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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to leave Justice Department next month

It was only a matter of time before Donald Trump grasped the full implications of the 25th Amendment chatter early in his administration and wanted someone's head on a platter. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein already dodged that bullet once before, aft

McConnell has direct line to Trumpland for Kentucky bigwigs and contributors: his spouse Elaine Chao

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell appears to have a pretty great setup right now. He's in a position to give the Trump administration much of what the Russia asset wants, and the administration can return the favor. It helps that Elaine Chao, Trump's tra

A reporter asked Trump if he tried to interfere in the Cohen case and oof ... this pause

Taking a handful of questions in the Oval Office today, Donald Trump appeared tired and cranky. Judging by his Twitter rants, he isn’t sleeping well these days. Nor should he be sleeping well, because everything he’s touched in the last 10 years is now u

Trump 'striking out' in the court of public opinion on his 'national emergency'

Most Americans know there isn't a national emergency at the nation's southern border and even more Americans disapprove of Donald Trump declaring one, according to a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll. Overall, 61 percent of respondents in the poll disapprove

NRA very successful at ending laws requiring permits for concealed guns. 3 more states ponder this

It was encouraging last week to see the U.S. House Judiciary Committee pass and send a gun reform bill to the full House for the first time in 23 years. That bill would require what 11 states and the District of Columbia already do: a federal background che

Trump regularly calls Republican senators to ... talk about golf or what he's seen on TV

The Washington Post gives us a closer look at how Donald Trump fills some of his «executive time,» the hours of the day reserved for Donald to do very important things like watch television and call allies about whatever he sees on that televisio

Democrats investigate Trump plan to give Saudis nuclear secrets against NSA advice

From Day One, the relationship between Donald Trump, his associates, and Saudi Arabia has been more than a little sketchy. Major examples include Trump making Saudi Arabia his first stop outside of the U.S.; son-in-law Jared Kushner’s secretive trips to S

Trump aide still won't comment on report that he knew about undocumented workers at Trump golf club

White House aide and former golf caddy Dan Scavino still won’t directly respond to the recent report that he knew the golf club he once managed for Donald Trump employed undocumented immigrants, instead leaving an administration official, “who spoke on co

NYT reveals Trump's epic, sustained, and secretive assault on the rule of law to save his own hide

The New York Times just dropped a boatload of juicy tidbits about Donald Trump's frenzied, brazen, and yet consistently ham-handed efforts to both bury and kill the many investigations into him, his campaign, his administration, and his businesses.  The t

Midday open thread: Echoes of Iraq war run-up; does more Arctic rain mean more methane emissions?

Today’s comic by Jen Sorensen is Everything is pretend: • The White House transcript version of one of several Mike Pence lines in Munich that was greeted by utter silence: See video here. (The boldface below is mine.) We’re grateful for Se

Transgender asylum-seeker deported to El Salvador has been murdered, group says

A trans advocacy group in El Salvador tells the Washington Blade that a trans asylum-seeker who was deported by the U.S. several months ago has died from injuries she sustained in an attack outside San Salvador. “She migrated to the U.S. because of thr

Republicans knew that Trump was being investigated as Russian agent in 2017—and no one complained

On Monday evening, Donald Trump made another tweet complaining about “Leakin’ James Comey.” But, according to Andrew McCabe, there was a genuine leaker who concerned everyone at the Justice Department—someone he was sure related everything going on

West Virginia teachers strike (yes, again) to protest attack on public education

Campaign Action This is not a blast from the recent past: West Virginia teachers are on strike again, just a year after they kicked off a wave of teacher uprisings that is still reverberating around the nation. The teachers won a badly needed pay raise last

Roger Stone keeps digging that hole—but it's deeper, and wider, than just threatening a judge

On Monday evening, it became obvious that Roger Stone had delivered another shot to his own foot, with a plea for cash that managed to both violate a gag order and threaten a federal judge. His attorneys then tried to make it all better by producing a ridic

Seven weeks into 2019, we already know the media didn't learn 2016's lesson about sexism

This, so much this: «How sexist will the media’s treatment of female candidates be? Rule out ‘not at all.’» It’s only seven weeks into 2019, and already the Washington Post’s Margaret Sullivan has plenty of examples of how nothing bur

Daily Kos Democratic Presidential Primary Straw Poll: February 19

Every other week we take the pulse of the budding Democratic presidential primary, and see which candidates are leading the pack within our world of party activists, and which are only pretending to compete. For the curious, here’s the previous results. Fo

Trump administration still hasn't said where it's stealing his 'emergency' wall money from

The great national emergency of 2019 is now four days old, and the government's response to it is as of yet without a plan. When the Russian asset in the Oval Office announced it last Friday in a long and terrifying word salad, it came without any specifics.

