If the worst case proves to be true, America will have to live with the consequences, including the dark cloud of illegitimacy that would hang over all actions taken by an administration that won with the aid of foreign interference.

The 2016 Election Makes It Clear—It's Time to Rewrite the Rules of Presidential Succession

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Barack Obama is one of the most consequential presidents in American history — and that he will be a particularly towering figure in the history of American progressivism.

He signed into law a comprehensive national health insurance bill, a goal that had eluded progressive presidents for a century — and built it strong enough to withstand assaults from the Supreme Court and avoid repeal from...
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Barack Obama is officially one of the most consequential presidents in American history

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It’s sometimes said that politicians campaign in poetry and govern in prose. Trump campaigns in braggadocio and governs in bombast.
Of all the national politicians, Trump may be the one least interested in government or policy; he’s absorbed simply with himself. And what we’re seeing more clearly now is that he has crafted an administration in his own image: vain, narcissistic and dangerous.

Trump’s Triumph of Incompetence

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"You cannot run the presidency like you run a real estate deal You can't tweet your way through it," Schumer said. "You can't threaten and intimidate and say I'll walk away. It's more complicated."

Trump campaigned as a populist against the Democratic and Republican establishments, but he's been captured by the hard-right wealthy special interests.

Schumer: 'You cannot run the presidency like you run a real estate deal'

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We still cannot fathom just how many ignoramuses believed the Pizzagate nonsense to be true! These lies were just SO ugly and damaging that - apology or not - legal action should still be brought against Jones and InfoWars.

Conspiracy Nutjob Alex Jones Apologizes for Spreading Pizzagate Fake News

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Foreign policy is, as much as anything, how America explains itself to the world—the story its words and actions tell. The president is the country’s chief storyteller.
Even where people hate American policies, there is a notion of America that transcends that hatred: the idea of a country where people can be who they are and say what they think; where they are basically treated fairly,...
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What America Stood For

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The Good Lord above was watching out for Trump to give him victory by passing of the health care law.... Until he realized the law was just a giant scam to give the super rich a huge tax break. The Lord works in mysterious ways.

Pat Robertson: Mark My Words, The GOP Health Bill Will Pass! | Right Wing Watch

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Multilateral institutions such as the UN, World Trade Organisation, IMF and World Bank may occasionally constrain America, but overall they enhance its influence. Most have their headquarters in America. And yes, Uncle Sam foots a disproportionate share of the bills. Yet this has also given Americans exceptional sway over global rules
covering everything from trade to security. Walk away, and...
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China first: Cutting aid and diplomacy will make America weaker | The Economist

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So... There is this rumor...

Get your popcorn folks.

Seth Abramson on Twitter

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Trump has all of 35 jobs to show for the highly controversial Keystone Pipeline.

"Understand what this project is. It is providing the ability of Canada to pump their oil, send it through our land, down to the Gulf, where it will be sold everywhere else. That doesn't have an impact on U.S. gas prices." (President Obama)

Trump Tries To Distract From Embarrassing Health Care Failure By Creating 35 New Jobs

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President Bannon told a group of Republicans before the healthcare vote, "Guys, look. This is not a discussion. This is not a debate. You have no choice but to vote for this bill."

They didn't.

Report: Bannon told conservatives 'this is not a debate,' you have to back bill

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This is the next big fight. Get ready to start calling!

Democratic opposition to U.S. high court nominee grows

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"[The Russians] will be back,” said Comey, who spoke Monday before the House Intelligence Committee. “They’ll be back in 2020. They may be back in 2018. One of the lessons they may draw from this is that they were successful because they introduced chaos and division and discord and sewed doubt about the nature of this amazing country of ours and our democratic process.”

FBI Director: U.S. should expect Russian interference in 2018, 2020 elections - Cyberscoop

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We won this round, but Trump and Congressional Republicans will be back to pushing their dangerous agenda next week.
The only reason it failed is because a number of Republicans felt that it did not do enough damage.

From standing up to Trump's corruption to defeating Gorsuch, we'll need you in the fights ahead. Text STAND now to 21333 to receive important info and alerts when your voice is...
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Ellison to Dems: Don't gloat, get ready for round 2

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Trump's agenda items like trade, infrastructure spending, tax reform and that "big, beautiful" wall on the US-Mexico border are now at risk, as healthcare reform sinks beneath the waves.
While in the minority, it's been easy for Republican politicians to promise their voters "action" and "change". Now that they're in power, it has proven difficult to translate those words into policy.
When the...
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How disastrous for Trump is healthcare collapse? - BBC News

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Hey y'all!! It's not Trump's fault that their "health care bill" crashed and burned. It's our fault! Keep it up!!

It's Never Trump's Fault

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The Trump administration just dismissed the single greatest challenge facing the U.S. economy.

“Utterly Shocking”: Silicon Valley Slams White House for Ignoring A.I. Threat

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Now THIS should get interesting!

New York state’s attorney general,
Eric Schneiderman, has hired one of the top public-corruption prosecutors, Howard Master, to focus specifically on issues involving the Trump administration. Mr. Master will be working on a wide range of civil and criminal investigations and enforcement matters, including public corruption, complex civil litigation and...
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New York Attorney General Steps Up Scrutiny of White House

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