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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Donald Trump Is a Walking Disaster—and He'll Likely Win Re-election in 2020

By Musa Al-Gharbi, The Conversation

Democrats need to produce their own Ronald Reagan. So far, the prospects don't look great.

Samantha Bee Read Ivanka Trump's Appalling New Book So You Don't Have To

By Alexandra Rosenmann, AlterNet

Ivanka's new book "contains more fonts than original thoughts."

Exclusive: How Trump Backers Weaponized Anthony Weiner to Defeat Clinton

By Matthew Harvey, Jonathan Z. Larsen, Russ Baker, WhoWhatWhy

The anatomy of a takedown.

You Are Not Going to Believe This... Or Maybe You Will—Poll: The First Word That Comes to Mind When We Think of Trump Is...

By Katie Serena, Salon

According to a new survey, when most Americans are asked to describe him, they aren't thinking "president."

Was Comey Fired Because the FBI’s Sights Were Turning Toward Trump’s Russian Mobster-Connected Business Ties?

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

Investigating campaign collusion is not exactly the FBI’s expertise, but organized crime is.

Donald Trump's America Is Showing the Telltale Signs of a Failing State

By , PRI's The World

We have reached a moment of crisis in the history of American democracy.

Comey Loyalists Slam Trump's Claim He Was in the Clear on Russia

By Travis Gettys, Raw Story

"That is literally farcical."

Donald Trump Is a Dictator in Training

By Jim Hightower, AlterNet

His belligerence is making him a global laughingstock.

Top Republicans Are Helping Trump Channel His Inner Tyrant

By Kali Holloway, AlterNet

The GOP has become an accessory to a coverup.

Read James Comey's Goodbye Letter to FBI Staff

By Kali Holloway, AlterNet

The former agency head urged officials to uphold American values and the Constitution.

Sessions Abuses His So-Called Recusal in Advising Trump

By Jefferson Morley, AlterNet

In contrast to Neil Gorsuch, Sessions embodies the appearance of conflict of interest.

The American War Machine: Never Has a Society Spent More for Less

By William Hartung, TomDispatch

The American way of war is a budget-breaker.

If Washington Won’t Rein in Corporate Greed, Your State Might

By Sarah Anderson, OtherWords

A business owner turned state legislator is working to rein in runaway pay at the top of the corporate ladder.

The Palestinian Hunger Strike Continues as Trump Prepares for His Israel Visit

By Vijay Prashad, AlterNet

The ugly face of the occupation is on display as 1,500 prisoners refuse to eat.

Good That France Didn't Elect a Fascist, But Not So Good That They Elected a Guy Who Will Impose Austerity

By Mark Weisbrot, The Huffington Post

It is primarily the economic policies of Europe, including France, over the past decade that have allowed the National Front to grow into a legitimate opposition party.

WATCH: Adorable Grade Schooler Demands Justice After Vice-President Pence 'Bopped' Him in the Face

By Noor Al-Sibai, Raw Story

He's polite as heck, but will he get his apology?

Vermont Becomes First State to Pass Legislation Legalizing All Pot Use

By Charlie May, Salon

The bill, which awaits the Governor's pen, is the first of its kind in the United States.

Big Pharma's Pollution Is Creating Deadly Superbugs While the World Looks the Other Way

By Madlen Davies, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

Environmental standards do not feature in international regulations governing drug production.

Mass Incarceration and the Achievement Gap

By Leila Morsy, The American Prospect

The impact of imprisoned parents on children shows how criminal justice policy is education policy.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Documents Reveal a Powerful, Secretive Foundation’s Blueprint for Spreading Right-Wing Ideology, State by State

By Alex Kotch, AlterNet

Meet the Bradley Foundation, giving the Koch brothers a run for their money.

#ComeyGate White House Protest Kicks Off Nationwide Push for Independent Investigation at Senate Offices

By Alexandra Rosenmann, AlterNet

Protests are taking place a day after President Trump fired of FBI director Comey.

Donald Trump Has Compromised Our Democracy—We Must Have a Special Prosecutor

By Bill Moyers, Michael Winship,

The firing of FBI director James Comey makes an independent investigation of Trump and Russia more important than ever.

Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart Issue a Grave Warning to America After James Comey's Ouster

By Alexandra Rosenmann, AlterNet

Neither comedian could mask his concern during the pair's "Daily Show" reunion Tuesday.

