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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Trump campaigned against foreign aid. He has complained about foreign aid as president, but now that his trade war is pushing farmers to bankruptcy, the president suddenly wants to use taxpayer money to buy the crops and give them away as foreign aid. read more


As the stock market nosedives amidst President Donald Trump's escalating trade war with China -- to which China has responded in kind -- Arkansas Republican Sen. Tom Cotton has some words of comfort for the farmers watching their financial futures swirl down a MAGA-branded toilet bowl: Hey, at least you aren't a dead in a war! read more


Monday, May 13, 2019

After four progressless months from We Build the Wall, Trump supporters who donated to the crowdfunding effort want to know where their money went. read more


Stephen Collinson: It seems a crazy idea that any president would actually want to be impeached. But Donald Trump has so subverted Washington logic with his wild, norm-crushing presidency that there is now a serious conversation -- at least among Democrats -- about whether he views the ultimate constitutional crisis as a weapon in his re-election campaign. read more


Heather Digby Parton: If Democrats are too craven to impeach Trump for his crimes, no future president will ever need to respect the law. So far the Democratic majority has balked at doing that because they believe it presents too big a risk, that the Clinton impeachment worked against the GOP, that the Dems will be punished for "overreaching", that Trump will become much more popular in an impeachment battle, etc. But the most common excuse is that impeachment would simply be too divisive and the country just can't deal with that. read more


Two Normandy veterans say they have been banned from visiting Omaha beach on the 75th anniversary of D-Day because of security for President Trump. read more


Donald Trump is due to host the Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán at the White House on Monday afternoon, shrugging off complaints that the visit represented a reward for the erosion of democracy in Hungary and Orbán's close ties to the Kremlin. read more


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to advance a far-reaching bill that would allow the Knesset and government ministers to ignore rulings of the High Court of Justice in administrative matters, not just in cases where it strikes down legislation. read more


China will raise tariffs on $60 billion in U.S. goods in retaliation for the U.S. decision to hike duties on Chinese goods, the Chinese Finance Ministry said Monday. read more


American Oversight today announced the launch of its State Accountability Project, a new initiative to expose government corruption at the state and local level -- starting with a series of public records requests aimed at uncovering voter-suppression activities in Florida, Georgia, and Texas. Already, we have filed nearly 50 public records requests with state and county officials in those states, seeking copies of communications with voting-restriction advocates like former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach or the Heritage Foundation's Hans von Spakovsky as well as communications with the American Legislative Exchange Council, a conservative political organization that supplies state legislatures with draft model legislation. "Voter suppression is the corruption of democracy itself, and most of that corruption isn't happening in Washington, D.C., but in the state and local governments that set the rules for voting," said Austin Evers, executive director of American Oversight. "American Oversight has spent two years using public records requests and litigation to expose the truth and hold federal officials accountable, and we're now using that same model to fight corruption in the states." read more


Doris Day passed away early this morning at her Carmel Valley home, having celebrated her 97th birthday on April 3 of this year. Nearly 300 fans gathered in Carmel last month to celebrate Day's birthday. Day had been in excellent physical health for her age, until recently contracting a serious case of pneumonia , resulting in her death. She was surrounded by a few close friends as she passed. Day was born Mary Ann Von Kappelhoff, on April 3, 1922 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Day's life's work -- music, films, and animal advocacy -- comprise an enduring legacy. She began her professional singing career at age 15, and she had her first hit, "Sentimental Journey," with Les Brown's band. That tune, and her signature "Que Sera Sera," were her biggest hits. read more


Washington seems to be barreling toward a constitutional crisis. Politicians on both sides are repairing to their tribal corners. Is there anyone who can serve as honest referees in this partisan standoff? One answer -- don't laugh -- is Republican lawyers. read more


Sunday, May 12, 2019

In [John Brunner] 1968 novel Stand on Zanzibar, for instance, he peers ahead to imagine life in 2010, correctly forecasting wearable technology, Viagra, video calls, same-sex marriage, the legalisation of cannabis, and the proliferation of mass shootings. Equally compelling, however -- and even more instructive -- is the process by which Brunner constructed this society of his future and our present. read more


It was a startling spectacle in the heart of Trump country: At least a dozen supporters of the president -- some wearing MAGA stickers -- nodding their heads, at times even clapping, for liberal firebrand Elizabeth Warren. read more


Actress Alyssa Milano is calling for a sex strike in response to restrictive abortion laws. read more


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