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WikiLeaks Set Off an Attack on Our Trump-Russia Project—Right After Messaging Donald Trump Jr. About It

Additional reporting for this story was contributed by Denise Clifton and AJ Vicens. On Monday, The Atlantic published private messages from September 2016 in which WikiLeaks gave Donald Trump Jr. the password to a forthcoming site documenting his father’s ties to Russia. But there was more to the story of WikiLeaks’ apparent effort to conspire with […]

Republicans Want to Let the Koch Brothers’ Political Donations Tax Deductible

Few adolescents who’ve sat through homilies would accuse priests or rabbis of lacking material. House Republicans beg to differ. Under their tax bill, religious institutions—and all nonprofits—would be able to endorse politicians for the first time since 1954. The House tax cut plan would repeal a tax provision, known as the “Johnson Amendment,” that blocks […]

How Rapper Meek Mill Became a Cause Célébre for Criminal Justice Reform

Celebrities and civil rights groups are rallying around 30-year-old Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill, who was sentenced to two to four years in prison last week after a judge ruled that he’d violated the terms of his probation, which stemmed from charges related to an arrest for carrying a gun to a local grocery store when he was 18. […]

Study: Black People Are 75 Percent More Likely to Live Near Toxic Oil and Gas Facilities

Environmentalists have long contended that communities of color are disproportionately affected by pollution from the oil and gas industry, and a study released on Tuesday details the extent of the harm.   According to Fumes Across the...Show More Summary

Australian Voters Say a Resounding “Yes” to Same-Sex Marriage in Historic Survey

Same-sex marriage could soon be legal in Australia, after voters overwhelmingly returned “yes” ballots in a historic, months-long postal survey on whether the law should be changed to allow same-sex couples to wed. The vote is nonbinding, but Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, a supporter of marriage equality, cast it as a way for voters to give the […]

California Will Get Half its Energy From Renewables by 2020

The US fight against climate change hasn’t exactly made much progress recently. Just this week, for instance, the Trump administration spent its time at the UN conference on climate change in Bonn praising the benefits of coal. But there...Show More Summary

Republicans Just Can’t Quit Obamacare Repeal

Senate Republicans decided on Tuesday to turn their tax bill into a health care bill. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced that Republicans plan to include a repeal of Obamacare’s individual mandate in the Senate’s tax cut bill. If Republicans succeed in overturning the mandate, 13 million more people would lack health insurance, according […]

Sessions Admits He Has “Not Followed Through” on Pledge to Protect Elections From Russian Meddling

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Tuesday that he has “not followed through” on a vow to review how the United States can protect its elections from future Russian interference. In a congressional hearing in which he was repeatedly pressed on his claims that he did not recall details of his own contacts with Russian officials […]

After Backing Roy Moore, Ben Carson Has Been Awfully Silent

On September 22, as the Republican primary race for Jeff Sessions’ old Senate seat in Alabama narrowed, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson went out on a limb for Roy Moore. Though his boss, President Donald Trump,Show More Summary

Republicans in Congress Are Mad We Pointed Out Jeff Sessions’ Lies

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) condemned a Democratic colleague’s submission of a Mother Jones article into the record of Jeff Sessions’ appearance before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. The article, titled “3 Times Jeff Sessions...Show More Summary

Jeff Sessions Had a Very Bad Day

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Tuesday that he does not recall details of a March 2016 gathering where a junior campaign advisor pitched a plan to set up a meeting between Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, but he’s pretty sure he rejected the idea. Sessions, who previously said he had no knowledge […]

Gunman Kills At Least Four People in Northern California Shooting Spree

A gunman shot and killed at least four people and injured at least two children during a shooting spree that ended at an elementary school in Northern California Tuesday morning, according to local law enforcement authorities. Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston said police officers shot and killed the suspected gunman. Show More Summary

Jeff Sessions Gets Hammered for Repeatedly Telling Congress “I Don’t Recall” Russia Contacts

Attorney General Jeff Sessions faced a grilling in Congress on Tuesday over his repeated failure to remember key facts about communications between the Donald Trump campaign and Russian officials during the 2016 presidential race. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) presented Sessions with dozens of instances in which Sessions answered “I do not recall” when asked by members […]

Does Congress Think Trump Can Be Trusted With Nuclear Weapons?

This past summer, I explored probably one of the most important questions facing the nation and the world: could President Donald Trump be stopped from recklessly using nuclear weapons? Interviews with several experts in nuclear command and control yielded an answer that was not encouraging: probably not, unless his order to launch was met with […]

Cory Booker’s New Bill Has a “Snowball’s Chance in Hell” of Passing

This story was originally published by CityLab and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.  On October 23, Senator Cory Booker, one of the members of Congress most capable of harnessing bipartisan cooperation, introduced the Environmental Justice Act of 2017, which was devoid of one Republican sponsor. Show More Summary

Here’s What Climate Change Is Doing to the West

This story was originally published by High Country News and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.  The complexity of climate change means it’s hard to trace simple lines from cause to effect in daily life, much less plan for the future. That’s one reason the federal government updates its National Climate Assessment every four years—to provide […]

Guess Which Country Was AWOL at the UN Climate Conference?

A door. That, more or less, is the extent of the United States government’s public presence at the 23rd United Nations climate change conference, hosted this year in Bonn, Germany. During the Obama years, the US dispatched scores of delegates to Copenhagen, Marrakech, Doha, and Lima for climate negotiations. They represented the country’s federal agencies, […]

No One Knows How Many American Women Die From Causes Related to Pregnancy or Childbirth

This story originally appeared on ProPublica. The questions are straightforward, with public health implications that would seem impossible to shrug off. How many American women die each year from causes related to pregnancy or childbirth? How many of these deaths are preventable? How does the nation’s current rate of maternal mortality compare to the rate […]

Rebuilding Puerto Rico Will Cost $95 Billion, Says Island’s Governor

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said Monday that the territory will need $94.4 billion to recover from Hurricanes Irma and Maria. That’s a staggering figure for an island already struggling to make payments on its outstanding debt of more than $70 billion and nearly $50 billion in unfunded pension obligations. “The scale and scope of the […]

The Supreme Court Took a Major Abortion Case That Could Stump All the Justices

In recent years, Republican legislators in more than a dozen states around the country have passed laws that require doctors to say specific, misleading statements to abortion-seeking patients before performing the procedure—from requiring...Show More Summary

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