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Trump voters are selfish: They love him because they identify with him

New psychological research: Trump’s voters were not confused or deluded. They knew what they wanted, and got it<p>The political corpse that is and was the 2016 presidential election continues to reveal its secrets. The newest revelation? Donald Trump's public supported an incompetent, ignorant bigot …

Republicans

Fox News Analyst Quits, Calls Network a ‘Propaganda Machine’

Fox News commentator Ret. Lt. Col. Ralph Peters—who called Obama a ‘p*ssy’ on-air in 2015—told colleagues he is now “ashamed” of the right-leaning …

Is America on the Verge of a Constitutional Crisis?

As the Trump presidency approaches a troubling tipping point, it’s time to find the right term for what’s happening to democracy.<p>Here is something that, even on its own, is astonishing: The president of the United States demanded the firing of the former FBI deputy director, a career civil servant, …

Donald Trump

GOP confronts another failed tax experiment in Oklahoma

When the GOP took full control of Oklahoma government after the 2010 election, lawmakers set out to make it a model of Republican principles, with …

Billionaire Koch, wife gave Paul Ryan nearly $500,000 after House passed tax bill

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan received nearly $500,000 in contributions from one of the billionaire Koch brothers and his wife 13 days after after the House passed its version of the Republican tax bill, according to a campaign finance report released last week.<p>The International Business Times and …

Middle-class

The Toxic Loyalty of Trump's Hardcore Zealots

They’ve excused his winking at neo-Nazis and his support of an accused child molester. Is there anything—anything—that would make Trump’s die-hards …

Donald Trump

GOP betting that its fix for US economy will defy warnings

WASHINGTON (AP) — The tax overhaul of 2017 amounts to a high-stakes gamble by Republicans in Congress: That slashing taxes for corporations and wealthy individuals will accelerate growth and assure greater prosperity for Americans for years to come.<p>The risks are considerable.<p>A wide range of …

Economics

Doug Schoen: Trump’s chance to push back on Putin and turn the tide against Russia’s campaign of aggression

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s comments at his annual news conference Thursday denying Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and praising President Trump furthered Putin’s efforts to polarize American politics and disrupt American political institutions.<p>As I argue in my …

Russia

3 myths about the poor that Republicans use to justify slashing US safety net

Sen. Chuck Grassley recently seemed to suggest some poor people spend all their money on “booze or women or movies”<p>Republicans continue to use long-debunked myths about the poor as they defend lower taxes for the rich and deep cuts to the social safety net to pay for them. In so doing, they are …

Income Inequality

Trump admin bans CDC from using certain words like "fetus"

Policy analysts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were told by the Trump administration on Thursday that they are not allowed to use …

Public Health

2016 RNC Delegate: Trump Directed Change To Party Platform On Ukraine Support

<b>Updated at 3:36 p.m. E.D.T. on December 4.</b><p>President Trump may have been involved with a change to the Republican Party campaign platform last year that watered down support for U.S. assistance to Ukraine, according to new information from someone who was involved.<p>Diana Denman, a Republican delegate …

Russia

Russian troll describes work in the infamous misinformation factory

For months, Vitaly Bespalov, 26, was one of hundreds of workers pumping out misinformation online at the Internet Research Agency, the Russian troll factory responsible for explosive content seen by 126 million Americans in the run-up to the U.S. presidential election.<p>In many ways, the IRA was like …

Social Media

Transcript: Trump's Air Force One gaggle: Putin, Russia probe, Asia trip, and Roy Moore

<i>Remarks by President Donald Trump in press gaggle aboard Air Force One, en route to Hanoi, Vietnam.</i><p>3:35 P.M. ICT<p>PRESIDENT TRUMP: Everybody okay? Everybody happy? Everybody healthy? Two more days -- no problem.<p>It's been a -- I think it's been a great trip. In certain ways, it's been very epic. I …

Donald Trump

New York Times photographer tweets ‘photo’ of black box to protest White House coverage blackout

DANANG, Vietnam — News photographers and reporters traveling with President Trump are protesting a lack of access provided by the White House to his events here at a regional economic conference.<p>On Saturday, New York Times photographer Doug Mills, a member of the White House Correspondents' …

Donald Trump

The 100 Best Nonfiction Books of All Time: No 92 – The Diary of Samuel Pepys (1660)

