Blog Profile / Matthew Yglesias

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Archived Since:May 10, 2010

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Hundreds of Minnesota students stage walk-out and protest demanding action on gun control

America’s high school students are refusing to be silenced in calls for gun control, galvanized by the school shooting in Parkland, Florida in February that left 14 students and three teachers dead and the bold activism of the surviving students that followed. At least a thousand students from the Minneapolis and St. Paul metro area descended […]

Reform prosecutors win two big-city primaries in Texas

Two of the largest cities in Texas will likely see a very different kind of justice dispensed starting in 2019 after a pair of reform-minded candidates won primaries in the San Antonio and Dallas District Attorneys elections on Tuesday. San Antonio area voters decided they’d rather not retain Nico LaHood, the current District Attorney for […]

Oops! White House accidentally confirms Trump’s involvement in Stormy Daniels hush payment

During the White House news briefing on Wednesday, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders acknowledged that some sort of arbitration proceeding took place between President Trump and adult film star Stormy Daniels — a revelation that seemingly confirms Trump’s involvement in a hush money payment made to her days before the 2016 election. Asked if Trump […]

Icahn addresses stock dump scandal, but this insider trading expert isn’t buying it

Carl Icahn, billionaire investor and close associate of President Donald Trump, issued an unusual statement Wednesday defending his recent sale of steel-related stock several days before Trump announced his intention to impose hefty tariffs on steel imports. Show More Summary

‘Talked to three people, and pet a dog’: Parkland students aren’t happy with Betsy DeVos’ visit

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos visited Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on Wednesday to meet with survivors of last month’s mass shooting that led to the deaths of 17 students and teachers. But students said they were unimpressed with her visit. After her visit to the school, DeVos held a news conference in Parkland and told […]

Federal court denies Trump’s last-ditch attempt to derail the youth climate lawsuit

A federal court has denied the Trump administration’s last-ditch effort to prevent a landmark climate lawsuit from going to trial. It called the motion “entirely premature” and argued that the administration had failed to reach the “high bar” required for dismissal. “There is enduring value in the orderly administration of litigation by the trial courts, […]

Fox News’ desperation to avoid Stormy Daniels

On Tuesday evening, news broke that adult film star Stormy Daniels filed a lawsuit to nullify an nondisclosure agreement surrounding a sexual relationship she says she had with Donald Trump. The lawsuit is potentially a major development — it will make it more difficult for Trump to avoid answering questions about the alleged affair, and what he […]

Press coverage of nuclear is so negative this Trump appointee says propaganda is needed

On Tuesday, one of President Trump’s appointees at the Department of Energy (DOE) complained about recent media coverage of nuclear energy and promised to do something about it. Suzanne Jaworowski, chief of staff for DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy, told attendees at a nuclear summit, “A lot of the challenges that we have have been blown […]

Just 408 days into his presidency, Trump spends his 100th day on a Trump golf course

Almost fourteen months into his presidency, Donald Trump has reached a dubious milestone that none before him have achieved: He’s spent his 100th day at a golf club bearing his own name. Considering he’s only been in office for 408 days, that means he’s spent almost 25 percent of his time at a Trump-branded golf […]

A tiny Canadian town just beat a multimillion dollar oil company in court

In 2011, the Canadian province of Quebec granted Montreal-based utility giant Gastem a drilling permit to explore the eastern part of the territory for oil and gas. The company settled on a spot of land in the tiny village of Ristigouche Sud-Est, population: 157. The town quickly grew concerned over their water supply, and how Gastem’s nearby […]

Florida’s senate convened a rare Saturday session to reject taking action on guns

For one brief, hopeful moment, Florida’s Republican-controlled Senate summoned the courage to take meaningful action to curb gun violence in the state, two weeks after the deadliest school shooting in state history at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. By a voice vote, the state legislature’s upper chamber approved a two-year moratorium on the sale of […]

In Republican sales pitch to Latinx community, GOP chairwoman says immigration is not a concern

The topic of immigration isn’t important to win over Latinx support for Republicans, a GOP official said Saturday, because she had a recent gathering with people of Latinx origin who did not want to talk about it. When asked by a Fox News host how the Republican National Committee and the Trump administration hope “to […]

Kentucky Senate pulls bill to outlaw child marriage following opposition by conservative group

Senate Republicans in the state legislature pulled a bill to outlaw child marriage in Kentucky, Insider Louisville reported this week, following opposition from the conservative group Family Foundation of Kentucky on claims that it takes away parental rights. Introduced by State Sen. Julie Raque Adams (R) to the State Senate Judiciary Committee, Senate Bill 48 would set […]

The GOP’s worst ideas for responding to mass shootings

In wake of the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, which left 14 children and 3 teachers dead, conservatives have been caught somewhat off guard. The traditional, muted response of “thoughts and prayers” hasn’t offered any sort of consolation to the angry young activists who are now demanding that their lawmakers pass meaningful gun control legislation. In […]

Nebraska company that won a contract to build Trump’s border wall has a shady legal history

A Nebraska company that was awarded one of the first contracts to build President Trump’s border wall is an offshoot of a construction company that has been sued repeatedly for failing to pay subcontractors, the Associated Press reported on Friday. SWF Constructors, which was also accused in a 2016 audit of shady billing practices, was awarded […]

15 times Trump bragged about his economic genius that are especially awkward now

President Donald Trump proposed a 25 percent tariff on steel imports and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum imports on Thursday. On Friday he further claimed that “trade wars are good.” What the president seemingly fails to understand, of course, is that tariffs are not taxes, and Trump’s attempt to protect American industries in this manner […]

How a ‘Black Panther’ breakout star could go from Wakanda to the Magic Kingdom

Who is the best character in Black Panther? You might think this is a matter of opinion, but unless your opinion is Shuri, alas — you are incorrect. Shuri, played by Letitia Wright, is the brilliant, impeccably-dressed, hilarious genius behind Wakanda’s technical prowess. She’s designer of the Black Panther suit and the deliverer of the movie’s […]

NRA refuses to answer senator’s questions about funding from Russia

Much of the focus on the NRA over the past week has remained, understandably, on the group’s response to the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida. However, the NRA has also recently been forced to shed some light on another controversy: its suspected ties to Russia. Earlier this month, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) issued a […]

Insurer Lockton will no longer offer NRA gun owner insurance

Lockton Affinity, an insurance company that underwrites the NRA Carry Guard program for gun owners, said Monday night it will discontinue the terms of its contract with the National Rifle Association. The NRA describes Carry Guard as a “state-of-the-art” policy to help gun owners when they use their firearm for self-defense and end up in […]

Trump Organization says it donated foreign government profits, but won’t release any details

The Trump Organization said Monday it has donated profits earned from foreign government spending at the company’s hotels last year to the U.S. Treasury Department, but both the company and the federal agency have refused to disclose details about the transactions, according to the Associated Press. The Trump Organization, the real estate empire that President […]

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