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  • Open thread for night owls. Pro-Publica: Navy failed to deal with issues that led to Iran stand-off

    Megan Rose, Robert Faturechi, and T. Christian Miller at Pro-Publica write—Trump Keeps Talking About the Last Military Standoff With Iran — Here’s What Really Happened:

    Just before sunset on Jan. 12, 2016, 10 American sailors strayed into Iranian territorial waters in the Persian Gulf, a navigation error with potentially grave consequences. On their way to a spying mission, the Americans had set sail from Kuwait to Bahrain. It was a long-distance trek that some senior commanders in the Navy’s...

  • Lack of 'fear-based buying' is hurting the gun industry under Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell

    The foundation of the modern firearm industry is fear. Drumming up conspiracy-drenched fear of a “politically correct” liberal government authoritarianism has been the only arrow in groups like the NRA’s quiver the past decade. Good news for the gun industry and Second Amendment “patriots” everywhere. The Senate and the Executive Branch are controlled by pro-gun, anti-liberal Republicans. Whoo-hooo! Unfortunately for conservatives everywhere, there is no such thing as good news for people with...

  • Trump suggests his 'presidential library' could be in one of his own properties. Of course

    One of the, sigh, less-weird parts of Chuck Todd's generally uncombative interview with Donald Child Internment Camps Trump was Todd's invitation to Trump to speculate on what his eventual "presidential library" might consist of.

    This is one of those throwaway what's-your-favorite-pie-filling sorts of questions, not quite intended to be humanizing (most humans are not expected to found their own libraries dedicated to their own life and times) but damn near impossible for an interviewee to...

  • Illinois is now first in the nation to ban private immigration detention facilities

    Illinois is now the first state in the nation to ban private immigration detention facilities. “In the face of attempts to stoke fear, exploit division, and force families into the shadows, we are taking action,” Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker said in a statement. “We will not allow private entities to profit off of the intolerance of this president.”

    The governor also signed two other important pieces of legislation that will be huge steps toward protecting the lives of undocumented residents....

  • Republicans launch supposed competitor to ActBlue, but a website won't fix their problems

    After a delay of 15 years, Republicans finally launched the site that’s supposed to level the playing field with progressive fundraising powerhouse ActBlue, only

  • Rep. Omar introduces No Shame at School Act to stop shaming of kids over school lunch debt

    Given that student loan debt is a crisis, it tends to be the focus of conversation when it comes to debt relief in education. Rep. Ilhan Omar, Democrat of Minnesota, however, has highlighted another debt problem in education: school lunch debt. 

    Last Wednesday, Omar and Democratic U.S. Sen. Tina Smith, also of Minnesota, introduced a bill known as the No Shame at School Act to eliminate the school lunch debt shaming practices that continue to terrorize kids and teenagers. “Across this country,...

  • A key GOP retirement in Texas shows how Democrats could win the state House—and stop gerrymandering

    On Monday, Republican state Rep. Jonathan Stickland announced that he would not seek re-election to Texas' state House next year, but the news has implications well beyond his seat. Not only could Stickland’s retirement point to a path for Democrats to retake the chamber for the first time since 2002, but doing so could spell an end to GOP gerrymandering in the second-largest state in the country.

    A conservative hardliner, Stickland only won re-election by a 50-47 margin last year over Democrat...

  • House Republicans prove once again they don't want you to have health care

    Last week, House Republicans were given yet another opportunity to separate themselves from Donald Trump's lawsuit to destroy the Affordable Care Act. Once again, they sided with Trump. The House considered amendments to top a "minibus" spending package Thursday and in addition to funding a number of agencies, they adopted an amendment to defund the Trump administration's efforts in federal courts to overthrow the law.

    Freshman Democratic Rep. Laura Underwood of Illinois offered the amendment,...

  • When women and people of color run, they win, new report finds

    Women and people of color remain drastically underrepresented in elected positions in the U.S., but it’s not your imagination that that’s started to change since 2016. A new report from the Reflective Democracy Campaign has the numbers, and one key insight: it’s not that women and people of color are so much less likely to win than white men. It’s that they’re less likely to be on the ballot to begin with.

    The dramatic increase in women—Democratic women—in Congress after the 2018 elections is...

  • Sanders proposes canceling all $1.6 trillion in student debt

    Student loan debt relief is quickly becoming a standard policy among Democratic candidates for the 2020 presidential nomination. That's a recognition of just how crippling the $1.6 trillion in debt is not just to the borrowers, but to the entire domestic economy. Now Bernie Sanders has joined Elizabeth Warren and Julián Castro with a plan to relieve the burden on 45 million Americans and provide tuition-free education at public universities, community colleges, and trade schools.

    Sanders' plan...

  • How the press played along with Trump's Iran 'crisis' charade

    Dubbed "the decider," Donald Trump basked in lots of undeserved media glory last week after he invented a crisis with Iran, then claimed to have solved it by calling off a planned bombing raid on the country at the last minute. Largely missing from the tick-tick "crisis" storytelling was the media acknowledgement that the whole episode seemed to confirm Trump doesn't know what he's doing, and that his stated reasons for aborting a military strike seemed completely arbitrary.

    Yet the press...