‘Shame on Him’: 75 Democrats Decry Jeff Sessions’ Inhumane Decision To Close Door on Asylum-Seeking Domestic Violence Victims

Common Dreams staffSeventy-five House Democrats submitted a resolution this week strongly condemning the decision by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to deny entry to victimes of domestic abuse and gang violence  seeking asylum in the United States. “It should be unthinkable to tell women asking for asylum to go back to the bloody and brutal circumstances… Read More

Rep. Mike Quigley: Republicans Wouldn’t Let Us Subpoena Butina

On CNN last night, Don Lemon had Rep. Mike Quigley, Democrat on the House Select Intelligence committee, as a guest. “Let’s talk now about Mariia Butina, the Russian agent indicted on those charges including acting as a foreign agent and conspiracy,” Lemon said. “A Russian official told her via Twitter it’s not about winning today’s… Read More

MSNBC’s Eddie Glaude Jr calls out GOP for “already pivoting” from Trump’s latest denunciation of America and denial of 2016 Russian interference

WILLIE GEIST (GUEST HOST): It wasn’t just the usual Republicans who are willing to be critical of President Trump; [Sen.] John McCain [(R-AZ)], [Sen.] Jeff Flake [(R-AZ)], [Sen.] Bob Corker [(R-TN)] and those. It was the leadership, which has been reluctant to criticize the president. The question is, was it a one-day criticism to get… Read More

Lula’s Kafkaesque Imprisonment: Defense Lawyer Valeska Martins Speaks

On July 8th, 2018, Brazil’s 4th Regional Federal Court Chief Judge Rogerio Favreto ordered ex-President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s immediate release from prison. From a vacation resort town in Portugal where he was enjoying his holidays, Judge Sergio Moro, a lower court judge and hero to the Brazilian far right who has been working closely with the US… Read More

“So Much for ‘Born to Run'”: Ocasio-Cortez Accuses Joe Crowley of Moving to Sabotage Her Campaign With Third-Party Bid

Jake Johnson, staff writerIn an explosive tweet on Thursday, democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez accused Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.)—who was defeated in a landslide in last month’s Democratic primary—of backtracking on his repeated vows to support her in the general election and attempting to sabotage her campaign with a “third party challenge.” Full Story Here Common… Read More

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Surprises Sinclair By Squashing Their Merger

Sinclair Broadcasting Group’s evil plot for World Media Domination has hit a snag. The heroism in this scenario comes from an unlikely source: an actual trump appointee! FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has expressed serious concern about Sinclair’s bid to acquire Tribune Media. If the deal went through, Sinclair’s Orange-Tinted Sludge could ooze from televisions into… Read More

To Combat ‘Political Malpractice’ of Democrats in the Midwest, Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez Joining Forces to Boost Progressive Agenda in Kansas

Jon Queally, staff writerSen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and New York Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez  are joining forces next week as they both head to Kansas to give progressive contenders a lift as they run on a similar agenda of bold and progressive policies in that state’s upcoming Democratic primary. Full Story Here Common Dreams.org July 18,… Read More

‘Appalling’: Sure Looks Like Trump Crossed Out Line Calling for Election Meddlers to Be Brought to Justice

Jake Johnson, staff writerCasting further doubt on the notion—splashed across the front pages of corporate media outlets Wednesday morning—that President Donald Trump has walked back his deferential remarks alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, President Donald Trump on Tuesday appears to have crossed out a line in his prepared statement to reporters that called… Read More

Mike’s Blog Round Up

It has been another head scratching day as The Russian Usurper holds another press conference, confesses that he misspoke/gaslights us and plays Calvin Ball. So the question really is, how will it end? Luckily we have some bloggers to help show us some possibilities! Infidel753 susses out the end game for Comrade Trump. WNBTv says… Read More

Cooling a Warmer World Heats It Even More

In the next three decades cooling a warmer world will bring soaring demand for equipment to bring the mercury down. The appetite for energy to fuel air-conditioning, cold stores, refrigerated transport and medical “cold chains” that preserve vital vaccines could rise nearly five-fold. So, paradoxically, humans will raise the planetary average temperatures even higher in the effort… Read More

Peter Strzok Hearing Devolves Into Chaos on Very First Question After FBI Agent Obliterates Right-Wing Conspiracy About Text Messages

Julia Conley, staff writerA hearing regarding anti-Trump text messages sent by FBI agent Peter Strzok during the 2016 presidential campaign quickly devolved into a shouting match between Republican and Democratic members of the House, after Strzok invoked his attorney-client privilege and refused to answer a question from Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.). Full Story Here Common… Read More

By Exploiting and Mismanaging Public Pensions, Wall Street Has Cost Taxpayers $600 Billion Over Last Decade

Jake Johnson, staff writerIn a frenzied bid for higher profits in the decade following the 2008 financial crisis, Wall Street pension fund managers have siphoned as much as $624 billion from Americans’ retirement savings—and, as a direct result, taxpayer coffers—through a vicious combination of high fees and foolish investment strategies, according to an analysis published… Read More

Sanders Rips Trump Attempt to Walk Back Helsinki Remarks: “Too Bad Trump Didn’t Have the Guts to Say That” With Putin There

Jake Johnson, staff writerAfter U.S. President Donald Trump insisted in scripted remarks to reporters on Tuesday that he misspoke during the Helsinki summit when he unequivocally accepted Russian President Vladimir Putin’s denials of election meddling, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) mocked Trump for not having the “guts” to publicly challenge Putin’s narrative when he had the… Read More

