Live Blogging the Trump-Clinton Debate

I'm going to be live blogging the debate tonight, which seems to have turned into the Super Bowl, complete with cheerleaders (seriously) and a pregame show that lasts 18 hours. To begin with, let me make a few observations about this. … [Read more...]

No Real Time Fact Checking in Tonight’s Debate

Some of the major news networks have been to do realtime fact-checking of statements by candidates and their surrogates, but none of them will do that during tonight's debate. This is, of course, exactly what the Trump campaign wants since their candidate lies so much. … [Read more...]

Video Shows Deputies Tasering Without Justification

Another day, another video showing blatant police brutality against -- of course -- a black man. It happened last year at a county jail in Georgia, where deputies tasered a man who was being compliant, up against the wall with his hands behind his back, as ordered. … [Read more...]

FL Legislator Exploits Fernandez Death in Less Than an Hour

Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, one of the best young players in baseball, died in a tragic boating accident on Sunday. It took less than an hour for Republican state Rep. Matt Gaetz to use that to make a false and irrelevant point against the Kaepernick-inspired protests against police racism and brutality. … [Read more...]

Trump’s Unprecedented Knack for Lying

All politicians lie. Hell, all human beings lie. It's nearly impossible to live a life without lying at some point. But Donald Trump lies so frequently, so casually and so brazenly that he may be resetting our expectations when it comes to presidential (and other) candidates. … [Read more...]

The Slandering of the Dead to Justify Police Killings

One of the thing that inevitably happens every time the police kill a black man (nearly always a black man, of course) is that the police and their defenders begin to slander the victims. They call them a thug, dig up anything from their past to make them look like a bad guy. Derecka Purnell writes about it. … [Read more...]

The Danger of Robert Bork

Robert Bork died several years ago but he is still lauded by the right wing as having been unfairly denied a seat on the Supreme Court (he wasn't) and for being the model of a good conservative justice (he isn't). This is something I wrote in the early days of my blog addressing Bork's horrifying views. … [Read more...]

Another Man Arrested for Flag Desecration

It's been 25 years since the Supreme Court overturned all laws against flag "desecration," but word seems to travel might slow to some parts of the country. The police in Lafayette, Louisiana have arrested a man for setting a flag on fire. The ACLU of Louisiana tries to educate the ignorant local police: … [Read more...]

Mike Ditka Thinks He’s Thinking

Mike Ditka, who knows a lot about football and virtually nothing about anything else, has added his ignorant bellow to the chorus of people condemning Colin Kaepernick for his protest against racial injustice and police brutality. He offers the most cliched and simpleminded response you've heard 1000 times before: … [Read more...]

And Yet Another Trump Lie is Revealed

Here's a shocker: Donald Trump lied about something. And this time, he either lied on national television during one of the primary debates or he lied under oath in a deposition in a lawsuit. It involves the question of whether he tried to buy off Jeb Bush to get casino gambling legalized in Florida. … [Read more...]

Another SCOTUS Case on When Judges Must Recuse

One of the cases the Supreme Court will hear this fall is Chisholm v. Two Unnamed Petitioners, a Wisconsin case that returns to the Supreme Court the question of when state judges must recuse in cases involving groups that spent large amounts of money to help get them elected. … [Read more...]

Where Does the Presidential Race Stand Now?

We've put a lot of focus on Nate Silver and Five Thirty Eight, and that attention has been well-earned. But he's not the only poll analyst doing the same kind of work. There are many others who have equally impressive records of predicting elections. So where do they all think things stand now? … [Read more...]