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Reid, the Nevada Democrat, is wrapping up a 30-year run in Congress. “I agree with the American people – I don’t have a real high regard for Congress either, because we’re not getting things done.” […]

Thu, Dec 08, 2016
Source: NPR Politics

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Carter Page, previously described as a foreign-policy adviser to U.S. president-elect Donald Trump, has arrived in Moscow to meet with businessmen and politicians, RIA News agency reported on Thursday.

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Wed, Dec 07, 2016
Source: Reuters Politics

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Donald Trump clashed on Wednesday with a union official who accused the president-elect of lying about the number of jobs saved in a deal to keep air conditioner maker Carrier from moving some jobs from Indiana to Mexico.

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Wed, Dec 07, 2016
Source: Reuters Politics

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba said on Wednesday it hoped to sign off on at least half a dozen agreements with the United States before businessman Donald Trump, who has threatened to derail detente between the former Cold War foes, becomes president on Jan. 20.

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Wed, Dec 07, 2016
Source: Reuters Politics

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The CEO of China’s sovereign wealth fund said on Thursday he expects U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to be very careful in considering whether to increase tariffs in line with his election promises because it would not be in U.S. interests.

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Wed, Dec 07, 2016
Source: Reuters Politics

Years after Pearl Harbor and decades before a proposed “Muslim Registry,” Sammy Lee tried to “prove that in America, I could do anything.” America hasn’t always been convinced. […]

Wed, Dec 07, 2016
Source: NPR Politics

Today in 5 LinesDonald Trump chose Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad to serve as ambassador to China, and WWE co-founder Linda McMahon to lead the Small Business Administration. The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly approved the 21st Century Cures Act, a $6.3 billion medical research package that includes FDA reforms, as well as funding to combat the opioid epidemic and for Vice President Joe Biden’s “cancer moonshot” initiative. The death penalty trial began for Dylann Roof, the 22-year-old charged with killing nine people in a Charleston, South Carolina, church in 2015. The […]

Wed, Dec 07, 2016
Source: The Atlantic – Politics

Former GOP senator and presidential candidate Robert Dole helped Taiwan connect with the Trump transition team. Federal disclosure reports show Dole has lobbied for Taiwan for nearly two decades. […]

Wed, Dec 07, 2016
Source: NPR Politics

Ohio’s Republican-led legislature passed a law on Tuesday making abortion illegal once a fetal heartbeat can be detected (typically at about six weeks’ gestation). The bill is awaiting a signature from Republican Gov. John Kasich and has divided anti-abortion activists — some support it, but others fear the bill would not withstand a court challenge. At six weeks, the fetus cannot live outside the womb, and many women don’t even know they’re pregnant by then.Still, limited polling suggests the bill does have support. Back in 2012 and 2013 (when similar legislation was being discussed), polls from the Columbus Dispatch and […]

Wed, Dec 07, 2016
Source: Five Thirty Eight – Politics

Linda McMahon, the co-founder of the pro-wrestling enterprise World Wrestling Entertainment. She ran to become the first female Senator of Connecticut, but lost both bids. […]

Wed, Dec 07, 2016
Source: NPR Politics

Featured News

Blogosphere

Another cabinet appointment today? Does Donald Trump even pretend to vet any of these folks? Beats me. But yes, there’s a third appointee today: Linda McMahon, of professional wrestling fame, will head up the Small Business Administration. (This is a cabinet-level post, so it goes on the list.) McMahon and her husband founded the WWE empire and are worth over $1 billion, so that’s officially the third billionaire in his cabinet. Plus there’s Trump himself, of course, so that’s four. That’s 0.7 percent of all the billionaires in the country—so far.

Among other things, the McMahons have nearly single-handedly funded the […]

Wed, Dec 07, 2016
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

It’s been a while since we had a Monty Python clip at Open Thread…
Open thread below…

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Wed, Dec 07, 2016
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

I always dig a song where the singer shouts out his own name in some sort of bravado. I’ve also dug this Oblivians record for twenty years now too. For plenty of reasons too (not just because “JACK OBLIVIAN’S GOT THE LEATHER!”)
What are you listening to tonight?

