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Democratic senators demand a full accounting of Trump's financial ties to Saudi Arabia

In a letter sent today, six Democratic senators have demanded Trump account for financial ties between the Trump Organization and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The letter notes that the Trump Organization “for decades has maintained business relationships wi

What Ted Cruz really thinks: It's 'reasonable' to overturn pre-existing condition protections

Among all of the lying Republican liars running for re-election on the basis of their love for the Affordable Care Act's protections, none is more humungous than Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Here's what he said in Tuesday night's debate against his Democratic challe

Really, Mitch McConnell? You're going to promise Obamacare repeal now? Thanks!

Mitch McConnell is either certain that Russian interference will save Republicans' bacon on November 6, or he is in a total panic about getting the rabid Republican base out to vote. He's promising that if they just win enough seats this election, Affordable

Trump likes Saudi Arabia a lot ... but not because of the phony giant arms deal

Every time there’s a suggestion that the United States might step back from 100 percent support for Saudi Arabia, Donald Trump has a standard response—the Saudis are buying $110 billion in US weapons, and we wouldn’t want them taking their murder bomb b

Mitch McConnell says it out loud—Republicans are coming for Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid

In December 2017, the Republican-led Senate took a 2 AM vote to pass one of the largest tax cuts in history, cuts that would grossly benefit corporations and the wealthiest Americans, leaving nothing but crumbs for most Americans. Like thieves in the night, t

Midday open thread: Automakers don't walk their talk on electrics; state tax systems screw the poor

20 days remain until the last ballots are cast in the 2018 midterm elections Today’s comic by Matt Bors is House of Sawed: • Automakers boast of electric vehicle future but crank up production of SUVs and trucks: In 2017, GM announce

Contribute to North Dakota Native Vote to disrupt Republican voter suppression

Last week, the Supreme Court delivered a major defeat for Native American voting rights in North Dakota when it allowed the implementation of a Republican-backed voter ID law. In order to vote, the law requires documentation of a residential address. Nati

Journalists are obsessing over a new voter—suburban women—and not a moment too soon

Oh, yes, surely we will still be hearing liberally from Trump voters whose only regret is their hero's failure thus far to actually drop someone on 5th Avenue. But even Washington journalists seem to have tired of them a bit. And just in time for the midter

What does early voting look like in Georgia? Massive turnout, long lines, and voter suppression

In-person early voting began in Georgia on Monday and, by the numbers, it’s off to an incredible start. On the first day alone, 69,049 people voted—a massive increase compared to the 20,898 people who participated in the first day of in-person early voti

White supremacist Steve King endorses Canadian mayoral candidate who once appeared on neo-Nazi show

Water is wet, cats meow, and Iowa Congress member Steve King is a white supremacist. We know this because of his own deplorable statements and actions, including his toast to the deportation of a Dreamer, his statement comparing immigrants to selecting a dog

Climate change is an existential threat to civilization. And also beer.

You are on a train. There has been a murder on the train. There are seven suspects. One is an heiress, another a known crook. There’s a former circus strongman, a mystery woman who won’t leave her room, and a retired admiral of the French navy. One of the

Turkey provides details of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, and they are truly horrific

Turkish officials are providing details of the alleged murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, and none of the details makes what happened seem any less than monstrous. While Trump continues to cover for t

Every GOP incumbent our candidates are challenging voted against pre-existing condition protections

The Center for American Progress Act Fund has done the huge job of finding all the Republican Congress members in the 73 House races Cook Political report has declared competitive who voted at least once to eliminate the Affordable Care Act (ACA) protection

83 days past federal judge's deadline, dozens of migrant kids remain separated from parents

More than 80 days past a federal judge’s reunification order, the children are still not with their parents. Wednesday, Oct. 17, marks 83 days since Judge Dana Sabraw ordered Trump administration officials to reunite the thousands of migrant children who w

Beto O'Rourke hammered 'Lyin' Ted Cruz' and his 'partisan circus' in Texas Senate debate

There’s a lot of competition for Sen. Ted Cruz’s most dishonest moment during his second debate with Rep. Beto O’Rourke Tuesday night, but one of the strong contenders had the Republican attacking his Democratic challenger because O’Rourke might d

Deficit balloons under Republican tax cuts for the rich, but it's the rest of us who will pay

Republicans, the party of so-called “deficit hawks,” have once again driven the deficit up, up, up. This thing they say they care so much about keeping low was up 17 percent in 2017, on track to hit $1 trillion in 2019. Of course, Republicans have excus

Chief Justice John Roberts tries to convince the nation that Supreme Court is still legitimate

The confirmation of a clearly hyper-partisan and unqualified justice to the Supreme Court has forced Chief Justice John Roberts to publicly address the issue, and assure the nation that even with Brett Kavanaugh on the court, it will not be just another arm o

Trump says climate change is not real because he has 'a natural instinct for science'

Following Donald Trump’s appearance on 60 Minutes, some people came away with the idea that Trump was “softening” on climate change. That is, the barrier of nonsense that Trump had wrapped around the subject might have been slightly dented by the major

Trump declares that Saudis are innocent ... just like Brett Kavanaugh

On Tuesday, Donald Trump sat down for an interview with the Associated Press and stated off by declaring that he believes the Saudis are innocent—because they say they are. Just like Brett Kavanaugh. Also, he does not need Beyonce. Trump: I spoke to the

Daily Kos Elections House Forecast: Anatomy of a wave (part 2 in a series)

