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Biden's Response To Trump's Wiretapping Claim Is Everything

By now, it's a safe bet that you've heard about President Donald Trump's explosive, completely unsupported, and widely rebuked claim that former President Barack Obama had Trump Tower wiretapped in advance of the 2016 presidential election. It's a claim that's been disputed and shot down by basically everybody who would know, from NSA director Mike Rogers, to FBI director James Comey, to Obama-era intelligence officials like James Clapper, and even Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. And on Wednesda…

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The London & Brussels Attacks Happened One Year Apart

On Wednesday, March 22, a car driving across Westminster Bridge reportedly struck several pedestrians before crashing into a fence, at which point its driver got out and fatally stabbed one police officer before reportedly being shot and killed by another. The London Metropolitan police are investigating it as an act of terrorism, with four people confirmed dead including the alleged attacker, and 20 more injured. And it happened precisely one year to the day after the 2016 terrorist attack in t…

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Paul Ryan Responded To The London Attack Before Trump

On Wednesday, amid reports of a violent incident that took place near the British parliament in London, many people immediately assumed the worst ― namely, that the combined reports of the stabbing of a police officer, the shooting of an assailant, and pedestrians being struck by a car near Westminster Bridge amounted to a terrorist attack. And after the Metropolitan Police made it clear they were viewing it as such, the U.S. Speaker of the House followed suit: Paul Ryan responded to the London …

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Trump's First Comment On UK Parliament Attack Isn't Presidential

On Wednesday afternoon, a harrowing incident took place near London's Westminster Bridge, with reports that multiple pedestrians were struck by a car, and a police officer was stabbed before his assailant was shot. The incident put the British Parliament on lockdown, and forced the evacuation of Prime Minister Theresa May. The Metropolitan Police are reportedly treating the incident as a terrorist attack for the time being, and it seemed immediately clear that the American president would soon h…

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The Latest Updates On The UK Parliament Incident In London

On Wednesday, police responded to shots fired at the Westminster Bridge during a violent incident that put the United Kingdom's Parliament on lockdown. Reports are somewhat conflicting and very chaotic at the moment, owing to the unexpected and traumatic nature of the story ― in breaking news events like these, it can often be hard to get a concrete fix on what exactly happened. It's also worth noting that reports tend to be unreliable in the immediate aftermath of such shocking incidents, but h…

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Maxine Waters Calls For Trump's Impeachment

It's clear that California representative Maxine Waters is not trying to tamp down the expectations surrounding the House investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. Early Tuesday morning, less than 24 hours after FBI director James Comey publicly confirmed the bureau's investigation for the first time, the 13-term representative from South Central Los Angeles took to Twitter with a firm and startling message. Namely, Waters said to "get ready for impeachment," public…

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The AHCA Would Be A Bad Turn Of Events For Women

If you lived through the health care reform legislative fight of 2009, through which President Obama's Affordable Care Act was ultimately signed into law, you might be surprised at just how fast things are moving. Back then, Republicans bemoaned the year-long legislative process as too sudden, and as having a major bill "jammed down our throats." But with a House vote scheduled this week, less than a month since the bill was unveiled, it seems its now the GOP doing the jamming. And it could have…

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Neil Gorsuch Finally Talks About Merrick Garland

Though the first day got somewhat drowned out by the dramatic House Intelligence Committee testimony of FBI director James Comey, the second day of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch's confirmation hearings on Tuesday included some memorable moments. As senators grilled him on a range of issues, one particular moment surely stood out to both Democrats and progressives. Gorsuch spoke out about Merrick Garland, the man whose Supreme Court nomination was handed to the 49-year-old conservative judge…

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The UK Plans Its Own In-Flight Electronics Ban

Early Tuesday, the world of commercial aviation was hit with an unexpected and controversial new restriction, with the official announcement that the Department of Homeland Security was implementing a ban on the in-cabin use of certain electronic devices on flights incoming from some countries in the Middle East. And one day later, it's been reported that aviation authorities in the United Kingdom are following suit ― the U.K. is banning electronics on flights from some Middle Eastern countries,…

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Donald Trump Got This "Irish" Proverb All Wrong

Another day, another needless flub. It's like a never-ending cycle, an ebb and flow to this new administration ― according to the Washington Post, President Trump has made 257 false or misleading statements in a mere 57 days in office, and has only twice made it a full 24 hours without voicing one. Some of them are hugely damaging and consequential, like his unsupported (and unraveled) claim that President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower during the election. And some are just plain embarrassing, li…

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