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UK government is secretly planning to break encryption and spy on people’s phones, reveals leaked document

The UK government is secretly planning to force technology companies to build backdoors into their products, to enable intelligence agencies to read …

Kenner opposes Uber bill in Louisiana Legislature | NOLA.com

The Kenner City Council passed a resolution Thursday (May 4) asking its state legislative delegation to oppose House Bill 527. It proposes state …

Medical marijuana bill dead for 2017 Session

A bill to implement the 2016 medical marijuana constitutional amendment is dead, after the House amended the bill to increases the cap on retail …

Cannabis

Court orders release of Benghazi-related emails from Clinton

The conservative watchdog Judicial Watch announced the judge's March ruling on Friday, after they sued for complete access to the redacted emails which the State Department had previously redacted using what's known as the "deliberative process" exemption.<p>However, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman …

U.S. Dept. of State
Wildlife
Wildlife

Republican congressional nominee in Montana won't back Obamacare replacement

Republican Greg Gianforte on Friday declined to back the GOP healthcare bill that cleared the House this week, saying he would need to see a …

Republicans
Health Care

Majority of US government employees disapprove of Donald Trump, poll shows

58% of federal employees unimpressed by Republican incumbent four months into office.<p>The majority of US federal employees do not approve of President …

Amplification of Cretaceous Warmth by Biological Cloud Feedbacks

That’s the title of an article in <i>Science</i> today (available here with subs.) I’m giving a talk this morning so don’t have a lot of time to comment on …

Cybercrime

Vulnerable House Republicans fear political consequences after healthcare vote

Many House<p>Republicanswho gambled to pass a healthcare plan must now turn to a new challenge: survival.<p>The two largest purges of House members since the early 1940s have followed efforts to remake the nation’s healthcare system: in 1994, when<p>Democratslost 52 seats after the collapse of …

North Carolina Politics
North Carolina Politics

Senate committee wants answers from Trump associates

Ahead of Capitol Hill testimony from fmr. acting Atty. General Sally Yates, the Senate Intelligence Committee is asking for answers on Russia from …

Trump Spurns Congress as He Signals Medical Marijuana Fight

President Donald Trump signaled he may ignore a congressional ban on interfering with state medical marijuana laws, arguing in a lengthy statement …

Donald Trump

The Scandals of Donald Trump: Presidential Edition

In an attempt to cast doubt on one controversy, Russian interference in the election, the president fired the FBI director—creating a second, and drawing new attention to the first.<p>The thing about scandals is they tend to beget other scandals.<p>Take the various probes into Russian interference in the …

Donald Trump

The Bad Grade That Changed The U.S. Constitution

Twenty-five years ago, the 27th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified — nearly two centuries after it was written. The improbable story of how that happened starts with the Founding Fathers themselves and winds up at the University of Texas. And it's a heartening reminder of the power of …

19th Century

Trump-Russia investigation reignites as Senate asks aides to hand over notes

Senators asked Carter Page, a former Trump foreign policy adviser, to provide a list of files on any dealings with Russian officials or business representatives<p>A Senate committee has asked Trump campaign aides to hand over notes and records from meetings with Russian officials and businesses, as …

Donald Trump

Here's why Congress exempted itself from the new healthcare bill

This provision was bad "optics," as they say in Washington.<p>But instead of taking it out — like you would usually do with a provision you aren't wedded to and can't defend politically — the House passed the American Health Care Act with the exemption intact after first passing a separate bill that …

Health Care

Trump busting presidential norms with weekend getaways

POTUS has now spent 14 straight weekends visiting his business properties.<p>Forget the occasional skeet shooting trip to Camp David or golf outing at Andrews Air Force Base. President Donald Trump has established a new normal for a commander in chief’s leisure time by spending his 14th consecutive …

Donald Trump

'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
Health Care

South Carolina lawmakers reach deal to pay for repairing crumbling roads, including 12-cent gas tax hike

COLUMBIA — Six state lawmakers struck a historic deal late Friday to increase South Carolina's gas tax for the first time since 1987, by advancing a …

Republicans

Atheists Sue President Trump Over His ‘Religious Liberty’ Executive Order

The government would favor religious nonprofits over nonreligious ones, a lawsuit by the Freedom From Religion Foundation claims — just look at …

This TV ad should scare every Republican who voted for the House health care bill

<b>(CNN) —</b> The ad above comes from Tom Perriello, a former Democratic member of Congress running for governor this year in Virginia. And it's a blueprint for Democrats -- and a possible omen for Republicans -- as to how Thursday's vote on their American Health Care Act may well play out in the …

Affordable Care Act

The senators who will decide health care

Senate Republicans will have to mediate the same tensions between conservatives and moderates as the House did when it passed its health care …

Republicans

A bunch of House Republicans admitted they didn't read the GOP healthcare bill

On March 7, the day after the original version of the American Health Care Act was unveiled, House Speaker Paul Ryan told Americans where they could read the bill.<p>"I encourage all Americans to read this bill online at readthebill.gop," Ryan said.<p>By Friday, the day after the legislation sailed …

Republicans