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President Trump’s tweets about the Russia probe and the latest school shooting drew condemnation from both sides of the aisle. The heartbreak over the shooting is accompanied by new calls to action. […]

Mon, Feb 19, 2018
Source: NPR Politics

The Florida school shooting has again ignited debate over gun control. David Greene talks to David French, senior writer at the National Review, about the idea of a gun-violence restraining order. […]

Mon, Feb 19, 2018
Source: NPR Politics

President Trump sent several tweets over the weekend, including an accusation that the FBI’s focus on the Russia probe distracted the agency from following up on the Florida school shooter. […]

Mon, Feb 19, 2018
Source: NPR Politics

President Trump, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, right, and Dr. Igor Nichiporenko speak to reporters while visiting with medical staff at Broward Health North in Pompano Beach, Fla., Friday.

The president has meetings scheduled with students and teachers centered on safety after the latest mass shooting at a high school in Florida. But so far, he has avoided addressing guns.(Image credit: Andrew Harnik/AP) […]

Mon, Feb 19, 2018
Source: NPR Politics

(Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump blasted media mogul Oprah Winfrey on Twitter on Sunday night over a segment on CBS’s 60 Minutes program and again said he hoped she would face him as an opponent in the 2020 presidential race.

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Sun, Feb 18, 2018
Source: Reuters Politics

PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) – Stunned by the deadliest high school shooting in U.S. history, students mobilized across the country on Sunday to organize rallies and a national walkout in support of stronger gun laws, challenging politicians they say have failed to protect them.

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Sun, Feb 18, 2018
Source: Reuters Politics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump attacked the FBI and lawmakers probing suspected Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S presidential election, drawing sharp criticism for saying an excessive focus on Russia led investigators to miss signs that could have prevented a deadly school shooting in Florida.

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Sun, Feb 18, 2018
Source: Reuters Politics

PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) – Stunned by last week’s bloodiest high school shooting in U.S. history, students across the country were mobilizing on Sunday for stronger gun laws, while Florida officials contemplated when to reopen their badly shaken school.

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Sun, Feb 18, 2018
Source: Reuters Politics

Since earlier this month, when Congress passed a budget deal that massively boosts both defense and non-defense spending, liberal commentators—and even some Republican politicians—have accused the GOP of hypocrisy. Republicans, they noted, are supposed to loathe debt. They’re supposed to loathe government spending. Yet, in large numbers, they voted for much more of both.Fair enough. But what about the Democrats? If Republicans are supposed to worry about the United States bankrupting itself with social-welfare spending, aren’t Democrats supposed to worry about the United States bankrupting itself with military spending? Not anymore. In the run-up to the deal, Nancy Pelosi’s office […]

Sun, Feb 18, 2018
Source: The Atlantic – Politics

Donald Trump didn’t have any control over the Internet Research Agency’s decision to mount self-proclaimed “information warfare against the United States of America.” As the indictment released on Friday stated, the effort began in 2014, long before he was a declared candidate—much less a serious one—for office.But by refusing to to take that information warfare seriously, in an attempt to distance himself from it and any questions it might raise about the legitimacy of his election, the president has paradoxically made the story about himself again and again.This solipsism was on display Saturday and Sunday morning, as Trump, at Mar-a-Lago […]

Sun, Feb 18, 2018
Source: The Atlantic – Politics

Featured News

Blogosphere

Open Thread - Hey! That's My Car!

One of the best times I’ve had as a stepdad to three kids is driving them home at a moment when Bohemian Rhapsody came on the radio. Add about 12 years to the ages and make the oldest a boy and you’ve got my car.
And knowing that it’s not just me makes the world tonight a little smaller and kinder as we face another week of resistance.
Thanks, Freddie Mercury. (And Mike Myers.)
Open thread below…

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Sun, Feb 18, 2018
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

The sun is shining and the temperature is well above the freezing mark today. My darling and I are going on the Valentine’s Day date we couldn’t go on earlier in the week due to stupid work schedules.
This is the song I’ve been humming all day. What are you listening to tonight?

