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Trump: Calling Elizabeth Warren racist slur 'Pocahontas' is 'an insult to Pocahontas' , but I do it anyway

President Donald Trump acknowledge on Sunday that using the using the name “Pocahontas” as a racist attack on Sen. Elizabeth Warren was an insult to the heritage and memory of Pocahontas , but he suggested that he would continue to do it anyway. During an interview with Fox ...

Massive Confederate flag is killing this South Carolina man's business , and there's nothing he can do about it

A South Carolina restaurant owner has seen his windows smashed and faced harassment because his establishment sits next to a small plot of land where a massive Confederate flag flies. And the city has turned down his appeal to have it taken down. According to Fox4KC, Tommy Daras purchased a former ...

Are you a better speller than President Donald Trump?

President Donald Trump's unabashed use of his @realDonaldTrump Twitter account has been met with praise by some and eye rolls from others. Throughout the 2016 campaign, Trump used Twitter to send derogatory messages about a range of characters, from opponents little Marco' Rubio and low-energy' ...

Trump is reliving the 2016 election again on Twitter Sunday morning , and attacking Hillary Clinton

As is his habit on early Sunday morning, President Donald Trump was on Twitter attacking his enemies , this time former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. A day after he attacked former President Barack Obama and Republican senators who are not falling in line with the GOP's proposed Tr...

Jared Kushner's meeting with Mahmoud Abbas went so badly that Trump is reportedly considering pulling out of talks

A U.S. official denied reports that Trump was considering pulling out of peace negotiations between Israel and Palestinians after a rift opened up in the first meeting between Trump aide and son-in-law Jared Kushner and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. London-based Arabic daily ...

'Modern-day slavery': Many southern states have prison inmates working in governor's mansions

Another old tradition that belongs in the dustbin of history....

'Stay woke': Maxine Waters rails against Trumpcare at packed , and contentious , town hall meeting

LOS ANGELES—To illustrate why she believes everyone should have access to comprehensive health care, Rep. Maxine Waters said she and her 12 siblings never saw a physician or a dentist their entire childhood. “I was born at home in St. Louis back in the day when it was hard for minorities to ...

Supreme Court set to rule on religious rights , as the travel ban looms

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to rule on Monday in a closely watched religious rights case involving limits on public funding for churches and other religious entities as the justices issue the final rulings of their current term. The nine justices are due to rule in six cases, not including their ...

Court rules that 4 million people can sue Mike Huckabee over robocalls promoting Christian film

Approximately 4 million people who received robocalls from former Gov. Mike Huckabee promoting the Christian holiday film “Last Ounce of Courage” are eligible to join a class action suit, the Daily Beast reported Saturday night. Residents from Nebraska to Oklahoma received a maile...

'I thought they were going to gun us down': White nationalists disrupt Florida racial justice seminar

A group of white supremacists barged into a racial justice training course in south Florida on Saturday, frightening organizers and attendees , who believed they were about to get shot in a Dylann Roof-style assault. On Saturday, social justice educator and activist Lutze Segu hosted a racial ...

'By the power of Beyoncé - we command you!': #HellerVoteNo campaign deluges GOP healthcare holdout

Nevada Senator Dean Heller said on Friday that he could not vote for the Senate's “Obamacare Repeal” bill without revisions, sparking hopes among those who hope the bill fails to reach the required number of votes to pass. The Washington Post said Saturday night that Heller too...

'Do you have a pulse?': Couple accidentally streamed heroin overdose on Facebook Live

Warning: this story contains video you might find disturbing. BOSTON – A Facebook Live video from Dorchester shows a couple in a car shooting up and the life and death struggle that follows. Watch the video Posted on Wednesday just before 5:30 p.m. in Dorchester, a man walks up to confront a ...

