Ed Whelan’s Desperate Doppelganger Theory Won’t Save Kavanaugh

With each day that passes, Republicans get more desperate and equally ridiculous. On Wednesday, some trial balloons began to rise suggesting that Kavanaugh would defend himself against the allegations by saying Dr. Blasey Ford was confused about the identity of the person assaulting her. Thursday morning, POLITICO published an article suggesting that the rumor mill… Read More

C&L’s Late Nite Music Club With George Brigman

In 1975, Baltimore teenager George Brigman released his debut album Jungle Rot. Originally conceived as a tribute to Tony McPhee of the Groundhogs, the fried out boogie and garage acid rock of the record is its very own strange and warped animal. What are you listening to tonight? Full Story Here Crooks and Liars September… Read More

Another #MeToo moment at the Supreme Court

An accusation of a high school assault may upend the Republicans’ efforts to rush through the Kavanaugh nomination Full Story Here Salon September 20, 2018 8:26 pm Support Us

Jeanine Pirro: Christine Blasey Ford may have been hypnotized by her therapist

JEANINE PIRRO: This is worrisome, it means that people will make up stories. SEAN HANNITY (HOST): My understanding is, didn’t they say that this came out for the first time in couples therapy in 2012?  PIRRO: Yeah and what was that about, and when was the first time Kavanaugh’s name came up? And what about, is this hypnosis? Is this… Read More

Chuck Grassley Aide ‘Unfazed’ And ‘Determined To Confirm’ Kavanaugh

Republicans in Congress would have us believe the process for confirming Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court has been fair and impartial. They have stated from nine ways to Sunday they are presenting Christine Blasey Ford, who claims Kavanaugh attempted to rape her in high school, with completely fair, sane, and viable options to be… Read More

Our Tendency to Believe Comfortable Lies

It’s easy — and not wrong — to think that truth is in dire danger in the era of Donald Trump. His own record of issuing breathtaking falsehoods from the exalted platform of the White House is unprecedented in American history. So is his consistent refusal to back down when a statement is proven false. In Trump’s world, those… Read More

SC Rep Leads Off Debate With ‘Joke’ About Supreme Court Sexual Assault

Ralph Norman won a special election for his seat in the House of Representatives by the skin of his teeth in 2017 when he ran against Democrat Archie Parnell. Now he’s up for re-election after a particularly indistinctive first term. With all the drama surrounding Brett Kavanaugh, Norman decided to lead off his debate with… Read More

The Trump Administration’s Latest Tax Scam for the Rich

Hard to believe, but the Trump administration is proposing yet another massive tax windfall for the rich. It would be to reduce their capital gains taxes. Those are taxes on the increased value of their stocks and bonds, businesses, and other valuables, when they sell them. Trump would do this by eliminating whatever portion of… Read More

Donald Trump Is Lying to You About China

Trump uses the fake news of “intellectual property theft” to justify his tariff war on China. He boasts that he is going to stop the Chinese stealing that victimizes Americans. In yet another way, he will be the savior of Americans’ economic future, a savior who needs/deserves their votes and donations. He takes his cues… Read More

The Devastating Cuts Underwriting Trump’s Child Detention Program

Along with tens of thousands of children and families, cancer patients, Americans with substance abuse disorders, and victims of domestic violence are among the casualties of President Donald Trump’s detention of young immigrants—according to government documents outlining the administration’s plan to divert millions of dollars away from programs serving those populations. Yahoo News reported that in order… Read More

Hurricane Florence Blows Open Harsh Realities of American Inequality

Wendy Newton and Nicolette Green didn’t have to die. Chained in the back of a sheriff’s van in rural South Carolina, the two mental health patients in their mid-40s were being transported from one facility to another when their van was flooded following Hurricane Florence. The deputies transporting the women managed to escape, but the… Read More

Sentencing Options for Cosby Include Prison, Jail, Probation

PHILADELPHIA — Bill Cosby could be sent to prison next week for drugging and molesting a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004 in what became the first celebrity trial of the #MeToo era. Cosby is due in court Monday for a two-day sentencing hearing that follows his conviction in the spring on three… Read More

After Russian Military Aircraft Shot Down Near Syria, Russian Claims Israel ‘Deliberately Staged This Provocation’

Jon Queally, staff writerProving just how dangerous the situation remains in Syria—where the U.S., Russia, Iran, Turkey, Lebanon, Israel, France and other nations are all maintaining military operations amid a civil war that has dragged on for nearly seven years—the Kremlin on Tuesday is blaming Israel after the Syrian military reportedly downed a Russian military… Read More

Advocacy Groups Vow to ‘Protect the Protest’ as Government and Corporations Challenge First Amendment Rights

Julia Conley, staff writerWith wealthy corporations and the U.S. government finding new ways to challenge Americans’ right to protest, several nonprofit groups are banding together to support activists who face legal action for protesting corporate practices and pollution-causing pipelines owned by oil and gas companies—as demonstrators in a number of states are targeted for speaking… Read More