Fox & Friends' Propagandistic Coverage of James Comey's Firing, in 17 Shameless Chyrons

By Matt Gertz, Media Matters

It's not the president's favorite news show for nothing.

Elizabeth Warren Connects the Dots on Trump's Firings: 'It's Pretty Clear What's Going On'

By Alexandra Rosenmann, AlterNet

"Donald Trump doesn't want anyone coming anyplace close to an active investigation."

WATCH: Betsy DeVos Is Lustily Booed During Commencement Speech at Historically Black University

By Matthew Rozsa, Salon

Half of Bethune-Cookman University's graduating class turned its back on the secretary of education.

Sean Spicer Had a Meltdown After Trump Fired Comey

By Julia Glum, Newsweek

The press secretary reportedly hid while his assistants negotiated the terms of a briefing.

WATCH: Reporter Arrested for 'Trying to Ask Tom Price Questions' About GOP's Obamacare Repeal

By Noor Al-Sibai, Raw Story, AlterNet Staff

A citizen's watch group posted video of the incident on Twitter.

Firing James Comey Won't Remove Trump from the Blast Radius of the Russia Scandal

By Jill Abramson, The Guardian

Unless an independent prosecutor takes over the FBI investigation, the whiff of a cover-up will not go away.

Douglas Brinkley Minces No Words: 'Donald Trump Just Behaved Like a Tyrant'

By Alexandra Rosenmann, AlterNet

The country's leading presidential historian weighs in on the "Tuesday Night Massacre."

After Trump’s Stunning Firing of Comey, Dems Immediately Demand a Special Prosecutor to Continue Investigations

By Jefferson Morley, AlterNet

Fateful decision falls to career prosecutor Rod Rosenstein, a Republican favorite.

Donald Trump Was 'Furious' with Comey About More Than Just His Russia Investigation

By Travis Gettys, Raw Story

A new report reveals the president had wanted to fire his FBI director for several weeks.

A New Protest Movement Is Rising from the Ashes of Standing Rock, and It's Targeting Big Banks

By Alexandra Rosenmann, AlterNet

"Young Turks" praises the work of 350 Seattle and offers a suggestion to climate activists.

New Anti-Immigrant Law in Texas Is So Bad the ACLU Issues a Travel Advisory

By Amanda Marcotte, Salon

Even the state's sheriffs and police chiefs oppose it.

Trump's Tuesday Night Massacre: Firing of Comey Reeks of Cover-Up

By Noor Al-Sibai, Raw Story

Trump’s firing of Comey is being compared to Nixon Watergate firings.

Democrats Shame Republicans With 'Adopt a District' Plan to Hold Town Halls for Missing GOP Representatives

By Sophia Tesfaye, Salon

Republicans are running scared following their Trumpcare vote—and Democrats are poised to swoop in.

Will Macron Move Left, or Feed Populist Anger?

By Robert Kuttner, The American Prospect

The center holds—for now. France buys some time, while Britain buys trouble.

Donald Trump Is Radicalizing America's Court System Before Our Very Eyes

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

President nominates 10 judges to the federal bench, the first step in a right-wing corporate takeover.

Baby Born Clutching IUD? Free Abortion Vacations? Nope—but Such Urban Legends Are Very Useful to the Right

By Amanda Marcotte, Salon

Titillating stories can be more persuasive than facts, and the anti-choice movement loves its nutty urban myths.

Ivanka Used a Dumb Fake Presidential Quote in Her Book That She Clearly Learned From Her Dad

By Walter Einenkel, DailyKos

Her father isn't the only con artist in the family.

Former 'Apprentice' Star Has a White Hot Emotional Meltdown While Defending GOP's All-Male Health Care Group

By Elizabeth Preza, Raw Story

After Erin Elmore's weak defense of the lack of female representation, she went way off track.

1 Year Per Gram: Man Gets Insane 18-Year Prison Sentence for Weed, Judge Furious

By Justin Gardner, The Free Thought Project

Welcome to Louisiana.

A Swath of States Is Experiencing the Hottest Year to Date

By Andrea Thompson, Climate Central

From New Mexico over to Florida and up to Ohio, 2017 has been the hottest year on record.

Educated in America: Growing Up as an Undocumented Immigrant

By María Nolasco, The Washington Spectator

"I learned how to be a spy."

