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Most Welfare Dollars Don’t Go Directly To Poor People Anymore

Twenty years after President Bill Clinton fulfilled his vow to “end welfare as we know it,” it’s fair to say: mission accomplished. The old U.S. …

Oklahoma Lawmaker Abandons Anti-Abortion Bathroom Signs Law

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma Republican lawmaker on Friday abandoned a measure that required public bathrooms to display anti-abortion signs …

Poll: Trump approval ticks down, partly due to drop among base

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday showed President Donald Trump's approval rating back down following a bounce in mid-April.<p>The poll, taken May 4-9, pegged Trump's approval at 36% compared to 58% who said they disapprove of his performance as President.<p>Nearly all …

Donald Trump

Meet the fixer: This civil servant cooks up smart food policy.

It’s mind-bogglingly difficult to budge the ginormous, two-headed problem of hunger and obesity. That’s why George Reistad has unleashed dozens of …

Warren Buffett Says India Has 'Incredible' Potential But Too Much Red Tape

Warren Buffett has praised the “incredible” potential in India but he’s still not ready to invest there due to excessive red tape.<p>The Berkshire …

Red tape and over-reach: That is the Regulatory Accountability Act, in a word – and a graphic

<i>Richard Denison, Ph.D.,</i> is a Lead Senior Scientist.<p>I blogged last week about the new-but-not-improved Senate Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA), …

Administrative Law

Republican Congressman Clarifies That the Constitution Is Different Under Trump

Glad we cleared that up.<p>In case you're wondering why no Republican has stood up to be counted, you should know that installing a vulgar talking yam in the White House has changed the job description of Being A Congressman. Isn't that right, Barry Loudermilk?<p>Luckily, the House veterans are there to …

New Jersey

Laurence Tribe: A series of high crimes and misdemeanors

President Donald Trump says he asked former FBI Director James Comey if he was under investigation. Constitutional expert Laurence Tribe takes issue …

It's time for a convention of states to rein in the federal government

Last year, tensions ran high and opinions were strong surrounding the presidential election. Both political parties called for unity in their own …

I asked 7 experts if the Comey firing is a constitutional crisis. Here’s what they said.

In early February — after courts began acting to block President Donald Trump’s travel ban on certain Muslim countries and customs officials on the grounds were slow to obey — I asked eight constitutional law experts whether or not the US was in a constitutional crisis.<p>Unanimously, they said we …

Experts on authoritarianism are absolutely terrified by the Comey firing

“Trump has talked like a would-be authoritarian since day one. … This is the first clear warning sign that he’s attempting to [act like one].”<p>Those are the words not of a Democratic political operative or a fringe liberal Trump critic, but of Yascha Mounk, a respected scholar of democracy at …

Ex-governors join Gov. Jerry Brown in fighting inmate releases

SACRAMENTO — Gov.<p>Jerry Brownis getting some help from four previous California governors as he fights to block the release of inmates from the state's crowded prisons.<p>The governors — Republicans Pete Wilson, George Deukmejian and<p>Arnold Schwarzeneggerand Democrat Gray Davis — filed a brief on Monday …

The Road to Marijuana Legalization Runs Through Cities, Not States

Residents of Portland, Maine, will vote next month on a ballot measure to legalize marijuana possession. If the measure passes, adults 21 and over will theoretically be able to possess up to 2.5 ounces of pot under Portland law.<p>This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Residents of Portland, …

Getting serious on NSA reform

Last week, President Obama met with the five-member review board that he recently appointed to review the National Security Agency’s (NSA) controversial electronic surveillance program. The review board is part of the president’s effort to build confidence in the surveillance program and its …

A coup in real time? Historian Timothy Snyder says the Comey firing is Trump’s “open admission of collusion with Russia”

Yale historian says Trump has now admitted guilt; former intelligence officer says Flynn was a Russian agent<p>Has the other shoe finally dropped? Is this the beginning of Donald Trump's attempted coup?<p>Trump is a plutocratic authoritarian. As I have previously argued, it is fair to call him a fascist. …

Ticket splitting is dead. National parties are now everything.

