• Russia: We may make sanctions compliance illegal

    Russia is confirming comments made by The Washington Post’s Carol Leonnig to Rachel Maddow saying U.S. isn’t planning to enact any more sanctions. That, however, doesn’t mean they’re exactly standing pat. Via TASS:
    A source within the Russian Foreign Ministry has verified the facts from an article in The Washington Post that cited the position of the administration of US President Donald Trump on sanctions against Russia.
    “I confirm the newspaper’s story,&rdqu
  • Rocket Man no more: North Korea suspending nuclear and ICBM testing

    There were hints that this could be coming but I didn’t expect it to happen so soon. North Korea has announced it will suspend it’s nuclear and missile testing as of Saturday. From USA Today:The Korean Central News Agency, which is North Korea’s state media agency, made the announcement as the reclusive nation’s leaders are in ongoing peace talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is also in negotiations to meet with Preside
  • Audio: How “John Barron” got Donald Trump on the Forbes 400 list of richest people

    Take five minutes at the end of the week and dive into this fascinating, lurid account by former Forbes reporter Jonathan Greenberg of Trump’s efforts to land himself on the earliest iterations of the Forbes 400. The highlight is a cameo from Trump’s old PR flack “John,” a man who sounds suspiciously like Trump himself yet whom no one has been able to locate or even identify despite his longtime connection to the most famous person in the world.
    The piece indicts Trump fo
  • Far left protesters target NRA lobbyists’ home

    The Washington Post has a story today about a handful of far-left gun control activists looking to up the ante by making their protests more personal. They’re doing that by protesting at the home of NRA lobbyist Chris Cox and also by targeting his wife’s interior design business.
    Last week, two gun control activists protested outside Cox’s Alexandria, Va., home and handed out fliers outside his wife’s nearby business.
    “Mr. and Mrs. Cox have been targeted over the pa
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  • New FAA reauthorization doesn’t privatize air traffic controllers

    The federal government is backing away from its plan to privatize air traffic controllers in its new FAA reauthorization bill. Via Roll Call.
    In a statement Wednesday, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster said the House would vote on an aviation bill that would reauthorize the FAA through fiscal 2023 as well as include provisions of a bill previously passed by the House that makes changes to Federal Emergency Management Administra
  • Watch an Ohio Racist Malfunction When Reporter Asks Which Side Won the Civil War

    History is no friend to racists appealing to nationalism.An Ohio man apparently decided his collection of lawn jockey ornaments wasn’t racist enough, so he placed afro wigs on them and set them among his Confederate flag displays.Louie Jones Jr. lives in the Lindale home with his father, and he said the display has been up for years without complaint, reported WXIX-TV.The lawn jockeys are joined by a black-faced figurine eating a slice of watermelon and a dark-skinned m
  • How religious are you and your region? Gallup knows

    You’ll never guess which United States regions are the most religious.
    OK, you figured it out: The Southwest part of the U.S. is the most religious with the Southeast not far behind, praise the Lord. I would have guessed the Southeast on top.
    As you might also have guessed, New England where the Puritans first settled is the least religious U.S. region followed closely by the Pacific coast. Everybody else is sort of in between and sort of religious here and there.
    These results come from a
  • Fox News' Laura Ingraham Is Being Sued for Allegedly Discriminating Against a Former Employee

    It's bad news for Ingraham, who recently faced an advertiser boycott. A former employee of Fox News' Laura Ingraham is suing the host for workplace discrimination, saying she was treated unfairly and wrongly terminated because she was pregnant.Karolina Wilson, who worked as Ingraham's personal assistant, told her story to the Washington Post.She says that she loved her job at Fox News, but Ingraham's behavior toward changed when Wilson got pregnant. According to the account she gave to the
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  • These Are the 7 Most Ridiculous Excuses Republicans Are Giving for Trump's Affair with Stormy Daniels