Brave New Films: What Everyone Can Do to Build Sanctuary Networks and Fight Trump's Evil Deportations

By Robert Greenwald, Angel Padilla, Brave New Films

Not just cities: We can become a sanctuary nation.

It's Not Health Care, It's Trump-Don't-Care

By Leo Gerard, AlterNet

The GOP celebrated slashing insurance benefits for 24 million.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Trump's Tuesday Night Massacre: Firing of Comey Reeks of Cover-Up

By Noor Al-Sibai, Raw Story

Trump’s firing of Comey is being compared to Nixon Watergate firings.

How Comey Became Tangled in the U.S. Election—and Why It Led to His Downfall

By Sabrina Siddiqui, Ben Jacobs, The Guardian

Tasked with overseeing an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, the now-fired FBI director earned the chagrin of both parties.

Donald Trump Is Radicalizing America's Court System Before Our Very Eyes

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

President nominates 10 judges to the federal bench, the first step in a right-wing corporate takeover.

CNN Legal Analyst Unloads on Comey's Firing: 'This Is the Kind of Thing That Goes On in Non-Democracies'

By Noor Al-Sibai, Raw Story

Jeffrey Toobin calls Trump's latest gambit a "grotesque abuse of power."

Stephen Colbert Spotlights the Most Effective Democratic Attack Ad on Trumpcare and the GOP Yet

By Alexandra Rosenmann, AlterNet

Virginia gubernatorial candidate Tom Perriello left the "Late Show" host in awe.

BREAKING: FBI Director James Comey Has Been Fired

By Sydney Robinson, The Ring of Fire Network

The White House is currently being investigated for colluding with the Russian government.

Big Corporations Are Openly Backing Trump's Hate Agenda—Let's Boycott Them

By Ilana Novick, AlterNet

Americans can vote with their dollars to defend immigrants' rights every day.

Furious Protesters Descend on Paul Ryan Outside Harlem Charter School

By Alexandra Rosenmann, AlterNet

New Yorkers refuse to accept the House's passage of the American Health Care Act lying down.

Donald Trump's Breathtaking Ignorance Is Becoming More Evident with Each Passing Day

By David Cay Johnston, The Guardian

The president's own words illuminate the undeveloped space between his ears.

Trump's Monstrous Megadonor Has Some Twisted Ideas About When the U.S. Turned in the 'Wrong Direction'

By Elizabeth Preza, Raw Story

A lawsuit filed by a former employee sheds new light on the pathologies of the Mercer family.

Did James Comey Lie Under Oath About Hillary's Emails to Huma Abedin?

By Peter Elkind, ProPublica

Much of what he said was inaccurate. Now the FBI is trying to figure out what to do about it.

Despite Their Twisted Hero Fantasies, Republicans Are Basically Political Terrorists Destroying Lives

By Chauncey DeVega, Salon

Drawing inspiration from real and fictional American heroes, Republicans went out and fought a war—against us.

With Obamacare Under GOP Assault, New York Could Fight Back with Single-Payer

By Amanda Marcotte, Salon

One state government is attempting to save its residents from the disaster that is the AHCA.

Paul Ryan Made a Big Mistake Whining to Seth Meyers About His Trumpcare Coverage

By Matthew Rozsa, Salon

"The bottom line is this: Republicans rushed this bill through for ideological reasons."

Trump Threatens to Defy Congress to Go After Medical Marijuana

By Phillip Smith, AlterNet

Congress just passed a budget barring the use of federal funds to mess with medical marijuana. Now the president says that doesn't matter.

Republican Candidate in Georgia Runoff Refuses Debate After Learning It Will Be Open to the Public

By Laura Clawson, DailyKos

Karen Handel has reportedly declined an invitation from Jon Ossoff's campaign.

Has Western Medicine Completely Botched Painkillers?

By Martha Rosenberg, AlterNet

Doctors don't always know best, and you could pay the ultimate price.

Jimmy Kimmel's Emotional Health Care Plea Appears to Have Won Over One Republican Senator

By Alexandra Rosenmann, AlterNet

David Cassidy acknowledges all Americans should be entitled to regular checkups, maternity care and more.

Bernie Sanders Has a Huge Admirer and Supporter in Jimmy Carter

By Alexandra Rosenmann, AlterNet

"Can y'all see why I voted for him?"

