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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

A Yale psychiatrist reveals how Trump's twisted and manipulative relationship with his supporters is a form of 'brainwashing'

By Tana Ganeva, Raw Story

She also believes his relationship with his supporters echoes a form of brainwashing.

'He can’t think properly': This psychiatrist explains how Trump's limited intellectual development has given him a 'God complex'

By Chauncey DeVega, Salon

Author of “Trump on the Couch” suggests therapy: Trump struggles against “fear of his inner chaos,” and needs help

'I don't need this sh*t': Trump reportedly got 'furious' with John Kelly for feuding with the first lady

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

The chief of staff may be next on the chopping block.

Ex-CIA operative argues that the Trump White House is covering up Saudi crown prince's killing of Jamal Khashoggi

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

There's little doubt remaining about how the killing went down.

Why Wednesday is D-Day for Florida’s election results

By Steven Rosenfeld, Independent Media Institute

Federal court will hear appeal from lawyers for the campaign of Sen. Bill Nelson.

Former Bush official reveals how Mueller could fight Matthew Whitaker's attempts to interfere in the investigation — but he's still a danger to the country

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

"In order to prevent a breakdown of federal law enforcement, the White House should hurry to select a permanent attorney general before any more damage is done."

A federal court rebukes Brian Kemp's 'nonsensical' election management — giving a lifeline to Stacey Abrams as she battles on

By Steven Rosenfeld, Independent Media Institute

State legislative contests are the most affected, but there are implications for the unsettled governor’s race.

Cruelty-free fashion: growing leather without animals

By Lucy Goodchild Van Hilten, Independent Media Institute

It’s now possible to grow leather without raising and killing animals.

Here's what history teaches us to expect if Democrats vote to impeach Trump

By Alex Henderson, AlterNet

It's the constitutional remedy for a criminal president.

The photographer who took a photo of high schoolers giving a Nazi salute just gave a ridiculous explanation for the racist pose

By David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement

One student in the photo said the boys knew exactly what they were doing.

Here are 6 of Trump’s craziest and most outrageous Twitter moments — since the midterms

By Alex Henderson, AlterNet

Trump has been as outrageous as ever on Twitter.

Melania Trump is urging the president to oust this national security official after clashing behind the scenes: report

By David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement

It has nothing to do with national security.

'Corporate bribery' lands Amazon HQ2 in Queens as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says New York community is in 'outrage'

By Jake Johnson, Common Dreams

The idea that Amazon "will receive hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks at a time when our subway is crumbling and our communities need more investment, not less, is extremely concerning to residents here."

The View’s Meghan McCain spews GOP talking points on Florida's election supervisor — and gets immediately fact-checked

By Travis Gettys, Raw Story

"The suggestion that Broward County, which does largely skew Democratic, is the problem, I think is a little bit dishonest.”

Here's how local communities are turning vacant lots into thriving urban farms

By Phoebe Lamont, Independent Media Institute

Cities across the U.S. are beginning to view vacant lots as opportunities to revive neighborhoods.

We shouldn't just make voting accessible — we should make it mandatory

By Leo W. Gerard, Independent Media Institute

The voter turnout was impressive—but voter suppression remains an issue for American democracy.

Reporter details CNN's First Amendment lawsuit against the Trump White House — and publicly calls out defendants by name

By Brendan Skwire, Raw Story

“It is not just President Trump. It’s John Kelly, Sarah Sanders, Bill Shine, the head of the Secret Service and the officer who actually took away the hard pass last week. “

There are many new signs that Donald Trump is mentally deteriorating

By Nancy LeTourneau, The Washington Monthly

It is hard to avoid the idea that there is a pattern to all of this.

'I blame Soros!': Trump-loving Proud Boys founder whines after being shunned by liberal neighbors

By Brad Reed, Raw Story

Like every bully, Gavin McInnes proves he's the biggest snowflake of all.

The ‘soy boy’ conspiracy theory: Why the alt-right believes soybeans are part of a vast left-wing plot against manhood

By Alex Henderson, AlterNet

It's combined of misogyny and the warped world of nutritional pseudoscience.

Conservatives have gone fully fact-free: So how the heck do we even talk to them?

By Amanda Marcotte, Salon

The “debate” over the Jim Acosta video shows the right has no use for facts. Is there any way to talk to them?

7 dubious financial buzzwords that indicate someone is conning you

By Valerie Vande Panne, Independent Media Institute

If it sounds too good to be true, take a closer look beyond the rhetoric.

Political correctness is rampant on the right wing — but no one ever admits it

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

A dust-up over a joke about a Republican politician's war injury reveals conservative hypocrisy.

Monday, November 12, 2018

It's official: Kyrsten Sinema wins election to become Arizona's first woman senator

By Matthew Chapman, AlterNet

The historic election staunches Democratic losses in the Senate — and gives Democrats another path to win in 2020.

Political correctness is rampant on the right wing — but no one ever admits it

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

A dust-up over a joke about a Republican politician's war injury reveals conservative hypocrisy.

7 dubious financial buzzwords that indicate someone is conning you

By Valerie Vande Panne, Independent Media Institute

If it sounds too good to be true, take a closer look beyond the rhetoric.

This former InfoWars writer — and friend of Roger Stone — is begging for money because he's convinced Mueller is about to indict him

By Matthew Chapman, AlterNet

Jerome Corsi, a longtime conspiracy theorist and friend of Roger Stone's, says Mueller plans to charge him with perjury.

'President Bone Spurs': Here are 7 times Trump proved he's no friend to the US military

By Alex Henderson, AlterNet

For all his bluster about supporting the troops, Trump's relationship with the military is much more complicated.

