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10 fascinating birthday facts about James Madison

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 19:30

James Madison, the father of the Constitution, has a birthday today. How much do you know about the fourth president?

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Woman confronts Trump health secretary at town hall about defunding Planned Parenthood

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 19:16

While defending the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare during a CNN town hall on Wednesday night, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price was confronted by a woman in the audience who pressed him about the bill’s defunding of Planned Parenthood. “Planned Parenthood provides an array of vital health services for women,” Katie Needle, a New York State resident, told Price. “This plan chooses to cut a provider [Planned Parenthood] that sees over a million Medicaid patients every year.

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Why the Republican health care bill is doomed to fail — even if it passes

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 14:30

House Speaker Paul Ryan, on March 7, uses charts and graphs to make his case for the GOP’s plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The old Superman comic books used to feature a character named Bizarro, who looked exactly like the Man of Steel, except for his blocky, Frankenstein-like features and the fact that everything about him was reversed. In a sense, what Republican leaders are frantically trying to push through Congress is the Bizarro health care plan — a mirror image of the law it would replace, patched together from spare parts and castoff ideas.

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Trump's budget to slash foreign aid and green-energy funding

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 09:31

President Trump has unveiled a “skinny budget” that calls for a major boost in spending on defense and border security, while slashing funds spent on foreign aid, environmental protection, public housing, medical research, arts and humanities and programs Trump feels are a poor use of taxpayer money. Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, described Trump’s spending blueprint as “the America-first budget,” in a briefing for reporters. The “skinny budget” is typically sent to Congress by first-year presidents who haven’t had the time or staff to develop a full budget request, which the White House normally delivers to Congress by early February.

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Trump vows to fight ‘terrible’ travel ban ruling from Hawaii judge

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 08:51

In a speech in Nashville, Tenn., on Wednesday, President Trump railed against a nationwide temporary restraining order that has put a halt to the revised version of his travel ban. Trump described the decision by a federal judge in Honolulu a few hours earlier as a “flawed ruling” and as “unprecedented judicial overreach” that he suggested was politically motivated. Trump began discussing the ruling by announcing that he had to deliver some “bad news” and assuring his audience that he would “turn it into good.” He noted that the decision by Hawaii District Judge Derrick Watson came from “part of the much overturned Ninth Circuit court.” Trump also pointed out that the ban in question was a “watered-down” version of his initial executive order of Jan. 27, which was also blocked by a federal judge.

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Health care fight raises concerns about Paul Ryan’s political skills

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 07:45

Paul Ryan’s leadership has long been questioned by Republicans who think he’s politically naïve, and the current health care fight is raising new concerns about Ryan’s political savvy, as the Republican speaker of the House faces the toughest test of his career. The Wisconsin Republican has always prioritized ideas and policy details above political strategies, and that’s often been part of his appeal. The latest example: As the GOP health care bill came under fire last week, Ryan held an on-camera briefing with reporters and conducted a half-hour seminar on the details of the legislation.

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Behind the hack on Yahoo, Russian agents who had been courted by FBI

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 02:10

Just two years ago, the Obama White House welcomed Russia’s top internal security official, Alexander Bortnikov, to Washington, as the head of a Kremlin delegation attending a highly publicized U.S. government summit on countering violent extremism. What U.S. officials did not then know is that officers of the agency that Bortnikov heads, the FSB or Federal Security Service, were at that moment directing an audacious state-sponsored cyberattack to penetrate Yahoo’s email network, deploying criminal hackers to steal data on 500 million email users, according to criminal charges unveiled by the Justice Department on Wednesday.  The indictment handed up by a federal grand jury in California charged two FSB officers and two civilians — one Russian and one from Kazakhstan, now living in Canada — with crimes including computer hacking and economic espionage.

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Rachel Maddow had Trump's 2005 tax returns. The April 15 Tax March wants all of them.

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 00:44

Rachel Maddow and David Cay Johnston may have had “Trump tax returns” Tuesday night, as her Twitter feed announced, but they didn’t have the Trump tax returns. No one has seen those — the full itemized forms that list sources of income — and President Trump and his 2016 campaign surrogates have offered a conflicting and bewildering array of reasons for not disclosing them. Against this backdrop, a determined group of activists has vowed to amp up the pressure for their release and has spent the past two months planning April 15 tax marches in 80 cities in four nations to demand that Trump disclose his tax returns.

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Joe Kennedy’s emotional Obamacare story: Law saved my intern’s life

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 23:23

For Rep. Joe Kennedy III, D-Mass., the fight to protect the Affordable Care Act (ACA) from Republican attacks isn’t just politics. Jen Fox, a cancer survivor who is an intern in Kennedy’s Capitol office, credits Obamacare for saving her life twice and fears that her story would have had a different ending if she had needed treatment under President Trump’s American Health Care Act (AHCA). “I think that the Affordable Care Act is amazing.

