Three key points!

WEDNESDAY, MAY 17, 2017 Plus a bonus: This morning, at the coffee joint, a person we know from the coffee joint asked us a thoughtful question. “Tell us, rabbi,” she said. “Is this enough to get him impeached?” We assumed she must mean Donald J. Trump. Thoughtfully, we answered: “You have two choices,” we thoughtfully… Read More

VILLAINS AND US: A villain today, a hero back then!

WEDNESDAY, MAY 17, 2017 Part 3—Andrew McCabe transformed: The villain’s conduct was “a scandal,” Rachel Maddow told millions of viewers last week. In this way, the cable star handed us liberals our latest villain. It happened in the dramatic opening segment of last Wednesday night’s Maddow Show. The villain in question was Andrew McCabe, acting… Read More

Is something “wrong” with Donald J. Trump?

TUESDAY, MAY 16, 2017 Mainstreamers still don’t want to ask: Most mornings, we start by looking at certain news sites. After last night’s craziness, we found ourselves doing something different this morning. We reread the start of King Lear. You can accomplish that here! Was the famous monarch “mentally ill” in some way? Was he… Read More

Synopsis is all!

TUESDAY, MAY 23, 2017 Visiting King Lear again: Upon our return to our sprawling campus, we found ourselves surrendering, once again, to curiosity concerning King Lear. Once again, we found ourselves turning to the leading authority. At the start of their savantic report, our top unnamed sources said this: King Lear is a tragedy written… Read More

What was Flynn’s “underlying conduct?”

TUESDAY, MAY 16, 2017 Cooper to interview Yates: Anderson Cooper is going to air an interview Sally Yates tonight. The interview has already been taped. Let’s hope he asked her a basic question concerning Michael Flynn. In “Trump years,” it seems like it happened long ago. In fact, it has only been eight days since… Read More

VILLAINS AND US: Unmasking McCabe!

TUESDAY, MAY 16, 2017 Part 2—Villainy revealed: Is Andrew McCabe a villain? Like you, we have no idea. Andrew McCabe, 49, is the FBI’s acting director. He took on the role last week when Comey the God was fired. McCabe was largely unknown at that time. Last Wednesday night, on the Maddow Show, his villainy… Read More

Open Thread – The Onion Presents Trump's Daily Briefing

We welcome relevant, respectful comments. Any comments that are sexist or in any other way deemed hateful by our staff will be deleted and constitute grounds for a ban from posting on the site. Please refer to our Terms of Service (revised 3/17/2016) for information on our posting policy. Full Story Here Crooks and Liars… Read More

‘Challenging’ talks expected as Trump, other G7 leaders meet

By Crispian Balmer and Noah Barkin TAORMINA, Italy (Reuters) – Talks between U.S. President Donald Trump and other leaders of the world’s rich nations at the G7 summit on Friday were expected to be “robust” and “challenging” after he had lambasted NATO allies and condemned German trade policies a day earlier. Trump’s confrontational remarks in… Read More

Like hunger or thirst, loneliness in seniors can be eased

This article originally appeared on Kaiser Health News. It’s widely believed that older age is darkened by persistent loneliness. But a considerable body of research confirms this isn’t the case. In fact, loneliness is the exception rather than the rule in later life. And when it occurs, it can be alleviated: It’s a mutable psychological… Read More

FLYNN FACTS: And the lack of same!

TUESDAY, MAY 23, 2017 Part 1—The way the press corps functions: Midway through last night’s 7 o’clock hour, cable news went “all-Manchester all-the-time.” Before that happened, we were struck by several aspects of Erin Burnett’s journalistic performance on CNN. First, Burnett discussed the newest report from the Washington Post, a report which appears on this… Read More

C&L's Late Nite Music Club With Hotlegs

You ever see a song title somewhere and think that’s familiar but you don’t recall tune goes? Then when you hear it you’re all like “Ah! That’s why it seemed familiar.” This song was one of those moments for me recently. The song was huge on the AM radio pop powerhouse that was always on… Read More

On The National, Angelo Carusone: Advertisers are leaving Hannity's show because of what the Seth Rich controversy represents, “Sean Hannity's volatility”

Loading the player reg… STEVEN D’SOUZA: Sean Hannity is an unabashed cheerleader for Donald Trump at a time when headlines are dominated by Trump and the Russian scandal, Hannity’s primetime show on Fox News is a safe space for Trump supporters, where Hannity parrots Trump’s attacks on the media and diverts attention to other issues.… Read More

“It's Crap”: The Trump Administration's Budget Is a Highway to Privatization

“Private companies should fund, build, and run more of the basic infrastructure of American life.” That’s how the Washington Post sums up a key tenet of the Trump administration’s thinking on infrastructure, in an article Wednesday that outlines the White House’s push to privatize “some public assets such as airports, bridges, highway rest stops, and other… Read More

New DCCC Ad Blasts Gianforte for His Assault that Landed a Reporter in the Hospital

Thursday morning the DCCC’s Independent Expenditure released a new round of digital ads with audio from Republican Greg Gianforte’s violent assault on a Guardian reporter. Watch here: [embedded content] The ad packs a powerful punch, courtesy of Gianforte’s actual punch: What happens when you ask Greg Gianforte a question? GREG GIANFORTE: “I’m sick and tired… Read More

It’s Bigger Than Trump: GOP Operatives Colluded With The Russia Government To Hurt Clinton

A new report confirms that Republican political operatives were working with the Russian government to hurt Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election. The Wall Street Journal reported: The hacking spree that upended the presidential election wasn’t limited to Democratic National Committee memos and Clinton-aide emails posted on websites. The hacker also privately sent Democratic voter-turnout… Read More

Want to speak out about politics at work? Here are 3 things you need to know

This article originally appeared in In These Times.  In the past several months, there’s been a noted uptick in political speech at work. That speech has often made national news, from Sally Yates’ dismissal as interim attorney general to IBM workers organizing against their employer’s support of Donald Trump. In the early days of the… Read More

We’re on our way back to our sprawling campus!

MONDAY, MAY 22, 2017 In the meantime, do trees exist?: Last Friday, we found Paul Krugman’s column semi-discouraging. He ended the piece like this: KRUGMAN (5/19/17): In a perverse way, we should count ourselves lucky that Trump is as terrible as he is. Think of what it has taken to get us to this point—his… Read More

Coca-Cola sponsors animal cruelty and deaths of Iditarod sled dogs

This article originally appeared on AlterNet. Running a marathon is a physically grueling feat—one most of us would never even attempt. For those who do, finishing is considered a remarkable accomplishment. So try to imagine running four marathons in a single day, and throw in biting wind, treacherous terrain and freezing temperatures. Then do it… Read More

What if we’re all complicit in Trump’s Presidency?