Yates Warned White House Flynn ‘Could Be Blackmailed’

By Jefferson Morley, AlterNet

Amid partisan clashes, Al Franken asks the key question.

Anti-Vax Propaganda Helps Measles—Once Eradicated—Spread Across the Twin Cities

By Kali Holloway, AlterNet

Health officials expect the number of diagnoses to rise.

Privatized For-Profit Immigrant Detention Centers Are a 'Living Nightmare,' Investigation Shows

By Ben Norton, AlterNet

A report on corporate detention facilities in the U.S. details how migrants endure abuse, hunger and exploitation.

Trump Voters Are Willing to Be Conned as Long as He Deports Immigrants and Bombs the World

By Joe Conason, AlterNet

They're able to overlook an astonishing amount of corruption.

Can Anyone Find an Economist Who Thinks Trump's Tax Cuts Will Pay for Themselves?

By Angelo Young, Salon

The president’s proposed tax reform gets no love from the experts.

WATCH: Sally Yates Humiliates Ted Cruz After He Tried to Corner Her on the Muslim Ban

By Travis Gettys, Raw Story

The consummate professional versus the partisan hack.

Time for a Trump Carnage Index

By Betsy Hartmann, The Smirking Chimp

Too often, Americans let their leaders off the hook for the violence they perpetrate.

Trump Misled Americans by Making False Claims About Paris Climate Agreement

By Vanessa Schipani,

Trump said that the U.S. "pays billions of dollars" for the Paris Agreement and would shrink America's GDP by $2.5 trillion. Wrong.

Why We Have Such a Love-Hate Relationship With Work

By Ian Fouweather, The Conversation

According to a recent study, apart from being ill, work was shown as the activity that people reported they were least happy doing.

Monday, May 8, 2017

CNN's Top Legal Analyst: Trump's Tweet-Threat of Sally Yates Was 'Unprecedented' and 'Disturbing'

By Brad Reed, Raw Story

Jeffrey Toobin warns that we've entered uncharted waters.

Robert Reich: With Macron's Election, France Dodged a Fascist Bullet

By Robert Reich,

But the fact that racist nationalist Le Pen got a third of the vote is cause for future worry.

John Oliver Destroys House Republicans Over Trumpcare Vote

By Alexandra Rosenmann, AlterNet

On Sunday, Oliver prepared 217 House Republicans for swarms of constituents furious over their reckless vote.

Here Are 24 of the Biggest Issues Facing the Country—And the DC Elites and Media Don't Bother Addressing Them

By Andrew J. Bacevich, TomDispatch

It remains to be seen how much damage Donald Trump’s presidency will wreak.

Democratic Senator Kicks Off Yates Hearing With Chilling Trump/Nixon Analogy

By Alexandra Rosenmann, AlterNet

"Many years ago, an 18-minute gap transfixed the country... In this case we have an 18-day gap."

Did You Catch This Theme in 'The Handmaid's Tale'?

By Valerie Tarico, AlterNet

At the heart of Margaret Atwood's book lies a biblical story that provided blueprints for a patriarchal dystopia.

11 Ways Chicago Is the Beating Heart of the Disastrous Charter School Agenda

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

Chicago's political elite have fallen under the spell of the charter industry’s billionaire sponsors—and the results spell disaster for K-12 education.

White Racism in America's Police Departments Is So Much Worse Than Most Americans Understand

By Jeff Pegues, Prometheus Books

CBS News correspondent Jeff Pegues' new book exposes the under-reported "ghost skins": hidden white supremacists in law enforcement.

Democrats Have Already Turned the House Vote on Trumpcare into a Devastating New Attack Ad

By Alexandra Rosenmann, AlterNet

Congressional Republicans are vulnerable in 2018, and a new campaign aims to hit them where it hurts.

Whether Trump Is a Fascist or Just a Clown, He's a Threat to Our Democracy All the Same

By Andrew O'Hehir, Salon

The president's inner circle may yearn for totalitarian rule, but for Trump, it's all narcissistic play-acting.

Why the Marquis de Sade Would Tip His Hat to the Cruelty Baked into the Republican Health Care Bill

By RoseAnn DeMoro, AlterNet

The atrocious Trumpcare bill undermines Medicaid, employer-based coverage, and so much else.

A Weekend of Frantic Spin: Republicans Ramp up the Blatant Lying After Their Trumpcare Victory

By Heather Digby Parton, Salon

Republican strategy on the dreadful new health care bill: Keep telling outrageous lies and hope nobody notices.

