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'Harebrained': National Security Council owns up to widely derided Trump video

The National Security Council has said that it made the video Donald Trump showed to Kim Jong-un at their Singapore summit on Tuesday in an unorthodox effort to persuade him of the benefits of denuclearisation.<p>The four-minute video in Korean and English was made in the style of an extended action …

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Trump assails high drug prices, avoids direct hit on industry

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday blasted drugmakers and healthcare "middlemen" for making prescription medicines unaffordable for Americans, but healthcare stocks rose as his administration avoided aggressive direct measures to cut prices.<p>Trump made the remarks at the …

Lobbying pays off for small drugmaker in budget bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tucked in the massive congressional budget bill is a provision that props up the price Medicare pays for a handful of medications, …

The EPA made a surprise move that could protect the world's largest salmon fishery

<b>(CNN) —</b> In a surprise reversal, the Environmental Protection Agency announced it is withdrawing its plan to suspend environmental protections for an area of Alaska that is home to the world's most valuable wild salmon fishery.<p>The EPA proposed last year to "reverse clean water safeguards" for the …

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Flake compares Trump's treatment of press to Stalin's

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) said Sunday that President Donald Trump's declaration that media is "the enemy of the people" is a throwback to Josef Stalin that should have no place in political discourse.<p>"I'm saying he borrowed that phrase," Flake told MSNBC's Kasie Hunt of Trump's choice of words. "It …

Trump Under Oath Is a Different Person

What the president’s previous depositions suggest about how his interview with Special Counsel Robert Mueller might go<p>Sometime soon, President Trump is likely to be deposed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team. Several outlets, beginning with NBC News on Monday, report that Trump’s …

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Former Joint Chiefs chairman: Nuclear war with North Korea closer than ever

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The United States is "closer to a nuclear war with North Korea" than ever, Adm. Mike Mullen, a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Sunday, adding that he does not "see the opportunities to solve this diplomatically at this particular point."<p>In an interview on ABC's …

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The stealth repeal of Obamacare

The health law has been wounded in a year of Trump.<p>Obamacare survived the first year of President Donald Trump, but it’s badly damaged.<p>The sweeping Republican tax bill on the verge of final passage would repeal the individual mandate in 2019, potentially taking millions of people out of the health …

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

Pass-Through Tax Agreement Reached Between House and Senate GOP

20 percent rate enough to win over Johnson<p><b>Updated 12:52 p.m.</b> | House and Senate Republicans have agreed to set the deduction for pass-through …

Republicans

Donald Trump's Monday morning perfectly encapsulates his entire presidency

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump did two big things on Monday morning before jetting off to Utah to announce he is shrinking two national monuments.<p>1. He tweeted a full-scale endorsement of Roy Moore's Senate campaign in Alabama. "Democrats refusal to give even one vote for massive Tax Cuts is why we …

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Trump could be on track to triple Obama's time on the golf course

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump could be on track to spend as much as triple the time former President Barack Obama did on the golf course in his first year in office -- and to play more than former President George W. Bush did in eight years in office.<p>Trump spent Saturday at his Trump …

Golf

The administration’s tax proposals are a blunt attack on civil society that will ultimately damage American life<p>Not so long ago, conservative thinkers and Republican leaders were strong champions of private charity. George HW Bush talked about a “thousand points of light”, while his son created a …

Nonprofits

BitTorrent inventor announces eco-friendly bitcoin competitor Chia

A bitcoin transaction wastes as much electricity as it takes to power an American home for a week, and legendary coder Bram Cohen wants to fix that. And considering he invented the ubiquitous peer-to-peer file transfer protocol BitTorrent, you should take him seriously.<p>Cohen has just started a new …

Battered by Trump, Obamacare triumphs at the polls

The 2010 health law survived a GOP repeal onslaught and buoyed Democrats on Tuesday.<p>Obamacare made a comeback in Tuesday’s elections, its strongest show of support since President Donald Trump was elected and the GOP spent months on a futile effort to repeal it.<p>In the governor’s race in Virginia …

