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Trump-Russia scandal: Like Watergate and Iran-Contra—only worse  
It took Richard Nixon more than two years to own up to the Watergate scandal. Facing impeachment, he resigned, and top aides spent time in jail. Ronald Reagan's administration traded arms to Iran for the release of a few American hostages in 1985, using profits from those arms sales to fund a war in Nicaragua, and it took several years and three investigations to unravel the whole mess. Reagan e...
Trump Says There's Been No Russia Contact -- Of Course, Much Of What He Says Is Untrue  
WASHINGTON – The Republican leader of the United States Senate was asked last week if he believed the Republican president’s denial that his campaign colluded with the foreign power that was trying to help him win. Mitch McConnell’s answer: “I have no idea.” His office later said that McConnell misunderstood the question ― that he thought he was being asked if he p...
Trump's Agenda Includes Hitting Back - Hard  
David Horowitz, Philadelphia InquirerDavid Horowitzis the author of
Numbing the pain of self-inflicted wounds in Trump's America  
Lady Liberty is in an abusive relationship with Uncle Sam. Try as she might to break the hold that he has on her, she remains tormented by his maltreatment, but is bound by years of tradition and obligation, and unable to imagine a life independent of him. Though he's raped and beaten her repeatedly, she finds a way to convince herself that he has redeeming qualities, along with a seemingly ...
Uber Promises Investigation After Former Engineer Blogs About Rampant Sexual Harassment  
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Secret Tape Reveals Trump Hyping Presidency To Club Members  
An audiotape of Donald Trump shortly after he won the presidency shows him hyping the upcoming drama of a new kind of reality show. On the tape, which Politico obtained from someone on the scene, Trump exhorts the “special people” at one of his golf clubs to be his audience and enjoy the drama of watching him interview potential candidates for his Cabinet. “We’re d...
The 2017 legislative elections and the post-Trump map  
While many eyes (and with justification!) are already on the 2018 midterm elections, it is worth noting that some very important elections on the statewide level are on tap for this November. So, it is fair to say that the first chance to assess the electoral impact of Donald Trump will come in just nine short months. The two states that headline the 2017 election cycle are two states that, on ...
War: What is it good for? Absolutely nothing  
By the time you read this essay, it may be old news. The content might seem hopelessly outdated, or we will have troops on their way to Syria, or something in between. That is how fast and furious the news cycle has been since Trump took office: something written on Wednesday may be irrelevant by Sunday. But this was the news as of midweek: "It's possible that you may see conventional forc...
Trump's Most Chilling Economic Lie  
Joseph Stiglitz, Vanity FairA so-called trade war with China would be an absolute disaster for the United States and its citizens.
Where Was McCain When Obama Attacked the Free Press?  
Monica Showalter, AT
Trump allies deliver plan to lift Russian sanctions—by helping to topple the Ukrainian government  
The hits just keep on coming: A week before Michael T. Flynn resigned as national security adviser, a sealed proposal was hand-delivered to his office, outlining a way for President Trump to lift sanctions against Russia. The players involved are a who's who of Trump-connected pro-Russian figures. Mr. Flynn is gone, having been caught lying about his own discussion of sanctions with th...
California Braces For More Rain After Storm Kills At Least 7  
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Donald Trump & the Enemies of the American People  
David Remnick, The New YorkerTrump aims to exploit the public's mistrust of the media to the hilt, if only to distract from the disappointments that are sure to come.
How Can We Get Rid of Trump?  
Nicholas Kristof, New York Times
Are Liberals Helping Trump?  
Sabrina Tavernise, New York Times
Media Bares Fangs for Donald Trump  
Joe Fitzgerald, Boston HeraldIt was a pleading so powerful, so poignant, that, decades later, it still comes to mind here whenever a media frenzy morphs into a mob mentality.Like all mobs, a media mob is inherently dangerous.When one emerges, reason and restraint go out the window, replaced by a blinding rage that cannot be assuaged by appeals for thoughtfulness and calm.Its momentum is unstoppab...
Ona Judge Staines: The black woman who escaped from and outwitted George and Martha Washington  
As President's Day rolls around again this year, many schools around the nation will continue to embellish and whitewash the mythology of George Washington, the so-called "Father of our Country." Several years ago, I wrote a response to this burnishing of his image in "George Washington is not my 'Great White Father'" wherein I discussed his history as a slaveholder. Since that time new...
Reince Priebus takes to the Sunday shows to retell the lies Kellyanne and Spicer already told  
Today was a slow day on the nation's Sunday Shows, thanks to the either intentional or unintentional absence of each of the Trump administration's most dedicated and egregious liars. Perhaps they were tuckered out, or perhaps nausea has set in at the various networks and they've decided that even if their viewers don't necessarily deserve a break from the authoritarian Dear Leaderisms of a Kellyan...
