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Feb 13

House Republicans dealt themselves big advantages for 2018, but they’re getting chipped away

Thanks to gerrymandering and the advantages they’ve used it to build, the Republican House majority can withstand a significant nationwide Democratic popular vote win in November. But, the New York Times’s Nate Cohn suggests, the Republican structural advantage isn’t as robust as it once was: By this measure, the Republican advantage has probably dropped by about two …

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Feb 13

Trump’s infrastructure plan aims to sweep away ‘inefficient’ environmental reviews

Trump’s plan would threaten endangered species or fragile habitats with limits for environmental reviews The Trump administration is attempting to speed up or even sweep away various environmental reviews in its plan to fix America’s crumbling infrastructure and construct a wall along the border with Mexico. The White House’s infrastructure plan targets what it calls …

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Feb 12

Senate Democrats: Stand tough, don’t deal away Dreamers or families in immigration debate

Campaign Action The Senate is going to start what’s being characterized in some quarters as a “free-for-all” immigration debate Monday. In the words of a senior Senate aide, Mitch McConnell will effectively tell his colleagues: “Listen boys and girls, you all have lots of different ideas about what should be done on immigration. So put …

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Feb 11

This week in science: up, up, and away!

There’s a lot of stuff under all that ice at the poles. It’s been sealed up for thousands to millions of years. Polar amplification, a feedback loop where the melting ice accelerates its own demise, is rapidly thawing the Artic. That’s bad enough. Now, there’s more reasons to worry: U.S. government scientists on Monday revealed …

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Feb 08

New York law is letting police officers get away with rape

There are nationwide rules prohibiting probation officers, as well as prison and jail guards, from sexual contact with a person under their supervision. But even in the most extraordinary circumstances, law enforcement officers in 35 states can have sex with someone in their custody with minimal, or no, repercussions—and beat a sexual assault or rape charge by claiming …

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Feb 05

Fox News Cuts Away from Trump Tax Speech to Report Stock Market Plunge

Even the president's favorite channel couldn't save him. The Fox News Channel on Monday surprised viewers by abruptly breaking away from President Donald Trump’s speech on the economy to give some bad news about the stock market. As Trump was in Ohio to tout the impact of the new Republican tax laws, Fox News cut …

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Feb 03

Saturday midday open thread: Public lands get leased away; woodpecker skulls not so tough after all

• Maryland county passes “Black Lives Matter” week of action for all its schools: The Prince George’s County School Board voted unanimously on Friday to pass a resolution called the “Black Lives Matter Week of Action in Schools,” so that the 128,000 students in the second largest school district in Maryland will learn about and discuss the …

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Feb 01

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before—we’re one week away from another government shutdown

You’re not going to believe this, but the next government shutdown deadline is just a week away and Republicans are fighting with each other. Two weeks ago, they all agreed that a three-week spending bill was just the ticket—three weeks was the magical number to be both an urgent enough deadline and enough time to …

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Feb 01

A Sliver of Hope for Gun Control: States Are Starting to Take Them Away From Abusers

Despite the NRA’s power, legislators in many states are working to disarm men with domestic violence records. A minor miracle happened on Tuesday in Annapolis, Maryland. About 200 activists with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense were rallying in the state capital to support the passage of a restriction on gun ownership, and they were met with resistance …

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Jan 21

White House staff doing ‘television blitz’ as strategy to keep Trump away from the negotiation table

From the Washington Post, we’re learning how Trump’s staff is trying to manage their supposed boss: They’re doing everything they can to keep him away from the negotiating table because his staff is terrified Trump will strike a deal to reopen the government. After the shutdown began, Trump rebuffed his instincts and did not call …

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