Making America Meaner

by Robert Reich Last Wednesday, on the eve of his election to the House of Representatives, Montana Republican Greg Gianforte beat up Ben Jacobs, a reporter for the “Guardian” newspaper. What prompted the violence? Jacobs... Read More

American Voters Believe Trump is Abusing Powers of His Office | Quinnipiac University

American voters believe 54 – 43 percent that President Donald Trump is abusing the powers of his office, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today. President Trump gets a negative 37 – 55... Read More

Donald Trump’s Base Is Shrinking

A widely held tenet of the current conventional wisdom is that while President Trump might not be popular overall, he has a high floor on his support. Trump’s sizable and enthusiastic base — perhaps 35... Read More

Texas sheriff blames Manchester bombing on lack of guns: ‘This is what happens when you disarm citizens’

A sheriff in Texas has come under fire after he linked the bombing of a concert in Manchester, England to the country’s tough gun laws. Following the Monday night attack that killed 22 people, Denton... Read More

‘That’s all he wanted’: Devout Catholic Sean Spicer gets cut from Trump’s visit with Pope Francis

In what some are taking as an ominous sign regarding his job security, President Donald Trump’s White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was not asked to attend Wednesday’s meeting between the president’s delegation and Pope... Read More
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Trump Administration Says It Isn’t Anti-Science As It Seeks to Slash EPA Science Office

The Office of Research and Development has been at frontlines of virtually every environmental crisis. Trump wants to cut its funding in half. by Lisa Song ProPublica When the city of Toledo temporarily lost access... Read More

‘Pope looks like he’s being held against his will’: The internet goes nuts over Trump’s weird Vatican photos

President Donald Trump and some of his family members met Pope Francis — and social media users couldn’t help but notice the Holy Father didn’t look too happy about it. Trump appeared grinning in photos... Read More

Here are the 15 most heartless proposals in Trump’s absurd budget

ongtime federal budget experts quickly slammed the White House’s proposed 2018 budget on Tuesday. Its $1.4 trillion in cuts over the next decade would endanger tens of millions of households, especially the poor and vulnerable, while rewarding... Read More
WATCH: Robert Reich rips into conservative over his ‘specious’ math on Trumpcare

WATCH: Robert Reich rips into conservative over his ‘specious’ math on Trumpcare

“The Trump administration has done everything they possibly can to undermine the affordable care act,” Reich retorted as Moore shook his head and mirthlessly laughed. “I predict that if we were to stay in Obamacare,... Read More
‘Worth fighting for’: Watch Sally Yates tell Harvard Law grads why she stood up to Trump

‘Worth fighting for’: Watch Sally Yates tell Harvard Law grads why she stood up to Trump

Sally Yates, the heroic former acting attorney general who took on Donald Trump’s immigration executive order, spoke at her alma mater Harvard University on Wednesday, telling 2017 graduates her decision to go against the administration’s... Read More

A Smarter Way to Interpret 2017’s Special Elections

The results of individual special elections, like Thursday’s in Montana between Democrat Rob Quist and Republican Greg Gianforte, can’t always foretell what will happen in the next high-stakes midterm. Each district presents its own unique... Read More

How a dubious Russian document influenced the FBI’s handling of the Clinton probe – The Washington Post

A secret document that officials say played a key role in then-FBI Director James B. Comey’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation has long been viewed within the FBI as unreliable and possibly a... Read More

Montana GOP Congressional Candidate Cited With Misdemeanor Assault of Reporter – NBC News

A Montana sheriff has issued a citation for misdemeanor assault against Republican U.S. House candidate Greg Gianforte after a newspaper reporter said the politician “body slammed” him, an account that was backed up by witnesses.... Read More

Over 50 and Looking for a Job? We Want to Hear From You

We know American employers don’t always treat older workers fairly. We need your help figuring out what that looks like. by Peter Gosselin ProPublica (We are gathering stories as well for a book by our... Read More
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UK police ‘stop passing information to US’ over leaks of key evidence

