Warning: session_start(): open(/tmp/sess_131dee33c28195d1939ce1817ec28da9, O_RDWR) failed: Disk quota exceeded (122) in /home/etiennepaul/public_html/alwayspolitics.com/wp-content/plugins/wordpress-social-login/wp-social-login.php on line 64

Warning: session_start(): Cannot send session cookie - headers already sent by (output started at /home/etiennepaul/public_html/alwayspolitics.com/wp-content/plugins/wordpress-social-login/wp-social-login.php:64) in /home/etiennepaul/public_html/alwayspolitics.com/wp-content/plugins/wordpress-social-login/wp-social-login.php on line 64

Warning: session_start(): Cannot send session cache limiter - headers already sent (output started at /home/etiennepaul/public_html/alwayspolitics.com/wp-content/plugins/wordpress-social-login/wp-social-login.php:64) in /home/etiennepaul/public_html/alwayspolitics.com/wp-content/plugins/wordpress-social-login/wp-social-login.php on line 64
Politics – Politics, News, Polls, Economy, Wellbeing, and World
Obamacare survives its latest threat — bare counties

Obamacare survives its latest threat — bare counties

By pdemko@politico.com (Paul Demko) President Donald Trump contends the health care law is “dead,” but residents of all but one county in America will be able to get an Obamacare health plan next year. Poised for their fifth enrollment cycle this fall, the Obamacare insurance markets are proving more resilient than many anticipated, with insurers jumping in to cover regions other companies fled, undercutting GOP predictions of widespread market collapses. “I don't think the individual market is dead or imploding,” said Kathy Hempstead, who heads insurance programs at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Bare counties that had been abandoned by ...
Read More
Amateur sleuths hunt for Trump bombshells

Amateur sleuths hunt for Trump bombshells

By dsamuelsohn@politico.com (Darren Samuelsohn) Nearly 3,000 miles from special counsel Robert Mueller's Washington offices, another investigation into President Donald Trump is underway. This one unfolds in the public libraries and coffee shops of San Francisco, where a self-employed 40-year-old named Geoff Andersen has worked since November for 16 hours a day, seven days a week, burning through nearly $45,000 in personal savings and donations from friends and family in pursuit of hidden truths about Trump's rise to power. Andersen, a freelance Democratic opposition researcher who worked on President Barack Obama's re-election campaign and is now between jobs, has downloaded thousands ...
Read More
Newt Gingrich goes to spouse school

Newt Gingrich goes to spouse school

By akarni@politico.com (Annie Karni) Last week, Newt Gingrich sat in a classroom surrounded by 11 women and one other man, furiously jotting notes.In the weeklong intensive, where classes ran from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with only a short cafeteria lunch break in between, the former House Speaker and onetime presidential candidate received a crash course in a new role: invisible spouse.When he moves to Rome with his third wife, Callista Gingrich, to become husband of the Ambassador to the Holy See, the ubiquitous Fox News talking head, will have no official diplomatic role abroad, beyond being generally presentable and ...
Read More

GOP Senate Candidate Shiva Ayyadurai Called For Peace And Love At Boston “Free Speech Rally”

One of the speakers at Saturday's controversial "free speech rally" in the historic Boston Commons park, Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai, is a candidate for the Republican Senate nomination to run against Democrat Sen. Elizabeth Warren in 2018. Tens of thousands showed up to protest against the "free speech rally" with the assumption that it would be similar to the racist rally which took place last week in Charlottesville. "To all FAKE NEWS, this was the "White Supremacist" FREE SPEECH RALLY I just spoke at," Ayyadurai wrote. This was the "hate" filled "Nazi" speech which the Establishment did NOT want you to ...
Read More

Boston Police Commissioner: Bottles Filled With Urine Thrown At Officers During Protest

Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans said officers were pelted with bottles of urine and "hit with a lot of stuff" during the 'anti-racist' demonstration near Boston Common on Saturday. Boston Police also confirmed rocks were thrown at officers: #UPDATE: #BPD confirming rocks being thrown at officers on Tremont at West.— Boston Police Dept. (@bostonpolice) August 19, 2017 Antifa maced after pushing police and trying to break through a manned barrier: Exactly like Normandy pic.twitter.com/0aotTiL0WF— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) August 19, 2017 Man wearing Trump t-shirt pelted with bottle: Confrontation from earlier between Trump supporter and counter protesters at Boston ...
Read More

“Everyone is talking politics, not principles": 9 people at Boston’s rally on their experiences

By Alex Ward A national conversation sort of took place Saturday in Boston. BOSTON — A small-scale, free-speech rally one week after the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, was drowned out by thousands of protesters in Boston on August 19, ending relatively peacefully despite a few arrests. On a hot and muggy Saturday, about 100 attendees at the Boston Free Speech rally were taunted and harassed by scores for holding the rally soon after the white supremacist and Nazi march in Charlottesville. And while the First Amendment-focused event was not meant to celebrate racism or bigotry, some participants — primarily rally ...
Read More

