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  • Trump faces calls to act against Russia after Mueller's indictments

    Democrats and former intelligence officials argue Trump had done nothing to protect future elections from Russian interference Donald Trump faced mounting calls on Sunday to act against Russia after special counsel Robert Mueller unveiled indictments on Friday accusing 13 Russians and three companies of interfering in the 2016 presidential election to help Republicans. Continue reading...

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  • The Guardian view on Russian trolls: democracy is much too easy to hack

    Of course the Russians tried to influence the US presidential election. The shocking thing is that they found it so simple Most of the coverage of the Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election has concentrated on who did it, and for whose benefit. But there is a sense in which this was not news. Anyone who has paid attention to the story, which has been hard to avoid, already believes that the Russians did what they could to get Donald Trump elected. The detail of what was done has...

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  • Trump: FBI 'spending too much time' on Russia inquiry and missed Florida shooter signals

    The president’s attempt to use the shooting to make a political point about the Russia inquiries into the Trump campaign drew swift criticism Donald Trump has criticized the FBI for missing the “many signals” about the Florida school shooter, saying the agency was spending “too much time” trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign. The US president’s attempt to use the shooting to make a political point about the FBI’s Russia inquiries into the Trump campaign drew swift...

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  • Donald Trump v Bill Clinton: why don't the sex scandals seem to stick?

    Clinton’s extramarital affair led to his impeachment, yet Trump seems immune to similar allegations. A panel of experts gets to the bottom of the double standard The claim this week by a lawyer for Donald Trump that $130,000 transferred to a pornographic actor on the eve of the 2016 election was not taken from campaign funds set off a rollicking debate over who then, exactly, paid the porn star. What it did not set off was a rollicking debate over what that payment, and the alleged illicit sex...

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  • 'How about we stop blaming the victims?': Florida shooting survivors speak at anti-gun rally – video

    Students who survived the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school have given emotive speeches condemning gun laws in the US. Hundreds of people protested at an anti-gun rally in Fort Lauderdale on SaturdayPost-Columbine generation demands action on guns: ‘We don’t deserve this’ Continue reading...

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  • Post-Columbine generation demands action on guns: 'We don't deserve this'

    Survivors of the Florida attack have grown up in a world where school shooting are the norm, and they want a different future Unsure whether he would be a victim or survivor of the mass shooting taking place outside his Florida classroom, 14-year-old Aidan Minoff sent an eight-word tweet. “I am in a school shooting right now ... ” Aidan said, before the world knew the day would end with 17 students and teachers dead. Continue reading...

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  • Senior Trump adviser says Russian election meddling 'beyond dispute'

    HR McMaster calls evidence incontrovertible in wake of latest US indictments against more than a dozen Russians Mueller charges 13 Russians with interfering in US election to help TrumpDonald Trump’s national security adviser, HR McMaster, said on Saturday that Russian meddling in the 2016 election is “incontrovertible” and “beyond dispute” in the wake of new US indictments. McMaster spoke after Robert Mueller, the special counsel in the Russia investigation, revealed new details about Moscow’s...

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  • To fix American democracy, the left should commit to these four steps

    The simple act of crossing the partisan divide will not resolve our crisis. But it could help us begin to slowly rebuild our nation Ever since Donald Trump captured the imagination of enough American voters to win, liberals I’ve spoken with have felt in a quandary. Trump seems to be kicking at the foundation of democracy itself, and the Democratic party has yet to reinvent itself into a powerful, coherent alternative. Some progressives have become highly anxious or depressed, and quit reading...

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  • Quantum computer could have predicted Trump’s surprise election

    Quantum computers can improve election forecasts by taking into account how states affect one another, allowing one to predict Trump's slim 2016 election win

    New Scientist
  • Trump heads to Florida as calls ring out to fix America's gun laws

    President to visit Parkland, scene of shooting that left 17 deadSuspect Nikolas Cruz allegedly fired more than 150 roundsDonald Trump was heading for the scene of America’s latest horrifying school shooting late on Friday, amid mounting anger within the town and beyond about political inaction on gun control. Continue reading...

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  • Donald Trump sets new record: The longest time without a formal press conference in 50 years

    Trump has gone longer without holding a formal press conference than any of his predecessors since Lyndon Johnson.

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  • White House refuses to release photo of Trump signing bill that made it easier for people with a mental illness to buy guns

    The White House has refused to release any images of Donald Trump signing a bill that made it easier for some people with a mental illness to buy guns.  Requests from US media outlets initially came after the US President signed the bill into law on 28 February last year, just a month after his inauguration.

