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White House doctor: Trump is medically fit to serve

WASHINGTON -- A White House doctor pronounced President Trump medically fit to serve as commander-in-chief on Tuesday, saying he could use more exercise and a better diet but is in solid condition.<p>"The president's overall health is excellent," Dr. Ronny Jackson told reporters at the White House, …

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Ex-C.I.A. Officer Suspected of Compromising Chinese Informants Is Arrested

WASHINGTON — A former C.I.A. officer suspected of helping China identify the agency’s informants in that country has been arrested, the Justice Department said on Tuesday. Many of the informants were killed in a systematic dismantling of the C.I.A.’s spy network in China starting in 2010 that was …

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Congressional Republicans think Donald Trump’s sloth and ignorance is a feature, not a bug

A weak, easy-to-manipulate president is what they want<p>Over the course of approximately one year in office, Donald Trump has made it clear that he possesses no hidden depths and is exactly as lazy, ignorant, and unprepared to be president as he appeared to be on the 2016 campaign trail.<p>He’s also …

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Nearly all members of National Park Service advisory panel resign in frustration

Three-quarters of the members of a federally chartered board advising the National Park Service abruptly quit Monday night out of frustration that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke had refused to meet with them or convene a single meeting last year.<p>The resignation of nine out of 12 National Park System …

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What does Mueller's subpoena of Bannon mean?

Chuck Rosenberg, former federal prosecutor, talks with Rachel Maddow about what it might mean that special counsel Robert Mueller served Steve Bannon …

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Two GOP Senators Lose All Credibility

James Hohmann: “Credibility is like virginity. You only get to lose it once.”<p>After Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) said that President Trump had complained …

Dick Durbin

Washington edges closer to a government shutdown

<i>First Read is your briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.</i><p>WASHINGTON — We’ve been here before — Congress and the Trump White House facing a potential government shutdown — and each time the major players have backed …

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Trump's approval rating at lowest for any president in their first year

Gallup poll shows Trump has averaged just 39% approval rating since his inauguration, a number that’s unprecedented for a US president<p>Donald Trump wraps up a year in office with the lowest average approval rating of any elected president in his first year.<p>That is according to polling by Gallup, …

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Senate Just One Vote Shy of Blocking Net Neutrality Repeal

Free and open Internet is not dead yet – and Senator Chuck Schumer is trying to make sure it stays alive<p>Net neutrality is not dead yet. On Monday, …

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More Democrats Say They’ll Skip Trump’s State of the Union

Lawmakers cite president’s ‘racist’ comments, say they’ll have ‘state of our union’ event<p>Add two more Democrats to the list of House members catting …

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Trump Homeland Security Secretary Not Sure If Most Norwegians Are White

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen had the misfortune to appear at a Senate hearing in the immediate aftermath of a furor over a reported …

Kirstjen Nielsen

8 Congressional Chairmen Are Calling It Quits. Here's Why And What It Could Mean

Capitol Hill Republicans are nervous about November. The margins of their majority are dwindling in both chambers. It's looking like a good year to run as a Democrat, and President Trump isn't helping with his weak polls and potent controversies.<p>But at least one of the woes afflicting the current …

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Reporter behind Trump hush money story links case to Russia

Journalist who first interviewed adult film star and alleged Trump mistress “Stormy Daniels” tells Ari Melber Trump’s reported hush money shows …

Russia

Report: Bannon won't stay silent with Mueller

Steve Bannon refused to answer questions from the House Intelligence Committee Tuesday about his time in the administration because the White House …

U.S. Politics

Why Another Porn Star Story Won't Hurt Donald Trump Politically

For any other politician, the story would be devastating: A lawyer for Donald Trump reportedly arranged a $130,000 payment to former porn star Stormy …

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Pentagon Suggests Countering Devastating Cyberattacks With Nuclear Arms

WASHINGTON — A newly drafted United States nuclear strategy that has been sent to President Trump for approval would permit the use of nuclear weapons to respond to a wide range of devastating but non-nuclear attacks on American infrastructure, including what current and former government officials …

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US withholds $65 million from Palestinian aid programs

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Tuesday cut tens of millions of dollars in money for Palestinian refugees, demanding that the U.N. agency responsible for the programs undertake a "fundamental re-examination," the State Department said.<p>In a letter, the State Department notified the …

U.S. Politics

Should Trump Give North Korea A Bloody Nose?

What game theory has to say about targeted strikes and nuclear deterrence.<p>If someone punched you in the nose, what would you do? Does your answer …

North Korea

White House: Trump Can’t Be Racist Because He Was on Television

Donald Trump observed Martin Luther King Jr. Day the Donald Trump way, by parsing one of his blatantly racist statements. In this case, the statement …

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Trump’s revenge on California: The Census

Democrats fear that a proposed question on citizenship might cost the state a seat in Congress.<p>LOS ANGELES — Fear is rising among Democrats over the prospect that President Donald Trump’s hard line on immigration might ultimately cost California a seat in Congress during the upcoming round of …

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Bannon will 'tell all' to Mueller: report

Betsy Woodruff, political reporter for The Daily Beast, talks with Rachel Maddow about breaking news that Steve Bannon will speak freely to special …

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Freedom Caucus Members Withholding Votes GOP Needs to Pass CR

“The votes are not currently there to pass it with just Republicans,” Meadows says<p>A majority of House Republicans appear ready to support a …

Freedom Caucus

She’s 17 And Wants To Be A Politician. Her Dad Says He Won’t Vote For Her.

On the eve of President Donald Trump’s first anniversary in office, teenage girls and their fathers are facing off in the most divided political climate since Vietnam. How one family fights through it.<p><b>The pizza they’ve</b> ordered is half cheese and half meat-lovers, and that on its own says something …

Long-form Journalism

The Trump Administration Is Appealing a Ruling That Blocked Its Plan to End DACA Protections

(SAN FRANCISCO) — The Trump administration on Tuesday appealed a judge’s ruling temporarily blocking its decision to end protections for hundreds of …

U.S. Politics

Bannon Refused to Answer Committee Questions

Steve Bannon “refused to answer questions Tuesday from the House intelligence committee about his time in the White House, prompting panel members to …

Steve Bannon

Ex-Mark Meadows Aide Says Sexual Harassment in Congressman’s Office Was Known Earlier Than Reported

The Chairman of the House Freedom Caucus is already under investigation for paying his chief of staff, Kenny West, after he was let go for harassment.<p>…

Trey Gowdy

We don’t need mass incarceration to keep people safe. This chart proves it.

This is the chart that supporters of mass incarceration don’t want you to see.<p>If mass incarceration were an effective way to fight crime, then one would expect to see a strong correlation between higher rates of incarceration and reduced crime.<p>States have been running a live experiment of sorts on …

Prison

DHS Secretary Nielsen recalls 'tough language' used in immigration meeting

DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is asked by Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Ver.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) about whether she recalls Trump's 'shithole' comment on Thursday. Nielsen says she recalls 'tough language' used in immigration meeting.

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Manafort Case Drags As Judge Puzzles Over Legal Positions

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort may not be headed for trial on money laundering and conspiracy charges until late autumn. The judge in his case expressed puzzlement over some of the legal positions he has taken.<p>Lawyers for Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller have turned …

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Donald Trump’s Physical Exam and the Sorry State of the American Body Politic

In 1978, James Groves, a psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital, published a now classic paper in the <i>New England Journal of Medicine</i> titled “Taking Care of the Hateful Patient.” In it, Groves acknowledged a truth widely, if quietly, known among medical professionals—that some patients are …

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