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Republicans Are Counting on a Ton of Demand to Drill in an Alaskan Wildlife Refuge. They’re Deluding Themselves.

Early Saturday morning, Senate Republicans narrowly passed a controversial tax bill which—aside from overwhelmingly benefiting the rich—will open up 1.5-million acres of the pristine, 20-million-acre Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) for...Show More Summary

The Olympics Committee Just Slapped Putin in the Face

On Tuesday, the International Olympic Committee announced it would bar Russia from participating in the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, which are set to take place in just a few months. The historic punishment comes after...Show More Summary

Robert Mueller Just Subpoenaed Trump’s Favorite Bank. Here’s What He May Be Looking For.

Now it’s getting personal. On Tuesday, a German newspaper reported that Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating the Trump-Russia scandal, has issued a subpoena to Deutsche Bank, which Donald Trump owes hundreds of millions of dollars, making this financial behemoth Trump’s largest creditor. Show More Summary

Texas’ Trump Lovin’ Ag Honcho Faces a Primary Challenge From a Monsanto Lobbyist

Remember Sid Miller, Texas’ cowboy hat wearin’, Trump-lovin’ agriculture commissioner?  This time a year ago, Miller was working hard to flatter his way to the top agriculture spot in the incoming presidential administration. But after being passed over for that post, Miller will instead have to fight to keep his current job: Last week, news surfaced that […]

Jeff Flake Makes Meaningless Gesture Three Days After Voting for Despised Tax Bill

Arizona Senator Jeff Flake just donated $100 in support of Doug Jones, Alabama’s Democratic candidate for Senate—an implicit rebuke of President Trump, who officially endorsed Jones’s embattled opponent Roy Moore on Monday, and the RNC, which renewed funding for Moore’s campaign Monday evening. Show More Summary

Justices Struggle to Rule Against Gay Couple Without Upending Civil Rights Law

As the Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in the landmark case Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, two things became clear. First, the conservative justices clearly want to side with Colorado baker Jack Phillips, who refused to make a wedding cake for David Mullins and Charlie Craig, a same-sex couple, on religious grounds. And second, […]

Bitcoin Is Terrible for the Environment

This story was originally published by New Republic and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.  “Bitcoin is the World’s Hottest Currency, but No One’s Using It,” the Wall Street Journal proclaimed on Saturday. The day prior, the digital currency had surged past $10,000 per coin—and then past $11,000, too. Show More Summary

We’re About to Find Out How Well Elizabeth Warren’s Politics Play in Ohio

Richard Cordray didn’t wait long. On Tuesday, less than two weeks after his departure from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau triggered a mini-constitutional crisis of the variety the Trump administration has made look routine, Cordray announced that he would seek the Democratic nomination for governor of Ohio. Show More Summary

In Texas, a Slow, Grinding, Frustrating Recovery 3 Months After Harvey

Three months after Hurricane Harvey made landfall as a Category 4 storm in Rockport, Texas, bringing four feet of rain to Houston and the surrounding area, the recovery process for those who live there—especially minority communities— has been slow and grinding. A new Kaiser Family Foundation and Episcopal Health Foundation survey of 1,635 residents in the 24 […]

3 Months Ago, Donald Trump Threw Vincent’s Life Into Chaos. This Is His Story.

It’s been a tumultuous year for Vincent Ronquillo, 33. For the last five years, Ronquillo, like 800,000 other previously undocumented immigrants, has been protected from deportation thanks to the Obama-era program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. Show More Summary

Now We Finally Know How Much Federal Land Could Be at Stake in Trump’s Rush for More Drilling

In his speech from Salt Lake City, Utah, on Monday, President Trump called the national monuments he was there to shrink a “natural bounty” that the nation should put “to great and wonderful use.” In this administration, “natural bounty” and “great and wonderful use” do not necessarily refer to the monuments’ beauty and cultural value, but to the vast […]

The UK Will Soon Keep a Permanent Record of Everyone Who Watches Porn

Last summer, the British government passed the Digital Economy Act of 2017, which updated laws and regulations around broadband service generally and addressed telecommunications policy and infrastructure issues. One provision was designed...Show More Summary

Democrats Need High Black Turnout to Win in Alabama. Here’s Why That May Not Happen.

For Democrat Doug Jones to win Alabama’s special Senate election next week, he will need overwhelming support from African American voters, the core Democratic constituency in the deeply conservative state. A decade ago, Jones could have relied on a number of black political organizations to mobilize African American voters. But these once-powerful groups have declined […]

Paul Manafort Just Tried to Secretly Collaborate With a Colleague Linked to Russian Intelligence, Feds Say

Following his October 30 indictment on federal charges, Paul Manafort may have worsened his legal woes by by secretly drafting an editorial defending his work on behalf of a former Ukrainian president—cowriting the piece with a “long-time...Show More Summary

Elizabeth Warren Calls Out Trump’s Meddling in the Agency She Created

Sen. Elizabeth Warren isn’t letting the Trump administration gut the financial watchdog she championed without a fight. Late last week, the Massachusetts Democrat sent a letter to the inspector general of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau asking him to review the actions of White House budget director Mick Mulvaney in his new role as the interim head of […]

Supreme Court Allows Trump Travel Ban to Take Effect

On Monday, the United States Supreme Court allowed the latest iteration of President Donald Trump’s travel ban nationals of certain Muslim-majority countries to fully take effect, after it had long been blocked by other courts. The order is temporary, pending the outcome of a lawsuit against the ban. Litigation in response to the administration’s travel […]

Trump Knew Flynn Had Lied to FBI, Reports Say

President Donald Trump was informed in late January that Michael Flynn had probably to lied the FBI about his contacts with Russian officials during the presidential transition period, according to multiple reports. The timing is significant:...Show More Summary

National Monuments in Utah Are Far More Popular Than Trump Thinks

As Republican presidents go, Donald Trump isn’t particularly popular in Utah, one of the country’s most reliably Republican states. He won Utah in 2016 with only 45 percent of the vote, the worst performance of a GOP nominee since 1992, and his approval rating there still hovers around 50 percent. (Mitt Romney won 73 percent […]

Bob Menendez Wants His Committee Chairmanship Back

Following the mistrial in his bribery case, Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) wants his job back as the top Democrat on the Senate foreign relations committee. He stepped down from this position when he was indicted in 2015. Menendez is now is angling to regain this prestigious and influential position—a bid backed by top Senate Democrats. […]

Trump Officially Backs Roy Moore Despite Allegations of Sexual Misconduct

In his clearest statement of support yet, President Donald Trump on Monday unequivocally endorsed Roy Moore, the Republican Senate candidate engulfed by sexual misconduct allegations, claiming it was vital for the former judge to win next week’s special election in Alabama.  Democrats refusal to give even one vote for massive Tax Cuts is why we […]

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