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Ex-Fox News Analyst Ralph Peters Unloads on Sean Hannity

The former Fox commentator said Sean Hannity might actually believe his own conspiracy theories, but ‘the others are smarter, they know what they’re …

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Diplomacy in the age of Trump: Former U.S. ambassador quits, tells all

<b>John D. Feeley (Getty/Rodrigo Arangua)</b><p>“He’s like a velociraptor. He has to be boss, and if you don’t show him deference he kills you”<p>Shira Tarlo<p>May 23, 2018 5:50pm (UTC)<p>The former U.S. ambassador to Panama just likened President Donald Trump to a "velociraptor" who destroys any obstacles in his …

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Trump scandal overload: Don Jr. remembers nothing; Republicans finally begin to face the facts

<b>Donald Trump Jr. (AP/Getty/Salon)</b><p>Amid Don Jr.’s memory failures, the big news is Republicans admitting that the Russians meddled to help Trump<p>Heather Digby Parton<p>May 17, 2018 12:40pm (UTC)<p>Wednesday was one of those scandal-detail-overload days. It's one thing if there is a big blockbuster scoop …

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Today's talker: Trump Jr.'s call to a blocked number could help build an obstruction of justice case against his father

<i>After setting up a meeting with Russian agents in June 2016 to discuss what he thought would be incriminating information on Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump Jr. made an 11-minute phone call to a blocked phone number, according to transcripts of his Senate interviews released Wednesday.</i><p>When we look …

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Kremlin Used NRA to Help Trump in 2016, Senate Report Says

Documents suggest Moscow funneled money to Trump through the gun group, according to the judiciary committee.<p>The Senate Judiciary Committee said …

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1998 Giuliani debunked 2018 Giuliani on presidents evading subpoenas

Back then, President Trump's lawyer said a president called to testify has "no choice" but to comply.<p>Rudy Giuliani claimed over the weekend that the …

At a Private Meeting in Illinois, a Group of Evangelicals Tried to Save Their Movement from Trumpism

In February, more than two thousand mourners gathered under an enormous white tent in Charlotte, North Carolina, for the funeral of the evangelist Billy Graham. The guests included President Trump, Vice-President Pence, and scores of evangelical leaders from around the world. The mood was …

Trump’s Greatest Fear

It’s impossible to know what the president wants so desperately to hide, but every threat to examine his business dealings produces frantic defensive maneuvers.<p>It’s always been the business that worried Donald Trump. This was true during the presidential campaign, it was true during the transition, …

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Pain is the reward: Here’s what pundits keep getting wrong about Trump and his supporters

<b>(AP/Carolyn Kaster/Getty/Nicholas Kamm/Salon)</b><p>Trump’s voters are suffering. They still love him. Mainstream journalists lack any understanding of this pathology<p>Chauncey DeVega<p>April 13, 2018 9:00am (UTC)<p>Donald Trump is not a real populist. His plans and those of his Republican allies--both already …

The Tragedy of Paul Ryan

He began as a Jack Kemp conservative. He ended as Donald Trump’s man on Capitol Hill.<p>Paul Ryan came to Congress as a Jack Kemp conservative and will depart as a Donald Trump Republican.<p>It’s more complicated than that, certainly. History requires nuance and texture. But legacies are reductive by …

Exiting House Republicans See a ‘Big Wave Coming’ After Speaker Paul Ryan Calls It In

We shouldn’t be kidding ourselves about this, said retiring Republican House member Charlie Dent. ‘Big wave coming—get off the beach.’<p>Tears were shed …

Parkland Teacher Left His Loaded Handgun in Public Bathroom

A teacher at Parkland, Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High—who said he’d be willing to arm himself at school to protect students—has been accused …

Presidential historian Gil Troy: Donald Trump has committed “a crime against the American people”

Scholar Gil Troy says it’s not too late for Trump to change — but history will judge his enablers harshly<p>Donald Trump is president of the United States by title and law. He is not president of all Americans. Trump cares only about his voters and the most enthusiastic part of his "base." He is a …

The Art of the Dunce: 15 Months Into His Presidency, Trump Can’t Negotiate His Way Out of a Paper Bag

Any sort of policy requires some firsthand mastery of details. Trump, as we know, lacks this. So when he goes into meetings with Democrats and gives away the store, only to backpedal hours later and pretend he didn’t, his weakness as a negotiator is only one part of his vulnerability. The other, …

Why are white men stockpiling guns?

