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The President Who Never Combed Gray Hair Turns 100

he president who tragically died at 46 never combed gray hair, as the Irish say about dying young. His 100th birthday is upon us Monday, May 29. Yo-Yo Ma, the great cellist, played at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to honor his memory.

May 26, 2017
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Trump’s Standing In Polls Has Dropped: How Significant Is The Slide?

President Donald Trump’s standing in national polls has consistently declined since the end of last month. His approval rating now sits at the lowest point of his presidency. Here are some questions and answers about what the polls do — and don’t — tell us.

May 24, 2017

New Jersey Could Be Next To Completely Legalize Weed

Although it’s doubtful New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a Republican, will sign off on the measure should it be approved by the Senate and House later this year—he has been a staunch opponent of recreational marijuana…

May 20, 2017

Can Americans Get Their Democracy Back?

Impeachment is the constitutionally sanctioned way to get rid of him, but that job would fall on the shoulders of a Republican-controlled Congress. Despite polls showing a collapse in the general public’s support for Trump, Republican backing for the president remains high. Thus, such a bold move seems unlikely for now.

May 16, 2017
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The Numbers Are In: Trump’s Trillion-Dollar Tax Cuts Will Take A Stunning Toll On American Society

The massive tax cuts are “so one-sided that Trump administration officials have even admitted, publicly, that they’re not even sure if it’s going to help the middle class at all,” “Ring of Fire” co-host Farron Cousins began, in his breakdown of the report.

May 16, 2017
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New Hampshire Republican Who Founded Woman-Hating Site Makes Outrageous Statements Validating Rape

Robert Fisher is the founder of the Red Pill, an online subreddit for men who are sick of women complaining about rape, harassment and sexism. As a vocal participant in the group, he’s written at length about how feminism makes life hard for nice guys like him who see women as sex objects and make rape jokes.

May 16, 2017

Trump-Backed Obamacare Repeal Bill Disliked By 2 To 1 In Poll

By a 2 to 1 margin in an NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey, they said the GOP’s American Health Care Act, which was embraced by President Donald Trump, was a bad idea rather than a good idea. Among those polled, 48 percent of Americans said the legislation was a bad idea.

May 15, 2017
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How Trump’s New Federal Commission Could Be Used To Suppress Legal Voters

President Donald Trump’s new commission on “election integrity” is drawing complaints from experts who continue to point out that no evidence exists for Trump’s ongoing claims of widespread voter fraud.

May 14, 2017
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Tillerson, At Arctic Meeting, Signs Document Affirming Need For Action On Climate Change

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signed his name Thursday to a document that affirms the need for international action against climate change, adding further uncertainty to the direction of climate policy under the Trump administration.

May 12, 2017
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The Last Person You’d Expect To Die In Childbirth

The U.S. has the worst rate of maternal deaths in the developed world, and 60 percent are preventable. The death of Lauren Bloomstein, a neonatal nurse, in the hospital where she worked illustrates a profound disparity: The health care system focuses on babies but often ignores their mothers.

May 12, 2017

Read James Comey’s Goodbye Letter To FBI Staff

On Wednesday, Comey sent a letter to FBI employees regarding his termination. Originally published by CNN, it is a cool-headed, straightforward note urging staffers not to dwell on the details. The missive expresses Comey’s dismay to be leaving the agency, which he describes as “one of the great joys” of his life.

May 11, 2017
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Top Republicans Are Helping Trump Channel His Inner Tyrant

What seems more likely is the narrative recounted by anonymous White House staffers to the New York Times and Politico, which depict Trump as furious about Comey’s refusal either to close or to publicly deny the FBI’s ongoing investigation into Russia’s election meddling.

May 11, 2017

Was Comey Fired Because The FBI’s Sights Were Turning Toward Trump’s Russian Mobster-Connected Business Ties?

Comey had been seeking more funds to go where the investigation was taking the FBI, media reported Wednesday. The Justice Department called this assertion “totally false,” affirming that whatever trail Comey’s FBI was following will likely go no further.

May 11, 2017
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US Polls Show Trump Approval Ratings Dipping Again

Both Quinnipiac University and Gallup on Wednesday showed approval of Trump’s performance in the White House dipping after he enjoyed a slight improvement last month when he ordered a missile attack following the Syrian government’s alleged chemical weapons attack on its civilians.

May 11, 2017

North Korean Envoy Says Kim Planning Next Nuclear Test

Echoing the official stance of his government, Choe asserted North Korea’s right to maintain and develop nuclear weapons as a deterrent to foreign invasion. Though he said he was unaware of a specific date for another nuclear weapons test, he stated that one would be conducted on leader Kim Jong Un’s terms regardless of U.S. pressure.

May 11, 2017
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Senate Committee Issues Subpoena To Michael Flynn

Members of Congress involved in the several investigations into Russian meddling in last year’s presidential election pledged Wednesday to continue their work despite the firing of FBI Director James Comey, though they worried how the dismissal might delay probes already plagued by too few resources.

May 11, 2017
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Trump Appointee Could Open Federal Land To Oil And Gas Companies

President Donald Trump is appointing an oil and gas industry lobbyist to help run the Interior Department — just as the agency is facing criticism from a federal watchdog over the ways it helps fossil fuel firms evade environmental rules.

May 11, 2017
Comey testifies on Trump investigation

Sources: Comey Sought To Expand Trump-Russia Probe To Former Campaign Officials

One possibility is that investigators will feel galvanized by President Donald Trump’s abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey and burrow ever deeper into a probe in which they see the reputation of the bureau at stake.

May 11, 2017
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#ComeyGate White House Protest Kicks Off Nationwide Push For Independent Investigation At Senate Offices

Donald Trump’s abrupt firing of FBI director James Comey Tuesday has spurred heated controversy from both sides of the aisle. Following Preet Bharara and Sally Yates, Comey was the third official to be dismissed while investigating the president and his associates.

May 11, 2017

FBI’s Russia Investigation: Subpoenas Issued

Federal prosecutors in recent weeks have issued grand jury subpoenas to former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s associates, seeking business records related to the ongoing investigation of Russian meddling in the presidential election, CNN first reported Tuesday.

May 11, 2017
Tom Price was under investigation by fired US Attorney Preet Bharara

Reporter Arrested After Asking HHS Secretary A Question

Dan Heyman, who works for Public News Service, said he repeatedly asked Price at the Capitol whether domestic violence is classed as a “pre-existing condition” under the health care bill recently passed in the House.

May 11, 2017
Elizabeth Warren throws down the gauntlet

Elizabeth Warren Connects The Dots On Trump’s Firings: ‘It’s Pretty Clear What’s Going On’

Hours after Donald Trump fired FBI director James Comey, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) laid out a timeline of the president’s deeply disconcerting firings of officials investigating him and his campaign members on MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes.”

May 11, 2017

The Emergency Room Is No Place For Routine Care

Right-wing media attempted to pacify the millions of Americans who would lose their health insurance coverage if the American Health Care Act (AHCA) becomes law with the absurd notion that people do not need insurance to receive access to health care via the emergency room.

May 11, 2017

Mother’s Day Massacre

While President Donald Trump and his feuding advisers have been ham-handed about almost everything since they occupied the White House a little over 100 days ago, removing Comey as FBI director was a clean kill. Or so they seemed to think.

May 10, 2017
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Why Firing Comey Could Create Major Problems For Trump

One month ago, Donald Trump spoke to Fox Business about FBI Director James Comey, “I have confidence in him,” he said. “We’ll see what happens. You know, it’s going to be interesting.” So it has been. Trump’s firing of the FBI director on May 9 left official Washington stunned.

May 10, 2017