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Justice Department Has Communicated With Controversial Election Commission, Sessions Confirms

Attorney General Jeff Sessions confirmed Wednesday that there have been communications between the Justice Department and President Donald Trump’s controversial election fraud commission, amplifying concerns that the two bodies may be working together to make it harder for Americans to vote. Show More Summary

Al Franken Tears Into Jeff Sessions Over Shifting Narratives on Russia Meetings

During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) hammered Attorney General Jeff Sessions for claiming he could no longer recall the content of his conversations with former Russian ambassador Sergey...Show More Summary

“Corporate Bullies” Are Using RICO Laws to Go After Greenpeace

On Monday, a federal judge in California dismissed a case from Resolute, the giant logging and newsprint company, against Greenpeace and other environmental activists. This is good news for the international environmental organization that had $300 million at stake if it lost the lawsuit. Show More Summary

Trump Blasts Bipartisan Deal That Would Clean Up His Health Care Mess

So much for that rare moment of bipartisan agreement. On Tuesday, it momentarily looked like Democrats and Republicans might come together to pass a health care bill to help stabilize the Obamacare insurance exchanges. But on Wednesday, the Tweeter in Chief quashed those bipartisan hopes. I am supportive of Lamar as a person & also […]

Two Federal Judges Block Trump’s Travel Ban

Update 10/18: A second federal judge, in Maryland, moved Wednesday to block President Donald Trump’s travel ban, a day after a federal judge in Hawaii took a similar action. The judge, Theodore D. Chuang, found that the president’s own words undercut his rationale for his third travel ban, writing that the latest ban in simply a “re-animation […]

Russian Journalists Just Published a Bombshell Investigation About a Kremlin-Linked “Troll Factory”

A notorious Russian internet “troll factory” spent about $2.3 million during the 2016 election cycle to meddle in US politics, paying the salaries of 90 “US desk” employees who helped wage disinformation campaigns via social media that reached millions of Americans. The operation also contacted US activists directly and offered them thousands of dollars to […]

Trump Refutes Story That He Told Sergeant’s Widow “He Knew What He Signed Up For”

President Donald Trump on Wednesday hit back at a congresswoman’s account of a phone call he had with the family of a fallen soldier in which he remarked that the deceased “knew what he signed up for.”  Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and […]

Will Virginia Stay Blue? It Depends on Black Turnout Next Month.

Terry McAuliffe had voters of color to thank for his narrow victory in Virginia’s 2013 gubernatorial election. Black voters, who make up one-fifth of the state’s electorate, turned out at the same rate they did for Barack Obama in 2012 and pushed McAuliffe, a Democrat, to victory. Black women, who alone accounted for 11 percent […]

Why We Should Be Very Scared About Tropical Storms Hitting Ireland

This story was originally published by Slate and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.  An already unusual hurricane season just got a lot weirder as Tropical Storm Ophelia set her sights on…Ireland and the British Isles. Show More Summary

Nondisclosure Agreements Helped Weinstein Abuse Women. Now New York Is Trying to Get Rid of Them.

As the Harvey Weinstein scandal continues to grow, it’s become clear that strict language in various contracts limiting what employees and accusers could say was crucial in enabling the movie producer to get away with decades of sexual...Show More Summary

Seven Times the Supreme Court Got Its Facts Wrong

In 2007, a group of California Institute of Technology scientists working at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory filed suit against the venerated space agency. Many of the scientists had worked on NASA missions and research for years as outside employees. As part of efforts to tighten security measures after 9/11, in 2004 NASA started requiring outside […]

This Huge Rail Company Is Spewing Coal Dust All Over a Low-Income Community

Each day, Norfolk Southern, a large transportation company, ships coal nearly 2,000 miles across Virginia to Lambert’s Point—a low-income and predominantly black community on the Elizabeth River in the city of Norfolk. When the coalShow More Summary

Trump to Meet with Leader Who Claimed, “I Can Slash Open Your Body and Eat Your Heart in Front of You.”

The Trump administration released on Monday an itinerary for his upcoming trip to Asia next month, planned to strengthen alliances and curb the threat of Kim Jong Un’s nuclear program. Perhaps unsurprisingly the trip will include a meeting with the president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte. Trump’s affinity for the strongman who has called both the Pope […]

Key Senators Just Struck a Bipartisan Deal to Stop Trump’s Obamacare Sabotage

A bipartisan pair of senators announced Tuesday afternoon that they had reached a deal on a bill to clean up the health care mess that Donald Trump has created from the White House. The exact bill, written by Sens. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), is not yet public, but it would reportedly restore […]

Federal Judge Blocks Trump’s Third Travel Ban

A federal judge in Hawaii blocked the third iteration of President Donald Trump’s travel ban on Tuesday, one day before it was set to go into effect. The latest version of the ban mirrored the first and second ones by blocking or restricting the ability of nationals of six Muslim-majority countries from entering the United […]

Trump Is Now Using Death of John Kelly’s Son to Back False Obama Claim

President Donald Trump invoked the death of his chief of staff John Kelly’s son—a marine who was killed in 2010 while fighting in Afghanistan—in an attempt to further bolster his false claim that former President Barack Obama did not regularly contact the families of soldiers killed in action. As far as past presidents, “You could ask […]

Donald Trump Ruined Twitter

This story originally appeared on Medium. At some point in 2006, or possibly late 2005, Noah Glass walked into our office all excited about something. That in itself isn’t news because Noah was always excited about something. Dude had an energy. Noah worked across the hall from us on the sixth floor of a old […]

Memo Undermines Russian Lawyer’s Account of Trump Tower Meeting

The Russian lawyer at the center of a controversial June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower says there was in fact no controversy. Natalia Veselnitskaya attended the meeting where Donald Trump Jr. and other Trump campaign officials hoped to Russian receive dirt on Hillary Clinton. Now a memo she brought to that meeting has been disclosed, and she says it shows that she did […]

Tom Marino Withdraws From Drug Czar Consideration

President Trump announced on Tuesday morning that Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.), who had been nominated to be the nation’s drug czar, is withdrawing his name from consideration. The news comes days after reports that Marino co-sponsored legislation that weakened the Drug Enforcement Administration’s ability to crack down on drug distributors that helped fuel the opioid […]

America’s Climate Refugees Have Been Abandoned by Trump

As hurricane after hurricane ravages Puerto Rico and the Gulf Coast, the Trump administration has quietly walked away from a government-wide effort to help the growing number of American communities whose very existence is threatened by climate change. “There are communities that need help right now. They’re struggling, they’re asking, and the resources to assist […]

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