• Guess who else made Time’s PoTY shortlist? A tyrannical madman

    Now that the brief fervor over Trump being named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year has already begun to fade, it’s worth taking a look at the runner up list. The first two names were probably no brainers because it’s Time Magazine. Hillary Clinton was first because she significantly changed the world by managing to lose two presidential bids in a row. That’s not unique to be sure (hi, Mitt!), but I’m saying that sarcastically because the actual impact on the world
  • Michael Moore: Let’s disrupt the inauguration

    Having failed to prevent Donald Trump from becoming president at the ballot box, with a swing state recount and with an attempt to rally faithless electors, progressives are now planning to simply “disrupt” his inauguration. Michael Moore used Twitter to promote a protest, scheduled for January 20th and 21st in Washington D.C., to his more than 3 million followers. The group says it plans to “shut down the Inauguration ceremonies” and “paralyze the city it
  • Poll: Trump now viewed more favorably than unfavorably, 50/43

    Is this the first poll since the election, or since he got the nomination, or, er, since he jumped into the race last June, to show him net positive in favorability? I can’t think of another offhand.
    Bloomberg’s been tracking him off and on for five years. Not only has he never been above water in this metric before, he’s never been above 37 percent. But he’s in the honeymoon period with voters right now, he’s earned some goodwill with the Carrier deal, and he&rsquo
  • Fun: Left wants Senate Dems to confirm Merrick Garland in a three-minute window in January or something

    This post is really just an ad to get you to go read Sean Davis’s post at the Federalist, as he’s an expert in Senate procedure and has roughly 37 reasons why this inane idea couldn’t work under the rules of the chamber. To give you a sense of what the left is doing with its time lately during breaks from electoral-college-revolt porn, here’s the argument (as summarized by Davis). Picture it: January 3rd, 2017. The 34 senators who were elected in November are waiting pati
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  • Dakota Access Pipeline protesters asked to leave by Standing Rock Sioux tribal chairman

    The federal government and the Governor of North Dakota have already asked Dakota Accesss Pipeline protesters to leave their makeshift camp, now the tribal chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux has joined them. Dave Archambault told Reuters Monday, “We’re thankful for everyone who joined this cause and stood with us.” He added, “The people who are supporting us … they can return home and enjoy this winter with their families. Same with law enforcement. I am
  • Boeing to Trump: Let’s work together to hold down AF1 costs

    Donald Trump’s tweet about the massive costs of replacing Air Force One prompted a pledge from Boeing to work with the new administration to deliver the best value for taxpayers. By working together, though, Boeing means that the government may need to adjust its expectations on the new pair of 747-8s. Nevertheless, Boeing execs are open to some bargaining, and they reached out to the transition team to make sure they knew it, Bloomberg reports:
    Boeing Co. executives told officials on Pres
  • Scientists fear C-section births are altering human evolution

    Before anyone gets too carried away I want to warn you up front that this is a story about evolution. But don’t worry… it’s not the Darwin sort or any discussion of the original origins of man. This science tale deals with “evolution” happening on a much shorter scale. In fact, when compared to the traditional view of the evolution of lifeforms it’s taking place virtually overnight. At least one group of doctors believes that the practice of doctors performin
  • Trump chooses Gen. John Kelly to lead Homeland Security

    On the one hand, three former generals in cabinet, or cabinet-level, positions? And not just any cabinet positions but key national security positions. Trump will have Mike Flynn as NSA, James Mattis at Defense, and now John Kelly at DHS. There’s a chance (but a diminishing one) that Adm. Mike Rogers will end up as DNI too, which would leave Jeff Sessions as the only cabinet member in a counterterror leadership role who isn’t a former military officer. All this from a guy known for s
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  • Democrats once again ask Obama to pardon ‘Dreamers’

