U.S. Politics

The White House just barred major media outlets from a press briefing

President Donald Trump’s press secretary, Sean Spicer, kept major media outlets, including the New York Times and CNN, out of the daily press briefing Friday, canceling it in favor of an off-camera media gaggle for handpicked media outlets and escalating the Trump administration’s fight with the …

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TrumpBeat: Is Trump Already Messing With Government Data?

<i>Welcome to TrumpBeat, FiveThirtyEight’s weekly feature looking at how developments in Washington affect people in the real world. Want to get</i> …

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Sean Spicer once said that banning media outlets is something only dictatorships do

“That is what makes a democracy a democracy versus a dictatorship.”<p>White House press secretary Sean Spicer once said that banning media outlets is a hallmark of a dictatorship. On Friday, he leveled an outlet ban of sorts — for a single press briefing.<p>Friday afternoon, following Trump’s rambling …

Journalism

'No anonymous sources,' Trump scolds _ after WH uses them

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump escalated his criticism of the news media Friday, taking direct aim this time at the use of anonymous sources. Reporters "shouldn't be allowed to use sources unless they use somebody's name," he declared, just hours after members of his own staff held a …

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We Should All Thank Vice President Pence

Mike Pence’s surprise visit Wednesday to a historic Jewish cemetery in Missouri, where 200 headstones were desecrated last weekend, gave a deeply …

Politics

GOP Congressman: ‘Absolutely, Trump Should Release His Tax Returns’

Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz, who has been a supporter of President Trump, surprised protesters during a Thursday night town hall when he called for the president to release his tax returns. One of his constituents, Donna Waters, 56, became visibly emotional while confronting the first-term …

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There's a new push to make Obama president again. This time, of France.

In just a couple of months, French voters will go to the polls to elect their next president. It's already turning into a divisive campaign, with the one-time conservative front-runner François Fillon deeply wounded by a corruption scandal and facing stiff competition from both the far right Marine …

Politics

Kasich on meeting with Trump: If you're on the plane, you want to root for the pilot

Washington (CNN)Ohio Gov. John Kasich worked to repair ties with President Donald Trump on Friday, offering what he said were candid views on topics like foreign policy and health care during a 30-minute sit down in the Oval Office.<p>The former rivals for the GOP nomination were able to discuss their …

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Donald Trump's foreign policy might be unconventional but it is delivering results

At the heart of Donald Trump's foreign policy team lies a glaring contradiction. On the one hand, it is composed of men of experience, judgment and traditionalism. Meaning, they are all very much within the parameters of mainstream American internationalism as practiced since 1945.<p>Practically every …

Foreign Policy

Opinion: Trump is following Bannon's agenda

The president's attacks on the media are getting more ferocious. He is threatening concrete measures to limit the freedom of the press. This does not bode well, and Carsten von Nahmen thinks it's part of a greater plan.<p>Donald Trump has doubled down once again. At the annual conference of the …

Journalism

AP FACT CHECK: Too much credit going to President Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is giving himself too much credit for sending criminal foreigners out of the country and saving money on fighter planes. He's getting too much credit from one of the few women with a top White House job for elevating women in the administration.<p>A look at …

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Melania Would Have Been Deported Under Donald Trump's New Immigration Rules

Lucky he wasn't POTUS in the '90s.<p>Donald Trump campaigned on a promise to overhaul America's immigration policy, and just 35 days into his presidency, he seems to be sticking to it. In fact the White House's new deportation guistrikeines are so strict that if he were president in the 1990s, his own …

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President Trump's CPAC Speech Quickly Turned Into a Media-Bashing Session

President Donald Trump's speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference quickly turned into a media-bashing session as he took aim at "fake …

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Experts Warn Trump’s Immigration Crackdown Could Destroy the U.S. Agriculture Industry

Great work, everyone.<p>President <b>Donald Trump</b> has big, phenomenal plans to make America great again. One pillar of that plan, Trump claimed on the campaign trail, is to bring back jobs. Another is to punish U.S. companies that move their manufacturing outside the country (<i>especially</i> to that wretched …

Immigration

Trump’s CPAC Speech Is Like All the Rest of Them: A Word-Vomit Salad of Stupidity

