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 2021-05-27 15:28 

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Economist Paul Krugman: 'American democracy' is 'hanging by a thread' as Republicans embrace 'authoritarian takeover'...

If there is a lesson for Americans to learn from the current political climates in Hungary, the Philippines and Turkey, it is that liberal democracies don't necessarily turn authoritarian overnight; sometimes, authoritarians are voted into office and ...

 2021-05-27 15:13 

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Schumer and other Democrats start to lower the boom on the Manchin-Sinema bipartisan diddling...

If you're worried about Senate Democrats failing to pass key elements of President Joe Biden's agenda, you're not alone....

 2021-05-27 15:10 

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JP Morgan: 'Politics, not economics' is leading Republican governors to cut off unemployment aid...

New unemployment claims fell to a pandemic low for the fourth week in a row, with a still-high but rapidly dropping 406,000 people filing for unemployment. But unemployment remains high, and 4.1 million people are on the brink of losing federal unemployme...

 2021-05-27 15:08 

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Matt Gaetz eyeing presidential bid despite sex-trafficking probe — to provide cover for Ron DeSantis...

Report: Matt Gaetz Eyeing Presidential Bid Despite Sex-Trafficking Probe — To Provide Cover For Ron DeSantis...

 2021-05-27 14:27 

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Trump's bogus election fraud 'canard' could inspire more violence: federal judge...

Judge Amy Berman Jackson has been a frequent thorn in the side of former President Donald Trump, sentencing allies like Roger Stone and Paul Manafort to federal prison and vehemently disagreeing with former U.S. Attorney General William Barr's respons...

 2021-05-27 14:25 

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Trump CFO's ex-daughter-in-law faces 'threat' after speaking out about him 'hiding money in escrow'...

Jennifer Weisselberg, the former daughter-in-law of Trump Organization chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg, has revealed she is facing threats as a result of speaking out amid federal investigations into the former president's businesses. On Thu...

 2021-05-27 14:22 

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'My family is gone!' Gut-wrenching video shows Kentucky dad driven to tears over vaccine conspiraciesTravis Gettys...

A viral video shows a Kentucky father begging his daughter -- and offering her cash -- to avoid the coronavirus vaccine.The video was posted on TikTok by a woman named Brianna, who said her father offered to pay her $2,000 if she wouldn't get the vacc...

 2021-05-27 13:23 

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Why Trump's legal woes won't prevent him from winning 2024's presidential election: constitutional experts...

Former President Donald Trump is simultaneously among the most disdained and adored political figures in the United States, where millions of Democrats are delighted that he is gone from the White House while he maintains an iron grip on the Republican Pa...

 2021-05-27 13:04 

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Trump's impromptu 16-hour trip to NYC for a UFC fight cost taxpayers more than $250K: report...

Former President Donald Trump left taxpayers footing a bill for more than a quarter of a million dollars when he decided to take an impromptu trip to New York City back in 2019. According to federal records, obtained by New York Daily News under the Freed...

 2021-05-27 11:41 

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Why Greene's latest rebuke of McCarthy only adds to the GOP implosion...

On Wednesday, May 26, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) appeared on Newsmax with Greg Kelly where she weighed in on House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy's (R) condemnation of her controversial Holocaust remarks. Although Greene has a deep disdain fo...

 2021-05-27 11:06 

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Biden warned not to abandon key climate plans to appease 'science-denying Republicans'...

Environmentalists are warning President Joe Biden against ditching critical green energy investments and other climate policies in his effort to strike an infrastructure deal with congressional Republicans, many of whom continue to deny the scientific rea...

 2021-05-27 11:01 

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Former White House counsel Don McGahn agrees to testify in hearing on Trump, Russia investigation...

Donald Trump's former White House counsel, Don McGahn, agreed to provide testimony before the House Judiciary Committee next week about Trump's efforts to impede the Russia investigation.The announcement, first reported in the New York Times, is p...

 2021-05-27 10:53 

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NY prosecutors send a sign that the Trump probe is in 'an advanced stage': report...

Prosecutors in the Manhattan District Attorney's Office have instructed at least one witness to prepare to testify before a grand jury. The Manhattan DA recently empaneled a special grand jury that is slated to serve six months, hear evidence, and det...

 2021-05-27 10:50 

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Georgia GOP official who previously pushed back against Trump appears to have had a change of tune...

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) may have voted for former President Donald Trump but he was one of the few Republican officials willing to push back against wrongdoings in the name of democracy. Now it appears Raffensperger, up for re-el...

 2021-05-27 08:34 

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The slow, punishing arc of 'The Handmaid's Tale' mirrors our struggle for reproductive rights...

After almost two years, Hulu's...

 2021-05-27 01:35 

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Science has always been political — but it is now partisan like never before...

by Liv Grjebine, Harvard UniversityLast year one of my students in a history of science class commented that "no one knows which doctors to trust because they are politicizing the pandemic, just like politicians are." The interactions between scie...

 2021-05-27 00:27 

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Joe Manchin is embarrassing himself by letting Mitch McConnell play him for a chump...