Trump ran on a bogus promise that he could save coal country — and he's completely failing

By Hisham Zerriffi, Sandeep Pai, The Conversation

The industry has not come roaring back — and its future looks shaky.

Defeated Republican celebrates Veterans Day by blaming late Sen. John McCain for flipping House for Democrats

By Shira Tarlo, Salon

"The late Arizona senator's grievance with all things Trump was well known, but this obsession on the part of 'Never Trump' Republicans has to end."

Florida's Rick Scott denied: Judge can't find 'any evidence' to impound Broward voting machines

By Kerry Eleveld, Daily Kos

"I don’t think I have any evidence to enter a mandatory injunction right now,” said state court Judge Jack Tuter.

We shouldn't just make voting accessible — we should make it mandatory

By Leo W. Gerard, Independent Media Institute

The voter turnout was impressive—but voter suppression remains an issue for American democracy.

Here are the 3 most insane conspiracy theories Republicans are using to subvert democracy and avoid counting every vote

By Matthew Chapman, AlterNet

Republicans are scared of democracy. And they have some very creative reasons why.

Here's what is next for Mueller's Russia probe as Trump attempts to obstruct justice — again

By Bob Cesca, Salon

Donald Trump is obstructing justice, and doesn’t care who knows it. Will his newly-installed flunky fire Mueller?

Winston Churchill’s grandson mocks Trump for taking a rain check on WWI ceremony

By Matthew Rozsa, Salon

Trump "couldn’t even defy the weather to pay his respects to The Fallen."

Texas man explodes with rage at Confederate monument protestors: Jesus 'f*cking hates you!'

By Matthew Chapman, AlterNet

A Confederate sympathizer lost his temper at protestors in a viral video.

Evangelical pastor details how he expects Trump’s foreign policy to ‘kick-start the end times’

By Brad Reed, Raw Story

Nate Pyle also tells Newsweek that evangelicals appreciate that Trump seems to prioritize protecting Christians’ religious liberties.

White House confirms Trump will not visit Arlington cemetery on Veteran’s Day

By David Edwards, Raw Story

The decision comes after Donald Trump on Saturday rain checked a ceremony honoring fallen American World War I heroes.

Former John McCain aides call out 'despicable' Republican lies as Kyrsten Sinema's Arizona Senate lead rattles Trump's GOP

By Laura Clawson, Daily Kos

Donald Trump and the National Republican Senatorial Commission have suggested there’s something shady and underhanded about counting every vote.

CNN exposes Trump’s 'nationalism' for it’s pathetic disfiguration of the American legacy

By 4democracy , Daily Kos

A “dire warning” has been issued.

Stephen Hawking’s final book suggests time travel may one day be possible – here’s what to make of it

By , The Conversation

Our inability to access the “now” of someone far away is at the heart of Albert Einstein’s theories of space and time.

Why and how Donald Trump flunks the presidential leadership test

By , History News Network

He's a total failure

Here are 10 hard truths about war for Veterans Day — and every other day

By Nora Eisenberg, AlterNet

As we celebrate our veterans, we need to remember some realities that the public is barely aware of, but veterans know only too well.

Kansas City Health Department pours bleach on food intended for homeless

By Gwendolyn Smith, The New Civil Rights Movement

Health officials claimed the group was not following the law, and lacked a permit to serve the homeless.

Here's why the Georgia governor’s race is far from over

By Steven Rosenfeld, Independent Media Institute

Tens of thousands of uncounted votes and possibly more in rejected vote-by-mail envelopes.

Forget Tofurky: Here's how to have a better meatless Thanksgiving

By Ari LeVaux, AlterNet

Let's cook vegetables that look and taste like what they are, rather than like a carcass.

How surveillance capitalism became the dominant business model of Silicon Valley

By Keith A. Spencer, Salon

Beyond hawking hardware and software, the monetization of identity defines the ultimate tech business model

Two economic policies are likely to change now that Democrats control the House of Representatives

By , The Conversation

While House Democrats may not support these plans, they would likely be willing to support something that mainly relies on just federal spending.

Here's how tax-loving, conservative Trump states are utterly dependent on blue America

By Robert Reich, AlterNet

Who's really getting all the "handouts" ?

Expert in authoritarianism reveals why Trump shirked visit to US military cemetery in Paris — but has time for Putin

By Tom Boggioni, Raw Story

Sarah Kendzior explained Trump’s actions in Paris that have drawn scorn from pundits and the military alike.

Will the war stories ever end?

By Rory Fanning, Tom Dispatch

A veteran and parent can’t stop thinking about the war he fought

Democracy is at risk in Latin America and the far right is moving in – here’s how it went wrong for the left

By , The Conversation

Latin American democracy is in peril, a crisis driven by rising social polarization and a growing intolerance of dissent.

This is why scientists were freaking out about the 'object from afar' that visited our solar system

By Nicole Karlis, Salon

“We are free to have any idea we want, and crazy ideas are welcome, but they need to be testable."

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Why and how Donald Trump flunks the presidential leadership test

By , History News Network

He's a total failure

Here are 10 hard truths about war for Veterans Day — and every other day

By Nora Eisenberg, AlterNet

As we celebrate our veterans, we need to remember some realities that the public is barely aware of, but veterans know only too well.

Here's why the Georgia governor’s race is far from over

By Steven Rosenfeld, Independent Media Institute

Tens of thousands of uncounted votes and possibly more in rejected vote-by-mail envelopes.

How surveillance capitalism became the dominant business model of Silicon Valley

By Keith A. Spencer, Salon

Beyond hawking hardware and software, the monetization of identity defines the ultimate tech business model

Will the war stories ever end?

