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 2018-01-17 02:09 

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GOP Congressman says agrees with Trump that Haiti is a 'sh*thole': 'It's sheet metal and garbage'...

Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL) said on MSNBC Tuesday night that he believed Trump's characterization of Haiti as a "shithole" was correct. Gaetz told host Chris Hayes that he could not refute Trump's characterization. "The co...

 2018-01-17 00:41 

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Fox News reportedly had the story about Trump's lawyer paying off an adult film star and killed it...

Fox News is at it again. Or, rather, a CNN report Tuesday reveals once again that Fox News has been at it for a long time. During the 2016 presidential campaign, the network reportedly had its hands on a story about then-candidate Trump's relationship...

 2018-01-16 23:42 

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Stop talking about Trump's weight...

President Donald Trump is a racist who, just days ago, reportedly called majority-black countries "shitholes." He is intent on undermining the First Amendment. He is a liar and a right-wing extremist whose only major policy achievement is a tax ov...

 2018-01-16 22:42 

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Wall Street's mole at key consumer agency announces first sabotage of predatory lending rules...

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau spent almost half a decade crafting modest regulations on payday lending that would have brought federal oversight to the usurious industry for the first time. But on Tuesday, acting CFPB Director Mick Mulvaney jer...

 2018-01-16 22:07 

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Kentucky governor takes 480,000 poor people hostage, writes ransom note to federal courts...

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) issued a highly unusual executive order on Tuesday that would strip health care from nearly half-a-million of his state's poorest residents if courts strike down a series of dubiously legal changes Bevin plans to make to h...

 2018-01-16 22:05 

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Trump withholds $65 million in crucial humanitarian funding for Palestinians...

President Trump has withheld more than half of U.S.-pledged aid to a U.N. organization for Palestinians, the Jerusalem Post reported on Tuesday. The White House informed the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) of t...

 2018-01-16 21:40 

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Media coverage of Trump's claim that he wants immigrants from 'everywhere' is laughable...

After facing continued blowback from last week's reporting on his disparaging remarks about immigrants from "shithole countries," President Donald Trump has suddenly changed course — at least in rhetoric. On Tuesday, Trump was asked by C...

 2018-01-16 21:20 

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Coal exec throws his weight behind a new proposal after Rick Perry's bailout fails...

One week after federal regulators rejected Energy Secretary Rick Perry's plan to prop up coal and nuclear plants at the expense of natural gas and renewable energy generation, a coal industry executive threw his support behind a separate proposal by t...

 2018-01-16 20:46 

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At White House women's event, Sarah Sanders told women to ask men for jewelry. Then things got weird....

During a White House event on Tuesday entitled "A Conversation with the Women of America," Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders advised women to ask their husbands and boyfriends to buy them jewelry. And things got even stranger from there. Sand...

 2018-01-16 20:08 

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In epic 9-minute speech, Cory Booker takes on Trump's racism and white complicity...

At a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, Trump's Secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen, claimed that she couldn't remember what word Trump used to describe Haiti and African countries in an Oval Office meeting last wee...

 2018-01-16 19:51 

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The best way to debunk Trump's lies, according to science...

What is the best way to respond to Donald Trump's steady stream of conversation-dominating lies and misrepresentations? George Lakoff — an expert on message "framing" and author of the 2004 bestseller Don't Think of An Elephant has s...

 2018-01-16 19:46 

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Trump's Secretary of Homeland Security isn't sure if people in Norway are white...

During testimony before Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen claimed to not know whether Norway is a predominately white country. Nielsen made that hard-to-believe claim while trying to defend the racist lang...

 2018-01-16 19:01 

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McKayla Maroney is facing a $100,000 fine for speaking up about her sexual assault...

In 2016, Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney was among the first athletes to alert USA Gymnastics of the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of team doctor Larry Nassar — but on Tuesday, while dozens of his other victims speak publicly about th...

 2018-01-16 18:56 

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Christie finds courage to do the right thing as long as he'll face no political consequences...

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie found the courage to do the right thing at the last possible moment Monday, signing into law a bill that bans bump stocks — the gun accessory used in the Las Vegas massacre last October — just as soon as h...

 2018-01-16 17:13 

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Trump's Secretary of Homeland Security conveniently suffers from short-term memory loss...

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday and faced a barrage of questions about last week's immigration meeting in which President Trump reportedly referred to several African nations as "...

 2018-01-16 17:05 

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The Department of Education isn't handling trans student discrimination complaints, report says...

The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights continues to say they are not required to handle cases relating to discrimination against transgender students, according to a HuffPost report. HuffPost discovered three cases about transgende...

 2018-01-16 16:46 

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Japanese broadcaster mistakenly issues nuclear missile alert...

Japanese public broadcaster NHK sparked mass-panic on Tuesday when it falsely alerted residents to a North Korean missile launch. The gaffe comes days after a similar event terrified the U.S. state of Hawaii. "North Korea appears to have launched a mi...

