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Presidential Historian Explains How Republicans 'Sold Their Soul' for 'Biblical 40 Years' of Conservative Supreme Court Justices

Historian Jon Meacham appeared on The View to promote his new book and discussed the state of American politics under President Donald Trump.

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Trump Lies About 'Historic' State of the Union Viewership, Didn't Even Make Top Five

President Donald Trump lied for no apparent reason Thursday about the historicity of his State of the Union address viewership.

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Getting Past Bernie vs. Hillary: Signs of Real Hope for Democrats

I have encountered an unexpected and perhaps unwarranted sensation lately, with respect to the Democratic Party. I think there are signs of hope. That hope comes with a countless array of qualifications and asterisks: The political landscape is still treacherous, full of pitfalls both obvious and hidden. (I mean, look at the state of the other party, the one that actually won the last election.) No one should underestimate the Democratic capacity for self-sabotage, which is deeply rooted in the party’s recent history as a chaotic coalition of competing interests with no clear ideology or core principles.

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Leaks Show How Super-Wealthy School Privatizers Sought to Influence Hillary in Lead-Up to Campaign

A rare peek into the evolution of Hillary Clinton’s education platform is afforded through an overlooked Wikileaks-published document. Entitled “Policy Book— FINAL,” the PDF file was attached to a 2014 email sent to John Podesta, Clinton’s future campaign chair. The education portion of the document runs 66 pages, mostly concentrated on K-12 policy, and captures specific input from billionaire donors looking to overhaul and privatize public education.

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How Hillary Lost: The Big Factors That Cost Her the Election

Hillary Clinton’s tragic 2016 campaign faced withering criticism in the press, social media, and now, in Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes’s inside account, Shattered. From my vantage point as lead pollster for the Democratic nominees in 1992 and 2000, part of the closing clutch of pollsters in 2004, and invited noodge in 2016, I have little quarrel with the harshest of these criticisms. Malpractice and arrogance contributed mightily to the election of Donald Trump and its profound threat to our democracy. So did the handling of the email server, paid Wall Street speeches, and the “deplorables” comment. And her unwillingness to challenge the excesses of big money and corporate influence left her exposed to attacks first by Bernie Sanders and then by Donald Trump and unable to offer credible promise of change.

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Trump Just Proved, Yet Again, He's Got No Problem With Violence Against Women

Donald Trump retweeted an edited GIF Sunday morning that showed him hitting a golf ball at Hillary Clinton. The ball appears to hit Clinton in the back and knock her down. The video was first tweeted by one of Trump’s supporters who goes by the Twitter handle “Fuctupmind.”

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6 of the Biggest Media Meltdowns This Week

1. Hillary Clinton promotes dubious, culty media outlet Verrit, internet proceeds to destroy it.

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The Man Who Gets Away With Everything

 Only Donald Trump would continue sponsoring campaign-style rallies, a full month after Election Day. And only Trump's most fervent followers, the zealots who still show up to hear him gloat at those events, would continue to chant "Drain the swamp!" at his command -- when he is so obviously emptying that swamp into the White House swimming pool.
        The bad joke of 2016 is that Trump actually perpetrates every one of the offenses charged against Hillary Clinton, whether invented or plausible, while he escapes all the blaming and shaming that fell so heavily upon her. The starkest example is the contrast between the Clinton Foundation, an enormous force for good that was falsely accused of wrongdoing in countless stories, columns and broadcasts, and the Trump Foundation, a vainglorious vehicle for tax evasion that has now confessed to unlawful self-dealing and remains barred from doing business by authorities in its home state.
        But it is the Clintons' reputation that suffered, even as Trump and his family remain unscathed.
        During the campaign, Trump shrieked "pay for play!" to defame the Clintons over and over again, without proof. But now he is doling out top positions in government to the patrons of his campaign, his business and his foundation. To Trump, a post in his cabinet is not a commitment of trust granted on behalf of the people, but a plum to bestow on some crony who once did him a favor.
        The most wanton example is designated Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, a political and financial opportunist who predicted many months ago that if he raised enough money, then Trump would reward him with precisely this powerful post. Imagine the outrage if Clinton had appointed someone like Mnuchin -- a former top executive of Goldman Sachs who ruthlessly exploited government bailouts and crushed poor homeowners in the wake of the financial crisis -- after he had raised millions of dollars for her campaign.
        The hair on every pundit and anchor across America would have simultaneously burst into flame.
        But those same media sages watch Trump appoint Mnuchin, then shrug and comment wryly on his Goldman pedigree. Trump senior adviser Steve Bannon is from Goldman as well, of course -- and on Dec. 9, Trump chose Gary Cohn, the Wall Street mammoth's chief operating officer, to head the National Economic Council.
        As some wit said, Trump will be giving a speech to Goldman Sachs every time he addresses a White House meeting.
        Another billionaire financial operator chosen by Trump is Wilbur Ross, a "vulture" capitalist who got to know Trump when the real estate mogul was going bust, bigly, in Atlantic City. It was Ross who gave Trump the most important boost of his business career. Rather than force him into a personal bankruptcy that would have destroyed his career (and saved us from his impending presidency), Ross persuaded the banks to let him survive.
        That was a bad decision for many of Trump's creditors, who saw their companies ruined, but it has turned out to be a good decision for Ross -- who will soon wield power over major policy decisions affecting trade and industry as commerce secretary. Of course, Ross also made large donations to Trump's campaign.
        Then there's Linda McMahon, the former wrestling executive and failed Republican senatorial candidate from Connecticut just appointed by Trump to run the Small Business Administration. Promoting a fake sport may not qualify her to operate an important agency. And her family company has many embarrassing moments in its recent past, including the unlamented XFL. McMahon has no experience in government at all, but she does possess even more important credentials: She and husband Vince donated $5 million to the Trump Foundation and $6 million to a Donald Trump super PAC this year.
        Pay for play? Hillary Clinton never did anything nearly so brazen, whether as first lady, senator, secretary of state or candidate. But for the man who can get away with everything, these displays of cronyism are only the beginning.

Trump's Quiet Pick for Legal Adviser Shows He's Dead Set on Nuking Our Democracy

When Hillary Clinton lost the Electoral College, most post-mortems faulted Democrats for failing to empathize with the anger and abandonment non-coastal Americans are feeling. But last week, when Donald Trump sucked up to the (previously dishonest, subsequently gem-like) New York Times, flip-flopping six times in an hour-long interview, I wondered whether his backtracking might be causing some of his supporters to feel abandoned. If they are, I empathize with their incipient buyer’s remorse. I imagine they must feel a bit like Bernie Madoff’s investors did, after realizing they’d been conned.

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Seth Meyers Takes Aim at Trump's Business Conflict of Interest: 'We Might End Up With a Woman President After All'

Two days before Thanksgiving, comedian Seth Meyers took another "closer look" at President-elect Trump in transition. To sum up, when Trump's not scolding the media or assembling a Cabinet like an "Apprentice" cast, he's making the kinds of deals that could soon get him impeached. 

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When Hillary Clinton Had Steelworkers' Backs

The year 2001, when I became president of the United Steelworkers union and Hillary Clinton took office as a U.S. Senator for New York, was a desperate, terrible time for steelworkers and the steel industry in this country.

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