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Back to school for Branstad: Ambassador 101 required before Beijing

CLOSE<p>Gov. Terry Branstad answers questions from members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during his confirmation hearing as the U.S. …

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Majority of Americans want Democrats in control of Congress, poll finds

Republicans may hold the majority in both chambers of Congress today, but most Americans wish it were the other way around.<p>According to a new …

Sen. Mike Lee tweets Trump: Nominate Merrick Garland to replace Comey

Utah Sen. Mike Lee encouraged President Donald Trump on Thursday to resist Democrats’ calls for a special prosecutor to lead an investigation into potential collusion between Trump associates and Russian officials.<p>Instead, the Republican senator suggested the president name a replacement for fired …

Most Welfare Dollars Don’t Go Directly To Poor People Anymore

Twenty years after President Bill Clinton fulfilled his vow to “end welfare as we know it,” it’s fair to say: mission accomplished. The old U.S. …

Welfare

Top 10 Weirdest State Laws in America

by Dominic Alessi<p>– on<p>in Most Shocking<p>More often than not, lawmakers usually have the best interest of their constituents in mind when they set new …

Donald Trump has no idea what health insurance costs

“In a short period of time,” President Trump recently told Time magazine in an interview about his first months in the White House, “I understood everything there was to know about health care.”<p>Around the same time, Trump gave another interview, this one to the Economist. He talked a lot about …

Health Care

White House pressed on whether its staff can be trusted

On the same day that Pres. Trump's explanation for firing James Comey contradicts his staff, a reporter asks if the word of the White House staff can …

Trump contradicts spokeswoman on effect of Comey firing, says it may 'lengthen out the investigation'

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump said Thursday that he feared his firing of FBI Director James Comey could confuse Americans, but went ahead with the plan anyway.<p>"When I did this now I said, I probably, maybe will confuse people," Trump told NBC News.<p>But he said he did it anyway "to do the right …

Trump’s ‘Plan’ for ISIS

<b>To the Editor:</b><p>Re “Man Without an ISIS Plan” (editorial, March 13):<p>You rightly identify the absence of a coherent Trump administration policy with respect to ISIS and the broader conflict in the Middle East. But you don’t mention that Donald Trump promised, as early as 2015, that he had a …

President Trump says no tax cuts unless Obamacare replaced

President Trump exerted some friendly pressure on Sen. Rand Paul Monday night in his home state, telling a crowd in Kentucky that Americans won’t get …

James Corden Presents ‘Donald: The Musical’ Featuring Trump, Bannon, Spicer, and Conway

Ben Platt, Tim Minchin, and Abigail Spencer joined James Corden for a very special musical performance from ‘Donald: The Musical’<p>There’s just no way …

Ban Kellyanne Conway from television? Mika Brzezinski calls for networks to blackball Trump aide

MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski made waves in February when she said that White House counselor Kellyanne Conway would never again be booked on "Morning Joe," which she co-hosts with Joe Scarborough, a former Republican congressman.<p>But on Tuesday she took her criticism to a whole new level.<p>"I feel even …

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Trump picks the wrong slogan: ‘Promises made, promises kept’

Donald Trump held the latest in a series of presidential rallies last night in Louisville, where he pretended the FBI director hadn’t just told the …

Trump reportedly didn't know about the loophole in the 25th Amendment that lets 14 people remove a sitting president from office

Americans have been brushing up on their knowledge of the Constitution during Donald Trump's presidency, according to Google Trends data.<p>The search term "25th Amendment" spiked in popularity after Trump took office, particularly after he signed the controversial travel bans, and after he tweeted an …

A Federal Judge in Hawaii Upsets the Constitutional Order to Defy Trump

To protect the <i>feelings</i> of some residents, a court unconstitutionally strips power from Congress and the president.<p>The unfolding series of judicial …

The right to discriminate against LGBT students: A “religious freedom” bill in Kentucky is one signature away from becoming law

Asserting that Christians are “persecuted,” Republicans draft “the Charlie Brown bill” to protect their speech<p>Nico Lang<p>March 16, 2017 10:59pm (UTC)<p>Kentucky schools may soon have a license to discriminate against LGBT students.<p>After the House passed it by a vote of 81 to 8 on Monday, a bill is …

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Alabama Abortion Law: Pro-Life State To Pass Bill To Protect Rights of Unborn Children

After proposing anti-abortion measures for five years that have been blocked by federal courts, a proposal in the Republican-controlled legislature …

The GOP’s new Obamacare repeal bill is a big defeat for conservatives

Republicans announced a set of changes to their proposed health-care overhaul Monday night, and while the revisions make symbolic nods to hard-line GOP conservatives, the most significant changes are social spending boosts aimed at wooing the party’s most moderate members.<p>House Speaker Paul D. Ryan …

Sen Franken Says His Constitution Is 'Different' from the late Scalia's and People Are Going After Him for It

One of the things Senator Al Franken (D-MN) said during the Supreme Court justice nomination hearings for Judge Neil Gorsuch really stood out to some.<p>…

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Trump Supreme Court Nominee: Can Democrats Keep Up Their Fight?

Ron Klain, former Senior White House Aide to Presidents Obama and Clinton, joins us to discuss the implications if the Democrats filibuster Neil …

Capitol Ink | Gorsuch On Ice

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Medicaid Fight Lands in New York, Crossing Party Lines

ALBANY — The governor likened it to an act of war. A Democratic congresswoman called it a brazen case of theft. And a Republican legislative leader suggested it could be a crisis on the level of 9/11.<p>Even as Congress debated a massive and divisive overhaul of the nation’s health care system, a late …

Gorsuch promises he would be independent on Supreme Court, including from President Trump

Judge Neil M. Gorsuch, President Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, sought to assure senators Tuesday he would be independent, impartial and willing to rule against the occupant the White House.<p>"Nobody is above the law in this country, and that includes the president of the United States," he …

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Doctors Around the World Rally for New Surgery to Counter Female Genital Mutilation

Meeri Koutaniemi—Echo<p>Meeri Koutaniemi—Echo<p>Meeri Koutaniemi—Echo<p>Meeri Koutaniemi—Echo<p>Meeri Koutaniemi—Echo<p>Meeri Koutaniemi—Echo<p>Meeri …

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Women Wore 'The Handmaid's Tale' Robes to the Texas State Senate to Protest Anti-Abortion Laws

We're only three months into 2017, and legislators have already introduced 168 anti-abortion bills. These bills would do everything from banning …

Feminism

Women Step Up To Share Their Abortion Stories As Congress Moves Against Their Rights

"I lend my voice to protect our daughters,” said one woman.<p>WASHINGTON ― Benny, 26, had never really shared her abortion story with anyone before she told it to the world on Tuesday.<p>She was 20 back then, a college student in a physically abusive relationship. She hadn’t intended to become pregnant, …

Trump’s budget may make it harder for many students to pay for college

Programs that many low- and middle-income students rely on to pay for college are targets for cuts or complete elimination in President Trump’s first …

Higher Education

Betsy DeVos: President Trump's budget will protect 'vulnerable' students despite $9B cut

President Donald Trump's budget proposal, which would ax Department of Education funding by $9 billion, protects the "nation's most vulnerable populations," Education Secretary Betsy DeVos told members of state boards of education Monday morning.<p>"The president promised to invest in our underserved …

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Trump does his hires no favors: The ordeal of an ethical public servant

This is a story of no good deed going unpunished. Robert S. Eitel did everything you’d want a public servant to do. An attorney in the Education Department of the George W. Bush administration, he was contacted in December about coming on board in a temporary capacity to provide guidance to the new …