Progressives find little support for an Oprah campaign

Oprah Winfrey speaks during an interview at "The David Rubenstein Show: Peer to Peer Conversations" event in New York on Monday, Dec. 12, 2016. Oprah Winfrey speaks during an interview at "The David Rubenstein Show: Peer to Peer Conversations" event in New York on Monday, Dec. 12, 2016.

Exercise? I get more than people think, Trump says

WORKOUT: Dr. Ronny Jackson, the White House physician, said on Tuesday that Trump was in excellent health overall but needed to lose weight, eat better, and break a sweat more often. The fast-food-loving Trump praised Jackson, who has served as a physician to previous presidents, but seemed wary of taking the not-so-subtle suggestion to use the White House's exercise facilities.

US slips behind China in new global leadership poll

A year into Donald Trump's presidency, global confidence in U.S. leadership has fallen to a new low, according to an opinion survey conducted across 134 countries. The Gallup poll puts global approval of U.S. leadership at just 30 percent, slightly behind China on 31 percent and only three points ahead of Russia.

Republicans in Congress push for vote to avoid shutdown


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Republican leaders in the U.S. Congress stepped up their efforts to pass a temporary extension in funding and prevent the federal government from shutting down, scheduling a vote on the measure for later on Thursday. For months, the Republican-controlled Congress has been struggling to fund the government, which is now operating on its third temporary funding extension since the 2018 fiscal year began on Oct. 1. Democrats insist that a long-term spending bill include protection for "Dreamers" - adults brought to the country illegally as children, who were protected from deportation by former President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program.

Liberals press Dems to act on immigration, shutdown or no

Shrugging off the prospect of a government shutdown, liberal activists are demanding that Democrats protect thousands of young immigrants from deportation, no matter what. The conflict comes to a head this week as the Republicans who control Congress scramble to get enough votes - including some from Senate Democrats - to avoid the partial shutdown.

Liberals press Dems to act on immigration, shutdown or no Source: AP

Shrugging off the prospect of a government shutdown, liberal activists are demanding that Democrats protect thousands of young immigrants from deportation, no matter what. The conflict comes to a head this week as the Republicans who control Congress scramble to get enough votes -- including some from Senate Democrats -- to avoid the partial shutdown.

Liberals press Dems to act on immigration, shutdown or no Source: AP

Shrugging off the prospect of a government shutdown, liberal activists are demanding that Democrats protect thousands of young immigrants from deportation, no matter what. The conflict comes to a head this week as the Republicans who control Congress scramble to get enough votes -- including some from Senate Democrats -- to avoid the partial shutdown.

Wolf taking steps to expand who gets OT pay in Pennsylvania

Stymied by Republicans in his effort to pass a law raising the minimum wage, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf is moving to boost pay in Pennsylvania through another means - by making hundreds of thousands of additional salaried employees eligible for overtime pay, administration officials said Wednesday. The proposed regulation extending overtime to more salaried employees would need approval only from a five-member board whose members are appointed by Wolf, two top Republican lawmakers and two top Democratic lawmakers, giving it a 3-2 Democratic majority.

‘Very strong’ Democratic sentiment to oppose GOP budget bill

Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer said Wednesday there's "very, very strong" sentiment among Democrats in the chamber to oppose GOP-drafted legislation to keep the government's doors open, comments that could indicate the chances are increasing that the government could shut down at midnight Friday night. Democrats' votes are needed to advance the stopgap measure through the Senate, but they have been rebuffed in their demands to add protections against deportation for younger immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children.

On Haiti and African countries*Jan. 16, 2018, 10:30 PM Ast

During the 2016 US presidential campaign, candidate Donald Trump promised to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals programme which Barack Obama, as president, had instituted in 2012. DACA allowed some individuals who had entered the country as minors and remained illegally, to receive a two-year period of deferred action from deportation.

Immigration deal distant as leaders try to avert shutdown

A deal between President Donald Trump and Congress to protect young immigrants from deportation remained distant Tuesday, as House Republicans leaders turned their attention to building support for a backup plan: a stopgap funding bill to stave off the threat of an election-year shutdown. The focus on a budget Plan B - another temporary measure that would buy time for more talks - was the latest sign of a breakdown in bipartisan deal-making in a Congress that has struggled to find common ground even on areas of broad agreement.

In first year, Trump scores lowest averagea

President Donald Trump speaks at the Conversations with the Women of America at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. WASHINGTON - This is a record not to be coveted: Donald Trump is wrapping up a year in office with the lowest average approval rating of any elected president in his first year.

Trump Ends First Year With Lowest Average Approval Rating

This is a record not to be coveted: Donald Trump is wrapping up a year in office with the lowest average approval rating of any elected president in his first term. That's according to polling by Gallup, which shows that Trump has averaged just a 39 percent approval rating since his inauguration.

Shutdown looms as Republicans seek short-term spending deal for government

Chances of a government shutdown grew Monday as Republicans concluded that they would be unable to pass a long-term spending bill by the Friday deadline. GOP leaders are now turning to a short-term funding measure in hopes of keeping agencies open while talks continue, but Democratic leaders say they are unlikely to support any deal that does not protect young illegal immigrants.

Chuck Hagel: Trump a an embarrassmenta

Former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called President Donald Trump "an embarrassment" and said he "is doing great damage to our country internationally" in a newspaper interview Saturday. Hagel's remarks come amid uproar over Trump's reported remarks during a closed-door immigration meeting with lawmakers last week, during which he is said to have called certain African countries "shitholes."

U.S. forced to renew DACA permits as furor over Trump’s immigration slur persists

The Trump administration, under court order, said it would resume taking applications to renew temporary protections from deportation for hundreds of thousands of immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children, as the standoff between the president and Congress over the program's future intensified Sunday. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced Saturday it will accept renewal applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Trust and truth under Trump: Americans are in a quandary

AP file photo Lori Viars, a longtime conservative activist in Warren County, sits in 2015 for a portrait at Village Ice Cream Parlor in Lebanon, Ohio. RALEIGH, N.C. – When truck driver Chris Gromek wants to know what's really going on in Washington, he scans the internet and satellite radio.

Trump says program to protect ‘Dreamers’ is ‘probably dead’

President Donald Trump said Sunday that a program that protects immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children is "probably dead," casting a cloud over already tenuous negotiations just days before a deadline on a government funding deal that Democrats have tied to immigration. At issue is the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program created by President Barack Obama to shield hundreds of thousands of these individuals, known as "Dreamers," from deportation.

Chelsea Manning files for US Senate bid in Maryland

Chelsea Manning intends to run for the US Senate in Maryland, returning the transgender former soldier to the spotlight after her conviction for leaking classified documents and her early release from military prison. Manning, 30, filed her statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission on Thursday, listing an apartment in North Bethesda as her address.

WikiLeaks informer Chelsea Manning files to run for US Senate

Chelsea Manning, the former US Army soldier who was jailed for passing thousands of government documents to WikiLeaks exposing American military abuses in Iraq and Afghanistan, has filed to run for the US Senate seat in Maryland, RT reports. Manning, who had her 35-year sentence commuted by former President Barack Obama in May last year, declared her intention to run with the Federal Election Commission on January 5. She will run as a Democrat.

Q and A: David Frum on America’s ‘Trumpocracy’

In his new book Trumpocracy, the Toronto native and former George W. Bush speech writer talks about how Trump is fundamentally damaging the U.S. government: "There are a lot of stops on the train line to bad before you get to Hitler Station." Frum felt "sick" when he spent time in the building near the end of Barack Obama's presidency.

Leaders say Trump presidency is at odds with MLK’s legacy Source: AP

The first Martin Luther King Jr. holiday of Donald Trump's presidency is taking place amid a racial firestorm of Trump's own making. In the same week that he honored King by making a national park out of the ground where King was born and preached until his death, Trump denigrated practically the entire African diaspora, and left many Americans headed into the civil rights icon's birthday convinced that the leader of their country is a racist.

Leaders say Trump presidency is at odds with MLK’s legacy

The first Martin Luther King Jr. holiday of Donald Trump's presidency is taking place amid a racial firestorm of Trump's own making. In the same week that he honored King by making a national park out of the ground where King was born and preached until his death, Trump denigrated practically the entire African diaspora, and left many Americans headed into the civil rights icon's birthday convinced that the leader of their country is a racist.

The Covfefe Chronicles: How Many Lies Will Trump Pack into His Presidential Memoirs?

Once Donald Trump is removed from office-either through term limits, a 2020 loss, a resignation or an impeachment-he and a right-wing ghostwriter will secure a big-money contract for his presidential memoirs. There will be a built-in audience for such a book-the still-loyal members of the MAGA crowd, the right-wing evangelicals who believe Trump is their second savior, the anti-Democratic Party ideologues who can't wait for Chappaquiddick to come out so that they can rejoice in the denigration of Ted Kennedy's legacy.

WV DHHR: 4 of nearly 900 Tanf applicants test positive for drugs

Chelsea Manning files to run for U.S. Senate in Maryland Chelsea Manning, the transgender former Army private who was convicted of passing sensitive government documents to Wikileaks, has filed to run for the U.S. Senate in Maryland, according to federal election filings. Alert About Missile Bound for Hawaii Was Sent in Error, Officials Say - The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency confirmed on Saturday that there was no ballistic missile headed toward the state, minutes after an emergency alert was sent to cellphones urging people to seek immediate shelter.

One gets used to being shoved aside when voting while black

As we mark what would have been his 89th birthday, it seems fitting to recall that Martin Luther King spoke to that difficulty in a 1957 speech whose words ring relevant 61 years later. "All types of conniving methods are still being used to prevent Negroes from becoming registered voters," lamented King.

The history of US government shutdowns in 1 chart

While bipartisan lawmakers are negotiating on spending and immigration, the federal government is slated to run out of money next Friday. The two parties are deadlocked: Democrats insist on a solution for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, Republicans are pushing for more border security and the White House says they must build the wall.

Sean Penn: Donald Trump Is ‘An Enemy of Mankind’

The actor penned the Time essay following Trump's "shithole countries" remark aimed at African nations and earthquake-ravaged Haiti, where Penn has dedicated his humanitarian efforts. Penn first praised former president Barack Obama's deployment of 22,000 service members to help Haitians when the earthquake struck on January 12th, 2010; Penn's op-ed comes on the eighth anniversary of the earthquake, and the actor recounted the efforts to help the Haitians as well as the island nation's ongoing struggles.

President Donald Trump

The fairly routine examination for previous presidents has taken on an increased importance in the age of Mr Trump, given the tone of some of his tweets, comments attributed to some of his close advisers and the president's recent slurring of words on national TV. Some of the comments were published in a new book about Mr Trump's first year in office, Fire And Fury: Inside The Trump White House by Michael Wolff, which White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has denounced as "complete fantasy" for portraying her 71-year-old boss as undisciplined and in over his head as president.

White House doctor: Donald Trump in ‘excellent health’ despite rumours

Some of the comments were published in a new book about Mr Trump's first year in office, Fire And Fury: Inside The Trump White House by Michael Wolff, which White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has denounced as "complete fantasy" for portraying her 71-year-old boss as undisciplined and in over his head as president. Mr Trump himself has pushed back hard against any suggestion that he is mentally unfit, declaring himself "a very stable genius".

Judge: Trump’s words can be used against him in suit to block

This file photo taken on September 10, 2017 shows DACA recipient and appliance repair business owner Erick Marquez during a protest in support of DACA in Los Angeles, California. San Francisco-based Judge William Alsup issued his 49-page ruling on January 9, 2018, ordering the administration of US President Donald Trump to reinstate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program , an Obama-era program that provided legal status to young immigrants who entered the country illegally as children.

Project Veritas founder claims Trump asked him to seek out Obama’s college records

Project Veritas founder James O'Keefe claims President Trump asked him if he could "get inside" Columbia University and retrieve college records of former President Barack Obama, according to a report Friday. Trump approached O'Keefe seeking the help of Project Veritas, a conservative group that attempts to expose media bias, to obtain Obama's college records to see if Obama claimed he was a foreign student at any point, according to a passage from O'Keefe's upcoming book obtained by CNN .

US embassy hits back at Donald Trump – bad deal’ claim after UK visit cancelled

The US embassy in London said its move to a new location has been completed within budget - just hours after Donald Trump described it as a "bad deal". Mr Trump has refused to travel to the UK to open the new American embassy, hitting out at its move from Grosvenor Square in the prestigious Mayfair district of central London to an "off location" at Nine Elms, south of the Thames.

Trump’s own words revive debate over whether he’s racist

President Donald Trump pauses as he speaks during an event to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, in Washington. President Donald Trump pauses as he speaks during an event to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, in Washington.

Officials: Iran deal survives, Trump to waive sanctions

President Donald Trump on Friday will extend waivers on Iran nuclear sanctions, keeping alive the landmark 2015 deal for at least another several months despite his past vows to scuttle the deal, officials said Three officials said the waivers will be accompanied by other, targeted sanctions on Iran for human rights abuses and a stern warning that Trump will pull out of the nuclear deal negotiated by the Obama administration if fixes aren't made by spring. The next deadline for extending nuclear sanctions relief will come in mid-May. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to publicly preview the decision.

Grosvenor Square vs Nine Elms: The $1bn US embassy saga behind Donald …

Donald Trump has cited his dissatisfaction with the new $1bn embassy in Nine Elms as the reason he's not visiting the UK later this year - Anadolu Donald Trump abruptly pulled the plug on his mooted visit to the UK by firing a broadside at the "bad deal" the US had got over its new $1 billion embassy. The property mogul lambasted his predecessor Barack Obama for having "sold perhaps the best located and finest embassy in London for 'peanuts'" - referencing the outgoing embassy in Mayfair's Grosvenor Square.

Trump: Profanity ‘not the language used’ when describing African countries, Haiti

In bluntly vulgar language, President Donald Trump questioned Thursday why the U.S. would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa rather than places like Norway, as he rejected a bipartisan immigration deal, according to people briefed on the extraordinary Oval Office conversation. Trump has since claimed that it was "not the language used" in a tweet on Friday morning.

Obama on Malia’s college move-in day: ‘I was basically useless’

Former President Barack Obama opened up about taking his daughter Malia to college last year, telling host David Letterman he was "basically useless" during the entire move-in process. "Michelle, she had like a cleaning glove, one of those yellow ones, she's scouring the bathroom," Obama told Letterman in the first episode of his new Netflix series, "My Next Guest Needs No Introduction."

Obama explains ‘what the Russians exploited’ in new interview with Letterman

Former President Barack Obama weighed in on the potential consequences of Russian meddling in social media platforms during the 2016 election in a new interview with David Letterman. "What the Russians exploited, but it was already here, is we are operating in completely different information universes," Obama told Letterman in the first episode of Letterman's new Netflix series "My Next Guest Needs No Introduction."

