caught making allegedly racist comments. In a piece describing America’s future in Iraq, The Washington Post included an anecdote that said Trump impersonated a major world leader, using a racist accent. The purpose of the anecdote was to illustrate how Trump believes the rest of the world perceives… Read More

Trump ‘Tip Stealing’ Rule Would Cost Workers $5.8 Billion Per Year: Report

Jake Johnson, staff writerPresident Donald Trump’s war on workers has spawned some particularly damaging  policy moves, from cuts to federal employees’ pay increases to rules making it harder for workers to unionize. But one of the “nastiest” policy shifts Trump is pursuing is a rule that would allow companies to steal their employees’ tips—which, according… Read More

Apple’s $38 Billion Tax Payment Less Than Half of $79 Billion They Owe

Jon Queally, staff writerTech giant Apple made international headlines and inspired President Donald Trump to brag overnight about his role in making it all possible after it was announced it would be repatriating $38 billion in overseas cash holdings—but that dollar figure is less than half of what tax analysts say the company should be… Read More

We Cannot Survive a Nuclear Apocalypse by Ducking and Covering

Seemingly well-intentioned newspaper columns have been inadvertently normalizing the use of nuclear weapons, depicting nuclear attacks as events we will have the agency and capacity to respond to meaningfully. But nuclear weapons are a threat to all living beings — let’s not be distracted by discussions of all the clever ways we can dance our… Read More

Becoming Stable Geniuses: Seeking New (and Very Old) Habits for a New Year

(Photo: Brenkee)   In these troubling and surreal times, honest journalism is more important than ever. Help us keep real news flowing: Make a donation to Truthout today. A little over a year ago at TomDispatch I wrote about the bloody nightmares rupturing my sleep and the night terrors gripping my little household in the wake of Donald Trump’s… Read More

Does the GOP Really Want a DACA Deal? We Already Know the Answer

Dreamers and their supporters protest outside the US Capitol in Washington, DC, January 19, 2018. (Photo: Astrid Riecken For The Washington Post via Getty Images) The only way Truthout can maintain a sanctuary for real, independent news is with your support. Make a tax-deductible donation today! In May of last year, President Donald Trump said “our country… Read More

Department of Education Rules That Texas Violated Rights of Disabled Students

With your support, Truthout can continue exposing inequality, analyzing policy and reporting on the struggle for a better world. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation. Though equal access and civil rights don’t seem very popular with the Trump administration, the Department of Education recently ruled that Texas denied disabled students their right to an education. The verdict was an important victory not… Read More

The Deportation Machine That Thrives on Terror

Jorge Garcia’s wife and two teenage children sobbed as he was forced onto a plane bound for Mexico from Detroit on January 15. After more than 30 years living uneventfully in the US, the 39-year-old Garcia was deported. Garcia did everything right — he paid his taxes, worked as a landscaper to support his family,… Read More

Trump’s Top Donors: Where Are They Now?

No ads, no subscription fees — instead, Truthout is fueled by generous donations from readers. Want to support our work? Click here to donate. One year ago, President Donald Trump’s inauguration broke records  —  not in turnout, but in inaugural donations. Trump pulled in $107 million in individual contributions, nearly doubling President Barack Obama’s 2009 record of $53… Read More

Poll Shows Most Americans Blame Trump and GOP for Shutdown Mess

Julia Conley, staff writerAs President Donald Trump and members of Congress point fingers, blaming opposing political parties for a potential government shutdown, the public has spoken. A Washington Post/ABC poll finds that a most Americans would blame Republicans and the president should Congress fail to reach an agreement to keep the government funded by midnight… Read More

Despite GOP Efforts to Blast Dems, Americans Blame Republicans for #TrumpShutdown

Jessica Corbett, staff writerDespite efforts by President Donald Trump and GOP lawmakers to blame Democrats for the government shutdown—deemed the #TrumpShutdown by critics—polling shows American voters hold Republicans and the president responsible for failing to reach an agreement on Friday to keep the federal government funded. Full Story Here Common Dreams.org January 22, 2018 10:22… Read More

These 18 Senate Democrats Just Voted to Hand Trump Mass Spying Powers

Jake Johnson, staff writerSenate Democrats had an opportunity Tuesday night to block legislation that places expanded warrantless spying powers into the hands of President Donald Trump—who they have frequently criticized as a deranged authoritarian—but 18 Democrats opted instead to do the opposite, providing the decisive votes in favor of a cloture motion that essentially ensures… Read More

Pentagon Rebuked for Draft Suggesting Nuclear Response to Cyber Attacks

Julia Conley, staff writerAnti-nuclear advocates on Wednesday denounced a draft Pentagon report pushing the use of nuclear weapons by the United States to respond to non-nuclear attacks—a major departure from the policy that’s been in place for decades. Full Story Here Common Dreams.org January 22, 2018 10:22 am Support Us

A Border Patrol inspection of a Greyhound bus is raising questions about being stopped

