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The Supreme Court was the 'most functional branch of government' this term  

The Supreme Court's nine-month term ended Monday, marking a historic period of time for the judicial branch as the justices set a modern record for reaching consensus. Because the court operated with just eight justices for the majority of its term, the breakdown "probably required having a lot more discussion of some things and more compromise and maybe narrower opinions than we would have issued otherwise," said Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. The term had the highest share of unanimous cases eve

2017-06-27 14:10:55
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Freedom Caucus Chair: House Conservatives Would Reject Current Senate Health Care Bill  

In case Mitch McConnell didn't have enough problems at the moment.

2017-06-27 13:59:13
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Stop GOP From Sabotaging Health Care System  

Eugene Robinson, Washington PostWASHINGTON -- This is a week to keep focused on the most urgent question in domestic policy and politics: Will Republicans snatch health insurance from millions of Americans and slash the vital Medicaid program by nearly $1 trillion, all to enable massive tax cuts for the wealthy and powerful?

2017-06-27 13:50:23
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We've lost Canada  

A majority of Canadians now dislike the United States, a first since records began being kept 35 years ago. Likely, though, it has been much longer since Canadians felt so negatively about their southerly neighbors: "Maybe it was pretty bad in 1812," Environics Institute executive director Keith Neuman quipped to the Toronto Star, "but there's no data for that." Under President Trump, only 43 percent of Canadians view the U.S. favorably, with 51 percent holding a negative view. The revelation c

2017-06-27 13:44:54
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Maine raised the minimum wage for restaurant workers. They begged to have it lowered.  

After Monday's news that Seattle's $15 minimum wage experiment is actually lowering low-wage employees' income, restaurant workers in Maine must be feeling pretty prescient. Their minimum wage saga started back in November, when voters approved a referendum raising their minimum wage from $3.75 an hour in 2016 to $12 by 2024. The intention was to lessen servers' reliance on tips, a plan that only sounded good to people who aren't servers. Since that vote, restaurant workers have lobbied the sta

2017-06-27 12:53:03
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Senate Democrats Hold Raucous Sit-In To Protest GOP Health Care Bill  

What started as a Facebook live stream involving two lawmakers grew into an impromptu rally.

2017-06-27 12:40:38
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Alec Baldwin is returning as Trump  

After fueling speculation that he might set aside the spray tan forever, Alec Baldwin has confirmed he'll reprise his role as President Trump for Saturday Night Live when the show returns for its 43rd season this fall. "Yeah, we're going to fit that in," he told CNN. "I think people have enjoyed it." Earlier this year, the actor suggested he might be done with the impression after a single season of SNL. "There's a style the president has to have, and I think the maliciousness of this White Hou

2017-06-27 12:28:52
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Can't Any Democrat Find a Message That Works?  

Wesley Pruden, Washington TimesSome discerning Democrats are at last telling the party chiefs that the party has no message to take to the hustings next year. That may be a misreading of the stars, Nancy Pelosi's horoscope and Chuck Schumer's tea leaves.

2017-06-27 12:27:41
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Cartoon: GOP-care defended  

Follow Jen on Twitter at @JenSorensen

2017-06-27 12:24:22
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Driverless car technology is being thwarted by kangaroos  

Roughly 3.3 million years after ancient humanoids invented the earliest known tools, mankind is on the cusp of perfecting sophisticated self-driving technology that has the potential to revolutionize transportation as we know it. There is only one problem: kangaroos. Volvo's new self-driving technology uses a "large animal detection" system to prevent its S90 and XC90 car models from plowing into deer or moose while on the go, the BBC reports. But during tests in Australia, researchers realized

2017-06-27 12:23:31
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The GOP bill isn't just 22 million Americans losing health insurance—it's 28,600 murders  

In what may be the year's most timely study, the Annals of Internal Medicine published a study on Monday showing something that should be obvious, but needs to be stated: Insurance saves lives. The evidence strengthens confidence in the Institute of Medicine's conclusion that health insurance saves lives: The odds of dying among the insured relative to the uninsured is 0.71 to 0.97. What does that mean? It means that for every 1 million people who lose health insurance, 1,300 will di...

2017-06-27 12:15:33
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What The Grenfell Fire Could Teach Trump  

The Trump administration has been loosening health and safety regulations since Day One.

2017-06-27 11:33:25
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A Premature Declaration of Victory on Travel Ban  

Ed Kilgore, NY MagazineThe Supreme Court did reinstate a narrower version of the order. But the White House could easily lose in the end.

2017-06-27 11:23:36
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Supreme Court Allows Watered-Down Travel Ban To Take Effect For Now  

The ban is one of the president's most controversial campaign promises.

