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Gun ownership used to be bipartisan. Not anymore.

In April, President Trump addressed the National Rifle Association’s annual national convention, the first sitting president to do so since Ronald Reagan in 1983. The gun-rights organization endorsed Trump very early, nearly six months before Election Day, and spent millions in key battleground …

Guns

Should Facebook tell you more about political ads?

A new group from the U.K. is pushing for transparency in online political advertising. Why it matters to Canada, too<p>In the 12 months before the 2015 …

An Attack on American Democracy

John Cassidy: “At a time like this, it is important to express things plainly. On Tuesday evening, Donald Trump acted like a despot. Without warning …

Donald Trump

KING: There is one strategy we need to defeat Donald Trump

I see a lot of people talking about impeachment this morning. I get it. Donald Trump is a scoundrel. This much is undeniable. His firing of FBI …

Government

Why Gorsuch May Not Be So Genteel on the Bench

WASHINGTON — Justice Neil M. Gorsuch is by all accounts the soul of courtesy, and he may have a hard time elbowing his way into the judicial crossfire that is the modern Supreme Court argument.<p>Justices interrupt one another all the time, and it may not be easy for the new justice to find his place …

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Outside groups dominating Senate contests this cycle, report finds

Outside groups have aired almost half of all political ads for Senate races this election cycle, an all-time high at 49 percent. Entities not …

Government

Trump Trolls His Critics

Accused of being Nixonian and trying to bury an investigation of ties to Russia, the president meets and greets Russian officials and Nixon’s most famous aide.<p>Imagine you are the president of the United States. Now, imagine you have just fired the director of the FBI, for a nonsensical rationale. …

If Trump gets away with this, America will be seen as a failing state

We have the tin-pot leader whose vanity knows no bounds. We have the rapacious family feathering their nests without regard for the law or common decency. We have utter disregard for values at home and abroad, the disdain for democracy, the hunger for constraining a free press, the admiration for …

Donald Trump

Measles outbreak: Different states, different rules on vaccinations

<b>(CNN) —</b> The rash of measles cases across the country has affected some states more than others. And, not surprisingly, the rules for vaccinating vary wildly from coast to coast.<p>Take California, for example, where more than 90 people have already been infected with measles this year. As in many …

Public Health

States rise up against Washington

State legislators around the country have introduced more than 200 bills aiming to nullify regulations and laws coming out of Washington, D.C., as …

Donald Trump fired James Comey because of the Russia investigations

Donald Trump was so enraged that the FBI was investigating him that he would scream at the TV over it<p>The political world was rocked by President Donald Trump's surprise firing of FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday. As more information leaks about what went on behind the scenes prior to, during, …

Donald Trump

Sean Spicer Literally Hid In The Bushes To Avoid Questions About James Comey’s Termination

Sean Spicer is not working today — at least not as press secretary — due to his apparently prescheduled Navy Reserve commitments, which means that what could have been one of his most brutal press briefings will fall to his deputy. Sarah Huckabee Sanders has already been out telling scripted lies …

Donald Trump

And then Henry Kissinger walks in...: 24 hours in the Donald Trump circus

<b>(CNN) —</b> Donald Trump promised a White House like no other when he pulled the biggest upset in presidential history to become the 44th man to hold the job. Man has he delivered.<p>From his Twitter feed to his dinner guests (Ted Nugent, Kid Rock and Sarah Palin -- all in one night!), the Trump White …

Donald Trump

Nixon redux? Trump’s “Tuesday afternoon massacre” could lead to his impeachment or resignation

Trump’s dismissal of Comey echoes Richard Nixon’s infamous actions of 1973 — and it could lead to his downfall<p>As Mr. Rogers might have asked, “Can you spell coverup?”<p>FBI Director James Comey was leading the most important investigation into the Trump administration’s Russian connections. Now he’s …

Donald Trump

OK, NOW Is It Watergate?