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Sun, Feb 18, 2018
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

The FBI has taken a lot of criticism for failing to follow up on a warning about the teenager who killed 17 schoolchildren in Florida last Wednesday. Here’s the BBC’s report:
On 5 January a person close to the teenager contacted the FBI tipline to provide “information about Cruz’s gun ownership, desire to kill people, erratic behaviour, and disturbing social media posts, as well as the potential of him conducting a school shooting”, said an FBI press release….In 2016, the FBI received about 1,300 tips a day through its website, which is staffed around the clock by two dozen people. In […]

Sun, Feb 18, 2018
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

The Wall Street Journal reports today that Peter Thiel is right: Silicon Valley is a liberal echo chamber and that’s prompting a lot of people to move away. Here’s the evidence:
“I think the politics of San Francisco have gotten a little bit crazy,” said Tom McInerney, an angel investor who moved a decade ago to Los Angeles from the Bay Area. “The Trump election was super polarizing and it definitely illustrated—and Peter [Thiel] said this—how out of touch Silicon Valley was,” said Mr. McInerney, who describes himself as fiscally conservative, but socially liberal. Tim Ferriss, the tech investor and best-selling […]

Sun, Feb 18, 2018
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

Why was Donald Trump so irritable this weekend? Was it because his advisors told him that playing golf would make him look insensitive after Wednesday’s school massacre in Florida? Maybe. Or maybe he had some idea beforehand of this report from the LA Times:
A former top aide to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign will plead guilty to fraud-related charges within days – and has made clear to prosecutors that he would testify against Paul J. Manafort Jr., the lawyer-lobbyist who once managed the campaign. The change of heart by Trump’s former deputy campaign manager, Richard W. Gates III, who had pleaded […]

Sun, Feb 18, 2018
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

Andre Bauer: Mass Shootings Happen Because Schools Stopped Beating Kids With Paddles

Former South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andrew Bauer (R) on Sunday suggested that more students are committing mass shootings because they no longer receive paddlings from teachers or watch The Andy Griffith Show.
During a panel segment on CNN, Bauer explained that he did not expect Republicans to take action against guns after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
“We have a culture thing here that we’re not discussing,” Bauer insisted, shifting the topic away from gun control and the National Rifle Association (NRA). “When I grew up it was Andy Griffith. You never had school shootings and […]

Sun, Feb 18, 2018
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

Howard Dean: Devin Nunes 'Belongs In Jail'

Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean (D) on Sunday asserted that Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) “belongs in jail” for using his power as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee to obstruct the investigation into Russia’s interference in the U.S. election.
In an interview on MSNBC, host Alex Witt asked Dean if President Barack Obama “should have done more” to prevent Russia from meddling in the election.
Dean agreed that “in retrospect” Obama could have done more.
“I told him a long time ago before he started his term that he was wasting bipartisanship on the Republicans,” Dean said. “They don’t give a damn about […]

Sun, Feb 18, 2018
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

It’s a weekend, and that means Donald Trump is bored. Here are this morning’s top stories in the Washington Post:
I wish the Post and other newspapers would take the advice of these “top U.S. officials.” I don’t mind that they report on Trump’s tweets. He is the president, after all. But after 2+ years of these ragetweets, it’s obvious they’re just a way for Trump to blow off steam and get attention. They mean next to nothing in terms of actual policy, so why keep up the pretense that they’re important? Take them off the front page and put them […]

Sun, Feb 18, 2018
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

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Daniel Ellsberg is best known as the whistleblower who released the Pentagon Papers, which exposed what United States government officials really knew and thought about the Vietnam War. But he also worked as a nuclear war planner when he was a RAND Corporation researcher and consultant for the Defense Department.
In a recently published book, “Doomsday Machine: Confessions Of a Nuclear War Planner,” Ellsberg recounts his journey as he discovered how close a nuclear strike by the United States government […]

Sun, Feb 18, 2018
Source: Fire Dog Lake – Blog

Rep. Luis Gutierrez and Rep. Kyrsten Sinema pose for photos with immigration reform activists after a discussion on immigration reform October 23, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. With the fate of DACA up in the air, Democrats have been relatively silent on the plight of nearly 10 million other undocumented immigrants in the country, further reinforcing the "good immigrant / bad immigrant" divide that undocumented youth have tirelessly repudiated. (Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images)

