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Academy Award-winning actor Tom Hanks on Saturday night urged the importance of understanding and learning from history, especially for those troubled by the current state of affairs.
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Hip-hop is going hard at President Donald Trump, and Snoop Dogg is the latest rapper to step into the ring.
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President Trump lashed out against critics on Saturday, arguing in a series of tweets that he is one of the most productive presidents in U.S. history....more
It'll be a rare joint appearance of five members of an exclusive club.
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Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. Army sergeant who pleaded guilty Monday to deserting his post in Afghanistan in 2009, says his Taliban captors were more “honest” with him than the Army has been since his release three years ago....more
Fusion GPS, the intelligence firm behind the controversial Trump dossier, asked a federal court on Friday to stop its bank from turning over financial records subpoenaed by the House intelligence committee.
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All five living ex-presidents appeared together for the first time since 2013 at a Texas concert for hurricane relief Saturday night....more
Philip Heijmans, The Atlantic
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Take a look at the week in politics from October 15 to October 21.
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Sally Kohn, CNN
If Hollywood didn't show the same outrage over Weinstein's alleged sexual assaults that it did for Trump's, then stars would look like hypocrites, Sally Kohn writes....more
Ed Rogers, Washington Post
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Salena Zito, New York Post
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William Saletan, Slate
On Monday, Sen. John McCain denounced President Trump's philosophy, agenda, and conduct. On Thursday, former President George W. Bush did the same thin ......more
Rush Limbaugh
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Peter Baker, NYT
George W. Bush and Barack Obama emerged from political seclusion and denounced the politics of division, sending a message to their successor in the White House....more
Mona Alami, Al-Monitor
After the ouster of the Islamic State from the oil-rich Deir ez-Zor province in eastern Syria, several issues are expected to complicate efforts to stabilize the region....more
Victor Davis Hanson, IBD
No one really knows all that much about North Korea's nuclear or conventional military capability or its strategic agenda. Are its nuclear missiles reliably lethal, are they as long-ranged and accurate as hyped, and are they under secure command and control?...more
Buskirk & Boychuk, American Greatness
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has isolated himself from his own department and allowed subordinates to fill a handful of top positions with people who actively opposed Donald Trump's election, according to current and former State Department officials and national security experts with specific...more
Ryan Lizza, The New Yorker
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Eddie Scarry, Washington Examiner
As badly as White House chief of staff John Kelly roasted Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., his statements about her unseemly politicization of the president's call to a Gold Star widow were at the same time a rebuke to how the media reflexively aided Wilson's narrative. Kelly said at the press briefing Thursday that he was "stunned" and "brokenhearted" when he saw Wilson in TV interviews and quoted in news reports divulging details about a personal call from Trump to Myeisha Johnson, whose husband died in an enemy ambush earlier this month in Niger....more
A heartbreaking truth began to dawn for the family of slain Army Sgt. La David Johnson as loved ones prepared for a private funeral Saturday for the soldier who was killed along with three comrades in an ISIS ambush in Niger.
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Democratic Party chairman Tom Perez tried to unify the political left around an anti-Trump message Saturday, calling the president an "existential threat" to the nation and "the most dangerous president in American history."...more
Jimmy Carter, the 93-year-old former Democratic president, says he is willing to go to North Korea on a diplomatic mission for President Trump amid the escalating tensions over nuclear weapons....more
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Saturday that his government was seeking to remove the leaders of Catalonia's regional government from power and call new elections as soon as possible.
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President Donald Trump said Saturday that the United States would soon transition into a "new phase" of involvement in Syria after US-backed forces drove ISIS members from Raqqa, the city they deemed their capital.
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President Trump on Saturday called for his own Justice Department to publicly release who paid for a salacious dossier that includes unverified allegations about his connections with Russia....more
The Air Force could recall up to 1,000 retired pilots after President Donald Trump signed an executive order aimed at addressing what the Pentagon has described as an "acute shortage of pilots."...more
He campaigned and won vowing to shake up Washington. Now, President Donald Trump is again breaking with tradition on a more personal matter: keeping a pet at the White House.
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President Trump is declining to offer specifics on how well planned or last minute Chief of Staff retired Gen. John Kelly’s appearance was Thursday in the White House briefing room, following criticism of Trump’s condolence call to an Army widow....more
President Donald Trump said Saturday he intends to allow the release of classified government documents about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy "subject to the receipt of further information."
