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David Petraeus, classified leaker, considered for top position by Donald Trump

David Petraeus Shames Sarah Sanders And Trump Administration

During an appearance on ABC’s This Week, retired general and former CIA director David Petraeus told host Martha Raddatz that White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was wrong when she said that criticizing “four-star Marine general” John Kelly was “inappropriate.

October 24, 2017
Trump

Donald Trump’s Approval Rating Nears Lowest Point

s the Lone Star State attempts to recover from the storm, Trump is just one percentage point away from dipping back down to his record low approval rating while in office. Trump may want to be wary, as former President George W. Bush’s approval ratings never fully recovered after Hurricane Katrina. That storm crippled the state of Louisiana and New Orleans for years, and it dealt a blow to the reputation of his administration.

August 29, 2017
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio listens to U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speak at a campaign rally in Marshalltown, Iowa January 26, 2016. Arpaio endorsed Trump at the rally. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Arpaio Asked Whether Trump’s Pardon Of Him Was ‘Fake’

When Mark Goldman, the former Maricopa County sheriff’s attorney, first showed Arpaio the presidential pardon at his home on Friday, Arpaio responded, “Is this a fake?” On Friday evening, Arpaio told the Arizona Republic he’s “very good at investigating fake government documents.”

August 29, 2017
Obama, Trump

Trump Rescinded Obama’s Flood Risk Rules Before Harvey

Donald Trump signed away Obama-era flood standards just weeks before Hurricane Harvey hit Texas in a bid to get infrastructure projects approved more quickly. The rule signed by former president Barack Obama in 2015 had not yet come into effect but aimed to make infrastructure more resilient to the effects of climate change, such as rising sea levels and flooding.

August 28, 2017
Paul Ryan re-election, Trumpcare

Ryan Says Trump Was Wrong To Pardon Arpaio

House Speaker Paul Ryan became one of a few top Republicans to publicly disagree with President Trump’s pardon of former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, as lawmakers in Congress have become more willing to distance themselves from the White House, especially on issues of race.

August 28, 2017
Sanders

Bernie Sanders The Most Popular Politician In The U.S.

Sanders has been named the most popular politician in the U.S. in previous polls, but it is notable he continues to be the frontrunner even as some in the Democratic Party continue to blame him and his supporters for Clinton’s stunning election loss to Trump. There are many theories regarding why Clinton didn’t win, despite her experience and qualifications (and who she was up against).

August 26, 2017
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Florida Preparing To Execute White Supremacist

The lethal cocktail contains etomidate, an anesthetic that’s never been used in a U.S. execution, the Associated Press reports. After that drug is administered, rocuronium bromide, a paralytic, and potassium acetate, which stops the heart, will be injected. (This also is to be Florida’s first time using potassium acetate, a drug that was mistakenly used in a 2015 execution in Oklahoma due to mislabeled syringes.)

August 25, 2017
Trump, Foreign Policy

Trump Dossier Researcher ‘Stands By’ Explosive Findings

Yet the dossier has been treated with a degree of reverence by others. Last December, U.S. intelligence officials passed a summary of the report onto then-President Obama and President-elect Trump. It was then obtained and published in full by Buzzfeed News. It has since been reported that the FBI has used it to bolster its own investigation into the Trump campaign’s links to Russia, which is currently being headed by special counsel Robert Mueller.

August 24, 2017
Trump, Immigration, DACA

Trump Administration Is Racist, Says Black Lawmakers

A group of black lawmakers have launched a campaign intended to “root out racism” in Congress and “call out” President Donald Trump for his “discriminatory policies.” Led by the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, Representative Cedric Richmond, the campaign comes following the violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia earlier this month in which one counter protester was killed.

August 23, 2017
Afghanistan

Pentagon Chief Says He Hasn’t Decided On Number Of U.S. Troops For Afghanistan

U.S. Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said Tuesday that the new strategy for Afghanistan will try to replicate “a lot” of the tactics that have successfully pushed Islamic State from large parts of Iraq and Syria since 2014.

August 23, 2017

The Odds On Trump Resigning Just Reached A New High

Will President Donald Trump jump before he can be pushed? That was the view put forward by Trump’s former ghostwriter last week and after one of the president’s worst weeks in the job, those looking to make some money off of White House turbulence increasingly agree. The odds on Trump to resign the presidency are now shorter than ever.

August 22, 2017
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Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio ‘Very Unlikely’ To Appear With Trump At Arizona Campaign Rally

Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, one of President Trump’s most loyal and most polarizing supporters, is “very unlikely” to be included in Trump’s campaign-style rally in Phoenix on Tuesday night, nor is he likely to receive word of a pardon during the event, according to a person familiar with the planning efforts.

