California Dems Hire Eric Holder to Fight Trump Administration

The California Legislature’s Democratic Leaders announced today that they have hired former Attorney General Eric Holder to represent them against the Trump administration. California Governor Jerry Brown and other prominent California Democrats have made in very clear in recent weeks that they stand against Trump’s draconian proposals and laws. The … Continue reading

Trump Latest Nomination to SEC: He’s Filling His Swamp with Wall Street Cronies

Spokesman for Trump’s transition team, Sean Spicer, said today that Trump is nominating Wall Street lawyer Jay Clayton to chair the SEC. Clayton, a lawyer who has never served in government, has represented Barclays and Goldman Sachs and other Wall Street players, helping them to navigate the scrutiny of regulations, … Continue reading

Margin Narrows Between Conservatives and Liberals

A new Gallup Poll released today shows that more Americans identify as conservatives than liberals for with the margin narrowing since the 1990’s. Lydia Saad notes in Gallup’s piece about the recent poll, that Gallup began “routinely measuring Americans’ political ideology in 1992,” and since that time, “conservative identification has varied … Continue reading

Strange Bedfellows: Hannity, Assange and Trump

Our intelligence community is unanimous on an uncomfortable truth, therefore the Trumpian Kampaign takes the Faux Nooz/Hate Radio route and denies that any proof can ever be sufficient and, therefore, this is all a Theory. You know: like Evolution. Continue reading

Senate Budget Committee Introduces First Attempt at Repealing Obamacare

This happened today as the new 115th Congress started off with a bang… The new Congress was sworn in on Tuesday, and the first thing it did was prepare to repeal Obamacare. Senate Budget Committee Chair Michael Enzi (R-WY) introduced a budget resolutionTuesday that includes “reconciliation instructions” that enable Congress … Continue reading

The First Longest Day

The new Congress is in session, and House Republicans already have backed down on their plan to gut the power of the Office of Congressional Ethics. What have we learned so far? While it remains indispensable for understanding whatever is going on in the world, The New York Times already … Continue reading

Outcry Forces House Republicans to Back Down on Gutting Ethics Office

Outcry over the House Republicans shady bid late yesterday to gut the Office of Congressional Ethics has caused a reversal on the plan to gut it. The swift calls of outrage over the behind the scenes deal came hard and heavy from a bipartisan cadre of voices but most notably … Continue reading

Obama’s Top 50 Accomplishments vs The Snap Chat Presidency

Paul Glastris and Nancy LeTourneau have compiled an extensive list of President Barack Obama’s top 50 accomplishments in The Washington Monthly. It is one of those pieces that you want to bookmark, so when you are debating with right wingers who make false claims about Obama, you can pull facts quickly. … Continue reading

With Trump, The Old Is The Not-So-New ‘Normal’

Allowing for Donald Trump’s mangling of the English language and the many ways people were sexist toward and about Hillary Clinton while claiming they weren’t sexist, it may be that the biggest word of the 2016 election was “normalization”—complaints from critics that the mainstream media normalized Trump, and warnings from … Continue reading

Oversight? Who Needs it!

Oversight? Who needs it? Apparently the House Republicans think that the Office of Congressional Ethics is just some little tedious committee that can be simply tossed by the wayside, since they have control of the Executive and Legislative branches of the government. Today, in a big to make it harder for … Continue reading