The Senate Protects Our Freedoms

By Scott Rasmussen Based upon census bureau projections, 69 percent of all Americans are projected to live in the 16 largest states. Given the uncertainties of predicting how people will live in an era of self-driving cars and other cultural changes, the precise numbers may be a bit off. But, it is certainly true that a handful of large states will hold the bulk of the population. That's the way it's always been and probably always will be. These states will dominate the House of Representatives. If they have 69 percent of the population, they will have roughly 69 percent ...
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Russian Bots vs. Media/Academia/Hollywood — Which Had a Bigger Impact on the Election?

By Larry Elder The indictment of a dozen Russian spies explained, in great detail, the extent of their interference in the 2016 election. Americans learned about the depth and extent of the Russian operation to interfere. That the Russian activity altered the outcome of the election to "make Trump win" has become an article of faith for many who still cannot fathom how Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton. This will persist as a subject of speculation in book after book, for a long time. What will be of less concern to the same researchers and writers is the far greater ...
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Rival networks see boost from Sinclair deal

Rival networks see boost from Sinclair deal’s likely demise

By Jason Schwartz Following the FCC's likely death-blow to Sinclair Broadcasting Group's $3.9 billion proposed merger with Tribune Media, there is at least one group of clear winners: rival conservative TV news outlets.Newsmax and its CEO, Chris Ruddy, lobbied particularly hard against the deal, both in the press and with the government, and One America News Network also actively opposed it. But if the Sinclair deal does go down, the biggest beneficiary will be Fox News and Rupert Murdoch, analysts and experts say. For months, Sinclair has been laying the groundwork to launch a block of conservative TV programming, likely ...
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Chance the Rapper releases 4 new songs, reveals he bought the news website Chicagoist

By Karen Han The rapper's acquisition of the Chicago news website is cause for cautious optimism. The trend of surprise music releases continues — and the latest one, from Chance the Rapper, comes with a particularly unexpected wrinkle. After debunking rumors that he would be dropping a full album this week, Chance dropped four new songs at midnight on Wednesday: “Work Out,” “Wala Cam,” “I Might Need Security,” and “65th & Ingleside.” All four tracks contain references to the rapper's Chicago background, including a call-out of Mayor Rahm Emanuel (“Rahm, you done, I'm expecting a resignation and open investigation on ...
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Foreign Service officers fear Trump may erode diplomatic immunity

Foreign Service officers fear Trump may erode diplomatic immunity

By Nahal Toosi The White House's suggestion that it may allow Russia to interrogate a former U.S. ambassador, among other Americans, has infuriated U.S. officials who fear such a move would badly undermine core legal protections offered to foreign service officers overseas. Although the Trump administration tried to backtrack on the issue Thursday, the anger exposed the ongoing tensions between the White House and U.S. diplomats. It also left some asking whether President Donald Trump and his top aides understood a basic pillar of international diplomacy. "I can't imagine who would accept an ambassadorial nomination in light of this betrayal," ...
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Elizabeth Warren wants answers about Trump’s “pathetic” response to the opioid epidemic

By German Lopez Eight months after the Trump administration declared a public health emergency over opioids, Warren is asking for real action. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) wants to know what, exactly, President Donald Trump is doing in response to the opioid epidemic. “Experts and observers have concluded that your efforts to address the opioid crisis are ‘pathetic' and ‘ambiguous promises' that are ‘falling far short of what is needed' and are ‘not ... addressing the epidemic with the urgency it demands,'” Warren wrote in a new letter to Trump. “I agree, and I urge you to move quickly to address ...
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Dani Rodrik recommends 3 books on the problems of globalism

By Emily Heller The economist appeared on The Ezra Klein Show to discuss Trump's trade war. Economist Dani Rodrik, a professor of international political economy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, has made critiques of financial globalism for years. He warned in his 1997 book Has Globalization Gone Too Far? that tensions around global trade would lead to greater divisions between the “winners” and “losers,” ideologies that have crystallized in Brexit and the election of Donald Trump. Rodrik appears on a bonus episode of The Ezra Klein Show this week to discuss his recent article on how to avoid ...
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Whoopi Goldberg Blows Up, Ends ‘The View’ Interview With Judge Jeanine: “Goodbye”

Whoopi Goldberg blew up on Judge Jeanine Pirro in an interview on 'The View' today. Goldberg cut her off, said "bye" and moved to commercial break after Pirro brought up victims of violence committed by illegal immigrants. "You know what's horrible?" Pirro asked Goldberg. "When people who shouldn't be here end up murdering the children of American citizens. What's horrible is we have sanctuary cities." "What is horrible is when the president of the United States whips up people to beat the hell out of people," Goldberg responded. "Say goodbye. I'm done," Goldberg said to wild applause as she ended ...
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Foreigners Boycott Trump's America

