Frances Higginbottom

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This Is the Moment of Truth for Republicans

The GOP can either defend the United States or serve the damaged and defective man who is now its president.<p>There are exactly two possible explanations for the shameful performance the world witnessed on Monday, from a serving American president.<p>Either Donald Trump is flat-out an agent of Russian …

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Madeleine Albright: ‘The things that are happening are genuinely, seriously bad’

Trump is actually really smart – evil smart, is what I think<p>Madeleine Albright has both made and lived a lot of history. When she talks about a resurgence of fascism, she says it as someone who was born into the age of dictators. She was a small girl when her family fled Czechoslovakia after the …

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Comey’s rebuke of Trump cuts deep

The former FBI director does more than dish on Trump’s behavior — his book offers a full-throated indictment of Trump’s character.<p>Former FBI Director James Comey pillories President Donald Trump in his soon-to-be-released book, “A Higher Loyalty,” deriding him as a cruel and selfish liar who is …

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Boycott the Republican Party

If conservatives want to save the GOP from itself, they need to vote mindlessly and mechanically against its nominees.<p>A few days after the Democratic electoral sweep this past November in Virginia, New Jersey, and elsewhere, <i>The</i> <i>Washington Post</i> asked a random Virginia man to explain his vote. The …

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Artists mark Trump's inauguration anniversary with day of protest art

<b>(CNN) —</b> This weekend marks the one-year anniversary of Donald Trump's inauguration. It also marks the one-year anniversary of the Women's March his election inspired, the largest single-day protest in the nation's history.<p>To memorialize the occasion, artists across the country are taking part in …

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Told their treehouse must go, owners appeal to Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lynn Tran and Richard Hazen built a Florida beachfront treehouse that would be the envy of any child. It's got two levels, hammocks …

Donald Trump Goes Full Fredo

But unlike the Godfather character, the president of the United States is backed by powerful people enabling him.<p>“I can handle things. I’m smart! Not like everybody says, like dumb. I’m smart and I want respect!”<p>This morning’s presidential Twitter outburst recalls those words of Fredo Corleone’s in …

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Week 31: Bannon Puts Jared Through the Grinder

Ever quotable, the Breitbart chief lays the swirling Russia scandal at the feet of his old White House nemesis.<p>Former Trump chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon milled his former Oval Office colleague Jared Kushner into a bloody chunk of battle sausage this week and smeared him across the shiny pages …

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The 19 Women Who Accused President Trump of Sexual Misconduct

The "Weinstein effect" continues to roil the nation’s power centers. But the allegations against the president have largely stayed in the background.<p>It’s been two months since the reckoning began. In early October, <i>The New York Times</i> and <i>The New Yorker</i> first published the alarming accounts of women …

Week 26: Donald Jr. and WikiLeaks Talk Dirty

Once again, the younger Trump proves himself eager to peddle the fruits of some Made in Moscow oppo.<p>If we've learned anything from months of scandal reporting, the Russians set their sights on two types of people wandering the halls of Trump Tower. There were the self-promoters like Michael Flynn …

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‘There’s a lot more there’: Mueller ups the stakes in the Trump-Russia inquiry

Paul Manafort and Rick Gates were indicted on financial charges, but George Papadopoulos was the surprise as the Russia inquiry enveloped the capital<p>For a moment in court, the mask slipped. Paul Manafort glanced at his lawyer and smirked, like a TV mafia boss with reasons to be confident. It was …

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Mueller's Investigation Is a Rebuke to Kleptocracy

Paul Manafort built a career trying to make corrupt regimes seem palatable.<p>Nobody knows how Monday’s indictment of Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, and the disclosure of a plea deal by George Papadopoulos, fit into Robert Mueller’s broader investigation of Russian collusion with the Trump campaign. …

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The Bone-Spur Bozo at the White House

President Trump likes epithets. His latest is “wacky Congresswoman Wilson,” referring to Representative Frederica S. Wilson, the Florida Democrat who listened to his botched attempt at expressing condolences to the widow of a United States soldier killed in Niger.<p>So I’d like to suggest “bone-spur …

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One Nation After Trump review: an inspiring plan for American recovery

EJ Dionne Jr, Norman Ornstein and Thomas Mann are three wise men with a gift: a guide for a rational tide to sweep away Trump and his Republican enablers<p>If you’re still baffled by how Donald Trump got to live in the White House, or you want to make sure that no one like him ever lives there again – …

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Week 9: Donald Trump’s Napoleon Complex

