What Facebook’s New Political Ad System Misses

by Jeremy B. Merrill, Ariana Tobin, and Madeleine Varner Facebook’s long-awaited change in how it handles political advertisements is only a first step toward addressing a problem intrinsic to a social network built on the viral sharing of user posts. The company’s approach, a searchable database of political ads and their sponsors, depends on the… Read More

Actor Morgan Freeman Accused of Sexual Harassment

In an interaction caught on camera in 2015, CNN entertainment reporter Chloe Melas was interviewing actor Morgan Freeman at a press junket for his movie “Going in Style” when, in front a crowded room that included his co-stars, he grabbed her hand, looked her up and down, and commented, regarding her pregnancy, that “I wish… Read More

Amazon Battles Seattle—And Loses

Sen. Bernie Sanders excoriated Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos in a <a href=” https://twitter.com/SenSanders/status/998976484672004102″>damning video tweet</a> this week that zeroed in on Bezos’ personal wealth and his company’s unfair economic advantages. It wasn’t the first time Sanders had targeted Amazon—three weeks earlier the nation’s <a href=”http://www.newsweek.com/bernie-sanders-most-popular-politician-655315″>most popular politician</a> <a href=”https://twitter.com/SenSanders/status/991063877851975683″>highlighted</a> how Amazon paid zero… Read More

Black Women Running for Office in Record Numbers in Alabama

In December 2017, for the first time in 25 years, Alabama voters elected a Democrat to the Senate. Doug Jones defeated Republican Roy Moore to fill the Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. As NBC News reported, Jones won largely thanks to the efforts of 96 percent of black voters, and notably, 98… Read More

When It Comes to Sex, What Makes a Political Scandal?

Scandal is measured by the damage from an actual or apparent violation of propriety. With the exception of French presidents and, it seems, Donald Trump, a sex scandal usually sends a political career swirling down the drain. Trump has admitted to indirectly paying off a porn star claiming to have had sex with him. Though… Read More

Fox News Just Put Trey Gowdy On The Gang Of 8

That should be Paul Ryan on the “Gang of 8” picture. But it’s Fox News. So with all the confusion about who would be at a high-level security clearance meeting with the FBI director etc. regarding Donald Trump’s conspiracy theory that he made up to distract us from what they’re finding out about Michael Cohen…… Read More

Sessions Takes Away ‘Lifeline’ for Tens of Thousands of Immigrants, Setting Stage for Quick Deportations

Julia Conley, staff writerImmigrant rights advocates raised concerns on Friday about a decision reached by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, forbidding immigration judges from delaying hearings while immigrants await resolutions that could affect their cases. The move could result in the swift removal of many immigrants from the country. Full Story Here Common Dreams.org May 24,… Read More

New Reports Surface of Trump Campaign’s Involvement with Foreign Entities

Julia Conley, staff writerDays after the Senate Judiciary Committee released a transcript of its interview with Donald Trump, Jr. regarding his meeting with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign, new reports surfaced suggesting that the president’s son met with other foreign entities to discuss the election. Full Story Here Common Dreams.org May 24, 2018… Read More

Carson Pulls Tool Used by Officials to Identify Segregation

Julia Conley, staff writerIn the latest sign that the Trump administration is systematically sabotaging the stated missions of federal government agencies, the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced this week that it was doing away with efforts to identify segregation in American communities. Full Story Here Common Dreams.org May 24, 2018 4:10 pm Support… Read More

‘John Bolton Must Be Stoked’: Experts Put Blame for Canceled North Korea Talks Squarely on Trump’s Top Warmonger

Jake Johnson, staff writerAs the world scrambles to make sense of U.S. President Donald Trump’s bizarre and potentially disastrous letter announcing the cancellation of his planned meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Thursday, lawmakers and anti-war advocates argued that the Trump White House’s repeated regime change threats and national security adviser John Bolton’s… Read More

Right Wing Bonus Tracks: Unraveling The Deep State

In a development that should surprise nobody, President Trump canceled the planned meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. It seems that Trump’s much-deserved Nobel Prize will have to wait. Alex McFarland says that Pope Francis “will answer to God for the way in which he is leading people away from the Bible.” Jerome Corsi… Read More

Right Wing Round-Up: No Evidence

Matthew Yglesias @ Vox: Why did anyone ever take Trump’s North Korea diplomacy seriously? Dean Obeidallah @ The Daily Beast: Watch the GOP Freak Out Over This Muslim Candidate. Inae Oh @ Mother Jones: Trump Suggests NFL Players Who Kneel “Shouldn’t Be in the Country”. Tamar Auber @ Mediaite: MLK Jr.’s Daughter Bashes Bannon For… Read More

S. Korean Leader ‘Very Perplexed’ Over Summit Cancellation

WASHINGTON—The Latest on President Donald Trump canceling his planned summit with North Korea (all times local): 5 p.m. South Korean President Moon Jae-in says he’s “very perplexed” that the U.S.-North Korea summit won’t go ahead as planned. Yonhap news agency cited Moon as urging direct talks between President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong… Read More

‘State of Constitutional Crisis’ as DOJ Bows to Trump Demand for Probe into Alleged Surveillance of His Campaign

Jake Johnson, staff writerResponding to President Donald Trump’s demand on Sunday that the Justice Department launch a probe into whether his 2016 campaign was unlawfully surveilled by the FBI for “political purposes”—a claim the president has made repeatedly without offering any evidence—Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said he has asked the inspector general (IG) to… Read More

‘A Good Start’: Democrats’ Anti-Corruption Proposals Applauded as Actual Plan to Drain the Swamp

