This poll gave Americans a detailed case for and against the FCC’s net neutrality plan. The reaction among Republicans was striking

The following article by Brian Fung was posted on the Washington Post website December 12, 2017:

Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (Reuters/Aaron P. Bernstein/File Photo)

On the eve of a pivotal vote that would deregulate the broadband industry, a fresh survey from the University of Maryland shows that large majorities of Americans — including 3 out of 4 Republicans — oppose the government’s plan to repeal its net neutrality rules for Internet providers.

The results paint the picture of an electorate that is largely at odds with the GOP-led Federal Communications Commission, whose chairman, Ajit Pai, plans to vote Thursday to lift key rules for corporations such as AT&T, Comcast and Verizon. The move would permit such companies to speed up some websites, and slow down or block others, as Internet providers seek new business models in a rapidly changing media and technology environment. Read More

Pay Long and Don’t PROSPER

The following article by C.J. Libassi was posted on the Center for American Progress website December 12, 2017:

How the New House Student Loan Repayment Plan Could Hurt Borrowers

Increasing rapidly in enrollment in recent years, income-driven repayment (IDR) plans allow borrowers to pay a fixed portion of their income each month, making loan payments more predictable and more manageable for many. And for borrowers whose incomes do not exceed a level required to meet their everyday needs, IDR does not ask them to pay anything until they are back on their feet. Read More

Sorry Sessions, teen pot use actually dropped after Colorado legalization

The following article by Alana Pyke was posted on the Think Progress website December 12, 2017:

The attorney general’s would-be crusade hits another stumbling block.

Far fewer teenagers are using cannabis in Colorado since the state’s tightly regulated legal market for recreational pot got off the ground at the start of 2014, new data shows.

Somebody should tell Attorney General Jeff Sessions. While the ardent drug warrior has thus far surprised critics and disappointed fans by failing to launch the kind of broad crackdown on legalized cannabis that most observers anticipated he would pursue, he has continued to hint that winter is coming for the pot industry. The question of youth pot consumption is almost always on his lips when he discusses the drug. Read More

The White House and the Trump Organization have merged

The following article by Ryan Koronowski was posted on the ThinkProgress website December 12, 2017:

The life and times of Eric and Don Jr.

CREDIT: AP / DIANA OFOSU

Earlier this year, Donald Trump Jr. posted on Instagram: “Well done Mr. President! Congratulations on an amazing 100 days, and I look forward to many more years of you fighting for America. Keep it up.”

Eric Trump appeared on Fox News in June and said his father “has been in office for 150-something days and I think he has accomplished more than any president, arguably in history, has over that same period of time.” Read More

A running list of the eyewitnesses who prove Trump’s innocence on sexual misconduct

The following article by Philip Bump was psoted on the Washingt Post website December 12, 2017:

Three of the women accusing President Trump of sexual misconduct speak out again, in hopes a new “environment” will yield change. (Joyce Koh/The Washington Post)

This article has been updated.

President Trump is frustrated. He sees the 2016 election as having vindicated him on any number of things: his often-acidic politics, his disparagement of traditional campaign tactics, his rejection of the media’s correctives, his decision not to release his tax returns. Read More

Trump attacks Gillibrand in tweet critics say is sexually suggestive and demeaning

The following article by Ashley Parer, John Wagner and Ed O’Keefe was posted on the Washington Post website December 12, 2017:

President Trump smiles as he speaks before hosting a lunch with Senate Republicans in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on Dec. 5. (Evan Vucci/AP)

President Trump attacked Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) in a sexually suggestive tweet Tuesday morning that implied Gillibrand would do just about anything for money, prompting a swift and immediate backlash.

“Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Charles E. Schumer and someone who would come to my office ‘begging’ for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), is now in the ring fighting against Trump,” the president wrote. “Very disloyal to Bill & Crooked-USED!” Read More

White House brags about repealing 834 fake regulations

The following article by Eric Boehlert was posted on the Share Blue website December 11, 2017:

With a non-existent list of legislative accomplishments, the Trump team claims nearly 1,000 regulations have been wiped off the books. They’re lying.

Under pressure to name any of Donald Trump’s accomplishments as the calendar winds down on his first year in office, and unable to point to any bills passed or agenda items completed, the White House has of late begun to point to rolling back regulations.

But it turns out even this desperate grasp is more lie than truth, as 97% of the 860 regulations cited are simply made up. An investigation by Bloomberg shows the actual number is much smaller — 27 regulations to be exact. Read More

Trump ‘Resented’ Ivanka’s Criticism Of Roy Moore

The following article by Marie Solis of Newsweek was posted on the National Memo website December 12, 2017:

Credit: SUSAN WALSH/AP

President Donald Trump endorsed Roy Moore partly out of resentment against top advisers who condemned the candidate—including his daughter Ivanka Trump.

According to a Politico report, the president felt “resentful and angry” when Ivanka Trump condemned Moore in November and told the Associated Press there’s “a special place in hell for people who prey on children.”  Read More

Whom Do We Thank for Today’s Strong Economy?

The following article by Froma Harrop was posted on the Creators website December 12, 2017:

A president deserves partial credit for a strong economy. The current economic numbers are good, so to the extent that gratitude is due, let us offer it. Thank you, President Obama.

The economic gauges have been improving steadily for the eight years of the current recovery. Barack Obama was president for seven of them. As the first year of the Donald Trump presidency draws to a close, the economy’s growth has continued — but it has not accelerated in a meaningful way.

In the world as presented by the tweetmaster himself, Trump has already delivered on the economy, and the only direction from here on is up, up, up. Savvy investors, however, are asking, “When do we get out?” Read More

2017 Lie of the Year: Russian election interference is a ‘made-up story’

The following article by Angie Drobnic Holan was posted on the Politifact website December 12, 2017:

Tampa Bay Times illustration by Ron Borresen

A mountain of evidence points to a single fact: Russia meddled in the U.S. presidential election of 2016.

In both classified and public reports, U.S. intelligence agencies have said Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered actions to interfere with the election. Those actions included the cyber-theft of private data, the placement of propaganda against particular candidates, and an overall effort to undermine public faith in the U.S. democratic process.

Members of Congress, both Democrats and Republicans, have held open and closed door hearings to probe Russia’s actions. The congressional investigations are ongoing. Read More