The truth about Trump and the stock market

Donald Trump was at it again on Tuesday morning.  xHad the opposition party (no, not the Media) won the election, the Stock Market would be down at least 10,000 points by now. We are heading up, up, up!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 19, 201

Watch live: North Carolina holding hearing on election fraud in 9th Congressional District (day 2)

The North Carolina State Board of Elections has begun its second day of hearings into allegations that the campaign of Republican Mark Harris engaged in election fraud in last year’s hotly contested race for the 9th Congressional District, which pitted Harr

New York has already made great strides on voting rights. These reforms should be next

New York State has entered a brand-new era of progressive governance, following a massive Democratic wave at the ballot box last year that finally ended Republican control over the state Senate and swept Democrats in with their largest majority in over a cent

Republicans pin their 2020 hopes on tricking voters into fearing the 'radical' Democrats in Congress

Campaign Action Republicans have made their strategy for the 2020 elections crystal-clear: going after the newly serving Democratic women of color in Congress.  Given this, we can only anticipate conservatives becoming even more rabid over the next tw

16 states sue to block Trump from 'unilaterally robbing taxpayer funds' for fake border emergency

“Today, on Presidents Day, we take President Trump to court to block his misuse of presidential power,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a statement Monday about the lawsuit California and 15 other states filed to block Donald Trump’

Daily Kos announces results of first monthly issues survey

Today, Daily Kos announced key findings from a nationwide survey of Americans commissioned through Civiqs. The poll of 1449 adults was conducted online from Feb. 12-15 and reveals broad disapproval of the new GOP-backed tax law (48-30 percent disapprove/appr

Bernie Sanders officially enters the race for 2020

Speaking on Vermont Public Radio on Tuesday morning, Bernie Sanders made it official—he is a candidate for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020. The announcement contained few details, but was not unexpected. Just last week, Sen. Sanders announc

Morning Digest: Illinois Republican begins House campaign by accidentally running for the Senate

The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Lead

103-year-old woman sworn in as junior ranger at Grand Canyon

Rose Torphy, who is three years older than the Grand Canyon National Park itself, has become a junior ranger at the spry age of 103.  And she has the certificate to prove it. How did this go down? Torphy was at the Grand Canyon for only the second time i

Open thread for night owls: Chronic reporting failures result of teams not reflecting who they cover

Jelani Cobb at the Columbia Journalism Review writes—Missing the Story: Five years ago, I came across an article in The New York Times about a spate of robberies in the Bronx. It was the kind of story that has been a staple in the metro sections of news

Major airlines are finally offering gender options for non-binary flyers in documentation

The Wall Street Journal reports that several major airlines are making changes that will help make flying safer and more affirming for gender non-binary people, those who generally don’t identify with the male or female gender binary. Non-binary people m

Ron Johnson, genius, says Republicans didn't control Congress in 2017 and 2018

Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, genius, will never make anyone's «big brains of the Senate» list. That doesn't keep him from being asked on to the Sunday shows, however, where he regularly exposes the shallows of his understanding of how th

At Munich Security Conference, European allies have given up on Trump and are going it alone

In the last several days you may have seen brief clips of footage from the just-ended Munich Security Conference, specifically two particular moments, one in which a Trump-toadying Vice President Mike Pence is met with humiliating silence upon mentioning hi

Alec Baldwin worries about 'threat to my safety' after Trump attacks 'Saturday Night Live' again

Donald Trump’s attacks on the media have actor Alec Baldwin, who plays Trump on Saturday Night Live, wondering about his own safety. “I wonder if a sitting President exhorting his followers that my role in a TV comedy qualifies me as an enemy of the peop

'For my dad': Kids facing separation from parents following TPS termination stage play for lawmakers

Campaign Action A group of U.S.-citizen kids who could become separated from their parents following the termination of their immigration protections traveled from the Boston area to Washington, D.C., last week to stage a play for lawmakers and aides feat

Coalition of 16 states files lawsuit to block Trump's 'national emergency' gambit

A coalition of 16 states filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to block Donald Trump's attempt to obtain funding for his border wall by declaring a national emergency. The suit, California et al. v. Trump et al., filed in the Northern District of California, argues

Former acting FBI director ordered Russia investigation due to 'concern of national security threat'

What a bonkers two years the world has endured since Donald Trump landed in the White House, despite losing the popular vote by millions of votes. Who could forget James Comey releasing his extremely inappropriate letter to the public, alerting voters that t

Senate Democrats introduce McConnell's 2011 debt ceiling idea to prevent Trump taking it hostage

With chaos and brinksmanship the chosen governing strategy of the Russian asset in the White House, everything is at stake, including the global economy. Within a few weeks, the nation is going to hit its debt limit. The Treasury Department should be able to

Cartoon: National emergency

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Roger Stone can't help himself, causes outrage by posting a photo of the judge overseeing his case

Roger Stone inside Trump Tower Roger Stone has never done well with restraint. Not in his words, not in his deeds, and least of all in his clothing choices. The Trump-loving, Nixon-worshipping real-life troll seems intent on going out in a blaze of glory.

House Democrats zero in on Deutsche Bank as a point of leverage over Trump

Democrats have promised to follow the money relentlessly in their House Intelligence 2.0 probe of Donald Trump’s Russia ties, and Deutsche Bank is taking center stage in that inquiry. «Deutsche Bank is of great interest,» House Intelligence me

Trump's lies about diversity visas get easily debunked, again

Donald Trump has made over a dozen false claims about the diversity visa lottery system, and during his “speech” last week announcing a fake national emergency over his stupid border wall that American voters don’t want, he added another notch to his

Democratic-led coalition takes power in Alaska House, denying GOP its lone legislative pickup in '18

In a remarkable turn of events, a Democratic-led coalition in Alaska's 40-member state House elected a new speaker on Thursday, despite the fact that Republicans won a nominal 23-seat majority in November's elections. At the time, those results had appeared t
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