The Certainties of Impeachment

Now that Special Counsel Mueller has spoken publicly about his findings, the time has come for a discussion about what know. While the understanding of what we know and don’t know might become clearer as we move forward, a number of facts have been pretty thoroughly established. For example, we know the Trump campaign courted … Continue reading The Certainties of Impeachment

Yes, Donald Trump Is Responsible for Christchurch

He didn’t pull the trigger. He won’t be held criminally liable. And he can’t be sued. But make no mistake, Donald Trump bears responsibility for the act of white supremacist terrorism that recently took the lives of 50 Muslims in Christchurch, New Zealand. I’m not saying it was only him. There have been plenty of other aggressors over … Continue reading Yes, Donald Trump Is Responsible for Christchurch

The ‘OK’ Criminal: White Collar Crime Stats That Will Surprise You

In light of the excruciatingly lenient sentence that Paul Manafort received, it's important that we look at our broken justice system that methodically and consistently finds white collar crime socially acceptable, and street crime a bane on our society.  White collar crimes were first coined by sociologist Edwin Sutherland in 1939, as " a crime … Continue reading The ‘OK’ Criminal: White Collar Crime Stats That Will Surprise You

How Populism Threatens Electoral Integrity

Ever since Brexit and Trump’s victory, the media has become flooded with stories about populism, even regarding opinions on whether support for populism is increasing or stalled in European elections. Shortly afterwards, the media started focusing on apparent problems with electoral integrity. You probably remember when Trump claimed, repeatedly, that millions of votes were fraudulently … Continue reading How Populism Threatens Electoral Integrity

The Hard Fate of Foreign Russia-Lovers

This piece was originally published in Euromaidan Press American Paul Whelan was arrested on 28 December in Moscow and accused of espionage. What stands out in his case is not that he is extremely unlikely to be a spy – Moscow’s hostage-taking is well known. Whelan can be viewed as what the Russian intelligence calls … Continue reading The Hard Fate of Foreign Russia-Lovers

How to Remove a Lawless President Through the Use of Institutional Power

Calling for impeachment hearings now is certainly warranted, but is not politically strategic, which is why Democratic leaders aren't doing it. Yet. By Matt Scharfstein & Nick Knudsen Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency on our border has prompted fresh calls for his removal from office. Rightfully so: the American people and their representatives … Continue reading How to Remove a Lawless President Through the Use of Institutional Power

The Kremlin’s Use of Amateur Agents

This piece was originally published in The Integrity Initiative Russia uses many techniques in what is often now called “hybrid war”. They include subversive disinformation operations aimed at weakening Western countries and destroying trust in democratic institutions, as well as the direct lobbying of Russia’s interests through various unofficial channels of influence. Elements of this … Continue reading The Kremlin’s Use of Amateur Agents

Under the Bus: The Impact Trump’s Shutdown is Having on Families

At an estimated cost of $1.2 Billion per week, the federal government shutdown will have an increasing economic impact as the weeks and months drag on. President Trump has indicated that he will hold the country hostage to get his $5.6 Billion in wall funding for months or even years. In that time frame, the … Continue reading Under the Bus: The Impact Trump’s Shutdown is Having on Families

With a “State of Emergency”, Trump is Playing with Fire

What does Trump's "State of Emergency" really mean for America? "A state of emergency is a situation in which a government is empowered to perform actions that it would normally not be permitted. A government can declare such state during a disaster, civil unrest, or armed conflict. Such declaration alerts citizens to change their normal … Continue reading With a “State of Emergency”, Trump is Playing with Fire

Paul Whelan Could Not Be a Spy, Say CIA Veterans

This article was originally posted in EU Today. On December 28th of last year, Canadian-American Paul Whelan was detained in Moscow. According to the Russian side, Whelan was detained during the "espionage operation", in connection with which the FSB opened a criminal case against the American under an article "Espionage", which carries a sentence of … Continue reading Paul Whelan Could Not Be a Spy, Say CIA Veterans

No Rest for the Wave: Massive Nationwide Protests Thursday at 5pm

The timing of Jeff Sessions' forced resignation is purposeful: we're tired. But now more than ever, we have to show Trump that our Resistance is relentless.As a highly engaged Blue Wave activist, I woke up the morning after Election Day looking forward to a slight smidgen of normalcy. Kiss the kids. Drink some coffee. Have … Continue reading No Rest for the Wave: Massive Nationwide Protests Thursday at 5pm

The FBI Probe of Kavanaugh is a Sham. Demand a REAL One!