The Human Cost of Getting Used to Trump

It’s well documented that federal immigration detention centers are a living hell. What’s makes them more dehumanizing is the racism poisoning our country, both inside and outside the detention center walls. President Donald Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Republican members of Congress are spreading the poison with inflammatory words appealing to the deep prejudices… Read More

‘Dark Money’: New Documentary Offers Up-Close and ‘Harrowing Portrait’ of How Secret Corporate Cash Is Destroying American Democracy

Jessica Corbett, staff writerThe PBS documentary Dark Money, which paints “a rather harrowing portrait of democracy under threat” in the years that have followed the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, opens in New York City on Friday night following its festival premiere at Sundance earlier this year. Full Story Here Common Dreams.org July 17, 2018 10:56 pm Support Us

After Russian Indictments, Sanders Says Trump Must Tell Putin ‘We Will Not Allow You to Interfere in Our Democratic Processes’

Jake Johnson, staff writerWhile some lawmakers are demanding that President Donald Trump immediately cancel his upcoming summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin following the indictment on Friday of 12 Russian military officers for “conspiring to interfere with the 2016 presidential election,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) argued that Trump should use the planned meeting to confront… Read More

Ahead of Trump-Putin Summit, Rosenstein Announces Criminal Indictments Against 12 Russian Military Officers for 2016 Election Hacking

Common Dreams staffJust two days before a scheduled summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin that will take place in Finland, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced on Friday the indictments of a dozen Russian military officers stemming from the probe of Special Counselor Robert Mueller into foreign interference into the… Read More

Open Thread – Conservative Media’s Watergate

As Jen Sorensen points out in her blog post accompanying this cartoon, it’s no surprise that the idea for Fox News was born from Roger Ailes’s fevered brain while he worked in the Nixon White House. Open thread below… Full Story Here Crooks and Liars July 17, 2018 9:41 pm Support Us

Angry Trump Baby Takes Flight as UK Protests Tell President He’s Not Welcome

Jake Johnson, staff writerAs U.S. President Donald Trump made clear just how offended and “unwelcome” the 20-foot-tall blimp depicting him as a frustrated, diapered infant grasping a cell phone made him feel upon arriving in Britain for his first official visit, demonstrators let the balloon fly in front of the Houses of Parliament Friday morning… Read More

GOP-Controlled House Passes Bill to Eviscerate Nation’s Marine Ecosystems, Fisheries

Jon Queally, staff writerConservations, scientists, and members of fishing communities and industry expressed outrage and disappointment after the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill on Wednesday that experts warn will set the nation’s fishing industry back decades by eviscerating protections that have made U.S. fisheries more sustainable and undermining the health of marine ecosystems… Read More

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

Man, whenever I get a guitar in my hand, I eventually try to channel the Stooges Ron Asheton. I never come close. NO ONE who ever tries to channel Ron can’t come close. He was a master of that thing he did. It was his own way of playing. We will all just be acolytes.… Read More

An NRA-Laundered Ruble For Your Thoughts, Comrade Trump?

This tweet flickered across my timeline last night: Hey look! It’s @NRA ‘s Wayne LaPierre with Russian spy Maria Butina. Maria and Wayne used the NRA as a shell corp to funnel Russian money into the ‘16 election. Only Maria is in jail. For now. pic.twitter.com/FpcI8DvCoa — Dana Gould (@danagould) July 17, 2018 …and had… Read More

Ohio County GOP Leader Resigns Over Trump-Putin Meeting

A smallish county in Ohio that went overwhelmingly for Trump in 2016. Hopefully this is yet another sign of things to come, as Republicans abandon the Trump disaster before he takes them all down with him. Source: Cincinnati.com For at least one Republican in Ohio, President Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin was more… Read More

E.U., U.S. Relations Sink Further After Divisive Trump Tour

BRUSSELS — After a week of the worst barrage of insults yet from U.S. President Donald Trump, the European Union is looking westward toward the White House less and less. Making it worse, Trump spent Monday cozying up to EU adversary Vladimir Putin in an extraordinary chummy summit with the Russian leader in Helsinki. Never… Read More

The Queen Wears Brooch The Obamas Gave Her For Trump Visit

This is amusing, even for people like me who are ambivalent about such anachronisms as the Monarchy. Seems Queen Elizabeth chose to wear a special brooch given to her by the Obamas when she met privately with Trump. The brooch was a gift from the Obamas, paid for by them personally, not merely a gift… Read More

Immigrant Kids Held in Second Phoenix Office Seen Bathing in Sinks

A defense contractor that held immigrant children overnight in a Phoenix office building operates a second office nearby, where a neighbor has seen immigrant children bathing themselves in bathroom sinks, Reveal has learned. The company, MVM Inc., is the primary transportation contractor for the federal government’s court-ordered efforts to reunify families separated under President Donald… Read More

Intel Expert: ‘I Believe Trump…Is Actively Betraying Our Country’

Intelligence expert and former Fox News pundit Lt. Col. Ralph Peters joined Ari Melber to discuss Donald Trump’s conduct, how Putin compromises people, and his thoughts on whether Trump committed treason. After expressing his outrage about Trump “slobbering over Putin” and worrying over the damage done behind closed doors, Peters launched into his informed reasoning… Read More

