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Voters will blame Trump, Republicans for shutting down their own government, poll shows

Campaign Action According to polling commissioned by Civic Action, Center for American Progress Action Fund, and Service Employees International Union (SEIU), voters in Senate battleground states will blame Donald Trump and the GOP if their f

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“Send me your Norwegians. Period.” -edited inscription on the new Racist Statue of Liberty.

Cartoon: Racist Lady

“Send me your Norwegians. Period.” -edited inscription on the new Racist Statue of Liberty.

Out-to-lunch media thinks Democrats magically just retook Congress and can now shut down government

According to known liar Donald Trump, Democrats would be responsible for a government shutdown if they didn’t allow Republicans to take the hostage of their choice. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, enthusiastic spokesperson for known liar Donald Trump, is pushing he

Disrespectability Politics Season 1, Ep. 6: President Winfrey

Content warning: This post, or pages it links to, contain information about sexual assault and/or violence which may be triggering to survivors. x Embedded Content Or, click here to listen. Fresh off a mid-season break, hosts Wagatwe Wanjuki and Irn

Jared Kushner needs lawyers and money ... guns optional

After multiple instances in which Jared Kusher’s family attempted to trade on his role in the Trump White House to sell United State visas and a failed multibillion-dollar deal to bring a Chinese company in to save Kushner’s 666 Fifth Avenue disaster c

Republican senator nearly gets laughed out of rural town hall for defending Trump

Republican senators Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley have been back home in Iowa to hold small town halls in rural areas, places they probably thought would be ‘safe spaces’ from angry voters. WRONG. The rural voters who turned out were not happy with Donal

Justice Department hands over files to Republicans, invites them to go after the FBI

The Jefferson Sessions Justice Department has agreed to hand over files on FBI operations to congressional Republicans. The decision, which comes in response to constant Republican claims that the FBI is prejudiced against Donald Trump, thrills Republicans. I

Eric Trump is turning a sweetheart deal from daddy into an eight-figure penthouse

Campaign Action What looked like a sweetheart deal from Donald Trump to his son Eric when it happened in 2016 is starting to look like a full-on giveaway. Trump the father sold Eric a pair of apartments for the under-market price of $350,000 apiece, less

Trump regime on the verge of okaying two new warheads that could make nuclear war more likely

As has been reported since last summer, the Trump regime seeks to build two new nuclear weapons, one of which—a low-yield warhead for submarine-launched ballistic missiles—could make nuclear war more likely, say critics. The other warhead would be develo

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Suicides are up in Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria, as the government abandons the island

While Donald Trump and the Republicans spend this week fighting with Democrats over the DACA program and curbing migration from “shithole” countries, one particularly marginalized group of Americans remains in crisis yet completely ignored. Puerto Ri

Anti-immigration hardliners Stephen Miller and John Kelly worked furiously to sink the DACA deal

Before Sens. Dick Durbin and Lindsey Graham could get to the White House last Thursday to relay their bipartisan deal on DACA and border security to Donald Trump, two Trump aides took a hatchet to the deal, which had originally been received quite well by Tr

Steve Bannon subpoenaed by Robert Mueller

While Donald Trump’s former Chief Strategist is testifying behind closed doors for the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, it appears he’s already been served with a request for another closed-door session. Stephen K. Bannon, President Trump’s fo

Attention media: Only the Republicans can shut down the government

Dear media: When Donald Trump shoots down a bipartisan immigration proposal because it would allow in too many (black) people from “shithole countries” when he wants more (white) people from Norway, it is not the Democrats’ fault if the government shut

Donald Trump claims that he is not a racist. So do most Americans. How true is it?

Since the comments in which he called Haiti, El Salvador and every single nation on the African continent a “shithole,” much of the country has spent the last five days debating whether or not Donald Trump is a racist. Frankly, this debate is a comple

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Cartoon: Worse than idiocracy

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Aziz Ansari and the perils of implied consent

On Saturday, a web publication by the name babe published a woman’s account of the worst night of her life, as she calls it. “Grace” was excited to go on a date with Aziz Ansari, an actor, comedian and author she greatly admired. The evening ended wi

Aziz Ansari and the perils of implied consent

On Saturday, a web publication by the name babe published a woman’s account of the worst night of her life, as she calls it. “Grace” was excited to go on a date with Aziz Ansari, an actor, comedian and author she greatly admired. The evening ended wi

