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‘Microwaves that turn into cameras’: Conway defends Trump claim by implying wider domestic surveillance at play

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 19:30

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway is fanning out in interviews this week to defend, among other things, President Trump’s evidence-free claim that former President Barack Obama tapped his phones at Trump Tower before election. “There are many ways to surveil each other,” Conway told the Record, a New Jersey newspaper, on Sunday. Conway seemed to be referring to WikiLeaks’ release last week of nearly 8,000 documents that purportedly reveal methods of the Central Intelligence Agency’s surveillance.

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‘It’s merciless’: Democrats focus on seniors while attacking GOP health care bill

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 19:05

Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., right, thanks Kent Keyser following a news conference last Thursday with people who may be negatively affected by the proposed American Health Care Act. WASHINGTON — As congressional Republicans enter their second week pushing to overhaul the nation’s health care system, Democrats have latched on to what they hope will be a particularly potent line of attack: the bill’s implications for seniors, a key voting group in the midterm elections. “It looks like our older neighbors are really going to get hammered,” said Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Fla., near the end of a 27-hour House Energy and Commerce Committee markup.

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Rep. Steve King: ‘We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies’

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 02:58

Congressman Steve King has a history of stirring controversy. Iowa Rep. Steve King is facing a fierce backlash over a tweet critics say is an open embrace of white nationalism. On Sunday, King retweeted a political cartoon featuring Geert Wilders, a Dutch politician whose anti-Muslim rhetoric and blown-out hairstyle have drawn plenty of comparisons to Donald Trump.

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‘She’s complicit’: Ivanka Trump torched by ScarJo on ‘SNL’

Sun, 03/12/2017 - 22:30

Alec Baldwin returned as Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live” this weekend, imagining how the president would respond to an “Independence Day”-style alien invasion during the cold-open sketch. (Hint: It involves wearing a bomber jacket.) But it was Scarlett Johansson’s portrayal of Ivanka Trump that stole the show.

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McCain says Trump has 2 choices on wiretap claim: Provide evidence or retract

Sun, 03/12/2017 - 21:02

Sen. John McCain says President Trump has two choices when it comes to his assertion that President Barack Obama wiretapped his phones at Trump Tower before the election: provide evidence or retract the allegation immediately. “President Trump has to provide the American people — not just the intelligence community, but the American people — with evidence that his predecessor, former president of the Unites States, was guilty of breaking the law,” McCain said on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday. Trump leveled the explosive claim in a series of tweets last weekend.

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Millennial engagement: Youth are spurred by causes, not party loyalty

Sun, 03/12/2017 - 03:00

Millennials attend the IMF/World Bank Group’s Spring summit featuring young world leaders in Washington, D.C., in 2014. A new report suggests that millennials care less about party loyalty than previous generations and increasingly feel that the terms “liberal” and “conservative” fail to capture the diversity of contemporary political affiliations. The 2016 Millennial Impact Report, released Saturday, focuses on how millennials, broadly defined as those born between 1980 and 2000, engaged in the political process during the election year that led to Donald Trump’s presidency.

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Resistance Report: The fight against the Dakota Access pipeline came to Washington with the Native Nations Rise march

Sun, 03/12/2017 - 02:05

They came from across the United States, and from as far away as Mexico and Canada. Miss Standing Rock H.S., in braces and pale blue beaded moccasins, led the march along with other Standing Rock Sioux youth who had been a critical part of the movement against the Dakota Access pipeline.

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How the ACLU is gearing up to take on Trump, one city at a time

Sun, 03/12/2017 - 00:26

WASHINGTON — The American Civil Liberties Union wants to take over your town. Trump’s administration is currently asking for cooperation from local law enforcement for the president’s crackdown on illegal immigration and on immigration from certain predominantly Muslim countries. The ACLU’s new strategy is designed to pressure city officials to reject that request.

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Asked about the ‘deep state,’ White House says Obama allies ‘burrowed into government’ to enact their own agenda

Sat, 03/11/2017 - 01:59

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Friday that there’s “no question” there are allies of former President Barack Obama who are “burrowed into government” and working to push a liberal “agenda.” Spicer’s comments came after Yahoo News asked if the White House believes there’s a “deep state” that is actively working to undermine President Trump. “Well, I think that there’s no question when you have eight years of one party in office that there are people who stay in government … and continue to espouse the agenda of the previous administration,” Spicer said.

