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Grigory Rodchenkov: Who is he and why are people talking about him?

Grigory Rodchenkov is the former director of the Russian national anti-doping lab, the Anti-Doping Center, and one of the most infamous whistleblowers in history. In 2015, he revealed Russia's system for distributing illegal performance-enhancing substances to its athletes and covering up dirty...

Friday, February 16, 2018, 5:15 PM

FCC head Ajit Pai being investigated for collusion with Sinclair Broadcasting

FCC chairman Ajit Pai, a Trump appointee, is being investigated by the FCC inspector general for possible collusion with Sinclair Broadcasting, a conservative media group that ran pro-Trump programming during the election. Shortly after taking office in February, Pai announced he would overturn...

Friday, February 16, 2018, 4:38 PM

Trump conspired to keep affair with Playboy model secret: Report

A former Playboy Playmate has detailed her 2006 affair with Donald Trump, despite a Trump friend's attempt to buy her silence, a new report alleges. Karen McDougal detailed her alleged affair with Trump in an eight-page document reported on by the New Yorker on Friday. McDougal wrote that she...

Friday, February 16, 2018, 4:01 PM

Trump's approval has dropped in 49 states. This is the one exception

President Trump's approval rating is lower than it was one year ago in 49 states. But not in Alabama, where it has improved by 1 point. According to a new Morning Consult poll, 63% of Alabama residents approve of the job Trump is doing, up from 62% in January 2017. But in every other state,...

Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 5:39 PM

Olympic skater Adam Rippon's former diet: Three slices of bread a day

Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon, who has made headlines for helping the U.S. team to a bronze medal in Pyeongchang and criticizing Vice President Mike Pence for his anti-LGBT record, has spoken up about eating disorders in men's skating, revealing that at one point his daily diet consisted of...

Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 4:37 PM

Trump's focus for 2018 isn't legislation — it's this

President Trump recently unveiled a $1.4 trillion infrastructure plan and a $4 trillion budget proposal that includes initiatives such as defunding PBS and cutting fresh produce from the food-stamp program. But none of those are his biggest priority for 2018. What is? Twitter. Specifically, "...

Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 3:28 PM

Trump budget would cut fresh fruits and vegetables from food stamp program

President Trump's 2019 budget request would prevent food-stamp recipients from using the program to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables, requiring them to receive a box of processed foods instead. White House Office of Management & Budget head Mick Mulvaney called the proposal a "...

Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 5:07 PM

TV station confuses Pyeongchang for P.F. Chang's

In the fast-paced world of TV news, typos happen. Generally not like this one. On Saturday morning, a Chicago TV station was airing a story on the political climate surrounding the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. They created a snazzy graphic for the piece, which displayed...

Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 4:33 PM

Telltale scar might reveal the truth about Trump's hair

A smoking-gun Trump tape may have dropped last week. Around Feb. 5, viral video circulated of Trump's hair blowing forward as he ascended the stairs to Air Force One. It appeared to drift off the back of his head in one piece, which was the subject of much Twitter amusement as rumors...

Monday, February 12, 2018, 5:34 PM

Trump wants to shut down international space station to prep for private space

One of President Trump's visions for the American space program is to turn the International Space Station into a kind of strip mall, with various private companies taking over pieces of the station and its functions as the federal government defunds it within seven years. Quartz reports that...

Monday, February 12, 2018, 4:36 PM

Get a sneak peek of North Korean cheerleaders performing

Apparently attempting to wrest the viral-Olympic-story award away from "110,000 condoms in Olympic village," North Korea has let it be known that the country has a cheerleading squad. The fact that North Korean cheerleaders exist may not be surprising — after all, the entire country...

Thursday, February 8, 2018, 6:10 PM

Jeff Sessions' solution to the opioid crisis: Take two aspirin and go to bed

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has a solution for opioid addiction: Just take a couple of aspirin and go to sleep instead. Sessions made the suggestion Tuesday night at a Heritage Foundation event celebrating the birthday of Ronald Reagan. The attorney general observed that Nancy Reagan's...

Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 6:31 PM

People aren't buying Trump's beliefs about immigrants: Survey

President Trump's views and proposed policies on immigration are well out of step with American voters, says a new poll, which found that an overwhelming majority of Americans want Dreamers to stay in the U.S., and a solid majority oppose Trump's proposed border wall with Mexico. The...

Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 5:07 PM

Is Pyeongchang in North Korea?

Pyeongchang — didn't that used to be called Pyongyang? If you've asked yourself that question, you're not alone. To get it out of the way: the answer to the question is PyeongChang in North Korea is hell no. Although they're only three letters apart, Pyeongchang and Pyongyang...

Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 4:28 PM

Majority of voters say Trump has tried to 'derail or obstruct' Russia probe: Poll

A new poll shows that 53 percent of American voters believe that President Trump has tried to "derail or obstruct" special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into potential links between Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and the Russian government. In the Quinnipiac poll...

Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 4:19 PM

Girl Scout sells 300 boxes of cookies in 6 hours outside marijuana dispensary

Proponents of legalizing marijuana say it will open up new small-business opportunities for the middle class. A Girl Scout in California metaphorically said, "Hold my beer." Last weekend, an enterprising San Diego troop member set up shop outside Urbn Leaf, a legal pot dispensary. Her...

Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 5:18 PM

White House official once called Trump 'a deplorable'

Well, this is awkward. Increasingly visible White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah called Donald Trump "a deplorable" and said that the release of the "Access Hollywood" tape was "some justice," New York magazine reported Monday. During the 2016 presidential...

Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 5:06 PM

President Trump's ethics chief shades him in blog post

The White House was left searching for some ice for that burn yesterday, after the U.S. Office of Government Ethics took a thinly veiled swat at President Trump. In a blog post, the acting director of the agency commented on a recent survey that shows a rising number of Americans believe the...

Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 4:14 PM

Trump calls Democrats 'treasonous' for not applauding his SOTU address

During a speech in Cincinnati on Monday afternoon, President Trump called Democrats who didn't applaud during his State of the Union address "un-American" and "treasonous." Trump said that Republicans "were going crazy wild" during his speech, but Democrats were...

Monday, February 5, 2018, 5:18 PM

7,000 FBI texts show no evidence of anti-Trump conspiracy: Report

Denting President Trump's complaints that the FBI is biased against him, the "Wall Street Journal" read 7,000 text messages between FBI agent Peter Sztrok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page and found no evidence of a conspiracy against Trump. Some Republicans had used Strzok's text...

Friday, February 2, 2018, 5:59 PM