‘This. Is. Ridiculous’: Cable Media Scoffs At Trump’s Nonsense

We don’t know what to do at this point, either. In between phone calls to Congress, marching in the streets, praying to the Godesses of Bubble Wrap to keep Mueller and his team safe, WILLING November 2018 to arrive faster, sometimes the absurdity of the gaslighting coming out of the Orange Suppository’s assh*le-shaped mouth is… Read More

Right Wing Round-Up: There Is No Missing DNC Server

Jen Herrick @ PFAW Blog: More Than 100 Civil and Human Rights Organizations Oppose SCOTUS Nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Kevin Poulsen @The Daily Beast: Trump’s ‘Missing DNC Server’ Is Neither Missing Nor a Server. Warren Throckmorton: David Barton Again Uses Fake Abe Lincoln Quote on Education to Criticize Education. Joe DePaolo @ Mediaite: Tucker Carlson Dismisses… Read More

McConnell Admits He Knew About 2016 Russian Hack, Did Nothing

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell came out today with as strong a statement as a turtle with an agenda can make. Note particularly the end of his remarks, where he says with a great deal of conviction that he knows exactly what Russia did in 2016 and they will not allow it to happen again.… Read More

BREAKING: Donald J. Trump misspeaks a great deal!

TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2018 Is Donald J. Trump impaired: Did Donald J. Trump misspeak yesterday? Did he mean to say what’s shown below when the AP’s Jonathan Lemire put him on the spot?LEMIRE (7/16/18): My second question is, would you now, with the whole world watching, tell President Putin—would you denounce what happened in 2016?… Read More

Health Insurers Are Vacuuming Up Your Personal Information

This story was co-published with NPR. To an outsider, the fancy booths at last month’s health insurance industry gathering in San Diego aren’t very compelling. A handful of companies pitching “lifestyle” data and salespeople touting jargony phrases like “social determinants of health.” But dig deeper and the implications of what they’re selling might give many… Read More

GOP House Too Busy With Facebook Bias To Discuss Trump Treason

Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) on Tuesday slammed House Republicans for holding a hearing on social media bias against conservatives instead of addressing President Donald Trump’s recent meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, which has been called treasonous by political pundits. At a House Judiciary hearing, ranking member Raskin opened his remarks by dismissing the notion… Read More

Coverage of the SESTA-FOSTA legislation must include sex workers’ voices

Sex workers use online platforms to stay safe, find clients, and maintain independence. With access to the internet, they can work from the safety of their homes, warn each other of aggressive clients, negotiate pay online, and find business without having to involve a third party. The passing of legislation known as SESA-FOSTA this spring… Read More

Trump Corrects His Quote, Says Misspoke on Russian Meddling

WASHINGTON — Blistered by bipartisan condemnation of his embrace of a longtime U.S. enemy, President Trump sought Tuesday to “clarify” his public undermining of American intelligence agencies, saying he had misspoken when he said he saw no reason to believe Russia had interfered in the 2016 U.S. election. “The sentence should have been, ‘I don’t… Read More

Heritage Action Creates Pro-Kavanaugh Activist Toolkit To ‘Secure The Supreme Court For Decades To Come’

Heritage Action, the controversial and aggressively hard-right political arm of the Heritage Foundation, is promoting an activist toolkit designed to secure the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. In a Monday email to activists, Heritage Action Vice President Jessica Anderson said, “This is our chance to secure the Supreme Court for decades to come—thank… Read More

Trump Statement: Oh, Oops, I Never Meant To Say That Thing I Said

At his closed White House press conference, Trump said he meant to say that he saw no reason why it wouldn’t be Russia that interfered in the 2016 presidential election. And “it could be other people, also.” As Katie Tur just pointed out, he repeated his “error” to Sean Hannity last night. Oh, oops! Do-over!… Read More

‘Stable Genius’ Is The Best Randy Rainbow Parody Ever (NSFW)

Randy Rainbow goes full Gilbert and Sullivan (and not work-safe) in his latest “tribute” to Donald Trump. This one is the best so far. In other feel good videos, enjoy these protest chants outside the White House last night. “You’re the Puppet” and “Traitor” Protests Outside The White House Are Finally Happening. This Is Just… Read More

After Trump’s disastrous press conference with Putin, three news anchors report Republicans won’t appear on their shows

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters Republican elected officials are refusing to appear on cable news programs to discuss President Donald Trump’s disastrous July 16 press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin. During the press conference, Trump insulted “obstructionist” Democrats while standing next to a foreign adversary, condemned Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election meddling, blamed… Read More

NRATV ran defense for Trump after he sold out US in disastrous Helsinki press conference

The National Rifle Association’s media arm, NRATV, spent an entire day defending President Donald Trump’s press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin that was otherwise widely characterized as disgraceful and un-American.   While NRATV was running defense for Trump, another significant Russia news story broke: Maria Butina, a Russian pro-gun activist with close ties to… Read More

Once Again, Congress Entertained Debunked Accusations That Conservatives Are Censored Online

Members of the House Judiciary Committee gathered this morning to entertain, once again, the repeatedly debunked accusations that social media websites like Facebook systemically censor conservative viewpoints on ideological grounds. This morning, Rep. Bob Goodlatte and his colleagues hosted representatives from Facebook, YouTube and Twitter for a public hearing during which it was advertised that… Read More

Barack Obama Condemns ‘Alternative Facts’ In Mandela Lecture

This is the week Donald Trump groveled before Vladimir Putin. In the meantime, Barack Obama was delivering the annual Nelson Mandela lecture in South Africa. Obama was clearly pointing to Cheeto Mussolini and his administration when he got to the part about alternative facts: “Without facts there is no basis for co-operation. If I say… Read More

