Category: Politics

Despite corporate messaging in support of Black Lives Matter, companies are banning ads in stories

July 14, 2020
Vice Media’s vice president Paul Wallace told the WSJ that Vice’s most popular news in June was its Black Lives Matter coverage. But even though more people were coming to read those stories (more eyes on the page, so to speak), ad sales were 57% lower compared to other news topics on the site. “The most frustrating

Judge Denies Attempt To Block Niece’s Tell-All Book

July 14, 2020
In another court loss for Donald Trump, a New York judge denied a bid to block the publication of his niece’s tell-book, which is set to be released on Tuesday. BREAKING: Mary Trump and Simon & Schuster WIN the lawsuit seeking to block publication of “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the

Trump Humilates Himself By Claiming His Executive Orders Are Laws

July 13, 2020
Trump was back on his statues kick again and claimed that his executive orders are laws to protect monuments. (They’re not). Trump said, “I will say that we put on a very powerful rule and law. You get ten years if you knock down a monument. If it’s a federal monument, you go to jail

The Initial Roger Stone Fallout

July 13, 2020
The Stone commutation leaves some Republicans cold, Trump dons a mask and Pelosi pushes for another round of relief. It’s Monday, and this is your politics tip sheet. President Trump wearing a mask on Saturday at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.A new poll shows Biden leading in Texas.With Trump’s poll numbers

an ‘admission’ it can stop spread of virus

July 13, 2020
Appearing on CNN’s State of the Union this Sunday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi talked about Donald Trump’s recent public appearance in a face mask. Trump’s non-mask moments have made headlines, and for good reason. As the nation battles against the novel coronavirus pandemic, experts point to a few ways we can work to slow the

Retailers add to pressure for Washington NFL team to finally change its name from racist moniker

July 13, 2020
As some quick history, the team has had its current name since 1933. Before that, it was actually briefly called the Boston Braves. Since then, numerous activist groups have spoken out against the name, but owner Daniel Snyder wasn’t having it. In the early ‘90s, he told USA Today that “we’ll never change the name.” In

November literally can’t get here fast enough, and that’s the problem

July 12, 2020
With COVID-19 infections around the country potentially skyrocketing to 100,000 new cases per day, it appears increasingly certain that the current trajectory of the U.S. economy will not appreciably improve within the next 15 weeks. We are suffering from a massive self-inflicted wound caused entirely by this administration’s incompetence in fashioning a unified national response to

Thankfully, an Incompetent Trump Can’t Even Pack The SCOTUS

July 12, 2020
This term’s Supreme Court rulings prove that America’s democracy is destined to survive the incompetent dictator-wannabe currently occupying the White House. Without question, the rule of law and democracy won. The unanimous finding among Supreme Court Justices across the ideological spectrum used various methods of legal analysis to find that the president is not above

As Trump Demanded Schools Reopen, His Experts Warned of ‘Highest Risk’

July 12, 2020
Groups representing education leaders praised the document, saying after months of mixed messages from the federal government, the inclusion of specific plans could serve as a blue print for schools and families to help navigate the uncertainty that the fall will bring.“What it tells us is left to its own devices, the C.D.C. can do

U.S. records more than 66,000 new coronavirus cases in record spike

July 12, 2020
Nearly 135,000 people have died in the U.S. since the pandemic began, according to Johns Hopkins data. The surge in coronavirus cases is straining hospitals in Florida, Texas and Arizona, where ICU beds in some areas are reaching capacity. In Houston, the Texas Tribune reported some hospitals are turning away emergency responders as beds fill

‘Fed Up’ Republicans Are Jumping Off The MAGA Train As Trump Leads The Party Toward Defeat

July 11, 2020
Donald Trump often cites fake polls showing his support among Republican voters near 100 percent, but GOP lawmakers increasingly see the writing on the wall as Election Day draws closer. According to USA TODAY, Republican are backing away from Trump as his poll numbers collapse and they fear for their own political survival. The report

Tucker Carlson’s Top Writer Resigns After Getting Busted Posting Racist And Sexist Remarks

July 11, 2020
The top writer for Fox News’s Tucker Carlson has resigned after he was caught secretly posting racist and sexist remarks online. CNN reported: The top writer for Fox News host Tucker Carlson has for years been using a pseudonym to post bigoted remarks on an online forum that is a hotbed for racist, sexist, and

President Trump’s Pardons: Stone, Blagojevich and More

July 11, 2020
President Trump on Friday commuted the sentence of Roger J. Stone Jr., a longtime friend and former campaign adviser who had openly expressed loyalty to him throughout a congressional investigation into ties between Mr. Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russia.“The simple fact is that if the special counsel had not been pursuing an absolutely baseless investigation,

President Trump commutes Roger Stone’s sentence

July 11, 2020
President Trump has commuted the sentence of his longtime adviser Roger Stone, calling him a victim of the “Russian hoax” and saying he would have been put at serious medical risk in prison. Trump on Friday signed an executive grant of clemency just days before Stone was due to report to prison Tuesday to serve

Trump Says He ‘Aced’ Cognitive Test, but White House Won’t Release Details

July 10, 2020
President Trump on Thursday volunteered to Sean Hannity, the Fox News host, that he “very recently” took a test at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center measuring his mental acuity and “aced” it, but the White House would not say when he took it or why.Mr. Trump boasted that his success on the test surprised

Trump’s reelection may be sucking wind, but Senate Republicans are sucking even worse

