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When Is It Worth Worrying About Dementia?  
Nick Stockton, Wired
Republican approach to Trumpcare: 'insanity,' 'incredibly frustrating,' 'divorced from reality'  
Campaign Action After seven years of dithering around and using every trick in the book to find ways to repeal and defund Obamacare, Republicans got caught with their pants around their ankles when it came time to do that other thing they promised—replacing it. Now that they're in the position of having to, they're showing just how insular, out-of-touch, and inept the House under Speaker ...
Chicago Was On The Verge Of Police Reform. Then Trump Picked Jeff Sessions To Run The DOJ.  
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Trump on Korea: Tactic? Madman Theory? Or Mixed Messages?  
David Sanger, NYTWASHINGTON — It was only a few hours after his secretary of state cracked open the door on Thursday to negotiating with the North Koreans that President Trump stepped in with exactly the kind of martial-sounding threats against the country that the White House, until now, had carefully avoided.
France Against Itself  
Tim Judah, New York Review of BooksIn recent years, the traditional right has had to move rightward to stop its voters going over to Marine Le Pen. Watching Le Pen and former prime minister François Fillon on television, watching Fillon address a rally of five thousand people in Nice in the final days before the first-round election, and talking to ordinary people who said they were li...
How Dems Got Mired in Nasty Internal Battle Over Abortion  
Daniel Marans, HuffPostThe party's unity tour reopened wounds from the primary.
This Isn't Tax Policy; It's a Trump-Led Heist  
Nicholas Kristof, New York TimesWhat do you do if you’re a historically unpopular new president, with a record low approval rating by 14 points, facing investigations into the way Russia helped you get elected, with the media judging your first 100 days in office as the weakest of any modern president? Why, you announce a tax cut! And in your self-absorbed way, you announce a tax cut that w...
In Restless Germany, New Generation Tires of Nazi Shame  
Rob Fulford, National Post
Trump Has Flip-Flopped. But His Supporters Aren't Upset — Or Haven't Noticed.  
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Trump & Washington GOP: An Odd Couple Trying to Get Along  
Rebecca Berg, RCPIf the relationship between Donald Trump and Republicans has at times resembled an arranged marriage, the president and his party are so far trying to make it work.
In NYC, Birthplace Of Climate March, A Reminder Of Who Suffers Most From Pollution  
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Fox News is Now Suddenly Vulnerable  
Mike Allen, Axios
After 100 Days, Conservatism Begins to Catch Trump's Eye  
He Can't Pass or Abandon It. Donald Trump Has Walled Himself In.  
Dara Lind, VoxTurning Trump's biggest promise into policy threatens to pit his party against his base.
The Narco Trafficker Next Door  
Stephen Woodman, The Daily BeastGUADALAJARA, Mexico—Gabriela Navarro, who lives in an exclusive gated community in southern Guadalajara, suspects three locals of having ties to one of Mexico’s most powerful drug cartels. She bases this belief on their unconventional working hours, unexplained wealth, and fondness for narcocorridos—folk ballads that glorify drug traffickers.
In Baltimore, tenants lose big in a housing court system sorely in need of reform  
Housing court in Baltimore is 70 years old. As the first of its kind in the nation, it was designed as a space where landlords could be held accountable for safety violations and renters would be able to address problems. It was supposed to lead to a safer city with better housing. But after nearly a century, it's falling woefully short on its promise. An investigation by The Baltimore Sun sho...
Trump's EPA destroys vital climate data web site on eve of Climate March  
When scientists began frantically copying climate data against the possibility that an EPA website would no longer provide access, it seemed a bit ridiculous. Even for a regime stocked with climate change deniers, removing the site seemed just too blatant, too mustache-twirling stock villainous, to be real. And in fact, just five days ago, the EPA's spokesman responded to stories that the site ...
America's Most Anti-Reform Institution? The Media  
Holman Jenkins, WSJSpending cuts are unendurable, but when the crisis comes, will the press point a finger at itself?
Climate marches turn out tens of thousands to demand action, oppose denialism  
As of yet there's few crowd estimates from today's marches, but the Washington, D.C. march al one has been estimated at about 150,000. Some images from across the country:
It's the Little Things  
Robert Ehrlich, Washington ExaminerTen years of debate about sovereignty and open borders has made many Americans question the government's commitment to immigration enforceme...
Trump May Not Be Getting Much Done, But It's a Good Show  
Zeke Miller, TimeThe former reality TV star goes back to what he knows best.
Rob Quist Turned Down A Visit From DNC Chair Tom Perez  
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Nuts & Bolts: a guide to Democratic campaigns—what can I expect from the party?  