By Rory Fanning, Tom Dispatch

A veteran and parent can’t stop thinking about the war he fought

Expert in authoritarianism reveals why Trump shirked visit to US military cemetery in Paris — but has time for Putin

By Tom Boggioni, Raw Story

Sarah Kendzior explained Trump’s actions in Paris that have drawn scorn from pundits and the military alike.

Macron delivers rebuke to nationalism as Trump looks on

By Gwendolyn Smith, The New Civil Rights Movement

"Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism."

Strange bedfellows: Here's the insidious link between Alex Jones' InfoWars and Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop

By David Ferguson, Raw Story

Multilevel marketing schemes are a staple in the right-wing methods of generating revenue.

A literature professor explains what everyone gets wrong about Hunter S. Thompson

By Erin Keane, Salon

Timothy Denevi, author of “Freak Kingdom,” details how Hunter S. Thompson "is really good at trying to see what’s necessary and not, in terms of justice."

Here's how activists drove the blue wave to victory

By Paul Rosenberg, Salon

Several progressive Democrats won this week.

This is why scientists were freaking out about the 'object from afar' that visited our solar system

By Nicole Karlis, Salon

“We are free to have any idea we want, and crazy ideas are welcome, but they need to be testable."

Georgia’s Kemp calls Stacey Abrams a ‘disgrace to democracy’ for refusing to concede while votes are being counted

By Tom Boggioni, Raw Story

According to the report, just 64,000 votes separate the candidates.

These 14 Democrats are at the core of what Bernie Sanders calls the 'most progressive freshman class' in modern US history

By Jake Johnson, Common Dreams

"It wasn't moderate Democrats or conservative Democrats who got young people into the political process."

Religious studies professor explains how Christian missionary media shaped the world

By , The Conversation

For much of the 19th century, Christian missionaries served as informal foreign correspondents

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Strange bedfellows: Here's the insidious link between Alex Jones' InfoWars and Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop

By David Ferguson, Raw Story

Multilevel marketing schemes are a staple in the right-wing methods of generating revenue.

North Dakota Republican Who Sponsored Law Disenfranchising Native Americans Loses Election — To a Native American

By Matthew Chapman, AlterNet

Republicans managed to beat Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota. But down the ballot, they paid a price for trying to block her Native American base from voting.

Republican Operative Goons Are Trying to Pull Another ‘Brooks Brothers Riot’ in Florida’s Recount—But So Far They Can’t Get Inside the Door

By Steven Rosenfeld, Independent Media Institute

Efforts to pursue a complete count of the votes cast continue in south Florida, in spite of GOP panic.

Troll Model: Trump Takeaways For the Hard Art of Naming and Taming Total Jerks

By Jeremy Sherman, AlterNet

The going will get much more unstable in coming decades. We must prepare for the cults that will emerge for whatever cause.

These 14 Democrats Are at Core of What Bernie Sanders Calls the 'Most Progressive Freshman Class' in Modern US History

By Jake Johnson, Common Dreams

"The political establishment notwithstanding, the future belongs to progressives."

The Strange Case of American Diplomats in Cuba: As the Mystery Deepens, So Do Divisions in Washington

By , ProPublica

Trump officials insist the Americans were attacked, even as the evidence fails to materialize. “The Cuba thing is one of the few unsolved mysteries we’ve got,” an official said.

How Many Women Does It Take to Change a Broken Congress?

By , The Conversation

Research shows that women work more collaboratively than men in groups and create more inclusive solutions to thorny problems. More women in Washington could bridge America's yawning partisan divide.

Can Racist and Sexist Philosophers Still Be Admirable? British Writer Julian Baggini Says 'Yes'

By , Aeon

Admiring the great thinkers of the past has become morally hazardous.

The Midterm Elections Sparked the Light of Hope for Better Health Care

By Dr. Sanjeev K. Sriram, Independent Media Center

The 2018 election cycle put a spotlight on these health care issues, and Medicare for All is proving itself a way forward to health justice.

'The Worst Attorney General in Modern History': Jeff Sessions' Last Act at the DOJ Solidified His Devotion to Racist Policies

By Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams

"He was a racist when appointed, a racist while serving, and a racist to the very end."

Trump's New Attorney General Slammed as a 'F*cking Fool' and a Suck-Up Inside the DOJ: Report

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

Few inside or outside the department see him as the best choice.

‘This Will Be Fun to Watch’: Why One Prominent Columnist Is Urging Democrats to Savor the Blue Wave — and Hold President Trump Accountable

By Alex Henderson, AlterNet

For the first time in his presidency, Trump faces a Democratic Party with real power.

‘Thousands’ of Florida Ballots from Democrat-Heavy District May Be Stuck in Postal Facility Locked Down by Mail Bomber: Report

By Noor Al-Sibai, Raw Story

The Florida elections have become a flashpoint in American politics.

Friday, November 9, 2018

‘Thousands’ of Florida Ballots from Democrat-Heavy District May Be Stuck in Postal Facility Locked Down by Mail Bomber: Report

By Noor Al-Sibai, Raw Story

The Florida elections have become a flashpoint in American politics.

Trump's New Attorney General Slammed as a 'F*cking Fool' and a Suck-Up Inside the DOJ: Report

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

Few inside or outside the department see him as the best choice.

In Two Key Midterm Elections, The Battle for Control Isn't Over Yet

By Steven Rosenfeld, Independent Media Institute

Democratic candidates’ push for counting every vote raises questions about election technology for future races nationwide.

'The Worst Attorney General in Modern History': Jeff Sessions' Last Act at the DOJ Solidified His Devotion to Racist Policies

By Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams

"He was a racist when appointed, a racist while serving, and a racist to the very end."

‘This Will Be Fun to Watch’: Why One Prominent Columnist Is Urging Democrats to Savor the Blue Wave — and Hold President Trump Accountable

By Alex Henderson, AlterNet

For the first time in his presidency, Trump faces a Democratic Party with real power.

