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Hotel mogul joins suit that claims Trump violates Constitution

A New York hotel and restaurant owner has joined a lawsuit that accuses President Trump of violating the Constitution by receiving payments from foreign governments through his business empire.<p>Eric Goode, whose properties include the Bowery Hotel and Waverly Inn, is the latest plaintiff in the suit …

Donald Trump

House Republicans pass bill to replace and repeal Obamacare

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> In a major victory for President Donald Trump, the House has voted to dismantle the pillars of the Affordable Care Act and make sweeping changes to the nation's health care system.<p>The bill now heads to the Senate where it faces daunting challenges because of the same ideological …

Health Care

Trump actions push Republicans to get serious on Russia

<b>(CNN) —</b> In one fell swoop Tuesday, President Donald Trump signaled to Republican lawmakers they have a serious problem with Russia -- and they responded.<p>Trump said he fired former FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday because he was being a "showboat," but critics quickly alleged the decision was …

Donald Trump

There are at least 22 Democrats thinking about running for president in 2020

<b>(CNN) —</b> There are 1,281 days between today and the Nov. 3, 2020 presidential election. But, with Donald Trump in the White House, Democratic politicians are already eagerly jockeying for position with the expectation that the party's nominee will have a very good chance of ousting the incumbent -- …

Government

Opposition groups launch instant backlash to new travel ban

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Trump administration's second swipe at a travel ban and temporary suspension of the US refugee resettlement program has met with swift backlash from leading human rights groups and activist opponents, who are already planninig protests in response to the Monday order.<p>"This replacement …

Muslim Ban

Why Trump’s executive order on sanctuary cities is unconstitutional

Yesterday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order denying federal funding to sanctuary cities – jurisdictions that choose not to cooperate with federal efforts to deport undocumented immigrants. The order has serious constitutional problems. Unless interpreted very narrowly, it is both …

Immigration

Some Lawmakers Now Look to Bipartisanship on Health Care

WASHINGTON — The sudden death of legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act has created an opening for voices from both parties to press for fixes to the acknowledged problems in President Barack Obama’s signature health law, as lawmakers and some senior White House officials appealed for …

Health Care

In Gay Rights Case, Woman to Appeal for Parental Rights to Ex-Partner’s Son

A Manhattan woman who went to court to prove that she should be considered a legal parent to a child adopted by her former same-sex partner is planning to appeal after losing her case last week.<p>“I have to keep going,” said Kelly Gunn, 52, of the West Village area of Manhattan. “I’m going to do …

West Village

Trevor Noah Isn’t Buying Trump’s Reason for Firing James Comey

<i>Welcome to Best of Late Night, a</i> <i>rundown that lets you sleep — and lets us get</i> <i>paid to watch comedy.</i> <i>What do you think of it? What</i> <i>else</i> <i>are you interested in? Let us know:</i> <i>thearts@nytimes.com</i>.<p><b>‘That Is the Most Gangster Excuse’</b><p>Trevor Noah isn’t buying President Trump’s official explanation for why he …

Comedy

Trump: Combative administration 'could be my fault'

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump acknowledged in a new interview that the combative nature of his administration could be his fault -- though he also cites "a great meanness" in society that's to blame.<p>"It could be my fault," Trump told Time magazine when asked directly if he feels his administration …

Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump signs new travel ban, exempts Iraq

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> US President Donald Trump signed a new executive order Monday that bans immigration from six Muslim-majority countries, dropping Iraq from January's previous order, and reinstates a temporary blanket ban on all refugees.<p>The new travel ban comes six weeks after Trump's original …

Donald Trump

Trump threatens Comey in Twitter outburst

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump issued a thinly veiled threat Friday to fired FBI Director James Comey, apparently suggesting there are possibly recorded conversations between the two men that could be leaked to counter the former FBI director if necessary.<p>"James Comey better hope that there are no …

Donald Trump

Congress just killed your Internet privacy protections

The future of online privacy is now in President Trump's hands.<p>The House of Representatives voted Tuesday to repeal Internet privacy protections that were approved by the Federal Communications Commission in the final days of the Obama administration.<p>The Senate voted along party lines to undo the …

