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North Korea’s Missiles Linked To Ukraine, Russia

The speed at which North Korea has ramped up its missile and nuclear defense programs within the last two years is reportedly due to purchases Kim Jong Un’s regime has made on a weapons black market linked to the Ukraine and Russia as the United States and the globe frets over a potential military conflict.

August 15, 2017
Trump, Conservative, Press

Trump Threatens Freedom Of The Press In Leaks Crackdown

Satirists have repeatedly drawn on the similarities between President Donald Trump and Middle Eastern and African dictators, for installing his family in senior advisory positions in the White House as much as his excessive self-regard and his respect for military tough men.

August 6, 2017

General Kelly’s Toughest Job? Controlling Trump

John Kelly is a former United States Marine Corps general who has had multiple deployments in the battlefields of Iraq. However, he may have just embarked on his toughest assignment yet: controlling the Twitter habits and impulsive decision-making of a 71-year-old man.

August 6, 2017
Trump, Putin

Russia Says 755 US Diplomatic Staffers Must Leave Country

The expulsions, to take effect Sept. 1, would reduce the number of U.S. diplomatic staff in Russia to 455, the same number that Russia has in the United States. In addition to its embassy in Moscow, the U.S. maintains consulates in St. Petersburg, Vladivostock and Yekaterinburg.

July 31, 2017
LGBT military

White House Doubles Down On Transgender Military Ban

The Trump administration is doubling-down on President Donald Trump’s Wednesday announcement that the United States government would no longer allow transgender individuals to serve in military. Top national security aide Sebastian Gorka and Energy Secretary Rick Perry both spoke in favor of President Donald Trump’s decision…

July 31, 2017

Republicans Kill Medical Marijuana Provision For Veterans

The “Veterans Equal Access” amendment will not move to debate on the House floor. GOP lawmakers wouldn’t allow it to be included in the House’s proposed VA funding bill for next year, effectively killing it.

July 29, 2017
U.S. Mexico wall

Border Agency Set To Jumpstart Trump’s Wall In A Texas Wildlife Refuge

U.S. Customs and Border Protection will begin constructing the first segment of President Trump’s border wall in November through a national wildlife refuge, using money it’s already received from Congress.

July 29, 2017
Reince

West Wing Warfare As Scaramucci Takes Aim At Priebus

A knife fight for control of the West Wing broke into the open Thursday morning as President Donald Trump’s new communications director Anthony Scaramucci lashed out at White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus in a televised interview, accusing Priebus of leaking and standing in the way of Trump’s agenda.

July 28, 2017
McConnell, GOP, Obamacare Repeal

The GOP Is Willing To Destroy Our Democracy If That’s What It Takes To Repeal Obamacare

At stake is not just the American health care system but the architecture of democratic self-governance. The nation will either be ushered into unprecedented lawlessness on political, policy and personal fronts led by Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell…

July 28, 2017
Trump, Russia, Media

Trump: Immigrants ‘Slice And Dice’ Beautiful Girls

President Donald Trump compared America to a nation under wartime occupation that needs to be liberated from illegal immigrants during a “Make America Great Again” rally in Ohio Tuesday night.

July 27, 2017

Trump Pressures Sessions To Replace The Acting FBI Director

In two tweets Wednesday morning, Trump criticized Sessions for not replacing Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, whose wife ran for office in Virginia as a Democrat in 2015 and received contributions from the state Democratic Party.

July 27, 2017
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Anthony Scaramucci Once Called Trump “Another Hack Politician”

Newly named White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci lashed out at then-candidate Donald Trump during a 2015 appearance on Fox Business Network. Trump offered Scaramucci the position of White House communications director on July 21, which reportedly prompted White House press secretary Sean Spicer to resign.

July 22, 2017
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House Democrats Bet On The ‘Blue Dogs’

To the scorn of progressives, Democrats trying to win back the U.S. House next year are relying on the conservative wing of the party. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), the House’s primary campaign group, is coordinating with the Blue Dog Coalition, a group of 18 moderate Democrats that has shriveled in numbers and power in recent years, Bloomberg reported Monday.

July 21, 2017
israel BDS

Will The Federal Government Make It Illegal To Protest Israel?

Named the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, the bill so far has garnered support from 29 Republicans and 14 Democrats in the Senate. A similar piece of legislation introduced in the House of Representatives has 237 co-sponsors—63 Democrats and 174 Republicans.

