tale of 2 cities

America’s Tale of Two Cities, Redux

by Robert Hunziker Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities (18th Century), required reading in secondary school, is the second biggest selling single-volume book of all-time at 200 million copies. Twenty-First Century America is that... Read More

(Terrifying!) Transcript of AP interview with Trump

A transcript of an Oval Office interview Friday with President #Donald Trump by AP White House Correspondent Julie Pace. Where the audio recording of the interview is unclear, ellipses or a notation that the recording... Read More

May Hires Jim Messina for U.K. Conservative Election Team

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May has hired President Obama’s former deputy chief of staff Jim Messina for her election campaign, reuniting the winning team behind David Cameron’s unexpected victory two years ago. Messina and his... Read More
marine le pen 3

Macron, Le Pen headed to runoff in French presidential election

Trump appeared to flirt with supporting Le Pen, but an aide said his comments did not suggest the U.S. president wanted the far-right firebrand to win. PARIS — Centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right firebrand Marine... Read More
wish i was a kidding

94 Days of Absurdity – Trump’s Words Confound, Confuse & That’s Intentional

The Monday Line by Denis G. Campbell The 45th US President Donald J. Trump, has nearly completed his disastrous first 100 days in office. Most global denizens wake up each morning relieved we were not... Read More
marriage led to oil theft

(Still happens today!) In The 1920s, A Community Conspired To Kill Native Americans For Their Oil Money : NPR

Generations ago, the American Indian Osage tribe was compelled to move. Not for the first time, white settlers pushed them off their land in the 1800s. They made their new home in a rocky, infertile... Read More
trump white house overhead

Why Trump likes his freewheeling Oval Office schedule

President Donald Trump leaves large blocks of “private time” on his Oval Office schedule for spontaneous meetings and phone chats with ex-aides, friends, media figures, lawmakers and members of his Cabinet — an old habit... Read More
putin speech

Russia’s Shadow-War in a Wary Europe

Fears of Russian meddling in a French vote reflect an overt and covert influence campaign. by Sebastian Rotella ProPublica As the French prepare to vote Sunday in a presidential election marked by acrimonious debate about... Read More

(Because yes, he is that feckless!) Trump scheduled ‘big’ Pennsylvania rally on same night as White House reporter gala

President Donald Trump announced his intention to hold a “big rally” in Pennsylvania next Saturday, a date which marks his 100th day in office, and coincides with the #White House Correspondent’s Dinner—an event he previously... Read More

Ryan promises to keep government open — and makes no promises on health care

House leaders told GOP lawmakers Saturday that they plan to devote their energy in the coming week to keeping the federal government open, conspicuously avoiding an immediate commitment to take up health care despite pledges... Read More

Nearing 100 days, Trump’s approval at record lows but his base is holding

President Trump nears the 100-day mark of his administration as the least popular chief executive in modern times, a president whose voters remain largely satisfied with his performance, but one whose base of support has... Read More

Remember Those Temporary Officials Trump Quietly Installed? Some Are Now Permanent Employees.

In January, the Trump administration quietly dispatched more than 400 temporary employees across the federal government. Now dozens of them are getting permanent jobs. by Derek Kravitz ProPublica Last month, ProPublica revealed that the Trump... Read More
may brexit

The snap: the election campaign that just cannot escape Brexit

Just when he thought the UK was out, they pull him back in … Jeremy Corbyn’s efforts to edge out of the Brexit shadow by ruling out a second referendum and talking about things we... Read More

Trump held a secret meeting at Mar-a-Lago with former Colombian presidents

While eyebrows are being raised about President Donald Trump’s meetings with mega-donors to his inaugural committee, it seems another meeting is causing controversy. The Miami Herald reported Thursday that Trump held secret meetings at Mar-a-Lago... Read More
quinnipiacpoll-horizontal-hex-full-color

Quinnipiac Poll Says Most Republicans Think GOP Should Abandon Healthcare

A new Quinnipiac poll finds that just 36% of American voters say Republicans in Congress should try again to repeal and replace the 2010 Affordable Care Act, while 60% say the Republicans should “move on.”... Read More
This woman is vile: Ann Coulter says Mexicans are more deadly than sharks

