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Diplomats flee Delhi amid worsening smog crisis

Delhi's staggering pollution levels have begun to push out diplomats and spark international upheaval. But experts say diplomatic exodus won't solve the larger issue facing the developing and heavily industrialized city. Pollution in Delhi has dominated Indian headlines for weeks and attracted the ...

These corporations have declared war on Thanksgiving

For the last decade or so, dozens of the world's largest retailers have shifted the unofficial start date of the holiday shopping season one day forward, from Black Friday , so named because it's the busiest shopping day of the year and pushes retailers' bottom lines into the black , to Thanksgiving ...

Trump Organization is walking away from its floundering Trump SoHo hotel

The Trump Organization is severing ties with the owner of the struggling Trump SoHo hotel, the New York Times reported Wednesday. It's the latest in a long list of setbacks for the struggling luxury hotel and marks the second time this year a Trump development has had the family name stripped off; ...

LaVar Ball trumps Trump at his own game

This Thanksgiving, LaVar Ball is thankful for Donald Trump. Ball, the father of three basketball prodigies, is in the business of stoking controversy to generate interest in his company, Big Baller Brand. The elder Ball, for example, once claimed he could have beaten Michael Jordan in a game of ...

Russia is taking the lead on Syria, leaving the U.S. on the sidelines

Russia has taken several high-profile meetings with Syria, Iran, and Turkey in the most visible signs that the United States has lost relevancy in the fight shape the future of Syria, if not the region. On Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ...

School discipline reforms may be coming to D.C. thanks to new bill

D.C. Councilmember David Grosso introduced a bill on Tuesday that would limit the use of suspension and expulsion in kindergarten to eighth grade to more serious infractions, such as attempting or carrying out physical injury. It would also ban suspensions in high school for minor incidents like ...

It looks like Kellyanne Conway broke a federal law on national TV again

Kellyanne Conway appeared Tuesday morning on Fox & Friends in her capacity as a White House official, but weighed in on the Alabama special election. Doing so appears to violate federal law, according to several legal experts and former ethics officials who served in previous administrations. ...

Would you buy a 500-mile range electric car that charges in one minute?

Electric vehicles will soon be superior to gasoline-powered vehicles in every single respect , with longer range and possibly even faster fueling. That's the key takeaway from the latest product announcements by Tesla's Elon Musk and other car companies. Major media coverage in recent days has ...

Interior watchdog highlights climate challenges as Trump officials suppress research

Climate change is among the most significant management and performance challenges' facing the U.S. Department of the Interior , according to a new report issued by the department's inspector general. Interior's internal watchdog is highlighting the growing challenges caused by climate change at the ...

New York couple set to be deported to different countries, tearing apart family before Thanksgiving

Last week, Liany Villacis, a 22-year-old New York resident, accompanied her parents as they both went in for an annual check-in with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. Her father Juan Villacis didn't come back home with her. Federal immigration agents detained him during the visit, ...

'I don't want to throw him under the bus, but yes': Cohn faked a bad connection to end Trump's call

Gary Cohn is Trump's chief economic adviser but he's not always eager to talk tax reform with the commander-in-chief. During an interview Wednesday on CNN, Senator Tom Carper said while in a meeting with Cohn, White House director of legislative affairs Marc Short, and a number of moderate Democrats ...

She saved Obamacare. Now she's poised to destroy it.

Senator Lisa Murkowski casted a pivotal vote over the summer, where she , along with Sens. Susan Collins and John McCain , saved the Affordable Care Act from being repealed. She didn't just vote against repeal once; she voted against three different G.O.P. health bills and shot down another in ...

Trump's endorsement of alleged serial child abuser Roy Moore reveals what crimes he cares about

For two years now, Donald Trump has played up his own toughness and fostered a false narrative about a new violent crime wave sweeping the nation. Only he can fix it, he told voters throughout the election that made him president. But when asked on Tuesday who should be the next U.S. senator from ...

GOP Rep. says taxpayers shouldn't have to pay for congressional sexual harassment settlements

In an interview on CNN's New Day Wednesday, Rep. Leonard Lance stated flatly that taxpayers should not be required to foot the bill for any sexual harassment or misconduct settlements on Capitol Hill. Speaking broadly about the allegations against Alabama judge and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, ...

The NFL's awkward Thanksgiving Day game

The story of Thanksgiving—the one we teach children about Pilgrims and Native Americans breaking bread together in the new world—has always been historically dubious at best, and at worst, erases a genocide. American students can reach college age before they become aware of the bloody facts ...

Murkowski ready to prioritize Arctic drilling over healthcare

In an op-ed published in a local Alaskan paper last week, Sen. Lisa Murkowski  announced that she supports repealing the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate, saying that she “always supported the freedom to choose.” Murkowski was a key vote in stopping repeal of the Affordable ...

The real reason why Trump is still supporting Roy Moore

On Tuesday afternoon, Trump delivered a full-throated endorsement of Roy Moore, the Republican Senate candidate in Alabama, even though Moore is facing multiple allegations of child sex abuse. Trump framed his support for Moore primarily as a political decision, based on the necessity of maintaining ...

