Laura Blanchard

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What Trump doesn’t say about his own tax plan

The Republicans didn’t reform the tax system — they blew it up<p>In a Tax Day essay under the byline of Donald Trump, the USA Today newspaper has allowed the 45th president to tell an utterly misleading story about the tax “reform” law he signed into law in December. The calculated deceptions in this …

Donald Trump

What Trump thinks most people 'don't realize'

• More<p>April 19, 2018<p>1<p>What political party did Lincoln belong to?<p>2<p>Which country is the United States's oldest ally?<p>3<p>How long did it take to construct the Empire State Building?<p>4<p>True or false: There's more than one Air Force One.<p>5<p>True of False: The United States has never issued sanctions against …

United States

Republicans Protecting Trump? Actually, It's Worse

It's difficult to see how the Comey memos help Trump, easier to see how they help hardcore conservatives pushing for their release.<p>Are Republicans in Congress providing cover for President Donald Trump in his struggles against the Russia investigation, as Matt Yglesias writes, "in exchange" for his …

Donald Trump

America's nuclear headache: old plutonium with nowhere to go

AMARILLO, Texas (Reuters) - In a sprawling plant near Amarillo, Texas, rows of workers perform by hand one of the most dangerous jobs in American industry. Contract workers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pantex facility gingerly remove the plutonium cores from retired nuclear warheads.<p>Although …

Nuclear Energy

O’Rourke Jumps on Ridicule of Cruz’s Trump Essay

Democratic challenger takes issue with Cruz saying Trump’s presidency has been ‘fun to watch’<p>Sen. Ted Cruz’s Democratic challenger Rep. Beto O’Rourke …

Republicans

Reporter: Trump's hooker remark raises eyebrows

CNN's Pamela Brown discusses James Comey's memo that detailed his conversations with President Donald Trump.

Donald Trump

16 Of The Dumbest Right-Wing Lies That Americans Believe

Americans are often misinformed, occasionally downright dumb, and easily misled by juicy-sounding rumors. But while the right wing is taking full …

U.S. Politics

The watermelon diet can help you lose weight fast this summer. Have you tried it yet?

The watermelon diet can help you lose weight fast this summer. Have you tried it yet?<p>Going on a diet is a difficult thing to do in the summer. As the …

Nutrition

The Best Cookie Recipes To Bake This Weekend

Baking for others is a delicious form of altruism that’s been proven to boost your overall sense of well-being and help connect you with the people you love. But what if you just don’t have time for altruism during the busy workweek?<p>That’s what weekends are for.<p>We know you don’t have time to waste …

Dessert

Here are 13 transformational bills in Congress that could completely change America as we know it

We are so focused on political parties, and also on the personalities of candidates, that we almost always ignore some of the really important, and …

Interest Rates

Hillary Clinton: ‘They Were Never Going to Let Me Be President’

A new book from Amy Chozick has revelations and rumors about a doomed campaign.<p>“No one in modern politics, male or female, has had to withstand more …

Government

Michael Cohen says he's "never" been to Prague. He told me a different story.

Wes Bruer/ZUMA<p>Looking for news you can trust?<br>Subscribe to our free newsletters.<p>Once again, the Michael-Cohen-in-Prague allegation is back in the …

Donald Trump

‘Proud Boy’ Lawyer Wants $100M From Man Who Cost Him His Job

The lawyer for a ‘Western chauvinist’ group is suing a man who cost him a job and is referencing a nasty lawsuit in which the man was accused of …

Rights & Freedoms

Why More Than A Million Teachers Can't Use Social Security

Teachers have staged protests in recent weeks in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Colorado and Arizona. Some are fighting lawmakers who want to scale back their pensions.<p>It's no secret that many states have badly underfunded their teacher pension plans for decades and now find themselves drowning …

Retirement

Trump's Lost Weekend in Moscow, made worse by GOP leak of Comey memo

GOP leaks Comey memo within 40 minutes of receipt … double bluff fail — Comey memo makes it worse for Lord Dampnut.<p>1) Nunes-led House Intel …

Donald Trump

Rudy Giuliani Isn't the Big Trump Legal Story

The former New York mayor is the splashy hire, but the addition of two other attorneys to the president’s team may say more about where the Mueller probe is going.<p>Sometimes the biggest news items on a given day aren’t the most telling ones.<p>Consider three stories on Thursday about President Trump’s …

Donald Trump

Trump to deliver commencement speech at Naval Academy

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump announced Friday he will deliver a commencement speech at the United States Naval Academy next month.<p>"So exciting! I have agreed to be the Commencement Speaker at our GREAT Naval Academy," Trump tweeted. "Looking forward to being there."<p>The commencement is …

Donald Trump

Ex-Forbes reporter says Trump posed as executive, lied to him to crack Forbes 400 list

<b>(CNN) —</b> A former Forbes reporter claims that Donald Trump, before he was president, pretended to be a Trump Organization executive speaking on Trump's behalf and then lied about his wealth in order to crack the Forbes 400 list.<p>"He figured out what he had to do in order to deceive me and get onto …

Donald Trump

Russia: US did not violate red lines during Syria strikes

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's foreign minister said Friday that the U.S. sought out and respected Moscow's positions in Syria when it launched its air strikes last week.<p>Lavrov noted that despite the escalating tensions between Moscow and Washington, the U.S. made sure it didn't harm any Russian personnel …

Russia

Trump’s legal team adds Giuliani, moves in an odd direction

To hear Donald Trump tell it, “many lawyers and top law firms” are eager to represent him in the Russia case. It’s difficult to believe the …

Donald Trump

Exclusive: Trump pressed Sessions to fire 2 FBI officials who sent anti-Trump text messages

Trump also asked Attorney General Sessions and FBI Director Wray to find derogatory information on the officials, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.<p>President Donald Trump sharply questioned Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Christopher Wray during a White House meeting on January 22 about …

Donald Trump

Here's why the Comey memos hurt Trump more than help him

First Read is your briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.<p>WASHINGTON — House Republicans have declared that the James Comey memos they released Thursday disprove that President Trump obstructed justice in his …

Donald Trump

Cameron Kasky, Jaclyn Corin, David Hogg, Emma González and Alex Wind

America’s response to mass shootings has long followed a predictable pattern. We mourn. Offer thoughts and prayers. Speculate about the motives. And …

United States

The scientifically proven explanation for why better gun control really will stop school violence

On the 19-year anniversary of the Columbine school shooting, the US honors the National Day of Action to Prevent Gun Violence in Schools today (April 20). Debating the best way to control gun violence in the US often seems like a daunting exercise. But social science research points to a simple …

Guns

The Resistance Is Infiltrating Trump Country

Strikes from West Virginia to Arizona are changing the characterization of traditionally "red" states<p>What the hell has happened to Trump Country? …

Republicans

Earthquake Cake Recipe (Watch Out: It’s So Delicious!)

Earthquake cake is one of my favorite desserts this season! So chocolatey, moist, and creamy! It is easy to prepare and the final product is a real …

Dessert

Microsoft Office 2019 kills off OneNote desktop app in favor of Windows 10 version

Microsoft is planning to launch Office 2019 later this year, and the company is changing the way OneNote is bundled. The note taking app currently has a desktop version included in Office 2016, and a separate Universal Windows App for Windows 10. Microsoft is replacing the desktop version of …

Software

Trump tweets wrong information about Pompeo’s North Korea visit

The president's comments come one day after White House officials announced they would not discuss the CIA director's travel plans publicly.<p>President …

North Korea

A Day in the Life of Douma, Syria: Pictures