In 2015 Donald Trump was booed at the Conservative Political Action Conference. So after that, Trump got tight and wasn’t fucking with CPAC. He blew …

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Trump order drops protection for families of deployed military

Imagine you are a member of the United States military deployed on the front lines confronting ISIS or other terrorist threats. Suddenly you get a …

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The Hard Truth about The New York Times’ Anti-Trump Campaign

A noble effort to find new subscribers repeats the same big mistake that Clinton made.<p>(A version of this column originally appeared on Poynter.org.)<p>Anti-Trump fervor is especially rampant along the Acela Corridor, and now our most famous paper surfaces with a provocative — if belated — ad campaign …

Journalism

Law Professors File An Ethics Complaint Against Kellyanne Conway Over Her ‘Dishonesty’ With The Media

On Friday, a band of law professors registered a professional misconduct complaint against White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, as reported by <i>The Washington Post</i>. The letter (filed by 15 professors across the U.S.) said Kellyanne should be sanctioned for “conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, …

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Inside the Trump White House’s Fight Over LGBT Rights

Don’t rely on Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner’s influence. LGBT allies are few in the Trump administration—which could spell disaster for civil rights and equality.<p>President Donald Trump recently claimed that his administration is a “fine-tuned machine.” So far, on LGBT issues, it’s behaved more …

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Actually, Betsy DeVos, There Is Such A Thing As A Free Lunch

For many children, that free lunch at school is the only meal they will eat that day.<p>When Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos addressed the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday, she began her remarks with a brief introduction.<p>“I’m Betsy DeVos. You may have heard some of the …

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Trump White House Lets First Routine Week Slip Away

Administration clashes with reporters over invitation-only Q&A session<p>The Trump White House was close to pulling off its first drama-free week after …

Politics

No, Kellyanne, This Is Why Women Oppose Trump

Brain-bending video editor Vic Berger quickly assembled a video response to Kellyanne Conway's specious reasoning on female Trump support.<p><b>WHAT:</b> A woozy mashup response to the idea that Trump is a champion of women.<p><b>WHO:</b> Adult Swim's chief video artist, Vic Berger, working here with Super Deluxe.<p><b>WHY</b> …

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How Donald Trump Gets Away With Charging $1 Million Speaker Fees

How our billionaire president uses psychology to captivate audiences and generate controversy<p>Regardless of your opinion of Donald Trump, there's no denying his ability, for better or for worse, to captivate audiences with his unconventional speaking style and inflammatory remarks.<p>His rise to the …

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The Real Republican Maverick: Maine Sen. Susan Collins

When most political followers hear “Republican senator” and “maverick,” they probably think of John McCain. He ran as part of a “team of mavericks” …

Republicans

Trump’s Security Adviser Sebastian Gorka Has Links to Anti-Semitic Groups

Sebastian Gorka, the deputy assistant to Donald Trump who portrays himself as a counterterrorism expert, despite the fact that most of the …

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Is Donald Trump stupid or a liar?

Trump routinely peddles falsehoods when he speaks, but is this deliberate or is he just lazy?<p>The number of falsehoods peddled by Donald Trump in the …

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Don’t let Trump’s style blind you to his substance

Substance and style — it’s easy to get them confused. That’s especially true when it comes to evaluating President Trump’s performance, a word …

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Protecting Trump Tower for 3 Months Cost Taxpayers $24 MILLION

"We are seeking full federal reimbursement for all costs incurred related to security for President Trump and his family at Trump Tower."<p>Donald Trump has only been in office for just over a month, and already we are getting an idea of how much his lifestyle choices are costing taxpayers. According …

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Newswire: Donald Trump loves free speech so much, he’s barring CNN, NYT from press briefings

Donald Trump loves the first amendment. (The biggest, the greatest, the firstest amendment that there is.) We know that, because Trump just told us so, speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C. “Nobody loves it better than me,” Trump told the cheering audience, …

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This Naked Trump Troll Doll Kickstarter Has Raised Almost $300,000

Not suitable for children. A naked troll doll made in the likeness of President <b>Donald Trump</b> has raised almost $300,000 via Kickstarter, more than …

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