Melting Permafrost Projections Reveal Paris Climate Goals at Risk: Study

Andrea Germanos, staff writerGlobal policymakers have failed to account for a key factor in setting carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions budgets to rein in the climate crisis—melting permafrost—a new study finds, and warns that the world could exceed the global warming limits laid out in the Paris climate accord sooner than expected. Full Story Here Common… Read More

‘Unconscionable’ and ‘Appalling’: In Affront to Those Fleeing US-Backed Wars and Persecution, Trump Slams Door on Refugees

Jake Johnson, staff writerLaunching yet another bigotry-driven attack on those fleeing wars and humanitarian crises in which the U.S. is playing an active and deadly role, the Trump administration announced late Monday that it is reducing America’s refugee admission limit for 2019 to a record-low 30,000. Full Story Here Common Dreams.org September 20, 2018 5:11… Read More

Activists Declare #FireZinke and State AGs File Suit After Interior Dept Guts Methane Rules for Public Lands

Jessica Corbett, staff writerAfter the Interior Department on Tuesday gutted Obama-era regulations requiring fossil fuel companies to curb methane emissions and take certain safety precautions to prevent leaks on public lands, a pair of state attorneys general filed suit and protesters gathered outside the department’s Washington, D.C. headquarters to demand the ouster of Secretary Ryan… Read More

‘Say No to Red Tide Rick’: Florida Governor Forced to Flee Event After Angry Protesters Shame Him Over Anti-Environment Record

Jessica Corbett, staff writerAs dead marine animals keep washing up on Florida’s coasts, a campaign event for the state’s term-limited Republican Gov. Rick Scott —who is attempting to unseat Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson—was “besieged” by a crowd of protesters angry about his environmental record, especially moves they say have exacerbated an ongoing red tide crisis.… Read More

After Decades as Progressive Champion, Willie Nelson Somehow Angers Right-Wing Texans by Going “All In” for Beto O’Rourke

Julia Conley, staff writerCountry music icon Willie Nelson’s decades of progressive political activism appeared to have gone unnoticed by many conservative fans this week, when outrage erupted over the musician’s plans to perform at a rally for U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas). Full Story Here Common Dreams.org September 20, 2018 4:26 pm Support… Read More

Medicare for All Is ‘Not Just Pie in the Sky’: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Andrea Germanos, staff writerNew York congressional candidate and democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defended a key (and widely supported) pillar of her progressive platform—Medicare for All—on Sunday, saying such systems are “not just pie in the sky” but have been proven in other Western democracies and would be “good for our future.” Full Story Here Common… Read More

Right Wing Round-Up: Jay Sekulow’s Absurd Lie

Li Zhou @ Vox: Christine Blasey Ford is laying out conditions for her Senate testimony on sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh. Dean Obeidallah @ The Daily Beast: Florida GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Ron DeSantis Spoke to Anti-Muslim Hate Group. Caleb Ecarma @ Mediaite: GOP Donor Who Gave $20,000 to GOP Rep. Ron DeSantis Calls Obama… Read More

Right Wing Bonus Tracks: Another Call For Martial Law

Matt Barber says that if Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh withdraws or is voted down, President Trump should immediately name a new nominee who will receive a confirmation vote within two weeks. Ralph Reed warns that if Senate Republicans fail to confirm Kavanaugh, “then it will be very difficult to motivate and energize faith-based and… Read More

Kavanaugh Contemporary: ‘A Rapey Past Should Disqualify You’

A few hours ago, a woman took to Twitter and wrote a thread to the Senators on the Judiciary Committee. She began by saying she has “known men of great character from Georgetown Prep,” men of such character that one is her child’s godfather and she named her son after another. After observing that character… Read More

Four Dead, Including Suspect, After Maryland Warehouse Shooting

ABDERDEEN, Md. — An employee at a Rite Aid warehouse opened fire at work Thursday, killing three people before taking her own life, authorities said. Several other people were wounded. The suspect was a 26-year-old temporary employee at the Rite Aid distribution center in northeastern Maryland, Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler said at a news… Read More

Alt-Right Radio Host: America Is Discriminating Against White Men

Lana Lokteff, a host at the white supremacist web-based outlet Red Ice, made a video praising Fox News host Tucker Carlson for questioning whether diversity is a strength on his show, expanding that praise to argue that white men are discriminated against. Lokteff is an unabashed “ethno-nationalist,” meaning that she advocates for immigration policies that would enforce a white supermajority in… Read More

Sloan Kettering’s Cozy Deal With Start-Up Ignites a New Uproar

by Charles Ornstein, ProPublica, and Katie Thomas, The New York Times An artificial intelligence start-up founded by three insiders at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center debuted with great fanfare in February, with $25 million in venture capital and the promise that it might one day transform how cancer is diagnosed. The company, Paige.AI, is one… Read More

BREAKING: Dr. Christine Blasey Ford Opens Negotiations To Testify Next Week

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s legal team has indicated its willingness to negotiate terms that might lead to Dr. Blasey Ford testifying in front of the Senate next week, though not Monday, about her allegations of sexual assault against SCOTUS nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. She has moved her family, and is in hiding because of numerous death… Read More

