This one tweet shows everything wrong with Trump, Trumpism, and the entire Republican Party

It’s not turtles all the way down after all. It’s elephants:

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This is entirely perfect yet utterly mindblowing at the same time. John Cornyn is the second highest-ranking Republican in the United States Senate, but he’s so incapable of thinking for himself—and so afraid of Trumpist anger toward anyone who doesn’t declare total fealty to the man in the White House—that all he can do is give up his entire sense of self and pledge undying loyalty to whatever it is Donald Trump says, whatever that may be, whenever he gets around to saying it.

It’s as though Cornyn is a reverse Pinocchio: He doesn’t want to be a real senator—he just wants to be

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Trump’s election ‘integrity’ chief using unsecured voter database primed for hacking

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Krobach has never been accused of being the sharpest tool in the shed, and now he’s proving why. Kobach, who co-chairs Donald Trump’s ‘election integrity commission’ (aka, voter suppression commission), has been utilizing an unsecured database platform to compare the voter rolls of 32 different states in search of duplicates. Mother JonesAri Berman has more on the hacker-friendly Interstate Crosscheck Program Kobach has been using to push his assault on voting rights.

Yet newly released documents show that the program touted by Kobach has major security vulnerabilities that could lead to sensitive voter data being hacked, released, and even modified. States that employ the program upload their voter data to an unsecured server and exchange usernames and passwords to access the server over unsecured emails. They have also released sensitive, unredacted information on voters to the public.

Crosscheck was founded in 2005 to compare registration lists

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Trump is setting the stage for a brutal government shutdown fight

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Are we headed for a Hanukkah government shutdown? If Congress doesn’t pass a spending bill—requiring eight Democratic votes in the Senate—by midnight on December 15, the federal government will shut down. Thanks to Donald Trump, though, the list of legislative priorities that must be resolved just keeps growing: 

Once Obamacare repeal failed, the only major item on Republicans’ agenda for the rest of the year was supposed to be tax reform. But then Trump announced his administration planned to sunset the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, putting upward of 600,000 unauthorized immigrants in limbo; and that it would end the Affordable Care Act’s subsidy payments, a move that will increase premiums for Americans and dig a deeper hole in the national deficit. Trump is forcing Congress’s hand to act, but he hasn’t given a clear or realistic policy directive on immigration or health care.

Congress also keeps putting

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Obama kicks off campaign to fight Republican gerrymandering

As president, Barack Obama did not always put the most effort into building the Democratic Party. As a former president, he’s working to undo some of the losses the party has suffered at the state level in recent years. Organizing for Action, which came out of his campaign, is joining with the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, headed by former Attorney General Eric Holder, to do exactly the long-game, state-level organizing at which Republicans so often trounce Democrats. The effort is kicking off with Obama’s direct participation:

“OFA volunteers and supporters will provide the grassroots organizing capacity and mobilization that we’ll need to win state-level elections and move other initiatives forward ahead of the 2021 redistricting process, making sure that states are in the best position possible to draw fair maps,” Obama writes in an email set to go out to the OFA’s list that he’ll call “Our Next Fight.” […]

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Georgia legislator says she was trying to be ‘provocative’ with HIV ‘quarantine’ comments

Ah, the old “I was just trying to be edgy” defense.

Betty Price, the wife of former HHS Secretary Tom Price, is defending her comment about quarantining people with HIV as an attempt to be provocative about a public health crisis. […]
“I made a provocative and rhetorical comment as part of a free-flowing conversation which has been taken completely out of context.” she said in a statement to the Atlanta Journal Constitution on Saturday.

In that aforementioned free-flowing conversation, Price had mentioned “quarantine” and noted how Americans with HIV are not dying as “readily” as they once did.

