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Thieves and scoundrels spotted among COVID-19 bail out recipients

The Trump Administration’s reluctant disclosure of the names of more than 600,000 recipients of Paycheck Protection Program aid has shown that many of the loans went to firms that are well-connected and that otherwise don’t fit the image of mom-and-pop businesses we were led to believe would be the main beneficiaries. There is another problem: […]

How Republicans are using technology to deny your right to vote

How do you win an election? You could gain a majority of votes. Or you can cheat—as Republicans have been doing in force since 2010—with gerrymandering and other forms of suppression across the country so the minority party can gain and hold power even as its numbers shrink. Now those who would discourage or disable […]

A new civil war erupts inside Trump’s VA as Secretary Robert Wilkie is accused of pushing white supremacy

Long before Donald Trump exposed himself as a cheerleader for white supremacy, workers at the Dept. of Veterans Affairs were complaining that the Neo-Confederate running the agency didn’t care about them and was “mimicking” the racist-in-chief. Trump picked Robert Wilkie to run the VA in 2018, despite, or because of, the former naval intelligence officer’s […]

Trump’s Russia bounty scandal exposes his fundamental inability to digest new information

A couple of weeks have passed, with plenty of public smoke but no fire over reports that Russians were bribing the Taliban to target American troops in Afghanistan, with at least some of the 20 deaths over the last year attributed to the Islamic militants linked to the Taliban. Donald Trump continues to say he […]

Investigative journalist who’s been covering Trump for 35 years explains why you need to take Mary’s Trump’s book seriously

Mary Trump’s book deserves your close attention because the president’s niece has two advantages that the small band of us who have studied Trump closely over the years do not. First, she’s family. No one knows you like your family. Your family knows how you behaved at crucial moments when life changing events occur — […]

Expert weighs in on Trump’s ‘alarming’ mental condition: President’s ‘malignant narcissism’ imperils us all

Donald Trump seems to think he deserves to be enshrined on Mount Rushmore because, as he has said, “I’m the greatest, most successful” president ever. Trump’s Fourth of July festivities were a choreographed celebration of him, not America. To make matters worse, the lack of mask wearing and social distancing put supporters and employees at high risk […]

Court says Trump Administration can’t stall environmentalists challenging energy companies

An appeals court called out Trump regulators for perverting our nation’s checks and balances to shunt landowners and environmentalists into legal limbo and allow energy companies to seize their land and build pipelines while their legal actions were pending. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit said in a 10-1 decision quietly released […]

The Russia-Taliban bounties: What did the president know and when did he know it?

We’ve heard allegations about Russian attempts to bribe Taliban-leaning Islamic militants to target Americans and coalition troops in Afghanistan. The claims are the result of U.S. intelligence conclusions. What has followed makes the developments worse: Intelligence sources are doubling down and saying there indeed were U.S. troops killed, including three Marines caught in a truck […]

Expect MAGA dead-enders to become even more dangerous as Trumpism proves to be a spent force

Last week, I walked over to Black Lives Matter Plaza in front of the White House to clear my head and draw some inspiration. When I arrived at the north end of the square, the line of people waiting to climb up a stepladder so they could get a better picture of “Black Lives Matter” […]

A dereliction of duty: Bombshell NYT report reveals the Trump-Russia story is far from over

The news late yesterday was chilling: Russians have been paying Taliban militants to kill Americans in Afghanistan even as peace talks with the Taliban were under way, intelligence sources told The New York Times. And Donald Trump has known about this intelligence since the beginning of March and has done nothing about it. Actually, the […]

Radical Republicans are already sabotaging the next president

The Trump EPA is trying to stack an advisory committee on drinking water to continue to help polluters and cost-conscious water utilities even if Trump loses in November. The EPA is asking for nominations to fill five seats on the National Drinking Water Advisory Council for three-year terms that would start in December. The council […]

How Chinese spies penetrated the Trump White House

Communist Chinese government operatives got into the Trump White House and also sat at a confidential Republican election strategy meeting, Wednesday’s Wall Street Journal reports. Some of the conduct the Journal described could form the basis for federal felony indictments. Fronts for the People’s Liberation Army and the Chinese Communist Party donated at least $450,000 […]

Trump ignores First Amendment, threatens protestors, stokes violence for his Tulsa MAGA rally in am Twitter rant