Trump's Cruel New Asylum Policy Is a Blatant and Illegal Attack on Immigrants Seeking Refuge

By Julia Conley, Common Dreams

"America has always been a country that has offered asylum to at least some of those in need. But Trump is slamming the doors shut, at least for people trying to enter from our southern border."

Here Are 7 of the Most Unhinged Moments From Trump's Morning Presser

By Brad Reed, AlterNet

In the latest Trump press gaggle, the president spent a lot of time lashing out at critics of his decision to appoint loyalist Matthew Whitaker as his new acting attorney general -- including the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway.

North Dakota Republican Who Sponsored Law Disenfranchising Native Americans Loses Election — To a Native American

By Matthew Chapman, AlterNet

Republicans managed to beat Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota. But down the ballot, they paid a price for trying to block her Native American base from voting.

Most of the World Does Not Like U.S. Foreign Policy

By Vijay Prashad, Independent Media Institute

But disregard for world opinion—as well as the opinion of the U.S. citizenry—defines the U.S. government.

Billionaire Activist Tom Steyer: Democrats Must Use Impeachment Process to Hold President Trump Accountable

By Alex Henderson, AlterNet

Trump, Steyer argues, deserves impeachment for “a longstanding pattern of obstructing justice” by trying to undermine Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia-related investigation.

The Blue Wave that Everyone Missed: Democrats Had a Huge Win in the Midterms — But We're Only Realizing It Now

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

Many Democrats were disappointed Tuesday night. But that reaction now looks premature.

'You're So Easily Played': Paul Krugman Rips Reporters Who Fell for Trump's Caravan Hype

By Brad Reed, Raw Story

There's a reason why coverage of the caravan had completely died ever since the election ended on Tuesday

Why Aren’t More Young People Involved in the Anti-War Movement?

By Mary Miller, Independent Media Institute

Few seem to realize how deeply we all are affected by militarism.

'Most Dysfunctional Thing I've Ever Seen in My Life': Kansas GOP Blames Kobach's Incompetence For His Stunning Loss

By Matthew Chapman, AlterNet

GOP firebrand Kris Kobach lost his bid for governor in a winnable state. He has himself to blame.

Trump Bullying Will Hurt Millions of Iranians

By Medea Benjamin , Independent Media Institute

Donald Trump is only too happy to make a mockery of international decisions.

Florida's Rick Scott Freaked Out and Accused Liberals of Trying to Steal His Election — And Now Trump Has Joined In

By Matthew Chapman, AlterNet

Rick Scott is clearly afraid of what the recount will reveal.

Watch This Fox News Anchor Humiliate Lindsey Graham Over Why He Flip-Flopped on Trump Firing Sessions

By Matthew Chapman, AlterNet

Fox News' Martha MacCallum asked Lindsey Graham why he is now suddenly okay with Trump firing Sessions. He tied his tongue in knots trying to answer.

Big Banks Just Flunked Their Own Test on Climate, Indigenous Rights

By Lindsey Allen, Independent Media Institute

In a bitter irony, JPMorgan Chase and other banks revise their own environmental due diligence standards just as they re-up their support for fossil fuels.

Here Are 7 of the Most Damning Things Trump's New Acting Attorney General Has Said About the Special Counsel and Judicial Oversight

By Matthew Chapman, AlterNet

Matthew Whitaker is a horrific choice to lead the Department of Justice for several reasons.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

The Blue Wave that Everyone Missed: Democrats Had a Huge Win in the Midterms — But We're Only Realizing It Now

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

Many Democrats were disappointed Tuesday night. But that reaction now looks premature.

Florida's Rick Scott Freaked Out and Accused Liberals of Trying to Steal His Election — And Now Trump Has Joined In

By Matthew Chapman, AlterNet

Rick Scott is clearly afraid of what the recount will reveal.

Watch This Fox News Anchor Humiliate Lindsey Graham Over Why He Flip-Flopped on Trump Firing Sessions

By Matthew Chapman, AlterNet

Fox News' Martha MacCallum asked Lindsey Graham why he is now suddenly okay with Trump firing Sessions. He tied his tongue in knots trying to answer.

Marco Rubio Just Spewed a Delusional and Long-Winded Conspiracy Theory About the Florida Recounts

By Matthew Chapman, AlterNet

Florida's elections are on a knife edge. Sen. Marco Rubio is outraged that the officials are checking to verify the GOP really did win.

'Stop, Meghan': The View's Whoopi Goldberg Cuts Off McCain During Outburst Over CNN's Jim Acosta

By Travis Gettys, Raw Story

Meghan McCain refused to listen to Sunny Hostin's explanation for why it was a White House intern, not Jim Acosta, who committed battery.

Here Are 7 of the Most Damning Things Trump's New Acting Attorney General Has Said About the Special Counsel and Judicial Oversight

By Matthew Chapman, AlterNet

Matthew Whitaker is a horrific choice to lead the Department of Justice for several reasons.

Good Riddance! Here's One Great Reason to Be Thrilled Jeff Sessions Is No Longer Attorney General

By Phillip Smith, Independent Media Institute

Trump clearly fired him for the wrong reason — but there's a major upside for Americans.

Here Are the Disturbing Links Between Pot Prohibition Advocates and Anti-Semitism

By Diane Goldstein, Filter

This is nothing new. Nixon and his administration, for example, used dog whistles in election campaigning and were motivated by racism in launching the War on Drugs.

Republicans Cling to Control of the U.S. Senate Despite Trump's Unpopularity — Here's What They'll Do with that Power

By Alex Henderson, AlterNet

They lost the House — but the Senate is key to many of their ambitions.