By Froma Harrop Are President Trump's threats and insults against our allies just an obnoxious negotiating tactic? It hardly matters, because they haven't worked. And it's worse than not working. Trump has turned "made in America" into consumer poison around the globe. Trump is not content to wage a simple war on trade, itself an economically ignorant endeavor. He feels compelled to also dump invective on the foreigners who buy our goods and services. Whether to entertain his base or to serve the interests of Vladimir Putin, the result is long-lasting damage to our producers. No discernable American interest... ...read ...
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Trump says he’s “not thrilled” by Federal Reserve interest rate hikes

By Matthew Yglesias A broken norm, but also a decent point. Speaking to CNBC's Joe Kernen, President Trump took the unusual step of criticizing the Federal Reserve Bank for its current trajectory of higher interest rates, saying he's “not thrilled” by the Fed's plans to raise interest rates. WATCH: President Trump lays into the Fed, telling CNBC that he's 'not thrilled' about interest rate hikes https://t.co/5JKBCYHe0g pic.twitter.com/0AJjOX7NbK— CNBC Now (@CNBCnow) July 19, 2018 Presidents working in the aftermath of the inflation of the 1970s have generally refrained from commenting in public about the Fed's management of the macroeconomy. During Barack ...
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The Coming Welfare Wars

By Robert J. Samuelson WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration may have declared it over, but a new War on Poverty is coming anyways. It will be fought largely over the "work requirement" -- should the government require welfare recipients either to get a job or to train for one? It's a philosophical as much as a practical question. A work requirement addresses a dilemma of all welfare programs. If you make eligibility and benefits too generous, you destroy the incentive to work. People will just collect their welfare checks. But if the program is too stingy and strict, many genuinely ...
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Rand Paul: Trump Derangement Syndrome Has Officially Come To The Senate

SEN. RAND PAUL (R-KY): Trump Derangement Syndrome has officially come to the Senate. The hatred for the President is so intense that partisans would rather risk war than give diplomacy a chance. Does anybody remember that Ronald Reagan sat down with Gorbachev and lessened the nuclear tensions? We need to still have those open talks. Nobody is saying or excusing Russia's meddling in our elections. Absolutely, we should protect the integrity of our elections. But simply bringing the hatred of the president to the Senate floor in order to say, 'We're done with diplomacy, we're going to add more sanctions ...
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Christians are calling for better family leave policies. That wasn’t always the case.

By Tara Isabella Burton A Christian think tank makes the case for better child care policies. A prominent Christian think tank has come out fiercely in favor of better family leave policies, defending federally mandated family leave policies on theological grounds. “Christian families can form themselves along a divine vision of work and family as holistic complements,” a report released Tuesday reads. “As citizens and culture-shapers, Christians should advocate for and develop policies and practices that protect, rather than fragment, family time.” The report, authored by Katelyn Beaty and Rachael Anderson of the Center for Public Justice, advocates for changes ...
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“Brooch warfare,” explained: what Queen Elizabeth’s jewels might be saying about Trump

By Aja Romano Are the queen's recent jewelry choices an anti-Trump code? Brooch watchers say yes. In a world where fashion increasingly doubles as a form of political statement or protest and the first lady's jacket choice is a partisan tinderbox, it's no surprise that a possible new example of fashion-based progressive idealism is making headlines. What is surprising is the source: Queen Elizabeth's jewelry. A viral twitter thread is suggesting her majesty may have been using her trademark brooches to send subtle messages repudiating the Trump administration and its policies during the president's much-discussed visit to London last week ...
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Kavanaugh Will Defend the Constitution, Uphold Rule of Law

By Ken Paxton A comical situation unfolded at the U.S. Supreme Court ahead of President Trump's nomination announcement earlier this month: Joined by VIPs of the progressive left, including Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, protesters loudly trumpeted their so-called “principled” opposition to the nominee. But because no one yet knew who would actually be nominated, the assembled crowd kept a handful of signs at the ready, each emblazoned with an exhortation to “Stop” a different person; some protesters with handwritten signs simply left one line blank, ready to insert... ...read more Read more here: Kavanaugh Will Defend the Constitution, Uphold ...
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NATO's Challenge Is Germany, Not America