This article originally appeared on AlterNet. The constitutional crisis that’s upon us began not with the derangement of Donald Trump, but with the derangement of America’s political and civic culture that made him so plausible to so many in the first place. Getting rid of Trump is imperative and urgent. But doing so won’t prove… Read More

First charter school teacher strike in U.S. history set to begin this week

This article originally appeared in In These Times. For the third time in eight months, Chicago charter school teachers are on the verge of going on strike. After a year of negotiations with management for their first contract since unionizing last spring, close to 50 teachers, paraprofessionals and teacher assistants at Passages Charter School are… Read More

8 essential questions to ask yourself before you have sex with someone

This post originally appeared on The Fresh Toast. No, but really — how does a person have better sex or a better relationship? The Fresh Toast has enlisted Rachel Krantz, a sex writer and proud canna-enthusiast, to help readers out with some answers as its sex columnist. No question is off limits, and all questions… Read More

It happens during newspapers wars!

SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2017 And when a chase is on: It’s a fascinating time to be a press corps watcher. Also, a time of frustration. A great deal of conduct is occurring all at once. We’ll return to full services at the start of the week. Today, we’ll note a few trends: 1) A chase… Read More

Wikimedia Scores 'Important Victory' in Fight Against NSA Surveillance

A federal appeals court on Tuesday reversed a previous decision by a lower court that dismissed a challenge to the National Security Agency’s (NSA) mass surveillance operations, scoring an “important victory for the rule of law.” Tuesday’s unanimous decision by the Fourth Circuit Appeals Court means a case against the NSA filed by the Wikimedia… Read More

Trump Humiliates America With Disgraceful Ramadan Message To Muslims

In a disgraceful message to the Muslims of the world, Donald Trump marked Ramadan by fear mongering about terrorism. Here is Trump’s Ramadan message via The White House: On behalf of the American people, I would like to wish all Muslims a joyful Ramadan. During this month of fasting from dawn to dusk, many Muslims… Read More

Friday Fox Follies — Hannity Hates Honesty

The news continues to be bad for Fox as ratings keep sliding into the porcelain dumper with each new Nielsen score. TV Critic Zurawik Explains Why ‘This Is A Dangerous Time’ For Fox News, while Newsweek says Fox News Pounded in Ratings As Truth Mounts Surprising Comeback: Are Americans that stupid? Maybe not. Trump’s approval… Read More

Exclusive: Trump son-in-law had undisclosed contacts with Russian envoy

By Ned Parker and Jonathan Landay WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and close adviser, Jared Kushner, had at least three previously undisclosed contacts with the Russian ambassador to the United States during and after the 2016 presidential campaign, seven current and former U.S. officials told Reuters.     Those contacts included two phone calls… Read More

New York Times says we should take deep breaths!

MONDAY, MAY 15, 2017 Gray lady helps us be mindful: We swore we were going to stop citing the New York Times’ reimagined pages, A2 and A3. Our resistance was broken by today’s Here to Help feature. The heading looks like this: Here to HelpHOW TO BE MINDFUL AT THE DOCTOR’S OFFICE Most features on… Read More

BREAKING: Kushner Wanted Back Channel To Russia And Lied About It

A bomb has dropped on the Trump Russia story. CHRIS HAYES: We once again have breaking news tonight about the Trump campaign and Russia, and it is a doozy. “The Washington Post” citing US Officials briefed on intelligence reports reporting that Jared Kushner and Russia’s ambassador to Washington, Sergey Kislyak, discussed the possibility of setting… Read More

Civilians Killed by US Largely Ignored as Endless Global War Continues

Contradicting a version of events presented by the U.S. military and reported widely by the corporate press, a human rights group and a journalist in Yemen are citing witnesses who said a raid by U.S. Navy SEALs on Monday night killed multiple innocent civilians and not just “Al Qaeda militants” as the Pentagon claimed. “This… Read More

Reuters: Jared Kushner Had Undisclosed Contact With Russian Envoy, Say Sources

Dominique A. Pineiro/Planet Pix via ZUMA By Ned Parker and Jonathan Landay WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and close adviser, Jared Kushner, had at least three previously undisclosed contacts with the Russian ambassador to the United States during and after the 2016 presidential campaign, seven current and former U.S. officials told Reuters.… Read More

Voters Really Hate Paul Ryan After He Shoved Trumpcare Down Their Throats

A new Quinnipiac University poll revealed that passing a bill that raised the cost of health care and took away coverage from millions has made Speaker Paul Ryan the most disliked leader in Congress. Here is the bad news for Republicans from the latest Quinnipaiac University Poll : American voters disapprove 70 – 21 percent… Read More

Trump to set up ‘war room’ to repel attacks over Russia probe, officials

By Jeff Mason, Richard Cowan and James Oliphant BRUSSELS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s White House is preparing to establish a ‘war room’ to combat mounting questions about ties between Russia and his presidential campaign, administration officials and persons close to Trump said, addressing a scandal that has threatened to consume his young presidency. Upon… Read More

Trump All But Admits Guilt On Russia Collusion With Plan To Set Up A War Room

By establishing a war room to fight the Russia collusion investigation, the Trump White House is all but admitting their guilt. Reuters reported, “President Donald Trump’s White House is preparing to establish a ‘war room’ to combat mounting questions about ties between Russia and his presidential campaign, administration officials and persons close to Trump said,… Read More

Jared Kushner wanted to use Russian embassy to make secure phone calls to Kremlin

This hasn’t been a good week for Jared Kushner. After it was revealed yesterday that the presidential son-in-law was being targeted by the FBI as a “person of interest” in the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, the Washington Post dropped another shocking revelation today in a report stating that Kushner… Read More

A mission of national import!

FRIDAY, MAY 19, 2017 Lack of fish today: We’re off on a mission of national import. We’ll have no fish today. Full Story Here Daily Howler May 26, 2017 6:39 pm Support Us

Alliance of Activists Converging in Georgia to Launch Voting Rights Project

Tom Arthur / Wikimedia Though certain methods of interfering with Americans’ ability to participate in the electoral process are commonly referred to as “voter suppression,” investigative reporter Greg Palast finds that term inaccurate, to say the least. “If someone steals your car, you don’t say your car’s been ‘suppressed,’” Palast said Wednesday as he prepared… Read More

Rude Boy Trump Rebuked for Pushing Prime Minister Aside at NATO Summit

Thursday, on what would have been his 24th birthday, a Bronx intersection was renamed for Kalief Browder, the 16-year-old boy flung into New York’s brutal Rikers Prison after being wrongly accused of stealing a backpack. There he endured three years of “documented torture” – two in solitary – before charges were dropped and he was… Read More

FBI Investigating Jared Kushner For Russia Collusion and Possible Financial Crimes

The investigation into Donald Trump’s ties to Russia continues to move closer to the president as Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner is now under new scrutiny by the FBI. According to NBC News, the FBI believes Kushner has “significant information” related to the ongoing and increasingly explosive investigation into the president’s ties to Moscow. More from NBC… Read More

Investigators Close In On Trump As Senate Intel Committee Requests Campaign Communications

The Senate Intelligence Committee appears to be closing in on Donald Trump as they have requested all communications documents going back to the launch of his presidential campaign. Robert Costa of The Washington Post reported, “The Senate Intelligence Committee, which is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential race, has asked President Trump’s political organization… Read More

What Happens to a Country When So Many of Its Workers Migrate?