Trump Is Expected to Stop Short ofReimposing Strict Sanctions on Iran

Washington - President Trump has again stopped short of reimposing draconian sanctions on Iran that could break up its nuclear deal with world powers, two people briefed on his decision said on Thursday, but he is expected to give Congress and European allies a deadline to improve the deal or the United States will pull out of it. Mr. Trump's action, which the White House will announce on Friday, is the third time he has given a reprieve to the agreement brokered by President Barack Obama, despite having labeled it "the worst deal ever" and threatening repeatedly to rip it up.

Trump dismisses Haiti, African countries with vulgarity

Trump's contemptuous description of an entire continent startled lawmakers in the meeting and immediately revived charges that the president is racist. The White House did not deny his remark but issued a statement saying Trump supports immigration policies that welcome "those who can contribute to our society."

Two old friends walk into a new talk show…

Barack Obama and David Letterman return to the spotlight for the talk show host's new Netflix venture, "My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman." Barack Obama and David Letterman return to the spotlight for the talk show host's new Netflix venture, "My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman."

Trump’s Lame Excuse for Avoiding London

In case some dedicated soul is keeping track of all the "for the record" corrections thrown up by President Donald Trump's misstatements, here's one more to log in: Trump's tweet Friday about why he won't be visiting London. Reason I canceled my trip to London is that I am not a big fan of the Obama Administration having sold perhaps the best located and finest embassy in London for only to build a new one in an off location for 1.2 billion dollars.

Trump: Why allow immigrants from ‘shithole countries’?

In bluntly vulgar language, President Donald Trump questioned Thursday why the U.S. would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa rather than places like Norway, as he rejected a bipartisan immigration deal, according to people briefed on the extraordinary Oval Office conversation. Trump's contemptuous description of an entire continent startled lawmakers in the meeting and immediately revived charges that the president is racist.

Trump Is Expected to Stop Short of Reimposing Strict Sanctions on Iran

President Trump has again stopped short of reimposing draconian sanctions on Iran that could break up its nuclear deal with world powers, two people briefed on his decision said on Thursday, but he is expected to give Congress and European allies a deadline to improve the deal or the United States will pull out of it. He also approved targeted sanctions against several Iranian government officials for corruption and human rights abuses, some of it related to the antigovernment protests that have convulsed Iranian cities this month, these people said.

Trump opens path for states to seek work requirements for Medicaid

In a major policy shift that could affect millions of low-income people, the Trump administration said Thursday it is offering a path for states that want to seek work requirements on Medicaid recipients. Seema Verma, head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said work and community involvement can make a positive difference in people's lives and in their health.

Chelsea Manning confirms US Senate run

Three days after making her intention known to federal election officials, Manning tweeted "yup, we're running for senate" with an attached campaign video . She sent a subsequent tweet seeking donations to her campaign.

Trump urged by top advisers to waive Iran sanctions: official

Donald Trump is being urged by some top advisers not to bring back U.S. economic sanctions on Iran this week, a move by the president that would effectively end a 2015 deal to limit Tehran's nuclear ambitions. Two senior administration official told Reuters on Wednesday that Trump's top advisers were recommending that he not reimpose sanctions on Iran that were lifted under the agreement between Iran, the United States and other world powers.

‘Outrageous,’ White House Says of DACA Ruling, as Trump …

President Trump called the United States courts system "broken and unfair" on Wednesday, the morning after a federal judge's ruling that ordered the administration to restart a program that shields young, undocumented immigrants from deportation. Republicans and Democrats are in the middle of a legislative battle over the program created by President Barack Obama, called the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA .

5 things you need to know Wednesday

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Wednesday in a case that's part of an ongoing legal battle over states' efforts to restrict voting rights and combat alleged voter fraud. Ohio state officials will contest lower court rulings that their process of cleaning up voter rolls - the strictest in the nation - violates federal laws.

Judges order North Carolina congressional districts redrawn quickly

Federal judges said Tuesday that North Carolina will have to quickly redraw its 13 congressional districts because the map is unconstitutionally partisan. The three-judge panel rejected the previous map drawn by the Republican-controlled General Assembly, saying it violates the Equal Protection Clause, the First Amendment, and Article I of the Constitution.

Cordray choosing ex-Rep. Betty Sutton as running mate

Two Barack Obama alumni will form a gubernatorial ticket Wednesday as Richard Cordray chooses Betty Sutton as his running mate, a source close to the Democrat's campaign confirmed. Cordray was tabbed by Obama as the first head of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a post he left in November to run for governor.

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In ObamaA s first term, Joe Biden was vice president, Eric Holder was attorney general, and Hillary Clinton was secretary of state. Did the three of them have discussions about removing President Obama from office because of mental unfitness? Like author Michael Wolff, who claims that White House aides contemplate removing President Trump from office, I have no proof that these discussions took place.

Cushing makes case for legal pot in NH

The six-term state Democratic state representative from Hampton and longtime leading Statehouse proponent of marijuana legalization spoke on the eve of a Tuesday House vote on a bill that would allow for the use and home cultivation of small amounts of marijuana by adults for recreational purposes. The House was originally supposed to vote on the measure last Wednesday, but Cushing couldn't get back to New Hampshire in time from a family vacation in Australia.

Winfrey’s Golden Globes speech sparks talk of 2020 campaign

Oprah Winfrey's impassioned call for "a brighter morning even in our darkest nights" at the Golden Globes has Democratic Party activists buzzing about the media superstar and the 2020 presidential race - even if it's only a fantasy. Even so, for Democrats in early voting states, and perhaps for a public that largely disapproves of President Donald Trump's job performance, the notion of a popular media figure as a presidential candidate is not as strange as it once seemed, given the New York real estate mogul and reality TV star now in the White House.

.com | Oprah for US president? Speech sparks fevered speculation

Actress and TV talk show host Oprah Winfrey poses with the Cecil B. DeMille Award during the 75th Golden Globe Awards on January 7, 2018, in Beverly Hills, California. New York - Could Oprah Winfrey run for president and beat Donald Trump? Hollywood, liberals and ardent fans are abuzz with speculation that the billionaire chat show queen is harboring White House ambitions after an impassioned Golden Globes speech.

Pelosi is optimistic about agreement on budget, immigration

In this Dec. 18, 2017, file photo, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Pelosi remains optimistic about potential agreements with Washington Republicans on the budget and immigration, though she is skeptical that a White House meeting on immigration on Jan. 9 will produce a breakthrough.

Why not President Oprah? Awards speech has Democrats buzzing

Oprah Winfrey's impassioned call for "a brighter morning even in our darkest nights" at the Golden Globes has Democratic Party activists buzzing about the media superstar and the 2020 presidential race - even if it's only a fantasy. Even so, for Democrats in early voting states, and perhaps for a public that largely disapproves of President Donald Trump's job performance, the notion of a popular media figure as a presidential candidate is not as strange as it once seemed, given the New York real estate mogul and reality TV star now in the White House.

Philanthropy at its finest

Abovea King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit travelled to New York in June 1967. During their visit, John D. Rockefeller and his wife escorted Their Majesties to a performance at Lincoln Center.

Trump to order 200,000 Salvadorans to leave U.S.

The Trump administration will end temporary legal immigration status for 200,000 Salvadorans who have been living in the U.S. for nearly two decades, the Department of Homeland Security announced Monday. The decision means that Salvadorans who currently have Temporary Protected Status must return to their homeland by September 2019 or become undocumented immigrants if they choose to remain without legal protections.

The many implications of Pence’s promise to Iranians

In his Jan. 4 op-ed, " This president will not be silent on Iran ," Vice President Pence charged that President Barack Obama effected "an abdication of American leadership" and "emboldened Iran's tyrannical rulers." Mr. Pence, in contrast, promised that "under President Trump, the United States is standing with" the Iranian people.

Oprah Reportedly ‘Actively Thinking’ About Presidential Run

If Oprah Winfrey's stirring Golden Globes acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille Award sounded like the dress rehearsal for her presidential inauguration, that's because it just might be. CNN now reports that Oprah is "actively thinking" about running for president in 2020, at least according to two anonymous close friends.

Oprah’s speech: Start of a presidential run?


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After her extraordinary speech on Sunday night, it's the big question of Monday morning: Is Oprah Winfrey interested in a presidential bid? "President Winfrey" was the talk of the Beverly Hilton ballroom after Winfrey accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes . And the "Oprah for president?" possibility was a top story on morning TV.

Trump physical unlikely to shed light on mental fitness

President Donald Trump's staunch defense of his own mental acuity this weekend all but ensured the questions mounting about his fitness will increase in the coming week, which is set to culminate Friday with his first known medical exam since taking office. Coming amid a previously-unheard-of debate over the mental capacity of the country's oldest president at the time of his first election, the yearly presidential physical has attracted renewed attention from a capital now consumed with Trump's mental health.

Oprah’s speech stirs presidential run rumors online


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It inflamed rumors that she may run for president and lit up the internet. The stirring ovation, amid a night in which the entire female contingent in the audience wore black to highlight the "Time's Up" movement, began with Winfrey reminiscing about watching Sidney Poitier win an Oscar in 1964, sitting "on the linoleum floor of her house in Milwaukee."

Trump is about make mark on US nuclear arsenal

The Pentagon is putting the finishing touches on the first comprehensive review of U.S. nuclear forces in nearly eight years. It's shaping up as President Donald Trump's signature nuclear weapons initiative in the face of a growing North Korean nuclear threat.

Can US do to Trump what Philippines did to Estrada?

US President Donald Trump signs a bipartisan bill to stop the flow of opioids into the United States. Photo: EPA cascade of leaks and revelations coming out of US President Donald Trump's White House in the first month of the new year has left us facing three possible conclusions, all equally unsettling: the president of the United States may well be a kook, a crook or an incompetent perhaps some combination of the three.

Trump, Republican lawmakers pore over agenda at Camp David

THURMONT, Md. - Emerging from closed-door meetings with Republican leaders, President Donald Trump on Saturday held out the prospect of a deal with Democrats on the fate of young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children but appeared to put a welfare system overhaul - once a top White House priority - on the back burner.

News Analysis: Experts say Senator Hatch retirement major shift in U.S. politics

With the announcement this week that U.S. longest-serving Senate Republican Orrin Hatch will retire soon, political pundits weigh in on a major shift in the country's political landscape. Utah, a large western state with a small population, is traditionally conservative with a history of producing famous national politicians including Hatch, who has been serving in the Senate for 41 years.

Ap Fact Check: Trump’s empty boasts on aira

It's been a week of bogus boasting by President Donald Trump and members of his administration as they took unearned credit for airline safety, pollution cleanup and major advances in care for veterans. From left, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, President Donald Trump, and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, attend a news conference following a Congressional Republican Leadership Retreat at Camp David, Md., Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018.

Fact check: Trump’s claims over airline safety, veterans and pollution

US president Donald Trump and members of his administration have taken unearned credit for airline safety, pollution clean-ups and major advances in care for veterans. The president ignored fatality-free years in aviation during the Obama administration when he declared 2017 the safest year on record and suggested that was because he has kept a sharp eye on airlines.

Prosecutors in pot-friendly states will decide on crackdown

Whether to crack down on marijuana in states where it is legal is a decision that will now rest with those states' top federal prosecutors, many of whom are deeply rooted in their communities and may be reluctant to pursue cannabis businesses or their customers. When he rescinded the Justice Department's previous guidance on marijuana, Attorney General Jeff Sessions left the issue to a mix of prosecutors who were appointed by President Donald Trump's administration and others who are holdovers from the Barack Obama years.

U.S. agency starts review for Alaska mine project opposed by environmentalists


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U.S. regulators formally launched a review process on Friday that could produce a permit a Canadian mining group needs to build the Pebble Mine copper and gold project in southwest Alaska, which is opposed by environmentalists. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the federal agency that regulates the development and dredging of wetlands, has published the completed permit application from the Pebble Limited Partnership on its website.

Obama will be first guest on Letterman’s Netflix show

In this Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, file photo, David Letterman speaks during the unveiling of a Peyton Manning statue outside of Lucas Oil Stadium, in Indianapolis. Letterman has lined up former president Barack Obama to be his first guest when he returns to a TV talk show later this month.

Prosecutors in pot-friendly states will decide on crackdown

Whether to crack down on marijuana in states where it is legal is a decision that will now rest with those states' top federal prosecutors, many of whom are deeply rooted in their communities and may be reluctant to pursue cannabis businesses or their customers. When he rescinded the Justice Department's previous guidance on marijuana, Attorney General Jeff Sessions left the issue to a mix of prosecutors who were appointed by President Donald Trump's administration and others who are holdovers from the Barack Obama years.

Trump White House setting turnover records, bracing for more

Already setting turnover records, President Donald Trump's White House is bracing for even more staff departures and an increasing struggle to fill vacancies, shadowed by the unrelenting Russia probe, political squabbling and Trump's own low poll numbers. Entering a grueling year that is sure to bring fresh challenges at home and abroad, Trump faces a brain drain across a wide swath of government functions, threatening to hamstring efforts to enact legislation or conduct even basic operations.

Superfund work touted by Trump EPA was completed years ago

Graphic shows number of sites removed from EPAA a a s National Priorities List of contaminated sites since 2001; 2c x 5 1/2 inches; 96.3 mm x 139 mm; FILE - In this June 2, 2017, file photo, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt speaks to the media during the daily briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. The Environmental Protection Agency is touting cleanups finalized at seven of the nation's most polluted places as a signature accomplishment in its effort to reduce the number of Superfund sites.

Trump, lawmakers step up talks on immigrant a Dreamersa

Urgent negotiations aimed at shielding young, undocumented immigrants from deportation intensified on Thursday as Republican U.S. senators emerged from a meeting with President Donald Trump expressing confidence a deal could be struck this month. As a follow-up to the Republican-only talks on so-called "Dreamer" immigrants, Trump is inviting senators from both major parties to the White House next week.

News | RI and Marijuana, Did the Feds Change the Game?

The Attorney General of the United States Jeff Sessions changed the rules for states that have -- or want to -- legalize the sale of marijuana. Under President Barack Obama, the Department of Justice policy had been not to enforce federal marijuana laws against individuals or businesses in states that are complying with state medical or adult-use marijuana laws, provided that one of eight federal priorities is not implicated.

Trump passes on voting investigation to DHS

By JOHN HANNA Associated Press TOPEKA, Kan. - Voting rights advocates and some state election officials cheered President Donald Trump's announcement that he was disbanding his election fraud commission, but their celebration could be short-lived.

