A Horrifying Statistic

I learned today that suicide is the leading cause of death of men under 45 in the UK. If you or someone you know is reporting ANY of the symptoms of depression or hopelessness, please know your life matters. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8755) and speak to someone about it. Several of us at Crooks and Liars […]

Mitch McConnell Reassures Hannity: Don Jr. Subpoena Will ‘Have a Happy Ending’

Days after calling for the end of the “Groundhog Day spectacle” of Trump investigations, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reassured a fraught Sean Hannity on Thursday night that Senate Intelligence Committee chair Richard Burr’s (R-NC) subpoena of Donald Trump Jr. was no big deal. Noting that McConnell had declared “case closed” on the Mueller report, […]

Chelsea Manning Is Released From Jail, but She May Return Soon

Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence analyst who provided secret military documents to WikiLeaks in 2010, was released from jail Thursday after being held for two months for refusing to testify before a grand jury investigating the online leak-publishing organization. Ms. Manning’s release came on the day that the term of the grand jury that […]

A 12-year-old described clinging to a baseball bat to defend classmates during school shooting

Here’s an account from 12-year-old Nate Holley, who described the scene inside his classroom yesterday as two shooters began firing on their classmates inside STEM School Highlands Ranch in suburban Denver. 

Warning: It is very difficult to hear a boy so young describe how willing he was to throw himself in the line of fire.

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12-year-old Nate Holley tells CNN’s Brooke Baldwin that he hid in a closet during the violence at STEM School Highlands Ranch and had been prepared to fight off the shooter with a baseball bat “I was going to go down fighting, if I was going to go down.” pic.twitter.com/1XQ8uiVyEB

— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) May 8, 2019

Young children like Nate Holley should not be thinking about how they can sacrifice themselves to save their classmates in the face of another mass shooting. This is insanity. In fact, it was another student at STEM School Highlands Ranch who rushed one of the shooters. Kendrick Castillo was supposed to graduate high school this week and now his parents are planning a funeral instead of a graduation party.

D.C. Court of Appeals disbars Paul Manafort

Mike Coppola/Getty Images Cindy McCain is passionate about issues, not politics, and doesn’t plan on leading any resistance against President Trump, she told The Washington Post in an interview published Thursday. The widow of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who died last year of brain cancer, reflected on Trump’s treatment of her husband; he mocked McCain’s […]

Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders join forces on Loan Shark Prevention Act to cap credit card interest at 15%

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont announced their first piece of joint legislation Thursday: a cap on consumer loans and credit card interest of 15% titled the Loan Shark Prevention Act. The act, if passed, would shutter most payday loan companies, notorious for their outrageous interest rates, which often approach Mafia-like levels. Some states allow payday loans with annual interest rates approaching 700%.

While their proposal has a reasonable chance of success in the Democratic House of Representatives, it faces certain death in the Republican-controlled Senate, where it most likely will be killed in committee. But, like other bills being passed by the House that don’t have a chance, this one would show voters what legislation is likely to come to fruition if Democrats win the Senate and the White House 18 months from now.

Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez said in a statement: “Today’s loan sharks wear expensive suits and work on Wall Street, where they make hundreds of millions of dollars in total compensation by charging sky-high fees and usurious interest rates.” It’s certain that Wall Street and the banks will hate this proposal and probably the bullseye remarks from these two members of Congress about the damage caused to economically precarious people by these financial practices.

Creditcards.com, which tracks 100 popular cards, says interest rates have reached a record high recently. Rates depend on a person’s credit score, but the median rate was 21.36 percent last week, compared with 20.24 percent a year ago and nearly half that 10 years ago. 

The senator and representative announced their plan in a live-streamed discussion on Sanders’ Twitter account.

Giuliani Plans Ukraine Trip to Push for Inquiries That Could Help Trump

WASHINGTON — Rudolph W. Giuliani, President Trump’s personal lawyer, is encouraging Ukraine to wade further into sensitive political issues in the United States, seeking to push the incoming government in Kiev to press ahead with investigations that he hopes will benefit Mr. Trump. Mr. Giuliani said he plans to travel to Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, […]

Cory Booker and Ayanna Pressley team up to introduce bill on maternal mortality, especially for WOC

Rep. Ayanna Pressley, a Democrat from Massachusetts, and Sen. Cory Booker, a Democrat from New Jersey, are introducing an important piece of legislation with the mutual goal of extending how long Medicaid will cover postpartum women. Today, the U.S. has a shockingly high rate of maternal mortality, and advocates believe that extending healthcare coverage will help new parents receive the care they need.

As of right now, Medicaid only covers people for 60 days after they give birth. Medicaid, by the way, covers almost one-half of the births in the U.S. The Maximizing Outcomes for Moms through Medicaid Improvement and Enhancement of Services (MOMMIES) Act hopes to extend that Medicaid coverage for up to one year.

Meaning: This could help a lot of people, and in particular, black mothers. 

For perspective, the U.S. maternal mortality rate is at 20.7 percent per 100,000 live births, as reported by the United Health Foundation. This data looked at information from a five-year average pulling from 2011 to 2015.

In a press release, Booker states, “We live in a nation that spends more than any other country on health care, yet we still have the highest rate of pregnancy-related deaths of any country in the developed world. And Black women are nearly four times as likely to die from complications related to pregnancy than white women — in New Jersey they are five times as likely.”

The maternal mortality rate for black women is three times that of white women, as reported by the Center for Disease Control. When it comes to American Indian and Alaskan Native women, the mortality rate is 2.5 times higher than for white women.

Support Swells For Trump’s Impeachment

In the last two weeks, support for the impeachment of Donald Trump has risen by 5 points, according to the latest Reuters/Ipsos poll. 45 percent support impeaching Trump, while 42 percent oppose impeachment. The remaining respondents were undecided. A majority also agreed that Congressional investigations interfere with the business of governing, which they definitely want […]