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The crazy summer of Trump controversies that you’ve already forgotten

The end of summer is around the corner, with students soon returning to school and people across the country planning their fantasy football rosters.<p>But with the daily intrigue and drama from the White House, the summer also feels as though it stretched across years. Staff infighting, dramatic …

Donald Trump

After a week of self-inflicted chaos, Trump could see long-term costs to his presidency

The string quartet had just finished when<p>President Trumpraised his arms in triumph.<p>"Am I doing okay?" Trump asked, turning to chuckling Republican leaders who had once shunned him but now surrounded him in the Rose Garden to celebrate the House's passage of a healthcare bill. "I'm president! Hey, …

Donald Trump

The Trump Administration Just Gave Science the Middle Finger (Again)

The EPA is becoming more ironically named by the day.<p>It's hard to believe that there are still people who doubt the existence of climate change. After all, when even an oil giant like ExxonMobil is willing to say, "Yeah, this thing's real," it boggles the mind that anyone could be on the other side …

Donald Trump

No sign probes into Russia, Trump campaign will die down

WASHINGTON (AP) — An FBI investigation and congressional probes into the Trump campaign and contacts with Russia continue to shadow the …

Donald Trump

Trump to sign order sweeping away Obama-era climate policies

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will sign an executive order on Tuesday to undo a slew of Obama-era climate change regulations, a move meant to bolster domestic energy production but which environmentalists have vowed to challenge in court.<p>The decree, dubbed the "Energy …

Clean Technology

FOX NEWS POLL: Bernie Sanders remains the most popular politician in the US

Trump's overall job approval rating has dropped five points compared to a February poll from the network. As of March 15, 43% of surveyed voters approve of Trump's performance, while 51% disapprove.<p>Of the 43% of voters who approved, 30% said they "strongly approve," while 13% said they "somewhat …

Bernie Sanders

Donald Trump Budget Slashes Funds for E.P.A. and State Department

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s budget blueprint for the coming fiscal year would slash the Environmental Protection Agency by 31 percent and cut State Department spending by a similar amount in a brash upending of the government’s priorities, according to congressional staff members familiar with …

Donald Trump

Trump wants to “zero out” EPA programs

<b>(AP Photo/Josh Wood)</b><p>Programs addressing climate change, energy efficiency, diesel emissions, environmental justice to be shuttered<p>Bobby Magill<p>March 8, 2017 9:59am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on Climate Central.<p>The Trump administration wants to “zero out” many climate-related programs and …

It Only Took Trump One Month to Derail His Own Presidency

Under budget, and ahead of schedule.<p>It took less than a month for <b>Donald Trump</b> to squander whatever political capital he had when he took the oath of office. As the first Republican president in more than a decade to preside over a united government, hopes ran high in Washington for the …

Donald Trump

Republican Health Care Proposal Would Cover Fewer Low-Income Families

House Republicans are debating a plan to replace the Affordable Care Act that would give consumers tax credits to buy insurance, cut back on Medicaid and allow people to save their own money to pay for health care costs.<p>The outline plan is likely to take away some of the financial help low-income …

Health Care

Trump sets Democratic field ablaze with anger

The price of entry for the 2020 presidential primary is ferocious opposition to the president.<p>The Democratic base is so roiled and enraged after only two weeks of Donald Trump’s presidency that a take-no-prisoners posture toward the White House is emerging as the price of entry for the 2020 primary.<p>…

Government

Trump administration begins altering EPA climate change websites

In his poem "The Hollow Men," T. S. Eliot famously wrote: "This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang, but a whimper." It seems the Trump …

Separating facts from “alternative facts” in the Trump era

The Trump administration’s view on truth is tenuous at best<p>Now that the Trump administration has put "alternative facts" into our political lexicon, it's worth taking a look at a quartet of prime examples of the so-called "facts" promoted by the new politicians that are, really, just plain old lies.<p>…

The Holocaust Museum’s ‘Early Warning Signs Of Fascism’ Poster Is Unfortunately Familiar

The popularity of search terms “fascism” and “holocaust” have spiked on Google in recent weeks, especially, in the case of the latter, when President Trump’s Holocaust Memorial Day statement refused to mention the six million Jews who were murdered between 1941–1945. Nazi Germany was a fascist …

Koch Network Officials Aren't Commenting On Trump's Immigration Order

Although the Koch network did not back Trump during the election, officials see an opportunity to push their policy priorities through and will spend at least $300 million in the next two years.<p>INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — As major airports became protest sites on Saturday night over President Trump's …

