Category Archives: Politics

What It Takes to Be an Olympic Zamboni Driver

PYEONGCHANG—In the back of PyeongChang’s Gangneung Hockey Centre is a door marked “Ice Resurfacing.” Behind it, a storage garage opens up to a massive, sparkling rink, where a group of men in matching salmon-and-grsy uniforms polish a brand new model 650 electric Zamboni between hockey practices. Their ID badges read “ice technician,” but they’re more […]

Jane Sanders’ daughter runs for Bernie’s old seat, amid college $$ controversy

Carina Driscoll is running for the office her stepfather Bernie Sanders once held.  (Reuters) When Carina Driscoll announced she was running for mayor of Burlington—the local Vermont office her stepfather Bernie Sanders once held—she was determined to be her own candidate. But the Sanders family ties have loomed large in the race, for better or […]

Mark Kelly hopes Florida high schoolers’ calls to end gun violence will move Congress

Mark Kelly on gun control efforts The retired NASA astronaut became a leader in preventing gun violence after his wife Gabby Giffords was severely injured by a deranged shooter in 2011. Retired astronaut and gun-control activist Mark Kelly on Sunday again urged Congress to address the issue of gun violence, saying survivors of the recent […]

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: the Supreme Court’s outspoken justice

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg attends the lunch session of The Women’s Conference in Long Beach, California October 26, 2010  (Reuters) Ruth Bader Ginsburg is more than just a member of the Supreme Court — she’s become a liberal icon and, even more improbably, a celebrity. Her likeness appears on T-shirts. A book about her, “Notorious RBG,” […]

The White House Has Not Been Truthful About Rob Porter

The White House’s argument that it did not completely mishandle the situation of Rob Porter, a senior aide who was accused by both his ex-wives of assault, hinged on a very specific timeline. Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders presented the argument that the FBI investigation into Porter for his security clearance was still “ongoing” when […]

Will John Kelly Be Fired?

It wasn’t so long ago that Beltway political reporters were lauding White House Chief of Staff John Kelly as the paragon of virtue in the Trump administration. Almost immediately, he smeared a sitting congresswoman from the White House podium. In the following weeks and months, he sought to rebuild his reputation as a by-the-book military […]

Trump budget aims to jump-start construction, cut red tape

President Trump is calling to pump $1.5 trillion into fixing America’s infrastructure while streamlining the often-cumbersome permitting process, as part of a $4 trillion budget plan being unveiled Monday.  In the runup to the budget release, the president tweeted: “This will be a big week for Infrastructure. After so stupidly spending $7 trillion in the […]

Pennsylvania GOP submits new plan for congressional map, meeting court deadline

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has until Feb. 15 to decide whether to accept a proposal submitted by state Republicans for redrawing the state’s congressional map.  (Reuters) Leading state Republicans in Pennsylvania on Friday night submitted a proposal to Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf for redrawing the state’s congressional map — just hours before a court-ordered deadline. […]

Can ‘Pod Save America’ Live Up to Its Name?

The origin story for Pod Save America, one of the most popular podcasts in the country, reads like an Avengers script written by Aaron Sorkin. The villain—misinformation—has risen, say liberal pundits (and most everyone else), thanks to a new generation of radical right-wingers who’ve found massive audiences on social media. Facts no longer matter, if […]