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New Federal Charges Filed Against Manafort, Gates

Paul Manafort, former campaign leader for Donald Trump, and business partner Rick Gates face a new raft of federal charges in Special Counsel Robert Muller’s Russia-related probe for the Department of Justice. A grand jury indictment filed this afternoon accuses the two men of hiding millions of dollars in income from Manafort’s lobbying on behalf […]

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Trump Blames Movies and Video Games, More Warnings About Florida Shooter, ICE Could Be Yanked from California: P.M. Links

President Donald Trump complained that violent movies and video games instigate real life violence, a claim not supported by scientific evidence. He also takes a dim view of having active shooter training simulations in schools and called on Twitter for enhanced background checks and raising the age to buy some guns to 21. Palm Beach […]

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White Supremacist Group Says Alleged Florida Shooter Had Ties, Trump Urges Safer Schools, Court Rules Against Travel Ban: P.M. Links

Xinhua/Sipa USA/NewscomA white supremacist group says that alleged school shooter Nikolas Cruz is a member of their organization and attended paramilitary training with them in Tallahassee, Florida. Here’s what else is known about Cruz so far. A judge at his bail hearing today ordered him held without bond. President Donald Trump spoke on the shooting […]

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Update: 17 Dead in South Florida High School Shooting

Update: 17 Dead in South Florida High School Shooting

A person opened fire at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida this afternoon. There have been official reports of injuries and fatalities, but the information is extremely vague and will no doubt become more specific as more news is available. The Broward County Sheriff’s Department says they have a suspect in custody and that […]

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Trump’s $4.4 Trillion Budget Released, Obama Portraits Unveiled, Charges in Milwaukee Jail Dehydration Death: P.M. Links

Abaca Press/Douliery Olivier/Abaca/Sipa USA/NewscomPresident Donald Trump’s $4.4 trillion budget, unveiled today, would lead to more than $7 trillion in deficits over the next year due to large increases in military spending. Party of smaller government! The official portraits of former President Barack Obama and wife Michelle Obama were unveiled today. That’s an awful lot of […]

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White House Won’t Declassify Dems’ Memo on Campaign Surveillance—at Least Not Yet

The White House has alerted Congress it will not yet declassify the memo put together by House Democrats that provided their own interpretation of the circumstances of the federal surveillance of a Donald Trump aide during and following the 2016 president election. The letter from White House Counsel Donald McGahn explained, “The Department [of Justice] […]

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Congress Navigates Spending Plan, White House Names New IRS Head, Emotional Support Hamster Flushes News Cycle Down a Toilet: P.M. Links

Will Congress be able to push through a spending bill before the midnight deadline tonight? It certainly has enough pork to pass. A leader within the Black Lives Matter movement was shot and killed in New Orleans. Police say further information is not yet available. A white supremacist and holocaust denier is running for Congress […]

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San Francisco to Open Safe Drug Injection Sites by Summer

They will be privately funded and operated by nonprofits. Scott Shackford|Feb. 6, 2018 3:50 pm Viktoriya Kuzmenkova / Dreamstime.comSan Francisco may end up being the first city in the United States to open injection sites where drug addicts can shoot up safely. Several other major cities are considering proposals. Seattle has been planning injection sites […]

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Gitmo Trial Overseer Fired, McCain Introduces Immigration Bill, More Rent Control Demanded Instead of More Housing: P.M. Links

POOL New/REUTERS/NewscomThe Pentagon has fired the man overseeing the trials of alleged terrorists being held in Guantanamo Bay. The stock market is having kind of an off day today. The Supreme Court has rejected an emergency request by Pennsylvania Republican leaders to put on hold a recent decision by the state’s supreme court ordering them […]

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Trump Defenders Should Support the N.Y. Times Effort to Unseal Secret Surveillance Documents

Korotayev Artyom/ZUMA Press/NewscomThe New York Times wants the goverment to do more than #ReleaseTheMemo. It’s asking the federal secret surveillance court to spill much more about the information used to justify snooping on a former campaign adviser to Donald Trump. Today the Times announced that it is asking the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) to […]

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