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99 days into the hell that is a Trump presidency  

It's been 99 days since hell was released on earth, and here's where things are for the popular vote losing moron currently occupying the White House: Trump has been in office for 99 days. As of our latest update on day 98, we've counted 452 false or misleading claims. And:  xApproval at 100 days (Gallup)JFK: 83%Nixon: 62%Carter: 63%Reagan: 68%Bush: 56%Clinton: 55%W Bush: 62%Obama: 65%Trump yesterday: 39%— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) April 28, 2017 That said, w...

2017-04-29 05:55:09
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Corey Lewandowski's latest plan to profit off his Trump connection is to straight-up sell access  

Former Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski hasn't registered as a lobbyist, but a document from one of his several new consulting firms makes it sound an awful lot like he's going to be lobbying. Actually, maybe "selling access" is more accurate than "lobbying." A document provided to an Eastern European politician by an international consulting firm that Lewandowski co-founded this year promises to arrange "meetings with well-established figures," including Tru...

2017-04-29 05:31:36
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Open thread for night owls: Exxon fined $20 million for Clean Air Act violations under Tillerson  

While Rex Tillerson attempts to run an emptied-out State Department, the company he ran for a decade is once again being called to account for its hostility to American law. ExxonMobil was ordered to pay $20 million in fines for releasing 10 million pounds of pollutants into the air from a Texas chemical plant. District Judge David Hittner said that the company violated the Clean Air Act 16,386 times from 2005 to 2013, CNN reports. The court also found the company reaped millions econom...

2017-04-29 04:03:23
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Alabama lawmakers vote forbidding any changes to Confederate monuments in order to preserve history  

Oh, Alabama—forever taking a few tiny steps forward toward progress and a whole bunch backward. The state that represents the tenacity and determination of the civil rights movement just took a giant leap back toward its "Segregation Now, Segregation Forever" George Wallace days with the passage of its latest bill. Alabama lawmakers in the House of Representatives passed a measure on Thursday forbidding any changes to Confederate or long-standing monuments in the state. The bill now head...

2017-04-29 03:22:30
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Conservative commentator has a sad that Republicans never really wanted to repeal Obamacare  

Campaign Action Byron York is not happy. He's realizing that his Republican idols in Congress have feet of clay. That when they promised to repeal Obamacare, they didn't really mean it. And he shares his sad with a bunch of crazy other Republicans. [...] The lawmaker said, "It is a problem that we have members in the Republican conference that do not want Obamacare repealed, because of their district. That's the fundamental thing that we're seeing here." "I thought we campaigned o

2017-04-28 21:24:06
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Trump promises to work 'side by side' with the NRA, warns 2020 could bring 'Pocahontas'  

Is there a place in your home, school, or business that isn't already covered with a gun? That can be fixed. "The eight year assault on your second amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end," Trump told the members of the National Rifle Association, assuring them that they now "have a true friend and champion in the White House." Desperate to start all that winning, Trump went down to Georgia, looking for … anyone, anyone at all still willing to believe his promises. With a c...

2017-04-28 19:57:06
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Trump appoints woman who believes abortion causes breast cancer to top post at HHS  

Here we go again. Pretty much all of Donald Trump's cabinet appointments are troubling and problematic so it's hard to know where exactly to start with this one. On Friday, he announced that he will be appointing Charmaine Yoest as the assistant secretary for public affairs for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). She is the former president of the anti-abortion group, Americans United for Life:  Yoest is currently a fellow at American Values, a conservative group that o...

2017-04-28 16:33:37
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Why do Republicans hate veterans? Zombie Trumpcare edition  

Campaign Action There's so much in Zombie Trumpcare that's a disaster that popular vote loser Donald Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan might never get the Republican party unified behind it. The 24 million, at least, who will lose health insurance in the next decade, the gutting of Medicaid, the end of protections for pre-existing conditions—it's all really horrible. But there's a few things that have been flying under the radar that are particularly awful, even if you're a Republican. Especi...

2017-04-28 16:28:02
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What is a 'sanctuary city' exactly? An immigrant rights group explains  

There's been a massive effort from popular vote loser, Donald Trump, and America's most racist Keebler elf, Jeff Sessions, to demonize and twist sanctuary cities into lawless war zones where "bad hombres" run amok (that's actually his cabinet, but that's another story). The truth is that sanctuary city policies are locally decided actions that make cities safer, because local law enforcement agencies are able to build trust with undocumented immigrant residents. The result is a...

2017-04-28 16:04:07
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New York Times analysis of chemical attack is solid reporting, highlights Syrian and Russian lies  

The New York Times comes in for well-deserved heat on badly reported articles, like the article just before the election in which the Times went out of its way to kill emerging stories on Trump and Russia. But that doesn't mean there's not some terrific reporting done by the Times, and a prime example is this video analysis of the Syrian chemical attack and statements from the Russian and Syrian government, which was put together by Malachy Browne, Natalie Reneau, and Mark Scheffler. The...

2017-04-28 14:20:42
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Midday open thread: Humpback whales and a discussion about Scott Baio's penis  

Today's comic by Mark Fiore is The best first 100 days ever:  What's coming up on Sunday Kos … 100 days of a very terrible, not good, really bad president, by Frank Vyan Walton Let's stop being played by the corporate state, our puppeteers, by Egberto Willies National monuments are public lands, not profit centers, by Sher Watts Spooner Turkey, Trump's friend, bombs people fighting ISIS, our enemy. Making foreign policy great again, by Ian Reif...

2017-04-28 13:43:47
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Cheers and Jeers: Rum and Resistance FRIDAY!  

From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE… Friday Night Obama-Ha-Has Knowing full well that his lack of Barack Obama's comic timing is surpassed only by his lack of Obama's intellect, charm, empathy, honesty and stamina, Donald Trump will fail to show up this weekend at the White House Correspondents Dinner. So, to fill the void that's admittedly as tiny as Trump's hands, enjoy some barbs from the master through the years… 2009  "Dick Cheney was supposed to be here but he's very busy wor...

