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2018-01-23 06:49:54

Trump's Tweets Threaten His Travel Ban's Chances in Court  

President Donald Trump began the week with a barrage of early-morning tweets blasting the courts for blocking his travel ban executive order. But in doing so, he may have just made it more likely that the courts will keep blocking the ban. People, the lawyers and the courts can call it whatever they want, but I am calling it what we need and what it is, a TRAVEL BAN! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 5, 2017 The Justice Dept. should have stayed with the original Trave

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2017-06-05 18:07:05

The Intercept Discloses Top-Secret NSA Document on Russia Hacking Aimed at US Voting System   

On Monday, the Intercept published a classified internal NSA document noting that Russian military intelligence mounted an operation to hack at least one US voting software supplier—which provided software related to voter registration files—in the months prior to last year's presidential contest. It has previously been reported that Russia attempted to hack into voter registration systems, but this NSA document provides details of how one such operation occurred. According to t

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2017-06-05 14:31:40

Republican Congressman on Suspected Islamic Radicals: "Kill Them All"  

In response to the London terror attack, Rep. Clay Higgins (R-La.) had an extreme proposal: kill anyone suspected of being an Islamic radical. On his campaign Faceboook page, Higgins, a former police officer, posted this message: The free world…all of Christendom…is at war with Islamic horror. Not one penny of American treasure should be granted to any nation who harbors these heathen animals. Not a single radicalized Islamic suspect should be granted any measure of quar

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2017-06-05 12:22:09

How Trump and His Allies Have Run With Russian Propaganda  

The concept is straight from the Soviet playbook: Plant false information and use it to influence the attitudes of another country’s people and government. This “active measures” technique from the Cold War era appears to have been resurrected with alarming success by the Kremlin in its attack on the 2016 presidential election—and has been echoed in tactics used by President Donald Trump and his associates, according to Clint Watts, a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy

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2017-06-05 09:40:29

Imagine Being Pulled Off Death Row and Then Being Put Back on It  

In 1994, Marcus Robinson, who is black, was convicted of murder and sentenced to death for the 1991 killing of Erik Tornblom, a white teenager, in Cumberland County, North Carolina. He spent nearly 20 years on death row, but in 2012 his sentence was changed to life without a chance of parole. He was one of four death row inmates whose sentences were commuted by a judge who found that racial discrimination had played a role in their trials. The reason their cases were reviewed at all was bec

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2017-06-05 06:30:54

Der Spiegel Just Published the Minutes from Trump's Contentious Meeting With G7 Leaders  

German magazine Der Spiegel has been given access to minutes from a contentious meeting of G7 leaders in Taormina, Sicily, at the end of May, in which they applied last-ditch pressure on President Donald Trump to stay in the Paris climate agreement. The meeting came towards the end of Trump's first trip abroad as president—and became an opportunity for world leaders to intensely lobby the American president before Trump's final decision on whether US would leave the historic climate a

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2017-06-05 04:39:22

The Truth About Meal-Kit Freezer Packs  

People love to complain about the wastefulness of meal-kit delivery companies like Blue Apron and Hello Fresh. The baggies that hold a single scallion! The thousands of miles of shipping! The endless cardboard boxes! Those problems are annoying, but ultimately they're not environmental catastrophes: The baggies don't take up all that much landfill space, the cardboard boxes are recyclable, and it's not clear whether shipping meal kits is less efficient than transporting food to grocery stores

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2017-06-04 06:23:40

Quietly, Surely, We're Losing a Whole Pine Species En Masse and Nobody Gives a Damn  

This story was originally published by High Country News and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. U.S. Forest Service research ecologist Bob Keane has studied whitebark pine, a coniferous tree of the high country, for more than thirty years. Still, when asked to describe a whitebark to someone who's never seen one, he takes a breath and pauses for a moment. "Gosh," he says. The shape of the tree is very distinctive, Keane says. Instead of growing cone-shaped like

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2017-06-04 04:36:15

A New Wave of Left-Wing Militants Is Ready to Rumble in Portland—and Beyond  

One week after two men were stabbed to death while defending two girls from a racist and Islamophobic diatribe on a commuter train, Portland, Oregon, is bracing for more violence. On Sunday, over the mayor's objection, a right-wing group will hold a pro-Trump "free speech rally," while anti-fascist activists are preparing to protest the gathering. It's a pattern that has played out across the country since the election: Pro-Trump events from Pikeville, Kentucky, to Berkeley, California, att

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2017-06-04 03:55:04

Donald Trump's Vision of Pittsburgh is Sooooooo 80s  

This story was originally published by Slate and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Donald Trump officially announced the US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on climate change on Thursday, framing the 2015 deal as a kind of global plot to sabotage America. "The Paris Agreement handicaps the United States economy in order to win praise from the very foreign capitals and global activists that have long sought to gain wealth at our country's expense," Trump sai

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2017-06-03 04:33:13

Democrats Are Setting Their Sights on "Putin's Favorite Congressman"  

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) won his first election to the House of Representatives in 1988 with 64 percent of the vote. He's been reelected 13 times since then. And even though he walloped his most recent challenger by nearly 17 percentage points, some Democrats now think that this could be the final term for the Southern California conservative Politico has dubbed "Putin's favorite congressman." Protesters, sometimes numbering in the hundreds, assemble outside Rohrabacher's office eve

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2017-06-03 03:11:47

Look at All the Ways Trump's Staff Is Avoiding Answering This Basic Question  

Nobody at the White House seems to have asked President Donald Trump about his position on climate change. For years, Trump has been calling global warming a hoax, sometimes alleging that it was invented by China. The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2012 So why not just confirm that this is still his opinion? Especially when, after withdrawing the Un

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2017-06-02 14:01:06

In 3 Months, 3 Immigrants Have Died at a Private Detention Center in California  

A Honduran immigrant held at a troubled detention center in California's high desert died Wednesday night while in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Vincente Caceres-Maradiaga, 46, was receiving treatment for multiple medical conditions while waiting for an immigration court to decide whether to deport him, according an ICE statement. He collapsed as he was playing soccer at the detention facility and died while en route to a local hospital. Caceres-Maradiaga's death

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2017-06-02 13:34:04

Samantha Irby Has Some Diet Advice for You: Stay Fat  

  Photo of Samantha Irby by Eva Blue   On this week's episode of the Mother Jones food politics podcast, Bite (you should really subscribe!), we're talking about fat shaming—and we hear from two amazing writers who try not to internalize all the messages about the importance of being skinny. First up, writer Lindy West, author of the book Shrill and many pieces about body image, including one for the Stranger called "Hello, I Am Fat." Next, we talk to Samantha Irb

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2017-06-02 09:52:04

Picking Apart Trump's Climate Lies Is Unsurprisingly Easy. Here Are 9 Examples.  

