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Brock Osweiler looks like a legit factor in the Browns' QB battle, not a salary dump

BEREA, Ohio — This is not a sideshow. It’s not doing a favor for a veteran player, nor is it merely trying to make the best of a bad situation.<p>O.K., …

Cuomo, Trump lawyer clash over Russia probe

<b>(CNN) —</b> A lawyer for President Donald Trump clashed with CNN anchor Chris Cuomo Monday morning over whether his client is the target of an FBI investigation into possible collusion with the Russians.<p>"As I said all weekend, there has been no notification to any of us that the President is under any …

The Best Player Who Could Be Cut from Every NFL Roster This Offseason

This summer, a shadow will begin to spread across NFL training camps. A cold, dark wind will blow through locker rooms from Miami to Seattle. Fear will soon wrap its bony fingers around the hearts of players all over the league.<p>The specter of the grim reaper known as "The Turk" will stalk the …

Gregg Popovich just can't stop talking about Donald Trump

<b>(CNN) —</b> Before his team's 113-111 loss to the Golden State Warriors Sunday afternoon, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich popped -- ahem -- off on President Donald Trump. Here's what he said:<p><i>"Usually things happen in the world and you go to work and you have your family and your friends and</i> …

On Health and Welfare, Moral Arguments Can Outweigh Economics

When Representative Mo Brooks said it was unfair that healthy “people who lead good lives” should have to subsidize the insurance of unhealthier ones who presumably don’t, he bluntly raised an often unspoken question that runs through policy debates in Washington: Who deserves government aid and …

Donald Trump, the failure, fools his supporters

Joy Reid and her panel discuss how despite Donald Trump failing on so many initiatives, his voters, particularly white evangelical voters, continue …

Don't Count On The Senate To Save Obamacare, Or To Save The House

In the Rose Garden last week President Trump and the House Republican leadership celebrated their vote to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act as though it had actually repealed and replaced the 2010 law colloquially known as Obamacare.<p>It had not, of course. Several more giant steps remain in …

There's Something About Mitch

The Senate majority leader’s gift for managing Donald Trump has become a source of wonder around Washington—particularly in contrast with Speaker Paul Ryan’s turbulent relationship with the president.<p>There’s something about Mitch. Maybe it’s the protruberant, pink-rimmed eyes. Or the phlegmatic …

Texas governor signs ban on so-called 'sanctuary cities'

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas pushed to the forefront of national debate over immigration Sunday night when Republican Gov. Greg Abbott signed a …

Trump’s “Massive” Tax Plan Is Speeding Straight Toward a Brick Wall

This legislating business is hard.<p>Less than two weeks ago, <b>Donald Trump</b> sent Treasury Secretary <b>Steven Mnuchin</b> and National Economic Council Director <b>Gary Cohn</b> out in front of reporters to unveil the administration’s “massive,“ “phenomenal,” “big league” tax plan. The big reveal turned out to be a …

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The Trump administration is making Obamacare more expensive

Some health insurance plans selling on the Obamacare marketplaces are planning steep 2018 rate increases, in part to account for the uncertainty over how the Trump administration will administer the law.<p>The administration has been aggressively ambiguous about key policy issues, like whether it will …

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For far rightists, the curse of Trump's example

<b>(CNN) —</b> When Emmanuel Macron, France's moderate centrist candidate, won Sunday's presidential election against his fiery nationalist opponent Marine Le Pen, he confirmed a trend that should worry right-wing populists -- especially those working in the White House. In an ironic twist, Donald Trump's …

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Obama slammed the GOP's health care bill without ever mentioning Trump

Former President Barack Obama defended the Affordable Care Act and sharply criticized President Donald Trump on Sunday night — all without ever …

Health Care

Donald Trump’s new health care bill is a disaster — and even he knows a single-payer plan would be better

For years, Donald Trump has been single-payer-curious. But his new bill is a just a massive giveaway for the rich<p>It’s worth noting yet again that the Trumpcare bill, as passed by the House late last week, will hurt President Donald Trump's voters more than anyone else. Here’s why.<p>The MacArthur …

E.P.A. Dismisses Members of Major Scientific Review Board

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency has dismissed at least five members of a major scientific review board, the latest signal of what critics call a campaign by the Trump administration to shrink the agency’s regulatory reach by reducing the role of academic research.<p>A spokesman for …

Donald Trump is turning liberals into conspiracy theorists

<b>(CNN) —</b> Much has been written about how President Trump's election has had a profound impact on the Republican party. What's drawn less attention -- but deserves more! -- is how Trump is affecting Democrats.<p>Sure, we've seen coverage of how Trump's election has emboldened the liberal left whose call …

