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Oct. 20, 2017

While you weren’t looking: 5 things from this week that didn’t involve Trump’s condolence calls

The Trump administration is trying to stop an undocumented teen from getting an abortion and Betsy DeVos gets sued by civil rights groups.

As more experts call Trump’s mental health into question, is it time to rethink the Goldwater Rule?

Some professionals think it's entirely appropriate to evaluate the mental state of the president. Others think that's a step too far.

John Kelly called Rep. Frederica Wilson an “empty barrel.” But he’s the one who had his facts wrong.

Kelly called Rep. Frederica Wilson an "empty barrel" and accused her of taking undue credit for her accomplishments. But Kelly was the one who got his facts wrong.

Uninsured rate rises to highest level since 2014, amid Trump’s assault on Obamacare

The uninsured rate has climbed 1.4% since the end of 2016.

Bush’s attack of Trumpism shows how much Republicans have changed in 8 years

“We’ve seen our discourse degraded by casual cruelty ... argument turns too easily into animosity,” Bush said.
Oct. 20, 2017

Trump falsely blames rise in crime in U.K. on “radical Islamic terror”

British members of Parliament said Trump is talking "nonsense."

Preet Bharara: Trump has been personally interviewing candidates for U.S. attorney positions

Renato Mariotti, a former federal prosecutor, explained why this alleged move is unusual — and how it might complicate prosecutorial independence from the rest of the executive branch.

John Kelly defends Trump, rips congresswoman over phone call to family of grieving soldier

Kelly called Rep. Frederica Wilson "selfish," but confirmed Trump lied about his account of a phone call with the family of Sgt. La David T. Johnson.

Dems may be on the verge of backing a Senate candidate at odds with their own health care agenda

Would Democrats really nominate a Senate candidate who kicked more than 100,000 people off Medicaid in a year when health care is a top priority?

George W. Bush jabs at Trump’s America: “Bigotry or white-supremacy in any form” is un-American

“Bigotry seems emboldened,” Bush said while speaking about the decline in faith in America’s public institutions. “Our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication.”
Oct. 19, 2017

Are liberal Supreme Court justices feuding with Neil Gorsuch?

As the gavels come down, the gloves come off.

Trump’s tweet about the Russian uranium deal, explained and debunked

While it’s true that the State Department green-lit the contentious deal, Hillary Clinton herself did not play a role in its approval.

Trump judicial nominee admitted he discriminates against LGBTQ people

“Guess what? I attend a conservative Baptist church. We discriminate, alright. On the basis of sexual orientation, we discriminate,” Jeff Mateer, one of Trump's judicial nominees, said in 2015.

Is the death of 4 US soldiers in Niger becoming “Trump’s Benghazi”?

“This is his Benghazi, and that is the reason why it took him so long to acknowledge it had happened.”

Green card holders cannot enlist in the Army Reserve “for the time being,” Army confirms

"U.S. Army Recruiting Command has put Army Reserve enlistments on hold for the time being," an Army official confirmed to 'Mic.'
Oct. 18, 2017

New poll shows 76% of Republican voters think the media invents stories about Trump

Eighty-five percent of voters who “strongly approve” of Trump’s job performance believe the media fabricates stories about him.

Democrat Doug Jones pulls even with Roy Moore in Alabama Senate special election: poll

The fact that the race is tied comes as a surprise in deep-red Alabama, which President Donald Trump won by a 28-point margin in the 2016 presidential election.

In the past 2 weeks, Donald Trump’s approach to immigration has shifted even further right

The president is ramping up arrests of immigrants, wants to deport more immigrant children and plans to shut down the government if there is no funding for his wall.

Exclusive: Army Reserve bans green card holders from enlisting, a move that may break federal law


A federal judge once again cites Trump’s tweets in blocking Trump’s latest travel ban

In his decision to block the executive order, a federal judge in Hawaii said the travel ban "suffers from precisely the same maladies as its predecessor."