Donald Trump

Cabinet hearings kick off: Meet Trump's new government

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President-elect Donald Trump's nominees for top Cabinet posts are in the spotlight this week as the Senate holds a frenzy of confirmation hearings.<p>Democrats are likely to focus on Trump's cozy ties with Russia -- as well as his unexplored foreign policy positions -- in hearings …

Donald Trump

America’s liberal cities are readying to battle Donald Trump on almost every front

As a candidate and now as US president, Donald Trump has seemed hellbent on alienating urban voters.<p>During the campaign, the New Yorker repeatedly and, some would argue, offensively spoke of America’s “inner cities” as “war zones” where life was “hell” for African-Americans. City voters returned …

Bill de Blasio

Obamacare Repeal Could Threaten Provisions That Help Older Adults

Republican lawmakers meeting in Philadelphia this week say they want their replacement of Obamacare to be done by spring. There is no consensus on a plan yet, but several Republicans in Congress have already circulated proposals that could reduce or eliminate features of the federal health law that …

Health Care

Trump's making his own rules as a diplomat, too

The president got to the White House without respecting the rules, and now he's doing international affairs his way.<p>Donald Trump made his own rules as a presidential candidate, and now he’s pushing ahead with global diplomacy in a similarly freewheeling fashion—with no Secretary of State yet in …

Donald Trump

Trump agrees with Bannon’s assessment that the media is the ‘opposition party’

President Trump said Friday that he considers the media to be “the opposition party in many ways,” echoing a controversial assessment earlier this week by his chief White House strategist, Stephen K. Bannon.<p>Trump was asked about Bannon’s comments during a morning interview at the White House with …

Donald Trump

Trump: New York Times is 'fake news'

President Donald Trump on Saturday railed against the New York Times and the Washington Post on Twitter, continuing his longstanding assault on media outlets.<p>The president labeled the Times as "fake news," and said that it and the Washington Post's coverage of Trump has been "so false and …

Donald Trump

Gregg Phillips, Discredited Voter Fraud 'Expert' Cited By Trump, Has Produced No Evidence

Phillips has been accused of government ethics breaches.<p>A conspiracy theorist touted by President Donald Trump as a voter fraud expert has failed to provide any evidence backing up his claims that millions of people voted illegally in the presidential election.<p>The country learned Gregg Phillips’ …

Donald Trump

Trump Signs A Record Number Of Executive Actions — But Nothing About Ethics

President Trump signed a record number of executive orders and presidential memoranda his first week in office — a total of 14 compared to President Obama's 13. But something is noticeably absent from those directives — ethics for the executive branch.<p><b>Update, 5:32 p.m., Jan. 28</b>: Today, President …

Donald Trump

Anti-Abortion Marchers Draw Inspiration From an Unlikely Source

WASHINGTON — Droves of men, women and children opposing abortion swarmed the National Mall on Friday in a demonstration that served not only as a rallying cry for their movement, but as a peaceful act of support for the new president they have embraced as their improbable champion.<p>The crowd …

Donald Trump

Judge halts deportations as refugee ban causes worldwide furor

A federal judge in New York blocked deportations nationwide late Saturday of those detained on entry to the United States after an executive order from President Trump targeted citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries.<p>Judge Ann Donnelly of the U.S. District Court in Brooklyn granted a …

Immigration

Trump’s revival of the antiabortion ‘gag rule’ could have a big impact in Africa

NAIROBI — One of President Trump’s first foreign policy decisions is set to affect some of the world’s poorest people: women seeking health services in places such as sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, where government hospitals are sometimes scarce.<p>On Monday, the Trump administration announced …

Planned Parenthood

Trump believes millions voted illegally, WH says -- but provides no proof

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump believes millions of votes were cast illegally in last year's election, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said on Tuesday, but he wouldn't provide any concrete evidence for the claim, which has long been debunked.<p>"The President does believe that, I …

Donald Trump

Trump plans to ban EPA from funding science: Report

Donald Trump plans to ban the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from funding science, and "overhaul" its use of science from outside groups, according to a Monday report published in Axios.<p>The EPA is the agency charged with protecting America's clean air and water, and under former President …

Climate change summit canceled by CDC amid uncertainty of a Trump presidency

Climate change is a public health issue<p>The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention quietly canceled a climate change summit scheduled for next month in Atlanta, according to <i>E&E News</i>, a trade publication for energy and environment professionals. The news comes a few days after Donald Trump, …

Donald Trump is preparing to make massive policy changes at the EPA

Now that he’s president, Donald Trump is laying the groundwork to drastically reshape the Environmental Protection Agency in the weeks and months ahead.<p>All signs indicate that Trump will soon issue a flurry of executive orders as part of the process of weakening various air and water pollution …