Stephanie Ruhle Finds Kavanaugh Case ‘Complicated’

MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle on Tuesday suggested that sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh could be explained as “kids being kids.” During a conversation about Kavanaugh’s accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, Ruhle noted that no other women had made similar allegations about the judge. “Because something that does stand out here in… Read More

Senator Mazie Hirono Quite Rightly Calls Bullsh*t On Senate GOP

Hawaii Senator Mazie Hirono has had enough of the posturing from Chuck Grassley and his gang of Judiciary Committee bros and isn’t afraid to say so. In response to the claim that Grassley’s bros had done everything they possibly could to contact Dr. Christine Blasey Ford to testify, Hirono was visibly angry. “We’re not consulted… Read More

Buoyant Stocks Lift U.S. Household Wealth, Mainly for Affluent

WASHINGTON—A rising stock market lifted U.S. household wealth to a record $106.9 trillion in the April-June quarter, the culmination of a decade of economic recovery but a gain that is concentrated largely among the most affluent. The value of Americans’ stock and mutual fund portfolios rose $800 billion, while home values increased $600 billion, the… Read More

Brian Kilmeade Puzzled Why Gender And Race Are Part Of Kavanaugh Discussion

Mensa-reject Brian Kilmeade wonders aloud why Joy Behar is upset that a handful of white male Republicans sit in judgment of Dr. Ford, and may confirm Brett Kavanaugh to a lifetime appointment regardless of the actual facts regarding her charges of sexual assault. Gee, Brian, why are women so mad that a bragging sexual predator… Read More

Alex Jones Says He’s ‘Already Won’ And Is ‘Ready To Die’

Alex Jones said that his mission to destroy the globalist conspiracy has been completed and that he is at peace with himself and “ready to die.” Patrick Bet-David, the host of the Valuetainment YouTube channel, a platform mostly dedicated to topics on business and entrepreneurship, sat down for a one-on-one interview with Jones that was… Read More

Floodwaters Inundate Lake at N. Carolina Power Plant, Raising Alarm

WILMINGTON, N.C.—Duke Energy activated a high-level emergency alert at a retired coal-fired power plant in North Carolina as floodwaters from the nearby Cape Fear River overtopped an earthen dike at the facility and inundated a large lake, raising concerns of a potential breach. The dam containing Sutton Lake appeared stable and Duke officials were monitoring… Read More

Robert Oscar Lopez: LGBTQ Church Audits Will ‘Undo The American Revolution’

On the latest episode of MassResistance TV, Robert Oscar Lopez, the anti-LGBTQ activist who runs the organization’s Texas chapter, had a bit of a meltdown over a LGBTQ audit that is being offered to churches, declaring that its use will “undo the American Revolution.” Recently, the English organization Living Out unveiled a program designed to… Read More

Trump Is Strangling the U.S. Refugee Program to Death

Amid the political hurricane around Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing and the actual storm devastating North Carolina, Donald Trump’s administration struck a significant blow to the nation’s refugee program this week that garnered far less attention. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday announced that the U.S. would reduce the cap on its… Read More

Fox Business host suggests Christine Blasey Ford’s report of sexual assault by Kavanaugh is motivated by politics

​​TRISH REGAN​ (HOST)​: Do you think there​’​s a chance that you know, maybe, I’m just saying, ​I mean ​she has political leanings that are clearly to the left. ​She’s a Democrat –​ JESSICA TARLOV​ (FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR)​: She’s given like $10 to the DNC, this isn​’​t​ like​ a liberal activist.  ​REGAN: She​’​s​ a​ professor​ –​ TARLOV: So? ​REGAN: ​W​e’ve done… Read More

Intercessors for America’s ‘Deep State’ Prayer Guide Asks God to ‘Clean House’ in Government

We have noted before how unwavering support for President Trump from Religious Right leaders and conservative Christian media outlets helps maintain his overwhelming level of support among conservative white evangelicals. The new “Intercessory Intel Report” on “the Deep State problem” from Intercessors for America is another example. Deep state. Shadow government. Both terms describe entities… Read More

Moon to Carry Private Message From Kim Jong Un to Trump

SEOUL, South Korea—A beaming South Korean President Moon Jae-in, freshly returned home Thursday from a whirlwind three-day summit with Kim Jong Un, said the North Korean leader wants the U.S. secretary of state to visit Pyongyang soon for nuclear talks, and also hopes for a quick follow-up to his June summit with President Donald Trump.… Read More

Republicans Are The Party Of Sexual Assault Against Women

This clip from Morning Joe this morning has two important components. First up, Orrin Hatch of 1991 thought reopening an FBI background investigation (delaying the confirmation of Clarence Thomas by three whole days) was a terrific idea. Joe Scarborough wonders why the Orrin Hatch of 2018 won’t talk to the Orrin Hatch of 1991. And… Read More

