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End of the American dream? The dark history of 'America first'

By 1916 'America first' had become so popular that both presidential candidates used it as a campaign slogan<p>If the Klan were allowed to take over the US, one newspaper cautioned, 'we shall have a dictatorship'<p>“Sadly, the American dream is dead,” Donald Trump proclaimed when he announced his …

Political Science

Charlie Sykes: Trump and a Gutless GOP Wrecked the Party

The long-time Trump-hating conservative has a new book, in which he turns his wrath on the legislators who shed ideology for any chance to win and …

Trump may strip protections from 10 national monuments

The Trump administration's plan for shrinking and diminishing protections at America's national monuments appears far more expansive than previously reported, targeting 10 of the nation's most ecologically sensitive landscapes and marine preserves.<p>The plan, which the White House has been keeping …

Forests

Federal civil rights commission dings Trump on DACA, Arpaio

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The federal agency charged with advising the government on civil rights on Friday criticized President Donald Trump's decisions to pardon former Sheriff Joe Arpaio and end DACA.<p>In strong statements, the US Commission on Civil Rights announced a majority of its members had voted …

Business leaders call on Trump to protect DACA

The biggest names in business are urging President Trump and Congress to continue a program that protects undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children.<p>The CEOs of AT&T (T), Best Buy (BBY) and Wells Fargo (WFC) are among the dozens of business leaders across the tech, retail and …

Inside Patreon, the economic engine of internet culture

In 2013, Peter Hollens was an aspiring a cappella singer surviving, in his words, by living on ramen in someone else’s house. Hollens was hardly new to the music business; he’d been a record producer and cruise singer before striking out on his own, and his wife Evynne co-founded the college a …

Trump legal team spokesman Mark Corallo resigns amid 'shake-up'

<b>The spokesman for US President Donald Trump's legal team has resigned amid reports of a shake-up at the White House over the Russia investigation.</b><p>Mark Corallo was a spokesman for Marc Kasowitz, who is defending Mr Trump in an inquiry into alleged Russian meddling in last year's election.<p>Reports …

Donald Trump

Pope Francis allies accuse Trump White House of 'apocalyptic geopolitics'

Article vetted by the Vatican offers scathing critique of Steve Bannon, who is Catholic, the Trump White House and ‘evangelical fundamentalism’ in the US<p>An explosive article written by two close associates of Pope Francis has accused Steve Bannon, the chief White House strategist, of espousing an …

Donald Trump

Associated Press News

Majority Of Global Poll Respondents Find Trump Arrogant, Dangerous

A new poll from the Pew Research Center has found that Donald Trump's presidency is strongly and negatively impacting how the rest of the world views the United States.<p>At the end of Barack Obama's term, 64 percent of global respondents said they were confident in the U.S. president, compared to 22 …

Trump Administration

Anti-Kremlin protesters fill Russian streets, Putin critic Navalny jailed

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Baton-wielding riot police broke up anti-corruption protests and detained hundreds of demonstrators in Moscow and other Russian cities on Monday, before a court sentenced opposition leader Alexei Navalny to his second prison term this year.<p>The protests, called by Navalny, a …

The states where gun crime has gotten worse since the 1990s

Amid the many high-profile mass shootings of recent years, there has been a familiar and mildly comforting refrain: that despite the awful headlines, gun violence is down from its early 1990s peak. Tragedies like Aurora, Newtown, and San Bernardino are horrific, this line of thinking goes, but the …

Guns

More states sign on to U.S. Climate Alliance to honor Paris agreement

Frustrated by President Trump's decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement, several governors have joined together to create the United States Climate Alliance.<p>The alliance is the brainchild of Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and California Gov. Jerry …

Climate

White House orders agencies to ignore Democrats’ oversight requests

Trump’s aides are trying to shut down the release of information that could be used to attack the president.<p>The White House is telling federal agencies to blow off Democratic lawmakers' oversight requests, as Republicans fear the information could be weaponized against President Donald Trump.<p>At …

Donald Trump

'Pretty ridiculous': thousands of names stolen to attack net neutrality rules

• Letter says 450,000 comments may have been spam from net neutrality enemies<br>• New FCC head wants to roll back Obama-era rules that govern open internet<p>Last Tuesday, Joel Mullaney, a software engineer from Watertown, Massachusetts, was browsing Reddit when he spotted a thread about people whose names …

