Janet Allon

Paul Krugman: The Nasty Truth That Trump Distracts Us From

Donald sucked up all the air in the room in 2015, Paul Krugman notes in Monday's column, but however much the GOP establishment laments him, their frontrunner has helped them out in one important way:  "It has distracted pundits and the press from the hard right turn even conventional Republican candidates have taken, a turn whose radicalism would have seemed implausible not long ago."

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The 9 Wackiest Gaffes So Far in the Presidential Campaign

When Gerald Ford said in a television debate in 1976 that Poland was free of Soviet influence, everyone agreed it was a cringe-worthy moment. Some said the gaffe may have even cost him the election. Although Ford initially doubled down on the misstatement, he eventually tried to correct himself on the campaign trail, and in his memoir chastised himself for not acknowledging earlier what he described as the “worst mistake I ever made politically."

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Mall of America Tries to Block Black Lives Matter Pre-Christmas Protest

The Mall of America is desperate not to let Black Lives Matter ruin its final days of shopping in the frantic consumerist run-up to Christmas, as the activist group did last year. On Friday, Mall of America, filed a temporary restraining order to prevent a protest planned for Wednesday.

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The Polluted Air You're Breathing Could Be Making You Gain Weight

Researchers are studying whether air pollution could be contributing to the obesity epidemic, and the news is not good for city dwellers and second-hand smokers. Increasingly, it looks like two people can have exactly the same diet and perform the same amount of exercise, but one may put on more weight depending on the air quality around their home.

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Paul Krugman on How Trump Is a Direct Descendant of 'W'

The Republican establishment needs to stop pretending that Donald Trump is some weird aberration for the party, Paul Krugman writes in Monday's column. You can pretty much trace his lineage directly from the dumbing down that started with George W. Bush. And it's not just Trump who engages in belligerent fact-free argumentation, of course. "The triumvirate of trash-talk," Krugman notes,  "Mr. Trump, Ben Carson, and Ted Cruz — now commands the support of roughly 60 percent of the primary electorate." The question is, why don't Republican voters care that the candidates they support routinely make false claims, and refuse to acknowledge error ever?

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5 Demented Right-Wing Moments This Week: Trump’s Spokeswoman Goes Nuclear

1. Donald Trump’s spokesperson scares the bejeezus out of us.  

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WATCH: Larry Wilmore Suggests Guillotine Might Be Apt for Pharma Bro

Looking back over 2015, Larry Wilmore thought justice had a pretty rough year. In fact, it was such a bad year that, "Justice is considering faking its own death, changing its name to Ronda and starting a new life in Toronto," The Nightly Show host quipped.

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Paul Krugman on the Movie that Big Money Doesn't Want You to See

Paul Krugman has not quite become a film critic, but he does give The Big Short," the new movie about the financial crisis of 2008, a thumbs up in Friday's column. His over-arching point is that some powerful interests want to spin the history of the crisis into something it was not, namely a problem of too much government regulation, when in fact the opposite is the case. And they are doing their best to make sure that "we don’t remember what happened, or that we remember it wrong." 

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The Empire Bites Back: British Now Have Better Teeth Than Americans Thanks to U.S. Inequality

Even steadfast Anglophiles have long had to admit that the British generally have pretty awful teeth. Here in the New World, thanks to the miracles of fluoridated water and presumably better dentistry, Americans have long enjoyed healthier and more attractive pearly whites.

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Bernie Sanders Brilliantly Explains the Strategy of the 'Ruling Class' in Two Minutes

In his wide-ranging interview with "Killer Mike," Bernie Sanders drew on his knowledge of the civil rights era to show how history repeats itself. His point was that hatred of others often has its roots in economics, and that it is always in the ruling class' interest to keep people down by dividing them.

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Michael Moore to Donald Trump: 'We're All Muslim - Deal With It'

On Wednesday, Michael Moore stood outside Trump Tower with a sign that read, "We are all Muslim," to protest Donald Trump's call to ban all Muslims from the U.S. Moore stood there until the police came and then he went home and wrote Trump an open letter on Facebook.

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WATCH: Larry Wilmore Totally Slams 'Creepy' Ted Cruz

Larry Wilmore took on the topic of Ted Cruz's recent surge in the Iowa polls Monday night, asking his producer if perhaps the 10-point lead Cruz is enjoying might be a mistake.

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5 Nauseating Right-Wing Moments This Week: Scalia Almost Trumps Trump

Trump outraged everyone with his call on Monday for a ban on Muslims entering the country. Everyone except his growing band of followers, and Fox News, and Pat Buchanan, anyway. But while Trump regularly spews hateful nonsense, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia piped up with a shockingly offensive doozy of his own this week. Unlike Trump's inflammatory statement, no GOP-ers rushed to denounce Scalia.

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WATCH: Stephen Colbert Reveals Donald Trump's Real Strategy

Stephen Colbert swore to himself he wouldn't talk about Trump so much, but he basically couldn't help himself since everyone else at the nation's water cooler is these days. The Late Show host wondered just how the TSA will be able to tell if people are Muslim in order to ban one quarter of the world's population from coming into the U.S. "Although their patdowns are thorough enough to tell if you are Jewish," Colbert quipped. "I used to have to pay someone to do that."

