HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home

Enter Discussion Forums

247,974 user registrations and 77,495,948 posts since 2001
Pic of the Moment

The Left Column


Trump's Latest FBI Attack Stuns Justice Dept. Officials: 'We're in Venezuela'

(Daily Beast) President Donald Trump’s latest round of attacks on the FBI has left morale at the Justice Department at a new low, with officials bemoaning what they view as a full-frontal assault on their institution.

“It’s a deliberate campaign to delegitimize institutions where the people who are inside those institutions are professionals and giving up lots of money for the jobs that they’re doing and it’s extremely demoralizing,” said one current federal prosecutor.

“As my father used to say, history goes forward and backward. And things go backward when the trust in bedrock institutions—which are trustworthy, by the way—is diminished for the benefit of a few. It accelerates, and you wake up one day and we’re in Venezuela.”


Rating Changes in 19 House Races, All Toward Democrats

(Roll Call) After the latest round of changes, Inside Elections now has 68 Republican seats rated as vulnerable compared to just 10 vulnerable Democratic seats. And there are at least a couple dozen more GOP-held seats that could develop into competitive races in the months ahead.

That discrepancy in the playing field is reminiscent of previous “wave” elections. In April 2010, there were 68 vulnerable Democratic House seats and 11 vulnerable Republican seats. Republicans gained 63 seats later than year. And in May 2006, there were 42 vulnerable Republican seats and 11 vulnerable Democratic seats. Six months later, Democrats gained 30 seats.


Reuters now reporting that Giuliani's claim of a Sept. 1 deadline was "entirely made-up"

(Reuters) Giuliani was quoted by the New York Times later on Sunday as saying that Mueller had said the investigation would wrap up by Sept. 1.

A source familiar with the probe called the Sept. 1 deadline “entirely made-up” and “another apparent effort to pressure the special counsel to hasten the end of his work.”

“He’ll wrap it up when he thinks he’s turned over every rock, and when that is will depend on how cooperative witnesses, persons of interest and maybe even some targets are, if any of those emerge, and on what new evidence he finds, not on some arbitrary, first-of-the-month deadline one of the president’s attorneys cooks up,” said the source, a U.S. official who spoke on condition of anonymity.


An important lesson from the Royal Wedding

Those of you who regularly interact with black folk, follow Black Twitter, read the Root, etc. probably know this already, but for those of you who don't, I'm telling you that black folk have lost their damned minds over the Royal Wedding. I mean completely spinning out of control ... in a good way.

And there's a reason for it. As I've noted elsewhere, black folk so often - almost always - are made to feel that we don't REALLY belong. Usually, when the country is going Gaga over something, it doesn't include us or there is something about it that makes us cringe a little because our memory or experience with it isn't always pleasant and is often painful - which might not be so bad if that unpleasantness or pain were recognized, but it rarely is....

red dog 1

Post a line of poetry that is appropriate for our current Commander-in-Chief

"O what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive."

Sir Walter Scott


Hillary Clinton to be honored at Harvard for 'transformative impact'

(The Hill) Hillary Clinton will reportedly receive a prestigious award from Harvard University this week.

Clinton will be presented with the Radcliffe Medal, which Harvard says is given to those whose life and work have had a “transformative impact on society,” The Associated Press reported.

The former first lady, senator, secretary of State and first female Democratic presidential nominee was chosen for her record as a “champion for human rights,” a “skilled legislator” and “an advocate of American leadership,” according to the news service.


Republican lawmaker: Rocks tumbling into ocean causing sea level rise

(Science Mag) The Earth is not warming. The White Cliffs of Dover are tumbling into the sea and causing sea levels to rise. Global warming is helping grow the Antarctic ice sheet.

Those are some of the skeptical assertions echoed by Republicans on the U.S. House of Representatives Science, Space and Technology Committee yesterday. The lawmakers at times embraced research that questions mainstream climate science during a hearing on how technology can be used to address global warming.


Trump ramps up rhetoric on undocumented immigrants: 'These aren't people. These are animals.'

