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Why are Republicans trouncing Democrats in fundraising?
The Republican president has a job approval rating around 40 percent. The GOP has an unfavorability rating around 56 percent. And Republicans trail Democrats by nine points in an average of "generic ballot" polls.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Anderson Jewelers

Randi Weingarten's smear
Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, is paid not to tell the truth about school choice, and she deserves a raise.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The president and the attorney general
"It's Bobby," President-elect John F. Kennedy supposedly whispered, announcing that he had chosen his brother as his attorney general.
Monday, July 24, 2017

The sage of the offered hand
KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine -- He wants to see the Houston Astros play in the World Series, which is possible this year. He wants to see the Houston Texans in the Super Bowl, perhaps a few years off. Mostly he wants to ride the high-speed rail train from Houston to Dallas, which won't be ready until 2023.
Saturday, July 22, 2017

The looming Republican disgrace
The ascension of Donald Trump was supposed to change everything in the GOP. As it happens, perhaps one very important thing hasn't: The Republicans may well still be The Stupid Party.
Saturday, July 22, 2017

What campaign wouldn't seek motherlode of Clinton emails?
The public learned on March 10, 2015, that Hillary Clinton had more than 60,000 emails on her private email system, and that she had turned over "about half" of them to the State Department and destroyed the rest, which she said were "personal" and "not in any way related" to her work as secretary of state.
Thursday, July 20, 2017

The party of bad faith?
If the Republican attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare ultimately fails, it will be a lesson in the wages of political bad faith. 
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Watchdog group says at least 200 environmental activists were slain in 2016
NEW DELHI (AP) — At least 200 land and environmental activists were slain in 2016 protecting forests, rivers and land from mining, logging and agricultural companies, the highest annual number on record, a watchdog group said this week.
Saturday, July 15, 2017

Reince for president
It's been a rough week for the White House, so reportedly -- yet again -- Reince Priebus might get fired. 
Saturday, July 15, 2017

Trump data and digital director to talk to House Intelligence committee
WASHINGTON (AP) — The data and digital director for President Donald Trump’s campaign said today he will speak with the House Intelligence committee later this month as part of its Russia probe.
Friday, July 14, 2017

America's addiction to abusive drug pricing
Consider what got Martin Shkreli in trouble with the law. Shrkeli is the infamous "pharma bro" who bought patents to lifesaving drugs then hiked their prices to obscene levels. In one egregious example, he raised the price of a 62-year-old drug crucial to AIDS patients by over 5,000 percent.
Thursday, July 13, 2017

Perry: Threat to US nuclear reactors real, ongoing
WASHINGTON (AP) — Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Tuesday that “state-sponsored” or criminal hackers are targeting U.S. nuclear power plants and other energy providers, but said the government has resources to safeguard the nation’s electric grid.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Trump: It's a witch hunt. Clinton Aides: Trump Jr. emails show collusion
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton’s former top campaign aides said Tuesday’s revelations about Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer showed collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow during the 2016 race.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

For Trump critics, to follow is to lead
President Trump's performance at the G-20 summit in Germany produced a wave of commentary claiming the United States has abdicated its role as world leader.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

No, China isn't going to lead
The world has had its delusions about China over the years, but none quite as fantastical as the notion of Beijing assuming the mantle of global leadership.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Trump's Warsaw triumph
Imagine that President Donald Trump gave a speech praising a strong Europe.
Monday, July 10, 2017

There's a long way to go
The Senate negotiations that resume this week on the overhaul of the health care system are about many things -- Medicaid spending levels, taxes, the opioid drug crisis, the number of Americans who will be uninsured. But this fight is only marginally about health care. It's really about power and politics and the presidency.
Saturday, July 8, 2017

California and the president
Donald Trump has new words for an old song: "California, here I (don't come." The president has made it to Eastern Europe, but he hasn't made it to Hollywood.
Friday, July 7, 2017

Trump is winning the immigration debate
With his penchant for tweeted insults and GIFs, Donald Trump will never be mistaken for a master of the sweet art of persuasion. Yet he is clearly winning the public argument on the issue of immigration.
Thursday, July 6, 2017