Every single state that elected a Republican senator this November voted for Donald Trump — and every single state that elected a Democratic senator voted for Hillary Clinton.<p>That’s a first in American history — at least going back to 1913, when the Constitution began mandating the direct popular …

A Lobbyist Wrote the Bill. Will the Tobacco Industry Win Its E-Cigarette Fight?

WASHINGTON — The e-cigarette and cigar industries have enlisted high-profile lobbyists and influential congressional allies in an attempt to stop the Food and Drug Administration from retroactively examining their products for public health risks or banning them from the market.<p>The campaign targets …

Obama Administration

At least 65 Venezuelan military members detained: attorney

At least 65 members of Venezuela's military, ranking from officers to the captain of an important border region unit, have been detained, raising questions about whether a fissure exists within the nation's armed forces, according to an attorney representing several of those arrested.<p>Some of the …

6-figure salary, no severance: What an FBI director has to lose

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> James Comey's ouster from the top of the FBI sent shock waves through Washington, and left many wondering what happens next for him.<p>The FBI director job was a step down in pay from his previous roles as general counsel for an aerospace giant and a hedge fund, even though the role …

Employment

Robert Mugabe 'not sleeping, just resting his eyes'

Zimbabwe’s 93-year-old president has been photographed seemingly nodding off at several conferences, but his spokesman says it’s an optical affliction<p>Robert Mugabe is not sleeping in meetings – as a series of images would suggest. In fact, his PR man has said, he is simply resting his eyes.<p>The …

Africa

At RNC meeting, GOP officials shrug off Trump's firing of Comey

<b>Coronado, California (CNN) —</b> More than 2,200 miles away, President Donald Trump was under siege Thursday over his White House's constantly-changing rationale for firing the FBI director who was investigating his campaign.<p>A few hundred feet away, protesters were marching on the beach, denouncing …

Donald Trump

New Jersey neighborhood on lockdown for 35 hours

Three officers were hurt and one bystander was killed in this deadly standoff.

New Jersey

Judge orders prosecutors to charge Amtrak engineer in crash

A Philadelphia judge has ordered prosecutors to criminally charge the speeding Amtrak engineer involved in a derailment that killed eight people and …

Amtrak

Duterte follows Xi's lead with military build-up in South China Sea

<b>Hong Kong (CNN) —</b> The Philippines has begun sending troops and supplies to an island it controls in the disputed South China Sea, setting the stage for a potential dispute with Beijing.<p>Plans are underway to reinforce and upgrade facilities on Pagasa Island, in the Spratly Islands chain, senior …

China

Trump has now admitted he fired Comey because of the Russia investigation

“When I decided to just do it I said to myself, I said, ‘You know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story.’”<p>Many Republicans — from White House staffers to members of Congress to conservative pundits — have been insisting for two days now, despite widespread reports, that …

Trump said he was thinking of Russia controversy when he decided to fire Comey

President Trump on Thursday said he was thinking of “this Russia thing with Trump” when he decided to fire FBI Director James B. Comey, who had been leading the counterintelligence investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.<p>Recounting his decision to dismiss Comey, Trump told NBC …

Donald Trump

Donald Trump Says Only Some Women Want to Be Treated With Respect

The way Donald Trump talks about women has always been questionable, but it’s come under special scrutiny since the release of a 2005 <i>Access Hollywood</i> …

Donald Trump

The Clinton Campaign Is Flawed, and So Is WikiLeaks

Information doesn't become a bombshell just because you stole it.<p>OK, so about those e-mails that were purloined from the Clinton campaign and sent out into the world through the firehose that is WikiLeaks. Let us establish some first principles.<p><b>1)</b> There seems to be little doubt that at least some …

Government