At Freshman Orientation, Young and Growing Progressive Caucus Makes Clear It Will ‘Fight Like Hell’ for Bold Democratic Agenda

Jake Johnson, staff writerAs some members of the House Democratic leadership quickly pivoted to centrist talk of bipartisanship and compromise with the Trumpian Republican Party in the aftermath of last week’s midterm elections, the young, diverse, and rapidly growing Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) used its freshman member orientation on Monday to make clear that it… Read More

To Help Democrats With ‘Stiffening Their Spines,’ New Indivisible Guide Details How Trump Resistance Can Switch From Defense to Offense

Jake Johnson, staff writerAfter more than year of playing defense against President Donald Trump and the GOP’s attacks on healthcare, workers, immigrants, refugees, the LGBTQ community, and the common good, the progressive group Indivisible on Tuesday published a new action guide aimed at helping organizers and constituents go beyond resistance and pressure the new House… Read More

Upgrade your iPhone with these accessories

The iPhone Accessory Bundle and AirBud Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds are the perfect add-ons to your new iPhone Full Story Here Salon November 18, 2018 7:56 pm Support Us

How safe is your place of worship?

This national study may hold hold useful insights for conversations about crime and security in places of worship. Full Story Here Salon November 18, 2018 7:26 pm Support Us

The next crash

The combination of stagnant wages with most economic gains going to the top is once again endangering the economy Full Story Here Salon November 18, 2018 6:56 pm Support Us

Bill Nelson Concedes to Rick Scott as Florida Senate Recount Ends

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Sen. Bill Nelson, a Florida political icon who first arrived on Capitol Hill in the decades when Democrats dominated this presidential battleground state, conceded his bitterly close re-election bid to Republican Rick Scott on Sunday, ceding a razor-thin race to the outgoing governor after a bruising recount. Nelson gave up his quest… Read More

Tijuana Protesters Chant ‘Out!’ at Migrants Camped in City

TIJUANA, Mexico — Hundreds of Tijuana residents congregated around a monument in an affluent section of the city south of California on Sunday to protest the thousands of Central American migrants who have arrived via caravan in hopes of a new life in the U.S. Tensions have built as nearly 3,000 migrants from the caravan… Read More

Trump on Khashoggi Death Tape: ‘No Reason for Me to Hear It’

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump said there is no reason for him to listen to a recording of the “very violent, very vicious” killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, which has put him in a diplomatic bind: how to admonish Riyadh for the slaying yet maintain strong ties with a close ally. Trump, in an interview that… Read More

Support Grows for a ‘Green New Deal’ to Address Climate Issues

As the debate within the new House Democratic caucus continues to grow over the demand to create a New Green Deal select committee, Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) came out on Saturday to say that not only should Nancy Pelosi create such a committee, she should appoint newly-elected New York freshman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to be its chairperson.… Read More

‘Stunning’: After Court Rejects GOP Lawsuit, Democrat Wins as Maine Becomes First State to Use Ranked-Choice Voting in National Race

Julia Conley, staff writerMaine’s 2nd congressional district made history Thursday afternoon as it named Jared Golden the winner of his race for incumbent Rep. Bruce Poliquin’s (R-Maine) seat, after the state used ranked-choice voting for the first time in a national race to determine the winner. Full Story Here Common Dreams.org November 18, 2018 2:41… Read More

Trump Says He Was ‘Fully Briefed’ and Also ‘Not Briefed Yet’ But Either Way Saudi Crown Prince ‘Absolutely’ Not Involved Because Trump Knows ‘Everything That Went On’ Without Listening to Tape of Khashoggi Murder

Jon Queally, staff writerTrump on Friday: “I’ve been fully briefed” but Crown Prince “absolutely” not involved. CIA, via Washington Post, later on Friday: Crown Prince definitely involved. Trump on Saturday: “We haven’t been briefed yet.” Full Story Here Common Dreams.org November 18, 2018 2:11 pm Support Us

DeVos Reportedly Set to Unveil ‘Horrific’ New Campus Sexual Assault Rules ‘to Bolster Rights of Accused’

Jessica Corbett, staff writerAfter meeting with “men’s rights” groups and scrapping an Obama-era guidance for how colleges and universities should handle sexual harassment and assault allegations last year, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is reportedly set to release new rules that will “bolster the due process rights of the accused.” Full Story Here Common Dreams.org November… Read More

Decrying Trump’s ‘Outrageous’ Undermining of Mueller Probe, Attorneys and Watchdogs Call on Lawmakers to Force Whitaker’s Recusal

Julia Conley, staff writerIn two separate letters released on Wednesday, nearly 2,000 lawyers and more than two dozen advocacy groups demanded that lawmakers and the Justice Department do everything in their power to ensure that the Trump administration does not undermine Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Full Story Here Common Dreams.org November 18, 2018 1:26… Read More

Denouncing GOP Efforts to Block War Powers Vote as an ‘Outrage,’ Khanna Vows to Keep Fighting to End US Complicity in Yemen