(Credit: AP Photo/Russell Contreras) As President Donald Trump has intensified the immigration debate with his inflammatory rhetoric and rapid increase of federal raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, it’s still important that law-abiding U.S. citizens are well aware of their own rights. A college professor sought to teach an important lesson for those who are stopped at… Read More

April Ryan: I Got Death Threats For Daring To Ask Trump If He’s A Racist

Apparently having the temerity to ask Dear Leader if he just might be a racist following his vile comments about why we’re letting all of these brown people from “shithole countries” come to the United States is enough to provoke death threats from Trump’s racist cult these days. American Urban Radio Networks White House correspondent… Read More

DHS senior adviser who has worked on travel ban claimed that “true” Muslims can’t peacefully “coexist” or “mingle with other faiths”

Right-wing pundit Frank Wuco, a senior Department of Homeland Security (DHS) adviser who has worked on President Donald Trump’s travel ban, repeatedly warned audiences during his previous media appearances that Muslims are dangerous because their core faith purportedly instructs them that they can’t “coexist peacefully with other religions.” “[There’s] a critical misunderstanding of the true… Read More

America isn’t trusted on the world stage: report

(Credit: AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta) Trust in America has sunk to new lows since the rise of President Donald Trump. The Edelman Trust Barometer, which is run by public relations expert Richard Edelman, found that trust in the United States had fallen to an “Iraq war level of trust,” according to Axios. Although the decline in… Read More

Reinventing Represent

by Allison McCartney and Derek Willis As of this writing and since late Friday night, Congress has been unable to reach agreement to fund the federal government, resulting in a shutdown. What better time to keep track of what legislators are up to? Regular visitors to Represent, our interactive database that tracks Congress, will notice… Read More

Second Women’s March draws huge anti-Trump crowds as the government shuts down

(Credit: AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File) It’s been exactly a year since the historic 2017 Women’s March, which brought millions out to protest Trump’s inauguration, flooding the streets of the nation with pink knitted hats. Thousands have taken to the streets again this weekend for the Women’s March 2018, empowered by the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment… Read More

Mike Pence, White House makes shutdown politics American policy

Mike Pence (Credit: AP/Mandel Ngan) Vice President Mike Pence visited American troops in the Middle East this weekend, and unleashed a partisan attack against Senate Democrats. The rare political jab by a vice president in front of military falls in line with what has become official government policy — top to bottom — since the federal shutdown began at… Read More

POSSIBLY WIRED FOR LACK OF SOUND: The New York Times runs fifteen letters!

MONDAY, JANUARY 22, 2018 Part 1—Triggers “Brabender effect:” On several occasions, we’ve recalled the deathless words of the late Gene Brabender, who was, as far as we know, a totally decent person. From 1966 through 1970, Brabender—reportedly, his nickname was Lurch—was a major league pitcher. He may have achieved his greatest fame as a character… Read More

Hey Paul Ryan, What Happened To Trump As ‘The Great Negotiator’?

Lyin’ Paul Ryan appeared on Face the Nation on Sunday, prepared to falsely blame the Democrats for the government shut down caused by Trump, McConnell and himself. What he obviously was not prepared for was to answer questions: JOHN DICKERSON: The President, you talk about blame for the Democrats and all that. But they’re not… Read More

The true political power of women will be on display in November

(Credit: Salon/Peter Cooper) Women demonstrated their political power this weekend by protesting en masse, with early reports indicating that more than a million women took to the streets this weekend. According to the New York Times, 200,000 people appeared for the Women’s March in New York City, 300,000 turned out in Chicago and 600,000 came out… Read More

Kochs Give Lyin’ Ryan His Good Boy Treat For Tax Bill

Last week, Randy “Ironstache” Bryce announced their 4th quarter fundraising was a huge success again: Randy Bryce, one of the Democrats hoping to take on House Speaker Paul Ryan, raised $1.2 million at the end of last year, his campaign said. Team Stache also reports that the donations came from over 80,000 donors and averaged… Read More

Scarborough Taunts Trump For Being ‘Led Around’ By His Staff

Scarborough went off on a passionate rant about Republicans blocking any deal on the government shutdown — and Trump’s inability to lead. “You really can’t trust anything coming out of Donald Trump’s mouth. He’s proven that,” Scarborough said. He proceeded to lay out his case in excruciating detail. “And in most things he’s talking about… Read More

Trump’s 24-year-old drug appointee has inaccuracies in his resume

Official portrait of President Donald Trump (Credit: White House) President Donald Trump appointed a 24-year-old to a position in the White House drug policy office based on a resume that contained multiple misleading statements, and now, he’s under fire. Taylor Weyeneth may have misrepresented his professional and volunteering background in the resume that helped him land… Read More

Texas Republicans are trying to purge Democrats from ballots: report

(Credit: AP/David Goldman) Dallas County Republicans have filed a lawsuit on Friday alleging that the county’s Democratic Party leader did not sign the petitions of 128 Democratic primary candidates, placing them in jeopardy of being kicked off the March 6 primary ballot. Republicans believe Dallas County Democratic Party Chairman Carol Donovan violated state law by not signing… Read More