A Nepalese man rides his bicycle in front of the painting advertisement of Qatar Airways in Janakpur district, Nepal, November 30, 2016. (AP Photo / Niranjan Shrestha) After every earthquake comes the social aftershock. Two years after Nepal’s devastating quake, which killed almost 9,000 people and left tens of thousands injured, deep social and political… Read More

Cable news ratings early in Trump!

MONDAY, MAY 15, 2017 As the resistance began: We don’t plan to construct a history of primetime “cable news” ratings. But here’s the way those numbers looked on a Wednesday night early in Trump: Total viewers, Wednesday primetime, February 8, 2017 Bill O’Reilly: 4.251 million Tucker Carlson: 3.326 million Sean Hannity: 3.018 million Rachel Maddow:… Read More

The Mulvaney Doctrine: Sacrificing the Disadvantaged for Trump's Corporate Agenda

There’s a new doctrine dominating policy decisions in Washington, D.C., and it sacrifices the poor, elderly, and disadvantaged at the altar of corporations and the ultra-wealthy.  The Mulvaney Doctrine, as defined by watchdog group Public Citizen in a report (pdf) released Thursday, prioritizes concern over federal deficits and debt—but only when that concern helps to advance… Read More

The Washington Post Just Published an Explosive Report About Jared Kushner and Russia

Carlo Allegri; Klimentyev Mikhail; Carlos Barria; Kevin Lamarque; Monterey Herald; Sergei Karpukhin; Jim Loscalzo (via ZUMA) Shoes continue to drop in the investigation into the Trump campaign’s possible connections to Russia. Yesterday, speculation that the FBI was looking into the Trump family was confirmed by reports that Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior advisor,… Read More

Trump’s Cruel and Unusual Budget

President Donald Trump pauses during his address to a joint session of Congress on February 28, 2017. (AP Photo / Jim Lo Scalzo) All budgets are political statements—Trump’s, submitted to the House on Tuesday, represents a cruel attack on the weakest and most vulnerable, in order to slash taxes for the wealthiest. And the assumptions… Read More

This Memorial Day weekend watch Kubrick’s “Paths of Glory”

If you plant enough bodies in the ground, holidays sprout. That, at least, is the story of Memorial Day. More American blood was shed in the U.S. Civil War than any war prior (or since), and by the late 1860s it became customary in many American cities to hold springtime tributes to the soldiers who… Read More

Debbie Harry opens up about working with Sia and Blondie’s new album

As the ’80s dawned, Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry and electro impresario Giorgio Moroder teamed up to write “Call Me.” Its stomping beats and slashing guitars made for a No. 1 hit. When Blondie set out to make the record “Pollinator,” the band members again looked outward for collaborators, pulling in some of the most exciting, innovative pop songwriters working… Read More

Flynn’s “underlying conduct” defined!

THURSDAY, MAY 18, 2017 Yates’ meaning seems to come clear: What the heck did Sally Yates mean when she spoke to that Senate subcommittee? Back on May 8, she told the committee that her DOJ team believed Michael Flynn might be subject to blackmail due to the administration’s false statements about his conversations with Ambassador… Read More

Crack In The GOP Wall? John Boehner Calls Trump 'A Disaster'

Does anyone listen to John Boehner anymore? It looks like Boehner is no longer “giving Donald Trump a chance.” Still, Boehner is keeping the funds moving into his bank account speaking at an “energy” conference in Houston. (Yeah.) Quoted in the trade publication “Rigzone” (I didn’t make that up) Boehner said he never imagined Donald… Read More

Quote of the Day #2: Tax Plans

The Wall Street Journal provides an example of the criticism leveled at Donald Trump’s press operation: Some Trump advisers have also questioned the judgment of communications officials, citing as an example the rollout of a tax-plan outline in April that featured Goldman Sachs alumnae Steven Mnuchin, the Treasury secretary, and Gary Cohn, the National Economic… Read More

Declaring FERC a 'Rubber Stamp for Industry,' Campaigners Disrupt Senate Hearing

Decrying the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) as nothing but a “rubber stamp” for industry, a number of activists disrupted a Senate energy committee hearing Thursday on President Donald Trump’s FERC nominees. “FERC’in nuts” was how E&E News reporter Hannah Northey described the scene on Capitol Hill Thursday morning, as an estimated five people were… Read More

Trump's Muslim Ban 2.0, “Dripping With Intolerance,” Ruled Unconstitutional

A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that President Donald Trump’s revised Muslim Ban, issued in March and lambasted by rights groups, is unconstitutional.  The full Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals heard the case earlier this month. In a 10-3 decision (pdf) on Thursday, the panel upheld a lower court’s nationwide preliminary injunction on Trump’s executive order, which… Read More

These Protesters Are Hitting Trump Where It Actually Hurts

Donald Trump in the Oval Office on March 24, 2017. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci) In normal times, Dee from New York would have ordered her copy of The Handmaid’s Tale from Amazon, but these are not normal times. Amazon is on the Grab Your Wallet list, a campaign to boycott retailers that sell Trump… Read More

Will the Republican Health-Care Debacle Pave the Way for ‘Medicare for All’?

National Nurses United members and their supporters march in New York City for single-payer health care on January 15, 2017. (Michael Nigro / Sipa via AP Images) This week, the Congressional Budget Office confirmed what was already apparent: The revised House Republican health-care bill will still deprive millions of Americans—23 million in the CBO estimate—of… Read More

VILLAINS AND US: Was Reince Priebus telling the truth?

