A lot of Americans spent 2017 bailing on the Republican Party

For much of 2017, President Trump’s poll numbers have been pretty consistent. In its most recent weekly average, Gallup has Trump at 36 percent approval — within two points of where he’s been since July. Trump is where he is because, while Democrats hate him and independents generally view him negatively, he continues to enjoy high approval ratings from Republicans. Eighty-two percent […]

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Putin pays surprise visit to Syria

In July 2015, the defeat of Syrian President Bashar Assad appeared imminent. His troops, overstretched and exhausted, had lost too many men, and a string of humiliating losses meant the government controlled only a quarter of the country. Two months later, Russian warplanes streaked through Syria’s skies, hurling bombs at Assad’s adversaries and starting a reversal of fortune that, more […]

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Sanders goes off on the media at White House press briefing

The White House ramped up its campaign against the press Monday, alleging that mistakes by reporters are the result of purposeful attempts to mislead the American public. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, in a heated exchange with reporters, called out news organizations for having to “retract and change and rewrite and make editors’ notes to a number of […]

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Where the GOP Tax Cut Plan Stands

House and Senate Republicans are still rushing to hash out the final details of their merged tax-cut plan, but most of the action this week will take place behind closed doors. The conference committee negotiating the final tax bill will hold one public meeting on Wednesday at 2 p.m. ET, but don’t expect to learn too much about the horse-trading […]

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Israeli minister calls Arab MPs ‘war criminals’

Israel’s defence minister on Monday called Arab MPs “war criminals” a day after he urged a boycott of Israeli Arabs living near the scene of clashes over the US president’s Jerusalem declaration. Avigdor Lieberman was speaking in a televised parliamentary debate on a motion of no confidence in the right-wing government filed by the mainly Arab Joint List alliance. Presenting […]

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Twitter blames bug for accidentally banning a bunch of accounts

What’s allowed and isn’t allowed on Twitter isn’t always clear. Even though the company has come out with a hateful conduct policy and has unverified and banned some of those who violate it, it still makes a lot of mistakes, like suspending accounts in error. Well, it seems like Twitter has made yet another boo-boo. In the past 24 hours, the company has “banned” over a dozen […]

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Both parties fear damage in new era of harassment politics

Chatter in Washington around the rising tally of lawmakers toppled by sexual harassment allegations has shifted from “who’s next?” to “how does this end?” While the U.S. capital has endured sex scandals since Alexander Hamilton’s affair with Maria Reynolds in the 1790s, the country has undergone a sudden shift in attitudes toward allegations of abuse, harassment or other inappropriate behavior […]

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand calls on Trump to resign

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Monday urged President Donald Trump to step down due to numerous sexual misconduct accusations against him. The New York Democrat told CNN that “President Trump should resign” and if he does not, Congress should start an investigation into the allegations. Her comments come amid a national reckoning over sexual harassment and assault that last week sank her colleague Sen. Al Franken, […]

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GOP lawmakers reconsider proposal to shrink corporate tax cut

Republicans negotiating a final GOP tax bill are reconsidering proposals to shrink the plan’s corporate tax cut amid ferocious opposition from Senate Republicans as well as outside conservative and business groups. Both separate bills that passed the House and Senate would lower the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent. But lawmakers negotiating the final bill have consideredraising the corporate […]

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