2017-06-27 11:20:18
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Replacing Obamacare a Make-or-Break Moment for GOP  

Hugh Hewitt, Wash PostSen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) threw himself off a political cliff last week when he declared full-throated opposition to the Senate version of the Obamacare repeal bill, and it remains to be seen if Heller is hanging by a limb out of sight and can climb back to electoral sanity or has hit rock bottom in his public career.

2017-06-27 11:17:03
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Cheers and Jeers: Tuesday  

From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE… Energize An Ally Tuesday It was a tough scene to watch last week when Capitol Police started dragging out dozens of physically disabled protesters who had gathered at Mitch McConnell's office door to protest the monstrous money grab for the wealthy he was trying to disguise as a health care bill. Leading the protest were members of ADAPT (Americans Disabled for Accessible Public Transit, so named for their original issue in the 70s and 80s: making city buse...

2017-06-27 10:12:49
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Planned Parenthood Still Believes It Can Win the Culture War  

Emma Green, AtlanticThe United States Congress is trying hard to defund Planned Parenthood, once and for all. For a period of one year, the proposed American Health Care Act would prohibit federal funds from going to non-profit organizations that provide family-planning services, including abortions, and get more than $350 million in reimbursements under Medicaid, which provides health insurance to the poor, the elderly, children, pregnant women, and people with disabilities. When the Congressi

2017-06-27 09:57:53
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Donald Trump Tears Into CNN Over Retracted Russia Story  

He claimed the network's ratings were "way down" while dismissing CNN and other outlets as "fake news."

2017-06-27 09:41:31
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Senate Republicans Said Their Bill Wouldn't Hurt The Poor. It Would.  

Two charts tell the whole story.

2017-06-27 09:25:11
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Abbreviated pundit roundup: CBO confirms Senate GOP health care bill is a disaster  

Higher deductibles? Check. Millions more uninsured? Check. Unaffordable plans that offer skimpy coverage? Check. Skyrocketing out-of-pocket costs? Check. The Congressional Budget Office confirmed that the Senate's version of the House's "mean" bill (to use Trump's own description) is still a policy and political nightmare. We begin today's roundup of the reaction to the CBO score with Michael Tomasky at Newsweek: The bill is a policy monstrosity. A health-care monstrosity. It w...

2017-06-27 09:17:26
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Republicans have a solution to finding the votes they need for their healthcare bill—massive bribery  

The bad news? The evaluation of the new Senate Republican health care bill by the Congressional Budget Office shows that 22 million people will lose their health care over the next decade, most of those in the next year.  But there's good news. Stripping Americans of their health care turns out to be more lucrative than expected. With the massive cuts to both individual subsidies and even more massive cuts to Medicaid, the Republicans looked into the bottom of the their plan and found some...

2017-06-27 09:15:13
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Television writers are having a hard time topping the drama of real-life Washington, D.C.  

As a sharp American social critic once said, "truth is stranger than fiction." Television writers are learning that the hard way, though, as the real-life drama in Washington, D.C., dominates — and entertains — the nation. "I'm very jealous," Veep showrunner David Mandel jokingly confessed to The Associated Press. "We work very hard on our scripts. They seem to be better at the job than I am." "We are in extremely unusual times," agreed Homeland executive producer Alex Gansa, "and sometim...

2017-06-27 08:57:12
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Democratic lawmakers staged an impromptu sit-in at the Capitol over TrumpCare  

On Monday night, a group of Democratic lawmakers sat down on the steps of the U.S. Capitol to talk about Republicans' plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare. The impromptu event started with Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) streaming a Facebook Live talk about TrumpCare, and it quickly grew from there. 1. Tonight, something kinda magical happened on the steps of the Capitol. It started like this: pic.twitter.com/9HDvz4K4W6 — Ben Wikler (@benwikler) June 27, 2017 Democrati...

2017-06-27 08:38:33
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McConnell's response to CBO Trumpcare score: Clap harder ... and don't say the number 22 million  

It took Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a few minutes to release a statement after the Congressional Budget Office released its verdict on the Senate Republican healthcare bill, and no wonder. When your bill will leave 22 million people without health coverage within a decade, 15 million of them by next year, you have to be careful what you say. Here's what McConnell came up with: Americans need relief from the failed Obamacare law. The Senate will soon take action on a bill tha...

2017-06-27 08:21:58
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Fast & Furious Whistleblower Became an 'Enemy of the State'  

Sharyl Attkisson, TDSThe congressional probe into Fast and Furious is one of the longest in history.

2017-06-27 08:16:33
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Elizabeth Warren Calls For Democrats To Embrace Single-Payer Health Care  

Obamacare was based on ''a conservative model,'' the Massachusetts Democrat says.