(USA Today) President Trump used extraordinarily harsh rhetoric to renew his call for stronger immigration laws Wednesday, calling undocumented immigrants "animals" and venting frustration at Mexican officials who he said "do nothing" to help the United States.

“We have people coming into the country or trying to come in, we're stopping a lot of them, but we're taking people out of the country. You wouldn't believe how bad these people are," Trump said.

"These aren't people. These are animals."


Senate Votes To Kill Repeal Of Obama-Era 'Net Neutrality' Rule

(AP) The Senate has voted to kill a Federal Communications Commission rule that repealed the Obama administration’s ban on internet providers blocking or slowing down certain content.

Back in December, the FCC repealed “net neutrality” rules that ensured equal treatment for all web traffic.

The Obama-era rule prevented providers such as AT&T, Comcast and Verizon from interfering with internet traffic and favoring their own sites and apps. Critics, including the Trump administration, said over-regulation was stifling innovation.

Three Republicans joined with Democrats in voting to repeal the FCC rule that was scheduled to go into effect next month. The final vote was 52-47.


A view from my front porch Gardening : By backtoblue

The first of the Bachelor Buttons has bloomed The DU Lounge : By Siwsan

My hubby just posted his latest original song on YouTube ... would love feedback :) Music Appreciation : By UpInArms

Here comes the sun... Photography : By mnhtnbb

Return to the "Pocket Rainforest" Photography : By regnaD kciN

Around DU

Good Reads

General Discussion



Latest Breaking News

Wisconsin frack sand sludge spill reaches Mississippi River

5 min ago - Youssef Rddad, Associated Press Updated 3:25 pm, Thursday, May 24, 2018 MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Officials in Wisconsin are testing the environmental and health impacts following a frack sand sludge spill that has now reached the Mississippi River. A c ... (Associated Press)

Biden: Republicans show 'phony populism,' 'fake nationalism'

6 min ago - By DAVID KLEPPER 44 minutes ago HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — In a forceful rebuke to President Donald Trump and other Washington Republicans, former Vice President Joe Biden told fellow Democrats in New York on Thursday that the GOP has abandoned tradit ... (Associated Press)

Jurors Award Rape Victim $1 Billion in Damages

22 min ago - Hope Cheston was 14 years old when she was sexually assaulted by an armed security guard in Georgia in 2012, court records say. On Tuesday, she was awarded $1 billion in damages as part of a lawsuit against the security company that employed the g ... (The Daily Beast)

North Korea 'Stood Up' U.S. Team During Summit Prep, White House Official Says

26 min ago - After that, Trump dictated ‘every word’ of the letter to Kim calling off the summit ADAM RAWNSLEY 05.24.18 3:01 PM ET A week before Donald Trump announced that he was scuttling a high-profile summit with Kim Jong-Un, White House officials were “s ... (The Daily Beast)

Adam Schiff Says There Is No Evidence To Support Trump's 'Spy Gate' Claims

29 min ago - After the Gang of 8 meeting with intelligence officials, the top-ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said that there is no evidence to support Trump’s claim that spies were placed inside his presidential campaign. https://www.politi ... (Politics USA)

Austin settles suit by black woman thrown down by officer

39 min ago - Updated 1:48 pm, Thursday, May 24, 2018 AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- The city of Austin is paying $425,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a black woman who was thrown to the ground by one white officer during a 2015 traffic stop, and then told by another tha ... (Associated Press)

Trump's company wouldn't say what his new $107K business was, until after we tracked it down

41 min ago - Steve Reilly, USA TODAY Published 12:19 p.m. ET May 24, 2018 | Updated 2:28 p.m. ET May 24, 2018 NEW YORK — For more than a week, nobody at the Trump Organization wanted to talk about the mysterious new corporation from which President Trump earned ... (USA Today)

Obesity Linked to 12 Types of Cancer in New Report

1 hr ago - Health experts have recommended ten lifestyle changes, including quitting drinking and limiting the consumption of processed meats, to prevent 12 different cancers linked to obesity in a major new report. The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) assess ... (Newsweek)

