10 Democratic rising stars to keep an eye on in the post-Pelosi era

By Chris Cillizza of CNN

Politics abhors a vacuum. So I reached out to a handful of the close observers of House Democratic politics and asked them for names of current members who could, should or will step into the void.

There was a remarkable amount of diversity in their picks — only Illinois Rep. Cheri Bustos was mentioned more than once.

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Posted in Democrats, House of Representatives, leadership

Key findings about U.S. immigrants

By Gustavo López and Kristen Bialik of Pew Research

The U.S. has more immigrants than any other country in the world. Today, more than 40 million people living in the U.S. were born in another country, accounting for about one-fifth of the world’s migrants in 2015.

The population of immigrants is also very diverse, with just about every country in the world represented among U.S. immigrants.

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Posted in Immigrants, Pew Research, Thought-Provoking Analysis, United States

What The Bork And Thomas Confirmation Fights Tell Us About Kavanaugh

By Clare Malone of FiveThirtyEight

The process of confirming Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court promises to be a Senate classic — grandstanding and softball questions galore. Some of those senators will likely also feel the process’s effects in the midterm elections, at least according to popular political wisdom.

Democrats in red states will have to navigate the realities of electoral politics: How will voters react if their senators go against President Trump’s conservative nominee? Will they be punished for a vote against the president?

That’s a tough question to answer statistically.

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Posted in Congress, FiveThirtyEight, Supreme Court, Thought-Provoking Analysis

Global Uptick in Government Restrictions on Religion in 2016

By Pew Research

Nationalist parties and organizations played an increasing role in harassment of religious minorities, especially in Europe.

In the United States, Muslims were the targets of derogatory rhetoric and proposed discrimination.

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Posted in Religion, Thought-Provoking Analysis

‘Shaken’ Rosenstein Felt Used by the White House in Comey Firing

By Michael S. Schmidt and Adam Goldman of the New York Times

In the days after the F.B.I. director James B. Comey was fired last year, the deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, repeatedly expressed anger about how the White House used him to rationalize the firing, saying the experience damaged his reputation, according to four people familiar with his outbursts.

In public, Mr. Rosenstein has shown no hint that he had second thoughts about his role — writing a memo about Mr. Comey’s performance that the White House used to justify firing him. “I wrote it. I believe it. I stand by it,” Mr. Rosenstein said to Congress last year.

But in meetings with law enforcement officials in the chaotic days immediately after Mr. Comey’s dismissal, and in subsequent conversations with colleagues and friends, Mr. Rosenstein appeared conflicted, according to the four people.

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Posted in FBI, Investigation, James Comey, New York Times, Rod Rosenstein, White House