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What Should We Fight For?

By Patrick Buchanan "We will never accept Russia's occupation and attempted annexation of Crimea," declaimed Rex Tillerson last week in Vienna. "Crimea-related sanctions will remain in place until Russia returns full control of the peninsula to Ukraine." Tillerson's principled rejection of the seizure of land by military force -- "never accept" -- came just one day after President Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital and pledged to move our embassy there. How did Israel gain title to East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Golan Heights? Invasion, occupation, colonization, annexation. Those lands are the... ...read more Read more here: What Should ...
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Roy Moore Spokesman: Muslims Can’t Hold Elected Office in US Because “You Have To Swear On A Bible”

In a CNN interview where he said that Roy Moore "probably" believes homosexuality should be illegal, campaign spokesman Ted Crockett learns a civics lesson from Jake Tapper. JAKE TAPPER, CNN: Judge Moore has said that he doesn't think a Muslim member of Congress should be allowed to be in Congress. Why? Under what part of the Constitution? TED CROCKETT: Because you have to sweat on the Bible. When you are before -- I had to do it, I'm an elected official three terms. You have to swear on a Bible to be an elected official in the United States of ...
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“They’re not on the same team”: why Trump’s lawyers keep clashing over the Russia probe

By Alex Ward Here's a simple guide to the various lawyers representing President Trump. President Donald Trump's lawyers have spent the past few weeks making conflicting statements about how they would defend against special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into possible Trump-Russia ties, causing many to wonder just who is actually in charge of representing the president. Here's just one example: After reports suggesting Trump fired FBI Director James Comey because he wouldn't end the Trump-Russia probe, Trump's top personal lawyer, John Dowd, made a controversial claim that the president cannot obstruct justice. Why? Because Trump is the president and is ...
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Moore Campaign Spokesman: Roy Moore “Probably” Believes Homosexuality Should Be Illegal

On the evening of the Alabama special election, CNN's Jake Tapper spared with Roy Moore spokesman Ted Crockett about the Republican Senate candidate's views on gay marriage. After playing a clip of Moore saying that homosexual conduct should be illegal in 2005, the CNN host asked the campaign spokesman if those are still the candidate's views. "Probably," Crockett replied. He declined to say what the punishment would be. "It is just a sin, it is what my Bible tells me. Old Testament and the New Testament! That's what this is about." "You people want to take the whole 2,000 or ...
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Simeon Booker, a Courageous and Persistent Advocate of Truth

Simeon Booker, a Courageous and Persistent Advocate of Truth

By Eugene Robinson WASHINGTON -- The great Simeon Booker, one of the bravest journalists of our time, faced dangers far worse than a petulant president's social media feed. Booker refused to be cowed -- and ultimately helped change the nation. His life's work should be a lesson to us all about the power of truth to vanquish evil. Booker died Sunday at 99. At the height of his career, few could have imagined he would live so long. As Washington bureau chief for the Chicago-based Johnson Publications, publisher of the newsweekly Jet and the monthly magazine Ebony, Booker went to ...
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Trump's Chief of Staff Is on Alert for 'Contraband Newsprint' and Other Hijinks

By Richard Cohen NEW YORK -- In August, Donald Trump asked for a certain newspaper clipping, thus throwing the White House went into the Trump version of DEFCON 2. Chief of Staff John F. Kelly dispatched two aides to investigate how the clipping had gotten to the president without being "cleared." These aides, anonymous but clearly brave, determined that Keith Schiller, a former New York City cop and Trump's longtime body man, had slipped the "contraband newsprint" to the commander in chief. Soon, Schiller was gone from the White House. Kelly, a former Marine general but an American Sniper at ...
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Chuck Todd: Moore Victory Good For Trump-Bannon, Loss A “Bullet Dodged” For GOP In Long Term

NBC's Chuck Todd said Tuesday a Roy Moore loss would be a "bullet dodged" for the Republican party in the long term. He called the Senate race part of the "fight for the soul" of the GOP and a victory is a win for the Bannon wing and a loss for the Marco Rubios of the party. Todd's commentary on the Alabama U.S. Senate race: CHUCK TODD: This is part of this fight for the soul of what the Republican party is. Is the Republican party, looking backwards or going forwards here? I would look at as it's as if ...
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Senate Dems warn GOP against increasing defense spending without domestic boost