Russia says US interferes in its affairs: 'There is one clear aggressor'

MOSCOW — The Russian government has steadfastly denied that it hacked or otherwise interfered in last year's U.S. presidential election. Now, some Russian officials are saying America is meddling in Moscow's domestic affairs. The U.S. has been doing it for years, they say. The Kremlin...

Republican gets blasted on CNN for saying Dems should be like Otto Warmbier and not like Johnny Depp

Former press secretary to the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign Symone Sanders blasted the idea that the Democratic Party's solution to winning elections is to “win more white people” during a Saturday discussion on “CNN Newsroom with Ana Cabrera.” She also took aim ...

Texas mom locked toddlers in hot car to punish them , now they're dead

A 25-year-old Weatherford, TX woman is under arrest after she killed her children by locking them in a hot car for hours, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Cynthia Marie Randolph was arrested Friday by the Parker County Sheriff's Department for the May 26th death of her 2-year-old dau...

Trump needles GOP senators and attacks Obama in afternoon Twitter outburst

President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Saturday afternoon to attack the administration of former President Barack Obama and to needle Republicans ahead of their vote on their covertly-crafted “Obamacare repeal” bill. “Since the Obama Administration was told way before the 2016 ...

Ex-Reagan aide compares Trump's ascent and presidency to 'Springtime for Hitler'

Bruce Bartlett , former adviser and confidant to President Ronald Reagan , compared Donald Trump's presidency to the designed-to-fail fictitious musical “Springtime for Hitler” in the Mel Brooks musical comedy “The Producers” and said that Trump's admi...

'My friends have lost work': Former Trump-supporting porn stars abandon the president over career fears

Conservative adult film stars claim there have been reprisals against performers who supported Donald Trump during the 2016 election. “Being a Trump supporter in the adult industry is dangerous,” the Daily Beast reports. “Every porn star who'd once been an outspoken Trump ...

Palestinians furious after 'tense' meeting with Jared Kushner: report

According to the Jerusalem Post and London-based Arabic daily al-Hayat, the meeting between Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, went poorly. The Post reports that Trump is now considering pulling out of Israeli-Palestinian peace...

SeaWorld under multiple federal investigations as attendance and revenue plummet: report

SeaWorld Entertainment Inc publicly announced that the company is under multiple federal investigations. “SeaWorld has been subpoenaed by two federal agencies for comments that executives and the company made in August 2014 about the impact from the Blackfish' documentary, according to new ...

Union busting for God: Catholic colleges invoke 'religious freedom' exception to block employee union organizing

The 2013 death of 83-year-old Duquesne University adjunct Margaret Mary Vojtko helped open up a national debate about the precarious lives of the estimated seven hundred thousand college faculty in America who teach without benefits or security of employment, often at the same pitiful wages that ...

'Wonder Woman' breaks a new box office record

'Wonder Woman' Breaks A New Box Office Record “Wonder Woman” achieved a new milestone at the box office Friday, hitting the $600 million mark worldwide. The superhero film has made history at the box office in what has so far proven to be a rather lukewarm summer season. Dire...

Are we in a new Cold War?

Are We In A New Cold War? Icy U.S.-Russia relations have sparked global fears of a new cold war: The Russian embassy in Oslo told Reuters Saturday that the extended presence of U.S. Marines on Norwegian soil will worsen relations with neighboring Russia and is likely to escalate tensions on ...

'White terrorism' and Donald Trump

'White Terrorism' and Donald Trump The Trump administration has slashed funding for a group devoted to tackling radical white extremists. The Department for Homeland Security announced Friday that $400,000 in federal funding was being withdrawn from Chicago-based Life After Hate, o...

Threat of Justice Kennedy retirement leaves Washington on edge

Justice Kennedy's Retirement Leaves Washington on Edge As the Supreme Court prepares to give its final opinions of its nine-month term on Monday, fear in Washington continues to grow concerning Justice Anthony Kennedy's potential retirement. The justice, who will celebrate his 81st birthday in...

