Trump’s poll numbers don’t make me happy. They make me mad.

Considering he’s a new president, a historically large percentage of the American people think Donald Trump sucks at his job. That’s what his approval ratings make clear. In fact, neither Barack Obama nor Bill Clinton (nor Ronald Reagan for that matter) were ever as unpopular over their eight years as Trump is now, and it’s still the spring of his first. Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford’s numbers never got this low either, yet both of them got bounced after one term. Buyer’s remorse? This is more like buyer’s vomit-stained hangover.

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While it’s easy to chuckle at this clever crocodile graphic, I can honestly say that the primary emotion I have about popular vote loser Trump’s unpopularity is anger. Why? Because I’m angry at the people who voted to put this man in

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Republican talking points for the Comey hearing revealed—it’s all about Obama and Hillary’s email

Time correspondent Zeke Miller has leaked a critical document. It may not be classified Top Secret, but it should certainly be stamped Highly Embarrassing. It’s the official Republican talking points to be used in combating James Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

As it turns out, there’s absolutely no need to have today’s hearing at all. In fact, the whole investigation can pack it in.

President Trump feels completely and totally vindicated by former FBI Director James Comey’s opening testimony and is eager to move forward.

To paraphrase, Angus King, what you feel isn’t relevant, Mr. Trump.

The Left and the Media are using the Russia investigation as means to obstruct the president’s agenda. They are refusing to talk about the real issues.

This, says the party that has complete control of the House, Senate, and White House, is the reason things aren’t getting done. 

But the biggest theme, the

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Clinton argues Russians had American help figuring out how to ‘weaponize’ information in 2016

Hillary Clinton gave her most extensive and candid remarks to date Wednesday concerning how she believes the Russians tilted the 2016 elections in favor of Donald Trump.

The Russians, she explained, have been hacking and stealing digital information for decades and using that intelligence for internal purposes. The difference in 2016 was that they figured out how to “weaponize” that information in the context of an American election.

“I think it is fair to ask,” Clinton said at the Recode Conference in Southern California, “how did they know what messages to deliver? Who told them?”

The Russians had to have input into how to make the information they stole matter in the course of a U.S. election, she argued.

The Russians, in my opinion—and based on the Intel and counter Intel, people I’ve talked to—could not have known how best to weaponize that information unless they had been guided.

Clinton then offered a

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Comey was duped by the Russians into bypassing the Justice Department and attacking Clinton

As it stands today, former FBI Director James Comey may just provide the key testimony that points the Trump regime toward the exit. That’s fine. But it shouldn’t be forgotten how we came to this point in the story.

From his ludicrous, finger-wagging press gaggle in announcing Clinton’s innocence, to his ham-fisted intrusion into the final act of the election, Comey has felt compelled to insert Jim Comey, straight-shooter, into every moment. As a result he’s caused serious harm to the FBI, to the election, and to the nation.

That’s me. Quoting me. In a reminder that no one, but no one, provided more fire-free smoke to the 2016 election than James #$@% Comey.

Why did Comey behave in a way that broke the rules of his own department as he rode his high horse directly across the bodies of Hillary Clinton, Loretta Lynch, and Barack Obama? Because, according to

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In praise of Donald Trump

From the moment Donald Trump won his surprising victory on Election Day, a new cottage industry sprung up to offer sympathetic profiles of the supposedly long-overlooked and long-suffering voters who rallied to him. The New York Times has been at the forefront, delivering on-the-ground stories from Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Michigan within days of the balloting. But as President Trump’s ever-growing cascade of calamities drove down his approval rating to just above Ebola and just below chlamydia, the Times responded with tales of his undeterred supporters for whom no sin could shake their faith in his ability to Make America Great Again. He is the enemy of their enemies; if liberals are angry, then Trump must be doing something right.

The nation’s paper of record wasn’t content to rest there. As if to codify the right-wing stereotype of effete coastal elites out of touch with salt-of-the-earth “heartland” Americans,

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Race and education make a bigger difference in who you vote for than ever before

If you’d told me before the 2016 election that the Democratic candidate was going to finally win Orange County, California (the most legendary Republican stronghold of all), as well as Fort Bend County, Texas, and Cobb County, Georgia (the suburbs that gave us Tom DeLay and Newt Gingrich, respectively), it would have been safe to assume that would be part of a crushing Democratic victory, something on the order of LBJ vs. Goldwater.

On the other hand, if you’d told me that the Republican candidate was going to win places like Kenosha County, Wisconsin, Trumbull County, Ohio, or Monroe County, Michigan (bastions of organized labor that kept the Democratic faith over the decades, even during their 1980s low-water mark), that would have sounded like a catastrophic Dem wipeout, probably wore than Walter Mondale’s benchmark of futility.

