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* Brady Dennis and Steven Mufson report that newly revealed emails show that EPA chief Scott Pruitt is as much of a lackey for the fossil fuel industry as everyone thought: In his previous role as Oklahoma’s attorney general, the Environmental Protection Agency’s new administrator regularly huddled with fossil fuel firms and electric utilities about […]

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How to build a Donald Trump media bubble

How to build a Donald Trump media bubble

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How to build a Donald Trump media bubble

Aides on Donald Trump’s campaign had a strategy for keeping their candidate off of Twitter, according to a new report from Politico. The idea was to gin up favorable coverage from conservative outlets, promote that coverage on Twitter and then demonstrate the results to Trump himself. These folks would contact “media amplifiers like Fox News […]

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GOP voters know Trump is telling them the truth, and the media is lying to them

GOP voters know Trump is telling them the truth, and the media is lying to them

The Washington Post

GOP voters know Trump is telling them the truth, and the media is lying to them

A new Quinnipiac poll finds that President Trump’s approval rating has soared all the way up to 38 percent. And a majority of Americans overall say they trust the media, not Trump, to tell them the truth about important issues. But a huge majority of Republicans say they trust Trump, not the media, to tell […]

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For 2018, the GOP better have more than running against Elizabeth Warren

For 2018, the GOP better have more than running against Elizabeth Warren

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For 2018, the GOP better have more than running against Elizabeth Warren

Republicans’ ham-handed attempt to elevate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) — as evidence there are (gasp!) liberal New Englanders in the Democratic Party — reminds us the party has not come to terms with majority status. Trying to make a liberal lawmaker the face of the Democratic Party was the sort of political stunt Republicans tried […]

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Republicans suddenly realize burning down health system might not be a great idea

Republicans suddenly realize burning down health system might not be a great idea

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Republicans suddenly realize burning down health system might not be a great idea

The Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act is not going well, in large part because it turns out that making sweeping changes to a system that encompasses one-sixth of the American economy turns out to be rather more complicated than they imagined. Their backtracking has an interesting character to it, in particular how […]

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Trump’s mass deportations have arrived. But will Republicans pay for them?

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Debunking dystopia: Trump scares people with fake facts on crime

Debunking dystopia: Trump scares people with fake facts on crime

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Debunking dystopia: Trump scares people with fake facts on crime

Despots and demagogues gain power and motivate their followers/enablers by convincing them that their misery is traceable to an identifiable enemy (“elites,” foreigners, Wall Street) that only they have the nerve to name and defeat. But what if people aren’t, you know, that miserable? The next best thing is to convince them that things are […]

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Can Trump help Democrats take back the House? Here’s a big thing to watch.

Can Trump help Democrats take back the House? Here’s a big thing to watch.

The Washington Post

Can Trump help Democrats take back the House? Here’s a big thing to watch.

THE MORNING PLUM: President Donald Trump’s new plans for vastly expanded deportations, and the forthcoming new version of his immigration ban, are a reminder: Trump is governing in full accordance with the xenophobic nationalism that drove his campaign. That posture may have driven up huge numbers among blue collar whites, which offset his relative losses […]

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