Analysis: Bannon book spat shows limits of loyalty

None of this is normal. Try to picture Barack Obama declaring that David Axelrod had "lost his mind," George W. Bush saying that Karl Rove "is learning that winning isn't as easy as I make it look," or Bill Clinton's lawyers sending James Carville a cease-and-desist letter threatening "imminent" legal action.

Sessions ending federal policy that let legal pot flourish

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has rescinded an Obama-era policy that paved the way for legalized marijuana to flourish in states across the country, creating new confusion about enforcement and use just three days after a new legalization law went into effect in California. President Donald Trump's top law enforcement official announced the change Thursday.

Trump administration rule would let more people drop Obamacare

Cathey Park of Cambridge, Massachusetts wears a cast for her broken wrist with "I Love Obamacare" written upon it prior to U.S. President Barack Obama's arrival to speak about health insurance at Faneuil Hall in Boston October 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque The Trump administration proposed a rule on Thursday to allow Americans who are self-employed or work for small businesses to buy health insurance that does not comply with all Obamacare requirements in an effort to unwind the 2010 healthcare law.

EU foreign policy chief says ‘blockade’ of Cuba not solution

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini toured the historic center of Havana accompanied by city historian Eusebio Leal Spengler and the EU ambassador to Cuba Alberto Navarro in Havana, Cuba, 3 January 2018. [Alejandro Ernesto/EPA/EFE] Blockading Cuba is not the solution, the European Union's foreign policy chief said yesterday on a trip aimed at strengthening ties with Havana, after Washington tightened restrictions on the island.

Asia’s ‘best’ and ‘worst’ of 2017

As 2018 begins in Cambodia and around the world, we take a last look at what made headlines and, fitting in this day, lit up Facebook and Twitter in Asia in 2017. From the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's half-brother at a Malaysia airport to smog-filled Indian skies and a year-end US presidential visit, the images were all-too-real.

Eric Trump, the smarter one, tweets that Ellen DeGeneres is part of the #DeepState


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The Deep State apparently now includes such malicious actors as James Comey and a daytime television talk show host who loves cats. That's according to top National Security Expert, Eric Trump, Donald Trump's second oldest son.

This day in history, Jan. 3, 2018

On Jan. 3, 1868, Japan's Meiji Restoration re-established the authority of the emperor and heralded the fall of the military rulers known as shoguns; the upheaval paved the way for Japan's drive toward becoming a modern power. In 1911, the first postal savings banks were opened by the U.S. Post Office.

This day in history, Jan. 3, 2018

On Jan. 3, 1868, Japan's Meiji Restoration re-established the authority of the emperor and heralded the fall of the military rulers known as shoguns; the upheaval paved the way for Japan's drive toward becoming a modern power. In 1911, the first postal savings banks were opened by the U.S. Post Office.

Will War Cancel Trump’s Triumphs?

No other political figure has so dominated our discourse. And none, not Joe McCarthy in his heyday in the early '50s, nor Richard Nixon in Watergate, received such intensive and intemperate coverage and commentary as has our 45th president.

Admiral Mike Mullen: Obama Not As Supportive of Iranian Protesters As He Could Have Been

Former Joint Chiefs Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen -- no fan of Donald Trump -- nevertheless agrees with President Trump's support for the Iranian people who are protesting against their hardline rulers. Mullen, who served under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, told ABC's "This Week" on Sunday that President Obama was not as supportive as he could have been in 2009, when the Iranian people waged similar anti-government protests.

Yes, Donald Trump Is Still Obsessed With Barack Obama’s Birth CertificatePopSugar


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Donald Trump infamously spearheaded the birther conspiracy theory up until the very end of his presidential campaign. After years of claiming Barack Obama wasn't born in the United States, Trump was forced to admit that Obama is in fact a natural-born citizen.

Don’t Panic Over North Korea


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There's actually very little chance humanity won't make it to this magazine's publication date, but news consumers could be forgiven for thinking otherwise. An October poll found 65 percent of Americans thought President Donald Trump was making the situation between the U.S. and North Korea worse.

Obama lists his favorite books and songs of 2017

SEPTEMBER 20: Former U.S. President Barack Obama answers questions at the Gates Foundation Inaugural Goalkeepers event on September 20, 2017 in New York City. NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 20: Former U.S. President Barack Obama answers questions at the Gates Foundation Inaugural Goalkeepers event on September 20, 2017 in New York City.

Top 10 best things of

As we approach the end of President Donald Trump's first year in office, the list of extraordinary things he has done -- for both good and ill -- is nothing short of remarkable. Trump inspires such deep emotions in his critics and supporters that many have struggled to objectively assess his presidency.

Top 10 best things of

As we approach the end of President Donald Trump's first year in office, the list of extraordinary things he has done -- for both good and ill -- is nothing short of remarkable. Trump inspires such deep emotions in his critics and supporters that many have struggled to objectively assess his presidency.

Hundreds of new laws to take effect in 2018

It was a big year in the Illinois statehouse with lawmakers ending an historic budget impasse and approving an income tax hike, overhauling how public schools get funding and allowing automatic voter registration. The laws cover numerous topics, including the expansion of taxpayer-funded abortions, celebrating Barack Obama's presidency, allowing tax credits for private school scholarships, criminal justice reforms and a circus-related ban.

Chance The Rapper wants to make film on President Donald Trump

The 'No Problem' hitmaker took to his Twitter account yesterday to pitch a new film idea to fans and potential executives as he explained the plot would revolve around an old iPod and the music on it would change the way the controversial Republican leader - who took over from Barack Obama this year - viewed the world. "President Trump gets an old Ipod for christmas... This is his very first ipod... But not only is it his first Ipod, he's actually never listened to music before in his life.

We laughed. We cried. This is what we read most in 2017.

Go figure: The storyline of Donald Trump's first year in office was eclipsed by those of a kiss cam, a diet trend, a dead elk and well, an actual eclipse. In fact, lunar events and Trump's whirlwind presidency both cracked our list of top-read stories twice, the only topics to take multiple spots.

Trump’s Triumphs

No other political figure has so dominated our discourse. And none, not Joe McCarthy in his heyday in the early '50s, nor Richard Nixon in Watergate, received such intensive and intemperate coverage and commentary as has our 45th president.

Trump says ‘no agreement’ for Hudson River tunnel funding plan

The Trump administration indicated that they are rejecting the Obama-era agreement where the federal government was to pay for half the project; while New York, New Jersey and the Port Authority was to pay the rest. ALBANY - The Trump administration on Friday delivered what could be a crippling blow to the mammoth multibillion-dollar project to build a new rail tunnel under the Hudson River.

US military to accept transgender recruits

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2017 was a year of chaos, division and disruption in national politics


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President Donald Trump delivers his inaugural address after being sworn in as the 45th president of the United States in front of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 20. So did chaos, division and disruption, and a sense that the guardrails that usually had kept the capital and American politics on a normal path had collapsed under the weight of it all.

2017: The year in review

WHAT A SIGHT! Piper Truza watches a phase of a partial solar eclipse visible in Detroit on Aug. 21. Millions of Americans gazed in wonder through telescopes, cameras and disposable protective glasses as the moon blotted out the sun in the first full-blown solar eclipse to sweep the U.S. from coast to coast in nearly a century. President Barack Obama wipes away tears as he speaks at McCormick Place in Chicago on Jan. 10, 2017, giving his presidential farewell address.

Has Trump’s approval rating caught up to Obama’s?

President Donald Trump claimed Friday that his approval ratings at this point in his presidency rival those of Barack Obama, citing a report from "Fox & Friends." "While the Fake News loves to talk about my so-called low approval rating, @foxandfriends just showed that my rating on Dec. 28, 2017, was approximately the same as President Obama on Dec. 28, 2009, which was 47 percent...and this despite massive negative Trump coverage & Russia hoax!" he tweeted.

1 percenters get more dough

With great fanfare, pomp and ceremony, congressional Republicans and our tax-evader-in-chief Donald Trump rolled out a tax package they believe to be the greatest thing since sliced bread. But that, of course, depends on who gets how many slices.

Trump’s 2017, in 17 tweets

Through a little less than a year in office, President Donald Trump has tweeted more than 2,300 times, using Twitter to attack political opponents, announce policy shifts, rant about the media, spread propaganda and, in frequent pitched outbursts, seek to undermine public confidence in the Russia investigation. When it's been suggested he set his phone aside and more meticulously manage his message, Trump reacts angrily.

NYT Gushes Over Prince Harry’s Old Obama Chat: Things ‘Important to Him Have Not Changed’

New York Times reporter Ceylan Yeginsu filed breaking news from London: A three-month old interview with a former president! Prince Harry interviewed Barack Obama in Toronto in September, and the interview aired on BBC's Radio 4: " A Prince and a President: BBC's Obama Interview ." The online headline was cornier: "When Harry Met Barry: The BBC Obama Interview": It was a case of the famous interviewing the famous.

NYT Gushes Over Prince Harry’s Old Obama Chat: Things ‘Important to Him Have Not Changed’

New York Times reporter Ceylan Yeginsu filed breaking news from London: A three-month old interview with a former president! Prince Harry interviewed Barack Obama in Toronto in September, and the interview aired on BBC's Radio 4: " A Prince and a President: BBC's Obama Interview ." The online headline was cornier: "When Harry Met Barry: The BBC Obama Interview": It was a case of the famous interviewing the famous.

Obama Admits Fear Of Dangerous Social Media Use In Prince Harry…

Though he didn't call Donald Trump by name, in his interview with Prince Harry, Barack Obama warned other world leaders against using social media to spread misinformation! Amidst reports that Barack Obama, 56, is on the Royal wedding invitation list, while a certain someone might not be, the former President urged those in leadership positions not to use social media to spread misinformation and foster division during his interview with Prince Harry, 33, for BBC Radio 4's Today show on Dec. 27. While he didn't name him, it's pretty clear that Obama was talking about Donald Trump, 71, who is known for his itchy Twitter thumb! "All of us in leadership have to find ways in which we can recreate

17 of 2017’s Most Popular Stories

With control of the White House and both chambers of Congress, Republicans had high hopes of pushing an ambitious agenda forward and making good on last year's campaign promises. But their long-held promise of repealing and replacing the 2010 health care law stalled in the Senate in one of the most dramatic moments of the year.

Looking ahead to 2018 US Senate, House races

When President Donald Trump was inaugurated in January, Republicans had already been in control of both congressional chambers for more than two weeks. Conservative control over the federal government was extended to the Supreme Court in April when the Senate confirmed Neil Gorsuch as an associate justice.

POLL: Barack Obama is most admired man for 10th year in a row

Former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton remain the most admired man and woman in the United States -- a 10-year trend for Obama and 16 years running for Clinton. Gallup's December poll found 17% of respondents named Obama the man they admired most, a dip from 22% of respondents saying the same last year.

10 Things to Know for Thursday

Lake Michigan is steaming in the morning as temperatures dipped below zero at North Avenue Beach, Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, in Chicago. Meteorologists warn of sub-zero frigid arctic air and dangerously cold wind chills.

10 Things to Know for Thursday

Lake Michigan is steaming in the morning as temperatures dipped below zero at North Avenue Beach, Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, in Chicago. Meteorologists warn of sub-zero frigid arctic air and dangerously cold wind chills.

Harry and Barry


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According to CNN , British officials fear the political consequences if Prince Harry and his bride-to-be invite Barack and Michelle Obama, with whom they are friends, to their wedding, but not President Trump. I don't know whether these officials have any reason to expect political consequences in that event, but if they do, perhaps they should also worry about the interview Harry conducted with Barack Obama today on BBC radio.

Obama beats out Trump as most admired man in 2017, new poll finds

Former first Lady Michelle Obama and former President Barack Obama are introduced at the inaugural Obama Foundation Summit on October 31, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. Former President Barack Obama topped President Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton edged out Michelle Obama in Gallup's annual poll of Americans on the most admired man and woman.

Black steps down as US House budget chair amid governor bid

U.S. Rep. Diane Black announced Wednesday that she is stepping down as House Budget Committee chairwoman, but will remain in Congress as she runs for governor of Tennessee. The Republican's decision follows passage of a wide-spanning tax reform law that she and her committee helped usher through the legislative process.

Obama to Prince Harry: Leaders must use care on social media

Former President Barack Obama told Prince Harry in an interview broadcast Wednesday that people in leadership roles must be careful in their use of social media and warned against spending too much time immersed in the internet at the expense of the world outside. Obama did not, however, directly mention his successor, President Donald Trump, who has made the use of Twitter a centerpiece of his presidency.

Prince Harry won’t reveal if he’s inviting Obama to his wedding amid fears he could offend Trump


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Britain's Prince Harry sidestepped political controversy by refusing to reveal whether former President Barack Obama would be on his wedding guest list. There had been speculation in British media that officials within the government were nervous about inviting Obama but not President Donald Trump, fearing it could cause stressed US-UK relations.

Paul Ryan wants to cut entitlements to trim the deficit, but…

Prince Harry interviews Barack Obama - 2017 began with Barack Obama leaving the White House and handing over the baton of the presidency to Donald Trump. - Our guest editor today, Prince Harry, met President Obama, in Toronto in September during the Invictus Games to talk about his memories Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton Retain Most Admired Titles - WASHINGTON, D.C. - Americans once again are most likely to name Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton as the man and woman living anywhere in the world they admire most, as they have for the past 10 years.

Revealed: The Secret KGB Manual for Recruiting Spies

Prince Harry interviews Barack Obama - 2017 began with Barack Obama leaving the White House and handing over the baton of the presidency to Donald Trump. - Our guest editor today, Prince Harry, met President Obama, in Toronto in September during the Invictus Games to talk about his memories Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton Retain Most Admired Titles - WASHINGTON, D.C. - Americans once again are most likely to name Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton as the man and woman living anywhere in the world they admire most, as they have for the past 10 years.

Barack Obama Talks Dangers Of Divisive Social Media Use With Prince Harry

Former U.S. President Barack Obama was interviewed by Britain's Prince Harry in a discussion aired this morning by BBC Radio 4's Today program. Ahead of a quickfire round of questions that included Harry asking whether Obama preferred Suits or The Good Wife , the pair talked about Obama's state of mind during last January's inauguration of Donald Trump , and what the former president thinks of social media as a platform for change.

Obama to Prince Harry: Leaders must use care on social media

In this BBC handout photograph released on Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017, Britain's Prince Harry, centre, poses for a photo with presenters Justin Webb and Sarah Montague in the studio for the Radio 4 Today programme which he has guest edited, in London. In this undated photo issued on Sunday Dec. 17, 2017 by Kensington Palace courtesy of the Obama Foundation, Britain's Prince Harry, right, interviews former US President Barack Obama as part of his guest editorship of BBC Radio 4's Today programme which is to be broadcast on the December 27, 2017.