Jessica Corbett, staff writer”It was really an outrage.” That’s how Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) responded Thursday to House Republicans’ successful efforts to block a vote on his war powers resolution that aimed to end U.S. support for the Saudi- and UAE-led coalition’s bombing of Yemen, which has produced the world’s worst humanitarian crisis at put… Read More

Despite Famine, Khashoggi, and School Bus Massacre, House GOP Moves Swiftly to Keep US Involved in Saudi-Led War on Yemen

Julia Conley, staff writerAnti-war groups have been cautiously hopefully in recent weeks that the us would withdraw support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen following widespread outcry over Saudi Arabia’s murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi—but those hopes were dashed late Tuesday when House Republicans moved to stop a long-planned-for vote from going to the floor.… Read More

The Dangerous Rush to Judgment Against Julian Assange

After years of speculation, we now know that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been accused by the Justice Department of committing crimes against the United States. We know this because an assistant U.S. attorney named Kellen S. Dwyer screwed up and inadvertently disclosed in a motion filed on Aug. 22 in an unrelated case that… Read More

As Trump Attacks Press and Spreads Inane Voter Fraud Lies, Bernie Sanders Says ‘Authoritarian’ Is Only Way to Describe Him

Jake Johnson, staff writerAs President Donald Trump on Wednesday continued attacking the free press as “bad for the country” and spreading hysterical lies about virtually non-existent voter fraud—for example, he claimed without evidence that Republicans lose because too many people vote, change their outfits, and then vote again—Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) argued on Twitter that… Read More

Cleveland Browns Want To Interview Conzoleeza Rice For Head Coaching Job

Just when you thought the Browns had turned the corner from league laughing stock, this became a ‘thing’. Source: ESPN Browns general manager John Dorsey said last week that he was open to hiring a woman as Cleveland’s next head coach, and one prominent name is on the team’s wish list to interview. The Browns… Read More

‘Path to Winning Is With People Power’: Medicare for All Leaders Strategize Roadmap to Victory

Jake Johnson, staff writerWasting no time getting to work on the most popular, cost-effective, and morally necessary remedy to America’s disastrous for-profit healthcare system, National Nurses United hosted a post-midterm Medicare for All strategy call Tuesday night during which prominent single-payer champions like Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), and Our Revolution president… Read More

‘Final, Pathetic Stab’ at Cherished Endangered Species as House GOP Votes to Strip Protections From Gray Wolves

Jessica Corbett, staff writerIn a move fiercely condemned by conservation experts and advocates, House Republicans continued their crusade against “arguably the most important law in the United States for conserving biodiversity” and voted mostly along party lines on Friday to strip federal protections from gray wolves. Full Story Here Common Dreams.org November 18, 2018 11:26… Read More

The Destructive Weed Killer the EPA Refuses to Ban

Every August, Andrew Joyce used to hunker down in the field beside his house, picking juicy, ripe tomatoes in the blazing sun. He’d load them onto his golf cart, along with buckets of okra, squash and other summer crops, and zip over to the farm stand he runs with his wife, Sara, off a two-lane… Read More

How Media Coverage of Trans Issues Set the Stage for Formalized Discrimination

Time magazine (5/29/14) declared a “transgender tipping point” in 2014, but corporate media continue to treat trans identity as a matter of controversy. The New York Times (10/21/18) received access to a memo from the Trump administration calling for the Department of Health and Human Services to adopt a definition of sex founded on “a biological basis… Read More

The Only Catch in the Non-Stop Coverage of Donald J. Trump

Face it: it’s been an abusive time, to use a word he likes to wield. In his telling, of course, it’s he or his people who are always the abused ones and they — the “fake news media” — are the abusers. But let’s be honest. You’ve been abused, too, and so have I. All of us… Read More

Anti-Vax Lies Thrive In Privileged Communities

Thanks to nonmedical exemptions, vaccination rates are falling in some states.Zodiacphoto/shutterstock.com Peter J Hotez, Baylor College of Medicine As a pediatrician-scientist who develops new vaccines for neglected diseases, I spent most of my career in the Boston-Washington, D.C. corridor. While working in the Northeast, I had heard a few things about the anti-vaccine movement. As… Read More

SNL’s Kate McKinnon Takes Another Shot At Fox’s The Ingraham Angle

As Fox’s The Ingraham Angle continues to bleed advertisers, the producers of her show are also doing their best to make life very easy for the writers at Saturday Night Live, because these parodies practically write themselves. ‘SNL’ Cold Open: Kate McKinnon’s Laura Ingraham Scrapes The Fox News Barrel: “Ingraham” rolled through some Fox schtick,… Read More

Mike’s Blog Round Up

Bad Attitudes – word salad bitchez! Feministing – how Senate’s structure upholds white male dominance; Hmmm Daily – Watergate Salad is a dessert for the final days; Informed Comment – CIA leak aimed at Kushner, maybe Trump? Mock Paper Scissors – Preznit Horndog presents awards. Steve in Manhattan (@blogenfreude) blogs at stinque.com and is looking… Read More