2017-06-27 08:10:11
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Tom Cotton Playing Health-Care Cards Close to Vest  

James Arkin, RealClearPoliticsSen. Tom Cotton is holding his health care cards close to his chest.

2017-06-27 07:48:34
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1. The European Commission fined Google $2.7 billion on Tuesday after ruling that the company abused its power by steering search results to promote its comparison shopping service. The fine is the biggest ever imposed by the EU's antitrust regulators. The ruling also required Google to stop the practices within 90 days, or it could face further penalties of 5 percent of its parent company Alphabet's average daily worldwide earnings, about $14 million a day. Google indicated it might appeal, say

2017-06-27 07:40:54
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Trump just promised to 'prioritize' HIV/AIDS treatment. His budget slashes funding for related programs by $1.1 billion.  

Just a month after releasing a budget proposing drastic cuts to AIDS treatment programs, President Trump delivered a heartfelt statement on National HIV Testing Day. Trump in the statement encouraged people to "take the first step — discovery — in fighting" HIV and expressed gratitude for the "concerted efforts to diagnose and treat more and more people," which have allowed Americans with HIV to live "longer, healthier lives than ever before." He vowed his administration would "build upon t...

2017-06-27 07:35:38
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Massive 'Petya' cyberattack hits Europe, South Asia  

A massive worldwide cyberattack is causing disruptions from Spain to India, with Ukraine the heaviest hit and the apparent initial target, The Independent reports. The attack is the biggest in Ukraine's history, affecting everything from the banks to the electricity grids and metro. Ukraine's prime minister called the attack "unprecedented," but clarified that "vital systems haven't been affected." Ukraine has faced a history of cyberattacks or hacking attempts in the past several years. The co

2017-06-27 07:21:22
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Judge Halts Deportation Of Iraqis Detained In U.S. Immigration Sweeps  

The ACLU argued those being deported could face persecution, torture or death.

2017-06-27 07:18:02
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Facing long odds, McConnell delays health-care vote  

Due to a lack of votes, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has decided to delay the Senate vote on the GOP health-care plan. McConnell, who was pushing for a vote this week, told senators Tuesday that he now plans to hold the vote after the July 4 recess in hopes of rallying more support in the extra time. Six Republicans have come out against the bill, while four have expressed concerns. McConnell can only afford two defections. Meanwhile, Republican senators have been invited to t

2017-06-27 07:14:48
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Daily Kos Radio is LIVE at 9 AM ET!  

Republican Senators are beginning to either defect or troll us on the Medicaid repeal bill. Meanwhile, Trump is beginning to either unilaterally declare war with no notice to anyone, or troll the Pentagon. We'll see what we can sort out before he kills us all. Listen LIVE (from your perspective, anyway), right here at 9:00 AM ET! Where else can you get live, unvarnished news, commentary and opinion from Daily Kos editors David Waldman, Greg Dworkin, Joan McCarter, and even Armando?...

2017-06-27 07:07:59
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McConnell hits snag on moving Trumpcare forward  

Campaign Action Four Republican senators—Dean Heller (NV), Susan Collins (ME), Rand Paul (KY), and Ron Johnson (WI)—have announced they will vote against the procedural motion to proceed on the "Better Care Act," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's version of Trumpcare. One of those votes, Johnson's is . . . let's say "fluid." He's taken about four different positions in the last month and is frankly incoherent. Even after saying Monday night that he was a "no," he's telling CNN...

2017-06-27 07:01:31
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Trump's Legal Apologists Advocate Autocracy  

Faced with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe, President Trump's enablers strive to place him beyond the rule of law

2017-06-27 06:57:26
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Couple has their dream wedding at a fancy Las Vegas Taco Bell  

The bride carried a bouquet made of hot sauce packets, while the groom smelled of chalupas, as is expected when a couple marries inside a Taco Bell. Today's the day! #LoveAndTacosContest winners @DanRyckert & Bianca are getting married. Catch the wedding on our #Snapchat. pic.twitter.com/rOczqCM1kY — Taco Bell (@tacobell) June 25, 2017 On Sunday, Dan Ryckert and Bianca Monda became the first people to get married inside Taco Bell's Las Vegas Cantina on the Strip. After they exchanged their ...

2017-06-27 06:56:52
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Fancy Names for Left-Wing Anti-Semitism  

Charles Lipson, RealClearPoliticsIt was a Chicago weekend filled with gay pride events, with friends and families cheering on the marchers. But a dark cloud loomed over one event. When some lesbians showed up at the “Dyke March” with banners that included a Star of David, they were booted out.

