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A Member Of Congress Accused Of Harassment Is Refusing to Resign. Frustrated Democrats Can't Make Him.

Rep. Ruben Kihuen is refusing to quit two weeks after the first woman accused him of sexual harassment. Although an ethics investigation is now underway, the stalemate shows that Congress has no clear process to handle allegations in a quick and conclusive manner.<p>Rep. Ruben Kihuen has been accused …

Government

Unpacking "Ben Franklin's Song"

On December 15, 2017, The Decemberists released “Ben Franklin’s Song,” the lyrics of which were written by Lin-Manuel Miranda and originally intended …

Lin-Manuel Miranda

35 Incredible Things That MTV Gave Us

From VJs and Reality TV to 'Nirvana: Unplugged,' celebrating the channel's legacy on its 35th anniversary<p>Dreamed up by songwriter Jules Shear as a …

Kurt Cobain

NEW: DOJ Inspector General says in letter to House Judiciary that “the department did not consult with OIG before sharing the text messages with the press.” Full story TK https://t.co/y4ifUaKZiK

A Middle-Class Tax Cut? Americans Aren’t Buying It

Republican congressional leaders say their tax overhaul would raise wages, accelerate economic growth and give middle-class families a badly needed tax cut.<p>They are having a hard time convincing Americans of those claims.<p>Many polls have shown that the tax bill is highly unpopular with voters, and …

Today in Comics History: In "Peanuts," Schroeder first mentioned celebrating Beethoven's birthday on Dec 16, 1953. https://t.co/zEXs8aYsVM

Executive at Consultancy Hired by E.P.A. Scrutinized Agency Employees Critical of Trump

One of the top executives of a consulting firm that the Environmental Protection Agency has hired to help it with media affairs has spent the past year investigating agency employees who have been critical of the Trump administration, federal records show.<p>The firm, Definers Public Affairs, based in …

Progressives hunt down one of the last conservative Democrats

Chicago-based Congressman Dan Lipinski has never before been targeted with so much political firepower.<p>CHICAGO — Powerful interests are lined up against him. Outside spending groups are forming to advocate for his defeat. National political figures have endorsed his opponent.<p>And that’s just within …

Bernie Sanders

Why did you tell us if we were never supposed to believe it?

It’s been hard watching so many disparate parts of my past that I’d hoped would remain in the past intersect over the last few weeks as the Roy Moore …

Idealism

How Puerto Rico power outage affects citizens after Hurricane Maria - Washington Post

This browser is not fully supported. Please update for the best experience.<p>SinLuz<p>Life Without Power<p>and Zoeann Murphy<p>Published December 14, 2017<p>Scroll to continue<p>This presentation has sound. Scroll to continue.<p>Puerto Rico’s <i>apagón</i>, or “super blackout,” is the longest and largest major power outage in …

Caribbean

Trent Franks rescinded my internship when I wouldn’t come to his house

<i>Melissa Richmond is vice president of Running Start.</i><p>I’ve always been proud of the ways I’m independent. So when a middle-aged man stopped me in a parking garage and asked me to jump-start his car several years ago, I was happy to help. As we worked to get his car running, we talked. I mentioned I …

Trent Franks

What’s in the Final Republican Tax Bill

The legislation would cut taxes for corporations. American taxpayers, in large part, would also get cuts, though most of the changes affecting them would expire after 2025.

Taxes

‘Trump, Trump, Trump!’ How a President’s Name Became a Racial Jeer

<i>For more coverage of race, sign up here to have our Race/Related newsletter delivered weekly to your inbox.</i><p>The high school basketball squad from Eagle Grove, population 3,700, had traveled 60 miles up Highway 69 in Iowa to play the team from Forest City, population 4,100. It would be the Eagles …

Racism

Sergio Garcia on his 'best year ever' and winning partnership with his wife

<b>(CNN) —</b> Sergio Garcia used to be regarded as golf's nearly man.<p>There were the 73 failed attempts to win a major -- four runner-up spots, 12 top-five finishes, 22 top 10s -- culminating in 18 seasons of what-might-have-beens.<p>In one of his most vulnerable moments he told the world that he didn't have …

Golf

Survey: 35% of Interior employees say they were harassed in past year

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> A new survey of Interior Department employees released Thursday found that 35% of its workers were either harassed or discriminated against at work in the previous 12 months.<p>In the instances where harassment was reported, about 40% of the time no action was taken or the …

Ryan Zinke

CDC gets list of forbidden words: fetus, transgender, diversity

The Trump administration is prohibiting officials at the nation’s top public health agency from using a list of seven words or phrases — including “fetus” and “transgender” — in official documents being prepared for next year’s budget.<p>Policy analysts at the Centers for Disease Control and …

John Gruber

Alabama’s Unlikely Rebel

FAIRHOPE, Ala. — In 1968, Paul Davis, an ace political reporter and my colleague at The Tuscaloosa News, sniffed out that former Gov. George Wallace, bored with life as “senior adviser” to his wife, then Alabama’s governor, was pondering a run for president. He was pressuring two local Democratic …

Republican Party

Sen. Kennedy on Trump's judge nominee: I hope they pull him down

<b>(CNN) —</b> Sen. John Kennedy said Friday that White House nominee Matthew Petersen, who struggled to answer basic questions about the law during his nomination hearing on Wednesday, should be removed from consideration for a position as a US district judge.<p>"I'm hoping the White House will pull down …

John Kennedy

New: Fox’s response to the backlash over Rupert Murdoch’s comments about harassment: “By his actions, Rupert has made it abundantly clear that he understands that there were real problems at Fox News.” https://t.co/EkJMRWWSQH

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