This story was originally published by HuffPost and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. President Donald Trump announced plans to withdraw from the Paris climate accord on Thursday with a White House speech that made the historic agreement sound like a trade deal, which it isn't. But that was just one of the thorns in his Rose Garden statement. The nonbinding pact to reduce planet-warming emissions, approved by every country but Syria and Nicaragua, commits its

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2017-06-02 05:34:47

How Trump's War on Free Speech Threatens the Republic  

On May 17, while delivering a graduation speech to cadets at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, a scandal-plagued President Donald Trump took the opportunity to complain, yet again, about the news media. No leader in history, he said, has been treated as unfairly as he has been. Shortly thereafter, when the graduates presented Trump with a ceremonial sword, a live mic picked up Homeland Security chief John F. Kelly telling the president, "Use that on the press, sir!" Kelly

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2017-06-02 05:21:40

Donald Trump's White House Counsel Has One Main Job—And He's Failing At It  

Donald McGahn, like all White House counsels who have served before him, has a broad portfolio but one fundamental charge: to keep his boss, the president of the United States, out of trouble. To say McGahn hasn't fared well in this department is an understatement. President Donald Trump and his administration have been besieged by scandal from the outset. And lawyers who worked in past administrations, Democratic and Republican, have questioned whether McGahn has the judgment or the clout wit

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2017-06-02 03:45:08

Sorry, Donald: Pittsburgh Thinks You Are Wrong About Climate Change  

On Thursday, President Donald Trump portrayed his decision to pull the United States out of the historic Paris climate deal as a key part of his campaign pledge to put America first. "I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris," the president said. "I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris," Trump says of pulling out of a deal that'll affect every person on Earth — David Mack (@davidmackau) June 1, 2017 The

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2017-06-01 20:55:53

BREAKING: Trump Says He's Withdrawing From the Paris Climate Deal  

President Donald Trump announced Thursday that he intends to pull the United States out of the Paris climate change agreement. Trump has already faced criticism from world leaders, who've pressed him to stay in the landmark accord; from business leaders such as Elon Musk; and of course environmentalists, who say Trump is dooming the world to the worst-case scenario of global warming. Other countries, including China and European nations, have responded by reiterating their commitments to th

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2017-06-01 17:15:52

Trump Has No Idea What He Just Did or the Backlash That Awaits  

The negotiations leading up to the Paris climate accord involved years of delicate diplomacy and thousands of voices offering guidance. President Donald Trump's handling of the decision to leave was the polar opposite. Despite claiming that he's been "hearing from a lot of people," Trump doesn't appear to have any more detailed knowledge of climate change or the 2015 deal now than when he first pledged to cancel it on the campaign trail. The "lots of people" he's heard from include a dispro

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2017-06-01 17:07:14

Obama Slams Trump's Withdrawal From Paris Deal  

As President Donald Trump announced his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement on Thursday, former president Barack Obama released a statement denouncing the move as one that "reject[s] the future" and reduces American leadership on the international stage. He also expressed hope that cities and states would take the lead in the fight against climate change, even without the administration's support. "I believe the United States of America should be at th

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2017-06-01 15:43:35

Trump WH: Birth Control Mandate Is Unnecessary Because of Planned Parenthood, Which We'll Also Defund  

The Trump administration's argument for letting lots of employers opt out of covering birth control is…not exactly bulletproof. Yesterday, Vox reported that the Trump administration is considering a broad exemption to Obamacare's mandate on contraceptive coverage, according to a leaked draft of the proposed rule. If passed, the rule would allow virtually any employer, not just a religious one, to remove birth control coverage from its insurance plan if contraception violates the orga

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2017-06-01 15:03:13

Hacker, Banker, Soldier, Spy: A Guide to the Key Players in the Trump-Russia Scandal  

Noma Bar Keeping track of the relentless news on the widening Trump-Russia investigation—from revelations about the president's inner circle to the role of Russian oligarchs and other assorted players—isn't easy. As part of our project to cover this scandal, we've assembled dossiers on the sprawling cast of characters who populate this stranger-than-fiction controversy threatening to engulf the presidency. We'll be adding to and updating these, so check back regularly. Dona

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2017-06-01 12:28:47

The Entire World Would Be Better Off If Donald Trump Just Watched This Video  

In a yearlong series of short films for Undark, the digital publication of the Knight Science Journalism Fellowship Program at MIT, Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Ian Cheney, whose works include documentaries like "King Corn," "The Search for General Tso," and "The City Dark," turned his lens on climate change. In just over 12 minutes, he explores the scale of the challenge facing humanity: scientific and technical, the emotional, psychological, and political. Cheney doesn't pretend to offer

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2017-06-01 08:32:54

Trump Vowed to "Absolutely Prioritize" Black Colleges. Then Came His Budget.  