Mark Zuckerberg's Theory of Human History  
Ezra Klein, VoxCan Facebook help humanity take its
Thelma and Louise and the Democrats  
Glenn Beaton, The Aspen TimesIn the movie Thelma and Louise, a bullied Arkansas housewife and a harried waitress ditch their mundane lives for a road trip in their 1966 Thunderbird convertible. It doesn't
Senate Intelligence committee asks agencies to preserve materials related to Russian election ties  
On Friday, members of the Senate Intelligence committee received a classified briefing on the investigation into Russian interference in the November election from FBI Director James Comey. It was notable primarily for the stone-faced silence with which senators sidled by the press after the meeting. That same evening, though, the committee took action. The Senate intelligence committee has ...
Defense Secretary Mattis Disagrees With Trump's Statement That The Press Is The Enemy  
WASHINGTON ― Defense Secretary James Mattis broke with President Donald Trump on Sunday, telling reporters traveling with him that he does not think the press is “the enemy.” On Friday, Trump tweeted that the media “is the enemy of the American people.” Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) criticized the president a day later, saying “that’s how dictators get started.&r...
Conservatives on College Campuses Are Minorities  
Zachary Hayes, RealClearPolitics
How Will We Get Over Our Trump Addiction?  
Robert Fisk, The IndependentNot long after the Lebanese civil war ended more than a quarter of a century ago, I found my landlord in a depressed mood. He had suffered in the fifteen years of war – part of his family had been cleansed from their home in east Beirut – but peace had returned to the ruins of the city, the Mediterranean sloshed opposite our apartment block and in front of ...
British Parliament To Debate Withdrawing Donald Trump's Invite For State Visit  
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Republicans Are Using An Arcane Tool To Handcuff Federal Agencies  
WASHINGTON ― While President Donald Trump distracts the public with his angry tweets, Republicans in Congress have been busy undoing federal regulations that agencies have been working on for years. GOP lawmakers are dismantling regulations they deem overreaching and burdensome using an obscure law known as the Congressional Review Act, or CRA, which can be used to undo any regulation within 60...
Why Trumponomics Fails  
Robert Reich, RealClearPolitics
Most Americans Want Congress To Investigate Michael Flynn  
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Obama-Linked Group's 'Training Manual' for Protesting Trump  
Paul Sperry, NY PostAn Obama-tied activist group training tens of thousands of agitators to protest President Trump's policies plans to hit Republican lawmakers supporting those policies even harder this week, when thâ?¦
Why the "Haves" Have More  
Scott Winship, RealClearPoliticsOn the day Facebook went public in 2012, Mark Zuckerberg made $2.3 billion from the exercise of his company stock options. That amount represented the difference between the cost to public investors for 60 million shares in the social media giant and what Zuckerberg had been given the right to pay as part of his compensation package in 2005. Later that year, Zucker...
Breaking the Anti-Immigrant Fever  
Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: your virtual morning protest rally  
"Enemy of the people" is a phrase freighted with such history, and such horror, that it seems impossible that anyone would use it seriously. It's four words that bring with them the sound of boots marching, the metallic smell of blood, the rumble of approaching trains. And those words are no accident. Reince Priebus, the White House chief of staff, advised Americans to take President T...
Attacking the Free Press How Dictators Get Started  
Sen. John McCain, Meet the PressIn an appearance on NBC's 'Meet The Press,' Sen. John McCain shared his concerns about the president's feud with certain media outlets.
There Is No Fourth Branch of Government  
Swedes Disliked Donald Trump Even Before His 'Last Night In Sweden' Remarks  
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Facebook Plans to Rewire Your Life. Be Afraid.  
Leonid Bershidsky, BloombergMark Zuckerburg's manifesto offers a vision of social dystopia.
No Trump tax returns? No GOP tax cuts  
Over the past week, the White House has been completely overwhelmed by the Trump administration's mushrooming medley of Moscow outrages. But to what Vox labeled the "3 Trump-Russia Scandals"—potential Trump collusion with Russia against the Hillary Clinton campaign, possible Trump lies about Michael Flynn's outreach to the Putin government, and purported kompromat Russian intelligence...
Donald Trump's Great Escape  
McKay Coppins, The Atlantic
Democratic Member Quitting Federal Election Commission: Report  
WASHINGTON, Feb 19 (Reuters) - A Democrat who sits on the U.S. Federal Election Commission (FEC) is planning to resign before her term expires amid frustrations about partisan gridlock, the New York Times reported on Sunday. FEC Commissioner Ann Ravel told the Times in an interview she intended to submit her letter of resignation this week, a move that would open the door for President Donald Trum...
Trump's Spiteful Crusade Against Media Is Traitorous  
Linda Stasi, NY Daily NewsThe most powerful person in the world might actually be crazy. For sure, he is dangerous. Worse, he's American.
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