‘Morning Joe’ Lambastes Pence For Using Our Troops As Props

The panel was unanimous this morning in condemning Pence’s unprecedented mixing domestic politics with a visit to the troops in Jerusalem. Essentially using our troops as props. Andrea Mitchell, who’s been covering these trips for over forty years, said she’d never seen anything like it before. Their chyron said it all: Pence Blasts Democrats For… Read More

Dealmaker Donald Trump hasn’t been involved in ending the shutdown

(Credit: Getty/Brendan Smialowski) Serious questions have emerged as to whether President Donald Trump is in charge of his own White House when it comes to the negotiations that could end America’s ongoing government shutdown. There have been two occasions within the past two weeks in which Trump has indicated a willingness to extend legal status… Read More

Do Trump and the GOP really want a DACA deal? We already know the answer

Tom Cotton; Donald Trump; Stephen Miller (Credit: Getty Images/Salon) In May of last year, President Donald Trump said “our country needs a shutdown.” Over the weekend he got his wish. After a tumultuous couple of weeks in which the president said he would agree to a clean DACA bill “of love” and then ranted about… Read More

Learn how to take better photos for your 2018 vacation

Whether printed or digital, photos are precious to us — they help us remember the good times and memorialize special moments that will never happen again. So it’s a total bummer when you’re taking photos of a family wedding, and every last one is a bit of a mess. Start capturing your memories in a… Read More

Mike’s Blog Round Up

Zandar Versus the Stupid: About that Hippocratic Oath… Economic Policy Institute: About that raise in overtime pay? Pennsylvania is on it. Informed Comment: About that ongoing U.S. troop deployment in Syria… Little Green Footballs: About Trump cutting corners on immigration policy… Speaking of which, your quote of the day:“I think it’s a process that can… Read More

Lindsey Graham: ‘As Long As Stephen Miller Is In Charge Of Negotiating On Immigration We Are Going Nowhere’

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Sunday warned that President Donald Trump’s hard-right policy adviser Stephen Miller was preventing legislation that could end the current government shutdown. On day two of President Trump’s first government shutdown, Graham told reporters that he was hopeful for a Sunday “breakthrough” that could re-open the government. But he also cautioned… Read More

A game-changer in Florida politics is on the verge of making the 2018 ballot

(Credit: Getty/Darren Hauck) A grassroots campaign to amend Florida’s constitution to restore the voting rights of upwards of 1.5 million Floridians who have been convicted of non-violent felonies and completed their sentences is poised to qualify for the November 2018 ballot. By Wednesday, the Florida Department of State has certified more than 745,000 petition signatures of… Read More

On abortion, it’s time to start trusting women: They know what they’re doing

Abortion Rights Protest (Credit: Getty/Saul Loeb) Before he was murdered by an anti-abortion terrorist in 2009, Kansas physician Dr. George Tiller had a simple but profound motto: Trust women. “I’m a woman-educated physician,” Dr. Tiller explained in an interview for the 2001 documentary “Voices of Choice.” “Abortion is about women’s hopes and dreams and potential… Read More

When women have a union: What’s next for #MeToo in the workplace

#MeToo Survivors’ March in Hollywood (Credit: Getty/Mark Ralston) Janine Jackson interviewed Jane McAlevey about #MeToo and the labor movement for the Jan. 12, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. Janine Jackson: As soon as you heard about the #MeToo initiative to fight workplace sexual harassment, you knew you’d soon see a headline reading, “When #MeToo Goes… Read More

Facebook promises to clean up its toxic news feed: Is that even possible?

Mark Zuckerberg (Credit: Getty/David Ramos/Shutterstock) In a post shortly after New Year’s Day, Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg vowed that 2018 would be be the year when he will “fix“ his social network. Last week, he announced that as part of that focus, Facebook will be attempting to clean up its News Feed Feature,… Read More

Maybe he just acts like a racist

(Credit: AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta) OK, the President of the United States doesn’t think he is a racist. But, apparently, he does forcefully believe in favoring white-majority countries of origin for immigrants over black- or brown-majority countries, however vulgar his language about that position. And, as painfully noted by every news outlet in the last few… Read More

Home care agencies often wrongly deny Medicare help to the chronically ill

(Credit: Getty/Cecilie Arcurs) Colin Campbell needs help dressing, bathing and moving between his bed and his wheelchair. He has a feeding tube because his partially paralyzed tongue makes swallowing “almost impossible,” he said. Campbell, 58, spends $4,000 a month on home health care services so he can continue to live in his home just outside… Read More

How to fail geopolitics: The world according to Trump

(Credit: Shutterstock/Getty/Photo montage by Salon) As 2017 ended with billionaires toasting their tax cuts and energy executives cheering their unfettered access to federal lands as well as coastal waters, there was one sector of the American elite that did not share in the champagne celebration: Washington’s corps of foreign policy experts. Across the political spectrum,… Read More

How to raise a kid with a conscience

(Credit: Getty/Nadezhda1906) Every parent wants to raise a kid with a conscience — someone who’ll do the right thing even when no one is watching. But when the road to online integrity is riddled with cyberbullying, cell phone cheating, sexting, and other risks, trusting your kid to be conscientious feels like a leap of faith.… Read More