Only Rick Wiles’ TruNews Network Can Save Conservatives From Extermination

End Times broadcaster and fringe conspiracy theorist Rick Wiles spent most of his “TruNews” broadcast last night discussing President Trump’s summit with Vladimir Putin and asking for donations to help keep his network afloat so that he can provide “real” news coverage about the events of the day in order to prevent the perverted pedophiles… Read More

Trump TV? Russians Broadcast That Fox News Is ‘Run By’ Trump

This was a shocking revelation by Russian State media: Stephanie Ruhle pointed out this morning that the Kremlin translation of Putin called Fox News “the network run by the president.” This in addition to former Fox exec Bill Shine working for the White House and current Fox host Sean Hannity working for Trump. It’s an… Read More

The small chorus of pro-Trump figures defending his disastrous presser with Putin

Melissa Joskow / Media Matters Amid bipartisan criticism of President Donald Trump’s capitulation to Russian President Vladimir Putin, some of Trump’s fiercest media allies are standing behind him, even as many of his loyalists defect. During a July 16 press conference with his Russian counterpart, Trump questioned the findings of his own intelligence community and… Read More

Amazon Workers Mark #PrimeDay With Strikes Against Low Pay, Brutal Conditions

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has just become the richest man in recorded history—surpassing $150 billion in net worth—thanks to his business model of subjecting employees to low wages, brutal working conditions, and scant benefits, and on Tuesday Amazon workers throughout Europe are marking “Prime Day” by walking off the job in massive numbers to call attention… Read More

Facebook once again gives special treatment to conservative media

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters A Wall Street Journal report reveals that Facebook arranged a meeting with about a dozen news companies. The social media giant invited roughly six conservative outlets, seemingly to act as a counterbalance to the more mainstream outlets in attendance, according to BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith: At the off-the-record meeting between Facebook… Read More

Fox News’ Trish Regan: Trump ‘Should Have Defended Us!’

Fox News and Business’ Trish Regan began her FBN show angry at Trump’s mealy-mouthed press conference with Vladimir Putin: “He should have defended us!” Showing media headlines before Trump’s meeting with Putin, Regan quoted all the negativity surrounding the summit in general. “The MSM did not want this meeting to happen I and, I had… Read More

Steve Schmidt: Let’s Start By Removing Mitch McConnell From Power

Steve Schmidt rants are now a regular feature on MSNBC. I’m of the mind that you never turn your back on a Never Trumper (they WILL come after your Medicare eventually no matter how much they hate Trump) but Schmidt stepped out of the box today and to his credit also went after Mitch McConnell,… Read More

Reporter Patricia Callahan to Cover Business for ProPublica

by ProPublica ProPublica announced today that Patricia Callahan will join its staff as a senior reporter covering business. She will start on Aug. 31. Callahan joins ProPublica from the Chicago Tribune, where she has been on the investigative team since 2004. There she launched “Hidden Hazards: Kids at Risk,” a series showing that federal safety… Read More

Larry Klayman: Robert Mueller Is ‘A Legal Terrorist’ And A Disciple Of The Devil

While appearing on Infowars last Friday, right-wing activist and attorney Larry Klayman declared that special counsel Robert Mueller is “a legal terrorist” and a “[disciple] of the devil.” Outraged by the indictments of 12 Russian intelligence officers for hacking Democratic emails during the 2016 election, Klayman vowed to convene citizens’ grand juries through which he… Read More

TRIBAL SNAPSHOTS: Long-standing disdain!

TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2018 Part 2—The basket of self-defeat: We would assume that Peter Strzok is a perfectly decent person. Beyond that, we would assume that he, like everyone else, has imperfections and flaws. Some of these imperfections may reflect characteristic tendencies of his sociological tribe. As a general matter, we humans don’t like to… Read More

Goldman Sachs’ 2Q profit up 44 pct; CEO Blankfein to retire

NEW YORK (AP) — Goldman Sachs’ profits jumped 44 percent in the second quarter compared with a year ago, driven by the investment bank’s core franchises: advising companies on mergers, acquisitions and other deals, and its trading business. Goldman also said Tuesday that Chief Executive Officer Lloyd Blankfein will retire on Sept. 30 and be… Read More

Russia’s Post-Summit View: Praise for Putin, Pity for Trump

MOSCOW (AP) — For Vladimir Putin, holding a summit with Donald Trump was a victory in itself. While the U.S. leader went home to widespread criticism after their Monday meeting, the Russian president came home to universal praise in Moscow — even though there were no major breakthroughs. Yet most Russians aren’t saying Putin vanquished… Read More

America Shocked To Discover There’s A Traitor In The Oval Office

It’s like The Wizard of Oz, where suddenly everything appears in Technicolor. Yes, folks, our media has suddenly embraced the possibility that Trump is a Russian asset. Hey, thanks for finally doing your jobs! I was wondering if even the WSJ editorial board would fold on Trump, and yes, it’s that bad. Finally. Of course,… Read More

Health Insurers Are Vacuuming Up Details About You — And It Could Raise Your Rates

Marshall Allen To an outsider, the fancy booths at last month’s health insurance industry gathering in San Diego aren’t very compelling. A handful of companies pitching “lifestyle” data and salespeople touting jargony phrases like “social determinants of health.” But dig deeper and the implications of what they’re selling might give many patients pause: A future… Read More

