2019 Oct 16 - 4:40am
It has almost gone unnoticed, but amid the daily Sturm und Drang of the Trump impeachment inquiry, the Supreme Court has begun another term. In any other year, the reconvening of the court would be headline news. However, like everything else in the Trump era, the court has taken a back seat to the chaos surrounding our 45th commander in chief. Nonetheless, the nine justices who constitute our most powerful judicial body are set to decide a bevy...
Tags: abortion rights, american civil liberties union, daca, deferred action for childhood arrivals act, dreamers, national rifle association
2019 Oct 16 - 4:30am
ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up for ProPublica’s Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox as soon as they are published. At the halfway mark of President Donald Trump’s first term, his administration has hired a lobbyist for every 14 political appointments made, welcoming a total of 281 lobbyists on board, a ProPublica and Columbia Journalism Investigations analysis shows....
Tags: barack obama, department of health and human services, donald trump, k street, Lobbying, revolving door project
2019 Oct 16 - 12:39am
Each year, the board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) gathers at its headquarters in Washington, D.C. This year, the IMF will meet under the leadership of a new chief, Kristalina Georgieva, who crossed the street from the World Bank to take over this post from Christine Lagarde. Lagarde, as it happens, is getting ready to cross the Atlantic Ocean to take over the European Central Bank. There is a game of musical chairs at the top. A...
Tags: Argentina, China, christine lagarde, Ecuador, international monetary fund, pakistan
2019 Oct 16 - 12:22am
WASHINGTON — Hunter Biden, acknowledging that his family name created business opportunities, rejected assertions by President Donald Trump that he did anything wrong by engaging in foreign work in Ukraine and China. But Biden, the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, conceded that he failed to take into account potential implications for his father’s political career. “Did I make a mistake? Maybe in the grand scheme of things,...
Tags: 2020 democrats, 2020 presidential race, China, donald trump, Hunter Biden, Joe Biden
2019 Oct 15 - 11:59pm
This piece originally appeared on The Grayzone.  With its relentless focus on corruption in Russia and Ukraine, the Atlantic Council has distinguished itself from other top-flight think tanks in Washington. Over the past several years, it has held innumerable conferences and panel discussions, issued a string of reports, and published literally hundreds of essays on Russia’s “kleptocracy” and the scourge of Kremlin disinformation. At the same...
Tags: Atlantic Council, biden 2020, biden atlantic council, bidens, Burisma, burisma atlantic council
2019 Oct 15 - 10:42pm
“Indelible in the Hippocampus: Writings From the Me Too Movement”  A book edited by Shelly Oria “Indelible: Writings From the Me Too Movement” is not just a collection of nonfiction essays, short stories, and poems about the Great Reckoning edited by award-winning novelist Shelly Oria. “Indelible”’s writings also strive to create a forum for litigating sexual violence claims outside of the failed state. In a society where...
Tags: Book Review, #metoo, #metoo literature, #metoo stories, brett kavanaugh, Christine Blasey Ford
2019 Oct 15 - 10:41pm
The most xenophobic and isolationist American president in modern history has been selling America to foreign powers for his personal benefit. That’s an impeachable offense. President Donald Trump says he withdrew American troops from the Syrian-Turkish border—leaving our Kurdish allies to be slaughtered and opening the way for a resurgent ISIS—because it was time to bring American soldiers home. A more likely explanation is that the Trump...
Tags: China, donald trump, Robert Mueller, Syria, tayyip erdogan, trump organization
2019 Oct 15 - 10:13pm
Recently a friend who follows the news a bit less obsessively than I do said, “I thought George W. Bush was bad, but it seems like Donald Trump is even worse. What do you think?” “Well,” I replied, “in terms of causing death and destruction, I suspect Bush still has the edge.” In fact, the U.S.-led forever wars begun under the Bush administration have killed hundreds of thousands of people in Iraq and Afghanistan (almost half a million by one...
Tags: afghanistan, george w. bush, iraq war, Trump, trump forever wars, Trump impeachment
2019 Oct 15 - 6:45pm
This piece originally appeared on Informed Comment.  Trump is slapping sanctions on Turkey for invading northern Syria after Trump told Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan that it would be all right for him to invade northern Syria. It is really difficult to be an analyst of foreign affairs in the age of Trump, because we try to understand policy moves with regard to their logic. Much of what Trump does seems illogical. Trump’s loud clown circus...
Tags: kurdish fighters, lindsey graham, mark esper, mitch mcconnell, No categories islamic state, Recep Erdogan
2019 Oct 15 - 5:42pm
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2019 Oct 14 - 3:21am
NEW YORK—Facing intense scrutiny from President Donald Trump and his Republican allies, Hunter Biden announced on Sunday that he will step down from the board of directors of a Chinese-backed private equity firm at the end of the month as part of a pledge not to work on behalf of any foreign-owned companies should his father win the presidency. Biden, the 49-year-old son of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, revealed his plan in...
Tags: bhr equity investment fund management company, house impeachment inquiry, house judiciary committee, Hunter Biden, Joe Biden, kellyanne conway
2019 Oct 14 - 2:51am
When the nation’s largest utility warned customers that it would cut power to nearly 2 million people across Northern California, many rushed out to buy portable generators, knowing the investment could help sustain them during blackouts. Others had the security of knowing they could rely on solar panels and batteries installed in their homes. But many families impacted by the blackouts are struggling from paycheck to paycheck and don...
Tags: blackouts, catholic charities east bay, economic disparity, pg&e, power outages, san francisco bay area