2017-04-28 13:33:52
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Republicans want to turn effort to save coal miners into gift for coal mining companies  

The bankruptcy of the nation's largest coal companies included dumping responsibility for a large number of retired miners, many of them afflicted with black lung and other industry-related illnesses, onto health and pension funds that were already underfunded and near collapse. Though there are fewer than 50,000 coal miners currently working, there are over 89,000 on the UMWA funds. Of those, 22,000 are the responsibility of companies that have already used bankruptcy to slide out from under ...

2017-04-28 12:39:36
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Abbreviated pundit roundup: 100 days of chaos and failure  

With headlines like these, you have to wonder if Donald Trump is tired of "winning" yet...first up, The Washington Post: Mr. Trump has reversed a generation-old trend toward openness, becoming the first president in modern times to conceal his tax returns and scrapping an Obama-era policy of publishing a list of White House visitors. He and his spokesmen frequently ignore facts and embrace misinformation. If he gets his way on policy, the nation will plunge more deeply into debt, global...

2017-04-28 12:35:14
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Morning Digest: Foreclosure king Dave Trott may face a real fight in gerrymandered Michigan seat  

Leading Off ● MI-11: Michigan Republican Rep. Dave Trott won his second term 53-40 last year in a contest that attracted little outside attention while Trump was taking his suburban Detroit seat 50-45. Democrats would love to target Trott, who made his fortune through foreclosures, and he's now got his first noteworthy opponent. Haley Stevens, who was chief of staff to President Obama's Auto Task Force in 2009 when it was overseeing the financial rescue of Chrysler and General Motors, annou...

2017-04-28 11:32:21
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Zombie Trumpcare dies again, at least for this week  

Campaign Action The third time was certainly not charmed for popular vote loser Donald Trump's demand that Obamcare be repealed in his first 100 days. For the third time his Republican colleagues in the House failed. After an insane few days of pretending that a bill that has been made even worse than the one House Speaker Paul Ryan had to pull from the floor in March would come to the floor Friday, while Congress also has just hours to keep government funds flowing, they threw in the tow

2017-04-28 11:16:48
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Trump tries to hide his lack of wins behind executive order signing ceremonies  

As his first 100 days in office draws to a close, Donald Trump has basically no legislative wins to speak of. So what's a man with a compulsive need to be seen as a winner to do? Trump's answer—or the answer of the staff tasked with making him feel like people think he's getting stuff done—has been to make a big deal about issuing executive orders. But while Trump's executive orders show his desire to create a meaner, uglier America with a lot less protections for workers, consumers...

2017-04-28 10:47:38
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Rob Quist speaks out in defense of Montana's public lands  

Rob Quist was recently endorsed by Montana Conservation Voters in his campaign to replace Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in Montana's lone House seat, and he expands on his views on natural resources in an interview with the Helena Independent Record. Quist hasn't hunted or fished in recent years, but says he frequently canoes and camps, and describes access to public lands as "the No. 1 issue for me … probably why I'm in this race." To improve access, Quist su...

2017-04-28 09:09:29
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The Donald's going down to Georgia, and he's going to raise a lot of money for Karen Handel  

Donald Trump is in Atlanta Friday to speak at the NRA convention—the first president to do so since Ronald Reagan—and to raise still more money for Karen Handel, the Republican in the June 20 run-off election for Georgia's 6th Congressional District. Trump's aggressive backing of Handel, for whom he's already sent out a fundraising email in addition to several tweets, betrays Republican nerves over the race. Though they claim to have seen the April 18 primary election, in which Demo...

2017-04-28 09:06:20
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Cartoon: The best first 100 days ever  

x Vimeo Video Here's hoping we make it through President Trump's first 100 days quickly, before he tries to ram through any additional executive orders, tax cuts or health care policy. For a guy who doesn't think the grand measure of First One Hundred Days doesn't mean anything, he sure looks like he's a kid cramming to do his homework at the last minute on the bus. (Or in the limo, as the case may be.) Today the Trump administration issued a one-pager complete revision of...

2017-04-28 08:44:51
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Lead poisoning in American children reaches frightening levels—and only half get treatment  

The United States is doing a pitiful job of treating lead poisoning in children. We've spent decades talking about cleaning up lead but apparently we forgot that we also needed to worry about its impact on our kids. And a new report shows that the numbers are actually much worse than we thought.  Researchers at the Public Health Institute reported Thursday in the journal Pediatrics that the overall number of children with elevated blood lead levels as of 1999-2000 in the US was 1.2 ...

2017-04-28 08:29:18
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The implosion of Trumpcare and Trump's border wall funding cap his 100-day debacle of a debut  

It's hard to overstate just how devastating this week was to popular vote loser Donald Trump. If anything captures the implosion of Trump's first 100 days in office, it's the downfall of his two biggest campaign promises: building a wall and repealing Obamacare. The fact that his presidential debut culminated in total retreat on both issues reflects just how little pull Trump has demonstrated at a time when presidents are supposedly at the peak of influence.  We all know this, of course...

2017-04-28 06:59:10
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Trump on presidenting: 'I thought it would be easier.'  

Donald Trump had North Korea all figured out … until Chinese President Xi Jinping gave him a ten minute lesson in the history of the region. Trump was ready to destroy NAFTA … until Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gave him a ten minute talk on the damage such a move would generate for the regional economy. Thanks to other world leaders stepping up to take Trump's tiny hand and guide him forward in baby steps, the world has so far avoided irreversible disaster. But all this learni...

2017-04-28 06:10:27
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Republicans admit no Democrats will vote for their deficit-exploding corporate tax giveaway  

Democrats just aren't going to help Republicans blow a hole in the deficit with tax cuts that amount to a huge boon for billionaires and corporations, and both the White House and GOP leaders know it. The AP writes: A senior administration official said Thursday the White House plans to push its tax overhaul without any support from congressional Democrats. [...] On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said he planned to pass a tax overhaul without Democratic support, bu...

2017-04-28 06:09:58
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House Democrats ride to rescue to keep government open after Republican fail to govern ... again  

The House passed a one-week spending bill Friday morning, 382 to 30, with 207 Republican votes and 175 Democratic votes, meaning the Democrats were necessary to keep this government afloat. Again. That's despite the declaration by Republican leadership that they would have the votes to do it all on their own. After holding the vote open for nearly an hour, they gave up on getting those last 15 Republicans on board and gaveled the vote. Some governing party this is. It's significant because...

