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  • This Republican Keeps Humiliating Trump?s Judicial Nominees
    In a hearing this week for six of President Trump?s judicial nominees, Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) simply humiliated one of the potential judges. He asked Matthew Spencer Petersen a few questions that should be basic for anyone working in law. Yet Petersen, a Republican commissioner on the Federal Election Commission and a nominee to the U.S. District Court for D.C., not to mention a graduate of […]

  • The Final Republican Tax Bill Screws Over Puerto Rico
    Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said Friday that Republicans’ decision to leave a pair of provisions in the tax reform legislation that experts say will hammer Puerto Rico’s already struggling economy was “unconscionable.” “It is devastating and unconscionable that Congress would do this at this juncture,” Rosselló told NBC News after it was clear the provisions remained […]

  • Republicans Just Released Their Final Tax Bill
    The House and Senate released their final version of the tax bill late Friday afternoon, following weeks of high-profile deliberations over the biggest tax overhaul in the last 30 years. It includes a last-minute expansion of the child income tax credit, after Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) threatened to vote against the bill without a more generous […]

  • Festival of Slights, the 4th Night: ?Short Guys That Wear Yarmulkes?
    Happy Hanukkah! Mother Jones is celebrating this year?s festival of lights with a festival of slights. Specifically, President Donald Trump?s slights toward the Jewish people. A week before the Alabama special election, Roy Moore explained that George Soros was going to hell. Soros is a Jewish Hungarian immigrant who survived the Holocaust. He’s also a […]

  • Most American Farmers Will Be Hurt by the GOP Tax Bill
    Update, Friday, December 15, 6:02 p.m: The GOP has released the final version of its tax bill. Read it here.  As a candidate, Donald Trump dominated the rural vote and polled very well among farmers. Will the tax overhaul he’s pushing hard in Congress finally reward farm country for its support?   Since taking office, Trump hasn’t exactly […]

  • Rep. Adam Schiff Warns Republicans Are Moving to Shut Down House Russia Probe, Target Mueller
    Republicans on the House intelligence committee appear intent on shutting down the panel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election as soon as next Friday, according to the committee’s top Democrat. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) warned in a series of tweets that the move could presage an all-out GOP attack on Special Counsel Robert […]

  • ?The Last Jedi? Felt Like a Dream. I?m Not Sure I Even Really Saw It.
    A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away? A film called the Empire Strikes Back set the bar for sci-fi sequels. The year was 1980. It?s still, to this day, considered by many people to be the best Star Wars film. When 2015?s Force Awakens debuted to somewhat surprising critical acclaim, expectations for […]

  • Team Trump Is Slashing Programs That Help Prisoners Adapt to Life on the Outside
    On Wednesday at FCI Sandstone, a low-security federal prison in Minnesota, inmates were preparing for a congressional hearing. They couldn’t fly to Washington, of course, but they’d voted to add C-SPAN to the facility’s short list of authorized television channels. They planned to watch politicians grill the Trump administration’s new Bureau of Prisons chief about […]

  • The EPA Hired a Major Republican Opposition Research Firm to Track Press Activity
    Using taxpayer dollars, the Environmental Protection Agency has hired a cutting-edge Republican PR firm that specializes in digging up opposition research to help Administrator Scott Pruitt?s office track and shape press coverage of the agency. According to federal contracting records, earlier this month Pruitt?s office inked a no-bid $120,000 contract with Definers Corp., a Virginia-based public […]

  • Hey, Readers! Tell Us What Books Got You Through 2017.
    Many of us turn to books to better understand, or escape, the world around us?and considering how much went down this year, they?ve been an especially handy resource. Books about white supremacy can help to shed light on the violence in Charlottesville and the rise of white nationalism. The New York Times recommends books about Tea Partiers and […]