“It seems to me it’s almost frightening the number of people who are living that are potentially carriers, well not carriers, with the potential to spread, whereas in the past they died more readily and at that point they are not posing a risk. So we’ve got a huge

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‘We don’t need a warrant’: ICE agents illegally enter Oregon home to arrest man later released

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Carlos Bolanos and his coworker George Cardenas were painting the inside of a Salem, Oregon, home when two ICE agents stepped inside, without their permission and without a warrant, to demand ID from Bolanos, with one saying that “I have reason to believe you’re not in the country legally.” Cardenas began shooting the video when the agents refused to identify themselves and defiantly claimed that “we don’t need a warrant to come in this home. No one lives here”:

One of the agents insisted that there was no one living in the house and, because it was vacant, they didn’t need a warrant. But Cardenas said he never invited any of them inside and continued to ask them to leave. They refused.

“At what point did I say he is here?” Cardenas calmly asked the agents, who are dressed in plainclothes. “At what point did I say

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U.S. troop presence in Niger comes as a surprise to some key senators

The United States has troops dying in a country where a number of United States senators did not know troops were stationed to begin with. There are a lot of questions after four soldiers died in Niger, and apparently, for several of the 100 people in the Senate, one of the questions was, “Wait—we have troops in Niger?”

“I did not,” Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pennsylvania, responded to CNN’s Chris Cuomo on “New Day” Monday whether he knew there were troops in Niger. “When you consider what happened here, the four sergeants lost their lives, I think there’s a lot of work that both parties and both branches of government need to do. Not only to stay more informed but to focus on why we’re there and what happened to get to the bottom of this.” […]

“I didn’t know there was 1,000 troops in Niger,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South

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Former Fox News anchor drops a gutsy, must-watch statement against the network and O’Reilly

Former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly appeared on The Today Show to address the toxic culture of sexual harassment at her former network, and she specifically called out Bill O’Reilly for his repeated denials that anyone ever directly complained to the human resources department about his behavior. Kelly said O’Reilly is lying and as proof, she read an email that she herself sent to the president of the network and human resources about him, and she ran clips of O’Reilly discounting the claims of women who accused Fox stars of harassment. 

Fan of Megyn Kelly or not, this is an exceptional, must-watch statement on the culture of Fox News and how O’Reilly’s actions are precisely the kind of behavior that enabled and/or encouraged a culture of harassment, which bullied women into silence. 

Watch the video and read the full transcript below.

Donald Trump is showing Americans just how good a president Barack Obama was

For all his hyperventilating bluster, in most ways that matter Donald Trump is no different than most Republican elected officials. He isn’t particularly interested in doing anything that would help the American people.  Nor, despite giving them lip service occasionally, does he care in the least for the real-world interests of his base supporters.

The fact that Trump obviously allows himself to be blithely led around by the nose by the likes of people as morally repugnant as Stephen Bannon and Stephen Miller shows him to be someone for whom no moral purpose exists, someone wholly preoccupied with himself and himself alone. None of his actions to date evidence the slightest desire to make Americans’ lives any better than they were before he was elected.

Even his calculated and much-hyped gestures to please his core supporters—supporters who are truly “base” in every sense of the word—aren’t designed to do

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Donald Trump is showing Americans just how good a president Barack Obama was

For all his hyperventilating bluster, in most ways that matter Donald Trump is no different than most Republican elected officials. He isn’t particularly interested in doing anything that would help the American people.  Nor, despite giving them lip service occasionally, does he care in the least for the real-world interests of his base supporters.

The fact that Trump obviously allows himself to be blithely led around by the nose by the likes of people as morally repugnant as Stephen Bannon and Stephen Miller shows him to be someone for whom no moral purpose exists, someone wholly preoccupied with himself and himself alone. None of his actions to date evidence the slightest desire to make Americans’ lives any better than they were before he was elected.

Even his calculated and much-hyped gestures to please his core supporters—supporters who are truly “base” in every sense of the word—aren’t designed to do

Continue reading “Donald Trump is showing Americans just how good a president Barack Obama was”

Donald Trump is showing Americans just how good a president Barack Obama was

For all his hyperventilating bluster, in most ways that matter Donald Trump is no different than most Republican elected officials. He isn’t particularly interested in doing anything that would help the American people.  Nor, despite giving them lip service occasionally, does he care in the least for the real-world interests of his base supporters.