    Conservative supporters of the president have a wide array of unconvincing talking points.Donald Trump still denies having sex with Stormy Daniels.Almost everyone in the country has accepted that the “baby Christian” president had an affair with a porn star while his new wife was home caring for their infant son—but not the president.This has put the president’s defenders in a difficult position. They have to begin any discussion of the situation by stipulating
  • Union holding a no-confidence vote on Sheriff Scott Israel

    When last we checked in on Sheriff Scott Israel, he was avoiding the media and attending Democratic fundraisers. Even then, local news reporter Bob Norman was told by the Broward deputy and union chief Jeff Bell “We have not ruled out the possibility of a no-confidence vote.” Today, Brian Entin, another local reporter says the no-confidence vote is happening with the result expected next week:This is the first time this has ever happened in Broward County history. Results a
  • Today’s hot topics on Relevant Radio: The “great revolt” of 2016 and the governance disconnect; #MeToo and Humanae Vitae

    Once again, I get to step outside the box and guest host on Relevant Radio’s A Closer Look from 6-7 ET today! The Catholic talk-radio network is heard nationwide on the air after its merger with Immaculate Heart Radio, as well as online and through their free mobile app that plays live and podcast shows.
    Today’s Relevant Radio show includes:Salena Zito, reporter for the Washington Examiner and CNN, will discuss her upcoming book The Great Revolt, about the disconnect betwee
  • Big Banks Are Raking in Record Profits Thanks to Trump's Supposedly 'Middle-Class' Tax Cuts

    Republicans misled voters about what the bill would do. When President Donald Trump and the Republican Party pitched their bill to overhaul the American tax code, they promised voters that their plan was aa "middle-class tax relief." As the law goes into effect, though, most Americans are seeing little benefit, while the big banks are raking in record profits.According to new analysis by the Associated Press, six big Wall Street banks made an additional $3.59 billion dollars so far this yea
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  • Andrew McCabe’s lawyer: We might sue Trump for defamation

    He said this in the course of announcing the launch of the Andrew McCabe Legal Defense Fund, which I thought already existed. Surely McCabe won’t even need a defense fund once he lands that book deal he’s been shopping around for.
    Pitching the left to send him their money while he’s also saber-rattling about suing Trump is a pretty crafty pitch, though!
    And let’s face it. Watching a man who’s repeatedly called for loosening libel laws suddenly forced to shield himse
  • Should You Vote for a Third Party to Avoid the 'Lesser of Two Evils'? Robert Reich Says Not So Fast

    There are other ways to change the broken system.Are you happy with the electoral choices provided you by the two major parties? If not, should you vote for a third party candidate?Not so fast. Remember what happened in 2016, when Libertarian Gary Johnson got 3.2 percent of the popular vote and Green Party candidate Jill Stein got 1.06 percent. Enough votes that, had they gone to Hillary Clinton, she’d have won the Electoral College, and Donald Trump wouldn’t be in the White House.Oh
  • Trump Campaign Lashes Out at DNC Lawsuit Alleging Russian Collusion

    The committee has decided to take the claims about Trump's connections with Russia to court. After the Democratic National Committee announced a lawsuit Friday against WikiLeaks, the Russian government and President Donald Trump's campaign alleging a conspiracy, a spokesman for the Trump campaign dismissed the legal effort as a "scam."“This is a sham lawsuit about a bogus Russian collusion claim filed by a desperate, dysfunctional, and nearly insolvent Democratic Party," said Trump campaig
  • Ty Cobb: The Trump-Mueller interview negotiations are still on, you know

    For a few days, it appeared that the extraordinary raid on Michael Cohen’s offices had finally convinced Donald Trump that Robert Mueller means business. As Trump complained bitterly about attorney-client privilege being “dead,” reports emerged that the president had decided not to sit down for interviews with special-counsel prosecutors after all. With that in mind, Mueller’s team prepared for an end to at least the obstruction part of the probe by early summer.
    Not so f
  • Roger Stone Says Trump Treats Michael Cohen like 'Garbage'

