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People can't stop sharing this cartoon about Trump's 'Muslim ban'

Last week, President Trump gleefully signed a defacto Muslim ban, hoping to ban green card and permanent resident holders from seven Muslim-majority …

Repeal without replace: a dangerous GOP strategy on Obamacare and climate

House Republicans are explicitly saying that protecting public and environmental health isn’t worth a few jobs or a small cost.<p>House Republicans have introduced a bill to rewrite the Clean Air Act. The bill, which has 114 co-sponsors (all Republicans), would revise the Clean Air Act such that:<p><i>The</i> …

Clean Technology

Fearing White House Purge Of Climate Science, Scientists Frantically Copying Data

The moment Donald Trump took office on Friday, the official White House website was purged of all references to global warming and climate change science.<p>In its place is an energy plan to increase development of fossil fuels, get rid of regulations, open up public lands and parks to drilling and …

Climate

Republican Plan To Replace Obamacare Would Turn Medicaid Over To States

Republicans plan to turn control of Medicaid over to the states as part of their replacement for the Affordable Care Act, according to an adviser to President Donald Trump.<p>Kellyanne Conway, a counselor to Trump, told NBC News's <i>Sunday Today</i> with Willie Geist, that the health care law that will …

Health Care

Fact Check: Science And The Trump Administration

Many in the science community have expressed concern about the lack of science literacy demonstrated by the new Trump administration.<p>A look at the administration's statements and actions related to five key issues that are informed by science — anthropogenic climate change, vaccines, evolution …

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Trump is officially making an economic promise that will be nearly impossible to keep

The position page on jobs and the economy makes a promise for the US economy that Trump may find pretty hard to keep.<p>"To get the economy back on track, President Trump has outlined a bold plan to create 25 million new American jobs in the next decade and return to 4 percent annual economic growth," …

Economics

Donald Trump's team defends 'alternative facts' after widespread protests

Donald Trump began his first full week as US president firmly on the defensive, after millions of Americans took to the streets to protest against his election and the White House came under fire for brazenly lying to the public.<p>Trump's inauguration crowd: Sean Spicer's claims versus the …

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A Prelude to President Trump’s War on the Free Press

The Sundance documentary ‘Nobody Speak’ chronicles how an angry billionaire was able to take down the news site Gawker out of spite, providing a …

Fearing climate change databases may be threatened in Trump era, UCLA scientists work to protect them

On a rainy Inauguration Day morning, dozens of students, archivists, librarians, professors and other concerned citizens gathered in a<p>UCLAclassroom, poring over the Department of Energy website. They sifted through pages covering a broad spectrum of topics, from energy-efficient buildings and solar …

Trump acknowledges Russia role in U.S. election hacking: aide

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President-elect Donald Trump accepts the U.S. intelligence community's conclusion that Russia engaged in cyber attacks during the U.S. presidential election and may take action in response, his incoming chief of staff said on Sunday.<p>Reince Priebus said Trump believed Russia …

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As Obamacare Repeal Looms, Hospitals Brace For Job Losses

A repeal of the Affordable Care Act could cost more than 2.5 million jobs, and many would come from the nation’s hospitals and health systems, new reports and industry lobbies say.<p>The ACA’s subsidized private individual coverage and expanded Medicaid benefits have turned patients who couldn’t …

Health Care

Trump's chief of staff acknowledges that Russia was behind DNC hacks

In an interview on "Fox News Sunday" with Chris Wallace, Reince Priebus said Trump "accepts the fact that this particular case was entities in Russia" but argued that the DNC should be criticized for the way it handled cybersecurity threats.<p>"I think he accepts the findings, Chris," Priebus said of …

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Rex Tillerson’s State of Denial

Is there such a thing as a non-denial denialist?<p>This question came to mind this week, when Donald Trump nominated the chairman of ExxonMobil, Rex Tillerson, to be the next Secretary of State. Several news outlets gave Tillerson credit for at least acknowledging that carbon dioxide is a greenhouse …

Clean Technology

Hillary Clinton's lead over Donald Trump in the popular vote rises to 2.8 million

Hillary Clinton’s lead over Donald Trump in the US presidential election popular vote has soared to 2.8 million – despite her losing the overall …

