U.S. Government

Rubio's defection threatens Senate GOP's margin on tax bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Marco Rubio declared Thursday he will vote against the GOP'S sweeping tax package unless negotiators expand its child tax credit, jeopardizing the Republicans' razor-thin margin as they try to muscle the $1.5 trillion bill through Congress next week.<p>Rubio wants to …

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Reminder: These are the members of Congress that sold you out to ISPs (and how much they made doing it)

MEMBER<p>PARTY<p>STATE<p>DISTRICT<p>TOTAL<p>Abraham, Ralph<p>Republican<p>LA<p>5th<p>$5,750<p>Aderholt, Robert<p>Republican<p>AL<p>4th<p>$26,500<p>Allen, Rick<p>Republican<p>GA<p>12th<p>$9,500<p>Amodei, Mark<p>Republican<p>NV<p>2nd<p>$22,000<p>Arrington, Jodey<p>Republican<p>TX<p>19th<p>$8,450<p>Babin, Brian<p>Republican<p>TX<p>36th<p>$8,000<p>Bacon, Donald<p>Republican<p>NE<p>2nd<p>$7,000<p>Banks, Jim<p>Republican<p>IN<p>3rd<p>…

Republicans

John McCain described as increasingly frail, Senate sources say

<b>(CNN) —</b> Sources in the Senate tell CNN they have been worried about Sen. John McCain recently, following a week when the Arizona Republican was kept from the Senate to address side effects from his brain cancer treatment.<p>The sources described McCain as looking increasingly frail and said he has not …

U.S. Politics

Trump's approval rating is sinking to unthinkable levels in places you'd never expect

• <b>President Donald Trump's polling numbers are not looking good among several demographics where his numbers were formerly much higher.</b>• <b><br>Polling in Iowa, Alabama, and of Fox News viewers showed plummeting approval.</b><p>President Donald Trump has received in recent days a wave of new, underwhelming polling …

Elections

Roy Moore Releases Video Refusing to Conceded Defeat in Alabama

Republican Roy Moore released a video Wednesday night, in which he refused to concede defeat in the Alabama Senate race and railed against “abortion, …

U.S. Politics

Thanks for Nothing, White Voters

White women voted for Roy Moore, as they did for Trump. Same with white men. Why is this still surprising?<p>In 2016, white women voted for Trump. In …

U.S. Politics

RIP open internet, 1983-2017

The Federal Communications Commission has voted to overturn the rules classifying internet service providers as utilities, and giving the FCC the …

Internet

Former high-level officials submit 'unusual' Russia brief in lawsuit against Trump and Roger Stone

• <b>Fourteen former national security, intelligence, and foreign policy officials recently co-wrote an amicus brief as part of a lawsuit brought against President Donald Trump and Roger Stone, his longtime adviser.</b>• <b><br>Former CIA Director John Brennan, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper,</b> …

U.S. Politics

The conservative case to fire Robert Mueller, explained

It relies on four pieces of “evidence.”<p>On May 17, President Donald Trump’s close ally Newt Gingrich tweeted that former FBI Director Robert Mueller was a “superb choice” to lead the investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to win the 2016 presidential election.<p>But now, as …

Politics

After Alabama, the Revenge of the Republican Establishment

Just before eight o’clock in the morning on Wednesday, the Republican congressman Adam Kinzinger typed out a gleeful tweet. A few hours earlier, his party’s candidate in the U.S. Senate race in Alabama had gone down to defeat, and Kinzinger couldn’t have been happier—or clearer about who was to …

Elections

Rupert Murdoch Is Having His King Lear Moment

For a while, Rupert Murdoch seemed invincible.<p>First, the mogul emerged relatively unscathed from a 2011 phone hacking scandal involving his British tabloids that threatened to upend his empire. Then, he installed his sons, Lachlan and James, in leadership roles at 21st Century Fox. And, last year, …

U.S. Politics

Jeff Sessions might have destroyed the Trump presidency

You've no doubt heard of the butterfly effect, wherein the flapping of a butterfly's wings can, over the course of time, distance, and accumulated …

U.S. Politics

Paul Ryan Sees His Wild Washington Journey Coming to An End

He felt he was “made for this moment.” But now, on the verge of achieving his long-sought legislative dream, he’s got his eyes on the exits.<p>Spirits were high inside the House chamber on Thursday, November 16, when, in the early afternoon, the gavel fell and a measure to rewrite the American tax …

Politics

'I Am Sick to My Stomach.' How Kentucky Politicians Responded to State Lawmaker's Death

After Kentucky State Rep. Dan Johnson died Wednesday in an apparent suicide amid allegations that he sexually assaulted a teenager, politicians in …

