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GOP Rep. Barton tells man to ‘shut up’ in testy town hall

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 01:16

A Texas congressman told a constituent to “shut up” in a heated moment caught on video. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, was holding a town hall last weekend in the city of Frost, the Dallas Morning News reported, when a man confronted him about his voting record pertaining to violence against women. “Given your voting record opposing protecting women from violence, will you make a commitment to us today — make a promise — that you will reach out to Congresswoman Jackie Speier and work with her to see this bill successfully through Congress?” the man asked, drawing applause from the crowd.


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At Bernie Sanders’ West Virginia town hall, America’s opioid crisis goes on dark display

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 23:27

The epidemic of opioid addiction continues to plague the nation, with the number of people killed by overdose in the United States quadrupling since 2000 — an average of 91 opioid-related deaths each day. The crisis was on display during an MSNBC town hall with Bernie Sanders in West Virginia televised on Monday night, when host Chris Hayes asked those in the audience who had lost loved ones to opioids to raise their hands. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 725 people died from opioid overdoses in West Virginia in 2015, a rate of 41.5 per 100,000 — the highest in the country.


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The rise of Europe's far right

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 23:05

A “who’s who” of far-right politics in Europe, as parties ride a wave of success on anti-immigration and nationalist policies, and opposition to the increasing powers of the European Union.


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Democrats blast ‘Trumpcare’ after CBO finds GOP plan would leave millions without coverage

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 21:20

Top congressional Democrats fiercely denounced the Republican-backed American Health Care Act (AHCA) on Tuesday, a day after the Congressional Budget Office predicted that the GOP plan would leave 14 million more Americans without health insurance by 2018 than under Obamacare, and by 2026, 24 million would be uninsured. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of New York speak to reporters about the Congressional Budget Office projection that 14 million people would lose health coverage under the House Republican bill dismantling former President Barack Obama’s health care law, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, March, 13, 2017.


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Republicans condemn King’s incendiary comments on immigration

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 20:48

The backlash to Rep. Steve King’s incendiary comments about immigration continued Tuesday, hours after the Iowa Republican appeared to double down on a tweet critics said was his open endorsement of white nationalism. At the White House, press secretary Sean Spicer said King’s comments were “not a point of view” that President Trump shares. King’s sparked a firestorm on Sunday by suggesting that Western civilization is threatened by the influx of immigrants and refugees.


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‘I don’t even know where the satire begins’: Rep. Quigley bewildered by White House defense of wiretapping assertion

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 19:44

Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Ill., slammed White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Monday, comparing the daily media briefing and its defenses of President Trump to self-parody. The comment was in reference to Monday’s press briefing, in which Spicer attempted to clarify Trump’s evidence-free allegation that former President Barack Obama wiretapped the phones in Trump Tower prior to the election. Quigley, who sits on the House Intelligence Committee, rejected this defense, saying, “These are extraordinarily serious allegations about the former president and our entire system.


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The cotton gin: A game-changing social and economic invention

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 19:30

On this day in 1793, young inventor Eli Whitney had his U.S. patent for the cotton gin approved, an invention that would definitely have an impact on social and economic conditions that led to the Civil War.


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Gingrich: ‘They should abolish the Congressional Budget Office’

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 19:28

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich called for the Congressional Budget Office to be abolished in the aftermath of a negative report about the proposed American Health Care Act legislation, the Republican plan to replace Obamacare. “They should abolish the Congressional Budget Office,” said Gingrich in a Fox News interview Monday night. “It is corrupt, it is dishonest, it was totally wrong on Obamacare by huge, huge margins.


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Breitbart posts audio of Paul Ryan on pre-election call: ‘I am not going to defend Donald Trump – not now, not in the future’

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 19:17

House Speaker Paul Ryan has been defending Donald Trump ever since his formal endorsement of him two days before the November 2016 presidential election. Ryan’s abandonment of Trump, which came in response to the publication of Trump’s lewd remarks about women on the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape, had been reported at the time. “The world is well aware of this history,” Brendan Buck, a spokesman for the House speaker, said Tuesday in a statement to Yahoo News.


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Mexican presidential candidate López Obrador takes anti-Trump message to New York

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 16:57

“Morena,” crooned the mariachi song blaring through the speakers on stage, the Spanish-language ode to a brunette, which doubles as a theme song for Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s National Regeneration Movement, or MORENA.


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‘Robin Hood in reverse’: CBO report on GOP health care plan supports Democrats’ charges

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 03:57

WASHINGTON — Democrats seized on the Congressional Budget Office’s report estimating that 24 million fewer Americans would be insured under the Republican health care plan 10 years from now, arguing their colleagues should abandon the effort. House Speaker Paul Ryan put a positive spin on the report. The White House disputed its accuracy.