Here's What Matthew Whitaker, Trump's New Acting Attorney General, Thinks About the Russia Investigation

By Alex Henderson, AlterNet

It's a pretty damning record for the new acting attorney general.

There Are an Estimated 30,000 Uncounted Votes in the Close Georgia Governor’s Election—Can Officials Possibly Meet the Friday Deadline?

By Steven Rosenfeld, Independent Media Institute

Adviser to Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams: “They’re supposed to get it done by the close of business tomorrow. But the volume is huge. This election is a disaster.”

'Actual Malice': Former FBI Agent Says Sarah Sanders Libeled CNN’s Jim Acosta with ‘Doctored’ InfoWars Video

By Travis Gettys, Raw Story

Trump on Wednesday called Jim Acosta a "rude, terrible person" for questions during a press briefing.

Fox News' Tucker Carlson Targeted at Home by Protesters: 'We Know Where You Sleep at Night!'

By Matthew Rozsa, Salon

Carlson claimed that the protesters had blocked off both sides of the street and brandished signs that listed his home address.

It's Official: GOP Congresswoman Who Beat Jon Ossoff Has Lost to Gun Violence Activist

By Matthew Chapman, AlterNet

Lucy McBath stepped up and did what Jon Ossoff couldn't. She beat Karen Handel, and turned Georgia's 6th District blue.

White House Releases Doctored Video from InfoWars to Falsely Accuse CNN's Acosta of 'Inappropriate Behavior' in Press Briefing

By David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement

The White House on Wednesday revoked Jim Acosta's "hard pass."

Slaughtered in the Suburbs and Affirmed in Rural Areas: How Trumpism Was Both Rejected and Celebrated on Election Night 2018

By Alex Henderson, AlterNet

Technically, President Donald J. Trump, wasn’t on the ballot on Tuesday, November 6. But for all intents and purposes, the 2018 midterms became a referendum on Trump’s presidency—and Trumpism received some positive feedback from rural voters along with a great deal of negative feedback from non-rural voters. The positive feedback came in the United States Senate, where Trump’s relentless campaigning on behalf of fellow Republicans appeared to work in rural areas: Republicans expanded their Senate majority by at least two seats. And Republican Ron DeSantis’ narrow victory over Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum in Florida’s gubernatorial race was also a narrow victory for Trump and a disappointment for Democrats. But Trumpism was decisively rejected in the House of Representatives, where Democrats obtained a majority—and that majority will be a definite game-changer for Trump’s presidency. Steve Schmidt, a NeverTrump conservative and former Republican strategist who was a senior campaign advisor for the late Sen. John McCain in 2008, summarized the election results perfectly during a Tuesday night appearance on MSNBC. When MSNBC projected that Republicans would be losing the House but keeping the Senate, Schmidt declared that Trumpism had been rejected by Urban America and Suburban America but will be “emboldened” in Rural America. His analysis was spot on. Republicans suffered one loss after another in urban and suburban House districts—a definite rebuke of Trumpism. But in the Senate, Trumpism received the stamp of approval from many rural voters. Indiana’s Sen. Joe Donnelly, North Dakota’s Heidi Heitkamp and Missouri’s Sen. Claire McCaskill, all centrist Democrats, were voted out of office by Trump supporters. And in Florida’s Senate race, Gov. Rick Scott appears to have narrowly defeated incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson. But Scott’s lead was razor thin—50.2% for Scott compared to 49.8% for Nelson—and Nelson has requested a recount. In Texas, incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz defeated Democrat Beto O’Rourke by only 3%—another disappointment for Democrats. But it wasn’t voters in Houston, Dallas, El Paso, Austin or San Antonio who gave Cruz his narrow victory; it was all the rural Texas counties where Trump is still wildly popular. Democrats fared better in the Nevada Senate race. Democrat Jacky Rosen narrowly defeated incumbent Sen. Dean Heller, who Trump campaigned for aggressively. Trumpism lost in Nevada. Republicans picked up Senate seats in North Dakota, Indiana and Missouri, but they lost a seat in Nevada. In Arizona’s Senate race, pro-Trump Republican Martha McSally appears to have pulled off a narrow victory over centrist Democrat Kyrsten Sinema—who, as of Thursday morning, November 8, was trailing by 1% in the vote count. Green Party candidate Angela Green, despite dropping out at the last minute and endorsing Sinema, had picked up about 2% of the vote, according to the New York Times. If Sinema concedes, Democrats will inevitably call Angela Green a spoiler and accuse her of costing Sinema the election—while the Green Party will counter that instead of pointing the finger at Angela Green, Americans should rethink the two-party system (an argument the Libertarian Party often makes on the right). Trump has been downplaying Democrats’ victory in the House, even going so far as to claim that his party enjoyed “tremendous success” on Election Night. But as usual, Trump exaggerates, misleads and distorts. While Rural America gave Trumpism some victories in high-profile Senate and gubernatorial races, Election Night was hardly a failure for Democrats—quite the contrary. Having obtained a House majority, Democrats now have all kinds of investigative and subpoena options. With House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi having just performed a victory dance, the days of Trumpism getting a free ride in the House of Representatives will be coming to an end—and it was Urban America and Suburban America, not Rural America, that made this possible. Trump has claimed that Republicans lost so many House races because they rejected Trumpism, but the facts don’t bear that out. Some major-league Republicans were voted out of the House on November 6, including Texas’ Rep. Pete Sessions (chairman of the House Rules Committee) and California’s Dana Rohrabacher. Rep. Dave Brat, the Tea Party wingnut who defeated former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a GOP primary for not being far-right enough, lost to Democrat Abigail Spanberger in Virginia—and even in deep red South Carolina, Democrat Joe Cunningham pulled off a narrow 1% victory over Katie Arrington (who ran a stridently pro-Trump campaign). Earlier this year, Arrington declared, “We are the party of President Donald J. Trump,” but that message couldn’t get her past the finish line even in a state as Republican as South Carolina. It’s important to remember that some of the GOP’s most high-profile victories on Election Night were close races. In Florida, Gillum ran a decidedly liberal/progressive campaign yet just barely lost to DeSantis. And even in Georgia’s gubernatorial race, Democrat Stacey Abrams ran to the left politically yet appears to have narrowly lost to far-right Republican Brian Kemp by only about 2%. White Rural Georgia might have pulled Kemp and his Trumpista agenda past the finish line, but Suburban Georgia and Urban Georgia went for Abrams. Further, Kemp (who is Georgia’s secretary of state) ran a sleazy, racist voter suppression campaign aimed at non-white areas and voided or held up a lot of votes that probably would have gone to Abrams. Without a full recount—or even with a full recount—Kemp will enter the governor’s office with the stink of corruption and illegitimacy. On top of all that, Democrats picked up more than 300 legislative seats at the state level on November 6—which was yet another rejection of Trumpism. That includes the 12 seats that Democrats won in Texas’ House of Representatives. Outside of rural areas, the 2018 midterms were definitely a “blue wave” in favor of Democrats. And President Donald J. Trump lost a lot of ground when the election results came in.

