From Nixon to Trump, a history of the White House gingerbread home

“The problem with this kind of tradition is you sort of feel like you have to top yourself every year,” Bill Yosses, the former White House executive pastry chef, said.

The midterm elections are over — and the potential 2020 field is already looking crowded

The 2020 election is already beginning — and the Democratic field has plenty of potential candidates.

Barack Obama steps into the arena to criticize Trump: “This is not normal”

"We don’t need a messiah," Obama said. "All we need are decent, honest, hard-working people who are accountable and who have America’s best interest at heart, and they’ll step up.”

What Trump’s grocery gaffe says about his relationship with money

Donald Trump revealed he is part Lucille Bluth at his recent rally in Tampa.

Trump says he believes Putin, not US intelligence community, on election hacking

Trump refused to stand up for U.S. interests during a news conference with Vladimir Putin on Monday, saying he does not believe the U.S. intelligence community about Russian hacking.

With its “Beauty in Real Life” campaign, CVS debuts its first unedited makeup campaign

The company promised to highlight unedited images in January, and here is the first campaign.

How budget cuts and attacks on unions have revived one of labor’s most effective tactics

Lawmakers spent years vilifying teachers unions. Now they're starting to realize those unions were the only thing standing between them and the masses.

Trump points to history to defend his tariffs, but history shows they have disastrous effects

Trump invoked his predecessors to justify his steel and aluminum tariffs — but history shows that tariffs can have disastrous consequences.

While You Weren’t Looking: 5 stories from the Trump cabinet that aren’t about White House chaos

Ben Carson has a fiasco with his lavish office spending, Ryan Zinke may have pulled a firefightersaway from work to fly him around and Scott Pruitt closes an office for chemical health safety.

It’s time to do away with the pointless State of the Union response speech

Opposition responses to the State of the Union have been a comedy of unforced errors that are never remembered for their message and which have launched exactly zero political careers.

If new bonuses are because of tax cuts, why aren’t new layoffs and bank fees?

The economy is doing well. But how much credit does the president deserve? If the administration wants to own economic wins, why not Carrier and Kimberly-Clark layoffs, or Bank of America’s new fees?

10 reasons to visit “shithole” countries

One president’s trash is another person’s dream destination.
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Rep. Mia Love, daughter of Haitian immigrants, demands apology from Trump for ‘shithole’ comments

The GOP representative called Trump's comments 'racist' and 'indefensible.'

Not everyone you like has to run for president

Sometimes, it's OK just to like someone.

House passes bill to expand where people can carry a concealed weapon

The bill would override some state laws that require safety training and background checks before receiving a concealed carry permit.
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Military personnel being investigated for contact with foreign women during Trump’s trip to Asia

The officials in question allegedly broke curfew during Trump’s stopover in Vietnam near the close of his 12-day tour of Asia.

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Second judge blocks Trump’s ban on transgender military service

The ruling comes after a federal court partially blocked the same directive in October, urging all branches of the military to "revert to the status quo."

A year after Trump’s election, the GOP has done little to address the Russian election meddling

“We’re still struggling to expose the breadth of Russia’s meddling, and our lack of unity lets Russia sharpen its knives as our midterm elections approach.”

Members of Trump’s own opioid commission worry he won’t make an impact on the crisis

Trump says he's about to make a "major announcement," but his opioid commission is not sure anything will get done.

Donald Trump Jr. will give public testimony this fall, according to Sen. Dianne Feinstein

The potential testimony would be the first time one of Trump's immediate family members has testified as part of the Russia investigations.
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Mic Wakeup: Trump on the “alt-left,” North Korea fires a new missile and how to protect your credit

Here are three stories for Friday, Sept. 15, to help you reshape the world.

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How colleges in 5 key states are pledging their support to DACA recipients

"We will remain committed to each other and to our shared values of diversity, equity, and inclusion."
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‘Hot Mic’ podcast: North Korea missile launch, Trump’s DACA decision

The important stories to know for Wednesday, August 30.
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While Trump was tweeting about building a border wall, Mexico was offering aid to Harvey victims

In a statement, the Mexican government said it would help the US in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, "as good neighbors should always do in trying times."
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Treasury Sec. Steven Mnuchin defends Trump’s Charlottesville response amid calls to resign

The Jewish treasury secretary published a statement supporting Trump after his former classmates called on him to resign.

Calls grow among Democrats to remove Confederate monuments from the U.S. Capitol

Republican leaders are unlikely to support removal of the monuments.

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‘Hot Mic’ podcast: Trump goes back to blaming “both sides” at Charlottesville

President Donald Trump may have condemned specific hate groups at Charlottesville, but he still accuses "both sides" of being violent.
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Former KKK grand wizard David Duke thanks Donald Trump on Twitter following Trump Tower speech

“What about the alt-left that came charging at them, as you say alt-right? Do they have a semblance of guilt?”

National security adviser HR McMaster suggests Charlottesville car attack is terrorism

At an appearance on "This Week," President Trump's national security adviser strongly suggested the car attack on protesters at a white nationalist rally was an act of terrorism.
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Can Trump launch a strike on North Korea without congressional approval? It’s complicated.

Trump says the U.S. military is "locked and loaded" for a possible strike on North Korea.