HBOs Years and YearsWith Its Near-Future, Personal and Global DramasIs The Best Thing on TV

If you are a Russell T. Davies fan, or indeed any Years and Years fan, will have been both not shocked and surprisedthe writer and show are adept twist-and-turnersand yet hugely shocked and surprised, because the death was stark and its immediate aftereffects even starker. Years and Years is unlike any science fiction, or piece of futurism, on TV. It is set in the future, but the near-future, a recognizable, all too politically and culturally plausible future. Right-wing nationalism is on the rise globally, Emma Thompsons far-right PM Viv Rooka scarily spot-on mash-up of Trump, Katie Hopkins,

Why the Sexual Predator in the White House Needed to Get Rid of Acosta

Many of Donald Trumps best people have left in disgrace but none more so than Alexander Acosta, who showed no conscience or remorse in letting pedophile Jeffrey Epstein off the hook when he was a federal prosecutor. In a press conference ordered up by Trump to save his job, Acosta failed miserably. And on Friday morning, Trump perp-walked Acosta, wearing his now familiar smirk, out to face the press corps on the south lawn of the White House, to announce that Acosta had decided to investigation of Epsteins victims, exposing anew that Acosta looked evil in the eye and saw a deal to be cut. It definitely couldnt be because evangelicals or Senate Republicans suddenly remembered they had a modicum …

Trumps Next Big Test for Congress: Will They Let Him Stiff Them on Iran?

As the possibility of armed conflict with Iran grows more real, lawmakers in Congress are struggling to settle on whatif anythingthey are obligated to do as the only branch with the constitutional authority to declare war. Many lawmakers, including a odd-couple coalition of libertarian-minded Republicans and mainstream and progressive Democrats, are increasingly worried that the Trump administration might use, as a legal basis for war, the 18-year old authorization of military force, or AUMF, that Congress approved immediately after the September 11th attacks. And as the possibility of conflict inches closer, they are making a play to force the administration to come to Congress and actually convince them military action is necessary. In the Senate, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) and …

Judge Denies House Lawsuit Challenging Trumps Border Wall

A district court judge has denied a House request that challenged President Donald Trumps reports. U.S. District Judge Trevor N. McFadden ruled the House did not have proper legal authority to sue the president in the executive branch over spending decisions, including allegedly overstepping his power by diverting billions intended for other purposes to pay for it, the Post reports. In a lengthy decision, McFadden wrote, While the Constitution bestows upon Members of the House many powers, it does not grant them standing to hale the Executive Branch into court claiming a dilution of Congresss legislative authority. The ruling continued, The Court therefore lacks jurisdiction to hear the Houses claims and will deny its motion. A key issue is whether …