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Lawmakers across the US are finding ways to turn protesting into a crime

While there were many moments during the president’s first official trip abroad that were disconcerting to First Amendment advocates — including the failure to hold open press conferences — perhaps none was more chilling than the comments made by Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross as he took note of …

Rights & Freedoms

Trump slams Yates hearing: 'Nothing but old news'

President Donald Trump on Monday tweeted his first reaction to testimony from former acting Attorney General Sally Yates, dismissing her comments as "nothing but old news" and asking "when will this taxpayer funded charade end?"<p>Trump also said allegations of collusion between his presidential …

John Oliver again fires up net neutrality debate

The Republican-led Federal Communications Commission has been marching along with its effort to roll back the agency's Obama-era net neutrality rules.<p>Then comedian John Oliver stepped in. Again.<p>The HBO host took aim at FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's proposal to gut the rules — and ridiculed Pai and his …

Yates says she warned White House Flynn could be ‘blackmailed’

Former acting attorney general Sally Yates testified Monday that she expected White House officials to “take action’’ on her January warning that then-national security adviser Michael Flynn could be blackmailed by Russia, offering her first public statements about the national security concerns …

Donald Trump

Texas governor signs ban on so-called 'sanctuary cities'

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas pushed to the forefront of national debate over immigration Sunday night when Republican Gov. Greg Abbott signed a …

Donald Trump’s new health care bill is a disaster — and even he knows a single-payer plan would be better

For years, Donald Trump has been single-payer-curious. But his new bill is a just a massive giveaway for the rich<p>It’s worth noting yet again that the Trumpcare bill, as passed by the House late last week, will hurt President Donald Trump's voters more than anyone else. Here’s why.<p>The MacArthur …

Be Afraid, Mr. President

Polls show that Trump’s base is holding firm. But that shouldn’t give him comfort.<p>President Donald Trump has the lowest poll standing of any new president at the 100-day mark, while his core supporters are holding firm.<p>Is this cause for optimism for Trump and his fans? Or for concern? Obviously …

San Diego police kill 15-year-old who pointed a BB gun at officers

The teenager pulled a gun from his waistband and pointed it at the officers. They yelled for him to drop the weapon, according to a police statement, but, instead, the 15-year-old stepped forward.<p>Just before 3:30 a.m. Saturday, someone called 911 asking police to check on a boy standing in front of …

Law Enforcement

Hillary’s election loss excuse means one thing: She’s running in 2020

Even in politics, the rich get richer. Take President Trump.<p>Fresh off a big victory with the House passage of an ObamaCare repeal, Trump is also …

Banksy Brexit mural of man chipping away at EU flag appears in Dover

Artwork confirmed as genuine is reclusive artist’s first comment on vote to leave EU and comes at time of increasing tensions<p>A Brexit-inspired mural by Banksy showing a metalworker chipping away at a star on the EU flag has appeared in Dover.<p>The artwork emerged overnight on the Castle Amusements …

Banksy

How Trump Could Bring Peace to the Middle East

He probably won’t succeed, but anything’s possible with good luck and divine intervention.<p>When it comes to Middle East policy, usually all roads don’t lead to Rome. But President Donald Trump has good reason to visit the pope on the same circuit as his peace mission to Israel and Saudi …

The Dalai Lama reveals that he too gets angry, and here's what he does about it

The Dalai Lama is a man known for sharing wisdom and enlightenment. So you wouldn’t think he’s someone that gets angry.<p>This isn’t the case. In a …

San Francisco train service plans to run solely on clean energy

Commuter trains are already somewhat eco-friendly by their nature (you're less likely to need a car, after all), but the San Francisco Bay Area's train system is taking things one step further. BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) has unveiled a policy that will gradually move it to completely renewable …

Man: Border agents threatened to “be dicks,” take my phone if I didn’t unlock it

“I believe strongly in the Constitution and in my right to privacy.”<p>ALBANY, California—As he sat in a darkened corner of a neighborhood bar, Aaron …

