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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Maria Butina’s boyfriend — a GOP operative — says he set up Trump-Russia NRA 'conduit' as campaign funds flowed

By Igor Derysh, Salon

Republican operative Paul Erickson claimed in an email he’d set up a private Russia-GOP channel through the NRA.

This is the core cause of pervasive discrimination and sexual harassment

By Jim Hightower, JimHightower.com

Harassment and discrimination persist because leadership only addresses it bureaucratically, incrementally and ever so cautiously.

'God forbid!' MSNBC panel breaks into hysterical laughter at GOP congressman's pathetic and damning defense of Trump

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

The GOP efforts to whitewash Trump's wrongdoing are transparently embarrassing.

'Irrational and unhinged': Conservative writer explains how Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi outsmarted Trump

By Matthew Chapman, AlterNet

Through completely unforced errors, the president backed himself into a corner and took responsibility for a government shutdown, writes Jennifer Rubin.

CIA officials express 'extraordinary frustration' over Trump's 'lack of comprehension' of US intelligence

By Alex Henderson, AlterNet

“Either it doesn’t resonate, or there is a lack of comprehension,” one official complained to Miller.

'It was glorious': Internet cheers Pelosi and Schumer for standing their ground against Trump's 'petulant tantrum'

By Travis Gettys, Raw Story

By the end of the meeting, Schumer had baited the president into bragging: “I am proud to shut down the government for border security.”

Trump issues an ominous and dangerous warning about the consequences of impeachment

By Matthew Chapman, AlterNet

Trump believes he has the people on his side in the event of impeachment. Evidence is scant.

'Waiting for the guillotine': Another Trump official reportedly expected to be fired as John Kelly gets kicked out

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

The GOP's devastating loss in the midterms and the coming investigations could prompt a big White House shake-up.

'Trump's delusional state': Ex-DOJ official says the president can't grasp his own legal risk — or the 'national security emergency' he created

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

"It's not surprising that our American policy for Russia for the last two years."

Trump's latest racist attack on immigrants echoes Nazi propaganda

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

There are deeply pernicious trends in the president's rhetoric.

Nancy Pelosi just insulted Trump's 'manhood' after fiery Oval Office debate: reports

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

Trump is threatening to shut down the government over border wall funding.

‘That was wild’: Pelosi and Schumer corner Trump as he spews lies about the border wall — and insists he’s ‘proud’ to shut down the government

By Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet

The meeting unfolded as cameras in the room captured Trump falsely claiming that “a lot of the wall is built.”

Lawmakers humiliate themselves by peppering Google CEO with embarrassingly uninformed questions

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

These are the people who are supposed to make the country's laws.

A deep look at how the IRS was gutted

By Paul Kiel, Jesse Eisinger, ProPublica

An eight-year campaign to slash the agency’s budget has left it understaffed, hamstrung and operating with archaic equipment. The result: billions less to fund the government. That’s good news for corporations and the wealthy.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

'God forbid!' MSNBC panel breaks into hysterical laughter at GOP congressman's pathetic and damning defense of Trump

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

The GOP efforts to whitewash Trump's wrongdoing are transparently embarrassing.

'Trump's delusional state': Ex-DOJ official says the president can't grasp his own legal risk — or the 'national security emergency' he created

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

"It's not surprising that our American policy for Russia for the last two years."

Trump issues an ominous and dangerous warning about the consequences of impeachment

By Matthew Chapman, AlterNet

Trump believes he has the people on his side in the event of impeachment. Evidence is scant.

'Irrational and unhinged': Conservative writer explains how Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi outsmarted Trump

By Matthew Chapman, AlterNet

Through completely unforced errors, the president backed himself into a corner and took responsibility for a government shutdown, writes Jennifer Rubin.

Nancy Pelosi just insulted Trump's 'manhood' after fiery Oval Office debate: reports

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

Trump is threatening to shut down the government over border wall funding.

'Waiting for the guillotine': Another Trump official reportedly expected to be fired as John Kelly gets kicked out

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

The GOP's devastating loss in the midterms and the coming investigations could prompt a big White House shake-up.

Trump's latest racist attack on immigrants echoes Nazi propaganda

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

There are deeply pernicious trends in the president's rhetoric.

'A very good ally': Trump still refuses to disavow Saudi crown prince after Khashoggi killing

By Matthew Chapman, AlterNet

The president was once again given the opportunity to condemn the man implicated in the murder of a Washington Post journalist. Once again, he refused.

