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GDP Growth Solid In Second Estimate, But Can It Be Sustained?

Economy Heartbeat

The new GDP growth estimate shows healthy economic growth in the second quarter, but it’s unclear if it can be sustained.

Choices: the Wall or Disaster Relief? (And other Tales of Exec-Leg Interaction)

Trump And GOP Elephant

Winning was easy.  Legislating is hard.

‘Medicare for All’ Gains Second Senate Backer

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Kamala Harris has joined Bernie Sanders’ call for creation of a single-payer healthcare system.

No, General Mattis Is Not Defying Trump On The Transgender Military Ban

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Contrary to reports, Secretary of Defense Mattis is not defying the President on his order to bar transgender Americans from serving in the military.

Federal Appeals Court Dismisses Challenge To Commission On Presidential Debates

Gavel And Scales Of Justice

A Federal Appeals Court has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by Gary Johnson and Jill Stein regarding their exclusion from Presidential debates.

Federal Judge Dismisses Sarah Palin’s Lawsuit Against The New York Times

Sarah Palin NY TImes

Sarah Palin’s lawsuit against The New York Times suffers a significant setback.

Least Shocking Headline of the Day

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Via WaPo, Even in visiting hurricane-ravaged Texas, Trump keeps the focus on himself: As rescuers continued their exhausting and heartbreaking work in southeastern Texas on Tuesday afternoon, as the rain continued to fall and a reservoir near Houston spilled over, President Trump grabbed a microphone to address hundreds of supporters who had gathered outside a firehouse near […]

Trump Admits He Dropped Arpaio Pardon Friday Night Because Of Hurricane Harvey Coverage

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Yesterday during a press conference with the President of Finland, President Trump said he issued the pardon of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio when he did because he knew that the coverage of Hurricane Harvey bearing down on Houston would mean more people would be watching the news: WASHINGTON — President Trump offered a fiery defense […]

Defense Secretary Mattis Joins Tillerson In Rebuking Trump Over Charlottesville

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Another Cabinet member rebukes the President for his comments about Charlottesville.

Trump Fired A Guy Because The Crowd For His Speech Wasn’t Big Enough

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Phoenix, Arizona

Bloomberg is reporting that Donald Trump fired a long time political adviser because the size of the crowd at his Phoenix rally wasn’t big enough: Donald Trump was in a bad mood before he emerged for a confrontational speech in Arizona last week. TV and social media coverage showed that the site of his campaign […]

Pair Of New Lawsuits Challenge Trump’s Transgender Military Ban

Trump Transgender Military Ban

President Trump’s effort to ban transgender Americans from serving in the military faces two new legal challenges.

Joe Arpaio for Senate?

Joe Arpaio

It’s possible we haven’t heard the last from “Sheriff Joe.”

Trump, The Arpaio Pardon, And The Constitution

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The pardoning of Joe Arpaio was distasteful and an affront to the Rule of Law, but it was completely within the powers of the President and should not be a ground for impeachment.

Trump Sought To Build Trump Tower In Moscow While Running For President

Trump Russia

New reports of Trump’s business ties to Russia are raising eyebrows.

Rex TIllerson Throws Trump Under The Bus Over Charlottesville Response

Donald Trump’s Secretary of State is refusing to defend his response to the violence in Charlottesville.

Trump Asked Jeff Sessions About Dropping Criminal Case Against Joe Arpaio

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President Trump’s attempts to interfere in the administration of justice go beyond the Russia investigation.

District Of Columbia Seeks Review Of Ruling Striking Down Concealed-Carry Law

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Not surprisingly, the District of Columbia is seeking review of last month’s decision on its concealed-carry law by the full Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Trump Signs Order Barring Transgender Service Members

Trump Transgender Military Ban

President Trump’s shameful decision to ban transgender Americans from the military has nothing to do with military readiness and everything to do with pandering to his far-right base.

Arpaio in Context

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The problematic nature of Arpaio’s tenure goes beyond just his contempt charge.

The Arpaio Pardon and Charlottesville

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The president’s decisions to pardon Joe Arpaio sends a clear signal in the wake of Charlottesville.

Sebastian Gorka Out At White House

White House Aerial View

In addition to announcing the pardon of former Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the White House also announced last night that controversial White House appointee Sebastian Gorka was fired in what appears to be another move by new Chief of Staff John Kelly to clean house at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue: Sebastian Gorka, an outspoken […]

Trump Pardons Joe Arpaio

Joe Arpaio

The president has abrogated his duty to “take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.”

Trump Administration Set To Formalize Transgender Military Ban

Trump Transgender Military Ban

The Trump Administration has reportedly finalized its order to the Defense Department regarding a ban on military service by transgender soldiers.

