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Trump personally pushed postmaster general to double rates on Amazon, other firms

President Trump has personally pushed U.S. Postmaster General Megan Brennan to double the rate the Postal Service charges Amazon.com and other firms to ship packages, according to three people familiar with their conversations, a dramatic move that probably would cost these companies billions of …

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Ousted Catalan leader calls for separatists parties to band together in elections and fight for independence

Catalonia’s ousted leader, Carles Puigdemont, has called for the region’s separatist parties to band together in next month’s elections and continue the drive for independence after Madrid jailed eight of his former ministers.<p>The Spanish government had hoped to use the December 21 elections in …

What’s Going to Happen When the Trumpists Realize the America They Yearn for Is Gone?

The president’s hard-core backers want an America that isn’t coming back. What are we going to do? What are they going to do?<p>The latest NBC/Wall …

Al Gore: 'The rich have subverted all reason'

With the sequel to his blockbuster documentary An Inconvenient Truth about to be released, Al Gore tells Carole Cadwalladr how his role at the forefront of the fight against climate change consumes his life<p>In the ballroom of a conference centre in Denver, Colorado, 972 people from 42 countries have …

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26 hours, 29 Trumpian false or misleading claims

In a period of less than 26 hours — from 6:31 p.m. on July 24 to 8:09 p.m. on July 25 — President Trump made two fired-up speeches, held a news conference and tweeted with abandon, leaving a trail of misinformation in his wake. Here’s a roundup of his suspect claims.<p>National Scout Jamboree at Glen …

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President Trump says he can pardon himself. I asked 15 experts if that's legal.

“The fact that we're even talking about it is a measure of how far we've fallen under Trump."<p>Can presidents pardon themselves?<p>The answer, surprisingly enough, is not that clear. But since President Trump just tweeted that he has the “absolute right” to pardon himself, the question is suddenly …

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Six ways Trump is 'dismantling' the US after six months in office

Trump has been paralyzed on healthcare and tax reform, but his administration has been active in eroding safeguards and protections elsewhere<p>Given all that Donald Trump promised the business world during his bombastic campaign, it’s tempting to dismiss the president’s first six months with a “meh”. …

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The Deep Industry Ties of Trump’s Deregulation Teams

WASHINGTON — President Trump entered office pledging to cut red tape, and within weeks, he ordered his administration to assemble teams to aggressively scale back government regulations.<p>But the effort — a signature theme in Mr. Trump’s populist campaign for the White House — is being conducted in …

Once Dominant, the United States Finds Itself Isolated at G-20

HAMBURG, Germany — For years the United States was the dominant force and set the agenda at the annual gathering of the leaders of the world’s largest economies.<p>But on Friday, when President Trump met with other leaders at the Group of 20 conference, he found the United States isolated on …

Confidence Boomed After the Election. The Economy Hasn’t.

After Donald J. Trump won the presidential election, Americans’ optimism about the economic future soared. But midway through the year, that optimism has not translated into concrete economic gains.<p>This seeming contradiction exposes a reality about the role of psychology in economics — or more …

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Court Blocks E.P.A. Effort to Suspend Obama-Era Methane Rule

WASHINGTON — Dealing a legal blow to the Trump administration, a federal appeals court ruled on Monday that the Environmental Protection Agency cannot suspend an Obama-era rule to restrict methane emissions from new oil and gas wells.<p>The 2-to-1 decision from the United States Court of Appeals for …

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Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Russian lawyer sheds new light on the extent of Russia's election interference

Last week's revelations that President Donald Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., met with a Russian lawyer with strong ties to the Kremlin during the campaign to obtain damaging information about Hillary Clinton shed new light on the extent of Russia's interference in the 2016 election.<p>The first sign …

Trump adviser who called for Hillary Clinton to be “shot for treason” gets invite to the White House

The same day the White House demanded Johnny Depp apologize for his comments, Rep. Al Baldasaro was welcomed in<p>On the same day that the White House demanded Johnny Depp apologize for his comments joking about the assassination of Donald Trump, the president hosted a former campaign adviser who …

How The Senate Health Care Bill Could Disrupt The Insurance Market

Senate Republicans have little margin for error as they prepare for a vote this coming week on a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Some lawmakers are already raising concerns that the bill could aggravate the problem of healthy people going without insurance, driving up costs for …

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G.M. Wants to Drive the Future of Cars That Drive Themselves

DETROIT — The chief executive of General Motors, an automaker synonymous with Detroit, saw the future of driving not in the Motor City but on the streets of San Francisco.<p>Mary T. Barra, a G.M. lifer who had worked her way from engineer to the top, was in the back seat of a prototype self-driving …

