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Jobs Growth Bounces Back From Hurricane-Related Losses

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The Jobs Market bounces back in October, but the numbers are far from impressive.

Trump Nominates Jerome Powell To Head Federal Reserve Board

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President Trump has selected Jerome Powell, a member of the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors, to replace Janet Yellen as Chairman.

House Republicans Unveil Tax Reform Bill

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House Republicans unveiled their tax reform bill today, but its fate is far from clear.

Rick Perry: Fossil Fuels Help Reduce Sexual Assault

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Rick Perry says that fossil fuels can help prevent sexual assault: Energy Secretary Rick Perry suggested on Thursday that increasing fossil fuel use to spread electricity across Africa would help prevent sexual assaults there. Perry, who traveled to South Africa last week to tout the Energy Department’s partnerships there, said he spoke with a young […]

Justice Department May Seek Charges Against Russian Officials For Election-Related Hacking

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The Justice Department appears to be on the verge of charging Russian government officials in connection with election-related hacking.

John Boehner, Without A Filter

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It’s been two years since John Boehner stepped down as Speaker, and he’s got a few things to say about his former colleagues and the state of American politics.

House Republican Tax Plan Already Unpopular

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House Republicans haven’t released their tax bill yet, but it’s already unpopular.

Trump And The Federal Courts

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Federal Courts continue to rule against the Administration, and the President continues to lash out at Judges and demonstrate his contempt for the Rule Of Law.

I Say Papadopoulos, You Say Stephanopoulos. Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off.

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Yesterday, Wolf Blizter had perhaps the best gaffe of the day when introducing a segment on the guilty plea of former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos:

Federal Court Blocks Implementation Of Trump’s Ban On Transgender Soldiers

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A Federal Judge in Washington, D.C. has blocked the Trump Administration from implementing its ban on transgender soldiers.

Trump’s Job Approval Hits New Lows In Two New Polls

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More bad polling news for President Trump.

Former Trump Campaign Adviser Charged With Lying To F.B.I. About Contacts With Russia

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A Trump Campaign official has been charged with and pled guilty to charges of lying to the F.B.I. regarding contacts with Russian officials.

Former Trump Campaign Manager Paul Manafort Indicted

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The first shoes drop in the Mueller investigation.

Democracy and Institutional Design I: A Basic Preface on Regime Type

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The first in an occasional series.

Moore on the Campaign Trail

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Via AL.com:  Roy Moore at campaign rally: ‘We don’t need transgender bathrooms, transgender military’. It took Moore less than 90 seconds of a seven-minute speech to again trumpet on some of the conservative values he holds. “We don’t need transgender bathrooms and we don’t need transgender military and we don’t need a weaker military,” Moore […]

The SSN Problem

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Via ArsTechnica:  White House wants to end Social Security numbers as a national ID Rob Joyce, the White House cybersecurity czar, said on Tuesday that the government should end using the Social Security number as a national identification method. […] “The concept of a Social Security number in this environment being private and secure—I think […]

About the Uranium

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Squirrel!

Don’t Expect Ruth Bader Ginsburg To Retire While Donald Trump Is President

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is making it clear she will not be leaving the court anytime soon.

First Indictment Reportedly Issued In Mueller’s Russia Investigation

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The first shoes appear ready to drop in Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and the Trump campaign.

Uncanny Resemblence

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A description of Andrew Johnson from 1866 fits Donald Trump to a “T.”

There Is No Civil War, Republicans And Conservatives Have Already Surrendered

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Forget all the talk about a civil war in the Republican Party, the truth is that Republicans and conservatives have already surrendered to Trump and Bannon.

“Husband” And “Wife” Running For Senate In Opposite Parties

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A supposedly married couple are running for Senate in Montana, in different parties: Montana’s post-truth political power couple set the hook early. By the time anyone questioned the truthfulness of a married couple running as U.S. Senate candidates for opposing parties, the media had already taken the bait. William James Dean and his wife, Sarah, […]

In Which Rex Tillerson Speaks For All Of Us

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Rex Tillerson made a joke during an international trip yesterday that sounds like more than a joke: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Thursday that there are days where he feels like he needs to “curl up in a ball.” “Yeah, some days I feel like I need to do that. Curl up in a ball,” Tillerson […]

Majority Of Americans Disagree With Trump On N.F.L. Anthem Protests

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Donald Trump has apparently made the American public more supportive of players who kneel for the National Anthem.