Here's why a universal basic income won't solve the racial wealth gap

By Ed Whitfield, YES! Magazine

The racial wealth gap is real. But a guaranteed income is not going to fix it.

'It was glorious': Internet cheers Pelosi and Schumer for standing their ground against Trump's 'petulant tantrum'

By Travis Gettys, Raw Story

By the end of the meeting, Schumer had baited the president into bragging: “I am proud to shut down the government for border security.”

Lawmakers humiliate themselves by peppering Google CEO with embarrassingly uninformed questions

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

These are the people who are supposed to make the country's laws.

‘That was wild’: Pelosi and Schumer corner Trump as he spews lies about the border wall — and insists he’s ‘proud’ to shut down the government

By Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet

The meeting unfolded as cameras in the room captured Trump falsely claiming that “a lot of the wall is built.”

A deep look at how the IRS was gutted

By Paul Kiel, Jesse Eisinger, ProPublica

An eight-year campaign to slash the agency’s budget has left it understaffed, hamstrung and operating with archaic equipment. The result: billions less to fund the government. That’s good news for corporations and the wealthy.

Trump's delusional alternate social media universe reveals his mounting concerns over the Mueller probe

By Terry H. Schwadron, DC Report

Trump unloads a barrage of tweets out of fantasy land.

Conservative writer debunks pro-Trump FBI conspiracy theory and urges GOP to follow the evidence on Russia

By Matthew Chapman, AlterNet

David French is done watching his party succumb to echo-chamber politics on Trump and Russia.

Watch: Retired GOP senator goes off the rails when CNN asks about his Republican colleague

By Martin Cizmar, Raw Story

Retired Sen. Alan Simpson had some odd responses when questioned about Orrin Hatch.

Progressives say 'not one dime' should go to Trump's anti-immigrant agenda as Schumer and Pelosi offer up $1.3 billion

By Jake Johnson, Common Dreams

"Saying it louder for the people in the back: Start and with $0 for Donald Trump's border wall."

Here's how Trump, DeVos and Mulvaney helped banks and colleges steal from students

By David Cay Johnston, DC Report

A suppressed report outlines abusive practices, fee gouging by Wells Fargo and others

Trump lovers rattled by Mueller disclosures and no longer buying president's 'witch hunt' claims

By Tom Boggioni, Raw Story

Could the impossible have finally happened? Are Trump supporters actually getting in the sane lane?

Internet applauds TIME’s choice of Jamal Khashoggi as a ‘Person of the Year’: He exposed 'utter moral bankruptcy'

By David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement

The internet erupts with TIME's 2018 Person of the Year.

Russian official offers to release correspondence with US during 2016 campaign

By David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement

"We are ready to make public all correspondence if the US side gives its consent to it."

Trump's lawyer attended lobbying event for brutal African strongman seeking relief from US sanctions

By Matthew Chapman, AlterNet

Congolese President Joseph Kabila's regime is a nightmare for human rights. Rudy Giuliani met with lobbyists seeking to head off sanctions against him.

Here's how a rush to impeachment could backfire on Democrats

By Amanda Marcotte, Salon

A rush to impeachment now would backfire on Democrats. Instead, it’s time to focus on serious investigations.

A legal scholar details the stunning history of presidents nominating a loyalist as attorney general

By Austin Sarat, The Conversation

Throughout American history, there have been different visions of the role of the attorney general and his or her relationship to the president.

'This was a humiliation': Report shows how Trump's spiteful firing of John Kelly blew up in his face

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

Rumors about Kelly's imminent departure have been circulating for months.

Republican who bragged about derailing Clinton with Benghazi investigations issues absurd warning to Dems on Trump

By David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement

"I think there's other problems out there that we really should be focused upon," McCarthy insisted.

How a New York Times columnist revealed his not-so-subtle racism in a dumbfounding op-ed nostalgic for the reign of the WASPs

By Chauncey DeVega, Salon

Columnist sneers at diversity, claims the WASPs were better rulers. Maybe his problem with Trump is bad manners.

Harvard law professor issues scathing takedown of DOJ policy that bars prosecutors from indicting a sitting president

By David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement

This Harvard law professor believes Trump can be indicted and should be.

Here's the solution to the Democrats' impeachment dilemma

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

History can be instructive in the case of Donald Trump.

