Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is the second best Pirates movie. It’s also exhausting.

Get ready for another bloated sea monster carcass of a movie! I find the best way to spot a mediocre film is to gauge just how much of its running time I spend thinking about what I’m going to order for dinner afterward. So let me tell you about the poutine order I placed after seeing Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Start with the basic poutine — nice, squeaky cheese curds…

"Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is the second best Pirates movie. It’s also exhausting."

I’m a pro-choice activist and lifelong Democrat. Why is the party wavering on my rights?

Enough with betrayal. Shortly after the Trump inauguration, I attended a dinner party with a progressive group of friends who work in and around politics. The immersive grief we and half the nation’s voters felt was playing out –- let’s be honest here –- over some wine and salmon. The group did what we’ve all done dozens of times since January: We ran the gauntlet of reasons why Trump was in the White House. But…

"I’m a pro-choice activist and lifelong Democrat. Why is the party wavering on my rights?"

I’m a democrat. I’m also pro-life. Will my party accept me?

Nancy Pelosi said that pro-life democrats like me are welcome. Then came the backlash. “Can you be a Democrat and the support of the Democratic Party if you are pro-life?” Chuck Todd asked Nancy Pelosi on Meet the Press in late April. In that moment the air turned thin in my lungs. Chuck Todd was asking if I was allowed to be a Democrat. It took Pelosi less than a second to respond to the…

"I’m a democrat. I’m also pro-life. Will my party accept me?"

Why Republicans can’t fix health insurance

The more market-oriented your approach, the more it’s going to cost. The Congressional Budget Office analysis of the Republican health care and tax cut bill that passed the House of Representatives last month is full of striking facts. But here’s a particularly telling one: The regulatory changes made at the behest of the far-right Freedom Caucus do succeed in yanking insurance coverage from 1 million fewer people than would have lost coverage under the original…

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Trump is a commander in chief who doesn’t command

“You can blow stuff up … but where do things end?” The US military is making many life-or-death decisions without input from the person who matters most: the president of the United States. In Trump’s first months in office, the US conducted drone strikes in Yemen and a special operations raid where a Navy SEAL was killed, dropped the “mother of all bombs” in Afghanistan, and on Thursday struck Assad’s forces in Syria. What all…

"Trump is a commander in chief who doesn’t command"

I’m a pro-life evangelical. Republicans are pushing a heath care bill that isn’t.

The AHCA fails to protect the truly vulnerable. As an evangelical who opposed Donald Trump’s presidency, I should be used to a certain political homelessness by now. Most days I’m fine with it. I believe Christian faith is strongest when it transcends the talking points of Republicans and Democrats alike. But on the topic of abortion, the homelessness comes as an existential crisis — and tempts me to check out of politics entirely. I oppose…

"I’m a pro-life evangelical. Republicans are pushing a heath care bill that isn’t."

Let’s deconstruct Greg Gianforte’s unbelievable defense of assaulting a reporter

Shortly after he was publicly accused of assaulting a reporter Wednesday night, House candidate Greg Gianforte (R-MT) put out a statement that portrayed himself as the victim of the altercation. Full statement from Greg Gianforte campaign about alleged assault on @Guardian reporter @Bencjacobs. #bdcnews #mtal pic.twitter.com/AQxkJ3uVXX — Whitney Bermes (@wabermes) May 25, 2017 Shane Scanlon, Gianforte’s spokesperson, made a number of specific factual assertions. One was that the Guardian’s Ben Jacobs was had “aggressively shoved”…

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Republican House candidate charged with misdemeanor assault day before election

Republican House candidate Greg Gianforte has been charged with misdemeanor assault after allegedly body-slamming a reporter on the eve of Montana’s closely-watched special election. Gianforte was accused of attacking Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs at a local campaign barbecue over questions about Republicans’s House health care bill, breaking his glasses and forcing him to go to the hospital to have his elbow x-rayed, according to multiple reports. With hours until the end of a months-long campaign,…

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Behind the Montana special election “bodyslam” story is an important point about AHCA

Republican Greg Gianforte is up for election tomorrow in a special House race in Montana — and he, allegedly, decided to body slam Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs after a question about the projected effects of the health care bill Republicans passed earlier this month. And there’s a way to almost make sense of it. Let’s walk through this: Jacobs, according to the audio released by the Guardian of the incident, asked Gianforte what he thought…

"Behind the Montana special election “bodyslam” story is an important point about AHCA"

Montana’s special election — with a wild, 11th-hour twist — explained

A GOP House candidate was accused of assault the eve of an election with national consequences. With just one day until the election, Republican candidate Greg Gianforte appears to have assaulted Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs after being asked a question about Republicans’ health care bill. On Wednesday night, Jacobs alleged that Gianforte smashed his glasses and “body slammed” him to the ground. Jacobs quickly posted audio that appeared back up his version of the story.…

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