In last week’s installment of the DKE House forecast, we began to look at the necessary ingredients to generate a wave election in the House. The first ingredient we cited was the ability to put a lot of races on the table, in order to broaden the possibl

Morning Digest: National Republicans haven't left Iowa Rep. Rod Blum for dead after all

Our race ratings: Senate | Governor | House The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, and Carolyn Fiddler, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David

Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: Temperament and character matter, and this WH has none

Glenn Kessler/waPo: How Trump bobs and weaves to avoid the truth The 26-minute interview that aired Oct. 14 was typical Trump — bobbing and weaving through a litany of false claims, misleading assertions and exaggerated facts. Trump again demonstrated wh

Open thread for night owls. Pizzigati: 'Confronting climate change in a deeply unequal world'

Sam Pizzigati at Inequality.org writes—Confronting Climate Change in a Deeply Unequal World. The global reaction to two landmark new reports suggests the planet could well lose that confrontation: Two meticulously sourced — and deeply disturbing

After Donald Trump tweets about Stormy Daniels, she goes *there*

Donald Trump tweeted about Stormy Daniels and he may already be regretting it. We all may soon regret it because she punched right back, hard, mentioning his biggest … ummmm … short coming. Buckle up, folks. Stormy Daniels went there on Twitter today

Down in San Diego, the indicted Rep. Duncan Hunter goes full-on racist

California Rep. Duncan Hunter has been a terrible human being for many years. He's running for re-election in his San Diego congressional district while facing five dozen indictments for spending donor-given campaign funds on himself, his wife, and a string o

Desperate Republicans redefine overreaching as they try to tie Democrats to terrorism

It has been 17 years since the 9/11 attacks, but Republicans are desperate and they think tying Democrats to terrorism is one of their winningest issues. Health care? Taxes? Nah, they’re looking for any flimsy connection to terrorism they can find, and I d

Leading Democrats want DHS to hand over unredacted family separation memo

Leading Democrats from the Senate and House Judiciary Committees are demanding the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) hand over an unredacted copy of the internal memo Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen most assuredly signed authorizing state-sanctioned kidnaping at t

DOJ's new head of civil rights cares more about corporate rights

There’s no arguing that Eric Dreiband is inexperienced. Unfortunately, most of the experience he does have involves hyper-partisan lawyering and pro-corporate endeavors. That’s hardly the background that typically qualifies an attorney to lead the Depar

Students cheated by for-profit colleges to finally get debt relief as judge unblocks Obama-era rule

Students scammed by for-profit colleges whose business model was fraud will finally get the debt relief the Obama administration put into motion and the Trump administration tried to block. The Betsy DeVos-led Education Department said it would stop trying t

Arkansas kicks another 4,100 people off of Medicaid

The state of Arkansas announced Monday that it kicked 4,100 people off of its Medicaid program in the last month for failure to meet the state's new work requirement. That's on top of the 4,300 people who lost coverage last month and another 4,800 are in dang

Nine Democratic senators ask FEC to investigate illegal coordination between NRA, GOP campaigns

Nine Democratic senators have now written the Federal Election Commission asking for an investigation into whether the National Rifle Association violated federal election laws. No, this isn't the Russia thing (at least, not that we know of): this one comes f

Democrats have democratized fundraising and it's overwhelming Republicans

It's no secret by now that small-dollar donors are on fire this cycle and swamping Republican candidates with their cash push toward Democratic candidates. The New York Times crunched the third quarter numbers and found "Democrats outraised their Republic

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Ex-Trump attorney Michael Cohen has been spending A LOT of quality time with federal investigators

Ex-Trump lawyer/fixer Michael Cohen seems intent on atoning for his work promoting Donald Trump and although you may not necessarily be excited about his switch in party ID, you likely will be enthused about Emily Jane Fox's latest reporting: Despite havin

Republicans insists Intelligence Committee needs to stop being so partisan ... if Democrats run it

With the chance that Democrats may take the House looming ever larger, Republicans are deeply concerned that they may … politicize the House Intelligence Committee. That’s right. The committee headed up by Devin Nunes and known for its independence in re

Trump wins a round against Stormy, but he's going to lose the war

Stormy Daniels was already at loose ends with her suit against Donald Trump over the non-disclosure agreement Michael Cohen arranged. Now Trump has officially prevailed against Daniels in her second claim against Trump, a defamation suit. Daniels challenge

As Nate Silver reminds us: We gotta run all the way through the tape on Nov. 6

Nate Silver has been issuing a lot of cautionary tweets lately about which party is likely to win which chamber (or both) and even about specific races, like the Texas Senate matchup between Beto O'Rourke and Ted Cruz. There’s one thing Silver is crystal c

Donald Trump continues to help Saudi leaders wash their hands of murder

In 2017, the Saudi government hit 100 beheadings by October 3. Unwilling to let that record stand, they powered into 2018 with 48 head-body separation proceedings in just the first four months of the year. Which actually lends some believability to Donald Tru

Beware Republican John Cornyn's immigration doublespeak

Four words for the Latino group expecting to meet with U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) just two days after the midterm elections to discuss immigration issues: beware the Cornyn Con. The Texas senator has a long history of claiming that he wants to work wit

Your voter registration deadline may be coming up fast—even today—so check it out now

If you live in Louisiana, Kansas, Maryland, New Jersey, Oregon, or West Virginia and you want to vote on November 6, act now. Today, October 16, is your deadline to register for this election. Other states have registration deadlines coming up quickly, whi
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