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Trump, Memo Pad, Fox News, Coverage, Television, Sean Hannity, Jack Welch, New Republic, Obama, Criticism

Is Trump Losing Fox News?

Fox News remains President Trump’s favorite news channel, and Sean Hannity his single greatest champion. But mounting criticism from the latter’s Fox co-anchors this week suggests the network’s support for the president may be eroding.

July 20, 2017

Why Not Call It Treason?

Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian government attorney, a Russian government lobbyist and others to obtain damaging information about Hillary Clinton does not qualify as treason, the Washington Post explained, because of the language of the Constitution.

July 20, 2017

Did Macron Just Convince Trump To Reenter The Paris Agreement?

The friendship between the United States and France goes way back—all the way to 1775, when France secretly began sending supplies to the Americans during the Revolutionary War. In fact, France was the first ally of the new United States. (Of course, it helped that France was pretty angry at Great Britain over the territory it lost during the French and Indian War.)

July 19, 2017

Advocacy Groups Protest Trump’s Immigration Pick

As President Trump’s pick to lead the agency that approves immigration petitions heads towards likely confirmation, more than 300 advocacy organizations are urging the Senate to oppose it, citing ProPublica’s examination of the nominee’s record.

July 19, 2017
Eric Danziger, Donald Trump Jr. Eric Trump

Hotelier-In-Chief: Here Are The Trumps’ New Hotels

Last August, Mississippi’s governor introduced a local hotel developer to then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at a $1,000-per-plate private fundraiser in Jackson. The developer, Suresh Chawla, had long been a campaign donor to the governor, Phil Bryant.

July 19, 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
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump shows off the size of his hands as Fox News Channel moderators Brett Baier (L) and Megyn Kelly (R) look on at the U.S. Republican presidential candidates debate in Detroit, Michigan, March 3, 2016. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

What Can We Really Do About Trump? And What Is Trump Doing To Us?

Many of us feel like we’re in an unfamiliar and disorienting situation. We’ve never imagined, much less experienced anything remotely like the behavior and attitude of Donald Trump. In this new reality, we live in a state where our leader—the most powerful person in the world—lies consistently, is completely unreliable and cannot be trusted.

July 18, 2017

Pro-Trump Troll Says He’s Doing “Performance Art” As Gateway Pundit’s White House Correspondent

Wintrich, who was behind the “Twinks4Trump” photography exhibit, was hired by the far-right fringe (and often wrong) political blog The Gateway Pundit as its White House correspondent in February. Since then, Wintrich has adopted the Trump administration’s playbook for delegitimizing the media, including referring to anything critical reported about the administration as fake news and attacking media organizations like CNN.

July 17, 2017

Secret Service Disputes Trump Lawyer’s Claims

The Secret Service has disputed claims made by Donald Trump’s lawyer that they would have vetted anyone meeting with his son, in the wake of revelations Donald Jr. met with a Kremlin-linked lawyer in June 2016. Jay Sekulow, a member of the president’s legal team, said in an interview with ABC’s This Week on Sunday that the Secret Service would have vetted a meeting between Donald Jr. and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, suggesting this meant there was nothing untoward about the meeting.

July 17, 2017
Trump, Ethics, Terrorism

Trump’s Impeachment Odds Reach New High

The odds that Donald Trump will be impeached during his first term as president reached a new high following the disclosure that his son, Donald Trump Jr., arranged a meeting with a Russian government attorney to discuss what was purported to be information that could be used against election rival Hillary Clinton. The disclosure comes amid…

July 15, 2017
Pro-trump group, campaign finance

Donald Trump Is Working To Make America Whiter By Dramatically Restricting Legal Immigration

During a September 2016 campaign speech in Arizona, Donald Trump made a promise to cut back on legal immigration to the U.S. While the promise became eclipsed by Trump’s frequent attacks on undocumented immigrants—exacerbated even more once he took office and expanded the powers of immigration and border patrol officers—the president has not forgotten about his promise.

July 15, 2017

Trump Lawyer Marc Kasowitz Threatens Stranger In Emails: ‘Watch Your Back , Bitch’

Marc Kasowitz, President Trump’s personal attorney on the Russia case, threatened a stranger in a string of profanity-laden emails Wednesday night. The man, a retired public relations professional in the western United States who asked not to be identified, read ProPublica’s story this week on Kasowitz and sent the lawyer an email with the subject line: “Resign Now.’’

July 15, 2017
President-elect Trump

Who Is The Russian Lobbyist Who Met With Donald Trump Jr.?

