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Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Trump doesn't remember Papadopoulos asking him about meeting with Putin

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Wednesday President Donald Trump does not recall a meeting with his foreign policy advisers in March 2016 in which one of them suggested he could arrange a meeting between candidate Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.<p>"No I don't believe he …

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Humans Were Not Smarter Than Neanderthals, We Simply Outlasted Them

Their fate could have been ours.<p>By the standards of the Paleolithic age, members of <i>Homo neanderthalensis</i> were the height of sophistication.<p>These …

Firefox is getting a Tor-based security upgrade

Mozilla is making Firefox a more private experience by taking cues from Tor, the browser of choice for those who dare to visit the dark web.<p>The non-profit Mozilla Foundation will remove a “feature” called canvas fingerprinting from Firefox, which allows user-tracking across multiple sites without …

Trump labels US justice system 'laughingstock'

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump called for "quick" and "strong" justice for terror suspects in the wake of the deadly New York City attack, saying that it is not surprising terror attacks happen because the way the United States punishes terrorists is "a laughingstock."<p>Tuesday's terror …

Papa John's founder has left the company after admitting to saying the N-word on a conference call. Here's a look into his history of controversy, from slamming Obamacare to donating to Trump's campaign.

The founder and former CEO of Papa John's, John Schnatter, resigned as chairman of the company on Wednesday, after admitting to using the N-word in a company conference call.<p>Earlier on Wednesday, Forbes reported that Papa John's executives and marketing agency Laundry Service held a conference call …

Trump's Tweets Take Down His Military Ban on Trans People

A judge’s ruling against the prohibition is just the latest in a long list of self- and Twitter-inflicted wounds.<p>“By the pricking of my thumbs,” says the Second Witch in Shakespeare’s <i>Macbeth,</i> “something wicked this way comes.”<p>Donald Trump’s thumbs have been wicked busy on Twitter. On Monday his …

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John McCain is a self-satisfied bore

The single most interesting thing John McCain has done in the last three or so decades is beat a guy named Richard Kimball in his first Senate …

Angry Al Franken hammers Facebook lawyer at hearing over Russian ads

Senator clashes with Colin Stretch over how tech giants apparently missed posts coming from Russia: ‘How could you not connect the dots?’<p>A top executive at Facebook struggled to answer on Tuesday as an angry and incredulous Al Franken, a Democratic senator, demanded to know why the social network …

Al Franken

EDITORIAL: Gen. Kelly's dangerous myth about the Civil War

The Civil War was fought, says President Trump’s chief of staff, because people lacked an “ability to compromise.”<p>Oh, goodness. We’re writing this …

"A giant fog machine": how right-wing media obscures Mueller and other inconvenient stories

A former right-wing radio host explains how conservative media became a “safe space.”<p>The news that special counsel Robert Mueller has indicted former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort ought to dominate headlines in every corner of the media world.<p>But if the past week or so is any indication, …

Trial opens for Marine drill instructor accused of abusing Muslim recruits during whiskey-fueled assaults

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — A third Muslim military recruit has been added to the list of alleged victims of a Marine Corps drill instructor accused of terrorizing and abusing young men under his care.<p>During their opening statements at his court-martial here Tuesday, military prosecutors said Gunnery Sgt. …

Court Martial

That Weird Analogy About Beer and Tax Cuts Was Dumb as Hell

Yesterday, Zoltar-esque Trump administration flack Sarah Huckabee Sanders opened the White House press briefing with a long, meandering story that …

The Civil War Was Not a Mistake

John Kelly’s account of its causes reflects a widely shared—and incorrect—understanding of the conflict.<p>When White House Chief of Staff John Kelly told the Fox News host Laura Ingraham that the Civil War was caused by the “lack of an ability to compromise,” that the war was fought by “men and women …

War

Six police officers subdued and handcuffed a reporter covering Ed Gillespie. An officer said it was for swearing.

