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Arizona Rep. Gallego takes up fight for civilian control of military: 'I cannot support a waiver'

Campaign Action Arizona Rep. Ruben Gallego on Monday joined Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in opposing Donald Trump's Secretary of Defense nominee, former Marine Gen. James Mattis, who only resigned from the military two years ago. Gallego, an Iraq War veteran, said he respected Mattis's service but added, “I cannot support a waiver. Show More Summary

Senate Democrats Have One Shot At Saving SCOTUS - Will They?

It is now time for Senate Democrats to take their shot at saving this country from fascists assuming the reins of power in January. It can be done, but it will require them to be courageous and aggressive. David Waldman (KagroX on Twitter)...Show More Summary

Chris Cuomo, Darryl Issa Fight Over Trump's 'Illegals' Lie

It's clear that the entire Republican establishment will now circle the wagons anytime Donald Trump tweets something, stupid, false, or blatantly dishonest. This morning on CNN's Good Day, it was Congressman Darryl Issa's turn. It's not a "lie" when a Republican President-elect says 'millions of illegals' voted against him.. Show More Summary

Jimmy Kimmel Will Host Oscars

The Oscars finally have a host: Jimmy Kimmel will emcee the 89th Academy Awards. The late-night host will be presiding over the ceremony for the first time. Kimmel has been a regular awards host, having twice previously hosted the Emmy Awards (including its broadcast in September) and once led ESPN's ESPY Awards.

As Republicans flail on Obamacare, Democrats' job becomes clear: Throw them an anchor

Mitch McConnell is having to explain that "You can't just snap your fingers and go from where we are today to where we're headed," on Obamacare repeal to justify why he is going to be trying out a "repeal and delay" tactic. That newShow More Summary

Oakland: It Justs Keeps Getting Sadder

The death toll in the Oakland Ghost Ship warehouse fire has now reached at least 36. The Daily Mail has photos and stories about some of those who lost their lives. A criminal investigation is underway. All of SFist's coverage is here.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Midday open thread: Beyond civility, laughing at Chris Christie, and working-class environmentalism

Today’s comic by Tom Tomorrow is The mysterious stranger: What you might have missed on Sunday Kos … Aftab Pureval, Hamilton County, Ohio’s new Democratic Clerk of Courts, and how he won, by David Akadjian Racism is a battle that we’ve...Show More Summary

Gen. Flynn’s Alt-Right-conspiracy peddling son now has a Trump transition email

Trump National Security Adviser's conspiracy-embracing son may be working for the Trump transition.

Online Nazi Propagandists Turn Up Volume On Pizzagate Lies

After Edgar Maddison Welch strode into Comet Ping Pong yesterday with his assault-style weapon and fired one shot into the floor, reality struck journalists like thunder, causing reports like the one above to be filed explaining that...Show More Summary

Trump's tariff plan hits a hurdle: Congressional Republicans

McCarthy's comments came in response to Trump's threat, made in a series of tweets over the weekend, that he would level taxes on companies that relocate overseas and then try to sell their products back into the U.S. "There will beShow More Summary

Gore has ‘extremely interesting’ meeting with Trump

Al Gore was planning to meet with Ivanka Trump, but spent more time with the president-elect. “I had a lengthy and very productive session with the president-elect,” Gore told reporters. It was a sincere search for areas of common ground.” Gore has made climate his top priority since losing the 2000 presidential election… Ivanka Trump [...]

Counter Protests Swamp KKK Celebration in North Carolina

Barry Yeoman Anti-KKK protesters march in Raleigh.  I n the end, Saturday’s “Victory Klavalkade”—a celebration of Donald Trump’s presidency by the North Carolina-based Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan—turned out to be a fleeting sideshow. Show More Summary

State of the recount—judge orders recount in MI, Green pullout of PA not what it seems, WI underway

It may not be getting a lot of coverage in the media, but there’s a lot of activity going around the recounts of presidential votes in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. In Michigan, a federal judge has ordered the recount to goShow More Summary

Veterans to fight Trump on privatizing VA

Veterans don’t want to see their health care privatized. Trump is leaning on a once-obscure group backed by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch as he seeks to make good on a campaign promise to overhaul veterans’ care programs he has denounced as a tragic failure. Concerned Veterans for America (CVA), founded just four years [...]

US wars grounded in law, White House says

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has determined it can target the extremist group al-Shabab in Somalia under the war powers legislation that Congress approved to target al-Qaida after the 9/11 attacks.

Flynn Jr Works for the Transition

I mentioned last night that incoming National Security Advisor Michael Flynn's son has been aggressively spreading the "Pizza Gate" conspiracy theory that led to the shooting in DC yesterday. As I mentioned, Flynn Jr isn't some ne-r-do-well son who has no meaningful connection to his father. Show More Summary

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