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Trump’s Deportation Plans Are So Bad That an ICE Agent Just Leaked to The New Yorker

The New Yorker‘s Jonathan Blitzer has been in contact with an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent since March in an attempt to learn what the agency is like under President Donald Trump. This week, the agent decided that he’d seen enough and had to blow the whistle: At first, the agent spoke to me on […]

Trump Demands Republican Senators Vote to Repeal “Nightmare” Obamacare

President Donald Trump slammed the Affordable Care Act on Monday as a “big, fat, ugly lie” and urged Republican senators to fulfill the party’s longstanding promise to repeal and replace the health care law.  “We as a party must fulfill that solemn promise to the voters of this country to repeal and replace,” Trump said at […]

Students With Disabilities Are the Overlooked Victims of GOP Health Care Repeal

On the eastern end of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Rachel Fuerer’s school district depends on more than $870,000 in Medicaid funds each year. About 5 percent of its overall annual budget, the money goes toward providing medical services for more than 1,000 special education students in 19 public schools across 4,000 square miles.  Those dollars, though, will be at risk if […]

Suspect Offers Explanation For His Nudity

"I get naked when I get really happy or really sad," man says John Walter Lee Gill, 47, was arrested Wednesday morning after disrobing on the sidewalk outside the Kenwood Village Inn in St. Petersburg, Florida. Happy Or Sad read mor...

Richard Dawkins Event Canceled Over His 'Abusive Speech Against Islam'

Berkeley’s KPFA Radio cancels appearance by evolutionary biologist after learning of his "hurtful speech" against the religion—a charge the author contests. Richard Dawkins has denied using “abusive speech against Islam” after a California...Show More Summary

Jared Kushner Is Giving Himself Ample Room to Lie to Congress

In danger of indictment and losing his security clearance, Trump’s son-in-law serves up the "modified limited hangout." “I did not collude,” says Jared Kushner, President Trump’s embattled son-in-law. Facing questions about a June 9,...Show More Summary

That Sound You Hear Is Elizabeth Warren Tightening Her Grip on the Democratic Party

When Vox‘s Jeff Stein reported late last week that Democrats had, at long last, unified around a message for 2018—”A Better Deal: Better Skills, Better Jobs, Better Wages”—the immediate reaction was almost universal mockery. “The Democrats’ new message shows they’ve learned nothing from the 2016 campaign,” thundered Mic. Show More Summary

Republicans Are Showing Every Intention of Protecting Their President From Historic Scandals

The president can complain that Republicans don't have his back. But the GOP's inactivity shows they actually do. I have the feeling that we may look back on the week just past as a watershed moment in the President Donald Trump era....Show More Summary

Lucrative Moscow Deal Approved for Family Who Set Up Trump Jr. Meeting

The involvement of a Russian billionaire developer and his pop-star son in setting up a meeting between a Kremlin-linked lawyer and members of Donald Trump’s inner circle may have landed the father-son duo in controversy in the United States, but it doesn’t seem to be hampering their business back home. On July 13—two days after […]

Trump Rips “Beleaguered” Sessions, Asks Why Justice Department Isn’t Probing Clinton

In a series of angry tweets Monday morning, President Donald Trump once again attacked Jeff Sessions, describing him as the “beleaguered” attorney general and asking why he and congressional investigators looking into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election have not been focusing on Hillary Clinton. Show More Summary

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

"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

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

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

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 […]

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