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Trump fires the inspector general who helped spark impeachment inquiry - Vox
"Witch Hunt". Donald Trump gets rid of everyone who wasn't sufficiently "loyal" to him during the impeachment.
DonaldTrump  via:vox  politics  personal_net 
yesterday by mcherm
Where the money goes in the US Senate's $2T coronavirus stimulus bill
Notice the high level breakdown between money to individuals, to small businesses, to big businesses, and to the healthcare.
covid-19  politics  via:reddit 
10 days ago by mcherm
DOJ Creates New Section Of Attorneys To Strip People Of Their Naturalized Citizenship
The Trump administration has created a special group of attorneys just to strip citizenship from people who were naturalized.
DonaldTrump  immigration  politics  via:reddit 
5 weeks ago by mcherm
Why the Presidency Can’t Just Go Back to 'Normal' After Trump - POLITICO
Several good government practices are only 50 years old. Now that Trump has demolished them they may well never return.
DonaldTrump  politics  via:reddit 
7 weeks ago by mcherm
How Capitalism Broke Young Adulthood - The Atlantic
Bernie Sanders is offering young voters some of the socialism older voters already enjoy and claim is unamerican.
politics  economics  via:reddit 
9 weeks ago by mcherm
Neomi Rao's efforts to place Trump above the law must fail.
One federal judge holds (1) Congress can't demand to see any information related to the president unless they are performing an impeachment and (2) courts cannot review anything regarding an impeachment.
slate  via:reddit  politics  law 
january 2020 by mcherm
Opinion | The Rich Really Do Pay Lower Taxes Than You - The New York Times
NY Times: For what may be the first time ever, the richest few people actually do pay a lower percentage of taxes than ANY other income group. Aside from that, most everyone pays about the same percentage (23-30%) -- we no longer have a progressive tax system.
nytimes  via:HackerNews  taxes  politics  datavisualization 
october 2019 by mcherm
Netanyahu blocks Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib from visiting Israel - Vox
At the request of Donald Trump, the prime minister of Israel reversed course to block Democratic Congresswomen (who happen to be Muslim) from visiting.
DonaldTrump  vox  politics  via:vox 
august 2019 by mcherm
Here's how the deficit performed under Republican and Democratic presidents, from Reagan to Trump | PolitiFact
"Reagan took the deficit from $70 billion to $175 billion. Bush 41 took it to $300 billion. Clinton got it to zero. Bush 43 took it from zero to $1.2 trillion. Obama halved it to $600 billion. Trump’s got it back to a trillion."
politics  economics 
august 2019 by mcherm
The Damage Donald Trump has Done to the US Abroad
Everyone else is allying to avoid depending on us. Also we drove off all the qualified diplomats.
DonaldTrump  politics  via:reddit 
july 2019 by mcherm
How Teach for America Evolved Into an Arm of the Charter School Movement — ProPublica
The Walton foundation donated money and the condition that it pay one and a half times as much for those teaching at charter schools. Some years later about half of the program is charter schools.
via:reddit  politics  education 
june 2019 by mcherm
What I Learned Trying To Secure Congressional Campaigns (Idle Words)
A really good description of the author's experience and learnings from trying to help political campaigns with their security.
security  politics  via:HackerNews 
may 2019 by mcherm
Here’s How TurboTax Just Tricked You Into Paying to File Your Taxes — ProPublica
Article details just exactly how difficult it is to find the free version of TurboTax. Really super-hard, because they go our of their way to hide it.
evil  Intuit  taxes  law  politics  via:HackerNews 
april 2019 by mcherm
AOC told her Twitter followers to “pause” certain political donations - Vox
The DNC has officially recommended against using any vendor (for things like polling or advertising) that ALSO provides services to anyone challenging an incumbent Democrat even in the primary.
politics  AlexandriaOcasioCortez  vox  via:vox 
april 2019 by mcherm
Just the President Threatening to Unleash Waves of Violence on His Political Rivals
He really did point out that many Trump supporters have guns on our tough people and if pushed too far might lash out.
politics  DonaldTrump  personal_net  via:googleplus 
march 2019 by mcherm
Elizabeth Warren Wants To Break Up Amazon, Google And Facebook; But Does Her Plan Make Any Sense? | Techdirt
This is the rebuttal I would have liked to be eloquent enough to have said in response to Elizabeth Warren's proposal to break up major tech companies.
politics  techdirt  via:Techdirt  ElizabethWarren 
march 2019 by mcherm
Iraqi Has Returned To U.S. After ICE Deported Him Against Court Orders : NPR
The court ordered this group not be deported. ICE did so anyway, then lost him. The court ordered them to find him and bring him back, but they couldn't. The ACLU did find him and bring him back.
immigration  politics  ACLU  npr  via:reddit 
february 2019 by mcherm
Opinions guided by tribalism
This post content a house series of grafs showing evidence that opinions, especially those of Republicans, change rapidly based on what is politically popular.
