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New California Senator Laphonza Butler’s Hollywood Connections

When actress Yvette Nicole Brown first heard that California Gov. Gavin Newsom had appointed Laphonza Butler to serve as U.S. Senator on Oct. 1, filling the seat left vacant following the death of longstanding Democratic senator Dianne Feinstein, her immediate thought was, “Of course.” Having been a part of the search committee that ushered in […]

Filmmaker Rory Kennedy Joins Siblings to Denounce Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s Independent Presidential Run

White House hopeful Robert F. Kennedy Jr. announced on Monday a decision to switch parties in his presidential bid by exiting the Democratic party and running as a third party Independent. The move — revealed during a rally held outside the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia that featured remarks by his actress wife Cheryl Hines of […]

Anti-Defamation League Director Criticizes MSNBC Coverage of Attacks on Israel While On Network

Amid the flurry of breaking news coverage of the attacks on Israel, Jonathan Greenblatt, national director and CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, appeared on MSNBC to critique the way the network, as well as some others in media, have depicted the conflict.  Appearing on Morning Joe on Monday, Greenblatt — a frequent guest on cable […]

Nobel Peace Prize Goes to Iran’s Narges Mohammadi for “Her Fight Against the Oppression of Women”

Iranian human rights advocate and freedom fighter Narges Mohammadi has won the Nobel Peace Prize 2023, organizers of the award said Friday. The Norwegian Nobel committee that awards the prize lauded Mohammadi for “her fight against the oppression of women in Iran and her fight to promote human rights and freedom for all.” It highlighted: […]

Gov. Gavin Newsom Vetoes WGA and SAG-AFTRA Backed-Bill to Give Unemployment Checks to Striking Workers

California Gov. Gavin Newsom vetoed a bill Saturday that would have given unemployment benefits to workers on strike. Newsom said he rejected the bill, which was backed by the Writers Guild of America and SAG-AFTRA, because the fund that the state uses to pay unemployment benefits is projected to be nearly $20 billion in debt […]

Dianne Feinstein, California Senator Who Broke Gender Barriers, Dies at 90

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, a centrist Democrat who was elected to the Senate in 1992 in the “Year of the Woman” and broke gender barriers throughout her long career in local and national politics, has died. She was 90. Three people familiar with the situation confirmed her death to The Associated Press on […]

New York Judge Finds Donald Trump and His Sons Liable for Fraud

A judge ruled Tuesday that Donald Trump committed fraud for years while building the real estate empire that catapulted him to fame and the White House. Judge Arthur Engoron, ruling in a civil lawsuit brought by New York’s attorney general, found that the former president and his company deceived banks, insurers and others by massively […]

Gavin Newsom to Debate Ron DeSantis in Debate Moderated by Fox News Host Sean Hannity

The long-rumored televised debate between California Governor Gavin Newsom and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is officially a go. Fox News says that its 9 p.m. host Sean Hannity will moderate the debate, which will be held Thursday, Nov. 30 in the state of Georgia. The 90-minute debate will take place at a location to be […]

Taylor Swift’s Call for Fans to Register to Vote Helped Drive Surge in Traffic to Registration Site

The nonpartisan nonprofit saw a spike in voter registration, thanks to Taylor Swift. The organization said it had 157,041 eligible voters visit the site on Tuesday, which was National Voter Registration Day, as well as 35,252 new registrations. This came after the Grammy-winning singer took to her Instagram Stories that morning, which has 272 […]

Rep. Ro Khanna: Why I Took a Congressional Delegation to Bollywood (Guest Column)

When I decided to lead the first delegation of lawmakers to India to celebrate the country’s Independence Day earlier this month, I knew that Bollywood had to be a major focus of the trip because it has played such an important role in telling India’s story after colonialism. Hollywood and Bollywood are among the most […]

Vivek Ramaswamy Wants to Talk About Hollywood Diversity, but Can’t Get Past His Own Rhetoric

Donald Trump’s legal woes, combined with the passionate devotion of his loyalists, have made him one of the biggest wild cards in the history of presidential politics. But this Republican primary cycle has also been shaken up by one of Trump’s self-proclaimed biggest fans, Vivek Ramaswamy. The right-wing entrepreneur, who has said he’s prepared to […]

Bill Maher Pushes Back on Joe Rogan: Trump Is a “Crazy, Stupid Criminal”

Bill Maher and Joe Rogan agreed on at least one thing during the Real Time host’s latest visit to Rogan’s hugely popular podcast. They both seemed to concur that Joe Biden is a lackluster president, might be “mentally compromised,” and his years-old business dealing with his son Hunter looks rather shady. But when Rogan tried […]

U.S. Rep Barbara Lee on Strikes, Senate Campaign and Dissent: “I Was Called a Traitor”

Of the thousands of members of Congress who have served throughout history, few will be remembered, with rare exceptions. Those who become presidents, or Speaker of the House, or have buildings named after them are less likely to be forgotten. Then there are those whose policy stands solidify their legacies. When California Representative Barbara Lee […]

Donald Trump Returns to Twitter After Georgia Arrest

In the aftermath of his arrest in Georgia on 2020 election charges, and the release of his historic mugshot, Donald Trump tweeted for the first time in over two and a half years. The former president took to Twitter/X on Thursday night, posting the mugshot along with the all-caps statement: “ELECTION INTERFERENCE NEVER SURRENDER!” A […]

Donald Trump Mugshot Released After Georgia Arrest

The first-ever mugshot of an American president has been released. Donald J. Trump’s historic booking photo has been revealed from his surrender at the Fulton County Jail in Atlanta on Thursday. Trump was charged earlier this month with 13 counts of attempting to interfere with Georgia’s election process in the 2020 presidential race. It marked […]

GOP Candidates Tangle in Milwaukee as They Vie to Be the Leading Alternative to Front-Runner Trump

The Republican presidential candidates vying to be the leading alternative to front-runner Donald Trump fought — sometimes bitterly — over abortion rights, U.S. support for Ukraine and the future of the party during the first primary debate of the 2024 campaign. But on what is arguably the most consequential choice facing the party, virtually all lined up […]