Net Neutrality

Poll: Just 21 percent approve of House’s Obamacare repeal bill

Less than a quarter of American voters surveyed in a new poll released Thursday by Quinnipiac University approve of the legislation passed last week by the House of Representatives to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.<p>Fifty-six percent of those polled said they disapprove of the …

Health Care

Graham: Congress should look into Susan Rice reports

Sen. Lindsey Graham said Tuesday that Congress should look into reports that Susan Rice, former President Barack Obama’s national security adviser, had requested that the names of Trump transition team officials be unmasked in some intelligence reports.<p>“I'm not going to prejudge here, but I think …

Donald Trump

Congressional negotiators reach deal on government funding through September

<b>(CNN) —</b> Bipartisan congressional negotiators reached a critical agreement late Sunday on a massive spending bill that if approved by the House and Senate would fund the government through the end of September, senior aides from both parties told CNN.<p>The plan would add billions for the Pentagon and …

Health Care

Groups lining up in opposition to GOP health care plan

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Republican leadership this week revealed its plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.<p>The proposal, backed by President Donald Trump, Speaker Paul Ryan and others, met swift opposition from conservative corners as well as major players within …

Health Care

Poll: Trump’s health care and tax plans are very, very unpopular

Congressional Republicans and President Donald Trump are desperately trying to keep their legislative agenda on track, amid intraparty squabbles on health care and taxes plus the political headwinds of the Trump/Russia scandal. Meanwhile, still more data is emerging that their approach to health …

Many Americans support Trump’s immigration order. Many Americans backed Japanese internment camps, too.

On Jan. 27, President Trump signed an executive order temporarily prohibiting visa holders and immigrants from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the United States, as well as halting the admission of refugees. Many critics describe the order as effectively a partial Muslim ban, and the …

Immigration

Enbridge under pressure to disclose risks of indigenous rights in new investments

Enbridge Inc. is facing fresh calls to explain how it assesses indigenous rights and environmental risks facing new investments after the Dakota …

Energy

In Providence, Policymakers Delay Visionary Local Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Reforms

Recent events in Providence, RI demonstrate both how a sustained grassroots campaign can create opportunities for civil rights and civil liberties, …

Rights & Freedoms

Closing the Gap Between Technology and Public Policy

Technology and public policy have always been out of sync, with new technologies often introducing societal issues that require government action. …

Bill Nye, The Misuse Of Science Guy: Why Science Doesn't Answer Public Policy Questions

The use of science in public policy has recently been in the news, most prominently in the “March for Science” at over 600 locations around the globe. Thousands rallied “for science,” including climate change activists, anti-vaxxers, and those who are either for or against GMOs, not to mention …

Science

Firefighter civil service measure ahead in Arlington

In Arlington, voters appeared willing to go against tradition and approve a ballot proposition that would create a civil service system for city …

There Really Was A Liberal Media Bubble

Groupthink produced a failure of the “wisdom of crowds” and an underestimate of Trump’s chances.<p><i>This is the ninth article in a</i> <i>series</i> <i>that reviews news</i> …

The Media Bubble Is Worse Than You Think

We crunched the data on where journalists work and how fast it’s changing. The results should worry you.<p><b>How did big media miss the Donald Trump swell?</b> News organizations old and new, large and small, print and online, broadcast and cable assigned phalanxes of reporters armed with the most …

Journalism

Trump's High Speed Corruption: Rich Donors Get Unprecedented Access to Policy Making

It’s fitting that President-elect Donald Trump ran on “draining the swamp” and is now filling his cabinet with ultra wealthy donors to his campaign. …

Donald Trump

​Commonwealth lays down guidelines for first round of AU$50m smart-city funding

The federal government has published draft funding rules for round one of its Smart Cities and Suburbs Program.<p>Australia's Assistant Minister for …

Will Trump’s Cabinet picks be able to beat the bureaucracy?

President-elect Donald Trump is filling his Cabinet with lions of industry and finance, not surprising for a businessman, and the left has …

Obama grants clemency, pardons to 231 people for a total of 1,324. Bureaucracy disappoints thousands

President Barack Obama issued clemency for 231 prisoners Monday. With 78 pardons and 153 commutations of sentences, the grants of mercy were the most …