Record High Name Government as Most Important Problem

Record High Name Government as Most Important Problem

Thirty-five percent of Americans name the government as the greatest problem facing the U.S., the highest percentage Gallup has recorded for this concern. ...read more Read more here: Record High Name Government as Most Important Problem ...
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Hate crime or hoax? The drama behind the Jussie Smollett case, explained

By Amanda Sakuma The ‘Empire' actor is being accused of orchestrating his own attack. It's been nearly three weeks since actor and singer Jussie Smollett came forward saying he was likely the victim of a hate crime in an attack that briefly left him hospitalized. But now rumors are starting to surface that call Smollett's story into question, fueling a firestorm of outrage and confusion over what to believe and how to feel about the case. Smollett, who is black and gay, plays a queer character in the FOX drama Empire. News of his story was met with an almost ...
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Ex-FBI Deputy Director Has History of Misleading Statements

By Debra Saunders WASHINGTON -- Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe will be on "60 Minutes" Sunday night, and you can expect to see stories on him and his new book for days. You can also expect McCabe to portray himself as an upright lawman who stood up to President Donald Trump out of fear that the Russians may have helped carry Trump all the way to the White House. There is one thing you should know about McCabe. The Department of Justice inspector general found that McCabe was involved in an unauthorized leak and that he misled federal investigators ...
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Adam Schiff: There Is “Compelling” Evidence “In Plain Sight” Of Trump-Russia Collusion

Rep. Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said on Sunday's edition of CNN's 'State of the Union' that there is "compelling" evidence in "plain sight" of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. "You can see evidence in plain sight on the issue of collusion, pretty compelling evidence. Now, there's a difference between seeing evidence of collusion and being able to prove a criminal conspiracy beyond a reasonable doubt," Schiff said. REP. ADAM SCHIFF: Look, you can see evidence in plain sight on the issue of collusion, pretty compelling evidence. Now, there's a difference between seeing evidence ...
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Rep. Will Hurd: National Emergency Is “Uncharted Territory,” Not Necessary

Rep. Will Hurd, the only Republican to represent a border district in Congress and a member of the Appropriations Committee, said Sunday that the U.S. has entered "uncharted territory" with President Trump's use of national emergency powers to secure funding for a border wall. Hurd said on CBS's "Face the Nation†that "I don't think we needed a national emergency declaration." "That is not a tool that the president needs in order to solve this problem," he added. "I'm always open to making sure that Congress takes back some of its power as a co-equal branch of government," Hurd said ...
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Joe Biden: Trump’s Brutality To Immigrants Is An “Embarrassment” And Americans “Know That’s Not Right”

Former Vice President Joe Biden told the Munich Security Conference in Germany that President Trump's policy towards refugees and immigrants was "an embarrassment" and "the American people know overwhelmingly that it is not right." "The America I see values basic human decency, not snatching children from their parents or turning our back on refugees at our border," he said. "Americans know that's not right. The American people understand… it makes us an embarrassment. The American people know, overwhelmingly that it is not right. That it is not who we are." Watch Biden's full speech: ...read more Read more here: Joe ...
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Bill Weld on Trump Primary Challenge: “Republicans In Washington Want To Have No Election Basically”

Sunday on ABC's 'This Week,' former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, who announced Friday that he is considering a primary challenge to President Donald Trump, accused Republicans in Washington of not wanting to have a presidential election. "I think the Republicans in Washington want to have no election basically," Weld told ABC's Martha Raddatz. "I don't think that would be very good for the country and I have a lot of views on how the president is acting in office." "I don't think he knows how to act," Weld said about Trump. "He thinks he has to humiliate whoever he's dealing ...
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Rush Limbaugh: “Undeniable” That We Have An Immigration Crisis

This week on 'Fox News Sunday,' nationally syndicated radio host Rush Limbaugh said President Donald Trump was right to declare a national emergency on the Mexican border to build a wall. "We have an emergency. This is an invasion. The very existence and definition of American culture, American society, the rule of law," he said. "Why does nobody talk about the fact that millions and millions and millions of people are breaking the law coming here illegally and that the Democrat Party wants that to happen?" "It is undeniable that we have a major immigration problem and a political party ...
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Sen. Chris Coons: Trump’s Syria Withdrawal “Has Really Unsettled Our Core Allies”

