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Quick Takes: Obama Knocks Down the False Equivalence Nonsense

President Obama returned to the campaign trail today with a speech in Philadelphia. As Joan McCarter reports, he had a few choice words for the media on false equivalency regarding transparency, foundations and fitness for the presidency. He railed, as much as Obama rails, at the professional media for the “frivolous stuff that gets... Read more »

Quick Takes: Ta-Nehisi Coates on “Contributing to An Opportunistic Ignorance”

Ta-Nehisi Coates takes on the response of some in the media to Hillary Clinton’s “basket of deplorables.” …what they [journalists] have yet to come to grips with is that Donald Trump is a democratic phenomenon, and that there are actual people – not trolls under a bridge – whom he, and his prejudices against Latinos,... Read more »

Bullies Are Not Strong

Trump thinks it's a good idea to start a global war over a perceived insult.

What We Should Be Talking About on the Anniversary of 9/11

President Obama's handling of the "global war on terror" may be his most mixed legacy.

Which Republicans Have the Courage to Stand Up to Trump?

Edward R. Murrow, Ralph Flanders, and Joseph Nye Welch all called out Joe McCarthy more than 50 years ago. Will any in the GOP do the same this year?

No, Clinton’s Health Isn’t a “Real Issue in the Campaign”

The Washington Post is, like many media outlets, a mixed bag. On one hand, they have some seriously great investigative journalists bringing important stories to light. Greg Sargent and Paul Waldman at The Plum Line are national treasures. The editorial page, on the other hand, is a different matter. But worst of all is Chris... Read more »

Why Trump’s Bribery Scandal Isn’t Hurting Him

It seems almost beyond doubt that Donald Trump aid directly paid off Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi to stop investigating his Trump University scam with a $25,000 “donation.” No criminal charges will come of it absent a special prosecutor because the person who would be in charge of prosecuting the case would be…the Attorney General who... Read more »

Fifteen Years After 9/11: All That Violence, And for What?

Fifteen years ago, Al Qaeda operatives put into action a plan they had been hatching for years: use commercial airlines as human-guided bombs to attack several of America’s most visible and iconic symbols. Tactically, the operation succeeded beyond their wildest expectations. Show More Summary

Why Isn’t Anyone Paying Attention to Clinton’s Other Basket?

The right wing and much of the press are all aflutter today over Clinton’s statement at a fundraiser that half of Trump’s supporters are in a “basket of deplorables” driven by bigotries of all kinds. Honestly, though–how is that even controversial at this point? Clinton herself already signaled that she believed exactly that when she... Read more »

David Brooks’ Realignment Won’t Happen

Reading David Brooks is always a mixture of pleasure and pain. On the one hand he does seem to understand reality a little bit better than most of his conservative colleagues, and you can tell that unlike most of his conservative colleagues he genuinely means well. On the other hand, his faulty premises, New England... Read more »

Quick Takes: A Real Pay for Play

Michael Isikoff’s got the scoop on what looks like a real pay for play. Donald Trump’s charitable foundation gave $100,000 in 2014 to a conservative activist group that was used to help finance a federal lawsuit against New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman — the same public official who was suing the real... Read more »

The Minnesota DFL Party Should Drop Their Anti-Trump Suit

The higher moral calling here is to give people the opportunity to vote for the candidate of their choice.

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