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Senators Say They Have Bipartisan Deal To Save Obamacare Subsidies

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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.

Trump’s Pathetic Lies Reach A New Low

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

Senate Confirms Woman With No Diplomatic Experience To Be Ambassador To Vatican

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The Senate has confirmed Callista Gingrich to be Ambassador to the Vatican: Callista Gingrich will be the next US ambassador to the Vatican. In a 70-23 vote, the US Senate confirmed her nomination Monday night. The move had been widely expected since President Donald Trump announced her nomination in May. The Vatican declined to comment Tuesday. […]

Lawrence Lessig Spins A Bizarre Scenario To Put Hillary Clinton In The White House

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There’s something in the water up at Harvard……

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

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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.

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Pleads Guilty To Desertion And Other Charges

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The Bergdahl case comes to an end.

Mississippi School District Bans ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’

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

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

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

Trump Decertifies Iranian Compliance With Nuclear Weapons Agreement

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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.

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

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

Trump isn’t Playing Multidimensional Chess (in Case you were Wondering)

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President Trump in an interview with Sean Hannity this week: “The country — we took it over and owed over $20 trillion,” Trump said. “As you know, the last eight years, they borrowed more than it did in the whole history of our country. So they borrowed more than $10 trillion, right? And yet, we picked […]

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

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

Trump To Puerto Rico: Drop Dead

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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.

Top Aide To John Kelly Named To Head DHS

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Kirsten Nielsen, who currently serves as Deputy White House Chief of Staff under retired General John Kelly, has been selected to become the new head of the Department of Homeland Security: WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Wednesday that he intended to name Kirstjen Nielsen, a top White House aide, to lead the Department of […]

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

Republicans On Capitol Hill Admitting Defeat On Health Care Reform

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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.

Steve Bannon Declares War On The Senate GOP

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

Dianne Feinstein To Run For Fifth Term

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California Senator Dianne Feinstein announced yesterday that she will run for a fifth term in 2018, ending months of speculation about her political future: Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) announced on Monday morning that she will run for reelection in 2018. “I am running for reelection to the Senate. Lots more to do: ending gun violence, combating climate […]

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

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

Representative Government and Line Drawing

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A complicated concurrence to Steven Taylor’s recent postings.

A Weak Defense of Extreme Gerrymandering

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More thoughts related to Gill v. Whitford and the problem of extreme gerrymandering.

Skewed Majorities are Bad for Democracy

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And even moreso when they are consciously created by the winner.

More on the Alleged Sonic Attacks in Cuba

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Via the NYT:  A ‘Sonic Attack’ on Diplomats in Cuba? These Scientists Doubt It. According to the State Department, nearly two dozen diplomats at the American Embassy in Havana have been stricken with a variety of mysterious medical symptoms, including hearing loss and cognitive difficulties. […] Experts in acoustics, however, say that’s a theory more appropriate […]

The United Daughters of the Confederacy

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Worth a read (via the NYT):  The Confederacy’s ‘Living Monuments’ The Daughters’ ambitious agenda was not solely focused on monuments. They sought to collect and preserve the artifacts of war, as well as archival material, which they believed would help tell a “truthful” history of the Confederacy. Indeed, what they collected often formed the basis of the first […]

Justice Department Reverses Obama Era Policy On Discrimination Against Transgender Americans

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Reversing an Obama Era position, the Justice Department has rescinded a legal interpretation that purported to apply previously adopted civil rights laws to transgender individuals.

Air Swamp

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Via WaPo:  Nearly six dozen flights on charter, military or government-owned planes by Cabinet members, mapped. About a half-dozen members of President Trump’s Cabinet, past and present, spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on charter jets, military planes and other government aircraft for travel that often could have been undertaken much less expensively on commercial aircraft. […]

Decertifying The Iran Nuclear Deal Would Be A Foolish, Potentially Dangerous, Error

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Reports are indicating that President Trump will decertify the nuclear weapons deal with Iran. This would be a foolish and potentially dangerous mistake.

Democratic Candidate Appears To Have Momentum In Virginia’s Governor’s Race

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The nation’s only competitive Governor’s this year appears to be going in favor of the Democratic candidate.