Jake Johnson, staff writerIn what dozens of progressive groups hailed as a good first step toward eradicating the rampant corruption that has infected both major political parties and flourished under President Donald Trump, congressional Democrats on Monday rolled out a series of pro-democracy proposals aimed at enhancing voting rights, curbing the influence of corporate lobbyists,… Read More

To Curb ‘Scary Amount of Power,’ New Campaign Urges FTC to Break Up Facebook

Jon Queally, staff writer”It’s time to make Facebook safe for democracy.” That’s the central demand behind the new Freedom From Facebook campaign, a joint project of several progressive advocacy groups who say the social media giant—which also owns and operates the popular WhatsApp, Messenger, and Instagram platforms—has become too powerful and must be confronted. Full… Read More

Calling Out ‘Backward Incentives’ of Trump Tax Law, 54 Groups Urge Congress to Support Effort to Stop Corporate Offshoring

Jake Johnson, staff writerIn an effort to combat just one of the countless harmful components of President Donald Trump’s deeply unpopular $1.5 trillion tax law, more than 50 prominent advocacy groups sent a letter to Congress on Thursday calling on lawmakers to back legislation that would eliminate the law’s “backward incentives” that—contrary to GOP promises—actually… Read More

As Documents Reveal ‘Pervasive Abuse’ of Immigrant Children Under Obama, Fears It’s Even Worse Under Trump

Jessica Corbett, staff writerA new report out Wednesday that’s based on government documents details the “pervasive abuse and neglect of immigrant children” in the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) during the Obama administration—and experts are warning such behavior could be much worse under the Trump administration, infamous for its “dehumanizaing” and “cruel”… Read More

‘User Manual for Authoritarian Surveillance’: ACLU Red Alert as Amazon Peddles Facial Recognition Tool to Police

Jake Johnson, staff writerAfter internal emails (pdf) published by the ACLU on Tuesday revealed that Amazon has been aggressively selling its facial recognition product to law enforcement agencies throughout the U.S., privacy advocates and civil libertarians raised grave concerns that the retailer is effectively handing out a “user manual for authoritarian surveillance” that could be… Read More

Trump Says Historic Meeting With North Korea May Be Postponed

Jon Queally, staff writerPresident Donald Trump on Tuesday signaled the highly anticipated summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, scheduled to take place in Singapore on June 12, could be postponed. “If it doesn’t happen, maybe it will happen later. Maybe it will happen at a different time, but we will see.” Full Story Here… Read More

‘Finally’: Weinstein Will Surrender to Police Over Sexual Misconduct Charges

Common Dreams staffSeveral news outlets on Thursday are reporting that Harvey Weinstein, the once powerful Hollywood film producer who has been accused by scores of women of sexual misconduct—ranging from harassment to rape—will turn himself into law enforcement officials in New York City. Full Story Here Common Dreams.org May 24, 2018 3:10 pm Support Us

Alex Jones: ‘The Boy Scouts Of America Is A Pedophile Induction Center’

Alex Jones, the rampant conspiracy theorist broadcasting via Infowars, said that the longstanding policy of making condoms available to attendees at the World Scouts Jamboree was proof that the Boys Scouts of America is a “pedophile induction center.” For the last week, right-wing media have been fanning hysteria over the fact that condoms will be… Read More

James Clapper: Russians Handed The Election To Trump

Former Intelligence chief James Clapper appeared on PBS Newshour last night, and told Judy Woodruff he believes the Russians handed the election to Trump. “One of the things you write or have spoken about, I should say, in addition to writing about it very candidly is how you have concluded after what happened in 2016… Read More

BREAKING: Widespread refusal to speak continues!

THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2018 A fascinating event: On this, the fifth full day of the episode, we continue to be fascinated by the pundit corps’ refusal to engage in normal journalistic behavior. We refer to the studied refusal to discuss what the New York Times and the Washington Post have reported in major news reports.… Read More

Sean Hannity Is An Existential Threat To American Democracy. Here’s The Proof

There’s a definitive, must-read study on Sean Hannity’s dangerous mission to destroy our democracy by bolstering, goosing and emboldening Donald Trump’s authoritarianism. That is not an exaggeration. Today, Media Matters’ Matt Gertz published the study I’ve been waiting for. Gertz reviewed “all 487 of Sean Hannity’s segments about the first year of Robert Mueller’s investigation”… Read More

There’s A Reason It’s So Easy To See Trump-Russia Ties

This short and sweet CNBC video shows that Trump’s ties to Russia are yuuge and totally out in the open. That may be intentional. The long list of open Russia ties is here, and includes: For his campaign, Trump tapped advisors with questionable ties to Moscow. He made Paul Manafort his campaign chief. A Trump… Read More

The Butterfly Effect of Nuclear War (Comic)

Peace will have to wait. Now that Donald Trump has cancelled the June 12 summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, the threat of a nuclear confrontation has increased. Two young artists from Greece, Spiros Nobilakis and Eugenia Koumaki, created a graphic novel-type comic to show the interconnectedness of our world and how one small… Read More

Trump Says ‘Japan, South Korea Would Pay For The Wall, I Mean, War’

After canceling the North Korean summit on June 12, Donald Trump said that if military hostilities occur between us, Japan and South Korea would pay for it financially. The idea that we are closer to war is frustrating enough and dangerous, especially with a man like Trump, who is more interested in appearances than with… Read More

Security Troops at U.S. Nuclear Missile Base Took LSD, Records Show

WASHINGTON — One airman said he felt paranoia. Another marveled at the vibrant colors. A third admitted, “I absolutely just loved altering my mind.” Meet service members entrusted with guarding nuclear missiles that are among the most powerful in America’s arsenal. Air Force records obtained by The Associated Press show they bought, distributed and used… Read More

