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Ex-UK ambassador calls White House wiretap claims 'gratuitously damaging'

Sir Peter Westmacott, writing in the Guardian, has accused the White House of ‘peddling falsehoods’ by suggesting British intelligence spied on Trump Tower<p>The former British ambassador to Washington, Sir Peter Westmacott, has issued a withering criticism of Donald Trump and his inner circle, …

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Most US young adults see Donald Trump presidency as illegitimate

GenForward poll shows 62% disapproval of Trump performance African American, Latino and Asian Americans ranged against president<p>A majority of young adults – 57% – see Donald Trump’s presidency as illegitimate, including about three-quarters of blacks and large majorities of Latinos and Asians, a …

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Paul Ryan's Wonk Shtick Is Getting Old

It's time for the House speaker to just stop pretending he's trying to do "health care reform" and admit what he's really up to.<p>I have a very strong aversion to self-plagiarism, but House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is at it again, and so, my hand has been forced and I must remind everybody all over …

Health Care

White House attorney reached out to ethics watchdog amid Conway-Nordstrom fallout: report

President Trump's ethics attorney spoke with the top lawyer at the Office of Government Ethics in the days following the controversial White House …

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What we know about the Yemen raid

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The military has completed its after-action review of the controversial raid in Yemen in January, with several defense officials providing details of the findings to CNN Friday.<p>They described why the raid was launched, how the battle became so intense, what led to the death of a …

Military

Trump knows the feds are closing in on him

It didn't last long.<p>Immediately before and after his well-received speech to a joint session of Congress on Feb. 28, President Trump curtailed his use of Twitter. "For precisely four days, eight hours and five minutes, Trump refrained from tweeting anything inflammatory," the Washington Post noted. …

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Senate Democrats Press FCC Chairman Again on Trump’s ‘Enemy of the American People’ Comment

Senate Democrats have sent a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, again asking him about President Donald Trump’s criticism of the “fake news media” as …

2 critically ill in San Francisco after drinking toxic tea

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two people are critically sick in San Francisco after drinking tea from the same Chinatown herbalist.The tea leaves bought at …

Tea

How gridlock beat the Californian who tried to fix Washington

Four years ago, when President Barack Obama asked Ann Ravel to serve on the Federal Election Commission, she was seen as one of the last great hopes …

Industry groups oppose GOP health bill, Ryan seeks unity

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hospitals, doctors and consumer groups mounted intensifying opposition to the Republican health care bill as GOP leaders labored …

Health Care

Oklahoma lawmaker asks Muslims: 'Do you beat your wife?'

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma lawmaker who once likened Islam to cancer required Muslims to answer several written questions — including, "Do you …

Religion

White House Rejects Comey’s Assertion That Wiretapping Claim Is False

WASHINGTON — The White House on Monday refused to acknowledge reports that James B. Comey, the F.B.I. director, had asked the Justice Department to refute President Trump’s claim that President Barack Obama wiretapped him during the 2016 presidential campaign, and said Mr. Trump still believes he …

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Pause This Presidency!

The American people must immediately demand a cessation of all consequential actions by this “president” until we can be assured that Russian efforts to hack our election, in a way that was clearly meant to help him and damage his opponent, did not also include collusion with or coverup by anyone …

A Major Surge in Atmospheric Warming Is Probably Coming in the Next Five Years

The oceans have been absorbing the lion's share of global warming in recent years, sparing land dwellers the worst of the heat. That's about to change.<p>Forget the so-called 'pause' in global warming—new research says we might be in for an era of deeply accelerated heating.<p>While the rate of …

President Trump's Untruths Are Piling Up

The need for Congress to figure out why he and his team keep misleading the public about Russia grows more urgent by the day, even if they are ultimately exonerated.<p>Let’s be clear from the start: There is no evidence that Donald Trump or his campaign coordinated with Russia to hack the Democratic …

Scott Pruitt Lied to Congress About Using Private Email to Talk to Big Oil as Oklahoma Attorney General

Scott Pruitt used private email to conduct government business, but he didn’t say that when asked by the Senate. If Hillary Clinton was investigated …

Corruption

Bush ethics lawyer: Trump's Russia scandal so far is "much worse" than the early stages of Watergate

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday announced that he would recuse himself “from any existing or future investigations of any matters related in any way to the campaigns” for president in 2016.<p>Things came to a head after a Washington Post report revealed that Sessions had met with Russian …

Israel MP benefited from controversial law on illegal Jewish outposts

Activists say Bezalel Smotrich of Jewish Home party lives in one of houses recently ‘legalised’ by country’s parliament<p>A far-right Israeli MP who backed a controversial law retroactively “legalising” illegal Jewish outposts built on privately-owned Palestinian land will personally benefit from the …

Israel

Obama Administration Rushed to Preserve Intelligence of Russian Election Hacking

WASHINGTON — In the Obama administration’s last days, some White House officials scrambled to spread information about Russian efforts to undermine the presidential election — and about possible contacts between associates of President-elect Donald J. Trump and Russians — across the government. …

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Sessions met with Russian envoy twice last year, encounters he later did not disclose

Then-Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) spoke twice last year with Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Justice Department officials said, encounters he did not disclose when asked about possible contacts between members of President Trump’s campaign and representatives of Moscow during Sessions’s …

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The Generals Guarding American Democracy

It has fallen to military men to keep our institutions safe.<p>Donald Trump promised as a candidate to deliver fundamental change to how Washington works, and in one critical way, he is already delivering. A little more than a month into his presidency, a fundamental shift in civil-military relations …

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Law Professors File Ethics Complaint Against Kellyanne Conway Over 'Lies'

"She is behaving in a way that brings shame upon the legal profession," states letter.<p>President Donald Trump’s counselor Kellyanne Conway should face sanctions for “professional misconduct,” which include repeated lies and ethics breaches, according to a formal complaint filed by 15 law professors …

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Jake Tapper Nails White House Barring Of Media With 1 Perfect Word

“Let’s not make any mistake about what’s happening here."<p>The White House on Friday blocked several major media organizations, including The New York Times, CNN and The Huffington Post, from attending an off-camera press briefing, held in lieu of the daily televised news conference.<p>And CNN anchor …

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Why Donald Trump won’t be watching the Oscars

Notorious prime-time TV and celebrity gossip fan President Trump will not be watching the 2017 Oscars, his press secretary Sean Spicer has …

Donald Trump is dangerous when he’s losing

Trump’s failures at governing feed his illiberalism.<p>A few weeks back, I wrote a piece about Donald Trump titled “How to stop an autocracy.” The essay began with the premise that Trump has a will to power and a contempt for the basic norms and institutions of American democracy, and then explored …

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At conference of world leaders, McCain blasts Trump's worldview

Without ever mentioning President Trump by name, Sen. John McCain used a speech in Germany on Friday as an international platform in an apparent blast at his fellow Republican’s policies and worldview.<p>Speaking at the 2017 Munich Security Conference, McCain, R-Ariz., chairman of the Senate Armed …

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Graham: Trump must punish Russia for election interference

MUNICH (AP) — A senior U.S. Republican senator on Sunday urged President Donald Trump to take action against Russia over allegations that Moscow …

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Trump, Authoritarian? Not Really—He’s a Monarchist

He governs by decree. He surrounds himself with courtiers. He rules by whim, and his moods can turn on a dime. Recognize any of those traits?<p>Critics …

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AP source: Trump's revised travel ban targets same countries

WASHINGTON (AP) — A draft of President Donald Trump's revised immigration ban targets the same seven countries listed in his original executive order …

Immigration