2017-06-27 06:40:03
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GOP Sen. Susan Collins says she'll vote to block Republican health-care bill  

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) tweeted Monday evening that she will vote no on a motion to advance the Senate health-care bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act. Collins made the announcement a few hours after the Congressional Budget Office released its preliminary analysis of the Senate Republicans' health-care proposal, which estimates that in 10 years, if the plan passes, 22 million more people would be uninsured than if the Affordable Care Act remained the law. "I want to work with my GOP

2017-06-27 06:39:44
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Religious Groups Troubled By Supreme Court's Watered-Down Version Of Travel Ban  

"Even if the government ultimately decides that we 'may' discriminate against a person, the question for me is, 'Should we?'"

2017-06-27 06:36:38
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Trump's Travel Ban Victory Should Force Media to Reflect  

Jonathan Turley, The HillOPINION The Supreme Court's stay should concentrate minds in both the judiciary and the media on the loss of objectivity in analysis over the president's immigration order.

2017-06-27 06:34:30
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Are Illinois & Puerto Rico Our Future?  

Pat Buchanan, The American ConservativeIf Gov. Bruce Rauner and his legislature in Springfield do not put a budget together by Friday, the Land of Lincoln will be the first state in the Union to see its debt plunge into junk-bond status.

2017-06-27 06:16:56
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Stephen Colbert teases his Russia trip with a pretty gutsy clip of him on Russian late-night TV  

On Monday's Late Show, Stephen Colbert reiterated that he was extremely happy to be back in America after his visit to Russia last week. "The whole trip was supposed to be top secret," he explained. "I'm serious. I wanted to get over there and get back before anybody knew. And some traitor leaked that I was over there. Luckily, after an exhaustive search, we have found the leaker — it was me." He showed the tweet he sent to President Trump showing himself in Russia, apologized to himself,

2017-06-27 06:15:28
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State Department Downgrades China In Annual Human Trafficking Report  

The country received the lowest possible grade.

2017-06-27 06:02:59
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Let Consumers Repeal Obamacare  

Robert Pollock, RealClearPoliticsObamacare was sold on a lie (“you can keep your doctor”) and built on a regressive tax known as the individual mandate. It has created untold anxiety for some of the most vulnerable among us, who have watched premiums skyrocket and insurance plans canceled. Too many Americans now live in locations with only one Obamacare plan on offer. Soon there will be locations with none.

2017-06-27 06:01:44
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A Vote of Conscience and Courage  

David Leonhardt, New York TimesSenators entered politics with high ideals. The health care vote presents them with a career-defining decision.

2017-06-27 05:44:32
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Sen. Susan Collins Comes Out Against Health Care Bill  

Her announcement is a significant blow to Senate Republicans.

2017-06-27 05:30:06
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Is that an Easter egg in your pocket, or are you just happy to be armed in church? GunFAIL CCXLII  

Hi. We're back again with another couple dozen accidental shootings. Because time marches on, and the same things keep happening over and over again, but to a mostly different set of people. Fifteen people accidentally shot themselves during the week, and two people were accidentally shot by family members or significant others. And one man, out target shooting with his son, either accidentally shot himself or was accidentally shot by his son, but we don't know which. Unless he was accidenta...

2017-06-27 05:27:19
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McConnell Faces Mutiny On GOP Health Care Plan  

He is down, but he is not out.

2017-06-27 05:23:07
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Seth Meyers thinks the Senate GOP health-care bill is 'almost comically villainous'  

The Senate Republicans' health-care plan is "almost comically villainous," Seth Meyers said Monday night, with its tax cuts for the wealthy paid for by gutting Medicaid. "The only way this bill could be more cartoonishly evil is if it mandated tying damsels in distress to railroad tracks," he said on Late Night. On Monday, the Congressional Budget Office release its report projecting that the GOP plan would leave 22 million more people uninsured over the next 10 years, and that's "savage," Meye

2017-06-27 05:20:36
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GOP congressman reportedly loses $17 million in a single day thanks to a bad drug gamble  

Stock in an Australian biotech company that was questionably promoted to members of the House by Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) plummeted from $1.77 a share to just 5 cents on Tuesday, after the company announced its multiple sclerosis drug had failed trials, The Buffalo News reports. "The news is dire for both the company and investors," Australia's Money Morning wrote, as shareholders' hopes had hinged on the promising drug's success. Collins is the firm's biggest shareholder; he owns about a fi

2017-06-27 05:19:33
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The Supreme Court Will Consider Whether To Legalize Sports Gambling  

The court unexpectedly announced that it will consider a New Jersey case that challenges federal anti-gambling laws.

2017-06-27 05:18:31
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The Travel Ban at the Supreme Court  



2017-06-27 05:14:10
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Trump's Support For Punishing Qatar Is Misguided  

This new crisis in the Persian Gulf is complex and requires a thoughtful and nuanced approach.