Trump administration quietly resumes accepting DACA renewal applications

Campaign Action Without so much as an official press release, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) quietly began accepting Deferred Action for Childhood (DACA) renewals this past weekend after a federal judge ruled that Donal

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No, Oprah should not run for president

Oprah gave a fantastic speech at the Golden Globes. That being said—she should not throw her hat in the ring for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020. As a matter of fact, many of the folks currently being thought of for that same nomination shou

DNC to take up 2020 presidential nomination rules, must reject voter suppression by caucuses

(First in a series.) On Jan. 19-20, 2018, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) Rules and Bylaws Committee will take up the Unity and Reform Commission’s (URC) proposed recommendations for reform of the 2020 Presidential Nomination Rules. You can rea

The most vulnerable House members of 2018, in two charts

It’s not too presumptuous to start talking about a “wave election” for this November’s midterm. For one thing, wave elections aren’t even that unusual in midterm elections; going back to the Civil War, the average loss for the party that controls th

Oprah, the Alabama Crimson Tide, and how to adjust to change

This year’s NCAA national football championship was won in dramatic fashion by the University of Alabama.  Most remarkable was that the game was actually a tale of two halfs. The first half was dominated by the Georgia Bulldogs, and the second by the Alab

Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: Trump is a racist, Trump is a racist, and Trump is a racist

It seems clear that Donald Trump’s goal is to degrade the discourse of America until the average Sunday morning political talk hour sounds like one of those cut-rate Sopranos imitators that believes the best way to ‘realistic’ dialog is simply using th

Nuts & Bolts: A guide to Democratic campaigns—Data Security

Welcome back, Saturday Campaign D-I-Y’ers! For those who tune in, welcome to the Nuts & Bolts of a Democratic campaign. Each week, we discuss issues that help drive successful campaigns. If you’ve missed prior diaries, please visit our group or follow

This week in the war on workers: New York fast food workers innovate and win

How about some good news for a change? Workers have their first win under New York City’s groundbreaking law requiring fast food restaurants to let workers sign up for payroll deductions to non-profit, non-union workers’ organizations. The law requires t

Alabama ultra-rightists want state GOP leaders to censure Sen. Shelby for not backing Roy Moore

His record may not look that way to most Democrats, but by Alabama standards, Sen. Richard Shelby is a classic centrist. Elected to the U.S. Senate as a Democrat in 1986, and re-elected in 1992, he switched to the Republican Party after the landslide of 199

Abbreviated Science Round-up: Seeing memories, citizen science planets, surprise environmental news

Devices to dredge memories out of the mind and make them visible are a staple of fiction from anime to Black Mirror. For decades, scientists have worked to identify a specific mechanism used to record and recall an individual memory. Is a memory preserved in

Homeschool group lobbies to avoid oversight—of abuse, not just educational practices

If it’s horrifying and involves education, you can bet Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump’s education secretary, will be interested in it: In May, [the Home School Legal Defense Association] met with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to urge her not to let feder

American schools are freezing, leaking, and crumbling: $145 billion in investment needed

The sorry condition of Baltimore’s public schools made headlines last week, with students forced to wear their winter jackets to class due to broken heating and classroom temperatures that in some cases dropped below 40 degrees. But Baltimore’s schools ar

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The Fox–Trump echo chamber springs a momentary leak and reminds Republicans who is in control

The White House/Fox News symbiotic relationship shivered this week when Donald Trump momentarily dropped his own “position” for the instructions he received from his single source of information. “I’m scratching my head,” Napolitano said, referrin

1,000 Dreamers will get a chance at college thanks to $33 million grant

A scholarship fund that has already helped nearly 3,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients across 15 states go to college will soon get the chance to help another 1,000 achieve their higher education goals, thanks to a multimillion dolla

Trump to continue nuclear sanctions relief on Iran, but for the last time unless deal is reworked

As expected, Pr*sident Trump will continue waiving economic sanctions on Iran as part of the 2015 nuclear agreement that lifted those sanctions in exchange for Tehran retreating on various aspects of its nuclear development program. But, in a background brief

American Federation of Teachers ups heat on pro-Dreamer House Republicans

Campaign Action A month after American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten was arrested in a massive act of civil disobedience in Washington, D.C., in defense of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, the organization is upp
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