New report reveals the stunning details of alleged Russian spy Maria Butina's infiltration of conservative politics

By Matthew Chapman, AlterNet

Russian gun rights activist Maria Butina ran in U.S. political circles. New details of her attempts to influence the GOP are coming to light.

'Theology of the Antichrist': A closer look at the heresy of white Christianity

By Chris Hedges, Mr. Fish, Truthdig

James H. Cone, the father of black liberation theology, understood that the privileged can never grasp religion's true essence.

Trump fears the White House staff is miserable and disloyal as he struggles to replace John Kelly: report

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

Trump's top candidate to be next chief of staff turned him down.

With an impeachable Trump and Pence, are you ready for President Pelosi?

By Thom Hartmann, Independent Media Institute

It seems like a remote possibility now, but the twists and turns of a major federal investigation could land us with a very different kind of president.

Ex-CIA Director John Brennan nails Trump: ‘Impossible for you to escape justice’

By Brad Reed, Raw Story

Trump's unhinged Mueller attack shows signs of hot water.

A former evangelical explains the values she learned from Christianity — and why their secular counterparts are even more profound

By Valerie Tarico, ValerieTarico.com

"I can make my life meaningful through what I create and how I affect other lives.‌"

Monday, December 10, 2018

'This was a humiliation': Report shows how Trump's spiteful firing of John Kelly blew up in his face

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

Rumors about Kelly's imminent departure have been circulating for months.

This 78-year-old man in a wheelchair was cruelly evicted to the cold streets because he used legal medical marijuana

By Phillip Smith, Independent Media Institute

He had to steer his electric wheelchair half a mile in subfreezing temperatures to get to a homeless shelter.

How a New York Times columnist revealed his not-so-subtle racism in a dumbfounding op-ed nostalgic for the reign of the WASPs

By Chauncey DeVega, Salon

Columnist sneers at diversity, claims the WASPs were better rulers. Maybe his problem with Trump is bad manners.

Trump campaign's Hispanic outreach staffer ordered to pay $25,000 for complaining about discrimination: report

By Matthew Chapman, AlterNet

Jessica Denson alleged discrimination by the Trump campaign. They then took her to arbitration for violating her nondisclosure agreement.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez just pointed out the ridiculous 'double standard' she's faced compared to Paul Ryan

By Matthew Chapman, AlterNet

Congress' fresh-faced new member wants to know why she isn't being given the same "benefit of the doubt" that Paul Ryan got.

Here's the solution to the Democrats' impeachment dilemma

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

History can be instructive in the case of Donald Trump.

New report reveals the stunning details of alleged Russian spy Maria Butina's infiltration of conservative politics

By Matthew Chapman, AlterNet

Russian gun rights activist Maria Butina ran in U.S. political circles. New details of her attempts to influence the GOP are coming to light.

Terror and hate: FBI arrests two suspects for allegedly planning separate large-scale attacks steeped in bigotry

By Matthew Chapman, AlterNet

Two separate people were planning mass killings in Toledo, Ohio. Federal authorities managed to stop them.

These are 6 of the most outrageous, hysterical right-wing attacks on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — so far

By Alex Henderson, AlterNet

Donald Trump Jr. claimed that Ocasio-Cortez’ policies would lead to Americans eating dogs.

Trump fears the White House staff is miserable and disloyal as he struggles to replace John Kelly: report

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

Trump's top candidate to be next chief of staff turned him down.

Republican who bragged about derailing Clinton with Benghazi investigations issues absurd warning to Dems on Trump

By David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement

"I think there's other problems out there that we really should be focused upon," McCarthy insisted.

Here's what we can learn from reading Sylvia Plath’s copy of ‘The Great Gatsby’

By Jeanne Britton, The Conversation

For centuries, readers have written in the margins of their books to indicate admiration, disagreement or inspiration. Plath was no different.

How the media's obsession with Trump helped Washington’s militarized global policies disappear into the shadows

By Tom Engelhardt, Tom Dispatch

Trump looms over our lives, our planet, in a way no other human being ever has, not even a Joseph Stalin or a Mao Zedong, whose images were once plastered all over the Soviet Union and China.

‘Proud Boys’ founder Gavin McInnes banned from YouTube days after being booted from conservative TV network

By David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement

It's a bad week for far-right media personality Gavin McInnes.

