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Too many Republicans in Washington support Trump and make excuses for him no matter how low he stoops<p>The president’s latest racist rant, offensive even in the context of his intentionally offensive tenure, has set a new low bar and made it impossible to take his apologists seriously. Those …

Republicans

Trump Denies Changing His Position on Border Wall

WASHINGTON — President Trump directly contradicted his own chief of staff on Thursday and said his position on building a wall between the United States and Mexico had not “evolved.”<p>Mr. Trump’s chief of staff, John F. Kelly, told some Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday that Mr. Trump had “evolved” …

Donald Trump

Bannon Is Subpoenaed in Mueller’s Russia Investigation

WASHINGTON — Stephen K. Bannon, President Trump’s former chief strategist, was subpoenaed last week by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, to testify before a grand jury as part of the investigation into possible links between Mr. Trump’s associates and Russia, according to a person with …

Donald Trump

White House doctor: Trump healthy, passed cognitive assessment, but needs to lose weight and exercise

WASHINGTON – A White House doctor pronounced President Trump medically fit to serve as commander-in-chief on Tuesday – and added that he easily passed a voluntary cognitive assessment designed to test his mental reflexes.<p>"The president's overall health is excellent," Dr. Ronny Jackson told …

Donald Trump

Consider That Trump Might Just Be Dumb

Donald Trump has spent the entire first year of his presidency doing the opposite of learning on the job. Nowhere is this more plainly obvious than …

Stay Warm! 10 Cute Pairs of Tights We Can't Wait to Wear This Winter

You don't have to ditch wearing skirts and dresses just because the temperature drastically drops. Layer your look with a playful pair of tights. There are so many options to match every style, whether you like sheer, opaque, patterned, or colorful designs. We rounded up our favorite affordable …

Four Disney World hotels to allow dogs

The happiest place on earth is about to get a whole lot more furry.<p>On Oct. 13, Walt Disney World Disney announced that four of its hotels will now open its doors to canine guests. Better yet, there’s barely any wait: the pilot program will begin on Sunday, Oct. 15.<p>Dog-toting guests of the Art of …

Your Next Home Could Run on Batteries

In the near future, your home could be battery operated.<p>This is especially true if you live in New York, California, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Vermont, Arizona or a growing roster of other states and municipalities experimenting with revamping their electrical grids for the 21st century.<p>You might not …

Energy

Chicago Fall Cocktail

Combine the tequila, pomegranate juice, lemon juice, maple syrup, and bitters a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake well and strain over ice …

Cruising England's Oxford Canal

This month's great read, selected by our editors: Going fast isn't an option on the Oxford Canal—to the delight of all who merrily, merrily cruise this British waterway.<p>It’s Alice’s Day in Oxford, England.<p>A winged griffin is playing a ukulele on Broad Street, awaiting the arrival of the Red Queen. …

Canal & River Trust

"I’m 82 years old. I’ve been a fender-maker for 40 years and the reason I started is very simple; we needed a fender. We were out boating when I saw …

SKorea looks to jumpstart diplomacy in NKorea standoff

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — In an effort to jumpstart diplomacy, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Thursday he would consider sending a special envoy to North Korea for talks if the North stops its missile and nuclear tests.<p>He also declared, amid fears in South Korea that threats from President …

Trump again blames ‘both sides’ for violence at white supremacist rally in Charlottesville

NEW YORK — President Trump on Tuesday revived his declaration that “both sides” were to blame for deadly violence at a white supremacist rally over the weekend in Charlottesville, abandoning his message from a day earlier that had emphasized the culpability of the groups that organized and …

Rights & Freedoms

Baltimore Mayor Had Statues Removed in ‘Best Interest of My City’

BALTIMORE — It was “in the best interest of my city,” Mayor Catherine Pugh said Wednesday, as she explained why she ordered Confederate monuments removed under the cover of darkness, days after violence broke out during a rally against the removal of a similar monument in neighboring Virginia.<p>“I …

Rights & Freedoms

Merck, Intel, Under Armour CEOs quit council over Trump’s initial response to rally

Just a month ago, President Trump invited Merck chief executive Kenneth C. Frazier to the White House, calling him one of the “great, great leaders of business in this country.” On Monday morning, Trump singled out Frazier again, this time to express his displeasure over the pharmaceutical …

