Keith Fitzgerald

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Dem senator accuses Trump of 'dangerous tilt towards authoritarianism'

Sen. Jeff MerkleyJeff MerkleyDem senator accuses Trump of 'dangerous tilt towards authoritarianism' Overnight Regulation: Dems punch back in fight …

Government

Donald Trump may have violated the Constitution, Harvard doctoral candidate says

A Harvard doctoral candidate writes that Trump is misclassifying Steve Bannon, who should have Senate confirmation<p>It may have been more than merely disturbing that White House chief strategist Steve Bannon overruled a Department of Homeland Security finding about how President Donald Trump’s Muslim …

Government

Devin Nunes's Curiously Selective Memory

The chairman of the House intelligence committee, which is investigating Russia’s electoral interference, has made public statements so hard to believe that they verge on disqualifying.<p>Representative Devin Nunes, a Republican, is chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. He is therefore leading …

Devin Nunes

Lindsey Graham: Trump Should Apologize For Wiretap Claim Or His Credibility Will 'Suffer'

The GOP senator said that Trump's unsubstantiated claim "hurts our democracy."<p>WASHINGTON ― Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Wednesday called on President Donald Trump to apologize for his unfounded claim that his predecessor Barack Obama ordered wiretapping on his campaign, warning that it would …

Government

Republicans lied about healthcare for years, and they're about to get the punishment they deserve

It's hard to decide which would be the more politically damaging outcome for Republican politicians: passing the American Health Care Act, and therefore owning the premium increases and coverage losses it would cause; or not passing the bill, and therefore failing to do anything that can be framed …

Health Care

Poll: Approval wanes for GOP health bill

Support for the GOP proposal to repeal and replace the 2010 health care law is fading, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll conducted just before an expected House vote on the legislation.<p>Voters are divided on the measure: Approval of the bill declined from 46 percent last week to 41 …

Health Care

A teen made a website where kittens punch Trump. So, Trump unleashed his lawyers.

President Trump is busy this week helping to make sure millions of Americans don't lose their health insuran — -sorry, I mean, shutting down a teenage girl.<p>17-year-old Lucy from San Francisco recently designed a site called Kittenfeed.com (initially called TrumpScratch), where users get to punch …

Donald Trump

Hill Republicans say they're growing frustrated with Mattis

The Marine general was welcomed as a moderating force in the Trump administration, but his moves to name Obama veterans to Pentagon posts are irritating allies in key committees.<p>Defense Secretary James Mattis’ unconventional choices for top Pentagon posts and his reluctance to aggressively push for …

Government

Number of asylum seekers crossing into Canada soars

The number of asylum seekers arrested while crossing over from the United States into Canada has sharply risen this year, following a crackdown by U.S. President Donald Trump on illegal immigrants, migrants and refugees, official data showed.<p>During the first two months of 2017, Canadian police …

Immigration

The LAPD Is Worried Deportation Fears Are Stopping Latinos From Reporting Rape

Experts cautioned that undocumented victims of crime might not seek help in Trump’s America. Now, it’s happening.<p>Latinos in Los Angeles are making dramatically fewer reports of rape and domestic violence amid a climate of fear over increased immigration enforcement, according to the city’s Police …

Domestic Violence

House Oversight Committee requests all documents on Mike Flynn’s foreign contacts and payments

Congress is taking a deep look at Trump's former National Security adviser<p>The House Oversight Committee wrote a letter to the Department of Defense on Wednesday requesting any and all documents relating to Michael Flynn’s business with foreign interests. In the letter addressed to Defense Secretary …

Government

Trump: I feel ‘somewhat’ vindicated on wiretap claim after Nunes’ statement

President Donald Trump said he felt “somewhat” vindicated on his wiretapping claims against former President Barack Obama after House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes said he had seen evidence that members of the Trump transition teams were surveilled following November’s election.<p>“I …

Donald Trump

Rubio ducks questions about supporting House Obamacare repeal

MIAMI — Florida Sen. Marco Rubio won’t say how he’ll vote on the House’s Obamacare repeal because, he says, “it’s still a work in progress” in the U.S. House where there’s lots of “drama.”<p>Rubio’s reticence to talk specifics stands in stark contrast to fellow Republican senators Rand Paul and Ted …