Sterling Brown Arrest Video Reveals Completely Predictable Police Brutality

Police released bodycam footage from January 2018 of the unconscionable tasing and arrest of Milwaukee Bucks player, Sterling Brown, for a parking violation. Surprising exactly no one, it shows shocking use of police force against him for simply having parked where he shouldn’t. It took exactly 30 seconds (I checked) of interaction – very calm… Read More

On Fox, <em>Wash. Times</em>’ Charlie Hurt claims letter canceling the meeting with Kim Jong Un will “strengthen Trump’s hand” 

BILL HEMMER (HOST): It’s a very interesting observation. If you go back five minutes ago when Mike Pompeo said we’re ready.  CHARLIE HURT (THE WASHINGTON TIMES OPINION EDITOR): “We’re rocking and rolling.” HEMMER: Yeah. That’s what he said. And now you know as former CIA director, he’s meeting with President Trump almost on a daily basis at the… Read More

What Did Trump Expect After Bolton And Pence’s Threats To North Korea?

After North Korea called VP Mike Pence a “political dummy,” Trump has canceled the North Korean Summit for what he considers, “tremendous anger and open hostility,” towards his people. What did Trump think North Korea would say to the the outrageous remarks made by some of his top people? Well,I doubt he thought much at… Read More

Twitter Taunts Trump Over Canceled North Korea Summit

Of COURSE we shouldn’t hold a presidential-level summit with a tyrant to tortures and imprisons his own people. Human rights are what America should always endorse. What we’re all making fun of on Twitter is Trump’s idiocy in producing commemorative coins and pre-ordering his Nobel Peace Prize before accomplishing anything. And in the middle of… Read More

What Did Trump Expect After Bolton And Pence’s Threats To North Korea?

After North Korea called VP Mike Pence a “political dummy,” Trump has canceled the North Korean Summit for what he considers, “tremendous anger and open hostility,” towards his people. What did Trump think North Korea would say to the the outrageous remarks made by some of his top people? Well,I doubt he thought much at… Read More

Trump Drones On: How Unpiloted Aircraft Expand the War on Terror

A US Air Force MQ-1B Predator unmanned aerial vehicle carrying a Hellfire missile lands at a secret air base after flying a mission in the Persian Gulf region on January 7, 2016. (Photo: John Moore / Getty Images) Truthout won’t back down from taking Trump and his cronies to task. Click here to support journalism… Read More

<meta charset=”utf-8″ /><b id=”docs-internal-guid-d61c141c-9291-dc81-77cf-0f90070aaeb3″>On <em>Rising Up with Sonali</em>, <em>Media Matters</em>’ Sharon Kann talks about study on cable news abortion coverage</b>

During the May 22 edition of Rising Up with Sonali, Media Matters’ Sharon Kann talked to host Sonali Kolhatkar about Media Matters’ annual study examining abortion coverage on prime-time evening cable news. Media Matters analyzed evening prime-time news programs on Fox News, MSNBC, and CNN from March 1, 2017, through March 1, 2018, and identified… Read More

Congressional Leaders to Get Classified Briefings on Russia Probe

WASHINGTON — House and Senate lawmakers from both parties are set to meet with top intelligence officials Thursday for classified briefings as President Donald Trump raises new suspicions about the federal investigation into his 2016 campaign. Trump is calling his newest attempt at discrediting special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation “spygate.” In recent days, he… Read More

Trump Cancels North Korea Summit, Citing “Open Hostility”

A man watches a television news showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump, at a railway station in Seoul on May 24, 2018. (Photo: Jung Yeon-Je / AFP / Getty Images) This is a developing story. Please check back for updates. Citing what he calls the “tremendous anger” and “open hostility” in… Read More

Trump Cancels Summit, Citing ‘Open Hostility’ by North Korea

WASHINGTON — In a dramatic diplomatic turn, President Donald Trump canceled next month’s summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un Thursday, citing the “tremendous anger and open hostility” in a recent statement by the North. Trump said in a letter to Kim released by the White House that, based on the statement, he felt it… Read More

In Latest Nod To The Fringe, Shiva Ayyadurai Is Hawking ‘Groyper’ Campaign Pins

V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai, a Massachusetts congressional hopeful billing himself as a “real Indian” who can defeat the “fake Indian” incumbent Sen. Elizabeth Warren, is advertising new campaign pins featuring an icon popular with white nationalists and other far-right internet users: “Groyper.” As Will Sommer explained in his Right Richter newsletter last year, Groyper is a… Read More

GAPS AND SCHOOLS: The river is wide!

WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 2018 Part 3—The size of the gaps inside Gotham: What will happen at School 54 if the plan goes into effect? Quickly, let’s review: The plan to which we refer is the proposed “desegregation plan” for middle schools in Manhattan’s District 3, one of the 34 districts which constitute New York City’s… Read More

GAPS AND MAN AT YALE: The state of play across the state!

THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2018 Part 4—Where only elite children count: It would be a better world if young people—young people at Yale, let’s say—were never viewed or assessed on the basis of their “race.” (Note: The concept that people have a “race,” and that their race defines their identity, is a destructive idea which comes… Read More

In Completely Unshocking News, Trump Cancels North Korea Summit

Apparently Trump’s feelings were hurt after the North Koreans said mean things! The Washington Post: President Trump on Thursday canceled a planned summit next month with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, citing “tremendous anger and open hostility” from the rogue nation in a letter explaining his abrupt decision. “I feel it is inappropriate, at… Read More

Cheating Workers Out of Wages Is Easier Than Ever

Truthout doesn’t take corporate money and we don’t shy away from confronting the root causes of injustice. Can you help sustain our work with a tax-deductible donation? Jara Neal Willis, a nurse at a hospital in Texas, usually clocked in a few minutes before the start of her shift and stayed late whenever her patients… Read More

The Mainstream Media’s Bro Code Rewards GOP Bad Faith

Responding to news that President Trump uses highly insecure phones, Brian Beutler concludes that the mainstream media rewards Republican bad faith. … the 2016 election turned to a comical degree on a fabricated consensus among Republicans and the political media that strict adherence to information security protocols was a central qualification for the presidency. Specifically,… Read More

On Fox, Trump campaign manager and RNC chairwoman make debunked claims about conservative censorship on social media

STEVE DOOCY (CO-HOST): Meanwhile, Facebook and other social media networks under fire for alleged censorship of conservative viewpoints. … AINSLEY EARHARDT (CO-HOST): Now the Trump 2020 campaign and the RNC [Republican National Committee] are taking their fight against censorship straight to the source. They’re sending a letter right now, as they’re on air, to both… Read More

Time To Ask Your State: Investigate The NFL For Blacklisting

I have been stewing over this for the past week: The NFL should not be able to deny a player his livelihood because of his political views — while also taking public money to subsidize their profits. In my book, that doesn’t make you private sector. Yesterday, in the midst of the news about the… Read More

Preserving the Positive Legacy of an Empire in Decline

Month by month, tweet by tweet, the events of the past two years have made it clearer than ever that Washington’s once-formidable global might is indeed fading. As the American empire unravels with previously unimagined speed, there are many across this country’s political spectrum who will not mourn its passing. Both peace activists and military… Read More

Trump: Players Who Kneel During Anthem ‘Maybe Shouldn’t Be Here’

Trump was on the Trump Fan Club Show this morning, talking to Brian Kilmeade. Asked about the latest changes to NFL rules about the national anthem, he responded. “I don’t think people should be staying in locker rooms, but still I think it’s good. You have to stand proudly for the national anthem or you… Read More

Mike’s Blog Round Up

One of the great things about bloggers is that we are not beholden to anyone. Sure, we don’t have Access (usually) to the people in power, but we are not co-opted either. Blogs like Crooks and Liars have an editorial position, but unflinchingly are speaking truth to power, even when it hurts. Our links today… Read More

After Latest Gaza Slaughter: Open an Investigation, End the Occupation

As the United States and Israel celebrated the official opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem on Monday, May 14, about an hour away the Israeli military was firing on thousands of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. The Palestinians were part of a massive, nonviolent protest movement called the Great March of Return. On that… Read More

Here’s How ProPublica Analyzed Bud Frazier’s Medicare Outcomes

by Hannah Fresques, Olga Pierce and Charles Ornstein ProPublica and the Houston Chronicle have concluded that Medicare patients whose left ventricular assist devices were implanted by Dr. O.H. “Bud” Frazier from 2010-2015 fared worse than those whose surgeries were performed by other physicians. During that time, about half of the traditional Medicare patients who received… Read More

Fraud Investigators Target Brothers Famous for Anti-Trump Tweets

Brothers Brian and Ed Krassenstein gained massive popularity on Twitter with their anti-Trump rhetoric following the 2016 election. They have nearly a million followers between them, and run two websites, Independent Reporter and Hill Reporter, which speculate on the progress of the Mueller investigation and promote anti-Trump causes. As The Daily Beast reports, they are… Read More

The Legacy of the Anti-Psychiatry Movement

Last week marked 40 years since Franco Basaglia’s revolutionary work in Trieste, Italy, led to the groundbreaking Legge 180 (Law 180, also known as “Basaglia Law”), which ended the practice of involuntary confinement in asylums throughout Italy. The anti-psychiatry movement was part of a larger intellectual and professional movement promoted through the efforts of Basaglia,… Read More

‘No Deep State’: Pompeo Shatters Trump’s PR Campaign In Three Words

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo found himself on the hot seat during a Congressional oversight hearing after his boss tweeted this nonsense about a “criminal deep state.” Look how things have turned around on the Criminal Deep State. They go after Phony Collusion with Russia, a made up Scam, and end up getting caught in… Read More

Rewriting the Second Amendment

A comprehensive account of the facts relating to our long history of firearm killings in the United States demands that a new second amendment to the Constitution be enacted that bans ownership of firearms. As the original Second Amendment states, “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary for the security of a free State, the right of… Read More

C&L’s Late Nite Music Club With Parquet Courts

Since their 2011 debut, Denton Texas band has been compared to the likes of the Fall, Pavement, Wire and a slew of other jittery indie and post-punk bands that proceeded them. Based on the title track from their latest album, Wide Awake!, tough folks might start calling them a new wave band and compare them… Read More

BREAKING: Anthropology powers ahead!

TUESDAY, MAY 15, 2018 Depressing new findings emerge: As happenstance would happen to have it, we clicked to The Daily Beast at almost exactly the moment when this childish headline appeared as top item on the Beast’s ten-item “Cheat Sheet:”UNCOVEREDAnne Frank Made Dirty Jokes in Newly-Revealed Diary PagesExperts tell us that this Daily Beast headline… Read More

BREAKING: New York Times Sunday Review gets it right!

TUESDAY, MAY 15, 2018 This morning, Page A3 fights back: In the rarest of all journalistic events. the New York Times Sunday Review got it right this weekend. It did so on the section’s front page, in the section’s featured essay! This morning, whoever writes the Times’ reimagined page A3 (hard-copy only) decided to come… Read More

GAPS AND SCHOOLS: Concern about one school’s new gaps!