A former evangelical explains the values she learned from Christianity — and why their secular counterparts are even more profound

By Valerie Tarico, ValerieTarico.com

"I can make my life meaningful through what I create and how I affect other lives.‌"

Here's how shark fishing tournaments harm marine conservation efforts

By Rick Stafford, Independent Media Institute

Fishing sharks for prize money devalues our respect for nature.

With an impeachable Trump and Pence, are you ready for President Pelosi?

By Thom Hartmann, Independent Media Institute

It seems like a remote possibility now, but the twists and turns of a major federal investigation could land us with a very different kind of president.

Accused Russian spy poised to plead guilty in deal with prosecutors: report

By Alex Henderson, AlterNet

Butina was indicted on charges that she acted as an unregistered foreign agent for the Russian government.

Supreme Court sides with Planned Parenthood after states try to cut off Medicaid funding

By Matthew Chapman, AlterNet

The 6-3 denial is a big victory for health care rights — for now.

Harvard law professor issues scathing takedown of DOJ policy that bars prosecutors from indicting a sitting president

By David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement

This Harvard law professor believes Trump can be indicted and should be.

Ex-CIA Director John Brennan nails Trump: ‘Impossible for you to escape justice’

By Brad Reed, Raw Story

Trump's unhinged Mueller attack shows signs of hot water.

Former FBI Director James Comey: Trump would be 'in serious jeopardy of being charged' if he wasn't the president

By Matthew Chapman, AlterNet

The former FBI director answered the question on everyone's mind.

NYPD yanks baby from mother’s arms during confrontation at food stamp office: ‘They’re hurting my son!’

By Travis Gettys, Raw Story

A disturbing video shows New York City police officers trying to yank a 1-year-old child from his mother’s arms.

InfoWars conspiracy theorist threatened by Russia probe files ridiculous lawsuit accusing Mueller of blackmail

By Matthew Chapman, AlterNet

His lawyer's complaints against the special counsel are barely a step above gibberish.

Legal experts and prosecutors dismantle Trump's claim his secret payment to Stormy Daniels was a 'simple private transaction'

By Jon Queally, Common Dreams

What the president claims was no big deal, say critics, was actually a very clear campaign violation and at least one member of Congress says they "certainly" could be "impeachable offenses"

It's not just Silicon Valley: Here's the history behind imperialistic technology that's permeated the Bay Area for 500 years

By Keith A. Spencer, Salon

Long before Silicon Valley colonized our minds, the Spanish forced their technological logic on the Ohlone natives.

New York Times columnist Ross Douthat claims WASPs were better rulers — and longs to restore the white elite

By Chauncey DeVega, Salon

Columnist sneers at diversity and claims the WASPs were better rulers.

'Theology of the Antichrist': A closer look at the heresy of white Christianity

By Chris Hedges, Mr. Fish, Truthdig

James H. Cone, the father of black liberation theology, understood that the privileged can never grasp religion's true essence.

This woman escaped sex trafficking — now she faces decades in prison

By Gwendolyn Smith, The New Civil Rights Movement

Cytonia Brown is now fighting a life sentence after she killed one of her attackers.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

‘Extremely unusual’: At least 14 Trump associates interacted with Russians during the campaign and transition

By Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet

The communications reveal a “sustained effort by the Russians to interfere with the U.S. presidential election,” prosecutors said Friday.

Nixon-era figures agree Trump could face impeachment: 'He is boxed in by Mueller and the people around him know that'

By Gwendolyn Smith, The New Civil Rights Movement

"He is boxed in by Mueller and the people around him know that he is," Bernstein added.

The extent of the Trump-Kremlin conspiracy is becoming much clearer now

By Terry H. Schwadron, DC Report

We now know that prosecutors are proving Russian efforts at leverage in the Trump campaign and in the U.S. elections.

Expert on clemency explains how Trump is setting the stage to pardon Paul Manafort

By , The Conversation

Pardoning Manafort would not only hamper the Russia investigations, it would also deliver another serious blow to American democracy and the rule of law.

Top House Intel Dem lays out why the Justice Department 'may indict' Trump: He faces 'the real prospect of jail time'

By Gwendolyn Smith, The New Civil Rights Movement

Adam Schiff (D-CA) is most likely going to be the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee once the Democrats over the house in January.

