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Republican Congressman on Suspected Islamic Radicals: "Kill Them All"
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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 […]

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Donald Trump Doubles Down on Boorish Temper Tantrums
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President Trump was busy during his early morning “Fox & Friends” time. Around 6 am there was this: 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 […]

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What's the Deal With Rex Tillerson?
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I’m not quite sure how to phrase this, but, um, what’s the deal with Rex Tillerson? The guy was CEO of ExxonMobil. Out of the blue, Donald Trump decides to make him Secretary of State, a job about as unexpected as if someone made me head of NASA. He gets confirmed, and since then he’s…. […]

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Der Spiegel Just Published the Minutes From Trump’s Contentious Meeting With G7 Leaders
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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 toward the end of Trump’s first trip abroad as president—and […]

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Trump Is Now Lying to His Own National Security Staff
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In his NATO speech a week ago, Donald Trump declined to explicitly endorse Article 5, the provision that says an attack on one is an attack on all. I’m on record as suggesting that reaction to this was sort of overblown, but Susan Glasser provides some behind-the-scenes context to suggest it was quite a bit […]

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Trump's Tweets Threaten His Travel Ban's Chances in Court
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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 […]

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How Trump and His Allies Have Run With Russian Propaganda
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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 […]

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James Mattis Doesn't Really Fit In With the Trump Administration
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From our Secretary of Defense earlier this evening: Singapore: SecDef Mattis declines to comment on London attacks: “I like to learn about something before I talk.” pic.twitter.com/7L5Y9iU7Wt — David Rennie (@DSORennie) June 4, 2017 Oh snap. Do you have any more shade you’d like to throw at your boss? He seems to have a firm […]

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Donald Trump Is the World's Biggest Asshole
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In the wake of a deadly terrorist attack in London, our president decided the best thing to do was revive his personal feud with the mayor of London: At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is “no reason to be alarmed!” — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) […]

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

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

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Why Are Former Presidents Supposed to Shut Up About Their Successors?
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Since leaving office, Barack Obama has made a few veiled criticisms of Donald Trump. Conservatives are pretty unhappy about this. It’s tradition for ex-presidents to maintain a dignified silence about their successors, after all. This is mostly true, but when did it become a tradition? It certainly hasn’t been one forever. Herbert Hoover was a […]

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Nobody Knows Anything, Washington DC Edition
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From President Trump’s press office: CNN banner: “PRESIDENT’S SPOKESMAN SAYS HE CAN’T SPEAK FOR THE PRESIDENT” pic.twitter.com/MyW6owVc9Z — Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) June 2, 2017 From President Trump’s budget chief: Mulvaney: ”I wouldn’t take what’s in the budget as indicative of what our proposals are.” Per @politico via @howard_gleckman — Len Burman (@lenburman) June 2, 2017 […]

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Donald Trump's Vision of Pittsburgh is Sooooooo 80s
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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 […]

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

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

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Look at All the Ways Trump's Staff Is Avoiding Answering This Basic Question
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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. […]

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

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How Trump's War on Free Speech Threatens the Republic
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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 […]

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Trump WH: Birth Control Mandate Is Unnecessary Because Of Planned Parenthood, Which We’ll Also Defund
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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 […]

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

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

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Trump Wants to Let Your Boss Take Away Your Birth Control
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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 […]

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Hillary Clinton Is Out of Fucks
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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 […]

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Trump Can Fire People, But He's Having Trouble Hiring New Ones
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Gloria Borger reports: Trump returns to the White House this week just as he left — lonely, angry and not happy with much of anyone. The presidency, Donald Trump is discovering, is not an easy or natural fit. “He now lives within himself, which is a dangerous place for Donald Trump to be,” says someone who […]

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The Question Sean Spicer Hasn't Asked the President
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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 […]

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Darrell Issa Appears to Flee to Building Roof to Avoid Protesters
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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 […]

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Donald Trump Doesn't Like Dealing With Peasants
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The Washington Post reports that President Trump prefers to receive his daily intelligence briefing in comic book form, but we already knew that. However, this is new to me: Most mornings, often at 10:30, sometimes earlier, Trump sits behind the historic Resolute desk and, with a fresh Diet Coke fizzing and papers piled high, receives […]

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Democrats Don't Brag Enough About the Stuff They Do
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A couple of days ago Paul Krugman wrote about the Trump double-cross: Let’s talk about West Virginia, which went Trump by more than 40 percentage points, topped only by Wyoming. What did West Virginians think they were voting for? They are, after all, residents of a poor state that benefits immensely from federal programs: 29 […]