2017-04-28 05:32:40
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Infamous Alabama judge Roy Moore kicks off GOP primary challenge against Sen. Luther Strange  

Roy Moore, who was suspended as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court last year for defying federal court orders regarding same-sex marriage, announced on Wednesday that he would challenge appointed Sen. Luther Strange in this August's GOP primary ahead of December's special election. Moore has made it plain that he plans to rally his religious conservative base. Last week, after the state's high court upheld his suspension for the rest of his term, Moore cast himself as a martyr,...

2017-04-28 05:19:51
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Michael Flynn is another thing the attorney general won't be investigating  

Donald Trump was angry when Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III recused himself from any investigation into connections between the Trump campaign and Russia. Now Sessions has also decided he has to opt out of a related matter. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Friday that his recusal from Justice Department investigations into the 2016 campaign for president will extend into inquiries into the activities of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, under fire for his ties to foreign...

2017-04-28 04:50:25
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Cartoon: Borderwall fundraiser  

Trump cannot seem to get his border wall adequately funded. Heck, he doesn't even know who's going to pay for the stupid thing, since amazingly Mexico said, "NO MAMES, CABRON", which means, "We will not be paying for that f***** wall." He is reduced to selling Chiclets at the border, to get some funding for his historic boondoggle.

2017-04-28 04:46:58
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Trump 'looked forward to terminating' NAFTA, but then someone showed him a map  

When it came to withdrawing from NAFTA, Donald Trump brought his trademark decisiveness and strong grasp of policy. Which is to say that he wanted to rush into something he knew nothing about, then got talked out of it by people offering him basic information that had somehow never gotten through to him in his year and a half of campaigning, transition, or first nearly 100 days of presidenting. And then he told the Washington Post all about it: "I was all set to terminate," Trump said ...

2017-04-28 04:25:16
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Hey, working class Trump voters. Remember when Trump promised tax cuts for you and not the rich?  

Donald Trump, The Today Show, April 21, 2016: Q: Do you believe in raising taxes on the wealthy?       A: I do, I do, including myself. I do.      Donald Trump, November 7, 2016, Scranton, PA: [I will] massively cut taxes for the middle class, the forgotten people, the forgotten men and women of this country, who built our country. Donald Trump's Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin, "Squawk Box," CNBC, November 30, 2016: Any reductions we have in up...

2017-04-28 03:03:24
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Confirmed: House Republicans will not hold vote on Obamacare repeal this week  

Once again, Republicans are teetering on the brink of failure—sweet, delicious failure: Despite pressure from the White House, House GOP leaders determined Thursday night that they don't have the votes to pass a rewrite of the Affordable Care Act and will not seek to put their proposal on the floor on Friday. This is a bit like a patient with stage four brain cancer deciding to put off surgery because it might hurt: The prognosis isn't going to get better if you wait, and it's ...

2017-04-28 02:52:27
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Cartoon: Celebrate President Trump's first 100 days  

The first 100 days milestone is largely arbitrary, but Trump made a big deal about it during the campaign. Now he's downplaying it since it's been such a disaster. 100 days is a blip in time when you realize Neil Gorsuch will be on the Supreme Court for probably the next thirty or forty years.

2017-04-28 02:32:22
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Daily Kos Radio is LIVE at 9 AM ET!  

Friday! It's a wrap on another week of The Presidential Apprentice, and it's looking like it ends with yet another failure on the "repeal & replace" front, as Trumpcare 3.0 appears headed back to the sidelines for now. Let's catch up on the other bits and pieces of this collage of insanity as we wrap up the "First 100 Days," despite The Donald's middling efforts to kill the concept. No stamina. Low energy! Listen LIVE, right here at 9:00 AM ET! Is the Kagro in the Mo...

2017-04-28 02:32:18
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Open thread for night owls: But Democrats are using swear words...  

There has long been a Great Pundit Uncomfortableness with the public use of swear words. It has been seen as the domain of uncouth bloggers for some time now; during the run-up to the Iraq war it was clear that the Bush administration was manipulating evidence in an attempt to justify their desired military conflict—but the opposition, on the streets and on the internet, were pooh-poohed for not being gentlemanly in their objections to such a thing. The signs! The shouts! How very unfortunate....

2017-04-28 02:15:12
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Schumer refuses to rubber stamp House's short-term spending bill  

With the clock running out on government funding—literally, midnight Friday—Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wanted to make it easy on the Senate. He put forward a unanimous consent request that the Senate just automatically pass whatever the House kicks over to them Friday to keep the government running into next week, while Congress works out the details of a longer-term spending measure. It's what happening in those spending talks that made Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer block McCo...

2017-04-28 02:01:42
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ICE really hates all your 'criminal space alien' prank calls. Good.  

There are so many things that are wrong with ICE's VOICE office. It's an anti-immigrant smear campaign thinly veiled as a "public safety office." It has historical roots in Nazi Germany, where a similar campaign was launched against Jewish citizens. Yesterday, an immigration attorney discovered that babies were mistakenly included in VOICE's "criminal immigrant" database, because ICE is fucking incompetent. So it's no surprise, then, that outraged Americans pranked the office...

2017-04-28 01:30:22
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'How is any Republican in California and New York going to vote for Trumpcare?'  

Campaign Action You know how Speaker Paul Ryan and fellow Republicans keep talking about the Zombie Trumpcare as giving more power to the states to determine how they want health care to work? Like everything else they say about the plan, that's bullshit. One of their own members wants you do know that. Rep. Dan Donovan (R-NY) went on All In with Chris Hayes Thursday evening to discuss his ongoing opposition to Trumpcare and Zombie Trumpcare for a whole host of reasons, including how ...

2017-04-28 01:19:31
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North Carolina woman voted illegally for Trump but won't be charged for 'compassionate' reasons  

Donald Trump has made a whole lot of noise about voter fraud in last year's presidential election. The fact that he lost the popular vote continues to drive him absolutely nuts and, though he's already been in the White House for almost 100 days, he continues to talk about how millions of people cast illegal votes. Well, he's right. Not about the millions, but there is proof that some people voted illegally and most of them seem to have been for him. In North Carolina, for instance, a w...

