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Russia Doesn’t Have Any Friends

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 22:50:01 GMT2017-03-30T22:50:01Z

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Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlim on March 24 in Moscow.

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The Angle: Deceptive Empathy Edition

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 22:04:42 GMT2017-03-30T22:04:42Z

A cure worse than the disease: This afternoon, North Carolina’s Democratic governor signed HB142 into law, the Republican-supported repeal of the state’s infamous and controversial bathroom bill. But the policies in this new measure are even worse for LGBTQ rights, Mark Joseph Stern writes.

The U.N. headquarters in New York on Sept. 20.

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The “Darkness at Nunes” Edition

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 21:42:46 GMT2017-03-30T21:42:46Z

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How to Fix the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 21:12:17 GMT2017-03-30T21:12:17Z

Three of the biggest names in voter suppression have a message for Attorney General Jeff Sessions: The Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department needs an extreme makeover. In an open letter published this week, former DOJ officials Hans von Spakovsky and J. Christian Adams joined Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and 22 other signatories in calling on Sessions to clean up the “ideological rot” left behind by the Obama administration and get rid of the “entrenched federal bureaucrats” who have zealously “jettisoned precepts like equal enforcement in favor of political and racialized dogmas.”

Then–President-elect Donald Trump and Kris Kobach, Kansas secretary of state, at Trump International Golf Club in Bedminster Township, New Jersey, on Nov. 20.

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The Return of the King of Debt

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 20:48:36 GMT2017-03-30T20:48:36Z

Last summer, back when the idea of President Donald Trump was still borderline unthinkable, the then–front-runner for the Republican nomination told CBS’s Norah O’Donnell that he was “the king of debt.” To the shock and horror of the fiscally abstemious, Trump bragged about his willingness not just to take on large amounts of debt to help build his fortune but also to renege on paying it back in full. This is obviously wildly irresponsible, and pretty much everyone freaked out at the notion of treating the federal government’s debt the way you’d write down losses on a low-rent casino. And so the King of Debt went into hiding, locked in a sarcophagus miles below Trump Tower.

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Zombie Trumpcare Isn’t Going Anywhere

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 20:37:45 GMT2017-03-30T20:37:45Z

If you listened to and then believed Republican leaders on Capitol Hill, then you might think that the American Health Care Act was not, in fact, dead following last week’s extraordinary implosion. Despite seeming to acknowledge on Friday that Obamacare is the law of the land, they are now trying to message that the repeal fight goes on.

House Speaker Paul Ryan speaks to the media on Thursday during his weekly news conference on Capitol Hill.

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When Fascist Heroes Took Over the Movies

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 20:18:37 GMT2017-03-30T20:18:37Z

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The New York Times’ Coal Miner Interview Is Why We Won’t Stop Climate Change

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 20:03:58 GMT2017-03-30T20:03:58Z

The problem with journalism, we were told after the election, is that we in the media focused too much on the facts and too little on the people, their stories, and their feelings. Coastal elites holed up with their precious data and forgot about the middle of the country.

President Donald Trump shakes hands with coal miners prior to signing a rule against regulating their industry, in the White House in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 16.

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Arkansas Is About to Execute Eight Men in Eleven Days

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 19:28:00 GMT2017-03-30T19:28:00Z

As a young child, Jason McGehee carried his dog Dusty around with him everywhere he went. He dressed him in pet clothes, put his birthday on a paper calendar, and went to bed each night with the dog sleeping beside him. McGehee’s aunt filed a legal declaration stating that his mother suffered from chronic depression and abused McGehee. His aunt also alleged that McGehee’s stepfather was sadistic. At a family dinner, she claimed, he kicked Dusty to death using his pointy boots as weapons and forcing McGehee to watch. When the dog died, “[t]hat was the turning point,” McGehee’s aunt later observed. “Jason was never the same after that.”

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson delivers a speech on the second day of the Republican National Convention on July 19 in Cleveland.

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