DonaldTrump  philosophy  politics  via:reddit 
january 2019 by mcherm
The Ridiculous Double Standard of “Respect for the Oval Office”
This article about Obama bringing disrespect to the office of the President takes on a terrible kind of tone in the days of Trump.
politics  personal_net  via:reddit 
january 2019 by mcherm
Ocasio-Cortez’s 70% Top Tax Rate Is a Moderate Policy
High taxes on extremely high incomes is derided by the media as extremist. Based on history, economic research, and polling it isn't, and lowering their taxes (considered by the media as "moderate") is, in fact, extreme.
taxes  politics  journalism  media  via:reddit 
january 2019 by mcherm
Patreon Bars Anti-Feminist for Racist Speech, Inciting Revolt - The New York Times
For me, interesting position to be in -- I'm a listener to the person leading this conservative exodus. I'm rarely on the conservative side (and not fully sure where I stand on this, partly as I lack details).
patreon  freespeech  politics  feminism  SamHarris  via:HackerNews  nytimes 
december 2018 by mcherm
White House shares doctored video to support punishment of journalist Jim Acosta - The Washington Post
The Trump White House spokesman releases a video which was altered (not by them) to mislead viewers about the incident.
politics  fakenews  via:reddit 
december 2018 by mcherm
Census Citizenship Question: Trump Officials Ask Supreme Court To Delay Trial : NPR
You can perform a sort of gerrymandering for 10 years by rigging census -- can you also prevent it from being reviewed by any court in time to stop the action if it is indeed illegal?
law  DonaldTrump  politics  voting  via:reddit  npr 
december 2018 by mcherm
‘I’ve never seen these positions politicized’: White House rejection of veterans judges raises concerns of partisanship - The Washington Post
Administrative judges at Veterans Affairs - a position that has never been political - were apparently screened by President Trump for party affiliation.
evil  law  DonaldTrump  politics  via:reddit 
december 2018 by mcherm
Trump: Tillerson 'dumb as a rock' : politics
Insight into Trump's behavior - all his tweets about Rex Tillerson in chronological order.
via:reddit  DonaldTrump  politics  personal_net 
december 2018 by mcherm
Clown Says He Will Seek a Third Term – Lowering the Bar
In Brazil, an illiterate clown (literally his profession) ran for congress. He won. Having been there 2 terms, he was planning to retire, but now says he'll run for a third term because he shows up for work more often than almost all of his colleagues.
politics  via:LoweringTheBar 
october 2018 by mcherm
Lost in occupation: How Google Maps is erasing Palestine | +972 Magazine
Maps and politics. Google maps guides people down roads that are legal for Israeli citizens but not for Palestinians. US laws prohibit using good quality satellite photos of that region.
via:HackerNews  maps  google  politics 
october 2018 by mcherm
Flag Flap Underscores Trump's Strained Relationship With McCain : NPR
Donald Trump was reluctant to even fly the flag at half mast for John McCain.
DonaldTrump  personal_net  politics  via:npr  npr 
august 2018 by mcherm
Why Republicans are unlikely to stop supporting Trump - Vox
Trump says random things. Many, many Republicans support his waffling positions because most of us decide many political questions by asking which team we are on, not how we feel about the issue.
politics  vox  via:vox 
july 2018 by mcherm
The FCC wants to charge you $225 to review your complaints - The Verge
Now they won't even look at the complaints that are submitted for free.
DonaldTrump  FCC  politics 
july 2018 by mcherm
E-Mails Show FCC Made Up DDOS Attack To Downplay The 'John Oliver Effect' | Techdirt
The FCC wasn't even confused -- they were just outright lying about the DDOS attack, and continued lying to this day to cover it up.
DonaldTrump  politics  netneutrality  techdirt  via:reddit 
june 2018 by mcherm
Trump tried to make the Philadelphia Eagles a culture war - Vox
Trump blasts the Eagles for kneeling during the national anthem. But they didn't. What REALLY happened is that he was peeved that after he rescheduled their white house visit not every team member could make it.
DonaldTrump  freespeech  vox  via:vox  politics 
june 2018 by mcherm
Jets Owner Will Pay Fines If Players Protest During Anthem
Trump gets NFL to order fines for players who protest. One owner defies them.
politics  freespeech  via:reddit  upliftingnews 
may 2018 by mcherm
How Alabama lawmakers swung and missed on civil asset forfeiture | AL.com
Alabama legislature considers law banning forfeiture abuses. Police, DAs object, bill fails.
forfeiture  law  politics 
may 2018 by mcherm
Andrew McCabe Fired As Deputy FBI Director Just Short Of Retirement : NPR
Fired just 2 days before he would have retired (in order to eliminate his pension). Reason is either "lack of candor when questioned" or "was willing to testify about Trump's behavior", depending on who you believe.
politics  DonaldTrump 
march 2018 by mcherm
What’s the matter with Oklahoma? - Education in America
They passed a constitutional amendment requiring a 3/4 vote to raise taxes. Now they're so broke they can't pay teachers to teach 5 days a week.
politics  via:boingboing 
february 2018 by mcherm
Meet the 24-year-old Trump campaign worker appointed to help lead the government’s drug policy office - The Washington Post
A very unqualified person put in charge of the opioid epidemic whose sole qualification appears to be that he worked on Trump's campaign.
DonaldTrump  politics  via:boingboing 
january 2018 by mcherm
55 Ways Donald Trump Structurally Changed America in 2017
I am most upset about removing discretion from prosecutor about what penalties to seek.
politics  via:boingboing  DonaldTrump 
december 2017 by mcherm
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