    A group of more than 60 Democrats have signed a letter asking President Obama to use his pardon power to grant clemency to more than 700,000 illegal immigrants often referred to as “Dreamers.” The letter reads in part:
    Secondly, we reiterate our request for you to use your Constitutional authority to provide pardons for civil immigration violations. Just as Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution delegates to Congress the authority to establish a “uniform Rule of Naturali
  • How to land in prison because of the mannequin challenge

    This seems like a good day for some news on the lighter side. I assume that by now you’ve heard of the mannequin challenge? It’s that pointless trend on social media where you film a group of people standing still for a while and then everyone begins moving again. Heck, even Hillary Clinton got in on the act back when she still planned on being president. But did you know it could get you arrested? Turns out it can. Take a gander at this group of light hearted individuals performing
  • RomneyWatch™: CBS claims Romney is now the top contender for Secretary of State

    Good lord almighty. This might actually happen.
    Mitt Romney is now the strongest remaining candidate for President-elect Donald Trump’s secretary of state, CBS News’ Major Garrett reports.
    No final decision has been made yet, but Romney, in comparison with Gen. David Petraeus (ret) and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, is in the strongest position to date.
    Petraeus, sources told Garrett, is out of the running. Gen. John Kelly’s nomination to run the Department of Homeland Se
  • Keith Ellison: I’ll resign my seat if I win the election for DNC chair

    Keith Ellison announced Wednesday that he would resign his seat in Congress if he wins the race for the chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee. Politico reports Ellison released a statement which said, “In order to further their commitment and maximize my effectiveness, I have decided to resign as a member of Congress if I win the election for DNC chair.”
    CBS Minnesota has more of Ellison’s statement:
    “Since I threw my hat in the ring a few weeks ago for the Ch
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  • House Dems ignore Midwest while filling expanded leadership slots

    Democrats have lost vast swaths of the country over the last six years, and Tim Ryan’s challenge to Nancy Pelosi’s perch atop the caucus intended on getting more middle-America voices in Democratic leadership. Pelosi survived by promising more access to leadership positions and more attention to areas outside the coasts. With 15 leadership posts filled, guess how many don’t come from the coastal states that now dominate the House Democratic caucus? Four — and on
  • Now that Trump’s won, media suddenly notices that a lot of new jobs are crappy

    You’re going to be seeing a shift in the way the media covers the news in the coming years with the change in management at the White House. Even though the inauguration is still quite a few weeks away, that process has already begun. Just to take one of the more glaring examples which you can reliably track each and every month, let’s take a look at the Washington Post’s coverage of the jobs reports which come out every month.
    When the September jobs report came out we were st
  • Trump: We’re going to work something out on DREAMers that’ll make people happy

    I … don’t think he means deportation.
    As for the people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as youths and now have work visas under Obama, Trump did not back off his pledge to end Obama’s executive orders. But he made clear he would like to find some future accommodation for them. “We’re going to work something out that’s going to make people happy and proud,” he says, showing a sympathy for young migrants that was often absent during the campaign. &
  • Colorado responds to faithless-elector suit: “Odious,” “evil”

    Who knew the Electoral College could get this interesting? Two electors in Colorado have filed a lawsuit against the state, demanding that they be freed to vote for whomever they personally choose. Both electors are bound to Hillary Clinton, but hope to woo enough electors to join them in order to stop Donald Trump from inauguration six weeks from now.
    This effort has been ongoing for a couple of weeks. However, the state’s response is noteworthy — and pulls no punches:
  • Alec Baldwin is having a ‘very, very difficult time’ with the election

    The man who gets paid a bunch of money to impersonate President-elect Donald Trump lamented to a Spanish-language magazine about how tough things are right now in his world after Hillary Clinton won the presidential election.
    “I’m glad people find it funny … but at the same time, I think people were very worried about the election,” Baldwin told Spanish-language HOLA! magazine, according to PEOPLE.
    “Both sides are very passionate so it’s been a very, very dif
  • Virginia “voluntary gun turn-in” program runs into predictable problems

