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The 7 Key Elements of the White House Tax Plan

WASHINGTON — Here are the most important changes in the tax plan proposed Wednesday by President Trump.<p><b>Three Tax Brackets</b><p>The number of tax brackets for individuals is reduced from seven to three: 10 percent, 25 percent and 35 percent. That lowers the top rate by nearly 5 percentage points, easing …

Finance

Trump privately signs anti-Planned Parenthood law

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump privately signed a bill on Thursday that allows states to withhold federal money from organizations that provide abortion services, including Planned Parenthood, a group frequently targeted by Republicans.<p>The bill, which the usually camera-friendly …

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Trump’s base turns on him

Steve Bannon’s downgrade is just one of many complaints. ‘We expect him to keep his word, and right now he’s not keeping his word,’ says one campaign supporter.<p>Donald Trump’s true believers are losing the faith.<p>As Trump struggles to keep his campaign promises and flirts with political moderation, …

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All the President's Flip-Flops

The simplest explanation for Donald Trump’s new positions on everything from Syria to interest rates? Ignorance.<p>In February 2017, Jon Stewart noted that Donald Trump had a remarkable affinity for a certain phrase: “Believe me.”* Trump used it over and over, which made Stewart wary: “Nobody says …

No, over there! Our case-by-case guide to the Trump distraction technique

In the first two months of his presidency Donald Trump has proved himself to be – if nothing else – a master of distraction.<p>His critics say that Trump’s chaotic time in charge has followed a now familiar pattern. Bad – or embarrassing – news emerges, then Trump either blurts out some tweets, or …

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Donald Trump’s war on the poor has historical precedent — and its not pretty

<b>Mick Mulvaney (Getty/Chip Somodevilla/AP/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>Trump’s budget proposes many ways to punish the poor. It’s a new version of the Nazi urge to purge “parasites”<p>Chauncey DeVega<p>March 20, 2017 6:00pm (UTC)<p>A nation's budget is a statement of priorities and values. President Donald Trump's …

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Goal of Kentucky Republicans: School Re-Segregation

For 40 years, Louisville has worked hard to integrate its schools, and citizens support integration broadly. But now, here comes the newly minted GOP …

Judiciary

What Wilson began 100 years ago this month, Trump is ending

<i>Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know? Sign up for the Today's WorldView newsletter.</i><p><i>Will Englund is an editor on the Post foreign desk and author of the just released "March 1917: On the Brink</i> …

Human Rights

The stench of the Iraq war lingers behind today's preoccupation with fake news

Australia invaded Iraq purely and simply to cement the alliance with the US. The purported justifications for war – preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, enforcing international law, fighting terrorism – were “mandatory rhetoric”, nothing more.<p>So says Dr Albert Palazzo from …

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Donald Trump’s Worst Deal

The President helped build a hotel in Azerbaijan that appears to be a corrupt operation engineered by oligarchs tied to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.<p>Heydar Aliyev Prospekti, a broad avenue in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, connects the airport to the city. The road is meant to highlight Baku’s …

AP FACT CHECK: Trump jumps the gun on NATO, jobs claims

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump boasted in his speech to Congress that new money "is pouring in" from NATO partners, which it isn't. He also …

Health Care

‘He’s a Performance Artist Pretending to be a Great Manager’

Donald Trump sits at the top of the biggest org chart in the world. Why does he look so uncomfortable in the job?<p>More than 27 years before Donald Trump was elected president of the United States, Bruce Nobles, then the president of the Trump Shuttle airline, assessed with some befuddlement the …

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We No Longer Have Three Branches of Government

I served in Congress for 16 years and taught civics for 13 more. Our government no longer looks like the one I told my students about—or the one the Constitution describes.<p>For more than a dozen years, teaching government classes to graduate students at Harvard and Princeton, I filled my students’ …

Political Science

Can we finally ditch the white working-class myth? Obama-to-Trump voters weren’t the problem

More white Obama voters switched to third-party candidates than voted for Trump, yet the media won’t let it go<p>Was the 2016 presidential election determined by “economic anxiety" among the white working class? That persistent media narrative has again been shown to be largely untrue.<p>Writing in the …

