The media reports Berkeley Protesters “clashed” with “Trump supporters” during Saturday’s Tax Day rally. That’s less than half the story. And sure enough, Reuters reports: A melee erupted on Saturday in a Berkeley, California park where supporters and opponents of President Donald Trump were holding competing rallies, resulting in at least 20 arrests as police struggled… Continue Reading →
If Steve Bannon is fired, Politico’s Ben Schreckinger believes that Donald Trump and his new best friends in the West Wing might rue the day: I asked friends and foes alike to imagine how, should Bannon get the boot, the pugnacious populist might exact his revenge. Taken together, their suggestions amount to an epic, Kill Bill-style… Continue Reading →
Yep, keeping big dark money in politics was that important to them. Republicans (and don’t let anyone say “The Senate” we’re looking right at you, Mrs. Greenspan because you already did) invoked the nuclear option, eliminating the filibuster from Supreme Court decisions made by the United States Senate. We will never forget that it was REPUBLICAN… Continue Reading →
An anti-choice law that was signed in Indiana by then-Governor Mike Pence has been blocked by a federal judge under established Roe V. Wade precedent. The law require women seeking an abortion to obtain an ultrasound at least 18 hours before the procedure is performed, requiring women – many of them poor – to jump through… Continue Reading →
While the American Health Care Act sputtered in Congress, Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced plans Thursday to invoke a filibuster of SCOTUS nominee Neil Gorsuch after the judge’s third day of confirmation hearings. More impressively, he urged his fellow senators to follow suit. Here are the five most devastating lines from Schumer’s speech on… Continue Reading →
— Senate Democrats (@SenateDems) March 21, 2017
Sheldon Whitehouse on the rightwing machine that puts cases before the Supreme Court:
— Fight For 15 (@fightfor15) March 20, 2017
If you support public, secular education, it’s important to read this. I know it’s long, but it’s important. And I’m tired of trying to point out what these people are up to. I’ve been warning about this for almost 15 years, and now it may be too late to stop them — although I’m hopeful people will fight:
A staple in modern evangelical teachings is the concept of Christian spheres of influence – or what the evangelical business guru Lance Wallnau dubbed the “Seven Mountains” of society: business, media, religion, arts and entertainment, family, government, and education – all of which urge the faithful to engage in secular culture in order to “transform” it. The goal is a sweeping overhaul of society and a merging of church and state: elevating private charity over state-run social services, returning prayer to school and turning the clock back on women’s and LGBTQ rights. It would also be a system without a progressive income tax, collective bargaining, environmental regulation, publicly funded health care, welfare, a minimum wage – a United States guided by a rigorously laissez-faire system of “values” rather than laws.
In the 33 states where Republicans currently hold power, some or all of these goals are being pursued, thanks to both the financial and ideological investment of families like that of Betsy DeVos, whose breadth of influence has now been sanctified in Washington with her appointment to run the Department of Education. This, as she told the Gathering in 2001, is what it means to be in the Shfela. It’s about “changing the way we approach things,” she said, “in ways which will continue to help advance God’s kingdom.”
Just go read it all.
If this is true, it is the most evil kind of political retribution that’s possible. The Trump administration’s “travel ban” has apparently had an immediate impact on a Gold Star family. That family are the Khans. “The Muslim-American parents of a fallen U.S. Soldier who posthumously won the Gold Star and the Purple Heart. Their 27… Continue Reading →
Without question, Betsy DeVos came across during her senate confirmation hearing as a wee bit dense. It appeared that she lacked the basic understanding of how our educational system works. Many times she left senate Democrats with a puzzled look on their faces, not understanding how Trump could have nominated a woman who lacked basic knowledge… Continue Reading →
In the wake of news that Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions, III lied to the Senate about his contacts with Russian officials during the 2016 campaign, he must resign. He did not simply lie in his testimony (shown above). He also lied about it in his written statements, and now he is trying to cover his… Continue Reading →