C&L’s Late Nite Music Club With Lucinda Williams

My much better half and I went out to do some grocery shopping. I heard the opening chords of this come over the in-store sound system. And it wasn’t the Mary Chapin-Carpenter version. It was the original version of the woman who wrote it, Lucinda Williams. Man, the grocery store is better at playing “deep… Read More

18 things you need to stop doing in 2018

(Credit: Gabe Hernandez/Corpus Christi Caller-Times via AP) 1. Broadcasting things you wouldn’t say to someone’s face on social media. The rule of thumb used to be something like, if you wouldn’t say it in front of your parents or grandma don’t say it. But now it should be, “If you wouldn’t say it to their… Read More

Republicans want to make it easier to kill whales and dolphins

(Credit: NOAA via AP) Democratic senators from a dozen states, from New Hampshire to Virginia, have asked for the same exemption that Florida got from proposed oil and gas leases, but Republican lawmakers support a bill to make it easier to explore for oil. The House Committee on Natural Resources recently approved sending H.R.3133, the… Read More

Sunday shows barely mentioned the 2018 Women’s March

Mobilus in Mobili / Creative Commons License via Flickr The day after the start of the second annual series of Women’s Marches all over the world, the major Sunday political talk shows were nearly silent on the historic protests, only briefly mentioning the topic across all five shows. On January 20 and 21, one year… Read More

Mick Mulvaney Can’t Explain His Newfound ‘Xenophobia’ On Immigration

CBS’ John Dickerson called out Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s OMB director for now defending their ‘merit-based’ immigration policy when previously he told Bloomberg News that that system moves the country towards “xenophobia.” Trump and his hardliners on immigration have now tried to implement a “merit-based” system of immigration to deflect away from their attacks on people… Read More

WATCH As Mitch McConnell Objects To Funding Our Troops

When Democrats were in charge this sort of blatant politicization didn’t occur, and accommodations were made to ensure military pay. Not so with the feckless Republicans. This video has been viewed more than a million times on Twitter, but is unlikely to ever be shown on Fox News. Of course. Source: Oliver Willis Senate majority… Read More

Jeanine Pirro At Mar-A-Lago: It ‘Sure Ain’t No Shithole’

Jeanine Pirro opened her speech at Mar-a-Lago this week with a joke suggesting that Trump supporters are better than the black immigrants Donald Trump smeared in his infamous “shithole countries” comments. As The Washington Post reported, Pirro was the keynote speaker at an event this week celebrating Trump’s presidency at his resort: “Welcome to Mar-a-Lago!”… Read More

The misinformation Trump tweeted in his first year as president

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters Media Matters surveyed President Donald Trump’s 2,276 tweets from the first year of his presidency from January 20, 2017, until January 16, 2018, and found that at least 23 percent (522 tweets) contained fact-checked false claims or misinformation and at least 27 percent (628 tweets) attacked his perceived enemies. The… Read More

NBC’s Chuck Todd presses White House official for claiming “Donald J. Trump for President” ad was “produced by an outside group”

CHUCK TODD (HOST): You’re taking a very conciliatory tone this morning. I want to play an ad that you guys unveiled last night. [BEGIN VIDEO] NARRATOR: It’s pure evil. President [Donald] Trump is right. Build the wall. Deport criminals. Stop illegal immigration now. Democrats who stand in our way will be complicit in every murder committed by illegal immigrants. … Read More

Trump Demands Republicans Trigger ‘Nuclear Option’ Over Government Shutdown

Since Trump destroyed a bipartisan deal on funding the government last week which has caused a shutdown, he’s begging Republicans to trigger the “nuclear option” to keep the Democratic minority from filibustering. I know, I know, my first inclination when I heard the word “nuclear’ was to believe he was talking about North Korea. Trump… Read More

Our Bleeding Hearts Might Have Saved Us

Today marks the anniversary of the Dread Fiend Trump’s official entry into politics, not as dog catcher, not even as city clerk, but as President of these United States. A year has passed and as much as we’ve spit and hollered, as often as we’ve watched the evidence of corruption pile up, Donald Trump is… Read More

Mike’s Blog Round Up

Gotta love the great signs this weekend. Pharyngula: The wisdom of Rick and Morty applied to Nazis. Tom Dispatch: Another good year for weapons makers is guaranteed. On the Economy: A few thoughts on the political economy of a government shutdown. The Bloggess: Eeyore love. This installment by Batocchio. E-mail tips to mbru AT crooksandliars… Read More

When Trump told Fox that presidents were to blame for government shutdowns

President Donald Trump’s favorite cable news show wants its viewers to know that he is not the one to blame for the government shutdown that began last night after White House chief of staff John Kelly helped shoot down a potential deal between Trump and Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY). But Trump himself repeatedly… Read More

To Fully Understand Inequality in the US, Look Outside of the Cities

Your support is crucial to keeping ethical journalism alive! Donate now to keep our writers on the streets, covering the most important issues and beats. You can’t count on your phone’s mapping app to guide you in rural Alabama, Catherine Flowers says. A Lowndes County native, she recently had visitors try to find their way… Read More

Four Unbelievable Realities for US Public Schools

Every child in the US has the right to a quality education, and the American public school system has been responsible for ensuring that occurs — regardless of a child’s location or income level. But the public school system has been slowly starved of money, teachers and even infrastructure itself — an escalating problem, as the… Read More

BREAKING: Ellen hosted Meryl and Tom!

