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National parks face overflowing trash, toilets in second week of shutdown

As the government shutdown extends into the new year, public lands and national parks are struggling to handle the trash, waste, and other damage from visitors. National parks face overflowing trash, toilets in second week of shutdown There is no more fitting metaphor for the Republican party than the piles of trash and overflowing toilets […]

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“He’s not hurting the people he needs to be”: a Trump voter says the quiet part out loud

A Trump voter hurt by the shutdown reveals the real reason the president attracts hardcore supporters. “He’s not hurting the people he needs to be”: a Trump voter says the quiet part out loud The tell when someone is acting in bad faith is when the argument and their actions are misaligned to the point […]

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Student who refuses to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance expelled, Texas attorney general backs school

After a student was expelled for refusing to stand for her school’s Pledge of Allegiance, the Texas Attorney General is intervening. Student who refuses to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance expelled, Texas attorney general backs school This was settled by the supreme court in 1943 “West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette” Students […]

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Trump Engaged in Suspect Tax Schemes as He Reaped Riches From His Father

The president has long sold himself as a self-made billionaire, but a Times investigation found that he received at least $413 million in today’s dollars from his father’s real estate empire, much of it through tax dodges in the 1990s. Trump Engaged in Suspect Tax Schemes as He Reaped Riches From His Father If the […]

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Florence’s Floodwaters Breach Defenses at Duke Energy Plant, Sending Toxic Coal Ash Into River

Duke Energy shut down a power plant in Wilmington, N.C., after a dam at the site breached and allowed coal ash to enter the nearby Cape Fear River. Florence’s Floodwaters Breach Defenses at Duke Energy Plant, Sending Toxic Coal Ash Into River Look at all that CLEAN COAL washing over that pristine forest. That’s what […]

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Republicans Finally Got to See Why the Internet Finds Right-Wing Trolls So Insufferable

Oh, the irony of Alex Jones and Laura Loomer disrupting GOP hearings partly focused on censoring conservatives. Republicans Finally Got to See Why the Internet Finds Right-Wing Trolls So Insufferable The gap between Democrats and National Review conservatives is dwarfed by the chasm between National Review conservatives and Infowars conservatism.

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What I learned in nine months of running for U.S. Congress

By Alexandra Chandler Special to The Sun For the last nine months, I was a Democrat candidate for Massachusetts’ 3rd Congressional District. What I learned in nine months of running for U.S. Congress Worth reading.

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Judge in Paul Manafort trial says he has been threatened and is now under US Marshal protection

Judge T.S. Ellis said at a hearing in Manafort’s case that he will not release the names of jurors deliberating Manafort’s fate because he is worried about their safety. Manafort is being prosecuted by special counsel Robert Mueller’s team. Judge in Paul Manafort trial says he has been threatened and is now under US Marshal […]

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Ex-CIA officials: ‘Country will be weakened’ if political litmus test applied to experts

Sixty former CIA officials warned President Donald Trump in a statement on Friday that “the country will be weakened if there is a political litmus test applied before seasoned experts are allowed to share their views.” Ex-CIA officials: ‘Country will be weakened’ if political litmus test applied to experts This is important. Trump is putting […]

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Matthew Yglesias on Twitter

“I would really like to see an apology from some of the people who wrote columns demanding that liberals give Trump credit for his obviously fake diplomatic breakthrough with North Korea.” Matthew Yglesias on Twitter It’s always a con, there is nothing “real” about anything Trump says or does. No one should have been surprised […]