How Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer got Trump to own a government shutdown

Pelosi and Schumer didn’t know their meeting with Trump would be televised. They still used it to their advantage. Nancy Pelosi’s negotiating prowess was on full display on Tuesday, as she and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer openly sparred with President Donald Trump on live television. Pelosi’s negotiation tactics are considered her greatest strength. Often, these negotiations take place behind

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“You can make anything a crime�: Republicans shrug at Trump being implicated in felonies

“I don’t care, all I can say is he is doing a good job as president.� On Friday, federal prosecutors accused President Donald Trump of directing and coordinating illegal payments that his longtime lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, made shortly before the 2016 election to two women who claimed to have had affairs with Trump. Cohen has already pleaded guilty

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“In stepping forward, you took a huge risk�: Christine Blasey Ford honors Rachael Denhollander, who spoke up about Larry Nassar

Denhollander and Ford has similar experiences — and different results — in coming forward. Christine Blasey Ford, the Palo Alto University professor who accused now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her while they were in high school, has made her first public appearance since the Senate hearing in which she described her allegations in September. The context: honoring

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North Carolina GOP admits a new House election is probably needed after election fraud scandal

State officials have discretion under state law to call for a new election if the basic fairness of the election is in question. North Carolina Republican leaders sound resigned to the obvious: Given the evidence of absentee ballot tampering in the Ninth Congressional District, the subject of a state inquiry, a new election will likely need to be called. State

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There are lots of reasons to worry about Google. Congress just picked the wrong one.

Lawmakers’ focus on political bias means less airtime for a lot of other important issues. There are plenty of reasons to be worried about Google — its plans to launch a search engine in China, its use of mobile location data, allegations of anticompetitive practices it undertakes. At a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday, lawmakers had an opportunity to

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CNN urges people to ignore climate change deniers they regularly feature on TV

The network’s video debunking climate change deniers doubles as an accidental self-own. CNN posted a video on Monday evening urging people not to listen to climate change deniers, and instead pay attention to experts, like the channel’s meteorologists. The video begins with brief clips of four prominent Republicans — President Donald Trump, Rick Santorum, Tom DeLay, and Kimberly Guilfoyle —

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The hypocrisy of Trump’s immigration agenda is getting harder to ignore

The president doesn’t want Central American immigrants in the United States. Unless they work for him. President Donald Trump has some pretty strong opinions about black and brown immigrants. He’s described Mexicans as “criminals, drug dealers, rapists.� He’s said Haitians in the United States “all have AIDS.� He’s banned visitors from seven Muslim countries to keep out “bad and dangerous

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