Trump’s scandals are dangerous: Because they’re distracting us from the grave threats to human civilization

The Russia scandal could endanger democracy — but there are far bigger issues that threaten our species’ survival<p>The Trump administration so far can be summed up by a single word: scandal. On a weekly and almost daily basis, new revelations about connections between the Trump team and Russia …

We Read Them So You Don’t Have To: New Books by Senators Al Franken, Elizabeth Warren and Ben Sasse

Not every book-writing lawmaker is running for president. But just about every wannabe president writes a book.<p>This brings us, for better or worse, to three new entries in the senator-courts-a-national-following genre of literature, from three figures with starkly different profiles — each rumored, …

Does Donald Trump Still Think Climate Change Is a Hoax? No One Can Say

WASHINGTON — As a businessman, President Trump was a frequent and scornful critic of the concept of climate change. In the years before running for president, he called it “nonexistent,” “mythical” and a “a total con job.” Whenever snow fell in New York, it seemed, he would mock the idea of global …

Our Disgraceful Exit From the Paris Accord

Only future generations will be able to calculate the full consequences of President Trump’s incredibly shortsighted approach to climate change, since it is they who will suffer the rising seas and crippling droughts that scientists say are inevitable unless the world brings fossil fuel emissions …

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MoMA’s Makeover Rethinks the Presentation of Art

The final design for the Museum of Modern Art’s $400 million expansion project, which will be officially unveiled on Thursday, is striking and provocative less because of its look than its implicit message: MoMA isn’t modern yet.<p>Under the new plans, the museum is moving away from …

Tesla’s solar roof gets new competitor in Forward Labs

The startup claims its product offers higher energy production and lower cost<p>While Tesla’s gearing up to ship its first batch of solar-panels-that-look-just-like-normal-roofs, other companies are venturing into the fray. One such startup, the Palo Alto, CA-based Forward Labs, is now accepting …

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John McCain understands why “America’s friends” are “unsettled” by Donald Trump: He’s “unsettled many Americans as well’’

The Republican senator urged a top U.S ally not to abandon its longstanding relationship because of Trump<p>Sen. John McCain of Arizona has been a longstanding Republican critic of President Donald Trump, but his recent comments to an Australian audience are harsh even by the self-declared maverick's …

Trump's magical budget math

The president claims his plan is fiscally responsible but it's actually filled with budget gimmicks.<p>On the campaign trail, candidate Donald Trump said he would eliminate the national debt “over a period of eight years.” But his first budget as president would increase the debt by more than $3 …

Trump’s Energy, Low and Dirty

Donald Trump has two false beliefs about energy, one personal, one political. And the latter may send the world on a path to disaster.<p>On the personal side, Trump reportedly disdains exercise of any kind except golf. He believes that raising a sweat depletes the finite reserves of precious bodily …

Homework? First I Need to Get to the Bottom of This Comey Story

ST. LOUIS — It’s 7:32 on a recent Wednesday morning, and Gabe Fleisher is racing to put the finishing touches on his daily newsletter, Wake Up to Politics. It’s been a busy 24-hour news cycle. “Another day, another bombshell,” the newsletter begins.<p>Late on Tuesday afternoon, reports emerged that …

Don’t Judge Montana for a Single Body Slam

BOZEMAN, Mont. — This might have been Montanans’ splashiest national publicity week since Butte’s Evel Knievel crashed his motorcycle jumping the Caesars Palace fountains.<p>On Wednesday, the night before the special election for Montana’s House seat singular, which, fun fact, used to belong to Pat …

How the G.O.P. Sabotaged Obamacare

Obamacare is not “collapsing under its own weight,” as Republicans are so fond of saying. It was sabotaged from the day it was enacted. And now the Republican Party should be held accountable not only for any potential replacement of the law, but also for having tried to starve it to death.<p>The …

Health Care

Ben Carson Calls Poverty a ‘State of Mind,’ Igniting a Backlash

Ben Carson, the head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, faced an intense backlash on Wednesday for calling poverty “a state of mind.”<p>Mr. Carson, who oversees a department that handles housing for millions of low-income Americans, made the comments during a radio interview on …

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C.B.O. Has Clear Message About Losers in House Health Bill

The Senate now has a clearer sense of who would win and lose under the health bill the House sent them. It also got a startlingly direct message from government analysts about how destabilizing one of the House ideas could be.<p>The Congressional Budget Office published its assessment of the House …

Obama’s CIA chief just offered a Trump-Russia quote for the ages

“People who go along a treasonous path do not know they are on a treasonous path until it is too late.”<p>It’s rare for a single quote to tell you something genuinely new and important about a story as big as the Trump-Russia scandal. There are exceptions — and former CIA Director John Brennan just …

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