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  • We Have Seen the Barr Memo, And That’s It

    2h By Kevin Drum
    This is just another quick reminder that nobody has yet seen the Mueller report. We know virtually nothing about what’s in it, aside from the fact that Mueller decided not to recommend any indictments for collusion. Everything we do know—or think we…
  • Justice Department Urges Court to Kill Obamacare

    3h By Kevin Drum
    Three months ago a Texas judge struck down Obamacare. (He later issued a stay of his ruling pending appeal, which is why Obamacare is still up and running.) The theory behind the ruling was both simple and absurd: since Congress has reduced the fine for not…
  • White Mississippi Judge Not Happy With Non-White Colleagues

    Mon 3:58pm By Kevin Drum
    In a recent redistricting case in Mississippi, a federal judge ruled that black voting strength had been illegally diluted in a particular district and ordered that several majority-black precincts be added to it. The case was appealed, and a three-judge…
  • Lunchtime Photo

    Mon 3:30pm By Kevin Drum
    I have seen the superbloom up close! Well, maybe not the superbloom. More like a very commendable bloom, I suppose. However, this bloom is about 20 minutes from my house and has no crowds, so I’ll take it. For you locals, these pictures were all taken at a…
  • The Supreme Court Could Green-Light Extreme Partisan Gerrymandering

    Mon 3:18pm By Ari Berman
    In 2016, after the Republican-controlled North Carolina legislature drew maps that segregated black voters into heavily majority-minority districts, a federal court ruled that two of the states’s congressional districts were illegally racially gerrymandered.…
  • Michael Avenatti Indicted for Attempting to Extort Nike for More Than $20 Million

    Mon 1:39pm By Inae Oh
    Federal prosecutors in New York have charged Michael Avenatti with attempting to extort more than $20 million from Nike by threatening to release damaging information about the company. “On or about March 20, 2019, Avenatti and CC-1 spoke by telephone with…
  • Here’s How Trump Is Dealing With the Mueller Report

    Mon 12:42pm By Kevin Drum
    If you’re President Trump, what’s your best strategy for dealing with the Mueller report? It’s probably pretty simple: Insist loudly that the report completely exonerates you and you’re totally in favor of releasing the whole thing. Do not, however,…
  • Chart of the Day: The Probability of Recession Is Now 20%

    Mon 11:38am By Kevin Drum
    Fed expert Tim Duy is getting seriously worried. Based on the movement of short-term and long-term interest rates, he thinks the chance of a recession in the next few months is getting very high: Duy thinks the Fed needs to cut interest rates sooner rather…
  • How a Gay Teen, an Internet Nazi, and a Late-Night Rendezvous Turned to Tragedy

    Mon 6:00am By Jonathan Krohn
    From his cage in the far back of a courtroom in Newport Beach, California, Sam Woodward looked around. He appeared to stand on his tiptoes for a moment, peering through the bars at the gallery where his parents and a couple of family friends sat. He looked…
  • Is John Hickenlooper the Fracking Candidate?

    Mon 6:00am By Rebecca Leber
    John Hickenlooper is probably the only 2020 presidential candidate who knows what fracking fluid tastes like. In a meeting with an oil and gas representative once, the then-governor of Colorado politely took part in a “ritual-like” sampling of the fluid…