Trump Things: The U.S. is Stuck in the Upside Down

David Cicilline spoke of Trump Things on the House floor referencing the monsters of Stranger Things and the Upside down

Speaking on the floor of the U.S. House yesterday, Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) compared the nation under Donald Trump’s rule to being in the Upside Down from Stranger Things. Unlike the show, though, the United States doesn’t have a ruggedly handsome Jim Hopper coming to rescue us. “Mr. Speaker, like the main characters in ‘Stranger Things,’ we are now stuck in the Upside […]

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Fear – The Demagogue’s Friend

Donald Trump and Steve Bannon

When people are afraid, they do unfortunate things. As recent paper from the Brookings Institution points out, fear is a demagogue’s best friend. That’s why so many of Donald Trump’s actions in just the first few weeks of his disastrous presidency have been so dangerous. President Trump’s Executive Order severely restricting visa-holders and refugees’ freedom to enter the United States […]

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WA Supreme Court Rules Against Florist Barronelle Stutzman

Barronelle Stutzman

After discriminating against a gay couple and having a public accommodation discrimination complaint successfully levied against her, Arlene’s Flowers owner Barronelle Stutzman fought tooth and nail to retain her right to use religious belief to overrule public accommodation law. She took that fight all the way to the Washington state Supreme Court last year. Today that court ruled unanimously against Stutzman finding she […]

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The Trump Cabal–God Help Us All

Donald Trump

Yesterday, facing massive opposition, Trump’s nominee for Labor Secretary withdrew. But that was a minor victory; most of his ill-equipped nominees have been confirmed. The most accurate one-liner about  the sorry lot that Donald Trump has assembled to run–or destroy– some of the nation’s most important agencies was by a Facebook poster who said he’d seen better cabinets at IKEA. […]

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Asked About anti-Semitism, Trump Discusses Electoral College

Asked About anti-Semitism, Trump Discusses Electoral College

The final question of the joint press conference between the United States and Israel focused on an issue pertinent to the joint meeting and to the safety of American citizens: anti-Semitism. Directed at Trump, an Israeli reporter noted the sharp increase in anti-Semitic hate speech and crimes following his election. He proceeded to ask him what he’d say to the Jewish communities not […]

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Trump’s Twitter Temper Tantrum Over Russia Allegations

Donald Trump deplorables outrage

Following the resignation of Michael Flynn over intelligence that he not only discussed Russian sanctions with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak last year but subsequently lied about it to at least one White House official, news began breaking from major news outlets detailing a larger, more complex story involving Russia’s ongoing interference in United States sovereignty. Among the largest of those stories […]

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Get Thee to the Indiana Statehouse – TODAY [UPDATED]


Despite all of the hard work done by the coalition working on Indiana redistricting reform–despite the recommendation of the Interim Study Committee and the support of Rep. Jerry Torr,  it has been an open question whether H.B. 1014  would even be scheduled for a hearing. But just yesterday–presumably in response to consistent pressure from hundreds of Hoosiers– the Bill was […]

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Kellyanne Conway Retweeted a White Nationalist

Kellyanne COnway retweeted a white nationalist

After her contentious interview with Matt Lauer this morning over the resignation of Michael Flynn, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway took to Twitter to thank a white nationalist who complimented her. In the now-deleted tweet, Conway retweeted white nationalist account “Lib Hypocrisy” saying, “Love you back” adding a Happy Valentines Day to her “Hapless Haters”. The original tweet Conway responded to lauded her ‘performance’ this morning […]

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Flynn’s Russia Scandal: What Did Trump Know and When?

Michael Flynn 's Russia Scandal: What Did Trump Know and When?

The larger question in the ongoing Michael Flynn scandal and resignation isn’t whether he broke the law by discussing Russian sanctions with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak last year; rather, it’s when Donald Trump knew, and why he didn’t act sooner. As late as a few hours before Flynn’s resignation, Trump had White House counselor Kellyanne Conway making the media rounds proclaiming the […]

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