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Comey's firing was Trump's nuclear option on Russia probe

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Trump dropped a bombshell Tuesday with the announcement that he had fired FBI Director James Comey -- just days after Comey testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about, among other things, the bureau's investigation into Russian meddling in the election that propelled …

Donald Trump

Amazon’s new Echo Look has a built-in camera for style selfies

With the addition of a camera, Amazon’s new Echo Look device can now see and hear all. The device is a sort of standalone selfie machine so users can take full-length photos and videos of themselves specifically for the sake of checking their fashion choices in the morning.<p>The new home assistant …

A display of unbelievable ignorance: In a real country with a real president, Trump’s AP interview would destroy him

Our president thinks the Pentagon is a company, terrorism was a recent invention and 9/11 was a ratings coup<p>A new poll revealed that 98 percent of Donald Trump voters said they don’t regret their choice for president. It’s a number that’s simultaneously too difficult to believe and infuriating. By …

Putin-linked think tank drew up plan to sway 2016 US election - documents

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Russian government think tank controlled by Vladimir Putin developed a plan to swing the 2016 U.S. presidential election to Donald Trump and undermine voters’ faith in the American electoral system, three current and four former U.S. officials told Reuters.<p>They described …

Russia

A Theory To Better Understand Diversity, And Who Really Benefits

Last week, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos appointed Candice Jackson as the acting assistant secretary of the Office for Civil Rights. Jackson will oversee a staff of hundreds charged with responding to thousands of civil rights complaints every year, including some from students who feel …

College & University

Hillary Clinton, Free to Speak Her Mind

In the most wrenching, humiliating way possible, Hillary Clinton has been liberated. She is now out of the woods again, and speaking her mind.<p>In her first interview since the election, she acknowledged that she had expected to defeat Donald Trump and that the outcome had been “so devastating.”<p>“I …

Government

The world handed to Trump is a big, fat, huge mess: But don’t blame Obama — this took years of capitalism and imperialism

But such a mess is the inevitable result of an economic system based on endless growth and limitless exploitation<p>Since becoming president of the United States earlier this year, Donald Trump has had anything but smooth sailing, with political scandals and policy mishaps plaguing his fledgling …

How Donald Trump kept the show going at dinner with Xi Jinping as the missiles flew

As he tucked into a New York strip steak and Thumbelina carrots in an ornate private dining room at Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump knew the bombs would be in the air by the time he finished his chocolate sorbet.<p>Before sitting sown to eat the president had given the order to launch 59 Tomahawk cruise …

Trump poised to sign away privacy protections for internet users

President to approve law killing rules meant to prevent internet service providers from selling consumers’ web browsing and app storage histories to advertisers<p>President Donald Trump was expected to sign legislation on Wednesday allowing internet service providers to sell the browsing habits of …

Net Neutrality

You're Hired!

Democrats have begun the presidency of Donald Trump exiled to the political wilderness. They’ve lost the White House, both houses of Congress, a …

TurboTax, H&R Block Spend Big Bucks Lobbying for Us to Keep Doing Our Own Taxes

This year, what if you could do your taxes for free, and fast? You could, but TurboTax and H&R Block have spent big bucks lobbying to make sure that never happens.<p>Because if doing taxes was less annoying, you wouldn't need to pay someone to do it for you.<p>For years, tax prep companies have pushed …

H&R Block

The Trump Presidency Is Already a Joke

But it’s no laughing matter.<p>It can reasonably be said that our dear leader is now the most ridiculed man on the planet. In fact, he may well be the most ridiculed man in history. For a preening narcissist who takes himself terribly seriously, being the butt of the joke heard round the world has got …

Kellyanne Conway

The health care bill could be Donald Trump’s Iraq War

Sold on lies, poorly planned, deadly to thousands, and a catastrophe for its authors.<p>If it passes, the American Health Care Act will be Donald Trump and Paul Ryan's Iraq War. It's been sold with lies. It's been pushed forward with a shock-and-awe legislative strategy. And its architects are …

Donald Trump’s biggest war is on democracy itself

Slashing the State Department and the U.N. is preparation for Bannon’s “clash of civilizations”<p>"There's no question this is a hard-power budget," budget director Mick Mulvaney said of President Trump’s proposal to slash spending on diplomacy while increasing military spending. "It is not a …

Why are Republicans so cruel to the poor? Paul Ryan’s profound hypocrisy stands for a deeper problem

<b>Paul Ryan (AP/J. Scott Applewhite/Salon)</b><p>Paul Ryan has dreamed of slashing Medicaid since his keg-party days — and that blithe hostility is widespread<p>Chauncey DeVega<p>March 23, 2017 9:00am (UTC)<p>Republican Paul Ryan, like most other members of the U.S. Congress, is a millionaire.<p>Christa Patton is 68 …

