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AG Barr will recuse—oh, wait—won’t recuse himself from Epstein sex trafficking case

After Attorney General William Barr initially recused himself over conflicts of interest from federal sex trafficking cases involving Jeffrey Epstein, Barr now says he has no such conflicts in a New York case filed...
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Watch: Bharara refused Trump’s Phone Call: 22 hours later he was fired.

On ABC’s This Week today, as reported by the Washington Post: — [ed]:  Watch the whole segment and/or read the whole transcript:  It’s as damning if not more than Comey’s testimony  [vm] —  
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Jared Kushner and Stephen Miller play good cop-bad cop on immigration, but the play...

Stephen Miller is the white nationalist troll in Donald Trump’s ear, steering immigration policy in ever-more-evil directions. But presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner apparently wants it known that he, too, has influence, and while Kushner’s...
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Enabling weasel Paul Ryan wants us to believe he’s stopping Trump’s worst impulses. Sure,...

Donald Trump has put House Speaker Paul Ryan in a tough spot through his very existence as Donald Trump, and how Ryan has dealt with it shows a lot about the man. Ryan’s carefully crafted persona was boyish—Boy Scoutish—Republican policy wonk who just...
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Tiny company from Zinke’s hometown gets $300 million contract to rebuild Puerto Rico’s power...

In the midst of the disaster in Puerto Rico, it appears that someone may have engaged in graft as large as the hurricane that hit the island. Like other electrical utilities, the state-owned Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority has multiple mutual-aid...
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‘This Is a Cave, Not a Wall’: After 35 Days Trump Agrees to End

"This is a cave, not a wall," said the Working Families Party after President Donald Trump announced on Friday a deal to temporarily end the 35-day government shutdown over his demand for a border...
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After defending Trump cuts to Special Olympics, DeVos now praises Trump for reversing course

Just yesterday, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos was belligerently defending the Trump budget's zeroing out of all federal education support for the Special Olympics. She was quite angry with her detractors. There are dozens of worthy...
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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to leave Justice Department next month

It was only a matter of time before Donald Trump grasped the full implications of the 25th Amendment chatter early in his administration and wanted someone's head on a platter. Deputy Attorney General Rod...
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EPA Admin Wheeler cut size of a scientific panel to ‘save time.’ Instead, he...

When oil lobbyist Scott Pruitt moved into the lead chair at the Environmental Protection Agency, the first thing he did, other than assigning himself a small army of bodyguards and setting up ridiculous levels...

Right Wing Columnist Ignites Outrage When He Calls Death Of Yemeni Boy ‘Ginned Up...

One of the saddest observations to be made about the War on Truth that we’re currently living through is that the unprincipled distill every story down to the publicity impact and subsequent bias potential of any given piece, and completely lose sight of the human story contained therein. Such is the case here. A two year old Yemeni boy died Friday in an Oakland hospital, after being kept apart from his mother for the past 17 months, due to the Muslim travel ban. A young couple losing their baby, “the light of our lives” as his mother described him, is a tragedy, under any circumstances.  Despite that, conservative commentator, Kurt Schlichter, in an egregious display of lack of humanity, had the hubris to say, “I don’t care,” and then when that blew up in his face, to double down and characterize the incident as a “ginned up media agenda item.” Wow. I think it’s safe to assume that Mr. Schlichter never lost a child. The divide in this culture is not political. It’s existential. It goes to the root of how a human being lives in a society. This is the wealthiest nation on the globe but being impoverished here is virtually a death sentence, condemning a person to be denied care for treatable illnesses. Tax bills should be passed in congress to address that issue, and the issue of a livable minimum wage. Instead, the ones that pass are solely for the purpose of fattening the coffers of the mega wealthy. This is just one more example of the vulnerable and marginalized being victimized. In this instance, the humanity of the situation, of a mother needing to go to the death bed of her infant son, was the compelling interest. An idiotic travel ban, instituted solely by Steve Bannon, no less, to create a talking point showing what a tough guy Trump is, stopped her. That is callousness and cruelty of a heretofore unimaginable scale and it is not something that would have ever happened in the America most of us grew up in.

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