Your Action Call your Senators and tell them to demand the FBI have a free hand to fully investigate the sexual assault claims against Judge Kavanaugh. Background Everyone knew Brett Kavanaugh was an extremely conservative judge when he was nominated, raising serious questions about the future of Roe v. Wade, the pre-existing coverage provision of … Continue reading The FBI Probe of Kavanaugh is a Sham. Demand a REAL One!

Senators: Vote NO on Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

Your Action Call your Senators at (202) 224-3121 and tell them to vote NO on confirming Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Background Everyone knew Brett Kavanaugh was an extremely conservative judge when he was nominated, raising serious questions about the future of Roe v. Wade, the pre-existing coverage provision of the ACA, affirmative action … Continue reading Senators: Vote NO on Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

Dave Brat: Willing to Leave Americans High and Dry in a Hurricane

Dave Brat (#VA07) is up for re-election, facing Abigail Spanberger. His voting record in disaster relief puts his constituents and others at risk and reveals his indebtedness to special interests.

The Mercers, Cambridge Analytica, and Putin’s Internet Research Agency: A Timeline

The Mercers & Steve Bannon formed Cambridge Analytica in June 2014, the exact same month that the Internet Research Agency changed their US influence campaign to include interfering in the US presidential election. In May 2014, Kremlin-backed troll farm, the Internet Research Agency, discussed efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and began … Continue reading The Mercers, Cambridge Analytica, and Putin’s Internet Research Agency: A Timeline

With Kavanaugh, We Have a Chance to Learn from Our Mistakes

In the era of #MeToo, Brett Kavanaugh needs to submit to a lie detector test along with new Senate questioning. Christine Blasey Ford, a college professor at Palo Alto University, has mounted a damning accusation against Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh.  She alleges that in the early 1980's, Nominee Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed … Continue reading With Kavanaugh, We Have a Chance to Learn from Our Mistakes

Putin’s Information Operations Spread Discordant Ideologies Abroad

Russia doesn't really have a distinct ideology, instead appealing to base human feelings and instincts to evoke an emotional reaction and control the masses. Sound familiar? This piece was originally published in The Kyiv Post When speaking about modern Russian ideology, most experts agree that it, as such, simply does not exist. I have already noted … Continue reading Putin’s Information Operations Spread Discordant Ideologies Abroad

How to Make Trump into the Anchor that Sinks Republicans in November

Trump may not be on the ballot in 2018 but he can still drag down his party's chances at the midterm elections. The Navigator has tested several messages and learned that while several work to enthuse Democrats, many have the side effect of not being effective with Independents. If we're going to have a blue wave, … Continue reading How to Make Trump into the Anchor that Sinks Republicans in November

Tell the Senate NO to the Perjuring, Corrupt Judge Kavanaugh

Your Action Call your Senators at (202) 224-3121 and tell them to vote NO on Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court. Background Everyone knew Brett Kavanaugh was an extremely conservative judge when he was nominated, raising serious questions about the future of Roe v. Wade, the pre-existing coverage provision of the ACA, affirmative action … Continue reading Tell the Senate NO to the Perjuring, Corrupt Judge Kavanaugh

WATCH: California Democrats Attack the GOP Culture of Corruption

Recent spots from CA candidates Andrew Janz, Ammar Campa-Najjar, Harley Rouda & Mike Levin show Democrats' willingness - and even eagerness - to call out corruption. Conspiracies. Cover-ups. Campaign finance fraud. Ponzi schemes. This election year may turn on Democrats' ability to expose GOP corruption and cast themselves as the sane and principled party that … Continue reading WATCH: California Democrats Attack the GOP Culture of Corruption

Why Russian “Soft Power” is Much More Dangerous Than Western “Soft Power”

Analyzing Moscow's efforts to undermine Western democracies, we can identify its several main channels of influence. Among them are propaganda (both broadcasting their own media to foreign audiences and bribing the local media), bribing officials and politicians, building corrupt ties through business lobbies, and working with various segments of the population to exacerbate friction, dissatisfaction … Continue reading Why Russian “Soft Power” is Much More Dangerous Than Western “Soft Power”