July 10, 2020
A new PPP survey of North Carolina, for instance, showed Trump running 4 points behind Joe Biden, 46%-50%, but incumbent GOP Sen. Thom Tillis was running an 8-point deficit against Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham, 39%-47%. Republican strategist and anti-Trumper Tim Miller tweeted out those results Thursday, adding, “One thing I heard repeatedly from consultants on GOP

Rachel Maddow Says New York Prosecutors Could Fast-Track Trump Tax Return Subpoena

July 10, 2020
Rachel Maddow said on Thursday night that she isn’t completely convinced that the subpoena over Donald Trump’s tax returns will have to wait until after the election to be resolved, as many legal and political experts have concluded. According to the MSNBC host, it’s possible for investigators to fast-track the process, which opens up the

Ex-Watergate Prosecutor Says SCOTUS Ruling Opens Door To Trump Being Indicted For Tax Fraud

July 10, 2020
Former Watergate prosecutor Nick Akerman said on Thursday that the Supreme Court’s ruling on Donald Trump’s financial documents could be a ticking time bomb for the president. During an interview with MSNBC’s Joy Reid, Akerman said Trump should be concerned that a tax or bank fraud indictment is on the horizon now that independent investigators

With ‘Buy American’ Economic Speech, Biden Takes On Trump and ‘MAGA’

July 9, 2020
Joseph R. Biden Jr. will lay out a populist economic vision to revive and reinvest in American manufacturing on Thursday, calling for major new spending and stricter new rules to “Buy American” as part of an effort to more aggressively challenge President Trump on two of his signature issues: the economy and nationalism.In a speech

Trump Claims Obama, Biden Spied on His Campaign

July 9, 2020
President Donald Trump claimed he’s the victim of “presidential harassment” and alleged that former president Barack Obama and former vice president Joe Biden spied on his campaign. PRESIDENTIAL HARASSMENT! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 9, 2020 He later quoted Fox Business personality Maria Bartiromo, writing, without evidence, that Obama and Biden spied on his

Trump Threatens to Cut Funding if Schools Do Not Fully Reopen

July 9, 2020
An administration official, who discussed internal deliberations on the condition of anonymity, said the new guidance had been in development for weeks but had yet to be cleared by top C.D.C. or task force officials. The guidelines would address how schools could reopen and whether parents should send children, most likely including a checklist for

Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders Deepen Their Cooperation

July 9, 2020
Allies of Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Senator Bernie Sanders unveiled a sweeping set of joint policy recommendations on Wednesday, a significant if tentative sign of cooperation among Democrats as Mr. Biden’s campaign continues its appeals to the progressive left.Mr. Biden is expected to adopt many of the recommendations, which were submitted by six policy

Lincoln Project Ad Gets Twice As Many Views In 12 Hours As Tucker Carlson Gets All Week

July 8, 2020
While the right goes ga-ga over Tucker Carlson’s ratings, The Lincoln Project got twice as many views for an ad as Carlson gets in a week. Here is the ad: The ad has racked up 1.4 million views on YouTube alone in a day. On Twitter it is at 9.2 million views: [email protected] has a

Conservatives could push Kentucky Supreme Court right thanks to surprise open seat

July 8, 2020
Campaign Action Harris, meanwhile, represents an extremely red district in Martin and Pike counties on the very eastern tip of the state, but during the primary, Wright attacked him as an “anti-NRA Democrat” allied with “Louisville radicals.” Louisville is home to the largest Black population in the state and has been the site of major

Tammy Duckworth Confronts Nativist Smears From Tucker Carlson

July 8, 2020
Senator Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, a Thai-American Democrat who lost both of her legs fighting in the Iraq war and is now a potential vice-presidential nominee, was targeted with nativist smears for the second night in a row on Tuesday by Fox News’s Tucker Carlson.Mr. Carlson, whose broadsides have been amplified on Twitter by President

When Washington Helped Small Business, Washington Was Helped

July 8, 2020
WASHINGTON — Car dealers and private schools, restaurants and doctors, hotels and contractors all got money from the program established to help small businesses survive the coronavirus. But a subset of the list of recipients reads like a guide to a professional political class that thrives in the nation’s capital no matter what is happening

Susan Collins Battles for Survival in Maine

July 7, 2020
LUBEC, Maine — It was quiet when the tiny plane carrying Senator Susan Collins, Republican of Maine, landed in Eastport just before noon on the Fourth of July. No blueberry-pie-eating contest, no parade and no Navy ship waiting in the harbor, its traditional place taken by a hulking cruise liner, docked amid the pandemic and

Auto dealers, restaurants with ties to lawmakers were among the firms that got PPP loans: Treasury/SBA data

July 7, 2020
WASHINGTON – Businesses owned by several members of Congress or their families received federal Paycheck Protection Program loans designed to help small firms weather the economic fallout of the coronavirus, according to information the Trump administration released Monday.The list of lawmaker-connected businesses includes car dealerships, casinos, construction companies, and restaurants. All were deemed eligible by the Small Business

Vanessa Guillen’s Remains Found, Family Confirms

July 7, 2020
Her mother expressed her hesitations, but Mayra Guillen supported all of her little sister’s ambitions. One day, when Specialist Guillen was 18, she told her family she had enlisted in the Army. Her mother cried, but Specialist Guillen tried to reassure her in Spanish, “Without a doubt, mami, it is the law of life.”Ms. Guillen

Trump friends, former staff cash in on COVID-19 crisis

July 7, 2020
A former deputy assistant secretary for legislation in the Department of Health and Human Services under Trump, Courtney Lawrence, is now a lobbyist for health insurance giant Cigna. The spouse of former White House counsel Don McGahn, Shannon McGahn, worked for Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in 2017-18. Now she’s the top lobbyist for the National