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New attacks on the LGBT community are not 'Unfinished Business'

From my perch behind a pillar, the speakers came through as disembodied voices. The small D.C. theater The Atlantic chose for its third annual LGBT Summit, “Unfinished Business,” was packed. Unlike

Cheers and Jeers: Rum and Resistance FRIDAY!

NEW → Toys 4 Puerto Rico Link-From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE…Late Night Snark: Banjo on My Knee Edition “Roy Moore may have lost last night’s election, but we’ll never forget all the people he

Donald Trump explains how he was a victim of voter suppression

Donald Trump was speaking to Marine Helicopter Squadron One, but for some reason (narcissism) he couldn’t resist throwing in some talk about his 2016 Electoral College win. That popular vote-defying

Need health care? Don't miss out on 2017's final hours of Obamacare enrollment

There are just hours left before open enrollment through closes until next year—if Republicans haven’t killed it off by then. Heaven knows they're trying. But one way to raise the cost

GOP's frenzied tax push left lobbyists clawing for attention from 14 Republican kingmakers

One aspect of the Republicans' terribly irresponsible effort to push through the tax bill at warp speed is just how powerful that made the 14 Republican lawmakers who have negotiating the final terms.

Trump's war on 'chain migration' raises lots of questions about how Melania and her parents got here

It’s not just that Donald Trump’s latest anti-immigrant campaign—this time attacking so-called “chain migration”—echoes the messaging and lingo of Southern Poverty Law Center-designated hate groups

Bob Corker voted no on the tax scam once, but now he's a yes, because yay corporate tax cuts

Sen. Bob Corker, the only Senate Republican to vote no on the tax bill the first time around, is now a yes, even though the bill hasn’t been changed to address his supposedly principled concerns:xSee

Republicans can't make dark money political contributions tax deductible after all

Awww. Republicans are being blocked from giving themselves and their billionaire donors one of the gifts they’d planned for their tax bill. The Senate parliamentarian has ruled that Republicans can’t

Republican tax scam to be released in a 'Friday night news dump'

From Sahil Kapur of Bloomberg News, Republicans will drop their tax scam bill on Friday night:The final Republican tax report will be filed and made public at 5:30p EST today, Kevin Brady announces.Or

Midday open thread: CA cell phone guidelines issued; Charlottesville driver charged with murder

Today’s comic by Mark Fiore is Trump ends the War on Christmas!• What’s coming up on Sunday Kos … Doug Jones’ Alabama upset pushes predictions of 2018 Democratic wave election, by Sher Watts

Trump's bluster about pardoning Flynn is as idiotic as usual

Here's an idea—after admitting that you knew your national security adviser had lied to the FBI and subsequently begging your FBI director to quash his investigation into it only to fire him for not

Osman Enriquez is free from ICE detention, but 800,000 DACA recipients continue to live in fear

Campaign ActionOsman Enriquez, the 27-year-old dad who was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) while waiting to reapply for his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Hey Democrats, now that you've discovered what black women can do, it's time to really invest in us.

After Tuesday’s Democratic victory in the special election for a Senate seat in Alabama, people all around the country started thanking black women for their votes and acknowledging that black voter

Republicans offer a child tax credit compromise to answer Rubio's empty threats, but it looks weak

Sen. Marco Rubio said Friday that he was withholding his critical vote on the tax bill unless his fellow Republicans agreed to increase the amount of the child tax credit in the bill that’s available

In gift to Democrats, Republicans tee up perfect 2018 issue with attacks on Russia probe

Campaign ActionOn one hand, the steady drumbeat of Republican lawmakers gunning for special counsel Robert Mueller could potentially land us in a constitutional crisis. On the other, it's one of the

So painful: Watch a Trump U.S. District Judge nominee fail to answer a single basic question of law

The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding confirmation hearings for Donald Trump’s judicial nominees. Already this week, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has stated that two of Trump's nominees, Jeff Mateer

Trump: 'I don't want to talk about pardons for Michael Flynn yet.' YET.

It’s been a while since Donald Trump said a lot of truly bonkers stuff in public. Even his Twitter feed has been muted by Trump standards. But when Donald Trump is quiet, it doesn’t mean he’s reformed

ICE detainees say they were kept shackled and denied restroom access in 46-hour plane ride from hell

Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) cruelty isn’t just illustrated by who agents are sweeping up in their racist mass deportation dragnet, it’s also shown in how they are deporting immigrants

Special counsel requested emails from Trump's notorious Wikileaks-contacting campaign data firm

Special counsel Robert Mueller is taking a close look at Donald Trump’s campaign data consultant, which has to be making Republicans desperate to protect Trump very nervous. Cambridge Analytica—which