When Donald Trump Jr., his brother-in-law and his father’s campaign chairman sat down with a Russian lawyer last June expecting to receive incriminating information about Hillary Clinton, the lawyer brought along a chatty Russian-born Washington lobbyist named Rinat Akhmetshin.

July 15, 2017
Betsy DeVos

Betsy DeVos: The Queen Of Obfuscation, Talking Nonsense

After 156 days on the job, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos finally sat down with the media on Thursday. Capping off the start to a controversial listening tour on campus sexual assault issues, DeVos took a handful of questions from reporters and mostly delivered talking points in return.

July 15, 2017

Betsy DeVos Just Perpetuated Years Of Right-Wing Attacks On Rape Survivors

Many have questioned the incomprehensible logic of President Donald Trump’s proposal to collaborate with Russia on cybersecurity policy, but Education Secretary Betsy DeVos appears to be deploying a similar strategy: collaborating with rape deniers on policy regarding campus sexual assault. This comes after right-wing media spent years questioning the severity of sexual assault and attacking the credibility of survivors.

July 14, 2017

No, Colluding With A Hostile Foreign Power Is Not Normal “Opposition Research”

President Donald Trump and members of his administration have spent months describing as fake news reports on his ties to Russia and the allegations that the Russian government acted to aid his presidential campaign. They have remained steadfast amid a drumbeat of stories and even U.S. intelligence community findings about Russia, the election, and Trump’s staff.

July 14, 2017

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
Trump, New York Times, Russia

7 Reasons Why A Cornered Trump Is A Real Threat To Our Country And Constitution

In a moment of crisis, Donald Trump can be expected to take actions that follow his habits, which (the Bible tells us) become character, and which, in turn, determine destiny. How will Trump determine his destiny as scandal envelops the White House?

July 14, 2017

DeVos Meeting With Men’s Rights Groups To Talk About Sexual Assault?

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos plans to host meetings this week about sexual assault on college campuses and Title IX guidance. But in addition to meeting with advocacy groups for survivors of sexual assault, DeVos will also be sitting down with groups that fight to protect students accused of sexual assault. Some of these groups have a history of advocating for so-called men’s rights and dismissing sexual violence survivors.

July 13, 2017

Trump Jr., Russian Collusion, And The Pro-Trump Media’s Bad-Faith Attack On The Press

Pro-Trump media outlets are attacking the mainstream press in response to the devastating news that the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., met during the 2016 presidential campaign with a Kremlin-linked Russian lawyer after he was promised she would provide information that would damage Hillary Clinton as part of a pro-Trump effort by the Russian government.

July 13, 2017

Trump’s Next Interviewer Thinks His Critics Are Serving Satan

After two months of cozy Fox News interviews, President Donald Trump finally plans to sit down with another network’s host tomorrow. But don’t expect the interview to shed much light on the numerous scandals currently drowning the Trump administration. The president will be questioned by the Christian Broadcasting Network’s Pat Robertson, who has said that Trump’s critics are defying God’s will and serving Satan.

July 13, 2017

Trump Appoints Critic Of His 2016 Campaign To New “Election Integrity” Committee

President Donald Trump is so obsessed with nonexistent voter fraud that, in a virtually unprecedented step, he’s appointed to his “election integrity” commission someone who harshly criticized him during the 2016 presidential primary. And J. Christian Adams, a PJ Media columnist and Republican election lawyer who has portrayed the president as an authoritarian business failure who duped his voters, is so eager to strip voters of their access to the ballot that he took the job.

July 12, 2017

Does Trump Jr.’s Admission Prove The President Lied?

Donald Trump Jr.’s admission this weekend that he met with a Kremlin-linked lawyer who said she had dirt on his father’s presidential campaign rival Hillary Clinton contradicts claims by the president and his vice president. At the beginning of the year, both U.S. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence maintained that no one from Trump’s campaign had any contact with Russians or Russian officials.

July 10, 2017
Marijuana enthusiasts walk by a 5 foot plant at the "Weed the People" event to celebrate the legalization of the recreational use of marijuana in Portland, Oregon

Three New Studies Bust Marijuana Myths

Most recently, data published in The Journal of Urban Economics reports that dispensary operators deter neighborhood crime. Researchers at the University of Southern California assessed the impact of dispensary closures on crime rates in the city of Los Angeles. Investigators identified an immediate increase in criminal activity – particularly property crime, larceny, and auto break ins – in the areas where dispensary operations were forced to close as compared to crime rates in those neighborhoods where marijuana retailers remained open for business.

July 10, 2017