2017-06-27 05:04:54
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I Don't Know How To Explain To You That You Should Care About Other People  

Our disagreement is not merely political, but a fundamental divide on what it means to live in a society.

2017-06-27 05:01:53
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President Trump spent his morning retweeting Fox & Friends  

Fox News is facing mounting accusations that it is acting as a kind of "state media" for President Trump, claims that are not going to be assuaged by the president's early morning retweets. On Tuesday, President Trump shared four different Fox & Friends tweets without comment: Mark Levin: The collusion is among the Democrats — FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) June 27, 2017 Hannity: Russia allegations 'boomeranging back' on Democrats — FOX & fr...

2017-06-27 05:01:01
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Morning Digest: Nevada Democrats beg Danny Tarkanian not to throw them into briar patch  

The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, and Carolyn Fiddler, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, and David Beard. Leading Off ● NV-Sen, NV-03: Wealthy perennial candidate Danny Tarkanian helped gift Democrats a swingy House district in the Las Vegas suburbs last year, so we may be pushing our luck in hoping he'll also give Team Blue a boosting in winning Nevada's Senate seat in ...

2017-06-27 04:52:28
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The National Enquirer's Fervor for Trump  

Jeffrey Toobin, The New YorkerEvery Wednesday afternoon, in a windowless conference room in an office building at the tip of lower Manhattan, David Pecker decides what will be on the cover of the following week’s National Enquirer. Pecker is the longtime chief executive of American Media, Inc., which owns most of the nation’s supermarket tabloids and gossip magazines, including the Star, the Globe, the Examiner, and OK!, as well as the flagship Enquirer. Pecker’s tabloids have

2017-06-27 04:49:11
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Stephen Colbert, just back from a trip to Moscow, apologizes to Trump over Russia's election hacking  

Stephen Colbert was in Russia last week, he revealed on Monday's Late Show. His audience may not have been aware of his travels, but "you know who did know I was in Russia?" Colbert asked. "Russian intelligence — hard-core fans, evidently, followed me everywhere." He explained that he and his crew returned from Moscow Sunday night, that he was still on Russian time, and that he would show some of the several segments he shot there in coming weeks. "But while Russia was fascinating, it is

2017-06-27 04:35:10
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Seattle's Lesson on the Road to a $15 Minimum Wage  

Megan McArdle, BloombergThe experiment has hurt low-wage workers, cutting their earnings by $125 a month.

2017-06-27 04:17:39
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3 CNN investigative journalists resign over retracted Russia-Trump story  

Following the retraction of an article on a Wall Street financier and ally of President Trump allegedly meeting with a Russian investment fund, three investigative journalists at CNN are leaving the network. On June 22, CNN published a story on its website about Senate investigators looking into a meeting between SkyBridge Capital founder Anthony Scaramucci and an executive for the Russian Direct Investment Fund, which invests in Russian companies, the Los Angeles Times reports. Late Friday, CN

2017-06-27 04:01:30
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CNN Producer Caught on Tape Calling Russia Story BS  

James O'Keefe, Project VeritasIn a video released overnight by 'Project Veritas' founder James O'Keefe, CNN producer John Bonifield is caught on film admitting that the network's constant coverage of the Trump-Russia narrative is "mostly bullshit" and "the president is probably right to say [CNN] is witch-hunting [him]."

2017-06-27 03:56:14
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Mazie Hirono Makes Senate Speech Against Health Care Bill Night Before Cancer Surgery  

"Trumpcare would be a disaster to the American people," the Hawaii Democrat said.

2017-06-27 03:54:03
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Top GOP Senator Challenges Trump Arms Deals Over Qatar Crisis  

The Trump-friendly lawmaker's move threatens planned sales to Saudi Arabia and shows bipartisan anger with the administration's Mideast mismanagement.

2017-06-27 03:52:51
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The Senate's Health-Care Hour  



2017-06-27 03:52:47
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White House: Syrian government making preparations for chemical weapons attack  

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer released a blunt statement Monday night about Syria, claiming the United States has "identified potential preparations for another chemical attack by the Assad regime that would likely result in the mass murder of civilians, including innocent children." The White House says it has seen activities "similar to preparations the regime made before its April 4, 2017, chemical weapons attack." The U.S. is in Syria to "eliminate the Islamic State of Iraq and Sy

2017-06-27 03:51:50
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I got an IUD. It was a nightmare.  

