Under The Radar: Trump’s Federal Judge Nominations

The Trump administration’s daily assaults to American laws and norms have produced a sort of outrage fatigue in many of us. That can be dangerous. As we hold our collective breath and cross our fingers–hoping that Muller’s investigation will provide enough evidence of criminality and/or treason to make impeachment imperative, or for the Democrats to regain control of Congress in […]

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Another Last Straw: Trump’s Obamacare Subsidy Fiasco

ACA Obamacare

Every morning since January 20th, Americans have awakened with foreboding: what new attack on reason and sanity has our tweeter-in-chief launched today? And what excuses for inexcusable behavior will spineless GOP Senators and Representatives offer this time? Optimists will predict that this (insert latest outrage) will be the final straw. Realists respond that, given the invertebrates in Congress and the ship  of fools […]

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Trump Threatens to Abandon Puerto Rico As Death Rate Escalates

Trump Threatens to Abandon Puerto Rico As Death Rate Escalates

As the post-hurricane death toll in Puerto Rico began escalating this week, Donald Trump just threatened to pull all FEMA relief efforts from the American territory. Couching his reasoning in the uninformed logic that the island owes money (and should therefore not receive the aid they’re entitled to as a part of the United States), Trump fired off three tweets […]

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Trump Effect: Trashing The Country

national parks

I see that Scott Pruitt intends to roll back the Clean Power Plan put in place during the Obama administration.  Pruitt’s devotion to fossil fuel interests and his determination to eviscerate the agency he heads is, if anything, stronger than ever. To hell with clean air and water, or for that matter, the future of the planet. The Guardian recently looked at […]

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The “Right” Way to Protest

The "Right" Way to Protest

While it should already be glaringly obvious, angry white conservatives see no legitimate public venue for persons of color to address systemic racism and its lasting effects on the nation. Whether they’re calling for cars to plow through and murder peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters blocking streets or telling “uppity” black actors on Broadway to entertain them rather than make […]

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Talking About What We Understand: Trump’s Puerto Rico Problem

Donald Trump in Puerto Rico

One of the bloggers I follow is Doug Masson, a thoughtful and impressively erudite observer of the circus that is current American politics. I was especially struck by his recent post on the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico, and mainland American preoccupations. Puerto Rico is suffering. Like a lot. 3.4 million Americans have been without power for 5 days and the prospect of […]

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Amateur Government: Why Experience Matters

Trump is running an impotent Republican government

Voters seem to love it when candidates for public office proclaim “I’m not a politician.” I always wonder if those voters take their car repairs to businesses proclaiming “We’re not mechanics!” or get their cavities filled by “dentists” who never went to dental school. Probably not; evidently, however, there is a widespread belief that anyone can “do” governing. Hey, America! […]

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DOJ Releases Virulently Anti-Gay ‘Religious Liberty’ Memo

Jeff Sessions and Donald Trump

Capping off a week where the Department of Justice rescinded workplace protections for transgender people, Attorney General Jeff Sessions released a lengthy memo today outlining the DOJ’s intention to allow discrimination through use of ‘religious liberty’ exceptions. The wide-spanning memo never explicitly mentions LGBTQ people, but targets every industry and avenue LGBTQ people have been fighting legal roadblocks to promote […]

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