THURSDAY, MAY 18, 2017 Part 4—Maddow forgets to ask: Is Andrew McCabe a villain? More specifically: Back in February, did McCabe, then the deputy FBI head, “become part of the Trump disinformation campaign?” Last Wednesday night, on the Maddow Show, we were told that he did. Rachel Maddow delivered that claim in a dramatic, twenty-minute… Read More

'Trump, Listen!' Palestinian Protesters Rally as US President Sails Through

Palestinian activists rallied and demonstrated during U.S. President Donald Trump’s brief visit to the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Tuesday, calling for a “Day of Rage” to amplify the voices and demands of hunger-striking prisoners who have been protesting since mid-April.  Trump met Tuesday with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas; the two men “emerged from the… Read More

Our Embarrassment in Chief’s International Trip Is No Laughing Matter

President Donald Trump before his speech to the Arab Islamic American Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on May 21, 2017. (Reuters / Jonathan Ernst) With his young presidency bogged down in a series of mostly self-inflicted crises, the bar for Trump’s whirlwind global tour was set so low that if he gets through it with… Read More

How to Join the Fight Against Texas’s Racist Immigration Law

A group marches through downtown Austin heading to the Texas Capitol during an immigration protest, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) This Monday, activists from Texas and across the country will gather in Austin for day of action to fight a law that promises to make life much more dangerous and difficult for immigrants,… Read More

‘This Is a Thunderbolt of Resistance’

Christine Pellegrino celebrates with supporters after winning the New York State 9th Assembly District seat in a special election. (@ChristineNY09 / Twitter) Christine Pellegrino did not just declare victory after a remarkable special-election win that saw her flip a historically Republican New York State Assembly seat to the Democratic column on Tuesday. The elementary-school teacher… Read More

While Democrats Bicker, Another Bully Wins an Election

Democratic congressional candidate Rob Quist stands with his family while giving his concession speech in Missoula, Montana, on May 25, 2017. (Reuters / Tommy Martino) We live in the age of rich bullies. In November, Donald Trump showed that a proven record of stiffing your own employees and being caught on tape boasting about grabbing… Read More

Give your inner ’90s teen what it wants and watch Hanson’s new video

For those of you still who still consider “MMMBop” your summer anthem, this is for you. Just in time for Memorial Day weekend — and their 25th anniversary — everybody’s favorite 90’s bro-band, Hanson, has released a new single and video. The single “I Was Born,” is part of the band’s newest studio album, a medley… Read More

Cable host reports mystery solved!

FRIDAY, MAY 26, 2017 News orgs succumbed to “Telephone,” cable host declares: It started with this dramatic tease midway through last night’s program: MADDOW (5/25/17): On top of that, though, there is one mystery about James Comey’s firing and the question of whether or not that was the president trying to obstruct justice in the… Read More

Election Excitement Builds as Democrats Flip Two Red Districts

Two districts in New York and New Hampshire that voted for President Donald Trump on Tuesday elected Democrats to state seats, a promising signal that red areas are ready to be flipped as congressional special elections and midterms approach. In Long Island, Democrat Christine Pellegrino defeated Republican challenger Thomas Gargiulo to win a special bid… Read More

Quote of the Day: Pink Donut Boxes

From Peter Yen of Santa Ana Packaging, a manufacturer of donut boxes: Anytime you see a movie or sitcom set in New York and a pink doughnut box appears, you know it obviously took place in L.A. I did not know that! But it turns out that pink donut and pastry boxes are unique to… Read More

DHS Public Database Includes Personal Information of Abuse Victims

funky-data/Getty The Trump administration’s effort to highlight crimes committed by undocumented immigrants has become a nightmare for immigrant victims of abuse, with the personal information of undocumented victims appearing in a publicly searchable database launched last month by the Department of Homeland Security. Last month, DHS created the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) office,… Read More

With Children Among Casualties, Death Toll Rises in Manchester

Updated: As details begin to emerge of the victims, many of whom are known to be children or young adults, the death toll after Monday night’s bombing in Manchester has now risen to twenty-two, according to officials. Fifty-nine people were injured in the blast. Manchester Police have announced that one person is now in custody… Read More

Puerto Rico’s Political and Economic Crisis Deepens

A woman holds a sign up to police that reads in Spanish “The people are awake. Today we’ll make history” during a May Day protest against austerity measures, San Juan, May 1, 2017. (AP Photo / Danica Coto) Last week, events in Puerto Rico continued to reach new levels of tension and emotion as the… Read More

More Proof Republicans Are Just Lying About Trumpcare

A woman holds up a placard during a protest against Paul Ryan in Harlem, New York City, on May 9, 2017. (Reuters / Shannon Stapleton) How bad is the Republican rewrite of Obamacare? So bad, apparently, that the GOP candidate for Montana’s lone congressional seat allegedly assaulted a reporter rather than answer a question about… Read More

The Food Industry Is Cooking the Planet

By Paul Brown / Climate News Network One of the biggest contributors to climate change is the agricultural food industry, but the political will to tackle the issue is lacking. Related Entries May 26, 2017 The Food Industry Is Cooking the Planet May 26, 2017 Trump Is a Bull in the China Shop of Global… Read More

Fox Host Backs Up Ben Carson's Poverty Lies By Citing 'Animal Kingdom'

You may remember earlier this week that noted grifter and Secretary of HUD Ben Carson told his former business manager and fellow grifter Armstrong Williams that “poverty is a state of mind.” I noted that as long as you’re willing to be paid to tell white conservatives that Black poverty can be blamed on Black… Read More

Texas Governor Greg Abbott 'Jokes' About Shooting Reporters

Texas Governor Greg Abbott made a joke today about shooting reporters. Yeah, while body-slamming a reporter is still in the news. A Texas Tribune reporter snapped a photo of Abbott showing off his target sheet on Friday, after which the governor “jokingly” pointed to the bullet holes and threatened the media. “I’m gonna carry this… Read More

Travel Ban

By Mike Luckovich Related Entries May 26, 2017 The Food Industry Is Cooking the Planet May 26, 2017 Trump Is a Bull in the China Shop of Global Diplomacy Full Story Here Truth Dig May 26, 2017 3:05 pm Support Us

Election Eve Assault: Asked About Trumpcare, Then Comes 'Body Slam'

With voters in Montana going to the polls Thursday in a special election for the state’s empty seat in the U.S. Congress, Republican candidate Greg Gianforte was charged with assault overnight for a violent encounter in which he allegedly grabbed a journalist “by the neck with both hands and then slammed him into the ground”… Read More

Will Colin Kapernick Ever Play in the NFL Again?

Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett and San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. (Joe Nicholson / USA TODAY Sports) This week we speak to the lead football scout for Bleacher Report, former football scribe at Sports Illustrated Doug Farrar. We talk about his extensive scouting of Colin Kaepernick as well as how a blackballing works in… Read More

Trump Escalates the War on Women

Abortion-rights supporters in Mississippi. (AP Photo / Rogelio V. Solis) “I just want to state some facts,” Deja Foxx, a 16-year-old activist, told Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) at a town hall meeting in April. “I’m a young woman, and you’re a middle-aged man. I’m a person of color, and you’re white. I come from a… Read More

Texas GOP wants to redistrict before the 2018 elections

At least one Texas Republican wants the party’s leader, Gov. Greg Abbott, to take advantage of an upcoming special session to redraw their state’s 36 congressional districts. That doesn’t seem likely. The concern seems to be that, because a panel of federal judges is meeting in July for a five-day trial on the state’s current district boundaries,… Read More

Ariana Grande pens touching open letter to Manchester attack victims

In the wake of the Monday night terrorist attack on Ariana Grande’s concert in Manchester, England — a bombing that killed 22 and injured dozens more — the singer has released a heartfelt statement along with the promise of a forthcoming concert whose proceeds with benefit victims and their families. In statement shared on her Twitter page, Grande expressed… Read More