TUESDAY, MAY 15, 2018 Part 2—The second parent’s tale: Is District 3’s proposed “desegregation” plan a good idea? We can’t tell you that! According to Elizabeth Harris’ report in the New York Times, the proposal would affect middle schools in New York City’s District 3, “a swath of Manhattan that includes the Upper West Side… Read More

Truth and Ethics Are Under Siege in Pakistan’s Media

Truthdig is proud to present this article as part of its Global Voices: Truthdig Women Reporting, a series from a network of female correspondents around the world who have been hailed for their courage in pursuit of truth within their countries and elsewhere. Click here and here for Nisma Chauhan’s coverage of other aspects of… Read More

Training Pakistani Journalists in an Uncertain Age

Truthdig is proud to present this article as part of its Global Voices: Truthdig Women Reporting, a series from a network of female correspondents around the world who have been hailed for their courage in pursuit of truth within their countries and elsewhere. Click here to read Chauhan’s related article about Pakistan’s media, and here for… Read More

Using the Media to Empower Pakistani Women

Truthdig is proud to present this article as part of its Global Voices: Truthdig Women Reporting, a series from a network of female correspondents around the world who have been hailed for their courage in pursuit of truth within their countries and elsewhere. Click here to read Chauhan’s related article about Pakistan’s media, and here for… Read More

The NFL Kneels to Trump and His Supporters

Eight months after Donald Trump called protesting players “sons of bitches” during a rally in Alabama, the National Football League has instituted a draconian new policy punishing those who refuse to stand for the national anthem. According to new guidelines unveiled Wednesday, players will have the option to remain in the locker room, but their teams… Read More

Mike Pompeo’s 12-Step Plan for Disaster with Iran

In what The Washington Post—no friend of Iran—has labeled “a silly speech,” Donald Trump’s new Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, provided an American answer to the charge made by French President Emmanuel Macron during his State visit last month that, when it came to the Iranian nuclear agreement (officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Program… Read More

Right Wing Bonus Tracks: Trump Is ‘A Strong Example Of Christ On Earth’

CBN’s David Brody laughably insists that President Trump’s relentless attacks on the FBI and the intelligence community are done because the president is very concerned about “transparency”: “This isn’t just about Donald Trump’s campaign, this is about, in essence, democracy and what it stands for and what’s going to happen the next time around for… Read More

Right Wing Round-Up: Spygate Is Not A Thing

Matt Berman @ BuzzFeed: Here’s What You Need To Know About Donald Trump’s New Conspiracy Theory. German Lopez @ Vox: A federal judge just ruled in favor of a transgender student in a very big case. Timothy Johnson @ Media Matters: Alex Jones dons a clown mask and makes anti-gay comments while ranting about Rep.… Read More

BREAKING: Chait calls spy theory completely insane!

WEDNESDAY, MAY 23, 2018 Forgets to say what happened: The headline on Jonathan Chait’s post this morning said this:Trump’s FBI Spy Theory Is Completely InsaneFor a good time, click there. Almost everything Trump says and does tends to lean toward the insane. (Chait, of course, is using the term in its pleasing, metaphorical sense. As… Read More

CNN conservative commentator: Trump’s “spy-gate” is a “repeat of birtherism. It’s a repeat of the whole idea of the rigged election and voter fraud.”

JAKE TAPPER (HOST): Amanda Carpenter, one of the things I wonder about, if the erosion of norms is continuing as we keep saying. The president has long called for the Justice Department to investigate his political opponents and such. Now he’s calling for an investigation into the investigators. He’s sharing information about this FBI confidential… Read More

Richard Spencer: The Alt-Right Is Not Pro-Free Speech

Richard Spencer, one of the leading figures in the white supremacist alt-right movement, told his podcast co-host that the alt-right didn’t actually believe in free speech and that the alt-right only claimed to advocate for it for “radically pragmatic” reasons. Spencer and other alt-right advocates have argued for years that their ideas should be given platforms and… Read More

The Tired Trope of Blaming Trump on ‘Liberal Smugness’

In an attempt to understand the coalition that gave Trump his narrow victory, for the past year and a half the press has spun a whole new subgenre of stilted, tautological feature reporting on how Trump supporters support Trump. And in their opinion sections, corporate media have fared no better. They have routinely given platforms… Read More

Judge Rules That Trump Can’t Block Twitter Critics

NEW YORK—A federal judge ruled Wednesday that President Donald Trump is violating the First Amendment when he blocks critics on Twitter because of their political views. U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald in Manhattan stopped short in her written decision of ordering Trump or a subordinate to stop the practice of blocking critics from viewing his Twitter… Read More

Kusher Said to Have Permanent Security Clearance

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has been granted a permanent security clearance, allowing him access to the nation’s most closely held secrets, a person familiar with the situation said Wednesday. Kushner’s access was downgraded in February when White House Chief of Staff John Kelly ordered that officials with interim clearances be cut off if… Read More

<strong>Fox News added more female hosts but still had the same abortion misinformation problem </strong>

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters When Media Matters last crunched the numbers on Fox News programming responsible for the most abortion misinformation, Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, and Tucker Carlson were unsurprisingly the worst culprits. However, as allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced against O’Reilly (and other network figures including Eric Bolling) and he was eventually fired, Fox… Read More

Rachel Maddow: Rosenstein caved to Trump’s demands

This article originally appeared on Raw Story During her Monday episode, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow connected the dots of the promises made by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, all the way back to the beginning of this series of investigations. She began by saying that the meeting with Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wrey is… Read More

