January 2018 archive

Stormy Daniels Implies New Statement Denying Affair with Trump Is a Fraud

“That doesn’t look like my signature.” Adult film actress Stormy Daniels allegedly denied having a sexual relationship with President Donald Trump more than a decade ago — but she suggested to talk show host Jimmy Kimmel that she didn’t write that statement. The porn actress appeared Tuesday night on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” shortly after …

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Open thread for night owls: Red states slash the safety net while blue states fight back

As someone who has for decades viewed the possibility of a bright future for the Democratic Party as depending on an a dedicated coast-to-coast effort to restore and strengthen state parties so they can—among other things—experiment with innovative policies that have potential for nationwide adoption, stories like the one below excerpted from The Nation give …

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Why Is Facebook Promoting a Deranged Alex Jones Conspiracy Theory?

Mark Zuckerberg has some more explaining to do. On January 30, one of Facebook’s Trending topics was the news of a vote by the House intelligence committee to release a memo written by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) that House Republicans claim shows the Justice Department and the FBI “misus[ed] their authority to obtain a secret surveillance order on a …

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Just what our ridiculously expensive healthcare system does not need: More corporate intervention

Campaign Action The best you could say about this announcement from three ridiculously rich CEOs of three insanely wealthy corporations that they’re getting into the health insurance business is “it’s the thought that counts.” Maybe? Amazon is diving into health care, teaming up with Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway and the New York bank JPMorgan Chase, …

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The Real State of the Union: America Has a Huge Political Vacuum

Click here for reuse options! Trump's debut SOTU speech and critics' responses highlight a growing void in the political landscape. Has there ever been a more predictable and less meaningful State of the Union speech than President Trump’s debut performance on Tuesday night? What will Trump say that Americans haven't already heard or already know, …

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‘Extraordinary success’: Trump lauds first year at State of the Union – video

In his first address, the US president  says his administration embarked on a ‘righteous mission’ to ‘make America great again for all Americans’. Reflecting on the past year, Donald Trump says: ‘We have endured floods and fires and storms, but through it all we have seen the beauty of America’s soul and the steel in …

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New Jersey governor to create office to assist immigrants facing deportation with legal aid

Following Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) sweeps that resulted in the arrests of two New Jersey dads while a third fled to sanctuary, Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy has told community groups that he is committed to the creation of an Office of Immigration Protection, which could help undocumented immigrants facing arrest and deportation with legal representation: …

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Why Trump’s State of the Union Was Even More Fascist Than You Realize

A historian dissects the most disturbing anecdote from the president's speech. President Donald Trump praised a New Mexico police officer in his State of the Union address for adopting a heroin addict’s baby — but a historian noticed some disturbing parallels in the anecdote. The president highlighted Albuquerque police officer Ryan Holets, who while on duty in …

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Trump pays tribute to first responders in State of the Union address – video

The US president recognizes several public servants during his State of the Union address, including a US Coast Guard pilot who helped rescue victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston and a firefighter who helped save children from a summer camp threatened by wildfires in California. He also praises wounded Louisiana congressman Steve Scalise, who returned to …

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Industry groups band together to demand Congress fund community health centers

It’s been 123 days since the Republican congress decided to take sick people hostage, and allowed funding for community health centers and the Children’s Health Insurance Program to lapse. The CHIP kids have finally been taken care of, or at least the ones whose families don’t rely on community health centers for their care. Because …

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