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is determined to keep the Senate from getting anything done—and Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin is handing him leverage.Oh, Manchin is trying to pretend that's not what he's doing. Maybe some part of him ev...

 2021-05-27 00:14 

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Biden's EPA reverses Trump-era 'secret science' rule...

Climate action advocates applauded the Biden administration Wednesday after the Environmental Protection Agency announced a reversal of its Trump-era "secret science" rule, which limited the research the agency could use in its regulatory work.EPA...

 2021-05-26 23:55 

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'I have done nothing wrong': Marjorie Taylor Greene refuses to apologize after Kevin McCarthy's rebuke...

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) on Wednesday insisted that she had...

 2021-05-26 23:32 

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The dark history behind a revealing Fox News chyron...

For decades, the GOP claimed the mantle of an economically conservative party and exploited societal issues such as racism and abortion to bolster their electoral support. Yet over the past few years, a reversal has occurred, such that the GOP's cultu...

 2021-05-26 22:51 

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The GOP's rejection of the truth is politically costly for them...

A new poll by Ipsos shows that 53 percent of Republicans affirm that Donald Trump is the...

 2021-05-26 22:17 

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Here's what it really means for the Republican Party to embrace fascism...

I got a response from a concerned reader and citizen yesterday that I'd like to discuss today. It was in reaction to Tuesday's piece about Alan Wolfe, the political scientist and sociologist who seemed to predict, in 2004, the Republicans' tur...

 2021-05-26 21:05 

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Watch: Fox News' Peter Doocy tries and fails to trip up Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre...

Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy continued his efforts to make news Wednesday, only to meet his match in Principal Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, who took the podium this afternoon at the daily White House press briefing.Doocy's own netw...

 2021-05-26 20:05 

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Most Americans generally oppose animal testing — will the U.S. finally ban it?...

The life of a mouse or a rat is an unenviable one. Chances are that if you're in the urban wild, you must contend with deadly traps, poisons and broom-wielding humans. If you're a country-dweller, you might have it a bit easier, but then again you...

 2021-05-26 19:44 

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Biden is eloquent about George Floyd's murder — but he could undermine it all with one nomination...

If Joe Biden fully meant what he said after meeting with George Floyd's family in the Oval Office on Tuesday, he won't nominate Rahm Emanuel to be the U.S. ambassador to Japan. But recent news reports tell us that's exactly what the president ...

 2021-05-26 19:05 

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Here's the real reason McConnell and McCarthy rebuked Marjorie Taylor Greene...

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, like a cat peeing on your bed, has found the most surefire way to get that sweet, sweet attention she craves: Holocaust comparisons.It started last week when the QAnon congresswoman from Georgia made a glib and risible compari...

 2021-05-26 18:35 

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America's cops are having their Harvey Weinstein moment...

Sometimes cultural change takes generations or even centuries; sometimes it happens in the seeming blink of the eye. America's bad cops — and their enablers — are having their Harvey Weinstein moment.Harvey was a big shot in Hollywood for ...

 2021-05-26 18:06 

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Republican lawmakers go nuts over 'creeping left-wing extremism' in the US military...

On Tuesday, May 25, 30 House Republican lawmakers including Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and Paul Gosar (R-AZ) signed on in support of a letter to the U.S. Secretary of Defense to verbalize their complaints about the "growing...

 2021-05-26 18:04 

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Why Brad Raffensperger's troubles are a sign of problems to come for non-extremist conservatives: columnist...

In Georgia, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is facing an aggressive primary challenge from Rep. Jody Hice, a far-right Republican who backs President Donald Trump's false claims of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election. Liberal Washington ...

 2021-05-26 17:57 

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Watch: Elizabeth Warren grills Jamie Dimon in heated Senate hearing...

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., grilled J.P. Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon during a Senate Banking Committee hearing on Tuesday, calling claims that the bank helped customers during the pandemic "a bunch of baloney.""No matter how you try to sp...

 2021-05-26 17:47 

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Oklahoma's GOP attorney general abruptly resigns after local newspaper asks him about affair...

Oklahoma's attorney general Mike Hunter resigned after a local newspaper questioned him about an extramarital affair its reporters had confirmed.The Oklahoman submitted questioned Tuesday night to the Republican, who filed for divorce his wife of 39 y...

 2021-05-26 17:24 

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Mother of fallen Capitol Police officer wants to meet with GOP senators opposing January 6 commission...

Although a bipartisan bill calling for a commission to investigate the January 6 insurrection was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives — where conservative Republican Rep. John Katko played a key role in crafting the proposal — it faces...

 2021-05-26 17:03 

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Watch: Arizona GOP leader incredulous after CNN confronts her over Trump-backed 'audit'...

The woman behind the controversial Arizona election audit faced a series of questions when she was confronted by CNN reporter Kyung Lah.On Tuesday, May 25, Arizona state Senate President Karen Fann (R) was confronted and questioned about the legitimacy of...

 2021-05-26 16:48 

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Trump lashes out after reports of a grand jury leak...

Former President Trump on Tuesday railed against reports that a special grand jury will convene to hear evidence regarding his business dealings, blasting the jury as part of "greatest Witch Hunt in American history.""This is purely political,...