Rep. Schiff On Trump Presser: ‘It Was A Stunning Betrayal Of The Country’

On Morning Joe, Willie Geist asked Rep. Adam Schiff, ranking member on the House Intelligence committee, for his take on the Helsinki press conference with Trump and Putin. “You watched yesterday’s press conference. ‘Damaging, shameful and cowardly,’ you called it. Were you even surprised by what you saw yesterday despite all you know about this… Read More

Tucker Carlson Blames Mexico For ‘Packing The Electorate’

Russian News Agency Fox News geared up their prime time hosts to try to undo the deep harm Treasonous Trump did yesterday when he sided with Vladimir Putin over the American people. Working hard to generate some counterspin, Tucker had a unique theory. Yes, yes, Russia isn’t our best bud, but really, that’s not who… Read More

Mike’s Blog Round Up

Well, THAT was interesting! As Comrade Trump’s intel chief Dan Coats said just last Friday: “The warning lights are blinking red again.” And on Monday they were like strobe lights on a disco ball! Yes, today we look at some reactions to Comrade Trump’s Finished in Finland Tour with our avowed enemy, Russia. First Draft… Read More

23 Hurt as Molten Rock Crashes Into Hawaii Tour Boat

HONOLULU — An explosion caused by lava oozing into the ocean sent molten rock crashing through the roof of a sightseeing boat off Hawaii’s Big Island, injuring 23 people Monday, officials said. They were aboard a tour boat that takes visitors to see lava plunging into the ocean from the long-erupting Kilauea volcano that has… Read More

Pussy Riot Takes the Field, Gets a 15-Day Penalty

Truthdig editor’s note: The Associated Press is reporting that four protesters who entered the field of play at the World Cup final on Sunday have been sentenced to 15 days in jail. Beneath that update is an earlier AP article on the incident. The AP writes in the latest article: “The protesters, members of the… Read More

Gun-Rights Activist Is Charged as a Secret Agent for Russia

WASHINGTON — A 29-year-old gun-rights activist served as a covert Russian agent while living in Washington, gathering intelligence on American officials and political organizations and working to establish back-channel lines of communications for the Kremlin, federal prosecutors charged Monday. The announcement of the arrest of Maria Butina came just hours after President Donald Trump met… Read More

Open Thread: The Prez Dispenser

The so-called president doesn’t work for us. Open thread below… Full Story Here Crooks and Liars July 16, 2018 9:41 pm Support Us

C&L’s Late Nite Music Club With Big Country

On this day, July 15th, in 1983 Big Country’s debut album The Crossing was released. By the fall of that year, it was pretty hard to escape hearing the lead off single “In A Big Country” and people commenting “Ooh, the guitars sound like bagpipes” everywhere I went. What are you listening to tonight? Full… Read More

Jared Kushner Still Can’t Get His Security Clearance Issues Resolved

Jared Kushner continues to have security clearance issues and it appears even dear father in law can’t fix them for him. Kushner was granted permanent clearance back in May, it was only “top secret” status. This level, although incredibly high, does not allow him to see the highest level of intelligence (which he probably really… Read More

Putin Again Denies Interference in U.S. Election

HELSINKI — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin (all times local): 2 a.m. Russian President Vladimir Putin says his summit with U.S. President Donald Trump is the beginning of Russia’s path back from Western isolation. Putin spoke to Fox News after his summit Monday with Trump. The Russian leader… Read More

Israel Is Divided Over a Bill to Establish Jewish-Only Communities

The Israeli parliament is considering a bill that would legalize Jewish-only communities and codify the existing de facto segregation between the country’s Jewish and Muslim communities. It’s a move that, as The Guardian reports, has earned comparisons to South African apartheid. The Israeli government, led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has been arguing over what’s… Read More

Trump Official Lobbies for British Ultranationalist at Breitbart’s Request

Last month, U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell made headlines when he suggested he aimed to empower the far right across Europe, drawing the ire of critics at home and abroad. Yet a new Reuters report reveals he’s hardly an outlier within the Trump administration. According to the international news agency, Sam Brownback, a former… Read More

Condemnation From Both Major Parties Hits Trump After Summit With Putin

WASHINGTON (AP) — “Bizarre.” ”Shameful.” ”Disgraceful.” That’s the swift and sweeping condemnation directed at President Donald Trump on Monday after he sided with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a stunning appearance in Helsinki — and that’s just from the Republicans. Lawmakers in both major parties and former intelligence officials appeared shocked, dismayed and uneasy with… Read More

Supreme Court Update: Kavanaugh Is No Kennedy, and Kennedy Was No Centrist

There is a growing consensus among legal commentators that D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh will move the Supreme Court sharply to the right should the Senate confirm his nomination. Kavanaugh is a loyal Republican operative who has championed conservative causes at every step of his professional career. Ideologically, Kavanaugh is a product of the right-wing… Read More

Tucker Carlson downplays Russian election interference by claiming Mexico is “routinely interfering in our elections by packing the electorate”

TUCKER CARLSON: I don’t think Russia is our close friend or anything like that. I think of course they try to interfere in our affairs. They have for a long time. Many countries do. Some more successfully than Russia, like Mexico, which is routinely interfering in our elections by packing our electorate. So those are all concerns. Previously: Fox host:… Read More

Right Wing Bonus Tracks: President Trump Hates Racism?

