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Before Trump finishes his tax plan, he might want to go to Kansas

But ask some Kansans and you'll learn how that kind of tax cut could have serious unintended consequences.<p>In 2013, as part of the state's largest-ever tax cuts, Kansas slashed its business tax rate down to 0%. It was supposed to spur economic growth.<p>After all, if businesses have more money in hand, …

Income Inequality

Take a tour of the luxurious Italian villa where the Obamas are reportedly vacationing

After a stop in Milan, Italy, for a sold-out speech on climate change, the former president has reportedly made his way to the Tuscan countryside. According to the Daily Mail, the Obamas have arrived at Borgo Finocchieto, a luxurious and historic hilltop villa in Buonconvento, for a six-day …

Italy

Lithuania wants a permanent US troop presence as 'a game changer' to counter Russia

The Lithuanian president has said she wants an ongoing US troop presence in her country in light of increased Russian activity in the region and in response to Moscow's preparations for military exercises in neighboring Belarus late this year.<p>"We need the serious involvement of the US to not only …

Russia

US-backed forces just got ISIS to surrender a Syrian city, and it's not the first time it's happened

US-backed forces got ISIS fighters to surrender a Syrian town near Raqqa, and, surprisingly, it's not the first time.<p>The Syrian Arab Coalition and Syrian Democratic Forces "completed the liberation of the Tabqah Dam, as well as the city of Tabqah and its nearby airfield," on Wednesday, according to …

Middle East

'Good riddance': Some progressives are cheering Trump’s plans to kill a 'drug war dinosaur'

The plan, which leaked in a 2018 budget memo last week, called for a 96% cut to the agency's budget in 2018.<p>It was quickly slammed by Democrats and Republicans, who questioned why Trump would cut funding to anti-drug efforts at the height of the opioid crisis.<p>A statement from the Democratic …

Obama Administration

In Wisconsin, ID law proved insurmountable for many voters

MILWAUKEE (AP) — State Sen. Mary Lazich was adamant: The bill Republicans were about to push through the Wisconsin state Senate, requiring that voters present identification at the polls, would do no harm.<p>"Not a single voter in this state will be disenfranchised by the ID law," Lazich promised.<p>Five …

Government

The DNC’s elephant in the room: Dems have a problem — it’s not Donald Trump

It’s time for the DNC to stop blaming Trump and the GOP for their own credibility issues<p>The election of Donald Trump offered the Democratic Party a huge gift. Coming off of a highly contentious election and a series of party scandals, the public came together in a massive effort to protest and …

Middle-class

Bill Maher Blames Bill Clinton for Comey Drama: ‘Let’s Put the Blame Where It Belongs’

The ‘Real Time’ host found an apparent scapegoat for all the drama surrounding former FBI Director James Comey’s firing.<p>This week, President Donald …

Donald Trump

Trump meltdown sets off GOP alarms over 2018 midterm

A three-day party gathering highlights senior Republican officials grappling with a profoundly unstable White House.<p>CORONADO, Calif. — With the White House in meltdown mode, top Republican Party officials and operatives gathered at a posh oceanside resort here and contemplated a 2018 midterm …

Republicans

Kim, Khloé and Kourtney Kardashian Get Political After Visiting a Planned Parenthood Center in L.A.

Add the Kardashian sisters to the list of celebrities who stand with Planned Parenthood.<p>On Friday, Kim Kardashian West, Khloé Kardashian and Kourtney …

Gas-tax payback: Steve Glazer loses chairmanship of Senate committee

SACRAMENTO — Sen. Steve Glazer, the East Bay Democrat who broke from his party last month to vote against increased transportation taxes — which …

Senate Democrats: Fight Mitch McConnell's attempt to make Trump normal, shut it down

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) rightly called popular vote loser Donald Trump "dangerous" in an interview on <i>Morning Joe</i> Friday. He followed up with a …

To hold a town hall or not? It’s a lose-lose situation for many Republicans right now.

Proof of residency. Photo ID. Preregister.<p>For some members of Congress, the unusually strict requirements they've put in place for who can attend their town halls sound more like a trip to the DMV than an invitation to practice democracy. And those are the few lawmakers who have agreed to hold town …

Republicans

Backs To Betsy DeVos; Scholarships Denied; Paul Ryan Visits A Charter School

Hello and welcome to another edition of NPR Ed's weekly national education news roundup!<p><b>DeVos heckled at Bethune-Cookman University</b><p>Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' first commencement address since taking office was interrupted by persistent boos when she addressed graduates at a private, Christian, …

Education
Donald Trump

Trump pledges to move quickly to name new FBI director

WASHINGTON/LYNCHBURG, Va. (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Saturday he will move quickly to nominate a new FBI director, after he sparked a political firestorm by firing the man investigating possible collusion between Russia and the Trump presidential campaign.<p>Trump told reporters he …

Donald Trump

Los Angeles marches, rallies commemorate Armenian killings

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Weekend vigils, marches and demonstrations were held across the Los Angeles area to commemorate the killings of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians under the Ottoman Empire more than a century ago.<p>Tens of thousands rallied Sunday afternoon outside the Turkish Consulate just hours …

Latin America
Donald Trump

First lawsuit against Trump’s travel ban is wrapping up

The first ​law​suit challenging President Trump’s original travel ban could be nearing a settlement, according to court documents.<p>The​ many attorneys …

Immigration

Jeff Sessions says he’ll punish sanctuaries, cities could lose billions of dollars

The Trump administration officially put sanctuary cities on notice Monday that they are violating federal laws and could lose access to billions of …

Donald Trump

Trump Approves Plan to Arm Syrian Kurds

President Donald Trump has approved a plan to arm the Syrian Kurdish militia — an important U.S. ally in Syria in the fight against ISIS.<p>The Pentagon said the move is significant because it supports the notion that the Syrian Democratic Force is the fighting force that will eventually go in to …

Middle East

Afghan hospital bombing brings punishments, ISIS bombings dropping off, budget cuts increase air fatalities, and U.S. gun-running’s global footprint

<b>AFGHAN HOSPITAL BOMBING PUNISHMENTS</b> Over a dozen members of the military have been punished, but will not face criminal charges, for errors that led to the bombing of a Doctors without Borders hospital in Kunduz in October, the Associated Press reports. The punishments are in some cases …

Afghanistan
Health Care
Donald Trump
Mitch McConnell
Sexual Harassment