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Trumpcare gives top one percent a $31 billion taxcut

The wealthiest Americans will see the biggest benefit from the Republican plan to repeal the tax on investments and additional Medicare tax in the Republican American Health Care Act, a state-by-state analysis by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy indicates, with California and the ...

CNN's Don Lemon drops the mic: Devin Nunes looked 'like shill for the White House'

CNN's Don Lemon blasted House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes for acting like a shill for the White House' when he told Donald Trump and reporters on Wednesday that the president may have been incidentally' surveilled by intelligence agencies. Former Rep. Jack Kingston tried to argue ...

What we know about the Manafort-Deripaska links

The ongoing scandal around emerging links between Donald Trump's associates and the Russian establishment found a new twist on Wednesday. According to an exclusive Associated Press report, the former Trump campaign head Paul Manafort contacted Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska in 2005 proposing a ...

'The White House is under siege': Dan Rather calls out Congress for still not investigating Trump

Journalist Dan Rather took to Facebook on Wednesday night to ask an important question about President Donald Trump's administration, particularly CNN suggesting the FBI has new evidence of Trump's associates communicating with Russian operatives to “possibly coordinate the release...

Kayleigh McEnany smacked down after claiming other CNN panelists are hypocrites about surveillance laws

A CNN Panel on Wednesday smacked down Kayleigh McEnany as she tried to claim her fellow panelists don't care about the Fourth Amendment. The panel was discussing House Intel Committee Chairman Devin Nunes' decision to go directly to the White House and make a public statement with...

'There's a cover up going on here': Carl Bernstein spells out why GOP won't investigate Trump

Carl Bernstein, a previous investigative journalist on Watergate, joined CNN's Anderson Cooper Wednesday night to comment on the ongoing Trump-Russia connection and the leaks coming out of the White House. Most recently, CNN reported possible new evidence suggesting President Donald Trump̵...

WATCH: Oklahoma State Rep says rape and incest are the 'will of God' in abortion bill hearing

On Tuesday, the Oklahoma House met to discuss engrossment of its controversial House Bill-1549, which would prohibit anyone from seeking an abortion in the case of a genetic abnormality. Oklahoma State Rep. Cory Williams asked Rep. George Faught — who authored the bill — if rape is the ...

New evidence suggests Trump associates may have coordinated with Russians against Clinton campaign: CNN

U.S. officials have information that suggests associates of Donald Trump's presidential campaign communicated with Russian operatives in a coordinated effort to release damning info on Hillary Clinton, CNN reports. The FBI is currently reviewing the information, which was partially referenced by ...

Keith Olbermann: Trump wants to 'overthrow' US government and 'replace it with him'

In his latest Resistance segment, Keith Olbermann reminded viewers of President Donald Trump's words to the Republican National Convention when he became the official presidential candidate of the Republican Party. “I alone can fix it,” Trump said. Olbermann called the phrase the &...

Joe Scarborough lectures GOP: 'Remove Devin Nunes as Intel Chair' if you want what's best for the country

MSNBC host Joe Scarborough on Wednesday suggested if the Republican Party wants to of what is best for this county,' it will remove Rep. Devin Nunes as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. “If the Republican Party wants to do what is best for this country and its national secu...

Hawaii GOP Rep resigns from 'failing party' citing racist and sexist bullying

Hawaii Rep. Beth Fukumoto announced on Wednesday that she would be leaving the Republican Party and is seeking to join the Democratic Party instead. KITV 4 reports Fukumoto “cited racism and sexism as the core reasons why she's leaving” during a press conference. Fukumoto was o...

McCain calls for select committee on Trump/Russia probe: 'No longer does the Congress have credibility'

Sen. John McCain on Wednesday called for a select committee to investigate Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election and potential ties between the Donald Trump campaign and Russian officials, telling MSNBC's Greta Van Susteren that Congress lacks the credibility to “handle th...

Theresa May's full statement on the London attack

I have just chaired a meeting of the Government's emergency committee, COBRA, following the sick and depraved terrorist attack on the streets of our capital this afternoon. The full details of exactly what happened are still emerging. But, having been updated by police and security officials, I can ...

'The whole thing has been compromised': CNN panel hits Nunes for 'trying to provide cover' for Trump

A CNN panel on Wednesday was aghast over Rep. Adam Schiff's press conference decrying House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes , with Situation Room' host Wolf Blitzer remarking this is a moment you don't see very often.' Nunes made the media rounds Wednesday in an attempt to...

VA accused of cruel experiments on dogs

An animal rights group accused the Department of Veterans Affairs of performing medical experiments on dogs at several facilities in Virginia, Military Times reported Tuesday. The White Coat Waste Project, which has attempted to end government funding for such experiments, claimed that several ...

Key conservative lawmaker says making headway on healthcare bill

U.S. Representative Mark Meadows, chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, said on Wednesday he is very encouraged by the negotiations with Republican leadership over a sweeping healthcare bill. “I'm very encouraged that we might be seeing some real headway,” Meadows told ...

