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James Comey on why he isn't Republican anymore: ‘You cannot have a president who is a chronic liar'

James Comey on why he isn't Republican anymore: ‘You cannot have a president who is a chronic liar'

Former FBI director James Comey was on CNN Thursday night, doing a town hall event moderated by Anderson Cooper. Thursday marked the two-year anniversary of Comey’s firing by Donald Trump. Comey
We need new methods and strategies to fight the international anti-diversity hate movement

We need new methods and strategies to fight the international anti-diversity hate movement

Former Vice President Joe Biden has made the argument that Donald Trump is a detour in America’s history. He is an aberration, Biden says, a speedbump—and as long as he is defeated in 2020 he will
To 'democratic socialism' or not to 'democratic socialism': that is the question

To 'democratic socialism' or not to 'democratic socialism': that is the question

Many on the left rebelled when Republicans made the word “liberal” a pejorative. How dare they force us to deny who we are? The "democratic socialism" moniker best defines the policies many
Mike Pence congratulates Liberty grads by telling them they'll be 'shunned' for being Christian

Mike Pence congratulates Liberty grads by telling them they'll be 'shunned' for being Christian

Mike Pence, our anti-LGBTQ, anti-choice, and astoundingly archaic vice president, gave the 2019 commencement address at Liberty University. For some background, Liberty University is a private,
The president of the United States is not above the law

The president of the United States is not above the law

We live in a country where supposedly anyone can grow up to be president of the United States—if you are straight, white, “Christian,” and rich. In my lifetime, there has only been one exception to
Texas Senate passes bill to stop shackling pregnant inmates, provide free menstrual products daily

Texas Senate passes bill to stop shackling pregnant inmates, provide free menstrual products daily

When talking about positive changes for women in Texas prisons, it can be tricky to celebrate the good. Why? Because terrible conditions are the baseline. That said, the Texas Senate recently passed a
Trump is daring Democrats to impeach. We must make sure he loses in the long run.

Trump is daring Democrats to impeach. We must make sure he loses in the long run.

Those of us who lived through past constitutional crises can only stare with horror at the jaw-dropping atrocities against the rule of law that Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans are trying to
Trump's given twelve national interviews this year. Eleven have gone to Fox.

Trump's given twelve national interviews this year. Eleven have gone to Fox.

Theoretical "president" Donald Trump hasn't shut non-Fox News networks out completely, in 2019, but it's coming darn close.Trump's tendency to favor Fox channels for interviews has increased
By Trump's own (birther) standards, there is 'something' on those tax returns 'he doesn't like'

By Trump's own (birther) standards, there is 'something' on those tax returns 'he doesn't like'

“Donald Trump, with his loud and reckless innuendos, was putting my family's safety at risk. And for this I'd never forgive him” — Michelle Obama That’s what Michelle Obama said about Individual 1’s
How the press keeps sugarcoating Trump's unlawful defiance of Congress

How the press keeps sugarcoating Trump's unlawful defiance of Congress

Before he suddenly resigned from office in August 1974, President Richard Nixon was in the process of being impeached by Congress. One of the charges leveled against the Republican president was that
The war against black Democratic voters

The war against black Democratic voters

It should come as no surprise to anyone that suppressing the black vote plays a key part in maintaining white supremacy and right-wing control of government in the United States. Given the fact that
Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: Mother's Day, constitutional crisis, and will Trump Jr plead the fifth

Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: Mother's Day, constitutional crisis, and will Trump Jr plead the fifth

Happy Mother’s Day. I’m extremely fortunate that my mom is not just still around but hale, hearty and … well, still my mom.She graduated valedictorian of her high school class, but never went to
Saturday night owls: On Mother's Day—Celebrating the mothers of Social Security

Saturday night owls: On Mother's Day—Celebrating the mothers of Social Security

At Economy for All, Nancy Altman writes—The remarkable Mothers of Social Security: This Mother’s Day, let’s celebrate the remarkable Mothers of Social Security. Without them, this essential program
Chobani Yogurt announces it will pay off all of Rhode Island Warwick School District's lunch debt

Chobani Yogurt announces it will pay off all of Rhode Island Warwick School District's lunch debt

Earlier this week reports came out that the Warwick School District in Rhode Island was about to implement a policy that students who had outstanding school lunch debt would only be served sunflower
Nuts & Bolts: inside the DNC and 2020 Delegate Selection Plans

Nuts & Bolts: inside the DNC and 2020 Delegate Selection Plans

Welcome back to another installment in our Nuts & Bolts. Every few months, rather than focus on campaign practices, I try to shed a little light on the workings of the Democratic Party itself.
San Francisco teacher battling cancer is paying $195 a day for the substitute filling in for her

San Francisco teacher battling cancer is paying $195 a day for the substitute filling in for her

The story of a teacher, out on sick leave due to having breast cancer has begun to spread across the country. The reason is because KQED in California came upon a GoFundMe page for the San Francisco
Former Illinois House Republican eyeing run for competitive House seat ... in Iowa

Former Illinois House Republican eyeing run for competitive House seat ... in Iowa

Former Republican Rep. Bobby Schilling, who served one term in the House representing Illinois, told the Iowa City Press-Citizen on Thursday that he was “getting close” to announcing a bid for Iowa’s
Trump State Department fighting to deny birthright citizenship to one of two twin sons of gay couple

Trump State Department fighting to deny birthright citizenship to one of two twin sons of gay couple

Equal means equal, unless you’re dealing with the Trump administration. And especially when you’re dealing with immigration. But this, however, is going to require a bit of set-up for me to explain.In
Man banned from Cubs games for life after using 'white power' symbol behind broadcaster during game

Man banned from Cubs games for life after using 'white power' symbol behind broadcaster during game

During Tuesday night’s Chicago Cubs home game at Wrigley Field, TV footage showed some jackass standing behind NBC Chicago baseball analyst Doug Glanville, who is black, and throwing up the “OK” sign
Spotlight on green news & views: Hype?Loop; 'bee-safe' pesticide ain't safe; tipping points

Spotlight on green news & views: Hype?Loop; 'bee-safe' pesticide ain't safe; tipping points

This is the 598th edition of the Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue). Here is the May 4 edition. Inclusion of a story in the Spotlight does not necessarily