 2021-05-26 16:18 

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How Trump is 'teaming up with' Newt Gingrich for a 2022 version of the Contract With America: Report...

In 1994, when President Bill Clinton was serving his first term, then-House Minority Whip Newt Gingrich unveiled his Contract With America — a hard-right Republican legislative agenda that Gingrich's critics slammed as the Contract On America. R...

 2021-05-26 15:49 

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Lawsuits filed against bills signed by DeSantis are being defended with taxpayer dollars...

Multiple bills that were passed by Florida's Republican-led legislature and then signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) are now at the center of more than five lawsuits. Since more lawsuits are likely on the way, lawmakers are preparing to fight bac...

 2021-05-26 15:27 

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McConnell proves once again there's no 'good faith' among Senate Republicans...

Weeks ago, President Joe Biden gave Senate Republicans a deadline. They had until Memorial Day to prove they were serious about participating in government by working with him on infrastructure. Biden could have taken Sen. Mitch McConnell at his word when...

 2021-05-26 15:21 

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Infrastructure talks have been rendered a joke by GOP bad faith and whatever Joe Manchin thinks he's doing...

Negotiations between the White House and Senate Republicans over an infrastructure and jobs package are a predictable mess of Republican obstruction and dishonesty, but Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer claimed Tuesday that the legislation, whatever it...

 2021-05-26 15:20 

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Why Biden's DOJ is protecting Bill Barr...

It's only Wednesday but it's already been quite a week for legal activity in Trumpworld. It's eerily reminiscent of those heady days back in 2017 and 2018 when everyone assumed that special counselor Robert Mueller's report on his investig...

 2021-05-26 15:15 

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Federal judge slams Barr-era DOJ for efforts to 'neutralize the impact of' Mueller's report...

On May 26, a portion of a recent court opinion by Judge Amy Berman Jackson was unsealed. And in that opinion, the federal judge — who is known for the prison sentences she gave to Donald Trump allies Roger Stone and Paul Manafort — is vehement...

 2021-05-26 14:39 

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Newsmax host loses it over Lucky Charms 'gay leprechaun' and Kellogg's 'forcing kids to be confused about their gender'...

Newsmax host Grant Stinchfield had a homophobic Tuesday night freak out over kids' breakfast cereals.After being strongly criticized two weeks ago for disgusting antisemitic remarks, Stinchfield is back to attack the LGBTQ community with a segment on...

 2021-05-26 14:31 

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How Stephen Miller inadvertently provided the playbook to fight white supremacy...

Former Trump White House senior adviser Stephen Miller developed a reputation for giving white supremacy a mainstream voice. Although his time in the White House has passed, he is still working to advance his white nationalist campaigns by way of Fox News...

 2021-05-26 14:19 

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Texas Gov. was aware of gas shortages days before winter storm blackout but publicly blamed wind turbines anyway: report...

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) publicly insisted that wind turbines were part of the reason for the state's electrical grid failure during the winter storm, but a new report highlighting the days leading up to the blackout calls his claim into question. A...

 2021-05-26 14:12 

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Fact-check busts Republicans for wrongly blaming rising gas and lumber prices on Biden...

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and other Republicans are blaming President Joe Biden for rising gas and lumber prices in the United States. But Associated Press reporters Christopher Rugaber and Hope Yen fact-check those claims in an article publish...

 2021-05-26 13:57 

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Opposition to a January 6 commission shows the GOP has been overtaken by 'Banana Republicans'...

Although a bill calling for a commission to investigate the January 6 insurrection and assault on the U.S. Capitol Building was recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, it faces an uphill battle in the U.S. Senate — where Minority Leade...

 2021-05-26 13:00 

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Matt Gaetz's legal woes could open the door for campaign finance violations...

While Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) is at the center of a federal investigation into his alleged involvement with a teenage girl, he may be faced with another issue in the very near future. According to the Brennan Center, Law professor Jennifer Taub's new...

 2021-05-26 12:41 

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Former DHS official explains why Liz Cheney, a DOJ appointee and a Politico reporter anger pro-Trump Republicans so deeply...

In an article published by the conservative website The Bulwark on May 26, Paul Rosenzweig — who formerly served in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and now lectures at the George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. — ...

 2021-05-26 11:51 

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Kevin McCarthy's rebuke of Marjorie Taylor Greene was not an action of his own judgment: report...

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) may have condemned Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene's (R-Ga.) remarks comparing mask-wearing to the Holocaust but reports suggest there was a reason why he made the public statement. According to a new report...

 2021-05-26 11:25 

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DC Attorney General sues Amazon for alleged monopolistic price-fixing...

Washington, D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine on Tuesday sued e-commerce giant Amazon, accusing the world's largest retailer of monopolistic price-fixing, stifling competition in the online retail space, and depriving consumers of choice. The lawsuit ...

 2021-05-26 11:25 

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Historian wonders: Is Joe Biden 'a speed bump on the fascists' march to power'?...

On Jan. 6, Donald Trump's Big Lie about a stolen election turned kinetic, and inspired an attempted coup against American democracy. At the very least, Republicans aided and abetted Trump's coup attempt and the attack on the U.S. Capitol, and some...

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