The Other 2018 Midterm Wave: A Historic 10-Point Jump in Turnout Among Young People

By , The Conversation

A survey shows the newest generation on the voting block is extremely cynical, and that drove record numbers of them out to vote.

This Election Is Exactly Who We Are: Divided By Race, Geography and Gender

By Lucian K. Truscott IV, Salon

The cities and suburbs won the House, small towns won the Senate, and it might not be enough for 2020

'You Confront the Shooter Directly': Fox News Guest Blames Shooting Victims for Not Charging into Line of Fire

By Matthew Chapman, AlterNet

Fox News would evidently rather discuss this than how to prevent shootings in the first place.

If We Have to Call It a Wave Election, Call It One of the Tiniest Waves in Decades

By Marshall Auerback, Independent Media Institute

Democrats have their work cut out for them.

Trump Hates the American Public — Here's How He Reveals His Disdain

By Jim Hightower, Creators.com

He has a billionaire's antipathy for the general good.

Apple and Many Other Tech Giants Have Wall Street Disease

By Marshall Auerback, Independent Media Institute

The most famous Silicon Valley companies are afflicted with an illness known as financialization—untreated, they could share the fate of General Electric or Lucent.

'An Even Worse Version of Trump': Conservative Writer Warns the President Is 'Freaking Out' as More Potential Indictments Loom

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

"Trump had threatened to in effect go to war to defend himself, and this appears to be his first move to test the limits of Democrats’ patience and power."

Here Are Ten Notorious Republican Villains Who Lost Their Elections Tuesday

By Matthew Chapman, AlterNet

Democrats cleaned up in several key races — and unseated some of the most infamous right-wing firebrands in America.

White House Pulls CNN Reporter Jim Acosta's Press Pass and Falsely Accuses Him of 'Placing His Hands' on a Female Staffer

By Matthew Chapman, AlterNet

Trump's assault on the free press is getting more egregious by the day.

MSNBC's Rachel Maddow on Trump Firing Jeff Sessions: This Was 'Done Out of Fear'

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

He had to get rid of Sessions before Democrats are sworn in.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller Preparing to Start Handing Down Indictments: Report

By Tana Ganeva, Raw Story

“With the election over, Mueller will be back into action."

These Are the 6 Most Unhinged Moments of Trump's Weapons-Grade Crazy Press Conference

By Brad Reed, Raw Story

From calling CNN's Jim Acosta a "terrible person" to accusing a reporter of asking a "racist" question, here are the most insane moments of Donald Trump's press conference.

Defeated GOP Judge Throws Temper Tantrum After Losing Election and Lets Several Defendants Go Out of Spite: Report

By Matthew Chapman, AlterNet

Houston Judge Glenn Devlin reportedly threw a fit and started indiscriminately releasing juvenile defendants because he was voted out.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

MSNBC's Rachel Maddow on Trump Firing Jeff Sessions: This Was 'Done Out of Fear'

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

He had to get rid of Sessions before Democrats are sworn in.

'Bigot Exit Stage Left': Congresswoman-Elect Lays Into Jeff Sessions as He Departs His Job

By Matthew Chapman, AlterNet

Congresswoman-Elect Ayanna Pressley is not going to waste time pretending to feel sorry for Jeff Sessions.

'An Even Worse Version of Trump': Conservative Writer Warns the President Is 'Freaking Out' as More Potential Indictments Loom

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

"Trump had threatened to in effect go to war to defend himself, and this appears to be his first move to test the limits of Democrats’ patience and power."

White House Pulls CNN Reporter Jim Acosta's Press Pass and Falsely Accuses Him of 'Placing His Hands' on a Female Staffer

By Matthew Chapman, AlterNet

Trump's assault on the free press is getting more egregious by the day.

Trump's New Attorney General's Former Company Was Condemned as a Scam — and He Threatened Customer for Complaining: Report

By Matthew Chapman, AlterNet

Matthew Whitaker once was involved with a Miami invention company that was shuttered by the Federal Trade Commission.

Defeated GOP Judge Throws Temper Tantrum After Losing Election and Lets Several Defendants Go Out of Spite: Report

By Matthew Chapman, AlterNet

Houston Judge Glenn Devlin reportedly threw a fit and started indiscriminately releasing juvenile defendants because he was voted out.

Trump Announces He's Replacing Jeff Sessions with a Critic of Robert Mueller

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

Trump has been wanting to first Sessions for over a year.