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Wed, Dec 07, 2016
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

Re:Act Is A Great Resource For Helping Stop Trump Tyranny

The universal cries of fear, disgust, outrage and frustration are inescapable when it comes to the ‘election’ of Trump, Time Magazine’s latest “Person of the Year.” This is rather macabre, considering Adolf Hitler was the winner in 1938. But seriously, did I really need to give another reason to be depressed? No, but it’s easy to be defeatist. What’s more effective and takes a little more effort? We should proactively combat the grotesque actions of this grifter-in-chief elect. There’s a way you can do that: re:act.
Don’t simply throw wet towels around […]

Wed, Dec 07, 2016
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

Okay so
1. No planes have actually been ordered yet.
2. Boeing is one of two companies in the world that can make an Air Force One, the other is in France.
3. Trump lied. About the price tag, about the order, about the reason he brought it up.
The reason he brought it up was, Boeing’s CEO questioned his trade rhetoric in the pages of the Chicago Tribune. Really.
Air Force One tweet tantrum — a lie pushed just after Boeing says concerned about Trump trade policies — is a frightening abuse […]

Wed, Dec 07, 2016
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

The Shorenstein Center has published its analysis of 2016 election coverage, and the main takeaway is that it was very, very negative—but not uniformly negative. For most of the campaign, Donald Trump’s coverage was more negative than Hillary Clinton’s, but that suddenly turned around after James Comey’s letter about Clinton’s email was released. In the final two weeks of the campaign, more than a third of Clinton’s coverage was devoted to scandals. At the same time, coverage of Trump turned suddenly less negative.

The result is that during the crucial closing stretch of the campaign, Clinton’s coverage was more negative than […]

Wed, Dec 07, 2016
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

It’s basically impossible not to love “Hairspray.” Just try not loving it, and you will see you can’t.
Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images.
Indeed, the musical, which follows Baltimore teenager Tracy Turnblad’s quest to integrate “The Corny Collins Show” in an era when TV was still segregated and to win the heart of the hunky Link Larkin over the objections of the evil Von Tussle mother-daughter squad, features an appealing, diverse cast, delightfully throwback choreo, and a closing number so soul-soaringly iconic that it’s been duplicated and parodied ad infinitum. But the show’s biggest, most hidden asset? Beneath its bubblegum exterior, “Hairspray” […]

Wed, Dec 07, 2016
Source: Upworthy – Blog

Jess Keefe didn’t know her brother Matt had a drug problem until he was rushed to the hospital in 2011.His hand was swelling up, he was in pain, and no one knew what it was. After days of tests and close watching, Matt was diagnosed with an infection caused by intravenous drug use. A brain scan revealed the culprit: heroin. “He was very much in denial,” Jess explains. “He didn’t want to acknowledge what was happening and was very resistant to treatment of any kind.”
Matt Keefe. Photo courtesy of Jess Keefe.
In the coming weeks, Jess and her family tried as […]

Wed, Dec 07, 2016
Source: Upworthy – Blog

The scientific community is in agreement: Climate change is real.President-elect Donald Trump has a very complicated history with climate change. He’s referred to the issue as a “hoax,” one of his advisers claims the president-elect plans to scrap NASA’s climate research, and Trump has even gone on record against the historic Paris climate agreement. At the same time, he’s acknowledged that climate change poses a threat to his golf courses, he met earlier this week to discuss the issue with Al Gore, and in an interview last month, he told the New York Times that he’s going into his presidency […]

Wed, Dec 07, 2016
Source: Upworthy – Blog

If you’re an expecting new parent, there’s probably a million and one questions racing through your mind at any given moment.What’s the correct way to hold a newborn? How many onesies is too many? Is it bad that I’ve never changed a diaper? Oh, and how in the world am I going to balance work with being a parent?
Photo via iStock.
That last thought clearly doesn’t belong. Yet, it’s still one on the minds of most American workers about to welcome little ones into their families.Far too many U.S. workers lack paid parental leave, and those in blue collar and low-wage […]

Wed, Dec 07, 2016
Source: Upworthy – Blog

Elections News

As expected, Republican Josh Mandel, whose formal title is Ohio state treasurer but whose real job is running against Sherrod Brown every six years, has kicked off another bid for Senate. Mandel is a hyper-ambitious, mendacious piece of shit, but we aren’t going to do a deep recap of his previous run since we know we’ll have plenty of opportunities to discuss what a jagoff he is in the future. And here’s one sign: He immediately earned the endorsement of the Senate Conservatives Fund, a nihilist group founded by former South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint that supports the most radical […]

Wed, Dec 07, 2016
Source: Daily Kos – Elections

On Wednesday, Democratic Sen. Tom Udall announced that he would not run for governor of New Mexico in 2018. Udall may have been able to clear the primary field if he got in, and perhaps even scared off some viable Republicans, but that won’t be happening now.

