Roger Ailes’s legacy: the road to the White House runs through Fox News

Roger Ailes always had an impeccable sense of timing. He linked up with the Republican Party just as it was about to veer sharply to the right. He joined up with Rush Limbaugh just as conservative media personalities were about to eclipse Republican politicians at the center of political power. He launched Fox News just as a new wave of polarization was about to tear Washington apart. That timing continued to the end. Ailes was…

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Democrats are falling for fake news about Russia

Why liberal conspiracy theories are flourishing in the age of Trump. President Trump is about to resign as a result of the Russia scandal. Bernie Sanders and Sean Hannity are Russian agents. The Russians have paid off House Oversight Chair Jason Chaffetz to the tune of $10 million, using Trump as a go-between. Paul Ryan is a traitor for refusing to investigate Trump’s Russia ties. Libertarian heroine Ayn Rand was a secret Russian agent charged…

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Why the special counsel should make Trump’s aides very nervous

The Department of Justice investigation into links between the Trump campaign and Russia isn’t just a scandal about the president’s conduct. The investigation could quickly engulf those surrounding the president — including his next in line. The investigation is also about Michael Flynn’s conduct; that of campaign aides Roger Stone, Paul Manafort, and Carter Page; that of current White House aides like Jared Kushner and Jeff Sessions; and that of the vice president, who was,…

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Here’s every Trump-Russia investigation happening now

At least that we know of. In one of the many signs that things aren’t going well for President Donald Trump, it’s become genuinely difficult to keep up with all the different government investigations related to his presidential campaign’s ties to Russia and its attempts to sway the 2016 election. These investigations, however, can be broken down into three categories: First, the intertwined Justice Department investigation, now led by a special counsel, into the ties…

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“It’s way too early.” Senate Dems want the left to chill out with calls to impeach Trump.

Donald Trump’s many Russia-related scandals have raised the specter of impeachment this week, with a flurry of news stories and columns speculating how the president could be forced out. These articles tend to note that impeachment remains a very remote prospect given that Republicans control Congress and that only two of them — Reps. Justin Amash (R-MI) and Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) — have publicly entertained discussions of removing the president. But there may be an…

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Why some experts think the House might have a problem with its health care bill

It’s about to get wonky. There is speculation in Washington that House leadership might have to work some magic on its health care bill — again. New reports indicate the bill as passed might run afoul of the complex Senate rules Republicans are using to pass the legislation without any Democratic votes. And if that were to happen, it would probably be because House Republicans rushed their bill through, adding provisions at the very last…

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Vox Sentences: Mike America Flynn Again

Vox Sentences is your daily digest for what’s happening in the world, curated by Dylan Matthews and Dara Lind. Sign up for the Vox Sentences newsletter, delivered straight to your inbox Monday through Friday, or view the Vox Sentences archive for past editions. Michael Flynn might’ve scuttled a military operation to help Turkey (which used to pay him), and that’s just the start of things today. The Flynn effect Drew Angerer/Getty Images It sure looks…

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House Republicans move forward with their tax reform agenda as if nothing happened

As scandal after scandal plagues the White House, House Republicans were living in an alternate reality Thursday — moving forward with their legislative agenda as if nothing happened. The House Ways and Means Committee, which writes the nation’s tax laws, hosted its first hearing of the year on tax reform, assembling a group of business leaders to testify about the best way to overhaul the tax code and grow the economy. Not only did House…

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The CW’s fall 2017 schedule is unlike any other on broadcast TV

The network’s lineup, Dynasty reboot and superheroes and all, is some pure CW goodness. Every May, the TV networks announce their fall schedules to advertisers at an event called the upfronts. They aim to sell their new shows to ad buyers at the highest possible price, while the ad buyers try to stay skeptical. It’s an antiquated ritual that, nonetheless, is enormously important to the business of TV, and we’ll be there all week. The…

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America just attacked Assad’s forces for the second time ever

Trump still doesn’t have a strategy for Syria. The US just bombed Syria for the second time, but the strike is mostly interesting for what didn’t happen. The American warplanes didn’t target Bashar al-Assad or his government. They didn’t hammer suspected chemical weapons stockpiles. And they didn’t try to make any kind of major dent in Assad’s ability to continue slaughtering his own people. Instead, the US shot the vehicles of Syrian government forces and…

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