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This Republican senator has no idea what a 'gotcha' question actually is

<b>(CNN) —</b> On CNN's "New Day" Thursday morning, anchor Chris Cuomo asked Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson (R) whether he planned to support President Donald Trump's 2020 reelection race. The Wisconsin Senator's "answer" was really something.<p>Here's the exchange <i>(bolds are mine)</i>:<p><i>CUOMO: Will you back the</i> …

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Republicans Push Bill To Protect Mueller, Without McConnell's Support

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., does not support a measure that would make it harder for President Trump to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, but that isn't stopping some Republicans from forcing the debate.<p>North Carolina Republican Thom Tillis said Wednesday that he will continue …

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EPA chief sat in coach when not flying on taxpayer's dime

WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt flew in coach-class seats on at least two trips home to Oklahoma when taxpayers weren't footing the bill, despite claims he needed to travel in first class at government expense because of security threats.<p>Copies of …

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'Xennials' were born in the early '80s — here are all the ways they're different from the millennials they were supposed to be

If you were born between 1977 and 1985, you're officially a member of the microgeneration known as xennials.<p>The term was coined by Sarah Stankorb in a 2014 Good magazine article to describe a group that straddles Gen X, born between 1965 and 1980, and millennials, born between 1981 and 1996, …

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Poverty Scold Paul Ryan Retiring at 48 to Join the Ranks of Idle Rich

Delivering for your corporate sugar daddies has its perks.<p>On Wednesday morning, House Speaker <b>Paul Ryan</b> announced that he would be leaving Capitol Hill at the end of the year, claiming, as so many have before him, that he wants to spend more time with his family. In delivering the news to his …

Retirement

Paul Ryan is the personification of conservatism’s decline

Paul D. Ryan started his political life hoping to be the champion of a sunny, forward-looking conservatism. He will step down from the House speakership as the personification of conservatism’s decline.<p>One is tempted to call the Wisconsin Republican’s journey tragic, the tale of a young, idealistic …

Republicans

Paul Ryan Personifies the Devil's Bargain the GOP Struck With Trump

The outgoing House speaker, more than any other lawmaker, paved the path for congressional Republicans’ subjugation to the president.<p>Paul Ryan, who once aspired to advance the vision of conservative icon Jack Kemp, will leave Washington carrying a more tarnished legacy—as the most important enabler …

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The FBI just proved Donald Trump wrong on attorney-client privilege

<b>(CNN) —</b> On Tuesday morning, President Donald Trump tweeted this: "Attorney--client privilege is dead!"<p>That tweet was a direct reaction to the fact that the FBI raided the office and hotel room of Trump personal attorney Michael Cohen on Monday, seizing scores of documents including some privileged …

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FBI Raid on Michael Cohen Is the Most Dangerous Day of Donald Trump’s Life

The president’s low-rent Ray Donovan can bully porn stars, but not Robert Mueller. The shtick is up.<p>Monday’s FBI raids on Michael Cohen’s Rockefeller …

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Fox News (Yes, Fox News) Just Exposed Scott Pruitt as the Ultimate Swamp Creature

Even the president's favorite network wasn't buying his bullshit.<p>Scott Pruitt has raced to frontrunner status in our favorite new reality show, <i>America's Next Top Swampmonster</i>.<p>Like others in President Trump's supposedly swamp-draining cabinet, the EPA administrator was known as a big fan of flying …

Real Estate

Will We Stop Trump Before It’s Too Late?

On April 28, 1945 — 73 years ago — Italians hung the corpse of their former dictator Benito Mussolini upside down next to a gas station in Milan. Two days later, Adolf Hitler committed suicide in his bunker beneath the streets of war-ravaged Berlin. Fascism, it appeared, was dead.<p>To guard against a …

Political Science

Trump's False Facts Grow More Dangerous

This week in presidential falsehoods was epic -- the Latino rapists are back, and so are the “millions” of imaginary illegal voters in California. …

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The Teachers’ Strikes Have Exposed the GOP’s Achilles Heel

Last week, Republicans in Oklahoma voted to raise taxes on fossil fuel companies, so as to increase pay for public sector workers. That might sound …

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Uber's fatal self-driving car accident is the reason why we don't let companies make their own rules

Since at least the time of Ronald Reagan, it's been a popular thing to complain about the government's regulation of businesses.<p>With the mantra that regulations stymie business, innovation, and the broader economy, Republican politicians, but also, not infrequently, Democratic ones as well, have …