Breast cancer-wine link: Scary or just a scare?
Many women obsess over their risk for breast cancer. That's why news media flash blazing headlines whenever a study suggests a link between breast cancer and some "exposure." That's why television news shows that rarely spare even five minutes for science of existential importance to humankind find time for this.
Wednesday, July 5, 2017

When Republicans saw the troubled future of Obamacare repeal
Why are Republicans on Capitol Hill having so much trouble repealing and replacing Obamacare? There are reasons all over the place: subsidies, tax credits, tax cuts, Medicaid, essential health benefits, and many others. But there is one fundamental obstacle to getting rid of Obamacare, and it is very simple: Once the government starts giving away, it can't take back.
Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Trump White House still lacks a website for Spanish speakers


Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump White House no habla espaqol. Well, un poquito.

Monday, July 3, 2017

White House: Trump backs repeal-only health bill as 'option'


Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is pressuring wavering senators to back a Republican bill to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama’s health care law but is holding open a repeal-only option if Republicans can’t reach agreement over the July 4 recess, Trump’s top legislative aide says.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Trump wonders what states are 'trying to hide' from voting commission
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A request for detailed information about every voter in the U.S. from President Donald Trump’s voting commission is getting a rocky reception from states — and he’s not happy about it.
Saturday, July 1, 2017

President escalates personal feud with 'Morning Joe' co-hosts

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump escalated an intensely personal feud with two high-profile talk show hosts Saturday, suggesting that their network is biased against him.


Saturday, July 1, 2017

Party rebellions in stereo
In a year in which the unprecedented takes precedence -- presidential tweets in the predawn hours, for example, or conflicts with longtime allies -- the merely rare gets scant attention. But something very unusual is happening in American politics, and it merits more consideration than the fleeting events of the day.
Saturday, July 1, 2017

The neglected Reagan
In his new book "The Working Class Republican," a bracingly revisionist account of the 40th president, Henry Olsen answers "no." One of the most astute political analysts at work today and a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, Olsen argues that Reagan's politics bear the distinctive stamp of his origins as a New Deal Democrat. 
Friday, June 30, 2017

Trump commission on voting fraud asks states for detailed voter data
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s commission investigating alleged voter fraud in the 2016 elections has asked states for a list of the names, party affiliations, addresses and voting histories of all voters, if state law allows it to be public.
Friday, June 30, 2017

Georgia vote says more about Trump now than House in '18
The Georgia 6th District results don't tell us what will happen in 2018. But they do tell us what is happening right now.
Thursday, June 29, 2017

You should know, the flag is not a rag
We've seen American flag bikinis -- stars on the bottom and stripes on top or the other way around. Flags are used as bandanas and curtains. They decorate paper napkins on which we wipe hamburger grease. They appear on disposable diapers and are draped over car hoods.
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort registers as foreign agent
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, registered Tuesday with the Justice Department as a foreign agent for political consulting work he did for a Ukrainian political party, acknowledging that he coached party members on how to interact with U.S. government officials.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Barbarism isn't what it used to be
The Brezhnev Doctrine said that the Soviet empire could only expand and never give back its gains. A domestic version of the doctrine has long applied to the welfare state -- and never so brazenly as in the debate over the Republican health-care bill.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Democrats need to shake their depression
Elvis said, "When things go wrong, don't go with them."
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Real-life drama in the age of Trump challenges some of TV's best storytellers
NEW YORK (AP) — Say you’re a storyteller whose TV show draws inspiration from real-life Washington.
Monday, June 26, 2017

Amyloid and Alzheimer's
Some years ago, my colleague and client Dr. Paul Aisen, an internationally recognized researcher of Alzheimer's disease and the director of the Alzheimer's Therapeutic Research Institute at USC, discovered that people with Alzheimer's all have elevated levels of the protein amyloid in their brains.
Saturday, June 24, 2017