Wealth gap growing in America

During President Donald Trump's inauguration speech in January, much of his message was focused on the economy, jobs and what he implied was a disappearing middle class. Indeed, Trump mentioned the word wealth' five times. The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then ...

Plan for $7.5 billion Kushner family New York tower faces hurdles: report

The family-owned company that until recently was headed by U.S. President Donald Trump's son-in-law hopes to turn an aging New York office tower into a signature development that could be worth up to $12 billion, a report said on Wednesday. Chinese insurer Anbang Insurance Group is in ...

WATCH: Schiff implores Nunes to decide if he's head of the Intel Committee or a 'surrogate for the White House'

On Wednesday afternoon, Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff addressed House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes briefing President Donald Trump on the committee's investigation of surveillance of the Trump team. In a brutal statement, Schiff wrote that he has “grave concerns' that a credible...

Trump reverses protections for Americans with crippling student loan debt

One of the biggest obstacles to a healthy U.S. economy continues to be student loan debt, which an increasing number of people are defaulting on. Millions of people had not made a payment on $137 billion in federal student loans for at least nine months in 2016. That's a 14 percent increase in ...

California governor warns of at least a $6 billion-a-year hit to the state under GOP health plan

WASHINGTON — Calling the Republican congressional leadership's health care plan an “insult to democracy itself,” Gov. Jerry Brown warned Wednesday that the proposal would shift $6 billion in costs a year to California's state government by 2020. “It's real when yo...

Chuck Berry's new 'Chuck' album set for June 16 posthumous release

Chuck Berry's long-gestating final studio album “Chuck” has been set for release on June 16, and the first track, “Big Boys,” featuring guests Tom Morello and Nathaniel Rateliff, is available to give listeners their first sample of the forthcoming work. The cut opens wi...

Some 'question your impartiality': Jake Tapper grills Devin Nunes in contentious CNN interview

CNN's Jake Tapper on Wednesday hammered Republican House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes over his assertion there may have been incidental collection' of President Donald Trump during the transition. You said he could have been, but I don't know what that means,' Tapper began in a lengthy and ...

Senate to take up broadband privacy repeal: spokesman

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday will take up a measure to repeal regulations adopted by the Obama administration to subject internet service providers to stricter scrutiny than websites like Alphabet Inc's Google or Facebook Inc to protect customers' private data. The Senate will begin deba...

'A credible investigation cannot be conducted this way': Schiff slams Nunes for tipping off Trump

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes met with President Donald Trump on Wednesday at the White House, briefing him on information collected as part of the committee's investigation into surveillance of the Trump team between Election Day and Inauguration Day. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-C...

Melania and Donald Trump 'never spend the night together'

The internet, long obsessed with Donald and Melania Trump's marriage, got a new relationship detail to seize upon Wednesday: The couple doesn't usually sleep in the same bed, according to an exclusive Us Weekly report. “They never spend the night together — ever,” an anonymou...

'A dog and pony show': Fox News' John Roberts says Nunes revelations don't clarify anything

Fox News commentator John Roberts dismissed Wednesday's revelations by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes that members of then-President-elect Trump's team were surveilled when their communications turned up in FISA investigations. “It sounds like we have...

Ex-Intel Committee counsel: Nunes briefing Trump on investigation is a 'breakdown' in 'oversight process'

On Wednesday, House Intelligence head Rep. Devin Nunes offered some confirmation during a press conference that President Donald Trump and his team were under surveillance between Election Day and Inauguration Day. The president commented that he felt “somewhat” vindicated by Nune...

Media Matters founder David Brock suffers heart attack

Media Matters for America founder David Brock was rushed to a hospital on Tuesday after suffering a heart attack. According to a press release from MMA, the founder of the liberal media watchdog and analysis website was rushed to the hospital early Tuesday afternoon and received treatment. The ...

Trump: 'somewhat' vindicated by lawmaker's statement on surveillance

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he felt “somewhat” vindicated by Republican congressman Devin Nunes' announcement that it was possible that some of Trump's communications had been picked up by government surveillance. “I somewhat do,” Trump said...

Oklahoma senator resigns, to fight charges of hiring boy prostitute

An Oklahoma state senator accused of hiring a 17-year-old boy as a prostitute submitted his resignation on Wednesday, saying felony charges against him have become a distraction and he will defend himself against them. Republican Ralph Shortey, 35, a gun rights advocate who has campaigned as a ...

Florida nightclub shooting victims sue gunman's employer, widow

More than 50 victims and survivors of the June 2016 massacre at a Florida nightclub sued the gunman's employer and widow on Wednesday, blaming them for failing to prevent the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. The lawsuit filed in the U.S. Southern District of Florida accused the ...

Trump ally Manafort attempted to help Russian billionaire get US visa over FBI objections: report

According to a report by David Corn at Mother Jones, former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort was enlisted by a Russian billionaire to help him get a U.S. visa in 2000 despite FBI objections. Wednesday morning the Associated Press reported that Manafort in 2005 proposed in a confidential ...

US justices reject Gorsuch in win for disabled student

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected legal reasoning used by President Donald Trump's high court nominee Neil Gorsuch in his role as an appellate judge, ruling in favor of an autistic student who said he was denied an adequate education. The 8-0 ruling, authored by conservative Chief J...