Senate Dems warn GOP against increasing defense spending without domestic boost

By eschor@politico.com (Elana Schor) All but four of the Senate's 48 Democrats on Tuesday warned congressional GOP leaders against pursuing a government funding plan that would boost defense spending for the rest of the fiscal year while leaving domestic priorities at current levels.In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), 44 Democratic senators urged the Republican leaders to "keep your commitment to the bipartisan budget negotiations and forego any plans to consider partisan legislation" that would lift budget caps for the Pentagon while leaving domestic programs static.Some Senate Democrats began pushing back last ...
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‘Special Report Panel’: Why Alabama Race Is A Test For Republicans, Trump Sexual Misconduct Accusers

Charlie Hurt, Katie Pavlich, and Charles Lane discuss with host Bret Baier. ...read more Read more here: 'Special Report Panel': Why Alabama Race Is A Test For Republicans, Trump Sexual Misconduct Accusers ...
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House Democratic Women’s Working Group Calls For Investigation Into President Trump Abuse Allegations

Several Democratic members of the House of Representatives hold a news briefing regarding sexual misconduct allegations against President Trump. Rep. Lois Frankel, the chair of the working group, said about their goals: "The Oversight Committee has very broad jurisdiction -- I don't have to remind everybody of the Whitewater investigation many years ago, when President Clinton was investigated for matters outside his presidency." "The #MeToo moment has arrived," she also said. "Sexual abuse will not be tolerated. Whether it is by a Hollywod producer, the chef at a restaurant, a member of Congress, or the president of the United States ...
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Watch Live: WH Press Briefing With Sarah Sanders (Dec. 12)

WH press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will emerge around 2:00 pm EST on Tuesday to take questions from the press corps. Highlights from yesterday's briefing below: ...read more Read more here: Watch Live: WH Press Briefing With Sarah Sanders (Dec. 12) ...
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Flashback: As Congressman, Scarborough Backed Judge Roy Moore’s Fight For 10 Commandments

Then-Congressman Joe Scarborough (R-FL) on the House floor, March 3, 1997. ...read more Read more here: Flashback: As Congressman, Scarborough Backed Judge Roy Moore's Fight For 10 Commandments ...
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What Roy Moore actually believes about policy

By Dylan Scott On health care, abortion, immigration, and more. If Roy Moore is elected to the Senate on Tuesday, he'll enter office under a cloud of credible sexual accusations, facing the suggestion by some of his peers that he should be expelled from the chamber and carrying his promise to the Alabama voters that he would stand up to Republican leaders. But then he'll have to start taking real votes that will actually change federal policy. As one of the 52 Republican senators, Moore would have outsized power to shape the Republican agenda. Obamacare repeal and tax reform have ...
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'Darkest Hour' Proves That History Can Hinge on a Single Leader

By Michael Gerson WASHINGTON -- The Winston Churchill biopic "Darkest Hour" is a movie that should be seen, but not entirely believed. Gary Oldman's alternately fierce and vulnerable Churchill is a triumph of both acting and the cosmetician's art. Just hearing him deliver snippets of Churchill's speeches is worth the ticket price. (Am I the only one who tears up at the words "We shall fight on the beaches"? My wife: "Probably.") But the central conceit of the film -- that a deflated, defeated Churchill required bucking up by average Brits -- is a fiction. Very nearly the opposite was ...
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Scrooges, ranked

By Todd VanDerWerff 15 takes on A Christmas Carol's main character, ranked from Jim Carrey to Mr. Magoo. Few fictional characters have been portrayed onscreen as often as Ebenezer Scrooge, the hero and villain of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol. Really, the list comes down to Scrooge, Dracula, and Sherlock Holmes, all British literary characters who've been warped and twisted in all directions to fit whatever context a given narrative demands. IMDB lists 135 separate instances of someone playing Scrooge in one work or another — and that's to say nothing of characters who are clearly riffs on Scrooge, or ...
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Trump Signs National Defense Authorization Act: We Need Military To Be “Perfecto”