There's a Protest Battle Brewing in New Orleans Over the Removal of Confederate Monuments

By Alexandra Rosenmann, AlterNet

The city council is following through on a 2015 promise to scrap all Confederate monuments from city grounds.

Red-State Blue-State Divide Is Showing Up in Tourism: Stereotypes Are Keeping Liberals from Alabama Beaches

By April M. Short, AlterNet

Those who do visit the state’s beaches may like what they find.

Noam Chomsky: Why Trump Is Likely to Care Less About Palestinians Than Any Other President to Precede Him

By Alexandra Rosenmann, AlterNet

"Since the 1970's, every administration has taken a weaker and weaker position towards the [Israeli] settlements..."

'Older People Are Going to Be Paying Five Times More’: Now Even Fox News' Chris Wallace Is Smacking Down Trump Team on Health Care

By Tom Boggioni, Raw Story

White House Chief of Staff Reince Preibus fended off host Chris Wallace.

Macron Wins French Presidency By Decisive Margin Over Le Pen

By Angelique Chrisafis, The Guardian

Centrist independent is projected to win by 65.1% to 34.9% but defeat still marks historically high vote for France’s far right.

Bernie Sanders: The Entire World Has Failed Its Moral Obligations to Refugees

By Alexandra Rosenmann, AlterNet

Sanders weighed in on the Trump administration's lack of human rights diplomacy.

Trump Voters Tell 60 Minutes They Were Sad to See a Friend of Theirs Deported: 'It Just Feels Wrong'

By David Ferguson, Raw Story

They never expected that their friend Roberto Beristain would be one of the people shuttled out of the country.

Is It Safe to Use Aluminum Foil in Cooking?

By Helen West, RD, Authority Nutrition

It's very difficult to completely remove aluminum from your diet, but you can work to minimize it.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

If Trumpcare Ends Up Happening, Up to 7 Million Veterans Could See Their Health Care Ruined

By Michael Hayne, AlterNet

The ramifications of the AHCA will be felt far and wide.

Macron Wins French Presidency By Decisive Margin Over Le Pen

By Angelique Chrisafis, The Guardian

Centrist independent is projected to win by 65.1% to 34.9% but defeat still marks historically high vote for France’s far right.

America’s Biggest Corporations Are Quietly Boosting Trump's Hate Agenda

By Ana Maria Archila, Javier H. Valdés, AlterNet

Corporate Backers of Hate campaign calls on companies to end practices that benefit from Trump's agenda.

50 Preexisting Conditions That Can Make You Lose Your Insurance If Trump and GOP Have Their Way

By Kali Holloway, AlterNet

In the Republican approach to health care, the sick could be priced out of the insurance they so desperately need.

SNL Nails How Men Would Really React in 'The Handmaid's Tale'

By Jenny Pierson, AlterNet

"I don't know if you've heard about this thing with the women. It sucks!"

Why Democrats May Be Too Hasty to Claim Victory for GOP Health Care Debacle

By Douglas Williams, The Guardian

When the bill was passed, dozens of Democrats burst into song. Do they have any idea how bad that looks?

Kellyanne Conway's Response to Concerns that People Will Die Under the New Healthcare Bill: Insult Poor People

By David Edwards, Raw Story

"It’s easy to jeer from the cheap seats," Conway said on Fox & Friends.

Robert Reich: The Peril Facing Western Democracy

By Robert Reich,

Are Western democracies under attack from Russia and the alt-right in America?

The NFL Is America's Newest Marijuana Battleground

By Phillip Smith, AlterNet

How the league responds to marijuana and medical marijuana use among its players is becoming an issue that can no longer be ignored.

WATCH: Idaho Town Hall Erupts After GOP Lawmaker Says ‘ No One Dies’ from Lack of Health Care

By Tom Boggioni, Raw Story

A woman told the lawmaker she feared the loss of health care protection under Medicaid would result in deaths.

Ivanka Trump Is Clueless About the Way the World Works and Has Shared It with the World in Her New Book

By Erin Keane, Salon

Ivanka's “successful businesswoman” reputation is kind of a sham.

‘This Is Not the Story We Want’: Reporters Chased Out of Meeting with Kushner Family Pitching Chinese Investors

By Tom Boggioni, Raw Story

A public relations aide told reporters they were disturbing the “stability” of the program.

