GOP’s Cornyn repeatedly threatened judges; now demands Schumer apology

Senator Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Thursday expressed regret that he “used the words I used yesterday” in warning Supreme Court Justices Kavanaugh and Gorsuch of the public backlash their reproductive rights rulings will produce. While Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) proclaimed, “There is nothing to call this except a threat,” more than a…

Liz Cheney tries to prove she can be just as racist and petty as Trump

If I were Dick Cheney’s spawn I’d spend the rest of my life apologizing to people — both for the war crimes and for curdling a perfectly good heart. But not Liz Cheney. She’s out to prove she’s hip to the GOP’s modern zeitgeist. Indeed, a racial slur that was unthinkable before it disgorged from Donald Trump’s…

Barr turns to familiar faces for bogus probe of Russia investigation

This is the legal landscape now before the man who must be identified as the attorney general of the United States: The unanimous consensus of the American intelligence community, the findings of the Mueller investigation, and the bipartisan conclusion of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence all agree that the Russian Federation interfered in the…

Wrong-way Trump is on a one-way road to war with Iran

The United States was the world’s lone “hyperpower” when President George W. Bush launched his disastrous and unnecessary war with Iraq in 2003. An economic and military hegemon unchallenged by any single enemy or collection of rivals, the U.S. could and did act with impunity in swiftly toppling Saddam Hussein’s regime in Baghdad. But even…

Trump and Barr bring three decades of GOP criminality full circle

Historical events occur twice, Karl Marx famously said, first as tragedy and then as farce. But when it comes to the rampant lawlessness of Republican presidential administrations, the record is a succession of national tragedies for the United States. And the damage to America’s democratic institutions is no laughing matter. As President Trump, his attorney…

Cheney's cardiologist: What are Trump's doctors hiding?

When the doctor who somehow keeps Dick Cheney’s purpling corpse ambulatory talks, you should listen. The dude is obviously brilliant. And that guy is wondering why Trump’s doctor hasn’t released any information on the pr*sident’s recent physical beyond mealy generalities: x VP Cheney’s cardiologist has a question https://t.co/cHHlYeCkXV — Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) February 12, 2019 Good…

How John McCain got lost in 'crazy base world'

When Senator John McCain was laid to rest on Sunday at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, the nation lost one of the giants of American public life. For six decades, McCain served his nation as a naval airman, a military liaison to Capitol Hill, a congressman, a senator and as a two-time…

'Club Gitmo' is now for children, too

During the 2016 presidential campaign, candidate Donald Trump gave full-throated support for resurrecting the Bush administration’s regime of torture for terror detainees. But Trump’s brand of state-sanctioned sadism promised to go much further. Trump warned he would seek reprisals against the kin of suspected terrorists, “because they may not care much about their lives, but…

How to Hatch a Republican leader

“If you had gone into a chemical laboratory to concoct a politician whose background and manner would sound liberal alarms,” Washington Free Beacon editor-in-chief and Bill Kristol son-in-law Matthew Continetti pondered in 2009, “You probably would have come up with someone like Sarah Palin.” While the Quitta from Wasilla made Continetti’s theory laughable at the…

Hunger Strike at Guantanamo Bay Prison

Years after President Obama promised to close that hell hole, the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba have begun a hunger strike, and it seems that it didn't start just recently.  Some have lost “30 pounds or more” according to one lawyer who represents 15 of the men being held there. Links galore after the squiggle…