Harvey Weinstein, Accused of Sex Assault, Facing Arrest in New York

1 hr ago - By James C. McKinley Jr., William K. Rashbaum and Benjamin Mueller May 24, 2018 Investigators in Manhattan were preparing to arrest Harvey Weinstein on Friday after a monthslong inquiry into allegations that he sexually assaulted numerous women. ... (The New York Times)

Trump's White House Lawyer Spotted At DOJ Informant Briefings For Lawmakers

1 hr ago - By Tierney Sneed | May 24, 2018 2:39 pm The White House attorney responsible for handling its response to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe was spotted heading into two Justice Department briefings Thursday for lawmakers on a reported “i ... (Talking Points Memo)

Report: Hundreds of Russian Syria Deaths Remain 'a Mystery' After February U.S. Clash

2 hrs ago - In a four-hour [link:https://www.thedailybeast.com/report-us-forces-killed-more-than-200-russian-fighters-in-syria-attackFebruary battle by a small U.S. military outpost in Syria], about 500 "pro-Syrian government forces--including Russian merc ... (The Daily Beast)

Report: NFL Ran Survey Asking if Any Team Should Hire Colin Kaepernick

2 hrs ago - The National Football League hired a Washington, D.C., consulting firm to poll the American public about whether Colin Kaepernick should be signed to a team when he was a free agent during the 2017 season, Yahoo Sports reports. The Glover Park Grou ... (The Daily Beast)

U.S. effort to stabilize Afghanistan a $5 billion failure, says watchdog

2 hrs ago - WASHINGTON -- The watchdog responsible for monitoring the U.S. government's effort to rebuild Afghanistan says the 15-year, $5 billion effort hasn't worked, according to a report released Thursday. The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Recon ... (NBC News)

Senate approves new sexual harassment policy for Congress

3 hrs ago - BY JORDAIN CARNEY - 05/24/18 01:56 PM EDT The Senate cleared legislation on Thursday implementing a new policy for handling sexual harassment claims. Senators passed the bill by voice vote roughly a day after the legislation was introduced. It w ... (The Hill)

Senate GOP sounds alarm over Trump's floated auto tariffs

3 hrs ago - BY JORDAIN CARNEY - 05/24/18 01:17 PM EDT Republican senators are scrambling to squash President Trump's floated tariffs on imported vehicles amid a growing fight between Congress and the White House on trade. Several GOP senators — including GOP ... (The Hill)

Democrats balk at plan to allow Kamenetz votes to count for Valerie Ervin in Maryland primary

4 hrs ago - The death of gubernatorial candidate Kevin Kamenetz continues to ripple through Maryland’s Democratic primary as state election officials struggle to replace his name with Valerie Ervin’s without having to toss the 1.5 million ballots they’ve already ... (Baltimore Sun)

UPDATE: Boxer Jack Johnson is posthumously pardoned by President Trump

4 hrs ago - President Trump granted a posthumous pardon to boxer Jack Johnson on Thursday, wiping clean his 1913 Mann Act conviction. Johnson, the first black heavyweight champion, was convicted under federal legislation that made it illegal to cross state lin ... (Washington Post)

Woman says her Amazon device recorded private conversation, sent it out to random contact

4 hrs ago - A Portland family contacted Amazon to investigate after they say a private conversation in their home was recorded by Amazon's Alexa -- the voice-controlled smart speaker -- and that the recorded audio was sent to the phone of a random person in Seat ... (KIRO 7 (CBS-affiliated))

Pompeo says he hopes U.S. can resume talks with North Korea

4 hrs ago - MAY 24, 2018 / 11:04 AM / UPDATED 15 MINUTES AGO Lesley Wroughton, Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday he hoped Pyongyang and Washington will be able to resume talks on dismantling Pyongyan ... (Reuters)

Second top official resigns from Bernie Sanders group

4 hrs ago - The tumult at Our Revolution continued raging with the resignation of another founding board member late Wednesday. The decision by Catalina Velasquez, an undocumented immigrant and transgender activist who was co-vice chair of the Bernie Sanders-in ... (Politico)

