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Joe Arpaio has been a world-class jerk a lot longer than you ever knew

He got his start as a narc, and took down a budding Texas music legend back in the day<p>Joe Arpaio made his conservative bones as the hardline, long-time sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, home of Phoenix, the state's largest city. Housing inmates in sweltering tent cities in the desert heat, …

Mar-A-Lago Has A Flood Insurance Policy Through The Federal Government

Donald Trump's Florida estate is among the flood-prone properties covered by the controversial program.<p>WASHINGTON ― Federally insured property in Florida is in the crosshairs of potentially catastrophic Hurricane Irma ― including President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach.<p>The property …

Can the President Be Indicted? A Long-Hidden Legal Memo Says Yes

WASHINGTON — A newfound memo from Kenneth W. Starr’s independent counsel investigation into President Bill Clinton sheds fresh light on a constitutional puzzle that is taking on mounting significance amid the Trump-Russia inquiry: Can a sitting president be indicted?<p>The 56-page memo, locked in the …

Donald Trump

Philippines’s Duterte vows not to come to the U.S.: ‘I’ve seen America, and it’s lousy’

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, previously praised and invited by President Trump to come to the White House, said he will not visit the United States during or after his term because the country is “lousy.”<p>Duterte's remarks about one of the Philippines's oldest allies was in response to Rep. …

Asia

Saudi woman in miniskirt video arrested after public outcry

A Saudi woman who was arrested after she was videotaped walking around an ancient fort in a miniskirt and a skimpy top has been released without charges, Saudi authorities said on Wednesday.<p>The woman, identified online only as Khulood, was detained by police in the capital, Riyadh, for wearing …

Social Media

Medical Marijuana Is Preferred by 93% of Patients for Pain Management

A new study has investigated what patients themselves prefer when it comes to managing pain — opioids, which are widely distributed for intense pain …

Cannabis

Your Most-Pressing Universal Basic Income Questions Answered

by Scott Santens March 14, 2017 Op-Ed 17595<p>What Would You Do?<p>So what exactly would you do, if you were guaranteed $1,000 per month for the rest of …

Income Inequality

Saudi Police Arrest Woman Who Wore Miniskirt in Online Video

The police in Saudi Arabia arrested a woman on Tuesday who appeared in a video posted online in which she wears a miniskirt and crop top, exposing her legs and midriff in violation of the country’s strict dress code for women.<p>The video of the woman, identified online only as Khulood, prompted a …

Social Media

Diet drinks are associated with weight gain, new research suggests

Over the past decade, Americans have soured on artificial sweeteners.<p>Once heralded as sweet substitutes for sugar without as many belt-busting calories, people once couldn't get enough sucralose and aspartame. But recently, people have started looking at the molecules with increasing suspicion, …

Diabetes

Workers at Disneyland are going homeless

<b>Minnie Mouse entertains visitors at Disneyland in Anaheim, California (AP/Jae C. Hong)</b><p>Protests draw attention to the fact that Disney’s low pay isn’t enough to afford decent housing in Orange County<p>Matthew Rozsa<p>July 17, 2017 9:38pm (UTC)<p>Disney no doubt wants people who focus on their various parks …

Trump Jr. Was Told in Email of Russian Effort to Aid Campaign

<i>The Times now has the email to Donald Trump Jr. offering Russian aid to “incriminate Hillary.” His reply: “If it’s what you say I love it.” Read the new article.</i><p>WASHINGTON — Before arranging a meeting with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer he believed would offer him compromising information about …

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Why market competition has not brought down health care costs

<b>(Getty/sturti)</b><p>The affordable care act will make health care increasingly unaffordable<p>Gerald Friedman<p>July 10, 2017 10:30am (UTC)<p>This article was originally published on The Conversation.<p>It is easier than ever to buy stuff. You can purchase almost anything on Amazon with a click, and it is only …

Trump’s Son Met With Russian Lawyer After Being Promised Damaging Information on Clinton

President Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., was promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton before agreeing to meet with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign, according to three advisers to the White House briefed on the meeting and two others with knowledge of it.<p>…

Trump owes lenders at least $315 million, disclosure shows

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump had personal liabilities of at least $315.6 million to German, U.S. and other lenders as of mid-2017, according to a federal financial disclosure form released late on Friday by the U.S. Office of Government Ethics.<p>He had roughly $20 million in income …

D.C. and Maryland to sue President Trump, alleging breach of constitutional oath

Attorneys general for the District of Columbia and the state of Maryland sued President Trump on Monday, alleging that he has violated anti-corruption clauses in the Constitution by accepting millions in payments and benefits from foreign governments since moving into the White House.<p>The lawsuit, …

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Historian Ruth Ben-Ghiat: Donald Trump “looks like Mussolini” but can be overcome