Trump called out “anti-police agitators” in Boston — and thanked protesters an hour later

By Tara Golshan As tens of thousands of anti-racism protesters descended on Boston to counter a Free Speech rally that many worried would attract the same white supremacist, alt-right crowd seen in Charlottesville, Virginia, President Donald Trump again chose to respond to “both sides.” First, he chided the “anti-police agitators” among the counterprotesters, picking up on footage of “fuck the police” chants, and a reports of rock and urine throwing. According to Boston Police, the events Saturday were largely peaceful. Among an estimated crowd of 40,000 protesters there were 27 arrests for disorderly conduct and some for altercations with police ...
Read More

National parks are already setting attendance records. Now come the eclipse chasers.

By Lauren Katz Here's how the 20 national parks on the path of totality are preparing. On August 21, a total solar eclipse will blaze through 20 national parks and nine national trails in its path of totality across the United States, which begins in Oregon and ends in South Carolina. And those who were lucky enough to book campsites and hotels in time will be heading into these parks to experience it in gorgeous natural splendor. While the parks in the path have been making the most of the eclipse — planning special events and festivals, and raising awareness ...
Read More
West Wing lurches into unknown after Bannon’s exit

West Wing lurches into unknown after Bannon’s exit

By mnussbaum@politico.com (Matthew Nussbaum) On the afternoon that President Donald Trump promised "fire and fury" if North Korea launched an act of aggression, chief strategist Steve Bannon sat in his office and schemed about China, fuming about the country's trade practices and looking for retaliation. He seemed unconcerned with the North Korea situation, one person who spoke to him said, dismissing concerns around the nuclear weapon-wielding state as "just a lot of talk." It showed the deep divide between many of Trump's advisers and Bannon, who stayed laser-focused on promises scrawled onto his office wall, which he deemed the "War ...
Read More

How “Despacito” became the biggest song of 2017

By Alex Abad-Santos An anatomy of what made “Despacito” the most popular song of the year. On the way home from the beach last weekend, as we got into the car and turned on the radio, I immediately heard the familiar plucks of the cuatro, a steel-strung Puerto Rican guitar, on Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, and Justin Bieber's “Despacito” remix. When the song ended and the station went to commercial, we switched to another station, and within minutes the falling melody of the cuatro came on again. Having just heard the song, we tried another station. And another. And then ...
Read More

Anti-racism protesters totally eclipsed Boston’s right-wing Free Speech rally

By Tara Golshan The Boston Free Speech rally, which many feared would draw a violent crowd of white supremacists Saturday, was instead overshadowed by thousands of counter-protesters denouncing bigotry and racism. The dueling demonstrations on Boston Common showed a shocking disparity in size. As Vox's Alex Ward reported from the scene, the Free Speech rally, scheduled to begin at noon, was only permitted for 100 participants. The press was not allowed within a policed perimeter of the Free Speech rally, gathered in by the Parkman Bandstand — a small gazebo in Boston's public park. This is the #BostonFreeSpeech rally. Very ...
Read More

MSNBC’s Jim Cavanaugh on Antifa: Not A Bad Label To Be Against Fascism

MSNBC's counter-terrorism expert Jim Cavanaugh opines on the group Antifa during the network's coverage of the Boston protest: Also, look at this, 20,000 people. What a statement for America that right now are all peaceful. Now, there could be a very few black bloc or Antifa people who want to commit violence, but as far as being anti-fascist, all of America was anti-fascist in World War II. Everybody in America was anti-fascist so that's not a bad label to be against fascism or Naziism or neo-Naziism. But it's how you behave out there today. This is so commendable and I ...
Read More

“Sexualized fascism”: how the taboo nature of Nazi imagery made the alt-right more powerful

By Tara Isabella Burton From The Night Porter to Nazisploitation, we eroticize the "forbidden" nature of fascist imagery — and make fascists stronger. Last weekend, a group of neo-Nazis marched alongside other white supremacists and far right activists in Charlottesville. The chants and visual tools they used — from swastikas to wooden shields to “blood and soil” chants — revived rhetoric and imagery that many in America believed to be entirely eradicated: so beyond the pale of common morality that no reasonable person could possibly seek to revive it. That belief, and the complacency it engendered, was erroneous. If anything, ...
Read More

Tucker Carlson: Bannon One Of The Few In Trump White House That Wouldn’t Be Comfortable Working For Clinton