Judge rules Trump can’t block users from his Twitter feed

Getty/Chip Somodevilla President Donald Trump cannot block users on his Twitter feed, a federal judge in New York City ruled on Wednesday. Preventing individual users from viewing his Twitter account is unconstitutional and a violation of the First Amendment, Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald wrote in her ruling. Twitter, she said, is a “designated public forum” from which the president cannot exclude certain plaintiffs. “While… Read More

Striking Teachers Beat Back Neoliberalism’s War on Public Schools

Thousands of teachers and students are walking out of schools, marching in the streets, and raising their hands and signs in protest against the war on education. Most recently, South Carolina has joined the wave of teachers’ protests and strikes taking place across the nation. In the age of illiberal democracy and the growing fascism… Read More

Take the power of a desktop on the go with this pocket PC

As advanced as our phones are, they’re not always the most convenient tools for completing projects or work on platforms that are meant for a desktop. Where computers are difficult to move, laptops can be just as cumbersome, and that’s why the Ockel Sirius B Windows 10 32GB Pocket PC is an amazing choice for both… Read More

Is the “far left” really conquering the Democratic Party? Some in the media think so

AP/John Locher/Keith Srakocic Editor’s note: This article originally appeared at FAIR.org. Republished by permission. “The Far Left Is Winning the Democratic Civil War” was the headline over a Washington Post report on the results of recent primary elections. So what counts as “far left” to the newspaper owned by the world’s richest human? Here are the positions cited… Read More

Judge Rules Trump Can NOT Block You On Twitter

It’s been decided. Trump cannot block citizens from reading his tweets. District Judge Naomi Buchwald ruled in the summary judgment: We hold that portions of the @realDonaldTrump account — the “interactive space” where Twitter users may directly engage with the content of the President’s tweets — are properly analyzed under the “public forum” doctrines set… Read More

Watch Out, Baby Bears! Trump Wants You Dead

Donald Trump’s primary goal is to roll back all progress and protections offered by Obama-era policies, and it’s not just limited to human beings. Watch out, bear cubs, because it’s open season if Trump gets his way. Mother Jones reports that Trump is looking to reverse a 2015 rule protecting hibernating bear cubs and wolf… Read More

<meta charset=”utf-8″ /><b id=”docs-internal-guid-25394ef3-8d6b-884a-5326-527a8ab95d56″>A short history of phony anti-Trump conspiracy theories</b>

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters President Donald Trump has moved beyond Twitter griping and is using the powers of his office to try to discredit the Russia investigation. This past weekend, Trump demanded that the Department of Justice “look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes – and… Read More

Why understanding advanced Excel can boost your career

Where having a basic understanding of Excel can help you organize data, a more advanced understanding helps you crunch large datasets and make informed business decisions that could end up making a big impact in your workplace. This Ultimate All-Level Excel Bootcamp can improve your workflow and even get you in place for a promotion. The… Read More

Zero-waste stores ask shoppers to bring their own everything

Ewout Huibers/Civil Eats This story first appeared on Civil Eats. Tom and Katrin Helmick live in New York’s Hudson Valley region with their 2-year-old son. They cook and grow vegetables in their backyard during the summer months, bring reusable totes to the grocery store or farmers’ market, and never buy plastic bottled water. Although they try… Read More

These AirPod alternatives cost less than $45

A lot of wireless headphones can be too complicated to use, whether they feature unnecessary bells and whistles, or a non-intuitive design. These Cresuer Touchwave Bluetooth Earbuds are intuitive and practical to use, similar in design to Apple AirPods, and they only cost about one-third of the price. These wireless buds feature Bluetooth 4.1 and CVC Noise… Read More

“This Is America” roundtable: Is Donald Glover a genius?

YouTube/Donald Glover Childish Gambino — aka actor/director/writer Donald Glover — has kept the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks in a row with his single “This Is America.” Meanwhile, the imagery and iconography in Glover’s video has kept culture critics talking since it dropped on May 5. Danielle Young, a producer, host and writer at… Read More

Trump blasted Hillary Clinton’s private email server — but has his own comms problems

AP/Matt Rourke President Donald Trump uses a cellphone not stocked with sophisticated security features and has ignored repeated attempts by his staff to strengthen his devices against hackers, Politico has reported. Trump regularly uses at least two government-issued iPhones — one “burner” device capable only of making calls and another that’s equipped only with a Twitter app and “a handful of news… Read More

What We’ve Achieved Together So Far This Year

Dear MoveOn member, The year so far has, of course, been shaped by Trump and the GOP’s ongoing and deeply destructive cyclone of chaos. But it has also been deeply defined by the inspiring, tenacious efforts of millions of MoveOn members like you. I’m so proud to share with you some of the recent work… Read More

Jordan Peterson’s moment of fame — and the dangers of patriarchal pseudoscience

YouTube/Jordan B Peterson Nellie Bowles’ May 18 New York Times profile of academic-turned-patriarchal self-help guru Jordan Peterson has made waves in the past three days as readers have pondered Peterson’s answer to a question about the April 23 killings in Toronto, apparently perpetrated by a young man named Alek Minassian. That attack, which killed 10 people and… Read More

Rudy Giuliani adds another dumb comment to his greatest hits list

Getty/Tasos Katopodis If nothing else, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s stint on President Donald Trump’s legal team has been wildly entertaining. This is perhaps a cynical way of looking at the situation, but the words being spewed forth by the man once known as “Hizzoner” justify such a perspective. Take the following comments made by… Read More

Diplomacy in the age of Trump: Former U.S. ambassador quits, tells all

Getty/Rodrigo Arangua The former U.S. ambassador to Panama just likened President Donald Trump to a “velociraptor” who destroys any obstacles in his path. “In private, he is exactly like he is on TV, except that he doesn’t curse in public,” John D. Feeley told the New Yorker. “He’s like a velociraptor. He has to be boss, and if you… Read More

BREAKING: Three thousand clams have disappeared!