Scholar of Italian fascism says the label doesn’t quite fit Trump — but his authoritarianism is just as toxic<p>Political violence is a symptom of an ailing democracy. By that standard, America is not well. Donald Trump and the Republican Party injected it with poison. During the 2016 presidential …

Associated Press lays out a scathing case on Trump’s untrustworthiness

The AP lays out the case on how Trump gets vital facts wrong when discussing foreign violence<p>The Associated Press, which usually avoids offering political commentary, bluntly stated on Monday that "President Donald Trump can’t be counted on to give accurate information to Americans when violent …

Noam Chomsky on Trump: The worst is yet to come

This administration’s legislative agenda is uniquely cruel, even for the far right<p>Renowned linguist and author Noam Chomsky believes today's Republican Party is "more dangerous than ISIS," whether or not Trump voters will ever be willing to admit it. According to one May 31 poll, 68 percent think …

Police speak less respectfully to black drivers, study suggests

<b>(CNN) —</b> A succession of high-profile police shootings and racial tensions swept the United States last summer. One year later, researchers are still trying to better understand the delicate relationship between police and the communities they patrol.<p>Now, instead of focusing on police use of force, …

Law Enforcement

This is how the biggest companies cheated on taxes in 2016

<b>(AP/Matt Rourke)</b><p>Corporations make billions from the U.S., and then claim all their profits in other countries<p>Paul Buchheit<p>June 1, 2017 10:30am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>Donald Trump wants to cut what some call the "highest corporate tax rate in the world." The tax cut will, …

Clinton: Russia Likely Had American Help to 'Weaponize' Campaign Leaks

Hillary Clinton provided a lengthy and in-depth deconstruction Wednesday about the confluence of factors she believes cost her the 2016 presidential election, arguing that some in the United States must have helped Russians "weaponize" information to use against her.<p>The former Democratic nominee …

Finland Has Finally Launched Its Universal Basic Income Experiment

New Year, New Income<p>It looks like 2,000 citizens in Finland will welcome the new year with outstretched arms. These Finns are the lucky recipients of …

Universal Basic Income

Montana House candidate’s alleged assault on a reporter isn’t isolated: Right-wing violence is a real threat

As the alt-right tries to redefine legitimate self-defense, Greg Gianforte takes violence into mainstream politics<p>Wednesday's incident in Montana, where Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte allegedly attacked Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs — the altercation was caught on Jacobs's digital …

Trump attends G-7 summit: What to watch

<b>Taormina, Italy (CNN) —</b> Overnight, this serene town on the Sicilian coast turned into a nest of powerhouse international diplomacy. It's here where President Donald Trump and his counterparts from six of the world's most powerful countries have gathered for a two-day summit -- the G-7 -- to discuss …

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$18.5 Billion Less For Big Pharma If All 50 States Legalize Medical Marijuana: Study

Nationwide medical marijuana legalization could take a multi-billion dollar bite out of the pharmaceutical industry, according to the latest research …

Psychiatrist Bandy Lee: “We have an obligation to speak about Donald Trump’s mental health issues. . . . Our survival as a species may be at stake”

<b>Bandy Lee; Donald Trump (Yale/Getty/Mark Wilson)</b><p>“Malignant reality is taking hold” in American politics, says shrink who held conference on Trump’s mental health<p>Chauncey DeVega<p>May 25, 2017 9:00am (UTC)<p>President Donald Trump is a clear and present danger to the United States and the world.<p>He has …

“Cultural anxiety” is unpatriotic: America’s mission is for liberty and justice for all

<b>(Getty/Chip Somodevilla)</b><p>To say that diversity comes at the expense of white people is to say you don’t believe in America<p>David Masciotra<p>May 21, 2017 3:00pm (UTC)<p>In "The Devil’s Dictionary," Ambrose Bierce defined patriotism as “combustible rubbish ready to the torch of anyone ambitious to …

Political Science

Callers threaten Texas lawmaker who seeks Trump impeachment

HOUSTON (AP) — A black Texas congressman said Saturday that he's been threatened with lynching by callers infuriated over him seeking impeachment of …

Impeachment: It’s political

Jacob Neiheisel, assistant professor at the Univ. at Buffalo, SUNY answers 5 questions about how impeachment works<p><b>1. What sort of crime can lead to impeachment?</b> The U.S. Constitution states that the president, as well as the “Vice President, and all civil Officers of the United States” can be …

The Trump campaign had 18 undisclosed contacts with Russians: report

<b>(Getty/Scott Olson)</b><p>Trump may still avoid impeachment, but that doesn’t mean stories about his team’s Russia connections are going away<p>Matthew Rozsa<p>May 18, 2017 11:29am (UTC)<p>Republicans may be reluctant to fully take on President Donald Trump, but that doesn't mean the scandal involving his …

Donald Trump