FOX NEWS: Tucker Carlson said the departure of chief Trump strategist Steve Bannon will make the White House more placid. Bannon was one of the few populists in the Trump admin that wouldn't feel comfortable working with Hillary Clinton. ...read more Read more here: Tucker Carlson: Bannon One Of The Few In Trump White House That Wouldn't Be Comfortable Working For Clinton ...
Read More

‘Special Report’ Panel: Steve Bannon Out As White House Chief Strategist

Charles Krauthammer, Karen Tumulty, and Charlie Hurt discuss. ...read more Read more here: 'Special Report' Panel: Steve Bannon Out As White House Chief Strategist ...
Read More

Foster Friess: Trump’s Manufacturing Council Were Obama Sympathizers; Dishonest To Call Him A Racist

On Saturday's edition of Forbes on FOX, Foster Friess said the business leaders who resigned from Trump's Manufacturing Council mostly were "Obama sympathizers." Friess also spoke about his initiative to hold a 'coffee day' for people who are political opposites to sit down and talk politics over a cup of brew. FOSTER FRIESS: Keep in mind the ones who resigned, many of them were Obama sympathizers. Remember, Jeff Immelt of General Electric, when Obama was elected, he said, 'we're all Democrats.' And the AFL-CIO executive, I don't think the union leader is necessarily a Trump guy. TRISH REGAN, HOST: Carl ...
Read More

Kennedy Center honors recipients were boycotting because of Trump. Now Trump is skipping.

By Tara Golshan When it comes to Kennedy Center honors — an event which recognizes lifetime contributions to the arts — President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump seem to know when they are not wanted. Trump and Melania will skip the Kennedy Center honors this year to “allow the honorees to celebrate without any political distraction,” according to a statement from White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued Saturday. Three of the event's five honorees — singer Lionel Richie, dancer Carmen de Lavallade and television producer Norman Lear — have already said they would boycott White House ...
Read More

Foster Friess: Media Took Trump’s Charlottesville Speech Out Of Context

CNBC: Foster Friess, Friess Associates founder, talks about his support for President Trump in the aftermath of the president's remarks on Charlottesville violence. Friess: Trump a victim of bullying ...read more Read more here: Foster Friess: Media Took Trump's Charlottesville Speech Out Of Context ...
Read More

Krauthammer: Bannon Was “Last Of The Mohicans,” Lost Out To The Globalists

Friday on Special Report, Charles Krauthammer said "ethno-nationalist" Bannon was "the last of the Mohicans" and lost out to the Jared Kushner-Gary Cohn wing of the Trump White House. CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: I'm committed to the Scaramucci explanation. I mean, you could give me all these other reasons. You can tell me the writing was on the wall. You can tell me Kelly wanted to clean house. You can say it was inevitable once Reince left he was going to leave. And you can tell me that he tendered his resignation a couple weeks ago it was only a matter time ...
Read More

30 years ago, Dirty Dancing was expected to flop. But nobody puts Baby in a corner.

By Alissa Wilkinson The smash hit was an instant classic and a coming-of-age story for America. Every weekend, we pick a movie you can stream that dovetails with current events. Old, new, blockbuster, arthouse: They're all fair game. What you can count on is a weekend watch that sheds new light on the week that was. The movie of the week for August 20 through 26 is Dirty Dancing (1987), which is available to digitally rent on Amazon, YouTube, Vudu, iTunes, and Google Play. When Dirty Dancing hit theaters on August 21, 1987, it was widely expected to be a ...
Read More

The Defenders is overcrowded and poorly written. But it’s also a lot of fun.

By Alex Abad-Santos Netflix's newest superhero series has one great fight scene and many scenes where people explain how they know each other. Marvel's The Defenders is a show about that age-old adage: The best teams are greater than the sum of their parts. In Netflix's newest entry in its connected Marvel Universe, said parts include a woman with super strength, a man with bulletproof skin, a daredevil fighting machine, and a martial artist with a powerful glowing fist. If they can learn to work together, anything is possible. But that isn't the most interesting thing about The Defenders. What's ...
Read More

This novelist wanted to write about a serial killing author. He was just arrested for murder.

By Constance Grady What a terrible week it has been for everyone. If you would like to know more about what happened in Charlottesville, Vox has you covered. If you'd like to read some books for background, I suggest starting with these. And if you would like to read something hopeful about being creative in the face of destruction, we've got that too. If you would like to just spend some time thinking about books and their craft, you are in the right place. Welcome to the Vox weekly book link roundup, a curated collection of the best writing on ...
Read More
Why Trump needs a NAFTA win that Mexico can tweet about, too