Sen. Chris Coons, D-Delaware, joins 'Face The Nation' host Margaret Brennan from the Munich Security Conference to discuss Syria and Andrew McCabe's 25th amendment comments. ...read more Read more here: Sen. Chris Coons: Trump's Syria Withdrawal "Has Really Unsettled Our Core Allies" ...
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California Attorney General Xavier Becerra: Filing Lawsuit Against Trump Emergency Declaration “Imminently”

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra says California and four other states will launch a lawsuit over President Trump's emergency declaration. Becerra told ABC News after his interview on "This Week†that New Mexico, Oregon, Hawaii and Minnesota will be joining California in the coming lawsuit. RADDATZ: And let's bring in Xavier Becerra, California's attorney general, who is considering a challenge to the president's national emergency in court. Mr. Attorney General, let me ask you, can you say definitely that California will be filing a lawsuit, and when that will happen? BECERRA: Martha, definitely and imminently. RADDATZ: And – and imminently ...
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Iran’s man grabs European spotlight with anti-Trump focus

By David Herszenhorn MUNICH, Germany — The U.S. is trying desperately to isolate Iran, but on Sunday Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif seized the stage of the world's premier security conference.He held the audience of power-brokers rapt for nearly 40 minutes as he thrashed the Trump administration, fired a pointed demand at Europe to do more to protect their nuclear deal, and generally painted a portrait of Tehran's worldview that at times drew chuckles for defying reality.It was a striking performance, conducted in fluent and colloquial English, that quickly became the most talked-about presentation at the annual Munich Security ...
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5 years in, HBO’s Last Week Tonight is a lot more than “just comedy”

By Alissa Wilkinson Last Week Tonight debuts its sixth season on February 17." src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/Fkqu0YCvQsLaN8qI2wCB0nRNabQ=/894x798:3796x2975/1310x983/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/63053473/0167943680cc97d04d149b1bc2b3816a9d535cefffb4effd30527a84f31cdcdda7e4165420945fe104ad90751573c9da.0.jpg">No matter what John Oliver says. When Last Week Tonight premiered on HBO in 2014, it was growing in the shadow of Jon Stewart's hugely influential Daily Show, and not just because Last Week host John Oliver had come to fame as a “Senior British Correspondent” on Stewart's show. (Oliver had even hosted The Daily Show in Stewart's place for an eight-week stretch in 2013, when Stewart was away making the film Rosewater.) Both shows covered current events from a comedic perspective with a liberal slant, but ...
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Rep. Jim Jordan: Same Republicans Who Didn’t Fight For The Wall Are Criticizing The President Now

Rep. Jim Jordan, the founder of the Freedom Caucus, joins ABC's 'This Week' to discuss his support for President Trump's declaration of a national emergency on the southern border. REP. JIM JORDAN, (R) OHIO: This is an emergency. I mean, what are we on now? The fifth caravan? So, I would just ask those senators how many caravans do we need? Six or seven or does an endless caravan, the one that never stops? What do we have just a few weeks ago, a drug bust that was enough Fentanyl to kill 57 million Americans. What do we need, 58 ...
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Rep. Kevin McCarthy: Yes, It Is An Emergency, President Trump Has Authority

House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy told FNC's Maria Bartiromo on 'Sunday Morning Futures' that he believes President Trump has the authority to declare a national emergency on the southern border. ...read more Read more here: Rep. Kevin McCarthy: Yes, It Is An Emergency, President Trump Has Authority ...
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Standup comedy’s debate over political correctness, explained by HBO’s Crashing

