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1968: the year that changed America

1968 was a year that pushed history in an unforeseen direction, little brother to 1492, 1776, 1848, 1914, 1945 and 2001<p>As the year rushed on, the pace of events grew ever more frenzied<p>Where were you in the 1960s? And what were you? A toddler, a grade schooler, a teenager? A young adult? Were you …

San Francisco

Abortion foes seize on chance to overturn Roe

State and federal lawmakers push new restrictions in pursuit of a winning court challenge.<p>The anti-abortion movement believes it's one Donald Trump-appointed Supreme Court justice away from a shot at overturning <i>Roe v. Wade</i>, and advocates are teeing up what they hope will be the winning …

This Is the Worst Roommate Story You’ll Ever Read

<b>Alex Miller’s spare room</b> had been on Craigslist for two weeks when, last March, she got the call she’d been waiting for. The man at the other end …

Crime

The psychiatrist who briefed Congress on Trump’s mental state: this is “an emergency”

The case for evaluating the president’s mental capacity — by force if necessary.<p>The longer Donald Trump is in office, the more he shocks and alarms us with his strange and extremely unpresidential behavior.<p>From the incoherent, fallacious interview he gave the New York Times on December 28 to …

Mental Health

I’ve Studied the Trump-Fox Feedback Loop for Months. It’s Crazier Than You Think.

On Tuesday night, I, along with many Americans, was shocked when President Donald Trump tweeted that his “Nuclear Button” is “much bigger & more powerful” than North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un's.<p>Having spent the past three months monitoring Trump’s Twitter feed professionally, I also had a good …

Donald Trump

Two Dozen Members of Congress Can’t Wait to Leave D.C. Here’s Why.

<b>A few months ago, Charlie Dent was taking a break</b> from his usual work for Pennsylvania’s 15th District—home of Hershey, and of a Crayola factory, and many of the Keystone State constituents who voted for Donald Trump—and talking to a politician from India, a country whose rough-and-tumble politics …

Republicans

Donald Trump Is Guilty

By now, any sentient being who is capable of rational thought about the U.S. president (a category that admittedly excludes his more fervent fans) …

Donald Trump

Colin Kaepernick and the Legacy of the Negro National Anthem

The lawyer and amateur poet Francis Scott Key embraced the pop cultural tastes of his day when he wrote “The Star-Spangled Banner” to commemorate an American victory over the British at Baltimore during the War of 1812. He gave his composition broad appeal with a melody derived from a popular …

The Secret Correspondence Between Donald Trump Jr. and WikiLeaks

The transparency organization asked the president’s son for his cooperation—in sharing its work, in contesting the results of the election, and in arranging for Julian Assange to be Australia’s ambassador to the United States.<p><i>This story was updated on November 13 at 10:28 pm</i><p>Just before the stroke …

Donald Trump

Rex Tillerson’s agony, and ours: Trump’s revolving door will keep spinning

<b>Rex Tillerson (Getty/Brendan Smialowski)</b><p>Have Tillerson, Jim Mattis and Steve Mnuchin really vowed a “suicide pact,” where if one goes they all do?<p>Danielle Ryan<p>October 8, 2017 10:00am (UTC)<p>Years ago, I worked in a customer service job where staff were treated like servants to an arrogant and …

Donald Trump

Gun control and history: It’s never been about the Second Amendment

<b>Armed members of the Black Panthers Party in the Capitol in Sacramento, May 2, 1967. (AP/Walt Zeboski)</b><p>Pro-gun advocates are using the ambiguous language of the Constitution to mask a right-wing agenda<p>Matthew Rozsa<p>October 8, 2017 11:00am (UTC)<p>In a 2016 infomercial recently unearthed by NBC's Chuck …

Rick Perry just proposed sweeping new steps to help struggling coal and nuclear plants

Energy Secretary Rick Perry took sweeping steps on Friday to buttress a pair of financially-strapped nuclear plants under construction and redefine how coal and nuclear plants are compensated for the electricity they provide — a move that, if agreed to by independent federal energy regulators, …

Energy

New Trump rules could put American guns in the hands of dictators, terrorists and gangs

Under new rules coming soon from the Trump administration, more American guns could end up in the hands of human rights abusers, terrorists and international criminal gangs. Lawmakers are calling on President Trump to consider the implications before making the United States complicit in gun crimes …

Guns

This is what the flag stands for, Mr. President

IN 1943, with the nation mobilized for war against fascism, schoolchildren in West Virginia were required each morning to salute the American flag. The purpose, seemingly unexceptionable — and in fact not objected to by many — was "teaching, fostering and perpetuating the ideals, principles and …

Rights & Freedoms

Raids in New Jersey town target ultra-Orthodox Jews accused of welfare fraud. 'What is going on here?'

