by on February 11, 2018
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) accused the White House of politicizing U.S. intelligence and national security after President Trumpblocked the release of a Democratic memo, saying that the president "has something to hide." "President Trump’s refusal to release Intelligence Committee Democrats’ memo is a stunningly brazen attempt to cover up the truth about the Trump-Russia scandal from the American people," Pelosi said in a statement. "The President’s decision to block t...
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by on February 28, 2018
Officials in at least four countries have privately discussed ways they can manipulate Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, by taking advantage of his complex business arrangements, financial difficulties and lack of foreign policy experience, according to current and former U.S. officials familiar with intelligence reports on the matter.  Senior adviser Jared Kushner’s lack of foreign policy experience has been a concern within the White House, current and former...
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by on January 13, 2018
During a meeting on immigration policy in the Oval Office, President Donald Trump reportedly questioned the United States’ policy of accepting immigrants from, what he said, were “shithole countries,” such as Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations. In the aftermath of the president’s racist remarks, many in right-wing media rallied around him to defend his comments. Rich Lowry, editor of National Review, argued that Trump’s comments were “common sense on immigration” and claimed th...
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by on April 14, 2018
For months, President Trump has railed against investigators and presented himself as the target of an unfair prosecution. So when he was asked to pardon former Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, who likewise considered himself the target of an unfair prosecution, Mr. Trump may have seen some parallels — and a chance to make a statement. I. Lewis Libby Jr. after his 2007 conviction on perjury and obstruction of justice charges related to the leaking of a C.I.A. officer’s ...
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by on May 5, 2018
A woman uses a vaporizer at the Spleef party. High on a Greenpoint rooftop overlooking the East River, Nicole tipped back her third strawberry THC-infused cocktail and snatched a joint out of her friend’s mouth. “Sharing is caring,” said the 22-year-old graphic design student (who asked that her last name be withheld for professional reasons). Smoking is only allowed outdoors at the posh, two-story loft where Brooklyn’s newest illicit marijuana party, Spleef, attracted some 100 styl...
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by on January 22, 2018
When Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg began her legal crusade, women were treated differently than men by law. By the time she first put on judicial robes she had already worked a judicial revolution. Today the issues are both the same and different. At front and center is the question of sexual harassment. At the Sundance Film Festival on Sunday, Ginsburg had this to say about the #MeToo movement: "It's about time. For so long women were silent, thinking there was nothing you...
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by on May 31, 2018
If you want help from the president, it helps to be famous, to know him personally or to accuse the government of executing a high-profile witch hunt against you. A Trump pardon pattern has emerged. When it comes to pardons from this populist president, the little guy need not apply — at least, not yet. If you want President Donald Trump to offer that relief, it helps to be famous, to know him personally or to accuse the government of executing a high-profile witch hunt against you....
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by on June 18, 2018
People participate in a protest against recent U.S. immigration policy that separates children from their families when entering the United States as undocumented immigrants in front of a Homeland Security facility in Elizabeth, New Jersey, on June 17, 2018. The Trump administration’s move to separate immigrant parents from their children on the U.S.-Mexico border has grabbed attention around the world, drawn scorn from human-rights organizations and overtaken the immigration debate in...
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by on February 8, 2018
The New York City Council, ever eager to establish independence from Mayor Bill de Blasio, suffered a setback this week in a legal clash over the separation of powers in a Manhattan court. At issue is the ability of five Council members to file an amicus brief on behalf of plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging the city’s property tax system. The members sought, in their official capacity representing some 800,000 residents, to register their contention that the property tax system discriminates...
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by on December 3, 2017
Photo by Solana Larsen | CC BY 2.0 Long before hurricanes Irma and María utterly devastated Puerto Rico, the University of Puerto Rico (UPR), the most important public higher education institution on the Archipelago, was weathering a storm of its own: austerity. Puerto Rico is currently drowning under the weight of a $74 billion debt, and $49 billion in pension obligations, the likes of which is a product of a decades-long recession, illegal bond issuances and trades, and an overly-adv...
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The seal of the Central Intelligence Agency at CIA Headquarters. In the 48 hours since President Trump revoked the security clearance of former CIA director John Brennan, over 70 former intelligence officers and leaders have come forward denouncing the president's decision to revoke or threaten to take away security clearances from former government officials, including a list of 60 former CIA officers who signed a statement today, obtained by Axios. "All of us believe it is critical t...
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by on December 27, 2017
Cuomo’s decision to legalize only cannabis extract, not the plant, leaves medical users in a gray zone More than twenty years after I first attempted to quell a migraine headache with a bong hit, I have become a card-carrying medical-marijuana user. Well, not exactly. This is New York State. You can’t get actual marijuana, only extracts. This makes it impossible to access what could be my best medical option, and significantly increases my costs — but at least it’s legal. I’ve suffe...
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