Conservative columnist stuns Fox News: 'It’s clear Trump is the target and he’ll be indicted eventually'

By Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet

Former chief assistant U.S. attorney Andrew C. McCarthy explained why the Southern District of New York is going after Donald Trump.

Here's a rundown of the GOP's anti-democratic 'red tide' — and what you can do to stop it

By Paul Rosenberg, Salon

Republicans across the country have responded to midterm defeats by trying to undo democracy. What can stop them?

Lame duck power grab shows Republicans don't believe in democracy — only their own power

By Ian Reifowitz, Daily Kos

Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

WATCH: SNL’s Weekend Update ruthlessly mocks Trump for ignoring his designation as ‘Individual-1’ in Mueller report

By Tom Boggioni, Raw Story

“At some point, if every single person you hired gets indicted, the odds are that you had something to do with it."

Ex-US attorney: John Kelly is leaving the White House because ‘he sees the noose tightening’ on Trump and Don Jr

By Tom Boggioni, Raw Story

"You can’t read the reports, you can’t read about the congressional testimony and not expect that we will see little Don Trump indicted for also giving false testimony."

You’ve been hacked: The psychology of disinformation and how to protect yourself

By Valerie Tarico, AlterNet

Once seeded, viral misinformation exploits weaknesses in how the human mind determines what’s real.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

‘Jesus People’ – an evangelical movement born from Haight-Ashbury's ‘Summer of Love’

By , The Conversation

Haight-Ashbury proved to be fertile ground for a startling new combination of the hippie style with conservative evangelical Christianity – the “Jesus People.”

Here are 5 of the most ridiculous right-wing moments this week

By Matthew Chapman, AlterNet

Some right-wing craziness that occurred this week.

Noam Chomsky: Here's why Americans know so much about sports but so little about world affairs

By Noam Chomsky, Noam Chomsky's Official Site

The way the system is set up, there is virtually nothing people can do anyway to influence the real world.

Here's why Donald Trump could easily go down in history as a worse traitor than Benedict Arnold

By Chauncey DeVega, Salon

The Trump-Russia scandal will likely end up being in many respects a bribery and money laundering and possibly even RICO scandal, with features of conspiracy to commit election fraud and conspiracy to defraud the United States.

Wall Street's corruption runs deeper than you can fathom

By Robert Scheer, Truthdig

As an employee at the Federal Reserve in 2011, three years after the dissolution of Lehman Brothers, Carmen Segarra witnessed the results of this deregulation firsthand

Mueller keeps closing in as Trump rages — but Republicans still believe they're simply entitled to rule

By Amanda Marcotte, Salon

Trump and the Republicans believe they’re entitled to rule, democracy be damned. It’s a deeply dangerous moment

'I don't think this presidency is ever going to regroup from today': Harvard prof explains why Trump is done

By Martin Cizmar, Raw Story

Harvard professor Juliette Kayyem appeared on Don Lemon's CNN show Friday night, where she explained why she thinks Trump's presidency will never be the same.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shuts down Donald Trump Jr.’s trolling: We’ll soon 'have subpoena power'

By , Salon

The president’s son said socialism will lead to Americans eating dogs

We’ve been celebrating two Wright Brothers when we should be celebrating just one

By , History News Network

The myth is more entertaining in a way.

Crackdowns on heroin, pain pills gave rise to fentanyl overdose epidemic

By Phillip Smith, Independent Media Institute

The black market always has an answer. Too bad this one is so deadly.

Fight for federal right to education takes a new turn

By , The Conversation

The Supreme Court long ago rejected the idea of a federal right to education. Can a series of new lawsuits convince the court to change its mind?

Here's why Thomas Jefferson advised against the study of morality

By , History News Network

Jefferson thought moral instruction of some sort was necessary throughout one’s life.

Here's why this line from Mueller's latest court filing should make Trump scared to tweet

By Matthew Chapman, AlterNet

The latest memo strongly hints that Mueller cares about false statements made not only to investigators, but to the public as well.

Friday, December 7, 2018

'The president is a crook': Legal experts tear into Trump as he lies and says new court filings 'clear' him

By Matthew Chapman, AlterNet

Trump claims that the court filings against Cohen "clear" him. They do not.

Here's why this line from Mueller's latest court filing should make Trump scared to tweet

By Matthew Chapman, AlterNet

The latest memo strongly hints that Mueller cares about false statements made not only to investigators, but to the public as well.

