Blog Profile / Matthew Yglesias

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Archived Since:May 10, 2010

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The major tell in Trump’s comments about a possible pardon for Michael Flynn

During a brief press scrum on Friday morning, President Trump was asked about if he would “consider a pardon for Michael Flynn.” Flynn — Trump’s former national security adviser — recently pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his communications with Russia during the transition period following last year’s presidential election. The guilty plea […]

FCC chair says supporters of net neutrality are ‘proven wrong’ because you can still tweet today

The morning after the Federal Communications Commission repealed net neutrality rules, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai went on Fox & Friends and made a case that those who are concerned the move will damage the internet have already been refuted by their own lived experience. “Those who have said that the internet as we know it is […]

Humiliated Trump judicial nominee spent last decade blocking enforcement of campaign finance law

At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday, a panel of five Trump nominees for lifetime appointments to federal judgeships were interviewed simultaneously about their qualifications. A video, posted Thursday by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), showed that the process did not go well for one of them. Matthew S. Petersen, Trump’s pick to be a […]

2017 made it clear there is no end in sight to Colin Kaepernick’s movement

In 2016, Colin Kaepernick changed the trajectory of political activism in sports when he refused to stand during the national anthem at a San Francisco 49ers preseason NFL game in order to protest police brutality and systemic racism. That action directly inspired a movement that spread across the NFL, the sports community at large, and […]

The FCC’s party-line vote isn’t the end for net neutrality

The Federal Communications Commission’s headquarters isn’t typically a popular protest site. On Thursday morning, however, it was a beehive of activity. Protesters swarmed the streets outside, while the main hearing room was packed with journalists. At one point, the hearing had to be stopped to allow security to sweep the room for a bomb. All […]

Trump says he wants to go back to 1960-level regulations. Here’s what that would look like.

Before cutting a red ribbon with oversized scissors Thursday afternoon, President Donald Trump touted his administration’s progress in cutting regulations, saying he wants to return the federal government to the level of regulations that existed in 1960. Show More Summary

Paul Ryan says American women need to have more babies

During a news conference on Thursday, House Speaker Paul Ryan urged American women to have more babies, saying their lack of procreation was stunting economic growth. “People — this is going to be the new economic challenge for America. People,” Ryan said, in response to a question about entitlement reform. Alluding to the fact that […]

Nikki Haley claims Iran made missiles fired in Yemen, but the U.N. isn’t so sure

Providing what she said is evidence of Iran’s interference in Yemen’s civil war, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Thursday showed reporters pieces of weapons she said were Iranian-made and supplied to Houthi rebels fighting the government in Yemen. Show More Summary

Marco Rubio says he won’t vote for the GOP tax bill unless he gets what he wants

One of Congress’ most spineless senators has thrown a wrench in the Republican Party’s plan to overhaul the tax code before Christmas. The Washington Post reported Thursday that Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is a no on the GOP tax bill unless the child tax credit (CTC), for which he has previously advocated, is extended to […]

Sanders was asked what Trump is doing to prevent the next Sandy Hook. Her response was a mess.

On the fifth anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that claimed 26 lives, including 20 children, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked what President Trump had done “to try to protect the American people against a similar type of massacre.” Her response was a disaster. The question was a tough one for […]

A Black 11-year-old girl was handcuffed and held at gunpoint by Michigan police

On December 6, an 11-year-old Black girl named Honestie Hodges was held at gunpoint, handcuffed, and put in the backseat of a squad car by officers from the Grand Rapids Police Department. The police department launched an internal investigation into the officers’ actions on Monday and released a video of the incident to the public this […]

2017 in charts: A stunning year for the clean energy revolution

The competition for the biggest clean energy story of 2017 is intense. Building and running new renewable energy is now cheaper than just running old coal and nuclear plants. The lowest price for solar power last year is the highest price now. Battery prices were cut in half just since 2014. And who could have […]

Roy Moore refuses to concede as new campaign video targets transgender people, liberal judges

Failed U.S. Senate candidate and accused child molester Roy Moore dug in his heels on Wednesday evening with a new campaign video in which he blasts progressives, abortion, and the LGBTQ community while simultaneously refusing to concede to special election victor, Doug Jones. “We are…in a struggle to preserve our republic, our civilization, and our […]

Ahead of net neutrality vote, FCC chairman stars in video with Pizzagate conspiracy theorist

As the Federal Communications Commission is preparing on a vote to repeal the Obama-era net neutrality rules Thursday, FCC chairman Ajit Pai appeared in a video on the conservative site The Daily Caller entitled, “Ajit Pai Wants The Internet To Know You Can Still Harlem Shake After Net Neutrality.” The video includes Pai doing various things […]

Trump super PAC quietly launches new ad campaign targeting Special Counsel Robert Mueller

A pro-Trump super PAC is running a new ad in local cable markets calling for four members of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team to be fired, and a PAC call center staffer told ThinkProgress on Thursday that the group, Great America Alliance, believes Mueller should be fired as well. The new ad is similar to […]

BREAKING: FCC votes to repeal net neutrality

The Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 on Thursday to repeal Obama-era net neutrality rules, first implemented in 2015. The vote, led by Republican Chairman Ajit Pai, was split along party lines. “Following detailed legal and...Show More Summary

Ohio has seen 18 restrictive abortion laws since Kasich took office. This bill could be number 19.

The Ohio legislature passed a restrictive abortion bill Wednesday, a measure similar to an Indiana law struck down by a federal judge nearly three months ago. Governor John Kasich (R) has ten days to consider the bill once it’s delivered to his office. If he does not veto the bill, it will be the 19th repressive […]

More than 700 employees have left the EPA since Scott Pruitt took over

Since Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt took over the top job at the agency in March, more than 700 employees have either retired, taken voluntary buyouts, or quit, signaling the second-highest exodus of employees from the agency in nearly a decade. According to agency documents and federal employment statistics, 770 EPA employees departed the […]

2017 was a year for artists of color making money moves

You couldn’t have scripted symbolism this on-the-nose. La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz had finished his Academy Awards acceptance speech for best picture — even taking the time to pour 8,000 adjectives over “my kind, generous, talented, beautiful, blue-eyed wife” — and producer Marc Platt was done, too, having told us all that “the dreams we […]

Now we know: Myanmar has killed at least 9,000 Rohingya in less than 4 months

After nearly four months of what started out as a crackdown against the Muslim minority Rohingya by the government of Myanmar, we now have our first rough estimates for how many lives have been lost: At least 9,000 Rohingya have been killed since August 25. According to a Doctors Without Borders survey released on Thursday, […]

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