American Democracy · Donald Trump · Misinformation · Political Coverage · Rachel Maddow · Russian Hacking Scandal

The Quiet Battle Against the American Press

Last night, Rachel Maddow, in an impressive narrative, revealed that someone sent a forged NSA document to their news tip line http://www.sendittorachel.com. The document contained a few clues, which she details expertly in the story, that indicate that a person took an NSA document published by The Intercept in early June and doctored it to… Continue reading The Quiet Battle Against the American Press

American Democracy · Barack Obama · Donald Trump · Election 2016 · Election Integrity · Mitch McConnell · Republican Party · Russian Hacking Scandal · Vladimir Putin

A Question the GOP Must Answer: What Is Your Purpose?

The Washington Post today published a jawdropping background account of the Obama administration’s response to intelligence revelations that Russia had engaged in a cyberwarfare attack on America’s 2016 presidential election, including a specific directive from President Vladimir V. Putin to the operatives involved in the hacking operation. The Obama administration knew of this in early August… Continue reading A Question the GOP Must Answer: What Is Your Purpose?

Donald Trump · Glenn Beck · Political Communication · scientific thinking · Tea Party Movement

Why Truth No Longer Matters for Some

Glenn Beck, host of his eponymous political television show that aired on the Fox News Channel from 2009 to 2011, once referred to himself as a “rodeo clown.” And indeed he was, at least for those who found little substance in his special brand of breathless rants, in which he ascribed every possible evil to… Continue reading Why Truth No Longer Matters for Some

Donald Trump · Election 2016 · James Comey · Jeff Sessions · rod rosenstein · Russian Hacking Scandal

Comey Interrupted, This Time Literally

This evening, as FBI director James Comey spoke at a bureau recruiting event in Los Angeles, a television news program behind him flashed the story: President Donald Trump had fired him. He laughed and dismissed it as a joke. But it wasn’t. He left the room and confirmed the dismissal via telephone with The White House.… Continue reading Comey Interrupted, This Time Literally

2018 Midterm Elections · Affordable Care Act · Donald Trump · House Republicans · Obamacare · Paul Ryan · Republican Party

The House GOP May Have Pulled the Plug… On Their Majority

After seven years of threatening to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as “Obamacare,” the House GOP finally passed a measure that, in the kindest terms, will be a death sentence for many Americans. And that is no exaggeration. Paul Waldman of The Washington Post did not mince words, and said… Continue reading The House GOP May Have Pulled the Plug… On Their Majority

American Democracy · Civil Rights · Donald Trump · Protest · Reince Priebus · Republican Party

The GOP’s Power Is On Borrowed Time

The GOP’s continued defense of Trump’s haphazard, unvetted, and likely unconstitutional ban on immigrants from seven cherry-picked Muslim-majority nations has reached a Code Red level of cynicism. It is unclear what White House Chief of Staff, and former RNC Chairman, Reince Priebus hopes to gain from his party’s support of Trump’s ban. House Speaker Paul… Continue reading The GOP’s Power Is On Borrowed Time

American Democracy · Civil Rights · Donald Trump · Progressive Movement · Protest

Are You Not Alarmed Yet?

Today, not only have two government agencies–the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture–faced vague gag orders on communicating with the public, but the Trump administration continues to govern with his business interests in likely violation of the Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution, with little to no answer from the Republican Party.… Continue reading Are You Not Alarmed Yet?