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The Dullest — And Most Shocking — Moment In Trump’s Press Conference

“I’m also very much of a germaphobe, by the way, believe me.” Try not to think too much about the story that led to this comment from the President-Elect of the United States. It’s not easy, I know. We’re only human, after all, and that story is so … so out there. Show More Summary

Education nominee failed to report anti-union donation

But to Betsy DeVos what’s $125k? …Trump’s pick to lead the Department of Education initially failed to disclose a $125,000 donation to an anti-union group ahead of her Tuesday confirmation hearing, the Trump transition team has confirmed. The Washington Post reported the omission, first flagged by the Democratic group research American Bridge, on Friday afternoon…. [...]

How Joe Manchin can really help on Obamacare repeal and replace: Be like Chuck Grassley

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) distinguished himself this week by standing with Democrats in opposition to Obamacare repeal. Having taken such a principled stand, Manchin apparently has make a correction, and stand up as the only Democrat volunteering...Show More Summary

Kristol: Trump treats Putin ‘with more respect’ than John Lewis

Conservative commentator Bill Kristol has it right. Bill Kristol responded to Donald Trump’s attack on Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) on Saturday, arguing the president-elect treats the civil rights icon worse than he does Russian President Vladimir Putin. “It’s telling, I’m afraid, that Donald Trump treats Vladimir Putin with more respect than he does John Lewis,” [...]

This week in science: all seems beautiful to me ...

The traditional story about the formation of our beautiful moon is the single impact theory. But the early solar system was a violent, chaotic place. There’s room for more than one titanic collision. And some new analysis suggests multiple...Show More Summary

News That Will Drive You To Drink

Noted Gawd-bothering fetus-fondler, ol’ Cantaloup Calves hisself is at your cervix, ladies! Congressman Steve King released the following statement after introducing “The Heartbeat Bill,” that would require physicians to detect the heartbeat and prohibit the abortion of a baby with a beating heart: “Since Roe v. Show More Summary

Obama: I couldn’t transfer ‘my personal popularity to…the Democratic Party’

This what he told Lester Holt. During last night’s NBC Dateline special on President Obama‘s legacy, the outgoing Commander-in-Chief reflected on 2016 and the “surprise” he felt at Donald Trump‘s win. He told Lester Holt that he thinks he and his team are pretty good at seeing things coming––but not Trump’s victory. Part of that, [...]

This week in the war on workers: Federal job levels are low but Trump wants to drive them lower

Donald Trump says he’s all about jobs, but at the same time he wants a federal hiring freeze. Supposedly there are just too many federal workers and the government should save money by getting rid of them. Here's the reality: There were...Show More Summary

So far, 16 elected Democrats say they will resist the Trump regime by boycotting the inauguration

Back in early December, Rep. Luis Gutiérrez of Illinois’ 5th Congressional District was the first Democrat to announce he would not be attending the inauguration of Donald Trump January 20 because the prsident-elect is a fountain ofShow More Summary

Math Is Hard, And That's How Republicans Will Kill People

This was a dramatic moment: Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) faced some tough questions from audience members at a CNN town hall Thursday night, starting with a cancer patient who said ObamaCare saved his life. Jeff Jeans said he was a lifelong...Show More Summary

Michael Moore: Six reasons Trump is illegitimate

Michael Moore is backing up John Lewis. Among the reasons he’s illegitimate: “He is not well and needs help. He has a number of serious mental disorders that make him unfit to hold office — and they are on display every day in one cringe-worthy tweet after another. He is a full-blown malignant narcissist. He [...]

Pravda on the Checkout Line

The 2016 campaign hadn't even begun when America's supermarket tabloids picked their guy. "New Poll: Donald Trump's The One!" the National Enquirer breathlessly announced in February 2015, long before the real estate developer was even a punchline in the political conversation. Show More Summary

Nuts & Bolts: Inside a Democratic Campaign—Press Relations

Welcome back, Saturday Campaign D-I-Y’ers! For those who tune in, welcome to the Nuts & Bolts of a Democratic campaign. Each week, we discuss issues that help drive successful campaigns. If you’ve missed prior diaries, please visit our...Show More Summary

Angola Prisoner Retaliated Against For Speaking To Journalist Sues Prison Officials

An incarcerated man at the Angola Prison in Louisiana sued prison officials for throwing him in solitary confinement and denying him due process in retaliation for speaking to a journalist at the local Baton Rouge Advocate. William Kissinger,...Show More Summary

Trump listed as threat to human rights

Human Rights Watch lists Trump as a threat. [His campaign is called] a “vivid illustration of the politics of intolerance.” “Donald Trump’s election as US president after a campaign fomenting hatred and intolerance, and the rising influence of political parties in Europe that reject universal rights, have put the postwar human rights system at risk,” [...]

Spy Agencies Around World Probe Trump's Russia Ties

The dossier alleging that the Russian government has compromised President-elect Donald Trump has not only been circulating at the highest levels of the US government, but also among the intelligence agencies of other countries, two Israeli intelligence officers told BuzzFeed News. Show More Summary

Giuliani Describes Trump’s Attacks On Press As ‘Trying To Get Us Back To A Free Press

If Donald Trump’s attempts to squelch reporting he doesn’t like is an attempt to “get us back to a free press,” as Rudy Giuliani argued with a straight face on Hannity last night, you have to wonder what Giuliani thinks is a muzzled press. The entire discussion between Giuliani and Sean Hannity last night could not have been more Orwellian. Show More Summary

'Planned Parenthood Saved Me' is back because anti-choicers just won't quit

Remember in 2012 when the Susan G. Komen Foundation announced that they’re removing funding from Planned Parenthood? Fortunately that quickly backfired as people rallied to support the literally lifesaving organization and Komen backpedaled. Show More Summary

Jennifer Holliday cancels: ‘lapse of judgement’

Jennifer Holliday says she won’t perform at the Trump inauguration, calling her initial acceptance a “lapse of judgment.” Holliday, considered a longtime LGBT ally, explained that she changed her mind after reading a Friday Daily Beast story titled,...Show More Summary

Palo Alto schools become 'sanctuaries' for students

The Palo Alto school board joined the resistance this week when it voted 4-0 to make its campuses "sanctuaries" for undocumented students. Jacqueline Lee writes: The resolution says Palo Alto Unified School District officials will not...Show More Summary

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