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The Tiny, Passionate Group Battling Google, Facebook, and Amazon’s Grip on US Minds and Wallets

November 17, 2017 Google, Facebook, and Amazon are controlling Americans’ minds and wallets, and they need to be stopped before they destroy the US economy and democracy itself. That was the message from a dimly-lit, packed conference room in a nondescript Washington DC hotel near the train station last week. Nearly 200 tech...

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The Most Important Questions Jeff Sessions Couldn’t Answer During His House Testimony

November 14, 2017 U.S. attorney general Jeff Sessions was grilled in front of Congress Tuesday about everything from wiretapping to Donald Trump’s pardoning power to Sessions’ knowledge of communications between Trump campaign members and Russia. Just as when he testified in front of the Senate in June, Sessions had difficulty recalling events that...

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The Woman Standing Between The White House and the Mass Deportation of 450,000 People

November 13, 2017 Elaine Duke had been retired for several years from a three-decade federal government career when she got a call last winter to come back to Washington D.C. After Donald Trump’s surprise presidential win, the campaign-turned-transition team was scrambling to find experts. Duke, 58, had years of experience at the departments...

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The Biggest Bombshells In Carter Page’s Russia Testimony To Congress

November 7, 2017 Former Trump campaign foreign policy advisor Carter Page’s recent testimony to Congress was released late on Monday night by the House intelligence committee. The transcript (pdf), some of it redacted for security reasons, paints an alarming picture of an unstable aide, who may have tried to inflate his connections in...

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The Company Linking Wilbur Ross To Putin Cronies Has a Key Role In Trump’s Energy Plan

November 6, 2017 The news that Donald Trump’s commerce secretary, Wilbur Ross, owns a stake in a company with links to the Kremlin has raised questions about whether Ross may have a personal conflict of interest. But there’s another reason the company is interesting: It’s involved in a key part of Trump’s energy...

What it Will Take to Keep Trump Tweeting From Behind China’s Great Firewall

November 6, 2017 Donald Trump embarks on a nine-day trip to Asia this weekend. It is his longest foreign trip so far as US president, and will include two days in China—behind the country’s Great Firewall. Does that mean the world is in for an extended version of his recent 11-minute Twitter time...

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What It Will Take To Keep Trump Tweeting From Behind China’s Great Firewall

November 6, 2017 Donald Trump embarks on a nine-day trip to Asia this weekend. It is his longest foreign trip so far as US president, and will include two days in China—behind the country’s Great Firewall. Does that mean the world is in for an extended version of his recent 11-minute Twitter time...

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The Judge Presiding Over Paul Manafort’s Case Also Ruled On Clinton’s Role In Benghazi

October 31, 2017 Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort’s lavish, globe-trotting lifestyle came crashing down to earth on Monday in a windowless federal courtroom in downtown Washington, DC. After turning over their passports to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Manafort and his business partner Richard Gates were released on $10 million and $5 million...

Who Are Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, the Trump Associates Charged in the FBI’s Russia Investigation?

October 30, 2017 Paul Manafort and Rick Gates are the first arrests in the FBI’s special investigation into Russian meddling in the last US election. Manafort was the campaign manager for president Donald Trump from April to August of 2016, and Gates a former Trump campaign aide. Manafort and Gates have both told...

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Trump's Top Intelligence Officials Confirm Russia Meddled In the U.S. Election

October 30, 2017 Donald Trump took to Twitter on Oct. 29 calling the investigation into Russian meddling in the US election a “witch hunt,” a familiar refrain in recent months. “DO SOMETHING,” the US president wrote in all capitals during his Twitter missive. It was not clear who he wanted to act, or...