Urgent CTA: Protect Mueller – Reps Must Vote No on Rosenstein Contempt

Your Action Call your Republican representative and tell them to vote NO on Rosenstein contempt. Background Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) never expected their July threat to impeach Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein to succeed. It was a procedural move that didn’t require Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) consent. … Continue reading Urgent CTA: Protect Mueller – Reps Must Vote No on Rosenstein Contempt

PODCAST – The Constitution Demands It: The Case for Impeachment, w/ John Bonifaz (Two Broads Talking Politics, Ep. 109)

Kelly and Sophy talk to John Bonifaz, Co-Founder and President of Free Speech For People, and Co-Author of The Constitution Demands It: The Case for the Impeachment of Donald Trump. In the book, Bonifaz, and co-authors, Ron Fein and Ben Clements, lay out the grounds for impeaching Trump now, and explain why we should not wait for … Continue reading PODCAST – The Constitution Demands It: The Case for Impeachment, w/ John Bonifaz (Two Broads Talking Politics, Ep. 109)

No More Pay to Play in North Alabama

My opponent, Rep. Mo Brooks, is caught up in a pay-to-play scandal with convicted felons. Will he do the right thing and return his dirty campaign donations? In late July, AL.com reporter Kyle Whitmire outlined a massive political scandal in Alabama. According to Whitmire’s article, “It was the greatest astroturfing scheme ever brought to light … Continue reading No More Pay to Play in North Alabama

Some Things Shouldn’t Be For Profit

In this piece, Mike Siegel (Democrat for US Congress in TX-10) takes on the private prison industry - which is profiting immensely off of immigrant family detention. “The billion-dollar industry of detaining immigrant kids.” This one headline poignantly captures the ills of our society. The Trump administration’s family detention policy, which has already caused irreparable harm … Continue reading Some Things Shouldn’t Be For Profit

It Started with Reagan

Trump is capitalizing off of decades of government-bashing from American conservatives. “Government is not the solution to our problems. Government is the problem.” The great conservative hero Ronald Reagan muttered these famous words at his first inaugural address in 1981. And who can forget another famous quote from Reagan: "The ten most dangerous words in … Continue reading It Started with Reagan

They Came for Refuge, but Received No Mercy: A Report from the US Border

Medical volunteer Ashtyn Tayler went to the Texas border to offer care for asylum seekers being held in CBP detention. Here is her first-hand account of what she saw. Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to … Continue reading They Came for Refuge, but Received No Mercy: A Report from the US Border

Urgent: Protect Mueller’s TrumpRussia Probe Today

Your Action: Call your senators at (202) 224-3121 and ask them to vote 'NO' on the nomination of Brian Benczkowski to head the Department of Justice's Criminal Division. Background Brian Benczkowski is the most dangerous Trump nomination you've never heard of. The Senate is expected to vote next week on his nomination to head the … Continue reading Urgent: Protect Mueller’s TrumpRussia Probe Today

How PAC Contributions Can Influence Legislation

A Pennsylvania legislator took money from a PAC, then crafted legislation to benefit them while trumpeting their cause. We need daylight on this. Eagle-eyed readers may have noticed Republican state Rep. Thomas Murt’s May 20 opinion piece titled “Mail order orthodontics on the rise.” In this column, Rep. Murt outlined the reasons that he believes mail-order braces … Continue reading How PAC Contributions Can Influence Legislation

The Propaganda Schemes of TrumpPutinism

Russian journalist Kseniya Kirillova draws direct comparisons between the behaviors and propaganda strategies of Trump and Putin. This piece was originally published in Euromaiden Press, and reprinted with permission of the author. While analyzing all that is happening today in the United States, I’ve often noticed the striking similarity between the behavior and propaganda of … Continue reading The Propaganda Schemes of TrumpPutinism

Pennsylvania’s Proposed Down Syndrome Abortion Ban is an Abuse of Power

Following what has become a disturbing pattern, the Republican-led Pennsylvania Legislature recently approved legislation that bans a woman from obtaining an abortion solely based on a determination that the fetus is diagnosed with Down Syndrome. The vote on the bill (HB2050) sponsored by House Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, not only came without public hearings or any … Continue reading Pennsylvania’s Proposed Down Syndrome Abortion Ban is an Abuse of Power