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‘Mothers could not stop crying’: Lawmaker blasts Trump policy after visiting detained immigrants

A group of lawmakers and public officials in Washington state denounced the Trump administration Saturday for a policy that is resulting in the separation of undocumented immigrant families at the Mexican border, accusing the administration of causing undue trauma to children and parents who might …

Immigration

Mueller hits Manafort with new obstruction of justice charges

The longtime Manafort aide Kilimnik is also charged for the first time.<p>Special counsel Robert Mueller’s office obtained a new indictment Friday against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, adding a pair of charges that he and a longtime aide alleged to have ties to Russian intelligence, …

Corruption

Kilauea Lava Flow Swallows 279 Homes In 2 Coastal Subdivisions

An oceanfront subdivision known as Vacationland is the latest to be swallowed by lava flows as the Kilauea volcano continues to reshape the landscape on Hawaii's Big Island.<p>Meanwhile, a magnitude 5.6 earthquake struck near the volcano's summit.<p>The molten rock covered Vacationland, and only a few …

Natural Disasters

Doctors hail world first as woman’s advanced breast cancer is eradicated

A woman with advanced breast cancer which had spread around her body has been completely cleared of the disease by a groundbreaking therapy that harnessed the power of her immune system to fight the tumours.<p>It is the first time that a patient with late-stage breast cancer has been successfully …

Cancer

Trump’s legal memo to Robert Mueller is a recipe for tyranny

A clear and present danger to the rule of law<p>Essentially all presidents sooner or later end up commissioning lawyers to put forward an expansive view of presidential power, but those lawyers take pains to argue that they are <i>not</i> making the case for a totally unchecked executive whose existence would …

Donald Trump

President Trump has made 3,251 false or misleading claims in 497 days

In the 497 days since he took the oath of office, President Trump has made 3,251 false or misleading claims, according to The Fact Checker’s database that analyzes, categorizes and tracks every suspect statement uttered by the president.<p>That’s an average of more than 6.5 claims a day.<p>When we first …

Donald Trump

Coal isn’t coming back. Just ask the Trump administration.

Administration's own data demolish Trump's rosy rhetoric and reveal coal isn't coming back.<p>Total fossil fuel use in the power sector dropped to its …

Fossil Fuels

EPA used disavowed research to justify putting dirtier trucks on the road

At a time when acts of defiance against the Trump administration are ​​​​routine in Sacramento, the rebuke that breezed through the California Assembly this month still came as a jolt. Even Trump loyalists in the chamber joined in.<p>The message to the administration was clear: Forget about your plan …

Trucking

Garrett to quit Congress amid servant scandal, alcoholism

The Virginia congressman announces his retirement after POLITICO reported he used his staff as personal gofers.<p>Rep. Tom Garrett (R-Va.) said Monday that he is an alcoholic and will not seek reelection in November — a decision that came amid mounting scrutiny into his handling of his congressional …

Garrett

Playbook: President Trump’s Memorial Day message

Driving the Day<p><b>THE PRESIDENT’S MEMORIAL DAY MESSAGE …</b> at 8:58 a.m.: “Happy Memorial Day! Those who died for our great country would be very happy and proud at how well our country is doing today. Best economy in decades, lowest unemployment numbers for Blacks and Hispanics EVER (& women in …

Donald Trump

The Biggest Danger to White People Is...White People

People say they voted for Trump because of “economic anxiety”. What they really mean is “fear of black and brown people”. Trump’s whole campaign was …

Race & Ethnicity

More evacuations ordered on Hawaii's Big Island as volcano activity intensifies

<b>(CNN) —</b> Firefighters went door-to-door urging some residents of Leilani Estates on Hawaii's Big Island to leave as lava from the Kilauea volcano continued to flow, threatening more homes.<p>"Any residents remaining in the current affected areas should evacuate now," said an emergency message from the …

Natural Disasters

Who else wasn't at the EPA chemical meeting? The victims

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Journalists weren't the only ones shut out from the Environmental Protection Agency's conference this week on chemically contaminated drinking water. Many victims of water polluted by per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances were also left out, and are struggling to get clear answers …

Obama Administration

Reporter outs source of White House background briefing after Trump complains he 'doesn't exist'

President Donald Trump lashed out at <i>The New York Times</i> on Saturday, denying a report citing an official White House briefing.<p>The Failing @nytimes …

Donald Trump

Trump slaps 'phony' label on aide's comments in White House-arranged call

President Donald Trump slammed the New York Times Saturday for using “phony sources” in a story citing a White House official – but the comments the paper referred to came from a formal background briefing attended by multiple news organizations and widely reported.<p>Trump appeared to be responding …