By Todd VanDerWerff The comedy series smartly breaks down “anti-PC” comedy without getting preachy. Every week, we pick a new episode of the week. It could be good. It could be bad. It will always be interesting. You can read the archives here. The episode of the week for February 10 through 16 is “MC, Middle, Headliner,” the fourth episode of the third season of HBO's Crashing. In the last 15 years or so, there have been a lot of comedies about comedy — shows that dig into the lonely life of the stand-up comic, or the peculiarities of the ...
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‘Fox News Sunday’ Panel: Did Trump Need To Declare National Emergency? Invoking 25th Amendment, Russia Probe

Marc Short, Charles Lane, Bob Woodward, and Katie Pavlich join Chris Wallace. ...read more Read more here: 'Fox News Sunday' Panel: Did Trump Need To Declare National Emergency? Invoking 25th Amendment, Russia Probe ...
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‘Face The Nation’ Panel: How Are Republicans Reacting To National Emergency Declaration?

Rachael Bade, David Nakamura, Leslie Sanchez and Eugene Scott join moderator Margaret Brennan to discuss President Trump's declaration of a national emergency at the southern border. ...read more Read more here: 'Face The Nation' Panel: How Are Republicans Reacting To National Emergency Declaration? ...
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‘Meet the Press’ Roundtable: Trump’s Emergency Declaration Triggers Question Over Constitutional Crisis

Amy Walter, Eliana Johnson, Eddie Glaude Jr. and Jonah Goldberg discuss President Trump's national emergency declaration and the legal fallout. ...read more Read more here: 'Meet the Press' Roundtable: Trump's Emergency Declaration Triggers Question Over Constitutional Crisis ...
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‘This Week’ Roundtable: Political Impact Of National Emergency, Can Bill Weld Challenge Trump, Dems Prep 2020 Debates

Martha Raddatz hosts ABC News Political Analyst Matthew Dowd, Molly Ball, national political correspondent for Time Magazine, Susan Ferrechio, chief congressional correspondent for The Washington Examiner, and Shawna Thomas, Washington bureau chief for Vice News. ...read more Read more here: 'This Week' Roundtable: Political Impact Of National Emergency, Can Bill Weld Challenge Trump, Dems Prep 2020 Debates ...
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Sen. Ron Johnson Voices Concern About Precedent Of Trump Emergency Declaration

Sen. Ron Johnson said he has "concerns" about the precedent set by President Trump's national emergency declaration. During an interview with Chuck Todd on NBC's "Meet the Press," Johnson said he shared concerns that future presidents could follow Trump's example and declare emergencies to circumvent Congress. "Absolutely I share those concerns, which is why we're going to take a very careful look at what he's doing here in this instance," Johnson said. "But again, I have to stress, this president has been thwarted in his attempt to keep this nation secure, and secure our borders." ...read more Read more here: ...
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SNL thinks Trump’s border wall makes perfect sense — if you’re “not that smart”

By Amanda Sakuma Host Don Cheadle took the opportunity to throw shade at the president. Two years into the Donald Trump era, and the business of “playing president” is getting old for both the man himself and the famous actor who has to dress up each week and pretend to be him — at least according to the Saturday Night Live opener this week that took aim at the president's latest antics about his beloved border wall. The cold open kicked off a fine — if forgettable — collection of sketches, hosted this week by Don Cheadle. In between laughs, ...
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How Does a Straight White Male Democrat Run for President?

By (Bill Scher) Of the nine candidates officially running in the Democratic presidential primary, only one is a heterosexual white man. And that guy, former Rep. John Delaney, generally polls somewhere between zero and 1 percent.But of the 17 Democrats reportedly still pondering a presidential bid, all but one is a straight white man. It's hard to chalk that up to coincidence. Clearly, the women and minority candidates sensed that the water is warm for them, and the straight white men appear to be worried that this is just not their year.CNN's demographic number cruncher Ron Brownstein noted recently that ...
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Democrats don’t bite on Booker vegan flap