TUESDAY, JANUARY 9, 2018 Guess what they weren’t asked: Breaking! Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks guested with Ellen today. To watch one segment, click here. All three seemed to say that they were all in for Oprah. By our jaundiced metrics, Meryl was especially self-serving, as she has perhaps been of late. (She wants to… Read More

PROPOSED: Cognitive tests for the MSM!

SATURDAY, JANUARY 20, 2018 Times piece triggers request: Is it time for a cognitive test for the upper-end mainstream press corps? The unusual suggestion was triggered by a flawed analysis piece in today’s New York Times. In hard copy, the piece appears on page A11, the first page of the paper’s National section. The piece… Read More

Retribution and Revenge in the Wisconsin John Doe

If billionaires are now allowed to give secret campaign contributions to get lawsuits against them thrown out of court, perhaps Attorney General Brad Schimel should issue a price list? (Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout) Truthout doesn’t take corporate money and we don’t shy away from confronting the root causes of injustice. Can you help sustain… Read More

How Tenants Use Digital Mapping to Track Bad Landlords and Gentrification

As the Bay Area becomes increasingly gentrified, one group is arming tenants with the information they need to make informed housing decisions. The project is part of a rising tide of social justice cartography, where maps are being harnessed for activism as the technology becomes more accessible. This map produced by the National Women’s Law… Read More

MoveOn: #TrumpShutdown is Blatant Attempt to Force Racist, Anti-Immigrant Agenda; Democrats Should Be Commended for Standing with Dreamers

Statement from Ilya Sheyman, executive director of MoveOn.org Political Action, in response to the Trump Shutdown:  “There is no doubt that Donald Trump, congressional Republicans, and their racist agenda are fully responsible for this government shutdown. When Trump rejected a bipartisan immigration deal and ended negotiations, he threw the entire government into chaos. Now, it’s… Read More

Russian Politician Who Reportedly Sent Millions to NRA Has Long History in Spain

by Sebastian Rotella As the Spanish police investigated the presence of a notorious Russian organized crime group on the resort island of Mallorca in 2012, they realized that a key figure described by some of the suspects as their “godfather” was a powerful Moscow politician: Alexander Torshin. Spanish prosecutors decided in the summer of 2013… Read More

Right Wing Round-Up: Release The Memo

Aaron Rupar @ Think Progress: The truth about the new ‘top secret’ memo Republicans can’t stop talking about. John Fea: Is Trump Going to Western PA to Stump for Rick Saccone? Who is Rick Saccone? Andrew Kaczynski @ CNN: Trump appointee Carl Higbie resigns as public face of agency that runs AmeriCorps after KFile review… Read More

Right Wing Bonus Tracks: Donald Trump Will End Abortion

It should surprise nobody that the Religious Right is elated with President Trump after his first year in office. Robert Oscar Lopez is apparently now a contributor to the Media Research Center’s NewsBusters website. A bold prediction from Dave Daubenmire: “Mark this down right now; Donald Trump will end abortion.” Jim Garlow says that “contrary… Read More

HHS Official Boasts Of ‘Pro-Life Team Across The Spectrum’ As Abortion-Rights Opponents Celebrate Wins Under Trump

At the Evangelicals for Life conference in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Travis Wussow of the Southern Baptists’ Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission asked a panel to talk about wins for abortion-rights opponents in President Trump’s first year. Focus on the Family’s Vice President for External Relations Tim Goeglein said the biggest win was the nomination and… Read More

CONCERNING THE 48,000: Enslaved people built Detroit!

TUESDAY, JANUARY 9, 2018 Part 2—The living upstaged by the dead: On the one hand, Professor Tiya Miles strikes us as unusually decent and smart. Very much so, we’d be inclined to say again and again. On December 10, we formed that judgment as we watched her 68 minute-long book event on C-Span. The event… Read More

BREAKING: Film festival comes to sprawling campus!

MONDAY, JANUARY 8, 2018 On snow day, we screen Broken Arrow: Breaking! As our sprawling campus was being hit with as much as 0.01 inches of snow, we declared a snow day and a Daily Howler Film Festival. Thanks to TCM and On Demand, we were able to screen Broken Arrow, the 1950 western which… Read More

CONCERNING THE 48,000: Concerning our pitiful public discussions!

MONDAY, JANUARY 8, 2018 Part 1—The living and the dead: In the past week, we’d been reviewing the Washington Post’s database of police shootings for 2017. The Post has compiled such data for the past three years. To review those data, click here. The Post provides a valuable journalistic service by compiling these (imperfect) lists.… Read More

SEX IN THE CINEMA: Jimmy looked too old for Kim!

