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The president tweeted Saturday evening questioning his predecessor’s response after a bombshell Washington Post report about the previous administration’s decision-making about how to counter Russia.(Image credit: Alexei Druzhinin/AP) […]

Sat, Jun 24, 2017
Source: NPR Politics

NPR’s Michel Martin speaks with Julie Rovner, Chief Washington Correspondent at Kaiser Health News, about the Senate GOP health bill and what it could mean for programs funded by Medicaid. […]

Sat, Jun 24, 2017
Source: NPR Politics

NPR’s Michel Martin speaks with Lynn Cooper, director of the Drug and Alcohol Division at Pennsylvania’s Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association, about the Senate GOP healthcare bill. […]

Sat, Jun 24, 2017
Source: NPR Politics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Leading U.S. congressmen have called on President Donald Trump to press Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to remove barriers to U.S. trade and investment when they meet for the first time on Monday.

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Sat, Jun 24, 2017
Source: Reuters Politics

The confluence of the St. Croix, top, and Mississippi Rivers, bottom, is seen from the air on May 31, 2012.

The court upheld a regulation preventing a Wisconsin family from developing part of their land, denying them government compensation. The decision is a huge win for regulators and environmentalists.(Image credit: Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images) […]

Sat, Jun 24, 2017
Source: NPR Politics

The question of whether armed citizens deter violent crime or exacerbate it has been controversial in academia since at least the mid-1990s—not to mention the debate it continues to fuel in American politics. Conflicting studies have informed polarized lawmakers in the parallel battles over gun regulation.The case for less restrictive gun laws generally boils down to this: Law-abiding citizens have a right to protect themselves and their communities, full stop. The academic backing for this argument can be traced to a 1997 study by University of Chicago economists John Lott and David Mustard. After analyzing the impact of “right-to-carry” laws, […]

Sat, Jun 24, 2017
Source: The Atlantic – Politics

Fifty-four years ago this month, former President John F. Kennedy delivered the “Strategy of Peace,” a powerful address that captured America’s indispensable leadership at the height of the Cold War. Kennedy knew that our country could not guard against the Soviet Union alone, for he believed that “genuine peace must be the product of many nations, the sum of many acts.”Incredibly, the man who now leads the United States seems to find himself locked in an alarming and perilous embrace with the Russian government. These ties threaten to weaken a system of alliances that have held Russia—and countless other threats […]

Sat, Jun 24, 2017
Source: The Atlantic – Politics

The recently unveiled Senate healthcare bill is running into the kind of opposition that could imperil its passage—and that opposition is coming from Republican senators.Dean Heller of Nevada, one of the most politically vulnerable Republican senators facing re-election in 2018, announced on Friday that he will not support the Senate GOP healthcare bill in its current form.“This bill would mean a loss of coverage for millions of Americans, and many Nevadans. I’m telling you right now, I cannot support a piece of legislation that takes insurance away from tens of millions of Americans, and hundreds of thousands of Nevadans,” Heller […]

Fri, Jun 23, 2017
Source: The Atlantic – Politics

Today in 5 LinesDean Heller became the fifth Republican senator to oppose Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s health-care bill. President Trump signed a bill that will make it easier for the Department of Veterans Affairs to fire employees, as part of an effort to overhaul the agency. A Cincinnati judge declared a mistrial in the retrial of former Officer Raymond M. Tensing, who fatally shot Samuel DuBose, an unarmed black motorist, in 2015. The leaders of the Senate Armed Services Committee asked Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to review allegations of abuse at prisons in Yemen, “including U.S. support to the […]

Fri, Jun 23, 2017
Source: The Atlantic – Politics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to remove Iraq and Myanmar from a U.S. list of the world’s worst offenders in the use of child soldiers, U.S. officials said, a step that could prompt accusations the Trump administration is prioritizing security and diplomatic interests ahead of human rights.