Government

Trump's National Security Adviser Wants You To Forget He Spread Fake News

Gen. Mike Flynn, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for national security adviser, has quietly deleted a tweet that linked to a fake news story spreading baseless conspiracy theories about Trump’s presidential rival Hillary Clinton.<p>On Nov. 2, Flynn tweeted a story referencing Clinton’s alleged …

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White House: Trump 'obviously' knew Russia hacks were benefiting him

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President-elect Donald Trump was "obviously aware" that Russia meddled in the US election to benefit his own campaign, the White House said Wednesday.<p>Citing Trump's own suggestion over the summer that Moscow locate missing emails from Hillary Clinton's private server, White House …

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Trump keeps falsely claiming allegations of Russian hacking came only after he won election

A recent CIA assessment, according to reports, concluded that Russia interfered in the election to help Trump's presidential bid.<p>"If Russia, or some other entity, was hacking, why did the White House wait so long to act?" Trump tweeted Thursday morning. "Why did they only complain after Hillary …

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Gov. Jerry Brown pledges to launch California's "own damn satellite" if Trump blocks climate research

On Wednesday, California Governor Jerry Brown shared some choice words on his state’s commitment to the study of climate change, saying the state …

Trial set Monday for suspect in ex-Saint Will Smith's death

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — One car rear-ends another on a Saturday night. People argue. It escalates.<p>Ten or so gunshots later, one driver is dead and the other waits nervously to give his side of the story to police.<p>Conflicts settled by gunfire are tragically common in New Orleans but there was nothing …

Crime

In House Majority Leader's Home District, Many Depend On Health Law He Wants To Scrap

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act first and replace it sometime later. That doesn't sit well with Victoria Barton, who lives in McCarthy's rural California district.<p>"It's like they dangled the carrot and now they're taking it away," said Barton, 38, of …

Health Care

Russia bets on Trump as gateway to eased sanctions

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vladimir Putin wants to make Russia great again. For that, he may need a hand from Donald Trump.<p>For the Russian president, relief from crippling sanctions is a gateway to the ultimate goal of establishing Russia as the political and economic equivalent of the United States. And …

Russia

Want to win the working-class vote? Try progressive economic policies, Democrats

We know what working people want: progressive economic policies. Democrats haven’t delivered those the right way<p>Since the election, there have been feverish and often circular debates about how Democrats and progressives can win over the working class, particularly the white working class that …

Middle-class

Paper Forced to Close Comments On Mall Of America's First Black Santa Thanks to Racism

Earlier this week, the <i>Minneapolis Star-Tribune</i> ran a nice story about the Mall of America’s first black Santa. Larry Jefferson is a retired U.S. Army …

James Mattis’ 33-Year Grudge Against Iran

Many in the Pentagon worry that Trump’s pick for defense secretary is looking for a fight in the Middle East.<p>For many, and even for self-proclaimed progressives, Donald Trump’s pick to be secretary of defense, retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis, is a light in the darkness—a kind of oasis in the …

National Security

Bernie has perfect zinger to House science panel's Breitbart tweet

The House of Representatives Science Committee tweeted a message Thursday that had real scientists pounding their heads into their desks.<p>The committee linked to a Breibart News story with the headline "Global Temperatures Plunge. Icy Silence from Climate Alarmists".<p>Yes, the panel charged with …

Climate Change

The Chief Historian of the AIDS Crisis Explains How to Survive a Trump Administration

David France, author of <i>How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS</i>, recounts lessons from the crisis and tells us how to prepare for Trump.<p>You can't talk about the history of HIV and AIDS without talking about the history of ACT UP. Formed in the mid …

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Don’t Blame the Nazis: The Alt-Right Has an American Past

It has happened here before—and its most shameless voice was Charles Lindbergh.<p>If they raise their right arms and chant “Hail Trump” (carefully …

Supreme Court hears cases about use of race in redistricting

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is returning to the familiar intersection of race and politics, in a pair of cases examining redistricting in North Carolina and Virginia.<p>The eight-justice court is hearing arguments Monday in two cases that deal with the same basic issue of whether race played …

Black Voters

Congress Is Duty-Bound to Probe Trump's Finances

Republicans who fretted over the Clinton Foundation cannot coherently oppose efforts to investigate the billionaire’s foreign conflicts of interest.<p>Numerous unprecedented conflicts of interest that Donald Trump will bring with him to the White House were set forth by the <i>New York Times</i> over the long …

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