Category Archives: News & Comment

Recording Surfaces of Trump Conning His Way onto the ‘Forbes 400’ List in 1984

Hard evidence of an early-career con job by Donald Trump was released today in a story published online behind the Washington Post’s paywall. Here’s coverage from CNBC:

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Democratic Funder Mobilizing Money and Resources to Flip NC Congressional Seats Back to Blue

Riding the tea-party wave, Republicans took control of North Carolina for the first time since the 1860s, back when the GOP was the liberal party. Anticipating a Blue Wave in 2016, billionaire Tom Steyer is signaling his intent to help Democrats regain control of the Tar Heel state.

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The Trump Doctrine

The Last Phase of the Trump Presidency?

New Yorker writer Adam Davidson says the chaos in the White House today brings to mind his experiences in Iraq after the invasion in 2003 when it became clear that conditions were deteriorating beyond repair and in New York in 2007 when the Bush administration and others were ignoring signs that the economy was on the brink of collapse:

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The Fate of the World Is in the Hands of a Porn Star

This tawdry state of affairs is visited upon us because millions of Republicans were willingly duped by a conman who is also a notoriously degenerate serial philanderer.

Ironically, these are the same Republicans who appointed themselves the arbiters of family values and the sanctity of marriage in the 1980s and then literally sat in judgment on Bill Clinton’s extramarital dalliances in the 1990s.

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Chait: ‘Corruption, Not Russia, Is Trump’s Greatest Political Liability’

Read Jonathan Chait’s takedown of the Trump gang’s malfeasance at New York Magazine.

Right-Wing Media Giant Sinclair Orders Local News Anchors to Read Script Bashing Journalism

Check out this backgrounder on Sinclair from the Guardian: “This is Sinclair, ‘The Most Dangerous US Company You’ve Never Heard of.'”

Hard Times in VHS Country

From Ruben Bolling. For more see Tom the Dancing Bug.

The Truth about the Second Amendment

From Michael Waldman, president of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law at Mic.com:

The founders would look at us today and be very puzzled. The idea that anybody could get a weapon of war, walk into a school and shoot it up, I think they would that was crazy.

What’s the exact wording of the Second Amendment? It’s very short. “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” And we’ve been debating about what that means for centuries.

The founders thought that the Second Amendment was about protecting against tyranny. They really thought that these militias of citizen soldiers could stand up to a potentially tyrannical central government. But they thought, as they said, that they had to be well-regulated, they had to be following the laws.

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GOP Fl. Gov Rick Scott Asked What to Do to Prevent School Shootings – Answer: “Pray”

Time Magazine: “Scott who is strongly considering a Senate run to challenge Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson, is like Rubio, a favorite among the NRA, who noted in 2014 that he had signed ‘more pro-gun bills into law — in one term — than any other Governor in Florida history.’ Nelson and Scott have contrasting ratings from the NRA: Nelson has an F and Scott has an A+.”