France’s president knew the Trump arm-yank handshake was cominghere’s how he countered it

May 29, 2017

… seems as if some world leaders have caught wise to the act, which comes across as an effort to establish control and dominance over someone in advance of a conversation. When Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau visited Trump for the first time, he was clearly prepared. When Trump went in for the handshake, he was met with an unrelenting response, with Trudeau holding his arm steady and firm against anyattempted yank. The first meeting between Trump and Macron at the NATO summit was …

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How ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ has become the meme of the resistance

May 29, 2017

… lawmakers debated bills that would make it harder for women to get an abortion. SEE ALSO: Ivanka Trump is not your friend and she’s not coming to save you What you may not know is that their demonstrations, inspired by Margaret Atwood’s classic dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale and Hulu’s vivid TV adaptation, are slowly spreading across the country. Women are holding sewing parties to turn yards of blood-red fabric into capes. They’re swapping ideas on private …

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Pete Souza’s most legendary Donald Trump trolls

May 28, 2017

In an internet world where trolls lurk around every corner, one has loomed above the rest: Pete Souza, Barack Obama’s former staff photographer. An unlikely troll for unlikely times. Souza has stood out for the blunt savagery of his Instagram posts, but more than that, for the sheer amount of them. It’s seemed that for every Donald Trump action, there is an equal, opposite, and wistfully melancholy reminder of how things used to be. Since Trump’s inauguration in January, the …

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Zbigniew Brzezinski, Carter’s National Security Adviser, Dies At 89

May 27, 2017

… between Israel and Egypt in 1978. Brzezinski first came to government work in 1966 after earning a doctorate in political science from Harvard University and teaching there and at Columbia University. The author of multiple books,he remained active, opinionated and outspoken to the end. He was a sharp critic of President Donald Trump, whose foreign policies he skewered as muddled. …

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The Most Futile Fight In Washington: Authorizing Wars

May 27, 2017

… bombings can take place. It would also repeal old AUMFs still in effect. The senators and it went nowhere. Theres no clear indication that this latest incarnation will have success, either. a motley crew of rank-and-file lawmakers McConnell spokesman Don Stewart didnt say how McConnell feels generally about the need for an AUMF debate. But he noted the administration is in the middle of reviewing its strategy for fighting ISIS, and once thats done, President Donald Trump may need …

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Kit Harington Rips Into Donald Trump & Sean Penn!

May 25, 2017

… Obviously Kit has some strong political views, and it’s refreshing that he’s not afraid to speak on them. He’s totally right about Trump! [Image via WENN.] Related Stories CBO Says Republican Health Care Bill Will Split Country In 3! Donald Trump Finally Got His Hand-Holding Photo With Melania, But Why Does Something Feel So Off About It? Donald Trump’s SoHo Hotel Planning Layoffs Amid Post-Election Business Slump! Sad! Billy Bush Still Hasnt Talked To Donald …

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Trump Threatened To Let Obamacare ‘Implode.’ That’s One Promise He’s Keeping.

May 24, 2017

President has been telling us all along that he believes his best course politically is to do what he can to ensure that Obamacare breaks. What you may not have noticed is that hes actually been executing that plan. The Affordable Care Act has had its share of problems, some them serious like health insurance premiums that middle-class families cant afford, and swaths of the country with among insurers. Since the beginning of the year, the actions of Trump and his team have exacerbated …

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It Doesn’t Sound Like Senate Republicans Are Anywhere Close To A Deal On Obamacare Repeal

May 24, 2017

WASHINGTON It took the House months of infighting and a failed first attempt to ultimately pass a bill torepeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. More than two weeks later, Senate Republicans are nowhere near reaching an agreement on a bill of their own. As scandal after scandal piled up for the Trump administration last week, Republicans were given some cover. Rather than being flooded with questions as they exited multiple meetings about their own disagreements on how to repeal and …

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Boy Comes Home From School And Finds Dad Has Been Deported

May 24, 2017

… statement: Arino Massie, who was a visa overstay, was ordered removed on July 17, 2006 by an immigration judge with the Department of Justices Executive Office of Immigration Review. After exhausting all legal remedies, on May 18, 2017, ICE Enforcement and Removal Officers removed Arino Massie to Indonesia. Can you imagine someone applying for asylum and then going back to Indonesia? How are they going to treat him, Rattu told USA Today. The Trump administration has broadened the scope of …

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Democrats Just Flipped Seats In 2 Trump Districts

May 24, 2017

In a Long Island, New York district thatTrump won by 23 percent,Democrat Christine Pellegrino defeated Republican Thomas Gargiulo in the race for a seat in the New York State Assembly. Pellegrino served as a delegate for Bernie Sanders at the Democratic National Conventionlast year, the local Patch reported. Democrats are also celebrating an upset in a New Hampshire district that Trump won by 7 points in November. Democrat Edith DesMarais defeated Republican Matthew Plache in a special …

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Trump Administrations Womens Rights Lip Service Turns Irony Up to 11

May 24, 2017

Today, White House press secretary Sean Spicer announced to a room of incredulous reporters that President Donald Trump made womens empowerment a priority during his campaign. But that wasnt even the emptiest gesture the Trump administration made for womens rights today. After civilization collapses and humans are all but wiped from Earths memory, all that will be left are cockroaches and the echoes of bitter guffaws of feminists who watched this years International Women of Courage Awards. …

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Trump’s Budget Takes From Safety Net, Gives To Military

May 23, 2017

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump wants Congress to cut food stamps and other anti-poverty programs in order to pay for more military spending and a border wall, according to a budget proposal the White House will formally unveil on Tuesday. Trumps budget for fiscal 2018, a summary of which the administration released late Monday, would plow the savings from welfare cuts into higher military spending and deficit reduction. It also adds $2.6 billion more for border security, including $1.6 …