Obama warns against divisiveness on social media

Former President Barack Obama, without mentioning his successor, urged people in leadership roles not to use social media in a way that promotes divisiveness, CNN reported Wednesday. In a BBC interview conducted by Great Britain's Prince Harry, Obama warned that the internet risks reinforced prejudices and a fractured society.

Obama warns of divisive social media use

Former US President Barack Obama has urged people in leadership positions not to use social media in a way that fosters division. In a BBC interview conducted by Britain's Prince Harry, Obama warned that the internet risked reinforcing people's prejudices and leading to a fractured society.

Prince Harry interviews former US President Barack Obama on the Today programme

Harry has joined the presenters of the current affairs programme in the studio and said the issues he had chosen, which included mental health, the charitable sector and the Armed Forces, were "incredibly important topics we all need to think about and need to be discussed." The prince has interviewed former US president Barack Obama for the programme and the statesman warns that the irresponsible use of social media is distorting the public's understanding of complex issues and leading to the spread of misinformation.

In break with tradition, Trumpa

President Donald Trump couldn't stop talking about the red carpets, military parades and fancy dinners that were lavished upon him during state visits on his recent tour of Asia. "Magnificent," he declared at one point on the trip.

President Trump’s top 10 most impactful tweets from 2017

From slamming North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un as "Little Rocket Man" to attacking the media as "fake news," the President's posts have made headlines for making unsubstantiated claims or insulting his opponents - both in 140 and 280-character bursts from his @realDonaldTrump handle. But when a rogue Twitter employee deactivated his account for 11 minutes in November, many either wondered what happened or breathed a sigh of relief.

State VA sets Vietnam War event

The Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs next year is joining a network of groups across the U.S. remembering Vietnam veterans and the 50th anniversary of the war. The agency plans to use the March 29 commemoration ceremony as a springboard to increase its focus on Vietnam veterans next year, Director Nate Todd said.

Why Trump isn’t getting the credit he thinks he deserves

President Donald Trump is probably right: he doesn't get due credit for the volume of achievements he's stacked up during a tumultuous political year. But to judge his presidency so far simply on bills passed, regulations slashed, executive orders signed and campaign promises kept would be to paint a skewed picture of the most divisive and controversial new administration in generations.

Obama-era plans to ‘zap’ Russian trolls collapsed under Trump


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Before departing office, Barack Obama ordered US spy agencies to plan operations to combat Russian cyberthreats, according to the The Washington Post . But, more than a year into Trump's tenure, his administration remains reluctant to pursue those counter-measures, claims the report.

Washington Post: President Trump Cracks Down On Human Rights Abusers

Last week, President Trump signed an executive order that significantly enhanced US enforcement of the Magnitsky Act. The Magnitsky Act, you will recall, is the law that the never Trumpers claim that Donald Trump, Jr., and through him, presumably, President Trump, agreed not to enforce if Russia would had the election to Trump by sabotaging Hillary Clinton's planned visits to Wisconsin, Michigan, and the wilds of Pennsyltucky.

Forget E Pluribus Unum: Trump goes with a MAGAa

DECEMBER 21: John Wertman, a coin collector, with his Trump "challenge coin" on December, 21, 2017 in Burke, VA. The flip side of President Donald Trump's "challenge coin", bottom, along with those of, from left, Vice President Mike Pence, Joe Biden and Barack Obama.

Trump dines on world leaders’ dime, yet to reciprocate gesture

Donald Trump makes a toast during a state dinner hosted by his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. But Trump has yet to reciprocate, making him the first president in almost a century to close his first year in office without welcoming a visiting counterpart to the US with similar trappings.

Protesters get ready in case Trump fires Mueller


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Organizers have stashed bullhorns in apartments and offices near Manhattan's Times Square. They've stockpiled hot chocolate mix and sleeping bags in Salt Lake City.

Remembering Ex-Rep. John B. Anderson: Why Did He Move From Hard Right to Strong Left?

Since his death December 3, former Rep. John B. Anderson of Illinois has been lionized in the national press as one of the last politically influential liberal Republicans. The white-haired Anderson's quixotic bid for his party's nomination in 1980 has been the topic of numerous articles and televised panels - as has his subsequent run as an Independent that fall against Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter .

Nikki Haley: The De Facto Agent of Influence

The most recent claim that Russian President Vladimir Putin is "running" Donald Trump as if the U.S. president is a Russian intelligence asset comes from former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. "[Putin] knows how to handle an asset, and that's what he's doing with the president," Clapper told CNN last Monday.

EDITORIAL: Donald Trump and the federal courts

Mr. Trump faced more than 100 judicial vacancies when he entered the Oval Office, including one on the U.S. Supreme Court. You might not know it from the sea of negative press coverage involving the White House, but President Donald Trump can tout some significant accomplishes as 2017 draws to a close.

Lessons from the African American Vote in Alabama

Dr. John E. Warren says that African Americans should be focused on "voter registration" and not candidate endorsements at this stage of the game. The African Americans who have convinced themselves that one vote doesn't matter, should take a very close look at what happened during the recent special election in Alabama.

Largest power outage in Maine history is top story of 2017

A storm packing hurricane-force gusts roared into Maine, stunning residents and emergency officials by leaving more people in the dark than the infamous ice storm of 1998. It took utility crews more than a week to restore power, raising questions of Central Maine Power's preparedness and the state's ability to withstand a more powerful storm.

2017 was a good year for Europe’s political extremists

Far-right parties in Austria, Germany, Bulgaria, the Netherlands, and France enjoyed substantial gains, bringing anti-Islam and anti-Semitism to forefront of national debates A man with his face covered as thousands gather for the annual nationalist march of PolandA s Independency Day in Warsaw, Poland on November 11, 2017. In fact, when it comes to European politics, this year may appear mild in comparison to 2016, which saw several dramatic and shocking developments, such as Brexit, a refugee resettlement crisis, and the terrorist attack in Nice on Bastille Day, France's national holiday.

Ben Shapiro: – Nikki Haley at the UN Is Basically My Spirit Animal’

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikky Haley, once again, proved why she's a woman you just don't mess with. As the U.N. General Assembly defiled the U.S.'s sovereign right to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel and its decision to move the U.S. Embassy to the recognized capital, 128 U.N. members, unashamed, voted against the move on Thursday.

Ben Shapiro: Ill-Assimilated Muslims Are Contributing to the Rise of Anti-Semitism in Europe

As Ben Shapiro filled in for "The Glenn Beck Radio Program" on Friday, he raised a critical issue facing Jews in Europe that surprisingly made headlines in the left-leaning, mainstream media. The article Ben referenced on the program, " Anti-semitism is still alive in Germany as Jews face 'disturbing' discrimination ," delved into the evidence that, due to Chancellor Angela Merkel's decision to allow nearly 1 million Muslim refugees into Germany, anti-Semitism from ill-assimilated Muslims is now contributing to disturbingly high rates of discrimination against Jews in Europe.

As Republicans aim to ride economy to election victory, a warning from voters in key district


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In the Fox & Hound sports bar, next to a shopping mall in suburban Philadelphia, four Democrats are giving speeches to potential voters as they begin their journey to try to unseat Republican congressman Pat Meehan in next year's elections. Winning this congressional district - Pennsylvania's 7th - is key to Democrats' hopes of gaining the 24 seats they need to retake the U.S. House of Representatives next November.

Health care is the issue that won’t go away

AP file photo Retired family physician Jay Brock of Fredericksburg, Va., joins other protesters against the Republican health care bill in July outside the office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., on Capitol Hill in Washington. A year after a big change in leadership, a survey by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that 48 percent named health care as a top problem for the country.

Ed Rogers: President should get credit for strong economy

And it isn't just a question of whether the media will treat Trump fairly, but also a question of whether giving credit where credit is due will have a positive effect on his approval ratings and lift the Republican Party's prospects for the November 2018 midterm elections. It is important that Trump and Republicans be associated with the robust economy.

the Final Year passed 12A

Summary THE FINAL YEAR is a documentary about the last twelve months of Barack Obama's tenure as President of the United States. BBFCinsight publication date BBFC Insight for this work will be available on or after 09/01/2018. Learn more A

U.S. passes landmark tax bill: What it means and what it does to Canada

In the dying hours of debate, with the United States poised to pass its most sweeping tax reform in decades - including far-reaching provisions touching health care, the economy and the national debt - a senator mentioned how it would also reach the northern neighbour, Canada. "We're not gonna have any more pharmaceutical companies buying donut-makers in Canada and move their headquarters to get a lower tax rate," said Sen. Johnny Isakson, in a slightly bungled reference to Burger King buying Tim Hortons and relocating north.

Congress deals pair of blows to ‘Obamacare’

Two Republican senators abandoned their fight Wednesday for legislation this year to help contain premium costs by resuming federal subsidies to insurers, as Congress dealt a pair of blows to President Barack Obama's health care law. Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Tennessee's Lamar Alexander ran into opposition from both parties to inserting the language into a must-pass bill preventing a weekend federal shutdown.

Tax passage will be moment of vindication for Ryan

When House Speaker Paul Ryan slams down the gavel to send a huge Republican tax bill to President Donald Trump on Wednesday, he will fulfill a lifetime's ambition of steering a generational economic reform into law. "This is a promise made, this is a promise kept," Ryan said Tuesday, after an initial House vote on a measure that he has been working towards since signing on as an aide to his mentor, conservative fiscal guru Jack Kemp, in 1993.

Trump aides hope tax win slow slide in poll numbers

's rocky first year in office, White House aides view imminent victory on a tax overhaul as a starting point to strengthen his weak approval ratings ahead of key congressional elections next November. 's poll numbers needed to start rising to limit the damage in 2018 elections in which his fellow Republicans' continued control of Congress will be at stake.

Editorial: Don’t place blame on – white Christianity’

"Ironically, it may well be that it is Christians' fears about losing control of the culture that have accelerated the rise of secularism itself." - Charles Mathewes, professor of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia and a senior fellow at UVA's Miller Center, in a recent Washington Post column headlined, "White Christianity is in big trouble.

Analysis: GOPa s tea party promises dashed in tax cut embrace

WASHINGTON >> The tea party class of 2010 vowed to usher in a new era for the Republican Party, one where conservatives clamoring for fiscal discipline would roll back government spending to rein in trillion-plus budget deficits. Republicans are returning to their Ronald Reagan-era roots - tax cuts first, followed by vague promises of cutting spending down the road.

Black Alabamians carried Doug Jones to victory – and it should be a warning to Democrats for 2018


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Black voters deserve much of the credit for Democrat Doug Jones's stunning victory in the Alabama Senate special election on Tuesday. "It's time for them to get off their ass and start making life better for black folks and people who are poor," said Alabama native and retired NBA star Charles Barkley.

Trump outlines security strategy

President Donald Trump removed climate change from the list of worldwide threats menacing the United States on Monday, a shift that underscores the long-term ramifications of the The document depicts Russia and China as combative rivals in perpetual competition with the U.S. But it makes no mention of what scientists say are the dangers posed by a ... (more)

Trump’s year of shattered norms leaves world on edge

US President Donald Trump marks the end of his first year in office facing escalating crises - spurred by the unpredictable signals coming from the White House. WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump erupted onto the global stage under the isolationist banner "America First" - bent on tearing the multilateral world order down to its foundations.

U.S. Accuses North Korea of Mounting WannaCry Cyberattack

The Trump administration formally accused North Korea on Monday night of creating the WannaCry cyberattack that briefly paralyzed the British health system and placed ransomware on computers in dozens of countries around the world. President Trump's homeland security adviser, Thomas P. Bossert, wrote in an op-ed published in T he Wall Street Journal that the conclusion was "based on evidence" that he did not disclose.

Strategy seeks to refocus US relationship with China, Russia

President Donald Trump's new national security strategy seeks to refocus the United States' relationship with China, Russia and the rest of the world, transforming his "America First" mantra into a set of policies and plans for protecting the homeland and advancing its economy. Combating China: The strategy deems China, like Russia, to be a "revisionist" power, determined to reshape the world according to its own ideals.

Deadly California wildfire could become largest in state’s history

The Thomas fire, which has killed two and destroyed more than a thousand structures in Southern California, could become the largest wildfire in the state'... -- Prince Harry has conducted an interview with former U.S. President Barack Obama. Kensington Palace announced in a tweet on Sunday morning that the interview will a... The Organization for Competitive Markets has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture over the withdrawal of the interim final rule, which was an update to t... San Jose, Calif.

The most popular fact checks of 2017

Here are the 10 fact checks that most captivated - or angered - readers in 2017, along with our most viewed videos and other content. In terms of reader interest, it was yet again a banner year for the Fact Checker.

Prince Harry interviews former President Obama

Kensington Palace announced in a tweet on Sunday morning that the interview will air on BBC Radio 4 when Harry acts as guest editor on Dec. 27. The interview focuses on Prince Harry and the former president's shared interest in building platforms for the next generation of young leaders. According to Kensington Palace, the interview includes President Obama's memories of the day he left office and his hopes for his post-presidential life.

Alex Nation grilled about relationship with Richie Strahan

When Harry interviewed Barry: Barack Obama jokes around with Prince Harry as he's questioned for the royal's guest editing slot on BBC radio in the UK CNN political commentator comes under fire for branding a Georgetown student an 'anti-Semitic bigot' because he was wearing a 'bacon suit' Thousands of passengers are left stranded at beginning of holiday getaway as power outage at Atlanta causes 'pandemonium' at the world's busiest airport with more than 600 flights in and out canceled Sen. McCain 'doing well' and in 'good spirits' says son-in-law - though won't be on hand for the final tax reform vote Trump and Putin speak AGAIN as Russian president phones Camp David to thank Trump for CIA tip that prevented St. Petersburg terror attack British female diplomat is found dead in Lebanon after being 'raped, murdered and dumped by the side of a motorway' 'Missing' Monet last seen in 1895 is ... (more)

Peter FitzSimons TOWERS over wife Lisa Wilkinson

Thousands are left stranded at start of Christmas travel rush as power outage at Atlanta causes 'pandemonium' at the world's busiest airport with more than six HUNDRED flights canceled CNN political commentator comes under fire for branding a Georgetown student an 'anti-Semitic bigot' because he was wearing a 'bacon suit' Trump and Putin speak AGAIN as Russian president phones Camp David to thank Trump for CIA tip that prevented St. Petersburg terror attack 'Missing' Monet last seen in 1895 is found on a GOOGLE search: Eagle-eyed art historian recognizes the painting from a postage stamp size picture from a private listing in New Orleans When Harry interviewed Barry: Barack Obama jokes around with Prince Harry as he's questioned for the royal's guest editing slot on BBC radio in the UK Sen. McCain 'doing well' and in 'good spirits' says son-in-law - though won't be on hand for the final ... (more)

Trump has ambitious plans to campaign in 2018 midterms, including in Pa.