Why did Amazon buy Whole Foods? It crushed Walmart

Why Amazon Bought Whole Foods? It Crushed Walmart The century-long interplay between technology and retail suggests Walmart is screwed. Its efforts to morph into an online retailer by buying Bonobos and Jet.com will end up making the company seem like Michael Jordan playing baseball—what made it ...

Overruling diplomats, Tillerson will drop Iraq, Myanmar from list of offenders using child soldiers

In a highly unusual intervention, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to remove Iraq and Myanmar from a U.S. list of the world's worst offenders in the use of child soldiers, disregarding the recommendations of State Department experts and senior U.S. diplomats, U.S. officials said. The dec...

WATCH: Joy Reid gets in the face of GOP rep for using health care plan to give a tax cut to the wealthy

MSNBC host Joy Reid put a Republican congressman on the spot Saturday morning, challenging him to explain why he and his colleagues are using the replacement for Obamacare as a Trojan horse to give tax cuts to the rich. Appearing on “AM Joy,” Rep. Tom Reed was asked to defend a me...

British lawmakers hit by cyber security attack

Britain's parliament was hit by a cyber attack on Saturday in which hackers tried to access email accounts, politicians and officials said, just over a month after a ransomware attack crippled parts of the country's health service. Chris Rennard, a member of the Liberal Democrat party in...

Law professor explains how Trump is destroying democracy with appointments and by manipulating the law

A University of Chicago Law School professor has well-researched insight into the existential questions about the nature – or even future – of democracy in America. Aziz Huq is the Frank and Bernice J. Greenberg professor of law at the University of Chicago Law School. Professor Huq literally ...

Residents of a teenage Jared Kushner's first real estate venture recall living with raw sewage and no heat

According to a deep dive into Jared Kushner's introduction into the family real estate business, former tenants who lived in the first apartments the teen Kushner purchased , with family money , recall living without heat and problems with raw sewage that no one saw fit to repair. ...

Alabama rape victim committed suicide after being 'bullied' by police protecting wealthy alleged attacker

The family of an honors student who was, “mistreated by Tuscaloosa police, the university, and DCH Regional Medical Center” before committing suicide, will be suing the University of Alabama. Megan Rondini, a 3.8 GPA student who had received a coveted spot in a special MBA program for ...

WATCH: CNN host confronts Jill Stein over why she met with Putin in Russia , and she blames the Democrats

Appearing on CNN Saturday morning, Green Party candidate Jill Stein gave a rambling explanation for why she met Russian President Vladimir Putin before the election saying no one cared about it until after former Secretary Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election. Speaking with host Michael ...

Federal Judge orders Ivanka Trump to testify over 'knockoff' shoe design

Senior White House aide Ivanka Trump has been ordered to testify in a lawsuit with an Italian shoemaker. U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest ruled Friday against lawyers for the first daughter who had sought to shield her from being deposed in the case, the Associated Press reported. Aquazzura ...

Creationist Ken Ham blames atheists and 'fake news' for failing Ark Encounter theme park

The organization behind a tax-payer subsidized “replica” of Noah's Ark in Kentucky is blaming atheists for tax-payers getting fleeced by the project. Creationist Ken Ham built the $92 million Ark Encounter project in Williamstown, Kentucky. The “dismal failure” of the ...

Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop website ridiculed again

The Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow's brainchild, the lifestyle website Goop, is usually known for its controversial health advice like vaginal steaming and this time too, it is drawing negative attention for its wellness stickers. The stickers allegedly contain materials used in NASA sp...

Charlie Sheen sued by ex-girlfriend over HIV status

Charlie Sheen was sued by his ex-girlfriend on Thursday for exposing her to HIV by having unprotected sex without telling her he was HIV positive. This was not the first time Sheen has been sued over his HIV positive status. Sheen, who consistently maintained to be the highest paid person on ...

How is Canada legalizing marijuana?