2017-04-27 18:13:33
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Rep. Elijah Cummings: 'The White House is covering up for Michael Flynn'  

The Thursday revelation that Michael Flynn was warned he couldn't take foreign payments came to the House Oversight Committee courtesy of the Department of Defense. But the White House team that put Flynn in charge of national security still hasn't released a "single shred of paper" in relation to the committee's investigation, says the ranking Democrat. The Hill writes: "I honestly do not understand why the White House is covering up for Michael Flynn," Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) ...

2017-04-27 18:11:26
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Trump rails against 'abusive' national monuments while his interior secretary downplays his plan  

Donald Trump's interior secretary does not seem to be reading from the same script as Trump on the recent executive order calling for a review of national monuments created since 1996. Though Ryan Zinke's remarks at the signing ceremony did suggest that some recent monuments were too large, he also downplayed the impact of Trump's order: "Let's be clear," Zinke said Wednesday. "This executive order does not remove any monuments. And this executive order does not weaken any e...

2017-04-27 17:57:23
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Midday open thread: The Simpsons, United and Pete Souza  

Today's comic by Ruben Bolling is Across the globe, with Jeff Sessions: Well, this could be fun: "The Simpsons" teased its newest episode on Facebook Wednesday, which looks at President Trump's first 100 days in office. [...] The clip of the episode starts off showing a cartoon Spicer in the White House briefing room dead, hanging from the ceiling with a sign on his body saying "I quit" as an onlooking cartoon Conway says, "I am not replacing him." The cl...

2017-04-27 15:34:46
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Zombie Trumpcare 3.0 stumbling around the House, doomed in the Senate  

Campaign Action The current exercise of reviving Zombie Trumpcare in the House is looking increasingly like a blame-shifting attempt to make House moderates buckle, as the Washington Post's Paul Kane writes. On Wednesday, however, after a few changes to the legislation that modestly tilted the bill more to the right, the Freedom Caucus issued a forceful endorsement of the new package. Outside allies issued declarations that the bill's fate now fell entirely on the shoulders of modera...

2017-04-27 15:23:54
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Texas House approves anti-sanctuary cities bill that amounts to 'a white supremacist's field day'  

Despite fierce blowback from immigrants and their allies in the state, a Republican-led Texas House shamefully approved an anti-sanctuary cities bill that amounts to nothing more than a racist, Arizona-style "show me your papers" law meant to terrorize and criminalize hardworking immigrant families: The Texas House of Representatives voted 93-54 Thursday night to pass a measure banning sanctuary cities which refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities in the state. Alar...

2017-04-27 13:46:59
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Trump's staff tries to 'talk him out of doing crazy things?' So this is the non-crazy version?  

I know we've already talked about this amazing Politico look behind the White House drapes but honestly, it's hard to look away. I'm not talking just about the apparent inability of Trump's advisers to keep him focused on his day job, or his team's professed surprise that, BY GOLLY, the opposition would continue to oppose a president even after the election, or even the sense of astonishment permeating Team Trump as to how this whole running the government of the most powerful nation on Earth

2017-04-27 13:29:39
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Government funding deadline likely to creep forward one week, escape Trump's first 100 days  

Donald Trump doesn't want a government shutdown in the list of things that happened in his first 100 days, and it looks like he's going to get his wish. Because the House seems set to produce a bill that would provide funding for just long enough to push any possible shutdown past that deadline. House Republicans on Wednesday night introduced a stopgap funding measure to keep the government open through May 5 while lawmakers work on a final agreement for legislation to fund the governme...

2017-04-27 12:45:16
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Obamacare insurer to Congress: Fund our payments or as many as 700,000 lose insurance—immediately  

Molina Healthcare, a major insurer in the Obamacare exchanges, has now issued a major threat of its own: if Congress doesn't fund the Affordable Care Act cost-sharing reduction subsidies, the company will leave the markets immediately. That would result in about 700,000 people losing their insurance now. Molina—a Medicaid-based insurer that has thrived in the exchanges—is threatening to throw people off of their health coverage this year and also refuse to participate next year. Roughly ...

2017-04-27 12:43:53
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Trump says he's 'absolutely' considering proposals to dissolve court blocking his executive orders  

Donald Trump's so-called "travel ban" barring Muslim visitors and refugees from entering the country has been blocked by several courts. Because Donald Trump is (1) incompetent, (2) an idiot, and (3) under the impression our nation should grant him dictatorial powers, Donald Trump has a solution to this: Simply dissolve the courts causing him trouble, thus making the law whatever he wants it to be. Asked by the Washington Examiner if he had considered proposals to split the court, Trump repli

2017-04-27 12:28:38
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'Oh, come on': Supreme Court justices incredulous at Justice Department immigration argument  

It, uh, doesn't sound like the Trump-Sessions Justice Department is going to prevail in its argument to the U.S. Supreme Court that citizenship can be revoked over any misstatement or failure to disclose at all, however minor, that a person included (or didn't include) on their citizenship application. Yes, Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg were all vocally skeptical. But there was also this, from Chief Justice John Roberts: "Some time ago, outside the...

2017-04-27 12:19:51
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Trump's VOICE office is yet another attempt to demonize undocumented immigrants  

Donald Trump and Department of Homeland Security Sec. John Kelly have rolled out the latest effort in their campaign to demonize immigrants and their families—a disgusting "VOICE" office to track crimes allegedly committed by undocumented immigrants: The Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) office was created in response to one of President Donald Trump's executive orders, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly said at a press conference. "Al...

2017-04-27 12:13:28
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Daily Kos Radio is LIVE at 9 AM ET!  

Well, this is it! The U.S. is withdrawing from remaining in NAFTA! Plus Congress is isn't voting on health care repeal this week, which they are aren't exempting themselves from, despite the time crunch. And lack of any text to vote on. Unless some shows up, somehow. From somewhere. Boy, do we ever live in exciting times! Unless we all die, that is. Listen LIVE, right here at 9:00 AM ET! Is the Kagro in the Morning show keeping you sane in these troubled times? Well, we'r...