Bears Ears National Monument Is the Next Standing Rock

By Sonali Kolhatkar In attempting to revoke protections for the Utah site, President Trump is furthering settler colonialism of a land inhabited by indigenous people. Related Entries May 26, 2017 Bears Ears National Monument Is the Next Standing Rock May 25, 2017 Trump Admonishes NATO Member Countries in Speech (Video) Full Story Here Truth Dig… Read More

Trump Is a Bull in the China Shop of Global Diplomacy

By Juan Cole / Informed Comment By Juan Cole The president’s first trip abroad reaffirms his poor grasp on U.S. international relations. Related Entries May 26, 2017 Bears Ears National Monument Is the Next Standing Rock May 25, 2017 Trump Admonishes NATO Member Countries in Speech (Video) Full Story Here Truth Dig May 26, 2017… Read More

Did Comey Knowingly Act On A Bogus Piece Of Russian Intelligence?

James Comey did not want to further discredit the DOJ and the FBI, so his bizarre actions regarding the document recently revealed to be Russian propaganda are of great interest to those of us trying to figure out how he was so complicit in the disastrous 2016 election. CNN reports that Comey knew the “intel”… Read More

Trump Praised Duterte's Drug War, Told Him of Nuclear Subs, in Phone Call

President Donald Trump told Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte that he was “doing an amazing job” with his brutal drug war crackdown and informed him that the U.S. had two submarines off the Korean peninsula, according to a recently-released transcript of the two leaders’ phone call last month. “You are a good man,” Trump told Duterte… Read More

New CBO Score Makes Clear: Trumpcare is 'Political Suicide' in Senate

As outrage continues to percolate over the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) score for Trumpcare—showing 23 million Americans stand to lose their healthcare and those who don’t will be stuck with inferior, pricier coverage—advocates and activists are directing their ire toward the U.S. Senate, which is currently crafting its own version of the bill.  “In the… Read More

Take It From Me, a Delta Employee: Passengers and Workers Are in This Fight Together

(Wikimedia Commons) Recent incidents of violence and disruption within the airline industry have called into question the policies that airlines utilize to transport people through the sky. Airlines charge excessive baggage fees, cram passengers into narrow seats, and consistently overbook aircraft, causing chaos when gate agents fail to generate enough offers from passengers to voluntarily… Read More

Owning Time at the Venice Biennale

Dancers perform in “Transcultural Protocol” at the 2017 Venice Biennale. © Marie Salomé Peyronnel In late March, the artist Admire Kamudzengerere held a series of provocative auditions for a new performance. He and his collaborator, Rachel Monosov, asked dancers to respond to various questions with physical, rhythmic movement. How does it look, for example, to… Read More

Trump Is Trying to Cover Up His Lies by Destroying Information

Trump calls on a reporter during a news conference. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci) The Trump administration seems intent on tossing recent history down the memory hole. Admittedly, Americans have never been known for their strong grasp of facts about their past. Still, as we struggle to keep up with the constantly shifting explanations and… Read More

Hillary Clinton Roasts the Trump Administration in a Remarkable Speech

Hillary Clinton delivering the commencement address at Wellesley College on May 26, 2017. (AP Photo / Josh Reynolds) Hillary Clinton returned to her alma mater Friday and delivered a remarkable rebuke, not just to the right-wing policies but to the disdain for truth that is so frequently evidenced by the man she beat by almost… Read More

Rising Star

By Carlos Lozada Renowned biographer David J. Garrow concludes this massive new biography of Barack Obama with a damning verdict: “While the crucible of self-creation had produced an ironclad will, the vessel was hollow at its core.” Related Entries May 26, 2017 Director John Scheinfeld on the Spiritual Journey of Jazz Icon John Coltrane (Audio)… Read More

Election Questions? This Five Year Old Is All Of Us

Too cute (and TRUE) not to share. Five-year-old Taylor has all the right questions: Where did Barack Obama go?Why do we have another president?Where did he go?Why do we have the president we have now?And why did he leave, anyway?How come Hillary did not get to be the president? How come she was the loser?… Read More

The GOP: Vengeful Alpha Wannabes And Sore Winners

The Republican Party is the party of Greg Gianforte, who body-slammed a reporter for asking a question. It’s the party whose voters have embraced Sheriff David Clarke, who summoned five cops and a police dog to detain a man who literally did nothing but glower at him on an airplane. And it’s the party of… Read More

Trump: Overseas Trip Has Saved “Millions of Jobs”

Donald Trump claims that his world trip this week has saved millions of jobs. Millions! A White House official said Trump was not talking just about the Saudi deals but “benefits to trade from the entire trip from Saudi Arabia to the G7.” He noted that “any improvement on trade would save many jobs. Stopping… Read More

Friday Cat Blogging – 26 May 2017

Someone in comments the other day was kvetching about the fact that I tend to crop my photos pretty tightly, and that’s true. I like sharp, tightly-cropped pictures. Still, variety is the spice of life, and my fondness for close-ups means that you rarely get to see Hilbert or Hopper in action. I use the… Read More

Trump's “Manifestly Cruel” Education Budget Would Crush Kids' Dreams

As expected, President Donald Trump’s budget calls for deep cuts to public education while bolstering school choice schemes, leading top education advocates to decry the plan as out-of-touch and “manifestly cruel to kids.” In line with the leaked document reported on last week by the Washington Post, Trump’s budget proposal would eliminate or reduce funding for… Read More

Longtime Advocate Has 'Never Seen More Energy' Behind Medicare-for-All

As lawmakers and the public awaited the Congressional Budget Office’s score on the GOP’s “horrific” Trumpcare bill, Congressional Democrats on Tuesday doubled-down on their call for a Medicare-for-All system to provide universal healthcare to all Americans. At a morning press conference outside the U.S. Capitol, Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) was joined by fellow lawmakers and… Read More

Trump Empire Claims Tracking Payments Too Hard, Watchdogs Say Too Bad

Despite promising to donate whatever profits President Donald Trump makes from foreign governments to the U.S. Treasury, it has been revealed that the president’s real estate empire is actually not tracking those payments, which ethics watchdogs warn puts him in clear violation of the Constitution. In fact, a pamphlet (pdf) created by the Trump Organization… Read More

What Explains Trump’s Sharp About-Face on Saudi Arabia?