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Party in a Panic! 7 GOP Hypocrites Freak Out About Trump

It has been six months since Donald Trump rode his surreal Trump Tower escalator down down down to announce he was running for president to a likely hired audience. Most people assumed it would be a joke and he’d flame out quickly. Late-night comedians rejoiced. Nobody, least of all the Republican establishment, seemed particularly worried that this was a reality-based campaign.

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WATCH: Larry Wilmore to 'Donald J. A**hole': Even Dick Cheney Says You're Too Extreme

One of Larry Wilmore's regular segments is called "The Unblackening," his term for the race to replace Barack Obama in the White House. In Donald Trump's case, however, the project is more far-reaching. The man, in Wilmore's words, is trying to "unbrown" the country.

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WATCH: Larry Wilmore Ridicules Trump's Absurd Attempt to Pander to the Jewish Vote

It's Hannukah time, which can only mean one thing. Time for Republican candidates for president to pander to the Jewish vote big-time. For late-night comedians ike Larry Wilmore, every day is Hanukkah with these clowns who are constantly bestowing comedy gifts.

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5 Shameful Right-Wing Moments This Week: Ted Cruz Celebrates Guns!

1. Ted Cruz has a banner week.

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Paul Krugman: 'If the Planet Is Doomed, It's the Republicans' Fault'

Paul Krugman is in a feisty, somewhat dark mood in Friday’s column. Anticipating that whatever is decided in Paris about climate change will likely be inadequate, he is ready to predict that the world may well be doomed:

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Latest Poll: Sanders Handily Trounces All Top Republicans - Yeah, Including Trump

Nothing seems to touch Donald Trump, it seems, whose lead in the Republican race for president has stayed solid and even grown as Ben Carson fades. Nothing except possibly the "Bern" man.

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Now Trump Wants to Bomb Families of Alleged ISIS Members

President Trump would not let a few, or even masses of civilian casualties get in the way of fighting the Islamic State. The candidate for president told his friends at "Fox and Friends" Wednesday that he "likes to do one thing at a time," and in this case that one thing would be "knocking the hell" out of ISIS, and yeah, "their families."

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WATCH: Larry Wilmore's Definitive Trump Takedown: 'You're Just Lying'

The Trump campaign's ridiculous spin on the Donald's meeting with 100 black pastors was the perfect take-off point for "The Nightly Show" host's epic takedown of the Republican frontrunner's latest pack of lies.

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Krugman: How to Stop the Affluent from Trampling on the Poor as They Move Back to Big Cities

Paul Krugman has to admit in Monday's column, New York City is a great place to live, if you can afford it. Great food, great culture—but you have to be able to afford the housing and more and more people can't. And it's not just New York where the wealthy are pouring in. "Urban America reached an inflection point around 15 years ago," he writes. "After decades of decline, central cities began getting richer, more educated, and, yes, whiter. Today our urban cores are providing ever more amenities, but largely to a very affluent minority."

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5 Right-Wing Outrages This Week: Trump Tries to Break His Own Record for Awfulness

Quite a week from America's rabid right. 

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Gunman Storms Colorado Planned Parenthood - Kills 3, Injures 9

The gunman who opened fire near a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood facility Friday has surrended to police after a gun battle that left three dead, including one police officer.

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Paul Krugman on the Unforeseen Harm Trump Could Do If He Wins

Until Donald Trump is elected president, Paul Krugman writes in Friday's column, the imperfect union of the U.S. is more equipped to handle challenges than the much more imperfect union in Europe. He opens by correcting the misconception about why we celebrate Thanksgiving. Lincoln made it a federal holiday. It's a celebration of national unity. "And our national unity is indeed something to be thankful for," he writes.

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Seriously? New York Subway Cars Decorated With Nazi Symbols

As every New Yorker knows, subways are not just a way of getting around, they are a vehicle for advertising. 

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The Most Poignant and Painfully True Quote About Refugees This Thanksgiving

John Oliver nailed the poignancy and irony of our Thanksgiving celebration on his show Sunday night by neatly linking it with the fearful response of many Americans to the Syrian refugee crisis.

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WATCH: Colbert Roasts 'NostraDonald' as Well as Trump's False Memories

Donald Trump is not funny (at least not intentionally so), but boy does he make Stephen Colbert's job easy. And the late-night comedian is grateful for that.

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Krugman Offers Reality Check to Delusional Obamacare Doomsdayers

Paul Krugman admits in Monday's column that some bad news about Obamacare has finally come. He also says it is not surpirising. What is happening definitely is not is the "death spiral" that Obama's political enemies fervently hoped for. After two years of unexpected success, and a huge drop in the number of uninsured Americans, "Obamacare has hit a few rough patches," he writes. But they should not be exaggerated. "Health reform is still a huge success story."

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6 Vile Right-Wing Moments This Week, Islamophobia Edition

Republican politicians and presidential aspirants fell all over each other this week, trying to be as offensive, spiteful and Islamophobic as possible. Let’s review some of the lowest of the legion of low-lights.

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