Adriana Somerville

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Meet the Indiana dad who hunts Russian trolls

<b>Bloomington, Indiana (CNN) —</b> When it comes to hobbies, Josh Russell concedes he gets a little obsessive. No matter his interest, be it videogames or miniature figurine board games, he always wants to be the best. Perhaps that explains the dedication he's shown to his latest pastime: Hunting Russian …

Internet

What Laura Ingraham said was awful. And unsurprising.

<b>(CNN) —</b> At the end of her monologue Wednesday night, Fox News host Laura Ingraham issued a dire warning to the country: "This is a national emergency, and we must demand that Congress act now."<p>The national emergency wasn't weather-related. It wasn't a shortage of medicine or food. It wasn't a …

United States

Finally, Devin Nunes admits what his charade is all about

<b>(CNN) —</b> In a secretly recorded tape at a fund-raiser, California Republican Devin Nunes told the truth to a group of Republican donors. Not knowing he was being recorded, Rep. Nunes told the donors that the Republican majority in the House has been and remains the main firewall that has protected …

Donald Trump

Trump Is Making America So Goddamn Dumb

If you listen to him, you might think California doesn't have enough water to properly fight its wildfires. Don't listen to him.<p>Donald Trump is on vacation this week at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf club, where "his staff have largely given up on futile efforts to supervise him, leaving the …

Donald Trump

Cities Are for Rich People Now and Wooing Amazon Only Makes It Worse

Local officials across America are trying to attract the mega-corporation's new headquarters. That is not going to help your rent.<p>If there are two facts of life in the modern American city, they are that rent will be too damn high, and that attracting investment from a mega corporation will seem to …

Housing

Dying of ALS, this father is using his last breaths to help Democrats win in 2018

<b>(CNN) —</b> It isn't easy for Ady Barkan to raise his right fist anymore, but he's been doing it a lot lately.<p>Diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, an incurable neurodegenerative disease better known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease, 34-year-old Barkan is a progressive activist who has spent the …

Jeff Flake

Why I Chose To Get A Tattoo Instead Of A Face-Lift For My 80th Birthday

Graciela sits atop my right bicep. She is a tattoo of a seahorse the size of my palm. She has an eye trimmed with a thick lash, a rose-colored tail that twists to the left and a crown of swirly arrows. Three times a day, I carefully lather my fresh tattoo with antibacterial soap and pat her dry. I …

Facelifts

How a small change in tax policy could mean a big tax cut for the rich

<b>(CNN) —</b> For years, many Republicans and anti-tax advocates have pushed for a change to the way that investment taxes are calculated.<p>They may get their wish. Steven Mnuchin told the New York Times that the administration is considering whether it can use its regulatory powers to let investors …

University of Pennsylvania

Republicans Look To Go All-In On Tax Cuts For The Rich

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said the Trump administration may go around Congress to cut capital gains taxes.<p>The Trump administration might go around Congress to cut taxes on investors, a proposal that looks a lot like a giveaway to the rich.<p>Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin told The New York …

Republicans

The Trump Administration Says Poverty Is Over. They're Lying.

The Trump administration would like you to believe that poverty doesn’t really exist in the United States of America.<p>First, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N Nikki Haley argued in June that it was “patently ridiculous” for the United Nations to study poverty in America, a waste of “time and resources.” …

Income Inequality

Fancy Co-Living Spaces Are the Trendy New Way White People Ruin Everything

How the hipster solution to the rising cost of rent is gentrifying neighborhoods.<p>The cost of living across the US is on the rise, and as wages fail to keep up, Americans living in major cities are at an increased risk of being priced out of their homes and neighborhoods. One trendy, widely touted …

Housing

Chris Evans, a Real American Hero, Continually Roasts Donald Trump on Twitter

Chris Evans is perhaps best known for his role as Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But like many fans over the past year or so, we've come to a startling realization about the chiseled, very muscular, very beautiful man: he's kinda, sorta, totally a real-life Captain America as …

Donald Trump

Don't Buy Republicans' Self-Serving Attacks on Trump Over Russia

They knew about Trump's pro-Putin stance back in 2016, and literally laughed about it.<p>On Monday, in the wake of Donald Trump's bizarre press conference with Vladimir Putin where the US president indicated he believed the Russian autocrat over American intelligence agencies when it came to election …

Here's Why The Outrage Over Kylie's "Self-Made" Forbes Cover Matters

She's built a stellar business, but the context — and the deck stacked in her favor — is important to remember.<p>A new <i>Forbes</i> profile of the lip kit-slinging Kylie Jenner has named the 20-year-old a "self-made" multi-millionaire. In fact, says <i>Forbes</i>, she’s set to become the youngest "self-made" …

'Civility' Is What Gave Us Trump in the First Place

To fight injustice, you need incivility.<p>The black waiter kept quietly coming over to my table as though afraid of being noticed. He knew, as I did, that we lived in an area where civility has long been used to kill and maim and make second-class citizens of people like us. It’s a place where police …

