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Trump’s Job Approval Numbers Are Historically Bad And Only Likely To Get Worse

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Donald Trump is the most unpopular incoming President in more than eighty years.

Supreme Court Accepts New Jersey’s Challenge To Federal Law Barring Sports Betting

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The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case involving New Jersey’s challenge to a Federal law outlawing sports betting.

Most Americans Oppose The Senate’s Obamacare Replacement Bill

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The GOP’s effort to ‘repeal and replace’ Obamacare faces another roadblock, namely the fact that the American public doesn’t support their replacement plan.

Trump Golf Courses Displaying Fake Time Magazine Cover Featuring Donald Trump

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Donald Trump’s golf courses are displaying something that literally is fake news.

Senate GOP Delays Vote On Health Care Reform

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A big setback for Republican efforts to ‘repeal and replace’ Obamacare.

Supreme Court To Hear Appeal Of Baker Who Refused To Bake Cake For Same-Sex Wedding

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The Supreme Court has accepted the appeal of a Colorado baker in a case that will determine if claims of religious liberty and free expression outweigh the application of generally applicable laws against discrimination.

CBO Score Casts Even More Doubt On Senate Health Care Reform Bill

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Once again, a bad CBO score is casting doubt on a Republican health care reform bill.

Supreme Court Declines To Accept Yet Another Second Amendment Case

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The Supreme Court has once again declined to hear an appeal in a Second Amendment case.

Supreme Court Strikes Down Bar On Secular Aid To Church-Run Schools

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The Supreme Court ruled today that states may not exclude church-run schools from an aid program with a wholly secular purpose.

Supreme Court Partly Upholds, Partly Lifts, Stay On Muslim Travel Ban

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In a decision that hands a victory to both sides, the Supreme Court has partly upheld, and partly lifted, the stay on President Trump’s Executive Order that banned travel from six majority-Muslim nations.

Supreme Court Term Ends With No Retirement Announcement

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There’s plenty of news out of the Supreme Court today, including rulings on the stay against the Trump Administration’s travel ban, a ruling on an important First Amendment Free Exercise of Religion case, the decision by the Court to accept the appeal involving a Colorado baker’s claim that their religious beliefs should exempt them from […]

Senate GOP Health Care Bill Faces Crucial Week, And Many Doubts

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The Senate GOP health care reform care bill faces a crucial week, and things aren’t looking good.

The 140 Character POTUS

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Twitter is, in some way, the most vacuous and simplistic of all social media, and it also appears to be the President’s main intellectual outlet.

Trump Lies, The Truth Dies

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Donald Trump’s Presidency is young, but he’s already on track to become the biggest liar ever to occupy the Oval Office.

Line of the Day (Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 Edition)

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No wonder they wrote it in secret and want to move quickly to a vote…

Senate Republicans Release Health Care Plan That Could Already Be Dead On Arrival

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Senate Republicans released their proposed health care plan this morning, but it could already be doomed.

Democrats Take Stock

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Some thoughts on the current state of the Democrats.

Republican Karen Handel Wins Georgia Special Election

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In one of the most closely watched Special Elections in American history, the outcome turned out to be not entirely surprising.

Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Case On Partisan Gerrymandering

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The Supreme Court has agreed to hear its first case on partisan gerrymandering in more than ten years, but opponents of the practice shouldn’t start celebrating just yet.

The Continued Action Hero Fantasy

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Representative Roger Williams (R-TX25) as quoted in the DMN (Ballfield ambush ‘might’ve been a little different’ had congressmen been armed, Texan says): “He had rifles, he had guns, pistols. All we had were bats and balls,” Williams said. “Frankly, if we would have been able to carry arms, it might’ve been a little different.” First, is […]

Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke No Longer Being Considered For DHS Position

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David Clarke, the controversial Milwaukee County Sheriff who was apparently up for consideration for a position at the Department of Homeland Security before it was revealed that he had plagiarized his Master’s Thesis, is no longer under consideration for a Federal Government position: WASHINGTON — David A. Clarke Jr., the polarizing Milwaukee County sheriff and a […]

About that Trump as Caesar Thing…

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If you haven’t noticed it, here’s the story via the NYT:  Two Protesters Disrupt ‘Julius Caesar’ in Central Park and another version via BoGlo: Knives are out for theaters that bear the name ‘Shakespeare’.  The result has been a lot of sturm und drang on TV and online, and the pulling of sponsorships. In reviewing the various responses online […]

Trump Reverses Parts Of Obama’s Opening To Cuba

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Foolishly, President Trump is rolling back part of President Obama’s opening to Cuba.

Robert Mueller Investigating Jared Kushner’s Finances

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller has a Trump family member in the cross hairs.

President Trump Thinks The Media Hates His Twitter Habit. He Couldn’t Be More Wrong.

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Donald Trump thinks the media doesn’t like his Twitter habit. In reality, they love it.