Ron DeSantis Donor Calls Obama A ‘F—- MUSLIM N—-‘ On Twitter

This is reportedly the FIFTH racist incident to strike the campaign of Rep. Ron DeSantis, who started his gubernatorial run by intimating his African American opponent would “monkey up” the state of Florida’s economy if elected. Politico reports that a Republican donor, who gave DeSantis over $22,000 dollars and got him to speak at Trump’s… Read More

Fox host: The Constitution “is quite clearly being ignored” because Kavanaugh might not be able to cross-examine Christine Blasey Ford

SANDRA SMITH (CO-ANCHOR): So the clock’s ticking, the deadline’s set, what happens?  ALAN DERSHOWITZ (HARVARD LAW PROFESSOR): She has to testify. And look, nobody should be referring to her as a victim or him as a perpetrator until we hear from both of them under oath, subject to cross-examination. There is nothing more essential to American… Read More

Trump Taps Wayne Allyn Root To Speak At Vegas Rally

Tonight, President Trump will be holding a rally in Las Vegas, Nevada and he has reportedly asked unhinged right-wing commentator Wayne Allyn Root to be an opening speaker: Big day today. I’m opening speaker 4 President of United States. President Trump mega rally at Las Vegas Convention Center to elect Nevada GOP ticket. @realDonaldTrump personally… Read More

THE INCOMPLETENESS FILE: What the heck is a "formal system?"

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2018 Once again, Joe Average won’t know: Friend, are you a general reader? That is to say, are you a non-specialist in the fields of mathematics, mathematical logic, theoretical physics and the like? Friend, if you’re a general reader, let’s consider the title essay of Jim Holt’s new book. The new book… Read More

Paul Ryan Takes The Low Road Out Of Office

More than a year ago, Randy “Ironstache” Bryce introduced to himself to the world and announced that he was running to repeal and replace Lyin’ Paul Ryan. The video quickly went viral and his campaign became a juggernaut. As the gentle reader knows, he already repealed Ryan who announced his retirement rather than try to… Read More

The looming Fox News government shutdown

Melissa Joskow / Media Matters Maybe it won’t be this time. Maybe it won’t be next time. But at some point in the future, it seems inevitable that President Donald Trump will take the advice of his supporters at Fox News and shut down the federal government. With the September 30 expiration of government funding… Read More

If Christine Blasey Ford Doesn’t Testify On Monday, Kavanaugh Wins

This is a reasonable request: The woman who has accused President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault all but ruled out appearing at an extraordinary Senate hearing scheduled for next week to hear her allegations, insisting on Tuesday that the F.B.I. investigate first. Speaking through lawyers, Christine Blasey Ford said she would cooperate with… Read More

New Documents Reveal Wilbur Ross Lied To Congress About Census Question

This morning on CNN, the Reality Check segment asked if the Trump administration tried to twist the U.S. census to their political advantage, and if a cabinet secretary lied to Congress about it. That’s a rhetorical question, right? John Avlon said there is “new evidence” that Wilbur Ross lied to Congress to give the Republicans… Read More

Mike’s Blog Round Up

The stunning impact of Christine Ford’s accusation upon the Kavanaugh confirmation process is an indirect tribute to the power of the vote. Given their track record on women’s rights in other areas, it’s hard to believe that many Senate Republicans are so concerned about the accusation, in and of itself, that they’d be willing to… Read More

Voting in America Is NUTS. Here’s How to Plan Ahead.

by Cynthia Gordy Giwa Hi, welcome back! Since last time, you’ve learned how online political advertising gets targeted to you, and you had a peek at ads aimed at other people (or ads that campaigns don’t want you to see). This week, let’s get you ready to vote. There are three key questions you should… Read More

Trump Suggested Building A Wall Across The Sahara Desert

Just when you thought Trump couldn’t embarrass the United States to the rest of the world any more than he already has. ‘The Great Wall of Africa’, indeed. Pfft.. Source: The Sun DONALD Trump suggested building an enormous wall across the Sahara to solve Europe’s migrant crisis, a Spanish politician has claimed. Spain’s Foreign Minister… Read More

Japan’s Shinzo Abe Re-Elected as Prime Minister

TOKYO — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was re-elected as head of his ruling Liberal Democratic Party in a landslide Thursday, paving the way for up to three more years as the nation’s leader. Abe handily defeated his sole challenger, Shigeru Ishiba, a former defense minister. Abe won 553, or about 70 percent, of 807… Read More

The Disappeared

by Hannah Dreier The string of text messages that would come to haunt Carlota Moran seemed like just an annoyance at first — an interruption to what was supposed to be a special outing for her and her son. It was the school break after Presidents Day in 2016, and Carlota had taken 15-year-old Miguel… Read More

It’s Almost Like Merrick Garland Never Happened

It is 8:00 pm on Wednesday night. The entire day has been consumed with cable outlets yammering and yammering about how Republicans are going to win this battle over Brett Kavanaugh because the woman accusing him of attempted rape 36 years ago does not wish to be re-victimized at the hands of our Republican overlords.… Read More

