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Arab States Demand Qatar Shut Down Al Jazeera

Four Arab states that have boycotted Qatar have handed the country a list of 13 demands, including some likely to infuriate Doha and exacerbate the region's worst crisis in decades. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and...Show More Summary

Stephen Colbert Declares Run For President In 2020 On Russian TV

Source: The Daily Beast As he revealed on Twitter in a trolltastic message to President Donald Trump on Thursday, Stephen Colbert is currently “on assignment” in Russia for an upcoming broadcast of The Late Show. While there, he also...Show More Summary

CNN Sends Sketch Artist to White House Briefing

The White House has been prohibiting cameras at some press briefings, so on Friday CNN got creative and sent a sketch artist. Bill Hennessy, the network's regular sketch artist for Supreme Court proceedings, headed over to the White House on Friday afternoon and drew Press Secretary Sean Spicer's afternoon briefing. Show More Summary

Trump suggests he was trying to keep FBI director honest

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump suggested he was just trying to keep fired FBI Director James Comey honest with his cryptic tweet implying there might be recordings of their private conversations. The tapes saga began in May,...Show More Summary

Koch urgency: Conservative network fears closing window

The urgency was easy to find inside the private receptions and closed-door briefings at the Koch brothers' donor retreat in Colorado Springs, where the billionaire conservatives and their chief lieutenants warned this weekend of a rapidly...Show More Summary

What's happened to the pro-gun wish list in Washington?

[...] many of their favorite initiatives have stalled in Washington as the city seethes with scandal over investigations into President Donald Trump's administration. Congress faces a public weary of the drumbeat of mass shootings, terror attacks and random violence.

Trump eager for big meeting with Putin; some advisers wary

Many administration officials believe the U.S. needs to maintain its distance from Russia at such a sensitive time — and interact only with great caution. The contrasting views underscore differing views within the administration onShow More Summary

Top Republican to press for $705 billion defense budget

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans skeptical about a GOP health overhaul bill are expressing some doubt about holding a vote this week as they await a key analysis from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. President DonaldShow More Summary

Q&A: Why a tax overhaul is such a tough job for GOP

WASHINGTON (AP) — Why are Republicans struggling mightily to reach a consensus on how to overhaul the nation's tax system? Administration officials have talked about simplifying the tax system and getting rid of deductions, but haveShow More Summary

AP FACT CHECK: Trump team lacks a straight story on Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — Months after U.S. intelligence settled on Russia as the instigator of interference in the U.S. election, President Donald Trump's team struggles to tell a straight story on the matter. On Sunday, Trump senior adviser...Show More Summary

Open Thread - Let's Get Happy!

From "Stormy Weather" (1943). The war was not going well. They still sang and danced. Open thread below...

Caesar's Brutus: Protesters Didn't Stop Us

Corey Stoll, who portrayed Brutus in Shakespeare in the Park's Trump-themed production of Julius Caesar, writes about what it was like to face right-wing activists who repeatedly interrupted the play with protests: "[A] man in the audience started shouting. Show More Summary

California Excess Solar Power Given to Other States

On 14 days during March, Arizona utilities got a gift from California: free solar power. Well, actually better than free. California produced so much solar power on those days that it paid Arizona to take excess electricity its residents weren't using to avoid overloading its own power lines. Show More Summary

Open thread for night owls: Rick Perry humiliates himself yet again

Following his embarrassingly ignorant performance on CNBC, newly installed Energy Secretary Rick Perry closed off his week somehow managing to look even worse. The venue was a hearing before the United States Senate; the event was Senator...Show More Summary

100-Year-Old Crime Boss Released from Prison

Geriatric gangster John "Sonny'' Franzese -- the oldest guest of the federal prison system -- is a free man at the age of 100. The Colombo family underboss was rolled out of the Federal Medical Center in Massachusetts in a wheelchair Friday and headed to the home of his daughter in Brooklyn, Newsday reported.... Show More Summary

A final ode to Cliff Huxtable: Burying the past in order to deal with the present

It’s devastating trying to say goodbye to a part of yourself that you’ve carried with you for almost as many years as you’ve been alive. There are various stages that you go through as you work to cleave that part of your identity—anger, grief, denial. Show More Summary

CIA Director: Leaks Increase Because Snowden

CIA Director Mike Pompeo says he thinks disclosure of America's secret intelligence is on the rise, fueled partly by the "worship" of leakers like Edward Snowden. "In some ways, I do think it's accelerated," Pompeo told MSNBC in an interview that aired Saturday. Show More Summary

Eurozone Economy Has Best Quarter in 6 Years

The economy of the 19-country eurozone has just enjoyed its best quarter for more than six years, according to a closely watched survey. Though growth eased slightly in June, financial information firm IHS Markit said Friday that the eurozone's second quarter overall looks like it will be its strongest since the first three months of 2011.... Show More Summary

Trump 'struggling to stay calm' as Russia investigation continues

So are we as a nation still just going to not talk about how freaking nuts this is. President Trump has a new morning ritual. Around 6:30 a.m. on many days — before all the network news shows have come on the air — he gets on the phone...Show More Summary

This Is Not Normal Episode 23: Populism vs. Pragmatism

Bill Scher, Traci Olsen and special guest Bob Williams debate why Democrats struck out in the special elections. Check out this episode!

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