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Recent GOP retirements follow months of progressive pressure

Rep. Jimmy Duncan really didn't want to hold a town hall. The Tennessee lawmaker has served in Congress for almost three decades, comfortably keeping the seat in the conservative Knoxville area that he won in a 1988 special election after the death of his father, John Duncan Sr. Together, the ...

Oklahoma City police officer fatally shoots deaf man as neighbors scream at them to stop

A Oklahoma City police officer gunned down a man in front of his home, despite neighbors desperately screaming at police that he was deaf and could not understand their commands to drop the metal pipe he was holding. Lt. Matthew Lindsey arrived at Magdiel Sanchez's home on Tuesday night looking for ...

Sean Spicer lies about lying

During his first TV interview since his appearance at the Emmys, former White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Thursday on Good Morning America that he hasn't “knowingly” lied to the American people. EXCLUSIVE: Sean Spicer says he did not "knowingly" lie in first TV interview since ...

A hedge fund bets on whether scientists can predict the future of climate change

By Jeremy Deaton In an appearance on Real Time with Bill Maher, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson challenged former GM executive — and ardent climate denier — Bill Lutz to make a bet. You take all the scientists who author these papers, get them to pool their money and invest in ...

Pence inaccurately claims 'thousands' of counties have no choice of health care provider

In an interview with Fox & Friends on Thursday morning, Vice President Pence rolled out a popular conservative talking point while discussing the existing Affordable Care Act and Republican plans to repeal and replace it. One problem: The talking point is completely false. “Almost anything ...

The AARP has released another devastating analysis of the GOP's latest repeal and replace plan

The latest effort by Republicans in Congress to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act threatens to make health care unaffordable and inaccessible for millions of older Americans, according to a report from the American Association of Retired Persons released Wednesday evening. The bill, ...

On Fox News, Pence argues surveillance of Trump's campaign chairman vindicates Trump. He's wrong.

At the end of a Thursday morning appearance on President Trump's favorite show, Vice President Mike Pence was asked about this week's bombshell revelation that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort was the subject of a FISA warrant, and hence a wiretap, during during stretches of time both ...

U.S. and Syria are now the only nations that don't support the Paris climate agreement

Nicaragua announced Wednesday its intention to join the Paris climate agreement, leaving the United States and Syria as the only two countries that do not support the accord. According to a report from a Managua-based television station 100% Noticias, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega said his ...

Bisexual people don't have to prove anything to you

Every September, when Bisexual Awareness Week begins, publications that claim to be devoted to covering LGBTQ issues as a whole suddenly remember the B. Many of these publications cover stories related to the stigmas bisexual people face and cultural issues specific to bisexual people. Then, once ...

The God whisperers: The most powerful Trump advisers you've probably never heard of

After President Donald Trump rescinded an Obama-era executive order that offers work permits to undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children, many religious communities responded with resounding disapproval. In addition to faith-based groups that physically protested the move, ...

Two major cities demand fossil fuel companies pay for climate damages

San Francisco and Oakland are the two latest cities looking to take major fossil fuel companies to court over their role in fueling climate change. City attorneys announced on Wednesday that they had filed lawsuits with state courts in San Francisco and Alameda counties alleging that a handful of ...

Key senator will evaluate Trumpcare with administration's cooked analysis

A key Republican senator, who is likely to decide the fate of her party's latest effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act and phase-out Medicaid, says she will rely on a Trump administration office with a history of producing cooked figures in order to determine whether to back the bill. Earlier ...

Don't believe the hype: Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles have flopped with drivers

Back in 2015, Tesla CEO Elon Musk explained why hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are extremely silly' and why hydrogen is an incredibly dumb' alternative fuel compared to electricity . But the entrepreneur also said, there's no need for us to have this debate. I've said my peace on this, it will be ...

GOP senator says it doesn't matter how bad the latest Obamacare replacement is - he's voting for it

Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley thinks that Republicans have a “responsibility” to repeal the affordable care act, even if it leaves the country worse off. Speaking with reporters in his home state of Iowa, Grassley argued that the GOP had campaigned on repealing Obamacare so much that ...

Survey says 24% of ICE detainees were subjected to some type of abuse

A 41-year-old female detained at the southern U.S. border was told by a border agent that she didn't have the right to speak with the Mexican consulate before she was deported. “Where does it say you have a right? I don't see anything.' He then placed me in detention and shut the door,” ...

Republican lawmaker loses job for saying running over protesters 'is a movement we can all support'

The House Majority Whip in the South Dakota legislature has offered a measured apology for posting a meme on Facebook suggesting she supports running over protesters who block roads. Earlier this month, over an illustration that showed a truck driving into protesters, South Dakota Rep. Lynne DiSanto ...

Latest allegations against a Fox News host speak volumes about why women don't report harassment

On Tuesday, Bill O'Reilly was interviewed by Today's Matt Lauer about reports that he sexually harassed several women he worked with at Fox News. O'Reilly said the allegations were a “hit job” and did not admit to sexual harassment, even when Lauer asked him if he regretted anything ...