    I never get tired of the seemingly endless series of stories about communities where they decide to combat gun violence by having voluntary gun turn-in or “buy back” programs. It’s not that I object to seeing them try… everyone is free to do what they wish under the law. But all of these stunts seem to wind up defeating their own purpose or simply devolving into parody. There’s another of these programs taking place in Virginia and, as usual, word got out about it
  • 75 years ago: “A date which will live in infamy”

    Seventy-five years ago yesterday, most Americans believed that the two vast oceans on our coasts kept us safe from war as long as we pretended not to be part of it. Seventy-five years ago today, an “unprovoked and dastardly attack” on Pearl Harbor woke us from that fantasy — at the cost of over 2400 American lives. Pearl Harbor shattered our pretensions of isolation, and forced the US to perpetually prepare for war even during periods of peace, a lesson that we have occasi
  • Schumer looking to find common ground with Trump on American steel production

    Personally I’m not placing much emphasis on seeing Donald Trump and the GOP majority in Congress rushing to “reach across the aisle” to Democrats now that we’re finally in charge of the entire show. The Democrats haven’t exactly been in the habit of working with conservatives in any way which would buy them that sort of political capital. But incoming Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer seems to be a bit more pragmatic and in search of some gaps in the GOP alliance
  • Time: The 2016 Person of the Year is …

    Come on, man. Who else would have been chosen in the Year of the Populist? Time Magazine named Donald Trump its Person of the Year after his surprise win in the presidential election, a result that confounded most analysts on Election Night, and still confounds many of them to this day.
    Guess who came in second? No fair peeking:Had Hillary Clinton managed to win Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan in the way that Trump did, there’s no doubt that Time would have bestowed this honor on her
  • This “Laura Ingraham for Press Sec” thing might actually be happening

    There’s been a seemingly endless line of people showing up at Trump Tower for meetings with the President Elect, providing the press pool with fodder for non-stop speculation. One of the more flamboyant figures on the guest list was Laura Ingraham, who took her turn yesterday. When word of her scheduled appearance first broke, our colleague Jim Jamitis at RedState (no fan of Trump’s to be sure) noted that she had been an early supporter of Trump’s so this probably wasn’t
  • YouGov poll: Republicans far more likely than Democrats to agree that America has been losing from the free market

    A follow-up to Ed’s post earlier on the Morning Consult poll confirming that the “free-market party” isn’t really a free-market party and probably hasn’t been for a long time.
    Here’s the partisan breakdown when Americans are asked whether they agree with Mike Pence’s instantly famous protectionist profession of faith on the day the Carrier deal was announced that “the free market has been sorting it out and America’s been losing.”Trump
  • John Kasich to faithless electors: Don’t vote for me for president

    Kasich was the one person specifically named in Christopher Suprun’s op-ed last night as a possible alternative for members of the electoral college. Realistically, though, he’s the only alternative. Every other prominent Republican who might conceivably be chosen as a protest vote by anti-Trump electors has already been coopted by Trump. Paul Ryan? He’s Trump’s right-hand man in the House. Mitt Romney? He could be Trump’s top diplomat before the week is out. Nikki
  • Van Jones Blames 'Hurricane Trump' on Unexpected Culprit

    Click here for reuse options!In an interview, the CNN commentator says dialogue is still possible—and that liberal elitism really did enable Trump. Donald Trump’s defeat of Hillary Clinton has fully broken open the many fissures that separate red and blue America. These divides existed before Trump’s victory. Conservatives and liberals do not live in the same communities or neighborhoods. The United States is an extremely segregated society, by race and class. This too amplifie
  • Hero Muslim Cop Assaulted, Suspect Charged Following Hate Crimes Unit Investigation

