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Trump is performing the role of president, not doing the job

He doesn’t want to be president, he just wants to play one on TV.<p>The Donald Trump Show is getting stale, old, and, frankly, a little bit boring.<p>President Trump’s big speech before Congress on Tuesday night was the epitome of the show. There was the gross hypocrisy of “the time for trivial fights is …

22 promises Trump made in his speech to Congress, in one chart

The speech largely focused on things he wants to keep out of the country.<p>Donald Trump began his speech to a joint session of Congress with many promises — broad promises, such as, “I will not allow the mistakes of recent decades past to define the course of our future.”<p>But he quickly transitioned …

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin releases statement on President Trump’s address

U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin, D-Springfield, released the following statement on President Trump’s address to a joint session of …

U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth releases statement on President Trump’s address

U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth, D-Chicago, released this statement in regards to President Donald Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress.<p>“The …

WaPost Fact-Checks Trump's Speech In Real Time - Results Are 'SAD!'

Donald Trump has been caught lying again.<p>Tuesday night, President Trump is delivering his first address to a joint session of Congress, and The …

Trump just blamed the military for the botched Yemen raid. That's a disgrace.

Most Americans thought little of President Harry Truman when he ascended to the White House in April 1945. Six months later, they thought even less, as the nation’s economy slowed at the end of World War II and the nation woke up to the dangers of the Cold War. To encourage the new president, and …

Lashing Out Against Critical Reports, White House Bars Outlets From Briefing

The White House on Friday barred reporters from numerous major media outlets from participating in a regularly scheduled press briefing, triggering charges of retaliation from news executives.<p>"These are moves that governments around the world make when they are less sophisticated and they want to …

The White House just barred major media outlets from a press briefing

President Donald Trump’s press secretary, Sean Spicer, kept major media outlets, including the New York Times and CNN, out of the daily press briefing Friday, canceling it in favor of an off-camera media gaggle for handpicked media outlets and escalating the Trump administration’s fight with the …

Obama lawyers team up to fight Trump

Top lawyers from former President Obama’s administration are launching a group aimed at keeping President Trump from breaking ethics rules.<p>United to …

Your TV is probably tracking you -- here's how to stop it

When you unpacked your new TV or streamer for the first time, you probably couldn't wait to start watching it. In the excitement to put it through its paces, chances are you just clicked "I agree" to all those screens of legal mumbo jumbo that came up during the setup process.<p>Did you know one of …

Dismal Voucher Results Surprise Researchers as DeVos Era Begins

The confirmation of Betsy DeVos as secretary of education was a signal moment for the school choice movement. For the first time, the nation’s highest education official is someone fully committed to making school vouchers and other market-oriented policies the centerpiece of education reform.<p>But …

FBI refused White House request to knock down recent Trump-Russia stories

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The FBI rejected a recent White House request to publicly knock down media reports about communications between Donald Trump's associates and Russians known to US intelligence during the 2016 presidential campaign, multiple US officials briefed on the matter tell CNN.<p>But a White …

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Arizona Republicans Want To Prosecute Protesters The Same Way They Do Terrorists

Lawmakers say they're targeting "paid protesters."<p><b>UPDATE:</b> Feb. 28 ― Arizona House Speaker J.D. Mesnard (R) announced Monday that the chamber will not hear a bill that would permit the government to seize protesters’ assets and prosecute them under a racketeering law designed to target organized …

Trump administration rolls back protections for transgender students

The Trump administration on Wednesday revoked federal guidelines specifying that transgender students have the right to use public school restrooms that match their gender identity, taking a stand on a contentious issue that has become the central battle over LGBT rights.<p>Officials with the federal …

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'Military-Style' Firearms Aren't Protected By Second Amendment, Court Rules

An appeals court upheld a Maryland ban on a wide range of popular semiautomatic weapons.<p>WASHINGTON ― A federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday that a Maryland ban on assault-style rifles and large-capacity magazines isn’t subject to the Constitution’s right to keep and bear arms.<p>The full U.S. Court …

