Nate Silver: ‘It wasn’t that big a surprise’

Polling guru Nate Silver built his career sorting through election polling data with remarkable accuracy. 2016 put that reputation to the test. Silver’s forecasting site FiveThirtyEight, named for the number of votes in the electoral college, went into the election giving Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House accuses Biden of pushing ‘conspiracy theories’ with Trump election […]

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Nevada GOP candidate criticizes 'rush to judgment' against Moore

Nevada Senate GOP candidate Danny Tarkanian on Tuesday lamented the “character assassination campaign” against Alabama GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore, who faces a spate of allegations that he had inappropriate sexual contact with teenage girls several decades ago.  “I’m deeply troubled by the character assassination campaign now being directed at Judge Roy Moore in the Alabama U.S. Senate […]

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Corporate Education Nominee DeVos Faces Pushback from Dem Senators

As one U.S. senator denounces Betsy DeVos’ record in Michigan, six others are demanding President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for Education Secretary untangle the “complicated web of political and not-for-profit organizations” she has spun over her career pushing a corporate education agenda nationwide.  Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) met Thursday with DeVos, a former head of the […]

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On Verge of Trump Era, Republicans Push New Laws to 'Chill Protest' Nationwide

Republican lawmakers around the country are pushing legislation that would criminalize and penalize nonviolent protest, apparently anticipating an upswell of civic engagement during the coming Trump administration. Spencer Woodman reported at The Intercept Thursday on the anti-protest bills proposed in Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Washington, and North Dakota. “Over the past few weeks, Republican legislators across […]

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Enabling Trump: Angus King and These Three Dems Let Tillerson Advance

Three Senate Democrats and Senator Angus King (I-Maine) (202-224-5344) sparked outrage on Monday by enabling President Donald Trump’s extreme agenda when they allowed the confirmation of ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson’s as U.S. Secretary of State to advance in a procedural vote. The cloture vote was 56-43, ending an attempted filibuster that needed only a simple […]

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Tipis on National Mall Signal Days of Native Defiance and Action

Tipis began sprouting up on the National Mall on Tuesday as native communities and their allies descended on the nation’s capital for a week of workshops and lobbying for Indigenous rights in anticipation of Friday’s massive Native Nations Rising march. Click Here: Putters #nativenationsrise Tweets The four-day demonstration was spurred by opposition to the Dakota […]

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Former Kelly aide to launch write-in bid for Alabama Senate seat

A former aide to White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE is planning to start a write-in campaign in the Alabama Senate race. Lee Busby — a retired Marine colonel who served as the vice chief of staff to Kelly when he was a three-star lieutenant general — plans to launch a write-in bid […]

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As Ryan Dodges Constituents (on Horseback), Voters Demand to Be Heard

Constituents have for weeks been complaining of difficulty reaching House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) by phone, so on Wednesday a national advocacy group brought their messages right to the congressman’s doorstep—”the old-fashioned way.” He’ll get them when he returns from a fundraising jaunt in Texas, presumably. Women’s advocacy group UltraViolet organized the drop-off of 86,000 […]

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