Georgia politician not bothered by Trump’s use of racial slur ‘in the past’

Rumors continued to swirl this week that President Donald used the “N-word” several times on tape. Georgia state Sen. Michael Williams is fine with that. “It would matter [to me] as an individual,” Williams, who is white, told CNN’s Victor Blackwell of the alleged recordings on…

Is Alliance Defending Freedom a hate group? Just look at their work.

The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) and its conservative allies were thrilled earlier this month when Attorney General Jeff Sessions addressed the legal organization and assured them that they are not a hate group, contrary to their designation as such by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)….

Virginia GOP candidate lies and says ‘the left’ was responsible for violence in Charlottesville

Corey Stewart, the Republican nominee challenging Sen. Tim Kaine (D) in Virginia this fall, sent out a fundraising email blaming the violence at last year’s “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville on leftist counter-protesters — a gross misrepresentation of the events that day. “We need…

A year after Charlottesville, Silicon Valley still profits off extremism

This story is a collaboration between ThinkProgress and Right Wing Watch. It also appears on Right Wing Watch. A year ago, Americans watched on in horror as the extremism and hate of the so-called “alt-right”, which had long been festering online, materialized in a very…

The Omarosa zeitgeist is just a new spin on the same old distraction

In this week’s episode of “As The Donald Distracts,” our ongoing made-for-media drama produced and directed by the Trump White House, erstwhile sycophantic supporter Omarosa Manigault Newman has turned from trusted inner-circle advisor to fired-and-feared administration antagonist as she peddles her self-serving memoir, “Unhinged.” “I will…

Twitter suspends Alex Jones for one week following threatening video

Twitter slapped far-right radio hobbyist and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones on the wrist this week, suspending him from its platform for one week. The company says Jones violated its community guidelines against inciting violence when he posted a Periscope video Monday, calling on supporters to “have…

Kentucky congressman slimes opponent for raising money in same state where Elizabeth Warren lives

Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY) released a new ad this week accusing his opponent Amy McGrath of the cardinal sin of having traveled to other states to raise money for her campaign. What’s more, he notes, she traveled to the same places where Sen. Elizabeth Warren…

Betsy DeVos’ $40 million yacht, and all the other ways she’s dodged taxes

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos came under fire this week after reports suggested she has avoided paying taxes on the $40 million yacht she registered in the Cayman Islands. Although the vessel was moored in northern Ohio, where someone recently untied it, the DeVos family…

Ryan Zinke sidesteps climate change in broadside blaming ‘radical environmentalists’ for wildfires

President Donald Trump finally took notice of the California wildfires earlier this week when he used the ongoing disasters to attack the state’s water policies and the nation’s environmental laws. Trump’s perplexing comments were followed by an op-ed in USA Today by Interior Secretary Ryan…

New film portrays the psychological manipulation of ex-gay conversion therapy

This post contains mild spoilers from The Miseducation of Cameron Post. Many movies have referenced conversion therapy, but the new film The Miseducation of Cameron Post, based on a young adult novel of the same name, is perhaps the first to take an honest look at the…