Roy Moore's campaign is pitting evangelicals against each other

Prominent evangelical Christians are blasting Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, with some calling on him to step down after a rash of sexual abuse allegations and rebuking conservative pastors that still back him—but it's unclear whether white evangelical voters in the state will care. The ...

42 top economists were asked if the Trump tax plan would significantly grow the economy. 1 said yes.

Overhauling the tax code before Christmas would be a difficult task under “normal” conditions, yet Republicans in Congress are pledging to do just that with their tax bill. There's just one big problem: It is a supremely poor tax plan that doesn't provide middle-class tax relief while ...

High stakes trial of inauguration protesters goes off the rails

WASHINGTON, D.C. , The second day of a landmark criminal trial with grim, sweeping civil rights implications often felt more like farce than tragedy on Tuesday. Prosecutors and defense attorneys have only just begun to wrestle over the facts in an unprecedented series of felony trials stemming from ...

The FCC just decided to repeal net neutrality. Here's why that's really, really bad.

The days of a free and open internet are facing a twilight. On Tuesday, the Federal Communications Commission announced a sweeping repeal of the Obama-era net neutrality regulations, which prohibited Internet Service Providers from slowing down or blocking certain websites, or speeding up websites ...

Trump stands by endorsement of Roy Moore, suggests women are lying

Before taking off for his Thanksgiving at Mar-a-Lago, President Trump took some questions from the press and finally responded to the multiple sexual abuse allegations against Roy Moore. “We do not need a liberal person — a Democrat” in that seat, Trump said. “He totally denies ...

Trump's ban on transgender military service just took another blow

A second federal judge has ruled against President Trump's ban on transgender people serving in the military, issuing a preliminary injunction prohibiting it from taking effect. Unlike the first such injunction, issued last month, this order also ensures transition-related medical procedures remain ...

Mysterious Twitter account appears to be involved in leak of Conyers' sexual harassment settlement

One of the most popular fake Twitter accounts run out of Russia, going by @TEN_GOP, long purported to be the unofficial representative of the Tennessee Republican Party. After fooling everyone from far-right conspiracy theorists like Jack Posobiec to Glenn Greenwald to the sitting president of the ...

Oil and gas group says African American 'genetics' are to blame for health problems, not pollution

The American Petroleum Institute cast shady aspersions on a recent study that warned of increased risks to African Americans who live near oil and gas refineries, citing the discredited and racist argument that “genetics” could be to blame for the health disparities. “Fumes Across ...

This is the elaborate system Congress created to protect sexual predators on Capitol Hill

On Tuesday, BuzzFeed reported that numerous woman on the staff of Rep. John Conyers say the congressman repeatedly sexually harassed them. Conyers' conduct allegedly included “requests for sexual favors…caressing their hands sexually, and rubbing their legs and backs in public.” In ...

Conservatives fuel unconfirmed rumors surrounding border agent's tragic death

Early Sunday morning, Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez and his partner were on patrol on the remote Texas Interstate 10, around 90 miles east of El Paso. The pair said they were “responding to activity.” A short while later, Martinez's partner radioed to say that they had both been ...

White House efforts to cut off funding for sanctuary cities slapped with permanent block

A federal judge has permanently blocked President Trump's efforts to bar cities that limit cooperation with U.S. immigration forces from receiving funding, the most decisive blow yet to the White House's efforts to crack down on so-called sanctuary cities. In a ruling issued Monday, U.S. District ...

Embattled President Robert Mugabe resigns after 37 years of tyrannical rule in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe's Parliament Speaker Jacob Mudenda announced Tuesday that President Robert Mugabe has resigned, a much-anticipated development that brings the leader's 37-year dictatorial rule to an abrupt end. The announcement came after Zimbabwe's ruling party, ZANU-PF, on Sunday fired Mugabe as the ...

The Trump campaign is no longer footing Donald Jr.'s legal bills

The Trump campaign is halting its legal payments for Donald Trump Jr., a Bloomberg report revealed on Monday night. So far, the president's eldest son has racked up more than half a million dollars in legal bills and attorney fees related to the ongoing Russia investigation. According to a ...

GOP governor makes Massachusetts first state to ensure free birth control

Massachusetts became the first state to cement an Obama-era regulation that women and gender minorities should have access to birth control at no cost. The Trump administration rolled back the so-called contraceptive mandate effective immediately in October by issuing two regulations: nonprofits and ...

Trans woman wins over $1 million in discrimination suit against Oklahoma university

In a rare jury trial, a transgender woman has been awarded $1,165,000 for discrimination when she was denied tenure at Southeastern Oklahoma State University . Changes between the Obama and Trump administrations resulted in the unique outcome. Rachel Tudor had begun teaching in the English ...

White House pulls protected status for 50,000 Haitians

The Trump administration will terminate a provisional program that has granted work authorization to roughly 50,000 Haitians since a devastating earthquake leveled parts of their country in 2010, according to a press release on Monday night. The TPS program for Haitians will end on July 22, 2019, ...

Multi-billion dollar company now in business with Milo Yiannopoulos

On Monday, the BBC ran a feature on John Collison, the youngest self-made billionaire' in the world. The 27-year-old, along with his brother, founded a company called Stripe in 2011, which would help companies and individuals process payments online. The current valuation for Stripe, based out of ...