July 1 a reminder of strong U.S.-Canada relationship
MONTREAL -- When the United States celebrated its 150th birthday, Calvin Coolidge was president, Al Capone's gangsters were running wild in Chicago, NBC was just being formed, and Gene Tunney was girding to defeat Jack Dempsey. Generally, it was a quiet, contented country, not all that important in world affairs, not all that worried about war or depression.
Saturday, June 24, 2017

An essay on the 246 years of American slavery: Separating fact from myth
(THE CONVERSATION via AP) — People think they know everything about slavery in the United States, but they don’t. They think the majority of African slaves came to the American colonies, but they didn’t. They talk about 400 years of slavery, but it wasn’t. They claim all Southerners owned slaves, but they didn’t. Some argue it was all a long time ago, but it wasn’t.
Friday, June 23, 2017

A Democratic blind spot on culture
How much do Democrats really want to defeat Donald Trump?
Friday, June 23, 2017

Applications for US jobless aid tick up to still-low 241,000
WASHINGTON (AP) — Slightly more people sought US unemployment benefits last week, but the number of applications remained at a historically low level that suggests the job market is healthy.
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Five more notes on Trump's current predicment
Not long ago I wrote that the danger President Trump faces from the various investigations into the Trump-Russia matter had changed dramatically in recent weeks. Now, in just the last few days, the situation has changed even more.
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Yes, hate speech is free speech
With the left feverishly attempting to squash unwelcome speech on college campuses, with the president of the United States musing about tightening libel laws, with prominent liberals asserting that so-called hate speech is not protected by the First Amendment, free speech in America at least has one reliable friend -- the Supreme Court of the United States. 
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

No retirement talk from Dianne Feinstein, oldest US senator, at almost 84
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The nation’s oldest U.S. senator looks like she’s sticking around.
Saturday, June 17, 2017

Question authority: Trump's shock to the system
Donald J. Trump may project the notion that he is the man with all the answers, but in truth he may go down in history as the man who inspired many of the important questions.
Saturday, June 17, 2017

Pelosi among lawmakers who favor more money for U.S. Capitol Police
WASHINGTON (AP) — The shooting at a baseball field that critically wounded a Republican congressman and injured several others is forcing lawmakers to ask what more should be done to ensure the safety of themselves and their staff.
Friday, June 16, 2017

Statehood for Puerto Rico? Lessons from the last time we added a star to the flag

By David Stebenne,

The Ohio State University


(THE CONVERSATION via AP) — Puerto Ricans who turned out to vote in a referendum June 11 overwhelmingly expressed support for becoming the 51st state

Friday, June 16, 2017

He's a Republican now
Donald Trump, the erstwhile Democrat, independent and member of the Reform Party, finally has a fixed partisan identity. 
Friday, June 16, 2017

From The Sheriff's Desk: Let's learn from Colorado's experience. . .
TAYLORVILLE —  Three weeks ago, school administrators, county board members, government officials, law enforcement, healthcare professionals, substance abuse treatment and prevention professionals, parents, concerned citizens and I had the opportunity to listen to Jo McGuire speak on how the State of Colorado has been effected by the legalization of marijuana.
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Here we go again
Let's see: Whom can we blame?
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Five notes on Trump's current predicament
The danger President Trump faces from the various investigations into the Trump-Russia matter has changed dramatically in recent weeks.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Playing as best as we can
We played that funky music (that was the name of a song), wondered about Jimmy Carter (he was the man of the hour), worried about inflation (it was over 5 percent, and heading higher). We didn't think much about the stock market (the Dow hovered around 1,000) nor about the price of gasoline (it was 59 cents a gallon, more or less). We actually thought that more, not less, was our birthright. It was a long time ago.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The impeachment war
American politics is now, in large part, a fight about whether or not Donald Trump will be impeached.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Boy Scout Comey is no match for The Donald
WASHINGTON -- As it turns out, Donald Trump is the hope-and-change president.