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Trump’s Budget Would Cut Planned Parenthood Out Of All Federal Programs

May 23, 2017

Andrew Cullen / Reuters The Trump administrations proposed budget specifically excludes Planned Parenthood from all Department of Health and Human Services programs, apparently the first time a presidents budget has done so, according to the leaked executive summary of the plan. Trumps proposed fiscal 2018 budget follows through on a campaign promise and prohibits any funding in the Labor-HHS appropriations bill for certain entities that provide abortions, including Planned Parenthood, the …

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Trump is picking the wrong battle on health care

May 23, 2017

(CNN)In the budget that President Donald Trump is expected to release Tuesday, CNN has reported that there will be $800 billion in cuts to Medicaid, which assumes that the reductions contained in the House health care bill become law. With all of the frenzied coverage of President Trump’s trip overseas and the ongoing investigation into “Russiagate,” one of the biggest stories of the day might have slipped under the radar. Dad with diabetic son confronts …

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Trump’s doublespeak in Saudi Arabia

May 22, 2017

(CNN)If there’s one thing we’ve learned about Donald Trump, it is that he has no qualms about contradicting himself to get what he wants. In Saudi Arabia, he wanted a $110 billion arms deal — not to promote peace and tolerance, as he later proclaimed in his Sunday speech. Thus, his speech will not “be remembered as the beginning of peace in the Middle East,” as he loftily put it, but rather a boost to the war that is ravaging it. Nor will Trump’s speech put …

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Trump budget: $800 billion in Medicaid cuts

May 22, 2017

(CNN)Donald Trump’s budget that is expected to be unveiled on Tuesday will include $800 billion in cuts to Medicaid — a move that underscores the President’s resolve to significantly downsize the federal program even as Republican lawmakers are clashing over the issue in Congress. The $800 billion reduction, confirmed to CNN Sunday evening by a senior administration official, assumes that the GOP health care bill that the House passed earlier this month would become law, …

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Tips for dealing with a toddler and also Donald Trump

May 21, 2017

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock Donald Trump is a man whose behavior follows the whim of his impulses and tantrums, much like a toddler, and the world is scrambling to accommodate it. Officials in the White House and from governments around the globe have tailored aspects of governance to the new president to fit his notoriously short attention span and need for praise. SEE ALSO: Trump’s fave …

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Anderson Cooper: If Trump Took A Dump On His Desk, Jeffrey Lord Would Defend It

May 20, 2017

Cooper on Friday was askingJeffrey Lord, a CNN contributor and Trump surrogate, about the president reportedly calling former FBI Director James Comey a nut job to Russian officials at the White House. But Lord continued his unconditional support for Trump, saying U.S. presidents can say whatever they want. Cooper, apparently fed up, interrupted: If he took a dump on his desk, you would defend it. Last year, Lord claimed there were no people of color in the United States,which upset …

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Who gets hurt by GOP’s ‘pro-life’ hypocrisy

May 20, 2017

… — a number that rose after Texas defunded Planned Parenthood and poor women found it more challenging to access contraception and legal abortion. This bizarre definition of “pro-life” extends overseas, too. In what is largely seen as a gift to his anti-abortion base, Trump expanded the Gag Rule, and this week his State Department broadened the order, which strips US funds from any organization abroad that so much as mentions abortion as an option for women — even groups …

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Axe wants men to rethink masculinity, but can an ad really help?

May 18, 2017

… that are enjoying a resurgence in the form of Donald Trump’s strongman act. Toxic masculinity is a popular phrase in academic and activist circles, but it’s not that hard to spot in pop culture if you know the signs. Consider Trump its prideful mascot: a man who can’t stand that one of his top surrogates is mocked by a woman on Saturday Night Live, tosses off suggestions about killing the families of terrorists, says nothing when crowds of people chant “lock her …

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Elizabeth Warren Has A Real Plan To Drain The Swamp In Washington

May 17, 2017

Other lawmakers and policy experts gathered at Washingtons Four Seasons Hotel focused on defending the Barack Obama-era status quo against President Donald Trumps onslaught, rather than on proposing ambitious new ideas. In her scathing remarks, Warren portrayed a Washington compromised by the largesse of big corporations and the ultra-rich long before Trump came to power. The former bankruptcy law professor and originator of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau decried the armies of …

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White House struggles to answer GOP questions on Capitol Hill

May 17, 2017

Washington (CNN)As the White House rushed to contain the fallout on Capitol Hill during a head-spinning week of controversies, one senator resorted to mime to describe his reaction. He mimicked a cat, claws out, hanging on for dear life by clinging to a tree. “We’re all just like this,” the senator told CNN, shaking his head. Chaffetz: I’m ready to subpoena for Comey memo Senator: Trump’s request impeachable, if true …

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The 2020 Democratic race is underway. Here are 5 takeaways

May 17, 2017

Washington (CNN)Democrats got their first side-by-side view of the biggest names vying to lead the party — and potentially its ticket against President Donald Trump in 2020. More than a dozen senators, governors and House members got their first chance to flash their personalities, policy platforms and cases against Trump in front of a largely establishment audience at an “Ideas Conference” hosted by the liberal think tank Center for American Progress. Here are five takeaways …

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Nancy Pelosi: Trump sharing classified info would be ‘very, very damaging’

May 17, 2017

Washington (CNN)House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said if President Donald Trump revealed intelligence from a US ally to Russian officials, it would be “very, very damaging.” Pelosi made her comments at a CNN town hall Monday evening moderated by anchor Chris Cuomo in the wake of a Washington Post report citing current and former US officials saying Trump revealed highly classified information in a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak …

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