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Fri, Jun 23, 2017
Source: Reuters Politics

Featured News

Blogosphere

Here we are, another Sunday. Pretty much the same old people. And I guarantee you the conversation will be entirely around the politics of the Senate Republicans’ healthcare plan, not the impact it will have on every day Americans.
The Sunday shows should focus on what the bill does to people, not guessing about the politics. Also, I would like a pony.
— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) June 24, 2017
Not a single doctor (other than Trump’s HHS head Tom Price). Not a single Medicare/Medicaid recipient. Not a single disabled American. Not a single voter from Trumpcountry who just realized […]

Sun, Jun 25, 2017
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

Unhinged Hannity Commands Trump Attorney: ‘I Want Hillary Prosecuted'

Sean Hannity’s fascism was revealed in all its ugliness as he demanded that Hillary Clinton be prosecuted just on his say so. He didn’t seem to think there was any need for a trial, either, as he pronounced her guilty of “felonies,” too.
Hannity seems to become more unhinged nightly as he desperately “defends” his Dear Leader by whipping up as much hate and hostility toward others as he can possibly work into a one hour television show.
Friday night’s scapegoats/deflections were former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
While real […]

Sat, Jun 24, 2017
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

Open Thread - Tone Police?

Tone down the rhetoric, loser. And please share this @laloalcaraz cartoon. pic.twitter.com/cnehJWHyRt
— Mexican Judge (@laloalcaraz) June 15, 2017

Open Thread below…

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Sat, Jun 24, 2017
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

Zombies now come in all shapes, sizes and purposes. There are slow, shambling zombies that come at you like a rising tide, and high-speed, raging zombies that are on you before you know it. Zombies who sweep the world like a plague, and zombies who trap goofballs in a pub. Zombies who prop up whole cable networks and zombies who want to talk about their feelings.
But they all got their start from the same progenitor. Victor and Edward Halperin’s 1932 pre-code horror classic, White Zombie: the movie which, along with Dracula, turned a Romania-born actor with […]

Sat, Jun 24, 2017
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

Poor Bret Stephens. He’s the latest punching bag for the left among New York Times columnists, and apparently he’s getting sick of it. “Twitter is about the naked, grunting brain,” he says. “It’s whatever pops out. And what pops out is altogether too revealing.” So he’s quitting Twitter.
There’s not much question that Twitter is a cesspool, but I think he’s making a mistake nonetheless. A lot of people blame social media for making our politics cruder, but that misses the reality. Our politics has always been this crude. We just didn’t know it. All Twitter has done is expose our […]

Sat, Jun 24, 2017
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

The Senate Republicans released the health care bill they secretly worked on for months. It is basically Obamacare made sixty percent worse in order to fund a large tax cuts for the rich, drug companies, insurance companies, and device makers.
This massive cut to Medicaid shows the priorities of Republicans. They value tax cuts for the rich over health care for the poor. They are willing to let poor people die so rich people pay less taxes.
An equally important aspect of the bill is how much it adheres to Obamacare’s basic structure. It is an example of the dishonesty of Republicans. […]

Sat, Jun 24, 2017
Source: Fire Dog Lake – Blog

Jon Ossoff, Democratic candidate for Georgia's 6th Congressional District, at a campaign stop in Dunwoody, Ga., April 11, 2017.

In Georgia’s special election, Karen Handel dimmed, if not doused, Democratic hopes that younger candidates will bring younger voters to polls. As both parties’ strategists evaluate the lessons of the race, their attention will turn to the role that Ossoff’s age played in his initial pre-runoff success and eventual failure.Jon Ossoff, Democratic candidate for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, at a campaign stop in Dunwoody, Georgia, April 11, 2017. (Photo: Kevin D. Liles / The New York Times)
Tuesday night, 55-year-old Republican candidate Karen Handel defeated 30-year-old Democratic hopeful Jon Ossoff and secured the seat in Georgia’s 6th District in the most […]

Fri, Jun 23, 2017
Source: Truthout.org – Blog

President Donald Trump leaves after making a joint statement with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, at the White House in Washington, May 16, 2017. (Photo: Doug Mills / The New York Times)

Trump took an oath to defend the First Amendment, but when peaceful demonstrators outside the Turkish embassy were violently assaulted by Turkish presidential bodyguards, Trump’s prolific Twitter account was strangely silent. Was the silence owing to diplomatic discretion or a conflict of interest in the shape of two luxury towers in Istanbul bearing the Trump name?President Donald Trump leaves after making a joint statement with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey, at the White House in Washington, May 16, 2017. (Photo: Doug Mills / The New York Times)
In May, employees of a foreign government attacked US demonstrators, injuring at least […]

