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A pile of handguns are placed in a trash bin after they were surrendered during a gun buyback program organized by Mayor Eric Garcetti's Gang Reduction and Youth Development Office in Los Angeles, California, December 14, 2013. REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian

Memo To DHS: The Lone White Wolf Network Is The Biggest Terror Threat To Americans

The terror attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that claimed 17 lives on Valentine’s Day shows all the marks of the so-called Lone White Wolf Network (LWWN). The motives of the perpetrator, now in custody, remain unknown, but news reports show he fits the profile of previous LWWN attackers, with a record of gun worship, domestic violence, depression, racial chauvinism, and aspirations for complete impunity from social control.

February 17, 2018
Shep Smith

Fox News Host: Indictments Prove Russia Probe Is ‘Opposite Of A Hoax’

“The Russians set up websites and Facebook pages and Twitter accounts — pretending to be Americans — and duped us into following them and friending them and retweeting them,” Smith said Friday on Fox News’ “Shepard Smith Reporting.”

February 17, 2018
Paul Krugman

Paul Krugman: The Bad Faith Of Republicans Is Endless

Earlier this week, the Trump administration released a $4.4 trillion budget proposal that calls for a massive increase in military spending along with cuts to programs for food stamps and basic school safety, among other essential social services. The proposal would also blow up the federal deficit over the next decade, but of course Republicans have never been the fiscal hawks they claim to be.

February 17, 2018
Melania Trump takes the stage after her introduction by her husband, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, at the Republican National Convention, July 18, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

Melania Should Leave Trump, 34 Percent Of America Says

The Marist poll reveals some interesting observations about Americans’ opinion on the alleged presidential infidelity. For example, 49 percent of men thought Melania should stay with her husband. Women, however, were divided: 38 percent felt she should leave Trump, 36 percent felt she should stay and 26 percent were unsure.

February 17, 2018
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The Victims Of The Douglas High Mass Shooting

Martin Duque, a 14-year-old freshman, was at school Wednesday and died in the shooting. His older brother Miguel, who graduated from Douglas High last year, shared the news via an Instagram post early Thursday morning. “Words can not describe my pain,” he wrote. “I love brother Martin you’ll be missed buddy.”

February 16, 2018

House Republicans Gut Americans With Disabilities Act

Proponents argue that the bill, The ADA Education and Reform Act, or H.R. 620, is necessary to stem the flow of “drive-by lawsuits” brought by lawyers who only wish to line their pockets. The bill would require those filing suit in federal court against businesses for not complying with the ADA to first give that business 60 days to devise a plan to fix the issue, and another 120 days to implement the changes.

February 16, 2018
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Jeff Sessions Just Kicked Off A Brand-New Civil War In The Republican Party

The measure is actually a mixed bag, a product of lengthy discussions among senators seeking a compromise that could actually pass the Senate. While it has a number of progressive sentencing reform provisions, mainly aimed at non-violent drug offenders, it also includes new mandatory minimum sentences for some crimes, including some drug offenses.

February 16, 2018
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Republican Anchor Nails Her Own Party: ‘It Has Blood On Its Hands’

As far as former Bush White House Communications Director and MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace is concerned, Republicans are not just refusing to help, they are responsible for the bloodshed. And as a “non-practicing” Republican, Wallace said, she shares the “culpability of a party being held hostage by the NRA.”

February 16, 2018
Protesters march around the perimeter of the White House in Washington, DC, during the annual lighting of the Christmas Tree ceremony on December 4, 2014 to protest the death of an unarmed black man by a New York police officer (AFP/Paul J. Richards)

DC Police And Prosecutors Collude With Far Right To Jail Protesters

Washington, D.C., police and federal prosecutors have been collaborating with notorious right-wing groups known for fascist statements and using doctored videos to ambush their targets in an attempt to convict and jail protesters from President Trump’s inauguration.

February 15, 2018
Trump, Right-Wing

Trump’s Military Parade Could Cost Up To $30 Million

President Donald Trump’s proposal to hold a large-scale military parade in Washington, with marching soldiers and rows of tanks and armored vehicles, could cost as much as $30 million, according to Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney.

February 15, 2018
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Treasury Secretary Unable To Explain Russia Sanctions Failure

In late January, Trump ignored the deadline to impose sanctions on Russian oligarchs, which was just the latest example of Trump’s suspicious reluctance to punish Russia for interfering in the 2016 presidential election. Or even acknowledge that it happened.

February 15, 2018
Russian President Putin attends forum and answers media's questions

U.S. Intelligence: Russia Will Target 2018 Midterms

“In the next year, Russian intelligence and security services will continue to probe U.S. and allied critical infrastructures, as well as target the United States, NATO, and allies for insights into U.S. policy. The 2018 U.S. midterm elections are a potential target for Russian influence operations,” 2018’s global threat assessment stated, AP reported.

