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Milo Yiannopoulos And The State Of American Conservatism

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Milo Yiannopoulos was a troll and a peddler in offensiveness, but the fact that he became a star on the American right was the result of a transformation of American conservatism that has been entirely unhealthy.

Trump Selects Lt. General H.R. McMaster To Be National Security Adviser

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President Trump has actually made a good pick for National Security Adviser. As with the rest of his foreign policy team, though, the question is if he’ll listen to him.

Washington Supreme Court Rules Against Florist Who Refused Service To Same-Sex Wedding

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The Washington State Supreme Court has ruled against a florist who refused to provide services for a same-sex wedding.

Explaining Sweden: Trump’s TV Habits (Updated)

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This (via TPM) may explaing Trump’s Sweden rant: turns out “what happened last night in Sweden” actually just means “last night I was watching Tucker Carlson talk about Sweden” pic.twitter.com/6z5pfOJ7Yv — Ashley Feinberg (@ashleyfeinberg) February 19, 2017 This does not, in my opinion, change the basic thesis of my post on this topic. Worst case […]

Trump: Fear-mongering in Florida

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The President gathered supporters around him, and blatantly lied to them, so as to increase support for his policies.

There’s Only One Right Side In Trump’s Unjustified War On The News Media

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There are two sides in this war between Trump and the media, but only one of them is the right side.

Trump’s First Choice To Replace Mike Flynn Turned Him Down Due To Chaos In Administration

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Chaos inside the Trump Administration is causing people to turn down lucrative positions.

Former Congressman And Republican Leader Bob Michel Dies At 93

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Former Congressman Bob Michael, who served as House Republican Leader during a prolonged period when the party was in the minority, has died at the age of 93: Robert H. Michel, who became the longest-serving Republican leader in the history of the House of Representatives while earning a reputation as a genial conciliator who worked […]

Trump’s Press Conference Performance Confirmed Everything Bad We Thought About Him

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For seventy-seven minutes yesterday, President Trump held forth in a press conference that confirmed the most dire predictions about what he’d be like as President.

Chaos Continues As Trump’s Labor Secretary Nominee Withdraws

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The President’s choice for Labor Secretary withdrew his name from consideration yesterday, but this is just the latest example of what has been a transition that has largely consisted of fumble after fumble by the Trump team.

Trump Campaign Reportedly In Contact With Russian Intelligence During Campaign

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The story about the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia didn’t start with Michael Flynn, and it isn’t going to end with his resignation.

Judge In Bergdahl Court Martial Calls Trump’s Comments About Case ‘Disturbing’

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Could Donald Trump’s comments about Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl on the campaign trail lead to the case against Bergdahl being dismissed? A military judge will have to decide.

Senate Approves Mnuchin For Treasury Secretary As Trump Cabinet Comes Together

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With two votes last night, President Trump’s Cabinet is coming together.

Michael Flynn Out As National Security Adviser

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An unsurprising ‘resignation’ from the shortest-serving National Security Adviser in history.

Republicans Looking At Plans To Break Up The Ninth Circuit

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Independent of the current controversy surrounding President Trump’s immigration order, Republicans in Congress are looking at a plan to break up the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Former Presidential Candidates Emerging As Candidates For Senate In 2018

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Several former candidates for President are emerging as potential candidates for Senate.

Michael Flynn, Trump’s National Security Adviser, Under Fire For Lying About Contacts With Russia

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Could National Security Adviser Michael Flynn be the first to go under Trump?

We are, I Would Note Again, at the Start of Week 4

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Via Politico:  Trump reviews top White House staff after tumultuous start President Donald Trump, frustrated over his administration’s rocky start, is complaining to friends and allies about some of his most senior aides — leading to questions about whether he is mulling an early staff shakeup. Trump has told several people that he is particularly displeased […]

Secret Plans are the Best Kind of Plans

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Via TPM Livewire:  Top White House Advisor Claims Trump’s Wall ‘Will Pay For Itself’ “How are you going to guarantee that Mexico is going to pay for this wall?” Stephanopoulos asked. “They have said absolutely not, they will not pay for it.” “There’s all kinds of things we can do. I’m not going to make […]

Priebus in the Cross-hairs (Already?)

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Via WaPo:  Trump friend says Priebus is ‘in way over his head’ One of President Trump’s longtime friends made a striking move on Sunday: After talking privately with the president over drinks late Friday, Christopher Ruddy publicly argued that Trump should replace his White House chief of staff. “A lot of people have been saying, ‘Look, Donald has some problems,’ and I […]

Walls are not Unidirectional

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All the effects of a wall, given its cost, needs to be taken into consideration.

Donald Trump Continues To Feed Material To Saturday Night Live

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Saturday Night Live is certainly getting a ton of material out of the Trump Presidency. Last night alone, there were three skits that involved some part of the Trump Presidency, including host Alec Baldwin reprising his performance as the President from several months ago. First up, Donald Trump heads to The People’s Court to get […]

Trump Advisor: There’s No Such Thing as Judicial Supremacy

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Stephen Miller said something very stupid on “Meet The Press” this morning.

The Rise Of The Robots And The Decline Of The Middle Class

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Technology continues to make more and more jobs unnecessary and irrelevant. And the consequences are going to be widespread.

Bureaucratic Insurgency

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There are growing signs that the Deep State is seeking to thwart legal orders from President Trump. This is dangerous.