According to James Comey, Trump hoped that the then-FBI director would find a way to drop his investigation of ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn and help blow away "the cloud" concerning the Trump campaign's possible ties to Russia. When Comey didn't, Trump changed Comey -- right out of a job.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Watching Comey today: For some politics-obsessed Americans, it's a party
WASHINGTON (AP) — Politics-obsessed Americans gathered at bars and restaurants Thursday with an excitement normally reserved for the Super Bowl or the World Series, ordering FBI sandwiches and morning shots of Russian vodka as James Comey testified about his dealings with President Donald Trump.
Thursday, June 8, 2017

Time to govern, Republicans
On Nov. 9, 2016, in the stunned afterglow of Republicans taking the White House and holding both chambers of Congress, former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor put it plainly:
Thursday, June 8, 2017

Can Wonder Woman just be Wonder Woman?
In the new "Wonder Woman" movie, the heroine is mystified by the ways of humankind -- and she doesn't even read the internet.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Joe Biden talks the walk

Holy calamine lotion! Joe Biden has had an itch for more than 30 years. Thursday morning, he started scratching it again.


Saturday, June 3, 2017

Does the president believe in climate change or not? His aides won't say

WASHINGTON (AP) — Does he or doesn’t he? Believe in climate change, that is.

You’d think that would be an easy enough question the day after President Donald Trump announced he was pulling the U.S. out of the landmark global accord aimed at combatting global warming.


Saturday, June 3, 2017

The age of unilateral rule
The Trump administration has been exhaustingly eventful, but almost none of the events have involved Congress. 
Friday, June 2, 2017

Jared Kushner's dilemma
Jared Kushner is being represented by one of the best criminal defense lawyers in Washington, Jamie Gorelick, and he is going to need her. 
Friday, June 2, 2017

After blaming loss on DNC, the press and misogyny, Clinton now goes for Trump
NEW YORK (AP) — Hillary Clinton warned Thursday that President Donald Trump has unleashed a level of hate and vitriol that is “incredibly dangerous.”
Friday, June 2, 2017

While controversies rage, work on border wall moves forward
New revelations come almost by the minute in the Trump-Russia affair. A reasonable observer might conclude that is all that is happening in the Trump administration. But even as those troubles fill news sites and cable TV, administration officials are quietly moving ahead on one of the president's top campaign promises: the construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Thursday, June 1, 2017

The nonexistent case for the Paris accord
For a bull in the china shop, President Donald Trump has so far gingerly stepped around the Paris climate accord. That dance could end as soon as this week, with Trump deciding whether to stay in or opt out.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The wonderful world of Wall Street
Ever since I got sideswiped and have been driving a rental car, I've been without my Pandora stations, and suddenly I'm stuck listening to the news again. The traffic has never seemed worse. The news seems hardly real: terror; disaster; more people under investigation; the president telling the Russians that James Comey is a nut job (who tells the Russians that?); and on and on it goes.
Monday, May 29, 2017

Focus on victims rewards terrorists
Familiar rituals followed the terrorist bombing at the arena in Manchester, England. Flowers piled up near the site of carnage. Reporters plumbed every line of the attacker's profile, speculating on what may have inspired his vile act. Rallies called for solidarity and a rejection of "hate."
Monday, May 29, 2017

The Wonderful World of Wall Street
Ever since I got sideswiped and have been driving a rental car, I've been without my Pandora stations, and suddenly I'm stuck listening to the news again. The traffic has never seemed worse. The news seems hardly real: terror; disaster; more people under investigation; the president telling the Russians that James Comey is a nut job (who tells the Russians that?); and on and on it goes.
Saturday, May 27, 2017

When push comes to shove
WASHINGTON — The shocking thing about Greg Gianforte's assault on a journalist isn't that he body-slammed and punched a reporter but that it took so long for the inevitable to occur.
Saturday, May 27, 2017

Remembering a forgotten man, and his forgotten book
He was once a major figure in British colonial politics, the governor-general of Canada and author of "The Thirty-Nine Steps," which Alfred Hitchcock made into a famous film. But today the name John Buchan prompts no ripples of recognition. He is a figure from a fast-receding past -- a time when dash and daring were recognized and revered, when Kipling and Stevenson were read and remembered.
Friday, May 26, 2017