Melania’s Travel Expenses Are Beyond First Class Rates

I guess that if you’re used to living in a gilded penthouse with gold plated toilets, it doesn’t occur to you to be fiscally conscientious. But this really goes beyond the pale: First lady Melania Trump’s hotel bills for a day trip to Toronto last year added up to an astonishing $174,000, according to federal… Read More

Fall California Winds Are Creating Unstoppable Firestorms

Faith Kearns, University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources and Max Moritz, University of California, Santa Barbara It doesn’t take long in California to develop a feel for “fire weather.” When it’s hot and dry and the winds blow a certain way, there can be no doubt that, as in the past, landscapes… Read More

Sunday Morning Bobblehead Thread

There’s a real danger, as we go about our lives, that we think that everyone is familiar with our references and exposed to the same things we are and understands where we are coming from. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. Just as a small example of that, my kids, who are on… Read More

1 Dead, 227 Hurt in Huge French Protest on Fuel Taxes

PARIS — One protester was killed and 227 other people were injured — eight seriously — at roadblocks set up around villages, towns and cities across France on Saturday as citizens angry with rising fuel taxes rose up in a grassroots movement, posing a new challenge to beleaguered President Emmanuel Macron. Police officers lobbed tear… Read More

Meet The Emoji Congress

h/t Marilyn, open thread below… Full Story Here Crooks and Liars November 17, 2018 9:43 pm Support Us

C&L’s Sat Nite Chiller Theater: Blood Freak (1972)

Thanksgiving-themed thriller movies are rare indeed, so instead please attempt to enjoy this truly bizarre slice of cult movie cheese in which a nice, young Christian man smokes pot and turns into a homicidal mutant turkey. Quote of the movie: “Look, we don’t always understand the purpose of why things happen.” Like, for example, why… Read More

California Housing Crisis Leaves Fire Evacuees Homeless

A Butte County official has said that thousands of people whose homes were destroyed in the devastating Camp Fire are unlikely to find new housing in California. The fire killed at least 71 people and has left more than 1,000 people unaccounted for. Of the approximately 50,000 people who were evacuated near Paradise, Calif., only… Read More

Trump Tours Paradise Area, Calls Wildfire a ‘Really Bad One’

PARADISE, Calif.—From the ashes of a mobile home and RV park, President Donald Trump said Saturday he came to the heart of California’s killer wildfire to fully grasp the scale of the desolation wrought on the landscape. “We’re going to have to work quickly. … Hopefully this is going to be the last of these… Read More

Democrat Gillum Concedes Bid for Governor; Florida Recount Wraps Up

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Democrat Andrew Gillum ended his hard-fought campaign for Florida governor on Saturday, just hours before counties must turn in their official results following days of recounting ballots. Gillum, in a video that he posted on Facebook, congratulated Republican Ron DeSantis but vowed to remain politically active although he gave no clues as his future… Read More

Malcolm Nance Says U.S. Has Become The ‘Michael Cohen Of Saudi Arabia’

There was a discussion on AMJoy this morning about the Trump administration’s attempts to cover up the Khashoggi murder on behalf of the Saudi’s crown prince — and send Fethullah Gulen, who holds an American green card, back to Turkey. “And it shows the Trump administration has turned into the crown prince’s and the government… Read More

Brothers Tied to Pittsburgh Shooting Suspect Had Neo-Nazi Group’s Flyer

When federal agents searched the Washington, D.C., house of two brothers they had linked to the suspected Pittsburgh synagogue shooter, they found a troubling scene. There were hollow-point bullets, “ballistic vests and helmets,” a “marijuana grow” operation and a Nazi flag. A noose dangled from a bunk bed, a small toy hung by its neck,… Read More

New York Officials Push Aside Public Housing and Schools for Amazon

After learning that New York taxpayers will be forced to finance a helipad for Jeff Bezos, the richest man in the world, it’s possible many believed Amazon’s sweetheart headquarters deal with the Empire State couldn’t get any worse. But as additional details of the agreement continue to pour in—and as experts estimate its true cost to taxpayers—critics are warning that… Read More

BREAKING: Sullivan offers food for thought!

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2018 But who was Amal Husain? Will our democracy survive? If so, what happens next? You’re asking thoughtful questions! Today, we’ll postpone the conclusion of our current series to offer a few reactions. For our text, we’ll draw on Andrew Sullivan’s essay about this week’s elections. We’ll reject one derogatory turn of… Read More

RIP, California GOP: ‘You Just Lost Reagan Country’

The Trump debacle, their continued idiotic war on Obamacare, and problems with Hispanic, African-Americans, LGBT, women, and many other groups have decimated California’s Republican Party. This is a good thing. Source: Politico LOS ANGELES — In the wake of a near-political annihilation in California that has left even longtime conservative stronghold Orange County bereft of… Read More

BREAKING: Lucid and concise, the blurbs said!