SATURDAY, JANUARY 6, 2018 Part 4—Our floundering species in action: Back in 1979, several Alabama mothers dreamed the improbable dream. In one case, the mother’s 19-year-old daughter was dating 32-year-old Roy Moore. “She thought he was good husband material,” the daughter told the Washington Post late last year. This helped create a moral panic, during… Read More

BREAKING: Rational animal strikes again!

FRIDAY, JANUARY 19, 2018 The things you read in the Times: In hard copy, this morning’s New York Times op-ed page features a column, live and direct from London, written by Michael Goldfarb, a 67-year-old NPR alumnus. There’s no distinction so basic and obvious that New York Times editors are able to recognize it. Here’s… Read More

YEAR OF THE SPECIES: We offer two "questions of the year!"

FRIDAY, JANUARY 5, 2018 Part 4—Professor Gates’ question, then ours: In China, they’re finishing up their current “year of the rooster.” Over Here, we’re just beginning our latest “year of the species.” In this new year, our pseudo-discourse will almost surely unfold in thrall to the several unhelpful instincts our species’ flesh is heir to.… Read More

BREAKING: Drum explains why GOP needs Dem votes!

FRIDAY, JANUARY 19, 2018 Joins attack on Maddow: Just exactly as we planned, the one-two punch prevailed. Yesterday, we had a nervous breakdown about one of Rachel Maddow’s latest groaners. Wednesday night, she started her true crime entertainment program as shown below:MADDOW (1/17/18): It is now officially 51 hours until the federal government shuts down.… Read More

SPORTS BREAK: The widely respected Sagarin rankings!

THURSDAY, JANUARY 4, 2018 How the conferences stand: In this morning’s New York Times, Marc Tracy refers to “[t]he widely respected [Jeff] Sagarin rankings, which attempt to rate teams according to the strength of their schedule.” Sagarin’s computer currently ranks Central Florida number 13 in the nation. On campus, the school is claiming that it’s… Read More

Is Donald J. Trump able to read?

THURSDAY, JANUARY 4, 2018 We’re not sure. Is anyone else? Last night, the fun got started all over again on “cable news,” in earnest. The new cable year had begun! The not wholly reliable Michael Wolff had triggered this evening of fun. At any rate, the children got to spend the night indulging such pleasures… Read More

Alliance Defending Freedom spent big fighting against marriage equality in Latin America and Europe. It’s losing.

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters Last year, Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a designated anti-LGBTQ hate group, fought against marriage equality in Latin American and European courts, including by presenting oral arguments before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) in the Americas. Multinational courts in both countries recently ruled or advised in favor of same-sex marriage… Read More

YEAR OF THE SPECIES: That’s where the money goes!

THURSDAY, JANUARY 4, 2018 Part 3—Fifteen years later, a parody: Our friends in China will soon begin their latest “year of the monkey.” According to various experts, it will start on February 19, soon after our Valentine’s Day. Here at this award-wining site, we’ve incomparably declared 2018 to be “the year of the species.” If… Read More

#ReleaseTheMemo is the next phase in the anti-Mueller campaign

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters “I have a message tonight for the special counsel, Robert Mueller,” Fox News host and sometime adviser to President Donald Trump Sean Hannity said at the top of last night’s broadcast. “Your witch hunt is now over. Time to close the doors.” With those words, Hannity signaled a new phase… Read More

SEGREGATE THIS: The New York Times does Tuscaloosa!

FRIDAY, JANUARY 19, 2018 Part 4—The 15 percent solution: How about it? Is it true, what that recent Vox report said about These Schools Today! Is it true that “schools today are re-segregating?” Is it true that “schools in the South are as segregated now as they were” in 1968? If you made us give… Read More

<em>Fox & Friends</em>: Where Trump gets his information

The president of the United States gets his information from Fox & Friends. Here are some of the reasons (there are more) why that’s more than a little concerning: Full Story Here Media Matters- Blog January 19, 2018 9:48 am Support Us

Empire Files: Abby Martin Meets Ahed Tamimi — Message From a Freedom Fighter

Recently, the struggle for Palestinian human rights gained international attention surrounding a new icon of resistance — 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi. While in the West Bank in late 2016, Abby Martin interviewed Ahed Tamimi about her hardships and aspirations living under occupation, and it becomes clear why her subjugators are trying to silence her voice. Her… Read More

Kevin Swanson: Feminist ‘The Last Jedi’ Is What ‘Movies Produced By A Dying Civilization Look Like’

Having last week railed against the film “The Shape Of Water” for supposedly promoting “cross-species mating,” extremist anti-LGBTQ pastor Kevin Swanson turned his attention to the newest Star Wars film, “The Last Jedi,” on today’s radio program. Predictably, Swanson was not impressed with the film’s “feminist edge” or its basic “violation of the biblical ordinance… Read More

