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Three of the five honorees had already spoken out against the president, and said they either planned to boycott a White House event or were considering it.(Image credit: Alex Brandon/AP) […]

Sat, Aug 19, 2017
Source: NPR Politics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will not attend the Kennedy Center Honors in December, the White House announced on Saturday, after several honorees said they would boycott a White House reception before the show.

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Sat, Aug 19, 2017
Source: Reuters Politics

DURHAM, N.C.—Friday started inauspiciously in the Bull City. A crowd of activists arrived at the Durham County Courthouse early in the morning to express solidarity with four people who had their first appearance in court, facing charges for pulling down a Confederate statue. A rumor circulated: The Ku Klux Klan was planning to head into town in response to the statue’s removal.A group huddled outside the courthouse, planning strategy: Come at noon. Make sure there’s a critical mass of counter-demonstrators to stare down anyone who comes. Bring a gas mask if you can. There was even speculation that militiamen—two sunglass-and-hat-wearing […]

Sat, Aug 19, 2017
Source: The Atlantic – Politics

Congressmen Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., Kevin Brady of Texas, Peter Roskam, R-Ill. and Dave Schweikert R-Ariz., stand outside Rancho del Cielo in California, where they were crafting a tax overhaul.

While the president was laying blame on “both sides” for violence in Charlottesville, Republicans were meeting to hammer out a tax overhaul. But they worry about whether Trump can make the sale.(Image credit: Susan Davis/NPR) […]

Sat, Aug 19, 2017
Source: NPR Politics

White House strategist Steve Bannon is out. Scott Simon talks with Joshua Green, author of the book Devil’s Bargain. […]

Sat, Aug 19, 2017
Source: NPR Politics

President Trump has asked if the U.S. should take down statues of slave-owning Founding Fathers. Scott Simon speaks with historian Annette Gordon-Reed about their differences from Confederate leaders. […]

Sat, Aug 19, 2017
Source: NPR Politics

(Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump praised his former chief strategist Steve Bannon on Saturday, thanking him on Twitter for his service and his role in the presidential election campaign against Hillary Clinton.

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Sat, Aug 19, 2017
Source: Reuters Politics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Defense Secretary Jim Mattis travels to the Middle East and eastern Europe next week to play the increasingly familiar role of reassuring allies that the United States is committed to them despite mixed messages from President Donald Trump.

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Sat, Aug 19, 2017
Source: Reuters Politics

Last Saturday, my adopted home was invaded by a throng of white nationalists—many heavily armed. They were opposed primarily by area residents, like myself. The results of that protest—the violence, injuries, and death—are by now well known.I have called Charlottesville home for six years. When I got an offer to join the faculty of the University of Virginia Law School, I was hesitant to leave my native country, the Netherlands, to move to a small town in the American South. But I am glad I did; Charlottesville has been a wonderful place to live: a friendly, cosmopolitan, and welcoming college […]

Sat, Aug 19, 2017
Source: The Atlantic – Politics

Six years before it would become the inspiration for bloody protests, the Robert E. Lee monument in Charlottesville, Virginia, was vandalized. The 2011 incident capped off my 11-year residency in the small city—where I’d taught high-school history and where my understanding of the legacy of the Civil War was nurtured. There was no better place to teach the Civil War than Charlottesville. Some of the most important battlefields in Richmond, Fredericksburg, and the Shenandoah Valley are within an hour’s drive. But it was the region’s monuments that played a central role in my teaching, and I believed they should be […]

Sat, Aug 19, 2017
Source: The Atlantic – Politics

Featured News

Blogosphere

Byron York and Stuart Varney complained that Trump’s NEC Director Gary Cohn is being forcibly ‘shamed’ to resign from the administration over Trump’s defense of the neo-Nazis in his Tuesday presser.
Let me set the stage. After Trump defended anti-Semites and their brethren in what is the single most horrific press conference in modern American politics, Glenn Thrush reported that Gary Cohn was “disgusted” and “upset and disgusted over Trump’s remarks since he’s Jewish.
Axios had reported: “Gary Cohn, the longtime #2 at Goldman Sachs, was standing next to Trump in anticipation of questions about infrastructure legislation. We’re told Cohn was somewhere […]

Sat, Aug 19, 2017
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

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Over at New York magazine, Jesse Singal makes “The Careful, Pragmatic Case Against Punching Nazis.” Unfortunately, it’s more than 2,000 words long. What we need is Shorter Jesse Singal:
Violence just helps the white supremacists; it’s a great recruiting tool for them; and it can easily spiral out of control. Also, we’re liberals. We’re the ones who think violence is a last resort.
So how do we stop these assholes? For my money, we do it like this:

TURNOUT IN BOSTON (AUGUST 19, 2017)
: 20: 20,000+ pic.twitter.com/HcKZDrJeUo
— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) August 19, 2017

The truth is that white supremacist groups are pretty small. Their […]

Sat, Aug 19, 2017
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

For her senior thesis, Berkeley economics major Alice Wu decided to evaluate the conversations in a web forum called Economics Job Market Rumors. All posts in this forum are anonymous, so everyone can let their hair down and say whatever they feel like. Wu’s paper lists the top words associated with conversations about women and the top words associated with conversations about men. Here they are:
In conversations about men, roughly a third of the top words are clearly related to economics. In conversations about women, close to zero percent of the words are related to economics. As Berkeley economist David […]

Sat, Aug 19, 2017
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

Big Win! So-Called Right To Work Law Suspended In Missouri

OK, this is a BFD, people!
The workers in Missouri busted their butts and gathered three times the needed signatures to put a stop to the state’s wrong and misnamed “Right to Work” law:

Opponents forced the suspension Friday of a new Missouri law banning mandatory union fees after they delivered dozens of boxes of signed petitions demanding it be put to a public vote.
More than 1,000 people hoping to block the right-to-work law rallied at the Capitol and marched to the Secretary of State’s Office to hand off signatures.
Republican Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft’s spokeswoman Maura Browning said that means “essentially […]

Sat, Aug 19, 2017
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

Donald Trump To Skip Kennedy Center Honors

Donald “I am not a racist” and Melanoma Trump have decided to skip the Kennedy Center Honors this year. They released this statement early this morning:

White House announces Trump and first lady are pulling out of Kennedy Center Honors event. pic.twitter.com/7jMpaGHVTb
— Sam Stein (@samstein) August 19, 2017

Yes, it was 100% their choice. It was definitely not related to 2 attendees flat out boycotting because of Trump’s involvement. As of Thursday, TV legend Norman Lear and dancer Carmen de Lavallade had announced they would not attend. LL Cool J and Lionel Richie were also not confirmed. […]

Sat, Aug 19, 2017
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

A few months ago I put up a chart showing the decline in Southwest border apprehensions during the first three months of the Trump administration. I was curious to see what it looked like after a few more months had passed. Here it is:¹
The downward trend in 2017 is unmistakable. But will it stick? The past decade is full of ups and downs. Border apprehensions dropped substantially from 2009-11, then dropped again in 2015, and now are down again in 2017. Roughly speaking, apprehensions dropped from about 70,000 per month to 30,000 per month under Obama, and have now dropped […]

Sat, Aug 19, 2017
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

Fox Pundits Discover They Love Art -- Now That It's The Kind That Was Created To Terrorize Black People

Remember way, way back in 2012 (I know, it feels like a lifetime ago, back when we had a sane president, doesn’t it?) when the pundits over on Fox “news” were griping that President Obama had not denounced the artwork by photographer Andres Serrano, known as “Piss Christ,” which depicted a small crucifix submerged in a jar of urine?
Well, guess what? They’re all art lovers now that the “art” we’re talking about are these Confederate memorials that are finally starting to be removed in cities around the country.
Here’s now Fox regular and wife of Congressman Sean Duffy, Rachel Campos-Duffy responded […]

Sat, Aug 19, 2017
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference on February 23, 2017, in National Harbor, Maryland. (Photo: Michael Vadon)

White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference on February 23, 2017, in National Harbor, Maryland. (Photo: Michael Vadon)
“The problem was never just Steve Bannon. It was and always will be Donald Trump.”
That’s how Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) responded to news that Friday would the last day on the job for Trump’s top political strategist.
Others echoed Sanders on the heels of the breaking reports, saying that while Bannon’s departure is a welcome step, the fight against white nationalism is far from over.
“Bannon has unquestionably been a driving force behind the racial turmoil that threatens to […]

Fri, Aug 18, 2017
Source: Truthout.org – Blog

2017.8.19.rev.main

While it’s impossible to know when and where a revolution is going to happen and under what conditions, there is currently a broad radicalization taking place internationally and in the US, says labor historian and author Paul LeBlanc. While it’s impossible to know when and where a revolution is going to happen and under what conditions, there is currently a broad radicalization taking place internationally and in the US, with large numbers of people not accepting the capitalist status quo, says labor historian and author Paul LeBlanc. (Photo by Darrian Traynor / Getty Images)
With your support, Truthout can continue exposing […]

Fri, Aug 18, 2017
Source: Truthout.org – Blog

2017.8.19.Cohn

President Donald Trump waves from his motorcade vehicle after departing Trump Tower on August 16, 2017, in New York City. Trump is traveling to Bedminster, New Jersey, as fallout continues from his comments on the violence in Charlottesville. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
It’s time to urge the House of Representatives to bring articles of impeachment against Trump for his abuse of power and before he launches a new civil war and/or nuclear war. When the people elect a president, they are entrusting that person with their security, well-being and survival. Trump clearly has betrayed that trust and must go.President Donald […]

Fri, Aug 18, 2017
Source: Truthout.org – Blog

Elections News

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Fri, Aug 18, 2017
Source: Daily Kos – Elections

Shady GOP antics are afoot in the Silver State.

