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Trump's history of racism, abridged: A timeline

Some Republicans and conservative analysts professed surprise at President Trump's remarks about the domestic terror attack in Charlottesville, Virginia, in which he defended white supremacists. They shouldn't have been. As his personal and professional history shows, Trump has launched,...

Friday, August 18, 2017, 2:55 PM

In new video, Arnold Schwarzenegger takes on Trump's racism

Woe betide you, Donald Trump and racists everywhere: You've gone and pissed off the Terminator. In a new video, former Republican governor of California and original scary cinematic humanoid Arnold Schwarzenegger excoriated President Trump for his response to the racially charged attack at...

Friday, August 18, 2017, 12:16 PM

‘He kind of looks like a dick:’ Transcripts reveal ‘Pharma Bro’ jury selection a challenge

Shocking new transcripts show that the halls of justice were not exactly paved with jurors sympathetic to the man who raised the price of an AIDS drug 5,000%, leaving defense attorneys to search desperately through the cracks. Last month, "Pharma Bro" Martin Shkreli was convicted of...

Thursday, August 17, 2017, 4:19 PM

Trump only 6 votes away from impeachment as the GOP bails: Analysis

Trump's path to impeachment may be shorter than previously thought, largely because he has alienated a wide swath of the Senate, says an analyst for a nonpartisan Washington think tank. Impeachment requires a two-thirds vote in the Senate, and 12 Republican senators have shown "a...

Thursday, August 17, 2017, 3:59 PM

One Trump tweet cost Amazon $5.7 billion

Of President Trump's many public grudges, few things get him more grudgey than businessmen who show evidence of success. Few are more demonstrably successful than Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon. Now the owner of the Washington Post, Bezos has been subject to a number of specious...

Thursday, August 17, 2017, 2:26 PM

White nationalists dismayed by results of genetic-ancestry tests

White nationalists are eagerly getting genetic ancestry tests — and what some are finding makes them want to pull the sheets over their head. Members of white-supremacist groups are using mail-order genetic test kits such as 23andme to ascertain exactly how white they are. Many are finding...

Thursday, August 17, 2017, 1:22 PM

Lawmakers will meet to discuss Trump's mental health next month

Three Democratic lawmakers have asked a Yale psychiatrist to consult with them on a panel to evaluate the president's mental health, and determine what to do about it, Tonic reports. The lawmakers, who are anonymous for now, asked Bandy Lee of Yale how they could gather mental-health...

Thursday, August 17, 2017, 12:50 PM

Will President Trump be impeached for siding with neo-Nazis?

UPDATE Aug. 17, 2017: A prominent Tennessee congressman said it's high time President Donald Trump was removed from office, following heated comments the president made Tuesday in defense of white nationalist protesters who participated in the deadly Charlottesville, Virginia rally last weekend...

Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 5:56 PM

Trump's lawyer tweets selfies with black people to argue he's not racist

Trump lawyer Michael Cohen rebuffed accusations of racism in the Trump administration by tweeting a photo montage of himself posing with black people. On Tuesday, the president came under fire for defending white supremacists at Charlottesville in a shambolic press conference at Trump Tower. This...

Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 5:18 PM

President Trump scared to fire Steve Bannon: Report

President Trump is afraid of his senior adviser Steve Bannon and is scared to fire him, for fear of losing ground with his white-nationalist base, reports say. With the arrival of Gen. John Kelly as Trump's chief of staff, it was rumored that Bannon would be removed. Rupert Murdoch of Fox News...

Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 3:53 PM

There is no such thing as the ‘alt-left,’ say experts

President Trump might do well to take a page from "Mean Girls:" Stop trying to make "alt-left" happen. It's not going to happen. During yesterday's press conference in which Trump defended the white supremacists at Charlottesville, one of his arguments was that the...

Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 2:38 PM

Slogans shouted at Charlottesville may not be protected speech

First Amendment experts say that epithets and slogans chanted by white supremacists at Charlottesville last weekend may have crossed the line into unprotected speech, Vox is reporting. In 1942, the Supreme Court ruled that "fighting words" are not protected under the First Amendment. The...

Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 1:07 PM

Trump refers to white supremacists as ‘very fine people’ during press conference

After the Charlottesville, Virginia, domestic terror attack, President Trump was excoriated for what he didn't say: His first two statements didn't condemn white supremacist groups after a neo-Nazi fatally rammed a protester with a car. Today, it's what he did say that drew instant...

Tuesday, August 15, 2017, 6:02 PM

Trump quietly cut federal funding to fight right-wing violence months ago

President Trump's decision to cut federal funds for groups fighting right-wing violence is attracting new scrutiny in the wake of last weekend's domestic-terror attack in Charlottesville, Virginia. Back in May, Trump announced he was freezing $10 million in grants earmarked to fight...

Tuesday, August 15, 2017, 5:39 PM

Trump retweets — then deletes — image of train running over reporter

After the domestic terrorist attack in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday, President Trump resisted calling out the hate groups behind the event by name. At the same time, he's had no compunction about assailing the press in increasingly violent terms. On the day that 32-year-old Heather...

Tuesday, August 15, 2017, 5:19 PM

6 GOP politicians trying to shield drivers who hit protesters

Last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, a 32-year-old woman was killed and 19 wounded when James Field, an avowed neo-Nazi, plowed his car into a crowd protesting a white supremacist rally. Just as President Trump shielded white nationalists from specific criticism in his initial remarks about...

Monday, August 14, 2017, 5:33 PM

New Trump video calls journalists, not white supremacists, 'enemies'

The same weekend that President Trump failed to condemn white supremacists and neo-Nazis by name for their domestic terror attack in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left one dead and 19 injured, he released a video calling journalists "enemies." The video, posted on his personal website...

Monday, August 14, 2017, 5:07 PM

Obama's tweet on Charlottesville is third-most-liked of all time

In the absence of Trump stepping up to provide a presidential voice after the Charlottesville domestic terror attack last weekend, former President Obama tweeted a message of perspective and hope: "No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his...

Monday, August 14, 2017, 4:04 PM

Trump's White House declares all-out war on spelling

Many have alleged that the statements and press releases coming out of the Trump White House leave much to be desired. Starting with spell check. Since the beginning, Trump's misspellings on Twitter have been about as common as racist dog-whistling: Remember the possible Freudian slip "...

Monday, August 14, 2017, 2:47 PM

President Trump's team throws Paul Manafort under the bus

In response to a predawn FBI raid at the house of Paul Manafort, his former campaign manager, President Trump talked about a distant acquaintance, not the man who largely sewed up the Republican presidential nomination for him. “I know Mr. Manafort. Haven’t spoken to him for a long...

Friday, August 11, 2017, 2:27 PM