WEDNESDAY, MAY 23, 2018 A bizarre journalistic event: In this post, for the third straight day, we’ll be discussing the disappearance of the clams. More precisely, three thousand clams have gone missing in our high-profile public discussion! Also, a plane ride to London! That too has been disappeared! We refer to the $3000 reportedly paid… Read More

Harley Davidson Shareholders Living High on the Hog, Thanks to Trump’s Tax Cuts

This wasn’t what Harley-Davidson’s workers were promised. When Donald Trump met with company executives and union representatives at the White House in February of last year, the president vowed that better days were ahead for the country’s most recognizable motorcycle manufacturer. But less than a year after the president signed his tax cuts into law,… Read More

Stephanie Ruhle Shatters Trump’s “Witch Hunt” Claims

Because some folks need reminding, apparently, Stephanie Ruhle did her part by laying out the facts that utterly destroyed the toddler whines and cries of Trump and the complicit GOP leadership that Mueller is conducting a “witch hunt.” Here, by the way, is the definition of “witch hunt,” provided by Mirriam-Webster. That’s a Dictionary. Someone… Read More

Trump Gave Up Everything For Nothing With North Korea, And Now What?

You may remember Robert Kelly from the viral video where his children came into the room behind him with hilarious results. Fortunately he’s still an analyst in South Korea providing serious commentary on how Trump is screwing everything up. Turns out “We’ll see what happens” isn’t leadership or diplomacy. From last night’s Last Word: LAWRENCE… Read More

NY Times reporter explains how media outlets fall for Trump’s racism

Getty/Chip Somodevilla This article originally appeared on Media Matters. President Donald Trump’s defenders are attacking the media, claiming that his recent comments — in which he called some undocumented immigrants “animals” in response to a question about suspected members of the gang MS-13 — were taken out of context. But The New York Times’ Maggie… Read More

Dark money boosts election TV ad buys

AP Read more articles from the DC Report here. An influx of money from outside spending groups has goosed TV ad spending this mid-term season with a focus on special elections and contested primaries. Spending is up nearly 90% compared to the same period in the 2014 mid-terms with more than $260 million spent on… Read More

Police union is lobbying to expand powers to tase people who don’t pose a threat

Getty/Chalabala This article originally appeared in In These Times. The San Francisco Police Officers Association is aggressively pushing a ballot measure that would allow police to use tasers on members of the public even if they aren’t violently resisting. If passed, the city’s police officers would be able to electrocute people who pose no physical… Read More

DNA apps promise deeper insights for consumers — but at what cost?

cosmin4000 via iStock/Salon This article was originally published on The Conversation. Last month, law enforcement in California apprehended the alleged Golden State Killer, a serial murderer and rapist who terrorized the state during the 70s and 80s. Investigators triangulated to a suspect using a combination of DNA evidence left at crime scenes and publicly available… Read More

Georgia Democrat Challenges Racial Barrier in Governor Race

ATLANTA — Georgia Democrats gave Atlanta lawyer Stacey Abrams a chance to become the first black female governor in American history on a primary night that ended well for several women seeking office. Abrams set new historical marks with a primary victory Tuesday that made her the first black nominee and first female nominee for… Read More

Infowars Hosted A ’14 Words’-Reciting White Nationalist

Faith Goldy, a white nationalist activist “journalist,” appeared on Infowars after anti-fascist protesters surrounded her at an event and knocked her phone out of her hand. Infowars, of course, never bothered to mention her extremist beliefs. Over the weekend, Goldy went to a right-wing protest at the Quebec border at which antifascism counter-protesters surrounded her… Read More

Shifts in Earth’s Crust Link to Climate Change

Movements of the Earth’s crust may mean that global warming driven by greenhouse gases from power stations and vehicle exhausts isn’t the only threat to life the world faces. About 700 million years ago, global temperatures fell so low that glaciers may have reached the equator. Snowball Earth may have all but extinguished life on the planet.… Read More

MoveOn Members are Demanding an End to Gun Violence

The shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas was the 22nd school shooting in 2018. Ten students and teachers were killed. More people have been killed in school shootings so far this year than have been killed serving in the U.S. military. It’s clearer than ever that we need more than “thoughts and prayers”… Read More

GAPS AND MAN AT YALE: Less than twenty miles to the south!

WEDNESDAY, MAY 23, 2018 Part 3—The gaps of Fairfield County: The microaggressions of Yale University have come to play a recurrent role in our national discourse concerning matters of race. There was the microaggression contained within the email about the Halloween costumes. Not long after that, there was the microaggression within the speech about free… Read More

“Once Again, Hurting Children”: GAO Approves Trump’s Plan to Take $7 Billion Back From Kids’ Health Program

(Photo: KidStock / Getty Images) The Government Accountability Office (GAO) on Tuesday approved President Donald Trump’s “despicable” proposal to slash more than $7 billion from the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which helps impoverished families provide healthcare to their kids. The approval came by way of a GAO report delivered to Congress early Tuesday. The cuts… Read More

Trump Wants to Inflict Misery on Iran With More Economic Sanctions

Four decades of conflict between the US and Iran are entering a new stage after Donald Trump’s announcement that the US will withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal. The US government is poised to reimpose devastating economic sanctions — on everything from Iran buying or acquiring US dollars, to commerce in Iran’s ports, to exports… Read More

