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Time-lapse video of Hurricane Irma rolling by Miami

A neat time-lapse video of Hurricane Irma from Friday, September 8, 2017 at 3pm, to Monday, September 11 at 9am. With the election of Donald Trump, AMERICAblog’s independent journalism and activism is more needed than ever. Please support my work with a $25 donation. We don’t make much on advertising, we need your support to continue our work. Thanks. And buy a t-shirt and support our work: Get … [Read more...]

“Ted Cruz & masturbation are not things you can take lightly”

Family-values conservative Ted Cruz is embroiled in a Twitter sex scandal, while the nation reels from the after-effects of the second major hurricane to hit the US in the past month. In today’s podcast, Cliff Schecter and John Aravosis discuss the Cruz scandal (2:30), Seb Gorka’s oddly-timed visit to Israel (8:19), Breitbart’s fury over Trump refusing to say “radical … [Read more...]

Four feel-good stories about Hurricane Irma

With all the harrowing stories from Hurricane Irma, I was noticing the occasional feel-good story as well. A reporter rescuing some dolphins; some people on a beach rescuing manatees; a little kid in Georgia buying lunch for someone with Florida license plates; and flamingos! So, I’ve compiled them in place. Enjoy. 1. An NBC News correspondent rescues a baby, and then a full-grown, dolphin … [Read more...]

No, Hillary shouldn’t just shut up

Hillary Clinton’s new book criticizes Bernie Sanders, and has reignited a controversy over progressive unity, women’s rights, and whether the two are mutually exclusive. I expressed the concern that, regardless of whether Hillary’s criticism of Bernie in the book was right, taking shots at Bernie now risked reigniting a Democrat civil war. And, I argued, the last thing progressive need … [Read more...]

Trump kills the DACA Dream

Donald Trump yesterday rescinded President Obama’s DACA policy that let undocumented kids who arrived in the US before the age of 16 to apply for two-year renewable amnesty. Trump is now pulling the plug on DACA, leaving the kids in limbo, while punting the entire issue to Congress. Cliff Schecter and I just published an hour-long podcast walking you through what Trump did today, and … [Read more...]

Rush Limbaugh, hurricane truther

Rush Limbaugh is a hurricane truther. He thinks all the hysteria over Hurricane Irma is a conspiracy cooked up by “Big Water” and, for lack of a better phrase, Big Climate. Limbaugh spent most of today’s screed going after Big Climate. You see, according to Limbaugh, a lot of meteorologists believe in climate change, so they’re trying to create hurricane-panic to convince … [Read more...]

Chapo’s Strap-on House

Absolutism on the left is no path to victory. In our latest podcast, Cliff Schecter and I talk about the importance of holding Democrats accountable while still understanding that our greater fight is with Donald Trump. We also discuss the latest on Trump-Russia and how the Mueller investigation, with the help of the IRS and NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, is closing in on Trump and his … [Read more...]

Duke Energy nixes nuclear plant, will invest $6 billion in solar and batteries

This week, Duke Energy Florida announced that it will terminate all plans to build its Levy Nuclear Project. And as part of a deal with the Florida Public Service Commission, the company will instead invest $6 billion in solar energy, smart meters, and grid modernization as well as electric vehicle (EV) charging stations and a battery storage pilot program. Duke’s move reflects global trends … [Read more...]

Judge halts harsh anti-immigrant bill in Texas amid hurricane devastation

A U.S. district judge ruled late Wednesday night that a controversial anti-immigrant bill in Texas could not take effect on Friday, giving relief to millions of residents in a state still reeling from the ramifications of a devastating hurricane. “There is overwhelming evidence by local officials, including local law enforcement, that SB 4 will erode public trust and make many communities … [Read more...]

Missouri Republican calls for vandals of Confederate monument to be lynched

In a Facebook post published Wednesday, Missouri Rep. Warren Love (R) expressed hope that the people responsible for vandalizing a Confederate monument in Springfield National Cemetery will be found and lynched. “This is totally against the law,” Love wrote while sharing an article about how paint was thrown on a statute of Confederate Major General Sterling Price. “I hope they … [Read more...]

‘But you’re not black’: Georgia cop assures drunk driver she can reach for her phone safely

Georgia police officials are investigating a Cobb County officer who was caught on video reassuring a spooked white driver that “we only kill black people, right?” during a 2016 traffic stop. Lt. Greg Abbott, a 28-year veteran of the Cobb County force, “was attempting to de-escalate a situation involving an uncooperative passenger,” attorney Lance LoRusso told local news … [Read more...]

No chemical release, just massive fire at Texas plant that exploded overnight

The Arkema chemical plant in Crosby, Texas suffered two explosions late Wednesday night, after having lost power for days following Hurricane Harvey. The explosions sent black smoke into the air, and at least 10 deputies have gone to the hospital following the incident, citing complaints of headache and dizziness, according to Morning Joe. All of the plant’s employees, as well as about 300 … [Read more...]

A growing number of Democrats are embracing single-payer health care

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) has become the latest high-profile Democrat to embrace expanding Medicare coverage to all Americans, the freshman senator announced at a town hall in Oakland Wednesday night. “I’ll break some news. I intend to co-sponsor the Medicare for All bill because it’s just the right thing to do,” Harris said Wednesday. It’s just the right thing to do… But it’s also about being … [Read more...]

White House acknowledges Trump lied about ‘witnessing first hand’ the devastation of Harvey

On Thursday morning, President Trump tweeted that “[a]fter witnessing first hand the horror & devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, my heart goes out even more so to the great people of Texas!” After witnessing first hand the horror & devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey,my heart goes out even more so to the great people of Texas! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) … [Read more...]

John Le Carré’s ‘A Legacy of Spies’ asks all the questions we’re thinking in 2017

Nearly three decades after the collapse of the Berlin Wall, its shadow still falls on the West. Moscow is once again trying to subvert the international liberal order. The horrors that liberal, capitalist nations perpetrated in their last fight against Moscow continue to reverberate in unexpected ways. And with the rise of President Donald Trump and the buckling of the European Union, liberalism … [Read more...]

Scott Pruitt is leaving a toxic trail at EPA after only 6 months on the job

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt was sworn into office only six months ago but is already attracting widespread scrutiny for alleged misuse of agency funds, potential violation of a lobbying law, and holding secret meetings with officials from the industries his agency is tasked with regulating. Upon arrival at the agency, the new EPA administrator pledged a … [Read more...]

The GOP finds FEMA Jesus

On the heels of Hurricane Harvey’s disaster in Texas, heartless Republicans in Congress are preparing to cut nearly $1 billion from America’s disaster assistance programs in order to pay for Trump’s racist wall. At the same time, Texas Republicans have made it harder for Texans to force insurance companies to make good on disaster claims; while 23 of 24 members of Texas’ … [Read more...]

Trump just got terrible news about the Mueller team’s investigation

Special counsel Robert Mueller, Politico’s Josh Dawsey reports, “is working with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on its investigation into [former Trump campaign chairman] Paul Manafort and his financial transactions, according to several people familiar with the matter.” The partnership between Mueller and Schneiderman potentially shifts the balance of power between … [Read more...]