Report: House measure forcing release of info on Trump conflicts likely to die in committee

A Democrat-backed House resolution that would direct the Justice Department to release information about President TrumpDonald John TrumpPruitt dined …

Tom Cotton faces uproar at town hall meeting

Sen. Tom CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonSenate confirms Haspel to head CIA Democrats urge colleagues to oppose prison reform bill Trump-backed …

Belleville’s Edge Entertainment Center gets green light on multi-million dollar expansion

BELLEVILLE, IL (KTVI) - The Belleville City Council unanimously approved the multi-million-dollar expansion of The Edge Entertainment Center in …

Bruce Springsteen’s Reading List: 28 Favorite Books That Shaped His Mind and Music

<i>“A book is a heart that only beats in the chest of another,”</i> Rebecca Solnit wrote in her beautiful essay on reading and writing. It is also, perhaps, a seed planted in another’s garden of consciousness. It is no coincidence that most highly creative people are voracious readers — books, after all, …

Check Out Mitch McConnell's Face As An Angry Voter Lets Him Have It

“If you can answer any of that, I’ll sit down and shut up like Elizabeth Warren."<p>Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) got an earful from an angry constituent at a luncheon in Kentucky on Tuesday.<p>The exchange began innocently enough, with the woman saying she loved McConnell.<p>“Thank you,” …

MLB gets it wrong — again — with change to intentional walk rule

I'm running out of clouds to yell at (and I'm not that old) when it comes to Major League Baseball. The commissioner and the players association keep …

Goalie Eats Pie and Loses His Job, While Bettors’ Wallets Fatten

An English soccer player who enjoyed a meat pie on the sideline during a game was forced to resign on Tuesday after his meal spurred a formal investigation into gambling. The strange tale involves a Cinderella team, a bookmaker eager for publicity and, most important, a portly, middle-aged …

Federal Hiring Freeze Suspends Some Army Child Care Programs

A federal civilian hiring freeze ordered by President Donald Trump has forced at least two Army bases to indefinitely suspend some child care …

Panda's first flight: FedEx sends Bao Bao to China

Would you want to take a 3-year-old on a 16-hour flight?<p>Luckily for the National Zoo and FedEx, they're dealing with a panda, not a toddler. And Bao Bao will be traveling in a roomy, customized crate, not sitting next to a parent in a middle seat. She won't be watching movies on an iPad, but a …

Muslim groups raise thousands of dollars for Jewish community in aftermath of cemetery vandalism

<b>UNIVERSITY CITY</b> • The damaging of dozens of headstones at a Jewish cemetery spurred Muslim groups to raise thousands of dollars to help with …

Trump Is Violating the Constitution

The president is supposed to serve the American people, not himself.<i>This piece originally appeared in the February 23 issue of The New York Review of</i> …

Guitarist Larry Coryell, Godfather Of Fusion, Dies At 73

Larry Coryell, the jazz guitarist known as the "Godfather of Fusion," died Sunday night at a hotel in New York City, according to his publicist. He was 73.<p>Coryell was still performing more than 50 years after his first recordings. He played at New York jazz club Iridium on Friday and Saturday …

McMaster Named as Trump’s National Security Adviser

Army officer takes job at a time when several foreign policy challenges are under review<p>President Donald Trump chose an active-duty Army general as his new national security adviser on Monday, bringing one of the U.S. military’s best-known strategists into the White House and adding to his team …

National Security

Dexter Fowler unapologetic for criticism of Trump's travel ban

JUPITER, Fla. -- St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Dexter Fowler said he did not regret comments he made to ESPN last week in which he called attempts …

From Roosevelt to Trump, Japanese Americans see similarity in executive orders signed 75 years apart

<b>I</b>n 1944, the majority of Supreme Court justices agreed that the nation’s security concerns outweighed the Constitution’s promise of equal …