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President Trump on Saturday celebrated the liberation of Raqqa from the Islamic State, saying this week’s recapture of the Syrian city by U.S.-backed forces could lead to an end of the caliphate....more
Steve Bannon delivered a blistering attack on former President George W. Bush during an address at the California GOP Convention Friday night, questioning his intelligence and whether the former President understood the speech that he delivered this week.
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The U.S. soldier at the center of the political fight between President Donald Trump and a Florida congresswoman was laid to rest on Saturday....more
President Donald Trump on Saturday continued lashing out at the Democratic congresswoman who offered a critical account of his conversation with the widow of a fallen US soldier, calling the congresswoman "wacky."
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As a New York businessman, Donald Trump proudly referred to himself as the "King of Debt" -- he thrived on taking financial risks and routinely leveraged debt to grow his family empire.
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Carolyn Kormann, The New Yorker
Last year, shortly after the election, the coal baron Robert Murray received a phone call from President-elect Donald Trump. “He said, ‘Tell your coal miners I got their backs,’ ” Murray later reported to Fox News. “Then he said, ‘I love you, man.’ ” Murray, who is the chairman and C.E.O. of Murray Energy, the largest private coal company in the country, was one of the first fossil-fuel executives to support Trump’s candidacy. Prior to the Republican National Convention, he hosted a fund-raiser for Trump in Charleston, West Virginia,......more
Francis Menton, Manhattan Contrarian
Predicting the impending collapse of climate hysteria is a lot like predicting the impending collapse of Venezuela or North Korea. Yes, it is so transparently crazy that it can't possibly go on for too much longer. On the other hand, it is backed by an enormous propaganda apparatus, by near unanimity in the media and academia kept intact by ruthless orthodoxy enforcement, and, at least up until recently, by complete control over vast government funding. You can see cracks developing in the structure here and there, and clearly, as with Venezuela and North Korea, the entire edifice will......more
Joe Concha, The Hill
ISIS — and particularly its expanding caliphate — used to be a major news story in this country. Defeating the terror army that largely stretched across Syria and Iraq was a major campaign topic in 2016. So one would think, after the ISIS de facto capital of Raqqa was liberated from the terror group by U.S-backed Syrian and Kurdish forces on Tuesday, that the story would dominate news coverage. ...more
Henry Olsen, American Greatness
The world is obsessed with Donald Trump. Hardly a day goes by without my receiving an email, a call, or a tweet from someone, somewhere who wants me to tell him what the president will do next. I always oblige as best I can,...more
Peggy Noonan, Wall Street Journal
Support for her cooled due to antic statements, intellectual thinness and general strangeness....more
Roger Cohen, New York Times
The Democratic Party has scarcely begun a serious reckoning with its defeat last year. It lives still in a coastal echo chamber of identity politics and Trump-bashing....more
Andrew Klavan, PJ Media
Just to be clear, the Weinstein phenomenon is not caused by any one thing. Unless I miss my guess, there will always be Harvey Weinsteins. Hollywood in particular is a town full of powerful men and attractive, insecure young women desperate to salve their insecurities by winning the love of millions onscreen. Put powerful men and pretty, insecure, desperate women together and you'll get abuses. And by the way, this trick works with gay people too. Remember when Corey Feldman spoke out about widespread homosexual predation on young actors? I do. Remember the thorough investigation that......more
Thomas Frank, The Guardian
Let us now consider the peculiar politics of Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced movie producer. Today Weinstein is in the headlines for an astonishing array of alleged sexual harassment and assaults, but once upon a time he was renowned for something quite different: his generous patronage of liberal politicians and progressive causes....more
Ronald Brownstein, CNN
As a candidate, Donald Trump sold himself as a deal maker. As president, he's governing more as a hostage taker....more
Heather Parton, Salon
Ever since Donald Trump was asked about his curious delay in commenting on the deaths of four servicemen in Niger and, instead of answering, began to brag about how he was the only president to call all the families of fallen soldiers, this ugly story has been festering. Once again, Trump's reflexive self-aggrandizement to cover up for his failures has gotten him into trouble. First of all, other presidents have of course called families of the fallen and have made many other gestures of sympathy and care. It was a low blow to try to tar his predecessors as failing to honor the war dead.......more
Michael Tackett, NYT
Senator Joe Donnelly of Indiana may be the most vulnerable Democratic incumbent. He has to walk a fine line in a state that President Trump won by almost 20 points....more
Margaret Renkl, New York Times
A few years back, when there were still three teenagers in this house, I got a little wound up at supper one night and kept going on and on about the brilliance of a novel I was reading by an Irish-born writer. “I can’t believe you’ve never been there,” one of my sons said. “As much as you love this stuff, I can’t believe you’ve never been to Ireland or England.”...more
Alex Titus, RealClearPolitics