A Photo for Friday: Edge of Trust

“Edge of Trust” July 28, 2010 Pike Road, AL

Local Politics as it Should Be but Seldom Is

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A race for the Virginia House of Delegates straight out of a civics book.

Debt Ceiling PSA

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To use the technical political science term, the debt ceiling is dumb.  It is dumb regardless of who is in the White House and irrespective of which party controls Congress.  It is dumber than the day is long.  It is so dumb that the depths of the ocean cannot contain its dumbness.  An infinite number […]

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose

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“I am not overawed, and I am not at all disturbed by the proclamation of college professors who never earned a dollar by the sweat of their brow by honest labor.”–Senator Samuel Shortridge (R-CA) in response to “1,028 economists [who] sent a letter of protest, arguing that protectionism would harm the economy and cause a trade […]

Donald Trump Continues His Despicable War On The News Media

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President Trump continues his war on one of the most important guardians of American democracy.

Federal Judge Strikes Down Texas Voter ID Law

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Texas suffers another legal setback in its effort to pass a Voter ID law.

Donald Trump Still Has Russia On His Brain, And He’s Still Trying To Limit Investigations

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President Trump remains obsessed with the Russian investigation and continues to try to shut it down.

The Administration’s Legislative Accomplishments

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Trump’s legislative accomplishments have been anemic at best.

Trump Threatens Government Shutdown Over Border Wall Mexico Is Supposed To Pay For

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Donald Trump is threatening to shut the government down if Congress doesn’t pay for the wall that Mexico was supposed to pay for.

Trump And McConnell Are In A Cold War, And The GOP Agenda Is In Danger

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They may both be Republicans, but the relationship between the President and the Senate Majority Leader is bad and seems to be getting worse.

Trump Goes To Phoenix And Returns To Old Form

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Phoenix, Arizona

Donald Trump gave a campaign-style speech in Phoenix last night and reminded us of everything that’s wrong with him.

Is Donald Trump Really As Vulnerable As He Appears?

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Democrats and “Never Trump”ers shouldn’t count their chickens before they’re hatched.

Trump And Afghanistan: New President, Same Policy

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President Trump’s Afghanistan policy sounds awfully familiar, and it’s likely to lead to the same results.

On (The Lack Of) Journalistic Ethics At The Daily Caller

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The Daily Caller crosses a line and doesn’t seem to regret it.

Trump’s New Afghanistan Plan Sounds A Lot Like Obama’s And Bush’s Plan

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Based on initial reports, Trump’s Afghanistan policy looks a lot like what we’ve seen for the past sixteen years.

The Limits of Free Speech

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The dangers of the tyranny of the majority have only magnified.

Trump’s Job Approval Upside Down In The Three States That Gave Him The Presidency

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Three new polls show Trump’s job approval down significantly in the three states that put him over the top in the Electoral College last year.

freddie deboer checking in and checking out

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A public intellectual is getting the help he needs.

Trump’s Word are Solace to White Supremacists

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Solace emboldens and helps to mainstream.

Legendary Comedian Jerry Lewis Dead At 91

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A loss for the world of comedy.

Freedom Of Speech Doesn’t Mean Freedom From The Consequences Of That Speech

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The First Amendment protects the rights even of the people who gathered in Charlottesville to promote hatred and violence, However, it does not shield them from the consequences of that speech.

Who Could Have Seen this Coming? (Trump and Racial Politics Edition)

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Who could have predicted we would be where we are at the moment in terms of racial politics and the White House?

The Problem With The Trump White House is Donald Trump, Not Steve Bannon

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The problem with the Trump White House is the man who sits behind the Resolute Desk.

Veneration Creates Normalcy

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I would recommend the following essay from Rose Sampley:  A Southern Woman Shares Her Story of Statues, Lies, and Listening. A sample: In fourth grade I took a field trip to Stone Mountain to see the faces of Jefferson Davis, Robert E Lee and Stonewall Jackson up close and personal. This is a very fond […]

Restricting Immigration Does Not Lead To More Jobs For Americans

Immigration Economic Growth Road Signs

The fundamental premise at the heart of the immigration bill that President Trump backed earlier this month has no merit whatsoever.

What are we Honoring? (Looking to Statuary Hall)

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Via WaPo:  The U.S. Capitol has at least three times as many statues of Confederate figures as it does of black people Consider this: In the Capitol’s National Statuary Hall Collection there are three times as many statues of Confederate soldiers and politicians as there are statues of black people in the entire Capitol complex, according to records maintained by the Architect […]

On Gorka’s Expertise

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In case you were not aware, via CNN:  Sebastian Gorka’s PhD adviser: “I would not call him an expert in terrorism” “I would not call him an expert on terrorism,” said Stephen Sloan, a retired professor of political science who spent much of his career at the University of Oklahoma. Though he said Gorka is […]

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