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Trump's Business Plan Won't Eliminate His Conflicts of Interest

At a long-awaited press conference Wednesday, Donald Trump outlined an extensive list of steps he plans to take to separate himself from his business interests. But he stopped short of the one thing that ethics experts agree he needs...Show More Summary

Russia Allegations Lead to Donald Trump's Dumbest Tweet Ever

Donald Trump has hit send on a lot of ill-advised tweets—tweets that were false, tweets that showed him to be thin-skinned or a bully. But perhaps no tweet ranks as, well, dumb as the one he sent out Wednesday morning, just hours before his first press conference in six months. Show More Summary

Rex Tillerson Refuses to Label Vladimir Putin a "War Criminal"

When asked during hearing if Vladimir Putin is a "war criminal," Rex Tillerson says, “I would not use that term.” — MSNBC (@MSNBC) January 11, 2017 Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fl.) confronted Donald Trump's nominee for...Show More Summary

Watch Live: Rex Tillerson's Confirmation Hearing

Rex Tillerson, the former chairman of Exxon Mobil, is currently testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of state is expected to face a number of tough questions regarding his close...Show More Summary

Carl's Jr. Employees Tell Elizabeth Warren What It's Like Working for Trump's Labor Department Pick

Former employees of Carl's Jr., the company run by Andrew Puzder, Donald Trump's choice to head the Department of Labor, got to testify on Capitol Hill today—but not in his confirmation hearing. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) had scheduled the meeting to showcase how Democrats might grill Puzder. Show More Summary

Republicans Try to Rewrite Sessions' History on Race

Thirty years ago, the Senate rejected the nomination of Jeff Sessions to a federal judgeship in Alabama following extensive testimony alleging that Sessions held racist views and pursued racially motivated prosecutions as a federal prosecutor. Show More Summary

This Chart Shows How Research on Gun Violence Has Been Gutted

The war on research into gun violence began two decades ago when, with the backing of the National Rifle Association, the Republican-controlled Congress effectively killed off federal funding for it. A 1996 appropriation bill bannedShow More Summary

Your Breakfast Is About to Take a Weird Turn

We seem to have come full circle on milk. First people began spurning cow's milk in favor of soy, which they then swapped for almond or rice. Soon, baristas began touting hemp and coconut instead—nondairy milk sales have soared 30 percent since 2011. Show More Summary

Torture Allegations Shadow Rex Tillerson's Time at Exxon Mobil

This week, Congress will consider whether to confirm President-elect Donald Trump's appointment for secretary of state. Trump's choice, former Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson, has come under fire for his close relationship with Russia's Vladimir Putin and his lack of government experience. Show More Summary

"Hi, I'm Bonnie, and I'm a Racist"

On a September evening at the United Church of Christ in Sunnyvale, California, a dozen people are sitting in folding chairs arranged in a circle. Nearby, a plastic folding table is topped with cookies and fruit. (Coffee is notably absent.)...Show More Summary

Watch the Very Best Bits from President Obama's Emotional Farewell Speech

President Barack Obama gave his farewell address on Tuesday night from McCormick Place, a huge convention center in Chicago. News cameras captured images of the jubilant, 20,000-strong crowd crying and waving smartphones throughout Obama's speech. Show More Summary

President Obama Just Delivered His Farewell Address To the Nation. There Wasn't a Dry Eye in the Room.

Here are President Obama's remarks, as prepared for delivery: Farewell Address by the President – As Prepared for Delivery McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois It’s good to be home. My fellow Americans, Michelle and I have been so touched by all the well-wishes we’ve received over the past few weeks. Show More Summary

The FBI Is Investigating Allegations That Russia Has Compromising Information on Trump

America's top intelligence officials have briefed President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump on allegations that Russian operatives "claim to have compromising personal and financial information" about Trump, CNN reported Tuesday evening. Show More Summary

Trump Is Leaving the Nuclear Oversight Agency With No One in Charge

On Monday, Gizmodo reported the alarming news that Donald Trump's transition team had dismissed two political appointees who run the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), without replacements on tap to oversee the nation's nuclear arsenal. Show More Summary

A Federal Jury Has Sentenced Dylann Roof to Death

Update, 1/10/17, 4:52 p.m.: Jury sentences Dylann Roof to death for the Charleston church shooting. On December 15, Dylann Roof was convicted of 33 federal hate crimes related to the June 2015 Charleston, South Carolina, church massacre, during which Roof murdered nine people in a historically black church. Show More Summary

This Former White House Chef Has a Great Idea for Fixing Schools

"What can we expect our kids to learn if their diets are full of sugar and empty of nutrients?" That's the basis of former White House chef Sam Kass' 2015 TED talk, which was released on the website last week. Kass, a self described "food policy guy," believes that in order to improve schools, we must first focus on kids' nutrition. Show More Summary

Donald Trump and Robert Kenndy Jr Team Up to Spread Nonsense About Vaccines

Bipartisanship comes to the Trump administration! Robert F Kennedy JR says Trump asked him to chair a commission on vaccine safety and he agreed. Has lobbied for vaccine exemptions. — Ginger Gibson (@GingerGibson) January 10, 2017 Surprise!...Show More Summary

This Woman Served More Than a Year in Jail for a Coat Hanger Abortion. Now She's Free.

After spending more than a year in jail for attempting to end her pregnancy at 24 weeks by self-inducing with a coat hanger, Anna Yocca of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, was released Monday night after she entered a plea deal. Yocca, 32, pled guilty to "attempted procurement of a miscarriage" and was sentenced to one year in jail. Show More Summary

Senate Intelligence Committee Member Suggests FBI Is Sitting on Information on Trump-Russia Ties

It was only a couple of questions in the middle of a hearing, but the queries posed to FBI Director James Comey by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) during a Senate intelligence committee gathering on Tuesday afternoon had potentially explosive...Show More Summary

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