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Michael Cohen reveals that Trump directed hush money payments in bombshell revelation

Michael Cohen reveals that Trump directed hush money payments in bombshell revelation

In a day of bombshell revelations, one may well stand above the rest. After entering a plea agreement with federal prosecutors in New York, Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s longtime lawyer,
BREAKING: Paul Manafort convicted of tax and bank fraud

BREAKING: Paul Manafort convicted of tax and bank fraud

Former Trump campaign chairman and longtime political operative Paul Manafort was convicted on eight counts of fraud early Tuesday evening, the first Trump associate to be found guilty by a jury in
Google’s former mindfulness guru steps down from nonprofit over ‘inappropriate behavior’

Google’s former mindfulness guru steps down from nonprofit over ‘inappropriate behavior’

The founder of Google’s employee mindfulness program quietly resigned last month from a nonprofit he cofounded, citing “inappropriate behavior” from his past. Chade-Meng Tan stepped down as chair of
Study shows how Facebook helps incite anti-refugee attacks in Germany

Study shows how Facebook helps incite anti-refugee attacks in Germany

When the Cambridge Analytica story broke in March, most of the attention was focused on how the firm used Facebook data to “microtarget” U.S. voters in swing states during the 2016 presidential
Prisoners nationwide on strike over poor conditions and forced labor — including firefighting

Prisoners nationwide on strike over poor conditions and forced labor — including firefighting

Incarcerated people across the United States are going on strike Tuesday, kicking off a three-week protest against poor conditions and forced labor in what could be one of the largest prison strikes
Trump officials unable to provide senators with clear info on White House’s Russia strategy

Trump officials unable to provide senators with clear info on White House’s Russia strategy

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday tried to make sense of the Trump administration’s strategy on Russia. They did not make much progress. “This committee is attempting to get a clearer
UPDATED: Michael Cohen pleads guilty to criminal charges

UPDATED: Michael Cohen pleads guilty to criminal charges

Longtime Trump lawyer Michael Cohen has entered into a plea agreement with federal prosecutors in New York following investigations into payments he made to several women who claim to have had affairs
BREAKING: Brett Kavanaugh thinks that Sen. Susan Collins is stupid

BREAKING: Brett Kavanaugh thinks that Sen. Susan Collins is stupid

Like an email scammer, offering to pay Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) millions if she deposits thousands of dollars in a Nigerian bank, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh reassured Collins on Tuesday
Trump just endorsed an anti-contraception billionaire GOP megadonor for Wyoming governor

Trump just endorsed an anti-contraception billionaire GOP megadonor for Wyoming governor

On Tuesday, as Wyoming GOP primary voters are heading to the polls to select their nominee, President Trump endorsed longtime conservative megadonor Foster Friess. To the incredible people of the
Question of Putin’s assets drives contentious Senate hearing

Question of Putin’s assets drives contentious Senate hearing

Does Russian President Vladimir Putin own any assets — companies, property, or investments — in the United States? That was the big question featured in Tuesday’s Senate Banking Committee hearing, and
Research finds both liberals and conservatives are NIMBYs — especially if they own their home

Research finds both liberals and conservatives are NIMBYs — especially if they own their home

Secretary Ben Carson has been pushing his agency, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, to eliminate regulations on housing development, ostensibly to stimulate the construction of new
EPA admits Trump would sacrifice thousands of U.S. lives to save a few coal plants

EPA admits Trump would sacrifice thousands of U.S. lives to save a few coal plants

President Trump’s own Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) conceded Tuesday that replacing President Obama’s climate plan for electric utilities with his new plan will be a public health disaster and
Republicans admit they’ll slash Medicare, Social Security to pay for their tax cuts

Republicans admit they’ll slash Medicare, Social Security to pay for their tax cuts

Slowly but surely, Republicans that supported the trillion dollar Trump tax bill are revealing their true motivations: slashing Medicare and Social Security. During a Sunday interview with CNBC’s John
EPA’s new power plant rule shows Trump is fine with ‘runaway climate change,’ green groups say

EPA’s new power plant rule shows Trump is fine with ‘runaway climate change,’ green groups say

The Trump administration released a plan on Tuesday to regulate greenhouse gas emissions at existing electric power plants as part of an effort to roll back President Barack Obama’s signature plan to
Sen. Elizabeth Warren has an ambitious plan to upend the lobbying industry

Sen. Elizabeth Warren has an ambitious plan to upend the lobbying industry

In a Tuesday morning speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) unveiled her Anti-Corruption and Public Integrity Act. Billed as an effort to “eliminate the
How natural disasters widen the wealth gap between minority and white communities

How natural disasters widen the wealth gap between minority and white communities

Wealth inequality dramatically increases between white communities and communities of color in the U.S. following a natural disaster, a new study found. According to the study by Rice University and
Trump tries to justify abusive immigration policies by calling them ‘unpleasant consequences’

Trump tries to justify abusive immigration policies by calling them ‘unpleasant consequences’

President Trump on Tuesday attempted to justify his administration’s many abusive immigration policies, including the practice of separating immigrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border, suggesting
Trump says former intel official only being ‘nice’ to keep his security clearance

Trump says former intel official only being ‘nice’ to keep his security clearance

President Trump suggested on Tuesday that the only reason former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper is being “nice” to him is so that he could keep his security clearance. “Even James
Trump just admitted that he’s violating the First Amendment with his security clearance revocations

Trump just admitted that he’s violating the First Amendment with his security clearance revocations

Last week, President Donald Trump revoked former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance — the White House claims that he did so because of Brennan’s “erratic conduct.” On Tuesday morning,
UNC’s ‘Silent Sam’ torn down by student protesters

UNC’s ‘Silent Sam’ torn down by student protesters

On the eve of first day of classes, a group of mostly protesting students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill toppled the statue of Silent Sam, the Confederate monument that’s stood at