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Donald W. Bush?

Article posted October 23, 2017 at 4:34 PM

It seems that Bush is being forgotten, possibly on the grounds that no former president could look bad with Donald Trump in the White House.


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The Obsession With White Voters Could Cost Democrats the Virginia Governor’s Race

Article posted October 23, 2017 at 4:27 PM

By Steve Phillips

Steve Phillips

If Ralph Northam’s campaign is any indication, Democrats have learned the wrong lesson from 2016.

The post The Obsession With White Voters Could Cost Democrats the Virginia Governor’s Race appeared first on The Nation.


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‘We Have Not a Government’: The US Before the Constitution

Article posted October 23, 2017 at 4:25 PM

By Richard Kreitner

Richard Kreitner

Asked and Answered: An interview with George William Van Cleve, author of a new book about a period of crisis that offers tools for thinking about our own.

The post ‘We Have Not a Government’: The US Before the Constitution appeared first on The Nation.


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Democrats’ early fundraising eclipsing that of GOP incumbents

Article posted October 23, 2017 at 4:15 PM

By (Kerry Eleveld)

Republicans are stunned at both the sheer number of Democratic candidates throwing their hats in the ring for 2018 and the cash they are amassing in these early fundraising days. Politico writes:

Animated by opposition to President Donald Trump and the Republican congressional majorities, at least 162 Democratic candidates in 82 GOP-held districts have raised over $100,000 so far this year, according to a POLITICO analysis of the latest FEC data. That’s about four times as many candidates as House Democrats had at this point before the 2016 or 2014 elections, and it’s more than twice as many as Republicans had running at this point eight years ago, on the eve of capturing the House in the 2010 wave election.

Nearly three dozen Republican incumbents were outraised by Democratic challengers in the third quarter of this year – a stunning figure. Nine GOP incumbents already trail a Democratic opponent in cash on hand, increasing the likelihood that many veteran incumbents will face tough opposition for the first time in years. […]

“That’s something that should get every Republican’s attention in Washington,” said Jason Roe, a Republican strategist who works on House races. “These first-timers are printing money.”

The phenomenon is happening in both red and blue states. In New Jersey, for instance, all three of GOP Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen’s Democratic opponents surpassed his third-quarter fundraising, and each of them has already taken in more cash than any of the 12-term Congressman’s previous challengers.

And in the Houston-area district of Texas Republican Rep. John Culberson, which went for Clinton in 2016, both of his Democratic opponents ended the summer with more cash on hand.

The challenge for Democrats will be navigating the primaries without tearing each other apart. That said, Democratic voters feel a palpable sense of urgency right now, and many will experience the power of making a real choice in the primary.

“Clearly there is an intensity among the Democratic base that is similar to what Republicans had in 2009, but it’s hard to tell what it’s going to be like a year from now,” said [GOP strategist Mike] DuHaime. “But you can’t deny the enthusiasm.”


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Lawyers for immigrant teen take her fight for an abortion to full appeals court in Washington, D.C.

Article posted October 23, 2017 at 3:21 PM

By (Kelly Macias)

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On Friday, Oct. 20, an appeals court in Washington, D.C., ruled that the Trump administration cannot block a 17-year-old undocumented immigrant woman in a detention facility from getting an abortion. In case you are keeping count, that’s now two individual judges (one at the state level, one at the federal level) and an appeals court panel of three judges that have all come to the same conclusion: this young woman has the right to have an abortion if she wants one. Yet the administration is still persisting in its attempt to force this woman into motherhood.

Despite three court rulings that have been on her side, it is still a real possibility that Jane Doe, as the teen is known, will not get the abortion that she seeks. In Friday’s ruling, while the court said the administration couldn’t block her from an abortion, they also gave immigration authorities until Oct. 31 to find her a sponsor so that she can legally remain in the country. This has caused Doe to seek another legal alternative and, as of Sunday night, her lawyers have filed her case with the full appeals court in Washington.

Attorneys with the American Civil Liberties Union moved Sunday night to escalate the legal fight to the full D.C. Circuit after a three-judge panel issued a 2-1 decision Friday trying to forestall a definitive ruling in the case. That panel gave authorities until the end of the month to try to find the teen an adult sponsor, who could then help her get an abortion if she still desires one. […]

“Every additional day she must remain pregnant against her will places a severe strain on J.D., both physically and emotionally. Every additional week the government delays her abortion increases the risks associated with the procedure,” the teen’s attorneys wrote in the petition for en banc review filed with the D.C. Circuit just after 10 P.M. Eastern Time Sunday. “In a matter of weeks, J.D. will no longer be able to get an abortion at all, and the government will have forced J.D. to have a child against her will.”

