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Obama criticizes Congress for refusing to close Cuba prison

Obama pledged when he became president eight years ago to close the facility in his first year, but lawmakers in both political parties blocked the effort. "The restrictions imposed by the Congress that prevent us from imprisoning detainees,...Show More Summary

What's next? Democrats offer their views as Trump era starts

Republicans will occupy the White House and control both houses of Congress, with favorable odds of maintaining or even increasing those advantages in the 2018 midterms. Around the country, Democrats now have just 16 governors and have...Show More Summary

Worst. President-Elect. Ever.

I can't say what kind of president Donald J. Trump will be, but it's tough to deny he was a cringe-worthy president-elect.

President Sexual Predator plans big cuts to violence against women programs

22 hours agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

Donald Trump’s transition team is ready to move fast on slashing government programs from climate change to nuclear physics to the National Endowment for the Humanities, but one part is extra special—and extra appropriate: At the Department...Show More Summary

41 Gitmo detainees left

Four more Gitmo detainees are gone. The U.S. military will transfer four more detainees out of Guantanamo Bay this week ahead of President Obama’s final day in office, two U.S. officials with knowledge of the transfers tell Fox News. Three detainees will be sent to the United Arab Emirates, and one will be sent to [...]

Trump nation eagerly awaits the greatness he promised

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump was propelled into power by an army of supporters fed up with the status quo and eager for change. [...] as they look forward to his presidency, they are expressing a mix of hope, excitement...Show More Summary

Perry And Franken Help Out The Saturday Night Live Writers

Al Franken, thanks for being you. At the opening of his questions for Energy nominee Rick Perry, the Minnesota Senator indicated that the two had met earlier this week in Franken's office. Those pre-hearing meetings are common in confirmation...Show More Summary

Trump steps into security bubble; will he bring his phone?

WASHINGTON (AP) — A few hours after President-elect Donald Trump was briefed by intelligence officials about Russian meddling in the election, an Associated Press reporter called his cellphone seeking an interview. With Trump, it's simply...Show More Summary

Democrats in sad shape: Power deficit as Trump era begins

Outside Washington, Democrats now have just 16 governors and run 14 state legislatures, compared to 33 Republican governors and 32 GOP-run legislative bodies. Trump enters the Oval Office with the lowest approval ratings of any newly...Show More Summary


Trump plans to kill the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities and sell off the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

President Obama grants his last 330 commutations to nonviolent drug offenders

23 hours agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

The good news here is also the bad news: [O] n Thursday, his last full day in office, Obama announced 330 more commutations, bringing his total number of clemencies to 1,715. He has granted commutations to more people than the last 12...Show More Summary

Sean Spicer Running Promotion For Trump Int'l Hotel In D.C.

It appears Sean Spicer, Trump's press secretary, is also doing double duty as the main talker for the president-elect, as well as being head of promotion for Trump's new hotel in D.C. Pressure keeps mounting from everywhere except Trump-land...Show More Summary

Rick Perry Sorry For Being Idiot, Will Definitely Not Try Harder Next Time

23 hours agoUS Politics / Liberal : Wonkette

Remember that time Rick Perry enjoyed playing on the couch with Al Franken? Rick Perry remembers.

The Latest: Obama lashes out at Congress over Guantanamo

President Barack Obama is criticizing Congress for refusing to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, saying there's "simply no justification beyond politics" to keep it open. In a letter to Congress the day before his term...Show More Summary

Expansion Update

Over the years one of the great pleasures of running TPM for David Kurtz and I is how many great young journalists have come through the organization, how we've been able to have some role in bringing their talents to the fore and the...Show More Summary

Finding a liberal savior isn't the solution to the Democrats' problems. Riding a populist wave is.

Stuff like this makes me want to tear my hair out: [O]peratives and elected officials frequently bemoan the lack of a single national leader or center of gravity on the left." Quick, name the leader of the tea party! Of course, there isn’t one. Show More Summary

Perry no longer wants to eliminate the department he’d head

He must want the job.   It’s been five years since “oops” slipped out of Rick Perry at a presidential debate where he forgot which government departments he would want to eliminate. Now that he is about to become a member of Donald Trump‘s presidential cabinet, Perry says that he now regrets his previous position [...]

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