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2017 was a year of trying to believe women

On Tuesday night in Alabama, national progressive politics took the smallest of steps forward when Democratic candidate Doug Jones narrowly defeated Republican and alleged child sex predator Roy Moore in a special election to become the state’s junior U.S. Senator. While the race was closer than predicted early on, it’s not hard to pinpoint the exact moment when momentum shifted in … [Read more...]

Our cultural conversation about sexual violence has excluded LGBTQ survivors

It’s been more than two months since news broke about sexual harassment and assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein. But still, much of the discussion around how to prevent sexual violence revolves around the same people: cisgender straight male perpetrators and (usually white) cisgender straight female victims. There have been reports of harassment and sexual assault allegations that … [Read more...]

BREAKING: Killer cop Michael Slager sentenced to 20 years in prison for killing Walter Scott

Former South Carolina police officer Michael Slager will spend 20 years in federal prison for killing unarmed motorist Walter Scott and trying to blame the incident on the dead man, a judge ruled Thursday. Slager may receive time-served credit that would leave him to serve about 18 years further. There is no parole in the federal prison system. Prior to issuing his final ruling, Norton said he saw … [Read more...]

Franken resigns over sexual harassment allegations

Following a wave of Democratic calls for his seat the day prior, Minnesota Sen. Al Franken (D) resigned on Thursday, announcing his decision on the Senate floor. “I am proud that during my time in the Senate I have used my power to be a champion of women and that I’ve earned a reputation as someone who respects the women I work alongside every day. I know there’s been a … [Read more...]

Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital sets off a domino effect of discord

President Donald Trump’s Wednesday announcement that the United States now recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has unleashed a flood of responses that can have long-lasting consequences in the region and beyond. In addition to unilaterally deciding that the city — disputed territory that has been the subject of negotiation between Israelis and Palestinians for decades — … [Read more...]

Al Franken’s crushing betrayal of the progressive cause

The horrible irony of soon-to-be former Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), who announced his resignation Thursday after multiple women accused him of sexual harassment, is that he began his career in the Senate as a warrior against sexual assault. Moved by the story of an American who claimed she was gang-raped while working for a government contractor in Iraq — only to be told she could not sue her … [Read more...]

Trump Jr. invents fake ‘privilege’ to justify stonewalling Congress on key discussion with his dad

During voluntary closed-door testimony before the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday, Donald Trump Jr. cited “attorney-client privilege” to avoid answering questions about a critical discussion he had with his father this past summer following explosive New York Times reporting about the Trump campaign’s efforts to collude with Russia. According to the ranking Democrat on … [Read more...]

Paul Ryan admits the GOP will gut Medicare and Medicaid to pay for tax cuts

Republicans in Congress are openly admitting they plan to use their tax reform bill to justify slashing funding for essential social programs like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and food stamps. The bill — which is expected to balloon the national deficit by at least $1 trillion, and which only benefits the country’s wealthiest in the long-term — has not yet been reconciled … [Read more...]

To prevent climate catastrophe, Democrats need to learn a ruthless lesson from Senate GOP

Congressional Republicans, especially GOP senators led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have all but destroyed the possibility of bipartisan deal-making on major issues. The widely criticized and wildly unpopular GOP tax bill is the inevitable byproduct of that destruction — but the end of a livable climate for America and the world is also inevitable unless Republicans become less … [Read more...]

Almost 200 arrested at Capitol Hill as advocates urge Congress to protect immigrants

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Nearly 200 immigrant advocates were arrested in a civil disobedience protest Wednesday after demonstrators descended on the nation’s capitol to urge Congress to pass legislation providing permanent protections for immigrants at imminent risk of deportation. Sparked by federal inaction on a legislative solution to legalize some undocumented immigrants, the … [Read more...]

Trump administration exceeding the energy industry’s wildest dreams

Throughout Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and after his election victory, lobbyists for the fossil fuel industry felt confident the new president would be on their side. Given his penchant for unpredictability, though, industry officials still needed to see the new president in action before they gave him their official seal of approval. So far, Trump is passing with flying colors. The … [Read more...]

Moore spokesperson leaves CNN anchor stunned after alleging massive bipartisan conspiracy

During an interview with Anderson Cooper of CNN on Thursday evening, a spokeswoman for Roy Moore confirms that she believes the nine sexual misconduct allegations against Moore are the result of a massive conspiracy involving a comically diverse array of people and institutions. During the interview, Cooper pointed out to spokeswoman Janet Porter that Moore’s campaign has “blamed an … [Read more...]

We need 53 more ThinkProgress members

A few weeks ago, ThinkProgress launched a membership drive and our goal was to sign up 1,000 founding members. We are currently at 947. Can you help us get over the top? It’s just $5. One of the big reasons we’re doing this is because advertising, which we’ve used to support a portion of our work for years, is no longer a reliable source of revenue. This is especially true for a … [Read more...]

Op-Ed: I am a Cherokee woman. Elizabeth Warren is not.

For 72 hours this week, news headlines focused on President Donald Trump’s offensive usage of the name “Pocahontas” when he referred to Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) at an event to honor Navajo Code Talkers on Monday. As a young Cherokee woman, one would assume that I would take Warren’s side in standing up against Trump’s racist remark. Following the incident, Warren lambasted the president, … [Read more...]

Faith leaders arrested as major religious groups rally against the GOP tax reform bill

Faith groups are rallying against the new GOP-led tax reform proposal currently making its way through the U.S. Senate, with some enduring arrest as they urge lawmakers to abandon a bill they say will primarily benefit the wealthy at the expense of vulnerable and low-income families. On Wednesday, a group of more than 2,400 faith leaders hailing from Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Sikh, Buddhist, and … [Read more...]

Trump rejects child tax credit fix over 2 percent adjustment in corporate tax cuts

Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced an amendment to the Senate tax bill on Wednesday that would help provide a bit more relief for middle class families in a tax bill that currently doesn’t do much to help them. President Trump, however, reportedly opposes it. Under the current proposed Senate tax bill, the child tax credit is expanded to $2,000, but isn’t … [Read more...]

In 2008 audio, Roy Moore compares marriage equality to Nazism and pines for sodomy laws

Embattled Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore has a long history of condemning homosexuality, but new audio discovered by ThinkProgress reveals Moore opining at length that the U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning laws criminalizing homosexuality was “terrible” and “devastating.” He also compared judges ruling in favor of same-sex marriage to Nazis. Moore delivered the … [Read more...]

Fox News refuses to run ad explaining how Trump personally benefits from his tax plan

Fox News is refusing to run an ad from a progressive group that highlights how President Trump will benefit from his tax cut plan. The ad — part of a six-figure buy by Not One Penny, a group devoted to working toward ensuring that millionaires, billionaires, and wealthy corporations don’t receive “even one penny in tax cuts”  — notes that while Trump claims to … [Read more...]