The fact that Trump obviously allows himself to be blithely led around by the nose by the likes of people as morally repugnant as Stephen Bannon and Stephen Miller shows him to be someone for whom no moral purpose exists, someone wholly preoccupied with himself and himself alone. None of his actions to date evidence the slightest desire to make Americans’ lives any better than they were before he was elected.

Even his calculated and much-hyped gestures to please his core supporters—supporters who are truly “base” in every sense of the word—aren’t designed to do

Continue reading “Donald Trump is showing Americans just how good a president Barack Obama was”

Donald Trump is showing Americans just how good a president Barack Obama was

For all his hyperventilating bluster, in most ways that matter Donald Trump is no different than most Republican elected officials. He isn’t particularly interested in doing anything that would help the American people.  Nor, despite giving them lip service occasionally, does he care in the least for the real-world interests of his base supporters.

The fact that Trump obviously allows himself to be blithely led around by the nose by the likes of people as morally repugnant as Stephen Bannon and Stephen Miller shows him to be someone for whom no moral purpose exists, someone wholly preoccupied with himself and himself alone. None of his actions to date evidence the slightest desire to make Americans’ lives any better than they were before he was elected.

Even his calculated and much-hyped gestures to please his core supporters—supporters who are truly “base” in every sense of the word—aren’t designed to do

Continue reading “Donald Trump is showing Americans just how good a president Barack Obama was”

Donald Trump is showing Americans just how good a president Barack Obama was

For all his hyperventilating bluster, in most ways that matter Donald Trump is no different than most Republican elected officials. He isn’t particularly interested in doing anything that would help the American people.  Nor, despite giving them lip service occasionally, does he care in the least for the real-world interests of his base supporters.

The fact that Trump obviously allows himself to be blithely led around by the nose by the likes of people as morally repugnant as Stephen Bannon and Stephen Miller shows him to be someone for whom no moral purpose exists, someone wholly preoccupied with himself and himself alone. None of his actions to date evidence the slightest desire to make Americans’ lives any better than they were before he was elected.

Even his calculated and much-hyped gestures to please his core supporters—supporters who are truly “base” in every sense of the word—aren’t designed to do

Continue reading “Donald Trump is showing Americans just how good a president Barack Obama was”

Donald Trump is showing Americans just how good a president Barack Obama was

For all his hyperventilating bluster, in most ways that matter Donald Trump is no different than most Republican elected officials. He isn’t particularly interested in doing anything that would help the American people.  Nor, despite giving them lip service occasionally, does he care in the least for the real-world interests of his base supporters.

The fact that Trump obviously allows himself to be blithely led around by the nose by the likes of people as morally repugnant as Stephen Bannon and Stephen Miller shows him to be someone for whom no moral purpose exists, someone wholly preoccupied with himself and himself alone. None of his actions to date evidence the slightest desire to make Americans’ lives any better than they were before he was elected.

Even his calculated and much-hyped gestures to please his core supporters—supporters who are truly “base” in every sense of the word—aren’t designed to do

Continue reading “Donald Trump is showing Americans just how good a president Barack Obama was”

Donald Trump is showing Americans just how good a president Barack Obama was

For all his hyperventilating bluster, in most ways that matter Donald Trump is no different than most Republican elected officials. He isn’t particularly interested in doing anything that would help the American people.  Nor, despite giving them lip service occasionally, does he care in the least for the real-world interests of his base supporters.

The fact that Trump obviously allows himself to be blithely led around by the nose by the likes of people as morally repugnant as Stephen Bannon and Stephen Miller shows him to be someone for whom no moral purpose exists, someone wholly preoccupied with himself and himself alone. None of his actions to date evidence the slightest desire to make Americans’ lives any better than they were before he was elected.

