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The stench of Michael Cohen’s consulting business grows

When it was revealed that a U.S. firm with ties to Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg had paid Michael Cohen half a million dollars, the firm, Columbus Nova, assured the oligarch had nothing to do with it. “Columbus Nova is an investment management company solely owned and controlled by Americans,” …

Donald Trump

Chelsea Clinton: ‘I’ve had vitriol flung at me for as long as I can remember’

When the American media describe Chelsea Clinton as royalty, they refer not to her popularity but to her ubiquity. Her very first home was the governor’s mansion in Little Rock, Arkansas; the family home she left for university 18 years later was the White House. Ordinarily, it’s only young royals …

Feminism

The Russia Investigations: What Just Happened?

<i>This week in the Russia investigations: After Trump's "SPYGATE" gambit, what just happened? Good news for Kushner. Mueller to hacks: Get lost.</i><p><b>What just happened?</b><p>President Trump or his supporters make an explosive allegation. Washington, D.C., responds with an uproar. An "investigation" ensues. …

Donald Trump

The apprenticeship of Jordan Peterson

Carlos Osorio/The Toronto Star via ZUMA<p>Looking for news you can trust?<br>Subscribe to our free newsletters.<p>If you want to understand a little more about …

Jordan Peterson

DHS to issue 15,000 more guest worker visas amid clamor over labor shortage

The Department of Homeland Security said Friday it will issue 15,000 additional guest worker visas for 2018, facing an outcry from business owners who say they’re being hurt by the country’s labor squeeze.<p>It was the second year in a row that DHS agreed to allocate an extra 15,000 guest worker …

Immigration

Pruitt spent whopping $3.5 million on personal security in first year as EPA chief

Much more than his predecessors.<p>Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt has spent $3.5 million in taxpayer dollars on …

Scott Pruitt

Congress sounds bipartisan alarm as Trump deals on ZTE

WASHINGTON — As the Trump administration reached a deal Friday to reduce sanctions on the Chinese telecom giant ZTE, Congress has shown rare unity in working to prevent the president from giving in to the foreign-backed company in a way that would compromise national security.<p>And more backlash is …

U.S. Dept. of Commerce

Mueller Is Reportedly Examining An Israeli Firm’s Fake News Presentation

A nine-slide presentation includes details about creating fake news sites and fake social media accounts.<p>Special counsel Robert Mueller may be …

Donald Trump

Trump’s Pardon of Jack Johnson, a ‘Con Job’

<b>To the Editor:</b><p>Re “Boxer’s Conviction, Driven by Racism, Is Wiped From the Books” (front page, May 25):<p>President Trump’s pardon of Jack Johnson, the champion boxer, seems a con job (a) to persuade the American public that Mr. Trump is not a racist, and (b) to emphasize his pardon power so it does …

Donald Trump

Emails show collaboration among EPA, climate-change deniers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly released emails show senior Environmental Protection Agency officials working closely with a conservative group that dismisses climate change to rally like-minded people for public hearings on science and global warming, counter negative news coverage and tout Administrator …

Climate

Homeowners shouldn't have to sell to gays, California Congressman says

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., ignited controversy this past week after suggesting that homeowners should be free to refuse to sell homes to LGBTQ people.<p>Rohrabacher initially made the remarks last week while speaking to a group of National Association of Realtors members who had congregated in …

LGBTQI

House greenlights Trump's fascist military parade

Buried deep inside a newly passed 1,000-page military appropriations bill like a strand of howler monkey DNA in Donald Trump’s genome is approval for …

Donald Trump

Trump's Tweets Have Created a Conspiratorial America - The Atlantic

On Sunday, the president tweeted out a message that could have plunged the country into a constitutional crisis or could have meant nothing at all. It was awkwardly worded and spotted through with errant capitalization. “I hereby demand,” it read, “and will do so officially tomorrow, that the …

Donald Trump

What Separating Migrant Families at the Border Actually Looks Like

Trump's inhumane border policy is tearing families apart and traumatizing children.<p>Earlier this month, when Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced plans to prosecute “100 percent” of migrants illegally crossing the Mexican border, it became official US policy to routinely separate children from …

