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What Trump’s Ideal Justice Department Would Look Like

By Matt Ford President Trump’s proposed budget would steer the Justice Department toward his administration’s austere vision of federal law enforcement, setting aside hundreds of millions of dollars to swell the ranks of federal prosecutors and immigration judges while cutting overall funding by $1.1 billion. The spending plan for the 2018 fiscal year, which was […]

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How Trump’s Budget Would Weaken Public Health

By Vann R. Newkirk II First things first: The White House’s budget is not law, nor will its latest iteration likely become law. President Trump’s proposal, released to the public Tuesday, is instead a signaling of his administration’s priorities—which congressional Republicans will likely ignore or heavily edit when they negotiate their own figures.   Still, […]

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The Questions About Obstruction Now Spread to White House Staff

By Adam Serwer The Washington Post report that White House staffers were involved in President Trump’s alleged effort to shut down the FBI’s investigation into ousted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn increases the legal and political peril for the administration as Robert Mueller’s inquiry moves forward. On Monday, the Post reported that Trump had asked […]

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It’s Too Late for Fox to Retract Its Seth Rich Story

By Megan Garber On Thursday of last week, the day The Washington Post published its bombshell about President Trump’s Oval Office divulgences to Sergey Lavrov and Sergei Kisliyak, Sean Hannity took to the air at the Fox News Channel to discuss a murdered man named Seth Rich. Rich, a 27-year-old staffer at the Democratic National […]

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Sessions’s Climbdown on Sanctuary Cities

By Priscilla Alvarez Attorney General Jeff Sessions pulled back on President Trump’s January executive order cracking down on “sanctuary cities” on Monday, releasing a memo that represents a significant retreat from the order’s original goal of punishing jurisdictions that limit collaboration between local authorities and federal immigration agents. The memo narrowly defines sanctuary cities to […]

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What Progressives Miss About Arms Sales

By Andrew Exum Whew! For once, one of my predictions was correct: Donald Trump had a great visit to Saudi Arabia. It was a great visit for him, it was a great visit for the Saudis and the other Arab Gulf states, and—last but not least—it was a great visit for magical, glowing orbs. I […]

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The 18 Independent Agencies Trump Wants to Eliminate

By Elaine Godfrey On Tuesday, the White House released President Trump’s proposal for the 2018 federal budget, outlining his spending priorities for Congress and the country. The budget seeks $1.4 trillion in savings with significant cuts to many domestic programs. But for 18 independent agencies, it goes a step further—and proposes eliminating their funding entirely. […]

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Trump’s Cuts to SNAP and Social Security Would Hit the Rust Belt Hard

By Ronald Brownstein In the key Rustbelt states that tipped the 2016 election to President Trump, blue-collar white voters at the core of his constituency represent a majority of those receiving benefits from the federal income-support programs he has targeted for large cutbacks in his budget, according a new analysis conducted for The Atlantic. Whites […]

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Boycott Trump: Can a Movement to Hurt the President Financially Change the Political Landscape?

Anti-Trump activity remains fragmented several months into his term. (Photo: Canadian Pacific) Why doesn’t this site have ads? In order to maintain our integrity, Truthout doesn’t accept any advertising money. Help us keep it this way — make a donation to support our independent journalism. In normal times, Dee from New York would have ordered […]

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Making Us All Sicker: Detroit Water Shut-Offs May Well Have Caused Irreparable Damage

Despite widespread concern across the US and around the world, the water crises in Detroit and Flint, as well as many neighboring towns and suburbs, have only worsened. Now the emphasis on profits over clean water access for all residents is making people physically ill, says water warrior Monica Lewis Patrick. This story was published […]

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