Mini-Nukes Would Promote, Not Deter, the Use of Nuclear Bombs in Conflict

Trump and the Pentagon want to build new, smaller nuclear weapons — purportedly to provide the US military with more palatable alternatives “tailored to deter 21st-century threats.” However, history shows why “mini-nukes” will not make the planet any safer. Activists of the non-governmental organization International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons wear masks of Donald Trump… Read More

The Clean Power Plan Is Not Worth Saving. Here Are Some Steps to Take Instead

(Photo: US Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters; Edited: LW / TO) The Obama-era Clean Power Plan (CPP) was an industry-fueled attempt to present natural gas as the cleaner alternative to coal. So, why are major environmental organizations expressing outrage at its dismantling by the Trump administration? Instead of trying to restore the CPP, let us… Read More

Economic Update: Knowledge, Class and Economics

This week’s updates on problems and solutions for workplace discrimination, China’s ascending economy, capitalism’s drive to income and wealth inequalities, economics of immigration’s winners and losers, US capitalism and African-Americans. It also features an interview with co-author Prof. Richard McIntyre on his new book, Knowledge, Class and Economics: Marxism Without Guarantees. Download episode To see… Read More

Tech Workers of the World, Unite!

Ready to make a difference? Help Truthout provide a platform for exposing injustice and inspiring action. Click here to make a one-time or monthly donation. In just a handful of years, the tide of blue-collar organizing has risen in Silicon Valley. Security officers and shuttle drivers across tech firms, workers at Tesla’s Fremont manufacturing plant and cafeteria workers at Facebook and Yahoo, have united… Read More

Heartbeat Bill Proponents Accuse National Right To Life Of Judas-Like Betrayal

Every year, along with the March for Life in Washington, comes the tradition of infighting within the anti-choice movement over which bill they will ask Congress to pass to commemorate the occasion. This year, Republican leadership and establishment anti-choice groups like National Right to Life and the Susan B. Anthony List have settled on a… Read More

Watchdogging a Nonprofit Watchdog

by Mick Dumke and Logan Jaffe Get Email Updates from ProPublica Illinois Earlier this week, we published a story with the Chicago Sun-Times that identifies a right-leaning public policy organization as the primary source of money behind Project Six, a Chicago-based nonprofit that investigates government waste, fraud and abuse. Project Six is led by former… Read More

Recriminalizing Cannabis Is Worse Than 1930s “Reefer Madness”

In these troubling and surreal times, honest journalism is more important than ever. Help us keep real news flowing: Make a donation to Truthout today. In the 1930s, parents across the US were panicked. A new documentary, “Reefer Madness,” suggested that evil marijuana dealers lurked in public schools, waiting to entice their children into a… Read More

Rep. Matt Gaetz agrees with Sean Hannity on the Mueller investigation: “You are describing the very elements of a palace coup”

SEAN HANNITY (HOST): We know felonies were committed. She fixed the primary, rigged the primary. Sounds like they are fixing and rigging here a general election or to overturn an election and, you know, I mean, whatever word you want to describe that. Fixing, rigging, a coup, I don’t know.  CONGRESSMAN MATT GAETZ (R-FL): You are describing the very elements of a palace coup, and after… Read More

Baltimore Judge Tosses Alford Plea, Rebuking Prosecutor

by Megan Rose In a hearing in Baltimore City Circuit Court today, a judge threw out Demetrius Smith’s conviction for a shooting he has long insisted he did not commit and chastised the prosecutor in the case for making several misrepresentations to the court. Judge Barry Williams said wiping the shooting conviction from Smith’s record… Read More

CNN finally fires pro-Trump commentator Ed Martin

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters CNN has finally fired political commentator Ed Martin, who repeatedly embarrassed the network with his asinine paid commentary and attempts to delegitimize the network. The Hollywood Reporter’s Jeremy Barr reported today that “a network spokesperson confirmed” that Martin “is out as a CNN contributor.” Media Matters noted earlier today that Martin, once… Read More

Statement by Angelo Carusone after CNN parts ways with Ed Martin

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters Media Matters President Angelo Carusone released the following statement after The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Ed Martin is out as a CNN contributor: When CNN fired Jeffrey Lord after he tweeted a Nazi victory salute at me last summer, we strongly encouraged CNN to do away with hiring dedicated pro-Trump… Read More

Right Wing Bonus Tracks: Cynthia Dunbar Is One Of Us

Lance Wallau reports that he recently spoke with Cynthia Dunbar, who is running for Congress in Virginia, and that he likes her a lot because she “is one of us.” Larry Tomczak says that he serves as “a public-policy adviser with Mat Staver at Liberty Counsel,” which was news to us. Dave Daubenmire will take… Read More

Right Wing Round-Up: Jesus Bought Kenneth Copeland A Private Plane

Warren Throckmorton: Kenneth Copeland Loves His New $36 Million Jet. Hemant Mehta @ Friendly Atheist: Atheist and Federal Watchdog Groups File Lawsuit Over Ben Carson FOIA Rejections. Steve Benen @ The Maddow Blog: Trump’s misplaced boast about passing a cognitive test. Eric Hananoki @ Media Matters: Pundit and GOP candidate Tom Tancredo shared Seth Rich… Read More