Ben Carson Has Absolutely No Idea What He’s Doing

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Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson appeared for an oversight hearing recently, and it went about as badly as expected: At a hearing on Tuesday, Rep. Al Green grilled Housing Secretary Ben Carson about the $6 billion cuts to HUD outlined in the federal budget proposal the Trump administration released in March. Federal officials […]

Trump’s Job Approval Hits New Low In Fox News Poll

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President Trump remains the most unpopular newly elected President since the end of the Second World War, and there’s no sign that will change.

Trump and the Autonomous Military

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Via The Hill:  Trump: ‘My generals’ had decision-making authority on Niger mission. President Trump on Wednesday said he did not personally authorize the mission in Niger in which four U.S. soldiers were killed, saying “my generals and my military” have decision-making authority. Asked if he authorized the mission, Trump responded, “No, I didn’t, not specifically.” “I have […]

Don’t Expect Other Republicans To Speak Out Against Trump Like McCain, Corker, And Flake Have

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Due mostly to cowardice and naked self-interest, you shouldn’t expect many other Republicans to speak out against Trump in the near future.

Support For Marijuana Legalization Now Stands At 64% Of Americans, Majority Of Republicans

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A new poll shows that a record majority of Americans, including a majority of Republicans, support legalization of marijuana.

Trump Claims He Did More To Fight ISIS Than Obama. That Is, Of Course, Not True.

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Another day, another Trump lie.

Citing Nastiness In Trump Era GOP, Jeff Flake Announces He’s Retiring

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One of the few Republicans willing to speak out against Donald Trump is retiring at the end of his current term.

Xi Jinping Consolidates Power In China

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While the President of the United States continues to create chaos, Xi Jinping consolidates his power in China.

No, Kid Rock Is Not Running For Senate

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Over the summer, Kid Rock engaged in an obvious publicity stunt that made some people believe he was running for President. Today, he revealed just how gullible everyone who fell for it was: Kid Rock is ending months of speculation about a possible Senate bid, reportedly saying, “F— no, I’m not running for Senate.” “Are […]

Shot. Chaser. (Trump And Bob Corker Edition)

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President Trump fired another shot at retiring Tennessee Senator Bob Corker today: Bob Corker, who helped President O give us the bad Iran Deal & couldn’t get elected dog catcher in Tennessee, is now fighting Tax Cuts…. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 24, 2017 …Corker dropped out of the race in Tennesse when I […]

America’s Forgotten, And Forever, Wars

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America has become involved in conflicts around the world, largely without the knowledge of the American people or the consent of their representatives, and it doesn’t appear that’s going to end anytime soon.

It’s Official, James Comey Is On Twitter

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Ever since he was fired by President Trump, it’s been rumored that former F.B.I. Director James Comey had a “secret” Twitter account that followed a limited number of people or institutions, all of which had some kind of connection to Comey. Well, now, that secret account is a secret no longer, and it’s leading to […]

John McCain Is Taking On Donald Trump Without Regret

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John McCain has been standing out from his fellow Republicans largely by unleashing on President Trump, and it is unlikely to end anytime soon.

Questioning Generals Like John Kelly Is Not Only Appropriate, It’s Absolutely Necessary

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The White House believes that it is ‘inappropriate’ to question Generals. This argument is not only wrong, it’s downright dangerous.

Three Quotes to Ponder from this Week

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John McCain, George W, Bush, and Sarah Huckabee-Sanders had warning for us this week. We should heed them.

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

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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.

Obama Blasts Trump’s ‘Politics Of Division’

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

Without Mentioning Trump, George W. Bush Rebukes Trumpism

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

Donald Trump Is A Culture Warrior, Not A President

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

Donald Trump Displays Appalling Disrespect For A Soldier Who Died On His Watch

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President Trump sinks even lower.

Two Federal Courts Block Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban Again

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

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.

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