Nevada Republicans are, understandably, less than thrilled about losing what had been a slim 11-10 majority to the Democrats in the 2016 elections. The loss of Senate control coincided with a dramatic power shift towards Democrats in the state Assembly, where Republicans went from a 24-15 majority (plus one Libertarian) to a 17-27 minority overnight last fall. And one senator added insult to the GOP’s new minority-status injury by leaving the Republican caucus a few days after the election, declaring herself an independent and caucusing with Democrats, giving them an effective 12-9 […]

Fri, Aug 18, 2017
Source: Daily Kos – Elections

Leading Off

● Texas: Late on Tuesday, as Donald Trump was busy defending white supremacists, a federal court in San Antonio struck down Texas’ congressional map on the grounds that the Republican lawmakers who drew it had engaged in intentional racial discrimination in violation of both the Voting Rights Act and the 14th Amendment. The court ordered lawmakers to swiftly lay out their plans to redraw the map, which is shown at the top of this post (click here for a larger version). The new districts will take effect for the 2018 midterm elections if this ruling survives a likely appeal […]

Fri, Aug 18, 2017
Source: Daily Kos – Elections

Welcome to the Daily Kos Elections Live Digest, your liveblog of all of today’s campaign news.

Please note: This is a 2016 and 2020 Democratic presidential primary-free zone.

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Fri, Aug 18, 2017
Source: Daily Kos – Elections

International News

Holders DR Congo fail to qualify for the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) finals after a 1-1 draw with neighbours Congo Brazzaville. […]

Sat, Aug 19, 2017
Source: BBC – Africa

The Nigerian leader spent three months in the UK seeking treatment for an unspecified illness. […]

Sat, Aug 19, 2017
Source: BBC – Africa

The regional Catalan government disagrees as the hunt continues for Younes Abouyaaqoub. […]

Sat, Aug 19, 2017
Source: BBC – Europe

Florence Omagbemi, who led Nigeria to an eighth Women’s African title, says she is ‘shocked’ at not making the shortlist for the role of coach. […]

Sat, Aug 19, 2017
Source: BBC – Africa

The Barcelona attackers killed 14 people—a middling tally for an ISIS attack in Europe. Watch one of the attackers prancing around like an idiot on the streets of Cambrils, Spain, before being shot dead by police, and you can see why the death toll might not have been higher. These do not appear to be trained commandos, moving calmly and tactically like the Bataclan attackers in November 2015. They are amateurs, and if they had any training at all, it doesn’t show.The biggest concern for counterterrorism officials, and indeed anyone interested in not being blown to smithereens in a Brussels […]

Sat, Aug 19, 2017
Source: The Atlantic – International

The BBC witnesses defiance and grief, but also anger and panic after a van attack killed 14 people. […]

Sat, Aug 19, 2017
Source: BBC – Europe

A Jet2 passenger said the fighter jet was so close she could read the writing on its tail fin. […]

Sat, Aug 19, 2017
Source: BBC – Europe

An inspection mission to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations hosts Cameroon is postponed by the Confederation of African Football (Caf). […]

Sat, Aug 19, 2017
Source: BBC – Africa

The Architects interrupt a gig in Amsterdam because the lead singer claims he sees a fan being groped. […]

Sat, Aug 19, 2017
Source: BBC – Europe

In 2004, near-simultaneous attacks on Madrid’s commuter train system killed 192 people and injured more than 2,000. Those attacks, blamed on al-Qaeda, remain the deadliest ever to have been carried out on European soil. They prompted Spanish authorities to reassess their internal-security posture—a process that involved hiring thousands of people whose job it was to stop another attack.Over the next 13 years, as Islamist terrorists targeted cities across Europe—London, Paris, Brussels, Nice, and Manchester to name a few—some of them multiple times, Spain arrested 700 people, convicted dozens, imprisoned 120 people for terrorism-related offenses, and foiled many plots. Spain’s strategy […]

Sat, Aug 19, 2017
Source: The Atlantic – International

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