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2018 By page 4, the truth had emerged: Anthony Kenny’s book about Wittgenstein was published by Harvard University Press in 1973. Did we purchase our copy that year? We’re not sure, but we’ll guess that we probably did. If we did, 1973 was the year in which we finished our fourth year… Read More

Elvis’ Medal Of Freedom May Be A Dog Whistle…Or Not

Chris Richards, a pop music critic at The Washington Post, thinks one of the White House’s Medal of Freedom picks is a dog whistle: Yes, the late Elvis Presley will receive the Medal of Freedom from President Trump on Friday. Yes, Trump is sending a message here. Yes, Presley is among the most pivotal and… Read More

Is Trump Paranoid About Mike Pence?

Is there trouble in paradise? Is the second greatest love story ever (Putin and Trump 1st, of course) on the rocks? The New York Times is reporting that Hair Fuhrer is a little worried about whether Mike Pence is “loyal.” It all started when Trump was asked during last week’s press conference about who would… Read More

Mike’s Blog Round Up

Hackwhackers – CIA appears to have the goods on BSBS (Bonesaw bin Salman); Joe.My.God – Brits to microchip employees; Lance Mannion – Liz or Bernie? Bernie or Liz? Howz about neither! Mike the Mad Biologist – have some Friday links! The Great Consolidation – a patriot reads the first 4 chapters of Proof 0f Collusion.… Read More

Storm Sets Off Chaos on Roads, Fury Among Drivers

TRENTON, N.J. — Exhausted commuters pointed fingers and demanded answers Friday, a day after a modest snowstorm stranded motorists on slippery roads for hours, paralyzed the public transit network serving New York City and its suburbs and even forced some New Jersey children to stay overnight in their schools. How, they asked, could a few… Read More

Abrams Ends Georgia Governor Bid but Plans to Sue

ATLANTA — Democrat Stacey Abrams ended her challenge to Republican Brian Kemp in the Georgia governor’s race on Friday, but pledged to fight the former secretary of state’s “gross mismanagement” of the elections with a federal lawsuit. Speaking defiantly to a news conference, Abrams said her actions did not constitute a concession, but she acknowledged… Read More

Midterm Contests in Florida and Georgia Bring Conclusions, Questions

Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams said the former Republican Secretary of State will be the next governor, but only because he abused his office’s power to suppress a multitude of Georgia voters. “I acknowledge that former Secretary of State Brian Kemp will be certified as the victor in the 2018 gubernatorial election,” she said.… Read More

Fear and Our Political World

“The Monarchy of Fear: A Philosopher Looks at Our Political Crisis” A book by Martha C. Nussbaum Reviewed by Rayyan Al-Shawaf  Given its title, you might think Martha C. Nussbaum’s latest book, “The Monarchy of Fear: A Philosopher Looks at Our Political Crisis,” delves into America’s deepening political morass. Well, think again. The renowned and… Read More

Ellen And Michelle Obama Go To Costco

Ellen takes her perfect straight-man, Michelle Obama, to Costco for a book signing. Turns out ripped-out pages of “Becoming” offered as “free samples” isn’t exactly what Costco had in mind. From 2016: FLOTUS can’t take Ellen anywhere! Open thread below… [amazon]https://www.amazon.com/Becoming-Michelle-Obama/dp/1524763136[/amazon] Full Story Here Crooks and Liars November 16, 2018 9:12 pm Support Us

Brothers Whom Authorities Linked to Pittsburgh Shooting Suspect Had Flyer Supporting Neo-Nazi Group, Officials Say

by Catherine Trautwein, Frontline, and A.C. Thompson, ProPublica When federal agents searched the Washington, D.C., house of two brothers they had linked to the suspected Pittsburgh synagogue shooter, they found a troubling scene. There were hollow-point bullets, “ballistic vests and helmets,” a “marijuana grow” operation and a Nazi flag. A noose dangled from a bunk… Read More

Right Wing Bonus Tracks: Jail Jeff Flake

In anticipation of being indicted, Jerome Corsi has set up a legal defense fund. Apparently, the American Family Association is still boycotting Target. BarbWire’s David Jolly declares that Sen. Jeff Flake’s vow to halt any GOP efforts to confirm judges until the Senate votes on his bill to protect Robert Mueller “is not only illegal… Read More

Right Wing Round-Up: Trump’s Epic Victory

Joe DePaolo @ Mediaite: Judge Rules For CNN in Lawsuit Against White House, Orders Jim Acosta’s Credential Be Restored. Matt Wilstein @ The Daily Beast: Trump Threatens Acosta After CNN Ruling: ‘If He Misbehaves, We’ll Throw Him Out’. Kevin Drum: Trump Tried to Bypass the Justice Department and Extradite a Turkish Cleric. This Is Much… Read More

CNN’s Jim Acosta Back at Work After Judge’s Ruling

WASHINGTON — A federal judge ordered the Trump administration on Friday to immediately return the White House press credentials of CNN reporter Jim Acosta, though a lawsuit over the credentials’ revocation is continuing. U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Kelly, an appointee of President Donald Trump, announced his decision at a hearing Friday morning. The judge… Read More

NRA Staffers Whine About Coffee, But Wayne LaPierre Took the Real Hit

The internet responded with glee yesterday to news from Mother Jones and The Trace that declining revenues have driven the National Rifle Association to stop providing free coffee to its employees. But who’s shedding tears for NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre, who in 2016 seems to have seen his pay cut by two-thirds? After doing all… Read More

BREAKING: Every time a box of Meuslix is sold…!