2017-04-27 11:38:41
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Trump goes on Twitter rampage trying to blame Democrats for Republican shutdown plans  

Either a White House staffer stole Donald Trump's phone this morning or Trump turned over a major new leaf in his tweeting habits, because his personal account sent out half a dozen tweets in the space of about two minutes with no major typos. But the content remained classic Trump, pushing a bloated military budget and anti-immigrant bigotry, and trying to blame Democratic resistance to eviscerating health care for millions of people for any potential government shutdown. But Trump'...

2017-04-27 10:06:23
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Trump's tax plan is custom-tailored to benefit Trump—everyone else is an afterthought  

The only thing about Donald Trump's tax plan that fits on a postcard is Trump's tax plan. Calling it a plan is an insult to plans. Saying that it's one page is a tribute to white space. There's not just no there there, there's no there. This is a plan whose highlight is that it brings individual tax brackets down to three, but doesn't even say where those brackets start. It's a plan that supposedly limits deductions to just mortgage interest and charitable deductions … but se...

2017-04-27 09:53:28
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House leadership reanimating Zombie Trumpcare 3.0 for possible Friday vote—let's stop them  

Campaign Action Having bought themselves one week in averting a government shutdown, the House may or may not be considering wasting all that extra time this week on Zombie Trumpcare 3.0 and a Friday vote. The clearest sign of a possible vote quietly surfaced overnight, as Republicans posted the text of the GOP health bill—the American Health Care Act—and several related amendments, on a website which shows the expected schedule for the House floor. The House Rules Committee has...

2017-04-27 08:54:43
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Trump demands moderate Republicans walk the plank on his futile Trumpcare 3.0 effort  

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, not necessarily known as a GOP whisperer, summed up nicely Republicans' predicament on the Trumpcare 3.0 vote being demanded by their witless leader. "He's asking them to vote for a bill that is wildly unpopular in the country," she said, adding, "The minute they cast that vote they are putting doo-doo on their shoe." Translation: Hello 2018 attack adds!   While the White House has gone to great lengths to give Freedom Caucus members cover for a "...

2017-04-27 08:47:55
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Trump's inner circle continues to dish: The key job is 'To talk him out of doing crazy things'  

Brace yourselves. It's time for another story about the dysfunction and incompetence of Donald Trump's White House, from the popular vote loser himself on down. The opening anecdote of the latest installation is fantastic: [Trump] took it upon himself to explain that his presidency was actually on track, inviting a pair of POLITICO reporters into the Oval Office for an impromptu meeting. He sat at the Resolute desk, with his daughter Ivanka across from him. One aide said the chat was o...

2017-04-27 08:09:38
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House leadership eyeing Trey Gowdy to spearhead oversight ruse of GOP investigating Trump  

The power vacuum created by Rep. Jason Chaffetz's announcement that he might resign early from his "oversight" post along with his perfectly timed medical emergency has left Paul Ryan and other GOP leaders facing a horrifying prospect: Freedom Caucus control of the Oversight Committee. Politico writes: The committee, which is charged with investigating the executive branch, is stacked with prominent Freedom Caucus members whom House GOP leadership doesn't trust. Chief among t...

2017-04-27 07:52:26
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Michael Flynn didn't just break the law in taking payments from Russia—he was warned in advance  

The Trump regime might have hoped removing Michael Flynn from the position of National Security Advisor would also take him out of the spotlight of investigations between Trump's campaign and Russian officials, but every day seems to offer new revelations about just how blatant Flynn's violations really were. It's now clear that Flynn didn't just take money from foreign governments, and didn't just fail to report that money when he was under review for security clearance, he was told ...

2017-04-27 07:30:54
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Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: Taxes, health care, caving on the Wall, oh my!  

Peter Baker/NY Times: Arthur Laffer's Theory on Tax Cuts Comes to Life Once More  A white cloth napkin, now displayed in the National Museum of American History, helped change the course of modern economics. On it, the economist Arthur Laffer in 1974 sketched a curve meant to illustrate his theory that cutting taxes would spur enough economic growth to generate new tax revenue. More than 40 years after those scribblings, President Trump is reviving the so-called Laffer curve as ...

2017-04-27 07:29:55
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Tens of thousands across 35 states plan to rise up on May 1 national day of action  

Tens of thousands of people in 120 cities and across 35 states are estimated to participate in strikes, teach-ins, rallies, and marches during a RISE UP! national day of action "to demonstrate the power, resilience and strength of immigrant communities and progressives in America." Thomas Kennedy, an immigrant rights organizer from Florida, writes in the Huffington Post: This May Day we will continue to take to the streets to call for what we believe is a progressive platform center...

2017-04-27 07:24:05
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Cheers and Jeers: Thursday  

From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE… What/Who Made Trump Look Like A Bigger Fool This Month Syria Twitter His son His wife Lollipops Susan Rice Tax marchers Science marchers Mar-A-Lago's kitchen "This gentleman" U.S. District Judge William H. Orrick This mom 'n pop paint store His Coke bottle glasses His military advisers His attorney general His press secretary South Korea His thumbs As is now custom, shaped like Lady Liberty's torch---...

2017-04-27 06:42:12
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Jason Chaffetz is taking a break from Congress thanks to a conveniently timed medical crisis  

Hard on the heels of announcing that he's not running again in 2018 and may even resign before then, House Oversight Chair Jason Chaffetz is taking three or four weeks off from his duties to have foot surgery. "Almost 12 years ago, I shattered several bones in my foot which required 14 screws and a metal plate to repair," Chaffetz wrote on Instagram. "The University of Utah doctors now recommend immediate surgery to remove all the hardware or I could be at risk for serious infection....

2017-04-27 06:26:49
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In Minnesota, Walmart-style education is not a figure of speech  

Here's the effort to kill public schools in action. There are 36,000 students in Minneapolis-St. Paul public schools, Ed Hive MN's Rob Levine reports. There are about 25,000 students in charter schools in the area, and charter backers have a plan to create another 30,000 seats in charter schools in the next few years. Where is all the money coming from to start these charter schools? A lot of different rich people and their personal foundations, but one name in particular stands out: Walt...

2017-04-27 05:44:42
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Democrats to Ryan: You want our help to keep government open? Don't rush Trumpcare  

House Democratic leadership is challenging Speaker Paul Ryan to use his leadership and the fact that Republicans have the White House, Senate, and House. If he wants to pass a short-term funding bill this week, he'll have to either do it entirely without Democrats, or put an end to the Zombie Trumpcare rush. House Democrats will oppose a short-term spending bill if Republican leaders attempt to expedite an ObamaCare repeal bill this week, Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) warned Thursday. […] "If R...