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Trump: Past ‘phony’ jobs numbers now ‘very real’

Sat, 03/11/2017 - 01:33

WASHINGTON — President Trump, who regularly argued that widely accepted government-compiled jobs figures under President Barack Obama were phony, now believes that upbeat employment statistics on his watch are “very real,” the White House said Friday.

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Twitter has a field day with Sean Spicer’s upside-down flag pin

Sat, 03/11/2017 - 01:31

White House press secretary Sean Spicer opened the daily briefing Friday sporting an upside-down American flag lapel pin, leading many to joke it was a “cry for help” from the president’s most prominent spokesman.

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Protesting the Dakota Access pipeline, Native Americans march on Washington, D.C.

Sat, 03/11/2017 - 00:19

American Indians and their supporters are rallying in Washington against continued construction of the disputed Dakota Access pipeline. The Standing Rock Sioux and other tribes have tried to stop the pipeline, saying it threatens their sovereignty, religious rights and water supply. The final, disputed section of the pipeline would pass under a reservoir that provides water to tribal reservations.

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The blame game: Should Democrats worry about Trump letting Obamacare fail?

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 23:40

President Trump speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on March 10 during a meeting on health care. WASHINGTON — President Trump reportedly has a backup plan if congressional Republicans are unable to pass repeal-and-replace legislation for Obamacare: blame Democrats. In a closed-door meeting earlier this week with conservative lawmakers and groups who have raised objections to the controversial replace plan, Trump said that Democrats would take the blame if the GOP cannot reach an agreement on it and the bill fails, according to CNN.

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GOP lawmaker asks why men should have to pay for prenatal care

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 21:36

During a debate over the Republicans’ replacement for former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, a GOP congressman questioned why men should have to pay for prenatal care.

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BBC interview on South Korea turns hilarious when kids burst into room

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 20:43

Busan-based professor Robert E. Kelly went on BBC World News on Friday to flex his knowledge of South Korean politics, but it was his kids who wound up stealing the show. Kelly, who, according to his Twitter bio, is a professor of political science at South Korea’s Pusan National University, was being interviewed via Skype about the recent impeachment of South Korea’s former president, Park Geun-hye, when a little girl bounded into the room behind him.

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Cardinal Dolan: Trump shouldn't be tweeting

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 19:39

Cardinal Timothy Dolan said Thursday that President Trump shouldn’t be tweeting, comparing the potential of a post on social media to road rage. “I don’t think so,” said Dolan when asked by Fox News’ Neil Cavuto whether the president should be tweeting. Since President Trump’s inauguration in January — at which Dolan read a prayer during the ceremony — he has continued to be active on Twitter, suggesting any terrorist attacks would be the fault of a “so-called” judge who ruled against his travel ban, saying “any negative polls are fake news,” and calling the New York Times, NBC News, ABC News , CBS News and CNN “the enemy of the American people. Trump also accused former President Barack Obama of ordering a wiretap and declared there were millions of illegal votes in the 2016 election, without providing evidence for either claim.

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Ryan presses case for health care bill in the face of ‘frustration’ and ‘confusion’

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 05:43

The rollout of a new health care law to replace Obamacare has produced “a lot of frustration” among conservatives and “a lot of confusion,” House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., acknowledged Thursday. Ryan sent a clear message to conservative House members who want the bill to go even further: This is as good as it gets. “This is the closest we’ve been to repealing and replacing Obamacare.

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Immigrant doctors — and their patients — fear impact of travel ban

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 04:43

Dr. Mohammad Jaber prepares to visit a patient in Sacramento, Calif. Jaber immigrated from Syria to the United States to pursue a medical degree. President Trump’s temporary ban on immigration from six Muslim-majority countries has been billed as an effort to keep the U.S. safe from terrorists. American health care relies heavily on foreign-born labor, especially in rural and high-risk urban areas where hospitals and clinics struggle to fill jobs amid what medical associations describe as a catastrophic shortage of doctors.

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Searching for Trump condemnation in Pope Francis’ words

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 04:11

Pope Francis warned against the rising tide of populism in an interview with German paper Die Zeit this week, reigniting an ongoing search for subliminal criticism of President Trump in the pope’s words.

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Resistance Report: D.C. bar sues Trump for unfair competition from his hotel

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 02:34

D.C. UNCORKED. President Trump’s business interests are ruffling feathers in the District of Columbia business community. “Cork Wine Bar owners Khalid Pitts and Diane Gross filed an unfair competition lawsuit against Donald Trump and the Trump International Hotel in DC Wednesday night, alleging that the president’s continued affiliation with the government-owned property puts competing businesses at a disadvantage,” reports Washingtonian.

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