Sheriff Joe Arpaio joined Jesse Lee Peterson for “White History Month” on his radio program this morning, where he declared that President Trump is his hero. Religious Right activist E.W. Jackson proclaims that he loves “Trump and the direction he has set for our country” and is absolutely “convinced that the president and most Americans… Read More

Right Wing Round-Up: Blame America First Again

Adele M. Stan @ The American Prospect: Trump the Destroyer. Tierney Sneed @ TPM: The 5 Most Bonkers Moments From The Seminal Trump-Putin Press Conference. Steve Benen @ The Maddow Blog: In disastrous press conference, Trump defended Putin, blasted Americans. Alex Ward @ Vox: Trump’s top intelligence official just publicly refuted the president on Russia… Read More

This far-right online campaign has found an ally in the Trump administration

Melissa Joskow / Media Matters After months of relentless online (and occasional offline) hysteria, the far-right campaign #FreeTommy has found an ally in the administration of President Donald Trump. According to reports, Sam Brownback, U.S. ambassador for international religious freedom, lobbied Britain’s ambassador to the United States on behalf of the British anti-Muslim troll known… Read More

South Asia Islamophobia Burgeons in Sri Lanka

On March 5, Shamsuddin Mohammad Fasal was as tense as the rest of his neighbors in Teldeniya, a village in Sri Lanka’s Central Province. A Buddhist crowd was advancing toward Digana, 5 miles away, to torch Muslim houses and shops. The mob wanted to avenge the death of a Buddhist man who was allegedly beaten… Read More

GAPS AND PLANS: Data denied is dumbness ensured!

SATURDAY, JUNE 30, 2018 Interlude—The New York Times does it again: We’ve all heard about high school kids who are “working on third grade level.” What happens when a nation’s most famous newspaper seems to function that way? This question arose as we read the latest report by Harris and Hu about Mayor de Blasio’s… Read More

BREAKING: One scared journalist, plus two frameworks!

MONDAY, JULY 16, 2018 Discussing the madness of Trump: Jeff Mason, the man from Reuters, seemed to be badly scared. Over in Helsinki today, it fell to him to ask the first question of Commander Trump. Swallowing hard, he said this:MASON (7/16/18): Mr. President, you tweeted this morning that it’s U.S. foolishness, stupidity and the… Read More

7 Truths About Immigration the Trump Administration Will Never Acknowledge

1. A record high of 75 percent of Americans now say immigration is a “good thing” for the country. 2. America needs more immigrants, not fewer, because our population is rapidly aging. 3. Historically, new immigrants have contributed more to society in taxes than they have taken from society in terms of public assistance. 4. Most immigrants don’t take… Read More

White House Reviewing Plan to Relax Child Labor Laws

As part of its broad and relentless effort to roll back longstanding workplace safety regulations that have drastically reduced on-the-job injuries and deaths over the past several decades, President Donald Trump’s Department of Labor (DOL) has officially sent the White House a proposal to allow teenagers to “spend full days operating chainsaws and meat slicers… Read More

Here’s The Thing About Gun Extremist Larry Pratt: He’s Always Been Like This

Larry Pratt is not just the executive director emeritus of Gun Owners of America, he’s also an established bridge between fringe radical gun groups and some of the country’s most powerful politicians. Last night, Showtime debuted the first episode of Sacha Baron Cohen’s new show called “Who is America?” in which Pratt’s extremism was featured front… Read More

Star Parker: The ‘B’ In LGBTQ Stands For Bestiality

Religious Right activist and right-wing commentator Star Parker appeared on the “Vocal Point” radio program today to discuss a recent column she wrote in which she declared that “Gay Pride Month has become a time for LGBTQ storm troopers to pursue political enemies. Not much different from the infamous Kristallnacht in Nazi Germany, when Nazi… Read More

Vladimir Putin Mentions George Soros, MAGA World Swoons

Russian President Vladimir Putin told reporters at a joint press conference with President Donald Trump today that his government did not interfere with the 2016 general election in the United States and name-dropped billionaire philanthropist George Soros during his denial, thrilling right-wing conspiracy theorists. When a reporter asked Trump whether he believed Putin, who denies attempting… Read More

Billionaires Fuel Powerful State Charter Groups, Analysis Finds

SEATTLE—Dollar for dollar, the beleaguered movement to bring charter schools to Washington state has had no bigger champion than billionaire Bill Gates. The Microsoft co-founder gave millions of dollars to see a charter school law approved despite multiple failed ballot referendums. And his private foundation not only helped create the Washington State Charter Schools Association,… Read More

Limbaugh calls Trump-Putin joint presser “comedy gold” and mocks American reporters for their questions

Previously: Fox’s Neil Cavuto: “Jet lag and time differences” may be behind Trump’s disgraceful press conference with Putin Fox’s Kilmeade: Trump can’t admit Russian election meddling because he thinks it makes his presidency look illegitimate Fox News White House correspondent: Trump played “the role of the peacemaker” at his meeting with Putin Full Story Here… Read More

Sacha Baron Cohen exposes how deep gun extremism runs in America

During the inaugural episode of his Showtime series Who Is America? comedian Sacha Baron Cohen got gun activists and sitting members of Congress to endorse a hypothetical program to arm preschoolers to ward off school shootings. While one might imagine Cohen would have had to interview fringe and obscure activists to secure endorsements for such… Read More

Fox’s Kilmeade: Trump can’t admit Russian election meddling because he thinks it makes his presidency look illegitimate