Mama said swearing is not polite, but the law in Fairfax County, Va., says it is illegal.<p>That's right. Under a local ordinance, “if any person profanely curse or swear or be drunk in public, he shall be deemed guilty of a Class 4 misdemeanor,” which in Virginia carries a fine of up to $250.<p>Is that …

Twitter Suspended Me for Trolling White Supremacists

I tweeted what was intended as satire of a festering right-wing panic over Antifa allegedly planning violence on November 4. It got weird from there.<p>What is it like to attend your own funeral? In my mind, it has to be something like waking up on a Monday morning, logging onto Twitter, and finding …

The Clinton-uranium "scandal" is right-wing nonsense. Here's everything you need to know.

Larry Marano/Rex Shutterstock/ZUMA<p>Looking for news you can trust?<br>Subscribe to our free newsletters.<p>You’ve likely heard by about the Uranium One …

U.S. Rep. Gutierrez: We'll file articles of impeachment on Trump before Thanksgiving

U.S. Rep. <b>Luis Gutierrez</b> has been one of President <b>Donald Trump</b>’s harshest critics from day one.<p>Now he says he’s helping to spearhead the first coordinated attempt to impeach Trump.<p>Speaking on Tuesday morning at the City Club of Chicago, Gutierrez said he and several fellow members of the House …

The Other Reformation: How Martin Luther Changed Our Beer, Too

On this day 500 years ago, an obscure Saxon monk launched a protest movement against the Catholic Church that would transform Europe. Martin Luther's Protestant Reformation changed not just the way Europeans lived, fought, worshipped, worked and created art but also how they ate and drank. For …

Beer

A philosopher ponders the death of the American dream

Philosopher Richard Reeves has come to a harsh conclusion about inequality in the US. “America has a meritocratic market but an unfair society,” he writes in the book <i>Dream Hoarders,</i> published earlier this year.<p>In Reeves’s view, the US is now a relatively “fair” society for people 25 and older. …

Income Inequality

Conservatives are outraged over Virginia attack ad that depicts Ed Gillespie’s campaign honestly

The Virginia governor’s race turned “ugly” on Monday, according to <i>Mediaite</i>, when the Latino Victory Project PAC released an attack ad against …

Spiro Agnew's Lawyer: Paul Manafort Has Nothing to Fear

The legal poobahs are all aflutter, issuing statements as to how this is the classic first prosecutorial step: <i>The prosecutor starts with a vulnerable</i> …

Mueller probe may ground Trump's unconventional success

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Donald Trump can't tweet his way out of this one.<p>The President's tried and tested political defense mechanism is to whip up chaos to tip his enemies off balance and launch a fierce counter attack. He'll also take cover with his ultra-loyal political base, rely on Republicans who …

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The Islamic World Doesn't Need a Reformation

Why a Muslim John Locke would be much more useful than a Muslim Martin Luther<p>Various Western intellectuals, ranging from Thomas Friedman to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, have argued over the past decades that Muslims need their own Martin Luther to save themselves from intolerance and dogmatism. The Protestant …

Religion

Trump wants to “do something” to stop Mueller: Is a big purge coming?

<b>(AP/Evan Vucci)</b><p>After Monday’s big news, Trump may be paving the way for firing Mueller — and forcing a constitutional crisis<p>Chauncey DeVega<p>October 31, 2017 9:00am (UTC)<p>Speculation has now yielded to fact. On Monday, the grand jury impaneled by special counsel Robert Mueller to investigate Russia's …

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Christianist Republicans Systematically Incited Colorado Clinic Assault

After months of verbal assault against Planned Parenthood and against women more broadly, Republican Christianists have gotten what they were asking …

Planned Parenthood

Upstairs at home, with the TV on, Trump fumes over Russia indictments

By Robert Costa<p>, Reporter<p>Philip Rucker<p>, Reporter<p>Ashley Parker<p>, Reporter<p>President Trump woke before dawn on Monday and burrowed in at the White House residence to wait for the Russia bombshell he knew was coming.<p>Separated from most of his West Wing staff — who fretted over why he was late getting to …

Chilling Virginia Political Ad Shows Republican Trying to Run Over Kids of Color

In the past, a campaign ad featuring a Confederate flag-waving pickup truck running down a group of young children would have seemed …