    A new report shows that the president's attorney may have good reason to turn against him. Roger Stone said President Donald Trump treats his attorney Michael Cohen like "garbage," according to a new report from the New York Times. The report says that Cohen and Trump have a much more unpleasant relationship than one might assume, suggesting that the attorney may have good reason to turn on the president.Stone is not the only person making such claims. The Times  reporters said si
  • Kevin Williamson on his very brief stint at the Atlantic

    As you may have heard by now, long-time National Review regular Kevin Williamson was hired last month and then almost immediately fired by the Atlantic. Today, in a piece for the Wall Street Journal, Williamson describes how he predicted the outcome before it happened.
    In early March, I met up with Jeffrey Goldberg, the editor in chief of the Atlantic, at an event sponsored by the magazine at the South by Southwest conference in Austin. He had just hired me away from National Review, the venerab
  • Uh oh: DOJ probing Comey for including classified info in memos

    Trump’s spent the last year calling him a leaker but “leaker” is a term of art. It refers to someone who’s shared information they’re not entitled by law to share, i.e. classified information. Comey’s defense in handing off some of the memos he wrote about his meetings with Trump to a friend is that it’s not really a “leak” because the information in it isn’t classified. He was free to share it.
    But was he?
    This helps answer the questio
  • Sen. Chuck Schumer Is Introducing a Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana Nationwide

    The liberal legislator cited mass incarceration and racial injustice among the reasons. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has 4/20 plans to introduce a bill that would legalize marijuana nationwide! From NPR:Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., plans to introduce legislation on Friday to decriminalize marijuana on the federal level, adding a high-profile advocate in the effort to decriminalize, legalize and normalize marijuana use in America.Schumer's legislation would remove marijuana fro
  • Schumer: Let’s legalize marijuana because federalism is so awesome

    Chuck Schumer has other reasons than federalism for telling Vice News that he has changed his mind on legalizing marijuana at the federal level. It’s just that the others are more clearly believable. “Are you just doing this to piss Jeff Sessions off?” asks Shawna Thomas. “That would be a benefit,” Schumer replies with a laugh, “but I hadn’t thought about it.”
    More pointedly, Thomas asks whether this is just an election-year “ploy,” to
  • Conservative Pages Are Still Making Racist Russian Propaganda Posts Go Viral on Facebook

    The images include content from banned accounts. Conservative and pro-Trump Facebook pages, most affiliated with fake news websites, are recycling memes created by the Russian troll companies like the Internet Research Agency (IRA), which the social network has banned from its platform. Media Matters found 24 posts dating back to December 2017 from 11 right-wing pages that contained memes bearing watermarks from Russian troll-run social media accounts. Ten of these posts have
  • Comey to Trump in 2017: CNN is looking for a ‘news hook’ to reveal the Steele dossier

    A nice catch by Chuck Ross at the Daily Caller. In his recently revealed memo on a meeting with Trump in January 2017, then FBI Director James Comey told President-elect Trump that CNN was looking for a “news hook” so that it could publish salacious information contained in the Steele dossier. As it turned out, it was Comey’s mention of the dossier that became CNN’s hook to publish a story about it. And based on CNN’s story, Buzzfeed dumped the entire dossier in pub
  • Confederates Revolted at Michigan School After Black Student Snatched a White Kid's Racist Flag

    The school had to cancel classes following a threat. An ongoing demonstration of Confederate symbols outside a Michigan high school was apparently set off when a black girl snatched a flag from a white classmate’s pickup truck.Classes were canceled Thursday at Bay City Western High School over a threat, although school officials later said no credible evidence was turned up about the rumors, reported WNEM-TV.The demonstration started Tuesday, when six pickups waved Confederate flags o
  • Here's How the GOP Farm Bill Is an Unapologetic Assault on Public Health

    The boring-sounding bill is actually a massive testament to conservative corruption. The words "farm bill" are unsexy on the best of days. That's especially true in an era when every time you turn on the news there's another political scandal involving Russians, sex workers or both. But the farm bill that Republicans passed out of the House Agriculture Committee on Wednesday, with no Democratic votes, is yet another sign that the GOP's moral corruption extends far beyond Donald Trump. To many ob
  • How Denver's Mayor Plans to Use Legal Marijuana to Create Affordable Housing

