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Nursing Homes Are Pushing Out Poor and Disabled Patients

Complaints are rising in California and other states about improper evictions and discharges. Advocates say some patients end up in cheap hotels, …

‘He Would Probably Be a Dictator by Now’

Two charter leaders of the #NeverTrump movement assess Year One.<p><i>Subscribe to The Global POLITICO on Apple Podcasts here. | Subscribe via Stitcher here.</i><p>Last year, Eliot Cohen rallied dozens of fellow veterans of Republican administrations, people like him who had served in the upper reaches of the …

Political Science

You might want to turn yourself into an LLC under the Republican tax plan

There has been an a lot of discussion about how, under the Republican tax plan, highly paid professionals will want to turn themselves into LLCs in order to take advantage of special cuts for business owners. This week, the Tax Policy Center produced the clearest analysis I've seen yet …

John Cornyn doesn’t have a good answer on tax bill loophole that means millions for Corker and Trump

“What we've tried to do is cobble together the votes we needed to get this bill passed.”<p>Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) on Sunday said the decision to include a provision in the Republican tax plan that would personally enrich some GOP lawmakers and President Donald Trump came from an effort to “cobble …

Residents in Guangdong invited to see group sentenced before they are taken away for summary execution in wake of drugs crackdown<p>A court in China has sentenced 10 people to death, mostly for drug-related crimes, in front of thousands of onlookers before taking them away for execution.<p>The 10 people …

China

This Evangelical Leader Denounced Trump. Then the Death Threats Started.

Jen Hatmaker is one of the most popular religious figures in America—and she is paying a steep price for speaking out for what she believes.<p>Last fall, Jen Hatmaker, a popular evangelical author and speaker, started getting death threats. Readers mailed back her books to her home address, but not …

Faith

Held in maximum security without charge, she begged her husband to get her out. A week later, Teresa Gratton was dead | The Star

A week before she died, Teresa Michelle Gratton wrote her husband a panicked letter.<p>Scrawling in frantic capital letters, she begged him to get her …

Crime

US regulator scraps net neutrality rules that protect open internet

The US’s top media regulator voted to end rules protecting an open internet on Thursday, a move critics warn will hand control of the future of the web to cable and telecoms companies.<p>At a packed meeting of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in Washington, the watchdog’s commissioners …

Net Neutrality

Black Mothers Keep Dying After Giving Birth. Shalon Irving's Story Explains Why

On a melancholy Saturday this past February, Shalon Irving's "village" — the friends and family she had assembled to support her as a single mother — gathered at a funeral home in a prosperous black neighborhood in southwest Atlanta to say goodbye.<p>The afternoon light was gray but bright, flooding …

Pregnancy

These Videos Of Immigrants In Texas Being Torn From Their Families Will Break Your Heart

The dashcam images are hard to watch. In one, a woman with a 5-month-old baby pleads with a Texas state trooper not to hand her partner over to …

Immigration

DACA state of play: Time is running short

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> There are currently two more weeks to finish everything that lawmakers want to do by the end of the year, and it's bringing a dose of reality to talks to resolve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals stalemate in Congress. Here's where things stand at the end of another week.<p>…

Deported, divided: How a mom’s return to El Salvador tore her family in two

Steve, 10, stared out the window at the unfamiliar landscape as the airplane descended. He saw towering volcanoes, gleaming cornfields and a long, …

Angry scenes near US embassy as Beirut protest turns violent

Lebanese security forces fired tear gas and water canons at protesters near the U.S. Embassy during a demonstration against President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.<p>Protesters, some of them waving Palestinian flags, set fires in the street and threw …

Middle East

Democrats can't shut down the government, but they can win on DACA

There is lots of talk about whether Democrats will try to shut down the government, after the two-week funding bill runs out, in order to get relief for young people affected by President Trump’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.<p>Harry Enten at FiveThirtyEight …

Do Black Lives Matter in the immigrant rights movement?

In the US, Black migrants are stuck in an ironic position of simultaneous hyper visibility and invisibility.<p>The Trump administration's decision to rescind DACA, the Obama-era legislation that shielded young immigrants from deportation and gave them work permits, met a fierce wave of protests across …

Immigration

UN calls for urgent evacuation of 137 sick Syrian children

BEIRUT (AP) — The United Nations children's agency said Sunday 137 children stranded in a rebel-held suburb near the Syrian capital require immediate …

UConn Tackling Debate Of Free Speech On Campus In Wake Of 'OK To Be White' Event

After a guest speech at UConn devolved into a scuffle, broken glass and panic over a tossed smoke bomb, administrators and students were left picking …

More women plan to run for Congress than ever before

As of December 7 there were 369 women running or planning to run for a House seat in 2018, according to Rutgers University's Center for American …

Sexual Harassment

US cities should be sanctuaries for Americans, not for criminal aliens: Trump

President Donald Trump has said US cities should be “sanctuaries” for Americans not for criminal “aliens,” a week after a United States court …

Immigration

Justice for all in the land of the free?

In the US criminal justice system, there is a fate far worse than being sentenced to death.<p>On this day 69 years ago the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, sketching the foundation of human rights law. Led by Eleanor Roosevelt, the United States played a critical role …

Human Rights

Judge Halts Razing Of Miami Forest Eyed For Walmart Center

Environmentalists say the land's development would harm 20 endangered plants and animals.<p>A judge has halted the destruction of a vanishing South Florida forest that environmentalists say is home to more than a dozen endangered and threatened species, blocking for now plans to bulldoze it for a …

Nuclear annihilation 'one tantrum away', Nobel peace prize winner warns

The destruction of humankind is one “impulsive tantrum away”, the Australian-founded winner of the Nobel peace prize, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, warned overnight on Sunday as the United States and North Korea exchange threats over Pyongyang’s nuclear testing regime.<p>“Will …

North Korea

Sudan women in trousers: No indecency charges

<b>Charges of indecency have been dropped against 24 women who were caught wearing trousers at a party near the Sudanese capital, Khartoum.</b><p>The gathering was raided by morality police on Wednesday.<p>If convicted, the women could have faced punishment of 40 lashes and a fine for wearing "an obscene …

Officials: Whales, after deadly year, could become extinct

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Officials with the federal government say it's time to consider the possibility that endangered right whales could become …

ICE is getting help from the tech industry to monitor new immigrants as part of Trump's 'extreme vetting'

The Department of Immigration & Customs Enforcement is taking new steps in its plans for monitoring the social media accounts of applicants and holders of U.S. visas.<p>At a tech industry conference last Thursday in Arlington, Virginia, ICE officials explained to software providers what they are …

Schiff: Evidence of Russian collusion damning - CNN Video

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) says the signs of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign are damning.

“They’re Taking Everybody” — Videos Show Texas Troopers Ripping Apart Immigrant Families During Traffic Stops

In Texas, state troopers have become frontline enforcers of federal immigration laws. In recent years, and especially since Donald Trump was elected …

Immigration

Green light to fast-track foreigners’ green cards

PUDONG has introduced a new round of preferential policies, as well as a special agency for overseas talent, to attract and retain foreign …

China

Commentary: Without the Dream Act, I could lose everything

I came to this country with my parents when I was 3 years old, and as I grew up in Salt Lake City, I assumed I was just like everyone else. But when …

Immigration

Opinion: New California State University remedial policies will hurt minorities

California State University Chancellor Tim White has altered CSU remedial entry requirements in the hope of improving university graduation rates, …

Education