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House approves bill to keep government open as Senate Democrats take heat for threatening to block it

<i>Follow Friday’s updates here as showdown shifts to Senate</i><p>The House passed a short-term extension of government funding late Thursday after Republican leaders, with help from President Trump, cobbled together enough GOP votes to overcome an internal revolt.<p>Still, the possibility of a federal …

Republicans

Why you may be misunderstanding the mental test that Trump passed with flying colors

<i>Update: In an interview with Reuters published on Wednesday, Trump seemed to mention the cognitive test his doctor had performed. We’ve updated this article as a result.</i><p>On its surface, the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) test seems pretty easy. Can you draw a three-dimensional cube? Can you …

Barack Obama

Secretary Nielsen, look in the mirror and ask yourself these questions

The Post reports:<p>Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen confirmed that President Trump used “tough language” in an Oval Office meeting last week over immigration policy, but she said she did not hear him describe some African countries and Haiti as “shithole countries,” as has been …

Donald Trump

Mick the Knife

Republicans

The Troubling Sheriffs’ Movement That Joe Arpaio Supports

Trump's pardon didn't just let off a campaign ally. It endorsed a growing push to exempt sheriffs from any federal authority.<p>When President Donald Trump pardoned Sheriff Joe Arpaio, calling him a “patriot,” he didn’t just absolve him from the consequences of defying a federal judge. He didn’t …

Joe Arpaio

Trump aides averted more detailed letter justifying Comey firing

The decision to let the former FBI director go was made the weekend of May 6 and 7 at the president's Bedminster country club, according to people familiar with events.<p>A draft letter from President Donald Trump justifying the firing of FBI Director James Comey and now reported to be in the hands of …

Donald Trump

Over 600,000 Trees Are Planted in Response to President Trump’s Climate Change Views

During Donald Trump's 8 months as President of the United States, many environmentally-minded individuals have criticized his views on climate change. This displeasure has manifested in a myriad of ways, including science marches, defiant Tweets, and, most recently, Trump Forest, a project …

Clean Technology

5 things Trump did this week while you weren't looking

Hurricane Harvey dominated the news but the Trump administration keeps changing policy.<p>Politics took a back seat this week as Hurricane Harvey devastated southeastern Texas, dropping more than 50 inches of rain in some locations and killing more than three dozen people. Officials are just beginning …

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