Sally Yates vs. Ted Cruz: FINISH HIM

On Monday, former acting attorney general Sally Yates testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism about connections to Russia throughout Trump's campaign team and administration. Remember how she told the White House counsel about Michael Flynn being compromised, and got cool-story-bro'd? Well, Ted Cruz had some questions -- but not about anything to do with that, because he just wanted to get in his smug digs about her refusal to enact Trump's Muslim ban ....more

Quick Hit: The White House ignored Sally Yates because… Clinton?

So Sally Yates testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism on Monday, talking about Russian interference in the election. Largely she talked about trying to tell the White House that National Security Advisor Michael Flynn was talking with the Russians and lying about it, and how they were, like, "NBD." So in this morning's press briefing, Sean Spicer was quick to discredit Yates, saying it was perfectly reasonable to disregard her evidence-backed warnings because she's a Clinton supporter (apparently), and I guess those are prone to lying about matters of national security? Whatever ....more

Quick hit: Things that surprise Donald Trump

In a statement that surprises absolutely no one, Donald Trump said that he thought the presidency would be easier than being a businessman. "I loved my previous life. I had so many things going," Trump told Reuters in an interview ....more

Jailing rape victims who refuse to testify v. protecting personal agency

It's not uncommon for rape victims to suffer at the hands of the justice system for reporting the crime committed against them. They're interrogated about their clothing and behavior when they were raped, they're accused of lying, and frequently they have to watch as the authorities half-ass the investigation and then throw up their hands and dismiss it as he-said, she-said. The courts in New Orleans go even further, though, as rape victims, and other victims of violent crime, can be -- and have been -- jailed for refusing to testify against their rapist in court ....more

FYI: The ADL has compiled a Hate Symbols database

Hate on Display™: "this database provides an overview of many of the symbols most frequently used by a variety of white supremacist groups and movements, as well as some other types of hate groups. " Read more → ...more

Let’s talk about inspiration pr0n.

Rebecca Schmitt, Rashema Mason, Griffin Furlong, and Crystal Tarbell are incredible young people -- they endured homelessness and incredible emotional hardship to become valedictorian at their high school and earn college scholarships. Their stories make for inspirational, heartwarming reads -- unless you pause long enough to ask, "In what world should a girl and her family end up homeless because they can't afford her mother's cancer treatment?" Read more → ...more

Open Thread with Oops, Our Bad

Overlooked the domain renewal, didn't we? Read more → ...more

Ugh, “presidential”

Following Donald Trump's address to the joint session of Congress Tuesday night, the news media -- left and right -- have been falling all over themselves about how presidential he sounded. And it's true that the address was decidedly un-Trumpian. He didn't talk about his electoral margin ....more

Quick hit: The Women’s March on Washington was driven by demons.

But it's okay. Jim Bakker and Billye Brim are going to get them out for you. Read more → ...more

Things to know about Trump’s ban on Muslims

On Friday afternoon -- International Holocaust Remembrance Day, in fact -- Donald Trump signed an executive order essentially banning Muslims from entering the U.S. Because words no longer have meaning, he named it "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States," and here's what you need to know about it. Read more → ...more