Why Trump needs a NAFTA win that Mexico can tweet about, too

By mcassella@politico.com (Megan Cassella) When it comes to NAFTA, President Donald Trump's “America First” strategy will never be successful if it is seen as “Mexico Second.” That's the political reality the bombastic U.S. president faces as his trade representative and team of negotiators reopen the nearly quarter-century-old trade agreement in discussions with Canada and Mexico that kicked off this week. While Trump sailed to victory last year on a promise to cut a better deal for American workers and reverse the U.S. trade deficit, he is tasked now with reconciling that pledge with the need to work with his North ...
Read More
Week 13: Hounded on All Sides, a Cornered President Snarls

Week 13: Hounded on All Sides, a Cornered President Snarls

By jshafer@politico.com (Jack Shafer) If and when the American Kennel Club gets around to assigning a new breed for dogs that resemble President Donald Trump—portly with short paws and a chow chow mane of Chlorox blond?—it should not neglect to single out the breed's primary behavioral trait: Trump is what dog handlers would call a “fear-biter,” not a naturally fierce or aggressive hound, but one that snaps and chomps when frightened. A panicky and snarling Trump toothed his way down to bone this week, even burning chief strategist Steve Bannon in a Farewell Friday pyre. Trump's ostensible topic of the ...
Read More
More GOP lawmakers bucking their party on climate change

More GOP lawmakers bucking their party on climate change

By dsiders@politico.com (David Siders) LOS ANGELES — While President Donald Trump continues to dismantle Obama-era climate policies, an unlikely surge of Republican lawmakers has begun taking steps to distance themselves from the GOP's hard line on climate change.The House Climate Solutions Caucus, a bipartisan backwater when it formed early last year, has more than tripled in size since January, driven in part by Trump's decision in June to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord.And last month, 46 Republicans joined Democrats to defeat an amendment to the annual defense authorization bill that would have deleted a requirement that ...
Read More
Tech firms

Tech firms’ fight against hate could haunt them

By agold@politico.com (Ashley Gold) The tech industry's crackdown on racism could complicate one of its biggest fights in Congress, where Silicon Valley is lobbying hard against legislation aimed at weeding out other harmful online content.In opposing bills that target online sex trafficking, internet companies have argued that they provide platforms for the free exchange of data and should not be forced into serving as societal gatekeepers.But at the same time, numerous tech companies have taken on the gatekeeper role with gusto this past week, using their power over the digital world to shut down neo-Nazi internet forums, kick white supremacists ...
Read More
Trump just had his

Trump just had his ‘worst week’ — again

By dsamuelsohn@politico.com (Darren Samuelsohn) President Donald Trump is coming off his “worst week” in the White House — that is, if you're not counting at least the nine other weeks since his January inauguration when the media has also declared the Republican to have hit rock bottom.The “worst week” cliché has its reasons: this time it's Trump's controversial response to violent white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia. But for the reporters and political analysts who make their living covering Trump, there's always something (or many things) to merit such a categorical description for such a chaotic president.It's a subjective measurement ...
Read More

America's Second Civil War

By Patrick Buchanan "They had found a leader, Robert E. Lee -- and what a leader! ... No military leader since Napoleon has aroused such enthusiastic devotion among troops as did Lee when he reviewed them on his horse Traveller." So wrote Samuel Eliot Morison in his magisterial "The Oxford History of the American People" in 1965. First in his class at West Point, hero of the Mexican War, Lee was the man to whom President Lincoln turned to lead his army. But when Virginia seceded, Lee would not lift up his sword against his own people, and chose to ...
Read More

Pro-Choicers Should Explain Why They Think Eugenics Is Acceptable

By David Harsanyi Due to the rise of prenatal screening tests in Europe and the United States, the number of babies born with Down syndrome has begun to diminish significantly. And no one, as CBS News puts it, is "eradicating Down syndrome births" quite like Iceland. Now, the word "eradication" typically implies that an ailment is being cured or beaten by some technological advancement. That's not so in this case. Nearly 100 percent of women who receive positive test results for Down syndrome in that small nation end up eradicating their pregnancy. Iceland averages only one or two Down syndrome ...
Read More
Hawks soaring after Bannon

Hawks soaring after Bannon’s departure

By mcrowley@politico.com (Michael Crowley) Stephen Bannon may have been a political adviser to President Donald Trump, but his firing Friday could have an impact on U.S. foreign policy from Europe to the Middle East and Asia. Bannon's exit clears an obstacle for backers of an active U.S. foreign policy in line with recent presidencies — and is a resounding win for Bannon's internal rival, national security adviser H.R. McMaster. Bannon was a regular participant in national security debates, often as an opponent of military action and a harsh critic of international bodies like the United Nations and the European Union ...
Read More

Warning: Unknown: open(/tmp/sess_131dee33c28195d1939ce1817ec28da9, O_RDWR) failed: Disk quota exceeded (122) in Unknown on line 0

Warning: Unknown: Failed to write session data (files). Please verify that the current setting of session.save_path is correct (/tmp) in Unknown on line 0