Free Speech (Update)

by Robert Reich Coulter is back. Today (Thursday), officials at the University of California, Berkeley, changed their mind about cancelling a planned speech by Ann Coulter. They say they found a safe venue. Yesterday, in... Read More
ivanka book tour

(This, she worries about ethically?) Citing ethics concerns, Ivanka skips book tour

When Ivanka Trump signed a deal to publish her second self-help book in November of 2015, her father was still a longshot presidential candidate, one bombastic presence in a field of 17 Republican hopefuls. At... Read More
empty houses

(Yet more are built daily?) Housing crisis: more than 200,000 homes in England lie empty

More than 200,000 homes in England with a total value of £43bn were empty for at least six months during 2016 despite the desperate shortage of properties to rent and buy. According to official figures,... Read More

CNN’s Jake Tapper nails Steve Bannon’s White House ambitions: ‘His goal is to blow everything up’

In an interview with GQ, CNN’s Jake Tapper nailed Donald Trump’s chief White House adviser Steve Bannon, the former Breitbart head who helped drive the president to his electoral victory. “Steve Bannon has made it... Read More
4 Reasons Why Trump’s Plan to Strip the IRS is Incredibly Dumb

4 Reasons Why Trump’s Plan to Strip the IRS is Incredibly Dumb

by Robert Reich Donald Trump is proposing a 14.1 percent cut in the I.R.S.’s budget next year. This is incredibly dumb, for four reasons: 1. It won’t save money. To the contrary, this move worsens... Read More
sanders perez

Sanders-Perez in 2017

by Brent Budowsky Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez are the leading Democratic power couple in 2017, joining together in a multistate unity tour aiming to end the one-party rule... Read More
The BillO we will all miss: ‘SHUT UP!’: Loses it when Al Franken exposes him as a liar

The BillO we will all miss: ‘SHUT UP!’: Loses it when Al Franken exposes him as a liar

Better than “We’ll do it LIVE!” this is the explosive, angry commentator we all loved to hate.
‘White-trash Mount Rushmore’: CNN pundit Paul Begala slams Palin, Nugent, Kid Rock pic

‘White-trash Mount Rushmore’: CNN pundit Paul Begala slams Palin, Nugent, Kid Rock pic

NN pundit Paul Begala was not a fan of the photo Sarah Palin took with Kid Rock and Ted Nugent mocking Secretary Hillary Clinton’s former official portrait as First Lady while visiting President Donald Trump... Read More
gary cohn

The Only Real “Centrist” Agenda

by Robert Reich With Steve Bannon on way out, official Washington is jumping for joy that Gary Cohn – the former president of Goldman Sachs who’s now running Trump’s National Economic Council, along with Dina... Read More

US prepares charges to seek Julian Assange’s arrest

Washington (#CNN)US authorities have prepared charges to seek the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, US officials familiar with the matter tell CNN. The Justice Department investigation of Assange and WikiLeaks dates to at least... Read More
steve-mnuchin

(Quel surprise!) Trump tax cuts won’t be paid for

The Trump Administration has no plans to pay for its proposed tax cuts, according to revealing comments made Thursday by top White House officials Gary Cohn and Steve Mnuchin at an Institute of International Finance... Read More
lo-sugar soft drinks

Stroke and dementia risk linked to artificial sweeteners, study suggests (so that explains my TIA, in my 20s drank them like water… now?)

Consuming a can a day of low- or no-#sugar soft drink is associated with a much higher risk of having a stroke or developing dementia, researchers claim. Their findings have prompted renewed questions about whether... Read More
pepsi advert

Pepsi ad failed its multicultural audience

by Rev. Irene Monroe Pepsi ads aim to emphasize its youthful brand by championing it as “the choice of a new generation.” Not a bad marketing tool to turn its second-class status to Coca-Cola, its archrival, into... Read More
tea lady

Meet the Tea Ladies (and Tea Boys) of British Soccer

The (according to 45 ‘failing’) New York Times has this wonderful story of a great British tradition, Tea Ladies and Boys of football. News flash, they are not just for football. Every meeting, organisation, group... Read More
chaffetz 2

Chaffetz says he may leave office before end of term (don’t let the door hit ya!)

Rep. Jason Chaffetz says he may step down early from his House seat, leaving a vacancy that would be filled by a special election that is fuzzy under current state law. “I might depart early,”... Read More