President Donald Trump is not on the ballot in 2018, but the White House is planning a full-throttle campaign to plunge the president into the midterm elections, according to senior officials and advisers familiar with the planning. Trump's political aides have met with 116 candidates for office in recent months, according to senior White House officials, seeking to become involved in Senate, House and gubernatorial races - and possibly contested Republican primaries as well.

Prince Harry quizzed Barack Obama for Today programme interview

The interview is part of Harry's guest editorship of the programme and features the former US president sharing his memories of the day he left office and his hopes for his post-presidential life. Kensington Palace said the interview was recorded in Toronto in September during the Invictus Games and will be broadcast on December 27. Today tweeted a video clip showing Harry and Mr Obama warming up ahead of the chat, with the former president joking: "Do I need a British accent?" The conversation with @BarackObama includes his memories of the day he left office and his hopes for his post-presidential life, including his plans to focus on cultivating the next generation of leadership through the @ObamaFoundation .

Prince Harry interviews Obama for radio show

In this undated photo issued on Sunday Dec. 17, 2017 by Kensington Palace courtesy of the Obama Foundation, Britain's Prince Harry, right, interviews former US President Barack Obama as part of his guest editorship of BBC Radio 4's Today programme which is to be broadcast on the December 27, 2017. The interview was recorded in Toronto in September 2017 during the Invictus Games.

Top Spook Looks Back on 2016

Michael Morell, former acting head of the CIA, became a political animal in August 2016 when he endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. This month, he came to grips with the consequences of that decision -- that it might have played into President Donald Trump's distrust of the intelligence community.

For GOP, Tax Bill’s Most Visible Win May Be Averting Failure

Despite the sheer size and society-spanning impact of the $1.5 trillion tax overhaul, the quickest and most potent political victory that Republicans would savor by pushing the bill through Congress next week may be what it averts: another big GOP legislative crash in the age of Trump. Even if Republicans are correct that tax cuts for business and the wealthy bolster the economy, it can take time for obvious results to show.

After Alabama loss, Trump has ambitious plans to campaign in 2018 midterms

President Donald Trump is not on the ballot in 2018, but the White House is planning a full-throttle campaign to plunge the president into the midterm elections, according to senior officials and advisers familiar with the planning. Trump's political aides have met with 116 candidates for office in recent months, according to senior White House officials, seeking to become involved in Senate, House and gubernatorial races - and possibly contested Republican primaries as well.

Trump defends tax plan, proclaims economy set a to rocka

Closing in on the first major legislative achievement of his term, President Donald Trump on Saturday defended the Republican tax cut as a good deal for the middle class while boldly suggesting it could lead to explosive economic growth. The legislation, which the GOP aims to muscle through Congress next week, would lower taxes on the richest Americans.

For GOP, tax bill’s most visible win may be averting failure

Despite the sheer size and society-spanning impact of the $1.5 trillion tax overhaul, the quickest and most potent political victory that Republicans would savor by pushing the bill through Congress next week may be what it averts: another big GOP legislative crash in the age of Trump. Even if Republicans are correct that tax cuts for business and the wealthy bolster the economy, it can take time for obvious results to show.

Today in History

On Dec. 16, 1773, the Boston Tea Party took place as American colonists boarded a British ship and dumped more than 300 chests of tea into Boston Harbor to protest tea taxes. In 1809, the French Senate granted a divorce decree to Emperor Napoleon I and Empress Josephine .

Tax bill guts unpopular ‘Obamacare’ insurance mandate

Republicans didn't get their wish to repeal former President Barack Obama's health care law, but the tax bill barreling toward a final vote in Congress guts its most unpopular provision, the requirement that virtually all Americans carry health insurance. Politically, the move is a winner for Republicans, who otherwise would have little to show for all their rhetoric about "Obamacare."

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After weeks of quarrels, qualms and then eleventh-hour horse-trading, Republicans revealed the details of their huge national tax rewrite late Friday - along with announcements of support that all but guarantee approval to give President Donald Trump the Christmas legislative triumph he's been aching for. The legislation would slash tax rates for big business and lower levies on the richest Americans in a massive $1.5 trillion bill that the GOP plans to muscle through Congress next week before its year-end break.

Why does the EPA need a Republican opposition research firm?


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No organization has embraced Donald Trump's war on the press like the Environmental Protection Agency. Now, the EPA has gone beyond even the president's tough talk and into the dark world of political opposition research.

Crude tweet gets bully king ultimate insult

A top US newspaper blasted President Donald Trump with a withering editorial, saying he was not fit to even clean the toilets in Barack Obama's presidential library or shine George W Bush's shoes.USA Today published the piece after Trump attacked a Democratic female senator in a crude tweet." Will Trump's lows ever hit rock bottom?" blared the headline of the piece from the paper's editorial board,... A top US newspaper blasted President Donald Trump with a withering editorial, saying he was not fit to even clean the toilets in Barack Obama's presidential library or shine George W Bush's shoes.

Johnson’s honed history blemished by allegation

The Kentucky lawmaker's resume included enough material for an award-winning memoir: He was a peacekeeper at the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles, a White House chaplain to three presidents and a 9/11 first responder who gave last rites to hundreds of people at Ground Zero.

Bank of America Names Maria Zuber to Board of Directors

Zuber, 59, currently serves as the E. A. Griswold Professor of Geophysics and the vice president for research at Massachusetts Institute of Technology , where she is responsible for research administration and policy. She chairs the National Science Board, having been appointed as a member by President Barack Obama in 2013.

Republicans forge tax bill agreement

Confident congressional Republicans forged an agreement Wednesday on a major overhaul of the nation's tax laws that would provide generous tax cuts for corporations and the wealthiest Americans -- Donald Trump among them -- and deliver the first major legislative accomplishment to the GOP president.

AP sources: House, Senate leaders reach deal on tax package

Confident congressional Republicans forged an agreement Wednesday on a major overhaul of the nation's tax laws that would provide generous tax cuts for corporations and the wealthiest Americans - Donald Trump among them - and deliver the first major legislative accomplishment to the GOP president. Middle- and low-income families would get smaller tax cuts, though Trump and GOP leaders have billed the package as a huge benefit for the middle class.

Minnesota governor will appoint his lieutenant, Tina F. Smith, to replace Franken in Senate

Alabama's surprising election outcome upended the expectations in both parties for next year's midterm campaigns, with Democrats emboldened by signs of a resurgent voter base and Republicans sensing new vulnerabilities. The victory Tuesday by Democrat Doug Jones to represent that heavily conservative state in the Senate was the latest example in a string of elections this year that Democratic leaders think represent a growing backlash against President Trump - and a potential building wave for 2018.

Harper: When Moore is Less

The defeat of Roy Moore in Tuesday's special election in Alabama, to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions, was a welcome development. But Democrats should not rush to congratulate themselves and draw too many unwarranted conclusions about the implications for the upcoming midterm elections.

Will Trump’s lows ever hit rock bottom?: Our view

Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Chuck Schumer and someone who would come to my office "begging" for campaign contributions not so long ago , is now in the ring fighting against Trump. Very disloyal to Bill & Crooked-USED! With his latest tweet, clearly implying that a United States senator would trade sexual favors for campaign cash, President Trump has shown he is not fit for office.

U.S. judge questions Trump administration on birth control rules

A U.S. judge questioned on Tuesday whether the federal government properly formulated new rules that undermine an Obamacare requirement for employers to provide insurance that covers women's birth control. New rules from the Department of Health and Human Services announced in October let businesses or non-profit organizations lodge religious or moral objections to obtain an exemption from the Obamacare law's mandate that most employers provide contraceptives coverage in health insurance with no co-payment.

5 things to watch in Alabamaa s high stakes Senate race

As Alabama votes to fill the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the choice between Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones has taken on outsized significance. Moore has faced allegations of sexual misconduct with teenagers, dividing the GOP and giving Democrats hope of picking up a seat in a reliably red state.

5 things to watch in Alabama’s high stakes Senate race

As Alabama votes to fill the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the choice between Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones has taken on outsized significance. Moore has faced allegations of sexual misconduct with teenagers, dividing the GOP and giving Democrats hope of picking up a seat in a reliably red state.

Voting underway in contentious Alabama Senate race

Alabama voters headed to the polls Tuesday for a pivotal special election in which allegations of inappropriate behavior against Republican candidate Roy Moore have created a unique opportunity for Democrats in the typically ruby-red Deep South. The closely watched race between Moore and Democrat Doug Jones is expected to set the stage for the 2018 midterm elections by testing the influence of President Donald Trump and his allies, such as former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, in a tight election.

Mark Shields: Francisco Franco and the 2018 Republicans

To understand the discouraging plight for Republicans heading into the 2018 midterm elections, it might help to recall a joke popular in Spain in 1975, when Generalissimo Francisco Franco, that nation's long-ruling and ruthless dictator, lingered for endless weeks on his deathbed. As of today, there are no brave souls in President Donald Trump's inner, or even outer, circle volunteering to mention to him that the most recent four times that majority control of the House of Representatives switched from one party to the other - 1954, 1994, 2006 and 2010 - were after midterm elections.

Real target of GOP tax bills

Are the current Republican tax bills, passed by the House and Senate and being reconciled in conference committee, an attack on ? That's a reference to the government, health care and education jobs that local Democrats in Dayton, Ohio, told Sen. Sherrod Brown have been fueling the area's comeback. The Dayton area's reliance on government is in tension with its history as an incubator of private-sector inventiveness, which more than a century ago produced the first cash register, the first airplane and the first automotive electronic ignition.

Kentucky lawmaker accused of sexual assault

A Republican Kentucky lawmaker known for his inflammatory social media posts comparing President Barack Obama and his wife to monkeys has been accused of sexual assault by a woman who attended his church. Both Republican and Democratic leaders on Monday called for Dan Johnson to resign.

Obama is campaigning for Roy Moore’s Democratic opponent in the Alabama Senate race


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Former president Barack Obama recorded a robo-call for Alabama Democratic Senate candidate Doug Jones who is facing Republican Roy Moore in a special election on Tuesday. Democratic officials said that Obama had recorded the message the same time President Donald Trump recorded a message supporting Moore.

Obama tells Alabama voters to reject Roy Moore

Former President Barack Obama is adding his voice to the Alabama Senate race, imploring voters to go to the polls Tuesday to reject the candidacy of Roy Moore as part of an aggressive effort by Democrats to try and counter President Donald Trump's full-throated endorsement of the controversial Republican candidate. Two Democratic officials familiar with the Alabama race tell CNN that Obama recorded the phone message in recent days, at the very time Trump stepped up his own involvement in the campaign with a recorded message.

Fascism Runs in My American Family

Donald Trump, Roy Moore, and the Degradation of the G.O.P. - In less than a year, the President, with help from the Alabama Senate candidate, has so damaged the Party that it may never recover. - When Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House spokeswoman, was explaining last week Alabama Sen. Shelby: 'I couldn't vote for Roy Moore' - STORY HIGHLIGHTS - Washington Sen. Richard Shelby says he wants a Republican elected to the Senate on Tuesday to represent Alabama, but that he didn't vote for GOP candidate Roy Moore in the special election.

OBAMA: “Those Jobs Aren’t ComingBack.” TRUMP: “Hold My Beer.”

Toward the final months of his presidency Barack Obama infamously said the following regarding jobs that had left America - including millions during his eights years as President: "a some of those jobs of the past are just not going to come back." And when commenting on then-candidate Donald Trump's promise to bring jobs back, Mr. Obama said this: "a Well, how exactly are you going to negotiate that? What magic wand do you have?" No magic want was needed by POTUS Trump.

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Prosecutors for special counsel Robert Mueller are revealing they know every word Paul Manafort changed in an opinion piece about his involvement in Ukrainian politics. They say they tracked the changes the former Trump campaign chairman made as he edited the piece while under house arrest.

Bastards

A uranium company launched a concerted lobbying campaign to scale back Bears Ears National Monument, saying such action would give it easier access to the area's uranium deposits and help it operate a nearby processing mill, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and top Utah Republicans have said repeatedly that questions of mining or drilling played no role in President Trump's announcement Monday that he was cutting the site by more than 1.1 million acres, or 85 percent.

Obama: Protect democracy or risk taking path of Nazi Germany

Americans must be vigilant in their defence of democracy or risk following the path of Nazi Germany in the 1930s, former US president Barack Obama has said. At a speech this week, the former president told the Economic Club of Chicago that "things can fall apart fairly quickly" if Americans don't "tend to this garden of democracy".

Obama: Protect democracy or risk taking path of Nazi Germany

Former President Barack Obama says Americans must be vigilant in their defense of democracy or risk following the path of Nazi Germany in the 1930s. At a speech earlier this week, the former president told the Economic Club of Chicago that "things can fall apart fairly quickly" if Americans don't "tend to this garden of democracy."

White House Names Trump Loyalist to Iran Policy Job at State Department

The Trump administration plans to install a political appointee at the State Department to a key position managing policy on Iran and Iraq, a move that will replace a career diplomat with a loyal supporter of the president. Andrew L. Peek, a former captain in the U.S. Army Reserve and member of the president's State Department transition team, will become the new deputy assistant secretary of state covering Iran and Iraq, according to three State Department officials familiar with the matter.

Trump calls out Clinton, Bush and Obama on Jerusalem

US President Donald Trump rewound the video tape Friday to show how three predecessors - Bill Clinton, George W Bush and Barack Obama - made promises on Jerusalem that they later backtracked on. "I fulfilled my campaign promise - others didn't!" he boasted on Twitter, posting a video montage of his predecessors to prove his point.

Barack Obama accused of comparing Donald Trump with Hitler

Barack Obama urged Americans to defend democracy in a speech to the Economic Club of Chicago in which he appeared to use the rise of Adolf Hitler as a warning against the rise of bigotry and nativism under President Donald Trump. Although he did not refer to Mr Trump by name, it brought accusations that a former president was comparing the current president with one of the most reviled leaders in history.

Congress averts shutdown, sends Trump stopgap spending bill

Congress on Thursday passed a stopgap spending bill to prevent a government shutdown this weekend and buy time for challenging talks on a wide range of unfinished business on Capitol Hill. The shutdown reprieve came as all sides issued optimistic takes on an afternoon White House meeting between top congressional leaders and President Donald Trump.

House OKs stopgap bill to keep government open

The House on Thursday passed a stopgap spending bill to prevent a government shutdown this weekend and buy time for challenging talks on a wide range of unfinished business on Capitol Hill. The measure passed mostly along party lines, 235-193, and would keep the government running through Dec. 22. The Senate was expected to swiftly approve the measure as early as Thursday night and send it to President Donald Trump.