Here are the 5 things Paul Manafort has been lying to Robert Mueller about

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

Mueller laid out the case in a new court filing — and said his team could back it up with evidence, if need be.

Michael Cohen sentencing document confirms that Trump directed his lawyer to commit a felony

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

Cohen has already pleaded guilty — the new memo addresses how he should be sentenced.

Trump's VA Secretary called Confederate president a 'martyr' and an 'exceptional man'

By Matthew Chapman, AlterNet

Robert Wilkie espoused a revisionist history of the Civil War in a speech in 1995.

'Be best!': Internet unloads on Trump after he calls Rex Tillerson 'dumb as a rock' and 'lazy as hell'

By Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet

Donald Trump on Friday reacted to an interview where is former secretary of state described having to stop the president from violating the law.

Rudy Giuliani drops a bombshell — says Mueller believes Manafort lied about Trump's involvement with Russians in 2016

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

Giuliani reportedly heard about the interviews from Manafort's lawyers.

This far-right pastor just spewed hate at the Muslims entering Congress — and the backlash was epic

By Alex Henderson, AlterNet

Of course, he's not just a pastor — he's a former GOP Senate candidate.

Trump is reportedly 'glued' to market fluctuations — and regularly expresses concern over whether his trade policies are responsible

By Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet

Donald Trump gets "excited about triple-digit gains in a single day," the Wall Street Journal reports.

'This could all unwind quickly': The White House is reportedly in 'chaos' as Trump's allies brace for an indictment of Don Jr.

By Brad Reed, Raw Story

Donald Trump Jr. has reportedly gone into hiding from the press in Canada.

Donald Trump Jr. attacks Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez with ignorant dog-eating meme

By David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement

Donald Trump, Jr. may have crossed a line with this latest antic.

Mueller reportedly questioned John Kelly as part of the special counsel investigation — a sign of its expansive scope

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

"Kelly is the latest high-ranking White House official known to provide information for Mueller's investigation," CNN reported.

The View’s Meghan McCain on Joy Behar feud: ‘I know what it feels like to be hated’

By Travis Gettys, Raw Story

Google searches reflect reports that co-host Joy Behar called McCain an “entitled b*tch” and threatened to quit after the two got into an argument on air.

McConnell says it was a 'mistake' for Alabama voters not to elect a child molester to the Senate

By Matthew Chapman, AlterNet

Republicans apparently have not learned much from what happened in the Alabama Senate race.

Wisconsin Republicans jam through 82 Scott Walker nominees in one day

By Igor Derysh, Salon

Saying they “don’t trust” Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers, Wisconsin Republicans jam through dozens of nominees

A US-China investment war is quietly emerging — and this will be the ultimate casualty

By , Independent Media Institute

There are very concerning aspects of the Build Act.

There's a progressive case against Beto O'Rourke for POTUS in 2020

By Ilana Novick, Truthdig

Does Beto O'Rourke have what it takes to win the presidency in 2020?

Criminal investigator explains how Mueller 'will ultimately be victorious'

By Chauncey DeVega, Salon

In an effort to understand what may happen next in the Russia scandal, and in Robert Mueller's investigation of President Trump and his inner circle, I recently spoke with veteran defense attorney and criminal investigator Seth Abramson.

Trump loses it ahead of new Mueller filings — and tweets his most unhinged rant yet

By Matthew Chapman, AlterNet

The president is cracking under pressure.

Ahed and Malala: Why we revere some girl activists and not others

By Sarah Kastner, The Conversation

Both are young women facing down brutal military repression at the hands of fully-armed men, yet their stories could not have been received more differently.

Workers petition Congress: protect our pensions

By Leo W. Gerard, Independent Media Institute

They worked hard and played by the rules—but now their pensions are at risk for reasons out of their control.

An act of terrorism: The 1989 Polytechnique Massacre was an attack against all women

By Francis Dupuis-Déri, Mélissa Blais, The Conversation

Lépine targeted women who were destined for what then was considered a non-traditional occupation — engineering — claiming that they were taking over from men.

Former CIA chief John Brennan on the Mueller meltdown: ‘Mr. Trump knows what he’s done’

By Travis Gettys, Raw Story

Former CIA director John Brennan torched an “increasingly desperate” President Donald Trump over his Twitter meltdown over the Russia probe.