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‘Hey, I’m President!’—Donald Trump’s All-Madness, No-Method Administration

Trump believes in Trump winning. Everything else, though, is up for negotiation. Sad!<p>It may look like Trump’s governing is a result of which side of …

Why Trump didn't listen to all the people who told him to stay away from Michael Flynn

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Two days after Donald Trump won the presidency, he came to visit the man he would replace at the White House. And, in that meeting, Barack Obama warned Trump about bringing Michael Flynn into his administration due to concerns about the retired general's ties to Russia.<p>Trump did …

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A weekend of frantic spin: Republicans ramp up the blatant lying after their Trumpcare victory

<b>Paul Ryan; Tom Price (ABC/CNN)</b><p>Republican strategy on the dreadful new health care bill: Keep telling outrageous lies and hope nobody notices<p>Heather Digby Parton<p>May 8, 2017 12:10pm (UTC)<p>The Republicans were very, very happy last week when they finally got their Trumpcare bill through the House by …

Mar-a-Lago, Dubai, Aspen: The bottom line on protecting Trumps in the first 100 days? More than $30 million

How much does it cost to protect the Trump presidency?<p>The<p>Secret Servicedoes not release information about the costs of protecting the first family. But some hints can be gleaned from publicly released budget data, documents obtained by watchdog groups and government databases.<p>This tally by The …

Donald Trump's ignorance is becoming more evident with each passing day

Let’s connect the dots between Donald Trump’s “tax plan”, his invitation to the murderous leader in Manila and saying he would be “honored” to meet with the dictator of North Korea. And let’s throw in his claim that Trumpcare will be better than Obamacare and that his skeletal tax plan would make …

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The Latest: Trump calls Russia probe 'a total hoax'

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the congressional probe into Russia in the 2016 election (all times local):<p>7:15 p.m.<p>President Donald Trump is calling …

Republicans Make Perfect Sense If You Suspend All Rational Thought

Watching them is frustrating.<p>Republican leaders took to the Sunday shows to shamelessly promote their latest version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which they claim will "repeal and replace" Obamacare, and they made it clear that this time, they don't mind obfuscating to get the bill …

The GOP's passage of Trumpcare is one of the cruelest things the party has ever done

It's how we get the American Health Care Act, a profoundly nasty bill whose callousness is just barely matched by its shoddy, haphazard construction.*<p>Here is what the AHCA, deemed "Trumpcare," would do if signed into law: Allow states to waive coverage for "essential health benefits" like …

Air Force's mysterious space plane lands, wakes up Florida

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Air Force's unmanned aircraft, X-37B, landed successfully Sunday morning at NASA's Kennedy Space Center -- but it didn't come down quietly.<p>The space plane sent a sonic boom that rattled east-central Florida before 8 a.m., waking residents from their weekend slumber.<p>"Thought somebody …

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Czech Girl Scout Whose Confrontation With Neo-Nazis Went Viral Now Getting Police Protection

The Czech Interior Ministry says that police are taking steps to ensure the security of a Girl Scout after a photo showing her confronting a neo-Nazi group went viral.<p>The ministry's Center Against Terrorism and Hybrid Threats says the move was prompted by threats against 16-year-old student Lucie …

Scott Brooks says he didn't know Wizards 'were going to be this good' after 26-0 run

The third quarter for the Wizards was incredible.<p>The Wizards went on a ridiculous 26-0 run to start the third quarter of Game 4 against the Celtics. The game was tied at 48 going into halftime, and the Wizards were up 90-68 going into the fourth quarter.<p>“Relax, what got us this is stops. Hands! …

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Texas governor bans sanctuary cities

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Sunday night signed what he calls a ban on so-called "sanctuary cities" that allows police to ask about a person's immigration status and threatens sheriffs with jail if they don't cooperate with federal authorities. He did so over intense opposition from …

Trump pushes back on lawmakers’ attempt to rein in his powers

Congress sought to use its $1 trillion omnibus spending bill to rein in President Donald Trump on issues like medical marijuana and war powers. In a signing statement Friday, Trump seeks to claw some of that power back.<p>Trump says certain provisions of the bill would “unconstitutionally” limit his …

On Anniversary of Trump's Taco Bowl, Mike Huckabee Slammed for 'Super Racist' Cinco de Mayo Tweet

It’s been exactly a year since Donald Trump‘s infamous “taco bowl” tweet, and now it seems former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee is trying to one-up …