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Trump drops 92 spots on Forbes' list of richest Americans

President Trump has lost $600 million in net worth since last year, according to the Forbes list of the 400 richest Americans. He was No. 156 on the list last year; now he's No. 258. The much-discussed (by him) Trump net worth is said to be $3.1 billion. Trump is now tied with Snapchat founder...

Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 5:13 PM

EPA now says 5,000 chest X-rays' worth of radiation exposure is safe

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has declared that radiation levels equivalent to thousands of chest X-rays are safe for first responders to a nuclear emergency, an about-face from previous safety standards. Ten years ago, the agency said no amount of radiation exposure was safe. The new...

Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 3:06 PM

Trump, Ivanka, Melania ignore Tiffany Trump's birthday on Twitter

Poor Tiffany Trump. President Trump's is-she-or-isn't-she-estranged daughter turned 24 on Friday, and her father, stepmother and half-siblings didn't wish her a happy birthday on social media. Newsweek notes that the president has tweeted birthday messages to other family members, and...

Monday, October 16, 2017, 4:38 PM

Trump already plans to choose replacements for two women on Supreme Court

President Trump has predicted he will be able to appoint four Supreme Court justices during his time in office. In February, Trump filled Antonin Scalia’s seat with Neil Gorsuch, after Republicans refused to vote on President Obama's nominee, Merrick Garland. Looking forward, Trump...

Monday, October 16, 2017, 3:30 PM

Mike Pence 'wants to hang' gay people, Trump said

President Trump once joked that Vice President Mike Pence wants to hang gay people, according to a new profile of Pence published Monday in the New Yorker. Pence has been criticized for his far-right and homophobic views in the past. In the early '90s, he joined the Indiana Family Institute, a...

Monday, October 16, 2017, 12:15 PM

Trump says he 'met with president of the Virgin Islands' (which is him)

President Trump made a rare understatement about the size of his portfolio Friday, when he said during a press conference that he had "met with the president of the Virgin Islands" on a trip to discuss recent hurricane damage. "I will tell you I left Texas and I left Florida and and...

Friday, October 13, 2017, 2:27 PM

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has a special flag that flies when he's in the office

Showing up to work on horseback, displaying animal heads in his office, pressing commemorative coins with his name on them to give to visitors — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has been skewing a little closer to sitcom character than most members of the cabinet. True to form, Zinke has a...

Friday, October 13, 2017, 1:47 PM

Now Kelly says Trump wants to get rid of all U.S. nuclear weapons

Responding to a report that President Trump wants to dramatically increase the nuclear stockpile, chief of staff John Kelly said that Trump in fact wants to eliminate it altogether. “In spite of what someone reported the other day about President [Trump],” said Kelly during Thursday...

Thursday, October 12, 2017, 5:21 PM

Constitution may allow Trump to be impeached just for being unstable, abnormal

With the Russian collusion probe growing daily, along with concerns about President Trump's mental fitness, political observers talk about two ways the Constitution allows him to be removed from office: Impeachment for criminal acts, or removal via the 25th Amendment because of grave disability...

Thursday, October 12, 2017, 5:09 PM

Rep. Al Green reads articles of impeachment against Trump on House floor

Rep. Al Green (D-TX) read an impeachment on the House floor Wednesday, saying that President Trump lacks fitness for the office and is undermining its integrity. "Enough is enough," he said, and argued that Trump should be removed from office under the 25th Amendment. Green pulled back...

Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 5:36 PM

D.C. pharmacist provides Alzheimer's drugs for members of Congress, he says

A pharmacist in Washington, D.C. claims that he fills prescriptions for drugs that treat Alzheimer's Disease for members of Congress, STAT News reports. A writer for the Boston Globe subsidiary spent time shadowing Mike Kim, the owner of Grubb's Pharmacy. Founded in 1867, it sends up to...

Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 5:26 PM

Trump threatens to pull NBC's license after unflattering news stories

President Trump threatened NBC's broadcasting license on Twitter Wednesday for running critical stories about him. "With all of the Fake News coming out of NBC and the Networks, at what point is it appropriate to challenge their License? Bad for country!" Trump tweeted. The...

Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 5:16 PM

GOP leader imagines Kelly, Mattis plan to tackle Trump if he ‘lunges for the nuclear football’

With concerns about President Trump's mental state growing on both sides of the aisle, New York magazine writer Gabriel Sherman said a GOP power player has postulated that the president's chief of staff and defense secretary have talked about physically restraining him from using the...

Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 5:07 PM

Manhattan DA accepted donations, dropped cases against Harvey Weinstein, Ivanka and Donald Jr.

Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance accepted a $10,000 campaign donation from the head of Donald Trump's law firm, after which he dropped a case against Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump, Jr., IBT reports. Elkan Abramowitz, the head of a law firm defending the Trump Organization, made the donation in March...

Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 1:10 PM

Trump obstructed justice, could be impeached, new report says

President Trump "likely obstructed" justice by firing FBI director James Comey, and as a result legitimate articles of impeachment could be drawn up, according to a new report. The Brookings Institution, a Washington, D.C. think tank, released the 108-page analysis Tuesday. It indicates...

Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 5:50 PM

Only 3% of Americans own half of the nation's guns: Survey

The aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting is rife with big, unanswered questions, from the shooter's motive to how politicians will respond to the historically intractable gun lobby. But one fact has come into stark relief: A very small number of people own the vast majority of the nation's...

Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 4:40 PM

Trump digital director, originally paid $1,500 for Trump website, earned $94 million

It was a freelancer's dream. In 2015, website designer Brad Parscale got an email from the Trump Organization, asking if he could turn around a little project on the fly. "It said: 'Donald Trump is thinking about running for president and we need a website in two days,'"...

Monday, October 9, 2017, 4:01 PM

Trump arranges photographers to hide his double chin

It's been well documented that President Trump is bigly concerned with cultivating a tremendous image, claiming to have the biggest, ultimate accomplishments, bragging about huge nonexistent deals, even changing the numbers on the floors of his buildings that make them seem taller. But there...

Monday, October 9, 2017, 3:27 PM

Marco Rubio says he could've been president if he'd watched 'Game of Thrones'

Former presidential candidate Marco Rubio has decided what would have scored him the Republican presidential nomination over the unstoppable Donald Trump: Straight-up sorcery. Possibly dragons. "If I’d have watched [Game of Thrones] two years ago, I would’ve been president,...

Friday, October 6, 2017, 4:26 PM

Trump administration quietly withdrew 42 protections for endangered species months ago

The Trump administration has withdrawn actions to protect at least 42 endangered species, from the green sea turtle to the yellow-billed cuckoo, in a way that environmentalists say may have broken federal law. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service withdrew the regulatory actions, many of which...

Friday, October 6, 2017, 3:46 PM