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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Trump Presidency’s First 100 Days On Twitter

As Trump reaches the 100 days milestone Saturday he has published a little over 500 tweets. Newsweek Media Group has used computer code developed by academics around the world to analyze texts and examine the 9,152 words in those missives and figure out what they tell us about his presidency so far.

April 29, 2017

Trump Demands South Korea Pay For Anti-Missile System

In an interview with Reuters, Trump criticized the 2011 free trade deal made by his predecessor, President Barack Obama, and finalized by Trump’s opponent in last year’s presidential election, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, that allowed the Terminal High Altitude Air Defense (THAAD) system to be established for free in South Korea.

April 29, 2017
California, Trump, Ethics

Trump’s Tax Plan Could Cost Government $6 Trillion

The president will be “pretty broad in the principles” of tax reform that he lays out with more details coming in the summer, his director of legislative affairs, Marc Short, told the Associated Press. But what it boils down to is major hikes in the amount people can deduct from their taxes and large cuts for small businesses and corporations.

April 26, 2017
Trump, Muslim Ban, Courts

Why Trump’s Idea Of A CEO President Is Terrible

Donald Trump sold the country on the idea that he would be a businessman president, that he would create new jobs and strengthen the economy. But does he have any idea how to do so? While Trump certainly ran his own business, his track record is spotty, dotted with bankruptcies and side deals that kept him afloat even as his various properties careened in and out of Chapter 11 with disturbing frequency.

April 25, 2017

U.S. ‘Prepares Charges’ Against Julian Assange

On the election campaign trail last year, then-Republican candidate Donald Trump lauded the organization after it had leaked thousands of emails hacked from Democratic Party servers believed to have damaged the candidacy of his rival, Hillary Clinton. “I love WikiLeaks,” Trump told supporters at a rally in October.

April 21, 2017

Has Venezuela Reached A Tipping Point?

Hundreds of thousands of people have marched across the country to demand elections in an effort to remove President Nicolas Maduro from power. Opposition politicians and activists blame the president for the disastrous state of the economy, which contracted by 18.6 percent in 2016. Venezuela’s economy is almost entirely based on oil revenues, which have been hit by the crash in oil prices that began in 2014.

April 21, 2017
California, Trump, Ethics

No Protests At Trump Rallies, Argue President’s Lawyers

Trump’s lawyers told a federal court in the state Thursday that “forcing the ‘private organizers’ of a political rally to accept everyone” who wants to join in with their own political message violates the First Amendment, because “a speaker has the autonomy to choose the content of his own message.”

April 21, 2017
Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump greets his daughter Ivanka as he arrives to speak during the final session at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 21, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

The Trump Family’s Conflicts Of Interest Are Still Here

From my perspective Trump’s conflicts of interest are unprecedented in scope. But conflict of interest laws are often not cut and dried. They involve interpretation by lawyers within the Justice Department and judges, who can give a stamp of legitimacy (or illegitimacy) to presidential practices.

April 21, 2017

U.N. Condemns North Korea Launch After U.S.-Russia Spat

Moscow reportedly threatened to veto the motion, despite its support from all 14 other members of the U.N. Security Council, including Pyongyang ally China, over the way it was worded. The statement said the U.N. was opposed to North Korea’s decision to launch a liquid-fueled ballistic missile Sunday on the 105th birthday of Kim Il Sung, North Korea’s late founder and current leader Kim Jong Un’s grandfather.

April 21, 2017

Trump’s Tax Return Controversy Threatens Reform Pledge

Several Republican lawmakers have declared their support for calls for Trump to release his returns. Republicans Mark Sanford, Ted Yoho and Justin Amash of the House Freedom Caucus are all backing a Democratic measure to compel Trump to make the documents public, reported CNN.

April 19, 2017
north korea nuclear test

We Will Go To War If Trump Provokes Us: North Korea

“We are comparing Trump’s policy toward the DPRK with the former administrations and we have concluded that it’s becoming more vicious and more aggressive,” he said, referring to North Korea by its official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

April 14, 2017

Susan Rice Did Not Break The Law: Congress

Members of the House and Senate intelligence committees have since been able to see the intelligence reports connected to Rice’s requests at the National Security Agency’s headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland, over the past week, CNN reported Wednesday.

