Category: Alternet

‘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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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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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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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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CNN’s Anderson Cooper Demolishes the Idea that Trump Hires the ‘Best People’

"If the President hires only the best people, why aren't they still on the job?" In the wake of a continuous stream of staffing controversies in President Donald Trump's administrations, CNN's Anderson Cooper opened his show Tuesday night be examining candidate Trump's repeated campaign promise that he would only hire the best people. “If the …

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Study Shows Trump Voters Were Motivated by Fear of Losing Privileged Status—Not Economic Anxiety

This wasn't about the stagnant wages. Much has been made about Trump’s support from the “forgotten men and women” who elected him to throw a “flash-bang grenade” at the elites in Washington. Usually, this framed as an issue concerning “economic anxiety,” and the fact that middle-class white Americans are less prosperous than they were in …

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Senator Claims Ronny Jackson Was Literally Drunk While Caring for Obama

Trump has picked Jackson to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs, but the nomination unleashed a wave of allegations. Ronny Jackson, President Donald Trump's doctor and his pick to be the next Secretary of Veterans Affairs, was reportedly drunk on the job while he was responsible for the medical care of former President Barack Obama, according …

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Trump and Macron Don’t Have a ‘Bromance’—It’s a Power Struggle, CNN Reporter Says

The two presidents were unusually affectionate. But one observer said that showed aggression, not congeniality. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron's excessively friendly interactions on Tuesday revealed something much closer to a power struggle than a true friendship, according to CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins. The two world leaders held hands, embraced, and gave …

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Melania Trump Keeps Showing That She Wants Nothing to Do with Her Husband’s Disastrous Presidency

The first lady is a case study in subtle undermining. Melania Trump is a cipher, a more elusive woman than any other First Lady in memory. She chooses to remain in a different residence than her husband while exuding body language that many believe indicts she is less-than-totally supportive of her husband. I wonder how Donny …

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We Need to Do a Better Job Protecting the Safety of Health Care Workers Who Save Lives

Health care workers are more likely to encounter violence in the workplace than any other profession. Working in a hospital, nursing home or ambulance is dangerous—sometimes fatally so. It’s not so much that a worker might catch a communicable disease, although that happens. The real danger comes from violent patients, volatile family members and sometimes …

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