    Click here for reuse options!The attack on NYPD officer Aml Elsokary and her son was the second Islamophobic incident in just a few days.An NYPD officer and her son were the subjects of a second reported hate crime targeting Muslims this past week in New York City. the first was when Yasmin Seweid, 18, was called a "terrorist" and bullied during a traumatic subway ride last week. Over the weekend, Officer Aml Elsokary and her family were assaulted by a stranger outside their home in Brooklyn.&nb
  • AlterNet Comics: Jen Sorensen on Social Movements That Try Not to Offend

    Click here for reuse options!Can you imagine if we told MLK to "knock off the identity politics thing"?  Click here for reuse options! Related StoriesAlterNet Comics: Brian McFadden on Republicans' Safety Net CutsAlterNet Comics: Brian McFadden on the Slim Chances of Real News Going ViralAlterNet Comic: Tom Tomorrow on America's Great Divide
  • Paper Owned by Trump's Son-In-Law Runs Alarming Op-Ed Calling for FBI Crackdown on Anti-Trump Protests

    Click here for reuse options!From the outset, Jared Kushner's New York Observer has been an instrument of the Trump campaign. The New York Observer, a newspaper owned by Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, published an opinion piece Friday calling for the FBI to launch a coordinated crackdown on nationwide anti-Trump protests, mobilizations and recount efforts.Titled “Comey’s FBI Needs to Investigate Violent Democratic Tantrums,” the article was written by Austin Bay
  • Republican Elector Won't Vote for Trump—'He Shows Daily That He Is Unfit for Office'

    Click here for reuse options!In scathing op-ed, the former firefighter urges other electors to rebuke Trump. Christopher Suprun, a Republican elector in Dallas, cannot in good conscience cast his vote for Donald Trump. One down, 538 to go.In a scathing op-ed in Tuesday's New York Times, Suprun lays out the reasoning for his unusual decision. He writes that he has been asked to change his vote in the past because of policy disagreements or the fact that someone won the Electoral College but not t
  • Colbert Dismantles Trump's Pick of Unqualified 'Coma Patient' Ben Carson as Housing Secretary

    Click here for reuse options!Even the one thin pretext for this appointment turns out not to be true."Late Show" host Stephen Colbert is getting a kick out of president-elect Trump's strategy for appointing Cabinet members. For weeks, Trump has been busy filling his Cabinet, when he's not on his "thank-you" tour or taking congratulatory (and controversial) calls from foreign leaders. “Today, he named former neurosurgeon and current coma patient Ben Carson to be Secretary of Housing an
  • Samantha Bee Lays Into Trump's Big Lie and the GOP-ers Who've Aided and Abetted Him

    Click here for reuse options!"If Trump manages to smash America's institutions, it will only be because GOP termites have been gnawing away at the foundation for years."This week, “Full Frontal” host Samantha Bee unloaded on Trump in transition—the first president-elect to brand lies like a signature property."In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally," the president-elect tweeted
  • The Map of Physics: Animation Shows How All the Different Fields in Physics Fit Together

    From Newton’s mechanical calculations to Einstein’s general and special relativity to the baffling indeterminacy of quantum mechanics, the discipline of physics has become increasingly arcane and complex, and less and less governed by orderly laws. This presents a problem for the layperson, who struggles to understand how Newtonian physics, with its predictable observations of physical forces, relates to the parallax and paradox of later discoveries. “If you don’t already
  • People Seek Revenge by Sending Their Ex's Immigration Status and Address to Trump

    Click here for reuse options!Heartbreak finds new lows, inspired by the president-elect's penchant for vengeful petty tweets.Over the course of his 2016 White House bid, President-elect Donald Trump promised to deport undocumented immigrants. Trump spoke to his supporters at a Phoenix, Arizona rally earlier this year where he said he would triple the amount of ICE agents and set up a “special deportation task force.”Since Trump won the election, some individuals have taken
  • Deals With the Devil: Vulnerable Senate Democrats Rush to Slam Anti-Donald Trump Plans