By nmccaskill@politico.com (Nolan D. McCaskill) When an interview surfaced this week that brought Sen. Cory Booker's vegan lifestyle to the forefront, it seemed like the New Jersey senator would be forced to do the first damage control of his nascent presidential campaign.Iowa ranks as theNo. 1 pork-producing state in the nation, after all, and the state Farm Bureau reports that 95 percent of Iowans eat meat at least weekly.But it turns out Democratic voters aren't biting on the controversy. Despite Booker's remarks about the unsustainability of “billions of people consuming industrially produced animal agriculture” and much mocking on the right ...
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2020 hopefuls hunt for viral moments

By eschneider@politico.com (Elena Schneider) A few minutes of a viral video last year lifted Beto O'Rourke from well-known Senate candidate to potential presidential heavyweight. Now, his 2020 Democratic rivals are keenly aware that a single moment could launch them to the top tier of the primary — and they are making sure they're ready to capture it.NowThis, a social-first media outlet that averaged 2.5 billion views last month, spliced up four minutes of O'Rourke explaining his support for Colin Kaepernick's kneeling criminal justice protests during NFL games and delivered it to its largely progressive, millennial audience, reaching nearly 20 million ...
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Trump bets on North Korea to break his losing streak

By ejohnson@politico.com (Eliana Johnson) Stung by domestic defeat after a losing battle with Democrats in Washington, D.C., this winter, President Donald Trump hopes his negotiating skills can achieve better results some 8,000 miles away when he meets with North Korea's leader in Vietnam later this month.Trump will travel for his second session with the North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un to discuss whether the strongman might relinquish his nuclear weapons in return for an end to economic isolation.Skeptics call it a fool's errand. But even some harsh critics of Trump's foreign policy hold open the possibility that the president mught ...
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How the U.S. Might Stay in Syria, and Leave at the Same Time

By David Ignatius WASHINGTON -- Is there a way for the United States and its allies to remain in northeastern Syria, even after President Trump's pledged withdrawal of U.S. military forces there? Officials are struggling to devise such a "workaround" strategy, but it could carry more risks than keeping the existing advisory force. The loudest public call for an alternative to withdrawal from Syria is Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. The senator said on Friday in Munich that he wants European nations to provide troops for a "safe zone" as a way of coaxing Trump to maintain a U.S. presence. "I'm ...
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Nauert withdraws from consideration to become UN ambassador

By qforgey@politico.com (Quint Forgey) State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert has withdrawn herself from consideration to become the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, the State Department confirmed on Saturday.“I am grateful to President Trump and Secretary [of State Mike] Pompeo for the trust they placed in me for considering me for the position of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. However, the past two months have been grueling for my family and therefore it is in the best interest of my family that I withdraw my name from consideration,” Nauert said in a statement. “Serving in the Administration for the ...
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‘Real Time’ Panel on Race: People Think They Should Shut Up Or Will Get In Trouble

Maya Wiley, John Legend, David Frum, and Paul Begala join Bill to discuss the political future of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and the need for a larger conversation about race relations in America. ...read more Read more here: 'Real Time' Panel on Race: People Think They Should Shut Up Or Will Get In Trouble ...
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The chaotic road to the 2019 Oscars ceremony, explained

By Alissa Wilkinson The Academy narrowly dodged a revolt. We usually spend most of Oscar season arguing about the actual movies: whether they should be nominated, who got snubbed, if movie X is a masterpiece or a travesty. But this year the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization that gives out the awards, seems to have decided that it would rather distract from the movies themselves by messing with the telecast of the ceremony, provoking repeated outcry from film fans, industry observers, and even the Academy's own members. After a litany of missteps and misfires, announcements and ...
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The Aurora shooter had a history of domestic violence and assault. He never should have had a gun.

By Amanda Sakuma Even a background check didn't prevent Gary Martin from getting a firearm — even though he shouldn't have been able to. The warning signs were there: The gunman who walked into his former workplace in Aurora, Illinois, on Friday afternoon and opened fire on workers and police had a long history of violence leading up to the attack. The gunman, 45-year-old Gary Martin, had at least six prior arrests on his record in Aurora, Police Chief Kristen Ziman said Saturday, “including arrests for traffic and domestic violence-related issues,” plus an out-of-state felony conviction. He should never have ...
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