Here’s How 5 of the Most Racist, Bigoted Candidates Performed on Election Night

By Alex Henderson, AlterNet

Xenophobia and bigotry were rewarded in some races, yet rejected in others.

Trump Bizarrely Claims He Has a 'Solution' to Abortion that 'Nobody Else' Has — But Refuses to Say What That Is

By Alex Henderson, AlterNet

"It’s a tough issue for the two sides," Donald Trump acknowledged. "There’s no question about that.”

Federal Game Changer: Florida’s Ex-Felons Could Be Decisive Swing in Future State — And National — Elections

By Steven Rosenfeld, Independent Media Institute

The 2018 midterm election vote on Amendment 4 is a moral victory as well as a political one.

Green Wave: Marijuana Initiatives Go Three for Four in Midterms

By Phillip Smith, Independent Media Institute

And there’s more good marijuana midterms news, too.

These Are the 6 Most Unhinged Moments of Trump's Weapons-Grade Crazy Press Conference

By Brad Reed, Raw Story

From calling CNN's Jim Acosta a "terrible person" to accusing a reporter of asking a "racist" question, here are the most insane moments of Donald Trump's press conference.

He 'Clearly Feels Threatened': CNN's Jake Tapper Literally Laughs After Trump's Delusional Press Conference

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

As ridiculous as the performance was, there was also parts that were darkly sinister.

Trump Accuses Black Reporter of Asking 'Racist' Question After She Pressed Him on Embracing Nationalism

By David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement

"What you said is so insulting to me. It's a very terrible thing that you said," Trump said of the reporter's perfectly legitimate question.

Here Are Ten Notorious Republican Villains Who Lost Their Elections Tuesday

By Matthew Chapman, AlterNet

Democrats cleaned up in several key races — and unseated some of the most infamous right-wing firebrands in America.

Trump Lashes Out At CNN's Jim Acosta for Telling Him a Caravan Isn’t an Invasion: 'You Are a Rude, Terrible Person’

By David Edwards, Raw Story

“That’s enough. Put down the mic," Trump snapped.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller Preparing to Start Handing Down Indictments: Report

By Tana Ganeva, Raw Story

“With the election over, Mueller will be back into action."

Watch This Democratic Congressman-Elect Jump for Joy After Pulling Off a Surprise Victory in South Carolina: 'It's Called, Baby!'

By Alex Henderson, AlterNet

Joe Cunningham defeated Katie Arrington, a Donald Trump-endorsed candidate who gained national attention after a June 22 car crash that left her with serious injuries.

Here's How We Can Create a Common-Good Politics

By Simon Greer, Independent Media Institute

Can we move away from caricature, away from our fear of the other, and show the “other side” that what matters to them matters to us?

It Was a Blue Wave Election—And the Republicans Are Feeling the Fallout

By Steven Rosenfeld, Independent Media Institute

But the country’s anti-democratic electoral structures and many legitimately conservative voters are very real.

Texas Democrats Were Aiming for Historic Wins in 2018 — Instead They Got Hope for 2020

By , The Texas Tribune

Texas Democrats on Tuesday came closer than they have in two decades.

The Fight Continues: Here's What to Expect After Tuesday's Split Verdict for Democrats

By Heather Digby Parton, Salon

If the midterm results are any indication, it's going to be a wild ride.

Trump Threatens to Investigate Democrats After They Secure the House — Proving Just How Scared He Really Is

By Matthew Chapman, AlterNet

The Mueller investigation could just be a prelude to what's coming under the Democratic House.

After Retaking Control of House, Democrats Will Demand IRS Hand Over Trump's Tax Returns: Report

By , Common Dreams

Sources within the leadership of the party have already decided they will utilize their new-found check on President Donald Trump.

'They're Going to Make His Life a Living Hell': CNN's Jake Tapper Dismisses Trump's Ridiculous Celebration as Democrats Take the House

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

"The Democrats have just retaken the House and they are going to have subpoena power."

Fox News' Chris Wallace Shuts Down Laura Ingraham for Claiming Dems Don't Deserve Credit for Flipping the House — While Praising Trump for Holding the Senate

By Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet

"I don't think that's fair to say about the Democrats,” Chris Wallace said. “That’s a complete mischaracterization.”

Ted Cruz Defeats Beto O'Rourke in Texas Senate Race — But By a Stunningly Narrow Margin

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

Beto O'Rourke's formidable campaign ends in defeat.

Trump Ally and Voter Suppression Guru Kris Kobach Goes Down in Flames as Democrat Laura Kelly Wins Governor's Race

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

Kobach was tapped to lead Trump's bogus election integrity commission.

Neck and Neck: Beto O'Rourke Narrowly Leads Ted Cruz in Texas Early Vote

By , The Texas Tribune

By late summer, the mood of the race started to change.

In Major Win for Voting Rights, Florida Ends Nation's Largest Felon Disenfranchisement Law

By Matthew Chapman, AlterNet

Amendment 4 has overwhelmingly passed in Florida.

Rashida Tlaib Makes History as the First Muslim Woman Elected to the House of Representatives

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

There have been many historical wins this year.

Embattled New Jersey Democrat Bob Menendez Pulls Out a Win over Republican Challenger

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

Even though in a strong Blue state, Menendez's fate was not always guaranteed.

Notorious Anti-Gay Clerk Kim Davis Loses Bid for Re-Election in Kentucky

By Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet

Kim Davis lost to a Democrat.

Democrats Defeat Barbara Comstock in First Red-to-Blue House Flip of the Night

By Matthew Chapman, AlterNet

The first Republican to be unseated is Rep. Barbara Comstock

Watch Georgia Republican Brian Kemp Struggle to Vote Because of His Own Ridiculous Voter ID Laws

By Noor Al-Sibai, Raw Story

Kemp is overseeing his own gubernatorial election.

