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AP FACT CHECK: Trump's visa lottery system doesn't exist

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is looking for a fix to a problem that doesn't exist — stopping foreign countries from picking out troublesome people for a lottery to move to the U.S. They don't get to do that.<p>He's talking about the diversity visa program, which bears little resemblance to …

Natural Gas

Why Democrats had 5 responses to Trump’s State of the Union

Democrats don’t need a clear party leader in 2018 — they have Trump to unify their base.<p>After President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night, there wasn’t just one Democratic response. There were five.<p>The party’s official response came from 37-year-old Rep. Joe Kennedy III …

Middle-class

The Real-World Consequences of 'Fake News'

“Once you’re uprooted from your sense of reality, that allows all sorts of other uprootings to take place.”<p>When Donald Trump’s press secretary was recently asked to comment on a rogues’ gallery of foreign leaders embracing her boss’s catchphrase of “fake news,” she essentially made the Las Vegas …

Journalism

Highlights of the GOP plan to overhaul the tax code

House Republicans unveiled a $1.5 trillion tax plan that cuts the corporate rate, lowers the personal tax rate of most Americans and eliminates or limits some prized deductions. A look at provisions of the proposal:<p>__Income tax rates: Sets four new income tax rates: 12 percent, 25 percent, 35 …

Finance

Paul Manafort, Who Once Ran Trump Campaign, Indicted on Money Laundering and Tax Charges

WASHINGTON — The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, announced charges on Monday against three advisers to President Trump’s campaign and laid out the most explicit evidence to date that his campaign was eager to coordinate with the Russian government to damage his rival, Hillary Clinton.<p>The …

Donald Trump

Trump’s latest big interview is both funny and terrifying

POTUS swings and misses at the softest softballs.<p>It’s not exactly a news flash at this point that Donald Trump isn’t very fluent on questions of public policy, but his interview over the weekend with Fox Business Channel’s Maria Bartiromo is really a sobering reminder of the levels of ignorance and …

Donald Trump

Yet more reason for Republicans to start panicking about 2018

<i>Update: And a new poll from Fox News confirms Democrats' huge lead on the generic ballot. It shows them up 50-35. The poll has been added to the chart below.</i><p><i>Also good for Democrats from the poll: It shows 51 percent of registered voters have a favorable opinion of their party -- the highest that</i> …

Polling

White House tells Corker: Stop 'name calling and get back to work'

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Tuesday left the door open to speak with Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, a retiring Republican lawmaker who has openly criticized President Donald Trump in recent weeks.<p>In an interview Tuesday morning with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, Sanders …

Donald Trump

9 things Donald Trump didn't tell the truth about on Monday

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump is setting a historic pace for mistruths during his time in office. Through his first 263 days in office -- which covers through October 9 -- Trump has made 1,318 false or misleading claims, according to a count maintained by The Washington Post's Fact …

Donald Trump

Trump's not going to be able to avoid blame for kneecapping Obamacare

<i>This article has been updated.</i><p>Let’s set aside for the moment President Trump’s decision to end Obamacare’s cost-sharing reduction payments (CSRs) to insurers, a system under which insurers are subsidized to help keep costs low for low-income insurance recipients.<p>Let’s also set aside the other ways …

Health Care

President Trump has made 1,318 false or misleading claims over 263 days

Five months before unveiling his tax plan, President Trump claimed that it “is the biggest tax cut in history. This is bigger than Reagan. … This is actually bigger than Reagan tax cuts.” We warned readers at the time that there was no public proposal yet and that this was a dubious claim properly …

Donald Trump

Donald Trump's IQ obsession, in 22 quotes

<b>(CNN) —</b> In an interview with Forbes magazine published Tuesday morning, President Trump talks about his high IQ to explain away reports that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson referred to him as a "moron" over the summer.<p>Said Trump: "I think it's fake news, but if he did that, I guess we'll have to …