Previously:  Fox host after Trump attacks US intelligence community at Russia summit: “We’ll see his detractors take a shot at that” Fox’s Neil Cavuto: “Jet lag and time differences” may be behind Trump’s disgraceful press conference with Putin After Mueller indicts 12 Russians, Sean Hannity blames “stupid” Americans for letting hack happen, says we don’t… Read More

The Psychedelic Experience 50 Years On

Editor’s note: John Densmore is the legendary drummer of the band The Doors. To learn more about Densmore, listen to Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer’s interview with the musician here.    All this to say—if you are up against that wall—in a place where it feels like there are no options—and your intuition says… Read More

In New York, Intolerance Has Become Routine

It is just a snapshot, but it makes for a plenty ugly picture all the same: The New York City Commission on Human Rights surveyed more than 3,000 Muslim, Jewish and Sikh residents of the city late in 2017 and found striking rates of racially and or religiously motivated assault, harassment and workplace discrimination. Some… Read More

End Times Pastor Tom Horn Declares Trump Critics ‘Clinically Insane’

End Times prepper pastor Jim Bakker complained on Friday’s edition of his television program that he can’t even place a bumper sticker supporting President Trump on his car for fear that someone will vandalize it, which guest Tom Horn attributed to the fact that Trump’s critics are “clinically insane.” “I don’t put a lot of… Read More

BREAKING: David Leonhardt handles the gaps!

MONDAY, JULY 16, 2018 The gaps and rank indifference: In this morning’s New York Times, David Leonhardt handles the gaps. Rather, he praises New Orleans for the way it has handled the gaps. In the wake of Katrina, the city turned to charter schools. Leonhardt tells us how that has turned out—and he makes a… Read More

Climb Down From the Summit of Hostile Propaganda

Throughout the day before the summit in Helsinki, the lead story on the New York Times home page stayed the same: “Just by Meeting With Trump, Putin Comes Out Ahead.” The Sunday headline was in harmony with the tone of U.S. news coverage overall. As for media commentary, the Washington Post was in the dominant groove as it editorialized that Russia’s President… Read More

TRIBAL SNAPSHOTS: Our sense of smell!

MONDAY, JULY 16, 2018 Part 1—What others saw: Last Thursday’s hearing involving Peter Strzok was frequently unattractive. Frequently, the hearing showed our floundering species, Homo sapiens, at its unattractive less-than-worst. Cable stars played tape of such moments. If you’re a resident of liberal cable, you’ve frequently seen this:GOHMERT (7/12/18): I’ve talked to FBI just around… Read More

National (In)Security in the United States of Inequality

So effectively has the Beltway establishment captured the concept of national security that, for most of us, it automatically conjures up images of terrorist groups, cyber warriors, or “rogue states.”  To ward off such foes, the United States maintains a historically unprecedented constellation of military bases abroad and, since 9/11, has waged wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria,… Read More

Vive La France! And A Lot of Other Nations, Too

MOSCOW — Antoine Griezmann’s father emigrated from Germany, and the France forward’s mother is of Portuguese descent. Paul Pogba’s parents arrived from Guinea. Kylian Mbappe’s dad is from Cameroon, his mom Algerian. Immigrants, sons of immigrants and grandsons of immigrants bonded together with scions of families that have been French for generations, all for the… Read More

Putin Arrives in Helsinki Late for Trump Meeting

HELSINKI — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin (all times local): 1:05 p.m. President Vladimir Putin has arrived late for his high-profile meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump — another display of the Russian’s leader famous lack of punctuality. Putin’s plane touched down in Helsinki 30 minutes later than… Read More

In New York, Intolerance Has Become Routine

by Rahima Nasa It is just a snapshot, but it makes for a plenty ugly picture all the same: The New York City Commission on Human Rights surveyed more than 3,000 Muslim, Jewish and Sikh residents of the city late in 2017 and found striking rates of racially and or religiously motivated assault, harassment and… Read More

The War on Assange Is a War on Press Freedom

The failure on the part of establishment media to defend Julian Assange, who has been trapped in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London since 2012, has been denied communication with the outside world since March and appears to be facing imminent expulsion and arrest, is astonishing. The extradition of the publisher—the maniacal goal of the U.S.… Read More

WHAT WE DID: Vacation’s end!

SATURDAY, JULY 14, 2018 Conclusion—Homo sapiens’ folly: In the end, which is it? Does time pass slowly up there in the mountains, as Bob Dylan once insisted? Or it there really “less time” by the shore, as Professor Rovelli now claims? Does time actually pass more slowly down there? In this theoretical dispute, Dylan’s claim… Read More

Right Wing Bonus Tracks: Why Strom Thurmond Became A Republican

The Catholic League’s Bill Donohue insists that Catholics are not over-represented on the Supreme Court: “They are approximately 25 percent of the population and make up slightly more than half of the Supreme Court.” The American Family Association is mad that President Trump didn’t nominate Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court because Democrats would… Read More

In London, Bannon Rallies Europe’s Far Right Leaders to Trump’s Side

Steve Bannon is back, acting as a “surrogate” for President Donald Trump—at least according to him. In fact, a report by Politico’s Annie Karni shows the disgraced former White House strategist and former CEO of Breitbart News having set up shop in London at an unnamed “five star hotel” to meet with far-right figures from… Read More

