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 2017-12-16 20:25 

The Daily Beast

Stephen Colbert Goes Off on Trump Over Russia's Election Interference...

The 'Late Show' host has had enough of President Trump's tip-toeing around the issue....

 2017-12-16 20:09 

Talking Points Memo

Trump Defends Tax Plan: 'We Are Really Going To Start To Rock'...

WASHINGTON (AP) Closing in on the first major legislative achievement of his term, President Donald Trump on Saturday defended......

 2017-12-16 20:02 

Daily Kos

This week at progressive state blogs: MT & MO senators tied to Moore; Alaska's liberal history...

This week at progressive state blogs is designed specifically to focus attention on the writing and analysis of people focused on their home turf. Here is the Dec. 9 edition. Inclusion of a blog post does not necessarily indicate my agreement with—o...

 2017-12-16 19:47 

MSNBC

Black voters sends a message with Doug Jones win...

African-American voters, particularly black women, have been given much-deserved credit for helping Doug Jones beat Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate race. Joy Reid meets an activist who helped make it happen....

 2017-12-16 19:18 

MSNBC

Fmr. prosecutor: "Too little too late" for Flynn to be shielded from Mueller probe...

President Trump launched multiple new invectives against the FBI, and left open a discussion about a prospective pardon for Michael Flynn. Steven Mulroy and Bobby Chacon consider the implications at this new stage of the Russia probe....

 2017-12-16 19:12 

MSNBC

GOP could be seeking removal of Mueller. Will it work?...

Mueller: GOP leaders attack Russia probe prosecutorRepublicans accuse special prosecutor Robert Mueller and his team investigating Russia's election interference of bias. Joy Reid and her panel discuss what experts call this threat to our republic....

 2017-12-16 19:01 

Daily Kos

View from the Left: A resurgent progressive movement finds its voice in 2017...

Democrats entered the year hobbled and broken, still divvying up blame for Donald Trump's unthinkable win and squabbling not only over messaging but also fundamentally whom the party should even be appealing to. That debate now has a much clearer answ...

 2017-12-16 19:00 

Crooks and Liars

Lawrence O'Donnell: How Tax Cut Bill Will Be Used To Cut Medicare, Social Security...

On AM Joy, Joy Reid and Lawrence O'Donnell discussed how the supposedly deficit-hating Republicans have suddenly learned to love them. "They were looking for something like this, where can we squeeze in a tiny giveaway that goes to another income ...

 2017-12-16 18:56 

The Daily Beast

Trump to Obamacare Shoppers: Sorry, Store's Closed...

A White House levels yet another blow to a health care law it abhors....

 2017-12-16 18:54 

MSNBC

Lawrence O'Donnell and Joy Reid talk the GOP tax bill...

The GOP tax bill will likely be passed including many details that ultimately benefit the rich, and negatively impact the poor and middle class. Lawrence O'Donnell and Joy Reid discuss....

 2017-12-16 18:52 

BuzzFeed

Minnie Driver Slammed Matt Damon For His Comments On Sexual Misconduct...

Driver called her Good Will Hunting co-star's comments "utterly tone deaf and as a result, systemically part of the problem." Actor Minnie Driver has spoken out against her former boyfriend and Good Will Hunting co-star Matt Damon, after he sh...

 2017-12-16 18:52 

Mother Jones

Here's Why Republicans Are Hellbent on Passing an Unpopular Tax Bill...

The Republican tax bill is massively unpopular. It polls at about 30 percent approvalthe worst showing of any major bill in recent historyand doesnt crack 50 percent even among Republicans. And yet, the GOP leadership is hellbent on passing it. Whats goin...

 2017-12-16 18:43 

The Atlantic

Other Words Trump Could Silence...

Beyond fetus and transgender...

 2017-12-16 18:37 

Washington Post

After Alabama loss, Trump has ambitious plans to campaign in 2018 midterms...

The strategy carries risks for a historically unpopular president and could help drive angry Democrats to the polls....

 2017-12-16 18:31 

Daily Kos

Tax-paid Republican opposition research group has been spying on EPA employees for a year...

On Friday, I took note of an investigative piece written by three Mother Jones' reporters about Definers Group, a Republican opposition research firm hired for $120,000 with a no-bid contract by the Environmental Protection Agency to "track and sh...

 2017-12-16 18:25 

MSNBC

President Trump confident tax bill will help middle class...

In his latest remarks, President Trump touted the GOP tax bill as being most beneficial for jobs and the middle class. It is expected to be voted on and passed before Christmas....

 2017-12-16 18:21 

ThinkProgress

ACLU says two undocumented teens seeking abortions have been stopped by Trump administration...