By Victor Davis Hanson During the recent NATO summit meeting, a rumbustious Donald Trump tore off a thin scab of niceties to reveal a deep and old NATO wound -- one that has predated Trump by nearly 30 years and goes back to the end of the Cold War. In an era when the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact are now ancient history, everyone praises NATO as "indispensable" and "essential" to Western solidarity and European security. But few feel any need to explain how and why that could still be so. Does NATO still protect the West? Does it ...
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Donald Trump and the crisis of elite impunity

By Dylan Matthews The Russia scandal is about more than collusion. It's also about the corruption of America's elites. As seemingly every national political figure not already hopelessly in the tank for President Trump rushed Monday to denounce his disastrous press conference with Russian despot Vladimir Putin, few condemnations received as much attention as this one from former CIA Director John Brennan: Donald Trump's press conference performance in Helsinki rises to & exceeds the threshold of “high crimes & misdemeanors.” It was nothing short of treasonous. Not only were Trump's comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin ...
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Brett Kavanaugh confirmation tracker: where every senator stands on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee

By Alvin Chang The Democrats have an uphill battle. The odds are in favor of the US Senate confirming Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Most Republicans senators have quickly lined up behind Kavanaugh, who would surely swing the Court's ideology to the right. They have either endorsed him outright or heaped praise on Trump's nominee, while noting that they take their judicial confirmation responsibility seriously. Even moderates Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Susan Collins (R-ME) — the Republicans most likely on the fence — have spoken favorably of the Kavanaugh. ...read more Read more here: Brett Kavanaugh confirmation tracker: where ...
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Trump’s latest interview on Russia shows the profound crisis facing America

By Matthew Yglesias At best, Trump is frighteningly ignorant and naive. At worst, well ... Donald Trump finds himself in perhaps the worst political position of his presidency, dragged down by a disaster made entirely by his own actions and inability to conduct himself in a manner that is remotely acceptable given the high office he holds. In an effort to ameliorate the situation, Trump on Wednesday took the extraordinary-for-Trump (though normal for a normal president) step of sitting for a conventional interview with a non-propaganda television station, taking questions from CBS News's Jeff Glor. And while the performance narrowly ...
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Two Cheers for Democratic Socialists

By E.J. Dionne WASHINGTON -- "Socialism has known increments of success, basic failure and massive betrayal. Yet it is more relevant to the humane construction of the twenty-first century than any other idea." With those words, the late Michael Harrington began his book "Socialism," published in 1972. In his day, Harrington was often called "America's leading socialist." He was also one of the most decent voices in politics, a view shared not just by his friends but also by most of his critics. Harrington founded Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), which, in the often splintered politics of the left,... ...read ...
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Blindspotting is the rare buddy comedy that tackles social issues. It works.

By Alissa Wilkinson Blindspotting" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/8e3E28goIwG0lzAXHPPoFLbhc94=/204x0:1644x1080/1310x983/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/60419307/blindspotting1.0.jpeg">Hamilton's Daveed Diggs teamed up with lifelong friend Rafael Casal for a rhythmic, funny, earnest take on their native Oakland. Lots of genres lend themselves to socially conscious storytelling — from science fiction to dark comedy to horror to romance. But for the most part, the beloved buddy comedy isn't among them. The mix of slapstick, situational humor, and heartfelt affection (or sometimes winking homoeroticism) that usually powers the buddy comedy is best suited for lighthearted ruminations on the nature of friendship, often between men; it isn't typically deployed in the service of broader social commentary ...
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Gaetz to Facebook Policy Head: How Many Times Does A Page Have To Encourage Violence Against Republican Congressmen Before It Is Banned?

Rep. Matt Gaetz questions Monika Bickert, head of global policy management for Facebook, about why a Facebook account called "Milkshakes Against The Republican Party" has not been banned after making multiple posts calling for the assassination of Republican congressmen. "I brought it to your attention when I e-mailed it to you. And then, I brought it to your attention when I went to Facebook with Mr. Ratcliffe. We went to California. We went to your corporate headquarters," Gaetz said about the posts. "I showed these posts to your executives. And the response I got from your executives is, well, we ...
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Russian hacker indictments reopen old wounds between Clinton and Sanders supporters

By Ella Nilsen But they're starting to unite against a common enemy: Trump and Republicans. When leaked Democratic National Committee emails dropped during the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, they hit like a bomb. The convention was supposed to be the moment of unity after a bitterly competitive primary between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. But the hacked emails, showing that DNC officials who were supposed to be neutral were privately belittling Sanders and his campaign, came out on the very first night. At an event with the Florida delegation, Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz was booed ...
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Trump Talks Tougher, Says He Warned Putin on Meddling