A realtime chronicler of Nixon’s downfall assesses Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey.<p>President Donald Trump’s astonishing firing of FBI director James Comey on Tuesday afternoon raised throughout Washington the inevitable question: Is this Watergate? While Watergate was <i>sui generis</i> and is …

Donald Trump

Senate Republicans start health care push with missteps

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> It wasn't long after the House finally passed its bill to repeal and replace Obamacare that senators were already vowing to do it their way.<p>But in the week since, Senate Republicans are quickly coming up against some of the same obstacles that dogged House Republicans -- and …

South Dakota

On Lifetime Civil Service Tenure, No Matter What

Government “ran off the rails” when President Kennedy gave government employees the right to collective bargaining via unions.<p>In his 25 April letter “How About Accountability for Our Federal Employees,” Rod Kelly ponders “when government ran off the rails.” As a person who “worked” for 40 years in …

Employment

The Effects of the American Health Care Act on Health Insurance Coverage and Federal Spending in 2020 and 2026

The authors analyzed a version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), a bill proposed in the U.S. House of Representatives on March 6, 2017. The …

Health Care

Senator: Hire Comey to lead Senate panel's probe into Russia ties

<b>(CNN) —</b> Sen. Angus King had a novel suggestion Wednesday, telling CNN's "New Day" he'll push for the Senate intelligence committee to hire ousted FBI Director James Comey to lead its investigation into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.<p>"I had a fun idea in the middle of the night," …

Donald Trump

GOP senator cites 'concerns' over Andrew McCabe as acting FBI director

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley has "concerns" with FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe becoming acting director in the wake of James Comey's termination, the Iowa Republican told reporters Wednesday.<p>"He's got political problems because of (Virginia Gov. Terry) McAuliffe …

Donald Trump

Mitch McConnell just shut down any hopes Democrats had of an independent Russia investigation

President Trump just cut off the head of Washington's most apolitical investigation of his presidential campaign associates' connections with Russia. To make up for it, Democrats think Congress should appoint a special investigator unbeholden to them or the Trump administration.<p>Except, it looks as …

Donald Trump
Donald Trump

U.S. Wins Religious Discrimination Case Against Western Towns Over Access To Housing, Utilities

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two towns in the western United States and their joint water company on Monday lost a U.S. federal lawsuit claiming they discriminated against residents who did not belong to an unacknowledged offshoot of the Mormon Church.<p>The U.S. Justice Department said a federal jury in …

U.S. Department of Justice

Alabama's New Fight for Voting Rights

Fifty-one years after "Bloody Sunday," civil rights activists in Selma fear a resurgence in voter suppression ahead of the first presidential election since the Supreme Court dented the landmark Voting Rights Act.<p>This past weekend, civil rights advocates gathered in Selma, Alabama, to mark the 51st …

Rights & Freedoms

This study shows American federalism is a total joke

Voting for state legislators is dominated by feelings about the president.<p>Republicans dominate America’s state governments — even in some of the country’s most liberal states.<p>Wisconsin, Florida, Ohio, and Michigan have all voted Democratic in the past two presidential elections. But Republicans …

Conservative ‘originalists’ letter calls Trump ‘indifferent or hostile’ to the Constitution

Republican Donald Trump has made Supreme Court nominations a selling point to persuade otherwise reluctant conservatives to back his election.<p>But a group of conservative legal scholars said Monday that it was not enough.<p>Twenty-nine members of the conservative legal movement published a statement …

Donald Trump

President Obama Just Showed Us How to Fix the Republican Party

You can't let them disown Trump.<p>On Thursday evening, President No More Fcks To Give stopped by Columbus, Ohio to deliver a speech that, frankly, I've been waiting for someone to give ever since Donald Trump became the Republican nominee for president. There were no words minced and no quarter …

Democratic Party

Hillary Clinton, Wannabe Global Dominatrix And Liberal Neocon, Plans More Stupid Wars

Never before were the two leading presidential candidates so disliked. Both major parties have nominated candidates that most Americans desperately want to reject.<p>There are many reasons to oppose Hillary Clinton: a history of scandal, reaching back to Bill Clinton's Arkansas governorship; greedy, …

Geopolitics

Democratic awakening: The damaging psychological effects of the 2016 election

The awakening puts citizens at the center of politics, problem-solving and the creation of a democratic way of life<p><i>This piece originally appeared on BillMoyers.com.</i><p>It would be wrong to ignore the psychological, social and political damage this poisonous election is causing. When the movement called …

Black History

Journalist group declares Donald Trump a threat to press freedom

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan may no longer be willing to stump for Donald Trump, but he remains eager to make the case for an unnamed Republican to beat Hillary Clinton.<p>In remarks Friday before a group of College Republicans in Wisconsin, Ryan is expected to push past Trump’s week of sexual assault …