Our Constitution Vs. the Deep State Run by Intelligence Agencies and the Pentagon—Only One Will Survive

By Dan Sisson and Thom Hartmann, AlterNet

Western civilization itself is under attack.

Trump Sleaze Is Going International

By Nomi Prins, TomDispatch

Voters who cast their ballots for Donald Trump, patriarch, got a package deal for his whole clan.

America's Late Night Comedy Hosts Are the Tip of the Spear in Taking on Trump

By Charles Bramesco, The Guardian

Under Trump, the stakes have been raised – and Samantha Bee, Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert have been leading the way to take on the president.

The Numbers Are Stark: Americans Overwhelmingly Oppose Trump-DeVos Plans to Turn Education into One Big Voucher System

By Liz Hayes, Americans United for Separation of Church and State

"We’ve been doing it for 25 years and the places that have adopted... vouchers have seen no gains.”

Millions Are Facing Death by Famine in Yemen

By Kathy Kelly, AlterNet

Millions of people in Yemen are on the brink of starvation while the world looks away.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

There's a Lot of Worry That Trump Is a Dangerous Authoritarian—Could It Be That We Barely Have a President at All?

By David Klion, AlterNet

Trump is our weakest POTUS in decades, and he's creating a vacuum in the White House.

Stephen Colbert to be Investigated by FCC after 'Offensive' Trump Joke

By Guardian Staff, The Guardian

The FCC reportedly received complaints after Colbert made a sexual joke about Trump and Putin.

Why the GOP's Vote to Repeal Obamacare Could Send a Democratic Majority to Washington in 2018

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

Determination aside, Democrats will need double-digit victory margins.

French Voters Face Presidential Election Between Xenophobic Candidate & Centrist Investment Banker

By Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

Barack Obama supports Macron, urging French voters to reject the politics of fear.

This Problem Isn't Going Away: Heartless Police Shootings of Unarmed Black Americans Continue Into the Trump Era

By Ebony Slaughter-Johnson, AlterNet

The statistics on law enforcement bias against black people are startling.

Scientific Study Reminds Us of the Deep Truth About One-Night Stands

By Erin Coulehan, Salon

New research shows that long-term relationships offer better sex than casual hookups—but you knew that.

The Republican Party Is Sociopathic: If You Didn’t Know that Already, the Health Care Bill Should Make It Clear

By Chauncey DeVega, Salon

Republicans have long since left normal politics behind and veered into irresponsible, sadistic misbehavior.

America’s Health Is in the Hands of GOP Frat Boys

By Michael Winship,

The Republicans celebrated their terrible health bill, which means tragedy for millions, with cheers on Capitol Hill.

NY Times Lets a Charter School Propagandist Distort the Facts on Its Op-Ed Page

By Jeff Bryant, Education Opportunity Network

"Alternative facts" are muddling the charter school debate.

Here's How Web Service Cloudflare Helps Serve up Hate on the Internet That Fuels Real-Life Killings

By Ken Schwencke, ProPublica

Cloudflare, a prominent San Francisco outfit, provides services to neo-Nazi sites like The Daily Stormer, including giving them personal information on people who complain about their content.

Trump's Disastrous Decision to Ruin America's Prize National Monuments

By Gabrielle Gurley, The American Prospect

Ryan Zinke and Donald Trump go after the lands set aside to preserve America’s natural heritage—even though they’ve already started to provide economic benefits.

Convicted for Laughing at Jeff Sessions? It Would Be Funny If It Weren't So Serious—This Is an Attack on Protest Itself

By Tighe Barry, AlterNet

Trump and the Justice Department are using the courts to keep the protest movement silent.

How Big Pharma Is Making Huge Profits From Torturing and Killing Horses

By Hannah Lownsbrough, AlterNet

Recent investigations have revealed inhumane practices that have shocked even experienced animal welfare experts.

Republican Senator Demonstrates the Impact of Jimmy Kimmel's Appeal to Protect Those with Pre-Existing Conditions

By Alexandra Rosenmann, AlterNet

The late-night host's heartfelt message appears to have left an impression on Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy.

Flint Water Crisis: More Than 8,000 Residents at Risk of Losing Homes After Refusing to Pay for Poisoned Water

By Clark Mindock, The Independent UK

"I don't want to pay for this poison... It's made us sick."