July 21, 2017
Trump, Vacations, Obama

Mar-a-Lago Visitor Logs To Be Released Due To Lawsuit

The Trump administration has done much to shroud itself from public view. Cameras have been banned from press conferences. Journalists from prominent news outlets have been barred from attending briefings. The visitor logs from the White House, Trump Tower and Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s “winter White House” in Palm Beach, Florida, have not been made public.

July 18, 2017
The media devoted more time to Clinton's emails

New Details Emerge Proving Trump Campaign And Russia Both Went After Online Clinton Supporters

Donald Trump’s campaign was working in parallel with Russian anti-Hillary Clinton propaganda efforts, although the specific nature of their cooperation has yet to emerge, according to new analyses connecting the dots between Russia’s theft of Democratic Party and Clinton campaign emails and Trump campaign social media messaging.

July 18, 2017
Kushner

Jared Kushner Under Investigation For Helping Coordinate Russian Cyberattacks: Bombshell Report

The House and Senate Intelligence Committees and the Justice Department are now investigating whether the Trump campaign assisted Russia in targeting voters and spreading fake news about Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election.

July 14, 2017
stop drug war

4 Reasons Why The U.S. Needs To Decriminalize Drugs—And Why We’re Closer Than You Think

Ending criminal penalties for drug possession, often referred to as decriminalization, means nobody gets arrested, goes to jail or prison, or faces criminal punishment for possessing a small amount of a drug for personal use. As detailed in a new Drug Policy Alliance report, there’s an emerging public, political, and scientific consensus that otherwise-law-abiding people should not be arrested, let alone locked in cages, simply for using or possessing a drug.

July 14, 2017

Mosul Liberated From ISIS Control, Says Iraqi Prime Minister

“Al-Abadi said the battle is settled and the remaining pockets of ISIS are encircled in the last inches of the city. It is a matter of time before we declare to our people the great victory,” Abadi’s media office said in a statement. A day after al-Habadi arrived in the city to congratulate the forces, the troops Monday pushed to retake the last patch of ground in Old City, west of Tigris river, multiple reports said.

July 10, 2017
Battle to Retake Raqqa

Battle To Retake Raqqa A Desperate House-To-House Fight

The battle to retake the Syrian city of Raqqa from the Islamic State terror group is a fight increasingly without front lines. The U.S.-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces have breached the old city and control about a quarter of the terror group’s de facto capital, say American officials, but holding what has already been seized is proving a struggle.

July 10, 2017
Republican U.S. presidential candidate businessman Donald Trump waits to come into the spin room with his wife Melania after the Republican U.S. presidential candidates debate sponsored by ABC News at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire February 6, 2016. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Melania Trump Is Still Not As Popular As Michelle Obama

Melania Trump is far more popular than her husband, but she isn’t the fairest, ahem, most well-liked, modern first lady of them all. Less than a month after the wife of President Donald Trump finally moved into the White House to join her spouse, the first lady’s approval ratings have climbed by 14 points to 51 percent, a Fox News poll published Friday found.

July 8, 2017

China Wants To Step In As A Rift Between The US And Its European Allies Widens

“[Trump’s] rhetoric certainly leaves the road open for China. The question is: Is China ready to take it?,” said François Godement, director of the Asia and China program at the European Council on Foreign Relations. Some reports indicate that China could take a more prominent role, in partnership with Germany.

July 7, 2017

Trump Warned By Senators Not To Hand Putin Villas Back

U.S. Senators have warned President Donald Trump not to restore Russian access to luxury diplomatic properties in his first meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, fearing it would send a message of weakness to the Kremlin. Two Russian diplomatic compounds in New York and Maryland are currently under sanctions introduced by Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama, in response to Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election.

July 7, 2017
EPA

EPA Chief Wins Golden Padlock ‘Award’ For Excessive Secrecy

Pruitt has become so adept at keeping the public in the dark that Investigative Reporters and Editors, a grassroots group dedicated to improving the quality of investigative reporting, has awarded him the Golden Padlock Award, which recognizes “the most secretive publicly funded agency or person in the United States.”

July 7, 2017

North Korea Has One Last Chance To Engage With The West

Moon, who won elections in South Korea in May, has tried to engage with North Korea by inviting them to co-host the Winter Olympics and trying to provide Pyongyang with life-saving Malaria medication, both of which were turned down. Moon asked Obama for advice on how to deal with his northern neighbor and discussed recent talks with U.S. President Donald Trump. Obama meanwhile “wished Moon success during his leadership,” according to a spokesperson from the Korean Presidential palace.

July 5, 2017