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Republican tax bill polling at a disastrous 29 percent support in two consecutive polls

As sugar plums dance through the heads of Republicans over the thought of finally putting their tax bill on the desk of Donald Trump, the numbers are in: Just as Donald Trump predicted of voters: "The more they learn about it the more popular...
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Paul Ryan can’t bring himself to say Trump’s name in responding to Trump’s surrender...

Following the "Surrender Summit" in which popular vote loser Donald Trump took Vladmir Putin's side over the U.S. intelligence agencies over whether Russia interfered in the 2016 election, Speaker Paul Ryan decided to express his concern. In a...
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Democratic memo shows that Devin Nunes simply lied, and Nunes responds … with more...

Three weeks after Devin Nunes’ supposedly earth-shaking #ReleaseTheMemo was actually released over the objections of the FBI and the Department of Justice, and the nation responded with a giant, collective ‘Is that all?’ And two weeks after Donald...
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Open thread for night owls. 3 weeks ago, NBC said McMaster would be fired....

On March 1, when NBC first raised the probability that National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster was soon going to get the boot from Pr*sident Trump, word from the White House was dismissive: National Security Council spokesman Michael Anton...

Right Wing Columnist Ignites Outrage When He Calls Death Of Yemeni Boy ‘Ginned Up...

One of the saddest observations to be made about the War on Truth that we’re currently living through is that the unprincipled distill every story down to the publicity impact and subsequent bias potential of any given piece, and completely lose sight of the human story contained therein. Such is the case here. A two year old Yemeni boy died Friday in an Oakland hospital, after being kept apart from his mother for the past 17 months, due to the Muslim travel ban. A young couple losing their baby, “the light of our lives” as his mother described him, is a tragedy, under any circumstances.  Despite that, conservative commentator, Kurt Schlichter, in an egregious display of lack of humanity, had the hubris to say, “I don’t care,” and then when that blew up in his face, to double down and characterize the incident as a “ginned up media agenda item.” Wow. I think it’s safe to assume that Mr. Schlichter never lost a child. The divide in this culture is not political. It’s existential. It goes to the root of how a human being lives in a society. This is the wealthiest nation on the globe but being impoverished here is virtually a death sentence, condemning a person to be denied care for treatable illnesses. Tax bills should be passed in congress to address that issue, and the issue of a livable minimum wage. Instead, the ones that pass are solely for the purpose of fattening the coffers of the mega wealthy. This is just one more example of the vulnerable and marginalized being victimized. In this instance, the humanity of the situation, of a mother needing to go to the death bed of her infant son, was the compelling interest. An idiotic travel ban, instituted solely by Steve Bannon, no less, to create a talking point showing what a tough guy Trump is, stopped her. That is callousness and cruelty of a heretofore unimaginable scale and it is not something that would have ever happened in the America most of us grew up in.
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Trump’s Executive Order on Retirement Accounts Panned as ‘Cruel Joke on American Workers’

Republicans "will inevitably use this executive order as an additional excuse to cut Social Security"
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How do you save the country in 2018? End Mitch McConnell’s stranglehold on the...

Unindicted co-conspirator Donald Trump is not on the ballot this November, at least not personally. But the opportunity to restore the nation's system of checks and balances is. That means flipping the House and...
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Betsy DeVos literally argues for larger class sizes and fewer teachers as part of...

Betsy DeVos is an idiot. She is an ignoramus. But most importantly, she’s a danger to children. Since she has become the education secretary under Donald Trump, she has done what most conservative billionaires do:...

‘He’s A F*cking Fool’ DOJ Attorneys Not Happy With Whitaker As New Boss

Securing a high post in government via television is the way of the world these days, with the reality star *resident calling the shots. The newest star in the made-by-television firmament is Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, a former U.S. Attorney turned conversative-media-pundit, and his colleagues are not happy to see him. Daily Beast: “He’s a fucking fool,” one trial attorney inside the department said of the new AG. “He’s spent so much time trying to suck up to the president to get here. But this is a big job. It comes with many responsibilities. He just simply doesn’t have the wherewithal.” […] “We’ve seen this over and over again with the Trump administration. They never vet these people,” said one former official from the department. “It shows that they don’t really have a strategy when it comes to these things and then they end up having to backtrack.” To say that Whitaker is going to have a steep learning curve is an understatement. But Whitaker is no longer occupying a post where he has time to learn and adjust. He now is running a department with more than 100,000 employees, a budget of roughly $30 billion, and with oversight of and input into every federal law enforcement matter in the country. Already, Whitaker has signed off on a controversial new regulation that will allow President Trump to prohibit certain immigrants from seeking asylum. The department is currently prepping for December hearings in the AT&T-Time Warner case, in which DoJ has appealed the $85 billion merger. It is also also knee-deep in its lawsuit to block California’s new net neutrality law from going into place. He’s cut in the Trump mold. Trump saw him on television declaiming the Mueller investigation — there’s “no collusion” with Russia — which he has already decided is not valid, facts be damned. That, and his own ambition, led him to Trump, where all the shady people end up these days. “This guy has spent his whole life trying to climb the rungs of power to get to a federal appointment,” one DOJ official said. “Now that he is here, and who knows for how long, he’s going to try and make a name for himself. And that could make things harder for us.” Senate Democrats are considering whether to file a lawsuit to invalidate Whitaker’s appointment, by arguing that it’s an unconstitutional violation of the Senate’s advise and consent powers. If successful, the suit would force Trump to either formally nominate a replacement for Jeff Sessions or elevate, on an acting basis, someone from within the department who had already received Senate confirmation. Backtracking is what this administration does, because they leap before they look, and Whitaker’s appointment is melting down in epic time, even by Trumpian standards.
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After Trump humiliated his attorney general, DOJ officials respond with a public show of...

This week, Donald Trump bizarrely went after his own attorney general again, publicly humiliating him on Twitter. Is Donald Trump trying to use public humiliation as a tool to force Jeff Sessions to quit? That would open the door to replacing Rod...

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