On the morning of February 27, more than 70 presidents of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) stood in a West Wing corridor, waiting to enter the Oval Office. The meeting with President Donald Trump would be historic—the first time the head of every HBCU in the country had been invited to meet with the president at the White House. Top aides Kellyanne Conway, Stephen Bannon, Stephen Miller, and Reince Preibus mixed and mingled with the group. According to Morgan State Un

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2017-06-01 08:21:08

Some Actual Good News After Trump's Paris Agreement Fiasco  

Just hours after President Donald Trump announced that he intends to withdraw the United States from Paris Climate Agreement, three state governors announced the formation of the United States Climate Alliance, a union that will work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, even as national leadership on climate change falters. For now, the alliance includes California, New York and Washington State. The governors of those states, Jerry Brown, Andrew Cuomo, and Jay Inslee, respectively, rele

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2017-06-01 07:02:14

Trump Is Waiving His Own Ethics Rules to Allow Lobbyists to Make Policy  

It seems clear now why the Trump administration fought so hard to avoid making public the details of the waivers it granted to White House staffers who might otherwise have been in violation of the president's self-imposed ethics rules. They show that President Donald Trump, who made "drain the swamp" a campaign battle cry, has enlisted numerous swamp-dwellers—former lobbyists, consultants, corporate executives—to staff key positions in his White House and has granted them broad ex

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2017-06-01 03:54:09

Trump Railed Against China While Abandoning Paris. His Views Are Wildly Outdated.  

President Donald Trump announced Wednesday afternoon that the US will abandon the historic Paris climate agreement—promising to "begin negotiations to re-enter either the Paris accord or an entirely new transaction on terms that are fair to the United States." In doing so, Trump characteristically railed against China—labeling it an economic foe and arguing it got the best end of the deal. "They can do whatever they want in 13 years, not us," he said of China's emissions plans.

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2017-06-01 01:38:07

Trump Wants to Let Your Boss Take Away Your Birth Control  

The Trump administration is considering a broad exemption to Obamacare's mandate on contraceptive coverage, according to a leaked draft of the proposed rule published by Vox on Wednesday. Since 2011, the Obamacare provision has required that most employers provide insurance that covers birth control, without any cost to the patient. The rule has been the target of a number of lawsuits by religious employers who felt that the requirement violated their religious beliefs. Showing sensitivity

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2017-05-31 20:32:05

Exxon's Shareholders Just Forced the Oil Giant's Hand on Climate Change  

In a landmark victory in the fight against climate change by corporations, Exxon Mobil shareholders on Wednesday voted to approve a plan that could force the oil company to release more information concerning its efforts to combat global warming. The 62.3-to-37.7 landmark vote, which took place at Exxon's annual meeting in Dallas, comes amid mounting investor pressure for management to be more accountable when working to prevent worldwide temperatures from rising 2 degrees Celsius—a g

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2017-05-31 17:35:36

Reports: Trump Is Planning to Abandon the Paris Climate Deal  

Multiple news outlets are reporting Wednesday morning that President Donald Trump intends to pull the United States out of the landmark Paris climate accord, citing White House officials. Trump himself continues to tease out the dramatic finish to a decision that he has put off for months: I will be announcing my decision on the Paris Accord over the next few days. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2017 What's not quite clear yet is whether T

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2017-05-31 09:42:31

Brandi Is Terrified She'll Fall Back Into Addiction If Obamacare Is Repealed  

Brandi, 30, depends on Medicaid expansion for opioid addiction medication. Courtesty of Brandi For much of her 20s, Brandi was in a bad place: staying up all night to sniff OxyContin and dealing marijuana from her apartment in a dingy Rochester, New York, housing project to feed her insatiable painkiller addiction. Drug users were always coming in and out of her place, a nearly empty one-bedroom that smelled of cat pee. Dinners consisted of instant noodles or McDonald's, where a friend wo

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2017-05-31 09:39:21

Internet Explodes Over Trump's "Covfefe" Tweet  

Shortly after midnight on Wednesday, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to publish the following message: "Despite the negative press covfefe." There was no follow-up tweet to finish the president's half-sentence thought, nor did any deletion of the apparent misspelling of "coverage" occur for another six, long hours. Meanwhile, the internet jumped to skewer Trump's latest gaffe: This is #covfefe translated from Russian. — Kristina Wong

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2017-05-31 07:51:50

Nearly 8,000 New Voters Registered Ahead of Georgia Special Election  

A last-minute push to register voters in Georgia's 6th Congressional District before the June 20 special election has resulted in nearly 8,000 new voters in the district as of Tuesday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. That's a big enough number to swing a close election, and polls thus far show the race within the margin of error. It's also an encouraging sign for Democrat Jon Ossoff, the insurgent candidate who topped the first round of voting in the solidly Republican district and i

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2017-05-31 07:09:13

Elon Musk Threatens to Ditch Trump's Advisory Council Over Paris Climate Treaty Withdrawal  

Amid news reports that President Donald Trump is preparing to pull the US out of the Paris climate treaty on Wednesday, Tesla CEO and member of Trump's economic advisory council, Elon Musk, threatened to step down as an adviser if the president went through with the withdrawal. Musk took to Twitter to insist he had done all he could to convince Trump to remain in the accord. When asked what he would do if his efforts went unheeded, the Tesla CEO said he would have no choice but to leave:

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2017-05-31 06:04:37

Hillary Clinton Is Out of Fucks  

Hillary Clinton appeared at Recode Wednesday in conversation with founders Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher, and to steal a headline from myself, she is out of fucks. It was fascinating to watch. She didn't hold back. You can watch the full thing below or continue on for some highlights. <br /> Here are some good bits, courtesy of the recode live blog: On emails!!! "The over riding issue that affected the election that I had any control over

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2017-05-31 02:39:03

The Police Officer Who Killed 12-Year-Old Tamir Rice Has Been Fired   

The police officer who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice in a Cleveland park in November 2014 has been fired, Cleveland's police chief said at a press conference on Tuesday. The decision comes two and a half years after Rice was killed. Officer Timothy Loehmann was fired not for shooting Rice but for lying on his job application about his disciplinary record at a previous police department, according to the termination documents. (Another officer who had been on the scene of the shooting was