Even his calculated and much-hyped gestures to please his core supporters—supporters who are truly “base” in every sense of the word—aren’t designed to do

Continue reading “Donald Trump is showing Americans just how good a president Barack Obama was”

Donald Trump is showing Americans just how good a president Barack Obama was

For all his hyperventilating bluster, in most ways that matter Donald Trump is no different than most Republican elected officials. He isn’t particularly interested in doing anything that would help the American people.  Nor, despite giving them lip service occasionally, does he care in the least for the real-world interests of his base supporters.

The fact that Trump obviously allows himself to be blithely led around by the nose by the likes of people as morally repugnant as Stephen Bannon and Stephen Miller shows him to be someone for whom no moral purpose exists, someone wholly preoccupied with himself and himself alone. None of his actions to date evidence the slightest desire to make Americans’ lives any better than they were before he was elected.

Even his calculated and much-hyped gestures to please his core supporters—supporters who are truly “base” in every sense of the word—aren’t designed to do

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The entire world is laughing about Donald Trump’s ‘small stick’

Let’s hope that eight years of President Barack Obama was enough to not only recover the United State’s reputation internationally after George W. Bush, but to inoculate us for however long Donald Trump remains in office. Because after those horrifyingly hysterical transcripts of his calls with world leaders were released, damn.

WASHINGTON When Jorge Guajardo, one of Mexico’s most senior and seasoned foreign policy hands, got out of bed Thursday morning, a couple of interesting messages were waiting on his cell phone.
One was a link shared by a U.S. diplomat to the leaked transcript of a phone conversation between U.S. President Donald Trump and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. In the second, a former Mexican official offered the quick analysis.

“He’s the opposite of Teddy Roosevelt,” that official quipped to Guajardo about Trump. “He speaks loudly and carries a small stick.”

Seven months into the Trump

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Justice Department seeks resumes since career lawyers won’t work on affirmative action investigation

To state what is so painfully obvious by now—Donald Trump’s administration has no idea what it’s doing. Sure, there’s the Steve Bannon modus operandi which involves tearing down anything and everything that currently stands. But the chaos approach isn’t actually a legitimate technique to governing. It seemed as if the one small thing standing between Trump and total destruction might have been career civil servants. After all, even if this horrific and dangerous crew has no experience, Washington is chock full of people who have worked in government for decades and know what they are doing. But sadly and not surprisingly, they aren’t being listened to.

For instance, take this week’s announcement that the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department is going to investigate universities for their affirmative action policies that allegedly discriminate against white students. This effort is being housed in the agency’s “front office” where the political appointees work, instead of being

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Justice Department seeks resumes since career lawyers won’t work on affirmative action investigation

To state what is so painfully obvious by now—Donald Trump’s administration has no idea what it’s doing. Sure, there’s the Steve Bannon modus operandi which involves tearing down anything and everything that currently stands. But the chaos approach isn’t actually a legitimate technique to governing. It seemed as if the one small thing standing between Trump and total destruction might have been career civil servants. After all, even if this horrific and dangerous crew has no experience, Washington is chock full of people who have worked in government for decades and know what they are doing. But sadly and not surprisingly, they aren’t being listened to.

For instance, take this week’s announcement that the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department is going to investigate universities for their affirmative action policies that allegedly discriminate against white students. This effort is being housed in the agency’s “front office” where the political appointees work, instead of being

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Paul Ryan: When we lose in 2018 it will be the Republican Senate’s fault

Fun times. While Senate Republicans are trying to contain Trump, and pretend like everything happening in America, 2017 is perfectly normal, House Speaker Paul Ryan is taking a big dump on Senate Republicans.

“If we don’t do our job we will depress turnout,” Ryan told the Wisconsin State Journal. “I am frustrated as well.”

Ryan blamed inaction on the Senate, which recently failed to pass a bill to repeal Obamacare.

“We’re pretty frustrated with the slow pace of things (in the Senate), but in the House, we’ve actually done most of our agenda except for welfare reform and tax reform,” he said. …

“The problem isn’t having President Trump sign bills into law and it isn’t getting bills out of the House—the problem is getting these bills through the Senate,” he said.

Sure, he says, there are “distractions” out there (not mentioning the distraction in chief’s name) “whether

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