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2018 Chuck Todd earns his wings: We’ve fallen into several “time passages” around here of late. In a previous post, we reported the time passage into which we tumbled upon rereading Norman Malcolm’s Ludwig Wittgenstein: A Memoir after perhaps forty years. That extremely large time passage hurt(s). Yesterday, along came Chuck Todd!… Read More

Fox’s Jason Chaffetz says that Broward County intentionally reported recount results late to hurt Rick Scott’s campaign

MELISSA FRANCIS (CO-HOST): Meantime, in the governor’s race, the machine recount showing Republican candidate Ron DeSantis with a big enough lead over Democrat Andrew Gillum that a manual recount will not be required. And now all eyes are on the Democratic stronghold of Broward County. The county missed yesterday’s 3 pm deadline — hmm — after reporting the machine recount results two… Read More

E.W. Jackson Doesn’t Believe CNN Because the Network Is in League With Satan

Religious Right radio host E.W. Jackson said on his “The Awakening” program yesterday that he will not believe anything reported by CNN because founder Ted Turner has said negative things about Christianity. Turner, who once called Christianity “a religion for losers,” has reportedly softened his view in recent years, but Jackson still refuses to trust… Read More

Corporate Media Ignore Their Role in Trump’s Refugee ‘Invasion’ Panic

If the establishment media’s coverage in the home stretch of the 2018 midterm elections is any kind of prologue to 2020, be prepared for an avalanche of right-wing xenophobic propaganda during our next presidential election. That’s because, once again, the political press dutifully chased Trump’s rhetorical tail as Election Day neared, and repeatedly ceded its… Read More

Fire Death Toll Hits 63, With Hundreds Still Missing

CHICO, Calif. — At least 63 people are now dead from a Northern California wildfire, and officials say they have a missing persons list with 631 names on it in an ever-evolving accounting of the victims of the nation’s deadliest wildfire in a century. The high number of missing people probably includes some who fled… Read More

HUD Inspections Are Passing Apartments in Unspeakable Conditions

This article was produced in partnership with The Southern Illinoisan, which is a member of the ProPublica Local Reporting Network. In the winter of 2017, a toddler was rushed to the emergency room after swallowing rodent poison inside her family’s unit at the federally subsidized Clay Arsenal Renaissance Apartments in Hartford, Connecticut. Her mother had placed sticky traps… Read More

Screenwriter and Author William Goldman Dead at 87

NEW YORK — William Goldman, the Oscar-winning screenwriter and Hollywood wise man who won Academy Awards for “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and “All the President’s Men” and summed up the mystery of making a box office hit by declaring “Nobody knows anything,” has died. He was 87. Goldman’s daughter Jenny said her father… Read More

THE DANIEL DALE EXPERIENCE: Lawrence O’Donnell’s favorite word!

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2018 Lawrence [HEART] Daniel Dale: Lawrence O’Donnell has conducted a long love affair with the tricky word, “lie.” He loves to accuse other people of lying. There’s plainly a story behind this impulse. It’s a story we’ve never heard told. Whatever! Lawrence’s backstory to the side, we’ve said that “lie” is a… Read More

Fox guest: Migrant caravan is “nothing short of an invasion”

ART DEL CUETO (VICE PRESIDENT, NATIONAL BORDER PATROL COUNCIL): There’s been a lot of video that we’ve seen that has been put out on certain segments of social media where it shows these individuals have climbed into the United States. They’ve mocked border patrol agents. They’ve been saying some derogatory things towards the United States, towards border patrol agents, towards our president. This is not migrants coming into… Read More

Fox News pushes Trump administration’s bogus claim that CNN’s Jim Acosta “placed his hands” on an intern, after judge orders White House to reinstate Acosta’s press pass

JON SCOTT (CO-ANCHOR): If you are a little befuddled as to what this is all about, there was a White House press conference right after the election during which the president was speaking, Jim Acosta from CNN got in a very heated exchange with him. A White House intern tried to take away the microphone and… Read More

Fox’s Stuart Varney says he doesn’t care how Facebook “handled trouble” but accuses the company of anti-conservative bias 

STUART VARNEY (HOST): Facebook is reeling. The New York Times published a scathing report on Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg’s leadership. “Delay, deny, and deflect,” that’s the Times’ judgment of Facebook. Facebook responds, calling the criticism “unfair,” but admitting that Facebook was slow to respond to the crises it faced. Personally, I’m not interested in the details of how they handled trouble, and… Read More

