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Interior Secretary nominee Ryan Zinke’s confirmation hearing is scheduled for this week. Energy developers and tribal leaders are cheering. But environmentalists are wary of the Montana congressman. […]

Mon, Jan 16, 2017
Source: NPR Politics

Mexico has become a crucial manufacturing hub for all the major global automakers. Access to markets and duty-free exports are a big reason why. […]

Mon, Jan 16, 2017
Source: NPR Politics

Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary nominee Gen John Kelly say they would not support a Muslim registry. But U.S. Muslims remain wary. […]

Mon, Jan 16, 2017
Source: NPR Politics

LONDON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday it was “inappropriate” for Donald Trump to brand German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s refugee policy “a catastrophic mistake”.

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Mon, Jan 16, 2017
Source: Reuters Politics

President-elect Donald Trump speaks with reporters in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York on Jan. 13.

President-elect Donald Trump told The Washington Post he’s close to unveiling a healthcare plan he expects Congress to pass soon. But GOP lawmakers are in no hurry to replace the Affordable Care Act.(Image credit: Evan Vucci/AP) […]

Mon, Jan 16, 2017
Source: NPR Politics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Monica Crowley, the foreign policy adviser tapped for a White House job under President-elect Donald Trump, will relinquish the post, a transition official told Reuters on Monday.

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Mon, Jan 16, 2017
Source: Reuters Politics

While confined here in the Birmingham city jail, I came across your recent statement calling our present activities “unwise and untimely.” Seldom, if ever, do I pause to answer criticism of my work and ideas. If I sought to answer all of the criticisms that cross my desk, my secretaries would be engaged in little else in the course of the day, and I would have no time for constructive work. But since I feel that you are men of genuine good will and your criticisms are sincerely set forth, I would like to answer your statement in what I […]

Mon, Jan 16, 2017
Source: The Atlantic – Politics

ATLANTA (Reuters) – Hundreds are expected to pack the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s home church in Atlanta on Monday to mark the federal holiday for the slain civil rights leader, amid political and racial rancor as the first black U.S. president prepares to step down.

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Mon, Jan 16, 2017
Source: Reuters Politics

This week, the Pew Research Center released a report entitled “Behind the Badge,” a comprehensive survey of nearly 8,000 law enforcement officials across the United States examining their attitudes toward their jobs, police protests, interactions with their communities, racial issues, and much more. The report states that it is appearing “at a crisis point in America’s relationship with the men and women who enforce its laws, precipitated by a series of deaths of black Americans during encounters with the police.”

According to 2016 University of Louisville and University of South Carolina study, police fatally shoot black men at disproportionate rates. […]

Mon, Jan 16, 2017
Source: Mother Jones – Politics

KIEV (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said on Monday that “the international community” must stand up against Russian aggression and urged the incoming Trump administration to be a strong supporter and partner of Ukraine.

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Mon, Jan 16, 2017
Source: Reuters Politics

Featured News

Blogosphere

Nina Simone’s wrote “Mississippi Goddam” response to the murder of Medgar Evers. Describing it as “A show tune, but the show hasn’t been written for it yet” in 1964, the song became a civil rights anthem.
When it was released as a single, it was banned from the airwaves in several southern states after radio programmers claimed the word “Goddam” was offensive. Many promo copies were returned from stations to the label cracked in half and hateful letters as to why included.
In light of where we may be heading with the nation’s new administration, the song commands not only a […]

Mon, Jan 16, 2017
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

It was not a good weekend for the Republican establishment.
Trump couldn’t help himself stepping in his own ego regarding John Lewis and Saturday Night Live.
It looks like Friday’s Inauguration will be dwarfed by Saturday’s Women’s March on Washington.
And there were big, huge, noisy, popular, peaceful, and committed protests across the country in defense of the Affordable Care Act.
The one and only JOAN BAEZ enraptures the crowd with “Swing Low Sweet Chariot” #MLK #OurFirstStand pic.twitter.com/pkHpZ9vZMJ
— (((sfpelosi))) (@sfpelosi) January 15, 2017
From townhalls to rallies, tens of thousands came together today for #OurFirstStand to defend healthcare for all. They’re ready […]

Mon, Jan 16, 2017
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

Via Pew Research, here’s another reason that Republicans might have more trouble than they think repealing Obamacare:

Republicans have been chanting “repeal and replace” for so long that people have started to believe the “replace” part. Even among Republicans, half of those with working-class incomes and a third of those with middle-class incomes believe the federal government ought to guarantee health coverage for everyone. It’s only rich Republicans who are dead set against it.