But if you’d told me that both things would happen in the same election, if I hadn’t slowly and cautiously backed out

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This is beyond sick: Trump team promises to release video of Clinton concession call

These are some very, very deranged people:

On Tuesday, Dan Scavino, the White House director of social media, celebrated the six-month anniversary of the election by tweeting a screen grab of the late night phone call in which Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton called to concede to Republican candidate Donald Trump. Scavino promised to share video of the conversation, which he said came via a Nov. 9 phone call at 2:30 a.m. from longtime Clinton aide Huma Abedin to Trump’s then-campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway.

Yep, he sure did:

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What makes the derangement of Trump and his associates especially disturbing is that they project it on to others. Whiny Trump confederates have

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James Comey’s Senate testimony was wrong about emails, in a way that just happened to help Comey

In Monday’s testimony, former acting Attorney General Sally Yates was carefully precise and scrupulously correct about any information that was either classified or pertinent to an open investigation. However, there is another public official whose actions are the exact opposite.

Perhaps [FBI Director James Comey]’s most surprising revelation was that Huma Abedin — Weiner’s wife and a top Clinton deputy — had made “a regular practice” of forwarding “hundreds and thousands” of Clinton messages to her husband, “some of which contain classified information.” Comey testified that Abedin had done this so that the disgraced former congressman could print them out for her boss. (Weiner’s laptop was seized after he came under criminal investigation for sex crimes, following a media report about his online relationship with a teenager.)

Comey painted this scenario as part of his explanation of why had had to issue a letter to Congress concerning the state

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Comey’s excuse for sending a letter to Congress was all about affecting the election

Multiple times in Wednesday’s hearing, James Comey has defended issuing a letter to the Senate less than two weeks before the election to notify them that additional information had appeared concerning Hillary Clinton’s email issue. But his reason for issuing the letter has a fatal flaw—one that contradicts Comey’s own testimony.

As Comey presents it:

  • Agents involved in the Anthony Weiner investigation came to Comey and notified him that there was evidence of email on Weiner’s laptop which was “potentially relevant” to the Clinton investigation.
  • Though the agents did not have a search warrant and had not looked at the emails, they had examined metadata (how this was done is unstated) that indicated emails sourced from Hillary Clinton’s accounts.
  • The agents indicated that there were thousands of such emails. Comey later gave a number of 40,000, though it was unclear if this was all email on the device or only those related

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Newsweek: Ivanka Trump has power ‘thanks to her man.’ They mean her father.

We’ll start with the headline. “Ivanka Trump: The new Hillary Clinton in the White House?”

Sometimes you read a headline and you think “this is such obviously false clickbait designed to provoke outrage that it should be ignored.” And then you read the article, and it is exactly what you thought it was, but it’s in Newsweek and it’s just the logical endpoint of what a lot of political reporters and pundits believe, and as exhausting and infuriating as it is, it requires a response. The top response to this nonsense from Nina Burleigh: You and every editor who signed off on this should drive a truck over your computer then set it on fire and never touch a keyboard again. 

But on the argument, such as it is. 

After 100 days, the answer to Who is Ivanka is clear: Almost everything about her politics and political style is

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is a story about extremism and complacency

I am a man. I state this because my perspective on what it means to be a woman within our society is limited in some ways. However, from the outside looking in, it’s been my observation that most women are forced to walk a very narrow balance when it comes to public perceptions, which is fundamentally unfair and contributes to some of the glass ceilings.

For example, in almost all respects of life, confidence and strength are character traits people respond to—whether it’s a leader outlining a plan of action, or someone trying to sell their attraction in order to get a date. But for women, show too much strength and get called a bitch, or act too nice and be regarded as weak. People start talking about the right ways to talk and laugh—with no way to please the usually male judges of proper enunciation and chuckling—or deem the

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If Trump in the White House can’t stop Democratic circular firing squads, we really are finished

So this is now a thing. Last Tuesday, the day of the special election in Georgia’s 6th congressional district, Bernie Sanders was asked about the leading Democrat in the race, Jon Ossoff—who came within two points of winning an outright majority and avoiding a runoff.

One source, the Washington Post’s Dave Weigel, quoted Sanders as saying, of Ossoff, “he’s not a progressive.” However, multiple other journalists covered the Sanders comments, and no other article quoted him saying that. The rest all had the same quotation, namely that when Sanders was asked if Ossoff was a progressive he answered: “I don’t know.” That’s the quotation from the original source—Sanders’ interview with the Wall Street Journal:

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If Trump in the White House can’t stop Democratic circular firing squads, we really are finished

So this is now a thing. Last Tuesday, the day of the special election in Georgia’s 6th congressional district, Bernie Sanders was asked about the leading Democrat in the race, Jon Ossoff—who came within two points of winning an outright majority and avoiding a runoff.

One source, the Washington Post’s Dave Weigel, quoted Sanders as saying, of Ossoff, “he’s not a progressive.” However, multiple other journalists covered the Sanders comments, and no other article quoted him saying that. The rest all had the same quotation, namely that when Sanders was asked if Ossoff was a progressive he answered: “I don’t know.” That’s the quotation from the original source—Sanders’ interview with the Wall Street Journal:

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New York Times: FBI Director Comey blew up election in effort to ‘shield’ FBI from criticism

The New York Times has a deep-dive into Comey’s FBI suggesting what we’ve long suspected; Comey’s letter to Congress “informing” them that the FBI had “new” information in the long-running hunt for something damning in Hillary Clinton’s emails was done not out of high-minded concern for the country but two considerably less noble concerns; distrust of Democrats in the Justice Department—especially Attorney General Loretta Lynch—and protecting the department itself from criticism.

