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A $95 Million, State-of-the-Art Police Academy Is Chicago’s Latest Political Battleground

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposal to build a state-of-the-art police training facility in an underserved neighborhood has become the latest flashpoint in the troubled relationship between Chicago residents and their embattled police department. ...Show More Summary

What the Heck is “Fragrance?” Thanks to California, Companies Now Have to Tell Us.

Peruse the ingredients list of your air freshener, floor polish, or multi-surface cleaner, and you’ll likely come across an “f” word: fragrance. You know what it means—whatever the manufacturer added to make your house smell nice—but what does it stand for? California State Sen. Ricardo Lara, who authored the bill, remembers his mother “telling me […]

She Went Undercover to Expose Sexual Harassment in the Food Industry. It Was Way Worse Than She Imagined.

The tsunami of scandals around workplace sexual harassment has mainly hit creative-class professions—acting, journalism, comedy—and high-level politics. But what about working-class women? The question relates directly to food, because the US food and agriculture industries employ 21 million people, around 1 in 9 workers in the US labor force. Show More Summary

Senate Republicans Are Scrambling to Rewrite Their Tax Bill After a Mini-Rebellion

Senate Republicans learned Thursday evening that they have a $350 billion problem. The news came as senators congregated on the chamber’s floor for a procedural vote, and lead to a tense intra-party showdown that left Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) visibly sullen. The revenue trigger Republicans had planned to include in their tax bill violates […]

The Republican Tax Bill Would Gut Affordable Housing in America

A few months before the 2016 election, residents of an old affordable-housing complex near downtown Worcester, Massachusetts, were about to get some long overdue upgrades. The 132-unit building had been locked into 40 years of affordable pricing thanks to Department of Housing and Urban Development financing awarded in the 1970s, but now that mortgage had […]

The Environmental Disaster Tucked Into the Tax Bill

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge—recognized for its picturesque vistas and wildlife—has been a battleground for Democrats and Republicans for years. The 20-million-acre park sits above large oil and gas reserves, which Republicans, including Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), have eyed as a huge source of revenue for the state. Several efforts to allow drilling over the […]

Elizabeth Warren Just Sent a Scathing Letter to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin About His Tax Bill Charade

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has been promising for months that his department is working hard on an analysis of a $1.5 trillion tax reform bill currently under consideration by the Senate, noting time and time again that the bill practically pays for itself. He also promised to release the analysis in full. But on Thursday, just a day before the Senate is expected […]

White House Press Secretary: Trump “Elevated the Conversation” by Sharing Anti-Muslim Videos

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Thursday refused to back down from her defense President Donald Trump’s decision to share a string of inflammatory videos that purported to show Muslims attacking people and, in one case, destroying a statue of the Virgin Mary. Promoting such content, she insisted, serves to “elevate the conversation” […]

Official Analysis Finds Republicans Are Completely Wrong About Their Tax Bill Paying for Itself

On Thursday, Congress’ nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation found that the Senate tax bill will add $1 trillion to the deficit over the next 10 years. Thursday’s report is the first official congressional analysis to use a “dynamic score” that takes into account the tax bill’s likely impact on the economy. Republicans have argued that their […]

Trump Is Going to Destroy 2 of the Country’s Most Beautiful National Monuments

President Donald Trump is planning to drastically shrink two national monuments in Utah. According to documents obtained by the Washington Post, Bears Ears, which is currently 1.35 million acres could be shrunk by 85 percent, and the 1.9 million acres of Grand Staircase-Escalante will be reduced by 85 percent. Show More Summary

Trump Wants to Install a Reliable Mouthpiece on Russia at the CIA

The White House is considering replacing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo and giving Pompeo’s job to Sen. Tom Cotton, an Arkansas Republican, the New York Times reports. In Cotton, who reportedly wants the CIA job, President Donald Trump would install at the intelligence agency one of the most […]

John McCain Says He Will Vote for the Republican Tax Bill

On Thursday morning, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said he will vote for the Republican tax bill that is currently being debated on the Senate floor. McCain is one of the few Republicans who have expressed concern about the bill, and his support is a major boost to the bill’s chances of passing, which could happen as […]

Stephen Colbert Mocks Trump for Commenting on Matt Lauer Firing

Stephen Colbert, who introduced himself on Wednesday as “one of the few men still allowed on television,” mocked President Donald Trump’s decision to weigh in on Matt Lauer’s abrupt firing from NBC, reminding the president that more than a dozen women have lodged similar accusations of sexual misconduct against him. “Listen up: You don’t get to […]

Leaked Congressional Analysis Shows GOP Bill Raises Taxes on Millions of Americans

On Wednesday, a leaked analysis from Congress’ nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation showed that 38 percent of Americans would not get a significant tax cut in 2019 under the Senate tax bill. After the tax bill’s individual cuts expire in 2025, 84 percent of Americans would see their tax bills go up or change by […]

3 Ways Trump Could Stop Transgender Recruits From Enlisting in 2018

Transgender service members are celebrating a win in the courts this week. On Monday, a district judge in Washington, DC, ruled that come January 1, the military must start accepting new recruits who are openly transgender. It’ll be a first in the history of our armed services—if the Trump administration doesn’t find a way to […]

Stop Blaming the Opioid Epidemic on Patients Who Shop Around for Doctors

As the death toll from the opioid epidemic continues to skyrocket, media and political attention has focused on so-called doctor shoppers, or patients who go from doctor to doctor in search of narcotics prescriptions. Headlines have also singled out pill mills, or doctors illicitly prescribing pills in exchange for cash. But a study released Thursday in […]

Republican Donors Are Mad as Hell and Closing Their Checkbooks

When politicians come knocking on Bill Miller’s door, he usually has big checks to deliver. But lately, Miller, a Republican lobbyist in Austin, Texas, says the major donors he advises on how and when to make their campaign contributions are not taking out their checkbooks. At all.  “I’m not saying they’ve cut them off for […]

The Senate Just Broke with a Century-Old Tradition to Give Trump the Judges He Wants

President Trump has already experienced great success filling court vacancies during his first year in office, but on Wednesday his quest to wholly reshape the federal judiciary took one potentially disturbing step forward. This morning,...Show More Summary

This Guy Says He’s the Person Who Suspended Donald Trump’s Twitter Account This Month

For 11 minutes in November, President Donald Trump’s Twitter account was deactivated. Twitter said it was an accident, and they blamed a contractor. TechCrunch claims to have found the man behind the act: Bahtiyar Duysak, who says he was working...Show More Summary

Kellyanne Conway Has Zero Experience In Drug Policy But Is Running the White House Opioid Response

Kellyanne Conway is spearheading the Trump Administration’s efforts to combat the opioid epidemic, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said at a press conference Wednesday.  Conway will “coordinate and lead the effort from the White House,” according to Sessions. Show More Summary

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