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud welcomes President Donald Trump to dance with a sword during a welcome ceremony in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, May 20, 2017. (Reuters / Jonathan Ernst) On his first overseas trip as president, Donald Trump traveled not to Canada, or to Mexico, or to Britain, or to France, but… Read More

A Lynching on the University of Maryland Campus

Richard Collins III. (Handout) Richard Collins III was about to graduate from Bowie State University on Tuesday. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the US Army. He was airborne certified. He was a son, a friend, and active in his church. Ad Policy To Sean Urbanski, a University of Maryland student, he was… Read More

The Case Against ‘Blue Lives Matter’ Bills

King Walker stands in front of police officers and their supporters at the conclusion of a “Blue Lives Matter” rally in Baltimore, Maryland, on May 30, 2015. (Reuters / Jim Bourg) Two weeks ago, the New York State Senate passed a so-called “Blue Lives Matter” bill—a law that makes offenses against police and first responders… Read More

Wilbur Ross Is a Disgrace to Himself and His Country

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. (Reuters / Mike Blake) Donald Trump is not particularly interested in using the power and influence of the United States to defend human rights. This presidential shortcoming has been well illustrated in his enthusiastic embrace of strongmen such as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz,… Read More

When violence against the press becomes acceptable

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters On Wednesday night, as news broke that Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs had been physically attacked by Montana congressional candidate Greg Gianforte after Jacobs asked him his position on the Republican health care bill, the conservative movement’s pro-Trump voices rallied to Gianforte’s rescue. This moral cowardice has become commonplace for commentators… Read More

Did Michael Flynn Lobby for the Turkish Government?

Last year, Michael Flynn received half a million dollars as part of a contract with the Inovo Group, headed by Ekim Alptekin, the chairman of the Turkey-US Business Council. Was this legit? Or is Inovo just a front for the Turkish government? David Corn investigates: The paperwork Flynn filed with the government is confusing. Some… Read More

Resurrecting 'Gilded Age,' Trump Budget Sacrifices All for Military and Ultra-Rich

President Donald Trump officially unveiled his budget on Tuesday and made clear that the candidate who rose to power with a promise to protect the downtrodden and working class had swapped that rhetoric for “hardline rightwing economics” that prioritizes military might and insulating the one-percent at the expense of all else. Trump’s “rigged budget,” as… Read More

Intelligence Chief Refuses to Say if Trump Sought Help Rebuffing FBI Probe

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats on Tuesday refused to confirm or deny allegations that President Donald Trump had asked him to “push back” against the FBI’s investigation into possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. Coats’ testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee came one day after the Washington Post reported that Trump had… Read More

CBO: Trumpcare Would Strip Coverage From 23 Million, Make It Worse for the Rest

The cruel and destructive bill known as Trumpcare would increase the number of uninsured Americans by 23 million, according to the revised Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score released Wednesday afternoon.  “What a disgrace.” —Sen. Bernie Sanders The GOP-controlled House passed the American Healthcare Act (AHCA) by just two votes earlier this month, after adding an… Read More

Jeremy Corbyn Praised for Denouncing Failed 'Global War on Terror'

Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn said Friday that “we must be brave enough to admit the war on terror is simply not working,” and called for a “smarter way” to cut the risks of terrorist attacks. His speech in London comes as the U.K.’s general election campaigning resumes after the deadly bombing in Manchester earlier… Read More

Like Watergate, but Dumber

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These Missouri Students Were Suspended for Defending Their Teachers’ Union

Hazelwood West High School students protesting the school’s decision to suspend 12 students after they walked out in support of their teachers in Hazelwood, Missouri. (FOX 2 St. Louis) Hazelwood, Missouri—On the afternoon of May 18, a delivery man carrying a stack of pizza boxes dropped off lunch for a few dozen high-school students gathered… Read More

Democrats Are Launching a Commission to Protect American Democracy From Trump

Early voters use electronic ballot-casting machines at the Franklin County Board of Elections, Monday, on November 7, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo / John Minchillo) To counteract the Trump administration’s “election integrity” commission, the Democratic National Committee is launching a new Commission on Protecting American Democracy from the Trump Administration. While the Trump commission… Read More

Why I Called the Murder of Richard Collins III a Lynching

Richard Collins III’s graduation gown on a chair at Bowie State University’s ceremony in College Park, Maryland, on May 23, 2017. (WTOP via AP / Neil Augenstein) Earlier this week, I wrote a piece about the racist murder of Richard Collins III on the campus of the University of Maryland by UMD student and white… Read More

Burning Man in Venezuela

A man who was set on fire by opponents of Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro runs away in Caracas, Venezuela, May 20, 2017. (Reuters / Marco) The other day, anti-government protesters in Venezuela set a man on fire, severely burning nearly 80 percent of his body. The man had brown skin, and government supporters say he… Read More

Is Banning Child Labor Really That Controversial?

A young Palestinian boy repairs a fishing net in the seaport of Gaza City in March 2016. He earns about $12.90 per week helping to support his family. (Reuters / Mohammed Salem) Banning child labor seems like a given for any civilized economy, and even the United States—typically wary of international obligations—has supported global campaigns… Read More

Trumpism Will Be Defeated by a Movement on the Horizon

Stacey Abrams at the Democratic National Convention. (Scott Applewhite / AP Photo) In the summer of 2013, about a month after the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act, I sat in a small church in Baker County, Georgia. The county elections board had proposed closing four of its five polling places, and I listened… Read More

Conservatives Complain That Republicans Have a Liberal Bias

CNN analysts discuss President Donald Trump’s comments on the necessity for the US Civil War. (Screengrab / CNN) Last week, when CNN reported that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had left a couple of meetings with Russian officials off of his application for a security clearance, Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-SC, falsely claimed that the broadcaster had… Read More

California Takes Center Stage in the Resistance to Trump

Eric Bauman, who narrowly edged out Kimberly Ellis in the race to head California’s Democratic Party, speaking at the state convention on May 20, 2017. (AP Photo / Rich Pedroncelli) Last weekend, the nearly 3,000 delegates to California’s state Democratic Party convention chose their new party leadership. John Burton, the legendarily foul-mouthed, fiercely progressive, larger-than-life… Read More

Donald Trump to Hungry Seniors: Drop Dead

Thelma Jones Scott, a Meals on Wheels client, talks with volunteer Betsy Davis after a meal drop-off at her home, March 22, 2017, in Savannah, Georgia. (Josh Galemore / Savannah Morning News via AP) The budget sent to Congress Tuesday for fiscal year 2018 puts the country’s ambivalence over feeding hungry citizens back on the agenda—this… Read More

Dave Daubenmire: America Needs ‘A More Violent Christianity’

Religious Right activist “Coach” Dave Daubenmire declared on his “Pass The Salt Live” webcast this morning that America needs “a more violent Christianity.” He cited President Trump and Greg Gianforte as examples of violent men who are properly “walking in authority.” “The only thing that is going to save Western civilization is a more aggressive,… Read More

Mat Staver Slams ‘Heresy’ Of LGBTQ-Affirming Christians

Liberty Counsel, the Orlando-based Religious Right law firm that has represented public officials who got into trouble for defying the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling, put out a press release yesterday attacking Orlando pastor Joel Hunter for hosting an event on LGBTQ inclusion in the church. In the press release, Liberty Counsel founder and chairman… Read More

