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White House press conference no-camera notice is "not reportable," White House says.

White House press conference no-camera notice is "not reportable," White House says.

The Trump administration, acting on the fairly sound logic that its supporters don’t care in any way whatsoever about the civic principle that the government should be scrutinized by a free press, has started to cut down on the number of press conferences it gives that occur on camera. Wednesday, the administration that Thursday’s* press briefing by Sarah Huckabee Sanders would be one such no-video affair, then introduced a Kafka-esque twist by declaring that the announcement itself was “NOT REPORTABLE.”This post will self-destruct in 10 seconds.*Correction, June 22, 2017, at 12:50 p.m.:...

June 22, 2017
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National Review Comes Out Against Democracy, Explicitly

National Review Comes Out Against Democracy, Explicitly

AdvertisementAdvertisementIn the last week-plus, the nominally intellectual right-wing publication National Review has run arguing that voting shouldn’t be easier to do, because if it is, stupid, ill-informed people will do too much of it. What?Roughly speaking, we got to this moment like so:1. Donald Trump lost a presidential election, in which Georgia was one of the states that he lost by a very narrow margin.2. Trump and his allies in the Republican Party claimed his losses in Georgia and elsewhere were the result of fraud—a centralized plot, carried out in predominately Black areas and...

Apr 9
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The Republican Freshman Class Is a Tribute to Our Nation’s Notorious Local Bozos

The Republican Freshman Class Is a Tribute to Our Nation’s Notorious Local Bozos

AdvertisementAdvertisementEvery town, midsize city, or urban neighborhood has one, or, perhaps, a family of them: the nuisance litigants, the business owners who address zoning board hearings while visibly intoxicated, the parents who ruin PTA meetings by accusing The Polar Express of encouraging demonry. They are the regulars in the police blotter section of the newspaper, the ones who have been banned from multiple softball leagues for reasons that somehow involve child support. They are America’s local ding-dongs and loose cannons. And, increasingly, they represent the Republican Party’s...

Mar 11
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How a Stephen Miller Fox News Appearance Launched the “Border Crisis”

How a Stephen Miller Fox News Appearance Launched the “Border Crisis”

AdvertisementAdvertisementIs there a crisis at the U.S.–Mexico border? It depends on your definition of crisis.The monthly number of individuals being apprehended there for unauthorized crossings is higher than it was , pre-coronavirus, and given seasonal trends, this summer’s totals might end up being higher than those observed at any point during President Donald Trump’s term. But there are still fewer crossings being documented during this influx than there were as recently as the peak summer months of 2019, and many fewer than were routinely recorded during the first decade of the 21st...

Mar 24
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Andrew Cuomo Blames “Cancel Culture” for Reports That He’s a Lying, Obnoxious Creep

Andrew Cuomo Blames “Cancel Culture” for Reports That He’s a Lying, Obnoxious Creep

On Thursday, New York state Democratic lawmakers opened an impeachment inquiry into New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. On Friday morning, an of Democratic congressional representatives from New York said in statements that they believe Cuomo should resign. On Friday afternoon, Cuomo held a press conference to say that he is not resigning and that to do so would constitute “.”Advertisement“Cancel culture,“ in the view of its critics, is a process in which mostly decent people are fired from their jobs or shamed into quitting because they have failed to meet impossibly high standards of progressive...

Mar 12
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Biden Says Everyone Should Be Eligible for Shots May 1, Promises Working Website You Can Use to Find Them

Biden Says Everyone Should Be Eligible for Shots May 1, Promises Working Website You Can Use to Find Them

AdvertisementAdvertisementSpeaking from the White House Thursday night in his first prime-time address as president, Joe Biden insisted that Americans should be ready to feel good about themselves and their country again. Then he laid out some ambitious benchmarks that will determine how justified they are in doing so.The occasion of Biden’s speech was the first anniversary of the World Health Organization classifying the spread of COVID-19 as a global pandemic. It also came the same day he signed the , the first major piece of legislation that has passed since he took office, which lays...

Mar 12
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Joe Biden Is Waging Class Warfare Without the War

Joe Biden Is Waging Class Warfare Without the War

AdvertisementAdvertisementOn March 12, President Joe Biden held a press conference with Vice President Kamala Harris, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to celebrate the passage of the American Rescue Plan Act—ARP, for short. With his party’s other leading figures around him in the Rose Garden, discussing the first major product of their “unified” control over the executive branch and Congress, it was as close to an official mission statement as the new president has taken the opportunity to make.AdvertisementAfter emphasizing the parts of the huge,...

Apr 7
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Why Do Democrats Pretend Andrew Cuomo Did a Good Job With COVID?

Why Do Democrats Pretend Andrew Cuomo Did a Good Job With COVID?

AdvertisementAdvertisementAdvertisementNew York state was a bad place to be living when the pandemic hit. A magnet for incoming travelers from the world’s earlier coronavirus hot spots, the state was too slow to shut down public spaces while the virus spread rapidly in March, a delay exacerbated by public bickering between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Cuomo’s decision to have hospitals send some COVID-positive nursing home patients back to their care facilities apparently worsened the state’s outbreak as well; ultimately, New York has had the second-highest...

Feb 19
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Well, Janet Yellen Got $810,000 to Give Speeches at One of the Firms in the GameStop Mess

Well, Janet Yellen Got $810,000 to Give Speeches at One of the Firms in the GameStop Mess

AdvertisementAdvertisementAdvertisementOK, so—a group of individual investors collaborated via a to drive up the price of stock issued by the video game retailer GameStop. They did so in part because they were aware that a number of hedge funds had “shorted” GameStop, essentially betting that the company’s stock price would fall. Hit hard when it rose instead, one such fund, Melvin Capital, got an emergency backstop investment from another, Citadel LLC.And then, on another track, there’s an app called Robinhood, which carries out trades on behalf of individual investors, including many of...

Jan 29
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The Political Media Is Having a “Gotta Hear Both Sides” Relapse

The Political Media Is Having a “Gotta Hear Both Sides” Relapse

AdvertisementAdvertisementIn January, five years of Donald Trump’s rhetoric culminated in an attack on the Capitol and its police force by thousands of his supporters, who believed they were attempting to overturn an election that had been stolen from them by inner-city Democrats and voting machine companies. The mainstream press—TV networks and print publications with major Beltway presences—generally described these events, harshly but correctly, as the unprecedented result of the Republican Party’s efforts to discredit Joe Biden by circulating false information.AdvertisementIn the wake...

Apr 16
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