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12 former top intelligence officials criticize Trump for pulling security clearance

A dozen former top intelligence officials, representing previous Republican and Democratic administrations, issued a letter late Thursday supporting former CIA Director John Brennan and lambasting President Donald Trump’s move to revoke his security clearance.<p>The rare statement from the former …

Donald Trump

Trump team predicts an economic boom, defying most analysts

WASHINGTON (AP) — Is the latest pickup in U.S. economic growth destined to slow in the years ahead as most analysts say?<p>Or, as the Trump administration insists, is the economy on the cusp of an explosive boom that will reward Americans and defy those expectations?<p>On Thursday, President Donald …

Economics

Evidence That U.S. Trade Policy Could Grow Worse

Economists have taken a dim view of U.S. trade policy under the Trump Administration. Tariffs imposed by the Administration have raised prices for American consumers and companies, while retaliation from other countries is closing off export markets for many U.S. products. New research finds U.S. …

Free Trade

Our republic will never be the same

From the beginning of the American republic, its founders obsessed about how it all would end. “Democracy never lasts long,” said John Adams. “There never was a Democracy Yet, that did not commit suicide.”<p>George Washington used his farewell address to warn that partisan “factions” could tear the …

Donald Trump

Interior secretary blames intensity of California wildfires on 'environmental terrorist groups'

Wildfires strike California every year. But they're getting worse, causing deaths and uprooting communities. Who's to blame for these increasingly destructive wildfires?<p>According to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, it's "environmental terrorist groups."<p>During a radio interview with Breitbart News, …

California

Possibly Trump’s stupidest tweet ever

President Trump has issued shameful tweets, offensive tweets and self-serving tweets. Rarely, however, has he sent out a tweet that better conveys his abject ignorance about the country and economics than the tweet he posted Wednesday:<p>No, no, no.<p>Our country was founded on a principle Trump often …

Economics

The extraordinary bias of the judge in the Manafort trial

<i>Nancy Gertner, a retired U.S. District Court judge in Massachusetts, is a lecturer at Harvard Law School.</i><p>It is not unusual for judges to intervene in court proceedings from time to time — to direct the lawyers to move the case along or to admonish them that evidence is repetitive. The judge’s role …

Paul Manafort

John Brennan: President Trump’s Claims of No Collusion Are Hogwash

When Alexander Bortnikov, the head of Russia’s internal security service, told me during an early August 2016 phone call that Russia wasn’t interfering in our presidential election, I knew he was lying. Over the previous several years I had grown weary of Mr. Bortnikov’s denials of Russia’s perfidy …

Donald Trump

Misinformed gullibility is the true 'enemy of if people'

Enemy of the people, huh?<p>Is this how millions of Americans, including possibly you, seriously view mainstream media outlets and newspaper journalists? I have a hard time believing this to be true, especially on the local level. And this disbelief is coming from a local columnist who has received …

Donald Trump

Conspiracy theories are more rampant than ever. Can they be stopped?

If you want voters to gauge politicians accurately, well, that entails voters having accurate beliefs John Bullock<p>The other week, Donald Trump was upstaged at a campaign rally in Florida, not by Representative Ron DeSantis, for whom the rally was ostensibly held, and not by some rowdy supporters, …

Critical Thinking

After Brennan, 9 others face losing security clearances, too

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday acted on a threat and revoked the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan, citing a constitutional responsibility to protect classified information. Brennan, who served in the Obama administration, had retained his security …

Donald Trump

The Trump Administration Is Launching Stealth Attacks on Veterans

A man who loves the troops.<p>The Republican Party stands with America’s veterans — until America’s veterans stand up to the party’s donor class.<p>The GOP …

Health Care

Dangerous 'forever chemicals' have been found in US drinking water at alarmingly high rates. Here's what to know about PFAS.

In the US, consumers usually assume that the water coming out of our taps has been thoroughly tested and is safe to drink.<p>But residents in more than 30 communities around the country have found out that's not the case.<p>In states including Colorado, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York, and North …

Pollution

Editorial: President Trump, we are not the nation’s enemy

We are not the enemy.<p>It’s shocking that in this country, built on the foundation of a free press, we would ever have to say that. But we live in …

Trump and the Enemies of the People

Nikita Khrushchev, in his memoirs, observed that Joseph Stalin, his despotic and bloody-minded predecessor, referred to “everyone who didn’t agree with him as an ‘enemy of the people.’ ”<p>“As a result, several hundred thousand honest people perished,” Khrushchev said, underestimating the number of …

