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Angela Merkel is now the leader of the free world, not Donald Trump

When Barack Obama revealed that his last phone call as President was to Angela Merkel, reaffirming their alliance and friendship of the last eight …

Trump security’s use of force questioned

Testimony shows confusion, lack of procedures among Trump security aides.<p>Donald Trump’s private security lacked basic procedures and policies — including for the use of force — giving guards free rein during the campaign and transition to physically confront protesters and journalists they found …

President Donald Trump's First Negotiation Was A Humiliation | The Last Word | MSNBC

Trump’s upcoming investigation into voter fraud will conveniently focus on big states like “California and New York”

<b>White House press secretary Sean Spicer speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. Spicer answered questions about prescriptions drug costs, trade, President Donald Trump's schedule among other topics. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) (AP)</b><p>During Wednesday’s …

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The Orwell Essay That's Even More Pertinent Than '1984' Right Now

Put down that sci-fi novel and pick up "Politics and the English Language."<p>In the three days since Kellyanne Conway described White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s lies as “alternative facts” on NBC’s “Meet The Press,” people around the country have been searching for ways to deal with the …

Donald Trump’s spectacular collapse: Full political meltdown, a week before taking office

<b>President-elect Donald Trump takes questions during a news conference, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, in New York (AP/Seth Wenig)</b><p>Trump looks and acts guilty, compares America to Nazi Germany — and clings to Putin’s leg like a drowning retriever<p>Bob Cesca<p>January 12, 2017 10:00am (UTC)<p>We haven’t performed …

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Trump cabinet nominee Steven Mnuchin is also registered to vote in two states

<b>(CNN) —</b> Donald Trump's nominee to head the Treasury department, Steven Mnuchin, is registered to vote in two states, a CNN KFile review of paperwork obtained through open records requests in New York and California show.<p>While it is illegal to cast ballots in multiple states, it is not illegal to be …

Trump threatens to 'send in the Feds' to Chicago

President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday that he would dispatch federal authorities to Chicago if they don't address violence in the city, which he described as "horrible 'carnage.'"<p>"If Chicago doesn't fix the horrible "carnage" going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24% from 2016), I …

Trump Makes the Global Gag Rule on Abortion Even Worse

In 1984, at a population conference in Mexico City, the Reagan Administration brought domestic abortion politics into the arena of international aid for the first time. The Administration declared that “the United States does not consider abortion an acceptable element of family planning programs …

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Trump's Promises to Corporate Leaders: Lower Taxes and Fewer Regulations

In a meeting with 12 executives, the president committed to making good on his campaign pledges—and asked the heads of American business for their help.<p>On Monday morning, President Trump met with 12 business executives from some of America’s largest companies—including Johnson & Johnson, Ford, …

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'Alternative Facts': The Needless Lies of the Trump Administration

If the president and his aides will tell easily disproven falsehoods about crowd sizes and speeches, what else will they be willing to dissemble about?<p>One of the many things that is remarkable about the Trump administration is its devotion, even in its first days, to a particular variety of …

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The Many Scandals of Donald Trump: A Cheat Sheet

One of the women who accused Trump of sexual misconduct has sued him for defamation after he labeled her claims false.<p>Donald Trump is now president and not just a private citizen, but that doesn’t mean he’s free of the controversies that dogged him in his former life.<p>Last week, a few days before …

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So, how did you like President Trump’s first few days? Pretty awesome, right?

<b>(Getty/Jim Watson)</b><p>From Crowdgate and “alternative facts” to Betsy DeVos’ semiliterate tweets, could it possibly have gone any worse?<p>Phil Torres<p>January 23, 2017 10:00am (UTC)<p>It’s never false to declare, “A lot is happening in the world.” But the last few days — since Donald J. Trump became the 45th …

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The Terrifying Logic of Trump’s New War

Bashing the media will work, for a time. But there are limits to making enemies of the White House press corps.<p>(A version of this column originally appeared on Poynter.org.)<p><b>Donald Trump’s</b> mournfully transparent attack on the press guarantees a short-term political gain. But what the hell happens in …

Kellyanne Conway and Donald Trump’s brave new world: Believe our eyes and ears or “alternative facts”