A few other politicians from both parties have expressed interest in running to succeed termed-out GOP Gov. Susana Martinez. On the Democratic side, Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham sounded interested in running even if she had to face Udall. Lujan Grisham recently said she knew she’d have to decide by the end of 2017, though […]

Wed, Dec 07, 2016
Source: Daily Kos – Elections

On Wednesday, a spokesperson for Donald Trump confirmed that Iowa GOP Gov. Terry Branstad had accepted Trump’s nomination to serve as ambassador to China. Branstad is the longest-serving governor in American history: Branstad was Iowa’s chief executive from 1983 to 1999, and he returned to the governor’s office in 2011. Branstad toyed with running for a seventh term in 2018, but if he’s confirmed by the Senate, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds will assume the governorship heading into the new cycle; Reynolds would also become Iowa’s first female governor.

A number of Republicans including Reynolds, Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey, and Cedar […]

Wed, Dec 07, 2016
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 […]

Wed, Dec 07, 2016
Source: Daily Kos – Elections

WASHINGTON ― Nearly half of Americans believe President-elect Donald Trump has already stopped U.S. jobs from being shipped abroad.
In a HuffPost/Y…
Read more: Donald Trump, Pollster Analysis, Huffpost Yougov Poll, Carrier, Politics News

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Wed, Dec 07, 2016
Source: Pollster.com

Americans who backed Donald Trump largely take his word over reporters’. Trump’s favorability rating has risen, but remains in the red. And Trump…
Read more: Donald Trump, Media, Politics News

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Mon, Dec 05, 2016
Source: Pollster.com

President-elect Donald Trump, who devoted much of his campaign to railing against the media, has shown no signs that he’s planning to stop. In a twe…
Read more: Donald Trump, Pollster Analysis, Huffpost Yougov Poll, Politics News

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Mon, Dec 05, 2016
Source: Pollster.com

A number of the ACA’s provisions are more popular than the health care law as a whole. Donald Trump’s voters wish he was still committing to have …
Read more: Obamacare, Polling, Politics News

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Thu, Dec 01, 2016
Source: Pollster.com

International News

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is filmed saying Saudi Arabia and Iran are “puppeteering” in the Middle East. […]

Wed, Dec 07, 2016
Source: BBC – Middle East

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says a victory in Aleppo would be a “huge step” towards ending the war. […]

Wed, Dec 07, 2016
Source: BBC – Middle East

A dramatic drop in the giraffe population over the past 30 years leaves them vulnerable to extinction. […]

Wed, Dec 07, 2016
Source: BBC – Africa

In our series of letters from African journalists, Mannir Dan Ali considers why the Nigerian president is finding it hard to please anyone. […]

Wed, Dec 07, 2016
Source: BBC – Africa

Malta has become one of the most progressive countries on gay issues but bans abortion outright – why? […]

Wed, Dec 07, 2016
Source: BBC – Europe

The first US Somali lawmaker says she was subjected to “hateful” anti-Muslim threats from a taxi driver. […]

Wed, Dec 07, 2016
Source: BBC – Africa

Gcina Mhlope is a traditional storyteller who narrates her tales in four South African languages. […]

Wed, Dec 07, 2016
Source: BBC – Africa

France’s leading financial regulator tells the BBC that banks are in advanced stages of planning to shift some operations from London to Paris. […]

Wed, Dec 07, 2016
Source: BBC – Europe

Orla Guerin reports from a hospital in Irbil that is struggling to cope with the number of casualties. […]

Wed, Dec 07, 2016
Source: BBC – Middle East

Police in Northern Ireland have charged a former Celtic Football Club youth coach with sexual activity with a child. […]

Wed, Dec 07, 2016
Source: BBC – Europe

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