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Ryan Gets $500,000 Reward from Charles Koch

Just days after the House passed its version of the federal tax law slashing corporate tax rates, House Speaker Paul Ryan collected nearly $500,000 in campaign contributions from billionaire energy mogul Charles Koch and his wife, according to a recent campaign donor report. Show More Summary

Our Bleeding Hearts Might Have Saved Us

Today marks the anniversary of the Dread Fiend Trump's official entry into politics, not as dog catcher, not even as city clerk, but as President of these United States. A year has passed and as much as we've spit and hollered, as often as we've watched the evidence of corruption pile up, Donald Trump is still president. Show More Summary

Shutdown/Grab ‘em by the Midterms Weekend News Roundup for Jan. 20-21, 2018

NATIONAL What the government shutdown says about the future of the Democrats: They started changing in the latter part of the Obama era, as rank-and-file Democrats became impatient for their party’s leaders to endorse much bolder approaches to inequality and...Read more

Sen. Tammy Duckworth Drags Trump: I Won't Be Lectured On Military Needs By A 'Five-Deferment Draft Dodger'

Senator Tammy Duckworth absolutely dragged President Trump on the Senate floor Saturday afternoon regarding his inability to keep the federal government operational, giving him a fantastic nickname -- and we all know he LOVES a good nickname. Show More Summary

Mike's Blog Round Up

Gotta love the great signs this weekend. Pharyngula: The wisdom of Rick and Morty applied to Nazis. Tom Dispatch: Another good year for weapons makers is guaranteed. On the Economy: A few thoughts on the political economy of a government shutdown. The Bloggess: Eeyore love. This installment by Batocchio. E-mail tips to mbru AT crooksandliars DOT com.

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages

16 hours agoUS Politics / Liberal : BlueNC

COMMON SENSE DACA RENEWAL DESERVES NC DELEGATION'S SUPPORT: There no rational reason not to both extend and provide a path to citizenship for those who came to this nation as children, not of their own doing. Most consider this nation as their own – they’ve never known anything else. Show More Summary

Want the Women’s March to Really Be Part of History? Consider Donating Your Sign to Rutgers

One year after Trump’s very small, very limp, very lightly attended inaugural address, protesters once again took to the streets en masse as part of the nationwide women’s march that remains as the largest, mainstream resistance protest in response to Trump’s...Read more

Trump's attempts to show voter fraud appear to have stalled

ATLANTA (AP) — President Donald Trump hasn't backed away from his unsubstantiated claim that millions of illegally cast ballots cost him the popular vote in 2016, but his efforts to investigate it appear to have stalled. He transferred the work of the commission investigating his claim to the Department of Homeland Security. Show More Summary

Sunday Morning Bobblehead Thread

This was my refrain all this week: "It just doesn't matter any more." It doesn't matter if Trump is cavorting with a porn star, or even currently having an affair. It doesn't matter if Russian bots aren't even trying to be secretiveShow More Summary

Walker, in turnabout, moves to stabilize insurance market

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — In a tack to the left in an election year, Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker announced Sunday that he wants a state law that would bar insurers from denying a person health coverage due to a pre-existing condition. He...Show More Summary

Democrats, GOP exchange charges of blame for shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — Feuding Democrats and Republicans in Congress are trying to dodge blame for a paralyzing standoff over immigration and showing few signs of progress on negotiations needed to end a government shutdown. The finger-pointing...Show More Summary

Trump the dealmaker comes up short ahead of shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — He wrote a book on the art of negotiation and was elected to office claiming he alone could end Washington gridlock, but President Donald Trump's latest attempt to broker a big, bipartisan deal has turned into a big...Show More Summary

Open Thread - Children At The Women's March

honestly the best signs at the women’s march were from kids #WomensMarch2018 pic.twitter.com/QyBFYnxtrd — tia (@tiarose_lee) January 20, 2018 @bluegal pic.twitter.com/a6bxl50fTj — Hartbrak????McCarthy (@BumpItMcCarthy) January 20, 2018 What she said. #womensmarch2018 pic.twitter.com/dRK3Fx95hH

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