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2017-06-27 03:46:27
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The GOP's 'Better Care' act: The worst parts of health care now even worse  

Over the last few years, Republicans correctly identified the thing Americans hate most about the health insurance system: out-of-pocket costs. Rising premiums are bad enough, but what's really maddening is when you have insurance, but you still have to keep shelling out for going to the doctor. Many insurance plans, particularly on the individual market, have deductibles of $5,000, $8,000, even $12,000 or more. It makes you feel like you're being screwed: We pay hundreds of dollars every month

2017-06-27 03:32:35
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California will list ingredient found in weed-killer Roundup as cancerous  

On July 7, the state of California will add glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup weed killer, to its list of chemicals known to cause cancer, but the maker of the product, Monsanto, is vowing to fight it out in court. When a chemical is listed as being a known carcinogen, companies selling the product in California must add warning labels to their packaging. Monsanto has filed an appeal, saying the chemical doesn't cause cancer and labels would harm business, The Associated Press reports.

2017-06-27 03:21:41
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Only 2 countries trust America more under Trump than Obama, new global survey shows  

On Monday, the Pew Research Center released a survey on how 37 countries view the United States under President Trump, and overall, the numbers are pretty eye-opening. In the six months since former President Barack Obama left office and Trump was sworn in, favorable views of the U.S. have dropped from 64 percent at the end of Obama's tenure to 49 percent, while unfavorable views rose from 26 percent to 39 percent. It took former President George W. Bush eight years to get numbers that bad, esp

2017-06-27 03:21:21
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A Supreme Win for Trump and the Rule of Law  



2017-06-27 03:18:59
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Former GOP Rep. David Jolly explains why he now appreciates ObamaCare  

David Jolly won a special House election in Florida in 2014 as a staunch critic of the Affordable Care Act, but then lost his seat to Rep. Charlie Crist (D-Fla.) in November. On Monday night, he told MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell that when he was unexpectedly unemployed in January, with a pre-existing condition, he realized that he was glad ObamaCare was the law of the land. "While I ultimately chose a private-sector plan, I also knew in 2017, ObamaCare provided an exchange that was a safety net t

2017-06-27 03:07:16
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Mayors Have Message For Donald Trump: If You Won't Lead U.S. Climate Fight, We Will  

Mayors of more than 1,400 cities passed resolutions this week supporting a transition to 100 percent renewable energy and other climate initiatives.

2017-06-27 03:05:44
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Joe Scarborough slams Senate GOP for upending 'one-sixth of the economy' just to get to tax reform  

Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough on Tuesday slammed Senate Republicans for being willing to jam through the health-care bill just to get to the next legislative battle. "You talk to these jackasses behind closed doors and you go 'what are you doing' and they go 'we've got to get to the tax bill so we've got to do this first,'" Scarborough said, marveling at the fact that some lawmakers were willing to change "one-sixth of the economy so we can get to a tax bill." Scarborough also took a swip

2017-06-27 03:02:38
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1. Senate Republicans' proposal to replace ObamaCare would reduce the number of Americans with health insurance by 22 million over a decade, according to a report released Monday by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. The CBO score estimated that the Senate proposal would reduce federal spending by $321 billion by 2026, about $200 billion more in savings than would come from the House plan. The extra savings could give backers more room to add spending to win over GOP moderates who are

2017-06-27 02:53:09
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3 gallingly wrong assumptions at the heart of the GOP's 'Better Care' act  

A sharp crew of conservative policy wonks (the "reformocons") has long tried to put together a coherent critique of and alternative to Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. The GOP House's American Health Care Act largely ignored these proposals. But the Better Care Reconciliation Act, released by the Senate last week, migrates back in the reformocons' direction. Avik Roy, the premiere conservative health wonk, declared that if the Senate bill passes, "it'll be the greatest policy achievement by

2017-06-27 02:49:12
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Arizona's Mexican-American Studies Ban Goes To Trial  

A judge will decide whether Republicans discriminated against Hispanic students by banning classes that focused on Latino culture.

2017-06-27 02:45:34
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Senate Democrats hold another talk-a-thon for healthcare in America  

Campaign Action Senate Democrats have held the floor for the last several hours, and promise to go into the night to talk about the danger Trumpcare poses to the American people. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer provided gallery passes from his office for advocates to watch the Senate proceedings. Several Senators—Cory Booker (NJ), Jeff Merkley (OR), Chris Murphy (CT), Bob Casey (PA) and Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) are holding a sit-in on the Capitol steps, with Booker writing thi...

2017-06-27 02:37:11
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Two major newspapers have catalogued 337 lies (and growing) from Trump since he took office  

Is Trump a pathological liar? Probably? It's hard to say since everything about him is a lie, a manufactured untruth. His prowess as a businessman is a lie, he inherited his wealth from his father. His friends are bullshit. His face and hair are their own misadventure in truth telling. The Toronto Star has been keeping a tally of the falsehoods being told by our current president. With Trump's return to the "campaign/not campaign trail" last week in Iowa—his bullshit game is back i...