2017-04-27 05:19:53
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Cartoon: Across the globe, with Jeff Sessions  

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2017-04-27 05:17:15
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AARP, AMA, March of Dimes and others weigh in on Zombie Trumpcare 3.0, and the reviews are brutal  

Campaign Action Politico's Dan Diamond has been keeping track of the response from industry and interest groups to the Zombie Trumpcare 3.0. All the talk of a possible vote on Friday has created a swarm of opposition from every heavy hitter, enough to make any slightly vulnerable House member quake. The AARP says the changes in the amendment they would vote on would "make this bad bill even worse." Specifically, we are concerned that the American Health Care Act will weaken the fisc

2017-04-27 04:38:39
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Obama fired Michael Flynn. Trump made him national security adviser. Guess who Spicer blames.  

In 2014, Michael Flynn abruptly announced that he was retiring from the Army ahead of schedule. It was the polite way of saying that he was canned for doing a miserable job at the DIA. From there, Flynn embarked on a career as an unregistered foreign agent, traveling the world to complain about the Obama administration and picking up paychecks despite warnings from the Defense Department. None of this kept the Trump campaign from latching onto Flynn. Trump proudly pointed to Michael Flynn as

2017-04-27 04:26:43
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Republican Super PAC is aiming another $3.5 million in attacks at Jon Ossoff  

A Republican Super PAC that spent millions of dollars against Jon Ossoff on the way to him getting 48 percent of the vote in an 18-candidate field last week is preparing to pour another $3.5 million into the special election in Georgia's 6th Congressional District: The Congressional Leadership Fund said Wednesday it will pour $2.5 million into TV advertising beginning May 10 to back Handel's bid for the suburban Atlanta seat and assail Ossoff. The rest is to be spent on targeted mail an...

2017-04-27 04:26:22
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Trump's anti-immigrant VOICE office is getting trolled with calls reporting space aliens  

The hotline for the Trump regime's new VOICE office—a disgusting campaign to demonize undocumented immigrants—has been getting trolled by people reporting crimes committed by space aliens. Cue X-Files theme. xTrumps’ “VOICE” Hotline set up for people to report on crime from illegal aliens was reportedly overloaded with calls about space aliens— Robbie Gramer (@RobbieGramer) April 26, 2017 "It's unclear how many people actually placed call...

2017-04-27 04:19:38
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Despite inmate deaths, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says Sheriff David Clarke gets to keep his job  

Sheriff David Clarke is bad at his job. The Milwaukee County Jail is a mess and is in serious need of reform. There are several lawsuits against the jail from women who say they were abused during their incarceration, including being forced to give birth while shackled. There's also the fact that inmates seem to keep dying. And even though the last death was by dehydration and seems to be caused by officer neglect (and could be considered cruel and unusual punishment), Clarke amazingly still...

2017-04-27 03:52:02
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Still a long, long way to go to fill U.S. attorney posts left open by Trump's purge  

The Trump administration is reportedly "moving" to fill some of the nearly 50 U.S. attorney posts left open after a massive March purge, but don't expect a flurry of confirmations any time soon. Though the White House is supposedly set to nominate as many as a dozen-plus U.S. attorney picks in the coming weeks, getting a vote on them could be a long haul, especially in blue states. Politico writes: It's still likely to be months before appointees can be confirmed, according to longtime ...

2017-04-27 03:33:21
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Open thread for night owls: After online smears, lawmaker calls internet troll's grandma  

Democratic Pennsylvania state Rep. Brian Sims had a message for an internet troll: "David, I can't tell if you're just a really dumb little boy or an angry bigot but I know for sure that you shouldn't have posted your grandmother's telephone number on your Facebook so many times. She and I just had a very disappointing chat about you." A Pennsylvania state lawmaker on Wednesday hit back at an internet troll who called him the n-word and a "fa----" by calling his grandmother and ...

2017-04-27 02:45:43
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Nazi frog: 'Are you a Jew?' David Simon of 'The Wire' says get bent. Virginia GOPer bashes Simon  

Corey Stewart wanted to be the Donald Trump of Virginia, but he's turned out to be nothing more than some random Donald Trump Reddit fanboi. Stewart is an elected official in Prince William County, and he's running in June's GOP primary for governor. Polls, however, show him badly lagging, so in a desperate bid for attention on Tuesday, he tweeted out a charming defense of white supremacy. Yes, literally, white supremacy: That same day, the city of New Orleans began removing monuments to ...

2017-04-27 02:33:43
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Trump might put a professional union-buster on board intended to protect workers' right to organize  

Donald Trump likes to occasionally pretend he doesn't 100 percent hate unions, usually by spending time with the relatively friendly building trades unions. But for anyone tempted to believe that, check out one of the people on his short list for National Labor Relations Board. Doug Seaton is a professional union-buster—and that's something new, even for Republican presidents. "Starting with Ronald Reagan," Leonor writes, "Republican presidents have often named stridently anti-...

2017-04-27 02:26:16
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Audit of Ferguson court system proves it's a complete and total disaster after Mike Brown's death  

The news from Ferguson, Missouri, just gets worse and worse. You may remember that after the killing of Michael Brown, the Justice Department launched an investigation into the Ferguson Police Department which proved that in "nearly every aspect of Ferguson's law enforcement system" blacks were impacted severely and disproportionately. This included arrests, jail time, and practices shaped based on revenue needs rather than public safety. And now, the latest news from the beleaguered city ...

2017-04-27 02:19:21
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Oops! Republicans decide they'd better not exempt themselves from Zombie Trumpcare after all  

Campaign Action They would have gotten away with it, too, if it hadn't been for those pesky reporters. House Republicans are now vowing that they will not exempt themselves from the worst part of Zombie Trumpcare 3.0—the part that everyone is in an uproar about—allowing states to opt out of making insurance companies provide essential health benefits and protections for people with pre-existing conditions. That's the whole point of the latest Trumpcare amendment, the one that Freedom ...