In a series of incendiary tweets Friday morning President Donald Trump appeared to be attempting to create a scenario where his supporters will battle “any protestors” who come to Oklahoma to attend his MAGA rally. After claiming victimization, the President targeted protestors – while wholly ignoring their First Amendment rights and suggesting the law is […]

Devastating new revelations show that Trump is America’s worst enemy

John Bolton’s new book makes many things clear, but most important is this: Donald Trump violates his oath to defend our Constitution against “all enemies foreign and domestic” because he is the leading domestic enemy of our Constitution. Bolton shows that Trump has no regard for our Constitution using example after damning example of disloyal […]

Trump Ag Dept. eases the way for test-tube plants to spread to nature

A USDA plan to loosen regulation of genetically modified crops could benefit Florida billionaire Randal Kirk whose company hired Trump fundraiser and lobbyist Roy Bailey. Michael Gregoire, then the acting administrator of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, withdrew a proposed regulation to give more power to APHIS to evaluate whether genetically modified plants […]

Trump team’s outreach to black voters is both comical and grounded in delusion

On Monday, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany offered one of the greatest self-owns in recent memory. Asked about Utah Sen. Mitt Romney marching with Black Lives Matter protesters, McEnany, who never answers questions directly, bragged about the 8 percent of African-American votes Trump won in 2016, and claimed that Romney had only won the support of […]

Here’s the real reason why so many right wingers are terrified of antifa

With his tweet suggesting that Martin Gugino, the 75-year-old man who was violently shoved to the ground by Buffalo police during a protest last week, may have been an antifa super-ninja, Trump’s ooga-booga about anti-fascist activists descended into farce. And he isn’t alone. Locals on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state terrorized a multiracial family […]

It’s much worse than lying: Trump is trying to drown you in BS

Many call Donald Trump a liar because he’s made it so obvious and easy to do so. But the reality is even worse than lying. What Trump & Co. have done is attack the very existence of fact and truth. The victims of those repeated actions: decency, business, governance, justice, public discourse, our Constitution and […]

This is what tyranny looks like

At the heart of the upheaval over George Floyd’s killing is police accountability.Do the act, face the consequences — legal, political, ethical.It’s the rewrite of what we grew up hearing about crime — do the crime, do the time. That’s the conundrum of what we’ve been seeing from the White House, where Donald Trump through Atty. Gen. […]

Protests around the world: This time it’s different

A profound, historical difference separates the protests across America the past six days from past eruptions of anger over police violence against black men and women. It’s a difference that that isn’t showing up in news reports, televised or print, even though it’s quite apparent The differences are where these demonstrations are taking place and […]

Inside the radical Republican war on the Post Office

In the weeks ahead America’s daily mail delivery may come to a complete halt because the U.S. Postal Service is running out of cash—though Donald Trump may take last-minute action so he can proclaim himself the hero who saved the post office. But the real story here is one of Congressional neglect, Republican animosity and […]

A secret killer lurks behind the pandemic — and could lead to an additional 75,000 American deaths

As more than 100,000 people have died of Covid-19 in the United States, and 40 million will have lost their jobs, there is another looming crisis that may eclipse these losses: a national mental health trauma. The necessity for implementing social distancing, in large part because of the failure to test, trace, and isolate contacts properly […]

The numbers are in — and the rich are making out like bandits during this pandemic

Tens of millions of Americans are cashless, many desperate to feed their children. Meanwhile the richest Americans merrily float on a rapidly rising tide of money thanks mainly to Trump & Co. My analysis of Federal Reserve data shows a record flow of greenbacks let the corporate rich pour trillions of dollars into their accounts […]

Corporate America wants a free hand to kill workers and customers

It is unclear at the moment whether Mitch McConnell and other Congressional Republicans are backing off their demand that corporations be given protection from COVID-19 lawsuits — or if they are maneuvering behind the scenes in favor of the proposal. What I find amazing is that business lobbyists and their GOP supporters think they can […]

The rich are making out like drug dealers in this pandemic — and Trump’s GOP is the main culprit

While tens of millions of Americans are out of work, many desperate for cash to feed their children, the richest Americans merrily float on a rapidly rising tide of cash thanks in good part to Trump & Co. My analysis of Federal Reserve data shows a record flow of greenbacks let the corporate rich pour […]

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