A warning to Washington from Kansas

June 17, 2017

(CNN)Last week, Republican state legislators in Kansas finally acknowledged what we have known since 2012: Gov. Sam Brownback’s “Kansas Experiment” burdened our businesses, wrecked our state’s finances, and mortgaged our children’s future, all in the name of giving tax breaks to the wealthy. Kansas’ job growth actually declined since Brownback’s tax giveaway to the most well-off Kansans. We’ve fallen 47,000 jobs short of the promise made by the …

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Foreign Carmakers Invoke Reagan To Sway Trump On Trade

June 17, 2017

Most recently, leading Asian and European carmakers, most of whom have large U.S. workforces, released a video advertisement touting their contributions to the U.S. economy that makes the case for keeping international trade barriers low. Whats more, it explicitly emulates the famous Morning in America television spot from former Republican President Ronald Reagans 1984 re-election campaign. Employees disassemble a motor in the quality control department of the Toyota Motor Manufacturing …

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After the game, can the good feelings last?

June 16, 2017

(CNN)The congressional boys of summer ditched partisan hardball for seven innings of healing Thursday at their annual baseball classic just 36 hours after a horrifying gun rampage at a Republican batting practice. And while rattled lawmakers and staffers on Capitol Hill instinctively drew together after the shooting, sitting together at the game, that doesn’t mean their constituents and attack dogs in warring partisan media establishments will heed a moment of Beltway …

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Senate approves new Russia sanctions

June 15, 2017

(CNN)The Senate on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly to enact new sanctions against Russia and make it difficult for President Donald Trump to lift them. The Russia sanctions amendment was added to an Iranian sanctions bill on the Senate floor after a deal was struck earlier this week between the Republican and Democratic heads of the Senate Foreign Relations and Banking Committees. …

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Sanders Movement Plots Democratic Party Takeover At Weekend Gathering

June 13, 2017

They wanted to know Sanders advice for talking to kids about climate change, overcoming Republican gerrymandering in the South and how to deal with losing elections, something a questioner comically noted Sanders knew a thing or two about from his early years in politics. Thank you very much, Kendrick, Sander deadpanned, eliciting laughs from the audience. Kendrick makes a good point: Dont get locked into a moment, because things change and sometimes they change very, very rapidly. The …

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Report: Trump’s Continued Search For New FBI Chief Seen As Chaotic

June 3, 2017

… of the interview process. Spokesman Sean Spicer said on Friday that Trump continues to meet with candidates but would not give a timeline for choosing a nominee. At least a dozen other people have been under consideration, according to a White House spokeswoman, but not all have been interviewed by Trump. The next day, Republican Senator John Cornyn, also a contender, said he would stay in the Senate. The White House has said Trump also interviewed Lieberman, former Oklahoma Governor Frank …

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Actually, Mike Pence, Climate Change Has Nothing To Do With A ‘Liberal’ Agenda

June 3, 2017

For some reason or another, this issue of climate change has emerged as a paramount issue for the left in this country and around the world, Pence said. Its long been a goal of the liberal left in this country to advance a climate change agenda. Hes also disregarding that some of his fellow Republicans have also urged action on what he describes as the climate change agenda. Recent polls also show that many Republican voters including those who sided with Trump in the 2016 election …

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‘The World Cannot Wait And Neither Will We,’ 61 Mayors Pledge

June 3, 2017

… actions are a shameful rebuke to the work needed to protect our planet for our children and grandchildren, states have been and will continue to step up. G20 Summit in Hangzhou, China, where they Paris Agreement and pledged a continued bilateral climate cooperation.That move, along with taking effect in November. James Brainard, the Republican mayor of Carmel, Indiana, who didnt sign the Climate Mayors open letter, told HuffPost by phone Thursday that Trump likes to talk about greatness, …

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California GOP Mayor Says Attracting Asians And The Gays Helps Reduce Crime

June 1, 2017

In a recentinterview with Vice magazine, Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parrissaid that increasing the Asian population and the gays, as he called members of the LGBTQ community,can do a lot of good for a city like Lancaster, which, as Vice pointed out, is now known for its neo-Nazis and meth labs. Parris, whos been described by friends as a staunch, conservative, Republican, no bull kind of guy, according to a 2009 Los Angeles Times profile, is no stranger to questionable actions or comments. …

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Report: Russian Billionaire Linked To Manafort Seeks Immunity To Testify

Lawmakers have so far turned down the demands of aluminum billionaire Oleg Deripaska, lest an immunity deal compromise criminal investigations into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to influence the election,according to the Times. Manafort is said to be a key figure in the FBIs investigation. Manafort was forced out as campaign chairmanshortly after the Republican National Convention last year, when AP revealed he had helped a Ukrainian political party linked to Russia secretly …

May 27, 2017
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REPORT: Trump To Set Up ‘War Room’ To Repel Russia Probe Attacks

… join the administration as early as next week, a source close to him said. This month, the Justice Department named Robert Mueller, a former FBI director, as an independent special counsel in the probe. Trump has been frustrated of late that his communications team hasnt done a more effective job at making the case that he isnt implicated in the Russia probe and highlighting his administrations successes, sources close to the president said. Another Republican close to the White House said …

May 27, 2017
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Kit Harington Rips Into Donald Trump & Sean Penn!

… Obviously Kit has some strong political views, and it’s refreshing that he’s not afraid to speak on them. He’s totally right about Trump! [Image via WENN.] Related Stories CBO Says Republican Health Care Bill Will Split Country In 3! Donald Trump Finally Got His Hand-Holding Photo With Melania, But Why Does Something Feel So Off About It? Donald Trump’s SoHo Hotel Planning Layoffs Amid Post-Election Business Slump! Sad! Billy Bush Still Hasnt Talked To Donald …

May 26, 2017
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Monica Lewinsky Bids Roger Ailes Goodbye In Scathing NYT Column

… a former Republican political operative, took the story of the affair and the trial that followed and made certain his anchors hammered it ceaselessly, 24 hours a day. Some experts have noted that viewers found Fox for the first time because of the crisis. John Moody, a Fox executive editor, reflected on that period: The Lewinsky saga put us on the news map. As he put it in another interview: Monica was a news channels dream come true. …

May 23, 2017
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Seth Meyers on Paul Ryan and keeping up with the news cycle

(CNN)Seth Meyers may have issued an on-air invite to House Speaker Paul Ryan, but the “Late Night” host is not holding his breath waiting for the RSVP. Being turned down by prospective Republican guests is nothing new for Meyers. Back in October, just weeks before Donald Trump would win the election, “Late Night with Seth Meyers” did four nights of shows from Washington D.C. and found it difficult to book Republican guests — despite, as Meyers put it, …

May 22, 2017
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Trump Finds It Harder To Recruit Talent As His Scandals Pile Up

WASHINGTON A White House in a downward spiral, as a key Republican senator called it, is making an already daunting task even harder: persuading qualified candidates to take important administration jobs. Hundreds of key posts at the Department of Defense and the State Department remain unfilled heading into the fifth month of Donald Trumps presidency because of his insistence on personally approving all top hires. And the hiring crunch started before the most recent stretch of controversy …

May 17, 2017
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