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On July 20, 1969, man first landed on the moon. Here are NASA’s Original Mission Video (over three hours — if you just want to see the first step, start at 3:15), photographs taken by NASA’s Apollo astronauts, and a gallery of photos from the mission, memories of plucking NASA’s moonmen from the sea, and the …

Ready for the Green New Cronyism?

Looking at Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal, one is reminded of Voltaire’s comment that the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy, nor Roman, nor an empire. But that might be slightly unfair. There is some Green in the GND, though the ideas aren’t New, and it’s definitely not a Deal. At least not for …

Congress Takes Up Surprise Medical Bills

My new Bloomberg Opinion column looks at the congressional debate over surprise medical bills, and what it portends for “Medicare for All.” View original Post

Bernie Sanders' campaign adapts after Washington primary shift

ISSAQUAH, Wash. (AP) — It’s a cloudy weekend morning at a farmers’ market in a leafy suburb east of Seattle, and Bernie Sanders’ volunteers are out in force. Along with traditional campaign materials, they have what they say might be the next best thing to the candidate himself: a life-size cardboard figure for selfies. But …

Virginia Democrats threaten to boycott Jamestown commemorations if Donald Trump attends

Democratic leaders of the Virginia Legislature said Friday they plan to skip festivities being held in Jamestown this month if President Trump is present. The politicians issued a joint statement threatening to boycott events marking four centuries since Jamestown hosted the first representative assembly in the Western Hemisphere. “We will not be attending any part …

Robert Mueller's testimony poses risk for Donald Trump, but also for Democrats

WASHINGTON (AP) — Robert Mueller’s testimony before Congress will depend not so much on what he says, but that he’s even saying it at all. For Democrats, the special counsel’s appearance Wednesday creates a moment many have been waiting for: Mueller finally speaking out, piercing the public consciousness about President Trump’s response to the Russia …

With Mueller Time a Flop, Dems Run to Plans B and C

Under Plan A, Democrats convinced themselves they would never have to run against Trump in 2020, or, that he would limp to the finish line so battered, with the country in such shambles, that it would be no contest. We saw what could be Plan A’s final act when Robert Mueller’s testimony, scheduled for Wednesday, …

Donald Trump denies responsibility for 'send her back' chant: 'I did nothing to lead people on'

President Trump on Saturday denied provoking the shouts of “send her back” that his supporters chanted about Rep. Ilhan Omar during one of his recent reelection campaign rallies. “I did nothing to lead people on, nor was I particularly happy with their chant,” Mr. Trump said on Twitter. “Just a very big and patriotic crowd. …

Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats on Film

Cats (Universal Pictures) Making a film of Cats is a bold endeavor — it is a musical with no real plot, based on T. S. Eliot’s idea of child-appropriate poems, and old Tom was a strange cat indeed. Casting Idris Elba as the criminal cat Macavity seems almost inevitable — he has always made a …

Did ‘The Squad’ Just Make Trump’s Day?

So which is it ? Is Donald Trump a racist, as the House just declared in a resolution? Or did Trump just lure the Democrats into a political trap? The 2020 election could well hang on such questions.  On Tuesday night, the House voted 240-187—with four Republicans and an ex-Republican joining in—to declare that Trump’s …