Doe is already 15 weeks pregnant, and Texas bans abortions at 20 weeks. While there are varying opinions about the moral, ethical, and religious facets of abortion, this shouldn’t be a debate. And yet somehow, three different government agencies are weighing in and preventing Doe from having access to a medical procedure that the law and several judges all agree that she is entitled to—all under the guise of “caring for human dignity.”


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America Has a Monopoly Problem—and It’s Huge

Article posted October 23, 2017 at 3:08 PM

By Joseph E. Stiglitz

Joseph E. Stiglitz

The Nobel-prize winner argues that an economy dominated by large corporations has failed the many and enriched the few.

The post America Has a Monopoly Problem—and It’s Huge appeared first on The Nation.


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Trump’s executive order recalls pilots as Air Force returns nuclear bombers to Cold War status

Article posted October 23, 2017 at 2:36 PM

By (Mark Sumner)

Last week, Donald Trump signed a new executive order that’s being widely interpreted as allowing the Air Force to pull in pilots to fill between 75 and 100 critical open seats. However, the number actually called up could be far larger.

President Trump signed an executive order Friday allowing the Air Force to recall as many as 1,000 retired pilots to active duty to address a shortage in combat fliers, the White House and Pentagon announced.

By law, only 25 retired officers can be brought back to serve in any one branch. Trump’s order removes those caps by expanding a state of national emergency declared by President George W. Bush after 9/11, signaling what could be a significant escalation in the 16-year-old global war on terror.

1,000 additional pilots may seem like quite an increase, but there are plans in the works that could make even that number far from enough.

The U.S. Air Force is preparing to put nuclear-armed bombers back on 24-hour ready alert, a status not seen since the Cold War ended in 1991.

That means putting the B-52s on runways, bombs on board, in a constant, round-the-clock rotation. Returning these planes to a constant alert status means refreshing barracks to hold the 100-man crews needed for each set of planes waiting for possible take-off, and that refresh comes with some retro artwork.

One painting — a symbol of the Cold War — depicts a silhouette of a B-52 with the words “Peace The Old Fashioned Way,” written underneath.

And while Trump’s executive order might be used by the Air Force, it’s good for calling up retirees across the entire military.


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White House selling tax plan through use of lies, damned lies, and statistics

Article posted October 23, 2017 at 2:36 PM

By (Laura Clawson)

Sarah Huckabee Sanders is mostly known for spewing BS in person from behind the podium of the White House press room, but look! She can do it on Twitter, too:


What would your family do w/ a $4,000 raise from the President’s tax cut plan? REPLY & I’ll share your family’s story in the press briefing

— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) October 23, 2017

A couple of things:

  • Will the GOP tax plan really RAISE taxes on middle-class and upper-middle-class Americans? Given that the initial plan eliminates personal exemptions (replaced by a larger standard deduction), the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center said one-quarter of American taxpayers would pay higher taxes by 2027, including 30 percent with incomes between $50,000 and $150,000 and 60 percent of those making between $150,000 and $300,000. […]
  • How much will the wealthy benefit vs. everyone else? Since the GOP proposal, among other things, eliminates the estate tax and lowers taxes for “pass-through” businesses, the same Tax Policy Center says that more than half of the benefits in the first year go to the Top 1 percent of taxpayers, while 30 percent of the benefits will go to the Top 0.1 percent.

Also, there’s a funny thing about averages: if you’re talking about the mean rather than the median—and Sanders is—then one person getting a huge tax cut and another person getting a small tax cut produces a pretty big average. To make it concrete, as tweeter @kept_simple pointed out, “did u know that if charles koch gets a $10,000,000 tax cut and i get nothing, we average a $5,000,000 tax cut.”

So don’t start mentally spending $4,000 just yet—unless you already have the kind of money where you frequently spend $4,000 without giving it much thought.


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As Sanctuary State, California Takes Deportation Fight To New Level

Article posted October 23, 2017 at 2:00 PM

As more states map out their own immigration stands, California is taking its fight against mass deportation to a new level


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Bernie Sanders Says He’ll Run For Re-election As An Independent

Article posted October 23, 2017 at 2:00 PM

“That’s what I’ve been doing for a long time and that’s what I’ll continue to do,” he said.


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