 2018-01-16 16:39 

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New Justice Department report on terrorism is only significant for how much data it lacks...

On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security released a scary report claiming that three out of four individuals convicted of international terrorism or terrorism-related offenses were "immigrants."; "This repo...

 2018-01-16 16:08 

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Four police officers shot by 'heavily-armed' suspect while responding to domestic violence call...

Four law enforcement officers in South Carolina were shot early on Tuesday morning, when what began as a domestic violence call turned into a manhunt for a heavily-armed suspect. The incident began when officers in York, around 25 miles south of Charlotte...

 2018-01-16 15:46 

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White House: Journalists who get tax cuts will have 'change of heart', give Trump positive coverage...

During an interview with Fox & Friends on Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders lamented the "negative" coverage President Trump received in 2017 and suggested journalists would start giving the administration positive covera...

 2018-01-16 15:44 

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Senator's defense of Trump's 'sh**thole' comments was so ridiculous the crowd couldn't stop laughing...

During an event with constituents over the weekend, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) elicited laughter after she claimed, without a tinge of irony, that President Trump is simply "standing up" for Norway — the predominately white country from which he...

 2018-01-16 15:40 

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California city arrests a dozen people for passing out food and toiletries to homeless people...

A dozen people including a 14-year-old kid were given misdemeanor citations on Sunday in El Cajon, California, after they defied the city's recently enacted ban on distributing food to the needy on public land. Local charities intend to challenge the ...

 2018-01-16 15:26 

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White House says Trump couldn't possibly be racist: he had a TV show and politicians took his money...

Facing continued criticism of President Donald Trump's latest racist remarks, his press secretary offered a new defense of her boss on Tuesday — using a technique straight out of Trump's playbook. A reporter asked Sarah Huckabee Sanders abou...

 2018-01-16 15:25 

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Trump's Department of Homeland Security offers cold comfort for DREAMers...

During a Tuesday morning appearance on CBS This Morning, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen suggested the Immigration and Customs Enforcement would not prioritize deporting Dreamers who are in compliance with the Deferred Action fo...

 2018-01-16 14:27 

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3.2 million more Americans lack health insurance after Trump's first year in office...

More U.S adults are without insurance now than before President Donald Trump took office. The uninsured rate was 12.2 percent at the end of 2017, up 1.3 percentage points from the record low of 10.9 percent at the end of 2016, or the end of President Bara...

 2018-01-16 01:32 

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Watch this pastor deliver a fiery rebuke to Trump's racist comments — with Pence sitting in the pews...

Pastor Dr. Maurice Watson delivered a powerful rebuttal to Donald Trump's racist comments about immigrants on Sunday to his congregation at Metropolitan Baptist Church in Maryland. Sitting in the Pews was a very special guest: Vice President Mike Penc...

 2018-01-15 18:42 

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Trump promised Middle East peace. Palestinian president says he destroyed the Oslo Accords....

President Trump promised in May that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would be solved during his presidency. Now, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas says his U.S. counterpart has destroyed any chance of that happening. In a speech given on Sunday in Ramalla...

 2018-01-15 18:21 

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Trump administration deporting immigrant father of two on MLK Day...

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who advocated for social justice for all, in his famous 1963 Letter from a Birmingham Jail wrote that he was "cognizant of the interrelatedness of all communities and states," noting, "anyone who lives inside the Un...

 2018-01-15 17:21 

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Trump encouraged people to celebrate MLK Day with community service, but he's at his golf course...

On Friday, President Donald Trump encouraged Americans to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. "with acts of civic work and community service" on MLK Day. The president, however, is not taking his own advice — accordin...

 2018-01-15 17:01 

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Black Americans suffer most from racial trauma, but few counselors are trained to treat it...

Racism can often lead to trauma for people of color — a reality that research has confirmed time and time again. But few studies have assessed the ability of counselors to treat that trauma. "With America's climate in the current day and tim...

 2018-01-15 16:26 

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With shutdown looming, Trump flip-flops repeatedly on DACA...

In tweets published early Monday morning, President Trump appeared to once again offer conflicting messages on the fate of hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants living in the United States. Referencing comments made in Palm Beach, Florida...

 2018-01-15 16:26 

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Trump claims he is 'not a racist' despite all evidence to the contrary...

Following reports that he referred to various foreign countries — specifically, Haiti, El Salvador, and countries in Africa — as "shithole countries," President Donald Trump told reporters on Sunday that he is "not a racist." &...

 2018-01-15 15:22 

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These Senators are celebrating MLK's legacy but stayed silent on Trump's racism...

On Monday, a large number of federal lawmakers took to Twitter to post Martin Luther King Day messages, praising the slain civil rights leader's dream of equality and inclusion. But several of these same people have seemingly declined to actually stan...

 2018-01-15 02:42 

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Republican senator calls Trump 'repulsive,' compares him to Stalin...

In excerpts of a speech released Sunday night, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) compares Donald Trump to Joseph Stalin. Flake takes particular issue with Trump's assault on the media, saying the language Trump uses to describe the press ("enemy of the peopl...

