Sean Rombach

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Expectations were sky high when Barack Obama was elected president in 2008. As his term draws to a close, has he disappointed or delivered? From race to healthcare, from the drone war to the Iran deal, novelists in America appraise him<p><i>Tobias Wolff is best known for his memoir</i><i>This Boy’s Life</i><i>, which</i> …

Los Angeles

Trump's hard-line stance on immigration may hurt the GOP for generations to come

Donald Trump's passionate revival last week of his hard-line stance on immigration looks more and more like a political disaster for the Republican nominee and his party.<p>Trump's angry speech in Arizona, in which he promised to deport not only criminal aliens but millions of other immigrants living …

Has Donald Trump Permanently Altered The Republican Party's DNA?

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is giving his adopted party a lot to think about. He has offered radically different approaches to trade, immigration, the size of government and national defense.<p>Now Republicans are debating whether, win or lose, Donald Trump has permanently altered …

Republicans

Explore this cozy cottage-style home perfect for the suburbs

This ideal suburban home is perfect for the traditional family! We will explore every detail, from the windows to the gorgeous facade, as well as get …

Dining Rooms

A Trump Adviser Says Hillary Clinton Should Be Executed Rather Than Assassinated

Oh, well that's a relief.<p>Remember when Donald Trump pretty much made it sound like he supported the assassination of Hillary Clinton at a rally in North Carolina last week? Yeah, that wasn't the first time that the Trump campaign has suggested using violence against the Democratic nominee—although …

Far-right racist terror surges in Europe as Austrian neo-Nazi who threatened to massacre refugees is arrested

Mass refugee influx and economic crisis are fueling the growth of racist attacks and Europe’s nationalist far-right<p>The far-right is surging throughout the West. Persistent economic crisis and unpopular austerity measures that gut social spending, in conjunction with the mass influx of refugees, …

America’s trillion-dollar travesty: We may never fully extricate ourselves from the Middle East

Obama calls the killing of a Taliban leader “an important milestone.” Meanwhile war rages on in Iraq, Afghanistan<p>We have it on highest authority: the recent killing of Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour by a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan marks “an important milestone.” So the president …

North Korea says Trump isn't screwy at all, a wise choice for president | Reuters

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea has backed presumptive U.S. Republican nominee Donald Trump, with a propaganda website praising him as “a prescient presidential candidate” who can liberate Americans living under daily fear of nuclear attack by the North.<p>A column carried on Tuesday by DPRK Today, one …

This is how fascism takes hold: The media is turning Donald Trump into just another candidate

Jimmy Kimmel yucks it up with the Republican nominee, not realizing this could be the end of politics as we know it<p>There is no sense in mincing words, even at the risk of sounding alarmist: Donald Trump is an existential threat to American democracy. Andrew Sullivan, in his much-discussed essay in</i> …

Chaos At Nevada Democratic Convention; State Party Chair Flees Building As Sanders Supporters Demand Recount

(<b>Update/clarification</b>: This situation escalated out of control when Roberta Lange, Chairwoman of the Nevada State Democratic Party & member of the …

Government

A Contested Convention Is Exactly What the Democratic Party Needs

Joe Biden understands something about the Democratic Party and its future that his fellow partisans would do well to consider. “I don’t think any …

Allegations of voter fraud follow Hillary Clinton campaign across nation

Arizona is just the latest state where allegations of voting irregularities have been claimed.<p>Beginning in Iowa and climaxing with the holy mess that …

Democrats Must Rally Around Bernie Sanders Before Clinton Faces Possible Espionage Act Indictments

Bernie Sanders will become Democratic nominee, primarily because Hillary Clinton is a brilliant individual, and far too intelligent to simply use a private server for "convenience." While a former U.S. attorney general has already made the case for Clinton indictments, every defense from "legal …

Watch Barack Obama roast Donald Trump then drop the mic in his final Correspondents’ Dinner

If there’s one thing to look forward to every year, regardless of whether you follow politics or favor the sitting president, that’s the …