How HUD’s Inspection System Fails Low-Income Tenants Nationwide

by Molly Parker, The Southern Illinoisan This year, The Southern Illinoisan and ProPublica have reviewed the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s system of inspecting publicly subsidized housing complexes by analyzing thousands of inspection scores and requesting the detailed backup reports from numerous inspections. Among the findings: Dangerous buildings that presented immediate health and… Read More

HUD Inspect

by Molly Parker, The Southern Illinoisan, Dan Nguyen, special to ProPublica, Sophie Chou, ProPublica, and The 2018 ProPublica Hack Week Participants Full Story Here Propublica November 16, 2018 9:26 am Support Us

Sinclair stations are airing a dramatic special fearmongering about socialism, and it’s hosted by former Trump aide Sebastian Gorka 

Melissa Joskow / Media Matters Local TV news stations controlled by the conservative Sinclair Broadcast Group recently began airing a “special program” hosted by former Trump aide and current Fox News contributor Sebastian Gorka called Inside Socialism. In the 30-minute show — which appears to be the first episode in a multipart series — Gorka tells… Read More

Liz Crokin: California Wildfires Are an Effort to Burn Evidence of Rampant Pedophilia in Hollywood

Right-wing “journalist” and Trump–worshiping conspiracy theorist Liz Crokin appeared on “The McFiles” program last night, where she and host Chris McDonald alleged that the wildfires that are currently ravaging California were set intentionally in order to destroy evidence that those in the entertainment industry are engaged in widespread pedophilia. Crokin singled out actor Rainn Wilson,… Read More

Facebook Blasted for Promoting Anti-Semitic Conspiracy Theories

After the New York Times published a bombshell report detailing Facebook’s efforts to smear its critics by deploying anti-Semitic conspiracy theories that are commonly spread right-wing extremists, Color of Change—the online racial justice organization that Facebook attempted to discredit as a “puppet” of billionaire philanthropist George Soros—issued a scathing statement on Thursday denouncing the tech… Read More

The Biggest Threat to Free Speech No One Is Talking About

If you clicked this story, or have any desire to listen to the interview embedded within, odds are you’re a consumer of independent media. Yet even as you’re reading these words, your ability to do so in a timely manner is in grave jeopardy. Since the repeal in June of Obama-era rules guaranteeing net neutrality,… Read More

Why the Perfect Red-State Democrat Lost

by Alec MacGillis Taylor Sappington heard the call like so many other Democrats in the year after Nov. 8, 2016. He had seen Donald Trump coming, homing in on his little town of Nelsonville, Ohio, in the state’s impoverished Appalachian southeast. The town of 5,300 people had voted for Barack Obama twice by large margins.… Read More

Part of Migrant Caravan Reaches Tijuana

TIJUANA, Mexico — Exhausted migrants in a caravan of Central American asylum-seekers napped on mattresses in a converted municipal gymnasium, while men played soccer and exchanged banter on a crowded, adjoining courtyard. A woman dabbed her crying, naked toddler with a moist cloth. Nearly 2,000 caravan migrants had reached the U.S. border in Mexico’s northwestern… Read More

The Last Khmer Rouge Leaders Get Life Sentences

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — The last surviving leaders of the Khmer Rouge that brutally ruled Cambodia in the 1970s were convicted of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes Friday by an international tribunal. Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan were sentenced to life in prison, the same sentence they are already serving after earlier convictions… Read More

N. Korea Reports Test of ‘Ultramodern Tactical Weapon’

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un observed the successful test of an unspecified “newly developed ultramodern tactical weapon,” state media reported Friday, in an apparent bid to apply pressure on the United States and South Korea. It didn’t appear to be a test of a nuclear device or a long-range missile… Read More

The #MeToo Movement Is Here to Stay

On Saturday, hundreds of sexual assault survivors and their allies marched and rallied in Hollywood, Calif., for the second annual #MeToo survivors’ march and rally. From noon to 3 p.m. that day, the mostly black and brown female activists spoke, marched and made impassioned calls for justice. What made the action unique was its intersectional… Read More

Nearly All the Officers in Charge of an Indiana Police Department Have Been Disciplined — Including the Chief Who Keeps Promoting Them

by Ken Armstrong, ProPublica, and Christian Sheckler, South Bend Tribune When Ed Windbigler became Elkhart’s police chief in January 2016, one of his first tasks was selecting his top command staff. For assistant chief, his second in command, Windbigler named Todd Thayer. Less than three years before, Thayer had been demoted two ranks for making… Read More

Washington Examiner Media Reporter Faults Ocasio-Cortez For Wearing Clothes

Washington Examiner reporter Eddie Scarry tweeted a candid photo of Alexandria Ocasio-Coretz declaring that she doesn’t “look like a girl who struggles” because she is wearing professional clothing on Capitol Hill. Laying aside the obvious sexism for a moment, consider that Washington, D.C., is one of the most expensive places to live in the United States and… Read More

Right Wing Bonus Tracks: Who Has Two Forms of Photo ID?