February 14, 2018
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Florida Democrat Flips Trump District Blue In Stunning Win

Despite the district leaning red, Good campaigned on a number of liberal causes, including environmental protection, preventing school privatization, and maintaining Obamacare protections. And the voters rewarded her for it. Republicans had a lot riding on this seat, and it is a danger sign for the party’s prospects in other races next fall, including holding onto the governorship and challenging Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson.

February 14, 2018
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Skewed Priorities, Massive Deficits In Trump Budget

The $7.1 trillion added to the deficit over the next decade by this budget proposal assumes an ambitious rate of growth of at least 3 percent each year. If the economy is less strong before 2029, that number could get a lot higher. One estimate shows that the national debt could grow to $30 trillion in a decade if the plan is enacted as is.

February 13, 2018
Enterprise Title Transfer

Rep. Nadler Asks Emergency Hearings On Election Security

U.S. Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, pushed for emergency hearings to look into the vulnerabilities of the U.S. election infrastructure, calling the threat of Russia’s meddling into voter polls “very real.”

February 13, 2018

Deputy Mayor Apologizes For Comparing Immigrants To Raccoons, Trump To An Exterminator

Mendham Township Deputy Mayor Rick Blood, who is also the public works director in Roxbury, said he did not write the eight-paragraph screed but copied it from someone else, whom he declined to identify, before posting it to his Facebook page on Sunday morning.

February 13, 2018
Scott Pruitt, EPA

Trump’s EPA Chief Billed Taxpayers $90,000 For First-Class Flights

A new report from the Washington Post sheds more light on Pruitt’s fondness for luxurious travel on the taxpayer dime, reporting tens of thousands of dollars spent on first-class tickets to jet around the country. During a short stretch in early June 2017, Pruitt’s expensive taste for premier travel cost the American government at least $90,000.

February 13, 2018
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New Study: White Nationalists Are Worst Terror Threat

Last June, the Trump administration rescinded funds previously earmarked to counter right-wing extremism and white supremacist violence. Just two months later, 19 people were injured and protester Heather Heyer was killed by a neo-Nazi demonstrator in the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia.

February 13, 2018
Whiter

Author: Bannon ‘Didn’t Want To Be Wet Nurse’ For Trump

“The day that Bannon was pushed out, he was very angry about it. Refused to take Trump’s phone calls,” Green said in a Sunday interview with CNN’s State of the Union, adding that the former chief strategist had added: “I’m sick of being a wet nurse to a 71-year-old man.”

February 12, 2018
Mulvaney

Defending Trump In Abuse Scandal, Mulvaney Lies Repeatedly

The White House sent senior advisers out to each of the five Sunday news shows this weekend in a desperate attempt to mitigate the damage from Trump’s embrace of Porter, and his own history of abuse. White House counselor Kellyanne Conway tried attacking Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), while senior adviser Marc Short went after NBC News.

February 12, 2018
Republican Rand Paul

No Republicans, Wife-Beating Isn’t ‘Complicated’

Trump has gone out of his way to defend Rob Porter — despite photographic evidence of the violent abuse Porter inflicted on one of his ex-wives and testimony from another, as well as an ex-girlfriend — as well as former speechwriter David Sorensen.

February 12, 2018

Thawing Permafrost Threatens Mercury Contamination

In what they describe as a “game-changing discovery,” scientists have measured the pool of mercury that lies underneath the permafrost layer in Alaska and found it contains nearly twice the concentration of the dangerous substance as all the other mercury in the ocean, the atmosphere and the rest of the world’s soil combined.

February 11, 2018
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Suppression Backfires As ‘Democratic Memo’ Rockets On Internet

The White House’s announcement on Friday that it would block the release of a Democratic rebuttal to the GOP memo it declassified last week was met with suspicion, as many lawmakers questioned what Trump may be trying to hide by keeping the memo out of public view.

February 11, 2018
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Trump Tweets Unhinged Defense Of Domestic Abusers

A day after the second White House aide in one week resigned amid allegations of domestic abuse, Trump tweeted his concern about the accused — and remained silent on the plight of their alleged victims. “Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation. Some are true and some are false. Some are old and some are new,” Trump tweeted.

February 11, 2018

Sen. Wyden Seeks Records Of Trump’s $100 Million Deal With Russian Oligarch

“It is imperative that Congress follow the money and conduct a thorough investigation into any potential money laundering or other illicit financial dealings between the president, his associates, and Russia,” wrote Senator Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, reported ABC Friday.

February 11, 2018