    It's a solid blueprint for the rest of the country. In April 2016, when Attorney General Jeff Sessions was still merely a senator from Alabama, the politician made a declaration on marijuana:This drug is dangerous, you cannot play with it, it is not funny, it’s not something to laugh about... and to send that message with clarity that good people don’t smoke marijuana.As politically informed potheads throughout America honor Sessions by firing up a big one, i
  • What Greek Tragedy Can Teach Us About the Character of James Comey

    Tragedy gave audiences the opportunity to look at themselves and come clean about their humanity.Once upon a time, there was a prominent, powerful man in government who cared deeply about integrity and following the rules.He said, “You cannot know a man completely, his character, his principles, sense of judgment, not till he’s shown his colors … Experience, there’s the test.”Leaders have a sacred obligation to those they rule, he said.“As I see it, whoever &
  • Here we go: DNC sues Trump campaign, Russia, Wikileaks for conspiracy

    “Suing the president for winning is a great look for the Defenders of Democracy,” sniffs Seth Mandel. When Tocqueville wrote that most political questions in America eventually turn into judicial ones, he didn’t know the half of it.
    The best part of this is the many half-baked tweets and Facebook posts it’ll inspire among dumber members of the Resistance who think victory in court will mean that Hillary gets to become president. Don’t laugh. Stranger ideas have been
  • Hillary: “They were never going to let me be president”

    One day, when Americans of stout heart rise up and declare themselves free of it, the 2016 election will be over, but … today is not that day, friends. While the minutiae and meaning of Donald Trump’s campaign continue to get dissected, the other campaign gets some attention in a new book from reporter Amy Chozick titled Chasing Hillary: Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns, and One Intact Glass Ceiling.
    The Daily Beast’s Gideon Resnick excerpts several passages fro
  • Immaculately Restored Film Lets You Revisit Life in New York City in 1911

    Other than one or two of the world's supercentenarians, nobody remembers New York in 1911. Plenty of living historians and enthusiasts of the city have paid intensive attention to that booming time period when the city's population fast approached five million, but none experienced it first-hand. They, and we, can get no closer to it than watching the footage above, originally shot by a Swedish documentary team which set out to capture the most celebrated places in the world at the time, a list
  • Download an Archive of 16,000 Sound Effects from the BBC: A Fascinating History of the 20th Century in Sound

    I was crate digging at my local used vinyl emporium a little while ago and came across some sound effects records from the early ‘60s. Nothing amazing, until I checked the track list and noticed “Sounds of Football Match -- ‘Block that Kick!’”
    If you’re a Beatles fan like me, you’ll know what I suspected and then found to be true: I was holding the source of not just one, but several of the sound effects used in “Revolution 9” as well as the
  • Trump lawyer: Michael Cohen’s not going to go be someone’s wife in prison given the “racial overtone”

    A grim soundbite for more than one reason but I can’t help but laugh at his logic. Is the idea that Cohen might be okay with being a jailhouse “wife” if he could be sent to an all-white prison?
    Maybe POTUS could lean on the U.S. Attorney to make that happen for him, for old times’ sake.
    By the way, this is the same attorney who told the media yesterday that he thinks Cohen is destined to roll over on Trump — although he clarified in this interview with Erin Burnett
  • Is It Time to Admit the 'Grotesque Caricature' of White Evangelicals Is the Reality?