No support to Trump’s decision on Jerusalem: Merkel

Berlin, Dec 7 - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday that Germany does not support US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel. The Federal Government does not support this attitude because the status of Jerusalem is to be negotiated within the framework of a two-state solution, Xinhua news agency quoted spokesperson Steffen Seibert as saying on behalf of Merkel.

Russian Foreign Ministry Blasts U.S. Over Visas Even As Services Resume

The Russian Foreign Ministry has denounced the United States for continuing to limit the number of visas issued to Russian citizens, even as it welcomed Monday's decision to resume services at U.S. consulates. The two countries have been involved in numerous diplomatic spats since December 2016, when former U.S. President Barack Obama ordered the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats following allegations of Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election.

Obama trumps Trump in Twitter Top 10 of 2017

US President Donald Trump is perhaps the world's most famous Twitter user, but the most popular post of 2017 was from Barack Obama. Three tweets by former president Barack Obama made it into Twitter's Top 10 list of retweeted messages for this year.

Obama talks at climate change summit as mayors sign charter

Former President Barack Obama on Tuesday told a summit of mayors driven to act after President Donald Trump rejected the Paris climate accord that cities and states are the "new face of American leadership" on climate change. Obama, who did not mention Trump by name, made a quick appearance at the conference hosted by his former chief of staff, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Obama talks at climate change summit as mayors sign charter

Former President Barack Obama on Tuesday told a summit of mayors driven to act after President Donald Trump rejected the Paris climate accord that cities and states are the "new face of American leadership" on climate change. Obama, who did not mention Trump by name, made a quick appearance at the conference hosted by his former chief of staff, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

The Latest: Trump lawyer denies financial record subpoena

President Donald Trump smiles as he speaks before hosting a lunch with Senate Republicans in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in Washington. President Donald Trump smiles as he speaks before hosting a lunch with Senate Republicans in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in Washington.

Mueller details millions in cost of early months of probe

In this Nov. 2, 2017, file photo, Paul Manafort accompanied by his lawyers, arrives at U.S. Federal Court, in Washington. Prosecutors working for special counsel Robert Mueller say Manafort has been working on an op-ed with a longtime colleague "assessed to have ties" to a Russian intelligence service.

Tribes: Trump’s monument order disrespects native people

President Donald Trump's rare move to shrink two large national monuments in Utah triggered another round of outrage among Native American leaders who vowed to unite and take the fight to court to preserve protections for lands they consider sacred. Environmental and conservation groups and a coalition of tribes joined the battle Monday and began filing lawsuits that ensure that Trump's announcement is far from the final chapter of the yearslong public lands battle.

Mueller details $3M spent on early months of Russia probe

In this Oct. 28, 2013, file photo, former FBI Director Robert Mueller is seated before President Barack Obama and FBI Director James Comey arrive at an installation ceremony at FBI Headquarters in Washington. A veteran FBI counterintelligence agent was removed from special counsel Robert Mueller's team investigating Russian election meddling after the discovery of an exchange of text messages seen as potentially anti-President Donald Trump, a person familiar with the matter said Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017.

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Trump decided to reduce Bears Ears - created last December by President Barack Obama - by about 85 percent and Grand Staircase-Escalante - designated in 1996 by President Bill Clinton - by nearly half. Trump decided to reduce Bears Ears - created last December by President Barack Obama - by about 85 percent and Grand Staircase-Escalante - designated in 1996 by President Bill Clinton - by nearly half.

The populist mask is slipping for Trump and the GOP

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan , President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are shown in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on Sept. 5. Dec. 1, 2017, will be remembered as the day when the vast majority of Americans fully grasped the consequences of the 2016 elections.

Trump in deep trouble

US President Donald Trump yesterday denied having asked then FBI director James Comey to stop investigating ex-national security advisor Michael Flynn, who has since pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about discussions with Russia. Trump also insisted he and his campaign had not colluded with Moscow in last year's election, and shifted blame on the Justice Department and his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

Pat Buchanan: Why Roy Moore matters

Why would Christian conservatives in good conscience go to the polls Dec. 12 and vote for Judge Roy Moore, despite the charges of sexual misconduct with teenagers leveled against him? Answer: That Alabama Senate race could determine whether Roe v. Wade is overturned.

“Bunk”: From P.T. Barnum to the post-truth age

These days renowned poet and cultural critic Kevin Young is one of the most reviled and dismissed of figures: He's a learned expert on fakery. The author of "Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News" began the book six years ago, long before "fake news" became a depressingly common pejorative.

GOP’s dark victory: Tax plan is the end product of the war against ObamaSalon.com


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The furious political opposition that faced President Barack Obama at the beginning of his first term was, among other confounding factors, the consequence of a well-known Republican strategy known as "starve the beast." The idea behind the strategy is to rack up an enormous deficit through tax cuts for the super-wealthy and other measures in support of supply-side voodoo economics, thus making it fiscally irresponsible for a subsequent Democratic administration to pass any meaningful legislation due to the accumulated Republican deficits.

Is Mike Flynn Really Going To Bring Down Donald Trump?

A lot of people were singing the praises of Special Investigator Robert Mueller after Mike Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI in the course of an investigation. To them, it is a sign that Mueller struck a deal with Flynn and Flynn is about to give up the goods on President Donald Trump.

Why Republicans who once fought budget debt now embrace it

Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, left, walks with Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., as they head to the Senate chamber after a closed-door meeting with Republican lawmakers to advance the GOP overhaul of the tax code, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Dec. 1, 2017. Over the next decade, their tax plan would add at least $1 trillion to the national debt.

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On Friday, Michael Flynn pled guilty to lying to FBI agents about making contact with Russian Ambassador Kislyak during the transition period. In a stunning twist, the Trump White House revealed to CNN that the calls were approved by the Obama administration.

Judy Reyher calls the kettle black

What a shame for champions of statesmanship in our politics: A longtime political operative obviously conflicted on matters of race and religion in America is headed to the Colorado legislature. We shake our heads missed opportunity to find a good conservative more in line with Colorado views than newly appointed Rep. Judy Reyher.

GOP nears Senate OK of tax bill after flurry of final dealsabout 1 hour ago

Republicans used a burst of eleventh-hour horse-trading Friday to edge to the brink of Senate passage of a $1.4 trillion tax bill, as a party starved all year for a major legislative triumph took a giant step toward giving President Donald Trump one of his top priorities by Christmas. "We have the votes," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., declared after leaders swayed holdout senators by agreeing to fatten tax breaks for millions of businesses and let people deduct much of their local property taxes.

Flynn’s guilty plea confirms he talked Russian sanctions, misled FBI

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to misleading the FBI about conversations he had with Russia's ambassador to the United States. His guilty plea marks an escalation of the special counsel's probe into Trump campaign ties to Russia, and also corroborates anonymously-sourced media reports about Flynn's contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

Politics and tears: For Trudeau, it works

A couple of days ago, he delivered a heartfelt apology to members of the LGBTQ community for the decades-long persecution of sexual minorities by their own government. During his 20-minute speech, he took out Kleenex to dab away his tears.

Donald Trump made sure the White House’s holiday card was not…

Making good on his campaign promises to embrace the phrase "Christmas," Donald Trump made sure that his first White House holiday card was not politically correct . Both Barack Obama and George W. Bush sent inclusive greeting cards that embraced holidays outside of Christmas , but Trump thinks the phrase "Happy Holidays" is too politically correct and instead sent out official White House cards that read, " Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Ap Photos: Associated Press editors pick best of 2017

2017 AP YEAR END PHOTOS - President-elect Donald Trump waits to step out onto the portico for his Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, on Jan. 20, 2017. 2017 AP YEAR END PHOTOS - Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States by Chief Justice John Roberts, as Melania Trump and his family looks on during the 58th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, on Jan. 20, 2017.

Trump bump? Why California consumers are so confident

Despite all the partisan rancor about everything from economic policy to social norms to foreign relations, California shoppers are surprisingly upbeat on the economy one year after a presidential political shocker. Let's just say President Donald Trump wasn't the first choice of an overwhelming slice of California voters in November 2016.

Judge sides with Trump’s pick to take over consumer agency

President Donald Trump scored a victory Tuesday when a federal judge refused to block the president's choice to temporarily run the nation's top consumer financial watchdog and, for the moment, ended a two-way battle for leadership of the agency. Judge Timothy Kelly declined to stop the Republican president from putting Mick Mulvaney in place as the acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Rep. Gutierrez of Illinois says it’s ‘my time to move on’


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Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Illinois, a Democratic party leader on efforts to overhaul the nation's immigration laws, announced Tuesday he won't seek re-election next year after 13 terms. "This is my time to move on," the congressman said at a Chicago news conference.

UPDATE 2-Indian telecom regulator backs open internet

India's telecoms regulator made long-awaited recommendations on Tuesday to ensure an open internet and prevent any discrimination in internet access in the country. After more than a year of debate, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India said it opposed any "discriminatory treatment" of data, including blocking, slowing or offering preferential speeds or treatment to any content.

Tax Cuts Don’t Reduce the Debt

Throughout Barack Obama's eight years as president, Republicans hammered relentlessly at the horrors of debt. In 2011 they took the country to the brink of default because they didn't want to raise the statutory debt ceiling.

Trump refers to a a Pocahontasa in Congress at meeting with Native American veterans

President Donald Trump said there was a "Pocahontas" in the U.S. Congress during a meeting on Monday with Native American World War II veterans in an apparent derogatory reference to Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. After listening to one veteran speak at length about his experience as a "Navajo code talker" during the war, Trump heaped praise on the veterans and said he would not give prepared remarks himself.

Trump-installed consumer agency head sets hiring freeze, halts new rules

The fight for control of the U.S. consumer watchdog agency intensified on Monday as Mick Mulvaney, President Donald Trump's pick to run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau , imposed a hiring freeze and halted any new regulations. In a partisan showdown over the CFPB, which was created to crack down on predatory financial practices, Mulvaney is being sued by Leandra English, an Obama-era appointee to the agency who argues that she is the consumer bureau's rightful leader.

Trump refers to ‘Pocahontas’ in meeting with Native American veterans

President Donald Trump said there was a "Pocahontas" in the US Congress during a meeting on Monday with Native American World War Two veterans in an apparent derogatory reference to Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. After listening to one veteran speak at length about his experience as a "Navajo code talker" during the war, Trump heaped praise on the veterans and said he would not give prepared remarks himself.

Blackstone and Carlyle to Jointly Host Third Annual Veterans Initiative Summit

The private equity industry collectively represents hundreds of companies and millions of employees across the country, providing a platform for significant impact on U.S. veteran hiring. We are proud of this continued partnership, and believe it can be a model for other industries as we collectively strive to improve the veteran employment picture, " said Stephen A. Schwarzman, Blackstone's Chairman, CEO, and Co-Founder.

Suit seeks to stop Trump from naming acting director of CFPB

The government official President Donald Trump wants to pass over as acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau with his own budget chief is asking a federal court to block the president's appointment. Leandra English, who was elevated to the position of interim director of the CFPB by its outgoing director, filed a lawsuit Sunday night in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Suit seeks to stop Trump from naming acting director of CFPB

The government official President Donald Trump wants to pass over as acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau with his own budget chief is asking a federal court to block the president's appointment. Leandra English, who was elevated to the position of interim director of the CFPB by its outgoing director, filed a lawsuit Sunday night in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Seeking 3rd District seat, Gifford hires senior Tsongas staffer to lead campaign

Rufus Gifford, the former U.S. ambassador to Denmark now running to succeed U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas, has hired a longtime Tsongas staffer to manage his campaign, hoping the deep in-district experience gives him an edge in a crowded race. Ben Martello, who most recently oversaw management of Tsongas's district offices as executive director, is now serving as campaign manager for Gifford, the candidate announced in a Monday press release.

Rival sides square off over succession at U.S. consumer finance agency


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A battle over who should run the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in the coming months was set for court as Obama-era holdovers sought to maintain their control over a powerful watchdog which President Donald Trump is seeking to curb. File Photo - Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney waits to testify before a Senate Budget Committee hearing on FY2018 Budget Proposals on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 25, 2017.

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Net neutrality activists left signs at Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai's house Saturday, telling his children that their father was an "evil" man who "murdered" democracy.The cardboard signs list Pai's children by name, telling them that "you don't have to be evil." Pai's leadership of the FCC has been fraught with criticism due to his rejection of net neutrality policies advocated by former President Barack Obama's administration.

Ivanka isn’t a champion for women, and she can prove it

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is right to be irked that it is not him but first daughter Ivanka Trump who will lead the US delegation to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in India. The annual event is put on by the State Department and in the past has been attended by Secretary of State John Kerry and President Barack Obama.

In 3rd, a majority minority campaign

Niki Tsongas was first elected in 2007, breaking a decades-long streak of male dominance in the state's congressional delegation. No woman had represented Massachusetts in the U.S. House or Senate for 25 years, since Rep. Margaret Heckler had been defeated.

We’re seeing a backlash against bullies

Why are so many women now speaking out about the sexual abuses they've experienced for years? Is there anything unique about the time we're now living through that has encouraged them to end their silence? I can't help but think that their decisions are part of something that's happening throughout much of American society right now - a backlash against what has been the growing domination of America by powerful and wealthy men who came to believe they can do whatever they want to do, to whomever they choose. "When you're a star, they let you do it.

Gorsuch establishes conservative cred

Supreme Court Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch speaks at the Federalist Society's 2017 National Lawyers Convention in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. ORG XMIT: DCSG102 Supreme Court Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch speaks at the Federalist Society's 2017 National Lawyers Convention in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017.

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Robert MugabeA s former right-hand man, Emmerson Mnangagwa, will be sworn in as interim President on Friday, a day after Mugabe and his wife were granted immunity, allowing the couple to remain in the country. Mugabe resigned on Tuesday, in a historic moment that brought his 37 years of oppressive rule to an end.

Texan faces bomb charges: Woman accused of mailing devices to Obama, Abbott

A woman accused of mailing potentially deadly homemade bombs to then-President Barack Obama and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in 2016 was arrested, in part, due to cat hair, a cigarette box and an almost-destroyed shipping label bearing her address. Julia Poff, 46, mailed the devices in October 2016, along with a third package that she sent to the Social Security Administration, near Baltimore, according to an indictment.

Ivanka Trump: Malia Obama should be ‘off limits’ to media

Ivanka Trump is condemning recent tabloid coverage of President Barack Obama's eldest daughter Malia, saying the college student deserves privacy and ought to be "OFF limits." NEW YORK - Ivanka Trump is condemning recent tabloid coverage of President Barack Obama's eldest daughter Malia, saying the college student deserves privacy and ought to be "OFF limits."