American families and businesses can’t wait any longer for tax reform. The federal tax code has become outdated and inefficient in the 30 years since the last comprehensive reform. Americans spend billions of hours each year just completing their returns. The urgent need for reform is made clear by the huge number of voters who are upset with the current system. Sixty-eight percent of Americans are dissatisfied with the current tax system, according to a poll commissioned by America First Policies in late September...more
Jack Shafer, Politico
“So much Fake News being put in dying magazines and newspapers,” the leader of the free world tweeted on Tuesday, as his White House denied an anecdote in the New Yorkerabout a joke he made to Vice President Mike Pence. “Only place worse may be @NBCNews, @CBSNews, @ABC and @CNN. Fiction writers!”...more
David Dayen, American Prospect
Any hope of a GOP legislative victory in this session of Congress has come down to a vote on the 2018 budget resolution. And despite the conventional wisdom, there’s no definitive path yet for Republicans to actually get that done. The respective chambers have cobbled together wildly different versions of the budget, mirroring the broad ideological differences within the party. Leaders express confidence that some compromise will be reached. But hard-right members, emboldened by the implosion of the GOP establishment, haven’t exactly warmed to compromise during the first nine......more
Mollie Hemingway, Federalist
Fusion GPS is the firm that paid for and disseminated the discredited dossier that former FBI director James Comey briefed President Obama and President-elect Trump about in January. The almost immediate and well-sourced leak of that briefing to CNN is what got the Russia scare really going in January. BuzzFeed published the dossier very soon after CNN’s story ran....more
Robert Robb, USA Today
That began with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. President Barack Obama repeatedly, and correctly, said that he did not have the constitutional authority to grant legal status to "Dreamers," those brought here illegally when they were children, as a class. Then he did so anyway. Trump rescinded this presidential overreach, but delayed the program’s termination for six months to give Congress, where the authority actually resides, time to act....more
President Donald Trump shared insight into his personal tweeting habits during an interview with Fox Business Network's Maria Bartiromo.
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Senate intelligence committee investigators have spoken with several Russians who attended a June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Donald Trump Jr., a sign that the matter remains a significant focus for lawmakers looking into potential coordination between Trump associates and Kremlin-linked operatives during the presidential campaign. 
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White House chief of staff Gen. John Kelly on Thursday erroneously claimed that Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Florida, claimed credit for securing "$20 million" in federal funding to build a new FBI field office in Miami in 2015, according to a video of the event posted Friday by the Sun Sentinel.
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President Donald Trump was "very surprised" that his phone call with the widow of a US serviceman could have been taken badly, according to an interview with Fox Business Network's Maria Bartiromo.
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White House press secretary Sarah Sanders defended White House chief of staff John Kelly Friday after he made erroneous claims about a Democratic congresswoman the day before.
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President Donald Trump is wrong to claim he has dramatically changed the military approach to fighting ISIS, former Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Friday.
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Senate judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley won't force Attorney General Jeff Sessions to detail his private conversations with the President, a committee spokesman said Friday.
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Americans should anticipate more military operations in Africa as the war on terrorism continues to morph, Sen. Lindsey Graham warned Friday.
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White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said something during her daily press briefing Friday that actually took my breath away.
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The Presidents club is turning on its newest member.
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House Speaker Paul Ryan broke a bit of tax news Friday when he said that House Republicans plan to propose a new top income tax rate for high earners.
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San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz said that if the perfect "10" President Donald Trump gave his administration for its response to Hurricane Maria was right, it must be a 10 out of 100.
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President Donald Trump incorrectly suggested there is a link Friday between rising crime rates in the United Kingdom and the "spread of Radical Islamic terror."
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On Thursday night, following a day of back-and-forth over who said what in a phone call between the President of the United States and a military widow, President Donald Trump tweeted this: "The Fake News is going crazy with wacky Congresswoman Wilson(D), who was SECRETLY on a very personal call, and gave a total lie on content!"
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How four US service members were killed in Niger -- and President Donald Trump's response to the attack -- has left the federal government searching for answers.
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From the second that White House chief of staff John Kelly appeared in the White House press briefing room on Thursday afternoon, you could tell something big was about to happen.
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