Republican Congressman Steve King Blames Obama For Virginia Shooting

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Iowa Congressman Steve King says former President Obama is partly to blame for this week’s shootings at a practice by Republican Members of Congress for this year’s Congressional Baseball Game: Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) is pointing a finger at former President Barack Obama for the attack on Republican lawmakers at a baseball field in Alexandria, […]

Pence Lawyers Up

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We haven’t seen much of Vice-President Pence in public lately, but behind the scenes, he’s reacting to the growing investigation of the Trump Administration: WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence has hired a personal criminal defense lawyer to guide him through the various investigations encircling the White House, an aide said on Thursday. Mr. Pence […]

Trump Taps Woman Who Planned His Son’s Wedding To Run Federal Housing

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Donald Trump has appointed the woman who planned his son Eric’s wedding for a top No. 2 position at the Department of Housing and Urban Development: She’s arranged tournaments at Trump golf courses, served as the liaison to the Trump family during his presidential campaign, and even arranged Eric Trump’s wedding. Now President Trump has […]

Democratic Lawmakers Sue President Trump For Violations Of Emoluments Clause

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Nearly 200 Members of Congress and the Senate have filed suit against President Trump alleging that he is violating the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution.

Mueller Expands Investigation To Include Obstruction Of Justice

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller has expanded his investigation to include the allegation that President Trump may have attempted to obstruct justice

Federal Reserve Raises Rates For Third Time Since December

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For the third time since December,, the Federal Reserve has raised interest rates.

Ed Gillespie and Ralph Northam Win Primary Battles For Virginia Governor

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Republicans and Democrats have picked their candidates for 2017’s Governor’s race, but the biggest name is likely to be one not on the ballot, Donald Trump.

So, no More Golf for POTUS?

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Forget the imperial presidency. Welcome to the indolent presidency.

Congressman Shot, Others Injured, At Congressional Baseball Practice

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A Congressman was shot, and a staffer and security detail members injured, at a practice session for tomorrow’s Congressional baseball game.

Maryland and Washington, D.C. Sue Trump Over Alleged Emoluments Clause Violations

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Maryland and the District of Columbia are suing President Trump based on alleged violations of two provisions of the Constitution that have never been litigated before.

Trump’s Absurdly Obsequious Cabinet Meeting

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Donald Trump’s first Cabinet Meeting looked like something out of a Maoist propaganda video.

Golden State Warriors Reportedly Decline To Visit White House

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Last night, the Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers to win their second NBA Championship in three seasons during which they have dominated the NBA and drawn comparisons to the Chicago Bulls of Michael Jordan’s era. This morning there are reports that the team has elected not to visit the White House as has […]

Trump Reportedly Considering Firing Special Counsel Bob Mueller

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There are reports that the President is considering firing Special Counsel Bob Mueller. Are we headed for another Saturday Night Massacre?

Ninth Circuit Upholds Stay On Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban

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The Trump Administration’s Muslim Travel Ban suffers another defeat at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Attorney General Sessions To Give Public Testimony On Russia Investigation

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions will testify in a public hearing tomorrow regarding the Russia investigation amid reports that he had additional contact with Russian officials that were previously not disclosed: Attorney General Jeff Sessions will testify in an open hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, according to the committee’s leaders. Sessions will be […]

Gianforte Avoids Jail Time In Montana Assault Case

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Congressman-Elect Greg Gianforte will avoid jail time for his guilty plea to an assault charge against Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs before the Special Election that elected him to Congress: Gallatin County Justice Court Judge Rick West ordered Gianforte to complete 20 hours of anger management counseling and 40 hours of community service. He was given a […]

Puerto Rico Votes Overwhelmingly For Statehood in Heavily Boycotted Referendum

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Puerto Rican voters voted overwhelmingly for statehood yesterday in a referendum whose legitimacy is being questioned due to boycotts by opposition parties.

Trump May Cancel Trip To United Kingdom Due To Planned Protests

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Reports are indicating that President Trump may cancel or delay his trip to the United Kingdom due to planned protests.

Congress Facing Another Debt Ceiling Crisis

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In addition to everything else on its plate, Congress will have to revisit raising the debt ceiling again sometime this summer.

Trump Says He’d Testify Under Oath About Comey And Russia, That Would Be A Mistake

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President Trump says he’d be willing to testify under oath in response to former F.B.I Director Comey’s accusations. That would be a mistake for several reasons.

Puerto Rico To Vote On Statehood For Fifth Time In Fifty Years

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For the fifth time in fifty years, Puerto Ricans will vote tomorrow on a referendum on statehood, but it’s not likely to have any impact on the island’s current status.

Gianforte To Plead Guilty To Assault, Settles Civil Claims With Reporter

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Greg Gianforte, who recently won a Special Election for Montana’s At-Large seat in the House of Representatives the day after physically assaulting Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs, will plead guilty to the charges lodged against him: HELENA, Mont. — U.S. Rep.-elect Greg Gianforte of Montana will plead guilty to assaulting a reporter the day before being elected the […]

Comey Testimony Was Ratings Gold

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Former F.B.I. Director James Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday was ratings gold: It was the testimony of a once-obscure former law enforcement official. Before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. At 10 in the morning. On a workday. Not your usual ratings gold. No matter. Roughly 19.5 million Americans tuned in […]

New York Attorney General Investigating Eric Trump’s Charitable Foundation

Earlier this week, I took note of a report in Forbes regarding the fundraising and expenditures by Eric Trump’s charitable foundation, which appears to have paid an unusually large amount of money to businesses controlled by his father and his family. Yesterday, New York Attorney General Eric Schnederman announced that it had launched an investigation into […]

That Seems Like a Bad Idea…

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Via CNN:  Trump: I’m willing to testify under oath about Comey claims. “One hundred percent,” Trump said when asked about his willingness to deliver sworn testimony. (Of course, it also sounds like false bravado).

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