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  • Florida school shooting: focus shifts to NRA and gun lobby cash to lawmakers

    Anger as some Republicans call for prayers for victims rather than suggesting action on gun control In the minutes and hours after a teenage gunman killed 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Florida, politicians began what has become something of a grim ritual following mass shootings: they offered “thoughts and prayers” to the victims and their families. The response, as it has in the past, drew fierce criticism from Democrats and supporters of stricter gun control legislation, who view...

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  • Trump's travel ban is unconstitutional religious discrimination, US court rules

    Federal appeals court calls ban ‘unconstitutionally tainted with animus toward Islam’ as case makes its way to supreme court Donald Trump’s latest travel ban on travelers from six predominantly Muslim countries is unconstitutional because it discriminates against people based on their religion, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday In a 9-4 vote, the 4th US circuit court of appeals in Richmond, Virginia, said it examined statements made by Trump and other administration officials, as well as...

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  • Trump again emphasizes 'mental health' over gun control after Florida shooting

    Trump’s speech in response to Florida high school shootingwas code for: forget background checks and other gun control measures It has been observed that there are two Donald Trumps: Twitter Trump and Teleprompter Trump. Early on Thursday, Twitter Trump came dangerously close to blaming the victims of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. He described the suspect as “mentally disturbed” and stressed that it was important to “report such instances to authorities, again and again!” Continue...

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  • 'A horrific day': the aftermath of the Florida school shooting – in pictures

    Seventeen people were confirmed dead as the US endured another horrifying school shooting at the hands of a teenage gunman armed with an AR-15 assault rifle Continue reading...

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  • Mormons want to save the Republican party's soul. But is it too late?

    Mormon politicians have been some of Donald Trump’s most voracious detractors – from the right The Tea Party movement’s first great scalp was three-term senator Bob Bennett of Utah. Continue reading...

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  • Why is the NRA so powerful?

    Compared with others, the 145-year-old lobby group isn’t a vast spender – but it has the power to mobilize a grassroots support and make Washington listenHow the Florida high school shooting unfoldedWhy is the National Rifle Association so powerful? Here’s a clue: it’s not (just) about the money. Continue reading...

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  • A top Democrat says the House Intelligence Committee has an 'abundance' of unreleased evidence against Trump

    The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee has said there is an “abundance” of information about possible Trump campaign collusion with Russia that the public has yet to see.

    The Independent
  • Trump says he is 'totally opposed to domestic violence' despite remarks

    Comments come amid scrutiny over Trump’s response to the resignation of Rob Porter, a staffer accused of abuse against ex-wives Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he was “totally opposed” to domestic violence after days of questions following his remarks regretting the resignation of a White House aide accused of such behavior. The president’s views have been under the spotlight following the resignation of Rob Porter, who stepped down after two of his ex-wives aired allegations of physical and...

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  • House Russia investigation has 'abundance' of evidence against Trump, says top Democrat

    Adam Schiff said the panel had seen evidence of collusion with Russia and obstruction by Donald Trump’s campaign and administration that is not yet public Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, said Wednesday that the panel had seen an “abundance” of evidence of collusion with Russia and obstruction by Donald Trump’s campaign and administration that is not yet public. Speaking to reporters in Washington, Schiff said a lot of information was already in the public...

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  • Trump refuses to yield on immigration, causing more division on Capitol Hill

    As the Senate races to make a deal, president says that any immigration bill must include drastic changes to legal immigration Donald Trump reaffirmed a hardline position on a prospective immigration deal on Wednesday, throwing a wrench into fraught negotiations over how to protect hundreds of thousands of young, undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers. Related: Dreamers deadlock: Congress at impasse as pressure mounts to act Continue reading...

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  • Goldman Sachs boss on Trump tax plan: 'Odds of a bad outcome have gone up'

    Lloyd Blankfein warns that Donald Trump’s $1.5tn tax cut plan could over-stimulate an already healthy economy Goldman Sachs boss Lloyd Blankfein has added his voice to the chorus warning that Donald Trump’s $1.5tn tax cut and spending plans could lead to an overheated US economy. “The odds of a bad outcome have gone up,” Blankfein told CNN on Wednesday. Continue reading...

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  • Trump’s personal attorney says he paid $130,000 to Stormy Daniels

    Michael Cohen paid money out of his own pocket to the pornography actor who allegedly had a sexual relationship with Trump in 2006 Donald Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen said that he paid $130,000 out of his own pocket to a pornography actor who allegedly had a sexual relationship with Trump in 2006. Cohen said in a statement to the New York Times that he was not reimbursed by the Trump Organization or the Trump campaign for the payment to Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie...

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