A major think tank resignation has the political class asking about the ethics of accepting donations from oligarchs

By Matthew Rozsa, Salon

Right-wing anti-Kleptocracy think tank Hudson Institute turned over by revelation of oligarch donor

Tumblr bans adult content as sexual subcultures become collateral damage

By Zahra Zsuzsanna Stardust, The Conversation

Tumblr has become a haven for fanfiction writers, artists, sex workers, kinksters, and independent porn producers.

Experts warn another recession could be just around the corner

By Amitrajeet A. Batabyal, The Conversation

Here's why Wall Street and some economists suddenly worried about a recession.

Fox News actually apologizes after Texas congressman goes on anti-Semitic rant

By Walter Einenkel, Daily Kos

In a truly tortured segue, Gohmert connected George Orwell to another George—Soros. Get it?

John Kelly will resign from White House in coming days: report

By Matthew Chapman, AlterNet

Kelly has been with the Trump administration from the very beginning, and been at the center of some of its worst policies and scandals.

New GOP senator-elect suddenly revealed to be under investigation for allegedly using public funds to boost his campaign

By Matthew Chapman, AlterNet

Josh Hawley reportedly mingled taxpayer-funded staff with out-of-state consultants who helped him run the attorney general's office while he planned his Senate campaign. That might have been illegal.

Sanders and DNC level playing field for 2020 presidential debates

By Steven Rosenfeld, Independent Media Institute

Details as small as the debate schedule matter, as was shown by the 2016 election.

Here are 8 holiday gifts American workers need

By Leo W. Gerard, Independent Media Institute

For starters, how about wrapping up a livable minimum wage this holiday season?

Former prosecutor predicts Trump won't face 'collusion' charges — but Mueller may still bring an 'existential challenge to his presidency'

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

"We’ve seen Mueller bring narrow charges against multiple defendants already."

How to bust the Trump cover-up: US could prosecute Khashoggi’s killers

By Jefferson Morley, Independent Media Institute

Former prosecutors say murder charges could be brought under U.S. law.

Don’t let the Trump administration corporatize Medicare

By Diane Archer, RJ Eskow, Independent Media Institute

Medicare Advantage plans force enrollees to gamble with their health and their savings.

Is there common ground on the immigration debate between conservatives and progressives?

By Simon Greer, Independent Media Institute

Proof positive in the most unlikely of places.

CNN's office evacuated due to bomb threat as Trump unleashes a frantic Twitter attack on 'FAKE NEWS'

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

Just before the midterm election, CNN, among others, was targeted with a bomb.

'Perpetual pain in the a**' Jeff Flake draws the ire of Trump-lovers for 'calling Mitch McConnell’s bluff' on judicial nominees

By Alex Henderson, AlterNet

Flake wants the Senate to vote on a bill to protect Robert Mueller.

Oregon initiative would decriminalize psilocybin

By Phillip Smith, Independent Media Institute

Signature gathering for 2020 is about to get underway.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

CNN's office evacuated due to bomb threat as Trump unleashes a frantic Twitter attack on 'FAKE NEWS'

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

Just before the midterm election, CNN, among others, was targeted with a bomb.

Former prosecutor predicts Trump won't face 'collusion' charges — but Mueller may still bring an 'existential challenge to his presidency'

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

"We’ve seen Mueller bring narrow charges against multiple defendants already."

MSNBC's Ari Melber proves Paul Ryan's speakership was a failure with basic math

By Matthew Chapman, AlterNet

The foremost budget hawk in Congress is leaving office having blown a massive hole in the deficit.

New GOP senator-elect suddenly revealed to be under investigation for allegedly using public funds to boost his campaign

By Matthew Chapman, AlterNet

Josh Hawley reportedly mingled taxpayer-funded staff with out-of-state consultants who helped him run the attorney general's office while he planned his Senate campaign. That might have been illegal.

This highly corrupt ex-Trump official accepted an ethically dubious $50,000 dollars 'believed to be in cash' for his legal fees: report

By Matthew Chapman, AlterNet

Even while trying to defend himself, Scott Pruitt can't stop doing shady things.

How alt-right leaders became victims of their own 'success' — and got Fox News to embrace their ideology

By Amanda Marcotte, Salon

White supremacist James Fields is on trial for murder. Meanwhile, his ideas are being championed on Fox News.