Next year Canada will hit a high no other G7 country has reached: legalizing marijuana as a recreational drug. Fulfilling a campaign promise, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal Party passed a bill easing restrictions in March—the drug has been available for specialized medical use from di...

Suicide bomber planning to attack Mecca's Grand Mosque blew himself up

In what could have been a major attack on the largest mosque in the world, authorities in Saudi Arabia prevented it when security forces surrounded a house where a potential attacker was hiding, officials said. At least 11 people, including five policemen, were wounded when the suspect blew himself ...

As drought looms, could this team of scientists prove cloud seeding works?

The Mod Squad. With drought parching the West, seeding clouds for snow is more important than ever. Stuart Patience THE RESEARCHERS HAD ALREADY DONE FOUR FLIGHTS, earlier in January, before they saw the first hints of what they were looking for. The crew of meteorologists, atmospheric scientists, ...

Nabra Hassanen's murder feeds anti-immigrant rhetoric on the conservative internet

The gruesome killing of a 17-year-old girl in Virginia this week has become fuel for political narratives on either side of the US spectrum. Nabra Hassanen was with friends outside her mosque, the All Dulles Area Muslim Society Center, when a driver rode over the curb and scattered the crowd...

What happens when the federal government eliminates health coverage? Lessons from the past

By Simon Haeder, Assistant Professor of Political Science, West Virginia University. Larissa Pisney of Denver protests outside the Aurora, Colorado offices of Rep. Mike Coffman to show her displeasure with efforts to dismantle the ACA. David Zalubowski/AP After much secrecy and no publi...

Johnny Depp apologizes for Trump assassination joke

London/Washington - Hollywood actor Johnny Depp apologized Friday for joking about the assassination of US President Donald Trump at a British music festival. “When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?” Depp was heard saying in footage taken on Thursday at the...

Global CFOs describe Trump as “reckless” and “erratic”

Donald Trump entered the Oval Office with zero political experience, touting his successes as one of New York's most famous business moguls to carry his 2016 presidential campaign to victory. But the president's managerial skills can be described as “antagonistic,” “authorita...

Can flourishing Islamic State be stopped in Afghanistan?

The Islamic State group is rapidly expanding in parts of Afghanistan, advancing militarily into areas where it once had a weak presence and strengthening its forces in core regions, according to Afghan and U.S. officials. Depending on the location, the proliferation of IS has drawn varied ...

Rand Paul explains why you should be able to get health insurance for $1 a day

Sen. Rand Paul discussed how the free market would best lower insurance costs in an interview with MSNBC's Morning Joe' on Friday. What I'd like to do is legalize inexpensive insurance, and you should be able to get insurance for $1 a day. I mean, you really should,' Paul said. The insura...

Trump's budget would severely hamper operations at leaderless FBI: report

The acting director of the FBI claims that President Donald Trump's proposed budget for the law enforcement agency will severely impact their ability to do their jobs and will result in cutbacks in operations at all levels. According to Politico, Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe told the Hous...

Here's what nobody ever tells you about Lasik eye surgery

I walked into Dr. Joseph A. Rudick's Manhattan offices almost entirely unaware of what Lasik eye surgery was, save for the countless rave reviews I heard from friends and family. “It's totally painless,” I remember being told. “You'll have brand new eyes overnight!” All I ...

US to drop Iraq and Myanmar from list of world's worst offenders in use of child soldiers

In a highly unusual intervention, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to remove Iraq and Myanmar from a U.S. list of the world's worst offenders in the use of child soldiers, disregarding the recommendations of State Department experts and senior U.S. diplomats, U.S. officials said. The dec...

'More like a manifesto from the Zodiac Killer': Bill Maher blisters GOP's 'spiteful' Trumpcare bill

HBO host Bill Maher tore into the Senate Republican's proposed replacement for Obamacare on Friday night, saying it resembled less a cure for America's health care crisis and “more like a manifesto from the Zodiac Killer.” 'Health care bill?” he exclaimed. “...