Battling Trump Lies: Denial Isn’t a River in Egypt

In attacking and blacklisting CNN, Donald Trump launched an assault on free press

I recently read a sobering report on climate change; apparently, the pace of the predicted rise in sea levels is accelerating. The effects will not be uniform–some areas will see a more rapid rise than others. As the introductory paragraphs noted, polar ice is melting and the seas are rising faster than at any time in at least 2,800 years. The sea […]

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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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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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Debunking Trump: Rampant Voter Fraud is Not a Thing

Trump wants an investigation of alleged voter fraud / voting fraud

What are Americans to make of Donald Trump’s insistence that he would have won the popular vote but for “millions” of fraudulent votes? I suppose the first thing we need to do– as my mother used to admonish me– “Consider the source.” As Philip Roth memorably described Trump in an interview published by the New Yorker, “[he is] ignorant of […]

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Betsy DeVos Plagiarized Many Senate Questionnaire Sections

Betsy DeVos

In addition to the many issues already uncovered about Betsy DeVos’ cabinet nomination (ranging from her severe anti-LGBTQ history and lack of education experience to promotion of education privatization) a new scandal just emerged: she plagiarized several sections of her Senate questionnaire. The Washington Post reported on the plagiarism scandal: President Trump’s nominee for education secretary, in written responses to questions from senators, […]

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Trump’s Attack on Refugees: How Long Can This Last?

Trump executive order targets Syria refugees and Muslims

Sentient Americans of all political persuasions knew that Donald Trump was unfit to occupy the Oval Office. We knew he was unstable. But even those of us who were terrified by his election have been astonished by the speed with which he is harming critical American interests and plunging the country–and world– into chaos. Trump’s most recent Executive Order, banning […]

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Trump Continues Illegal Voting Lie Calling for Investigation

Trump wants an investigation of alleged voter fraud / voting fraud

After continuing to propagate the repeatedly debunked lie that 3-5 million people illegally voted in the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump tweeted yesterday that he wants an investigation into the matter. Despite the authors of the two studies he’s cited as proof having come forward to argue he misinterpreted their publications, Trump continues pursuing the falsehood that massive voting fraud occurred. “I will […]

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Trump’s War on Reality: Do Facts Matter Any More?

Fake news. “Alternative” facts. Welcome to the age of Trump. There is no generally accepted definition of “fake news,” and no bright line separating it from the increasing proliferation of propaganda, but the essential characteristic is that it is not factual. (Fake news is not, as Trump asserts, any news that disparages him.) Concern about fake news has risen, and Facebook and […]

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Alternative Facts: Kellyanne Conway Rationalizes WH Lies

Alternative Facts: Kellyanne Conway Rationalizes WH Lies

Coining a new “politically correct” term for lying, White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway argued this morning that White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was offering “alternative facts” when disputing photographic evidence of Donald Trump’s inauguration crowd size. She made the now infamous comments during an interview with Chuck Todd on NBC News’ Meet the Press. “Why put [Sean Spicer] out there for the […]

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