2017-06-27 02:35:09
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Congressmen make $174,000 a year. This Republican wants an extra $30,000 'housing allowance.'  

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) has just days left before he gets to return to his own bed in Utah, leaving his Capitol Hill office cot behind for good. But before he goes, Chaffetz has called for a $2,500 monthly housing stipend to help lawmakers afford living in D.C. "Washington, D.C., is one of the most expensive places in the world, and I flat-out cannot afford a mortgage in Utah, kids in college, and a second place here in Washington, D.C.," Chaffetz told The Hill. "I think a $2,500 housing a

2017-06-27 02:30:17
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For its final act this term, conservative Supreme Court majority resets church-state balance  

One more big fissure has been opened up in the wall of separation between church and state. As Justice Sotomayor (for herself and Justice Ginsburg) wrote in dissent today: This case is about nothing less than the relationship between religious institutions and the civil government—that is, between church and state. The Court today profoundly changes that relationship by holding, for the first time, that the Constitution requires the government to provide public funds directly to a church....

2017-06-27 02:17:37
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Joe Biden Is The Lifeguard America Truly Needs  

The perfect metaphor?

2017-06-27 02:15:29
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Google Exec Shares Story Of How Health Care Helped Son Before His Heartbreaking Death  

"I don't want a tax cut. I want everybody to have what we had. Because we are humans. I love you kid."

2017-06-27 02:12:19
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Pentagon memo suggests scrapping program for foreign-born recruits, exposing 1,000 to quick deportation  

The Defense Department is looking into canceling enlistment contracts for 1,800 foreign-born military recruits, about 1,000 of whom no longer have valid visas, opening them to the risk of deportation, The Washington Post reports, citing an undated Pentagon memo prepared for Defense Secretary James Mattis. The memo cites what it calls heightened security threats from the immigrants in the program, Military Accessions Vital to National Interest (MAVNI), launched in 2009 to fill crucial medical an

2017-06-27 02:09:25
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CBO Slaps X-Ray On Illuminator, Gives You Six Months, Tops  

Try to spend your last few days focused on what matters: the jobs.

2017-06-27 02:08:33
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EU hits Google with record $2.7 billion antitrust fine over its shopping service  

On Tuesday morning, the European Commission ordered Google to pay a larger-than-expected $2.7 billion (2.42 billion euros) fine over its comparison-shopping service and ordered the search giant to change how its shopping results are displayed to end what the EU antitrust regulators have deemed illegal anti-competitive behavior. It is the largest anti-competition fine the EU has ever imposed, and more than double the $1.2 billion fine it levied on chipmaker Intel in 2009. (Intel appealed, and a

2017-06-27 01:51:09
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Brazil's chief prosecutor charges President Michel Temer with corruption  

Late Monday, Brazil's chief prosecutor, Rodrigo Janot, filed charges accusing embattled President Michel Temer of corruption for allegedly taking a $152,000 bribe, with the promise of $11 million more, from meatpacking magnate Joesley Batista. The charges will likely be weighed by the Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of Congress, where a two-thirds majority would be needed to suspend Temer for up to 180 days while he was put on trial. Temer, who replaced President Dilma Rousseff after she w

2017-06-27 01:50:59
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Mitch McConnell issues dire warning: If Trumpcare fails, Republicans might have to talk to Democrats  

What happens if Republicans can't get enough Republicans to vote for their all-Republican bill? The greatest horror imaginable. Mitch McConnell is delivering an urgent missive to staffers, Republican senators and even the president himself: If Obamacare repeal fails this week, then the GOP will lose all leverage and be forced to work with Chuck Schumer. Yes. If Republicans don't pledge allegiance to Trump and sign on to condemn millions of Americans, they could be forced to talk to...

2017-06-27 01:41:23
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The GOP has a stranglehold on 25 state governments. We can start to shatter one of them next month  

After a painfully successful 2016 that saw them hold both houses of the legislature and pick up the governorship, Republicans now run the show in New Hampshire. And predictably, they immediately proceeded to push the same policies Republicans do everywhere as soon as they take control of a state's government: defund Planned Parenthood, restrict voting rights, and attack labor unions and working families. But Democrats will soon have a chance to unlock the GOP's stranglehold on this vola...

