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Trump wants to end funding of the Chesapeake Bay cleanup. Here’s who’s fighting back.

When President Trump’s budget plan hit the Internet at midnight Wednesday, Virginia and Maryland environmental activists could not believe what they saw. A total elimination of the Chesapeake Bay program seemed impossible to them, considering the success of the federally funded six-state …

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Spicer: You can trust what Trump says 'if he's not joking'

The president’s habit for making claims without evidence is putting press secretary Sean Spicer on the defensive.<p>President Donald Trump should be taken literally and seriously, but only “if he's not joking,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer explained Monday.<p>Spicer did not say how to tell …

Pivoting away from Obama-era priorities, attorney general sends memo to US attorneys as experts warn that ‘focusing on drugs does not make us safer’<p>The attorney general, Jeff Sessions, is advising the federal prosecutors under his authority across the US to re-intensify the nation’s drug war as …

Civil Rights

EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Questions Basic Facts About Climate Change

President Trump's head of the Environmental Protection Agency says he does not believe that carbon dioxide is a major cause of global warming.<p>"I would not agree that [CO2] is a primary contributor to the global warming that we see," Scott Pruitt said Thursday in an interview with CNBC's Joe …

From Ben Carson claiming slaves came over as ‘immigrants’ to Betsy DeVos ignoring Jim Crow – history is a new frontline in the battle for truth<p>Fake news has morphed into something far more egregious, fake history. Donald Trump routinely lies about himself, his accomplishments, his businesses and …

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Obama Administration Rushed to Preserve Intelligence of Russian Election Hacking

WASHINGTON — In the Obama administration’s last days, some White House officials scrambled to spread information about Russian efforts to undermine the presidential election — and about possible contacts between associates of President-elect Donald J. Trump and Russians — across the government. …

Trump says Obama is helping to organize protests against his presidency

The beginning of the president’s term has featured controversial executive orders and frequent conflicts with the media.<p>The beginning of the president’s term has featured controversial executive orders and frequent conflicts with the media.<p>President Trump has been dismissing the protests against …

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Judge rules against dismissing charges against Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl

<b>(CNN) —</b> A military judge has ruled against dismissing charges against Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl despite his lawyers' claim that President Donald Trump violated their client's due-process rights.<p>Bergdahl faces charges of desertion and endangering fellow soldiers after he disappeared from his base in …

Canada PM Trudeau pressured to tackle influx of asylum seekers over US border

Justin Trudeau, Canada’s prime minister, is facing growing political pressure to address the steady stream of asylum seekers who have been braving freezing temperatures, fields of waist-deep snow and icy ditches to cross into Canada from the US by foot.<p>Recent months have seen a growing number of …

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HR McMaster felt phrase castigates ‘an entire religion’ and indicated ‘he’s not on board’ – a contrast with the president and many key staff members<p>Donald Trump’s new national security adviser has told staff at the White House he does not wish to use the term “radical Islamic terrorism” to describe …

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White House says chief of staff not wrong to talk to FBI

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Friday defended chief of staff Reince Priebus against accusations he breached a government firewall when he …

Pro-Trump megadonor is part owner of Breitbart News empire, CEO reveals

Breitbart News Network, the far-right media outlet that heralded President Trump’s rise and was once led by his top White House strategist, is owned in part by a wealthy conservative family that poured millions into propelling Trump into office, the company’s chief executive acknowledged Friday.<p>The …

White House blocks CNN, New York Times from press briefing hours after Trump slams media

The White House on Friday barred news outlets — including CNN, the New York Times, Politico and the Los Angeles Times — from attending an off-camera press briefing held by spokesman Sean Spicer, igniting another controversy concerning the relationship between the Trump administration and the …

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Donald Trump tells CPAC: 'We are Americans and the future belongs to us'

Donald Trump revelled in his capture of America’s conservative movement on Friday with a speech that carried all the anger, nativism and rampant populism of his election campaign.<p>“We are Americans,” the US president said to rapturous applause, “and the future belongs to us.”<p>Trump told the country’s …