Research suggests it’s largely because they’re anxious about their ability to protect their families<p>Since the 2008 election of President Obama, the number of firearms manufactured in the U.S. has tripled, while imports have doubled. This doesn’t mean more households have guns than ever before — …

Here are the hoaxes surrounding the Parkland shooting and the Stoneman Douglas students

Following the shooting, far-right trolls began efforts to discredit the survivors and those reporting on it<p><i>This piece has been updated to include an additional hoax​.</i><p>Since the February 14, mass shooting in Parkland, FL, survivors and reporters writing about the attacks have been the victim of …

The Interstitium, the Largest Organ We Never Knew We Had

The human body was thought to have 79 organs—until researchers stumbled on a strange phenomenon that could turn medicine and what we thought we knew …

Where Hate Groups Are Concentrated in the U.S.

Organized hate groups are found in 340 counties—but those counties spread across every state of the union.<p>Hate in America is on the rise. There are currently nearly a thousand known hate groups in the United States—an increase of 4 percent just this past year, according to the Southern Poverty Law …

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GOP wants to flood politics with dark money using hidden “policy riders”

Campaign finance reform was once a bipartisan issue. With Koch money flooding into the GOP, those days are gone<p>The rising tide of political spending that has swamped Washington in the wake of Citizens United <i></i>and other controversial Supreme Court rulings may have lifted Republican fortunes across the …

So, HUD lied about buying Ben Carson's $31,000 dining room set?

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> When news broke that a $31,000 dining room set had been ordered for the office of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, the secretary's office immediately went into crisis mode.<p>Carson, you see, had nothing to do with such an exorbitant expenditure -- which, not for …

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All the Things You're Doing Wrong When You Travel, According to Anthony Bourdain

The globe-trotting TV host shares his advice for all types of budgets.<p>Anthony Bourdain thinks traveling to Paris just to stand atop the Eiffel Tower …

As America Changes, Some Anxious Whites Feel Left Behind

Demographic shifts rippling across the nation are fueling fears that their culture and standing are under threat.<p>Even after the coal mines closed and the factory jobs disappeared and the businesses began taking down their signs on Broad Street, even after the population started its steady decline …

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Scientists have established a link between brain damage and religious fundamentalism

A study published in the journal <i>Neuropsychologia</i> has shown that religious fundamentalism is, in part, the result of a functional impairment in a …

Conservatives hated it when Obama said he’d meet with North Korea. Guess what they say now.

And some conservative writers are confused by their peers’ shift.<p>After President Donald Trump’s surprise announcement on Thursday that he had agreed to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, some conservatives wondered why they were abandoning the position they took with President Barack …

Much of the modern world is explained by one population spike

We like to think of the story of human growth as a single, long ascent. In fact, it’s a solitary spike. The population growth rate hovered just above zero for more than 10,000 years. Only after something happened in the 1700s did the growth rate begin to climb, and climb, and climb.<p>With the …

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The Problem Isn’t Just Trump. It’s Our Ignorant Electorate.

It is not effete snobbery or elitist condescension to note that ill-informed voters contributed to the current mess.<p>For many of us, mornings have …

Two Museum Directors Say It’s Time to Tell the Unvarnished History of the U.S.

“History matters because it has contemporary consequence,” declared historian Jennifer Guiliano, explaining to an audience how stereotypes affect …

‘What The F*ck?’ Former Trump Aide Sam Nunberg’s Mueller Meltdown Leaves Friends Petrified

Those close to Nunberg said they fear he was drunk while going on a cable news blitz.<p>Sam Nunberg, an early political adviser to Donald Trump, had a …

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Judge, police help oust Trump Hotels from Panama property

PANAMA CITY (AP) — Workers pried President Donald Trump's name from signs outside his family company's luxury hotel in Panama on Monday, as Trump's …

Nunes doesn’t deny leaking private text messages to Fox News, but blames press for reporting it

“I’m not sure if this coverage could possibly get more absurd.”<p>On Thursday, the New York Times reported that House Intelligence Committee chair Devin …

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