'They have slimed me!': Trump ally Roger Stone rails at 'p*ssies' on House Intelligence Committee

Roger Stone, a longtime ally to President Donald Trump, is not at all happy that his name was brought up at this week's big House Intelligence Committee hearing with FBI Director James Comey. Mediaite notes that Stone made an appearance on Joe Piscopo's morning talk radio show on Wednesd...

WATCH: Sean Spicer lashes out when pressed on questions about Paul Manafort's pro-Russia work

Wednesday's White House press briefing got testy when Press Secretary Sean Spicer tried to distance the administration from its former campaign manager Paul Manafort. Axios.com's White House reporter Jonathan Swan asked Spicer about revelations concerning Manafort's work on behalf ...

Jon Snow survives 'Game Of Thrones' season 7

After Jon Snow's resurrection at the beginning of Game of Thrones Season 6, the former Lord Commander of the Night's Watch rampaged across the north of Westeros, culminating in the defeat of Ramsay Bolton and the retaking of Winterfell. At the end of Game ...

Teen use of marijuana shows slim negative effects

A new state-run survey by the state of Washington may have dispelled some misconceptions about the effects recreational marijuana use has on teenagers. Opponents of marijuana decriminalization have cited that it could lead to increased use by teens but the results from Washington State Healthy ...

Racist stabbing suspect drove from Maryland to New York with the sole goal of killing black men: NYPD

A white supremacist who fatally stabbed a black New Yorker on Tuesday drove all the way to the city from Maryland with the goal of murdering African Americans, the New York Police Department says. The New York Daily News reports that a 28-year-old military veteran who identifies as a white ...

Revolutionary overhaul of dinosaur family tree proposed

Some of the best-known dinosaurs, like Tyrannosaurus rex and Brontosaurus, may be headed for a divorce due to irreconcilable differences. Scientists on Wednesday proposed a radical overhaul of the dinosaur family tree first laid out in 1888, concluding after an analysis of 75 species that the ...

Chelsea Clinton selected as 'Impact Honoree' by Variety for humanitarian work

Chelsea Clinton and a select group of women will be honored next month in New York as Variety's Lifetime Impact Honorees for humanitarian work. Variety magazine and the Lifetime television network will pay tribute on April 21 to Mrs. Clinton and five other women for their philanthropic endeavo...

Dallas proposes ID cards for undocumented immigrants

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings has proposed offering identification cards to all of the city's residents, including undocumented immigrants. Doing so would not only grant Dallas' large population of Mexican immigrants free access to government or other municipal services but also formally involve them ...

'He forgets that we won the election': Republicans furious Mattis won't staff Pentagon with GOP partisans

Congressional Republicans are angry that Defense Secretary James Mattis won't staff the Pentagon with GOP partisans. The retired four-star Marine Corps general was widely praised when President Donald Trump nominated him to the top defense post, but GOP lawmakers are disappointed that Mattis h...

US high court hands disabled students win on education standards

In a victory for disabled students, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that public schools must offer them a special educational program that is sufficiently ambitious to ensure they make progress. The justices unanimously ruled in favor of an autistic student, Endrew F, and his family who ...

Maddow trolls Trump Jr.: If your dad's 2005 taxes make him look great , release them all

Addressing the son of President Donald Trump, who thanked her for releasing his dad's 2005 tax returns, Rachel Maddow said if the Trump family is that thrilled by the exposure then there should be no reason to not release all of the President's tax returns. Appearing on The View,  the MS...

US House Freedom Caucus chair: Healthcare bill lacks votes to pass

The head of the U.S. House Freedom Caucus on Wednesday said there were still not enough votes to pass the Republican healthcare plan, but that he remained hopeful for potential changes to the bill following a meeting at the White House. U.S. Representative Mark Meadows, who leads the group of ...

House Intelligence chair Nunes says 'normal foreign surveillance' may have snared Trump

House Intelligence head Rep. Devin Nunes confirmed on Wednesday that President-elect Trump and his team were surveilled between Election Day and Inauguration Day. “This information was legally brought to me by sources who thought we should know it,” Nunes said. There were, he said...

House oversight committee seeks Flynn records from White House, others

The main investigative panel of the U.S. House of Representatives has asked the White House and the FBI for documents regarding former national security adviser Michael Flynn's foreign contacts with Russia, Turkey and others, its Republican chairman and Democratic counterpart said on Wednesday...

Key House lawmaker: Dodd-Frank overhaul remains a 2017 priority

The Republican chairman of a powerful House of Representatives committee said on Wednesday that he remains confident Congress will act to overhaul financial regulations “this year.” Jeb Hensarling, head of the House Financial Services Committee, told Reuters that he has assurances from ...

Tillerson pledges safe areas for refugees, more pressure on Islamic State

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday the United States would set up “interim zones of stability” to help refugees return home in the next phase of the fight against Islamic State and al Qaeda. The top U.S. diplomat did not make clear where these zones were to be set up. He ...