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After killing TPP, Trump to meet Xi, reassure allies

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 03:21

President Trump will host Chinese President Xi Jinping early next month, a potentially pivotal summit as the White House tries to reassure allies that the United States will stay engaged in the region after backing out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal. The two leaders are tentatively expected to meet April 7-8, potentially at Trump’s luxury Mar-a-Lago private club in Florida, a U.S. official confirmed on Monday. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will lock down the exact dates on his trip to Asia this week, the official added.


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‘Well, history’: Fox’s Shep Smith says he tries to avoid quoting Kellyanne Conway

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 02:02

Fox News anchor Shep Smith dismissed White House counselor Kellyanne Conway’s credibility on air Thursday, saying, “We don’t really quote [her] anymore, because, well, history.” The barbs were in response to Conway’s defense of President Trump’s unsubstantiated claim that President Obama ordered a wiretap of the phones in Trump Tower. “There are many ways to surveil each other,” Conway said in a Sunday interview with the Record, a New Jersey newspaper.


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Sean Spicer says you can trust Trump ‘if he’s not joking’

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 01:52

White House press secretary Sean Spicer defended President Trump’s sometimes-tenuous relationship with the truth by saying that he can be taken at his word — unless he’s joking. Amid confusion over several of Trump’s fact-free assertions, Peter Alexander of NBC News asked Spicer on Wednesday whether people should trust the president to tell the truth. “If he’s not joking, of course,” Spicer said to laughter of disbelief from the press corps.


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CBO: 14 million people would lose coverage next year under GOP health care plan

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 01:48

House Speaker Paul Ryan uses charts and graphs to make his case for the GOP’s long-awaited plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act on March 9, 2017, during a news conference in Washington. The Congressional Budget Office’s report on the American Health Care Act estimates that if the GOP plan passes, 14 million more people would be without health insurance in 2018 than under Obamacare, and 24 million more would be uninsured by 2026 than under the current law. The 28-page report released Monday afternoon was bad news for Republicans who had been preemptively attacking the office, anticipating that it would release a scoring critical of their proposed Obamacare replacement plan.


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‘It’s a free country’: Sean Spicer shrugs off viral Apple Store confrontation

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 00:46

White House press secretary Sean Spicer is shrugging off his encounter with a woman who confronted him in an Apple Store over the weekend — saying he doesn’t mind fielding critical questions from the public, even when they’re sprung on him in a checkout line. “I interact with individuals all day long,” Spicer said at his daily press briefing on Monday. Shree Chauhan approached Spicer in the Washington store Saturday afternoon and began filming him as she fired off a series of critical questions at the top White House spokesman.


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Steve King has a model of the border wall he wants to build to protect our ‘superior civilization’

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 00:02

Rep. Steve King, right, shows off his border-wall model to Gen. John Kelly before Kelly took office as secretary of homeland security. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, is under fire for a series of inflammatory statements he’s made in recent days about protecting our “superior civilization” from immigrants “living in enclaves” and “refusing to assimilate.” But when it comes to curbing immigration, King isn’t all talk. In a recent interview with Yahoo News, King said he has presented his plans to President Trump and showed off his model to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly.


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White House bashes Obamacare in first ‘1600 Daily’ newsletter

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 22:03

A number of people received a new White House newsletter Monday, as President Trump’s administration launched “1600 Daily” to spread its views on the news. A large portion of the inaugural newsletter — sent from an official whitehouse.gov email address — bashed the Affordable Care Act and praised Trump’s actions to get rid of the 2010 health care law.


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Explaining Trump: How the White House cleans up after a tweetstorm

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 21:32

Donald Trump entered public life on the strength of the lie that Barack Obama was born outside the United States and ineligible to be president, and even after disavowing it at the last possible moment of his presidential campaign, Trump has continued to say things for which — to put it as generously as possible — there is no discernible evidence. One of Spicer’s favorite fallbacks when challenged is a variation of, “The president’s tweet speaks for itself,” as if the 140-character firebombs dispatched in response to “Fox and Friends” segments or Breitbart stories require no further context.


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Rep. Steve King touts ‘Western civilization’ while defending incendiary immigration tweet

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 20:10

In an interview Monday, Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, on Monday doubled down on an incendiary tweet he sent over the weekend with a series of provocative comments about immigration and culture. The original tweet stated, “We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.” The comment set off a firestorm as critics accused the immigration hardliner of endorsing white nationalism. King said the tweet was inspired by his visits to Western Europe and witnessing the growing diversity there.


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