Like the little emperor, the president can’t seem to get out of Russia and winter is coming.<p>You could say that President Donald Trump dropped his guard to the <i>New York Times</i> while speaking to three of its top reporters at midweek. Restrained only by White House spokeswoman Hope Hicks—which amounted …

‘Trump Is What Happens When a Political Party Abandons Ideas’

As surprising as Trump’s young presidency has been, it’s also the natural outgrowth of 30 years of Republican pandering to the lowest common denominator in American politics.<p>Almost two years ago, I wrote an article for Politico endorsing Donald Trump for president. It was a tongue-in-cheek effort—I …

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Paint a furry pet portrait

Painting pets and drawing animals can be a lot of fun. While it's great to see the artwork finished and ready to hang on a wall, the process itself …

The lesson from Donald Trump’s first 100 days: resistance is not futile | Jonathan Freedland

We already knew the president is a bigot, a liar and a threat to world peace. But now we’ve learned he can be thwarted<p>Is anyone surprised that Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office have confirmed him to be a dangerous, reckless bigot; a kleptocrat who puts the financial interests of his family …

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6 spectacular British walks inspired by famous paintings, from Constable to Turner

Art historian Gus Casely-Hayford set out to discover the landscapes that inspired classic paintings by the likes of Constable, Turner and Hogarth. …

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Art Composition Rules

Art composition rules provide a starting point for deciding on a composition for a painting, for deciding where to put things. The Rule of Thirds is …

In Trump's First 100 Days, A Resistance Network Digs In

Donald Trump won the presidency back in November, but for many liberal organizations, the battle continues. A loose network of lawyers and watchdogs has dug in to scrutinize issues involving the Trump administration's ethics and transparency.<p>Key topics include: the conflicts between Trump's …

Energetic Large-Scale Paintings of Splashing Ocean Waves

With an admiration for the ocean and a penchant for painting, Sydney-based artist Vanessa Mae creates large-scale studies of splashing ocean waves. Using acrylic paint, she creates depictions of waves that are paradoxically both realistic and deeply abstract.<p>Each of Mae’s larger-than-life paintings …

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Someone Organized All 403 Of Bob Ross' Paintings On One Happy Little Website

Here is every masterpiece created on "The Joy Of Painting."<p>Last year, an artist named Nicole Bonneau decided she wanted to recreate every one of Bob Ross’ 403 paintings ― at least, the 403 paintings that were created on the beloved PBS show “The Joy of Painting.”<p>“[A]t the rate I’m going it will be …

Wall Street Journal Editorial Harshly Rebukes Trump

The editorial page of The Wall Street Journal is known for its conservative tone, but an editorial the newspaper published online Tuesday night would stand out even in the pages of its left-leaning peers.<p>The editorial was an extraordinarily harsh rebuke of President Trump, calling him “his own …

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Zakaria: Trump has 'hardly done anything'

<b>(CNN) —</b> CNN's Fareed Zakaria had strong words on Sunday for President Donald Trump's performance so far, imploring viewers to "not confuse motion with progress," and arguing that Trump has "hardly done anything."<p>"The first few weeks of the Trump administration have been an illustration of that line …

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The first 25 days of Trump have been a zoetrope of galloping despair | Lindy West

In the post-Obama United States, there are simply too many emergencies to hold all of them in your mind at once<p>Today, during my morning routine of opening my laptop, clicking on literally anything, and just screaming and screaming, I made the astonishing discovery that Donald Trump has only been …

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Donald the Weak

Trump may aspire to be a strongman, but he's proving to be an exceptionally ineffectual president.<p>Donald Trump ran for president boasting of his supposedly legendary negotiating and management skills while promising that he alone could fix the problems ailing the country. But three weeks into his …

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Is it wrong to laugh at Donald Trump? | Steven Johnson

Make no mistake, these are dark times. But it makes sense that we should find ourselves reaching for punchlines when we want to throw punches<p>Whatever else you might want to say about the first weeks of the Trump era, one fact is undeniable: we are living in the golden age of hand-lettered signs. …

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Appeals Court Rejects Bid To Reinstate Trump's Travel Ban

<b>Updated at 7:50 p.m. ET</b><p>A federal appeals court has unanimously rejected a Trump administration request to allow its travel ban to take effect.<p>The three-judge appeals panel declined to overturn a lower court's order suspending the president's ban against entry into the United States by refugees and …

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Despite his lies, Donald Trump is a potent truth-teller | James S Gordon

Like a Shakespearean fool, Trump says things others refuse to. We must understand the role he plays if we are to disarm him<p>Donald Trump evokes a wily and resilient mythic figure: the joker, the trickster, the fool, the one the Lakota people call the Heyoka, the contrary. Had his opponents – such as …

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