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2017-05-30 20:59:09

The Question Sean Spicer Hasn't Asked the President  

You'd think President Donald Trump's opinion of climate change might inform the decision he promised to make on the Paris climate accord this week, following meetings with G7 leaders who pressured him to keep the US engaged. But it seems his team doesn't know what his position actually is. At a White House briefing on Tuesday, here is Press Secretary Sean Spicer's response to a reporter's question about whether Trump believes human activity is contributing to global warming: "Honestly, I ha

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2017-05-30 18:09:09

Trump Is Already Guilty of Aiding Putin's Attack on America  

The Trump-Russia scandal is the subject of multiple investigations that may or may not unearth new revelations, but this much is already certain: Donald Trump is guilty. We don't need additional information about the Russian covert scheme to undermine the 2016 campaign, or about the curious interactions between Team Trump and Russia, or about Trump pressuring and then firing FBI Director James Comey, to reach the judgment that the president of the United States engaged in wrongdoin

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2017-05-30 07:34:24

Darrell Issa Appears to Flee to Building Roof to Avoid Protesters   

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) was seen taking refuge on the roof of his office building in Vista, California, Tuesday, taking photos of angry constituents who had gathered below to protest the congressman's voting record. The incident comes before a much-anticipated town hall meeting this Saturday at San Juan Hills High School, where the nine-term congressman is expected to face a hostile crowd because of his support for various Trump administration policies, including the Republican plan

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2017-05-30 07:11:53

A Federal Judge Slams Trump: "Even the 'Good Hombres' Are Not Safe"  

Today, a federal appeals court judge in California rebuked the Trump administration for its zealous deportation policy and for "ripping apart a family." Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals found that he had no power to stop the removal of Andres Magana Ortiz, but nevertheless took the time to write a short opinion blasting his deportation as "inhumane." "We are unable to prevent Magana Ortiz's removal, yet it is contrary to the values of this nation and its legal sys

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2017-05-30 05:59:22

Hacks, Leaks, and Tweets: Everything We Now Know About the Attack on the 2016 Election  

The drumbeat of revelations over the past several weeks has been overwhelming. So we've created this timeline—from the hacking of the Democratic National Committee through the aftermath of Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey—to help you follow this scandal threatening the presidency. April 2016: The Democratic National Committee contacts the FBI about suspicious computer activity and hires cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike, which ties the hacking to Russian intelligence.

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2017-05-30 04:11:05

A Vet Turns to Farming to Heal His Wounds  

Alex Sutton sorts through all of his prescribed medications. His regimen at the time included anxiety medication and pills that helped him deal with depression, nightmares, and low energy issues. Alex Sutton is a decorated US Army veteran who served three tours in Iraq. Raised by his grandparents in Iowa, he joined the Army at 17, and served 13 years in the military. He has been wounded in combat and received the Purple Heart for his injuries. In 2011, he was honorably discharged and medi

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2017-05-29 09:58:49

She's a Climate Scientist. Here's Why She Quit Working for Trump.  

This story was originally published by High Country News and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The day after President Donald Trump's unexpected victory, Jane Zelikova was "crying her eyes out" in her office at the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. As a scientist researching how big fossil-fuel industries can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, she feared that her work would be stymied because of the new president's skepticism about climate change. As a

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2017-05-29 06:40:09

"My Guilt Will Never Go Away"  

This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. "My guilt will never go away," former Marine Matthew Hoh explained to me. "There is a significant portion of me that doesn't believe it should be allowed to go away, that this pain is fair." If America accepts the idea of fighting endless wars, it will have to accept something else as well: that the costs of war are similarly endless. I'm thinking about the trillions of dollars, the million or more "enemy" dead (a striking percent

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2017-05-29 05:12:47

Los Straitjackets' New Album Is Goofy and Sparkling  

Los StraitjacketsWhat's So Funny About Peace, Love and Los Straitjackets Yep Roc Courtesey of Yep Roc Music Group Garbed in Mexican wrestling masks and specializing in surf guitar instrumentals, Los Straitjackets have refused to take themselves seriously since their mid-'90s debut album—at least on one level. In reality, these accomplished and tasteful players have repeatedly shown that it's possible to invest a nostalgic, seemingly outdated style with a range of moods, fro

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2017-05-29 03:23:27

Facebook's Not Designed to Create a "Global Community"  

In the early 1960's, Canadian philosopher Marshall McLuhan coined the term "global village." He predicted that electronic technologies would come to connect citizens around the world, forming one huge community. Mark Zuckerberg, whose company Facebook has 1.8 billion users worldwide, continues to echo the idea in his public talks, including in February when he apologized about the spread of fake news on his platform and restated his mission to "build a global community that works for all of us

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2017-05-28 10:46:43

Wow. The Grand Canyon Is Being Stolen By a Sea of Fog.  

This story was originally published by HuffPost and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. SKYGLOWPROJECT.COM: KAIBAB ELEGY from Harun Mehmedinovic on Vimeo. A stunning time-lapse video of the Grand Canyon shows the carved formation as it may have looked millennia ago — but instead of water, it’s filled with what has the appearance of an ocean of fog. Filmmaker Harun Mehmedinovic has set up his camera at the canyon 30 different times since 2015.

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2017-05-28 04:11:07

We Can't Stop Looking at These Extremely Sexual Photos of Fruit  

  Stephanie Sarley plays with her food. Then she posts it online. The 28-year-old Bay Area artist is known for her provocative pictures of fruit—which have caught on in a big way: She has 225,000 Instagram followers and counting. Sarley thinks a lot about censorship, copyright infringement, and what makes people uncomfortable and why. I caught up with her to talk about all of that, plus her can't-look-away art. Photo courtesy Stephanie Sarley Mother Jones: How did the

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2017-05-28 02:21:22

Why Would a President Schmooze With Vicious Autocrats and Repressive Monarchs?  

