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Why the 25th Amendment Won't Save America From Trump
May 24th, 2017, 07:17 PM

With an approval rating hovering in the 30s and a four-month tenure marked by incessant scandal, Donald Trump has inspired America's latest favorite pastime: imagining the different scenarios that could result in him leaving the White House.

When it comes down to it, though, the list of options is not complicated. There are really only four ways a presidency can end early:

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Rolling Stone at 50: From Nixon to Trump, Talking to Power
May 23rd, 2017, 07:17 PM

In November 1993, Rolling Stone had just wrapped up its first interview with a sitting U.S. president when a last-minute question from National Affairs editor William Greider caused Bill Clinton to turn red in the face and begin shouting. Clinton was near the end of a tumultuous first year in office that saw a sinking economy drag down his approval rating. Greider mentioned a phone call

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President Trump Calls Manchester Arena Terrorists 'Evil Losers'
May 23rd, 2017, 07:17 PM

In Bethlehem, Israel, President Donald Trump addressed the the Ariana Grande concert bombing in Manchester, England. "So many young, beautiful, innocent people living and enjoying

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Trump's Abortion Policy Isn't About Morality – It's Coercion
May 22nd, 2017, 07:17 PM

Amid all the presidential scandals of the past week, it was easy to miss that the Trump administration vastly expanded the anti-abortion policy known as the "global gag rule." But it's big news, with significant consequences.

The global gag rule prohibits any U.S. foreign aid from going to

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How a Small Town Is Standing Up to Fracking
May 22nd, 2017, 07:17 PM

On October 24th, 2012, several agents from Pennsylvania General Energy, an oil-and-gas exploration company, met privately with local officials from the rural western Pennsylvania community of Grant Township. Fracking was booming in Pennsylvania, and PGE had been trucking tens of thousands of gallons of fracking wastewater to faraway injection wells in Ohio. Developing an injection well

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Sweden Drops Rape Investigation into Julian Assange
May 19th, 2017, 07:17 PM

Swedish prosecutors announced Friday that they have dropped their rape investigation against Julian Assange. An arrest warrant for Assange was also revoked.

Since 2012, the WikiLeaks founder had sought asylum in the Ecuadorean embassy in

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Marijuana Adult-Use Legislation Reaches Vermont Governor's Desk
May 18th, 2017, 07:17 PM

UPDATE: Governor Phil Scott has vetoed S. 22, sending it back to the legislature for further consideration.

On Thursday, S. 22, a bill to legalize cannabis in Vermont for adults over 21, landed on Republican Governor Phil Scott's desk – potentially making the

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Joe Lieberman Would Be an Awful Pick for FBI Director
May 18th, 2017, 07:17 PM

Joe Lieberman – Trump's reported top pick to head the FBI – is a terrible candidate for the job.

There are at least three reasons why. To wit:

1. The FBI director serves a 10-year term. Joe Lieberman is 75 years old. That's 20 years older than the average age of a nominee for FBI

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Kamala Harris Hits Jeff Sessions for 'Dark Ages' Drug Sentencing
May 18th, 2017, 07:17 PM

California Sen. Kamala Harris – who served as a prosecutor, district attorney and state attorney general before winning her seat in Congress – blasted Attorney General Jeff Sessions' draconian new sentencing guidelines earlier this week.

Speaking at the Center for American Progress' Ideas Conference in Washington, D.C., Harris delivered one of the standout speeches of the event, widely

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Roger Ailes Was One of the Worst Americans Ever
May 18th, 2017, 07:17 PM

On the Internet today you will find thousands, perhaps even millions, of people gloating about the death of elephantine Fox News founder Roger Ailes. The happy face emojis are getting a workout on Twitter, which is also bursting with biting one-liners.

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What's a Special Counsel, and What Will He Do in the Trump Investigation?
May 18th, 2017, 07:17 PM

Wednesday evening's bombshell news was that former FBI Director Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel to investigate Russian interference with the 2016 election and the country's connections to President Trump. While Trump himself derided the news,

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Senate Moves Forward With Bipartisan Bill to Rein in Jeff Sessions
May 18th, 2017, 07:17 PM

Bluntly calling out Attorney General Jeff Sessions' hard-line stance on criminal justice as "wrong," a "mistake" and "aggressive," Senators Rand Paul, a Republican from Kentucky, and Patrick Leahy, a Democrat from Vermont, have pledged to fight for sentencing reform.

"We've been working on trying to get rid of some of the injustice of mandatory minimums and give judges more

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Roger Ailes, Former Fox News CEO, Dead at 77
May 18th, 2017, 07:17 PM

Roger Ailes, the former CEO of Fox News, who built the network into a conservative media juggernaut but resigned last summer over

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Elizabeth Warren Tests the Waters for 2020
May 17th, 2017, 07:17 PM

Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday waded into the flamewar for the soul of the Democratic Party that Bernie Sanders started in 2016, with an impassioned speech decrying the increasing concentration of money and power in the highest, most rarefied echelons of American society.

"Concentrated money and concentrated power are corrupting our democracy – and becoming dangerously worse with Donald

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Why Marijuana Business Owners Are Storming Capitol Hill
May 17th, 2017, 07:17 PM

There's a crowd of a few dozen people mingling about the Capitol grounds in dark suits, striped ties, power dresses and sunglasses on a summer-like spring day in the nation's steamy capital. They look like they're ready for a Republican fundraiser, but they're actually marijuana business owners – everything from edible bakers to dispensary owners – from 20 states, the District of Columbia and

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How Impeaching Trump Would Work
May 17th, 2017, 07:17 PM

After a week of watching Russian diplomats being offered state secrets in the Oval Office and reading about a leaked memo which paints Trump as attempting to stop an FBI investigation, Americans are asking themselves: Is impeachment around the corner? And if it is, how does it work?

First, impeachment is not, by itself, the removal of a president. It is a single step in a multi-step

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Maxine Waters Talks Impeaching Trump, and Why She Has Hope
May 16th, 2017, 07:17 PM

Democrats can't just be against Trump, the pundits have said since Hillary Clinton lost in November – they need to be for something. The Center for American Progress' underwhelmingly named Ideas Conference in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday was supposed to showcase the ideas of some of the prospective candidates for the party's 2020 nomination: Kamala Harris on criminal justice reform,

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After Daughter's Tragic Death, Mother Begs for Single-Payer Health Care
May 16th, 2017, 07:17 PM

After the hasty passage of the GOP health care plan, Donald Trump and congressional Republicans rejoiced. The president held a triumphant ceremony in the Rose Garden, backed by a grinning Paul Ryan and Mike Pence and a sea of other mostly white, male

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The Democrats' Battle for Montana
May 16th, 2017, 07:17 PM

Campaigning in a white cowboy hat and working 15-hour days, Rob Quist, a folk-singer-turned-populist House candidate, has caught fire with the grassroots of the Democratic Party, whose donations are transforming a shoestring campaign into a small-dollar juggernaut. You might assume the national Democratic Party would also be zeroed in: Montana presents a critical test of the party's renewed

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Trump's Russia Leak May Have Been Legal – But It Was a Disgrace
May 16th, 2017, 07:17 PM

Could President Trump's latest self-inflicted wound – blithely revealing spy secrets to the Russians inside the Oval Office – be the straw

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