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Thank you very much. Mr. Vice President, Secretary Mattis, General Dunford, senior military leaders, and distinguished guests, thank you all for being here as we prepare to sign something that is extremely important: the National Defense Authorization Act. We're signing it into law. This historic legislation demonstrates our unwavering commitment to our men and women in uniform -- the greatest fighting force in the history of the world. And we're making it a lot better than even that. Before we begin, I want to address the terrorist attack that took place yesterday in New York City, and ...
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Crying Kimmel Holds Baby Son On Show: CHIP Has Become A “Bargaining Chip”

From ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live description: Jimmy's baby Billy had his second open heart surgery last week so Jimmy had guest hosts fill in for him while he was out. Thankfully the surgery was a success and Jimmy returned to the show tonight with Billy in tow to show everyone how well he is doing. Jimmy thanks the bright and talented doctors and nurses at Children's Hospital LA. He has to have one more surgery when he is around six years old and then he is good to go. However, the fight is not over for millions of children whose ...
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Whom Do We Thank for Today's Strong Economy?

By Froma Harrop A president deserves partial credit for a strong economy. The current economic numbers are good, so to the extent that gratitude is due, let us offer it. Thank you, President Obama. The economic gauges have been improving steadily for the eight years of the current recovery. Barack Obama was president for seven of them. As the first year of the Donald Trump presidency draws to a close, the economy's growth has continued -- but it has not accelerated in a meaningful way. In the world as presented by the tweetmaster himself, Trump has already delivered on the ...
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Robert Mueller is looking into 3 big questions about Trump and Flynn’s firing

By Andrew Prokop And they relate to what, exactly, Donald Trump knew about Flynn's actions. The White House narrative about why former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was fired has long had some curious holes — and special counsel Robert Mueller's team is stepping up his efforts to fill them in. NBC News's Carol Lee and Julia Ainsley reported Monday that Mueller's team has asked several current or former White House staffers “to go through each day that Flynn remained as national security adviser and describe in detail what they knew was happening inside the White House as it related ...
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Study: austerity helped the Nazis come to power

By Dylan Matthews In 1930, the German government embarked on massive tax hikes and spending cuts. Thousands of historians, economists, sociologists, and other researchers have spent more than 80 years trying to make sense of the Nazi Party's sudden rise to power. The standard explanation is that German voters flocked to the party in Germany in 1932 and 1933 in response to the pain of the Great Depression, which conventional parties proved unable to end. But others have sought to explain Hitler's coup, in whole or in part, by reference to German culture's obsession with order and authority, to centuries ...
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Give the Gift of Coordinated Care to Dialysis Patients

Give the Gift of Coordinated Care to Dialysis Patients

By Allen R. Nissenson, MD, FACP The holiday season is a time for reflection and a time for giving. We should reflect on the things we are thankful for, and on what we have done to improve the lives of those around us. We should push ourselves to give more to our families, our friends, and our communities. As the Chief Medical Officer for DaVita Kidney Care, a leading provider of kidney care in the United States that serves nearly 200,000 patients with kidney failure, I am thankful for the opportunity to improve the lives of those living with End ...
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Alabama Impact; Moderates Wanted; Disaster Spending; Father Flanagan

Alabama Impact; Moderates Wanted; Disaster Spending; Father Flanagan

By Carl M. Cannon Good morning, it's Tuesday, December 12, 2017. Exactly 100 years ago today, an Irish immigrant living in Omaha, Nebraska borrowed $90 to rent a house at the corner of Dodge and 25th Streets. The man's name was Edward J. Flanagan and he was a Catholic cleric. The drafty Victorian home was to be a sanctuary for wayward or neglected children. The priest called it Father Flanagan's Home for Boys. It met a pressing need, which Flanagan knew to be the case from his work among Omaha's homeless. The house was quickly filled with six boys in ...
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Is the Senate Ethics Committee equipped to investigate Roy Moore?

