After Saudi Air Strike Kills 44 Children, Members of Congress Finally Start to Worry About Our Role in Yemen

The current civil war in Yemen between Houthi rebels and a coalition led by Saudi Arabia is one of the worst humanitarian crises on Earth. Air strikes by Saudi Arabia, helped along by U.S. intelligence, weapons, and troops, have killed more than 5,000 civilians since the war began in 2015, and the resulting famine has…

Obama Is Reportedly Having Weird Secret Meetings With All the Big 2020 Contenders

There are those—Splinter’s own Hamilton Nolan among them—who would say that Barack Obama has been decidedly lax in his post-presidential life. Here we are, a nation in crisis, and the former president has been largely absent from the public eye, save for a few (refreshingly coherent) tweets and cherrypicked media…

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Doesn't Want Consumers to Have Access to Complaints About Financial Institutions

Republicans have never wanted the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the brainchild of then-Harvard professor Elizabeth Warren in the wake of the financial crisis, to exist. But now that they’re running the federal government, they’re finding some new and innovative ways to shill for banks and other financial…

Elizabeth Warren Tries to Defend Kirsten Gillibrand From Trump, Doesn't Quite Stick the Landing

After our president started Tuesday out by suggesting New York Senator Kirstin Gillibrand “would do anything” for campaign donations—which was widely read as a gross and harassing statement—her colleague Elizabeth Warren tried to come to Gillibrand’s defense but didn’t quite stick the landing.