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‘I Get Called a Russian Bot 50 Times a Day’

How a network of little-known Twitter “rooms” helps die-hard fans amplify Trump’s message, attack CNN, and spread #MAGA to the world.<p>After the full repeal of Obamacare stalled in the Senate last month, one of the sharpest and most-shared online rebukes of the Republican turncoats came from one …

Social Media

The White House Still Won't Condemn the Minnesota Mosque Attack

Deputy Assistant to the President Sebastian Gorka said Tuesday that the White House will remain silent about the August 5 attack on a Minnesota …

Donald Trump

Pruitt climate science challenge splits conservative allies

There is concern the GOP and its policies will suffer if the EPA chief reopens a losing argument about whether global warming is real.<p>EPA chief Scott Pruitt’s attacks on mainstream climate science are causing discomfort in a surprising corner — among many of the conservative and industry groups …

Clean Technology

The tantalizing link between obesity and depression

Two of America's biggest health problems seem to be connected. The key to treating both may be to tackle them together.<p>About 15 years ago, Sue McElroy, a psychiatrist in Mason, Ohio, started noticing a pattern. People came to see her because they were depressed, but they frequently had a more …

Health Care

Polling shows health care hurt key senators

New polling from the left-leaning Public Policy Polling shows that the GOP's unsuccessful attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act has …

Health Care

Who’s truly rebuilding the Democratic Party? The activists.

In June 2010 I made a very bad tweet that I came to regret. (Hard to imagine, I know.) I yelled at the disability rights group Adapt.<p>I’d come to DC to attend a conference of progressive leaders, “America’s Future Now.” And while I knew a lot about financial reform, I didn’t know enough about …

Health Care

Anthony Scaramucci to give interview — in a den of lions

The Mooch is finally ready to give a major interview since his fall from grace.<p>Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci’s choice of venue might raise some eyebrows, though: He will appear on CBS’ “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” on Monday, the comedian announced Wednesday …

Reminder: the Trump International Hotel is still an ethics disaster

A Washington Post investigation showed the DC hotel has become a hangout for Republicans and those who hope to influence the president.<p>The Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC, has been serving as a White House extension since Donald Trump took office, playing host to countless foreign …

Walter Shaub

The Gang that Couldn’t Threaten Straight

It was inevitable. Eventually, President Donald Trump would treat a foreign adversary as harshly as Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski.<p>North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un was on the receiving end of the alliteration heard around the world, when Trump promised “fire and fury” if Pyongyang continued …

North Korea

'Washington Post' Reporters Record Comings And Goings At Trump's D.C. Hotel

The Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., has become a focus of questions surrounding conflicts of interest between the White House and the Trump family business. The hotel's records aren't public, so <i>Washington Post</i> reporters spent every day for a month in the lobby to chronicle the …

Donald Trump

We looked at Trump's Twitter interactions for more than a year. A lot of them are suspicious.

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters<br>President Donald Trump tweets … a lot. But along with his usual flurry of tweets attacking the media, lamenting fake news, …

Donald Trump

Former N.H. senator wants commission to determine Trump’s mental health

A former Republican US senator from New Hampshire is urging his state’s Congressional delegation to pass legislation that would set up a commission …

Mental Health

Are Mercenaries Really a Cheaper Way of War?

Blackwater founder Erik Prince says privatizing the 16-year war could save taxpayer money. History, both recent and farther back, suggests a different outcome.<p>The world is sliding in a strange direction when a Prince wishes to become a viceroy.<p>That’s Erik Prince, the founder of the mercenary …

Human Rights

Who do Americans blame for White House chaos? Trump.

New poll results show that Americans aren’t pleased with the way things are going in the chaotic White House.<p>According to a survey from the Huffington Post and YouGov, 37 percent of Americans think the White House is creating problems for itself, whereas 14 percent think the White House is solving …

Donald Trump

The looming debt ceiling fight, explained

It’s probably going to be fine. But maybe not.<p>Back in 2011, the federal government’s statutory debt ceiling, an obsolete vestige of World War I-era public finance, was successfully transformed by House Republicans from a cheap partisan talking point into a sharp-edged spear used to extract policy …

Mitch McConnell

'Daily Beast' Reporter Uncovers The Curious Case Of Trump Fan Nicole Mincey

On Saturday night, President Trump personally thanked Nicole Mincey on Twitter. Twitter users looked into her and uncovered an online identity linked to an online store. Her account appeared to belong to a bot, but <i>Daily Beast</i> reporter Ben Collins dug further to discover the real Nicole …

Donald Trump

Panetta: Does Trump think 'North Korean leader is attacking his manhood?'

SEASIDE, Calif. — Leon Panetta, the former secretary of defense, CIA director and ex-Clinton White House chief of staff, says President Donald Trump’s incendiary vow to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un Tuesday to deliver “fire and fury like the world has never seen” is disturbing evidence of a White …

Democratic Fight in California Is a Warning for the National Party

SACRAMENTO — For Democrats across the nation, California has offered a bright if lonely light this year. The party controls every statewide office and commands supermajorities in the Legislature. Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders have become national voices, steering the party as it pushes …

Government

Why did Qatar just change its residency laws?

For more than two months, Qatar has been under a political and economic blockade led by Saudi Arabia. Just last week, Qatar approved a draft law that gives permanent residency status to certain noncitizens, including children of Qatari women married to non-Qatari men.<p>With everything the besieged …

Saudi Arabia

Trump’s Solution to Opioid Crisis: Tell Kids Drugs Are ‘No Good’

On Tuesday afternoon, President Trump attended a briefing, held at his New Jersey golf club, on the ever-worsening opioid crisis in the U.S., which …

What Kind Of Republican Might Challenge Trump In 2020?

In this week’s politics chat, we sift through recent reports of Republicans gearing up to challenge President Trump in 2020. The transcript below has …

Republicans

Who are you calling a 'warmonger'?

Do you believe that economic sanctions are necessary to prevent the Iranian government from obtaining nuclear weapons? That small, Eastern European democracies living in the shadow of an aggressive Russia ought have the choice to join a defensive military alliance? That democracy promotion and the …

America Is Not Ready for a War in North Korea

If loose words about fire and fury are a mere negotiating tactic, they will not deliver what the United States desires.<p>If you want to know why you should be concerned that the United States could blunder into an ill-conceived war on the Korean peninsula, consider three statements:<p><i>“We’ll handle</i> …

North Korea
Donald Trump

Bush Ethics Chief: Taxpayer Waste on Trump Will ‘Destroy’ GOP

Are the president’s visits to Trump properties unconstitutional? Former Bush 43 White House Ethics Lawyer Richard Painter joins Ari Melber to discuss.

You're not imagining it: the rich really are hoarding economic growth

If you’ve read an article or two about economic inequality in the United States at any point in the past decade, chances are you’ve come across a chart like this:<p>The left-leaning Economic Policy Institute has been producing that graphic, and ones like it, for years now. It shows that in the …

Income Inequality

European Diplomats Think Trump Is Dangerous

In interviews with BuzzFeed News, “six top European government officials who’ve had firsthand dealings on the international stage with Trump and his …

Barack Obama