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Transparency Era Ends at the People’s House

The Trump administration is waging an almost unprecedented war on transparency.

But do voters actually care?

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer today defended the Trump administration's decision to break with the Obama administration and stop releasing White House visitor logs.

Should Trump Have Let the Generals Drop the Mother of All Bombs?

Dropping the so-called Mother of All Bombs on Afghanistan has earned Donald Trump another round of glowing coverage from the war-hungry Beltway media.

But the decision to use America's biggest non-nuclear weapon in Afghanistan wasn't really his - it was the generals'.

So - should it reassure us that the professionals are in charge?

Or scare us even more?

Trump Sabotaging Obamacare

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal Wednesday, Donald Trump threatened to cancel key Obamacare payments that the federal government makes to insurance companies.

Whatever Happened To Republicans' Preference For Federalism And Local Control?

For decades Republicans have been the party of federalism and local control.

So why are they now threatening to shut down the government if police departments all over the country don't bow down before their far-right agenda?

If the government shuts down again, you can probably blame the Trump administration.

How Deregulation Caused the United Debacle

United Airlines stock continued to plummet yesterday after a passenger was violently removed from his seat after refusing to give it up.

The whole incident was caught on camera - complete with screaming passengers and bloody noses - and it's rapidly turned into a public relations disaster for an already struggling airline.

Trump Risks World War for Tiny Syrian Intervention

Just a few days after striking the Assad regime in response to a chemical weapons attack, the Trump administration is now hinting at even greater involvement in Syria's bloody civil war.

The Republican Party Is Ready to Sell Off Your Internet Privacy at a Level That Boggles the Mind

Trump's new Chairman of the FCC, Ajit Pai, recently co-authored what is either an intentionally or naively deceptive op-ed in The Washington Post.

America's TV Media Crisis Goes Far Beyond Covering Trump: We Simply Aren't Hearing About the Most Pressing Issues of Our Time

America has a "lying press" problem. And it's not the "enemy of the people" situation our president has asserted.

Consider the biggest threats America faces right now.

Are Mike Pence's Dining Habits Weird or Sexist?

Would you dine alone with a member of the opposite sex who wasn't your husband or wife?

Mike Pence wouldn't - and it says something disturbing about how he sees the world - and a woman's role in it.

Who has more power… Trump or the Freedom Caucus?

As the standoff heats up between Donald Trump and the Freedom Caucus - is the Republican Party on the verge of all-out civil war?

And if so - who'll come out on top: Trump and his red hat-wearing army or the Koch brothers and their million dollar mercenaries in Congress?

Do Republicans Want Big Corporate Tyranny?

Republicans love to whine about the tyranny of the big bad federal government.

So why did they just vote to increase the power of corporate tyranny?

Everything any of us have ever done on the internet will now be sold off to the highest bidder.

Trump Undoing Climate Protections - The Fate Of the Planet Is At Stake

Just as global warming appears to be reaching a dangerous new phase, Donald Trump has begun dismantling what little climate protections we do have.

He's calling it a win for workers.

But who's really going to come out on top?

West Virginia miners or the coal barons who've robbed their state blind?

Why Aren't Republicans in Favor of Medicare for all?

Republicans got one thing right during their failed attempt to repeal Obamacare: Americans DO want more choice.

So why aren't they getting behind Bernie Sanders as he pushes for the one thing that can give Americans real choice -- Medicare-for-all?

Will Democrats Filibuster Neil Gorsuch?

After months of talking about "resistance", Senate Democrats finally appear to be putting their money where their mouth is.

After days of testimony, Senate Democrats have seen enough of Neil Gorsuch - enough to know that they're going to try to filibuster him.

Chuck Schumer made that very clear during a speech yesterday on the senate floor.

Can We Trust Gorsuch On Women's Rights?

Yesterday Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer signaled that Senate Democrats would try to filibuster Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.

The "Catastrophic" Climate Change Probability You'll Want To Know


As Donald Trump sends mixed messages about whether the U.S. will actually withdraw from the Paris Climate Accords, researchers at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography have come to a shocking conclusion about climate change.

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