by on June 29, 2018
Yesterday a lot of speculation came out about Anthony Kennedy’s motivations for retiring from the Supreme Court, and what his connections are to the Trump family.   For example, someone wrote on Democratic Underground: “Given the reported ties between Anthony Kennedy and Trump/Kushner there should be a thorough investigation of Kennedy and his family to see whether or not his retirement was bought.” The fact is that there is a long history of “back channels” and very extensive finan...
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by on August 17, 2018
The president just committed another impeachable crime today. President Donald Trump on Friday refused to say whether Paul Manafort, his former campaign chairman who’s been wrapped up in the special counsel’s Russia investigation, could count on a pardon from the White House. Responding to a shouted question of whether or not he would pardon Manafort, Trump wouldn’t answer either way, saying that “I don’t talk about that.” “I think the whole Manafort trial is very sad,” Trump told...
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by on August 20, 2018
Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp at an election watch party on July 24 in Athens, Georgia. Photo edited by Slate. Photo by Jessica McGowan/Getty Images. On Thursday evening, the election board of Randolph County, Georgia, met to discuss a startling proposal to eliminate three-fourths of the county’s polling places months before the November election. A rural, impoverished, and predominantly black county, Randolph has just nine polling locations, all of which were open during the M...
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by on September 14, 2018
Alessandra Biaggi, a lawyer and former aide to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, at her victory party. “We have now cut the head of the I.D.C. snake,” she said. Years of anger at a group of Democratic state senators who had collaborated with Republicans boiled over on Thursday, as primary voters ousted nearly all of them in favor of challengers who had called them traitors and sham progressives. The losses were not only a resounding upset for the members of the Independent Democratic Conference, w...
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by on January 22, 2018
A voter registration event in Philadelphia last year. Critics say Pennsylvania’s Congressional district map is one of the most gerrymandered in the country. Pennsylvania’s congressional district map is a partisan gerrymander that “clearly, plainly and palpably” violates the state’s Constitution, the State Supreme Court said on Monday, adding to a string of court decisions striking down political maps that unduly favor one political party. The court banned the current map of the state’s...
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by on August 19, 2018
Judge T.S. Ellis, the man presiding over the criminal trial of ex-Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort, said Friday that he has received threats about the case and now travels with protection from U.S. marshals. Ellis, speaking at a hearing outside of jurors' presence, also said he has no plan to release the names of those 12 people now deliberating Manafort's fate because he is worried about their safety if their identities become publicly known. The 12-person jury entered its second day o...
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by on August 29, 2018
The Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, said Wednesday that bureaucracy and inefficiency across local and federal government entities are to blame for the deaths of nearly 3,000 on the island in the wake of Hurricane Maria, which came to light as part of a newly released study commissioned by the Puerto Rican government. San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz In particular, Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz blamed President Donald Trump, federal officials and Puerto Rican officials for not providing more ...
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by on September 15, 2018
Despite Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s easy win, insurgent progressives celebrated a near sweep of down-ballot races in New York’s Democratic primaries. For many in the national media, the lead story of Thursday’s Democratic primaries in New York was centrist Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s easy win over insurgent progressive  Cynthia Nixon. They took it as evidence that big money and establishment credentials were still winning out over left-wing activism. But this focus on the top line misses the real revolut...
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by on May 10, 2018
Vice President Pence speaks at event on tax policy in Charlotte, on April 20. Of the many ways in which Vice President Pence differs from his boss, few are as immediately striking as his ability to offer precisely the most practiced response to any probing question no matter the circumstances. President Trump is known for dropping huge boulders into small ponds just to see what happens; Pence’s job is often to take a rippling body of water and coax it back into smoothness. Pence doesn’t u...
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by on May 24, 2018
Responding to teacher walkouts across the country, congressional Democrats on Tuesday proposed raising teachers’ salaries by canceling the tax cut for the nation’s top 1 percent of earners. The Republican-controlled Congress was unlikely to support the idea of giving states and school districts $50 billion over a decade to fund the teacher raises at the expense of dismantling the hard-won tax bill. But the proposal gives Democrats an issue they can use ahead of the November midterm...
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by on August 8, 2018
Manafort, Collins, Ross. The entire Trump era has been a festering pit of barely disguised ongoing corruption. But the whole sordid era has not had a 24-hour period quite like the orgy of criminality which we have just experienced. The events of the last day alone include: (1) The trial of Paul Manafort, which has featured the accusation that President Trump’s campaign manager had embezzled funds, failed to report income, and falsified documents. His partner and fellow Trump campaign a...
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by on September 7, 2018
Mayor: Atlanta will no longer accept ICE detainees at the city jail. Atlanta is preparing to permanently end its relationship with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in regards to accepting immigration detainees at the Atlanta City Jail, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced Thursday. “We will no longer be complicit with a policy that intentionally inflicts misery on a vulnerable population without giving any thought to the fallout,” Lance Bottoms said. “As the birthplace of the ...
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