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James Corden, the host of The Late Late Show on CBS, broke into his pre-taped show Monday night to deliver an unscheduled and impassioned tribute to the victims of the attack on an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester that killed 19 people and injured 50 others.

The British comedian, visibly shaken, described Manchester as a place with “strong, proud, caring people with community at its core.”

“It’s famous for incredible music—Oasis and Joy Division. It was the birthplace of the leader of the suffragettes,” Corden said. “It’s a place full of comedy, curries and character.”

“We’ll all go to bed holding our little […]

Mon, May 22, 2017
Source: Mother Jones – Politics

In an unprecedented move, the White House is set to release a budget proposal that would withhold all federal funds from abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood. The impact would be far-reaching. Federal funds are already prohibited from being used to pay for most abortions; the new proposal, if approved by Congress, would bar health care providers around the country from receiving federal support for things like STD treatment, cancer screenings, and even Zika prevention—if they also happen to provide abortions.

The Trump administration is slated to issue its full 2018 budget request on Tuesday morning, but documents circulated on Monday give […]

Mon, May 22, 2017
Source: Mother Jones – Politics

Federal budget cuts

The White House is expected to ask for big cuts, push school choice and change student loan repayment. But presidents have rarely succeeded in cutting the Education Department budget.(Image credit: Hanna Barczyk for NPR) […]

Mon, May 22, 2017
Source: NPR Politics

The White House is unveiling a proposal that aims to eliminate the federal deficit within a decade. It calls for significant cuts to Medicaid and food stamps, and it assumes robust economic growth.(Image credit: Carolyn Kaster/AP) […]

Mon, May 22, 2017
Source: NPR Politics

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee earlier this month.

The Washington Post reported the president asked the Director of National Intelligence and the head of the NSA to push back against the investigation into his campaign’s possible ties to Russia.(Image credit: Jim Watson /AFP/Getty Images) […]

Mon, May 22, 2017
Source: NPR Politics

President Donald Trump reportedly tried, unsuccessfully, to enlist Admiral Michael Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency, and Daniel Coats, the director of national intelligence, to publicly refute the possibility of collusion after former FBI Director James Comey announced in March that the bureau is investigating potential links between Trump campaign associates and the Russian government, according to The Washington Post on Monday.Citing unnamed government officials, the Post’s Adam Entous and Ellen Nakashima report that Trump asked Coats and Rogers “to publicly deny the existence of any evidence of collusion during the 2016 election.” But, according to the report, […]

Mon, May 22, 2017
Source: The Atlantic – Politics

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicago is starting an advertising campaign to reassure immigrants that they are welcome in the third-largest U.S. city, in a show of defiance to a crackdown by President Donald Trump on people who have entered the country illegally.

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Mon, May 22, 2017
Source: Reuters Politics

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department on Monday asked a federal judge to reconsider a ruling which blocked President Donald Trump’s attempt to cut off federal funding for so-called sanctuary cities.

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Mon, May 22, 2017
Source: Reuters Politics

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – The heavily Hispanic Texas border county of El Paso filed suit in federal court on Monday to halt a new law backed by the state’s Republican leaders to punish “sanctuary cities,” saying the measure was vague, cruel and unconstitutional.

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Mon, May 22, 2017
Source: Reuters Politics

In a letter to the House Oversight Committee chairman Monday, a top Democratic lawmaker suggested former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn broke the law last year by making false statements during a background-check interview for his top-secret security clearance. Lying to federal investigators during a background check can be a felony under federal law.Georgia Representative Elijah Cummings, who serves as the ranking member on the Oversight Committee, said Flynn may have lied to Defense Department examiners about his foreign income sources while under questioning.The letter, addressed to his Republican counterpart Jason Chaffetz, quotes excerpts from the Defense Department’s Report of […]

Mon, May 22, 2017
Source: The Atlantic – Politics

Featured News

Blogosphere

Open Thread - Kids On 'Leadership,' 1990

h/t LB. Open thread below…

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Mon, May 22, 2017
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

When Alan “Blind Owl” Wilson wrote this he was thinking about the environment and how long it would take until people would start to make a wreck of the moon.
I wake up every morning and fear I am going to hear that an executive order to do just that has been signed.
What are you listening to tonight?

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Mon, May 22, 2017
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

White House Press Release: Trump Wants “Lasting Peach” In Middle East

Try a peach today. You’ll like it.
Honest.
Source: Haaretz
One of U.S. President Donald Trump’s goals during his visit to Israel is to “promote the possibility of lasting peach” – at least, according to the White House’s press statement.
The fruity typo is the latest embarrassing incident in a string of cringe-worthy situations that have plagued Trump’s visit to Israel thus far.