Lyndon Johnson

How Sean Spicer lost his credibility

The White House press secretary has always been a spin artist.<p>Spinning is not lying, Clinton press secretary Dee Dee Myers once said, but rather "marshaling the facts in service of an argument." As President Reagan's longtime press secretary Larry Speakes put it, "spinning aims to minimize the …

Donald Trump

How Republicans quietly sabotaged Obamacare long before Trump came into office

Billions that should go to Obamacare are missing, thanks to senators like Marco Rubio<p>Donald Trump suggested that the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare) was a clever ruse by our first Black president and his Democratic friends to have a successful health-care system in place for his own …

Trump Shifting Authority Over Military Operations Back to Pentagon

WASHINGTON — President Trump is shifting more authority over military operations to the Pentagon, according to White House officials, reversing what his aides and some generals say was a tendency by the Obama White House to micromanage issues better left to military commanders.<p>The change is at the …

National Security

In Donald Trump’s fantasy world, hints of reality are dawning

From the travel ban to healthcare to Nato funding, the president is realising that there are limits to the power of his falsehoods<p>The great philosopher-novelist Umberto Eco once declared that we will always come up against “the hard core of Being” and the “lines of resistance” that tell us when we …

Donald Trump

Trump’s ruined credibility: What happens when the White House just can’t be trusted?

President Trump and his aides tell lies and then lie about the lies, which is politically corrosive and dangerous<p>White House press secretary Sean Spicer was in a difficult spot on Thursday afternoon. Just prior to Spicer’s daily press briefing, the top Republican and Democratic members of the …

Bannon and Trump have quietly installed an alt-National Security Council operating inside the White House

The Strategic Initiatives Group is the White House pipeline to the white nationalists of the European right<p>Less than a month after much-admired Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster took over from Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as national security adviser, Trump's alter-ego Steve Bannon appears to be more in control of …

Trump’s Defense Secretary Cites Climate Change as National Security Challenge

Updated (Mar. 16, 2017):Our story on March 13 concerning Secretary of Defense James Mattis’ views on the relationship between climate change and …

Clean Technology

A Bill So Bad It’s Awesome

It has long been obvious to anyone following health policy that Republicans would never devise a workable replacement for Obamacare. But the bill unveiled this week is worse than even the cynics expected; its awfulness is almost surreal. And the process by which it came to be tells you a lot about …

Anger mounts over handling of US attorney firings

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Attorney General Jeff Sessions has asked for the resignations of 46 US attorneys, igniting anger from officials who say they were given no warning about their dismissals.<p>The Justice Department announced the firings Friday afternoon, and many prosecutors had not been formally …

Donald Trump

The Deep State Is a Figment of Steve Bannon’s Imagination

Here’s the real truth about America’s national security bureaucrats.<p>Here’s a handy rule for assessing the credibility of what you’re reading about national security in the Trump era: If somebody uses the term “Deep State,” you can be pretty sure they have no idea what they’re talking about.<p>The …

Donald Trump

Republican healthcare plan approved by two House panels, clearing major hurdle

American Health Care Act has been subject of bipartisan controversy Democrats fight repeal effort; Republicans think it doesn’t go far enough<p>Republicans’ attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act passed another major hurdle on Thursday afternoon after it was approved on a party-line vote by the …

Health Care

Head of EPA denies carbon dioxide causes global warming – video

Scott Pruitt, the new head of the US Environmental Protection Agency, gave an interview on CNBC on Thursday during which he denied carbon dioxide was a primary contributor to global warming. Pruitt also said that there is ‘tremendous disagreement’ over the extent to which human activity such as CO2 …

Carbon Dioxide

The Obama Idea to Save Coal Country

It was embraced by Republicans but blocked by other Republicans. Will it get a second chance?<p>On February 2, in one of his first acts as Senate majority leader of the 115th Congress, Mitch McConnell ushered through the repeal of the Stream Protection Rule. The Obama-era regulation had taken eight …

Fossil Fuels

Republicans are now paying the price for a years-long campaign of Obamacare lies

They promised better insurance. They can’t deliver. Now the jig is up.<p>Donald Trump added his own signature dose of shamelessness to the Republicans’ shameless crusade against Obamacare.<p>“We’re going to have insurance for everybody,” Trump told the Washington Post after the election. Under Trumpcare, …

China warns Trump he is facing a 'head-on collision' with North Korea

Chinese foreign minister scolds Kim Jong-un’s regime for its nuclear ambitions but also blames Washington for stoking regional tensions<p>The United States and North Korea are racing towards a catastrophic “head-on collision”, China’s foreign minister has warned, amid Chinese fury at America’s …

North Korea