Steve Mnuchin used a Goldman Sachs staffer to help manage the Treasury Department

President Donald Trump’s Treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, has apparently used a Goldman Sachs banker to help manage the Treasury Department — even though he had not officially departed from Goldman Sachs itself yet. On Friday, that banker withdrew his name from the Senate confirmation hearing to become Mnuchin’s deputy, citing family matters. Jim Donovan was […]

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SCOTUS ruling on North Carolina’s illegal political maps exposes GOP’s extreme partisan gerrymandering based on race

This article originally appeared on AlterNet. The Supreme Court’s ruling Monday that North Carolina Republicans had illegally segregated voters by race to create two U.S. House seats after 2010’s redistricting is a snapshot into the Republican dynamics of power-hungry partisanship and institutional racism. It also shows what the Court’s more liberal approach might have been […]

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No, the Russia scandal isn’t fake news or conspiracy theory — it’s a national crisis we don’t fully understand

Let’s review: It’s perhaps the biggest political scandal in American history. A semi-hostile foreign government, controlled by a former KGB strongman and his inner-circle kleptocrats, weaponized the use of social media, disinformation and malicious hacking to interfere with our presidential election. And suspicion is mounting that the winning candidate, along with many of his closest […]

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Is Donald Trump’s casino empire linked to money laundering? Past financial crimes may be the president’s biggest problem

So Donald Trump screwed the pooch again. This time the president did it on camera, standing next to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, when he made a point of quieting the room and addressing reporters to say this out of the blue: Just so you understand, I never mentioned it, the word or the name Israel. […]

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Tear down those Confederate monuments! Maybe we can finally cure America’s Civil War hangover

It’s been more than 150 years, but America’s Civil War hangover continues to linger. This nagging, throbbing ache has manifested itself in innumerable ways, with its contradictions being among the most obvious. Any examination of the history of the battlefields themselves, specifically during the postwar decades, provides a clear and convenient illustration of those contradictions, […]

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Right-wing attacks on Planned Parenthood are working: Clinics close in Iowa, cutting off low-income women

Last summer, the anti-choice movement was dealt a serious blow when the Supreme Court ruled that states cannot use medically unnecessary regulations as a pretext to shut down abortion clinics. But that doesn’t mean the religious right has given up on its mission to make sure that women who have sex are punished with unwanted pregnancy […]

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“Cultural anxiety” is unpatriotic: America’s mission is for liberty and justice for all

In “The Devil’s Dictionary,” Ambrose Bierce defined patriotism as “combustible rubbish ready to the torch of anyone ambitious to illuminate his name.” At the risk of dealing in rubbish, I feel compelled to identify an irony of American culture: Those who most dramatically wave the flag and most loudly proclaim love of country are largely […]

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