Republicans are threatening to repeal the individual mandate. Here's why that's a terrible idea.

Jim Cooke is looking to purchase health insurance this open enrollment period on Maryland Health Connection, the state's Obamacare exchange. He usually pays the penalty for not having insurance, due to the individual mandate under the Affordable Care Act . But for him, this year is different. ...

Beyond the crackdown: Rohingya living under apartheid in Myanmar's 'open-air prison'

With over 600,000 Rohingya fleeing Myanmar for neighboring Bangladesh since late August, after a deadly attack on police posts in the Rakhine State prompted a violent crackdown against them, the humanitarian crisis described as an “ethnic cleansing” by the United Nations is deepening. ...

Congresswoman says former Congressman tried to forcibly kiss her in an elevator

Less than a week after allegations of sexual harassment were made against Sen. Al Franken , a member of Congress came forward to detail her own harassment experience while working on Capitol Hill. Rep. Diana DeGette appeared on MSNBC's Meet The Press Daily Monday and said her then-colleague Rep. ...

The White House asked reporters to list what they're thankful for. Only one of them nailed it.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders' plan to ring in the holiday season by making reporters look uncomfortable largely went off without a hitch during Monday's press briefing , with one notable exception. After opening the briefing with a Q&A session, courtesy of Secretary of State ...

Déjà vu: The 'trickle down economics' of GOP tax plan don't add up

The House and Senate tax plans, rolled out in October and earlier in November, vary slightly in their details, but in general, they revolve around the same central goal: to permanently reduce the corporate tax rate from 35 to 20 percent. That goal won't come cheap. According to the Congressional ...

Trump's racist rants follow a pattern. Even his supporters are tired of it.

Over the weekend, President Donald Trump tapped out a series of angry Twitter posts attacking black athletes and celebrities. If that sounds familiar, that's because it is. The president has gone after LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Jemele Hill, and countless others , all in the past few months. ...

Congress still hasn't renewed CHIP funding, 9 million children could soon lose health coverage

It has been 51 days since Congress allowed the Children's Health Insurance Program to expire. Since then, states have been grappling with the reality that nine million children may soon lose critical health care coverage. While CHIP has historically received support from lawmakers on both sides of ...

25 transgender people have been murdered in 2017, and many of their cases are unsolved

On Friday, several men on Detroit's west side attacked a black transgender woman, shooting her four times in the back and left arm. She has two bullets lodged near her spine, according to Fox 2 Detroit, but she is in stable condition. Recent reports indicate that this violence is a common threat ...

Alleged sexual predators produced some of the most influential reporting on Trump

Multiple women say that one of the New York Times' top White House reporters has used his powerful position to sexually harass women. It raises the prospect that some of the most important stories around sexual assault, the treatment of women, and the 2016 presidential campaign were shaped by ...

Republican lawmaker who wants to abolish the EPA joins bipartisan climate caucus

A freshman Florida congressman, whose first piece of legislation would have abolished the Environmental Protection Agency , has joined the Climate Solutions Caucus, a group formed in early 2016 to bring Republicans and Democrats together to advance meaningful climate change legislation. In ...

'We will continue to report this uncowed by his threats': Alabama Media Group responds to Roy Moore

Alabama Media Group, which publishes the three largest newspapers in the state, responded this week to threats by Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, calling his accusations of defamation and libel a “grandstanding attempt to frighten us, silence us, make us back off.” In a letter on ...

LeBron James says Colin Kaepernick is being blackballed from the NFL because he took a knee

LeBron James has always been an ardent football fan, and many suspect he'd make a great NFL player himself if he ever decided to switch sports. It seems James would make a good NFL general manager too, if given a chance. That's because he can see what most actual NFL GMs refuse to , that

The White House has finally acknowledged its position on Roy Moore and it's repulsive

During an interview with Fox & Friends on Monday morning, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway urged Alabamans to vote for Republican Roy Moore, who is facing multiple allegations of child sex abuse, in the upcoming special election. Her reasoning: congressional GOP members needed a win on tax ...

Ex-Trump campaign official to plead guilty to child sex trafficking

In December of 2015, then-candidate Donald Trump announced his Oklahoma campaign team. The first name on his “list of Oklahoma leaders endorsing Mr. Trump and county coordinators” was Ralph Shortey, a fellow anti-LGBTQ, pro-gun “birther” conspiracy theorist and a Republican ...

'Like a hammer and a hug': Netflix documentary shows the women trying to save a city from addiction

Huntington Fire Chief Jan Rader is the first female fire chief in the state of West Virginia. Her city is best known as the site of the worst heroin epidemic in the United States. A new documentary, Heroin, currently streaming on Netflix, begins with Rader on her way to the site of an overdose. ...

Fox News praises Eric Trump for welcoming higher taxes under dad's plan.

Eric Trump, who continues to engage himself in national politics while helping run the Trump Organization, was interviewed by Fox News' Maria Batiromo Sunday to talk about his father's accomplishments during the first year of the Trump presidency. When it came to discussing the Republican tax plan, ...