No collusion and now they're going for obstruction
Throughout the Trump-Russia investigation, the core question -- the question that mattered above all others -- was whether President Trump or his associates colluded with Russia to try to influence the 2016 election. If there were proof of that, the effect on Trump's presidency would have been devastating, and possibly fatal.
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Campus liberals are too easy to bait
"Rising to the bait" is a fishing term. Anglers lure fish hiding in the deep by positioning bait on or near the surface. Fish that rise to the bait usually end up on someone's dinner plate.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Not on our soil
The Turkish government is obviously familiar with the concept of "chutzpah," if not necessarily the word.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Trump condemns Holocaust as 'most savage crime against God and his children'
JERUSALEM (AP) — President Donald Trump paid a short visit to Israel's national Holocaust memorial today, calling the Nazi extermination of 6 million Jews "the most savage crime against God and his children" during the most sensitive stop on his two-day visit to Israel.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Trump's plan to nix community block grants may be tough sell
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump may have a tough time carrying out plans to kill a popular program that has helped build fire stations, provided meals to needy children and more. Plenty of lawmakers — including some key Republicans — enthusiastically support the Community Development Block Grant program.
Monday, May 22, 2017

The mysteries of American political philosophy
TORONTO -- The great Canadian historian John Bartlet Brebner, who taught at the University of Toronto before moving to Columbia, once said Americans were benevolently ignorant about Canada while Canadians were malevolently well-informed about the United States. Had he not died 60 years ago, he would have been astonished to see just how well-informed Canadians are about American affairs today, and how malevolently they view their neighbor to the south.
Monday, May 22, 2017

Embrace the robots
We have seen the enemy, and it is the robot. 
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Show empathy for those living with mental health issues
 TAYLORVILLE — Think about the people you connect with throughout the course of the day – family, neighbors, coworkers and friends. Those who live with mental health conditions have their own story.
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Fact check: Does the US believe Western Wall is in Israel or just Jerusalem?
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nikki Haley, President Donald Trump’s U.N. ambassador, waded into a diplomatic minefield on Wednesday by asserting that the Western Wall is part of Israel, a deviation from U.S. policy.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The worst word in American politics
For the past couple of years, the most important word in American politics has been the worst -- "rigged."
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

When history is set in stone
A famous statue of Russian Czar Alexander II was dismantled during the Bolshevik revolution. So was a statue of Alexander III. A statue of Josef Stalin was removed from his hometown as recently as 2010. And this year in New Orleans, a fierce debate is raging over statues to Confederate heroes such as President Jefferson Davis and Generals Robert E. Lee and P.G.T. Beauregard.
Monday, May 15, 2017

A scandal about smoke
The cliche about the Russia investigation is that there's a lot of smoke, and with the firing of FBI Director James Comey, President Donald Trump rolled a military-grade smoke grenade into the room.
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Do-right women in a do-wrong world
For those lately bereft of leadership, the past few days have provided both a respite and a reason for hope.
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Lawmakers reach agreement on stalled VA accountability bill
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans and Democrats have reached agreement on a bill to make it easier for the Department of Veterans Affairs to fire its employees, part of an accountability effort touted by President Donald Trump.
Thursday, May 11, 2017

'Bro Culture' companies may do poorly by being bad
What exactly does Uber have to offer that other companies do not? The ride-hailing service doesn't own its cars or employ drivers. It's basically a smartphone app that connects passengers to drivers using their own vehicles. Rival apps now do much the same thing.
Thursday, May 11, 2017

New VA head: It will take longer to end veteran homelessness
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The new Veterans Affairs chief shares the goal set by former President Barack Obama’s administration of ending homelessness among veterans, but he says it will take longer than his predecessor predicted.
Thursday, May 11, 2017

The win-win twins

Actors Charlie Sheen and Donald Trump are like twins separated at birth. Both became rich and famous -- by hook in one case and by whatever in the other -- each to his own mind born to win. 