Trump Court Pick Rated 'Not Qualified' Sits Through Humiliating Senate Hearing

You're the first Circuit Court nominee since 2006 to get this awful ABA rating? Yep, says Leonard Steven Grasz.<p>WASHINGTON ― Two days after the American Bar Association rated Leonard Steven Grasz “not qualified” to be a judge, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a confirmation hearing Wednesday for …

EPA pulls scientists out of climate change conference talk

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The Environmental Protection Agency has canceled speaking appearances by three of its scientists set to speak at a Rhode Island conference Monday.<p>The New York Times first reported that the agency scientists, who were expected to address climate change during their talks to …

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Former Defense Secretary Carter: ISIS plan was 'laid out two years ago'

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump is wrong to claim he has dramatically changed the military approach to fighting ISIS, former Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Friday.<p>The plan to capture the terrorist group's de facto capital of Raqqa, Syria, was put in place two years ago, Carter told CNN.<p>…

Former CIA director: Trump 'inconsistent' with Bush, Clinton, Obama handling of military deaths

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump's level of presidential concern for military families mourning loved ones has proven "inconsistent" with previous presidents in the same position, former CIA Director John Brennan said Wednesday.<p>Brennan reflected during a question-and-answer session at …

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Bipartisan Group Plans to Urge Trump to Adjust Policing Policies

A broad coalition of law enforcement officials and activists is expected to urge President Trump on Wednesday to adjust policies on policing and criminality, the first time such a group has spoken out against the Trump administration.<p>Some of the nation’s most prominent prosecutors, police chiefs …

McCain denounces 'spurious nationalism' in thinly veiled shot at Bannon

Sen. John McCain, who has sparred repeatedly with President Trump and his former strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, issued a thinly veiled attack Monday, denouncing as "unpatriotic" what he described as "spurious nationalism."<p>The Arizona senator, the Republican presidential nominee in 2008, did not …

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Critics see Trump sabotage on ObamaCare

The Trump administration is taking a hatchet to ObamaCare after failing to pass legislation through Congress repealing President Obama’s signature …

Less than 1% of EPA administrator's meetings are with environmental groups

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b><p>Scott Pruitt has made no secret of his interest in shaking things up at the EPA. The former Oklahoma attorney general spent years during the Obama administration challenging its regulations.<p>Now working as administrator of the very same agency, he's rolled back rules given more of …

Obama’s Final Numbers

SummaryThe numbers are nearly all in now. What they show about what really happened during the eight years that Barack Obama was president is …

Skepticism

Senate passes bipartisan Medicare reform bill

The Senate on Tuesday night unanimously passed a bill aimed at making Medicare more efficient and saving it money.<p>The passage of the under-the-radar …

Exclusive: Russians Impersonated Real American Muslims to Stir Chaos on Facebook and Instagram

Kremlin trolls stole the identity of an authentic U.S. Muslim organization—first to smear John McCain and Hillary Clinton, then to sing her …

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Obamacare Repeal Failed, but the Damage Is Already Done

WASHINGTON — Graham-Cassidy is officially over for now after Senate leaders announced they would not bring it up for a vote. But the damage to the health insurance market from the lengthy repeal debate is done — with higher premiums and fewer choices already baked into Obamacare’s 2018 …

Health Care

Mattis Didn’t Kill the Trans Ban, Trump’s Big Mouth Will

It’s not James Mattis who doomed Trump’s trans ban. It’s Trump’s own words, which once again will come back to haunt him in court.<p>Contrary to reports …

‘Wow’: Stunned TV Hosts Reacted in Real Time to Trump

“What I just saw gave me the wrong kind of chills,” a visibly stunned Chuck Todd said on MSNBC. “Honestly, I’m a bit shaken by what I just heard.”<p>Unable to disguise her disgust, the Fox News host Kat Timpf said: “I’m still in the phase where I’m wondering if it was actually real life. I have too …

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