Republicans are messing with a major source of American jobs

President Trump and congressional Republicans are taking aim at one of the strongest and most consistent sources of job growth in the U.S. economy -- health care.<p>The numbers tell the story.<p>Some 1.1 million jobs have been added in health care since 2014, when the Obamacare insurance exchanges …

Health Care

The insider and the outsider: McConnell and Trump try for a deal on health care

President Trump’s administration was still in its first hours when Mitch McConnell snagged an open seat next to him for a private chat at his inaugural luncheon. For more than 15 minutes, McConnell did most of the talking. The new president listened keenly.<p>Eleven days later, McConnell had a …

Donald Trump

15 Fidget Toys That Will Change Your Life

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All Major TV Networks Block Trump’s ‘Fake News’ Ad

The major television networks have all decided not to run Donald Trump’s so-called “fake news” ad, according to a statement released by his …

Donald Trump

US unemployment hits 4.4%, lowest in a decade

America's job market rebounded in April.<p>The unemployment rate dropped to 4.4%, its lowest level since May 2007.<p>America added a solid 211,000 jobs in April, far surpassing the disappointing 79,000 jobs gained in March, according to Labor Department figures released Friday.<p>"It's a very strong …

'Alarming' rise in children hospitalized with suicidal thoughts or actions

<b>(CNN) —</b> The percentage of younger children and teens hospitalized for suicidal thoughts or actions in the United States doubled over nearly a decade, according to new research that will be presented Sunday at the 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting.<p>A steady increase in admissions due to …

Depression

'He's an embarrassment': hostile welcome for Trump on return to New York

President forced to make a quick getaway after his first visit home since moving into the White House<p>It was a case of so near and yet so far. Donald Trump returned to New York on Thursday night for the first time since his inauguration, yet the closest he could get to his home in Trump Tower was 10 …

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'The White House just couldn't let this go'

The inside story of how Trump and the Republicans got Obamacare repeal through the House. (Hint: It wasn't pretty.)<p>Donald Trump had had it.<p>The Obamacare repeal bill that the president had just boasted was on the cusp of passage was suddenly in trouble again, and the president demanded to talk to …

Republicans

The great climate silence: we are on the edge of the abyss but we ignore it | Clive Hamilton

We continue to plan for the future as if climate scientists don’t exist. The greatest shame is the absence of a sense of tragedy<p>After 200,000 years of modern humans on a 4.5 billion-year-old Earth, we have arrived at new point in history: the Anthropocene. The change has come upon us with …

Humanity

The “pro-life” party has become the party of death: New research on why Republicans hate poor and sick people

New data and the health care debate reveal how Republicans feel about poor people who get sick: They deserve it<p>On Thursday, Republicans in the House of Representatives will attempt to force through a health care "reform" bill that is likely to leave millions of Americans without health insurance, …

James Comey doesn't care what you think of him

<b>(CNN) —</b> Within minutes of the start of James Comey's testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee today, two things became very clear:<p>1. None of the senators were particularly happy with Comey.<p>2. Comey really couldn't care less.<p>Democrats -- led by ranking member Dianne Feinstein -- went at …

Donald Trump

Canada produces 66% of its electricity from renewables

Canada produced about 66 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources, according to a new report.<p>The country is the second biggest producer of …

'Sextortion' case fuels legal debate over phone passwords

<b>(CNN) —</b> An extortion case involving bikini-clad models, social media celebrities and racy images has sparked an intriguing legal debate over phone security and the Fifth Amendment.<p>The big question: Can authorities access potentially incriminating information on your phone by compelling you to …

Privacy

How Climate Change Will Affect Your Neighborhood: Check Out This NOAA Tool

If you want to know how climate has changed and will change in your neighborhood, the Climate Explorer, a tool provided by the National Oceanic and …

Chinese media warns of 'tax war' after Trump pledge to slash rates

People’s Daily says US president could ‘endanger the global economy’ and damage ‘export-oriented countries’<p>Chinese leaders are worried about Donald Trump engaging in a “tax war” with Beijing, potentially fuelling tensions between the two countries already strained by problems such as North Korea, …