What the Senate Should Ask Judge Gorsuch

What the Senate Should Ask Judge Gorsuch

A few good questions could rescue the Supreme Court hearings from the charade they’ve become. Read more at Politico: What the Senate Should Ask Judge Gorsuch When Judge Neil Gorsuch faces the Senate Judiciary Committee today, will we see a series of crisp, clear exchanges on the nature of the Constitution, the role of precedent, […]

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Civil Rights and American Government – The Top 12 Highlights of Chapter 16

Civil Rights and American Government – The Top 12 Highlights of Chapter 16

Watch the Top 12 Highlights of Chapter 16. From origins of the Civil Rights movement to anti-discrimination laws and actions today, the Top 12 Highlights from Chapter 16 addresses the issues facing minorities in America today. From the end of Reconstruction in 1877 to the Plessy v. Ferguson in 1896, from the Civil Rights Movement in […]

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CBO: 24 million fewer insured under House bill repealing Obamacare

CBO: 24 million fewer insured under House bill repealing Obamacare

Roughly 24 million more people would be uninsured over a decade if the House Republican Obamacare repeal bill is enacted, according to a much-anticipated Congressional Budget Office analysis that could threaten GOP hopes of getting the measure through the House in the coming weeks. The legislation would lead to 14 million more people being uninsured […]

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Sen. Van Hollen (D-MD) led Congress in contributions from lobbyists

Sen. Van Hollen (D-MD) led Congress in contributions from lobbyists

Sen. Chris Van Hollen‘s (D-Md.) star has been on the rise in the Democratic party: After seven terms in the House, he won a Senate seat last November, and now occupies a much-coveted spot on the Appropriations committee while also chairing the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, the party’s fundraising arm for its Senate candidates. Read more at […]

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You have that right! Chapter 15: Civil Liberties and Mr. Rodman’s Top 12 Highlights

You have that right! Chapter 15: Civil Liberties and Mr. Rodman’s Top 12 Highlights

What protected civil liberties do you have? Do you have that right? In chapter 15, we differentiate between civil rights and civil liberties (we cover civil rights in the next chapter, so stay tuned next week!). Watch now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98bHbQnFiSQ&t=7s In this chapter, we also look at selective incorporation — how the the US Supreme Court applied […]

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WaPo: In the Trump administration, it’s always ‘A Day Without a Woman’

WaPo: In the Trump administration, it’s always ‘A Day Without a Woman’

(OPINION) — By Dana Milbank — Let’s hope there’s generous funding in Republicans’ new health-care bill to prevent and cure tone-deafness. Wednesday was International Women’s Day, and to observe this annual commemoration House Republicans formally took up their legislation defunding Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest provider of health services for women. Read more at The Washington […]

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Speaker Ryan issues Namath-like ‘guarantee’ on Obamacare repeal (Legislative process)

Speaker Ryan issues Namath-like ‘guarantee’ on Obamacare repeal (Legislative process)

“We’ll have 218 when this thing comes to the floor,” Ryan pledges. House Speaker Paul Ryan said Tuesday he can “guarantee” the GOP’s Obamacare alternative bill will get the 218 votes needed to pass the House. “We will have 218 votes,” he said. “This is the beginning of the legislative process. We’ll have 218 when […]

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Hillary coming to terms with her new life

Hillary coming to terms with her new life

“She’s in a much better place than she was in two months ago,” said one confidant. For months, in private conversations, Clinton has griped about Trump’s connection to Russian President Vladimir Putin and suggested that no one seemed to care about it during the election. At a gathering with donors in December, she was blunt. […]

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Revised executive order bans travelers from six Muslim-majority countries from getting new visas (Executive Orders)

Revised executive order bans travelers from six Muslim-majority countries from getting new visas (Executive Orders)

President Trump signed a new travel ban Monday that administration officials said they hope will end legal challenges over the matter by imposing a 90-day ban on the issuance of new visas for citizens of six majority-Muslim nations, authorities said. In addition, the nation’s refu­gee program will be suspended for 120 days, and it will […]

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Knives are out for Reince Priebus (White House Chief of Staff)

Knives are out for Reince Priebus (White House Chief of Staff)

Trump’s chief of staff is becoming a singular target of criticism as persistent controversies plague the presidency. With the White House struggling to gain its footing almost two months into Donald Trump’s presidency, administration officials are increasingly putting the blame on one person: Reince Priebus. Read more at Politico: Knives are out for Reince In […]

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Lawmakers stunned, baffled by Trump’s wiretap allegations

Lawmakers stunned, baffled by Trump’s wiretap allegations

The White House, meanwhile, is pushing for a probe of the Obama administration. Congressional Republicans were flummoxed Sunday by President Donald Trump’s and his White House’s continued assertions — provided without evidence — that President Barack Obama had wiretapped Trump Tower during the 2016 presidential campaign. A day after Trump made the charge, Hill Republicans […]

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AG Sessions recuses himself from Trump-Russia probe

AG Sessions recuses himself from Trump-Russia probe

The attorney general is removing himself following reports he met twice with the Russian ambassador during Trump’s campaign. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Thursday that he will recuse himself from any investigations related to campaigns for president, including any probe into contacts between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russian officials. “I have recused myself in […]

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Trump tries on normal

Trump tries on normal

Sticking to the teleprompter, he embraces a more polished and traditionally presidential tone. President Donald Trump’s first address to Congress was remarkable for how unremarkable it was. Stately, scripted and subdued, Trump delivered perhaps the most traditional speech of his political career on Tuesday night. Sounding much like so many of the other presidents who […]

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Democratic FEC commissioner resigns, appeals to POTUS

Democratic FEC commissioner resigns, appeals to POTUS

Ann Ravel, a Democratic member of the Federal Election Commission, submitted her resignation letter to President Donald Trump on Sunday with a plea to embrace campaign finance reform. Ravel’s last day will be March 1. In her letter, which she posted on Medium, Ravel blasted the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision, which she said […]

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Four weeks into his presidency, Trump returns to campaign mode

Four weeks into his presidency, Trump returns to campaign mode

The president used an adoring crowd in an airport hangar to project his strength after a rocky first month in the White House. President Donald Trump’s rally here on Saturday featured all the classic signatures of his campaign: boasts about his poll numbers and magazine appearances, grandiose promises of quick action, protesters lining the streets, […]

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Who Told Flynn to Call Russia?

Who Told Flynn to Call Russia?

Let’s stop focusing on the resignation, and start focusing on the real issue here: The mystery of Trump’s Russia ties. Hours after national security adviser Michael Flynn resigned amid reports that he misled top officials about his pre-inauguration talks with the Russian ambassador, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to encourage everyone to move on. […]

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