The American Civil Liberties Union is seeking a temporary restraining order from a judge to require federal officials to let two undocumented teenagers get abortion care. According to court papers that were filed on Friday night in federal district court ...

 2017-12-16 18:06 

Talking Points Memo

Moore Doubles Down On Refusal To Concede Race, Suggests Voter Fraud...

GOP Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore still has no intention of conceding the race to Democrat Doug Jones after Tuesdays......

 2017-12-16 18:01 

Daily Kos

Alabama sends a strong message: Democrats need to invest in black voters, not take them for granted...

After Democratic wins in Alabama and Virginia fueled in large part by black voters, it's clear that black voter turnout is a key path to Democratic victory . And that means Democrats need to invest and to build relationships or repair ones weakened by...

 2017-12-16 17:58 

MSNBC

Trump administration prohibits CDC from using certain words...

According to a Washington Post report, the Trump administration is banning the Center for Disease Control from using certain words in their official documents including fetus, transgender and diversity....

 2017-12-16 17:56 

ThinkProgress

Rupert Murdoch claims Fox's sexual harassment problem was solved by firing Roger Ailes...

Robert Murdoch attempted to downplay Fox News' alleged culture of sexual misconduct as limited to "isolated incidents" with former CEO Roger Ailes — a characterization that was met with fierce criticism from the women on the media mogul&...

 2017-12-16 17:02 

BuzzFeed

Trump's Ambassadors Are Going Rogue On Twitter...

Callista Gingrich, Trump's pick to be U.S. ambassador to the Vatican. Jonathan Ernst / Reuters US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has her staff support her personal Twitter account. US ambassador to New Zealand Scott Brown has a gag Twitter account f...

 2017-12-16 17:01 

Daily Kos

Abbreviated Science Round-up: Traveling bees, crocs vs Lucy, inevitable inequality...

Bees tackle a seriously tough math problem At some point in your life, whether you know it or not, you've tried to solve "the traveling salesman problem ." In fact, you've tried many, many times. The classic version of the problem postulat...

 2017-12-16 17:00 

Mother Jones

Festival of Slights, the Fifth Night: Trump's Closing Argument to Voters...

Happy Hanukkah! Mother Jones is celebrating this years festival of lights with a festival of slights. Specifically, President Donald Trumps slights toward the Jewish people. On the eve of the 2016 election, both Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and Re...

 2017-12-16 17:00 

Crooks and Liars

Maddow Holds Master Class With Former U.S. Attorneys To Explain Mueller Probe...

Last night, the Rachel Maddow Show devoted the entire hour to examinations of the various legal angles of the Mueller investigation. Both fascinating and informative, it's well worth your time to watch the entire program. ( Link to all segments here ....

 2017-12-16 17:00 

The Daily Beast

When the Knicks Took Pages From Weinstein's Playbook...

Knicks owner and former Weinstein Co. board member James Dolan lost his team's $11M sexual harassment suit in 2007, but hasn't stopped shaming the accuser ever since....

 2017-12-16 17:00 

The Daily Beast

How America's First Black Ambassador Became a Popular Hero...

Ebenezer Bassett was the first American diplomat to offer a dissident asylum— and in doing so, became the first to defy his bosses at the Department of State....

 2017-12-16 17:00 

The Daily Beast

Inside The Royal Family's Very Meghan Christmas...

Meghan Markle's invite to Christmas 2017 at the Queen's Sandringham Estate is a very public seal of royal approval....

 2017-12-16 17:00 

The Daily Beast

OMG, I Want This House: Lake Tahoe (Photos)...

The Daily Beast presents a look at one of the most insane houses in the world....

 2017-12-16 17:00 

The Daily Beast

These Restaurants & Bars Take the Holidays Very Seriously...

From New York to San Francisco, these establishments aren't skimping on decorations and good cheer....

 2017-12-16 17:00 

The Daily Beast

'Pinocchio' on Stage: The Best Puppet Show Since 'War Horse'...

Can a Disney classic keep pace with a golden era of children's theatrical masterpieces?...

 2017-12-16 17:00 

The Daily Beast

How Doug Jones Destroyed Roy Moore's Whole Shtick with One Well-Chosen Verb...

For years, Republicans have been expert at using just the right words to demean Democrats. Doug Jones turned those tables in a big way. Democrats should take notice....

 2017-12-16 17:00 

The Daily Beast

Fake Cops, Real Murders: Inside the Takedown of New York's Most Notorious Police Impersonators...

It's a lot easier to rob, kidnap, and kill with a badge. In the 1990s, crews of hitmen dressed as NYPD roamed the Big Apple until a detective and an ATF joined forces to stop them....

 2017-12-16 17:00 

The Daily Beast

Netflix's 'The Ranch,' Starring Accused Rapist Danny Masterson, Is Now TV's Most Problematic Sitcom...