Donald Trump

Twitter account linked to the Anonymous network of hackers says apparent hack might be a stunt initiated by neo-Nazi site<p>A message purportedly posted by hackers has appeared on the Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website, saying the site has been taken over in response to an article criticising a woman …

Rights & Freedoms

"Why we voted for Donald Trump": David Duke explains the white supremacist Charlottesville protests

David Duke, the former KKK grand wizard, is unambiguous about what Saturday’s alt-right and neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, means to him: It’s the fulfillment of President Donald Trump’s vision for America.<p>“We are determined to take our country back,” Duke said from the rally, calling …

Donald Trump

Remove Trump From Office Before He Removes Us from Earth

At what point is it fair and necessary to ask if this man, who was handed power by a minority of voters, is fit to wield it?<p>Did Donald Trump really …

North Korea

Paul Manafort has been in the eye of the Russia storm for a while

<i>This post, originally published in August after news the FBI raided Manafort's home, has been updated with news that Manafort and an associate has been charged in a 12-count indictment with conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to launder money and making false statements.</i><p>If the special …

Donald Trump

Bob Mueller Is Using a Grand Jury. Here’s What It Means.

Thursday’s news that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is tapping a grand jury as part of his ongoing investigation jolted Washington and sent pundits to the airwaves, seeking to explain what this latest twist in the Russia story might tell us about President Donald Trump’s ultimate fate.<p>There’s no …

National Nightmare: Anthony Scaramucci Cancels Online Venting Session

The Mooch giveth and—update!—the Mooch taketh away.<p><b>Anthony Scaramucci</b> sounded unusually contrite Tuesday afternoon, some 24 hours after he was abruptly fired as White House communications director, ending a 10-day cameo working for President <b>Donald Trump.</b> “The president told me he knows I have his …

John McCain's maverick moment

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Shortly before Sen. John McCain entered the Senate chamber in the wee hours of Friday morning, reporters wanted to know how he'd vote.<p>He instructed them to "watch the show."<p>McCain killed his party's narrowly-crafted Obamacare repeal bill Friday not because he was opposed to …

Mccain

Silencing Elizabeth Warren backfires on Senate GOP

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The Senate has silenced Elizabeth Warren.<p>And by doing so, majority Republicans just handed the liberal firebrand a megaphone -- further elevating President Donald Trump's fiercest and most prominent critic in the Senate and turning her into a Democratic hero.<p>The rebuke of Warren …

Civil Rights

6 things Steve Bannon has declared war on

Bannon’s the man with the power in the White House. But he has a long list of things he hates<p>Forget about optics: It was really Steve Bannon who was inaugurated two weeks ago as the 45th president of the United States. The architect of Trump’s campaign, Bannon once called his candidate a “blunt …

Trump's Baseless Claim That the Media Covers Up Terror Attacks

The president asserted, without any evidence, that reporters were intentionally refusing to publicize terrorist violence in Europe.<p>The Donald Trump who arrived at MacDill Air Force Base near Tampa on Monday was subdued and dark, promising to keep the United States against “radical Islamic terror” …

Donald Trump

<b>Exclusive:</b> Josefina Vidal, who has led the island’s negotiating team since 2013, says Cuba will not be cowed by the incoming president’s bluster and threats<p>Senior Cuban negotiators say the island will not be cowed by intimidation and bluster from Donald Trump, despite the incoming US president’s …

Cuba

Trump vows ‘insurance for everybody’ in Obamacare replacement plan

President-elect Donald Trump said in a weekend interview that he is nearing completion of a plan to replace President Obama’s signature health-care law with the goal of “insurance for everybody,” while also vowing to force drug companies to negotiate directly with the government on prices in …

Health Care

Time names Trump person of the year and Twitter has a lot to say

No matter how hard you try to ignore Donald Trump, he just won't go away.<p>On Wednesday, <i>Time m</i>agazine announced Donald Trump as its "Person of the …

Trump transition appears to have flouted internal ethics rule on lobbyists

A copy of the transition team's code of ethics includes a rule barring lobbyists with overlapping work.<p>Donald Trump’s transition team appears to have deviated from its own ethics rule barring lobbyists whose work for Trump would overlap with any matters on which they lobbied in the previous …