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In shocking news, the Trump Administration is in hot water for sending radioactive plutonium across the U.S., without first obtaining approval from the states directly impacted. The National Nuclear Security Administration admitted in court recently that it sent half a metric ton of “weapons-usable plutonium” to Nevada, provoking the ire of Nevada Governor Sisolak who said: “I am beyond outraged by this completely unacceptable deception from the U.S. Department of Energy. The Department led the State...

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The Congressional Budget Office reports that the 35-day partial government shutdown, the longest in history, cost the economy $3 billion that won’t be recovered. The Internal Revenue Service was among the agencies affected. Because it had to cut down compliance activities during the shutdown, the government’s tax revenue will be $2 billion lower this fiscal year. The CBO does not estimate indirect costs that were certainly related to the shutdown, such as risks to the health of...

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York has tapped Stacey Abrams, who recently narrowly lost a bid to be governor of Georgia, to present the official Democratic response to President Trump’s State of the Union address on February 5. “Stacey Abrams offers a welcome, stark contrast to President Trump’s politics of division and lack of leadership as American families are still feeling the impacts of his self-imposed shutdown,” Schumer said in a statement. “Stacey Abrams...

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Former Trump campaign advisor and longtime political operative Roger Stone was arrested early Friday morning following an indictment by a Washington, D.C. grand jury on Thursday. Stone is charged with with lying, obstruction, and witness tampering related to Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. Stone was awakened by the FBI Friday morning when a team of a dozen or so agents raided his Fort Lauderdale home around 6:00 am. "FBI. Open the door.” Watch exclusive...

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In the final hours of the longest government shutdown in history, President Donald Trump’s Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said he didn’t “really quite understand why” some federal workers were turning to services like food banks to survive after two missed paychecks. Ross went on to suggest that federal workers struggling during the shutdown should have taken out loans to make ends meet. The ‘shutdown loans’ of up to $5,000 offered by Ross’ own Department of...

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After a week of back and forth, President Trump has conceded to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and will not deliver his 2019 State of the Union, originally slated for January 29, until the government shutdown is over. Beginning with a letter from Speaker Pelosi on January 16, where she requested that Trump “determine another suitable date after the government has re-opened,” for the State of the Union and finally ending with a series of tweets from...

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New research from the National Association of Realtors found that existing home sales have hit a three year low. 2018 was the worst year for sales of previously-owned homes since 2015. The month of December 2018 was especially bad for the housing market. Sales of previously-owned homes, which make up the vast majority of housing sales, were down 6.4% for the month and 10.3% lower than December 2017. At the same time, stocks fell the most in almost...

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Online news outlet BuzzFeed came out late last week with an explosive story about collusion between Russia and President Trump, claiming that Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen, who previously admitted that he lied to Congress about the duration of the Trump Organization’s talks about building a Trump Tower Moscow, was directly instructed to lie by President Trump himself. The story cited two federal law enforcement agents involved with the investigation but hasn’t been independently verified by other...

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Democrats in Iowa are bracing for massive turnout in their first-in-the-nation presidential caucus, which by all accounts was a bit of a mess in 2016, when there were only three candidates in the mix—Sanders, Clinton, and O’Malley. Hillary Clinton was able to eke out the narrowest of victories. Now that the Democratic field looks likely to be more like 20 candidates, the caucuses are likely to be even more raucous and contentious and organizers are...

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Tens of thousands of Los Angeles public school teachers have spent the school week outside of the classroom and on the picket lines. The more than 30,000 educators on strike are demanding smaller class sizes, increased staffing and higher teacher salaries. Many Los Angeles classrooms have more than 40 students to a single teacher. The current cap for high school class sizes in L.A. is 46. Aerial footage shows massive teacher strike as tens of...