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Stephen Colbert Praises the Young Survivors of the Parkland Shooting Demanding Action
February 21st, 2018, 05:38 AM
On Tuesday, Stephen Colbert returned to the “Late Show” for the first time since last week’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida to praise the impassioned young survivors who have risen in the wake of the horrific tragedy to demand action from lawmakers. “I hope these kids don’t give up because this is their lives and […]
A Government Scientist Resigned in Protest After the Trump Administration Demanded Sensitive Oil Data
February 21st, 2018, 05:38 AM
Murray Hitzman could have had a long and distinguished career at the US Geological Survey. In September 2016, when he joined the USGS as head of its energy and minerals program, his name was being floated as a possible future director of the agency. But just 15 months later, he resigned in protest over what […]
“I Believe Facebook Hates Our President”: The Bizarre Crusade of a Republican Congressional Candidate in Texas
February 21st, 2018, 05:38 AM
Forget Russia’s bots: Home-grown alt-facts are infiltrating the 2018 primaries. A technology consultant with ties to domestic outlets known for publishing hyperpartisan clickbait—with names like Liberty Writers and Swamp Drain—is running for one of Texas’ eight open congressional seats. And he says he’s doing it to get back at Facebook for shutting down pages for some […]
In Deep Red Districts, Democrats Are Running for Office in Record Numbers
February 21st, 2018, 05:38 AM
Before she could talk about her campaign for the Texas House of Representatives, Lisa Seger needed to check on her goats. Seger, who lives with her husband and 30 goats on a farm 40 minutes outside of Houston, had a doe in the maternity stall that was due any minute. “Spring is kidding season,” she […]
Democrats Just Won a Republican Seat in a District That Trump Won by 49 Points
February 20th, 2018, 05:38 AM
Voters in Bullitt County, a Kentucky district south of Louisville that went heavily for Trump in 2016, just elected a Democrat to fill a House seat left vacant by a legislator who committed suicide amid allegations of sexual assault. On Tuesday night, Linda Belcher beat Republican Rebecca Johnson by an almost 37-point margin—an 86-point swing from Trump’s victory. The House seat that represents the […]
What This Lawyer’s Guilty Plea Tells Us About Mueller’s Investigation
February 20th, 2018, 05:38 AM
Alex Van Der Zwaan pleaded guilty in Federal District Court in Washington Tuesday afternoon, acknowledging that he lied to prosecutors and FBI agents during a November 3, 2017 meeting. The 33-year-old former lawyer, and the reported son-in-law of Russian billionaire German Khan, is now the fourth person to admit guilt in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s sprawling investigation into President […]
Louisiana Denies Parole to Man Whose Supreme Court Win Freed Hundreds of Others
February 20th, 2018, 05:38 AM
In 2016, against all odds, Henry Montgomery managed to get his case before the Supreme Court and win it. The 71-year-old was serving life without parole in Angola, Louisiana’s most notorious prison, where he’d been since he murdered a police officer at age 17. But with the help of a jailhouse lawyer, he succeeded in […]
A Convicted Sex Offender Was the Face of a New Trump Dating Site
February 20th, 2018, 05:38 AM
A new dating site intended for Trump-admirers seeking other Trump-admirers for romance, Trump.Dating, up until the last few days featured the image of a convicted sex offender, Barrett Riddleberger, alongside his wife Jodi on its homepage, wearing his-and-hers hats reading “Trump” and “Make America Great Again.”  Details of Riddleberger’s past were first reported by North […]
Here’s Another Reason Pennsylvania’s New Congressional Map Is Bad News for Donald Trump
February 20th, 2018, 05:38 AM
Democrats got some good news over the long weekend when the Pennsylvania Supreme Court released a new map for the state’s 18 congressional districts. If it survives a federal lawsuit from Republicans, the court-drawn map will replace what had been one of the most lopsided GOP gerrymanders in the country with a system that more closely reflects Pennsylvania’s […]
The Right Is Attacking the Survivors of the Florida School Massacre
February 20th, 2018, 05:38 AM
Former GOP congressman Jack Kingston on Tuesday doubled-down on his inflammatory allegations that a group of school shooting survivors pushing for tougher gun laws are simply being used by left-wing political groups. Appearing on CNN, the Georgia Republican suggested that billionaire George Soros and other liberal activists had “hijacked” the “sorrow” of survivors of the […]