August 22, 2017
Bannon

Hell Hath No Fury Like A Bannon Scorned

“No administration in history has been so divided among itself about the direction about where it should go,” Bannon said, adding that Trump’s base is frustrated by a congressional agenda that has pursued traditional Republican priorities than the agenda Trump championed.

August 21, 2017
Ivanka Trump 2017

Ivanka Trump Praises Boston Counter-Protesters

Adviser to the president and first daughter Ivanka Trump called for national unity Saturday while voicing her praise for counter-protesters in Boston. “It was beautiful to see thousands of people across the U.S. come together today to peacefully denounce bigotry, racism & anti-Semitism.We must continue to come together, united as Americans!,” she tweeted late Saturday.

August 21, 2017

Boston Free Speech Rally Ends Early

Journalists at the Boston Common, a downtown park, tweeted about an hour into the planned rally that many, if not all, of the attendees left the bandstand where they were due to hear speeches from several prominent conservative figures. The Free Speech Rally organizers had permits to hold their event from noon to 2 p.m. local time on Saturday.

August 20, 2017
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Why Did ISIS Target Spain? The Answer May Lie In History

One, could be Spain’s involvement in the fight against the group in Syria and Iraq. Although Spain is not involved militarily in the fight against ISIS, it has provided logistical help and training for the Iraqi forces. Another reason goes further back in history, according to Mia Bloom, professor of communication at Georgia State University and author of “Dying to kill: The allure of suicide terror.”

August 20, 2017
CEO Tillerson

Tillerson Speaks Out Against Racism; Says Tolerance A Matter Of ‘Leadership’

Tillerson did not mention President Donald Trump or his widely condemned equivocation about the racist violence in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend. But Tillerson’s tone and words stood in stark contrast to those of his boss.

August 19, 2017
Murdoch

Fox CEO James Murdoch Criticizes Trump Over Response To Charlottesville

Murdoch’s letter was noteworthy because of his company’s ownership of the conservative Fox News Channel, which is one of Trump’s favorite news sources. Fox News has been a staunch defender of Trump’s presidency. In addition, Rupert Murdoch, James Murdoch’s 86-year-old father and the company’s founder, has become an informal adviser to the president.

August 19, 2017
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Trump Will Resign Soon, ‘Art Of The Deal’ Writer Says

In a series of tweets Wednesday, Tony Schwartz—who co-authored the 1987 book that helped define the real estate magnate’s public image—said he thought the walls were closing in on Trump and he would soon leave office in an attempt to save face.

August 18, 2017
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses the media regarding donations to veterans foundations at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York, U.S., May 31, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Trump: Nation’s Culture Being ‘Ripped Apart’ By Civil War Statue Removals

“Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments. You … can’t change history, but you can learn from it. Robert E Lee, Stonewall Jackson — who’s next, Washington, Jefferson? So foolish!” – the president wrote in a series of tweets.

August 18, 2017
Travel Ban

Charlottesville Cops Refused To Protect Synagogue

The Jewish community in Charlottesville hired armed security to protect its synagogue for the first time after local police declined to provide a guard for the site despite hundreds of white supremacists congregating on the town over the weekend for a rally that resulted in the murder of counter-protester Heather Heyer.

August 17, 2017
Roger Ailes, chairman and CEO of Fox News and Fox Television Stations, answers questions during a panel discussion at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Pasadena, California July 24, 2006. Picture taken July 24, 2006. REUTERS/Fred Prouser/File Photo

21st Century Fox Has Paid Out $50 Million To Settle Harassment Claims Against Fox News

The settlements have occurred since Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson’s lawsuit against then-Fox News chief Roger Ailes, charging him with harassment and retaliation, opened a floodgate of claims against the company. Ailes denied the charges but was forced out of the company, which paid a $20 million settlement to Carlson.

August 16, 2017
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Rights Group Blames Trump As Holocaust Memorial Smashed

The suspect’s name has not been released, as he is a juvenile, but police said he would be charged with wilful and malicious destruction of property. The Boston Police Department’s civil rights unit is also looking into the incident. The New England Holocaust Memorial consists of six luminous glass towers that are each 54 feet high.

August 16, 2017

Charlottesville Car Attack Suspect Remains Behind Bars As Judge Denies Bail

A Virginia judge on Monday declined to set bail for James Alex Fields Jr., the 20-year-old Ohio man accused of second-degree murder and other charges after authorities said he plowed his car into a crowd of counter-protesters near the scene of a white supremacist rally that erupted into violence.

August 15, 2017
Trump needs to own hatred he unleashed

After Charlottesville, A Surge In Anti-Racism Rallies Across The Country

Sadie, 3, wore red-rimmed sunglasses to the Rally for Peace and Sanity at Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn, New York. As elected officials denounced racism and war, she sat in her father’s lap, carrying two neon green signs. One said “Love one another.” The other, “Black Lives Matter.”

August 15, 2017