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Tweeting and Fuming, Trump Spirals Further Into Crisis

<i>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.</i><p>For a presidency that’s already in crisis — see his 36 percent job-approval rating per Gallup or this Thursday’s upcoming testimony by former FBI Director …

Donald Trump

Could This Be Why the Middle Class Is Disappearing?

Stock ownership levels may hold the answer.<p>The middle-class may be the foundation upon which the United States was built, but it's nonetheless slowly …

Middle-class

A rundown of Betsy DeVos' most controversial quotes

<b>(CNN) —</b> Protests at a high school this week have shown what was true since before she was even sworn in as education secretary: Betsy DeVos is a lightning rod.<p>There was a dramatic outcry by Senate Democrats and a never-before-seen, tiebreaking vote to confirm her. Gun control groups rejected her …

Education

It's Trump Against the World — and the President Likes It That Way

<i>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.</i><p>Given all of the chaos and controversies that have surrounded President Trump’s first four months in office, his decision to exit to the Paris climate …

White House orders agencies to ignore Democrats’ oversight requests

Trump’s aides are trying to shut down the release of information that could be used to attack the president.<p>The White House is telling federal agencies to blow off Democratic lawmakers' oversight requests, as Republicans fear the information could be weaponized against President Donald Trump.<p>At …

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Donald Trump’s weak condemnation of the Portland attack speaks volumes: He should have stayed silent

<b>Jeremy Joseph Christian; Donald Trump (AP/Beth Nakamura/Getty/Olivier Douliery)</b><p>Pretending to condemn the white supremacist violence he has inspired is dishonest even by Trump standards<p>Chauncey DeVega<p>May 31, 2017 5:30pm (UTC)<p>Like many other Americans, I was waiting for President Donald Trump to …

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Donald Trump Deals Away America’s Prestige, and His Own Position

In terms of both domestic politics and international affairs, our president is painting himself into a terribly tight corner.<p>So this week, he warns …

Donald Trump

Will Donald Trump Ever Say the Words ‘White Supremacist Terrorism’?

POTUS loved whacking Hillary for not saying ‘Islamic fundamentalist terrorism.’ But how come when white people commit terror, suddenly Trump’s tongue …

Trump gets twisted up in his own weird Russia logic

<b>(CNN) —</b> After wrapping up a nine-day blitz of the Middle East and Europe, President Donald Trump settled back into the swamp this weekend, returning first to the scene of his grudges and then, as typically follows, his Twitter account.<p>In a rapid-fire series of angry messages about the Russia …

Congress expands Russia investigation to include Trump's personal attorney

One of President Donald Trump’s closest confidants, his personal lawyer Michael Cohen, has now become a focus of the expanding congressional …

Here's Paul Ryan Getting Righteously Owned by Some Patriotic Teens

The kids are alright.<p>If Paul Ryan's health care reform bill, a proposal that only "reforms" health care in that it "takes it away from millions of poor people so that rich people can enjoy marginal tax savings," has you feeling glum these days, here is a story that will restore your faint, …

Donald Trump’s enabler

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin props up any absurd claim by the president.<p>As America continues to ponder whether President Donald Trump is obstructing justice by firing his FBI director in order to stymie an ongoing inquiry into his team’s various bizarre links to the Russian government, the …

Trump could blow up Obamacare with one move

But it's a risky maneuver because the GOP might be blamed for the resulting chaos.<p>President Trump says that Obamacare is going to explode.<p>But if that happens, it is likely because his administration supplies the spark that detonates the marketplaces.<p>The White House could decide at any time to …

The Ugly History Behind Trump’s Attacks on Civil Servants

President Trump’s criticisms of government workers have something in common with Joe McCarthy’s.<p>Last week, as the House Intelligence Committee questioned FBI Director James Comey, it was as if two parallel hearings were taking place: one on Russian meddling in the 2016 election, and one on the …

Healthcare debacle results from Republicans believing their own myths

Donald Trump and congressional Republicans created a political debacle for themselves by believing a set of scare stories about Obamacare that came back to haunt them. It is an object lesson in how false realities ultimately pop like soap bubbles when pricked by plain old truth.<p>There are five fatal …

