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Thursday, May 25, 2017
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U.K. Ends U.S. Intel Sharing After Manchester Leaks

British police investigating the Manchester bomb attack on Monday that left 22 people dead have stopped sharing information with U.S. authorities after a series of leaks to American media. U.K. officials were reportedly angered on Wednesday night after The New York Times published images from the scene…

May 25, 2017
Philippine President

5 Reminders Of How Dark It Is That Trump Is Cozying Up With The Murderous President Of The Philippines

On April 29, President Trump made a highly controversial phone call to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, an authoritarian strongman whose daily executions have become a hallmark of his brutal regime.

May 25, 2017
Trump, Allies

Why—And How—Is Trump’s Base Still Loyal To A Guy Who Is A Proven Disaster?

After all the lies, contradictions, hypocrisy, flip-flops, gaffes, unforced errors, self-pity, insults, provocations, threats, bullying, betrayals, disappointments, scapegoating, exploitation, nepotism, and corruption, why is Donald Trump still beloved by 35 percent of the country?

May 25, 2017
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Trump Would Sell Off America’s Energy Resources For A Pittance, Like Russia Did To Create Its Oligarchs

When looking at his budget for the Department of Energy and Department of the Interior—which oversee leases for oil, gas and mining, and own interstate electric transmission lines—Trump would set the stage for a return of the robber barons.

May 25, 2017

The Art Of The Steal: Has Trump Finally Found Someone To Buy The Brooklyn Bridge?

At last, Trump has set the stage for a sequel to his first book of lies, The Art of the Deal—and in grand style. He’s found the right investor. He may have received a gold necklace from the Saudi king and looked regal;

May 25, 2017
Rep. John Lewis

John Lewis Hammers Steve Mnuchin Over Trump’s Sadistic Budget Cuts

“Mr. Secretary, I’ve often said that a budget proposal is a statement of values and priorities,” Lewis began. “This administration’s proposal makes crystal-clear that the hungry, the middle class, the elderly and the struggling will be left out and left behind.”

May 25, 2017
Trump, Democracy

Trump’s Immigration Pick Attacked Obama Programs In Ghost-Written Senate Letters

If letters written by Lee Francis Cissna, the president’s nominee to head U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, are any guide, he’s poised to dismantle Obama-era policies like a humanitarian program for Central American children.

May 25, 2017
Trump, Media

Trump Administration Says It Isn’t Anti-Science As It Seeks To Slash EPA Science Office

Trump’s budget, released Tuesday, reflects the president’s wish list. The numbers likely will change by the time it goes through the congressional appropriations process, but the proposed cuts are consistent with the administration’s push against environmental regulation and scientific funding.

May 25, 2017
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As Advertisers Flee, Hannity Brags About Conspiracy Smears

Fox News host Sean Hannity bragged about his continued promotion of a baseless Seth Rich murder conspiracy and fringe-sourced smear, even as advertisers began to announce they would no longer be advertising on his Fox News show.

May 25, 2017

Cheer, Cheer For The Protesters Of Notre Dame

As protester Bryan Ricketts told CNN, after explaining how Pence’s homophobia has affected him as a gay man, many graduates at Notre Dame have been directly targeted by other policies — for example, those students and their families who are undocumented and who risked deportation to celebrate this milestone in their lives.

May 25, 2017
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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
Sean Hannity

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
Trump, Executive Orders

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
Trump

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
Lincoln, Trump

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
Trump, Putin

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