    Click here for reuse options!While many Democrats prepare to fight Trump, some facing re-election in 2018 are already willing to appease him.While congressional Democrats were certainly slow to come to grips with Donald Trump’s election and therefore appeared hesitant to back the calls for resistance that flooded the streets in major American cities in the immediate aftermath, they’ve since embraced their role as the loyal opposition. But even as most Senate Democrats
  • Fighting Back Against the White Revolt of 2016

    Click here for reuse options!Trump’s real triumph was his ability to shift Republican politics to straight racism, misogyny and xenophobia. On the left and within progressive movements there were two immediate responses to Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential elections. First shock, frequently accompanied by despair. How could an openly racist, misogynist authoritarian—personally unstable to boot—be elected president? Second, anger with the Democrats for the sort of
  • The Brexit Treatment: Now Donald Trump Voters Are Realizing They Made a Huge Mistake

    Click here for reuse options!Voters make an impulse decision they've come to regret after sober thought—sound familiar?In May United Kingdom residents were convinced that it would be in their best interests to vote to leave the European Union. It was a choice that some voters quickly and almost immediately regretted.So perhaps it’s no coincidence that Donald Trump has called himself “Mr. Brexit.”Trumpgrets is a Tumblr page dedicated to searching a
  • Erdogan’s next step toward absolute power includes a chat with Putin

    On paper, the office of the president in Turkey isn’t a particularly powerful one. Of course, you couldn’t tell that from the way President Tayyip Erdogan is running things at the moment. A few weeks ago we looked at the predicted changes Erdogan would be seeking to the constitution to consolidate his power and potentially keep him in charge for the rest of his life. That would require significant action by the elected members of the Parliament, which should, in theory, have provided
  • Video: The freaky deaky fully automated “no checkout” Amazon store

    Treat this as a palate cleanser if you like but it’s big news if the idea can be replicated in a cost-effective way, especially at supermarkets where checkout times can get long. Amazon’s replacing the checkout concept with check-in: You wave your phone at the sensor as you enter the store, alerting it to your presence, and then the store itself somehow tracks what you’re pulling off the shelves. How it does that is unclear; obviously it’s sensing more than just your phon
  • Fake News Is an Assault on the Very Principle of Truth Itself

    Click here for reuse options!Which means it is an assault on democracy as well. Consider for a moment the oxymoronic concept of “fake news,” which we have been hearing so much about lately. This isn’t your typical disinformation or misinformation — generated by the government, or foreign adversaries, or corporations — to advance an agenda by confusing the public. It isn’t even the familiar dystopian idea of manipulated fact designed to keep people lobotomized
  • Trump Gets Behind Philippines Drug War Mass Murderer

    Click here for reuse options!Duterte has lived up to his vow to kill thousands of drug users and sellers, and Trump is okay with it.Donald Trump's seat-of-the-pants pre-inaugural telephone diplomacy is causing shock waves in diplomatic circles and world capitals around the globe. But the president-elect outdid himself with a Friday call to Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte. The Filipino strongman took office earlier this year with a promise to unleash mass murder on Philippine drug users and
  • The Genius of Paul McCartney’s Bass Playing in 7 Isolated Tracks

    In many a musical situation, one can communicate an entire playing style in a name. When it comes to the bass—in pop music, at least—one of the foremost of those names is Paul McCartney, whose soulful basslines have given us some of the most memorable melodies in music history.
    McCartney started out—in the Quarrymen, then The Beatles—on rhythm guitar and piano, only taking over the bass when Stuart Sutcliffe left the band in 1961. And while it’s true
  • Appeals court agrees to put Obamacare lawsuit on hold until Trump takes office

    A federal appeals court has agreed to delay a court case over cost-sharing payments made as part of Obamacare. From Reuters:
    A federal appeals court on Monday brought to an end President Barack Obama’s bid to overturn a ruling that threatens to gut his signature healthcare law by putting the case on hold until after President-elect Donald Trump, who aims to repeal Obamacare, takes office.
    The Obama administration had appealed a judge’s May ruling favoring the challenge filed by
  • 12 Reasons Why You Should Be Extremely Concerned About Tyson Foods