By Tara Golshan Whether to investigate Roy Moore in the Senate is both a political question and a constitutional one. If Roy Moore is elected to the Senate, Republicans are promising the unprecedented. The former Alabama State Supreme Court judge, accused of pursuing and dating underage girls while in his 30s, could face an ethics investigation as soon as he's sworn in. “If he wins, we have to seat him,” Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) told NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday. “Then there will immediately be an ethics investigation.” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said the same — adding ...
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Robert Lighthizer may be the most powerful Trump official you’ve never heard of

By Zeeshan Aleem Trump's US trade representative thinks like him — and he also knows what he's doing. President Donald Trump has packed his administration with retired businessmen struggling to adjust to the ways of Washington, family members juggling policy portfolios they have no background in, and aides willing to anonymously savage each other, and the president, in the press. Then there's US Trade Rep. Robert Lighthizer. As America's top trade official, Lighthizer has emerged as a surprisingly effective and powerful player in the administration's internal debates and policy-making on issues ranging from the future of NAFTA to America's economic ...
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It’s time for Congress to hold hearings on the Trump sexual assault claims

By Matthew Yglesias There's more to oversight than Russia investigations. As the #MeToo moment sweeps through American life, deposing prominent journalists, film stars, Hollywood producers, celebrity chefs, and members of Congress, it's getting harder to look away from the elephant in the Oval Office: Donald Trump. While Trump's misconduct in this regard is often shorthanded with references to the infamous Access Hollywood tape in which he was recorded telling a casual acquaintance that he likes to grope women, the actual charges against him are far more serious than crude talk. More than a dozen women have told stories of Trump ...
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This is why evangelicals love Trump’s Israel policy

By Sean Illing Hint: It has to do with burning lakes of fire. President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital last week made little sense to most Middle East experts. His own national security team opposed the decision. But for many white evangelical Christians, 81 percent of whom voted for Trump, it was great news. According to a recent poll released by the Brookings Institution, 53 percent of American evangelicals supported Trump's decision, while only 40 percent opposed it. (Sixty-three percent of all Americans opposed the decision.) To understand why evangelicals are so enthusiastic about this move, I reached ...
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The Republican Party’s reality problem — and ours

By Ezra Klein It's not just Donald Trump and Roy Moore. It's Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, and Susan Collins. In Alabama, 71 percent of Republicans say they believe the allegations against Roy Moore are fabricated. In Washington, President Donald Trump believes he “won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally” (he didn't), that he had “the biggest Electoral College win since Ronald Reagan” (nope), that his inauguration crowds were the largest ever (they weren't), and that virtually any information he dislikes is “FAKE NEWS!” It's comforting to imagine this denialism as a particular affliction ...
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What to expect in the Alabama Senate election

By Jen Kirby Doug Jones and Roy Moore square off in a chaotic special election with national consequences. What should have been a sleepy, special election to fill now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions's Alabama Senate seat turned into a chaotic, closely watched race on the national stage after Republican candidate Roy Moore was accused of sexual molestation and pursuing underage women while he was in his 30s. Moore is now in a competitive contest against Democrat Doug Jones. The latest polls are all over the map. Most have Moore with a lead, but show Jones within the margin of error. In ...
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The Poll That Built a University

The Poll That Built a University

By SShepard@politico.com (Steven Shepard) HAMDEN, Connecticut—John Lahey arrived in Hamden, Connecticut, in 1987 with a mandate to grow a small college, Quinnipiac, into something much larger. Back then, the school, named for the Native American tribe that once inhabited the area, was a local commuter institution with just a few thousand students. But it had bigger ambitions.A self-described “political junkie” from the Riverdale section of the Bronx, Lahey didn't propose investing in Division I athletics or building a medical school, as other small colleges have done — though he would do both in the coming decades. He came up with ...
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David Petraeus Would Still Work for Trump, Under ‘Certain Conditions’

David Petraeus Would Still Work for Trump, Under ‘Certain Conditions’

By isaac@politico.com (Edward-Isaac Dovere) Subscribe to Off Message on Apple Podcasts here. | Subscribe via Stitcher here.NEW YORK—David Petraeus had a rule when he was in command in Afghanistan and Iraq: “Be first with the truth.”Recalling that was Petraeus' cautious way of answering a question about whether President Donald Trump is right to say that America is winning the war against the Islamic State. Later, the retired four-star general and former CIA director told me in an interview for POLITICO's Off Message podcast, “There are other presidents who have also made some declarations that they undoubtedly wished that they hadn't ...
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