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Trump Signs ‘Religious Liberty’ Executive Order Allowing for Broad Exemptions

President Donald Trump on Thursday made good on a promise to allow religious organizations greater freedom in political speech.<p>"Faith is deeply embedded into the history of our country, the spirit of our founding and the soul of our nation," Trump said in the Rose Garden at a National Day of Prayer …

Hillary Clinton to launch political group as soon as next week

Six months after losing the presidential election, Hillary Clinton is ready to wade back into politics.<p>The former secretary of state is building a new political group to fund organizations working on the resistance to President Donald Trump’s agenda, spending recent weeks in Washington, New York …

The House Republicans who could lose their jobs over Obamacare repeal

The Obamacare repeal vote on Thursday could send dozens of House Republicans to electoral doom next fall — a mirror image of the shellacking Democrats suffered after passing the law seven years ago.<p>Strategists in both parties already believed the House could be up for grabs in 2018, as it often is …

Trump blasts Obama's ‘abusive’ use of monument law, orders review

President Donald Trump ordered his Interior Department to review tens of millions of acres of land and water set aside as national monuments by the past three presidents on Wednesday, a move that environmental groups warn will undermine a crucial conservation tool and open up sensitive areas to …

Donald Trump to strip all funding from State Department team promoting women's rights around the world

Donald Trump plans to strip all funding from a State Department bureau that promotes the rights of women around the world, it has emerged.<p>Oxfam …

Donald Trump

Ryan on the hot seat to deliver for Trump

The speaker is entering a critical stretch under pressure to notch wins on repealing Obamacare and funding the government.<p>Paul Ryan is entering a crucial stretch of his speakership, with the White House pressing him to notch wins on President Donald Trump's priorities even as he faces the same …

GOP makes government funding offer excluding money for wall

Congressional Republicans have offered Democrats a government funding deal that does not include new funds for the construction of a border wall, …

Trump Names Retired Marine Corps General To Lead Secret Service

President Trump has chosen Randolph "Tex" Alles to lead the U.S. Secret Service, turning to an outsider to head the beleaguered agency tasked with protecting the president and his family.<p>A retired Marine Corps general, Alles is currently acting deputy commissioner of customs and border protection. …

Secret Service

Warner defends Russia investigation amid rising criticism

Sen. Mark Warner has a simple message for critics who say his Russia probe is in shambles: It just isn’t so.<p>The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee said in an interview Tuesday that he always wants to move faster in investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election. But real …

Trump Wants It Known: Grading 100 Days Is ‘Ridiculous’ (but His Were the Best)

WASHINGTON — In case anyone was wondering, President Trump wants it known that he does not care about the false judgment of his administration after just 100 days. “It’s an artificial barrier,” he sniffed the other day. “Not very meaningful,” he scoffed. A “ridiculous standard,” he added on Twitter.<p>…

Donald Trump

Jeff Sessions Forgot How Checks and Balances Work

Government 101 for the attorney general (and everyone else).<p>Last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions criticized U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson in Hawaii for barring President Donald Trump's proposed immigration ban, which targeted six Muslim-majority countries. He stated on <i>The Mark Levin</i> …

Donald Trump

Rex Tillerson Spurns Africa In Botched Meeting with African Union Chief

Just months into office, the Trump administration has rattled allies and partners in North America, Europe, and Asia. Now you can add Africa to that …

Apparently repealing Obamacare could violate international law

We’ve already seen that repealing Obamacare is politically perilous. Now there’s a new complication: It may also violate international law.<p>The United Nations has contacted the Trump administration as part of an investigation into whether repealing the Affordable Care Act without an adequate …

Health Care

Ryan likely to get rolled on tax reform

After the collapse of health care reform last month, the White House is prepared to take the reins on the speaker's pet issue.<p>Donald Trump is set to steamroll Paul Ryan on tax reform, the issue the speaker has devoted his political career to achieving.<p>But don’t expect Ryan to relinquish his pet …

Trump blasts recent approval rating polls as 'fake news'

Even though they contained “some very positive info,” President Donald Trump on Monday decried a set of polls released over the weekend as “fake news” conducted by media outlets whose polling about last year’s presidential election had proven incorrect.<p>“The two fake news polls released yesterday, …

