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Dark Data: Trump Backers Bankroll Firm Developing Psychological Profiles of Every U.S. Voter

Robert Mercer, Cambridge Analytica, and how billionaires are profiling voters. One of the more mysterious parts of the Mercer family’s political orbit is Cambridge Analytica. The data firm claims it has psychological profiles of over 200 million American voters. Show More Summary

'There Is No Other Word for It': Former Bush Ethics Czar Says FBI Uncovering Evidence of 'Treason'

"Congress has no credibility in undertaking the Trump-Russia investigation." The former ethics lawyer for George W. Bush believes the FBI investigation into the Trump campaign’s alleged ties to Russia has uncovered evidence of treason. Show More Summary

Selling Dog and Cat Meat Is Still Legal in Most of U.S.—but a Federal Ban Could Soon Be in Place

Click here for reuse options! Forty-four states have no law standing between the family dog and the dinner plate. When images of the annual Yulin Dog Meat Festival in Yulin, China hit the internet in 2013, there was no closing the Pandora’s box. Show More Summary

Who's Running America While Donald Trump Tweets?

Trump's fights with celebs like Colin Kaepernick and Snoop Dogg aren't just unpresidential; they're unproductive. The White House’s website offers a handy explainer on the executive branch, complete with a detailed job description for the president. Show More Summary

6 Charts That Illustrate the Divide Between Rural and Urban America

A tale of two countries, with data. Editor’s note: We’ve all heard of the great divide between life in rural and urban America. But what are the factors that contribute to these differences? We asked sociologists, economists, geographers and historians to describe the divide from different angles. Show More Summary

Gorsuch Sides With Right-Wing Justices Who Brush Off Big Money's Utter Corruption of Political System

He stands by 1970s law that started the mess empowering the Koch brothers and Mercers today. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (RI) confronted Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch about the vicious cycle facing our democracy: of severe concentration of economic power yielding severe concentration of political power. Show More Summary

The Best Recipe for Ethical Chocolate

Keeping chocolate production near cocoa cultivation empowers farmers and supports local economies. In Espaillat, a rain-fed province on the northern edge of the Dominican Republic, Francisca “Fidelia” Rivas sits with glasses perched on the edge of her nose, folding bright green foil around small bars of chocolate. Show More Summary

Sean Spicer Keeps Trying to Mislead the Press About Donald Trump's Bogus Wiretap Claims

On Thursday, mere hours after Chairman Devin Nunes apologized to fellow members of the House intelligence committee for his wild stunt the day before, White House flack Sean Spicer defended Nunes, mischaracterized what he'd revealed,...Show More Summary

House Republican Extremists Hijack Obamacare Repeal, Delaying Vote With Demands That Will Trash Health Care for Millions

Ryan and Trump fail to cut deal, but they'll try again Friday. No matter when the House votes on repealing Obamacare—it was scheduled for Thursday but abruptly postponed—President Trump and the House GOP have shown the nation that the Republican Party’s most extreme elements are in the driver’s seat. Show More Summary

Government Official Who Negotiated Trump Hotel Deal Says Deal Is Fine

A top government official who negotiated a controversial deal to lease a historic Washington, DC, property to Donald Trump has announced that he sees no problem with the arrangement—despite a clause in Trump's contract that prohibits...Show More Summary

This Climate Denying Lawmaker Has Proposed a Bill to Protect Climate Deniers

A Maine lawmaker has introduced a bill that will safeguard political speech—with a special focus on climate change deniers. Republican Rep. Lawrence Lockman, who told the Associated Press that whether or not human activity is causing...Show More Summary

The 5 Most Devastating Lines from Chuck Schumer's Call to Filibuster Neil Gorsuch

Looks like Democrats won't be cutting a deal on Trump's SCOTUS pick after all. While the American Health Care Act sputtered in Congress, Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced plans Thursday to invoke a filibuster of SCOTUS nominee Neil Gorsuch after the Judge's third day of confirmation hearings. Show More Summary

White Supremacist Who Traveled to New York to Murder Black Men Was an Alt-Right YouTube Subscriber

James Harris Jackson stabbed a man to death on the street in Manhattan Wednesday. A white supremacist who traveled to New York City to kill black men subscribed to numerous alt-right, neo-Nazi, anti-feminist and far-right conspiracy theory channels on YouTube, according to what appears to be his personal account on the website. Show More Summary

What's Missing From This Photo of Politicians Deciding the Future of Women's Health?

President Donald Trump met with the arch-conservative House Freedom Caucus at the White House Thursday to try to hammer out a deal on Obamacare repeal. A major question in the final negotiations? Whether or not maternity care and mammograms...Show More Summary

Bernie Sanders Has a Message for Disenchanted Trump Voters

The Vermont senator makes an impassioned plea to the people to hold their president accountable. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-VT) delivered a fiery joint rally on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. The object of their scorn? Trump's new National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn. Show More Summary

Oil Will Start Flowing Through the Dakota Pipeline Any Moment Now

This story was originally published by High Country News and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. As of this week, Bakken oil is expected to flow through the Dakota Access Pipeline under Lake Oahe near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. Show More Summary

New Charges for Cop Who Killed Laquan McDonald

Prosecutors have announced that Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke will face additional criminal charges in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in October 2014. Van Dyke, 38, was indicted last week on 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm—one count, apparently, for each bullet he fired at McDonald. Show More Summary

McCain Says Pressure for an Independent Trump-Russia Commission Is Growing

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Thursday reiterated his call for an independent commission to investigate Russian interference in the presidential election, comparing the current situation to the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, when his initial requests for an independent commission eventually gained steam. "Back after 9/11, Sen. Show More Summary

GOP Senator Scoffs at Trumpcare's Potential Cuts to Women's Health

With Republican support for the American Health Care Act in jeopardy, President Donald Trump held a last-minute meeting with several lawmakers Thursday to discuss the possibility of eliminating one of Obamacare's signature elements:Show More Summary

Joe Scarborough Blisters GOP Congressman for Trying to Sabotage FBI Investigation Into Trump

"One of the most staggering things I've seen." House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes defended President Trump's wiretapping claims in a press conference on Wednesday, leaving the "Morning Joe" team in shock. "This is oneShow More Summary

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