Executive Time: How Trump’s Fox habit upends bipartisan negotiations

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters Welcome to Executive Time, a recurring feature in which Media Matters senior fellow Matt Gertz explores the intersection between President Donald Trump’s Twitter feed and the hours of cable news he reportedly consumes daily, with a special focus on his favorite morning program, Fox & Friends. You can follow Matt’s… Read More

Mark Gonzales: The Church Must Prepare Candidates To ‘Take Over The State’

Earlier this week, Religious right pseudo-historian David Barton and former Rep. Randy Forbes celebrated Religious Freedom Day by hosting an eight-hour Facebook live event called “Keep Faith In America,” which consisted of live footage of various state events recognizing Religious Freedom Day interspersed with pre-recorded videos from, and live interviews with, various Religious Right activists… Read More

BREAKING: Monumental attacks of The Dumb!

THURSDAY, JANUARY 18, 2018 The Dumb which devoured the press: Again and again and again and again, we think of what we’ve learned from Kevin Drum’s work on lead exposure. Until recent years, exposure was very high. Does that explain the amazing modern extent of The Dumb? Or does the remarkable sweep of The Dumb… Read More

Palestinian Teenager Remains Imprisoned Because She “Has No Fear”

Ahed Tamimi — the 16-year-old Palestinian activist who has been imprisoned since her arrest in December for slapping an Israeli soldier — was denied bail at a January 17 hearing in a military court. Citing the teenager’s lack of fear of Israeli soldiers as a reason to penalize her, the judge proved once again that… Read More

United States Policing and “Gun Rights” Began With Slave Patrols

In Loaded, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz details the white supremacist background of the Second Amendment and the perennial National Rifle Association cry of gun rights. Guns were vital tools in the suppression and killing of the Indigenous population and Black people before the Bill of Rights was written. (Photo: Fstop Images / Getty Images) In Loaded, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz… Read More

Avoiding Armageddon in Korea or Launching a War for the Ages

Help preserve a news source with integrity at its core: Donate to the independent media at Truthout. Most people intuitively get it. An American preventive strike to wipe out North Korea’s nuclear bombs and ballistic missiles, or a commando raid launched with the same goal in mind, is likely to initiate a chain of events… Read More

Mark Taylor: Hillary Clinton Would Have Handed America Over To The New World Order

During his appearance on the “Omega Man Radio” program earlier this week, self-proclaimed “firefighter prophet” and right-wing conspiracy theorist Mark Taylor declared that if Hillary Clinton had been elected president in 2016, she would have handed America over to the New World Order and our nation would have been fully “Islamicized by 2021.” “People keep… Read More

SEGREGATE THIS: A demographic message for Toto and Vox!

THURSDAY, JANUARY 18, 2018 Part 3—We’re not in 1968 any more: Long ago and far away—actually, it was in the spring of 2011—we were told to read a story to a kindergarten class in Durham, North Carolina. Teacher made us do it! Frankly, it was pretty scary. That crowd wasn’t tough, but they were young.… Read More

‘Independent’ Watchdog’s Secret Funder: Conservative Small-Government Group

by Mick Dumke, ProPublica, and Dan Mihalopoulos, Chicago Sun-Times When former Chicago City Council inspector general Faisal Khan launched his not-for-profit anti-corruption group close to two years ago, he insisted that it was independent and nonpartisan. At the same time, Khan refused to disclose who was funding the organization, which he called Project Six —… Read More

Right Wing Bonus Tracks: God’s Army Must Red Pill The World

Liz Crokin says that “God will reward you” if you join her efforts to expose “Pedogate”: “We’re all soldiers of God, if we can all just red pill one person, we’ve served a purpose here on earth that’s much greater than ourselves.” Jerry Boykin told John Stossel that he does not hate gay people, so… Read More

Right Wing Round-Up: Understanding ‘The Storm’

Diallo Brooks @ PFAW Blog: The Racist in the Oval Office. Caitlin MacNeal @ TPM: Porn Star Told ‘In Touch’ In 2011 That She Had Sexual Encounter With Trump. Steve Benen @ The Maddow Blog: Republicans get a ‘wake-up call’ in pro-Trump Wisconsin district. Lawrence Bonk @ Mediaite: ‘Disgraceful’: Flake Slams Trump Ahead of Fake… Read More

Innocent But Still Guilty

by Megan Rose After Fred Steese spent two decades in a Nevada prison for murder, evidence indicating that he was innocent was found buried in the prosecution’s files. It was proof that Steese, as he’d always claimed, had been hundreds of miles away on the likely day of the murder and couldn’t have been the… Read More

Sheriff’s Officers Working Black Section of Jacksonville to Get Bias Training

by Benjamin Conarck, Florida Times-Union, and Topher Sanders, ProPublica The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office will begin bias training for its officers next week in what the office said is an effort to improve relations with the city’s diverse populations. The training will be conducted by Bethune-Cookman University, a historically black university in Daytona Beach. It will… Read More