Texas woman accused of mailing bombs to Obama, Abbott

This undated photo provided by the Texas Department of Public Safety via the Houston Chronicle shows Julia Poff, a woman accused of mailing potentially deadly homemade bombs to then-President Barack Obama and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in 2016. Poff was arrested, in part, due to cat hair, a cigarette box and an almost-destroyed shipping label bearing her address.

Cordray Names Aide to Lead Consumer Bureau in Challenge to Trump

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and named one of his lieutenants to immediately take over as acting director, setting up a potential standoff with the Trump administration over the controversial agency's leadership. In a memo to the consumer watchdog's employees, Cordray said his current chief of staff, Leandra English, would become deputy director and automatically rise to acting director when he leaves.

Los Angeles mayor defies skeptics, says he may run for the White House


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Garcetti is a two-term mayor of the second-largest city in the US, and served on the City Council for 12 years. He pointed to President Donald Trump's election in 2016 and Barack Obama's elections in 2008 and 2012 as evidence that the rules of presidential politics have changed.

#PANIC: Ron Klain: Conservatives have a breathtaking plan for Trump …

Conservatives have a new court-packing plan, and in the spirit of the holiday, it's a turducken of a scheme: a regulatory rollback hidden inside a civil rights reversal stuffed into a Trumpification of the courts. If conservatives get their way, President Trump will add twice as many lifetime members to the federal judiciary in the next 12 months as Barack Obama named in eight years .

Putin Peace Plan Gets Boost as Syria Opposition Unites for Talks

Syria's fragmented opposition agreed to form a single bloc to negotiate with President Bashar al-Assad at a meeting in the Saudi capital Riyadh, giving a boost to a Russian-led diplomatic drive to end the 6 1/2-year civil war. "We have agreed with the other two branches" of the opposition "to send a united delegation to take part in direct negotiations in Geneva" comprising 50 members, Bassma Kodmani, a leader of the High Negotiations Committee, the main anti-Assad group, said early Friday after two days of talks, Saudi-owned Al Arabiya reported.

4Ivanka Trump and Chelsea Clinton come to Malia Obamaa s defense

Malia, left, and Sasha Obama attend the National Christmas Tree Lighting and Pageant of Peace ceremony on the Ellipse in Washington in 2015. This week, conservative media outlets and tabloids have been circulating and reporting on videos that they claim show Malia Obama - former president Barack Obama's oldest daughter who is a student at Harvard - kissing a young man before a football game and blowing smoke rings.

Republicans are repeating a reckless cycle

President Trump listens as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks in the White House Rose Garden last month. Since Ronald Reagan's rise to the White House in 1980, tax cuts have been the one issue that has unified all wings of the Republican Party.

Bombshell report offers clearest evidence yet Mueller has flipped Flynn

Lieutenant General Michael Flynn , National Security Advisor Designate speaks during a conference on the transition of the US Presidency from Barack Obama to Donald Trump at the US Institute Of Peace in Washington DC, January 10, 2017 A new report from the New York Times offers the clearest evidence yet that former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn is getting ready to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller's probe.

Judge: Lawsuit challenging Keystone pipeline can continue

U.S. District Judge Brian Morris in Great Falls, Montana, dismissed U.S. Justice Department arguments that the court had no authority to second-guess the cross-border permit that was issued by the State Department. Conservation groups and Native American organizations contend in the lawsuit that an environmental review of the project completed in 2014 was inadequate.

Trump pardons Thanksgiving turkeys Drumstick and Wishbone

President Donald Trump wielded his pardon power Tuesday to spare a pair of turkeys from the Thanksgiving roaster, joking that he would also let last year's turkey pardons stand despite his penchant for overturning Obama-era orders. In a brief and humorous White House ceremony, Trump extended the annual presidential tradition of pardoning turkeys ahead of Thanksgiving, an act of leniency that prolongs the lives of Minnesota-bred gobblers Wishbone and Drumstick, with the latter receiving the formal reprieve.

Exclusive: U.S. agency to vote to repeal ‘net neutrality’ rules – FCC chief


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The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday unveiled plans to repeal a landmark 2015 order that barred internet service providers from blocking or slowing down consumer access to web content, and said the regulator will prevent states and cities from adopting similar protections. Ajit Pai, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, testifies before a Senate Appropriations Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 20, 2017.

Terror convict: I was mentally incompetent, entrapped by FBI

CINCINNATI >> An Ohio man serving 30 years in prison for plotting to attack the U.S. Capitol in support of the Islamic State group wants his plea and sentence thrown out, arguing that he was mentally incompetent and was entrapped by the FBI. Christopher Lee Cornell, 23, of suburban Cincinnati recently sent his motion to vacate from a federal prison in Fairton, New Jersey.

Obama Wishes Joe Biden A Happy Birthday With An Adorable Meme

Former President Barack Obama celebrated the 75th birthday of the former vice president Monday by tweeting a meme that seemed to capture their friendship over the years in a nutshell. The meme, in theme with past ones created for and by the iconic pair, shows a serious Obama giving his 2014 State of the Union address before Congress as Biden hilariously grins and points in the background.

Nebraska gives long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline new life

Nebraska regulators Monday approved a Keystone XL oil pipeline route through the state, breathing new life into the long-delayed $8 billion project, although the chosen pathway is not the one preferred by the company that hopes to build it and could mean more time is needed to study the changes. The Nebraska Public Service Commission's vote also is likely to face court challenges and may even require another federal analysis of the route, if the project's opponents get their way.

Nebraska’s Keystone XL vote may not be a clear yes or no

Nebraska regulators are set to decide Monday whether to approve or deny an in-state route for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. It's the last major regulatory hurdle facing project operator TransCanada Corp. The Nebraska Public Service Commission's ruling is on the Nebraska route TransCanada has proposed to complete the $8 billion, 1,179-mile pipeline to deliver oil from Alberta, Canada, to Texas Gulf Coast refineries.

Da Winnas and Da Loozas of the 2017 election

The 2017 citywide elections were indeed a watershed moment in New Orleans politics, just as I predicted in my column posted on Election Eve . We not only got our first woman mayor, which was a foregone conclusion, but we also got our first Asian and Hispanic council members .

Nebraska to announce decision on Keystone XL pipeline

Nebraska regulators are set to decide Monday whether to approve or deny an in-state route for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. It's the last major regulatory hurdle facing project operator TransCanada Corp. The Nebraska Public Service Commission's ruling is on the Nebraska route TransCanada has proposed to complete the $8 billion, 1,179-mile pipeline to deliver oil from Alberta, Canada, to Texas Gulf Coast refineries.

GOP’s Sasse likes tax bill, but won’t call it key to 2018

U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse says Republican leaders are overstating how much passing tax-cut legislation can protect their party in next year's elections. The Nebraska Republican, who addressed an evangelical conservative group Saturday night, told reporters after his speech that he likes the tax bill moving in the Senate.

GOP’s Sasse Likes Tax Bill, But Won’t Call it Key to 2018

U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse says Republican leaders are overstating how much passing tax-cut legislation can protect their party in next year's elections. The Nebraska Republican, who addressed an evangelical conservative group Saturday night, told reporters after his speech that he likes the tax bill moving in the Senate.

Trump’s Tweets Are Hurting Him, And His Aides Can’t Stop Him

A new study indicates that President Trump's Twitter rants may be having a negative impact on the very people he's going to need to continue staying loyal to him: Ten months into his presidency, the failure of any one single scandal to sink his administration has led some in the media to suggest that Trump is like "Teflon," with the grime that would stick to other politicians simply slipping right off. But the numbers show that nothing could be further from the truth - Trump's scandals aren't just damaging him, they're causing swing voters to reevaluate both his priorities and the very health of the economy.

Will: In Illinois, a looming battle over the bankrupting ‘blue model’


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This state's story, which lately has been depressing, soon will acquire a riveting new chapter. In 2018 Illinois will have the nation's most important, expensive and strange election.

Grassley alters Senate policy for 2 judicial nominees

Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa said Thursday he's going ahead with confirmation hearings for two appellate court nominees, Davis Straus of Minnesota and Kyle Duncan of Louisiana, even though they have not received the support of both of their home-state senators. In each case, a senator declined to return a so-called blue slip marking their support for the judicial nominee from their state.

Consumer bureau boss to exit early

Richard Cordray, the first director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, said Wednesday that he will leave the agency by the end of the month. Cordray was a holdover from President Barack Obama's administration, appointed to his position in 2013 for a five-year term.

Deval has clearest path to 2020 nomination

With Democrats claiming victory in the 2017 elections and Donald Trump's approval ratings mired in the mid-30s, political chatter has turned predictably to 2020 and who could, or should, be the Democrats' presidential nominee. The chatter has intensified with Joe Biden's book tour; in Massachusetts, the buzz hovers over U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton.

Cuba rejects ‘arbitrary’ tightening of US sanctions

Cuba has rejected outright new US restrictions that took effect on November 8, describing them as confirming an "upsurge" of the blockade imposed by Washington since 1962. Cuba's top diplomat for the Americas, Josefina Vidal, said during a press conference on November 7 that the new measures to prevent US trade with and travel to the Caribbean island were "arbitrary."

New money: Mnuchin and Carranza signatures now on the dollar bill

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin took a tour of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing on Wednesday to see firsthand the production of new $1 bills, the first currency that will bear his signature. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and U.S. Treasurer Jovita Carranza were on hand at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing Wednesday to see the production of the new dollar bill bearing their signatures.

Catholic cardinal condemns a oeforces of divisiona and fear

The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops decried what he said were "the forces of division" in the country, as he called Monday for immigration policies that keep families together and a "humane" approach to policing the border. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, Texas, affirmed the government's authority to protect national security.

Rep. Adam Schiff: One thing Mike Pence and I agreed on

Seven years ago, I was proud to stand behind President Barack Obama as he signed into law the Daniel Pearl Freedom of the Press Act. The bill, which I named in honor of former Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, placed press freedom at the center of promoting human rights and democracy -- where it belongs.

Trump to Meet Duterte as Ties Recover From Obama Dust-Up

U.S. President Donald Trump is set to sit down for a formal meeting with Rodrigo Duterte on Monday as ties warm a year after the Philippine leader cursed out Barack Obama and publicly pivoted toward China. Trump and Duterte shook hands Monday morning before a ceremony to open two days of meetings in Manila hosted by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

PAPER: Why Hillary Clinton’s 2020 Comeback Is Ruined Forever

In Hillary Clinton's dreams, the former secretary of state is a decade younger and many of the errors from her failed 2016 presidential run have long been forgotten. Then what? She launches a third and final bid for the White House - and wins! There's just one problem, a big one, actually - Former DNC boss Donna Brazile appears to have put the final nail in Clinton's political coffin.

a TGP Study: Facebook Police Continue Attacks on Influential Conservative News Sites

After last year's Presidential election, then President Barack Obama met face to face with Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook. Although the minutes of their meeting are not publicly available, far-left publications shared that Obama warned Zuckerberg about 'fake news' - Former president Barack Obama personally warned Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a post-2016 election meeting to check the spread of fake news on the site, but he was told there was no easy fix, according to a Washington Post report on Sunday.

The Podesta creeps

Hope you caught this: Oops! Podesta brothers are getting attention they don't like. Don't forget that they remain friends with convicted child molestor Dennis Hastert and that may tell you all you need to know.

Trump changes tune on Chinaa s trade imbalance

President Donald Trump lavished praise on Chinese leader Xi Jinping here Thursday, touting "great chemistry" between them while refusing to criticize his counterpart for the trade imbalance that Trump railed against during his campaign. Speaking at a joint appearance with Xi in front of business leaders, Trump said the U.S. trade relationship with China is "a very one-sided and unfair one."

Repeal of individual mandate would increase uninsured, premiums: CBO


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The Congressional Budget Office said on Wednesday that repealing the Obamacare individual mandate would increase the number of uninsured by 13 million by 2027 and reduce the federal budget deficit less than initially forecast. FILE PHOTO: A sign on an insurance store advertises Obamacare in San Ysidro, San Diego, California, U.S., October 26, 2017.

Trump’s limited appeal a warning sign for Republicans ahead of 2018 elections


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Democratic election victories in Virginia and New Jersey showed Republicans losing more ground in suburban areas, where President Donald Trump's unpopularity could cost them dearly in next year's congressional races. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump greets supporters as he departs for Bedminster, New Jersey, from the White House in Washington, U.S., September 29, 2017.

Barack Obama shows up in Chicago for jury duty

The 44th president's motorcade - considerably shorter than the one he had when he lived in the White House - left his home in the Kenwood neighborhood on the city's South Side and arrived at the Richard J. Daley Center shortly after 10 a.m. Obama - wearing a dark sport coat, dress shirt, but without a tie - waved to people who gathered outside after hearing reports that he would be reporting for jury duty. Whether he will be selected to sit on a jury was not known.

White House implements new Cuba policy restricting travel, trade

President Donald Trump signs his new Cuba policy at the Manuel Artime Theateron June 16, 2017 in Miami, where he unveiled the changes he's making to the Obama-era policies toward Cuba. The Trump administration Wednesday announced tight new restrictions on American travel and commercial exchanges with Cuba, implementing a policy announced by President Donald Trump five months ago to reverse Obama administration normalization with the Communist-ruled island.

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A teary and emotional Elton John celebrated the 25th anniversary of his AIDS foundation with a gala in New York City, raising about $4.4 million. A teary and emotional Elton John celebrated the 25th anniversary of his AIDS foundation with a gala in New York City, raising about $4.4 million.

Virginia rejects ‘Trumpism’ as Dems score major wins

New Jersey gubernatorial nominee Phil Murphy celebrates while speaking to supporters during his election night victory party at the Asbury Park Convention Hall, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Asbury Park, N.J. Democrat Ralph Northam beat back a late charge from Republican Ed Gillespie in the race for Virginia governor, a bruising election that tested the power of President Donald Trump's fiery nationalism against the... Democrat Ralph Northam beat back a late charge from Republican Ed Gillespie in the race for Virginia governor, a bruising election that tested the power of President Donald Trump's fiery nationalism against the energy of the Trump resistance.

Virginia rejects ‘Trumpism’ as Dems score major wins

Seizing his party's first major Trump-era victory, Democrat Ralph Northam beat back a charge from Republican Ed Gillespie in the race for Virginia governor, a bruising election that tested the power of President Donald Trump's fiery nationalism against the energy of the Trump resistance. Northam, a pediatric neurologist and Army veteran, led longtime Republican operative Gillsepie by several points as the final votes ticked in.

How Northam won the Virginia gubernatorial election

Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events. Higher enthusiasm and polarization were the key features of Tuesday's gubernatorial election in Virginia, suggesting that President Trump has energized voters on all sides.

