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Jared Kushner Reveals How Russians May Have Attempted to Blackmail Trump Days Before Election

28 minutes agoNews / Independent News : AlterNet

He released a statement just hours before a closed door meeting with the Senate Intelligence Committee. Jared Kushner confirmed that President Donald Trump was the subject of at least one extortion attempt during the 2016 election campaign. Show More Summary

CNN Host Comes Down Hard on New White House Communications Director for Denying Russian Hacking

“Don’t you owe a duty to the truth?” Jake Tapper asks Anthony Scaramucci. CNN host Jake Tapper on Sunday called out newly-appointed White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci for continuing to deny Russia’s interference in the U.S. Show More Summary

‘Simpsons’ Creator: I Was Told to Lay Off Fox News after We Called It ‘No. 1 with Racists’

Don't expect the show to cave to pressure from Fox anytime soon. Simpsons creator Matt Groening says that he got pressure from 21st Century Fox to lay off Fox News after his show lampooned the cable news network for being popular with racists. Show More Summary

Let’s Do Something Almost No Republican Senator Has Been Willing to Do: Listen to Real People’s Health Care Concerns

Republicans in Congress still can’t figure out what they want to do for health care. Despite no consensus among his party, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) promised to bring his latest plan to gut Obamacare to a vote next week, after his first two attempts collapsed without the necessary votes. His plan—a rehash of a 2015 […]

Stephen Colbert Rents Trump’s “Pee Pee Tape” Hotel Room in Russia

As more bombshells drop in the multiple investigations looking into possible collusion between President Donald Trump’s associates and the Kremlin, Stephen Colbert is taking on the subject other media outlets have largely shied away from covering in recent months: Trump’s alleged “pee pee” tape. With black lights at the ready, the “Late Show” recently traveled to […]

Paul Krugman Warns Americans: Don't Let Russia Distract Us, When Healthcare for Millions Is at Risk

27 minutes agoNews / Independent News : AlterNet

"Don't let the bad guys in the senate do terrible things because you weren't paying attention." In 2017, many Americans start their day by calling their senators and begging them not to take away their healthcare. Others show up at government offices or on the street. Show More Summary

Kushner Issues Statement Claiming He Tried to Avoid Infamous Meeting with Don Jr and Russian Lawyer

“I did not collude, nor know of anyone else in the campaign who colluded, with any foreign government,” Kushner said in the 11-page statement. Jared Kushner released a lengthy statement Monday morning detailing his contacts with foreign...Show More Summary

WATCH: Al Franken Laughs at Scaramucci's 'Bizarre' Decision to Rely on Trump's Claim That Russians Didn't Hack Election

“I thought when he brought it up, I thought it was a disinterested intelligence expert,” a laughing Franken said. Appearing on CNN Sunday morning, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) laughed about an extremely contentious interview host Jake Tapper...Show More Summary

Here Is What Jared Kushner Will Tell Congress Today

Ahead of his closed-door interview with the Senate intelligence committee Monday, Jared Kushner released a statement confirming four contacts with Russian officials during the 2016 presidential campaign, but he denied any accusations of collusion or wrongdoing.  “I had no improper contacts,” the president’s son-in-law wrote in his statement. Show More Summary

Monday's HOT MIC

Kushner to be questioned behind closed doors.

Wildfires Are About to Go From Bad to Worse in California

This story was originally published by Newsweek and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. It’s wildfire season out west, and after a record-hot June dried out many areas, the prognosis is slightly worse than average for certain areas, especially California. But luckily there is relief in sight for the Four Corners region of Utah, Colorado, New […]

Only 3 In 5 Gun Owners Have Received Firearms Training

Forty percent of America’s gun owners have not received any formal firearms training, according to a new study from the University of Washington (UW) School of Public Health. The study, published in the journal Injury Prevention, is the first of its kind in more than 20 years. In those two decades, “that number hasn’t meaningfully changed […]

Rediscovering Del Shannon

Del Shannon The Dublin Sessions RockBeat Del Shannon never phoned it in. Best known for tortured early ’60s hits like “Runaway” and “Hats Off to Larry,” the Michigan-bred singer-songwriter combined the hard-living soul of a honky-tonk shouter with fiery, unpretentious rock’n’roll until his death in 1990. Collecting tracks from an abandoned album recorded in 1977, […]

Inside the Strange, Heartbreaking, Relentless Quest for a Christian Fertility Treatment

When Catherine was in her late 20s, she and her husband decided to start a family. She had always assumed it would be easy—her friends seemed to get pregnant without even trying. But after three years, she still didn’t have a baby. A fertility specialist prescribed medications. They didn’t work, so the doctor tried inserting […]

These Haitians Found Refuge From Earthquakes, Cholera, and Poverty. Now Trump Plans to Send Them Back.

In Haiti, 26-year-old Marie struggled to make ends meet. Unlike many in the northern city of Gonaïves, where she lives, she did have a paying job—she was a secretary for a transportation company—but after buying groceries and caring for her ailing mother, her monthly paycheck was gone.  Marie thought that if she could work for a few […]

Trump Is Obsessed With His Twitter Following—Too Bad Most of His Followers Are Fake

Ever obsessed with popularity, the president loves to brag about his "millions of followers." President Donald Trump loves to brag about his Twitter following. As more revelations brewed around the Trump campaign’s possible involvement...Show More Summary

Why We Can Safely Expect Many More Idiot Celebrities to Run for Office Now That Trump Has Shown the Way

Why are so many celebrities flirting with running for office? The 2003 California gubernatorial election was nutty. It seems less so now because 18 months of being virtually lobotomized via tweets, Access Hollywood tapes, debates over hand (penis) size and dossiers detailing pisscapades has a desensitizing effect. Show More Summary

Legal Experts Seriously Doubt Trump Could Absolve Himself in Russia Inquiry

Under pressure over a deepening scandal, Trump says he has "the complete power to pardon," but analysts suggest this is not the case. An apropos-of-nothing assertion by Donald Trump on Twitter on Saturday morning, that “all agree the...Show More Summary

Trump's In-Your-Face Impeachable Offense

Obamacare is indisputably a law that the President has a constitutional duty to faithfully execute. “For seven years I’ve been hearing about health care, and I’ve been hearing about repeal and replace and Obamacare is a total disaster,...Show More Summary

Picture a Leader with No Fcking Brains’: Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters Unloads on Trump at Chicago Concert

Waters left no room for misinterpretation: "Trump is a pig." Former Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters continued his U.S. tour in Chicago Saturday night, turning it into an anti-Donald Trump rally with Floyd favorites and Waters solo songs taking pointed jabs at the president. Show More Summary

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