Fearing the backlash that would come if it were revealed after the election that the F.B.I. had been investigating the next president and had kept it a secret, Mr. Comey sent a letter informing Congress that the case was reopened.

He most emphatically did not, of course, acknowledge that his FBI was actively investigation the Donald Trump campaign for potential collusion with Russian hacking efforts. The public deserved to know that the FBI was investigating the next

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Clinton blasts Trump administration’s anti-LGBTQ attacks, urges voters to ‘remember 2018’

Popular vote winner Hillary Clinton blasted the guy who received three million less votes than her for his administration’s recent anti-LGBTQ attacks, urging Americans to “remember 2018, the midterm elections” and “resist, insist, persist and enlist and make sure our voices and our votes count.” Right on, Hillary:

“We have to face the fact that we may not ever be able to count on this administration to lead on LGBT issues,” the former Democratic nominee said during a speech at a fundraising event for The Center, a community LGBT organization in New York City.

Clinton singled out the Trump administration’s February directive revoking Obama-era protections for transgender students, with the Justice and Education Departments telling schools to disregard memos instructing them that preventing students from using bathrooms that aligned with their sexual identity would violate federal law.

The 2016 Democratic nominee added that if LGBT advocates wanted

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Ted Nugent, disgusting racist blowhard, is a ‘guitar demigod’ to the New York Times

Ted Nugent has said a lot of appalling things in the last few years, and the New York Times really does not want you thinking about that when you consider Nugent’s evening in the White House Wednesday. According to Glenn Thrush’s report on the dinner Donald Trump hosted for Sarah Palin, Nugent, and Kid Rock, Nugent is “a guitar demigod, knife-between-the-teeth hunter and conservative provocateur.” 

Serious question: Did Thrush lift that directly from a Nugent press release?

Casually dropped into the middle of a series of gushing quotes from Nugent about how amazing the White House evening was, we learn that he “has referred to former President Barack Obama as a ‘mongrel’ and to Hillary Clinton with an array of unflattering epithets.” Uh, yes, that’s one way of putting it. 

To put it another way: “Subhuman mongrel.” “Toxic cunt.” “Suck my machine gun.” “Worthless

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Just because you’re retiring, Jason Chaffetz, doesn’t mean you don’t have to ‘do your job’ now

Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz faced a grim and unwelcome reality at his February town hall: constituents expected him to actually do his job as chair of the House Oversight Committee.

After being asked why he wasn’t investigating Trump’s tax returns, the crowd began chanting “Do your job!” at the beleaguered congressman. This was most likely a reference to how Chaffetz, by his own admission, allowed his first meeting with Trump to be conducted on the president’s terms, who opened it by demanding that they not discuss oversight on any of his financial matters. Chaffetz has instead promised to continue his investigations on Hillary Clinton.

Chaffetz, who stepped into the chief oversight post in 2015, notably pledged last fall to conduct an endless string of inquiries into Hillary Clinton once she got elected.

“It’s a target-rich environment,” the Republican said in an interview in Salt Lake City’s suburbs. “Even before we get to Day One, we’ve

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James Comey is the only one who’s ‘confused’ about which side the FBI chose during the election

FBI director James Comey appears to be confused about the role his agency played in the 2016 presidential election. He claimed Wednesday that his organization is “not on anybody’s side,” writes Meredith McGraw:

“We confused people — we did a lot last year that confused people, because they’re seeing the world…through sides,” Comey said during an event in Washington, D.C. for a new television documentary about the FBI. “If you see the world through sides, the FBI doesn’t make a lot of sense to people. Because you’re saying, ‘why did they help this person and hurt that [person]?'”

“We don’t see the world that way,” Comey added. “We are not on anybody’s side. We really don’t care. We’re trying to figure out what’s true, what’s fair, that’s the right thing to do.”

The FBI may be trying to figure out what’s true and fair now, but

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The three ironclad laws of universal health care

Economics, the textbooks say, is the study of the allocation of scarce resources. The economics of health care is certainly no exception. Given the competing and often contradictory demands across its ecosystem of patients, employers, physicians, drug stores, pharmaceutical firms, device manufacturers, clinics, hospitals, insurers, and government, the economics of health care might more accurately be described as the allocation of pain. In the face of the infinite “wants” for healthy citizens, financially secure families, well-compensated practitioners, and strong profits for private companies of all stripes, societies must choose how and why to distribute discomfort and dissatisfaction to some or all of the constituents.

But that “why” isn’t so much a question of the “dismal science” as one of national values. And in the United States, virtually alone among major modern economies since World War II, the paramount, if often unstated, value has been an especially narrow

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