Open Thread -Tracy Morgan As Donald Trump FTW

Jimmy Kimmel has a direct quote from the upcoming Stormy Daniels memoir (eww) and then Tracy Morgan as “LaDonald Trump” makes an appearance, claiming he has orange makeup all over. Classic. Open thread below… Full Story Here Crooks and Liars September 19, 2018 9:41 pm Support Us

C&L’s Late Nite Music Club With Ruby Karinto

Harmonic and dissonant. That’s one way to describe the often catchy but just as often baffling directions that Vancouver BC’s Ruby Karinto take pop songs. Everything but the kitchen sink? Nah, they’d include that here and there too if it made an interesting sound. What are you listening to tonight? Full Story Here Crooks and… Read More

Jeanine Pirro: “They want to accuse him of putting his hand over her mouth, of attempted rape, as if they know what that is”

JEANINE PIRRO:  Number one, what in Brett Kavanaugh’s background suggests in any way shape or form he disrespects women? What in his background for the women that work for him, dated him, went to school for him, none of this has ever shown up and they want to accuse him of putting his hand over her mouth, of attempted rape, as if they know what… Read More

Trump And His Magical Time Machine

So Trump now says he should have fired James Comey the day after the Republican convention, which even I admit, would have been an impressive feat. President Trump said Tuesday that he regrets not firing James B. Comey as FBI director sooner, asserting that he should have done so while still a candidate for president… Read More

Tucker Carlson blames Democrats for death threats made toward Christine Blasey Ford

TUCKER CARLSON (HOST): By far the news of the day, Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination that remains in suspended animation tonight thanks as you well know to allegations that he assaulted a psychology professor called Christine Blasey Ford some thirty six years ago, while both of them were still in high school. Despite blanket media coverage, the basic details of that story remain murky. Ford has… Read More

Federal Agency Says It Lost Track of 1,488 Migrant Children

Twice in less than a year, the federal government has lost track of nearly 1,500 migrant children after placing them in the homes of sponsors across the country, federal officials have acknowledged. The Health and Human Services Department recently told Senate staffers that case managers could not find 1,488 children after they made follow-up calls… Read More

Alexander Hamilton Worried About the Threat of a Presidency Like Trump’s

Presidential economic adviser Larry Kudlow suggested to the Economic Club of New York that, after the elections, Republicans will target “spending” on Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid with “reforms” (cuts) to help pay for the massive deficits created by Trump’s $1.5 trillion tax cut for billionaires. Conservatives have controlled our government for three definable periods… Read More

Fox contributor Sara Carter calls Mueller probe “a bloodless coup”

SEAN HANNITY (HOST): The feds, the feds may redact documents, despite Trump’s request, by the way, that’s what they keep saying. SARA CARTER: Absolutely, absolutely but I mean, but we’re going to see a big fight here nonetheless. And this isn’t just about a witch hunt, I know Donald Trump says that over and over… Read More

Project Veritas Targets Government Staffers To Prove A ‘Deep State’ Exists

James O’Keefe and his colleagues at Project Veritas, an operation known for secretly filming videos of political opponents, which are then heavily edited and presented in dishonest contexts, crashed events hosted by the Democratic Socialist of America in Washington, D.C., where federal administrative employees were present. Now, Project Veritas is trying to get those employees fired in order to vindicate the President Trump’s Infowars-esque claims… Read More

At Gateway Eagle Council Gathering, Bannon’s Influence Felt, Even in His Absence

Among the many curiosities at last weekend’s conference co-sponsored by Phyllis Schlafly’s American Eagles and Gateway Pundit was the appearance of two far-right European politicians, who were honored with awards at a dinner held in a partitioned ballroom at the Marriott St. Louis Airport. Both are enthusiastic fans of President Donald Trump, and champions of… Read More

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BILL PRESS (HOST): Overall how do you think the media has responded to the letter originally sent anonymously by Dr. Christine Ford to Senator Feinstein?  JULIE MILLICAN (VICE PRESIDENT, MEDIA MATTERS): Well it’s interesting because if you were just starting to tune into the story you would think that the media has been following the Kavanaugh… Read More

Fox host: Christine Blasey Ford is not “doing things in a way that people would do if she was a true victim”

GREG GUTFELD (CO-HOST): All right, Jesse. We need to hear from her, don’t we? JESSE WATTERS (CO-HOST): We do. I don’t think we are going to. […] I don’t want to cast any doubt on her allegations but the way they are dragging this out now it’s become so political, Greg, that it’s gotten away from the actual alleged crime. And now it’s about the process… Read More

Right Wing Bonus Tracks: Bring Back HUAC

Right-wing pastor Franklin Graham says that the sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh are “not relevant.” Right-wing commentator Dennis Prager has some thoughts on women’s empowerment: “When my wife was a waitress in her mid-teens, the manager of her restaurant grabbed her breasts and squeezed them on numerous occasions. She told him… Read More

Right Wing Round-Up: Water Is Wet

Adele Stan @ The American Prospect: I Know Why Sexually Assaulted Women Resist Coming Forward; I’ve Been There. Hatewatch: Annual Eagle Council honors Phyllis Schlafly with three days of far-right conspiracy theories. Ed Mazza @Huff Post: Donald Trump Makes A Stunning Observation About The Wetness Of Water. Kelly Weill @ The Daily Beast: Cody Wilson,… Read More

Mike Pence To Address Event Hosted By Anti-LGBT Hate Group

Vice President Mike Pence will address this year’s Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, an event put on annually by Religious Right group Family Research Council. Last year, President Donald Trump was the first sitting president to address the group. Trump was invited to speak at the conference again this year, but at… Read More

Can Nike Sacrifice Something, Too?