'Perpetual pain in the a**' Jeff Flake draws the ire of Trump-lovers for 'calling Mitch McConnell’s bluff' on judicial nominees

By Alex Henderson, AlterNet

Flake wants the Senate to vote on a bill to protect Robert Mueller.

Report reveals the GOP's shady role in a tainted election as the Democratic candidate begins to fight back

By Matthew Chapman, AlterNet

The evidence is growing that the Republican Party itself was complicit in North Carolina election fraud — and Democrat Dan McCready is taking a stand.

A world on fire: Trump's dizzying outrage cycle fuels our anxiety like a drug — but his presidency's dangers are very real

By Rebecca Gordon, Tom Dispatch

Trump is always racing on to his (and our) next distraction.

Another recession is inevitable — but Trump's trade war and a global growth slowdown may be speeding it along

By Amitrajeet A. Batabyal, The Conversation

Why are Wall Street and some economists suddenly worried about a recession?

Top Republicans join Democrats on a new resolution condemning the Saudi regime in a not-so-subtle rebuke to Trump

By Alex Henderson, AlterNet

Trump has repeatedly downplayed Saudi Arabia's wrongdoing.

Rudy Giuliani actually just admitted Mueller's questions were 'a nightmare' for Trump — and that he can't 'control' the president

By Alex Henderson, AlterNet

Rudy Giuliani told the Atlantic Mueller's questions "took him about three weeks to do what would normally take two days.”

Trump’s ghoulish call for even more Chinese drug executions

By Phillip Smith, Independent Media Institute

Such “tough on drugs” measures are better politics than policy.

It’s not the crime — it’s the cover-up: Michael Flynn’s cooperation with Mueller proves the lessons of Watergate still apply

By Lucian K. Truscott IV, Salon

The memo begins describing the extent of Flynn’s cooperation by explaining what he assisted the government with.

'We are tired of the abuse': Undocumented immigrant reveals that she and others have worked for Trump for years

By David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement

The bombshell report was published by the New York Times.

Trump fumed about sharing the spotlight with Bush Sr. — but was proud of his behavior at funeral: report

By Travis Gettys, Raw Story

Trump heard no open rebukes from the Bush family or other speakers at the service.

Why doesn’t Trump have a dog — and should he get one? Experts weigh in

By Reynard Loki, Independent Media Institute

The First Family has broken with tradition: There’s no canine companion in the White House.

GOP 'silence now deafening' as real election fraud exposed in North Carolina

By Jake Johnson, Common Dreams

President Donald Trump has not yet said or tweeted a word about the North Carolina accusations.

Fox News tackles Flynn memo with usual Trump tap dance: distract, minimize, distort

By Amanda Marcotte, Salon

The sentencing memo for Michael Flynn is very bad for Trump. Fox News wants its viewers to believe otherwise.

Expert: Trump can activate an ‘entire parallel legal regime’ — which includes an ‘internet kill switch’

By Brendan Skwire, Raw Story

One expert says Trump has the power to declare martial law and even shut down portions of the internet.

Here's when citizens are justified in using violence

By Jason Brennan, Aeon

Under what circumstances might active self-defense, including possible violence, be justified?

City council calls for resignation of Arizona GOP lawmaker who said black people 'don't fit in'

By Matthew Chapman, AlterNet

State Rep. David Stringer won re-election. But that didn't put an end to the calls to resign.

Millennial panic stories tell us a lot about Boomer guilt

By Rachel Leah, Salon

Millennials killed canned tuna! It’s the latest episode in a long saga aimed at shaming younger adults

'They're freaking out': Trump reportedly considers a replacement for Pence on the 2020 ticket as Mueller rattles the White House

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

A previous report found that Trump has questioned the vice president's "loyalty."

Why countering misinformation about the flu vaccine is harder than it seems

By Matthew Motta, Dominik Stecula, Kathryn Haglin, The Conversation

Many Americans hold beliefs about the flu vaccine that are at odds with the best available scientific evidence.

Here's how this 14th-century mystic appeals to today’s ‘spiritual but not religious’ Americans

By Joel Harrington, The Conversation

Meister Eckhart, a 14th-century Dominican friar famous for his popular sermons on the direct experience of God, is finding popular appeal.

Here's a look at the documentary series the Israel Lobby does not want you to see

By Chris Hedges, Truthdig

A four-part Al-Jazeera documentary that was blocked under heavy Israeli pressure shortly before its release, has been leaked online

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