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A Three-Day Shutdown Is About All West Point Can Handle

On Monday, as federal agencies kicked off the first workday of the government shutdown, the United States Military Academy at West Point faced a question that’s been plaguing the nation’s five military colleges: Who would teach classes for its more than 4,000 cadets? Civilian faculty members, who comprise roughly a quarter of West Point’s faculty, […]

Abortion Rights Didn’t Just Happen. Women Fought and Won.

This story originally appeared on I lived the first three and a half decades of my life in a world that for the vast majority of women today would be unimaginably brutal, like seeing a film in which a young girl is hanged by the neck until dead for stealing a loaf of bread. […]

Vermont Just Became the First State To Legalize Pot Through Its Legislature

The state of Vermont legalized the recreational use of marijuana on Monday, making it the ninth state to do so, and the first since Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced changes to the Department of Justice’s approach to prosecuting marijuana cases in states where the drug is legal. But Vermont’s move to legalize pot made history in another […]

Devin Nunes Won’t Even Show His Infamous Memo to the Justice Department

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) won’t #releasethememo. The now infamous document was prepared by Republican staffers for the House intelligence committee, which is chaired by Nunes, and it supposedly details how the FBI and Justice Department improperly conducted surveillance in connection with the Trump-Russia probe. Show More Summary

Trump Just Announced a Plan that Could Cripple the Solar Industry

Despite President Trump’s best efforts in 2017 to make fossil fuels great again, solar has kept booming. But now comes bad news: Trump is slapping a 30 percent tariff on imported panels, a move that experts say is poised to hurt an industry that has seen its costs drop dramatically the past decade largely because of cheap imports […]

Trump’s Election Commission Is Dead. But the Controversy Around It Keeps Growing.

President Donald Trump dissolved his election integrity commission earlier this month, claiming that lawsuits had dragged down the panel’s work of uncovering voter fraud. But a full accounting of what the commission was up to last year is only beginning to emerge—and with it, a new round of controversy. The commission’s first and most contested action […]

Zinke Didn’t Bother Disclosing His Shares in a Gun Company that Does Business With the Government

This story was originally published by The Huffington Post and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is a shareholder in a private Montana company that manufactures and sells firearms and advanced weapons materials, a financial interest he did not disclose when nominated last year. Show More Summary

No Choice: A Woman Who Took Her Abortion Into Her Own Hands

A vital story on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. A new video series published on titled “No Choice” highlights the abortion stories of eight women through their emotional testimonies. The videos highlight the history of...Show More Summary

Is Ivanka Trump Searching for John Kelly's Replacement?

The White House chief of staff may be on borrowed time. John Kelly’s time as President Donald Trump’s chief of staff may be coming to an end. On Monday, author Gabriel Sherman reported that Ivanka Trump had been put in charge of finding a replacement for Kelly.  “Ivanka is the most worried about it. Show More Summary

Liberal Activists Are Furious That Democrats “Caved” on the Shutdown

Senate Democrats have traded one looming problem for another. Lawmakers averted a prolonged shutdown fight on Monday when most Democrats reversed course and approved a short-term spending resolution that will also restore funding for...Show More Summary

Cable News Has Basically Ignored the Massive Sexual Abuse Scandal Rocking US Gymnastics

Since last Tuesday, nearly 100 women have confronted Larry Nassar, formerly a team doctor for USA Gymnastics and a doctor at Michigan State University’s sports medicine clinic who has pled guilty to multiple counts of sexual assault and child pornography, one by one recounting harrowing stories of abuse. The number of those giving statements is expected to rise to […]

Pennsylvania Follows North Carolina in Striking Down GOP's Go-To Election Racket

The ruling could hold major implications for the mid-term elections. On Monday, Pennsylvania’s state Supreme Court dealt Republican gerrymandering a crippling blow when it struck down the GOP’s congressional map for illegally discriminating against Democratic voters. Show More Summary

Vermont Legalizes Marijuana Today, and Makes History Along the Way

Let's hear it for the Green Mountain State. Vermont made history today as Gov. Phil Scott (R) signed a marijuana legalization bill into law. With his signature, Vermont becomes the first state to have freed the weed via the legislative process, as opposed to through a voter initiative. Show More Summary

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Gives Democrats a Boost in 2018 Midterms

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Monday that the Republican-drawn state congressional map is illegally gerrymandered to benefit the GOP, ordering new maps ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. The decision in one of the country’s most closely watched redistricting battles will provide a boost to Democrats seeking to retake the House of Representatives by giving […]

Vermont Set to Legalize Marijuana Today, and Make History Along the Way

Let's hear it for the Green Mountain State. Editor's Note: We are still waiting for an official announcement after Gov. Scott said last week he would sign the bill before today. We will update this story when he actually announces the signing.  Vermont is set to make history as Gov. Show More Summary

The Rich Earned Enough in 2017 Alone to End World Poverty

As much as 82 percent of the wealth created across the globe went to the 1 percent. Last year, the world's billionaires made over $462 billion combined, enough money to end extreme poverty around the globe seven times over. With a new billionaire added to the list nearly every two days, wealth inequality widened, according to a new report from Oxfam. Show More Summary

Foxes in Charge of Intelligence Hen House

Recent revelations of “inadvertent” deletions of electronic data at the FBI and NSA relating to alleged felonies are being described as a “foul-up,” but the intelligence agencies’ track record suggests a possibly more nefarious explanation, explains Ray McGovern in this op-ed.…Read more ?

The Senate Just Voted to Reopen the Government—Without Protecting Dreamers

The Senate on Monday voted 81-18 to clear the way for a bill to fund the federal government for at least three weeks, a move that would bring an end to the to the 3-day-old government shutdown. The funding resolution, which still needs to be approved by the House, includes a six-year extension of the Children’s Health […]

‘The Post’ and the Pentagon Papers

The new movie “The Post” tells the story of the Pentagon Papers from a curious perspective that ignores much of the drama of the real history, as James DiEugenio explains. By James DiEugenio Imagine a film about a backer of…Read mor...

The Right's Assault on the Mueller Probe Takes a Bizarre New Twist

The GOP will stop at nothing to protect the Trump administration. “I have a message tonight for the special counsel, Robert Mueller,” Fox News host and sometime adviser to President Donald Trump Sean Hannity said at the top of last night’s broadcast. Show More Summary

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