Nike’s latest “Just Do It” ad campaign includes a number of A-list athletes: LeBron James, Serena Williams, Odell Beckham Jr. — and most controversially, Colin Kaepernick. In case you’ve been living under a rock, Kaepernick — who played quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers — famously knelt during the national anthem before NFL games to… Read More

‘Reversing Roe’ Offers an Intense Look at How Abortion Became Politicized

“We want to end abortion, and we’re going to do it through continuous legislation. We’re going to go back again and again until we win,” Operation Rescue President Troy Newman says at the beginning of the intense, heartbreaking and utterly necessary new documentary, “Reversing Roe.” He stares directly at the camera, his eyes gleaming as… Read More

Florence Death Toll Climbs to 37; Trump Visits Stricken Area

WILMINGTON, N.C.—The death toll from Hurricane Florence climbed to at least 37, including two women who drowned when a sheriff’s van taking them to a mental health facility was swept away by floodwaters, and North Carolina’s governor pleaded with thousands of evacuees not to return home just yet. President Donald Trump, meanwhile, arrived in storm-ravaged… Read More

Florence Death Toll Climbs to 37; Trump Visits Stricken Area

WILMINGTON, N.C.—The death toll from Hurricane Florence climbed to at least 37, including two women who drowned when a sheriff’s van taking them to a mental health facility was swept away by floodwaters, and North Carolina’s governor pleaded with thousands of evacuees not to return home just yet. President Donald Trump, meanwhile, arrived in storm-ravaged… Read More

Midday Open Thread: Things We Don’t Want To Talk About

What a day on Twitter yesterday. As Tengrain said, “Stormy Daniels’ book has leaked like a Russian Pee Hooker, and the details are everywhere and gross.” Apparently, Donald Trump’s private parts are very Mario Kart-ish. We did not need to know that. And as the afternoon progressed the discussion turned to the “relationship” of Sesame… Read More

VIDEO: Trump Tells Hurricane Florence Victim To ‘Have A Good Time’

President Donald Trump on Wednesday could be heard telling a victim of Hurricane Florence to “have a good time.” Trump made the remark while handing out meals to hurricane victims in New Bern, North Carolina. “Got it?” Trump said as he handed two meals to a person in a car, adding: “Have a good time.”… Read More

4 Ways to Build a Powerful Progressive Movement

Even in these dark times, I am confident that we can defeat Donald Trump and all he stands for. But it will require building a multiracial, middle, and working class coalition dedicated to renewing our democracy and creating an economy that works for all, not just the privileged few. Here’s how: First: At the heart… Read More

The Sinister Subtext of the Capitalist Manifesto

The original Capitalist Manifesto was a 1958 book by economist Louis O. Kelso and philosopher Mortimer J. Adler. In their view of a properly conducted democratic capitalist society, a sort of modern-day Homestead Act was envisioned, in which all Americans would participate in the “capitalist revolution” of growing stock portfolios. This would be possible because of great technologies (energy… Read More

Black Patients Miss Out on Promising Cancer Drugs

This story was co-published with Stat. It’s a promising new drug for multiple myeloma, one of the most savage blood cancers. Called Ninlaro, it can be taken as a pill, sparing patients painful injections or cumbersome IV treatments. In a video sponsored by the manufacturer, Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., one patient even hailed Ninlaro as “my savior.”… Read More

After demanding release of DOJ documents, Trump admits he’s just doing what his sycophants tell him to do

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters Law enforcement and national security experts are warning that President Donald Trump’s decision to selectively declassify and release portions of sensitive Justice Department documents related to the Russia probe could compromise U.S. intelligence methods and endanger the lives of sources. And in an alarming if unsurprising turn, the president said… Read More

Private Trash Haulers Resist New Safety Measures

by Kiera Feldman On its face, the agenda for the Business Integrity Commission’s public hearing on Monday seemed uncontroversial enough: The agency that oversees New York City’s private garbage industry wanted to adopt new safety measures requiring trash companies to regularly report accidents, traffic violations and license suspensions involving their truck drivers. Turns out, the… Read More

North Korea’s Kim Agrees to Dismantle Main Nuke Site if U.S. Takes Steps Too

PYONGYANG, North Korea—The leaders of North and South Korea announced a wide range of agreements Wednesday which they said were a major step toward peace on the Korean Peninsula. But the premier pledge on denuclearization contained a big condition, with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un stating he’d permanently dismantle his main nuclear complex only… Read More

Christine Blasey Ford was right to fear the right-wing smear machine

Melissa Joskow / Media Matters On September 16, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford shared her account publicly for the first time in The Washington Post, saying that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh held her down, covered her mouth with his hand, and attempted to take off her clothing when they were both in high school. She… Read More

BREAKING: How drunk was "Mr. Drunky Pants?"