Hillary Clinton roasts Donald Trump in Wellesley College commencement speech

Forty-eight years after giving her own commencement speech as a student, Hillary Clinton returned to Wellesley College to do it again. On Friday, the former first lady returned to her alma mater to give the commencement speech for the class of 2017. Her speech focused on empowering the graduates, offering advice on business and interpersonal communication. It… Read More

Donald Trump’s Ramadan statement is filled with references to terrorism

The White House just released a statement commemorating Ramadan that — instead of simply expressing solidarity with Muslims during their holiday — couldn’t stop itself from referencing terrorism. Even President George W. Bush, in the first Ramadan after the September 11th terrorist attacks, didn’t do that. Trump, in statement wishing “all Muslims a joyful Ramadan,” repeatedly… Read More

Jeremy Corbyn Praised for Denouncing Failed ‘Global War on Terror’

By Andrea Germanos / Common Dreams His speech in London comes as the U.K.‘s general election campaigning resumes after the deadly bombing in Manchester earlier this week and the same day as a bus attack in Egypt killed more than two dozen people. Related Entries May 25, 2017 Trump Admonishes NATO Member Countries in Speech… Read More

Massive March on McDonald's Takes On “Donald Trump of Corporations”

Thousands are planning to march on McDonald’s in Chicago on Tuesday evening, demanding $15 an hour and union rights from the fast food giant they’ve dubbed “the Donald Trump of corporations.”  As Common Dreams reported, the march from Chicago’s Trump Tower to the city’s Rock N’ Roll McDonald’s joins two mass movements: the one opposed to… Read More

8 in 10 People Worldwide Fear 'Catastrophic' Climate Change: Poll

A majority of people in eight countries say they are ready to change their lifestyles if it would prevent climate catastrophe, a survey on global threats released Wednesday found. The poll of 8,000 people in eight countries—the U.S., China, India, Britain, Australia, Brazil, South Africa, and Germany—found that 84 percent of people now see climate… Read More

Anti-Net Neutrality Spam Victims Demand FCC Investigate 'Slander'

People whose names were used to spam the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) website with anti-net neutrality comments are demanding an investigation into the identity theft. In a letter sent Thursday to FCC commissioner Ajit Pai, more than a dozen victims asked for the comments made under their names to be removed from the website—which the… Read More

'From Laughable to Inevitable': $15 Minimum Wage Hits Congress

Answering the call from millions of underpaid American workers who for years have pounded the pavement demanding a living wage, progressive lawmakers on Thursday unveiled legislation in both the House and Senate that would raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, “reversing the growing trend of income inequality between the top and everybody… Read More

DAPL Photographer Cleared of Charges After Drone Footage Proves His Case

A Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) protester and photographer was cleared of all charges Thursday after he was accused of endangering a police plane with his drone. Aaron Turgeon, also known as Prolific the Rapper, faced seven years in prison after he was arrested in October and charged with reckless endangerment and physical obstruction of a… Read More

Hillary Clinton Shades Trump with the Perfect Nixon Comparison

Hillary Clinton returned to Wellesley College Friday to deliver her alma mater’s 2017 commencement speech, encouraging graduates not to sit on the sidelines during a political climate she described as a “full-fledged assault on truth and reason.” Her remarks, which frequently sparked loud applause from the audience, included a number of veiled slights at President… Read More

Announcing ProPublica’s 12 Diversity Scholarship Recipients

We’re excited to announce the 12 recipients of the 2017 ProPublica Diversity Scholarship. Each of these talented journalists will receive a $500 scholarship to attend one of the annual conferences put on by the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the National Association of Black Journalists, the Asian American Journalists Association or the Native American Journalists… Read More

John Boehner: Donald Trump so far has been a “complete disaster”

Former Speaker of the House John Boehner didn’t mince words when it comes to his views on President Donald Trump. After praising the president’s approach toward fighting ISIS, the Associated Press reports that Boehner told attendees of an energy conference in Houston on Thursday that “everything else he’s done (in office) has been a complete disaster.… Read More

Obama In Germany: 'How Do You Like His Crowds Now, Donald?'

[embedded content] This is an official video from The Obama Foundation. Yeah. It wasn’t just going to Germany at the same time as Trump. It was meeting with a gleeful Angela Merkel amidst Women’s March-sized crowds that especially trolled the so-called president on an official visit. And Obama didn’t stop there. His remarks mentioned healthcare,… Read More

American Health Care Is Expensive. It Will Take Years to Change That.

A couple of days ago I tossed off a late-night post pointing out that health care is expensive, so it’s hardly surprising that estimates of California’s proposed single-payer plan have clocked in at a net additional cost of around $200 billion. That was pretty much my only point, but this post caused quite a…stir…on Twitter… Read More

Steve Bannon could be coming back to power in Donald Trump’s White House

Steve Bannon, the former Breitbart editor who is now chief strategist to President Donald Trump, may be returning to his boss’ good graces. Nine sources with connections to Trump report to Axios that the perception of Bannon as a “wartime consigliere” have caused his stock to rise with the president as his administration continues to be dragged down… Read More

Shaping the Future

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Empire Files: Buying a Slave — the Hidden World of US-Philippines Trafficking

[embedded content] Human trafficking is a hidden industry that brings in $150 billion in illegal profits every year. In the United States, tens of thousands are trafficked annually — the biggest clients being major hotel chains and foreign diplomats.  The Philippines is one of the largest labor exporters in the world. 6,000 Filipinos — mostly… Read More

A conveniente ausência de Henrique Meirelles na delação da JBS

Dos nomes cogitados até aqui para suceder Michel Temer, como nome de “consenso” – ou, se preferir, com a chancela do mercado –, não apenas já disputou eleições, esteve no comando de parte importante da economia do país por quase uma década e, apesar de ostentar uma farda de tecnocrata, sempre teve ambições políticas. Ele… Read More

Wayne Allyn Root: Conservatives Must Hire Special Forces Operatives Who ‘Have Killed People’ To Destroy The Left

Right-wing commentator, conspiracy theorist and Donald Trump–obsessed sycophant Wayne Allyn Root spent a good portion of his radio broadcast yesterday ranting about the need for conservatives to hire special forces operatives who “have killed people” to destroy liberal groups before “our lives are erased.” Outraged that WorldNetDaily had its Twitter account temporarily suspended for its… Read More

Ted Cruz failed to properly disclose Goldman Sachs loans: FEC

This has not been a good week for Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. First he is the butt of a cutting joke by Democratic Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota (who told “USA Today” that “I like Ted Cruz probably more than my colleagues like Ted Cruz, and I hate Ted Cruz”), and now the… Read More

FLYNN FACTS: What the heck is a foreign agent?