Press statement @WhiteHouse says 1 goals of @POTUS Israel trip is “promote the possibility of lasting peach” pic.twitter.com/HE1l2lThg8
— Matthew Levitt (@Levitt_Matt) May 22, 2017

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Mon, May 22, 2017
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

CBS Freelancer David Leavitt Earns Twitter Worst Person Of The Day Honors

Remember Justine Sacco, the woman who tweeted about she was going to Africa and was scared about AIDS but JUST KIDDING, she wouldn’t get it cause she’s white. Yeah, she sent that as her flight was taking off…and by the time she landed, a new hashtag had gone viral –> #HasJustineLandedYet.
Oh, she lost her job. In case you were curious, she had worked in public relations. Yup.
So here we are, 2017, and tonight we have a new contender for biggest asshole on Twitter: David Leavitt. Tonight there was an explosion with dozens of reported injuries and deaths at […]

Mon, May 22, 2017
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

According to the Washington Post, James Comey wasn’t the only person that President Trump pressured regarding the FBI’s Russia investigation:

Trump made separate appeals to the director of national intelligence, Daniel Coats, and to Adm. Michael S. Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency, urging them to publicly deny the existence of any evidence of collusion during the 2016 election.

Coats and Rogers refused to comply with the requests, which they both deemed to be inappropriate, according to two current and two former officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private communications with the president….Trump’s conversation with Rogers […]

Mon, May 22, 2017
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

Several progressive organizations signed on to a letter strongly condemning the founder of FitzGibbon Media, a progressive public relations firm which abruptly shut down after allegations of sexual misconduct were leveled against him.
Last week, Shadowproof broke the story about three criminal complaints involving sexual misconduct charges that were submitted against Trevor FitzGibbon. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Columbia declined to pursue further action.
UltraViolet, a women’s advocacy organization and former client of FitzGibbon Media, launched a campaign to have progressive organizations sign on to a letter in order to send a message that FitzGibbon was not welcome to […]

Mon, May 22, 2017
Source: Fire Dog Lake – Blog

This post is long and wonky and probably not worth your time to read. You have been warned! But it’s something I’ve been wrestling with for a while, and this is basically a way of getting my thoughts in order so that I can continue pondering it.

The subject is inflation. Specifically, what’s the best way to measure inflation? I’m talking here about the best general index, not specialized things like CPI-X (an attempt to measure inflation for the elderly) or core PCE (useful to the Fed as a way of judging the strength of the economy). The most common measure […]

Mon, May 22, 2017
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, and P.G.T. Beauregard were responsible for a war that killed more than 600,000 Americans to defend the right to keep millions more enslaved.Years after the end of that war, the City of New Orleans honored each of the three men with a statue.Recently, those statues finally came down.
A statue of Robert E. Lee is removed in New Orleans. Photo by Scott Threlkeld/AP.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu delivered an emotional speech commemorating the day Lee’s statue was removed from its home in Lee Circle where it had stood for 133 years.
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. Photo by […]

Mon, May 22, 2017
Source: Upworthy – Blog

Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, and P.G.T. Beauregard were responsible for a war that killed more than 600,000 Americans to defend the right to keep millions more enslaved.Years after the end of that war, the City of New Orleans honored each of the three men with a statue.Recently, those statues finally came down.
A statue of Robert E. Lee is removed in New Orleans. Photo by Scott Threlkeld/AP.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu delivered an emotional speech commemorating the day Lee’s statue was removed from its home in Lee Circle where it had stood for 133 years.
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. Photo by […]

Mon, May 22, 2017
Source: Upworthy – Blog

In some ways, it’s sort of entertaining to have a president who’s literally learning the most basic facts of the world on the job:

President Trump began a two-day visit to Israel on Monday with a blunt assessment for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: If Israel really wants peace with its Arab neighbors, the cost will be resolving the generations-old standoff with the Palestinians….“I was deeply encouraged by my conversations with Muslim world leaders in Saudi Arabia, including King Salman, who I spoke to at great length. King Salman feels very strongly and, I can tell you, would love to see peace […]

Mon, May 22, 2017
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

Elections News

Daily Kos Elections’ project to calculate the 2016 presidential results for every state legislative seat in the nation hits California, where legislative Democrats have just the right number of seats they need to maintain their vital supermajorities, but where the GOP is planning to go on the offensive. You can find our master list of states here, which we’ll be updating as we add new data sets; you can also find all of our calculations from 2016 and past cycles here.

California has been one of the nation’s most Democratic states for a while, and Donald Trump is doing nothing to […]

Mon, May 22, 2017
Source: Daily Kos – Elections

A new internal poll of Virginia’s Democratic primary next month from Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam gives him his biggest lead to date, yet the overall picture is still cloudy. Northam’s survey, from Garin-Hart-Yang, finds him up 50-33 on ex-Rep. Tom Perriello, an even bigger margin than a recent PPP poll conducted for a Northam ally that had him ahead 45-35.