Health Care

7 Charts Explain the Horrors of Trumpcare

By the standards of a comprehensive health-care-reform bill, the American Health Care Act is very simple. It’s a huge redistribution of income. The …

Health Care

Democrats are pushing hard for a special prosecutor in the Trump-Russia investigation

Following Attorney General Jeff Sessions' decision to recuse himself from any investigation into Russian involvement in the presidential election, …

Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn Didn’t Sign Trump’s Ethics Pledge

President Trump made it clear early on that all employees of his White House must sign an ethics pledge. All—except Michael Flynn, apparently.<p>The White House’s former top national security official did not sign an ethics pledge ostensibly required of all Trump administration appointees barring them …

Government

Leaders need votes for health bill on eve of House showdown

Erdogan warns Europeans 'will not walk safely' if attitude persists, as row carries on

| ANKARA<p>President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that Europeans would not be able to walk safely on the streets if they kept up their current attitude toward Turkey, his latest salvo in a row over campaigning by Turkish politicians in Europe.<p>Turkey has been embroiled in a dispute with Germany and …

Turkey

Trump, Koch brothers at odds over 'Trumpcare' vote

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans considering whether or not to back U.S. President Donald Trump's healthcare reforms in a crucial House of Representatives vote this week face a painful choice.<p>If they vote against, they could face the wrath of a vengeful and combative president. If they vote for …

Steve Bannon loves France

White House senior adviser Steve Bannon’s political credo is “America First” — but it has a distinctly French flavor.<p>Bannon admires the …

France

Lawyer for Family of Sergei Magnitsky, Dead Russian Whistle-Blower, Is Seriously Injured

MOSCOW — A lawyer representing the family of Sergei L. Magnitsky, a Russian auditor and lawyer who died in prison in 2009 after uncovering a $230 million fraud targeting an American-born financier, suffered severe head injuries on Tuesday after plunging from his Moscow apartment building.<p>Russian …

Grieving father: 'I don't play Trump songs anymore'

(CNN) Last year, Kraig Moss sold the equipment for his construction business in upstate New York and stopped making mortgage payments so he could follow Donald Trump on the campaign trail.<p>The amateur country crooner sang pro-Trump ditties while strumming a guitar emblazoned with Trump campaign …

Addiction

Kansas Republicans Are Finally Embracing Obamacare—Just as Trump Is Trying to Kill It

While Republicans in DC are pushing for massive cuts to Medicaid, John Eplee and other Republicans in one of the country's most conservative states …

Health Care

Tillerson plan to skip NATO, visit Russia puts allies on edge

(CNN) The State Department scrambled Tuesday to suggest new dates for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to attend a meeting of NATO foreign ministers after his plan to skip the annual gathering -- but travel to Russia -- came to light.<p>Tillerson's decision to miss his first NATO meeting but visit …

NATO

Rex Tillerson, NATO Work to Reschedule Meeting

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, facing complaints over his unusual plan to skip a formal meeting of North Atlantic Treaty Organization foreign ministers in April, moved to reassure allies by suggesting alternative dates for the meeting, the State Department said.<p>Mr. Tillerson’s travel …

NATO

The insidiousness of unconscious bias in schools

Humans frequently make automatic decisions at a subconscious level. The human brain’s capacity for reflexive decisionmaking is what Nobel Laureate …

Psychology

Everything You Need To Know About Block Grants — The Heart Of GOP’s Medicaid Plans

President Donald Trump’s administration made explicit this weekend its commitment to an old GOP strategy for managing Medicaid, the federal-state …

Health Care

Rex Tillerson: 'I didn't want this job … my wife told me I'm supposed to do this'

Secretary of state said he had not met Donald Trump before he was summoned to Trump Tower to discuss ‘the world’ and was offered the role<p>Rex Tillerson has said he did not want to be US secretary of state and only took the job because his wife convinced him to do it.<p>The former ExxonMobil oil …

Donald Trump

How the House GOP Health Plan Compares to the ACA

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Health Care