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Comey is gone, and the worst is yet to come

The news that President Donald Trump has fired FBI Director James Comey is not cause for celebration.


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Comey is gone, and the worst is yet to come

The news that President Donald Trump has fired FBI Director James Comey is not cause for celebration.


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Spending bill, not Obamacare, reveals deep GOP division
If you want to see what divides Republicans in Congress, don't look at the struggle to repeal and replace Obamacare. Look at spending.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Around the nation: Reaction to Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey

(AP) — Some Twitter reaction to President Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey amid the bureau’s investigation into allegations his campaign had ties to Russia.


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

During World War I, a silent film spoke volumes about freedom of speech

By Eric P. Robinson,

University of South Carolina

(THE CONVERSATION) —  In the United States, “The Great War” led to unprecedented efforts by the federal government to control and restrict “unpatriotic” speech. But the boundary between speech that undermined the government and legitimate criticism was often unclear.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Trump's normality problem
White House official Steve Bannon is off the National Security Council, in a reversal of what had been an eyebrow-raising decision to put the president's top political adviser on the NSC. 
Tuesday, May 9, 2017

It's the end of politics as we know it
Monday, May 8, 2017

Who Cares?

I was about to get into it with my son about President Donald Trump's suggestion that Andrew Jackson, a slave owner who died in 1845, could have avoided the Civil War (as if there were a compromise to be had on the question of expanding slavery into the territories), when he quickly dismissed me by pointing out that no one cares.


Saturday, May 6, 2017

ABC, CBS, NBC join CNN in refusing to air Trump ad that blasts them
NEW YORK (AP) — ABC, CBS and NBC have joined CNN in refusing to air an advertisement that lists President Donald Trump’s accomplishments during his administration’s first 100 days while blaming the “fake news” media for not reporting on them.
Saturday, May 6, 2017

Minnesota professor's coloring book pokes fun at college life and academia
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Julie Schumacher found plenty of fodder for her career detour into adult coloring books from two decades teaching at the University of Minnesota, which has its own therapy animals for stressed-out students to pet.
Saturday, May 6, 2017

A confederacy of dictators
It should have been obvious, but I missed it: Steve Bannon has been banished and Dennis Rodman is whispering in the president's ear. 
Friday, May 5, 2017

Lincoln, not Jackson

Donald Trump is trying to do for Andrew Jackson what Lin-Manuel Miranda did for Alexander Hamilton. 


Friday, May 5, 2017

Has the Old Trump Magic Lost Its Spell?
Thursday, May 4, 2017

In our era of despair, history offers counsel
BUFFALO, New York -- A quarter-century ago, only the most wild-eyed, optimistic, maybe slightly crazy visionary could have imagined the Buffalo of today: a modern, tech-oriented city that has transformed rubble into revitalization, taken a tired waterfront and made it a breathtaking walkway, and watched its museums grow from local treasures into major national attractions.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Why can't house repeal obamacare? Because a lot of Republicans don't want to
"We're going to go when we have the votes," Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday when asked when the House will pass a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. Lawmakers will not be constrained by any "artificial deadline," Ryan declared.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017

What's Wrong With Obama's Getting $400,000 for a Speech?
Reports that Barack Obama will receive $400,000 for a speech at a Wall Street health conference have produced some violent finger-wagging by populists on the left. "Distasteful," Bernie Sanders called it. Elizabeth Warren is "troubled," citing concern about "the influence of money" in politics.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Trillion dollar federal budget deal would spare arts agencies
NEW YORK (AP) — The new federal spending bill would spare — and even slightly increase — funding for three arts-related agencies that President Donald Trump had proposed eliminating: the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Rights group: Trump should seek accountability from Duterte
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A U.S.-based human rights group says President Donald Trump should not roll out the White House red carpet for Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte, whom it accused of being a “mastermind” of mass murder because of his anti-drug crackdown in which thousands have died. 
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

With Obama, Clinton gone, GOP revives Pelosi as boogeyman


Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) — Move over Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, Republicans have a new campaign boogeyman. Well, sort of new.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

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