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Senate Rubberstamps Another Unqualified Conservative Judge

Reading Time: &; 1 minute Want to get a job as a federal judge but have no courtroom experience, no common sense and no clue? No problem. If you are conservative enough, the GOP Senate will confirm you.

Lady Justice: Why Ruth Bader Ginsburg Has Become an Icon of the Left

If you were really quiet the Friday before last, you could hear the air being sucked in by millions of Americans who held their breaths at the same time. And the breeze you may have felt two days later was their collective sigh of relief. What had happened? On November 22 (as though the nation would have needed another tragedy on the anniversary of JFK’s assassination), Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was admitted to a DC hospital with chills and a fever. She was released two days later.

Google to Employees: Want a Union? Search Elsewhere

Like other Silicon Valley companies, Google prides itself on being open to different viewpoints. But when it comes to its employees wanting to organize, that supposed tolerance quickly reaches its limits. The post appeared first on .

Iowa and New Hampshire Are ‘First in the Nation’ at Being Full of Themselves

Reading Time: 3 minutesIn 1788, the US took a few careful steps down the road of modern democracy by electing George Washington as its first president. It was an imperfect election. Turnout was very low — only 43,000 votes were cast (11.6 percent) — and only white men were eligible to elect the leader of the young nation. Still, considering the historical context, it was remarkable.

Fox’s Alternative Impeachment Coverage Embraces Trump Over Truth

Reading Time: 4 minutesWhen reality meets the right-wing fantasy wonderland created by Fox “News,” it’s usually not a good look for the network that, as we’ve pointed out, was the fears and insecur

What’s Richer Than Michael Bloomberg? His Tone Deafness

Reading Time: 1 minute Memo to Michael Bloomberg: Being a beneficiary of America’s insane wealth gap does not make you qualified to fix it.

Some of the Deepest Wounds of Veterans Go Undetected

Reading Time: 3 minutesWhen President Donald Trump announced the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi last month, he was widely ridiculed for embellishing details of the raid. Journalists and fact checkers dissected every word of his press conference to catch him in one of his trademark lies. But all of them missed one of the president’s statements that is almost certainly false.

Donald Trump and Paula White — a Match Made in Heaven

Reading Time: 1 minute President Donald Trump’s newest White House aide is “prosperity gospel” television evangelist Paula White. Both are thrice-married and like to con people out of their money, so it seems like a match made in heaven.

Trump’s Stench Will Hurt GOP Candidates for Years to Come

Reading Time: 3 minutesIn the 2016 GOP primary, Donald Trump destroyed the chances of 16 Republicans to be elected president that year. It’s an accomplishment he is rightly proud of and talks about often. Since taking office, however, he has achieved an even more astonishing feat: He has obliterated the chances of scores of Republicans to be elected president ever.

Boos or Paid Propaganda — What’s the Real Problem?

Reading Time: 1 minute If you have a problem with people booing a president who maligns their city, but not with unsubstantiated smear campaigns paid for by millionaires and crackpots, you may be missing the bigger picture.

Diplomacy for Dummies: Foreign Policy Is No Place for Amateurs

Reading Time: 3 minutesDonald Trump on Wednesday that the US has nuclear weapons in Turkey, something the US government has long declined to disclos

Is Trump’s Clown Car Going off the Rails?

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe past couple of weeks have been crazy — even by the insanely high standards for absurdity that President Donald Trump has set. There were so many things that were either completely bonkers, brazen, or bizarre that we couldn’t pick just one for our weekly editorial.

Democrats Can’t Afford Unforced Errors in Impeachment Process

Reading Time: 3 minutesAn increasingly unhinged President Donald Trump started the week by suggesting that Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) is guilty of treason and should be arrested. While that is, of course, completely nuts, what Schiff did was so dumb that you would have thought he headed the House Stupidity Committee, and not the Intelligence panel.

A Tragedy (for Democracy) in Three Acts

Reading Time: 3 minutesAs the Ukraine scandal unfolds, President Donald Trump and former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani are frequently compared to a Mafia boss and his lawyer. We should be so lucky, because that would certainly mean the end of the mob.

Liar, Liar, British Politics on Fire

Reading Time: 3 minutesOmar Salem was frantic with worry. What should have been the happiest time of his life had become his worst nightmare. The birth of his daughter seven days earlier had turned into a medical emergency and she was hospitalized. Worse, the ward where she was battling for life was seriously understaffed, her father believed.Enter stage right, Boris Johnson.

