Minnesotans respond with horror, anger at Florida school massacre

The following article by Adam Uren was posted on the GoMN website February 15, 2018:

Seventeen people – most of them students – died in the mass shooting.

Credit: AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee

The tragic massacre at Parkland High School in Florida has been met with sorrow and pleas for change from Minnesotans.

The horrific aftermath of a mass shooting that has left at least 17 dead – most of them students – is once again leading to calls for those in power to take action on gun control.

It is now one of the top 10 deadliest mass shootings in modern U.S. history, CNN reports. Read More

Rand Paul embarrasses himself by calling wife beating “complicated”

The following article by Alison R. Parker was posted on the ShareBlue website February 11, 2018:

Contrary to Sen. Rand Paul’s flustered claim, there is nothing “complicated” about whether or not punching your spouse in the face is wrong.

Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul Credit: CBS

The cognitive dissonance on display from the Trump administration regarding the domestic abuse scandals surrounding two now-former White House aides was bizarrely crystallized in one statement by Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul.

Trump has gone out of his way to defend Rob Porter — despite photographic evidence of the violent abuse Porter inflicted on one of his ex-wives and testimony from another, as well as an ex-girlfriend — as well as former speechwriter David Sorensen. Read More

In big reversal, new Trump budget will give up on longtime Republican goal of eliminating deficit

The following article by Damian Paletta was posted on the Washington Post website February 11, 2018:

The spending deal reached between Senate Democrats and Republicans would garner trillion-dollar-plus annual deficits, bringing fears of larger economic effects. (Reuters)

President Trump on Monday will offer a budget plan that falls far short of eliminating the government’s deficit over 10 years, conceding that huge tax cuts and new spending increases make this goal unattainable, three people familiar with the proposal said.

Eliminating the budget deficit over 10 years has been a North Star for the Republican Party for several decades, and GOP lawmakers took the government to the brink of default in 2011 when they demanded a vote on a amendment to the Constitution that would prohibit the federal government from spending more than it takes in. Read More

G.O.P. Squirms as Trump Veers Off Script With Abuse Remarks

The following article by Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns was posted on the New York Times website February 10, 2018:

Representative Matt Gaetz of Florida, a first-term Republican, is one of the president’s most visible champions outside the White House staff. Credit: Jose Luis Magana/Associated Press

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s approval ratings have been nudging upward and his party’s political standing is improving, but the president’s unceasing habit of making inflammatory and insensitive remarks is galvanizing opposition against him — especially from women — that could smother Republican momentum going into the midterm campaign.

Saturday was a case in point. In a Twitter post, Mr. Trump appeared to raise doubts about the entire #MeToo movement, a day after he had offered sympathy for a former aide accused of spousal abuse.

“Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation,” the president wrote on Twitter, adding: “There is no recovery for someone falsely accused – life and career are gone. Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?” Read More

GOP faces challengers in 226 House seats while struggling to raise cash for midterms

The following article by Eric Boehlert was posted on the Shareblue website February 8, 2018:

This year’s battleground map is now expanding into red states.

Credit: Scott Applewhite

Passing a Republican tax bill late last year has done nothing to improve the GOP’s chances in the upcoming midterm elections. Meanwhile, Democrats continue to raise way more money than their opponents, as the party expands the map of competitive races in the House to 101 contests.

Meanwhile, the bipartisan Cook Political Report just updated the status of 21 House races and moved the needle in all 21 races in the direction of Democrats. Read More

How Partisan Has House Intelligence Panel Become? It’s Building a Wall

The following article by Sharon LaFraniere and Nicholas Fandos was posted on the New York Times website February 8, 2018:

Democrats accuse House Intelligence Committee’s chair, Rep. Nunes of using the position’s coveted access to classified information for the nakedly political purpose of bolstering President Trump. Credit Erin Schaff, The New York Times

WASHINGTON — Beneath the Capitol, in a secured room where the House Intelligence Committee is supposed to be pressing its inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, two dozen staff members await a construction crew.

The workers will be erecting a physical barrier to separate the cubicles of aides who serve Republican members of the committee from those who serve Democrats.

To committee members of both parties, the planned division of one room into two is emblematic of how far the panel, a longtime oasis of country-first comity in a bitterly divided Congress, has fallen since it began its Russia inquiry last year. Any pretense that committee members will come together to get to the bottom of that matter — or any other — has disappeared. Read More

Devin Nunes Is the Problem

The following commentary by Liz Mair was posted on the U.S. News and World Report website February 9, 2018:

One of President Trump’s closest allies has poisoned what could have been a productive civil liberties discussion.

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Last week, a now infamous memo authored by Rep. Devin Nunes, probably President Trump’s closest congressional ally when it comes to trying to taint efforts to scrutinize alleged links between Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia, was released, drawing into political debate once again the question of whether the U.S. government has been over-aggressive in surveilling American citizens.

The memo furthered the narrative that excessive spying has been going on, and specifically that in this instance, our government was spying on people for purely political purposes. Read More

Steve Wynn has stepped down from his hotel company, but the RNC will keep his money for now

The following article by A.P. Joyce was posted on the mic.com website February 7, 2018:

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Steve Wynn is stepping down from his job as chairman and chief executive of his company Wynn Resorts, amid allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct, it was reported late Tuesday. The move comes about a week after the casino magnate was forced to resign as finance chair of the Republican National Committee.

In a story first reported by the Wall Street Journal, Wynn has been accused of having created a hostile environment for women at his casinos for decades and of pressuring employees to perform sex acts for him. Read More

The Tax Cuts Are Truly a Crummy Deal for Most of Us

The following article was posted on the Creators website February 8, 2018:

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Would someone kindly replace Nancy Pelosi as a spokesperson for Democrats? The House minority leader’s riff on the tax bill as “crumbs” for average Americans bombed on two fronts. One was her snide and preachy tone. The other was linking “crumbs” to $1,000-or-better bonuses that a few companies said they will distribute out of their tax savings.

Not that Pelosi was entirely wrong. House Speaker Paul Ryan rescued her with his tweet about a woman doing backflips over a tax cut amounting to $1.50 a week. Read More

Holder redistricting effort aims to break GOP statehouse control

The following article by Ben Kamisar was posted on the Hill website February 7, 2018:

© Hill Photo Illustration/Garrett Evan

Former Attorney General Eric Holder is ramping up his efforts to reshape Republican-drawn congressional district maps.

Holder’s plan focuses on “trifectas” — states where Republicans control both the governor’s mansion and both legislative chambers, giving them total control over the redistricting process. Holder laid out his strategy Wednesday to reporters at a Washington breakfast sponsored by The Christian Science Monitor. Read More