However, in between these two pro-Northam polls, the Washington Post released a survey finding Perriello ahead by a tight 40-38 spread. There are just three weeks to go before the election, so whether the candidates are separated by 2, 10, or […]

Mon, May 22, 2017
Source: Daily Kos – Elections

Last week, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported that the DCCC was trying to recruit Hamilton County Commission President Todd Portune for a bid against Ohio GOP Rep. Steve Chabot. WVXU’s Howard Wilkinson further reports that Cincinnati City Councilor P.G. Sittenfeld is also being “sounded out by the DCCC.” Sittenfeld did not deny he was interested, only saying it was “flattering that the national folks would be interested, but my focus is squarely on Cincinnati and specifically our current budget process,” and adding, “If anything ever changes, I’ll be sure to let you know.” Trump carried this seat 51-45, about the same […]

Mon, May 22, 2017
Source: Daily Kos – Elections

A few weeks ago, Politico reported that Mai-Khanh Tran, whom they described as “a “Wall Street analyst-turned-pediatrician,” was expected to run against longtime California GOP Rep. Ed Royce, and she recently told The Atlantic she was in. Tran was born in Vietnam and she was evacuated out of Saigon just before the city fell in 1975. Tran’s campaign skills are unknown, but if she can get her name out in this Southern California seat, which is located in the expensive Los Angeles media market, she may be able to contrast herself well against Royce. Tran has also made it clear […]

Mon, May 22, 2017
Source: Daily Kos – Elections

NEW ORLEANS ― The phrase “But her emails!” has become a sarcastic rallying cry among many liberals who bemoan the attention dedicated last year …
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Sun, May 21, 2017
Source: Pollster.com

Most Americans are taken aback that President Donald Trump reportedly revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambas…
Read more: Donald Trump, u.s. News , Huffington Post, Economics, Political Opinion Polls, Sociology, Yougov, Pollster Analysis, Huffpost Yougov Poll, Politics News

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Wed, May 17, 2017
Source: Pollster.com

Most Americans don’t trust the White House, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll. Most don’t trust the media, either.
Just 36 percent of Americ…
Read more: Donald Trump, u.s. News , White House, Economics, Political Opinion Polls, Media, Sociology, Yougov, Pollster Analysis, Huffpost Yougov Poll, Politics News

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Tue, May 16, 2017
Source: Pollster.com

With much of the political oxygen taken up in the last few weeks by questions over the Trump administration’s relationship with Russia and by the GO…
Read more: Donald Trump, Republican Politics, u.s. Presidential Elections, Huffington Post, Economics, Political Opinion Polls, Sociology, Pollster Analysis, Politics News

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Tue, May 16, 2017
Source: Pollster.com

International News

The US president is to hold talks with the Palestinian Authority leader in Bethlehem. […]

Mon, May 22, 2017
Source: BBC – Middle East

The US and Uganda are stopping the hunt for notorious rebel leader Joseph Kony but he is still a threat. […]

Mon, May 22, 2017
Source: BBC – Africa

Briton Tom Stewart went missing in Malta a year ago, fleeing a hospital without money or a passport. […]

Mon, May 22, 2017
Source: BBC – Europe

Have you heard the one about the refugee Muslim-American comedian who sat next to a Trump on a plane? […]

Mon, May 22, 2017
Source: BBC – Middle East

Talks with eurozone ministers are expected to continue ahead of the next official meeting on 15 June. […]

Mon, May 22, 2017
Source: BBC – Europe

Here’s what we know:—Greater Manchester Police said “there are a number of confirmed fatalities and others injured” following reports of explosions at the Manchester Arena.—The venue was the scene of an Ariana Grande concert.—This is a developing story and we’ll be following it here. All updates are in Eastern Standard Time (GMT -4). Read On » […]

Mon, May 22, 2017
Source: The Atlantic – International

People are warned to avoid the area around Manchester Arena amid reports of an “explosion”. […]

Mon, May 22, 2017
Source: BBC – Europe

President Trump’s trip to Israel has already been marred by awkward moments—from the minor (Melania appearing to bat his hand away on the Israeli airport tarmac) to the major (Trump telling reporters that he “never mentioned the word or name Israel” to Russian officials when he disclosed intelligence about ISIS, thereby all but confirming that the intel was Israeli). And yet, as far as some Israelis are concerned, Trump’s trip to Israel so far has been a resounding success, largely because he was the first sitting president to visit the Western Wall.The Western Wall, known to Israelis as the Kotel, […]

Mon, May 22, 2017
Source: The Atlantic – International

Yahya Jammeh, who left the country in January, has had his remaining assets frozen by a court. […]

Mon, May 22, 2017
Source: BBC – Africa

JERUSALEM—Is Donald Trump the last best hope for the peace process?As a candidate, Trump was an iconoclast in many ways, but by and large he hewed to the positions on Israel typical of Republican presidential candidates. Trump promised to move the United States Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and railed against the Iran deal.Trump’s promises reassured the Israeli right and the pro-Israel American right. He earned rave reviews from figures like the Jewish Home leader Naftali Bennett, who declared after the election that “Trump’s victory is a tremendous opportunity for Israel to immediately announce its intention to renege on […]

Mon, May 22, 2017
Source: The Atlantic – International

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