By Lisa Mascaro & Ken Thomas & Zeke Miller WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump spent a second day Wednesday managing the political fallout from his widely criticized meeting with Russia's Vladimir Putin, shifting stances and mopping up what the White House said were misstatements. His toughness with the longtime American foe in question, Trump said he told the Russian president face-to-face during Monday's summit to stay out of America's elections “and that's the way it's going to be.” That rhetoric marked a turnabout from Trump's first, upbeat description of his sit-down with... ...read more Read more here: Trump Talks ...
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A bipartisan team of senators is trying to stop Trump’s trade agenda

By Tara Golshan Trump has threatened tariffs on foreign cars. Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Doug Jones (D-AL) say they have a bill to stop it. President Donald Trump's trade agenda is growing more and more unpopular on Capitol Hill. On Wednesday, Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Democrat Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL) announced a bipartisan bill aimed at stopping Trump from imposing unilateral trade restrictions on foreign automakers. “These tariffs are dangerous,” Alexander said on the Senate floor. “They make what we buy and sell more expensive. The laws of economics usually means that when you make what you ...
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Trump's Diagnosis for Critics: 'Trump Derangement Syndrome'

By Anne Flaherty WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and his supporters have a new buzz phrase to diagnose his critics: “Trump Derangement Syndrome.” The term is supposed to describe voters who are so angry and opposed to the U.S. president that they are incapable of seeing any good in what he does. “TDS” has popped up on Fox News in recent weeks and was cited by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., in interviews this week before being used by the president himself on Twitter on Wednesday. His tweet: “Some people HATE the fact that I got along well with President ...
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A historian surveys the wreckage of the Trump-Putin summit

By Christopher Shea Michael Kimmage argues for reengagement with Russia, and had written about his high hopes for Helsinki. Then Trump started talking. Here's a headline that hasn't aged so well: “The Surprising Promise of the Trump-Putin Summit.” In Foreign Affairs, a mere week ago, the historian and former diplomat Michael Kimmage made the case that the real action at the Helsinki meeting would quite likely occur behind the scenes, in unglamorous conversations among mid-level diplomats, who would begin much-needed exchanges about thorny issues including Ukraine and Syria. Then Trump stepped up to the mike. In a now-infamous press conference, ...
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POLITICO Playbook: Will the White House hand over a former U.S. ambassador to Putin?

POLITICO Playbook: Will the White House hand over a former U.S. ambassador to Putin?

By daniel@politico.com (Daniel Lippman) SOMETHING TO WATCH … THE NEXT BIG THING: NYT'S MAGGIE HABERMAN had an exchange with SARAH HUCKABEE SANDERS at yesterday's press briefing on a topic that is going to get a lot of attention going forward.HABERMAN: “Russian authorities yesterday named several Americans who they want to question, who they claim were involved in Bill Browder's ‘crimes,' in their terms, including a former ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul. Does President Trump support that idea? Is he open to having U.S. officials questioned by Russia?”SANDERS: “The president is going to meet with his team, and we'll let you ...
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CNN’s Philip Mudd: When Will A “Shadow Government” Challenge Trump?

CNN counterterrorism analyst Philip Mudd calls for a "shadow government" in an interview with Anderson Cooper on Monday. ANDERSON COOPER, CNN HOST: I want to bring in Susan Glasser, CNN global affairs analyst and Philip Mudd, CNN former counter-terrorism analyst, former CIA and FBI official. Senator McCain saying most disgraceful display essentially by an American President on the world stage. Phil, do you agree with that? PHILIP MUDD, CNN FORMER COUNTER-TERRORISM ANALYST, FORMER CIA AND FBI OFFICIAL: I do. I think you have to step back a short time after this and say what next? You have seen senators come ...
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Mueller lists pic of putting green, Yankees’ tickets as possible Manafort trial evidence

Mueller lists pic of putting green, Yankees’ tickets as possible Manafort trial evidence

By dsamuelsohn@politico.com (Darren Samuelsohn) Special counsel Robert Mueller released an itemized list Wednesday night detailing well over 500 pieces of evidence that his prosecutors are considering presenting during their upcoming criminal trial of former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.To make its case that Manafort committed bank and tax fraud, the lead Russia investigator signaled his intention to share with a Northern Virginia jury photographs of a putting green at the longtime GOP operative's Long Island home, New York Yankees season ticket licensing agreements and reams of material related to Manafort's lobbying work on behalf of the pro-Kremlin Ukrainian government ...
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