Democrats Are Pulling Out All the Stops to Protect the Arctic From Trump

By Kristen Miller, Alaska Wilderness League

No other president has ever attempted to dismantle another president’s permanent action to protect U.S. oceans.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Republicans' Vicious and Immoral Health Care Bill Is Just Part of a Sinister Long Game

By Thom Hartmann, AlterNet

The GOP is employing a strategy developed by Machiavelli and perfected by Goebbels.

Surprising Stuff Happens to Men Who Earn Less Than Their Wives

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

"Threatened" masculinity may be affecting voting patterns.

Paul Krugman: How France Has Come to the Brink of Electing a Fascist

By Jacob Sugarman, AlterNet

The New York Times columnist takes aim at the European elites who enabled Le Pen's candidacy.

Seth Meyers Trashes Trump's 'Disastrous' Health Care Bill: 'Exactly What Bernie Sanders Warned Us About'

By Alexandra Rosenmann, AlterNet

The "Late Night" host found little to laugh about after the House vote Thursday.

The 'Pro-Life' Party Has Become the Party of Death: New Research on Why Republicans Hate Poor and Sick People

By Chauncey DeVega, Salon

New data and the health care debate reveal how Republicans feel about poor people who get sick: They think they deserve it.

Trump's Latest Order Encourages Pastors to Get Political—Here's Why It Might Backfire

By Amanda Marcotte, Salon

Americans are already ditching churches they find too repressive. Expect that trend to accelerate.

Bernie Sanders Can't Help But Cackle at Trump's Telling Admission About American Health Care

By Alexandra Rosenmann, AlterNet

"Thank you, Mr. President, let us move to a Medicare-for-all."

Robert Reich: Trumpcare Is a Moral Travesty

By Robert Reich,

America has the only health care system in the world designed to avoid sick people.

What a Trumpcare Nightmare: Just About Everyone With Health Care Is Going to Pay More, Get Less and Face Chaos

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

The good news is that the reception in the Senate is decidedly cold.

The Sham Presidency: Trump's Obsession With Appearances May Connect Him to a Lot of America

By Neal Gabler,

Donald Trump tries to alter reality to distract the public from his lack of character.

Trump’s Russia Problems Under Scrutiny Next Week

By Jefferson Morley, AlterNet

Republican obstructionism has slowed the investigation, but not killed it.

'It's F*cking Racist': Watch a Black Teen Confront His White Teacher Who Insists on Using the N-Word

By Travis Gettys, Raw Story

The video was recorded at Ben Franklin High, one of Louisiana's top public schools.

Rachel Maddow Details the Carnage Trumpcare Will Inflict on Tens of Millions of Americans

By Egberto Willies, DailyKos

The bill could signal the largest transfer of wealth from the poor to the rich in U.S. history.

Alt-Right Hopes to Organize Street-Fighting Goon Squad: Is It More Than Macho Posturing?

By Amanda Marcotte, Salon

Far-right fanboys are trying to organize street gangs—and the most effective way to fight back may be mockery.

Dems Having Difficult Time Capitalizing on Trump Presidency of Blunders

By Klaus Marre, WhoWhatWhy

Trump benefits from an opposition divided between an unpopular party and a resistance movement that is embryonic and diffused.

ISIS Gains Power and Innocents Die as Syria Retreats From Peace

By Vijay Prashad, AlterNet

Trump's failed leadership is only making the sectarian violence worse.

7 Surprising Signs of Marijuana's Normalization in America

By Phillip Smith, AlterNet

Reefer madness appears to be fading into oblivion—at least when it comes to popular attitudes. The law lags behind.

Killer Drones in the Empire State

By Norman Solomon,

The political economy and mass psychology of militarism do the work of the warfare state.

The American Parent Trap

By Rachel M. Cohen, The American Prospect

A conversation with Sarah LeVine, coauthor of "Do Parents Matter? Why Japanese Babies Sleep Soundly, Mexican Siblings Don’t Fight, and American Families Should Just Relax."

Given Its Vast Wealth and Consumption, the U.S. Should Welcome Millions More Immigrants

By Mona Younis, OtherWords

Surely any country that hoards wealth should expect to care for a proportional number of that planet’s people.

Psychopaths Are Most Likely to Study This in College

By Dana Dovey, Medical Daily

While not everyone with this major is dangerous, it does reveal a Machiavellian darkness in a few...