A version of this story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. Much outrage has been expressed in recent weeks over President Donald Trump's White House invitation to Rodrigo Duterte, president of the Philippines, whose "war on drugs" has led to thousands of extrajudicial killings. Criticism of Trump was especially intense given his warm public support for other authoritarian rulers, including Egypt's Abdel Fatah al-Sisi (who visited the Oval Office amid presidential praise weeks earlie

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2017-05-28 01:41:27

How to Know If You're a "Super Taster"  

On our latest episode of Bite, we talked to political journalist Dylan Matthews, someone who couldn't care less about food. Matthews opts for cheap burritos over caviar and dislikes eating certain textures. The conversation got me thinking—what about those who really enjoy the taste of food?   You've probably heard of the legendary "supertasters," people with a higher sensitivity to taste stimuli. I always envied these people—how enjoyable it must be for them to sink t

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2017-05-27 13:36:09

These Stunning Photos Show the Real Cost of a Pipeline  

This story was originally published by Reveal and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. As police in riot gear swept the last protesters from camps near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in late February, two dozen men and women arrived in this small ranching and lumber town 1,200 miles to the northwest. They were armed with maps, posters, doughnuts and coffee, and hoped to sell locals on an oil pipeline—one larger and potentially more hazardous than the Dako

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2017-05-27 13:31:45

These Early '70s Ads Tried to Convince Kids the US Army Wasn't Totally Uptight  

In the early 1970s, the US Army had a serious problem with its brand. It was stuck in an unpopular and bloody war. Morale stank; even President Richard Nixon conceded to West Point cadets that "It is no secret that the discipline, integrity, patriotism, self-sacrifice, which are the very lifeblood of an effective armed force…can no longer be taken for granted in the Army." Plus, Nixon had promised to stop the draft and the Pentagon had agreed to reintroduce an all-volunteer force in 197

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2017-05-27 04:53:43

The Washington Post Just Published an Explosive Report About Jared Kushner and Russia  

Shoes continue to drop in the investigation into the Trump campaign's possible connections to Russia. Yesterday, speculation that the FBI was looking into the Trump family was confirmed by reports that Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior advisor, is under scrutiny. More details are emerging about the investigation. Enter the Washington Post: Jared Kushner and Russia’s ambassador to Washington discussed the possibility of setting up a secret and secure communicat

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2017-05-26 17:47:34

DHS Public Database Includes Personal Information of Abuse Victims  

The Trump administration's effort to highlight crimes committed by undocumented immigrants has become a nightmare for immigrant victims of abuse, with the personal information of undocumented victims appearing in a publicly searchable database launched last month by the Department of Homeland Security. Last month, DHS created the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) office, aimed at assisting the victims of crimes committed by immigrants. At the same time, it rolled out a databas

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2017-05-26 12:55:03

More Than One in Three Black Students in the South Attend an Intensely Segregated School  

More than 60 years after Brown v. Board of Education, the progress made toward dismantling segregated schools in the South, once the most integrated region in the country, seems to be steadily falling apart. A report released this week by UCLA's Civil Rights Project and Penn State University's Center for Education and Civil Rights finds that in 2014, more than one in three black students attended a school in the South that was intensely racially segregated, meaning a school where 90 percent

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2017-05-26 12:52:49

The Mystery Behind the Half-Million Dollars Michael Flynn Received as a Foreign Agent  

It is hard to keep track of all the Michael Flynn scandals. The former national security adviser for President Donald Trump—who lasted only 22 days in the job—is at the center of various investigations. He has drawn scrutiny for his contacts with the Russian government (and for lying about those contacts), for his pocketing of $45,000 from Kremlin-backed RT (and his failure to disclose the payment), for his lobbying for Turkish interests (and his failure to disclose that as well),

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2017-05-26 07:55:13

Trump's Behavior in Europe Has Made the World Cringe. Here's What's Really on the Line at the G7.  

One year ago Friday, when speaking on a campaign stop in North Dakota, Donald Trump declared he’d “cancel” the Paris climate agreement within 100 days of his presidency, framing it as a "bad deal" that undermines domestic interests. The 100 days have passed, but his unfulfilled pledge hangs over the G7 meeting in Italy. Trump has already appeared to push a NATO leader aside in Brussels and caused a diplomatic scuffle in Italy after accusing Germany of being "very bad" on t

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2017-05-26 06:10:28

Reuters: Jared Kushner Had Undisclosed Contact With Russian Envoy, Say Sources  

By Ned Parker and Jonathan Landay WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and close adviser, Jared Kushner, had at least three previously undisclosed contacts with the Russian ambassador to the United States during and after the 2016 presidential campaign, seven current and former U.S. officials told Reuters.     Those contacts included two phone calls between April and November last year, two of the sources said. By early this year, Kush

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2017-05-26 05:08:02

How the Trump White House Has Tried to Interfere With the Russia Investigations  

The pattern is increasingly clear: As investigations into the Trump campaign's ties to and possible collusion with Russia have intensified, so too have efforts by the president and his staff to quash those probes or put pressure on US officials to publicly deny the validity of the swirling allegations. For his part, President Donald Trump has long insisted there is nothing to the investigations: "The entire thing has been a witch hunt," he said during a recent press conference at the White

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2017-05-26 04:34:08

Here Are the Results for Montana's Body-Slamming-Marred Special Election  

Update 12:50am ET Friday, May 26, 2016: The race has been called for Republican Greg Gianforte. On Thursday voters in Montana went to the polls in a special election to replace Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who left Congress in March. (See below for the results, beginning at 7 p.m. PT.) The race was marred by a fishing-hole dispute, a concert at a nudist resort, and, in the waning hours of the campaign, a misdemeanor assault by the Republican front-runner, Greg Gianforte, who "body slammed

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2017-05-26 04:20:20

Hillary Clinton Shades Trump with the Perfect Nixon Comparison  

Hillary Clinton returned to Wellesley College Friday to deliver her alma mater's 2017 commencement speech, encouraging graduates not to sit on the sidelines during a political climate she described as a "full-fledged assault on truth and reason." Her remarks, which frequently sparked loud applause from the audience, included a number of veiled slights at President Donald Trump, including an implicit comparison with Richard Nixon. "By the way, we were furious about the past presidential elec

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2017-05-26 03:45:21

Alabama's Republican Governor Just Helped Thousands of Felons Get Their Voting Rights Back  

