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The Federal Prison Trump Doesn't Want — and Ky. Does

March 9, 2019

President Trump signed historic criminal justice reform into law last year, a move to improve prison conditions, shorten unnecessarily long — and often unfair — sentences, and begin the long process of ending mass incarceration. And now, with fewer convicts headed behind bars in the future, the president wants fewer federal prisons. Specifically, sources with […]

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Days After Comey Firing, McCabe's Team Re-Engaged Fired Dossier Author

March 9, 2019

Two days after then-acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe formally put President Trump under criminal investigation in May 2017, bureau officials reached out to the author of the controversial “Steele dossier” for more information, even though they had fired him for misconduct six months earlier. Text messages and congressional testimony transcripts reveal that McCabe’s “Russia team” […]

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Trump Surveys Devastation, Pays Respects to Tornado Victims

March 9, 2019

BEAUREGARD, Ala. (AP) — Standing near the slab that’s all that is left of one family’s garage, President Donald Trump on Friday surveyed the devastation wrought by a powerful tornado that ripped through a rural Alabama town, uprooting trees, tearing homes from their foundations and killing nearly two dozen people. “We saw things that you […]

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Bill Shine Resigns From White House Communications Post

March 9, 2019

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bill Shine, a former Fox News executive who took over as President Donald Trump’s communications director last summer, exited the White House on Friday, the latest person to step away from a job that has become a revolving door within the turbulent West Wing. Shine will join the president’s Republican re-election campaign, […]

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Cohen, Not Trump, Dominated Coverage Last Month

March 9, 2019

February was a busy month in Washington. President Trump’s summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the testimony of his former lawyer were highly anticipated events, while the Democrats attempted to break through the news cycle with a conversation around Medicare for All and gun control. While online media focused on both Trump […]

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As Erdogan Turns Away From the West, He Sabotages Turkey's Progress

March 9, 2019

WASHINGTON — For a scary snapshot of what a “post-American” world looks like, consider the rupture that has been developing through three administrations in the U.S.-Turkey relationship. Turkey has come to think it can call the shots, regardless of U.S. interests. The prime mover has been President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Over the past decade, he […]

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If You're Serious About Climate…

March 9, 2019

Do you ever wonder why people run for office? I mean, unless you’re a total cynic, you must assume that at least part of the motivation is wanting to do good. Sure, those who run for office want fame and prestige, but they also have strongly held views and want to affect public policy, right? […]

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Impeachment Quest Lets AOC Types Set Democrats' Agenda

March 9, 2019

Has the Democratic Party reduced its chances of denying President Trump a second term by continuing to concentrate on throwing him out before the end of his first? You can make a good case that it has. Democrats have been itching to oust Trump since the days before he took the oath of office. Obama […]

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Hickenlooper's Real Green Deal

March 8, 2019

In announcing his candidacy for president this week, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper emphasized “getting things done” by citing Colorado’s jump from 40th in job growth to the top 10, its provision of health care to 95 percent of its citizens, and making progress on gun control during his two terms. But when it comes […]

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Can Trump Stop the Invasion?

March 8, 2019

In its lede editorial Wednesday, The New York Times called upon Congress to amend the National Emergency Act to “erect a wall against any President, not just Mr. Trump, who insists on creating emergencies where none exist.” Trump “took advantage” of a “loophole” in the NEA, said The Times, to declare “a crisis at the […]

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