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Climate Emails From Former Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson's Alias Account Have Disappeared  
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Trump's Links To Convicted Felon Who Stabbed A Man With A Margarita Glass Just Got Weirder  
NEW YORK ― Felix Sater has stabbed a man in the face with a broken margarita glass, run a $40 million mob-linked stock scam out of a storage unit, and been an FBI informant. Sater’s name has also come up repeatedly in connection to President Donald Trump’s ties to Russia and willingness to take funding from unsavory partners. The Huffington Post has found previously unreported conne...
The Five Dumbest Questions Put to Gorsuch  
Brendan Kirby, LifeZetteIn addition to the physically taxing experience of sitting through more than 10 hours of interrogation at his Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday, Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch had to endure many questions that were silly or downright dumb. Such is the price to be paid for a lifetime appointment to one of the nation's most powerful positions. If the Democrats won't gi...
GOP Lawmaker Defends Use Of Japanese-American Camps During WWII  
One Republican lawmaker in Colorado appeared to twice defend the mass incarceration of Japanese-Americans during World War II while debating a bill that would prevent the state from carrying out President Donald Trump’s executive orders that target people based on their race, religious views or immigration status. “We keep hearing about how things went down with the Japanese pe...
Nunes Tips Trump He Was Possibly Surveilled  
Simendinger & Huey-Burns, RCP
Arkansas's Cruel and Unusual Killing Spree  
McCracken & Moreno, New York TimesArkansas’s plan to execute eight men in 11 days next month is a recipe for disaster, one entirely of the state’s making. Although the state has not put anyone to death since November 2005, it now says that it must execute two people per day on April 17, 20, 24 and 27 because its current supply of midazolam, one of its three execution drugs, will expir...
The Republican Reckoning on Health Care  
Jill Lawrence, USA TodayRonald Reagan wanted to shrink the government and Bill Clinton said the era of big government was over. But their talk was premature. There was still one great task for the world’s wealthiest, most powerful nation to accomplish, and that was to make sure all Americans could get health care.
The cop that killed Eric Garner had a secret history of abuse complaints and now makes almost $120k  
The haunting last words of Eric Garner, "I can't breathe," became one of the unofficial slogans of the Black Lives Matter movement and the larger movement against police brutality. Garner died on July 14, 2014, when NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo fatally choked him after an encounter over the sale of loose cigarettes.  According to documents obtained by ThinkProgress, it turns out that Pan...
The Real Danger to Speech Is Corporate  
Ben Domenech, The FederalistFear of crackdown on free speech is a bipartisan thing these days. In the run-up to the 2016 election, conservatives were terrified that Hillary Clinton would ratchet up the crackdown on right of center groups seen under the Obama administration’s IRS, and particularly the exposure of even modest members of the donor class to public outcry along the lines of Bren...
Forgery and voter fraud charges filed against the former chairman of the Colorado Republican Party  
The Colorado secretary of state's office is filing charges against a single voter relating to the 2016 campaign and the accused is Steven Curtis, former chairman of the Colorado Republican Party. He's been charged with forgery and voter fraud. From ABC 7 in Denver: Steven Curtis was the chairman of the state party from 1997 to 1999. He was charged Feb. 1 with one count of forgery of a pu...
Freedom Caucus Closing In On Deal To Rewrite Health Care Bill At 11th Hour  
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GOP Rep. Thomas Massie Says Trump Could Be A 'One-Term President' If Health Care Bill Passes  
.@RepThomasMassie: GOP fears Trump a "one-term president" if health care bill passes, adds "we're tying to save him" https://t.co/gK2T7hl3Me— OutFrontCNN (@OutFrontCNN) March 22, 2017 A Republican lawmaker says he is trying to save President Donald Trump by voting against the White House-backed health care bill. “We’re afraid he’s a one-term president if this pa...
Is the Trump Organization vetting new deals on ethics like they promised they would? No comment.  
Donald Trump's business and lawyers, in January: We will absolutely vet all business deals for conflicts of interest to reassure voters that Trump's official actions "are for their benefit and not to support his financial interests." Donald Trump's business and lawyers, in March: We have no comment on that business deal that stands to enrich Trump. Mother Jones reports: Th...