Right Wing Round-Up: Thank You, Russia

Jen Kirby @ Vox: Rod Rosenstein announces Russian indictments: “Blame for election interference belongs to the criminals”. Media Matters: Infowars reacts to DOJ indictments on DNC hacking: “Thank you, Russia”. Kelly Weill @ The Daily Beast: The Creator of Pepe Is Winning His War on the Alt-Right. Aaron Rupar @ Think Progress: Meet the racist,… Read More

ProPublica’s “Lost Mothers” and “Walking While Black” Named NABJ Awards Finalists

by ProPublica The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) announced the finalists for its 2018 Salute to Excellence Awards, the only awards program that honors exemplary coverage of African/African-American people or issues exclusively. Two ProPublica projects were named among this year’s honorees. “Lost Mothers,” in collaboration with NPR, is the sole finalist and apparent winner… Read More

Mark Taylor And Bill Deagle Declare That Those Who Oppose Trump ‘Are Not Human’

“Firefighter prophet” and radical conspiracy theorist Mark Taylor appeared on “The NutriMedical Report Show” yesterday, where he and host Bill Deagle asserted that FBI agent Peter Strzok, Hillary Clinton, and those who oppose President Trump “are not human” and are, in fact, demons. Deagle, a nutritional supplement proprietor and radio host who recently vowed to… Read More

ProPublica Hires Agnes Chang as Editorial Experience Designer

by ProPublica ProPublica announced today that Agnes Chang will be joining its staff as its next editorial experience designer. She starts on August 6 and will be a part of ProPublica’s growing design and production team, working to improve its website and editorial products. A veteran product manager, Chang spearheaded several initiatives during her six… Read More

Intercessors for America Shifts From Denouncing To Praying For Kavanaugh

The exceedingly nimble Intercessors for America—which just a week ago held a conference call on which Brett Kavanaugh was said to have been revealed as a “usurper” out to steal the Supreme Court seat God intended for someone else—is out today with a new guide to praying for Kavanaugh and the confirmation process. Among the… Read More

Alex Jones Claims The White House Asked Him For A Report On Internet Censorship

Alex Jones, the conspiracy theorist who called the Sandy Hook shooting a hoax, claimed that the White House asked him to prepare a report about the supposed censorship of conservative voices online when he recently spoke with President Trump. Yesterday, on his daily Infowars show, Jones claimed that tech industries are working to censor websites… Read More

WHAT WE DID: Gossip, group fiction and comic relief!

FRIDAY, JULY 13, 2018 [w]Interlude—A well-chosen pair of books: We got lucky in the books we chose to take on our summer vacation. Or so it seems to us. Last Wednesday, we reread the depressing classic, 36 Children, as our hurtling train headed north. But once we reached our sprawling family estate, we turned to… Read More

Jason Kessler Tells Alt-Right Activists To Stay Away From Neo-Nazis At ‘Unite The Right 2’

Jason Kessler, the far-right activist who organized last year’s white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a counter-protester was murdered, said that he thought people “need to separate the alt-right” from real-life events like his upcoming Unite the Right anniversary rally because those people “aren’t used to being out of the internet.” It was reported yesterday… Read More

All the Ways You Can Help Our Reporting Right Now

by Logan Jaffe Get Email Updates from ProPublica Illinois Dive deeper into our reporting. Our newsletter is written by a ProPublica Illinois journalist every week. If you haven’t noticed, part of how we do our reporting here at ProPublica Illinois is by asking you to help us. As each story we publish takes shape, a… Read More

Right Wing Bonus Tracks: That Is Some Serious 4-D Kavanaugh Chess

Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver predicts that left-wing groups will create fake right-wing groups to generate the false impression that conservatives oppose the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court: “I think there’s even going to be false, so-called conservative groups that are created by the left and make it look like there’s a division… Read More

Right Wing Round-Up: A Religious Right Warrior Changes Paths

Terry Gross @ Fresh Air: Once Militantly Anti-Abortion, Evangelical Minister Now Lives ‘With Regret’. Rokia Hassanein @ Wall of Separation: The Religious Right Can’t Wait To Get Brett Kavanaugh On The Supreme Court. That Should Concern Us. Dominic Holden @ BuzzFeed: Republicans In Congress Just Advanced A Bill To Protect Anti-Gay Adoption Agencies. Brad Reed… Read More

Newt Gingrich: Kavanaugh Nomination Is Trump’s ‘Best Performance So Far’

Right-wing political operative, author and former speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is calling President Trump’s Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh the president’s “best performance so far” and “an example of the way President Trump is brilliantly strategic on the issues that are really important.” Gingrich’s comments were made in an op-ed for Fox… Read More

BREAKING: Are Democrats trapped in the Alamo?

FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2018 Who will win the Supreme Court fight: Our favorite blogger, Kevin Drum, made a rookie mistake. In his initial post, he said what he actually thought. You can read that statement here. The next day, he walked it back. Drum was assessing the upcoming Supreme Court fight. What will happen in… Read More

BREAKING: Everybody makes mistakes!

FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2018 Liberal interests, in capable hands: Everybody makes mistakes. We know that because Donald J. Trump has made one. The rare event happened yesterday, at his Wisconsin rally:TRUMP (6/28/18): You know, I just realized, the other day they told me. I didn’t— When we won the state of Wisconsin, it hadn’t been… Read More

GAPS AND PLANS: How many kids would benefit?

FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2018 Part 5—New York City is full of great kids: How many kids would benefit? Let’s be a bit more precise: How many kids in New York City would benefit from admission to high-powered academic programs of the type that are pursued in Gotham’s eight “specialized high schools?” According to the New… Read More