Timothy Pate Russia Hacking

As leftists, we need to treat the CIA’s claims of Russian election manipulation skeptically.

The Washington Post published quite the humdinger last night. The CIA has concluded in a secret assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win the presidency, rather than just to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system, according to officials briefed on the matter. Intelligence agencies have identified individuals with connections … Continue reading As leftists, we need to treat the CIA’s claims of Russian election manipulation skeptically.

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It’s all about leverage, Bernie.

Bernie Sanders has yet to endorse Hillary Clinton, even though she is clearly going to be the Democratic nominee, and even though Sanders has said he will work with Clinton to "make certain that Donald Trump is defeated and defeated badly." Paul Waldman wonders just who will care when Sanders finally hands over his endorsement. … Continue reading It’s all about leverage, Bernie.

Making History?

The folks over at Reason have their super hot take on Hillary Clinton's nomination: It's the kind of surface-level thinking we've long come to expect from the libertarian crowd. No, Hillary Clinton isn't going to solve all of America's problems by virtue of being a woman. But there is evidence to support the notion that the first female … Continue reading Making History?

That’s more like it.

Remember when I dreamed of a politician who would actually call Donald Trump a racist without beating around the bush? Of course Elizabeth Warren answered the call. Sen. Elizabeth Warren launched a blistering attack Thursday night at Donald Trump, calling the presumptive Republican presidential nominee a "fraud" and "thin-skinned, racist bully." She even threw in "fraud," … Continue reading That’s more like it.

Likely a racist?

Rep. Reid Ribble (R) of Wisconsin says Donald Trump is "likely a racist." Three-term GOP Rep. Reid Ribble of Wisconsin told CNN on Wednesday Trump's comments -- that federal judge Gonzalo Curiel could not rule fairly in a Trump University case because of his Mexican heritage -- is a "racist" remark, putting him in line … Continue reading Likely a racist?

Unscripted, Trump Automatically Reverts to Churlishness

After a tough week for Donald Trump, during which he lashed out at a federal judge for his Mexican heritage and the Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan called Trump's comments the "textbook definition" of racism, the Republican nominee finally gave in to advisers and agreed to deliver last night's speech via teleprompter. The … Continue reading Unscripted, Trump Automatically Reverts to Churlishness

A Few Radical Thoughts on the State of American Politics

Last night, the Associated Press reported that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had secured the necessary 2,383 pledged delegates and super delegates to become the presumptive nominee for the Democratic Party. Clinton will be the first woman to capture the nomination of a major political party in United States history. This is an important milestone, the … Continue reading A Few Radical Thoughts on the State of American Politics