Author Archives: Jon Ponder

Trump Team Has Had Eight Secret Meetings with Putin and Top Russians

Rachel Maddow reviews what now makes at least eight times that Americans have learned about Donald Trump interacting with Russian officials from Russian media instead of the White House.

Wind Reveals Donald’s Bald Head

Vanity working on a weak head, produces every sort of mischief.
– Jane Austen

John Kelly Is the Second Biggest Bozo in Trump’s Klown Kar

Chart: Donald Is Not Responsible for Declining African-American Unemployment

Vox: “Trump is certainly right that black unemployment hit a historic low in December 2017, not only falling to its lowest level since the Great Recession but falling below 7 percent for the first time since the statistic began being recorded. Given that black unemployment hit a high point of around 16.7 percent in August 2011 as the country recovered from the Great Recession, the new number is ostensibly good news. But exactly how much progress the new 6.8 percent number reflects, and what role Trump played in getting it there, isn’t exactly what the president says.

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Turn off the State of the Union

Hear the Stories of 16 Women Who Have Accused Donald of Sexual Assault

What Franklin Graham’s Father Said in 1981 about Mixing Religion and Right-Wing Politics

“I don’t want to see religious bigotry in any form. It would disturb me if there was a wedding between the religious fundamentalists and the political Right. The hard Right has no interest in religion except to manipulate it.”

Billy Graham, Parade Magazine, 1981

Map: If Congressional Districts Were Drawn to Reflect Democrat Voting Patterns

From This map is drawn to maximize the number of districts that usually vote Democratic.

Read more about The Gerrymandering Project at

Sen. Duckworth To Donald : ‘I Will Not be Lectured about What Our Military Needs by a Five-Deferment Draft Dodger’

In the Senate debate over the shutdown today, Illinois Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth ripped into Donald Trump over his attempts to blame Democrats for the effects of the shutdown on military personnel:

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Donald on Government Shutdown in 2013: ‘Problems Start at the Top, and the President’s the Leader’

At minute 2:05:

DONALD TRUMP: Well, if you say who gets fired it always has to be the top. I mean, problems start from the top and they have to get solved from the top and the president’s the leader. And he’s got to get everybody in a room and he’s got to lead … It’s a very, very bad thing, and it’s very embarrassing worldwide.

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