Trump's border wall faces its biggest legal challenge yet

On Wednesday, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced that the state had filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration over its plans to construct a border wall in San Diego and Imperial County. Citing the administration's decision to expedite waiving more than three dozen ...

Here's how the GOP health care bill is already sabotaging Obamacare

As Republicans try to repeal the Affordable Care Act , it's important to remember that policy decisions about the marketplace are being made simultaneously, which will impact nearly 22 million people. The ACA is still the current health law of the land. Because of this, state lawmakers and insurance ...

A gay Swedish antifascist spent a year undercover with white supremacists. Here's what he found.

During an extensive undercover investigation of the far right by openly gay Swedish antifascist activist, white nationalists bragged about their connections with the White House and said their movement would end with concentration camps and expulsion and war.' Patrik Hermansson, 25, spent a year ...

Iraq and Kurdistan playing 'a game of chicken' over upcoming independence vote

A major political battle is taking shape in Iraq, as defiant Kurds there prepare to vote in a September 25 independence referendum. Despite an order from the Iraqi Supreme Court this week to suspend the poll, the Kurdistan Regional Government's electoral body even has pushed forward and relaxed ...

Tom Price blasted government use of private jets, now regularly uses them for domestic travel

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price chartered a private jet at a cost of “tens of thousands of dollars” for official business on five separate occasions recently, Politico reported on Wednesday. The flights took place over a span of three days, between September 13 and 15, ...

Report: Every state will lose funding under GOP's new repeal-and-replace bill

The latest attempt by Republicans in Congress to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, spearheaded by Sens. Lindsay Graham and Bill Cassidy , would reduce federal funding to states by $215 billion over ten years, ultimately decreasing funding for all states, according to an analysis ...

Hurricane Maria bringing 'catastrophic winds,' flash flooding to Puerto Rico

All of Puerto Rico is expected to experience life-threatening conditions for several hours Wednesday as Hurricane Maria slams the U.S. territory as a Category 4 storm , only two weeks after Hurricane Irma caused major damage to the island. Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico on Wednesday morning ...

Caught in a lie, Sen. Bill Cassidy lashes out at Jimmy Kimmel

During his show on Tuesday night, Jimmy Kimmel called Sen. Bill Cassidy a liar. “A few months ago after my son had open heart surgery, which was something I spoke about on the air, a politician, a Senator named Bill Cassidy from Louisiana was on my show and he wasn't very honest,” Kimmel ...

Former basketball player says university denied her a job for no longer identifying as gay

A former University of Southern California point guard, Camille LeNoir, alleges she was denied an assistant coaching job in the New Mexico State University athletic department because of her sexual orientation. This week, a federal judge in California decided to allow her discrimination case to ...

Small donors are not paying Trump's legal bills. It's worse.

Donald Trump is using funds from both the Republican National Committee and his re-election campaign to cover his legal fees connected to the Russia investigation. The RNC is also footing the legal bill for Trump's son, Don Jr., who is also caught up in the investigation being conducted by special ...

Ryan Zinke ignores what outdoors community actually wants, pays tribute with Big Buck Hunter instead

To a cynic, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's murky proposal to open millions of acres of protected wilderness to mining companies who stash their profits abroad may seem likely to endanger Americans' ability to marvel at the raw, untrammeled country of the west. But fear not. Zinke has a rock-solid ...

Burma's leader turns Rohingya genocide into a both-sides issue

President Trump isn't the only world leader to mount a “both sides”-style defense when discussing acts of violence. Aung San Suu Kyi, de facto leader of Burma, gave her first major speech addressing the Rohingya crisis on Tuesday, in which she all but equated brutality towards the ...

Arizona Supreme Court rules parentage law applies to same-sex couples

The Arizona Supreme Court has ruled that a state law presuming a mother's spouse is her child's parent applies equally to same-sex couples. Kimberly and Suzan McLaughlin legally married in California in 2008 and in 2010 Kimberly became pregnant through an anonymous sperm donor. During the pregnancy, ...

Trump administration nominee wants to open pristine Alaskan refuge to drilling

The Trump administration continues to push forward with plans to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge , and the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee gave those plans a boost Tuesday, voting to confirm a drilling advocate as Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Land and Minerals ...

White House twists Obama's words to downplay Trump's threat to 'destroy' North Korea

On Tuesday, President Trump threatened to exterminate more than 25 million people on the floor of the United Nations General Assembly. Making no distinction between the regime of Kim Jong-un and the North Korean people, Trump said that if the U.S. “is forced to defend itself or its allies, ...

The President of the United States is regularly manipulated by Twitter bots

On Sunday, President Trump again infuriated progressives by retweeting a GIF from a user named Fuctupmind showing him hitting Hillary Clinton with a golf ball and knocking her over. He also retweeted a series of memes from an account called Team_Trump45, who had previously posted that Obama should ...