A portrait of an extraordinary Englishman, whose scintillating first-hand accounts of Restoration England are reported alongside his rampant sexual exploits<p>One day in December 1659, a young civil servant and Cambridge graduate named Samuel Pepys went to the shop in Cornhill in the City of London, …

Literature

John Boehner Blasts ‘Right-Wing Idiot’ Sean Hannity

Former House speaker <b>John Boehner</b> took full advantage of his non-politician status to unleash on conservative media figures who now longer pose a …

Republicans

Yes, the Russia-Trump Investigation Is Real

<i>First Read is your briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.</i><p>Yes, the Russia-Trump investigation is real — even when you exclude the Steele dossier<p>WASHINGTON — With the revelation that the Clinton campaign and DNC paid …

Donald Trump

Blindsided Trump officials scrambling to develop opioid plan

It's unclear when Trump's promised emergency declaration will be formally announced or how it will be carried out.<p>President Donald Trump overrode his own advisers when he promised to deliver an emergency declaration next week to combat the nation’s worsening opioid crisis.<p>“That is a very, very big …

Donald Trump

The Latest: France's Macron hails freeing of Syria's Raqqa

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local):<p>9:15 p.m.<p>The declared victory over Islamic State extremists in Raqqa is especially sweet for France, which was repeatedly targeted by deadly attacks orchestrated from the Syrian city.<p>French President Emmanuel Macron says the fight …

Middle East

‘Fake Art’: Trump Brags He Owns Original Renoir But Art Institute Which Has Authentic Version Calls Him Out

After President Donald Trump boasted that he has an original Renoir painting hanging in his NYC Trump Tower apartment, the Art Institute of Chicago …

Donald Trump

Trump’s Shocking Extremist Judges

An architect of voter suppression and a man who thinks transgender people are Satanic will soon be serving life terms as federal judges.<p>While the …

A reporter finally asked Trump to just explain his health care plan. His response was a train wreck.

A simple question. A disastrous answer.<p>During a joint White House news conference with the prime minister of Greece on Tuesday, President Trump was …

John McCain just delivered a total and complete takedown of Trumpism

<b>(CNN) —</b> On Monday night in Philadelphia, John McCain offered a total and complete rejection of the world view offered by the leader of his party.<p>Here's the key paragraph:<p><i>"To fear the world we have organized and led for three-quarters of a century, to abandon the ideals we have advanced around the</i> …

Political Science

Sen. John McCain warns against 'spurious nationalism' in Liberty Medal speech

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> In a lofty and at moments pointed speech, Sen. John McCain on Monday cautioned against the US turning toward "half-baked, spurious nationalism" during an event honoring the war hero's contributions.<p>Reflecting on his decades-long political history, McCain warned that to "fear" the …

Mccain

Gregg Popovich Goes Full Throttle On 'Soulless Coward' Donald Trump

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich did not hold back in his latest criticism of President Donald Trump.<p>The five-time NBA champion coach has a history of tearing into Trump, but on Monday he took his condemnation of the commander in chief to the next level by calling him a “soulless coward.”<p>…

Donald Trump

Trump gives his own performance a Trump-sized endorsement

The president called an impromptu Rose Garden press conference to sell reporters and the public on his job performance.<p>Friends say President Donald Trump has grown frustrated that his greatness is not widely understood, that his critics are fierce and on TV every morning, that his poll numbers are …

Donald Trump

The Trump White House Wants You to Know It Really Doesn’t Care About Corruption

George ZornickAmong Republicans, of course.The post The Trump White House Wants You to Know It Really Doesn’t Care About Corruption appeared first on …

Donald Trump

The Latest: Trump cuts off insurers, rattling health market

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and health care (all times local):<p>9:50 p.m.<p>President Donald Trump's cut-off of federal payments to insurers is jolting the health care and political worlds.<p>It's threatening to boost premiums for millions and rattle insurance markets. It also …

Health Care

Corker unloads on Trump for trying to ‘castrate’ Tillerson

Sen. Bob Corker escalated his war of words with the White House on Friday, admonishing President Donald Trump for what the senator called an effort to “castrate” the secretary of state and actions that are pushing U.S. diplomatic efforts to the brink of “World War III.”<p>Corker (R-Tenn.), who …

Donald Trump

Trump plants bomb, says Obamacare 'imploding'

• President ends subsidies for poor … opens door for flimsy insurance plans … threatens Iran deal … vows love for Puerto Rico<p>• Get the day’s politics news in 60 seconds every weekday. By Tom McCarthy

Puerto Rico