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Trump is looking for a hero to protect him from Russia investigation

Donald Trump got James Comey alone so he could ask him to stop the investigation. That didn’t work out. He turned to Jefferson Sessions, who turned around and recused himself—something that Trump ...
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Trump breaks out the spit and polish for clean, cleaner, cleanest coal

As part of his exercise in stringing together sentences in a totally non-sequential, nonfactual, nonsensical way, Donald Trump spent a few moments in Phoenix bragging about clean coal. “We’ve ended the war on beautiful, clean coal, and it’s just been announced that a second, brand-new coal mine...

Hillary Clinton Wonders If She Should Have Told Trump: "Back Up, You Creep."

This morning, MSNBC’s Morning Joe debuted two excerpts from Hillary Clinton’s upcoming memoir, What Happened. The two audio clips — one explaining what the book covers, and one recalling Donald Trump’s creepy behavior during the second debate — featured Clinton reading the excerpts in her own voice. Morning Joe Co-Anchor Willie Geist: Welcom...

Neighbors Call on Interior Secretary to Keep Public Lands in Public Hands

Environment America The battle to save our public lands has come to the gardens of Capitol Hill. More than 130 neighbors of U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke have put up signs in their front yards calling o...

Follow the Money: They Say It Was About Russian Orphans. They’re Lying.

Steven Harper Another Trump cover-up collapses. Like its predecessors, it involves Russia. Also like its predecessors, Trump is at the center. People lie for a reason. What was Trump’s reason this time? ...

Trump declares war on the Republican Senate

Tuesday night in Phoenix, Donald Trump put what really should be the final nail in the coffin of the beltway punditry’s quaint belief that anytime the man reads off a teleprompter without foaming at the mouth that he’s finally at the pivot, that he’s becoming presidential. Case in point: the man ...

In a sobering interview, former intelligence director questions Donald Trump’s fitness for office

James Clapper, the former director of National Intelligence, gave an extraordinary interview to CNN’s Don Lemon after Donald Trump’s unhinged rally in Phoenix, Arizona on Tuesday night. In the plainest of terms, Clapper loudly questioned not only Trump’s fitness for office, but his motivation for being there.   From CNN: “...

Greenpeace Responds to Harvard Study Revealing That Exxon Misled on Climate Change

Greenpeace In response to the ...

Leading Civil Rights Organization and Police Chiefs Join to Address Hate Crimes

Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Recognizing the critical role law enforcement and community leaders play in responding to hate crimes, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee) and t...

Randy Bryce is More Than A Mustache

Alexandra Tempus It was a friendly audience, but Randy Bryce’s voice shook anyway. This speech was among his first to a national crowd of this size—over 1500 people passionate about progressive politics packed into a cavernous hall at the Netroots Nation conference held in Atlanta earlier this month. Towering screens on either side of the podium projected his now famously mustachioed face to the crowd. ...

In an sobering interview, former intelligence director questions Donald Trump’s fitness for office

James Clapper, the former director of National Intelligence, gave an extraordinary interview to CNN’s Don Lemon after Donald Trump’s unhinged rally in Phoenix, Arizona on Tuesday night. In the plainest of terms, Clapper loudly questioned not only Trump’s fitness for office, but his motivation for being there.   From CNN: “...

Dear Trump Voter: He Lied to You

Robert Reich If you voted for Donald Trump, I get it. Maybe you feel you’ve been so badly shafted by the system that you didn’t want to go back to politics as usual, and Trump seemed like he’d topple that corrupt system.  You voted to change our country’s power base – to get rid of crony capitalism and give our government back to the people who are working, paying taxes, and spending more just to survive. Lots of America...

Trump Doubles Down in Phoenix

Last night, Donald Trump held another Make America Clap for Me Again rally in Phoenix, during which he doubled down on white supremacy and nativism in a discursive rant which became increasingly maniacal as he went off-script in a protracted airing of grievances. Under the blunt headline “Trump Goes Off-Script in Hour-Long Public Meltdown,” Vanity Fair’s Maya Kosof...

Trump and McConnell’s private feud goes public

Do any two Republicans deserve each other more than Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump? The two are now locked in a battle that apparently has devolved into complete non-communication, following “a profane shouting match” between the two. Fun times. The relationship between President Trump and Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, has disintegrat...

Dear Trump Voter

Robert Reich If you voted for Donald Trump, I get it. Maybe you feel you’ve been so badly shafted by the system that you didn’t want to go back to politics as usual, and Trump seemed like he’d topple that corrupt system.  You voted to change our country’s power base – to get rid of crony capitalism and give our government back to the people who are working, paying taxes, and spending more just to survive. Lots of America...

Trump Can Stay Sane for Approximately 24 Hours

Jen Psaki Donald Trump has shown he is capable of temporary moments of sanity. They typically include scripted remarks, and they last for about 24 hours — or less. Just a few minutes into his speech at a rally in Phoenix Tuesday evening, the clock ran out. And it quickly went off the rails. It wasn’t just a speech lacking structure, or focus, or message. It was an unhinged rant from someone who is supposed to be ...

Trump’s Phoenix rally: Whines, rants, and the sweet, sweet sound of mindless rage

On Tuesday evening, Donald Trump conducted a raucous, racist, hate-filled rally in which he played all his old favorites: attacking the media, maligning immigrants, and demeaning even members of his own party who dared cross him. Then he spiced up his usual stew by re-writing what he said about Charlottesville, and going all in on attacking a man fighting a desperate battle with brain cancer. Trump’s attacks on the media included repeatedly telling the Phoenix crowd that the rally...

Morning Digest: Alaska’s independent governor will seek re-election, but will Democrats play ball?

The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, and Carolyn Fiddler, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, and David Beard. Leading Off AK-Gov: After keeping us guessing all year, Alaska Gov. Bill Walker and his lieutenant governor, Byron Mallot, announced on Monday ...

What We Are Reading: 08/23/2017

DACA on perilous footing on 5th anniversary : Ten state attorneys general, led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, have issued an ultimatum to the Trump administration — sunset DACA by September 5, or we’ll challenge it in court. The attorneys general have threatened to petition a court that’s considering a similar but separate Obama administration deferred action program, for parents, t...

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Slams Trump’s Remarks in Phoenix

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement on President Trump’s remarks at...