The popular Netflix series is the first project starring a man accused of sexual misconduct to air completely as planned. And it's a troubling watch in the age of #MeToo....

 2017-12-16 17:00 

The Daily Beast

Five Ways That the Republican Tax Bill Is a Giveaway to the Super-Rich...

The impending vote gives Trump his first big legislative victory after nearly a year in office, but the real winners will be America's largest corporations and wealthiest citizens....

 2017-12-16 17:00 

The Daily Beast

Actually, the 'Star Wars' Prequels Don't Suck...

In defense of the sheer ambition of these prequels, which come arguably closest to what a 'space opera' should be....

 2017-12-16 16:59 

Talking Points Memo

Trump Admin Bans CDC From Using Words Like 'Science-Based,' 'Diversity'...

The Trump administration has prohibited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from using words like science-based, diversity, and......

 2017-12-16 16:52 

Washington Post

On the eve of the tax vote, Republicans place a big bet for 2018...

Can one major achievement shield the party from a tough midterm election?...

 2017-12-16 16:35 

CNN

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Obama dons Santa hat, brings holiday cheer to DC kids...

Former President Barack Obama ditched the coat and tie for a more casual look while surprising Washington, DC, middle school children this week: a leather jacket topped off with a festive Santa hat....

 2017-12-16 16:30 

The Daily Beast

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Director Rian Johnson: Carrie Fisher Helped Write Leia's Most Touching Scenes...

The director of the supercharged 'Star Wars' sequel opens up about the late Carrie Fisher's most moving scenes in her final film. [Warning: Spoilers]...

 2017-12-16 16:21 

Daily Kos

Trump labor board hands McDonald's a win in its fight against the Fight for $15...

Barack Obama's presidency opened up new possibilities for workers trying to organize under abusive employers. Under Donald Trump, those possibilities are getting shut down one by one. This week, the National Labor Relations Board, newly stocked with T...

 2017-12-16 16:16 

BuzzFeed

A Pastor Found A Massive Diamond. Now He Hopes It Will Help His Country....

The Peace Diamond on display at the Rapaport Group on December 4, 2017 in midtown New York Timothy A. Clary / AFP / Getty Images DAKAR, Senegal — When a high-profile diamond auction took place on a blustery New York morning this December, an unusual...

 2017-12-16 16:08 

The Atlantic

An Accounting for the Uncounted...

The human cost of the war on ISIS has become too easy for Americans to ignore. We in the Obama administration helped shape that war....

 2017-12-16 16:00 

Crooks and Liars

Fox News Women Have Some Choice Words For Rupert Murdoch After He Dismissed Harassment Problems As 'Nonsense'...

Fox News women are reportedly "stunned, disgusted and 'hungry for justice'" after Rupert Murdoch claimed that the only sexual harassment at the network were a few "isolated incidents" regarding Roger Ailes. From HuffPost : When Sky...

 2017-12-16 15:57 

The Daily Beast

Star Wars' Mark Hamill Cuts Down FCC's Ajit Pai: 'A Jedi You Are Not'...

The 'Last Jedi' star—aka Luke Skywalker—is not happy about the FCC chairman's decision to dismantle net neutrality, and let his fury be known on Saturday....

 2017-12-16 15:52 

ThinkProgress

These are the words the Centers for Disease Control isn't allowed to say anymore...

The Trump administration told policy analysts for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta that they could not use certain words in documents for the 2019 budget, the Washington Post reported. Those words were "fetus," "...

 2017-12-16 15:41 

Daily Kos

Lawsuit roundup: Who's suing Trump today?...

On Thursday, AG Eric Schneiderman announced that he's leading a coalition of AGs challenging the Federal Communications Commission's repeal of net neutrality, a move that effectively handed control of the internet to AT&T, Verizon, and their ilk. ...

 2017-12-16 15:37 

ThinkProgress

Republicans slip arcane new provision to benefit Trump in final tax bill...

On Friday night at 5:30 p.m., Republicans finally released their 1,097-page tax bill, including 503 pages of legislative text, to the public. The complex legislation impacts nearly the entire federal tax system and is not light reading. Votes are schedule...

 2017-12-16 15:22 

BuzzFeed

I'm Not Ready To Leave Queer Never-Never Land...

Hye Jin Chung for BuzzFeed News It was high summer and I was at the riverbank, which in Oregon passes for a beach. Four dogs, off leash, chased and tackled each other at the shoreline. I was topless and so was most everyone else. It was my first time in t...

 2017-12-16 15:12 

MSNBC

Story of The Week That Matters Most...

Hugh Hewitt and his panel of Tim Alberta, Francesca Chambers, James Hohmann, and Courtney Kube, sit down to discuss the most important stories to come out this week....

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