    There’s no doubt that evangelicalism seems to have an image problem, especially since its overwhelming alliance with Trump. This week dozens of prominent evangelical leaders gathered at conservative Wheaton College, in Wheaton, IL, to address the “grotesque caricature” of their faith in the Trump era. The organizer of the gathering, Doug Birdsall, told the Washington Post that under Trump’s leadership, the term “evangelical” has taken on to
  • Kind of Blue: How Miles Davis Changed Jazz

    Why is it, as Brian Gilmore writes at JazzTimes, that “even people who hardly listen to jazz adore this album”? Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue hardly needs an introduction. Many thousands of words have been written about its legendary composition and recording, about the extraordinary ensemble responsible for its existence—Davis, John Coltrane, “Cannonball” Adderley, Paul Chambers, Jimmy Cobb, and a young Bill Evans—and about the year of its release, 195
  • Rural Trump Voters Have Second Thoughts About Opposing Immigration After Recent ICE Raids Violate Their Christian Beliefs

    'You cannot be a true Christian if you ignore your neighbor in need.' Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) recently conducted a large-scale workplace raid in Bean Station, Tennessee, a rural community that overwhelmingly voted for President Donald Trump in 2016.However, many community members who backed Trump nonetheless found themselves disturbed at the way that ICE had gone about rounding up immigrant families -- and now they're rethinking their past hard-line stance on immigration.In a l
  • Beware on 4/20 and especially around 4:20

    This seems a little weird, but then I’m not a smoker. State police and public safety officials in Massachusetts — and automobile insurance representatives nationally — are urging drivers to remain alert and extra careful today, April 20, especially in the late afternoon.
    It sounds like an urban myth. But a recent study by the American Medical Association on driving and the growing use of marijuana found a 12 percent increase in automobile accidents on April 20 (4/20), sometimes
  • Why Marijuana Fans Should Not See Approval for Epilepsy Drug As a Win for Weed

    Healing, but no high?
    A Food and Drug Administration panel recommended approval of a drug made of cannabidiol on April 19 to treat two types of epilepsy. The FDA is expected to decide in June whether to accept the panel’s 13-0 recommendation to approve Epidiolex, which would would become the first drug made of cannabidiol, a compound in the cannabis plant, to gain approval from the FDA.While the panel’s unanimous decision is not binding, the action will no doubt heighten public debat
  • Are the Comey memos a bust?

    After a number of demands from Congress culminating in impeachment threats, the memos-to-file by James Comey from his conversations with Donald Trump are now public. Do they provide evidence of obstruction of justice, a smoking-gun moment that could lead to impeachment or prosecution? Not so much. In fact, Rod Rosenstein’s report that Trump has not become a target in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigations might make even more sense now.
    About the only real news that comes ou
  • Watch Choirs Around the World Simulate the Rainstorm in Toto’s “Africa” Using Only Their Hands

    The Los Angeles-based choir, Angel City Chorale, above, captured the Internet’s imagination in a big way with their 2013 cover of Toto’s 1982 hit, "Africa," in which the group’s 160 performers created a realistic-sounding thunderstorm using only their hands.
    Delightful! And more common than you may at first think.
    The Chorale acknowledges that they owe a great debt to Slovenian vocal group Perpetuum Jazzile’s thunderous 2008 rendition. Stagehands accustomed to creating cr
  • Singer Janelle Monae's Vagina Trousers: Pynk Is the New Black

    'Pynk' is emphatically not a peachy re-rendering of Western conceptions of white female beauty. When I settled down to write this article about Janelle Monae’s new music video “Pynk” and her famous vagina trousers, I was in a cafe – seated next to a collection of board games, some tired pot plants, and an art history book I’d never seen before. It was Feminine Beauty, by Kenneth Clarke.Back in the early nineties, when I was a student of fine art, I was lucky enough
  • Babies on the Senate floor proposal unanimously approved

    Who doesn’t like babies? Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) gave birth  April 9, 2018, to her second child, a girl named Maile Pearl, becoming the first woman in the U.S. Senate to give birth while in office. Duckworth proposed that the Senate rules be changed to allow babies on the Senate floor, considered a breach of decorum. She wants to be on maternity leave and work at the same time.
    Duckworth wants to vote during her maternity leave but the rules of the Senate require all votes be c
  • DC councilman’s visit to the Holocaust Museum goes … even worse than you’d think