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2018 Rational animal’s horseplay: According to the New York Times, “a night of heavy drinking” had been involved. This claim could be true, of course. That said, it also could be false. At the end of December, this is way the front-page report began:LAFRANIERE, MAZZETTI AND APUZZO (12/31/17): During a night of… Read More

THE GODEL FILE: We’ve been seeing ourselves from afar!

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2018 Bushmen meet Aristotle: Long ago and far away, even before Kurt Godel died, we were teaching delightful fifth graders in the Baltimore City Schools. (For our previous report, click here.) At one point, we came upon a rather dull textbook which included a memorable anecdote. If memory serves, it was the… Read More

THE GODEL FILE: A Platonist was hiding among them!

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2018 But was this a crazy idea? Many people have heard of Einstein, who enjoyed his walks with Godel. Aristotle’s name is also well known. That said, we’ll guess most people wouldn’t know that Aristotle is said to have been our greatest logician, at least until Godel came along. (For our previous… Read More

THE INCOMPLETENESS FILE: What the Sam Hill is a "logical system?"

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2018 No general reader will know: According to the headline on the New York Times review, Jim Holt’s new book is a collection of essays which “make sense of the infinite and the infinitesimal.” It’s Holt’s “conviviality, and a crispness of style, that distinguish him as a popularizer of some very redoubtable… Read More

Mark Taylor: Christine Blasey Ford ‘Had Better Repent’ For Attacking ‘God’s Anointed,’ Brett Kavanaugh

On Monday night, Mark Taylor, the so-called “firefighter prophet” and radical conspiracy theorist about whom Liberty University is making a movie, appeared on Chris McDonald’s “The Mc Files” program, where he warned that Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, had better “repent” for attacking “God’s… Read More

How We Compared Clinical Trial and Cancer Incidence Data

by Riley Wong Introduction For our story, Black Patients Miss Out On Promising Cancer Drugs, ProPublica compared participant pools for clinical trials of new cancer treatments to the populations most at risk for the types of cancers targeted by these drugs. To conduct this analysis, we compiled two main data sets: Clinical trial data: Participant… Read More

Black Patients Miss Out On Promising Cancer Drugs

by Caroline Chen and Riley Wong It’s a promising new drug for multiple myeloma, one of the most savage blood cancers. Called Ninlaro, it can be taken as a pill, sparing patients painful injections or cumbersome IV treatments. In a video sponsored by the manufacturer, Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., one patient even hailed Ninlaro as “my… Read More

A Cancer Patient’s Guide to Clinical Trials

by Caroline Chen Clinical trials are a crucial step in getting new treatments to market. Before a drug can be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and released widely, manufacturers are required to carry out studies in humans to document that it is effective and to discover any side effects. Fewer than 5… Read More

How to Grow More Food While Slowing Down Climate Change

Two new studies have confirmed that farmers can win both ways, achieving a boost in harvests and helping to slow climate change. One says that they can successfully farm with techniques that can help slow global warming and add to the store of carbon sequestered in the soils around the globe. And a second study confirms that… Read More

A Saudi-American War of Terror

It’s the war from hell, the savage one that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, along with seven other Middle Eastern and North African states, have been waging in Yemen since March 2015, with fulsome support from the Pentagon and American weapons galore. It’s got everything. Dead children in the dozens, a never-ending air… Read More

Storm Flooding Kills 3.4 Million Chickens and Turkeys

About 3.4 million chickens and turkeys and 5,500 hogs have been killed in flooding from Florence as rising North Carolina rivers swamped dozens of farm buildings where the animals were being raised for market, according to state officials. The N.C. Department of Agriculture issued the livestock mortality totals Tuesday, as major flooding is continuing after… Read More

The U.S. Causes Refugee Crises. Now It’s Slashing Refugee Admissions.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Monday that the Trump administration would slash refugee admissions to 30,000 in 2019, down from 45,000 in 2018 and from 85,000 in fiscal 2016. Refugees come in numbers to the US when there is a crisis in their own country. At the same time, US policies toward refugees in the past… Read More

Congress Passes Measure to Protect Board that Monitors Nuclear Safety

by Rebecca Moss, Santa Fe New Mexican Congress has moved to block an effort to weaken a federal board that oversees worker and public safety at nuclear facilities, adding language to an appropriations bill to prevent the agency from altering the board’s structure. The bill also requires the Energy Department to answer questions from Congress… Read More

Facebook Is Letting Job Advertisers Target Only Men

by Ariana Tobin and Jeremy B. Merrill Hundreds of thousands of Americans drive for Uber. And the company is looking for many more. It runs ads on Facebook that say, for example: “Driving toward something? Make extra money when it works for you and get there faster.” Another touts: “Earn $1,100 in Nashville for your… Read More

Right Wing Round-Up: Horseplay?