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed a law on Wednesday that could restore voting rights to thousands of felons, many of them African American, in a state where about 250,000 people are disenfranchised because of their criminal records. The change is all about finally defining a key legal phrase in the state's constitution: "moral turpitude." Currently, Alabama blocks anyone from voting who has committed a crime that falls into this category. But the phrase "moral turpitude" was not defined when th

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2017-05-25 21:36:10

Federal Appeals Court Upholds Block on Trump's Travel Ban  

A federal appeals court Thursday afternoon refused to reinstate the revised version of President Donald Trump's travel ban targeting six Muslim-majority countries, arguing that the ban represented a form of religious discrimination. The court's ruling stated that the president's order "drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination." Today's ruling from the Richmond-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upholds a March decision by a Maryland district court, whic

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2017-05-25 17:16:02

The Michael Flynn Scandal Descends on Trump's DC Hotel  

Ekim Alptekin, a well-connected Turkish businessman at the center of one of the many scandals swirling around President Donald Trump and his White House, stood before a crowd of several hundred people in downtown Washington and sought to clear up a few things. "There's been a lot of media attention on it," he later told a reporter, "so I just wanted to address the issue." The "issue" in question was no small matter. Last year, Alptekin paid $530,000 to retired Lt. General Michael Flynn to l

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2017-05-25 12:45:10

Here's What Montana Voters Are Waking Up to After Greg Gianforte's Assault Charge  

In the wake of Montana Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte's alleged assault of a reporter Wednesday, all three of the state's largest newspapers have withdrawn their endorsements of him. The papers, which include the Billings Gazette, Missoulian, and Independent Record, pulled their support within hours of the shocking incident, which came on the eve of Montana's special election to fill the seat of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. Gazette opinion: We're pulling our endo

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2017-05-25 12:30:52

If You Have a Preexisting Condition, the GOP Health Care Bill Is Even Worse Than You Thought  

When Republican lawmakers face criticism over their plan to allow states to dismantle protections for people with preexisting conditions, they have a pretty standard response. Their Obamacare repeal bill, they insist, would only allow insurers to jack up prices on sick people if those people haven't maintained continuous health coverage. "For individuals with preexisting conditions, once you are in the system, every proposal that I've heard so far says you stay in the system," Sen. Mike Rounds

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2017-05-25 11:49:42

The GOP Health Bill Would Make Zika the Newest Preexisting Condition  

The controversial GOP health care bill that narrowly passed the House of Representatives this month could have devastating consequences for mothers and children infected with Zika, experts say. The mosquito-borne virus is just one on a nearly endless list of preexisting medical conditions—cancer, asthma, pregnancy—for which insurers could potentially charge higher premiums if Republicans get their way. One of the most popular features of Obamacare is a provision known as "commun

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2017-05-25 09:25:12

I Talked to a Man on Alabama's Death Row. The State Plans to Kill Him Tonight.  

Alabama has been trying to put Thomas Arthur to death for more than 30 years. The 75-year-old inmate, who has consistently maintained his innocence for a 1982 murder, has had three trials and survived seven execution dates since 2001. On Thursday, Alabama will attempt to execute him again. "I didn't have anything to do with this," he tells Mother Jones from the Holman Correctional Facility, where Alabama houses most of those on death row. "I gave 'em hair and spit and everything…and

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2017-05-25 08:20:55

Women Are Now Living With the Fear of Deportation If They Report Domestic Violence  

President Donald Trump's January executive orders on immigration worried advocates working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, who argued that their clients and other victims of crime would no longer be willing to seek help or cooperate with law enforcement. Their concerns were further justified when police departments in Los Angeles and Houston announced that Latinos in those cities were reporting sexual assaults at lower rates in the wake of hostile rhetoric and enforceme

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2017-05-25 07:18:56

Trump Appears to Shove NATO Leader Aside for Better Position in Photos  

During a meeting with fellow NATO leaders in Brussels on Thursday, President Donald Trump appeared to shove Prime Minister Milo Dukanovic of Montenegro aside in order to position himself front and center for photographers. WATCH: Pres. Trump places his hand on a fellow NATO leader and moves him aside to return to the front of the group of leaders in Brussels. — NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) May 25, 2017 The gesture was swiftly mocked on

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2017-05-25 07:04:44

Jared Kushner Is Reportedly Under FBI Scrutiny for Meetings With Russians  

Jared Kusher, the husband of President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka and one of the president's top advisers in the White House, is "now a focus in the [FBI's] Russia investigation," according to a Washington Post report published Thursday evening. And NBC News reported, "Investigators believe Kushner has significant information relevant to their inquiry, officials said. That does not mean they suspect him of a crime or intend to charge him." Kushner's December meetings with Russian Ambass

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2017-05-25 04:16:51

Montana Republican Candidate Allegedly "Bodyslammed" Guardian Reporter on Eve of Election  

Montana Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte allegedly assaulted a reporter at a campaign event in Bozeman on Wednesday evening, one day before voters go to the polls to fill the seat vacated in March by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. The reporter, Ben Jacobs of the Guardian, had previously broken a major story about Gianforte's investments in Russian companies. Greg Gianforte just body slammed me and broke my glasses — Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) May 24, 2017 Jacobs b

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2017-05-25 03:48:48

The Question Greg Gianforte Wouldn't Answer Is the One That Could Bring Him Down  

In the aftermath of Montana Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte's assault on Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs, one thing has gotten lost: Gianforte never actually answered the question Jacobs asked. And he still hasn't. The question was quite simple. Gianforte had previously stated that he wanted to see the Congressional Budget Office score before saying whether he would have voted for the Affordable Health Care Act, the Obamacare repeal effort that passed the House on May 4. Late

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2017-05-25 02:48:50

Nothing Says "Happiness" and "Relief" Like Angela Merkel Seeing Barack Obama Again  

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is having quite the day with current and former US presidents. This morning she met with Barack Obama for breakfast and an event in front of thousands at the Brandenburg Gate, and with the rendezvous came a rhapsody of smiles and mutual affection. "We can't hide behind a wall," Obama told the rapt audience, a none-too-subtle dig at his successor, in his first speaking appearance in Europe since he left office. The crowd lapped it up. Tonight, Merkel is