Health Care

The bad art of the non sequitur: Gibberish is the White House’s new normal

<b>(Reuters/Carlo Allegri)</b><p>We’re expected to live in a universe which is not only post-truth but altogether post-language and post-meaning<p>Todd Gitlin<p>March 27, 2017 8:00am (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on BillMoyers.com.<p>Once upon a time, there were presidents for whom English seemed their native …

Taxpayers pick up the tab for Trump’s pricey golf excursions

"Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" — the TV show from the 1980s and 1990s that wallowed in the obscene excesses of the super wealthy — needs to be brought back to do an extended series on America's new First Family. There would be an ironic twist in the theme this time around: The Trump family's …

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Internal White House battles spill into Treasury

The fight for the direction of Donald Trump’s presidency between the Goldman Sachs branch of the West Wing and hardcore conservatives is spilling into the Treasury Department, threatening Trump’s next agenda item of overhauling the tax code.<p>Conservatives inside and outside Treasury say the new …

Trump Repeals Anti-Wage-Theft Regulation

America has never seen a party less caring than 21st-century Republicans

We pay our elected officials to take care of our communities and our planet. Since Trump took office, the GOP has set out only to destroy<p>Last week I was taking an Uber (I know, I’m sorry, it was a necessity) across an unfamiliar town when the driver, whom I’ll call Randy, started telling me about …

Homelessness

These are the things in your home you should be spring cleaning

The spring cleaning tradition stems from a time when people spent months holed up in their homes, warmed by a fire, and then mercilessly opened their windows and freed themselves of dust and dirt.<p>The renewing feeling of spring endures. Becky Rapinchuk, founder of the lifestyle website Clean Mama, …

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Donald Trump may have violated the Constitution, Harvard doctoral candidate says

<b>(Getty/Mandel Ngan)</b><p>A Harvard doctoral candidate writes that Trump is misclassifying Steve Bannon, who should have Senate confirmation<p>Matthew Rozsa<p>March 22, 2017 9:00am (UTC)<p>It may have been more than merely disturbing that White House chief strategist Steve Bannon overruled a Department of Homeland …

Nunes apologizes to House Intel Committee, member says

<b>(CNN) —</b> House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes apologized to committee members Thursday, a Democrat on the panel told reporters, coming the day after Nunes told the public and the President that communications of him and associates may have been collected by intelligence agencies before …

Eric Trump will share business updates with father 'probably quarterly'

Eric Trump will keep his father, the president of the United States, abreast of the family business profits.<p>Opting against selling his business or placing it in a blind trust, President Donald Trump left management of the Trump Organization in the hands of his older two sons, Eric and Donald Jr.<p>In …

Mulvaney: Americans upset with changes to essential services should help 'change the state that you live in'

Americans upset that the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare would cut requirements for so-called essential services like maternity care and addiction treatment should “figure out a way to change the state that you live in” if the bill ends up becoming law, Office of Management and …

Democrats gloat after 'Trumpcare' fails: 'So much for "The Art of the Deal"'

The GOP-backed bill, the American Health Care Act, did not have enough Republican votes to pass the House. An agreement could not be met between Trump and House leadership, and moderate and more conservative representatives on what the bill should contain.<p>In a statement shortly after the bill was …

US Senate votes to let internet providers share your web browsing history without permission

Just what no consumer asked for<p>The US Senate has voted to overturn consumer-friendly internet privacy rules that would have prevented internet providers from sharing your web browsing history without permission.<p>The privacy rules, passed last year by the FCC, required internet providers like …

In Major Defeat for Trump, Push to Repeal Health Law Fails

WASHINGTON — House Republican leaders, facing a revolt among conservatives and moderates in their ranks, pulled legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act from consideration on the House floor Friday in a major defeat for President Trump on the first legislative showdown of his presidency.<p>“We’re …

Donald Trump Finally Pays a Price for His False and Reckless Words

As a Presidential candidate, Donald Trump led a charmed existence. Whatever he said, no matter how outrageous, it didn't seem to hurt him. He could insult his Republican opponents, make misogynistic comments about female journalists, call for a ban on Muslims entering the United States, describe …