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As the government shutdown drags on, hundreds of thousands of federal workers are feeling increasingly desperate, turning to pawnshops to sell off jewelry or heirlooms to pay their bills and trying to line up second jobs to make ends meet. School districts are reporting record applications for substitute teachers and many are turning to Uber and Lyft to make some money driving. In even more desperate circumstances, people are tapping into their retirement savings or...

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To commemorate the annual March for Life demonstration in Washington this month, Senate Republicans tried to pass the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” but ultimately fell short of the 60 votes needed and were unable to approve a permanent ban on federal funding of abortion. The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), said that it was, “well past time Congress passed a comprehensive solution to the patchwork of regulations prohibiting federal funding for abortion...

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Lately, Governor Larry Hogan of Maryland has been quietly (and not-so-quietly) taking the steps one might take to run for president. He’s been meeting with big Republican donors who have made clear their disdain for the current president. He’s been attacking the president’s brand of governing in speeches. And, yes, he’s even got a trip to Iowa on the docket. But does he have the guts to take a stab at 2020? The White House...

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In an eyebrow-raising interview on Chris Cuomo’s CNN show, President Trump’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani, backtracked on his previous denials that the president had worked with Russians to gain an edge in the 2016 campaign. “I never said there was no collusion between the campaign or between people in the campaign… I have not. I said the President of the United States,” Giuliani said. "I never said there was no collusion between the campaign or between...

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Two recent reports from the Washington Post and the New York Times about the president’s ties with Russia are causing headaches for the administration. First, the New York Times on Friday broke the news that the FBI opened an investigation to determine if President Trump is working on behalf of Russian after the president fired the former head of the FBI, James Comey: In the days after President Trump fired James B. Comey as F.B.I. director, law...

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President Trump publicly admonished his acting Chief of Staff, Mick Mulvaney, at a meeting with congressional leaders over the partial government shutdown, Axios has reported. Reportedly, the tense moment came when Mulvaney was seeking middle ground on a funding level for President Trump’s border wall. “Trump cut him off … ‘You just fucked it all up, Mick,'” the president said, according to Axios’ source. A second source in the room confirmed the account. A White House...

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California was ravaged by wildfires late last year. In addition to the 86 people killed in the fires, thousands are still homeless and in need of support to rebuild their lives, homes, and communities. Now, President Trump is facing criticism for his recent tweet threatening to yank FEMA funding from the recovery and rebuilding efforts in California. Billions of dollars are sent to the State of California for Forest fires that, with proper Forest Management,...

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The partial government shutdown shows no sign of ending and the impact is becoming more and more pronounced. Unpaid TSA agents aren’t showing up for work, causing potentially a “massive security risk.” E-Verify is out of commission, making it easier for unwitting or unscrupulous employers to hire illegal workers. The Trump administration is promising to figure out the issue of the IRS issuing tax refunds and hungry Americans getting their food stamps, but it’s not...

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California’s new Democrat governor, Gavin Newsom, came out swinging against President Trump in his inauguration speech, calling the administration “incompetent.” “We will offer an alternative to the corruption and incompetence in the White House,” Newsom said in his inaugural address. “Our government will be progressive, principled, and always on the side of the people.” “There is an administration in Washington that is clearly hostile to California and California’s interests,” Newsom said. “People’s lives, freedom, security, the...

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The American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars may evoke pancake breakfasts, but in addition to their integral role in local communities, these organizations have been longstanding heavyweights in political circles. But increasingly, upstart veterans’ groups are challenging their grip on power as the voice for veterans. And these new groups, some with naked political intentions, may have a particularly strong grip on power with the current Administration.  The New York Times reports: “Last April, [VA...