Michael Martin

Everything you need to know about Jamal Khashoggi

The disappearance of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi sparked a diplomatic scandal, sent global markets reeling, and again raised questions whether President Trump more readily backs international despots than his own intelligence officials. Who is Jamal Khashoggi? Khashoggi, 59, a U.S....

Monday, October 15, 2018, 5:32 PM

This is when the White House will reveal federal cannabis reform

The White House is planning to tackle federal cannabis reform after the midterm elections, says Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA). Rohrabacher told Fox Business last week that Trump has made a "solid commitment" to regulating marijuana. "I have been talking to people inside the White...

Monday, October 15, 2018, 4:24 PM

Michael Cohen, former Trump lawyer, is now a registered Democrat

Michael Cohen, President Trump's former personal lawyer/fixer who is said to be cooperating with Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, has registered as a Democrat. Axios reports that Cohen switched his party affiliation from the GOP late last week, officially making the change at the New...

Monday, October 15, 2018, 3:54 PM

Congress bans 'gag order' that stopped pharmacists from telling you how to save money

New federal laws have lifted the "gag order" that prevented pharmacists from telling you if the cash price of a drug is less than what your insurance requires you to pay. Two bills to that effect — the Know the Lowest Price Act and the Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act —...

Thursday, October 11, 2018, 10:28 PM

Voter suppression efforts reported in several states

With less than a month to go before the midterm elections, multiple reports have surfaced of attempts at voter suppression by Republican-led state governments. • In Georgia, Democrat Stacey Abrams is running to become the country's first African-American female governor. Her opponent,...

Thursday, October 11, 2018, 9:44 PM

FLOTUS: Women making #MeToo claims need 'hard evidence'

First lady Melania Trump says that women who are making allegations of sexual assault or misconduct need "really hard evidence." "If you accuse (someone) of something, show the evidence," she said in an interview with ABC News, taped last week in Kenya during her first major...

Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 6:38 PM

How many people are falsely accused of rape? Almost no one

Although Republicans and President Trump may have ignited fears of men being falsely accused of sexual assault, statistics show that it almost never happens. During the Supreme Court confirmation process for Brett Kavanaugh, Trump went beyond mocking Christine Blasey Ford's allegations as...

Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 6:29 PM

This is Brett Kavanaugh's first case on the bench as Supreme Court Justice

Newly sworn-in Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh is facing two hot-button issues in his first case on the bench: Criminal sentencing and gun control. Kavanaugh's first day on the court was yesterday, when he began hearing arguments in Stokeling v. United States. The case concerns mandatory...

Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 4:52 PM

61 percent of Trump's Twitter followers are fake, new report finds

President Trump continues to falsely bemoan "paid protestors," but he seems to have no issue with the fake crowd that comprises his Twitter audience: More than half of his 54.7 million Twitter followers are not real, a new analysis has found. The online marketing company SparkToro...

Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 4:40 PM

Why did Nikki Haley resign as U.N. ambassador?

UN Ambassador Nikki Haley resigned on Tuesday morning, catching senior White House staff off-guard and leaving pundits speculating about ulterior motives, despite assurances by President Trump and Haley that the move had been planned. Announcing Haley's resignation in a joint photo op on...

Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 5:43 PM

Everything you need to know about Craig Coyne, the screenwriter Barbara Bush married in secret

Barbara Bush, daughter of former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush, got married in secret over the weekend. Her new husband is Craig Coyne, a screenwriter and actor who was unfamiliar to the celebrity press. The couple, both 36, were married on Sunday before 20 guests at...

Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 4:52 PM

Here's what you need to know about that big UN climate report

The United Nations released a climate report this week, which states that the threat from global warming is worse than originally thought: The world has just a decade to make "unprecedented" changes to prevent a catastrophic warming of the earth. The report, produced by the UN...

Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 3:09 PM

Lawsuit claims LaCroix sparkling water contains cockroach insecticide

LaCroix flavored sparkling water has become a genuine phenomenon in the past year, netting $827 million in sales and becoming both hotly praised and mocked on social media (sample tweet: "LaCroix tastes like someone yelling a flavor at you from the other room"). Naturally, a class-action...

Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 12:17 AM

Trump impeachment petition nears 6 million signatures thanks to Kavanaugh

A campaign to impeach President Trump has gotten a big boost from the controversy surrounding new Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh. Need to Impeach, the campaign sponsored by billionaire Tom Steyer, got 10,882 signatures on its petition to remove Trump last Wednesday, just before it became...

Monday, October 8, 2018, 4:46 PM

Trump opponents celebrate his Nobel Peace Prize snub

President Trump touted himself for the Nobel Peace Prize after his one-on-one meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, which ultimately resulted in no new nuclear disarmament agreements or actions. So his opponents wasted no time breathing a sigh of relief after the prize was announced this...

Friday, October 5, 2018, 9:31 PM

Trump boarded Air Force One with what looked like toilet paper stuck to his shoe

In 1975, President Gerald Ford was photographed tripping on the stairs to Air Force One. Some observers considered it a metaphor for the stumbles of his presidency; a few even attributed his re-election loss to the unfortunate photo op. Another stairs-based drama for the ages unfurled on Thursday...

Friday, October 5, 2018, 2:39 PM

Why didn't I get an emergency presidential alert text when everyone else did?

It's a club you may not have been eager to join, but it still feels weird to be left out: In the hours after President Trump delivered his first "Presidential Alert" text message — a test of FEMA's new Wireless Emergency Alert system intended for every cellphone in the...

Thursday, October 4, 2018, 5:41 PM

People the FBI didn't talk to and why it matters for the Kavanaugh hearing

During its five-day reopened background investigation, the FBI didn't talk with more than 40 people who could potentially corroborate sexual-assault claims against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh or claim he perjured himself during his Senate confirmation hearings. • Deborah...

Thursday, October 4, 2018, 4:41 PM

What you need to know about Donna Strickland, the third woman to win a Nobel Prize in physics

On Wednesday, the Nobel Prize in physics was awarded to Donna Strickland, a Canadian laser physicist. She's the first female scientist in 55 years to win the Nobel, and only the third woman ever to be awarded in physics. Here are some other important things to know about her. 1. Strickland...

Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 8:10 PM

Ex-Koch engineer to lead scientific research for the EPA

A former chemical engineer for Koch Industries will head the Environmental Protection Agency's main office for scientific research. David Dunlap has been named deputy chief in the EPA's Office of Research and Development (ORD). He does not need Senate confirmation. According to his...

Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 6:53 PM