    As an old philosopher (should have) said, “You can lead a horse’s ass to water but you can’t make him think.” Last month, Washington DC council member Trayon White made national headlines with his own philosophical musings on the weather … and the Jooooos.D.C. Council member Trayon White Sr. (D-Ward 8) posted the video to his official Facebook page at 7:21 a.m. as snow flurries were hitting the nation’s capital. The video, shot through the windshiel
  • Rudy Giuliani -- And a Few Hard Questions for James Comey

    Click here for reuse options!Did Comey ever investigate leaks from within the bureau to Giuliani? He's doing a lot of interviews. Someone should ask him.For months, the White House has insistently whined that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is persecuting the president. Echoed by right-wing propaganda media, that theme is now amplified in Donald Trump's tweeted blasts at former FBI director James Comey, whom he vilifies as a "liar and leaker."
           To anyone who remembe
  • Profs claim #cellphones are addictive, short-Circuiting our brains LOL

    Have you been feeling lonely recently? Yeh, me too. Must be the weather.
    Spending all that time being busy on my cell messaging, phoning, tweeting, posting, arguing, browsing, counting calories and footsteps and watching the cutest dog videos — there was one where this little Westie walks on his back legs and oh, sorry. When the phone vibrates, we know it’s time to leave for the dentist. But first it must tell us the weather and play one of our fave songs.
    You’d think with all
  • Party Before People: Republicans Keep Blocking Bills That Could Help Suffering Americans

    GOP senators have shot down bills on opioids and harassment — and the only possible reason is 2018 politics There are plenty of signs of the U.S. Senate’s immense dysfunction. But perhaps none was as alarming as seeing Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, standing as the only male Republican to side with every male Democratic senator in support of revised sexual harassment legislation on Capitol Hill. Cruz’s stance as the odd man out is hardly new: He has developed a reputation as
  • Here Are 13 Transformational Bills in Congress That Could Change America as We Know It

    Americans often miss the crucial issues that are also "on the ballot" in congressional elections. Editor's note: As of April 2018, there are three special elections for U.S. House seats and two special elections for U.S. Senate seats upcoming in 2018. Click here for a full list. Also, as of April, 68 state legislative special elections have been scheduled or held in 23 states. Click here for an updated list.We are so focused on political parties, and also on the personal
  • Lindsey Graham: I endorse Trump for the 2020 GOP nomination

    I’m flagging this just because I wanted to toss my two cents in about the CNN piece Ed blogged this morning, which is an insult to everyone’s intelligence.As to the 2020 presidential race, I believe President @realDonaldTrump will run for reelection and I intend to support him.https://t.co/vsExZ1XehG
    — Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) April 19, 2018That’s consistent with Grahamnesty’s approach to Trump since the 2016 primaries. He figured out early, as did his fore
  • If you like eating dogs, prepare for a ban

    In a speech one day during his long presidency, Barack Obama reminisced about his childhood, hearing the neighborhood call to prayer several times a day and eating food his mother prepared including dog.
    That was in Indonesia.
    Such a diet is culturally repulsive in a country whose citizens share their home, own foods and even beds with some 90 million dogs as pets and companions. Soon, eating them may also become illegal. An estimated 86 million pet cats also reside with Americans.
    An amendment
  • New Trump Aides Are Acting Like 'Mini Executives' and Blowing Past John Kelly

    The president is undermining his own chief of staff. Two of President Donald Trump’s newest additions to the West Wing are now bypassing White House chief of staff John Kelly and are being treated like “mini-executives” by the president.CNN reported Thursday that Trump’s new national security adviser John Bolton and economics czar Larry Kudlow report directly to the president and have “wide unilateral prerogative for their own areas of focus,” two senior
  • Trump Told Comey that Vladimir Putin Boasted About Having the 'Most Beautiful Hookers in the World': Memo

    Click here for reuse options!The new memos reveal Trump may have spoken to the Russian president back in 2013. President Donald Trump told former FBI Director James Comey that Russian President Vladimir Putin boasted of his country, "We have some of the most beautiful hookers in the world," according to newly released memos.Trump reportedly dismissed the idea that he had consorted with "prostitutes" while in Moscow at the Miss Universe in 2013, as is claimed in the opposition research document k

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