(The Daily Beast) Anatoliy Kuzmin held out his daughter’s blue U.S. passport over a red Russian one and snapped a photo from a Florida beach. “Woohoo! Got dual citizenship for my daughter!” he wrote on Instagram. American citizenship for the newborn girl was the goal of Kuzmin and his Instagram-celebrity wife, who sought the help of birth-tourism services in Florida for the arrival of their first child. They … Continue reading As Trump rails against birthright citizenship, Russians flock to his U.S. properties to give birth to American children.
(via NY Magazine) Anti-intellectualism is an enduring feature of modern Republican politics, and accordingly, conservative intellectuals have taken up the job of justifying this state of affairs. Historically, their claims have glommed onto some great deep truth that the putatively dim-witted right-wing politician grasps, but which has eluded the liberal elites. (“For there is one thing that the American people know about Senator McCarthy,” wrote … Continue reading Do Liberals Hate Trump Because He’s a Typical American?
(CNN’s Chris Cillizza) Campaign politics tends to be a lowest-common-denominator business. If something works — no matter how loathsome or even untrue — then it gets used. The end always justifies the means — and the end is always and only winning. And yet, even by that incredibly low bar, what some right-wing pundits have done in the wake of 10 mail pipe bombs being sent … Continue reading The disgusting lie of the “false flag” pushed by some prominent conservatives
By Matthew Rosenberg and Maggie Haberman via New York Times: WASHINGTON — When President Trump calls old friends on one of his iPhones to gossip, gripe or solicit their latest take on how he is doing, American intelligence reports indicate that Chinese spies are often listening — and putting to use invaluable insights into how to best work the president and affect administration policy, current … Continue reading Lock Him Up! Lock Him Up! Trump Quickly Dismisses Advice About his Personal Cell Phone Security.
Mary Marie (Fly Media): Every single target of the most recent pipe bombs were repeatedly attacked by our President. Either in his rallies, speeches, or directly from Trump’s twitter feed. Former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, Sec. of State Hillary Clinton, former CIA director John Brennan, Rep. Maxine Waters, Democratic donor George Soros, former DNC chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, former Attorney General Eric … Continue reading Trump’s DNA is ALL Over the Bombs
(via NY Magazine) A pernicious force was hollowing out American democracy. It had neutered Congress, and lobotomized the electorate. Lawmakers had become incapable of taking action on many of the day’s most pressing issues — and voters incapable of holding their representatives accountable for their incapacity. The connection between an American’s substantive beliefs, and her decisions in the ballot booth, was razor-thin and ever-fraying. If … Continue reading Tribalism Isn’t Our Democracy’s Main Problem. The Conservative Movement Is.
Washington (CNN) President Donald Trump, in a series of tweets on Monday, claimed he would declare a “national emergency” over an issue that has frequently piqued his attention — migrant caravans moving toward the United States through Central America and Mexico. His tweets come just weeks ahead of the 2018 midterm elections and he has emphasized immigration as a key issue, without evidence accusing … Continue reading The President of Lies & Fearmongering