Welcome back, Saturday Campaign D-I-Y'ers! For those who tune in, welcome to the Nuts & Bolts of a Democratic campaign. Each week we discuss issues that help drive successful campaigns. If you've missed prior diaries, please visit our group or follow Nuts & Bolts Guide. In case you missed it, last week David Jarman put out an excellent piece of writing regarding the structure of th...
Dear Resistance: The Russia investigation needs more Jason Chaffetz moments  
GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz suddenly discovered this week that a 12-year-old injury needed urgent attention and announced he would be leaving town by Friday for a multi-week sabbatical. Assuming no scandalous details emerge to claim credit for Chaffetz's quick exit and imminent retirement from Congress, he is arguably the progressive grassroots' biggest prize yet related to investigations of Dona...
Donald Trump has tied himself to the one form of energy that's never—never, never—coming back  
There's a reason that Donald Trump didn't have a crowd of wind power workers standing behind him at his rallies, and it goes beyond just his disdain for windmills off the coast of his Scottish golf course. The reason is that anyone who knows how to build or service wind power was out building and servicing wind power. It's not just the fastest growing segment of America's energy picture, i...
Tom Hanks Got 'Screwed' During 'Secret' Vacation With The Obamas  
Oprah may have kept hush about her soirée with the Obamas on a yacht across French Polynesia, but Tom Hanks is not so disciplined. The 60-year-old actor admitted to Stephen Colbert on Friday’s episode of “The Late Show” that he felt “very low on the food chain” while in the presence of his elite travel buddies: former President Barack Obama and First La...
Global Elites Headed for Fall, & They Don't Even Know It  
Damon Linker, The WeekYou often don't realize a revolution is brewing until it's upon you
Donald Trump Lashes Out At 'Fake News' Media As Journalists Gather In D.C.  
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Trump at Rally: Media Deserves 'Big, Fat Failing Rrade'  
Aaron Short, New York Post
Richard Trumka's Warning to Democrats  
Michael Tomasky, The Daily Beast
Women In The U.S. Don't Live In A Dystopian Hellscape. Yet.  
You’d have to be fairly clueless about the current political moment not to feel a shiver of recognition watching “The Handmaid’s Tale,” the new dystopian drama on Hulu. Based on Margaret Atwood’s bestselling novel, the show debuted Wednesday after weeks of politically fueled anticipation. The timing is apt. The action takes place in Gilead, a fictional future America...
Here's Why Tom Hanks Keeps Buying Coffee Machines For The White House Press Corps  
Tom Hanks has revealed why he tries to keep the White House press corps caffeinated by repeatedly sending them new coffee machines. “I’ve done that for Democrats and Republican administrations because those poor bastards need coffee,” the Academy Award-winning actor told “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert on Friday. “It’s as simple as that.” Ha...
Donald Trump's One Awful Accomplishment  
Frank Bruni, New York Times
The U.S. Is in the Midst of New Industrial Revolution  
Hamish McRae, The IndependentThe first 100 days of the Trump presidency may have been lacklustre, and the first three months of the year certainly showed disappointing GDP growth â?? only 0.7 per cent annual rate â?? for high-tech America this quarter has been a scorcher. So what matters more?
Sing Along With Jimmy Fallon's Review Of Donald Trump's First 100 Days  
Satirical reviews of Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office are coming in thick and fast. On Friday, “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon joined in marking Saturday’s landmark day with a montage music video focusing on the key words of Trump’s presidency so far. Check out the song at the 2 minute, 11 seconds point in the clip above. type=type=RelatedArticlesblock...
Russia Says U.S. Missiles In Poland, Romania Would Violate Treaty  
MOSCOW (Reuters) - A U.S. deployment of ballistic missile defense systems in Romania and plans to place more defense systems in Poland violate an existing arms treaty, Russia’s foreign ministry said in a statement on Saturday. The United States switched on an $800 million missile shield in Romania nearly a year ago and was planning to create another site in Poland, seeing it as vital to def...
The Man Who Saved Europe the Last Time  
Henry Kissinger, Wall Street JournalKonrad Adenauer restored democracy to Germany and helped unify a devastated Continent.
Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: 100 days of Meh and Chaos  
Vox: "80 sets of invisible eyes rolling": senators unimpressed by White House North Korea brief Wednesday afternoon, nearly the entire membership of the US Senate packed into a bus and headed to the White House grounds for an unprecedented classified briefing from top Trump administration officials on North Korea policy. Such a huge meeting, on such a volatile topic, had people wonde...
Newsweek: Ivanka Trump has power 'thanks to her man.' They mean her father.  
We'll start with the headline. "Ivanka Trump: The new Hillary Clinton in the White House?" Sometimes you read a headline and you think "this is such obviously false clickbait designed to provoke outrage that it should be ignored." And then you read the article, and it is exactly what you thought it was, but it's in Newsweek and it's just the logical endpoint of what a lot of polit...
EPA Purges Pages That Highlight Climate Change From Its Website  
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