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2017-05-25 02:22:31

New Report Details What Dirty Tricks Russian Cyber Hackers Use to Spread Lies and Mayhem  

Citizen Lab, a Toronto-based human rights research group that focuses on cyber security and surveillance, issued a report Thursday offering a detailed look at what they call an "extensive Russia-linked phishing and disinformation campaign" that targeted journalists and others, many of whom could be seen as undermining Russian President Vladimir Putin, those close to him, or Russian geopolitical interests. Entitled "Tainted Leaks," the report traces the evolution of how stolen emails are alt

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2017-05-25 02:11:41

Here Are the Results for Montana's Body-Slamming-Marred Special Election  

On Thursday voters in Montana went to the polls in a special election to replace Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who left Congress in March. (See below for the results, beginning at 7 p.m. PT.) The race was marred by a fishing-hole dispute, a concert at a nudist resort, and, in the waning hours of the campaign, a misdemeanor assault by the Republican front-runner, Greg Gianforte, who "body slammed" a reporter. No one ever called Montana politics boring. The race has major national implicatio

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2017-05-25 02:01:50

The US Lost Track of a Billion Dollars Worth of Weapons in Iraq—Again  

In June 2014, Iraqi forces dropped their weapons, shed their uniforms, and abandoned their posts as ISIS militants stormed into and captured Mosul. More than a year later, the United States began funneling $1.6 billion worth of new weaponry and other support to the beleaguered Iraqi army. The arsenal included tens of thousands of assault rifles, hundreds of armored vehicles, hundreds of mortar rounds, nearly 200 sniper rifles, and other gear. What happened to much of it is now a mystery. Ac

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2017-05-24 21:42:46

23 Million More Uninsured: Read the CBO's Report on the GOP Health Care Bill  

We now know roughly how many people will have health insurance under the bill to repeal Obamacare that House Republicans passed earlier this month. Late Wednesday afternoon, the Congressional Budget Office released its report analyzing the effects of the GOP's bill. It estimated that by 2026, 23 million fewer people would have insurance under the Republican plan than under current law. In total, 51 million would be uninsured by 2026 (compared to 28 million under current law). And those chan

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2017-05-24 18:43:15

Watch Betsy DeVos Dodge Questions About How She'd Deal With Private Schools That Discriminate  

In her first appearance before Congress since her contentious confirmation hearing in January, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos refused to say whether she would step in to withhold federal funding from private schools that discriminate against LGBT students. Speaking before the House appropriations subcommittee Wednesday to defend the administration's proposal to cut $10.6 billion from the education department's budget, DeVos pushed her familiar school choice message, arguing that state

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2017-05-24 16:18:19

Paul Ryan Says the GOP Health Bill Will Lower Premiums. That's Very Misleading.  

The Congressional Budget Office delivered brutal news to House Republicans on Wednesday. Their health care bill will cost 23 million people their health insurance over the next decade, according to the CBO's new analysis. House Republicans passed their health care plan, the American Health Care Act, earlier this month, before the CBO had time to run the numbers. As Republicans now struggle to defend the bill they've already approved, they've latched onto one piece of good news contained in

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2017-05-24 15:28:19

House Dems Investigating Trump Loans for Russian Connections  

Since Donald Trump became a presidential candidate, journalists and investigators looking at his business holdings have wondered if there are any Russian connections to the complicated and opaque finances of his real estate empire. So far, no solid evidence of a Moscow link has emerged. But on Wednesday a group of House Democrats took a significant step on this front. They sent a letter to German banking giant Deutsche Bank asking for information regarding the four large loans Trump has receiv

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2017-05-24 14:49:17

Montana Republican Candidate Allegedly "Bodyslammed" Guardian Reporter on Eve of Election  

Montana Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte allegedly assaulted a reporter at a campaign event in Bozeman on Wednesday evening, one day before voters go to the polls to fill the seat vacated in March by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. The reporter, Ben Jacobs of the Guardian, had previously broken a major story about Gianforte's investments in Russian companies. Greg Gianforte just body slammed me and broke my glasses — Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) May 24, 2017 Jacobs b

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2017-05-24 08:51:18

Team Pope to Team Trump: Please Just Stay in the Paris Climate Deal  

Pope Francis used the opportunity of President Donald Trump's Vatican visit on Wednesday to urge the United States to stay in the landmark Paris climate accord. It's a decision the new president has been kicking down the road ever since assuming office, despite a campaign pledge to withdraw from, or "cancel," US involvement in the deal. According to CNN: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, briefing reporters on Air Force One after the meeting, said terrorism and climate change came up.

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2017-05-24 07:36:36

How a "10-Hour Film" About Race and Police Violence Made It On Network Television  

Fox's limited event series, Shots Fired, ends its 10-episode season tonight. The show, which stars Stephan James, Sanaa Lathan, and my father, Richard Dreyfuss, centers around a small North Carolina community plunged into chaos after a black police officer, Joshua Beck, shoots a white college student, Jesse Carr, who had allegedly reached for a gun during a traffic stop. When Department of Justice investigators arrive, they soon uncover a second mystery: Only weeks earlier, a young black

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2017-05-24 04:46:25

British Officials Angered by US Leaks of Manchester Intelligence to Media  

High-ranking British officials, including Home Secretary Amber Rudd, are speaking out against the United States, after a number of confidential details in the ongoing investigation into Monday's Manchester attack appeared in American media before British authorities confirmed them. "The British police have been very clear that they want to control the flow of information to protect operational integrity, the element of surprise," Rudd said in an interview Wednesday with BBC's Radio 4.