Trump and the Permanent Campaign

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If anything, Trump’s Twitter feed has been a good illustration of the fact that the President has not made a transition from campaign to government.  This is hardly a surprise, as it would seem that he understands the former, but not the latter.  Such antics, of course, have been evident in public pronouncements and, it […]

Rhetoric Matters: Trump and Iran

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Trump’s combination amateur hour/tough guy approach is not going to make the world a safer place, nor will it advance US national interest.

Signs Of An Anti-Trump ‘Tea Party’ At Congressional Town Halls

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At Congressional town halls across the country, there are signs of what could turn into a movement that would cause real headaches for the GOP in future elections.

Appeals Court Upholds Restraining Order Barring Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban

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Another judicial slap at the Trump Administration.

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange Named To Replace Jeff Sessions In Senate

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With Jeff Sessions now confirmed and sworn in as Attorney General, it falls to Alabama Governor Robert Bentley to name a replacement and he has selected Attorney General Luther Strange to fill the role: Gov. Robert Bentley today announced he has selected state Attorney General Luther Strange to replace Jeff Sessions in the United States Senate. […]

Judge Gorsuch Parts With Trump On Attacks On Judiciary

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Judge Gorsuch isn’t much of a fan of Donald Trump’s comments about the judiciary.

Jeff Sessions Confirmed As Attorney General

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After a highly contentious nomination process, Jeff Sessions was confirmed last night as the new Attorney General of the United States.

Yet Another Poll Shows Majority Disapproval Of Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban

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Another poll shows that a majority of Americans oppose President Trump’s Executive Order barring most travel to and from the United States from seven majority Muslim countries: A majority of U.S. voters disapprove of President Donald Trump’s recent actions on immigration, according to a new poll released Tuesday. The Quinnipiac University survey shows 51 percent […]

Jake Tapper Grills Kellyanne Conway on Trump Administration Lies

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Yesterday afternoon, Kellyanne Conway, one of President Trump’s senior advisers, appeared for an extended interview on CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper, and the results were, well let’s just call them interesting: Top White House adviser Kellyanne Conway has apologized for citing a fake “massacre” in support of Donald Trump’s travel ban, in an interview on CNN […]

Senator Elizabeth Warren Silenced By Senate During Debate On Sessions Nomination

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There were fireworks on the floor of the Senate last night, but it was really just politics as usual.

Appeals Court Judges Appear Skeptical Of Federal Government’s Defense Of Muslim Travel Ban

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By the end of last night’s oral argument, at least two of the three judges hearing the appeal of the stay on the President’s Muslim travel ban appeared to be skeptical of the Federal Government’s arguments.

Ninth Circuit To Live Stream Hearing In Muslim Travel Ban Order Appeal

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The Ninth Circuit will be making the oral argument in the appeal of Judge Robart’s order halting an Executive Order issued by President Trump barring travel from seven majority Muslim nations. You can access the stream, by clicking this link. Oral argument begins at 6:00pm Eastern time. If you miss the hearing, it should still […]

Betsy DeVos Confirmed As Secretary Of Education After Tie-Breaking Vote By Mike Pence

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Despite two Republican defections, Betsy DeVos was confirmed today as Secretary of Education.

The Narcissistic, Hypersensitive Presidency Of Donald Trump

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Donald Trump is turning out to be a man uniquely obsessed with appearances, and it’s impacting his entire Administration.

Republicans Against Legal Immigration

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Two Republican Senators are introducing legislation that would result in drastic reductions in the number of people allowed into the country legally.

Democrats United In Opposition To Virtually All Remaining Trump Cabinet Nominees

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Senate Democrats are set to almost unanimously oppose virtually all of the Trump Cabinet nominees yet to be voted on.

Speaker Of British House Of Commons Says No Address By Trump

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When she came to visit President Trump during his first week in office, British Prime Minister Theresa May invited Trump to visit the United Kingdom. It has since been reported that such a visit, which apparently has not been scheduled, would be a formal state visit that would include an audience with Queen Elizabeth II […]

Trump’s Defense of Putin

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The President throws the US under the bus to defend Putin.

Most Americans Oppose Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban

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Two new polls show that most Americans oppose President Trump’s ban on travel from seven majority Muslim countries, but that most Republicans support it.

Saturday Night Live Roasts White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer

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Donald Trump has been providing comedians in general, and Saturday Night Live in particular, with material for decades. Now, his Administration is helping comedians worldwide on a daily basis. Last night, it was Press Secretary Sean Spicer who came into focus for grilling, with Melissa McCarthy portraying him: Nicely played SNL. Nicely played.

Appeals Court Denies Federal Government’s Request For Stay Of Travel Ban Order

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An initial setback for the Federal Government in its appeal of the ruling putting President Trump’s Muslim travel ban on hold.

Trump’s Job Approval At Historic Low For Incoming Presidents

Donald Trump’s initial job approval numbers are lower than any President since the EIsenhower Administration.

Federal Judge Halts Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban

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A legal victory, at least for now, for opponents of Donald Trump’s ban on immigration from seven majority Muslim nations.

Repealing Obamacare Proving To Be Harder Than GOP Thought

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Repeal and replace is likely to take longer than many Republicans thought it would, but that shouldn’t be surprising.

How Should Democrats Respond To The Gorsuch Nomination?

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In the end, an effort by Democrats to block Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court does not seem like a good use of their rather limited options.

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