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MEMBERS ONLY: Trump’s Personal Lawyer Just Screwed Himself

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. A lawyer walks into a bar, orders a drink and explains to the bartender that he just paid $130,000 in hush-money — out of his own pocket, no less — to silence a porn star who somehow managed to fuck the lawyer’s client, who, by the way, […]

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MEMBERS ONLY: The Delightfully Honest  Reason Why White Voters Support Trump

The Banter Long Read: It’s been over two years since Trump oozed his way down that escalator and launched his explicitly racist campaign to be a white nationalist president. Yet, the media is still reluctant to call him racist and his followers still clutch their pearls when someone points out …Continue reading Continue Reading at https://thedailybanter.com

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MEMBERS ONLY: Tax Cuts For Billionaires, Dog Food For The Poor

As part of the budget that Trump proposed on Monday that almost exclusively targets the poorest Americans, along with horrifying cuts to public health insurance and federal housing vouchers, the president is aiming to slash billions of dollars from food stamps by introducing one of the …Continue reading Continue Reading at https://thedailybanter.com

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MEMBERS ONLY: Trump’s Horrendous Behavior Is Desperately Exposing The Need For Presidential Reforms

Everything Trump says, every tweet, every childish nickname or insult, every deviation from political norms is causing damage to the system. It’s happening incrementally, one egregious trespass after another, and some of us might not even notice that Trump is establishing all new loopholes in …Continue reading Continue Reading at https://thedailybanter.com

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MEMBERS ONLY: Trump’s Horrendous Behavior Is Desperately Exposing The Need For Presidential Reforms

Everything Trump says, every tweet, every childish nickname or insult, every deviation from political norms is causing damage to the system. It’s happening incrementally, one egregious trespass after another, and some of us might not even notice that Trump is establishing all new loopholes in …Continue reading Continue Reading at https://thedailybanter.com

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What A Feminist Football League Would Look Like

I didn’t watch the Super Bowl last night. My allegiance doesn’t lie with the New England Patriots or the Philadelphia Eagles. My concern is with the hyper-masculinity that is celebrated and rewarded within the sport so many people love… To continue reading this article, please go here. …Continue reading Continue Reading at https://thedailybanter.com

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MEMBERS ONLY: The Nunes Memo Will Depend On Americans Being Confused By Surveillance Laws

Two major news stories dropped yesterday, so let’s cut right to the chase.  First, we learned that Donald Trump apparently demanded that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein pledge his loyalty to Trump, asking Rosenstein if he’s “on my team.” The meeting occurred this past December and, …Continue reading Continue Reading at https://thedailybanter.com

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MEMBERS ONLY: Worse Than Nixon

Shortly after the inaugural last January, acting Attorney General Sally Yates warned Donald Trump that his National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn, had been less than forthcoming regarding his conversations with Russians. Trump’s immediate response was to fire Mrs. Yates… To continue reading …Continue reading Continue Reading at https://thedailybanter.com

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MEMBERS ONLY: The XFL Will Be Football For Angry White Republican Voters

White Republican voters are in the middle of a slow motion Civil War redux and instead of simply lopping off part of the country and declaring themselves free from the United States and its annoying ban on slavery, the are walling themselves off in an alternate reality. There, they hope they can be …Continue reading […]

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MEMBERS ONLY: Nearly 700,000 Americans Are Being Tortured With Gay Conversion Therapy

Tens of thousands of teenagers will undergo conversion therapy before they turn 18. This has already happened to around 350,000 kids and another 350,000 adults, and will happen to many more if action isn’t taken to stop it.  Vice President Mike Pence is widely rumored to support …Continue reading Continue Reading at https://thedailybanter.com

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MEMBERS ONLY: I Got Your ‘Deep State Coup’ Right Here

You might’ve noticed that the congressional Republicans have amped up their efforts to undermine the integrity of the FBI and the Mueller investigation. The latest chapter in the Trumpers’ “deep state coup” narrative has arrived and it goes a little like this: they’re focusing on text messages by …Continue reading Continue Reading at https://thedailybanter.com

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MEMBERS ONLY: Thank God For Tony Perkins And His Trump Mulligan

The Banter Long Read: As a militant atheist, I generally don’t keep my rock bottom opinion of religion to myself. I do, however, reserve most of my criticism for the religious right because they’re not just everything wrong with religion, they dial it up to 11. They’re so cartoonishly evil, …Continue reading Continue Reading at https://thedailybanter.com

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MEMBERS ONLY: Glenn Greenwald’s Painful Lack of Self Awareness

In 2013 when the movie ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ came out, Glenn Greenwald wrote a predictably pedantic and scathing review about its complicity with the pro Obama/pro CIA/pro neo imperialist/deep state. A reader cheekily left a comment on the piece asking the Guardian that they should provide a ‘Spoiler …Continue reading Continue Reading at https://thedailybanter.com

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MEMBERS ONLY: Consent Is Sexy. Here’s How to Do It Right

With the #MeToo movement comes so many people taking a hard look at their dating and sex lives and wondering if they are respectful and doing it right in the age of rape culture. It’s long overdue, of course, though so many have been trying to change this culture for a very long time. Since […]

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MEMBERS ONLY: The Strongman And The Conman

It’s telling that this comparison to Stalin was laughed off by commentators on both the far right and far left, once again proving the usefulness of Jean-Pierre Faye’s horseshoe theory that political extremists on both sides tend to resemble one another. After the comparison was revealed to the …Continue reading Continue Reading at https://thedailybanter.com

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MEMBERS ONLY: Why I Almost Punched my Autistic Son’s Teacher in the Face

The Banter Long Read: We knew that 4th grade would be difficult for Jordan. We’ve known for years that while Kindergarten through 3rd would be a challenge for our autistic child, 4th grade is where the transition to a more traditional academic setting occurred and that it would be incredibly …Continue reading Continue Reading at https://thedailybanter.com

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MEMBERS ONLY: Is Donald Trump Afraid Of Rachel Maddow?

Prior to and during my podcast on Tuesday, I was feeling beaten down by the brain-scattering impact of the frenetic avalanche of news that’s accompanied both the 2016 presidential campaign and, naturally, the Trump presidency. It’s been a harrowing time to be a political writer and …Continue reading Continue Reading at https://thedailybanter.com

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Facebook’s War on Publishers (Including Us)

You may have heard the news that Facebook is going to be completely reorganizing the way people see stories on their newsfeed. This is horrendous news for every responsible media outlet — including us.  After allowing clickbait sites and fake Russian websites to spam users for years, Facebook …Continue reading Continue Reading at https://thedailybanter.com

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MEMBERS ONLY: The Media is Not Reporting on What the Democrats Really Stand For

The Banter Long Read: The current common wisdom is that the Democratic Party doesn’t actually stand for anything other than running against Trump. The right wing says it. The Purity Left says it. The “liberal” media says it. So many people say it just has to be true. Except for the part where …Continue reading Continue […]

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MEMBERS ONLY: The Incredible Boredom of Donald Trump

A very smart writer friend of mine suggested that I use my skills in dramaturgy to analyze the Trump presidency as an unfolding dramatic story. He argued that a weekly column analyzing events – “The Week in Trump-a-turgy,” perhaps – could make sense, from a writerly perspective, what was believable …Continue reading Continue Reading at […]

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