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Trump administration turned down major anti-meddling pact with Russia: Report

Last summer, Russia approached the United States with a sweeping pact not to meddle in each other's domestic affairs, an offer the Trump administration declined, BuzzFeed News reported Friday. Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov made the offer in July, on the premise of...

Friday, December 8, 2017, 5:26 PM

Despots around the world have adopted Trump's ‘fake news’ refrain

President Trump has made no secret of his affection for authoritarian rulers, and they're returning the love: Despots around the world have adopted his practice of calling unfavorable stories "fake news." At least 15 authoritarian leaders have begun to use the phrase to attack free...

Friday, December 8, 2017, 4:14 PM

Trump's impeachment odds might be dropping

Special counsel Robert Mueller continues fleshing out a case for collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, as two major disclosures continue to unfold this week. But some prominent political observers say the president's odds of being impeached are actually dropping. Last week, fired...

Friday, December 8, 2017, 2:01 PM

Amazon reviews of Trump's MAGA ornament bring seasonal joy

It's the new seasonal tradition, akin to opening one present on Christmas Eve or watching It's a Wonderful Life: Gathering friends on iMessage to read the scathing Amazon reviews of President Trump's MAGA Christmas ornament. The ornament, shaped like one of Trump's red MAGA...

Friday, December 8, 2017, 1:51 PM

AI reveals who's the better speaker: Trump, Clinton, Schumer or Pelosi

Who's the worst speaker in Washington? You may think the answer is self-evident, but an artificial-intelligence company has a different take. Trint, a company that uses AI software to transcribe audio, recently studied which prominent politicians are easiest for its AI bots to understand. The...

Thursday, December 7, 2017, 5:08 PM

Unexplained attacks in Cuba have left U.S. diplomats with brain damage

U.S. diplomats subjected to mysterious attacks in Cuba have suffered brain damage, doctors report, including problems with their hearing, vision, balance and memory. Medical tests show that the white matter in the patients' brains, which helps parts of the brain communicate, has been disturbed...

Thursday, December 7, 2017, 4:27 PM

Trump didn't understand implications of his Jerusalem decision: Advisers

President Trump didn't fully understand the ramifications of declaring Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel, the Washington Post reported Thursday. Yesterday, the president made the declaration and said the U.S. would begin the process of moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The...

Thursday, December 7, 2017, 3:55 PM

70% of Americans say Congress should investigate Trump for sexual harassment: Poll

Seventy percent of Americans believe that Congress should investigate President Trump for sexual harassment, according to a Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday. Only 25 percent said Trump shouldn't be investigated. Sixteen women accused Trump of sexual misconduct before the presidential...

Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 6:21 PM

Trump is actually making Muslims more popular in the U.S.

This week, the Supreme Court ruled that the third version of President Trump's travel ban can be enforced pending further legal challenges. But despite this, and Trump's history of anti-Muslim rhetoric, favorable opinions about Muslims are actually rising, a new poll finds. There has been...

Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 5:52 PM

GOP tax bill will kill 10,000 people a year, says economist Larry Summers

About 10,000 Americans will die from lack of health insurance each year if the GOP tax bill goes into effect, said Larry Summers, the former Treasury Secretary under President Clinton and White House economic adviser to President Obama, on Monday, while other economists say the tax-cut plan will...

Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 3:41 PM

Mueller has spent $3.2 million on Russia investigation

Special counsel Robert Mueller has spent $3.2 million on his four-and-a-half-month investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, according to an Justice Department expense report filed Tuesday. The DOJ has spent $6.7 million total on the Russia probe in that time, Politico reports. The...

Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 2:26 PM

Mike Pence planned ‘coup’ to replace Trump after Access Hollywood tape

When the Access Hollywood tape was released a month before the presidential election, on which then-candidate Donald Trump was heard bragging about grabbing women's genitals, Mike Pence prepared a "coup" to step in as the head of the Republican ticket, according to a new profile in...

Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 5:21 PM

Three Obama tweets are among 2017's most retweeted — but none of Trump's

During his first year in office, President Trump has concentrated on undoing key parts of former President Obama's legacy. But this is one he won't be able to reverse: Three of Obama's tweets rank among 2017's most retweeted posts, Twitter says. None of Trump's are on the list...

Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 3:39 PM

31% of Republicans want to see Trump removed from GOP ticket in 2020

President Trump has bragged that he could shoot a man in the middle of Fifth Avenue and not lose any votes. But he might want to consider moving any public executions to a side street: His stalwart support among Republicans may be slipping. Almost a third of the GOP wants a new Republican candidate...

Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 3:01 PM

Trump campaign received email with subject line 'Kremlin Connection': Report

A National Rifle Association member sent an email to the Trump presidential campaign with the subject line "Kremlin Connection," saying he could arrange a back-channel meeting with Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin, the New York Times reported on Sunday. “Putin is deadly...

Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 1:26 PM

Trump gives aides assignments and orders them not to tell Chief of Staff Kelly

Months after Chief of Staff John Kelly arrived to limit outside advisers' access to the president — and President Trump started to chafe at the orderliness — Trump has started to execute end runs around Kelly, giving aides assignments on the downlow and telling them to...

Monday, December 4, 2017, 5:29 PM

Holiday music is bad for your mental health, says science

Good news: Science has reaffirmed that you're not a sociopath in December, just a sentient human being with the power of hearing. Psychologists have found that holiday music can negatively impact your mental health. It has to do with the "mere exposure effect," which is a term for...

Monday, December 4, 2017, 4:47 PM

GOP tax-cut bill is less popular with Americans than previous tax hikes

Only about a third of Americans support the GOP tax plan which includes cuts, making it less popular than even tax hikes conducted by the George H.W. Bush and Clinton administrations, according to an average of polls calculated by FiveThirtyEight. Thirty-two percent of Americans approve of the...

Monday, December 4, 2017, 2:16 PM

Trump would get more than $40 million in annual benefits from GOP tax plan: Report

Although President Trump said his accountant told him, 'You're going to get killed" by the Republican tax-cut bill, he would actually get more than $40 million in annual benefits from it, economic analyst Steve Rattner said on Friday. The bill scheduled for a Senate vote as of Friday...

Friday, December 1, 2017, 5:03 PM

Trump didn't verify anti-Muslim videos he retweeted, says Sarah Huckabee Sanders

President Trump didn't verify the legitimacy of two anti-Muslim videos before he retweeted them, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday. On Wednesday, Trump retweeted the videos posted by the leader of Britain First, a far-right UK political organization that has been...

Friday, December 1, 2017, 4:32 PM