FRIDAY, MAY 26, 2017 Part 4—Exploring a scary term: Today, let’s start with a basic premise: Crazy people get to be overpaid lobbyists too. Crazy people get overpaid by firms right here in the United States. That doesn’t mean that they’re “on the United States government payroll,” even if the work they’re doing supports the… Read More

Scarborough Kills Irony: 'How Can Republicans Look At Camera And Lie?'

After watching a clip of Mick Mulvaney telling Bernie Sanders the Republican healthcare act doesn’t cut Medicaid, Joe Scarborough went off on a rant. (Which he does a lot these days.) How can Republicans look into a camera, and lie?” No, he really said that. Really. “Don’t lie about it. Stop lying about it. We… Read More

How Dare Obama ‘Take Veiled Hits’ On Trump While They’re Both In Europe!

The Hiked Skirt Brigade on Outnumbered haz quite a sad because President Obama made some veiled criticisms of Glorious Donald Trump while both were in Europe. President Barack Obama got a rock star welcome in Berlin today, quite a contrast to Donald Trump’s “welcome” to Belgium by thousands of protesters. Of course, nobody mentioned that… Read More

Before Ben Jacobs, there was Jorge Ramos

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters Journalists reacted in disbelief after reports surfaced that Greg Gianforte, a Republican candidate for Montana’s House seat, allegedly “body-slammed” and punched Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs after he asked Gianforte a question. This incident is sadly just the latest in a string of increasingly hostile attacks on the press that President Donald Trump… Read More

The Blue-Slip Rule Is On Its Last Legs

The Washington Post confirms what we’ve already heard about Senate Republicans doing away with the blue-slip rule: Leaders are considering a change to the Senate’s “blue slip” practice, which holds that judicial nominations will not proceed unless the nominee’s home-state senators signal their consent to the Senate Judiciary Committee….Removing the blue-slip obstacle would make it… Read More

“From Laughable to Inevitable”: $15 Minimum Wage Hits Congress

Fast food workers on strike for higher minimum wage and better benefits in St. Paul, Minnesota, on April 24, 2016. (Photo: Fibonacci Blue) Why doesn’t this site have ads? In order to maintain our integrity, Truthout doesn’t accept any advertising money. Help us keep it this way — make a donation to support our independent… Read More

Are EPA Scientists in Trump's Crosshairs?

The Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, DC. (Photo: NRDC pix; Edited: LW / TO) Anyone worried that the Trump administration will politicize or interfere with sound scientific research heard a warning shot earlier this month, when nine members of the Environmental Protection Agency’s 18-person Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) suddenly learned that they would not… Read More

How Trump and Tom Price Can Kill Obamacare Without the Senate

Tom Price, the Health and Human Services secretary, leads a round of applause for President Donald Trump as House Republicans celebrated passing the American Health Care Act, at the White House in Washington, DC, May 4, 2017. (Photo: Stephen Crowley / The New York Times) Nonprofit, independent news outlets like Truthout are critical to countering… Read More

Behold Gillian Anderson as Bowie’s “Ziggy Stardust” in “American Gods”

It’s impossible to watch the Starz series “American Gods” without comparing it to the brilliant book of the same name on which it is based. Penned by Neil Gaiman (because of course), “American Gods” depicts a world in which mythological deities from a number of cultures (Norse, Egyptian, African, etc.) live among us. These mythological creatures are… Read More

Report: Here’s how many “Game of Thrones” episodes are left to go

According to sources who spoke to The Hollywood Reporter, there are a paltry 13 episodes of HBO’s soaring fantasy series “Game of Thrones” left before the show goes off the air forever in 2018. These reports would seem to confirm earlier rumblings (or were they fears?) about the final episode count. The Reporter’s Katie Stanhope… Read More

Economic Update: Worker Co-ops as Our Economic Future

This week’s episode discusses Trump’s 2018 budget, Ford’s undemocratic decisions, the US opioid epidemic, the Swiss vote to end nuclear power, Harley-Davidson moving jobs overseas and how Canada is outlawing overbooking on planes. The episode also includes an interview with John Curl, author and co-op worker, on importance of worker co-ops. To see more stories… Read More

What Bail Does Is Coerce Guilty Pleas

Janine Jackson: National Mama’s Bailout Day aimed, successfully, to get dozens of incarcerated black women home for Mother’s Day. The action could be supported with data: Black women are 44 percent of the US jail population, 80 percent of women in jail have young children, 82 percent are in custody for nonviolent offenses, and many are not… Read More

Add Another to the List of Former Trump Campaign Staffers Lobbying for Foreign Clients

Former Trump campaign officials haven’t exactly been bashful about cashing in on their ties to the president in the lobbying sphere. Take Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s former campaign manager. Shortly after the election, he cofounded a lobbying and consulting firm, Avenue Strategies, boasting to domestic and foreign clients of his administration ties. He left the firm in… Read More

Trump staffer hints he may be open to softening Russia sanctions

The topic of sanctions against Russia — more specifically, whether President Donald Trump will strengthen, weaken or leave in place both the sanctions imposed by President Barack Obama after Russia’s 2014 invasion of Ukraine and the ones imposed as a result of their alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election — has now returned to… Read More

Trump at Taormina: The odd man out on the world stage

This article originally appeared on The Globalist. It is not a coincidence that the “greatest show on earth,” the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Show circus, after a proud 133-year history, closed its doors for good this week. It wasn’t just that the business — one of humankind’s oldest forms of entertainment — was no longer… Read More

The Pope And Trump: Budgets And Beatitudes

Well, that happened. Pope Francis, who has made his mark with proclamations for social and environmental justice and a humble lifestyle, met the president whose life has been marked by self-indulgence, grandiosity, and greed. Their meeting took place as Donald Trump’s administration was releasing a budget that, despite the president’s self-proclaimed faith, makes a mockery… Read More

At Appearance With Netanyahu, Did A Dazed Trump Forget Where He Is?

There might be a perfectly benign explanation (like not enough sleep), but the man who bragged about his “stamina” looks really out of it at this press conference with Israeli Prime Minister. A confused Trump wanders off until he’s guided back to Bibi for a photo op. There has been speculation about whether Trump has… Read More

WATCH: George Mitchell: President Trump’s hands may be tied on Jerusalem

While on the 2016 presidential campaign trail, Donald Trump would blast then-President Barack Obama’s approach to Israel, promising a more conciliatory approach to the country, one that would recognize Israel’s political capital as Jerusalem rather than Tel Aviv. Now that he’s in the White House, Trump has stepped back from that promise, leaving a decision of moving… Read More

Mike's Blog Round Up

Phew! We made it to Friday with The Russian Usurper still out of the country on the Anywhere But Home Tour! The Rectification of Names vivisects those who say that the CBO score on the ACA was wrong, too. EgbertoWillies examines The Russian Usurper’s budget proposal. Tell Me A Story tells us a story about… Read More