2017-06-27 01:41:13
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Ivanka Trump, Donald-whisperer: 'I try to stay out of politics'  

Ivanka Trump is notable for her omnipresence in Trump meetings with foreign and business leaders. She has an office in the White House. She has an official title. She has a staff. She is widely held up as the moderating force that will any day now convince her father that climate change is real, or that defunding women's health programs is bad, or that maybe we should feed American children even if they aren't able to score good-paying jobs in America's remaining coal mines. She has been success

2017-06-27 01:37:01
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The GOP's 'Better Care' act is better than you think  

There's a lot to like about the Better Care Reconciliation Act, the health-care bill unveiled last week by Senate Republicans. As drafted, the proposal preserves the most worthy features of the Affordable Care Act while addressing some of its key flaws. This is, apparently, a controversial opinion. Many critics on the right (like Rand Paul and Americans for Prosperity) decry the plan as some watered-down ObamaCare lite. Many liberals, meanwhile, have reflexively tarred Better Care as an unmitig

2017-06-27 01:34:25
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Trump's unpopularity around the world is dragging down America's image  

Donald Trump is massively unpopular around the world and he's bringing America's image down with him, new set of polls finds: According to a new Pew Research Center survey spanning 37 nations, a median of just 22% has confidence in Trump to do the right thing when it comes to international affairs. This stands in contrast to the final years of Barack Obama's presidency, when a median of 64% expressed confidence in Trump's predecessor to direct America's role in the world. Onl...

2017-06-27 01:27:10
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Russia Scandal & Watergate Look More Similar by the Day  

Michelle Goldberg, SlateThe implosion of a presidency isn't necessarily obvious as it's happening.

2017-06-27 01:20:38
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Pentagon, State Department appear surprised by Trump's new red line on Syria and chemical weapons  

The White House appeared to draw a new red line on Syria Monday night, with Press Secretary Sean Spicer warning that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had been caught making "potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack" that "would likely result in the mass murder of civilians, including innocent children," and if he "conducts another mass murder attack using chemical weapons, he and his military will pay a heavy price." The rest of the government, including the military, appears

2017-06-27 01:18:27
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On Gay Marriage, Don't Side With the Religious Baker  



2017-06-27 01:18:21
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Lessons for Democrats From the Georgia Election  

Jon Ossoff, Washington PostOn Nov. 9, Americans awakened to a startling reality: In the absence of broad, enduring citizen engagement, the door is left open for darkness to creep in and gain a foothold in our democracy.

2017-06-27 01:14:59
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North Korea just played the Hitler card on Trump  

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is apparently unaware of the widely cited internet adage that the person who first brings up Nazi leader Adolf Hitler automatically loses the argument — or maybe he just doesn't care about Godwin's Law. On Tuesday, North Korea's state-controlled Korean Central News Agency argued that President Trump's America First policy "is the American version of Nazism far surpassing the fascism in the last century in its ferocious, brutal, and chauvinistic nature," and "Na...

2017-06-27 01:09:35
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Open thread for night owls: Nowhere in GOP's 142-page healthcare bill does the word 'women' appear  

Heather Timmons is White House correspondent for Quartz, where she writes—The word "women" literally never appears in the US Senate's 142-page health-care bill: Women have babies. If they didn't, first the economy would collapse, and then the species would die out. But because they do, from their late teens to their early forties, women have higher health-care costs than men of the same age. Carrying and birthing a child is a sometimes difficult, dangerous, complicated...

2017-06-27 01:05:53
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These pictures are worth a thousand words (and an untold number of lives)  

Health care is a bipartisan problem and it needs a bipartisan solution. Cancer does not care if you are a Republican or a Democrat. Multiple sclerosis doesn't give a hoot if you are rich or poor. Alzheimer's disease and dementia are not playing politics. Just ask former Republican President Ronald Reagan. Or former Democratic Congressman Dennis Moore.  For nearly two decades, Democrats have tried to work with Republicans to come up with a solution to our out-of-whack, overpriced, prof...

2017-06-26 21:56:42
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Day of Birth, Day of Mourning  

Jeremy Lott, Weekly StandardI.Lives of babies as we tend to think of them have a path, an aim that they are ultimately directed toward: a telos. The term comes to us through Aristotle, yet the experience of telos is widespread.Little Jimmy or Juan or Jiang can't walk or say one word now, but pretty soon he will take his first steps, say his first words, start almost 20 years of schooling, have his first communion or bar mitzvah, date, find a career path, marry, have children of his own, and mak

2017-06-26 21:27:21
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Tillerson fiddles with a reorganization plan, while the State Department crumbles  

Whoever thought that filling an administration with a bunch of CEOs who haven't had to answer to anyone for decades was a great idea—was almost certainly a CEO who hasn't had to answer to anyone for decades. So what happens when an oligarch hires an oligarch? Nothing. Literally nothing. Three foreign ambassadors — one from Asia and two from Europe — said they had taken to contacting the National Security Council because the State Department does not return their calls or does not ...

2017-06-26 21:24:04
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