Surprise: Donald Trump’s Entire Anti-Immigration Agenda Is a Con

While the president bashes immigrants on the campaign trail, he’s hiring foreign labor at Mar-a-Lago and sourcing his Trump 2020 flags from China.<p>When he is not slandering the Justice Department for investigating his friends, <b>Donald Trump</b> has kept his presidency focused on two demagogic concerns. …

Obamacare Sabotage Is Working, Trump Administration Is Outraged To Learn

The Affordable Care Act has real problems, but Republicans don’t have the solutions.<p>The Trump administration is so concerned that the Affordable Care Act is failing that it wants the program to fail even more.<p>On Monday the Department of Health and Human Services released a report on insurance …

GOP Congresswoman's Stimulus Plan: Give Women Money To Buy 'Shoes And Clothes'

Holy stereotypes, Rep. Diane Black!<p>WASHINGTON ― Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) said this week that the 2009 stimulus bill ― the $787 billion spending package that pulled the U.S. back from the brink of a depression ― was a flop and that the government should have given that money to women to restock …

Macy's

Trump's worst enemy: Middle-aged moms

<b>(CNN) —</b> Middle-aged women have never been treated as an exciting or newsworthy political force. In contrast, young, single women make for sexy stories or examples of nanny-state selfishness. Disaffected working-class white men are treated like the backbone of the country and the true Americans. And …

Middle Age

This Congressman Is Fighting To Bring Free Tampons To The Hill

It started when he wasn't permitted to use his budget to buy menstrual hygiene products for his staff.<p>When Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.) realized his office didn’t have tampons for female employees and visitors, he ordered a bunch ― the same way he orders other basic supplies like paper …

Menstruation

'Coming to America' Was the Immigrant Story My Family Needed

The 1988 comedy became my family's favorite movie because it reminded us of our struggle to succeed in the United States.<p>It opens with a majestic view of an African kingdom: impossibly green hills, trees, and mountains, and a bright, beautiful castle in the distance. It might sound like a scene …

Lena Dunham, Sia join protest of immigrant separations in Texas border city

<b>(CNN) —</b> Lena Dunham, Sia, Amber Heard and other stars visited the border city of Tornillo, Texas, on Sunday to protest the Trump administration's policy that separated migrant children from their parents.<p>On Instagram, Dunham posted a photo of a number of celebrities in Tornillo holding protest …

One Of The Only Wild Jaguars Known To Roam The U.S. Is Believed To Have Been Killed

A photo appears to show that Yo'oko, a young male jaguar, was killed and skinned.<p>Wildlife experts believe that Yo’oko, one of only a few wild jaguars known to range in the United States, is dead.<p>The Tucson-based Northern Jaguar Project released a photo to the Arizona Daily Star this week showing …

Wildlife

The Wire creator David Simon returns to Twitter with an expletive-laced bang

David Simon, the creator of <i>The Wire</i> who had been barred from Twitter, took no prisoners in his return to the social media platform. “F—mooks,” …

Seth Rogen reveals he refused a photo with Paul Ryan: 'No way, man'

<b>(CNN) —</b> Seth Rogen revealed Friday he refused to take a picture with Paul Ryan and instead rebuked the House speaker.<p>The actor and comedian said the incident took place at a Park City, Utah, summit hosted by Mitt Romney earlier this month where Rogen had been invited to speak. Rogen said he was …

Paul Ryan

America's poor becoming more destitute under Trump, UN report says

<b>Atlanta (CNN) —</b> Americans born into poverty are more likely than ever before to stay that way, according to a United Nations report on poverty and inequality in the US.<p>"The United States, one of the world's richest nations and the "land of opportunity," is fast becoming a champion of inequality," …

Income Inequality

I Couldn’t Afford To Pay My Student Loans. Then I Received A Warrant For My Arrest.

There’s nothing quite like receiving a warrant for your arrest in the mail. That’s what I discovered this May when a letter was delivered to my Boston apartment.<p>I’ve never been arrested before (excluding that close call in my sophomore year of college) so seeing the words “ARREST WARRANT” stamped …

College & University

Nikki Haley Says It's ‘Patently Ridiculous’ For UN To Look Into U.S. Poverty

More than 40 million Americans are living in poverty.<p>U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said it was “patently ridiculous” for the international organization to examine the realities of extreme poverty in America.<p>On Thursday, Haley commented on a recent report by a U.N. expert calling …

Nikki Haley

Jogger Detained by US for Two Weeks After Accidentally Crossing Canadian Border

Cedella Roman, 19, was jogging along a beach bordering Blaine, Washington, when US border guards apprehended her.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE Canada.</i><p>A 19-year-old woman visiting her mom in a Vancouver suburb had a nightmarish two-week stint in immigration detention added to her trip …

In a Land of Tortilla Factories, Enrique Olvera’s New Tortilleria Is Doing It Old School

At Molino el Pujol, the freshly made tortillas are out of this world. But they’re also carrying on an important Mexican tradition.<p>From the outside, Molino el Pujol looks like something out of a Wes Anderson movie: a tiny white building, its name neatly hand-painted in black beneath a single Edison …