 2018-01-14 16:39 

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Trump attacks Wall Street Journal for quoting him accurately on North Korea, as audio confirms...

This weekend, the White House has been lashing out at the Wall Street Journal, quibbling over a quote President Donald Trump made about his relationship with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. The Journal reported that Trump said, "I probably have a v...

 2018-01-14 16:32 

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Education Department chooses firm with ties to Secretary DeVos in debt-collection deal...

The Department of Education on Thursday selected two firms to help collect unpaid student loans — one of which, Performant Financial Corp., once had financial ties to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. According to The Washington Post, the Education D...

 2018-01-14 15:28 

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Georgia Senator claims 'gross misrepresentation' of Trump meeting, doesn't deny 's***hole' comment...

Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) went on the attack Sunday morning, attempting to smear Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and defend President Donald Trump from accusations that he said during a meeting on Thursday that he does not want immigrants coming to the U.S. from &...

 2018-01-14 15:19 

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Following federal court ruling, Trump administration resumes accepting DACA renewals...

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency announced Saturday that it would accept renewal applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, following San Francisco's federal court ruling last week that blocked the ...

 2018-01-13 20:08 

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West Virginia started drug testing welfare recipients and the results were a total flop...

In 2015, West Virginia passed legislation requiring some applicants for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) to submit to drug testing. The state estimated that over the first year, the program would identify 390 people as drug users at a cost o...

 2018-01-13 18:48 

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Hawaii residents sent terrifying, false warning of inbound ballistic missile...

Residents in Hawaii were left panic-stricken on Saturday morning when they received emergency text messages warning them, incorrectly, of an incoming ballistic missile. "BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII," the text message read in block c...

 2018-01-13 18:23 

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Trump's ambassador to the Netherlands admits, finally, he spread fake news about the Netherlands...

The newly-appointed U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands, Pete Hoekstra, has finally admitted that he was wrong to say that there were "no-go" zones in the country where Muslim youths were burning politicians and cars. Hoekstra, a former Republican ...

 2018-01-13 16:49 

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After bonus announcement, Walmart fires thousands of co-managers, replaces them with cheaper workers...

After Walmart's flashy announcement of bonuses of up to $1,000 for some of its workers, the real story played out quietly. On Wednesday, as news of the bonus announcement was lauded by Trump and Fox News, Walmart abruptly closed down 63 Sam's Club...

 2018-01-13 15:05 

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Infamous neo-Nazi website praises Trump's racist remarks...

The Daily Stormer, one of the world's largest neo-Nazi websites, praised Donald Trump for referring to Haiti, El Salvador and several African countries as "shitholes," saying it showed that the President aligned with them on race and immigrati...

 2018-01-13 14:50 

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African nations issue extraordinary response to Trump's racist comments, demand apology...

Trump's description of large swaths of the globe, including the entire continent of Africa, as "shithole nations" whose citizens should be excluded from the United States has triggered international condemnation. The latest response comes in t...

 2018-01-13 03:33 

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TV anchor, daughter of Haitian immigrants, delivers epic rebuttal to Trump...

Alisha Laventure, the daughter of Haitian immigrants and a TV news anchor in Dallas, delivered a powerful rebuttal to President Trump's infamous comments in an Oval Office meeting on Thursday. In the meeting, Trump reportedly questioned why the United...

 2018-01-12 22:18 

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Trump reportedly paid adult film star not to speak out about alleged sexual encounter...

One of the Trump Organization's top lawyers reportedly paid an adult film star $130,000 to stop her from publicly discussing an alleged sexual encounter with Donald Trump, who was running for president at the time of the reported payment. Stephanie Cl...

 2018-01-12 21:34 

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Haitian Americans tee off on Trump: 'His ignorance is the problem'...

For members of tight-knit Haitian American communities across the United States, President Donald Trump's description of their ancestral homeland as a "shithole" was neither surprising nor out of character for the man many are convinced is a r...

 2018-01-12 20:30 

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Senate Democrats are trying to stop for-profit colleges from converting into nonprofits...

Senate Democrats sent a letter to an advisory body at the Department of Education that urged them to address what they call a "troubling pattern" of for-profit colleges trying to convert to nonprofit institutions so they can avoid scrutiny for pre...

 2018-01-12 20:13 

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BREAKING: Supreme Court to hear challenge to Texas' racial gerrymander...

The Supreme Court announced on Friday that it will hear two cases, both titled Abbott v. Perez, which claim that Texas' congressional and state legislative districts were drawn to dilute Hispanic voters' influence. Both cases involve an unusual ci...

 2018-01-12 19:58 

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On Fox News, Republican senator says Durbin had a duty to keep Trump's racist remarks secret...

During an interview with Fox News' Harris Faulkner on Friday afternoon, Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) dismissed racist remarks by President Trump as "a distraction" and criticized a Democratic senator, Dick Durbin, for informing the public about th...

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