Lindsey Graham brags about his shockingly cynical strategy to repeal Obamacare

Speaking at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, Sen. Lindsey Graham discussed his bill to repeal Obamacare, which is quickly gaining momentum. In his remarks, Graham admitted that his strategy was largely based on redistributing large sums of money from large Democratic-led states like California, New ...

Fact-checking Trump's UN speech reveals a number of inaccuracies

In a speech delivered Tuesday to the United Nations General Assembly, President Donald Trump made a number of claims and assertions as he once again established his support for an “America First” approach to foreign policy and the world. I will always put America first just like you, the ...

Deniers dismiss link between climate change, super-hurricanes as 'idle chatter.' It's anything but.

Hurricane Maria, currently on a collision course with Puerto Rico, intensified explosively in one day from a Category 1 storm to Category 5 superstorm. The Prime Minister of Dominica said Tuesday that Maria caused mind boggling' devastation when it tore through his island nation. As see storms like ...

O'Reilly reemerges on NBC, viciously attacks women who accused him of sexual harassment

It has been six months since Bill O'Reilly was ousted from his top-rated Fox News show The O'Reilly Factor, but as he made clear in a Tuesday interview with Matt Lauer on the Today Show to promote his new book, he has reflected very little on his actions. O'Reilly said the sexual harassment claims ...

Cancer patients will face a nightmare scenario if Trumpcare becomes law

A provision of the new Trumpcare bill gaining steam among Senate Republicans , a bill commonly referred to as “Graham-Cassidy” after its two leading proponents , would allow many insurers to drive up premiums the minute someone gets sick. This provision allows states to obtain waivers ...

FBI wiretap of Manafort is big news, but not because it vindicates Trump's claim

On Monday night, CNN broke news that federal agents wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort during stretches of time both before and after the 2016 election, including early this year , “a period when Manafort was known to talk to President Donald Trump.” Not only does ...

One year on, here's how UN member states have failed and succeeded to help refugees

President Donald Trump's maiden speech on development, management, peace, and security will likely dominate this year's UN General Assembly . But it's a historic promise made one year ago this week that may affect the lives of millions more people. Last September at the UN General Assembly's Summit ...

What it's like to write jokes for President Obama

David Litt wants you to know he wasn't that important. Yes, he was a speechwriter for President Obama. But “speechwriter” encompasses a whole range of formats beyond the iconic, rhetoric-to-the-rafters stuff that POTUS famously delivered. Though Litt lent his efforts to more traditional ...

Trump administration removes links to taxpayer-funded climate data on USGS website

In its relatively short time in power, the Trump administration has made no attempt to hide its disdain for studying, communicating, and acting on the threat posed by climate change. Rather than simply ignore the scientific information and research accessible to the public, however, the ...

DREAMers face anxiety, terror amid back-and-forth on DACA

Late last Wednesday evening, news broke that President Donald Trump had brokered a deal with Democratic leaders to protect many young undocumented immigrants from deportation. By Thursday morning, that security seemed once more in question, only to shift again over the course of the weekend, as ...

For Michael Flynn's legal defense fund, anything goes

Due to the “tremendous financial burden” of legal fees, the family of former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn has set up a legal defense fund to help offset the costs of the ongoing Russia investigation. Breaking his social media silence, Flynn tweeted out a link to ...

In 'aggressive move,' federal agency overrules New York on pipeline permit

Federal energy regulators undercut a New York environmental agency Friday, allowing a pipeline company to go forward with a project the state had previously blocked. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission granted a natural gas pipeline company permission to move forward with its project, even ...

The GOP's on the verge of passing a bill that will phase out Medicaid in its entirety

Senate Republicans are on the cusp of passing a bill that will eliminate hundreds of billions of dollars worth of health funding, destabilize insurance markets, and eventually phase out Medicaid in its entirety. Less than two months after three Republican senators stopped an earlier effort to strip ...

As Trump doubles down on leaving Paris agreement, cities and states recommit to climate action

On Monday, while senior White House adviser Gary Cohn was busy dispelling rumors that the Trump administration might reverse course on its decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, leaders from around the world descended on New York City with a clear message for the beginning of NYC ...

Legislation to extend funding for clinics serving poor and uninsured stalls in Congress

Congress is fast approaching the deadline to renew federal funding for thousands of community health centers across the country, or risk leaving millions of Americans without health care. Lawmakers must act by September 30, the end of the current federal fiscal year, to extend the Community Health ...

Congress is extremely close to repealing Obamacare

The last Affordable Care Act repeal bill left standing had a dubious chance of passing the Senate. But now, Senators John McCain and Lisa Murkowski are reportedly weighing whether they could support the Cassidy-Graham bill, which would repeal ACA subsidies and the Medicaid expansion and instead give ...

An explosion of hate across the United States drove hate crimes up last year

Hate crimes across the United States rose between 2015 and 2016, marking the first time in over a decade that incidents of such violence increased and adding further proof that the election of President Donald Trump has spurred backlash against marginalized communities. According to new data the ...