2017-04-27 01:35:43
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Morning Digest: Notorious Alabama judge Roy Moore launches primary challenge against Luther Strange  

Leading Off ● AL-Sen: Roy Moore, who was suspended as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court last year for defying federal court orders regarding same-sex marriage, announced on Wednesday that he would challenge appointed Sen. Luther Strange in this August's GOP primary ahead of December's special election. Campaign Action Moore has made it plain that he plans to rally his religious conservative base. Last week, after the state's high court upheld his suspension for the rest of hi...

2017-04-27 01:28:10
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Incompetent ICE includes babies, toddlers in VOICE database of alleged immigrant criminals  

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was recently forced to abruptly halt the agency's reports shaming sanctuary cities after only three weeks because they were filled with so many errors. Now in yet another ICE fuck-up, "a database the Trump administration said would help victims of crimes track the custody of suspected criminal immigrants mistakenly listed babies and other children": When alerted Wednesday evening, Department of Homeland Security officials said the relea...

2017-04-27 01:04:09
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DOJ report finds poor safety practices and understaffing at a private prison. Is anyone surprised?  

Well that didn't take long. Only two months after Donald Trump overturned the Obama administration decision to eliminate the use of private prisons, the Justice Department released a report slamming the private prison company CoreCivic for problems at Leavenworth Detention Center in Kansas. As a result of the numerous problems cited in the report, security risks and low morale were rampant and it's not hard to see why. With high vacancy rates and unsafe conditions, it appears the company m...

2017-04-26 21:09:49
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Midday open thread: A JFK diary, caterpillars to the rescue and the rings of Saturn  

Today's comic by Matt Bors is What Trump does in between tweets: Want to own a piece of history? In the summer of 1945, John F. Kennedy traveled across Europe working as a journalist. He kept a diary during those months on the road, which reveals a future president trying to make sense of a rapidly changing post-war world. The leather-bound diary will be put up for auction Wednesday, after sitting quietly for nearly six decades in the hands of a former camp...

2017-04-26 20:35:08
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Can Donald Trump unilaterally pull the United States out of NAFTA? Probably.  

The legislative triumphs of Donald Trump's first 100 days seem to be limited to naming post offices and scrawling his seismographic signature on repeals of environmental regulations. Everything else he's done has come by executive order. So when it comes to yanking the United States out of the North American Free Trade Agreement, he's not calling up Paul Ryan—he's just pulling out a pen. The Trump administration is considering an executive order on withdrawing the U.S. from NAFTA...

2017-04-26 19:32:02
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It's on, FCC Chairman Pai. You're not going to end net neutrality on our watch  

Campaign Action The new FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has always been opposed to the open internet, and now he's in a position to end it. He's been telegraphing that intention for months, and has now made it official. The chairman, Ajit Pai, said high-speed internet service should no longer be treated like a public utility with strict rules, as it is now. Instead, he said, the industry should largely be left to police itself. The plan is Mr. Pai's most forceful action in his race to roll ba...

2017-04-26 19:32:01
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Two Goldman Sachs bankers introduce the Trump Tax Plan ... but won't say how it affects Trump  

A pair of former Goldman Sachs executives, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House Chief Economic Adviser Gary Cohn, stepped on stage Wednesday to introduce a tax plan that promises everything to everyone: Lower taxes for individuals, much lower taxes for corporations, and taxes so simple you can do them in your head.  At first glance, two things stand out. One, this plan seems identical to previous Trump proposals that would explode the deficit while rewarding corporations tha...

2017-04-26 19:08:57
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Trump wants his Zombie Trumpcare 3.0 vote by Friday, before his 100 day mark  

Popular vote loser Donald Trump wants to say he got Obamacare repeal done in his first 100 days and it appears that House Speaker Paul Ryan is at least considering indulging his wish, despite the very real possibility of a fail that could be even bigger than the last one. A Friday health care vote isn't "outside the realm," Republican Study Committee Chairman Mark Walker told Axios, adding that people are discussing a Friday vote and things are "even trending that direction." "Most of them ...

2017-04-26 17:41:06
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Trump's wall collapse doesn't mean Democrats are done fighting for affordable health care  

The threat of a government shutdown over funding for Donald Trump's precious wall appears to have receded as Trump folded like a cheap suit. Or, as his chief of staff, Reince Priebus, put it, he showed "some reasonableness on the wall." (Has anyone told Trump that Priebus said he was being reasonable? That seems like a firing offense in the Trump White House.) Democrats are still fighting to protect the Affordable Care Act subsidy payments Trump has threatened to withhold: "Six mi...

2017-04-26 16:31:17
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Trump's childcare plan: The more help you need, the less you get  

Donald Trump is supposedly going to do something about childcare costs, because Ivanka. But what exactly does the precious daughter have in mind? Shockingly, it's a big tax cut for rich people! The plan is that families pay for child care, then get a tax refund at the end of the year. That means that if you can't afford to pay a lot for care, you don't get a lot back—there's no help in paying for high-quality care up front, which means that childcare quality stays unequal and then that...

2017-04-26 15:57:43
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Morning Digest: Devin Nunes just drew his most serious Democratic challenger in years  

Leading Off ● CA-22: Eight-term Republican Rep. Devin Nunes has always won his House races with at least 62 percent of the vote, but after Nunes' scandalous handling of his lead role in the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, he has turned himself into a boogeyman for Democrats nationwide. On Tuesday, Fresno County District Attorney's office prosecutor Andrew Janz announced his intent to challenge Nunes in 2018. Janz has never run for office before, bu...

2017-04-26 13:58:06
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EPA chief Scott Pruitt blatantly violates the Hatch Act to raise funds for Oklahoma Republicans  

It may seem ridiculous when looking at the crew now filling the administrative offices of the executive branch, but government employees are not supposed to be partisan. Under the Hatch Act, passed way back in 1939, only the president, vice president, and a handful of others in the executive branch are free to be involved in partisan activities. After revisions (including one signed by Barack Obama), other employees are allowed to run for office and work on campaigns, but they can not engage in

2017-04-26 13:35:10
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Brink of war with North Korea? Trump may or may not attend key briefing at the White House  

Sen. Mitch McConnell views North Korea as so important right now that he requested a Defense Department briefing for all 100 senators. Even though such briefings are regularly done at the Capitol—where there's several areas equipped to handle large groups receiving sensitive information—Donald Trump seemed to want to make a show of it. He offered up the Eisenhower Executive Office Building right next to the White House and considered part of the White House grounds. It's by most counts,...

