Archive | Barack Obama

Trump and Congress Just Made it Easier for Auto Lenders to Discriminate Against People of Color

You know who has it really hard these days? Banks and car dealers who want to discriminate against their customers. Luckily, the little guys (who, to be clear, are banks and car dealers, and definitely not the people they’re discriminating against) finally have politicians willing to fight for them: President Donald…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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Russian Facebook Ads Targeted American Voters by Exploiting Racial Tensions on Both Sides

Last week, the US House Intelligence Committee released approximately 3,517 Facebook ads purchased by the Russians between 2015-17, meant to influence the 2016 election, all of which are available to download. USA Today conducted a study of the ads and concluded that more than half of them …Continue reading Continue Reading at https://thedailybanter.com

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Maxine Waters Shuts Down Trump Supporting Congressman Over “White Discrimination” Claim

Since the election of Donald Trump, Maxine Waters has become one of the most visible icons of the Resistance. Whether she’s “shoving” TYT correspondent Michael Tracey, appearing on t-shirts with her catchphrase “reclaiming my time,” or openly calling for impeachment following Trump’s …Continue reading Continue Reading at https://thedailybanter.com

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MEMBERS ONLY: The Democratic Party Is Doing Just Fine

In the year since Donald Trump’s election, former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau has become an important voice for the Resistance. With his White House colleagues Dan Pfeiffer, Jon Lovett, and Tommy Vietor, he started Crooked Media, which produces the popular podcast Pod Save America. Over the past …Continue reading Continue Reading at https://thedailybanter.com

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A Short, Sad History Of Soon To Be Irrelevant Paul Ryan

Yes, folks, you read that headline correctly. In a story broken by Axios this morning, Paul Ryan, the 54th Speaker of the House of Representatives, will retire from Congress at the end of this current session, becoming the first sitting Speaker to forgo re-election in an election year since …Continue reading Continue Reading at https://thedailybanter.com

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MEMBERS ONLY: Bernie Sanders’ Flippant Remarks About Obama Prove He Cannot Run In 2020

One of the main reasons I became a journalist was to push back against the disinformation I saw coming from Bernie Sanders supporters when he first entered the race for President in 2015. Whenever I would post even the mildest critique of him online, an army of white, twenty-something men would …Continue reading Continue Reading […]

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MEMBERS ONLY: My Friend Joined the NRA the Day of March For Our Lives

I grew up in Los Angeles and now live in Brooklyn, so it’s fair to assume that I live in “a bubble.” However, I went to college at Northwestern University, right outside of Chicago, and even at a school whose political makeup was mostly center-left, we had quite a few conservatives, even in the …Continue […]

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The Kremlin Kept Romney from Becoming Secretary of State, and Other Revelations

This morning, New Yorker reporter Jane Mayer published a summation of Christopher Steele and his investigation into Donald Trump that culminated in BuzzFeed leaking his dossier to the press shortly before Trump’s inaugural last year. It is the most thorough article that I have read on the …Continue reading Continue Reading at https://thedailybanter.com

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Trump Was Just Officially Ranked America’s Worst President Ever

According to an assortment of scholars across the political spectrum, Donald Trump, after just one year in office, is one of the worst presidents to ever darken the Oval Office. When tallied together, the collective score for Trump is…dead last: Let’s say that, according to the 170 members of the …Continue reading Continue Reading at […]

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Trump Was Just Officially Ranked America’s Worst President Ever

According to an assortment of scholars across the political spectrum, Donald Trump, after just one year in office, is one of the worst presidents to ever darken the Oval Office. When tallied together, the collective score for Trump is…dead last: Let’s say that, according to the 170 members of the …Continue reading Continue Reading at […]

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MEMBERS ONLY: Mitt Romney: A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing

Since the rise of Trump, it’s been tempting to revise our collective memory of the 2012 election and make Mitt Romney seem like a good guy. After all, he smiles a lot, he seems like a loving grandfather, and he did invent Obamacare. I’ve gone easy on him too: on my second day of grad […]

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The Final Year Will Inspire You

When my friend invited me to see The Final Year, Greg Barker’s documentary about the end of Obama’s presidency, I was reluctant to see it. I had just come back from the New York Women’s March, and I didn’t want to watch something that would only remind me what a hole Obama has left behind […]

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Good Riddance to Darrell Issa, California’s Most Disgraceful Republican

Congressman Darrell Issa announced this morning that he will not seek re-election this fall, making him the 36th House Republican to do so. “Throughout my service, I worked hard and never lost sight of the people our government is supposed to serve,” he stated today. “Yet with the support of …Continue reading Continue Reading at https://thedailybanter.com

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President Obama shares his top tracks of 2017

Continuing his year end tradition to share a plethora of his favorite tracks, President Obama compiled a diverse list of tracks from up-and-comers and music legends alike. The list includes such acclaimed artists as Kendrick Lamar, Frank Ocean, SZA, and Portugal. The Man. Obama’s end-of-year compilation provides some much needed musical variety, contrasting Smash Mouth’s peculiar performance at […]

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Why Team America Matt Damon is the Best Matt Damon

When Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s Team America: World Police came out in 2004, critics didn’t quite know what to make of it. With its bashing of liberalism, celebrities, and puppet sex, some believed it was an act of juvenile rebellion with little more to say than “fuck the …Continue reading Continue Reading at https://thedailybanter.com

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Watch President Obama Nail Trump and the Republicans: “I Didn’t Create Trump, Your Hate Towards Me Did”

Bill Maher shared this video of President Obama laying into the Republicans and Donald Trump to his facebook page today. The video was from the campaign trail in late 2016, and shows Obama in his element — eloquent, impassioned, and angry about the terrifying political situation the Republican …Continue reading Continue Reading at https://thedailybanter.com

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MEMBERS ONLY: Cornel West’s Takedown of Ta-Nehisi Coates Proves Just How Far He Has Fallen

The Banter Long Read: The crux of West’s essay is felt in the title: “Ta-Nehisi Coates is the Neoliberal Face of the Black Freedom Struggle.” For eighteen paragraphs, some consisting of only one sentence, he accuses Coates of not fully understanding white supremacy because he does not attack war, …Continue reading Continue Reading at https://thedailybanter.com

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Will Obama’s Economy Save Trump From His Own Incompetence? (Hint: Hell. No.)

Bret Stephens, the resident climate change denier at the New York Times, has a laughably dishonest warning for us: Democrats Are Walking Into a Trumpian Trap. I was curious what he was on about because, let’s be honest, Trump isn’t smart enough to successfully lay traps and whenever he tries, …Continue reading Continue Reading at https://thedailybanter.com

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The GOP Tax Bill is an Abomination. Now Get Mad.

I woke up this morning with a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach, because I knew that as soon as I turned on my phone, I’d get a notification of the Republican’s “accomplishment” on my phone. Late last night, the Republican Party displayed their true colors by passing their tax bill that, …Continue reading […]

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McCain May Sink Obamacare and Screw America After All

For those of you on tenterhooks concerning the disastrous new GOP tax bill, your worrying is about to get worse: John McCain, the deciding vote in killing the last two GOP attempts to destroy Obamacare, just announced he will support this bill today, saying: “I believe this legislation, though far …Continue reading Continue Reading at […]

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