So what is Donald Trump going to do about that? Unfortunately, the answer is pretty obvious: he’s going to propose a replacement plan that does hardly anything for […]

Mon, Jan 16, 2017
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

The Two Faces Of Reince Priebus

After that grueling game in which the Green Bay Packers gave Wisconsin a collective heart attack before kicking a clutch field goal to win the game as time was expiring, Kenosha native Reince Priebus celebrated like any Packer fan:

Well, good for him! Or is it?
This is a picture as the game ended, taken in the sky box of Jerry Jones, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys:

We already knew that Chis Christie was a Cowboys fan and cronies with Jones, but why is Priebus looking so maudlin? Is it because he’s a typical two-faced Republican? I think so.
But more to […]

Mon, Jan 16, 2017
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

Department of Health and Human Services nominee Tom Price is as corrupt as they come, but his confirmation hearing is going forward anyway, in spite of this late-breaking news.
CNN is reporting that Price made an investment in a biomedical company called Zimmer Biomet, then introduced legislation to help it, and then took a campaign donation from them.

Price bought between $1,001 to $15,000 worth of shares last March in Zimmer Biomet, according to House records reviewed by CNN.
Zimmer Biomet, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of knee and hip implants, was one of two companies that would been hit the hardest […]

Mon, Jan 16, 2017
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

President-elect Donald Trump’s chief of staff Reince Priebus says there are no plans to cut Social Security or Medicare. This was Trump’s position throughout the Republican primaries and general election.
But Priebus was less blunt on whether the expansion of Medicaid brought by the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) would remain. He indicated the decision would be made in the coming weeks.
“People voted for Donald Trump. They want to repeal and replace Obamacare. And we will. And we will cover those folks that are on Obamacare that need to be covered. But at the same time, we’re going to find ways […]

Mon, Jan 16, 2017
Source: Fire Dog Lake – Blog

Just out of curiosity, I did a quick check to see how many people/organizations Donald Trump has demanded an apology from since he began his campaign. The answer is 21:

Intelligence chiefs
Cast and producers of Hamilton
Mika Brzezinski
The media
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
CNN
Wall Street Journal
Vicente Fox
Mark Halperin
Hillary Clinton
Rachel Maddow
Chuck Todd
Chris Christie
The liberal media
The Washington Post
Carly Fiorina
Fox News
Tom Llamas
Charles Krauthammer
John McCain
Univision
For a guy who never apologizes himself, he sure does demand a lot of apologies from others, doesn’t he? […]

Mon, Jan 16, 2017
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the establishment (and their media) like to celebrate MLK’s love of imperial America and centrist economic doctrine. The symbol celebrated bares little resemblance to the actual man and his ideas.
There is a reason the FBI orchestrated a well-resourced campaign to destroy King that ultimately culminated in J. Edgar Hoover having a letter sent to King to push King to commit suicide.
The reason is Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. opposed capitalism and the American empire.
In the last campaign before his assassination, King campaigned for a democratic socialist agenda. Called the Poor People’s Campaign, demands […]

Mon, Jan 16, 2017
Source: Fire Dog Lake – Blog

Here’s come good news for MLK Day. The incarceration rate for young black men is now down more than half since 2001:

The not-so-good news is that this has nothing to do with better criminal justice policies or efforts to create opportunities for people of color. It’s because of lead. The younger you are, the more likely you are to have grown up in a (mostly) lead-free environment, and that means you’re less likely to have committed a felony or gotten sent to prison. Because prison sentences in America tend to be long, de-incarceration lags falling crime rates by a fair […]

Mon, Jan 16, 2017
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

Monica Crowley won’t be joining the Trump administration after all:

“After much reflection I have decided to remain in New York to pursue other opportunities and will not be taking a position in the incoming administration,” she said in a statement. “I greatly appreciate being asked to be part of President-elect Trump’s team and I will continue to enthusiastically support him and his agenda for American renewal.”

I haven’t bothered blogging about this, but just in case you missed the news, it turns out that Crowley is a serial plagiarist. As it happens, I have a pretty high tolerance for the kind […]

Mon, Jan 16, 2017
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

Elections News

According to unnamed “knowledgeable sources” who’ve spoken with the Washington Examiner, a right-wing newspaper, conservative radio host Laura Ingraham is reportedly considering a bid against Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine in Virginia next year, though she’s declined to comment. Ingraham is a major Trump booster and fits right in with the president-elect’s “movement,” as she’s an extreme nativist reactionary on the topic of immigration. (She once said that Trump’s proposal to ban Muslim immigration was “not broad enough.”)