Donald Trump

Ex-aides say congressman made them his servants

Rep. Tom Garrett and his wife made staffers pick up groceries, clothes — even dog poop, multiple former employees to the freshman Republican told POLITICO.<p>Virginia Rep. Tom Garrett and his wife turned the congressman’s staff into personal servants, multiple former employees to the freshman …

Garrett

Trump takes aim at federal bureaucracy with new executive orders rolling back civil-service protections

President Trump moved Friday to roll back civil-service protections that federal employees have enjoyed for a generation, making it easier to fire poor performers, curtailing time employees can be paid for union work and directing agencies to negotiate tougher union contracts.<p>In three executive …

Civil Service

These Pics Of Trump's Vs. Obama's Interns Says So Much About Their Administrations

Ad failed to load<p>Well, it looks like the White House is looking exactly that: white. It's no secret that the Trump administration isn't that popular …

Donald Trump

The Long Journey to Remember One of History's Worst Lynching Massacres

Mary Turner and her unborn baby were killed by a racist mob in 1918 in an atrocity that was nearly forgotten.<p>Exactly 100 years ago this month, a wave of lynchings swept through the area around Valdosta, in south Georgia. After the murder of a white farmer, a mob of nearly 300 white people went …

Crime

#StayWoke: Trump's Team Hired Firm to Suppress the Black Vote: Report

On Wednesday, Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie told Congress that President Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, more specifically …

Donald Trump

Trump faces North Korea dilemma after Bolton infuriates Pyongyang

North Korea’s denunciation of John Bolton has forced Donald Trump to decide whether to stick with his national security adviser and his hardline tactics, or push ahead with a summit with Kim Jong-un that will provide historic spectacle but an uncertain outcome.<p>Trump: 'We'll see' if North Korea …

North Korea

He lured young men looking for weed. Their bodies turned up in a pig roaster.

Cosmo DiNardo declared “I am a savage no explanation needed” on social media seven months before police say he lured four young men to his family’s farm, shot them to death, ran one of them over with a backhoe and dumped three of their bodies in a 12-foot-deep pit used as a pig roaster.<p>DiNardo, 21, …

Crime

Missing Files Motivated the Leak of Michael Cohen’s Financial Records

A law-enforcement official released the documents after finding that additional suspicious transactions did not appear in a government database.<p>Last week, several news outlets obtained financial records showing that Michael Cohen, President Trump’s personal attorney, had used a shell company to …

Corruption

Tillerson warns of ethical crisis among U.S. leaders in speech

Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday appeared to offer an implicit rebuke of his old boss, as he warned of a "growing crisis in ethics and integrity" during a commencement address at the Virginia Military Institute.<p>“As I reflect upon the state of our American democracy, I observe a …

Donald Trump

Nurse charged in death of H.R. McMaster's father

PHILADELPHIA — A nurse was charged Thursday with involuntary manslaughter, neglect and falsifying documents to make it appear she had performed required exams on President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser’s father before he died at a Philadelphia senior care facility last …

‘I Quit’: Georgia Officer Resigns After Dragging 65-Year-Old Woman From Car During Traffic Stop [Updated]

<b>Updated: Saturday, May 12, 2018, 10 a.m. EDT:</b> The Alpharetta Police Department released a statement Friday saying that the officer at the center of a …

Volcanic gases prompt door-to-door evacuation in Hawaii

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Geologists warned Wednesday that Hawaii's Kilauea volcano could erupt explosively and send boulders, rocks and ash into the air around its summit in the coming weeks.<p>The risk will rise as lava drains from the summit crater down the flank of the volcano, and explosions could …

Geology

Lyme Disease Is On The Rise Again. Here's How To Prevent It

Lyme disease was once unheard of in western Pennsylvania, where Barbara Thorne, now an entomologist at the University of Maryland, spent time as a kid.<p>Thorne knew that if black-legged ticks are infected with bacteria called <i>Borrelia burgdorferi</i>, they can transmit Lyme to people and, that if …

Disease

Doctors raise alarm about ancient HTLV-1 virus: 'Prevalence is off the charts' in Australia

<b>(CNN) —</b> An ancient virus infecting residents across Australia's Northern Territory is leaving death and despair in its path, and doctors are now calling for greater efforts to stop the spread of infections.<p>The rates of human T-cell leukemia virus type 1, or HTLV-1, infection are exceeding 40% among …

Public Health

The Most Unlikely D.A. In America

He’s a biker attorney who specialized in getting small-time defendants off. He’s considered a gang member by Texas police. And now he’s the county’s chief prosecutor. Can Mark Gonzalez change the system?<p>CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas—A year into Mark Gonzalez’s first term as district attorney of Nueces …

Domestic Violence