Last-Minute Lawsuit Seeks to Remove Georgia's Brian Kemp from Election Duties Because of His Blatant Conflict of Interest

By Matthew Chapman, AlterNet

Brian Kemp faces a new lawsuit — this one arguing he must step aside as secretary of state in his own election altogether.

'Because I'm White': A Texas Poll Worker Was Just Fired After Reportedly Hurling a Racist Insult and Pushing a Black Voter

By Matthew Chapman, AlterNet

An election judge in Houston made a shockingly racist comment to an African-American voter who protested being flagged by poll workers.

Texas Judge Forces Officials to Keep Polls Open Late After Rampant Morning Delays

By Alexa Hura, The Texas Tribune

Texans looking to cast their ballots on Election Day were met by a series of delays and technical difficulties that resulted in long lines, and in some cases kept voters from casting their ballots.

'I Am So F*cking Mad': Fox News Employees Are Reportedly Furious at Sean Hannity's Appearance at Trump Rally

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

He had promised he wouldn't go on stage — and then he did.

Here's How Former Green Party Candidate Angela Green Still Be a Spoiler in This Key Senate Race

By Alex Henderson, AlterNet

The race could be the key to control of the Senate.

Fox News Calls Sean Hannity’s Appearance with President Trump at GOP Rally in Missouri ‘An Unfortunate Distraction’

By Alex Henderson, AlterNet

Sean Hannity likewise insisted speaking onstage at the event "was NOT planned."

The View’s Abby Huntsman Praises Trump for Motivating People to Vote — And Gets Immediately Shut Down by Whoopi Goldberg

By Travis Gettys, Raw Story

“I don’t know if that’s worth the tone,” Whoopi Goldberg said.

Former FBI Director James Comey Urges Americans to Reject President Trump’s ‘Lying, Misogyny, Racism’ in Epic New York Times Op-Ed

By Alex Henderson, AlterNet

"The history of America consoles us, but also, calls us to action.”

‘Get Out!’ Screaming Election Judge in Texas Threatens to Call Cops on Black Voter

By Noor Al-Sibai, Raw Story

"You are rude. You are not following the law,” Lila Guzman shouted.

Information Warfare and Security Flaws: Why the American Voting System Is Still at Serious Risk

By Richard Forno, The Conversation

As this election’s results come back, they will reveal whether the misinformation and propaganda campaigns conducted alongside the political ones were effective.

‘Dónde Votar’ Is the Top Trending Search Term on Google Right Now — Here's Why that Could Be Great News for Democrats

By David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement

Google says the search term is spiking 3,350 percent.

Border Patrol Conducting ‘Crowd Control Exercise’ on Election Day Near El Paso Hispanic Neighborhood’s Polling Station

By David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement

That Hispanic neighborhood is in El Paso, which happens to be the hometown of Rep. Beto O'Rourke.

The Midterm Elections Show a Major Shift in America's Attitude Toward Charter School Privatization

By Jeff Bryant, Independent Media Institute

It's not hard to find news stories about waste, fraud, abuse and downright theft in the school privatization sector.

Widespread Reports of Voting Problems Highlight Dire Need for Major Reform

By Laura Clawson, Daily Kos

A reminder of how broken and dysfunctional America’s voting systems are.

GOP Candidates Face Outcry For Depicting Jewish Opponents Clutching Fistfuls of Cash

By Matthew Chapman, AlterNet

The GOP isn't even trying to be subtle about it anymore.

Here's How Progressives Can Win — No Matter What Happens on Election Day

By Chauncey DeVega, Salon

Race, class and justice: After the midterms, a new way forward for Democrats

Trump Economy: Wisconsin's Foxconn plant looking to bring in Chinese workers for US taxpayer-funded jobs

By Martin Cizmar, Raw Story

The plant has been heavily subsidized with $3 billion in American tax dollars

Under Assault by Trump's GOP and Supreme Court, Unions Lead Massive Get Out the Vote Effort for Midterms: 'We Vote, We Win'

By Jake Johnson, Common Dreams

"We don't know any other way. For us, it's a very natural way to survive: organize, organize."

'Women Are Just Deserting the Republican Party': CNN Analyst Argues Trump Just Realized He's Gone Too Far

By Matthew Chapman, AlterNet

Trump is making his final election pitch with women surrogates. Gloria Borger thinks that's not an accident.

Where the Trump Presidency Could Go in This Fever-Dream world of Ours in the Wake of Today’s Election

By Tom Engelhardt, Tom Dispatch

A look at the age of Trump from November 2016 to November 2018 -- and beyond

'One of the Biggest Fraud Cases Ever': Trump Biographer David Cay Johnston Uncovers Rudy Giuliani's Alleged Role In Massive $10 Billion Theft

By David Cay Johnston, DC Report

The complaint is aimed at uncovering the full details of Russian money flowing to various Trump projects using so-called anonymous wealth companies.

White House Officials Reportedly Fear a Major Move from Robert Mueller Coming Soon: 'I’m Very Worried About Don Jr.'

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

Once the midterms are done, Mueller may start right back up again.

Why the GOP Is Truly Terrified of 'Medicare for All' — It Could Destroy the Republican Party as We Know It

By Thom Hartmann, Independent Media Institute

If the national ID system were the key to getting your health care and medications, there’d be no need for “voter registration” and no ability for the GOP to purge voters.

'The Aftermath Will Be Ugly': Paul Krugman Warns that 2018 May Be the 'Last Chance' to Stop the Dark Forces of Trumpism

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

He warns that Tuesday's midterms could be the "last even halfway fair elections we’ll ever have."

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