As government shutdown looms, Trump stumps for building the wall

President Donald Trump pushed for the construction of a wall along the Mexico-America border Monday as the deadline looms for a government funding bill that could come down to funding for the construction project.<p>In a set of two tweets sent over the course of three hours, Trump advocated for the …

Libya's warring sides reach diplomatic breakthrough in Rome

Compromise is brokered between presidents of house of representatives and state council after years of fighting<p>Rome has brokered a diplomatic breakthrough in Libya that has the potential to bring the two main warring sides together in a new political agreement after years of division, fighting and …

Middle East

Chinese leader urges restraint over North Korea in call with Trump

China’s president, Xi Jinping, has called on Donald Trump and the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, to exercise restraint as a US aircraft carrier group headed towards the waters off the Korean peninsula.<p>Tensions remain high after a war of words between the US and North Korea over the past month, …

North Korea

How Trump Is Upending the Conventional Wisdom on Illegal Immigration

The president has been frustrated on many fronts in his first hundred days, but on his watch, unauthorized border crossings have fallen sharply.<p>Obamacare remains the law of the land. So does NAFTA. Tax reform exists only as pixels in a tweet. Infrastructure ain’t happening. Five months after the …

Immigration

Ivanka Trump Is Getting to Work

Now that Ivanka Trump has acknowledged that she’s not just “a daughter” in President Trump’s White House, but, in fact, an official (albeit unpaid) adviser to her father (with security clearance), the famous First Daughter is getting to work: On Tuesday, Ivanka will embark on her first …

Donald Trump

100 days of Trump Resistance: the wins so far and battles to come

It’s not just by chance that Donald Trump’s first 100 days have been so underwhelming. The president’s failure to pass healthcare reform, to ban people from entering the country, and arguably to achieve anything of note (beyond his supreme court justice) is down, in no small part, to the efforts of …

Donald Trump

30 terrifying before and after images of climate change

The first-ever March for Science happened Saturday in hundreds of cities across the country, rallying against what many see as an emerging disregard for the study of the natural world and the answers it provides.<p>The marches took place on Earth Day, no coincidence given the fact that President …

EPA

The 100 best nonfiction books: No 64 – Walden by Henry David Thoreau (1854)

On Independence Day 1845, an idealistic young American (Thoreau was just 28) turned his back on what he saw as his country’s depressing materialism, its commercial and industrial soullessness and took himself off to a life of solitude in a country cabin near Walden Pond, just outside Concord, …

Literature

Jeff Sessions Is Getting Slammed For His ‘Soft On Crime’ Comments

Attorney General Jeff Sessions went to a place he probably shouldn’t have gone, and after he received an overflowing bucket-load of clap back for it, he’s already trying to make it better.<p>On Friday, Sessions issued a letter to nine jurisdictions. He warned that any refusal to cooperate with (or …

Second Amendment -- Or Second-Class Citizens?

In our “blue” states, many politicians have a deep animosity toward private ownership of firearms. (Yes, you also find some like that in “red” states, but they seldom have the political clout to do much damage to our Second Amendment rights.)<p>California is the prime example of a state where the …

Concealed Carry

Japanese Prepare for War With North Korea With Nuclear Shelters and Air Purifiers to Thwart Radiation

As tensions and fears over a possible nuclear attack or devastating war rise in Southeast Asia, the Japanese are reportedly taking no chances and …

Defense chief, top general: US needs to confront Russia in Afghanistan

Top officials said Monday that the U.S. needs to confront Russia for providing arms to the Taliban in the wake of a devastating attack on an Afghan …

Supreme Court Declines Appeal of Man Paralyzed by Cop Shooting

The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to hear the appeal of a Houston man who was paralyzed when a policeman shot him in the back during a traffic stop.<p>Lower federal courts ruled for the officer without a trial, even though the policeman and the victim had different accounts of what …

Trump disses the United Nations as an ‘underperformer’

With the ambassadors to the United Nations Security Council gathered around him in the White House Monday, President Donald Trump labeled the UN “an underperformer” and appeared to both heavily praise and jokingly jab at his U.N. ambassador, Nikki Haley.<p>"I also want to say to you that I have long …

Why Congress’ intelligence committees should handle the hacking probe

Pressure is mounting on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to name a select committee to investigate reports of election-related Russian …