Josh Bernstein wants to get rid of electronic voting machines, raise the voting age to 30, and require all voters to show two forms of photo I.D. and proof of income. James Robison’s obsequious gushing about President Trump has become rather alarming. Sen. James Lankford says that the Bible commands Christians to be involved in… Read More

Right Wing Round-Up: No Gays Allowed

Steve Benen @ The Maddow Blog: To protect Mueller, GOP senator announces a hardball tactic. Rhett Jones @ Gizmodo: Infowars Infected With Credit Card-Stealing Malware, Alex Jones Claims It’s A Conspiracy. Matthew Chapman @ AlterNet: QAnon’s true believers are devastated as the conspiracy theory goes down in flames — and it won’t end well. Julie… Read More

BREAKING: Lauren Underwood leads the way!

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2018 Ran in her home town: As you may have heard before. the world is full of good, decent people. One such person is Lauren Underwood, who was elected to the House in Tuesday’s elections. Underwood appeared on last night’s Maddow Show. Rachel provides the background:MADDOW (11/7/18): Lauren Underwood grew up in… Read More

THE DANIEL DALE EXPERIENCE: Wallace wonders about The Others!

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2018 Speaks only to favorite friends: Doggone it! This morning, we wanted to share something Nicolle Wallace said on Monday afternoon’s Deadline: White House. But when we tried to activate the original link to the videotape of that day’s program, we received this message:The video you’re looking for is no longer available.Please… Read More

BREAKING: The logic of the American discourse!

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2018 The question you’ve never seen asked: For Jim Acosta and April Ryan, the 2020 campaign began today. Today, during Donald J. Trump’s press conference, they began working overtime to get Trump re-elected. As we’ve told you again and again, the modern American upper-end press isn’t an impressive group. Acosta and Ryan… Read More

MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle asks why Facebook gets a pass on spreading misinformation when “we don’t forgive” Fox News for doing the same

STEPHANIE RUHLE (CO-ANCHOR): [Facebook executives] can’t be too thrilled with your upcoming interview where Mark Benioff, where he says Facebook is like our time’s cigarettes. If Facebook is intent on sort of the victimization of them or their executives, what will this mean for Mark [Zuckerberg] and Sheryl [Sandberg] going forward? Because, in another New… Read More

BREAKING: His fork is to the left of his knife!

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2018 Until, just like that, it isn’t: Yesterday afternoon, when we left off, Anthony Kenny was explaining “the central doctrine” of the early Wittgenstein’s seminal book, the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (actual name). According to Kenny, the central doctrine of the book was “the famous picture theory of meaning.” Let’s recall what Professor Kenny… Read More

Fox’s obsession with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Since New York Democratic Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ primary win in June, Fox personalities have spent a remarkable amount of time and energy focusing on her. The network has complained about her platform (Medicare for everyone, green jobs, housing as a human right, women’s rights, etc.), claimed Democrats support her only “because she’s a woman,” and… Read More

Bill Mitchell: ‘Is it Possible That Antifa Is Behind the California Fires?’

Ardent pro-Trump commentator and online conspiracy theorist Bill Mitchell declared on his “YourVoice America” program yesterday that the Department of Justice should investigate whether Antifa is responsible for starting the wildfires that have devastated California, despite admitting that he literally has no evidence to support this assertion. Mitchell said that while nobody knows what caused… Read More

THE DANIEL DALE EXPERIENCE: That was then and this is now!

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2018 How much have the basics changed? Long ago and far away, Daniel Dale appeared as a guest on CNN’s Reliable Sources, a weekly, hour-long program. Dale is a full-time Trump fact-checker for the Toronto Star. As for Reliable Sources, CNN describes it as follows:Reliable Sources with Brian Stelter examines the media… Read More

Kat Kerr Orders East Coast Winter Storm to Put Out the California Wildfires

Self-proclaimed “prophetess” and “weather warrior” Kat Kerr posted a video on her Facebook page yesterday ordering the winter storm that is bringing freezing rain and snow to the East Coast to shift and head west in order to extinguish the devastating wildfires that have been ravaging California. Wildfires have been raging for more than a… Read More

Trump Administration Plots Costly Private-Care Expansion for Veterans

by Isaac Arnsdorf Last June, President Donald Trump signed a landmark law on veterans’ health care after months of tense negotiations. At the ceremony in the Rose Garden, Trump said the bill would deliver on his campaign promise to let veterans see private doctors instead of using the Department of Veterans Affairs’ government-run health service:… Read More

Trump’s Fox propagandists are trying to scuttle the bill to protect Mueller

Melissa Joskow / Media Matters Fox hosts with close ties to President Donald Trump are denouncing Sen. Jeff Flake’s (R-AZ) legislative effort to protect special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, blasting the senator for insufficient loyalty to the president and claiming his bill is unnecessary because Trump has… Read More