U.S. Politics

George Will: Trump is now the worst-ever president

In an op-ed published in The Washington Post, Will, a conservative pundit who is often critical of Trump, ripped the president for supporting GOP …

Donald Trump

Democrats want to know more about a strange omission from the Trump campaign's digital director

• <b>The ranking members of the House Oversight and Judiciary committees want to subpoena two of the data firms hired by President Donald Trump's campaign team for documents related to Russia's election interference.</b>• <b><br>The firms: Cambridge Analytica and Giles-Parscale.</b>• <b><br>Cambridge Analytica and Giles-Parscale</b> …

Donald Trump

Trump Called Ryan About Report He Plans to Step Down

President Donald Trump called House Speaker Paul Ryan on Thursday to ask about a Politico report that the Wisconsin Republican will step down from …

Donald Trump

Republicans made a tiny change to the tax plan that will give a huge boost to the ultra-wealthy

• <b>Republican are getting closer to passing their massive tax reform plan.</b>• <b><br>They recently changed the top individual tax bracket to 37%, down from the current 39.6%, and lower than the 38.5% proposed by the Senate.</b>• <b><br>This small change will give a huge boost to ultra-wealthy Americans.</b><p>Republican leaders …

Retirement

Fans of Trump’s friendliest news network are turning on him

There’s a reason that President Trump constantly watches Fox News. Much (though not all) of the programming is about as friendly to Trump as you’ll see, from the early morning show “Fox and Friends” — on which Trump used to have a weekly gig — to the evening opinion programs like “Hannity.” Trump …

Politics

Report: Marco Rubio threatens to vote against tax cuts

Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio informed Senate leaders that he would vote against the Republicans' $1.5 trillion tax plan unless it includes the …

Politics

The 11 worst places to buy a home if Trump's tax plan passes

• <b>Republicans have reached a preliminary agreement on their tax bill, meaning tax reform could soon be finalized.</b>• <b><br>The proposed tax bill limits the property tax deduction to $10,000 a year — currently, homeowners can deduct their property tax in full.</b>• <b><br>We compiled a list of the places where homeowners</b> …

Real Estate

Comey edits revealed: Remarks on Clinton probe were watered down, documents show

Newly released documents reveal that then-FBI Director James Comey’s draft statement on the Hillary Clinton email probe was edited numerous times before his public announcement, in ways that seemed to considerably water down the bureau’s findings.<p>Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., chairman of the Senate …

Hillary Clinton

Second accuser prompts call for Nevada congressman to go

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing a fresh accusation of sexual misconduct in a Congress that has become increasingly less tolerant, a Nevada lawmaker is facing pressure from Democratic leadership to step aside.<p>The Nevada Independent reported new allegations by a lobbyist who said Democratic Rep. Ruben …

U.S. Politics

Homeland Security senior adviser promoted birtherism, said Obama knew 'nothing about the black American experience'

<b>(CNN) —</b> A White House senior adviser at the Department of Homeland Security previously promoted conspiracy theories about former President Barack Obama's birthplace, lamented the "Zimbabwe-fication of America," and mocked the LGBT community.<p>Frank Wuco has served as the White House adviser to DHS …

U.S. Politics

After Alabama, It’s Time for Democrats to Get Over Their White Working-Class Fixation

It’s time for the patterns and practices of the Democratic Party—the candidates we put forth and the voters we pursue—to change.<p>There’s always been …

U.S. Politics

Four senior managers at Interior Dept. fired for harassment

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke revealed today he has fired four senior managers at the Interior Department for inappropriate conduct, including sexual …

Ryan Zinke

‘Are You Normal?’ Putin Asks U.S. Congress in Annual News Gathering

MOSCOW — With an eye to his presidential candidacy, President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia promoted his domestic record throughout his annual national news conference on Thursday. But he did save a few jabs for the United States on election meddling and Olympic doping — at one point asking members …

Russia

This number suggests a MAJOR Democratic wave in 2018

<b>(CNN) —</b> In the aftermath of Roy Moore's stunning Senate election loss in Alabama on Tuesday night, Republicans were quick to note that the circumstances in the state made drawing any conclusions impossible.<p>Moore, after all, was a hugely divisive figure even <i>before</i> a series of women came out over the …

U.S. Politics

The Year of Being Completely Overwhelmed by Trump

Though he probably doesn't realize it, Trump benefits from doing so many ridiculous things that his crises steal attention from each other<p>Hey, …

Donald Trump

Poll: Most say Trump crossed line with Russia contacts

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Americans think Donald Trump did something illegal or at least unethical regarding ties between his presidential campaign and Russia — and they think he's trying to obstruct the investigation looking into those possible connections.<p>The deeply divided country is more concerned …

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