Dear US Government: Please Do Nothing on Climate Change

Reading Time: 1 minuteMany people are accusing the US government of doing nothing on climate change. That could not be more wrong. Every day, this administration is taking new steps to muffle scientists, shirk responsibility, deny evidence, shut down research, and undermine international efforts to fight this problem. 

Only Climate Action Now Can Stop a Global Drought

Reading Time: 5 minutesWhoWhatWhy Climate Change CoverageChennai, India’s sixth-largest city, is running out of water. The parched Chembarambakkam reservoir, plus three others supplying the city, are all nearly empty.

The GOP’s ‘Socialism’ Scam Is About to Backfire

Reading Time: 3 minutesWhen little kids don’t want to eat something, they often throw a temper tantrum and loudly proclaim that the food on their plate is “yucky.” In politics, when the rich don’t like something, they have their puppets throw a tantrum and loudly proclaim that the policy they object to is “socialism.”

The Sins of the Father, Mother, and President

Reading Time: 1 minute In order to punish the children of undocumented immigrants, President Donald Trump wants to end birthright citizenship, which makes anyone born on US soil an American. But once we start holding people accountable for the sins of their fathers and mothers, where does it stop?

Trump’s Kind of Labor Day

Reading Time: 5 minutesLabor Day is a national holiday, but probably not one that generates much celebration in the Trump White House, which is moving to add regulatory insult to the existing injury of policies that depress the wages of low-income workers.

Could Warren Turn a Supposed Weakness Into a Strength?

Reading Time: 4 minutesWith Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) moving up in the polls for the Democratic presidential nomination, the talking heads of the corporate media are trying to identify her greatest vulnerability.

Donald Trump, Hamilton’s Nightmare

Reading Time: 4 minutesIt’s perhaps fortunate timing that a federal appeals court has just decided that the 538 people who actually elect a president are not bound by the popular votes of their respective states.

Epstein Death: Deep Digging Not Welcome in Corporate Media

Reading Time: 4 minutesWhen news broke of Jeffrey Epstein’s death in prison, some corporate media were quick to assure the public — as they so often do — that whatever that was about, it should not be viewed as involving any sort of conspiratorial behavior. They did question why Epstein was taken off suicide watch, especially since he allegedly attempted to kill himself in July, but few considered foul play.

Abrams Takes the Fight to Election Manipulators

Reading Time: 3 minutesWhen Stacey Abrams “lost” Georgia’s 2018 gubernatorial election, a lot of Republicans were probably breathing sighs of relief. While the result was close, their strategy of rigging the state’s election laws to keep minorities from voting had paid off once again.

Incompetence or Worse: How Did Epstein Die?

Reading Time: 1 minuteAfter pedophile Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in his Manhattan prison cell, news reports said that his guards falsified their logs to show that they had checked on him when, in fact, they had been sleeping.

The Dangerous Disingenuity of America’s Wannabe Gunslingers

Reading Time: 1 minuteThose who defend the rights of regular Americans to own weapons of war often say that this is necessary to defend the US against tyranny or a foreign enemy. They conveniently leave out the fact that they would still be hopelessly outgunned if such an authoritarian regime ever were in charge.

El Paso: Trump Didn’t Pull the Trigger, But…

Reading Time: 3 minutesMass shootings happen all over the world. But their frequency in the US is a uniquely American problem. And their frequency in this particular period in our history is no accident.We have a president who demonizes groups of people, even cities.

Like a Fox — How a TV Channel Is Tearing America Apart

Reading Time: 5 minutesA little over 20 years ago, Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes concocted a profitable way to tap into the white supremacist ideology still bubbling below America’s surface. 

Trump and Saudi Arabia: A Bloody Alliance

Reading Time: 1 minuteTrying to pander to African Americans, President Donald Trump recently criticized Sweden for not releasing rapper A$AP Rocky, who has been charged with assault. It’s curious that he never called out Saudi Arabia for torturing and killing Washington Post columnist Jamal Kashoggi.

Is Britain’s New Prime Minister Trump’s Mini-Me?

Reading Time: 4 minutesThe UK is going through a “political nervous breakdown” over Brexit, the tortuous process of Britain leaving the European Union,

Mueller Spectacle: Dazed, Not Dazzled

Reading Time: 1 minute Guess who paid for the Mueller hearing, including all the showmanship on both sides and the more than 100 non-answers, only to be left with a still partially redacted report and lots of questions!

The Worst Case Scenario in 2020 May Just Be a Narrow Trump Loss

Reading Time: 3 minutesThere is angst among many Americans right now that President Donald Trump might win a second term. But maybe they should be more worried about what would happen if he loses by a narrow margin.