Rex Tillerson

These charts show Fox News really did ignore Puerto Rico’s crisis

They talked more about tweets than about resources.<p>After Hurricane Maria caused a massive crisis in Puerto Rico, a Morning Consult poll found that almost half of Americans don’t know that Puerto Ricans are US citizens. The poll also found that people who did not know they were citizens were far …

Caribbean

A Presidential Speech Steeped in Hypocrisy

Trump would have done better to say a few things that sound real than a great many that sound false.<p>Pre-presidential Trump was a man of many faults and vices, but one endearing quality: He was no hypocrite. He exaggerated his wealth, his success, his physical fitness, but he never pretended to …

Donald Trump

Space superwoman returning to Earth with records galore

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Astronaut Peggy Whitson is closing out a space streak unmatched by any other American.<p>The world's most experienced spacewoman is due back on Earth this weekend following 9 ½ months at the International Space Station. Counting all her flights, she will have logged 665 …

Space Exploration

Pentagon finally comes clean on Afghanistan troop levels

The Pentagon revealed Wednesday there are some 2,600 more American troops in Afghanistan than it previously acknowledged — approximately 11,000, not the longtime public figure of 8,400.<p>“The number 11,000 is an approximation. It may be slightly above that, it may be slightly below that, it will …

National Security

President Trump Disbanded a Federal Panel Aimed at Fighting Climate Change

The Trump administration has chosen to disband a federal advisory panel aimed at guiding public and private-sector officials in understanding the …

Clean Technology

35 Books Everyone Should Read at Least Once in Their Lifetime

By Megan Willett<p>Books have the profound capacity to stay with us for the rest of our lives.<p>Whether they’re written for children, sci-fi lovers, …

Literature

Trump’s latest North Korea threat is scary. It’s also a lie.

President Donald Trump has now taken the tensions with North Korea to new heights, tweeting on Friday morning that the US military is in position to attack North Korea at a moment’s notice.<p>“Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely,” the president …

North Korea

You Don't Need Fancy Glasses To See The Eclipse With This NASA-Approved Hack

Sun-worshipping astro nerds have been planning for the impending eclipse for months now: Campsites are booked and hotels in the full eclipse's …

Krispy Kreme

9 times the Trump team denied something — and then confirmed it

<i>This post has been updated with more examples.</i><p>The White House directly contradicted President Trump's own attorney on Tuesday. It confirmed that the president was involved in that misleading Donald Trump Jr. statement about his meeting with a Russian lawyer after Trump's attorney, Jay Sekulow, had …

Donald Trump

Five memorable moments from Trump's interview with the Wall Street Journal

Last week, the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> had a one-on-one interview with President Trump.<p>But when the outlet didn't publish a full transcript of the interview, <i>Politico</i> stepped in and published it.<p>Here are five of the most interesting moments.<p>On Jared Kushner<p><i>IVANKA TRUMP : And I liked your editorial today,</i> …

Donald Trump

At Ohio campaign rally, Trump offers an ‘unfiltered’ view of his presidency

YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO — About 300 miles from Washington, President Trump on Tuesday night offered a view of his presidency free of what he called the “fake-news filter.”<p>Over the course of nearly an hour, Trump touted the work of his administration in getting gang members and other illegal immigrants …

Donald Trump

CBO: Senate repeal would leave 32 million more uninsured

A revived bill that would dismantle large parts of Obamacare without an immediate replacement would leave 32 million more people uninsured and double premiums over a decade, the Congressional Budget Office said in a report Wednesday.<p>The legislation — an update of the repeal measure nearly all GOP …

This 3D-Printed, Soft Artificial Heart Beats Just Like a Real One

Made-to-measure organs.<p>Scientists have 3D-printed a soft, artificial heart made of silicone that beats almost like a human heart, putting us another …

ETH Zurich

Creationism support is at a new low. The reason should give us hope.

People aren't dumping faith. They're reconciling creationism and evolution in a way that suggests how we can bridge other polarizing divides, including the current health care impasse.<p>Fundamentalists are vowing to make a last stand for God in Dayton, Tenn., on July 14 when a new statue will be …

Religion