    Click here for reuse options!Tyson Foods causes serious harm to people, animals and the environment. Tyson Foods, in its over 80 years of operation, has had a hugely negative impact on our food system. Tyson Foods profits off the cheap land and cheap labor that grease the wheels of the industrial food complex, specializing in the production of packaged “food” made with conflict palm oil and factory farmed meat. Palm oil is an ingredient in at least 36 Tyson products.Tyson Foods and i
  • So now Trump is “endangering” the First Amendment

    You should probably just get used to four more years of this without any sort of break. The media will continue to claim that Donald Trump is essentially a demon from tenth plane of hell preparing to unleash his secret, unholy armies upon the land, despite the fact that basically half of the country seems to disagree with them. One of the more recent examples of this pattern showed up in a Washington Post column by editorial board member Jonathan Capehart this weekend. In it, Jonathan begins by
  • McCrory concedes NC governor race

    Republicans had a great night at every level in last month’s elections, but not everyone went home a winner. Governor Pat McCrory trailed in his re-election bid but refused to concede the election, requesting a recount and alleging irregularities in the voting, especially in Durham County. Today McCrory surrendered to the inevitable, and promised to help governor-elect Roy Cooper successfully and quickly transition into the office:North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory conceded the governor&
  • Why America's Bail System is Racist, Makes Us Less Safe and Must End

    Click here for reuse options!Brave New Films presents the The Bail Trap: American Ransom - Beating Trump at His Own GameTempting as it is to curl up in fetal position and wait it out, the newly dawning era of Donald Trump is exactly the wrong time to give up on reforming the criminal justice system. If you think it is hard to be poor and non-white now, you ain't seen nothing yet.And if you think there's nothing you can do, that same sentiment applies. The newly launched movement to end money bai
  • Right-Wing Shock-Jock Michael Savage Being Sued by Godfather of Conspiracy Theory Radio for Implying He Married Underage Woman

    Click here for reuse options!Michael Savage is being sued for defamation by Art Bell. Late-night radio host Art Bell is suing controversial right-wing commentator Michael Savage for defamation, claiming that Savage insinuated Bell's wife was a 10-year-old sex worker during the September 25 episode of his "Savage Nation" radio program.“I generally avoid gun questions. I know this from the first day in radio. I learned you never do certain topics where you can destroy your show," said Savage
  • Ivanka Trump meets with, er, Al Gore on, er, climate change; Update: So does Trump

    I remember reading this story a few days ago, thinking it was blogworthy, then ruling it out because the sourcing was simply too thin. One unnamed source says Ivanka Trump “wants to make climate change … one of her signature issues”? C’mon. How likely is that?
    Pretty likely, as it turns out.
    President-elect Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka is meeting on Monday with Al Gore — one of the most vocal advocates of fighting climate change.
    Trump spokesman Jason Mille
  • Tim Robbins’ Improv Classes Transform Prisoners’ Lives & Lower Recidivism Rates

    If a 20-something, Yale-educated New Yorker reporter feels nervous stepping in to her first ever improv class, imagine the stakes for your average inmate, whose survival depends on a successfully monolithic projection of toughness and control.
    Control is actually something the Actors’ Gang Prison Project seeks to cultivate in its incarcerated participants. The Actors’ Gang’s Artistic Director, Tim Robbins, who founded the radically experimental ensemble fresh out of c
  • How Seasonal Affective Disorder Feels From the Inside

    Click here for reuse options!“As the sun rises later and sets earlier, I feel as though darkness is surrounding me on all sides.” Content warning: suicidal ideationIt’s like clockwork. Every year, right in the middle of October, I find myself stricken with panic and exhaustion that has nothing to do with my job or my personal life and everything to do with one simple environmental factor. The sun is going down, and all it takes to make my stomach drop is one glance out the wind

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