Timothy Johnson & Cristina López G. @ Media Matters: Brett Kavanaugh’s character witness Mark Judge has extremely disturbing views about women (and Black and gay people). Lachlan Markay & Asawin Suebsaeng & Sam Stein @ The Daily Beast: Team Trump: If We Ditch Kavanaugh, We’re Signing Our Own ‘Death Warrant’. David Badash @ The New… Read More

Right Wing Bonus Tracks: URL of Kavanaugh Accuser’s Name Purchased by Anti-Abortion Extremists

Extremist right-wing activist Theodore Shoebat says that Christine Blasey [Ford], who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, “is an evil wretch.” The web address containing Christine Blasey’s name was purchased and set up to reroute to the promotional page for the right-wing anti-abortion movie, “Gosnell.” Religious Right pseudo-historian David Barton hosted a Constitution Day… Read More

Bill Mitchell Weaves QAnon into His Own Wacky Conspiracy Theory

Bill Mitchell, the flagship host at YourVoice America and a staunch defender of President Trump, has woven together the dystopian alternate reality of the “QAnon” universe and a conspiracy theory he cooked up earlier this year about the existence of a secret plan he dubbed “#SlowWalker.” Mitchell proposed early this year that Attorney General Jeff… Read More

The Election DataBot: Now Even Easier

by Derek Willis and Gabrielle LaMarr LeMee We launched the Election DataBot in 2016 with the idea that it would help reporters, researchers and concerned citizens more easily find and tell some of the thousand stories in every political campaign. Now we’re making it even easier. Just as before, the DataBot is a continuously updating… Read More

Mark Taylor: ‘I View Martial Law As A Great Thing’

During his recent appearance on “The Sharpening Report,” so-called “firefighter prophet” and radical conspiracy theorist Mark Taylor predicted that President Trump will soon impose martial law, round up his enemies, and place them in concentration camps, which he thinks will be a great thing for America. Taylor, who believes that figures like Barack Obama and… Read More

THE GODEL FILE: In what ways was Godel "strange?"

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2018 Let’s start with the self-starvation: According to science writer Jim Holt, Kurt Godel “has often been called the greatest logician since Aristotle.” Chronologically, any such assessment covers a lot of ground. (For our previous report in the Godel File, click here.) Aristotle, whose name is well known, lived and died in… Read More

THE INCOMPLETENESS FILE: Incompleteness meets incoherence!

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2018 Lucid writer intones: Subscribers to The New Yorker had a major treat in store. Or at least, so it seemed. Their February 28, 2005 issue had arrived in the mail. It featured a lengthy essay in which a writer named Jim Holt discussed a pair of new books. One of the… Read More

Blood-Spatter Expert in Joe Bryan Case Says “My Conclusions Were Wrong”

by Pamela Colloff A hearing to determine whether Joe Bryan should be granted a new trial came to a dramatic conclusion on Monday with a surprise, eleventh-hour admission from the expert witness whose testimony had proved critical in convicting the former high school principal of the 1985 murder of his wife, Mickey. “My conclusions were… Read More

Right Wing Round-Up: A Sign Of Ted Cruz’s Desperation

Matthew Yglesias @ Vox: Republicans can’t hold Kavanaugh or anyone else accountable — because Trump is president. Simon Maloy @ Media Matters: There is no bottom. Kelly Weill @ The Daily Beast: Oklahoma Police Chief Resigns Over Neo-Nazi Ties, Gets Job in Neighboring Police Force. Hatewatch: 5 things you need to know about one of… Read More

Right Wing Bonus Tracks: Absolutely Fabricated

Chris McDaniel, the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate from Mississippi, tells the American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer that he does not believe the allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh because “99 percent of the time [they] are just absolutely fabricated.” Right-wing commentator Ben Shapiro argues that the accusations against Kavanaugh simply happened too… Read More

Right-Wing Media Shield Brett Kavanaugh Against Sexual Assault Allegations

Right-wing media has gone into overdrive defending Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh against allegations that he sexually assaulted a woman in high school. Yesterday, it was reported that Christine Blasey Ford told the Washington Post that she had penned a letter to Sen. Diane Feinstein that contained allegations that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her… Read More

BREAKING: The mental age of Donald J. Trump!

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2018 And of the New York Times: Is Donald J. Trump “mentally ill” in some way? Might he be cognitively impaired? It seems that such questions are implied by the contents of Bob Woodward’s forthcoming book about the Trump White House. Consider this anecdote, newly reported by the Washington Post:RUCKER AND COSTA… Read More

THE PLATONIST FILE: Digest of reports!

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2018 New chapter starts tomorrow: Friend, do you know what a Platonist is? How well were Rebecca Goldstein and Jim Holt able to explain the puzzling “doctrine” of Platonism? Tomorrow, we start our “incompleteness file”—our reports on the efforts by Goldstein and Holt to explain Kurt Godel’s “incompleteness theorems.” Those reports start… Read More