Fri, Jun 23, 2017
Source: Truthout.org – Blog

This is just a note about the Senate health care bill. Do not believe any prattle about Mitch McConnell “being OK with a loss.” Or about “moderate Republicans” who will vote against it. Or about conservatives who are “revolting.” Or about “desperate attempts” to hold the Republican caucus together.
Next week the CBO will release its score of the bill. They will confirm that it doesn’t increase the deficit. The Senate will debate for a day or two; pass a few minor amendments; and then pass the bill. The vote will be 51-50, with Vice President Pence breaking the tie.
If Paul […]

Fri, Jun 23, 2017
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

Dating as a single parent isn’t easy. Just ask Cassandra Reschar.”I have full custody of my daughter and very little ‘me’ time,” she wrote on How He Asked. There are over 13 million parents in the U.S. just like her.Then she met Grant Tribbett online, and the two hit it off big-time over the next couple of weeks, constantly trading messages and eventually phone calls.Their relationship blossomed from there, and one day, six months or so into dating, Tribbett asked Reschar and her 5-year-old daughter, Adrianna, to come on a walk through the woods with him.In the middle of the […]

Fri, Jun 23, 2017
Source: Upworthy – Blog

Elections News

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Fri, Jun 23, 2017
Source: Daily Kos – Elections

Leading Off

● Gerrymandering: On Monday, the Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal this fall of a lower court ruling that struck down Wisconsin’s Republican-drawn state Assembly map as an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander. Over the past three decades, the high court has repeatedly held that partisan gerrymandering could in theory run afoul of the Constitution, but it has never struck down any maps on these grounds because it’s never been able to decide upon a standard for when to do so. If, however, the Supreme Court changes course and sides with the district court, a ruling in this case could […]

Fri, Jun 23, 2017
Source: Daily Kos – Elections

Daily Kos Elections is taking a state-by-state look at the impact of Republican gerrymanders on the 2016 congressional elections. Read why in our introductory post, and click here for entries covering other states.

Georgia supported Donald Trump just 50-45 in 2016 and Mitt Romney 53-45 four years earlier, but following the 2010 census, Republicans efficiently gerrymandered the Peach State to consistently deliver a 10-to-4 GOP majority in the state’s congressional delegation. And even though the Atlanta metro area has seen explosive population growth among African-Americans, Latinos, and Asian-Americans, Republicans also failed to create a new, majority nonwhite district after the 2010 […]

Fri, Jun 23, 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 […]

Fri, Jun 23, 2017
Source: Daily Kos – Elections

International News

Yemen cholera epidemic: ‘I have never seen such suffering’ […]

Sat, Jun 24, 2017
Source: BBC – Middle East

The deal to transfer two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia has triggered protests and a legal battle. […]

Sat, Jun 24, 2017
Source: BBC – Middle East

Russian YouTuber Tatiana Subbotina shares how she “travels the world” without leaving her home. […]

Sat, Jun 24, 2017
Source: BBC – Europe

They vow to hold a march in Istanbul which officials have banned for the third year in a row. […]

Sat, Jun 24, 2017
Source: BBC – Europe

So far more than 1,300 people have died, 25% children, with numbers expected to rise, the UN says. […]

Sat, Jun 24, 2017
Source: BBC – Middle East

The former Miss Italy finalist said she was doing so to encourage other women to defy bullies. […]

Sat, Jun 24, 2017
Source: BBC – Europe

Britain’s House of Parliament was the target of a cyberattack, a spokeswoman for the House of Commons confirmed Saturday, an incident that cut off remote email access and left some members unable to log into their accounts.The attack came late Friday night, but news was first made public the next morning when Liberal Democrat Chris Rennard tweeted a message calling for members with urgent messages to text him. Lack of access to email is part of measures being taken to manage the attack, and the government said it was coordinating with the National Cyber Security Centre. Details about what type […]

Sat, Jun 24, 2017
Source: The Atlantic – International

Guinea international Abdoul Camara joins French side Guingamp on a two-year deal, a day after parting company with English club Derby County. […]

Sat, Jun 24, 2017
Source: BBC – Africa

Sierra Leone’s Alhaji Kamara, who was diagnosed with a serious heart condition in 2015, is joining Saudi Arabian top flight league club Al-Taawoun FC. […]

Sat, Jun 24, 2017
Source: BBC – Africa

Working out when the Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr begins is surprisingly complicated. […]

Sat, Jun 24, 2017
Source: BBC – Middle East

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