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‘Everything Was Gold, Erin’: Reporter Describes Trump’s Ostentatious First State Dinner

President Trump hosted his first state dinner with French President Emmanuel Macron. On Tuesday night, President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump hosted French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron for a state dinner at the White House. As one might expect, the president's first state dinner in office reflected his personal style, …

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Pennsylvania judge was supposed to marry couple, but she called ICE on the groom instead

Elizabeth Beckley is a magisterial district judge who apparently thinks she’s an immigration judge. The Pennsylvania Republican’s job was to marry high school sweethearts Alexander Parker and Krisha Schmick, but she instead called Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on the groom: When the constable announced he would be detaining Parker for ICE, the couple was stunned. Though born in Guatemala, Parker, …

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Top Trump Official Admits He Sold Access to Lobbyists as a Lawmaker: Report

“If you’re a lobbyist who never gave us money, I didn’t talk to you," Mick Mulvaney said. "If you’re a lobbyist who gave us money, I might talk to you.” In a speech to the American Bankers Association Tuesday, Director of the White House budget office Mick Mulvaney admitted that he granted special treatment and …

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A whole flock of Trump wannabes are running for office, because this is the Republican Party in 2018

Nope, there’s no separating the Republican Party from Donald Trump. It’s the party that nominated and elected him. It’s the party whose congressional leaders have stood with Trump time and time again on policy and on protecting him from investigation. And it’s the party running a slew of candidates vying to sound like Trump: “We don’t need …

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Democrat Wins New York State Assembly Election to Flip a Seat Held By Republicans for 40 Years

Steve Stern's 18-point margin in the race bodes well for Democrats' chances in the 2018 midterms. In yet another sign of a huge leftward swing in American politics, a Democrat won a seat in the New York State Assembly Tuesday night that has been held by Republicans for 40 years. Democrat Steve Stern defeated the …

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The hard truth about Trump and change

Dearest NationofChange Reader, The Trump administration is a disaster. Its dangerous policies serve to benefit the super rich at the cost of our environment, health, and safety. But while Trump provides us with a convenient target, he is not the source of our troubles, he is the product of them. Long before Trump, our country …

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Arizona special election: Debbie Lesko holds on to seat for Republicans

Relief for party and Trump after surprising Democratic special election victories in other Republican strongholds Republicans managed to hold onto a deeply conservative Arizona congressional seat on Tuesday night in a special election race to replace an incumbent lawmaker who resigned amid sexual misconduct allegations. The Associated Press called the race for Debbie Lesko shortly …

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Open thread for night owls: China to track ‘social credit score’ of all 1.4 billion citizens

CBS News: By 2020, China plans to give all its 1.4 billion citizens a personal score based on how they behave. Some with low scores are already being punished if they want to travel. Nearly 11 million Chinese are not allowed to fly and 4 million are barred from trains. Next week, the program will …

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MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Explains Why Trump’s VA Pick Is Likely a Historic Disaster

Ronny Jackson may be the first secretary of Veterans Affairs nominee to face substantial opposition. President Donald Trump's pick to be the next secretary of Veterans Affairs, Ronny Jackson, is facing a wave of criticism over his lack of relevant experience and emerging allegations of professional misconduct, but reports suggest that he has no intention …

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Third US judge orders Daca restarted, saying new applicants must be accepted

Judge John Bates is first to order Trump administration to accept new applications as young undocumented Dreamers await their fate A third federal judge has ordered the Trump administration to restart a program that shields young undocumented immigrants known as “Dreamers” from deportation and, in a first, to accept new applicants to the program. Writing …

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