Republicans In Congress Open To Banning Bump Stocks

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Don’t hold your breath, but the Las Vegas shooting may actually prompt Congress to do something.

The Vast Majority Of Americans Don’t Own A Gun

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Some interesting statistics.

Report Says Tillerson Reportedly Called Trump A “Moron,” Considered Resigning

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Tensions continue to rise between the White House and Foggy Bottom.

Bernie Sanders And Larry David Discover They’re Related

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During the race for the Democratic nomination, comedian Larry David became known for playing Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders on Saturday Night Live and many people remarked that he did quite a good job at it. As it turns out, there may be a genetic reason for that: In a released clip from the season four […]

Donald Trump To Puerto Rico: Let Them Eat Paper Towels

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Yesterday President Trump visited Puerto Rico to survey storm damage from Hurricane Maria, and, inevitably, the cameras caught him doing something only Donald Trump would do: President Donald Trump’s latest viral move is paper towel throwing. Tuesday marked President Trump’s first visit to Puerto Rico, which was ravaged by Hurricane Maria two weeks ago. During a stop at […]

Time To Ban Bump Stocks

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The Las Vegas shooting provides a good opportunity to enact a common sense gun control law that even Second Amendment advocates agree is called for.

Supreme Court Appears Split In Political Gerrymandering Case

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The Supreme Court appears split on the question of whether or not partisan Gerrymandering is unconstitutional.

Trump Undermines His Own Secretary Of State’s Efforts On North Korea

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Donald Trump is undermining his own Secretary of State’s efforts on North Korea, and he doesn’t seem to care.

Supreme Court Begins What Promises To Be A Momentous Term

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Previewing the next term of the Supreme Court, which starts today.

U.S. Won’t Recognize Kurdish Independence Referendum

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The U.S is joining the rest of the world in refusing to recognize the independence referendum conducted by Iraqi Kurds.

Poll Shows Democrat Doug Jones Within Six Points Of Roy Moore

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A sign of hope that Alabama voters could end up rejecting the far-right theocratic politics of Roy Moore? Possibly.

Trump Tweets Insults At Mayor Of San Juan While Puerto Rico Continues To Suffer Maria’s Impact

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While Puerto Rico suffers, President Trump is spending the weekend at his New Jersey golf resort attacking people on the ground who are actually doing something.

Tom Price, Trump’s HHS Secretary, Resigns Amid Private Jet Scandal

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Trump loses his HHS Secretary amid a growing scandal involving the use of private and government jets by Cabinet officials.

Supreme Court To Rule On Mandatory Fees To Public Sector Unions

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In its upcoming term, the Supreme Court will hear a case that is likely to have a significant impact on the powers of public-sector unions.

D.C. Appeals Court Declines Review Of Ruling Striking Down District’s Concealed Carry Law

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A Federal Appeals Court has declined to review a panel decision striking down the District of Columbia’s restrictive concealed-carry law.

Is Roy Moore’s Victory The Opening Battle In A Republican Civil War?

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Roy Moore’s victory in Alabama is raising fears of a wider battle in the Republican Party heading into 2018.

White House Has Yet To Name A New DHS Secretary

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Nearly two months after John Kelly, who was serving as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security before becoming White House Chief of Staff, departed as head of DHS to take his new position, the White House still hasn’t named a nominee to replace him: The Trump administration is hitting reset on its search for […]

Three Months After Shooting, Republican Congressman Steve Scalise Returns To Congress

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House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who represents the 1st Congressional District in Louisiana,returned to the House of Representatives today after being seriously injured three months ago when a gunman opened fire at a practice session for the Republican half of the annual Congressional baseball game: WASHINGTON — Walking gingerly and on two canes, Representative Steve Scalise, […]

Republicans Unveil Broad Outlines Of Tax Reform Package

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Republicans finally unveiled the outlines of a tax reform package yesterday, but the devil is in the still to be determined details.

Vast Majority Of Americans Support Allowing Dreamers To Stay In The U.S.

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Another poll shows the vast majority of Americans want Congress to act to help the people covered by DACA.

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