Donald Trump

This exchange between Rudy Giuliani and Chris Cuomo is our current politics in a nutshell

<b>(CNN) —</b> Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City and the current public face of President Donald Trump's legal team, sat down for an interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo on Tuesday night. It was contentious -- if generally friendly -- and ended with this exchange:<p><i>CUOMO: I think it's a little</i> …

Donald Trump

If you don’t have anything to hide, you don’t sue people to shut up

President Trump’s lawyers filed an arbitration claim in the vain attempt to shut up former White House aide and reality TV star Omarosa Manigault Newman. It is virtually inconceivable that the claim can be enforced to silence her about her time in the White House.<p>Bradley P. Moss writes in …

Donald Trump

Things in the Paul Manafort trial that should scare Trump

Paul Manafort’s lawyers rested their case without allowing their client to take the stand and without presenting a single witness. Defense counsel Kevin Downing gave the formulaic explanation for declining to put on any case: “Mr. Manafort just rested his case, and he did so because he and his …

Paul Manafort

If Omarosa Did Signed An NDA, Trump Might've Broken The Law

The White House may have broken the law and President Donald Trump just tweeted about it.<p>“Wacky Omarosa already has a fully signed Non-Disclosure Agreement!” Trump tweeted on Monday as former White House senior aide Omarosa Manigault Newman unleashed a full-throttle media tour to tout her …

Donald Trump

What Data Scientists Really Do, According to 35 Data Scientists

Modern data science emerged in tech, from optimizing Google search rankings and LinkedIn recommendations to influencing the headlines Buzzfeed editors run. But it’s poised to transform all sectors, from retail, telecommunications, and agriculture to health, trucking, and the penal system. Yet the …

Machine Learning

Trump Revokes Ex-C.I.A. Director John Brennan’s Security Clearance

WASHINGTON — President Trump revoked the security clearance of John O. Brennan, the former C.I.A. director under President Barack Obama, on Wednesday in a striking act of retaliation against an outspoken critic. The president threatened to do the same to other former national security officials who …

Donald Trump

Poll: Majority of GOP agrees news media is 'enemy of the people'

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> A majority of Republicans said they believed the news media is "the enemy of the people" rather than "an important part of democracy" in a poll released Tuesday.<p>The poll from Quinnipiac University showed 51% of GOP respondents identified with President Donald Trump's "enemy of …

News Industry

What's behind the government's unprecedented move to buy $50M in milk

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said it's buying 11 to 13 million gallons of milk from dairy farmers for $50 million and planning to send it to …

Donald Trump

Factbox: Crossfire of tariffs as Trump rattles world trade order

(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has rattled the world trade order by seeking to renegotiate the terms of some of the United States' trading relationships to combat what he calls unfair trade practices by China, Europe and other countries. The moves has sparked a bitter tit-for-tat trade …

Globalization

More than 100 US newspapers plan editorials decrying Trump media attacks

More than 100 newspapers across the US will publish coordinated editorial responses to president Donald Trump’s repeated attacks on the media on Thursday.<p>The campaign has been organised by the Boston Globe, whose editorial staff approached news outlets across the country asking them to write an …

Donald Trump

Dumbed-Down Security Briefings Still Too Difficult for Trump to Read

When Donald Trump was elected president, it quickly became obvious that the traditional national-security briefing a person in his position receives …

Donald Trump

Trump Blasts Peaceful NFL Protests While Ignoring Hateful White Supremacist Marches

While Trump devotes an enormous amount of time and passion blasting NFL players, he refuses to take the same approach with white supremacist …

Donald Trump

Trump's Economic Scorecard: Higher Inflation, Flat Wages And A Ballooning Federal Deficit

In the past few days, new economic reports have come out that don’t paint a very rosy picture for a number of economic items. While GDP hit 4.1% for the June quarter, but only 2.9% year over year, and the unemployment rate is hovering at all-time lows, inflation continues to increase, real wages …

Economics

GOP chairman calls on Trump administration to explain tariff exclusions

Sen. Ron Johnson is demanding that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross explain the administration's thinking on how companies can be excluded from the administration's tariffs, claiming that his state's businesses find it "arbitrary" and it has cost just one Wisconsin business millions of dollars.<p>In a …

Donald Trump

Effort to slam Paul Manafort's accuser falls flat

<b>(CNN) —</b> In the history of criminal trials, no prosecutor has ever had the privilege of calling Mother Teresa as a witness. The existence of a perfect witness, void of credibility issues, or a proverbial skeleton in his or her closet is a pure fantasy.<p>Yet, the defense counsel in Paul Manafort's …

Justice