April 12, 2017

Trump Is In For A Long Fight On Climate Science Rules

Badly looking for a political win that would both fulfill some campaign promises to his political base and satisfy the demands of rank-and-file Republicans in Congress, President Trump on March 28 signed an expansive Energy Independence and Economic Growth Executive Order.

April 2, 2017
Trump border tax

Voters Give Trump An ‘F’ Grade, Call Him Embarrassing

Voters are unhappy with Trump because of his personality, not just his policies. Nearly 60 percent of Americans said his behavior was embarrassing, while 31 percent said he had made them proud.

April 1, 2017
Alex Jones, InfoWars, Vigilantes

Alex Jones Apologizes For ‘Pizzagate’ Fake News

“I want our viewers and listeners to know that we regret any negative impact our commentaries may have had on Mr. Alefantis, Comet Ping Pong, or its employees. We apologize to the extent our commentaries could be construed as negative statements about Mr. Alefantis or Comet Ping Pong, and we hope that anyone else involved in commenting on Pizzagate will do the same thing,” Jones said in a prepared statement.

March 25, 2017
debate gains

Debate Helps Clinton Gain Among Key Voting Blocs

The Democratic polling firm Democracy Corps conducted live dial meter testing that found she made significant leaps with unmarried white women and white working-class voters in terms of both favorability and voter preference.

September 30, 2016
young voters

Social Media Sites Push Young Voters to Register

“I think if we just rely on politicians to get out the vote, we’re never going to see mass participation,” Mr. Flaxman said to The Wall Street Journal. “The only way we’ll see that is if we think that’s a civic or civil responsibility that everyone is in charge of in our society.”

September 29, 2016
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump holds a campaign rally with supporters in Fort Myers, Florida, U.S. September 19, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Donald Trump Urged To Disclose Foreign Deals

“Donald Trump still has not revealed to the American public his international business relationships, even as it becomes increasingly clear that his overseas ties could well constitute significant conflicts of interest,” a letter signed by former security officials says. “We are calling on Mr. Trump to disclose, in full, the nature of his business relationships overseas.”

September 19, 2016
Lisa Collinsworth (R) holds her baby son Luke during a visit with him at Lily's Place, a treatment center for opioid-dependent newborns in Huntington, West Virginia, October 19, 2015. Picture taken October 19, 201REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Opioid Epidemic Costs Health Care System Billions

Fatalities related to opioids are rising drastically — in 2014, about 18,893 overdose deaths in the U.S. were related to prescription pain relievers, and 10,574 deaths were related to heroin. A new study reported that prescription opioid overdose, abuse, and dependence in the U.S. has cost more than lives; it has added up to an estimated total economic burden of $78.5 billion.

September 19, 2016
9/11-related cancer

Newsweek Exclusive: 9/11-Related Cancer Is Surging

Doctors with the World Trade Center Health Program, which the federal government created in the aftermath of the attacks, have linked nearly 70 types of cancer to Ground Zero.

September 7, 2016
china spying

Obama Urged To Take Up China Spying Charges Case

“For those who had advised [me] to keep quiet, I have to say that strategy has to be thrown out now that the Chinese have filed formal charges of spying.”

August 31, 2016

The Forgotten War In Kashmir Is Turning Nasty

Ever since they entered into a cease-fire agreement in the disputed Kashmir, relations between Pakistan and India never seemed to be unraveling.

August 30, 2016

Trumpism Versus Republicanism, Explained

What does the Republican Party stand for? And how much damage is it willing to inflict on itself—and the country—to put Donald Trump in the White House?

August 30, 2016
Emperor Trump, Conspiracy theorist in chief

If Maine Elected Paul LePage, Could Donald Trump Win?

When considering LePage’s actions, it is irresistible to compare him to Donald Trump. Each is controversial, irascible and able to send liberals—along with many, many Republicans—into fits of apoplexy.

August 30, 2016
donald trump's 2016 presidential campaign

How Entertainment Drove The Stake Through Donald Trump

When the obituary for Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign is written, “entertainment” will be listed as the cause of death.

August 30, 2016