Autonomous Cars

Why China Will Lose a Trade War With Trump

Beijing can huff and puff, but America holds the high cards. Expect the Chinese to back down quickly—or watch their economy and political system fall …

China

Trump's Lies Will Keep Failing in Court

His voter fraud shtick just blew up. Are immigration claims next?<p>The truth still matters somewhere.<p>In November 2016, after Donald Trump had issued his feeble lie that millions of illegal ballots cost him the popular vote, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach came to the aid of the …

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There's an open secret about Cambridge Analytica in the political world: It doesn't have the 'secret sauce' it claims

As Sen. Ted Cruz mounted a bid for the presidency in 2016, a nascent, data-obsessed company presented his campaign with an intriguing proposition.<p>It had a "secret sauce" that no other firm could deliver.<p>Cambridge Analytica promised a data service that was enhanced by its "psychographic" voter …

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Actually, Trump aides should have told him to congratulate Putin

<b>(CNN) —</b> When President Donald Trump called Vladimir Putin on Tuesday morning, he congratulated the Russian leader on his re-election as President.<p>He did that in spite of the fact that he had been warned not to do so by his national security advisers -- including in briefing papers emblazoned with …

Facebook and its executives are getting destroyed after botching the handling of a massive data 'breach'

Facebook and its executives faced a torrent of backlash on Saturday following news reports that the data firm Cambridge Analytica, which worked on the Trump campaign in 2016, improperly harvested private information from 50 million Facebook users.<p>The company quickly faced calls for increased …

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Top Mormon thinkers: Conservative Christians will never again be able to claim the moral high ground after Trump

Two prominent Mormon opinion leaders published a scathing rebuke of the loyalty conservative Christians have shown to Trump in today’s <i>Salt Lake City</i> …

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Trump’s New Economic Adviser Lawrence Kudlow Has Been Wrong About Everything

A dozen years ago, I wrote a book about the unshakable grip of supply-side economics upon the Republican Party. Supply-side economics is not merely a …

Paul Krugman just issued an ominous warning in the wake of Rex Tillerson's ouster

Donald Trump has nursed petty, personal grudges his entire life. Previously, their impact was limited to his businesses and anyone who had the …

Rex Tillerson has been fired. Experts say he did damage that could last “a generation.”

Tillerson was “one of the worst secretaries of state” in modern history, according to experts from across the political spectrum.<p>Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was fired by President Donald Trump, according to White House officials’ statements on Tuesday morning.<p>He was in office for a little over …

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What the Christian Right Sowed, Trump Reaped

It’s hardly newsworthy when someone within or beyond the conservative Evangelical ranks laments or mocks that community’s staunch support for Donald …

After Watching the ‘Hypothetical’ O.J. Simpson Confession, I Realize White People Were Right All Along

They say the mark of an enlightened man is that he can objectively consider new information, rethink his position and admit when he’s wrong. Today I …

Justice

A Trump spokesman just said something about collusion that he might come to regret

If special counsel Robert S. Mueller III one day proves that someone on the 2016 Trump campaign colluded with Russia, a top White House spokesman may live to regret what he said Sunday.<p>Appearing on ABC's “This Week,” deputy White House press secretary Raj Shah said President Trump would have been …

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Democrats Eye an Upset in Pennsylvania's Special Election

In the popular narrative, this is what we’ve come to call Trump Country. Greene County, a small, hilly parcel of land in Pennsylvania’s southwestern …

Government

Could a Californian Be the Next President?

The state and its politicians are on the rise—if they can only convince the rest of the country to come along.<p>SAN DIEGO—The California Democratic Party’s most recent, weekend-long binge on self-satisfaction unfolded here late last month under the slogan “California: The Big Blue Beacon of Hope,” …

California

Jeff Sessions Is Suing California, and I Feel Fine

It's easy to see why the Golden State would want this fight over immigration<p>Jefferson Beauregard Sessions was named after two Confederates, so it was …

Immigration

Stormy Daniels suit could back Trump into a corner

<b>(CNN) —</b> The recent lawsuit by Stephanie Clifford, also known as adult film actress Stormy Daniels, against President Trump, may appear to be just another sideshow in the ongoing chaos in the White House. But her legal claims offer more than just fodder for first-year law school contracts exams -- …

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