FDA Links Breast Implants To Deaths From Rare Type Of Cancer  
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Good-Golly Gorsuch May Turn Out to Be a Rascal on the Bench  
Dana Milbank, WPThe nomination of Neil Gorsuch presents the Senate with a constitutional dilemma: Is this nation prepared to have Eddie Haskell serving a lifetime appointment on the Supreme Court? The most noteworthy thing to emerge from Gorsuch’s testimony Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee wasn’t his judicial philosophy (conservative), his credentials (considerable) nor e...
Democrats Exploring Deal With McConnell On Gorsuch Nomination  
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Oklahoma Republican Says God Can Use Rape And Incest To 'Bring Beauty From Ashes'  
A Republican lawmaker in Oklahoma defending an anti-abortion bill claimed that rape and incest could be part of God’s will. The bill by state Rep. George Faught would ban abortion due to genetic abnormalities or Down syndrome, with no exceptions for cases of rape and incest. Democrats challenged him on that in a debate on the floor of the state’s House of Representatives. &l...
Open thread for night owls: Colin Gordon ponders 'What's the matter with Iowa?'  
At Dissent, Colin Gordon writes—What's the Matter with Iowa? Since January, much of our political attention has been drawn to the dangerously dysfunctional first hundred days of the Trump presidency, whose major policy forays, notably around immigration and health care, have been marked by a frightening combination of flailing incompetence and blunt cruelty. But as Washington has become a...
Hawaii Lawmaker Beth Fukumoto Resigns From Republican Party Over Divisive Rhetoric  
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Mental Health, Maternity Care Guarantees In Jeopardy As GOP Wrangles For Votes  
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California proposal would pull public investments from companies bidding on Trump's wall  
A new proposal in California—where national popular vote loser Donald Trump lost the state's popular vote to Hillary Clinton by more than 4 million—would "pull all public investments from companies involved in the construction" of his border wall (that Mexico isn't paying for): Assembly Bill 946 would give CalPERS and CalSTRS, the state's massive public employee and teache...
Trump's Right: Close the Deal on Obamacare Repeal  
Adriana Cohen, Boston HeraldPresident Trump is facing the first crucial test of his presidency — repealing and replacing Obamacare — and he needs to apply the negotiating chops and deal-making skills he bragged about in his bestselling book, “The Art of the Deal,” to fixing our broken health-care system.
Trevor Noah: Neil Gorsuch Speaks Like Every Action Hero Ever  
Neil Gorsuch seems to be wowing Republican senators like Ted Cruz during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing, and Trevor Noah can understand why. “Not only is he handsome, athletic and a living symbol of a historic Republican power grab, he also speaks like he’s starring in every action movie ever,” Noah said Wednesday on “The Daily Show.” Noah then showed ...
Midday open thread: Billions paid for gun-related health care; loss of forests cuts emissions goals  
Today's comic by Matt Bors is Taking a leak: A Calendar of Resistance Events • Indian Child Welfare Act survives attack from conservative groups: Tribal leaders and advocates are breathing a sigh of relief after a federal judge rejected a broad attack on the Indian Child Welfare Act. But conservative legal groups, aided by some wi...
London Police Officer Fatally Stabbed In Terror Attack Identified As 15-Year Veteran  
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Freedom Caucus: There are 25 solid 'no' votes on Trumpcare  
Popular vote loser Donald Trump used his best negotiator skills Wednesday morning with the Freedom Caucus to convince them to vote for Trumpcare, and the Freedom Caucus says "no thanks." xBREAKING: more than 25 Freedom Caucus 'No's' on AHCA -- group says "start over"— Alyssa Farah (@Alyssafarah) March 22, 2017 Who's Alyssa Farah? you ask. She's the maniacs' spokesperson. The bill can...
HUFFPOST HILL - Trump Eager To Move Past Health Care And Focus On Rampant Treason  
Like what you read below? Sign up for HUFFPOST HILL and get a cheeky dose of political news every evening! We’re getting to the point where the question isn’t whether Paul Manafort has a go-bag, but how many foreign passports he’s hiding in his spare pair of Berluti loafers. If you see a defeated Devin Nunes chucking a cork board, a bunch of thumbtacks and a spool of red string...