New Jersey GOP congressman LoBiondo to retire after 12 terms

Twelve-term GOP Rep. Frank LoBiondo of New Jersey says he plans to retire, declaring that "our nation is now consumed by increasing political polarization" and that "there is no longer middle ground." The 71-year-old became the latest moderate Republican to make plans to step down as his party struggles with internal divisions under President Donald Trump.

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Voters in Maine are headed to the polls Tuesday to decide if they want to join 31 other states and expand Medicaid under former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. California's state treasurer is recommending using armored cars to transport millions of dollars in cash tax payments expected next year with the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Mainers set to vote on whether to expand Medicaid

Voters in Maine are headed to the polls Tuesday to decide if they want to join 31 other states and expand Medicaid under former President Barack Obama 's Affordable Care Act . The ballot measure comes after Maine's Republican governor vetoed five attempts to expand the program.

Carter Page suggested Trump travel to Russia during campaign

Carter Page brought up the idea of having President Trump travel to Russia during the presidential campaign, according to a closed-door testimony he gave last week. In a May 2016 email to advisers J.D. Gordon and Walid Phares, Page wrote, "If [Trump] would like to take my place [on a trip to Russia] and raise the temperature a little bit, of course I'd be more than happy to yield this honor to him."

Wither The Democrats?

Former President Barack Obama campaigns in support of Virginia Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam, Democratic candidate for governor, at a rally in Richmond, Virginia, October 19, 2017. The Democratic Party, Democratic voters, and grass roots progressive activists should be in a state of high agitation, focused on one thing - containing Trump, his fake populism and his Republican allies.

Shepard Fairey’s New L.A. Show Isn’t Anti-Trump – It’s Anti-Apathy

Shepard Fairey's iconic "Hope" poster remains one of the most enduring symbols of Barack Obama's historic first presidential campaign. Contrast the piece with the "Make America Great Again" hats and mean-spirited Pepe the Frog memes from the 2016 election, however, and it serves as a stark reminder of just how unhinged so much of our political discourse has become.

Both candidates claim momentum in Virginia governor’s race

Republican Ed Gillespie and Democrat Ralph Northam both claim momentum is on their side with one day to go before Election Day in Virginia's high-stakes, closely watched race for governor. The candidates are racing across the state Monday after a weekend spent trying to trying to rally supporters ahead of the Tuesday vote.

A Fireside Chat with Pete Souza

At a recent conference in Las Vegas, Barack Obama's official White House photographer revisited his years with the former President. Twelve thousand photographers, graphic designers, creative directors, and filmmakers attended a recent conference hosted by Adobe, in Las Vegas.

100 years after the Russian Revolution, what do millennials see in socialism?

With the collapse of the Soviet Union about 25 years ago, it was said that humanity had reached "the end of history": the Cold War was over and capitalism, along with liberal democracy, had won. Seventy-five years after the Bolsheviks came to power in the October revolution of 1917, the Russian revolution was no longer widely hailed as an international model for workers' activism.

Could It Be that Both Parties Are Doomed?

For all the obvious reasons, the Republican party gets most of the attention these days. For starters, it controls the White House, the Senate, and the House, and the party in power always warrants more scrutiny, even when it's operating smoothly.

Congress moves to reshape the NLRB

The Senate will vote on Peter Robb's nomination to be the general counsel for the National Labor Relations Board, while the House will vote on legislation to roll back one of the board's most controversial moves. Congress will move on two fronts this week to reshape the National Labor Relations Board, the main federal labor law enforcement agency.

Trump proves an eager tourist in Hawaii, but protesters have ‘no aloha for him’

President Donald Trump - a creature of habit most comfortable when ensconced in his Trump-branded world - proved himself the unlikeliest travel archetype Friday: the eager tourist. Stopping in Hawaii en route to his five-country, 12-day trip in Asia - his longest foreign trip since assuming office - the president appeared energetic and enthusiastic from almost the moment Air Force One climbed into the sky.

Hawaii Protesters Turn Out Against Trump Visit: ‘No Aloha’

Residents in Hawaii protested President Donald Trump's visit Friday with signs blasting "Welcome to Kenya" - even sporting a full-sized cardboard figure of former President Barack Obama - to attack the Republican's "birtherism" campaign against his predecessor. "I have no 'aloha' for him and I don't think the state of Hawaii does either," Laura Margulies, a protester who held a sign that read "No Aloha 4 Trump," told The Washington Post .

Donald Trump mocked by Hawaiians holding ‘welcome to Kenya’ signs

Protesters in Hawaii mocked Donald Trump with signs that said "welcome to Kenya" as the President touched down on the first leg of his Asia-Pacific tour. Making light of the President's past enthusiasm for the so-called "birtherism" conspiracy that targeted Barack Obama, who was born in Hawaii, demonstrators also held signs that read "Aloha means goodbye" and "Immigration gave me my family".

Trump in Japan: What Will the Picky President Eat in the Country Known for Its Food?Newsweek

President Donald Trump's five-country Asian tour is packed with meetings and events discussing thony issues such as trade agreements and the North Korean threat, but one thing that he won't have to worry about is where to find a good steak. Ahead of the trip to a country known for its strict etiquette, Trump's staffers were reportedly worried the president would say or do something embarrassing and offensive, but Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is doing his best to make Trump feel at home.

Trump Stirs Debate Over Utah National Monuments

President Donald Trump's announcement last week that he intends to reduce the size of two national monuments covering millions of acres of Utah wilderness has stoked local divisions over land use, with all sides anticipating a protracted battle over the move. On one side, Native American groups and environmentalists expressed anger and are ready to sue the U.S. government.

Trump off to Asia, focus at home

President Donald Trump is being pulled in different directions as he heads to Asia, with his base eager to hear him take a hard line on the Chinese trade and economic practices he railed against as a candidate and others in his administration pushing him to sweep those concerns aside and urge China to tighten the screws on North Korea. At the same time, much of the president's attention has been occupied by urgent matters at home, including indictments against two top campaign aides, the deepening Russia investigation and a high-stakes fight over his tax plan.

The Hackersa Democratic targets

It wasn't just a few Democrats that the Russian hackers went after; it was an all-out blitz across the Democratic Party. They tried to compromise Hillary Clinton's inner circle and more than 130 party employees, supporters and contractors.

House bill to fund kids’ insurance goes to Senate

Legislation providing five more years of financing for an expired children's health program won House approval Friday, though a partisan battle over paying for the extension continued to play out in the Senate. Each side is using the fight to accuse the other of jeopardizing the Children's Health Insurance Program, which serves more than 8 million children from low-income families.

Bergdahl gets no time, a dishonorable release

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who in 2009 walked off a U.S. military outpost in eastern Afghanistan and spent the next five years in enemy captivity, was sentenced Friday to a dishonorable discharge from the Army but will avoid prison time. Bergdahl, 31, pleaded guilty in October to charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy and had faced a maximum life sentence.

Cuban Minister rejects US sonic attack claims

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla said today that the United States has provided no evidence for its claims that US diplomats in Havana have come under deliberate sonic attack, and raised the question of whether the Trump administration is using the diplomats' injuries to unwind recent progress in creating closer ties. "There is no evidence, there is no evidence whatsoever, of the occurrence of the alleged incidents or the cause or origin of these ailments reported by US diplomats," Rodriguez Parrilla said today in Washington.

Trump nominates Fed’s Powell to lead U.S. central bank


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President Donald Trump on Thursday tapped Fed Governor Jerome Powell to become head of the U.S. central bank, promoting a soft-spoken centrist to replace Janet Yellen when her term expires in February 2018. U.S. President Donald Trump looks on as Jerome Powell, his nominee to become chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, speaks at the White House in Washington, U.S., November 2, 2017.

The Kickoff To Obama’s Foundation Just As Weird, Culty As You’d Guess

The Obama Foundation Summit offered Democrats a chance to escape the realty of Donald Trump's presidency but doing yoga and writing down their hopes for the country in sidewalk chalk. The summit, held in Chicago Wednesday to commemorate the launch of the Obama Foundation, attracted prominent Democratic politicians, fundraisers and celebrities, some of whom told Politico the event was "therapeutic" and represented a "sanity bubble."

The AP: Trump to announce Jerome Powell as next Fed chairman

In this Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, file photo, U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen speaks during the G30 International Banking Seminar, at Inter-American Development Bank headquarters in Washington. On Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, the Federal Reserve releases its latest monetary policy statement after a two-day meeting.

Chance The Rapper & Nas Perform At Obama Foundation Summit


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Attendees at The Obama Foundation Summit were treated to an array of performances at the conclusion of the event that was put on by former president Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama. With the two-day leadership summit taking place in Chicago, Chance The Rapper was among those to grace the stage on Wednesday .

Trump’s opponents race to the courthouse to thwart him


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When President Donald Trump announced on Oct. 12 he would stop subsidies to health insurers critical to the Obamacare law, the response from Democratic state officials was swift and predictable: a lawsuit by 18 state attorneys general was filed within 24 hours. FILE PHOTO: The SoCal Health Care Coalition protests U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order on healthcare at UC San Diego in La Jolla, California, U.S. on October 12, 2017.

Jerome Powell, Trump’s pick to lead Fed, would be the richest chair since the 1940s

In this Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, file photo, Federal Reserve Gov. Jerome Powell talks with others before a Board of Governors meeting at the Marriner S. Eccles Federal Reserve Board Building in Washington. President Donald Trump said Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, that he is likely to make his selection for the next Federal Reserve chairman from five candidates, a group that includes Powell.

The Hackers’ Hit List

In this Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015 file photo, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. The secretary of state under President Barack Obama, 2004 Democratic presidential candidate and former U.S. senator from Massachusetts was the target of at least five phishing emails during June-December 2015 at his Gmail address, according to data from the cybersecurity firm Secureworks.

Trump said to pick Jerome Powell as Fed chairman, replacing Janet Yellen


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President Donald Trump plans to nominate Federal Reserve Gov. Jerome Powell to the top job at the U.S. central bank, according to four people familiar with the decision. Trump has said he will announce his pick Thursday afternoon.

Donald Trump plans to pick Fed Governor Jerome Powell as Fed chairman, replacing Janet Yellen

President Donald Trump plans to nominate Federal Reserve Governor Jerome Powell to the top job at the US central bank, three people familiar with the decision said. Trump, who has said he'll announce his pick on Thursday, would be choosing a former private-equity executive who favours continuing gradual interest rate increases and sympathises with White House calls to ease financial regulations.

The most important race of 2017 is getting very close

If you're looking for one race this fall to tell you what people make of the first year of the Trump presidency, your best bet is the Virginia governor's race where next week, voters will choose between Democrat Ralph Northam and Republican Ed Gillespie. The race has long looked like Northam's to lose.

Prince Harry and Michelle Obama surprise students at Chicago public school

Prince Harry and Michelle Obama surprised approximately 20 students Tuesday at Hyde Park Academy, a high school on Chicago's South Side, which is located across from the future site of the Obama Presidential Center. "The warm and wide-ranging conversation, lasting over an hour, covered how the Obama Presidential Center will showcase the South Side of Chicago for a global audience, the importance of young people staying inspired and hopeful, and the transformative power of students using their voices to change the world," Caroline Adler Morales, the former first lady's communications director, said in a statement provided to ABC News.

Lawsuit targets Trump’s rollback of birth-control rule

Two national advocacy groups filed a federal lawsuit in Indiana on Tuesday challenging a rule change by President Donald Trump's administration allowing more employers to opt out of no-cost birth control for workers. The suit was filed on behalf of five women at risk of being denied birth control coverage, including three University of Notre Dame students.

Lawsuit targets Trump’s rollback of birth-control rule

Two national advocacy groups filed a federal lawsuit in Indiana on Tuesday challenging a rule change by President Donald Trump's administration allowing more employers to opt out of no-cost birth control for workers. The suit was filed on behalf of five women at risk of being denied birth control coverage, including three University of Notre Dame students.

Former President Obama opens Chicago youth leadership summit

Former President Barack Obama, right, and former first lady Michelle Obama arrive for the first session of the Obama Foundation Summit Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, in Chicago. Former President Barack Obama, right, and former first lady Michelle Obama arrive for the first session of the Obama Foundation Summit Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, in Chicago.

Trump ad incorrectly blames Dem for GOP health care struggle


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President Donald Trump is lashing out at Democrats in a new TV ad that incorrectly blames his critics in the opposing party for blocking fixes to the nation's health care system. The new ad, set to begin airing on cable stations nationwide on Tuesday, seizes on "skyrocketing" insurance premiums "all while Democrats in Washington, D.C., block a better plan to repeal and replace Obamacare once and for all - obstructing our president just to score political points with the radical left."

Defense to push for leniency for U.S. Army deserter Bergdahl

Lawyers for U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl will build their case on Tuesday for why he should be spared prison time for walking off his Afghanistan post in June 2009 and endangering the troops who searched for him. The 31-year-old soldier, a polarizing figure who spent years in captivity and was released in a 2014 Taliban prisoner swap brokered by Democratic President Barack Obama's administration, took the stand at his sentencing hearing on Monday.

Tech companies find more signs of Russian election activity

Facebook says a Russian internet agency posted more than 80,000 pieces of content during and after the 2016 election, and ... Two Hawaii women who say they were lost at sea never activated their emergency beacon, the U.S. Coast Guard said, adding to a growing list of inconsistences that cast doubt on this harrowing tale of survival. Two Hawaii women who say they were lost at sea never activated their emergency beacon, the U.S. Coast Guard said, adding to a growing list of inconsistences that cast doubt on this harrowing tale of survival.

UPDATE 1-Iran fulfilling nuclear deal commitments -IAEA chief

Iran is fulfilling its commitments under the nuclear deal with world powers and U.N. inspectors are facing no problems in their verification efforts, the International Atomic Energy Agency director-general said on Monday. U.S. President Donald Trump said earlier this month that he would not continue to certify the multinational 2015 agreement, reached under his predecessor Barack Obama, and warned that he might ultimately terminate it.

Trump approval rating drops to lowest-ever 38 percent: NBC poll

President Trump's approval rating dropped to 38 percent in October, the lowest recorded amount of support from voters since he took office in January, according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Sunday. Trump's previous record low was 39 percent in May. However, the Oct. 23-26 survey states he dropped 5 percentage points from September to this month.

Why Trump has to clean up Obama’s mess in Guatemala

Former President Barack Obama speaks to journalists as he participates in his last news conference of the year at the White House in Washington, U.S., December 16, 2016. President Obama's foreign policy of appeasement won him a Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 for merely being elected.

President Trump’s approval ratings just hit a new all-time low


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U.S. President Donald J. Trump listens during a Department of Veterans Affairs announcement of a new program using video and software technology to provide medical care to veterans at The White House August 3, 2017 in Washington, DC. President Donald Trump's approval ratings have fallen to their lowest point since the start of his presidency, a new poll finds.