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Judge’s ruling deals blow to Menendez

Here are the highlights from Monday’s proceedings in the federal corruption trial of U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez. Menendez, a Democrat and New Jersey’s senior senator, is charged with doing official favors for his friend and co-defendant, Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen, in exchange for expensive hotel stays, private jet flights and hundreds of thousands of Read More…

Russian trolls were schooled on ‘House of Cards’

The Russians who worked for a notorious St. Petersburg “troll factory” that was part of Vladimir Putin’s campaign to influence the 2016 presidential election were required to watch the “House of Cards” television series to help them craft messages to “set up the Americans against their own government,” according to an interview broadcast Sunday (in Russian) with a former member of the troll factory’s Read More…

Twitter shuts down Rep. Marsha Blackburn campaign announcement video

I’m a hardcore, card carrying Tennessee conservative, and I’m running for the US Senate. Watch to find out why #TNSen → pic.twitter.com/ieaRjFrVYO — Marsha Blackburn (@VoteMarsha) October 5, 2017 Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s Senate campaign announcement ad has been blocked by Twitter over a statement the abortion rights opponent makes about the sale of fetal Read More…

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U.S. Senate passes budget bill crucial to GOP tax reform push

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Report: North Korean generals’ favorite American show is … “Morning Joe”

Makes sense. It’s the only show more hostile to Trump than North Korea’s own propaganda is. The funniest thing about this report is that “Morning Joe” is, relatively speaking, a hard show for most *Americans* to understand, let alone North Koreans. It’s the ultimate Beltway insider program, tailored to the tastes of political junkies. Imagine Read More…

Hey, who’s up for a 24/7 Senate?

“No man’s life, liberty or property are safe while the legislature is in session,” Surrogate court Judge Gideon Tucker once wrote. If that’s true, then watch out when the US Senate gets transformed into a 24/7 operation. A group of Republican members have sent a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urging him to declare Read More…

Trump’s Self-Grading for His Puerto Rico Response Is Utterly INSANE

Delusions of grandiosity. But he’s totally not a malignant narcissist. President Trump, along with VP Pence, Homeland Security adviser Tom Bossert, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney, and Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long took part in a meeting with Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, who was in Washington to request more disaster relief Read More…

Pressure mounts for details on deadly Niger ambush

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Trump gave himself a ’10’ on Puerto Rico. Then he tried to get its governor to do the same.

President Trump said on Oct. 19 that the Puerto Rico disaster response was “the most difficult,” but that he would rate the White House’s response “a 10.” (The Washington Post) President Trump held a news conference with Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló on Thursday. In it, Trump rated his own response to the devastation that Hurricane Read More…

John Kelly: I was stunned that that Democratic rep would criticize Trump for his condolence call to a war widow; Update: Dem hits back

One of the most effective damage-control performances you’ll ever see by possibly the only man in the administration with the moral authority to do it. John Kelly isn’t just a retired Marine general, he’s the father of a U.S. soldier killed in action in Afghanistan himself. If you believe CNN, he had no warning that Read More…

Is Richard Spencer a white nationalist or a white supremacist? It depends on the news source.

Richard Spencer at the Conservative Political Action Conference in February. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters) Let’s start with what Richard Spencer — the man whose appearance at the University of Florida on Thursday triggered a state of emergency — calls himself. Spencer prefers the term “identitarian.” He also characterizes his views as “alternative right” or “alt-right.” News outlets generally consider those phrases Read More…

All the Other Harvey Weinsteins

Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File The tale of Harvey Weinstein is now a thread that has tangled its way through Hollywood, connecting women, mostly actresses, in a depressingly common way. We all seem to have a Harvey story, each one a little different but with essentially the same nauseating pattern and theme. Women were bullied, cajoled, manipulated, and worse, and then Read More…

Anti-PC Idol-Smashing Isn't Just a Joke

After Charlottesville, the mask of irony that wrong-footed so many commentators was ripped from the U.S. alt-right. And more recently, an email leak reported by Buzzfeed has stripped the irony defense from Breitbart’s former star provocateur Milo Yiannopolous, who, leaked internal records show, was the celebrity nexus connecting Nazi-saluting race warriors, powerful Republican funders, and members of Read More…

Dem rep on Weinstein: It’s the responsibility of the female not to behave in a way that’s “inviting”

For fark’s sake. The guy’s accused of rape, by more than one woman. What sort of behavior does she think “invited” that? Even his somewhat less egregious offenses are inexplicable in terms of an invitation. Does anyone think Lauren Sivan put out the vibe upon meeting famous Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein that she was hoping Read More…

George W. Bush assails Trumpism without naming Trump, warns of rising bigotry, trade protectionism

Former President George W. Bush on Thursday warned that “bigotry seems emboldened” in America, and “our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication.” Speaking at the Bush Institute’s Spirit of Liberty event in New York, the 43rd president warned against the isolationism and trade protectionism that Trump has long espoused. “People are Read More…

Appellate Court Halts Ruling Allowing Illegal Alien Teen to Have Abortion

The Associated Press reports the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, on Thursday, temporarily stayed Judge Chutkan’s ruling ordering the Trump administration to allow the illegal alien teenager to obtain an abortion. Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan ordered the Trump administration to allow an illegal alien teenager to obtain an abortion. On Read More…

Trump calls Russia collusion story 'a hoax'

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“Bigotry seems emboldened”: George W. Bush

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