Trump White House scrambles to check scandal over FBI inquiry into Russia ties

The White House made a messy attempt on Sunday to control public perceptions of a widening scandal over alleged contacts between aides to Donald Trump and Russian intelligence officials during the 2016 election, alleging that the FBI had dismissed reports of such links.<p>Father of Navy Seal killed in …

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I Was a Muslim in Trump's White House

When President Obama left, I stayed on at the National Security Council in order to serve my country. I lasted eight days.<p>In 2011, I was hired, straight out of college, to work at the White House and eventually the National Security Council. My job there was to promote and protect the best of what …

Bruce Lee’s Never Before Revealed Letters to Himself About Authenticity, Personal Development, and the Measure of Success

“Where some people have a self, most people have a void, because they are too busy in wasting their vital creative energy to project themselves as this or that, dedicating their lives to actualizing a concept of what they should be like rather than actualizing their potentiality as a human</i> …

How to stop an autocracy

The danger isn’t that Trump will build an autocracy. It’s that congressional Republicans will let him.<p>There is nothing about the Trump administration that should threaten America’s system of government. The Founding Fathers were realistic about the presence and popularity of demagogues. The …

Federal appeals court rules 3 to 0 against Trump on travel ban

A federal appeals panel has maintained the freeze on President Trump’s controversial immigration order, meaning previously barred refugees and citizens from seven majority-Muslim countries can continue entering the United States.<p>In a unanimous 29-page opinion, three judges from the U.S. Court of …

Immigration

The World Could Reach Peak Coal And Oil In Three Years, Thanks To Cheap Renewables

We’re not running out of fossil fuels, they’re just not going to be worth it.<p>The world could reach peak oil and coal in as little as three years–not because either is close to running out, but because of the falling cost of solar power and electric cars and stronger climate policy.<p>A new report from …

Fossil Fuels

Rancorous Senate 'silencing' gives Warren a national boost

WASHINGTON (AP) — The turbulent national debate over race, gender and free speech consumed the normally staid Senate on Wednesday after the GOP …

Rights & Freedoms

Don't Call It Wheat: An Environmentally Friendly Grain Takes Root

Colin Curwen-McAdams opens the door to his greenhouse in Mt. Vernon, Wash., and a rush of warm air pours out.<p>"Basically, it's summer all year long here," he jokes.<p>Curwen-McAdams, a PhD student at Washington State University, and WSU professor Steven Jones have developed a new species: a cross …

Forestry

Legal Scholars: Why Congress Should Impeach Donald Trump

It has been widely acknowledged that, upon swearing the Oath of Office, President Donald Trump would be in direct violation of the foreign-emoluments …

Does Trump Actually Want to Succeed?

Jim Baker on how to run a White House that works, why the world is so scared right now—and how the new president could stop screwing up.<p>HOUSTON—Democrats and Republicans agree on one thing: James A. Baker III was the gold standard when it came to running a White House. And so far he’s not overly …

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Why Donald Trump Bears Blame for Making America Less Safe

The president’s attack on a federal judge and the “court system" add to his short-sighted approach to protecting the United States.<p>On Sunday, President Trump declared that “if something happens”—the “something” in question, implicitly, being an Islamist terrorist attack<i>—</i>Americans should blame the …

Trump’s uninhabitable world: The EPA starts to remove Obama-era information from its site

Federal climate plans, tribal assistance programs and references to international cooperation have been stricken<p>The Environmental Protection Agency’s website has begun to transform under the Trump administration.<p>A group of researchers have found what are likely the first steps in a major overhaul …

Want to resist the post-truth age? Learn to analyze photos like an expert would

“When photography was invented,” photo historian Vicki Goldberg once said, “it was thought to be an equivalent to truth. It was truth with a capital T.”<p>But as viewers quickly learned, seeing isn’t always believing. Even in the early history of photography, hoaxes like the Cottingley fairies taught …

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Fact Checking This Week In The Trump Administration

It's only the second week of the Trump administration, but there has been a continued tension with facts. In his first week, the president boasted about his inaugural crowds and doubled down on false claims that there were millions of illegal voters who swayed the results of the popular vote.<p>This …

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What a growing coalition of anti-Trump protesters can learn from the Tea Party’s success

Sociologists say it’s possible to build a movement against Trump. It will require more than protest.<p>If President Donald Trump’s first two weeks in the White House have been defined by anything, it’s protest. Just a day after Trump’s inauguration, millions of people around the country demonstrated …