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2017-05-24 04:25:20

Trump Isn't Enforcing His Plan to Avoid Violating the Emoluments Clause  

In January, Donald Trump's lawyer said that the Trump Organization would donate any profits earned at Trump hotels from a foreign government to the US Treasury. The move was supposedly an attempt to stay on the right side of the Constitution's Emoluments Clause, which prohibits US government officials from taking gifts or benefiting from foreign governments. Ethics experts noted that the pledge, issued by attorney Sheri Dillon, did not truly address this violation of the Constitution. Trump ne

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2017-05-24 01:21:44

Look at the Difference in Trump and Obama's Notes for Israel's Holocaust Memorial   

Before leaving Israel's Holocaust museum Yad Vashem Tuesday morning, President Donald Trump continued the tradition of US leaders who have visited the memorial before him, including former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, by writing a message in the Book of Remembrance. "It is a great honor to be here with my friends!" Trump's signature read. "So amazing and will never forget!" The president's note quickly attracted criticism for its strangely upbeat tone, with many mocking th

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2017-05-23 18:36:36

Trump Is Asking for $4.6 Billion for His Immigration Crackdown  

While he's still waiting for Mexico to agree to pay for his "big, beautiful" border wall, President Donald Trump is asking for $1.6 billion for, as Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney put it, the barrier's "bricks and mortar." An unnamed source told CNN that the money requested in the newly released 2018 budget proposal would cover just a few dozen miles of wall. The proposed wall spending represents a significant portion of the more than $4.5 billion the White House

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2017-05-23 17:59:42

Ex-CIA Chief: There Was Intel About Trump Campaign-Russia Contacts That FBI Needed to Probe  

Former CIA director John Brennan testified on Monday that he grew alarmed last summer about efforts by the Russian government to "suborn"—perhaps unwittingly—members of the Trump campaign, and that his concerns formed the basis for the FBI's probe into possible collusion between Trump officials and the Kremlin. His remarks came during a hearing of the House intelligence committee, which is investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 election, including potential coordination wi

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2017-05-23 16:07:24

Donald Trump Just Released a Plan to Destroy Medicaid  

When President Donald Trump released his first full budget Tuesday, he directly contradicted one of his most explicit promises from the presidential campaign. "I'm not going to cut Medicare or Medicaid," Trump unequivocally promised back in 2015. Trump's 2018 budget, if approved by Congress, would do just that. It calls for more than $1.4 trillion in cuts to Medicaid—the federal program that provides health insurance to low-income Americans—spread out over the next decade. Rathe

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2017-05-23 15:59:05

Here's How Trump's New Budget Screws Everyone but the Filthy Rich  

In a plan entitled "The New Foundation for American Greatness," the Trump administration released their full budget proposal on Tuesday morning, which outlined an extreme schedule of tax cuts for the next 10 years amounting to a total of $3.6 trillion paid for primarily by targeting programs that low-income and middle-class families depend on. "We are no longer going to measure compassion by the number of programs or the number of people on those programs," White House budget director Mick

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2017-05-23 15:32:44

There's Finally a Dollar Amount Attached to How Much Trump Hates the EPA  

President Donald Trump reserves a special level of antipathy for the Environmental Protection Agency. He campaigned on eliminating the EPA "in almost every form," and his budget director, Mick Mulvaney, declared that its climate change programs "waste your money." But his full budget wish list released Tuesday actually assigns a dollar value to his promises. In it, the EPA faces the steepest cut of any agency or department across the government, a 31.4 percent reduction to its $5.7 billion bud

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2017-05-23 13:47:11

Trump Budget Proposal Would Circumvent Courts to Target Undocumented Immigrants  

Included in the White House's budget proposal is language that would allow the administration to circumvent a court order and take away funds from state and local governments that protect undocumented immigrants. The little-noticed provision, tucked into the 1,300-page proposal released Tuesday, would permit the Justice and Homeland Security departments to withhold funding for jurisdictions that do not aid in the enforcement of the nation's immigration laws. On the campaign trail, Donald Tr

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2017-05-23 12:11:14

Top Intel Official Won't Deny Reports That Trump Pressured Him to Push Back on FBI Investigation  

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats on Tuesday refused to tell Senators whether President Donald Trump had asked him to push back against against the FBI investigation into potential links between Trump's associates and Russian efforts to meddle in the 2016 presidential election, an allegation that was reported by the Washington Post Monday night. At a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) asked about the accuracy of Post's report that Trump had asked C

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2017-05-23 09:45:32

Republicans Focus on Protecting Trump at Russia Hearing  

The Republicans still are not serious about investigating the Trump-Russia scandal. That message came through resoundingly when the House Intelligence Committee held a public hearing on Tuesday morning with former CIA chief John Brennan. (Actually, this was not officially a committee hearing. Democrats on the committee were informed earlier that this would be considered a "task force" hearing because the Republican chairman of the committee, Rep. Devin Nunes, could not appear because he had re

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2017-05-23 06:23:11

The Photo That May Help Unlock the Trump-Russia Scandal  

On Monday, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) announced that the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has documents indicating that Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn appears to have lied in the process of obtaining top-level security clearance to be President Donald Trump's national security advisor. The disclosure was made in a letter to Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) that urged the committee chairman to issue subpoenas for additional documents related to Flynn's brief tenure at the White House. "

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2017-05-23 03:18:08

Suspected Terror Attack Leaves 19 Dead, 50 Injured at UK Ariana Grande Concert  

At least 19 people have been killed and 50 others injured after an apparent explosion rocked Manchester Arena in the United Kingdom, where thousands of fans had flocked to see American pop superstar Ariana Grande, according to local police. Police first responded to reports of an explosion at the arena around 10:35 p.m. local time. "We are working to establish the full details of what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack," UK Prime Minister Theresa May said in a s

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2017-05-22 17:44:22

Texas Goes After Trans Kids With Its Latest Bathroom Bill  

Earlier today the Texas House voted overwhelmingly to give final approval to legislation that would force transgender students in public schools and public charter schools to use the bathroom that corresponds to their sex assigned at birth or a bathroom that's separate from other students—ultimately prohibiting them from using the facility that best matches their gender identity. The move comes in the final days of a tense legislative session that ended as it began: debating the econo

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2017-05-22 14:02:15

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