<b>(NBC)</b><p>A chilling first weekend of Trump’s regime ends with suggestion that reality is whatever he and staff want it to be<p>Heather Digby Parton<p>January 23, 2017 1:15pm (UTC)<p>The first 72 hours of Donald Trump's presidency have been as exciting as we might have anticipated. He got things rolling on …

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Anti-Trump Protesters Say U.S. Denied Them Entry At Canada Border

“The first thing he asked us point-blank is, ‘Are you anti- or pro-Trump?’” one Canadian recalled.<p>Multiple people attempting to legally enter the U.S. to either attend Donald Trump’s inauguration or the Women’s March on Washington <b></b>say they were denied entry at Canada’s U.S. border, with some …

Hollywood stars slam Trump over proposed art funding cuts

Hollywood stars attending an inaugural ball celebrating the arts on Friday slammed President Trump for considering a proposal to eliminate the …

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Trump’s inaugural address offers nothing to soothe the worst fears about him

There are three pressing fears that those who did not vote for Donald Trump — and perhaps even some who did — might legitimately harbor about Trump’s presidency, after having observed him campaign for the past year and, after winning, begin preparing for the transfer of power.<p>The first is that …

Trump’s first move as president: screwing over homeowners

Interior Department reactivates Twitter accounts after shutdown following inauguration

The Interior Department reactivated its official Twitter accounts early Saturday after an abrupt shutdown following shares of two tweets during the inauguration the agency considered unsympathetic to President Trump.<p>National Park Service spokesman Thomas Crosson, whose agency retweeted the …

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Fact-checking President Trump’s inaugural address

Generally, inaugural addresses are not designed to be fact-checked. But President Trump’s address was nothing if not unique, presenting a portrait of the United States that often was at variance with reality. Here’s a guide to understanding whether the facts back up his rhetoric.<p><i>“Washington</i> …

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Despite boasts, Trump’s administration riddled with staffing holes

Mike Pence, usually one for modesty, stepped to the podium Thursday morning for a transition victory lap, crowing that 27 Senate-confirmable positions had been named, 536 beachhead team members were set to land at federal agencies (“bright and early — on Monday morning”), and that incoming …

Trump team prepares dramatic cuts

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Donald Trump’s biographers: He’s narcissistic, belligerent and deeply fears that he’s illegitimate

<b>FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2017 file photo, President-elect Donald Trump speaks with reporters in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York. Premiums and the number of uninsured would soar under a Republican bill scuttling President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul that Congress passed last year,</b> …

Goldman Sachs has seen soaring profits since Donald Trump’s election

<b>(AP/Richard Drew/Evan Vucci)</b><p>Trump has yet to show he will Make America Great Again, but he has certainly made Goldman Sachs even richer<p>Matthew Rozsa<p>January 18, 2017 10:09pm (UTC)<p>Goldman Sachs reported an almost fourfold increase in its quarterly profit on Wednesday due, in large part, to the …

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Smoke and mirrors: how Trump manipulates the media and opponents

Donald Trump has been called a “master media manipulator” by the New York Times, a “genius” tactician by Kanye West and a “master wizard” of persuasion by the creator of Dilbert. Whether or not that is the case, there are certain patterns of language and action the president-elect uses to try to …

Poached wontons in chilli-garlic sauce - delicious. magazine

<b>For the wonton dough</b><p>250g plain flour, plus extra to dust<br>• 1 medium free-range egg, beaten<br>• 75ml cold water<br>• ½ tsp fine sea salt<p><b>For the filling</b><p>100g …

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GOP’s new Obamacare-repeal debacle: Congress’ budget office suggests 32 million Americans will lose health insurance

<b>Paul Ryan (Reuters/Shannon Stapleton)</b><p>Premiums may spike 25 percent, but GOP complains that its (nonexistent) replacement plan is being ignored<p>Simon Maloy<p>January 17, 2017 8:05pm (UTC)<p>The congressional GOP's messaging on Obamacare repeal does not make sense. It’s completely incoherent, self-defeating …

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'He Is Going to Test Our Democracy as It Has Never Been Tested'

Why Nixon's former lawyer John Dean worries Trump could be one of the most corrupt presidents ever—and get away with it<p>Sometime early last fall, John Dean says he began having nightmares about a Trump presidency. He would wake in the middle of the night, agitated and alarmed, struggling to calm his …

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