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John Kelly Defends Trump On Call To Grieving Family, But Gets Many Facts Wrong

Doug Mataconis · 14 Comments
John Kelly Briefing Room

White House Chief Of Staff John Kelly publicly defended the President’s call to a military widow yesterday, but he got several facts wrong in the process.

Former President Barack Obama speaks at a rally with New Jersey Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Jim Murphy

Obama Blasts Trump’s ‘Politics Of Division’

Doug Mataconis · 20 Comments

President Obama spoke out yesterday against his successor and the America he has created.

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Without Mentioning Trump, George W. Bush Rebukes Trumpism

Doug Mataconis · 18 Comments

Without mentioning his successor by name, former President Bush delivered a stinging rebuke to Trump and Trumpism.

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Donald Trump Is A Culture Warrior, Not A President

Doug Mataconis · 63 Comments

Donald Trump’s entire modus operandi involves pushing divisive cultural hot buttons.

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Spanish Government Threatening To Take Over Catalonian Government Over Independence Bid

Doug Mataconis · 8 Comments

The standoff between Madrid and Barcelona over Catalan independence appears to be ready to come to an end.

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Democrat Ralph Northam Continues To Lead In Virginia, But The Race Is Far From Over

Doug Mataconis · 12 Comments

New polling shows Democratic nominee Ralph Northam continuing to lead Republican Ed Gillespie in the Virginia Governor’s race, but anything is still possible with three weeks to go until Election Day.

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Fox News Poll Shows Alabama Senate Race Tied, But Skepticism Is Still Called For

Doug Mataconis

A new poll shows Democratic nominee Doug Jones tied with twice-removed former Chief Justice Roy Moore in Alabama’s Senate race, but it’s still too early to be optimistic.

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ISIS Fighters

American-Backed Forces Capture Raqqa, But ISIS Is Far From Defeated

Doug Mataconis

The capital of the purported caliphate declared by ISIS has apparently fallen, but that doesn’t mean the end of ISIS. In fact, it may make the group more dangerous.

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Two Federal Courts Block Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban Again

Doug Mataconis

Two Federal Judges have issued orders blocking the latest version of President Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban.

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Senators Say They Have Bipartisan Deal To Save Obamacare Subsidies

Doug Mataconis

Republican Lamar Alexander and Democratic Senator Patty Murray say they’ve reached a bipartisan deal to fix an important part of the Affordable Care Act.

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Trump’s Pathetic Lies Reach A New Low

Doug Mataconis

Now Donald Trump is using the death of American soldiers to tell lies about his predecessor.

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Trump Remains At Historic Low In Polls As Optimism About Future Decreases

Doug Mataconis

The President’s job approval numbers remain at historic lows, while a growing number of Americans say that the country is headed in the wrong direction.

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Kurdistan Map

Iraqi Army Moves Against Kurdish Oil Assets

Doug Mataconis

Iraqi military forces begin to crack down against Iraqi Kurds after last month’s independence referendum.

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Mississippi School District Bans ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’

Doug Mataconis

The school district in Biloxi, Mississippi has removed ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ from the 8th-grade reading list because it “makes people uncomfortable.”

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Kaepernick Kneeling Anthem

N.F.L. Won’t Force Players To Stand For National Anthem

Doug Mataconis

Downplaying earlier reports, the National Football League is shooting down reports that it would move to force players to stand for the National Anthem.

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Iran Nuclear Deal Congress

Trump Decertifies Iranian Compliance With Nuclear Weapons Agreement

Doug Mataconis

Despite the fact that everyone seems to agree that Iran is complying with the nuclear weapons deal, President Trump took steps that will undermine that agreement and do serious damage to American credibility around the world.

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Susan Collins

Susan Collins Forgoes Bid For Maine Governor, Will Run For Re-Election Instead

Doug Mataconis

Susan Collins will stay in the Senate rather than running for Governor of Maine next year.

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Ezekiel Elliott Suspension Reinstated By Federal Appeals Court

Doug Mataconis

A legal setback for Ezekiel Elliott and the Dallas Cowboys.

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Guns And Bullets

Republicans Reluctant To Act On ‘Bump Stocks,’ Hoping The ATF Will Act For Them

Doug Mataconis

After initially signaling support for a bill banning ‘bump stocks,’ Republicans in Congress now appear to be hoping someone else will act for them.

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Puerto Rico Maria

Trump To Puerto Rico: Drop Dead

Doug Mataconis

Just three weeks after their home was hit by a devastating storm, Donald Trump is attacking Puerto Ricans for not recovering from the storm sooner.

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Boy Scouts

Boy Scouts To Admit Girls

Doug Mataconis

Another big change for the Boy Scouts.

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Trump Burning Constitution

Trump Threatens NBC, Upping The Ante In His Despicable War On Freedom Of The Press

Doug Mataconis

Donald Trump is continuing to up the ante in his rhetorical war against one of America’s most fundamental freedoms.

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Gun Flag

Poll Shows Increased Support For Gun Control Measures In The Wake Of Las Vegas

Doug Mataconis

New polling shows increased support for gun control measures in the wake of Las Vegas, but it’s not likely to last and it won’t lead to any significant action by Congress.

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Trump Nukes

Donald Trump’s Disturbing Obsession With, And Ignorance About, Nuclear Weapons

Doug Mataconis

Donald Trump continues to be as astoundingly ignorant about the most powerful weapons the U.S. military possesses as he was as a candidate.

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Republicans On Capitol Hill Admitting Defeat On Health Care Reform

Doug Mataconis

At least for now, Republicans seem to be giving up on repealing and replacing the PPACA. That’s not going to make the base happy.

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Steve Bannon

Steve Bannon Declares War On The Senate GOP

Doug Mataconis

Former Trump aide Steve Bannon is declaring war on Republicans in the Senate.

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Mike Pence Anthem

Pence Leaves Colts Game Over Anthem Protest In Obviously Pre-Planned Stunt

Doug Mataconis

Vice-President Pence left an Indianapolis Colts game early in what was obviously a cynical pre-planned publicity stunt.

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