Donald Trump, a Racist, Sends Awful Tweet About MLK Jr Day

28 minutes 7 seconds ago
The Washington Post on January 17th: More than 8 in 10 black Americans say they believe Trump is a racist and that he has made racism a bigger problem in the country. Nine in 10 disapprove of his job performance overall. The pessimism goes well beyond assessments of the president. A 65 percent majority of […]
Ben Dreyfuss

Lunchtime Photo

28 minutes 42 seconds ago
Today I have a lunchtime photo extravaganza for you. A couple of weeks ago I used one of my dex nights to head up to Los Angeles and take pictures of the LA Cathedral. I’ve driven by the cathedral many times since it opened in 2002, but I’ve never actually been there, and I figured […]
Kevin Drum

In Iowa, It’s Joe Biden’s Race to Lose

43 minutes 6 seconds ago
Two weeks to go! So how is everyone doing in the Iowa caucus race? Here’s the RCP aggregate: The Buttigieg surge and the Sanders mini-surge have faded. Elizabeth Warren has steadied after dropping nearly ten points since November. Meanwhile, Joe Biden has been slowly gaining back the ground he lost at the end of 2019 […]
Kevin Drum

You Should Be Reading N.K. Jemisin

2 hours 42 minutes ago
This is neither here nor there, but the New Yorker has a nice profile this week of N.K. Jemisin, who became my new favorite author a couple of years ago. Judging from the reception of her Broken Earth trilogy—which won three consecutive Hugo awards—she is everybody else’s favorite new author too. Broken Earth was great; […]
Kevin Drum

FBI: Saudi Arabia Helps Criminals Flee American Justice

3 hours 37 minutes ago
If you’re a Saudi Arabian citizen and you kill someone, no worries! The Kingdom will ferret you away from the clutches of the American judicial system: In a document declassified and released on Friday, the FBI said that officials of the Persian Gulf nation “almost certainly” help their citizens accused of committing crimes, including manslaughter, […]
Kevin Drum

Waiter, There’s a Climate Surcharge in My Soup

9 hours 58 minutes ago
American restaurant diners don’t usually blink before adding an extra 15-20 percent tip onto their bills. In recent years, San Francisco’s eaters have even (mostly) grown accustomed to paying up to six percent extra for dinner to offset the cost of the city’s mandated healthcare program. Starting in January, at a smattering of high-end joints, […]
Maddie Oatman

Racist Policies in Urban Neighborhoods Have Created Deadly “Heat Islands”

9 hours 59 minutes ago
This piece was originally published in The Guardian and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. Deadly urban heatwaves disproportionately affect underserved neighborhoods because of the legacy of racist housing policies which have denied African Americans home ownership and basic public services, a landmark new study has found. Extreme heat kills hundreds of people in […]
Marianne Szegedy-Maszak

Trump Says the US Is Ready for War. Not All His Troops Are So Sure.

9 hours 59 minutes ago
This story was published originally by ProPublica, 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. Between the killing of Iran’s most important general and Iran’s missiles hurtling toward American troops in Iraq, President Donald […]
T. Christian Miller, ProPublica

Where Is Cory Gardner?

20 hours 43 minutes ago
As the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump nears, the Republican senator from Colorado has gone to ground as he tries to keep moderates and independents in his corner while facing a tough re-election race.
Elaina Plott

Bloomberg and Steyer Make Top 10 List of Biggest Super-PAC Donors Ever

21 hours 58 minutes ago
On January 21, 2010, the Supreme Court opened the super-PAC era with its 5-4 ruling in the Citizens United case. While the decision left the limits on donations to politicians in place, it blew open caps on outside spending—money given to groups that campaign for or against candidates without officially being part of their campaigns. […]
Dave Gilson

China Announces Major Anti-Plastic Campaign

23 hours 24 minutes ago
The Chinese government has said it plans to ban plastic bags in the country’s major cities by the end of the year, Reuters reports. The bags will be banned in the rest of the country in 2022. Other single-use plastics like utensils and containers, will reportedly be phased out over a longer timeline. Single-use straws in […]
Jackie Mogensen

Ahead of Richmond Rally, Apple and Google Are Letting Nazis Use This App to Coordinate

23 hours 32 minutes ago
Neo-nazi and fascist groups have been posting antisemitic and racist messages and calls for violence on the encrypted messaging app Telegram in advance of a massive gun rally in Richmond, Virginia, on Monday that far-right extremists are expected to attend and that officials fear might turn violent. The companies have stood idle as extremist groups […]
Ali Breland

Senators Will Get to Ignore Trump’s Tweets for Six Hours a Day

1 day ago
The Associated Press reports that the US Senate is about to launch a weeks-long experiment in which its members will be forced to put away their smartphones and maintain “silence, on pain of imprisonment.” This mandatory unplugging, based on a 19th-century senatorial tradition, is meant to improve senators’ focus and sense of decorum. Tweeting, Googling, […]
Jackie Mogensen