How We Analyzed Rape Clearance Rates

by Mark Fahey, Newsy As part of the FBI’s standardized Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program, thousands of law enforcement agencies across the country regularly tell the FBI how many serious crimes were reported in their jurisdictions and how many of them they “cleared.” Police agencies often point to the annual clearance rate — the number… Read More

<em>Fox & Friends</em> guest says any efforts to expand Medicare will just make it worse

DR. NICOLE SAPHIER (FOX NEWS MEDICAL CONTRIBUTOR): Well, access is not health insurance, it’s a completely different concept and health care was very popular during the midterms and it should be because over past decade since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act we’ve seen premiums go up 140 percent, 200 percent for some families as well as deductibles just doubling and people — it’s… Read More

Chicago City Council Members Seek Hearing on Psychiatric Hospital

by Duaa Eldeib Two Chicago City Council members Wednesday called for a hearing to look into reports that children at a psychiatric hospital were physically and sexually abused, including those in state care. Alderman Ed Burke, the powerful chairman of the council’s Finance Committee, and Alderman Margaret Laurino, from the Northwest Side’s 39th Ward, introduced… Read More

Chicago City Council Approves Modest First Reforms on Ticketing and Debt

by Melissa Sanchez, ProPublica, and Elliott Ramos, WBEZ The Chicago City Council on Wednesday approved the first reforms aimed at helping the city’s low-income motorists cope with ticket debt, with more significant changes potentially on the way. The approved measures, tucked into Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s final city budget, chip away at a massive problem that… Read More

40+ times the Trump administration specifically targeted Jim Acosta and CNN

Melissa Joskow / Media Matters CNN and its chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta have sued President Donald Trump and various administration officials for violating the First Amendment when Acosta was banned from the White House. The lawsuit specifically notes that the president and White House officials have shown animus toward the media in general,… Read More

Right Wing Bonus Tracks: Starbucks Is a ‘Cursed Thing’

Last night, Sen. James Inhofe received the 2018 Distinguished Christian Statesman Award from the D. James Kennedy Center for Christian Statesmanship at a ceremony held at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. Paula White organized a “faith briefing” at the White House for Christian worship leaders and artists yesterday. One week after getting trounced… Read More

Right Wing Round-Up: Trump Is a Cereal Liar

Evan Rosenfeld @ Mediaite: Trump Makes Wild, Baseless Voter Fraud Claim: People ‘Go to Their Car,’ Change Their Hat and Shirt, and ‘Vote Again’. Sara Boboltz @ Huff Post: George Conway Starts Anti-Trump Club Within Conservative Federalist Society. Eric Hananoki @ Media Matters: A guide to discredited conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi. Hemant Mehta @ Friendly… Read More

Religious Right Gears Up Annual ‘War on Christmas’ Attack on Pluralism

It’s that time of year, and the festive annual tradition of Religious Right hand-wringing about a supposed “War on Christmas” is getting underway. This week Liberty Counsel launched its annual “Friend or Foe Christmas Campaign” and released this year’s “Naughty and Nice” list of retailers that the group judges on the nature of their holiday… Read More

Scheming D.C. Neo-Nazis Resurface Jack Posobiec’s Alt-Right Past

Two neo-Nazis who filmed One America News Network personality Jack Posobiec while he roamed the streets of a Washington, D.C., to create propaganda for the Seth Rich conspiracy theory on behalf of Rebel Media are suspected to have schemed violence in relation to the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting that left 11 murdered, court documents show. Jeffrey… Read More

THE DANIEL DALE EXPERIENCE: As with Wallace, so too here!

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2018 Not a word of clarification, challenge, dispute or dissent: It’s as we told you yesterday: Midway through Monday afternoon, exhausted from the year’s longest weekend, we watched a pair of pundit panel discussions. At 4 PM Eastern, we watched the first segment of Deadline: White House. According to MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace,… Read More

BREAKING: We can’t make ourselves go there again!

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2018 Quick overview of the loathing: At the end of last week, we made a promise we won’t be able to keep. We said we wanted to discuss Michelle Cottle’s recent editorial in the New York Times about Hillary Clinton. We said we wanted to relate it to this New York Times… Read More

BREAKING: We’re speaking "literally," Kenny says!

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2018 Wittgenstein’s famous theory: Here we are, exploring the type of work we get handed by our elites. In this case, we’ve journeyed all the way back to 1973, to Anthony Kenny’s “lucid” text for the general reader with the one-word title: Wittgenstein. Professor Kenny was and is a major figure. His… Read More

MSNBC’s <em>First Look</em> highlights how Fox News exploited the migrant caravan in the lead-up to the midterms, then immediately forgot about it

AYMAN MOHYELDIN (CO-HOST): During the run up to the midterm elections, President Trump repeatedly brought up the migrant caravan coming from South America, labeling, quote, “an invasion,” and ordering thousands of U.S. troops to guard the border. Now, despite that sense of urgency, Trump hasn’t tweeted about the caravan since Halloween, and has only talked… Read More