Nunes: there may have been 'incidental collection' of Trump communications  
Republican chair of the House intelligence committee, Devin Nunes, stepped in front of cameras today to drop a bombshell of vagueness. Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., told a news conference Wednesday that the communications appear to be picked up through "incidental collection" and do not appear to be related to the ongoing FBI investigation into Trump associates' contacts with Russia. He says he...
This Is Why Repealing Obamacare Looks So Much Uglier Than Passing It Did  
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At Rutgers, attendance for a program helping women run for office has surged nearly 300 percent  
Spurred by the 2016 presidential election and subsequent, record-breaking protests against the new administration, a flood of first-time candidates across the nation—primarily women—are readying themselves to run for office "on local ballots, from school boards to town councils to state legislatures": Emily's List, the national organization dedicated to advancing Democratic women ...
Why Yes, Members Of Congress Would Be Happy To Take Drug Tests  
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You want a death spiral? Trumpcare would create a death spiral  
Despite conventional Republican wisdom (and the supposed rationale for repealing it), Obamacare is not failing, and some insurance companies are in a "profit spiral." But if you want to see a death spiral—shrinking enrollments, an increasingly sick pool of enrollees, and skyrocketing premiums—you'll get it with Trumpcare. Drew Altman, president and CEO of the Kaiser Family Foundation, explain...
Top Republican runs to White House to share leaked intelligence; it's time for a special prosecutor  
Campaign Action The state of the so-called House investigation into state-sponsored Russian attacks on the 2016 elections—and possible collusion from the Republican presidential campaign—just took a hell of a turn, as the House Republican who supposedly is leading that investigation just announced he was headed to the White House to brief the targets of that investigation on incendiary ...
Trump, Republicans Get Ready to Lose on Health Care  
Margaret Carlson, Daily BeastYou might wonder how the president could get out of bed and head to Capitol Hill after the beating he took there on Monday at the hands of FBI Director James Comey. But roll out he did to make a big push for passage of the American Health Care Act, a bill he’s not been all that enthusiastic about but which has become a test of his leadership. Speaker Paul Ryan s...
Extremist groups push hard to kill Trumpcare, force Republicans to decide where their loyalties lie  
Just ahead of Thursday's vote, it's a tale of two Trumpcare whip counts in Washington. House Speaker Paul Ryan is sticking to his guns and says Trump is "closing the deal" with Freedom Caucus members. Those same maniacs remain steadfast in denying that, now upping the chance that the bill dies on the floor to 90 percent. It sure seems like the House extremists have decided where their tru...
How 'Un-American' Became the Insult of the Moment  
Beverly Gage, NYT MagazineConservatives have long complained that “I don’t recognize my country anymore.” In Trump’s America, though, it’s liberals who see something insufficiently, well, American. Issues once assumed to be settled — the desirability of racial tolerance, a general preference for democratic processes — now appear, suddenly and ominously, t...
Wall Street Journal editorial compares Trump to a drunk clinging to an empty gin bottle  
The Wall Street Journal editorial page was reliably right-wing even before Rupert Murdoch bought the paper. Its editors really, really want to have Donald Trump's back. They want him to tell lies they can enthusiastically support. So even in the middle of a sharply critical editorial, you can tell it pains them that he's making it too hard for them—but the fact that the Wall Street Journ...
Republicans Should Resist Another Medicare D  
Michael Needham, Washington PostBetween now and Thursday, when the House of Representatives is scheduled to take its first vote on the American Health Care Act, Republican House members will come under enormous pressure from the Trump administration and congressional leadership as Speaker Paul Ryan scrambles to get the vote tally up to the 216 votes needed for initial passage of his Obamacare rep...
Rep. Schiff blasts Republican chair for briefing Trump on details of intelligence investigations  
Campaign Action House Intelligence Committee ranking Democratic member Adam Schiff is now out with a response to Rep. Nunes' baffling decision today to brief the Trump White House as to new details of the intelligence investigation against them. He sounds a bit peeved. If accurate, this information should have been shared with members of the committee, but it has not been. Indeed, it app...
Ivanka Trump: Complicit in What?  
Noemie Emery, Washington Examiner"Complicit" is a smooth-sounding word with a rough definition, meaning "involved with others in an activity that is unlawful" or (according to Webster) "helping to commit a crime or do wrong in some way." When Michelle Obama supported her husband, when Hillary and Chelsea Clinton supported their husband and father, it was described as being loyal, being involved a...
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