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President Trump Meets Pope Francis At Vatican

U.S. President Donald Trump and Pope Francis held a 30-minute meeting at the Vatican on Wednesday, underscoring the emphasis during the first presidential foreign trip on the three Abrahamic (monotheistic) faiths.

May 24, 2017
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Contacts Between Moscow And Trump Campaign Began Last Summer, Ex-CIA Chief Says

The CIA received intelligence last summer indicating Donald Trump’s campaign aides were in contact with Russian government officials, information that was worrisome enough to pass to the FBI for investigation, former CIA Director John Brennan said Tuesday.

May 24, 2017
Manchester

French Minister: Manchester Suspect Had ISIS Links

Speaking to local TV Wednesday, in comments translated by Politico, French Interior Minister Gérard Collomb said: “Today we only know what British investigators have told us—someone of British nationality, of Libyan origin…

May 24, 2017
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Sean Hannity Takes A Breath Over Seth Rich Murder

In seeming recognition that his lucrative position with Fox News could be in jeopardy, right-wing television host Sean Hannity said on Tuesday night that he would drop the subject matter that had recently become something of an obsession…

May 24, 2017
Donald Trump and the Alt-Right

The Alt-Right Is Furious At Trump For His Foreign Trip

Trump’s Syria strike, while widely praised in the mainstream media, drew significant backlash from the president’s populist base. Now, five weeks later, Trump’s first foreign trip has ushered in a new wave of criticism from his core group of supporters.

May 24, 2017
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The 15 Heartless Proposals In Trump’s Budget

Longtime federal budget experts quickly slammed the White House’s proposed 2018 budget on Tuesday. Its $1.4 trillion in cuts over the next decade would endanger tens of millions of households…

May 24, 2017
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Three Reasons Why Fox News Is Losing Its Ratings Dominance

The stream of negative headlines for President Donald Trump about his campaign’s alleged collusion with Russia and the firing of FBI Director James Comey is shaking up the cable news ratings race.

May 24, 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
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Yes, Trump Budget Would Cut Social Security (And Violate His Promise)

A number of usually reliable reporters were duped by White House spin that President Donald Trump’s draconian budget proposal for fiscal year 2018 to slash spending for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) was not a violation of his major campaign pledge to protect Social Security from cuts.

May 24, 2017
Sean Hannity

Seth Rich’s Brother Demands Sean Hannity Stop Pushing Baseless Conspiracy Theories

Seth Rich’s brother has sent a letter to Sean Hannity’s executive producer demanding Hannity stop pushing “false conspiracy theories” about Rich, a Democratic National Committee staffer who was murdered in what police say was likely a botched robbery.

May 24, 2017
Fox settlement, Ailes

As Trump Unravels, So Do Fox’s Ratings

All of which made Fox News’ ratings performance on the night Ailes died even more shocking: On Thursday, Fox News came in last place among the three cable news channels among viewers between the ages of 25 and 54. And it wasn’t a fluke.

May 24, 2017

Elizabeth Warren Goes Nuclear On Trump And DeVos’ Plan To Gut Education Beyond All Recognition

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos finds herself under fire again, this time for a proposed $10.6 billion budget cut to her department. And much as she did during DeVos’ confirmation hearing in February, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is leading the opposition.

May 24, 2017
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How Abraham Lincoln Found His Anti-Slavery Voice

In fragments that Lincoln wrote, dated by his private presidential secretaries to about April 1, 1854, and inspired by his reading of Fitzhugh, he wrote, “although volume upon volume is written to prove slavery a very good thing, we never hear of the man who wishes to take the good of it, by being a slave himself.”

May 24, 2017
Trump/Sinclair

Unions Worry Sinclair Will Slant Tribune Media To Far Right

Sinclair Broadcasting Group’s recent purchase of Tribune Media is drawing serious concern from Tribune employees and their union leadership, as well as broadcasting experts who fear the company will continue its long history of aggressively slanting local news coverage to the right.

May 23, 2017
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Trump’s Broken Promises Highlighted In Budget Coverage

Multiple news outlets have reported on the harsh human toll of President Donald Trump’s budget proposal, which is expected to gut programs that guarantee basic living standards, including parts of Medicaid and Social Security.

May 23, 2017

Campus Liberals Are Too Easy To Bait

Conservative groups routinely try this technique on college liberals. Their lure is an inflammatory right-wing speaker. The catch comes in duping liberals to act badly as censors of free speech or, even better, violently.

May 23, 2017
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Huge Increase In Anti-Trump Protest: 5 Signs Resistance Is Growing Stronger

As co-director of the Crowd Counting Consortium, Erica Chenoweth has been collecting political crowd data since the Women’s March in January. She also produces a monthly breakdown for the Washington Post on political activism trends based on the numbers.

May 23, 2017

SCOTUS Ruling On North Carolina’s Illegal Political Maps Exposes GOP’s Extreme Partisan Gerrymandering Based On Race

The Supreme Court’s ruling Monday that North Carolina Republicans had illegally segregated voters by race to create two U.S. House seats after 2010’s redistricting is a snapshot into the Republican dynamics of power-hungry partisanship and institutional racism.

May 23, 2017
Maan Singh Khalsa

California Hate Crime Against Sikh Man Yields Prison Terms For Assailants

“My attackers hit me with their fists, knocked off my turban, and yelled, ‘Cut his fucking hair.’ They yanked my hair through the window and used a knife to saw parts of it off. In the course of the attack, as I tried to protect my hair and my head, my right finger was stabbed, and eventually required amputation.”

May 22, 2017
Mike Pence, Obamacare, ACA

Mike Pence’s Commencement Speech Boycotted By Notre Dame Students

The commencement speech was originally supposed to be delivered by President Donald Trump, making him the seventh POTUS (President of the United States) to do so in the history of the university.

May 22, 2017
Immigration, Deportations

Trump Administration Arrests Of Noncriminal Immigrants Up 150 Percent

But on one point, Trump pretended to care about nuance: He would not, he stated on multiple occasions, target undocumented immigrants indiscriminately, but would focus on those with criminal records—the “bad hombres,” to use the president’s own ridiculous words. Predictably, this has not been the case in practice.

May 22, 2017
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Deforming The Law

In an urgent phone call, Ralph Nader described a Republican tort law package that is being “rammed through the House” without proper hearings and almost no attention from the press. Any hearings on the bills have been pro forma, at best.

May 22, 2017
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How Joe Lieberman Became A Trump Supporter

Joe Lieberman, then a Democratic senator for Connecticut, also joked about what a Trump presidency might look like. “The Donald is quite a ladies’ man,” Lieberman said. “He’s going to have, if elected, an all-female cabinet…. Secretary of Energy Carmen Electra, Secretary of Defense Xena the Warrior Princess.” The audience roared with laughter.

May 22, 2017
Roger Stone

Trump’s Former Ally Roger Stone Slams President Over Saudi Visit

President Donald Trump’s one time campaign adviser and longtime confidante Roger Stone criticized the president’s meeting with the Saudi leaders Saturday and said the royal reception Trump received in Riyadh, including the country’s highest civilian honor as vomit inducing.

May 21, 2017

Topics Expected To Top Trump’s Second Day In Saudi Arabia

Trump also plans a major speech on countering radical Muslim extremism aimed at reassuring allies that the US is not at war with Islam, while encouraging them to do more to counter extremism.

May 21, 2017