Ex-CIA chief John Brennan: Russians contacted Trump campaign

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Former CIA Director John Brennan told House Russia investigators Tuesday that Russia "brazenly interfered" in US elections, including actively contacting members of the President Donald Trump's campaign -- but he stopped shy of dubbing it "collusion."<p>"I saw interaction that in my …

Donald Trump

U.S. top court tightens patent suit rules in blow to 'patent trolls'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday tightened rules for where patent lawsuits can be filed in a decision that may make it harder for so-called patent "trolls" to launch sometimes dodgy patent cases in friendly courts, a major irritant for high-tech giants like Apple (AAPL.O) and …

Comey documented 'everything he could remember' after Trump conversations

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Former FBI Director James Comey wrote in a memo that President Donald Trump asked him to end the investigation of national security adviser Michael Flynn, according to a source familiar with the matter.<p>Comey was so appalled by the request that he wanted to document it, the source …

Donald Trump

NATO Asks World Leaders to Play Dumb So Trump Will Understand Them

“It’s like they’re preparing to deal with a child.”<p>Presidential trips abroad are notoriously grueling affairs. Schedules are constrained, support staff are limited, and the travel itself takes a physical toll. Jet lag and fatigue are exacerbated by the need to keep local commitments and stay …

They hate the US government, and they're multiplying: the terrifying rise of 'sovereign citizens'

On 20 May 2010, a police officer pulled over a white Ohio minivan on Interstate 40, near West Memphis, Arkansas. Unbeknown to officer Bill Evans, the occupants of the car, Jerry Kane Jr, and his teenage son, Joseph Kane, were self-described “sovereign citizens”: members of a growing domestic …

Rights & Freedoms

Donald Trump's poll numbers should terrify Republicans

<b>(CNN) —</b> Donald Trump has never been a terribly popular president. But, a series of recent polls show him in truly dangerous territory -- flirting with dipping under 40% approval just 115 days into his presidency.<p>The new Gallup tracking poll released Monday afternoon put Trump's job approval rating …

Donald Trump

Supreme Court Won't Hear Appeal on Controversial N.C. Voter ID Law

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to hear North Carolina's appeal of a court ruling that found its legislature intended to discriminate against minorities in enacting one of the toughest voter ID laws in the nation.<p>The action leaves in place a federal appellate court ruling which …

Republicans and Democrats agree: If Trump has tapes, he’ll need to turn them over to Congress

By Ed O'Keefe<p>, Reporter<p>Jenna Johnson<p>, Reporter<p>In the six days since President Trump abruptly fired FBI director James B. Comey, concern from both parties has mounted about the selection of a replacement and the president’s suggestion that he may have secretly taped conversations with the ousted …

Donald Trump

Despite Little Evidence Of Fraud, White House Launches Voting Commission

More than three months after President Trump vowed to investigate unfounded claims that last November's election was tainted by as many as 5 million fraudulent votes, the White House has announced the creation of a presidential commission led by Vice President Mike Pence to investigate voter …

NSA chief: U.S. warned France about Russian hacks before Macron leak

The U.S. notified French officials of Russian digital meddling before hackers on Friday leaked internal documents stolen from centrist presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron's political party, National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers told Congress on Tuesday.<p>"If you take a look at the French …

Associated Press News

At Town Hall Meeting, Republican Lawmakers Get An Earful Over Health Care

Lawmakers in the House of Representatives are back in their home districts for a recess this week. After seeing the reception some of their colleagues got in previous town hall-style meetings following the election of Donald Trump, most House Republicans are skipping them.<p>But a handful are diving …

Russia's Lavrov to meet Tillerson in Washington on May 10: RIA

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is seen during the joint press conference with his Finnish counterpart Timo Soini at Hotel Haikko Manor in Porvoo, Finland May 4, 2017. Lehtikuva/Markku Ulander via REUTERS

The GOP's passage of Trumpcare is one of the cruelest things the party has ever done

It's how we get the American Health Care Act, a profoundly nasty bill whose callousness is just barely matched by its shoddy, haphazard construction.*<p>Here is what the AHCA, deemed "Trumpcare," would do if signed into law: Allow states to waive coverage for "essential health benefits" like …

Health Care

Anti-protest bills would 'attack right to speak out' under Donald Trump

The ACLU says more than 30 bills have been introduced amid a huge swell of activism, prompting UN intervention over criminalization of peaceful protest<p>More than 20 states have proposed bills that would crack down on protests and demonstrations since Donald Trump was elected, in a moved that UN …

Rights & Freedoms