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Democracy & Politics:

  • Trump Aide Ivanka Trump Setting Up New Trump Foundation
    by Kevin Drum on April 26, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    From Josh Marshall: This is really quite astounding. In this morning’s edition of Mike Allen’s not-Playbook from Axios he introduces what seems to be Ivanka Trump setting up something that sounds a lot like the Clinton Foundation, only in this case run from within the White House by a top presidential aide who is also the President’s daughter, who […]

  • Republicans Don't Want to Eat Their Own Dog Food
    by Kevin Drum on April 26, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    In case you missed it in last night's post because I kind of buried it, the latest Republican amendment to their health care bill allows states to opt out of Obamacare's essential requirements. But it doesn't apply to Congress. They are exempted. Just to refresh your memory, here's the list of essential benefits: Ambulatory patient services. Emergency services. […]

Culture Wars:
  • Trump Corporate Tax Cut DOA in Congress?
    by Ed Brayton on April 26, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    Donald Trump is proposing to slash the corporate tax rate to 15%, but apparently without any “offsets” — that is, budget cuts to make up for the approximately $240 billion a year in lost revenue. Paul Ryan’s tax policy expert says that plan will never pass Congress. Speaking at an international finance summit last week, [Read More... […]

  • The Bizarre Attempt to Blame Obama for Michael Flynn
    by Ed Brayton on April 26, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    On Tuesday, both Rep. Jason Chaffetz and White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer made the absolutely bizarre argument that the fault for Michael Flynn lying about his contacts with Russia and refusing to disclose his financial dealings there lies with the Obama administration. Chaffetz first: The latest Flynn scandal concerns potential violations of federal law [Read […]


  • "We'll Do It Live!"
    by WNYC Studios on April 21, 2017 at 4:00 am

    Bill O'Reilly was the bombastic, blustery face of Fox News. Now that he's out, what happens to the identity and future of the channel? Plus, how to read the scary headlines about US-North Korea relations; why erratic foreign policy can be effective foreign policy; how China sees Trump; and what role do referendums really have in shaping our democracy?&nbs […]

  • Closing the Blinds
    by WNYC Studios on April 20, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    Breaking from an open government initiative started by President Obama, the White House announced last Friday that visitor logs will no longer be published due to "national security concerns." It's the latest move in a plethora of actions the White House has taken to make historically public data, private. Bob speaks to Alex […]