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Chief of staff Reince Priebus accused of violating protocols that protect pending investigations from political interference<p>Donald Trump’s chief of staff asked the FBI to deny media reports that campaign advisers were frequently in touch with Russian intelligence agents during the election, a White …

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Obama lawyers form 'worst-case scenario' group to tackle Trump

Fearful the new administration will abuse its power, the former president’s lawyers are uniting to fight back.<p>Top lawyers who helped the Obama White House craft and hold to rules of conduct believe President Donald Trump and his staff will break ethics norms meant to guard against politicization of …

Amnesty report compares trends that led to Hitler’s rise to power to today’s divisive politics

In its latest report, Amnesty International just compared the rise of anti-immigrant sentiment and populist rhetoric in 2016 to the 1930s, singling out President Trump in particular.<p>Trump was harshly criticized by the London-based group on Tuesday evening for his “hateful xenophobic pre-election …

Three-hour debate on whether invitation to US president should be revoked comes after 1.8 million people sign petition<p>British MPs lined up on Monday to pour scorn on a “racist and sexist” Donald Trump, who they said should not be allowed to come to Britain for a state visit because of the risk it …

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Trump attacks 'dishonest media' while making false claims at Florida rally

In late September 2016, Donald Trump held a rally in Melbourne, Florida, where he railed against the media and bragged about the size of the crowd. Five months later, elected president of the United States and having arrived in Air Force One to the music of the film Air Force One, he did it …

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This press conference is proof Donald Trump will never be presidential

It was an exhausting 77-minute extravaganza, and any five-minute segment would have been enough to make front-page headlines around the world.<p>For the president of the United States, the simple act of sneezing can be newsworthy. When the president goes on a freeform monologue, occasionally …

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Trains, not drains: New Jersey lobbyists on way to swamp DC

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Donald Trump vows to "drain the swamp" in Washington, a swarm of 1,000 lobbyists, business owners and politicians …

Campaign aides said to have been in regular contact, despite repeated insistence there had been no pre-election talks between Trump team and Russia<p>The Russian influence scandal engulfing the White House deepened dramatically on Tuesday night with reports that some of Donald Trump’s campaign aides …

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Trump slams intel officials, media over Flynn and Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday blamed the media and "illegally leaked" intelligence information for bringing down his national …

American Institutions Are Pushing Back Against Trump

The bureaucracy, the press, the judiciary, and the public are not only pushing back, they’re having some success.<p>Nothing Donald Trump has done since becoming President is particularly surprising. The attacks on judges and the press, the clash of civilizations worldview, the ignorance of public …

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Building a Root Cellar - Modern Homesteading

Our five-year search was over. We had found our home in the country: Sky Meadow, one hundred sixty acres of pasture, pines, junipers, bubbling …

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U.S. House tax committee will not seek Trump tax returns

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A congressional tax oversight committee will not seek U.S. President Donald Trump’s tax returns despite calls from Democrats for a review to determine possible business ties to foreign countries including Russia, the panel’s Republican chairman said on Monday.<p>U.S. President …

Senate vote to repeal law forcing US energy and mining companies to disclose payments to foreign governments has gladdened the hearts of kleptocrats<p>Corruption is a curse. It stunts development, breeds conflict in fragile states, makes taxpayers in rich countries dubious about providing aid to poor …

Corruption

Exclusive: In call with Putin, Trump denounced Obama-era nuclear arms treaty - sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In his first call as president with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump denounced a treaty that caps U.S. and Russian deployment of nuclear warheads as a bad deal for the United States, according to two U.S. officials and one former U.S. official with knowledge of the …

The pontiff did not directly refer to Donald Trump’s plan to build a fence along his country’s border with Mexico, but made a thinly veiled criticism of it<p>Pope Francis has made a thinly veiled criticism of the policies of Donald Trump, saying societies should build bridges not walls to encourage …

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