'Better angels': How Trudeau has responded to questions about Trump, U.S. election

As the U.S. election nears, political commentators and media outlets have focused intently on the remaining presidential candidates, including …

Democrats' Brand Is Bad, But Republicans' Is Way Worse

The Democratic Party is looking the worse for wear these days. And that's putting it mildly. The party's net favorability rating has fallen off steeply in the past few years, and it's been negative or near-negative since 2010, according to multiple polls.<p>That would be cause for concern, except for …

Here's Where The Delegate Math Stands Before Tuesday's Indiana Primary

Every week, we say the next race is pivotal, perhaps decisive even. Every week, it's... true, but in different ways.<p>This week really could be decisive for Donald Trump and potentially the last stand for the #NeverTrump movement. That's because if Trump sweeps all 57 Indiana delegates Tuesday (the …

Jimmy Kimmel invites scientists to swear at America’s climate change deniers

One normally associates late-night, expletive-laced segments focused on left-leaning politics with your John Olivers or Samantha Bees. Which is to say: Cable networks. On Monday night, however, people tuning in to ABC were treated to a small taste of what those bold enough to explore the …

How Bernie changed Hillary

Sanders has left a lasting imprint on Clinton’s candidacy, even if few in her camp are willing to admit it.<p>No candidate ever wants a tough primary challenge, and Hillary Clinton has found the mass appeal of a self-described socialist particularly irksome. But as she shifts her gaze toward the …

Middle-class

Denise Beckfield: Separation of church and state is worthy cause

Dear Editor: A recent letter to the editor ridiculed those of us who would protest the so-called Jesus lunches, asking if we had “nothing better” to …

As the Religious Right Forces the Gospel Into Public Schools, Some Parents Are Opting to Homeschool

One Friday afternoon, Betty Ogletree’s daughter RaMae came home in tears. “I can’t do this anymore,” RaMae cried, as Ogletree remembers it. RaMae was …

Religion

American Democracy is Rigged

In the United States presidential elections, there are two towering political parties - the Democratic and the Republican - that during the course of …

Superdelegates have destroyed the will of the people: As a political activist and hopeful millennial, I won’t support a broken system by voting for Hillary

If Clinton is the Democratic nominee, I’ll leave the presidential column of my general election ballot blank<p>Four years ago, I attended a College Democrats conference in Chicago. I set foot inside Obama’s campaign headquarters and felt the enthusiasm about his presidency first-hand. For the first …

This is much worse than the Panama Papers: How America became a world leader in tax avoidance

<b>(CURAphotography via Shutterstock/Salon)</b><p>No Americans have been implicated in the stunning document trove detailing widespread global corruption — yet<p>David Dayen<p>April 5, 2016 9:58am (UTC)<p>Often when I’m sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic on one of L.A.’s many freeways, my mind drifts to wondering if …

It’s so much worse than Trump: The history of the modern GOP is a history of racism, bigotry and dog-whistles

The party of Lincoln? Sure, in 1858. Today’s GOP wants to pretend Trump is an outlier. They should look in a mirror<p>The denunciations are piling in. Not just Democrats and independents but countless Republican elected officials, pundits and party activists have announced their opposition to Donald …

John Kerry warns US presidential race is becoming an 'embarrassment'

US Secretary of State John Kerry has called the 2016 presidential race an “embarrassment” and warned that it is lowering the country’s reputation …

Human Rights

Voting for Bernie Sanders is a Win-Win for Democrats

Sen. Bernie Sanders was finally able to significantly cut into Sec. Hillary Clinton's pledged delegate lead in this past week's "Western Tuesday and Saturday" contests. Sanders' campaign manager, Jeff Weaver, has repeatedly said that after March 15th Bernie would chip away at Hillary's lead until …

Seattle's progressives see a Sanders win in Washington as a way to send a message to Democrats

When<p>Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign started hiring staff here in February, operatives found they had more of a head start than they expected.<p>Sanders activists, working on their own dime, had been training supporters and running phone banks for months, and they provided the candidate's team …