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Trump pardons Oregon ranchers whose imprisonment sparked 2016 armed standoff

President Donald Trump on Tuesday issued presidential pardons to two Oregon cattle ranchers, Dwight and Steven Hammond, convicted in 2012 of committing arson on federal lands near their ranch.<p>The father and son's 2016 imprisonment — and the armed protest at a national wildlife refuge that followed …

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 …

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

<i>Matthew Gertz is a senior fellow at Media Matters for America.</i><p>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 …

U.S. Politics

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

<i>Edward-Isaac Dovere is chief Washington correspondent at</i> Politico.<p><i>Ben Baker is contributing photographer at</i> Politico Magazine.<p><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 …

U.S. Politics

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) …

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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 …

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

<b>Rex Tillerson (Getty/Brendan Smialowski)</b><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 unappreciative boss. Upstairs, in a room where employees changed into their uniforms before their shifts began, there was a …

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>October 8, 2017 11:00AM (UTC)<p>In a 2016 infomercial recently unearthed by NBC's Chuck Todd, President Donald Trump's eldest son can be seen testing out a silencer on several guns, then waxing poetic …

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, …

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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

U.S. Politics

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

President Trump on Thursday mourned the loss of “beautiful statues and monuments” in the wake of the violent clashes in Charlottesville during a white supremacist demonstration protesting the planned removal of a statue depicting Confederate military commander Robert E. Lee.<p>Trump's string of …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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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 …

'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 left signs thanking Sen. John McCain for voting against a bill that aimed to repeal part of the Affordable Care Act<p>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 senator’s wife Cindy took to …

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 …

Politics

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 …

Kathryn Bigelow confronts a horrific chapter of American history in the searing, vital ‘Detroit’

Near the beginning and the end of "Detroit," Kathryn Bigelow's tense, excruciating and entirely necessary new film, a young Motown performer named Larry Reed (beautifully played by Algee Smith) raises his head and croons to the heavens with heart-swelling abandon. First he sings of love on an …

Obamacare vote isn't the only sign of GOP resistance to Trump

In the year since Donald Trump won the Republican presidential nomination, party leaders have been reluctant to challenge a man who has formed a tight bond with conservative voters, even when he upset party orthodoxies and norms of presidential behavior.<p>But that reticence is breaking down. A …