It was a spectacle nobody in this sleepy New Jersey town would forget.<p>Early one Monday morning, police and FBI agents in bulletproof vests bounded up the steps of suburban townhouses and split levels, threatening to break down the doors, hauling out in handcuffs husbands and wives in the …

New Jersey

Open letter signed by Tesla chief and Alphabet’s Mustafa Suleyman urges UN to block use of lethal autonomous weapons to prevent third age of war<p>Some of the world’s leading robotics and artificial intelligence pioneers are calling on the United Nations to ban the development and use of killer robots.<p>…

Artificial Intelligence

I've studied the history of Confederate memorials. Here's what to do about them.

The debate over Confederate monuments has been framed by President Donald Trump — and some who share his views — as a fight between those who wish to preserve history and those who would “erase” it. But let us linger on what history we’ll be preserving as long as Confederate memorials stand.<p>The …

Trump mourns loss of ‘beautiful statues and monuments’ in wake of Charlottesville rally over Robert E. Lee statue

https://videos.posttv.com/washpost-production/Reuters/20170815/59936ab9e4b0aa8200b5ccc1/599380d6e4b0b07aa660e1b3_1439399835595-cf9g26_t_1502839031180_1280_720_2000.mp4<p>President Trump on Thursday mourned the loss of “beautiful statues and monuments” in the wake of the violent clashes in …

Rights & Freedoms

Pruitt: EPA will review 'politicized' climate science report

Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt said his staff will gauge the “accuracy” of a major federal science report that blames human activity for climate change — just days after researchers voiced their fears to The New York Times that the Trump administration would alter or suppress …

Peer Review

Scott Pruitt Is Carrying Out His E.P.A. Agenda in Secret, Critics Say

WASHINGTON — When career employees of the Environmental Protection Agency are summoned to a meeting with the agency’s administrator, Scott Pruitt, at agency headquarters, they no longer can count on easy access to the floor where his office is, according to interviews with employees of the federal …

In a new poll, half of Republicans say they would support postponing the 2020 election if Trump proposed it

Critics of President Trump have repeatedly warned of his potential to undermine American democracy. Among the concerns are his repeated assertions that he would have won the popular vote had 3 to 5 million “illegals” not voted in the 2016 election, a claim echoed by the head of a White House …

Voter Fraud

This is the Trump administration’s dark reboot

With a new chief of staff, Trump's refocusing on his top priority: making America afraid again.<p>The firing of communications director Anthony Scaramucci on Monday, after just 10 days on the job — and after having all but forced out chief of staff Reince Priebus, who was replaced with Homeland …

Donald Trump

Priebus: I sold my soul for this?

“How did it come to this?” Reince Priebus said. “When we struck our deal two years ago, I thought you would make me White House chief of staff to Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio. Ted Cruz if it came to that. But then to suffer the daily humiliation of serving THAT man. The mocking. He ordered me to swat …

John Kelly, Trump’s new chief of staff, ‘won’t suffer idiots and fools’

Twelve days after Donald Trump’s election victory, the president-elect asked John Kelly to meet with him at the stately Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., to discuss the roles of secretaries of State and Homeland Security.<p>It was a small gathering. Present was Reince Priebus, the …

Donald Trump

'He was always calm and rational': Scaramucci divorce lawyer defends client after 'insane' New Yorker interview

With Anthony Scaramucci facing another divorce, the lawyer handling his last divorce is vigorously vouching for Scaramucci’s sanity.<p>“He was always …

Could Jeff Sessions be moved to the Department of Homeland Security?

Could Attorney General Jeff Sessions end up at the Department of Homeland Security?<p>It’s an idea some political observers have been debating after President Trump announced Friday that John Kelly, who leads the department, would replace Reince Priebus as White House chief of staff.<p>Here’s how the …

People Are Leaving Signs on John McCain's Road Thanking Him for His Health Care Vote

People across the country are hailing Sen. John McCain a hero for voting against a bill that aimed to repeal part of the Affordable Care Act.<p>The …

Here are three times — this week —Trump’s comments have been rebuked by the groups he was addressing

The International Association of Police Chiefs issued a statement Friday to clarify its position on President Donald’s Trump’s most recent tacit …

Anthony Scaramucci to media: Leave my family alone

Anthony Scaramucci, the White House’s new hard-hitting, foul-mouthed communications director, delivered a stern warning to the media on Saturday via Twitter: Lay off the family.<p>A day after a New York newspaper reported that Scaramucci’s wife had filed for divorce, citing his “naked political …

Trump Threatens Congressional Health Insurance Benefits

Tweet may be prelude to rescinding employer contribution for members<p>President Donald Trump is considering stripping the employer contribution for …