#Police hunting the terror network behind the Manchester Arena bombing have stopped passing information to the US on the investigation as a major transatlantic row erupts over leaks of key evidence in the US, according... Read More
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A Top Mar-A-Lago Employee Is Quietly Doing Government Work For Trump’s Foreign Trip

A top Mar-a-Lago employee is also working for the government to help prepare for President Trump’s visit to Taormina, Italy, for the G-7 Summit — an unconventional arrangement that further blurs the line between the... Read More

DOJ: AG Sessions did not disclose meetings with Russian officials

Washington (#CNN)Attorney General Jeff Sessions did not disclose meetings he had last year with Russian officials when he applied for his security clearance, the Justice Department told CNN Wednesday. Sessions, who met with Russian Ambassador... Read More

Could Trump issue himself a pardon?

Shortly before the 2016 presidential election, an interesting constitutional thought experiment emerged: If #Hillary Clinton did deserve to be locked up, in the eloquent articulation of Donald Trump supporters, could she use the power of the... Read More

Trump’s SoHo hotel plans big layoffs after corporate bookings plummet by more than half

President Donald Trump’s hotel in SoHo is planning a big round of layoffs due to a massive drop off in bookings since the 2016 presidential election. WNYC reports that Trump SoHo in lower Manhattan is... Read More

Uninsured ranks still to grow by tens of millions under latest House health-care bill, CBO says

Health-care legislation adopted by #House Republicans earlier this month would leave 23 million more Americans uninsured by 2026 than under current law, the #Congressional Budget Office projected Wednesday — only a million fewer than the estimate... Read More

Trump tells Duterte of two U.S. nuclear subs in Korean waters

U.S. President Donald Trump told his Philippine counterpart that Washington has sent two nuclear #submarines to waters off the Korean peninsula, the New York Times said, comments likely to raise questions about his handling of... Read More
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GOP summer of scandal

by Brent Budowsky With midterm elections approaching and President Trump plagued by unprecedented disapproval, my thoughts turn to Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), who spent recent years spearheading a House Republican inquisition of Hillary Clinton and... Read More
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‘I still feel raw’: nurse tells of treating Manchester bombing victims

Joe O’Brien is a senior sister in the surgical department of Stepping Hill hospital in Stockport, where six of the 59 injured in the Manchester bombing were treated. On Monday, I worked from 8am until... Read More

Jeff Sessions May Be Tough On Crime, But States Want Fewer Prisoners

Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s tough-on-crime policies are drawing criticism from civil rights groups and lawmakers. But his efforts also face an additional, perhaps more significant roadblock: state governments. Many have taken big steps away from... Read More

Pope Francis presents Trump with a ‘politically loaded gift’: His encyclical on climate change – The Washington Post

VATICAN CITY — On Wednesday, Pope Francis appeared to make his point with a gift. During an initially awkward meeting in Vatican City, Francis presented President #Trump with a signed copy of “Laudato Si” —... Read More
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While You Were Watching Trump, The Democratic Party Changed

Donald Trump has already changed the Democratic Party more than his own Republican Party. While the president has merely reduced his own party into a panicked mess, the Democrats’ trajectory seems to have moved subtly... Read More

Trump used to be more articulate. What could explain the change?

It was the kind of utterance that makes professional transcribers question their career choice: “ … there is no collusion between certainly myself and my campaign, but I can always speak for myself — and... Read More

GOP Senator Slams His Party’s Process For Crafting Health Care Bill

Former President Theodore Roosevelt champions national health insurance as he unsuccessfully tries to ride his progressive Bull Moose Party back to the White House. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)   Sen. #Bob Corker (R-Tenn.)... Read More

Justice Department ethics experts clear Mueller to lead Russia probe

Justice Department ethics experts have concluded that newly appointed special counsel Robert S. Mueller III can oversee the investigation into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin during the 2016 presidential election —... Read More

Trump’s Cruel and Deviant Budget

by Robert Reich For years, conservatives warned that liberals were “defining deviancy downward.” They said that by tolerating bad social behavior, liberals in effect lowered what was deemed acceptable behavior overall – allowing social norms... Read More