Rachael Snazz

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Electors take anti-Trump battle to court

Two presidential electors in Colorado are heading to court Tuesday to try and boost their extreme long-shot gambit to stop Donald Trump from officially being elected president when the Electoral College votes on Dec. 19.<p>Democratic electors Polly Baca and Robert Nemanich are filing suit in federal …

U.S. Federal Courts

A condo for sale in Trump Tower is touting the Secret Service as a new amenity

At least one condominium in Trump Tower — a one-bedroom unit located on the 31st floor and asking $2.1 million — is being advertised as "the best value in the most secure building in Manhattan."<p>According to Politico, an email blast trumpeting the building's heightened security went out on November …

The rate of insured Americans rose to 90 percent in 2015 because of Obamacare

The pace of U.S. health care spending picked up slightly last year, reaching a total of $3.2 trillion or $9,990 per person in the country.<p>While a number of factors were at play, the increase was largely due to expanded coverage of individuals who signed up for Obamacare or who took advantage of a …

Liberland, a country that may not exist, says it hopes to build close ties to Trump White House

In the global flurry of post-election diplomatic activity, there's a lot of uncertainty, but Vit Jedlicka says his country is excited to work with President-elect Donald Trump's incoming administration.<p>“There are many ties and shared ideas between Liberland and President Trump,” Jedlicka said via …

Donald Trump

Mexicans rethink relationship with US

<b>Foreign officials in Washington are struggling to get to know the president-elect's transition team and are experiencing a sense of anxiety about the incoming administration.</b><p>But none of them, as an Obama White House official told me, are as worried as the Mexicans.<p>Recently, a New York City panel on …

Uganda's first 'Lord's Resistance Army' warlord goes on trial at the ICC

Ongwen, now in his early 40s, will also be the first former child soldier to be tried by the tribunal and is due to plead to an unprecedented 70 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by the rebel group led by the elusive Joseph Kony.<p>"The LRA leadership is reviled worldwide for …

Africa

Iran vows not to let Trump destroy nuclear deal

Iran vows not to let President-elect Donald Trump to rip up its nuclear agreement that was signed with world powers, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday.<p>"(Trump) wants to do many things, but none of his actions would affect us ... Do you think the United States can rip up the JCPOA (the …

China's State Media Tells Donald Trump to 'Stop Acting Like a Diplomatic Rookie'

Chinese media outlets have warned that Donald Trump is threatening healthy U.S.-China relations, on which “world peace and prosperity” depend, by …

Angela Merkel calls for full-face veil ban in Germany

<b>(CNN) —</b> German chancellor Angela Merkel has called for a ban on full-face veils in the country, during a speech at her party's conference on Tuesday.<p>"The full veil is not appropriate here, it should be forbidden wherever that is legally possible. It does not belong to us," she said at the Christian …

North Africa

15-Year-Old Allegedly Decapitated Missing Classmate in ‘Horrific, Horrific Murder’

Lee Manuel Viloria-Paulino walked out the door of his house on the night of Nov. 18 — and was never seen alive again.<p>On Saturday, weeks after his …

How Racism, Arrogance, and Incompetence Led to Pearl Harbor

The Japanese surprise attack should not have been such a surprise.<p>Seventy-five years ago, at 7:55 a.m. on December 7, 1941, a Japanese strike force unleashed 353 warplanes on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. Pacific Fleet’s base on Oahu, Hawaii. Relations between the United States and Japan had been …

Military

Justices void abortion 'buffer zone'

The Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously struck down a Massachusetts law that restricted speech outside abortion facilities, a decision that abortion-rights advocates decried as a threat to patient safety at clinics nationwide.<p>The court said the state law violated the First Amendment because its …

Palin on the VA: Obama is 'lazy'

One of the reasons President Barack Obama has mishandled the Department of Veterans Affairs scandal is that he is “lazy,” Sarah Palin says.<p>“When you hold someone accountable, it takes an energy and resource. And Barack Obama is lazy,” the former Alaska governor said in an interview with Fox News’ …

The Seven Most Common Lies About Abortion

Chances are, you know someone who has had an abortion. Statistically, it's a near-certainty: In the U.S., one in three women will have an abortion by …

Breast Cancer

Hey, Washington! The Pay Is Too Damn Low: The Minimum-Wage War

Nearly five years into the recovery from the Great Recession, the American economy remains fundamentally broken. Inequality is getting worse: …

Middle-class

Six Ways America Is Like a Third-World Country

Although the U.S. is one of the richest societies in history, it still lags behind other developed nations in many important indicators of human …

Demographics

Obama's Pot Breakthrough

In a recent interview with <i>The New Yorker</i>, President Obama did something both brave and extraordinary for the commander in chief of the nation's War …

Cannabis

Five Reasons Same-Sex Marriage Is Sweeping the Nation

After marriage equality's historic gains in 2013, with six states legalizing same-sex unions (from Illinois to Hawaii), many expected the movement to …

LGBTQI

For sale: Student 'hopes and dreams'

<i>This story is part of a new POLITICO series examining the unchecked expansion of private-sector data collection and the implications for consumer privacy.</i><p>Each year, more than 2 million middle school and high school students fill out comprehensive surveys for the National Research Center for College …

Meet the Republican Who Thinks His Party Has Failed on Women's Issues

Oklahoma State Representative Doug Cox has had enough of the GOP's position on reproductive rights<p>As red states continue to rack up laws that …

Feminism

Five Ways Arizona's Abortion Restrictions are Hurting Women

Abortion rights are under attack across the country: Last year alone, the Guttmacher Institute has found that 70 abortion restriction measures were …

Planned Parenthood

Six Studies That Show Everything Republicans Believe is Wrong

The great 20th-century economist John Maynard Keynes has been widely quoted as saying, "When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, …

Income Inequality

Putin Has Almost Achieved His Goal In Ukraine

"[The Russians] do not need to have physical control of these regions to achieve their objective for the Ukraine, which has always been to render Ukraine ungovernable," Keir Giles, analyst at Chatham House's International Security and Russia and Eurasia Program London, told USA Today.<p>Ukraine's …

“Gluten sensitivity” may be a misnomer

New research suggests it’s not the only wheat protein that can make us violently ill<p>Two years ago, at the recommendation of a nutritionist, I stopped eating wheat and a few other grains. Within a matter of days the disabling headaches and fatigue that I had been suffering for months vanished. …

Marital rape is officially legal in India

A new ruling reveals a gaping hole in the country’s sexual assault laws<p>A judge in India has officially confirmed that rape laws do not apply to married couples — once you’re legally wed, forced sex is no longer a crime.<p>What’s especially chilling is that the judge, Virender Bhat, was hearing a case …

How Michael Sam became the latest target of the Christian right’s persecution fantasy

The college football star made history this weekend, so of course conservative Christians are going to complain<p>The religious right has many potent weapons in its arsenal—sanctimony, bigot-pandering, and dishonesty rank right up at the top—but lately, pretending to be victimized seems to top the …

Americans Back Death Penalty by Gas or Electrocution If No Needle: Poll

A badly botched lethal injection in Oklahoma has not chipped away at the American public's support of the death penalty, although two-thirds of voters would back alternatives to the needle, an exclusive NBC News poll shows.<p>One in three people say that if lethal injections are no longer viable — …

Polling