Immigration

No amount of capitulation will ever sate Trump

The line between appeasement and deflection is inevitably blurry. It tends to be written in invisible ink, discernible only in the clarifying light of retrospect, when the damage has already been done.<p>This tension, and this danger, has been evident in the recent outbreak of open warfare between …

Donald Trump

Obama-hating Michigan official forced to resign after her Muslim-bashing Facebook posts are exposed

A Macomb, Michigan official was forced to resign after Muslim-bashing posts were discovered on her Facebook page.<p>In 2014 and 2015, Diane Deliso …

Religion

Trump nominates anti-immigration activist to head agency for immigrants and refugees

President Trump has nominated a staunch anti-immigration activist to head the State Department agency that oversees refugee and immigration issues.<p>Ronald W. Mortensen, a former foreign service officer and longtime fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies, which advocates against legal and …

Immigration

The pathology of pathological liars, explained

Apparently, people can become accustomed to lying. The pangs of conscience that they feel when they first tell a lie diminish gradually as they tell …

Psychology

Nunes feels Russia probe blowback at home

California congressman raises dizzying amount for reelection campaign.<p>LOS ANGELES — Devin Nunes, the California congressman whose allegiance to Donald Trump has made him public enemy number one to many Democrats, is beginning to feel the heat back home.<p>His little-known challenger is awash in cash …

Donald Trump

Bernice King Scorched Steve Bannon's MLK & Trump Comment

Well, there's a response for you. In a series of tweets on Wednesday, the daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. hit back at a longtime associate of …

Donald Trump

Trump’s grotesque lie about Democrats and MS-13

The White House is trafficking gore porn.<p>President Donald Trump continued his string of fabrications and misrepresentations regarding the political …

Donald Trump

Trump Goes Full Alex Jones as “Spygate” Falls Apart

Republicans have gone silent after getting a secret briefing on the “informant” in the Trump campaign. Democrats say they were shown “no evidence” for the allegations at all.<p>Almost four months ago, allies of <b>Donald Trump</b> found themselves consumed by a scandal so mind-boggling, they felt sure it …

Donald Trump

Trump's Admin Didn't Just Separate Migrant Families — It Also "Lost" 1,475 Children

This week, congressional testimony by a top Trump administration official revealed a truly shocking and harrowing fact. Namely, federal agencies lost …

Immigration

Trump’s Racist Immigration Policy Is Backfiring on Him

Last year, when he was preparing to deliver his first speech to Congress, President Trump reminded his staff that he had consistently delighted …

Donald Trump

Step it up, Democrats—59% of Americans don't know Mueller's investigation has yielded results

New research from a coalition of Democratic pollsters has revealed that a solid majority if Americans—59 percent—don't realize Robert Mueller's …

Donald Trump

Kellyanne Conway's husband reportedly gives anti-Trump writers suggestions on how to improve their arguments

Two writers who wrote columns critical of President Donald Trump told Politico that George Conway, husband of Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway, emailed them out of the blue with suggestions on how to strengthen their anti-Trump arguments.<p>George Conway, a highly respected corporate attorney, has kept …

Donald Trump

Protesters Challenge NFL’s National Anthem Rule In Front of the Master’s House

Tamika Mallory didn’t leave any wiggle room for misinterpretation when she took the mic after Minister Kirsten John Foy asked the crowd gathered in …

Rights & Freedoms

Time to stop chasing Trump’s lies down the rabbit hole

You may have noticed that today’s news is <i>not</i> dominated by the blockbuster revelations of what members of Congress learned yesterday when they met with Justice Department officials to review information about the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, …

Donald Trump

Trump Moves to Ease the Firing of Federal Workers

Seizing on a longtime ambition of many Republicans, President Trump on Friday overhauled rules affecting at least two million federal workers, making it easier to fire them and rolling back the workplace role of their unions.<p>Mr. Trump, furthering a goal cited in his State of the Union address this …

Civil Service

Racial resentment may be fueling climate denial, study finds

New research finds a link between racial prejudice and climate change denial.<p><i>By Jeremy Deaton</i><p>What began as a way of trolling Prius drivers became a …

Climate