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House Intel Committee chairman: ‘We don’t have any evidence’ to back up Trump’s wiretap claim

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 21:55

The Republican leader of the House Intelligence Committee says he has yet to see any evidence of President Trump’s claim that former President Barack Obama tapped his phones at Trump Tower before the 2016 presidential election. “That evidence still remains the same,” Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., told reporters at a press conference Wednesday on Capitol Hill. Trump leveled the explosive allegation against his predecessor on Twitter earlier this month.

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GOP Sen. Graham: Congress ready to ‘flex its muscle’ if FBI doesn’t provide answers on Trump wiretapping claim

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 21:41

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Wednesday that Congress would “flex its muscle” and issue a subpoena if FBI Director James Comey did not respond to his request to say whether the agency is investigating President Trump’s unsubstantiated wiretapping claims as well as possible ties between Russia and Trump’s campaign.

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10 birthday facts about President Andrew Jackson

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 20:25

Andrew Jackson, the seventh president, has a birthday today. But how much do you know about one of the most controversial presidents?

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The Ides of March: A big history day?

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 19:54

March 15 has a special place in history, thanks to William Shakespeare’s use of the “Ides of March” theme in his play, “Julius Caesar.” So what is an Ides and do big historical things really happen then?

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Trump: I don’t believe reporter found my tax returns in his mailbox

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 19:11

President Trump expressed doubt that the copy of his tax returns revealed on Rachel Maddow’s primetime show on MSNBC Tuesday was simply mailed to the journalist who obtained it. “Does anybody really believe that a reporter, who nobody ever heard of, ‘went to his mailbox’ and found my tax returns?” Trump tweeted early Wednesday. “Gee, Donald, your White House confirmed my story,” Johnston wrote.

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‘Failing career’: President goes after Snoop Dogg for shooting Trump clown in music video

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 17:13

President Trump has weighed in on the controversial new music video showing the rapper Snoop Dogg aiming a gun at a clown that depicts him. “Can you imagine what the outcry would be if @SnoopDogg, failing career and all, had aimed and fired the gun at President Obama? Trump’s response comes just days after the release of the video for the remix of “Lavender,” a song by the artist BadBadNotGood and Kaytranada that features Snoop Dogg.

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The wall around Donald Trump’s taxes cracks, a little

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 07:49

One of the most closely guarded secrets in politics — Donald Trump’s income taxes — became a little bit less mysterious late Tuesday as prize-winning journalist David Cay Johnston and MSNBC published a partial copy of the president’s 2005 federal filing. The documents, whose publication drew howls of outrage from the White House, did not include the most important financial data that might be collected from Trump’s full returns, including the sources of his income, his partners, to whom he paid interest, and other relationships that might feed concerns that he faces unprecedented conflicts of interest. The documents — just two pages of his filing — showed Trump would personally have paid about $5.3 million in federal taxes on income of over $150 million, after a write-down of about $103 million.

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Resistance Report: A prescription for ‘Trump-induced anxiety disorder,’ straight from Hollywood

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 03:44

In 2003, columnist Charles Krauthammer accused liberals of having “Bush Derangement Syndrome,” which he described as the “acute onset of paranoia in otherwise normal people in reaction to the policies, the presidency — nay — the very existence of George W. Bush.” Now Democrats have “Trump-induced anxiety disorder,” according to writer and director Sam Friedlander, who worked on the dishy summer medical drama “Royal Pains,” about concierge doctors in the Hamptons.

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White House insists President Trump is ‘proud of’ the health care bill even though ‘it’s not his’

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 02:52

White House press secretary Sean Spicer distanced President Trump from the GOP health care bill in his daily briefing Tuesday while insisting the commander in chief is “proud of it.” The plan, which would replace Obamacare, has come under fire from Democrats and conservatives. While Trump and his administration have backed the bill, it is the brainchild of House Speaker Paul Ryan, and contradicts many of the health care promises Trump made during his presidential campaign.

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Key GOP senator: House may change bill after CBO projected hikes for seniors

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 02:27

President Trump, flanked by Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, left, and Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., at a White House meeting on health care March 10. WASHINGTON — House Republicans apparently told antsy senators in a closed-door meeting Tuesday they may try to amend their health care bill to address concerns that it would significantly increase costs for seniors. Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., told reporters after the meeting that Reps. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, and Greg Walden, R-Ore., chairmen of the powerful Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce Committees, said they realized the legislation’s projected premium hikes for older Americans was an issue that must be addressed.

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White House: Kellyanne Conway was joking when she talked about microwave surveillance

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 01:35

With White House counselor Kellyanne Conway sitting nearby in the briefing room, press secretary Sean Spicer insisted she was joking when she made her infamous comment about microwave surveillance. Spicer was attempting to play off comments Conway had made in a Sunday interview with the Record, a New Jersey newspaper.

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