Republican Bill Would Virtually Eliminate Accountability for Police

Old friend of Dispatches Radley Balko is still doing the best reporting in the country on police misconduct and brutality and he writes about a new bill Republicans want to pass in Congress that would make it virtually impossible to sue police officers for their illegal actions. … [Read more...]

Trump Pushes Aside Montenegro Leader to Get in Front

Another bit of crass rudeness from our bully-in-chief during the NATO summit as Trump shoves aside the prime minister of Montenegro to get down front for a photo op and then acts as if he didn't do anything. Seriously, how is anyone not ashamed of this petty, infantile man being elected? … [Read more...]

Gianforte Wins House Seat After Assaulting Reporter

As many predicted, violent right-wing thug Greg Gianforte won his election for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives only 24 hours after being arrested for violently assaulting a reporter from the Guardian newspaper for asking him pesky questions. … [Read more...]

Right Wing Defends Gianforte’s Violent Assault on Reporter

After decades of bashing the media as part of their core political strategy, the right wing can't even bring itself to condemn an unprovoked violent assault on a reporter. A menagerie of right wing media outlets leaped to the defense of Greg Gianforte's criminal behavior. Like this panel on Fox News: … [Read more...]

Trump Pledges Trade War Over German Cars

Donald Trump's cringeworthy performance at the NATO summit was even worse than just his ignorance and/or dishonesty about the other nations owing us money. According to a report in Der Spiegel, he also went out of his way to insult Germany and pledge a trade war over their cars being sold in America. … [Read more...]

WSJ: GOP Operative Asked Russian Hacker for DCCC Documents

The Wall Street Journal reports that a Republican operative from Florida asked Russian hacker Guccifer 2.0, identified by intelligence agencies as the source of the email hacking in last year's election, for DCCC documents -- and he got them. … [Read more...]

4th Circuit Upholds Injunction of Trump’s Muslim Ban

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, sitting en banc for some reason, became the first appeals court to uphold a district court ruling against Trump's now-infamous Muslim travel ban. The vote was 10-3, with a flurry of concurring opinions. … [Read more...]

Trump Still Clueless About How NATO Works

Donald Trump attended the NATO meetings in Brussels and wasted no time in embarrassing us all by showing that he still doesn't have any idea how the group actually operates. He still thinks the other countries owe us dues or something. … [Read more...]

Gianforte: Retirement is Not in the Bible

Greg Gianforte, the newly elected Republican congressman from Montana who assaulted a reporter from the Guardian on Wednesday night, is a real piece of work. Like Rabbi Daniel Lapin and a handful of other wingnuts, he thinks retirement is wrong because it isn't mentioned in the Bible. … [Read more...]

Fox Guest: People Use Food Stamps to Buy Cocaine

Seeking to defend the deep cuts Trump has proposed in food stamps and virtually every other social assistance program in existence, Fox News brought on a guest who claimed, with no evidence whatsoever, that people on food stamps use them to buy pot and cocaine. … [Read more...]

When Hannity Thought It Was Irresponsible to Push Seth Rich Conspiracy

Media Matters turns the clock back to last summer, in the heat of the presidential campaign, when DNC staffer Seth Rich was murdered in a robbery gone wrong. Back then, when it wasn't crucial to defending someone he supports, he said it was irresponsible to suggest the DNC or Clinton had anything to do with it: … [Read more...]

Mulvaney’s Hypocritical Use of the Unborn to Justify Budget Cuts

White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney made an enormously hypocritical attempt to justify the deep budget cuts Trump is proposing to social programs. He says the rights of future children not to inherit so much debt trumps the needs of actual children alive today. … [Read more...]