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Only 1 out of 42 leading economists believes the GOP tax plan will grow the economy

Only 1 out of 42 leading economists believes the GOP tax plan will grow the economy

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

Tech glitches give absurdist air to chilling trial of Trump inauguration protesters

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

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

The days of a free and open internet are facing a twilight. On Tuesday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced a sweeping repeal of the Obama-era net neutrality regulations, which prohibited Internet Service Providers (ISPs) from slowing down or blocking certain websites, or speeding up websites which agree to pay the corporations a fee. The […]

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

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

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A second federal judge has ruled against Trump’s transgender military ban

A second federal judge has ruled against President Trump’s ban on transgender people serving in the military, issuing a preliminary injunction prohibiting it from taking effect. Unlike the first such injunction, issued last month, this order also ensures transition-related medical procedures remain covered. Senior United States District Judge Marvin Garbis, a George H.W. Bush appointee, […]

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

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

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Oil industry lobbying group dismisses new pollution study with discredited racist notion

The American Petroleum Institute cast shady aspersions on a recent study that warned of increased risks to African Americans who live near oil and gas refineries, citing the discredited and racist argument that “genetics” could be to blame for the health disparities. “Fumes Across the Fence-Line: The Health Impacts of Air Pollution from Oil & […]

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There’s no easier place to be a sexual predator than the United States Congress. Here’s why.

On Tuesday, BuzzFeed reported that numerous woman on the staff of Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) say the congressman repeatedly sexually harassed them. Conyers’ conduct allegedly included “requests for sexual favors…caressing their hands sexually, and rubbing their legs and backs in public.” In at least one case, a woman who rebuffed Conyers’ advances says she was […]

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Conservatives are rushing to politicize the death of a border patrol agent

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

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Judge permanently blocks White House efforts to cut off funding for sanctuary cities

A federal judge has permanently blocked President Trump’s efforts to bar cities that limit cooperation with U.S. immigration forces from receiving funding, the most decisive blow yet to the White House’s efforts to crack down on so-called sanctuary cities. In a ruling issued Monday, U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick ruled Trump’s January executive order seeking […]

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