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Rep. Schiff warns Republicans may prematurely shut down the House Russia investigation
December 15th, 2017, 03:31 PM
As the probe into possible Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election draws ever closer to Trump’s inner circle, Democratic lawmakers are becoming increasingly concerned that Republicans are laying plans to quash the investigation. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, said in a series of tweets on Friday that by […]
Republicans are rushing to jam their 503-page tax bill through Congress
December 15th, 2017, 03:31 PM
The GOP plan to overhaul the nation’s tax code is moving at lightning speed. The White House released its framework for the tax legislation in September, and by the beginning of December, the House of Representatives and the Senate versions of the bill were passed. A conference committee is now hammering out the details of […]
Trump made at least 7 false claims about Russia in 90 seconds
December 15th, 2017, 03:31 PM
During a brief press scrum before his speech to FBI agents on Friday morning, President Trump made his latest attempt to convince the American public that his campaign did not collude with Russia. As is his custom, the president enlisted a string of lies in the effort. Over the course of 90 seconds, Trump made […]
Matt Damon spoke out about sexual predators in Hollywood. Then he took a turn for the terrible.
December 15th, 2017, 03:31 PM
If, hypothetically speaking, you are a man who won his first and, to date, only Oscar off a movie produced and championed by Harvey Weinstein and therefore are the inadvertent beneficiary of a serial sexual predator whose depths of depravity are still being revealed to the public; if the career, wealth, and fame you enjoy […]
‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ may upset some people, and that’s okay
December 15th, 2017, 03:31 PM
The following review contains light spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The final four paragraphs include some specific details about the ending. When I sat down this week to watch Star Wars: The Last Jedi, directed by Rian Johnson, I thought I had a pretty good idea of what I was getting into. As a […]
Trump claims he’s fighting for coal miners, but he’s reevaluating the rule protecting them from black lung
December 15th, 2017, 03:31 PM
The Trump administration intends to examine whether it should weaken rules aimed at fighting black lung among coal miners, a move the administration says could create a “less burdensome” regulatory environment for coal companies. As part of his mission to drastically cut federal regulations, President Donald Trump appeared to indicate Thursday that he is willing […]
The EPA spent $120,000 in taxpayer funds to hire a GOP public relations firm
December 15th, 2017, 03:31 PM
The Environmental Protection Agency spent $120,000 of taxpayer money to hire a public relations firm that specializes in public opposition research for Republican politicians, according to federal contracting records first reported by Mother Jones. Federal contracting records from earlier this month show that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s office entered into a $120,000 no-bid contract with Definers Corp., […]
Trump’s Jerusalem decision isn’t going over very well in the Middle East
December 15th, 2017, 03:31 PM
Despite insisting that his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital was not going be stumbling block to peace in the region, what President Donald Trump did with that announcement last week was to set in motion a wave of violence and to cast fresh doubt on the legitimacy of the U.S. role in […]
The major tell in Trump’s comments about a possible pardon for Michael Flynn
December 15th, 2017, 03:31 PM
During a brief press scrum on Friday morning, President Trump was asked about if he would “consider a pardon for Michael Flynn.” Flynn — Trump’s former national security adviser — recently pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his communications with Russia during the transition period following last year’s presidential election. The guilty plea […]
FCC Chair mocks net neutrality supporters with misleading comments
December 15th, 2017, 03:31 PM
The morning after the Federal Communications Commission repealed net neutrality rules, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai went on Fox & Friends and made a case that those who are concerned the move will damage the internet have already been refuted by their own lived experience. “Those who have said that the internet as we know it is […]