Striking Teachers Beat Back Neoliberalism’s War on Public Schools

Teachers and supporters strike outside East High School on May 7, 2018, in Pueblo, Colorado. (Photo: RJ Sangosti / The Denver Post via Getty Images) The public school system has long been at the center of the neoliberal war on all things related to the public good. But the unprecedented multi-state teachers’ strike has ignited… Read More

Teen Voices in the Fight to Raise the Minimum Wage in Massachusetts

It takes less than two minutes to support the bold, independent journalism at Truthout. What are you waiting for? Click here to donate now! Norma Meza is an 18-year-old student at Charlestown High School in Charlestown, Massachusetts. Growing up, she watched her mother battle health issues such as kidney failure, lupus, and ulcers. Despite working… Read More

GOP Tries to Grow Senate Majority With Inexperienced Male Candidates

The GOP has a lot of work to do if the party hopes to gain a filibuster-proof  majority in the Senate come 2018. After all, to get to the magic 60 they’ll have to keep every seat they already have, in addition to flipping 9 of the 26 seats currently held by Democrats or those who caucus with them. Conservatives are focusing… Read More

Why Mike Pompeo’s ‘Severest Sanctions’ on Iran Will Backfire

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s speech on new sanctions on Iran lays out a wide range of Iranian behavior he would like to change, and specified harsh US financial sanctions as his instrument. Pompeo, a Kansas oil man backed by the Koch brothers, is just a former congressman and a virulent Christian fundamentalist with white nationalist… Read More

Philip Roth, Fearless and Celebrated Author, Dies at 85

NEW YORK — Philip Roth, the prize-winning novelist and fearless narrator of sex, death, assimilation and fate, from the comic madness of “Portnoy’s Complaint” to the elegiac lyricism of “American Pastoral,” died Tuesday night at age 85. Roth’s literary agent, Andrew Wylie, told The Associated Press that he died in a New York City hospital… Read More

Forced To Choose Between A Job — And A Community

by Alec MacGillis John Arnett chose Adams County, Ohio, as his home long before he was old enough to vote, drink beer or drive a motorcycle along the Ohio River. After his parents split up, Arnett opted at age 10 to spend most of his time with his grandmother in Adams County, along the river… Read More

How the Korean Peninsula Could Become a Bright Spot in a World Gone Mad

When, in early March, Donald Trump agreed to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, the Washington foreign policy elite nearly suffered a collective heart attack. For one thing, the announcement came as a complete surprise. Trump had telegraphed his other foreign policy bombshells well in advance: leaving the Paris climate accord, ripping up the Iran… Read More

Amid Affordable Housing Dispute, Conservatives Seek a Home in Chicago

by Mick Dumke When news broke last week that a proposed affordable housing development on Chicago’s Northwest Side had likely been put on hold, Ammie Kessem, a Republican candidate for state representative, vowed on Facebook that it wasn’t the end of the story. Democrats, Kessem wrote, would pay for pushing the plan — including 45th… Read More

A Guide for Digging Through Trump’s Financial Disclosures

by Decca Muldowney, Katherine Sullivan, and Alex Mierjeski When President Donald Trump’s latest financial disclosure form was released last week, we dropped what we were doing and started digging. We found a few things, including some newly registered companies and a jump in revenue for Trump Productions, which helped produce shows like “The Apprentice” and… Read More

Blood Will Tell

by Pamela Colloff I. Most mornings, the sky was still black when Mickey Bryan made the short drive from her house on Avenue O, through the small central Texas town of Clifton, to the elementary school. Sometimes her car was the only one on the road. The low-slung, red-brick school building sat just south of… Read More

Right Wing Round-Up: Why Trump Attacks The Media

Steve Benen @ The Maddow Blog: Trump reportedly thinks it’s ‘too inconvenient’ to use a secure phone. Josh Israel @ Think Progress: Dana Loesch has no clue how Planned Parenthood is funded. Media Matters: Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes calls female journalists “colostomy bags for various strangers’ semen”. Josh Marshall @ TPM: How Trump Got… Read More

An Alarming Tip About a Neo-Nazi Marine, Then an Uncertain Response

by A.C. Thompson, ProPublica, and Ali Winston, special to ProPublica It was Oct. 29, 2017, when Ed Beck decided he had to contact the military police. For weeks, Beck had been tracking the online life of a 21-year-old lance corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps. He said he had concluded the young man, a North… Read More

Right Wing Bonus Tracks: We Need Demon Control

Rick Wiles says that “we don’t need gun control, we need demon control.” The American Family Association has a pre-Memorial Day message in its newsletter: “AFA is reminding shoppers this Memorial Day week to steer clear from Target, which remains committed to its dangerous and misguided bathroom and fitting room policy.” Gordon Klingenschmitt declares that… Read More

Get a load of this wild Sinclair town hall discussion on “youth & morality” 

Last night, Sinclair Broadcast Group station WJLA hosted a “town hall” discussion on “youth & morality” featuring morally bankrupt media personality Armstrong Williams, young conservative talking heads Charlie Kirk and Candace Owens, a campus carry activist, and a Daily Caller reporter (among others) — and Sinclair wants you to believe it’s for the public good. The… Read More

A Screaming And Grunting Alex Jones Can ‘Feel The Spirit Rising’

Alex Jones, the conspiracy theorist heading up Infowars, assured his listeners in a minutes-long screaming diatribe that he didn’t think they were stupid. He said that he could “feel the spirit rising” and that “the tide turned” so much that Infowars is breaking the backs of its enemies. During today’s broadcast on Infowars, Jones said… Read More