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

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Facebook's Not Designed to Create a "Global Community"
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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 […]

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Trump Tweets Get Ever More Divorced From Reality
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Donald Trump has a long history of tweeting nonsense, but this might be his most unbelievable tweet ever: I look forward to reading the @CommerceGov 232 analysis of steel and aluminum- to be released in June. Will take major action if necessary. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 27, 2017 Uh huh. I’ll bet he’s […]

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Trump Abroad: Big Talk, Not Much Big Action
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Here’s a headline in the LA Times this morning: Is this really true? I’m not so sure. What Trump demonstrated was big talk far more than big action. He signed a $110 billion weapons deal with the Saudis that was only a hair different from what Obama had agreed to. He announced a bunch of […]

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Yet More Quotes of the Day
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On Donald Trump: President Trump reportedly complained to world leaders about roadblocks he has faced setting up golf courses in the European Union….“Every time we talk about a country, he remembered the things he had done. Scotland? He said he had opened a club. Ireland? He said it took him two and a half years […]

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The Kushner Backchannel Story Is Hard to Make Sense Of
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Last night the Washington Post and the New York Times both reported that Jared Kushner buttonholed the Russian ambassador last December about setting up a secret communications backchannel with Moscow. This was during the transition period, six or seven weeks before Trump was inaugurated. The stories differ in the details they provide: The Times reports […]

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

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Trump: Overseas Trip Has Saved "Millions of Jobs"
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Donald Trump claims that his world trip this week has saved millions of jobs. Millions! A White House official said Trump was not talking just about the Saudi deals but “benefits to trade from the entire trip from Saudi Arabia to the G7.” He noted that “any improvement on trade would save many jobs. Stopping […]

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Hillary Clinton Shades Trump with Nixon Comparison
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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 […]

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

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Let's Drop the Hysterics About Trump and NATO's Article 5
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Is Donald Trump committed to NATO? Here’s what the press says about that today: New York Times: “President Trump on Thursday once again refused to explicitly endorse NATO’s mutual defense pledge, instead lecturing European leaders on what he called their ‘chronic underpayments’ to the military alliance.” Wall Street Journal: “Mr. Trump’s refusal to say he […]

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The Intel Community Needs to Fire Someone—Fast
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The US intelligence community has screwed up. Someone (or multiple someones) passed along British intel about the Manchester bombing to US reporters before it had been publicly released. This is bad for at least three reasons: It quite possibly impedes an active investigation. It pisses off British intelligence. It gives Donald Trump a very reasonable […]

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

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Productivity Is the Key to Economic Growth
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Mick Mulvaney says the haters don’t know what they’re talking about: In his remarks Tuesday, Mulvaney mentioned that the economy had often grown in the past at rates of 3 percent and called people’s objections to the Trump administration’s expectation of growth rates that high “absurd.” “It used to be normal. Ten years ago, it […]

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Trump Is Asking for $4.6 Billion for His Immigration Crackdown
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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 […]

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How Should We Respond to the Turkish Assault in Washington DC?
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Last week, a bunch of security goons working for Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan waded into a demonstration outside the Turkish embassy in Washington DC and started beating up the protesters. A few days ago, the Washington Post’s Philip Bump made a pretty good case that Erdogan did more than just watch as this happened. […]

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

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Trump Officially Proposes Stripping All Federal Funds From Planned Parenthood
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In an unprecedented move, the White House is set to release a budget proposal that would withhold all federal funds from abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood. The impact would be far-reaching. Federal funds are already prohibited from being used to pay for most abortions; the new proposal, if approved by Congress, would bar health care […]

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Trump Asked the NSA and DNI to Repudiate the Russia Investigation
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According to the Washington Post, James Comey wasn’t the only person that President Trump pressured regarding the FBI’s Russia investigation: Trump made separate appeals to the director of national intelligence, Daniel Coats, and to Adm. Michael S. Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency, urging them to publicly deny the existence of any evidence […]

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A Fishing Hole Spat Could Give Democrats a Shot at a Montana House Seat
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With Thursday’s special election approaching, the race for Montana’s vacant House seat has gone national. The president’s son Donald Trump Jr. flew to the small town of Hamilton to raise money for Republican businessman Greg Gianforte; Bernie Sanders made a four-stop swing through the Big Sky to stump for Democrat Rob Quist. Both parties have […]

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