That could give her a path to the GOP nomination if Republican voters are looking to nominate someone on the “Trump track,” though Trump […]

Mon, Jan 16, 2017
Source: Daily Kos – Elections

The 1965 Voting Rights Act was the crowning achievement of the civil rights movement. By ending the electoral system of racial apartheid across the South, the VRA finally guaranteed that millions of African-Americans could exercise the one right that helps them protect every other right. A key way that the law did so was by mandating the creation of majority-minority districts to ensure that non-white voters living in areas with strongly racially polarized voting could elect their preferred candidates. Nonetheless, as we celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, minority voting rights are seriously threatened.

Alabama was the […]

Mon, Jan 16, 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 […]

Mon, Jan 16, 2017
Source: Daily Kos – Elections

Leading off

● Where Are They Now?: Despite coming off a 20-year stint representing Orange County in the House, ex-Democratic Rep. Loretta Sanchez couldn’t even win a local party office on Jan. 7. Sanchez, who ran for the U.S. Senate last year and lost to fellow Democrat Kamala Harris 62-38, decided to seek a post as one of the seven female representatives to the California Democratic Party’s Central Committee from Assembly District 68. However, Sanchez came in eighth place, falling eight votes short of winning a spot.

Campaign Action

It might be a stretch to call this a rejection of Sanchez, since all […]

Mon, Jan 16, 2017
Source: Daily Kos – Elections

President-Elect Donald Trump has never exactly been a paragon of Republican Party orthodoxy. Even before he takes office, he’s been at odds with pol…
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Fri, Jan 13, 2017
Source: Pollster.com

The public thinks Donald Trump’s presidency is off to a rocky start. Americans approve of Barack Obama, but are less sure they want to see his legac…
Read more: Donald Trump, Barack Obama, u.s. News , u.s. Presidential Elections, Republican Politics, Democratic Politics, Political Opinion Polls, Pollster Analysis, Politics News

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Thu, Jan 12, 2017
Source: Pollster.com

As President Barack Obama concludes his time in office, his most immediate legacy is a paradox.
Obama’s approval rating, which languished in the mid…
Read more: Donald Trump, Barack Obama, Political Opinion Polls, Obama Approval, Pollster Analysis, Huffpost Yougov Poll, Politics News

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Thu, Jan 12, 2017
Source: Pollster.com

Republicans’ attempt last week to gut an independents ethics office has already faded from the news cycle in the face of a jam-packed schedule of ca…
Read more: Donald Trump, u.s. News , u.s. Presidential Elections, Republican Politics, Democratic Party, Huffington Post, Political Science, Democratic Politics, U.S. Congressional Elections, Election Results, Political Opinion Polls, Yougov, Huffpost Yougov Poll, Pollster Analysis, Politics News

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Wed, Jan 11, 2017
Source: Pollster.com

International News

German politicians are desperately trying to build and forge ties with US President-elect Donald Trump. […]

Mon, Jan 16, 2017
Source: BBC – Europe

UN says millions also face food shortages as fresh talks aimed at ending the war take place. […]

Mon, Jan 16, 2017
Source: BBC – Middle East

Theresa May will use her Brexit speech to say the UK “will not hold on to bits of EU membership”. […]

Mon, Jan 16, 2017
Source: BBC – Europe

President-elect Donald Trump hasn’t been shy about sharing his views about the world, in general, and Europe, in particular. He was criticized during the presidential campaign for questioning the value of NATO, praising the U.K.’s decision to leave the EU, and linking terrorist attacks to the million or so asylum-seekers who have arrived in Europe since 2015. Trump’s supporters and political analysts attributed those comments to campaign-season rhetoric, and said he would pivot on these and other issues before the general election. But with less than a week before the inauguration at which he’ll be sworn in as the 45th […]

Mon, Jan 16, 2017
Source: The Atlantic – International

Abdulkadir Masharipov is the prime suspect in the massacre of 39 people on New Year’s Eve. […]

Mon, Jan 16, 2017
Source: BBC – Europe

Francois Hollande brushes off the US president-elect’s attack on Germany’s liberal migrant policy. […]

Mon, Jan 16, 2017
Source: BBC – Europe

US car giant recalls more than 4,500 vehicles in South Africa after nearly 50 Kugas catch fire. […]

Mon, Jan 16, 2017
Source: BBC – Africa

Adama Barrow misses the burial of his eight-year-old son as he has left Gambia amid the election dispute. […]

Mon, Jan 16, 2017
Source: BBC – Africa

Ghana coach Avram Grant wants his players to be in the moment at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations and not be distracted by the past. […]

Mon, Jan 16, 2017
Source: BBC – Africa

The head of the rebel delegation says it aims to end the “crimes” of the government and its allies. […]

Mon, Jan 16, 2017
Source: BBC – Middle East

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