Abortion rights group launches $5M campaign to help Dems take back the House

4 hrs ago - A pro-abortion rights group on Thursday announced a $5 million investment in 19 states to flip the House to Democratic control in November. “NARAL was built for this moment. Never before have our rights and freedoms been under greater attack, and n ... (The Hill)

US says Europeans did nothing to counter Iran missiles

4 hrs ago - 24 MAY 2018 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused Europeans Thursday of having done nothing to counter Iran's program to develop ballistic missiles. "The Europeans have told us ... that they are prepared to engage on missiles, and for th ... (Agence France-Presse)

Europe fears trade dispute escalation as US weighs auto tariffs

4 hrs ago - 24 MAY 2018 The European Union and German automakers reacted with dismay Thursday after the US said tariffs on car imports could be on the horizon, potentially opening a new front in a burgeoning transatlantic trade conflict. American Commerce Se ... (Agence France-Presse)

Dem Rep. Dings Trump Over Summit Collapse: When You Govern Like a 'Reality Show... Things Fall Apart'

4 hrs ago - by Caleb Howe | 11:38 am, May 24th, 2018 https://twitter.com/jiveDurkey/status/999659234433294337 The collapse of the North Korea summit is the talk of D.C., and it is raining hot takes, sound bites, and “oh snap” moments. In a stand-up intervie ... (Mediate)

MT Dem Wants Gianforte Probed Over Whether He Lied About Reporter Attack

5 hrs ago - By Matt Volz | May 24, 2018 11:38 am HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The head of the Montana Democratic Party on Thursday asked for a congressional ethics investigation into whether Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte lied to the police and the public when h ... (Associated Press)

Report: Eight women accuse Morgan Freeman of inappropriate behavior

5 hrs ago - Eight women have accused longtime actor Morgan Freeman of inappropriate behavior or harassment, a CNN investigation has revealed. CNN reports that 16 people have spoken as part of the investigation, and 8 said they were victims of "what some ca ... (Detroit Free Press)

Preliminary Report Released for Crash Involving Pedestrian, Uber Technologies, Inc., Test Vehicle

5 hrs ago - WASHINGTON (May 24, 2018) — The National Transportation Safety Board released Thursday its preliminary report for the ongoing investigation of a fatal crash involving a pedestrian and an Uber Technologies, Inc., test vehicle in Tempe, Arizona. The m ... (National Transportation Safety Board)

Apple And Volkswagen Will Make Self-Driving Shuttles For Apple Employees

6 hrs ago - Apple And Volkswagen Will Make Self-Driving Shuttles For Apple Employees Kristen Lee 51 minutes ago Good morning! Welcome to The Morning Shift, your roundup of the auto news you crave, all in one place every weekday morning. Here are the important ... (New York Times, via Jalopnik)

Nate Boulton Bows Out (IA-GOV)

6 hrs ago - Senator Nate Boulton ended his campaign for governor this morning following yesterday’s accusations of past sexually inappropriate behavior with women, detailed in a Des Moines Register story. It was an abrupt finish to what had been an otherwise pro ... (Iowa Starting Line)

UPDATED: Trump cancels summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

7 hrs ago - President Trump on Thursday canceled a planned summit next month with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, citing "tremendous anger and open hostility" from the rogue nation in a letter explaining his abrupt decision. "I feel it is inappro ... (Washington Post)


2018 J F M A M J J A S O N D

2017 J F M A M J J A S O N D

2016 J F M A M J J A S O N D

2015 J F M A M J J A S O N D

2014 J F M A M J J A S O N D

2013 J F M A M J J A S O N D

2012 J F M A M J J A S O N D

2011 J F M A M J J A S O N D

2010 J F M A M J J A S O N D

2009 J F M A M J J A S O N D

2008 J F M A M J J A S O N D

2007 J F M A M J J A S O N D

2006 J F M A M J J A S O N D

2005 J F M A M J J A S O N D

2004 J F M A M J J A S O N D

2003 J F M A M J J A S O N D