2017-04-26 12:37:29
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Daily Kos Radio is LIVE at 9 AM ET!  

Greg Dworkin and Joan McCarter are back for our Wednesday show, just in time to catch up on whatever the hell Republicans think they're going to try to jam through on health care, taxes, continuing appropriations, or any other legislative squirrel that Trump might see racing across the White House lawn this week. Could the government shut down? Could our health care be in danger again? Could we nuke Albania? Maybe! Listen LIVE, right here at 9:00 AM ET! Is the Kagro in the Morning ...

2017-04-26 11:38:42
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Ivanka Trump soliciting donations from foreign governments and corporations for mystery foundation  

Like her husband, Jared, Ivanka Trump is wearing many hats in her role as a "special assistant" to the president. Although she has no defined role, she has been given her own chief of staff, who presumably will oversee a full staff attending to Ivanka Trump, something that is wholly unprecedented in American history. Her role pushes ethical boundaries relating to nepotism rules in the White House, but that may not be the only ethical boundary she's testing. According to Mike Allen at Ax...

2017-04-26 11:19:07
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DACA-eligible immigrants contribute $2 billion annually in taxes, study says  

A new study by the nonpartisan Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy finds that DACA-eligible immigrants—the same young people that Donald Trump has repeatedly targeted for arrest and deportation despite his claims that he's leaving them alone—contribute $2 billion annually in state and local taxes: "Within the last year, immigration policy has become a far more divisive political issue with public discourse often overlooking the tremendous economic, fiscal and societal contrib...

2017-04-26 10:54:14
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Cartoon: Stripped of his job  

The Fox lawyer screams: "I am authorized to make it rain!" Bill O'Reilly was FINALLY fired after being a money-making sexual harassment liability for years at Fox News. Too bad being a racist jerk was part of his job duties, and not a fireable offense.

2017-04-26 10:32:18
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Trump's Army secretary nominee wants leftists to quit smearing his good name with his own quotes  

Donald Trump's Army secretary nominee isn't going to take people quoting him sitting down. He's on to the liberal left's shady scheme of using his own words as some sort of gauge for his beliefs. Nolan McCaskill of Politico writes: "The liberal left has cut and spliced my words about terrorism and ISIS blatantly falsifying what I've said," Dr. Mark Green, a Tennessee state senator, wrote in a Facebook post early Tuesday. [...] The [New York] Times noted that Green has a history of...

2017-04-26 10:01:39
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White House reportedly releases Obamacare hostage, for now  

The White House has, at least temporarily, agreed to make the cost-sharing reduction payments to health insurers for May, Politico reports, potentially getting rid of one bone of contention leading to a potential government shutdown this weekend. The White House is telling lawmakers that it will continue paying Affordable Care Act cost-sharing subsidies, potentially defusing a bruising conflict between Democrats and Trump administration officials that had sparked a new round of shutdown fear...

2017-04-26 09:32:25
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Paul Ryan caught in a vise squeeze between Trump and the Freedom Caucus  

The White House can't figure out what's going wrong. From the health care debacle to keeping the government funded, Donald Trump has been a steady force on one end of Pennsylvania Avenue while Paul Ryan flails all over the place. Politico writes: The Wisconsin Republican's failure last month to persuade his conference to pass his Obamacare replacement plan forced the White House to intervene. On top of that, the most critical piece of his tax reform plan has been dismissed by many Republic...

2017-04-26 09:17:33
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RNC chair warns, if GOP doesn't give its nativist voters the wall, they'll 'walk away' in 2018  

We've heard a lot of red-alert warnings from Republicans fretting that failing to make good on GOP promises will cost them votes in the midterms. Normally, political observers reference the failure to repeal health care or faltering on tax reform, but RNC chair Ronna Romney McDaniel is keeping it real: they could lose all those anti-immigrant nativists who voted for Trump too unless they deliver on his useless $40- to $50-billion border wall. Andrew Kaczynski of CNN writes: Republican Nat...

2017-04-26 09:07:18
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Trump's wall could violate a nearly 50-year-old water treaty with Mexico  

Assuming popular vote loser Donald Trump hadn't already caved on his border wall demands (suggested title in case he's interested in a sequel to his first business book: The Art of the Squeal), construction on his multi-billion dollar monument to racism and xenophobia could stand to violate a nearly half-century-old treaty between the U.S. and Mexico and subsequently "end up in an international court": Texas-based NPR reporter John Burnett says Antonio Rascón, chief Mexican en...

2017-04-26 09:06:19
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Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: The futility of normalizing Trump  

Brian Beutler/TNR: The fact that Democrats are not horribly recalcitrant creates room for limited dealmaking. Republicans want to spend more money on defense and immigration enforcement, Democrats want to fund other priorities, and to the extent that these different points of emphasis don't cross any ideological redlines, the parties can accommodate one another. But Democrats won't persuade Republicans to agree to adequately fund the IRS, just as Republicans won't convince Democrats t...

2017-04-26 08:47:13
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Zombie Trumpcare for you, but not for Republican lawmakers or staff  

Zombie Trumpcare is back, stomping around Capitol Hill and terrorizing everyone. And by "everyone" I mean Republican lawmakers who created the thing and their staff. So they exempted themselves from it. Sarah Kliff from Vox has the details. The new Republican amendment, introduced Tuesday night, would allow states to waive out of Obamacare's ban on pre-existing conditions. This means that insurers could once again, under certain circumstances, charge sick people higher premiums than healthy...

2017-04-26 08:42:43
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Big business is asking Congress for a 'safe harbor' from state and local paid leave laws  

Since Congress won't pass paid sick leave or paid family leave laws—thanks, Republicans!—many states and cities have started taking action to make sure their workers have those protections. But now big business sees its chance and is lobbying congressional Republicans to protect it from all those state and local laws. Josh Eidelson reports that, while Donald Trump campaigned on the claim that he supported paid family leave: Now big business is countering the calls with a proposal of i...

2017-04-26 07:32:47
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