Rep. Luis Gutierrez and Rep. Kyrsten Sinema pose for photos with immigration reform activists after a discussion on immigration reform October 23, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. With the fate of DACA up in the air, Democrats have been relatively silent on the plight of nearly 10 million other undocumented immigrants. (Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images)
The immigration debate, which teeters between racist vitriol from the right-wing and pro-immigrant discourse from corporate liberals and multicultural elites, deliberately ignores the fundamental issue of exploitation under a capitalist system. Immigrant workers are, above all, a means to turn a profit […]

Sat, Feb 17, 2018
Source: Truthout.org – Blog

Elections News

Leading Off

● Arizona: Republican legislators just won’t give up in their fight gain the ability to engage in partisan gerrymandering by dismantling Arizona’s independent redistricting commission. They recently advanced a proposed state constitutional amendment out of a state Senate committee that would dramatically reorganize the commission in a way that would render it toothless. If the voters approve this in a November ballot referendum, the commission would effectively be neutralized, giving the GOP-majority legislature the power to pass its own gerrymanders. This isn’t the first time that Arizona Republicans have gone to extremes to fight for the ability to gerrymander, […]

Fri, Feb 16, 2018
Source: Daily Kos – Elections

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Norman Blake & Hailey Cramer — “Sloop John B” […]

Fri, Feb 16, 2018
Source: Daily Kos – Elections

The GOP pollster Remington Research, which did not identify a client, is out with our first look at the August GOP primary for governor of Kansas, and there’s a surprise. Jeff Colyer, who ascended to the governor’s office weeks ago, has a narrow 23-21 lead over presumptive frontrunner Kris Kobach, Kansas’ notorious secretary of state. Former state Sen. Jim Barnett, who badly lost the 2006 race to Democrat Kathleen Sebelius, is a distant third with 8 percent, while wealthy businessman Wink Hartman, former state Rep. Mark Hutton, and state Insurance Commissioner Ken Selzer each barely register. However, all three of […]

Fri, Feb 16, 2018
Source: Daily Kos – Elections

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

Please note: The Live Digest is a 2016 and 2020 Democratic presidential primary-free space. It’s also an elections-only zone. If you’d like to discuss policy, please visit the latest Daily Kos Elections policy open thread.

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Fri, Feb 16, 2018
Source: Daily Kos – Elections

International News

A search and rescue operation was called off on Sunday due to heavy wind and snow. […]

Mon, Feb 19, 2018
Source: BBC – Middle East

Togolese cross-country skier Mathilde-Amivi Petitjean says more Africans should compete in the Winter Olympics. […]

Mon, Feb 19, 2018
Source: BBC – Africa

Amal Murad says she has been surprised by the amount of support she has received. […]

Mon, Feb 19, 2018
Source: BBC – Middle East

French ice dancer Gabriella Papadakis endures her “worst nightmare” as her dress comes undone during a short dance routine. […]

Mon, Feb 19, 2018
Source: BBC – Europe

The World Service launches online and social media in Igbo and Yoruba for audiences in Nigeria. […]

Mon, Feb 19, 2018
Source: BBC – Africa

The man, 43, and his 11-year-old daughter were skiing in an area at risk at the Val d’Isère resort. […]

Sun, Feb 18, 2018
Source: BBC – Europe

A Russian suspected of failing a doping test at the Winter Olympics is named as medal-winning curler Alexander Krushelnitsky. […]

Sun, Feb 18, 2018
Source: BBC – Europe

All 66 people aboard a plane that crashed on Sunday are feared dead, as a search is set to resume. […]

Sun, Feb 18, 2018
Source: BBC – Middle East

Their wedding in 1901 remains the only known same-sex marriage in the church’s history, the BBC’s James Badcock reports. […]

Sun, Feb 18, 2018
Source: BBC – Europe

The legacy of the virus which spread through three West African countries. […]

Sun, Feb 18, 2018
Source: BBC – Africa

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